Mourners flock to farewell Cutie

By Shirley Higgins-Croft. From Botswana, from Birdsville and from Brinsmead they came. From the families of Pelecanidae, Phoenicopteridae and Thurston they came. Over the canefields, from the swamps and through the McGregor Road construction-site they came. They drove, they crawled, they flew, they walked. And yesterday, they cried and squawked. On an unseasonably wet dayContinue reading “Mourners flock to farewell Cutie”

Big Curlew gains traction

By Paolo Zupp. The Trinity Beach community is supporting the construction of a large statue of a bush stone curlew proposed for the northern end of the esplanade. A Go-Fund-Me campaign has raised in excess of $300,000 in eight days, and the project was allegedly discussed at a Cairns Regional Council cocktail party at theContinue reading “Big Curlew gains traction”

Blither injured in bingle

By Allan Povah. A Japanese blither has been injured in a collision on McLeod Street this afternoon when she was impacted by a late-model midnight-charcoal Nissan hatchback. The driver of the car was uninjured, but her Samsung Galaxy A51 succumbed to airbag-impact complications and was pronounced dead at the scene by Korean specialists. Police haveContinue reading “Blither injured in bingle”

Viewpoints on the Folau insta attack

By Allan Povah. Underneath the relaxed laissez-faire attitude of FNQ, a controversy is bubbling away over Israel Folau’s Instagram post (above), in which he condemned certain segments of society to eternal torment in Hell. Many, many North Queenslanders have responded strongly to the footballer’s post. Matters of faith are sometimes difficult to discuss, but weContinue reading “Viewpoints on the Folau insta attack”

Tenco wins sanitation contract

By Murray Murchison In a press release today, the Cairns Regional Council announced that it has awarded the lucrative chambers re-sanitation contract to Taiwanese chaebol, Tenco. This has been received as a controversial decision as, historically, the council has exclusively used suppliers from Japan – generally regarded as the industry leader in faecal collection systemsContinue reading “Tenco wins sanitation contract”

Mexican car wrangling technology approved

By Paolo Zupp Cairns Regional Council have put the green light on a trial of Mexican-built retractable speedbumps in the CBD. Implementation of the Colina Furtiva (CF) units make use of number-plate and facial recognition to provide selective deployment. The initiative is partly funded by the Japanese government in an attempt to reduce the numberContinue reading “Mexican car wrangling technology approved”

Intelligent speed bumps to be trialled

By Paolo Zupp Cairns Regional Council have announced a trial of intelligent retractable speed-bumps in the CBD as a means of slowing down traffic and reducing the horrendous accident rate. The Mexican Colina Furtiva (CF) technology (above) allows the speed-bump to lie flat or be raised in up to three configurations, mullida, irritante and presidencial.Continue reading “Intelligent speed bumps to be trialled”

Extra security for Cookie

By Allan Povah Cairns Mayor, Bob Manning, has announced extra security measures to protect the Sheridan Street statue of James Cook following the overnight ‘pinking’ of a similar statue in St Kilda, Australia (above). From today, there will be a blanket ban on sales of paint tinted with pinkish colours including coral, fuscia, flamingo, lemonade,Continue reading “Extra security for Cookie”

CL to headline the CUF?

By Shirley Higgins-Croft Korean superstar, CL (above), formerly of K-pop super-group, 2NE1, and onetime girlfriend of Sir Geoff Huegill is reportedly in negotiations to headline the Cairns Ukelele festival. CL, whose last outing was a Grammy-award winning track on The Little Pony soundtrack, is hugely popular in North Queensland, and securing her services would beContinue reading “CL to headline the CUF?”

Smithfield Cinemas open

By Shirley Higgins-Croft. After what seems like an interminable wait, the new Event Cinemas multiplex has opened at Smithfield shopping centre. Mayor Bob Manning officiated over the opening ceremony with assistance from staffers Flossie Henderson and Matthew Jenkins The event got off to a slightly rocky start. Manning lumbered up the welcoming staircase (above), hadContinue reading “Smithfield Cinemas open”