More than a quarter of Alaska communities haven’t claimed state CARES Act grants. Why not?

first_imgCommunity | Coronavirus | Economy | Local GovernmentMore than a quarter of Alaska communities haven’t claimed state CARES Act grants. Why not?September 17, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Metlakatla is one 63 Alaska communities that hadn’t claimed their state community grants from federal CARES Act funding. (Photo by Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media)It has been nearly four months since Alaska communities started receiving money from the state’s share of federal COVID-19 relief. And even though the process is simple, more than one in four communities haven’t claimed the money yet.Reginald Atkinson is the mayor of Metlakatla, where local leaders are trying to figure out how to spend $531,000. That’s the amount the state government set aside for the community from the state’s $569 million CARES Act community grant program. “We have not yet arrived at that point,” he said, adding: “The plans are in the making.”Metlakatla is one of 63 Alaska communities that haven’t accepted their grants,  out of 228 communities the state planned to give the money to. Metlakatla already received a federal grant from another category of CARES Act funding, for tribal governments. And fishing businesses in the community are going to receive money from yet another batch of CARES Act funds. But Atkinson said it’s been a challenge to determine which expenses are eligible to be covered by the grant.All Alaska communities had to do to receive the first round of state funding was to sign a grant agreement and pass a resolution accepting the grants. Metlakatla is going to consider the issue at its Oct. 6 council meeting. Sandra Moller oversees the grant program as the director of the state Division of Community and Regional Affairs. She said the state has encouraged communities to take those steps to claim their funds and answered questions from local leaders as they’ve come up.  “We’ve reached out at least three times to each community,” she said.She said communities have different reasons for not accepting the grants. Some haven’t had COVID-19-related expenses that would be eligible to be covered by the funding. “Obviously, every community has expenses, and these are really trying times,” she said. “However, once they looked at the documents, and saw the eligibile requirements from the federal treasury, they chose not to apply.”  Another reason is some of the communities are very small — and they don’t have the staff to handle the grant process. Others, like Metlakatla, are tribal governments that have received other federal CARES Act payments. And some of them have had their COVID-19 costs covered by those payments. While most of the communities the state planned to give grants have municipal governments — including 144 cities and 19 boroughs — most of those that haven’t accepted the money so far are unincorporated communities, which include both tribal governments and nonprofit community associations. And they have fewer staff to process grant applications. Two cities– Koyukuk and Platinum — aren’t receiving money because they didn’t apply for state community assistance last year. The state used that program as the basis for determining which communities received CARES Act grants. The state designed the program so that municipalities would receive their grants in three payments. Most of the money was scheduled to go out in the first payment, scheduled for May. And follow-up payments were scheduled for July 1 and Oct. 1. But to receive these follow-up payments, communities had to show that they had spent 80 percent of what they had received so far. As of Thursday morning, only 18 communities had done that, receiving $19.2 million of the $101.7 million budgeted for the second round of payments. Moller said she can’t guess why communities haven’t applied for the later payments. “A community was granted basically the entire amount allocated to them,” she said. “Whether they use that or not is not our decision. They have to meet their own minimum requirements that we set out.” To make things even more confusing, the federal government has repeatedly updated its guidance to states and communities about what expenses are eligible for the grants. And Congress could further expand what expenses are eligible if it can agree on another relief bill. This has left communities with a lot of uncertainty.Nils Andreassen, the executive director of the Alaska Municipal League, has been helping local leaders with the grants. He said the federal government has increased the amount of information communities must provide to receive the money. “So there’s a process involved. And every, even just little, step for a small community is a challenge,” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing right now, is for all of those that are on the list who haven’t requested those funds, we’re walking through, with each and every one of them, here’s how to do this. Here’s what to do. How can we help?” Andreassen expects many municipalities to seek their second payments in the next few weeks, followed by the third payments. Andreassen said most municipalities are devoting much of the grants to relief payments to local businesses and other organizations. Federal guidelines prevent communities from using the grants to make up for lost revenue. “I think we’ll come to the end of this process with communities that are still in dire straits, based on lost revenue,” he said. “And for as much as CARES Act funds will help them through this period, there’s going to be significant challenges ahead of us.” Any money that communities don’t spend by Dec. 30 must be returned to the federal government. Share this story:last_img read more

