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Fee increases for community based early childhood centres
15th Aug 2016
Fee increases for community based early childhood centres

Community based early childhood centres in WA will have to lift fees or will be forced to close after the Barnett Government decided to abolish the accommodation assistance provided to these centres. These centres provide high quality care, are not for profit and provide an important community hub around early childhood education and care. Hundreds …

Supporting Communities – delivering better services to those in need
6th May 2016
Supporting Communities – delivering better services to those in need

A McGowan Labor Government will work with the community sector to ensure that we maximise every opportunity to deliver quality services to Western Australians in need. With our economy slowing and unemployment rising, more Western Australians were relying on the community services sector to make ends meet. It is vital for the community services sector …

Premier must revitalise Freo as Tourism Minister
5th Apr 2016
Premier must revitalise Freo as Tourism Minister

The Premier must provide vital infrastructure for Fremantle if he wants provide leadership in his new tourism portfolio. With the Port City recently receiving nods in both Lonely Planet’s top destination guide and a ranking from travel company Flight Centre, the State Government should provide the infrastructure to match. While Fremantle has captured the attention …

Liberal threat to Freo TAFE
17th Mar 2016
Liberal threat to Freo TAFE

There is uncertainty around Fremantle Challenger TAFE, with the Liberal Government increasing fees but decreasing the overall number of campuses across Perth. Dressed up as ‘reform’, the changes to the training sector will see 11 TAFE colleges overall, with 70 campuses reduced to just five colleges as of April next year. This will mean Challenger …

Protesting the protest laws
23rd Feb 2016
Protesting the protest laws

The Barnett Government’s draconian anti-protest laws drew hundreds of members of the community, unions and dozens of community organisations to the steps of Parliament today. State Labor MP for Fremantle Simone McGurk joined them alongside Labor Leader Mark McGowan,who vowed to scrap the laws if WA Labor wins Government. Simone also caught up with the Conservation Council’s Piers Verstegen, …

Funding for the Freo Street doctor under threat
20th Jan 2016
Funding for the Freo Street doctor under threat

The Barnett Liberals must continue funding for the Freo Street Doctor, a mobile street medical facility that is accessed by the homeless and at risk clients. The service has been operating since 2002, and currently runs eight clinics a week in Fremantle and Cockburn communities. Last year the mobile medical facility saw 1,400 clients. The …

Coroner’s report is evidence that Liberal health cuts put patients at risk
19th Jan 2016
Coroner’s report is evidence that Liberal health cuts put patients at risk

A coroner’s report into a spate of tragic suicides of patients treated at the Alma Street Centre at Fremantle Hospital is proof that Barnett Government cutbacks are putting patients at risk. The report examined the suicides of five patients between March 2011 and March 2012. State Labor Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said the report …

Beat the Liberals’ Christmas Grinch
15th Dec 2015
Beat the Liberals’ Christmas Grinch

I am the WA Shadow Minister for Community Services. Recently I was shocked and disgusted to learn the Liberal State Government have ripped $50 from West Australian grandparent carers. This $50 Christmas gift card previously went to grandparent carers, who look after their grandchildren full-time. $50 is a small amount that can make a huge …

Simone ‘grows’ a mo for charity
17th Nov 2015
Simone ‘grows’ a mo for charity

A recent ‘addition’ to one of Simone McGurk’s seat ads on the Cappuccino Strip has prompted the State Labor MP for Fremantle to get behind Movember. “Raising funds, but also awareness to support men experiencing depression is so important,” Ms McGurk said. “Earlier this year my nephew took his own life, so if Movember can help prevent one …

Liberals on different planet as Freo gets travel nod
30th Oct 2015
Liberals on different planet as Freo gets travel nod

The State Liberal Government must be living on a different planet if it wants to take credit for a major travel guide’s nod to Fremantle. State Labor Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, welcomed the news that the Port City had been included in the top 10 travel destinations worldwide for 2016, but said it wasn’t …