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Dr Tom Hatton appointed as EPA chairman411Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/07/2015 5:24:48 AM2015-07-08T05:00:00Z​Deputy chairman Robert Harvey also reappointed Respected environmental scientist and researcher Dr Tom Hatton has been appointed as Chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority for five years from November 5, 2015. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said deputy chairman Robert Harvey had also been reappointed from November 18, 2015. "I congratulate Dr Hatton and Mr Harvey who have both been appointed for five-year terms," Mr Jacob said. "Dr Hatton has significant expertise in environmental science and its application to issues of State development. I have confidence that Dr Hatton will appropriately and effectively serve Western Australia as the Chairman of the EPA." A former CSIRO Group Executive of Energy, Dr Hatton has been a member of the EPA board since November 2014 and brings more than 25 years of national and international research experience to the role. Dr Hatton chairs the WA Marine Parks and Reserves Authority, is one of the three independent delegates assessing the Browse Liquefied Natural Gas precinct strategic proposal, and is on scientific advisory boards for the Department of Water and The University of Western Australia, where he is also an Adjunct Professor. Mr Harvey was appointed to the EPA in 2012, has considerable board experience and many years of expertise in water resource management and related environmental issues. Mr Harvey was a member of the Water Corporation board from 2007 until this year and has been a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission since 2010. The Minister thanked outgoing chairman Paul Vogel for his eight years of service. "Dr Vogel has made a significant contribution to the EPA with his skills and experience in environmental management," Mr Jacob said. "The depth and breadth of the scientific, technical and practical knowledge that Dr Vogel brought to the EPA's deliberations have added significantly to the capacity of the EPA board in its decision making and recommendations to Government." The other EPA members are Elizabeth Carr and Glen McLeod. The State Government will seek expressions of interest in the near future to fill the fifth position. Fact FileThe EPA has a full-time chairman, a part-time deputy chairman and three part-time membersThe new chairman has been appointed from November 5, 2015 to November 4, 2020Deputy chairman has been reappointed from November 18, 2015 to November 17, 2020 Minister's office - 6552 5800
Drivers urged to do their part for road safety409Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/07/2015 3:38:06 AM2015-07-08T03:30:00Z​85 WA people have lost their lives at the midway point of 201513 fatal motorcycle crashes so far this year The State Government is urging motorists to drive to conditions and heed road safety messages with the release of the road crash statistics at the halfway mark of the year. Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said it was a tragedy that 85 people had lost their lives on Western Australia's roads so far this year. There were 94 fatalities at the same time last year. There have been 13 people killed in motorcycle crashes so far this year, of which 11 were riders and two were passengers. Forty-four people died in motorcycle crashes in 2014. "The most distressing thing about these grim statistics is that nearly all these crashes could have been avoided," Mrs Harvey said. The Minister said regional road crashes were of greatest concern, accounting for 45 fatalities; the remaining 40 occurred in the metropolitan area. "The regional road crashes are of particular concern when you consider a much smaller proportion of our population live in country areas," she said. Mrs Harvey said the Liberal National Government was doing more work than ever to address serious and fatal crashes but ultimately it was drivers who determined the road toll. The Minister said this year the State Governmentallocated a record $111 million on road safety projects 2015-16installed covert hoon camerasis establishing a mandatory alcohol interlock programestablished the Road Safety Commissionappointed an Acting Road Safety Commissioneris conducting a Wheatbelt Highway Reviewis conducting a motorcycle safety review "The Government cannot be in the driver seat of every vehicle - motorists need to do their bit to reduce road trauma in Western Australia," Mrs Harvey said. Fact FileThe Government has allocated in 2015-16$46 million to address run off road crashes including shoulder widening, audible line edging, wire rope barriers and overtaking lanes$12 million at metropolitan intersections including modified traffic signals, roundabouts and speed management treatments such as speed humps$5.5 million allocated to increase drug and alcohol testing of motorists$15 million allocated for road safety education programs and campaigns, research and analysis as well as road safety policy and co-ordination Minister's office - 6552 5900
Tourism WA chairman reappointed407Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/07/2015 12:00:59 AM2015-07-08T00:00:00ZPeter Prendiville to serve another three-year termHoward Cearns to continue as deputy chairman Tourism Minister Kim Hames has announced, hotel owner and proprietor of Sandalford Wines, Peter Prendiville will continue as Tourism WA's Chairman of the Board for another three years. Dr Hames said Mr Prendiville joined the board in 2011 as its deputy chairman and took over as chairman on July 1, 2012. "Peter has more than 40 years' experience as a businessman in tourism, hospitality and events, and I am pleased he has agreed to continue in the role," he said. "Tourism is a major economic driver for Western Australia. In 2014, tourism contributed more than $8.6 billion to the State's economy through visitor spending and generated around 94,000 jobs. "The State Government wants to see visitor spend increase to $12 billion in the next five years and Tourism WA, under Peter's stewardship, has developed a strategy to help us reach that goal." Mr Prendiville, who last month received the Celebrate WA 2015 Business Award as part of the WA Day Awards, will remain chairman until December 2018. Howard Cearns, who founded Little Creatures Brewing Pty Ltd and has been a member of the Tourism WA board since July 1, 2006, will continue as deputy chairman. Nathan Harding, owner and group managing director of Discover Australia Holidays, has been reappointed to the board for a further three years. The Minister also thanked Diane Smith-Gander and Richard Vaughan, who have left the board after serving three-year terms. Dr Hames acknowledged their significant contribution over their terms. Tourism WA's board is appointed under the Western Australian Tourism Commission Act 1983 and currently has seven members, with 10 being the maximum allowable. The board has responsibility for corporate governance, strategic direction and goals for management. Fact FileFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300 ​
