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What the Papers Say

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 »

Device to help monitor diabetes

Young people living with type 1 diabetes may no longer have to prick their finger multiple times a day with the Government announcing free continuous glucose monitoring devices for those under 21. The Australian Government recently announced young people who met the criteria would be given access to the fully subsidised products through the Nati... read more »

Business to get ship shape

Geraldton business owners and industry professionals attended an Australian naval shipbuilding industry briefing last week to learn more about how they could get involved in the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs. The briefing last Tuesday was one of two sessions held in regional WA, with a second meeting held in Bunbury the foll... read more »

Diabetes monitor

Lifesaving technology will soon be available for Pilbara youth with type 1 diabetes. Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Federal Government is providing free continuous glucose monitoring devices to eligible children and people under 21. "It will provide much-needed support for the difficult challenge of managing blood glucose levels, pa... read more »

Barndon wins title

Brett Barndon took out the Limited Sprintcars WA State title at the Geraldton City Speedway earlier this month. After finishing second to close rival Mick Doble in the qualifying pole shootout, Barndon sat behind him early in the feature race, before taking the lead on lap nine. Although Doble quickly regained the lead, Barndon remained patie... read more »

Youth jobs PaTH - getting Durack locals into work

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price encouraged local businesses to help a young person into a job, while also growing their business, thanks to the Youth Jobs PaTH program. "I know there are many local young people who are keen to get into work to build a better life but feel that they lack the practical experience to succeed in the workforc... read more »

Reforms deliver fee relief for parents

Parents will get some muchneeded financial relief, thanks to Federal Government reforms to child care. Member for Durack Melissa Price said the reforms would help parents finding fees and expenses associated with child care and early learning increasingly difficult. "Our changes will inject $1.6 billion of additional investment into the system - ... read more »

Books and posters to educate on war efforts

Pilbara schools have received books and posters to commemorate Anzac Day and educate students on Australia's wartime history. Member for Durack Melissa Price said schools in Durack had received two books and two posters. "It is important that every generation understands the costs and impacts of war, both on the battlefield and at home," Ms Price... read more »
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