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McGowan Government secures AFL matches at Perth Stadium10441Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/10/2017 5:31:37 AM2017-10-22T05:30:00Z Negotiations with football finalised and terms agreed for AFL matches at Perth Stadium Arrangement will see a portion of rent paid by AFL clubs to be directed back to WAFC Funding agreement applies for an initial 10-year term with four further 10-year extension options Tourism packages guaranteed, to help boost the local economy and create jobs The McGowan Labor Government has concluded negotiations with football to secure Perth Stadium as the home ground for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers from the start of the 2018 AFL season. Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement following approval of key outstanding commercial terms by the State Government and execution of two major agreements. Under the agreement between the State Government, the Australian Football League (AFL) and the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC), $10.3 million per annum of football generated income at the stadium will be provided to the WAFC over an initial 10-year period, ensuring Western Australian grassroots football continues to prosper. The funding is derived from revenue earnt from the Fremantle Dockers, West Coast Eagles and AFL Finals matches, ensuring that football effectively funds football development in WA. For subsequent 10-year terms the WAFC will continue to benefit from the income generated by football at the stadium, capped at $10.3 million a year adjusted by CPI. Future funding for the WAFC for subsequent 10-year terms will be subject to a detailed review, commencing in year seven of each 10-year term of the 50-year agreement. The second agreement made, between the State Government, Stadium operator VenuesLive, the AFL, the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers covers all AFL home and away games and AFL Finals for 50 years from 2018. As part of the user agreement 50,000 seats will be available for Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles members for their AFL Premiership season home games; At least 6,000 tickets will be available to non-AFL club members for every AFL Premiership season game; and A total of 1,385 Perth Stadium memberships, for fans who wish to enjoy every event at the stadium, will be sold by VenuesLive. Under the arrangement, the State Government has secured 1,000 tickets for tourism packages to help boost the tourism economy in WA. The two clubs will now move quickly to transition existing members and accommodate new members at Perth Stadium in time for the start of the season. Construction of Perth Stadium is more than 97 per cent complete and scheduled to open for the free Community Open Day on January 21, 2018. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We've been able to secure this historic agreement for Western Australian football fans after many years of negotiations. "We inherited the negotiations from the previous government and have worked constructively for many months with the WAFC and AFL to come to an agreement. "The West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers will now enjoy world-class facilities at the new stadium and funding for grassroots football has been secured as a result. "Western Australians have invested at least $1.46 billion into this facility and football will be able to leverage off that investment and continue to grow into the future. "Following the initial 10-year period, this deal prevents future governments from having to top-up funding, making this a fair deal for all Western Australians." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Football funding football was always an important requirement for the McGowan Government and I am pleased that this has been achieved. "Grassroots football can be assured it will have adequate funding to make sure WA produces many more generations of champions. "An increased capacity crowd of 60,000 and the colosseum-style atmosphere will also intensify the home-ground advantage feared by our rivals across the Nullarbor. "I'm confident that the success of the AFL, combined with the strength of Fremantle and West Coast, will ensure that WA Football has a strong future." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Perth Stadium pie contract awarded to WA company10438Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/10/2017 1:37:04 AM2017-10-22T01:00:00Z Family-owned Perth company Mrs Mac's awarded exclusive five-year contract to supply pies and pastries to Perth Stadium Mrs Mac's contributes $50 million per annum to the Western Australian economy, supporting local businesses and jobs Sport and music fans to enjoy local pies and pastries made with local ingredients Family-owned Perth company Mrs Mac's has beaten out Eastern States competition to win the tender to supply pies and pastries to Perth Stadium. Pies supplied to WA stadiums have traditionally come from Eastern States companies. The five-year deal with Mrs Mac's demonstrates a competitive approach by the Western Australian company and will provide a boost to employment and a fillip to local producers. Mrs Mac's sources 85 per cent of its ingredients from Western Australia, employs 300 people and is worth $50 million a year to the local economy. It purchases $30 million worth of WA produce each year, including 2,800 tonnes per annum of prime 100 per cent WA beef and 4,800 tonnes of flour produced from premium WA wheat. The McGowan Government is in the process of filling Perth Stadium's events calendar for the coming years, with a plan to secure as many world-class events as possible to boost tourism, create new jobs and stimulate the economy. Perth Stadium will host an AFLW fixture in February 2018, two