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New grants offer vital multicultural support226004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/10/2016 4:12:44 AM2016-10-25T04:00:00Za ​Community groups received $316,400 in grants and sponsorships Grants for events and programs that support culturally diverse communities Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities across the State will share in $316,400 to support programs, events, and projects targeting youth development, aged care and mental health. The Liberal National Government has awarded 17 grants for projects being delivered in 2017 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the grants provided an opportunity for CaLD communities, and the organisations that supported them, to further advance social cohesion and community development. Dr Nahan said the programs were essential in ensuring everyone in the community had access to services and opportunities. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support these important programs and events, which make a real difference to the lives of the people living in these communities," he said. "Programs such as the hugely successful Catalyst Youth Summit, which we are proud to be supporting again in 2017, provide flow-on benefits to the whole community by developing skills that contribute to our State's development." Under the events and activities category, grants have been distributed to a wide range of groups that will showcase WA's vibrant multicultural diversity. "One of the benefits of a multicultural community is that everyone can get involved and share cultural understanding through the many family events on offer," the Minister said. "WA's 2017 cultural calendar will include Latina, Nepalese, Chinese and Maori festivals, as well as a number of community events celebrating all cultures through Harmony Week activities, so there will be something for everyone." Fact File The next Community Grants Program round of grants opens in August 2017 The grant categories provide a range of funding of up to $50,000 for social, economic, cultural and civic activities that promote the benefits of WA's cultural diversity Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21, 2017 Full details about grant recipients, programs, project and events are available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
Child protection experts reflect on practice226001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/10/2016 1:05:46 AM2016-10-25T01:05:00Za Signs of Safety Gathering attracts international experts to Perth WA leading the nation in its Signs of Safety approach to child protection practice Western Australia will host child protection experts from around the world this week to share ways on how to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the Signs of Safety Gathering provided the opportunity for child protection workers to learn, grow and celebrate their experiences. "This year marks the eighth year since the State Government began implementing Signs of Safety, which provides the tools child protection practitioners need to help vulnerable families address their child abuse and neglect issues," Ms Mitchell said. "To continue to achieve the best possible life outcome for these families, we must constantly review the way in which we are using these tools so that our work is purposeful and meaningful for children and families." The Signs of Safety Gathering is held every second year and this is the fourth year Western Australia has played host to the conference. This year's Gathering theme, 'Reflect, Reboot, Renew', will include interstate and international presentations from Tasmania, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Canada. The event provides the ideal platform to collectively learn and grow from each other's experience at a national and international level. Fact File The Signs of Safety framework was originally developed in Western Australia and is now used in more than 100 jurisdictions and 17 countries around the world Minister's office - 6552 5400
Go-ahead given to Port Hedland marina226000Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/10/2016 1:00:20 AM2016-10-25T01:00:00Za Liberal National Government gives green light to Spoilbank Marina New marina will deliver up to 150 boat pens, boat ramp and recreational facilities Supported by Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government today announced its full commitment to the long-awaited $152 million Spoilbank Marina in Port Hedland. Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government would contribute $112 million to the project, comprising $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed by the Town of Port Hedland. "The project will create a high-quality community waterfront asset with the potential to change the face of Port Hedland," Mr Barnett said. "The plan provides for a marina with capacity for between 100-150 boat pens with 50 boat pens in the first stage, a two-lane boat ramp, plenty of vehicle and trailer parking and opportunities for boat repair and service facilities. "The marina precinct will eventually include a number of public outdoor spaces with three sites for food and beverage operators, large landscaped areas, a caravan park site, and also a cultural and community centre. "The project will deliver required recreational facilities, unlock tourism potential as a visitor destination, create business and about 300 construction jobs as well as ongoing jobs when the marina is up and running." The new marina will provide a safer and dedicated launching facility for local boaties, who for the first time, will be able to launch via a separate channel to the large commercial vessels servicing Western Australia's largest bulk export port facility. Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said the revised marina plan would balance the needs of the local recreational boating community with the needs of industry. "The Spoilbank was originally a place to deposit sediment from dredging and the marina will transform an under-utilised Port Hedland landmark into a vibrant community, recreational and tourism asset," Mr Redman said. "The vision for this project has evolved from its initial concept in 2012 and will now include land to accommodate a cultural and community centre, as well as the potential to explore commercial operations such as the leasing of marina land for vessel maintenance. "Boating, fishing and diving play a big part in Hedland life and the Spoilbank facilities will provide a safer launching facility for local boaties while incorporating an asset such as the proposed cultural and community centre, which can be used by the whole community." Mr Redman praised the Town of Port Hedland for helping the long-awaited project come to fruition. Fact File LandCorp will project manage the delivery of the Spoilbank Marina on behalf of the Town of Port Hedland The State Government's $112 million contribution is made up of $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed from the Town of Port Hedland The Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina is expected to be completed