NAIDOC netball celebrates in a new home398Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/07/2015 9:16:53 AM2015-07-07T04:10:00Z2015 NAIDOC Netball Carnival on tomorrow at State Netball Centre Games offer a meeting place during NAIDOC Week More than 75 teams will go for the goals when the whistles blow at the State Netball Centre in Jolimont for the 2015 NAIDOC Netball Carnival tomorrow (July 8). Supported by the State Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation, the NAIDOC netball carnival is a highlight of the annual Western Australian netball calendar where teams, officials, volunteers and spectators come together to celebrate sport, cultural diversity and friendship. "This much-loved netball carnival is a highlight of NAIDOC Week for many Aboriginal women and will be made all the more special because for the first time, games will be played in the new State Netball Centre," Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said. "Opened in March, this facility is more than just a building - it's a home for netball in WA which makes it the perfect place for this carnival to be played." The competition is in its 11th year. This year players will be travelling from all over the Perth metropolitan area, as well as regional areas such as Geraldton, Northam, Mandurah, Bunbury, Albany, Mount Barker and for the first time, a team from Tambellup. Players will compete in four junior divisions and four senior divisions. The Wirrpanda Foundation will host a 12.30pm scratch match between the DWF Marman (male team) and the Yorgas (female team) which will include Josie Janz-Dawson, Stacey Mourish, Ashlea Walley, Kate Beveridge, Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls, Troy Cook, Antoni Grover and Dale Kickett. During the carnival, one NAIDOC All Stars team will be picked by Netball WA and will play in a Netball WA-endorsed competition later in the year. "Netball is the highest female participation sport in Australia and is a wonderful way for girls and women of all ages to keep active," Ms Davies said. "KidSport has been extremely successful in encouraging new netballers, with 8,122 signing up to clubs since the program started in 2011 and of those, almost 3,000 are Aboriginal." Entry is by gold coin donation and funds raised support the Aboriginal Netball Program and the NAIDOC All Stars Team. Fact FileThe 2015 NAIDOC Netball Carnival runs from 8.30am-5.30pm at the State Netball Centre and the adjacent Perth Netball AssociationThe carnival is supported by Netball WA, Perth Netball Association, Wirrpanda Foundation, WA Police, Healthway and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, through the Belt Up! safety messageThe Government is committed to providing the best facilities for our athletes with new buildings for the WA Institute of Sport High Performance Service Centre, State Netball Centre, nib Stadium and the new Perth Stadium Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA innovators a step closer to the big prize395Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/07/2015 2:40:53 AM2015-07-07T02:35:00Z17 semi-finalists announcedWinners to share in $140,000 A foul odour fighter filter, kidney disease test and gender biasing system for cow breeding are among the ideas shortlisted as semi-finalists in the 2015 WA Innovator of the Year program. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin today announced the nominees, who were chosen from applications in the emerging innovation (pre-revenue) and the growth (post-revenue) categories. Mr Mischin said each finalist would receive support and access to free information to assist them in taking their innovations through to commercialisation. "Western Australia is fast becoming synonymous with outstanding innovations that are already having, or will have, significant impact not only in our State, but at an international level," he said. "The quality of the applications is of an impressively high standard and each of the semi-finalists will have the potential to provide real and long-term benefits to our community. "The State Government recognises the importance of innovation and the transition to a commercial outcome, and through programs such as the WA Innovator of the Year, it can support and help develop these innovations through to commercial reality." The 2015 WA Innovator of the Year finalists will be announced on July 28, 2015, with the winners revealed in November. Fact FileThe program features two categories emerging innovation (pre-revenue, $25,000 prize money) and growth (post-revenue, $25,000 prize money)The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator the Year overall winner ($75,000 prize money) is chosen from these two categoriesFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5600 LIST OF SEMI-FINALISTS Mitsubishi Corporation Emerging Innovation Category3D Image Automation Pty Ltd (Joondalup) - 3D Image Reclaimer ControllerBIASSEX Pty Ltd (West Perth) - Pre artificial insemination gender biasing of dairy cow breedingBombora Wave Power Pty Ltd (Bentley) - Bombora Wave Energy ConverterClearVue Technologies Ltd (Yokine) - ClearVue PVCurtin University of Technology (Bentley) - Dense carbon materials from biomassCurtin University of Technology (Bentley) - Logging while drilling for mineral explorationNewton Laboratories Pty Ltd (Perth) - Vibration sensor for oversized rock detectionProteomics International Pty Ltd (Nedlands) - PromarkerD; a diagnostic test for diabetic kidney diseaseSubCool Technologies Pty Ltd (Perth) - Hybrid 'Sales Gas Subsea'The University of Western Australia (Crawley) - Separating nitrogen from natural gas sources Mitsubishi Corporation Growth CategoryAtamo Pty Ltd (Bayswater) - duinoProOdaTech Pty Ltd (Balcatta) - OdaVent BiofilterOptika Solutions Pty Ltd (West Perth) - AkumenScancam Industries Pty Ltd (Perth) - SCANCAM, smart fuel securityTap Into Safety Pty Ltd (Gwelup) - Interactive safety training and assessment toolsTilt Trays Enterprises Pty Ltd (High Wycombe) - Container loading and offloading systemTrackem Pty Ltd (Perth) - Trackem
