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Important update for recent travellers from New South Wales to WA2321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/06/2021 5:50:22 AM2021-06-19T05:45:00Z New South Wales arrivals into WA effective immediately are subject to strict new conditions All arrivals must be tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until receiving a negative result Anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites in NSW during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure Measures introduced based on the latest health advice and aligned to previous measures applied in December following the initial NSW northern beaches outbreak Western Australia's Chief Health Officer has provided updated advice to the State Government on our controlled interstate border due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in New South Wales. With NSW reporting five COVID-19 cases linked to the initial case - the transport worker - the State Government is taking immediate steps under its controlled border arrangements to further protect WA. Effective immediately all arrivals from NSW must get a COVID-19 test on arrival or within 48 hours and self-quarantine until they return a negative result - they must wear a mask when in transit to their premise or to get a COVID-19 test; anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites in NSW during the relevant times should self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure and be tested immediately (within 48 hours) and at day 11. Airport testing is being arranged for Perth Airport domestic terminals from tomorrow (June 20) for all NSW arrivals, however, arrivals can also choose to go to other COVID public or private testing clinics. Anyone who has arrived from NSW since June 11, 2021 should monitor their symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 if unwell. Arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor the NSW Health website for updated exposure locations. Anyone who is unwell or experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until they return a negative test result. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The situation in NSW is fast evolving and concerning given the outbreak involves the Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus. "Based on the latest health advice, we're introducing extra precautionary measures with immediate effect to protect Western Australians. "This is consistent with measures taken in December last year at the beginning of the NSW northern beaches outbreak and in late May at the beginning of the outbreak in Victoria. "These additional testing controls may cause some disruptions for some people, but the health of Western Australians is my priority. "It's critical that anyone who is unwell or is experiencing symptoms must get a COVID test immediately. "I want to thank Western Australians and affected travellers for their understanding." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The latest outbreak in NSW is very concerning. "Our best wishes are with the people of NSW as they work to bring this outbreak under control. "It's an important reminder for Western Australians to continue to follow the basic COVID-safe practices - like checking in using the SafeWA app and staying home, and getting a test, if unwell. "I thank everyone for their understanding as we continue to do all we can to keep Western Australians safe throughout the pandemic." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Donnybrook’s older residents a step closer to a new place to call home2320Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/06/2021 5:15:10 AM2021-06-19T03:30:00Z Construction underway on Bridge Street Housing Project 10 independent living units to be built in Donnybrook $2 million McGowan Government investment through the Regional Aged Accommodation Program Construction on a $3.25 million development for ageing residents in Donnybrook is underway, with $2 million in funding support from the McGowan Government. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns today turned the sod on the Bridge Street Housing Project. A total of 10 independent living units will be built by Alliance Housing, providing affordable rental options for over-65s. Once complete, there will be eight two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units built to adaptable housing standards on Donnybrook's Bridge Street. The development is close to the services and amenities located in the Donnybrook town centre, which is currently being given a makeover. In line with the McGowan Government's commitment to maximising local business participation, South-West based JAK Civil has been contracted to undertake site works with Smith Constructions the successful tender for construction. The Bridge Street Housing Project is being delivered by Alliance Housing, with funding support from the State Government, and land from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup. The McGowan Government is funding the project through the Regional Aged Accommodation Program, which helps to address the aged accommodation needs of regional Western Australia. In the South-West, Brunswick River Cottages has expanded with support from the program, and Capecare Dunsborough will open its doors in the coming months. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Bridge Street Housing Project will expand the stock of aged accommodation in the South-West, providing more options for older people to age in their own communities. "We also see an increasing number of Western Australians choosing regional living - and expanding housing helps drive that positive trend. "Not only are there social benefits, but also economic benefits associated with construction of aged care developments including the creation of opportunities for local contractors and suppliers." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "This project is a great opportunity, both for the residents of Donnybrook and the greater South-West, creating local jobs and supporting affordable housing initiatives. "I care about the future of Collie-Preston and this project is an example of the way in which the McGowan Government is delivering on its promises in the region." Comments attributed to Alliance Housing Chairperson Jan Pedersen "Alliance Housing are excited to deliver this modern housing project for the local community. "Donnybrook is a wonderful place to live and Alliance Housing are thrilled to enable the older members of this community to age in place. "The project has been a long time in the making and today marks the first day of the project coming to fruition." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Donnybrook heritage precinct transformed into a thriving destination572Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/06/2021 5:03:33 AM2021-06-19T02:30:00Z Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square officially open McGowan Government contributed $2 million towards revitalisation project One of Donnybrook's oldest precincts is now its newest destination, with the South-West town's revitalised goods shed and surrounds officially open. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today joined Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns, representatives from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and the local community to celebrate the completed Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square. A $2 million McGowan Government contribution has breathed new life into the State heritage-listed goods shed, which has been restored and now houses an interpretive centre which tells the story of Donnybrook. A commercial opportunity has also been created through the project, to offset the Shire's recurrent operating costs of the facility. Local food and beverage business 'Park Donnybrook' will operate from within the centre and be responsible for the day-to-day management of the facility. Other enhancements to the railway precinct include the establishment of new boardwalks, which better connect the east and west areas of the town, providing linkages between Collins Street and the central business district. The Station Square area has been landscaped, making the area an even better place for locals and visitors, close to the Apple Fun Park which is in the process of being refreshed. The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup carried out the revitalisation, working with mostly South-West based contractors including Perkins Builders which delivered the project from designs by MCG Architects. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre and Station Square creates a fresh experience for this beautiful town, enhancing the experience for locals and visitors alike and building new social and economic opportunities. "If you've visited in the past, the rejuvenation of the Donnybrook historic railway precinct provides a reason to rediscover this South-West town and enjoy what this very pretty and engaging town has to offer. "Congratulations to the team from the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and all who have worked on this project to make it a reality." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "In addition to celebrating the heritage value of the revitalisation project, this is a wonderful opportunity to support local businesses through enhanced tourism and economic development opportunities. "As a South-West local, I fully understand the importance of creating new jobs in regional WA." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA-led projects handed $600,000 to go to the Moon and Mars2318Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4290html18/06/2021 9:34:28 AM2021-06-18T09:30:00Z Three WA-led projects share $600,000 in grants to develop technology for future space missions Organisations to conduct feasibility testing to turn concepts into space technologies Funding is part of the Australian Government's Moon to Mars Initiative with NASA Science Minister Roger Cook has congratulated local organisations who have been awarded $600,000 of funding to develop technologies that will support future space missions to the Moon and Mars. Three Western Australian-led projects will each receive $200,000 as part of the Australian Government's Moon to Mars Demonstrator Feasibility Grants program. The funding will be used to develop technologies needed for future space missions. A total of 20 organisations across Australia each received up to $200,000 of funding to conduct feasibility testing and transfer their projects from concept to next generation space products and services. Headquartered in Perth, the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) consortium is part of two successful projects to receive funding. One project led by AROSE will demonstrate the feasibility of an Australian operated Lunar Construction Rover and develop a business and commercialisation plan to secure further investment. AROSE is also supporting Queensland University of Technology and Canadian space technology company MDA, to develop a robotic solution to handle logistics within NASA's future Lunar Gateway space station. The McGowan Government has committed $1.5 million over three years to AROSE, from 2020 to 2023. Curtin University's Binar Prospector will lay the foundations for proposed future Moon missions to locate and produce high resolution digital mapping of resources on the Moon using their Binar CubeSat space craft. In January 2021, the McGowan Government announced it had invested $500,000 into Curtin University's Binar Space Program. The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with Fugro Marine Australia, will demonstrate the feasibility of their optical laser technology to provide communications support for NASA's inspirational Artemis Program to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook "It's fantastic to see the potential of these Western Australian projects recognised with Moon to Mars Demonstrator Feasibility grants. "The projects highlight the important contribution Western Australia is making to space exploration, research and commercial activities. "As home to some of the most innovative organisations in the world, we are committed to harnessing opportunities that grow our space sector, which is key to diversifying our economy and creating new high skilled jobs across the State." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Expert advice to grow food and beverage businesses2315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5150html18/06/2021 6:51:36 AM2021-06-18T06:30:00Z 74 food and beverage businesses to access funding support under McGowan Government's Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program Small to medium enterprises across metropolitan and regional areas supported to engage professional consultants or technical expertsThe McGowan Government will support 74 food and beverage businesses to grow their operations and boost local jobs. Round Two of the Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program will provide $494,949 worth of vouchers to local businesses to support access to expert advice to grow. The program provides small to medium enterprises in metropolitan and regional areas with vouchers of up to $10,000 to engage a professional consultant or technical expert to assist business growth objectives, spanning from digital and technology planning to market positioning. Eligible businesses are also required to invest on a minimum dollar-for-dollar co-contribution basis. The program is delivered by the Agribusiness Food and Trade team within the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. A list of successful Agrifood and Beverage Voucher recipients is available at http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/AFBvoucherrecipients Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The WA Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program helps businesses build their capacity and confidence to capture new opportunities for growth. "The assistance will help businesses expand a wide range of manufactured products, including premium beef, lamb, confectionery, juices, truffles, cider, seafood, dried fruit, cereals, craft beer, wine, alcoholic spirits, pasta, honey and kombucha. "It also supports primary producers who want to take steps towards manufacturing to produce value-added food and beverages. "Building our food and beverage businesses across the State boosts local jobs, provides new market options for our agricultural sector and supports our regional economies." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Investment kickstarts South-West hemp processing2314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5910html18/06/2021 4:24:03 AM2021-06-18T04:00:00Z McGowan Government investment supports local hemp processing New Margaret River hemp processing facility up and runningA McGowan Government investment has helped kickstart hemp processing in the South-West, with a new processing facility now operational in Margaret River. The Margaret River Hemp Processing facility, the first of its kind in Western Australia, is processing locally grown hemp into hurd, fibre and fines for the building and textile industries. With a $399,000 funding boost through the McGowan Government's Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund and Industrial Hemp Grants Scheme, the facility was able to get up and running and expand to meet local demand. The hurd, taken from the core of the hemp stem, is being used to make hempcrete masonry walls featured in sustainable hemp homes, as well as for horse and pet bedding and hydro mulch. The fibre is suitable for insulation and mattress padding. South-West building company Hemp Homes Australia has used material processed at the local facility to build hemp houses in Margaret River. Hemp is an emerging industry, with processed industrial hemp materials having the potential to replace cardboard, paper, wood and even plastics in many applications across the building, textile and industrial sectors in the future. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Margaret River Hemp Processing facility is up and running, opening up a new and job-creating industry for the South-West. "Local processing is critical to drive the emerging hemp industry in the South-West - it makes hemp a more valuable cropping option. "Margaret River builder Gary Rogers and Esperance farmer David Campbell have done a great job to have the vision and commitment to get this project off the ground. "We invest in regional projects like this to support industry expansion and diversification of local economies." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "It is fantastic to see emerging industries such as hemp growing and processing starting up in our region. "Local innovation is creating local jobs right here in the South-West. It is exciting to see the potential for future expansion in this innovative new industry." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Humpback whale swim tour season starts along Ningaloo Coast2313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4650html18/06/2021 2:19:59 AM2021-06-18T02:05:00Z Humpback whales have begun arriving in northern waters Western Australians encouraged to 'Wander out Yonder' and contribute to the recovery of licensed tour operatorsHumpback whales have been spotted along the spectacular Ningaloo Coast, with Western Australians encouraged to support tour operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the humpback whale swim tour season starting soon, visitors to the Ningaloo Coast have the opportunity to swim with these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Humpback whales generally migrate through Exmouth and Coral Bay between July and October, and Western Australians can interact with them through licensed in-water tours. Each year approximately 40,000 humpback whales migrate along the coast of Western Australia. Visitors would also get the chance to spot other marine life along the Ningaloo Coast, including whale sharks, marine turtles, dolphins, dugong, rays and sharks. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Humpback whales have already been spotted along the stunning World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast. "Swimming with these incredible animals is a bucket list experience and the only place in Western Australia this can be done is with a licensed operator on the Ningaloo Coast. "Now is the perfect time to 'Wander out Yonder' and support tourism businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Healthy clubs a Western Australian staple2319Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7460html18/06/2021 12:39:33 PM2021-06-18T02:00:00Z 30 Western Australian sporting clubs awarded funding through Healthway's Winter Healthy Sporting Club Grants Grants support WA clubs to purchase equipment and with training towards healthy canteens and providing healthy food optionsThrough Healthway's 2021 Winter Healthy Sporting Club Program, the McGowan Government has awarded more than $100,000 to 30 Western Australian sports clubs to support their efforts to build healthy sporting club environments. The program provides up to $4,000 in grants to sporting clubs over the 2021 season. The funding enables clubs to increase their healthy food and drink choices at club-run canteens, kiosks or food services, as well as improve awareness of the importance of good nutrition, particularly for young people. The initiative sees Healthway partner with the Western Australian School Canteen Association to provide support in education and key resources. Since the program started in 2019 there have been 205 Healthy Sporting Club Grants awarded, providing $679,862 in grants to metropolitan and regional clubs across Western Australia. Applications for the 2021 Summer Healthy Sporting Club program will open in August. For more information, visit http//www.healthway.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "It's fantastic to see sporting clubs encouraging their members to develop healthy habits and have access to healthy food and drink options, on and off the field. "Local sporting clubs are an ideal environment to encourage our community to seek out and embrace healthy choices. "I'm delighted to see so many clubs reach out to find more ways to benefit their members." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Successful club Funded amount Mandurah BMX Club Incorporated $3,979 UWA Volleyball Club Incorporated $2,190 Capel Regional Equestrian Park Inc $3,300 Karratha Enduro and Moto-x Club Inc $3,750 Kingsway Little Athletics Centre $4,000 Warwick Greenwood Junior Football Club $2,000 Leederville Sporting Club $4,000 Ocean Ridge Junior Football Club Inc. $4,000 Swanbourne Tigers Junior Football Club Inc $4,000 Ravensthorpe Tigers Football and Sporting Club Inc $2,470 Manning United Football Club Incorporated $3,669 Mandurah City FC (Soccer Club) $2,900 East Fremantle Lacrosse Club Inc $3,965 Balga Football Club Inc $3,550 Scarborough Junior Football Club $4,000 Carnamah Perenjori Football Club $3,990 Thornlie Tennis Club (Incorporated) $3,097 Kalamunda Districts Hockey Club $2,450 Gosnells Junior Football Club (Inc) $2,450 Serpentine Jarrahdale Serpents Rugby League & Sporting Club Inc. $4,000 Esperance Hockey Association Inc. $3,994 Boxwood Hill Combined Sports Club (inc.) $3,648 Roleystone Football Club Inc $3,640 Broome Squash Club (Inc.) $4,000 High Wycombe Junior Football Club $3,208 Mount Lawley-Inglewood Junior Football Club (Inc.) $4,000 Huntingdale Junior Football Club $4,000 Bridgetown Junior Football Club Inc $4,000 Busselton Districts Junior Rugby Club Inc $3,044 North Coast Raiders Hockey Club Inc $3,320 Total $104,614
