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Applications open for $80 million infrastructure fund to boost housing84580Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6900html22/03/2023 6:57:25 AM2023-03-22T06:50:00Z Applications are now open for new $80 million Infrastructure Development Fund Funds available to reduce costs for connecting water, electricity and sewerage Targeted funding to support housing developments in infill and regional areas The State Government is calling for applications for its inaugural $80 million Infrastructure Development Fund to remove barriers for new housing developments across Western Australia. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said feedback from the development industry indicated that the cost of providing water, sewerage and electricity services was a considerable constraint to developing land for new housing. The Infrastructure Development Fund was established to unlock land and facilitate development and has three streams – a targeted apartment rebate, funding to unlock priority infill precincts and funding to support the delivery of regional worker accommodation. Up to $10,000 per multiple dwelling is available to support new apartment developments in selected local government areas, METRONET Station precincts and Housing Diversity Pipeline sites. The second funding stream is available to tackle more complex infrastructure bottlenecks and facilitate medium to high density housing projects in priority infill areas across metropolitan Perth, particularly where it is not feasible for a single developer or landowner to coordinate services for a broader precinct. In addition, developers, landowners and local governments can also apply for funding through a third stream for proposed key worker accommodation projects within (or in the vicinity of) an existing regional centre, townsite or community. The Infrastructure Development Fund will also unlock the potential of land identified through the State Government's Housing Diversity Pipeline. A number of proposals received for nine State Government-owned landholdings are currently under assessment including a combination of long-term ground lease, partnerships and build-to-rent models. The Infrastructure Development Fund can support the cost of servicing these large parcels of land that have potential to deliver medium to high density housing close to existing and new train stations. Funding has been allocated equally with $40 million available for metropolitan and regional WA projects. Apartment developments receiving funding under the program will be required to commence within two years of approval and complete construction within four years. Applications are open for 18 months, until 6 September 2024. For eligibility guidelines and to apply, visit https// Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Our Government is committed to ensuring that we provide more housing choice in close proximity to good public transport links, employment opportunities and key community services. "This includes maximising the potential of new housing in priority infill locations, METRONET station precincts and key regional centres and we want to support development proposals that may otherwise be constrained. "This Infrastructure Development Fund will reduce costs for the provision of water, sewerage and electricity services, unlock development potential and most importantly help grow the availability of affordable housing in Western Australia. "It will create a pipeline of medium to high density housing over the next two to five years, help secure regional workforces and create vibrant, well-connected communities with a diverse mix of housing in METRONET precincts and priority infill suburbs of Perth." Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "The McGowan Government is committed to boosting the supply of affordable housing across Western Australia, particularly in new apartment and infill developments that provide greater housing choice. "We have received strong interest from the private sector in the Housing Diversity Pipeline to transform large, underutilised parcels of Government owned land into new housing developments over the coming years. "The Infrastructure Development Fund will support the costs of deconstraining land and providing services to help ensure those new housing projects are delivered. "I encourage all developers, landowners and local governments to review the eligibility criteria and consider what housing projects in their community could be unlocked by a funding boost to provide essential services." Minister's offices Planning Minister - 6552 5500 Housing Minister - 6552 5300
Joint media statement - Drought Resilience Grants to revitalise Southern Rangelands84578Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5960html21/03/2023 7:23:54 AM2023-03-21T07:15:00Z Grants for six innovative projects to rejuvenate the rangelands and improve livestock profitability McGowan Government working with pastoralists and the Albanese Government to restore the landscape and build business resilience A cutting-edge project using ag-tech and data to rehabilitate the landscape and strengthen a Mount Magnet pastoral business is among six recipients to receive inaugural Southern Rangelands Revitalisation Drought Resilience Grants. The $2 million grants program is backed equally by the McGowan Government's Agriculture Climate Resilience Fund and the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund - Resilient Soils and Landscape program. Debbie and Ashley Dowden from Challa Station will use their $146,880 grant to install virtual fencing, trap yards and biodiversity monitors to improve groundcover and biodiversity through regenerative grazing. The grant will also be invested in earthworks and a native seed nursery to improve perennial vegetation and rehabilitate degraded areas. Other recipients will use grants to decentralise watering points and establish a grass nursery, erect exclusion fencing for revegetation, install trap yards and remote water monitoring to reduce grazing pressure and explore the use of lick feeders to aid feed management. The projects emerged from the ground-breaking Southern Rangelands Revitalisation Pilot, where participants worked collectively to develop pathways to revive rangeland condition, increase livestock profitability and build business resilience. The initiatives reflect fresh approaches to pastoral production, with experiences and learnings from the pioneering projects to be shared with peers in coming field days and workshops. For a list of the grant recipients and more information on the Southern Rangelands Revitalisation Drought Resilience Grants program visit http// Quotes attributed to Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Murray Watt "We know many farmers in WA have experienced dry conditions and more are likely to be on the way. That's why both levels of Government have been working together to get WA agriculture in the best possible position. "We want farmers and communities to be better prepared to withstand the pressures of drought in the future. "There are some great WA ideas that embrace new technology and will help farmers right across the country, and I'm very pleased the Albanese Government can work with the McGowan Government to deliver support for WA's ag sector. Quotes attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis "These Drought Resilience Grants are part of the McGowan and Albanese Government's support for pastoralists to enhance landscape condition, capture carbon opportunities and improve their businesses. "I am impressed by the innovative projects to revitalise the land condition of the southern rangelands, while at the same time embracing new technology and management strategies to boost livestock production. "For example, Debbie and Ashley Dowden are great champions of sustainable land management, with their Human Induced Regeneration Carbon Project, and this grant will help take their operation to the next level, enabling others to learn from their experiences. "The Southern Rangelands Revitalisation Pilot has been a great initiative, where participants have talked over land management challenges and explored new ways of doing business and enduring solutions that build a strong future for the next generation." WA Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Southern Rangelands Revitalisation Drought Resilience Grants recipients Station Region Grant Project Challa Station Murchison $146,880 Virtual fencing, trap yards and biodiversity monitors to improve groundcover and biodiversity through regenerative grazing, alongside ground works and a native seed nursery to improve perennial vegetation and rehabilitate degraded areas. Wooleen Murchison $88,364 Implement an ecological rest-based grazing system to rotate cattle, supported by a centralised tank, pipelines and water points, and irrigated grass nurseries to re-introduce plants at free water points. Murchison House Murchison $150,000 Land recovery to improve revegetation and ground cover by total grazing management, with exclusion fencing and a mustering race/linear trap yard, equipped with remote gates, monitoring, and additional water points. Dairy Creek Gascoyne $79,009 Implement rotational grazing with trap yards and remote water monitoring to control total grazing pressure, support regeneration of perennials and improve cattle management through drought. Carey Downs Gascoyne $93,760 Introduce rangelands self herding strategies with paddock fencing, trap yards and lick feeders to move cattle, alongside earthworks to rehabilitate degraded areas. Hillview Murchison $93,760 Fencing to aid total grazing pressure management and earthworks to regenerate groundcover and slow landscape water flow.
