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Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s most significant Word War II sites – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s most significant Word War II sites – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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 wonderfully documented by Vanessa and Liberty Seekee at the Torres Strait Heritage Museum.

They’re online at http://www.torresstraitheritage.com/blog/?page_id=53 and here’s a current story from the hard-working crew at ABC Far North.

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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in rd on the road, Torres Strait

 

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

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The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Tony Hillier picks some highlights.

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Shape Of The DayMangrove Jack – self-titled album

Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean Songbook

 Kick It from the new Kooii  album Call Out

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in EFFINCUE, music, rd on the road, Tony Hillier's World of Music

 

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FROM TROPICAL FNQ TO FROZEN NORWAY – BY DOG SLED. MEET LARA HUDSON

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LARA HUDSON – AND FRIENDS

We’ve had a few cold nights in far north Queensland recently. That’s what happens when we get these lovely fine dry season days – created by cooler dry air from the south. That sends the night time minimums down to the low teens in Cairns, and single figures on the high country west of us, on the lovely Atherton Tablelands.

Those cool nights won’t be worrying Lara Hudson – if anything, it’s probably helping her prepare for sub zero temperatures she will experience in northern Scandinavia later this year. Lara worked in the fashion industy for 13 years. but found herself wondering about things she had not yet experienced. That led her to a dog sledding trip in Sweden – and now Lara is heading to Norway to work as a sledding guide. Lara will live in a remote wilderness camp a couple of hours from Tromso, with no electricity or running water – but there will be plenty of huskies.

 LISTEN to my interview with Lara Hudson here.

Lara’s blog is at http://mylifesubzero.blogspot.no/

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, far north Queensland, rd on the road

 

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A PROJECT TO HELP THE ENDANGERED NORTHERN BETTONG – AND YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

northern Bettong - pic Qld Parks & Wildlife

northern Bettong – pic Qld Parks & Wildlife

Meet the northern bettongbettongia tropica – a small, shy marsupial somewhere between a kangaroo and a rodent. They live in relatively small pockets of far north Queensland, they’re endangered, and they could do with your help.

A project is getting underway to help conserve the northern bettong – involving James Cook University, WWF Australia, Queensland Parks and Wildlife and others. And there’s a role for you, if you’d like to volunteer some time, exploring bettong habitats here in FNQ and gathering information about their health, population numbers and the pressures on their preferred homes on the border of wet and dry forest areas.

Dr Sandra Abell – from James Cook University – will be talking about the project on Thursday night (June 5) at the Malanda Hotel at 7.30pm – the Tree-Kangaroo & Mammal Group is putting the event on and would love to see you there.
And you can listen to my interview with Sandra Abell here

adult bettong with youngster pic Tegan Whitehead

adult bettong with youngster pic Tegan Whitehead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Atherton Tablelands, EFFINCUE, environment, rd on the road, wildlife and animals

 

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SHAKESPEARE’S COMEDY OF ERRORS COMES TO CAIRNS AT THE RONDO YOUTH THEATRE

RONDO YOUTH THEATRE CAST OF THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

RONDO YOUTH THEATRE CAST OF THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Somewhere between 1589 and 1595, a young English playwright by the name of William Shakespeare tried his hand at comedy. The result was The Comedy of Errors – one of his shortest plays, telling a farcical story of mistaken identity gone crazy, with wordplay, puns and slapstick that would have delighted Marx Brothers fans four centuries later. Since then, the Comedy of Errors has been an opera, a film, and a piece of musical theatre many times over. Later this week, it opens in Cairns in the hand of some very talented teenage actors. The Rondo Youth Theatre brings together a cast of 15 talented Cairns high school students, who have also created the posters, original music and handled the choreography, costumes and sound track. And they’ve clearly come to grips with the intricacies of Shakespearean dialogue. It should be a very entertaining production.

LISTEN to excerpts from the play and meet cast members here.

The Comedy of Errors is on at the Rondo Theatre this Thursday and Friday – with performances at 5.30 & 7.30pm each day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE

 

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COFFEE, TEA AND TEMPTATION – ELIZABETH MARTIN’S NEW BOOK THE TEA HOUSE IN THE LIME TREES

Tea House in the Lime Trees 300Claire Douglas loves coffee. She is almost certainly addicted to the rich black brew. Coffee is the fuel, the life-blood of her adventurous life and new love in tropical far north Queensland. But Claire is about to be tempted – by a bloke, and by tea. Claire hails from Melbourne, she thinks she’s bound for Italy, but she finds herself near Dimbulah, on the high country well west of Cairns. We first met Claire in The Coffeeholic & The Cafe – Cairns author Elizabeth Martin‘s first novel. Today, Elizabeth launches the sequel – The Tea House in the Lime Trees.

Elizabeth and her character, Claire, have a bit in common. They both moved to FNQ from Melbourne, and Elizabeth has an abiding and infectious passion for good coffee and cafes. Both of her novels are set here in Cairns and the far north, vividly conjuring the characters, sights, sounds and scents of our tropical surrounds. It’s always a thrill when our region features in a film, a TV show or a novel – and Elizabeth has distilled the flavours of far north Queensland into The Tea House in the Lime Trees.

LISTEN to Elizabeth Martin talk about her new book, and her journey to becoming a published author.

CAIRNS AUTHOR ELIZABETH MARTIN

CAIRNS AUTHOR ELIZABETH MARTIN

 

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in arts & culture, Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE

 

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IT’S BUTTERFLY TIME IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

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The far north Queensland wet season is over for another year and the start of the dry is a great time to see butterflies and moths around the region. During the wet, conditions are just too tough for these beautiful creatures to flourish in significant numbers, but as the seasons change, you’ll see plenty of Cairns Birdwing and Ulysses butterflies, and many more.

Our wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen introduces you to the many butterfly and moth species of Cairns and FNQ.

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Martin Cohen at Lake Eacham FNQ

Martin Cohen at Lake Eacham FNQ

 

 

 

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