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Broome lands direct flights from Singapore129235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 7:33:15 AM2017-11-24T07:20:00Z ​SilkAir to run four return trial flights from Singapore to Broome next June Deal with local business, Broome International Airport and Australia's North West Supported by State Government through Tourism Western Australia Visitors will be able to fly directly between Singapore and Broome next year thanks to a deal between Broome businesses, Broome International Airport, Australia's North West regional tourism organisation and SilkAir. The flights could deliver hundreds of visitors from Singapore into Broome and the Kimberley region. Fares and flight schedules will be released soon and Australia's North West will work with SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, to develop packages for travellers. Tourism Western Australia will promote the flights and packages through its Singapore office. Singapore is Western Australia's third biggest international market both in terms of visitor numbers and spend. In 2016-17, 106,000 Singaporeans visited WA and spent $259 million during their stay. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Congratulations to everyone who has been involved in making the SilkAir charter flights become a reality. "The State Government is focused on bringing more visitors to Western Australia to boost our economy through visitor spend and create more jobs. Increasing aviation access into the State will help us achieve that goal. "While the current deal with SilkAir is for four return trial flights, we are hopeful that the demand for the service will be high and lead the way for further services in the future. "Tourism is vital for the State's economy generating more than $10 billion a year through visitor spend and supporting 109,000 jobs. That's why it is at the centre of the State Government's plan to create jobs and further grow the economy." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Trial of State's first utility-grade energy storage battery underway129232Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 7:48:17 AM2017-11-24T06:05:00Z ​Two large battery storage units capable of delivering up to two megawatts of power are being housed in sea containers at the Mungullah Power Station Energy Minister Ben Wyatt travelled to Carnarvon last week to inspect Horizon Power’s first multi-function utility-grade energy storage system, which is being trialled at Mungullah Power Station. The batteries, which are capable of delivering up to two megawatts of power for one hour, arrived in Carnarvon earlier this year and after undergoing months of extensive testing and commissioning are now in active service, as part of a 12-month trial, and will be used to supply energy to Carnarvon. During the 12-month trial, the batteries will primarily be tested and used to optimise spinning reserve back-up and to store energy when renewable output is at its highest. It is expected that the trial will result in hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings in fuel and maintenance costs because the use of gas, diesel and generators to provide spinning reserve can be significantly reduced. The outcomes of the trial will help Horizon Power determine how to optimise the utilisation of battery technology to further its microgrid capabilities. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt "This project is an excellent example of the collaboration between the State Government and industry to deliver innovative and renewable solutions for the community in the long term. "This is an incredibly innovative project which will present multiple opportunities in the renewable and distributed energy space into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Minister dismisses appeals on Helena-Aurora Range mining proposal129231Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 6:00:20 AM2017-11-24T06:00:00Z ​Impacts on rare and threatened species and landforms carefully considered McGowan Labor Government to make final decision on project Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced he is dismissing all appeals against the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) assessment on a proposal to mine iron ore in the Helena-Aurora Range, north of Southern Cross. The Minister's decision concludes that the EPA's assessment of the proposal was supported by the available evidence on environmental impacts. Other relevant decision-making authorities across government will now be consulted to determine whether or not the proposal should be implemented. Earlier this year, the EPA found that a proposal by Mineral Resources Limited to develop the Jackson 5 and Bungalbin East iron ore deposits within the Helena-Aurora Range was environmentally unacceptable. The EPA's report on the Mineral Resources Limited proposal received nine appeals. These appeals identified a number of objections to the EPA's report and recommendations, which were investigated independently of the EPA by the Appeals Convenor. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "After carefully considering the concerns raised, I have found that the EPA's assessment was rigorous and comprehensive. "I agree with the conclusions of the Appeals Convenor and the reasoning behind those conclusions, and have dismissed the appeals accordingly. "This announcement is not a final decision from government. I will now consult with my ministerial colleagues to ensure the social, economic and environmental aspects of this proposal are considered." Minister's office - 6552 5800