A wave of change as surfing events focus on mental health84577Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7610html21/03/2023 7:02:11 AM2023-03-21T07:00:00Z Surfing WA and World Surf League to work with the McGowan Government through Healthway to support Western Australian's mental health and wellbeing at its events This includes the world-renowned Margaret River Pro and Surfing WA's young surfer's programs For the first time, the McGowan Government will work with the World Surf League and Surfing WA to support Western Australian's mental health and wellbeing at surfing events over the next two years. The surfing events include one of the most watched international events on the World Surf League's Championship Tour calendar, the Margaret River Pro. Surfing WA's programs and events that will support young surfers' mental health include the Pathway to the Pro Series, Statewide Learn to Surf Programs, WA School Surfing Titles, All Boardrider Clubs and Affiliated Surf Schools, and an Indigenous Leadership Program. State Government funding of nearly $700,000 will be used by these surfing organisations to strengthen community mental health and wellbeing. Staff will also receive mental health first aid training, and high-profile athlete event ambassadors will be present to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. In addition, the Think Mental Health message will be promoted at the surfing events. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The State Government's partnership with the World Surf League and Surfing WA provides a fantastic platform to create positive mental health and wellbeing at a community, State, national, and international level. "These partnerships allow us to directly engage with the surfing community and younger generations on how to proactively look after our mental health. "Both organisations have a genuine commitment to making a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Western Australians, and we look forward to the positive community health outcomes these partnerships will bring." Comments attributed to Sports and Recreation Minister David Templeman "This is a fantastic partnership and one that will benefit young people in particular. "Sport is a wonderful tool to have in your mental health first aid toolbox as we all know that being active, being part of something bigger than ourselves and committing to something is not only fun, but also psychologically beneficial." Minister's office - 6552 5900
True Sport a game changer for WA sport sector84576Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8410html21/03/2023 6:01:12 AM2023-03-21T06:00:00Z SportWest awarded $444,408 to develop and deliver True Sport The initiative aims to support industry, government and community objectives Focus on enriching culture and values across community sport in WA The McGowan Government has awarded SportWest more than $440,000 to develop an initiative that invests in the future of the Western Australian sport sector. SportWest's True Sport initiative will enable a cohesive, all sport approach that will align values and cultures for sport delivery across WA and enrich the sporting experience for all participants. Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman today joined SportWest Chief Executive Officer Matt Fulton to announce the funding partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). True Sport is a contemporary approach that recognises and supports the changing landscape of sport delivery and will continue to evolve, guided by the needs of the industry. The initiative is specifically designed for the industry, by the industry to enrich the sport experience in WA. For more information visit Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "True Sport will be a game changer for the industry and SportWest is uniquely positioned to deliver the initiative with their links to government, industry and community organisations. "A recent social return on investment study commissioned by SportWest confirmed that the gross benefit of organised sport in Western Australia each year is $10.3 billion – it is a growing industry which requires the supports and structures in place to allow it to thrive. "Additionally, sport delivery and participation is ever changing with increased expectations and pressures on limited resources. "Through DLGSC funding True Sport, the McGowan Government is supporting the sector that continues to provide the setting where Western Australians have the opportunity to develop life skills, build resilience, establish friendships and have fun, while strengthening our communities." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Driver training puts young construction workers on road to success84575Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10190html21/03/2023 1:33:50 AM2023-03-21T01:30:00Z McGowan Government delivering $1.26 million Driver's Licence Training Support Program to get more young people into the construction industry Access to a driver's licence has been identified as a key barrier to apprenticeship employment Program builds on McGowan Government's commitment to boost construction workforce A new driver's licence training initiative is removing barriers for young people training in the building and construction industry as part of the McGowan Government's efforts to get more workers into construction. The Construction Training Fund's $1.26 million Driver's Licence Training Support Program gives students the opportunity to obtain a driver's licence while ensuring apprentices entering the construction workforce are job ready. A driver's licence is a key requirement for many construction roles. Access to a driver's licence was identified as a key barrier to apprenticeship employment for young people at the State Government's 2021 Skills Summit. The pilot program offers standard driver training and supervision to help participants gain a valid Western Australian driver's licence. In addition, specialised training for driving in a construction environment, such as towing, safe management of vehicle loads, vehicle maintenance and driving in the sand will assist young people to develop awareness and skills in road safety and vehicle management. The program complements the McGowan Government's $10 million Driver Access and Equity program, which helps disadvantaged drivers to get their licence, particularly in regional and remote areas. The Driver's Licence Training Support Program will be available to 120 students, with 18 students currently participating in the first cohort. The initiative is open to Year 11 and 12 students in the Construction Training Fund Scholarship Program, to supplement their pre-apprenticeship training. For more information visit https// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government is committed to giving apprentices every opportunity to succeed in their chosen profession and creating a pipeline of skilled workers now and into the future. "By helping construction industry trainees to get their driver's licence, we're providing practical support that will remove barriers to employment while helping to boost the workforce. "This important initiative is putting apprentices in the driver's seat - ensuring they're job ready when they complete their training." Comments attributed to Training Minister Simone McGurk "It's often said learning to drive gives us the keys to freedom - but for many young workers getting a driver's licence is also the key to employment. It can be truly life changing. "The mobile nature of construction work makes having a driver's licence a necessity for most roles - and as a Government we want to remove any barriers that prevent people from entering the industry. "This initiative gives young workers starting out in building and construction valuable life skills, ensuring they're ready to hit the ground running when they complete their training." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Having a driver's licence opens so many doors for a young person with more education, training and employment opportunities. "This program complements our existing $10 million Driving Access and Equity Program, which is already delivering great outcomes in a number of regions across the State. "Since the Driving Access and Equity Program began in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions roughly 12 months ago, hundreds of disadvantaged people have either received a driver's licence or their learners permit, and with program expanding into other regions, that number will continue to grow." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Training Minister's office -6552 6600 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Demolition makes way for prime North Beach site revitalisation84574Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11660html21/03/2023 12:27:03 AM2023-03-21T00:00:00Z North Beach residential redevelopment to deliver new social housing dwellings Tender open for demolition of North Beach site to make way for a revitalised precinct Site well located near beach, transport, schools, public open space and other amenities A derelict and ageing former public housing site in North Beach is set for demolition to make way for an Urban Renewal Project set to revitalise and improve the precinct in a boost to the State's housing supply. The North Beach Urban Renewal Project has involved a long-term program of work, including the relocation of existing tenants and homeowners, which has been a complex undertaking. As part of this process, the Department of Communities has negotiated and settled with the last remaining private property owner on the purchase of their property, ensuring the Department owns 100 percent of the site, before the project can begin. Originally developed more than 40 years ago, the site contained a mix of 45 ageing public housing dwellings, including three single houses, 36 townhouses and six vacant lots. A tender for demolition of the site has opened today, Tuesday 21 March https// Demolition and site preparation works are anticipated to be completed by mid-to-late 2023. Upon completion of the demolition and siteworks, the 2 ha site on Cromer Way will be released to the market, and will include a mix of social, affordable and private housing to revitalise the site. The community housing sector and development industry will then be invited to express their interest in developing the site to achieve a residential development which will improve the quality, affordability, diversity and amenity of housing stock in the suburb. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "The North Beach site is an example of some of the challenges we face with ageing and inappropriate social housing stock. "At major social housing sites like in North Beach, we have to navigate the impacts of large enclaves of social housing and ageing stock, and make decisions based on whether the significant cost of refurbishment outweighs the cost of re-building. "Sites like this have created issues in the past, including anti-social behaviour, which is why we are now tendering for its demolition to make way for a new vibrant precinct to be delivered. "I have been on the public record stating that some difficult decisions had to be made by our Government regarding ageing and inappropriate housing stock – this is one of those decisions. "This Government inherited ageing stock, which requires significant investment to lengthen its time frame and our Government has been moving to an integrated model of public housing across a number of suburbs. "My message is clear we're using every lever we can, to bolster the supply of social housing – including through urban renewal projects like this one in North Beach. "The Cromer Way site is close to nature reserves, several schools, shops, sporting amenities and just down the road from the beach. "This is all part of our Government's reforms – which includes a record $2.4 billion investment in social housing and homelessness measures over four years, which will oversee the delivery of about 3,300 social dwellings along with refurbishment and maintenance to thousands of others." Comments attributed to Scarborough MLA Stuart Aubrey "It's great to see the Cromer Way, North Beach site revitalisation is the latest project being progressed by the McGowan Government to provide more housing options including social and affordable living to the local community. "North Beach is an incredible location, in close proximity to many desirable amenities, and once the renewal project has been completed, it will enable more people to call Scarborough home." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Total Solar Eclipse preparations to leave lasting legacy84572Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11690html20/03/2023 9:02:30 AM2023-03-20T09:00:00Z Exmouth Town Beach upgrade unveiled one month before 2023 Total Solar Eclipse Key legacy item partly funded by McGowan Government's $22 million commitment to prepare region for tens of thousands of visitors Roads, telecommunications and infrastructure also bolstered The stage has been set for the 2023 Solar Eclipse with upgrades to Exmouth's Town Beach unveiled a month out from the rare astronomical event. Completed in two phases with support from the McGowan Government and Shire of Exmouth, the development boasts several new features including shade structures, boardwalk decking, fencing, irrigation, lawns, a drinking fountain and waste facilities. As the setting for the Dark Sky Festival highlight, First Lights Nyinggulu, a drone show celebrating the ancient dreaming story of the eclipse told by Traditional Owners, the location will be a drawcard for the town during the eclipse period and for visitors in the future. With tens of thousands of visitors expected over the event period in the region, final preparations are underway and progressing well. Representatives from 14 State Government agencies have been working in partnership with local government and the Department of Defence to ensure communities in the region, including businesses, are supported for the event. The McGowan Government's investment of almost $22 million in announced funding is helping provide a safe and enjoyable event for all with upgrades and improvements to roads, marine infrastructure, telecommunication networks and local facilities. The contribution will also provide a lasting legacy for the region, which is one of our fastest growing and most popular tourist destinations and features in our successful global tourism campaign - Walking on a Dream. Upgrades include $7.8 million committed to traffic management and infrastructure upgrades in preparation for motorists travelling to and across the region including $1.9 million to fund rest area upgrades on the Minilya-Exmouth Road; An investment of $5.4 million dollars into telecommunications including new mobile base stations and the upgrade of base stations across the region; and A commitment of over $3.9 million for a new temporary 6 million litre water tank to be erected at the Welch St Campsite in Exmouth along with the installation of permanent water infrastructure. Financial Assistance Agreements between the McGowan Government and Shires of Exmouth, Carnarvon and Onslow have also assisted readiness, including Almost $1.6 million provided to the Shire of Exmouth to support the development and running of the Welch St Campsite to accommodate visitors; $90,000 to the Shire of Exmouth to facilitate waste management to help protect the pristine environment; Eight different projects across Carnarvon and Coral Bay including upgrading the Carnarvon Visitor Centre, new car parking in both towns and the refurbishment of existing Coral Bay ablutions, water fill and sewerage disposal points for caravans and campers; Additional funding for upgrades to Town Beach Playground in Carnarvon and the development of the 2023 April Rocks Carnarvon event and the delivery of a sculpture for the community; and Upgrades to Ocean View Caravan Park in Onslow and overflow camping. The Western Australian Government also implemented the Local Capability Fund round to support local Gascoyne and Pilbara businesses helping prepare for the event on 20 April with funding available up to a maximum $25,000 per application. Forty businesses successfully applied for the grants totalling more than $837,000. The solar eclipse will occur over a three-hour period, with totality in Exmouth occurring at approximately 1129 AM (AWST) 20 April when the sun, moon and Earth align. Exmouth is located in the path of a 100 per cent solar eclipse, which is the best land-based location in the world to view the event. There will also be near total eclipses across the region, Onslow and Coral Bay will experience 99 per cent darkness while Carnarvon will enjoy about a 95 per cent eclipse. To find out more about the 2023 Solar Eclipse and the Dark Sky Festival, visit the Ningaloo Eclipse website. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook "This event is a rare opportunity to showcase WA to the world as a premium tourism and astro tourism destination and we are working hard to help make it a safe and enjoyable experience. "While the phenomenon on 20 April is the main event, there is lots happening in the region. "Those heading to the region for the eclipse should plan and prepare for their visit now." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch "The countdown is well and truly on with only one month to go to the 2023 Solar Eclipse. "While the moment of totality during the eclipse is 62 seconds, the announcement of over $22 million committed from the WA Government to this event provides a legacy for the region lasting for years to come." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 6500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6900
Members appointed to new Advisory Group on homelessness84571Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19840html21/03/2023 10:04:07 AM2023-03-20T06:00:00Z Diverse community and Government sector experts and leaders appointed to new Housing First Homelessness Advisory Group Part of McGowan Government's homelessness reforms 11 women and six men represent client groups including Aboriginal people, people with disability, seniors and youth Advisory Group will guide and support the implementation of All Paths Lead to Home Western Australia's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030 The McGowan Government has appointed 17 respected community and Government leaders, experts and people with lived experience to the new Housing First Homelessness Advisory Group. As part of the McGowan Government's homeless reforms, the new advisory group sees the consolidation of a number of homeless working groups into a single Housing First Advisory Group to the Minister, focusing on Housing First approaches to reduce rough sleeping. The Housing First Homelessness Advisory Group is made up of 11 women and six men, who have expertise from a range of areas including tenancy law, front line support services, local government and Community Housing Organisations. The membership also includes people with personal or family lived experience of homelessness and those who deliver or have delivered services in regional and remote areas of Western Australia. The Group will support and guide implementation of All Paths Lead to a Home Western Australia's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-30 (Strategy). It will provide advice to the Minister for Homelessness about reforms towards a Housing First and No Wrong Door approach across the homelessness sector, including addressing barriers in the system. The Group, which will meet quarterly, will be chaired by Mr Mike Rowe, Director-General of Communities. The 16 other members are Mr Andrew Brien, Chief Executive Officer, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder; Ms Bettina (Tina) Ugle, Managing Director, Noongar Mia Mia; Ms Cath Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia; Ms Corina Martin, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Family Legal Service; Mr Daniel Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation; Mr David Pearson, Executive Officer, WA Alliance to End Homelessness and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Alliance to End Homelessness; Ms Debra Zanella, Chief Executive Officer, Ruah Community Services; Mr Jonathon Lake, Design Leader, Gresley Abas Architects; Ms Jude Thomas, Director Place and Community, City of Mandurah; Ms Kath Snell, Chief Executive Officer, Shelter WA; Ms Kim Robinson, Program Support Officer Social Policy, WACOSS; Ms Louise Olney, Director Building Communities, Minderoo Foundation; Mr Michael Chester, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Uniting WA; Ms Natalie Sangalli, General Manager, Housing Choices Western Australia Ltd; Ms Samantha Drury, Chief Executive Officer St Bartholomew's House (St Bart's); and Ms Sharon Gough, Chief Executive Officer, Indigo Junction. Other homeless reforms introduced by the McGowan Government include assisting a further 100 rough sleepers into 100 social homes in a supported landlord model in partnership with Housing Choices; acquisition of the 30-room former Murray Street Hotel, to be transformed into low barrier, supported accommodation for people sleeping rough in the Perth CBD; and ongoing work towards the consolidation of multiple outreach services into a single service. The East Perth Common Ground tender process closed on 8 February 2023 and the evaluation process is currently underway, with the 100 homes supported landlord initiative to provide an interim response to homeless accommodation during this process. For more information about the Housing First Homelessness Advisory Group visit the Department of Communities https// Comments attributed to Housing and Homelessness Minister John Carey "The formation of the new Housing First Homelessness Advisory Group is a strong, positive initiative, bringing together a number of the State's key leaders and experts to provide advice on the delivery of our homelessness reforms. "The Advisory Group will work in a coordinated and focused way to ensure our reforms outlined in All Paths Lead to Home Western Australia's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030 are fully implemented. "This Government is focused on delivering a Housing First approach that is evidence-based and provides tangible long-term outcomes. "We have a clear focus to assist people sleeping rough and give them access to appropriate accommodation and intensive wrap-around supports to enable them to transition into long-term housing options. "The Strategy is evidence based and was co-designed with State and local government agencies, community service providers, people with lived experience and local communities. "Our Government is investing $2.4 billion in housing and homelessness services in WA over the next four years, including the delivery of around 3,300 social dwellings as well as refurbishments and maintenance work to many thousands more. Minister's office - 6552 5300
New cyber security roadshow to block scammers and identity theft84570Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10180html20/03/2023 4:34:30 AM2023-03-20T04:00:00Z WA Government has partnered with IDCARE to deliver 20 Cyber Resilience Outreach Clinics, with a focus on remote and regional areas Western Australians lost a record total of almost $16 million to scams in 2022 Report scams and suspicious activity to WA ScamNet to warn the communityThe McGowan Government has joined forces with Australia and New Zealand's national identity and cyber support service, IDCARE, to deliver 20 Cyber Resilience Outreach Clinics (CROC) throughout Western Australia. IDCARE's Team Leader Community Outreach Rob Blackmore will visit towns from the Great Southern to the Kimberley in a 'cyber truck', co-branded with WA ScamNet, to provide in-person support to communities impacted by identity theft and other cyber security incidents. A record 1,203 Western Australians reported total scam losses of $15,988,513 to ScamNet in 2022 - a $1,196,805 increase from the 1,041 losses reported in 2021, and a $4,188,513 increase from the 952 losses reported in 2020. An Australian Competition and Consumer Commission survey has indicated that approximately only 13 per cent of scam losses are reported to regulators. This alarming data shows that, as scams become more sophisticated, more Western Australians are falling victim to them, resulting in larger losses. It also highlights the importance of fostering awareness and resilience in the fight against cybercrimes, scams and identity theft. IDCARE has found Australians living in remote and regional communities are three times more likely to be impacted by cybercrime and scams than their city counterparts and experience higher financial losses. The CROC roadshow covers 20 locations across the State, including Katanning, Busselton, Bunbury, Collie, Mandurah, Perth, York, Dongara, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Roebourne, Port Hedland, Newman, Bidyadanga, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Wyndham. These WA locations were selected based on WA ScamNet and IDCARE data, geographical events such as the Kimberley floods, and requests from the community, with each clinic tailored to the requirements and issues affecting consumers in the local area. The mobile pop-up clinics will be delivered in a format best suited to each community, such as a stall at the Harmony Festival in Katanning on 25 March, or a more formal presentation at a community resource centre, with WA ScamNet resources on hand. You can keep track of the CROC roadshow locations by following the Consumer Protection WA Facebook or Instagram page for regular updates. WA ScamNet gathers information from consumers and businesses to raise awareness of scams that are targeting Western Australians. By reporting scams, suspicious emails and text messages on the ScamNet website or calling 1300 30 40 54, WA ScamNet can stay up to date with the latest and most prevalent scams, and warn the community. Comments attributed to Commerce Minister Sue Ellery "Protecting the identities of Western Australians and helping people to avoid being scammed are important priorities for the McGowan Government. "We are excited to collaborate with IDCARE on this shared journey to raise awareness about current scams, cyber threats and online-enabled crimes, and help protect remote and regional communities in particular from malicious cyber activity. "Communities are being exposed to an environment of increasing cyber security concerns, and this partnership will provide in-person support and assurance to more people right across the State. "The WA Government is committed to improving cyber security in WA and preventing malicious cyber activity at every opportunity, which is why it is crucial for consumers to report scams to WA ScamNet." Minister's office - 6552 5700
