Federal funding gives Coen its first war memorial

FEDERAL Government funding has enabled the Cook Shire Council to install Coen’s first community war memorial. Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said around $4,300 in funding was provided through the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Programme to install the memorial and purchase a portable flagpole. “I congratulate the Cook Shire Council on their…

Local artist gets pride of place in Canberra

A MAJOR work by an accomplished Aurukun artist has been hung in Parliament House, bringing the vibrant colours and landscapes of the Western Cape to Australia’s capital. The painting, Bush Fire at Ngak-Pungarichan (2013) by Mavis Ngallametta, was purchased by the Parliament House Art Collection late last year. On Wednesday (3 June), it was officially…

Cooktown heritage praised in Canberra

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has recognised the efforts of the Cooktown Re-enactment Association in Parliament ahead of yet another exciting Cooktown Discovery Festival this weekend. Mr Entsch outlined the history of Cook’s voyage north with his crew on the HMB Endeavour and the subsequent foundering on the Great Barrier Reef late in the evening of…

Don’t be shy on bowel cancer screening

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has told parliament that bowel cancer screening needs to become a “sexier” issue if we’re to reduce the rate of the disease in Australia. Mr Entsch’s comments come at the beginning of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. He says the disease is the second most common type of newly diagnosed…

Federal grant to help record Bama stories

THE ancient stories and traditions of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji will be preserved for future generations thanks to an $11,000 federal grant awarded to the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the project – Eastern Kuku Yalanji Bama Bloomfield Track Cultural Heritage Stories – received the funding through the Australian…

Cooktown Re-enactment Festival

**Watch this speech on YouTube** Madam Deputy Speaker, let me take you back to 1770 when Cook's crew first set foot upon the rugged and exotic shores of Australia. We all know the story of Captain Cook landing in Botany Bay, but less well known is what happened after he left and sailed north. In a mariner's…

Appropriations Bills 2015-16

They say a week is a long time in politics. That must be why it is hard to envisage just how far we have come since a year ago. On coming into government, we inherited $123 billion of deficit from our friends from the Labor Party. We saw how this resulted in a decline in…

90 second statement – SilkAir lands in Cairns

**Watch this speech on YouTube** Last weekend a silk road started operating between Cairns, Australia's Gateway to the Reef, and the lion city of Asia. SilkAir is the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, and their Boeing 737-800 touched-down in Cairns just after 10 o'clock on Saturday morning. It was the first of a three-times-a-week service between…

An update on the World Heritage Listing of the Great Barrier Reef

**Watch this speech on YouTube** Mr ENTSCH: My question is to the outstanding Minister for the Environment. Will the minister update the House on the World Heritage listing— Opposition members interjecting— Mr ENTSCH: Can I ask that question again, Madam Speaker? The SPEAKER: There will be silence—and that includes the member for Chifley. The member…