Media Statements

From the Office of the Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Date MinisterPortfolioTitle

16/05/2022

Johnston

Energy

New Chief Executive Officer appointed at Synergy

10/05/2022

McGowan; Whitby; Saffioti; Johnston

Premier; Climate Action; Transport; Energy

WA’s climate action efforts accelerate with $60 million EV package

6/05/2022

Johnston; MacTiernan

Energy; Hydrogen Industry

Renewable hydrogen target to be investigated for Western Australia

5/05/2022

Johnston; Buti

Mines and Petroleum; Aboriginal Affairs

$14.6 million to create Aboriginal Empowerment Unit

4/05/2022

Johnston

Energy

Partnerships with regional community groups announced

4/05/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum; Industrial Relations

Successful tender announced for mining workforce safety study

4/05/2022

Johnston; McGurk

Mines and Petroleum; Industrial Relations; Women's Interests

Resources workforce safety program gets $6.5 million boost

3/05/2022

MacTiernan; McGurk; Johnston; Papalia

Regional Development; Child Protection; Corrective Services; Police

$40.4 million package to tackle juvenile crime in the Kimberley

2/05/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

$12 million to accelerate one of the world’s largest seismic surveys

28/04/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

WA’s exploration sector continues to prosper

27/04/2022

Johnston

Corrective Services

Mike Reynolds appointed Corrective Services Commissioner

26/04/2022

Johnston

Energy

Esperance energy transition plan secured with $10.5 million

21/04/2022

Johnston

Energy

More reliable and safe power for remote Aboriginal communities

21/04/2022

Johnston

Energy

Works commence for WA’s first pumped-hydro solution

21/04/2022

Quigley; Johnston

Attorney General; Corrective Services

Former Chief Judge to lead Prisoners Review Board

20/04/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Construction begins on new rare earths plant in Western Australia

20/04/2022

Johnston; Buti

Mines and Petroleum; Aboriginal Affairs

Aboriginal company Gee Gie awarded abandoned mines contract

19/04/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

WA researchers develop new technology for finding commodities

18/04/2022

Johnston

Corrective Services

$25.1 million committed for Banksia Hill Detention Centre

14/04/2022

Johnston

Energy

Go-time for Hilton and Shelley underground power projects

11/04/2022

McGowan; Johnston

Premier; Mines and Petroleum

WA’s record-breaking resources industry carries the nation

8/04/2022

Whitby; Johnston

Environment; Energy

Clean energy projects to lower emissions and create jobs

6/04/2022

Johnston

Industrial Relations

MyLeave’s $500 million milestone for WA construction workers

1/04/2022

Johnston

Energy

Agreement reached to improve electricity operations in the Pilbara

30/03/2022

Johnston

Industrial Relations

Are you Work Health and Safety ready? New laws begin tomorrow

23/03/2022

Johnston

Energy

Christmas power review released and outage payment increased

18/03/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

WA petroleum acreage released for exploration

11/03/2022

Johnston

Industrial Relations

New Work Health and Safety rules to begin March 31

9/03/2022

Johnston; Whitby

Mines and Petroleum; Environment; Climate Action

Draft Bill to help WA’s resources industry reduce emissions

1/03/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

PhD scholarships awarded to future minerals research champions

23/02/2022

Johnston

Energy

New independent Chair for WA energy stakeholder committees

22/02/2022

Johnston

Industrial Relations

WA supports ratification of international modern slavery protocol

18/02/2022

Dawson; Johnston; Kelly

Emergency Services; Energy; Water

Financial relief for bushfire-affected Western Australians

17/02/2022

Ellery; Johnston

Education and Training; Energy

More schools turn green with clean energy and solar

16/02/2022

McGowan; Johnston

Premier; Industrial Relations

Easter Sunday is now a public holiday in WA

15/02/2022

Johnston

Industrial Relations

New codes of practice tackle inappropriate work behaviours

10/02/2022

Johnston

Corrective Services

Preferred site identified for new Broome Regional Prison

7/02/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

McGowan Government opens new EIS round with increased funds

3/02/2022

Johnston

Energy

Continued energy supply for Esperance homes and businesses

3/02/2022

Johnston

Energy

Australian-first power solution for regional mobile tower

2/02/2022

Ellery; Johnston

Education and Training; Energy

Kalbarri District High School secures renewable energy future

2/02/2022

Johnston

Energy

Launch of Australia’s largest connected microgrid

1/02/2022

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Second Perth mining warden appointed

31/01/2022

Johnston; Whitby

Energy; Climate Action

Western Australia’s rapid solar evolution

31/01/2022

Johnston

Energy

Christmas 2021 power outage review begins

28/01/2022

Johnston

Energy

Next generation of apprentices to start in WA’s energy sector

30/12/2021

Johnston

Energy

More farms go off the grid east of Esperance

30/12/2021

Johnston

Energy

Extra relief for those affected by Christmas power outages

26/12/2021

Johnston; Sanderson

Industrial Relations; Health

PTSD presumption for ambulance workers

11/12/2021

Johnston; McGurk

Mines and Petroleum; Women's Interests

New safety program for Western Australia’s FIFO workforce

10/12/2021

Johnston

Energy

Green energy solution delivers savings for Kalumburu

8/12/2021

Ellery; Johnston

Education and Training; Mines and Petroleum

Western Australians to benefit from battery-powered jobs of the future

1/12/2021

Johnston

Energy

Joint media statement - Innovative Project Symphony trial begins in WA

30/11/2021

Johnston

Energy

Technical solution to allow more residential rooftop solar

24/11/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Joe Lord Core Library expanded to support mining industry

