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State Government Needs to do More to Address Water Challenges in Great Southern

The Nationals WA have called on the State Government to provide greater support to individual farmers in the Great Southern who are suffering some of the lowest rainfall levels on record.

Member for the Agricultural Region, Colin de Grussa MLC, said the State Government’s recent announcement that the Mt Short area in the Shire of Ravensthorpe had been declared an area of water deficiency was welcome but did not go far enough.

“In Parliament this week the Minister for Water confirmed that the State Government is still carting water to Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup and Ongerup, yet only Ravensthorpe has been granted water deficiency status,” Mr de Grussa said.

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Nationals WA: Urge motorists to take care on WA roads

In light of the recent RAC Risky Roads Survey results, The Nationals WA spokesperson for Road Safety Hon Martin Aldridge MLC is urging motorists to take action to ensure they don’t become a road safety statistic.

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New bush mobile tower investment welcome

Nationals Senate candidate Nick Fardell and Member for the Agricultural Region Hon Martin Aldridge MLC have welcomed improved mobile phone coverage and more reliable communications in Western Australia by the Federal Government.

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Redman pushes back on biosecurity levy

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman said feedback from impacted landowners in his electorate regarding the recent pest levy imposed on them, has highlighted the need and importance of the Biosecurity and Agricultural Management Act (2007) review that is now overdue.

The Act allows the Minister for Agriculture to sign off on a levy, imposed on landowners, to support Recognised Biosecurity Groups (RBGs) manage pest incursions in a region.

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Two Years of State Labor Government - Redman's Review

Two years after the election of the McGowan Government, local Member of Parliament Terry Redman has reviewed the positives and negatives for the Warren-Blackwood region.

“I am pleased the Southern Forest Food Council has continued to be funded as this group has achieved brand recognition and new markets for produce from the Manjimup-Pemberton region,” Mr Redman said. “This alongside continued funding for the Manjimup Revitalisation project has allowed important projects to proceed.”

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"Slow Food", Coles and Aldi Dragged into Axing $1 Milk

Member for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa has welcomed the decision by Coles and Aldi to axe $1 per litre milk, saying it was “about time”.

Both supermarkets will raise the price of milk to $1.10 a litre, matching a commitment made by Woolworths in February.

Mr de Grussa said this move by Coles and Aldi continued a small but significant change to the dairy industry, which was devastated by the introduction of $1 milk in 2011.

“I’m pleased to see Coles and Aldi have finally been dragged into following the lead of Woolworths, who axed $1 a litre milk in February,” Mr de Grussa said.

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Minister Logan Failing Volunteer Firefighters

The Nationals WA Emergency Services Spokesperson Colin de Grussa says it is disappointing that the Minister for Emergency Services has again failed to consult and support  volunteer firefighters.

The Minister has rejected an offer from WA’s peak body for volunteer firefighters to co-locate at the Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be built in Nambeelup.

Mr de Grussa said Mr Logan had made numerous comments promising to bridge the divide between volunteer and career firefighters.

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Water Minister Denying Regional Communities Water Solutions

Member for Roe Peter Rundle says the Water Minister’s blatant ignorance of water issues affecting producers and towns in his electorate was verging on dangerous.

In Parliament this week Mr Rundle asked the Minister if he could explain why Water Corporation cut off supply to critical standpipes in the Lake Grace and Kulin areas during periods of high demand.

“The practice of Water Corporation turning off supply to standpipes jeopardises the ability of producers to collect emergency water for stock and firefighting purposes,” Mr Rundle said.

“When asked, the Minister failed to explain how this situation occurred and was unable to guarantee that it wouldn’t happen again.

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Water Corp Fails Farmers in Roe

Member for Roe Peter Rundle has called the recent decision by Water Corp to close standpipes in Roe with no notice “completely avoidable”.

In January Water Corporation closed up to 80 per cent of standpipes in the Shires of Lake Grace and Kulin, with no notice to the community’s affected, leaving farmers unable to secure water to service their livestock.

Mr Rundle expressed his concern in Parliament today, saying there was no logical excuse from the Minister for Water for this action.

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Nats Welcome Federal Move Towards Right to Repair

The Nationals WA have welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s moves towards introducing right to repair legislation in Australia.


Agriculture spokesperson Colin de Grussa said the Federal Government’s consultation paper – which proposes a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle servicing and repair information – reflected a push towards similar legislation being introduced in the United States.

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