Nats talk­fest spruiks re­gion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

The Na­tion­als WA party mem­bers will descend on Man­jimup this week as they hold their 2018 State con­fer­ence and con­ven­tion in town.

Of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings kick off on Fri­day, with the Young Na­tion­als AGM, a truf­fle fac­tory visit and the Pres­i­dent’s Sun­downer in the evening.

On Satur­day, the con­fer­ence will be held from 8.30am at the Man­jimup Town Hall and the event will fin­ish with a gala din­ner hosted by Na­tion­als WA Party leader Mia Davies.

Ms Davies said the Na­tion­als ex­isted solely to rep­re­sent re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and the party brought its State Con­fer­ence to re­gional towns to show­case the re­gions to mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

“It is vi­tal that we con­tinue to sup­port Man­jimup and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties of the broader in­land South West as they are in­te­gral to our State’s eco­nomic growth and fu­ture,” she said.

“Whether it be av­o­ca­dos, truf­fles, cher­ries, stone fruit — Man­jimup and the South­ern For­est re­gion has gained a global rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cep­tional pro­duce.”

War­ren-Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man said one of the is­sues he would raise was on­go­ing wa­ter rights is­sues.

While he re­mained sup­port­ive of the South­ern Forests Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme, it was im­por­tant to him that “lo­cal angst” be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

“There is a sen­ti­ment that the scheme is po­ten­tially in com­pe­ti­tion for wa­ter that could oth­er­wise be avail­able to grow­ers di­rectly,” he said.

“En­sur­ing the fi­nal project fund­ing in­cludes a $300,000 al­lo­ca­tion for an in­de­pen­dent hy­dro­log­i­cal study of the Man­jimup Brook catch­ment will pro­vide ac­cu­rate, science-based in­for­ma­tion.”

Mr Red­man will also bring up pos­si­ble re­place­ments for Moonya Lodge, as up­dated aged care fa­cil­i­ties would com­ple­ment the new Well­ness and Re­spite Cen­tre.

He also said an­other topic of dis­cus­sion would be es­tab­lish­ing a new fund­ing pro­gram to re­place Roy­al­ties for Re­gions.

“The for­mat of this and how it is funded will make for a good dis­cus­sion with our col­leagues and sup­port­ers,” he said.

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