Appropriations Bills 2017-18

I certainly welcome the opportunity to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018 and the associated bills. In my view, it has been a very responsible budget and it builds on initiatives that the coalition government has built in the past and which it has certainly been very good at. Just from the perspective…

90 Second Statement – Rotary Centenary

On Saturday night I attended a fantastic event hosted by the Rotary Club of Mossman to celebrate the centenary of the Rotary Foundation. At the event, held on the beautiful High Falls Farm, which is about 14 kilometres out of Mossman, six local people were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the Douglas community as…

Vale Charles Woodward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken of his “profound sadness” at learning of the passing last night of his good friend, tourism identity and business leader Charles Woodward. “It’s an absolute tragedy for our community,” Mr Entsch said today. “Charlie had been battling this disease for a long time but we all hoped that if…

Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Package open for applications 31st May

• Tropical North Queensland Local Investment Plan approved • Grant round opens 31 May • Funding for local infrastructure, business innovation and skills and training THE grants round for the $20 million Tropical North Queensland Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) will open for applications on 31 May, following the publication of the committee’s Local…

Benefits set to flow from new 20 megalitre reservoir

Works have commenced on the construction of a new reservoir at Port Douglas, which will increase water capacity and encourage new residential and commercial development in the region. Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $13.5 million new 20 megalitre reservoir would double local water supply storage capacity to meet the future needs of…

Giving back to our volunteers in FNQ

ALMOST 700 volunteers in Leichhardt are among nearly 100,000 across Australia benefiting from $10 million in Australian Government grants to support community organisations. Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, recently announced that almost 2,700 community organisations would benefit from a grant to support the work of volunteers. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Coalition Government’s…

Budget boosts FNQ infrastructure and regional development

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the record investment in infrastructure in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, saying it will help to improve connectivity, productivity, and liveability in our region. “We’re making leaps and bounds in infrastructure investment, which will create jobs, drive economic growth and will naturally encourage further investment in our communities,” Mr Entsch…

3 Minute Constituency Statement – Sea Swift 30th Anniversary

This Friday night I am really looking forward to attending the celebrations of Sea Swift's 30th anniversary. Sea Swift transports the bulk of the freight goods from Cairns to Cape York and the furthest reaches of the Torres Strait Islands, and recently expanded into the Northern Territory. It offers mothershipping, project and charter services and…