Federal support for State plan to drug-test parents

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed moves by the State Government to force neglectful parents to be compulsorily drug tested by the Department of Child Safety if they want to keep their children. He has also backed his Queensland colleague Dr Andrew Laming MP, who spoke in Parliament yesterday calling for “zero tolerance for sending…

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Let’s build better communities in Leichhardt

THE Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will invest in projects to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger rural, regional and remote communities into the future. This new $297 million fund was launched yesterday (WED) by Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash, who said the BBRF will deliver for infrastructure projects…

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Rural GPs invited to apply for grants

LOCAL GPs wanting to expand their practices are urged to apply for funding under the new Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) program, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced the program which will provide $13.1m for infrastructure grants for existing general practices in regional, rural and remote Australia.…

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Mental Health First Aid Training for Indigenous communities

THE Coalition Government has started rolling out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid training to frontline workers in the Coalition Government’s Remote School Attendance Strategy and Community Development Programme. The first training workshops to be held in Queensland got underway last week on Palm Island. Over time, the training will be rolled…

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Launch of the PM’s Veterans’ Employment Program

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed a new veterans’ employment program that will see veterans and current Australian Defence Force personnel in Far North Queensland benefit from a range of employment initiatives. Mr Entsch called on local businesses to recognise the unique skills that Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel bring to business. “Making sure that…

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HELPING HAND NEEDED FOR CAIRNS MEN’S SHED

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is rallying the local community to help the Cairns Men’s Shed complete its new woodworking shed project. The Shed is building the new workspace to isolate the dusty and noisy wood-working and wood-turning sections, which are housed under the same roof as the social and recreational areas. The Shed has secured…

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MEN’S SHEDS SUPPORT MEN’S HEALTH

Visiting the Marlin Coast Men's Shed earlier this year. TWO local Men’s Sheds will receive funding from the Turnbull Government to promote and support men’s health and wellbeing in the Far North. The Club Shed Cooktown will receive $3022 for a new drop saw, while the Mossman Community Men’s Shed will benefit from $7500 towards…

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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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