Albany waterfront hotel gets City nod

A HOTEL planned for a block owned by Albany business identity Paul Lionetti across Toll Place from his Due South tavern has been recommended for State approval.

The City of Albany recommendation will be considered at a meeting of a State-convened panel in Perth on December 18.

In October, The Weekender revealed details of the 108-room, five-floor hotel that Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said Mr Lionetti wanted to build by Easter 2020 (‘Marina hotel ‘by 2020’’, 11 October).

The revelation followed a confession by State Lands Minister Rita Saffioti that not one developer had expressed interest in erecting a hotel at Middleton Beach where the Esplanade Hotel was demolished in 2007.

That means the new hotel, designed to the specifications of Hilton’s Garden Inn brand and overlooking Princess Royal Harbour, is Albany’s best chance of getting an international inn any time soon.

Southern Ports, which objected to an earlier bid to convert some of the hotel’s rooms to apartments, has supported many aspects of the cur- rent hotel-only plan, but argues the building must be attenuated against port noise.

Albany City Motors Director Scott Leary, one of 18 submitters on the plans, supports the hotel.

“It would appear that the development on the foreshore would be amenable to the area and provide a great windbreak to make the area immediately in from … the building more user friendly for the public,” he argues.

“The building has a style that complements the area and is progressive for Albany.”

One-time Albany resident Harmen Mulder “wholeheartedly” supports the project.

“In order to create a sense of atmosphere down at the waterfront, this hotel would be instrumental in forging a bustling social and commercial district,” he submits.

“I don’t know the guy personally, but Paul Lionetti should be applauded for his faith and commitment to this town.”

However, Penelope Moir of Gnowellen, northeast of Albany, considers the project “most inappropriate”.

“Tourists and port traffic should not be mixed,” she submits.

“World standard access to the Port of Albany is crucial for both Albany and the surrounding shires.”

Philip, Kathryn and Christina Rogerson, who operate the Albany Foreshore Guest House, submit the hotel’s scale will spoil harbour views for all heritage-listed buildings on Stirling Terrace.

“The development should be no more than two storeys, in keeping with all heritage-listed buildings on Stirling Terrace,” they assert.

The Rogersons also submit that if the hotel’s planned restaurant and bar reach licence application stage, they will lodge a complaint to State liquor licensing officials.

“Evidence can be provided to confirm the serious existing problem with noise from intoxicated patrons leaving the liquor outlets on Stirling Terrace and engaging in antisocial behaviour in the area late on Friday and Saturday nights,” they argue.

The only locally elected officials on the State-convened panel will be Mr Wellington and Councillor Paul Terry, slated to appear via teleconference.

Cr Terry previously disclosed a financial interest on a matter related to the project because one of his sons worked for a company associated with the proponent. But his son recently resigned, clearing the way for the Breaksea Ward councillor to vote on the plans.

Image: The planned hotel, by Hodge Collard Preston Architects from development application lodged by Planning Solutions.

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New Albany salmon fish cannery on the cards

AN INDUSTRY long lost to Albany is set to return, with a prominent fishing family patiently progressing a salmon, sardine and herring cannery to supply Australian and export markets.

From 1947 to the late 1980s, the now-defunct salmon cannery on the north-eastern side of Princess Royal Harbour was a big part of Albany’s industrial landscape.

Now, Rhonda and Tony Westerberg plan to open a new cannery on a block beside their fish processing plant at Robinson.

The salmon canning will start in Thailand, with a view to bringing it back home in 24 months.

“We sent some fish over there and met the canner,” Mr Westerberg said.

“We’ve got some marketing people in and we want to start in March.

“We’re going over again in January to make sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.”

Mr Westerberg said he would initially get Albany-based Bevans Seafood Processors to clean the salmon, because Bevans was approved to ex- port.

“It will be sent to Thailand, they’ll can it and the cans will come back to us with their own label,” he said.

“We got 12 flavours done, and we got Curtin University to do a blind taste test with all the different species, different products and ours came up trumps.”

Mr Westerberg said the salmon would be sourced from Western Australia’s south and west coasts.

“Then we’ll get export ap- proved and start cleaning our own fish here,” he said.

“We’ll start setting up our own cannery, with sardines first, and if that works we’ll introduce herring which we’ll fillet, and then the salmon.

