More than $1-million in funding for Puuya Foundation

THE Puuya Foundation in Lockhart River will receive around $1-million under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to deliver projects that will improve the lives of First Australians in the region. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million…

NBN preparation gets started in Cooktown

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the ‘build preparation’ stage has begun for the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) to be rolled out in Cooktown. “The NBN is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history, and is certainly the most complex,” said Mr Entsch. “Today’s announcement means that here in Cooktown…

90 second statement – Skyrail celebrates 20 years

Tourism is one of the backbones of Australia's economy and there are a handful of experiences which should be on everybody's bucket list: the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and the Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.  Skyrail is truly an iconic cable car experience that transports passengers on a 7.5-kilometre journey that…

Entsch to work with new team

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch says he is ready to work with the new Liberal Party leadership team of Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop, after tonight’s party room vote result. Mr Entsch said the ballot process in the Party Room was very cordial.“The results of the votes for both the leader and deputy leader positions were…

Opportunities for Expanding the Aquaculture Industry in Northern Australia: Canberra Hearing

The Northern Australia Committee will hold a public hearing in Canberra on Tuesday, 15 September as part of its inquiry into opportunities to expand the aquaculture industry in Northern Australia. The CSIRO has identified 1.5 million hectares of land in Australia which is suitable for aquaculture—with almost 0.5 million hectares being in Queensland—and has commented…

Omnibus Repeal Day Autumn 2015

The other side can trivialise a lot of this stuff. Yes, there is a lot of cleaning out the cupboards, if you like, but there is also a lot in the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2015 that is going to save money.  The opposition would not understand that saving paperwork and bureaucracy is…

Positive moves on yellow crazy ants

STAKEHOLDERS who travelled to Canberra to argue for the long-term eradication of yellow crazy ants in and around the World Heritage Wet Tropics Area are pleased with the outcome of yesterday’s meeting with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and others. Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) executive director Scott Buchanan and the coordinator of the Yellow Crazy…

Australia to boost Syrian refugee efforts

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch says he is pleased with the Government’s decision today to resettle an additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing the turmoil in Syria and Iraq. The boost in numbers will be in addition to the existing humanitarian programme of 13,750, which rises to 18,750 in 2018-19, and comes after Immigration Minister Peter…