IN MOORE WITH LOVE

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Shane Love MLA Mem­ber for Moore

I was in Don­gara last week to meet with those who will be im­pacted by the McGowan gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to seize a 17 per­cent com­mer­cial stake in WA’s Western Rock Lob­ster fish­ery. La­bor’s move to in­crease the to­tal an­nual catch from 6,300 tonnes to 8,000 tonnes but re­tain own­er­ship of 1,385 tonnes is a direct at­tack on the prop­erty rights of the WA fish­ing in­dus­try. The in­dus­try say this de­ci­sion was made with­out con­sul­ta­tion and with the threat of los­ing an in­dus­try fund­ing pack­age. I will be tak­ing this mat­ter up with the McGowan gov­ern­ment on be­half of my con­stituents who are the back­bone of the Western Rock Lob­ster in­dus­try. La­bor have de­clared frack­ing to be safe in the Mid West while main­tain­ing a ban on frack­ing in the South West, Peel and Metropoli­tan ar­eas. Pre­mier McGowan made the an­nounce­ment fol­low­ing the re­cent 12 month long In­de­pen­dent Sci­en­tific In­quiry into frack­ing. The hypocrisy of this de­ci­sion is as­tound­ing given that wa­ter re­sources in the south­ern part of the Moore elec­torate link to the Perth ground­wa­ter sys­tem and the Gin­gin area is home to some 40 per­cent of the state’s hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duc­tion. The Pre­mier needs to un­der­stand that Mid West res­i­dents have con­sis­tently called for frack­ing to be banned in their towns and com­mu­ni­ties. Snakes are on the move as day time tem­per­a­tures rise. Con­cerns had been raised re­gard­ing the lack of snake

bite anti-venom at WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice (WACHS) fa­cil­i­ties. Fol­low­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions, 69 of the 81 WACHS fa­cil­i­ties now stock anti-venom. For those liv­ing in Moore, these in­clude Dal­wallinu, Don­gara, Ger­ald­ton, Jurien Bay, Kal­barri, Mo­rawa, Moora, Mullewa, Northamp­ton and Three Springs. I un­der­stand that the Lancelin Sil­ver Chain (which is not a WACHS fa­cil­ity) also stocks black and brown snake anti-venom. Snake bite first aid ad­vice can be found at: https://stjohn.org.au/as­sets/up­loads/fact%20sheets/english/ FS_s­nakebite.pdf In clos­ing, I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Christ­mas and New Year. Take care and stay safe on the roads dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

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