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Joint media statement - Disaster assistance for flood affected communities in Western Australia37774Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10840html15/02/2017 9:00:19 AM2017-02-15T08:00:00Z ​ Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced disaster assistance in response to flooding that affected Western Australia in January and February 2017. Minister Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). "The Australian and Western Australian governments recognise the need for effective action to help communities recover from the impacts of the recent rainfall and flooding," Mr Keenan said. "We are saddened by the news that two men died in relation to the floods. Our thoughts are with their loved ones at this time." Premier Barnett said there has been extensive flooding across much of the State since January and continuing into February. "This assistance we are announcing today will provide individuals, families and communities with a much needed helping hand," Mr Barnett said. Assistance available under the NDRRA may include personal hardship and distress assistance for families and individuals to help with emergency needs such as food, clothing and accommodation personal and financial counselling financial assistance for local and state government authorities to undertake counter-disaster operations and to restore damaged public infrastructure interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers who have been directly impacted, and freight subsidies for primary producers. Seven Regional Development Australia Regions (regions) consisting of 88 local government areas (LGAs) will receive NDRRA assistance as part of this announcement. The Australian and Western Australian governments will continue to work together to ensure that communities have access to the assistance they need. Information on disaster assistance available for this natural disaster can be found on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at www.disasterassist.gov.au and the Western Australian Office of Emergency Management website at www.oem.wa.gov.au. Premier's office - 6552 5000 Local Government areas receiving NDRRA assistance SwanNarembeenJerramungupAshburtonNorthamptonKalgoorlie-BoulderBroomeNungarinKatanningBruce RockPerenjoriKentCarnamahPort HedlandKojonupChapman ValleyQuairadingKondininCoorowSandstoneKulinCueTamminLake GraceCunderdinThree SpringsLavertonDalwallinuTrayningLeonoraDandaraganVictoria PlainsMenziesDerby-West KimberleyWestoniaNarroginDowerinWilunaNgaanyatjarrakuEast PilbaraWongan-BalliduPingellyGoomallingWyalkatchemPlantagenetGreater GeraldtonWyndham East KimberleyRavensthorpeHalls CreekYalgooWaginIrwinYilgarnWanderingKarrathaAlbanyWest ArthurKellerberrinBrooktonWickepinKoordaBroomehill-TambellupWilliamsMeekatharraCoolgardieWoodanillingMerredinCorriginBeverleyMingenewCranbrookChitteringMooraCuballingGinginMorawaDenmarkNorthamMount MagnetDumbleyungToodyayMount MarshallDundasYorkMukinbudinEsperance MurchisonGnowangerup
WA’s top Aboriginal public school students for 201637757Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10460html13/02/2017 6:20:50 AM2017-02-13T06:20:00Z Rob Riley Memorial Prizes awarded to students from Comet Bay College and Perth Modern School Winners receive $5,000 towards further education and training The two top Aboriginal public school Year 12 students for 2016 have been named Rob Riley Memorial Prize winners at a ceremony today. Education and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier announced Perth Modern School graduate Patrick Olofsson as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) prize winner, and Comet Bay College graduate Elli Swinson as winner of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) prize. "Both students have big plans for the future and I am delighted to reward the hard work that sees them on the path to achieving their goals," Mr Collier said. "Elli has always had an interest in aeroplanes and aviation and she used her certificate course in aviation studies to get closer to her dream of jet-setting around the world. "She plans to put her academic achievements and flight simulation experiences to good use as she pursues a career as a flight attendant. "Elli is a determined student who achieved not only her WACE and a Certificate III in Aviation (flight operations), but also a Certificate II in Community Services and a Certificate II in Retail Services." From aeroplanes to aerodynamics and beyond, the Minister said that Patrick Olofsson from Perth Modern School would use his outstanding ATAR to fulfil a love of astrophysics. "Patrick received an exceptional ATAR of 96.6 and will study a Bachelor of Science majoring in astrophysics at Curtin University this year," Mr Collier said. "He excelled in physics, as well as chemistry, English, food science and technology, and specialist mathematics." Fact File Rob Riley was an Aboriginal leader who made outstanding contributions in social justice, Aboriginal human rights and reconciliation The Rob Riley Memorial Prizes are awarded each year to the leading Aboriginal Year 12 WACE student and the leading Aboriginal VET student in public school Minister's office - 6552 6300
Premier requests writs for 40th State election75262Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20100html1/02/2017 6:05:38 AM2017-02-01T06:00:00Za ​Premier will direct public service to invoke caretaker mode Premier Colin Barnett and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey have visited Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, to advise her to issue the writs for the forthcoming State election. "This afternoon, I visited the Governor to advise her to issue the writs directing the Electoral Commissioner to proceed with elections in all 59 Legislative Assembly districts and six Legislative Council regions on Saturday, March 11," Mr Barnett said. "I will also direct the acting director general of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to formally implement the Caretaker Conventions across the public sector to coincide with the issuing of the writs." The Premier said the caretaker period ensured that decisions were not taken that would bind an incoming Government or limit its freedom of action, and would apply until the election result was known. Fact File General State elections are held on the second Saturday in March every four years Premier's office - 6552 5000
