Funding boost for O’Connor agriculture shows

Four regional agricultural show societies in O’Connor will share in $440,000 in funding to upgrade and reinvigorate ageing show grounds. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the funding forms part of the $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program. “Agricultural shows are a major drawcard for our regional towns, many of which have…

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Three communities in O’Connor will have improved access to vital air services with the Federal Government investing more than $600,000 in funding under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the upgrades will help local communities maintain access to essential goods and services. “Upgrades like this mean remote communities will…

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$1.6 million for black spots in O’Connor

A major road safety boost was announced today with the Morrison Government announcing it will invest more than $1.6 million toward four projects in O’Connor under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said he was thrilled with the announcement, which would help keep roads safer in his electorate and save…

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Around one million families are set to receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic under a plan from the Morrison Government that will help deliver hip pocket relief and help the early childhood education and care sector make it through to the other side of this crisis. Under the plan, the Government will pay…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19):

For up to date informaiton please visit australia.gov.au IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE Australian governments are focused on working together to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to save lives. It is likely that we will be living with this virus for at least six months, so social distancing measures to slow this virus down must be…

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Nuclear – The Future of Australia’s Energy

The Environment and Energy committee, of which I am a member, has been undertaking an inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia. The inquiry’s first recommendation is that nuclear energy be considered as part of Australia’s future energy needs. This is a very measured and sensible recommendation, as are all the recommendations. ‘It…

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I urge farmers to seek help and find out what assistance they may be eligible for. Please do not self-assess your eligibility – seek advice from an expert at the Deptartment of Human Services on 13 23 16 or the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1800 686 175.  Visit www.farmhub.org.au for detailed information on all services and support…

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Our pastoralists across the Goldfields and Southern Rangelands are currently experiencing some of their toughest seasons on record. Until recently those farmers have not put up too much of a fuss about their worsening predigament as they have acknowledged the severe conditions over east. But now the situation for some is becoming just as dire…

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Safer and Better Roads for O’Connor

As previous speakers have mentioned, we lose far too many people on our roads. In Western Australia, with the enormous distances that we travel, we see a disproportionate number of people lose their lives on country roads. The road toll in Western Australia reflects that around 50 per cent of the people who die on…

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I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.