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Labor lacks credibility on FIFO

Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Jacqui Boydell MLC has slammed the State Government for its weak comments on reducing Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) work practices in regional WA. 

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The Nationals WA unveil new leadership

The Nationals WA have today unveiled their new parliamentary leadership team.

The Nationals elected Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA to lead the Party, with Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Hon Jacqui Boydell MLC elected as Deputy Leader at a party room meeting earlier today. 

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Farewell to Winifred Piesse

Deputy Leader of The Nationals WA Mia Davies has paid tribute to the late Winifred Piesse, noting her legacy as the first woman to represent the Country Party in State Parliament. 

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Statement from Leader of The Nationals WA Brendon Grylls - Vote Nationals to save Royalties for Regions

 

Liberal Party election costings, released less than three days from polling day, have revealed what many suspected – the Liberals’ election promises are based on a massive 40 per cent cut to Royalties for Regions.

Last night, the Liberal Party confirmed at ten minutes to midnight what the Labor Party have been saying for weeks – that they are committed to change Royalties for Regions

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Liberal plans reveal massive cut to Royalties for Regions

The Liberal Party’s election costings, released less than three days from polling day, have finally revealed what many suspected – that the Liberals’ election promises are based on a massive 40 per cent cut to Royalties for Regions.

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC slammed the proposed cuts noting the clear choice between Liberal and Labor Party who will cut Royalties for Regions to the bone – or The Nationals’ plan to modernise the special lease rental paid by BHP and Rio Tinto.

"The Liberals waited until ten minutes to midnight to be honest with regional WA about their plans to cut Royalties for Regions to the bone," Mr Grills said.

"Both major parties would rather rip funding out of regional communities than stand up to the big miners and make them pay their fair share."

Mr Grills said while Labor and Liberal would keep the Royalties for Regions name, both parties would divert a substantial chunk of funding to infrastructure and services that should funded as part of general government expenditure.

"The net result is a massive cut to regional funding by both major parties – by nearly a billion dollars over the next two years under the Liberals’ plan," Mr Grills said.

"The Liberal Party have tried to deceive regional WA by attempting to hide these cuts by shuffling money around.

"Obviously they think people in places like the Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, Mid West, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions won’t notice when they rip hundreds of millions of dollars a year out of our towns."

Mr Grills said the only way to save Royalties for Regions was to update the legacy state agreements to make sure Rio Tinto and BHP were paying rates that were appropriate for 2017.

"The Nationals fair plan for WA’s future will enable us to continue to deliver the level of services, infrastructure and investment regional West Australians deserve," Mr Grills said.

"If the major parties get their way, Royalties for Regions will be a mere shell of its current form and will put regional projects and regional people back on the shelf."

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 90711 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au

 

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Nationals WA plan to make WA world class mountain biking destination - Rundle

The Nationals WA are committed to establishing world class mountain bike trails, hubs and events in regional Western Australia if re-elected on March 11.

Under the plan, a $24 million Regional Mountain Bike Trails and Events Fund would be funded through Royalties for Regions to support planning and delivery of new and improved trails across regional areas.

Candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said the fund would boost the State’s existing trail network and assist mountain biking organisations grow participation in the sport by making it more accessible and appealing to the tourism market.

“More than 120,000 mountain bikes are sold each year in WA, with almost 20 per cent of the population owning one,” he said.

“We are committed to developing the mountain bike sector in both the competitive and recreational setting to maximise the economic, tourism, health and social benefits it offers.”

Mr Rundle said the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy 2015-20 recognised the advantages the sport can deliver but demand for mountain biking experiences in WA was currently outstripping supply.

More than 50 competitive mountain biking events take place in WA each year and there are more than 30 recognised trails.

However, with the majority located in the south-west corner of the State, The Nationals are keen to see an expansion of eco-sensitive trails in the north and events to drive participation and trail use.

“The South West and Peel regions are well positioned to capture the benefits our policy can bring to mountain biking and we want to see that expanded to the Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Mid West, Pilbara and Kimberley,” Mr Rundle said.

“Bolstering our regions’ appeal as mountain biking destinations for local, domestic and international tourists requires a strong commitment.”

“Through this $24 million plan we will be able to grow the foundations of participation, competition and variety by creating mountain biking hubs and tourism opportunities.”

For more information on this policy visit www.nationalswa.com/policies

For media enquiries contact Peter Rundle on 0418 959 810 or email Peter.Rundle@nationalswa.com

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Nationals the only Party with a plan for agriculture

The Nationals WA remain the only Party to put forward a credible agriculture policy to facilitate the growth and success of the sector during the 2017 State election campaign.

With only a few short days until the State election Candidate for Roe Peter Rundle questioned why both the major parties had failed to outline any strategy for agriculture beyond March 11.

“Unlike the major parties, who are focused on big ticket promises in Perth, The Nationals have remained focused on regional WA including our agriculture industry,” Mr Rundle said.

“While Labor and the Liberals have been busy taking credit for Royalties for Regions funded initiatives, The Nationals’ have outlined a clear path forward for WA farmers to ensure they remain competitive and profitable into the future.

“It’s time for the major parties to put their money where their mouth is, and outline their own plan for agriculture in WA.”

Mr Rundle said The Nationals recently unveiled their $277 million commitment to build on the hugely successful $350 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative, made possible by the Party’s flagship Royalties for Regions program.

