City of Cockburn denies reports of Australia Day date change

In a recent article, there are reports by the media that the City of Cockburn is the next local council to change the date of their Australia day celebrations. However, Cockburn Mayor, Logan Howlett, denied that they are considering shifting their festivities. Mr Howlett said their annual Australia day community beach party, citizenship ceremony and…

WA’s Biggest Horse Racing Festival Receives Funding Boost

Racing in Western Australia will receive a boost with new State Government funding for the 2017 TABtouch Masters series. WA’s biggest annual racing festival will be provided with $200,000 from the State Government as part of a WA election commitment. The event to be held on November 25 and December 2 is the world’s only…

Regional Australia to Receive Grants to Boost Medical Practice and Training

Health professionals will have the opportunity to complete their training in regional Australia, following funding grants for general practices in regional Australia. Federal Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie announced the funds of more than $13 million Coalition Government funding to enable health professionals to get hands-on training in regional communities. It includes grants…

New Funding to Expand WA Produce Markets

Western Australian growers will get a boost under new funding to improve market opportunities for WA produce. The $1.5 million Horticultural Research Recovery Fund will help growers to find new international and domestic markets for WA grown produce. It will enable industry and government to open up new opportunities in food processing and international markets.…

Accommodation Investment Boosts Support for Indigenous Youth in Tertiary Study

WA’s State and Federal Governments will invest in an innovative accommodation project at Perth’s St Catherine’s College, to support young Indigenous people from remote communities to complete tertiary study. $12.8 million dollars will be invested into the initiative to double the capacity of the Dandjoo Darbalung programme at the college, located at the University of…

Funding Pledge for Community Legal Services

The WA State Government has pledged $1.2 million in funding to community legal centres, so disadvantaged or vulnerable Western Australians don’t lose access to free legal services. This comes as a relief to the sector, as it was believed funding cuts would be made as of July this year, limiting the services on offer. However,…

Sports Groups Receive Millions From WA Government

47 sport associations in WA will share $7.2 million worth of state government funding over the next three years. The aim of the funding is to assist sports and recreational groups to develop activities for all levels of society. WA Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron was joined by sport association representatives during the funding…

WA Braces For Imminent Teacher Strike

West Australian teachers will walk off the job next Tuesday to stand against the government’s education funding cut. The unions have decided to push forward the strike, after the state government refused to back down. 95 schools in WA will be closed next Tuesday due to the strike, one in eight schools will be affected.…

Noongar Community Reacts Over The Recognition Bill

There were tears of joy outside Parliament House as Aboriginals thanked Premier Colin Barnett for tabling the final draft of the historic Noonar recognition bill. Noongar people will be recognized as the traditional owners of WA’s South West, and acknowledge their unique heritage, cultural identity, economic contributions to the state. The historic bill also offered a native title…