Ed Sheeran concerts and the Perth NRL double header in March 2018, Chelsea Football Club versus Perth Glory in mid-2018, State of Origin II and a Bledisloe Cup match in 2019 with more world-class events to be announced soon. Construction of the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium is more than 97 per cent complete and will officially open with a free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Mrs Mac's is not only an iconic local company, it is family-owned and an employer of hundreds of Western Australians. "In the past when sports and music fans have enjoyed a pie or a sausage roll at WA stadiums, it has usually come from an Eastern States-owned company. "Mrs Mac's buys thousands of tonnes of prime WA beef and quality WA flour each year, supporting our farmers and jobs in many other industries. "Enjoying a pie at a sporting event is synonymous with Australian life - and fans at Perth Stadium will be certain they are consuming one that has been locally produced. "Mrs Mac's sources an impressive 85 per cent of its ingredients from within WA. That means when sports and music fans buy a pie or pastry at Perth Stadium they are supporting WA industries and WA jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Childrens Week off to a super hero start10361Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/10/2017 5:15:12 AM2017-10-21T05:15:00Z Children's Week taking place across Western Australia from October 21-29 $25,000 in grants provided for events to celebrate the week A Super Hero Family Day in Kalgoorlie is among the events taking place during Children's Week, which gets underway in Perth and regional Western Australia today. Children will be encouraged to dress up as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and a host of other super heroes, as they join their families to learn about staying safe in the community. Hosted by the Sandalwood Family Centre on October 25, the free event will also feature bouncy castles, face painting and a sausage sizzle. The WA Children's Week Grants program is administered by the Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation, with funding from the Department of Communities and Lotterywest. Funding of $25,000 has been provided by the State Government for events to celebrate the week through the WA Children's Week Grants program. The program provides up to $2,000 to not-for-profit community organisations and local governments in regional and remote areas to host Children's Week activities. Funding is also provided for events at Meerilinga's seven metropolitan centres, which will focus on explorative outdoor play. A list of Children's Week events can be found on the Children's Week website. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Childhood is such an important time and all Western Australian families have a responsibility to ensure children are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. "Children's Week is a wonderful way for families to participate in activities that encourage children to play, learn and grow. "The theme of Children's Week this year is celebrate, play, discover and the State Government is pleased to be able to support this important initiative through the WA Children's Week Grants program." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Weekend of sport and community activities to honour memories of plane crash officers10360Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/10/2017 4:57:56 AM2017-10-21T03:00:00Z Bloody Slow Cup brings Newman community together to commemorate plane tragedy Police Minister Michelle Roberts has paid her respects at the site of a plane crash which killed four Western Australia Police Force officers on Australia Day 2001. Mrs Roberts and Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson joined families of the officers for a remembrance ceremony this morning at the crash site near Newman. Senior Constables Donald Everett and Philip Ruland, First Class Constable David Dewar and Constable Gavin Capes were returning from the Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra when the plane's engines failed. The tragedy is the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Australia's history and had a profound impact on the community of Newman. The Minister and Commissioner Dawson today joined locals at several community and sporting events in Newman, ahead of this evening's main tribute match - The Bloody Slow Cup. The rugby match between Australians and Kiwis has become one of Newman's major sporting and social events and raises thousands of dollars for WA Police Legacy. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I am grateful for the opportunity to travel to Newman today with the Commissioner to be part of such a dignified ceremony to honour the memories of these fine officers. "The impact of this terrible tragedy on the officer's families, friends, colleagues and the community of Newman was and still is to this day profound. "Being a police officer can be a difficult, complex and very dangerous job and I acknowledge the service of all our dedicated and courageous men and women, some who tragically make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and keep the community safe." Minister's office - 6552 6900
