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Regional Skills Summit underway in Geraldton7165Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 6:32:56 AM2021-09-28T06:30:00Z Regional Skills Summit being held in Geraldton today More than 30 business leaders, peak bodies, unions, government agencies and training representatives attending State Government supporting unique workforce development needs of regional WA Student course enrolments up by 23 per cent in WA's Mid-West The McGowan Government is hosting a Regional Skills Summit in Geraldton today - the third of 10 skills summits to be held in Western Australian regional centres this year. The Geraldton-Mid West Regional Skills Summit will generate further practical actions and new and innovative ideas that will form the basis of a local action plan to meet the region's unique workforce needs. More than 30 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors including the agriculture, construction, education and training, healthcare, hospitality and tourism, mining and retail industries are attending. Recognising the importance of access to training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the McGowan Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State. Student course enrolments in the Mid-West have increased by 23 per cent in the past year, driven by affordable training opportunities through the Lower fees, local skills program and strong growth in employment based training. Mid-West employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in 2021, with commencements up by more than 86 per cent in the year to July 31, 2021. A range of initiatives are already progressing from the Perth Skills Summit to attract and retain skilled workers and continue our State's strong economic growth. These initiatives include attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA; supporting mature age apprentices; promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce; extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive; freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions; boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities; and providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver's licence. The State Government is also progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Building a sustainable Mid-West workforce that can support the region's economic activity requires industry and government to work together. "Today's summit is an opportunity for the region's business leaders and government to identify and progress ideas to meet the immediate and long-term skills needs of the Mid-West region." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training Terry Healy "This is the third regional Skills Summit I have hosted, and the opportunity to hear from local industry has been invaluable. "Insights from the summit will inform a local action plan to address changing workforce needs in the Mid-West, with a focus on local solutions to local issues." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "I was thrilled to recently join the Premier in marking the start of construction for the upgrade at Geraldton TAFE. We have also seen a huge increase in TAFE enrolments in the Mid-West. "There has been a big investment by the McGowan Government into training in the Mid-West, and this summit will help develop further ideas to assist the skills needs of the local workforce." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Progress on our Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing7164Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 6:04:29 AM2021-09-28T06:00:00Z First annual progress report on the Government's Commitment released today McGowan Government is committed to reducing the rate of Aboriginal Youth Suicide and improving wellbeing outcomes for all Aboriginal people $17.6 million budget commitment to Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing part of a significant package to support young Aboriginal people Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson has today released the first annual progress report tracking the Government's implementation of its Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing (the Commitment). The progress report outlines significant actions taken by Government to support the wellbeing of young Aboriginal people since the Commitment was released in March 2020. Actions include providing $9.8 million for development of regional Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Plans across WA; commencing an overarching Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Strategy; and this year's State Budget commitment to provide $17.6 million over the next three years for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in five regional areas to deliver Social and Emotional Wellbeing Programs. The progress report also highlights the partnership between Government, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and the Aboriginal community, and the commitment to work collaboratively to make changes to improve the lives of young Aboriginal people and their communities. It details the outcomes of the Strengthening Partnerships Workshop held in Broome in April this year, including the establishment of the Kimberley Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing Steering Committee. The workshop was facilitated by the Mental Health Commission which identified the need to engage with Aboriginal communities to deliver an appropriate response that was place-based, community-led and supported the development of genuine partnerships. The report provides an update on progress made towards the recommendations from the State Coroner's inquest into the deaths of 13 children and young people in the Kimberley, and Learnings from the Message Stick the Report of the Inquiry into Aboriginal Youth Suicide in Remote Areas. The first annual progress report for the Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing is available on the Mental Health Commission's website here https// Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson "If we are to improve the lives of Aboriginal people and families in Western Australia, it's important that Government finds new ways of working. "To achieve this, it is critical for us to draw on, empower and be guided by the knowledge and strength of Aboriginal people and their communities. "Our progress on the Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing will complement work towards the renewed National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which outlines suicide prevention targets and aims to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of young Aboriginal people in WA. "It is vital that we work in partnership, across communities and agencies to reduce deaths by suicide. This is not something that any government, organisation or community can do alone. We must do this together." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funding will help develop culturally appropriate NDIS services in the Kimberley7163Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 3:46:22 AM2021-09-28T03:45:00Z $200,000 funding for Nirrumbuk Environmental and Health Services Funding to provide culturally appropriate NDIS services for people living in Broome and across the Kullarri region Program will build knowledge and skills in Aboriginal community-controlled organisations A McGowan Government funding program will build the knowledge and skill capability of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations to enable better services for Aboriginal people with disability. Broome-based Nirrumbuk Environmental and Health Services will receive $200,000 as part of the State Government's Sector Transition Fund, which was established to assist registered service providers in the disability services sector to make the transition to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) operating environment. The funding will enable Nirrumbuk to grow its Aboriginal workforce, and in doing so build its range of culturally appropriate NDIS services available to people living in Broome and across the Kullarri region. The Sector Transition Fund is being funded by the Department of Communities. Disability advocacy group National Disability Services administered the grants allocation process. Eleven valuable projects across regional Western Australia are being funded, and will share in $1.7 million of grant funding. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "An urgent need has been identified for culturally and location appropriate NDIS services in Broome and the Kullarri region. "The ongoing challenges of distance and remoteness has meant NDIS participants have experienced limited choice of service providers and limited availability of support services. "This grant from the Sector Transition Fund will enable Nirrumbuk Environmental and Health Services to build local knowledge and expertise so they can provide services that are geographically and culturally appropriate." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "It is important for disability services and supports to be provided in a culturally appropriate way by the people on the ground. "I look forward to seeing how this funding will help Nirrumbuk provide services, while also employing more Aboriginal people." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Modular to be used for social housing in Kalgoorlie for first time7162Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 3:02:24 AM2021-09-28T03:00:00Z Two modular social homes on the way for Kalgoorlie It's the first time modular has been used for social housing in Kalgoorlie The homes are being constructed in a factory in Perth's south The homes are part of the McGowan Government's $2.1 billion investment in social housing Modular will be used for social housing in Kalgoorlie for the first time, with two homes currently under construction. The homes are being prefabricated in a factory in Perth's south and will soon make the 600-kilometre trek east. The modular homes - a six-bedroom, two-bathroom home for Somerville and a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home for Hannans - will be allocated to two families who are currently on the Department of Communities' (Communities) priority housing waitlist. The homes are being delivered as part of the McGowan Government's $221 million Housing and Homelessness Investment Package and were originally intended to be delivered using traditional construction methods. In the current heated construction market, the McGowan Government is investing in a range of measures including modular to assist with the delivery of housing as fast as possible. It is estimated that by using modular for the construction of these two homes, they will be delivered at least six weeks faster than traditional construction. These specific designs require three pads to make up each home with each pad to occupy space on one of three trailers bound for Kalgoorlie. Once the modular pods reach Kalgoorlie they will be placed on site for local tradespeople to undertake the overall installation and landscaping with about three and a half weeks for each to be completed. Although the two modular homes are being delivered through existing programs, they complement the recent State Budget's record $875 million investment in social housing, including an $80 million commitment to deliver about 150 new modular social housing properties across regional WA over the next two years. The initiative also reflects the McGowan Government's multi-faceted plan that includes immediate, medium-term and long-term social housing solutions for our most vulnerable community members. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "Since stepping into the role of Minister for Housing, I have been looking closely at a wide range of options that can help speed up the delivery of our social housing programs in the current heated construction market. Modular construction was one of those options. "It's fantastic to see our shift towards modular construction starting to come to fruition and deliver social housing in regional WA. "These properties will become home to two Kalgoorlie families on our priority housing waitlist, and they'll be able to move in at least six weeks earlier thanks to the decision we made to shift construction to modular. "Once the homes arrive in Kalgoorlie they will also provide employment opportunities with plumbing, electrical, earthworks, concreting, landscaping and fencing all being delivered using local tradespeople. "These two modular homes are being delivered through existing investment and are on top of the 150 modular homes for regional WA announced as part of the McGowan Government's record $875 million investment in social housing in the State Budget. "In the coming four years we will be investing $2.1 billion in social housing across Western Australia, which will include the delivery of 3300 new social homes." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "The McGowan Government is committed to delivering housing to the most vulnerable people in Western Australia, including in Kalgoorlie." "These two homes will be delivered faster than traditional builds but will still generate local jobs once the homes arrive on site in Kalgoorlie. "Most importantly these properties will very soon become home to two families in the Kalgoorlie community, which is a fantastic outcome." Minister's office - 6552 5300 ​
WA Hiking Participation Grants open for applications7161Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 2:53:07 AM2021-09-28T02:30:00Z Hiking grants part of a wider investment in trails and outdoor recreation Total of $150,000 available to local governments or community organisations Support for programs or initiatives that boost participation in hiking, including trail running Funding in response to the recommendations of the WA Hiking Strategy Community organisations or local governments can now apply for funding for programs that boost participation in hiking and trail running. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to eligible organisations through the WA Hiking Participation Grants program, which aims to provide new opportunities that grow participation in hiking or develop leaders including guides, instructors and volunteers. A total of $150,000 is available this year, with a further $150,000 allocated to WA Hiking Participation Grants in 2022-23. Applicants are encouraged to think of innovative and creative ways of growing Western Australia's community of bushwalkers, trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts. More than $153,000 was shared amongst 14 local governments and community organisations in the 2020-21 grants program. The program was a response to the recommendations of the McGowan Government's WA Hiking Strategy 2020-2030, launched last June. The strategy is the first of its kind in Australia, to ensure Western Australians continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and sustainable way. For more information on the WA Hiking Participation Grants program, visit http// Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "We know Western Australia rivals anywhere in the world when it comes to our trails and the incredible environments they traverse. "These grants are about building the capacity of our hiking community to hold events, educate new cohorts of participants and to develop skills. "Hiking and running are among the most accessible ways to get active, as well as a major tourism drawcard. "However, there is a need for more gateway opportunities to hiking and more pathways to develop skills, so that we can decrease barriers to participation. "By investing in community organisations and local governments, we are enabling the delivery of programs that make hiking a more accessible form of physical activity to maximise the positive impact on individuals, communities and the State." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Golden Pipeline heritage proposal open for public consultation7160Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 2:03:17 AM2021-09-28T02:00:00Z Sections of Golden Pipeline to be gradually replaced with below-ground pipe over 50 years Essential pipeline upgrades needed to secure safe and reliable long-term water supply for the Goldfields Extensive plans to preserve CY O'Connor's iconic pipeline heritage and tourism value Proposal to continue ongoing pipe renewal works over many decades Supports population and economic growth in the Goldfields and Agricultural regions Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that a proposal to gradually remove old sections of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme pipeline over the next 50 years, enabling more efficient operation and maintenance, was open for public consultation. Essential long-term upgrades to the 118-year-old pipeline, commonly known as the Golden or Goldfields Pipeline, are required to secure safe and reliable water supply for the region into the future, as the above-ground pipe reaches the end of its service life. Initially proposed in 2018, Water Corporation is seeking long-term approval to carry out the essential upgrades under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, as sections of the pipeline are progressively replaced with modern below-ground pipe over a 50-year period. Extensive lengths of the above-ground pipeline will be retained for heritage, tourism and operational purposes, following planned community consultation. Since opening in 1903, the majority of the original 566km pipeline - brainchild of Western Australia's first Engineer-in-Chief CY O'Connor - has been replaced, with all the pipework upgraded as part of a continuous cycle of maintenance and renewal. Originally laid below ground, the pipeline was raised onto concrete blocks in the 1930s, so that leaks could be more readily identified and repaired. The current above-ground pipeline bisects large tracts of private farmland, which fragments land, makes maintenance of the pipeline more complex and limits the public's ability to access and enjoy the heritage values of the pipeline. Modern leak detection and materials technologies allow the pipeline to be laid below ground again, with performance, safety and security benefits, while also supporting population and economic growth in the Goldfields and Agricultural regions. Following the public consultation, there will be further opportunities for public comment under Water Corporation's long-term heritage 'interpretation strategy' for the pipeline. The proposal is open for public comment until Monday, October 25, 2021. Visit http// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government and Water Corporation value the rich heritage of CY O'Connor's iconic Golden Pipeline and its significant contribution to the development of Western Australia. "We are fully committed to preserving and celebrating the pipeline's historical legacy and tourism value. "Under this proposal, significant sections of the pipeline will still be visible and Water Corporation will engage with the community, both now and in the future, to prioritise areas of above-ground pipe for preservation and ways to reuse the old pipe. "This proposal seeks to implement a long-term co-ordinated plan to preserve the heritage value of the pipeline for future generations, rather than applying for permission to remove smaller sections of pipe on a piecemeal basis. "Non-operational pipe degrades when taken out of service. Without this approval, Water Corporation would need to maintain both an operational and decommissioned pipeline into the future, at considerable additional cost to the taxpayer." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "While many people, particularly in the regions, understandably feel a strong connection to the Golden Pipeline, the current above-ground pipe is not the original with large sections having already been replaced over the past 118 years. "The pipework has a finite life and these essential upgrades are necessary to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of drinking water to the regions, as well as supporting future population and economic growth. "Lots of the current pipeline will still be visible but re-sinking some sections underground frees up farmland and protects this vital pipeline from traffic collisions, bushfires and vandalism. "I particularly commend Water Corporation's commitment to preserving sections of old pipeline for heritage and tourism benefit, so we can continue to celebrate CY O'Connor's engineering marvel for many years to come." Minister's office - 6552 6100
WA Bike Month grants to boost community events across the State7159Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 1:01:04 AM2021-09-28T01:00:00Z WA Bike Month runs throughout October to promote bike riding across WA Share your #wabikemonth2021 and #ridetogetherwa moments on social media 39 WA Bike Month Grants valued at more than $49,500 for bike events in October A record $265 million investment in cycling infrastructure by McGowan Government WA Bike Month is only days away and West Australians of all ages are being encouraged to lace up their sneakers and get involved with 39 events planned around the State. The McGowan Government has allocated more than $49,500 in grants for local governments, community organisations, schools and workplaces to promote active travel for transport, fun and a healthier lifestyle. The Leighton Community Action Network Town Team will use the Major Event Grant of $12,000 to hold WA Bike Month's flagship event, the Leighton Slow Roll on Sunday, October 17. Local and Minor Event Grant include $4000 to the City of Belmont for their Cycle through the City and Belmont Bike Breakfast events $1500 to the Albany Cycling Club Inc. to host free guided bike rides $206 to Lake Grace District High School to host a community breakfast for WA Bike Month WA Bike Month 2021 is coordinated by WestCycle with support from the Department of Transport. People participating in WA Bike Month Events are encouraged to share their bike riding activities using the #wabikemonth2021 and #ridetogetherwa hashtags, which can be shared across WA Bike Month social media channels to encourage others to join in the fun. For more information on WA Bike Month 2021 events, visit the WA Bike Month website or follow the WA Bike Month Facebook and Instagram pages. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "WA Bike Month is back, with 39 events to be held across the State, from the Great Southern to the upper Gascoyne. "I encourage everyone - from experienced riders to those who may be getting on the bike for the first time - to participate in a WA Bike Month event in their area and share their #ridetogetherwa moment this October. "Our Government is investing a record $265 million dollars in active transport infrastructure around WA over the next four years, creating a more connected cycling network that will make it easier than ever for us to get around on our bikes." Minister's office - 6552 5500 WA Bike Month 2021 grant recipients Organisation Event name Grant awarded Leighton CAN Town Team Leighton Slow Roll Community celebration $12,000 (Major event grant) City of Belmont Cycle through the City & Belmont Bike Breakfast $4,000 (Local event grants) City of Fremantle South Beach Community Morning Coffee Ride / Fremantle Bike Tours $4,000 City of Kalamunda City of Kalamunda Bike Month Series $4,000 CycleSense = Excellence Herdsman Adventure Ride $3,900 City of Vincent Community Bike Breakfast $2,750 City of Nedlands On Your Bike-Nedlands Safe Active Streets $2,300 4Five+ Athlete Collective Incorporated Fit Fun Fast Femmes in the Park $2,260 City of Albany Celebrating Bike Month $2,000 City of Stirling Bicycle Ready How to ride safely with fun $1,570 Albany Cycling Club Inc. Free Guided Bike Rides $1,500 Wellstead Primary School Combined Schools and Community Bike Day $1,250 Cycling Without Age Australia Feel the wind in your hair at the windmill Free trishaw rides. $1,000 Shire of Kondinin Hyden Bike Week $1,000 Shire of Augusta Margaret River Bike to Work Breakfast $250 (Minor event grants) Beenyup Primary School Ride to School Breakfast $250 Bethesda Hospital Bike Month Launch $250 Spencer Park Primary School P&C Association Dress up your bike day $250 Geraldton Mountain Bike Club Geraldton Mountain Bike Club Bike Rally $250 White Gum Valley Primary School Bike to School Breakfast $250 WA Local Government Association A Wheely Good Wednesday Ride to Work Breakfast $250 City of Canning e-Bike Activation $250 Shire of Upper Gascoyne Junction Kids Ride Safe $250 St Augustine Primary School Ride to School in Bike Month $250 Winterfold Primary School Bike to School Breakfast $250 City of Canning Let's get riding $250 Marmion Primary P&C Committee Marmion Primary School 'Ride to School Day' $250 Charthouse Primary School Ride your Bike to School Breakfast $250 City of Vincent Bike Maintenance $250 Albany Primary School P&C Association Inc. Albany Primary School Ride to School Day 2021 $250 Baldivis Primary School Ride to School $250 Honeywood Primary School Ride to School Day and Dress Up your Bike $250 Munda Biddi Munda Bada-Bing Information Night $250 Transition Town Stirling Basic Bike Maintenance $250 Sorrento Primary School Dress up your bike day $250 Albany Mountain Bike Club Camp Quaranup Community Open Day Bike Skills $250 Rockingham BMX Club Come and Try Day $250 City of Busselton Crafternoon $220 Lake Grace District High School Lake Grace Community Breakfast for Bike Month $206
