Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Nationals News

Seniors and youth issues on the agenda in Northam

Nationals Statement

Nationals’ candidate for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies has met with Northam seniors and representatives from the youth sector with Leader Brendon Grylls and candidate for the Agricultural Region Paul Brown.

At an afternoon team with seniors Ms Davies and Mr Grylls spoke about the increase to the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card, improvements to health and aged care services and responded to questions about a more frequent train service between Northam and Perth and access to specialist medical services.

“Funded by Royalties for Regions, the Country Aged Pension Fuel Card currently entitles eligible people to $500 per year towards fuel and taxi fares,” Ms Davies said.

“We recognise that costs have increased since 2008, so we’ve committed to increasing the Fuel card allowance in line with the Consumer Price Index.

“If The Nationals win the balance of power at the upcoming election, the increase from $500 to $550 will come into effect on 1 July 2013.”

Ms Davies said The Nationals in Government had already committed $565 million to create the Southern Inland Health Initiative and was one year into a five year programme aimed at increasing Doctor numbers, primary health care workers, upgrading hospitals and nursing posts, introducing state-of-the-art telehealth infrastructure and improving aged care services.

The group also visited the Northam PCYC to meet with representatives of the youth sector from the region to talk about initiatives and infrastructure that could improve outcomes for young people in the community.

"One of the issues that gets raised with me regularly is the lack of activities and space for young people in our community," Ms Davies said.

"The Northam PCYC is old, out of date and not fit for purpose and I'll be working with all the stakeholders involved to secure funds for a new or upgraded facility that can meet the needs of our young people.

"The Nationals have announced our new $50 million Regional Grant Scheme should we be returned to Government with the balance of power at this State election and this is exactly the sort of project that should be supported."

They were also treated to a performance by the Urban Youth Crew, a hip hop fusion dance group that works with young people throughout the Wheatbelt.

"Investment in programmes that develop leadership, tolerance and skills in our young people is an investment in our future and I'm pretty passionate about making sure we support grassroots organisations to do this."

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