31 August 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA encourages Esperance residents to have their say on the draft concept designs recently released by the Shire of Esperance for a replacement jetty.
The draft concept designs are for a 400m jetty that incorporates a timber historic section, a cement fishing jetty, a widened jetty head and a lowered diving deck.
Mr Rundle said the Esperance community weren’t satisfied with the previous concept designs, and had made their opinions heard.
“It was obvious that the previous concept design did not meet the community’s expectations, and they expected the Shire to go back to the drawing board,” Mr Rundle said.Read more
The Nationals WA have called for the Royal Commission into aged care be expanded to investigate the critical shortage of age-appropriate housing and care providers in regional Western Australia.
Spokesperson for seniors and ageing Peter Rundle congratulated the Prime Minister for calling the Royal Commission, saying poor aged care outcomes were consistently raised with Nationals MPs when they travelled across the State.
Mr Rundle has written to both Mr Morrison and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt to request the terms of reference be expanded.
“The current model of aged care in regional WA is not suitable and The Nationals would like the scope of the Royal Commission widened to investigate this,” he said.
Mr Rundle said work undertaken by his Nationals colleague Terry Redman, the former Minister for Regional Development, in commissioning the Ageing in the Bush Report in 2016, had found alarming gaps in aged care.Read more
Peter Rundle MLA and Hon Colin de Grussa MLA at the 2018 LambEx Conference
The Nationals WA agriculture and food spokesman Colin de Grussa has called on the industry to unite to create a ‘one stop shop’ for trusted information on agriculture.
During his Nuffield Scholarship study tour in 2014, Mr de Grussa met with the British National Farmers’ Union and its German equivalent, who have established themselves as the reliable source for facts and education on agriculture, and has advocated for a similar organisation in Australia since.
“Our industry currently faces a crisis, where the general population are bombarded with information – or misinformation – related to the ‘evils’ of live export, factory farming, GM, environmental issues and other emotive topics,” Mr de Grussa said.Read more
29 June 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle has welcomed the Labor Government’s funding for aged care projects across Roe that will allow regional senior citizens to remain in their communities.
Broomehill, Cranbrook, Katanning and Kojonup communities will share in $13.1 million to build and expand accommodation, while the Cuballing, Wickepin and Narrogin communities will receive a share of $160 000 to further develop business cases for aged care projects.
Mr Rundle said that he was pleased the McGowan Government had finally started supporting the aging population in regional Western Australia.Read more
27 June 2018
Member for Roe Peter Rundle says he is bitterly disappointed that Labor failed to support an amendment to the Heritage Bill that would have seen the future of the state’s three remaining jetties protected in legislation.
During debate yesterday Member for North West Central Vince Catania moved an amendment calling for the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty, the Esperance Tanker Jetty and the Busselton Jetty to be protected and preserved to ensure the long-term sustainability of the jetties.
Mr Rundle said he was frustrated that the McGowan Government voted against the amendment.Read more
Member for Roe Peter Rundle has said that the Minister for Transport has merely paid lip service to Southern Ports Authority Port of Esperance employees following today’s resignation of SPA Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Rundle questioned the Minister for Transport in Question Time today, asking what assurances the Minister could provide that this change in leadership will not disrupt efforts to secure new clients in Esperance.
“SPA staff in Esperance currently face huge uncertainty, and are experiencing poor workplace culture,” Mr Rundle said.Read more
Nationals WA Members of Parliament Peter Rundle and Vincent Catania will introduce amendments to the Heritage Bill 2017 to preserve the state’s three remaining timber jetties.
Mr Rundle and Mr Catania have attempted to introduce specific legislation to protect the Esperance, Carnarvon and Busselton jetties, but this came to a halt after they received advice from the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office that the office was too busy giving priority to drafting Government legislation to allocate resources to this bill.
Mr Rundle said that while it was disappointing that the Government failed to provide the resources to draft the jetties protection bill, the jetties could still be protected by including an amendment to the Heritage Bill.Read more
Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA has welcomed the passage of a bill that will remove a time limit on victims of sexual abuse bringing legal claims against the State or other organisations through Parliament.
The bill which passed both houses on Tuesday, will allow thousands of claimants to access fair reparations for acts of child sexual abuse that may have been perpetrated decades ago.
Mr Rundle said the passage of the bill meant victims could begin to make claims as soon as the State Government gives effect to the law.Read more
WA Colleges of Agriculture were thrust under the spotlight of Parliament today when a petition was presented condemning the Labor government’s plan to dip into a vital trust that helps fund on-farm operations at school sites.
The petition, tabled by agriculture spokesman Colin de Grussa MLC, contained more than 400 signatures calling on the Premier to abandon plans to raid the Agricultural Education Farm Provisions Trust.
Education Minister Sue Ellery announced her plot to swipe 20 per cent of funds from the Trust as part of Labor’s sweeping cuts to regional education but it has been met by backlash from school communities and industry.Read more