E-News – February Edition

I hope you all had a great break over Christmas and the New Year – I was fortunate to have some time to spend with my family and enjoyed the brilliant weather we have had this summer.


The leadership infighting in the Federal Government that we are witnessing is deeply worrying to all of us. So long as the Labor Party remains consumed with talk of leadership change, Australia is lacking an effective Government and this cannot continue. The people of Australia deserve far better than the sideshow that we are currently enduring, particularly in the face of job losses and deepening economic problems in Europe.


A swap to Kevin Rudd will not bring any changes to their most problematic policies. Mr Rudd was responsible for the dismantling of the Howard Government’s tried and tested border protection policy. While he eventually backed away from his self-proclaimed “greatest moral challenge of our time,” he was responsible for the Emissions Trading Scheme that became the carbon tax, which is already pushing jobs offshore and jeopardising future investment in Australian industries. Furthermore, Mr Rudd was the architect of the ill-conceived and dangerously flawed mining tax, which has been the cause of a structural deficit in our economy’s budget. The three main policy problems that are harming Julia Gillard are products of Kevin Rudd. Switching leaders will not fix a thing if the policies are not also changed.


Job losses are mounting, with many industries being affected by the strong dollar, however this is not the only pressure that is leading to jobs being pushed offshore. Inflexibility in Julia Gillard’s Fair Work Act and the added impost of the impending carbon tax are making Australia a less desirable place to invest and companies are speaking with their feet. Today, Australia enjoys its prosperity due to our ability in the past to implement policies that attracts investment from overseas. Consecutive Labor policies have seriously damaged our reputation as an ideal place to invest and for the first time in history, people are beginning to speak of “sovereign risk” when discussing Australia.


In the past fortnight in Canberra, the Gillard Government (with the help of several independent members and Speaker Peter Slipper) passed two very damaging pieces of legislation through the House of Representatives. Having been rejected twice in recent history, Labor members, Greens and independents lined up to ignore the wishes of the people and break yet another election promise by passing the means testing of the private health insurance rebate.


This move (while popular among those who don’t understand its repercussions) will push more people out of private health insurance, raising premiums and placing further pressure on an already stressed public health system. In years to come we will see the full consequences of this move, which is designed to provide a short term financial gain (to shore up a wafer thin budget surplus in 2012/13) but will ensure long term pain for Australia. I recently spoke in the House of Representatives on this Bill and while it is a long read, I believe it is a worthwhile one;


The second piece of dangerous legislation that passed through the House was the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment Bill 2011. Nothing exposes the Labor Party’s reliance on the support of unions more than this legislation. The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) was established by the Coalition in 2005 and has been responsible for significant increases in productivity, a reduction in inflation, an increase in GDP, a fall in building costs, a reduction in the number of working days lost and increase in economic activity to the tune of $5.5 billion annually. Why would any government seek to undo such a highly successful overseeing body such as the ABCC? The short answer is because the unions didn’t like the fact that it kept them accountable. An independent body that eradicated union thuggery and unlawful strike action has now been dismantled and we can expect to see old tricks re-emerging from the likes of CFMEU boss Joe McDonald and other union thugs. You can find a copy of my speech regarding the effective abolishment of the ABCC here;


The Australian people are tired of this divided, shambolic and truly dysfunctional Federal Labor Government. We look to our elected representatives to competently govern the nation. We do not expect our own Government to punish its citizens by presenting legislation that will raise the cost of living and damage our domestic industries. This is exactly what has happened since 2007 and it has become obvious that what we require is an election as a matter of urgency. The problems that we see in other counties such as Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland have been caused by poor governance and we should accept nothing less than the best from our political leaders. Clearly the Labor Party is not up to the challenge of leading our great country and should call a general election as soon as possible.


I thought you may also be interested in the following articles that have appeared in our leading papers recently. The first is from my colleague Tony Smith and discusses the dire situation Labor is leading us towards in terms of Australia’s fiscal position.


