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 […]

TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO END THE NORTH-SOUTH CULTURE WAR

It happens at least once a week, sometimes more often, and it usually makes me cranky. I’m listening to radio news, and someone makes a pronouncement about the future of “northern Australia”. More often than not, the view comes from someone who lives deep 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 MUSIC OF CAIRNS FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Listen as Tony Hillier picks some highlights. PLAYLIST  Shape Of The Day — Mangrove Jack – self-titled album Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean […]

THE CAIRNS UKULELE FESTIVAL 2014 – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Cairns is the centre of the ukulele universe this weekend – with the 5th Cairns Ukulele Festival well underway. Players of the four-stringed instrument have come to far north Queensland from around Australia and from faraway shores to celebrate an instrument that evokes the tropics […]

SPEAKING IN TONGUES – THE PLAY THAT BECAME THE FILM LANTANA

One of the best Australian films of recent times was Lantana – Ray Lawrence directing a stellar cast in a complex and compelling tale of mystery, lust and the search for something more. The film was based on a play by Andrew Bovell – Speaking […]