Singapore Airlines adding more flights to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in 2017

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is adding extra flights to its already-hefty Australian schedule in 2017, with Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney set to receive more services.

Melbourne will increase to 31 flights a week from July 17 2017, from 28 currently, with a fifth daily service to operate on Monday, Friday and Saturday with Airbus A330-300s as a red-eye from Singapore and lunchtime departure from the Victorian capital.

Meanwhile, SIA is switching one of its four daily Melbourne-Singapore flights to a four-class Boeing 777-300ER featuring first, business, premium economy and economy from January.

On the Brisbane-Singapore route, SIA said it grow its schedule to 28 flights a week, from 24 currently, from August 22 2017.

And the Star Alliance member will have 35 flights a week (or five flights a day) on the Sydney-Singapore route during the peak travel period between June and September 2017. Outside of this peak period, SIA operates 33 times a week between Sydney and Singapore. Separately, SIA said it would have double-daily A380 flights to the NSW capital during the peak winter period.

The planned capacity increases comes after SIA launched its new Capital Express service linking Singapore, Canberra and Wellington in September.

The Virgin Australia shareholder and alliance partner had planned a new Sydney-Jakarta-Singapore flight that was due to launch in November. However, the launch was postponed due to what SIA said was runway maintenance works at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

And the airline has also boosted its premium passenger offering with a new SilverKris lounge at Brisbane Airport.

SIA regional vice president for South West Pacific Tan Tiow Kor noted 2017 marked the airline’s 50th year of operations to Australia.

“We are looking forward to the year ahead and are excited by the prospect of celebrating our 50th anniversary flying to Australia,” Tan said in a statement.

“The increase in services and capacity announced today reinforce our longstanding commitment and investment to Australia and the South West Pacific region.”

Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics showed SIA was Australia’s second largest foreign carrier in the 12 months to June 30 2016 with an 8.4 per cent share of the market in terms of passengers carried.

At its peak, SIA and its regional wing Silkair have 145 flights a week between Singapore and Australia, serving Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

 

Australian Aviation

Regional Express adds weekday Cairns-Townsville service

A Regional Express (Rex) Saab 340 aircraft.

Regional Express (Rex) is further expanding its presence in North Queensland with the addition of weekday services on the Cairns-Townsville route from early July.

The airline will offer three flights a day between Cairns and Townsville on weekdays from July 6.

Rex began flying one flight on Saturdays and Sundays between Cairns and Townsville in January 2015. Under the new schedule from July 6, the airline will offer three flights a day on the route on weekdays and maintain its two weekend services.

Currently, QantasLink is the only airline offering weekday flights on the Cairns-Townsville route.

Rex general manager for network strategy and sales Warrick Lodge said the Cairns-Townsville service was expected to result in a $4 million saving in airfares a year for both communities.

“Ever since Virgin Australia exited the Cairns to Townsville route in January 2014, Rex has been heavily solicited by businesses and individuals to start a competitive air service so that the prevailing monopolistic pricing may be broken,” Lodge said.

“In response, Rex undertook a market sounding exercise to gauge business community support for Rex and the level of prevailing dissatisfaction with the incumbent monopoly.”

The move to add weekday flights on the Cairns-Townsville route continues a period of significant expansion for Rex in North Queensland.

The airline started its contract with the Queensland government on five regulated routes on January 1, launched a new Cairns-Bamaga service in March and has just started flights between Cairns and Mount Isa.

Lodge said there airline’s growth plans in Northern Queensland were “exciting and ambitious” and would bring jobs and economic benefits to the region.

“Rex intends to provide other communities of far North Queensland and the Torres Straits with an opportunity to work in partnership with us to ensure that their communities may have a sustainable, reliable and safe air service with affordable fares,” Lodge said.

“I urge everyone to give us a fair go so that the benefits are long lasting and more services can be introduced over time.”

An online comparison of ticket prices for travel from Cairns to Townsville on Monday July 6 and returning a week later showed Rex was charging $246.09, while the flights on QantasLink would cost $250, before any credit card or booking fees were added.

 

Australian Aviation

Philippine Airlines to serve Cairns and Auckland from December

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will add Cairns as its fifth Australian destination and introduce flights to Auckland from December with Airbus A320s.

The new four times a week service kicks off on December 1 and will operate via a Manila-Cairns-Auckland routing, the airline said on Wednesday.

