New AFP Operations Centre opens in Cairns

TODAY marks an important day for national security with the opening of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Operations Centre and Canine Operations Centre in Cairns. This new facility provides the AFP with a world-class capability to protect the travelling public. The Operations Centre was officially opened by the Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, on…

Far North to reap benefits of China FTA

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has applauded the ground-breaking Free Trade Agreement with China, describing the benefits as being “significant and far-reaching” for the Far North. “I’ve got to hand it to our Trade Minister, Andrew Robb,” Mr Entsch commented.  “He’s been able to achieve concessions from the Chinese that are well beyond anything that’s been…

Kowanyama River House opens its doors

VISITORS to Kowanyama on the west coast of Cape York can now enjoy new, upmarket accommodation while supporting a successful indigenous enterprise, following the official opening of the Kowanyama River House yesterday. Declaring the new venture ‘open for business’, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch described the Kowanyama River House as an “Indigenous business success…

Celebrating our SES volunteers: Wear Orange Wednesday

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LEICHHARDT, Warren Entsch, is urging local communities to recognise the valuable and tireless work of Australia’s State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers by wearing orange for tomorrow’s Wear Orange Wednesday. Mr Entsch said: “The focus of Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is to encourage the community to show their support by wearing orange,…

Labour plays catch-up on dredging

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed Federal Labor’s decision to finally support the banning of dredge spoil being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. “Labor’s decision is nothing short of catch-up,” said Mr Entsch, “considering the current Coalition Government already announced that policy in December last year.” “They had the chance to…

Douglas Shire must focus on local issues first

FEDERAL member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has commended the Douglas Shire Council for supporting gay marriage and voting against coal seam gas fracking, but says the Council needs to focus on issues closer to home – mains power for residents between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers would be a good start. “It’s noble for local…

Investing in jobs for Cairns

The Australian Government is supporting local efforts to facilitate improved employment and training outcomes for Indigenous job seekers in Cairns. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, announced funding of $42,200 to an Indigenous owned business, Envizion Group Inc, to develop a strategic plan, business plan and undertake business…

‘Deadly’ new IEP launches in Cairns

THERE will soon be more Indigenous faces in frontline tourism positions thanks to the dedication and innovation of a local training organisation, says Federal MP Warren Entsch. The team at Deadly Success, along with a number of local Reef tourism operators and Mr Entsch (also representing the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott), today launched the ‘Deadly…