WA water awards winners announced10359Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/10/2017 1:04:27 AM2017-10-21T01:00:00Z Australian Water Association WA Water Awards Recognising water industry excellence and innovation Western Australia's water industry innovators have been recognised with the announcement of the 2017 Australian Water Association Western Australian Water Awards winners. Water Minister Dave Kelly last night announced the winners across eight categories from a shortlist of 19 finalists during a ceremony at the Pan Pacific, with achievements in wastewater innovation a dominant theme. A wastewater treatment and biogas production system first used at a Dardanup abattoir won Environmental Engineers International the Research Innovation Award for advances in nutrient removal and reductions in cost, energy and chemical use, sludge, carbon dioxide and noxious odours. Upgrading Rottnest Island's wastewater plant to enable 100 per cent re-use of effluent and a 50 per cent reduction in potable water use, won Guidera O'Connor and Permeate Partners the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award. Use of recycled wastewater to support Aboriginal advancement and community projects in the Kimberley won the Water Corporation the Program Innovation Award, and the City of Kalamunda won the Innovating for Sustainability Award for its use of managed aquifer recharge to store and treat stormwater for use at Hartfield Park. The Australian Water Association WA Water Awards are sponsored by the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. For a list of all the winners, visit http//www.awa.asn.au/documents/WA_Water_Awards_2017_Finalists_and_Winners.pdf Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The number of projects dealing with wastewater treatment and reuse show how important integrating and improving this technology is as we transform our towns and industries into water sensitive places. "Finding cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to treat industrial effluent and remove nitrogen from wastewater is essential to the health of waterways in urban and regional Australia. "Successful improvements and integration of wastewater into our water supply mix can achieve positive community outcomes as shown at Rottnest and in the Kimberley. "Similarly, scheme water use reduction at White Gum Valley and managed aquifer recharge in Kalamunda, showcases the innovative ideas being used locally to address the impacts of climate change." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Kalgoorlie-Boulder wins Tidy Towns 20179455Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3840html20/10/2017 7:00:32 AM2017-10-20T07:00:00Z ​Awards recognise community projects and sustainable living Kalgoorlie-Boulder a finalist in four categories The Goldfields town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is this year's State Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award winner. It is the first time Kalgoorlie-Boulder has won the top prize in the 48-year history of Tidy Towns in Western Australia. Kalgoorlie-Boulder's Urban Landcare Group co-ordinated several of the major projects in the town including the Williamstown (East Kalgoorlie) cactus eradication project - an interagency collaboration to remove a staggering 750 tonnes of invasive cactus plants from the area. The town installed a 120kW solar photovoltaic system at Kalgoorlie-Boulder's airport - adding to the 80kW solar system recently installed on the roof of the Goldfields Arts Centre. Kalgoorlie-Boulder also carried out a successful bin tagging trial - marking recycling bins with incorrect contents and providing follow up advice to householders. The trial almost halved the number of non-recyclable items in the community's recycling bins. The Community Action and Wellbeing Category award also went to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for its Heartwalk public art project. Twenty large scale murals by local and professional artists were painted throughout the town in a bid to revitalise the central business district. The Tidy Towns' category winners are Young Legends - Waroona; Environmental Sustainability - Margaret River; Litter Prevention and Waste Management - Nannup; Environmental Education - Preston Beach; Heritage and Culture - Southern Cross; Community Action and Wellbeing - Kalgoorlie-Boulder; and General Appearance - Yalgoo. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards celebrate projects that promote sustainable living in regional communities and provides the perfect opportunity to recognise communities that are committed to reducing their eco footprint. "Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a great example of this - its community has pulled together to complete projects that benefit everyone and make the city a more vibrant, culturally aware and environmentally sustainable place to live. "In particular, the Heartwalk art project has activated a public art culture in Kalgoorlie-Boulder giving the community a real sense of purpose and vitality, and providing the CBD with an instant facelift." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Premier, Ministers travel to China and Japan next month9453Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6640html20/10/2017 6:26:39 AM2017-10-20T06:20:00Z ​Premier to lead rescheduled education and tourism delegation to China next month Ministers Ellery, Johnston and Papalia to also travel to China Premier and Minister Papalia then travel to Japan for high-level meetings The international mission will focus on strengthening WA's economy and creating jobs Premier Mark McGowan will be leading an education and tourism-focused delegation to China and Japan next month in his first international trip as leader of Western Australia. The Premier's visit to China was originally scheduled for this month, but this was changed after China's National Party Congress was announced to begin on October 18. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia will join the Premier, along with a delegation of invited representatives from the tourism and education sectors. The delegation will travel to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship ahead of a visit to Shanghai. Ms Ellery and some university delegates will also visit Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province. Mr McGowan and Mr Papalia will then travel to Japan to meet the leadership of major Japanese companies, along with senior government figures. The Japanese visit includes time in Tokyo and Kobe in Sister State Hyogo Prefecture, and will also explore opportunities for greater collaboration in tourism to help boost WA's economy. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "China and Japan are Western Australia's two biggest trading partners, together making up nearly 65 per cent of our exports, so it makes sense that my first overseas visit as Premier includes time in each country. "Both countries have played an integral role in the growth of major export sectors like oil and gas, and iron ore, and also present real opportunities for growth in other industries. "The Chinese portion of the trip has a particular focus on international education and tourism, both crucial sectors if we are to grow and diversify the State's economy to create more local jobs." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Industry training partnership to future-proof Western Australian jobs9451Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8330html20/10/2017 5:15:20 AM2017-10-20T05:15:00Z ​TAFE WA and Rio Tinto to create a new training program to prepare workers for industry advancements, innovation and automation The program is expected to be delivered for the first time in 2019 A landmark partnership between TAFE WA and Rio Tinto will ensure Western Australians are skilled to take up the jobs that automation and future advances in technology will create. New TAFE WA curriculum for post-secondary courses and industry traineeships, to be developed over the coming year, will help ensure the current and future workforce has the qualifications, skills and competencies required by industry in changing workplaces. The curriculum will be the first of its kind in Australia. A recent report commissioned by the State Training Board showed the shift towards automation and innovative technologies would create new roles requiring different specialist skills such as electronics, computing and precision manufacturing. By partnering directly with industry, the new qualifications will deliver the skills needed to meet industry demand and ensure Western Australians are equipped to take up the jobs of the future. Rio Tinto will work with trainers from South Metropolitan TAFE to assess industry changes and future training needs over the next five to 10 years and ensure this is reflected in the curriculum. The new industry traineeships and post-secondary courses are anticipated to commence in 2019. Rio Tinto is contributing $2 million towards the initiative. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We must ensure vocational education and training keeps pace as technology and innovation transforms a range of industries. "We want Western Australian workers, including the next generation of our workforce, to have the skills they need to take up the jobs that automation and technology will create. "This partnership with Rio Tinto ensures we are skilling Western Australians with the qualifications we know industry will require." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Onslow Marine Support Base a boost to local economy8951Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4130html20/10/2017 4:00:10 AM2017-10-20T04:00:00Z ​First stage of Onslow Marine Support Base now complete Hundreds of jobs expected upon full completion of project Significant economic boost to Onslow region The first stage of the Onslow Marine Support Base, which will create hundreds of jobs once fully completed, opened today. The base is a privately funded project that will eventually be developed into a service hub for vessels operating throughout north-west Western Australia's offshore oil and gas fields. Stage one of the project involved the construction of a berth pocket in Beadon Creek to form a land-based wharf facility. It is anticipated the completed project will be a world-class marine supply base with the capability to cater for any size vessel, while providing employment for hundreds of people. The State Government has assisted the project by providing improved infrastructure such as roads, services and a laydown area. The Department of Transport in particular has given access to its expertise in dredging, managing the waterway and made available its planners and coastal engineers for advice. Meanwhile, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has assisted the project to navigate the necessary government approvals. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The base will be transformative, providing a significant economic boost to Onslow and substantial benefits to the offshore oil and gas industry. "I am proud of the State Government's involvement in providing improved infrastructure and commend the base for their investment in the WA economy. "The State Government has an important role to play in facilitating private investment where possible and the Onslow Marine Support Base is a real success story. "My agencies and our Government will continue to work with the base to maximise the shared benefits of the project. "I look forward to working with the base to assist it in securing Federal Government funding to expand its operations." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Western Australians urged to reduce waste8950Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5400html20/10/2017 6:40:24 AM2017-10-20T03:30:00Z ​Opportunity to comment on McGowan Labor Government's directions for a new waste strategy New targets to protect our environment, reduce waste generation and improve recovery rates Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today called for Western Australians to contribute to the development of the McGowan Labor Government's new waste strategy. The Government's plan for a new waste strategy is open for public comment until March 1, 2018. The Waste Authority has prepared a paper to look at opportunities to improve WA's waste and recycling performance which is lagging behind other Australian jurisdictions. Three key objectives are proposed to minimise environmental risk, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, avoiding the generation of waste, and increasing recycling and recovery of valuable materials. Launching the consultation paper at Perth's Foodbank today, Mr Dawson urged every Western Australian - householders, industry and government - to act to reduce the amount of waste they generated and look at ways to recycle or reuse waste. Foodbank - which accepts surplus food from companies - diverts thousands of tonnes of food from landfill to feed people in need. Last year, Foodbank distributed more than 3.1 million kilograms of donated food - supporting charities and feeding 94,000 people every month. Food and other organic waste makes up about two thirds of the municipal solid waste stream. By avoiding food waste, companies and households can cut costs and reduce the pressure on landfill space. In 2014-15, on average each Western Australian generated 2,623 kilograms of waste - the highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 19 per cent above the national average. The new strategy aims to bring WA's waste generation in line with the national average, and new targets proposed in the consultation paper aim to recycle or recover 75 per cent of all waste by 2030. For more information, visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/about/waste-strategy/review-of-waste-strategy/ Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This Government has already demonstrated its commitment to reducing waste, introducing a number of strategic waste reforms including the introduction of a container deposit scheme and a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags. "The Waste Authority's review of the waste strategy provides an opportunity for all of us to work together to improve environmental outcomes, create employment and build businesses. "Reducing the amount of waste disposed of to landfill can generate significant economic opportunities for the Western Australian community - for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full-time equivalent jobs are created compared to only 2.8 jobs when waste is sent to landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Jobs Bill to support WA workers passes through Legislative Assembly8934Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9470html20/10/2017 1:26:11 AM2017-10-20T01:20:00Z ​McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Bill has passed through the Legislative Assembly New laws will support WA businesses to get a bigger share of work on local projects State Government to assist businesses to tender for government contracts Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the passage of the McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Bill through the Legislative Assembly paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. The new laws will give Western Australian businesses a better opportunity to get a bigger share of work on State Government projects, creating more jobs for local workers. Prospective suppliers of government contracts will now be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender. These plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered. Dedicated staff within the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will proactively engage with local businesses, making it simpler and easier for them to understand how to tender for a government contract. Under the Jobs Law, governments can also declare a major project a 'project of strategic significance for the WA economy' requiring these projects to have extra local content, which will lead to more jobs. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Jobs Law was a key election commitment that we've moved swiftly to deliver. I'm pleased the laws have passed through the lower house of Parliament and urge all Members of Parliament to support their quick passage through the upper house. "Under the new law, the work flowing to WA businesses on big government projects will be maximized, creating more jobs for Western Australian workers. "This is all about giving WA businesses every opportunity to compete for work on important State infrastructure like schools, hospitals and public transport, and giving them the tools they need to do so. "Under the previous government, WA workers were missing out. We recognised this wasn't good enough and the Jobs Law will put WA jobs first." Premier's office - 6552 5000
New road safety campaign urges WA motorcyclists to 'ride to arrive'8933Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9970html20/10/2017 1:15:06 AM2017-10-20T01:15:00Z ​$850,000 road safety campaign for vulnerable group of WA road users So far in 2017, 20 people have lost their lives in motorcycle crashes on WA roads Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has today launched a new road safety education campaign aimed at saving the lives of motorcyclists on Western Australian roads. The 'Don't push it, ride to arrive' campaign will begin appearing on television screens from this weekend. The message to motorcycle riders is to consider the role of speed when they are confronted with the unexpected. The advertisements show how a rider's speed can affect the ability to navigate unexpected road obstacles such as an oil slick or gravel. In 2016, 60 per cent of motorcyclist fatalities did not involve another vehicle. This latest campaign is aimed at men aged between 30 and 49 - the most over-represented age group in motorcyclist fatalities and serious injuries last year. The television advertisements will first air to coincide with the broadcast of the Australian MotoGP tomorrow (October 21). Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "Of the 196 people who lost their lives on WA roads in 2016, 40 of them were motorcycle riders or pillion passengers. "One motorcyclist death on our roads is one too many, and community education is a vital tool the State Government can use to save lives and reduce the number of motorcyclist deaths in WA. "I really hope the key message from this campaign - don't push it, ride to arrive - will make a difference to the riding behaviour of our target audience of male riders aged 30 to 49, and ultimately save lives. "Speed makes small hazards become big hazards, increasing the danger for the motorcycle rider, their pillion passenger and other road users." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Community input key to the future of the health system6809Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6760html19/10/2017 8:28:20 AM2017-10-19T08:30:00Z Significant community consultation underway across the State Public and clinical forums and submissions to shape sustainable future for health Extensive engagement and consultation as part of the McGowan Government's Sustainable Health Review is attracting input from people and organisations across the State. Public forums have been held in Wembley, Cockburn, Maylands, Albany, Port Hedland, Northam, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie, with remaining events to be held in Broome and Bunbury, and two additional events recently scheduled for Joondalup and Mandurah. A range of clinical sessions have also been held in regional locations with many participants connecting through video-conference across health sites. The closing date for public submissions has been extended to October 27, 2018 to ensure that more Western Australians can contribute to the review. Strong themes continue to emerge including the importance of social determinants of health, collaboration and partnerships across sectors, health inequities, preventative health, end of life care, culture, workforce and a more innovative approach to using information and technology. Following on from the interim report being published in 2018, there will be a second round of consultation focusing on preliminary findings and directions. For more details on how to register to attend a public forum or to make a written submission, visit http//www.health.wa.gov.au/sustainablehealthreview Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I continue to encourage as many Western Australians as possible to contribute to this important review as it progresses. "It is great to see so many people participating in these events and providing submissions to help to change the way we view our health system and plan for a more sustainable future. "The review will rein in the legacy of expenditure growth left by the Liberal National Government which saw the health budget almost triple to $9 billion over a decade, accounting for more than half of every new dollar spent between 2013-14 and 2016-17." Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA Police Force gets a gong at national awards6808Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4380html19/10/2017 8:00:24 AM2017-10-19T08:00:00Z ​Western Australia graffiti taskforce shines on national stage Police Minister Michelle Roberts has congratulated the State Graffiti Taskforce which has been recognised with an award at today's Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards. The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments and recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. Led by the Western Australia Police Force, the taskforce is a co-ordinated government response aimed at reducing graffiti vandalism. An independent evaluation found the taskforce had achieved a significant reduction in graffiti offences across WA, improvements in clean-up rates and a reduction in the number of offenders. Since 2011, police have charged 1,580 vandals with more than 4,300 offences. The WA Police Graffiti Team have also incorporated a successful proactive approach which includes early intervention strategies to educate and raise awareness to reduce graffiti in the community. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The annual cost of cleaning up graffiti in Western Australia is estimated at more than $25 million. "But aside from the financial cost, there is the social cost - graffiti is unsightly and shows a fundamental disrespect for people's property. "All Western Australians deserve to feel safe living in communities which are free from graffiti vandalism. "Partnerships like this one play a key role in reducing the incidences of graffiti vandalism and help restore the community's sense of safety and security." Minister's office - 6552 6900
McGowan Government reaches agreement with CSA6804Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11610html19/10/2017 7:15:25 AM2017-10-19T07:15:00Z ​McGowan Government and Civil Service Association reach an agreement for wages Agreement will assist in budget repair and deliver a more effective public sector The McGowan Government is pleased to announce the Civil Service Association (CSA) has accepted the public sector wages policy that covers nearly 40,000 employees. Pay increases will be provided in accordance with the Public Sector Wages Policy Statement 2017. This includes a $1,000 a year salary increase, 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave, and preference for direct employment of staff over two years. It was also decided that nine industrial agreements would be replaced, which cover public servants and government officers, school support officers, electorate officers, social trainers, jury officers, residential college supervisors and youth custodial officers. Additionally, the new agreement will Limit the use of labour hire; Include commitments regarding employer preference for permanent employment; Provide enhanced consultative processes; Offer additional guidance for redeployment and case management of surplus employees; and Strengthen the monitoring of workload management provisions. The agreement is being finalised for lodgement in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "I'm very pleased the overwhelming majority of Civil Service Association members that voted agreed to the $1,000 a year pay increase. "The McGowan Government supports a fair system for all Western Australian public servants. "These agreements will assist in budget repair, where everyone must share the burden, and deliver a more effective, efficient, and functional public sector." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Channar agreement to be varied to ensure ongoing jobs6762Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9100html19/10/2017 6:40:38 AM2017-10-19T06:35:00Z ​Iron ore State Agreement to be extended for up to 15 years Variation will sustain more than 140 jobs at Channar mine near Paraburdoo Legislation to vary the Iron Ore (Channar Joint Venture) Agreement Act 1987 was introduced into State Parliament this week, extending the term of the agreement by up to 15 years. The Channar mine is located near Paraburdoo and produces up to 10 million tonnes of iron ore per year, which is exported through Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert and Dampier port operations. The Channar project, which employs more than 140 workers, is owned by subsidiaries of Rio Tinto and China's Sinosteel Corporation. The variation will extend the agreement's expiry by 10 years to February 2028, with provision for a further extension of five years beyond that. This extension is expected to cover the completion of approved mining activities, as well as decommissioning and rehabilitation of the area once mining has concluded. The variation also underpins the continued operation of the landmark Channar Mining Joint Venture, which was China's first ever mining joint venture in Australia and celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "More than two thirds of workers at Rio Tinto's Greater Paraburdoo operations, of which Channar is a part, are residential. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting local jobs for regional communities." Premier's office - 6552 5000
$250,000 reward to help solve outback mystery6509Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6580html19/10/2017 4:16:54 AM2017-10-19T04:15:00Z ​Government offers reward to help police solve mystery of Perth couple who went missing in outback WA The State Government has today announced a reward of $250,000 for information on the death of Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of his wife Jennie. The couple disappeared in March 2015 while prospecting near Sandstone, in Western Australia's north. The body of 47-year-old Raymond Kehlet was later found at the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft, about 1.8 kilometres north of their camp site. Despite an extensive air and land search, no trace of Raymond's wife Jennie has ever been found. Detectives from the Homicide Squad are treating the death of Raymond and disappearance of Jennie as suspicious. The Government of Western Australia will pay a reward of $250,000 for information which leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of Jennie Kehlet. Information may be given to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, the officer in charge of the Homicide Squad or to any police station. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "Most people are willing to provide information to police on serious crimes because it's the right thing to do. "However, if this reward motivates someone to give information to police then we are happy to offer it. "The heavy toll that an unsolved case like this takes on family and friends should never be forgotten. "I know detectives are pulling out all stops to solve this case and give Mr and Mrs Kehlet's family answers, and I urge anyone who can help to come forward." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Community feedback sought on new METRONET station6504Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10890html19/10/2017 4:09:51 AM2017-10-19T04:05:00Z ​Locals to decide name of new METRONET station on the Forrestfield-Airport Link Survey open for one month starting today The $1.86 billion project is jointly funded by the Western Australian and Australian governments ($490 million) The McGowan Government is giving the local community the opportunity to choose the name of a new train station being built as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link. Community members will have the opportunity to vote on a choice of Belmont or Redcliffe for the first station on the line. The station will form the heart of METRONET's first transport oriented development - a new high-density precinct with multi-storey apartments, businesses and vibrant community spaces. In July, the City of Belmont voted unanimously in support of changing the station name to Redcliffe to reflect the historical name of the surrounding area. Voting opens today and closes on November 19, 2017. Respondents can only enter once. The rail line will add an expected 20,000 daily trips to the rail network by 2021. The survey can be accessed at http//www.forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au where more information on the project can also be found. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Since becoming Minister, I have been made aware that many members of the community are concerned that the former government gave the station a name that didn't reflect its geographical location. "We are listening to the community and giving them the chance to tell us what they prefer to name their station." Comments attributed to Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe "Many residents feel that there was very little or no consultation about the name change and that the name does not at all reflect the locality of the station. "The train station is actually nearly five kilometres away from the centre of Belmont, which is why the former government's proposed name surprised a lot of residents. "Engaging with local residents and businesses to garner their opinion is only fair for such a substantial project." Minister's office - 6552 5500
