Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman has welcomed the Federal Government’s back down on its proposed ‘Backpacker Tax’.
“The number of Working Holiday visas granted has been in decline since the Backpacker Tax was proposed and unfortunately a degree of damage has already been done,” Mr Redman said.
Mr Redman called on the Federal Government to undertake a targeted campaign to promote Australia as a great place to travel and work for working holidaymakers.
“Working holidaymakers are a valuable labour source in a range of industries including agriculture, fishing, horticultural, hospitality and tourism industries, all of which are significant contributors to the Warren-Blackwood region,” Mr Redman said.
“Backpackers also spend as they travel, supporting local businesses and regional communities.”
Mr Redman said The Nationals WA had lobbied against the tax from the outset amid concerns from key stakeholders about its negative impact on employers and workers in a number of industries across regional WA including agriculture and tourism.
“We have fought hard against this tax given the number of industries across regional WA that depend on backpackers to fill casual and seasonal employment vacancies that are often difficult to source locally,” Mr Redman said.
Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman extends his congratulations to the community of Greenbushes on winning the 2016 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award.
This is a high achievement and recognises the outstanding commitment of local people participating in a range of environmental sustainability initiatives.
“Greenbushes was competing against much larger communities, so it is a real credit to the number of volunteers who contributed. This level of volunteering shows a strong community spirit and demonstrates the positive aspects of living in a small community,” Mr Redman said.
“The Greenbushes biodiversity project is an outstanding example of conservation outcomes and I am pleased that the Schwenkes Dam nature viewing boardwalk benefited from Royalties for Regions Community Chest Funding,” Mr Redman said.
The Water without Waste project has been an innovative and hugely successful project spreading the message of reducing the use of plastics; and the sculptures made from recycled materials are imaginative and prominent entry statements to the town.
“Well done to all the dedicated volunteers and congratulations on winning the 2016 Tidy Towns Award.”
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Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman has welcomed a new dedicated Meth Helpline as part of the Liberal National Government’s Western Australian Meth Strategy.
Mr Redman said Helpline counsellors were available to provide information, referral to local services, discuss treatment options, provide a free call-back service, support health professionals and can support people waiting for treatment.
"I urge people with meth-related issues to call the Meth Helpline and talk with the professional counsellors about the treatment and support services available to them," Mr Redman said.
“I hear from constituents who want to know what to do or where to go. The Meth Helpline can provide that advice, information and support.”
Mr Redman said the new Meth Helpline provides free, confidential 24/7 support and can be reached on 1800 874 878 or visit http://drugaware.com.au.
"No matter what the circumstances, helpline counsellors will be there to listen and provide help and support."
Helpline counsellors are professional and non-judgemental and will work with people who are concerned about their own meth use or that of someone else.
Parents, families and friends are encouraged to get support through the helpline.
Helpline counsellors can also link parents and other family members to a network of trained parent volunteers who have experienced their own child's alcohol or drug use.
The Meth Helpline also provides support via email and the live chat online messaging service.
Calls to the Meth Helpline are free from a landline and most mobile phones, depending on the service provider
The Greenbushes Community Resource Centre has been serving the community of Greenbushes since 1995.