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WA pearls seek world-first sustainability tick108466Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/08/2015 3:46:17 AM2015-08-28T03:45:00Z​Pinctada maxima pearls are known for their smoothness, lustre and large size Western Australia's pearl oyster fishery is seeking a world-first sustainability certification, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston announced today. In Broome ahead of the opening of the Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl, Mr Baston congratulated licensees in WA's pearl oyster fishery for entering the full assessment phase for independent certification as a sustainable fishery. "The State's pearl oyster fishery, which focuses on the silver-lipped pearl oyster Pinctada maxima, is now on track to become the first pearl fishery in the world to obtain the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) internationally recognised eco-label," he said. "In recent years, the fishery's Australian South Sea pearls and by-products have earned in excess of $60 million annually, with many prized pearls being exported all over the world." The Minister said the Pearl Producers Association and the Department of Fisheries would work closely in the assessment process, with a view to obtaining certification towards the end of 2016. "We may very well be one of the more isolated places in the world, but we have proven to be world leaders in sustainable fisheries management," he said. "In 2000, WA's western rock lobster fishery became the very first of any fishery in the world to be MSC-accredited and it has maintained its sustainability certification ever since. "The State Government's investment of $14.5 million to help other WA fisheries seek the same accreditation is seeing ongoing benefits, with nearly all having undergone pre-assessment and five fisheries presently in the MSC full assessment process. "MSC's science-based standard is recognised internationally as the gold standard in independent, third-party certification." Mr Baston said the MSC assessment process would require a joint approach given the pearling industry extended into areas under Northern Territory jurisdiction. Fact FileWA has the world's only remaining significant wild-catch fishery for pearls Pearl oyster fishery of WA stretches from Exmouth Gulf to the NT borderFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5400
Goldfields celebrates hospital redevelopment108465Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/08/2015 5:50:24 AM2015-08-28T03:00:00Z​All clinical works in $59.6 million redevelopment now completeIncludes $15.8 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions programProject jointly funded by State and Australian governments Visitors and locals from the Goldfields and surrounding areas now have access to upgraded, modern treatment facilities with the final phase completion of the $59.6 million redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Health Campus. Health Minister Kim Hames said the completion of works included a cancer centre, specialist and outpatient facilities and allied health services giving the Goldfields and surrounds more options for local, modern treatment. "This new block seamlessly ties into earlier phases of the redevelopment which included a palliative care unit, new emergency department, high dependency unit and medical imaging department," Dr Hames said. "The innovative design and advances in medical technology means the Goldfields now has a modern facility staffed by telehealth specialists, doctors, nurses and allied health staff who offer excellent care so patients can stay closer to home for clinical treatment. "This is important when considering Kalgoorlie Health Campus is the hospital for more than 56,000 Goldfields residents including a large number of fly-in, fly-out workers, plus residents of surrounding areas." Dr Hames said the $3.8 million cancer centre, funded by the Australian Government, would provide four chemotherapy chairs, a treatment room, a group meeting room and consulting rooms for outpatient and oncologist appointments. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new building block at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, was an important step in improving access to modern health care in regional Western Australia. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest $15.8 million in critical health infrastructure and contribute to the sustainability of our regional communities," Mr Redman said. "The Kalgoorlie redevelopment will help support the community and its residents with an increase in patient services and more options for visiting clinicians to accommodate future demand." Fact File$2.7 million palliative care unit was opened in 2010 with the new ED opened in 2012Redevelopment includes areas for allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology, dietetics, podiatry and social workAlso completed are the $3.8 million cancer centre and $750,000 accommodation units for cancer patients, both funded by the Australian Government Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Albany showcases amazing cycling options108462Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/08/2015 5:53:54 AM2015-08-27T22:05:00Z​Amazing Albany 10 Great Rides supported by Royalties for RegionsCycle City Albany strategy, supported by $900,000 over three years Western Australia's Great Southern could become one of Australia's best cycling destinations, including both on and off road cycling, after the launch today of a new tourist map promoting 10 of the most spectacular cycle routes in Albany. Speaking from Albany today, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Amazing Albany 10 Great Rides was a key outcome of the City of Albany's strategy Cycle City Albany. "The State Government has provided significant support for the Cycle City Albany strategy, including $900,000 over the past three financial years (2012-13 to 2014-15) for bike network projects in the region," Mr Nalder said. "We have also committed $58,000 towards employing a local government TravelSmart officer who will encourage smarter travel options in Albany." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Amazing Albany 10 Great Rides would be an essential resource for tourists and residents on the south coast. "This high quality map was developed by the Albany Cycling Club and contains a wealth of easy-to-use information about the best 10 on-road rides in Albany in a compact pocket format," Mr Redman said. The map includes easy family rides such as Middleton Beach to Emu Point and an Anzac discovery ride around Albany Heritage Park. Riders can also embark on longer rides, for example all the way to Two Peoples Bay and Little Beach and through the Nullaki Wilderness Reserve. The Great Southern Development Commission supported the project with $19,958 through the Government's Community Chest Fund, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Fact FileThe State Government has now allocated $75.11 million over four years to improve safety and bike network connectivity for all West Australians which includes$34.4 million for major projects$37.71 million for local government grants and principal shared paths$3 million for innovative demonstration programsThe TravelSmart officer will be employed for about four days a week for three yearsThe Department of Transport supports programs that help and encourage employers, schools, households