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What the Papers Say

Funds to hit pests

The Federal Government will provide an extra $500,000 to help control pest animals and weeds in drought-affected areas. Member for Durack Melissa Price said tackling pests was important during drought, where weeds dominated pasture areas and food scarcity resulted in livestock losses at the hands of wild dogs. "Each year pest animals and weed... read more »

Stats reveal tourism growth

New figures have revealed more than 1.2 million domestic tourists visited the North West and spent $1,422 billion in the 2015-16 financial year. Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the National Visitor Survey found 1,242,000 domestic tourists visited the North West in total, an increase of 20 per cent from the previous year. Durack MP Mel... read more »

Much-loved book brought to life

The colourful world of May Gibbs' Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will spring to life in Carnarvon next month, thanks to Playing Australia funding. CDP Theatre Producers will bring the action-packed Australian adaptation of the much-loved children's books to Carnarvon Civic Centre on October 31. The funny and charming production will mesmerise child... read more »

Tourism figures rise for NW

More than $1.4 billion has been spent by tourists in the North West in the past year as domestic visitor numbers, nights stayed and expenditure all increased, according to the latest Tourism Research Australia data. Figures for the Coral Coast, which includes the North West Cape, grew as well, with about 951,000 domestic tourists spending $638 m... read more »

Chance to apply for airstrip upgrades

Funding applications for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programare are now open. Durack MHR Melissa Price said applications could be lodged by community groups, indigenous organisations and local governments in remote areas. Ms Price said applications would be assessed on their ability to improve access and safety at remote airstrips to benefit ... read more »

Price slams Grylls' proposed mine tax

Brendon Grylls' proposed mining tax has been labelled little more than a "thought bubble" by Durack MHR Melissa Price. Speaking in Parliament, the Pilbara's Federal representative said she had resisted speaking about the WA Nationals leader's proposed $5-per-tonne tax on BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto as she believed it to be a media stunt. Ms Pr... read more »

Tourism numbers up in NW

More than $1.4 billion has been spent by tourists in the North West in the past year as domestic visitor numbers, nights stayed and expenditure all increased, according to the latest Tourism Research Australia data. The Coral Coast, which includes the North West Cape grew as well, with about 951,000 Australian tourists spending $638 million in t... read more »

School marks opening of STEM facilities with launch

Geraldton Grammar School students now have access to modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics facilities after the official opening of the school's new STEM building last week. Despite being used for classes since May, school officials, board members and local dignitaries turned out for an official opening ceremony of the $3m faci... read more »

Goldfields towns call for cashless card

Two Goldfields towns are pushing for the roll-out of the cashless debit card now on trial in Kununurra and Wyndham. The Federal Government is scouting for a third trial site for the card, which quarantines 80 per cent of welfare recipients' payments and cannot be used to buy alcohol or gamble, after it was introduced in the East Kimberley and So... read more »

Shires share in Federal road funding

Funding for road maintenance and construction has been allocated to local governments throughout the Kimberley. Under the Federal Government's Roads to Recovery program, the Shire of Broome will receive $267,057, the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley $256,242, and the Shire of Halls Creek $746,687. Councils across the country have so far used the... read more »

Roads get funding

More than $1 million has been awarded to the City of Karratha to assist in local road construction and maintenance. The Federal Government's Roads to Recovery program has provided $1.37 million to the City, and a further $336,787 to the Shire of East Pilbara for Pilbara roads. Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the prog... read more »

Three-city test points to lowest meth use

A study of WA's drug-laden sewage has shown that of the three main cities tested, Geraldton has the lowest methamphetamine content. Over the course of three seven-day samples taken in January, March and May, tests of Geraldton's wastewater revealed average meth consumption for the city as a whole was 165g a week, or 8.58kg a year, given a purity... read more »

Kimberley Girl entries open

Renowned leadership program Kimberley Girl is set to inspire even more young women to reach for the stars after entries opened for this year's event. Now in its 13th year, the program, run by Goolarri Media Enterprises, has become an institution in the region that encourages hundreds of indigenous girls to follow their dreams and become role mod... read more »

Durack MP basks in poll victory

The Australian Electoral Commission officially declared all results within the Federal seat of Durack on Tuesday. Sitting Liberal member Melissa Price was re-elected for a second term, after a comprehensive victory over Labor candidate Carol Martin. Since her victory, Ms Price said she had been able to spend some time with family and continue... read more »

Cossack captivates with art awards

Cossack camfr alive last Saturday night when hundreds flocked to the historic town for the 2016 Cossack Art Awards. More than $100,000 in prize money was awarded across 10 categories, with WA artist MaryLynne Stratton winning best overall artwork for her piece, Radiant Mirage. Stratton said she was ecstatic and grateful to have taken out the ... read more »
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