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Kwinana COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Aboriginal families6887Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/09/2021 8:18:37 AM2021-09-16T08:00:00Z Two COVID-19 vaccination events to help protect Aboriginal people No appointments needed Two targeted COVID-19 vaccination events in Kwinana this week will support Aboriginal people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Both initiatives are designed to improve access to vaccination for Aboriginal families in Perth's southern corridor. Aboriginal people and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk of severe illness and dying from COVID-19. Large and extended families living together are also at greatest risk from the spread of any infectious disease. Tomorrow (September 17), the Moorditj Djena Aboriginal podiatry and diabetes van will be converted into a COVID-19 vaccination van at the NAIDOC event in Kwinana. No appointments are needed. Aboriginal children, teens 12 years and older and adults will be able to get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination and are encouraged to visit staff at the van outside the Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre from 10.30am to 1.30pm. On Sunday, September 19, an Aboriginal Family Day will be held at the Kwinana Vaccination Clinic, Kwinana Supa Centre, Meares Road, Kwinana Town Centre (next to Repco). All Aboriginal people aged 12 years and above will be able to get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination on a 'walk-in' basis from 9am to 3.30pm. No bookings will be required. The family day, run in conjunction with Moorditj Koort, the Aboriginal Health Council of WA, Lions Club of Kwinana and with support from the City of Kwinana, will include a sausage sizzle, coffees, food van and other giveaways for the first 100 people vaccinated. State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across Western Australia, with locations listed on the HealthyWA website. A range of GPs, GP respiratory clinics, pharmacies and Aboriginal Medical Services can also provide the COVID-19 vaccine. More than two million vaccinations have been administered to Western Australians across the State. About 60 per cent of WA's eligible population has had at least one vaccine dose. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to get vaccinated, but I especially encourage Aboriginal people to take advantage of this opportunity. "If we need any reminders of the risks we need only look to western NSW where at least three Aboriginal people have tragically died from COVID-19 with Aboriginal people making up most of the confirmed cases. "I don't want that to happen here. Roll up and get vaccinated. Protect yourself, your family and your friends. "More of these initiatives are being planned for the future." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Pfizer bookings for people aged 60 and over brought forward6718Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/09/2021 7:45:24 AM2021-09-16T07:40:00Z On Tuesday, the State Government announced an expansion of eligibility for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to Western Australians aged 60 years and above which was due to commence next week Due to more supply and availability, bookings will now open tomorrow (September 17) More than 50,000 appointments have been made available for a COVID-19 vaccine in the next six weeks Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination bookings for Western Australians aged 60 years and above have now been brought forward to begin from tomorrow (September 17). From tomorrow, people in this age group can visit http//www.rollup.wa.gov.au to register and book an appointment at a State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinic. This important initiative, aimed at getting the remaining people aged 60 years and over fully vaccinated, is starting earlier than initially planned due to available appointments and additional capacity in the system. There are currently 50,000 appointments available across WA Health State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics within the next six weeks. These appointments are open to all Western Australians aged 12 and above who can visit http//www.rollup.wa.gov.au to register and book an appointment at a State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinic. There are WA Health State-run COVID-19 vaccination clinics in more than 100 locations across Western Australia, with sites listed on the HealthyWA website. In line with the national health advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, people aged 60 years or older who have already had a first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should have their second dose of the AstraZeneca. People who wish to be vaccinated at their GP or pharmacist should speak to them directly about vaccine availability and bookings, with the Commonwealth also now approving the use of Pfizer for people aged 60 and over via GP clinics. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I encourage all Western Australians aged 12 years and over to roll up and get vaccinated. "Vaccination is the best protection we have against COVID-19 and will ensure that people are protected from the risk of serious illness or death associated with the virus. "More than 90 per cent of people aged over 70 have now had one dose and more than 70 per cent are fully vaccinated. "We want to see more people aged in their 60s getting vaccinated. The rate for them is at 80 per cent first dose and just over 50 per cent fully vaccinated. "Now that we have more availability there is no excuse to delay your decision to get vaccinated if you are eligible." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program extended to taxi and ride share drivers6717Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/09/2021 7:03:14 AM2021-09-16T07:00:00Z State's COVID-19 testing program bolstered by expansion of voluntary testing for at-risk workers Complements mandatory testing program for high risk workersTaxi and ride share drivers with no symptoms of COVID-19 are now eligible for free, regular COVID-19 testing as part of Western Australia's enhanced DETECT Borders surveillance program. The voluntary testing is available as often as weekly at any public COVID-19 testing clinic. The DETECT program commenced on September 11, 2020, as part of the extensive range of measures designed to prevent transmission of COVID-19 into the State. It has now been expanded to taxi drivers and ride share drivers who often transport domestic travellers, to offer them peace of mind and bolster our surveillance measures. The testing aims to swiftly detect any COVID-19 cases as soon as possible to limit onward transmission. DETECT Borders asymptomatic testing remains available to Perth domestic airport workers, sea port workers, and those employed at the Eucla or Kununurra border crossings who have close contact with arrivals. People who fit the criteria for asymptomatic testing can resume normal activities immediately and will be informed of a negative result via SMS. Anyone who tests positive will be followed up in line with existing Public Health procedures. Any other community member who has symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, is encouraged to get tested so we can catch cases before they spread. For details of clinics and opening hours, visit http//www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Coronavirus Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Early detection of COVID-19 before it has a chance to transmit in the community is essential to protecting Western Australians from the virus and maintaining our personal freedoms. "We have a range of appropriate, considered measures in place for various settings according to risk and, given the interaction of ride share and taxi drivers with travellers, it is appropriate that they be included in the DETECT Borders program. "This is a voluntary program which offers greater value if more people participate, so I would ask that anyone who is eligible takes the opportunity for regular testing. "We must maintain our vigilance around surveillance, particularly now that we face more contagious variants of COVID-19, so please do not get complacent and I'd encourage you to get tested if you are sick or eligible for asymptomatic testing." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Taxi and ride share drivers play a key role in transporting passengers all around Western Australia. "I am really pleased this testing has been expanded to include taxi drivers and ride share drivers, giving both drivers and passengers greater peace of mind. "I encourage the industry to take advantage of this voluntary opportunity." Health Minister's office - 6552 6500Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Full Cycle Docking decision fails WA6715Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/09/2021 6:31:40 AM2021-09-16T06:25:00Z Federal Government's decision snubs WA Western Australia made a superior case to secure program Independent studies demonstrated WA's superior capacity to take on the work Commonwealth fails to provide certainty on continuous shipbuilding in WA $89.3 million of upgrades underway at Henderson's Australian Marine Complex, which have been agreed to and supported by Defence The McGowan Labor Government has called upon the Commonwealth to deliver its commitment to establish and support two national shipbuilding hubs, and to provide the same level of certainty that has been provided to South Australia. The Federal Government's decision to keep Australia's submarine maintenance work in South Australia - despite WA making a superior case in the national interest to take on the multibillion-dollar program - represents further uncertainty to WA's local industry. The submarine fleet and submariners are already based at Garden Island, and two independent studies demonstrated Western Australia's advantages over South Australia to run the program. Henderson's Australian Marine Complex already had the capacity to accommodate the work, with the McGowan Government further bolstering its capability with an $89.3 million investment to make additional improvements to the defence industry hub. In addition to the submarine maintenance work, South Australia has been awarded a $5.1 billion project to upgrade Air Warfare Destroyers combat systems. Western Australia's world-leading resources industry gives WA unmatched capability among other States to undertake defence projects, with the two sectors having considerable similarities. The McGowan Government is now calling upon the Commonwealth to allocate a significant proportion of the $270 billion program of defence work announced as part of the 2020 Force Structure Plan to Western Australia. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This decision does not recognise WA's innate industrial strength and shipbuilding capability. "The Federal Liberals and Nationals have turned their back on WA. "This is a decision that favours the Eastern States and flies in the face of Western Australia's strong case to secure the Full Cycle Docking program. "While we are extremely disappointed, we know that Western Australia's superior capability to undertake job-creating defence projects at Henderson remains. "We have the industry expertise, the infrastructure and the capability to accommodate a much larger share of Australia's defence industry work. "I call upon the Federal Government to allocate a significant proportion of its upcoming multibillion-dollar program of works to WA - to rightly acknowledge the capacity of our industry, support WA jobs and serve the national interest." Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia "The Commonwealth has chosen to back South Australia and snub Western Australia, ignoring the national interest in the process. "Western Australia's defence industry has every right to be deeply aggrieved. "WA industry and the State Government engaged in a two-and-a-half-year process in good faith only to find that the Federal Government was never genuine." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Defence Industry Minister's office - 6552 5600
New memorial area to commemorate police officers and staff who have died while serving5537Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/09/2021 2:43:40 AM2021-09-16T02:30:00Z 36 plaques to be added to memorial area in dedication ceremony Honouring the duty of police officers and staff of the WA Police Force A new memorial area has been unveiled to honour police officers and staff who have lost their lives while serving the WA Police Force. Police Minister Paul Papalia and Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson today joined friends and families at a dedication ceremony for the new area, located in the chapel gardens of the Joondalup Police Academy. The current wall of remembrance displays the names of WA Police Force Officers who were killed in the line of duty. The new memorial area ensures those who have died, not necessarily in the line of duty, but in other circumstances while working for the agency are also recognised. Today 36 plaques containing the names of Superintendents, Inspectors, Sergeants, Detectives, Constables and a police staff member were proudly displayed at the memorial. Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "This new memorial area has been created to commemorate both police officers and police staff who have died while being serving employees of the WA Police Force. "Not only will it give recognition of their service, but it will provide an area for their family and friends to share in the memory of their loved one. "We thank all our police officers and staff for their commitment to the community of Western Australia. "I hope this memorial area provides some peace and solace for anyone from our police family who needs time to heal, reminisce or just sit and reflect." Minister's office - 6552 5600
