Flynn Rigby – 28 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:46): I rise today to pay tribute to a brave young lad living in my electorate. Flynn Rigby and his twin brother, Jack, arrived in this world 16-weeks premature. Flynn weighed 720 grams and Jack was only 630 grams. Sadly, Jack didn’t make it. He passed away after only 10 days. But…

FNQ remains the jewel in the state’s tourism crown

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said more domestic and international tourists are choosing to holiday in Far North Queensland than ever before. Mr Entsch said the latest National Visitor Survey released today showed Far North Queensland continued to be the jewel in the state’s tourism crown. He said domestic and international visitors spent on average…

Cooktown Discovery Festival – 27 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (19:55): I rise today to bring to the attention of the House a very special anniversary happening in a town in my electorate, Cooktown, in 2020. On 17 June 1770, His Majesty’s bark the Endeavour, captained by Lieutenant James Cook, found refuge at the mouth of the Waalumbaal Birri, now known as the Endeavour…

Queensland Indigenous Housing – 26 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (10:45): The right to housing is an absolutely fundamental right of all Australian citizens. Sadly, the Queensland Labor government, in a campaign led by Jackie Trad, is more interested in playing politics than putting roofs over people’s heads. This year marks the end of the 10-year Remote Housing Strategy. The Commonwealth provided $5.4…

World Tuberculosis Day – 26 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: TB is a disease that most people thought was in the past or isolated to small pockets of some impoverished countries. It is one of the oldest human diseases and has been identified in Egyptian mummies. My mother was inflicted with TB in the early 1960s and spent a year in the Cairns Base…

Betty Hinton – 26 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (16:23): I rise today to pay tribute to a much-loved and respected member of the North Daintree community, Betty Hinton. I’m proud to call Betty my friend. Betty is the owner of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and Art Gallery at Cow Bay, a business she has operated for more than 35 years.…

Funding flows for Cape York aerodrome upgrades

More than $2 million from the Australian Government will be invested in in upgrading five aerodromes in Cape York under round five of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the upgrades would improve access to basic services and essential deliveries such as food, medicine and mail. He said the much-needed…

Indigenous troops honoured on 75th anniversary

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said he was honoured to be part of the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion remembrance held at the weekend. Mr Entsch, along with Federal Veterans’ Affairs Minister Darren Chester, attended the remembrance ceremony held at Green Hill Fort on Thursday Island. He said…

Rio Tinto leads the charge in indigenous employment

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said it was wonderful to see Rio Tinto setting the benchmark in relation to employing indigenous people at their bauxite sites across Far North Queensland. Mr Entsch, who toured Rio Tinto’s $2.6 billion Amrun bauxite project near Weipa last week, said it was amazing to see the multi-national engage with…