Renewed focus on local rehab services

MORE than a year after the closure of Lyons House, the three levels of government in Cairns will today show they are committed to re-establishing vital infrastructure that will help people with addictions to get off the streets. Standing in front of the now-defunct residential rehabilitation centre, Federal MP Warren Entsch, Member for Cairns Gavin…

Little Dixie wins Jonno’s heart

CAIRNS youngster Jonno Cattell is well-known for his tough battle with illness but today the 10-year-old’s face was all smiles as he was presented with ‘Dixie’, a one-year-old poodle cross. The Cattell family has had a tough time in the last couple of years, with Jonno being diagnosed with a brain stem glioma in 2011. …

Cape to Kakadu concept takes hold in the North

AN inventive concept to establish a ‘Cape to Kakadu’ vehicle ferry between Weipa, Gove and Darwin is riding a wave of momentum, gaining support from all corners of Northern Australia. The idea came to light as an “aspirational” element in the Weipa Town Authority’s recent Community Plan, with Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch a…

Cairns crime to come under the spotlight

CRIME in the community will be a hot topic at a forum to be held in Cairns on Monday, hosted by Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs Michael Keenan. “The Coalition recognises that crime is a major issue in Cairns, and in putting together our policy platform for…

Last chance to ‘Say No’ to Coral Sea lock-outs

To view and print a copy of the petition, click here FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is rallying North Queenslanders to ‘Say No’ to the proposed closure of the Coral Sea, today launching a petition against the government and green groups’ “campaign of misinformation”. With this petition, titled ‘Don’t Lock Us Out’, Mr Entsch joins a number…

No mental health nurse for new headspace in Cairns?

Joint media release with the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-WellsMORE than two months since the Gillard Labor Government announced that the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program would be capped at last year’s level, nurses still have not been advised by the Department of Health and Ageing of what that level is. “Labor…

Abstudy support safe for North Queensland

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has moved to reassure North Queenslanders that an attempt to abolish Abstudy support payments will not make it past scrutiny at a federal level. Mr Entsch said the narrow passing of the motion to scrap the financial assistance scheme, which took place at the LNP’s state convention in Brisbane…

Fishing industry unites to battle Coral Sea closure

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has commended recreational and commercial fishers for putting aside their differences and uniting to fight the government’s planned closure of the Coral Sea. Mr Entsch met with members of the Australian Marine Alliance (AMA) in Canberra on Wednesday where they launched a full-blown campaign against the Marine Park network that will…