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Carers of grandkids offered extra payments

Grandparents who are the primary carers for their grandchildren will receive extra cash payments from a re-elected Liberal government.

The $5.3 million Grandcarers Support Scheme will run over four years. It will target the estimated 2500 grandparents who bring up their grandchildren.

Under the program, seniors can receive $400 a year for the first grandchild under 16 and $250 for every other child.

Seniors Minister Robyn McSweeney said the money would be welcomed by many grandparents.

"It's very hard when grandparents get that knock on the door and are asked to look after three or four grandchildren," she said.

"They have to become virtual parents again."

Mrs McSweeney and Premier Colin Barnett also committed $600,000 to an organisation that provides support to grandparents.

Mr Barnett announced the scheme with grandparents at the Botanical Golf complex in Wanneroo and said it complemented other seniors initiatives.

Labor yesterday announced it would negotiate with mining companies to give up prospective but remote bauxite deposits in the Kimberley and create two new parks.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan promised Labor would create the Great North Kimberley marine park from King Sound in the west to Cambridge Gulf in the east and a new national park along the Fitzroy and Margaret Rivers.

The West Australian

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