Grant to support defence community in Cairns

Australian Defence Force families who have provided essential support during the COVID-19 pandemic today received a funding boost under the government’s Family Support Funding Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said Little Diggers Community Centre would receive $8500 under the program which enables defence families to connect and interact with each other and the community…

Grants now open to modernise Aussie manufacturing

Local manufacturers in Cairns and Far North Queensland with shovel-ready projects to increase their productivity and grow jobs are being encouraged to apply for a Manufacturing Modernisation Fund) grant. Businesses will be able to apply for between $100,000 and $1 million to invest in new technology, as the Morrison Government continues to support the post-COVID-19…

Justin Parer

Mr ENTSCH: It gives me pleasure to pay tribute to Cairns businessman Justin Parer, managing director of BSE Maritime Solutions. Mr Parer’s name has been synonymous with Cairns’ marine industry for more than two decades now. Justin built BSE Maritime Solutions up to be one of our city’s biggest shipyards and a maritime maintenance powerhouse.…

Army regional support craft for Far North Queensland

The Morrison Government will acquire an Australian made 12.5 metre regional support craft to boost border protection in Far North Queensland. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds CSC said the regional support craft, which will be located at Thursday Island, will also provide marine support to whole of government operations. “The craft will be operated by Army’s…

Cairns Defence Community Support Group receives funding boost

Organisations that support Australian Defence Force families across Australia will share in $1.5 million to deliver programs and services within their local communities. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Cairns Defence Community Support Group would receive $14,324 under the Morrison Government’s Family Support Funding Program which enables defence families to connect and interact with…

Cairns RSL Sub Branch secures funding to continue its work in helping the veterans and their families

Cairns RSL Sub Branch has received $6,707 as part of the Morrison Governments Building Excellence in Support and Training grants program. The BEST grants program funds a range of essential support measures from ex-service organisations, advocates and welfare practitioners who continue to provide advice and assistance to the veteran and defence community. This round of…

Grant changes to allow more commemorative projects to be funded in Far North Queensland

Commemorative projects across Cairns and Far North Queensland may benefit from a funding boost and expanded eligibility of the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the funding increase meant extra opportunities for local projects across Cairns and Far North Queensland to commemorate their local military heroes. He said the…

FNQ business receives funding boost to develop innovative technologies for our Defence Force

The Morrison Government has awarded a $257,000 contract to a Far North Queensland business to develop cutting-edge technologies aimed at providing the Australian Defence Force with a capability edge. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today congratulated J3 Seven Pty Ltd on receiving a contract under the government’s Defence Innovation Hub, and thanked them for their…

Cairns Port designated as critical infrastructure asset and security regulated port under federal legislation

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the federal government had listened to the concerns of Far North Queenslanders and had changed Cairns Port’s designation. The designation is even more important in light of the federal government’s policy emphasis on the south-west Pacific and the establishment of a joint Australia/PNG naval base on Manus Island. Federal…