Huge lithium investment to boost WA economy and create more jobs

Earthworks will now commence on a lithium processing plant in Western Australia that will create hundreds of extra jobs and provide benefits to thousands of local businesses.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said the proposed lithium processing plant at Kemerton by US Company Albemarle would be a major win for Western Australia and for our lithium industry.
“A project of this scale is a major boost for Western Australia’s economy with over 800 jobs expected to be created and significant flow-on effects for local businesses,” Minister Birmingham said.
“We know there is growing demand for lithium around the world and also locally, particularly in areas such as energy storage and this presents huge future opportunities for Australia’s lithium industry.”
“We’re the world’s largest lithium producer and there is significant potential to grow investment in infrastructure at various stages within the value chain such as lithium processing.
“This is a welcome investment and vote of confidence in our local lithium industry that will help attract further investment into the future.”
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said the Government was focused on supporting development of the lithium sector.
“Our Resources 2030 Taskforce report highlights the importance of developing new strategies to develop competitive downstream industries, including value-adding for prospective battery and critical-minerals industries,” Minister Canavan said.
“It is a roadmap for how we can put Australia in the best position to make the most of investments in the lithium supply chain and today’s announcement is another step on that journey.
“This is a huge opportunity for us. With the right policies we can advance our industry further up the value chain to become the world’s leading supplier of high grade lithium components – creating new jobs and opportunities for Australians.”
Senator for Western Australia Linda Reynolds said the renewable energy storage industry offers the most exciting new resources opportunity for WA in over 50 years, with WA producing 62 per cent of the world’s lithium.
“In August I hosted a lithium and new energy industry delegation to Canberra where delegates briefed Federal Government Ministers and representatives from the European Union and US Embassy on why WA is the best place for Australia’s ‘Lithium Valley’.
“The Federal Government has embraced the opportunity lithium provides for our economy and I welcome the construction of the Kemerton processing plant in WA.”
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the project would provide a significant economic boost to both people and businesses in the South West.
“It’s a great thing for my South West region, particularly in the jobs space,” she said.
“Albemarle will have access to a skilled workforce in my South West region and also have training options through South Regional TAFE.
“We’re going to see a greater development of opportunities and secondary processing opportunities from this industry particularly in my electorate of Forrest.”
Australia has now attracted investment from two of the world’s largest lithium producers — Chinese company Tianqi and now US Company Albemarle who are both investing in downstream lithium processing in Western Australia. There are also three other processing plants in the development phase in Western Australia.
This investment comes also after the release of a new strategy by the Liberal-National Government to help maximise Australia’s potential as a world powerhouse in lithium-ion battery manufacturing.
The Commonwealth Department of Environment has now provided the relevant approvals for the project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.


A new digital television network now rolling out across the nation aims to help Close the Gap in health equality by revolutionising the way hundreds of thousands of First Australians receive health information.

Today’s official launch of the Aboriginal Health TV (AHTV) network at the South West Aboriginal Medical Service in Bunbury, Western Australia, is backed by a three-year, $3.4 million commitment by the Liberal National Government, to ensure First Australian patients can access relevant health stories and advice at local treatment centres.

“The new network is an exciting step forward, built on local engagement, including local production of health and wellbeing stories, to reach the hearts and minds of our people and our families,” said Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM.

“AHTV is a truly unique, ground-up opportunity to connect at the point of care and build stronger, healthier communities.”

The TV programs will be broadcast at Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services around Australia.

Tonic Health Media (THM), the nation’s largest health and wellbeing network, is producing and commissioning targeted video content for AHTV, which is expected to be viewed by up to 1.2 million patients each month.

The programs on the new digital network feature issues including smoking, eye and ear checks, skin conditions, nutrition, immunisation, sexual health, diabetes, drug and alcohol treatment services and encourage the uptake of 715 health checks.

To ensure these important health messages reach as many people as possible content will also be repackaged for social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
“South West Aboriginal Medical Service has been chosen as one of AHTV’s initial trial sites,” said Member for Forrest Nola Marino.

“This will add to the fantastic range of services that SWAMS already provides for the local community here in the South West.”

AHTV will be installed and maintained at no cost to local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and plans to be self-sufficient within three years.

“It is expected the network will be broadcasting in 100 locations by May 2019, with the overall rollout planned for approximately 300 centres nationwide,” Minister Wyatt said.

“AHTV programming will also be available on Tonic Health Media’s existing platform which broadcasts in mainstream health services, meaning these important messages have the potential to reach the 50 per cent of our people who use non-Aboriginal medical services.”

Content licensing partnership agreements have been signed with ABC Indigenous and NITV and negotiations are underway with third-party production groups specialising in local Indigenous content.

The Liberal National Government’s AHTV commitment is part of the $3.9 billion dedicated to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

For more details on the new network, see


Local organisations in the South West can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritage, Member for Forrest Nola Marino said today.

A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years and from 2022-23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually.
For the first time, the funding round includes Indigenous and natural heritage places as well as those with historic heritage values.

Applications are now open and will close on 19 December 2018.
Grants will be available to successful projects ranging from a minimum $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000 per project.
To be eligible local projects must:
o maintain, protect and conserve the National Heritage values of one or more listed places
o improve access to one or more listed places or
o improve engagement with, and awareness of, the National Heritage values of one or more listed places.

The National Heritage List protects more than 100 of Australia’s outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places, including ancient rock art sites, outstanding colonial buildings, beaches, and parks.

The Australian Heritage Grants program aims to strengthen recognition, management, and conservation of these sites, and encourage public appreciation of Australia’s National Heritage List places.

For more information on the program, including eligible grant activities, or to apply, go to or or call 13 28 46.


Local organisations are urged to apply for funding to put more Local Drug Action Teams (LDATs) on the ground to tackle ice and other drug issues in our communities.

Round four of the LDAT program has now opened and interested community organisations have until the 7th of December to get their funding applications in.

The Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino said today that through local partnerships, LDATs provide evidence-based prevention activities to minimise alcohol and other drug related harms in their communities.

“The Liberal National government is committed to keeping Australian families and communities safe and through the proactive work of local LDATs, we are taking a preventative approach to tackling drug issues,” Ms Marino said.

“So far we have seen 172 LDATs funded across Australia and these teams directly tackle the devastating impact alcohol and drugs – including ice – have on their communities.

“We have had some excellent examples of the work these groups are doing to prevent drug use and improve health outcomes for young people.

“This program helps people understand the challenges in dealing with these issues and creates a pathway to help them to address their issues,” Ms Marino said.

The teams are supported by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, which helps the LDATs develop and implement primary prevention activities in the community.

“This is all about community partnerships working together on a plan of action to prevent and minimise stamp out the misuse of drugs and alcohol in their town – developing local solutions for local problems.”

”If you want to make a difference in your community, like many LDATs already have, I encourage you to build local partnership and apply for the program.”

More information about LDATs and the application process can be found on the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website

South West Refuge Receives Funding from Federal Government

The South West Women’s Refuge is now much closer to purchasing a new Toyota Rav 4 after receiving $10,000 from the Federal Government under the Stronger Communities Programme Round 4.

Member for Forrest, Nola Marino today congratulated the refuge on their successful application for the grant.

“The South West Women’s Refuge is a valued organisation providing crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence” Mrs Marino said.

“This grant will assist the refuge in replacing their existing vehicle with a brand new one, allowing for more remote access to locations previously inaccessible due to vehicle limitations, while also increasing passenger capacity”.

“It is great to see a local, South West organisation be rewarded for the valuable service they provide to our community”.

Anyone in a family violence situation or who needs to report domestic or family violence please phone 131 444.