IN MOORE WITH LOVE
The Agricultural Show season drew to a close with a fantastic Bindoon Show on October 13. Harvest is now underway in the Midwest and I urge all road users to take extra care at this time. I welcome funding under the Safer Roads Program that will see $4.3 million funding for the Brand Highway north of Cataby and $1.5 million for Indian Ocean Drive for road widening to 1.5 metres, sealing of shoulders, line marking and installation of audible edge lines. I am however concerned that no funding has been allocated for Midlands Road. Thanks to Royalties for Regions funding allocated in the last term of government, Kalbarri’s $20 million Skywalk project is due to be completed by mid 2019 and will transform tourism in the Mid West. Some 22 kilometres of road in the National Park has already been sealed and facilities upgraded at Z Bend and Meanarra Hill. A $4.5 million contract has now been awarded for construction of the two cantilevered lookout structures to extend beyond the rim of the Murchison Gorge. The Mac Holt mobile phone tower now offers improved coverage at the Kalbarri gorges in the event of an emergency and in Parliament last week I was pleased to acknowledge Mac’s many years of service for the Kalbarri SES. I look forward to the official opening of the Three Bays
Walkway at Dynamite Bay, Green Head this week, a project which was also funded by Royalties for Regions in the last term of government. This 2.5 kilometre coastal walk trail will both showcase and protect the area for future generations. Congratulations are due to the Green Head Coastcare Group - this is a fantastic project.
Men’s Sheds have a proven track record of helping men with health and mental health issues but Labor have made no commitment to ongoing funding for Men’s Sheds in WA beyond December 2018. The Nationals WA believe a funding commitment of three to five years is essential for the growing Men’s Sheds movement in WA.