Keep across what's happening in Cairns and Far North Queensland.

Cairns records active COVID-19 case, infected with Delta variant

A Cairns resident has returned a positive COVID-19 test in Far North Queensland, leading to the closure of a child care centre.

“Crisis time” Extent of lockdown losses revealed as tourism bosses plead for wage support

Dozens of Cairns hospitality and tourism employees are being stood down amid calls for a NSW-style JobSaver scheme to be introduced in Queensland.

Cairns choir collaborate with Cat Empire to present Spinifex Gum this weekend

Marliya choir, who not only sold out the Sydney Opera House but brought its audience to their feet, are returning to their hometown with the same show.

“You beauty!” Far North Queensland’s Tia-Clair Toomey becomes greatest CrossFit athlete of all time

Former Weipa resident Tia-Clair Toomey has taken out a fifth consecutive CrossFit Games title to be named the most dominant Games athlete ever.

From Trinity Beach to the world stage: the rise of teen Matildas sensation Mary Fowler

Former Cairns junior Mary Fowler has been instrumental in the success of the Australian Women's Football team at the Tokyo Olympics.

JCU finds baby sea turtles ingesting hundreds of plastic pieces in Australian waters

A study done in-part by JCU in both east and west Australian oceans found marine turtles are ingesting potentially hundreds of pieces of plastic.

Businesses outside lockdown areas now eligible for pandemic payments

Businesses that have had a 30% reduction in turnover can soon apply for $5,000 support grants through the State Government, regardless of lockdown status.

Distance discrimination: FNQ businesses impacted by southern lockdowns need support

COVID-19 lockdowns are costing FNQ millions of dollars a day, prompting calls for Government support packages to be extended outside lockdown zones.

Local lads prepare to swim massive distance from Green Island to Cairns

Jesse O'Hara, Joel Little and Marijn Kerkhoven will 'swim the gap' to support AFL Cape York House, undertaking a feat only ever attempted by three people.

Flight sales now on as new Cairns services take off

Skytrans has launched new services, including one to the Whitsundays & another which includes Australia's shortest route with just ten minutes flying time.

Cairns pharmacies to start offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone over 18

Pharmacies across Far North Queensland have started offering the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone over the age of 18.

Cairns-grown hookworms could protect troops against bioweapons

A new project conceived by a JCU researcher aims to create genetically modified hookworms that will protect frontline soldiers against biological attacks.

New gin distillery and bar to open in Stratford this week

A travel agent and aircraft engineer decided to delve into spirit-making after the pandemic hit, and now, we get to enjoy Narrow Tracks Distilling.

19 positive COVID-19 cases on overseas ship in Far North Queensland waters

19 positive COVID-19 cases are today being transferred from Weipa to Brisbane quarantine from a Philippines bulk carrier vessel.

Woman dies and another patient airlifted to hospital after serious crash in Mareeba

Police are currently investigating a two-vehicle crash near Mareeba which left one woman in a critical condition and saw a man airlifted to hospital.

Bid for ‘critical’ water project funding put to Cairns business community

Funding is desperately needed for a $215-million project, which will secure an extra 15,000 megalitres of water a year and combat a water shortage.

Free driving lessons getting Cairns youth behind the wheel and into work

A new program providing free driving lessons is helping young jobseekers connect with local employers like never before.

Italian Australian community asked to submit family photos for new theatre production

JUTE Theatre's La Bella Figura explores the Italian migration experience, with a focus on pride and dedication to cultural traditions.