and local governments to choose active and sustainable travel modes such as cycling, walking and public transport more oftenAmazing Albany 10 Great Rides and supporting resources are available at http// Community Chest Fund is a newly established Royalties for Regions small grants program, administered by each of the nine regional development commissionsFor more information on the Great Southern projects supported by the Community Chest Fund, visit the Great Southern Development Commission website Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Disaster assistance for flood-affected Western Australian communities108461Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/08/2015 1:17:28 AM2015-08-27T22:00:00Z Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in the local government areas of Dalwallinu, Kellerberrin, Moora, Tammin, Westonia, Wongan-Ballidu, and Wyalkatchem in response to the heavy rainfall and associated flooding that occurred in late July 2015. Mr Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). "The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to ensure that affected communities have the support and assistance they need to recover from the effects of the recent flooding, and to commence restoration works as quickly as possible," Mr Keenan said. Mr Barnett said the heavy rainfall and flooding event caused damage to local infrastructure and requires urgent attention. "The NDRRA assistance being made available today will ensure local councils receive funding for a share of the costs associated with repairing or restoring damaged essential infrastructure," Mr Barnett said. Assistance available under the NDRRA may includepersonal hardship and distress assistance for families and individualsfinancial assistance for local and state government authorities to undertake counter-disaster operations and to restore damaged public infrastructure; interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers who have been directly impacted by the flooding; and freight subsidies for primary producers to assist with the costs of transporting livestock, fodder or water for livestock and machinery and equipment. Information regarding the assistance available can be found on the Western Australian Government's Department of the Premier and Cabinet website at http// and on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at http// Premier's office 6552 5000
Hairy Maclary and $5 tickets = AWESOME535Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5860html27/08/2015 3:05:12 AM2015-08-27T02:50:00Z​AWESOME International Arts Festival kicks off in October Hairy Maclary at the State Library of WA $5 tickets to selected AWESOME events for eligible families For the first time, eligible families will be able to purchase $5 tickets to selected events at the AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things during October. The announcement coincides with the confirmation that Dame Lynley Dodd, famed children's author of everyone's favourite pooch Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, will bring her exhibition to the State Library of Western Australia as part of the festival. Culture and Arts Minister John Day said the ticket subsidy would allow children and their families to attend shows for a fraction of the cost of a regular ticket. "This partnership will make the festival even more accessible to Western Australian families by saving them between $10 to $15 on each ticket," Mr Day said. "Having the opportunity to experience quality theatre, exhibitions and arts activities created especially for young people can begin a lifelong interest in arts and culture." Eligible children can also get free access to the new The West Australian Activity Zone, where children will get creative with hands-on interactive arts activities. The Lynley Dodd Story exhibition, curated by Penelope Jackson, showcases the author's artwork and book drafts including the much-loved characters Schnitzel von Krumm, Slinky Malinki, Scarface Claw and Hairy Maclary himself. The Minister said it was a coup for the State to secure the rights to this extremely popular exhibition. "The Lynley Dodd Story is a free exhibition and will allow West Australians of all ages to acquaint, or even reacquaint, themselves with this much loved character and celebrate the works of Dame Lynley," he said. AWESOME Arts is also partnering with other State Government agencies and organisations including Perth Theatre Trust to bring shows to the State Theatre Centre of WA; the WA Museum; Art Gallery of WA; and The Blue Room to deliver activities as part of the festival. Fact FileTo be eligible you must have a Pension or Health Care card. Card holders can purchase up to six tickets to selected shows AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things runs from October 3-16 in the Perth Cultural Centre and aims to inspire and engage WA children up to 12 yearsThe Lynley Dodd Story exhibition is at the State Library of WA and runs from October 3 until January 27, 2016The ticket subsidy is a partnership between the Department of Culture and the Arts and AWESOME ArtsFor more information, visit http// or http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Awards to celebrate outstanding young people533Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3110html27/08/2015 2:16:31 AM2015-08-27T02:00:00Z​Nominations now open for WA Youth Awards Youth Minister Tony Simpson today called on West Australians to nominate outstanding young people for the WA Youth Awards 2015. "It's important that we recognise and celebrate those young people, aged 12 to 25 years, who are making an extraordinary contribution to their community and to the lives of others," Mr Simpson said. "The WA Youth Awards program is our opportunity to acknowledge the driven and selfless young people who are achieving great things and making a real difference early in their lives." The Minister said the awards also honoured outstanding individuals and organisations working with and for young people. The award categories areMinister for Youth's Outstanding Youth Worker AwardCommissioner for Children and Young People Participate AwardECU Community Leadership AwardOrganisational Achievement AwardCultural Endeavours AwardActive Participation Award One individual category winner will be chosen as the WA Young Person of the Year. The winner will have the opportunity to travel throughout WA to participate in youth-related events and activities as WA's youth ambassador. The 2014 WA Young Person of the Year, Estelle Clarke, overcame multiple challenges to speak out at a national level against prejudice. An Aboriginal young person and Lockridge Senior High School student, Estelle was awarded for her dedication to speaking out against prejudice to create a more informed society. Nominations are open until Friday, October 2, 2015. Winners will be announced at the WA Youth Awards ceremony on November 27, 2015. The WA Youth Awards are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA, in partnership with the State Government, through the Department of Local Government and Communities, and supported by Lotterywest. Fact FileTo nominate and for more information, visit https// 2015 is the 17th year of the WA Youth Awards Minister's office - 6552 6600
