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Developers sought to deliver a connected future224791Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2015 2:54:37 AM2015-12-02T02:45:00Z​State Government seeking partners to deliver innovative medium to high-density developments along Perth transport corridorsSeven sites totalling more than 28,000sqm of land worth about $20 millionDevelopments will enhance use of transport infrastructure and provide affordable homes for people in vibrant and connected precincts Housing Minister Colin Holt today launched Connected Living, a Liberal National Government initiative aimed at creating more than 500 apartments on seven sites near Perth train stations. Mr Holt said Connected Living represented a unique opportunity for the private sector to partner with the State Government in delivering innovative and affordable residential housing from Butler to Perth to Wellard. "This is the first time a Western Australian Government has engaged in a transport-aligned initiative of this scale," Mr Holt said. "The Housing Authority is offering the sites - totalling more than 28,000 square metres of land worth about $20 million - through an invitation for expressions of interest. We encourage the private sector to put forward proposals for those sites that respond to the Connected Living objectives of affordability, diversity, design quality and innovation." The Minister said the sites were selected for their proximity to public transport and existing and planned local amenity. "We need to maximise the use of the State Government's major transport and infrastructure investment by ensuring the highest and best use of surrounding land for medium and higher-density living and promotion of activity and vibrancy in these areas," he said. "This will complement other more traditional housing types nearby, maximising housing choice and opportunity for new and existing residents." Mr Holt said that there were distinct advantages for developers when working with the State Government. "These sorts of opportunities do not come around very often," the Minister said. "Working with the Government creates synergies between the public and private sectors to deliver game-changing projects for West Australians in key locations in the Perth metropolitan region. "I encourage the market to take advantage of the possibilities offered within this initiative; to think innovatively and to put forward developments that will allow the State Government to deliver on Connected Living's vision of helping to transform the housing market in Perth through the delivery of more affordable developments around key transit precincts and activity centres." Fact FileThe seven Connected Living sites are located near transport infrastructure in Armadale, Butler, East Perth, Gosnells, Midland, Perth and WellardFor more information, visit http// (ref HOU1836915) Minister's office - 6552 6100
Wiluna wildlife warriors receive top WA award224790Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2015 2:43:01 AM2015-12-02T02:35:00Z​Goldfields duo honoured for campground hosting and firefighting effort WA volunteers contribute more than 600,000 hours to conservation per year A dedicated husband-and-wife team who helped respond to serious bushfires at Matuwa (Lorna Glen) while working as campground hosts have won the prestigious Parks and Wildlife Volunteer of the Year award. Environment Minister Albert Jacob presented Bruce and Kay Withnell with their honour at the Department of Parks and Wildlife Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Service awards. "These awards recognise the people who generously volunteer their time and skills to contribute to important environmental programs around the State," Mr Jacob said. "The Withnells showed great commitment as fulltime caretakers of the homestead at Matuwa over a six-month period, welcoming and managing visitors and maintaining amenities while contributing to the Rangelands Restoration project at the former pastoral lease. "They also went above and beyond the call of duty, responding with initiative and dedication when two bushfires came through the area, threatening the fenced enclosure where many species of rare and unique native animals live." The Minister said 4,636 volunteers had contributed more than 610,000 hours to Parks and Wildlife projects in 2014-15, a record amount. "This is an outstanding contribution to the conservation work being carried out in Western Australia," he said. "Volunteers perform a variety of tasks, from staffing the Wildcare Helpline, to working in national parks, assisting in plant and animal monitoring, invasive weed control programs, species recovery projects and many others. "They are all to be congratulated for their invaluable service to the community." Mr Jacob also presented 15 Outstanding Service awards and 10 Long Service awards to volunteers. Fact FileMatuwa is located 160km north-east of WilunaFor more information about volunteering opportunities visit http// International Volunteer Day is celebrated on December 5 each year Minister's office - 6552 5800
Dangerous sex offender changes introduced224776Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2015 2:34:34 AM2015-12-02T02:30:00Z​Sex offenders to be kept in jail longer before being considered for releaseVictims to have a greater say over release conditions The most significant changes ever made to the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act 2006 will be introduced to State Parliament today to further strengthen the ability of authorities to manage offenders and better protect the community. Attorney General Michael Mischin said the changes were based on a 2014 review of the Act following community concern about the conditional release of the sex offender known as TJD. "The review demonstrated that the Act is working in the way it was intended to when it was passed almost a decade ago, which is to provide protection to the community from the risk of serious sexual offences being committed by known dangerous sexual offenders (DSOs) otherwise entitled to be released from prison after serving their sentences," Mr Mischin said. "DSOs are those who, if not kept in custody or who are released without being under supervision, present an unacceptable risk of committing a serious sexual offence. Of those the courts have released under these laws, none have so far committed a further serious sexual offence. "However, agencies involved in the supervision of DSOs have suggested a number of improvements to improve the legislation." The proposed amendments include provisions fordoubling the length of time for which a DSO can be detained, between periodic reviews of their detention in prison, from one year to twoallowing for offences committed in other jurisdictions by a dangerous sexual offender to be considered by the court when deciding applicationsintroducing a minimum 21-day delay on the release of the offender so that strict supervision arrangements can be put in place, facilitating any