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…

FNQ beauty, its people, locations and COVID-19 images to be showcased in the tenth 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…

Federal government to fund airstrip upgrades in Cape York and the Torres Strait

The Morrison Government is better connecting Cape York and Torres Strait communities with vital air services with four projects successful under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the upgrades will help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services. The successful projects include: Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary Airstrip Upgrade…

Funding opportunity for Indigenous languages and arts

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is encouraging eligible Far North Queensland community-based organisations to apply for Indigenous Languages and Arts program funding. The federal government invests around $20 million annually to promote participation in, and maintenance of, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts. Funding under the program is available for…

Regional airports program takes off

Far North Queensland airport owners and operators will soon be able to apply for a share of $100 million in funding for safety upgrades as part of the federal government’s new Regional Airports Program. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the program guidelines are now available, giving airport owners and operators more information on their…

Romina Fujii

MR ENTSCH: I rise today to pay tribute to a much-loved and extremely well-respected person in my community who recently passed. Romina Fujii was born on Badu Island in the Torres Strait on 12 December 1943 and was the third child of Talipasa and Dulcie Nona. From a very young age Romina learnt about the…

Tuberculosis Motion

MR ENTSCH: I move: (1) notes that: (a) 24 March is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, a day to commemorate the precious lives lost due to TB, a disease that is preventable and curable; (b) TB is contagious and airborne—it is the world’s leading infectious disease killer and kills more people than HIV/AIDS; (c) in 2017…

World Ranger Day

MR ENTSCH: It gives me great pleasure today to rise and speak about World Ranger Day. World Ranger Day was held on Wednesday, 31 July and is an initiative of the Thin Green Line Foundation. The Thin Green Line Foundation supports park rangers within Australia and overseas, including in conflict zones. World Ranger Day is…