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What the Papers Say

Gold mine boss warns of royalty risks

 The Pilbara's most prominent gold miner has hit out at the State Government's planned gold royalty increase, calling it a "grab for cash" and puts the region's gold mining at serious risk.  Australia's largest gold miner Newcrest Mining's chief executive Sandeep Biswas joined executives of some of the world's largest gold miners to ur... read more »

Taken by the ho

Half-a-million dollars worth of upgraded facilities were officially unveiled at the Kununurra rodeo and campdraft on Saturday night. The Kununurra Campdraft and Rodeo Association received a grant of about $320,000 last year from the Federal Government to build a multipurpose facility at the grounds. Works consisted of a new office, storeroom,... read more »

Waste facility receives $9 million fund

A $13 million industrial waste management facility in Onslow has been given a leg up with a $9 million funding boost from the Federal Government. The Shire of Ashburton's class IV regional waste management facility received $9,082,620 under the Building Better Regions Fund, one of several Pilbara projects to receive funding. Shire of Ashburto... read more »

Four projects win Federal funding

The Kimberley will benefit from contributions of more than $8 million in Federal funding towards four major projects for the region. Spread from Broome to Halls Creek, the projects will cost a total of $16,239,235, with about half of the money being covered by the Commonwealth. The biggest grant was $4.8 million, which will go towards an $8.1... read more »

Huge pot of funds could revive city

Three hundred and twenty million dollars in Federal funds plus $320 million in WA State funds, equals more than $600 million for investment in the Mid West! Melissa Price has suggested it be used on improvements to the existing port. Murray Criddle wants it used to create a bypass around Geraldton from Dongara to Northampton. Here is a far be... read more »

Space place available for shy Aussies

The head of the European Space Agency says he is ready to act "immediately" if Australia wants to join the ESA - but he is yet to receive a commitment. Agency director-general Johann-Dietrich Woerner spoke to The West Australian ahead of his trip to Perth tomorrow, where he will visit the agency's deep-space antenna near New Norcia. The New N... read more »

OPPORTUNITY

Mid West Ports Authority and Progress Mid West are discussing the potential for a berth eight development to host cruise and naval ships in the future. Mid West Ports Authority chief executive Peter Klein responded to a suggestion by Member for Durack Melissa Price to upgrade the port as an opportunity to host defence ships. "Mid West Ports i... read more »

Liberals focus on regional issues

THE Liberal Party of WA put on a show of force at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days. Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney said he made the trip to Dowerin because he enjoyed the Field Days and the event was a great way to keep in touch with the community. He said meeting new people gave him information about the issues that mattered most to the elec... read more »

The Pressure's on to keep Pilbara MRI Service

Some hope still exists for the Pilbara's first mobile magnetic resonance imaging service as politicians rally behind it, hoping to prevent its closure. As revealed by the Pilbara News last week, the Global Diagnostics mobile MRI service is set to close at the end of this month after it failed to attract enough clients, with the company that owns... read more »

Call to lower airport fees

Pressure is being piled on WA local governments to reduce airport charges as submissions from industry and government agencies into the impact of expensive airfares continue in Perth. Qantas domestic chief executive Andrew David sent a message last week as he announced a discounted airfares trial, calling on other local governments to follow Kal... read more »

Gold tax hike condemned

Liberal and National Party politicians have been quick to condemn the WA Government's plan to raise $392 million in additional gold royalties. Member for Durack Melissa Price said this would hurt miners and prospectors. "In my electorate there are several gold mines operating on slim margins including the Newcrest Telfer mine in the East Pilb... read more »

Federal funds for projects in doubt: MP

Federal funding for regional West Australian projects could be harder to come by because of the State Government's changes to Royalties for Regions, according to Durack MP Melissa Price. The multibillion-dollar regional funding program has regularly been used for the past eight years as a means to attract further funding from the Federal Governm... read more »

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 »
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