$121 million dollar Commonwealth funding for remote housing

Support for remote communities will continue as the State Government agreed to a $121 million dollar deal with the Commonwealth to help fund remote communities in WA. Following the previous 10 year $1.1 billion dollar National Partnership Agreement expiring on June 30th this year, an initial offer of $60 million dollars over three years being…

Federal Government Improves Firefighting With $26 million Boost

Australia’s firefighting systems will be overhauled to better equip firefighters to face dangerous and unpredictable fires. Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed the plan on Wednesday to inject $26 million in a funding boost to improve current firefighting measures across the country. The improvements will include $5.85 million to update of the ageing national fire danger…

Priority Sector Funding to assist WA and Asian business

A new grant program is now accepting applications, with the aim of assisting Western Australian companies to engage with and develop international business capabilities in Asia. The Priority Sector Funding Program seeks applications from industry associations and bilateral businesses, running projects on behalf of WA’s priority trade and investment sectors. This comes as part of…

$13 million funding continues for Community Research Centres

Regional community concerns about the future of Community Research Centres were expressed to the McGowan Government, and following an extensive review and consultation, funding will continue at the full amount of $13 million. “We will continue to fully fund CRCs to the tune of $13 million per year, ensuring CRCs can deliver important services to…

Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan Apologised To Geraldton Residents

Following the Greenough Prison riot Corrective Services Minister, Fran Logan, apologised to Geraldton residents for the fear and anxiety caused. “I will do everything I possibly can to ensure that those ring leaders and escapees suffer the harshest penalties for what they’ve done,” Mr Logan said. He promised he will do everything possible to implement…

Premier promotes ‘Don’t Walk Away’ Campaign across regional WA

Premier Mark McGowan is visiting regional WA, promoting the ‘Don’t Walk Away’ campaign against Federal Government cuts to remote housing funding. The Commonwealth Government walked away from a 10 year agreement, no longer supporting remote communities through funding for new housing, which would have cost $1.2 billion. Instead, an offer of $60 million dollars over…

Federal Funding Frenzy To Make Up For WA’s GST Shortfall

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s trip to Perth saw the announcement of a record amount of Federal funding for our State. A major $3.2 billion dollars has been committed for the 2018-2019 Federal budget, with hopes of rectifying WA’s unfair share of the GST. “We’ve never made any bones about the fact that the current arrangements…

The World’s Greatest Shave Marks 20th Anniversary

The 20th anniversary for the World’s Greatest Shave is happening this week across Australia, with more than 20,000 participants colouring, cutting or shaving their hair and donating to the leukaemia foundation. Over the last 20 years, more than 1.9 million people have coloured, cut or shaved their hair, all raising money and supporting the people in…

Early detection project for childhood ear infections

A Telethon Kids Institute researcher and Princess Margaret Hospital audiologist is utilising telehealth technology and community based Aboriginal health workers to reduce high rates of hearing loss in urban Aboriginal children. Dr Chris Brennan Jones has been awarded a fellowship to undertake this project by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The project will…

WA TAFE Fees Went Up As Funding & Enrolment Reduced

The Productivity Commissions report on Vocational Education Training looked at all the States and where WA ranked. Over the last few years State funding into the TAFE sector decreased and a slow divestment away from training funding occurred from the Commonwealth. The Government’s recurrent funding into Vocational Educational Training totaled $5.8 billion in 2016, decreasing…