Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch Officially Opens Innovative

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has congratulated the Inderbitzin family while officially opening their Next-Gen Compost Facility at Biboohra near Mareeba. The Inderbitzin family are third generation farmers who originated from Switzerland before moving to the Atherton Tablelands in 1972 to establish a dairy business. Since then they have expanded to three farms, a…

Guidelines released for Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme

THERE’S great news for community groups, not?for?profits and local government organisations with guidelines for Round 3 of the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme being released this week. The programme is again providing $150,000 to fund small capital projects, with grants ranging between $2,500 and $20,000 that deliver social benefits to Far North Queensland. Leichhardt MP…

The Junction Clubhouse Changing Lives Project

Bright and early on Saturday morning, I will be farewelling a group of local cyclists as they embark on a 780-kilometre Cairns to Karumba bike ride adventure. This is no ordinary bike ride; it is over seven days. The team traverse some incredibly challenging country, riding between 78 and 151 kilometres a day to raise…

Private Members Business – Access To Tibet

As the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Tibet, I am passionate about helping the Tibetan community seek the justice and freedom they so rightly deserve. The issue of access highlighted by the motion is one that is ongoing. A visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region by a delegation of Australian parliamentarians would certainly…

90 Second Statement – Centrelink Scam

Older constituents in Leichhardt need to be extra cautious if they receive phone calls from people claiming to be from Centrelink. Thanks to Bob Madden and Kevin Molleneux, who both recently contacted my office to report a phishing scam. Bob says he received a message to contact Centrelink on (02)83787970. When he called the number,…

Adjournment – Vale Charles Woodward

I rise tonight to reflect on and to honour my very good friend, tourism identity and business leader Charles Woodward. Charlie passed away on 18 May 2017 after a battle with cancer, and I certainly was profoundly saddened when I heard the news. He was such a lively character and had a generous spirit, and…