Nth Qld Rubies set to sparkle on world stage

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has extended his congratulations to the RIHP North Queensland Rubies hockey team, which has been selected as a finalist in the Beyond Sports Awards. Mr Entsch is the patron for the Rubies and said it was an incredible achievement for the team, which was named as one of five…

Entsch backs Premier over ‘green tape’ comments

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman has every right to be concerned about unnecessary layers of regulation duplicating environmental and wildlife protections, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says. Mr Entsch has slammed Green groups and Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke for their unjustified criticism of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in relation to koala conservation. “Campbell Newman…

Mill sale a boost for the region

THE sale of Mossman Central Mill to Mackay Sugar this week will create certainty for local growers and present broader opportunities for the region’s sugar industry, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. Mackay Sugar has entered a binding agreement to acquire the milling and related assets of the mill for $25 million, aiming to…

Statesman of the Torres Strait will be remembered

THE Far North is reeling from the loss of another great leader with the highly-respected Torres Strait elder George Mye passing away early Thursday morning. Uncle George, as he was widely known, was a passionate advocate of the rights of Torres Strait Islanders and strongly supported the campaign for autonomy in the Torres Strait.Federal Member…

Cape loses a committed leader

AURUKUN Mayor Neville Pootchemunka was a dedicated leader who will be sorely missed, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said today. Mr Entsch first met Mr Pootchemunka in 2004 and said he always found him to be very, very committed to his community. “He was never afraid to embrace controversial initiatives that he believed were in the…

Community Rallies to Eradicate Pesky Mynas

A CAMPAIGN to reduce the plague of Indian myna birds in the Far North has reached a milestone, with Federal MP for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, Cairns Rotary and the Cairns Men’s Shed celebrating the construction of the 500th myna bird trap this Thursday, 19 April. In November, the Rotary Club of Cairns declared war on…

Time to reignite discussion on the future of the Sheraton Mirage

OPPORTUNITIES occasionally come along that create a real ‘light-bulb’ moment and a recent last-minute offer to take the place of the Shadow Tourism Minister at Hamilton Island’s Qualia resort was certainly one.Although it was easy to be impressed by the service, the food, the stunning facilities and setting, it was the remarkable parallels between Hamilton…

Recycled Water Scheme a ‘bogey’ for Mossman Golf Club

A MOVE by Cairns Regional Council to force Mossman Golf Club to pay for a recycled water scheme it can’t afford will bankrupt the organisation, club representatives say. Desperate for assistance, club captain John Carney and former president Ian Prewett have contacted the office of Federal MP Warren Entsch appealing for help to make council…