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Productivity Commission recommends winding up telecommunications USO

Member for the Agricultural Region and Commerce spokesperson Hon Martin Aldridge MLC said has welcomed recommendations by the Productivity Commission to wind up the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (TUSO).

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More Bushfire Summits needed for adequate regional input

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman, expressed his disappointment over the limited number of regionally based attendees invited to the Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in Mandurah.

Mr Redman said he was surprised and astounded that many bushfire brigades in his electorate were not invited to the McGowan Government’s ‘once off’ Bushfire Summit.

“Bushfire mitigation strategies and the proposed regional fire service are very important issues that have serious consequences for communities in the South West.  I would have thought Bushfire Brigades in this area would be invited to contribute to such significant issues,” Mr Redman said.

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Logan’s Figures Greasier than a Fireman’s Pole

Nationals MLC Colin Holt says the community has every right to feel angered by the admission of Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan that no modelling or research has been done to substantiate his claim that establishing a rural fire service would cost $400 million. 

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Love: electoral interference a threat to democracy

Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has called for an inquiry into electoral interference following the Chamber of Minerals and Energy campaign ahead of the recent state election.

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Labor admit a new revenue source required for Budget repair: Davies

The Nationals WA have welcomed the Labor Government’s admission that a new revenue source is critical to repairing the State Budget.

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Labor betrays racing industry with WA TAB sale backflip

 The McGowan Government has betrayed Western Australia’s racing industry with its stunning backflip on the sale of the WA TAB.

 

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Nationals fight to retain independence of Regional Development Commissions

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman stated that he and his Nationals WA colleagues intend to fight for the retention and autonomy of the Development Commissions and the local employment of their staff.

 Prior to the election, the Labor Party stated that they supported the Regional Development Commissions, so it is interesting that so soon in Government Minister MacTiernan has stated that Development Commission staff will be employed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. 

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Where is the Federal funding for regional telecommunications?

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman, stated he was disappointed that the newly released Federal budget outlined underwhelming funding for mobile communication towers.

 “You would think that something as fundamental as regional communications would be a priority,” Mr Redman said.

 Up-to-date communication technology is vital for regional businesses, agricultural practices and tourism, as well as the safety of families.

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Terry Redman acknowledges volunteers

Volunteers – the lifeblood of our communities.

 

Speaking to many volunteers around the Warren-Blackwood, I often hear them say, “I get out of it more than I put in”.  This is such a humble response to the many hours they so generously contribute to our communities.

 

Friendship, connection, feeling useful and being valued – are all aspects of volunteering.  It is what motivates people to volunteer in the first place.

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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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