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    Your daily local news briefing // Monday 29 May 2017

    WEATHER FORECAST
    Cairns: 23-29C max, 30% chance of rain
    Port Douglas: 23-28C max, 30% chance of rain
    Mareeba: 16-27C max, 20% chance of rain
    Innisfail: 19-27C max, 30% rain


    TODAY'S TOP STORIES

    INVESTIGATION INTO HORROR CRASH
    Police are hoping to speak to drivers who travelled along the Captain Cook Highway between Port Douglas and Cairns yesterday afternoon as part of their investigation into a horror crash that killed a motorbike rider and his passenger.
    The 50-year-old man and his 45-year-old were killed when their bike clipped the car in front of them, flipping the bike and sending them into the path of oncoming traffic around 2.40pm yesterday. The highway was closed for about four hours as police and emergency services investigated the scene.

    EXPLORE KUR-WORLD
    The public are invited to an open day at Barnwell Farm this Saturday to see first hand the plans for a multi-million dollar development known as KUR-World.
    From 2pm, guests will visit the proposed KUR-World project site, meet the Environment, Infrastructure and Community experts working on the project, ask questions and record any concerns.
    If you're keen, register your interest at [email protected] indicating the number of visitors and any dietary requirements by 5pm Wednesday 31st May. 
    Guests will be met at the Kuranda District State College Carpark (260 Myola Rd, Kuranda QLD 4881) to catch a bus to the site.

    WORKPLACE FRAUD CHARGE
    From Atherton Police: A 61-year-old Kairi man is due to appear in court next month following an investigation into a fraud related complaint. It will be alleged the man was employed as a book keeper at a Kairi based timber and sawmilling company from the 1980’s through until 2013.
    It will be further alleged he appropriated company funds to his own use during that period. A review of the business financial records conducted earlier this year allegedly uncovered a number of discrepancies and a report was made to police.
    Detectives travelled to a Godfrey Road address at Kairi on Saturday and spoke with the man. He was subsequently issued with a notice to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on June 21 to face a charge of fraud. 

    SMITH ANOINTS BOYD AS FUTURE MAROONS LEADER
    One of State of Origin's most successful captains has given his official blessing to his successor just days out from the kick-off in the latest series.
    Speaking to media, Cameron Smith said Darius Boyd was a logical choice to take over from him as Queensland captain. 
    Smith said he had "no doubt" Boyd could step up to take the reins at the Maroons when he retires, possibly at the end of next season.