CAIRNS TRIES A NEW CONCEPT IN LIVE MUSIC – HAVE THE GIG AT HOME

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 […]

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

REMEMBERING OUR FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND AVIATION PIONEERS

Tourism has been the basis of the far north Queensland economy for so long it’s hard to imagine how we managed without it. These days, most of our visitors arrive by air. Our tourism industry owes its existence to aeroplanes and the people who pioneered […]

TENDERS REPORTEDLY CALLED FOR MINERAL EXPLORATION NEAR HERE CAPE YORK

QLD GOVT MOVES TO REPLACE WILD RIVERS ACT

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 […]

WHO’S BEEN READING MY G-MAIL?

How can internet companies afford to provide services like email for free? Well, it turns out they;re making a big profit doing it, and you are paying. In fact, you’re the product. Recent privacy policy changes at Google show how lucrative a service like Gmail […]

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 large park. It can’t always be done. What if you could distill the essence of cricket into something you could carry in […]

TWO NEW FNQ YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION MEASURES LAUNCHING THIS WEEK

  We love life in tropical far north Queensland – a lovely, healthy place to live. But that wasn’t always the case. In the late 1800s, Cairns was a small frontier town surrounded by mosquito-infested swamps. Tropical diseases were a daily threat to life, and […]

NEVILLE MITCHELL'S BROTHER FRANK AT THE MAS BOOKING OFFICE

CAN YOU HELP TELL THE STORY OF MITCHELL AERIAL SERVICES

In the years after World War Two, aviation became the life-blood of far north Queensland. Pilots and planes kept remote communities supplied, and helped deliver medical care. Air services could get through when the wet season closed roads. Life in those communities would have been […]