Tropical Arts Association

MR ENTSCH: It gives me great pleasure to rise this evening to talk about one of Cairns’s best kept secrets: the Tropical Arts Association. Tropical Arts is a not-for-profit community theatre group based in Cairns. It prides itself on community engagement. Tropical Arts tirelessly finds ways to include people, and the benefits to individuals and…

Tuberculosis Motion

MR ENTSCH: TB is a disease that most people thought was in the past or was isolated to small pockets of some impoverished countries. TB is one of the oldest human diseases and has been identified in Egyptian mummies. I, for one, also assumed that the disease was no longer an issue, after my mum actually…

STEM – St Augustine’s College

MR ENTSCH: Last week, I had the privilege of spending the morning with year 9 students at St Augustine’s College in Cairns to participate in their STEM classes and activities. It absolutely amazes me what our young men and women can do these days. There’s certainly no limit for this generation. The things young Australians are…

Rondo Theatre

MR ENTSCH: I rise tonight to talk about a much-loved community asset in my electorate, the Rondo Theatre. Founded in 1953, the Cairns Little Theatre is a community driven, incorporated amateur theatrical company, whose charter is to choose, produce and stage the works of the finest Australian and international playwrights in a professional manner for…

Far North Queensland Emergency Services Gala Charity Ball

MR ENTSCH:  It gives me great pleasure to rise this evening to speak about an important event that I attended in my electorate recently, the annual Far North Queensland Emergency Services Gala Charity Ball. This is the fourth year that they’ve run it. It was held this year on the Eastern Event Lawn, overlooking our…

Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia ‘Northern Horizons’ Report – 28 June 2018

MR ENTSCH: On behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia, I present the committee’s report entitled Northern horizons—unleashing our tourism potential: report on the inquiry into opportunities and methods for stimulating the tourism industry in northern Australia. Northern Australia has many natural advantages that make it a unique and unforgettable tourism destination. Northern Australia’s varied and pristine natural landscapes and wilderness…

Erub Island All Saints Anglican Church – 27 June 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:37): Next week I’ll be travelling up again to one of the most beautiful islands in the Torres Strait, Erub Island. It will be a very important visit for me. Last year, when I visited the island to catch up with local leaders, I was struck by the worn beauty of one particular…

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire – 25 June 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (16:17): I rise today to pay tribute to one of Australia’s smallest shires, which just happens to be located in my electorate. To say that the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council is punching above its weight is an understatement. Wujal Wujal is about 20 square kilometres in size and is home to about…

Daintree Power – 21 June 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:23): I have been working with the community north of the Daintree River since I was elected in 1996 in an effort to bring them into the 20th and now 21st century. This is a very vibrant community of around 500 to 600 people. Interestingly, some years ago the state government legislated to…

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility – 20 June 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (11:34): The $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is a game changer for northern Australia. The NAIF is partnering with the private sector and governments of northern jurisdictions to provide concessional loans to encourage and complement private sector investment in infrastructure that benefits northern Australia. I have to concede there have been some…