Category: CAIRNS

FOUR ROBBERIES IN POPULAR CAIRNS SUBURBS

Four of Cairns’ popular stores have been struck with robbery attempts over the past three days, including one in Redlynch, Brinsmead, Yorkeys Knob and Freshwater. Police are investigating all attacks and it has been suggested that there is more than one suspect involved in the incidents.

On 14 November, a Redlynch pizza shop was robbed by a man armed with a handgun and wearing a motorcycle helmet. Preliminary information indicates the man entered the pizza shop located on Larsen Road just before midnight.

The second attack occurred around 3:50am on 16 November when a Yorkeys Knob service station was robbed by two men armed with an iron bar and machete. The men threatened the service station attendant before fleeing with a sum of cash and cigarettes.

Then, last night, on 16 November, two more armed robberies were reported in Freshwater and Brinsmead. The attacks happened within 20 minutes on one another, one at 9:00pm and one at 9:20pm.

The Freshwater attack occurred at a Kumerunga Road business when a man entered and threatened a 35-year-old female employee before fleeing on foot with a sum of cash. He is described as between 160 and 170cms tall and was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper, black pants, black shoes and a bandana covering his face.

The Brinsmead attack occurred at 9:20pm when a robber was forced to smash his way out of a Brinsmead service station after a quick thinking employee locked him inside the store. The 50-year-old male employee saw the man, who was armed with a knife, enter the Brinsmead Road petrol station. The employee fled to safety, locking the front doors as he left.

After failing to open the cash register the man attempted to flee via the glass front doors. However, when he realised they were locked, he pulled one of the doors towards him until it shattered. The man jumped through the broken glass and attempted to escape however he was tackled by the employee with the pair struggling until the offender produced a knife, threatening the 50-year-old.

The man is described as Caucasian and approximately 175 to 183cms tall. He was wearing a blue, long sleeve hooded top with grey sleeves, blue cargo pants and had a cloth covering his face.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.

PAKMAG REVIEWS LASERFUN CAIRNS

The PakMag team recently went along to Laserfun Cairns to check out one of the newest attractions available in Cairns.

Laserfun Cairns has the biggest and best indoor laser tag venue for all your party and event needs. All Weather, Air-conditioned & Indoor – so you can book your event with confidence.

Clean, spacious lounge and cafe allows you to relax with a coffee and watch the action on the TV screens. There are arcade games and a Laser Maze and awesome Birthday Party Packages available.

Laser Tag players must be 6+ yrs and wear enclosed shoes. Discounts for groups with over 15 players. Gift Vouchers Available.

Check out our time at Laserfun here:

Call them today on 07 4031 9865 or visit www.laserfun.com.au

Meet Mark Worthington from the Cairns Taipans

Mark “Wortho” Worthington may be new to the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans but he is certainly not new to the world of professional basketball. After playing professionally for eleven years in Melbourne, Germany, Serbia and the Gold Coast, Mark, his two cheeky boys, Taz and Axel and his beautiful wife, Andrea now call Cairns home.

PakMag was lucky enough to sit down with the new power forward for the Taipans, just before the season opener on 8 October.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

My wife, Andrea is from Melbourne and I am originally from Western Australia. Our boys, Taz and Axel are five and four. Taz, who turns six in November, attends Trinity Beach State School.

TELL US YOUR TOP TIP FOR BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY

You need to make time for both. Your job isn’t the be all and end all. I try to make time for my kids, for my wife and for my profession. It’s a tricky balance, but it’s so important.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT PLAYING BASKETBALL? 

Wrestle with my boys and spend time at the beach.

IF YOU WERE NOT A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE

An AFL player! And, if I can’t play sport, then maybe a food critique. I’m great at critiquing my wife’s meals.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT THIS SEASON?

The Taipans did excellent last year and we are hoping to go one more step this year and win the community a championship.

Check out “Wortho” in the Taipans’ season opener at the Cairns Convention Centre on 8 October.

Get ready for another fast-paced season with the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans. Join the #orangeArmy with a season membership and save 15 per cent. Visit www.taipans.com to book your tickets and learn more about the Taipans.

TWO ASSAULTS IN CAIRNS CBD

Cairns residents are urged to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity after two more attempted assaults on young women have been reported to the police.

The two attempted assaults both occurred in the Cairns CBD and follow last week’s three attempted assaults on the popular walking track the Red Arrow in Edge Hill. There is no information on whether police believe it is the same man involved in all incidents.