Safe vehicles will save lives on WA roads7158Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2021 12:17:54 AM2021-09-27T22:00:00Z The 2021 Used Car Safety Ratings Guide is now available The guide is an important resource when buying a second-hand vehicle Worldwide crash data is used to rate the safety of more than 250 vehicle models Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia is urging people to make safety a high priority when buying a second-hand vehicle. The 2021 Used Car Safety Ratings Guide, which has just been released, helps drivers by providing safety ratings for 276 used vehicle models manufactured from 2000 onwards. This list provides the safest vehicle choices through publication of a driver protection star rating based on Monash University's statistical analysis of police-reported crashes for more than 8.8 million vehicles. Research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre shows that a driver is eight times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in the worst scoring vehicle compared with the safest pick. The Used Car Safety Ratings Guide is particularly important this year because the new vehicle market has been heavily impacted by COVID-induced production delays, and many more people are turning to used vehicles. The guide was developed by the Vehicle Safety Research Group through the Monash University Accident Research Centre, with support from the Road Safety Commission. The 2021 Used Car Safety Ratings Guide is available for downloading at https// Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia "I urge people to check out the Used Car Safety Ratings Guide to help make a safe decision on which car to buy. "A good safety rating is particularly important for new drivers getting their first car. "Safety features such as airbags, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warnings are proven lifesavers on our roads. "There are plenty of affordable used cars with excellent safety ratings, and this guide makes it easy to find a vehicle that suits everyone's needs." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Kimberley footy set to reach new heights with $5 million boost7157Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6610html26/09/2021 1:06:01 AM2021-09-25T23:00:00Z McGowan Government and AFL partner for new $5 million Kimberley football plan $1 million per year to build the positive impact of Kimberley football Five-year project aims to upgrade facilities, boost participation and strengthen pathways Plan will reduce cost and distance barriers associated with Kimberley football The McGowan Government is teaming up with the AFL to deliver a $5 million boost to one of football's most skilled, passionate, and remote talent pools - the Kimberley. The funding program is designed to create a legacy to follow Western Australia's historic first AFL Grand Final. Delivering $1 million per annum over five years, the program will support a wide range of measures from facility upgrades to community participation initiatives. The Kimberley has a population of around 35,000 with 81 football teams, 17 Auskick centres and nearly 2,600 registered players across an area twice the size of Victoria. There are several players hailing from the Kimberley in the AFL and AFLW system - including Liam Henry, Callum Ah Chee, Bailey Banfield and Krstel Petrevski - making it a well-represented region in terms of AFL players per capita. Despite the region's incredible success to date, further investment is required to help football in the Kimberley reach its full potential and allow players to overcome the tyranny of distance. The McGowan Government and AFL will jointly fund the annual $1 million investment, each contributing an equal 5050 share towards the program. The initiative will fund four key development areas $400,000 on facility upgrades such as lighting, ground improvements, and female change rooms and amenities; $350,000 on community participation, investing in the region's three leagues and creating new local jobs to support football development; $150,000 to bolster football pathways, supporting regionally-based coaches to oversee pathway programs and access to specialist expertise; and $100,000 on travel subsidies, removing barriers to regular competition, particularly for remote communities participating in the Kimberley football leagues. The pathway program funding will complement the existing Kimberley Spirit (indigenous male program) and the Claremont Football Club pathways. This $5 million funding program follows recent State Government investments in Kimberley football, including $339,000 for floodlighting at Nipper Roe Sports Field in Broome and $592,000 to upgrade change rooms and lighting at Clarrie Cassidy Oval in Wyndham. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Kimberley is a source of incredible football talent, punching well above its weight in producing champions of the game. "Players in the Kimberley often face significant barriers like distance, travel costs and a lack of facilities. This plan is about reducing those hurdles and ensuring the support is in place to grow the game in our north. "Despite the challenges, the Kimberley football system has produced some exciting elite players, while delivering community and health benefits to people of all ages." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "The funding for Kimberley football will ensure our incredible AFL Grand Final is not a flash in the pan for Western Australia, and its legacy will continue through grassroots development. "Strong football clubs in regional areas like the Kimberley translates to stronger communities and better social outcomes. "We want this program to help anyone, of any age and gender, to get involved whether they're playing for Halls Creek Hawks, Wangkatjungka Crows or the Bidyadanga Emus. "There is no greater passion for footy than in the Kimberley, and we look forward to seeing the region continue to develop as a regional football capital." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "This funding will go a long way to supporting Kimberley football, not only for those aiming to reach the professional levels but importantly for our community level clubs and players. "Grassroots footy delivers so many important health and community benefits in our towns, and I look forward to working with our local clubs to help deliver these terrific programs." Minister's office 6552 6400
‘Roll up, roll up’ to Perth Royal Show’s walk-in vaccination clinic3591Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20390html25/09/2021 3:25:19 AM2021-09-25T01:00:00Z Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic open at the Perth Royal Show More than 2.2 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in WAPeople rolling up to the iconic Perth Royal Show can grab some showbags, watch the sheep dog trials, race the bumper cars and get vaccinated against COVID-19. The State Government has partnered with the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia to deliver vaccines for walk-ins at the Claremont COVID-19 vaccination clinic during the Show until October 2. All eligible Western Australians from 12 years and up will be able to drop in and receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, without needing an appointment. Thousands of spots are available every day for people to walk-in and receive their first COVID-19 vaccine. Those who need a second dose should already have a booking and are urged to keep their appointment. In addition to the walk-in clinic, an information, education and booking hub - the 'Roll up for WA' building - will be set up behind Amherst Farm within the showgrounds. Staff will be on hand to talk people through the vaccination process. WA Health State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across Western Australia, with sites listed on the HealthyWA website. People aged 60 or older who have already had a first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are urged to get a second dose of the AstraZeneca, in line with the advice provided by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Perth Royal Show is an institution in Western Australia, and it is very exciting that it is back this year. "There are so many families and young people heading out to enjoy this fantastic event, which is one of the country's only Royal Agricultural Shows to proceed in 2021. "A special inclusion at this year's event is a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic, giving Western Australians aged 12 and older the opportunity to get their first dose without an appointment. "If you're rolling up to take part of the excitement down at the Show, I encourage you to also 'Roll up for WA' and do your bit to keep WA safe." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "So far we have introduced a range of initiatives to increase vaccination rates, which include targeted blitzes and pop-up clinics. "This walk-in vaccination clinic at the Perth Royal Show is another initiative by the McGowan Government to encourage all eligible Western Australians to get vaccinated. "Vaccination is the best protection we have against COVID-19 and we are continuing to explore all options to get as many people vaccinated as possible." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Soil Systems Masterclass to unearth carbon opportunities7115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9010html24/09/2021 8:23:29 AM2021-09-24T08:20:00Z Soil Systems Masterclass series helping to build stronger, sustainable farming businesses Part of McGowan Government's $15 million Agriculture Climate Resilience Fund to help WA farmers thrive in a changing climate The latest in a series of Soil Systems Masterclasses was held in Beacon today to help farming businesses capture carbon opportunities and become more resilient, profitable and sustainable. The Masterclasses are part of the McGowan Government's $15 million investment in the Agriculture Climate Resilience Fund to help farmers respond to changes in climate and market expectations. Experts in soil biology and carbon farming delved into the science and economics that underpin sustainable, biologically rich farming systems that build and maintain soil carbon. The program gave farmers a hands-on experience and understanding of a range of soil systems at Di and Ian Haggerty's Mollerin farm. From the soil microbiome and the benefits of livestock and native pastures in farming systems, to landscape rehydration and the potential of the soil carbon sponge. The Masterclass provided insight into the State Government's Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program, to assist farmers to implement revegetation and holistic management programs that develop soil carbon and de‑risk their operations. Upcoming Soil Systems Masterclasses are planned throughout the South West Agricultural Land Division with the next event to be held in Salmon Gums later this month, and more to follow in 2022. To find out more information or to register to attend a Soil Systems Masterclass, visit Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Today's Beacon Masterclass is a terrific opportunity to hear first-hand from experts and farmers about the biological soil systems that underpin sustainable, profitable agricultural production. "We need to arm our farmers with the latest science to ensure they stay ahead of the game and build climate resilience and carbon opportunities into their agricultural operations. "The next opportunity is in Salmon Gums next week - locals should come along to learn more about how to tap into grants from our Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program." Minister's office - 6552 6200 ​
2020-21 Annual Report on State Finances released7114Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12670html24/09/2021 7:15:32 AM2021-09-24T06:30:00Z Final, audited figures for the 2020-21 financial year released Net debt declined $2 billion in 2020-21 to $33.5 billion Infrastructure investment totalled $5.8 billion in 2020-21, the highest level since 2013-14 The 2020-21 Annual Report on State Finances has been released, containing the audited outcomes of the State's finances for the last financial year. The Treasury report shows that the general government sector recorded an operating surplus of $5.8 billion in 2020-21. This is higher than the $5.6 billion operating surplus estimated in the recent 2021-22 Budget, largely reflecting the audited accounting treatment of non-cash costs for two significant native title settlements finalised in 2020-21. Infrastructure investment totalled $5.8 billion in 2020-21, the highest level of infrastructure spending since 2013-14. The higher expenditure reflects additional investment to support job creation and stimulate the economy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Total public sector net debt at June 30, 2021 totalled $33.5 billion, down $2 billion from June 30, 2020. It is the second consecutive year of declining net debt levels following annual increases over the preceding decade. Net debt is more than $10 billion lower than projected when the McGowan Government came to office. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan "Western Australia's financial position is strong and on a sustainable footing, despite the global pandemic. "Our financial position highlights our safe and strong management of COVID-19, and has delivered the best economic and financial outcomes in Australia - and possibly the world. "We have also protected the jobs of Western Australians, with our economy more open than elsewhere in Australia and the world throughout the pandemic. "While this is a record operating surplus, it is important to remember that the State's revenue base is highly volatile, as evidenced by the recent sharp fall in iron ore prices. "My Government has used our strong finances to make massive investments in Western Australia's future - including health and mental health, social housing, addressing climate change, the new Women and Babies Hospital, a new desalination plant, Westport and much more." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Mandatory vaccination of ‘at risk’ transport, freight and logistics workers to be in force late next month7113Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17090html24/09/2021 5:35:52 AM2021-09-24T05:35:00Z Changes to emergency management directions enforce mandatory vaccination for transport, freight and logistics workers travelling from or through 'high' or 'extreme' risk jurisdictions to enter Western Australia Latest health advice mandates for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine effective from 12.01am, October 24, 2021 and second doses by 12.01am, December 24, 2021 Another tool in the multifaceted effort to keep Western Australians safe Mandatory vaccination in addition to negative COVID-19 test and other protocolsFrom late next month, freight, transport and logistics workers must have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter Western Australia from 'high' or 'extreme' risk jurisdictions, based on the latest public health advice. Changes to the Transport, Freight and Logistics Directions under the Emergency Management Act 2005 will further protect this highly mobile workforce. From 12.01am, October 24, transport, freight and logistics workers will need to have had at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter WA if they have travelled through a 'high' or an 'extreme' risk jurisdiction. These workers will need to be fully vaccinated within two months of their first dose, which means they must have received their second dose by 12.01am December 24. Each day, there are about 300 crossings of the Western Australian border by transport, freight and logistics workers. Many of these workers are from WA, while some are based in other States and Territories. Regardless of where a worker lives, the Directions will apply to them if they have transited through a 'high' or an 'extreme' risk jurisdiction within 14 days of entering WA. The Directions include, but are not limited to, freight truck drivers, pilot/support vehicle drivers, removalists, rail drivers and rail support crew, where these employees are required to travel from or through a 'high' or an 'extreme' risk jurisdiction for work. In addition to the mandatory vaccination requirement, these workers must also wear a facemask when in public, show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or undertake a Rapid Antigen Test at the WA border and if they are staying in WA, they must comply with the regular testing regime until 14 days has passed. It will be the responsibility of employers to collect and maintain records of vaccinated workers. The Directions provide exemptions for unvaccinated transport, freight and logistics workers, for approved medical reasons. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The transport, freight and logistics workforce is by its nature highly mobile with truckies and other workers visiting numerous places during the course of their work. "I have a lot of admiration for the work of people in transport, freight and logistics, who do an incredible job each and every day. "Throughout the course of the pandemic they've continued work to ensure Western Australians could continue with their livelihoods and keep the State's economy ticking over. "Being on the road day in day out brings with it risks, and that is why is it important we've followed the health advice to ensure this workforce gets vaccinated against COVID-19. "We have already seen instances where truck drivers from places like New South Wales, which is currently at an 'extreme risk' setting has incidentally carried COVID. "We can never be too vigilant in our efforts to keep this deadly virus out of Western Australia and so I strongly encourage everyone to get their COVID vaccine now and let's get our vaccination levels up." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "It is vital that our transport, freight and logistics workers - who do a remarkable job keeping our State running and supply chains moving - are vaccinated against COVID-19. "This is to protect these workers, their family and networks, the community, our industries and the economy. "On the advice of our Chief Health Officer, the mandate for transport, freight and logistics workers coming into Western Australia from a 'high' or an 'extreme' risk location to be vaccinated, is a proportionate and appropriate response in the ongoing effort to keep WA safe. "Of course, we would like all workers in this important industry to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated, and I'd urge them to do so." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Victoria to transition to ‘extreme risk’ category to keep WA safe7112Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements36260html24/09/2021 5:30:32 AM2021-09-24T05:30:00Z Effective 12.01am Wednesday, September 29, Victoria will transition to 'extreme risk' Travel will not be permitted from Victoria into WA except in extraordinary circumstances Current approved travellers under the 'high risk' category need to return before Wednesday Based on the latest health advice, Victoria will be further elevated to an 'extreme' risk category from 12.01am Wednesday, September 29, 2021. With case numbers continuing to increase in Victoria, and the situation unlikely to improve significantly in the short term, the WA Chief Health Officer has advised the need to elevate conditions on Victorian arrivals. This means that under the 'extreme risk' category, travel from Victoria to Western Australia will not be permitted unless approved under the strictest of conditions. Under this category, the exemptions for approved travellers have been further restricted to Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomats and specialist or extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer. These approved travellers are subject to the following conditions, unless otherwise advised undertake hotel quarantine at a State facility for 14 days at their expense; get tested for COVID-19 on days one, five and 13; have returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the past 72 hours before departing; receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible. Under the 'extreme risk' setting, if a Western Australian returning from overseas falls into one of the above categories, is approved to enter WA and has completed 14 days of supervised quarantine in Victoria they will be required to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine in a suitable premise. The trigger for review, which guides the implementation of an 'extreme risk' classification, is a 500 case rolling average over five or 14 days. Under WA's Controlled Interstate Border, travel is permitted from 'very low risk' jurisdictions (Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia), and is also permitted from 'low risk' jurisdictions (Queensland), with 14 days of self-quarantine and relevant COVID-19 testing. The Australian Capital Territory is at the 'medium risk' setting, which means travel is only permitted unless approved. WA's border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the growing outbreak in Victoria. "It's heartbreaking to see what is happening over east. "As the situation there continues to escalate, we need to do everything we can to protect Western Australia, while we continue to get as many people vaccinated. "This means Western Australians currently in Victoria with an approved G2G Pass should come home immediately, because once the reclassification kicks in next week, they will not be able to do so, except for the most extraordinary circumstances. "We don't take this situation lightly, however, my priority is the health of Western Australians first and foremost." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "What's happened in New South Wales and now Victoria just demonstrates how determined the COVID-19 virus is. "It's vital we follow the health advice and take every precaution we can to keep COVID out of our community. "In WA we are so fortunate to be where we are now with no COVID in our community. "That's why we cannot be complacent, and we all need to keep up good hygiene, use SafeWA, and stay home if we're unwell." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Perth-Fremantle Principal Shared Path extension opens7111Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13460html24/09/2021 3:43:45 AM2021-09-24T03:40:00Z 2.1 km Principal Shared Path connecting Victoria Street and North Fremantle stations now open Extension provides a safe route for riders and walkers from Perth to North Fremantle Locals can ride new section on October 17 at WA Bike Month's 'Leighton Slow Roll' Further PSP extension from North Fremantle Station and across Swan River part of Swan River Crossings project McGowan Government investing a record $265 million in cycling infrastructure Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has today opened a new 2.1 kilometre section of Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Fremantle train line that gives riders and walkers a safe, off-road route to travel between Perth and North Fremantle. The four-metre wide PSP has been constructed by local company Advanteering Civil Engineers between Victoria Street and North Fremantle stations, and provides new access points to North Fremantle Station and the Leighton Beach Boulevard. A new concrete path connects the PSP to the Beehive Montessori School, and upgrades to pedestrian crossings on Curtin Avenue provide pedestrians with safe access to the Mosman Beach and Leighton Beach car parks. The $5.1 million project is part of the McGowan Government's $265 million investment in cycling infrastructure over the next four years, which includes the next stage of the project to extend the PSP between North Fremantle Station and the Swan River as part of the Swan River Crossings project. A three-kilometre section of PSP along the Fremantle Line was completed between Grant Street and Victoria Street in mid-2019, with data collected from the opening to June 2020 showing a 139 per cent increase in bike traffic. As part of WA Bike Month this October, the community is invited to participate in a free event by the Leighton Community Action Network Town Team to celebrate the opening of the new path section. The 'Leighton Slow Roll' is an all ages and abilities bike ride from Victoria Street Station along the new PSP to North Fremantle Station on October 17, 2021, finishing near Leighton Beach, with riders to collect stamps at checkpoints to claim a free brekkie roll or coffee at one of the local cafés. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This path extension is a great asset for the Fremantle community and provides safe access to local amenities for walkers and riders of all ages and abilities, as well as a high-quality, connected trip between the City and North Fremantle. "Every day more than 600 cyclists use the PSP north of Victoria Street Station and we expect this number to grow with the opening of this new section of path. "As a celebration of WA Bike Month in October, locals can test out the new path at the Leighton Community Action Network Town Team's event supported by the $12,000 WA Bike Month major event grant. "We have a record investment in cycling and walking infrastructure, with more than $265 million allocated over the next four years to deliver other major projects including the next phase of this PSP extension as part of the Swan River Crossings project." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Local governments prepare for AFL Grand Final Day7110Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12950html24/09/2021 2:00:41 AM2021-09-24T02:00:00Z AFL Grand Final preparations are underway in City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park Both local governments are playing a major role in the smooth running of the Grand Final The AFL Grand Final highlights the importance of local government to facilitating major cultural events Event preparations are well underway across WA for the State's historic AFL Grand Final celebrations on Saturday - in particular, at the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park. The two local governments have a direct involvement in preparations for the big match, with staff busy behind-the-scenes ensuring the day goes smoothly for local businesses and communities planning and preparing a number of side events. Teams at both local governments are putting traffic management measures in place, ensuring that streets stay clean and tidy despite increased foot traffic and putting local rangers on standby. Support is also being provided to local businesses to ensure that trade is optimised. Teams across the City of Perth are working on events and activations including Footy Place, People's Parade on Grand Final eve, Twilight Hawkers Market, Northbridge Piazza Live Site and Forrest Place Live Site. The City has also put up 255 banners across the City's streets, and lighting up owned assets in AFL colours - including Council House and Trafalgar Bridge. As well as hosting the AFL Grand Final at Optus Stadium, the Town of Victoria Park is holding special Grand Final events on the day. For more information on events visit the Town of Victoria Park's program for the AFL Grand Final at the Town's website, and for the City of Perth go to the City of Perth's website. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister John Carey "This weekend's historic AFL Grand Final highlights just how important local government is to helping facilitate major cultural events. "There is an enormous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes at a local government level to make sure major events run smoothly, and I want to give a shout out to all the staff at both the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park for their efforts in the lead up to the Grand Final. "This weekend promises to be a fantastic one, and I hope as many people as possible will get out to support the events, and local business in the area." Minister's office - 6552 5300 ​
Consultation underway on new marine park for the south coast7109Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13560html24/09/2021 1:01:51 AM2021-09-24T01:00:00Z Marine park will ensure the south coast's unique ecological and cultural heritage values are protected Multiple use park allowing commercial, recreational and charter fishing in appropriate zones Jointly managed with traditional owners who will be closely involved in planning processConsultation is now underway for a proposed marine park on the south coast of Western Australia as part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks initiative. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be consulting the commercial, recreational and charter fishing sectors, along with aquaculture, environmental groups, local government, traditional owners, tourism groups and the community. The marine study area under consideration extends from Bremer Bay eastward to the Western Australian border, and offshore to the limit of State waters. Development of an indicative boundary will occur as part of the consultation process. In Western Australia, marine parks are multiple use, allowing for biodiversity conservation and cultural activities alongside a range of commercial and recreational activities including fishing, diving, boating and tourism in appropriate zones. Management arrangements for the marine park will be developed in consultation with a Community Reference Committee, informed by Sector Advisory Groups, to ensure a balanced approach that provides for ongoing sustainable use, including commercial, recreational and charter fishing and aquaculture. Former McGowan Government Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services, Hon. Francis Logan has agreed to be the chairperson of the Community Reference Committee, with expressions of interest for membership of this committee to be advertised shortly. DBCA will seek to work closely with traditional owners in the planning process with a view to joint management of the marine park with DBCA when it is formally established. Stakeholders will be consulted throughout the planning process which is due for completion in February 2024. People can get involved in the consultation process and stay up-to-date by visiting https// and signing up to the newsletter. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Our south coast is globally recognised for its diverse marine habitats, plants and animals, with many species occurring nowhere else in the world, which is why it is so important for these areas to be protected. "Marine parks can help to increase the resilience of marine ecosystems against pressures such as pollution, climate change, overuse of resources and marine pests. "I would like to thank Francis Logan for agreeing to lend his considerable expertise to the role of Chair of the Community Reference Committee." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "The creation of State marine parks in Western Australia is crucial for the conservation of the State's aquatic environment. "Only by supporting the coexistence of valuable commercial fisheries with protected marine ecosystems can we ensure the long-term sustainability of both recreational and commercial fishing experiences into the future. "Genuine engagement with our aquaculture, commercial, recreational and charter fishing sectors is planned through an extensive engagement process, and the State Government is committed to undertaking meaningful consultation with traditional owners, the fishing sectors and other stakeholders." Comments attributed to Hon. Francis Logan "I look forward to working with the Community Reference Committee and the Sector Advisory Groups to bring the proposed South Coast Marine Park to fruition. "I am confident that with good communication and collaboration from all parties, we can design a marine park that delivers benefits for conservation, tourism, cultural heritage and local communities." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6400