Assistance for Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku75249Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7460html1/02/2017 6:30:27 AM2017-02-01T05:55:00Za ​Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku undertaking remedial action The Liberal National Government is working with the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku to overcome significant and ongoing compliance issues with the appointment of a qualified adviser. Local Government Minister Paul Miles said this was the first time that any Minister had used the compliance activity pathway and the council had agreed to comply with his remedial action plan. Hence, Governor's Orders and the appointment of a Commissioner would not be required. "I understand the remoteness of the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku creates significant challenges with meeting compliance requirements and that it has ongoing problems attracting and retaining suitably qualified and competitive employees," he said. Mr Miles said the Department of Local Government and Communities was working to help the council meet the administrative requirements of the Local Government Act 1995, and together have appointed John Thurtell as an adviser to assist council to address these matters. Mr Thurtell will report to the Minister and the department. "Mr Thurtell has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities, including in this region, and will bring sound cultural knowledge to the role. He will work closely with the department and the Shire to put in place an appropriate administration structure, and develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Local Government Act," he said. "The council has also committed to undertake further governance training to ensure they meet their obligations to ratepayers. The Liberal National Government is committed to protecting the interests of ratepayers and residents of all communities, however small or remote." "I am confident that the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku will emerge a stronger local government as a result of this action," Mr Miles said. The Shire has welcomed the constructive and supportive approach taken by Mr Miles to address the timeliness of its statutory reporting and other administrative requirements. Fact File A Show Cause Notice was issued on January 6 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1995, requiring the council to undertake remedial action to address compliance issues The Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku is located in the Gibson and Great Victoria deserts and is home to about 1,500 residents in 10 Aboriginal communities over 159,948 square kilometres near the WA, NT and SA borders Until 1993, the Shire was part of the Shire of Wiluna and now has its administrative centre in Warburton Minister's office - 6552 6600
Minister acts on Carnarvon concerns75255Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13150html1/02/2017 5:59:04 AM2017-02-01T05:50:00Za ​Shire of Carnarvon to undertake governance review Independent auditors have been appointed to undertake a review of governance and accountability at the Shire of Carnarvon, Local Government Minister Paul Miles announced today. Mr Miles said he had taken the action following ongoing concerns by Carnarvon residents since 2012 about the Shire's Fascine Revitalisation Project and other local issues, including a recent petition from more than 200 residents. "The Department of Local Government and Communities has been liaising closely with the Shire of Carnarvon's chief executive officer to address a number of issues at the council," he said. "Given the frustration of Carnarvon residents with the current situation, I have acted to ensure that the Shire clearly and openly sets out how the community's concerns will be addressed." The Australian Institute of Company Directors has been engaged to conduct the review, which will assist the council in addressing any areas requiring attention. The review will focus on probity, transparency and consolidation of procedures and processes. Councillors have also agreed to attend training in early March on effective community leadership, to be funded through the Liberal National Government's $240,000 commitment to elected member training through the Country Local Government Fund. "I am committed to protecting the interests of ratepayers throughout Western Australia and ensuring that residents, businesses and the community of Carnarvon can have confidence in their council," the Minister said. Fact File Following an investigation into the Shire of Carnarvon in 2014, the Department of Local Government and Communities concluded there were examples of poor procurement practice However, no misconduct was established that could lead to prosecution The department will continue to closely monitor the Shire of Carnarvon Minister's office - 6552 6600
Seven new projects benefit regional aged care75264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8020html1/02/2017 5:19:56 AM2017-02-01T05:00:00Za ​$7 million to improve access to aged and dementia care Grants across the Great Southern, Goldfields, Wheatbelt and Mid-West regions Funded through the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions A $7 million grant program will help seven care organisations provide more accommodation for older regional residents, assisting them to remain independent and continue as active community members. Health Minister John Day said the grants were part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions. "Evidence from around the world shows that local communities and individuals alike benefit when we keep older people well, functioning independently, and living in their homes and towns," Mr Day said. "That means improving local facilities and the quality of dementia care. With the right services and infrastructure, people feel supported, safe and secure. This is fundamental to the Liberal National Government's strategy to bring care closer to home." The new grants are in addition to $13 million worth of aged and dementia care grants, announced by the Liberal National Government in November 2016, which were also funded as part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative. In applying for the one-off grants, eligible organisations had to demonstrate how they could enable ageing people to stay in their communities. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said supporting the provision of suitable aged care services was essential to building a better quality of life in regional communities. "The innovative projects being delivered through these grants will provide a higher level of security for senior members of our regional communities, as their needs change," Mr Redman said. "This is another example of Royalties for Regions investing in community-based projects to contribute towards the sustainability and liveability of regional WA." Most of the projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2018. Fact File The WA Country Health Service supports the concept of ageing in place, which makes it easier for older people to stay socially and physically connected with their community The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care For more information, visit http//www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https//rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Building Capacity to Support Ageing in the Community Projects Dementia Friendly Communities in Regional WA Funding of $737,092 will raise awareness and understanding of dementia using roadshows, which aim to reduce stigma and increase timely support. A pilot program will create a 'whole of town' approach to dementia in two towns in regional WA. Pioneer Lodge Accommodation and Extension, Northampton Funding of $30,460 will support the creation of eight self-contained independent living units for aged people, with communal gardens, security fencing and carports. Mullewa Age Appropriate Accommodation, Mullewa Funding of $1,579,600 will create a minimum of four specifically designed aged-care dwellings for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, in close proximity to commercial, community, recreation and health services. The dwellings will allow people to live independently and to access support services as they age. Age Appropriate Accommodation, Leonora Funding of $1,210,000 will support the creation of an independent living village with 16 units for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, a common community space and a multi-use meeting room. The design will help residents feel a sense of belonging in a safe and secure environment. Ramps Reinstatement Project, Broomehill-Tambellup Funding of $27,500 will improve ramps in the main business area to allow maximum convenience, increased access and uninterrupted flow of movement for older people with mobility issues. Age Appropriate Accommodation, Dongara Funding of $2,419,000 will allow for the design and construction of six independent living units, designed to allow local people to age in their local community, incorporating the principles of dementia-enabling design, promoting independence and easy access to local services. Great Southern Community Care Program, Great Southern region Funding of $1 million for the construction of a community care centre to support a hub and spoke community service program for regional communities.
Building set to begin at hospitals75252Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7880html1/02/2017 4:32:45 AM2017-02-01T04:30:00Za ​Devlyn Constructions and Firm Constructions win tenders for four hospitals Upgrades part of $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Upgrades to the Boddington, Goomalling, Kununoppin and Wyalkatchem-Koorda health services are progressing, with building contracts awarded for all sites. Health Minister John Day said Devlyn Constructions would carry out the refurbishments at Boddington and Goomalling, while Firm Constructions had won the contracts for Kununoppin and Wyalkatchem-Koorda. "The upgrades are due for completion by the end of the year and will be undertaken in stages to minimise disruption to patients and staff," he said. "These are important improvements and are part of the Liberal National Government's ongoing commitment to delivering quality health care as close to home as possible." Wyalkatchem-Koorda Health Service will receive a redeveloped emergency department and a new consultation room, an improved waiting area with secure reception area, a new activity room for day therapy, an enlarged activity room for aged care residents and a refurbished kitchen. Goomalling Health Service will receive a major refurbishment and extension to the emergency department including a resuscitation bay, treatment bay, dedicated triage room, waiting room and a utilities and storage area. There will also be a new telehealth-enabled consultation room and a kitchen redevelopment. Kununoppin Health Service upgrades will include an updated emergency department and pathology area, a new triage room, improvements to the GP consultation area, upgraded fully assisted bathrooms and ensuites for inpatients, a new patient laundry and a refurbished kitchen. Boddington Health Service upgrades will include a new dedicated room for triage, an upgraded main entrance and refurbished waiting area, relocation of the staff reception area and a redeveloped and upgraded kitchen. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative was committed to narrowing the divide between regional and metropolitan health services. "The refurbished health facilities will make a significant contribution to the improvement and efficiency of health services in these communities," he said. "They will support contemporary models of care and strengthen the medical workforce to ensure health services remain sustainable in the Wheatbelt." Fact File About $16 million has been allocated to upgrade five hospitals under the third phase of the Southern Inland Health Initiative's small hospitals and nursing post refurbishment program at Boddington, Goomalling, Kununoppin, Wyalkatchem-Koorda and Quairading For more information, visit http//www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland For details on Royalties for Regions, see https//rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New Cunderdin Health Centre design revealed75258Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5430html1/02/2017 4:09:53 AM2017-02-01T04:00:00Za ​New health centre to replace Cunderdin hospital Convenient location to benefit older people and those with disability Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Final plans for the new Cunderdin Health Centre have been revealed, promising a new era for local health care. Health Minister John Day said the new centre was being built as part of the Liberal National Government's $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI), made possible by Royalties for Regions. "The centre will focus on promoting good health, the prevention of illness and the management of chronic disease, so people can stay well and minimise their time in hospital," he said. "In addition to improved primary and community care facilities, it will continue the provision of round-the-clock emergency care from an upgraded emergency department." The new emergency department will include state-of-the-art equipment, with Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS) access, outpatient facilities equipped with videoconferencing, multi-purpose consultation and treatment rooms, and group therapy rooms. The local general practice will also be located within the health centre. "I congratulate Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, who have designed a light-filled health building which promises a positive experience for patients and staff," Mr Day said. "The centre's shape and materials reflect its surroundings and will complement the natural environment." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new health facility would enhance patient outcomes. "Royalties for Regions is investing in strategic health initiatives to ensure regional patients can receive timely and effective care, closer to home," Mr Redman said. "The provision of quality, modern care is essential to the long-term sustainability of our regional communities." Staff and community members were involved in the design, with the local Cunderdin Project User Group reviewing plans and providing feedback. "The centre will be located alongside new housing being built to benefit older people and those with disability," Mr Redman said. "These residents will benefit from close proximity to medical care, hopefully helping more people live locally for longer as they age." Construction of the Cunderdin Health Centre is due to start in mid-2017 and is scheduled for completion by September 2018. Fact File SIHI's $300 million capital works program is the biggest undertaken by the WA Country Health Service, with new builds and upgrades to 37 hospitals and health services in the Wheatbelt, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West - http//www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland It includes about $34 million to redevelop four small hospitals in Cunderdin, Pingelly, Mullewa and Dongara Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https//rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
More community facilities for Whiteman Park75257Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6750html1/02/2017 3:56:10 AM2017-02-01T03:45:00Za ​Five-year strategic plan for Whiteman Park has been finalised Plan to guide the park's ongoing use as a major community and tourist centre Planning for new community facilities to benefit visitors Planning and Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher today released the final Whiteman Park Strategic Plan 2017-2021 to guide the ongoing use and enjoyment of the park into the future. "Whiteman Park is one of the State's leading tourist attractions with more than one million visitors each year and it is important that we have a plan for the park's future that focuses on its best attributes - community access, the environment and heritage," Mrs Faragher said. "A number of new community facilities will enhance the visitor experience at the park. $100,000 will be made available for detailed planning of a new recreation facility that will be available to youth in the area. The facility is likely to be located on Lord Street near the main entry. "Accessibility of the park for the wider community is also to be enhanced, with funding to allow detailed planning for a new Changing Places bathroom facility, and an all abilities playground near Mussel Pool, to be delivered by the State Government in partnership with the Pia's Place project and the Touched by Olivia Foundation." The Minister said that the park could accommodate more visitor services and attractions that aligned with the strategic plan, and an expression of interest would soon be open to businesses. The strategic plan outlines four key objectives for Whiteman Park provide interconnected meeting places for communities to meet, recreate in and enjoy provide improved community access to the park's activities create a destination of significance for local and international visitors conserve the environment and Whiteman Park's heritage for future generations. The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board is undertaking detailed site investigations to look at the feasibility of developing a parkland cemetery on Marshall Road. Fact File At 4,000 hectares, Whiteman Park is one of the biggest capital city regional parks in the world and nearly 10 times the size of Kings Park The park won the 2016 Major Tourist Attraction gold medal at the WA Tourism Awards The draft plan was released for public comment in October 2016 and received 17 submissions For more information, visit http//www.planning.wa.gov.au/WhitemanPark Minister's office - 6552 5300
New system to support better care for rural WA75260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11640html1/02/2017 3:30:19 AM2017-02-01T03:30:00Za ​Community health info system rollout across the WA Country Health Service Kimberley rollout begins in May for completion by December 2017 Provides continuity of care for highly mobile clients Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Community health care in rural Western Australia received a major boost today, with the announcement of a $10 million Community Health Information System to better target personal health care. Health Minister John Day said the contract for the new system had been awarded to Telstra Health and would be funded from the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions. "The Community Health Information System will provide an electronic clinical record for patients attending WA Country Health Service's community and primary health centres," he said. "It will help streamline consistent health care across WA, particularly for highly mobile patients and high-risk client groups, and will promote better regional health outcomes." The Community Health Information System will record information about child health and development including vaccinations, public health, chronic disease management and pharmacy information to deliver community-based clinical services. Mr Day said the system would first be introduced in the Kimberley this May before being rolled out to the remaining six WA Country Health Service regions. "The long-term aim is to help close the gap in health outcomes between regional and city