COAG Energy Council agrees to examine mine clean-up rules129196Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 7:55:30 AM2017-11-24T05:40:00Z ​Council of Australian Government Energy Council endorses Western Australia's proposal to examine improved transparency for mine closure costs, along with how to prevent companies from avoiding their closure and decommissioning obligations The McGowan Government's proposal to examine better rules to ensure energy and mineral companies deliver on their rehabilitation and decommissioning obligations was endorsed today by the Council of Australian Government Energy Council. The Council consists of petroleum, energy and mining ministers from all States and Territories, and the Australian Government. Ministers noted the issues Western Australia highlighted, within the Corporations Act and the Australian Accounting Board Standards, regarding mine site rehabilitation and financial obligations. They agreed the Resources and Engagement Working Group should investigate a nationally consistent approach to these issues and would report back to ministers by mid-2018. The endorsement follows the Ellendale diamond mine incident, where the liquidator used a provision of the Corporations Act to renege on its environmental and financial responsibilities. WA's Mining Rehabilitation Fund is used to pay for outstanding rehabilitation. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Western Australia already has stringent laws to ensure mining and petroleum companies plan, budget for, and deliver on rehabilitation and decommissioning obligations. "But we want mining companies to improve their accounting standards and be more transparent when disclosing their environmental liabilities. "The Council's adoption of our proposals is an important step in ensuring companies remain liable for the rehabilitation of resources projects after they close. "We don’t want irresponsible mining companies offloading their clean-up costs onto the Mining Rehabilitation Fund, because this means responsible companies will be subsiding irresponsible companies. That’s not fair, which is why we’re calling on the Commonwealth to ensure action is taken quickly." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Government and industry join forces in the Pilbara129195Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 5:42:13 AM2017-11-24T05:35:00Z ​Pilbara Collaboration Charter signed by the Premier today Agreement between State Government, CME and eight major resource companies Focus on jobs, economic and social benefits for the Pilbara The State Government has signed an agreement with the resources industry to deliver further social and economic benefits to the Pilbara community. The Pilbara Collaboration Charter was signed this morning by Premier Mark McGowan, Chamber of Minerals and Energy chief executive Reg Howard-Smith, and leaders from across Western Australia's biggest resources companies. The charter builds on the industry's existing social and economic contributions, and was developed by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy in collaboration with BHP, Chevron Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto Ore, Roy Hill, Woodside and Yara Pilbara. The first priority for the charter is employment, education and training, particularly the development of pathways to job creation. Other areas included in the charter include community development and health, procurement and supply chain and joint project initiatives. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Pilbara Collaboration Charter provides a framework through which government and industry can work together to deliver further social and economic benefits to communities in the Pilbara. "With a particular focus on jobs, and bridging the gap between training and employment, this charter ensures that those in the Pilbara have access to economic opportunity. "This Government has worked closely with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and industry to ensure a productive relationship with the resources industry, and this charter is a new way for us to continue to work together." Premier's office - 6552 5000
State defence directory to promote local industry capability129156Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 4:00:29 AM2017-11-24T04:00:00Z ​Local companies invited to register for defence industry capability assessment Office of Defence West compiling a WA defence directory to promote local capabilities Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia is calling for Western Australia's defence industry to participate in a capability assessment. The Office of Defence West has engaged TCF Services to assess the State's industrial, research and development, and education and training capabilities in the defence sector. The results of this assessment will be used to create a Western Australian Directory of Defence Industry Capabilities, which will assist Defence West and the State's Defence Advocate to promote WA to the Federal Government, defence contractors and international markets. The information will also be cross-referenced with the Federal Government's Defence Integrated Investment Program, which details $195 billion in planned defence expenditure. This work will enable Defence West to provide targeted advice to businesses, particularly small to medium-size enterprises, and to inform the State's Defence Strategy, due next year. The capability assessment aims to capture companies which aspire to enter defence markets or have an innovative product or service potentially applicable to defence, as well as existing suppliers. Registration for the capability assessment is now open. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "Western Australia has significant defence-related capabilities, and if we are to take full advantage of the upcoming opportunities in this sector then the State Government must work with industry to promote this capability to key decision makers. "Much of our substantial capabilities in the resources sector are applicable to defence, not just in shipbuilding but across the six capability streams identified by the Federal Government. "This capability assessment will be a powerful tool for Defence West to assist, grow and promote our local industry, and to increase our State's contribution to the national defence sector." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Offshore Patrol Vessels to create up to 400 Western Australian jobs129154Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 3:46:42 AM2017-11-24T03:45:00Z ​10 of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels for Royal Australian Navy to be built in Henderson Vessels to be built by Civmec and Austal Project to create up to 400 direct jobs in Western Australia Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that 10 of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels to be built for the Royal Australian Navy will be constructed in Henderson, south of Perth. The Federal Government has confirmed that both Civmec and Austal will share building work for the vessels in Western Australia, using designs by German shipbuilder Lürssen. The first two vessels will be built in Adelaide, with construction to start in the second half of 2018. In 2020, construction will move to WA where the remaining 10 vessels will be constructed. The project is expected to create up to 400 direct jobs, and 600 indirect positions. The Offshore Patrol Vessel program is a key part of the Australian Defence Force's continuous naval shipbuilding program. Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "This is a great day for Western Australian industry, with up to 400 new jobs to be created through our involvement in the Offshore Patrol Vessel program. "The decision to use two WA companies demonstrates the depth of capability of the WA shipbuilding sector, and I congratulate Civmec and Austal on their success. "This announcement provides some confidence for the local shipbuilding industry, which can commence establishing supply chains. "The McGowan Government now looks forward to working with the Federal Government to secure investment for upgrades to the infrastructure at Henderson in order to prepare for the work ahead. "We also look forward to continuing discussions with Lürssen about its proposal to develop a regional shipbuilding hub in WA to capture the significant opportunities emerging in the Asia-Pacific." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional WA short-changed on black spot funding129148Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 2:25:09 AM2017-11-24T02:25:00Z Only seven WA locations out of 106 nation-wide in latest round of Federal Government mobile black spot funding WA Government has contributed more to the Mobile Black Spot Program than any other State The Federal Government has once again shown disdain for Western Australia, with only seven locations in the State prioritised in the latest round of mobile black spot funding - out of 106 nation-wide. Of these seven locations, only one is located in the regions. In previous rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, the Federal Government has consulted with State governments to prioritise locations for mobile phone towers. However, in the current round, no consultation took place - the funded locations were announced as election commitments. The Western Australian Government has contributed more than $53 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program over the past three years - $20 million more than the next highest contributing State. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our GST share is just the tip of the iceberg now WA is now being ripped off by the Federal Government on mobile black spot funding. "WA takes up about one-third of the country - there is no question that black spots are a major issue for regional people and visitors across the State. "We're calling on the Federal Government to take an open and transparent look at WA's needs on mobile black spots, and to stump up a fairer share for our State." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Two-year funding agreement signed for Ord Valley Muster129147Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 2:10:20 AM2017-11-24T02:10:00Z Supported until 2019 through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program Event attracts about 15,000 attendees More than 30 events over 10 days The East Kimberley's premier cultural celebration, the Ord Valley Muster, has secured State Government funding for another two years through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program. Set in Kununurra, the Ord Valley Muster is a 10-day event that celebrates and showcases the surrounding region through food, art, music, tours, comedy and Aboriginal culture. More than 30 events and activities make up the Oord Valley Muster program, attracting about 15,000 attendees over the 10 days. The muster's major drawcard is the Kimberley Moon Experience, which is held on the last weekend of the festival and in past years has included headline acts such as Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Guy Sebastian and Eskimo Joe. The Kimberley Moon Experience alone attracts about 3,500 guests including celebrities, business leaders and the local community. In 2015, the event was awarded the Best Regional Event in Australia at the 2015 Australian Event Awards, as well as the Best Festival and Event at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. In 2017, the Ord Valley Muster was inducted into the WA Tourism Hall of Fame. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The McGowan Labor Government is proud to announce a further two-year funding agreement to support this award-winning event, which showcases the wonderful culture and colour of the Kimberley. "Events such as this have a significant positive impact on tourism, economies and communities in regional Western Australia." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Ord Valley Muster generates valuable national and international promotion for WA and the Kimberley region, which translates into more visitors and more local jobs. "The muster highlights and celebrates the beautiful Kimberley landscape, its community and local produce, and is a unique experience for thousands of visitors to the region each year." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA primary school classrooms to be converted into science labs129146Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 2:05:12 AM2017-11-24T02:05:00Z 100 primary school classrooms to be converted into science labs in 2018 and 2019 A further 100 primary schools to be selected for 2020 The McGowan Government is delivering a key election commitment to focus on science in schools The first round of 100 public primary schools has been selected to have existing classrooms converted into science laboratories to prepare student for jobs of the future. The McGowan Labor Government's $17 million election commitment included $12 million to transform 200 existing primary school classrooms into science laboratories by 2021, with an additional $5 million for resources. