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.…

Private Members Business – White Ribbon Day

As a White Ribbon ambassador, I am very pleased to speak on this motion today ahead of White Ribbon Day, this Friday, 25 November. This year's theme is 'Stand up, speak out and act'. It is incredibly sad to think that one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual abuse perpetrated by someone known…

Constituency Question – Youth Employment

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt): My constituency question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer outline how the government is working to promote jobs for Australian workers in areas of high youth unemployment such as Leichhardt, which has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country at more than 27 per cent? Can the Treasurer…

Launch of the PM’s Veterans’ Employment Program

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed a new veterans’ employment program that will see veterans and current Australian Defence Force personnel in Far North Queensland benefit from a range of employment initiatives. Mr Entsch called on local businesses to recognise the unique skills that Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel bring to business. “Making sure that…