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Award recognises public health champion225453Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 11:11:03 AM2018-11-12T09:50:00Z 2018 WA Health Excellence Awards recognise wide-ranging achievement across the sector Former WA Chief Health Officer, Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, wins prestigious Minister for Health award Mental Health Co-Response Team and Hep C treatment for prison inmates also win awards Professor Tarun Weeramanthri has won the 2018 Minister for Health's Award for Outstanding Commitment to a Healthier Western Australia. The prestigious award, presented at the annual WA Health Excellence Awards, recognises a significant and sustained contribution to the Western Australian health system over the course of a person's career. Professor Weeramanthri spent a decade as WA's Chief Health Officer, before standing down this year. He was instrumental in addressing water contamination issues to ensure the safe opening of the Perth Children's Hospital, and was the driving force behind many achievements in public health including the passing of the Public Health Act 2016. Under his leadership, the WA Department of Health strengthened its focus on chronic disease such as smoking and obesity, and implemented innovative projects including Geographic Information Systems, genetic screening, and rare disease research and policy. On a national level, Professor Weeramanthri contributed to disaster and health responses including the influenza pandemic, Ashmore Reef disaster, Mumbai bombings, Pakistan floods, and major earthquakes in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. He also worked with the World Health Organisation in Sierra Leone and Iraq, co-ordinating the activities of foreign medical teams after the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and trauma services around the Mosul offensive. Also honoured at the 2018 WA Health Excellence Awards was the Improving access to hepatitis C treatment in WA prisons program, which took out the Director General's Award for best category winner. This partnership, led by the Department of Health and including all area health services, the Department of Justice and Hepatitis WA, improved access to hepatitis C curative treatments for prisoners. The rate of hepatitis C in WA prisons has since reduced from nearly 17 per cent in 2016 to 12 per cent in 2018 - with some prisons, such as the West Kimberley Regional Prison, now hepatitis C free. Another cross-agency partnership project, the Mental Health Co-Response Team, won the inaugural Mental Health Commissioner's Award. The project - involving WA Health, the Mental Health Commission and the WA Police Force - embeds mental health clinicians at the Police Operations Centre and mobile police teams to divert people with mental health distress away from the criminal justice system, so they can receive more appropriate care. For more information on the winners of the eight categories, visit http// Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The WA Health Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements to improving healthcare delivery, sustainable use of resources, quality and safety, and patient care. "In his decade as Chief Health Officer, Professor Weeramanthri made an indelible mark on public health in Western Australia, truly living up to his mantra of 'putting the public back in public health'. "I thank Professor Weeramanthri for dedicating his professional life to the advancement of public health in our State and to the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our State. "I'd like to congratulate all the winners at this year's awards, they are the backbone of a future focused public health service - dedicated, innovative and compassionate." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Government to introduce Bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying and improve end-of-life choices for Western Australians225451Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 5:35:20 AM2018-11-12T05:30:00Z Expert panel appointed to guide development of legislation It is expected the Bill will be ready to be introduced into Parliament next year McGowan Government commits to the provision of high-quality palliative care and advanced care planning The McGowan Government will introduce a Bill into State Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia. This decision has been made following the recommendations from the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices, outlined in its August report 'My Life, My Choice'. Labor Members of Parliament will be offered a conscience vote on the government introduced bill. The Joint Select Committee found that a protracted death from a terminal, chronic or neurological condition can have a devastating effect on patients and their families. It also reasoned that for people with grievous and irremediable suffering, where death is a foreseeable outcome of the condition, voluntary assisted dying should be an option. The Bill will be drafted in consultation with a panel of experts to provide advice to government on a safe and compassionate framework for voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia. The expert panel will be chaired by Malcolm McCusker QC, former Governor of Western Australia, and will report to the Minister for Health. The panel of 11 members is comprised of leading health professionals, health consumers and legal experts. While research shows the majority of Western Australians support voluntary assisted dying, the McGowan Government remains wholly committed to ensuring that Western Australians have access to high-quality palliative care, and it supports people of all ages with a life-limiting or terminal illness live their lives as fully and as comfortably as possible. With an ever-growing and ageing population, a renewed focus on palliative care and advanced care planning, including legally binding directives, is vital. The Department of Health has recently released the 'WA End-of-Life and Palliative Care Strategy 2018-2028' which outlines the Government's strategic policy direction. It provides a 10-year vision for improving the lives of all Western Australians through quality end-of-life and palliative care. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that Western Australians have access to high-quality end-of-life and palliative care. "The introduction of a voluntary assisted dying Bill will provide those individuals who are experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering associated with advanced and progressive terminal conditions with an additional choice. "Introducing this legislation is a complex and challenging task for the McGowan Government. The expert panel, led by Malcolm McCusker QC, is essential for framing the legislation to best suit and safely serve the needs of the Western Australian community. I thank all the panel members for agreeing to assist with developing this important body of work." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Expert panel Malcolm McCusker QC - Queen's Counsel and former Governor of Western Australia. Dr Penny Flett AO - Retired medical practitioner. Former CEO of Brightwater and former chairperson of the WA Aged Care Advisory Council. Dr Scott Blackwell - General practitioner with expertise in palliative care and aged care. Former president of the AMA. Life member of RACGPs. Dr Roger Hunt - Senior consultant, Central Adelaide Palliative Care. Academic who is widely published in the areas of ethics, law and palliative care. Associate Professor Kirsten Auret - Associate Professor of rural and remote medicine and deputy director, Rural Clinical School of WA. Palliative care specialist and Adjunct Professor of Curtin University and Notre Dame University. Dr Elissa Campbell - President of Palliative Care WA, consultant geriatrician and palliative care specialist. Dr Simon Towler - Clinical lead at South Metro Health Service Futures program, staff Specialist Intensive Care, Fiona Stanley Hospital and former Chief Medical Officer, Western Australia. Kate George - Company director and senior lawyer specialising in human rights, international law and indigenous matters. Fiona Seaward - Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia and Senior Assistant State Counsel for the State Solicitor's Office. Noreen Fynn - Consumer representative with 30 years of experience in Western Australia in the carer, disability, aged care and mental health sectors - community and government organisations, State and Federal level. Samantha Jenkinson - Executive director of peopleWithdisabilities (pWd) WA and former acting CEO of Australian Federation of Disability organisations, a senior advocate and advisor to government in relation to disability.
WA businesses recognised for supporting emergency services225448Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 2:14:05 AM2018-11-12T02:00:00Z Record 102 businesses recognised at awards ceremonies 10 per cent increase on last year, including many first-time nominations A record number of Western Australian businesses are going above and beyond to support emergency services volunteers, with their efforts recognised at ceremonies held in Perth and Busselton. This year, more than half of the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) winners were acknowledged in the Gold category, with support ranging from paid time off to attend incidents and training, and the donation of equipment and expertise. Gold award winner, the Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation (BTAC) was nominated by one of several employees who volunteer with the Onslow Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES). The BTAC supports their volunteering efforts with paid time off to attend incidents and community events, paid travel to attend training and financial support for their VFES branch. Self-employed landscaper, Andrew Alston of Jardinier Garden Care in Carnarvon was also recognised with a Gold VERA for his decade-long volunteering efforts with the Carnarvon and Bridgetown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services. Mr Alston dedicates many hours away from his business, travelling more than 1,000 kilometres to attend training courses and deployments including the Waroona and Carnarvon bushfires and Cyclone Olwyn. The full list of the 2018 Gold, Silver and Bronze VERA winners is included below. For more information about the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards, visit http// Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "Businesses that employ emergency services volunteers, or those who are self-employed, allow us to have fast responses to a wide range of emergencies such as fires, storms, floods, cyclones, vehicle crashes, and land and sea searches. "Considering that 99 per cent of emergency services personnel in the country are volunteers, it's essential we have supportive businesses who allow their employees to take time off work to attend incidents, training and community events. "On behalf of the WA community, congratulations to the 76 employers and 26 self-employed volunteer award winners, and thank you for your support that helps keep WA safe." Minister's office - 6552 6300 Award Recipient Award Category Corporate Services Bankwest Gold Kimberley Airservices Australia Gold Shire of Broome Gold Pilbara Baler Primary School Gold BHP Emergency Services – Port Hedland Gold Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation Gold Exmouth Tackle and Camping Gold NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty Ltd Gold Rio Tinto - Cape Lambert Gold Rio Tinto Emergency Services - Robe Valley Gold Rio Tinto Iron Ore - West Pilbara Operations Gold Rio Tinto Ports - Dampier Gold Ultimate Signs and Stickers Gold West Oz Active Adventure Tours Gold North Regional TAFE - Pundulmurra Campus Silver CMCK Constructions Silver Department of Justice - Roebourne Regional Prison Silver Shire of East Pilbara Silver Specialised Force - Port Hedland Silver WA Police Force - Pilbara District Training Unit Silver MGJV Bronze BHP - Whaleback Minesite Bronze Midwest Gascoyne Horizon Power – Carnarvon Gold Jardinier Garden Care Gold Jurien Plumbing Gold Desert Sands Mechanical Silver Infinitum Technologies Silver Billy Glover Tiling Silver Trac Building Service Bronze Goldfields Midlands D & M Hood and Sons Gold D & WD Kelly and Sons Gold Onya Bike Repairs Bronze Perth Metropolitan City of Joondalup Gold IFAP Gold P&N Bank - Securities Gold Paull & and Warner Resources Gold Dunn Right Fences Gold Shire of Mundaring Gold Lance Mobile Mechanics Gold Perth Brake Clutch & and Exhaust Specialists Gold Royal Automobile Club WARACWA Motoring - Roadside Section Gold Stuart's Handyman Service Gold Wright Marine Management Gold Water Corporation Gold WA Venues and Events Silver Flex Industries Pty Ltd Silver Dalcon Computers Silver John the Builder Silver Programmed - Facility Maintenance Silver Royal Australian Navy - Port Services West Silver Silver Chain Group - Mandurah Silver Tigers International Solutions Pty Ltd - Perth International Airport Silver Blackwoods Silver Fire Rescue Safety Australia Silver Land Surveys Perth Silver Royal Australian Navy - Training Centre West Silver Wirtgen Australia Bronze Qube Logistics Bronze Neptune Marine Services - Diving & and ROV Services Bronze Unified Integration Australia Pty Ltd Bronze John Wollaston Anglican Community School Bronze Adams Coachlines Bronze South-West Bridgetown Design and Print Gold Burger Baby Margaret River Gold Cape Naturaliste Computers Gold Coles Margaret River Gold Dunsborough Electrical Service Gold M & E Walker Fencing Gold Naturaliste Hygiene Services Gold Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Gold Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes Gold Sugar Chef Patisserie Broadwater Gold Super Cheap Autos - Busselton Gold Walpole Concrete Supplies Gold Wurth Australia Pty Ltd Gold Woolworths - Collie Gold Woolworths - Bunbury Forum Gold Alcoa - Willowdale Minesite Gold Bannister Downs Dairy Silver Diane L Holland Bookkeeping and Administrative Services Silver Cape Wools Pty Ltd Silver Hadley Earthworks Pty Ltd Silver Keidy Contractors Silver Manjimup Toyota and Mitsubishi Silver Python Ecological Services Silver Repco - Margaret River Silver Rowe Electrical Contracting Silver Shire of Donnybrook Silver Bunbury Jaguar and Land Rover Silver Collie Senior High School Silver Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service - Warren Region Bronze Drift Cafe Bronze First National - Margaret River Bronze Manjimup Senior High School Bronze Margaret River Senior High School Bronze Bridgetown High School Bronze Great Southern Boddington Tyre Service Pty Ltd Gold Department of Justice - Albany Regional Prison Gold T&C Supplies Pty Ltd Gold YouthCARE Gold WA Country Health Service - Albany Health Campus Silver Shire of Narrogin Silver
