Gold Royalty Hike a Possibility After Talks Between Government, Industry

The WA Government could be reviving its gold royalty hike after Ben Wyatt revealed he is considering options to make the failed policy work without significantly impacting marginal mines. The Treasurer said there was a possibility the policy could be brought back after discussions with miners, though nothing had been decided yet. Premier Mark McGowan…

EXCLUSIVE: One Nation Stands Against Gold Levy

In the September budget, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced a new tax on the gold sector as a solution to the dire state of WA’s finances, however on Tuesday, the WA One Nation Party are set to make a motion against it. Earlier this week, Mr Wyatt publicly criticised gold miners for refusing to pay…

New WA Jobs Expected Following New Goldfields Projects

More than 600 new jobs are expected to be created following the start of new gold projects in the Goldfields. Major gold projects will begin over the next 18 months, with the Dacian Mount Morgans project and Gruyere Gold Project to begin production. “It has been so pleasing to hear the positive jobs news coming…

BUDGET 2017: Big Employers To Foot WA’s Budget Repair

WA’s ‘big end of town’ is set to cop a beating on payroll tax as the McGowan Government looks to big employers and corporations to repair the budget. From the 1st, July next year, WA’s large employers will have to pay an extra 6% on payroll tax if their total payroll goes over $100 million.…

State Budget to Feature “Tough” Measures

Ahead of the State budget being released in Parliament next week, there are concerns education, mental health services and alcohol and other drug services will suffer funding cuts because of WA’s ongoing debt. While State Treasurer Ben Wyatt refused to make any specific comments about the budget before its release on September 7, he said…

Construction Begins at Fremantle’s Kings Square

The construction of the Kings Square Fremantle renewal project has officially begun and is set to deliver a new commercial office and retail space plus a new administration and civic centre by the end of 2019. The $270 million project is expected to create more than 1100 fulltime jobs over the two-and-a-half-year construction period. The…

New Directors General Appointed in Public Sector Reform

New directors general have been appointed to the McGowan Government’s amalgamated departments as part of reforms to WA’s public sector. Eight directors general will lead the new government departments, amalgamated to drive cultural change across the public sector. Mark Webb has been appointed to Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Stephen Wood the Department of…

New Funding for Neurotrauma Research to Improve Rehab After Car Crashes

Neurotrauma research programs in Western Australia will receive new funding to improve rehabilitation and independence for people injured in car crashes. The Insurance Commission of Western Australia will provide two neurotrauma research projects up to $100,000 through the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research’s Neurotrauma Research Program for neurotrauma research. The first project will focus…