Qld Govt decision Wild Rivers on Steroids

THE State Government’s move to enhance protection for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve – jeopardising the $1.2 billion Pisolite Hills bauxite mine at the same time – has been described as “an appalling decision” by Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. “This is an absolute disgrace and sends a very bad message regarding development in…

Time to thank Renovation Rescue supporters

FEDERAL member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has spoken of local mum Kim Jenkins’ “determination and spirit” in the Parliament today, as the Renovation Rescue prepares to wind up with a final ‘Thank You’ event for supporters. Mr Entsch highlighted Kim’s journey since he first met her in 2011, when she was diagnosed with a rare…

Leichhardt identity takes campaign to Canberra

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has met with local artist, pastor and indigenous rights advocate Norman Miller in Canberra this week to show his support for the petition calling for constitutional change. Mr Miller, who is the Chairman of the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, met with Mr Entsch and Ken Wyatt, the…

FNQ aviation industry urged to speak up

THE Australian Government’s Aviation Safety Regulation Review will give local aviation businesses the opportunity to expose CASA’s regulatory and procedural failures, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, has recently released the review’s Terms of Reference. “I welcome the minister’s Review,” Mr…

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…