New era of child care support to benefit FNQ families

Extra child care support for more families in the Far North is here with the Federal Government’s new child care system kicking in earlier this week. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the new system, saying the reforms will provide much-needed child care relief for local families. “I have spoken to mums and dads…

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FNQ volunteer organisations urged to apply for funding grants

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has called on community organisations across Cairns and Far North Queensland to apply for grant funding to support the efforts of their hard-working volunteers. Mr Entsch said the Federal Government was providing grants valued between $1,000 and $5,000 to not-for-profit organisations. “The grants can be used towards the cost of…

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Torres Strait Islander culture to be showcased on national tour

Thursday Island’s Gab Titui Cultural Centre will embark on a national tour showcasing Torres Strait Island masks to a national audience. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the ‘Evolution: Torres Strait Masks’ tour was an amazing opportunity for Australians to learn about the rich and vibrant culture of the Torres Strait. “I am pleased to…

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FNQ councils urged to take advantage of Smart Cities funding

New ideas to make our suburbs and towns better places to live could become reality with the Federal Government committing $22 million to support local governments to solve local problems. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said applications were now open for round two of the government highly-successful Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. “Funding is open…

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Sweeping Family Court reforms to benefit FNQ families

Cairns and Far North Queensland families will benefit from the federal government’s reforms to the handling of family law matters in the federal court system. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said a new Family Court of Australia would be established from 1 January, 2019 through the amalgamation of the existing Federal Circuit Court of Australia…

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Wujal Wujal takes home major gong at national awards

A project to provide the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Community with access to reliable telecommunications links during major weather events has won the Achieving Big Things in Small Communities category in the 2018 National Awards for Local Government. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council’s Emergency Management Network project was providing…

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Record investment for FNQ women’s safety and welfare

The Federal Government has strengthened its commitment to keep Cairns and Far North Queensland women safe at every stage of life, whether at home, work or online. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said $54.4 million would be invested to further boost services for women affected by violence. “Sadly, domestic and family violence is not confined…

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Cairns and Far North Queensland’s defence future looks bright

Cairns and Far North Queensland will continue to play a key supporting role to our Australian Defence Force. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch welcomed the significant investment Defence was making, and will continue to make, in Cairns and Far North Queensland. “The Federal Government’s first priority is the safety and security of Australia and its…

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