Time to dig deep for young Flynn

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch will put himself ‘under the hammer’ later this month at a fundraising auction for local youngster Flynn Rigby. Flynn will head to China in the near future for a second round of life-changing stem cell treatment and a fundraising drive is in full force. The treatment will cost $30,000…

ATE successfully showcases the region

AS the Australian Tourism Exchange draws to a close in Cairns today, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has congratulated Far Northerners for “pulling out all the stops” for the event. “The feedback I’ve heard over the course of the week has been incredibly positive,” Mr Entsch said. “Considering that this is the first time in the…

3 Minute Constituency Statement – Flynn Rigby

I rise to highlight this story of a very special young lad in my electorate, Flynn Rigby. At just 11 years of age, Flynn has had a very challenging life. He was born a surviving twin at 22 weeks, in November 2002. As he developed he was unable to speak and was diagnosed with autism.…

Funding to strengthen indigenous reef heritage

INDIGENOUS heritage in the Great Barrier Reef will be strengthened thanks to $70,000 in funding to develop a cultural heritage strategy and database. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, said the announcement was part of the Australian Government investment of $1.6 million this financial year in 18 projects across…

Australian Government boost for tropical health research

THE Far North community is set to benefit greatly from a share of the Australian Government’s $25.5 million investment in the Tropical Health Research and Training facility at James Cook University (JCU). The investment forms the bulk of the Government’s $42 million election commitment for the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), with…

Let’s rally support for Flying Kangaroo reps: Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has issued a ‘call to arms’ for Far Northerners to protest against key Qantas and Qantaslink representatives in Cairns becoming victims of the airline’s restructuring, describing it as “a devastating loss and a retrograde step”. At the same time as Qantas is shutting its Cairns cabin-crew base affecting 110 employees, it…

Additional assistance for communities affected by TC Ita

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed news that further assistance is being provided to Far Northern communities hardest hit by Tropical Cyclone Ita. Additional assistance is being provided for the local government areas of Cook Shire, Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire and Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire, under the jointly funded Commonwealth and State Natural…

Milestone reached in Crown of Thorns cull

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that 250,000 crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) have now been culled on the Great Barrier Reef due to a new control measure and additional vessel to combat the pest. Mr Entsch was joined by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt in Cairns today to make the announcement, together with Steve Moon,…

Local clubs help shift focus from alcohol

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has highlighted the great work of local sports clubs who are helping to reduce binge drinking in the community and make clubs more welcoming to families. More than 40 clubs in Leichhardt are registered with the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program, which works with community clubs to help change their…

Archway to again grace Anzac Park

COOKTOWN’S Anzac Park will once again feature a WWI memorial to be proud of with a project to replace the old archway receiving more than $34,000 funding through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch congratulated the Cooktown RSL Sub-Branch for initiating the project, which came about after the previous…