The Junction Clubhouse – changing lives

The Junction Clubhouse is doing amazing work helping people transition from mental health care back into the community, jobs and housing.  This year The Junction set up a Bike Bank and members have started cycling, finding it beneficial for their physical and mental health. So they’ve decided to take on a ‘little’ challenge – the…

Building Better Regions in Leichhardt

I’M excited about the opportunities for the Far North that will come from the recently-announced Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), through creating jobs, driving economic growth and building stronger regional communities into the future. The good news is that BBRF, worth $297 million over four years, is a regional fund and projects from the major…

Update on Election Commitments

SINCE Government was formed at the end of August, there’s been steady work on the delivery of election commitments. I receive regular updates from relevant Ministers, and am working with project proponents to help where I can. At the Wet Tropics Management Authority Ministerial Forum on 25th November, the Queensland and Federal Governments agreed that…

New mobile coverage for regional areas

I’m very pleased that five areas in the Far North – Cape Tribulation, Whyanbeel, Ayton, Keatings Lagoon and Injinoo – will receive new mobile base stations under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Improved mobile coverage for Cape Tribulation will be fantastic for tourism given that visitors to the region expect…

Out and About

Helped Santa at the Star of the Sea Elder’s Village Christmas Lunch, Thursday Island Took part in discussions during Pormpuraaw Youth Week, Pormpuraaw Attended tourism icon Doug Gamble’s 75th birthday, Fitzroy Island Hosted defence officials for updates on the Upgrade of the Cairns Marine Precinct, Cairns Helped launch the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, Port…

Free Wi-Fi trial for Hope Vale residents

HOPE Vale residents are reminded that they can connect to free Wi-Fi at their local Department of Human Services Agent as part of a trial that ends on January 31st. Hope Vale is one of five sites in Queensland currently offering free Wi-Fi access to connect to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services, and nearly…

$4 million boost for Australia’s growing citizen science movement

FROM classifying galaxies to counting koalas across the country, recording rainfall or sleeping habits, citizen science projects give Australians the chance to contribute to scientific research. The Turnbull Government will provide $4 million in Citizen Science Grants, over four years, to support more opportunities for the public to collaborate with researchers on high-quality, nationally important…

Funding to improve natural disaster resilience in Douglas Shire

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of more than $168,000 towards projects that will help Douglas Shire build resilience to natural disasters. Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience. Mr Entsch said…