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Veteran broker ‘yet to be convinced’ on insurance relief plan

Joe Vella has reservations about the Federal Government's reinsurance pool and would prefer insurance tax cuts.

Talaroo Hot Springs in heart of Savannah Way to open this weekend

One of North Queensland's most spectacular destinations and a site long-treasured by Ewamian people is set to open this weekend, Saturday 26 June.

Cairns Regional Council submits proposal to bring in visitor levy

Cairns Regional Council has submitted a recommendation to the State Government to undertake the legislative change necessary to implement a tourism tax.

Daintree crocodile coughs up crab pot after week-long ordeal

One of the Daintree’s celebrity crocs has been lucky enough to cough up a crab pot after it was lodged in the animal’s mouth for more than a week.

Government to fight UNESCO's 'in danger' reef recommendation

UNESCO has cited the impact of global warming and successive reef bleaching events, urging Australia to take “accelerated action" at all possible levels.

Cairns Art Gallery's new exhibitions show region's rich diversity

Following the huge Archibald Prize exhibition, Cairns Art Gallery is returning to its roots to celebrate the region’s best art, textiles and traditions.

COVID-19 vaccine hub opens south of Cairns

700 jabs per day will be administered at a new COVID-19 vaccination centre at the Cairns South Health Facility in Edmonton.

Local leaders awarded for Wet Tropics conservation projects

A unique project to cultivate seed banks of plants, found only on mountain-tops in the Wet Tropics, has been recognised in local conservation awards.

Police officers & shopkeeper bashed in separate incidents

A Cairns shop assistant who confronted an alleged thief is among three victims of weekend punching attacks, with two police officers also assaulted.

Man falls while trying to escape Cairns hotel quarantine

A 29 year-old Victorian man has been taken to hospital after falling while trying to breach hotel quarantine at the Pacific Hotel in Cairns.

Cairns police arrest alleged vandalism pest

A 55-year-old man is accused of a string of offences, including spray-painting a lizard and a horse, throwing rocks at cars and supergluing padlocks.

Qld introduces border passes & quarantine for Sydney hotspots

All you need to know about Queensland's new border declarations and restrictions for travellers as Sydney's COVID-19 cluster grows.

Lime Cordiale to play Far North Qld’s mega country music festival

In a surprise addition to the three-day 'country' music festival, Lime Cordiale will play at Savannah in the Round at Mareeba Rodeo Grounds this October.

Major shake-up for visa-holders and FNQ farmers in UK trade deal

Mandatory farm work will be scrapped in Australia's working holiday visa program, while a new agricultural visa will be offered to UK and ASEAN nationals.

‘Winners and losers’ as Douglas Shire rates rise

Non-resident owners of high-end properties in the Douglas Shire are set to pay more for their rates after the Council adopted its 2021/22 annual budget.

Tropic Now's easy-to-read FNQ guide to the State budget

From infrastructure projects to tax relief, Tropic Now has your comprehensive guide to what the Queensland Government's budget means for you.

Aerial survey shows devastating plastic pollution along Cape York

Thousands of plastic items have been found along the Cape York coast in Far North Queensland, in some of the world’s most remote pockets of shoreline.

One more wish for Doomadgee fairy-tale after dress success

Donations of gowns have been sent from across the globe ahead of Doomadgee's NAIDOC ball & organisers are now raising funds for a true fairy-tale ending.