Indigenous rangers graduate with new enforcement powers

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated 22 Indigenous rangers and four Indigenous Compliance Officers on completing their Certificate IV in Statutory Compliance at a graduation ceremony in Cairns today. The graduates completed the course as part of the Coalition Government’s Specialised Indigenous Ranger Programme (SIRP). “This programme is the first of its kind,…

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Mobile phone tower switched on in Speewah

SPEEWAH residents are celebrating after their new mobile phone tower was turned on earlier this week, drastically improving reception in the regional community near Kuranda. The new tower was funded under Round 1 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme in conjunction with Telstra, with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch crediting the very high level…

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Give our youth a go

MEMBER for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the Turnbull Government is getting young Australians ready and able to join the workforce through the innovative Youth Jobs PaTH programme. With the tender process to deliver the stage 1 of the programme (the delivery of pre-employment training for young unemployed Australians) launched late last week, local employers and…

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New Flexible Learning Areas at Peace Lutheran College

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch today officially opened the new learning areas at Peace Lutheran College in Kamerunga, describing himself as “incredibly impressed” by the new infrastructure. Students and staff at Peace Lutheran College now have full use of four new classrooms, withdrawal rooms, three staff offices and storage areas. The Turnbull Government provided $325,000 in…

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Shingles vaccine free for Australians aged over 70

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that Far Northerners aged over 70 can now get the shingles vaccine at no cost. Mr Entsch said the shingles vaccine will be free to eligible people, with a catch-up program available for adults aged 71 to 79 years. “This new National Shingles Vaccination Program is an important…

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State of the Children report welcomed

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has congratulated the team behind the State of the Children report released today, describing it as an “outstanding” piece of statistical social work. “This will be an incredibly valuable tool as governments and community agencies look to address some of these areas of disadvantage in our communities,” Mr Entsch said after…

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Work completed on improving access to Pormpuraaw

Image courtesy ABC Far North The remote far north Queensland community of Pormpuraaw will no longer be cut off during the wet season after the completion of upgrade works on the only access road into the community. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project had been funded under the $260.5 million…

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Grant to preserve Cairns’ Chinese heritage

HISTORIC artefacts from Cairns’ original Chinese temple will get a new lease on life thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Community Heritage Grants Program, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch announced today. “The Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc (CADCAI) will receive $13,630 to carry out conservation treatment on the Lit Sung Goong (Temple) furniture,” Mr…

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BRING ON THE BACKPACKER BOOM

THE Far North could see an increase in working holiday makers after the Turnbull Government launched a global $10 million campaign to attract more of the young travellers to Australia. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the campaign builds on the Coalition’s recent reform package, which will make Australia a world-leading destination for young people wanting…

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