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What the Papers Say

Suicide prevention trial

A newly formed working group tasked with driving a landmark suicide prevention trial in the Kimberley met with Federal Government representatives in Broome last week to map out a strategy. Indigenous leaders from local organisations engaged with Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt and Member for Durack Melissa Price to develop a work plan for t... read more »

Businesses vie for top Telstra gongs

As the new year begins to ramp up again, a new spate of business awards are opening up. The Telstra Business Awards are first off the block before the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Business Excellence Awards. MWCCI chief executive Glenn Whistler-Carr said they would be encouraging all members of the chamber to participate in awards... read more »

Tigers to defend comp title

If you want to see sport in its purest form, do yourself a favour and stop by the Mullewa Recreation Centre on Saturday. Some of the most talented Mid West basketball players will hit the floor in a bid to secure some Melissa Price Basketball Competition grand final glory. Five teams will take part in Saturday's tournament: the Mullewa Saints... read more »

More support for aged care

Carnarvon, Perenjori and Morawa will receive more aged care support, with 16 additional places to be made available for those with care needs. The care will be provided through the Multi-Purpose Service Program, with 14 spots in Carnarvon and one each in Morawa and Perenjori. Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt, who was appointed to the position in ... read more »

Fireworks mark a day of celebration

IRWIN Dongara Denison Lions Club provided a free sausage sizzle and watermelon to those attending the Port Denison foreshore celebrations and Durack MHR Melissa Price and Moore MLA Shane Love attended the Citizenship and local citizen awards ceremony. Kimberley Mawer took her Citizenship Pledge while Murray and Jimmy Butcher received the Citizen... read more »

Aussie contractors eye spy-base upgrade tenders

Americans could be pouring a few million greenbacks into the local economy because the Geraldton spy base is due for an upgrade. A notice seeking a contractor was posted to the US Government's Federal Business Opportunities website this month, along with two other construction projects for the Royal Australian Air Force base in Darwin. Member... read more »

Small business urged to share struggles

Cashflow and payment terms are expected to be the biggest issues of the Turnbull Government's inquiry into small businesses for the electorate of Durack. The inquiry, which was initiated by the Government and falls under the umbrella of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, will be the first of its kind since the establi... read more »

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 »
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