Business Improvement Grants for Regional WA Pastoralists

Western Australian pastoralists will have access to the second round of Business Improvement Grants, as an incentive program to increase commercial cattle producer’s market competitiveness and growth. Enterprises will be able to apply for a $25,000 reimbursement, excluding GST, to carry out business improvement reviews and developments. The success of the first round of grants…

Transport Network Work to Boost Services for Remote Bidyadanga Community

Connectivity for services in the remote Bidyadanga community is set to improve with upgrades to the transport network. The State Government will seal the final 5.45 kilometres of Bidyadanga Access Road connecting Great Northern Highway south of Broome to the community, along with improving the local airstrip to boost access to the community. “Sealing the…

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…

State Operations Command Centre ready for Monday opening

The State Operations Command Centre is set to officially open on Monday July 2nd, coinciding with the commencement of the new Fremantle and Mandurah police districts. Based at the Maylands Incident Control Centre, the newly renovated centre has state of the art equipment allowing links in through CCTV, and will have particular focus on the…

Minister’s reaction to 24 hour Police Stations’ Low Visitor Numbers

A WA Police internal briefing note revealed that Armadale, Cockburn and Ellenbrook stations, now open 24 hours, were said to be unvisited after midnight. Extended opening hours till 7pm at Forrestfield, Belmont and Canningvale also saw few attendees, with an average across the three stations of five people over five days. Police Union President, George…

Regional Farmers Urged To Submit Their Views On Genetically Modified Crop

By Nicholas Farrington There are hopes that farmers will make their voices heard in the upcoming parliamentary inquiry which aims to help those unfairly disadvantaged by the incursion of genetically modified crop. The inquiry will explore and discuss compensation for farmers who are impacted by contamination by genetically modified crops (GM). “It is so important…

Police Seek Fresh Info Over Josh Warneke’s Cold Case

By Kelly Marie Smith Fresh information has come to light concerning the murder of Josh Warneke almost seven years after the tragic event. Police from the cold case homicide squad are chasing a lead concerning a white Toyota ’79 series Land Cruiser tray top ute, that was seen not far from where Mr Warneke’s body…

Grants to Boost West Kimberley Indigenous Communities and Environment

West Kimberley communities will be receiving a helping hand through new funding to assist Aboriginal Australians and wildlife. $50,226 in grants through the Water Corporation’s Community Grants Scheme will improve Indigenous employment, health and wellbeing as well as protecting and caring for wildlife. The money will be given to nine not-for-profit groups and schools across…

AvonLink Train to Continue With Limited Schedule Following Funding Cuts

The AvonLink train will continue to serve Avon Valley communities on a limited schedule despite the previous Liberal National Government ending funding for the service. AvonLink will be restored to one return service a weekday following an unsuccessful trial of a significantly expanded trial. A shortage of funding beyond June 2017 and poor patronage has…