Community farewells ‘Papa Zaro’

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today paid tribute in the National Parliament to a “remarkable elder of the Torres Strait”, Mr Enemarki Matthew Zaro, who passed away on 7 February of this year, aged 96. Known as ‘Papa Zaro’, Mr Entsch said the proud Dauareb and Meriam elder was one of the few remaining members…

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Qantas must reassess Cairns base decision: Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is demanding a review of Qantas’ decision to close its Cairns crew base, saying that the rationale behind scrapping the well-performing base “doesn’t stack up” and it will have a massive impact on local families. Mr Entsch said he had been in communication with Qantas families and had been able to…

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Govt issues high-level warning to insurers

THE upper echelon of Australian insurers has been put on notice by the Assistant Treasurer today, with Sen. Arthur Sinodinos telling the industry’s annual conference that increasing insurance affordability in North Queensland was firmly on the Government’s agenda. The move has been strongly endorsed by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, who said it was fantastic to…

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Torres Strait gets full funding for coastal protection

The Australian Government will invest a total of $12 million to support improvements to vital seawall infrastructure in the Torres Strait. The joint Australian and Queensland Government project will see a total of $26.2 million provided for the construction and repair of seawalls on six Torres Strait islands that experience regular tidal and storm surge…

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Maritime heritage boost for Cairns

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news of support for the Cairns Maritime Museum, which will help the organisation put together an innovative ‘virtual treasure hunt’ while increasing awareness about the Far North’s intriguing maritime history. The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme, which can include internships, in-kind support by museum experts, or grants…

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Let’s grasp opportunities, says Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has warned against “allowing the naysayers to squander opportunities” if the Far North is to realise some of the key opportunities on its horizon. Speaking in Parliament yesterday on Address in Reply (an opportunity for members to speak on any issues relevant to their electorate), Mr Entsch said he had been…

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Extra boost for key Cape York road

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has congratulated the Queensland Government for its $10 million investment in Cape York, which will enable further sealing of the Peninsula Development Road. Together with the $210 million pledged – and set aside – by the Federal Government in December, it will help to provide greater economic, social and environmental benefits…

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Skin cancer comes under the spotlight in Leichhardt

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is urging Far Northerners to make a submission into a new House of Representatives inquiry into skin cancer, which kills more than 2000 Australians every year. “According to Cancer Council Australia, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer by the time they turn 70 years of age,”…

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Indigenous youth urged to have their

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging young Indigenous people from Far North Queensland to apply now for this year’s National Indigenous Youth Parliament to be held in Canberra in May. “This is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a week-long leadership program and receive expert training in how government works, public speaking and…

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TWS needs to get the facts straight

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has thrown his support behind Cook MP David Kempton in slamming The Wilderness Society’s claims of misrepresentation at the Cape York Forum. “I was there and there is no doubt that The Wilderness Society representatives did participate in the forum,” Mr Entsch said today. “TWS may not have liked the fact,…

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