Woree State School rewarded for environmental focus

FEDERAL Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch MP has congratulated Woree State School students who were yesterday awarded a $500 Ripples of Change grant for protecting their local environment and the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Mr Entsch said the awards encourage students to learn about and care for their local environments and promote real…

Statement – Pacific Patrol Boat contract

This morning I received a briefing from the Deputy Secretary of Capability Acquisition and Sustainment within the Department of Defence and the Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, regarding the decision not to award the tender for the Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Program to the Cairns consortium led by TeeKay Shipping (Australia). I expressed my…

Fuel prices to be put under the spotlight in Cairns

NEWS that petrol prices in Cairns will be investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will be warmly welcomed by local motorists and businesses, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. The ACCC’s detailed market study – from wholesale supply to the petrol pump ? will allow for a greater understanding of what factors are…

Bitter disappointment at PPBR bid loss

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch says he is “gutted” at the Federal Government’s announcement today that the $2B Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement contract will not go to the Cairns consortium. Mr Entsch has spoken to prime contractor Teekay and consortium member BSE, and expressed his very strong disappointment to the Prime Minster, Defence Minister Marise Payne…

Calling all photographers! Let’s make a calendar

PROFESSIONAL and budding photographers from Cairns to the Torres Strait are encouraged to get snap-happy to showcase our unique part of Australia in the Leichhardt Community Calendar. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said: “I’m looking for photos that capture the landscape, wildlife, weather and people of Far North Queensland. “This is a fantastic opportunity…

Entsch backs Royal Commission into Big Banks

A ROYAL Commission into the immoral conduct of the Big Banks and the introduction of compulsory financial retribution for victims – including those in the Far North – is critical, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. Speaking in support of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s comments yesterday at Westpac’s 199th birthday event, Mr Entsch said he agreed…

Entsch offers assistance with Austudy payments

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is urging local students who are experiencing significant delays with their Austudy payments to contact his office for help. “I’m keenly aware that some students are still waiting to be paid their Austudy allowance after applying in January – which obviously has a huge impact on their ability to…

Time for truckies to speak up on Tribunal blunder

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is urging local truckie owner-drivers to make their views heard as the Government carries out urgent consultations on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s ‘safe rates’ determination. Over the weekend, the Federal Court granted a stay of the Tribunal’s Payments Order, which would have resulted in a massive hike in the cost…