Federal programs continue to deliver for Far North Queensland

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today welcomed additional funding packages announced in the federal budget for programs* that Far North Queensland always fared extremely well under. Mr Entsch said the funding packages covered a range of areas including local road infrastructure, community groups, sporting groups, social programs and telecommunication infrastructure. He said he expected significant…

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Budget bonanza for Far North Queensland

The Morrison Government has delivered a funding bonanza for Far North Queensland with families and workers among the biggest winners. The federal government last night announced the first budget surplus in more than a decade. The last time Labor delivered an actual budget surplus was in 1989 – three decades ago. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren…

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Federal government to provide $100m boost to regional airports

The federal government has committed up to $100 million to upgrade regional airports across the nation, including those in Far North Queensland. Processes for funding applications and assessments will be released later in 2019, with funding available from 1 July 2019. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the federal government was focused on connecting country…

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Federal budget to give funding boost to FNQ councils

Far North Queensland councils will receive a multi-million dollar funding boost in this week’s federal budget to assist them with local road and safety projects. Sixteen councils across the region will receive a funding boost* as part of the government’s highly-successful Roads to Recovery Program. All councils will receive an additional 25 per cent funding…

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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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