Doppler radar build begins at Newdegate

Construction has begun locally in Newdegate, on the first of three Doppler radars to boost weather intelligence for farm businesses and regional communities across the Wagin electorate. A $23 million Royalties for Regions investment will fund the construction of the three radars, which will be located throughout regional WA. Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA…

Geraldton Cultural Trust flies new WA Flag

The Geraldton Cultural Trust raised a new WA flag today, presented by Nationals WA Member of Parliament and candidate for the seat of Geraldton Paul Brown MP. The flag was raised on the original flagpole of the ‘Residency’ that was built in 1862. “The Residency has a rich history, being the first ‘official government’ building…

Protections for volunteer firefighters introduced

Volunteer and retired career firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer will soon have greater access to compensation, following the introduction of a compensation bill last week. Member for the Agricultural Region, Martin Aldridge MLC welcomed last Wednesday’s introduction of the Firefighters and Emergency Volunteers Legislation Amendment (Compensation) Bill 2016 into the lower house, which reverses…

Backpacker Tax delay a band-aid solution

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. “The Backpacker…

Road Trauma Trust Account funding welcomed

Nationals MPs have welcomed an increase in expenditure through the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) in this year’s State Budget. Member for the Agricultural Region Martin Aldridge MLC and Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA said the record $146million spend was a result of a concerted campaign for the Road Safety Minister to increasingly…

STATE BUDGET 2016-17

The 2016-17 State Budget was been handed down by the Treasurer in State Parliament yesterday. Ms Davies said the Treasurer’s speech outlined the exceptional circumstances the State has faced over the past eight years, pointing to the downturn in commodity prices, a perverse GST system that has delivered the lowest ever return in our tax…