residents. An important aspect will be the information system's capacity to monitor clinical and practice reforms and thereby promote continuous improvement," he said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was investing in significant initiatives to support positive health outcomes in regional WA. "The Community Health Information System will be an innovative solution that enhances the delivery of health services in regional WA," Mr Redman said. "Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing the regions and this investment will provide tangible, long-lasting benefits to help build sustainable regional communities." Fact File The $10m Community Health Information System investment is part of the Liberal National Government's $500m Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions and delivered by the WA Country Health Service The system will operate in all country areas of WA Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https//rfrmap.drd.wa.gov.au Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
$8m supports strong sporting culture in WA75248Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7140html1/02/2017 2:32:04 AM2017-02-01T02:30:00Za ​$8 million to support 86 State Sporting Associations and 16 peak bodies A strong club system creates a diverse and vibrant sporting system Sports ranging from fencing to cricket, and parachuting to rugby union, will share in $8.08 million as part of the Liberal National Government's Organisational Sustainability Program. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the funding would help 102 State Sporting Associations and peak bodies run their business and stay sustainable for their members. "Western Australia has a vibrant sporting culture with a diverse range of sports and recreation activities on offer for people of all ages," Ms Davies said. "This funding helps local sport and recreation organisations deliver programs in the community and contributes to making our system, one of the strongest in the sports and recreation world." In this round, funding has gone to 102 associations and peak bodies including Archery WA Boxing WA Gymnastics WA Inclusion WA Netball WA Outdoors WA Parks and Leisure Australia Surfing WA Tennis West WA Basketball Federation WA Council of the Australian Power Boat Association WA Flying Disc Association WA Football Commission WA Ice Skating Association. The Department of Sport and Recreation administers the program and works with each organisation to develop good governance and strong community outcomes. "Our local sporting model allows sport and active recreation organisations to run their own sustainable programs, from building grassroots participation to high performance pathways," the Minister said. Fact File The Liberal National Government has invested $169 million in more than 1,000 sporting facilities since 2008 Minister's office - 6552 5500
New primary school opens in burgeoning Byford75259Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4580html1/02/2017 2:01:46 AM2017-02-01T02:00:00Za ​Woodland Grove Primary School officially opened One of five new public schools officially opening this year One of the first schools under a Public Private Partnership More than 400 students have started their 2017 school year in the brand new Woodland Grove Primary School in south-west Byford. Officially opening the school today, Education Minister Peter Collier said the school featured high-quality facilities and would have a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) focus. "Fostering the curiosity of science, and encouraging nature play, will feature in students' education and recreation," Mr Collier said. "Foundation principal Ashley Mottershead has recruited a number of specialist teachers in music, science and physical education, and the school is resourced with state-of-the-art technologies. "The school's nature playground will provide students with wonderful opportunities for innovative and challenging play to boost their motor skills and creativity." Woodland Grove Primary School is one of five new public schools officially opening this year. Four have been built under a long-term Public Private Partnership arrangement with private consortium EduWest. The school is an Independent Public School with students from kindergarten to Year 6. Fact File Under the WA schools Public Private Partnership, four other schools also opened this week - Alkimos Beach Primary School, Carnaby Rise Primary School (Landsdale), Baldivis Gardens Primary School and Harrisdale Senior High School (Stage 1 of Harrisdale Senior High School was constructed by the Department of Education, with management and maintenance of the school facilities, the responsibility of EduWest for up to 31 years. Stage 2 will be constructed under the Public Private Partnership) The Public Private Partnership is a design, build, finance and maintain model which includes facilities management services for the schools EduWest comprises Macquarie Capital Group, Badge Constructions, Perkins Constructions and Spotless Facility Services In addition, Honeywood Primary School in Wandi is opening to kindergarten and pre-primary, and will officially open to students in Years 1-6 next year Minister's office - 6552 6300
Record number of students on day one of school75263Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8550html1/02/2017 1:32:19 AM2017-02-01T01:30:00Za ​Harrisdale Senior High School one of five new schools opening this year New primary schools in Landsdale, Byford, Alkimos and Baldivis A teacher in front of every classroom on day one More than 450,000 primary and secondary students across Western Australia packed their schoolbags and headed to classrooms today for the start of the 2017 school year. At the official opening of the new Harrisdale Senior High School, Premier Colin Barnett welcomed staff, students and parents. "This $56 million school is state-of-the-art. It has the very best facilities available and the community is rightly, extremely proud," Mr Barnett said. "There are a record number of students this year - more than 450,000 with nearly 300,000 in public schools alone - and there is a teacher in front of every classroom across the State." Education Minister Peter Collier said public schools would benefit from the biggest-ever amount of funding this year - $4.84 billion in 2016-17 and $4.97 billion in 2017-18. "There are nearly 23,000 public school teachers in classrooms and more than 7,500 education assistants supporting students," Mr Collier said. Harrisdale Senior High School includes a cutting edge technology and enterprise area, food technology laboratory, textiles studio, gymnasium, fitness centre and cafe. "Students have access to the latest innovations, including wireless technology throughout the school and a library information resource centre," Mr Collier said. Four new public primary schools are also open for the first time today Alkimos Beach Primary School; Baldivis Gardens Primary School; Carnaby Rise Primary School (Landsdale); and Woodland Grove Primary School (Byford). Fact File $3.1 billion has been invested in public school infrastructure since 2008 A further $1.3 billion has been allocated for new projects over the next four years WA schools are the best resourced of any State in the nation Across the board, WA teachers are the highest paid of any State Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education Minister's office - 6552 6300
