Nationals WA candidate for Pilbara,
p The Nationals WA remain categorically committed to supporting the live export trade and the livestock sector. The live export trade is a critical component of the livestock industry, being worth about $500 million per annum with multiplier effects on employment, supply chains and regional economies. It underpins cattle and sheep prices in our great State.
The Nationals WA will commit $300 million from Royalties for Regions to empower and grow WA's agricultural sector, should they retain the balance of power at the State election, which will boost investment in WA's agricultural sector and enable farmers to capitalise on opportunities presented by the economic growth of Asia.
The Nationals WA will commit $15m to establish a Northern Beef Industry Development Centre in Broome and $10m towards a Sheep Industry Development Centre in Katanning and will continue to play a vital role in developing strategies for a sustainable industry.
p The Rangelands Reform Program was initiated in December 2010 to promote the growth of sustainable, economically diverse rangelands communities through land tenure reform, encouragement of new investment opportunities and land uses, and the identification of measures to restore the rangelands' productive capacity and conservation values.
Approval for the drafting of the amendment Bill to create the legislation required to achieve the tenure reforms has been given and it is expected that the draft Bill will go out for consultation with industry, government and native title representative bodies soon after the election.
p Royalties for Regions is the greatest investment ever seen in regional WA. More than $6 billion has been allocated across the State.
Importantly, The Nationals WA has ensured these funds are over and above the normal Government expenditure in regional WA.
So far, more than $2b has been spent on the ground, including over $500 million in the Agricultural region (Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Mid West) since 2008.
With The Nationals WA in Government, the Royalties for Regions program will continue to support and maintain strong and vibrant communities throughout regional WA.
The key priorities for the Pilbara over the next four years will be land availability and development, housing, community projects including indigenous participation, health, education, economic diversification for industry, agriculture and business attraction.
Along with Pilbara Cities, The Nationals WA in Government will continue to drive a number of key programs including the $300m Agriculture policy, the West Kimberley Revitalisation ($125m), Ord East Kimberley Expansion Project ($322m), the Gascoyne Development Plan ($150m), Mid West Revitalisation Plan ($228m), SuperTowns ($85m), the Southern Inland Health Initiative ($565m), the North West Health Initiative ($150m) Goldfields Development Plan ($150m).
Also, The Nationals WA are committed to the Country Local Government Fund which will have delivered an estimated $570m to country local governments by 2015-16 to build and maintain community infrastructure.