Kuranda Bridge and Kuranda Range

Mr ENTSCH: I don’t often find myself agreeing with the Member for Kennedy on much of anything, but recently something strange has occurred. I’ve found myself agreeing with him on an issue that he has recently shone light on. Since November last year, the Barron River Bridge at Kuranda has been reduced to one lane…

More action for a healthy Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has identified $111 million in spending under the landmark Reef Trust Partnership over the next financial year that will help keep Australia on track to meet its 2025 Reef water quality improvement targets and drive forward the world’s largest scientific collaboration to help coral reefs adapt to changing ocean temperatures.…

JobKeeper Payment and JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement extended for Cairns and Far North Queensland businesses and households

The JobKeeper program and the JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement have been extended under the next phase of the Morrison Government’s support for affected businesses and households. This unprecedented economic support for local businesses and their workers is helping the Cairns and Far North Queensland community through the COVID-19 pandemic and bolstering our economic recovery. Under the…

Environmental Management Charge

MR ENTSCH: I rise this afternoon in full support of the measures contained in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Amendment (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020. Tourism is the No. 1 economic driver in my electorate, which goes from the Papua New Guinea border right through to Cairns. Our region was one of the…

Tourism and Border Closures

Mr ENTSCH: Tourism is the single-most important economic driver in my electorate, and to say that we’ve been doing it tough is an absolute understatement. We were the first region to be hit and we’ll be one of the last to recover. Our multi-billion-dollar local tourism industry literally fell off the cliff overnight. The impact…

Coalition Government to invest $10 million to ensure the Lakeland Irrigation Area Project is shovel ready

The Morrison Government will invest up to $10 million to ensure the Lakeland Irrigation Area Project is shovel ready. This investment will ensure the final engineering and scoping works on this region-defining project are completed. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack  said the Coalition Government want to build dams. He said the Coalition Government’s investment for…

New dawn for Cairns Marine Precinct operators

Local jobs across the Cairns commercial shipping and maritime industries will be further supported by recently completed upgrades to the Cairns Marine Precinct. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, who officially opened stage one of the precinct today, said the federal government’s $24 million investment had boosted economic growth in the region and supported the expansion…