Daintree Microgrid

Mr ENTSCH: The Daintree microgrid project is signed, sealed and about to be delivered. I have fought tirelessly for this project for more than two decades and I am immensely pleased that the construction will start later this year. I could stand here for hours and talk about the microgrid project and the benefit of…

Cairns Marine Precinct

MR ENTSCH: Everybody loves a first, and that’s why it was great to recently announce, alongside defence minister, Peter Dutton, that Cairns would be the home for the first Defence regional maintenance centre. This is something I’ve been working towards now for quite a few years, and I’m proud to have delivered it for my…

Religious Discrimination Bill 2021

MR ENTSCH: I have to say to that there is no way in good conscience that I can support legislation that strips away people’s religious rights or, for that matter, any other rights. It’s the right of all Australians not to be discriminated against, including those of faith. Our society rightfully does not accept people…

2022 Citizens of the Year

MR ENTSCH: I rise this afternoon to place on the record and pay tribute to those in my community who were recently named as Citizens of the Year at recent local government Australia Day Awards ceremonies in my electorate. These awards are always one of the highlights of the year, as they acknowledge those who…

Cairns and Far North Queensland Tourism

MR ENTSCH: To say that the Cairns and Far North Queensland tourism industry has been doing it tough lately is certainly an understatement. Given all the challenges that the industry has faced over the last 12 months or more, it was very pleasing to see Far North Queensland businesses recognised at the recent Queensland Tourism…

Leichhardt School Graduations

MR ENTSCH: Presenting certificates at end-of-year school award ceremonies is something I look forward to each year. It’s a time when school communities come together to recognise the achievements of students throughout the year. This year I presented awards at Kuranda District State College; Redlynch State College; Cooktown State School; and Cape York House—for the…

Mr Alan Wilson

Mr ENTSCH: I recently travelled to Lakeland, located a few hundred kilometres north-west of Cairns, for the official opening of a new sporting oval and facilities. This wasn’t just another sporting field or simply another opening. The sporting field was named in honour of Cape York legend Alan Wilson. The Alan Wilson Oval is a fitting…

Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson

Mr ENTSCH: The word ‘legend’ is one that is often used and branded about, especially when referring to our sporting heroes. But what really makes a sporting legend—passion, dedication, success? If they’re the criteria then Cairns Paralympic athlete Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson has certainly earnt the title. Scooter, as he’s commonly known, recently competed in the…

Tropical North Queensland Tourism Industry Excellence Awards

MR ENTSCH: It gives me great pleasure to highlight the winners of the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Industry Excellence Awards, which were held last Friday evening in the Rainforestation Nature Park at Kuranda. More than 170 people gathered to celebrate the industry’s excellence in innovation by acknowledging the people and businesses at the forefront of…