Environment wins in chase for Golden Gecko530Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5530html27/08/2015 12:26:39 AM2015-08-27T00:00:00Z​Eight finalists vie for 2015 Golden Gecko AwardsWorld-leading technology yields local solutions Eight finalists using innovative solutions and new technology to minimise the environmental impacts on Western Australian resources projects will contest this year's prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the 2015 finalists covered a broad cross-section of the Western Australian resources sector. "From a coastal tunnel to protect a Pilbara river delta to an emissions reduction project in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, these are exciting initiatives that showcase WA's world-leading approach to environmental management," Mr Marmion said. "This year's finalists include a mix of large and smaller mining companies, an oil and gas company, environmental consultants, a technology developer, a not-for-profit organisation and a State Government authority. "To have eight projects of such high calibre vying for this year's Golden Gecko Award is a credit to the Western Australian resources sector, and exemplifies its approach to responsible development." The Minister will present the 24th annual Golden Gecko Award on Thursday, October 29. "All finalists are extremely deserving of this recognition and I congratulate them on their outstanding leadership and innovation," he said. Following the success of last year's seminar event preceding the formal awards ceremony, finalists will again give short presentations on their submissions to give attendees greater insight into the eight projects contesting the award. Fact FileGolden Gecko Awards and presentation event information is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6800 Golden Gecko Awards 2015 - Finalists Chevron Australia Project Name Wheatstone Micro-tunnel Project Chevron's Wheatstone natural gas development is located adjacent to the Ashburton River delta, which supports important mangrove and estuarine habitats. Gas from offshore fields will be gathered using subsea wells and manifolds and transported via flowlines to the offshore Wheatstone Platform and then transported to the onshore processing facilities via the newly installed 225km pipeline. To protect the coastal area, the pipeline is linked to the processing plant via a micro-tunnel. The micro-tunnel is the critical link, creating a shore crossing that starts behind the coastal dune system, extends seaward and terminates under the ocean floor. It provides an innovative solution to crossing the shoreline by tunnelling under the coastal environment and reducing impacts to the onshore area. Fortescue Metals Group Limited / Ziltek Pty Ltd / PT Environmental Services Project Name Better Environmental Outcomes from Hydrocarbon Spills using RemScan™ Fortescue's Chichester and Solomon hubs in WA's Pilbara region are utilising an innovative Australian technology to improve the day-to-day management of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil from spills. This technology, developed by Ziltek and marketed as RemScan™, allows for the real-time in-field analysis of hydrocarbon-contaminated soils, which reduces the need for costly and time-consuming laboratory analysis. This leads to more effective on-site management and treatment of the soils as a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to off-site disposal. Ultimately, the RemScan™ technology ensures that all hydrocarbon-contaminated material is actually collected for remediation, removing the risk of further contamination to any potential environmental receptors. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Project Name Gidji Emissions Reduction Project Golden Mile sulphide ore has been roasted since 1898. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) has been investigating and trialling concentrate treatment alternatives since the 1990s. In 2015, KCGM installed a large ultra-fine grinding mill at Gidji to replace roasting, eliminating 100 per cent of atmospheric stack emissions. This demonstrates continuous process improvement which has eliminated a major source of atmospheric stack emissions. Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee Inc Project Name Battling the Thorny Menaces through Corporate Alliances Not-for-profit organisation, the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee (PMMC), is spearheading the development of resource company alliances to invest in strategic and comprehensive weed management programs across the Pilbara. These alliances are removing vast areas of Mesquite and Parkinsonia from the landscape, improving and restoring the natural environment. Through partnerships with the PMMC, resource projects are able to participate in, and benefit from, a community approach to weed management. Biannual meetings and local access to a PMMC project manager ensures opportunities exist to share knowledge and innovate, and to achieve maximum results for the Pilbara environment and landscape. Pilbara Ports Authority Project Name Mangrove Rehabilitation Program Balancing the needs of the North West's vast mining industry with the protection of sensitive local ecosystems is a challenge at Port Hedland the world's largest bulk export port. Pilbara Ports Authority's unique Mangrove Rehabilitation Program incorporates a mangrove nursery, rehabilitation trials and research, and community engagement, and demonstrates an innovative approach to successfully preserving and maintaining ecosystem integrity. Premier Coal Limited / Golder Associates Project Name Lake Kepwari Trial Flow-through The former Western Area WO5B coal mining pit-lake in WA's South-West has been the subject of an innovative trial to investigate and validate the benefits of flow-through systems by allowing degraded local river waters to mix with the acidic waters in a former mine void. Premier Coal has spearheaded the Lake Kepwari project and spent the last four years working in partnership with environmental consultants Golder Associates and closely with key stakeholders to demonstrate flow-through can improve environmental conditions in the lake itself without affecting Collie River values. Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) Utilities Division Project Name West Angelas Fuel Hub Recently operational West Angelas Fuel Hub is the new benchmark for fuel facilities across the industry. It exceeds statutory and regulatory environmental requirements with state-of-the-art installation including an industry-leading rail tank car unload facility, a site-wide fully integrated oily water treatment system, bulk storage tanks, leak and overfill protection, secondary containment and bunding, dewatering quick flush tanks and ground-level product sampling cabinets. St Barbara Limited Project Name Gwalia Operations Absorption Chiller Upgrade St Barbara's Gwalia underground mine is located close to the town of Leonora. As the underground mine's depth increased, an increase in the capacity of the mine cooling system was required to maintain safe working conditions. The underground mine air cooling system had been the largest energy consumer at the Gwalia mine site. To increase cooling capacity without increasing energy consumption, St Barbara applied absorption refrigeration technology for the first time in the Australian mining industry. The new cooling system uses waste heat energy from the power plant and converts it to cool air for the underground mine. The mine has more than doubled its cooling capacity while reducing power demand, resulting in a significant reduction in carbon emissions.