community notification allowing for the court to restrict media or public comment by dangerous sex offenders about victims of their serious sexual offendingallowing victims to make a written submission to the court about conditions for their protection being included in any supervision order that may be made. The Attorney General said the amendments had been carefully drafted to adhere to constitutional law which limits the extent to which State Governments can detain or supervise offenders once they have served the sentence imposed on them by a court. "The State Government cannot legally detain these individuals indefinitely. To do so would be constitutionally invalid and as a result, offenders would be released into the community with no supervision and under no controls by WA Police or the Department of Corrective Services," Mr Mischin said. Fact FileThe DSO Act applies to offenders who have completed their sentence and enables judges to make a decision for continuing detention or strict community supervision for offenders who pose an unacceptable risk of reoffendingTo date, there have been no serious sexual offences committed by a DSO subject to a supervision order Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Contractor awarded for Mundijong police station224771Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2015 12:12:24 AM2015-12-02T00:00:00Z​Major milestone reached for new $8m Mundijong police stationConstruction due to begin before the end of the year The State Government has awarded the contract for the new $8 million Mundijong police station with construction due to begin before the end of the year. Police Minister Liza Harvey said the new Mundijong police station was a major part of the Liberal National Government's commitment to ensuring police were equipped with modern resources and accommodation. "The $8 million Mundijong station will not only accommodate the current Mundijong Local Policing Teams, it will be able to cope with up to 30 years of growth in the region," Mrs Harvey said. The Minister said the new station could accommodate up to 30 officers and up to 44 officers with minor modifications. "The particular site we have chosen for the station also allows us to conduct major modifications to further increase officer capacity in the decades to come," she said. The current Mundijong station will continue its operations throughout construction of the new station which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. "The Liberal National Government is committed to making our communities safer through tough laws and providing police with the resources they need to combat crime and anti-social behaviour," Mrs Harvey said. Fact FileThe successful tenderer is Universal Constructions Pty LtdThe Government is currently investing $116m in new stations and station upgrades Minister's office - 6552 5900
New Pilbara clinic open for business224769Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2015 12:01:47 AM2015-12-01T23:30:00Z ​A new community clinic at Yandeyarra in the Pilbara, that will provide primary health care for remote Aboriginal communities, has been completed and is now in operation. Health Minister Kim Hames said the replacement clinic was part of the $22.2 million Remote Aboriginal Health Clinics project made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. "Yandeyarra is one of up to eight clinics selected for upgrading or replacing in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions through the project that was established in 2011," Dr Hames said. "The upgraded facilities at Yandeyarra, including a new consultation and treatment room, a multi-purpose group room, records room, separate waiting areas, patient ensuites and cleaning and storage spaces, provide better access to health care services for Aboriginal community members. "In addition, a two-bed self-contained accommodation unit for staff has also been built to replace the previous staff accommodation that was in poor condition." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was important that people living in remote areas of the State had improved access to high-quality health services, reducing the need for people to travel to larger regional or metropolitan areas. "Investing in appropriate health clinic infrastructure and services in remote locations is critical to the ongoing viability of regional Western Australia," Mr Redman said. "The Yandeyarra clinic will provide efficient health services targeted to the local community, and assist in recruiting and retaining health professionals for consistent service delivery. "The Royalties for Regions investment in the Remote Aboriginal Health Clinics project contributes towards bringing positive health outcomes for our remote communities." Fact FileYandeyarra is located 140km south-east of Port HedlandFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Health Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Endangered and threatened species protected224765Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/12/2015 11:47:09 PM2015-12-01T23:10:00Z​3,000ha emergency aerial baiting to save potoroos, scrub birds and possumsMajor ground baiting planned in wake of Two Peoples Bay bushfire The State Government has taken emergency action to protect the Gilbert's potoroo - the world's rarest marsupial - from feral predators following a bushfire last week at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve east of Albany. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said aerial baiting had been completed to minimise impacts on the critically endangered species, after lightning sparked the 1,230 hectare fire. "An initial survey of the Gilbert's potoroo population at Two Peoples Bay found the animals showed a remarkable ability to avoid the fire and find small unburnt patches, where they took refuge," Mr Jacob said. "Of the seven animals fitted with tail-mounted transmitters, five were found alive and a radio-tracking flight is planned to search for the other two." The Department of Parks and Wildlife aerial baiting has covered more than 3,000ha at Two Peoples Bay, using Eradicat® baits to protect the Gilbert's potoroo, the noisy scrub bird and the western ringtail possum inhabiting the reserve. Parks and Wildlife officers are still investigating the impact on the endangered noisy scrub bird and western ringtail possum. "Ground baiting along 20 kilometres of tracks has also been planned," the Minister said. "The emergency baiting is in addition to routine fox and feral cat control in the reserve under the Western Shield program. "Parks and Wildlife has trapped all five Gilbert's potoroos located so far and will attempt to trap any other individuals, to provide an extra level of protection for the population during this vulnerable period." The displaced animals will be cared for in captivity to recover their strength before being returned to Mt Gardner or relocated to one of the other population sites. Mr Jacob said the Department of Parks and Wildlife had worked closely with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and the Commonwealth Threatened Species Commissioner to facilitate the emergency baiting. Fact FilePrior to the Gilbert's potoroo's rediscovery at Two Peoples Bay in 1994, the species was thought to be extinct, with the last recorded specimens collected in the 1870sMt Gardner is the only known wild population of the Gilbert's potoroo, and Parks and Wildlife has insurance populations at Waychinicup and Bald Island Minister's office - 6552 5800 Gilbert's potoroo
