Cairns FM 89.1 and COVID-19
On this page you will find information about businesses still operating in Cairns, as well as useful links to keep you informed, occupied if you are self isolating as well as general information for businesses and individuals
Useful numbers & websites:
Cairns Regional Council Corona virus updates
The Queensland Government’s website: www.covid19.qld.gov.au can help you find information on the government’s health actions, the latest updates and alerts, help and advice for individual & businesses, and information on how to join the Care Army (N.B The Care Army is not currently operational in the Cairns region).
Queensland Government Hotline to assist those in isolation in QLD: if you require medical advice but cannot access essential food and medication: 1800 173 349
If you are concerned you may be infected or looking for further advice:
- visit your GP,
- call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. 24/7
- or call 13HEALTH – That is: 13 43 25 84 in QLD – 24/7
If you need translating or interpreting services, the number to call is 131 450.
Below are some useful links:
Watch a doctor demonstrate how to safely bring groceries home during the coronavirus crisis
General information on COVID-19
Queensland Health translated factsheets :
Have you lost your job or income and want to find out about retraining, job-matching and transition?»
Household finances hit by reduced work?»
Payments to support households»
Information on the following support packages can be found on the Business.gov.au website or by calling the support line: 13 28 46.
- Is your business financially distressed?»
- Small or medium business with reduced cashflow»
- Employ an apprentice or trainee?»
- Are you a sole trader who has lost business?»
- Assisting with the economic recovery»
To register for the JobKeeper program
Information on the following can be found on the Business Queensland website.
- Do you need support retaining employees and maintaining operations?»
- Are you having difficulties accessing supplies? Complete the supply matching request form.
- Are you a large business that needs support? Send an email for more information.
- Are you an employer who pays $6.5 million or less in Australian taxable wages who needs payroll tax relief?»
- Are you an agriculture, food, and fishing exporter or a critical supply chain partner? Find out more about market diversification and resilience grants.
Do you need tailored support including financial mentoring and business planning?»
The State Government has also compiled a resource about pandemic risk management for businesses
Advice from the Australian Taxation Office
COVID-19 Rental Grant
Working from home
Electrical safety when working from home
Looking after your mental health
Worrying about the future and infectious diseases like COVID-19 is normal. But, excessive worrying can affect your physical and mental health. The Australian Government has created an online resource to help you and your loved ones to cope, manage stress and find someone to talk to.
- How to reduce high anxiety now: Thinking about past pleasant memories may help some people with immediate stress (article)
How to occupy yourself whilst in self isolation
There are plenty of online resources available online – here are a few suggestions:
Use Your Time in Isolation to Learn Everything You’ve Always Wanted To: Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More:
if you like singing, the Viral Choir is the new extension of Soul Song Choir, which due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, can no longer meet in person.
- Museums from around the world – Virtual, online tours
- Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries – Free, online
- Future Learn – Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
- Virtual Tours – Virtual online tours – including zoos, landmarks in foreign countries, etc.
- Aquarium – Georgia aquarium allowing you to tour under the sea
- Virtual farm trips – American dairy association
- Virtual field trips – Created for children, but they look great for adults too!
- Edinburgh Zoo – Live streams: Panda Cam / Tiger Cam / Penguin Cam / Rock Hopper Penguin Cam / Koala Cam
- Open Culture – 1,500 free courses from top Universities
- Open Culture – learn 48 different languages online – FREE
- University of Alabama – Free online archaeology and Egyptology Uni courses (create an account to log on)
- Open Learn – Free, online courses, Open university
- BBC languages – Learn languages online free
- FrenchTeacher.Net – Free French study packs
- Sociology courses – Free online study
- Creative courses – Free online study
- Cambridge University Press – ALL 700 textbooks are currently available FREE in HTML format
- Cambridge university – Higher education/Undergraduate courses and resources
- Royal institute – Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.
- Learn 10 useful things to say in…
- Milan Presse – French magazines available to download
- Periodic videos – Science-related YouTube videos
- Infobase databases and video streaming collections – Username: JCS_Distance and Password: learning to access:
- iDEA – An international programme that helps you develop/demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free
- U3A – Online courses for mature students
- Blocky games – Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills
- Scratch – Beginners computer programming games/projects
- T.K.S.S.T – Smart videos for curious minds of all ages
Geography and nature
- Tutorful – Top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources
- Project Noah – Global site where you can view and share wildlife
- Seterra – Free world geography, online quizzes
- Online film festival – Resistance in the Rainforest
- Kent Wildlife association – Simple ideas you can do in the garden to help wildlife
- World games – Geography games
- Wild Science – Podcast
- The relationship between humans and animals – podcast
*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator
- Concerts online – Various concerts held without audiences to stream online for people having to stay at home – list of live streaming concerts
- Free Opera – Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added
- Free classical orchestras – Live streaming performances
- Free Chamber music – Live streaming
- Berlin Philharmonic orchestra – Live streams and performance archive
- Announcements/lists – of worldwide performances being streamed
- Livestream concerts list – artists and bands
- Bands and artists – streaming performances
- Full-length concerts – watch online free
- Celebrities performing on social media
- Facebook Virtual Choir – Duet with a choir online
- Chris Martin (Coldplay) streaming from his home – YouTube
Arts and culture
- J P Brewer – View classic paintings online
- Walter’s Museum – houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
- Rob Biddulph an artist posting draw-along videos via Twitter here
- Google Arts and culture – Learn something new every day!