Beautiful balloons up and away in championships529Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3380html27/08/2015 12:17:12 AM2015-08-26T23:30:00Z​Northam to host Australian National Ballooning Championships from August 29Expected to attract national and international visitors Supported by Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions An extraordinary display of up to 30 hot air balloons will take over the skies above Northam as part of the prestigious 2015 Australian National Ballooning Championships. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said Northam was regarded as Western Australia's premier hot air ballooning destination and it was a great coup for the town to host the championships, which were last held 31 years ago in WA. "The championships have attracted competitors from across Australia as well as countries such as China, Japan, Russia and the UK," Dr Hames said. "The event will not only showcase the picturesque Avon Valley countryside to national and international visitors, but is also sure to attract many spectators, creating a vibrant atmosphere and supporting the local economy. "It's a fantastic time to visit Northam and the Avon Valley to check out the balloons plus enjoy the community events and entertainment." Australian competitors include current Women's World Hot Air Balloon champion Nicola Scaife, five-time Australian champion Paul Gibbs and 2014 Australian champion Matthew Scaife. The event is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was investing in opportunities which encouraged visitors to discover and revel in the rich experiences that regional WA offered. "Regional tourism creates great social and economic prospects for people who live and work in the regions," Mr Redman said. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and events like this are a strategic asset for our State." Fact FileNational Ballooning Championships will run from August 29-September 6, 2015Highest ranking Australian competitors will represent Australia at 2016 FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championships in JapanFor more information, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture – Regions Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
A pearler of a festival in Broome524Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2970html26/08/2015 11:52:17 PM2015-08-26T23:00:00Z​Broome to host 45th annual Shinju Matsuri, Festival of the PearlNew events including Sunset Long Table Dinner and Floating Lantern MatsuriSupported by Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions The spotlight will be on Broome this week as the town once again hosts one of its premier cultural events, the Shinju Matsuri, Festival of the Pearl. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the 45th annual festival would highlight Broome's rich cultural diversity, unique pearling history and extraordinary natural beauty. "There are two new events this year the Sunset Long Table Dinner on Cable Beach and the Floating Lantern Matsuri, which encourages people to create lanterns during the festival week and set them afloat in honour of loved ones passed," he said. "The festival continues to raise the bar each year, helping to not only promote the town but also the greater Kimberley region as an extraordinary tourism destination." Shinju Matsuri is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions. Dr Hames said regional events played an important role in the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020. "Tourism is vital for regional Western Australia. In 2014, total visitor spend in the State was $8.6 billion, $3.8 billion of which was spent in the regions," he said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in positioning regional WA as a recognised tourism destination. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development, delivering significant economic, social and cultural benefits to local communities," Mr Redman said. "Shinju Matsuri is a well-known and loved regional event that adds vibrancy to the town, ignites a real sense of community pride and supports local businesses." Fact FileShinju Matsuri will be held from August 28-September 6, 2015Lanterns for the Lantern Matsuri to be launched from Cable BeachLantern packs cost $10 and will be available from the information booth at the festival For more information, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit http// Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
CBD apartment building to reach new heights523Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9630html26/08/2015 11:42:37 PM2015-08-26T22:10:00Z​$190 million residential development approved within Perth City Link More than 560 apartments created across two towers in the heart of the CBDDelivery of Perth City Link project well advanced Planning Minister John Day has approved a new inner city residential development - including 563 apartments and five restaurant, cafe and retail tenancies - at Perth City Link. Kings Square 6 (KS6) comprises two towers of 43 and 49 storeys, making them one of Perth's tallest apartment buildings. Planning Minister John Day said KS6 would become Perth's best located transit-orientated residential development. "KS6 will help revitalise this formerly underutilised area of the city by creating homes right on the doorstep of major commercial, employment and entertainment precincts," Mr Day said. "This landmark development will be a spectacular new addition to the city skyline and an integral part of this vibrant new inner city community." A diverse range of housing options will be on offer including studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, along with some affordable housing units. The upper floors will feature a range of communal open spaces and resident facilities including a rooftop pool, garden terraces, lounge and kitchen areas. The Minister said developments like KS6 were helping to deliver on the aspirations of 'Perth and Peel @ 3.5million', which outlined a framework for accommodating the State's growing population while creating a dynamic and liveable city. "This development is a great example of how appropriate density and infill can create attractive housing choice for people to live close to jobs, amenities and public transport," he said. "The project, worth an estimated $190 million, is expected to create about 1,700 jobs during construction with works to commence within the next three years." Perth City Link is rapidly changing the face of the city with state-of-the-art underground rail and bus infrastructure, new commercial buildings, and public spaces including the landmark Yagan Square, which is due to commence construction in the coming months. Fact FileKS6 is located within the Kings Square precinct of the Perth City Link project and is being developed by Premier Capital DevelopmentsThe first four buildings in the precinct are expected to be completed this year and will house the offices of Shell and HBFPerth City Link is reconnecting the city centre with Northbridge for the first time in 100 years by undergrounding public transport infrastructure and creating a new residential, commercial, entertainment and public transport hubFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200 artists impression of Kings Square 6 (KS6)
