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MP push for cashless trial

Member for Durack Melissa Price has urged the Federal Government to consider the City of Greater Geraldton for the third trial site for a cashless welfare card aimed at curtailing alcohol abuse. Last year the Federal Government passed legislation to allow its Healthy Welfare Card to be trialled in three test sites, affecting up to 10,000 welfare... read more »

Project to help threatened species

Geraldton's Green Army will take the first steps in removing the Carnaby's black cockatoo from the threatened species list. Stage one of Geraldton's Carnaby's Black Cockatoo Propagation Revegetation project will start at the City of Greater Geraldton Community Nursery on Monday. The Green Army will grow native seedlings in the nursery, aimed ... read more »

Mid West teams converge on Mullewa for the Shield

Round 3 of the Melissa Price Town Challenge Shield basketball carnival will be held in Mullewa this Saturday. Six men's, two women's and two youth teams from across the Mid West will play, and home side Mullewa will be out for revenge after losing the previous two grand finals narrowly to a powerful Mount Magnet side. A community lunch for th... read more »

Grants for mobility

A new set of grants to help Durack's senior citizens get around have been opened for expressions of interest. The $5000 to $20,000 grants will be drawn from the Durack Stronger Communities Program, which is set to deliver $150,000 in projects over the next two years. The current round of grants is set for projects to benefit seniors' mobility... read more »

Solar farm shortlisted for industry funding

The Emu Downs Solar Farm east of Cervantes is one of 22 projects nationwide to have been shortlisted by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to progress to the next stage of its $100 million large scale photovoltaic (PV) funding round. The 20.1 megawatt project, owned by the APA Group, was one of 77 projects that put forward expression... read more »

Warren Truss: ABC must provide local TV news

The Turnbull government’s media reforms should promote “cultural change” at the ABC by forcing the national broadcaster to provide local television news broadcasts to regional communities, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said today. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield is soon expected to unveil the gove... read more »

Senators renew call for iron ore inquiry

Durack MP Melissa Price has poured cold water on a renewed push for an inquiry into the iron ore price collapse. Senator Nick Xenophon and Senate candidate Luke Bolton renewed the push for an inquiry into the collapse and its impact on WA after first calling for it in May last year. Ms Price said the iron ore industry operated within a global... read more »

National cashless welfare card plan

A cashless welfare card aimed at stemming alcohol abuse would be rolled out across the country under a welfare reform the Turnbull government is considering taking to the election. As regional trouble spots line up to be chosen for trials of the government's new Healthy Welfare Card to begin next month, The Australian understands the Coalition m... read more »

Apps to teach pre-schoolers

Pre-schoolers in Durack could soon be using an educational smart device app in an attempt to encourage early interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As part of the Turnbull Government's Innovation and Science Agenda, the new app will be based on feedback from a trial run using apps to teach pre-schoolers another lang... read more »

Federal funds boost Chinatown project

The second stage of the Chinatown Revitalisation project has been given a boost with a Federal Government grant. The Shire of Broome will receive $300,000 under the Federal Government's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme for the Roebuck Bay lookout project. Broome Shire president Ron Johnston welcomed the funding. "Council is c... read more »

Black spot round extended

There are still a few more days to nominate your area for better mobile coverage. The nomination period for round two of the Federal Government's national Mobile Black Spot Programme has been extended to January 15. The program is designed to boost coverage in regional areas with poor or no mobile phone coverage. Nominated locations will g... read more »

Call for penalty rate changes

Durack MHR Melissa Price has called for an end to the multi-tiered penalty rate system in an effort to boost small business in regional WA. In a letter to the Fair Work Commission in December Ms Price said a two-tiered system, comprising normal working hour rates and a separate rate for non-standard hours, should be considered. Ms Price said ... read more »

Funds give sheds tools for wellbeing

Paraburdoo and Tom Price Men's Sheds will soon have plenty of shiny new tools after receiving thousands of dollars in funding to improve local men's wellbeing. Late last year, the Paraburdoo and Tom Price sheds were awarded grants of $4000 and $3000 respectively from the National Shed Development Programme. The initiative, managed by the Aust... read more »

Melissa - Aussie Jingle Bells

As sung on ABC North West's Breakfast with Joseph Dunstan read more »

Town's first dedicated indigenous arts centre now open

Hundreds of people from across the Pilbara joined local indigenous artists and dignitaries at the opening of the Spinifex Hill Studios on Friday. Representing Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, Member for Durack Melissa Price told the gathered crowd it was an honour to be invited to such... read more »
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