Reef permit application fee waived until 2022

Great Barrier Reef businesses have been given an additional 12-month reprieve from the cost of applying for Reef permits. The Morrison Government will extend the fee waiver from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the Morrison Government was committed to supporting businesses affected as result of the global…

Safer Communities Fund Round Six now open

The Morrison Government is providing up to $20 million in funding for early intervention projects and up to $10 million for security infrastructure through round six of the Safer Communities Fund. The early intervention grant opportunity opens 28 May 2021 and the security infrastructure grant opportunity opens on 15 June 2021. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren…

New mobile towers for Far North Queensland

Digital connectivity in Leichhardt is being boosted with new Telstra mobile towers to be built at Cow Bay and Archer River to boost safety and help locals stay in touch. The new macrocell base station at Cow Bay, which is being funded under the Federal Government’s Regional Connectivity Program, will deliver dedicated coverage and capacity…

Record investment in Queensland schools

Students in Cairns and Far North Queensland will benefit from the Morrison Government’s record $5.4 billion funding for schools in Queensland next year. This is up from $5.1 billion in 2021. Funding for Queensland schools has almost doubled since the Coalition came to office and is locked in to grow a further 38 per cent…

More support for Tropical North Queensland tourism

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $7.7 million in targeted support for Tropical North Queensland to promote the region as a year-round tourism destination. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the additional investment in marketing would complement the 800,000 half-price airfares funded by the Morrison Government to get people back into tourist areas and…

Changes to the Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement

The Australian Government is continuing to show its support for regional Australia after agreeing to significant changes to the Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA). The Far North Queensland DAMA enables employers in a designated regional area, who are unable to recruit appropriately qualified Australians, to supplement their workforce with skilled overseas workers.…

FNQ beauty, its people and locations to be showcased in the eleventh annual Community Calendar Competition

The Leichhardt electorate boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Australia. From sunflower fields in Cairns to the turquoise coral cays of the Torres Strait and everywhere in between. Combine that with our vibrant communities, local characters and huge variety of tropical species and it’s clear that local photographers seeking inspiration are spoiled for…