Increased funds for PATS needed to support regional West Australians

Opposition Leader Mia Davies said it was vital for the McGowan Government to increase funding for the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme, especially as cost-of-living pressures were biting regional West Australians’ back-pockets. “It’s a miserly Government that refuses to support country patients who are forced to travel when the McGowan Government hands down what we know…

Opinion: “Go buy a generator” poor response to regional power woes

Regional power outages have been a hot topic in recent weeks, for good reason. Hundreds of separate outages across the State in recent months have been infuriating for regional residents as they sweltered through the hottest summer on record without access to telecommunications, refrigeration, or air conditioning. Frequent outages have seen hospitality businesses and supermarkets…

Federal funding boost delivers $1.3 billion for regional communication

The Opposition has welcomed Commonwealth funding of $1.3 billion to enhance regional telecommunications in last week’s Federal Budget. Shadow Minister for Regional Communications Martin Aldridge MLC said improving regional connectivity was vital to ensure families, business and communities had access to reliable and high-speed communications. “The 2021 Regional Telecommunications Review emphasised the importance of reliable,…

Vital investment in regional communications across WA welcomed

Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Hon Martin Aldridge MLC, has welcomed funding of over $10 million dollars from the Federal Government, announced under Round 2 of the Mobile Network Hardening Program (MNHP). Mr Aldridge said the funding would provide portable power generators for deployment during emergencies, as well as upgrades to batteries and power systems…

Sign the petition for investigation into Goldfields power outages

Shadow Minister for Regional Health and Regional Communications Martin Aldridge MLC is encouraging Goldfields residents to lend their voice to State Parliament’s first ever online petition – seeking an independent inquiry into the regional electricity network. Mr Aldridge said issues around power reliability in the Goldfields were raised as a significant concern by the City…