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What the Papers Say

PM pledges action on suicide

Broome Advertiser, Broome WA  by Sarah Martin Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was a popular figure during a brief visit to town last week. The PM made time to take a selfie with Durack MP Melissa Pr... read more »

Uni study hub in the works

A centralised university study hub is in the works for the Pilbara, with a specialist regional provider making moves to open a second campus in the Karratha CBD as another university model previously slated for the area remains on hold. After being based at the North Regional TAFE complex since 2014, CQUniversity is in negotiations to expand int... read more »

$138m funds in honour of referendum

An extra $138 million is to be spent on Aboriginal and indigenous students. The 1967 Referendum 50th Anniversary Indigenous Education Package has been announced by the Federal Government, aimed at supporting First Australians through their education to increase opportunities and improve outcomes. The Government said the announcement honoured ... read more »

Fight for funds, says MP

The North West could be missing out on funding because of "good manners", says Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price. She spoke at a forum of Kimberley, Pilbara and Northern Territory councils in Kununurra last month about her view on the region not getting enough grants and other funding. Ms Price said not all councils were as proactive as... read more »

$1.5b boost for apprentices

Apprenticeships and vocational education in regional and rural Australia have been recognised with a Federal $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund. The fund is expected to create 300,000 apprentices in the next four years. Assistant minister for vocational education and skilled Karen Andrews said the fund would be financed by the Government'... read more »

NBN construction begins in Kimberley

Thousands more Kimberley residents should have access to super-fast broadband through the NBN network next year with construction under way. About 4000 premises in Kununurra and Derby will have access to the network, along with 7600 homes and businesses in Broome and surrounds. NBN Co said people were expected to be able to make the switch fr... read more »

Funding Boost for Pilbara Headspace Service

The Federal Government has committed $2.3 million to establishing a Headspace in the Pilbara. Durack MHR Melissa Price made the announcement in Karratha on Monday morning. Headspace supports youth with mental health and drug and alcohol issues, as well as vocational training. Ms Price said due to the size of the Pilbara a different model of serv... read more »

Forum for the Future

Last week was the annual Pilbara-Kimberley Forum, held this year by the Kimberley Group in Kununurra. The forum alternates between the Pilbara and Kimberley regional councils and features a range of speakers from local, State and Federal governments, private enterprise and Aboriginal enterprises. It provides an update on issues, regulations a... read more »

Gender Diversity on Agenda

A host of women in mining had the chance to put their thoughts about gender diversity in the resources sector to Employment and Women's Minister Michaelia Cash at a Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA luncheon in Karratha last week. Female representatives from Rio Tinto, Woodside, Yara Pilbara, Chevron and CITIC Pacific sat around a table to d... read more »

Extra Mental Health Staff

Residents in the Pilbara will soon have increased access to mental health care, thanks to a new program by WA Primary Health Alliance. The WA Country Health Service will partner with the Pilbara Mental Health and Drug Service to employ two after-hours clinical nurse specialist mental health liaison staff.  The new staff will be working in th... read more »

Uni hub plan to curb regions' brain drain

The Federal Government will pour $15 million into establishing up to eight new community owned regional university hubs based on the Geraldton University Centre model being proposed for Karratha. Durack MHR Melissa Price said the GUC model had proven effective at improving engagement in higher education. "At the 2016 election, this Government m... read more »

New chronic illness support service

Teams of health professionals will travel to remote areas in the Mid West, Gascoyne and Murchison to help reduce the rate of preventable hospitalisations for people with chronic diseases. The WA Primary Health Alliance service will see health workers co-ordinate care and support the management of chronic conditions. The announcement comes off... read more »

Best fish and chips battle

People in the Mid West and Gascoyne have been urged to champion their favourite eatery as the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and State and Territory fishing industry councils hunt for Australia's best fish and chips. The FRDC will use a new online system to judge the 2017 Australian Fish and Chips Awards with the National Fish an... read more »

Business tax rate to fall as plan rolls out

Small and medium-sized businesses will soon feel some financial stress relief, with the Federal Government's visionary Enterprise Tax Plan set to roll out. Under the plan, the tax rate for business will drop from 28.4 per cent to 27.5 per cent in July, and by 2026/27, it will drop a further 2.5 per cent. Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce presi... read more »

Survey finds support for welfare card

Results of the Town of Port Hedland's alcohol management survey show strong support for a cashless debit card. The survey was held after the Town council agreed to gather community feedback after opposing further restrictions on takeaway alcohol proposed by police. The Federal Government's cashless debit card program was the clear frontrunner... read more »
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