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MANGROVES ARE EVERYWHERE IN FNQ – BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS A MANGROVE?

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You don’t have to go very far in FNQ to find mangroves. Queensland is home to almost half of Australia’s mangrove areas, and a fair slice of that is here in far north Queensland. They’re not the gentlest of places – stifling hot, teeming with mozzies and sandflies, and there’s a good chance that slide mark in the mud was made by a crocodile who’s had an eye on you for a while now.

Mangroves are not everyone’s cup of tea – but I love them. Great for a get away from it all wander, and if you go with some info on just how these plants live in such harsh conditions, it’s a fascinating journey.

Mangroves are various types of trees up to medium height, and shrubs, that grow along our coasts in saline sediment habitats. The plants live between the high and low tide lines, where trees ought not flourish. But these species have adapted to a tough environment and play a really important role in the life of our sea creatures. About 70 per cent of the fish and seafood we eat uses mangroves for breeding or shelter.

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear ABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen explain why mangroves exist, how they work and why they’re important.

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2 martDr Martin Cohen is ABC Far North wildlife correspondent. He’s on my radio program Wednesdays at 4.45pm. Read more about Martin at http://www.wildaboutaustralia.com/

 

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IVANHOES RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB CELEBRATES 90th ANNIVERSARY

Leah, Zack, Noel and Bruce Slade - Ivanhoes Rugby League Club Cairns

Leah, Zack, Noel and Bruce Slade – Ivanhoes Rugby League Club Cairns

Cairns and far north Queensland has one of the highest rates of participation in sport of any Australian region. Every afternoon and every weekend, our parks, ovals and indoor centres are full of people playing, training, practising.

The Ivanhoes Rugby League Club has been playing longer than most. The club formed in 1923, and celebrates its 90th anniversary next weekend.

The Kia-ora Football Club changed its name to the Ivanhoes in 1923, and based itself at Norman Park, on Sheridan Street Cairns.

90 years on, the club is still going strong. And it’s been a long time since the Ivanhoes took to the field without a member of the Slade family in one of its teams.

Bruce Slade played in the 1960s, and is still an active member of the club. His son Noel played for the North Queensland Cowboys in the 90s, and still plays for the Ivanhoes at age 38. Nephew Zack Slade plays in the under 18s, and his mum, Bruce Slade’s daughter Leah, has won five premierships with the Lady Ivanhoes.

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear the Slade family tell Phil Staley the story of their Ivanhoes Rugby League Club

PART 2 Click on the red arrow to hear John Skardon Snr, John Skardon Jnr, Connor, Michael and Dallas Skardon — all current or former Ivanhoes players, water runners, ex-Cowboys, club legends.

PART 3 Click on the red arrow to meet the Henley family – a Henley first played for the Ivanhoes in the 1930s

More about the Ivanhoes and the Cairns District Rugby League at http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=2262

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, Sport

 

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REMEMBERING FNQ ARTIST AND FOLK MUSIC CHAMPION RON EDWARDS – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC FRIDAY MAY 24

reI never got to meet the late Ron Edwards, a great far north Queensland artist, collector of folklore, and gifted story-teller. But I did hear many stories of him from the late Bill Scott, who shared many of Ron’s talents and passions. Bill lived at The Coconuts, near Innisfail in the 1950s. Ron arrived in the far north in the late 50s. The two were great friends who shared many adventures here in FNQ and elsewhere.

Ron Edwards is the subject of a retrospective exhibition opening tomorrow night at the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns. It’s appropriately called The Passionate Observer. Ron was an artist, a publisher, musician, story-teller, singer and craftsman, with a particular passion for Australian folk music. In 1976, he published the Big Book of Australian Folk Song – a work that inspired and encouraged many performers and lovers of the genre, including our own Tony Hillier.

So today we offer a selection of Australian folk songs Ron Edwards would have enjoyed. We hear The Bushwackers from 1974, when they were known as The Bushwackers & Bullockies Bush Band, a Peter Kenyon composition performed by Jan Wositzky http://www.storytellersguide.com.au/ and two takes on an Australian folk classic, from The Bushwackers http://thebushwackers.com.au/ and Tony Hillier’s band, Kamerunga. http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/kamerunga

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear this week’s Tony Hillier’s World of Music

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PLAY LIST

The Woolloomooloo Lair  (Trad) by Bushwackers & Bullockies Bush Band from the 1974 LP The Shearer’s Dream

Fool’s Gold (written by Peter Kenyon) performed by Jan Wositzky & Danny Spooner from Jan Wositzky’s 2013 CD The Monster Meeting

Lime Juice Tub (Trad) by the Bushwackers from their 1984 album Lively

Lime Juice Tub (Trad)  by Kamerunga from their 2012 album Worlds Kaleid

More about the Ron Edwards exhibition at www.ronedwardsretrospective.wordpress.com

and http://www.tanksartscentre.com/home/event.asp?eid=618

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/ .

