Disaster funding review ‘long overdue’ says Entsch

LOCAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed recognition that the current model of natural disaster funding is flawed, saying that reform is needed to give states and councils more autonomy to recover from disasters in a way that best meets the needs of their communities. Last Thursday, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) released its report…

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Massive response to Nepal Earthquake Appeal

A LOCAL Nepalese community group which started a public appeal last week has had to call a temporary halt on donations of goods due to an overwhelming response. However the group is still seeking assistance with freighting the goods to Kathmandu, and is urgently calling on any local transport operators who may have international contacts.…

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Spotlight on ‘black spots’ in Western Cape

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch is strongly backing the Western Cape community in its campaign to improve mobile phone and internet services in the region.Mr Entsch spoke with residents and businesses during a visit to Weipa last week, including Chamber of Commerce members who said they were struggling with slow and unreliable communications.The Leichhardt MP said…

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Aquis gains federal approval

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to approve the Aquis Resort and Casino at Yorkeys Knob, describing it as “fantastic news”.“To me it was always a no?brainer,” Mr Entsch said today. “The net benefits are clear, not only from an environmental perspective but also from an economic perspective.“The decision by the…

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FNQ called on to support Nepal victims

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch is urging Far Northerners to do what they can to help victims of the Nepal earthquake by donating spare blankets, clothing (including children’s and babies clothing), tents and umbrellas to a local community group. Mr Entsch met with members of the FNQ Nepali Community earlier this week, some of whom have…

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ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY BAND VISITS T.I. FOR ANZAC DAY

ANZAC Day commemorations in the Torres Strait had a unique flavour this year thanks to the Royal Australian Navy Veterans Band, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. Mr Entsch said the band travelled to Thursday Island to provide musical support at Anzac Day services, schools and aged care facilities – supported by an Australian…

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Green Army on the ground in Leichhardt

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has today met with the first two Green Army teams to get up and running in Cairns, speaking to trainees and inspecting their Greenhouse and Bush Tucker projects. The teams are being coordinated through Mooroobool-based organisation Choice Australia, in conjunction with Conservation Volunteers Australia. A ten-person Greenhouse team will…

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Landcare grants open in Cape York

Land managers and community groups across Cape York are now able to apply for Australian Government grants for projects to help care for the region’s nationally significant wetlands and waterways. Traditional Owners, landholders and Landcare groups are invited to register an expression of interest in grants of up to $25,000 for projects that care for…

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Portraits capture local WWII veterans

A PORTRAIT of one of the last remaining veterans of the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion will feature in a national project to recognise WWII servicemen, thanks to the efforts of local MP Warren Entsch. The Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) is embarking on an ambitious project titled Reflections, which aims to take a…

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