Builder chosen for new mental health area75251Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8330html1/02/2017 1:15:43 AM2017-02-01T01:00:00Za Building to commence on 10-bed mental health observation area 10-bed unit to be operational in 2018 The State Government today announced that building company ADCO had been chosen to build a new $7.1 million mental health observation area at Joondalup Health Campus. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the 10-bed mental health observation area would improve care to patients suffering mental ill health by providing a more appropriate environment, away from the busy emergency department. "This state-of-the-art facility, which has been modelled on the country's most successful units, will also take pressure off the hospital's emergency department, which treats close to 100,000 patients annually making it one of the busiest emergency departments in the country," she said. Visiting the hospital today, Ms Mitchell said construction work would commence immediately, with the mental health observation area expected to be operational by mid-2018. "The mental health observation area will be built on the ground level adjacent to the emergency department and will include capacity to expand," she said. "Mental health is one of the greatest issues facing the community. In 2015-16, some 4,454 patients presented at the Joondalup Health Campus emergency department with mental health issues as the primary health diagnosis, with some 30 per cent requiring admission to a mental health unit." Health Minister John Day said these statistics highlighted the need for the purpose-built unit to improve services at Joondalup Health Campus. "It will mean better care for mental health patients and a safer and more comfortable environment for patients as well as the staff treating them," Mr Day said. The mental health observation area will include four bedrooms with glass sliding doors, six patient bays, a patient lounge, a secure outdoor courtyard and a waiting area. The project will be jointly funded with the State Government contributing $5.1 million towards the project and Ramsay Health Care committing a further $2 million. Fact File Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) is an acute care hospital run by Ramsay Health Care under a public private partnership with the State Government It provides an extensive range of public and private inpatient, outpatient and emergency services A comprehensive range of medical, surgical, psychiatric and maternity services are available on the campus More than 800 patients stay for more than 24 hours in the JHC emergency department each year - with nearly half of those waiting for a psychiatric bed in Perth The purpose-built mental health observation area may reduce waiting times and the length of stay of patients in the emergency department by grouping patients in a centralised area with multidisciplinary resources, which will optimise diagnostic and therapeutic pathways Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400 Health Minister's office - 6552 6200
Busselton-Margaret River set for take-off75253Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10750html1/02/2017 1:10:26 AM2017-02-01T00:45:00Za Sod turn marks important milestone for South-West project $69.73 million investment by State, Commonwealth and local governments Estimated 126 construction jobs and further jobs generated once operational Part of the State Government's Royalties for Regions $600 million Growing our South initiative Western Australia's South-West is a step closer to getting direct flights to and from Melbourne and Sydney after the first sod was turned at a ceremony, marking the start of the expansion of Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new airport would be a game changer for the region, which would reap economic benefits particularly in the local tourism and hospitality sector. "The development of interstate air services to the region will attract new interstate visitors and bring additional tourism opportunities, which will have significant benefits for local businesses and enable broader economic and industry development in the South-West," he said. "The project is another example of the Liberal National Government's strong record in investing in strategic projects to drive regional economic growth." Mr Redman said the project would deliver positive outcomes for the whole region and was a further example of how Royalties for Regions was benefiting regional communities and the State as a whole. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said an estimated 126 jobs would be created during the construction phase, with further jobs generated once operational. "The large-scale project will include upgrades to the runway and a new passenger terminal allowing bigger planes to land at the airport, plus additional terminal capacity to accommodate new visitors to our State," Mr Marmion said. The airport upgrades will support increases in the movement of people and airfreight in the region, and foster long-term opportunities for development into the future. "It will also have a positive impact on long-term regional development by lowering the cost of doing business in the region, attracting regional investment and creating local employment opportunities in logistics, agriculture, aquaculture and other supporting industries," Mr Redman said. The State Government has committed $56.5 million to the project and the Commonwealth Government's contribution of $9.78 million will allow for the potential for direct international airfreight flights. The City of Busselton has spent $3.5 million on the redevelopment. Fact File The City of Busselton has awarded the contract for the design of the new terminal building and landside precinct to Arup, with the design and construction contract for airside works to Western Australian-based company Ertech Works are expected to commence in early 2017 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6800