Regional centres to shape economic future394Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/07/2015 2:31:47 AM2015-07-07T02:30:00ZRoyalties for Regions to invest $16 million over four years to support the economic, business and social development of nine regional centres Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the next phase in the Regional Centres Development Plan, which will see Broome, Greater Bunbury, Greater Geraldton and Kalgoorlie share in $7.5 million to develop a plan to guide economic growth. The investment is part of the Regional Centres Development Plan, which aims to provide $16 million over four years to assist the nine Regional Centres strengthen their capability to grow business, investment and jobs. Mr Redman said the initiative aimed to co-ordinate local decision making and support economic development to drive regional growth for the benefit of the whole State. "The State Government Royalties for Regions program is committed to building a strong and prosperous network of Regional Centres and SuperTowns across Western Australia," he said. "This investment will see Regional Centres work with government to create growth plans to help leverage regional innovation through public-private collaboration and to ensure a strong and sustainable future. It will bring government, community and business together to ensure a co-ordinated approach to local decisions and initiatives. "Regional Centres are at the heart of innovation and prosperity in the regions and I am pleased the State Government is able to support a better quality of life in regional WA." Planning Minister John Day said the Regional Centres Development Plan provided a platform for State Government, Regional Centres and SuperTowns to work together to shape their economic future. The initiative will be delivered in two stages with $7.5 million being made available immediately to enable the first stage recipients to develop growth plans and partnerships by October 1, 2016. A second tranche of $8.5 million may be open to Albany, Busselton, Carnarvon, Kununurra and Mandurah in late 2016. Fact FileThe Regional Centres and SuperTowns are identified in the Western Australian State Planning Strategy 2050 as Regional Centres and Sub-Regional Centres respectively The Regional Centres Development Plan was initiated in 2011 through SuperTowns. The SuperTowns are Boddington, Collie, Esperance, Jurien Bay, Katanning, Manjimup, Margaret River, Morawa and NorthamFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Planning Minister's office - 6552 6200
GovHack champions prove winners for WA358Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/07/2015 1:15:33 AM2015-07-07T01:15:00Z$35,000 in prizes awardedInnovation potential to be evaluated across government Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Lands Minister Terry Redman have congratulated the 16 winning teams and six individual champions who took out $35,000 in Western Australian prizes at the weekend's GovHack Perth 2015. "Not only are they deserving winners, their interpretation of a wide range of government data has thrown up some exciting innovations, with potential public and private sector applications," Mr Marmion said. Mr Redman said he was particularly pleased with the winners of the highest value award, Landgate's Most Innovative Use of Location Information Prize. "The Synergizing Synergies For Sitizens team analysed Landgate data to highlight Perth suburbs that may be best placed for rooftop solar investment," he said. "To help take their work forward, they will receive six months of assistance from a Landgate Business Development mentor, valued at $8,000." Now in its third year, GovHack Perth attracted a record 140 data hackers to Perth CBD's Spacecubed co-working and innovation centre over the weekend. Mr Marmion used GovHack Perth 2015 to launch the State Government's Open Data Policy which will make a wide range of government data available online. "Government agencies contributed dozens of data sets for interpretation at GovHack, plus $19,000 to the WA prize pool, with the focus on delivering practical outcomes," he said. "The winning ideas will be pitched to the public sector and evaluated on their potential to improve service delivery. "From past experience, there could also be some promising commercial applications." GovHack Perth is part of the national GovHack competition. Winners of more than $100,000 in national prizes will be announced on September 2, 2015. Fact FileGovHack Perth 2015 sponsors included the departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Culture and the Arts; Landgate; Main Roads WA; Synergy; Regional Development Australia; RAC; Cisco; Pawsey Supercomputing Centre; Curtin University; Community and Public Sector Union; Spacecubed; Knowledge Society; GovHack National; Women in Technology Western Australia; NGISThe full list of winners and their projects is at http// The new online data site is at http// Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Monday is the new cheap day for Perth petrol1456Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8660html6/07/2015 2:34:28 AM2015-07-06T02:30:00ZNew weekly price cycle sees cheap day on MondaysMount Lawley, South Lake and Roleystone among cheapest suburbs for fuel Perth's new weekly petrol price cycle has seen Monday become the new cheap day for motorists to buy petrol, with most retailers now hiking their prices on a Tuesday. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an analysis of price trends by FuelWatch in recent weeks has discovered a new pricing pattern by the major petrol retailers. Mr Mischin said the analysis showed that Coles Express Mount Lawley was consistently the cheapest site for unleaded petrol in Perth since the beginning of this year. The cheapest site in the south was Caltex Woolworths South Lake and Better Choice Roleystone was the cheapest in the east. "Until recently and for about five years, Perth had a predictable weekly price cycle where, on average, Wednesday was the cheapest day of the week to buy petrol and prices rose dramatically on a Thursday," he said. "However at the end of May, most Caltex service stations suddenly broke that pattern and began to increase their prices earlier in the week, making the traditional cheap days the most expensive. Other major fuel companies followed that lead. "It appears that this new cycle has been established for several weeks now and we need to advise motorists to fill up on Mondays to take advantage of the new weekly price cycle. "On any day, prices can vary widely from site to site and from brand to brand. The difference between the cheapest and most expensive has been up to 27 cents per litre, which is a $16 price difference for an average tank of petrol." The Minister said the FuelWatch system was unique to Western Australia and prices on the website were locked in for a 24-hour period from 6am, giving consumers certainty and transparency when making their purchasing decisions. "I encourage motorists to use the services of FuelWatch to locate the cheapest fuel outlet nearest to them and reward them with your business," Mr Mischin said. "After 2.30pm each day, motorists can also check the following day's prices and decide when the best time is to fill up. "Almost 38,000 people have already signed up with a surge of 1,000 new subscribers joining last month. The FuelWatch website gets more than half a million visits every month and that has been increasing." Fact FileFuelWatch was created by the Western Australian Government in January 2001 to monitor the daily prices for petrol, diesel and LPG/Autogas within metropolitan Perth and regional areas from Albany to GeraldtonThe FuelWatch website received a record number of 691,288 visits in June 2015, which is 38% higher than the previous record of 500,874 in January 2015 and a jump of more than 45% from May to June. This can be attributed to the fuel cycle disruption causing added media attention and confusion among motoristsMotorists can check fuel prices and subscribe to email alerts at http// or call 1300 30 40 54 Minister's office - 6552 5600 Top 10 cheapest unleaded fuel sites in Perth to June 30, 2015 1Coles Express Mount LawleyNorth PerthNorth of river120.52Vibe Charles StNorth PerthNorth of river121.93Gull East PerthEast PerthNorth of river122.24Caltex Woolworths South LakeSouth LakeSouth of river122.25Better Choice Tuart HillTuart HillNorth of river122.66Caltex Woolworths GreenwoodGreenwoodNorth of river123.37Puma NeerabupNeerabupNorth of river123.48Gull North PerthNorth PerthNorth of river123.49Better Choice RoleystoneRoleystoneEast/Hills123.410United Mount LawleyMount LawleyNorth of river123.6
10,000 Wanneroo households join Your Move3207Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements960html6/07/2015 7:40:07 AM2015-07-05T16:00:00ZMore than 10,000 households sign up early for Your Move WannerooProgram aims to increase physical activity and reduce congestion Residents in the City of Wanneroo have jumped on board the Your Move Wanneroo initiative, with the program hitting its target of 10,250 households ahead of schedule. Acting Transport Minister Bill Marmion said such a positive response boded well for the outcomes of the six-month personalised coaching program, for residents and the community. "The enthusiasm with which the program has been adopted by residents in Wanneroo is really positive. It's a helping hand for residents to be more active and connected in their community," Mr Marmion said. "The program provides information on how to leave the car behind and use other transport options in the Wanneroo area like taking the train from Butler Station, catching a bus or using the shared paths for cycling or walking - it's about making simple lifestyle changes that can also help improve traffic flow in the local area." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said Your Move Wanneroo would encourage positive change in local residents of all ages and abilities. "The program provides participants with personalised information on how to be more active, whether it's a gentle walk or something more challenging," Ms Davies said. "Getting out and about, becoming involved with local sporting clubs or enjoying recreational activities like walking or riding are not a luxury, it's one of the most cost-effective investments any government can make in achieving a stronger, healthier, happier and safer community." In coming weeks, these households will start to receive their personalised calls from qualified Your Move coaches to inspire them to get moving towards their goals. Your Move Wanneroo is funded by the departments of Transport and Sport and Recreation and supported by the City of Wanneroo and RAC. It is delivered with help from the Public Transport Authority, HBF, North Metropolitan Public Health Service, Heart Foundation, Nature Play WA and Diabetes WA. Fact FileAbout 250 information kits are still available for householdsAlmost two-thirds of participants said they wanted to be healthier and stronger Your Move was delivered in the City of Cockburn last yearFor more information, visit http// Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Indigenous artists awarded867859Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2740html3/07/2015 12:13:16 PM2015-07-03T11:30:00ZWinners of one of the richest indigenous arts prizes in Australia announcedExhibition includes works by six WA artists and eight national artistsVisitors can vote for their favourite in the People's Choice Award Free artist talks on Saturday, July 4, 10.30am-3.30pm Indigenous artists Megan Cope (Melbourne) and Eunice Yunurupa Porter (Warakurna, Goldfields-Esperance region) have taken out top honours at the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards. Megan won the overall prize of $50,000 for her video titled, The Blaktism. Eunice will receive $10,000 for her body of work including Mission times truck as the winner of the WA Artist Award. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day congratulated Megan and Eunice and all the artists who participated in the program. "The awards and exhibition recognise and celebrate the significance of indigenous art and what it brings to our culture," Mr Day said. "This year 118 nominations were received with 14 finalists ultimately chosen to participate. This is testament to both the ongoing commitment made by indigenous artists to their practices and to the strength and vitality of indigenous art in Australia. "In their own right, each work tells a very unique and powerful story. Together, the finalists create a very insightful, vibrant and original exhibition and I encourage everyone to take the time to visit the Art Gallery of WA to see it." Feedback from the panel of national judges claimed Megan's work was sophisticated and complex, and highlighted social and political themes in a pop culture narrative. Likewise, the judges thought Eunice's work was a unique and contemporary way of documenting her community's history. The Minister said the Western Australian award was hotly contested this year with six of the 14 finalists from the State - representing some of the most revered local artists practising today. A $5,000 People's Choice Award will also be awarded to the most popular artist, as voted by exhibition visitors. Fact FileExhibition opens July 4 and is on display until October 12, 2015People's Choice Award will be announced October 1, 2015For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
GovHack growing WA’s innovation reputation867858Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4900html3/07/2015 12:04:49 PM2015-07-03T10:35:00ZRecord $35,000 prize pool attracts top local hackers130 Perth participants to build on winning tradition GovHack Perth 2015 will pitch 130 Western Australian data hackers against teams from the Eastern States and New Zealand, as the State grows its information and communication technology (ICT) sector. Launching GovHack Perth in the city's Spacecubed centre, Finance Minister Bill Marmion said it was an exciting example of what could be achieved through community and government collaboration. "This 46-hour event brings together WA's best and brightest, working with open government data to innovate and celebrate our State's technical and creative capacity," Mr Marmion said. "Timed to coincide with 20 similar events across Australia and New Zealand, GovHack pushes Perth's potential as a technology city and the enormous talent we have on the west coast." After small beginnings in 2009, the annual GovHack events are now dovetailing with the trans-Tasman open data movement, which promises major economic and social spinoffs. Lands Minister Terry Redman said the community and commercial potential of GovHack was exemplified by Perth's Team Sarbii winning the 2014 national Best Business Hack prize. "Using Landgate and Department of Mines and Petroleum information, Sarbii not only provided a dynamic search and rescue management tool, it also yielded a mobile app allowing people to 'check in' their journeys," Mr Redman said. "This has led to a commercial tracking product which is about to be released on to the market." In 2015, a WA Government agency will support the GovHack national awards for the first time. "It is pleasing to see the Department of Aboriginal Affairs introducing national prizes for hackers using data to address Aboriginal economic and cultural issues," Mr Marmion said. Fact FileRun by volunteers, the non-profit GovHack Perth has been held WA since 20132015 sponsors include the departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Culture and the Arts; Landgate; Main Roads WA; Synergy; Regional Development Australia; RAC; Cisco; Pawsey Supercomputing Centre; Curtin University; Community and Public Sector Union; Spacecubed; Knowledge Society; GovHack National; Women in Technology Western Australia; NGISIn 2014, 10 WA teams won national prizes and honourable mentions in the taxation data, business, open data and people's choice categoriesWA teams will vie for a national prize pool of more than $100,000For more information, visit http// or http// Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Open Data Policy delivers new WA opportunities867856Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11410html3/07/2015 11:07:08 AM2015-07-03T10:30:00ZAgencies to move towards data opennessOpen by default policy to encourage innovators and entrepreneursGovernment datasets to support development of new products and services The release of Western Australia's first whole of government Open Data Policy is a key reform that promises to drive innovation and to support WA's growing information and communications technology sector. Announcing the policy today, Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett, Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Lands Minister Terry Redman said it would improve the management and use of public sector data to deliver better value and benefits for all West Australians. "WA has a proud history of competing internationally by building on our resources," the Premier said. "To help maintain this competitive edge, the State Government is supporting innovation and technological development. "I am confident that WA entrepreneurs will use these datasets to create new products, services and business opportunities, and we welcome public input about data access priorities." Mr Marmion said the information collected by agencies could deliver positive community and business outcomes. "There are already good examples of the benefits of using WA data, including the development of a new tracking device that had its origins in Landgate and Department of Mines and Petroleum information," he said. "The Open Data Policy will also allow agencies to work better together and reduce duplication." Mr Redman said the policy would result in the release of appropriate and high-value data to the public in easily discoverable and usable ways. "This policy will facilitate the release of more government data and improve consistency in how data is released across the sector," he said. Fact FileThe policy was formally launched at GovHack 2015, a government-supported open data event to create new apps that add value to government dataLandgate will implement the policy in consultation with other agenciesThe Open Data Policy applies to all Public Sector Management Act 1994 agencies, plus agencies such as government enterprises, universities, local government, courts and tribunals, and government consultants, contractors and grant recipientsFor more information, visit http// Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Water recycling scheme a boost for