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WA Labor Sells Out State's Sheep and Cattle Farmers

19 March 2018

Nationals WA Spokesperson for Agriculture Colin de Grussa MLC has supported industry concerns about the recent announcement that the Labor Government would consider privatising the Muchea Livestock Centre in order to fund the new Boyanup saleyard.

“Prior to the 2017 State Election, the Labor Government crowed about being anti-privatisation, yet 12 months later they’re considering privatising an important piece of agricultural infrastructure,” Mr de Grussa said.

“The Minister for Agriculture has also failed to properly consult with the industry, demonstrating a complete lack of understanding of the importance of the Muchea Saleyards to the farming community.

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Nationals to Introduce Jetty Protection Amendments to Heritage Bill

Nationals WA Members of Parliament Peter Rundle and Vincent Catania will introduce amendments to the Heritage Bill 2017 to preserve the state’s three remaining timber jetties.

Mr Rundle and Mr Catania have attempted to introduce specific legislation to protect the Esperance, Carnarvon and Busselton jetties, but this came to a halt after they received advice from the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office that the office was too busy giving priority to drafting Government legislation to allocate resources to this bill.

Mr Rundle said that while it was disappointing that the Government failed to provide the resources to draft the jetties protection bill, the jetties could still be protected by including an amendment to the Heritage Bill.

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Bill Removing Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse Claims Passes Parliament

Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA has welcomed the passage of a bill that will remove a time limit on victims of sexual abuse bringing legal claims against the State or other organisations through Parliament.

The bill which passed both houses on Tuesday, will allow thousands of claimants to access fair reparations for acts of child sexual abuse that may have been perpetrated decades ago.

Mr Rundle said the passage of the bill meant victims could begin to make claims as soon as the State Government gives effect to the law.

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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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