Labor fails to play the long game to protect and support events industry

Shadow Minister for Tourism and Commerce Vince Catania has described Labor’s disregard for the events industry as ‘short-sighted’, stating tourism and hospitality industries and related small businesses deserved as much support as a national sporting event. “It’s cognisant of a Government that does not understand the intricacies of the industry, and the crucial link events…

Labor’s lack of attention towards tourism industry shows disregard for business operators and regional WA

Shadow Minister for Tourism Vince Catania has described Labor responses to Budget Estimates questions relating to tourism as ‘disappointing and bordering on irresponsible while failing to address key areas in urgent need of assistance.’ Mr Catania said despite our State’s record $5.6 billion budget surplus during a pandemic, the Labor Government had failed to help…

Labor must stop being secretive around the SafeWA app and start reassuring West Australians

The Opposition has raised concerns about the Labor Government rejecting and ignoring requests to provide easily obtainable data around the use of the SafeWA app. Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the refusal to provide percentage break downs from West Australian venues of the number of check-ins compared to the number of attendees begged the question…

Opposition welcomes funding package for Seroja-affected communities

The Opposition has welcomed the record $104 million disaster recovery package being made available to communities impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja, jointly funded by the State and Federal Government.    Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the recovery package was much needed given the communities impacted were still reeling from the most significant natural disaster WA had seen in recent years.   “It has been more than 100…

Cyclone-affected communities need extra financial help more than 100 days since Seroja hit

The Opposition has expressed its disappointment in the little financial assistance for cyclone-affected communities, more than 100 days since Tropical Cyclone Seroja crossed Western Australia’s coast. Acting Opposition Leader and Member for Moore Shane Love said while some funding has been provided, support for the impacted towns and regions have been left wanting by the…

Small businesses unable to access lockdown support under tough grant criteria

The Opposition has criticised the Labor Government’s criteria for the latest round of lockdown grants that leaves some small businesses behind and unable to access funding. Shadow Tourism Minister Vince Catania said the eligibility rules around the $3000 one-off cash grant is restricting companies who do not fall under certain industry categories. “The stipulated requirements mean…