Australia Day Awards

Mr ENTSCH: I rise on a more positive note here to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding achievements from some of our local citizens in Cairns, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Weipa and the Torres Strait. These individuals have been recognised for their significant contributions to their communities and have been awarded for their excellent efforts through the annual…

Chinese New Year

Mr ENTSCH: I rise today to congratulate the Cairns and District Chinese Association, known as CADCAI, for their vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations. The Cairns Festival was held over a 15-day period and was a great opportunity to share in and celebrate North Queensland’s rich Chinese history. Some of the highlights included spectacular Chinese lion…

Prostate Cancer Awareness

Mr ENTSCH: I rise to inform the House that tomorrow is the day that we here in Parliament House are raising awareness of prostate cancer. The day will be starting early for those who have booked to receive their prostate blood test, and from 12 pm there’s a big barbecue—with over 250 persons anticipated to…

Leichhardt Roads, Cairns Marine Precinct

Mr ENTSCH: While I welcome the government’s significant investment commitments to the Kuranda Range in the marine precinct in my electorate, I want to raise some serious concerns about the effectiveness of the funding. Let me start by addressing the concerns with the government’s commitment for $210 million for safety upgrades on the Kuranda Range.…

Kowanyama Softball Competition 2022

Mr ENTSCH: I’m sure, Madam Deputy Speaker Chesters, you’ll agree with me that it’s important that we celebrate sporting events in our remote areas. Recently the remote Cape York community of Kowanyama held its Bob Sands Memorial Weekend. One of the significant events was the Kowanyama softball competition. For the second year running, it was…

Legacy week at HMAS Cairns base

Mr ENTSCH: Last Monday I attended the launch of Legacy Week in an event that was a first, in taking place at the HMAS Cairns base. It was a great opportunity to engage with the defence community and come together and celebrate Legacy Week. We all know that Legacy does some great work supporting veterans…

Zonta Club of Cairns

Mr ENTSCH: The Zonta Club of Cairns, in collaboration with the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, held their second masquerade ball on 23 July at the Pullman Cairns International. I had the great pleasure of attending with my beautiful wife, Yolonde. It was a colourful affair, with everyone donning all sorts of uniquely designed masquerade…

Daintree Microgrid

Mr ENTSCH: The Daintree microgrid project is signed, sealed and about to be delivered. I have fought tirelessly for this project for more than two decades and I am immensely pleased that the construction will start later this year. I could stand here for hours and talk about the microgrid project and the benefit of…