Meet the Minister forum held in Northam

May 11, 2018 at 10:59 AM

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The Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Alannah MacTiernan was in Northam on 2 May to open the $11.5m Northam Grains Research Facility and the $15m Northam Boulevard Shopping Centre redevelopment, visit the Northam Senior High School and learn about local public and private investment.

This engagement continued at the Meet the Minister forum, where 120 people from across the Wheatbelt heard first hand from Minister MacTiernan about the McGowan Government’s priorities for regional WA around jobs growth and budget repair.

Hosted by the Wheatbelt Development Commission, the Forum was attended by stakeholders including Government Agencies, Local Government, Industry, Chambers of Commerce, CRCs, local businesses and community representatives. Guests included Hon Darren West MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister MacTiernan and the Hon Laurie Graham MLC, Member for the Agricultural Region.

Minister MacTiernan outlined a range of initiatives being undertaken across regional WA and the Wheatbelt, including:

The Minister expressed her desire for a strong agriculture sector, and emphasised the importance of research in maintaining a competitive advantage of clean, green, quality food.

During the Q & A session, participants were encouraged to raise regional issues and share their ideas and initiatives to drive economic and jobs growth. Topics included:

Participants expressed their thanks to Minister MacTiernan, appreciating her engagement on a wide range of issues underpinning the growth of Regional WA and the Wheatbelt and gave their support for holding similar Forums in the future.

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