Work and Wander out Yonder entices jobseekers with accommodation, travel incentives

Unemployed Western Australians will be enticed to sign up for seasonal agricultural jobs with an investment to attract them to work. The McGowan Government revealed the $3 million funding boost on Wednesday, to pay for accommodation and travel support. Under the Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme, agriculture, fisheries and food processing…

EXCLUSIVE: PGA WA calls on Australia to stand up to China bullying amid hit to agriculture

The agriculture sector will not be intimidated into jobs losses and economic decline as trade relations between Australia and China deteriorate, the sector’s lobby group has warned. WA’s Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA WA) has stated it will not roll over to China’s “bullying” with the relationship worsening, impacting job in agriculture and the wider…

Jobseekers encouraged to “Wonder Out Yonder” for a working adventure

Young WA jobseekers have been encouraged to head to regional WA in what the McGowan Government calls a “once-in-a-lifetime” working holiday. The government has promoted jobs in WA’s south west, encouraging the state’s unemployed to travel and take up jobs in agriculture, tourism and hospitality. As part of its “Work and Wander out Yonder” campaign,…

Opposition hits out at government over flawed Westport report

The State Opposition has slammed the McGowan Government over its plan to build a new port at Cockburn Sound, claiming investigations into a potential move from Fremantle was flawed and had preconceived outcomes. Opposition Transport Spokesperson Libby Mettam said the Westport Taskforce report had issues, stating that Western Australians are being asked to spend billions…

EXCLUSIVE: City of Fremantle position over Port “nonsensical”: MacTiernan

The State Government has hit out at the City of Fremantle over Fremantle Port, claiming that their position on keeping the container facility in Fremantle is “nonsensical.” Regional Development Minister Allanah MacTiernan said the council had supported retaining the port, but its requests were impossible to achieve. City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettit said that…

Tourism funding capitalises on Collie’s trail town reputation

Collie is set to become WA’s “go-to trail adventure town”, the McGowan Government has revealed, injecting funding to boost tourism in the town. $84,400 will fund two additional projects as part of the Collie Futures Small Grants Program, capitalising on nature tourism in the region. As part of the funding, the Collie River Trail Stay…

Invasive red imported fire ant detected in WA

An invasive ant species has been discovered in WA with the State Government warning residents to be wary of further appearances. State Government authorities have detected the red imported fire ant species at Fremantle Port, with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development treating several nests. Destruction of nests have destroyed the ants at…

“Rockstar” to be a high performer in wheat market

A new wheat variety is expected to be a high performer to boost Australia’s wheat market. The McGowan Government has introduced a new Australian Hard variety Rockstar, which is expected to be profitable for farmers. Produced by Western Australian cereal breeding company InterGrain, it is expected to provide a “robust, flexible variety option.” The government…

Port Hedland port project delivers jobs to region

A trade infrastructure project in Port Hedland has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget, while supporting jobs in WA. The Port of Port Hedland Berth 3 deck and fender replacement project that was initiated as a pilot project under the WA Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), that has helped produce jobs in the region.…