by late 2020 For more information and artists impression of the project, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Collie health milestone has community benefits225997Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/10/2016 12:08:09 AM2016-10-25T00:05:00Za Stage 1 of Collie Health Service redevelopment complete Hospital entry and administration area open to public Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The first phase of construction of the new Collie Health Service is complete thanks to a $7.8 million Liberal National Government investment, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Health Minister John Day said the upgrade included a new administration area, and refurbishments to the hospital entry and reception area, medical records room and outpatients loan equipment facilities. "I'm pleased to announce that the first phase of the redevelopment is complete and the community is now able to access the main entry and reception area," he said. "The second phase includes staged emergency department refurbishment, with a new reception and triage area, waiting room and three acute treatment bays. "The third and final phase of works will encompass two resuscitation bays, a treatment room, a clean utility/medication room, staff base, write-up room and ambulance bay." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI) was improving primary health care services through the extensive redevelopment of district hospitals. "Projects like this help people in rural and remote WA access vital services that those living in Perth and larger centres take for granted," Mr Redman said. "It is expected the $7.8 million revamp will support about 90 jobs during the life of the project." Work on the first stage began in February 2016, with the full redevelopment expected to be completed in April 2017. BGC Construction is carrying out the work. Fact File The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by the Royalties for Regions program and delivered by the WA Country Health Service, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care The Southern Inland Health Initiative is improving access to medical and emergency coverage, providing improved facilities and new models of health care delivery For more information, visit http// Health Minister's office – 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Traffic bridge strengthening ensures safety225996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/10/2016 12:00:08 AM2016-10-25T00:00:00Za Program of works to ensure long-term safe use of bridge $3 million contract awarded for underwater pile repairs The Liberal National Government will undertake a $3 million maintenance upgrade on the Fremantle Traffic Bridge to ensure the safety and longevity of the structure. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said a contract for underwater pile repairs had been awarded, with most of the work taking place underwater using a team of specialist divers working off a barge. "Works have already commenced to ensure the long-term and safe use of the bridge, by repairing more than 100 piles," Mr Marmion said. "Main Roads WA has recently completed a series of pier protection works on the bridge's fender system, and is now focused on strengthening the bridge piles in the Swan River. "Our key concern is ensuring the safety of motorists and the continued flow of traffic across this important bridge." Fremantle Traffic Bridge provides a direct transport route from North Fremantle to the Fremantle central business district. The bridge is used by about 28,000 vehicles and several hundred cyclists each day. The project is due for completion in May 2017. Fact File Fremantle Traffic Bridge was constructed in 1938 and is one of two important road traffic links across the Swan River in Fremantle Any navigation channel closures required for the works will be advertised as a temporary notice to mariners by the Department of Transport Advanteering Civil Engineers have been awarded the contract for the piling works Minister's office - 6552 6800
400 years of WA history unveiled in Shark Bay225953Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/10/2016 9:00:08 AM2016-10-24T09:00:00Za October 25, 2016 marks 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing off WA coast New $6.1 million foreshore redevelopment and stunning art piece officially opened in Denham Duyfken cannon to signal end of commemorative event at Dirk Hartog Island A series of community events and celebrations in Shark Bay tomorrow (October 25) will mark the 400th anniversary of Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog's landing off the Western Australian coast. Hartog landed at what is now called Cape Inscription on October 25, 1616, leaving a pewter dish inscribed with details of his voyage nailed to a post; the oldest such physical evidence of European contact with Australia. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day will represent Premier Colin Barnett at a commemorative event tomorrow morning on Dirk Hartog Island. Mr Day will unveil copies of Hartog's dish and Willem de Vlamingh's dish that replaced it in 1697. The structure, installed near the cleft where Hartog placed his original dish nailed to a wooden post, casts a striking presence on the headland. He will also unveil new interpretive material at Cape Inscription. The replica Dutch ship of the era, the Duyfken, will sit offshore during the ceremony which will be attended by representatives of the Dutch Government, the Shire of Shark Bay and members of the public, and will sound her cannon to signal the end of the event. Mr Barnett said the Liberal National Government had invested more than $15 million to mark the 400th anniversary, including a significant investment in infrastructure and commemorations through Royalties for Regions. The Premier will be joined in Denham by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman to officially open the $6.1 million redevelopment of the town site and foreshore. "Denham has been transformed with a new jetty, the redeveloped foreshore and striking art piece which has already become a photo opportunity enjoyed by visitors to the spectacular Shark Bay World Heritage Area," Mr Barnett said. "Tomorrow also signals the end of the five-day Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery Shark Bay 1616 Festival, and I would like to congratulate all involved in putting on a fun and interesting program for the thousands of visitors who have travelled here." Mr Barnett and Mr Redman will also unveil new state-of-the-art digital multimedia panels in the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, which offer an exciting and modern way to learn, explore and become immersed in 400 years of history. "Similar to how the interactive display in the National Anzac Centre has drawn people to Albany, I expect that the digital panels in the Discovery Centre, together with other new attractions in the region, will also encourage visitors to take a west turn at the Overlander Roadhouse," the Premier said. Mr Redman said Denham was a tourism hub for the Gascoyne region and the significant investment