Vale Charles Woodward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken of his “profound sadness” at learning of the passing last night of his good friend, tourism identity and business leader Charles Woodward. “It’s an absolute tragedy for our community,” Mr Entsch said today. “Charlie had been battling this disease for a long time but we all hoped that if…

Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Package open for applications 31st May

• Tropical North Queensland Local Investment Plan approved • Grant round opens 31 May • Funding for local infrastructure, business innovation and skills and training THE grants round for the $20 million Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) will open for applications on 31 May, following the publication of the committee’s Local…

Benefits set to flow from new 20 megalitre reservoir

Works have commenced on the construction of a new reservoir at Port Douglas, which will increase water capacity and encourage new residential and commercial development in the region. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $13.5 million new 20 megalitre reservoir would double local water supply storage capacity to meet the future needs of…

Giving back to our volunteers in FNQ

ALMOST 700 volunteers in Leichhardt are among nearly 100,000 across Australia benefiting from $10 million in Australian Government grants to support community organisations. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, recently announced that almost 2,700 community organisations would benefit from a grant to support the work of volunteers. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Coalition Government’s…

Budget boosts FNQ infrastructure and regional development

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the record investment in infrastructure in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, saying it will help to improve connectivity, productivity, and liveability in our region. “We’re making leaps and bounds in infrastructure investment, which will create jobs, drive economic growth and will naturally encourage further investment in our communities,” Mr Entsch…

Funding estimator for Leichhardt schools launches

A NEW schools funding estimator is set to help Far Northern parents, teachers, principals and school communities see exactly how they stand to benefit from the Coalition Government’s new $18.6 billion needs-based schools funding plan that was detailed in last night’s Federal Budget. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the new online estimator showed that schools…

Help for young people in FNQ to get job-ready

YOUNG jobseekers in the Far North are now able to access Employability Skills Training to help improve their chances of finding and keeping a job, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. The Government has committed $188.3 million over four years to the Employability Skills Training program, which is the ‘Prepare’ element of the new Youth Jobs…