Dock owner: Sitka should prepare for a deluge of cruise passengers in 2022

first_imgCoronavirus | Southeast | TourismDock owner: Sitka should prepare for a deluge of cruise passengers in 2022February 22, 2021 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka Share:Royal Caribbean International’s Ovation of the Seas, a quantum-class cruise ship, in Skagway’s port. (Claire Stremple/KHNS)The cruise industry in Southeast Alaska remains frustrated by Canada’s decision to close its ports to large ships for the year, effectively prohibiting anything close to a typical visitor season in 2021. But in 2022, the cruise rebound in ports like Sitka could be staggering.At a presentation to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 17, industry representatives outlined some of the barriers to cruising this year — and warned about a possible record surge in 2022.Mike Tibbles is with the Cruise Lines International Association in Juneau. CLIA represents 17 of the cruise lines that sail in Southeast, from the biggest players in the market to some of the small ships.Canada’s announcement in early February that it would not open its ports to ships with more than 100 passengers for another year amounted to putting a tourniquet on Alaskan cruising. But Tibbles thinks Canada’s no-sail order could be revised under the right circumstances.“I think we were a little surprised that it went all the way out to February of ‘22,” he said. “But we have been continuing to communicate with Canadian officials. They’ve indicated that they’re focused on the health aspect, and that if conditions improve, an interim order is not as tough as a regulation. So that date could potentially be revisited.”But it’s not just a matter of Canada rescinding its order. Tibbles explained that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control had replaced its own no-sail order with a framework that allows cruising under rigorous safety guidelines that cover everything from single-use berths for crew members and lavatories to test sailings and safety plans for port communities.Tibbles said putting a cruise season together under those terms — on short notice — would be an extraordinary challenge.“We have a really high hurdle here,” he said. “It’s going to be extremely difficult to align these things — getting the guidance from the CDC and meeting those requirements, finding some solution to the announcement from Canada, and then getting all the plans in place with the local communities before sailing.”Even if there were movement from Alaska’s congressional delegation for a workaround for the Passenger Vessel Services Act — the law which requires all foreign-flagged ships to stop in a foreign port while on their Alaskan itineraries — Tibble said, “We have an uphill fight.”There could be another kind of fight in 2022, though, if the COVID pandemic is brought under control: A struggle for Southeast communities to keep their heads above water under a deluge of cruise visitors.Chris McGraw runs what was formerly known as “Old Sitka Dock.” It’s been rebranded as the “Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal.” He said that Royal Caribbean was adding three ships to its Southeast Alaska itinerary.“Two of those ships will be their Quantum-class ships,” McGraw said, “which have capacities in excess of 4,000 passengers.”That could push Sitka’s cruise visitor count in 2022 to over 400,000, a record for the community. McGraw is investing in a new passenger terminal at his facility, expanding its capacity from just over 2,000 people to something around 9,000. He’s upgraded his docks to accommodate two of the 1,100-foot Quantum-class ships.Halibut Point Marine’s expansion plans include upgrading its passenger terminal to accommodate 9,000 passengers. Owner Chris McGraw wants the rest of Sitka to be prepared for the record volumes. (HPM image)He wants the rest of Sitka to be ready.“Looking forward to 2022, I think Sitka really needs to start planning to adequately accommodate from both a local perspective and a visitor perspective, these passenger volumes,” said McGraw. “Planning for Centennial Hall needs to be developed, the large shuttle traffic.”McGraw said that there could be over 40 days in the summer of 2022 with over 5,000 cruise passengers in town, which would mean running 25 shuttles. He noted that Sitka’s downtown Lincoln Street corridor feels crowded when there are only 1,500 passengers in town.“And we’re going to have days when we have 8,000 passengers,” he warned, “and the sidewalks, the traffic — that all needs to be improved in my opinion.”He recommended that anybody in the industry begin thinking about the issues stemming from such large increases in volume, and that local government should begin planning.“Everyone should be able to enjoy themselves and live in Sitka without feeling like we’re being overrun with visitors,” he said.Share this story:last_img read more

