Morrison Government increases regional migration target

Cairns and Far North Queensland will benefit from changes to Australia’s regional migration settings after the Morrison Government increased the number of dedicated regional visas to 25,000. Following unprecedented growth (124 per cent) in the number of regional visas granted in the first quarter of this programme year, the government is increasing the total number…

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New detector dog for Cairns Airport

JD the biosecurity detector dog has been welcomed to Cairns International Airport to help keep Australia safe from African swine fever (ASF). Queensland Senator Susan McDonald said the new detector dog comes at a time of heightened risk of ASF for Australia. “In Senate Estimates last week I asked why an international airport like Cairns,…

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Dairy industry mandatory Code of Conduct on its way

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Australian dairy industry will have a mandatory code of conduct by the start of next year. Mr Entsch said the mandatory code would improve the contractual arrangements between dairy farmers and dairy processors. He said this was the outcome dairy farmers on the Tablelands had been crying out…

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Regional airports program takes off

Far North Queensland airport owners and operators will soon be able to apply for a share of $100 million in funding for safety upgrades as part of the federal government’s new Regional Airports Program. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the program guidelines are now available, giving airport owners and operators more information on their…

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FNQ show societies urged to apply for funding grants of up to $500,000

Show societies across Far North Queensland are encouraged to apply for funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions under the Australian Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said eligible local show societies and state and territory agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of…

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