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Hosted by Belinda Varischetti, the presenter of the Western Australian Country Hour, the country's finest hour

    WA Country Hour

    WA Country Hour

    Mining veteran Peter McNally couldn't believe his eyes when his company unearthed an extremely rare 'double diamond' in the Kimberley's famous Ellendale province.

    "My guess is we're going to see more people being injured and working longer hours because they don't have the labour." Safety expert Professor Franklin offers a word of warning for those in agriculture.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    The Shire of Victoria Plains, about 160 kilometres north of Perth, is asking its bushfire volunteers to provide a copy of their record of COVID-19 vaccination. The shire has created an online form that allows volunteers to confidentially upload their vax record and then receive a vehicle ID certificate, to make it easy to identify volunteers who are fully vaccinated on the fire ground. This move follows a directive from the Chief Health Officer that by the first of December it will be unlawful for anyone to assist with a bushfire without at least their first vaccination or a valid exemption.

    Woodside's announcement that it will proceed with its $16.5 billion Scarborough gas project has been met by criticism from environmentalists. But an energy expert believes we might see some more gas projects developed in the future.

    The Western Australian Government has announced it wants to invest up to a $117 million to give the hydrogen industry a boost.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    The shadow minister for Aboriginal affairs asked question after question in the lower house yesterday, trying to get some clarity on how WA's new Aboriginal cultural heritage laws will affect farmers. The shadow minister and member for North West Central Vince Catania had a lengthy debate with the Minister for Lands Tony Buti. It follows concerns raised here on the Country Hour by Liberal member for mining and pastoral Neil Thomson that the new laws will require farmers to seek approvals for a range of farm activities, possibility including the construction of dams, tracks and deep ripping.

    Protest action is holding up activity at the Port of Newcastle, the world's biggest coal port. One of the protesters has been sent to gaol.

    The full bench of the Fair Work Commission will today consider the legality of a vaccine mandate imposed on BHP workers at its mines across the country.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    A multi-tiered wheat market has opened up in the last couple of weeks, with a huge spread in prices between top quality APW wheat and lower quality ASW. Prices ex Kwinana yesterday show APW was trading at $415 a tonne, while ASW was trading at $330 a tonne. That's a difference of $85 dollars and it's usually only a $10 to $15 difference. It's a sign the market believes a lot of low quality wheat is about to be harvested in Australia and it's sending a message that what it really wants is high quality wheat.

    The minister for Aboriginal affairs Stephen Dawson has refused a request for an interview on the ABC Country Hour to address concerns around WA's new Aboriginal cultural heritage laws and how it will affect the farm sector.

    The state opposition says lengthy delays to a business case for tier three rail lines could result in WA missing out on federal government funding to restore some of the lines.

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    Western Australia Country Hour

    Western Australia Country Hour

    Some Gascoyne properties received some much needed rain over the weekend. David Hammerquist is from Mt Augustus station which is around 500 km East of Carnarvon. 41 millimetres of rain fell into his gauge over the weekend.

    One of the biggest beneficiaries of the diesel fuel subsidy is calling for the government to scrap it. The diesel fuel subsidy or rebate is for industries that use fuel away from government maintained roads, so harvesting on your own farm for example. Fortescue Metals, Andrew Forrest says his company claims $300 million per year under the subsidy and wants the government to redirect it to green energy projects.

    A pastoralist from the northern Goldfields says proposed changes to WA's Land Administration Act, will open opportunities for carbon farming in parts of the rangelands.

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    WA Country Hour

    WA Country Hour

    The state government has announced a more flexible form of land tenure, which will unlock millions of hectares of land for renewable and diversification projects. The proposed changes, to the Land Administration Act, will see WA better placed to expand carbon farming, wind farms, solar energy and hydrogen production on pastoral and unallocated crown land. It will also open opportunities for horticulture and tourism projects.

    Will the west coast demersal fishing zone between Kalbarri and Augusta get shut down to give fish stocks a chance to recover? That's the question both commercial and recreational fishers are asking themselves today after yesterday's release of a a stock assessment report with some worrying results.

    In state parliament yesterday, the agriculture minister was asked to clarify her comment that farmers should give up 20 per cent of their cropping land to plant trees.

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