BEC HASTIE – TREKKING TOWARDS THE SUN

In October 2011, a young man whose life seemed so full of promise committed suicide. No-one saw it coming, and it’s still not clear why he did it. For his family and friends, it’s been a long and hard road back from that tragedy. Music […]

A CELEBRATION OF PAUL KELLY – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Paul Kelly is on tour in Queensland this week and next, part of his 23 stop national Spring and Fall tour. Long one of Australia’s best singer/songwriters, this tour sees Paul in great form, with a new and astonishingly talented band, performing his recent Spring […]

THE NRL QUEENSLAND DERBY – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORT

Australians 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 […]

ARE THERE MORE CROCODILES NOW IN FNQ – OR JUST MORE OF US?

There’s been a pretty lively debate around far north Queensland in recent times about crocodiles. Well, it’s been going for decades, but has been re-ignited in recent times by croc sightings in close proximity to our large population centres, and especially around popular tourist destinations. […]

Martin Cohen at Lake Eacham FNQ

THREATENED, VULNERABLE, ENDANGERED. THE STATE OF OUR WILDLIFE

We hear lots of debate about our environment and the impact of human activity on our wildlife. In those discussions you’ll hear terms like “endangered”, “threatened”, “vulnerable”, and many other words and phrases. Their exact meaning is not always clear, and given the heat and […]

THE FUTURE OF NATIONAL FOOTY IN CAIRNS – A TALE OF TWO CODES

Major sport is the domain of television these days. But nothing beats being at the ground, watching your team, enjoying the atmosphere. If you live in the big smoke, it’s a routine thing to have a day at the cricket, and you can probably fit […]

CREATING AN INDIGENOUS FUTURE IN COEN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Back in 2008, the Queensland and Federal Governments, and the Cape York Institute for Policy & Leadership,  introduced the Cape York Welfare Reform program in four communities –  Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The idea was to find locally informed ways to address social […]

INDIGENOUS VIEWS ON MINING AND WORLD HERITAGE ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA FNQ

There’s a diversity of views among Cape York indigenous communities on the Australian Government’s recent push for World Heritage listing, and on the prospect of new or expanded mining in the region. The Federal Government has run a long consultation process to muster indigenous support […]

LYNDAL PHIL AND I ON THE PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD

PICTURES FROM OUR CAPE YORK PENINSULA ROAD TRIP

We did our annual Cape York Peninsula road trip a bit early this year, in June instead of October. It was early in the dry season, the roads were in great shape and we travelled to Lakeland, Laura, Lama Lama National Park, Coen, Wenlock River, […]