into revitalisation would provide the community with a lasting legacy. "We expect to see employment opportunities for local businesses generated as a result of this redevelopment; another example of the value of the Royalties for Regions program for communities," he said. People can also learn about Dirk Hartog, his voyage and his legacy through a new website developed by the Western Australian Museum, which brings together stories of the VOC and Dutch shipwrecks. As a follow-on to the 400th anniversary, the Hartog and de Vlamingh dishes will be reunited in Perth for the Travellers and Traders in The Indian Ocean World exhibition at the Maritime Museum from October 31, 2016. Fact File Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit WA next week as part of a State Visit to Australia and will officially open the Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle For information and tickets about the exhibition, visit http// The Liberal National Government has committed $5.7 million from Royalties for Regions, through the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan, to the redevelopment of the Denham foreshore and main street For more information about the celebrations, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Grants support Children’s Week events in WA225951Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/10/2016 8:42:10 AM2016-10-24T08:35:00Za Liberal National Government grants support 11 events in regional WA Children's Week runs from October 22 to 30, 2016 A total of 11 regional community groups and local governments will host Children's Week events this week thanks to grants from the Liberal National Government. As part of its ongoing support to Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc., the State Government provided $23,000 in grants to support Children's Week events in regional WA and at Meerilinga's six centres in metropolitan Perth. Community Services Minister Paul Miles said the grants would enable children and their families right across the State, to take part in Children's Week celebrations. "Children's Week is a chance for communities to get involved in a variety of activities to facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together," Mr Miles said. "Meerilinga has been the convener of Children's Week in WA for the past three decades and the Government is pleased to partner with the foundation to enable children in regional and remote communities to celebrate this important week. "I am confident these events will bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike." Events being made possible through the Children's Week grants program include a superhero themed community fun day, a circus and dance workshop, a teddy bear's picnic and a Halloween disco. "There are going to be some wonderfully fun-filled days in the coming week, as well as some very informative information sessions on parenting and child development," the Minister said. Fact File In 2015, the Liberal National Government provided almost $18 million in funding to parenting and children services For more information on Children's Week, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600 Children's Week 2016 - Regional grant recipients Carnarvon Children's Week Family Fun Day (Carnarvon) Gascoyne Early Years Network will host the 'Superheroes in our Community' family fun day, bringing together local businesses and services (including doctors, nurses, vets and emergency services) to provide an opportunity for families to celebrate, play and discover with their family and their community. Children's Week Engaging Adolescents Course (Esperance) Escare Incorporated will be offering a two-session course for parents, carers, professionals and interested community members during Children's Week 2016. In addition, there will also be a full day practitioners' course delivered by Behaviour Tonics providing parents with practical parenting advice and information. Children's Week Learning and Celebrating Together (Jerramungup) During Children's Week 2016, the Jerramungup Community Resource Centre will be hosting three events - a circus and dance skill workshops led by artists from Southern Edge Arts, a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Roe Park and a colouring contest involving students from local schools. Children's Week Youth Fun Day (Waroona) The Waroona Youth Advisory Council will host a day full of fun activities for all children from pre-primary right through to Year 12 students. The activities include a cooking workshop, face painting, a colouring competition, bouncy castles and a Halloween disco. Children's Week Community and Family Fun Day (Fitzroy Crossing) The Baya Gawiy Early Childhood Learning Unit (Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre) will host a family and community fun day. A time capsule containing a variety of memorabilia, photographs and children's work will be buried, not to be opened until 2036. Children's Week Brain Talk Workshop (Mount Magnet) The Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton Centacare Family Services will host Brain Talk - a workshop for parents and caregivers about the brain development in children from 0 to 12 years of age. The two-hour workshop is open to any interested parents/caregivers or other interested community professionals. Children's Week at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre (Serpentine) The Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre will be hosting a range of activities for families to participate in throughout Children's Week including a bingo treasure hunt, a craft afternoon, a cooking session and a family disco. Children's Week Undalup Bardimia Gathering (Busselton) The Undalup Association understands the importance the Bardimia campsite was to many of the West Australian Aboriginal people and recently were granted permission to hold a Corroboree gathering event on the site. This event will serve as a form of healing, with an opportunity to share stories and record the history for future documentaries and movies. SciTech Early Childhood Workshop (Tammin) The Tammin Playgroup will host this unique travelling program which encourages adults and young children to play, explore and discover together. Children from birth to kindergarten will be shown how to use their senses to understand the world around them and discover how they are being scientists every day. Celebrate Children's Week at Milligan (Bunbury) The aim of holding this event for Children's Week at Milligan is to encourage and celebrate family connection across the Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre's programs and services. Celebrate Children's Week at Milligan is an afternoon event for families and the community to come together, share food, get to know each other and engage in fun and creative activities. Nannup Children's Week Activities (Nannup) The Shire of Nannup is inviting young people and their families to see the newly renovated youth space and to participate in activities after school during Children's Week. The program includes art-monotype printmaking, a design workshop, a mosaic workshop and a drumming circle.