- British Museum – Free videos
- BBC Radio 4 – The History of the world – podcasts
- 50 things that made modern economy – Podcasts
- Marquee TV – streaming arts and culture
- Teaching history – 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history
- Exploration of the day – Artistic website connecting people from around the world
- Drama Online – Online theatrical performances
- Gutenburg – Download free books, e.g. Shakespear, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc.
- Listening books.org – For people with Parkinson’s Disease, visual impairment, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, mental health difficulty or learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, which impacts the ability to read or hold a book
- Solomon Kingsnorth – Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format – Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
- Read great literature online – Free Ebooks, poetry, classic literature
- Read Free Literature – also includes study guides
- 50,000 free ebooks – arranged by genre
- Open Library Access – Free
- Audible – Free for this period – Available in 6 languages
Miscellaneous & entertainment
- Expeditions App– Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.
- Podcasts – Free to download
- Geopolitics – podcast
- 10 best Broadway shows to watch online free
- Wind in The Willows – How to stream the West End performance free
- Board Game arena – Play board games online free
- Open culture – 1,150 Free movies to watch online
- Dance Physique – free dance fitness videos online
- Tai-Chi – the moves and the method – BrightEducation
- Jamie Oliver – helps the nation with easy recipes, cooking tips, and ingenious hacks whilst many of us are staying at home. Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On starts Monday at 5:30pm on Channel 4
- DIY and crafts – 25 foods you can re-grow at home from food scraps
- UK parliament – Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made.
- Historical association – Learn about 20th Century history
- National Trust sites – Free access to their sites – please check their website first for updates
- James Dyson foundation – Challenge cards – how many can you complete?
- Latest free stuff – UK site (if you are outside of the UK, google ‘latest free stuff’ and add your location)
- Roll20 – Build your own game – or play games with others online
- Holiday Pirates – Updated Coronavirus information on travel
Browse works by Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Joseph Conrad, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Edgar Allen Poe and other famous writers here.
- Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
- The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
- Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online (in fact, a lot of the books listed in subsequent sites here can be found at PG – yet we list the others as users may prefer different site’s interfaces, while the others below also help tailor searches for specific types of books or plays).
- Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
- Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
- Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
- Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
- Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
- The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions ofThe Spectator and The Tatler.
- Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
- Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.
- Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
- us:Fiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
- Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.
- net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
- Plays: ReadPygmalion, Uncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories
- Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
- ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.
- Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
- The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
- Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
- Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
- Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
- The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
- Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
- John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
- SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here includeArabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.
- Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.
- The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
- Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
- Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
- Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
- Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, from The Canterbury Talesto Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
- com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.
- com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.
- com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.
- Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
- World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopaedias, children’s books and a lot more.
- DailyLit: DailyLit has everything fromMoby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
- A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
- Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
- net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
- Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
- Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.
of course there is Netflix, Stan, Sydney+, SBS on Demand, ABC’s iview and much more.
Other options include:
Kanopy : an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries and including children’s programming – all you need is your library or student card to join.
Beamafilm: Beamafilm enables users to watch movies, films and documentaries via online streaming. You don’t need to download software or install anything. Simply find the film you want to watch, choose your streaming option and kick back on the couch to watch an amazing selection of movies.
Australian Movie Guide – Information about great Aussie films worth catching up.
Docplay – DocPlay is a service from Madman Entertainment, the company responsible for delivering various anime shows to Australia. It was also developed in conjunction with Screen Australia to deliver Aussies – and New Zealanders – a quality documentary streaming service.
Ozflix – Australian movie streaming site.
Mubi has 30 movies at any one time, and adds a new one each day as the oldest drops off. Some of the movies are a bit unusual, but there are some good ones amongst them! https://mubi.com/showing
ACMI Cinematheque: The Melbourne based Australian Centre for the Moving Image will present a Virtual Cinematheque program with new films weekly.
Thank you to the Cairns End Credits Film Club for supplying us with this list.
Please be aware of scams – The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant increase in Australians being targeted with COVID-19 related scams and phishing emails.
Protect yourself by following these simple steps:
- Read the message carefully, and look for anything that isn’t quite right, such as tracking numbers, names, attachment names, sender, message subject and hyperlinks.
- If unsure, call the organisation on their official number, as it appears on their website and double check the details or confirm that the request is legitimate. Do not contact the phone number or email address contained in the message, as this most likely belongs to the scammer.
- Use sources such as the organisation’s mobile phone app, web site or social media page to verify the message. Often large organisations, like Australia Post will have scam alert pages on their websites, with details of current known scams using their branding, to watch out for.
If you’ve received one of these messages and you’ve clicked on the link, or you’re concerned your personal details have been compromised, contact your financial institution immediately.
If you’ve suffered financial loss from cybercrime, report it to ReportCyber at www.cyber.gov.au/report.
Visit cyber.gov.au for advice to help businesses stay secure from cyber threats, whilst managing a remote workforce.