Currently, Philippine Airlines serves Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane via Darwin from its Manila hub.

PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime Bautista said the airline would have pickup rights on the Cairns-Auckland sector and help stimulate travel between Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Moreover, PAL would offer the 40,000 Filipinos living in NZ a convenient link to their home country.

“The new service allows PAL to cater to the travel needs of business and leisure travellers and showcase its distinct brand of service marked by Filipino warmth, charm and hospitality,” Bautista said in a statement.

“In the long term, the service will drive traffic between Southeast Asia and New Zealand.”

PAL’s A320s are configured with either 150 seats (12 business and 138 economy) or 156 seats (12 business and 144 economy).

Currently, Cairns Airport receives international service from Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Jetstar (Denpasar, Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Narita) and United (Guam).

The airport also has seasonal international service to Auckland with Air New Zealand, while China Eastern and China Southern have also served Cairns on a seasonal from their hubs Shanghai and Guangzhou, respectively.

In addition to PAL’s arrival, Singapore Airlines’ regional wing SilkAir was due to commence flights to Cairns from Singapore on May 30.

Cairns Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said the new PAL service would help boost tourism both in Australia and the Philippines.

“Through Manila the new Philippine Airlines service will offer even more Asian connections for visitors coming to Cairns and Great Barrier Reef,” Brown said in a statement.

“The Auckland service will provide us with year round direct connectivity with New Zealand once again linking us with this important neighbouring tourism market and through connections via Auckland.

“Resort islands such as beautiful Boracay are sure to prove popular with Cairns locals.”

 

Australian Aviation

Philippine Airlines launches Manila-Cairns-Auckland flights

Cairns residents will gain non-stop flights to Manila and more choice to Auckland come December as Philippine Airlines kicks off its newest route:Manila to Auckland via Cairns.

Running four-times-weekly in each direction, the Cairns stopover allows easy access to the city itself and to the Great Barrier Reef for Filipinos and Kiwis, while Aussies can book trips to either Manila or Auckland without visiting the other city.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, PR219 leaves Cairns at 11:30pm to reach Manila at 3:30am the following morning. In reverse,PR218 pushes back in Manila at 11:45pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, touching down in Cairns at 8am the next day.

Auckland bound? You’ll take to the skies at 9am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to reach New Zealand at 4pm, with return flights available at 6:30pm on the same days and reaching Cairns at 10:30pm.

Using an Airbus A320, passengers have a choice of either business class or economy on all flights, with those making the full journey from Manila to Auckland enjoying a transit time in Cairns of just one hour.

Competing airline SilkAir is gearing up to launch its own Cairns-Asia flights next week with a new non-stop service to Singapore, and additional Singapore-Darwin flights that will also continue onwards to Cairns.

Australian Business Traveller

Queensland’s climate change refuge

May 3, 2015 – 12:00AM

Jorge Branco

Journalist

Queensland could be a key to maintaining biodiversity as the climate changes, according to a new study.

Queensland could be a key to maintaining biodiversity as the climate changes, according to a new study. Photo: Carlos Barria

Seventy years from now one area of Queensland could be the country’s best refuge for thousands of animals as it remains relatively untouched by climate change.

Newly released mapping based on data from Far North Queensland-based James Cook University predicts much of the country will suffer a dramatic loss of animal species but large parts of the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range will be much more resilient.

The research, led by Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change director Dr Jeremy VanDerWal, found these less-affected areas would hold on to a greater potential to support “significant wildlife populations”.

“Because of the topography it means that species can move up those slopes to higher elevations,” he said.

“You think of for temperature, they only have to move a couple of hundred metres up a mountain, whereas they have to move tens of kilometres in the outback or savannah.”

Dr VanDerWal said the research had important implications for what areas of land needed to be protected to be used as wildlife refuges in the future.

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility-funded study was completed in 2013 and released as open data.

The department of Environment and Heritage Protection used the data to create a climate change heat map.

It was released to the public this week but has been helping inform the department’s decisions around conservation planning for about 18 months, Dr VanDerWal said, describing the use as an “amazing” result.

A DEHP spokesman said the state faced significant environmental impacts from climate change and robust science was critical in planning for the future.

“The heat mapping is particularly helpful as climate change science reinforces the need for effective conservation across the landscape as a whole,” he said.

“It is therefore recognised that conservation on private lands is also vitally important as these lands form connectivity with protected areas.”

