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New airport bus direct to international terminal533764Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/10/2015 1:41:08 AM2015-10-13T01:15:00Z​First bus route from city to Perth International Airport Route 380 starts November 1 between Esplanade Busport and T1 and T2Service will run half-hourly seven days a week, and hourly late at night Perth's first direct bus route from the CBD to the airport precinct starts on November 1, 2015 aptly named Route 380 after the world's largest passenger airliner, making it easy to remember. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Airbus A380 was commonly known by Perth residents and tourists. And at a cost of $4.50 from the city (or $3.38 with a SmartRider with autoload), it is a very economical 40 minute trip. The bus will run every half hour from the Esplanade Busport, via Burswood Station, Victoria Park transfer station and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre and on to the airport precinct at Terminals 1 and 2. Late night services will run every hour. "The State Government recognises that the public wants integrated smart transport solutions to get them around our growing city - this is one of those services," Mr Nalder said. Buses fitted with luggage racks will depart the city between 4.25am and 11.25pm, catering for 92 per cent of airport departures and 99 per cent of arrivals. The Minister said the State and Australian governments had invested heavily in infrastructure around the airport, including Gateway WA and the Forrestfield-Airport Link. "With the $1 billion Gateway project - Perth's biggest ever road project - on track for completion next year, and a number of vital new interchanges around the airport opened last month, tourists and travellers have a new gateway into Western Australia," he said. "And in only five years, these same passengers will be able to catch a train on the Forrestfield-Airport Link straight into the heart of Perth. "The new bus service is the latest in a suite of investments in an integrated road, rail and bus network around Perth Airport, making it even easier to travel in our State." Fact FileBuses will meet 92% of departing flights, have luggage racks and cost a standard two-zone fare ($4.50 cash, or as little as $3.38 with an auto-load SmartRider)The stop at Belmont Forum will provide a link to the popular CircleRoute serviceTransperth will still operate bus routes 37 and 40 to the domestic terminals at T3 and T4There are 19 stops between Esplanade Busport and the airport, and 17 between the airport and the BusportAbout 1,000 boardings are expected on the service each week day Minister's office - 6552 6400
Thousands to see performing arts in the regions533763Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/10/2015 1:09:45 AM2015-10-13T01:00:00Z​Third round of Boost grants bring more performances to regional audiencesRegional WA to see the latest in dance, puppetry and sensory theatre57 shows, 10 workshops and 81 engagement activities Audiences in regional towns and communities across the State will be able to explore the deep sea, watch puppets and consider the legacy of contemporary settler history for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley, as part of the third round of the Boost performing arts program. Culture and Arts Minister John Day said this round of funding would continue to give regional Western Australia the opportunity to access high-quality arts and culture programs. "Boost will see 57 shows performed to thousands of diverse audience members across regional WA," Mr Day said. "This round also sees a performance specifically targeted to children with special needs. Oddysea by Sensorium Theatre is adapted to meet the individual learning ability and communication style of each child, providing them with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the performing arts." Oddysea will tour throughout the Mid-West, Peel, South-West, Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions in 2016. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $900,000 grants program, funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, was contributing to the vibrancy of communities in regional WA. "Our investment in the Boost program increases the number of live performances for regional audiences and provides opportunities for performing arts groups to engage with communities they may not have previously," Mr Redman said. "An added benefit is the Skills Training Package which equips regional communities with the skills and confidence to present and host these performing arts groups." Round 1 Boost grant recipients Performing Lines will tour The Skeletal System's award-winning play Great White to Margaret River, Albany, Bunbury and Mandurah from October 15 to November 1, 2015. Side Pony Productions will tour The Confidence Man through the South-West, Peel, Great Southern and Pilbara regions from November 2 to November 20, 2015. Fact FileBoost is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts with support from Royalties for Regions The next round of Boost regional grants is now open and closes at 4pm, Thursday, November 5 for tours beginning July 1, 2016 For more information visit, http// or Bigger Picture - Regions Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Round Three Boost grant recipients are Sensorium Theatre (Perth) - $134,171 Administered by Performing Lines Ltd WA, Sensorium Theatre will tour Oddysea, the deep sea adventures of crab and turtle, to an expected audience of 900 people and 1,560 community participants, delivering 30 performances and 60 engagement activities. Touring in Geraldton, Mandurah, Bunbury, Esperance, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Merredin. Marrugeku Inc (Broome) - $64,948 Gudirr Gudirr considers the legacy of contemporary settler history for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region facing massive industrialisation on traditional lands and loss of language. There will also be 10 skills development workshops on offer - including movement and story-based activities - for communities in regional WA. Touring in Fitzroy Crossing, Mowanjum Aboriginal Community, Broome, Lombadina Aboriginal Community, Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community and Mandurah. The Last Great Hunt (Perth) - $54,210 The Last Great Hunt will perform Falling Through Clouds, a blend of puppetry, animation, music, performance and live video that is targeted at the Gen-Y and Gen-Z market. It explores dreams, reality and how sometimes the lines between the two can be blurry. Touring in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Esperance, Mandurah and Bunbury.
