Black spot program funds to save lives in Cairns

Cairns residents received a major road safety boost today with the federal government announcing it will invest $590,000 toward two projects under its highly-successful Black Spot Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said community input was critical to identifying the two black spots in the Cairns CBD. “Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains…

Funding opportunity for Indigenous languages and arts

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is encouraging eligible Far North Queensland community-based organisations to apply for Indigenous Languages and Arts program funding. The federal government invests around $20 million annually to promote participation in, and maintenance of, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts. Funding under the program is available for…

Far North Queensland Cairns Medical and Skin Cancer Centre

Mr ENTSCH: I officially opened the $1 million expansion of the Far North Queensland Cairns Medical and Skin Cancer Centre. The expansion includes a dedicated surgery space with a view to being accredited as a bulk-billing day hospital. In fact, the centre is the only bulk-billing skin cancer centre in our region offering anything from…

Applications now open for Festivals Australia funding

Arts and culture organisations across Far North Queensland are invited to apply for a share of more than $500,000 available in funding for arts projects at festivals and significant one-off community celebrations. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch invited organisations to apply for the next round of Festivals Australia funding. He said Festivals Australia funds arts…

FNQ netball players now able to play all year round

Cairns and Far North Queensland netball players will be able to play all year round after the completion of the multi-million dollar upgrades to the Martyn Street Netball Centre. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the $2,037,984 project was delivered through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package in a 50/50 partnership with Cairns Regional Council.…

Daintree microgrid on track and on schedule

Work is well underway to deliver more affordable and reliable power for the Daintree community. The Australian Government last year invested $990,150 towards a feasibility study to allow Daintree Renewable Energy Pty Ltd to take fully-renewable microgrid project to ‘shovel ready’ status within 12 months. The study will deliver a fully costed design for a…

Great Barrier Reef

Mr ENTSCH: Recently, in my capacity as Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, I presented my first report to the Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley. I must say that it has been a privilege to be in a position where I can provide input into the direction of government policy regarding the Great…