ARE YOU AN ORGAN DONOR? IT’S DONATE LIFE WEEK

As you read this, some 1600 Australians are waiting for a transplant that will improve, possibly even save their lives. Sadly, some of them will die waiting. The demand for organs always exceeds supply, even though more Australians, and Queenslanders in particular, are now registered […]

NEW SOUNDS FROM MALI – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

This week, Tony takes us to the west African nation of Mali. It’s been in the news of late, and not for the best of reasons. But for decades now, the music of Mali has been winning fans among music lovers all over the world. […]

IS SCHOOL STILL RELEVANT IN THE 21st CENTURY?

Schools as we currently know them go back to the dawn of the industrial age. Class-rooms where teachers deliver chalk-and-talk lessons, assigning homework, trying to maintain order. The students are somewhere safe while their parents are at work, the kids being prepared for a work-force […]

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FNQ BITE FIRES UP QUEENSLAND BAT CONTROL DEBATE

A family at Innisfail here in far north Queensland faces an anxious wait over the next few weeks – after their son was bitten by a microbat on Monday night. Nicholas Shale was bitten in his bedroom – and has begun a course of injections […]

NO WATER. THE ARCHER RIVER CROSSING IN THE DRY

WILDLIFE DOING IT TOUGH IN BELOW PAR WET SEASON

It hasn’t been much of a wet season so far here in far north Queensland. Just one burst of the monsoon, that gave us cyclone Oswald. Most of the rain generated by Oswald fell much further south, causing flooding and major damage in central and […]

THOSE OLD TREES COULD HELP PREDICT FUTURE FLOODS AND DROUGHTS

Some of the trees in far north Queensland are very old, perhaps going back hundreds of years. A James Cook University study getting underway on the Atherton Tablelands hopes those trees can tell us more about the weather over the past 400 years and help […]

WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE TO BUY MUSIC OR SOFTWARE ONLINE IN AUSTRALIA?

Being so far from the “big smoke” can be a mixed blessing. Here in far north Queensland, we’re two days drive from our state capital, and much further still from Australia’s biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. We don’t have to endure the lengthy commute to […]

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THE SOUNDS OF GALICIA – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Each week, we offer new music from around the world with Tony Hillier, one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. Tony’s informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine […]