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Incentives for West Aussies to Work and Wander out Yonder

Posted by | October 14, 2020 | Media Release

Incentives for West Aussies to Work and Wander out Yonder
Wednesday, 9 September 2020

The Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme will assist agriculture, fisheries and food processing businesses in regional areas experiencing labour shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the scheme, eligible workers who move to the regions will be able to claim up to $40 a night in accommodation rebates for up to 12 weeks – up to a maximum total rebate of $3,360.

A travel allowance will also be made available to those relocating more than 100 kilometres from their usual place of residence.

– Workers will be able to claim $150 for travel to the Peel, South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid-West or Goldfields-Esperance regions, $350 for travel to the Gascoyne or Pilbara, and $500 for travel to the Kimberley for
agricultural work.

The State Government is continuing to advocate for the Commonwealth to do more to support the sector and incentivise the uptake of horticulture and agriculture opportunities.

The scheme follows the launch of the ‘Work and Wander out Yonder’ campaign – promoting local jobs in agriculture, tourism and hospitality throughout regional WA.

The State Government has partnered with recruitment services Seek and Studium to match employers and job seekers through the campaign website.

The rebate scheme will take effect from September 21, 2020 with more information on how to submit a claim available at Regional-workers-scheme Information

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“The agriculture, food and fisheries sectors play a vital role in our State’s economy, food security and regional communities.

“COVID-19 travel restrictions have seen backpacker numbers in WA drop to less than half the usual number, leading to labour challenges across a range of occupations but also creating a unique opportunity for young people in WA.

“We are calling on young West Aussies to take this opportunity to get the ‘backpacker holiday experience’ at home – broadening horizons, getting to know your regions and all they have to offer.

“I’ve also requested the Federal Government to adjust their policy settings, to ensure Western Australians who take up seasonal work in regional WA are not penalised financially.”

Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

“In a typical year, an additional 7,000 seasonal jobs are required over spring and summer in agriculture alone for harvesting, packing and processing work.

“We know it is a challenge to attract local people to these roles, so we are providing a financial incentive for a new cohort who will want to give it a try – and potentially have the adventure of a lifetime.

“It would be great if the Federal Government could come on board and offer some flexibility around JobSeeker or other incentives for local workers.”

Premier’s office – 6552 5000
Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister’s office – 6552 6200

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Information Update – Working Holiday VISA Holders.Free COVID-19 Extension (subclass 408)

Posted by | October 14, 2020 | General News, Media Release

We understand that many Working Holiday Visa Holders are in a difficult position due to COVID-19 and not being able to meet Visa work requirements within the required timeframe.

Please be advised that there is now a FREE visa extension for Temporary Visa Holders (subclass 408) for those employed in a critical industry sector. Even if the visa holder is not currently working – they simply need evidence that there is work pending.

For detailed information, please click on this link:

13_10_20 Office of Home Affairs – Visa extension update (subclass 408)

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Warren Health Service builder announced

Posted by | September 16, 2016 | General News

Thursday, 1st September 2016

  • Pindan Pty Ltd to begin redevelopment of Warren Health Services in mid-September
  • Two-year construction program to support about 370 jobs
  • Made possible by the Liberal National Government’s Royalties of Regions program

The Liberal National Government today announced the contract for the $39.3 million redevelopment of the Warren Health Service had been awarded to Pindan Pty Ltd.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the upgrades to the Warren Health Service in Manjimup would include a state-of-the-art emergency development, ambulance facilities, inpatient ward, surgical services, operating theatre, birthing suite, medical imaging, pathology department, primary health care and other support services.

“Construction is due to start in September and will support about 370 jobs over the course of the build, which will take around two years to complete,: Mr Redman said.

Health Minister John Day said the Warren redevelopment was part of the State Government’s Southern Inland Health Initiative’s (SIHI) program to improve hospital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions.

“Six integrated district health service hospitals will be redeveloped as part of the SIHI stream 2 capital works program,” Mr Day said.

“The community will start to have access to quality healthcare during construction, with the existing Warren Health Service remaining operational.”

The capital works program is one component of the $500 million SIHI program, made possible by the Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would provide significant improvement to primary health care services through the redevelopment of district hospitals in southern Western Australia.

“Quality health infrastructure and services are fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional WA,” he said,

Fact File

  • SIHI is improving access to medical and emergency coverage, providing new and improved modern health facilities and new models of health care delivery
  • For more information, visit


Regional Development Minister’s Office – 6552 6700
Health Minister’s Office – 6552 6200
Inga Butefisch
Acting Communications Coordinator
Southern Inland Health Initiative / WA Country Health Service
Department of Health
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$200m boost for SW biomass plant

Posted by | July 15, 2015 | General News, Media Release

A renewable energy project expected to create hundreds of jobs and attract millions of dollars in investment has been boosted by the retention of an environmental incentive scheme, developers say.

Despite last month’s lowering of Australia’s renewable energy target, Westgen – developers of a $200 million biomass plant south of Manjimup – will soon enter a tender process with Synergy to secure a contract to supply renewable energy to the electricity retailer.