Sharing students’ stories through photography225949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/10/2016 7:01:31 AM2016-10-24T07:00:00Za Free public exhibition showcases diverse stories of WA students Exhibition supported with $20,000 from the Liberal National Government A photographic project empowering West Australian Muslim students to share their diverse stories with the wider community will be showcased as part of My Story, My Home - a free public exhibition aimed at raising cultural awareness, and building understanding and acceptance. My Story, My Home is being supported by the Liberal National Government with a $20,000 sponsorship via the Office of Multicultural Interests' (OMI) Community Grants Program. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the exhibition aimed to combat stereotypes and show the diversity and the common connections within, between and across the community. "The stories showcased through this project are stories of strength, friendship, compassion and understanding," Dr Nahan said. "This exhibition highlights many of the values that have made Western Australia one of the world's most successful multicultural communities." Featuring visual stories by 25 students, the exhibition was developed by the City of Belmont in partnership with World Press Photo Perth and the Australian Islamic College in Kewdale. In preparation for the exhibition, the students worked with internationally awarded photojournalist Tim Matsui for two weeks, learning how to compose and share their visual stories online and in an exhibition. My Story, My Home launches at the Ruth Faulkner Public Library in Cloverdale today (October 24) to commemorate United Nations Day, and is open until November 4, 2016. Fact File About 40,000 Muslims live in Western Australia WA's Muslim community is very diverse. In addition to those born in Australia, many have migrated from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America Information about OMI's Community Grants Program is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
New emergency site ahead of bushfire season225783Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2280html23/10/2016 2:06:39 AM2016-10-23T02:00:00Za $2.8 million Emergency WA website launched Community urged to play their part in preparing for bushfires Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today launched the new Emergency WA website, which will deliver faster, clearer and more consistent information during bushfires and other emergencies. Mr Francis said the $2.8 million website reflected the Liberal National Government's commitment to providing the community with accurate and timely information during emergencies. "The multi-hazard Emergency WA website will give people better access to emergency information and critical community warnings, including map-based warning areas," he said. "The site will also deliver a live feed of emergency incidents reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, meaning people will find out about a fire as soon as it is reported to triple zero." The Minister said the Emergency WA website was a cornerstone of the 'Are You Ready?' bushfire campaign, which emphasised that preparing for bushfires was a shared responsibility, and everyone needed to play their part. "This year's campaign features Peel region resident Steve Angel who lost his home in a bushfire in 2007, then re-built to a standard that ensured he was bushfire ready," he said. When another fire swept through his area last summer, Mr Angel's new home escaped unscathed. "Steve's story highlights the critical importance of people ensuring that their family and their property are prepared for out of control bushfires that can strike at any time," Mr Francis said. 'Are You Ready?' is a joint effort across Government, with Western Power a major supporter as part of its strong commitment to bushfire preparedness and community safety. Fact File For the latest community warnings and information about how to prepare for bushfires, visit http// The Emergency WA website replaces the alert and warnings pages on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Parks and Wildlife websites, and is integrated with information from the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia Last bushfire season, firefighters responded to more than 3,400 bushfires Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA water innovators honoured at awards28848Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2440html22/10/2016 12:25:41 AM2016-10-21T23:00:00Za Range of projects and professionals recognised at AWA WA Water Awards Innovation and sustainable management of water were showcased last night at the 2016 Australian Water Association (AWA) WA Water Awards in Perth. Water Minister Mia Davies said each winner demonstrated how innovative thinking formed a vital part of our State's water future. "Winners exhibited a wide range of innovation in the water sector, from helping reduce water use, to adapting urban design to reduce nutrient flows and developments in wastewater treatment processes," Ms Davies said. "What is promising is many of the award-winning initiatives will continue to benefit WA for years to come and help create more sustainable communities." The awards also recognised upcoming young professionals in the water industry and acknowledged the great contribution made by others over many years. The winners of the WA awards will now enter the AWA's national awards for the chance to be recognised by the Australian-wide water industry at Ozwater'17 in May 2017. The Minister thanked the finalists for their efforts as part of the WA water industry. "I congratulate the 2016 awards finalists and winners and look forward to seeing more innovative ideas at next year's awards," she said. "Their input into the water industry ensures we can continue to adapt and meet the challenges of a persistent drying climate." The AWA WA Water Awards were supported by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation as part of an initiative to partner with other water organisations and foster innovation across the sector. The judging panel is independent of the awards, consisting of Australian Water Association members from across the country. Fact File The Australian Water Association is an independent, not-for-profit group representing water professionals and organisations around Australia The awards have been conducted for more than 10 years To find out more about the awards, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 Winners Program Innovation Award Waterwise Office Program - Water Corporation with City of Perth and Property Council of Australia Infrastructure Innovation Award Ravenswood Pump Station Control System Upgrade - One Stone Consulting with Water Corporation WA Water Sensitive Urban Design (Grahame Heal) Award Urban Nutrient Decision Outcomes Tool - Department of Water WA Innovating for Sustainability (Small Business) Award Development and implementation of the anammox process for nitrogen removal from wastewater - Environmental Engineers International Student Water Prize Ashwin Nayak - Murdoch University Young Water Professional of the Year Award Halinka Lamparski - Essential Environmental Water Professional of the Year Award Martin Anda - Murdoch University
