$1 million boost for Esperance dog fence

Construction of the State Barrier Fence near Esperance can now commence thanks to an additional $1 million funding commitment by the Federal Government.   Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the additional funding for the barrier fence to help combat wild dogs in the region.   “Wild dogs cause terrible distress for farmers and…

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New scholarship to attract international students to the Goldfields

Federal Member for O’Connor is thrilled with new measures by the Morrison Government to attract more people to the Goldfields.   A new tertiary scholarship program to attract Australian and international students to study in regional Australia will provide $15,000 scholarships to more than 1000 domestic and international students each year.   “International students studying…

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Improved mobile coverage for the Goldfields

People living in the Goldfields can now look forward to improved mobile phone coverage thanks to the Morrison Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.   Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed five new base stations for the Goldfields under the fourth round of the program.   “I’m thrilled residents and businesses in the…

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Grant for Greenbushes Men’s Shed

The Greenbushes Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $3700 from the Morrison Government for tools and equipment under round 18 of the National Shed Development Program.   Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson today congratulated the Men’s Shed for its successful application for the grant.   “Men are often the last ones to make…

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New Headspace service for Esperance to combat youth mental health

The Morrison Government will establish a new satellite Headspace service in Esperance, to provide mental health services to young people in the region.   Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said young people in the local area face many challenges and this new service will provide a significant boost of support.   “There are more pressures…

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Farmers, including those battling through drought, will have better access to skilled workers to fill critical job shortages, with updates to Australia’s skilled occupation lists to take effect today.   Eighteen occupations will be added to the Regional Occupation List to further support regional and rural businesses, particularly farms.   The occupations include livestock, beef,…

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LIVE EXPORT ROADSHOW – find a meeting near you!

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is organising a roadshow through towns in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt to discuss the live trade industry with regional communities.   “The future of the live animal export trade is under grave threat. Around 1.5 million sheep are exported from Western Australia every year, with the vast majority…

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Green light for Great Southern housing project

The Great Southern Housing Initiative has been given the green light to provide urgent quality housing for the region.   Assistant Minister for Regional Development Sussan Ley and Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson met with Great Southern local government representatives in Gnowangerup on Thursday to discuss details of the project.   The Federal Government…

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Positive outcome for radiation machine campaign

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has welcomed todays announcement by WA Minister for Health Roger Cook that will allow Genesis Care to locate their federally funded linear accelerator machine at the Albany Health Campus.   “I’ve been campaigning to get an Albany-based radiation oncology service for Albany for the past 18 months since 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 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.