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Tourism WA to appoint east coast advocate614206Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/05/2017 12:10:58 AM2017-05-25T00:00:00Z ​First Tourism WA office on east coast in nearly seven years Enhanced presence to support work already undertaken on eastern seaboard Increased interstate visitor numbers to grow tourism jobs Tourism WA will soon establish an office on the eastern seaboard, for the first time since December 2010. The State Government-funded office will represent Tourism WA in the market, to support work already being undertaken with trade partners, including airlines, wholesalers, travel websites, travel trade training and additional public relations services. Tourism WA is scoping options on how the service will be operated and the resources required and will consult with key industry groups and stakeholders. The new service will be in addition to Tourism WA's current marketing activities and will report to the head office in Perth. It comes as a direct response from the McGowan Government's first Tourism Industry Consortium held on Friday, May 19, 2017. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "This decision will lead to a direct increase in visitors from the Eastern States to Western Australia. "Visitor attraction remains the State Government's number one tourism priority - everything we are doing is about growing numbers to create jobs, develop business opportunities and diversify the economy. "The reality is, when it comes to Eastern State residents making holiday decisions, we are competing with other States and international locations such as New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii. "However, I believe we have a revitalised offer here to make WA a real and viable alternative. "We have a greater variety of accommodation at the lowest prices we've seen for ages, new infrastructure, a burgeoning food and wine scene, an exciting events calendar, spectacular regional destinations and unique experiences such as swimming with whale sharks and hump back whales." Minister's office - 6552 5600
McGowan Government progressing with Medihotels614205Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements30html25/05/2017 12:03:35 AM2017-05-24T22:00:00Z ​McGowan Government moves on election promise to build WA's first Medihotel at Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct Preferred proponent(s) expected to be announced in mid-2017 The State Government has shortlisted submissions from the private sector to build Western Australia's first Medihotel next to Fiona Stanley Hospital. Medihotels are a key component of the McGowan Government's Putting Patients First Policy. They will deliver a better experience for recuperating patients and free up hospital beds so more patients can be treated. The specialist hotels are designed to support recuperating patients and allow family members to stay with patients. LandCorp received overwhelming interest after it called for proposals to develop the first stage of the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct, including a Medihotel. Eleven conforming submissions were received, five of which were shortlisted. The shortlisted submissions will now be invited to participate in the Request for Detailed Proposal phase, where they will outline their approach to delivering the Medihotel. The announcement of the preferred proponent(s) is expected in mid-2017. Comments attributed to Minister for Health Roger Cook "Medihotels are a key component of the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to putting patients first. "They will deliver a better experience for recuperating patients and to free up hospital beds so more patients can be treated. "Medihotels will ensure recuperating patients get the medical treatment they need in a comfortable environment, freeing up hospital beds so more patients can be treated." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "We are pleased with the level of response received from the private sector and excited to progress on an important election commitment. "Over a 10 to 15-year period the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct is expected to deliver 1,200 residences, about 175,000 square metres of floor space including commercial, health, research, residential and short stay or hotel accommodation. "It forms part of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre, which is set to become one of the biggest and most vibrant employment hubs in the State. "It will make the most of established transit, health and education infrastructure, create about 35,000 jobs, deliver new homes for 22,000 Western Australians and cater for up to 44,000 students." Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500
Nominations open for Infinity Awards154288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5280html24/05/2017 6:54:20 AM2017-05-24T06:45:00Z ​Recognition for innovative waste reduction and recycling initiatives Western Australians working to reduce waste and promote re-use and recycling are encouraged to enter this year's Infinity Awards. Nominations for the McGowan Labor Government's Infinity Awards - recognising those who demonstrate a commitment to innovatively deal with waste across the State - are now open. Last year's winners included Bristile Roofing for providing source separation at construction sites - reclaiming roofing tile offcuts for recycling and re-use - and Perth Zoo for converting animal waste into compost. Emmanuel Catholic College teacher Kylie Kingdon was named 2016 Waste Champion for introducing initiatives to recycle 90 per cent of the school's soft drink cans and use canteen food scraps to nourish worm farms. Individuals, businesses, local governments, schools, community organisations and State Government agencies have until 5pm on June 23, 2017 to nominate for an Infinity Award. The Infinity Awards will be announced on September 14, 2017 at the Waste and Recycling Conference. For more information, or to nominate for an award, visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/cie/infinity-awards Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Infinity Awards have been recognising the champions of waste reduction and recycling in this State since 2010. "Huge advancements have been made in waste management in WA and the McGowan Labor Government will continue to recognise that work in 2017. "Anyone who has implemented innovative or creative waste management projects or improved their waste management practices should put their hand up and nominate for these awards." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Regional workshops to address palliative care154278Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4850html24/05/2017 5:01:43 AM2017-05-24T05:00:00Z ​Geraldton and Busselton to benefit from palliative care awareness campaign Focus on patient's wishes for their future treatment close to end-of-life Geraldton and Busselton will be the beneficiaries of a Western Australian health-funded initiative to increase the awareness of palliative care and other end-of-life issues. Funding of $96,514 has been provided to Palliative Care WA to deliver Advance Care workshops in metropolitan and regional areas. The regional workshops announced today - during National Palliative Care Week - will be delivered in Busselton on Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15 and in Geraldton on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22. People wanting to attend the Busselton workshop should contact 9751 1642 and those seeking to attend the Geraldton workshop should contact 9956 6636. Workshops in Melville, Cockburn and Mandurah have already been delivered as part of the four metropolitan workshops, and another is being planned for Joondalup. A cross-sector group has been established to develop a public awareness campaign to increase understanding of the limits of medical interventions, benefits of palliative care and importance of advance care planning. The group will look at ways to engage and inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those in remote and rural locations on advance care planning. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Advance care planning initiates the discussion between a patient facing end-of-life and their carers, family and health professionals about the patient's values, beliefs, and treatment and care options. "It focuses in particular on the patient's wishes for their future treatment and care should they no longer be able to make or communicate their decisions at the time they are needed. "These are the first forums of their type to be held in regional WA and are designed to encourage people to think about their end-of-life care matters." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Schools provide platform for Aboriginal reconciliation154274Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5810html24/05/2017 4:05:24 AM2017-05-24T04:00:00Z ​In 2017, more than 600 schools from across the State will co-ordinate over 900 PALS projects that aim to increase student's understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture Each school will receive $750 per project from the State Government to support their activities The State Government's PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program encourages young people to learn more about our unique Aboriginal culture and to be active participants in the reconciliation journey. This year, more than half of all Western Australian schools will co-ordinate a PALS reconciliation activity, including the production of Aboriginal art murals, bush tucker gardens and incursions with Aboriginal elders. Public, private and independent schools from across WA - including schools in Geraldton, South Perth, Wiluna, Broome, Subiaco and Kununurra - will participate. Each school will receive $750 per project from the State Government to support their activities For more information, visit https//www.daa.wa.gov.au/community-development/pals Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "PALS provides an opportunity for students to learn about our unique Aboriginal culture in fun, creative and engaging ways. "Young people genuinely embrace reconciliation, so it is important that cultural awareness is developed early. 'I have always wanted to embed the long and impressive Aboriginal cultural history into the identity of what it means to be 'Australian'. PALS is an important part of this process. "I hope these projects will lead to dinner-time discussions with brothers, sisters and families to further enhance the reconciliation effort." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Flu vaccination rates slump to an alarming low154272Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7260html24/05/2017 3:00:59 AM2017-05-24T03:00:00Z ​More than 1,500 Western Australians hospitalised due to flu last year Uptake of influenza vaccine declining, despite risk remaining high Free influenza vaccine available to a number of eligible, at-risk groups New data from the Department of Health has shown the uptake of the flu vaccine has declined, despite the risk of influenza remaining high. In 2016, there were 7,937 confirmed influenza cases in Western Australia, of which 20 per cent (1,580) required hospitalisation. The 65 years and over demographic, which represents 12.3 per cent of the Western Australian population, accounted for 22.5 per cent of total flu cases (1,788). Of this cohort, 23 per cent (722) required hospitalisation for their symptoms. Yet despite these high numbers, the uptake of the flu vaccine in this demographic was 56 per cent in 2016; this is down from 64.2 per cent in 2014. These new findings follow a study led by Princess Margaret Hospital infectious diseases specialist Christopher Blyth which found the vaccination rate for the under-five age group had fallen from about 42 per cent in 2008-09 to just seven per cent in 2010-14. The influenza vaccine is available free through immunisation providers including GP clinics, community health clinics or Aboriginal medical services for eligible, at-risk groups including young children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, pregnant women, people aged 65 years and above, and those with chronic medical conditions. People not eligible for the free vaccine can get it through their GP or at a participating chemist for a small cost. Anyone with concerns about whether they or members of their family should be vaccinated should discuss this with their GP. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Influenza is a highly contagious disease and in severe cases can result in complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and acute respiratory disease and can lead to hospitalisation or even death. "The decline in the number of people getting the influenza vaccine is a startling trend that is unnecessarily jeopardising peoples' health. "It is important people get vaccinated against the flu every year, as last year's vaccine may not protect them from this year's viruses and protection may wane after three to four months. "Now is the best time to be vaccinated to ensure maximum protection for the peak flu season in August and September. "Each year our hospital Emergency Departments are put under extra pressure during the peak flu season, due to patients presenting with flu and flu-like symptoms. "With the onset of colder weather, we will see an increase in the number of flu cases. People can reduce their risk of contracting the flu by getting the flu vaccine now." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Roe 8 jobs secured as environmental rehabilitation gets underway154270Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11320html24/05/2017 2:51:58 AM2017-05-24T02:45:00Z ​231 jobs secured on new congestion-busting projects across Perth Sensitive wetlands and valued bushland in Roe 8 corridor to be rehabilitated A community-led group will revegetate the site in the winter months McGowan Government creating more than 6,000 jobs through 18 new road projects across WA The rehabilitation of the Roe 8 site is now underway, marking the conclusion of a successful negotiation process to redeploy workers to new projects and secure jobs. Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today visited workers managing the early rehabilitation program. The initial rehabilitation program forms part of a package of work awarded to the former Roe 8 Alliance to safeguard jobs and bring forward alternative projects that will relieve congestion on Western Australia's road network. The Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group, chaired by the Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley, is overseeing the site remediation and looking at opportunities to maximise community participation in the rehabilitation activities. Initial works by the alliance will focus on weed control, removal of mulch piles and installation of permanent conservation reserve fencing to protect regrowth on the site. In the coming months, the alliance will begin work on three important road upgrades The extension of Murdoch Drive to connect to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway A dual carriageway on Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads A dual carriageway on Wanneroo Road between Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive The projects will safeguard the jobs of the design and project development teams following the cancellation of Roe 8 and ensure the scope of each development project is consistent with other works in adjacent areas. Meanwhile, the McGowan Government has committed to a further 15 road projects as part of the recently announced $2.3 billion State and Federal governments road and rail funding agreement. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The start of the rehabilitation program marks a symbolic end to the Perth Freight Link saga. "Our new package of works will address congestion and safety concerns on key sections of our road network and boost job opportunities for Western Australians. "We have delivered on our commitment to save the 231 jobs associated with Roe 8 and look forward to the new projects getting underway soon." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The new projects form part of the largest congestion-busting works program ever undertaken in WA. "These 18 new road projects - fully funded by the Federal and State governments - will transform our road network, leading to smarter, safer and more efficient journey times for all road users. "The rehabilitation program will ensure the local community have their say on the future of these valuable sites." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Increased opening hours for Canning Vale Police Station154268Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3140html24/05/2017 1:30:52 AM2017-05-24T01:30:00Z ​Canning Vale Police Station open for longer Expanded opening hours meets key election commitment Expanded service will ensure improved community access to police Canning Vale Police Station is now open to 7pm on weekdays, meeting a key election commitment by the McGowan Labor Government. The increased level of service will ensure the community has greater in-person access to police assistance. The expanded opening hours at Canning Vale Police Station is part of the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to deliver expanded opening hours at Belmont, Canning Vale and Forrestfield police stations. The Canning Vale Police Station is located at 449 Nicholson Road and can be contacted by phoning 9456 9555. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I am pleased to announce residents will now be able to attend the Canning Vale Police Station between the hours of 8am-7pm on weekdays to report any concerns or crimes. "This meets a key election commitment and will ensure the community has greater access to police services in-person. "By expanding the original 8am-4pm weekday opening hours, we are providing local residents with more options to access police services, whether it be to report a crime or seek other police services. "The McGowan Labor Government is focused on delivering a police service that is responsive to community needs, reduces crime, delivers better response times and brings more offenders to justice. "I would like to thank Southern River MLA Terry Healy, and other Labor members in the surrounding electorates, who all played a critical role in the election campaign, hearing the concerns of local residents and using the community feedback to shape our election commitments that are now being delivered." Comments attributed to Southern River MLA Terry Healy "The McGowan Labor Government is delivering on its promise to expand the opening hours of the Canning Vale Police Station. The complex is located on the border of three electorates, and services several more, so this is a great outcome for all residents in the south metropolitan region. "Residents have expressed their concerns about local crime to me and my fellow Labor colleagues in surrounding electorates, and I am pleased to see this election commitment being honoured so quickly by the Government." