Anniversary heralds new era for Mapoon

FIFTY years to the day since Mapoon residents were forcibly relocated, the Queensland Government’s gesture of reconciliation will go a long way says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “When you hear the stories of how families departing by boat looked back across the bay and watched as their homes were burnt, it is particularly appropriate that…

Edmonton gains activities centre and cyclone shelter

THE official opening of the Edmonton Leisure Centre today gives the southern Cairns suburb a multi-purpose sports centre that doubles as a cyclone shelter. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the centre had created a community hub where residents of the fast-growing suburb could gather for sports,…

Entsch speaks out for Australian graziers

THE Coalition Government’s commitment to supporting the live export industry has been reaffirmed in Parliament this week. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch took an opportunity in Question Time yesterday to highlight to the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, the plight of livestock cattle exporters in his electorate who were “severely compromised” by Labor’s sudden…

Mobile phone black spots come under the spotlight

‘BLACK spots’ in mobile phone coverage can be a daily battle for Far North Queenslanders but there’s now an opportunity for local residents and businesses to highlight problem areas. During the election campaign, the Coalition announced its policy to invest $100 million to ensure that regional, remote and outer-metropolitan communities have access to more reliable…

Pressure eases for local professionals

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Government’s move to abandon two tax measures that would have imposed a severe financial toll on Far Northern professionals. Announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey earlier this week, the Government will not proceed with seven measures in all, including Labor’s $2000 cap on self-education expenses and the $1.7 billion…

Leichhardt students shine

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has warmly congratulated five local students who are recipients of a prestigious Australian Student Prize. “This is a fantastic achievement,” Mr Entsch said.  “As someone who left school at a young age, I have a real appreciation for the opportunities that education presents to young people.  “I hope that…

Create your own Christmas Dream

AS excited children start counting down the weeks until Christmas, it’s time once again for kids to put their creativity to paper to help design Federal MP Warren Entsch’s annual Christmas Card. “This year, the theme is A Christmas Dream,” Mr Entsch explained.  “It’s very broad and can mean different things to different children. “It…

Parish Hall milestone reached

AFTER a year of intensive fundraising, the Parish Hall Restoration Committee has today announced that the fundraising target for Stage 1 works on the historic Quetta Parish Hall has been reached. The news is a major milestone, and means that Stage 1 construction – comprising the removal of the asbestos roof and replacement with colour…