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HOME SHOWS — CAIRNS TRIES A NEW CONCEPT IN LIVE MUSIC

JORDAN BRODIE LIVE AT ANDY'S SATURDAY NIGHT HOME SHOW

On Saturday night, a small group of music lovers gathered for a concert – in Andy Redhead’s living room. They enjoyed a stunning performance from 16-year-old Cairns guitarist Jordan Brodie, and they may well have been part of a historic first.

Andy Redhead has been performing music and teaching guitar in Cairns since 1981. Like many FNQ musicians, he’s watched the local music scene rise and fall – when the economy takes a down-turn, paying gigs become harder to get, booking agents take a sometimes painful slice and musicians struggle to survive.

Andy Redhead

So Andy has come up with the idea of having live gigs at home. Guests bring drink and nibbles, and they kick in a few bucks each to pay the musician. The musician gets an opportunity to perform and interact with an audience on a more intimate scale, and learns something about running their musical career as a business.

The first “home show” was a great success –  Andy says there will be more and he hopes the idea catches on with Cairns music lovers.

Click on the audio player to hear Jordan and Andy explain the “home show” idea.

More about Jordan Brodie at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/jordanbrodieand watch him playing at http://www.youtube.com/user/JordanBrodieMusic?feature=mhee

More about Andy Redhead http://www.andyredhead.com/


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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland

 

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REMEMBERING FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND AVIATION PIONEERS

TOURISM HAS LONG BEEN THE FOUNDATION OF THE FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND ECONOMY. IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE HOW WE’D SURVIVE WITHOUT THE REVENUE AND JOBS IT CREATES.

These days most of our visitors arrive by air. Our tourism industry owes its existence to aeroplanes and the people who pioneered aviation in FNQ. Their story is eloquently told in a recent addition to the Cairns Airport domestic terminal – the Aviation Pioneers display.

It looks back to the days when the airport site was a mangrove swamp, and its earliest use as a landing ground. It tells the stories of the people, the companies and the aircraft that made safe air travel in FNQ possible.

CLICK ON THE AUDIO PLAYER TO HEAR KEVIN BROWN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF NORTH QUEENSLAND AIRPORTS TALK ABOUT THE PIONEERS DISPLAY.

QANTAS WAITING ROOM CAIRNS AIRPORT 1945

One of FNQ’s pioneering aviation companies was Bush Pilots Airways, founded by the late Sir Robert Norman in 1951. Bushies grew from a small operation to be a significant airline that developed new approaches to tourism in the region.

Bushies closed down in 1987, but its former staff are still in regular contact a quarter of a century later. They’re gathering in Cairns tomorrow for a re-union at which tall tales and true will be told.

CLICK ON THE AUDIO PLAYER TO HEAR EX-BUSHIES PILOT LYLE COOKE TALK ABOUT HIS TIME FLYING WITH BPA.

FORMER BUSHIES LYLE COOK & LIONEL DYER AT THE AVIATION PIONEERS DISPLAY CAIRNS AIRPORT DOMESTIC TERMINAL

CLICK ON THE AUDIO PLAYER TO HEAR FORMER BPA JACK OF ALL TRADES LIONEL DYER TALK ABOUT THE AIRLINE AND THE RE-UNION.

THE F-27 FOKKER FRIENDSHIP IN BPA COLOURS CAIRNS AIRPORT

RON ENTSCH & BUSHIES CREW WITH A DC-3 CAIRNS 1970s

CAIRNS AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER 1957

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Cairns Queensland, Cape York Peninsula, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, tourism, transport & roads

 

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QLD GOVT MOVES TO REPLACE WILD RIVERS PROCESS — WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Queensland’s Wild Rivers Act was a contentious creature long before then premier Peter Beattie steered it through Parliament in 2005, with strong support from the Wilderness Society. Environmentalists loved it. Opponents said it sold out far north Queensland in return for “green” electoral support in the south-east corner. Cape York people said it restricted economic opportunities, especially for indigenous folk.

The Wild Rivers Act said the Government could regulate or prohibit “certain activities” on or near rivers that met certain environmental criteria by declaring them to be “wild rivers”. Several Cape York rivers have since been declared “wild rivers”.

The new Queensland Government had said it would review the Act and withdraw the declarations made under it. Since taking office, the Government is on record as saying it will replace the “wild rivers” process with a Cape York bio-regional plan. Work has commenced on that plan.


OUR ON-LINE POLL ASKED IF YOU SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT’S APPROACH. 42% SAID YES, 50% SAID NO. 7% VOTED FOR OTHER OPTIONS. THE POLL HAS NOW CLOSED. WHILE IT WAS RUNNING, A LINK TO ADVERTISING MATERIAL APPEARED BRIEFLY ON THIS PAGE. IT WAS PUT THERE BY THE SERVICE THAT PROVIDES A PLATFORM FOR THESE POLLS. I DO NOT CONSENT TO THIS AND DO NOT ENDORSE THE ADS. WE WILL FIND ANOTHER WAY TO CONDUCT POLLS IN FUTURE.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps says “wild rivers” was a politically driven process. Mr Cripps has told ABC Far North its replacement will consider Cape York mining and other development proposals “on their merits” and “politics won’t be getting in the road”.

Click on the audio player to hear Andrew Cripps with our reporter Nikolai Beilharz.

