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Laws passed to strengthen Working with Children Checks15406Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 7:00:17 AM2022-11-30T07:00:00Z New laws to make it harder for people to obtain a Working with Children Check pass through WA Parliament Criminal offences that trigger an automatic Negative Notice have been expanded High priority reforms part of a staged approach to address key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual AbuseLaws to better protect children from potential predators have passed through the Parliament of Western Australia. The laws will strengthen Working with Children Checks, making it harder for people with certain offences to obtain clearance. The Working with Children Check is a screening process for people undertaking paid or unpaid child-related work and is a key strategy to increase child safety in WA. Under the proposed changes to the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004, criminal offences that trigger an automatic Negative Notice will be expanded. It is an offence to carry out child-related work whilst holding a Negative Notice. Convictions for all sexual offences against children, and violent offences against children that involve intent to kill or cause life-threatening harm, will result in an automatic Negative Notice, if committed when an adult. This will also apply if charges are pending. Offences such as persistent family violence, and suffocation and strangulation will also result in a Negative Notice unless there are exceptional circumstances. These reforms reinforce the McGowan Government's commitment to implement recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Just four years into a 10-year implementation plan, almost 50 per cent of the Royal Commission recommendations have been implemented, and these reforms will further deliver on that commitment. Laws requiring Ministers of Religion to report information about child sexual abuse - including information gained in confession - recently came into effect. Applications for Working with Children Checks are growing every year. In the 2021-22 financial year, the Department of Communities received more than 146,000 Working with Children Check applications. For employees, volunteers, or organisations who breach their obligations, fines of up to $60,000 and five years jail can apply. Information about the Working with Children Check can be found at https//www.workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au/ Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "Working with Children Checks are a vital screening tool to protect young people from potential predators, and that's why it's so important we strengthen and modernise these laws. "We're making it tougher for people to obtain Working with Children Checks - which will help children enjoying sport and other community activities to stay safe. "Along with our laws that require Ministers of Religion to report information of child sexual abuse, these important reforms are delivering on our commitment to implement key recommendations of the Royal Commission - and honouring the victim-survivors who bravely spoke out." Minister's office - 6552 6600
WA Premier’s Book Awards unveils new category - Book of the Year15405Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 6:01:47 AM2022-11-30T06:00:00Z New category announced - The Premier's Prize for Book of the Year Award The Awards support, develop and recognise excellence in Western Australian writing with a total prize pool of $120,000 Entries for the Premier's Book Award open 8 December 2022 A brand-new category in the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards has been announced - The Premier's Prize for Book of the Year Award sponsored by Writing WA. The category celebrates books published or self-published in the calendar year of 2022. Open to Western Australian resident writers of any style or genre, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history or young adult. The new category is sponsored by Writing WA, the peak body for writers in WA and broadens the scope of the Awards, allowing more Western Australian writers to be honoured. The Awards are managed by the State Library of Western Australia and prizes will be awarded in the following categories The Premier's Prize for Book of the Year, sponsored by Writing WA ($15,000); The Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer ($15,000); The Premier's Prize for Children's Book of the Year ($15,000); The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and Young Adult Fiction ($15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books); and The Western Australian Writer's Fellowship ($60,000). The Daisy Utemorrah Award is administered and funded by Broome-based Indigenous publisher Magabala Books with support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Entries for all categories will open on 8 December 2022 and close on 19 January 2023. Winners will be announced at the State Library in June 2023. For more information about the WA Premier's Book Awards, and how to enter, visit the State Library's website www.slwa.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Book of the Year category further acknowledges and supports our wonderful Western Australian writing community, with thanks to Writing WA. "Western Australia has an incredible pool of talented writers. I am sure the writing community will be delighted with the news of this exciting new category. "The State Library is the home of the WA Premier's Book Awards because it is the home of our literary history. The State Library cherishes, collects and preserves historical photographs, diaries, maps, newspapers, letters, music, film and literature." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Grants available to fund youth engagement projects15403Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 4:00:17 AM2022-11-30T04:00:00Z Applications now open for the Youth Engagement Grants Program for 2023 Will benefit activities that promote a youth-friendly community focus Grants of up to $5,000 available for short-term activities and up to $10,000 for longer-term initiativesLocal governments and community service organisations are being invited to apply for funding for projects that enable young people aged between 10 to 25 years to achieve positive outcomes in the community. Youth Minister Dave Kelly today announced the return of the Youth Engagement Grants Program for 2023. The Youth Engagement Grants Program supports funding initiatives and projects that promote and empower young people. This can include opportunities for young people to learn and develop life skills to help them to achieve their personal and professional goals, and programs that encourage healthy lifestyles by keeping young people actively engaged with their community. Examples of initiatives and activities that would qualify for funding include projects that increase representation of Aboriginal young people with youth development and youth support decision-making mechanisms; increasing the representation of young people in the development of preventative, early intervention and diversion projects for vulnerable young people or young people engaged with the youth justice system; and improving mental wellbeing outcomes for young people who are underrepresented, such as young carers, young people living with disability, and young victims of family and domestic violence.Funded initiatives can also include peer mentoring and respectful relationships training for young people. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for short-term, one-off activities or initiatives of up to six months' duration, and up to $10,000 for longer-term, strategic initiatives that involve the whole of the community. Applications for the Youth Engagement Grants Program open on Wednesday, 30 November 2022 and close on Wednesday, 8 February 2023. More information about the program can be found on the Department of Communities website. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "Young people in WA should be treated with respect and feel safe, welcome and included. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting the development of young people, and providing youth-friendly services, facilities and programs. "Young people, community groups and government agencies need to work in partnership to support young people's participation in decision making, planning and services to meet their diverse needs. "The Youth Engagement Grants Program is an integral part of that. "This program encourages and recognises the participation and contributions of young people and helps them develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to be actively involved in community life and to respond to issues impacting on their lives." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Wheatbelt RED Grants driving local diversification15402Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 3:17:35 AM2022-11-30T03:15:00Z Eight Wheatbelt projects share more than $523,000 in Regional Economic Development grant funding McGowan Government is investing in engineering, agriculture, hospitality, and hydrogen industries in the Wheatbelt Wheatbelt businesses will share in $523,086 to strengthen and diversify local economies under round five of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. The McGowan Government's RED grants program will invest $45.8 million over eight years in local projects across Western Australia's regions to drive economic development and support regional communities. Successful projects in Round 5 of the RED grants will diversify the agricultural sector and support the growth of the emerging hydrogen industry in the Wheatbelt. Barhyd Pty Ltd from Badgingarra will use their $100,000 grant to expand their heavy machinery servicing business to provide increased locally based capabilities to the agriculture, mining, renewable energy, and eucalyptus oil distilling industries throughout the Wheatbelt Koorian Farming Enterprises Pty Ltd will receive $100,000 for their Horticulture Improvement Project at Ginginup for construction of a new packing shed and a cold storage facility to increase their local market share and export market potential of olives, pomegranates and figs. Infinite Green Energy Limited will receive $100,000 to a new hydrogen refuelling station and showroom for hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles in Northam to showcase the company's innovative strategy to decarbonise the economy to local and international visitors. Northbound Trading Pty Ltd will use their $100,000 grant to develop a container-based export facility in Dowerin supporting a more direct export pathway for locally grown lupins. Merre Granola will use their $20,663 for new equipment that will increase their production capacity in Merredin for breakfast granola utilising 100 per cent farmer direct WA ingredients to new local and international markets. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Wheatbelt RED grant program continues to provide opportunities for businesses to scale up and diversify. "This round is a great mix of engineering, agricultural value-add and hospitality projects with a nod to the emerging new hydrogen opportunities." Comments attributed to Agriculture Region MLC Darren West "Congratulations to all of the successful recipients with their innovative concepts that are strengthening and diversifying our Wheatbelt economy. "This McGowan Government investment will help to create new opportunities for Wheatbelt businesses and jobs within the local economy." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful Round 5 RED Grant recipients - Wheatbelt Grant applicant Project description Grant amount Barhyd Pty Ltd Project Expand Optimising Heavy Machinery Servicing for Wheatbelt Industries $100,000 Infinite Green Energy Limited Hydrogen Refuelling Station $100,000 Koorian Farming Enterprises Pty Ltd Horticulture Improvement Project $100,000 Northbound Trading Pty Ltd Wheatbelt Lupin Exports - Farm to Port $100,000 Australian Wool Innovation Regional WA Manufacture of Modular Shearing Race Delivery Units $45,000 Bettongia Pty Ltd Santaleuca Sandalwood Nut Production Expansion $42,423 Merre Granola Merre Granola Increase Capacity for New Local and International Markets $20,663 14K Brewery Mobile Coolroom $15,000
Cricket test set for local and international flavours15401Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 3:06:08 AM2022-11-30T03:05:00Z First test between Australia and the West Indies begins 30 November Local producers and international flavours will be showcased in a special event menu Fans can sample some of the finest local produce from WA businesses, including locally roasted Fiori coffee Fresh produce from Western Australian businesses will feature in a specially designed cricket test menu, as Australia takes on the West Indies at Perth Stadium this week. Test cricket returns to Perth Stadium for the first time since 2019 as Australia faces the West Indies in a five-test series starting tomorrow. Fans attending the test will be able to enjoy locally produced food with either Australian or West Indian flavours. For those pursuing a distinctly Aussie flavour, a chicken parmie burger will be on offer and for a more adventurous palate the Caribbean jerk pulled pork burger with pineapple slaw is set to be a real winner. Both burgers will be served on bread produced at The Mill Bakery and delivered fresh on game day. The Mill Bakery has been supplying Perth Stadium with freshly baked bread each event day since the venue opened. Based in Bibra Lake, the small family-owned business has supplied more than 1.695 million baked items to the stadium. There will also be breakfast specials for those arriving for the early start, including a breakfast pizza, and a bacon and egg muffin. Local pizza makers Cheeky Brothers will deliver more than 1000 pizzas to the stadium for the event, and local coffee maker Fiori will pour more than 3400 coffees. Fiori has worked in partnership with Perth Stadium since its opening and regularly conducts staff training as well as directing baristas to the venue from other cafés to help at major stadium events. More than 268,000 cups of coffee have been served on major event days, made from some 13,000 kilograms of locally roasted coffee beans. It's the first time the West Indies have played at Perth Stadium and it's their first test match in Perth since 2009. The Australians will be looking to continue their form from last Summer when they face a rejuvenated West Indies side in the first test match of the 2022/23 Summer of Cricket. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "This delicious food will help sustain hungry fans as they watch the first test of the series at Perth Stadium this week. "I am always impressed at the way the chefs at the stadium combine local ingredients with flavours that reflect the flavours and the nationalities of the teams playing at the venue." Minister's office ­- 6552 5400
$58 million contract brings large water mains manufacturing to WA15400Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 3:00:18 AM2022-11-30T03:00:00Z Water Corporation contract to see extra-large steel water mains manufactured in WA Contract will support local jobs and manufacturing in Kwinana Industrial Area Larger pipes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at new Alkimos Seawater Desalination PlantExtra-large steel water pipes will be produced in Western Australia for the first time, under a new $58 million Water Corporation contract supporting local jobs and manufacturing, announced today by Water Minister Dave Kelly. The contract with Steel Mains will see 1,600mm diameter water pipes manufactured in Kwinana rather than at their plant in Victoria, eliminating previous supply chain risks and significant freight costs, while also eliminating the emissions that would be created by transporting the pipe across the country. The first locally produced extra-large pipe will roll off the production floor in 2024 and be used during construction of the new Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant (ASDP) to convey water from the plant into the network. Using 1,600mm diameter pipes at ASDP will reduce the amount of energy needed to pump water, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 21 per cent compared to the use of smaller pipes. Steel Mains traces its history back more than 140 years in WA and its forerunner supplied the steel pipe used in the construction of the Golden Pipeline from Mundaring Weir to the Goldfields. The Australian-owned firm has operated in Kwinana since the 1960s and already supplies Water Corporation with high quality, locally manufactured steel pipe in smaller sizes. The extended contract will allow the company to invest in tooling upgrades to its Kwinana factory, helping secure around 70 direct jobs. The pipe will be produced using Australian steel with iron ore from the Pilbara and lined with cement from Cockburn Cement in Kwinana. Each 12 metre-long section of the 1,600mm pipe weighs around nine tonnes and has an expected lifespan of around 120 years. In the 2021-22 financial year, 83.5 per cent ($878 million) of Water Corporation's procurement is with WA-based businesses, supporting the McGowan Government's WA Buy Local Policy and Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy. Announced in June, ASDP will have capacity to provide 100 billion litres of safe, secure drinking water to millions of Western Australians each year. The first 50 billion litre stage will be commissioned in 2028. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It's fantastic to see Water Corporation leading from the front when it comes to supporting local manufacturing and local jobs by bringing the production of these extra-large steel water mains to Western Australia. "These will be the largest steel water pipes ever manufactured in WA and will eliminate reliance on pipe trucked over from the eastern states. "In addition to considerably lower procurement costs, less energy is needed to pump water through these mains, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping Water Corporation towards its goal of becoming a net-zero emitter by 2035." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Community educational grants pave the way to reduce waste15399Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 1:22:43 AM2022-11-30T01:05:00Z More than $150,000 towards community education programs that minimise waste Eleven projects chosen for WasteSorted Community Education Grants A total of $7.5 million in grants to reduce waste since 2017 Western Australian businesses, local governments and community groups will share in $150,379 to help tackle waste and improve recycling. The WasteSorted Community Education Grants will go towards educational workshops and events, as well as creating recycling guides and books for children. The projects promote reducing, reusing and recycling, and changing daily habits. The McGowan Government has provided more than $7.5 million in grants since 2017 for projects which improve the recovery and reuse of materials including plastics, construction and demolition waste, textiles as well as food organics and garden organics. For more information, visit www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "I want to congratulate all grant recipients for their commitment to promoting the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. "We each have a role to play in creating a low-waste, sustainable State. Small changes at an individual level combine to make a big impact and we can only be successful together. "These grants are a great example of the community inspiring and educating the next generation on waste and making a positive difference for our environment." Minster's office - 6552 6300 WasteSorted Community Education Grants recipients City of Joondalup - The Joondalup GREAT Waste Challenge ($13,035) The project will provide five community workshops - Gift, Recycle, Earthcycle, Avoid and Take. Workshop participants will feature in five videos making a pledge to 'Be a GREAT Sort', sharing their commitment to reducing household waste. The videos will be launched on social media over five weeks inviting the community to make their own 'Be a GREAT Sort' pledge. Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale - SJ Plastic Free Living Community Education Program 2023 ($19,908) A series of waste education workshops will be held between January and August 2023, in the lead up to a new event for the Shire during Plastic Free July - the SJ Plastic Free Forum. It will be an annual event involving an indoor market alongside the existing SJ Farmers Markets, where residents and businesses can sell plastic-free products, repurposed or upcycled products, provide information stalls, free giveaways and competitions related to the workshops. Green Skills Inc. - Partnerships to Be a GREAT Sort Education and Behaviour Change Activities in Rural WA South Coast Communities ($17,400) Green Skills will run waste workshops, have GREAT Sorts information marquees at events and conduct business waste audits to support informed purchasing decisions, how to be GREAT Sorts, and what can be reused. The activities will focus on consumer choice, food waste and sorting for waste reduction and recycling. Victoria Park Community Centre - Waste Education Workshops ($7,868.74) Six after-school and weekend waste workshops run by Lindsay Miles (Treading My Own Path). Workshops will include a variety of waste topics, designed for parents and children. Adventure Kids Entertainment - Patti the Pig It's Not All Rubbish Kids Show (Karratha Regional Tour) ($13,970) Adventure Kids Entertainment, in partnership with the City of Karratha, will deliver the Patti the Pig 'It's Not All Rubbish' Kids show, targeting children aged 4-7 during March and April 2023. The show will be tailored to the waste management landscape in Karratha, focusing on the two-bin system and ways to avoid generating waste. City of Busselton - Great Sort in Busselton ($3,235) Four interactive community workshops will be offered on 'A-Avoid' and 'G-Gifting' topics. All workshops will include a virtual tour that highlights local places which provide opportunities to avoid waste and gift items. City of Gosnells - Reducing contamination in commingled recycling through targeted community education and engagement ($15,113) The project includes delivering simple waste and recycling guides in 16 languages to existing and new (through real estate agents) members of the City's culturally and linguistically diverse community. It also includes printing and distribution of recycling bin stickers, a social media campaign, workshops for community members and targeted audiences, and a presence at the City of Gosnells Harmony Day event in 2023. Australian Association for Environmental Education WA Chapter Inc - Waste Picture Book for Early Years STEM Focus ($25,000) The project creates a digital picture book about recycling for children aged between 2 and 7, linked to early years learning frameworks and curriculum. The resource will include STEM activities (e.g. puppet construction using waste materials and found objects), practical activities for educators and parents to explore the science of materials and management of organic waste and paper-based products. Good Sammy Enterprises - A-Z Charitable donations guide & donation bin stickers ($12,150) The project will develop an A-Z guide of household goods and how these goods are managed by charitable recyclers (with links to the Recycle Right website), guidance to local governments, a flyer with guidance for customers who bring in donations that are not accepted, and stickers for community donation bins highlighting key messages. Dalyellup Collective Inc - South West Greener Events Wash Trailer ($19,700) A 'South West all in one Wash Trailer' will provide re-usable crockery, cutlery and dish washing services (including FOGO separate) for food stall patrons. The trailer will be made available to six shires to use at community events and festivals. Boddington RRR Inc - Boddington RRR - Let's talk rubbish ($3,000) This project will provide at least 15 waste talks and visits to organisations, groups and events in 2023, with an average of 30 people per talk. Key themes include how to avoid and recover waste, as well as protect the environment with an emphasis on priority focus materials.
