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Jan­uary

CHANGES to KidS­port con­ces­sion vouch­ers could see fewer at-risk youth par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports and recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to War­ren-Black­wood MLA Terry Red­man.

The voucher pro­gram aims to re­duce the fi­nan­cial bar­rier that pre­vents youth from low so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mu­nity sport and has helped more than 69,267 young peo­ple since its in­tro­duc­tion in 2011.

The Man­jimup com­mu­nity is be­ing lauded for its in­volve­ment in a se­ries of po­lice searches on prop­er­ties last week, which re­sulted in 58 drug-re­lated charges be­ing laid against 12 peo­ple.

Op­er­a­tion Za­gros was a six­month joint ef­fort be­tween Man­jimup po­lice, Bun­bury de­tec­tives and the Or­gan­ised Crime Squad, and on Jan­uary 9, with sup­port from South West po­lice of­fi­cers and the Po­lice Ca­nine Unit, 14 homes in the Man­jimup area were searched based on in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­nity.

Grow­ers in the re­gion have banded to­gether to re-form a rep­re­sen­ta­tive group that aims to tackle a threat to the fu­ture of wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion lim­its for self-sup­ply landown­ers.

A meet­ing was held ear­lier this month when grow­ers dis­cov­ered the Depart­ment of Wa­ter and En­vidi­vi­sion ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion had placed lim­its on wa­ter li­cence ap­pli­ca­tions in the Don­nelly River catch­ment and would no longer is­sue new li­cences.

Fe­bru­ary

TALISON Lithium says its $320 mil­lion ex­pan­sion is mak­ing good progress even as a le­gal bat­tle with fel­low Green­bushes miner Global Ad­vanced Met­als drags on.

Talison Green­bushes op­er­a­tions man­ager Pat Scallan would not com­ment on the dis­pute yes­ter­day, but said it was not hold­ing up the com­pany’s ex­pan­sion.

Food pro­duc­ers are be­ing urged to par­tic­i­pate in the South­ern Forests Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme wa­ter sales process to im­prove the chances of the $80 mil­lion sus­tain­able wa­ter project com­ing to fruition.

Grow­ers were in­vited to two work­shops in Pem­ber­ton and Man­jimup last week to en­cour­age them to sign up and help reach the 9.2 gi­gal­itre quota needed to make the scheme for a 15 gi­gal­itre dam at Record Brook vi­able.

Bridgetown-Green­bushes Shire Coun­cil says it has taken steps to se­cure its com­puter sys­tems af­ter a cy­ber at­tack on the Leisure Cen­tre last month.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions found hack­ers breached the cen­tre’s sys­tem via a mon­i­tor­ing gate­way used by soft­ware provider Phoenix, shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tim Clynch said.

March

MEN­TAL health, drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and aged care are just some of the sec­tors that could ben­e­fit by sav­ing the War­ren District Hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers.

About 70 peo­ple stormed Man­jimup’s Coro­na­tion Park on Sat­ur­day morn­ing for the move­ment’s first rally to keep the hos­pi­tal’s build­ings once the new hos­pi­tal is com­pleted.

The Lower South West com­mu­nity needs to take part in a march next month in a bid to stop the clo­sure of six of the State’s camp schools, ac­cord­ing to War­renBlack­wood MLA Terry Red­man.

The April 20 protest will be held in Bun­bury and the shire coun­cils of Man­jimup and Bridge town Green­bushes have al­ready shown sup­port by pro­vid­ing buses to and from the event.

The re­gion’s potato grow­ers could ben­e­fit from greater ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of more than $740,000 in State Govern­ment fund­ing for four WA potato busi­nesses to grow the in­dus­try.

Ben­dotti Ex­porters and Pem­ber­ton Fresh are two of four potato busi­nesses across the State to share in $742,000 to­wards new equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture.

April

HUN­DREDS of jobs are be­ing cre­ated from multi-mil­lion dol­lar con­tracts as Talison Lithium ramps up its $320 mil­lion ex­pan­sion at Green­bushes.

Head con­trac­tor MSP Engi­neer­ing re­cently awarded the two ma­jor con­tracts for the site works re­quired for the new chem­i­cal grade plant to Ker­man Con­tract­ing and AGC In­dus­tries.

The State Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to cre­ate a new ru­ral fire­fight­ing ap­pears to have broad sup­port from vol­un­teers and the Op­po­si­tion.

The State Govern­ment said it would spend $80 mil­lion to im­prove ru­ral fire­fight­ing ca­pac­ity as part of a $128.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment in fire and emer­gency ser­vices.

The cam­paign to save the Bridgetown and Pem­ber­ton camp schools and pro­mote the “vi­tal” ser­vices took to the streets of Bun­bury.

The protest rally ended up out­side South West MLC Adele Fa­rina’s of­fice, where sev­eral speak­ers talked about the im­por­tance of the type of ed­u­ca­tion the camp schools pro­vided.

Pic­tures: Tari Jef­fers

Fe­bru­ary: The 33rd Boyup Brook Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val was a huge suc­cess, with thou­sands of peo­ple de­scend­ing on the town for highly an­tic­i­pated event, which in­cluded head­lin­ers The McC­ly­monts.

March: Ge­or­gia, 6, Olivia, 7, Me­gan, 11, and Ri­ley Kee­gan, 10, en­cour­age peo­ple of all ages to get in­volved with a new arts project be­ing held as part of the War­ren Agri­cul­tural Show.

April: A Pem­ber­ton St John Am­bu­lance mem­ber was awarded the Or­der of St John for his ded­i­ca­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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