The second is written by The West’s Paul Murray and is a timely summary of the grim political situation Julia Gillard faces with the impending Queensland state election in which the Bligh Government is expected to face an electoral wipe-out.


While the media and the Labor Party remain consumed with the debate over whether to replace a poor leader with a proven failure, my colleagues and I are keeping busy formulating sound policies that we will take to the next election, whenever that may be. We have a very strong team focusing on the issues that most affect you and unlike a Labor Government, we will not be placing further impositions on hard working Australians to pay for reckless spending habits. Australians are all too often told to tighten their belts, however the same is rightly expected of our governments and Labor has clearly failed to reign in their high spending, high taxing behaviour.


We are indeed living in interesting times! If I can assist you with any issue affecting you, please do not hesitate to contact my office on (08) 9390 1211.



Yours sincerely,





New Direction for RDA Peel


RDA Peel wishes to advise this will be the last issue of the Peel Community P.A.G.E. Newsletter.

RDA Peel has assessed its strategic direction and work task priorities for 2012, deciding to focus its resources more on the on project development and regional strategic planning aspects of its designated roles.

This means that resources formerly allocated to increasing the capacity of the community and improving the sustainability of the not for profit sector in the region are no longer available for these purposes.

RDA Peel will be supporting Community Solutions Inc. in development of the CONNECTING PEEL Project.

CONNECTING PEEL – ‘Supporting the Development and Connectivity of Community Organisations in the Peel Region’ –  will provide its members with access to training, resources and support to assist with managing the complex tasks of running a community organisation, thus strengthening the community sector.

Specifically, as part of Connecting Peel, members could have access to the following initiatives:
• An annual calendar of workshops and courses facilitated by professionals in their fields, and tailored to the needs of the sector
• Information on relevant funding opportunities
• Networking function such as sector sun-downers
• Quarterly e-news publications informing members of the activities and opportunities across the Region
• Access to an overarching public liability and volunteer workers compensation insurance policy
• Access to board room, group workshop room and computer training room at a reduced rate
• Access to an events trailer, containing items required to run small scaled community events.
• One on one consulting on strategic planning, governance and board membership, financial management or marketing at an affordable rate.

It is envisaged that a number of different membership options will be available, ensuring access is possible for all community groups.

As part of the transition process your organisation’s contact details will be transferred to Community Solutions Inc.  They will be contacting you shortly regarding your participation in CONNECTING PEEL.

It is important for you to advise RDA Peel if you do not want your contact details transferred no later than 4.00pm Wednesday, 29 February 2012.

RDA Peel would like to take this opportunity to thank those organisations who have attended our many training events and workshops, including the recent Peel Community Grants Exp


It seems that something has caused the mosquito control programme to fail and we have a serious plague. The Dept of Health recommends the use of repellents containing DEET (Tropical strength RID, BushMan etc) plus the usual precautions of loose fitting clothing and avoidance of dawn and dusk periods. The latter is not much use at the moment as they are active all day.

It is likely that the Shires are aware of the problem but it may help a bit if lots of people report that we have an extremely bad situation. The appropriate contacts are as follows:

The City of Mandurah manages the control programme and residents in both Waroona and Mandurah shires can contact them via the Internet as follows:

General information:

Contact form:

Residents in the Shire of Waroona may also contact :

Mr Mark Tamblyn, Manager Environmental Health Officer / Building Services,
Mob: 0409 886 616 email


Bushfire 10 January 2011

The final word on natural disaster declaration.

The Premier, Colin Barnett MLA has written to our local member, Murray Cowper MLA, with a final rejection of our request for the fire last year to be declared a natural disaster. Murray Cowper has pushed very hard for this declaration, even raising a grievance in Parliament which is a most unusual step for a member of a party in government. Thank you Murray for your valiant efforts.

Your Progress Association has also been very vocal and has raised numerous issues regarding costs that we consider should have been incurred and what costs could have been taken into account. We did have some success – at least the Federal Government activated the Australian Government Disaster Relief Payment (AGDRP) arrangements even though these are not normally activated unless there is a natural disaster declaration. The AGDRP provided some extra financial compensation for all those affected. Our thanks go to our Federal Member Mr Don Randall MHR, for his assistance in lobbying the federal government.

