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Cairns residents brace for storm surge from Cyclone Ita

Fri, 2014-04-11 19:54

More than 30,000 residents in Cairns have been urged to leave their homes because of a potential storm surge threat from category-four Cyclone Ita.

CSIRO develops world's first fish-free prawn food

Fri, 2014-04-11 18:41

A team of CSIRO scientists has cracked the holy grail of aquaculture by developing the world's first fish-free prawn food.

Cyclone Ita weakens to category two storm

Fri, 2014-04-11 17:57

Tropical Cyclone Ita has been downgraded to a category two storm after making landfall in far north Queensland.

The system began crossing the coast as a category four storm near Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown, about 9:00pm (AEST) Friday but began to weaken as it moved inland.

The cyclone could bring destructive wind gusts up to 150 kilometres per hour between Cape Melville and Cape Tribulation this morning.

Cyclone Ita downgraded to category four off north Queensland

Fri, 2014-04-11 17:57

Tropical Cyclone Ita has been downgraded to a category four as it closes in on the far north Queensland coast.

The weather bureau says powerful system is on track to make landfall near Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown, between 9:00pm (AEST) and midnight.

Residents are bracing for destructive winds of up to 275 kilometres per hour, with gales extending up to 200 kilometres inland and tidal surges also expected.

Museum staff work to protect Cooktown treasures from cyclone

Fri, 2014-04-11 17:01

Staff at the James Cook Museum in Cooktown in far north Queensland have finished preparations to protect its treasures from destructive Cyclone Ita, due to make landfall tonight.

Mulvey slams Roar's sub-standard training

Fri, 2014-04-11 15:34

Brisbane Roar boss Mike Mulvey says his side's week at training has been uncharacteristically poor.

Human remains found at Tin Can Bay near Gympie

Fri, 2014-04-11 13:41

Human remains have been found at Tin Can Bay, north-east of Gympie in south-east Queensland, police say.

Hunt still in Suns' plans: McKenna

Fri, 2014-04-11 12:25

Karmichael Hunt's is not playing for the Suns against AFL premiers Hawthorn because of lack of match fitness.

Cyclone Ita compared to Tracy, Larry and Yasi

Fri, 2014-04-11 10:56

See how Cyclone Ita compares to Larry, Tracy and Yasi, which devastated the areas where they made landfall.

As it happened: Cyclone Ita hits far north Queensland

Fri, 2014-04-11 10:00

Tropical Cyclone Ita has been downgraded to a category two storm as it travels down the far north Queensland coast.

The cyclone made landfall at Cape Flattery about 9:00pm AEST on Friday night as a category four storm, but weakened as it travelled inland.

Destructive winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour are lashing the region. There are reports that trees are down and homes have been damaged.

The system is continuing to weaken as it moves south-southwest inland from Cooktown.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman warned that communities were still "staring down quite a destructive event".

Follow all the developments on our live blog.

Live coverage: Cyclone Ita lashing far north Queensland coast

Fri, 2014-04-11 10:00

Far north Queensland is braced for the full impact of Tropical Cyclone Ita, as the category four storm closes in on the coast north of Cooktown this evening.

The storm was downgraded from a category five this afternoon but Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has warned that communities are still "staring down quite a destructive event".

The system is bringing very destructive winds of up to 275 kilometres per hour near its centre and there are already reports that trees are down and homes have been damaged.

The storm is expected to make landfall between 9:00pm and midnight, between Cape Flattery and Cooktown.

The main evacuation centre in Cooktown has been locked down, while further south more than 30,000 Cairns residents have been advised to evacuate because of a potential storm surge threat.

Follow all the developments on our live blog.

Bank of Queensland announces profit jump and acquisition

Fri, 2014-04-11 09:47

Regional lender Bank of Queensland has recorded a 34 per cent increase in its first half profit.

Government may withhold family tax benefits if children aren't immunised

Fri, 2014-04-11 09:06

An expert has warned the Federal Government that withholding tax benefits from families who choose not to immunise their children is unlikely to achieve real change.

Remote beaches among Australia's most polluted: study

Fri, 2014-04-11 07:10

Australia's dirtiest and cleanest beaches have been revealed in a CSIRO study, and some of the worst are the most remote.

Cyclone Ita shows no sign of weakening as it nears far north Queensland

Fri, 2014-04-11 06:13

The Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Ita, the category-five system bearing down on the far north Queensland coast, is showing no signs of weakening.

The weather bureau says Ita has slowed down as it heads towards the coast and is expected to make landfall between Cape Flattery and Cooktown around midnight.

The bureau says the cyclone has very destructive winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour near the core.

At noon (AEST) the system, which has already wreaked havoc in the Solomon Islands, was estimated to be 175km north-north-east of Cooktown and 330km north of Cairns, and moving south-west at 10kph.

Search fails to find any sign of 3yo girl Chloe Campbell

Fri, 2014-04-11 05:55

A search for a missing three-year-old girl near Bundaberg in southern Queensland has failed to find any sign of the child.

Moore confident Brumbies' defence will pass Reds test

Thu, 2014-04-10 21:46

Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore says his side has much reason to back their defence against Queensland.

Gas pipeline project proposed for Abbot Point

Thu, 2014-04-10 19:39

A Hong Kong-based company wants to spend about $100 million to pipe gas from the Cooper Basin to the Abbot Point port in north Queensland for export to Asian markets.

Crowds gather for march to honour murdered French student Sophie Collombet

Thu, 2014-04-10 18:36

More than 2,000 people have gathered in Brisbane for a march and candlelight vigil in memory of murdered French student Sophie Collombet.

Gillett in line for Kangaroos call-up: Sheens

Thu, 2014-04-10 17:27

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens says Bronco Matt Gillett is not far away from an international call-up.