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What the Papers Say

US seeks spy base tenders

Businesses in the Mid West are tendering for work on a project at which discretion is more important than usual. A notice seeking a contractor for upgrades at the US spy base near Geraldton was posted to the US government's Federal Business Opportunities website this month. It was posted along with two other construction projects for the Roya... read more »

Seven in 10 GPs are expats

Nearly three-quarters of general practitioners working in the Pilbara have come from overseas, according to data provided by Rural Health West. Of 60 GPs working in the Pilbara, 42, or 70 per cent are international medical graduates, highlighting the lack of West Australians willing to work in regional WA. In December, Rural Health Assistant ... read more »

Gift card anger gets reaction

Aboriginal corporations are talking to police about reducing alcohol-related harm in the community following the furore over gift cards, reportedly used to buy copious amounts of booze. The Telegraph last week reported on a number of alcohol-related incidents that had occurred in the week leading up to Christmas, which Senior Sergeant Dean Snash... read more »

Production Sizzle, Junior Classic start off season

Comfortable conditions and school holidays resulted in a great crowd at the Geraldton City Speedway last Saturday night. With a series of big meetings over the next two months, the Production Sizzle and Junior Classic event was the perfect way to open 2017. The next meeting will be held on January 28, with the limited sprintcars taking centre... read more »

Regional arts fund recipients announced

Member for Durack Melissa Price has announced the latest round of projects to receive funding through the Regional Arts Fund. "I am pleased to announce that Warmun Arts Centre has received $25,000 for 2017 WRECK Project - Tura new Music Residency Program through the Regional Arts Fund. "Warmun Art Centre will partner with Tura New Music to de... read more »

Collaboration emphasised for regional development

With the 2016 festivities drawn to a close, 2017 has begun with all the hopes, dreams and wishes that the dawn of each new year brings. People around the world have made their new year's resolutions and I have made mine. This year, I aim at shining the spotlight on the Kimberley even brighter. I want our nation and the world to see that th... read more »

Let this be the 'Year of the Pilbara' for us to flourish

The annual Christmas festivities have seen the end of 2016 and another year of hard work and, hopefully, some fun stretches in front of us as we welcome in 2017. I believe with the dawn of each new year comes hopes, dreams and aspirations, all of which I have for the Pilbara. My hope is 2017 will be the "Year of the Pilbara". Mining and it... read more »

Free trial for wi-fi

Roebourne residents can connect to free wi-fi at their local Department of Human Services agent thanks to a new trial. Roebourne and Bidyadanga are the only sites in WA currently offering free wi-fi access to connect to Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services, and nearly 1000 government and community websites. Member for Durack Meliss... read more »

Coral Coast tourism revenue rises 22pc to $680 million

The latest quarterly report from Tourism Research Australia has good results for the Coral Coast, as more Australian visitors make a winter trek to the Mid West, spending $680 million dollars. The Coral Coast tourism area extends from Jurien Bay in the south to Coral Bay in the north, and includes all the coastal towns in between - the largest o... read more »

Have your say on smart technology program

Durack residents are invited to help shape a flagship Australian Government smart technology program for Australian cities and regions. The $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will support projects that apply innovative technology and data solutions to fix local problems and make cities, suburbs and towns more liveable. Member for Du... read more »
Productivity Commission Study on the transition of regional economies following the resources boom

Report labels Govt welfare program as 'flawed'

The Federal Government's remote welfare program will come under scrutiny in an inquiry mid-next year. Member for Durack Melissa Price, also the chair of the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, said the inquiry would look into the effectiveness of the Community Development Programme and the jobactive website. A recent report from the Aus... read more »

Sporting highlights

NOVEMBER - BASKETBALL Mullewa won the Melissa Price Mid West Basketball Shield in a thrilling final over perennial contenders Mount Magnet. The tournament's surprise packet won with the final shot of the game, while in the women's competition Who Care narrowly defeated Mount Magnet in overtime. Source: Midwest Times. read more »

Reflection on projects in pipeline

2016 has been a busy year for all of us, and as I look towards the next year in Durack, a number of new projects will get under way, such as the installation of the National Broadband Network, improved and new services, many new mobile telephone towers and improved roads.  I hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year, and take time ... read more »

National parks to get signal

The Pilbara's two most popular national parks will no longer be phone-free zones, with new towers to cover both remote regions. Karijini National Park and Millstream-Chichester National Park are signal black spots but with funding from the State and Federal Governments, that is all about to change. Durack MHR Melissa Price said the move would... read more »
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