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

Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson to be given keys to Cairns city

Cairns Regional Council has announced Tokyo Paralympic Games medallist Grant “Scooter” Patterson will receive the keys to the city.

Cairns Taipans farewell star centre Cameron Oliver

The Cairns Taipans have released Cameron Oliver from his two-year contract, after the centre signed a deal to play in the NBA.

Officers with semi-automatic assault rifles to guard Cairns Airport

Police will now roam Cairns Airport armed with semi-automatic rifles, but the AFP is adamant it’s not in response to an increased terror threat.

Cairns businesses welcome new support for tourism and hospitality jobs

Tourism and hospitality businesses who can prove they’ve lost 70 per cent of turnover for at least seven days can now apply for grants of up to $50,000.

Out-of-towners become millionaires after Cairns Lotto win

A Brisbane couple has won $1-million after buying a division one winning Lotto ticket while holidaying in Cairns.

Cairns Taipans welcome performance enhancing PhD students

The Cairns Taipans NBL team have two new weapons for the 2021/22 season, with embedded sport science scholars now helping to manage athlete performance.

$55k anonymous donation dropped off to Cairns disability support organisation

A local disability support group was baffled to find a generous donation dropped off to their Parramatta Park office, with no indication as to who left it.

First look inside Cairns vaccine hub as tourism industry pleads for people to roll up their sleeves

The Cairns Convention Centre COVID-19 vaccination hub is ready to administer 140 jabs per hour when it opens to the public tomorrow.

Mareeba supermarket staff assaulted, two youths charged

Two female supermarket workers in Mareeba are recovering from facial injuries after they were allegedly assaulted by two youths yesterday.

Bold new line-up as Mareeba's Savannah in the Round replaces 20 artists in COVID-19 pivot

Savannah in the Round is forging ahead with the replacement of about half its original line-up, with big names like John Butler among 22 other new artists.

Far North police crackdown on speeding in roadwork areas, intercept over 70 motorists

Local police intercepted more than 70 motorists in just four days as part of a targeted crackdown on dangerous driving in road work areas.

2032 Olympics: Cairns' focus shifts towards training hub, unearthing local athletes

Cairns leaders move to position Cairns as an elite athlete training hub, a hotbed of sporting talent, and must-visit tourist destination.

Four-month drug operation ends with 33 arrested south of Cairns

A total of 80 charges have been laid in the Mission Beach and Tully area on methylamphetamine, cannabis and pharmaceutical drug related offences.

Construction on $41.4m Wangetti Trail due to start this year

Public comment is now open for the southern section of the Wangetti Trail, construction of which could start by the end of this year if federally approved.

Research shows corals can pass on climate change resilience to their offspring

James Cook University scientists discover parent corals that survive environmental stress can pass on key resilience genes even as temperatures warm.

Lifting lockdowns: Local epidemiologist explains what Cairns can expect

Tropic Now has asked an epidemiologist what life after lockdowns might look like as the country races towards vaccination targets.

Major new vaccination hub in Cairns expected to deliver 1500 jabs per day

Cairns Convention Centre is set to become the region’s first mass COVID-19 vaccination site, with jabs scheduled to start next week.

Virgin triweekly Cairns-Adelaide flights launch with a fare special

A sale on direct flights between Cairns and Adelaide has just dropped, coinciding with today's launch of Virgin's triweekly service between the two cities.