Support for grains biosecurity R&D projects533758Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/10/2015 1:08:17 AM2015-10-12T01:00:00Z​$700,000 in Biosecurity Research and Development Fund now available This fund is part of the Boosting Biosecurity Defences through Royalties for Regions Expressions of interest are now open for a share of $700,000 funding to support research and development projects to better manage biosecurity risks in grains industries in Western Australia. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the State Government was supporting WA's agriculture and food sector through its Biosecurity Research and Development Fund. "This call for projects is focused on biosecurity research gaps in the prevention and eradication of exotic pests and diseases that impact the State's valuable grains industries," Mr Baston said. "The grains industry in WA is valued at $5 billion a year at the farm gate, and much of the grain produced is exported, so it's vital the industries are protected from pests and diseases that would affect grains production and the State's access to key target markets." Expressions of interest are invited for research projects aimed at improving the surveillance for high-risk grains pests; applying systems and tools to predict emerging pests and diseases; and improving community engagement and stakeholder awareness of biosecurity threats. Funding of up to $350,000 is available to individual projects that will be completed by March 31, 2018. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Biosecurity Research and Development Fund was part of the three-year, $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program. "Boosting Biosecurity Defences aims to strengthen the State's biosecurity defences and underpin efforts by industry and the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative to capture a share of growing international demand for agriculture and food," Mr Redman said. Expressions of interest close at 9am on November 9, 2015. Fact File$2.5 million of the $3.2 million fund was allocated in June 2015Biosecurity R&D Fund applications will be assessed by the WA Biosecurity CouncilFor more information about the fund, and eligibility criteria, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Youth friendly grants for local governments533746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/10/2015 12:13:45 AM2015-10-11T23:00:00Z​Up to $10,000 available for projects which include young people$100,000 Youth Friendly Communities Grants Program opens Grants of up to $10,000 have been made available from the State Government for regional local governments to support the development of youth friendly communities. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said $100,000 in Youth Friendly Communities grants was available through the Department of Local Government and Communities. "The grants provide local governments with opportunities to engage young people in the development of projects and activities that matter to them." Mr Simpson said. "This grants program will encourage local governments to work with community organisations to engage young people in community planning. "Funding is now available for short-term projects that will have long-term results for young people at a local level." The Minister said that from the grants program last year, the Shire of Lake Grace held two young people's forums to get their ideas on the future direction of the local community. As a result, the shire will now work with young people to develop artwork for public spaces used by young people. The City of Gosnells used funding from the program to work with local young people to develop a documentary-style film exploring the views of local young people in the city. A professional filmmaker was engaged to mentor young people to record and produce the film, capturing the opinions of young people at local events. The film was shown to the city's councillors, staff and the community. Projects funded by the Youth Friendly Communities Grants Program are guided by 10 key principles that include being youth-led, fun and supported by local government. Fact FileGrants program open until Monday, November 16, 2015One-off grants support local governments to engage young people in the planning and development of their communities, through the Strategic Community Planning processLocal governments which have not previously received funding through the Youth Friendly Communities Grants Program may apply for this roundGrants developed after talks with State Government agencies, local governments, the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People, WA Local Government Association and Youth Advisory Council WAFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Research proves activity boosts young brains533745Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/10/2015 12:07:21 AM2015-10-11T22:15:00Z​Latest research reveals sport and physical activity helps children learn betterPhysical activity leads to improvements in maths and reading The State Government's latest research has confirmed that being active on the playground, on the court and on the field helps learning in the classroom. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today launched Brain Boost how sport and physical activity enhance children's learning. "The research tells us that if children are regularly physically active, their brains will fire better at school," Ms Davies said. "We have known about this link for a while, but the latest findings prove that when kids are in better physical shape, their academic performance improves." Brain Boost was prepared for the Department of Sport and Recreation by the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research at Curtin University. The researchers reviewed all published studies on activity and learning over the past 10 years to confirm the strong link between the two. "The majority of this research points to more physically active children being smarter, because exercise has biological, psychological and social benefits - it improves memory, behaviour, motor skills, concentration and reasoning ability," the Minister said. Brain Boost's main findings arethere's a positive link between physical activity and academic achievementactive boys and girls are more likely to pass examsphysical activity leads to improvements in maths and readingphysical