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MORE MUSIC FROM THE CAIRNS FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

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This week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music we feature bands appearing this weekend at the annual Cairns Festival

The festival has been going, in one form or another, since it was known as Fun in the Sun in the early 60s. There’s plenty of music on offer at the Festival this year, including Tony’s band Kamerunga, the Hot & Wet Swing Set and The Hillbilly Goats.

LISTEN here

PLAY LIST

Mr Rabbit from The Hot and Wet Swing Set’s 2013 EP Speak Easy

Run Mountain from The Hillbilly Goats’ 2013 album Still In The Mountains Show

Queensland Whalers from Kamerunga’s 2012 album Worlds Kaleid

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

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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LEAGUE LEGEND MATT BOWEN RETIRES FROM NRL – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS

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This morning, one of the greats of Australian Rugby League announced he’s retiring from the NRL. Matt Bowen is leaving the North Queensland Cowboys after 13 years at the club. He’s been a champion for the Cowboys and for the Queensland Origin side, and an inspiration to footy loving kids all over the country.

We hear from Matt on his decision, and offer a tribute by way of some Matty magic moments over the years. And we talk about what the AFL Essendon finals ban means for all the other teams vying for a place in the finals, in this week’s Phil Staley’s Thoughts on Sports. LISTEN here

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 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.

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, rd on the road, Sport

 

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THE MAREEBA WETLANDS – A TASTE OF THE OUTBACK WITHOUT THE LONG DRIVE

MARTIN 084One of the reasons I write this blog is to introduce you to the people and places of my home, far north Queensland. As everyone who lives here knows, this region is so much more than what you read in the tourism brochures. The more you get off the well-worn tourist track, the more rewarding your travels will be.

It’s always amazed me that so few of our visitors venture far from the east coast of FNQ. The furthest inland most of them get is Kuranda, just 30 minutes from Cairns. Yes, there’s plenty to see and do in Cairns, the reef, and the Daintree are stunning, but there’s so much more to our region and much of it is inland.

The long road trip up Cape York Peninsula, or to the Gulf Country might not be for everyone, but you don’t have to go very far to find somewhere that gives you a taste of those places. It’s barely an hour’s drive from Cairns to the Mareeba Wetlands

mapIt’s full name is the Mareeba Tropical Savannah & Wetland Reserve – about a ten minute drive north of Mareeba. It’s a 5000 acre community conservation project offering environmental education and research, & nature based tourism. It’s a not for proft enterprise run by the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland

If you go back about 20 years, there were plans to use this area for sugar cane farming, making use of left-over water from the Mareeba Dimbulah Irrigation Area. That didn’t proceed but the then Mareeba Wetland Foundation came up with the idea of a series of gravity-fed wetlands in the tropical savannah. The result is the Mareeba Wetlands – a typically tropical ecosystem but completely different to the Great Barrier Reef or the rainforests.

Among bird-watchers, this place is renowned. But there’s plenty of other wildlife to be seen. You can camp here or stay at the Jabiru Safari Lodge

ABC Far North wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen has been coming here for years – today’s he’s taken me with him. LISTEN to our visit to the Mareeba Wetlands

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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, Cape York Peninsula, EFFINCUE, environment, far north Queensland, rd on the road, wildlife and animals, Wildlife Martin Cohen

 

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LOCAL WILDLIFE INSPIRES KIDS BOOKS BY MISSION BEACH AUTHOR EVA MARIE WELSH

BSu2LhECYAIlgVTWhen you live away from the big cities, it’s rare to see your part of the world on TV, in books, movies – anything. We’re a long way from where most of these things are made. So it’s always a thrill to see far north Queensland getting a mention, or being the setting for stories in any medium.

FNQ author Eva Marie Welsh writes and illustrates books for children that are inspired by the wonderful wildlife of our region. Over the past few years, she’s given us Cassie the Cassowary, Croaky the green frog and Bobby the tree kangaroo. And Eva has some new books out, featuring a family of crocodiles and some platypus.

Eva was born in Germany, and had a career in the hospitality industry. She moved to Australia and eventually found her way to Mission Beach. She says her early attempts at painting were pretty ordinary, which is hard to believe when you look at the beautiful illustrations that feature in her books.

LISTEN to my interview with Eva Marie Welsh here

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, People, rd on the road, wildlife and animals

 

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SPOTLIGHT ON CAIRNS FESTIVAL MUSIC – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

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

You can hear Tony on ABC Far North each Friday at 445pm.

This week we feature bands appearing at the annual Cairns Festival

The festival has been going, in one form or another, since it was known as Fun in the Sun in the early 60s. There’s plenty of music on offer ath Festival this year, including Tony’s band Snake Gully, Reggae Bliss and Sounds of Austranesia

LISTEN 

All three bands are playing at the Pro Gig venue on the Cairns Esplanade this weekend. Details of Cairns Festival events and times here

PLAYLIST

The Woolloomooloo Lair from Snake Gully’s 1999 album Home Among The Gumtrees

Natural Flair from the Reggae Bliss 2011 album Part Of Life

Grateful from the Sounds Of AustraNesia self-titled 2013 debut album

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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AUSSIES ON TOP IN 5th TEST, COWBOYS COULD STILL MAKE THE 8, AFL MESS STILL MESSY – PHIL STALEY’S THOUGHTS ON SPORTS

_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: Watto & Smith put the Aussies on top in the 5th Ashes test, the North Queensland Cowboys could still make the NRL final eight in what is a very complicated ladder arrangement at the moment, the Northern Pride continue their run towards a QCup premiership, and the intrigues of the Essendon v  the AFL legal challenge over the ASADA doping allegations.

LISTEN here

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in EFFINCUE, Phil Staley Thoughts on Sports, rd on the road

 

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CHRIS WILES RIDES SOLO IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND RIDE FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

tall-billboard-ride4md2013This Sunday, Chris Wiles will get up early and head from his Babinda home to the Innisfail post office. When the clock strikes six, Chris will get on his bicycle and ride the 90 or so kilometres to Cairns, a journey he hopes to complete by around noon. It’ll be a hot day, and it’s no easy ride – there are some serious uphill stretches on the Bruce Highway that will test his fitness and resolve.

Chris is taking part in the annual Ride For Muscular Dystrophy – an event that raises awareness about the various forms of this debilitating medical condition, and raises funds to help people living with MD in Queensland. http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/ride4md2013

The ride actually takes place in Brisbane, but the cost of travel was prohibitive, so Chris and his family decided to hold a one-man ride here in far north Queensland – linking with a team competing in the Brisbane event, Team Mad Dog Wiles. http://www.everydayhero.com.au/team_maddog_wiles

Muscular dystrophy is something the Wiles family first heard of earlier this year, when Chris’s seven year old son Harper was diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy. He’s doing OK at the moment, but his future now includes some scary possibilities.

Muscular dystrophies are genetic disorders that can cause muscle wasting and weakness, loss of strength, possibly even life-shortening or life-threatening conditions. There’s no cure, and much yet to be learned about the condition and treatments. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is probably the best known and more severe form of dystrophy, Becker (BMD) is considered a milder form with a much slower and less predictable progression.

Chris Wiles hopes you will support his team in the Ride 4 MD this year – you can do that at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/team_maddog_wiles

LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear Chris talk about Becker Muscular Dystrophy and his ride from Innisfail to Cairns this Sunday

The Ride 4 MD supports the work of Muscular Dystrophy Queensland – read about them at http://mdqld.org.au/

More abut Becker Muscular Dystrophy at http://mdqld.org.au/becker-muscular-dystrophy-bmd

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, community, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, health, rd on the road

 

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