Cairns businesses to build new army watercraft

Two Far North Queensland businesses will build seven new watercrafts as part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to strengthening the Australian Army’s amphibious capability. The vessels, which will be built in Cairns, will assist Army amphibious operations and support systems. Tropical Reef Shipyards and BME NQ will manufacture the 7.5 metre vessels, and provide spares…

Boosting maritime capacity in the Pacific

The Morrison Government has awarded TAFE Queensland a $36 million contract to provide mariner training and support to the Navy crews of the Guardian-class Patrol Boats. The funding is being delivered as part of the Morrison Government’s $2 billion Pacific Maritime Security Program to strengthen maritime capability in the Pacific. Acting Minister for Defence Marise…

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…