Mill sale a boost for the region

THE sale of Mossman Central Mill to Mackay Sugar this week will create certainty for local growers and present broader opportunities for the region’s sugar industry, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. Mackay Sugar has entered a binding agreement to acquire the milling and related assets of the mill for $25 million, aiming to…

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Statesman of the Torres Strait will be remembered

THE Far North is reeling from the loss of another great leader with the highly-respected Torres Strait elder George Mye passing away early Thursday morning. Uncle George, as he was widely known, was a passionate advocate of the rights of Torres Strait Islanders and strongly supported the campaign for autonomy in the Torres Strait.Federal Member…

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Cape loses a committed leader

AURUKUN Mayor Neville Pootchemunka was a dedicated leader who will be sorely missed, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said today. Mr Entsch first met Mr Pootchemunka in 2004 and said he always found him to be very, very committed to his community. “He was never afraid to embrace controversial initiatives that he believed were in the…

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Freeze on the CEP will create opportunities for the region

Clive Skarott, former chairman of Ports North, wrote last week in The Weekend Post that the decision by the State Government to halt the awarding of a major contract has put the entire Cairns Entertainment Precinct at serious risk.But it’s been apparent to me for some time now that far too much attention has been…

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Cairns farewells cyclists on a cross-country adventure

A GROUP of mad-keen cyclists will take off from Cairns next week on a fundraising adventure that will see some of them pedal their way across Australia. On Monday morning, 10 riders will start the first leg (Cairns to Mt Isa) of Australia Ride, a three year, 20,000km journey to raise money and awareness for…

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Community Rallies to Eradicate Pesky Mynas

A CAMPAIGN to reduce the plague of Indian myna birds in the Far North has reached a milestone, with Federal MP for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, Cairns Rotary and the Cairns Men’s Shed celebrating the construction of the 500th myna bird trap this Thursday, 19 April. In November, the Rotary Club of Cairns declared war on…

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Recycled Water Scheme a ‘bogey’ for Mossman Golf Club

A MOVE by Cairns Regional Council to force Mossman Golf Club to pay for a recycled water scheme it can’t afford will bankrupt the organisation, club representatives say. Desperate for assistance, club captain John Carney and former president Ian Prewett have contacted the office of Federal MP Warren Entsch appealing for help to make council…

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Time to reignite discussion on the future of the Sheraton Mirage

OPPORTUNITIES occasionally come along that create a real ‘light-bulb’ moment and a recent last-minute offer to take the place of the Shadow Tourism Minister at Hamilton Island’s Qualia resort was certainly one.Although it was easy to be impressed by the service, the food, the stunning facilities and setting, it was the remarkable parallels between Hamilton…

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL SNUBS CAPE AND TORRES MAYORS

A REFUSAL by the Attorney General to meet with the mayors of 19 Cape York and Torres councils over their disaster recovery arrangements is outrageous, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.Kym Jerome, CEO of the Regional Organisation of Councils of Cape York and Torres Shire (ROCCY), wrote to the Hon Nicola Roxon MP on March 27…

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MAYOR BACKFLIPS ON SUPPORT FOR POOL REFURBISHMENT

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed a pledge by Cairns Mayor Val Schier to commit $10 million towards refurbishment of the Tobruk Memorial Pool if she is re-elected this month.But he has cautioned that the move “smells like an election ploy” given that only two months ago, Cr Schier labelled a package of initiatives to…

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