Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

MR ENTSCH: Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of attending the official launch of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair with my beautiful wife, Yolonde. The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, or CIAF, as it’s known, is Australia’s premier Indigenous art fair. It celebrates the vibrancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. This year, the theme…

Cooktown and Cape York Expo

MR ENTSCH: I recently had the pleasure of attending the Cooktown and Cape York Expo with my beautiful wife and daughter, Yolonde and Mackenzie. Cook Shire Council had been planning to stage the event in 2020 to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s 1770 voyage to Australia. Unfortunately, it became a victim of…

Indigenous Tourism

MR ENTSCH: I rise to support this motion but more importantly in support of a critical role that Indigenous people and culture play in our nation’s tourism offerings. It’s no more evident than in my vast electorate of Leichhardt that includes the Torres Strait, Cape York, Cooktown, Mossman, the Daintree, Kuranda and Cairns. All of…

FNQ beauty, its people and locations to be showcased in the eleventh annual Community Calendar Competition

The Leichhardt electorate boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Australia. From sunflower fields in Cairns to the turquoise coral cays of the Torres Strait and everywhere in between. Combine that with our vibrant communities, local characters and huge variety of tropical species and it’s clear that local photographers seeking inspiration are spoiled for…

Tackling the ghostly killers in our oceans

The Morrison Government is launching a crack-down on the tonnes of deadly ghost nets that indiscriminately kill tens of thousands of marine animals in Northern Australian waters each year. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority, in partnership with Parks Australia, recently recovered two massive nets, spanning a combined 820 metres and weighing an estimated 3.7 tonnes,…

Morrison Government to boost connectivity in regional, rural and remote communities

The Morrison Government will invest $130.4 million to improve connectivity in regional, rural, and remote communities. The investment in the Regional Connectivity Program, announced in the federal budget, brings the Morrison Government’s commitments to improve digital connectivity infrastructure in regional, rural, and remote areas to more than $600 million. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said…

Funding takes flight for Cape York airstrip upgrades

Communities in Cape York will benefit from better air services thanks to the Australian Government’s latest round of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the upgrades will help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services. Aurukun, Coen and Pormpuraaw airports will receive much-needed upgrades under the program. “Cook…

TGA approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia following a full and thorough assessment process. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said this welcomed news means Australia will now have two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available. “The approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the people of Cairns, Cape York…