World Ranger Day

MR ENTSCH: It gives me great pleasure today to rise and speak about World Ranger Day. World Ranger Day was held on Wednesday, 31 July and is an initiative of the Thin Green Line Foundation. The Thin Green Line Foundation supports park rangers within Australia and overseas, including in conflict zones. World Ranger Day is…

Tropical North Queensland Tourism

Mr ENTSCH: I rise this afternoon to talk about an industry that forms part of the lifeblood of my electorate. Tourism is certainly a big deal in my neck of the woods. We have the best natural offerings in the nation, such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and our wet tropics. There’s…

Sarz Sanctuary

Mr ENTSCH: It gives me great pleasure to rise this afternoon to speak about an amazing charity that was borne out of the most unspeakable horror. Sarz Sanctuary was set up in memory of 21-year-old Queenslander Sara Zelenak, who was murdered in the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Street Market terror attack. Sarz Sanctuary aims…

Molly Steer

Mr ENTSCH: I rise this afternoon to highlight the magnificent achievements of a youngster in my community who’s making waves around the nation and overseas. Eleven-year-old Molly Steer, who is the founder of the highly successful Straw No More campaign, has been selected to attend the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp in Vancouver in Canada. In fact,…

Neville Jamil Newman

Mr ENTSCH: I rise tonight to pay my respects to a dear friend who sadly passed away recently. Neville Newman was born on 18 May 1945 at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Prior to Neville’s birth, his parents were part of the compulsory evacuation south to Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane during World War II on the…

Far North Day Hospital

MR ENTSCH: Recently I had the pleasure of opening the first multi-speciality day hospital to be opened in Cairns in more than 20 years. The $5 million Far North Day Hospital includes two day-hospital operating theatres, and a third is planned for later this year. It offers urology; gynaecology; and dental, plastic and cosmetic surgical services,…

World Tuberculosis Day

MR ENTSCH: It is a tragic fact that, although tuberculosis is a preventable and curable disease, 10 million people on this planet develop it every year, of whom about 1.6 million die. TB is a disease that most people thought was a thing of the past and is isolated to small pockets in some more…

Waal-Waal Ngallametta

MR ENTSCH: Waal-Waal Ngallametta transcended incredibly in her lifetime. She exhibited in her own way the immense contemporary values and contributions that Aboriginal people bring to our world. It is with the deepest sadness that Waal-Waal passed away on 28 January 2019 in her Aurukun home, on country and surrounded by her family, as she had…

Fishing Industry

ME ENTSCH: Last week over 4,000 coral trout fingerlings made their way to Taiwan from Cairns in my electorate of Leichhardt in a trial shipment, a pilot shipment—a first in our region. It is fantastic to see firsthand how Company One Pty Ltd has diversified and set up a world-class facility to accommodate a billion-dollar industry.…

Cairns Shipping Development Project

Mr ENTSCH:  I rise to speak about a game-changing project in my electorate that was announced last week. The Cairns Shipping Development Project represents a key economic driver not only for Cairns and Far North Queensland but for all of northern Australia. The project will support 195 full-time jobs during construction and create a further…