Local theatre vital for our regional identity: Entsch

SELF-DESCRIBED “culture vulture” and local MP Warren Entsch has thrown his support behind the Far Northern arts scene, highlighting the fantastic achievements of the JUTE Theatre Company in Parliament last night (TUE). It comes as the Cairns community today reaffirmed the pressing need for a new, contemporary performing arts facility that can cater for larger…

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Community celebrates inaugural visit

IT’S a long way from the city streets of Adelaide to the red roads of the NPA but that didn’t stop Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne from making a historic visit to local schools last week. The visit was the first time that any education minister, state or federal, has taken a first-hand look at…

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Indigenous languages thrive in Leichhardt

AUSTRALIAN Government funding for two local projects will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples keep their languages alive, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. On Friday, the Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion announced the recipients of $2.6…

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Western Cape students to benefit from skills training

A NEW Trades Skills Centre in Weipa will help young trainees forge closer links with industry as the Australian Government strengthens its focus on vocational education and training in schools. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has confirmed that the Government will honour its commitment of up to $1.5 million in funding to establish a Trades Skills…

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Closing days for submissions

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is reminding Far Northern individuals and organisations that they have until Monday, February 17th to make a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia. “I know it’s a busy time in the New Year but I really don’t want Far North Queenslanders to miss out on…

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$1.5M for Cape York airstrip upgrades

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has today welcomed the Coalition Government’s $1.5 million investment to upgrade airstrip facilities on Cape York as part of the Regional Aviation Access Programme. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced that 39 remote communities, including Aurukun, Kowanyama and Lockhart River, will…

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Dredge decision process to be commended: Entsch

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s decision to approve the disposal of Abbot Point dredge spoils at a deep-water location, subject to strict environmental conditions. “GBRMPA has approved a site where the seafloor is made up of sand, silt and clay – it doesn’t contain coral…

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Local parents urged to have a say on childcare

THERE are just a few days left for busy mums and dads to have their say on the nation’s first major review of childcare since the 1990s, without having to make a full-length submission. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch wants to let local parents know that the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare…

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Funding flows to Cape York

COMMUNITIES in Cape York will benefit from new improved infrastructure, with a $210 million Commonwealth package set to enhance the region’s economy. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss joined Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch on the Cairns Esplanade today to present the Cape York Region Package to the community.…

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$4.4M to help older residents live at home longer

OLDER people in Leichhardt will get extra support and care services-such as cleaning, meals, nursing care and transport-to remain living independently at home, thanks to a $4,416,309 investment by the Australian Government. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the funding was part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care…

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