FNQ indigenous rangers to protect our natural assets

Twenty-one Indigenous rangers will today graduate having completed new compliance training under the federal government’s $30 million Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy. The newest cohort of Indigenous rangers celebrated their successful completion of compliance training today, in a specialist program delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Federal Leichardt MP Warren Entsch…

Powering the Daintree one step closer

Powering the Daintree via a renewable-energy microgrid is one step closer after the federal government identified the region as a site for a stand-alone, environmentally friendly power system. A $50.4 million Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, to be announced in next week’s federal budget, has been set up to identify and fund feasibility studies…

Rewarding biodiversity on Far North Queensland farms

Far North Queensland farmers will eventually be able to receive financial incentives for managing the biodiversity on their farms. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said a $30 million pilot program would pay farmers for improving biodiversity on their farms, and in appropriate cases also for carbon. He said $4 million would also be invested in…

Federal government to fund and deliver $9 million rehab centre in Cairns

The federal government will provide $9 million to Mission Australia to fund a new Cairns-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. This initiative continues the federal government’s unprecedented $720 million investment in drug and alcohol treatment services. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said government funding will support a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program and the development of…