activity is likely to provide children with the optimum physiological condition for maximising learning. "The Government encourages activity in our young people through a variety of ways, including the hugely successful KidSport and Nature Play programs," Ms Davies said. "We also provide grants to young athletes to help with travel costs to sporting events, grants to sporting clubs for new equipment so they can attract and retain members, and we invest heavily in community sporting infrastructure through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund. "On top of this, the Government provides annual funding to State sporting associations to help them grow and keep Western Australia's sport and recreation industry vibrant." Fact FileBrain Boost is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Innovative students prove their design ability533742Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements70html11/10/2015 11:52:24 PM2015-10-11T22:05:00Z​Winners announced for competition on designing affordable housing solutionsThe competition was open to WA tertiary institutionsAttracted students from a range of disciplines A team of six tertiary students from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University has taken out first place at the State Government's inaugural [design]ability Affordable Housing Design Competition. The competition sought innovative affordable housing concept proposals from students for a study site in Fremantle. The winners were announced this week at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the competition supported the Government's strong focus on innovation. "The competition provided tertiary students with the opportunity to practise their talents and work as a team on a real-world project with a focus on innovative housing design and affordability," Mr Holt said. "There was so much diversity in their chosen materials - from shipping containers and modular construction, to concrete tilt-up panels - and the reuse of materials from the buildings currently on site." The Minister said it was fantastic to see the teams thinking about social, economic and environmental sustainability, with many taking a holistic approach to their affordable housing proposal. "Students did well to focus on innovative designs that would maximise sustainability, reduce building and living costs, and provide a healthy and attractive place to live," he said. Second place was awarded to a team of students from UWA and Notre Dame University and commendations were awarded to an extra two teams with students from the UWA and Curtin University. The winning teams comprised students from disciplines ranging from Master of Architecture to Urban and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Medicine. Fact FileThe winners will be acknowledged at the 2015 National Housing Conference hosted by the Housing Authority and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in Perth on Oct 28-30For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6100
Bike Week 2016 grants now open533734Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements260html11/10/2015 11:44:47 PM2015-10-11T22:00:00Z​$30,000 for cycling events as part of Bike Week celebrationsMore than 70 events held across WA this yearRide2Work Day is Wednesday, October 14, 2015 On the eve of Wednesday's Ride2Work Day, the State Government and WestCycle have invited organisations, local governments and community groups to apply for grants for events to celebrate Bike Week to be held in March 2016. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Ride2Work Day was one of Australia's biggest celebrations of bike riding and the perfect opportunity to try cycling to work. "The Government has been a long-time supporter of Ride2Work Day and the opportunity it provides for first-timers to give riding to work a go and for others to get back on their bicycles. It puts the spotlight on bike riding as a transport option and highlights the growing number of people who have already made the change," Mr Nalder said. The Minister also promoted the $30,000 in grants available through the Department of Transport for amounts between $500 and $2,500. Mr Nalder said he hoped Bike Week 2016, from March 12-20, 2016, would continue to encourage more people to explore their communities by bike. "This year we saw some really creative and fun community-based events for people of all ages and abilities to get involved and ride their bikes. I hope Bike Week 2016 will once again offer fun, educational and interesting events that involve the whole community," he said. In 2015, more than 70 different Bike Week events were held across the State, ranging from bicycle tours, back street bike explorations, bike servicing workshops, riding skills sessions, themed bike rides, learn-to-ride sessions and bike-to-work breakfasts. "Getting on a bike and riding short distances instead of driving a car is just one way we can all do our bit to help reduce traffic on our roads as well as improve our health and wellbeing," the Minister said. Fact FileGroups eligible to apply for a Bike Week 2016 grant include community groups, art organisations, not-for-profit organisations, local governments, other organisations, tertiary educational institutions, workplaces and bike groupsFor more information, visit http// Applications close 4pm, November 13, 2015 Minister's office - 6552 6400
Historic Collie pool revamped and reopened115556Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements800html11/10/2015 3:01:39 AM2015-10-11T03:00:00Z ​ The historic Collie Mineworkers Memorial Pool has reopened in time for summer after a $3.6 million restoration project. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the State Government was pleased to support this important community project, which had resulted in the complete refurbishment of the 50-metre swimming pool, new plant buildings and the construction of a new leisure pool. "The role country swimming pools play in strengthening local communities cannot be underestimated," Ms Davies said. "Not only are they great places for people to get active but they are important hubs for people to gather and feel a sense of community and belonging." The State Government contributed $1 million to the project through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) and a further $600,000 through Royalties for Regions. "Since 2009, the Liberal National Government has spent $136 million on community sporting infrastructure through the fund," Ms Davies said. "Across the State we have helped support 39 swimming pool developments, replacements or major refurbishments, including the redevelopment at Collie. "Through Royalties for Regions, the Government has also increased support to $32,000 per annum for regional local governments which own and operate an aquatic centre." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said enhancing community pool facilities and services supported greater social and economic benefits in regional communities. "In regional areas, community pools help people of all ages keep active as well as staying connected to their local community," Mr Redman said. "Royalties for Regions is helping to improve important community infrastructure and services so more people can live, work and invest in regional WA." Fact FileFor more information on CSRFF, visit http// more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Scorchers red hot on bushfire alert message115554Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2300html11/10/2015 1:03:56 AM2015-10-11T01:00:00Z​WA cricket team goes in to bat for 'Are You Ready?' bushfire campaignPerth Scorchers announced as 2015-16 campaign ambassadors'Are You Ready?' campaign launched today by State Government Western Australia's Twenty20 cricket team, the Perth Scorchers, have gone into bat for fire safety, becoming the face of this year's 'Are You Ready?' bushfire campaign. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the campaign, fronted by Brad Hogg, Jason Behrendorff and Sam Whiteman, was a reminder that preparing for bushfires was a team effort and the whole community must play its part. "Bushfires can happen anywhere, anytime, and it's essential everyone at risk has a survival plan and do all they can to protect themselves, their families and their property," Mr Francis said. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said Government agencies were working collectively to prepare for the approaching bushfire season. "The Department of Parks and Wildlife has burned about 147,000 hectares in WA in 2014-15, which means 35 per cent of department-managed land in the South-West has a fuel age of less than six years. A further 50,000ha in WA has already been burned this financial year," Mr Jacob said. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said Western Power had also been playing its part by clearing vegetation away from power lines and carrying out network improvements. "Western Power is ready for the bushfire season, but we need everyone to work together to ensure we are all as prepared as possible," Dr Nahan said. As part of the 'Are You Ready?' campaign, Mr Francis also announced the official opening of the $1 million State Government-funded Volunteer Hardship Assistance Scheme. The scheme helps emergency service volunteers experiencing difficult times, through misfortune such as illness or accidental injury. Fact FileLast season (2014-15) firefighters attended more than 3,900 bushfires across WAFor information about how to prepare for bushfires, visit http// can apply for help through the Volunteer Hardship Assistance Scheme Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500
Broome community groups benefit from grant8855Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1440html10/10/2015 12:30:18 AM2015-10-10T00:30:00Z​Lotterywest grant of $250,000 towards storage facility for use by Broome not-for-profit organisationsSix community groups to initially use the facility at minimal costConvenient location proposed behind Broome Lotteries House Premier Colin Barnett today announced a $250,000 Lotterywest grant for a new storage shed for use by community organisations in Broome. Mr Barnett said the grant to the Shire of Broome towards the purchase and construction of the shed would give not-for-profit groups access to affordable and secure storage space. "This new facility will provide a large, fit-for- purpose storage solution for use by a range of not-for-profit organisations serving the Broome community," he said. "It will reduce costs currently being paid by the shire for an existing storage facility overcrowded with equipment including dragon boats, event signage, equipment and theatre props." The new storage shed will include seven separate spaces fitted with flexible shelving and hanging and will be independently secured and accessible 24 hours a day. The shire also plans to construct a hardstand next to the shed to make it easier for users to load and unload equipment to be stored. Community groups making use of the existing storage facility - including Theatre Kimberley, Rotary International and Shinju Matsuri Inc. - will be among the first groups to make use of the new facility. Mr Barnett said the proposed location of the storage shed behind Broome Lotteries House was convenient for users. It would also encourage the use of meeting rooms available at Broome Lotteries House by the other community groups. The new facility is due to be completed within the financial year. Fact FileThe storage facility will be available to community groups for a nominal fee to cover maintenance and operating costsBroome Lotteries House was established with a Lotterywest grant of $849,000WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
Lotterywest grants for peak mental health body8854Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1130html10/10/2015 12:09:59 AM2015-10-10T00:00:00Z​Two grants to support the Western Australian Association for Mental HealthFunding for Mental Health Week and a business plan for a recovery college Mental Health Minister Helen Morton will tonight mark the end of Mental Health Week by presenting two Lotterywest grants, totalling more than $44,000, to the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH). WAAMH is the peak body of the community-managed mental health sector in WA with more than 100 organisations and individual members. Mrs Morton said one grant had helped with the organisation of Mental Health Week and the second would fund the development of a business plan for a potential mental health recovery college. Recovery colleges are hands-on, peer-driven centres of learning where people come to learn and share knowledge about mental health, life skills and their personal experiences. The information