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Latest ABC Cairns & Tropical North Queensland News

Below are listed news articles taken from the ABC News website, relating to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.

Cane crushing season stalls as wet weather hampers harvest - Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:24:12

Most Tully residents are used to measuring rainfall by the metre, but not in June.

Queensland crush stalls in wet conditions but the Burdekin still firing on all cylinders - Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:24:12
In Queensland's far north, millers and growers have been frustrated by unseasonal wet weather but the same cannot be said for the Burdekin - Australia's largest cane growing district - which has already managed to crush more than one million tonnes of an eight million tonne crop. There's still a long way to go, though, as David Sparkes and Charlie McKillop report on the season to date.

Labor keen for alternative plan to Trinity Inlet dredging - Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:34:18

Queensland's Tourism Minister says she is confident the cruise industry can grow in the far north without deepening Trinity Inlet in Cairns.

Cairns council, gardening contractor face court over tree pruning - Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:55:01

The Cairns Regional Council and a gardening contractor have appeared in court, charged over the pruning of trees as part of a flying fox control program.

Jones and Palaszczuk - Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:43:39

Qld Premier committed to earlier pub lockout time - Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:19:39

The Queensland Premier says there will be no exceptions to new 1:00am (AEST) lockout times for pubs and clubs in the state's far north.

Queensland Government launches reef tourism campaign in wake of UNESCO ruling - Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:56:28

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk capitalises on a UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as "in danger" by launching a tourism campaign.

Great Barrier Reef not 'in danger', UNESCO decides - Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:29:57

The United Nations' World Heritage Committee decides against declaring the Great Barrier Reef "in danger", but will remain under watch for another four years.

ALP chooses new candidate for federal seat of Leichhardt in far north Qld - Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:50:37

Labor's new candidate for the far north Queensland seat of Leichhardt says it will be difficult to defeat veteran Liberal National Party MP Warren Entsch but believes she has a "relatively good chance

Qld Premier heads to Cairns for northern Australia talks - Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:36:59

The Queensland Premier will arrive in Cairns this afternoon to talk up opportunities to develop northern Australia, at a business roundtable.

Weather bureau declares Queensland's first ever July cyclone - Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:29:15

Queensland forecasters name Raquel as their first ever recorded July cyclone, but say there is no threat to the state, after it formed north of the Solomon Islands.

Cairns council delivers budget with 1.5pc rate rise - Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:51:28

Cairns Regional Council in far north Queensland has handed down its final budget before next year's local government election, with an $8 million surplus.

Tropical low north of Coral Sea could become Queensland's first July cyclone - Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:14:27

A tropical low which has formed north of the Coral Sea could make Queensland history if it turns into a cyclone.

Tourist reported missing five years ago found in Cairns - Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:08:24

A man from the United States who went missing while holidaying in Queensland five years ago is found alive.

Cairns council set to deliver 2015-16 budget - Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:35:22

The Cairns Regional Council in far north Queensland will hand down its 2015-'16 budget today.

Biosecurity Queensland's Jim Thompson defends delays in putting up the fence - Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:35:30
Queensland's chief biosecurity officer Jim Thompson says the Tully banana farm remains under quarantine and work is continuing to an agreed set of standards and guidelines for the management of Panama infected properties.

Ravenshoe blast survivor endures wounds, calls herself 'lucky' - Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:01:55

Di Hodges cannot use one of her hands and will undergo more skin grafts this week but says she is one of the lucky ones.

Banana experts Altus Viljoen and Chih-Ping Chao have been visiting far north Queensland to inform the Panama response - Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:37:05

Pressure mounts on biosecurity authorities over unfenced, Panama infected banana farm - Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:29:00
The Tully farm was locked down by Biosecurity Queensland in March after Panama tropical race 4 was detected. More than 16,000 plants were destroyed and left to rot, but the 10 hectare infected banana block remains unfenced despite earlier commitments it would be done as a priority.

Panama lead agency asked to explain unfenced infected farm - Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:29:00

Pressure is mounting on authorities to urgently fence the property at the epicentre of a deadly biosecurity outbreak threatening Australia's $600 million banana industry.

Far north Qld mobile phone blackspots to be fixed - Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:51:02

The federal Member for Leichhardt says there will be further upgrades to improve mobile coverage in regional Queensland.

Toddler critical after being hit by car in Cairns - Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:47:52

Far north Queensland police say a three-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Cairns overnight.

New online weather site predicting late start to wet season - Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:04:38

The weather bureau has launched a new online tool which provides an outlook for when the wet season is likely to start across northern Australia.

Researchers extract coral DNA in bid to protect Great Barrier Reef - Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:15:35

Researchers are unlocking the genetic secrets of corals on the Great Barrier Reef in a bid to preserve them for the future.

Sugar bulk carrier Shuwa being loaded with high-polarity Brand 1 sugar bound for Japan - Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:06:26

Canegrowers' Paul Schembri and Sugar Milling Council's Dominic Nolan react to the Senate inquiry recommendation - Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:06:26
The Australian Sugar Milling Council says the industry must be left to negotiate its own commercial solution to a deadlock over the future of sugar marketing, but a recommendation by a federal parliamentary committee has backed a sugar code of conduct. Canegrowers Queensland's Paul Schembri says the recommendation held extra weight because the committee was made up of Senators from both political parties.

