MacTiernan leaving WA regions in mobile black spot

The Nationals WA have accused Alannah MacTiernan of misleading Parliament after a botched last-minute attempt to address mobile blackspot funding. Ms MacTiernan told Parliament on Tuesday that she had written to Federal Minister Bridget McKenzie to request more time to submit locations to the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program. However, The Nationals WA spokesperson for…

WA TAB sale must strengthen country racing

The Nationals WA will not support the McGowan Government’s sale of the WA TAB without a demonstrated and preserved benefit for regional race clubs and participants. Racing and gaming spokesperson Colin Holt undertook years of consultation and groundwork on the sale process as a former Minister in the Liberal-National Government and said he was pleased…

Minister shirks responsibility for volunteer retention

The Nationals have accused the Minister for Volunteering of abdicating his responsibilities after he failed to answer a question relating to volunteer retention in Parliament. The Nationals WA spokesperson for volunteering Peter Rundle said recent media reports had highlighted the struggle many regional emergency service organisations face in retaining volunteers. “Research has found that regional…

Nationals secure additional payment for regional taxi operators

The Nationals WA have secured an additional payment for regional taxi operators – worth $500 per vehicle – to assist them with meeting the costs imposed by the State Government’s new taxi reforms. The Transport (Road Passenger Services) Bill 2018 passed through State Parliament’s Legislative Assembly this week. The Bill will bring all on-demand passenger transport operators,…

Call to nominate mobile black spots

The Nationals WA spokesperson for Regional Communications Hon Martin Aldridge MLC is calling on the community to identify and nominate mobile black spots for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program. Round 4 of the program was announced in June this year with the Federal Government investing $25 million to eliminate…

Be a berry good citizen; Nats urge shoppers to go out and buy WA strawberries

The Nationals WA have thrown the party’s support behind West Australian strawberry farmers in their time of need, urging consumers to ‘cut strawberries up, not out’. Spokesperson for agriculture Colin de Grussa said WA’s strawberry industry had been thrown into disarray following reports of contaminated produce in recent days. “Local growers have been forced to…