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "I am pleased the McGowan Labor Government has acted immediately to deliver such an important promise to the local community. "Extending the opening hours of the Canning Vale Police Station should result in a much stronger police presence and boost community safety in my electorate." Comments attributed to Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire "I campaigned hard on providing a better policing service to the residents of Thornlie and I'm pleased the Government has acted quickly to honour that promise. "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to making sure people feel safe in their own homes and communities and keeping police stations open when the community needs them." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Funding for waste avoidance projects154266Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6930html24/05/2017 12:40:36 AM2017-05-24T00:30:00Z ​New round of funding for Community and Industry Engagement Program $212,950 awarded to five WA projects Four Western Australian organisations will share nearly $215,000 to develop key waste management projects that boost recycling and improve waste management practices. The McGowan Labor Government's Community and Industry Engagement Program will fund five new projects across the State. The City of Cockburn secured nearly $130,000 to promote the rollout of its three-bin kerbside collection service. The funding will help the city to educate residents about the third wheelie bin which is being introduced to recycle garden waste. Curtin University received $50,000 to study the use of construction and demolition wastes as a complete replacement for raw natural aggregates in concretes. Two Western Australian Local Government Association initiatives - kerbside bin tagging and improving waste management for multiple dwelling housing developments - attracted funding totalling $25,000. The Community and Industry Engagement Program is administered by the Waste Authority and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. For more information, visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/cie/ Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "These grants will help the successful applicants reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill. "The program's main aim is to support projects that contribute to achieving the McGowan Labor Government's targets - including diverting 65 per cent of metropolitan municipal solid waste and 75 per cent of construction and demolition waste from landfill by 2020. "The Better Bins program is key to supporting the State's recycling targets and this Community and Industry Engagement funding will help ensure a successful take-up by Cockburn residents." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Community and Industry Engagement Program - Second Round 2017 Recipients City of Cockburn - $129,704 to support a Better Bins three-bin rollout, including a source separation and education program and a community education and engagement program to complement the garden waste bin implementation; Curtin University - $50,000 to conduct a feasibility study, including technical and sustainability assessment on the effectiveness of the use of construction and demolition wastes as a complete replacement of raw natural aggregates in concretes; Western Australian Local Government Association - $10,000 for a bin tagging program to develop resources and conduct a direct, household by household, intervention that helps to increase recycling and reduce contamination in the recycling, general waste and organics bins; Western Australian Local Government Association - $15,000 to develop better practice guidelines for managing waste from multiple dwelling developments; and Greenskills Inc. - $8,246 for the Sew Cool project - a local Denmark initiative that will upcycle old, stained or normally un-reusable clothing and materials that would otherwise go to landfill.
New judge for the Court of Appeal154279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14190html24/05/2017 5:55:32 AM2017-05-23T23:30:00Z ​Hon. Justice Andrew Beech SC appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal Attorney General John Quigley today announced the appointment of the Hon. Justice Andrew Beech SC as a judge of the Court of Appeal. This appointment fills the vacancy left by the resignation of the Hon. Justice David Newnes as a judge of the Supreme Court and a judge of the Court of Appeal from April 21, 2017. Justice Beech's position becomes effective today following a swearing-in ceremony. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Justice Beech takes up his new appointment today following a successful legal career spanning more than three decades. "Justice Beech was admitted to practice after obtaining a Bachelor of Jurisprudence with Honours in 1983 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1984 at The University of Western Australia. "He completed his articles in 1985 and went on to work as a solicitor at Parker and Parker for a number of years and then later as Crown Prosecutor from 1992 to 1994. "In 1994, he joined Francis Burt Chambers as a barrister and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. "Between 1997 and 2007, he held various positions including editor of the Western Australian Reports, a lecturer at The University of Western Australia and Hearing Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. "Justice Beech was appointed judge of the Supreme Court of WA in 2007 and has been sitting full time as a judge of the Court of Appeal in recent months. "I commend Justice Beech on his appointment as a judge of the Court of Appeal." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