Denmark867854Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3590html3/07/2015 8:33:04 AM2015-07-03T08:30:00Z​Denmark to receive $15 million water recycling scheme Scheme will reduce Denmark's reliance on surface and groundwater The State Government today announced Denmark will soon have a $15 million water recycling scheme to irrigate the local golf course and a new tree farm, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Denmark water recycling scheme would recycle treated wastewater from the Water Corporation's Denmark Wastewater Treatment Plant through a new pipeline for use in irrigation. "Using recycled water to irrigate the Denmark golf course and a new tree farm will reduce the town's reliance on surface and groundwater, which is especially important considering low rainfall levels in recent years," Ms Davies said. "The Denmark tree farm will provide a sustainable enterprise for the region and it is anticipated there will be opportunities for other users in Denmark in the future." Mr Redman said the recycling scheme would deliver a wide range of economic and environmental benefits for the people of Denmark and the Great Southern region. "The Denmark golf course is a significant focal point for sporting and social activity in the region and this scheme will provide a climate resilient, secure water resource for this well-used facility," he said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions continuing to support a better quality of life in regional WA enabling regions to grow and contribute to strong economies." Ms Davies and Mr Redman both thanked the Denmark community for their valuable input, which had helped bring the water recycling scheme into reality. Subject to approvals, the recycling scheme is expected to be operational by the first half of 2018. Fact FileWater Corporation's goal is to recycle 30% of wastewater by 2030 and 60% by 206011 golf courses and 9 tree farms around WA are already irrigated by recycled waterDenmark experienced its second driest winter on record in 2014. The Water Corporation is currently working on options to secure Denmark's future water supplyFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 5500
Upgrade to improve water quality in Wiluna1504Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2170html3/07/2015 7:11:44 AM2015-07-03T07:00:00Z​$1.7 million upgrade to Wiluna's water treatment plant Upgrade will improve water quality and cater for future growth The State Government will begin work on a $1.7 million upgrade to Wiluna's water treatment plant at the end of July. While visiting Wiluna yesterday, Water Minister Mia Davies said the upgrade would improve water quality in Wiluna and cater for future growth. "The Water Corporation's upgrade will enable the water treatment plant to process around 265,000 litres of water each day, which will cater for growth and ensure water supply needs can be met during peak demand periods," Ms Davies said. "The increased treatment capacity will allow all three of the 47,000 litre tanks at the plant to be used, increasing the town's water storage capacity." The Water Corporation will also install a new Electro Dialysis Reversal (EDR) plant to reduce high nitrate levels that naturally occur in the groundwater used to supply Wiluna. "The upgrade will mean the Water Corporation will no longer need to supply bottled water for nursing mothers and bottle-fed infants, which is currently the case," the Minister said. The specialised EDR plant would be constructed and assembled in Perth and then transported to Wiluna. "Once it has completed its almost 1,000 kilometre road trip, the Water Corporation will install it at the existing plant in Wiluna," Ms Davies said. Work will start at the end of July 2015 and take around four months to complete. Fact FileWater Corporation provides water to 139 properties in WilunaWiluna's water is sourced from groundwater - from three artesian bores at the water treatment plant siteFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Emergency phone to improve safety at black spot867849Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3980html3/07/2015 4:19:29 AM2015-07-03T04:05:00Z​$13,530 grant to provide for new emergency phone at Salmon Holes beach12 people have died while rock fishing at Salmon Holes in the past three decades An emergency telephone will be installed at a dangerous rock fishing spot near Albany. Multiple people have died after slipping or being washed off the rocks at Salmon Holes and the phone will benefit the many local residents and tourists who use the fishing spot regularly. The emergency phone will be funded by a $13,530 grant from the State Government's Gaming Community Trust. Grant recipient Recfishwest will work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to determine a suitable installation site for the phone and arrangements for any ongoing maintenance. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the phone was needed to counter poor mobile phone reception at Salmon Holes. Funding for the phone comes on the back of a separate State and Federal government commitment to upgrade mobile coverage in the area. "The installation of the phone has been highlighted as essential for people to contact emergency services more quickly, in the event of an accident," Mr Holt said. "Fast communication with emergency services can sometimes be the difference between life and death." Accident data shows some of the incidents at Salmon Holes have involved local residents, who often have considerable experience of the coastline. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the emergency telephone would be an important addition to a range of other strategies already in place at the site. "Should there be an incident, the emergency telephone will greatly improve emergency response capabilities and also serve as a warning that fishing from the rocks in this location is dangerous," Mr Jacob said. "The Southern Ocean can be unpredictable and dangerous and it is strongly recommended people fish from sandy beaches where possible." Fact FileMoney from the Gaming Community Trust is derived from unclaimed winnings in Western Australia as well as gaming operations at Crown CasinoThe Gaming Community Trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100
