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What the Papers Say

Project boost for town

Dreams of a new outdoor multipurpose facility at Kununurra's rodeo grounds are a step closer to reality after a Federal funding boost. The project, spearheaded by the Kununurra Rodeo and Campdraft Association, is expected to be complete by mid-2017, in time for next year's rodeo season. Durack MP Melissa Price announced the $319,588 grant las... read more »

Contest heats up with launch

Liberal candidate for the seat of Kimberley, Warren Greatorex, officially launched his 2017 election campaign at an event in Kununurra last week. Mr Greatorex, who will contest the seat against sitting Labor member Josie Farrer and WA Nationals' candidate Rob Houston in March, said it was encouraging to receive so much community support. "The... read more »

They said it

"For the first time since Federation in 1901, tonight the government has voted in favour of a second reading amendment.  The Liberals have called on themselves to explain their failures." Labor's Tony Burke blames Financial Services Minister Kelly O'Dwyer for a parliamentary procedure bungle that had the government voting against itself. ... read more »

Pyne gets accolades for 'fixing' bungle

Turnbull government ministers have played down a "procedural mistake" in the Parliament that saw the government accidentally condemn itself, heaping praise on "fixer" Christopher Pyne for undoing the bungle that left Coalition MPs embarrassed. In its second procedural mishap in the House of Representatives, the Coalition on Wednesday voted for a... read more »

Book tracing Filipino roots of indigenous Australians launched

Community members gathered at the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre to celebrate the launch of book Re-imagining Australia: Voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino Descent on September 29. Special guests included Member for Durack Melissa Price, Bishop Christopher Saunders and Monsignor Paul Boyers from the Broome Catholic Diocese. ... read more »

Dongas to transform airport

Several massive metal dongas gifted to Derby will form the centrepiece of the town's multimillion-dollar airport refurbishment. The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley received $5.1 million towards the project last week through a Federal Government campaign to support regional Australia. The dongas were donated to the Shire by the Department of Imm... read more »

Hopes Irwin ball will top last year's funds

When the Irwin District Charity Ball committee first began planning a local fundraiser last year, they expected only a small event would be the outcome of their brainstorming. What they received was more than 250 guests for a night of glitz, glamour and generosity, ready to be repeated again this weekend. The 2015 inaugural Irwin Dist... read more »

Funding to deliver ambos new home

Ambulance officers in Hedland will have a new place to call home soon after a long-awaited funding announcement for a new sub centre. Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price last week announced the new $1.7 million St John Ambulance Port Hedland sub centre would become a reality after receiving funding in round three of the National Stronger Reg... read more »

Art of politics

Earlier this week we told you about the trials and tribulations of The Kimberley Echo's senior reporter Rourke Walsh, who battled a town-wide telecommunications outage to cover Colin Barnett's recent visit to Kununurra. The Premier made the trip north for the campaign launch of the Liberal candidate for Kimberley, Warren Greatorex, which was hel... read more »

Drivers endure tricky conditions

Geraldton City Speedway's Opening Twilight Meet played out in tough conditions over the weekend, with a stacked line-up of racers taking to the slippery track. Some quick thinking and hard work from track officials meant Saturday's event was still able to continue, despite heavy rains earlier in the day causing delays. President Peter Smith s... read more »

Apply to upgrade vital remote airstrips

Applications for the latest round of the Federal Government's Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program are now open, with communities being encouraged to put forward proposals. Durack MP Melissa Price said the program recognised the difficulties some remote communities faced accessing" supplies and services and how they often relied on air links, in part... read more »

Melissa interviewing Sandy Dann

Melissa Price MP takes over the microphone and interviews  "The Voice of the Kimberley", Sandy Dann read more »

Learning difficulty guide online

Teachers in Durack will have access to the latest teaching strategies and advice on how to support students with learning difficulties. The Federal Government has given $341,000 of funding to DSF Literacy and Clinical Services in WA to ensure their guide, Understanding Learning Difficulties, can be accessed freely online. The guide focuses on... read more »

Funds to hit pests and weeds

The Federal Government will provide an extra $500,000 to help control pest animals and weeds in droughtaffected areas. Member for Durack Melissa Price said tackling pests was important during drought, where weeds dominated pasture areas and food scarcity resulted in livestock losses at the hands of wild dogs. "Each year, pest animals and weed... read more »

Lobbying goes unacknowledged

The WA Federal Liberals could not have done any more to secure an increased GST share for WA. What MLC Jacqui Boydell demonstrates in her comments (Nationals MP calls for more action on the GST, 21/9) is she clearly doesn't understand what has been done. The GST distribution model is currently disadvantaging the State. That is a fact. B... read more »
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