Premier in Print

THE start of the month saw State Government Ministers in Derby for the fifth and last regional Cabinet meeting for this year.

These Cabinet meetings, held around the State each year, help ensure we have the chance to develop and maintain close links with people from different regions and with different concerns.

The Derby meeting was particularly valuable at this time, especially given the negotiations taking place for the development of a reliable source of power in the Kimberley for the years ahead.

It was terrific to see the interest in the proposal and the local community’s enthusiasm for tidal power.

The Government has also been very keen on this idea but the cost of the tidal power proposal that has been put forward has increased significantly.

Before a final decision is made, the proposal by the preferred proponent for the project, Energy Equity/Woodside Energy Limited, will be compared with the “best deal” by the tidal power proponents.

Whatever the final decision, it will be based on what is considered to be in the best interests of the State and taxpayers.

A NEW office that opened in the old Cloisters building in St George’s Terrace at the start of this month is one that holds a great deal of potential

for those of us in the ‘baby boomer’ generation – and anyone with an eye on market trends.

The Positive Ageing Centre will conduct research into all aspects of ageing, from social and economic matters to environmental issues.

Until now, there has been little practical research into factors associated with quality of life in later years and what contributes to a happy and fulfiling old age. This centre will go a long way to rectifying that.

It is an especially valuable centre considering the growing force of seniors in Western Australia.

At present, 14 per cent of our population is aged 60 or more.

By 2025, for the first time, there will be more seniors than children and young people under the age of eighteen – a sure indicator of changes ahead in patterns of demand.

WESTERN Australia’s associations with China are also continuing to expand, this time in the tertiary education area after a high-level

tertiary education delegation visited China last month.

The visit, led by Education Minister Colin Barnett and Vice Chancellors from Western Australia’s universities, resulted in an agreement for universities here and in Zhejiang province to develop a closer cooperative relationship to benefit students and staff.

This is set to develop so that Australian and Chinese students and academic staff will be able to move between the two countries to study and teach.

With Western Australia’s strong and growing economic ties with China, this link is another positive boost in our relationship.

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