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John MacKenzie chats with Kevin Goan, Detective Inspector for the Far North District Crime Group, about the arrest of Rajwinder Singh in India for the alleged murder of Cairns local Toyah Cordingley. Local and federal police worked tirelessly in two countries in an effort to locate person-of-interest, Rajwinder Singh. A reward of $1 million was rec…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Senator Jim Molan, Retired Major General and Chief of Operations in Iraq, about his book titled Danger on Our Doorstep about a potential war with China. The argument is being made that for the first time in many decades, war could soon be on Australia's doorstep with the growing danger of Chinese growth and expansion in th…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Professor Greg Barton, International Security Expert and Chair of Global Islamic Politics at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, about Defence Minister Richard Marles' meeting with China. Minister Marles spoke with Wei Fenghe, his Chinese counterpart, in Cambodia as a part of the ASEAN meeting to…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Senior Constable Heidi Marek of the Cairns District Crime Prevention Office, about the recent spate of bicycle thefts, sometimes with force. Traditional and electric bikes and expensive E-Scooters are being stolen across the region, often ending up in what is being called a "bicycle graveyard" where bikes are stripped for …
 
John MacKenzie chats with Dr. Don Mackie, Executive Director of Medical Services at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, to gain a local perspective on the latest wave of Covid-19. Cairns Hospital changed its pandemic response from "Green" to "Amber" last week, meaning that no elective surgery has been rescheduled and other limitation…
 
John MacKenzie chats with David Walton, Owner of Cairns Snake Removals, for some necessary safety advice following the deaths of two pet dogs from a suspected death adder snake. The short and stubby snake found commonly along our eastern coastlines will see increased activity as the weather warms into summer. Mr. Walton provided insight into why do…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Ken Harley, Chairman of the Redcliffe Highway Proposal (an alternate tablelands access route), about the current state and safety of the Kuranda Range. The discussion was sparked after two letters to the editor in our local Cairns Post which pointed to the dangers of the road surface, particularly for motorbike riders. The…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Wayne Coutts, Regional Director SES (State Emergency Services), about the best ways to prepare for the upcoming cyclone and wet season. Everyone residing in our beautiful region should be ready with an emergency kit and plan of action for any cyclone, storm, or flooding events that are common in our summer months. Furtherm…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Lisa from Woree about the Cairns Regional Council's investment property proposed rate increase. Lisa was responding to Councillor Olds and Moller from the previous day, in particular, the story about a collective of ratepayers who successfully sued Mackay Regional Council over the same issue. As a result, the state governm…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Cr. Brett Olds, CRC Representative for Division 9, about the controversial proposal to increase rates on investment properties. The Cairns Regional Council has sent out letters warning ratepayers of a potential rate increase between 15-40% for non-principal places of residence. Mr. Olds has voiced his concerns and oppositi…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Kevin Byrne, Executive Manager of Enterprise North and Former Mayor of Cairns, about the $210 million in federal funding promised to upgrade the Kuranda Range Road. Residents feel not enough is being spent on the notorious range where crashes and hold-ups are commonplace. A Cairns Post survey showed that nearly 90% of thei…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Kevin Goan, Detective Inspector for the Far North District Crime Group, about investigations surrounding the death of Toyah Cordingley in 2018. Kevin Goan recently returned from India where he worked productively with local authorities in an effort to locate the person of interest, Rajwinder Singh. The Queensland governmen…
 
John MacKenzie chats with John Moore, Former Director of Australian Rugby League, about the 2023 NRL season and cairns hosting a Premiership game. South Sydney is set to return to Barlow Park after five years, which has reinvigorated the calls for Cairns to get its own, world-class sporting stadium. John Moore has long pushed for the government to …
 
John MacKenzie chats with David Crisafulli, LNP Member for Broadwater and State Leader of the Opposition, about the troubling rates of youth crime following a recent debate in the Queensland parliament. The debate focused on victims of crime and the negative impact it has made on their lives, with a local Cairns mother's story given airtime during …
 
John MacKenzie chats with Lisa from Woree about the Cairns Regional Council's rate rise for investment properties. The announcement of an approximate 15% increase will come into effect during the 2023/2024 financial year for all non-principal places of residence. Lisa made salient points raging from the pressure this will put on tenants during an a…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Dave Ellery, Owner of Urban Wheelz, to better understand the electric scooter market following the recent changes in Queensland law. E-scooters, also known as Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs), are now allowed in bike lanes on roads with speed limits of 50 km/hr or under and are limited to a top speed of 12 km/hr on footpat…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Dominic Davies, Managing Director of The Woolshed, about vandalism following an attack and destruction of property at his club. The outdoor seating was destroyed and gang-style graffiti was sprawled on tables, including "F*** the Police" and "4865", which is a reference to a southern suburb postcode. Mr. Davies made a poin…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Linda Tuck, Principal of Property Ladder Real Estate, about a rate increase for investment properties announced by Cairns Regional Council. An increase of 15-40% will come into effect during the 2023/2024 financial year for all non-principal place of residence, meaning any property which is not your main home. Linda Tuck s…
 