McGowan Government holds first ASEAN Dialogue this week225447Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 1:58:55 AM2018-11-11T23:00:00Z McGowan Government to host first ASEAN Dialogue on November 14-16 Minister Johnston to launch Asian Engagement Strategy consultation paper ASEAN offers WA new economic and job-creating opportunities The Western Australia Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade and Investment Dialogue The Power of Proximity will change the way Western Australians view South-East Asia. This event will be led by the State Government and hosted by leading think tank, the Perth USAsia Centre. The Dialogue will commence with a dinner on Wednesday, November 14, followed by a private roundtable for delegates on Thursday, November 15 and a public seminar, for all Western Australians to attend, on Friday, November 16. Senior government and business leaders, from Western Australia and the ASEAN region, will feature as speakers and panellists at the Friday seminar. They will discuss how Western Australia and ASEAN can continue building a lasting economic partnership, and examine opportunities in mining, agriculture and technology. Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston will also launch an Asian Engagement Strategy consultation paper, which aims to strengthen Western Australia's relationships with Asia, on Thursday (November 15). For more information on attending the public seminar, visit http// Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston "As WA's first Asian Engagement Minister, I'm looking forward to discussing how we can further broaden and enhance our economic, social and cultural partnerships between Western Australia and the ASEAN region. "With ASEAN's growing middle-class, and increasingly urbanised populations, there is a need for Western Australia to increase its focus on ASEAN and develop a clear understanding of the economic and job-creating opportunities. "The Dialogue was also an election commitment, which the McGowan Government has delivered." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of World War I225442Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 1:53:32 AM2018-11-11T04:30:00Z Today marks 100 years since the end of World War I More than 61,000 Australians died in one of history's bloodiest conflicts Premier paid tribute to Anzacs at RSL ceremony and hosted reception for war veterans McGowan Government launched a range of initiatives over 2018 to honour the Anzacs To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I, Premier Mark McGowan has paid tribute to the sacrifices made by our Anzacs by laying a wreath today at the Returned and Services League ceremony at Kings Park and hosting a reception for war veterans and their families at Government House. The First World War killed and maimed more Australians than any other conflict, with more than 61,000 Australians killed including 7,000 Western Australians. Today (November 11, 2018), marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed and World War I, one of history's bloodiest conflicts, ended. This year the McGowan Government has launched a number of initiatives to honour our Anzacs, and educate and engage the wider community about the Anzac Centenary story. The Premier has hosted a number of receptions including events in Albany, Bunbury and Collie to commemorate the centenary of Anzacs. Up to 130 guests are expected to attend today's reception to be hosted at Government House. Throughout the year, the Premier met and interviewed veterans, who served in a range of conflicts, to launch a web series to commemorate the Anzacs. These interviews included one with former Perth digger John 'JJ' Wade, one of the last 'Rats of Tobruk', who passed away this year. The interviews can be viewed at https// The State Government has also funded a tour of key First World War sites in Belgium and France for eight Western Australian students. The tour, which departed for Europe on November 3, is designed to bolster young Western Australians' knowledge of the implications of the First World War while gaining valuable insights into the meaning of mateship and the Anzac spirit. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Today marks 100 years since World War I ended - one of history's bloodiest conflicts that killed and maimed more Australians than any other conflict. "I have spent time this year meeting many veterans, whether they have attended one of our Anzac commemoration receptions or if they have been interviewed for our web series - Reflections on the Centenary. "I feel honoured to have spent this time with these exceptional men and women - it is a reminder of how important it is to pay our respects and remember and honour the sacrifices made by Western Australians who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations." Premier's office - 6552 5000
New strategy to increase Chinese visitors to WA225441Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 1:22:47 AM2018-11-11T01:00:00Z Tourism WA to allocate an extra $1 million into China market More marketing activity to encourage direct air routes Focus on building consumer awareness of Western Australia in Shanghai The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, will implement a new marketing strategy to increase the number of Chinese people visiting WA. The strategy will see an additional $1 million allocated to the China market for co-operative and tactical campaigns to build awareness of Western Australia in Shanghai. The marketing push will demonstrate the McGowan Government's commitment to securing more direct flights from China. In 2017-18, 59,000 Chinese people visited WA, up 17.2 per cent compared to this time last year, and spent $299 million while they were here, making China the State's biggest international visitor market in terms of spend. The number of Chinese visitors has grown an average of 11.6 per cent a year since 2016, ahead of the national average of 11.3 per cent for the same period. The new strategy will look to build on this growth by driving business and incentive travel, and promoting products through existing key distribution partners. Tourism WA will also encourage WA tourism operators to become ChinaReady to better serve the Chinese consumer. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "China has been a strong performing market since direct flights on China Southern Airlines between Perth and Guangzhou were introduced, with the number of visitors more than doubling in that time. "We recognise that there is the potential to grow this market further, which is why we are implementing a new China market strategy as outlined in Tourism WA's Two-Year Action Plan. "The plan also includes increasing aviation capacity from China with new direct flights and increased frequency on existing services." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Students bound for Vietnam to commemorate war history225440Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 1:17:09 AM2018-11-11T00:30:00Z 16th annual Premier's Anzac Student Tour participants announced 10 students will commemorate Anzac servicemen and women in Vietnam Ten secondary students are set to share in a rare and extraordinary history lesson after being selected for the Premier's 2019 Anzac Student Tour. The students, together with two teacher supervisors and a tour co-ordinator, will travel to Vietnam from April 16 to 26, 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Binh Ba. As part of the 10-day tour, students will visit historic sites in Ho Chi Minh City, Nui Dat, Vung Tau, Long Tan, Hue and Hanoi. To commemorate Anzac Day on April 25, students will attend the dawn service at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi. The Premier's Anzac Student Tour competition is open annually to all Western Australian students in Years 8 to 11, who are selected for the tour following a written submission and interviews. Next year will take the total number of passionate young ambassadors who have represented the State as part of the overseas study tour to 210. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Premier's Anzac Student Tour provides an important opportunity for young people to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Anzac servicemen and women. "Each year it is great to see that more students are keen to take part in the tour and learn about Australia's military history overseas. "For most of the students attending next year's tour, it will be their first time in Vietnam and a great opportunity to immerse themselves in history while experiencing the country's culture. "I'm sure the students will have some incredible stories to share with their classmates and their communities." Minister's office - 6552 5700 Student Tour participants (with current year group) Eva Mustapic Applecross Senior High School Year 9 Bree Potter Broome Senior High School Year 9 Thomas McGrath Christ Church Grammar School Year 10 Lily Pedretti Iona Presentation College Year 9 Nathan Moore Kununurra Senior High School Year 9 Matilda Miller Manjimup Senior High School Year 10 Emily-Rose Lochore Margaret River Senior High School Year 9 Elias Shoosmith Mindarie Senior College Year 11 Erin-Louise Peoples Rossmoyne Senior High School Year 9 Stuart Smith Wesley College Year 11 Teacher supervisors Ms Alycia Bermingham Manjimup Senior High School Mr Brian Owen Governor Stirling Senior High School
Seniors Week set to celebrate contributions of older Western Australians225427Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 1:08:59 AM2018-11-10T22:00:00Z WA Seniors Week 2018 begins today and runs until Saturday, November 17 WA Seniors Awards, Have a Go Day and local seniors events held in communities throughout WA this week Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray is encouraging people of all ages to celebrate the contributions of older people during Seniors Week 2018, which begins today (November 11) and culminates with the WA Seniors Awards on Saturday, November 17. Some of Western Australia's most remarkable and dedicated seniors will be honoured at the WA Seniors Awards, with the Juniper Lifetime Achievement award being presented to a metropolitan and a regional winner for their contributions to the community. This year also sees the return of awards which celebrate businesses and local governments dedicated to making their operations more age-friendly. Long-running seniors event Have a Go Day will be held this Wednesday, November 14 at Burswood Park, encouraging community participation and active ageing while challenging stereotypes about getting older. Have a Go Day attracts about 15,000 people and will have up to 230 stalls this year, including hobby, health, fitness and entertainment stands. The State Government has provided more than $80,000 through the Seniors Week Community Grants program to enable local organisations across the State to hold seniors events in their communities. For a full list of Seniors Week events taking place in local communities across Western Australia, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Seniors Week highlights and acknowledges the valuable contributions older Western Australians make to our community and the importance of ensuring their knowledge, skills and experiences are shared with the wider community. "I urge all Western Australians to find out how seniors are being celebrated in their local communities through the Seniors Week Community Grants program and get involved. "Events such as Have a Go Day also offer important information for healthy ageing and show Western Australians that there are more activities, hobbies and events available for older people than ever before. "It is so important that we work to ensure every Western Australian gets the opportunity to age well and feel valued, and Seniors Week is a time for everyone to take a moment to recognise the importance of older people in their lives." Minister's office - 6552 6400
This summer bring your Sea Sense to the beach and stay safe225423Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 6:22:50 AM2018-11-10T04:00:00Z McGowan Government enhances comprehensive shark mitigation strategy Independent Scientific Advisory Panel on Sharks established to provide expert advice McGowan Government partners with Surfing WA to improve surfer safety SharkSmart app in development to help beachgoers use their Sea Sense Western Australian beachgoers will benefit from a suite of new measures announced today as part of the McGowan Government's enhanced comprehensive shark mitigation strategy. At Trigg Beach this morning, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly unveiled five new initiatives to boost beach safety and announced a new campaign - Sea Sense - to encourage Western Australians to play their part in minimising the risk posed by sharks. The Sea Sense campaign aims to inform the community about the McGowan Government's shark mitigation strategies, which are based on science and robust research, and how best to use them so people can keep enjoying the beach with confidence. The campaign will feature across print, television, radio and digital platforms and has a budget of $365,000. New measures to boost WA's world-leading shark mitigation strategy include Surfing WA partnership The State Government partners with Surfing WA to promote WA shark mitigation strategy and educate surfers on how to keep safe. The State Government has also provided drones and jet ski surveillance for WA surf events, and funding over three years for the Surfers Rescue 365 program which delivers free first aid training that is tailored specifically for surfers; A new Independent Scientific Advisory Panel on Sharks A panel of experts formed to provide advice to the State Government on the effectiveness of new shark mitigation technologies and scientific research into white shark populations, movements and behaviours in Western Australia; Development of a new SharkSmart app A new app to be released in the first half of 2019 to provide real-time information and alerts direct to mobile devices; Whale carcass management Collaboration across government departments and land managers to tow carcasses that are adrift, when conditions are suitable, and a program to trial additional towing options. Where possible, small whale carcasses will be towed, when removal by land is not practical; and Refreshed SharkSmart website New shark activity map now includes details about satellite-linked receiver locations, beach enclosures, Surf Life Saving WA surf club locations and locations of Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signs, to help people make informed decisions before heading to the beach. These measures add to the existing evidence-based strategies which include enhanced beach helicopter and drone patrols; a world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy for divers and surfers; beach enclosures; an extended Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance and the Capes region; tagging operations; and a SMART drumline trial off Gracetown to start in 2019. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "While the risk of a shark encounter in WA is low, the McGowan Government is doing more than ever before to keep Western Australians safe at the beach. "These five new initiatives bolster our existing comprehensive shark mitigation strategy, giving ocean users more information, more choice and more assistance, so they can continue doing what they enjoy with confidence. "Starting tomorrow, we also have a new campaign to help Western Australians develop their Sea Sense and stay safe. "It can be the simple things that can keep us all safe, like checking the SharkSmart website for shark activity, finding your nearest patrolled beach, or buying a scientifically proven personal shark deterrent if you're a surfer or diver. "Usage of the SharkSmart website is lower than we'd like and therefore it is really important Western Australians know they have the tools to make information choices. "This summer we're encouraging all Western Australians to bring their Sea Sense to the beach." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New campaign targets underage drinking225422Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 12:44:17 AM2018-11-10T03:00:00Z Parents urged to say 'no' to alcohol for children under 18 years of age New awareness campaign launched ahead of end of school leavers celebrations There is evidence underage alcohol use leads to risky behaviour in vulnerable adolescents The McGowan Government has launched a new campaign urging parents to restrict their children drinking alcohol until they turn 18 years old. Launched ahead of the annual school leavers celebrations, the campaign asks parents to not give alcohol to their underage teenager and aims to help them navigate the difficult journey with their child. It reinforces that most parents do not provide alcohol to their children. The campaign is part of the Alcohol.Think Again program, which is a comprehensive approach that aims to reduce the level of alcohol-related harm and ill health across Western Australia. Evidence shows risky behaviour and adverse side effects can be increased in teenagers when they drink alcohol, compared to adults, because their brains are still developing. The new television, online, cinema and social media adverts use the voices of teenagers to encourage parents to say 'no' to their children asking for alcohol before 18 years of age. Preventing harm from alcohol use in young people is a key priority area for the McGowan Government. This new public awareness campaign follows the announcement in June of a ban on alcohol advertising on public transport, which was an election commitment. Visit http// for more information. For free help or advice, call the Parent and Family Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5050. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "We have all seen or heard about the negative effects alcohol can have on the minds and bodies of teenagers. As school leaving celebrations approach we want to ensure our vulnerable young people are not exposed to extra risk and unnecessary harm. "We want to see our younger generation thrive, that's why no alcohol is the safest choice for under 18s. "We have seen great results in previous Alcohol.Think Again campaigns and this new campaign aims to build on that success to drive home the message that for under 18s, no alcohol is the safest choice." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Plans to grow WA lobster industry to create jobs and boost local lobster supply225421Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html12/11/2018 12:33:55 AM2018-11-10T00:00:00Z Opportunity to grow the WA western rock lobster industry Potential to create 500 WA jobs and grow the economy Providing more of our iconic WA lobsters for WA families and tourists Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has today revealed plans to grow the Western Australian lobster industry while returning more benefits to the WA community. The western rock lobster fishery was the first fishery in the world to be certified as ecologically sustainable by the international Marine Stewardship Council. Since then, the fishery has been successfully recertified three times with the last assessment in 2017. Recent scientific studies have confirmed the WA resource is once again in a healthy state. The western rock lobster resource is currently worth more than $5 billion, however, the net return to the Western Australian Government through licence fees for this community resource is only $10 million per annum. The State Government has now begun consulting with the peak industry body, Western Rock Lobster, and other stakeholders to explore options to grow the fishery, including increasing the supply of lobsters for Western Australian families and tourists. Another initiative being considered is the establishment of an annual western rock lobster festival, which would provide locals and tourists alike with the opportunity to purchase lobsters and taste this delicious seafood. Discussions will also include other initiatives that may benefit the industry, such as establishing a spiny lobster research institute. These discussions will not impact upon arrangements for recreational lobster fishing. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "Currently more than 95 per cent of commercially caught WA rock lobster is exported to China, meaning little flows into our local market for the enjoyment of Western Australians and tourists. "Scientific studies show that this sustainably certified community resource is in excellent shape. This presents us with an opportunity to use the unfished lobster resource to return greater benefits to the WA community. "Benefits will include the opportunity to create hundreds of new jobs in regional communities, improve lobster supply and provide a greater economic benefit to all Western Australians. "While exploring these plans, we are committed to the sustainable management of our world-class lobster fishery, growing its value, and ensuring the future economic contribution of this natural resource." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Green light for Swan River café and accommodation76112Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6100html9/11/2018 9:02:34 AM2018-11-09T09:00:00Z Approval given for redevelopment on the Swan River Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today approved the redevelopment of an iconic riverside restaurant in Mosman Park. Mosmans Restaurant - at 15 Johnson Parade - currently contains a licensed restaurant which can be booked for functions, a three-bedroom short-stay unit and seven private boat pens. Approved works will involve demolition of the existing structures and construction of a two-storey building containing a restaurant/café on the lower level, and an upper level containing a function room and short-stay accommodation units catering for up to 36 people. The redevelopment will also feature a new public jetty and eight private boat pens. It is the latest in a list of new tourism developments and activities that will contribute to Perth's vibrancy, and offer visitors more choice. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) assessed the development application under Part 5 of the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006. DBCA's draft report was released for public comment in May 2018. A final decision on the development was made by the Minister for Environment. There are a number of strict conditions placed on the development to protect the special qualities of the Swan River and the amenity of nearby residents. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is working to create a diverse array of recreation and tourism options that will continue to attract visitors to our Swan River and our city, while still protecting its ecological values. "This development will help to create a more vibrant waterfront in Mosman Park, where people can engage with the river in more ways than ever before." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The Swan River is one of Perth's most recognisable and valuable tourism assets, so it's great to see it is going to be enhanced by the development of new and innovative businesses that meet the needs of the community. "Supporting projects which promote our city and State as an affordable, vibrant destination close to nature is a key part of Tourism WA's Two-Year Action Plan." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Have a Go Day shows Western Australians that age is no barrier76111Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1590html9/11/2018 8:50:53 AM2018-11-09T08:50:00Z Long-running Have a Go Day returns to Burswood Park on November 14 Have a Go Day shows there are more activities, hobbies and events on offer for older Western Australians than ever before The 26th edition of Have a Go Day hits Burswood Park on Wednesday (November 14) from 9am-3pm, offering a wide variety of hobbies, activities and events for over 45s. The theme of this year's event is 'Age is no barrier' - reminding older Western Australians that there are more activities, hobbies and events available to stay active and engaged than ever before. The free event gives over 45s the chance to try their hand at a huge range of activities, encouraging people to keep participating in, and engaging with, their communities. New activities this year include trishaws, walking football and laser pistol shooting, with entertainment acts such as the WA Police Pipe Band and country music artist Terry Bennetts. The event is a highlight of Seniors Week, and provides a simple reminder that age is no barrier to being active and engaged in community events and activities. Have a Go Day is co-ordinated by the Seniors Recreation Council and supported by the State Government. For more information about Have a Go Day, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Have a Go Day is a fantastic opportunity to try out a great selection of different activities and get an idea of the wealth of opportunities that are on offer in our local communities, enabling us to stay active and live well. "I look forward to attending Have a Go Day during Seniors Week each year and finding out about the huge variety of activities on offer. There really is something for everyone. "Experiencing new things is important to maintain our social, mental and physical wellbeing, and I encourage everyone who is able to attend to put it in your calendars and make sure you try something new on the day." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Grants enrich country sport and local communities76110Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2240html9/11/2018 8:30:26 AM2018-11-09T08:30:00Z Funding takes exciting sporting events to regional locations $80,000 towards enriching country sport There will be more opportunities to enjoy sport and recreation in regional Western Australia, with the latest round of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme funding announced. Eight upcoming events will share in $80,000 of funding through the State Government's scheme, which supports organisations to deliver international, national or State events and provide access to sport development. A variety of sport and recreation activities get a guernsey in this round of funding, including orienteering, hockey and football. Events funded in this round include Great Southern Festival of Football ($10,000) Football West will conduct a week of player, coach, referee and club development opportunities in the Great Southern region (March-April 2019). Geraldton Wavesailing Nationals 2018 ($10,000) Windsurfing Western Australia will bring this event to Geraldton. Last held in WA in 2010, this annual event is a knockout style windsurfing competition to be held in December 2018. Festival of Hockey 2019 Hockey WA Premier League ($10,000) Hockey WA will mark the rollout of its new strategic plan by showcasing Narrogin as a key hockey centre, staging a men's and women's Premier League fixture in May 2019. 2019 Australian Championships in Narrogin ($5,000) Orienteering WA will conduct two Australian Orienteering Championship events (sprint and middle distance) at Narrogin in April 2019. Bunbury Geographe Gift ($10,000) The Bunbury Geographe Gift will bring some of Australia's most accomplished track athletes to the South-West region. Over a two-day period, it is anticipated that more than 500 athletes will compete in the event in March 2019. West Coast Fever pre-season event ($15,000) West Coast Fever 2019 pre-season event versus SSN opposition in Mandurah in March 2019. Kununurra Event Series ($10,000) Lake Argyle Swim will use the funding to support three events based in Kununurra; the Lake Argyle Swim, the Ord River Paddle and the Kununurra Adventure Race. The three events will be held between May 2019 and September 2019. National Fat Bike Championships ($10,000) Fat Bike Championships Inc. will stage the 2019 National Fat Bike Championships, a mountain biking event held on Cable Beach, Broome in May 2019. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Grants like these help bring world-class sport to regional areas, and for regional kids this might be their first chance to see and be inspired by their sporting heroes. "If just one person is inspired by these visits to pick up a hockey stick, get on a bike or decide they want to shoot for the stars, then we've done our job. "I am proud that the McGowan Government is providing the means for sport and recreation in country areas to grow. "These events not only support sport development in regional areas but are big drawcards for economic development and sports tourism in the host region." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Sacrifice of WA Aboriginal veterans finally acknowledged75408Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5350html9/11/2018 3:01:46 AM2018-11-09T03:00:00Z New book pays tribute to Western Australian Aboriginal servicemen in WWI 60 additional Aboriginal volunteers now officially recognised following extensive research 13 Aboriginal servicemen tragically died while serving overseas The hardships of more than 80 Western Australian Aboriginal men who enlisted and served in World War I, despite legislative attempts to exclude them, have been illustrated in a publication released today. No Less Worthy was launched at a commemorative ceremony at the Western Australian Maritime Museum and acknowledges the significant contribution of WA Aboriginal servicemen to the war effort. Of the 133 Aboriginal men who volunteered to serve in the war, 23 were rejected for not being of substantially European descent or origin, or for medical reasons, including citing Aboriginality as a disability. The publication delves into the lives of the volunteers prior to enlisting, and the further plight and suffering they experienced upon returning home with many of the legislative exclusions and discriminatory practices still in place. Aboriginal History WA has undertaken extensive genealogical and archival research in bringing together this unique publication. The work complements the 2015 publication, They Served With Honour. No Less Worthy is available to be downloaded at http// Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "No Less Worthy recognises those Aboriginal men who served, and those who were unable to serve. "Those who were excluded from serving must have been deeply hurt, adding to the many injustices they experienced in their daily lives. For those who did serve, the one thing that united them was the shared suffering of war. "The equality they experienced while fighting shoulder to shoulder with their non-Aboriginal mates was not always given to them on their return home. "As a proud Aboriginal Western Australian it is an honour to pay tribute to all those who served, and in particular, to each of the Aboriginal men in this book. "No Less Worthy is an incredibly important, and timely, contribution to the understanding of our State's history." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Big hopes for big cats75404Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6770html9/11/2018 2:09:52 AM2018-11-09T02:05:00Z Perth Zoo's completed lion breeding facility officially opens Two new lionesses arrived at Perth Zoo Western Australia's ability to make a difference to global lion conservation took a leap forward today, as two new African Lions were introduced to the Perth public. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson officially welcomed the new big cats and opened Perth Zoo's breeding facility. The new lion exhibit is an important part of the Future Zoo plans, giving animals more room to roam and visitors more exciting and engaging experiences. Sisters 'Uzuri' and 'Makeba' were born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and will become the new breeding females for Perth Zoo's lion breeding program. The newly arrived three-year-olds are closely bonded and will live close to the zoo's 19-year-old lioness 'Shinyanga', who occupies a separate territory completed in the first stage of the lion exhibit upgrade last year. In the future, that exhibit will be used to also house male lions imported from North America. For zoo visitors, it will mean being part of the creation of a new pride from its very earliest stages. Uzuri and Makeba will now settle into the $3.4 million, world-class facility which has been optimised for breeding with special dens, holding areas and the capacity to hold four adult lions and four cubs. Managed breeding is critical for this species which has already gone extinct from 26 African countries. There are as few as 20,000 lions left in the wild. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Breeding for conservation is a game of patience. Zoo staff will work with their global zoo colleagues to transfer breeding males to Perth Zoo in the future to establish a new pride with the best genes from two hemispheres. "One of Perth Zoo's fundamental goals is to engage the public and inspire them to act for wildlife conservation. Nothing engages quite like new cubs. We have some very exciting years ahead of us. "Our zoo visitors will be able to learn about the challenges lions face in the wild and how to be a part of protecting these amazing animals. "Lions are extinct in 26 of Africa's 54 countries. The work being done in Western Australia will contribute to safeguarding genetic diversity and help provide a safety-net against total species extinction in the future." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Popular French festival returns for 201875403Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4460html9/11/2018 2:01:08 AM2018-11-09T02:00:00Z Bonjour Perth brings French culture to WA Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $37,000 French culture will be celebrated at the 2018 Act-Belong-Commit Bonjour Perth festival at Market Square Park in Subiaco on November 10 and 11. The family (and dog) friendly event is now in its fourth year and will feature a mouth-watering array of food and cooking demonstrations as well as sports and wellness, vintage cars, and travel and music stalls. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which will also feature the ever-popular French bulldog parade. There are more than 9,500 French-speaking people in Western Australia who come from a wide range of countries including Belgium, Canada, Seychelles, Cameroon, and Mauritius as well as France. The Bonjour Perth festival will reflect the cultural diversity of the French community with activities and exhibitions from around the French-speaking world. The McGowan Government is proud to support the Act-Belong-Commit Bonjour Perth festival with $37,000 through Lotterywest, Healthway and the Office of Multicultural Interests. More details are available at http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "The Act-Belong-Commit Bonjour Perth festival has grown to become one of our most popular cultural events with international and local entertainment for the whole family. "Bonjour Perth is a truly multicultural event, which embraces and showcases cultures from French-speaking countries across the world - reflecting and celebrating the cultural diversity that we enjoy in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Lower electricity bills for Aboriginal communities installing solar75400Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5840html9/11/2018 1:14:36 AM2018-11-09T01:00:00Z Eight remote Aboriginal communities offered incentives to install solar Savings for communities of tens of thousands of dollars each year 110 kilowatts of solar successfully installed in west Kimberley communities of Djarindjin and Lombadina Remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region have installed more than 100 kilowatts of solar panels on community buildings with the support of the McGowan Labor Government. The west Kimberley community of Djarindjin has installed 80 kilowatts (kW) of solar panels and the community of Lombadina has installed 30kW in a partnership with Horizon Power. Energy Minister Ben Wyatt is pleased to announce that Horizon Power will also contribute up to 30 per cent towards the cost of solar installations in another six remote communities in the Kimberley region under the Solar Incentives Scheme. This initiative will result in communities saving tens of thousands of dollars a year off their electricity bills. Not only that, it reduces the costs of supplying diesel-powered electricity in the communities and that means a reduced subsidy for regional electricity supplies and reduced carbon emissions. Under the scheme, funding is capped for each community and is open to the Aboriginal Corporations which are Horizon Power customers, including Bidyadanga, Beagle Bay, Ardyaloon, Warmun, Looma and Kalumburu. The Solar Incentives Scheme is open for applications until June 2019. Comments attributed to Energy and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "This is a great scheme that gives Aboriginal Corporations the opportunity to invest in solar and reduce their bills for electricity to community buildings such as roadhouses, offices, men's sheds and other community facilities. "That means the Aboriginal Corporations will have more money available to spend on other services for their residents. "It is welcome news that the community of Warmun, in the east Kimberley, is the first to sign up to Horizon Power's Solar Incentives Scheme and I congratulate Djarindjin and Lombadina for partnering with Horizon Power in the pilot project." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Environmental green light for lithium jobs in the South-West75398Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9750html9/11/2018 12:57:48 AM2018-11-08T22:00:00Z Albemarle Corporation's Kemerton lithium plant receives Government approval Albermarle Kemerton Plant to create more than 1,000 local jobs Project progressing following positive discussions with company directors during Premier's visit to Washington in February Lithium industry to diversify the economy and create WA jobs The McGowan Labor Government has given environmental approval for a lithium manufacturing plant in the State's South-West, paving the way for more than 500 construction jobs and up to 500 permanent jobs. The Albemarle lithium plant will be located in the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, 17 kilometres north east of Bunbury. The project has received its Ministerial Statement from the State Government. When in operation, the Albemarle Kemerton Plant will process spodumene ore concentrate, through five process trains, to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide product. Spodumene ore will be sourced from the Talison Lithium's Greenbushes mine, which in March 2018 announced an expansion to supply the rapidly expanding global lithium market. The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will create more than 500 construction jobs with an initial 100 operational jobs, increasing to up to 500 at full operational capacity. Once constructed, the Albemarle Kemerton Plant will be the second, and largest, lithium hydroxide manufacturing plant to invest in Western Australia in two years. Earlier this year, the McGowan Government established a Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Taskforce to capitalise on WA's unique resources and growth in the lithium-ion battery sector. The taskforce is working across government and closely with industry and research organisations to develop a Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy that unlocks the State's potential in the sector and delivers local jobs, economic diversification and benefits regional communities. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government's number one priority is diversifying the economy and creating jobs for WA, so significant milestones like these support our efforts in improving the WA economy and boosting job opportunities. "The Abermarle lithium plant is another step closer to setting up its operations which will generate hundreds of local jobs. "I'm pleased to see this project progressing, following my positive discussions with Albemarle's directors during my visit to Washington earlier this year. "The State is a world-leading producer of lithium and WA has an abundant supply of lithium and other battery minerals which is why it's vital we maximise the opportunities this industry provides, both upstream and downstream, to Western Australians." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Albemarle is another example of the McGowan Government achieving a balance between an acceptable environmental outcome and a prospering economy. "The Albemarle lithium plant has undergone a thorough environmental assessment process by the Environment Protection Authority, which recommended the project could proceed subject to strict environmental conditions." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Recognition of 120 years of regional policing75367Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3850html8/11/2018 6:34:41 AM2018-11-08T06:30:00Z Mingenew Police Group has been included in the State Register of Heritage Places Buildings from different eras illustrate how policing has changed since the 1890s A regional police complex that has been serving the community for more than 120 years has been added to the State Register of Heritage Places. The Mingenew Police Group comprises buildings constructed in 1897 and 1964, covering two important stages of Western Australia's development, illustrating changing police practices. The 1897 former Police Station and Residence was built during the gold boom when police were on duty 24/7 and responsible for a multitude of tasks including first aid, locating debtors, inspecting timber reserves and managing immigration. The station's two-cell stone lock-up was built a year later, meaning prisoners no longer needed to be chained to a tree to await the arrival of the visiting magistrate - a common practice in the regions during those times. In 1964, during a significant government building program in response to the mineral boom, a new police station with court facilities was built, with the older police station and residence being allocated to accommodation. The original lock-up continued to be used to house prisoners until 1980 despite being in poor condition, open to the public gaze and a security risk. It was demolished in 1981 while the 1964 court facility remained in operation until 2015. The 1897 building was included in the State Register in 1992 - the only place in Mingenew to be afforded this honour. The registration has now been expanded to include the 1964 building. The 1964 station was designed by notable Modernist architect Raymond Jones who was also the principal architect for the City of Fremantle, the Commonwealth Bank and the Royal Automobile Club. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "The original 1897 police station has survived thanks to the efforts of the Mingenew Historical Society who campaigned for its retention in the 1970s and 80s. "Extending the listing's boundary to include the 1964 police station provides a more complete picture of how regional law enforcement has changed over more than 120 years. "State Records holds the original coloured plans for the 1897 police station which are thought to be the oldest drawing on record from the region." Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I welcome the inclusion of these buildings on the State's Heritage Register. "Our Police Force has been keeping us safe since the 1830s. "This is fitting recognition of the deep roots the Western Australian Police Force has in the community. "It's important that long history is recognised through the listing and conservation of these buildings." Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5400 Police Minister's office - 6552 6900