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Nationals Support Helps Deliver Win for Agriculture Sector

31 October 2018

The Nationals WA have secured a major win for the agricultural sector, after the Minister for Agriculture agreed to significant industry and committee supported changes to the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017.

Member for Roe Peter Rundle said The Nationals led the charge for the Bill to be referred to a Legislative Council Parliamentary Committee in March this year.

“The bipartisan committee made a number of recommendations to improve the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017 and called for the removal of several contentious clauses in the legislation,” Mr Rundle said.

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Mean McGowan Fails Geraldton and Mid-West Tourism Industry

20 December 2018

The Nationals WA have blasted Mean Mark McGowan for failing to support the Geraldton and Mid-West tourism industry, as the community face a decrease in air services in 2019.

Virgin Australia announced yesterday they would be reducing their flight schedule into Geraldton from 12 return services per week to just seven.

Member for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa called out the Labor Government for their inability to secure reliable and affordable air services in and out of Geraldton.

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Fighting back against rural crime

The Nationals WA are helping concerned locals to shine a light on the impact of rural crime on primary producers and regional communities.

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Surgeries cancelled following health crisis in Mid West

Geraldton Regional Hospital spent 21 days under code yellow conditions in the past three months, highlighting the acute shortage of beds at the overstretched facility.

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Fracking go ahead hypocrisy: Love

Moore MP Shane Love MLA has expressed his dismay at a hypocritical Labor government decision to allow fracking in the Mid West, while banning fracking in the South West, Peel and Metropolitan areas.

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National Ag Day road safety message

The Nationals WA Member for the Agricultural Region and spokesperson for Road Safety Hon Martin Aldridge MLC has used today’s National Agriculture Day to remind those using country roads this holiday season to look out slow down and take care and share the road with large agricultural vehicles.

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Green Head coastal walkway opened

The long term and dedicated efforts of the Green Head Coastcare Group has seen the completion of a spectacular 2.5 kilometre coastal walkway in Green Head that will both showcase and protect the area for future generations.

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Labor Bans Nationals Meeting with Emergency Volunteers

The Nationals WA have expressed concern after the Minister for Emergency Services barred visiting MPs from meeting with local emergency services volunteers in the Pilbara this week.

Spokesperson for Emergency Services, Colin de Grussa MLC, said barring elected Members of Parliament from speaking with local volunteers was a gross overreach by the McGowan Government.

“It’s a disappointing decision by the Minister for Emergency Services and one that will leave many volunteers feeling understandably frustrated,” Mr de Grussa said.

“Prior to visiting the Pilbara this week, I reached out to many emergency services volunteer groups, including the State Emergency Services (SES), Volunteer Marine Rescue Services and Fire and Rescue Services to extend an opportunity for a catch up while I’m in the region.

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Redman welcomes inquiry into short-stay accommodation industry

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman is pleased the McGowan Government has supported his call for an enquiry into issues affecting short stay accommodation providers.

“I have been approached by a number of people in the tourism industry regarding the ‘unequal playing field’ between registered and unregistered short stay accommodation providers, and the use of online booking platforms such as Airbnb,” Mr Redman said.

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Australia Post to carry firearms once again after Nats intervention

Firearm owners and dealers across regional WA will once again be able to safely transport firearms via Australia Post from early 2019.

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