Entsch sets the record straight with Bates

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has dismissed criticism by Cairns Regional Councillor Richie Bates, saying the comments only illustrate Cr Bates’ lack of knowledge on the insurance issue. “As far as I’m aware, this is the first time that Cr Bates has made a public comment on insurance, but I think he would have…

$425,000 upgrade to Groves Creek Bridge

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Mr Warren Entsch has welcomed the Australian Government’s funding for a much-needed upgrade to the Groves Creek Bridge. “The Abbott Government is committing over $53 million to 14 projects across Queensland as part of Round One of the Bridges Renewal Programme,” said Mr Entsch. ”I’m pleased that the Mareeba Shire Council…

Get funding to fix black spots

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging councils and residents to ask for federal funding to fix dangerous intersections or stretches of road. “As well as being devastating for the families involved, road accidents cost our country’s economy around $27 billion each year,” said Mr Entsch. “Thankfully, the number of deaths per year has…

Science, Art and Comedy in the Tropics

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says Cairns will have a great opportunity to celebrate National Science Week later this year, with a James Cook University project receiving a $9,500 grant from the Australian Government. “It’s a great achievement for JCU’s project to be selected among a range of projects that showcase the best in…

New Green Army projects for Leichhardt

MORE than 350 Green Army projects are set to be rolled out across Australia following the announcement of successful projects for Round 2 of this important environmental programme. “I’m very pleased that Far North Queensland will be hosting a number of Green Army projects,” Mr Entsch said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our local…

New laws to help stamp out cyberbullying

**Watch Warren's address in Parliament** LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken in Parliament in support of legislation to target insidious cyberbullying that is damaging the mental health of local young people. The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 will establish a Children's E-Safety Commissioner, an authority to take the lead across government in implementing…

First parts of Cairns about to switch on NBN

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the count-down is on to March 20 when the first parts of Cairns switch over to the National Broadband Network. “There’s now less than one month until sections of Cairns CBD are switched over from their current broadband service to the NBN,” said Mr Entsch. “But the switch…

Family Day Care voices to be heard

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has urged further consultation with the Family Day Care sector in a move to ensure that proposed changes do not have unintended consequences for educators and families. Mr Entsch spoke in Parliament this week on a Private Members Motion put forward by the Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP,…

Interest sought in Cape York infrastructure

INDIGENOUS businesses and employment training organisations have today been called on to get involved with priority infrastructure projects in Cape York.  Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the Australian and Queensland governments were looking for local companies to get involved in the $260.5 million Cape York Region Package.   “This is an extraordinary investment into…