Regional fisheries services under threat

The Nationals WA have launched a petition calling on the Fisheries Minister to reconsider his closure of department shopfronts at five fishing hotspots along WA’s regional coast line. Member for North West Central Vince Catania said the petition would be available in the five towns or online for anyone to sign. “Our petition lets the…

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Nationals call for review of APC legislation

The Nationals WA are calling on the Minister for Agriculture to refer the Agricultural Produce Commission Amendment Bill 2019 to the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Legislation. Agriculture spokesperson Colin de Grussa said the Minister’s introduction of the Bill earlier this month was premature and further consultation with industry was required. “The Bill introduces a…

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Geraldton MP to lead Regional Cities portfolio

Nationals Geraldton MP Ian Blayney will take on a newly created Regional Cities portfolio, providing a strong focus on the economic and social development of regional centres across the State. Announcing the portfolio changes, Leader Mia Davies said the State’s regional cities were home to 250,000 people – half the population of regional WA –…

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Love welcomes review of Residential College fees

Moore MP Shane Love MLA has welcomed the government’s reduction of fees for non-government students attending Residential Colleges. Education Minister Sue Ellery announced last week that following the review and consultation with the Isolated Children’s Parents Association (ICPA), the same fees would apply for students attending residential colleges from non-government schools as public schools from…

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Martin welcomes expanded vaccinations by pharmacists

West Australians will be able to get vaccinated against illnesses such as whooping cough, measles and meningococcal disease at their local pharmacy from 1 August 2019 following changes made by the State Government. Nationals spokesperson for health Martin Aldridge welcomed the move and recognised the important healthcare contribution community pharmacies make to regional communities. “The…

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