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced the successful schools today at Connolly Primary School, one of the primary schools selected in the first round. Each school has identified an area to be transformed into a science laboratory from the $12 million investment. In addition, each school will receive $25,000 from the $5 million allocation, to purchase laboratory equipment and resources such as 3D models of the solar system and human anatomy, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics kits and renewable energy kits. Primary schools across Western Australia - from the Kimberley to the Great Southern - put up their hands for the program. Schools were selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education at their schools to skill students for the jobs of the future. Half of the allocated schools are from low socio-economic areas where students are often disadvantaged by not having access to science facilities. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "It is vital for today's students to understand the concepts taught in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for their future job prospects. "We want to ignite an interest in science in WA children from a young age so they continue with that study in secondary school and are job-ready when they start to enter the workforce in the late 2020s or early 2030s. "Even those students who don't become science practitioners will benefit from the generic skills science subjects teach them - teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication. "Delivering on our $17 million election commitment means students across the State will now be able to learn those skills in modern, well-equipped laboratories." Minister's office - 6552 5700 Round one successful schools (2018-19) SCHOOLSUBURB/TOWNEDUCATION REGIONEsperance Primary SchoolEsperanceGoldfieldsHannans Primary SchoolKalgoorlieGoldfieldsNulsen Primary SchoolEsperanceGoldfieldsO'Connor Primary SchoolKalgoorlieGoldfieldsBayulu Remote Community SchoolFitzroy CrossingKimberleyAllendale Primary SchoolGeraldtonMidwestAlkimos Beach Primary SchoolAlkimos North MetropolitanAshfield Primary SchoolAshfieldNorth MetropolitanBallajura Primary SchoolBallajuraNorth MetropolitanBambara Primary SchoolPadburyNorth MetropolitanBeaumaris Primary SchoolOcean ReefNorth MetropolitanBeldon Primary SchoolBeldonNorth MetropolitanBindoon Primary SchoolBindoonNorth MetropolitanClarkson Primary SchoolClarksonNorth MetropolitanClayton View Primary SchoolKoongamiaNorth MetropolitanConnolly Primary SchoolConnollyNorth MetropolitanDalmain Primary SchoolKingsleyNorth MetropolitanDryandra Primary SchoolMirrabookaNorth MetropolitanGlendale Primary SchoolHamersleyNorth 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16 days of action to stop violence against women129145Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 2:00:33 AM2017-11-24T02:00:00Z ​16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign starts November 25 WA landmarks will be lit up orange in recognition of the campaign 50,000 family and domestic violence incidents reported in WA in 2016-17 The McGowan Government is shining a light on the State's horrifying family and domestic violence statistics, reminding all Western Australians they can play a part in stopping the violence. To highlight the issue, Premier Mark McGowan, and WA's first Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister, Simone McGurk, today launched the State Government's '16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women' campaign at Parliament House. Family and domestic violence survivors Mary Chetcuti and Judith Congrene stood with the Premier and Minister McGurk today to share their stories of courage and endurance. The campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women in WA and encourage communities to take an active role in making change. Some of WA's recognisable landmarks, including private sector and government properties, will be aglow in orange, serving as a visual reminder about the need to change the conversation and how stopping violence against women is everyone's responsibility. During the 16 days, the campaign aims to educate - raise awareness of the impact of violence on women, children, and communities; motivate - through positive actions; and advocate - by highlighting organisations working to support victim safety and perpetrator accountability. 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women - lighting up schedule Bell Tower (November 25); Optus Stadium (November 25 to December 10) Multiplex; Perth Arena (November 25 to December 10); Crown Metropol (November 25 to December 10); Doubleview Water Tower (November 25 to December 10) Programmed; Elizabeth Quay (November 25 to November 26); City of Belmont Civic Centre (November 25 to December 10); His Majesty's Theatre (November 25 to December 10); King Edward Memorial Hospital (November 25 to December 10); Old Mill, South Perth (November 25 to December 10); Parliament House (November 23 to December 1); State Theatre Centre of WA (November 25 to December 10); University of Notre Dame (November 25 to December10); Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton (November 25 to December 10); Lighting within the town site of Menzies (November 25 to December 10); WA Shipwrecks Museum, Fremantle (November 25 to December 10); and Museum of the Great Southern, Albany (November 25 to December 10). The campaign is the McGowan Government's contribution to the UN's '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence' campaign and marks 16 days between White Ribbon Day on November 25 and Human Rights Day on December 10. For more information, visit https// The Women's Domestic Violence Helpline (9223 1188 or free call 1800 007 339) is a State-wide, 24-hour service. It provides support for women facing family and domestic violence. 