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    Your daily local news briefing // Monday 5 June 2017

    WEATHER FORECAST
    Cairns: 20-27C max, 50% chance of rain
    Port Douglas: 22-26C max, 70% chance of rain
    Mareeba: 16-24C max, 40% chance of rain
    Innisfail: 18-24C max, 70% rain


    TODAY'S TOP STORIES

    MANOORA DISTURBANCE
    Four people have been charged for a range of offences after ambulance and police officers attended a Murray St residence yesterday morning. It will be alleged an ambulance officer who had been called to a Murray Street residence around 9.40am was confronted by several people.
    The officer was allegedly abused and threatened before a bottle and wheelie bin were thrown at the QAS vehicle. Police attended the scene and were also confronted by a number of people with officers arresting two men and two women.
    All four are from Manunda and due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on June 21.

    TRACEY HANNAH WINS BIG
    Cairns downhill mountain biker Tracey Hannah is celebrating after winning her first UCI World Cup race in five years. Hannah, 28, blitzed the field on a muddy track at Fort William in Scotland to win the race by a big 10 second margin.
    She now leads the World Cup standings, and is gearing up for a big effort at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships to be held in Cairns this September.

    VITAL EQUIPMENT DONATED TO HOSPITAL
    More than $100,000 worth of equipment across a range of medical disciplines has been donated to Cairns Hospital thanks to cups of coffee and car parking. Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation CEO Tony Franz said the equipment was bought partially through donations and partially through the Foundation’s commercial operations. “All the profit from our carpark and two cafes goes towards improving patient outcomes," he said.
    The equipment includes an ultrasound for anaesthetics valued at $74,800, physiotherapy equipment worth $9693, a spirometer for paediatrics worth $2530 and a nasal pharangeal scope for thoracics worth $14,363.

    TOP COP
    Far North District Superintendent Brett Schafferius has been appointed to the role of Chief Superintendent, or District Officer for the Far North District. Working under the command of Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor, Chief Supt Schafferius will cover an area stretching from Cardwell to the PNG border.
    “We live in the best part of our beautiful state and I intend to continue building relationships with the community and partner agencies in order to address crime and other issues that impact us up here,” Mr Schafferius said.