BRING ON THE BACKPACKER BOOM

THE Far North could see an increase in working holiday makers after the Turnbull Government launched a global $10 million campaign to attract more of the young travellers to Australia. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the campaign builds on the Coalition’s recent reform package, which will make Australia a world-leading destination for young people wanting…

Grant to preserve Cairns’ Chinese heritage

HISTORIC artefacts from Cairns’ original Chinese temple will get a new lease on life thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Community Heritage Grants Program, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch announced today. “The Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc (CADCAI) will receive $13,630 to carry out conservation treatment on the Lit Sung Goong (Temple) furniture,” Mr…

NEW FUNDING FOR NATURAL DISASTER RESILIENCE PROJECTS

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch today welcomed $210,000 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare the Leichhardt community from the threat of natural disasters. Mr Entsch said the funding will be provided to local councils and organisations under the Federal Government’s $21 million Natural Disaster Resilience Program. Under the Program, the Australian Government’s contribution…

PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS INVITED ON NEW TEMPORARY PARENT VISA

FAR Northerners have just one more week to make submissions on the Coalition Government’s election commitment to introduce a new temporary sponsored parent visa, which will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the initiative, saying it is essential to ensuring…

NEW FOCUS ON AN ENERGY SOLUTION FOR THE DAINTREE

POWER in the Daintree is again on the Federal Government’s radar with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today securing a commitment from Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg MP that he will visit the Daintree Coast in early 2017. “I’ve been trying to get a Federal Minister on the ground for a long time but because…

Adjournment – Innovation in Cairns

Australian businesses have unprecedented access to the global economy through our new free trade agreements, and our businesses, universities and research organisations are among the best in the world. But we are falling behind in areas of commercialisation and collaboration, ranking last or second last among OECD countries for business-research collaboration. Our appetite for risk…

Fuel prices again under the spotlight

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has highlighted Cairns’ fuel woes in Parliament, saying the high prices at the bowser are a “disgrace” with the region suffering from a lack of competition. Mr Entsch said he had recently heard about Brisbane's call for the ACCC to do a deep-dive investigation into a perceived petrol ‘cartel’ in the…

90 Second Statement – Fuel Prices

I recently heard about Brisbane's call for the ACCC to do a deep-dive investigation into a perceived petrol cartel in the western suburbs of Brisbane. Given that motorists can drive 10 minutes and save 20c per litre and have an otherwise competitive market, I think that resources need to be directed to communities like Cairns…

Arts community celebrates Catalyst support for JUTE

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is “over the moon” that Cairns’ renowned JUTE Theatre Company has been awarded funding through the Australian Government’s Catalyst fund. “I am very, very pleased to announce today that JUTE will receive $420,000 to support its project titled ‘Telling Diverse Stories from the Deep North’ through the Catalyst-Australian Arts and Culture…