What’s happening in Far North Queensland November 15-20

Police allege a number of men threatened a business employee during an early-morning armed robbery and are now seeking the public’s help. Plus, catch up on the latest, weather, traffic and event news.

G’day Far Northerners, here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening across the region this week, November 15 – November 20.


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Armed Robbery

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate the driver and passenger of a gold Nissan Pulsar in relation to an armed robbery at a Bungalow business on November 12.

Police will allege about 4.30am, two men entered a business on Scott St, Bungalow, threatened a 48-year-old male staff member with a screwdriver and demanded money before removing cash from the till.

The men then left the store on foot.

The employee was not injured during the incident.

One of the men is described as Aboriginal in appearance, between 18 and 20-years-old, wearing a yellow hooded jumper and black pants.

The other man is described as Aboriginal in appearance, about 183 cm tall, mid to late 20s, with black shoulder length hair.

Police believe the occupants of the vehicle pictured below may be able to assist with investigations.

Anyone who was travelling along Mulgrave Road between 4.35am and 5am that may have seen or captured footage on a dashcam of a gold-coloured Nissan Pulsar is urged to come forward.


The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting a partly cloudy day in Cairns on Monday with a 40 per cent chance of showers.

Light winds are expected becoming east to south-easterly 15 to 20km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening, with Cairns heading for a top temperature of 32C after an overnight minimum of 23C.

Across the region

Cairns: Possible shower 23-32C

Atherton: Possible shower 18-27C

Cardwell: Partly cloudy23-31C

Cooktown: Shower or two 25-32C

Innisfail: Shower or two 23-30C

Mareeba: Possible shower 20-30C


Archer River/ Mission River

Sealing of 10.1km of the Peninsula Developmental Road including drainage provisions at Archer River and Mission River is expected to continue to December 24, 2021 with works ongoing Monday to Sunday 6am to 6pm and delays are expected.

Barron/Smithfield/Yorkeys Knob

Construction of the Smithfield Bypass project, which is to be completed in December 2021, could result in some delays during active construction hours. The project will construct a new 3.8km bypass between the McGregor Road roundabout and the Cairns Western Arterial Road and Captain Cook Highway roundabout as an alternative route to the Captain Cook Highway.


A speed reduction is in force on Mulgrave Road at Bungalow due to culvert damage near Brown Street.

Access across culvert in both directions along Mulgrave Road and Brown Street intersection is restricted to vehicles that comply with the general mass and concessional mass limits.

Cape Tribulation / Kimberley

Roadworks have been reported on Cape Tribulation Bloomfield Road at Cape Tribulation / Kimberley

Long delays are expected in both directions towards Wujal Wujal.

Deeral / Gordonvale

There will be roadworks on the Bruce Highway between Mulgrave River Bridge and Lewis Road until December 6.

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.


Roadworks are being carried out on the Bruce Highway — Cairns Southern Access Corridor — Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale. Delays expected (during active hours of work), with all lanes in both directions affected. The work is expected to run until June 30, 2023.

Edmonton / Gordonvale / Wrights Creek

Road works on Yarrabah Rd and the Bruce Highway due to the Cairns Southern Access Corridor — Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale are expected to cause motorist delays.

All lanes in both directions are affected and changed traffic conditions are in place.


Temporary closure of Maher Road intersection with the Bruce Highway in both directions. From 7pm Monday to Sunday 7pm until December 31. Forms part of the works for the Bruce Highway, Cairns Southern Access Corridor.


Culvert replacement works on the Gillies Range Road will be taking place until at least September 30. Lanes will be reduced as a result and motorists are advised to proceed with caution.


A 25 tonne load limit has been imposed on the Little Liverpool Creek Bridge between Torrisi Rd and Walter Lever Estate Rd. No delays are expected.


Barron River Bridge on the Kennedy Highway reduced to one lane. Restricted to vehicles that comply with general mass limits. Partial lane closures. Both directions affected and delays expected. Allow extra travel time.

Lake Barrine

Road widening works on the Gillies Range Rd at Lake Barrine are expected to continue to September 2021 and delays are to be expected.

Lake Eacham

Wrights Creek Road is closed to all traffic. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.

The next road inspection will take place on November 11, 2021.

Mareeba / Walkamin

Road widening works on the Kennedy Highway near Walkamin will take place between May 20 2021 and December 24 2021.

All lanes in both directions are affected and motorists are advised delays expected during active hours. Allow extra travel time.’


Roadworks to widen the Gulf Developmental Road to the east of Georgetown will continue until October 30.

Proceed with caution

Stewart Creek Valley

Road hazard being soft shoulders on Douglas Creek Road at

Stewart Creek Valley has forced a 5 tonne GVM limit.

Heavy vehicles have been advised to use an alternative route.

Boogan / Mourilyan

Pavement widening and rehabilitation is underway on the Boogan Road at Mourilyan.

Works are expected to operate from Monday to Sunday, 6am to 6pm.

Delays are expected, motorists are advised to proceed with caution.


The following Cairns Regional Council services are available:

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Picnic benches outside of Muddies

Public barbecues

Fitness equipment

Playgrounds including Muddy’s Playground and the Fun Ship Playground

Basketball and tennis courts

Bump tracks and BMX tracks (within parks)

The Esplanade Activity Precinct (skate plaza, bouldering park, beach volleyball courts, multipurpose court)

The Lagoon and Council-run swimming pools

Flecker Gardens

Arts and cultural venues including Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, the Courthouse gallery

Buy Back Shop

Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Barlow Park

Tobruk, Smithfield and Gordonvale pools

Marlin Coast Recreation Centre

Green Space Our Place


Things I Know to be True

It is an Australian drama about the honest account of family life in the Australian suburbs. It details the life of Bob and Fran after they brought up four kids.

Where: The Rondo

When: Monday – Saturday, 8pm

Cost: $31.50, tickets can be purchased here

Brian Cassey: A Photographer’s Life – Part Two

An exhibition from the archives of Cairns-based photographer Brian Cassey, an award-winning media photographer who has been capturing moments and events locally and from around the world for several decades.

Where: The Court House gallery, 38 Abbott St, Cairns

When: Until December 11

Cost: Free

Understory Film Festival – My name is Gulpilil

A Q&A session with director Molly Reynolds to listen to her discuss her documentary feature on the life and career of the great veteran Yolngu actor David Gulpilil.

Where: Cairns Performing Arts Centre

When: Friday, 7pm

Cost: $20, Tickets can be purchased here

No Scrubs: 90s + Early 00s Party

No Scrubs has finally arrived in Cairns. There will songs from people like Spice Girls, The Black Eyed Peas and Destiny’s Child.

Where: The Jack Hotel

When: Friday, 8pm

Cost: $35, tickets here.

Understory Film Festival – Filmmakers Symposium

This is the annual filmmaker’s talk in FNQ used to start a discussion and debate new ways of thinking. It is a free event and open to the general public.

Where: CPAC Studio

When: Saturday November 20, 2pm – 4pm

Cost: Free, Tickets can be booked here

Understory Film Festival Screening and Awards Presentation

Celebrate the stories of FNQ through medium and short film. This is an evening that will recognise filmmakers in FNQ.

Where: Munro Martin Parklands

When: Saturday November 20, 7pm -10pm

Cost: $18, Tickets can be purchased here

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