Queensland’s premier urged residents to remain vigilant as a weakened Cyclone Ita moved across the Australian state’s north with winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) an hour. No deaths or injuries have been reported.
Residents of Australia’s Queensland state sought refuge in evacuation centers and stocked up on provisions ahead of the strongest storm since Cyclone Yasi flattened homes and felled power lines in 2011.
Residents in Australia’s Queensland state are seeking refuge in evacuation centers and stocking up on provisions, bracing for a cyclone that’s stronger than a 2011 storm that destroyed homes and downed power lines.
Companies controlled by billionaires James Packer and Cheng Yu-tung have lodged bids to develop casinos in Australia’s Queensland state, as the state government plans to lure Asian tourists with new resorts.
Sandwiched by forested hills and the Great Barrier Reef, the town of Cairns and its surrounding region are enduring a tourist slump. More than a third of the 3,892 hotel rooms in the tropical Australian getaway were empty in the three months through June.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard confronts mounting challenges to her own re-election after her Labor party suffered a landslide poll defeat in Queensland, leaving her with allies governing just two of the nation’s six states.
Australia’s ruling Labor party this week faces its first loss of power in Queensland since 1996, after a surging exchange rate eroded the job market of a state that’s been a battleground in national elections.
Australia’s Queensland state is set for a change of government, with early vote counting in today’s election showing the opposition Liberal National Party will end 14 years of Labor rule, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.