Time running out to enrol to vote521Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3950html26/08/2015 11:34:45 PM2015-08-26T22:00:00Z​Rolls close August 28 for local government electionsWomen and young people under-represented on council West Australians have until 5pm on Friday, August 28 to enrol to vote in this year's local government elections. With the closing of electoral rolls approaching, more women and young people are being urged to get involved in this year's council elections. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said women comprised 51 per cent of the State's population and WA had the fastest growing percentage of young people in Australia, yet both groups were significantly under-represented at a local level. "Not only have we seen a steady decline in voter participation at local government elections in recent years, but very low numbers of women and young people are standing for council," Mr Simpson said. "In the 2013 local government elections, only 30 per cent of councillor candidates were women, even though they are very active in their local communities, particularly as volunteers." The Minister said fewer than 20 West Australians aged 24 years or younger nominated to be a councillor at the 2013 local government election, compared with 223 people aged between 55 and 64. "These are worrying statistics and they demonstrate the diversity of WA's communities is not being reflected in our councils. Women and young people, as well as Aboriginal people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds, all have an important voice in the community," he said. "As a former councillor, I know the decisions of local government affect the lives of all West Australians - from the roads we drive on and the parks our children play at, to the services we use every day." Mr Simpson said voter participation in council elections had decreased from 33 per cent in 2009 to 27 per cent in 2013. Local government elections will be held on October 17, 2015. Candidates have from September 3-10 to lodge a nomination. Fact FileMr Simpson was a member of Serpentine-Jarrahdale Council from 2001 to 2005Local government elections take place every two years. It is not compulsory to vote at local government electionsMore information at Western Australian Electoral Commission or Department of Local Government and Communities Minister's office - 6552 6600
First phase of Willetton High upgrade unveiled498Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2390html26/08/2015 4:26:19 AM2015-08-26T04:15:00Z​$39.2 million rebuild opened at flagship southern suburbs secondary school Science, arts and technology learning set for a boost The outstanding academic opportunities at Willetton Senior High School have reached new heights with the addition of several new buildings and specialist facilities. As part of stage one of the multimillion-dollar upgrade of the school, a new two-storey science building, including an observatory, has been constructed so students can study astronomy. Officially opening the facilities, Education Minister Peter Collier said the upgrade, worth nearly $40 million, would mean Willetton Senior High School's students would have expanded learning opportunities. "It is pleasing to see the students' endeavours in science and technology are being further advanced by access to these state-of-the-art facilities," Mr Collier said. "Arts education is also boosted with a new dedicated media and arts two-storey building, and an extension and refurbishment of the performance area." The stage one redevelopment includeda new two-storey classroom building, an education support classroom, staff studies and lecture theatrea new two-storey arts, media and music buildingan extension and refurbishment of the performing arts areaa new two-storey science buildinga new two-storey IT and business studies building; a new single-storey technology and enterprise buildingan extension of the gymnasium. Fact fileA tender process is under way for stage two of the upgrade, which is expected to be completed in 2017Willetton Senior High School has 2,226 studentsOnce installed in the observatory, a new telescope will be used by students in all years to study astronomy during science lessons Minister's office - 6552 6300
Food hubs to help regional businesses flourish496Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9380html26/08/2015 2:57:04 AM2015-08-26T02:45:00Z​A specialised food centre will be established in Albany and a premium food centre based in Manjimup to support regional agriculture and food businesses The State Government will establish two regional food centres that will work with agriculture and food businesses across Western Australia to capture premium domestic and export market opportunities. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the $4.5 million Food Industry Innovation project, which will help regional businesses develop a competitive advantage via collaboration and innovation. Mr Baston said the project involved allocating $3 million for the establishment of a premium food centre at Manjimup and $1.5 million for a specialised food centre at Albany. "By working together to overcome regional constraints and optimise advantages, regional businesses can share and leverage costs, promotion, market development and new technology," he said. "The premium food centre will assist businesses to upscale and co-ordinate production and promotion of high value, low input products, with a particular focus on the organics industry. "The specialised food centre will support collaboration between a broad range of agriculture and food businesses from across the South-West, Wheatbelt and the Great Southern to reduce costs by sharing inputs, such as knowledge, skills, technology and infrastructure." Mr Redman said the project was part of the State Government's $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions, to capitalise on growing global demand for agriculture and food. "The Government is committed to growing and broadening regional food businesses to differentiate their products in the highly competitive global food marketplace," he said. "By working collaboratively with the agrifood industry to seize emerging opportunities and support businesses in becoming preferred suppliers of premium quality products, this project will strengthening regional economies throughout the State." Fact FileThere are about 1,100 food manufacturing businesses in WA, which employ about 19,000 people Australian organic production has a farm gate value of more than $300 million and retail sales of more than $1.2 million (IBIS 2013). 170 organic farms operate across WA Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Export boost with new agricultural science fund492Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9890html26/08/2015 2:47:14 AM2015-08-26T02:35:00Z​Grants of $20,000 to $500,000 will be available to grower groups The State Government today announced a $22.1 million Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, which will boost export opportunities for Western Australian agriculture and food products. At the Dowerin Field Days today, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it would assist the State's agricultural and food sector to compete for new export opportunities, particularly in growing markets in nearby Asia. "This investment will support the Western Australian agrifood sector to capitalise on growing demand from emerging markets," Mr Baston said. "Securing new markets for our agriculture and food products will provide flow-on benefits to growers, industry, communities and the State's economy." Through the fund, $17.4 million will be allocated through two rounds of grants to incorporated grower groups for research and development across the supply chain to accelerate the adoption of science innovations that boost profitability. It will also fund research to identify the opportunities and constraints to repositioning WA in premium high-value markets, and allocate grants of $20,000 to $100,000 to grower groups and industry partners to improve agricultural competitiveness. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund built on the State Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative. "This fund will support other programs designed to capitalise on rising global food demand currently being delivered by the State Government in partnership with the agrifood industry," Mr Redman said. "Through the Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative, Royalties for Regions will continue to invest in agricultural development and diversification opportunities to create sustainable regional communities." Fact FileThe State Government is committed to laying the foundations to double the value of agriculture by 2025Through the fund, $17.4 million will be allocated through two rounds of grants, ranging from $20,000 to $500,000, to grower groups for research and developmentA further $1.9 million will go towards Pathways to Improved Competitiveness (including $20,000 to $100,000 industry consortia grants) and $1.2 million will go to the Grower Group Alliance to drive industry transformation Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Improving wastewater pipes in Victoria Park491Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2280html26/08/2015 2:15:06 AM2015-08-26T02:05:00Z​About four kilometres of wastewater pipe to be refurbished in Victoria Park$4.93 million project to extend the life of the pipes by at least 50 years Trenchless technology used where possible to reduce impact on community The State Government will soon begin work to refurbish wastewater pipes in Victoria Park, which is expected to extend the life of this vital infrastructure by at least 50 years. Water Minister Mia Davies said the $4.93 million Water Corporation project formed part of an ongoing program of work to reline and refurbish wastewater pipes across the State. "About four kilometres of wastewater pipe in Victoria Park will be refurbished over the coming year," Ms Davies said. "The Water Corporation uses trenchless technology to reline wastewater pipes where possible. Trenchless technology avoids widespread excavation to access the wastewater pipes, which minimises disruption to the community and road users. "The process involves inserting a liner inside an existing pipe via an access chamber, resulting in a replacement pipe with a smooth and continuous inner surface. This work will reduce the likelihood of blockages and overflows." The Minister said the corporation would work closely with residents throughout the duration of the project. "Residents in the area will notice an increase in activity along the pipeline route and some local traffic management, however the corporation will ensure disruption is kept to a minimum," she said. "I thank residents in advance for their co-operation throughout the work, which is expected to take about 10 months to complete." For more information about the project, visit http// Fact FileThe corporation manages more than 16,000km of wastewater mains across WA - with more than 12,000km in the Perth metropolitan areaEvery year, the corporation collects, treats and safely disposes of about 167.5 billion litres of wastewaterWastewater is 99.97% water and comes mostly from showers, baths and washing machines Minister's office - 6552 5500