Westgen director Richard Harris last Wednesday told the Manjimup Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the industry had been shrouded in uncertainty as it awaited the outcome of the Federal Government’s review of its renewable energy target figure.” We weren’t even sure if the RET was going to stay in place but all the uncertainty finally came to an end in June,” Mr Harris said.” While the target is lower than the initial 41,000 gigawatts, we welcome the announcement and we can now move forward with the project.” The RET, re-set at 33,000 gigawatt hours, operates in two parts.

A large-scale renewable energy target focuses on electricity retailers, while a small-scale renewable energy scheme focuses on personal generation for households and small businesses.

A Synergy spokesman said an expression of interest process would soon begin for the procurement of large-scale renewable energy certificates.

But Biomass Action Group spokesman Neil Bartholomaeus believes there is “low to no prospect” of the biomass plant securing a supply contract with Synergy.” Minister for Energy Mike Nahan told State Parliament in May this year that WA would support the renewable energy target via small-scale roof-top solar power generation and water heating – not by new large-scale projects, because WA has between 15 per cent to 20 per cent excess capacity in generating facilities and adding to that would increase costs to consumers,” Mr Bartholomaeus said.

Mr Bartholomaeus said Synergy was “under no pressure” to purchase large-scale energy certificates from Westgen following a merger with Verve Energy last year.

But Manjimup shire president Wade DeCampo, an advocate of the biomass project, said it was closer than ever and he was confident Synergy would “come to the party”.

Mr Harris said Westgen was also optimistic and, pending the outcome of the contract processes, would soon look to secure funding – some of which could come from the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which had expressed interest in the project.

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Mine rejection a ‘win’ for Manjimup

Posted by | July 15, 2015 | General News

A proposal to mine bauxite in the Manjimup area will not go ahead following a decision by the mining warden last week.

An application to explore for bauxite was submitted by Prima Resources last year, with the aim of constructing and operating a bauxite mine and metal processing facility by 2016.

On July 10, the application was rejected, spurred by formal objections from farmers Neil Bartholomaeus and Julian Sharp.

The men claimed the proposed mine was inappropriate for land zoned Priority Agriculture and said mining would damage the region’s “clean and green image”.” This is a big win for agriculture in the ‘food bowl of the South West’,” Mr Bartholomaeus said.

Prima Resources chief executive officer Michael Shenton said prior to the application, the company consulted farmers and landholders who stated their support for the project.” Our intent was for mining to only have taken place on land owned by those farmers who wished to be involved in the project to receive a financial benefit from the bauxite on their land,” he said.

Despite the decision, Mr Shenton said the company was keen to continue engaging with local industry to build a “clean and green” future for the resources industry while creating employment opportunities.

The project was expected to employ as many as 600 people during construction and 200 in a direct, ongoing capacity.

Manjimup shire president Wade DeCampo said the decision was “disappointing” but did not mark the end of mining prospects in the region.” There are areas of our shire where we could have co-existence between mining and agriculture, among other things,” he said.” But it’s difficult to measure expectations of what a bauxite mine might or might not do to our area’s clean and green image.”

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Latest SFEH Interview with Radio West

Posted by | January 29, 2015 | General News, Media Release

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Ranui Radio interview “Rural in Focus” Chayce Creedy

Posted by | December 4, 2014 | General News, Media Release, Ranui Donaldson - Coordinator update

Good afternoon all,

Thank you so much for your support of our project, it is becoming evident that this service is assisting the Southern Forests Region, which I find very rewarding.

radio west logoClick play to hear my radio interview from yesterday with Chayce Creedy; Rural in Focus RADIO WEST. The Manjimup Community Resource Centre, is very grateful for our recent sponsorship arrangement.

Thanks RADIO WEST for getting our message on air!

Ranui Donaldson

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User Guide

Posted by | July 21, 2014 | General News

Good afternoon all,

The launch of the site has been an excellent learning curve for us at the Manjimup Community Resource Centre!

Currently we have many job seekers with profiles that are not complete or do not have a resume attached, to overcome this problem Sumit Dutta, our wonderful website designer will be making some changes very soon:

  1. Information bubbles that will indicate important areas to complete
  2. Changing some input areas to “COMPULSORY” so that our users register successfully
  3. Sumit, my staff and I are also creating an easy to understand “USER MANUAL VIDEO” to upload that will be available very soon
  4. We are also creating user guide fact sheets that you will be able to download as a PDF file or view online.

The other addiditon yopu will soon see is…..

  1. We are adding a “Backpacker Accommodation” drop down so our visitors can see the best options for friendly accommodation

It is very important to me that we continually strive to improve the site to ensure it is as easy to understand as possible.

Please feel free to send your feedback, I will look forward to hearing from  you!

Until then stay warm, and employed!


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Check out the new Manjimup Backpackers website!

Posted by | July 21, 2014 | Employer News, General News, Jobseekers

The Southern Forests Employment are proud of our partnership with the new managers at the Manjimup Backpackers!

If you need some accommodation in Manjimup that has a welcoming and friendly environment then this is perfect to you.

Manjimup Backpackers under NEW MANAGEMENT

Manjimup Backpackers under NEW MANAGEMENT

Harvest and working schedule

Harvest and working schedule

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Business training courses

Posted by | July 7, 2014 | Employer News, General News, Jobseekers, Training News, Website News