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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NEW FUNDING FOR NATURAL DISASTER RESILIENCE PROJECTS

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch today welcomed $210,000 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare the Leichhardt community from the threat of natural disasters. Mr Entsch said the funding will be provided to local councils and organisations under the Federal Government’s $21 million Natural Disaster Resilience Program. Under the Program, the Australian Government’s contribution…

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PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS INVITED ON NEW TEMPORARY PARENT VISA

FAR Northerners have just one more week to make submissions on the Coalition Government’s election commitment to introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa, which will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the initiative, saying it is essential to ensuring…

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NEW FOCUS ON AN ENERGY SOLUTION FOR THE DAINTREE

POWER in the Daintree is again on the Federal Government’s radar with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today securing a commitment from Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg MP that he will visit the Daintree Coast in early 2017. “I’ve been trying to get a Federal Minister on the ground for a long time but because…

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Fuel prices again under the spotlight

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has highlighted Cairns’ fuel woes in Parliament, saying the high prices at the bowser are a “disgrace” with the region suffering from a lack of competition. Mr Entsch said he had recently heard about Brisbane's call for the ACCC to do a deep-dive investigation into a perceived petrol ‘cartel’ in the…

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Arts community celebrates Catalyst support for JUTE

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is “over the moon” that Cairns’ renowned JUTE Theatre Company has been awarded funding through the Australian Government’s Catalyst fund. “I am very, very pleased to announce today that JUTE will receive $420,000 to support its project titled ‘Telling Diverse Stories from the Deep North’ through the Catalyst-Australian Arts and Culture…

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CALL FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP FACILITATORS

The Australian Government is calling for organisations and individuals to apply to be one of three new Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Employment Facilitators. From December, the Facilitators will operate in three priority regions experiencing high levels of youth unemployment— Launceston, the Hunter region (including Newcastle) and Cairns — to help young Australians start their own small…

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Medicinal cannabis a step closer for Queenslanders

MEDICINAL cannabis advocate Warren Entsch MP has congratulated the State Government for passing legislation last night which will enable Queensland residents with a range of conditions to be able to access medicinal cannabis products more easily. “I applaud the Queensland Government for seeing the value in this and expediting the process,” he said. “This is…

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PATHWAY TO PROSPERITY FOR THE NORTH

KEY milestones are being reached in the implementation of the Northern Australia White Paper, proving the Government’s commitment to nation-building in the North says Liberal MP Warren Entsch. Last night, Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan presented the Northern Australia Annual Statement to Parliament, outlining progress on the 102 White Paper commitments. Mr Entsch, a…

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