Basketball program helps young people to be Drug Aware75250Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4850html1/02/2017 1:05:16 AM2017-01-31T23:50:00Za $60,000 for City of Armadale's Drug Aware Ignite Basketball from Healthway Drug Aware message to reach about 700 young people each year Program provides opportunities for young people to advance in sport Basketball coaching from professional players will be the drawcard for getting young people in the Armadale area involved in after-school activities, while learning about the positive impacts of avoiding drug use. Health Minister John Day said the Liberal National Government's support for the City of Armadale's Drug Aware Ignite Basketball team, through a $60,000 Healthway sponsorship, would take the drug-free message to at-risk young people aged between 11 and 21. "This partnership will provide about 700 young people with the opportunity to get involved in organised sport," Mr Day said. "Many of these young people risk being involved in crime and antisocial behaviour, and the Drug Aware Ignite Basketball program will provide them with an outlet for physical activity, and the opportunity to be coached by professionals and learn about healthy lifestyles, including the social and legal consequences of drug use." Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the program attracted young people by offering expert coaching and the opportunity to gain accreditation in coaching and umpiring through Basketball WA. "The principles of the Drug Aware message are embedded in all the activities throughout the year, and the City of Armadale is to be congratulated for developing this unique way of working with so many young people throughout the south-eastern suburbs," Ms Mitchell said. "This provides a pathway for young people into mainstream sport and encourages them to get involved in their local community." Mr Day said that the aim was to help increase the number of people choosing healthy lifestyles in the south-east metropolitan region. Fact File In 2015-16, Healthway sponsored 12 community events and activities, promoting the Drug Aware message, worth $640,500 Research shows that the Drug Aware campaign is recognised by young people (63%) and parents (51%) The Drug Aware campaign is run by the Mental Health Commission For more information, visit http//www.drugaware.com.au Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400
Healthway sponsorship helps Crab Fest visitors LiveLighter75254Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4040html1/02/2017 12:59:01 AM2017-01-31T23:40:00Za $240,000 Healthway sponsorship for City of Mandurah's popular Crab Fest LiveLighter campaign to be promoted at WA's biggest free regional event Healthy food choices will be the easy choice for Crab Fest visitors Healthy food choices will be the easy choice for visitors to Mandurah's popular annual Crab Fest this year, with new State Government support through a $240,000 Healthway sponsorship for festival organisers, the City of Mandurah. Announcing the new two-year sponsorship for Crab Fest 2017 and 2018, Health Minister John Day said the spirit of the LiveLighter campaign would underpin many of the festival's activities. "LiveLighter encourages West Australians to be healthy by reaching and maintaining a healthy weight," Mr Day said. "This can be achieved by eating healthy food and being physically active. "Healthy eating and ways to be active are integrated into the festival activities so people can go along, have a great time and see how easy it is to adopt the strategies of LiveLighter into their everyday lives." The festival, which attracted more than 120,000 people last year and has become WA's biggest free regional event, will be held in Mandurah on March 18 and 19 this year. The Minister said the City of Mandurah ensured all Crab Fest food vendors worked with the WA School Canteen Association, so that visitors had more healthy food choices than ever before. Festivities include new cultural events and displays, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations at various locations throughout Mandurah encouraging visitors to move around. The City of Mandurah will provide free secure bicycle parking to encourage local people to leave their cars at home and ride to the event. "People are going to be active and enjoy healthy food while having fun at the Crab Fest," Mr Day said. "The principles of LiveLighter are important for everyone's health and for improving the efficiency of our health system." Fact File Department of Health data shows 77.8% of adults in the Peel area are overweight or obese and 35.4% are not active enough to be healthy More than 75% of Healthway sponsored organisations now have healthy food choices available at their events, a condition of Healthway sponsorship where food is served, compared to just 43% of organisations when Healthway was established more than 25 years ago For more information, visit http//www.livelighter.com.au Minister's office - 6552 6200
Sponsorships foster health and creativity75286Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5900html1/02/2017 12:52:20 AM2017-01-31T23:30:00Za $155,000 in Healthway sponsorships for AWESOME Arts and Yirra Yaakin Developing creative talent combined with learning about healthy lifestyles Programs reach young people in some of WA's most remote communities Young people living in some of the most remote communities in Western Australia will benefit from two new Healthway sponsorships announced today by Health and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day. AWESOME Arts Australia will receive $80,000 for its Creative Challenge Regional Residency Program 2017 promoting the Go for 2 & 5 healthy eating message, and Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Corporation was awarded $75,000 for an Education and Community Engagement Program promoting Respect Yourself Respect Your Culture. "Together, these exciting projects will use the arts to encourage and inspire young people in remote areas of WA to develop their creative talent, and to learn about the importance of a healthy lifestyle," Mr Day