Budget bonanza for Far North Queensland

The Morrison Government has delivered a funding bonanza for Far North Queensland with families and workers among the biggest winners. The federal government last night announced the first budget surplus in more than a decade. The last time Labor delivered an actual budget surplus was in 1989 – three decades ago. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren…

Federal budget to give funding boost to FNQ councils

Far North Queensland councils will receive a multi-million dollar funding boost in this week’s federal budget to assist them with local road and safety projects. Sixteen councils across the region will receive a funding boost* as part of the government’s highly-successful Roads to Recovery Program. All councils will receive an additional 25 per cent funding…

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…