The first project likely to be considered under the new system is Cape Alumina’s Pisolite Hills bauxite mine, on hold since the Wenlock River was declared a wild river in 2010. Cape Alumina M.D Graeme Sherlock explains the project to the ABC’s Lauren Day.

The Wilderness Society’s Gavin McFajin says the Pisolite Hills project should not go ahead.

For more on this issue go to http://www.abc.net.au/rural/regions/farnorthnorthqueensland/


 

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WHO’S BEEN READING MY G-MAIL?

IF YOU USE G-MAIL OR ANY OF THE OTHER FREE EMAIL SERVICES, YOU’VE PROBABLY ASKED YOURSELF HOW CAN THESE SERVICES AFFORD TO BE FREE? WELL, THE RECENT PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES AT GOOGLE, WHO OPERATE G-MAIL, SHOW THESE SERVICES ARE VERY LUCRATIVE. AND YOU ARE PAYING FOR THEM.

Here’s how it works. For a couple of months now, G-mail has been sending you ads, or attaching them to your inbox display. You can opt out of some of the ads, but not all of them. The ads you see depend on what your emails are about. I got an email from my flying school, along with an ad for Etihad Airlines. Somewhere in the heart of the Google system, something is reading your email and sending you ads based on what you write.

You may not remember agreeing to this arrangement when you signed up for Gmail, but it was in there somewhere when you clicked “yes” to the user agreement. But do you want to receive ads in your private email?

Are you comfortable with the service provider scanning your messages for key words that appeal to its advertiser clients? You are “paying” for your “free” email with your private data. This is how a lot of the social media, photo sharing and message services work. They offer you a free service, paid for by offering advertisers the benefit of your attention and information about you.

It’s called data mining. Should you be concerned? What can you do about it? Are there alternatives to Gmail? Click on the audio player to hear Cairns I-T expert Rob Rutten answer these questions.

Read about Rob Rutten at http://www.ruttentech.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter @roborutt

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, People

 

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CAIRNS ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT — HAS THE QLD GOVERNMENT KILLED IT OFF?

Has the Queensland Government killed off the Cairns Entertainment Precinct project. Or is FNQ being told you can have what the LNP promised during its election campaign, dredging of Trinity Inlet, or an Entertainment Precinct? But not both.


A few days back Local Government Minister David Crisafulli told us the 57 million dollars promised by the previous Government for the project was secure, a statement he made again yesterday in Brisbane to Cairns Mayor Val Schier. But while that meeting was taking place, Premier Campbell Newman was in Cairns saying there’s no 57 million for this project. His Government won’t support it in its current form.

It’s not uncommon to hear a leader say one thing and a Minister say the opposite. But it raises some interesting questions about the future of the project, the way the new State Government operates, and Cairns Regional Council’s advocacy of its 155 million dollar proposal.

Here’s what Minister Crisafulli told us last week when asked about State funding for the C-E-P.

And here’s Campbell Newman

Cairns Regional Council mayor Val Schier

The LNP’s Member for Cairns Gavin King


 

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PLAY POCKET CRICKET — DEVELOPED HERE IN FNQ

I LOVE THE GAME OF CRICKET – BUT TO PLAY IT FOR REAL YOU NEED 22 PLAYERS, TWO UMPIRES, EQUIPMENT, FAIR WEATHER AND A FAIRLY LARGE PARK. IT CAN’T ALWAYS BE DONE.

What if you could distill the essence of cricket into something you could carry in your pocket and play anywhere, whenever the mood takes you? 

Hamish Sterling has done just that. You hear Hamish doing the traffic reports on ABC Far North. In his spare time he’s come up with Pocket Cricket.

The game is played with six dice, three each for the batsman and the bowler. The dice cover all the likely combinations of possibilities that make cricket so intriguing. You can get through an epic Test Match struggle in a quarter of an hour.

Click the audio player to hear Hamish Sterling and I playing Pocket Cricket live on the radio.

Read more about Pocket Cricket at http://www.pocketcricket.com.au/

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, People

 

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BERTHA CORTE – MEXICO’S CYCLING “AMBASSADOR” TO AUSTRALIA

BERTHA CORTE AND BICYCLE AT ABC FAR NORTH CAIRNS

MY 23 YEARS WITH THE ABC HAS TAKEN ME TO MANY PLACES. FOR SIX OF THOSE YEARS I REPRESENTED THE ABC OVERSEAS, AND EVERY DAY I’D BE ASKED “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” AND PEOPLE REACT TO MY ANSWER, “AUSTRALIA”, BASED ON WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW ABOUT MY COUNTRY.

They might have met Australians before, and they may have seen Australians on TV or in films. Most of our knowledge of other countries is based on what we get from media and popular culture. So what do you know about Mexico?

Unless you’ve been there, you probably know Mexico and its people through US television or films, in which Mexicans are often portrayed in a poor light, as the “bad guys”. Bertha Corte was amazed to find that Australians and their Kiwi cousins reckon Mexico is a very dodgy place, full of corruption, criminals and druggies.

Bertha is very proud of her home-land, its people and culture. She’s riding her bicycle around Australia to give us all a chance to meet a real Mexican and learn about her country.So far she’s done Sydney to Cairns, and she heads on to Darwin on Sunday, then Broome, Perth and across the Nullarbor to Sydney.

Click on the audio player to hear my interview with Bertha.

You can follow Bertha’s journey around Australia on her blog http://tbomx.com

BERTHA'S ROUTE AROUND AUSTRALIA

 

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