Vale Charles Woodward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken of his “profound sadness” at learning of the passing last night of his good friend, tourism identity and business leader Charles Woodward. “It’s an absolute tragedy for our community,” Mr Entsch said today. “Charlie had been battling this disease for a long time but we all hoped that if…

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Benefits set to flow from new 20 megalitre reservoir

Works have commenced on the construction of a new reservoir at Port Douglas, which will increase water capacity and encourage new residential and commercial development in the region. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $13.5 million new 20 megalitre reservoir would double local water supply storage capacity to meet the future needs of…

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Giving back to our volunteers in FNQ

ALMOST 700 volunteers in Leichhardt are among nearly 100,000 across Australia benefiting from $10 million in Australian Government grants to support community organisations. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, recently announced that almost 2,700 community organisations would benefit from a grant to support the work of volunteers. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Coalition Government’s…

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Budget boosts FNQ infrastructure and regional development

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the record investment in infrastructure in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, saying it will help to improve connectivity, productivity, and liveability in our region. “We’re making leaps and bounds in infrastructure investment, which will create jobs, drive economic growth and will naturally encourage further investment in our communities,” Mr Entsch…

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15 hours of preschool a week for all Leichhardt kids

The Coalition Government will make sure that all Far Northern children can access 15 hours of preschool a week under a new agreement for early childhood education. The move has been welcomed by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, who said more than 2800 four- and five-year-olds in Leichhardt were set to reap the benefits of the…

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Entsch gives thumbs up to a range of Budget measures

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed a range of budget measures which he says add up to a “very positive outcome” for Far Northern families, businesses, regional communities and industry. “I have to say that to see the projection of a $7.4 billion surplus in 2020-21 is just magic and something that was totally unexpected…

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Funding estimator for Leichhardt schools launches

A NEW schools funding estimator is set to help Far Northern parents, teachers, principals and school communities see exactly how they stand to benefit from the Coalition Government’s new $18.6 billion needs-based schools funding plan that was detailed in last night’s Federal Budget. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the new online estimator showed that schools…

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Help for young people in FNQ to get job-ready

YOUNG jobseekers in the Far North are now able to access Employability Skills Training to help improve their chances of finding and keeping a job, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. The Government has committed $188.3 million over four years to the Employability Skills Training program, which is the ‘Prepare’ element of the new Youth Jobs…

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