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What the Papers Say

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

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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 »

Farm loans welcomed

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that applications are now open for eligible WA farm businesses to apply for concessional loans. “Funding across Australia was allocated on a needs basis, with Western Australia to receive $50 million over two years, after a review of F... read more »

NRM receives $1.7m grant for research and resources

A new round of Federal funding aimed at supporting agriculture in Durack has been welcomed by the Rangelands Natural Resource Management Group. Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce had approved funding for 31 new projects across Australia as part of the Federal Government’s $21.2 mil... read more »

Phone threats disturb farmers

THREATENING phone calls, believed to be from extreme animal activists, are being made to a number of farmers throughout WA. A number of livestock producers have received disturbing phone calls about animal welfare images overseas and threatening comments relating to the whereabouts of the farmers' children. New Norcia farmer Iain ... read more »

Federal funding to fix highways

The Federal Government will provide about $480 million to fund the Great Northern Highway (Muchea to Wubin project) and the North West Coastal Highway (Minilya to Barradale). Member for Durack Melissa Price welcomed the announcement from Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs. ... read more »
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