Regional revival promised

THE Federal government is planning to have its $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund up and running next year, promising “more jobs, better infrastructure and a stronger economy” for regional Australians. Read the full story in our online edition:

$1.1 million grant swipe

THE loss of government support through the Supplementary Road Funding and two Financial Assistance Grant instalments will leave a large hole in council budgets across the state. Read the full story in our online edition:

Budget battered: Rates rise likely

Corporate Services manager Steve Jonas explains the impacts to Les Pearson A SLIGHTLY higher than expected rate rise and reduced service levels are likely impacts on councils from the recently announced Federal Budget, as financial officers fervently work behind the scenes to accommodate drastic funding cuts. Read the full story in our online edition:

Budget Blues

Electorate office bombarded with calls concerning cuts THE office of Federal Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, has been flooded with angry responses to the Federal Budget, handed down last week. Read the full story in our online edition:

Home hopes

Calls for an extension to affordable housing program AUSTRALIA’S peak community sector body and leading housing groups called on the Federal Government to commit to continuing the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). Read the full story in our online edition:

The heat is on

‘Champ’ scores points over challenger in debate stoush IT’S been an action-packed week in “the battle for Wakefield,” as both major political parties ramp up their campaigns. A debate held on Sunday night in Elizabeth between Mr Champion and Liberal candidate, Tom Zorich,  had tongues wagging and social media revved up. Read the full story […]

Greens candidate in top gear

THE announcement of the September 7 Federal Election will ensure Greens Candidate for Wakefield, Sherree Clay, has a flat out month ahead. “I will be working closely with my team to campaign up until the election, doing meet and greets, door knocking, and encouraging young people to enrol to vote,” Ms Clay said. “I will […]