Entsch steps up for 6th term

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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