Hopes for a record Zorba dance to help charity28837Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8060html21/10/2016 4:02:11 AM2016-10-21T04:00:00Za ​Thousands expected to visit Northbridge to celebrate with Greek music, food and dance on Sunday October 23, from 11am Perth Glendi Greek Festival supported by the Liberal National Government Organisers are hoping to set a new record for the largest Zorba dance at this weekend's Perth Glendi Greek Festival, which will also feature souvlakia, live Greek music and plate smashing. More than 28,000 people attended last year's festival, which has become a highlight of Western Australia's vibrant cultural calendar. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the festival offered an opportunity to experience some of the best of Greek culture. "This day will be a mix of some of the best of timeless and modern Greek culture, with world-famous Greek dishes, Greek music and dancing, as well as market stalls and activities for family members of all ages," Dr Nahan said. "Events such as Glendi reflect the amazing diversity of Western Australia's population and give us one of the most exciting and varied community calendars in the world. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support this fantastic family event with funding of $10,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program." Perth's Glendi Greek is raising funds for the Ability Centre through its record-breaking Zorba dance event, which costs $2 to enter and starts about 4.40pm on Sunday October 23. More than 2,000 attendees joined in the dance in 2015 and the organisers are hoping to attract more this year. Fact File Glendi means celebration or party, in Greek Most Greek-born West Australians arrived during the 1950s and 1960s, although Greek people have lived in WA for more than 120 years The 2011 Census indicated there were 13,822 West Australians with Greek ancestry The festival is in Russell Square, Northbridge on Sunday October 23 More information about the OMI Community Grants Program is available at http// For more information about the festival, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
Scammers take the money and run28836Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6190html21/10/2016 2:44:41 AM2016-10-21T02:30:00Za ​Warning against risky 'get rich quick' schemes Losses suffered by WA investors stung by binary options scams West Australians looking to make some fast cash are suffering large losses after being scammed by fake companies and websites spruiking investment opportunities. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said local investors were being lured into binary options trading, which was regarded as a speculative, high-risk investment and involved predicting the movements of commodity, asset or index prices over a short period of time. "While this form of trading is a legitimate financial product offered by licensed firms, scammers are now entering this area and successfully taking money from investors," Mr Mischin said. "Potential investors respond to ads and are contacted over the phone, where they are lured by the promise of making huge profits. The websites look very professional and accounts are set up in the investor's name showing healthy gains, which prompts further investments. "Investors only realise that they've been scammed when they are unable to withdraw their funds and the people they are dealing with become difficult to contact. The 'account' is then closed and their money is gone. "So far this year, 21 WA investors have reported to WA ScamNet of losing a total of more than $240,000 to binary options scams. Nationally, Australians have lost a total of $3 million in 2016 according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission." The Minister issued a particular warning about various websites operated by a bogus business called 'The Aussie Method', after one investor recently lost $10,500. The websites include;;;;;;;; and Mr Mischin said Facebook pages associated with 'The Aussie Method' had been closed and attempts were being made by Consumer Protection to have the websites closed down as well.   "Be wary of any investment which offers a high return with little risk and get independent financial advice before committing," he said. "Only use operators with an Australian Financial Services licence or are authorised by an AFS licensee and also check on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website to make sure the business is not on their blacklist." Fact File WA investors who have given money to 'The Aussie Method' should contact Consumer Protection at or by calling 1300 30 40 54 Advice from ASIC on binary options and other investments is available here ACCC binary options warning is available here More information on scams is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5600
More opportunity for genetically modified crops28835Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3340html21/10/2016 2:28:29 AM2016-10-21T02:20:00Za ​Decision clears red tape and provides more choice for WA growers State Parliament last night repealed legislation and removed a barrier to Western Australia's grain growers from accessing genetically modified crops approved by the national regulator. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the passing of the Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill 2015 was great news for WA agribusiness exports, already worth close to $8 billion a year. It repeals outdated legislation from 2004 that designated all of Western Australia as an area where GM crops could not be grown, except by exemption order. Exemptions were granted for commercial cultivation of GM cotton in the Ord River irrigation area and GM canola in WA. "This will give certainty to our farmers and investors, reduce red tape and provide access to new opportunities and tools for grain growers to be innovative," Mr Lewis said. "GM technology is a transformative technology, enabling major improvements in pest and disease resistance, crop productivity and adaption to differing growing conditions. "It is essential when we are presented with these new and approved technologies to produce higher yielding crops, that we don't delay in embracing them. We don't want to see our valuable agriculture sector lose out to other Australian States, not to mention our international competitors." The Minister said the Liberal National Government had a range of strategies to significantly boost agricultural production, and take advantage of increasing demand from new and existing markets. "In the face of tough global markets and even tougher weather conditions, we need to give our farmers a better chance to compete on a level playing field in these valuable markets by allowing them to use approved GM technologies," he said. "We now have strong overseas markets for our GM crops and this decision augurs well for our future." The initial legislation was a conservative approach designed to give Western Australia time to develop protocols and systems to manage and segregate non-GM from GM crops, and protect the State's agricultural reputation. However, it is now an unnecessary barrier, preventing WA growers from accessing new GM crops approved by the Gene Technology Regulator until an exemption order is approved. Fact File GM canola makes up 30% of WA's total canola plantings, showing grower demand for this technology Since 2010, Europe has imported more than four million tonnes of GM canola from WA In Australia, almost 100% of cotton produced is GM, offering significant cost savings and environmental gains from reduced insecticide use Minister's office - 6552 6400
Bonjour Perth for festival goers at Ozone Reserve28834Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4120html21/10/2016 2:01:48 AM2016-10-21T02:00:00Za ​Bonjour Perth French Festival supported by the Liberal National Government with $5,000 Perth's second Bonjour Perth French Festival will be held at Ozone Reserve, East Perth on Saturday October 22, showcasing the best of French food, culture and entertainment. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the festival was an opportunity to indulge in some of the best of French cuisine as well as experiencing French music, art, games and sports. "Western Australia is exceptionally fortunate in the range of different festivals we get to enjoy," Dr Nahan said. "Because of our vibrant culturally diverse community, we experience cultural celebrations from all over the world. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support this highly enjoyable family event with funding of $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. "I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy Perth's equivalent of Paris in the springtime." More than 12,000 people visited last year's inaugural festival, which is expected to become a fixture on WA's calendar of community events. The Bonjour Perth festival is also an opportunity to connect with everything French in Perth, from language schools, cars, artisan food producers, clubs and cultural activities. Fact File The Bonjour Perth French Festival takes place at Ozone Reserve, next to Langley Park, on Saturday October 22, from 10am to 9pm Gate collections from the 2015 event raised $11,452 for Path of Hope About 12,000 people in WA indicated they had French ancestry in 2011 The majority of French speaking people in WA were born in Mauritius, France, Canada, West Africa or Australia More information about the OMI Community Grants Program is available at http// For more information about the festival, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
More flexibility for Independent Public Schools28829Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8080html21/10/2016 1:30:17 AM2016-10-21T01:30:00Za ​79 school communities start their transition to Independent Public Schools More control over minor works announced for Independent Public Schools Schools can now manage their own repairs and breakdowns under $5,000 An additional 79 schools have been officially welcomed into Western Australia's nation-leading Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative. At a training conference this morning for principals and council members from the latest IPS intake, Premier Colin Barnett said he was proud of the way the Liberal National Government initiative had been embraced. "Australia has once again looked to the west for innovation in education and we have delivered it through the IPS model which is being adapted nationally," Mr Barnett said. "From next year, we will have 524 Independent Public Schools, a clear indication of the support from communities across WA for their local public schools." Education Minister Peter Collier also announced Independent Public Schools would next year have more control over minor maintenance and repairs, making it quicker and easier to get work done. "Instead of having to get a quote and source a supplier for every job under $10,000 - for example, for painting a wall or installing new electrical sockets - IPS principals will simply work directly with contractors from a pre-qualified panel to get the job done," Mr Collier said. "The limit for all schools to repair breakdowns and faults - such as plumbing and door locks - will also increase from $1,500 to $5,000 per fault. While only 155 schools currently manage their own breakdowns and faults, the new limit will make it worthwhile for many more schools to be involved." Schools will receive funding for any works through their budgets, and savings principals make will be available to be directed to education programs. "These new opportunities aim to help schools operate more effectively and efficiently at the local level, with support available as they need it," Mr Collier said. Fact File The 79 schools include 73 selected in September 2016 and six new schools opening for the first time in 2017 More than 83% of public students in Independent Public Schools in 2017 For more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education Minister's office - 6552 6300
