Applications open for Festival Australia funding

Local organisations are invited to apply for funding for arts projects at festivals or a significant community celebration in Cairns and Far North Queensland. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is calling for applications to the next round of Festivals Australia funding. He said festivals and celebrations were an important part of the unique identity of…

Romina Fujii

MR ENTSCH: I rise today to pay tribute to a much-loved and extremely well-respected person in my community who recently passed. Romina Fujii was born on Badu Island in the Torres Strait on 12 December 1943 and was the third child of Talipasa and Dulcie Nona. From a very young age Romina learnt about the…

Tuberculosis Motion

MR ENTSCH: I move: (1) notes that: (a) 24 March is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, a day to commemorate the precious lives lost due to TB, a disease that is preventable and curable; (b) TB is contagious and airborne—it is the world’s leading infectious disease killer and kills more people than HIV/AIDS; (c) in 2017…

BSE Cairns Slipways

MR ENTSCH: Recently I attended a launch of the world’s largest ship hoist, located in my home city of Cairns. To say that a seven-storey piece of machinery is impressive is an absolute understatement. The gala launch event was impressive as well, complete with a spectacular light show and fireworks display choreographed to music of…

Laws pass to protect Aussie farmers from activists

Tough new farm trespass laws to protect Australia’s farmers from the unlawful actions of animal activists have passed the Australian Parliament. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill showed our farmer that Aussies were on their side. “Militant animal activists have invaded farms across the country trespassing, threatening and…

NDIS community workshop comes to Cairns

People with disability in Cairns and Far North Queensland are invited to share their experiences with the National Disability Insurance Scheme. An accessible community workshop will be held in Cairns on October 8 to discuss ways to improve participants’ experiences with the NDIS. National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Stuart Robert recently announced the public consultation…

Cairns Amateurs

MR ENTSCH:This weekend Cannon Park Racecourse will host what is arguably our city’s biggest social event of the year, the Cairns Amateurs Carnival. Through the vision of its founder, Sir Sydney Williams, what began in 1959 as a small amateur meeting designed to bring city and country together has expanded over the years to become…

Ocean Pollution

MR ENTSCH: Plastic waste littering our oceans is a national shame; there’s no doubt about that. And although they work hand in hand, my role as a special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef and my plan to develop a national policy on plastics are two separate issues. Let me briefly touch on the Great…