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Royalties for Regions delivers new weather stations for Wagin electorate

Eleven new weather stations have been installed across the State, including three new stations in the Wagin electorate providing more accurate information ahead of grain season, thanks to Royalties for Regions (RfR).

Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA said the 11 new stations would complement the State’s existing 145 weather station network.

“These new weather stations will provide real-time information including rainfall, temperature, humidity, evaporation rates, and wind speed and direction,” Mr Waldron said.

“Local stations provide grain growers with valuable, localised information, helping them to understand the weather in their region and help their crops reach their maximum potential.”

Soil moisture probes will also be installed in coming months to complement the weather stations, as part of the $10 million eConnected Grainbelt Project funded by RfR.

Mr Waldron said the installations would be located on eDemonstation sites hosted by local grower groups, which would provide feedback to the project on how weather data could be better applied to help growers to deliver more productive and profitable crops.

“These eDemonstration sites provide a unique opportunity for growers, consultants and industry to get together and learn about, compare and contrast all of the decision support tools, systems and technologies available for on-farm decision making.”

The eDemonstation sites in Wagin include:

  • Facey Group, Wickepin
  • Sourthern DIRT, Kojonup and West Arthur Trials Group, Darkan
  • Stirlings to Coast Farmers, Mount Barker and Gillamii Centre, Cranbrook

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the eConnected Grainbelt project would enable the agricultural sector to meet growing demand and strengthen regional communities where agriculture was a major economic activity.

“The project is connecting growers to the information they need to make appropriate decisions that are tailored for their paddocks, their business, and the variable conditions they face each season,” Mr Redman said.

The weather data is available on the Department of Agriculture and Food WA’s website online at www.agric.wa.gov.au or through the department’s Weather app.

The $10 million eConnected Grainbelt project is part of the $300 million Royalties for Regions funded Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture Initiative.

For media enquiries please contact Terry Waldron on 9881 1225 or email terry.waldron@mp.wa.gov.au

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ROYALTIES FOR REGIONS PROVIDES FUNDING BOOST FOR REGIONAL VISITOR CENTRES

Visitor Centres within the Goldfields region are invited to apply for State Government funding towards initiatives that will help them stay viable and adaptable in the changing tourism landscape.

The Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, worth $4.2 million over three years, recognises the vital role that visitor centres play in boosting regional tourism and employment. The current round of funding under the program is more than $1 million and is made possible by Royalties for Regions.

Member for Kalgoorlie, Wendy Duncan MLA, said that Visitor Centres in the Goldfields shared in just over $91,000 in funding under the first round, with The Great Beyond Visitors Centre in Laverton receiving $75,000 and the Kalgoorlie Goldfields Visitors Centre receiving $18,808.

“As more travellers go online for information and bookings, visitor centres are looking to adapt their traditional business models to stay relevant and viable,” Ms Duncan said.

“The Grant Program supports our regional Visitor Centres to become more sustainable for the long-term in line with the growing trends of how local tourism information is accessed.”

Ms Duncan said that the tourism is a significant economic contributor for our regional areas and supporting this ongoing business through programs such as the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Program is essential to regional growth and development.

Accredited visitor centres or local government authorities can apply for grants between $5,000 and $100,000. A business plan must be included to support applications for amounts that are more than $40,000.

Grants between $5,000 and up to $40,000 are available to non-accredited visitor centres, where it is demonstrated the visitor centre is working towards achieving ATAP accreditation as part of their application.

To apply for the 2016-17 round of grants, please read the program guidelines and complete the application form and budget template, which must be returned to Tourism WA by 5pm on Friday, June 17, 2016.

For media enquiries contact Wendy Duncan MLA on 0438 782 034

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Brown wins preselection

At last weekends State Council meeting the assembled delegates of The Nationals WA unanimously endorsed Paul Brown MP to contest the seat of Geraldton at the 2017 state election.

Mr Brown said, "I am extremely humbled by my party’s overwhelming endorsement this weekend, and I am now looking forward to gaining the support of the Geraldton community to ensure that we have a strong voice in the WA Parliament."

Mr Brown has chosen to shift from what many consider to be a safe spot in the Upper House, to represent the people of Geraldton in the Lower House in a move that many would consider to be a risky move.

"It has been suggested to myself and others that I am risking my political future by running for the seat of Geraldton.  I think that the greater risk is that Geraldton is not represented by a member of the Nationals WA, who will sit at a decision making table that is focused solely on increasing investment and diversification in regional WA."

"The major city-based political parties are dominated by metro focused policies that ensure the growth of the metro area rather than recognising the overwhelming contribution that our community makes to the states economy, “ Mr Brown said.

"I am not just asking that the people of Geraldton consider the benefit to our community by voting for a Nationals WA member to represent them, but I am also asking the people of Geraldton to ensure that the Royalties for Regions program is protected so that all of regional WA can continue to grow and build the diversified economy that our state needs."

For media enquiries contact Paul Brown MP – paul.brown@mp.wa.gov.au

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Second round of Royalties for Regions Visitor Centre grants now open

Regional visitor centres are invited to apply for funding towards initiatives that will help them stay viable and adaptable in the changing tourism environment.

Centres can apply to share in more than $1 million in the latest round of the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program made possible by Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions. This initiative, worth $4.2 million over four years, was a key commitment by The Nationals WA.

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman encouraged regional visitor centres to take advantage of the funding which will help support regional tourism, employment and skills development.