1800RESPECT (free call 1800 737 732) is a national online sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It's great to see a diverse range of private sector and government organisations supporting the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign in such a visible way. "To stop family and domestic violence our message must be this violence is not acceptable. "Here in WA, more than 50,000 family and domestic violence incidents were reported to police in 2016-17, and more than 4,500 calls were made to domestic violence helplines. "This campaign demonstrates the whole of government, whole of community approach we are adopting to challenge the unacceptable levels of family and domestic violence in WA. "My government has introduced a raft of measures to reduce domestic violence and has confirmed vital funding in the current Budget, including funding two new women's refuges." Comments attributed to Women's Interests and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "WA has the second highest rate of reported physical and sexual violence perpetrated against women in Australia, second only to the Northern Territory. "The sad reality is that women and their children are overwhelmingly over-represented as victims of family and domestic violence. "In Australia, one woman is killed each week at the hands of her current or former partner. The statistics are unacceptable and it's time to end violence against women and children. "As the first appointed Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister in WA, I am here to say this issue remains a priority for the McGowan Government. "We need to hold perpetrators to account, but we also need to change the conversation in our homes, communities and workplaces to end violence against women and children. 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women is our opportunity to do just that." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Women's Interests and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office - 6552 6600
National reforms create level playing field for WA co-operatives129136Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 1:15:22 AM2017-11-24T01:15:00Z National regulations recognise changes to WA laws, completing a long reform process WA co-operatives can now compete equally with other enterprises on a national basis Reforms open up access to new opportunities and markets for local co-operatives Western Australian co-operatives have now been included under national regulations, completing a reform process that enables them to compete equally with other enterprises. The final step in the reform process came with the recent approval of amendments to the national regulations, which recognise new WA laws that came into effect on January 1, 2017. The new laws offer several advantages to co-operatives registered in WA Co-operatives are now able to conduct business in all participating States and Territories without any additional registration or approval requirements; The regulation of co-operatives will be more closely aligned with other forms of corporate enterprise, enabling co-operatives to compete on equal terms; and Co-operatives will benefit from increased public recognition and better access to support services. Some unique features of the Western Australian co-operatives law have been retained under the new system as allowable differences in the context of the national scheme. This will give co-operatives flexibility in controlling voting age and the use of proxies to meet the particular needs of co-operatives in regional areas. Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The development heralds a new era in the way WA co-operatives operate and conduct business nationally. "These reforms will give WA co-operatives more freedom to compete with other enterprises. "The amendments reflect the McGowan Government's commitment to support business and promote economic development by reducing existing State regulation and red tape on Western Australian enterprises." Minister's office - 6552 6700
St John of God Midland Public Hospital celebrates second anniversary129135Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2017 1:00:22 AM2017-11-24T01:00:00Z St John of God Midland Public Hospital celebrates its second anniversary More than 128,100 presentations to the Emergency Department in first two years Nearly 19,700 procedures at the hospital 175,100 visits to outpatient clinics in first two years St John of God Midland Public Hospital celebrates its second anniversary today, marking its contribution to quality public health care and services to the community. In its first two years, there have been more than 128,100 Emergency Department presentations, 175,100 outpatient appointments, 3,380 births and nearly 19,700 procedures at the hospital. These Emergency Department presentations represent about 45 per cent more patients than were treated at the former Swan District Hospital's Emergency Department. The busiest day for the Emergency Department since opening occurred on August 28, 2017, during the peak winter period, when 232 people were treated. Since its opening, the hospital's Community Services Centre has also been a hub for local health agencies, community service providers and patient support groups, providing important outreach and in-reach services to patients. As a key part of the East Metropolitan Health Service, the hospital has formed a number of partnerships with other public hospitals, community health, social services and support organisations. These partnerships ensure patients have access to comprehensive health care before, during and after their hospital stay. Models of care have also been developed with specialists in Aboriginal health and a strong relationship with local Aboriginal medical services and indigenous community groups. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I congratulate St John of God Midland Public Hospital for achieving significant milestones in its first two years of operation. "From the moment the doors opened, there has been significant patient demand. "I commend the hospital for its efforts to provide a welcoming environment and high quality care to patients." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Support available for South-West small and medium businesses129132Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 6:42:07 AM2017-11-23T23:00:00Z Up to $20,000 available for eligible small and medium businesses in the South-West seeking Government contracts Funding to assist in bidding for defence-related work Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and Defence West present at PROCURE South West event The McGowan Labor Government will provide eligible small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the South-West with up to $20,000 in dollar-for-dollar funding to assist in bidding for Government or defence-related work. The funding, provided through the McGowan Labor Government's Local Capability Fund, will assist SMEs to increase their competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to Government agencies, or respond to opportunities in the defence sector. Information about the program will be available to those attending PROCURE South West in Bunbury, an event for local businesses to showcase their capabilities in servicing major clients in both the public and private sectors. Staff from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and Defence West will be on hand to provide an update on the Western Australian Jobs Bill 2017, as well as raising awareness of procurement opportunities in the region. A Local Capability Fund round for the METRONET railcar project was launched in October. Funding in this second round can be used for costs such as Australian or international standards certification, equipment upgrades, improvements to manufacturing processes and Occupational Health and Safety accreditation. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan will officially open PROCURE South West in Bunbury today. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to growing local jobs in regional areas, and the Local Capability Fund will offer assistance for businesses in the South-West to enhance their capability, capacity and competitiveness. "This will allow local businesses to be in a position to capitalise on opportunities created by the WA Jobs Law, currently progressing through State Parliament." Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "Through Defence West, this Government is advocating for our State's small and medium businesses to access opportunities presented by the defence sector. "The success of local companies such as Dunsborough's Nauti-Craft demonstrates the potential and capability of innovative South-West businesses." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Regional procurement is at the core of our strategy for strengthening regional communities. "This fund will help businesses in the South-West have the best possible shot at winning government contracts." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Defence Issues Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Revered plant scientist inducted into WA Science Hall of Fame129131Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2017 12:05:15 AM2017-11-23T22:00:00Z Emeritus Professor John Pate inducted into Western Australian Science Hall of Fame Professor Pate has been recognised for his contributions to plant science in WA Emeritus Professor John Pate has been officially inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame with a ceremony at Scitech. At the ceremony, Science Minister Dave Kelly recognised Professor Pate for his contribution to plant science, particularly in legumes and native WA flora, as well as his efforts and enthusiasm for teaching and supervising students. He was head of The University of Western Australia's botany department from 1974 to 1986 and has published more than 500 books, reviews and research articles. His work has contributed to the understanding of plant adaptation to environmental stress, increased productivity of pastures and crops, and sustainable land use and management. The WA Science Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognise exceptional contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Western Australia over an extended period. Previous inductees include Professors Lyn Beazley and Fiona Stanley, as well as WA's Nobel Prize winning scientists, Professor Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "Emeritus Professor John Pate has made a lasting contribution to the understanding and study of plants and even now in his 'retirement', he continues to publish research. "His students recall him as relentless in the pursuit of knowledge about how plants worked and with an energy, enthusiasm and humour which engaged and inspired many. "It's important to celebrate our fantastic scientists and to promote their contribution, and the WA Science Hall of Fame honour board at Scitech provides inspiration to thousands of young people and visitors each year. "The State Government understands it is vital to engage young people in STEM fields as soon as possible, as we know these skills are critical to the jobs of the future." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Revised bridge design to showcase locally built arches129127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/11/2017 6:33:27 AM2017-11-23T06:30:00Z ​Design change to showcase WA-made steel arches Revised bridge design to save millions and reduce maintenance costs Decision to build the bridge locally has created more than 200 jobs The McGowan Government has approved a new look for the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, with the striking WA-made steel arches to become a feature of the design. Design modifications mean the steel arch structure will no longer be covered by white and black fabric - a component that was added during the design process to make the arches appear solid. The decision follows advice from lead contractor York Rizzani JV stating not having the fabric would retain the distinctive arch design while significantly reducing recurring costs and challenges associated with the ongoing maintenance of the bridge. Omitting the fabric cladding will deliver approximately $4 million in savings on the construction cost and a further $11 million in anticipated maintenance costs over the first 40 years of the structure's life. Along with the aesthetic changes, the revised design will improve structural capacity by eliminating 275 tonnes of secondary steel from the 50 arch modules, while also reducing wind loading and noise caused by the fabric. New opportunities such as enhanced lighting shows can now occur, while potential tourism activities such as bridge climbs will be investigated, which could provide an ongoing financial return to the State after an initial set-up cost. The local fabrication is progressing well, despite external challenges associated with the late arrival of some steel from China. Due to contractual requirements under the stadium contract that potentially exposed taxpayers to tens of millions of dollars in additional costs, an alternative laydown area was required. To factor in these two challenges, the opening of the bridge is expected in May 2018. This will not impact any of the scheduled events, following the State Government's decision to not allow additional weeknight events to be scheduled before the middle of the year. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Changes to the design of the bridge were proposed by contractor York Rizzani JV to reduce the significant costs of future maintenance and mitigate potential delays, which had not been factored in by the previous government. "Following advice from York Rizzani JV, a prudent decision was made to remove the fabric covering so the impressive steel structure becomes the primary feature of the design. "We're getting on with the delivering this bridge, while the previous government opted to wait for it to arrive from Malaysia. "This bridge was never designed or chosen based on its simplicity - it is a work of art, however this decision will improve its structural capacity and expose the impressive functional elements, built locally, of the design. "By removing the fabric covering or membrane, we make an immediate saving on construction and many millions of dollars in reduced maintenance in coming years. "I have no doubt the revised design will prove a stunning addition to the Perth skyline, which will now be a permanent tribute to the workmanship of WA workers." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Summit forges pathway to innovation economy in regional WA129125Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/11/2017 2:30:51 AM2017-11-23T02:30:00Z ​Regional Innovation Summit to develop roadmap for generating the ecosphere where technological and business innovation thrives Outcomes to underpin economic diversification and create regional job opportunities Innovators from across Western Australia will meet in Bunbury today to set the roadmap for government investment in regional innovation to stimulate economic diversification in the regions. The Regional Innovation Summit in Bunbury brings together innovators, industry groups, academia, Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and State and local governments. The event will help guide the investment of the State Government's $4.5 million regional component of the New Industries Fund and inform future initiatives and projects aimed at creating jobs, and developing talent and skills in the regions. Speakers are a mix of innovation champions, start-ups, and high-growth small to medium-sized enterprises and industry players who have helped transform their industries by accelerating research and development, venture creation and growth. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government understands that fostering an innovation culture can be a catalyst for the creation of new jobs and industries. "Today's summit brings regional innovation leaders together so we can learn how government can best assist in creating the environment for growth of new business. "We want to build on what has already been achieved, while understanding from international and interstate experience that successful regional innovation benefits from strategic government support. "There is already so much innovation happening in our regions; we need to play to these advantages region-by-region, and are committed to charging this innovative streak by backing businesses and industries who are leading the way." Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "Innovation offers up an exciting opportunity to create WA jobs and diversify the WA economy. "A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found high growth small-to-medium businesses generally represent six per cent of an economy but create 54 per cent of all new jobs. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with businesses, industry and academia to explore how we can help strengthen the innovation environment and identify ways to build on WA's competitive advantages to create WA jobs." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100
Margaret River Gourmet Escape contract renewed for a further year129123Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/11/2017 12:31:39 AM2017-11-23T00:30:00Z State Government to invest in bigger culinary tourism event to grow visitation and improve export outcomes Expanded festival to include Swan Valley Request for Proposal process to seek submissions from industry The State's premier food and wine event will be back in the South-West for 2018, as the State Government looks to expand Western Australia's culinary event tourism in the future. The sponsorship contract with event owner IMG Culinary has been renewed for 12 months, with the seventh Margaret River Gourmet Escape to go ahead in November next year. However, with the current agreement coming to an end, the Government will review the State's investment in food and wine event tourism, with a view to expanding the festival to feature not only Margaret River but also the Swan Valley. The review will involve stakeholder consultation followed by a Request for Proposal process. The consultation, involving the food and wine industry; tourism operators; local producers and the community, will help determine the final specifications for the new event. A list of companies with a track record in culinary events will then be invited to submit proposals to run an annual international food and wine festival across the State's two premier wine destinations in 2019 and beyond. The successful proponent is expected to be announced in the first half of next year. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Margaret River Gourmet Escape has helped grow the brand of our beautiful South-West and cemented the State's reputation as a culinary destination. "With the current three-year agreement ending, the State Government decided it was the right time to explore opportunities to grow efforts in food and wine event tourism and maximise outcomes for the State. "It gives us the chance to look at expanding and extending the festival to feature not only the South-West but also the Swan Valley. "The McGowan Government understands the value of events in supporting the State's tourism outcomes, but we need to ensure these events drive interstate and international visitation in order to fill our hotel rooms, grow the economy and create jobs. "We also want a clear strategy for food and wine festivals that enhances our trade and agricultural export outcomes. We want to ensure that the high-quality local food and wine at these events is readily available to be served on tables in China, Singapore, Japan and other key markets." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our reputation for having fresh produce, premium wines and high-quality boutique beverages makes WA a foodie's paradise. "Margaret River Gourmet Escape has helped cement that reputation. "We are keen to extend the festival over a longer period and spread activities across other food and wine destinations to attract higher interstate and international visitation." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Land agency reform to commence15322Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements37210html22/11/2017 4:30:33 AM2017-11-22T04:30:00Z New land agency to be created to focus on key Government priorities Common board members to be appointed to both boards New agency to include election commitment for the creation of an Industrial Lands Authority to boost jobs Integral to delivering quality development outcomes in METRONET precincts The McGowan Government today started the process to implement major reforms to the State's land agencies. Western Australia's two land development agencies, LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, will be merged progressively over two years as part of the State Government's ongoing bid to drive efficiencies and improve outcomes for land development and housing affordability. State Cabinet recently approved Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti to initiate the major land development agency reform process. The reform follows the first stage of changes to the public sector announced in April, which reduced the number of government departments by 40 per cent. By ultimately creating one central agency for land development, the McGowan Government will reduce duplication and provide a more effective and professional organisation. The new land agency will assume responsibility for metropolitan planning activities and have a sharper focus on delivering economic opportunities in regional WA. Across the metropolitan area and regions, the new agency will aim to strengthen communities through increased housing choice, better transport connectivity and enhancing the built and natural environment. An administrative merger is set to be finalised by 2019 and will involve the following elements The appointment of common directors to both boards beginning January 1, 2018; The creation of a standing subcommittee of the joint board to manage the transition of the two organisations into a single entity; The appointment of a single CEO to take effect on or before January 1, 2019; and A review of all projects, assets and liabilities to enable an optimisation of organisational and project efficiencies. Any necessary legislative changes will follow. The new land development agency will also include the creation of the Industrial Lands Authority arm to streamline job-creating projects that will strengthen the WA economy. The Industrial Lands Authority is a McGowan Government election commitment aimed at removing barriers to investment and identifying new opportunities for industry innovation and expansion. Future tranches of the land agency reform process will investigate how the Department of Communities' housing development arm could potentially be integrated. Comments attributed to Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "This is the start of a major reform process to ensure the Government is equipped to create stronger suburbs with more housing choice, better public transport connections and sustainable communities. "This reform will reduce duplication, and ensure we have the best possible team in Government to deliver key policy priorities such as METRONET and regional projects such as the Bunbury Waterfront. "The new structure will also create a more transparent and accountable process that will ensure greater financial rigour is placed on the key land development activities. "The planning and development functions will remain, and the focus on key areas such as regional development and urban renewal projects will continue. "The agencies will continue to operate in their current form during the transition period while we work on the legal and structural changes that need to be implemented. "However, during the transition period a focus will be on creating a financially sustainable entity, noting the former government's financial mismanagement of the MRA. "Announcements on the new board appointments will made in due course." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Lease agreement opens fresh opportunities in the Ord15321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5640html22/11/2017 4:20:33 AM2017-11-22T04:20:00Z McGowan Government welcomes KAI signing of Goomig lease after two years of negotiation Finalising the lease agreement will enable further job-creating development opportunities to get underway The State Government has welcomed lease agreements with Kimberley Agricultural Investment Pty Ltd (KAI) which will enable the next phase of agricultural expansion in the Ord to commence. The agreements, signed this week, cover 7,400 hectares of land at Goomig Farmlands, located 25 kilometres north of Kununurra, as part of the Ord Stage 2 project. The Goomig Development Lease and the Goomig Common Area Lease and Infrastructure Management Agreement supports the transition of pastoral leases into irrigated farmland to grow crops. The lease agreement will also support long-term development opportunities in the Ord, including broad acre farming and value-added industries such as grain grading and processing. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "When we came to Government, we set about finalising this lease agreement as a priority; negotiations had been underway for more than two years. "More than $300 million has been invested by the Government in Ord Stage 2 to date, and KAI has become a very important development partner with their significant investment." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "Signing this lease will allow the State Government and KAI to turn our focus to the next phases of development in the Ord to create new economic opportunities and jobs in the Kimberley. "The State's taxpayers have invested significant funds into the Ord so we now have to make it work for WA and the regions." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500