New renal services for Kimberley communities28828Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2990html21/10/2016 12:10:11 AM2016-10-21T00:00:00Za $6.3 million, 20-bed renal hostel underway in Derby $3.6 million, four-chair renal dialysis unit underway in Fitzroy Crossing Both facilities due for completion in 2017 Some of the most vulnerable patients in the Kimberley will benefit from two new renal facilities now underway in Derby and Fitzroy Crossing, thanks to a co-operative approach between the Liberal National Government and the Australian Government. Health Minister John Day today announced that construction was well under way on a $6.3 million purpose-built 20-bed renal hostel in Derby and a $3.6 million four-chair renal dialysis unit in Fitzroy Crossing. "These state-of-the-art facilities will allow more people to receive life-saving kidney dialysis treatment and support, close to their families," Mr Day said. "The Derby hostel will include 10 single-bed rooms and five twin-share rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. "There will also be a kitchen, dining and lounge areas, shady verandahs, an outdoor barbecue and a children's play area. It will be a comfortable and welcoming 'home away from home' that allows patients and carers to rest and recuperate from the rigours of dialysis treatment." Fitzroy Crossing's new dialysis unit is being built adjacent to the hospital and close to a 20-bed renal hostel already under construction. "This unit will have four treatment chairs, including one in an isolation room, along with a separate consultation room with videoconferencing capability," Mr Day said. "Each dialysis bay will have Telehealth capability, plus a television to make the time spent receiving dialysis more pleasant." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new facilities would reduce the need for people to travel to Perth and bring social and economic benefits for communities. "This investment will enable people in the Kimberley region living with renal disease and whose condition is suitable, to have treatment closer to home where they can be better supported by friends and family," Mr Redman said. "Quality health care is a priority for all families and I am pleased that Royalties for Regions is helping to close the gap in patient outcomes for regional Western Australia." In addition to the Fitzroy Crossing and Derby facilities, work is underway on providing an eight-bed renal hostel in Kununurra and a 20-bed renal hostel and support centre in Broome. Fact File The Liberal National Government in conjunction with the Commonwealth is continuing to support the provision of care closer to home through the expansion of renal dialysis and support services across country WA, increasing the total number of dialysis chairs to 109, along with construction of supporting renal hostels The Fitzroy and Derby facilities are among six new projects being constructed on behalf of the WA Country Health Service across the Kimberley as part of the Australian Government's $45.8 million Bringing Renal Dialysis and Support Services Closer to Home project The project will expand the number of renal chairs in the Kimberley to 30, with 49 dedicated renal hostel beds Additional renal facilities will also be constructed in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Carnarvon and Roebourne, along with extra support facilities in Geraldton and Port Hedland The WA Country Health Service in conjunction with the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council provides renal services for chronic kidney disease patients across the Kimberley, including dialysis and renal support services Aboriginal people from remote areas have incidence rates of end-stage kidney disease up to 30 times higher than the national incidence rate Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
$3 million project to help futureproof hospital28823Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6890html20/10/2016 5:50:21 AM2016-10-20T05:30:00Za ​More convenience for Osborne Park Hospital patients, visitors and staff 300 extra parking bays to meet projected demand Liberal National Government election promise A $3 million investment to extend the Osborne Park Hospital car park to 800 bays will play an important role in supporting the healthcare facility's potential growth. Marking the start of construction of the 300-bay extension today, Health Minister John Day said the car park expansion was a Liberal National Government election promise and would benefit patients, visitors and staff. "This is an important step towards futureproofing the hospital," Mr Day said. "On-site parking has been a challenge for some time, with visitors often forced to park off-campus in neighbouring streets, causing congestion issues for local traffic. "The additional 300 bays will be ideally positioned for staff and visitor access and will keep ahead of predicted parking demand, in line with projected population and service increases." The movement of some elective surgery and outpatient clinics from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to Osborne Park has also necessitated extra parking. The WA Health Clinical Services Framework 2014-2024 (CSF) proposes an increase in the level of some existing specialities at Osborne Park Hospital from their current levels. "Already, up to 1,500 babies are born at the hospital each year," the Minister said. "But gynaecology, neonatology and obstetrics are proposed to rise from the current Level 3 to Level 4 services, along with an expansion of the range of services to include those found in a standard metropolitan general hospital by 2024." The hospital has a stroke rehabilitation unit and delivers extensive outpatient services, with specialised clinics for Parkinson's disease, treatment for falls and memory evaluation. Mr Day said Osborne Park Hospital was currently meeting demand for its clinical services. "But under the CSF system, this is continually revised as changes in models of clinical care and the community's healthcare needs are assessed," he said. Fact File About 13,000 patients are admitted to Osborne Park Hospital each year, with 6,000 receiving elective surgery Osborne Park Hospital services conduct 91,000 outpatient appointments each year Two more birthing suites were built at the hospital two years ago, taking the total to six Completed in 2015 under a National Partnership Agreement, the $22 million surgi-centre provided two new operating theatres, additional recovery bays, an expanded sterilisation department, a pre-admission clinic, an endoscopy suite and a new surgical outpatients department Minister's office - 6552 6200