Onslow successfully powered by 100% renewable energy in trial2312Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11720html18/06/2021 12:02:40 AM2021-06-17T23:00:00Z Australian-first Onslow trial successfully powers microgrid with 100 per cent renewable energy An intelligent system was utilised to unlock the microgrid's potential Projected to reduce carbon emissions by 820 tonnes per yearHorizon Power has demonstrated the Onslow microgrid's full capacity after successfully powering the Pilbara town for a total of 80 minutes. Electricity was powered by 700 kilowatts of customer generated solar and 600 kilowatts of utility solar, while supported by battery technology. This successful trial comes after the Minister announced the Renewable Energy Project in Onslow in March 2019, to stimulate the uptake of solar panels and batteries. An intelligent Distributed Energy Resources Management System (DERMS) was integral to the success of the trial, using predictive analytics to maximise the amount of renewable energy in the microgrid while maintaining network stability for all customers. It is the first time DERMS has been deployed in a remote microgrid in Australia. Horizon Power, and partner PXiSE Energy Solutions, will continue further DERMS testing ahead of commissioning the project later this year. With this hydrocarbon free functionality, the Onslow Power Project is expected to reduce carbon emissions by about 820 tonnes per year. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The operation of the Onslow microgrid powered by 100 per cent renewables signifies a landmark step towards building a cleaner, brighter, renewable energy future for our State. "This innovative project demonstrates how distributed energy resources can be safely integrated at the grid level, unlocking further benefits from Western Australia's world-leading rooftop solar uptake." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Peter Foster "The Onslow Power Project is a working example of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional development and renewable energy growth. "The success of this trial paves the way for more affordable and reliable energy for households and businesses in Onslow, and is part of the Labor Government's upgrade of the social and critical infrastructure in the town." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Updated COVID-19 vaccination rollout in WA2311Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements22680html17/06/2021 8:09:02 AM2021-06-17T08:00:00Z Adjustments made following national expert health advice to the Commonwealth From tomorrow (June 18), 50 to 59 year olds will also be able to get the Pfizer vaccine No change to 40 to 49 year olds and those 60 and older in updated rollout program Those 30 to 39 year olds with Pfizer appointments will still be able to get the vaccineThe State Government has today announced WA's updated COVID-19 vaccination rollout program in line with national health advice. The adjustments come following the Federal Government's announcement to allow people aged 50 to 59 to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine following updated health advice. From tomorrow, (Friday, June 18, 2021) 50 to 59 year olds living in WA will be able to get the Pfizer vaccine, through State-run clinics, in line with the national health advice. Those aged 50 to 59 who are already booked in and due to receive their first dose of AstraZeneca will be contacted by WA Health to have their booking changed to a Pfizer booking. People aged 50 to 59 who have already had their first dose of AstraZeneca should keep their booking and continue to get their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is important because the clear national health advice is that different vaccines should not be mixed. There are no changes to the 40 to 49 year olds under the WA rollout program. From July 5, people aged 40 to 49, along with those aged 50 to 59, are able to receive their Pfizer vaccination through the Federal Government's GP and respiratory clinic rollout program. People aged 30 to 39 who have made bookings at our State-run clinics will have their bookings honoured. Bookings for this cohort have been extremely high and appointments are already booked out until August. People aged 30 to 39 who have not yet made a booking are encouraged to go to https//rollup.wa.gov.au and register their details, so as soon as more Pfizer supply becomes available from the Commonwealth, they will be able to get a booking quickly. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We've moved quickly to make adjustments in accordance with the national health advice announced by the Commonwealth today. "Our priority is to ensure as many people are vaccinated to better protect our community from COVID-19. "The expanded program means that those 50 to 59 year olds will be able to receive a Pfizer vaccine. "People like myself, in the 50 to 59 year old cohort, who have already received their first dose of AstraZeneca, should keep their booking and continue to get their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. "This is crucial because the health advice is clear that different vaccines should not be mixed. "We're going to continue to rollout the COVID vaccines as quickly as possible and we're going to continue to advocate for more Pfizer vaccines from the Commonwealth and ensure it's made more accessible to WA, through GPs and respiratory clinics. "The best way out of this pandemic is to get vaccinated." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Our goal has not changed. It is to get as many Western Australians vaccinated as possible. "Around 500,000 Western Australians have now had at least one dose to help protect them and the community against the spread of COVID-19. "What we have seen in recent weeks is that Western Australians want to get vaccinated but what we really need is more supply from the Commonwealth to meet that demand. "During this long journey in the fight against COVID-19 we have always followed health advice. "We are doing that again today and will continue to do so in future." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Western Australia retains lowest unemployment of States as more people make the move west2310Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13010html17/06/2021 7:49:45 AM2021-06-17T07:45:00Z For the third month in a row, Western Australia has recorded the lowest unemployment rate of the States The unemployment rate has fallen to 4.7 per cent, the lowest rate since December 2013, and below the national rate of 5.1 per cent More people are moving to WA from the Eastern States as a survey of consumers highlights the WA economy is 'running hot' The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its Labour Force Survey for May, which shows that for the third month in a row Western Australia has recorded the lowest unemployment rate of the States. The unemployment rate fell to 4.7 per cent in May, down 0.2 per cent from the previous month - the lowest unemployment rate since December 2013. Western Australia's unemployment rate also remains below the national unemployment rate of 5.1 per cent. The number of unemployed is now around 22,000 lower than when the McGowan Government came to office in 2017, when the unemployment rate stood at 6.5 per cent. Western Australia also retains the lowest underemployment rate of the States at 7.2 per cent. The combination of low unemployment and underemployment reveals that underutilisation in the labour force is now at the lowest level since May 2014. The ABS also released population growth data today which shows Western Australia's population grew by 1.3 per cent in 2020, behind only Queensland. Importantly, net interstate migration returned to growth for the first time since 2013, a sign of people moving to WA to take advantage of the excellent economic opportunities and strong handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Figures released earlier this week highlight that the Western Australian economy is 'running hot', with strong consumer confidence holding firm at record high levels in the first half of 2021. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Today's labour force data again highlights the ongoing strength of the Western Australian economy, with the unemployment rate the lowest of the States for a third consecutive month. "More people are moving to Western Australia from the Eastern States to take advantage of the economic opportunities that our great State has to offer and our strong handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is also a sign that the State Government's encouragement for Eastern States' FIFO workers to shift west is succeeding, helping to ensure the benefits of the high incomes generated from the mining sector stay in WA. "We are also investing heavily to keep TAFE fees low to give Western Australians, particularly younger people, the skills they need to meet local job opportunities." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Spectacular Ancient Greeks exhibition opens in Perth this weekend2308Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8620html17/06/2021 4:05:43 AM2021-06-17T04:05:00Z Ancient Greeks Athletes, Warriors and Heroes comes to WA direct from the British Museum First international exhibition at WA Museum Boola Bardip; WA first stop on Australasian tour Objects include sculptures from one of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World A spectacular new exhibition - direct from the British Museum - opens this Sunday (June 20) at the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Ancient Greeks Athletes, Warriors and Heroes includes about 180 objects which explore the theme of competition through sports, politics, drama, music and warfare. The exhibition features the largest selections of Greek artefacts loaned by the British Museum, with materials ranging in age from the sixth to the first centuries BCE, many of which have never been seen in Western Australia. Ancient Greek life and culture is depicted through exquisite gold jewellery, iconic black and red ceramics featuring finely drawn depictions of athletes, gods and citizens, as well as stunning marble and terracotta statues and reliefs, bronze figurines, weapons, armour, toys, games and coins. There are also sculptures that once adorned the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which was one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. WA Museum Boola Bardip is the first venue in the Australasian tour which includes the National Museum of Australia in Canberra and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. Ancient Greeks Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is on display until November 7, 2021. Tickets are available at https//visit.museum.wa.gov.au/boolabardip/ancient-greeks Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The McGowan Government is delighted to welcome this exquisite exhibition from the British Museum to Perth. It is fitting that this renowned collection is the first international touring exhibition in our stunning new WA Museum Boola Bardip. "I congratulate all partners - the British Museum, WA Museum, National Museum and Auckland War Memorial Museum - in delivering an international tour under the challenging circumstances presented by the global pandemic. "I encourage all Western Australians to visit this exhibition and explore Ancient Greek culture and lives through these magnificent and rare objects." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Design revealed for revamped $10 million Kalgoorlie TAFE campus2309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6160html17/06/2021 4:05:50 AM2021-06-17T04:00:00Z Tenders now open for upgrades to Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus New workshop to expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades Part of the biggest TAFE infrastructure investment in State history Upgrade to help meet skills demand of Goldfields regionA new trades workshop at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus is on track to begin construction in the second half of this year, with designs revealed and the project now out for tender. The $7 million workshop will expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades, supporting the workforce needs of the Goldfields' resources industry. Existing workshops at the Kalgoorlie campus will undergo a $1 million refurbishment, with a further $2 million worth of industry-standard training equipment also set to be installed, bringing the total investment to $10 million. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility will expand the capacity at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus, to train more skilled workers for local jobs. Designed by Zuideveld Marchant Hur Architects, the building will provide much-needed training space for the plant mechanics, heavy auto and auto electrical trade disciplines with a dedicated workshop, classrooms and laboratory spaces. The project is part of the McGowan Government's $167.4 million upgrade to TAFE Colleges across the State, as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The mining and resources sector in Kalgoorlie and the wider Goldfields region is an integral part of Western Australia's economy. "We are investing $10 million to carry out these major upgrades, creating facilities to increase student capacity in industries that will unlock future jobs." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "Access to high quality training is critical for our community, so I am thrilled to see this upgrade progressing so quickly. "The project will help keep our local economy strong by supporting meaningful jobs in the Goldfields region." Minister's office - 6552 5700