John MacKenzie chats with a powerful talkback caller, Leon from Edmonton, about his personal experience in turning his own son's life around from a troubled youth into a productive community member. Leon explained how he needed to turn his own life around to help his son and that community support and practical institutions are the answer. Leon bel…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Scott Morrissey, PhD Candidate at JCU Townsville, about a technology being developed to detect the proximity of marine stingers in our waters. Mr. Morrissey is working on forensic testing of water samples to detect the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) of marine stingers, which would effectively eliminate the need to continuousl…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Cr. Brett Olds, CRC Representative for Division 9, about the proposed changes to public drunkenness, urination, and begging. In a shocking move, the state government hopes to reduce crime statistics by legalising particular offences and offering diversionary programs as an alternate means. The law change would effectively …
 
John MacKenzie chats with Peter Scott, Mayor of Cook Shire, about the historical significance of World War II after a memorial was recently restored. The state government recently reversed its decision to remove a war memorial erected to commemorate David Ellerton of the Royal Australian Air Force who was killed in 1942 around 100km from Cooktown. …
 
John MacKenzie chats with Dr. Peter Ridd, Independent Scientist, and Marine Geophysicist, about the federal government's guarantee to spend $1.2 billion on reef "protection". Dr. Ridd explained that record coral cover has been reported recently and that the billion-plus dollar pricetag is a waste of taxpayer funds. Dr. Ridd also weighed in on the d…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Warren Jonsson, Owner of Jonsson's Farm Market, about the rising costs of living due to the increases in food and energy prices. Fuel and transport expenses are up with primary producers forced to pass on the cost to the consumer. Groceries and fresh produce prices have been steadily increasing and putting huge pressure on…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Nick Trompf, Chairman of Advance Cairns, about the funding secured for vital projects in and around Cairns following the release of the 2022-2023 Australian federal budget. The major projects that were included in the budget include $50m for the CQUniversity Cairns campus, $107.5m for Cairns' water security, $210m for Kura…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Linda Cooper, General Manager of Study Cairns, about the increase in student numbers studying abroad in Cairns. A strong return of Japanese students to the region should see others follow suit, and many are anticipating the numbers to begin to rise in the Chinese and Taiwanese markets. With many students holding working ho…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Wayne "Prong" Trimble, a family friend of Toyah Cordingley, after the Indian Government set a court date of November 5th as authorities hope to make an arrest soon. Rajwinder Singh is the person of interest sought by police after he left for India on the same day as the disappearance of Toyah Cordingley in October 2018. He…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Robbie Katter, State Member for Traeger and Queensland Leader of Katter's Australian Party, about the proposed remote camps for troubled youths. Mr. Katter supported the motion made by local councils to pressure the state government to respond to the youth crime emergency by providing facilities in remote locations which w…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Mario Mlikota, Mareeba Shire Councillor, about remote camps for troubled youth where vital skills can be learnt in hopes that their lives turn around. Mareeba Shire submitted a motion at the Local Government Association of Queensland Annual Conference in Cairns, calling on the state government to introduce diversionary fac…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Brett Moller, Cairns Regional Councillor Representative for Division 1, about solutions to curb the crime trend, which has become a major talking point at the LGAQ annual conference. After 3 years the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has returned to Cairns to host its annual conference, with crime being a …
 
John MacKenzie chats with David Crisafulli, LNP Member for Broadwater and State Leader of the Opposition, about the need for the state government to tackle crime. At the time of writing this article, Cairns and the greater region have seen 1066 cars stolen so far this year. This smashes the 782 total for last year and is up again on 2020's total of…
 
Gavin King, covering for John MacKenzie, chats with talkback caller, Simon from Brinsmead, about potential and realistic solutions to tackle the youth crime issue. Simon elaborated on the need for a military-inspired disciplinary program for youth who commit multiple and ongoing offenses.Autor: Mornings with John Mackenzie
 
