Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s WW2 sites

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the Torres Strait islands many times. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and it’s full of good stories. The Strait was Australia’s northern front-line during World War Two – and those difficult times are being […]

REMEMBERING LARRY

There are tens of thousands of people who will reflect today on something they have in common – cyclone Larry. Larry came howling in from the Coral Sea early on Monday March 20, 2006 – ten years ago today. Winds up to 290 kilometres per […]

THAT BASTARD LARRY – 10 YEARS ON

  I’ll be up early this Sunday – not something I usually do – but it’s the 10th anniversary of a life-changing event. So I’ll spend a quiet hour before dawn remembering cyclone Larry. One of the most powerful cyclones ever to make landfall in […]

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FAREWELL TO THE FAR NORTH

Career decisions can be momentous, and disastrous. Here’s one that turned out to be both. In September 2014, I decided to leave ABC Far North in Cairns and move to Broome, to run ABC Kimberley. It was a tremendous opportunity for me,  but required me […]

THE STORY OF THE BARFLY – THE CAIRNS FREE PAPER THAT TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS

There’s a fine tradition of free publications in Australia – newspapers and magazines independent of major commercial interests, that devote their columns and pages to lively coverage of music, the arts, local issues. In Cairns, Barfly blazed an entertaining and honourable trail between 1990 and […]

CAIRNS RHEUMATOLOGIST DAVID BOSSINGHAM RETIRES AFTER 22 YEARS IN FNQ

Unless you or someone you know has needed the services of a rheumatologist, chances are you have no idea what they do. Rheumatology is a medical specialty dealing with problems of the joints, soft tissue, and some auto-immune diseases. The main reason people go to […]

NEW MUSIC FOR THE WET SEASON – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

We’ve had plenty of rain here in far north Queensland this past couple of weeks, with the monsoon dumping falls up to 400 millimetres in some places. By a strange coincidence, songs pertaining to precipitation can be found on three excellent new Australian albums featured […]