HMAS Cairns major expansion to make it key northern defence baseBeijing dissatisfied with defence comments1:49The Chinese government has expressed 'dissatisfaction' with Australia's remarks on the South China Sea. TOP-level documents reveal plans to triple the size of HMAS Cairns as northern Australia’s key strategic naval base.The confidential documents, obtained by The Cairns Post, reveal a new role for the city that includes dredging the inlet and expanding the base to accommodate 3000 personnel in an estimated $2 billion boon to the local economy.Delega..>> view original
The Cairns Post to get new, exciting makeoverNEW ERA: Reporter Kimberley Vlasic, photographer Brendan Radke, designer Heidi Richardson and editor Jennifer Spilsbury can’t wait for the rejuvenation of The Cairns Post this Saturday. PICTURE: MARC MCCORMACKYOUR Cairns Post is embarking on an exciting new phase in its 134-year history. This Saturday we reaffirm our commitment to delivering this region’s best and most comprehensive news service, revealing a rejuvenated Cairns Post across its Monday to Saturday editions.The rejuvenation project ..>> view original
Cairns man to row in a bid to raise fundsALL FOR LOVE: Malcolm Skelton and wife Sarah. He aims to row across the Tasman Sea to raise funds. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYA RESOLUTE Cairns adventurer is preparing to row the Tasman Sea in an ongoing effort to save his beloved wife. Earlville man Malcolm Skelton, 44, will this year attempt the 2200km journey from Coffs Harbour to New Plymouth, New Zealand.It will be the most daring voyage in Mr Skelton’s enduring mission to raise funds for research into Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare disease that c..>> view original
lawyers take stand in plea for gender parityCAMPAIGN: Vice president of the Far North Queensland Law Association Madonna Galeano has organised a women's breakfast. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSGENDER parity will be pushed at a Far North Queensland Law Association International Women’s Day breakfast tomorrow.The event will be held during Women’s Week.FNQLA vice president Madonna Galeano said gender parity was a big issue in the legal profession.She said while more women than men were becoming lawyers, high-end roles such as executive jobs, partners..>> view original
A man has been charged with a supermarket hold up.POLICE found 77,800 cannabis seeds, 3km of irrigation pipe and stolen heavy equipment at the site of a planned marijuana crop.>> view original
State at pointy end of northern defenceBeijing dissatisfied with defence comments1:49The Chinese government has expressed 'dissatisfaction' with Australia's remarks on the South China Sea. TOP-level documents reveal plans to triple the size of HMAS Cairns as northern Australia’s key strategic naval base.The confidential documents obtained by The Courier-Mail, reveal a new role for the city that includes dredging the inlet and expanding the base to accommodate 3000 personnel in an estimated $2 billion boon to the local economy.DARWIN..>> view original
Redlynch family catches chook-eating pythonHE’S HISS-TORY: Thomas and Wesley Mansfield with the scrub python they caught that was trying to eat their chickens. PICTURE: SUPPLIED A REDLYNCH family has taken a stand against a 4.5-metre snake they found stalking their chickens.Ann Mansfield discovered the large scrub python while collecting eggs from her chicken coop early yesterday morning. She said the snake was found sitting calmly inside the coop, between the outer structure and the wiring, unable to get at the terrified birds insid..>> view original
Aviation authorities investigating light plane crash near MareebaCLOSE CALL: A pilot walked away with non-life threatening injuries after a plane crash between Mareeba and Dimbulah on Saturday. PICTURE: KATHERINE KOKKONENAVIATION authorities are investigating after engine problems caused a light plane to plunge into bushland between Mareeba and Dimbulah on Saturday. About noon, emergency services were called to Chettle Rd, about 50km southwest of Cairns, where a 69-year-old pilot had crash landed his two-seater light aircraft.He was pulled to safety by witnes..>> view original
Cannabis seeds, weapon found in FNQ drug bustBIG BUST: Police found 77,800 cannabis seeds during a drug bust at Mt Garnet. PICTURE: SUPPLIEDPOLICE found 77,800 cannabis seeds, 3km of irrigation pipe and stolen heavy equipment at the site of a planned marijuana crop.A .22 calibre rifle and ammunition were also found.Five men pleaded guilty in the Cairns District Court to producing between July 2013 and May 2014, as well as other drug-related charges.The site was about 200km southeast of Mt Garnet and about 300km south of Cairns. A kitchen h..>> view original
FNQ jellyfish research goes ahead without key expertSTUNG: James Cook University associate professor and jellyfish expert Jamie Seymour was involved in making recommendations on what the federally-funded research should focus on, but has since left the project. PICTURE: BRENDAN FRANCISA FEDERAL strategy to take the sting out of the Far North Queensland summer seems set to proceed without ongoing help from one of the region’s most prominent box jellyfish experts.Today, Environment Minister Greg Hunt will reveal funding for research into box jelly..>> view original
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