Europe tries to lower drug prices with small doses of transparency

first_img GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Pharma By Jessica Davis Plüss April 13, 2021 Reprints About the Author Reprints What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What is it? Adobecenter_img Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] For countries in Europe, negotiating a deal with a pharma company over drug prices is the equivalent of a David and Goliath matchup. Payers have little leverage to push back against prices and terms set by pharma companies, causing many to accept demands for confidentiality in exchange for a discount.Increasingly, though, some European governments are calling for an end to the secrecy in a bid to rein in drug prices. Europe tries to lower drug prices with small doses of transparency Jessica Davis Plüss Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Key West kayakers capture nighttime glimpse of manatees

first_imgFWC rescues abandoned manatee calf found in Caloosahatchee River May 26, 2021 VIDEO COURTESY: Night Kayak Key West AdvertisementTags: KayakKey WestManatee Retired Immokalee teacher swims 12 miles around Key West while raising money for student’s tuition June 15, 2021 Advertisement VIDEO COURTESY: Night Kayak Key WestKEY WEST, Fla. — A group of kayakers, guided by Night Kayak Key West, stumbled upon a pair of manatees that were swimming around a dock.One of the manatees in the footage is an adult and the other, smaller manatee looks to be a juvenile. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments 2 dead, 10 missing after boat from Cuba capsizes near Key West May 29, 2021 AdvertisementIf you see a manatee, be sure to keep your hands to yourself, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Also, don’t feed manatees or give them water. If manatees become accustomed to being around people, they can alter their behavior in the wild.Manatees are protected under federal law by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which makes it illegal to harass, hunt, capture or kill any marine mammal. They’re also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978, which states: “It is unlawful for any person, at any time, intentionally or negligently, to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb any manatee.”  “Darling” manatee released after recovering from red tide-related illness May 13, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Two young panthers found dead on private property in Collier County

first_imgPrevent flooding by clearing storm drains on your property June 16, 2021 AdvertisementOut of 12 deaths, seven have been the result of vehicle strikes, according to FWC. To report an injured or dead panther, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC [3922]. Advertisement Amazon distribution center officially opens in Collier County June 16, 2021 COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – The remains of two panthers were found on private property in North Belle Meade, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission [FWC]. Both panthers, a male and a female, were 3 months old, FWC reported. Biologists collected the remains on April 1. FWC said the cause of death is unknown. Twelve panthers have died in Florida so far this year. Five of those deaths happened in Collier County. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentscenter_img AdvertisementTags: collier countyFlorida Panther Collier school resource officers teach kids how to fish on first day of “Summerfest” June 16, 2021 Wounded Warriors organization accuses City of Naples of discrimination June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Leaves Festival of Writing and Music programme in Laois a real page turner

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook Class, a new play revolving around a parent-teacher meeting that goes very wrong is featured in this year’s Laois Leaves programme. The programme for this year’s Leaves Festival of Writing and Music programme, the festival of writing and music is a real page turner.Celebrating the literary arts the festival builds on the success of previous years and is organised by the Laois Arts Office.There are some big names in there, some serious emerging talent and a fabulous eclectic mix of events from poetry and prose to music, theatre and photography.The festival runs from Tuesday, November 5, to Saturday, November 9 at a number of venues around Portlaoise.Opening this year’s programme is Manchán Magan with Arán & Im, a bi-lingual performance delivering on the delights of the Irish language while baking bread. 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA Facebook Leaves Festival of Writing and Music programme in Laois a real page turner Pinterest An event not to be missed and one of my favourite authors Joseph O’ Connor features in an evening of readings and conversations hosted by Dermot Bolger, a prolific and outstanding author himself who is picking up star ratings for his new play at the Abbey, Last Orders at the Dockside. Also on the bill for this event on Friday, November 8 is Kit de Waal and hot from her stunning performance on the Late Late Show last week, Sibéal Ní Chassaide. Any of the four are worth the admission fee of €15 on their own.On Saturday afternoon the legendary photographer John Minihan will be in conversation with Dermot Bolger. With a fascinating slideshow of his world famous photographs, this rare public event with John Minihan, one of Europe’s most distinguished living photographers is a must for lovers of literature and photography with Beckett and Princess Diana numbering among his acquaintances and subjects. That’s at 3pm on November 9.That evening it’s over to St Peter’s Church in Market Square for an exceptional event with the last surviving original Dubliner, John Sheahan joining Dermot Bolger for his trademark intimate conversations. The evening also features Niamh Boyce, the Hennessy New Irish Writer 2102, Irish Book Awards winner and an IMPAC shortlisted writer whose latest fiction Her Kind is causing quite a stir.On Friday and Saturday of the festival there are writing workshops with Enda Wyley entitled, Poetry in the Making and Christine Dwyer-Hickey will take you through a Flash Fiction Writing, where you can learn the art of short fiction where every word counts.It’s all thanks to the Laois Arts office supported by the Creative Ireland programme and you can get more details and info on tickets from your local library, the Dunamaise Arts Centre or from [email protected] ALSO – Coffee morning fundraiser for Pieta House services  TAGSArthur BroomfieldCreative IrelandDermot BolgerDunamaise Arts CentreJohn MinihanJohn SheahanJoseph O’ ConnorLaois Arts OfficeLaois Leaves Literary FestivalLaois Writers Group Home Lifestyle Entertainment Leaves Festival of Writing and Music programme in Laois a real page… LifestyleEntertainment By John Whelan – 21st October 2019 Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleAnother win for Portlaoise Panthers in the Women’s National LeagueNext articleLocal weather forecaster predicts SNOW for Laois this week John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp GAA A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Shakespearean classic is showing at the Dunamaise for one night only on Wednesday, November 6 and just in case you haven’t learned it already, the moral of the story is of course that, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Some things never change.And staying with theatre, albeit of a different variety is the highly acclaimed and award winning new play, Class. Written and directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan, the reviewers are raving about this story based on the drama that unfolds when a parent-teacher meeting unravels. Sound familiar? That’s on stage in the Dunamaise on Thursday, November 7.The same evening our very own Arthur Broomfield turns out his latest collection of poems in an event hosted by the Laois Writers’ Group at Portlaoise Library. The Giant’s Footsteps at the Rock of Dunamaise will be launched at 8pm. There will also be singing on the evening by fellow Ballyfin man, Paddy Fitzpatrick of Slieve Bloom Sean Nós fame. GAA last_img read more

Remember the Game: Portlaoise down Ballinakill in U-17 hurling final 21 years ago

first_imgCheck out some great pictures from the day from Alf Harvey below:SCORERS – Portlaoise: Noel Costelloe 1-2, Tommy Fitzgerald 1-1, Noel Hoolahan 1-0, Alan Kingsley 1-0, Seán Tobin 0-2 Ballinakill: Seamus Dwyer 1-3, Eamon Jackman 0-5, Damien Carter and Billy Barry 0-1 eachPORTLAOISE: W Farrell; P Scanlon, John Mulligan, Diarmuid Lalor; Brian Mulligan, John Breen, S Phelan; Brian Devaney, E Fingleton, Tommy Fitzgerald, Seán Tobin, Joe Phelan; Noel Hoolahan, Noel Costelloe, Alan Kingsley. Subs: J Delaney for S. Phelan, K Daly for FingletonBALLINAKILL: Colm Barry; R Walsh, Pat Dwyer, Brian Walsh; Eoin Delaney, Billy Barry, James Doone; Ronan Keohane, E Walsh; James Walsh, Seamus Dywer, Damien Carter; Barry Dunne, Eamon Jackman, M Jackman. Remember the Game: Portlaoise down Ballinakill in U-17 hurling final 21 years ago By Alan Hartnett – 10th March 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Electric Picnic Portlaoise 4-5 Ballinakill 1-10U-17 Hurling Championship Final 200021 years ago this month, Portlaoise and Ballinakill clashed in the U-17 hurling final.Three goals in the final fifteen minutes of the first half did the trick for the Town as they claimed the trophy by four points.Both sides were stacked with future stars – and not all of them ended up with just GAA careers either.For Ballinakill, Seamus Dwyer, James Walsh and Eamon Jackman all went on to have distinguished stints with club and county – Dwyer and Jackman are still hurling while James Walsh is now their manager.Damien Carter of Laois TV fame was also on that Ballinakill team that just came up short on the day.For Portlaoise, Brian Mulligan, Joe Phelan, Noel Costelloe and Tommy Fitzgerald went on to play for Laois – with the latter still hurling away for the club having once again been influential in last year’s run to the premier intermediate final.One of the crucial goals 21 years ago came from the stick of Alan Kingsley – a man who went on to have a huge career at European level in rugby.He is currently a kicking consultant with Cardiff Blues and also works in a similar capacity with the Dragons and Biarritz. Twitter SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: The Abbeyleix girl who headed Down Under and changed her life Facebook Home We Are Laois Remember the Game Remember the Game: Portlaoise down Ballinakill in U-17 hurling final 21 years… We Are LaoisRemember the Game Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCommunity group launches St Patrick’s Day ‘clubs of the parish virtual 10 mile relay challenge’Next articleWATCH: Portlaoise Tidy Towns group smash the Jerusalema Dance Challenge Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months WhatsApp TAGSBallinakillPortlaoiseRemember the Game Council last_img read more