Ian Trust to strengthen the Aboriginal voice224763Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/12/2015 11:37:10 PM2015-12-01T23:00:00Z​Respected leader appointed Chair of the WA Aboriginal Advisory CouncilWAAAC provides expert advice to the Western Australian Government Renowned Aboriginal leader Ian Trust has been appointed Chair of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier said Mr Trust would play a valuable role in the peak statutory body that provides expert advice to the WA Government on Aboriginal issues. "Mr Trust has spent the past 30 years working to drive social and economic change for Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley, and will provide a strong, experienced independent voice for the Aboriginal community of WA," Mr Collier said. "I will be relying on the council to provide advice on how we can do things more effectively, and to ensure that our work captures the ideas of the wider Aboriginal community." The announcement follows a meeting of council members who conducted the vote. "I'm looking forward to working with all members to further support Aboriginal people and communities to drive the changes needed in Aboriginal affairs," the Minister said. Mr Trust is a founder and executive chair of the Wunan Foundation and a key leader for Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley. Mr Trust believes employment, education and training are key to empowering Aboriginal people. He was instrumental in facilitating the signing of the East Kimberley Aboriginal Charter in 2015. Mr Trust will be supported by Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council members Gail Allison JP, Troy Eaton, Brenda Garstone, Gordon Gray, Phil Matera, Krista McMeeken and Carol Pettersen JP. Fact FileIan Trust's appointment as WA Aboriginal Advisory Council chair is for three years The council advises the WA Government on strategies and initiatives that can best advance the economic and social wellbeing of Aboriginal peopleMember biographies are available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6300
Works start on Boddington recreation centre123497Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 7:24:08 AM2015-12-01T07:25:00Z​Sod turned on $4.63 million Boddington Recreation and Community CentreMade possible by Royalties for Regions Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today turned the first sod to mark the start of works at the new Boddington Recreation and Community Centre. The $4.633 million facility is made possible by $2.5 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions Growing Our South initiative, $1.5 million from the Shire of Boddington, $610,000 from Department of Sport and Recreation and $23,000 from corporate and community sponsorship. Mr Redman said Boddington residents would soon have access to a purpose-built recreational facility that would provide expanded opportunities to boost their health and wellbeing. "Sporting and recreation facilities create important hubs for people to gather and feel a sense of community and belonging as well as participating in sport and recreation," he said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in a safe, modern facility that will be able to cater for the ongoing growth and development of the Peel region." Ms Davies said through the Department of Sport and Recreation's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, the State Government was committed to creating facilities which supported the greatest number of people and sports. "This new indoor multipurpose facility will include two multi-use courts, three community rooms, a kitchen, sporting change rooms, external oval-viewing area, car parking and landscaping," she said. "This new multi-use centre in Boddington means more people can enjoy an active lifestyle." Fact FileRoyalties for Regions Growing our South initiative is a $600 million program over five years to implement projects that will provide more sustainable social and economic outcomes across the Peel, Wheatbelt, South-West and Great Southern regionsFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New jetty serving next generation of skippers123496Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 7:15:32 AM2015-12-01T07:15:00Z​70-year-old jetty replaced by modern structure at East Fremantle Completion of $1.3 million project helps marine safety education studentsDecember 1, 2015 marks the first day of the new boating season One of East Fremantle's landmarks has undergone a transformation with a new $1.3 million jetty built at the State's busiest marine education facility. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said work on the project was now complete, equipping the Department of Transport's Marine Education Boatshed on the Swan River to meet the growing need for boat safety training programs. Mr Nalder said 12,500 students trained at the State Government facility each year, with about 500 a week at peak times. "In recent years there's been a 70 per cent growth in programs delivered at the boatshed. The improved facilities will cater for existing and new boating safety programs," he said. Originally built in 1942 as a boathouse for the Leeuwin Barracks, the boatshed is a landmark for skippers navigating the river in East Fremantle "Replacing the 70-year-old fixed timber jetty with a new purpose-built steel structure with floating pontoon will significantly benefit the thousands of school students attending the facility each year and allow the number of courses on offer at the boatshed to increase," the Minister said. The new jetty has a similar footprint to the original structure but features a wider deck surface allowing safer pedestrian movement and additional storage space. Its modern design gives training vessels easier access and the fibreglass reinforced plastic decking provides a level, even platform to work from. The boatshed caters for primary and secondary school students, at-risk youth, vocational education and training, and university undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Courses and activities range from water safety to yachting training to survival swimming, canoeing, rowing and snorkelling and sailing expeditions, including the Recreational Skipper's Ticket. Fact FileThe Department of Transport managed the 18-month project with Transfield Services as the major contractorThe original jetty was built in 1945 and refurbished a number of times, including a major overall in 2000For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6400