“We’ll start with our own fish, and hopefully we’ll need more and more and as the market grows keep buying and buying and the sky’s the limit.”

Mr Westerberg said the new cannery could fill much of the void left by the crumbling portside facility.

“They used to do a couple of thousand ton here a year,” he said.

“It would be nice to think we could get to that [but] I don’t think Fisheries would let us catch that many.

“We have to make the money on a smaller volume these days, but certainly the aim is to help revamp the fishing industry in Western Australia on the south coast and the west coast.”

He said 12 to 15 new jobs could initially be created at the Robinson plant with more to come as things ramped up.

The Westerbergs have already ordered a filleting ma- chine slated to arrive from Sweden by March.

“It will butterfly-fillet the sardines, and we have a little crumbing line, so we will do that for 12 months, and if everything goes alright with the Department [of Fisheries], as long as we are permitted to catch the fish, we’ll be away,” Mr Westerberg said.

Ahead of the cannery, the filleting will start straight away with frozen sardines packed in 200 to 500 gram packs and sent around Australia.

“Once the factory gets export ap- proved, once we start canning, then we’ll start, hopefully, exporting the fillets,” Mr Westerberg said.

“Canning’s gone through a bit of a phase.

“It’s all been about price, but now people are prepared to pay a little bit more for a product canned in Australia, and local fish from the pristine waters of the south coast goes down well in the marketing.”

PHOTO: Tony Westerberg at his processing plant in Albany. Image: Chris Thomson

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Cancer machine meeting

STATE Health Minister Roger Cook has now met with a company that plans to install a radiotherapy machine in Albany after being urged to do so by Federal MP Rick Wilson who recently announced $6.6 million funding for the project.

Mr Cook met with facility provider GenesisCare’s general manager Michael Davis on November 27 regarding the company’s planned machine.

This week, Mr Cook told The Weekender the meeting was “positive” but a range of matters needed to be considered before proceeding.

“GenesisCare have offered to work with the Department of Health and the WA Country Health Service on a feasibility study,” he said.

“Projects of this scale and complexity rightfully demand appropriate financial due diligence to be observed and the feasibility study will need to consider the cost of [a] bunker [to house the machine], the supporting infrastructure and associated service costs.”

Mr Wilson told The Weekender he believes $3 million is the remaining cost to install the machine. He does not agree that $14 million is required, as floated by Mr Cook when he compared the potential cost of an Albany facility to a larger one built in Bunbury nine years ago (‘Cancer cost counted’, 15 November).

“Michael [Davis, Genesis Care] seems very confident that it could be built on Albany Health Campus for around $3 million,” Mr Wilson said.

“$3 million in the State health budget is a very small percentage.

“I hope the Minister expedites this study.”

The meeting follows a two-year campaign for a radiation machine led by Denmark resident Mary Williams.

While pounding the pavement on Albany’s York Street on Tuesday to increase awareness, Ms Williams said the campaign had raised $34,000 thus far.

She said she wanted Mr Cook to know she “won’t be moved”.

“We are coming up to Christmas…wouldn’t it be wonderful for everyone to put down their swords, as true Australians? Labor, Liberal, whatever?” Ms Williams posed.

“We can’t carry on like this…this isn’t about politics, it’s about sick people.

“It breaks my heart to hear stories from people who feel like the Great Southern is left out.”

Mr Wilson said he too would continue to push for the oncology service.

“I don’t think the State Government will want to be on the wrong side of history with this one,” he said.

“It’s not rocket science; the radiation machine itself is rocket science but the 1.8m thick concrete walls needed for the bunker are not.”

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Trucks in firing line

A PRIME mover run by Plantagenet-based Southern Haulage was one of two trucks hit by what its owner calls ‘a bullet’ and what police call ‘a projectile’ along Albany Highway at McKail on Saturday.

Albany Detective Senior Constable Aaron Reichstein said it was not yet known what type of projectile hit the northbound semi and a southbound white Hino truck in separate incidents between noon and 1pm.

But Director of Southern Haulage Chris Pavlovich, who is also Plantagenet Shire President, reasoned the projectile came from a gun.

“We got shot by a bullet,” Mr Pavlovich said on Monday.

“The dent would be nearly 10mm at the door.

“It was a gun shot for sure.”

