Momentum builds on NA White Paper

THE Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, has this week given Parliament a progress report on key Northern Australia White Paper initiatives. Mr Entsch was supporting a Private Member’s Motion put up by the Darwin-based Member for Solomon, Natasha Griggs, which noted that the north will account for…

NBN preparation gets started in Cooktown

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the ‘build preparation’ stage has begun for the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) to be rolled out in Cooktown. “The NBN is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history, and is certainly the most complex,” said Mr Entsch. “Today’s announcement means that here in Cooktown…

$80,000 for Peace Lutheran College to better engage ATSI senior students

PEACE Lutheran College in Kamerunga will receive $80,000 under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to better engage their ATSI senior students in educational activities. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations…

Entsch to work with new team

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch says he is ready to work with the new Liberal Party leadership team of Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop, after tonight’s party room vote result. Mr Entsch said the ballot process in the Party Room was very cordial.“The results of the votes for both the leader and deputy leader positions were…

Opportunities for Expanding the Aquaculture Industry in Northern Australia: Canberra Hearing

The Northern Australia Committee will hold a public hearing in Canberra on Tuesday, 15 September as part of its inquiry into opportunities to expand the aquaculture industry in Northern Australia. The CSIRO has identified 1.5 million hectares of land in Australia which is suitable for aquaculture—with almost 0.5 million hectares being in Queensland—and has commented…

Positive moves on yellow crazy ants

STAKEHOLDERS who travelled to Canberra to argue for the long-term eradication of yellow crazy ants in and around the World Heritage Wet Tropics Area are pleased with the outcome of yesterday’s meeting with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and others. Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) executive director Scott Buchanan and the coordinator of the Yellow Crazy…