Additional funding to manage crown-of-thorns starfish

THE Government is allocating an extra $1.1 million in funding to further protect the Great Barrier Reef from the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish.The crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) can destroy coral faster than it can regenerate and is one of the most significant threats to the reef.  In recent decades COTS were responsible for 42% of coral loss.Although…

Entsch again fights for local fishers

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has highlighted the hypocrisy surrounding fisheries management in the Coral Sea and tuna ‘overfishing’ in the Federal Parliament today. Mr Entsch said he had been following with interest the media coverage of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting that is currently being held in Cairns. “For a long time…

3 Minute Constituency – Coral Sea Tuna

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (09:51):  I have been following with interest the media coverage on the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting that is being held currently in Cairns. Five hundred international delegates have been debating how to manage what they perceive as overfishing of bigeye, yellowfin, and skipjack tuna in the western and central…

Long-awaited Sea Walls funding locked in

THE repeated flooding of Torres Strait Island communities will soon be a thing of the past with Federal MP Warren Entsch today announcing that the Federal Government has locked in the $5 million needed to kick-start the Sea Walls rehabilitation project. The $5 million grant was originally announced through the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF)…

Time to prepare for wireless switch

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch is urging wireless microphone users in communities around Leichhardt to prepare for changes that will affect how they can use the devices. The changes are part of the Federal Government’s work to clear specific radiofrequency spectrum (known as the ‘digital dividend’) so that it can be used to provide 4G mobile…

Bright future for young indigenous leaders

YEAR 12 students from all around Leichhardt converged on Canberra today to celebrate their graduation through the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said a total of 16 students from the electorate graduated the programme, from communities as diverse as Badu, Bamaga, Coen, Cairns, Mossman and Pormpuraaw. Fourteen students were able…

Leichhardt poised to honour Anzac Centenary

THE Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is well underway in Leichhardt with three Round 1 applications submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said he was very impressed with the range and standard of applications received from organisations around the electorate. “From a new Anzac Archway at Cooktown, to…

Qld Govt decision Wild Rivers on Steroids

THE State Government’s move to enhance protection for the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve – jeopardising the $1.2 billion Pisolite Hills bauxite mine at the same time – has been described as “an appalling decision” by Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. “This is an absolute disgrace and sends a very bad message regarding development in…

Time to thank Renovation Rescue supporters

FEDERAL member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has spoken of local mum Kim Jenkins’ “determination and spirit” in the Parliament today, as the Renovation Rescue prepares to wind up with a final ‘Thank You’ event for supporters. Mr Entsch highlighted Kim’s journey since he first met her in 2011, when she was diagnosed with a rare…

Leichhardt identity takes campaign to Canberra

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has met with local artist, pastor and indigenous rights advocate Norman Miller in Canberra this week to show his support for the petition calling for constitutional change. Mr Miller, who is the Chairman of the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, met with Mr Entsch and Ken Wyatt, the…