McGowan Government moves to stamp out sly grogging in the Kimberley5536Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/09/2021 1:01:29 AM2021-09-16T01:00:00Z New regulations to combat the practice of sly grogging will come into effect this week Limits will apply to the amount of alcohol that can be carried in a vehicle Police will have the discretion to seize and dispose of alcohol on the spot McGowan Government committed to minimising alcohol-related harm in the community and protecting the vulnerable WA Police will have the discretion to seize and dispose of illegal alcohol on the spot under new regulations to stamp out sly grogging in regional and remote communities. The regulations, which will come into effect in the Kimberley this week, aim to reduce alcohol-related harm and crack down on those who prey on the vulnerable by illegally selling large quantities of alcohol at inflated prices. From Saturday (September 18), restrictions will apply under a new section of the Liquor Control Act, limiting the quantity and types of liquor that can be legally transported in a vehicle. The carriage limits will reflect the liquor restrictions that are currently in place in the Kimberley under the Emergency Management Act. They include one carton of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits; or three bottles of wine; or one litre of spirits or fortified wine; or a combination of two products per adult in the vehicle, per day. Vehicles that carry more than five passengers will only be permitted to carry quantities of alcohol for five people. WA Police will have the discretion when they stop and search a vehicle to immediately dispose of illegal alcohol. The carriage limits will apply in the towns of Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Wyndham, and within 20 kilometres of those towns. The limits will also apply within five kilometres of dry Aboriginal communities. Anyone found to be in breach of these regulations faces a maximum fine of $10,000. Exemptions apply to tourists, pastoralists, station owners and operators of remote work sites. The State Government has consulted widely with liquor industry associations and public health bodies, in developing the legislative amendments. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby "Sly grogging is a significant issue in regional and remote communities, and these regulations are just one way the McGowan Government is tackling alcohol-related harm. "Police will now have the discretion to seize and dispose of illegal alcohol on the spot, and I hope this will be a deterrent for members of the community who prey on the vulnerable - and profit off them. "Alcohol abuse is a long-standing issue in the community and there is no easy fix, however, the State Government is committed to doing what it can to minimise the devastation caused by sly grogging." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "These amendments will target the people engaging in 'sly grogging' - those who are exploiting vulnerable members of the community by illegally selling liquor to them at inflated prices. "The social and physical impacts of sly grogging, particularly in remote communities, has devastating impacts and I am pleased to see this important initiative implemented." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Minderoo research lab completes Exmouth’s Ningaloo Centre5535Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4350html15/09/2021 8:34:48 AM2021-09-15T08:30:00Z World-class oceans research laboratory opens at the State-funded Exmouth Ningaloo Centre Successful State partnerships resolve legacy issues at Ningaloo Centre Laboratory helping to attract highly skilled workforce to the Gascoyne The Minderoo Exmouth Research Laboratory has been officially opened today, putting the Gascoyne at the cutting-edge of global oceans research and completing the State-funded Exmouth Ningaloo Centre. The State Government invested $22 million to develop the Exmouth Ningaloo Centre, and since 2017 the McGowan Government has worked closely with the Shire of Exmouth and Minderoo Foundation to ensure the centre met its full potential. Most recently, the McGowan Government provided $320,000 to support installation of a solar energy system at the Ningaloo Centre, which will account for more than 60 per cent of the centre and laboratory's energy needs. The Minderoo Exmouth Research Laboratory will play a key role in driving the local economy, attracting highly skilled researchers and operational staff to the Gascoyne region. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "With support from the McGowan Government, it's great to finally see the Ningaloo Centre completed with the opening of the Exmouth Minderoo Research Lab. "This lab is an important asset in Exmouth's emerging 'blue economy' and plays a critical role in supporting economic diversification in the community. "Minderoo Foundation's commitment to marine conservation represents an extraordinary philanthropic and scientific contribution to the planet's health. "We commend the Shire of Exmouth and Minderoo Foundation for their hard work and collaboration in bringing the lab to life and putting the Gascoyne front-and-centre in global marine conservation research." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Joint media statement - Contract awarded for boat ramp at Onslow Community Boating Precinct5534Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3930html15/09/2021 7:07:25 AM2021-09-15T07:00:00Z Work will start in October on Stage 1 of upgrades at the Onslow Community Boating Precinct. A $9.2 million contract for stage one works has been awarded to WA based company Ertech. A new two-lane boat launching ramp will be constructed with a central floating jetty located 150 metres north of the current facility at the Beadon Creek (Onslow) Maritime Facility. Works also include initial dredging to create deeper waters for safe navigation to and from the ramp, earthworks to form the ramp and construction of several rock revetment walls. The current ramp will remain in use during work with the new ramp expected to open by mid-2022. This project is funded by the Shire of Ashburton ($7.9 million), the Commonwealth Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program ($0.9 million) and the State Government ($0.4 million), with the project being delivered by the Department of Transport. Comments attributed to Senator the Hon. Jonno Duniam "Recreational fishing is an important leisure activity that contributes economic and social benefits to the Australian community, and is a part of the Australian way of life for all ages and for all socio-economic backgrounds. "Improving facilities and access to recreational fishing, boating and camping areas will provide locals and visitors alike with better opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors by camping and fishing in our rivers and at the coast." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is an exciting project for Onslow, made possible by a major funding commitment from the Shire of Ashburton that will create modern new boating facilities while supporting local jobs. "The Pilbara region has a high recreational boat ownership rate of 70 vessels per 1,000 people, and this project will provide new boating facilities for both local and visiting boaties as more people choose to holiday at home in WA. "In addition to social and recreational benefits, the project will provide an economic boost for the local community, supporting local jobs and the local economy with 60 per cent of the contract expenditure in regional WA, and 99 per cent to be spent on WA content." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Peter Foster "Onslow is a beautiful place to visit and enjoy the water. "When complete this project will provide more opportunities for residents and tourists to get out and enjoy the Pilbara. "I am also pleased local businesses are encouraged to offer their services to the successful contractor with the assistance and support of the Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry." WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Kimberley cotton gin one step closer to reality5533Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7850html15/09/2021 5:03:47 AM2021-09-15T05:00:00Z Sustainable cotton industry in Kununurra one step closer, with Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility funding confirmed McGowan Government laid the foundations for the facility with $4 million funding package Cotton gin could support more than 1,000 local jobs in first 10 yearsThe McGowan Government has welcomed a significant milestone towards establishing a viable cotton industry in the State's north, with the Kimberley Cotton Company securing funds to progress towards construction of a cotton processing facility in Kununurra. The Commonwealth's Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) board has approved a $32 million loan to the Kimberley Cotton Company to construct Stage One of a cotton gin. The cotton gin is central to the development of a sustainable cotton industry in the north - with raw cotton otherwise having to be transported interstate for processing - providing the impetus for growers to increase production to provide the scale and efficiencies for a profitable industry. The McGowan Government has long supported the initiative, providing land for the facility and $4 million towards a clean and reliable power supply and to assist the development of a business model, preliminary design work and approvals. The State is continuing to work with growers to secure the necessary approvals for farmland that will support the development of the cotton industry in the Ord River Irrigation Area. A recent study has shown a new cotton gin could create more than 1,000 direct and indirect local jobs in its first 10 years, generating $1.19 billion in cotton lint exports and flow-on value adding benefits from the cotton seed by-product as a livestock feed. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The NAIF loan will build on the sound foundations laid by the Kimberley Cotton Company and the McGowan Government, spurring growers on to increase production so the gin can achieve the scale required for viability. "Our government has underpinned this initiative with a reliable, efficient clean power supply for the Kimberley cotton gin, using hydroelectricity with zero carbon emissions - increasing business competitiveness and satisfying increasingly discerning global market requirements. "I commend the Kimberley Cotton Company for their tremendous leadership, tenacity and vision in being able to work together to create enduring job opportunities and flow-on benefits for the East Kimberley community." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Record year for The Perth Mint in 2020-215531Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5090html15/09/2021 4:58:42 AM2021-09-15T04:30:00Z Record global demand for The Perth Mint's precious metals in 2020-21 187 jobs created, $41 million returned to Western Australians via tax payments and dividends The Perth Mint is WA's third largest exporter behind BHP and Rio Tinto The Perth Mint has reported a record 2020-21 financial year with an underlying pre-tax profit of $56 million on turnover of $26.35 billion. This is a record for The Perth Mint's 122-year history and cements the East Perth institution as one of Western Australia's largest exporters of gold and silver. The Perth Mint has delivered a further $41 million in taxes and dividends to the State Government for the 2020-21 financial year, taking the total paid to Western Australians to more than $230 million over the past decade. The Perth Mint refines the vast bulk of newly mined gold from across Australia, transforming it into cast bullion bars and minted precious metal products for sale to investors worldwide. As WA's mining industry was able to continue operating uninterrupted last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Perth Mint was able to expand its operations creating 187 new jobs. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston tabled the Gold Corporation's annual report in Parliament today. To view the report, visit https//www.perthmint.com Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "This is an outstanding result delivered by The Perth Mint and a credit to the more than 500 staff who have cemented the organisation's status as a global leader in precious metals. "The Perth Mint has exported Western Australian gold to the world for more than a century in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner. "It has also become one of the State's leading employers and a top three exporter." Comments attributed to The Perth Mint CEO Richard Hayes "Our record-breaking performance in 2020-21 was a credit to The Perth Mint's highly professional team who have risen to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. "The past financial year has been one of the most challenging the world has faced in many decades - but it also delivered unprecedented opportunities to further build The Perth Mint's reach and reputation across the globe." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Electoral Equality Bill introduced into State Parliament5530Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18610html15/09/2021 4:15:59 AM2021-09-15T04:15:00Z Final Report on Electoral Reform from the independent Expert Panel tabled in Parliament Constitutional and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Equality) Bill 2021 introduced Legislative Council to become a whole State electorate with 37 Members Group Voting Tickets to be abolished and optional preferential voting introduced Every vote for Legislative Council candidates will carry equal weight in a single, State-wide electorate under historic reforms introduced to State Parliament to improve fairness in Western Australia's voting system. The democratic reforms of WA's electoral laws will also do away with 'preference harvesting' using Group Voting Tickets, which enabled secret preference deals that allowed a minor party candidate to be elected on just 98 primary votes at this year's State election. The reforms are based on the recommendations of the Final Report by the independent Ministerial Expert Committee on Electoral Reform, which has been tabled in Parliament. The report was compiled by an independent expert advisory panel led by Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, who was Western Australia's 31st Governor, along with three eminent electoral and constitutional law experts Professor John Phillimore, Professor Sarah Murray and Professor Martin Drum. Under the Constitutional and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Equality) Bill 2021, WA will join other States and the Commonwealth in abolishing Group Voting Tickets and introducing optional preferential voting, to diminish the impact of secret preference deals. This will give electors the choice of selecting one or more parties above the line or as many candidates as they choose, subject to a minimum of 20, below the line. In one region at the last election, electors had to vote for all 64 candidates if they chose to vote below the line on the ballot paper. The report's primary recommendation and the key provision in the Bill is to abolish the three metropolitan and three non-metropolitan regions in favour of a single electorate comprising the entire State, as exists in the New South Wales and South Australian Legislative Councils. It also mirrors the Senate, where WA is one electorate which elects 'Senators for Western Australia', not for a particular district or region. Currently in WA, the six regions each return six Legislative Councillors, despite having wildly different populations. The independent Ministerial Expert Committee found the best way to overcome this unfair vote weighting, which gives some electors more than six times the say of their fellow Western Australians, was to implement a single State-wide electorate. Under the whole State electorate, regional representation is enhanced with 37 Legislative Councillors representing the whole State. Parties and candidates could locate their electorate offices wherever they choose across the State and additional resourcing for regional members of Parliament will remain. This will give the President, like the Speaker of the 59-seat Legislative Assembly, a meaningful casting vote. The Ministerial Expert Committee report is available at http//www.waelectoralreform.