20/11/2021

Johnston

Corrective Services

Hospitality training to get Aboriginal women prisoners job ready

18/11/2021

Ellery; Johnston; Sanderson

Education and Training; Energy; Climate Action

Blueprint unveiled for future-proof green energy schools

18/11/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

New mine extends nickel-cobalt production in Ravensthorpe

10/11/2021

Johnston

Energy

Battery storage systems for regional towns

10/11/2021

Johnston; McGurk

Energy; Community Services

$13 million household energy efficiency pilot program launched

4/11/2021

Quigley; Johnston

Attorney General; Corrective Services

Aboriginal panel members chosen to provide justice insight

4/11/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum; Energy

Australia’s largest hybrid renewable microgrid officially opens

1/11/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Investigation into green steel begins

26/10/2021

McGowan; Ellery; Johnston

Premier; Education and Training; Energy

Green energy powering up WA schools

21/10/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Government support for progressing battery manufacture in WA

20/10/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Exploration in WA continues to prosper

20/10/2021

McGowan; Johnston

Premier; Energy

Contractor announced for WA’s biggest battery

18/10/2021

Johnston

Energy

Registrations of interest open for WA’s first disconnected microgrid

15/10/2021

Cook; Johnston

Health; Energy

Derby Hospital solar contract awarded to local companies

12/10/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Mining industry meets to accelerate net zero emissions target

10/10/2021

McGowan; Johnston

Premier; Mines and Petroleum

WA resources sector’s biggest year ever powering nation through COVID

7/10/2021

Cook; Johnston

State Development, Jobs and Trade; Mines and Petroleum

Winners of 2021 Western Australian Export Awards announced

6/10/2021

Johnston

Energy

Partnerships with regional community groups announced

5/10/2021

McGowan; Cook; Johnston

Premier; Health; Mines and Petroleum

COVID-19 vaccine required for workers in the resources industry

1/10/2021

Cook; Johnston

State Development, Jobs and Trade; Mines and Petroleum

BHP Nickel West opens Australia’s first nickel sulphate plant

1/10/2021

Cook; Johnston

State Development, Jobs and Trade; Mines and Petroleum

WA Government welcomes Alcoa and FYI Resources joint venture

1/10/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Renewable energy scores top honours at Resources Sector Awards

15/09/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Record year for The Perth Mint in 2020-21

9/09/2021

McGurk; Quigley; Johnston

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services; Attorney General; Corrective Services

$198 million committed to keep communities safe, strong and fair

9/09/2021

McGowan; Sanderson; Johnston

Premier; Climate Action; Energy

$750 million Climate Action Fund to drive WA's low-carbon future

8/09/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Additional funding to bolster minerals research

7/09/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Resources development strategy to strengthen future prosperity

3/09/2021

Johnston; Carey

Energy; Housing

Public housing solar trial saves tenants hundreds

2/09/2021

Sanderson; Johnston

Environment; Corrective Services

Ground-breaking return of native rodents to Dirk Hartog Island

1/09/2021

Cook; Johnston; Buti

State Development, Jobs and Trade; Mines and Petroleum; Lands

Covalent Lithium to build new facility in Kwinana

1/09/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Perth Mint 2022 bullion program launches to the world

25/08/2021

Ellery; Johnston

Education and Training; Energy

Kalgoorlie-Boulder High School launches first Virtual Power Plant

17/08/2021

Sanderson; Johnston

Environment; Climate Action; Energy

WA accelerates towards longest EV fast charging network

16/08/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Sustainable projects shortlisted for DMIRS Awards for Excellence

6/08/2021

Johnston

Energy

Derby benefits from smart solar solutions

5/08/2021

Johnston

Corrective Services

Employment practices to be reviewed in WA prisons

5/08/2021

Johnston

Energy

Horizon Power opens first Customer Experience Centre in Broome

5/08/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

McGowan Government increases support for mining exploration

2/08/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Applications open for Round 24 of EIS co-funded resource grants

23/07/2021

Johnston

Corrective Services

Bindi Bindi unit to help prisoners spread their wings

22/07/2021

Johnston

Mines and Petroleum

Tesla looks to Nickel West

14/07/2021

Johnston

Energy

Energy Policy WA boosted to transform and modernise WA energy sector

13/07/2021

Johnston

State Development, Jobs and Trade

Businesses encouraged to enter the Western Australian Export Awards

13/07/2021

Johnston

Energy

Broome to benefit from additional rooftop solar

12/07/2021

Johnston

Energy

Solar system grants power the way for WA charities