Regional airports program takes off

Far North Queensland airport owners and operators will soon be able to apply for a share of $100 million in funding for safety upgrades as part of the federal government’s new Regional Airports Program. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the program guidelines are now available, giving airport owners and operators more information on their…

FNQ show societies urged to apply for funding grants of up to $500,000

Show societies across Far North Queensland are encouraged to apply for funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions under the Australian Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said eligible local show societies and state and territory agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of…

Cheaper medicines for more than 500,000 patients

Cheaper medicine is on the way for more than 500,000 patients from today with price reductions for common scripts and new medicines added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Medicines to treat lung cancer, lymphoblastic and acute leukaemia and nausea associated with chemotherapy will now be available to patients on the PBS from today for just…

Applications open for Festival Australia funding

Local organisations are invited to apply for funding for arts projects at festivals or a significant community celebration in Cairns and Far North Queensland. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is calling for applications to the next round of Festivals Australia funding. He said festivals and celebrations were an important part of the unique identity of…

Laws pass to protect Aussie farmers from activists

Tough new farm trespass laws to protect Australia’s farmers from the unlawful actions of animal activists have passed the Australian Parliament. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill showed our farmer that Aussies were on their side. “Militant animal activists have invaded farms across the country trespassing, threatening and…