Lotterywest record $283 million for WA community8431Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6040html3/07/2015 4:10:15 AM2015-07-03T04:00:00Z​Lotterywest has achieved record sales of $826 million* in 2014-15$283 million has been raised for the Western Australian community$463 million was allocated in winnings Lotterywest has broken records to achieve $826 million* in sales in the 2014-15 financial year, raising $283 million to support the Western Australia community. Premier Colin Barnett said Lotterywest direct grants totalling $131 million were given to 949 community and charitable organisations, while a further $152 million of statutory grants went to hospitals ($122 million), the arts ($15 million) and sport and recreational groups ($15 million). "The grants ranged from $1,000 to $4 million, including a grant of $3.2 million to Nulsen towards the establishment of new corporate offices," Mr Barnett said. "The Nulsen grant is just one example of how money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games supports organisations working to improve the lives of West Australians. "Nulsen provides valuable services for people with disability in our State. The number of people they support has doubled in the past decade. This grant will help Nulsen expand their services and provide improved accommodation, employment and recreation services for people with disabilities." The Premier said over the 2014-15 financial year, $463 million was allocated in prize money and 85 WA players experienced the thrill of winning Division One. Mr Barnett said over the past year Lotterywest had focused on key business initiatives to continue its successful lottery operation. "West Australians now have more choice in how they play Lotterywest games across multiple channels including in-store, online and mobile, with the recent launch of the Lotterywest App. Soon all Lotterywest outlets will also be redesigned to incorporate modern technology and further improve the player experience," he said. The Premier thanked the Lotterywest board and staff for their work over the past year and acknowledged the efforts of the Lotterywest retail network. "I'd like to express my appreciation to the more than 500 small business operators who, through their hard work selling Lotterywest games are at the forefront of raising vital funds for the community," the Premier said. From every dollar West Australians spend on Lotterywest games each week, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community. Fact FileWA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities that work to enhance the quality of life for all West AustraliansThe Lotteries Commission Act outlines eligibility for Lotterywest grants and specifies ScreenWest and the Perth International Arts Festival as beneficiaries who receive an allocation of Lotterywest funding each year linked to a percentage of salesThe Act also specifies a percentage of Lotterywest sales revenue each year which is directed to the departments of Health, Culture and the Arts, and Sport and RecreationNot-for-profit organisations and local government authorities can apply for a Lotterywest 'direct grant' towards a charitable or benevolent purposeFor a full list of grants recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier, visit http//*Preliminary figure until audited Premier's office - 6552 5000
Grants available for Seniors Week events8429Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5140html3/07/2015 3:21:03 AM2015-07-03T03:15:00ZApplications now open for Seniors Week 2015 Community Grants ProgramSeniors Week 2015 runs from November 8 to 15 Community organisations and local governments are being encouraged to apply for State Government grants to run activities and events during Seniors Week 2015. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said grants of up to $3,000 were available to help celebrate older West Australians and their contribution to the State. "The Seniors Week 2015 Community Grants Program, funded by the WA Government through the Department of Local Government and Communities, will allow regional and metropolitan communities to get involved in celebrating and acknowledging our seniors," Mr Simpson said. "The grants program is also about encouraging older people to stay connected to their communities and to live healthy and active lives. With seniors a rapidly growing population in WA, this more than ever is a focus of the State Government." The Minister said engaging with the community through activities played an important role in the lives of older people as they aged. Seniors Week offers great opportunities for older people to get out, get active, find a new interest and make new friends. Seniors Week 2015 will be held from November 8 to 15, with events and activities set to take place throughout Western Australia. The $50,000 grants program is administered by the Council on the Ageing WA. To qualify for funding, events should meet at least one of the following criteriarecognise and thank seniors for their contribution to the communitypromote intergenerational activities linking seniors to the community facilitate artistic, cultural and celebratory expression within the communityengage seniors in a variety of activities and initiatives that encourage active ageing. Mr Simpson also encouraged nominations for the WA Seniors Awards, which acknowledge remarkable seniors and those who work to improve the lives of older West Australians. The WA Seniors Awards will be held on October 1, 2015. Fact FileGrant applications and award nominations are available at http// Seniors comprise 18 per cent of Western Australia's populationThe WA Government provides funding of more than $567,000 annually, through the Department of Local Government and Communities, to organisations and services involved with seniors Minister's office - 6552 6600
