Government urged to make remote communities self sufficient

Following robust negotiations, the State Government and the Commonwealth have reached a $121 million dollar funding agreement for continued support for remote housing and essential services. WA currently spends $90 million dollars across 165 remote communities, with the additional funding allowing current community programs to be extended. “This is just not about housing, this is…

$121 million dollar Commonwealth funding for remote housing

Support for remote communities will continue as the State Government agreed to a $121 million dollar deal with the Commonwealth to help fund remote communities in WA. Following the previous 10 year $1.1 billion dollar National Partnership Agreement expiring on June 30th this year, an initial offer of $60 million dollars over three years being…

Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project officially opened

WA’s latest lithium project has started, with Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston, officially opening the Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project. Stage one of the project will see two million tonnes per annum mined and processed. The Perth based company made a final investment decision to expand the project to include stage two, increasing mining…

State Government Strengthens Commitment to Community Services in New Policy

The State Government has boosted its commitment working with WA community services, strengthening its relationship with the not-for-profit sector. It unveiled its Delivering Community Services in Partnership Policy on Thursday, revealing new measures to support communities. The policy will ensure the government strengthens the community service sector with longer contracts at a minimum five years…

$1.2 million dollar Jetstar and Tourism WA deal

Major boosts to the WA tourism industry are expected after the State Government signed a $1.2 million dollar cooperative marketing agreement with Jetstar. The deal will help increase awareness of Western Australia as a holiday destination, stimulating interstate visitation and bringing thousands of visitors to WA. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, said the promotion of low…

Regional WA Mental Health Care Bolstered With New Service

A new community mental health service will open in regional WA that will provide vital residential and individualised care for those with mental health conditions. The community mental health step up/ step down service will support people in the community in areas close to their personal network, while also cutting hospital admissions, serving as a…

WA Promotes Boost For Space Agency Location

The State Government will pitch WA as the base for the Australian Space Agency, as the McGowan Government ramps up calls for the agency to be based in Perth. Science, Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly will meet with head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark on Thursday to bolster WA’s position as…

Robotics to Transform WA Hospital Surgery

Robotics is set to revolutionise surgery in WA, as a new state-of-the-art medical treatment in the state’s hospitals. The State Government’s $5 billion investment into the da Vinci system for Fiona Stanley Hospital will enable patients needing urological procedures to receive robotic-assisted prostate and kidney surgery. “The multi-million-dollar investment from the McGowan Government shows our…

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…