Business and finance
The West Australian says Halls Creek is to have a new welfare scheme based on “good behaviour”.
Under the scheme, a community panel would reward families for such things as school attendance and paying rent.
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The commonwealth has contributed $2.7 million towards the cost of a $20 million RFDS base at Broome airport.
The remaining funds need to be found before construction starts.
Landcorp has released more housing blocks at Broome North.
Wyndham Early Learning Activity centre says will have to lay off staff after funding cuts were announced.
“In the Prime Minister’s Report on Closing the GAP 2013 the first sentence on early learning says ‘a child’s health and wellbeing from before they are born through to their preschool years helps to set them up for life’,” centre manager Jane Parker said.
“If that’s the case, we don’t understand how the government can stop funding a service that has won awards, been positively evaluated, and is so obviously delivering what is needed. ”
Prime Minister Julia Gillard opened the new building last year.
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Union members have protested outside WA’s Parliament House against Shell’s planned floating liquid natural gas facility.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says it will cost Australian jobs, and the gas should be processed onshore.
PerthNow [read this story]
A new facility has made it possible to sell cattle that may be affected by Bovine Johne’s Disease.
The cattle come from five Kimberley stations that had bought bulls from an affected Queensland stud.
They are banned from export but OK to sell within Australia.
The new facility separates them from the cattle yarded for export.
Ord River Resources holds the lease on a gold resource at Suplejack station estimated at 101,300 ounces.
Suplejack is a Northern Territory station located between Inverway and Tanami Downs – its western boundary is the WA-NT border.
Proactive Investors says Ord River Resources intends to concentrate on developing its gold interests now, and will probably sell out of a bauxite project in Laos.
Proactive Investors [read this story]
Local member Barry Haase supports a move to put a bounty on feral dogs.
“Wild dogs have been destroying 1000’s of livestock every year costing producers millions of dollars,” Mr Haase said.
“Whereas dingos were once the main culprit and cause of attacks on sheep and goats, it is now the cross bred mongrel that is the problem.
“Irresponsible owners of large dogs have allowed their domesticated dogs to wander, resulting in a much larger version of the wild dog than we saw years ago.”
You can read his statement here: