Local parents urged to have a say on childcare

THERE are just a few days left for busy mums and dads to have their say on the nation’s first major review of childcare since the 1990s, without having to make a full-length submission. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch wants to let local parents know that the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare…

Funding flows to Cape York

COMMUNITIES in Cape York will benefit from new improved infrastructure, with a $210 million Commonwealth package set to enhance the region’s economy. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch on the Cairns Esplanade today to present the Cape York Region Package to the community.…

$4.4M to help older residents live at home longer

OLDER people in Leichhardt will get extra support and care services-such as cleaning, meals, nursing care and transport-to remain living independently at home, thanks to a $4,416,309 investment by the Australian Government. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the funding was part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care…

Scherger closure a double-edged sword

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the Weipa community must be supported when the Scherger Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) closes its doors at the end of February. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison MP, announced today that the government will close four immigration detention facilities – including Scherger IDC – resulting…

MP shares memories of Paul Kamsler Sr

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has paid tribute to the “colourful life and outstanding achievements” of Paul Kamsler Sr, who passed away at the weekend aged 90. Mr Entsch offered Mr Kamsler’s family members and friends his deepest condolences, saying that his friendship with the tourism stalwart had “most definitely enriched my life”. “Paul…

A solution for Torres Strait aged care underway

The Australian Government has today affirmed its commitment to better aged care for the Torres Strait.  The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, and the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, today announced the Torres Strait community would be invited to have their say on future directions of aged care in their community, including current…

Key steps reached on Northern Australia program

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the reaching of key milestones during this Parliamentary sitting which will enable the White Paper process for the Development of Northern Australia to launch soundly in the New Year. The membership of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia (JSCNA) was approved by the Senate on December 4th and…

Projects approved with safeguards to protect the reef

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed news that the Government’s approval of dredging activities at Abbot Point will be subject to the highest environmental standards to protect the Great Barrier Reef. After rigorous assessment, the Government has completed the approvals process for four Queensland projects under National Environmental Law, approving: ·         The capital…

It’s on! Parish Hall renovation underway

IT’S been an eventful week for the Parish Hall Restoration Project with the much-anticipated start of Stage 1 renovation coupled with a major donation from a local business. After a mammoth community fundraising effort over the last 16 months, works have now commenced to take out the asbestos and remove the roof of the historic…

Additional funding to manage crown-of-thorns starfish

THE Government is allocating an extra $1.1 million in funding to further protect the Great Barrier Reef from the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish.The crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) can destroy coral faster than it can regenerate and is one of the most significant threats to the reef.  In recent decades COTS were responsible for 42% of coral loss.Although…