Thousands more fire hydrants for WA regions8427Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2720html3/07/2015 12:01:22 AM2015-07-02T22:00:00Z$12.5 million over five years for new hydrants in high bushfire risk areasAbout 2,900 hydrants to be installed across Western AustraliaProject to install 440 hydrants in high bushfire risk areas around Perth completed The State Government is spending $12.5 million to install almost 3,000 new fire hydrants in high bushfire risk areas across Western Australia. Water Minister Mia Davies said the money was allocated in the 2015-16 State Budget as part of the Water Corporation's capital budget. "Following a review of the 70,000 fire hydrants across the State, the Water Corporation and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) found gaps in the network and identified that additional fire hydrants were needed," Ms Davies said. "The first stage involved 440 hydrants being installed over the past few months with high fire risk areas given priority, mostly in the Perth hills. "I'm pleased to announce today that this program has finished a few months ahead of schedule, with new hydrants in place in Chidlow, Darlington, Glen Forrest, Hovea, Mahogany Creek, Mundaring, Roleystone, Parkerville, Sawyers Valley, Stoneville and Pinjarra. "The next stage of the program will see an additional 330 fire hydrants installed in high bushfire risk areas in Augusta, Bakers Hill, Bridgetown, Collie, Dunsborough, Manjimup, Mount Barker, Margaret River, Narrogin, Northam and York, with the next bundle of Perth metropolitan hydrants also starting." The program will be delivered in bundles of up to 400 hydrants across the State over the next four years. The Water Corporation has been consulting with local government authorities, Main Roads WA and DFES to determine the specific locations for the new fire hydrants. The Minister said that while Water Corporation would do all it could to maintain scheme water supply during a bushfire, damaged infrastructure or a cut to power may result in a total loss of water. "I remind people living in high bushfire risk areas that they should still have an independent water supply if they choose to stay and actively defend their home," Ms Davies said. Fact FileFollowing the 2011 Perth Hills Bushfire Inquiry, the Water Corporation became responsible for the installation and maintenance of fire hydrants across WANew hydrants will ensure the fire hydrant system meets Water Corporation and DFES standardsPeople in high bushfire risk areas should still plan to have an independent water supply if they plan to stay and defend their home in the event of a fireFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Minister congratulates new WALGA president867833Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10160html2/07/2015 8:07:30 AM2015-07-02T08:00:00Z​First woman elected as President of WA Local Government Association Local Government Minister Tony Simpson today congratulated Lynne Craigie on being elected President of the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). Cr Craigie replaces Troy Pickard who filled the role over the previous five years. "On the back of the Filling the Pool report by the Committee for Perth, and their report on Gender Participation and Representativeness of Local Government in Metropolitan Perth, it is great to see a woman take the helm of the peak body representing local government in Western Australia for the first time," Mr Simpson said. "Cr Craigie has a terrific track record as president and councillor of the Shire of East Pilbara, among a number of other prominent roles advocating for her community. "I have enjoyed the working relationship I have had with Cr Craigie and I am looking forward to working with her in her new role leading WALGA. "I would like to think Cr Craigie's elevation to president of WALGA, and her outstanding reputation in local government for more than a decade, may inspire other women to consider running for local government at the elections in October." The Minister paid tribute to outgoing president, City of Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, who has taken up the role of President of the Australian Local Government Association. "Mayor Pickard has led the association during a time in which many improvements have occurred in governance and accountability within local governments," Mr Simpson said. "He has been a strong advocate of the local government sector in Western Australia, and I am confident he will use those advocacy skills to represent the local government sector nationally." Fact FileCr Craigie has been President of the Shire of East Pilbara for 10 years and councillor since 2003Cr Craigie is chairperson of the Pilbara Regional Council, Newman Women's Shelter, Newman Visitor Centre and Newman Senior High School board Minister's office - 6552 6600
Doors open to new Three Springs police station867831Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1890html2/07/2015 6:38:45 AM2015-07-02T06:30:00Z​Three Springs police move into newly refurbished and modernised buildingState Government invested $2.2m in the projectLocal Mid-West builder won the contract for the refurbishment The State Government officially opened the doors to the new Three Springs police station, providing officers with a larger and more functional building. Police Minister Liza Harvey welcomed Three Springs officers to their new building during a visit to the Mid-West region today. "This Government is dedicated to giving police the resources they need to make our communities safer and this new Three Springs station is testament to that," Mrs Harvey said. The Minister said the new station would provide centralised lockup and court facilities for the combined sub districts and smaller stations including Morawa, Mingenew, Carnamah and Perenjori. "Regional policing has its own unique challenges and projects like the Three Springs refurbishment ensure police are best equipped to deal with them," she said. Officers will now work out of the former Department of Agriculture and Food building that underwent a $2.2 million fit out to accommodate police. Mrs Harvey said some of the new features included two holding cells, a modern CCTV system, a secure charge desk and holding dock area, and the former conference room had been converted into a court room. "The refurbishment means WA Police can house up to 10 officers plus a customer service employee in Three Springs, providing for future growth in the town and district," she said. "The Liberal National Government is committed to making communities safer through tough laws and providing police with the resources they need to combat crime and antisocial behaviour." Fact File$2.2m to refurbish a larger building to accommodate up to 10 officers plus a customer service workerThree Springs currently has five WA Police officersA local Mid-West builder (Coral Coast Homes and Construction) was awarded the contract to complete construction works Minister's office - 6552 5900