Both attempted assaults occurred in a shopping complex on McLeod Street.

At around 4.30pm a 16-year-old girl was walking through the ground floor car park area of the McLeod Street complex when a man walked up behind her and lifted her skirt.

The girl screamed at the man and he then walked off.

Just before 5pm, an 18-year-old store attendant was speaking with customers and other staff members when a man entered the store and approached her from behind.

The victim and other staff members chased the offender on foot along Bunda and Spence Streets and he was last seen near the intersection of Spence and Draper Streets.

According to the Queensland Police Services, the offender is described as being a man possibly aged in his thirties, of slim build and about 180cm tall. He is described as having very tanned olive skin and black hair.

Anyone with information are urged to contact the police.

FREE HALLOWEEN FUN AT FOGARTY PARK

What are you and the kids up to this Halloween? We’ve got a Halloween event that will have everyone in the household howling with excitement.

Fogarty Park will be transformed into a spooky spectacular complete with costumes, music, games and plenty of prizes on Halloween night. Join in on the fun from 5:00 pm to 7:30pm on Saturday 31 October.

What’s on?

Let the kids dress up and dance the night away. We will be playing all the classic Halloween tunes and also be featuring a Talent Quest where our future Cairns superstars will be performing for a prize. We’ve got tickets to give away to PakMag’s exclusive screening of Hotel Transylvania 2 on November 1st so make sure you dress up!

Even if your kids don’t want to get involved in the Talent Quest, there are plenty of other great activities on the menu, from ghoulish games to a pumpkin lantern competition.  Browse through the bargains with our various stall holders and enjoy an assortment of tasty treats.

Proudly sponsored by PakMag, Queensland Country Union, Calanna Pharmacy, Sea FM, Overflow, Event Cinemas and BCC Cinemas, all proceeds from the stall set up will go to helping the Leukaemia Foundation.

Whether your kids are too young to trick or treat or you would prefer to stay off the streets, come down and celebrate with PakMag. The party is perfect for children of all ages and everything is completely free!

To book your stall, contact ajarrett@leukemia.org.au or 0478 408 157.

To register for the talent quest contact promotions@pakmag.com.au.

Happy Halloween!

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7 DAYS OF SPECIALS AT MONDO

Mondo is a local family favourite and it’s easy to see why – the view of the Trinity inlet is stunning, the food is sensational, the restaurant supplies locally sourced and fresh ingredients used in weekly specials, supporting local suppliers and the atmosphere is laid-back and there are plenty of fun things for the entire family every day of the week.

Whether you are looking for great place for a date night, a meal out with friends or a night out of the kitchen with family, come and explore all that Mondo has to offer.

Dharshi Curry Mondays

One of the many specialities as Mondo in their curries. Come and enjoy Dharshi’s incredible curries plus a glass of wine.

Family Fun Tuesdays

Every Tuesday is the Terry Doyle Family Fun Show. Not only can you enjoy a bit of entertainment for the kids, but they are also invited to get up and participate. There are instruments to play, costumes to try on and songs to sing.

Fajita Wednesdays

Our family go to Mondo a lot and the fajitas are definitely my favourite. Why? Because you get everything you could ever want – salsa, sour cream, guacamole, capsicum, chicken and/or beef and, on Wednesdays, for only $16.50.

Terry Doyle Thursdays

Terry Doyle is back on Thursdays for another round of live entertainment as well as his local groups of singers and songwriters.

Unplugged Fridays

Nothing beats spending the late afternoon and evening listening to live local talent and this is exactly what you get on Unplugged Fridays. There are different singers every week that promises to deliver a relaxing end to the week.

Cocktail and Mocktail Saturdays

With the weather heating up, you can enjoy various mocktail and cocktail specials on Saturdays, paired with some of their signature dishes like their antipasto plate, Cajun calamari or veggie lasagne.

All Day Dining Sundays

Mondo Grill and Cafe is open for lunch from 11am to 2pm and for dinner, from 5:30pm to 10pm but on Sunday, you can come in all day and enjoy a lazy late lunch or an early dinner. Or, simply come down, enjoy a coffee and cake and let the kids enjoy the beautiful weather and view.

Mondo Bar Grill and Café is located at 34 Esplanade at the Hilton Cairns. Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Mondo.Cairns or call 4052 6780.