Child and Parent Centre for Maddington123494Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 6:34:05 AM2015-12-01T06:30:00Z​New Child and Parent Centre to serve Maddington families Parents in Maddington will now have access to a range of local programs and services as part of a State Government commitment to West Australian Child and Parent Centres. Opening the new centre at East Maddington Primary School, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the State Government would open 21 centres by 2016 at a total cost of $52.5 million. "The State Government recognises that the early years of a child's life are critical to their future development so we must ensure all West Australian children have the best start possible," Mr Simpson said. "Parenting is a challenge and easy access to local programs for families is a priority for the State Government. Child and Parent Centres make a host of initiatives including parent workshops and groups, child and maternal health services readily available. "These centres are a great example of the State Government working in partnership with the community service sector to deliver programs which are targeted and relevant to the communities they serve." Education Minister Peter Collier said facilities would include a fully-equipped child health clinic room, consultants' rooms, a group activity room, kitchen facilities and an outdoor play area. "The fact centres are at schools also gives school staff the opportunity to work with and build a relationship with families from the time children are born," Mr Collier said. "The Child and Parent Centres are part of a wider push to ensure more children start formal schooling ready to learn and fulfil their potential, rather than playing catch-up from day one." Programs and activities at WA Child and Parent Centres are targeted at families with children from pre-birth to four years; however, families with children up to eight years old may also use the centres. Fact FileThe departments of Education; Health; Local Government and Communities and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support are working together with non-government organisations to deliver services at Child and Parent CentresThe Child and Parent Centre, East Maddington, is run by Centrecare in partnership with the East Maddington Primary SchoolFor more information, visit http// Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Education Minister's office - 6552 6300
Research grant to benefit people with disability123484Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 5:08:02 AM2015-12-01T05:00:00Z​Applications for the Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant now open$40,000 for research that will produce positive outcomes for people with disability Applications for the Disability Services Commission's second annual $40,000 Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant are now open to individuals and organisations with proposals for projects that aim to have positive, practical outcomes for people with disability. Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the grant aimed to support research that progressed the State Government's Count Me In vision; that we all live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone. The first Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant recipient, announced earlier this year, was a Therapy Focus and Curtin University collaboration for an intergenerational mentoring project designed to benefit young people with intellectual disability. Through this project, mentors from WA Men's Shed Association have had success working with young people to enhance their work and social participation prospects. Mrs Morton said Dr Alessandri (1963-97) had personal experience of living with disability but had not allowed it to define her. "She was a renowned child health researcher in Western Australia, committed to improving the lives of people with disability, and also made a major contribution to the sector as a Disability Services Commission board member," she said. "The grant will be awarded to a person or organisation whose project will provide evidence-based research to help the disability sector continuously improve services and programs. "Disability Awareness Week and the UN-sanctioned International Day of People with Disability on December 3 are opportune times to increase public awareness and understanding of access and inclusion issues facing people with disability, and also to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability, including those at the forefront of research." Proposals from individuals who can demonstrate the research will be undertaken in partnership with a WA research institute - where the research institute can offer in-kind support - will be considered favourably. Fact FileApplications close 5pm, January 29, 2016; winner announced in late February 2016For more information about the grant, visit http// 2015 Disability Awareness Week runs November 29-December 5 Minister's office - 6552 6900
Next step in WA's domestic violence campaign123481Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 1:30:59 AM2015-12-01T01:10:00Z​New guide launched in response to Freedom from Fear Action PlanConsistent programs to help men steer away from violent and controlling behaviour The State Government will introduce the next step in its campaign against domestic violence with the launch of a new guide to help men steer away from using violent and controlling behaviour. Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the Practice Standards for Perpetrator Intervention are targeted at men's domestic violence behaviour change programs and outline the minimum standards for the way programs should operate. "With a number of agencies providing men's behaviour programs, it is essential that all agencies provide consistent programs that meet best-practice requirements in this important area of work," Mrs Morton said. "The Practice Standards demonstrate how services should respond to men using violence, hold them accountable and take responsibility for their violent behaviour. "This important resource, which is one of the 20 actions of the Freedom from Fear Action Plan, focuses on the safety of women and children, and sets out how to work collaboratively with partner agencies to assess, manage and monitor risk. "For the first time, the Practice Standards will be applied consistently to voluntary and mandated programs funded by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and the Department of Corrective Services." The Practice Standards, launched at the Family Pathways Network's conference today, will be implemented using a staged approach to support agencies to meet best practice. Fact FileFamily and domestic violence is a gendered crime with about 95 per cent of the victims of family and domestic violence being female, and 90 per cent of the perpetrators being maleThe Practice Standards for Perpetrator Intervention and further advice are available at http// Women's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599 Minister's office - 6552 6900