Expressions of Interest sought for Geraldton Hospital upgrade15398Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 1:09:46 AM2022-11-30T01:00:00Z Major upgrade for Geraldton Health Campus moves forward with the $122.7 million development out for tender today The McGowan Government is calling for Expressions of Interest for the construction of the Geraldton Health Campus Redevelopment includes an expanded emergency department, a new intensive care unit with a redeveloped high dependency unit, a new integrated mental health service, and the expansion of car parking Geraldton's Health Campus is set for a $122.7 million upgrade, improving clinical capacity in emergency and critical care and inpatient mental health services. The McGowan Government has today called for Expressions of Interest for the main construction works of the Geraldton Health Campus and development of an integrated Mid-West mental health service. Plans include a new building along with the refurbishment of existing infrastructure. Work to prepare the Geraldton Health Campus site for redevelopment - including a new car park, changes to the hospital's main entrance, and emergency department vehicle entry - have been completed. Further information regarding the Expression of Interest is available on the Tenders WA website. Applications close 20 January 2023. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jane Sanderson "Today's opening of the Expressions of Interest for the Geraldton Health Campus is a milestone in this major project for the Mid-West. "This will be the single biggest investment in Geraldton Hospital since the Gallop Government redeveloped the hospital in the early 2000s. "This significant project will make a very real difference to healthcare for Western Australians living in the Mid-West." Comments attributed to Finance Minister Tony Buti "The $122.7 million Geraldton Health Campus project will expand critical care services in the region, and support local jobs and the economy through the construction works. "The managing contractor model will facilitate the delivery of the next stage of this important project within specified timeframes and offer value for money for the State." Comments attributable to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "The Expression of Interest stage is an exciting milestone for the local community with the redevelopment well underway. "It will provide a boost to the local economy during the construction phase and support local jobs. "I know the people of Geraldton and the Mid-West will be very happy to see this project moving forward, and closer to completion. "This project was a significant election commitment for the region and ensures we strengthen quality health care for the Mid-West region." Health Minister's office - 6552 5900 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6400
Specialist wicketkeeper program honours cricket great Rod Marsh15397Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 12:24:29 AM2022-11-29T22:00:00Z High-performance program pays tribute to Rod Marsh Marsh grew up in Armadale and died aged 74, on 4 March this year Western Australia's next generation of top wicketkeepers will be invited to take part in a high-performance coaching program in honour of Australian cricketing great Rod Marsh. The McGowan Government today announced $100,000 of funding for a specialist wicketkeeper program for young, talented cricketers aged between 15 and 19 years old. The program will offer expert coaching and support, and will complement WA Cricket's existing specialist pathway programs. The McGowan Government is also in talks with WA Cricket around matches between Western Australia and South Australia in the Sheffield Shield to be played in honour of Rod Marsh. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Rod Marsh was one of our country's most iconic cricketers, setting a world record 355 test match dismissals in a golden era of cricket. "What better way to honour one of our State's sporting greats than with a high-performance coaching program that will support and nurture the talent of our rising wicketkeeping stars. "I have spoken to Ros Marsh and she is delighted that her husband's legacy will live on through WA's next generation of top wicketkeepers." Comments attributed to WA Cricket Acting CEO Justin Michael "We're honoured to launch this program to foster the next generation of talent and continue the legacy of one of the greatest wicketkeepers the world has seen. "Rod Marsh is an icon of cricket in WA who had a knack for identifying future stars of the game, so this program is a fitting tribute to his outstanding contribution to cricket." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Protected Entertainment Precincts pass Parliament15394Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/11/2022 10:33:06 PM2022-11-29T16:00:00Z Liquor Control Amendment (Protected Entertainment Precincts) Act 2022 passes Parliament Protected Entertainment Precincts (PEP) to be in place by the end of 2022 Northbridge-Perth, Fremantle, Scarborough, Hillarys and Mandurah to become PEPs Laws to enhance safety in Western Australia's popular entertainment precincts by banning perpetrators of violent or threatening behaviour have passed through Parliament. The McGowan Government's Protected Entertainment Precincts (PEPs) will be established in Northbridge-Perth, Fremantle, Scarborough, Hillarys and Mandurah. The laws are expected to be in effect by the end of the year when precinct boundaries and guidelines for WA Police are finalised. The Liquor Control Amendment (Protected Entertainment Precincts) Act 2022 will provide further protections for people going out for a good time doing the right thing. PEPs are named in honour of Giuseppe 'Pep' Raco, the victim of an unprovoked one-punch attack in Northbridge in July 2020. It means anyone convicted of various violent and sexual offences, including drink-spiking, within the precincts will receive mandatory five-year exclusions. Police can also issue an order to exclude someone for up to six months, and further apply for an order of up to five years. Exclusion orders can apply when· a person behaves in an unlawful, antisocial, disorderly, offensive, indecent and threatening way in a precinct; and· the person being in the precinct could cause violence or public disorder or impact the safety of others. The penalty for breaching short-term and extended exclusion orders is up to two years imprisonment, and a fine of $12,000. Exemptions to exclusion from the precincts will apply for work, residential, education, health and other approved purposes. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "These laws are about keeping vibrancy in, and the thugs out. "It's about providing comfort to people going out for a good time and doing what we can to ensure that there's less chance of encountering someone that's antisocial or violent. "We're protecting people doing the right thing and taking a no-tolerance approach to those that do the wrong thing." Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti "We're eager to see our entertainment precincts continue to grow and thrive. "I'm pleased Protected Entertainment Precincts will be in effect this summer, as more people flock to these areas to enjoy the good weather and festive season. "When we make entertainment precincts safer, we're supporting business, supporting families and supporting a culture of fun without fear. "As we embark on Western Australia's latest tourism campaign, we need as many locals and visitors as possible enjoying these vibrant entertainment precincts." Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "We already have more police in our entertainment precincts than ever before. "We have a new Commissioner who is delivering on his visible policing plan, flooding those areas with a sea of blue.  "This new law provides our officers with another tool to continue the crack down on anti-social behaviour." Minister's Officer - 6552 6400