and support provided by peer trainers and fellow students helps people develop self-care skills to manage their own mental health. "Mental Health Week plays a key role in raising the importance of mental health across age, socio-economic, geographical and other divides with activities targeted to reach children, youth and families, as well as Government, community and business leaders," the Minister said. "It has also provided the opportunity to celebrate positive achievements, innovative programs, and remarkable and inspirational stories of triumph and recovery. "Mental illness touches nearly every Australian in some way and we are delighted to partner with WAAMH to improving the lives of people with a mental illness and those who care for them." Fact FileRecovery colleges are hands-on, peer-driven centres of learning where people come to learn and share knowledge about mental health, life skills and their personal experiencesIn WA, Mental Health Week is co-ordinated by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with WAAMHLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Five new freeway exit lanes to aid traffic flow8849Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3930html9/10/2015 11:35:01 PM2015-10-09T23:00:00Z​$2.5 million congestion-busting project to help improve traffic flowFive dedicated exit lanes to be created on Perth freewaysThe first two on Kwinana Freeway open this month Linemarking for five new dedicated exit lanes are being added to Perth's freeways as part of the State Government's congestion-busting efforts. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the first exit lane opened this weekend on Kwinana Freeway at the southbound exit to South Street, and another was due to open on the northbound exit to Leach Highway from October 25. Under the $2.5 million project, three dedicated exit lanes are being added on the Mitchell Freeway, at the northbound exit to Hay Street, southbound exit to Hutton Street and the southbound exit to Cedric Street. "This means drivers who want to leave the freeway will have their own dedicated exit lanes, allowing traffic to run more smoothly," Mr Nalder said. "This allows through-traffic to flow and reduces 'pinch-point' congestion associated with merging two lanes into one." Exiting the freeway can be a daunting task for some, resulting in significant traffic disruptions as drivers try to change lanes to position themselves correctly. To ease some of the confusion and make exiting easier, Main Roads has analysed major conflict points along the freeway and identified opportunities to provide dedicated exit lanes at five key locations. An initiative of the Traffic Congestion Management Program, the new clearly marked exit lanes will remove merge points to allow traffic to exit the freeway without causing disruption to the flow of traffic. Research has shown that this type of treatment improves traffic flow by reducing the need for vehicles to merge after an off-ramp. An example of the dedicated lane can be seen on Mitchell Freeway northbound at Hutton Street where it has resulted in free-flowing traffic along this section of the freeway. Drivers are encouraged to move into the appropriate lanes early to allow through-traffic to flow without disruption. Fact FileCost includes resurfacing some intersections, traffic management for night work, line marking and new signage A total of $8.5 million is being spent this year to improve merge lines and add exit lanes as part of the State Government's $40 million congestion package Minister's office - 6552 6400 Leach Highway and South Street off ramps.pdf
Grant to help Kimberley mothers and babies8819Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1820html9/10/2015 7:19:09 AM2015-10-09T07:15:00Z​$144,679 Lotterywest grant to the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services LimitedFor purchase of two vehicles to help in the delivery of a maternal health strategyStrategy aimed at preventing micro-nutrient malnutrition and iron deficiency in infants Kimberley mothers and babies will gain greater access to a new maternal health program thanks to the purchase of two new 4WD vehicles through a Lotterywest grant. Premier Colin Barnett presented the $144,679 grant in Broome today to the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited, which will deliver the program along with the WA Country Health Service. The two vehicles will be used by child health nurses and midwives to roll out the three-year program across the Kimberley. Mr Barnett said the vehicles were vital to ensure the program was able to reach as many mothers and infants as possible, regardless of their geographical location. "The Kimberley covers an area more than 400,000 square kilometres, and with many of its population located in remote parts, it can be challenging for the nurses to travel to all areas safely," he said. The maternal health program will address the issue of micro-nutrient malnutrition and iron deficiency anaemia. These issues are associated with severe medical and developmental problems and affect about 50 per cent of mothers and 60 per cent of breastfed young infants in Aboriginal communities. "With more than half the infants in the Kimberley region affected by these issues, it's vital this program is accessible to all mothers and infants across the region," the Premier said. The program, which has been developed in collaboration with Aboriginal leaders and health practitioners, will be implemented in clinics across the Kimberley, as well as other specific communities, to enable access for all mothers. Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited and the WA Country Health Service have partnered with The University of Western Australia to deliver the strategy as a research project, with learnings and outcomes used to inform the strategy's future wider implementation across the State. Fact FileThe Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited is a major employer in the Kimberly, with Aboriginal people representing more than 70% of its 400+ workforce Premier's office - 6552 5000
