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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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The Nationals WA announce Mining and Pastoral Region team

The Nationals WA have today announced their team of regional champions in the Mining and Pastoral 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.

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Artistic talent unearthed in Pemberton

In opening the ‘Unearth Discover Embrace’ exhibition in Pemberton on Friday 29th April, Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman said he was very impressed with the quality of art displayed.

“Exhibitions such as this one, unearth talent from the local area as well as further afield,” Mr Redman said.

 “It is encouraging to see emerging artists alongside recognised artists and to appreciate the diversity and quality on display,” Mr Redman said.  “I am in awe of the skill of artists in capturing everyday occurrences and turning them into special moments.”

Mr Redman encouraged people to discover the hidden gems in both the exhibition as well as in the natural beauty and outstanding produce of the Pemberton region. The work of the Pemberton Arts Group helps to promote the town and region and adds another layer to the many attractions in the area.

In acknowledging the efforts of the organising committee, Mr Redman said, “I always admire people who embrace challenges such as hosting this exhibition, and despite the hard work they make the event look effortless.”  He extended his congratulations to Anna Czerkasow and the Pemberton Arts Group on a successful exhibition.

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

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Lotterywest supports Wadandi Track Extension

‘Walking is man’s best medicine’ - Hippocrates

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman presented a $70,000 Lotterywest cheque to the Augusta-Margaret River Shire on Friday 29th April to support a 4.3km extension to the existing Wadandi Track south from the town of Witchcliffe .

The name of the track recognises the traditional custodians of the region, and the alignment is formed along the former railway line, leading to enhanced understanding of the history and development of the Capes region. The track extension forms part of the planned 108km rail trail from Busselton to Augusta.

“The Wadandi Track will encourage people of all ages to explore and connect with the natural beauty of the south west region,” Mr Redman said.

Being located on a former railway line, the track extension is relatively straight and flat, making it suitable for a wide range of walkers and cyclists.  The track is an ideal and safe place for children to ride between Witchcliffe and Cowaramup.

“Tourism is a huge industry in this region and there is potential for growth with good roads through to Margaret River and Busselton, and the $46m expansion to the Margaret River-Busselton Regional Airport making the area easily accessible to increasing numbers of visitors.”

Mr Redman congratulated the Shire for implementing projects identified in their Community Strategic Plan, and acknowledged the positive impact to hundreds of communities as money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games is shared with not-for-profit groups.

For media enquiries please conatact Terry Redman on 98483171 or Terry Redman@mp.wa.gov.au

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Expanded Margaret River Community Centre for Children Opens

“Having a two year old is like having a blender that you don’t have the top for” – Jerry Seinfeld

Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman used this quote as he acknowledged the dedication and patience of childcare workers who play such an important role in the development of our next generation.

The Margaret River Community Centre for Children has come a long way since it first opened in 2004. There has been an extensive waiting list demonstrating the success of this facility and a need for more childcare placements in Margaret River.

“The State Government recognises the need for childcare, and in growing regional areas, investment of Royalties for Regions funds into projects that support the care of children helps build the economic and social development of the area,” Mr Redman said.

“The availability of childcare is an essential component in enabling families to take advantage of work and study options in the region. Access to childcare and quality early education are absolutely key when we talk about creating sustainable and resilient communities,” Mr Redman said.

Mr Redman praised the centre for their vision, planning and hard work in managing funding, building contracts and obtaining an expanded childcare licence.

Lotterywest, the South West Development Commission and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River have been supportive in seeing this project to fruition. The success of this project can also be measured by the number of other agencies, local businesses and community groups who have contributed to the final project.

Mr Redman extended his congratulations to everyone involved as he officially opened the expanded Centre for Children.

For media enquiries please contact Terry Redman on 98483171 or Terry.Redman@mp.wa.gov.au

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Northern Australia Infrastructure Bill must include the Gascoyne

Vince Catania MLA has written to all WA Senators and his Federal Nationals Colleagues to ask them to support an amendment to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016.


“It is very disappointing that the bill was rushed through the House of Representatives last week without opposition from any Western Australian members of Parliament.” said Vince “However the senate has an opportunity to remedy this.”

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Funding boost for regional visitor centres

  • Second round of Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program open
  • $4.2 million investment over three years including $1.05 million in 2016-17

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

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.

Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the program, worth $4.2 million over three years, recognised the vital role of visitor centres in boosting regional tourism and employment.

“Tourism is a $4 billion industry for regional Western Australia. Research shows that people spend more time and money in an area when they use a visitor centre,” Mr Barnett said.

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

The first funding round, in 2015-16, supported 39 visitor centres from places as diverse as Carnarvon, Chittering, Esperance, Roebourne and Nannup. Projects included website development, improved signage, accreditation and a mobile visitor centre in Geraldton.

“A range of innovative projects have already enhanced the services on offer at visitor centres throughout the State,” the Premier said. “I now urge regional visitor centres to apply for the second round of funding to kick-start or progress their initiatives.”

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.”

 

Fact File

  • Accredited visitor centres or local government authorities can apply for grants between $40k and $100k, non-accredited centres for grants between $5k and $40k
  • Applications close 5pm, Friday June 17, 2016. For more information, visit Tourism WA

Media contact: Premier Barnett’s office: Keryn McKinnon - 08 6552 5200 or 0429 361 781

Minister Redman’s office: Jayne Rickard – 08 6552 6700 or 0408 145 366

 

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BACKGROUND NOTES

  • Round 2 total funding is $1.3 million, of which $1.05 million is available for the visitor centres
  • Economic and behaviour impacts (para 3&4) – Source: TCWA and Tourism WA Value of Visitor Centres report
  • All 39 recipients of Round 1 funding are listed online. These visitor centres can apply again for funding in Round 2
  • Based on Round 1 feedback, Round 2 has a lower minimum amount ($5,000) and easier application process
  • ‘Accreditation’ refers to TCWA visitor centre accreditation
  • Tourism WA webpage will be updated with Round 2 details prior to media statement launch
  • Other examples of eligible projects:
    • Co-location and/or re-location (this may involve building a café or attraction) to reduce costs and/or increase revenue.
    • Developing a pop-up visitor centre to reduce overall costs.
    • Accreditation support.
    • Setting up incorporated bodies.
    • Cabling and telephone lines.
    • Disability access improvements.
    • Internal and/or external signage.
    • Image and appearance (internal or external).
    • Brochure racks.
    • Technology solutions (including apps or kiosks).
    • Telephones.
    • Point-of-sale equipment.
    • Upgrading and/or installing security measures.
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Community Chest funding for Mid-West region

  • Mid West Community Chest Fund recipients announced
  • Community projects funded by $10 million Community Chest Fund
  • Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program 
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