Date announced for betting limits on electronic gaming machines15395Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/11/2022 11:56:44 PM2022-11-29T16:00:00Z A $10 betting limit will apply to Electronic Gaming Machines on the main floor at Crown Casino from 1 July 2023 Tracking of player gambling and time limits is also on the cards Further gambling harm minimisation strategies to be rolled out by December 2025 A $10 betting limit for Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) will be enforced at Crown Casino from 1 July 2023. Endorsed by Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti, and enforced by the Gaming and Wagering Commission, the betting limit is part of the ongoing work to implement recommendations from the Perth Casino Royal Commission's Final Report. The Western Australian Government is also progressing further harm minimisation measures relating to EGMs, which include pre-set weekly loss limits; pre-set weekly time limits; and cashless EGMs/mandating carded play to monitor player gambling. This tranche of reforms is likely to be implemented by 1 December 2025, to allow for any additional technology or policies that may need to be put in place. The reforms will build on WA's existing gaming machine restrictions, which are the toughest in the country. The location of EGMs is restricted to Crown Perth Casino, with approval granted to operate up to 2,500 machines. Further to this, poker machines - which are a familiar feature in suburban venues in the eastern states - are prohibited in WA. The WA Government and the Gaming and Wagering Commission have already made significant progress towards addressing issues raised by the Royal Commission. The Casino Legislation Amendment (Burswood Casino) Bill 2022 recently passed through Parliament, and the Casino Control Act 1984 has been amended to provide the Commission with expanded power to direct the casino licensee with respect to all operations of the Perth Casino - not just the gaming operations. Anyone who is experiencing gambling-related harm can seek help at https//www.gambleaware.com.au/, or call 1800 858 858. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti "The leading recommendation made by the Royal Commission to address the risk of gambling-related harm for casino patrons is for a comprehensive scheme that will empower them to set their own spend and time limits for EGM use. "Enacting the $10 limit is the first step as we continue to work towards minimising gambling harm, especially for casino patrons using EGMs. "The WA Government remains committed to working with the Gaming and Wagering Commission to deliver successful outcomes on the Royal Commission's Final Report recommendations." Comments attributed to Gaming and Wagering Commission Chair Lanie Chopping "We are pleased to advise that significant work is already underway to implement a number of the Royal Commission's recommendations, with much to be achieved in the next 12 to 18 months. "The Gaming and Wagering Commission is considering all policy aspects and recommendations related to EGMs - including the impact of any required technology updates - in order to fast-track these reforms. "The Commission understands the importance of its role as an independent regulator and is committed to fully exploring these matters so that sound and appropriately informed public policy positions can be developed." Minister's Office - 6552 6400
Construction begins on WA EV Network15396Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2022 12:16:23 AM2022-11-29T16:00:00Z World's longest electric vehicle highway named WA EV Network Contracts to install fast chargers awarded to local companies Work begins on installation of chargers at Kalbarri, Northampton and Geraldton Construction started this week on the world's longest electric vehicle highway, with the town of Kalbarri to be the first location to receive a charger on the WA EV Network. Work on the installation of the first charging stations began this week at Kalbarri and Northampton, with construction starting at the Geraldton site next week. The sites are expected to be operational early next year with works on the remaining locations on Western Australia's main electricity grid, the South West Interconnected System, throughout 2023. The contract for the installation of the standard and fast chargers will be awarded to several local WA companies over the duration of the project. The WA EV Network will stretch from Kununurra in the north, to Esperance in the south and east to Eucla. The $20 million project extends more than 6,600 kilometres with 98 chargers across 49 locations. The EV Network is part of the State Government's Electric Vehicle Action Plan. To view the Electric Vehicle Action Plan, visit https//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government is excited to see construction start on this State-led project being managed by Synergy and Horizon Power. "There will be no more than 200 kilometres between each charger, reducing range anxiety and allowing electric vehicle owners to explore our amazing State. "Installation of the chargers at Kalbarri, Northampton and Geraldton will be done by Hamersley Electrical Contracting, a regional WA company specialising in work on renewable energy assets." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This is an important step in WA becoming home to Australia's longest electric vehicle highway by the end of 2024. "These charging stations will help boost the uptake of electric vehicles, reducing the State's emissions as well as relieving the petrol price pressure on households. "Electric vehicles charged using the State's main electricity grid produce 30 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional petrol vehicles." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The construction of the EV network is a key part of our Government's strategy to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in Western Australia. "By putting in place the infrastructure, and incentives like the Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate, we're setting the right conditions to get more people driving EVs." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "I am proud that Geraldton is joining the EV revolution with new charging stations along the world's longest electric vehicle highway. "The charging stations will mean that residents, businesspeople and tourists with EVs can travel with confidence to and through Geraldton from early next year." Minister's Office - 6552 6700
September 2022 Quarterly Financial Results Report15393Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9730html29/11/2022 7:15:48 AM2022-11-29T07:15:00Z Net debt decreased by a further $208 million to $29 billion in the September quarter 2022 General government operating surplus of $1.5 billion, down $2.9 billion from the same period last year Revenue down $1.9 billion, reflecting lower royalty income and Commonwealth grants, with expenditure up $1 billion Infrastructure investment almost $300 million or 20 per cent higher than a year earlier The September 2022 Quarterly Financial Results Report released today highlights the McGowan Government's responsible financial management and its capacity building with significant infrastructure investments to support a pipeline of job and business opportunities. The report showed total public sector net debt was $29 billion at 30 September 2022, $208 million lower than the end of 2021-22, with Western Australia the only State where debt continues to decline. A further $604 million of Consolidated Account debt was repaid through the Debt Reduction Account during the period. The general government sector recorded an operating surplus of $1.5 billion for the three months to 30 September 2022, $2.9 billion lower than the surplus reported for the same period in 2021 22*. General government revenue for the first three months of 2022 23 was $1.9 billion lower than the same period last year, mainly due to lower royalty income (down $1 billion, given a lower iron ore price), and lower Commonwealth grants (down $992 million). General government expenditure grew by $1 billion, reflecting higher agency salaries with an increase in staff numbers particularly in health and education, and other operating costs including higher COVID 19 patient support costs, and the cost of providing the $400 Household Electricity Credit. Infrastructure spending for the three months to 30 September 2022 totalled $1.8 billion, up $297 million or 20 per cent on the same period in 2021 22. The September 2022 Quarterly Financial Results Report is available from the Department of Treasury website at www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-treasury. *Note that quarterly outcomes are impacted by timing factors such as grant revenue from the Commonwealth and expenditure, which can be volatile. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The September 2022 quarterly reflects our continued responsible financial management. "We continue to build capacity to ensure we are able to respond as global economic headwinds build. "Despite lower revenue, we continue to prioritise spending in areas such as health and education, and grow our economy for the long-term through our significant investment in infrastructure to support a pipeline of jobs and business opportunities. "The continued delivery of positive financial results is why Moody's revised our AA1 credit rating from a 'stable' to 'positive' outlook today, following S&P Global's upgrade to AAA in June this year." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Regional talent gets funding for sporting dreams15391Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4660html29/11/2022 5:05:38 AM2022-11-29T05:05:00Z Athletes, coaches, and officials in regional Western Australia will benefit from grants to sporting organisations, helping them to train and grow Eight sporting organisations to receive $545,000 from the Regional Talent Development Network grants program Programs include strength and conditioning, athlete development sessions, and coaching pathways Regional athletes, coaches and officials are the beneficiaries of funding to nine special programs around Western Australia that will help them achieve their sporting dreams. The Regional Talent Development Network (RTDN) grants program is a component of the Regional Athlete Support Program. This State-wide network supports talented regionally based athletes, coaches, and officials, allowing them to continue their sporting development and progress while living at home and having access to a high-quality daily training environment. This round of funding from the RTDN - totalling $545,000 - is going to eight organisations for nine programs, which include a football talent development program in the Wheatbelt, a program for coaches and athletes in the Pilbara to foster growth and performance success, development opportunities to move from sub-elite to elite level in the Goldfields, and providing an elite home daily training environment in the Mid-West. The funding has gone to regional sporting academies, State Sporting Associations, and sport talent networks who will deliver the programs and opportunities. In this round, the nine programs receiving funding for projects in the 2022-23 financial year include Swimming WA - $35,000; WA Basketball Federation - $70,000; Goldfields Sports Development Foundation - $30,000; Esperance District Recreation Association - $25,000; Mid West Academy of Sport - $200,000; Peel Sport and Recreation Network - $140,000; Perth Football Club - $5,000; and Stephen Michael Foundation - $20,000 (Gascoyne) and $20,000 (Wheatbelt). The RTDN grants program facilitates access to sport-specific skill coaching and non-sport specialist services for regional athletes, as well as facilitating regional talent development initiatives across the industry. For more details, visit https//www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/sport-and-recreation-funding/regional-athlete-support-program. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Regionally-based athletes, coaches, and officials don't always get the same opportunities as their city counterparts and this funding helps take programs to them. "This funding goes to programs and development opportunities for them to grow, improve their skills and abilities, and progress along the sporting pathway - potentially to elite level - so they can realise their sporting dreams. "RTDN funding also allows programs to target a specific sport or regional need in order to gain maximum results. This is one way we can identify our next Olympians and Commonwealth Games team and support them on the way there." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Progress achieved in push to prevent workplace sexual harassment15392Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6110html29/11/2022 5:07:52 AM2022-11-29T05:00:00Z McGowan Government tables its progress report on its response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out mining industry Suite of initiatives being implemented to help tackle violence, harassment and discrimination in the sector Government remains committed to ensuring women feel safe and respected in the workplaceThe McGowan Government has tabled a progress report in Parliament today, further highlighting its commitment to tackle violence, harassment and discrimination against women in Western Australia's mining sector. The report follows the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining industry and outlines the actions being taken across key areas such as primary prevention, data and research, refocused regulatory framework, and better support and advocacy for victims of workplace sexual harassment. Regulatory amendments to the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 and Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 are already underway, which will clearly mandate the requirement for companies to address psychosocial hazards such as sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviours in the workplace. Improvements introduced through the McGowan Government's Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) Program are funding critical support for victim-survivors and developing resources to support individuals and employers to prevent and respond to workplace violence. This includes training to upskill mining industry personnel to respond and support victims of sexual harassment incidents. Circle Green Community Legal has been funded to provide legal triage and non-legal social services to those working in WA's mining sector who have been affected by workplace sexual harassment. Other ongoing initiatives include an e-Learning program delivered by the Sexual Assault Resource Centre, a Respect in Mining pilot initiative to engage workers about gendered drivers of violence, an independent Regulatory Capability Review (RCR) and the development of a Code of Practice for accommodation facilities. A Leadership Summit will also be hosted in the first half of 2023 to drive cultural change across WA's mining industry by bringing together company boards, mine management, supervisors, health and safety representatives and safety professionals. The existing code of practice for mentally healthy workplaces for FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors is being reviewed by the Department of Mining, Industry Regulation and Safety and will be delivered to the Mining and Petroleum Advisory Committee and the Work Health and Safety Commission. For more information on the McGowan Government's progress report, please visit https//www.commerce.wa.gov.au/node/11567/ Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government's Progress Report highlights our commitment to building a workplace culture of inclusivity, respect and safety for women. "While important progress has been made, we recognise there is more work to be done. "We will continue to collaborate with industry and the community to create workplaces that proactively prevent inappropriate behaviour. "All organisations, industry leaders, employers and individuals have a responsibility to speak out against this behaviour, to hold perpetrators to account." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is doing important and nation-leading work to stamp out sexual violence in the workplace. Everyone has a right to feel safe and supported at work. "Workplace sexual harassment is not a women's issue; it a societal issue which all organisations, employers and individuals have a responsibility to address. "The message is clear. We need more women to work in this sector and we need them to be treated with respect." Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations Minister's office - 6552 6700Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600
