Cairns man accused of heading drug syndicate denied bailTHE accused head of a Mt Isa drug ring has been labelled a flight risk who could reoffend, while being denied bail in a Cairns court.Lee Freestone, 37, allegedly ran the large drug syndicate from his luxury Smithfield home for the past six months and was couriering methamphetamines and cannabis into the western community. He made a bid for freedom in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday, with the court hearing he was to appear in a South Australian court for a trial starting Monday, and he off..>> view original
Torres Strait life expectancy “unacceptable”LIFE expectancy in the Torres Strait is worse than that of war torn nations like Iraq, East Timor, and Libya, at roughly 14 years below the Australian average.The data, contained in the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) health snapshot released this week, painted a distressing picture of rampant chronic disease in one of the state’s most disadvantaged communities.While the average Australian male can expect to live to 79.1 and the average female to 84, residents of the three..>> view original
Mayor says survey aims to help shape Cairns' futureCairns Regional Council has launched an online community survey for residents to have their say on key issues.The ‘Our Cairns’ survey touches on broad issues like protecting the Great Barrier Reef while also addresing household challenges like waste and recycling.Cairns Mayor Bob Manning says by participating in the questionnaire, residents can help shape what their community looks like.“This is more than your regular public consultation opportunity,” Cr Manning says.“Through Our Cairns, residen..>> view original
I'm not shelling out for prawns – they're freeHERE’S one Cairns diner who does not appear too upset about their bill being too large for a meal of prawns.media_cameraA common pelican swims in the shallows of the Esplanade lunging at tiny jelly prawns. PICTURE: MARC McCORMACKCairns Post chief photographer Marc McCormack snapped these images of a hungry Australian pelican fishing for jelly prawns off the Esplanade this week.Pelicans mainly eat fish, but they are opportunistic feeders and eat a variety of aquatic animals including crustaceans,..>> view original
Civic leaders say Aquis has been stuck in limbo for too long, city ...CAIRNS is ready to move on from Aquis, according to several of the city’s leaders who say the project has simply been left in limbo for far too long.It comes as the Palaszczuk Government was this week forced to reaffirm its support for the multi-billion-dollar development, after virtually leaving it out of its Queensland Tourism Investment Guide.It has been exactly three years since the formal proposal for Aquis was submitted to the State Government by Hong Kong billionaire developer Tony Fung.T..>> view original
Innisfail police release CCTV footage of possible suspect in attack ...NEW footage involving the terrifying attack on a woman on an Innisfail footpath has been released as police ramp up efforts to catch the culprit.The 36-year-old local woman was jogging on the path along River Ave on June 1 when a man sporting a dark hooded jumper and face mask sprung out and tried to drag her into nearby bushland.She managed to fight him off and got help from a passing motorist, but he has been on the run since.The incident has caused major concern in the small community and pol..>> view original
'Princess' sparkles but Bulldogs prevailTrinity Beach Bulldogs have overcome a standout performance from teenage goal shooter Chantelle ‘Princess’ Tikitau to defeat their northern beaches rival Radars.Tikitau scored 29 goals from 39 attempts for the Yorkeys Knob squad but it wasn’t enough with the Dogs winning comfortably 42-35 at Parramatta Park on Friday night.Emily Allen was the focal point for Bulldogs in attack, leading all scorers with 32 goals from Goal Attack.Bulldogs player-coach Rhegan Hartwig says the win was the team’s bes..>> view original
Pearlman pep talk sparks Marlins win over RipThe Cairns Marlins copped an ‘animated’ third quarter spray from head coach Jamie Pearlman and responded in emphatic fashion.The Marlins (10-6) were floundering in a danger game to the Sunshine Coast Rip at home on Friday night before emerging comfortable 96-81 victors. Led by import point guard Lance Hurdle (19 points, five assists), the Rip went on a 10-5 run to trail 54-53 late in the third term.Jamie Pearlman talks it over with his troops. (Gordon G Photography)Sensing his team was losing a ..>> view original
Storm rain on Cowboys paradeThe North Queensland Cowboys nine game winning streak at home in Townsville came to a close on Saturday night at the hands of a Melbourne Storm outfit that is firing on all cylinders. Without skipper Johnathan Thurston on hand to navigate traffic, the Cowboys looked rudderless at several points in the 16-8 loss.While grabbing a win against the Storm without their key playmaker on the field was always going to be a tough ask, it was still troubling to see the lack of direction in attack at times ..>> view original
Eton's commitment to public service is a danger to us all‘I went to a great school,” David Cameron used to say, “and I want every child to have a great education.” While the second statement had to be taken on trust, like his late-onset “life chances strategy”, the first was accepted as fact. Whatever you might or might not like about David Cameron, there was no question that Eton was a great school and he went there. True, some thought it odd, given what a great school it was, that David Cameron did not know the meaning, when asked by David Letterma..>> view original
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