New facility in South Hedland for homeless youth8817Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1550html9/10/2015 6:05:04 AM2015-10-09T06:00:00Z​New units in South Hedland to accommodate homeless youthYouth Involvement Council to deliver support services from the new facility South Hedland's homeless youth will benefit from two new purpose-built housing units officially opened today by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton. Opening the units, Mrs Morton said the State Government's $3 million contribution to the construction of crisis accommodation in South Hedland and the provision of further funding for its operation demonstrated a commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable West Australians. The new self-contained onsite units will provide transitional accommodation for young people aged 18 to 25. The facility already provides 24 hours a day, seven-day-a-week crisis accommodation for up to eight young people, aged 15 to 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The accommodation is managed by the Youth Involvement Council's Youth Accommodation Program. "The construction of the facility was a collaborative partnership between the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, the Housing Authority, Lotterywest and the Youth Involvement Council," the Minister said. "The council also delivers accommodation and support services from the facility to help young people address the issues that caused their homelessness." The council's Lawson Street site is also currently being redeveloped to become the Youth Involvement Council's headquarters and is due for completion in April 2016. Fact FileThe new facility is located at 9 Corbet Place, South HedlandAbout 70% of young people accessing the Youth Accommodation Program are AboriginalIf you are homeless or know of a young person who is homeless or are at risk of homelessness, contact the Youth Accommodation Program on 9140 1668 Minister's office - 6552 6900
$4 million means bright future for child research8812Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4940html9/10/2015 2:43:45 AM2015-10-09T02:30:00Z​Third round of Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund15 projects share $4 million in child health research grantsNew grants stream designed to support projects that build research capacity Telethon and the State Government have today awarded a record $4 million in grants to 15 research projects for child and adolescent health. They range from studies into the effectiveness of robotic equipment for improving the mobility of children with cerebral palsy, to parent-mediated therapy for infants deemed at risk of autism or developmental delays. Health Minister Kim Hames said the third round of grants under the Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund were funded by $2 million each from the State Government and Telethon. He congratulated Telethon on its success in promoting and supporting Western Australian researchers. "Since we established these grants together in 2012, Telethon has done a fantastic job in driving awareness about child research and health, and the beneficiaries are ultimately the children and young people of WA," Dr Hames said. "The findings of these latest projects will provide us with information vital to improving the quality and relevance of patient care for young people in this State." In the first two years of the program, grants supported short-term research projects involving child and adolescent health issues in WA. This year a second stream of grants has been incorporated into the program, providing funding for strategic projects that improve research capacity in the sector. The establishment of a centre to analyse linked data is one of three projects receiving grants under the new capacity-building strategic research stream. Successful researchers were chosen by an expert steering committee from a field of 73 applications covering a wide range of disciplines. The latest grants range from $114,000 to $473,000. The fund is a collaboration of the Department of Health and Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Since the fund's establishment in 2012, the department and Channel 7 Telethon Trust have each contributed $5 million. Fact FileGrant program established as part of the 2012 Telethon AppealFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300 Stream 1 Short-term Research Projects​​Co-ordinating Principal InvestigatorCo-ordinating Principal Investigator's institutionProject Title Professor Keven BattyCurtin UniversityDrug assays from dried blood spots A novel method to measure drug concentrations in children and neonates UWAAssociate Professor Julian HengUniversity of Western Australia/ Harry Perkins Institute of Medical ResearchEstablishing a functional genomic analysis platform to study how genetic mutations cause childhood brain disorders and intellectual disabilityDr Matthew KempUniversity of Western Australia Flurofamide, a novel intervention for preterm birthDr Rishi Sury KotechaTelethon Kids Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital Identifying novel, effective and translatable drugs for high-risk infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia Dr Shailender MehtaFiona Stanley HospitalRandomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial of probiotics in pregnancy and its effect on group B streptococcal colonisationMrs Dayna PoolPrincess Margaret Hospital iStride project for improving the mobility of children with cerebral palsyDr Andre SchultzTelethon Kids Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital The characterisation of the early cystic fibrosis airway surface micro-environment in order to develop strategies for the delay of disease onsetProfessor Stephen StickTelethon Kids Institute/ Princess Margaret Hospital Inhaled dry powder sub-micron sized particles of Ca-EDTA as adjunct to standard antibiotic inhaled therapies for treatment of chronic bacterial biofilm infections in children with cystic fibrosis Winthrop Professor Andrew WhitehouseTelethon Kids Institute A randomised controlled trial of a parent-mediated therapy for infants at increased risk for autism or developmental delayProfessor Fiona WoodUniversity of Western Australia/Fiona Stanley HospitalChronic immune suppression in paediatric burn survivorsWinthrop Professor Florian ZepfUniversity of Western Australia/ Princess Margaret HospitalTreatment of Adolescents with Depression A pilot study on predictors for treatment responseDr Guicheng (Brad) ZhangCurtin UniversityThe discovery of biomarkers for predicting oral food challenge outcomes in children with baked egg or peanut allergy Stream 2 Strategic Research Initiatives​​Coordinating Principal InvestigatorCoordinating Principal Investigator's institution Project titleDr Andrew CurrieMurdoch UniversityEstablishing the National Phenome Centre - Advanced Screening, Diagnostics and Precision Medicine for WA's infants and children Dr Rebecca GlauertTelethon Kids Institute Centre for Linked Analytics and Social Policy Professor Susan PrescottTelethon Kids Institute/University of Western Australia The ORIGINS Project A Healthy Start for a Better Future
