Media Release – Senator Jim Molan to visit Cairns 23 January




UPDATED 16.01.2020

Dear Valued Supporters and Friends,


Please be advised that Senator Jim Molan has been called in to assist with the bushfire crisis unfolding in his home state that is predicted to worsen in coming days.  Due to this unavoidable development Senator Jim Molan sends his apologies as we have had to postpone his event in Cairns with us.  If you have booked a seat at this event for Thursday 23rd January 2020, you will be issued with a full refund in the coming 48 hours.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone and we look forward to hosting Senator Molan in Cairns very soon once the bushfire crisis has settled.


Thank you for your understanding everyone and we wish the Senator well with the priority work he is now called to do.



Kevin Byrne

Chief Executive Officer

Enterprise North





9 January 2020

Senator Jim Molan to visit Cairns 23 January 2020

Enterprise North and Sea Swift are pleased to advise that Senator Jim Molan has accepted an invitation to visit Cairns and will use the visit to familiarise himself with defence and marine and port facilities in Cairns and to address a public luncheon at the Pullman Casino Hotel where the discussion will be around the strategic importance of Northern Australia in the new decade and the role that Cairns is likely to play in our engagement with Melanesia and other emerging strategic influences within the region.

Senator Molan has enjoyed a long and extensive military career. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, he served successfully through the entire army operational command structure culminating with his final active command appointment  as Chief of Operations for the multi nation Iraq allied forces deployment. This period coincided with a period of continuous and intense combat operations. For distinguished command and leadership in this period, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the American Legion of Merit. He has also served as Australia’s Military Attaché to Indonesia during the period of our engagement in Timor during their transition to independence.

Senator Molan and Kevin Byrne served together in Papua New Guinea very early in their military careers and both share a familiarity with and an understanding of the regional challenges ahead in the next decade.

“This is a very important decade for our struggling regions across the north and it is important that we all understand the context of the international challenges that lie ahead and the policies that governments will seek to implement to meet these challenges”

“I am delighted that Senator Molan has found time early in the new year to visit and share his thoughts on our strategic regional issues. He has been wanting to come for some time however was delayed due to Senate appointment processes that concluded late last year. Cairns is likely to play a key role in any future regional engagement activities and it will be these issues that we have the opportunity to discuss informally with him whilst he is here” Kevin Byrne said.

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About Enterprise North

Working in collaboration with other like groups, Enterprise North is an economic infrastructure and policy advocacy group driving a fresh agenda to grow the city and region within the Northern Australia growth framework. Our agenda is double the city and region population numbers in the next 30 years.


Media contact: Kevin Byrne 0447 280 923