Captain Cook Statue

Mr ENTSCH: I rise this afternoon to condemn the petition circulating in my community calling for the removal of the Captain James Cook statue on Sheridan Street. This is just another example of a noisy few trying to whitewash and rewrite our history with their change-culture mentality. But, unfortunately, they don’t represent the views of…

Environmental Management Charge

MR ENTSCH: I rise this afternoon in full support of the measures contained in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020. Tourism is the No. 1 economic driver in my electorate, which goes from the Papua New Guinea border right through to Cairns. Our region was one of the…

OAM Recipients

Mr ENTSCH: It’s a great pleasure to acknowledge six outstanding members of the Cairns and Far North Queensland community recently awarded Order of Australia medals in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. All six recipients are outstanding people, and their dedication and passion for their respective communities is without question. The recipients include Cairns Hospital senior…

General Motors Holden

Mr ENTSCH: The name Holden conjures up many memories for millions of Australians. It is a part of life for so many of us. It is a brand that has firmly entrenched itself in Australian culture, and has been a way of life for almost a century. Holden dominated the Australian car market for many…

FNQ Spirits

Mr ENTSCH: I rise this afternoon to highlight one of the many fantastic businesses in my electorate who stepped up to the plate during the recent health crisis. FNQ Spirits is a small craft distillery located in Cairns and is more used to quenching people’s thirst through its signature rum product, Croc Piss. When the…

Tourism and Border Closures

Mr ENTSCH: Tourism is the single-most important economic driver in my electorate, and to say that we’ve been doing it tough is an absolute understatement. We were the first region to be hit and we’ll be one of the last to recover. Our multi-billion-dollar local tourism industry literally fell off the cliff overnight. The impact…

Local Government Elections

MR ENTSCH: The recent Queensland local government elections saw sweeping changes to those who will lead their local communities across my electorate for the next four years. The local government elections saw eight new mayors elected in our various Indigenous communities located across my electorate. They include Wujal Wujal Mayor Bradley Creek, Hope Vale Mayor…

FNQ Exports

MR ENTSCH: All of us in this chamber have seen the effects of the coronavirus on our respective communities. Our live seafood sector was one of the first hit, and it was hit hard, with the majority of orders cancelled overnight. The Australian government acknowledged this and immediately put into place measures to support our…

Cairns Taipans

Mr ENTSCH: It gives me great pleasure to rise this afternoon to pay tribute to the mighty Cairns Taipans, who are one win away from making the NBL’s grand final. What a difference a year makes, after the Taipans picked up the wooden spoon last year. With 16 regular-season wins and finishing third on the table,…