McGowan Unveils Further Plans To Boost Economic Recovery

Investments into defence, port infrastructure and serviced land are set to get a boost after the Government announced a $330 million investment, as part of the WA Recovery Plan. The investment will be utilised to create jobs, boost the economy, establish new business and research facilities, and stimulate major infrastructure and construction. These works will…

Tourism Minister Deeply Saddened By Troy Thomas’s Death

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has released a statement following the tragic death of Troy Thomas in a helicopter crash in Broome. “I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Troy Thomas. My thoughts are with Troy’s loved ones and the other victims of this terrible accident,” the minister said. “Troy was…

Free To Wander! WA Government To Launch Local Tourism Campaign

The McGowan Government has kick started a local marketing campaign, urging Western Australians to visit different parts of the state. The “Wander out Yonder campaign was officially launched today on WA Day, in an attempt to encourage everyone to tour the state since the lifting of restrictions on the 29th, May, and with stage 3…

Struggling tourism businesses in line for assistance grants

WA’s small tourism operators around the state will be supported to adapt because of COVID-19 in a new recovery package. The McGowan Government has launched a $14.4 million initiative to assist businesses refocus while helping others struggling because of the pandemic. The package will include two funding programs, with an initial $10.4 million in one-off…

Rottnest to open waters for fishing gear retrieval.

Rottnest island has been closed to the public since March 25, but a new government decision will allow fishers access to the waters around the island. Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley says that the government recognises that the Rottnest reefs are a popular area to set craypots, and that recreational fishers need to be able to…

Mandatory hygiene course to prepare WA hospitality industry for coronavirus recovery

A mandatory hygiene regime will prepare WA’s hospitality industry as the industry prepares to return to fully business amid COVID-19, the State Government has announced. The State Government will roll out the mandatory AHA Hospitality & Tourism COVID-19 hygiene training and assessment to protect the public and venue staff, to ensure strong protections are in…

EXCLUSIVE: Chung Wah Association WA President calls for prison sentences for racism

The Chung Wah Association WA President has called for prison sentences as the Minister for Multicultural condemns recent instances of anti-chinese sentiment in WA.  The Minister for Multicultural Interests, Paul Papalia, spoke in State Parliament on Thursday, saying that instances of racism were “repugnant.”  “I am sure we have all seen reports of students being…

Grants open to boost WA defence industry

The State Government will support collaborative research to strengthen WA’s defence industry with new grants, the McGowan Government has revealed. Applications for the Collaborative Research grants are now open and are a key component of the government’s Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan to grow the local defence industry and create jobs. The Defence Science…

New laws boost conflict resolution for businesses, subcontractors

WA small businesses and subcontractors will be protected against mistreatment under new laws, the State Government has revealed. The New laws passed in parliament on Wednesday will strengthen protections for businesses and resolve growing number of insolvencies and payment disputes. Under the laws, the Small Business Commissioner will have greater powers to investigate improper behaviour…

ANZAC division: Ministers slam the RSL WA’s Indigenous policy

The Returned and Services League WA has been widely criticised today after a policy discouraging the use of indigenous languages and the Welcome to Country at ANZAC Day dawn services came to light. The League called the use of such elements ‘divisive’, and unnecessarily singling out one culture. Veterans and government ministers Paul Papalia and…