The JCU research investigated four different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and a host of other factors to estimate the future vulnerability of more than 1700 species.

The data showed even under the most severe climate change scenario, the climate on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range would remain quite stable.

“The Great Dividing Range has been a refuge in the past and will be a refuge in the future,” Dr VanDerWal said.

“Just because that topography allows, with thermal changes, species can move up and down those mountains.

“Because of prevailing winds you usually get more consistent rainfall.”

The map shows the most resilient areas on the west slope of the range between Cairns and Townsville and further south, west of Mackay.

 

The Brisbane Times

Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast property hotspots: report

March 5, 2015 – 12:00AM

Tony Moore

brisbanetimes.com.au senior reporter

Land value has increased by an average 5.6 per cent in Queensland over the past year.

Land value has increased by an average 5.6 per cent in Queensland over the past year. Photo: Arsineh Houspian

Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns have been prime locations for property value growth, in the past year according to a new state government report.

The 2015 Valuer-General’s Property Market Report shows an average 5.6 per cent growth in land values for Queensland over the past year.

But the land valuations for The Gold Coast (10.7 per cent), Brisbane (9.7 per cent), Cairns (8.9 per cent) and Sunshine Coast (5.8 per cent) will all be increased well above the state average from June 30.

On the other hand Noosa (4.9 per cent), Redland (2.2 per cent), Maranoa (1.5 per cent), Rockhampton (1.2 per cent), Logan (1 per cent) and Ipswich (0.4 per cent) will all have smaller increases in the value of their land.

In Brisbane, suburbs such as Newstead, Bowen Hills, South Brisbane were in high demand in 2014, according to the report.

“This has translated into significant land value rises,” it says.

“The new visions represented by the Kurilpa Riverfront Renewal Draft Master Plan, the new cultural centre redevelopment, and the proximity to South Bank and the central business district (CBD) underpinned strong consumer interest in this exciting redevelopment area.”

The  report also shows renewed interest in relatively cheaper land and properties affected by the 2011 floods.

“In 2014, sales revealed that buyers were purchasing flood impacted land at prices close to the prices being paid for non-flood impacted land,” the report says.

“Flood-impacted suburbs such as Chelmer, Graceville and Sherwood showed large increases in site valuation which previously had included flood impact allowances ranging from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.”

In the inner-city, South Brisbane, West End and Kangaroo Point recorded a 14 per cent increase in overall valuations.

 

On the back of the report’s arrival, however, Queensland University of Technology property economist, Professor Chris Eves, warned a glut in apartments in Brisbane’s CBD, South Brisbane and West End, would cause a price crash for apartments in 2016.

“I know of one construction company [Hutchinson] that currently has contracts out for 3000 units in those locations and basically when you are looking at those sorts of numbers, you are looking at a serious oversupply, he said.

Professor Eves said research showed there had been a 9 per cent increase in the number of approvals for apartments in inner-city Brisbane in the past year.

“But we are not seeing the same sort of increase in the population,” he said.

The crash will hurt major developers, off-the-plan buyers and some banks, but deliver a bonanza for renters and buyers.

“If we see those approval numbers continue, we are looking at the potential of another Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast glut in the unit market.”

He said the glut in Brisbane CBD, South Brisbane and West End apartments would peak in 2016, causing prices to drop sharply.

Greater Brisbane

In Redland City, the average value increased by 2 per cent. Some Bay island land did decrease in value but, other than some localised market movement, residential land values in general were static.

Logan City land values remained unchanged. Larger homesites in the Cedar Grove area recorded significant increases with a more moderate increase in Chambers Flat and Park Ridge.

Commercial and industrial land values were static with the exception of some localised movements in Slacks Creek and Berrinba.

Ipswich City land values also remained unchanged overall. The strongest market in the local government area was the greater Springfield area comprising Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Augustine Heights and Brookwater where small increases in land value were recorded. Development has continued in the Deebing Heights and Ripley area, but the value has remained static.

Gold Coast

In the past 12 months the Gold Coast property market has continued to improve with an overall increase of 10.7 per cent.

The residential land market has shown significant recovery with median value in Bundall increasing by 38 per cent.

Other waterfront residential land recorded moderate-to-large increases, while beachfront land had only a minor increase.

Generally, residential land in the coastal area increased and land value west of the motorway was static.