WA’s strong financial management endorsed by Moody’s15390Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9620html29/11/2022 4:17:18 AM2022-11-29T04:10:00Z Moody's lift Western Australia's credit rating outlook Update follows WA regaining the AAA rating from S&P Global this year, restored for the first time in nine years Cautious assessment as global economy heads into period of significant stress Report acknowledges WA's successful handling of the pandemic and responsible financial managementMoody's Investor Service has endorsed the McGowan Government's strong and responsible financial management and lifting WA's credit rating outlook from AA1 'stable' to 'positive' The lift in outlook follows Western Australia securing a credit rating upgrade from S&P Global in June this year, restoring the State's AAA credit rating for the first time in nine years after it was lost by the former Liberal National Government in 2013. In the report released today, Moody's recognised the "sustained fiscal discipline and budget repair" under the McGowan Government, with WA continuing to be considered "an outlier compared with its domestic and international peers." Moody's observed that - despite significant stress emerging in the global economy - windfall gains, tight expenditure controls, and improving revenue diversification have maintained WA's debt burden "at moderate levels, strengthening the State's capacity to respond to future shocks". The State's successful management of the pandemic is also recognised. Furthermore, Moody's note "despite rising interest rates, the State's debt affordability - as measured by interest expense as a percentage of revenue - is strong." The report highlights the possibility for further improvements in the State's credit assessment, noting investments to address climate change and social housing in assessing the State's ESG profile. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It's pleasing Moody's has again endorsed our strong economic and financial management, following the loss of confidence and credit rating downgrades under the former Liberal National Government. "Monetary tightening by central banks is rapidly pushing up interest costs for governments and taking funding away from the delivery of key services. Our efforts over a number of years to repair the budget have mitigated this. "As many commentators warn of an impending global recession, it's important we have the capacity to respond to these challenges, with the positive assessment by multiple credit rating agencies further adding to the confidence in our State." Minister's office - 6552 5000
Extra Funding secures a voice for LGBTIQA+ young people15389Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5040html29/11/2022 3:16:05 AM2022-11-29T03:15:00Z Funding for the Youth Pride Network Project extended out to October 2025 $525,000 for the Youth Pride Network to be the voice for WA's LGBTIQA+ youth Information and education for the LGBTIQA+ community and allies a focus Youth Minister Dave Kelly today announced additional funding totalling $525,000 to deliver the Youth Pride Network Project, which provides advocacy services for Western Australia's LGBTIQA+ youth. The McGowan Government has been supporting the Youth Pride Network since 2020. The new funding for the next two years extends that support through to October 2025. The additional funding will enable the Youth Pride Network to increase its operational capacity to cover staffing costs, finance events, and undertake outreach services in regional WA. The Youth Pride Network carry out an important advocacy role for LGBTIQA+ young people, and work to ensure all LGBTIQA+ young people are fully included, accepted, and celebrated by their communities. They provide accurate and reliable resources, workshops, information, and education for the LGBTIQA+ community and their allies, while working to raise public awareness around the needs and aspirations of LGBTIQA+ young people. Since 2020 the Youth Pride Network have developed numerous policy documents to government as part of their advocacy work, including a report on LGBTIQA+ young people's experience of the accommodation system, and submissions on the Equal Opportunity Act, the Religious Discrimination bill 2021 and Gender Recognition in WA. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "LGBTIQA+ young people still experience prejudice and discrimination in their lives, and face a greater risk of mental health issues, including self-harm and suicide. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting LGBTIQA+ young people and ensuring they can take their rightful place in their communities, and I am delighted to extend funding of the Youth Pride Network. "The Youth Pride Network is doing outstanding work in supporting and promoting the needs and ambitions of LGBTIQA+ young people by enabling them to raise their voice." Minister's office - 6552 6100
WA’s Western Rock Lobster achieves world first milestone15387Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5940html29/11/2022 2:35:11 AM2022-11-29T02:35:00Z West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery receives MSC certification for the fifth time Twelve of WA's fisheries now have Marine Stewardship Council's sustainability tick In 2000, the Fishery was the first in the world to receive MSC certification In a world first, Western Australia's Western Rock Lobster has been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for the fifth time in a row. The re-certification represents a major sustainability milestone for the fishery MSC's Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable. The process involves a rigorous independent expert review, which examines the sustainability of breeding stock, as well as fishing effort, and the impact of the fishery on the wider environment. It also looks at how well the fishery consults with stakeholders, recreational fishers and conservation organisations. The McGowan Government is committed to the sustainable management of WA's fisheries, to benefit not only the environment, but also the jobs and economic growth the industry supports. Today's news that Western Rock Lobster has been re-certified is a testament to the sound management and research programs that underpin this highly valuable resource. MSC certification has also helped spark a growing international interest in Western Rock Lobster with new export opportunities opening-up through the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement. WA's West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery consists of 230 vessels using baited pots to fish for rock lobster. There are strict requirements in place including minimum size requirements, a quota management system and a ban on catching breeding females. Data has been kept since the 1960s that allows WA fisheries scientists from the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development to accurately predict catches up to four years in advance, ensuring controls are adequate to maintain sustainable levels. Details on where you can purchase lobsters through back-of-boat sales is available here. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "WA's Western Rock Lobster industry should be very proud of its commitment to sustainability, especially for being the first fishery to commit to MSC's high standards. "These days more than 530 fisheries around the world are certified with MSC and our West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery is the first in the world to have been re-certified five times in a row. "Earlier this year, Western Australia was congratulated by MSC for our commitment to fisheries sustainability, and with 12 MSC-certified fisheries we now have more than 90 per cent of the value of our State's fisheries certified as sustainable. "The McGowan Government was proud to support Western Rock Lobster industry with a range of measures, when access to the China market was severely limited and the ongoing initiative to allow back-of-boat sales has become a very popular way for fishers to sell their catch and engage with the local community. "Seafood lovers have taken up the opportunity in droves, to enjoy world-class, sustainable rock lobster at its freshest, direct from the fishers, and with Christmas fast-approaching, it's a great time for you to support a world-leading fishery" Minister's office - 6552 6900
Mid-West RED Grants create opportunities & diversifying business15388Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5550html29/11/2022 3:02:07 AM2022-11-29T02:30:00Z Four Mid-West projects share more than $642,000 grant funding McGowan Government investing in education, hospitality and tourism in the region Four Mid-West projects will share in $642,763 funding under round five of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program. The McGowan Government's RED Grants program has invested $45.8 million over eight years in local projects across Western Australia's regions, to drive economic development and support regional communities. Successful projects in round five will diversify the tourism and hospitality sectors, support creative industries, and enhance childcare capacity in the region. The Welcome to Gero project will benefit from $250,000 to establish a new tourism and entertainment precinct in the heart of Geraldton. A derelict site will be repurposed to host pop-up retail spaces, food trucks and market stalls, as well as an ongoing program of entertainment, performances and experiences. Perenjori Short Stay Accommodation will utilise a $160,000 grant to expand its accommodation offering, adding 10 new self-contained guest rooms and a guest reception. The Shire of Cue will receive a $82,763 grant to fit out a commercial kitchen to support establishing the Cue Café and hospitality venue at the State Heritage-listed former Western Australian Bank building. Mingenew Education and Childcare Centre will use $150,000 to expand and upgrade the facility, delivering a critical service for primary caregivers, enabling them to re-join the local workforce and deal with the workers shortfall. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Once again, the RED Grants continue to support local businesses and organisations to develop, grow and diversify to better service regional communities. "Geraldton is emerging as a significant creative arts hot spot, including strong Aboriginal arts enterprises. "The Welcome to Gero project creates a unique opportunity to build momentum to diversify the regional economy, adding value to the city's tourism identity and experiences. "Our smaller Mid-West communities; Mingenew, Perenjori and Cue, are well-supported in this round with projects that deliver significant expansions to essential services, such as accommodation and childcare, and tourism opportunities." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "I'm thrilled to see such a diversity of projects supported through the grants and look forward to seeing them prosper and grow through this funding. "Congratulations to the successful recipients and I thank Minister MacTiernan and the State Government for their support of local business." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful Round 5 RED Grant recipients - Mid-West Grant Applicant Project Description Grant Amount Shire of Mingenew Extension and Upgrade of Mingenew Education and Child Care Centre $150,000 A & MA Heelan Perenjori Short Stay Accommodation Upgrade $160,000 The Trustee for Margland Unit Trust Welcome to Gero Project $250,000 Shire of Cue Establishment of Cue Café Kitchen $82,763
New Carnarvon agricultural training site to help deliver skilled workforce15385Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5230html29/11/2022 1:10:23 AM2022-11-29T01:00:00Z McGowan Government supports new agricultural training site for Central Regional TAFE at DPIRD's Carnarvon Research Station Collaboration to support future workforce for growing horticulture industry The McGowan Government has moved to boost workforce capacity and capability in the Carnarvon horticulture production area by establishing a dedicated agricultural training site to help advance vocational training. Action has already been taken to establish the training site at the Carnarvon Research Station, after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Central Regional TAFE and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). The new location will enhance the TAFE's delivery of Certificates in agriculture, horticulture, rural operations and short courses, providing unique access to equipment, research trials and DPIRD's technical experts. The move builds on the close relationship developed between Central Regional TAFE and DPIRD in recent years, through the department's PRIMED education project. The State Government has significantly upgraded the Carnarvon Research Station in recent years, which now boasts a high-tech greenhouse with a retractable roof for environmental control and cyclone protection, a protective crop netting structure and a digital data network. There has also been ongoing investment in scientific personnel at the station, who undertake a range of sub-tropical irrigated agricultural research to advance the district's $100 million per annum horticulture production industry. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is a great initiative to provide young people in the Gascoyne with the opportunity to tap into a high-quality training program, appropriately located at the State's home of sub-tropical research. "The Carnarvon Research Station hosts a number of groundbreaking research trials across a range of fruit and vegetable crops, including mangoes, persimmons, jackfruit, tomatoes, capsicums, melons, as well as sterile Leucaena. "This collaboration will help contribute to a skilled workforce for the burgeoning horticulture industry, driving regional economic growth and jobs." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The State Government is supporting Western Australia's agriculture industry to build its current and future workforce and this initiative aligns with priorities the industry has set out for meeting its skills needs in the region. "This unique arrangement will be a great benefit to TAFE students and lecturers, working alongside experienced DPIRD research scientists and technical officers in the field to learn the latest advances and techniques in the horticulture industry. "The partnership between TAFE and DPIRD will help attract students to these important courses, while serving as a platform to launch the next generation of horticulturalists to support the district's expanding irrigated agriculture industry." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700