McGowan Government delivers on volunteering promise6503Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6570html19/10/2017 3:30:18 AM2017-10-19T03:30:00Z ​Formation of Volunteering Community Reference Group - a McGowan Government election commitment Expression of interest process now open for four positions The McGowan Government has delivered on a key election commitment in the volunteering space - forming a long-desired reference group alongside peak body Volunteering WA to advise on issues and trends in the sector. The Volunteering Community Reference Group (VCRG) will work to advance volunteering in Western Australia and provide feedback on the implementation of a WA volunteering strategy. Volunteering Minister Mick Murray is now calling for expressions of interest for the VCRG to fill four positions - two from the community services and volunteering sector, and two for volunteers from the general public. The group will include representatives from not-for-profit and volunteering organisations including Volunteering WA, the corporate sector, research institutions, State Government representatives and individual volunteers. More information is available from http//www.volunteeringwa.org.au/vcrg and applications close on November 29, 2017. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Mick Murray "The McGowan Government made an election commitment to establish this group and I am proud to say, we have delivered. "Volunteering stakeholders made it clear a reference group was a priority to help take volunteering forward in Western Australia and we can't wait to get to work utilising the VCRG's knowledge and experience. "The VCRG will be a cornerstone of the McGowan Government's work in the volunteering space. It will help set the agenda and ensure volunteers are involved closely in policy setting. "It will play an essential role in helping the Government respond to issues affecting the volunteering sector and identify future opportunities. "Members will cover the wide spectrum of industries that relate to the volunteering sector in Western Australia - and who better to advise government of how to make volunteering better for volunteers and the community." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Ross independent inquiry into PathWest complete6487Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7710html19/10/2017 3:00:16 AM2017-10-19T03:00:00Z ​Inquiry into PathWest's Forensic Biology Department completed Report provides 10 recommendations to improve services and processes An independent inquiry that examined 19 forensic cases from PathWest's Forensic Biology Department (FBD) has found the standard of DNA science at the laboratory to be consistently high. The inquiry was initiated by the Director General of Health following an Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) investigation into cases potentially affected by the misconduct of a PathWest employee. Led by Alastair Ross AM, the inquiry examined 19 forensic cases identified by the ODPP, which concerned 27 Persons of Interest, and were dated between 2007 and 2011. Mr Ross reviewed more than 2,500 DNA analyses and assessed reports, communications and related case file communication logs, case diaries and peer reviews. In his final report, tabled in State Parliament today, Mr Ross identified eight transcription errors and two typographical errors from six of the 19 cases examined. One further result, that was unexplained, has since been investigated by the FBD laboratory and a revised report will be issued. While these errors are concerning, Mr Ross found that none appeared to have had an impact on the outcome of any trial. Mr Ross made 10 recommendations for improvements at PathWest relating to areas including peer review, governance, IT systems and numbering and labelling of items, and called for an urgent review into the suitability of the FBD facility. The Ross Inquiry is still to report on its review of the North Metropolitan Health Service audit on the erroneous DNA matching which occurred in 2004 and a supplementary report will be provided at a later date. The ODPP will liaise with PathWest and Western Australia Police Force to ensure that any disclosure obligations in relation to any of the anomalous results are complied with - only four of the 11 errors were found in court reports and Evidentiary Certificates. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I would like to thank Mr Ross and the inquiry team for this comprehensive report. "While this inquiry was called following the conduct of one PathWest employee, it in no way reflects on the high professional standards of other staff members within the laboratory. "PathWest provides a critical service and it's important that all Western Australians can be confident in its ability to deliver high-quality forensic services for the State. "Some of Mr Ross' recommendations may warrant further investigation, but I am confident that his report provides us with a blueprint to improve services and processes at PathWest. "I will now take the time to consider the recommendations with my Ministerial colleagues." Minister's office - 6552 6500