Mr Pavlovich said truck driver Danny Redlich was heading north on Albany Highway after dropping a load of wheat at the port when he heard a loud noise and thought he’d hit a big bird.

“It was a hell of a whack,” Mr Pavlovich said.

“The driver didn’t know what had happened.”

On Monday, after delivering another load of wheat to port, Mr Redlich showed The Weekender the dent on the passenger’s side door of Southern Haulage 1. The dent was about a centimetre wide, as described by Mr Pavlovich.

The projectile did not pierce the cabin.

“It seems as though someone got a .22 or something and is having a pot-shot at vehicles going past,” Mr Pavlovich said.

“We run 70-odd trucks, and have done for 55 years, and have never seen anything like this.

“It shouldn’t happen anywhere in Australia.”

Mr Pavlovich said the semi was hit while heading north between Rocky Crossing Road and Reddale Road, at lunchtime, about 12.30pm.

Det Snr Const Reichstein said both Mr Redlich and the Hino driver reported “a loud ‘bang’ similar to a rock hitting the vehicle, except a lot louder”.

“There’s nothing to indicate that this is an ongoing thing,” he said.

“It [appears to be] isolated at this point in time.

“Both these drivers are professional truck drivers but still it’s something they don’t expect to have happen to them and it was of course concerning to them.”

Det Snr Const Reichstein said anyone who had something similar happen to them recently, or with relevant dashcam footage, should call police.

“Any time an object hits a moving vehicle, it’s obviously of concern to us,” he said.

“It can have catastrophic outcomes for not only occupants of the vehicles but also other road users who are passing by.”

Det Snr Const Reichstein said neither projectile penetrated the trucks’ cabs, but the southbound Hino was hit on its driver’s side door.

Photo: Danny Redlich with the dent on his passenger’s side door. Image: Chris Thomson

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Major highway upgrade

A ONCE-in-a-generation fix to a 1.2km stretch of Albany Highway notorious for pumpkin-sized potholes will be complete by April, says Mayor of Albany Dennis Wellington.

“What we want to do, very similar to Middleton Road, is do it up in such a way that it’s a good surface,” Mr Wellington said of the looming roadworks on both sides of the highway between Barker Road and Macedon Street.

“We’re trying to do that on the major arteries.

“I think Sanford Road is next year, because that’s in a pretty bad state as well at the moment.”

Mr Wellington said the City of Albany spent about $3 million-a-year maintaining roads, and the highway upgrade would cost about $1.6 million – or $800,000 for each side of the city’s main thoroughfare.

“Albany Highway from the roundabout through here is a local road and it’s in a bad way,” he said.

“It gets a lot of traffic, so it needs to be upgraded, and that’s our major project for this year.

“Certainly it will be the same standard as Middleton Road, because with the traffic it gets it’s got to be done properly and you try to do it for a 40 to a 50-year period.”

During the October 2017 local government elections, amid a particularly stormy spring, Albany’s humble but vexatious assortment of potholes became an election issue.

Mr Wellington said Albany’s wet winters meant it was necessary to conduct roadworks in the warmer months.

“It will get done when a lot of people are around, so some of the other roads will get used, obviously,” he acknowledged.

“We’ll keep one side of it open and do the other.”

Pavement repairs and patching have already been completed in preparation for the works. The existing surface will now be removed using a large profiling machine before a bitumen seal is placed.

This will be followed by two layers of asphalt. Also on the cards are new sections of kerbing, drainage pits and grates.

Works will start on the outside southbound lane in early January, with closures likely from January 7 to 18.

From there, the outside northbound lane will see closures between January 21 and 31.

The City will confirm further closures by January 15, with work extending through to late March.

Various side roads will be closed on and off during construction.

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Photo: Dennis Wellington near where the roadworks will commence. Photo: Chris Thomson

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Evers wins probe into election promise costing

A PROBE into forming an agency to independently cost promises at State election time will occur at the initiative of Albany’s only Upper House Parliamentarian Diane Evers.

In the Legislative Council recently, GreensWA Finance and Treasury spokesperson Ms Evers called for an inquiry into founding a WA parliamentary budget office.

“We can change the system,” she told her Legislative Council colleagues on November 7.

“[A political candidate] could come up with an idea for a new project … two or three days, three weeks or three months before the election, but without working out the cost ramifications of the project and what it will achieve.