Chapman Valley leads northern rollout of McGowan Government’s BEN sign program7108Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9390html24/09/2021 12:19:23 AM2021-09-24T00:00:00Z McGowan Government initiative working to improve beach safety along the WA coast Chapman Valley the first Shire to share in $600,000 of available grant funding for the northern rollout of the BEN sign program BEN signs provide vital support to first responders to emergencies and form part of the State Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy The Shire of Chapman Valley is the first local government authority (LGA) between Geraldton and Kununurra to install potentially life-saving Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs thanks to a State Government grant. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has provided funding for the installation of BEN signs on the coast between the WA/SA border and Geraldton. So far almost 1,300 are installed along Western Australia's coastline, and the southern rollout of BEN signs is likely to be completed by the end of the year. The continuation of the program for the northern coastline was announced in December 2020, with nine LGAs having submitted an expression of interest for the signs. BEN signs are prominently located at WA beaches, each with a unique identifying number to help emergency services pinpoint an exact location to attend and improve response times for serious incidents. By the end of last month (August) St John Ambulance had received 457 requests for ambulance attendance referencing BEN signs and WA Police had 329 requests for police assistance. Check the SharkSmart WA app or SharkSmart website for locations of existing BEN signs. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "Under the State Government's grant program for BEN signs in WA's north, up to $50,000 is available to each of the 12 eligible local government authorities to improve beach safety for their communities. "Chapman Valley moved quickly to apply and has now received a grant of $1,137 to install four signs - two at Coronation Beach and two at Buller River. "I congratulate the Shire of Chapman Valley for leading the northern rollout and thank the other shires working with the McGowan Government to help bring BEN signs to their beaches. "Geraldton beachgoers are also set to enjoy safer shores, with the City of Greater Geraldton currently in the process of mapping out where its Beach Emergency Numbers signs will be installed." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Sandra Carr "With our beach-loving community, coupled with increased tourist activity, I am really pleased to see the Shire of Chapman Valley be so prompt to apply for and secure this funding. "I congratulate the Shire for proactively caring for their community and for those who enjoy our beautiful coastline." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Drummond Cove stabilisation and protection works complete7107Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10150html24/09/2021 12:10:16 AM2021-09-23T22:05:00Z Work to stabilise beach and protect community assets at Drummond Cove complete Part of the $5 million boost for coastal protection in WA Recovery Plan Planning underway for boat launching facility - a key McGowan Government commitment Additional $18.5 million in State Budget to manage coastal erosion over next five years The McGowan Government has delivered a new groyne and upgraded seawall for Drummond Cove in Geraldton to protect the much-loved foreshore for local beachgoers and tourists. Construction on the $600,000 project commenced in July and has seen a third geotextile sand container groyne installed at Whitehill Road to further stabilise the beach. The project is part of the $5 million boost for coastal protection the McGowan Government allocated in the WA Recovery Plan. Emergency repairs to the seawall in front of the John Batten Community Hall have also been undertaken to help protect it from future storms. The new groyne will complement two existing structures installed in 2018 that, in conjunction with sand nourishment, have stabilised a section of the popular beach and reduces the need for annual sand replenishment. Perth-based engineers M P Rogers & Associates completed the design for the project while local Geraldton construction company Red Dust Holdings undertook construction. Planning work is also underway for a boat launching facility, a key McGowan Government election commitment. The 2021-22 State Budget also included an additional $18.5 million to fight coastal erosion over the next five years, taking the total investment to protect WA beaches to $33.5 million. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "WA has some of the best beaches in the world, and it's important we protect them from coastal erosion so we can continue to enjoy them for many years to come. "Our $600,000 investment in Drummond Cove has not only protected the foreshore for local beachgoers, but has also supported the local economy with works delivered by local Geraldton company Red Dust Holdings. "Planning has now commenced for a new boating facility at Drummond Cove, which will encourage even more people to visit this beautiful part of the world." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Coastal erosion is a real threat to our coastline and something we need to continue to monitor. "That's why as part of the 2021-22 State Budget, we have allocated an additional $18.5 million to manage coastal erosion, taking the total funding allocated to $33.5 million over the next five years. "This will help undertake key research and studies, as well as providing infrastructure to protect our coastline." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Drummond Cove is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. "I thank the McGowan Government for its investment in this project and its commitment to ongoing research on coastal erosion. "The works recently completed will mean we can continue to enjoy this beach for many years to come." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Shore Leave Festival celebrates the best of the Mid-West7106Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11170html24/09/2021 12:00:26 AM2021-09-23T22:00:00Z Four-day Shore Leave Festival kicks off today in Geraldton Thousands of visitors expected to attend and support Mid-West regional economy McGowan Government supporting this exciting event with $300,000 contributionThe inaugural four-day Shore Leave Festival celebrating the Mid-West's premium produce, history and culture kicks off in Geraldton today. The festival runs from September 24 to September 27 and will be a major tourism drawcard for the region. The McGowan Government has provided $300,000 to support the festival, which will include an array of exciting activities and events for visitors including food and dining events, sight-seeing tours, exhibitions and live entertainment. There will also be opportunities to experience the Indigenous culture of the region and to learn more about the world-class local lobster industry. The Abrolhos Long Table Lunch will be a festival highlight, providing a unique dining experience sampling gourmet local seafood prepared by chef Brendan Pratt, all while overlooking picturesque Turtle Bay on East Wallabi Island. The Foreshore Feast will be another crowd favourite, showcasing the best of Geraldton's seafood and regional produce and include cooking demonstrations, food tastings and live entertainment. For full event details, visit Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Mid-West is rich in history and the inaugural Shore Leave Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on this important region of Western Australia. "Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the four-day event, providing an important boost for the local economy. "I encourage everyone to get along to support local businesses, many of which were significantly impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja earlier this year." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It has been great to see industry take up our challenge of creating a festival that celebrates the stunning food, tourism destinations, culture and entertainment on offer in the Mid-West region. "Occasions like this bring people into our regions and enable them to share their unique assets, generating a boon for local businesses that will last long after the last stall is packed away." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "Shore Leave is a fantastic example of the resilience and ingenuity our local seafood industry has shown over the past 18 months as it continues to work through the impacts of COVID-19. "Geraldton is a top destination for boating and fishing and is the centre of Australia's most valuable rock lobster fishery, which supports local jobs in Geraldton and surrounding coastal communities. "Mid-West fisheries contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the State's economy and produce some of the best and freshest produce in the world - and festival attendees will be treated to an array of premium local seafood over the weekend." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Geraldton is a premier tourist destination. "We have everything you need for a great escape, pristine beaches, some of the best seafood in the world, friendly people and this new festival will showcase all of this and more. "I am so excited to see Shore Leave debut and for the McGowan Government's investment to support Mid-West tourism." Premier's office - 6552 5000Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6900