Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is urging all Far North Queenslanders to get behind Commonwealth Games events and festivities over the next fortnight.
Mr Entsch said this was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
“The city is going to be buzzing for the next two weeks,” Mr Entsch said.
“We truly are a world-class city and I urge everyone to extend a warm welcome to our visitors and extend to them that unique Far North Queensland hospitality,” Mr Entsch said.
“The men’s and women’s basketball events at Cairns Convention Centre will be truly special – especially cheering on the Australian teams.”
Mr Entsch said one of the highlights this weekend would be the royal visit to the region.
“The worldwide exposure our city and region will get from Prince Charles’ visit where he plans to watch a basketball game and visit the iconic Daintree Rainforest is immeasurable.
“Hopefully he will also have time to visit the Great Barrier Reef – the other natural wonder right on our doorstep.”
Mr Entsch said tonight’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony would also feature indigenous dancers from Lockhart River.
“This will be a very special moment for these dancers and I know they have been looking forward to this moment for many months,” he said.
“The Lockhart River community is extremely proud of these men and women and will no doubt be glued to their screens tonight.
“It is fantastic to see our region being represented on the world stage in front of an anticipated TV audience of more than one billion people worldwide.”
Mr Entsch said there were also a number of events and festivities planned across the city to coincide with the Commonwealth Games.
“The ‘Festival 2018’ extravaganza will showcase our rich culture and will include performances from world-renowned singers such as Amy Shark, Kate Miller-Heidke and the Cat Empire just to name a few.
“One of the highlights will no doubt be the ‘Live Site’ on the Esplanade with giant TVs broadcasting the Games.
“What better way to watch the Games than by taking the family down to the Esplanade with a blanket and picnic and immersing yourself in this once-in-a-generation event.
“Let the Games begin!”