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The Nationals WA Optimistic About New Southern Ports CEO

10 January 2019

Member for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa has cautiously welcomed the appointment of Steve Lewis as the new Chief Executive Officer at Southern Ports, calling it an opportunity for a fresh start.

Mr Lewis has more than 20 years of experience as a CEO, most recently as interim CEO at Mid-West Ports Authority, and will start with Southern Ports from 14 January 2019.

Mr de Grussa said he was hopeful that Mr Lewis’ extensive experience across numerous port authorities would allow him to bring a new perspective and focus to Southern Ports.

“Southern Ports staff, particularly in Esperance and Albany, have faced some significant challenges over the last two years,” Mr de Grussa said.

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Rundle: Stay Safe on the Water This Long Weekend

25 January 2019

Member for Roe Peter Rundle has urged everyone to stay safe over this long weekend, as Australia experiences a surge in drowning deaths.

Figures released by the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia show a 50 per cent increase in drowning nation-wide, with 77 drowning deaths recorded since the beginning of December 2018.

“We’ve experienced a stunning summer, and Western Australian’s have flocked to their local beach, river or dam but everyone needs to remain alert to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe,” Mr Rundle said.

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PEXA sale must prioritise fast track of Geraldton Regional Hospital upgrades

The Nationals WA Member for the Agricultural Region and health spokesperson Hon Martin Aldridge MLC has called on the McGowan Government to fast track and deliver upgrades to the strained Geraldton Regional Hospital sooner than planned.

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Community Resource Centre (CRC) uncertainty continues under Labor

Regional communities across WA may have sighed with relief after the State Government reversed plans to slash funding to Community Resource Centres (CRC) earlier last year, however this may be short lived.

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Redman pleased with Margaret River Perimeter Road progress

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman is pleased the Margaret River Perimeter Road opened in time for the busy summer holiday season.

The community has pushed for a by-pass for nearly 30 years, and when in Government, the Nationals instigated the project through the Royalties for Regions initiative.

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Local MPs Call for New Minister to Support Port Staff

13 December 2018

Member for Roe Peter Rundle has called on the new Minister responsible for ports to fix the mess created by the inaction of her predecessor.

Premier Mark McGowan announced today that Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan would take over responsibility of ports from Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

Mr Rundle said it was evident the Premier thought Minister Saffioti had failed in her responsibilities by refusing to act on the numerous concerns regarding poor workplace culture within Southern Ports.

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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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