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Thank you from Hon Dave Grills MLC

With the final votes being counted from the State election, it appears that I have been unsuccessful in my bid to retain my Mining and Pastoral Region seat.

It has been an honour and a privilege to represent communities in the electorate and serve as their voice in State Parliament.

Among the many things for which I am grateful, enjoying the friendship and support from so many folk is at the top. I am humbled and proud to have served you to the best of my ability.

Thank you to my beautiful girls, Sue and Arddun, my wonderful family, steadfast friends and loyal constituents for your support over the last four years. You may never know how influential and important you have been.

I would like to thank every member of my brilliant staff and my colleagues who have worked alongside me and assisted me during my term in State Parliament.

Looking back at the last four years, I believe we have achieved a great deal together in the electorate. From the beginning, I took my direction from constituents and sought to fight for their interests in government. I am proud to have been part of a team that has delivered record investment to communities in the Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Gascoyne regions.

Our flagship Royalties for Regions program has helped rebuild regional communities neglected by previous metro-centric governments. Real progress has been made in narrowing the gap between the city and the regions in terms of infrastructure and service provision.

From Wyndham to Esperance, communities across the vast Mining and Pastoral Region have shared in the nearly $7 billion invested through Royalties for Regions. Thanks to this strong regional development focus, there is now a sense of optimism in the regions that didn’t exist a decade ago.

This was always going to be a tough election, especially with a multi-million dollar scare campaign waged against the Nationals WA by the big miners. Irrespective of the outcome, this election has raised serious questions about the influence of multinational corporations and vested interests in WA's political process.

I am disappointed that I will not be able to complete all the projects and legislative reforms I have been working on. I also feel some trepidation about the future of regional WA. According to its Financial Management Plan released a day before the election, the incoming Labor government will slash $2.3 billion from Royalties for Regions over the next three years. This will hurt our regional communities.

One door has closed and I look forward to the opening of the next. I hope to serve regional WA in a different capacity. As I am fond of saying, change is a constant, development is optional.

We still have much to do and my Esperance office will be operational until May 22. I will continue to work on local issues in the electorate up until this date. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or the team as required.

Thank you.

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The Nationals WA condemn woeful GST share

Leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies has condemned WA’s Federal Members of Parliament for failing to fight against the State’s disgraceful GST return.

Ms Davies questioned how WA’s Federal MPs had chosen not to use their influence in Parliament to get a better deal for their State, after it was yesterday revealed WA will only receive a pitiful 34 cents for every dollar it raises in 2017-18. 

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Labor lacks credibility on FIFO

Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Jacqui Boydell MLC has slammed the State Government for its weak comments on reducing Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) work practices in regional WA. 

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The Nationals WA unveil new leadership

The Nationals WA have today unveiled their new parliamentary leadership team.

The Nationals elected Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA to lead the Party, with Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Hon Jacqui Boydell MLC elected as Deputy Leader at a party room meeting earlier today. 

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Farewell to Winifred Piesse

Deputy Leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies has paid tribute to the late Winifred Piesse, noting her legacy as the first woman to represent the Country Party in State Parliament. 

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Statement from Leader of The Nationals WA Brendon Grylls - Vote Nationals to save Royalties for Regions

 

Liberal Party election costings, released less than three days from polling day, have revealed what many suspected – the Liberals’ election promises are based on a massive 40 per cent cut to Royalties for Regions.

Last night, the Liberal Party confirmed at ten minutes to midnight what the Labor Party have been saying for weeks – that they are committed to change Royalties for Regions

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Liberal plans reveal massive cut to Royalties for Regions

The Liberal Party’s election costings, released less than three days from polling day, have finally revealed what many suspected – that the Liberals’ election promises are based on a massive 40 per cent cut to Royalties for Regions.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC slammed the proposed cuts noting the clear choice between Liberal and Labor Party who will cut Royalties for Regions to the bone – or The Nationals’ plan to modernise the special lease rental paid by BHP and Rio Tinto.

"The Liberals waited until ten minutes to midnight to be honest with regional WA about their plans to cut Royalties for Regions to the bone," Mr Grills said.

"Both major parties would rather rip funding out of regional communities than stand up to the big miners and make them pay their fair share."

Mr Grills said while Labor and Liberal would keep the Royalties for Regions name, both parties would divert a substantial chunk of funding to infrastructure and services that should funded as part of general government expenditure.

"The net result is a massive cut to regional funding by both major parties – by nearly a billion dollars over the next two years under the Liberals’ plan," Mr Grills said.

"The Liberal Party have tried to deceive regional WA by attempting to hide these cuts by shuffling money around.

"Obviously they think people in places like the Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, Mid West, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions won’t notice when they rip hundreds of millions of dollars a year out of our towns."