said. Yirra Yaakin will use theatre performances to encourage Aboriginal children in regional, remote and some Perth communities to stay mentally and physically healthy through learning from Elders, being proud of their culture and keeping traditional language alive while connecting with country. Communities taking part in the performances include Mullewa, Badgingarra, Dongara, Kalgoorlie and Kwinana. AWESOME Arts Australia will bring the Go for 2 & 5 message about choosing healthy foods, especially fruit and vegetables, to young people through an artists-in-residence program, in which some of Australia's best contemporary artists involve young people in creating their own art and telling their own stories. Communities to be visited include Punmu, Yandeyarra, Kunawarritji and Gascoyne Junction. "These sponsorships will really inspire the young people involved to develop their creative talent and encourage them to incorporate healthy lifestyle decisions into their everyday lives," the Minister said. "Through programs like these, WA can look forward in future to seeing many healthy, creative young artists showcasing their talents over a wide range of artistic mediums." Fact File In 2016-17, the Liberal National Government will provide $19 million through Healthway to support grants and sponsorships to a range of organisations across the State to promote healthy lifestyles Minister's office - 6552 6200
Long-term plan for Pilbara conservation75275Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8750html1/02/2017 12:47:20 AM2017-01-31T23:00:00Za New strategy to enhance protection of regional biodiversity Integrated funding to maximise benefit from on-ground projects The Liberal National Government has released a landmark plan to deliver a new level of conservation management for the vast Pilbara region. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new Pilbara Conservation Strategy would provide a landscape scale, co-ordinated approach to biodiversity conservation aimed at enhancing the region's rich and diverse plant and animal life. "Following the success of the Government's $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, we are extending this proven landscape-scale method of managing key threats such as fire, feral animals and weeds, to the Pilbara," Mr Jacob said. "The Pilbara strategy aims to deliver improved conservation outcomes and enhance the region's high biodiversity and landscape values across property boundaries over the long term. "It brings together a range of stakeholders involved in the conservation of the Pilbara and creates opportunities for partnerships between State Government agencies, industry, traditional owners, non-government organisations, local governments, research institutions, pastoralists and individuals." The strategy identifies long-term strategic priorities to guide conservation actions, including through environmental offsets from major Pilbara resource and infrastructure projects. "The Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund will enable pooled offsets to be used for conservation projects that address the priorities identified in the strategy," the Minister said. "Over the past eight years, the Liberal National Government has delivered greater protection for the environment than any other Government in this State, including the passing of the most comprehensive biodiversity conversation laws seen in Western Australia. "The establishment of the Pilbara Conservation Strategy is an exciting initiative which will enhance the Pilbara's biodiversity while realising its economic potential." Fact File The Pilbara region covers an area of 178,000km2 and is one of only 15 national biodiversity hotspots The region has one of the richest reptile assemblages in the world, more than 125 species of acacia and more than 1,000 species of aquatic invertebrates Archaeological sites in the Pilbara contain the biggest concentration of rock art in the world, estimated at about one million engravings For more information, visit https//www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/pilbarastrategy Minister's office - 6552 5800
Increased funding to help carers help others75274Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5270html1/02/2017 12:40:18 AM2017-01-31T22:10:00Za Liberal National Government increases funding to support carers in WA Carers WA awarded $1 million tender for support services The Liberal National Government is continuing to support Western Australia's estimated 320,000 carers with the awarding of a $1 million tender to Carers WA to provide a range of support services. Community Services Minister Paul Miles today announced the tender, which represented a funding increase of more than 15 per cent to support carers and their needs. "With more than one in eight people in WA providing unpaid personal care and support to others, the contribution carers make reduces dependence on paid care and relieves our health and community services," Mr Miles said. "Since July 2011, funding to eligible community services has increased by an average of 32 per cent as part of the Liberal National Government's strategy to improve the sustainability of the not-for-profit sector. "This additional $150,000 in funding for carers will strengthen our efforts to ensure they receive the same life opportunities as all West Australians and are able to participate fully in the community." Services offered through Carers WA will include counselling and training, social support, advice and information services, respite, employment engagement activities, a young carers program and a community education program. "These services will help build a carer's capacity to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities, wellbeing and pursuit of life goals," the Minister said. The programs will be made as accessible as possible for carers across WA, via an online and telephone service, physical locations in areas of high population and partnerships with a range of regional stakeholders and periodic regional visits by Carers WA staff. Fact File In 2015, the Department of Local Government and Communities partnered with the Carers Advisory Council and Carers WA to develop the WA Carers Strategy The strategy provides guidance for government agencies and community service providers to focus their efforts on better support and recognition of carers For more information, visit https//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/Publications/Pages/WA-Carers-Strategy.aspx Minister's office - 6552 6600