Strata risk assessment a positive move

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Insurance Council of Australia’s decision to embark on a research project aimed at helping better understand and assess the risk for strata properties. “It’s a major step forward in that the ICA is now acknowledging there is a problem, after being in a state of denial for the…

Entsch stands up for Coral Sea users

LOCAL MP Warren Entsch has again argued the case for multiple-use zones in the Coral Sea, supporting a bill that would require strict criteria to be met before a new marine reserve can be created. The amendment to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, known as the ‘Making Marine Parks Accountable’ Bill, was…

Community reeling over Coral Sea proclamation

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has described today’s proclamation of a Coral Sea Marine Reserve – one of 40 new parks around Australia – as “devastating” for the region, saying it came “off the back of an absolutely flawed consultation process”. “Coastal communities right around the country are feeling betrayed, there’s no question about it,” Mr…

Great success for indigenous defence trainees

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has congratulated 22 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who today graduated from the Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) in Cairns. Mr Entsch attended the graduation at the HMAS Cairns base where Warren Snowdon MP, the Minister for Indigenous, Rural and Regional Health, presented the graduates with their awards. Of the…

FNQ locals dig deep for Les

WEIPA man Les Borthwick is well on his way to receiving a new set of wheels – albeit on a mobility scooter – thanks to the generosity of Far Northern locals. Federal MP Warren Entsch launched an appeal for Mr Borthwick last month after hearing about his traumatic series of surgeries that resulted from what…

Cape York leaders unite against sham consultation

THE ‘people’s forum’ held at Musgrave on Saturday comprehensively rejected the Federal Government’s plan to only consult with Traditional Owners on a possible World Heritage listing. More than 100 people attended the forum, including graziers, businesspeople, tourism operators, traditional owners (TOs) and representatives from Senate, Federal, State and Local Government. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has…

Elderly suffer while Govt wastes billions

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has again driven the Meals on Wheels cause in Canberra, this week speaking on a proposed nutrition project for the elderly that has failed to win any government funding or support. Mr Entsch seconded a Private Member’s Motion put forward by NSW MP Mark Coulton, the Member for Parkes, which recognised…

High cost of insurance in the north needs policy focus

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has recognised that the increasing cost of property insurance is a serious problem for people in Central and Northern Queensland. Responding to strong representations by Federal MP Warren Entsch, Mr Abbott has asked Senator Mathias Cormann, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services to work with Mr Entsch…