Entsch backs Premier over ‘green tape’ comments

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has every right to be concerned about unnecessary layers of regulation duplicating environmental and wildlife protections, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says. Mr Entsch has slammed Green groups and Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke for their unjustified criticism of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in relation to koala conservation. “Campbell Newman…

Mill sale a boost for the region

THE sale of Mossman Central Mill to Mackay Sugar this week will create certainty for local growers and present broader opportunities for the region’s sugar industry, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. Mackay Sugar has entered a binding agreement to acquire the milling and related assets of the mill for $25 million, aiming to…

Statesman of the Torres Strait will be remembered

THE Far North is reeling from the loss of another great leader with the highly-respected Torres Strait elder George Mye passing away early Thursday morning. Uncle George, as he was widely known, was a passionate advocate of the rights of Torres Strait Islanders and strongly supported the campaign for autonomy in the Torres Strait.Federal Member…

Cape loses a committed leader

AURUKUN Mayor Neville Pootchemunka was a dedicated leader who will be sorely missed, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said today. Mr Entsch first met Mr Pootchemunka in 2004 and said he always found him to be very, very committed to his community. “He was never afraid to embrace controversial initiatives that he believed were in the…

Community Rallies to Eradicate Pesky Mynas

A CAMPAIGN to reduce the plague of Indian myna birds in the Far North has reached a milestone, with Federal MP for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, Cairns Rotary and the Cairns Men’s Shed celebrating the construction of the 500th myna bird trap this Thursday, 19 April. In November, the Rotary Club of Cairns declared war on…

ATTORNEY-GENERAL SNUBS CAPE AND TORRES MAYORS

A REFUSAL by the Attorney General to meet with the mayors of 19 Cape York and Torres councils over their disaster recovery arrangements is outrageous, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.Kym Jerome, CEO of the Regional Organisation of Councils of Cape York and Torres Shire (ROCCY), wrote to the Hon Nicola Roxon MP on March 27…