Rural residential land value in the Currumbin Valley and Tallebudgera Valley areas recorded minor increases and remained static elsewhere.

Regional Queensland summary

Regional Queensland has had mixed results, with a decrease in values in centres influenced by the downturn in the mining industry, and tourism centres such as Cairns showing an upswing in values caused by improvement in the tourism sector. Centres that do not rely on tourism or mining have been stable.

The mining and gas industries continue to influence the property market as the resources sector moves from an exploration and construction phase towards a production and export phase. This slowdown in activity is affecting centres such as Gladstone, Wandoan, Mackay, and townships within the Bowen Basin and Central Highlands.

North Queensland summary

In Cairns, the property market is showing signs of growth, particularly within the residential sector. Values in all other sectors, including industrial and commercial, are stabilising.

Tourism figures are beginning to improve, with international passenger numbers to Cairns increasing by about 5 per cent, with growth in domestic visitors of about 4 per cent.

Median property prices for houses in Cairns have risen by 5.6 per cent over the past 12 months to reach $380,000 in October 2014. This is back to the levels seen in the peak of 2007–2008.

In Townsville, the residential market was “subdued”, with limited growth in the city’s northern suburbs, and inner-city suburbs maintaining their values.

Changing economy

Queensland’s Valuer-General Neil Bray said the Queensland economy was adjusting to the end of the construction phase of the liquefied natural gas projects and a slowdown in population growth.

“Overall the Queensland economy is in a period of transition, as construction of the liquefied natural gas projects near completion ahead of the production and export phase,” Mr Bray said.

While investment in homes and units increased 4.5 per cent in 2013-14 – after six years of declining investment – resource and agricultural exports however declined.

“A slowdown in population growth is a further constraint on overall growth.”

In Brisbane, low interest rates, helped access to finance which will see total residential land values rise by 10.9 per cent, the Valuer-General’s report says.

 

Source : The Brisbane Times

Blind woman wins record payout from Cairns GP

February 6, 2015 – 4:48PM

Patient wins $6.7 million in damages in legal battle over treatment.

Patient wins $6.7 million in damages in legal battle over treatment. Photo: Jim Rice

A woman left blind and deaf by a fungal disease has won a record $6.7 million in damages after an appeals court found her GP should have referred her to a specialist.

When Cairns woman Nancy “Lee” Mules visited her doctor in June 2008 complaining of rushes of blood to the head and dizziness, she claims her GP suggested it was the onset of menopause.

Three months later, the 43-year-old returned with worsened symptoms as well as headaches and neck pain.

She was sent home with pain medication and told to stay in bed for a week.

Within a week, Ms Mules was admitted to hospital with crippling pain, and was finally diagnosed with the deadly fungal infection cryptococcal meningitis.

The former hotel manager survived, but the diagnosis came too late to save her eyesight and hearing.

The disease, which attacks the central nervous system, is rare in healthy people but fatal if left untreated.

Ms Mules sued GP Kaylene Joy Ferguson for negligence in 2013 but the claim, worth $6.7 million, was dismissed in the Queensland Supreme Court.

However, the ruling was overturned by the Court of Appeal on Friday, which ruled Dr Ferguson should have referred Ms Mules for specialist assessment.

Shine Lawyers medical law department manager Bill King, for Ms Mules, said it was the highest award of damages in a personal injury case in Queensland history.

“(Ms Mules) is ecstatic about the result and the recognition that the treatment provided to her was below the required standard of care,” Mr King said.

“It’s been a long journey for Lee and it’s her own persistence and determination that’s enabled her to get this result.”

Dr Ferguson can seek leave to appeal the decision in the High Court.

AAP

 

Source : The Brisbane Times

Cairns killings: Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday charged over eight children’s murders

December 21, 2014 – 5:24PM

Cameron Atfield

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar and Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor report that the woman has been charged with eight counts of murder.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar and Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor report that the woman has been charged with eight counts of murder. Photo: Edwina Pickles

A Cairns woman, who was charged on Sunday with murdering eight children, will remain in hospital when the legal case against her begins in the court system.

Mersane Warria, 37, was charged under her full legal name – Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday – at a bedside hearing before Magistrate Alan Comans on Saturday morning.

She is accused of killing seven of her nine children, either on Thursday night or Friday morning, along with a niece.

Police at the Cairns home where eight children were killed.

