A State Government discussion paper reveals Mark McGowan would permit the roll out of virtual gaming machines to WA pubs and clubs despite blasting an identical proposal just two years ago.Read more
Member for the South West Region Colin Holt MLC says he supports calls by the Albany Sea Rescue Squad for lifejackets to be made compulsory for anglers fishing from rocks.
Mr Holt said that rock fishing accidents have a devastating effect, not just on the families who lose a loved one, but on the volunteer rescue crews who are traumatised by the retrieval of those lost.
Mr Holt praised the free life-jacket loan scheme and educational programs run by Recfish West that have raised awareness about the risks of rock fishing and have led to more anglers choosing to fish from the beach during this salmon run.
However, Mr Holt said that in the wake of the numerous preventable deaths and the recent coroner’s recommendation in this matter that the time has come to implement compulsory life jackets in dangerous rock fishing areas.
“The fact is that some recreational fishers continue to ignore the warnings and take their chances fishing from dangerous rock locations without adequate safety precautions”.
“Salmon Holes is one of the notoriously dangerous rock fishing locations in the state and has been the scene of multiple fatalities and near misses, yet even today you can be sure that there are anglers there without adequate safety precautions”.
Mr Holt said he hoped to work with the Emergency Services Minister to introduce legislation that declares certain areas as “dangerous for fishing”. This would then lead to regulations to make the wearing of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) compulsory.
“It is time we take a stronger approach to individuals who are making the decision to fish in these areas. By making it clear that it is dangerous and they have an obligation to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment we can hopefully change the tide on this issue”.
“If we could implement this legislation, not only will it save lives, it will also reduce the burden on our emergency services involved in rescue and recovery operations”.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Tina Dawson, Rob Sutton, Chris Johns and Colin Holt with Albany Sea Rescue Vessel
NATIONALS Member for the South West Region Colin Holt MLC has welcomed the recent announcement by Brownes that they will be restarting cheese production at their Brunswick Cheese Factory.Read more
Nationals WA Member for the South West Colin Holt tabled petitions in Parliament yesterday with more than 3,000 signatures calling for the State Government to reverse its decision to close Camp Schools at Bridgetown and Pemberton.
“Over half the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes total population have come forward to fight this attack on regional education” Mr Holt said.Read more
The McGowan Government must shed the financial blinkers and ensure Western Australia’s racing industry emerges from the sale of the TAB entrenched in the winner’s circle.
The Nationals racing spokesperson Colin Holt said he was increasingly concerned the privatisation of the TAB was being hijacked by Treasury, with the ongoing viability of the racing industry a mere afterthought.Read more
Nationals Member for the South West Region Colin Holt MLC says that the Labor Government’s plan to pull out 20 percent of funds from the Agricultural Education Farm Provisions Trust each year is a further extension of the regional rip-off being perpetrated by the McGowan Government.Read more
The Labor Government is under increasing pressure to fund the South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter’s operation beyond June 2018.Read more
As a former minister for racing and gaming I was concerned to see the headline “Record TAB cash into racing” in The West Australian earlier this month. (Op-ed, The West Australian 23/08/17)Read more
Nationals Member for the South West Region Colin Holt MLC has congratulated not-for-profit aged care organisation Quambie Park Inc. on their successful application to the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
The $1,674,940 grant will go towards the Waroona Housing Options Village to provide affordable accommodation for the aged, including the construction of nine disability modified accommodation units as well as a community hub building and communal gardens.Read more
The McGowan Government’s regional development credentials are set to be severely tested as negotiations begin over the future location of a multi-million dollar lithium refinery.
Kidman Resources last week flagged Kemerton Industrial Park, 10 minutes north east of Bunbury, the Mungari Industrial Estate, 20 kilometres west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and Kwinana as possible locations for the refinery which will process lithium from the company’s Mt Holland lithium mine in the Goldfields.
Nationals Member for the South West Region Colin Holt MLC said it was incumbent on the McGowan Government to step up and advocate for the project to be regionally based.