$70,000 to support Torres Strait cultural festival

The Australian Government has today announced it will provide $70,000 to the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival in the Torres Strait. The four-day cultural festival will be hosted by the Torres Shire Council on Thursday Island next week (13 to 16 September) and feature more than 400 performers and artists from more than 20 communities.…

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Additional $15m investment in Torres Strait infrastructure

The Coalition Government is investing an additional $15 million to support water security and sustainable infrastructure projects in the Torres Strait. The investment, through the Government’s Major Infrastructure Programme, will be matched by the Queensland Government. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said concerted efforts by both Australian and Queensland governments over the past 18…

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Opportunities for local students under New Colombo plan

IN 2017, James Cook University undergraduate students will get an opportunity to study and/or undertake work-based learning in the Indo-Pacific region, thanks to an Australian Government grant. “It’s great to hear that the Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program will help 259 JCU students across the Cairns and Townsville campuses to travel overseas and study,”…

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KEY STEP IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS BANK DISPUTES

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, will carry out a review into small business lending practices. “This is a very significant first step as we look more broadly at making the banks take more responsibility for unfair activities,” Mr Entsch said. “I appreciate that…

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Far Northern renewables full steam ahead

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news of another renewable energy initiative for the Far North, with the announcement today that MSF Sugar will build a $75 million ‘green’ power station at its Tableland Sugar Mill, near Mareeba (pictured). “This is fantastic news ? I really commend MSF Sugar for looking to diversify its business…

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Lakeland solar project milestone welcomed

THE start of construction on the $42.5m solar and storage project near Lakeland will be an opportunity for Far North Queensland to showcase a new level of technical innovation and improved reliability in renewable energy, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “Conergy’s announcement that construction will begin in September on Australia’s first solar and storage project…

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