Milestones

50th Wedding Anniversary Clyde and Janice Graham (2nd October 2015) Michael and Glenys Schramm (16th October 2015) Ronald and Dianne Clark (23rd October 2015) William and Janine Paterson (4th December 2015) John and Jennifer Knight (8th January 2016) Santo and Adelina D’Addona (8th January 2016) Keith and Beverly Drewitt (29th January 2016) 55th Wedding Anniversary…

Gulf Horizons Foundation – Queensland’s Rural Emergency Fund

I recently became Patron for the Gulf Horizons Foundation, a charity that’s doing great work to support people in crisis in our rural communities. Gulf Horizons was established in 2011 to address the challenges of the live export ban, floods, fires, drought, crippling debt and economic ruin faced by rural communities throughout the Gulf. In…

New partnership created through community garden

I’m a big supporter of the work of Men’s Sheds in our region and was pleased to be able to help build a new relationship between the Cairns Men’s Shed and QUIHN Cairns. QUIHN (Queensland Injectors Health Network) is doing fabulous work with people who are facing – and recovering from – substance abuse and…

Out and about

Helped launch the YWAM Medical Ships 2016 Cairns Corporate Challenge, Cairns Hosted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a community meet and greet, Cairns Addressed insurance industry CEOs on the insurance crisis, Sydney Enjoyed Phantom of the Opera at the Cairns Civic Theatre, Cairns Played ‘Santa Claus’ at the Grand Hotel’s Christmas Lunch for residents of…

Canberra Catch-up

**IMAGE: Supporting Minister Sussan Ley as she presents the medicinal cannabis bill.** 2016 has started with a very busy sitting schedule!  We’ve made inroads on a range of legislation; I’ve met with numerous stakeholders and constituents and taken a whole range of issues to my Ministerial colleagues. Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 The introduction of…

TB and national park management the focus in Africa

**IMAGE: At the Brooklyn Chest Hospital, young patients are able to continue their schooling.** Late last year I had a very productive visit to South Africa and Botswana.  I took part in the 2nd Global TB Summit in Cape Town in my role as the Australian Convenor of the Global TB/HIV Caucus (99 countries strong!)…

enVizion Group breaking new ground through Virtual Reality

I was excited to help launch enVizion Group’s Virtual Reality Training Bus, a fantastic initiative from an organisation that is truly changing lives. I’ve been working with Julie-Ann Lambourne, Christina Togo and the enVizion team for several years and I’m a firm disciple – I’ve never come across an organisation that has had such profound…

March 2016 Word from Warren

**IMAGE: Kylie Fell from the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce discusses mobile phone black spots with me during a visit to Weipa** Here we are in 2016 and at the time of writing, the new political year has just started in earnest. I’m looking forward to what the next 12 months will bring! In early…

Aged Care in focus

Supporting the mental and physical health and wellbeing of our elderly residents is vital.  In recent months there has been a lot of discussion around the lack of aged care beds in the Cairns region in particular. It is a complex issue and one that is often misrepresented by media headlines unfortunately. Nevertheless, reducing the…