“They put it out there and hope people will vote for them and then worry about the problems afterwards.”

Ms Evers said that was why Parliamentarians “go on about back-flipping and who has been the latest to back-flip”.

“A Parliamentary budget office gives not only the government but also the opposition and minor parties, and even potentially candidates, access to the facilities to work out the cost of promises,” she said.

A Federal Parliamentary Budget Office was formed in 2012, after New South Wales introduced one in 2010. Victoria and South Australia also have such an agency.

Caught on the hop when Ms Evers moved that an inquiry be formed, Labor Leader of the House Sue Ellery took her time confirming her party’s position.

“And–I–should–be– able–to–give–you–an– answer–any–minute– now–about–what–the– Government’s–position– will–be,” she annunciated slowly, peering around the House and fingering her mobile phone.

After an interjection provided a delay, Ms Ellery finally confirmed: “So–we–will support the amendment”.

Following suit, Liberal Peter Collier, the Nationals’ Jacqui Boydell, Liberal Democrat Aaron Stonehouse and One Nation MLC for South West Colin Tincknell said their parties would all support the probe.

“I commend Hon Diane Evers for putting for- ward the amendment,” Mr Tincknell said.

“This is exactly what One Nation has been looking for and what we have been talking about.”

Ms Evers’ motion was put, and passed easily.

The inquiry, by the Standing Committee on Estimates and Finan- cial Operations, will be chaired by Liberal Tjorn Sibma, with Labor’s Alanna Clohesy deputising. Ms Evers, Mr Tincknell and Mr Stonehouse are the other members of the committee, slated to report in 12 months’ time.

“If the recommendation comes back supporting the office, it’s very possible we’ll get it in place before the next election,” Ms Evers told The Weekender.

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Coffee shop canned

ALBANY’S chamber of commerce has won a Goliath vs David battle against a coffee van operator who had earned the right to run a tiny kiosk on York Street only to be blocked from doing so after a backflip by three City councillors.

At a council meeting on Tuesday night, Deputy Mayor Greg Stocks, his Frederickstown Ward colleague Rebecca Stephens, Kalgan Ward councillors Emma Doughty and Bill Hollingworth, Vancouver Ward Cr Tracy Sleeman and Yakamia Ward Cr Robert Sutton won a 6-5 vote to sink the kiosk.

That was after Crs Stephens, Hollingworth and Sleeman at a committee meeting on November 12 were among 8 councillors to endorse the City-initiated project. At the committee meeting, Anthony Moir, an apology from Tuesday night’s council meeting, was the only councillor to vote against the kiosk.

Barista Chris Saurin had earlier been named as preferred operator, subject to public consultation.

As revealed here, Mr Saurin’s kiosk was to be called ‘Booked’ , reflecting its location beside the

City library and the new Albany visitor centre. It would have opened out to Alison Hartman Gardens (‘Coffee shop booked in’, 30 August).

Earlier on Tuesday night, in a week when the Chamber’s chair resigned (see page 3), Michael Clark, the fourth man to hold the group’s CEO position in less than a year, stepped to a podium in the Council chambers.

Mr Clark said the planned $9000-a-year lease of a 14.25sqm space, coupled with cash the City planned to spend on works, would amount to a $20,000 subsidy to a business directly competing with eight existing retailers.

He urged the Council to vote down the kiosk “for the sake of all existing coffee retailers” on York Street.

During public consultation, only one submission was lodged – by the Chamber. As previously revealed, the submission had asked why the Council would “orchestrate” a coffee shop at the visitor centre “in direct competition to already struggling businesses in York Street” (‘Coffee shop quiz’ , 15 November).

On Tuesday night, David House of the York Street Cafe and owner of Poppies Jacqui Daniel joined Mr Clark in opposing Booked.

In the gallery, Mr Saurin sat silently.

Yesterday he told The Weekender he would seek advice on whether he could appeal the Council decision in the powerful State Administrative Tribunal.

“If any of [the objectors] had bothered to go to the [City-initiated] open viewings [of the kiosk space], they’d have seen it’s the size of a portaloo in there,” he said.

“There’s enough room for a coffee machine and a fridge.”

Mr Saurin has run a coffee van at the Albany Boatshed Markets for the past decade. He was named preferred operator of the kiosk after being the only applicant to express interest in a request-for-proposals process advertised by the City.