Top national honour for WA seafood exporter123480Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 1:19:50 AM2015-12-01T01:00:00Z​Austral Fisheries wins agribusiness section of Australian Export AwardsWin demonstrates the high standards and achievements of WA industry A Perth-based seafood exporter has won the agribusiness category of the prestigious national Australian Export Awards, held in Melbourne last Friday night. Austral Fisheries, located in West Leederville, specialises in sustainable seafood, namely Marine Stewardship Council-certified Skull Island Tiger Prawns and Glacier 51 Toothfish. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the deep-sea fishing company's 'ocean to plate' focus and efforts in creating a valued, high-class brand had led to their products being sold worldwide. "I congratulate Austral for its enterprising spirit in packaging products for markets around the world, while maintaining sustainable and environmentally friendly practices," Mr Mischin said. "Austral Fisheries greatly deserves this recognition and is just one example of the excellence displayed by the WA business community, showing that our standards and achievements are among the nation's best." Austral Fisheries automatically entered the national awards after winning the agribusiness category of the WA Industry and Export Awards in October. "The last time WA had a national export award winner was in 2013 when Otraco International won the Minerals and Energy Award," the Minister said. "Winning the national award this year continues WA's excellent track record when it comes to being recognised for our world-class businesses selling top quality products and services globally." Fact FileA full list of the national export award winners can be viewed here Information on the WA Industry and Export Awards is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5600
Honours for regional skill and trade competitors123476Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 12:20:54 AM2015-11-30T23:45:00Z​State's best apprentices, trainees and students rewarded Opportunity to represent State in National WorldSkills competition More than 250 of the State's best young apprentices and trainees have been rewarded following their success in one of the biggest and most prestigious skill and trade competitions. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said they tested their skills against peers during regional WorldSkills events, with gold, silver and bronze medals presented to the top achievers at an award ceremony today. Congratulating the medal recipients, Mrs Harvey said today's ceremony was the culmination of competitions held in regional and metropolitan areas over the past eight months. Eligible medallists will now have the chance to represent Western Australia in the national competition to be held in Melbourne in October 2016, as members of Team WA. WA sent two team members to the 2015 international competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Joseph Pauley winning the silver medal in his category and being awarded 'Best of Nation' as the Australian competitor winning by the greatest margin. "WA is expected to field its biggest team yet for the national competition because of significant interest from competitors in regional areas," the Minister said. More than 500 people under the age of 23 took part in the WA events, competing in almost 40 open and Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) categories. Mrs Harvey said there was a large increase in the number of competitions held around the State this year, particularly in VETiS categories, which recorded a 150 per cent jump in competitor numbers. Several new competitions were also added to this year's schedule, including VETiS Bricklaying, which was introduced as a demonstration event. Its popularity has prompted WorldSkills Australia to also include it in the national competition. Another stand-out event was vehicle painting, in which five out of six medallists were women. "WorldSkills competitions showcase skills excellence and promote vocational education and training pathways as a first-choice career option," the Minister said. Fact FileWorldSkills competitions are held over a two-year cycle, showcasing skills excellence at State, national and international levelsParticipation in WA regional competitions has grown, with 17 events taking place in 2015 compared to 14 in 2013 Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australian carers to have their say123475Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html1/12/2015 12:10:11 AM2015-11-30T23:00:00Z​Public consultation opens on WA's first Carers Strategy Western Australia's carers are being invited to have their say on the direction of the State Government's first Carers Strategy. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the strategy was developed to recognise the unique role of WA's estimated 320,000 carers. "Western Australia's carers make a tremendous difference to the lives of the people they care for," Mr Simpson said. "Carers also provide an invaluable social and economic contribution to our State, and with WA's ageing population this contribution is set to become more significant. "The Carers Strategy will be the next step towards greater recognition of the unique needs of carers, focusing as it does on the carer rather than the person receiving the care. "Carers are as diverse as the communities they live in. So, whether you are a parent looking after a child with disability, a young carer or an adult looking after an elderly relative, your input in developing the WA Carers Strategy is vital." Carers are defined as people who provide unpaid care, support and assistance to a person who needs help with daily life. Support may range from assistance with occasional activities, such as weekly grocery shopping, to round-the-clock help with personal care or managing medication. The State Government supports a number of initiatives to raise awareness of carers' issues. This includes working in partnership with the peak body, Carers WA and providing the organisation with more than $820,000 annually to support carers with counselling, respite and social activities. The online public comment and consultation on the draft WA Carers Strategy is administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities. Comments can be made by February 1, 2016 and are welcomed from members of the public with caring responsibilities, and the organisations that work with them. Fact FileWA was the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce carer-specific legislation the Carers Recognition Act 2004 and the Western Australian Carers CharterFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Northern drill program yields promising results123474Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements50html30/11/2015 11:59:56 PM2015-11-30T22:10:00Z​Drilling verifies high-quality water for irrigated crops at La Grange Suitable water resources to expand irrigated agriculture in the West Kimberley have been identified by an extensive drilling program in the La Grange district. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the findings would underpin water security for future agricultural development, while safeguarding the environment and cultural sites. Previous State Government work had identified that at least 50 gigalitres of water could be available from the Broome sandstone aquifer. The latest drilling program spanned 24 sites, identified via an airborne electromagnetic survey, over a 25,000 square kilometre area. "The good news is that we found that most aquifer bores are access irrigation water quality, with a saline level below 500 milligrams per litre. The forecast bore yields are consistent with district averages ranging from 30 to 60 litres per second," Mr Baston said. "This data will now be integrated into a groundwater model that shows how much water can be used and from what locations to balance sustainable irrigation development with the long-term health and cultural heritage of the La Grange aquifer." The program was undertaken by the Department of Agriculture and Food in close consultation with pastoralists and traditional owners from the Yawuru, Nyangumarta and Karajarri country, across an area that includes seven stations and four native title determinations. The sites have now had monitoring bores installed to allow irrigators, station owners, traditional owners and regulators to better understand the capacity of the resource by measuring how the aquifer responds to water use and seasonal rainfall. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the drilling program was part of the Regional Economic Development Water Opportunities project, which included a $6.4 million Royalties for Regions investment. "This work will set the foundation for long-term sustainable agricultural development that will generate business growth and employment opportunities for northern communities, while preserving the resource and its cultural significance," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions contribute towards the delivery of key economic infrastructure to facilitate economic development in regional Western Australia." Fact FileLa Grange district stretches from Roebuck Plains station to Mandora stationProject involved soil surveys and investigations into land tenure arrangementsLa Grange stakeholders have developed a shared vision for their future For more information, visit http// and search for La Grange Agriculture and Food Minister's office – 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office – 6552 6700
Perth Children's Hospital lights up for Christmas123471Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements230html30/11/2015 11:48:55 PM2015-11-30T22:00:00Z​Premier to switch on more than 500 LED lights as part of Perth Children's Hospital's public art piece named Fizz, for the Christmas periodLights will be turned off after Christmas so the final lighting programs can be created and fine-tuned ahead of the hospital opening Premier Colin Barnett has flicked a switch to light up the eastern facade of the new Perth Children's Hospital, just in time for the Christmas countdown. More than 500 low energy LED lights have been installed in about 1,600 aluminium dots that make up the art installation called Fizz, facing Winthrop Avenue, Nedlands. Designed to look like floating bubbles, Fizz provides a child-friendly visage to the $1.2 billion building and protects it from the strong eastern and northern sunlight without impeding the views of Kings Park. The Premier said incorporating public art into the construction of the building had multiple applications which would help make the hospital a leading paediatric facility. "Fizz will be the first thing patients and their families see when they arrive at our new hospital," Mr Barnett said. "Our young patients will also see the art from inside the building where the soothing colours will provide a distraction, especially for children undergoing procedures." Fizz was designed by prominent West Australian artist Stuart Green who said he was excited that public art was included in large-scale public building projects. "I had in mind lightness, floating bubbles or dancing patches of light - a playful randomness to help lift and enliven the street view of the hospital, whilst keeping it in tune with Kings Park opposite," Mr Green said. "As an artist, the Perth Children's Hospital is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our State's children." Health Minister Kim Hames said Fizz would be a welcome feature of the new hospital. "It is fantastic to see public art being incorporated in large-scale construction projects in WA, and I hope Fizz will become synonymous with Perth Children's Hospital for years to come," Dr Hames said. The lights will be turned off after Christmas so the final patterns can be created and fine-tuned ahead of the hospital opening next year, when it will become a permanent feature. Fact FileFizz is made from 1,600 coloured aluminium discs sized from 450mm to 1m in diameterLED lights installed along the outside of every third disc can be programmed to different patterns Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Public school educators and staff honoured123465Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6080html30/11/2015 1:40:24 AM2015-11-30T01:30:00Z11 winners announced in the WA Education Awards 2015Winners share in $335,000 prize money Education Minister Peter Collier today announced Western Australia's top public schools, leaders, teachers and support staff at the WA Education Awards 2015. Melville Senior High School's Guy Stapleton was named WA Premier's Secondary Teacher of the Year, while South Hedland Primary School's Adeline Monaghan was WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year. Mr Stapleton was praised as motivational and inspirational, using technology to teach science and inspire excellent results. Mrs Monaghan has made a huge impact on the lives of children in the Hedland area in a 22-year career as firstly an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, and now as a teacher. Mr Collier said he was proud to acknowledge the best in WA's public schools. "The WA Education Awards celebrate passionate teachers, leaders and support staff who continue to find exciting ways to challenge and develop students," he said. Balga Senior High School's Len Yarran was named WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year and Wattle Grove Primary School's Kirsty Campbell was WA Beginning Teacher of the Year. The WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award went to Looma Remote Community School, which has outperformed similar schools in literacy and numeracy thanks to its high expectation for student success and strong community involvement. This year's top school principals are Darrel Le Mercier of Belmont City