Mr Grills said the only way to save Royalties for Regions was to update the legacy state agreements to make sure Rio Tinto and BHP were paying rates that were appropriate for 2017.

"The Nationals fair plan for WA’s future will enable us to continue to deliver the level of services, infrastructure and investment regional West Australians deserve," Mr Grills said.

"If the major parties get their way, Royalties for Regions will be a mere shell of its current form and will put regional projects and regional people back on the shelf."

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 90711 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au

 

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Nationals WA plan to make WA world class mountain biking destination - Rundle

The Nationals WA are committed to establishing world class mountain bike trails, hubs and events in regional Western Australia if re-elected on March 11.

Under the plan, a $24 million Regional Mountain Bike Trails and Events Fund would be funded through Royalties for Regions to support planning and delivery of new and improved trails across regional areas.

Candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said the fund would boost the State’s existing trail network and assist mountain biking organisations grow participation in the sport by making it more accessible and appealing to the tourism market.

“More than 120,000 mountain bikes are sold each year in WA, with almost 20 per cent of the population owning one,” he said.

“We are committed to developing the mountain bike sector in both the competitive and recreational setting to maximise the economic, tourism, health and social benefits it offers.”

Mr Rundle said the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy 2015-20 recognised the advantages the sport can deliver but demand for mountain biking experiences in WA was currently outstripping supply.

More than 50 competitive mountain biking events take place in WA each year and there are more than 30 recognised trails.

However, with the majority located in the south-west corner of the State, The Nationals are keen to see an expansion of eco-sensitive trails in the north and events to drive participation and trail use.

“The South West and Peel regions are well positioned to capture the benefits our policy can bring to mountain biking and we want to see that expanded to the Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Mid West, Pilbara and Kimberley,” Mr Rundle said.

“Bolstering our regions’ appeal as mountain biking destinations for local, domestic and international tourists requires a strong commitment.”

“Through this $24 million plan we will be able to grow the foundations of participation, competition and variety by creating mountain biking hubs and tourism opportunities.”

For more information on this policy visit www.nationalswa.com/policies

For media enquiries contact Peter Rundle on 0418 959 810 or email Peter.Rundle@nationalswa.com

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Nationals the only Party with a plan for agriculture

The Nationals WA remain the only Party to put forward a credible agriculture policy to facilitate the growth and success of the sector during the 2017 State election campaign.

With only a few short days until the State election Candidate for Roe Peter Rundle questioned why both the major parties had failed to outline any strategy for agriculture beyond March 11.

“Unlike the major parties, who are focused on big ticket promises in Perth, The Nationals have remained focused on regional WA including our agriculture industry,” Mr Rundle said.

“While Labor and the Liberals have been busy taking credit for Royalties for Regions funded initiatives, The Nationals’ have outlined a clear path forward for WA farmers to ensure they remain competitive and profitable into the future.

“It’s time for the major parties to put their money where their mouth is, and outline their own plan for agriculture in WA.”

Mr Rundle said The Nationals recently unveiled their $277 million commitment to build on the hugely successful $350 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative, made possible by the Party’s flagship Royalties for Regions program.

“The Nationals’ new policy shows our ongoing commitment to this important industry by investing into research and development, marketing, infrastructure and education to grow this vital industry,” Mr Rundle said.

“We understand the sector’s role as an important contributor to the State’s economy and this is why The Nationals WA have allocated a record investment of over $600 million to agriculture projects since 2008.”

Mr Rundle said WA primary producers knew better than to believe Labor’s baseless statements and the Liberal’s handful of unfunded promises.

“Labor has no credibility when it comes to agriculture - they vehemently opposed GM technology and changed their position shortly after the election campaign started and don’t support the Live Export Trade,” Mr Rundle said.

“On the other hand the Liberals are hell bent on selling off the Fremantle Port – a monopoly asset that is vitally important for the industry and they have shown no regard for the negative flow on implications for agriculture.

“I urge everyone to Vote 1 for The Nationals WA on March 11 so we can continue to deliver vital investment into our agriculture sector.”

For more information about The Nationals’ plan for agriculture visit: www.nationalswa.com/agriculture

For media enquiries contact Peter Rundle on 0418 959 810 or email Peter.Rundle@nationalswa.com

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Liberal plans reveal final betrayal of Royalties for Regions

A statement from Leader of The Nationals WA, Brendon Grylls

Liberal Party election costings, released less than three days from polling day, have revealed what many suspected – the Liberals’ election promises are based on a massive 40 per cent cut to Royalties for Regions.

Last night, the Liberal Party confirmed at ten minutes to midnight what the Labor Party have been saying for weeks – that they are committed to change Royalties for Regions.

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