“The first funding round in 2015-16 supported 39 visitor centres across regional WA, delivering more than $1 million for a range of projects including website development, improved signage, accreditation and a mobile visitor centre,” Mr Redman said.

“Who better to help visitors to regional WA than the people who already love living and working in regional tourism? Mr Redman said.

"Visitor centres have a wealth of local knowledge that enhance the tourism experience and help visitors discover the many attractions on offer in the regions," Mr Redman said.

"Improving visitor experiences is key to creating opportunities and jobs for local communities, and contributing to stronger regional economies. This is why support for tourism is an important Royalties for Regions investment."

Accredited Visitor Centres and local government authorities are eligible for grants between $10,000 and $100,000, while non-accredited centres working towards accreditation will receive grants up to $40,000.

Applications close 5pm, Friday June 17, 2016. For more information, visit www.tourism.wa.gov.au

For media enquiries please contact Terry Redman on 9848 3171 or Terry.Redman@mp.wa.gov.au

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Locals invited to discover estuaries initiative in Albany

Interested people in and around Albany are encouraged to attend a community meeting on 4 May to learn more about upcoming projects to improve the health and understanding of Oyster Harbour.

Under the $20 million Regional Estuaries Initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions, $2 million will fund on-ground actions and science in the catchments feeding Oyster Harbour.

Member for South West Region Hon Colin Holt MLC said this historic initiative would invest in the science and targeted actions needed to support the long-term health of Oyster Harbour.

”The Regional Estuaries Initiative is about building the information we need to better manage our valued estuaries," Mr Holt said.

“The Initiative will build on local knowledge and monitoring to deliver a targeted on-ground actions, supported by strong partnerships between State and local government, catchment groups and the community.

“Oyster Harbour and the land surrounding it support a diverse range of industries, including agriculture and tourism.

The Initiative will fund new science and modelling, regional capacity, and a range of on-ground works, spanning soil and water testing, fencing and revegetation and drainage siteworks.

At the event, scientists from the Department of Water will outline local actions planned as part of the Regional Estuaries Initiative in Oyster Harbour and its associated waterways.

Community members are invited to attend the event to discover more about upcoming partnerships, local waterways restoration, planned monitoring and opportunities to get involved.

The Regional Estuaries Initiative – Oyster Harbour meeting will be held at 7pm, Wednesday 4 May 2016 at the South Coast Natural Resource Management, Mercer Road Albany.

For any questions and to RSVP, please contact the Department of Water South Coast team on (08) 9841 0100 or Southcoast@water.wa.gov.au

For more information on the Regional Estuaries Initiative visit www.water.wa.gov.au/regionalestuaries

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

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Second round of Royalties for Regions Visitor Centre grants now open

Nationals Member for the South West Region, Colin Holt, is encouraging regional visitor centres to apply for funding towards initiatives which will help support regional tourism and employment, thanks to Royalties for Regions and Tourism WA.

Centres can apply to share in more than $1 million in the latest round of the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, announced by Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman MLA and Premier Colin Barnett.

“The first funding round in 2015-16 supported 39 visitor centres across regional WA, delivering more than $1 million for a range of projects including website development and improved signage and accreditation,” Mr Holt said.

The initiative, worth $4.2 million over four years, was a key election commitment by The Nationals WA.

“Visitor centres play a vital role in helping our local, national and international visitors access the best sights, experiences, and accommodation – ensuring they have an unforgettable holiday experience.”

Mr Holt said the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants was a great initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions.

“Who better to help visitors to regional WA than the people who already love living and working in regional tourism?” he said.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would help strengthen regional tourism, employment and skills development.

"Visitor centres have a wealth of local knowledge that enhance the tourism experience and help visitors discover the best of what the regions have to offer," Mr Redman said.

"Improving visitor experiences is key to creating opportunities and jobs for local communities, and contributing to stronger regional economies in this way is an important Royalties for Regions investment."

Accredited Visitor Centres and local government authorities are eligible for grants between $10,000 and $100,000, while non-accredited centres working towards accreditation will receive grants up to $40,000.

Applications close 5pm, Friday June 17, 2016. For more information, visit www.tourism.wa.gov.au

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

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Federal candidates to fight for regional WA

The Nationals WA have today announced a strong and passionate team of regional champions who will take up the fight for regional WA at the Federal election.


Leader of The Nationals WA, Terry Redman, said with a double-dissolution election looming, regional Western Australia had an opportunity to send a strong message to Canberra by election a Nationals WA Senator to Federal Parliament.

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The Nationals WA announce Agricultural Region team

The Nationals WA have today announced their team of regional champions in the Agricultural Region ahead of the 2017 State Election.


Leader of The Nationals WA, Terry Redman, said a strong, independent, and passionate team had assembled to represent the best interests of regional families, businesses and communities in the Agricultural Region.

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Legislative Assembly team to safeguard Royalties for Regions

The Nationals WA have today announced candidates for the Legislative Assembly seats of Bunbury, Central Wheatbelt, Geraldton, Kimberley and Moore ahead of the 2017 State Election.

Leader of The Nationals WA Terry Redman MLA said a strong, independent, and passionate team had assembled to represent the best interests of regional families, businesses and communities.

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The Nationals WA announce South West Region team

The Nationals WA have today announced their team of regional champions in the South West Region ahead of the 2017 State Election.

Leader of The Nationals WA, Terry Redman, said a strong, independent, and passionate team had assembled to represent the best interests of regional families, businesses and communities in the South West Region.

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