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Barnett Government creates division by cutting Italian language program
29th Apr 2015
Barnett Government creates division by cutting Italian language program

The Barnett Liberal Government’s decision to cut funding to the Italian Community Language Program will deprive 22,000 WA students of learning the language. The potential loss of the program, which has been successfully run by the Italo-Australian Welfare and Culture Centre for the past 35 years, will have a strong impact on Fremantle, which is …

On board the Rainbow Warrior off Freo
10th Apr 2015
On board the Rainbow Warrior off Freo

Simone recently took the opportunity to jump on board the Rainbow Warrior, which was moored off Fremantle this week. Simone meet with captain Pete Wilcox, who was on board the original Rainbow Warrior when it was bombed by the French in New Zealand 30 years ago. “We discussed the Barnett Government’s current moves to treat peaceful …

Support the Royal George Hotel
25th Mar 2015
Support the Royal George Hotel

This morning Simone joined Channel 9’s Today program in a live broadcast from East Fremantle’s iconic Royal George Hotel. The heritage landmark, which was built in 1903, has been listed as part of the State Government’s asset sale program, but after years of neglect there is still no heritage plan for the hotel. “Without putting a …

Campaign for Freo Ocean Pool launched
6th Mar 2015
Campaign for Freo Ocean Pool launched

Bathers Beach in Fremantle could become the site of WA’s first ocean pool under a plan developed by Fremantle local and building designer, Sam Martin. Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk said she supported the idea, with WA Labor having promised a Freo ocean pool in the lead-up to the 2013 State election. The City of Fremantle has …

Positive plan for Freo thwarted by State Government inaction
3rd Mar 2015
Positive plan for Freo thwarted by State Government inaction

Fremantle’s economic challenges would continue unless the current Liberal National Government invests in Fremantle, State Labor Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk has warned. Her comments come after the City of Fremantle unveiled a positive revitalisation plan as part of its extensive visioning project. “It’s one thing to come up with ideas for how to revitalise …

Residents, nurses join in Freo Hospital ED protest
3rd Feb 2015
Residents, nurses join in Freo Hospital ED protest

This morning Simone was joined by Freo residents, nurses, hospital workers, Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook and Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke MP, to protest the closing of Fremantle Hospital’s Emergency Department. “This short-sighted decision by the Barnett Government that will have a negative impact on the most vulnerable in our community,” she said. …

Return of Rottnest Quod long overdue recognition of tragic history
28th Jan 2015
Return of Rottnest Quod long overdue recognition of tragic history

The decision to end the use of the former Aboriginal prison on Rottnest Island for tourist accommodation has been welcomed by Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk. Ms McGurk praised the decision by Karma Royal Group to return the Quod – the site at which over 300 Aboriginal inmates died in the 1800’s – to the …

Serco the only winner of Barnett’s mismanagement
12th Jan 2015
Serco the only winner of Barnett’s mismanagement

The only winner out of the Barnett Government’s Mid-Year Review is Serco, the multi-national corporation that will receive an additional $16.7million, State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said today. The Barnett Government will hand over the money to the British-based private operator Serco, in addition to the $118.8million they are receiving to run a hospital …

More school budget cuts for 2015
5th Jan 2015
More school budget cuts for 2015

Hundreds of Western Australian public schools have been told by the Barnett Government that their budgets for 2015 will be drastically cut, State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said today. On the last day of school for 2014, school principals at hundreds of WA public schools were informed they will lose more money in 2015 …