“I’ve been operating a lot longer than some of these cafes that are complaining about me,” he said.

“These cafes, they’re all feeling threatened by me; I don’t know why.

“They just need to have a look at their business model to figure out why they’re suffering.”

Mr Saurin said he had spent “lots” of time filling out council forms, and his son had quit a job in preparation to manage Booked.

“It was supposed to be operating in mid-October,” he said.

“And now all this has happened.”

Mr Saurin said he was once a Chamber member, but would “definitely not” join again.

“They’re off my Christmas card list,” he said.

On Tuesday night, Cr Paul Terry declared an interest and did not take part in debate.

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Language barrier dropped

FOUR tiny primary schools in the Great Southern have escaped having to pay for language teaching delivered from Perth, with the State scrapping plans to charge them $7000-a-class from next year.

In Parliament on November 6, Education Minister Sue Ellery told Shadow Minister Donna Faragher that primary schools with 60 students or fewer would not be charged.

Ms Faragher had asked if fees for language courses provided by the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) had changed.

Ms Ellery said they had, but that the planned introduction in 2019 of a price-per-class charge had been canned.

Internal sources, who cannot be named, have said the charge per class originally communicated to schools was about $7000-a-year.

Some regional and remote schools offer up to three language classes.

With four affected Great Southern schools ranging in total enrolments from just 22 to 38 students, the sources considered the per class charge – which would have been the same regardless of school size – to be regressive.

Bremer Bay (student population 27), Borden (22), Gairdner (38) and Ongerup (22) are among seven schools in the South West education region – which includes much of the Great Southern – with students enrolled in the language classes.

Thanks to their low enrolments, none of the four schools will be charged under the recently revised model.

In Parliament, Ms Ellery said the new model had been communicated to schools on October 24.

“As a result of feedback that a price per class may not be sustainable for small primary schools, the per-class pricing model was revised for 2019,” she told Ms Faragher.

“From 2019, the price for accessing a primary languages program through SIDE will be calculated on a cost-recovery model, which uses a sliding scale based on student population.

“The price per student for SIDE languages programs will range from a maximum of $701 per student for schools with a primary student population of 200 or more and will reduce [to zero] for schools with small student populations.”

Ms Ellery told The Weekender the full cost recovery figure is $7010 per class.

She said the cost for schools with enrolments of 200 or more would range from a maximum of $701-a-student, reduced for schools with fewer students.

“Every child should have the chance to learn a second language and this is why we made it a priority to make it more affordable for schools with fewer students,” she said.

Last year, Western Australia’s School Curriculum and Standards Authority mandated that from 2018 all Year 3 students would need to study a second language.

By 2023 all students from Years 3 to 8 will be required to learn a second language.

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Hiker sets blistering pace

THE feat of completing the Bibbulmun Track in record time would be enough to satisfy most people, but for Jono Ride, there was barely time for the blisters to heal before setting off on his next adventure.

Ride reached the Bibbulmun Track’s southern terminus in Albany last Wednesday, just 16 days and 14 hours to the minute after setting out from the Kalamunda start-point.

In doing so, he is believed to have become the fastest person to complete the 1005km journey without assistance.

But setting the record was not what inspired Ride to tackle the long hike through the stunning south west of WA.

“I’m a qualified teacher and after not being in the classroom for nearly two years I had to submit an application to start teaching again,” he said.

“When they told me it would take 14 weeks until I could be posted at a school, I found myself significantly unemployed.”

Ride said a quick trip to visit some cousins planted the seed for tackling the Bibbulmun Track.

“I saw a marker for the track when I was driving in the South West and I just thought to myself, ‘I have no reason not to do it’,” he said.

“I was fit, it was the perfect time of year and I hadn’t seen my mate in Albany in a year or so.”

The mate he is referring to is partner in adventuring-crime Leroy Savage, who joined Ride on an epic cycling journey through South America last year (‘Leroy’s great escape’, 11 January).

Although Savage was at the far end of the journey waiting for Ride to arrive in Albany, he was egging him along no less than if they were walking the track together.

“Leroy was making a game out of watching where I was and trying to time meeting up with me on the track,” he said.

“I had my GPS tracker on me, so he could see where I was in real time.”