Excel Funds to merge BRIC fund into emerging-markets fund

first_img Units of Excel BRIC Fund will no longer be offered for sale after the close of business on Friday, except for units purchased under a pre-authorized chequing plan. The Excel BRIC Fund will be wound up as soon as possible following the merger. Unitholder approval for Excel BRIC Fund will be sought at a special meeting to be held on or about Feb. 11, 2016. In advance of the meeting, full details of the proposed merger will be set out in a notice of meeting and a management information circular that will be sent to unitholders of record on or about Jan. 8, 2016. The notice of meeting and management information circular will also available on SEDAR at The Independent Review Committee of each of Excel BRIC Fund and Excel Emerging Markets Fund has reviewed the potential conflict of interest matters related to the proposed merger. They have provided Excel Funds with positive recommendations for the merger after determining that it would achieve a fair and reasonable result for the funds. Follow Investment Executive on Twitter. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CI GAM launches Bitcoin mutual fund imilian/123RF Mississauga, Ont.-based Excel Funds Management Inc. announced on Friday that it will be merging Excel BRIC Fund into Excel Emerging Markets Fund, subject to obtaining all the necessary unitholder and regulatory approvals. If the proposed merger is approved, the merger will be effective on or about Feb. 15, 2016 and unitholders of each series of Excel BRIC Fund will receive securities of the equivalent series of Excel Emerging Markets Fund, determined on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Canoe to acquire Fiera’s retail mutual funds and fund dealer James Langton Keywords Mergers and acquisitionsCompanies Excel Funds Related news Dynamic LSIF’s board approves sale to BESTlast_img read more

Bridging Finance collaborates with BlackRock on alternative credit fund

first_img Horizons launches unhedged USD version of liquid alt bond fund IG Wealth Management expands mandate of U.S. equity private pool Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Alternative investment funds,  Alternative investmentsCompanies BlackRock Canada IE Staff Bridging Finance Inc. launched a new fund of funds that invests in the alternative credit space.The Bridging Fern Alternative Credit Fund, developed in collaboration with BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, is designed to allow retail investors to “gain exposure to certain funds and fund managers that are typically only available to institutional investors,” David Sharpe, CEO of Bridging Finance, said in a release. Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund The new fund attempts to “generate positive absolute returns while preserving capital and with a low correlation to traditional asset classes,” the release stated. blue curtain of a classical theater Viktor Thaut/123RF Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Resources jobs and sales continue to break records in WA

first_imgResources jobs and sales continue to break records in WA WA’s mineral and petroleum industry reported record sales of $174 billion in 2020Results driven by iron ore, gold and nickel  A record 140,940 people working in WA’s mining sector    Western Australia’s resources sector continued to break records in 2020 with sales of $174 billion.Statistics released today by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety show iron ore lead the way with record sales of $116 billion on the back of the highest prices since 2011.Gold was another strong performer with more than $17 billion in sales, an all-time high, as was the average price of around $2,500 per ounce.Nickel sales increased to $3.3 billion, which is the highest value in six years.Employment in the resources sector was a star performer, with an average of 140,940 people representing yet another record.More than $20 billion was invested in the WA mining and petroleum sector, up from $17 billion in 2019. This represents the highest level since 2017.For more information, visit stated by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:“Western Australia and its resources sector have successfully navigated the pandemic to deliver these impressive figures.“Creating and supporting jobs is one of the McGowan Government’s top priorities, so it’s great to see mining employment grow for the fourth year in a row.“It was especially pleasing to see exploration expenditure and employment continue to strengthen given the important role the sector plays in finding the next big resource discovery.“With around $140 billion of resource projects in the pipeline, Western Australia’s future continues to look promising.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Discovery, employment, exploration, Government, industry, Industry regulation, Minister, pandemic, petroleum, pipeline, regulation, resources, statistics, WA, Western Australialast_img read more