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MANY Western Australians in England would have felt very homesick over the past couple of weeks with The Land of Plenty exhibition so prominent at Selfridges in London and Manchester.

It has been a coup to have our quality food and beverage products displayed and sold in one of Europe’s most prestigious outlets.

The Western Australian flavour

dominated the stores from the window displays to the wine and food tastings inside, as well as demonstrations by three WA chefs.

The promotion is the biggest food and beverage exhibition our State has ever held in the United Kingdom and involves more than fifty companies.

Based on figures from last financial year, we export about $22 million in Western Australian food and beverage products to the UK.

However, this is like a drop in the ocean compared with the potential for us to expand the exports of sheep meat, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables and other goods such as seafood, native game meats and dairy products.

The European market is heavily attracted to our clean, ‘green’, fresh image.

IT WAS pleasing to note the latest job figures showing a record number of people in work in Western Australia in August.

Total employment in the State reached a record high of 904,800.

It was the third month in a row that we had an increase in the number of people employed.

At the same time, it was also noteworthy that, once again, we have the lowest unemployment rate of any State. Western Australia’s unemployment rate was 6.5 per cent in August, compared with the next lowest of 6.8 per cent in New South Wales and 7.2 per cent nationally.

FROM our first days in government, the Coalition has worked hard to ensure we develop and maintain close links with people in all parts of Western Australia.

As a part of this, we regularly hold Cabinet meetings in different parts of the State, rather than always meeting in a central city office in Perth.

The benefits of these Regional Cabinet meeting were highlighted again in September when we met in the South East Metropolitan area.

The day’s activities included a wide range of functions and events that

provided some excellent opportunities for each of us to meet many different people and discuss local issues.

It also gave us a chance to see the extent of the major developments now taking shape and the progress that is being made in and around the Gosnells and Armadale areas.

These include work as diverse as the new $48 million public hospital at the Armadale Health Service, the massive construction work under way as part

of the multi-million dollar transport redevelopments through Kenwick, new police stations and the improved recreational and social services on offer for our young people.

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