Federal government to fund and deliver $9 million rehab centre in Cairns

The federal government will provide $9 million to Mission Australia to fund a new Cairns-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. This initiative continues the federal government’s unprecedented $720 million investment in drug and alcohol treatment services. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said government funding will support a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program and the development of…

More than 14,450 aged pensioners living in Far North Queensland to get a payment boost

The federal government has delivered another increase to payment rates for pension and allowance recipients in Far North Queensland. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said payments including Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment will increase by $9.90 a fortnight to $926.20 for singles and by $14.80 a fortnight to $1,396.20 for couples combined.…

Federal government provides mental health and jobs boost for young Australians in FNQ

The federal government will help more young people with mental illness living in Cairns to enter the workforce with a package of increased support. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced the Royal Flying Doctor Service would receive $585,000 in funding to assist them with the implementation of the highly-successful Individual Placement and Support Trial.…

Investing in cleaner and greener Far North Queensland communities

The federal government will invest more than $22 million to deliver practical environmental projects, giving communities new opportunities to protect and care for their local environment. The Communities Environment Program will provide up to $150,000 to each Federal electorate in 2019-20 for community-led projects that deliver real environmental benefits. The program builds on the government’s…