Police at the Cairns home where eight children were killed. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Autopsies were still being carried out on Sunday afternoon.

The matter will be heard in Cairns Magistrates Court on Monday morning, but Ms Warria has been excused from attending.

The eight murder charges were the culmination of two days’ intense investigation by Cairns police, who were confronted by horrific scenes in the Manoora house in west Cairns.

A police liason officer places flowers at a makeshift memorial in a park next to the home where eight children died in Cairns.

A police liason officer places flowers at a makeshift memorial in a park next to the home where eight children died in Cairns. Photo: Getty Images

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the process was still far from over and he expected 34 Murray Street to remain a crime scene for some time yet.

“This is going to be a long process,” he said.

“I don’t intend to hand back that scene until I do know [what happened in the house] and I’m not there yet.

An interfaith service to mourn the eight children killed in a home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora.

An interfaith service to mourn the eight children killed in a home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora. Photo: AAP

“We’ve still got experts there and it’s going to be a long, hard road from here on in.

“In reality, a great deal of the work starts now.

“We’ve come to somewhat of a final point, but this is only a final point for the resolution of the charges process.

Loved ones mourn the loss of eight children in Cairns.

Loved ones mourn the loss of eight children in Cairns.Photo: Getty Images

“The building of the brief of evidence will be an ongoing process and that will be going on for a long time.”

Inspector Asnicar suspected the killing of eight children in one house was the most tragic event Cairns police had ever had to deal with and the magnitude of the incident could take some time to sink in.

“That will probably come in a couple of weeks when we’ve got a bit of time to take a breath,” he said.

“At the moment, we really need to focus on our job and get it done, and I guess that’s probably a coping mechanism in itself.”

Inspector Asnicar said no further charges were expected.

He said Ms Warria, who was recovering from knife injuries, would remain under police guard in hospital until doctors decided she was able to be transferred to another facility.

Inspector Asnicar said police would oppose bail if it was sought.

Local state MP Gavin King said there had been many offers of financial assistance to help the remaining family for funeral costs and other expenses.

Mr King said the Uniting Care Community charity would coordinate the funds, with a bank account to be activated about 10am AEST on Monday.

He said people could call 1800 54 33 54 if they wanted to donate.

Mr King said some of those funds could go towards a public memorial set up in the childrens’ honour.

As for the house at 34 Murray Street, Mr King said its future would also have to be determined.

“I think it’s very important that we get it right in terms of what that location ends up looking like,” Mr King said.

 

Source : The Canberra Times

Cairns stabbings: Acting Premier Tim Nicholls visits scene

December 20, 2014 – 3:11PM

Cameron Atfield

Acting Queensland Premier Tim Nicholls and senior police speak to Cairns community advocate Yodie Batzke.

Acting Queensland Premier Tim Nicholls and senior police speak to Cairns community advocate Yodie Batzke.Photo: Ian Hitchcock

Police have continued to question a mother of seven over the stabbing deaths of her seven children and a niece, as the Cairns community continued to grapple with the enormity of the mass killing.

Mersane Warria, also known as Raina Thaiday, remained under police guard in Cairns Hospital on Saturday.

As of 2pm on Saturday she was under arrest but no charges had been laid.

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls lays down flowers at the makeshift memorial to eight children who died in a Cairns home.

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls lays down flowers at the makeshift memorial to eight children who died in a Cairns home. Photo: Ian Hitchcock

She had been taken to hospital from her Murray Street address in the west Cairns suburb of Manoora.

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls visited a community centre on Murray Street on Saturday and, along with senior police officers and local politicians, laid flowers at the makeshift memorial in the park adjacent to the home.

Barely 24 hours earlier police had made the grisly discovery in that home.

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls and senior police walk past the Cairns house where eight children died.

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls and senior police walk past the Cairns house where eight children died. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Mr Nicholls said the state government would provide whatever help it could to the community.

“As a father myself, with three children under 15, I can only imagine the grief that this community is feeling as they come to grips with the events over the past days,” he said.

“I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Queenslanders and all Australians when we say we are with you, we are here to support you and we feel with you the grief the community feels.”

Mr Nicholls said he briefed Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the situation late on Saturday morning, Queensland time.

“He also reiterated his support for the community and his sorrow at the events that have occurred here over the last 24 hours or so,” he said.