McGowan Government wastes no time on Mixed Martial Arts safety changes154282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4170html24/05/2017 5:57:07 AM2017-05-23T22:00:00Z ​New rules focus on making athlete safety paramount Fenced safety enclosures will bring WA into line with the rest of Australia Lucrative events tourism to diversify the economy and create jobs McGowan Government fulfils election commitment to overturn the ban on safety enclosures The McGowan Government is days away from removing the ban on fenced safety enclosures in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events, paving the way for future UFC events to be staged in Perth. Fulfilling a key election commitment, the new rules will come into effect within days to increase safety and protection for all MMA athletes. The changes will bring Western Australia into line with the rest of Australia and other jurisdictions around the world and prevent the growing sport from being driven underground. The new rules will introduce a staged transition period away from boxing rings to fenced safety enclosures to allow the local grassroots level of the sport to adjust. The Combat Sports Commission's position is that the fenced enclosure is the safest contest area for MMA bouts. The changes are part of a broader push by the McGowan Government to diversify the State's economy, with lucrative UFC events having the potential to bring millions of tourism dollars to WA. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "MMA isn't everyone's cup of tea, but we want it to take place in the safest environment possible. The last thing we want to do is drive MMA underground. "It makes no sense to continue with a ban that is only good for putting athletes at risk. "MMA is already legal and taking place across Perth at a grassroots level, but athletes and promoters have been left frustrated that they can't use the standard safety equipment for their sport. "The Combat Sports Commission is at the forefront of safety and regulation of MMA and we will be working closely together to implement these changes. "We are getting on with the job of diversifying the economy and creating jobs - and we want major tourism events such as the UFC to be a part of that." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Historic election of first female Legislative Council President154087Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14630html23/05/2017 7:19:40 AM2017-05-23T07:15:00Z ​Honourable Kate Doust MLC elected as first female Legislative Council President Premier congratulates Ms Doust on her historic election Honourable Sue Ellery MLC WA's first female Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council Premier Mark McGowan today congratulated the Honourable Kate Doust, Member for South Metropolitan Region, on her election as the first female President of the Legislative Council. Ms Doust was elected unopposed in the first sitting of the new Legislative Council. First elected to State Parliament in 2001, Ms Doust has held various Parliamentary Secretary and Shadow Minister roles and sat on multiple Parliamentary Committees. The appointment of Ms Doust follows the election of the Honourable Sue Ellery MLC as the first female Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I congratulate Kate Doust on her election as President of the Legislative Council. "This is a historic election, with Ms Doust to be the first woman to hold this position. "She has made a significant contribution to the Western Australian Parliament over a number of years and I have no doubt she will carry out this role in a professional and diligent manner. "I'm pleased there are now two outstanding female Members of Parliament taking leading roles in Western Australia's Upper House." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Transfer of Busselton and Dunsborough water assets not to proceed154002Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10850html23/05/2017 6:26:22 AM2017-05-23T06:15:00Z ​Transfer of water assets would result in increased costs to the State Proposal would require legislative change Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced a proposed transfer of ownership of Dunsborough water and Busselton drainage assets from the Water Corporation to Busselton Water will not proceed. The previous government had indicated in-principle support for the proposal prior to fully considering a whole-of-government business case. Investigations since the election of the McGowan Labor Government have revealed there would be significant financial and legal implications for the State. The transfer of ownership would have been contrary to the principles of the Water Services Act 2012 and the Water Corporations Act 1995, and would have required special legislation. The Department of Treasury estimated the transfer would have cost the State Government between $3 and $12 million over the first three years. Importantly, investigations also found it was unclear if the proposal would deliver improved pricing and security of supply for Dunsborough water users or improved drainage outcomes beyond those resulting from the Vasse Taskforce. The option for a non-potable water supply for Dunsborough outlined in the proposal will be considered as part of broader water planning in the South-West. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This proposal is a very complex financial transaction and the advice from the Department of Water is that it would cost the government overall and not save money. "In the current Budget climate, even a small cost to the State Budget needs to have compelling public benefit. "The Department of Water has indicated that the transfer of ownership would have no likely benefits to customers." "The previous government were reckless to support this transfer without considering all implications across government. This is another example of their poor decision-making and poor planning." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Great Eastern Highway passing lanes completed in the Goldfields154275Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3540html24/05/2017 4:23:00 AM2017-05-23T04:50:00Z ​15 new overtaking lanes provide safer passing opportunities The State Government has completed 15 new overtaking lanes on Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields region. Eight eastbound lanes and seven westbound lanes, each with an average length of three kilometres, have been built along 225km of the Great Eastern Highway between Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Southern Cross. This project was managed by Main Roads and delivered by WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd. To complement the new passing lanes, WBHO Infrastructure will complete a further 6.7km of extra highway overlay and widening works on this section of Great Eastern Highway, about 30km east of Boorabbin, by mid-2017. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This 225km section of Great Eastern Highway carries about 1,200 vehicles per day and more than 30 per cent of these are heavy vehicles. Between 2010 and 2014, there were 103 crashes on this stretch of highway. "These new overtaking lanes will provide regular passing opportunities, helping to reduce driver frustration. They will also improve travel time and address safety issues that have contributed to vehicle incidents along this road. "At each location, the highway has also been widened to provide a one metre sealed shoulder and a one metre unsealed shoulder, which further improves safety." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Great Eastern Highway plays an important role in the regional and national road network and is the most direct sealed link between Perth and the Eastern States. "This important infrastructure project provided direct jobs for up to 100 people during the construction period." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Book launched to guide Banksia Woodlands restoration154000Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9050html22/05/2017 11:48:15 PM2017-05-22T09:30:00Z ​State Government and industry collaborate to deliver a restoration guide on World Biodiversity Day. Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Hanson Construction Materials have published a new guide to help specialists meet the challenge of restoring the Swan Coastal Plain. The new book, Banksia Woodlands a restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain, was launched today - on World Biodiversity Day - by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson. It was co-edited by Western Australian scientists Jason Stevens, Deanna Rokich, Vernon Newton, Russell Barrett and Kingsley Dixon. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This book is the result of 22 years of research by staff at Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Hanson Construction Materials. "Active conservation and restoration is essential if we are to ensure the unique biodiversity of the Swan Coastal Plain is maintained for future generations. This book provides the guidance to achieve this goal. "Many of the plant species in the Banksia Woodlands do not grow naturally anywhere else in the world. "Long-term collaborative programs between Government and industry are vital to finding solutions for delivering complex biodiversity conservation." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Premier thanks Andrew and Nicola Forrest for remarkable gesture153996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16230html22/05/2017 6:13:25 AM2017-05-22T06:10:00Z ​Premier Mark McGowan welcomes extraordinary $400 million donation from Andrew and Nicola Forrest Premier Mark McGowan has welcomed the $400 million donation by Andrew and Nicola Forrest and congratulated Mr and Mrs Forrest on their commitment to philanthropy in Australia. The donation is the largest ever made in Australia and will go towards important community causes and supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in Australia and the world. Many sections of the Western Australian community will benefit from the gesture. Funding will be directed towards areas such as cancer research, education, support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children, working to end disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and community organisations. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I commend Mr and Mrs Forrest for this extraordinary donation, an incredible display of support for some of the most important causes in our community. "This funding will provide a huge boost to sections of the community who need it most and shows a willingness to address global issues such as cancer and slavery. "Mr and Mrs Forrest have shown themselves to be leaders in philanthropy in Australia and I hope their generous act will encourage other business leaders to increase their philanthropic efforts. "On behalf of all Western Australians, I pass on my thanks and gratitude to them for their remarkable gesture." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Strata reforms to support vibrant communities153989Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21830html22/05/2017 1:13:08 AM2017-05-22T01:00:00Z ​State Cabinet supports drafting of strata reforms legislation package Reforms to be included in the Strata Titles Amendment Bill and the Community Titles Bill New bills aimed at better dispute resolution, improved management of schemes and regulation of strata managers Enables new forms of strata which will lead to sustainable and vibrant local communities The McGowan Labor Government has supported the drafting of legislation to reform strata title in Western Australia. The move is the first major shake-up of strata legislation in 20 years and comes after significant growth in strata living across the State. The reforms will deliver new development options that will drive economic growth in WA and build vibrant communities. These include the introduction of community title - a new form of strata which will enable precinct-sized developments that mix residential, retail and commercial uses. Strata owners will benefit from the regulation of strata managers, better buyer information and being able to quickly and easily resolve strata disputes through the State Administrative Tribunal. The reforms will introduce safeguards for the termination of schemes. These will include a full procedural and fairness review of termination applications by the tribunal. Presently, strata schemes can be terminated with just one owner applying to the District Court. Leasehold strata, community title and improved strata schemes will also make it easier to develop land next to METRONET lines and above train stations. This State has more than 300,000 strata lots. The number is increasing with 40 to 50 per cent of all new land subdivisions being for strata lots. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "These reforms will facilitate mixed-use development - a key part of delivering vibrant hubs as part of METRONET. "It also allows for shared community facilities like pools and sustainability infrastructure such as solar panels to be managed more efficiently. "By providing new strata development options, these reforms will help create vibrant communities close to public transport, infrastructure, facilities and workplaces. "Home owners will be better protected with the regulation of strata managers and making the tribunal a one-stop shop for strata disputes. "These reforms are important to the future housing needs of WA and the State Government will be progressing this legislation as quickly as possible." Strata fast facts WA has more than 300,000 strata lots; Strata property in WA is currently valued at more than $170 billion and growing; The average sale price for a strata lot is more than $500,000; The trend for community living is growing with 40-50% of current land subdivision strata development; Annual sales of strata lots in WA is at $10.9 billion; There are more than 67,000 strata schemes; and No major reforms to the Strata Titles Act 1985 in 20 years. Minister's office - 6552 5500
Groundbreaking new museum to create jobs, boost economy153988Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17230html22/05/2017 1:04:35 AM2017-05-22T00:15:00Z ​3,300 jobs expected for New Museum Project Construction will start mid-year Up to 80 per cent of materials removed to be recycled or reused New museum to contribute to WA's economy through tourism and education Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today turned the first sod of soil at the site of the new museum for Western Australia, ahead of demolition works to the non-heritage parts of the existing buildings. The new museum design includes a dramatic building that integrates with the heritage-listed buildings on the site. It will deliver a world-class museum with exhibition galleries, multipurpose spaces for public programs and community use, as well as lifelong learning studios, and retail and cafe spaces. It is expected to attract about 800,000 visitors in its first year and will be a major tourism drawcard for the State. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The McGowan Labor Government recognises the important role played by the cultural industries sector in supporting WA's economy by creating jobs, attracting tourists and promoting a vibrant and cohesive community. "The development of a world-class destination that provides excellent visitor experiences and learning opportunities for children and adults will be a great resource for all Western Australians, particularly families. "Importantly it is expected to create 3,300 jobs during the construction phase, 1,800 being in the construction sector." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Western Australians deserve a world-class museum that shares the stories of our State in innovative and exciting ways. "The new museum will showcase the State's extraordinary history, biodiversity, people and places. It will be a museum for all Western Australians and will feature Aboriginal culture as well as the stories of the many people of our multicultural State. "It will draw people from across WA and around the world to our capital city and be a gateway to exploring the many and varied wonders of WA." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre opens154577Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8800html20/05/2017 1:34:58 AM2017-05-20T01:30:00Z ​State Government contributes $12.4 million to state-of-the-art sporting complex Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today congratulated the City of Cockburn on the opening of the new state-of-the-art Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC). Located at Cockburn Central West, ARC replaces the city's existing South Lake Aquatic and Recreation Centre and will provide a range of active opportunities for the growing south metropolitan corridor. The State Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation, contributed $12.4 million towards the community-use parts of the $109 million multi-purpose sport and recreation centre. The State Government provided $12.4 million towards Nine water areas and three waterslides; Six multi-use courts for sports including basketball, netball and futsal; Running and walking tracks and an oval; Sport medicine facilities, wellness and fitness studios; Education facilities such as a lecture theatre, health and wellness labs and community classrooms; and Playground, picnic areas, creche and a cafe. The complex also houses the training facility and headquarters of the Fremantle Dockers (FFC) which include offices, an FFC retail shop and an AFL-standard oval. The City of Cockburn provided $72.85 million, FFC $12.75 million, the State Government $12.4 million, the Federal Government $10 million and Curtin University $1 million. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "I congratulate the City of Cockburn for completing this facility which will provide terrific sport and recreation assets for the rapidly expanding southern metropolitan corridor. "Facilities such as this not only encourage healthy lifestyles; they also become important social hubs for our communities. "With the Fremantle Dockers new facility next door, I am sure plenty of locals will also take inspiration from their training." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Fresh approaches to minimising waste154575Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13990html20/05/2017 12:36:05 AM2017-05-20T00:30:00Z ​$119,792 committed to Western Australian community groups Thirteen community groups will receive nearly $120,000 in grants for projects designed to reduce waste, improve recycling and provide public education. The first round of the 2017 McGowan Labor Government's Community Grants Scheme was announced today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson. Projects funded include the ReFood mobile phone app, several initiatives aimed at reducing the use of plastics and plastic bags, and waste minimisation and recycling workshops. Nearly $13,000 is being provided to the Edith Cowan University (ECU) ReFood Group to develop its app, which will connect community organisations that redistribute food with local shops and cafes that wish to donate excess food. Perth City Farm's new community recycling hub - opened today by Perth MLA John Carey - is another example of a project funded by the scheme. The hub is a drop-off location for certain hazardous household items and a key part of the farm's education programs. The scheme is administered by the Waste Authority and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. For more information on applying for grants, visit http//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/grants Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The commitment shown by all grant recipients should be commended. "These projects are run by dedicated groups that are committed to reducing waste, boosting recycling and protecting the environment. "Food waste is a significant issue for WA and its reduction is key to helping deliver the waste diversion targets in the Western Australian Waste Strategy. "Initiatives like these help increase awareness and education around our understanding of the benefits of waste avoidance, reuse and recycling. "Supporting these communities-focused projects will help the McGowan Labor Government achieve the Western Australian Waste Strategy targets of diverting 65 per cent of municipal solid waste in the Perth metropolitan region and 50 per cent in major regional centres from landfill by 2020." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Community Grants Scheme First Round 2017 Recipients Reduce your Use and Recycle (Northern Agricultural Catchments Council) - $20,000 to build on the successful Skip the Plastic community recycling program trialled in Geraldton in 2016, including the introduction of 10 new recycling drop-off points, permanent signage and inspiring community engagement activities; Think.Eat.Save (OzHarvest) - $15,000 to hold a community event in the Perth CBD promoting food waste minimisation. Local chefs, politicians and celebrities will cook 'rescued' fresh food that would otherwise end up in landfill and will serve members of the public a delicious free hot meal on the day; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Renew Waste Management in the WA Club Industry (Clubs WA) - $15,900 to hold a 'think tank' event in early 2018, which will bring the State's metropolitan and regional clubs together to examine current waste management strategies, and workshop ways to develop and improve them for the future. A Waste Reduction Award will also be launched at the 2018 Western Australian Club Industry Awards; Bag the Bags Spreading the Word about Plastic in our Environment (Mount Barker Community Garden) - $13,167 for educational presentations and workshops to engage the community to keep plastics out of waterways and promote the 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' message; ReFood The Food Sharing Network (ECU ReFood Group) - $12,798 to develop a mobile phone application that connects community organisations which redistribute food with local shops and cafes. Food can be advertised through the app, then 'claimed' and collected; Show UR Green (Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Society Inc) - $11,745 to assist in implementing recycling at the Bindoon Agricultural Show. This initiative will help raise community awareness of the benefits of avoidance, reuse, recycling and responsible disposal through interactive performance artists, bin monitors, educational displays and promotion; Wake Up to Plastics (Dongara Placemaking Group) - $8,115 to create awareness and reduce the number of plastic bags by distributing jute bags and holding workshops and information sessions on recycling; Leading by Example (Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service) - $6,700 to purchase a mobile incinerator for medical waste for the Jigalong remote community near Newman; Plastic Free July events, information and education (Peel Preservation Group Inc) - $5,610 to challenge the community on its use of single-use plastics all year round at events and presentations, including for primary schools and through social and other media; Great Southern Soft Plastics Project Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (Albany Community Environment Centre) - $4,208 to launch soft plastic recycling bins, demonstrations and hands-on activities aimed at reducing single-use plastic usage; Bridgetown Boomerang Bags Bounce Back (Blackwood Youth Action Inc) - $3,200 for a community initiative that will create shopping bags for people to borrow on entering a local store instead of using plastic bags. At a later time they can return the bag/s to the depot for reuse by other shoppers; Mobile Waste Education Station (MWES) (Denmark Arts) - $2,504 to create a mobile waste education station for use at community events in Denmark; and Good Poo for You (RDA - Peel Group) - $845 to build a manure composting system for waste generated by equine clubs and educate horse owners about manure composting.