Edmonton gains activities centre and cyclone shelter

THE official opening of the Edmonton Leisure Centre today gives the southern Cairns suburb a multi-purpose sports centre that doubles as a cyclone shelter. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the centre had created a community hub where residents of the fast-growing suburb could gather for sports,…

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Entsch speaks out for Australian graziers

THE Coalition Government’s commitment to supporting the live export industry has been reaffirmed in Parliament this week. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch took an opportunity in Question Time yesterday to highlight to the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, the plight of livestock cattle exporters in his electorate who were “severely compromised” by Labor’s sudden…

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Mobile phone black spots come under the spotlight

‘BLACK spots’ in mobile phone coverage can be a daily battle for Far North Queenslanders but there’s now an opportunity for local residents and businesses to highlight problem areas. During the election campaign, the Coalition announced its policy to invest $100 million to ensure that regional, remote and outer-metropolitan communities have access to more reliable…

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Pressure eases for local professionals

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Government’s move to abandon two tax measures that would have imposed a severe financial toll on Far Northern professionals. Announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey earlier this week, the Government will not proceed with seven measures in all, including Labor’s $2000 cap on self-education expenses and the $1.7 billion…

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Time to remember David Scott Thomson (1924-2013)

THE State Funeral to be held today for the former Member for Leichhardt, the Hon. David Thomson MC, MP, will celebrate his life and remarkable achievements, says current Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “David Thomson was well known as the National Party MP who – in 1975 – reclaimed the seat of Leichhardt after Labor had held…

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Leichhardt students shine

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has warmly congratulated five local students who are recipients of a prestigious Australian Student Prize. “This is a fantastic achievement,” Mr Entsch said.  “As someone who left school at a young age, I have a real appreciation for the opportunities that education presents to young people.  “I hope that…

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Create your own Christmas Dream

AS excited children start counting down the weeks until Christmas, it’s time once again for kids to put their creativity to paper to help design Federal MP Warren Entsch’s annual Christmas Card. “This year, the theme is A Christmas Dream,” Mr Entsch explained.  “It’s very broad and can mean different things to different children. “It…

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Final call for help with Kim Jenkins Renovation Rescue

IT has been a big job – one that has again proven the generosity of the Cairns community – but the Kim Jenkins Renovation Rescue project is now in its final stages. The project committee – made up of project manager Kath Kinneally, architect Rob Arthur, builder Ron Easterbrook and Kim’s long-time supporter, Leichhardt MP…

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Parish Hall milestone reached

AFTER a year of intensive fundraising, the Parish Hall Restoration Committee has today announced that the fundraising target for Stage 1 works on the historic Quetta Parish Hall has been reached. The news is a major milestone, and means that Stage 1 construction – comprising the removal of the asbestos roof and replacement with colour…

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No excuse for unnecessary flood cover says Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that insurance companies will now have access to the most up-to-date flood risk data when calculating property insurance premiums. “I congratulate the Queensland Government for choosing to work proactively with the Insurance Council of Australia to address common insurance issues,” he said.  “This is a very important move.…

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