Mr Nicholls said he had been briefed by the Department of Community Services about its response but would not entertain speculation Ms Warria had been threatened with the removal of her children.

“At this stage it’s appropriate that we allow the police to gather their information as part of their investigation and allow them to do that before we comment more readily on that,” he said.

Community advocate Yodie Batzke, who had been liaising with the Indigenous and South Sea Islander communities in the wake of the tragedy, urged young community members in particular to be mindful of cultural protocols.

It is understood some younger community members had been using social media to spread information about the deaths and, in doing so, broke cultural protocol by naming and showing images of the dead.

“We’ve been receiving phone calls from family in Brisbane and from our networks in Rockhampton and we just want to put a message out there to our family and friends,” she said.

“If they could just respect the cultural protocols in this grieving time and if we could just hold back on some of the comments and photos on social media to allow our community to grieve.”

Mr Nicholls said the killings demonstrated the challenges faced in some Queensland communities.

“We have here a terrible tragedy and the reasons are yet to be explained,” he said.

“Like everyone in the community, the government wants to know those reasons and the best way we can do that is allow the police to conduct their investigation.

“We also then have the issues around disadvantage in the community and that’s something the government has taken on board for some considerable time now.”

Mr Nicholls cited the Queensland Police Service’s Cairns Safer Streets Taskforce as an example.

 

Source : The Brisbane Times

Cairns stabbings: Charges against mother appear likely

December 20, 2014 – 8:17PM

Cameron Atfield

Brisbane Times and Sun-Herald journalist

Charges againts a Cairns mother who has been arrested over the suspected murders of seven of her children, along with her niece, appeared increasingly likely on Saturday afternoon.

But investigators said charges against Mersane Warria would most likely not be laid until at least Sunday.

Ms Warria, 37, was the biological mother of nine children, investigators have revealed.

A  memorial of flowers, toys and candles in a park next to the home where the multiple stabbing occurred in Cairns.

A memorial of flowers, toys and candles in a park next to the home where the multiple stabbing occurred in Cairns.Photo: Getty Images

She was placed under arrest on Friday night as she was recovering from knife wounds in Cairns Hospital.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said family members were able to positively identify the eight children – four girls and four boys – on Saturday afternoon.

Ms Warria’s daughters were aged two, 11 and 12, her niece 14.

The mother of seven of the eight kids killed in Cairns has been arrested and is being kept under police guard in hospital.

The mother of seven of the eight kids killed in Cairns has been arrested and is being kept under police guard in hospital. Photo: SKY NEWS

Her sons were aged five, six, eight and nine.

“Every minute, we have a better understanding of what went on in the house,” Inspector Asnicar said.

“And I can assure you that by the time this investigation is completed, we will understand every single movement, everything that happened, in that house.”

Police forensic officers continue the investigation.

Police forensic officers continue the investigation. Photo: Ian Hitchcock

One of Ms Warria’s two older sons, believed to be aged about 20, discovered his siblings’ bodies in the Murray Street, Manoora, house on Friday morning and raised the alarm.

He also found his injured mother, who is understood to have suffered stab wounds to her neck and chest.

Inspector Asnicar would not comment on whether those wounds were self-inflicted.

Community members comfort eachother near the crime scene.

Cairns stabbing: eight children dead in Manoora home

Eight children aged 18 months to 14 years have been have been found dead in north Queensland. Photo: Edwina Pickles

But as the investigation went on, with Ms Warria under arrest on suspicion of murder, charges appeared increasingly likely.

“Charges are being considered, of course, and investigations are continuing, obviously in that direction,” he said.

“At this stage, we haven’t [laid] any charges and as soon as we do, we’ll let you know.”

A community in pain after eight children were killed in a Cairns home.

A community in pain after eight children were killed in a Cairns home. Photo: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

Inspector Asnicar said Ms Warria’s seven slain children had, between them, five fathers.

When the parents of Ms Warria’s niece were also considered, there was a total of eight parents – including Ms Warria – directly impacted by Friday’s events.

“Even under these horrific circumstances and the trauma they’ve been through, the support that the family’s been giving us in this investigation has been outstanding,” Inspector Asnicar said.

“It’s been because of them this (identification) process has been able to be done in a really calm, easy and least intrusive way as possible.”

Inspector Asnicar said he expected the Murray Street home to remain a crime scene for another two or three days while forensic officers examined evidence.

 

Source : The Brisbane Times