New, safer bridge for Collie River near Burekup490Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements920html26/08/2015 2:07:29 AM2015-08-26T02:00:00Z ​Construction is underway on a new bridge over the Collie River near Burekup, with Watpac awarded the contract on the $16.54 million project. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian and Western Australian governments would each provide $8.27 million to the project under the Bridges Renewal Programme. "The Bridges Renewal Programme has been designed to bolster the productivity of local bridges, to better serve communities and drive greater efficiency in road freight and traffic movement throughout the nation," Mr Truss said. "The timber Collie River Bridge is 86 years old and is nearing the end of its life. The new concrete structure will be built downstream of the existing bridge and help improve safety for all road users." Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said an average of 6,000 vehicles use the Burekup bridge each day, of which around 18 per cent are heavy vehicles. "These works will involve building a modern bridge with safety barriers as well as a new culvert across the Collie River Floodway. Around 1.7 kilometres of the South Western Highway in Burekup between Russell Road and Raymond Road will also be realigned," Ms Marino said. "The natural river bank will be enhanced with rock protection, and improvements are being made to improve erosion control." Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the realignment works would improve safety for the increasing number of vehicles using the stretch of road and for locals accessing Burekup. "Modifications to existing intersections will also be needed, including Raymond Road, Russell Road and Orchard Drive, which will improve safety for Burekup residents in particular. This new bridge is a long-term investment in local infrastructure, because it will have a longer life span and lower maintenance costs," Mr Nalder said. "Construction is now underway. The project will underpin local job creation, including four traineeships." The existing bridge will remain open to traffic until the new alignment is complete. The new bridge should be completed by mid-2016. WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Eyes on the ball for outback vision485Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3750html26/08/2015 1:45:58 AM2015-08-26T01:30:00Z​$3.9 million in State Government funding for mobile eye health clinicFunding includes $1.9 million from Lotterywest and $2 million from WA Health The State Government has contributed about $4 million to take an eye health clinic on the road to parts of remote and regional Western Australia. Health Minister Kim Hames said Lotterywest funding would go towards research and evaluation as well as the vehicle cost and fit-out of a modified van that could take eye health on the road in the form of a mobile vision clinic. "In addition to $1.9 million from Lotterywest, WA Health has committed $2 million over five years to the Lions Eye Institute to fund equipment, fit-out and running costs of the Lions Outback Vision Van," Dr Hames said. "The whole concept is terrific because it means we can reach out to people living in regional and remote WA and help in the elimination of preventable blindness and vision loss. "Eye specialist coverage is up to 19 times lower in remote WA than in urban areas and rural residents are three times less likely to have seen an ophthalmologist. This service will help in reducing this inequity for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people." The mobile clinic will provide comprehensive optometry and ophthalmology care for conditions including cataracts, refractive error, trachoma, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. When complete the van will travel more than 24,000 kilometres per year, with the capacity to treat 200 patients a week. It will operate for a minimum of 10 months a year and service 16 regional centres from Kununurra to Albany. The Minister said the service was expected to complement existing service provision and reduce pressure on clinic spaces. "The Government, through WA Health and Lotterywest, is pleased to be partnering with the Lions Eye Institute to save sight," he said. Dr Hames said the funding would also help the institute with further eye health research and evaluation as part of the program. Fact File$2 million funding from Health will be provided as five annual instalments of $400,000Vision van will visit Katanning, Albany, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Leonora, Wiluna, Newman, Roebourne, Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Carnarvon Minister's office - 6552 5300 Original 1960s Lions caravanMobile eye health clinic van.pdf mobile eye health clinic van floor plan.pdf
Perth Busport tenancies available479Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5180html27/08/2015 1:59:18 AM2015-08-26T00:00:00Z​Two retail opportunities available within new Perth Busport Excellent opportunity for small business to get involved in a world-class facility $209 million underground busport to open mid-2016 Small businesses are being offered the chance to get involved in the state-of-the-art new Perth Busport in the CBD. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said two retail kiosk tenancies inside the $209 million facility's lounge were currently being advertised for lease. "This is an excellent opportunity for a small business to start up in the heart of the city, in what will become one of the busiest transport hubs in Perth," Mr Nalder said. "When the Perth Busport is complete next year, we expect there to be about 25,000 passenger movements a day through here. These tenancies will be at the heart of the action." "By 2031, there will be about 38,500 passenger movements a day and at peak times it will be used by more than 200 buses an hour - that represents hundreds if not thousands of cars off our roads, and more choice for passengers." The Minister said the retail tenancies, in the main underground lounge area, would add to the customer experience. "These kiosks will offer food and drinks for passengers who are waiting for their bus service to depart, or perhaps to pick up a coffee on their way to work," he said. An animation illustrating the underground busport layout can be viewed here. Mr Nalder said the busport was a key part of the State Government's integrated approach to transport planning, catering for demand for at least the next 30 years. "This Government is investing heavily and using smart modern technology to make public transport more reliable and more attractive now and in the future," he said. Fact FilePerth Busport is 210m long and 45m wide, underground near Wellington StreetConstruction is on track for completion in mid-2016For more information, visit http// The leases are advertised Minister's office - 6552 6400
