Nominate now for the National Disability Awards

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging Far North Queenslanders to nominate a person, organisation or initiative for the 2015 National Disability Awards. “The 2015 Awards are now open, and give us a chance to acknowledge those who are making a positive impact on the lives of people living with disability,” said Mr Entsch.…

Statement – Free Vote outcome

While I’m disappointed with the outcome, I am not angry and I accept the decision of the Party Room. I was hoping for a free vote however I have to concede that I was still not confident that we would get the outcome we hoped for. In the Party Room today, during the six hours…

Private Members Business – Supporting Small Business

Tonight I rise to strongly support the member for Forde's motion. There is no doubt that small business has been and continues to be the enduring focus and priority of this government. I am particularly conscious of the challenges and opportunities for small businesses in the far north where our economy includes tourism; agriculture and…

Condolence Motion – Don Randall MP

I rise to speak in this condolence motion to a very dear friend of mine. I met him when I came into this parliament in 1996, along with the member for Fisher, and we struck up a friendship. One of the things that we found was a lot of commonality between the members from the…

Cooktown leading the world in solar innovation

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says Cooktown will be leading the world in solar power innovation with the construction of the Cook Shire Solar Storage Project. Construction is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year on Butchers Hill near Lakeland, and is being led by independent renewables developer Lyon Infrastructure Investments.…

New housing for aged care staff on Thursday Island

A plan for much-needed new staff accommodation at the Blue Care Star of the Sea Elders Village on Thursday Island will become a reality thanks to a Federal Government grant. The Government is investing $5.8 million in the project, which will enable the construction of 24 self-contained one-bedroom units and a central laundry facility for staff.…

52 PNG rangers celebrate graduation

FROM capping wells to safe chainsaw use, improved sanitation, first aid, public speaking, water safety and basic IT, a group of young Western Province rangers now possess valuable skills to strengthen their communities and become future role models.  On Thursday, 52 trainees graduated from the Treaty Village Rangers Program at an event at Mabaduan Village…

New small grants programme for Leichhardt

FAR Northern community groups, not-for-profits and local government organisations are being urged to put in a bid for funding for small infrastructure projects under the Australian Government’s new Stronger Communities Programme. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP said the Programme, announced in this year’s Budget, will deliver $150,000 per year for two years to…