One of Perth’s biggest rooftop solar arrays set to be switched on at Fremantle Passenger Terminal84569Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10650html20/03/2023 1:00:55 AM2023-03-20T01:00:00Z Installation of 1100 solar panels on Fremantle Passenger Terminal now complete The new solar array will be switched on imminently The solar array will provide 100 per cent of the passenger terminal's needs during cruise ship operation System will offset around 15,000 tonnes of CO2 over the 25-year lifespan Ports Minister Rita Saffioti today announced the completion of a major solar array on the roof of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal which, from this month, will help power Victoria Quay. Comprising more than 1100 individual panels and covering much of the building's roof, the 500kw solar array will be able to supply 100 per cent of the passenger terminal's needs during cruise ship operations and 65 per cent of Fremantle Ports' administration building requirements. The system is one of the biggest rooftop solar arrays anywhere in the Perth metropolitan area. The photovoltaic system will generate approximately 836MWh of electricity every year, equivalent to 2.5 per cent of Fremantle Ports' direct usage. Over the 25-year expected lifespan of the system, it will offset 15,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of planting 85,000 trees. The initiative contributes to Fremantle Ports' 2027 Strategic Plan goal to achieve net zero scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2027. This goal aims to achieve a sustainable port and supply chain over the long term and aligns with the Western Australian Climate Policy (2020) and the State Government's commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The cost of the installation was $950,000. Fremantle Passenger Terminal is a heritage-listed building, which meant approval from the Heritage Council was required prior to the solar array being installed. Careful consideration was also given to ensuring the installation would not be visually detrimental to the building's heritage values, while a glare analysis report was undertaken to confirm there would be no increase in the glare index for adjacent residents in Fremantle or ship-board passengers. The panels cannot be seen from the surrounding area, at ground level. The installation of the new solar array complements recent investment of $3 million by the State Government to upgrade and refurbish the Fremantle Passenger Terminal. The system is expandable to meet future needs, if required. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti "This is a great example of how community assets, like the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, can play a role in climate action. "The passenger terminal is a very large building which made it ideal for installing 1100 solar panels, delivering one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the metropolitan area. "The McGowan Government is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and, with this project, Fremantle Ports has demonstrated strong and sensible leadership at the local level in terms of cutting emissions." Comments attributed to Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby "It's exciting to see the Fremantle Passenger Terminal make the sustainable switch to solar and take action to combat climate change. "Our Government is investing significantly in renewable energy while supporting cutting-edge solutions to the climate crisis. "Western Australia is embracing the solar revolution at a rapid rate and we will continue to focus on innovative ways to power our State." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Fremantle locals are known for being environmentally conscious so it's great to see our iconic passenger terminal going green by embracing solar power. "This impressive installation will not only help power Victoria Quay - it will have the same benefit to the environment as planting 85,000 trees. "Renewable energy is the way of the future, but as this project shows, the benefits to the environment can be realised without compromising aesthetics. "This important heritage building holds a special place in the heart of many Freo locals and now is sustainable as well - contributing to Fremantle Ports plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2027." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Funding support to build stronger Lotto retailers84568Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11310html19/03/2023 6:18:44 AM2023-03-19T06:00:00Z McGowan Government to deliver funding injection to Lotterywest's retail network New Better Business program to provide $4.5 million each year directly to retailers to support around 500 small businesses Part of a five-year $39 million initiative to build business sustainability and ensure retailers benefit from all Lotterywest sales Funding for major overhaul of Lotterywest's gaming systems and in-store devices The McGowan Government has today launched a new $39 million program to support Lotterywest's retail network of almost 500 small businesses with a funding boost to ensure their long-term sustainability. The Better Business program will directly deliver $4.5 million each year to local Lotterywest retailers, who will directly benefit from the growth in Lotterywest's online market. The initiative is part of a five-year program of work to support the long-term sustainability of retailers, while ensuring Lotterywest can continue to give back to the Western Australian community through its grant program. The program will include $3.5 million in Business Support payments each year to be shared directly with around 500 small local businesses; $500,000 each year in dedicated support services for retailer businesses including sales coaching, visual merchandising and adapting to changing customer habits; and $500,000 each year in short-term incentives known as Sales Sprints. Retailers will be required to meet minimum standards in order to be eligible for the payments, which will be made quarterly. The State Government will also invest in a major overhaul of Lotterywest's gaming systems, including replacing in-store lottery devices to deliver the best possible customer experience, as well as updating technologies that underpin Lotterywest's gaming systems. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "As Lotterywest's online sales grow each year, it is vital that we continue to reinvest in the network of retailers at the heart of the Lotterywest model. "This investment in Lotterywest's network of retailers will help small, locally-run WA businesses become more sustainable into the future. "Lotterywest is a State icon and has been benefitting WA for almost 90 years. It's pivotal we support the small businesses who sell Lotterywest games, so it can continue providing support to the WA community." Premier's office - 6552 5200
