WA College of Agriculture – Harvey

WA College of Agriculture – Harvey

The WA College of Agriculture in Harvey is one of the best educational institutions in WA.

64 years on from it’s beginning , the school continues to grow and take more students each year.

SW arts festivals receive funding

Three South West arts organisations will receive funding through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said she was pleased with the opportunities the funding will provide.

“The funding will help each organisation to provide professional art services and ensure that Indigenous arts and culture in this region is maintained and developed for future generations,” she said.

“Arts Margaret River will receive $75,000 towards the Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival.

“This event, the largest regional literary event in WA, also attracts right across the state, providing economic and community benefits to the Margaret River region.” The Nannup Music Club will receive $75,000 towards the Nannup Music Festival.

The City of Bunbury has received $80,000 to go towards supporting Bunbury Regional Art Galleries to develop and deliver a program of activities for Noongar artists.

Source: Augusta-Margaret River Mail.

WA College of Agriculture – Harvey

The WA College of Agriculture at Harvey is one of the most impressive educational institutions in the south-west. The original campus was actually the site of a Second World War internment camp for Italian people who were in the Harvey community. The ag school has been administered for 45 years by the Harvey Agricultural Senior High School. Students were ferried out to local farms for hands-on learnings of their courses in the early days as the school had no land of its own. Over time, small parcels of land surrounding the boarding facilities were acquired and developed. Originally, solely male students were boarding. However, in 1988, two female students attended for the first time, boarding in town. Four years later, a transportable dormitory for girls was opened and the girls attended.

In 1998, the Harvey Agricultural College was formed, splitting from the Harvey Senior High School, and 62 students enrolled in the fully independent school. In 2000, four other colleges from around the state joined together, becoming an RTO and giving the school a new name: the Western Australian College of Agricultural, Harvey.

In April 2001, a state-of-the-art dairy site was commissioned in Wokalup, providing milk to the WA market. Then, in 2011, with great work by Murray Cowper and the local Liberal government, $26.4 million was spent on relocating the college to a 905 hectare site at Wokalup. In October 2012, new facilities were built and opened on the farm to accommodate 128 boarding students and day students. It was the first time ever the entire college, staff and students were able to operate on one site—an incredibly memorable day in the school’s history. Of course, they had teaching blocks, student accommodation units and staff accommodation—a rural village atmosphere. There was a new admin block, a library, a gym, a dining hall and a multipurpose trades training centre for metalwork, automotive, building and construction, and furniture, and, on the ag side: dairy, equine, beef, sheep, wool and horticulture.

Over 60 years since the ag school first started, enrolments have skyrocketed and the school has more applications and expressions of interest than they can accept. It is a great school and staff, led by Principal Neale Armstrong, who is in his 19th year at the school. It has an ag advisory council, with Ian Eckersley there for decades, and ATAR and VET pathways provided for their students. Megan McSeveney won the WACE Beazley Medal in 2017. It is a very important asset and opportunity for young people. Before I finish, I acknowledge the members of the Defence Force, who are here today as part of the Defence Force Parliamentary Program. You are indeed welcome in this place.

Marino assisting first home buyers

Member for Forrest Nola Marino is calling on South West first home buyers to take advantage of the Turnbull Government’s First Home Super Saver Scheme, which came into effect on 1 July.

The scheme, will give first home savers the ability to accelerate their savings by at least 30 per cent.

Mrs Marino said first home buyers will be able to save for a house deposit within their superannuation by making voluntary contributions of up to $15,000 per year and $30,000 in total into their superannuation account.
“These contributions, which are taxed at the discounted rate of 15 per cent, along with deemed earnings, can be withdrawn for a deposit from 1 July next year. Withdrawals will be taxed at marginal tax rates less a 30 per cent offset,” Mrs Marino said.

“This initiative demonstrates the Turnbull Government’s commitment to reducing the pressure on housing affordability for South West residents across the entire housing spectrum, including first home buyers.”
With many Australians now entering the housing market later in life, this initiative will encourage first home buyers to save for a deposit more quickly.

“In contrast, the Turnbull Government is delivering a comprehensive suite of measures to ease the pressure on housing affordability across the entire housing spectrum, including prospective first home buyers,” Mrs Marino said.

Further information on the First Home Super Saver Scheme is available at: budget.gov.au/2017-18/content/glossies/factsheets/html/HA_14.htm.

First Home Buyers can also get an indication of how the scheme can benefit them by visiting: budget.gov.au/estimator.

South West jobs and economic growth

South West jobs and economic growth

The latest figures from the ABS released just a few weeks ago showed more Australians are in employment than ever before and full time employment is now surging.

The record employment figures are borne out of four years of sound economic management, delivering jobs across Australia and economic growth, including in regional, rural and remote Australia.