“The Nationals’ new policy shows our ongoing commitment to this important industry by investing into research and development, marketing, infrastructure and education to grow this vital industry,” Mr Rundle said.

“We understand the sector’s role as an important contributor to the State’s economy and this is why The Nationals WA have allocated a record investment of over $600 million to agriculture projects since 2008.”

Mr Rundle said WA primary producers knew better than to believe Labor’s baseless statements and the Liberal’s handful of unfunded promises.

“Labor has no credibility when it comes to agriculture - they vehemently opposed GM technology and changed their position shortly after the election campaign started and don’t support the Live Export Trade,” Mr Rundle said.

“On the other hand the Liberals are hell bent on selling off the Fremantle Port – a monopoly asset that is vitally important for the industry and they have shown no regard for the negative flow on implications for agriculture.

“I urge everyone to Vote 1 for The Nationals WA on March 11 so we can continue to deliver vital investment into our agriculture sector.”

For more information about The Nationals’ plan for agriculture visit: www.nationalswa.com/agriculture

For media enquiries contact Peter Rundle on 0418 959 810 or email Peter.Rundle@nationalswa.com

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Liberal plans reveal final betrayal of Royalties for Regions

A statement from Leader of The Nationals WA, Brendon Grylls

Liberal Party election costings, released less than three days from polling day, have revealed what many suspected – the Liberals’ election promises are based on a massive 40 per cent cut to Royalties for Regions.

Last night, the Liberal Party confirmed at ten minutes to midnight what the Labor Party have been saying for weeks – that they are committed to change Royalties for Regions.

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WA Labor will kill Royalties for Regions as we know it - Rundle

WA Labor will kill Royalties for Regions by redirecting funding into programs that should be funded under normal Government expenditure.

Candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said WA Labor were already proposing to make changes to the hugely successful Royalties for Regions program which would undermine the fundamental purpose of the program.

“WA Labor will kill Royalties for Regions to fund road infrastructure that should be funded by general Government expenditure, rather than continuing vital investment into regional development projects across WA,” Mr Rundle said.

“It’s clear Labor will mainstream Royalties for Regions to fund road infrastructure and use the money to pay for unfunded big ticket promises in Perth such as Metronet.

“The big question for regional West Australians is - what Royalties for Regions projects will Labor cut to redirect this funding to roads?”

Mr Rundle said Labor had no credibility in regional WA and questioned how the Party could claim it would protect Royalties for Regions when it was already planning to change it.

“Under the Carpenter Government, Labor only allocated a total investment of $80 million into regional development over four years between 2004 and 2008 for the entire State,” Mr Rundle said.

“After years of neglect and underinvestment by Labor, they still fought against Royalties for Regions in 2008, and they can’t be trusted to retain it in its current form into the future.”

Mr Rundle said unlike the major parties, The Nationals team was solely focussed on the issues that matter to regional WA because they didn’t have to contend with city-based politicians with Perthcentric priorities.

“Our flagship Royalties for Regions program is a once-in-a-century policy which has enabled us to transform regional communities into great places to live, work and invest,” Mr Rundle said.

“Perth-focused Labor believes regional WA has already had its fair share, but The Nationals WA understand there is more work to be done.

“The Nationals created Royalties for Regions, we delivered it, and only we will fight to protect it.”

Royalties for Regions has invested almost $7 billion into more than 3,700 projects across regional WA since 2008.

For more information visit www.nationalswa.com/royalties_for_regions.

For media enquiries contact Peter Rundle on 0418 959 810 or email Peter.Rundle@nationalswa.com.

 

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Nationals WA plan to make WA world class mountain biking destination, Davies

The Nationals WA are committed to establishing world class mountain bike trails, hubs and events in regional WA if re-elected on March 11.

Under the plan, a $24 million Mountain Bike Trails and Events Fund (MBTEF) would be established and allocated through Royalties for Regions to support planning and delivery of new and improved trails across regional areas.

Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA said the MBTEF would bolster the State’s existing trail network and assist mountain biking organisations grow participation by making it more accessible and appealing to the tourism market.

“More than 120,000 mountain bikes are sold each year in WA, with almost 20 per cent of the population owning one,” Ms Davies said.

“We are committed to developing the mountain bike sector in both the competitive and recreational setting to maximise the economic, tourism, health and social benefits it offers.”

More than 50 competitive mountain biking events take place in WA annually and there are more than 30 recognised trails, the majority located in the south-west corner of the State.

The Nationals are keen to assist an expansion of eco-sensitive trails outside the Peel and South West regions and establish more events to drive participation and trail use.

Ms Davies said the Western Australian Mountain Bike Strategy 2015-20 recognised advantages the sector could deliver but demand for mountain biking experiences in WA was outstripping supply.

“Our policy can capture the benefits brought by mountain biking and expand them to the Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Mid West, Pilbara and Kimberley,” she said.

“It will build on ideas like developing a Northam Mountain Bike Trail Network to create a biking hub that takes advantage of recreational tourism opportunities in the Avon Valley.

“Bolstering our appeal as a mountain biking destination requires a strong commitment. Our $24 million plan will grow participation, competition and events by creating mountain biking hubs and tourism opportunities.”

For more information on this policy visit www.nationalswa.com/policies.

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

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