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The March 2021 State election clearly demonstrated that the current system was outdated, broken and not operating in the best interests of democracy. "The Group Voting Tickets system in the WA Legislative Council has been roundly criticised. "In addition, the Council currently is the most undemocratic of any State or Territory in Australia. It lags behind most parliaments in the developed world. "I thank the members of the independent expert panel for thoroughly reviewing the electoral system for the Legislative Council, and to everyone who had their say by making a submission on this important reform." Comments attributed to Electoral Affairs Minister John Quigley "Equality is the cornerstone of democracy and in modern Western Australia everybody's vote should carry the same weight regardless of where they live. "At the last election for the Legislative Council, a vote in Kalgoorlie was worth three and a half times a vote in Albany. A vote in Wundowie was worth four times more than a vote in Wooroloo, just nine kilometres away. "WA has previously phased out enhanced voting rights based on land ownership, race, gender and wealth. This is the necessary next step to bring about full voting equality. "It is similarly beyond time to end the practice of 'preference harvesting' in WA. The community was rightly dumbfounded this year when one Legislative Councillor was elected on 98 votes while 27,000 votes could not secure a seat elsewhere. "These are sensible and proportionate reforms which will enhance the franchise of all Western Australians and adopt electoral best practice from interstate and overseas." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Electoral Affairs Minister's office - 6552 6800
Final Stage 1 lots released at Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct5528Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7640html15/09/2021 2:33:42 AM2021-09-15T02:30:00Z Lots 120 and 121 released to market at Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct Final lots in Stage 1 offer mixed-use development sites, suitable for health, residential, technology and education Development close to quality public transport links and within major employment hub Two more lots within the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct (MHKP) have now been released to market - the last available as part of the development's first stage. The McGowan Government is seeking offers from developers for the mixed-use sites, Lots 120 and 121, located within the South Street Precinct. The 2,370sqm Lot 120 and 2,335sqm Lot 121 are being sold via a six-week Offers Invited campaign managed by DevelopmentWA - either as a separate or grouped purchase. The lots are suitable for health, residential, technology or education uses, and are within walking distance of Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch University and the Murdoch train and bus interchange. They are also near Western Australia's first Medihotel, which is being developed as part of Stage 1A at MHKP. Construction is underway in stage 1A, which will accommodate aged care and childcare facilities; hotel, retail, office and residential buildings; medical centres and mental health facilities. DevelopmentWA's 9.6-hectare MHKP will ultimately be home to 1,200 dwellings for 2,400 residents, as well as 45,000sqm of health, retail and commercial space. The precinct is part of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre, which is expected to be an employment centre of up to 35,000 jobs, include homes for 22,000 residents, and facilities for up to 44,000 students. Offers for Lots 120 and 121 at MHKP close at 2pm on October 26, 2021. For further information, visit https//developmentwa.com.au Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct is the start of what will be a centre of excellence for health, research, education and innovation - one that will form a thriving new city centre in our southern corridor, and create jobs for thousands of Western Australians. "The first stage of MHKP will be home to a dynamic mix of health providers, research and teaching facilities, as well as retail, residential and hospitality offerings. "The release of Lots 120 and 121 presents a final opportunity for developers to secure a presence in the first phase of this ground-breaking precinct, and be a part of an exciting new community." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The continued development of the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct complements the McGowan Government's $1.9 billion investment in WA health and mental health services. "I expect this broader health precinct will help set a new benchmark for the way sub-acute care is delivered by providing a greater range of services to match individual patient needs." Lands Minister's office - 6552 6400 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA-first agreement signed to drive economic development in remote Aboriginal communities5527Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10260html15/09/2021 12:04:18 AM2021-09-15T00:00:00Z A grant agreement to drive land tenure reform in Bidyadanga, WA's largest remote Aboriginal community, has been endorsed by all parties Land tenure reform will enable future economic activation, business development and regularisation of services It is the next step in the McGowan Government's $7.3 million innovative Bidyadanga Land Activation ProjectA landmark agreement has been signed by the McGowan Government, Karajarri Traditional Lands Association (KTLA) and Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community La Grange Incorporated (BACLGI) which will remove land tenure barriers in the Bidyadanga remote Aboriginal community. The agreement will boost the economy of WA's largest remote Aboriginal community and marks the next step in the WA Government's $7.3 million commitment to the Bidyadanga Land Activation Project - a place-based pilot incorporating land tenure reform, which will enable future economic activation, business development and the regularisation of services. The McGowan Government's commitment to the Bidyadanga Land Activation Project is in addition to the more than $17 million dedicated to seal internal community roads and upgrade essential infrastructure, directly improving environmental health standards for Bidyadanga residents. This agreement signing allows for on-country negotiations between the WA Government, KTLA, BACLGI and community members to commence. The Bidyadanga Land Activation Project's progress highlights the State's commitment to supporting remote Aboriginal communities. It also advances the WA Government's commitment to divest the Aboriginal Lands Trust Estate. Land tenure change is the first step in achieving full economic transformation for remote Aboriginal communities, allowing for additional housing, improved economic development outcomes, community governance, and upgrades of essential services. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson "The WA Government welcomes the signing of this ground-breaking agreement to deliver land tenure reform in Bidyadanga. "This agreement seeks to address the aspirations of community residents and the native title holders, and deliver a sustainable future for Bidyadanga. "Economic transformation must be built around the Bidyadanga community's own vision for the future and cannot be realised without local leadership and the active participation of native title holders and community members. "This exciting activation project for Bidyadanga aligns with the State Government's commitments on Closing the Gap, including our targets around strong economic participation and development of people and their communities. "I'd like to thank the Karajarri Traditional Lands Association and the Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community La Grange Incorporated for their partnership in this important project. "We look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure better health, social and economic outcomes for the Bidyadanga community." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "Land tenure change is considered the first step in full economic transformation for remote Aboriginal communities. "Addressing land tenure matters will enable the Bidyadanga community to be investment-ready and provide future home ownership and business development opportunities. "The Bidyadanga Land Activation Project is an example of the WA Government's commitment to invest more in remote communities and our dedication to the fundamental transformation required to ensure better health, social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people. "The success of this project will be a result of all levels of government partnering with the community to achieve a mutual goal." Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5800Lands Minister's office - 6552 6400 ​
$300,000 per annum in funding to help with transition to new work health and safety laws5526Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9460html14/09/2021 8:00:28 AM2021-09-14T08:00:00Z $300,000 per annum has been allocated across four years under the Work Health and Safety Implementation Peak Body Grants Program The funding is shared between peak employer and employee representative bodies The funding will assist peak bodies to develop initiatives to raise awareness and help employers and workers transition to the new work health and safety laws that come into full effect in January 2022 The program was an election commitment by the McGowan Government to support the implementation of modernised work health and safety laws in Western AustraliaIndustrial Relations Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the peak employer and employee representative bodies that have been awarded funding as part of the Work Health and Safety Implementation Peak Body Grants Program. The program was established to provide funding for peak employer and employee representative bodies to partner with the Government in supporting and educating Western Australian businesses and workers about the pending changes to work health and safety laws. The peak employer organisations that will be funded are the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, the Master Builders Western Australia, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, the Housing Industry Association and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies. The peak employee organisation allocated funding is UnionsWA, which will support workplace health and safety representatives, union officials and workers across multiple industries in the transition to the new laws. The peak bodies will use their funding to run conferences and training workshops as well as to develop education materials and utilise social media, websites and printed publications to raise awareness in Western Australian workplaces about the new health and safety laws. Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Stephen Dawson "Every person who goes to work deserves to come home safe and healthy, which is why it's important we educate workers and employers on the requirements of the new workplace safety laws. "Many thanks to the representative peak bodies who have agreed to assist with education for the transition to the new work health and safety laws in Western Australia. "This program is part of the McGowan Government's suite of strategies to introduce modernised work health and safety laws in Western Australia. "The peak bodies all have an essential role in improving knowledge about health and safety laws among employers and workers in Western Australia, and I thank them for partnering with the Government to facilitate this transition. "I encourage employers and workers to access education and information initiatives about the new work health and safety requirements as they become available. "Extensive information about the changes is also available on the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website." Minister's office - 6552 5800 ​
Robinson Road level crossing to close to facilitate Bellevue depot5525Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12530html14/09/2021 7:32:19 AM2021-09-14T07:30:00Z Changes to Midland road network required due to METRONET Bellevue depot and new Midland Station Robinson Road level crossing to close in September 2022 and minor upgrades to be undertaken at key intersections Additional traffic modelling shows closure will not have a major impact on traffic Additional traffic modelling undertaken by the McGowan Government has found the proposed closure of the Robinson Road level crossing, to facilitate the Bellevue METRONET depot, will have manageable impacts on the Midland traffic network. The level crossing will close in September 2022, and traffic modelling has found the closure is not anticipated to have major impacts on traffic flow in the area, with vehicles that use the crossing expected to use the Lloyd Street underpass. The McGowan Government will undertake minor improvements to key intersections including Lloyd Street and Great Eastern Highway and Lloyd Street and Clayton Street, to assist traffic flow. Work will also continue on undertaking wider traffic modelling, planning and stakeholder engagement to develop a longer-term strategy to meet future travel demands in the Midland area. The depot is an essential part of the METRONET Railcar Program, which is delivering 246 new C-series railcars and six new Australind railcars, while providing necessary maintenance and stabling to support operations on the Midland, Airport and Ellenbrook lines. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The METRONET Railcar Facility has brought railcar manufacturing back to WA, supporting hundreds of local jobs and local businesses. "Train depots need to be a certain length to allow for trains to go through the necessary and required maintenance without turning around - this means the Robinson Road level crossing will need to close. "With trains entering the depot frequently, the crossing would be inaccessible for the majority of the day, which would pose a significant safety risk to the community. "We will be undertaking improvements to some key nearby intersections in the Midland area to help alleviate any pressures on the local road network. "We will continue to undertake long-term modelling and work with all stakeholders to look at future planning for traffic movements in the area." Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Ord Valley event musters up millions for east Kimberley economy5524Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6510html14/09/2021 5:22:00 AM2021-09-14T05:15:00Z 2021 Ord Valley Muster boosts East Kimberley economy by nearly $6 million Almost all events sold out for the first time in its 20-year history Funded by the McGowan Government, through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program A popular East Kimberley event held in May this year, and supported by the McGowan Government, injected around $6 million into the local economy and recorded its highest-ever ticket sales. An economic impact report commissioned by Tourism WA highlighted the success of the Kununurra event, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2021 and is the East Kimberley's biggest festival. The report showed more than 11,400 people enjoyed a packed program of music, art, food, comedy and cultural experiences. Close to 2,300 people attended the event from outside the Kimberley region and stayed almost 24,000 nights in local accommodation over the nine-day festival. Ticket sales shot up 64 per cent from when the event was last held in 2019 to reach nearly 5,800, with the majority of tickets sold for the Helispirit Kimberley Moon Experience, featuring Australian singer Jessica Mauboy. This year's Muster had a strong focus on indigenous performers and cultural experiences including an all-indigenous lineup for the Kimberley Moon Experience and a high representation of indigenous artists at the inaugural Art in the Park event. The Ord Valley Muster has been funded through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program since 2012 and has secured ongoing support through the program until 2023. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "These fantastic results are evidence of the important role of Tourism WA's Regional Events Program in supporting events like the Ord Valley Muster, which bring significant economic benefits to the areas where they're held. "This is particularly important for an area like the East Kimberley, whose tourism industry largely operates on a seasonal basis and has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 environment. "To have a bumper festival like this helps keep people in jobs and promotes the unique attractions of the region including the world heritage listed Bungle Bungle Range of Purnululu National Park as well as the spectacular Ord River and Lake Kununurra." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This report clearly shows that events like this add vibrancy and excitement to a region and provide a significant cash injection to the local economy. "This wonderful occasion not only attracts visitors from far and wide to explore this magnificent country, to the benefit of regional businesses, it also creates an opportunity for local people in this remote part of the State to come together as a community. "The 2021 Ord Valley Muster generated a multimillion dollar windfall to the East Kimberley and I'm really pleased the WA Government will continue to support the event into the future." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "The Ord Valley Muster is always a highlight on the calendar for locals and visitors alike but this year it really exceeded all expectations. "It is a fantastic result for the local tourism industry and the economy." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5400Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 ​
WA joins Future Fuels CRC5523Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11340html14/09/2021 5:03:34 AM2021-09-14T05:00:00Z Western Australian Government joins Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre Reflects the McGowan Government commitment to transitioning to the fuels of the future, including hydrogen WA joins more than 80 partners in nationwide research communityThe Western Australian Government has joined the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), continuing on its path to becoming an industry leader in hydrogen. The Future Fuels CRC is an industry focused research, development and demonstration partnership supporting the decarbonisation of Australia's energy networks through the use of low carbon fuels, including hydrogen and biomethane. The McGowan Government and Future Fuels CRC are working to find safe and reliable solutions to repurpose existing infrastructure, and developing new infrastructure to transport future fuels. The partnership aims to ensure the reliable and safe operating life of energy infrastructure, and deliver co-ordinated safety policy and regulations associated with the production and delivery of low carbon fuels. The McGowan Government has committed around $90 million towards developing a job-creating renewable hydrogen industry, and is on target to meet the 2022 goals set out in the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. The Future Fuels CRC was established in 2018 and includes more than 80 partners in a nationwide collaborative and connected research community. Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Joining the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre reflects our commitment to making sure Western Australia continues on its path to becoming an industry leader in hydrogen and future energy industries. "The McGowan Government has invested heavily into renewable hydrogen, which is seen internationally as a leading fuel of the future. "Renewable hydrogen has the potential to be a major future industry for WA, creating local jobs and helping reduce carbon emissions locally and around the world." Minister's office - 6552 6200 ​
Hockton appointed to Magistrates Court5522Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11860html14/09/2021 4:47:10 AM2021-09-14T04:30:00Z Angus Hockton has joined the Magistrates Court Lawyer has practiced criminal, civil matters in WA and the United Kingdom Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Angus Hockton as a Magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Mr Hockton was admitted to practice in Western Australia in 1995 and has extensive litigation experience across jurisdictions in WA and the United Kingdom. He has worked for private law firms and at Legal Aid WA until he started his own practice in 2006. In WA, Mr Hockton has appeared in criminal matters in the Magistrates Court including the Drug Court, Start Court, Intellectual Disability Diversion Program Court and Domestic Violence Court. He also appeared in the general lists of the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts and the Court of Appeal. Mr Hockton will fill a vacancy left by the appointment of former Magistrate Christian Miocevich as a Judge of the District Court. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Angus Hockton as a Magistrate. "He has a broad range of advocacy skills and criminal law experience, has been a lawyer for more than 25 years and operated his own criminal law practice for 15 years. "He has good relationships with prosecuting authorities and clients and dealt with people from very diverse backgrounds. This experience will be invaluable in his new role." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Another two international conferences for Perth in 20245521Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15890html14/09/2021 4:16:51 AM2021-09-14T04:15:00Z ​Perth to host an international science conference and a performing arts congress in 2024 Events to attract hundreds of delegates from around the world Conferences secured by Business Events Perth, funded by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA Hundreds of delegates from around the world will converge on Perth in 2024 to discuss the use of radio and infrared frequencies in fields as diverse as space science, nuclear fusion and biology as part of an international science conference. The 49th International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves has been secured for Western Australia, which will mark the first time the event has been held in Australia in 12 years. The McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, provides funding to Business Events Perth (BE Perth) to attract outstanding conferences to the State and strengthen WA's reputation as a desirable destination for business events. The event will bring together some of the world's top international researchers to discuss the evolution of the use of ultra-high frequencies in areas such as health, environmental science and telecommunication. The six-day conference is the largest of its kind and is expected to inject more than $3 million into the WA economy. Perth has also been named as the host of the 2024 International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress - another large-scale event which will bring more than 500 delegates to the State. This is also expected to inject more than $3 million into the State's economy.It's the first time the ISPA Congress will come to Perth. It's previously been held in Melbourne and Sydney, and at global destinations such as New York and Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2020-21, BE Perth secured 67 national and international business events set to occur in WA up to 2024, which will boost the State's economy by more than $54 million. Funding from the McGowan Government through Tourism Western Australia enabled BE Perth to directly support the staging of 190 local business events, connecting more than 82,000 delegates across the State assisting industry recovery and local jobs. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "Through Tourism WA, we're proud to support Business Events Perth to attract delegates to our State through events such as the International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, and the International Society of Performing Arts Conference. "These international events will be a great chance for attendees from across the world to discover the wonderful offerings of Perth and I encourage everyone to stay longer and explore regional WA. "I'm excited to welcome these events to WA in 2024. To be named as the host of two different internationally recognised conferences within a week highlights our State as an incredible business events and holiday destination, as well as a great science and creative hub." Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook "Research developments in this field have potential applications to sectors such as space science, medical research and communications. "We look forward to hosting more than 600 conference delegates in Perth, including international researchers from around the world. "The six-day conference is an opportunity for local researchers to exchange scientific and technical knowledge, and to showcase research being conducted here in Western Australia." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5400 Health, Medical Research and Science Minister's office - 6552 6500
$4 million to support Women and Children's Wellness and Recovery Centre5520Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12010html14/09/2021 3:10:29 AM2021-09-14T02:30:00Z $4 million in Lotterywest grants to Ruah Community Services Supporting the construction of a Women's and Children's Wellness and Recovery Centre Centre to offer essential wraparound services for those escaping family and domestic violence Premier Mark McGowan today announced $4 million in Lotterywest grants to Ruah Community Services to support the construction of a Women's and Children's Wellness and Recovery Centre. The Lotterywest funding, provided across two grants, will go towards the development of the multi-storey Centre providing safe spaces for women and children escaping family and domestic violence. The Centre aims to provide services and facilities for women and children who are otherwise unable to access wellness and recovery support. The Centre will be trauma informed and a culturally responsive healing place for short-term accommodation with wraparound support services. The wraparound support services, specifically designed for women and children, will include clinical consultations, health check-ups and access to case management. Women and children attending the Centre will also have access to nearby schools, emergency services, childcare, legal services and health care facilities. As the only State Government owned and operated lottery in Australia where all the profits are returned to the community, Lotterywest is committed to building a better, healthier Western Australia. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The new centre will be an important space to support and empower women and children escaping the trauma of family domestic violence. "The State Government, through Lotterywest, is proud to work with Ruah and continue to support people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and mental health issues. "We are committed to ensuring women and children in WA have access to every opportunity to live a safe and secure life. "The 2021-22 State Budget includes an additional $45.5 million for a range of family and domestic violence prevention and support measures, building on our work to protect vulnerable Western Australians experiencing or at risk of violence." Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "A range of responses is required to address high rates of family and domestic violence in the community, and supports for vulnerable women and children escaping violence are crucial to these efforts. "By taking a holistic and long-term approach, the Women and Children's Wellness and Recovery Centre will go a long way to helping Western Australian women who have experienced trauma and abuse to rebuild their lives and get their health and well-being back on track. "The McGowan Government continues to focus on stopping family and domestic violence and breaking the cycle of abuse in our homes and communities. "Our significant commitment to family and domestic violence measures in the 2021-22 State Budget brings our total additional investment in protecting and supporting women, children and families at risk of violence to more than $120 million." Premier's office - 6552 5000Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office - 6552 6600 Women's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 000 5991800 RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. ​