Entsch steps up for 6th term
WARREN Entsch has retained his seat as the federal member for Leichhardt and with his party the Liberal Nationals leading the country, he expects more projects to be initiated for Queensland.
More than 40,000 people voted Mr Entsch back in to serve his sixth term, which he said was very humbling.
He said work has started on implementing policies announced during the election campaign.
‘‘The first big thing we have got to do it step aside and let businesses grow by getting rid of bureaucratic processes and government agendas,’’ he said.
‘‘(Leichhardt) is going to fare in a very positive way because we’ve got three levels of government we can sit down and talk to and give projects in our region an opportunity to actually start.
‘‘The success of this government can be gauged in three year’s time by the number of new projects either started, well underway of completion or are completed without government interference.’’
As part of the election promise, the Mossman Botanical Gardens will be established with $1.4 million, but no money has been promised for the Port Douglas waterfront, Daintree gateway or any other projects in Douglas.
‘‘Unfortunately with de-amalgamation the momentum for the Port Douglas waterfront has been lost and that is something that has to be re-established after the de-amalgamation process,’’ Mr Entsch said.
‘‘The Mossman Botanical Garden guys spent a couple of years putting together a very professional and comprehensive submission and they were immediately rewarded. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the privilege to provide financial support to a new initiative in the former Douglas Shire.
‘‘The other one is the Mossman nursing group have been very badly treated and I will certainly continue to work with Marj and that committee and look at the whole process, a process I believe is flawed and doesn’t take in the needs of the communities.’’
The Coalition will now start working on a 2030 vision for ‘Developing Northern Australia’, which will drive economic growth through developing a food bowl, growing the tourism economy, reducing red and green tape and building an energy export industry worth $150 billion to the economy, with a focus on clean and efficient energy.
‘‘The Northern Australia policy is the most exciting opportunity I have seen in my life time for Northern Australia, it’s going to open up a lot of fabulous opportunities not only for agriculture but for alternative energy,’’ Mr Entsch said. ‘‘When I turn on the power switch I want to see a large percentage of alternative power coming through. There is the half-abillion-dollar project up in Walkamin that can be completed in the next three years and we have got alternative power proposals that can come on board.
‘‘We have already got the foundations for the white paper on developing Northern Australia and now it has 12 months to be completed.’’ The plan will devise a 15-year priority list of projects of various scales and investigate the establishment of a water project development fund to support proposals for infrastructure including dams and groundwater projects.