Midwest Times - - NEWS -

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.

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