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What the Papers Say

Headspace centre push gears up

The Pilbara is a step closer to gaining a headspace centre, part of an election pledge from Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price. During her campaign, Ms Price promised to work towards setting up a headspace for the Pilbara to directly combat mental health issues in the electorate. Ms Price has said she was pleased with the progress of her... read more »

Cashless card buys more time

The cashless debit card has been hailed a success by the Federal Government despite nearly half (49 per cent) of participants believing it had made their lives worse. Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge announced on Tuesday the card, which provides access to 80 per cent of welfare payments while the rest goes into a regular bank account, woul... read more »

Harmony Day to celebrate diversity

The Mid West is being encouraged to celebrate cultural diversity on Harmony Day next week. Events will take place nationally on March 21, with celebrations coinciding with the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Member for Durack Melissa Price said Durack was made up of people from many backgrounds.... read more »

Snub angers former minister

    The tense relationship between the Liberal Party and the Nationals was further tested last week when former agriculture minister Mark Lewis was left out of a $2.5 million wild-dog control announcement. The Liberals had already angered the Nationals by opting into a preference deal with One Nation for last weekend's election, a... read more »

$600k for rangers to help muzzle wild dogs

In addition to the $2.5 million promised by the Federal Government to combat WA's wild dog problem last week, a further $600,000 will be committed to indigenous rangers. The funding will cover a training trial over the next two years to help WA Aboriginal rangers manage dogs in their area. Member for Durack Price said the project would draw o... read more »

Cashless card tops MPs agenda

The Pilbara's Federal member is pushing to introduce the Cashless Welfare Card in the Pilbara in an effort to curb alcoholfuelled crime in the region. Durack MHR Melissa Price attended a crime forum in the Town of Port Hedland recently where issues of antisocial behaviour and the merits of a cashless welfare card were raised. The card aims to... read more »

Business incentive

The Federal Government's New Enterprise Incentive Scheme has been expanded to help more people turn their business ideas into reality. Changes have been made to the eligibility criteria which have been broadened to include people not currently employed or undergoing education and training. An additional 2300 NEIS places have been added, bring... read more »

Heritage support for community

Pilbara not-for-profit community groups are being encouraged to apply for grants to preserve valuable heritage collections. Applications for the Federal Government's Community Heritage Grants program are now open, offering up to $15,000 for community organisations including public libraries, museums, historical societies, indigenous and multicul... read more »

A tale of two camps as the votes continue to roll in

Geraldton may have to wait up to four days before knowing whether it has a history-making female Member of Parliament or an Opposition backbencher. Liberal incumbent Ian Blayney has held the Lower House seat of Geraldton for two terms. At the time of going to press, he led by the slender margin of 8685 votes (50.81 per cent) to 8407 (49.19 pe... read more »

No-cash card 'cuts alcohol, drug use'

A cashless welfare card that stops government benefits being spent on drugs and alcohol will be made permanent in two remote communities and looks set to be expanded further, after trials found it greatly reduced rates of substance abuse and gambling. The Turnbull government will today release the first major independent audit of the cashless we... read more »

More incentives to launch your own business

Member for Durack Melissa Price said now is the time to take charge of your career and consider becoming your own boss. Ms Price said the expansion of the Federal Government's highly successful New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) and a number of other measures introduced late last year help people wanting to turn their business idea into real... read more »

Dignitaries attend air raid memorial

International and Australian dignitaries and visitors joined hundreds of community representatives to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Broome air raid last Friday. Crowds braved scorching temperatures to remember the dark chapter in Broome's history when war came to paradise and claimed the lives of at least 88 people in a devastating and... read more »

Federal funding for wild-dog control plan

Federal members for both the Liberal and National party were at the Moresby Ranges at the weekend to announce $2.5 million in wild-dog control funding. The program will be split two ways, with $1.5 million going to landholders to assist with their own dog-control efforts, and the additional $1 million creating a program that will fund wild-dog f... read more »

Disability payment reminder

Thousands of Australians with intellectual impairments are eligible for one-off payments of $100 under a Federal Government payment scheme. The Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment scheme will deliver the payments to about 10,000 supported employees of Australian Disability Enterprises, who had their wage calculated using the tool some... read more »

New Website brings school lessons to life at home for Durack families

Member for Durack Melissa Price is encouraging parents and families to take advantage of the resources from a new website that have been launched by the Federal Government to help school children with their learning and homework. Ms Price said the new website, Learning Potential Resources was filled with hundreds of ideas, activities, games and ... read more »
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