Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project officially opened

WA’s latest lithium project has started, with Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston, officially opening the Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project. Stage one of the project will see two million tonnes per annum mined and processed. The Perth based company made a final investment decision to expand the project to include stage two, increasing mining…

State Government Strengthens Commitment to Community Services in New Policy

The State Government has boosted its commitment working with WA community services, strengthening its relationship with the not-for-profit sector. It unveiled its Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy on Thursday, revealing new measures to support communities. The policy will ensure the government strengthens the community service sector with longer contracts at a minimum five years…

$1.2 million dollar Jetstar and Tourism WA deal

Major boosts to the WA tourism industry are expected after the State Government signed a $1.2 million dollar cooperative marketing agreement with Jetstar. The deal will help increase awareness of Western Australia as a holiday destination, stimulating interstate visitation and bringing thousands of visitors to WA. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, said the promotion of low…

Regional WA Mental Health Care Bolstered With New Service

A new community mental health service will open in regional WA that will provide vital residential and individualised care for those with mental health conditions. The community mental health step up/ step down service will support people in the community in areas close to their personal network, while also cutting hospital admissions, serving as a…

WA Promotes Boost For Space Agency Location

The State Government will pitch WA as the base for the Australian Space Agency, as the McGowan Government ramps up calls for the agency to be based in Perth. Science, Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly will meet with head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark on Thursday to bolster WA’s position as…

Robotics to Transform WA Hospital Surgery

Robotics is set to revolutionise surgery in WA, as a new state-of-the-art medical treatment in the state’s hospitals. The State Government’s $5 billion investment into the da Vinci system for Fiona Stanley Hospital will enable patients needing urological procedures to receive robotic-assisted prostate and kidney surgery. “The multi-million-dollar investment from the McGowan Government shows our…

State Budget Boosted With Faster Than Expected Improvement

WA’s State Budget is experiencing a rapid improvement with as a result of lower spending and larger payments from government enterprises. Treasury’s Quarterly Financial Results Report reveals general government sector recorded an operating deficit of $701 million for six months until December 31 2017, $744 million lower than the same period last year. “It’s already…

Multicultural Events Get State Funding Support

Western Australia can look forward to a culturally vibrant year following financial support for multicultural events across the state. The McGowan Government will award $129,000 to the community through the Office of Multicultural Interests’ Community Grants Program for some of the state’s popular celebrations. “Our cultural diversity is one of WA’s greatest strengths,” Citizenship and…

MP Barry Urban Quits WA Labor Amid Doubts About Past

WA MP Barry Urban has resigned from the Labor Party over scandals about his past, eight months after being elected to parliament . The Member for Darling Range released a statement on Wednesday announcing he was quitting but would sit in Parliament as an independent, after informing Premier Mark McGowan of his decision. “I have…

New Transperth ferry to join the fleet

The McGowan Government has announced a new ferry will be built and encourages local manufacturers to get involved. The new vessel will become the third in the fleet and will be replacing the 20-year-old MV Shelley Taylor-Smith, which will now be retained and used a reserve. “Our new ferry will be modern and a versatile…