17th July, 2021.
17th July, 2021.
WA dairy producers took home a suite of accolades at the 2021 Perth Royal Food Awards last week.
Milks, cheeses, yoghurts and other products hand-crafted in WA were among those crowned winners of the annual awards, hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
Northcliffe’s Bannister Downs took home three trophies, winning the champion unflavoured milk gong for its Dairy Fresh Milk, champion flavoured milk for its Dairy Choc Cherry Delite, and champion cream for its Dairy Fresh Cream.
Leading economists believe that without WA’s record iron ore trade the Federal Government would not have had the financial flexibility to support NSW to the tune of $500 million a week during its COVID-19 lockdown. AMP chief economist Shane Oliver said without high iron ore prices the Government would not have had the cash to help NSW as much as it had.
“The national income is given a boost by the iron ore boom and that is allowing the Federal Government to provide assistance to NSW, which then means incomes in NSW are protected and can bounce back more quickly,” he said.
Over the past financial year, WA mining and oil and gas companies contributed $83 billion directly to Australia’s economy, roughly one sixth of the entire federal government’s revenue over the period. This is more than the federal government’s budget for Medicare ($29.7 billion) and defence ($44.6 billion) combined. There are more than $140 billion worth of projects in the mining and oil and gas sector across WA, many of which are greenfield developments. The CMEWA said similar contributions from the resources sector would continue over the next decade.
WA mining and resources companies injected almost $122 billion into Australia’s economy in the 2019-20 financial year through direct and flow-on spending, helping create 309,000 full-time jobs during COVID-19.
The figures, from WA’s peak resources industry body, revealed the extent to which the local sector powered economies and communities around the nation as they reeled from the impacts of the pandemic. “That’s why it’s so important that both industry and government continue to tackle key challenges like current and future skills shortages, in order to fully capitalise on the significant opportunities we have in front of us.”
Competing in the 2021 Perth Royal Food Awards for the 15th consecutive year, Bannister Dairy produce, renowned for its quality and great flavour, awarded these champion titles, a true reflection of the effort and care that is made daily, with a complete focus on quality.
Hancock Prospecting has backed a $1 million personal donation to the Special Air Services Resources Fund by its executive chair Gina Rinehart with a further $500,000 contribution to support Australia’s elite soldiers.
Announced at a private event at the Hancock head office last night the contribution is in addition to $110,000 donated by iron ore miner Roy Hill Holdings, majority owned by Hancock and also chaired by Mrs Rinehart.
In addition to Executive Chairman Mrs. Gina Rinehart’s significant personal donation, both Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill contributed generously to the Special Air Service Resources Fund to provide financial assistance to relieve the hardship being experienced by serving and former members of the SAS and their families.