Trainees sow seeds of success at Broome plant28822Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3150html20/10/2016 4:20:43 AM2016-10-20T04:20:00Za Mamabulanjin trainees gain agricultural skills and experience at a native tree seed bank at the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Corporation also providing first-hand experience to trainees from Mowanjum Station about how to harvest Rhodes grass Water Minister Mia Davies recently met with trainees at a native seed bank in Broome which uses recycled water to grow native species for land restoration projects across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Ms Davies said the Liberal National Government, through the Water Corporation, had partnered with the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to offer Aboriginal trainees aged 17-24, the opportunity to work at the MAC seed bank to gain valuable experience and contribute to TAFE qualifications. The Minister said it was the first time recycled water from a Water Corporation wastewater treatment plant had been used to grow native trees. "The trainees have helped to establish thousands of native trees on land made available by the Water Corporation, and are gaining valuable experience and skills in horticulture and operating small machinery," she said. "It is fantastic to see this progress, as well as the creation of employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people in Broome." Seedlings of species including Salwood, Black Wattle and Gubinge are grown in more than 17 hectares of land adjacent to the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant. Some of these plants are endemic and at risk of becoming endangered. The plantation uses 'savanna enrichment,' a method that combines traditional techniques and modern horticulture which can be replicated across many areas of the Kimberley. The Minister said land at the wastewater treatment plant was also used to grow a crop of Rhodes grass, with additional trainees travelling from Mowanjum Station near Derby, to help with the harvest under the guidance of experienced Water Corporation operators. "As this is the same type of crop grown by the Water Corporation in Broome, the experience gained by Mowanjum trainees during this harvest will help contribute to the success of the trial in Derby," she said. Fact File The Water Corporation uses recycled water from the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant to irrigate Rhodes grass, which is harvested as stock feed and sold to local cattle stations About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes grass each year Mowanjum trainees travel to Broome every 6-12 weeks to take part in the Water Corporation's Rhodes grass harvest Minister's office - 6552 5500
State Agreement secures jobs and fuel supplies28821Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6870html20/10/2016 4:01:35 AM2016-10-20T04:00:00Za ​BP's Kwinana State Agreement to be extended until 2050 Long-term jobs and fuel supplies secured Agreement conditions to improve existing community benefits The Liberal National Government has secured long-term jobs and fuel supplies for Western Australia through extension of the State Agreement covering BP Australia's Kwinana oil refinery. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government and BP had agreed to extend the agreement for 30 years, to be reviewed in 2050. "The BP refinery is a major employer in the south metropolitan area, providing jobs for more than 700 people," Mr Marmion said. "BP's Kwinana refinery is a vital strategic asset for Western Australia, supplying a substantial volume of the State's fuel requirements including essential aviation fuel to Perth Airport. "This agreement extension will give BP the certainty required to make future investment decisions, with more than $80 million in maintenance activities planned, and further investments currently under consideration." BP and the State Government have executed the variation agreement, which includes a number of new clauses to modernise the current State Agreement. "These clauses include requirements for BP to develop local industry participation plans, and submit regular local content reports," the Minister said. "This places extra local responsibility onto BP and provides added security to the livelihoods of West Australian workers and their families." Legislation enacting the changes was introduced today into State Parliament. Fact File BP's Kwinana refinery operates under the Oil Refinery (Kwinana) Agreement Act 1952. The Agreement was due to expire in 2020 The refinery was the founding operation in the Kwinana industrial area, and produces six million tonnes of refined fuel each year Fuel from Kwinana is also supplied to Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales Minister's office - 6552 6800
Fine defaulters in regional WA targeted28815Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4240html20/10/2016 12:35:26 AM2016-10-20T00:00:00Za Liberal National Government extends the clampdown on fine and infringement defaulters to regional and remote WA Measures to include car seizures, licence plate removal and wheel clamping Tough measures designed to force hardcore fine and infringement defaulters to pay their debts will be extended further across the State. Attorney General Michael Mischin today announced the Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields-Esperance, and Great Southern as the regions which would face the increased measures. "This encompasses large regional centres such as Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Albany and Esperance and all of the smaller towns within those regions," Mr Mischin said. "Serious defaulters in these areas who have more than $2,000 in unpaid infringements, or who have substantial court fines, now face wheel clamping or the seizure of their cars and the removal of their licence plates. "Data captured by the Sheriff indicated that the most common place for the cars of fines and infringement defaulters to be detected is at shopping centre car parks, train stations and the casino. "This suggests that some of these offenders have enough money to travel, and gamble, and to drive while their licence is suspended, and they are deliberately choosing not to pay the money they owe the community of Western Australia - and that is just not good enough." The Attorney General said the tougher measures had been progressively rolled out in the metropolitan area, Peel and the South-West since 2013. Naming and shaming of the top 100 fine and infringement defaulters already applied State-wide. "Boosting the roll-out will be a new network of numberplate recognition cameras, one of which has already been used on a trial basis in Perth, Peel and the South-West to scan cars in busy areas such as shopping centres, train station car parks and the main street of country towns," Mr Mischin said. "The expanded camera network is another weapon in our arsenal to track down persistent fine defaulters, who often try to avoiding wheel clamping or vehicle seizure by parking a few streets away from home or at local shops." Fact File The more stringent enforcement measures were made possible through amendments in 2013 to the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Attorney General's office - 6552 5600