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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: 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 fact sheets

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»

Australian Government

Information on the following support packages can be found on the website or by calling the support line: 13 28 46.

To register for the JobKeeper program

Queensland Government

Information on the following can be found on the Business Queensland website.

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 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.

Virtual tours

  • 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

Online learning

  • 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
  • Royal institute – Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.
  • 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


*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

  • Free Opera  – Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added

Arts and culture

  • Walter’s Museum – houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
  • BBC Radio 4 – The History of the world – podcasts
  • Teaching history – 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history

Literature online

  • Gutenburg – Download free books, e.g. Shakespear, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc.
  • Listening – 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
  • 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.
  • Tai-Chi – the moves and the method – BrightEducation
  • UK parliament  – Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made.
  • National Trust sites  – Free access to their sites – please check their website first for updates
  • 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

Browse works by Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Joseph Conrad, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Edgar Allen Poe and other famous writers here.

  1. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
  8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions ofThe Spectator and The Tatler.
  10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
  11. Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
  13. has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.
  1. net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
  2. Plays: ReadPygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World
  3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories
  4. Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
  5. ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.
  6. Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
  7. The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
  8. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
  9. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
  10. Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
  11. The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
  12. Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
  13. John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
  14. SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here includeArabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.
  15. Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.
  1. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
  2. Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
  3. Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
  4. Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
  5. Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, from The Canterbury Talesto Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
  6. com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.
  7. com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.
  8. com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.
  9. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
  10. World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopaedias, children’s books and a lot more.
  11. DailyLit: DailyLit has everything fromMoby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
  12. A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
  13. Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
  14. net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
  15. Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
  16. 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!

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

Visit for advice to help businesses stay secure from cyber threats, whilst managing a remote workforce.