New Regional Grants Boost Jobs and Development in South West WA

WA’s South-West will be getting a boost to develop tourism and agricultural projects in the region. The McGowan Government has invested $700,000 in grants through its Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program to drive new travel experiences and farming opportunities, increasing jobs and regional development. 13 projects will receive the funding in the first round…

South-West Mental Health Services in the works

A new community mental health step up/step down service for people in the South-West region is in the works, aiming to support people with their mental health struggles in a residential setting, close to their family and friend networks. The 10 bed service in Glen Iris is part of a State Government iniative to provide…

New Lithium Plant approved by McGowan Government

The Albemarle Lithium plant has been granted environmental approval from the McGowan Government, giving the go-ahead for a lithium manufacturing plant in the State’s South West. The Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, 17kms north east of Bunbury, will be home to the new plant, and will process spodumene ore concentrate, through five process trains, to produce…

Fracking ban in South-West, Peel and Perth

The McGowan Government announced regulations on hydraulic fracture stimulation (fracking) in the South-West, Peel and Perth Regions. Minster for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, said the government needs to protect the State’s environment from risks associated with fracking. “While the tracking ban in the South-West, Peel and Perth regions has already been achieved, the regulations…

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…