Kowanyama River House opens its doors

VISITORS to Kowanyama on the west coast of Cape York can now enjoy new, upmarket accommodation while supporting a successful indigenous enterprise, following the official opening of the Kowanyama River House yesterday. Declaring the new venture ‘open for business’, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch described the Kowanyama River House as an “Indigenous business success…

Labour plays catch-up on dredging

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed Federal Labor’s decision to finally support the banning of dredge spoil being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. “Labor’s decision is nothing short of catch-up,” said Mr Entsch, “considering the current Coalition Government already announced that policy in December last year.” “They had the chance to…

Celebrating our SES volunteers: Wear Orange Wednesday

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LEICHHARDT, Warren Entsch, is urging local communities to recognise the valuable and tireless work of Australia’s State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers by wearing orange for tomorrow’s Wear Orange Wednesday. Mr Entsch said: “The focus of Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is to encourage the community to show their support by wearing orange,…

Douglas Shire must focus on local issues first

FEDERAL member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has commended the Douglas Shire Council for supporting gay marriage and voting against coal seam gas fracking, but says the Council needs to focus on issues closer to home – mains power for residents between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers would be a good start. “It’s noble for local…

Investing in jobs for Cairns

The Australian Government is supporting local efforts to facilitate improved employment and training outcomes for Indigenous job seekers in Cairns. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, announced funding of $42,200 to an Indigenous owned business, Envizion Group Inc, to develop a strategic plan, business plan and undertake business…

‘Deadly’ new IEP launches in Cairns

THERE will soon be more Indigenous faces in frontline tourism positions thanks to the dedication and innovation of a local training organisation, says Federal MP Warren Entsch. The team at Deadly Success, along with a number of local Reef tourism operators and Mr Entsch (also representing the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott), today launched the ‘Deadly…

New Torres leaders welcomed to Canberra

FOUR dedicated Torres Strait women have taken their vision for strong leadership and higher levels of female representation in local governance to Canberra this week. Catharine Enosa and Iris Billy from Warraber, Ella Kris from Thursday Island and Lizzie Lui from Iama met with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion at…

Entsch recognises Parish Hall efforts in Parliament

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has recorded his official congratulations in Parliament on the success of the community-driven Anglican Parish Hall refurbishment project. Mr Entsch, along with his wife Yolonde and daughter Mackenzie, will attend the Grand Opening of the Hall this Saturday, 1 November, on Thursday Island. Last night, Mr Entsch outlined to Parliament the…