Dream run of success for WA at Australian Tourism Awards84567Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11280html18/03/2023 3:15:42 AM2023-03-18T02:30:00Z WA wins 5 gold at Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Tourism businesses recognised from the Kimberley to South West Recognition follows successful Walking on a Dream campaign Western Australia’s tourism businesses have enjoyed a dream run of success at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, winning 5 gold medals. The awards celebrate innovation and exceptional standards in Australian tourism. WA was recognised with a total of 12 medals at the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony, held in Sydney last night. WA’s outstanding success was due recognition, with the State’s tourism industry experiencing very positive growth during the past 12 months, in the highly competitive global tourism market. It also comes on the back of the stunning Walking On a Dream global and local marketing campaign and a series of major events hosted in WA. The gold medals were indicative of the wide range of diverse experiences across the State, with the successful businesses located in Exmouth, Broome, Rottnest Island, Bunker Bay and Perth. The medal winners ranged from cultural walking tours to 5-star hotels, and from whale shark experiences to pearl farming, WA’s award winners in the 25 categories at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards were Gold The Hike Collective – Adventure Tourism Live Ningaloo - Ecotourism Pullman Bunker Bay Resort – Business Event Venues SeaLink WA – Major Tour & Transport Operators Willie Creek Pearls – Tourism Retail & Hire Service Silver Broadwater Resort Busselton – 3-3.5 Star Accommodation COMO The Treasury – 5 Star Luxury Accommodation Core Cider House – Excellence in Food Tourism The Hike Collective – Tour & Transport Operators Tree Chalets – Self Contained Accommodation Bronze Optus Stadium AFL Grand Final 2021 – Major Festivals & Events Willie Creek Pearl Farm – Tourist Attractions Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook “WA’s tourism industry is fortunate to have so many great operators and businesses. “I congratulate all our winners and finalists for striving every day to provide an unforgettable experience for both local and visiting tourists. “The Walking on A Dream campaign has succeeded in capturing the imagination of people around Australia and the world, perfectly projecting the connection between our Aboriginal culture and the tourism experiences that make WA so unique. “Have a look through WA’s award winners last night and you can see the extraordinary range of exceptional experiences on offer to the world. “Western Australia has been on numerous global must-visit travel lists this this year. ‘The Australian Tourism Awards reinforce why Western Australia is the place to see in 2023.” Minister's office - 6552 6500
VOL_NTEER We need U campaign blitz84566Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8140html18/03/2023 3:09:57 AM2023-03-18T02:00:00Z ​State-wide media campaign urges more people to volunteer The VOL_NTEER We need U campaign encourages everyone to make an impact through volunteering Volunteers are the backbone of our community, making WA a better place to live, more help is always needed The McGowan Government has kicked off a State-wide media campaign blitz which aims to attract more people into volunteering and revitalise the volunteering sector following the COVID-19 pandemic. The VOL_NTEER We need U campaign recognises and thanks volunteers in Western Australia and promotes different types of volunteer opportunities across the State. It will also encourage more diversity in volunteers, asking younger Western Australians to take a more active part in volunteering, as well as showcasing the benefits of volunteer activities to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The campaign will help organisations to promote opportunities and show how helping others can give a sense of purpose and appreciation. The VOL_NTEER We need U campaign will run between March and June across traditional broadcast and online media. For more information Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson "Volunteers contribute so much to Western Australia's social fabric. "Their actions not only make a difference to the community, but also provide a sense of purpose and wellbeing for those involved. "Volunteering is also an important way to upskill and build experience, with roles across a range of different industries which suit people at all levels of experience. "I encourage all Western Australians to consider volunteering in 2023." Minister's office - 6552 5870
New Awards recognise outstanding early childhood educators84344Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7450html18/03/2023 3:06:08 AM2023-03-18T01:00:00Z ​Winners of the inaugural 2023 Early Childhood Learning and Development Sector Awards celebrated at Optus Stadium last night Awards recognise and celebrate the contributions of outstanding people and organisations in the early childhood sector. The winners of the inaugural Early Childhood Learning and Development Sector Awards have been recognised for their outstanding work delivering quality outcomes for Western Australian children and their families. Eight award winners and 24 finalists were congratulated at a ceremony at Optus Stadium last night. An independent judging panel with respected sector experts reviewed hundreds of nominations from a broad range of sector services including long day care, family day care, preschool, outside school hours care, and regional and remote services. The awards were coordinated by Child Australia along with partner sector organisations Goodstart, REED, Ngala and The Y WA, who were supported by major sponsor BHP and other sector organisations Xplor, CTAS Education, Wanslea and Busy Bees. Award winners included Outstanding Educator Award – Lee Peing Lim; Rising Star Award – Rachael Baker; Excellence in Leadership Award – Rocky Beaton; Outstanding Indigenous Educator Award – Corrine Bell; Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Award – Lara Bowler; Outstanding Child Allied Health Practitioner Award - Sarah Mountford; Excellence in Innovative and Sustainable Practice Award – Pachamama Early Education and Child Care; and Excellence in Community Engagement or School Partnerships Award – Child Australia, West Pilbara Mobile Children's Service Finalists each received $500 with winners receiving an additional $1,000 prize. Comments attributed to Early Childhood Minister Sabine Winton "These new Awards have recognised some truly outstanding individuals and organisations. We know how important the early stages of a child's life are. There's so much evidence that a good start in life makes a huge positive difference down the track for the child and our community. "Early childhood educators play such a huge role in supporting our young children's development and growth. It's really important we recognise the amazing work they do. "I want to congratulate all the nominees and winners and express a huge thank you to all the staff and services for the incredible work they do to make sure our children are looked after and supported. "I would also like to thank Child Australia, Goodstart Early Learning, REED, Ngala and the Y WA for their continued dedication to provide services and support for WA families and for hosting a fantastic event." Comments attributed to Child Australia CEO Tina Holtom "Now more than ever we need to come together to celebrate and acknowledge the commitment and dedication of sector professionals who strive to make a difference and a positive impact on the lives of children and families every day. "The winners and finalists were selected from across hundreds of nominations in WA - a testament to the many high calibre professionals working in the early childhood education and care sector." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New family and domestic violence youth counselling service open84565Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8560html17/03/2023 9:00:32 AM2023-03-17T09:00:00Z Dedicated counselling service for young people affected by family and domestic violence now open in Rockingham Service will be delivered by Communicare and able to support more than 270 young Western Australians annually Delivers on McGowan Government election commitment Young people who have been affected by family and domestic violence are now able to access a dedicated counselling service, OpenSpace, in Rockingham. The service forms part of the McGowan Government's $60 million package of election commitments towards family and domestic violence (FDV) initiatives, specifically support for young people who have experienced or witnessed FDV. OpenSpace, operated by Communicare, aims to support young people aged 10-24 years, including young Aboriginal, culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTIQA+ people, as well as young parents. It will offer programs and activities that support healing and social connection, tailored to the individual person's age and cultural background. Young people will also have access to local safe spaces through the program, including counselling for young people in appropriate locations such as the Rockingham Youth Centre and local area schools. Another youth family and domestic violence counselling service for young people is also planned for Northam, with work underway to appoint a suitable service provider. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Sabine Winton "For young people, the trauma of family and domestic violence can impact their health, mental health and education, as well as their ability to have healthy relationships with others. "OpenSpace has been co-designed with the Rockingham community, including young people, to make sure services are practical, culturally safe and meet individual needs. "Communicare has a strong track record of providing services that help to empower young people and families in our community, including in Rockingham and surrounding areas. "This new program will give hope to young people affected by family and domestic violence and importantly, help them recover and grow." Comments attributed to Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan "Violence in the home is never acceptable and this counselling service in Rockingham is an important step to help protect young people and disrupt the cycle of violence. "This program forms part of our $60 million of election commitments towards family and domestic violence initiatives, including family violence counselling programs for young people. "Our Government is committed to ensuring people who are impacted by family and domestic violence have access to every opportunity to recover and rebuild their lives." Minister's office - 6552 6100
$38.9 million sporting complex to benefit generations to come84564Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17190html17/03/2023 8:06:19 AM2023-03-17T08:00:00Z Baldivis Sporting Complex in the City of Rockingham officially opens First-class sporting complex will address the significant shortage of active reserve space in Baldivis McGowan Government's support for the project is $12.5 million A $38.9 million infrastructure project to provide sporting and recreational facilities in Perth's southern suburbs has reached completion and will benefit local surrounding communities. Premier and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan was joined by the City of Rockingham Mayor Deb Hamlin and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby to officially open the Baldivis District Sporting Complex today. The McGowan Government's total contribution to the project is $12.5 million in addition to funding provided by the City of Rockingham ($26.3 million) and Cricket Australia ($100,000). The complex will meet a shortage of active reserve space in the City of Rockingham for sporting groups, providing change rooms, a main pavilion, eight hectares of playing space floodlighting, three separate car parks, as well as an indoor recreation centre. The main pavilion is home to the White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club and the Baldivis Brumbies Football Club. Further planning for additional stages will deliver another pavilion, 18 outdoor hardcourts, a nature playground and youth space at the complex. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It is a pleasure to officially open the Baldivis District Sporting Complex today - a significant infrastructure project for the City of Rockingham which will benefit so many families and the local community into the future. "As local sporting clubs continue to boom and the need for more playing fields and facilities grows, this significant investment will contribute to meeting the demand for playing grounds for our local Aussie Rules and cricket clubs, and free up playing space at other ovals across Baldivis. "I want to commend the City of Rockingham for their role in delivering this project and playing a key part in planning for future generations. I'd also like to acknowledge everyone's hard advocacy and contribution on this significant piece of community infrastructure." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Community sport delivers a yearly $10.3 billion in economic and social benefits to our State. "Investing in quality infrastructure to support the growth in community sport is vital to the economy and contributes to the health and wellbeing of all Western Australians. "It will also ensure that the primary users - Baldivis Brumbies Football Club and the White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club - can continue to grow into the future and will be able to offer more diverse opportunities to their members and our community. "Congratulations to all those involved in bringing this project to fruition." Comments attributed to Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby "This is an exciting project for Baldivis residents and will be a great asset for the fast-growing area. "We have a large sporting community and this first-class complex will benefit generations to come. "I want to thank everyone involved for making this happen and look forward to seeing our local clubs enjoy these new facilities." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Local boat building industry now anchored in the heart of Geraldton84563Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6250html17/03/2023 4:30:25 AM2023-03-17T04:30:00Z New boat building facility officially opened in Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour Facility will be new home of local boat building firm Dongara Marine State Government has invested $3.6M to support a new boat building precinct within the Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour Ports Minister Rita Saffioti has today officially opened a new boat building facility in the Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour. The facility will be the new home of local boat building firm Dongara Marine and will form part of a new precinct within the harbour. The State Government has invested $3.6 million to support the development of the new boat building precinct including a new heavy haul road, utilities, and fire-fighting equipment. The official opening comes just days after Dongara Marine was awarded a contract worth nearly $8 million to deliver two new pilot boats for Fremantle Port, highlighting the firm's reputation in Western Australia. In 2021, Dongara Marine identified the need to develop a purpose-built facility to accommodate this sustained growth, taking the opportunity to relocate the business to an established marine industry at Geraldton's Fishing Boat Harbour (FBH). The official opening of Dongara Marine comes on the same day the McGowan Government released the Development Plan for the Geraldton FBH. The Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour Development Plan builds on the existing Port of Geraldton Masterplan and provides greater detail on potential expansion and investment opportunities that will enable more businesses to enter the harbour, creating a more vibrant and diverse precinct. The State Government is investing in several critical projects to support the local marine, port and tourism industries in Geraldton including the $350 million Port Maximisation Project, the delivery of new jetties to support the local tourism industry and supporting the growth of the Geraldton FBH. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Rita Saffioti "Our Government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to support the expansion of the marine industry and ports in Geraldton, and today's opening of the new Dongara Marine facility is a great example of how we're helping to grow local businesses and jobs. "Dongara Marine is a leading example of a regional business that has embraced opportunity and invested in local people to develop the required skill sets to build a successful business. "Dongara Marine currently supports seven apprentices within the business and employs 65 locals across an array of trades and skills relevant to boat building, and the investment and support from the Government to establish this new facility will ensure job opportunities for local citizens continues to grow. "The opening of Dongara Marine is the start of an exciting period for the Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour, with the release of the Development Plan today, highlighting exciting opportunities to drive new investment and business opportunities within the precinct. Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Whether it's the $350 million Port Maximisation Project or investing in critical infrastructure, our Government recognises the importance of the local marine and tourism industry to Geraldton and is making significant investments to support the growth of local jobs. "The opening of Dongara Marine is just the start of a new phase of growth for the Fishing Boat Harbour, that will see local industries and local jobs grow into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Swan and Canning river tourism approvals streamlined84562Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8250html17/03/2023 4:00:53 AM2023-03-17T04:00:00Z Duplicated approvals removed for tourism and other commercial operators The majority of the operators will now be regulated via a permit only Reforms support local tourism jobs in the Swan Canning Riverpark The McGowan Government is reducing red tape to make it easier for tourism operators to do business on the Swan and Canning rivers. The Streamline WA initiative identified reforms to simplify approval processes for operators such as charter vessels, cruises and aquatic-based activities including stand-up paddleboarding, kitesurfing and kayaking. A Bill was passed last month to amend the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 and amendments were made to the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Regulations 2007. Processes will be streamlined for more than 60 tourism licences and permit holders, with only one type of approval now required. A duplicative requirement for consultation relating to changes to the Development Control Area and Swan Canning Riverpark will be removed from the Act. The Act and Regulations comprise the legislation under which the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions manages and protects the Swan Canning Riverpark, together with the Swan River Trust. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "These reforms reduce barriers for businesses providing tourism and other services along our iconic Swan and Canning rivers. "The changes will support local jobs by streamlining approvals and providing clarity on regulatory processes. "It's important our Swan and Canning rivers are well managed and protected to ensure they continue to be used to their full potential." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Fight against coastal erosion continues with more than $3.5 million in grants now available84561Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8410html17/03/2023 2:00:26 AM2023-03-17T02:00:00Z $3.56 million in CoastWA grants now available for coastal planning and management More than $13 million in CoastWA grants provided by State Government since 2020 Program targets high-priority sites across the State for coastal management Part of the McGowan Government's $33.5 million program to manage coastal erosion The State Government has called for applications for a further $3.56 million in funding as part of its fight to protect Western Australia's coastline from coastal erosion. The CoastWA grants program facilitates and supports coastal land managers to undertake strategic planning, implement sustainable adaptation options, and partner with community groups to undertake on-ground management activities. Applications are now open for grants through the following programs Coastwest - up to $60,000 for projects that support education, conservation and protection of coastal areas; Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program (CMPAP) - up to $200,000 to assist coastal land managers in preparing management plans; Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP) - up to $400,000 for projects that preserve or enhance coastal assets for the community, and support adaptation to coastal hazards; and Hotspot Coastal Adaptation and Protection (H-CAP) - up to $1.76 million to design and implement works on major projects at coastal erosion hotspots. H-CAP was established to address 55 coastal erosion hotspots identified as being under threat in 2019 and has seen major works begin at Castletown Beach at Esperance, Sunset Beach at Geraldton and Port Beach at Fremantle. Since 2020 more than $13 million has been invested by the State Government to support programs and initiatives that mitigate the impacts of coastal erosion. This form's part of the State Government's total investment of $33.5 million towards coastal erosion management. Coast WA grants are a joint initiative between the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and the Department of Transport. Applications close on 3 April 2023. To apply, visit http// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "WA has more than 20,000 kilometres of coastline and a number of internationally recognised coastal locations, which is why this program is so important. "The CoastWA Program is all about prioritising investment in planning and projects that helps coastal managers protect and enhance our coastline well into the future. "I encourage all local coastal managers to work with their local community to identify projects and apply for funding from one of the programs. Grants can be used to manage coastal erosion and inundation threats, encourage collaboration between local coastal managers and community organisations and support innovative projects that will ensure the sustainable management of our coastline. "Last year, 50 projects shared in nearly $4 million grant funding to address coastal issues and today's call for applications further delivers on our Government's commitment to protect our coastline." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Have your say on the State’s new screen production facility84560Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11800html17/03/2023 1:30:46 AM2023-03-17T01:30:00Z Development application submitted for proposed screen production facility Proposed site along Marshall Road within Planning Control Area 174 Application to be considered by the Western Australian Planning Commission The community is invited to have their say on the development application for Western Australia's first dedicated screen production facility. The facility is proposed to be located along Marshall Road, to the south of Whiteman Park, and would provide purpose-built sound stages and other onsite screen production facilities to enable the production of film, TV and screen projects. The development application has been submitted by Home Fire Creative Industries Pty Ltd, the preferred proponent as part of the active Market-led Proposal. The application includes architectural designs and technical reports for traffic, waste and bushfire management, and landscaping. The Western Australian Planning Commission will consider the application as the proposed site is located within the recently approved Planning Control Area 174 - METRONET Bennett Springs North (Marshall Road). This PCA will ensure the coordinated and strategic development of the land within this area to ensure proposals align with the purposes identified for the land. If the Market-led Proposal is approved by the State Government, Home Fire will construct, operate and maintain the facility. Comments on the development application close at 5pm, Friday 30 March 2023 and can be made by visiting https// Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "I encourage everyone with an interest in Western Australia's screen industry to have their say on the development application for the proposed screen production facility. "The recent announcement identifying the new proposed site along Marshall Road, in the vicinity of the Malaga METRONET station precinct, has enabled Home Fire to undertake the necessary plans and assessments to complete the development application. "The site is part of the recently approved Planning Control Area which is in the vicinity of future strategic community and employment hubs in Perth's growing north-east with two high-frequency train stations, homes and businesses, and now the potential for a one-of-a-kind screen production facility. "The PCA will enable coordination of all upcoming development within this area to ensure the corridor benefits from the McGowan Government's significant infrastructure investment." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The McGowan Government is committed to delivering a screen production facility to help attract film, TV and screen projects to WA. "It was a 2021 Election commitment and is a component of the WA Screen Industry Strategy, which is currently being developed to ensure the State is best placed to grow the film and screen sector over the coming decade. "I am excited about the opportunities that a facility of this kind can bring to our passionate and extremely talented creative sector. I encourage you to have your say on this next step." Minister's office - 6552 5301