Adjournment – Vale Charles Woodward

I rise tonight to reflect on and to honour my very good friend, tourism identity and business leader Charles Woodward. Charlie passed away on 18 May 2017 after a battle with cancer, and I certainly was profoundly saddened when I heard the news. He was such a lively character and had a generous spirit, and…

Kitchen to serve up benefits to Cairns community

• The Junction Clubhouse Kitchen refurbishment is now complete • New kitchen facilities will provide hospitality training for members and catering services to the community • The Coalition Government invested $60,000 The community of Cairns today celebrated the opening of the newly refurbished Junction Clubhouse Kitchen in Parramatta Park. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash…

$1 million to empower young Indigenous women in Far North Queensland

THE Coalition Government will provide $1 million to establish the Kaziew Rangath Academy for young Indigenous women in Far North Queensland.The investment forms part of the $138 million education package announced by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, last week. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said this year's 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and…

Local Drug Action Team applications now open

THE second round of applications are now open for local organisations to join the Coalition Government’s Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program. Community groups across Australia are joining forces to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction, with the Torres Strait recently announced as one of the first 40 successful locations…

UN envoy highlights multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in PNG

The world’s top tuberculosis (TB) official, UN Special Envoy Dr Eric Goosby, arrives in Australia today to highlight the urgent threat posed by multi-drug resistant tuberculosis on Australia’s doorstep, in southern Papua New Guinea. Dr Goosby will meet a host of Australian decision-makers, academics and clinicians while in Australia before travelling to the Torres Strait.…

RJIP INFORMATION SESSIONS TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK

WITH the funding round for the Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) opening today, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is urging any interested parties to attend one of three information sessions that will be held early next week. “This is a great opportunity for project proponents to find out more about the program,…

FINGER POINTED AT FUEL RETAILERS AFTER ACCC STUDY

The ACCC’s findings that motorists in Cairns are paying almost 40 per cent more for fuel than in other Australian cities is “not surprising in the slightest”, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “This confirms what we’ve known for a long time – that local drivers are paying far too much for fuel. What’s really disappointing…

Landcare award nominations now open

MEMBER for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is urging locals to take the time to nominate those people who are working hard for our Far Northern environment for the 2017 State Landcare Awards. Mr Entsch said local Landcare groups and volunteers around Cairns, Douglas Shire, the Tableland and in Cape York in particular deserved to be recognised…