Government forges ahead with agenda for developing the North

MOMENTUM on Northern Australia has ramped up this week with three key programmes or initiatives in the White Paper now actively seeking participation from interested local stakeholders. Firstly, the private sector is being invited to put forward ideas on public-private partnerships that could maximise the benefits of the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme. “Within…

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White water rafting girls praised in Parliament

MEMBER for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP has promoted the “incredible” efforts of Cairns’ Under 19 White Water Rafting girls team in Parliament in the lead-up to the World Championships in Indonesia. “One year ago, five schoolgirls from Cairns beat teams from Brazil and Russia to win the World Championship in Under 19 White Water Rafting,”…

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Whyanbeel to get NBN by the end of this year

MEMBER for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says Whyanbeel residents and businesses are expected to be connected to the NBN by the end of the year, after today asking Parliament for an update on the installation of the fixed wireless broadband network. In Question Time, Mr Entsch acknowledged that the Whyanbeel Community Group has been in regular…

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Let’s have courage to explore tax reform

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says we need to have courage to explore the best way to reform Australia’s current taxation system. “There are serious issues with our current tax system. It was put together in the early 1900s ? long before the internet opened up the possibility of working, buying and selling across…

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Grants available to support volunteers in Leichhardt

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging community organisations in Leichhardt to apply for a grant of up to $5000 to help the work of their volunteers. Mr Entsch said the funding is being provided under a $20 million Volunteer Grant funding round. “This is a great opportunity for local community organisations here in…

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New facilities for St Monica’s College

Warren Entsch MP has today officially opened the second stage of the Sr Agnes Building at St Monica’s College in Cairns. Secondary students and staff at St Monica’s College now have full use of five general learning areas, an art room, a maintenance store room, associated walkways and a carpark. The Australian Government provided $1,713,678 in funding from…

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Up to $5-million to improve reef water quality

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is inviting local groups to apply for up to $5-million in funding to reduce and manage the impact of soil erosion in gullies surrounding the Great Barrier Reef catchments. The funding, provided under the $140 million Reef Trust, is one of a number of practical projects the Government is…

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Cairns Historical Society awarded a Community Heritage Grant

CAIRNS Historical Society will receive $2,690 from the Federal Government’s Community Heritage Grants to hold a collection, storage and handling workshop. The funding is part of more than $420,000 announced by Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, for 75 community organisations around Australia to preserve and increase access to locally owned and…

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