Extra servings give sweet taste to Great Southern8811Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3220html9/10/2015 2:09:19 AM2015-10-09T02:00:00Z​State Government funds popular food and wine event until 2018Almost 9,000 attendees at 70 events during Taste Great Southern 2015Key component of recently announced Taste 2020 food and wine strategy Food and wine fans are set to enjoy more mouth-watering delights at Taste Great Southern after the popular culinary festival secured State Government funding for the next three years. The annual event comprises more than 70 activities that celebrate the lifestyle, premium food and award-winning wine of Western Australia's Great Southern region. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the Government was proud to support the event through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions. "Over the past 11 years, Taste Great Southern has grown into one of the State's top food and wine festivals and our sponsorship until 2018 means the event can grow, secure attractions and plan ahead," Dr Hames said. "Taste Great Southern is an incredible showcase of the region's world-class cuisine with almost 9,000 attendees this year enjoying festivals, markets, degustation dinners, celebrity chefs, beach barbecues, master classes, cooking demonstrations and performances. "The event's success shows that Western Australia is maturing into one of the world's foremost culinary tourism destinations, which is supported by the Taste 2020 Food and Wine Strategy released last month." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would continue to encourage visitors to discover the rich experiences offered in regional WA. "Tourism is crucial to the Western Australian economy and has many facets, creating 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 well-established events like Taste Great Southern are a strategic asset for our State. "Supporting events such as Taste Great Southern helps us add vibrancy to regional towns." Fact FileTaste Great Southern will be held in March and April 2016More information on Taste 2020 is available at the Tourism WA websiteTourism generated $8.7b in visitor spend in the 2014-15 financial year; the strategy is to increase that to $12b by 2020Royalties for Regions supports the Regional Events Program with $80m over eight years For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Heartfelt stories highlight mine safety message8807Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2080html9/10/2015 1:31:35 AM2015-10-09T01:00:00Z​Roadshow to visit eight centres across the StateVideo series emphasises height hazards Personal stories from families affected by workplace accidents will feature in this year's Mines Safety Roadshow, as the Department of Mines and Petroleum joins with industry to promote further positive cultural change across the mining sector. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the roadshows were among the department's most important proactive events for mines safety. "The roadshows are an opportunity to meet personally with mines inspectors and network with like-minded people interested in better safety outcomes for Western Australia's mining operations," Mr Marmion said. "This year's event includes a special screening of the second instalment in the Know Your Hazards video series, including heartfelt messages from people affected by mine site incidents." The 2015 videos focus on falls, which remain a major cause of mining industry injuries and fatalities. "These videos help workers better understand some of the risks they face and will put them in a much better position to recognise and control these hazards," the Minister said. "You can only protect yourself against harm if you know what can harm you." The program for the 2015 roadshow reflects findings of the recently released Serious Injury Review, which identified three main hazards facing all mine workers These are falling while working at heightbeing hit by falling objectsbeing struck or crushed by machines or heavy components. "Events like this provide important stepping stones on the journey to our aspirational goal of zero harm in WA's resources industry," Mr Marmion said. "Attending these roadshows indicates people's passion and commitment to improving Western Australian mines safety." Fact FileThe roadshow starts in Geraldton on Tuesday, October 13, then heads to Newman, Karratha, Port Hedland, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Mandurah, before finishing in Perth on Friday November 6, 2015The events are free, with mine site managers, supervisors, safety and health representatives encouraged to attendFor booking and event information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
Infrastructure grants open doors to access8806Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4350html9/10/2015 1:03:12 AM2015-10-09T00:25:00Z​$673,422 in grants to support community access and inclusion23 community infrastructure projects funded across WA People with disability across the State will benefit from 23 grants worth $673,422 announced this week by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton. Among the grant recipients is disability arts provider DADAA, which will receive more than $40,000 in this latest round of the State Government's Community Infrastructure Grants program. The money will be used to buy equipment that delivers live verbal commentary at plays, concerts or other events via personal headsets. Mrs Morton said the grant to DADAA was a great example of how the program supported the Government's Count Me In strategy to improve community access and inclusion for people with disability. "Once the equipment has been purchased, it will be able to be taken it anywhere and installed at almost any venue," she said. "The grants, which are delivered through the Disability Services Commission and range from $4,380 to $55,000, are for