McGowan Government’s South Coast Highway upgrades nearing completion2307Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9970html17/06/2021 3:35:16 AM2021-06-17T03:30:00Z Stage 3 of South Coast Highway upgrade between Albany and Jerramungup almost complete McGowan Government's $30 million election commitment delivering important upgrades on this stretch of road Project delivered by local WA company, Ertech Pty Ltd, supporting local jobsThe final stage of the McGowan Government's $30 million South Coast Highway upgrade is days away from completion, with Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens inspecting works today. The completion of Stage 3 of the South Coast Highway upgrade project will represent the delivery of one of the McGowan Government's key election commitments in the Great Southern. The project includes the reconstruction of a six kilometre section of highway and the construction of two passing lanes between Bluff Creek Road and Kojaneerup West Road - improving road safety on this stretch of highway. The $30 million, three-stage project has seen more than 11 kilometres of highway upgraded between Albany and Jerramungup in the Great Southern since the start of 2019. Earlier staged improvements have included Mead Road Passing Lanes (Stage 1) - widening the road from seven to 11 metres between Killarney Road and Monty's Leap Winery, and construction of a westbound passing lane 2.5 kilometres west of Kalgan River Bridge (completed June 2019); Kalgan (Stage 2) - widening a 2.8km section of road from seven to 11 metres between Monty's Leap Winery and the Kalgan River Bridge (completed April 2020).The contract for Stage 3 of the project was awarded to WA company Ertech Pty Ltd in October 2020. It has supported more than 150 direct and indirect jobs during construction. Comments to be attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The completion of these upgrades will mark a major milestone in our $210 million program of infrastructure works currently underway across the Great Southern region. "The McGowan Government is committed to making travel safer for all Western Australians and I'm thrilled to be here and to see the safety improvements that have been undertaken as part of this project. "We're also undertaking more than 485 kilometres of shoulder sealing and installing audible edge lines on sections of Chester Pass Road, South Western Highway, Albany Highway, Muir Highway, Great Southern Highway and South Coast Highway as part of the Regional Road Safety Program, to provide road users with a more forgiving and much safer driving environment". Comments to be attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "This project is delivering much-needed improvements to South Coast Highway, helping to make this stretch of road safer as Albany continues to enjoy a visitor boom. "These improvements will make the journey smoother, safer and more efficient for our local community, freight industry, and visitors travelling around our community. "The project has supported about 150 direct and indirect jobs, providing an additional economic boost for the Albany region." Minister's office - 6552 5500
2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced2306Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11840html17/06/2021 1:21:14 AM2021-06-17T01:05:00Z Shortlists for the Premier's Book Awards announced Winners to be announced at a ceremony to be held at the State Library in August 2021Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. The Premier's Book Awards support, develop and recognise excellence in writing. The $60,000 Western Australian Writer's Fellowship is one of the most valuable awards in Australian arts and open to writers of any style, medium or genre. The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and Young Adult Fiction is open to indigenous writers from across Australia. This award is administered by Broome-based indigenous publisher Magabala Books with support from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The winners of the 2020 Premier's Book Awards will be announced in August 2021 at the State Library of Western Australia. The shortlist for each prize category are The Premier's Prize for an Emerging Writer ($15,000) Father of the Lost Boys by Yuot A. Alaak (Fremantle Press) Fathoms The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs (Scribe Publications) A Question of Colour by Pattie Lees and Adam C. Lees (Magabala Books) We Can't Say We Didn't Know by Sophie McNeill (ABC Books An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske (Pan Macmillan Australia)The Premier's Prize for Writing for Children ($15,000) How to Make a Bird - Written by Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Matt Ottley (Walker Books Australia) Littlelight by Kelly Canby (Fremantle Press) Shirley Purdie My Story, Ngaginybe Jarragbe by Shirley Purdie (Magabala Books) Across The Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin) Willy-willy Wagtail Tales from the Bush Mob by Helen Milroy (Magabala Books) The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and YA Fiction ($15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books) Home is Calling - Natasha Leslie Dirran - Carl Merrison and Hakea HustlerThe Western Australian Writer's Fellowship ($60,000) Amanda Bridgeman Donna Mazza Jon Doust Madelaine Dickie Sisonke MsimangFor information about the awards, go to the State Library of Western Australia's website at http//www.slwa.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The shortlisted authors have told beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting and joyful stories. I encourage everyone to read and share these wonderful Western Australian books. "The range, variety and sheer number of books entered was outstanding, once again proving that Western Australia is filled with talented and dedicated writers from every style and genre. "Our libraries are a vital part of the community for writers and book lovers and as a community space provide invaluable and free resources for everyone." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Lower Fees, Local Skills delivers TAFE and training surge2305Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14640html17/06/2021 1:12:55 AM2021-06-17T01:00:00Z TAFE enrolments for lower fee courses up 27 per cent to 52,300 this year Lower-fee courses in the electrical trades, aged care and early childhood attracting most enrolments McGowan Government has extended fee reductions and fee freeze on targeted courses until 2025 Lower Fees, Local Skills working to equip Western Australians with the skills needed to fill jobs now and into the futureThe McGowan Government's Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative has delivered a huge increase in Western Australians taking up vocational education and training courses at the State's TAFEs. Lower Fees, Local Skills, recently extended until 2025, is designed to support Western Australians to gain affordable and valuable qualifications in areas local industry needs. Introduced from January 1, 2020, the initiative has seen 52,300 enrolments in eligible courses so far this year - an increase of 27 per cent compared to the same period last year. Rolled out to make training more affordable, the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative has slashed course fees for 180 Vocational Education and Training qualifications by up to 72 per cent. While some of the courses have been offered at a reduced cost longer than others, across the State the most popular courses to date include Certificate III in Individual Support (3,660 enrolments); Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (3,150 enrolments); Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (2,380 enrolments); Diploma of Nursing (1,680 enrolments); Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (1,280 enrolments); Certificate III in Education Support (1,080 enrolments); Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) [Electrotechnology Pre-Apprenticeship] (890 enrolments); Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (840 enrolments); and Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations (490 enrolments).Lower fee courses are offered in priority areas including construction, engineering, defence, METRONET, information technology, hospitality and tourism, agriculture and community services. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australia's economy is booming, with growing demand across a whole range of sectors for skilled workers to fill local jobs and support our businesses, big and small. "Our success in managing COVID-19 has seen WA's economy perform better than almost anywhere in the world through this crisis - but this is having an impact on supply chains, including significant demand for labour. "My Government has had a keen focus on revitalising the State's TAFE sector over the last four years - with a range of measures put in place - and these results show that investment is working. "There is still more to do to manage these significant pressures and the Skills Summit we are hosting later this month will continue our efforts, in conjunction with the business sector, to address these issues. "There has never been a better time for Western Australians of all ages to upskill at one of the State's TAFEs so they can take advantage of the raft of job opportunities available now and into the future." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The latest Lower Fees, Local Skills data is a great endorsement of the McGowan Government's efforts over the last four years to revitalise our TAFE and training sector. "We have recently extended our TAFE fee freeze through to 2025. Keeping training fees low will ensure all Western Australians can continue to upskill or transfer their skills for a new beginning and is essential to engage young people in training that leads to jobs. "It is really pleasing to see people taking up these opportunities and I encourage anyone who is looking for a career change or needs alternative employment to consider TAFE as a way forward." Comments attributed to Mirrabooka MLA Meredith Hammat "Quality, affordable local training opportunities are vital to help Western Australians get into good quality jobs, and it is terrific to see the impressive uptake in a range of affordable courses at North Metropolitan TAFE's Balga campus. "The McGowan Government is continuing to invest in training to meet the needs of local industry and ensure Western Australians, young and old, continue to be well equipped to get good jobs, now and into the future." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
New Premier’s Fellow to advance artificial intelligence research in WA2304Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18740html16/06/2021 7:04:27 AM2021-06-16T07:00:00Z Dr Mengbin (Ben) Ye named the latest Premier's Early to Mid-Career Fellow Appointment of Dr Ye will accelerate artificial intelligence research in WA WA Government and Curtin University have committed $1.03 million to support Dr Ye's research The Western Australian Government is investing in the technology of the future with Dr Mengbin Ye appointed as a Premier's Early to Mid-Career Fellow. Dr Ye's research will focus on the mathematical modelling of opinion formation and collective decision-making in complex social networks. These models will be used to explore how interactions in social networks cause opinions to change over time and how new ideas and behaviours spread. The cutting-edge research led by Dr Ye will be boosted by $1.03 million in funding from the WA Government and Curtin University. The appointment of Dr Ye reflects the increasing importance of artificial intelligence research to WA. It is a seeding opportunity to grow a new interdisciplinary area of artificial intelligence research which sits at the intersection of engineering, mathematics and social science. Dr Ye will carry out his research at Curtin University. He has been attracted to WA from the Netherlands where he moved after completing a PhD at The Australian National University in Canberra. For more information, visit https//www.wa.gov.au/service/community-services/grants-and-subsidies/premiers-science-fellowship-program Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "WA is already home to world-leading artificial intelligence technology in our mining sector, so it's important we capitalise on our existing knowledge and expand our research into new areas. "My Government is committed to advancing cutting-edge research in WA through our State STEM Strategy to create local jobs and grow the economy." Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook "I am pleased that Dr Ye has chosen to move to WA to advance our State's capabilities in artificial intelligence research. "This talented young scientist will build on our strengths to generate real world impacts, attract research investment, enhance national and global connections, and contribute to training the next generation of researchers in a critical area." Comments attributed to WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken "WA has clearly defined strengths in many areas of science, and I'm delighted that we are building on those strengths and tackling new frontiers in ground-breaking research. "The Premier's Science Fellowship Program is absolutely essential for attracting significant new scientific talent to WA, and I would like to congratulate Dr Ye on his appointment." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Science Minister's office - 6552 6500
McGowan Government fast tracks new industrial development for Kalgoorlie2303Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10120html16/06/2021 2:04:33 AM2021-06-16T01:30:00Z New 214ha industrial development west of Kalgoorlie to create local jobs Site known as Lot 350 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder council agrees to relinquish management order for site DevelopmentWA to co-ordinate future industrial land releases The McGowan Government is working to transfer a key strategic site on the western fringes of Kalgoorlie for industrial development. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is currently completing valuations and surveys of the site, bound by Johns Road and Great Eastern Highway, to prepare the necessary titles for the transfer of the land to DevelopmentWA. DevelopmentWA is expediting the development and servicing of Lot 350 for industrial purposes. The State Government has agreed to lease five hectares of the site to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to be sub-leased for a large mining venture. Preliminary discussions are also underway with proponents previously identified by the City. DevelopmentWA will continue working with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and stakeholders to progress planning, sale and development of the land. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has formalised a licence to allow for due diligence investigations to commence prior to the transfer of land to DevelopmentWA, with EnergyOz the first proponent to begin site investigations for their gas fired power plant project. Site investigations have commenced ahead of the final land transfer, with land releases expected to commence later this year. The State Government is also responding to growing demand for residential housing in Kalgoorlie with the sale of Lot 205 Aslett Drive in the family-friendly GreenView at Karlkurla residential estate. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "The McGowan Government is committed to creating regional jobs and supporting the growth of the Western Australian economy, in which Kalgoorlie plays a significant role. "We are working hard to expedite the necessary arrangements to facilitate planning and development of new industrial land within the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. "This step will enable the release of land to market, and encourage the growth of local businesses." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "As the member for Kalgoorlie, it's great to see this Government's commitment to supporting regional local jobs, continue to be a priority. "These projects will generate local jobs, both during construction and in future business operations, bringing further economic activity to Kalgoorlie and the broader Goldfields community." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Big things to grow in community gardens thanks to latest grants2301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10520html16/06/2021 1:48:34 AM2021-06-16T01:10:00Z 13 community gardens approved to receive State Government funding through the 2020-21 Community Gardens Grants Program Successful projects to share in $99,677 to support the establishment or further development of sustainable and edible community gardens Thirteen community garden projects will receive funds through the latest round of the State Government's Community Gardens Grants Program. Grants distributed through the program support the establishment of sustainable and edible community gardens in Western Australia to enable people to participate more actively in community life. The Community Gardens Grants Program, facilitated by the Department of Communities, provides grants of up to $10,000 per project for everything from planning and design to training, plants, seedlings and fertiliser. The funding can also be used to upgrade or improve existing community gardens. The program has an emphasis on inclusiveness, accessibility and community participation by individuals and organisations. Grant applications are open to incorporated not-for-profit community organisations, local government authorities and community groups across Western Australia. The 2020-21 successful recipients include Good Sammy Enterprises for the development of a community and sensory garden; Fremantle Women's Health Centre to hold 10 garden-related workshops that combine horticultural pursuits with mental wellbeing activities; Warburton Local Drug Action Group for planning and design work and to develop a community-led garden project; Mandurah Community Gardens to resurface and level pathways throughout their existing garden to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and people with balance issues; Darlington Sports and Recreation Association to complete Stage 1 of a new garden including fruit trees, native plants, reticulation and seating; and Baysie Community Garden to expand their existing garden with paving, seating and new garden beds. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Community gardening is more than just planting and maintaining a garden - it brings community members together to engage collaboratively for a common purpose. "In creating opportunities for people to come together and develop a greater understanding among community members, these gardens typically see many more things grow than what was planted in them. "By getting involved in local community garden projects, people can build their community connections, develop new skills and share the benefits of growing edible produce. "A number of the projects receiving funding this year use community gardens as an avenue to boost people's mental health, help with prevention of drug use and improve disability access and training." Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Sporting Associations winners in latest funding round2302Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12300html16/06/2021 1:49:33 AM2021-06-16T01:05:00Z 17 State Sporting Associations receive share in more than $573,000 in State Government funding Funds will assist small and medium State Sporting Associations $40,000 for medium sized State Sporting Associations and $30,000 for small sized State Sporting AssociationsToday, 17 Western Australian State Sporting Associations (SSAs) have been given a major boost, as successful applicants for round two of the 2021 Sport Development Fund. The Sport Development Fund, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, provides important funding for medium and smaller SSAs to help develop and grow their sports. It offers one-off assistance of up to $40,000 for mid-sized SSAs, up to $30,000 for smaller SSAs and up to $20,000 for developing SSAs, to assist them in building membership and participation levels, and delivering new programs and services in 2021. Following the announcement of the $1.6 million fund in November 2020, a second round was opened in March 2021 and closed on April 6, 2021. The successful second round funding recipients are Australian Bowhunters Association Inc; Australian Taekwondo Western Australia Inc; Dragon Boating WA Inc; Equestrian Western Australia Incorporated; Gaelic Athletic Association of WA Inc; Marching WA Inc; Riding for the Disabled Association of WA Inc T/A Horsepower Australia; Softball Western Australia Inc; Touch Football Australia Limited; West Australian Eight Ball Federation Inc; Western Australian Diving Association Inc; Western Australian Water Ski Association Inc; Yachting Western Australia Inc; Lacrosse WA Inc; WA Council of the Australian Power Boat Association; Western Australian Flying Disc Association; and Western Australian Clay Target Association Inc.The Western Australia Clay Target Association applied on behalf of five ballistic SSAs to secure a full-time development officer for all their sports. As a result, 21 smaller SSAs will benefit from this program. For more information on the program, visit http//www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/Sport-Development-Funding-Program Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "The McGowan Government places high importance on supporting and encouraging Western Australians to lead healthy, active lives. "State Sporting Associations such as these who were successful in the second round of the Sport Development Fund are integral in bringing communities together and promoting healthy lifestyles. "Congratulations to all the deserving recipients of the 2021 Sport Development Fund. "The McGowan Government is thrilled to be able to assist these smaller sporting associations, to develop and build participation in their respective sports." Minister's office - 6552 6400