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    Your daily local news briefing // Monday 5 June 2017

    WEATHER FORECAST
    Cairns: 21-27C max, very low chance of rain
    Port Douglas: 21-26C max, 30% chance of rain
    Mareeba: 14-24C max, 5% chance of rain
    Innisfail: 18-24C max, 30% rain


    TODAY'S TOP STORIES

    WINTER IS HERE
    If you live on the Tablelands, it's time to grab your blankets and stoke up the fireplace: single digit temperatures are coming!
    Thursday and Friday will bring chilly weather to the Tropical North, brought on by a new high-pressure system moving into the Great Australian Bight. Cairns is tipped to experience minimums of 16C later this week, while spots like Atherton will drop to as low as 8C.

    KURANDA COPS CALL FOR DASH CAM FOOTAGE
    Kuranda Police are seeking witnesses and any dashcam footage to a hit and run traffic crash that occurred on the Kuranda Range on Monday June 5.
    The three vehicle crash occurred around 5.45pm on a bend below the lookout and involved a white Toyota HiLux Utility and possibly a green Toyota Landcruiser utility.
    The Toyota Landcruiser utility is described as being army green with a bullbar and having a dog crate on the back.
    No-one was injured as a result of the crash however the driver of the Toyota Landcruiser allegedly failed to stop or remain at the scene of the incident and was last seen driving west up the Kuranda Range towards Kuranda.
    Anyone with information is urged to contact Kuranda Police Station on 4093 7356 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote incident number: QP1700979272.

    SUNBUS STRIKE
    A deadlock over driver demands for higher pay have led to a 48-hour strike that will disrupt Sunbus services over the next 48 hours.
    The Transport Workers Union says Sunbus operator TransLink had not "given any ground" in the fight for higher pay, while a TransLink spokesman says the request for a 6.1% rise was “totally unrealistic”. 
    Vist TropicNow's Facebook page for details on services impacted by the strike.

    ORIGIN LEGENDS COULD RETURN
    Two of Queensland's greatest could be back on the paddock for Game 2 of State of Origin. Maroons coach Kevin Walters has hinted that both Billy Slater and Johnanthan Thurston would be welcomed back into the squad in a bid to keep the series alive after NSW's crushing win in Game 1.
    Slater was overlooked for Game 1 in favour of Darius Boyd, while Thurston's injury dramas are expected to ease in time for Game 2 on June 21.