- Turmoil within the National Party is threatening Western Australia's chances of securing $179.7 million in Federal funding for two important regional water projects
- The Myalup-Wellington and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme projects have the potential to create more than 1,500 long-term jobs
The mayhem within the National Party is threatening Federal funding for two important regional water projects in Western Australia that have the potential to create more than 1,500 long-term jobs.
WA Nationals leader Mia Davies today issued a media statement calling on Federal National Party leader Barnaby Joyce to resign because he has lost the support of the party in WA. Ms Davies' statement invoked an immediate slap down from Mr Joyce.
The McGowan Government is awaiting news of Federal funding for the Myalup-Wellington and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme projects. The decision for this funding rests with Federal Nationals MP and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud - who is a Joyce loyalist.
Mr Littleproud recently told ABC News that those agitating against Barnaby Joyce needed to 'put up or shut up'.
The McGowan Government is concerned the chaos within the National State and Federal parties will ruin WA's chances of securing $179.7 million in Federal funding for these two important regional job-creating projects to proceed.
The McGowan Government has already committed $56 million for the two projects.
Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:
"WA is competing with other States for Federal funding for regional water projects. The last thing we need is for the internal warfare in the National Party to spoil WA's chances.
"The WA Nationals are now at war with Barnaby Joyce. I would hate to see their fight jeopardise a favourable decision from Barnaby loyalist Minister Littleproud and put 1,500 WA jobs at stake."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Federal Minister Barnaby Joyce's response to Mia Davies' statement proves what we have always known - that because the Nationals have no Federal seats in WA, the Nationals are completely disinterested in WA.
"Our Government has been firm in our support for these job-creating projects - locking in funding despite the dire state of the finances, and working to fix the application for funding submitted by the former Liberal National Government after it was knocked back.
"We would urge Minister Littleproud to grasp that he governs for all Australians, recognise the importance of these projects to driving jobs and economic development in regional WA, and give our agricultural sector the fair share it deserves."
Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200