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Water main replacement begins in Pingelly

The State Government has started work on a $6.49 million suite of projects to replace 3.6 kilometres of water main between Popanyinning and Brookton.

Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA said the projects would improve the reliability of water supplies for more than 1000 people in the local Shires of Cuballing and Pingelly and in the Shire of Brookton.

“Water Corporation will replace 3.6 kilometres of water main between Popanyinning and Brookton in the coming year,” Mr Waldron said.

“Work recently started in Pingelly where 1.3 kilometres of water main will be replaced.

“Water Corporation has planned its work around minimising disruption to the community, including carrying out a replacement outside the Pingelly Primary School during the school holidays.

“The Pingelly project is expected to be completed by May this year, with the remaining work to be completed by September 2016.”

There will be some disruption to traffic throughout the project but advanced notice will be provided to residents and information will also be available on Water Corporation’s website.

Mr Waldron thanked the community for their understanding during the replacement project.

“Thank you in advance to the community and road users for their patience while this essential work is carried out,” Mr Waldron said.

The water main between Popanyinning and Brookton forms part of the Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme.

This scheme services a number of towns including Collie, Narrogin and Katanning and is supplied by the Harris Dam and other local sources.

For further information, visit Water Corporation’s website http://www.watercorporation.com.au

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

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Grylls to fight for future of Royalties for Regions in State Parliament

Member for the Pilbara, Brendon Grylls MLA, has today reaffirmed his intentions to remain in State Parliament and continue to represent the families, businesses and communities of the Pilbara region.

“The consistent attacks on Royalties for Regions over the past few months have strengthened my resolve to recontest the Seat of Pilbara in the upcoming State election,” Mr Grylls said.

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Overwhelming support for Southern Forests irrigation scheme

  • Increased water availability for new irrigated areas and expand existing ones
  • Provide a boost to investment, a strengthened economy and creation of jobs 
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Support for new Geraldton community complex

  • New Sun City Christian Centre and Sun City Care complex officially opened
  • $4.1 million complex supported by Lotterywest and the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
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Design and colour of stadium seats revealed

  • Seat design and colours reflect 18 months of consultation and testing
  • Seats will be 50cm wide with cup-holders positioned on seat backs 
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Royalties for Regions delivers new weather stations in Mining and Pastoral Region

Eleven new weather stations have been installed across Western Australia, including two new stations in the Mining and Pastoral Region, providing more accurate information ahead of grain season, thanks to Royalties for Regions.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC 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,” he 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 Royalties for Regions.

Mr Grills 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,” he said.

The eDemonstration sites in the Mining and Pastoral Region include:

  • South East Premium Wheat Growers Association, Esperance
  • Far East Agricultural Research Group, Moorine Rock

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 driver.

“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 online at www.agric.wa.gov.au or through the Department of Agriculture and Food’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 contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 9071 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au

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Royalties for Regions delivers new weather stations in Central Wheatbelt

Eleven new weather stations have been installed across the Western Australian Grainbelt, including three new stations in the Central Wheatbelt, providing more accurate information ahead of the grain season, thanks to Royalties for Regions.

Member for Central Wheatbelt, Mia Davies MLA, said the 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,” Ms Davies 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 Royalties for Regions.

Ms Davies 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 Central Wheatbelt include:

  • Corrigin Farm Improvement Group, Corrigin
  • Merredin and District Farm Improvement Group, Merredin
  • Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Inc, Northam

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’s 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 Mia Davies MLA on 9041 1702 (Merredin Office), 9622 2871 (Northam office) or email mia.davies@mp.wa.gov.au

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Upgrades to Quairading Caravan Park outstanding, Davies

Local MP Mia Davies joined the Shire and over 100 locals to celebrate the official opening of the upgraded Quairading Caravan Park.

The Shire has completed stage one of planned refurbishments delivering 18 powered, 2 drive-through and 6 unpowered sites, along with a new ablution block, a campers kitchen, barbeque and fire pit.

“The standard to which the Park has been completed is outstanding and I’m sure it will be on all caravan and camping enthusiasts list once word gets out that it’s open for business,” Ms Davies said.

Ms Davies said the importance of having quality tourist and accommodation facilities in our country towns should not be underestimated.

“The Wheatbelt is actually one of the most visited regions in the State,” she said.

“We have a rich settler and Noongar culture and history, spectacular flora and fauna and community and recreation facilities that are second to none.

“Modern facilities like the Quairading Caravan Park will encourage travellers to stop in town, perhaps stay an extra night, go to the pub for dinner, shop at the local store and other businesses before they move on to the next town.”

Ms Davies said the Shire had leveraged Royalties for Regions funding to deliver the project.

“Tourism is a key feature of the Wheatbelt Economic Blueprint and has the potential to diversify the economy of the region,” she said.

“The multiplier effect can be significant, especially as the dollar being spent is by someone from outside the town or district.”

The Quairading Caravan Park welcomed its first customer on the day of the opening.

For media enquiries please contact Mia Davies MLA on 9041 1702 (Merredin Office), 9622 2871 (Northam office) or email mia.davies@mp.wa.gov.au

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Love hits out at DFES move to control bush fire brigades

Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has hit out at suggestions that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) assume control of the state’s volunteer bush fire brigades.

Mr Love voiced his concerns following comments by WA Fire Commissioner Wayne Gregson and a recent ABC radio interview in which Premier Colin Barnett suggested some Local Governments were not interested in supporting their bush fire brigades and major fires were no longer a place for farmers with their individual fire units.   

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Kununurra airstrip upgrade completed

  • $5.1 million airstrip upgrade improves aircraft operations
  • Made possible by State Government's Royalties for Regions program 
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