NBN preparation gets started in Cooktown

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the ‘build preparation’ stage has begun for the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) to be rolled out in Cooktown. “The NBN is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history, and is certainly the most complex,” said Mr Entsch. “Today’s announcement means that here in Cooktown…

More than $1-million in funding for Puuya Foundation

THE Puuya Foundation in Lockhart River will receive around $1-million under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to deliver projects that will improve the lives of First Australians in the region. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million…

$80,000 for Peace Lutheran College to better engage ATSI senior students

PEACE Lutheran College in Kamerunga will receive $80,000 under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to better engage their ATSI senior students in educational activities. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations…

Entsch promotes Skyrail’s 20th birthday in parliament

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has promoted the 20th anniversary of Cairns’ Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to his colleagues in the Australian parliament. Mr Entsch said Skyrail was one of a handful of Australian tourism experiences “which should be on everybody’s bucket list.” “Skyrail is truly an iconic cable car experience that transports passengers on…

90 second statement – Skyrail celebrates 20 years

Tourism is one of the backbones of Australia's economy and there are a handful of experiences which should be on everybody's bucket list: the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and the Cairns Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.  Skyrail is truly an iconic cable car experience that transports passengers on a 7.5-kilometre journey that…

Omnibus Repeal Day Autumn 2015

The other side can trivialise a lot of this stuff. Yes, there is a lot of cleaning out the cupboards, if you like, but there is also a lot in the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Bill 2015 that is going to save money.  The opposition would not understand that saving paperwork and bureaucracy is…

Opportunities for Expanding the Aquaculture Industry in Northern Australia: Canberra Hearing

The Northern Australia Committee will hold a public hearing in Canberra on Tuesday, 15 September as part of its inquiry into opportunities to expand the aquaculture industry in Northern Australia. The CSIRO has identified 1.5 million hectares of land in Australia which is suitable for aquaculture—with almost 0.5 million hectares being in Queensland—and has commented…

Private Members Business – Northern Australia

I rise today to add my support to the member for Solomon's motion and to commend the Minister for Trade and Investment for his tireless efforts in this area. The Northern Australia Investment Forum will be held in Darwin from 8 to 10 November. It will focus on attracting investors and exposing them to opportunities…

Entsch to work with new team

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch says he is ready to work with the new Liberal Party leadership team of Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop, after tonight’s party room vote result. Mr Entsch said the ballot process in the Party Room was very cordial.“The results of the votes for both the leader and deputy leader positions were…