Power Prices Difficult to Fall as Frydenberg Calls for Price Drop

Energy experts are warning it will be difficult for power to drop in price, despite Federal Government calls for power retailers to cut prices. Curtin University Energy Policy Researcher James Eggleston said lowering power costs for consumers could be an impossibility, as gas becomes more readily available for households. “By in large the bulk of…

WA’s Increased GST Pool Not Enough For Budget Repair

WA is getting an increased share of GST, after the Commonwealth Grants Commission announced that WA will receive an extra 10 cents per dollar in the 2018-19 financial year. The growing national GST pool will give Treasurer Ben Wyatt $260 million more than expected. Mathias Cormann, Federal Financial Minister, said the Federal Government would help…

Bentley 360 Project Underway To Revitalise The Community

Housing Minster, Peter Tinley, announced today the Bentley 360 project – the regeneration of the Bentley community. The project will see 48-year old Brownlie Towers public housing complex demolished and will become the site of new 1,500 homes in a revitalised and connected community. South Metropolitan MLC, Kate Doust, said Brownlie Towers have been an…

More Tough Budget Measures On the Way For WA in “Workman-Like Budget”

The WA Government has warned Western Australians can expect more tough measures in this year’s budget, as a result of its continuing efforts to reach a surplus. State Treasurer Ben Wyatt revealed on Thursday that people “won’t be surprised” when the content of the budget is revealed, with more tightened spending expected over the 2018-2019…

Procurement Policy Creates Opportunities For WA Aboriginal Businesses

The WA Government will be creating opportunities for Aboriginal businesses, to create employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. Making the announcement at the Aboriginal Business Expo at Optus Stadium today, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt said the Aboriginal Procurement Policy will require government agencies and enterprises to award contracts Aboriginal businesses, investing in indigenous goods and…

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…

Road Jobs Boost Indigenous Employment

Indigenous Australians will be given new employment opportunities following a record funding for roads in the last State Budget. 170 Aboriginal employment opportunities will be created in the State’s road building industry, developed by Main Roads as part of the Government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy beginning from July 1. “I am pleased that Main Roads has…

Renewable Energy Microgrid to Power Kalbarri

The State Government has revealed an innovative power microgrid to meet the Kalbarri’s power needs. Energy Minister Ben Wyatt announced the joint venture by Energy Made Clean (EMC) while awarding Lendlease has been awarded a $6.8 million contract for Western Power’s fully renewable energy power project. “This is a great outcome for the Western Australian…

WA Employers Warned About Payroll Contractor Tax “Scam”

Employers have been urged to check if payroll taxes are being paid to the State Government if they are using payroll processing contractors, after revelations taxes have not been passed on by some contractors. Recent audits have indicated that a number of payroll processors are receiving payroll tax from employers but they are not handing…