Federal government to fund new marine vessel for Yirrganydji Land and Sea Rangers

The Cairns-based Yirrganydji Land and Sea Rangers will receive funding to purchase a boat so they can continue to monitor, preserve and improve sea country through marine surveillance and restoration. Funding of $270,000 for the purchase of a marine vessel will be delivered through the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy.…

Morrison Government increases regional migration target

Cairns and Far North Queensland will benefit from changes to Australia’s regional migration settings after the Morrison Government increased the number of dedicated regional visas to 25,000. Following unprecedented growth (124 per cent) in the number of regional visas granted in the first quarter of this programme year, the government is increasing the total number…

New detector dog for Cairns Airport

JD the biosecurity detector dog has been welcomed to Cairns International Airport to help keep Australia safe from African swine fever (ASF). Queensland Senator Susan McDonald said the new detector dog comes at a time of heightened risk of ASF for Australia. “In Senate Estimates last week I asked why an international airport like Cairns,…

Regional airports program takes off

Far North Queensland airport owners and operators will soon be able to apply for a share of $100 million in funding for safety upgrades as part of the federal government’s new Regional Airports Program. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the program guidelines are now available, giving airport owners and operators more information on their…