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CRCs are the answer: Moore

Local MP Shane Love MLA says the Regional Development Minister’s plan to pit Community Resources Centres against each other to fight for funding will ultimately fail regional communities.

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No reprieve for Moora College in Labor budget

Moore MP Shane Love MLA has expressed his grave disappointment that last week’s budget has completely overlooked the Moora College.

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Wiluna dire fire risk needs solution from Minister

Member for North West Central Vince Catania is calling on the State Government to fund a new firefighting appliance for Wiluna after visiting the northern Goldfields town and meeting its chief volunteer firefighter last week.

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Love issues budget wishlist

Moore MP Shane Love MLA has outlined his wish list of projects to be funded ahead of this week’s State Budget but admits local communities are on tenterhooks preparing for more Labor cuts.

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Holt backs Sea Rescue Volunteer’s call for compulsory rock fishing safety

Member for the South West Region Colin Holt MLC says he supports calls by the Albany Sea Rescue Squad for lifejackets to be made compulsory for anglers fishing from rocks.

Mr Holt said that rock fishing accidents have a devastating effect, not just on the families who lose a loved one, but on the volunteer rescue crews who are traumatised by the retrieval of those lost.  

Mr Holt praised the free life-jacket loan scheme and educational programs run by Recfish West that have raised awareness about the risks of rock fishing and have led to more anglers choosing to fish from the beach during this salmon run.

However, Mr Holt said that in the wake of the numerous preventable deaths and the recent coroner’s recommendation in this matter that the time has come to implement compulsory life jackets in dangerous rock fishing areas. 

 “The fact is that some recreational fishers continue to ignore the warnings and take their chances fishing from dangerous rock locations without adequate safety precautions”.

“Salmon Holes is one of the notoriously dangerous rock fishing locations in the state and has been the scene of multiple fatalities and near misses, yet even today you can be sure that there are anglers there without adequate safety precautions”.

Mr Holt said he hoped to work with the Emergency Services Minister to introduce legislation that declares certain areas as “dangerous for fishing”. This would then lead to regulations to make the wearing of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) compulsory.

“It is time we take a stronger approach to individuals who are making the decision to fish in these areas.  By making it clear that it is dangerous and they have an obligation to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment we can hopefully change the tide on this issue”.

“If we could implement this legislation, not only will it save lives, it will also reduce the burden on our emergency services involved in rescue and recovery operations”.

For media enquiries please contact Office of Colin Holt MLC on (08) 9724 1181

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PHOTO CAPTION: Tina Dawson, Rob Sutton, Chris Johns and Colin Holt with Albany Sea Rescue Vessel

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Labor to slash CRC funding across Moore

Moore MP Shane Love MLA says a decision by the Labor Government to slash Community Resource Centre funding will destroy many regional communities. Mr Love said the reduction of $10 million would have a dramatic impact on the service delivery capacity of the State’s CRC Network.

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Labor neglecting true value of visitor centres

The Labor Government continues to ignore regional Western Australia’s tourism potential by turning its back on rural visitor centres to focus on Perth and Rottnest.

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Construction Training Fund motion passed

The Nationals WA motion to expand the Construction Training Fund (CTF) to help build the State’s skilled workforce was passed last week, with Upper House MPs voting 29 to 4 in favour of the amendment.

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New era in connectivity launched in Nungarin

Local MP Mia Davies has welcomed the launch of a new telecommunications network in the eastern Wheatbelt that will provide faster internet for connected users.

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Don't Trust Labor with Agriculture

WA Colleges of Agriculture were thrust under the spotlight of Parliament today when a petition was presented condemning the Labor government’s plan to dip into a vital trust that helps fund on-farm operations at school sites.

The petition, tabled by agriculture spokesman Colin de Grussa MLC, contained more than 400 signatures calling on the Premier to abandon plans to raid the Agricultural Education Farm Provisions Trust.

Education Minister Sue Ellery announced her plot to swipe 20 per cent of funds from the Trust as part of Labor’s sweeping cuts to regional education but it has been met by backlash from school communities and industry.

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