Daintree microgrid on track and on schedule

Work is well underway to deliver more affordable and reliable power for the Daintree community. The Australian Government last year invested $990,150 towards a feasibility study to allow Daintree Renewable Energy Pty Ltd to take fully-renewable microgrid project to ‘shovel ready’ status within 12 months. The study will deliver a fully costed design for a…

Powering the Daintree one step closer

Powering the Daintree via a renewable-energy microgrid is one step closer after the federal government identified the region as a site for a stand-alone, environmentally friendly power system. A $50.4 million Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, to be announced in next week’s federal budget, has been set up to identify and fund feasibility studies…

Report into powering the Daintree released

Options for supplying power to the Daintree community have been investigated in a report released today by energy market experts Sunverge. The analysis, supported by $180,000 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, examined five options to power the World Heritage-listed Daintree rainforest. These included single and multiple electrical micro-grids with high renewables uptake and a…

FNQ continues to be jewel in state’s tourism crown

More international visitors are exploring Tropical North Queensland and spending more at local businesses. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said today’s International Visitor Survey revealed 880,000 overseas visitors had been enticed to tourism attractions across Tropical North Queensland over the past year. He said those overseas visitors were spending on $1190 per person and staying…

Building Better Regions Fund recipients announced

Communities across the Far North will receive a significant boost following the announcement of four successful projects* under the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the community-based projects were a positive investment in the region’s future. “I am a big supporter of the arts and we are very fortunate…

Betty Hinton – 26 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (16:23): I rise today to pay tribute to a much-loved and respected member of the North Daintree community, Betty Hinton. I’m proud to call Betty my friend. Betty is the owner of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and Art Gallery at Cow Bay, a business she has operated for more than 35 years.…