The Hon. Warren Entsch MP
Federal Member for Leichhardt
1. Over the years what is the one thing you have come to appreciate about the city of Cairns?
Cairns is unique in many ways but I firmly believe it is our laid-back attitude that sets us apart from other cities across the nation. But hands down the one thing I have always appreciated about our city is its residents. The community spirit and sense of mateship across our region is alive and well. We are always there for each other irrespective of our own personal circumstances. We have seen it time and time again and it never ceases to amaze me – our people make our city and it is something we should all be extremely proud of.
2. The region has experienced many tough times throughout the years, but none quite like we are experiencing now. What is one message you would like to give to the people of Cairns at this uncertain time?
Be kind to each other because irrespective of who you are, your background or personal circumstances, we are all in this together.
3. Leaders like yourself have united to fight for the region in what are unprecedented times – what role are you and your organisation playing in all of this?
My office and staff you could say is well and truly at the coalface of this global health crisis. The calls and emails start from sunrise and continue on well after sunset, seven days a week. Each and every inquiry is unique and different.
My staff have done an amazing job keeping the community informed, responding to each and every email and ensuring no call goes unanswered. I am immensely proud of the work they are doing, it is certainly not easy, but they help everyone to the very best of their ability.
You have to remember, they have lives and families as well, they are certainly not immune to the effects of coronavirus.
4. While there are many negatives about the current situation we all find ourselves in – what is one thing you are looking forward to doing while in isolation?
It is a safe to say that our life before this pandemic was run at a million miles an hour. Sometimes we overlooked ourselves and those close to us. I love coming home each day and hearing the neighbourhood kids playing and laughing in their backyards, it is something I haven’t heard for a very long time and it does bring a smile to my face.
Personally, for me, I have enjoyed spending more time with my beautiful wife Yolonde and my family … but I am sure if you ask her you might get a very different answer!