Despite help and encouragement being just a phone call away, Ride’s intention from the outset was to tackle the entire track without assistance.

“If you do a hike assisted you might as well just walk on a treadmill,” he said.

“When you’re unassisted you have to make sure your timing is perfect for hitting towns.

“If you don’t time it right and hit town too early before the shops open or too late and they’re closed, you’ll miss out on vital supplies.

“It makes it more of a challenge.”

For the last 85km from Denmark to Albany, Ride hot-footed it and walked for 14 hours straight.

“I did 95,000 steps and 14 hours of walking at pace,” he said.

“Doing 10 to 12 hours is pretty standard, but any more than that and you’re dead on your feet.

“You enter another world of pain and exhaustion.”

Having completed the trip that is recommended for six to eight weeks in little more than two, Ride and Savage were already packing their bags for another adventure just days after Ride arrived in Albany.

“We’re going on a secret mission to retrieve a rusted-out car in the desert,” Ride confided in The Weekender.

“I can’t say too much about it, but it’ll be a quick in-and-out adventure.

“Going on trips with Leroy is always good fun because we’ll inevitably get ourselves into a crazy situation but we’ll always get out of it.

“I’m always searching for the kind of fun where you push yourself, hurt yourself or get lost and end up looking back on it in a year or so and thinking, ‘that was some bloody good fun’.”

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Cook comes to table

AFTER critique of his estimated costing and timing for radiotherapy equipment, Health Minister Roger Cook says he will meet with GenesisCare “soon” to discuss “the oncology landscape and range of services currently offered” in the Great Southern.

Last week, Federal Member for O’ Connor Rick Wilson challenged Mr Cook’s $14 million funding estimate for a bunker to house the much-anticipated equipment (‘Cancer cost counted’, 15 November).

Mr Cook’s estimate was based on the cost in 2009 to instal a bunker at Bunbury (‘Cancer cash raincheck’, 8 November).

But Mr Wilson said the Bunbury bunker housed two radiotherapy machines, whereas $6.6 million of funding he recently announced through The Weekender (‘Cancer funding coup’, 13 September) was for one machine only.

He said national company GenesisCare, which installed the Bunbury machines and plans to provide one in Albany, told him a bunker could be built at Albany Health campus for about $3 million.

He said requests from GenesisCare, and from him on the company’s behalf, to meet Mr Cook had fallen on deaf ears.

After deadline last week, Mr Cook revealed the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) had begun a feasibility study, “which will be complete in the course of next year”, into the machine.

“The study will need to include broader master planning considerations for the Albany Health Campus site,” he said.

“It’s important to appreciate that the feasibility study will not only consider the cost of the bunker, but also the supporting infrastructure and associated service costs, with detailed costings required for the full operation of such a service.

“Projects of this scale and complexity rightfully demand appropriate financial due diligence to be observed and, as such, communication is ongoing with the Federal government and the WA Country Health Service.”

Last week, General Manager of GenesisCare WA Michael Davis did not respond to a Weekender request for confirmation of the costing advice relayed by Mr Wilson.

Mr Cook said the Federal funding was welcome, but a bit like giving someone furniture when they do not have a home.

“I’m not going to be hurried into signing a blank cheque to suit Rick Wilson’s Federal election timeframes,” he said.

“In the interim, the Great Southern region currently offers a comprehensive cancer service including visiting medical specialists, specialist cancer nursing services, a day chemotherapy unit, and a complementary therapies unit at the Albany Hospital.”

Until Mr Wilson announced the grant, WACHS had repeatedly said radiotherapy equipment was off the table for the Great Southern until at least 2024.

At last week’s Albany Show, NationalsWA Leader Mia Davies said Mr Cook had unnecessarily politicised provision of the machine.

“The Minister [has] made it about an election, and what we’re talking about is something that is potentially life-saving equipment for not just the people of Albany but for the entire Great Southern,” she said.

“We’ve met with [radiotherapy machine advocate] Mary [Williams] from Denmark who is so passionate about it, and it’s mystifying to me why when you’ve got enormous community support and support coming from the Federal Government that the response from the State Government is that: ‘Oh well, we’ll need to look into it, we’ll need to do the business case’.

“I’m not saying those things don’t need to be done but there doesn’t seem to be any urgency in relation to this, and it’s not a new issue.”

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