LOOKING BACK AT 2018 IN NEWS AND SPORT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.