Top entrants revealed in WA business awards478Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11600html26/08/2015 12:06:37 AM2015-08-25T23:00:00Z​WA Industry and Export Awards 2015 finalists recognised for their excellenceEntrants come from a wide variety of economic endeavour Some of Western Australia's most accomplished and innovative companies and organisations are among the finalists in the prestigious WA Industry and Export Awards 2015. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin today revealed the 16 finalists for this year's awards displaying excellence in a variety of business activities which showcase the ingenuity and enterprising spirit of the State. "The finalists come from many areas of endeavour, including agribusiness, marketing and design, minerals and energy, construction, biotechnology and small business," Mr Mischin said. "The awards, now in their 27th year, acknowledge the innovation, hard work and success of businesses, both large and small, in accessing new markets. "The awards also recognise the important contribution Western Australian businesses make to the local economy through job creation and increased prosperity." The finalists for 2015 are Engineering Institute of Technology Pty Ltd; Capogreco Farms; The Perth Mint; Fletcher International WA; CSA Global Pty Ltd; Proteomics International; Stanley College; Trimble Mining (Mining Information Systems); EMC Solar Construction Pty Ltd; Scitech Discovery Centre; SEQTA Software; Austral Fisheries; Vortala Pty Ltd; PDC; Linear Clinical Research Ltd and Falck. "I would like to congratulate the finalists and wish them well for the upcoming awards," the Minister said. "The finalists and eventual winners of the awards will gain invaluable recognition and exposure both in Australia and overseas. "Western Australian winners of export categories will also automatically become finalists in the national Australian Export Awards, giving them further opportunities to promote their innovation, creativity and achievements." Fact FileMore information on the award categories at http// Finalists will be presented with their certificates on September 16, 2015Winners will be announced on Friday, October 16, 2015 Minister's office - 6552 5600 Industry and Export Awards 2015 – Finalists Business Suburb AwardEngineering Institute of Technology Pty LtdWest Perth Education and Training Award Capogreco FarmsHamelAgribusiness AwardRegional Exporter AwardThe Perth Mint East Perth Marketing and Design Excellence AwardFletcher International WAAlbanyAgribusiness AwardCSA Global Pty Ltd West PerthMinerals and Energy (including related services) AwardProteomics InternationalNedlandsHealth and Biotechnology AwardStanley CollegeNorthbridge Education and Training AwardTrimble MiningMining Information SystemsWillettonInformation and Communication Technology AwardSmall Business AwardEMC Solar Construction Pty Ltd Osborne ParkCYC O'Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and TechnologyInnovation Excellence AwardScitech Discovery Centre West Perth Education and Training AwardCreative Industries AwardSEQTA Software Joondalup C.Y. O'Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and TechnologyInnovation Excellence AwardAustral Fisheries West Leederville Agribusiness awardMarketing and Design Excellence AwardVortala Pty LtdFalconSmall Business AwardPDC Applecross Business Services AwardInformation andCommunication Technology AwardC.Y. O'Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and TechnologyInnovation Excellence AwardLinear Clinical Research Ltd Nedlands Business Services AwardHealth And Biotechnology AwardFalck Canning Vale Minerals and Energy (including related services) Award
New program to reduce dumping at charity bins475Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4750html25/08/2015 11:54:55 PM2015-08-25T22:30:00Z​Support for charities to reduce illegal dumping State Government help to improve the value of donations to charities The Liberal National Government will pilot a new program to provide financial support to charities which implement measures to reduce illegal dumping at their premises. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Better Practice Program for Charitable Recyclers was being developed to address concerns about the amount of illegal dumping at charity bins, which was a significant financial burden for the not-for-profit organisations. To take effect from next year, the program will include grants for charities to implement measures such as lighting and fencing and education to discourage illegal dumping. The State Government will also provide rebates to participating charitable recyclers for the cost of disposing of the waste at landfill sites. The program will be complemented by the Department of Environment Regulation's Illegal Dumping Team which will patrol dumping hot spots and use covert electronic surveillance to identify offenders. "Most people do the right thing but the illegal dumping of unwanted goods at charitable premises is a significant and growing problem," Mr Jacob said. "While Western Australia's rate of casual littering is coming down, the incidence of illegally dumping rubbish is still very high. "When people thoughtlessly dump their damaged or unwanted goods at charity bins and stores, the charity is then left to cover the costs of handling and disposal - which in some cases can amount to many thousands of dollars." The Waste Authority is leading discussions on the initiative with charitable recyclers including the Red Cross; Good Samaritan Industries; Salvation Army; Spine and Limb Foundation; Anglicare WA; St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) Inc.; Save the Children; People Who Care; and the RSPCA WA. "The Government is pleased to be working co-operatively with charitable organisations to support their important community work and to protect the environment by reducing the dumping of waste," the Minister said. "People can help to reduce costs to charities by avoiding donating anything that is broken, damaged, torn, ripped, stained or faulty. If there's something wrong with the items, then the charity cannot sell them and will have to pay to send the goods to a waste disposal facility." Fact FileThe State Government has a target of 65% diversion from landfill of material presented for collection in the metropolitan region and 50% in regional areas by June 30, 2020It costs $55 a tonne to dispose of household waste at a landfill siteReport illegal dumping to the pollution watch hotline 1300 784 782 Minister's office - 6552 5800