Federal government invests in FNQ volunteer organisations

Forty volunteer organisations across Cairns and Far North Queensland will share in $146, 609 in federal government grants to help them continue the fantastic work they do in their respective communities. The successful organisations* will receive grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to help with a range of needs, including buying equipment, paying fuel costs,…

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FNQ indigenous rangers to protect our natural assets

Twenty-one Indigenous rangers will today graduate having completed new compliance training under the federal government’s $30 million Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy. The newest cohort of Indigenous rangers celebrated their successful completion of compliance training today, in a specialist program delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Federal Leichardt MP Warren Entsch…

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Delivering better access to doctors across Far North Queensland

Far North Queenslanders will have easier access to doctors and shorter waiting times after the federal government today announced $62.2 million to fast track the National Rural Generalist Pathway program. The program will fund initiatives such as coordinated training for regional and rural generalists along with the expansion of the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation…

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Powering the Daintree one step closer

Powering the Daintree via a renewable-energy microgrid is one step closer after the federal government identified the region as a site for a stand-alone, environmentally friendly power system. A $50.4 million Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, to be announced in next week’s federal budget, has been set up to identify and fund feasibility studies…

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Rewarding biodiversity on Far North Queensland farms

Far North Queensland farmers will eventually be able to receive financial incentives for managing the biodiversity on their farms. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said a $30 million pilot program would pay farmers for improving biodiversity on their farms, and in appropriate cases also for carbon. He said $4 million would also be invested in…

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