Telstra selected to improve WA regional communications

Western Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities and businesses will receive access to a mobile voice and wireless broadband service. Telecommunications company, Telstra was selected to deliver the three year project with $39.2 million in Royalties for Regions funding under the Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP). Minister for Science and Innovation, John Day said Telstra […]

Community shop to deliver social services

Therapy Through Technology gets $146000 to open The Community Shop Social Innovation Grants Program to benefit residents in Midland, Western Australia.   The shop-front service delivering social welfare and service support to City of Swan residents has been established at Centrepoint Shopping Centre in Midland, was part of WA’s round of $14 million Social Innovation […]

Exploring mining options in WA

Prospectors for exploring Western Australia’s potential mining resources have received a financial boost from the state government. The final round of funding for 2011 saw $6 million awarded to 52 applications, including three prospectors receiving $63000. Promoting exploration in greenfields and under-explored areas of WA, the program is part of the government’s $80 million Exploration […]

WA Government saves $25M on offices

The West Australia Government is on track to save about $25 million a year in office accommodation, with the final tenant about to relocate to Gordon Stephenson House (GSH).   Finance Minister Simon O’Brien announced said the consolidation of office accommodation is just one element of this Government’s Accommodation Master Plan.   “In March 2009, […]

Schools get funding boost for playgrounds

WA will contribute $2 million over four years to assist schools to provide students with modern, stimulating and safe playground equipment.   Education Minister Liz Constable said the program would revitalise play areas in more than 50 schools, over the next two years.   “It is vital for children to have appropriate play equipment to […]

WA solar industry disappointing

  By Lilia Guan   Non-profit organisation, Clean Energy Council (CEC) said the WA solar industry has been dealt an “unexpected blow” by the Barnett Government, with the “sudden closure” of their feed-in-tariff.   Released on Monday, the new scheme designed to help residents recover the purchase cost of their renewable energy system has been […]

Dark age may envelope WA streets

The State Government’s 29.8 per cent increase in the electricity tariff included in the recent State Budget has caused uproar among local governments.   WA Local Government Association President, Mayor Troy Pickard said this increase was “totally unexpected” and places a “massive strain” on local government finances.   Mr Pickard said local governments’ decision to […]

WA funds Wheatbelt growth

WA Lands Minister Brendon Grylls announced ten residential lots to be built in Dalwallinu, seven in Dowerin, and a further ten in Hyden.   The plan will be operated under LandCorp’s Regional Development Assistance Program (RDAP) to build residential lots in the selected areas. Mr Grylls said RDAP funding through LandCorp helps to overcome economic […]

Remote WA community receives funding

By Paul Hemsley   The remote community of Warmun in West Australia will be provided with eight million dollars from the Federal Government, following recent flooding in the region.     Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said funding to the community will be provided over two years under the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) […]

WA assessed for renewable energy

The Australian Government has awarded a contract for work to begin on a detailed assessment of the renewable energy potential of the Mid-West and Pilbara regions of WA.   Evans and Peck, the successful tenderer for the Western Australia Regional Renewable Energy Assessment, will deliver a study to address some of the barriers to investment […]

Planning WA’s future energy needs

WA energy minister Peter Collier has launched the latest initiative in planning for the State’s future energy needs.   Minister Collier’s release of the Strategic Energy Initiative: Energy 2031 directions paper was a step towards establishing a 20-year vision for the State’s energy sector.   “Energy supply is crucial for economic development and our quality […]

WA reviews Office of Shared Services efficiency

Treasurer Christian Porter has signed off on the terms of reference for the Economic Regulation Authority to undertake a review into the Office of Shared Services (OSS).   Focus of the review will be on providing advice on the following; the effectiveness and efficiency of the OSS at its current level of operations; how the effectiveness […]

WALGA appeals for more consultation on population issues

A commitment to consultation on initiatives to address population growth will be critical to successfully planning the future of communities in the Perth and Peel regions. The Directions 2031 framework released yesterday by Planning Minister John Day sets out the strategic approach to be taken in future development of the two regions, with populations across […]

WA councils join disabled access scheme

By Staff Writer Local government and community organisations in WA have teamed up to improve access to buildings for disabled people under a State Government-funded initiative. The State Government today launched a new website to provide information on access to buildings and amenities for disabled people. Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien formally launched the You’re […]


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