Families and teachers in the South West can now use free, online resources to help their children learn to read.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Federal Government has launched a free phonics check for teachers and a simple reading awareness check for families.

“Literacy and numeracy are the fundamentals of a successful education and our Government is giving families free tools to help ensure their children’s reading is on track,” Mrs Marino said.

“We have provided $10.8 million across Australia to develop resources for families and educators to assess the language skills of students to help them better understand a child’s reading level.

“I encourage all South West schools to take advantage of the free phonics check to help teachers determine a child’s reading progress and what additional support they may need.

“The Federal Government has delivered on its election promise to deliver a voluntary phonics health check for Year 1 students.

“We have also released a new reading awareness check and literacy resources for parents to help their children learn to read.”

The phonics check and reading awareness check are available with more resources to support literacy development on stage one of the new online Literacy Hub at

More South West wine set for Canadian shelves

In a win for South West wine exporters, Australia has reached an agreement with Canada to remove unfair restrictions on Australian wine sales imposed by the Canadian federal government and in the provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the removal of these discriminatory measures would increase access for our wine producers in the important Canadian market.

“Removing these trade barriers will mean our wine exporters can now compete on a level playing field with Canadian wine producers,” Mrs Marino said.

“With South West wine exporters enjoying zero tariffs into Canada, this is a market with real potential for growth and this agreement will provide further opportunities for our wine exporters to sell more Australian wine in Canada.”

Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said discriminatory measures have disadvantaged our wine exporters in Canada for a number of years now.

“This agreement is demonstration that we will always work to ensure our wine producers are treated fairly in the global market and that we will stand-up against any practices that could disadvantage their ability to export our high-quality wine to the world,” Minister Birmingham said.

In January 2018, the Australian Government initiated dispute action in the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Canada’s discriminatory measures impacting Australian wine at the federal level and in four Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

In April of last year, Canada agreed to remove unfair restrictions on Australian wine sales in the province of British Columbia. With agreement to remove restrictions at the federal level and in Ontario and Nova Scotia, discussions continue on the last province of Quebec.

“We thank the Canadian Government for their ongoing engagement on this matter and will continue to work with them to resolve our remaining concerns as quickly as possible.”

The QENDO App is Here

QENDO (Queensland Endo) has successfully launched their new QENDO App.

The app will help endometriosis sufferers to track, record, log and share their symptoms & triggers. This will help everyone gain a deeper understanding about the condition which affects 1 in 10 women.

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To find out more about the National Action Plan for Endometriosis, visit:

Improving Health in the South West

Federal Member for Forrest and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino has welcomed new and amended medicines listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), an extension to emergency dispensing measures to support patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other important health investments.

From 1 July the medicine Ozempic® (semaglutide) will be listed on the PBS as a new treatment option for type 2 diabetes.

In addition to this, the listing of Tecentriq® (atezolizumab) will be expanded and improved to include a new form and treatment regimen, to assist patients with small cell lung cancer.

The Government has also extended emergency measures for the dispensing of PBS medicines, to 30 September 2020.

“This expansion complements a number of recent Government funding commitments to the health sector, improving health outcomes in our South West,” Mrs Marino said.

“From 1 June 2020 South West residents with asthma and multiple myeloma have broader access to life-changing medicines as a result of expanded medicines listings on the PBS.

“This follows an earlier announcement in May for people with cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, that new and amended medicines listings are now available on the PBS.

“All new listings on the PBS are about improving health and saving lives.

“As an Endometriosis Australia Ambassador I’m pleased to see our Government continuing its strong support for women and girls with endometriosis, investing more than $9.5 million in five innovative research projects.

“The Government will also provide $13.6 million to support ten clinical trials to find innovative cancer treatments for melanoma, reproductive and gynaecological cancers and childhood brain cancer.”

Climate Solutions Fund Support For Forestry Jobs

The Australian Government is delivering on an election commitment to make it easier for plantation and farm forestry projects to generate carbon credits and access the $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund.

The Government has simplified access to carbon funding for forestry projects across five plantation growth regions, including our South West region.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the Government is committed to supporting forestry jobs by enabling the sector to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

“Reducing red tape for projects located in the Regional Forestry Hubs will support regional jobs and investment” Minister Taylor said.

“This will make it easier for the private sector to invest in new Australian forestry projects, supporting jobs and reducing emissions.

Federal Member for Forrest and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories Nola Marino said now more than ever it is important that we are focused on creating jobs and supporting regional communities.

“These changes encourage investment in new forestry projects here in the South West.”

“It was in February 2019 that our South West was selected as one of four pilot Regional Forestry Hubs across Australia. The hubs are part of an ambitious plan to deliver a billion new trees across Australia by 2050”.

“Together, this means more trees in the ground and more jobs at a time when they are vital to kick starting our local economy, supporting the families and businesses that rely on forestry jobs as well as open up opportunities for further development in our region”.

Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries, Senator Jonathon Duniam said we should be doing everything we can to create jobs and rebuild communities.

“The forestry industry has said for a long time that the previous regulations had been an impediment to plantation expansion,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

All ERF projects will continue to be required to meet relevant State Government rules and regulations.

The revised rules follow consultations with farm and plantation industries and other stakeholders, and are in line with recommendations in the Grant King Review.