No more VET rorts for FNQ students

THE Turnbull Government’s legislation to rebuild vocational education and training has passed the Parliament, delivering a system that Far Northern students and taxpayers can trust and ending the rip-offs and rorts that plagued Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP scheme. Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the Turnbull Government’s new VET Student Loans program will replace Labor’s…

Funding to improve natural disaster resilience in Douglas Shire

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of more than $168,000 towards projects that will help Douglas Shire build resilience to natural disasters. Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience. Mr Entsch said…

Coalition delivers new mobile coverage to Leichhardt

FIVE areas in Far North Queensland will receive new mobile base stations to boost mobile coverage under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch announced today. “I’m really pleased to announce new or greatly improved coverage for the areas of Cape Tribulation and Whyanbeel, Ayton, Keatings Lagoon and…

WTMA confirmed to drive Yellow Crazy Ant eradication

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) will be the lead agency in delivering the Coalition Government’s $8.8 million election commitment to help eradicate Yellow Crazy Ants. At Friday’s Wet Tropics Management Authority Ministerial Forum, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, and…

Federal support for State plan to drug-test parents

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed moves by the State Government to force neglectful parents to be compulsorily drug tested by the Department of Child Safety if they want to keep their children. He has also backed his Queensland colleague Dr Andrew Laming MP, who spoke in Parliament yesterday calling for “zero tolerance for sending…

90 Second Statement – NBN Update

Last Friday, the NBN network was switched on for more than 4,100 premises in Leichhardt, including 900 fibre-to-the node premises in Cooktown town centre; 340 fixed wireless premises around Kuranda and Kowrowa, with construction of the fibre to the node in Kuranda currently underway; and 2,900 fibre-to-the-node premises in the northern beaches of Cairns. This…

90 Second Statement – TTNQ and Cairns Airport

I rise this evening to congratulate Tourism Tropical North Queensland, which is in the final negotiations on a deal for direct flights to a new Chinese destination-and this is fabulous news for us. I thank TTNQ, tourism partners and Cairns Airport for continuing to push the envelope and focus on sustainable tourism growth, particularly in…

Let’s build better communities in Leichhardt

THE Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) will invest in projects to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger rural, regional and remote communities into the future. This new $297 million fund was launched yesterday (WED) by Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash, who said the BBRF will deliver for infrastructure projects…

Rural GPs invited to apply for grants

LOCAL GPs wanting to expand their practices are urged to apply for funding under the new Rural General Practice Grants (RGPG) program, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced the program which will provide $13.1m for infrastructure grants for existing general practices in regional, rural and remote Australia.…