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New project to protect Gilbert’s Potoroo

A key mainland population of the threatened Gilbert’s Potoroo at Mount Gardner near Albany is set to benefit from $248,140 in funding thanks to the Federal Government’s Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the funding would help the Gilberts Potoroo Action Group to control feral predators to reduce…

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Funding for Denmark’s ocean-to-channel improvements

The Federal Government is providing $699,874 for the Shire of Denmark’s Ocean to Channel public realm improvements. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the funded improvements would include boardwalks, lookouts, pathways and other important works. “All this work will improve the amenity of the area for Denmark residents and for visitors to the…

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$5 million commitment to build Southern Ocean surf reef

A re-elected Morrison Government will provide the remaining $5 million needed to build the Southern Ocean Surf Reef, the aim of which is to improve consistency of waves, ensuring central Albany has a reliable surf break. Liberal Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, said he had fought hard for the $5 million funding commitment, showing the…

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Connectivity boost for Ravensthorpe and Esperance

Esperance and Ravensthorpe residents will soon be better connected thanks to funding under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Regional Connectivity Program. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said families and businesses would benefit from projects at Pink Lake South, Munglinup Camp, Myrup, Bandy Creek and the town of Ravensthorpe. “Across Esperance, three new Telstra…

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Wartime heritage preserved in Albany and the Wheatbelt

The sacrifice and service of veterans in Albany, Cuballing, Kondinin, Lake Grace and Nungarin will be further commemorated with organisations in those local government areas sharing in a combined $117,694 from the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service grants. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the City of Albany would receive $77,694 as a…

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Esperance infrastructure funded

The Federal Government is investing $3.72 million in 11 priority infrastructure projects in the Shire of Esperance, supporting local jobs and businesses to help the shire’s economy bounce back from the COVID‑19 pandemic. Made possible under the third phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, federally funded projects…

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Helping Pemberton RSL remember those who served

The Australian Government will provide $10,000 to help preserve Pemberton’s wartime heritage as part of more than $800,000 in funding from the Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program. Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the funding would ensure the ongoing recognition of Pemberton’s servicemen and women. The funding will allow the Pemberton RSL Sub-Branch to…

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New facilities for students at St Joseph’s School

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson today (November 18, 2021) attended St Joseph’s School to open the newly renovated Celsus Block that was funded by the Morrison Government. Mr Wilson said kindergarten students would benefit from the new classrooms that will support engaging, interactive, student-focused learning. The Federal Government provided $499,866 for the project through…

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New facilitator to help drive employment growth in Kalgoorlie

A new employment facilitator will help connect employers and job seekers in the Kalgoorlie area as part of the Australian Government’s $276 million Local Jobs Program. Karen Thomas who started in the role on Monday, November 15 will focus on ensuring that local people — particularly young people and Indigenous job seekers — are adequately…

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$110 million released for Albany ring road

More than $110 million has been released by the Morrison Federal Government, making good on its $140 million majority funding commitment for the $175 million Albany ring road. Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce contacted him on Friday, October 29 to tell him the good news. “Thanks to the…

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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 Australian 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.