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Burke and Wills’ famous Dig Tree has been placed on the National Heritage list in a move that could be a boon for tourism. Source: Wikicommons

Curtain falls on historic Cairns theatre

The final curtain has fallen on the Cairns Civic Theatre as demolition looms for the landmark.

The Civic Theatre was opened in 1974 by the then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and was one of the biggest and only air conditioned theatres in regional Australia at the time.

It is being demolished to make room for a new theatre and entertainment precinct.

National Heritage listing for Burke and Wills' Dig Tree

Burke and Wills’ famous Dig Tree has been placed on the National Heritage list in a move that could be a boon for tourism.

Featuring carved instructions detailing where the pair could dig for life-saving supplies during their ill-fated exploration of Australia, the historic tree could attract tourism says Bulloo Shire Mayor John Ferguson, who would like to see a modernised visitor centre on the site.

The Dig Tree is one of five new sites along Cooper Creek to be placed on the listing.

Manufacturing sector grows for seventh consecutive month

Australia’s manufacturing sector has grown for a seventh consecutive month, a growth that marks the longest run of expansion since 2010.

The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index declined by 0.4 points to 51.6 but remained above the 50-point level which indicates expansion.

A strength in new orders points towards further growth, however, the shutdown of the automotive supply chains manufacturing sector could dent that strength.

Half of 2014-15 PUP donations from Queensland Nickel

It is been revealed Queensland Nickel has donated $5.9 million to the Palmer United Party over the past financial year.

The statistic comes as donation figures released by the Australian Electoral Commission today show the company contributed more than half of the $10 million received by the Palmer United Party from Clive Palmer’s own companies.

The donations received by the Palmer United Party in the 2014-15 financial year exceeded that of either Labor, the Nationals, or the Greens.

Medals for Iranian captors of US sailors

Iran’s supreme leader has awarded medals to the naval commanders who captured US sailors entering Iranian territorial waters earlier this month.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran needs to remain wary of the United-States as he awarded the Victory medal to the head of the navy, of the Revolutionary Guards, and four commanders involved in the seizure of two US Naval boats.

Iran has awarded the Victory medal to war heroes, military commanders and politicians since 1989, especially those linked to the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.

Nigeria sees third suspected militant attack this week

At least 50 are dead after the latest attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria’s north-east.

A Reuters reporter has put the death toll as high as 65 after security and medical officials say the group opened fire on villagers before burning houses and targeting a crowd with a suicide bomb.

This was the third and deadliest attack suspected to have been carried out by the group this week, following a pattern of hit-and-run attacks which are becoming more common since losing territory.