College and Nicole Hanna of East Kalgoorlie Primary School. The WA Primary School of the Year is Ranford Primary School in Canning Vale, and Manjimup Senior High School took out the WA Secondary School of the Year. Fact FileA full list of winners is belowThe State Government's WA Education Awards 2015 are sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, The West Australian, Teachers Mutual Bank, hit92.9, Edith Cowan University, Teachers Health Fund, Fotoworks School Portraits and Slater and Gordon LawyersFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6300 WA EDUCATION AWARDS 2015 - WINNERS WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year Adeline Monaghan, South Hedland Primary School As an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, Adeline was so passionate about children's education that she became a teacher. She has a wide repertoire of contemporary teaching skills and willingly shares these with other teachers. Her connections with the community have a direct impact on student learning. Highly regarded in both the school and the community, Adeline is emerging as a natural leader. SPONSORED BY BHP BILLITON IRON ORE WA Premier's Secondary Teacher of the Year Guy Stapleton, Melville Senior High School Motivational and inspirational - with students not only wanting to learn but craving more - are stand-out words in Guy's teaching. He combines a love of technology with an almost intuitive knowledge about how students learn, and shares his powerful teaching strategies with other teachers. The result is that his students achieve excellent results in science and he contributes to system-wide technology developments. SPONSORED BY BHP BILLITON IRON ORE WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award Looma Remote Community School Unquestionable support for the school is evident across the whole school community. High expectations for student success, a positive sense of cultural identity, a strong relationship with the local community and a focus on accountability drive the school's ethos and practice. Aboriginal leadership is not only acknowledged but embraced. Aboriginal and Islander education officers have strong curriculum knowledge and are held in high esteem. SPONSORED BY BHP BILLITON IRON ORE WA Primary School Leader of the Year Nicole Hanna, principal, East Kalgoorlie Primary School Nicole brings a blend of relational leadership skills, creative and innovative thinking, and data analysis expertise to this complex school environment. She builds staff capacity through instructional and collegial feedback, sets the agenda for effective and contemporary teaching and learning, and deploys resources strategically. Solution focused and child-centred, Nicole has formed strong partnerships with agencies to ensure both the education and health needs of students are met. SPONSORED BY HIT92.9 WA Secondary School Leader of the Year Darrel Le Mercier, principal, Belmont City College A highly effective strategic leader of change, Darrel has built - and continues to build - a shared vision for the school with data-driven improvement and high expectations of every student. He is recognised as an inspiring leader who mentors and supports staff, and provides leadership opportunities for them. He uses contemporary research to inform initiatives to improve student outcomes and has forged strong relationships in the community. SPONSORED BY TEACHERS MUTUAL BANK WA Beginning Teacher of the Year Kirsty Campbell, Wattle Grove Primary School With a combination of exceptional teaching practice and a natural ability to inspire colleagues and students, Kirsty has made a truly remarkable start to her career as a teacher. She leads by example and encourages students and teachers to pursue challenging goals in all aspects of their teaching and learning. She has outstanding communication skills and is mentoring pre-service, beginning and experienced teachers. SPONSORED BY EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year Len Yarran, Balga Senior High School Len's personal philosophy of building self-determination, governance and social responsibility through a sense of community pride and purpose drives his work at the school. He is a strong male role model for students, and builds positive relationships with students, families and the local Aboriginal community. Len organises events for students to learn, practice, create and perform their culture, history and language. SPONSORED BY THE WEST AUSTRALIAN WA Primary School of the Year Ranford Primary School The school sets exemplary standards in all that it does - from pride in the school grounds through to student achievement. A clear direction with continuity and consistency is evident; and leadership is visible, shared and respected. Mentoring, sharing, collaborating and research all focus on improving outcomes for each student. There is an excellent balance of new and experienced staff, and a strong focus on data and analysis to inform teaching practice. SPONSORED BY TEACHERS HEALTH FUND WA Secondary School of the Year Manjimup Senior High School The school's results are outstanding - but everyone wants to achieve more to prepare students for future success. Student progress is every teacher's responsibility, learning programs are targeted, wrap-around services are focused, and resources are directed to meet student needs. Staff are respected and valued for their expertise and professional knowledge, and held accountable for their results. The school board and P&C are active and determined to make a difference. SPONSORED BY FOTOWORKS SCHOOL PORTRAITS WA Education Assistant of the Year Lynda Bailey, Wanneroo Primary School Lynda brings extensive knowledge, specialist skills, creativity and experience to her role in working with students at educational risk. She nurtures high trust relationships with students and modifies the curriculum to accommodate their learning needs. She works towards 'letting go' to move students to increasing independence. She mentors other education assistants and graduate teachers to promote inclusive practices to support students in achieving success. SPONSORED BY THE WEST AUSTRALIAN WA School Services Staff Member of the Year Maureen Bailey, corporate services manager, Australind Senior High School Financially savvy with expert business knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity, Maureen is part of the school's executive team. Her problem solving and negotiation skills are highly honed, and she builds teams of multi-skilled staff to deliver exceptional customer service and support students to achieve their personal best. Her wide-ranging contribution to the school includes improving the school culture and standing in the community. A natural leader, she mentors other business managers in the region. SPONSORED BY SLATER AND GORDON LAWYERS