John MacKenzie chats with LNP Senator Susan McDonald about the Albanese government's controversial agreement to follow the United States and sign up for methane reduction targets of 30% over 10 years. Bigger polluters, such as China, India, and Russia will not back the pledge, leaving Aussie farmer's scratching their heads at the government's decis…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Roger Ward, Director of Cairns Mortgage Brokers and Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, about the mortgage and financial stresses facing Cairns homeowners, as interest rates continue to rise. The Reserve Bank of Australia raised rates to 2.6 percent, which is the highest it has been in seven y…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Perri Conti, Co-Founder of Changing Cairns Crime Problems, in response to solutions provided by local members of parliament regarding the crime crisis. All of our state and federal members weighed in on the crime issue providing a range of possible ways to curb the trend, ranging from remote relocation programs to early in…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Ralph Cremer from NEAMCO, after the surprise announcement of its closure. The closure is due to the retirement of owner Ray Fry, who has been in the engineering industry for decades. Ray's father, Dick Fry, was the local legend who founded NQEA, which was formerly one of Cairns' biggest employers. Ralph spoke fondly and re…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Aimee McVeigh, CEO Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), about homelessness and rental issues in relation to the upcoming housing summit. Over 500 Cairns locals have applied for social housing during the last financial year, as approximately 4,000 people wait for a home in our region. "People are sleeping in cars a…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Glen Jacobs, Director of World Trail and Crankworx Cairns Track Manager, about the Crankworx cycling event that hits Cairns this week. Mr. Jacobs was praised by Crankworx Managing Director, Darren Kinnaird, who described it as "maybe the most impressive course build I've ever seen..." Over 4,000 tickets have been sold to t…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Paul Drabble, local Anti-Crime Advocate, about a new "Citizens Force" initiative. As the crime crisis worsens, a Citizens Force initiative would be there to act as a support system for our most vulnerable victims of crime, and to assist police in any way. "It's about being vigilant, not being a vigilante" Mr. Drabble was q…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Stacey Quaid, Principal of Quaid and Colliers Real Estate, about the history of False Cape at East Trinity following the $2.95 million sale of the property. The stunning 120.6-hectare property is home to World War II relics including a battery site that was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1997. Stacey brings t…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Denis McKinley, retired inspector Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, about the crime situation in Mareeba after unbelievable reports of rampant youth crime. In recent times Mareeba has seen businesses torched and people bashed, but now reports of intimidation include threats to kill and eat the animals at a local pet …
 
John MacKenzie chats with Ian Leavers, President and CEO of the Queensland Police Union, about the difficulties faced by communities burdened by crime. Cairns and Far North Queensland is facing an ever-increasing crime rate with home invasions and theft of personal property being commonplace. Women and the elderly have been victimised by youth offe…
 
John MacKenzie chats with John Moore, Former Director of Australian Rugby League, about the Eel's win against the Cowboys after a controversial forward pass. Accusations were made that the Cowboys were robbed of their win following the admittance of a forward pass made by halfback Mitchell Moses that was missed by a touch judge. NRL Head of Footbal…
 
John MacKenzie chats with talkback caller Bill, from Bentley Park, about a recent home invasion where young offenders forced entry and terrified Bill's wife who has mobility issues. Their car and other items were stolen, but the true horror is the impact a home invasion has on victims' mental health and their perception of safety. Bill's nightmare …
 
John MacKenzie chats with Gina Hogan, CEO of the FNQ Hospital Foundation, about the success of the 2022 QSuper Cardiac Challenge. Around 215 cyclists (including 4CA's very own, Murray Jones) took part in the fundraising ride, which is now into its 16th year and has raised over $5 million [to date] to improve local cardiac services. The QSuper Cardi…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Sergeant Dave Raymond, Charity Fundraiser for hearts of the Nation, about a recent event attended by a former Wiggles Band member. Former yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, visited Goldsborough Valley in support of funding efforts to attain an Automated External Defibrillator for the community south of Cairns. After Greg's personal…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Dr. Maria Boulton, Australian Medical Association Queensland President, about the pressures faced by staff after a report which details the recent deaths of 20 people who were waiting for an ambulance or at a hospital. Paramedics, GPs, and nurses are just some of the staff under extreme pressure working for Queensland Heal…
 
John MacKenzie chats with John Moore, former Director of Australian Rugby League, about the proposed sporting and events precinct at Barlow Park. John Moore was outraged at the Cairns Regional Council's decision to upgrade the facilities and transform the park into something other than a world-class stadium fit for international visits and signific…
 
John MacKenzie chats with Dr. John Coyne, Head of Northern Australian Strategic Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, about the defense expansions needed for Cairns. Cairns is located in a unique geopolitical position, situated near Eastern and Pacific nations, and is viewed as a connection point. Dr. Coyne recently visited Ca…
 
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