It is appropriate to acknowledge the assistance that was provided by some very generous people and organisations. The list below is undoubtedly incomplete for several reasons including reluctance by some to seek acknowledgement. It certainly does not attempt to include the help provided by many locals to one another in the true Australian spirit of mateship. This assistance was given generously and moved many people to tears.

  • The Lord Mayor’s appeal raised over $500,000 which has been distributed to those worst affected.
  • The State Government provided $3,000 to those who lost houses and $1,000 to those who were homes were seriously damaged.
  • Alcoa offered up to ten homes for those who lost their houses – we understand that one of these was accepted gratefully by a family.
  • Several contractors provided free demolition and removal services. It is not possible to list all of these contractors, some of whom simply donated their equipment and time whilst others were subsidised by companies such as BHP. The total value of the services provided was huge.
  • Local service clubs such as the Rotary Clubs of Pinjarra, Harvey and Collie spent many days over a long period helping with cleanup, fencing and other essential jobs.
  • Bendigo Bank raised about $85,000 all of which was distributed to those who were seriously affected.
  • Many local businesses gave affected people very good deals.

Some people feel that the current system of assessing whether a natural disaster has occurred needs to be reviewed. Based on the amount of damage to government infrastructure, it does not take account of costs to Western Power (a fully government owned but “privatised” entity) and also makes no assessment of the human costs. Certainly it is easy for bureaucrats to add up the numbers and in many cases such as the fires in the Perth hills and in Margaret River, the present formula has worked. But it did not work for Lake Clifton and we will attempt to have the whole issue reviewed. Even if a review is undertaken, it will be a long slow process and any changes to the process will not benefit people affected by this fire.

The anniversary last month was obviously a very sad time for many people. Let’s hope that 2012 is a much happier year.





5th February

4th March



1st April


New Location

Where: Waroona Show Grounds Walmsley Pavilion: Millar St (Town Oval)

Sellers from 6.30am buyers from 8am

Contact: Derek or Marie Smith 9733 3303 or 0417 180 535

Lions Club of Waroona

8th February

22nd February

7th March

21st March


Where: Community Resource Centre

Wednesday 10-12am PH 9733 3011 for details

22nd February


7-10 year olds $2 Community Resource Centre Ph: 97332902

10th March


Pre Season football game featuring;

Peel, West Perth, Waroona Demons & Harvey Bulls

Waroona Town Oval

Further details to be advised


16th March



Where: Waroona Cricket Oval

Cost: $5 children under 4 free Gates open 6.30pm movie starts 7.45pm

Sea to Scarp Summer Event

17th March

Poultry Auction

Waroona Show Grounds 9am to 12 noon

More Information Ph.  Laurie Snell on 9419044085

17th March



          DEFENSIVE DRIVER COURSE:  8.45- 4PM      

Participants must hold a Phase 2 or Blue Minimum; open to young people up to 25years.

Register & pay at the Waroona Licensing/Police Station 97333021 between 9am & 4pm

31st March



All donations welcome

Phone Nerida 97331355

3rd April

Blessing of the Roads

10.30am Waroona Memorial Hall; Drakesbrook Place

For more information contact Kathy 9733 7800.

6th – 25th April


20th April



Waroona Rec Centre and Skate Park   4pm – 8pm

Competitions, music, prizes & more. 97337814 for more details

Sea to Scarp Summer Event



Golf Cup, 8.00am register / 9.30am start 9 Hole Stableford

For further information contact: Bill McLellan 9739 1557

25th April


May date tbc


Waroona Lions Club – Waroona Showgrounds

Auction items required / Donations greatly received.

For more information please contact Grant Hewett on 0417 919 777 or Bill on 97331388

13th October


Waroona Show Grounds / Town Oval

For more Information Contact Alison Birch on 9733 1092