Funding boost for surf clubs in Leichhardt

THE Cairns, Ellis Beach and Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Clubs will soon receive a funding boost to help prevent drownings at local beaches. Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch MP, said the Australian Government was fulfilling an election promise by providing each surf club with $25,000 over the next five years. “Australia’s dedicated life savers…

Inspection of local defence capabilities

LOCAL defence operations came under the spotlight today when Darren Chester, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, and Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch toured facilities in Cairns. During their visit Mr Chester and Mr Entsch met with the patrol boat crew Ardent Five and toured HMAS Childers. “HMAS Cairns remains an important strategic base in…

Government invests $31 million in Reef research

THE Australian Government is investing more than $31 million over six years for research into tropical water quality through the National Environmental Science Programme. The research will assist in the management of coastal and marine water quality in Australia’s tropical regions, including the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. “This boost to science funding will…

Entsch tells ICA “Stop Scaremongering!”

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch says a move by the Insurance Council of Australia to hold town-hall meetings in the Far North next week is nothing but a “rear-guard action” intent on scaring consumers. “These meetings are being held in Edmonton and Innisfail by the ICA, at the request of Kennedy MP Bob Katter, and apparently…

Major boost for aged care in FNQ

CHRISTMAS has come early for aged care in Leichhardt with Federal MP Warren Entsch successfully securing support for two critical and long-overdue projects. In the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), officially announced today, the Star of the Sea Elders Village on Thursday Island will receive a capital grant of $19,093,000 to carry out an…

Far North the ‘tourism torchbearer’

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch says Far North Queensland is being seen as the tourism torchbearer after the region received eight gold, eight silver and five bronze gongs at the Queensland Tourism Awards on Friday. Mr Entsch, who attended the awards in Brisbane, said that twenty-one of the thirty-nine nominations put forward from the region received…

Medicinal cannabis Bill goes to Parliament

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch will co-sponsor a cross-parliamentary Bill on medicinal cannabis on behalf of the Liberal Party when it is lodged with the House of Representatives next week. At a press conference in Parliament today, Mr Entsch stood alongside representatives of all major political parties to announce proposed new laws that would stop people…