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.Read more
WA Labor will kill Royalties for Regions by redirecting funding into programs that should be funded under normal Government expenditure.
Leader of The Nationals Brendon Grylls said WA Labor were already proposing to make changes to the hugely successful Royalties for Regions program that would undermine the fundamental purpose of why the program was established.
“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 regional WA,” Mr Grylls said.Read more
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The Nationals WA will invest $61 million to improve road safety across regional WA if returned to Government at the State election.
Deputy Leader and Member for the Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA was in Northam yesterday with Leader Brendon Grylls to announce the Regional Road Safety Strategy.
Two strategy funds - Wheatbelt Road Safety Campaign ($5 million) and Wheatbelt Road Safety Force ($12 million) - are dedicated to changing driver behaviour and boosting the region’s traffic police force.
Ms Davies said road safety was a high priority for The Nationals and a targeted, coordinated effort by all stakeholders was required to reduce road fatalities across regional WA.
“Statistics tell us regional WA, particularly the Wheatbelt, has a shocking road toll when compared to metropolitan areas,” Ms Davies said.
“A collaborative and concerted effort from Government, industry and all road users is needed to reduce fatalities and serious injury on our roads.”
Ms Davies said State Government initiatives such as the Towards Zero campaign and Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) had improved fatality rates, but it was clear some areas of WA required greater focus.
“We want our strategy to make WA roads safer starting in the Wheatbelt where the death toll is highest and expanding successful elements of the program across regional WA,” Ms Davies said.
The Nationals WA $61 million Road Safety Strategy will deliver:
$5 million to Wheatbelt Road Safety Campaign
$4 million to Road Safety Community Action Fund
$40 million to Safer Roads Fund
$12 million to Wheatbelt Road Safety Force
Review into the Road Trauma Trust Account
“This Strategy reaffirms our commitment to regional road safety and we continue to work with the community to reach the ultimate goal of zero road fatalities,” Ms Davies said.
Nationals WA Agricultural Region candidate Leigh Ballard, Deputy Leader Mia Davies, Leader Brendon Grylls and Agricultural Region MP Hon Martin Aldridge MLC unveil their $61 million Regional Road Safety Strategy.
The Nationals WA team launched their $61 million Regional Road Safety Strategy with road safety advocates in Northam.
It is time to challenge the historical arrangements for revenue received by the people of WA for the right to mine and export our natural resources.
I supported the Premier when he questioned the miners pouring iron ore supply into a depressed market in 2014 and reminded the companies to “remember who your landlord is” or risk a royalty increase.Read more
Brendon Grylls MLA has today been appointed as Leader of The Nationals WA and will pursue a policy platform in the lead up to the 2017 State election with the aim of reducing State budget deficit and creating new jobs.
Mr Grylls announced the policy platform today saying The Nationals will seek to introduce a new revenue stream for the State by raising the 25 cent production rental in the State Agreements with Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) and BHPB Iron Ore (BHP) to five dollars.Read more
The Nationals WA have hit out at the Federal Government’s proposal to delay the controversial Backpacker Tax, calling it a “band-aid solution.”
Senate candidate Kado Muir said the delay in implementing the Backpacker Tax from July 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017, would only cause more uncertainty for regional industries and seasonal workers.Read more
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.Read more
For anyone stuck in Perth traffic on the way to work today, or crammed in a Transperth train, or if you find yourself fighting for space on the oval at Auskick on Saturday or trying to find a carpark at the shopping centre, the current debate around Royalties for Regions (RfR) should hold more than a passing interest for you.
Congestion is often rated as one of the biggest political issues in the state, particularly in metropolitan Perth, and both Labor and Liberal parties have multi-billion dollar plans to invest in road and rail infrastructure to try to reduce it. Unfortunately, according to all the experts, we can’t build our way out of congestion.Read more