$5 million WA Meat Marketing Co-operative Loan

Following the live export meeting today in Katanning, the McGowan Government Co-operative Loan Scheme will provide $5 million to Katanning Sheep Meat Processors. The loan to the WA Meat Marketing Co-operative (WAMMCO) will go towards undertaking capital works, including generating growth, regional jobs and increase exports, enabling business to improve efficiencies and grow its market…

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…

State Labor wants live animal export industry to improve

Federal Opposition announced support for banning live animal exports if victorious in the next election. “We’ve never had a federal party come out and say ‘if we get elected we will stop any element of the live animal trade,” said activist Katrina Love. The Bader III ship arrived in Fremantle port on Thursday and was…

Kwinana Lithium Refinery construction to create local job opportunities

The McGowan Government announced today that plans to build a new lithium refinery in Kwinana will go ahead. The joint venture between Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile and Kidman Resources, will see the refinery producing approximately 40,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate and/or lithium hydroxide each year. Minerals will be processed at the proposed mine…

Yagan Square opens to the public for the first time

Yagan Square has had its official opening on Saturday morning, following a traditional Whadjuk welcome. The square provides a direct link between the Perth CBD and Northbridge, and acknowledges the site’s traditional usage as a food source and meeting place. WA Premier Mark McGowan commented on the Perth City’s $73.5 million new precinct, highlighting the…

Improvement needed for Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry have been reiterated by the WA Government. The standards, specifying the conditions for egg-laying chickens need to improve, and are not based on modern animal welfare science, as reflected in the Victorian Government’s Farmed Bird Welfare Review. The need for an independent statutory body to oversee…

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…

Lithium Processing Plant Expansion to Boost Economy

China’s Tianqi Lithium has green-lit a $300 million expansion of its processing plant, which is currently under construction in Kwinana. The project involves taking spodumene from the Greenbushes mine south-east of Bunbury, to process and refine it into battery-grade lithium hydroxide for export. Construction on the $400 million Stage 1 commenced in October 2016, with…

Much Needed Upgrade for Gibson Park Netball Courts

The McGowan Government announced they will be honouring their election promise and delivering a $1.8 million upgrade to the Gibson Park netball courts. The key election commitment to Bicton and surrounding areas was included in the 2017-18 State Budget and the funds will extend the main pavilion, provide additional toilets and increase spectator seating. Bicton…

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…