Public invited to have their say on Reef 2050 plan

The Australian and Queensland Governments invite Australians to have their say on a draft of the updated Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan. The six-week public consultation period closes on 30 September 2020. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said this is the first five-yearly comprehensive review of the Plan to ensure it continues to focus on…

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Army regional support craft for Far North Queensland

The Morrison Government will acquire an Australian made 12.5 metre regional support craft to boost border protection in Far North Queensland. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds CSC said the regional support craft, which will be located at Thursday Island, will also provide marine support to whole of government operations. “The craft will be operated by Army’s…

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Protecting the world’s largest Green Turtle population

The Morrison Government has launched a $5.9 million Green Turtle Research and Protection Program to preserve and nurture the world’s largest green turtle population on the Great Barrier Reef. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said more than sixty thousand green turtles visit the beaches of the Northern Great Barrier Reef to lay their eggs each…

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Cairns Defence Community Support Group receives funding boost

Organisations that support Australian Defence Force families across Australia will share in $1.5 million to deliver programs and services within their local communities. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Cairns Defence Community Support Group would receive $14,324 under the Morrison Government’s Family Support Funding Program which enables defence families to connect and interact with…

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Kuranda and Cooktown Men’s Sheds receive funding boost

The Morrison Government is continuing to support the health and wellbeing of men in Far North Queensland through the 20th funding round of the National Shed Development Programme. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch welcomed the decision by the Australian Government to award the Kuranda and Cooktown Men’s Sheds with funding of $4000 and $4504 respectively.…

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JobKeeper Payment and JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement extended for Cairns and Far North Queensland businesses and households

The JobKeeper program and the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement have been extended under the next phase of the Morrison Government’s support for affected businesses and households. This unprecedented economic support for local businesses and their workers is helping the Cairns and Far North Queensland community through the COVID-19 pandemic and bolstering our economic recovery. Under the…

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2020 NAIDOC Week grants re-open

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is calling on local communities to showcase the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history during this year’s NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC Week 2020 will now be held from 8 to 15 November after the initial week-long event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Morrison Government…

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Captain Cook Highway added to National Land Transport Network

The Morrison Government has added the Captain Cook Highway to the National Land Transport Network recognising the critical importance of the road in providing a connection to the Cairns Airport and supporting freight movements across Far North Queensland. The addition of the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns CBD to Smithfield to the NTLN complements the…

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