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, People, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS FRIDAY MAY 24

_MG_7611Australians love their sport – but I reckon no-one loves their sport quite like our Phil Staley. Indoor, outdoor, winter summer or somewhere in between – Phil loves it all. Stand at his desk here at ABC Far North and you get the feeling you’ve just run on to Lang Park or the MCG. Phil has a gift for talking about sport in a way that even people who can’t stand sport will enjoy. He gets past the hype and the stats to the magic ingredient that makes sport so compelling – the people who play it and the people who love it.

Phil talks about sport each Friday on ABC Far North at 5:15pm – now you can tune in online as well. This week: the NRL announces its new drug testing regime, the North Queensland Cowboys must-win match against the Tigers in Sydney tonight (live only on ABC Far North), Cairns AFL player Sam Michael makes his debut for the Brisbane Lions against Carlton, and Dave Maiden talks about the NQ Challenge rugby league cup, bringing players to Cairns tomorrow from all over Cape York.

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear this week’s Phil Staley’s Thoughts on Sports

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, Cape York Peninsula, EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, Sport

 

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GORDONVALE’S TRISH RICHARDS – QUEENSLAND’S MOST POPULAR LIBRARIAN

Queensland's most popular librarian Trish Richards (R) with regular library user Wendy Maddocks

Queensland’s most popular librarian Trish Richards (R) with regular library user Wendy Maddocks

I’m happy to report that far north Queensland is home to this state’s favourite librarian – Gordonvale Library‘s Trish Richards.

Every year, the Australian Library and Information Association invites library users to nominate their favourite staff members, with an online public vote determining the top contenders. And Trish was voted Queensland’s favourite librarian.

Trish Richards has been with the Cairns Regional Council libraries for six years now and she says she loves the Gordonvale library – which plays an important role in this rural community on the southern outskirts of Cairns. Like libraries everywhere, this place is much more than a building full of books.

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear ABC Far North reporter Phil Staley visit the Gordonvale Library and meet Trish Richards

More about Gordonvale Library at http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/library/my-library/locations/gordonvale

More about the Australian Library and Information Association and their 2013 awards at http://www.alia.org.au/

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, People

 

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THE MANY MUSICAL ENTERPRISES OF NICKY BOMBA – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

bombNicky Bomba is a man of many talents, and has been part of many a musical enterprise. Born Nicholas Caruana in Malta in 1963, he came to Australia with his family a year later. He learned to play drums at age six, and formed his first band in his teens. That band was Fugitive Flight, and since then he’s been in Guided Tour, The Truth, Banana Oil, Bomba, Bustamento and his new outfit, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

He’s perhaps best known for his role as drummer with the John Butler Trio. This week, on Tony Hillier’s World of Music, we sample Nicky’s work, beginning with Banana Oil, a band he formed in the mid 90s. We’ll hear music by his next band, Bomba, the more recent Bustamento, and a rousing piece from his new project, the very ambitious and entertaining Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear this week’s Tony Hillier’s World of Music

BUSTAPLAY LIST

Troubleshooting  from Banana Oil’s 1996 album Guava Lampo

Pomodoro from Bomba’s 2000 album Population

Deep Sleeper Man from Bustamento’s 2012 album

Intrepid Adventures To The Lost Riddim Islands

Get Smart from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s 2013 self-titled album

Nicky Bomba plays the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns on May 24th.

TONY HILLIER CASTTony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/ .

Tony Hillier’s World of Music is also available as a podcast. Search for Tony Hillier on your podcast app or in the iTunes store. And you can stay in touch with the FNQ music scene with Tony at http://www.entertainmentcairns.com/hilliers-hotline-archive.php

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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PHIL STALEY – THOUGHTS ON SPORTS FRIDAY MAY 17

_MG_7611Australians love their sport – but I reckon no-one loves their sport quite like our Phil Staley. Indoor, outdoor, winter summer or somewhere in between – Phil loves it all. Stand at his desk here at ABC Far North and you get the feeling you’ve just run on to Lang Park or the MCG. Phil has a gift for talking about sport in a way that even people who can’t stand sport will enjoy. He gets past the hype and the stats to the magic ingredient that makes sport so compelling – the people who play it and the people who love it.

Phil talks about sport each Friday on ABC Far North at 5:15pm – now you can tune in online as well. This week: another former Canberra Raider launches into politics, the North Queensland Cowboys chances against the Sydney Roosters, spot fixing is not something done in the laundry, and the Queensland club going for the longest continuous lawn bowls match world record.

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear Phil’s Thoughts on Sports

Phil Staley’s Thoughts on Sports is also available as a weekly podcast. Search for Phil Staley on your podcast app or the iTunes store.

 

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