high-priority, disability specific projects that meet community needs and will have a positive impact for people with disability. "They include a broad range of projects, such as installation of ramps, accessibility upgrades to parks and recreational centres and the installation of an accessible toilet. Six grants were provided for the installation of automatic doors in buildings such as post offices and community centres." The Shire of Capel will receive $55,000 to install a bird's nest swing and other play equipment for a new all-abilities playground in its new civic precinct. The grants are administered by the Western Australian Local Government Association. Projects will start shortly and be completed by April 2017. Fact FileThe Community Infrastructure Grants program reflects the Government's Count Me In vision that all people live in welcoming communities which facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyoneFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900 Community Infrastructure Grants recipients.pdf
Fishers get the big one in latest grants8801Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3640html9/10/2015 12:34:33 AM2015-10-09T00:10:00Z​$864,755 in grants to support community inclusion22 arts and recreation projects funded across WAProjects extend opportunities for people with disability Fishing, festivals and family activities will be more accessible for people with disability through the distribution of $864,755 in community grants announced by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton this week. Mrs Morton said the second round of the State Government's Community Inclusion and Participation grants would support 22 projects that extend opportunities for people with disability to take part in arts, recreation and business activities. "The grants range from $5,600 to $55,000 and include some new approaches to old pastimes that were previously difficult for everyone to enjoy," she said. Anglers with disability in Perth, Mandurah, Albany and Busselton will have access to a new electronic rod casting system, which aims to improve their chances of a catch. The 'fishability caster' supports people with physical disability by throwing out the fishing line and reeling it back. "Grants were also made to programs that support children with disability in recreational bicycle riding, audio description and access tours for arts," Minister Morton said.. "Further areas to get funding included, cultural activities for people who are blind, vision impaired or deaf-blind, and a library of modified musical instruments. "The grants aim to improve access and inclusion across the community, and are another way the State's Count Me In strategy is being implemented across Western Australia." Projects supported by the grants, which are administered by VisAbility, begin this month and will be completed by April 2017. Fact FileThe Count Me In vision is that we all live in welcoming communities which facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyoneFor more about grants and their recipients, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900 Community Inclusion and Participation Grants recipients.pdf
Hope for rare marsupial on new island home8799Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3810html9/10/2015 12:08:42 AM2015-10-09T00:00:00Z​New population of dibblers established on Gunton Island near Esperance Twenty-nine dibblers have been released on a remote island off the State's south coast as part of a project to establish a new population of the endangered carnivorous marsupial. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the 28 Perth Zoo-bred dibblers and one wild-born dibbler were flown to Esperance last weekend before being transported by boat to 95-hectare Gunton Island in the Recherche Archipelago. "This is a significant step forward in growing the number of dibblers in the wild," Mr Jacob said. "Gunton Island is free of feral predators and has the right type of habitat to support the species. A dibbler is a small marsupial with coarse brown-grey fur, about 15 centimetres long and weighing less than 100 grams. It has distinctive white eye-rings and a tapering hairy tail. They are very agile animals and, despite spending much of their time on the ground, often climb bushes to lick the nectar from flowers "There are five established populations of dibblers elsewhere in Western Australia, including four with populations of fewer than 50 animals each. We are in the early stages of establishing two more populations. Creating another safe haven for this species is vitally important for its long-term survival," the Minister said. Up to 150 captive-bred dibblers will be released on Gunton Island over the next two years as part of a collaborative project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Perth Zoo, with funding from South Coast Natural Resource Management. The released animals are monitored by Parks and Wildlife. At the time of European settlement, dibblers were only known to exist in western and southern coastal regions of the State. The species was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered at Cheyne Beach, east of Albany, in 1967. "Dibblers have declined from their original range largely due to predation by cats and foxes and reduction and degradation of habitat," Mr Jacob said. "The State Government is working hard to protect the wild populations in Fitzgerald River National Park on the south coast and on offshore islands near Jurien Bay as well as the other populations we have established." Dibbler conservation is supported by baiting for foxes and feral cats under the wildlife recovery program Western Shield. The State Government is implementing feral cat baiting using the Eradicat® bait, which is supported by $1.7 million in Australian Government funding. Fact FileListed as 'Fauna that is likely to become extinct or is rare' under the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act, and endangered under the Commonwealth Government's Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999Populations have been established at Fitzgerald River National Park; Boullanger, Whitlock and Escape islands at Jurien Bay; and the proposed Peniup nature reserve west of Bremer BayOther populations are being established at Waychinicup National Park east of Albany and Whiteman Park in Perth's north-east Minister's office - 6552 5800