Senator O'Sullivan says sugar millers had their chance to make marketing peace - Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:06:26
Sugar millers have rejected a parliamentary committee inquiry's recommendation that a mandatory code of conduct be introduced to help address an impasse over marketing in the Australian sugar industry. The Australian Sugar Milling Council says the industry must be left to negotiate its own commercial solution. But Queensland Senator Barry O'Sullivan says millers have shown themselves unwilling to budge on how raw sugar exports are sold into the market.

Sugar inquiry tells government to act on marketing war - Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:06:26

More than 12 months after the dramatic exit of three major sugar milling companies from the $1.6 billion Australian export sugar pool, a federal parliamentary inquiry has found the government should intervene.

Doug Phillips says he's confident growers will be reimbursed for their Panama losses - Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:45:20
Doug Phillips says the Australian Banana Growers' Council has always done its best to represent growers and to use every means available to respond to biosecurity threats. But Mr Phillips says there is a process for cost-sharing arrangements to fund industry assistance and the council must work within it.

Lawyer Ian Conrad says the Robson family are isolated and 'left in limbo' by industry and government - Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:45:20
The banana industry's peak body has come under fire for failing to stand up for the grower at the centre of the industry's worst ever biosecurity outbreak. On the eve of the biennial Banana Congress, the legal representative for the Robson family has taken aim at the banana growers' council and its response to panama tropical race four.

Jim Thompson says the State government is waiting for information from Panama-affected farmers - Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:45:20
Negotiations with banana growers directly affected by a devastating soil fungus are on track, according to Biosecurity Queensland. Queensland's chief biosecurity officer Jim Thompson says the fact there's been no trigger for cost-sharing arrangements under the emergency plant pest deed does not mean growers will be left to fend for themselves. Dr Thompson says the lead agency's working "very hard" and expects to be able to reimburse the Robson and Reppell families for their losses "very soon".

Vaccinating horses against Hendra is expensive, but that could soon change - Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:17:26

The Hendra vaccine could soon become cheaper for horse owners.

Late Qld tourism stalwart was a US drug fugitive: report - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:36:45

A well-respected far north Queensland tourism operator who died last month in a car crash was reportedly an American drug fugitive who faked his own death more than 40 years ago.

GFC pressures forced ex-Bandido to traffic drugs: court - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:44:16

A former bikie turned to drug trafficking because of the pressures he faced during the global financial crisis, a court in Queensland is told.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says he will reimburse banana-growing families for their Panama losses - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:21:45
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says he will reimburse banana-growing families for their Panama losses

Panama-affected banana farmers will be reimbursed: Barnaby Joyce - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:21:45

The Federal Government will pay its share of the cost of reimbursing two banana-growing families for losses incurred as a result of Panama tropical race 4 (TR4) disease.

Doubt cast over report citing Cairns economic woes - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:59:12

A far north Queensland economist has questioned the findings of a report which says the "Cairns city" is in recession.

Gulf community to hold 'ice' forum - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:54:21

A community forum will be held tonight in Normanton to draw attention to the north-west Queensland region's growing drug problem.

Inspectors to determine whether Ravenshoe cafe needs to be demolished - Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:46:07

A far north Queensland Mayor says it is still unclear if Ravenshoe's Serves You Right Cafe will need to be demolished due to damage from a fatal explosion earlier this month.

Cairns to host suicide prevention forum - Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:57:40

About 200 delegates will gather this week in Cairns, in far north Queensland, for a conference aimed at preventing suicide and self-harm.

Greyhounds grace Brisbane's South Bank during awareness walk - Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:35:30

Brisbane's South Bank goes to the dogs, as greyhounds and their owners turn out in force for an awareness walk.

Don't use northern development to undermine land rights: Pearson - Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:12:32

Influential Cape York Indigenous representative Noel Pearson warns the development of the north must not be used as a "Trojan Horse" to undermine Indigenous land rights.

JCU keen to host new northern Australia research centre - Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:52:33

James Cook University vice-chancellor Sandra Harding says it will make a bid to host a new research centre for northern Australia.

Family of Ravenshoe cafe explosion victim holds no grudges - Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:53:08

The family of a woman who died after the Ravenshoe cafe explosion in far north Queensland says it does not blame anybody for the "freak accident".

Far north council raises fees to counter de-amalgamation costs - Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:10:06

The Tablelands Regional Council in far north Queensland says its decision to increase several of its fees and charges could not be delayed.

Outback Qld roads get priority under northern Australia plan - Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:37:40

Queensland's outback roads to get priority development under the Federal Government's plan to grow northern Australia.

Queensland MP 'cleared over domestic violence allegations' - Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:11:15

Embattled Queensland MP Billy Gordon says he has been cleared of allegations of domestic violence against a former partner.

Government unveils development vision for northern Australia - Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:05:54

The Prime Minister unveils his long-awaited vision for northern Australia, as he releases a wide-ranging white paper in Canberra that sets out ambitious policy ideas for the next 20 years.

Ravenshoe community going through 'deep trauma' after cafe blast: Acting Premier - Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:29:27

Acting Premier Jackie Trad meets with residents and emergency services personnel at the site of the Ravenshoe cafe explosion in far north Queensland.

Peak body accused of leaving Panama-stricken banana farmer in the cold - Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:10:51

The lawyer representing a north Queensland banana farm stricken by Panama disease criticises banana peak body for not doing enough.