New Mental Health Act benefits regional WA123464Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4000html30/11/2015 1:08:22 AM2015-11-30T01:05:00ZGreater access and recognition for people living in regional and remote areasConsumers, carers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people benefit Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced landmark developments in mental health treatment and care for people living in regional and remote Western Australia. Mrs Morton said the new Mental Health Act 2014, which formally takes effect today, would increase access to treatment, deliver new protections for people living in regional areas and introduce new recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. "This is a significant reform in mental health care because for the first time people experiencing mental illness, and their families and carers now have the right to be more informed and involved in treatment and care decisions," she said. "The Act will also benefit regional and remote communities by removing existing barriers to the use of video-conferencing technology. This will reduce the need to transport people away from their local communities for mental health assessment and examination. "This is an important step in delivering more immediate treatment and care for people living outside Perth, and will reduce the need for them to leave their communities to seek treatment." The new Act also recognises the need for clinicians and services to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal people. Where practicable and appropriate, assessment, examination and treatment planning for a person of Aboriginal descent must be carried out in collaboration with indigenous mental health workers, and significant members of the person's community, including elders and traditional healers. "This will deliver greater genuine involvement for families and carers in the treatment of their loved ones as we seek to keep people out of acute hospital settings and in their community closer to home," the Minister said. The legislation was drafted after extensive State-wide consultation, including 20 forums in regional areas, to ensure the needs of people outside Perth were reflected in the new legislation. The Act also includes extra safeguards for children experiencing mental illnessa new Charter of Mental Health Care Principles to guide and set expectations for mental health servicesnew levels of rights protection through the Mental Health Tribunal, the Western Australian Chief Psychiatrist, the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office, and the new Mental Health Advocacy Service. Fact File1,300 written submissions helped inform the drafting of the new lawThe Mental Health Act 2014 replaces the Mental Health Act 1996A 12-month implementation period has helped enable a smooth transition to the ActImplementation has included the development and delivery of comprehensive education packages and training for clinicians and service providers, as well as targeted information for consumers, families and carersThe Mental Health Bill Implementation Reference Group, chaired by Eric Ripper and prior to him by Dr Judy Edwards, has overseen the implementation processThe reference group includes people with experience of mental illness, families and carers, clinicians and representatives from non-Government organisations and advocacy groupsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Landmark new Mental Health Act for WA123463Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4550html30/11/2015 1:00:49 AM2015-11-30T01:00:00ZSignificant changes to mental health law start today in Western AustraliaMore recognition and rights for families, carers and people with mental illness Announcing the start of Western Australia's long-awaited new Mental Health Act, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said today was a day of celebration and an important milestone for people with mental illness and their family and carers. Mrs Morton said the Mental Health Act 2014, which had been in development for more than a decade, would underpin a broad cultural shift in the management of mental health problems and the treatment of people with mental illness. "It has been long acknowledged that the previous Act was out of date and not in line with contemporary mental health practice," she said. "I am glad to see so much enthusiasm and support for the commencement of the Act today. "For the first time the family and carers who support people with mental illness will have a legal right to be more informed and involved in treatment and care decisions. This is a momentous day for the many people who have advocated on behalf of people experiencing mental illness. "The Act will enhance the treatment and care of people living with mental illness and strengthen their rights and protections." The legislation was drafted after extensive State-wide consultation and provides for tele-psychiatric assessment in regional areasgreater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and, where applicable, access to culturally appropriate treatmentextra safeguards for children experiencing mental illnessa Charter of Mental Health Care Principles to guide and set expectations for mental health servicesnew levels of rights protection through the Mental Health Tribunal, the Western Australian Chief Psychiatrist, the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office, and the new Mental Health Advocacy Service. The Minister said the Mental Health Commission, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Department of Health had developed a range of training materials around implementation of the Act. More than 3,500 frontline mental health clinicians have undertaken the training. A range of other professions and groups have also undertaken targeted training including non-mental health clinicians, ED staff, GPs, Department of Education staff and WA Police. "I would like to thank all those who have completed training in preparation for the new legislation. I would also like to thank the many thousands of people across Western Australia who contributed to the formulation and implementation of this important new legislation," Mrs Morton said. The Minister said the new legislation was an integral component of the State Government's mental health agenda to provided increased services and supports in the community. Fact File1,300 written submissions helped inform the drafting of the new lawThe Mental Health Act 2014 replaces the Mental Health Act 1996A 12-month implementation period has helped enable a smooth transition to the ActImplementation has included the development and delivery of comprehensive education packages and training for clinicians and service providers and targeted information for consumers, families and carersThe Mental Health Bill Implementation Reference Group, chaired by Eric Ripper and prior to him by Dr Judy Edwards, has overseen the implementation processThe reference group includes people with experience of mental illness, families and carers, clinicians and representatives from non-Government organisations and advocacy groupsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900