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Roads, buildings reopen as gas leak incident now ‘safe’

TODAY’S HEADLINES Electrical worker to childcare teacher: FNQ mining sites offer jobs galoreRetiree used hidden camera to catch thieving neighbour and ‘mate’‘I feel dreadful’: Kind-hearted old woman victim of burglary ‘atrocity’‘Report after report’: Ministers issue with LNP’s Kuranda Range fix‘Could be dicey’: Cape campers warned of treacherous conditionsTODAY’S NEWSGas leak at BungalowUPDATE 8.30AM: QUEENSLAND Police has lifted its emergency declaration just after 8am in relation to a gas leak at Lyons St, Bungalow. Previously blocked intersections shared with Lyons St including Ray Jones Dr, Hartley St, Toohey St and Hollingsworth St have reopened with QFES declaring the situation as safe. Buildings previously evacuated have reopened. EARLIER: MOTORISTS on their morning commute should expect delays as emergency services respond to a gas leak, blocking multiple inner-city intersections. At 7.10am Queensland Police were assisting with traffic control at Ray Jones Drive and Hartley St, Toohey St and Hollingsworth St for a suspected gas leak on Lyons St, Bungalow.Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are also at the scene identifying the leak as emergency services establish an exclusion zone and evacuate multiple buildings.Queensland Police made an emergency declaration at 7.24am today under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) in relation to a gas leak. In a statement, QPS said Ray Jones Dr was open to traffic but motorists were advised that road closures associated with the incident would remain in place until further notice.Power to the area is expected to be shut off too. Thousands without powerThousands of residents north and south of Cairns are without power on Tuesday following unplanned outages requiring emergency repairs. Since 5.55am, 1876 Ergon customers at Caravonica, Kowrowa, Kuranda, Mantaka, Myola, Oak Forest, Russett Park, Saddle Mountain and Smithfield have had no electricity, with no estimated fix time provided. And to the south, 577 customers at Goldsborough, Gordonvale and Little Mulgrave have been without power since 6.18am Tuesday. At 8am, fault finding was still in progress for both outages. MONDAY’S NEWSMulti vehicle crash on Captain Cook HwyEmergency services are at the scene of a three-vehicle smash at the roundabout where the Captain Cook Highway intersects with Trinity Beach Rd at Trinity Beach shortly after 4pm on May 9.Queensland Fire and Emergency Services confirmed they had a crew at the scene of the crash within a few minutes.“We were called to the incident at around 4.11pm,” a QFES representative said.“The crew from Smithfield Fire & Rescue arrived very quickly.”A Queensland Ambulance representative said that a road crew had been called “around 4.11pm.”“We have paramedics at the scene,” she said. A Queensland Police representative said they were assisting with traffic control.“There appear to be no serious injuries,” she said.Property offencesOfficers from the Cairns Property Crime Squad charged a 15-year-old boy with 13 offencesfollowing multiple reports of break ins in the Gordonvale area.It will be alleged the boy broke into homes in the Gordonvale area over the past month.On Monday, April 18 police will allege the boy entered a home on Cleland Street, Gordonvalethrough an open rear window, taking a wallet and car keys before stealing the car parked in the garage.The car was later located in White Rock with a blown rear tyre.It will be further alleged later that same day the boy, along with two others attempted to gain entry to several rooms at a Gordonvale retirement home by cutting fly screen doors and unlocking security doors but were unable to access the unit door.On Friday May 6 police located and charged the boy with eight counts of burglary, two counts of enter premise and commit indictable offence and three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.He will appear in the Cairns Childrens Court at a later date.StealingA 25-year-old Edmonton woman was arrested on Friday May 6 after police executed a search warrant on a Shaft Street Edmonton home.It will be alleged the woman attended a Mount Peter Road home on Monday April 11 and spoke with the occupant out the front, who was known to her, before going inside alone.After the woman left, the 62-year-old Edmonton man realised his bag with his wallet and a pension card were missing.Police were contacted and on Friday May 6 executed a search warrant locating the woman. A search of the woman was conducted, and officers located a clip seal bag containing a crystal substance police will allege to be methylamphetamine.The woman was charged with one count each of stealing, possessing dangerous drugs and fail to properly dispose of needle and syringe.She will appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Wednesday May 11WEATHER On Tuesday, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting showers with a chance of thunderstorms for Cairns. Winds are expected to become south-easterly at 15 to 20 km/h in the morning. Across the region on TuesdayCairns: Showers 23-28CAtherton: Showers 19-23CCardwell: Showers 22-27CCooktown: Showers 24-29CInnisfail: Showers 22-27CMareeba: Showers 21-27CTRAFFICCairns North Roadworks, line marking on Sheridan St, Cairns North, southbound towards Cairns City to April 4, 2022. Allow extra travel time. Cape Tribulation / KimberleyRoadworks have been reported on Cape Tribulation Bloomfield Road at Cape Tribulation / KimberleyLong delays are expected in both directions towards Wujal Wujal.Coen / Laura The Peninsula Developmental Road is subject to a 5 Tonne GVM limit from Laura to Coen due to water over the road.Craiglie / Mowbray Road safety upgrades on the Captain Cook Hwy are expected to cause delays to March 30, 2022. Edmonton/GordonvaleRoadworks 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 CreekRoad 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.Feluga Major intersection upgrade at East Feluga Road and Bruce Hwy. Delays are expected to August 12, 2022. Lake EachamWrights Creek Road is closed to all traffic. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Malanda Bridge Replacement Works are being undertaken at Williams Creek on Merragallan Road commencing 29 November 2021 through to April 2022. A full road closure will be in place. There will be no access across the Williams Creek or any sidetrack in operation.Ravenshoe Roadworks have been reported at Grigg St, Ravenshoe and are expected to December 12, 2022. Wrights Creek Hill Road Closed permanently from the Bruce Highway to Harris Road to December 2024. WHAT’S ONThe following Cairns Regional Council services are available:Cairns Esplanade LagoonPicnic benches outside of MuddiesPublic barbecuesFitness equipmentPlaygrounds including Muddy’s Playground and the Fun Ship PlaygroundBasketball and tennis courtsBump 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 poolsFlecker GardensArts and cultural venues including Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, the Courthouse galleryBuy Back ShopBotanic Gardens Visitor CentreBarlow ParkTobruk, Smithfield and Gordonvale poolsMarlin Coast Recreation CentreGreen Space Our PlaceTOP EVENTS THIS WEEKPaper Crane Street Food FestivalThe festival is full of food and beverage stalls, cultural performances, live music and DJs and entertainment for the whole family. Where: Paper Crane by CrystalbrookWhen: 5pm May 13 to 7.30pm May 14 Price: FreeWOW CairnsWOW will celebrate the achievements of women and girls living in the city and surrounding areas, while searching for solutions to ongoing gender injustice in a jam packed day.Where: Bulmba-ja Arts CentreWhen: 9am May 13 to 9pm May 14 Price: $40 Saturday passRed Hot Summer Tour ‘22 – CairnsAn Aussie rock line-up comes to Cairns with Hunters & Collectors, James Reyneand The Living End a part of the act. Where: Cairns Showgrounds When: 1pm to 9.30pm Saturday May 14 2022 Price: Standard ticket $128.90

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