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Containers for Change off to a roaring start in WA!95554Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/04/2021 7:48:57 AM2021-04-09T07:45:00Z ​Over 283 million containers returned across WA through Containers for Change 3,000 charities and community groups have shared in $1.2 million in donations Containers for Change launched in WA on October 1, 2020Western Australians have recycled more than 283 million containers through Containers for Change; more than enough containers to draw a line from Perth to London. Launched on October 1, 2020, Containers for Change gives Western Australians an opportunity to return eligible drink containers for a 10-cent refund. Many West Australians have chosen to use Containers for Change as a way to give back to their community, by donating their refunds to local charities and community groups. Over $1.2 million has been donated to 3,000 charities and community groups, including hundreds of schools and local sporting organisations. Donations can be made to any organisation fundraising through Containers for Change simply by using the groups scheme ID. A list of charities and community groups fundraising through Containers for Change can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/fundraising The scheme has also increased the recycling rate in Western Australia, and diverted tonnes of recyclable material from landfill. Over 11,000 tonnes of glass, 970 tonnes of aluminium and 258 tonnes of clear PET (plastic) has been sent to recyclers to date. More information about the scheme can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au/wa Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This has been an amazing start to Containers for Change in WA. It's clear from these early results that West Australians are enthusiastic about recycling, and want to do their part to make sure we avoid sending recyclable materials to landfill. "As well as helping the environment, the scheme has also given West Australians an additional way to show their generosity and support for their local charity or community group. "Ten cents per container adds up, and I am sure that funds raised are making a real difference to the groups and organisations who do important work in our local communities." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Independent review strengthens hotel quarantine regime95553Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/04/2021 5:00:36 AM2021-04-09T05:00:00Z Hotel quarantine remains one of the best lines of defence against COVID-19 More than one year into the pandemic, continuous improvement is essential Independent review complete with 16 recommendations to strengthen and improve hotel quarantine arrangements Department of Health and State Emergency Coordinator to implement changes Findings of an independent review into Western Australia's hotel quarantine arrangements have been handed to the McGowan Government, and were endorsed by the State Disaster Council today. The independent review, conducted by Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, acknowledges WA's successful public health response to COVID-19 with more than 40,000 people safely quarantined in WA since the beginning of the pandemic and no community transmission of COVID-19 recorded for almost 12 months. The review into hotel quarantine was prompted following a hotel quarantine worker, known as case 903, who contracted a highly transmissible variant of COVID-19. Following case 903, parts of WA, including Perth, Peel and the South-West entered a snap five-day lockdown from 6pm, Sunday January 31, 2021 to 6pm, Friday, February 5, 2021. A year into the pandemic, and with hotel quarantine likely to be needed for some time, the review makes 16 recommendations to strengthen and improve hotel quarantine arrangements in WA now, and into the future. The recommendations made over three pieces of advice ranging from improving on-site ventilation and infection protection, to addressing secondary employment of hotel quarantine workers, establishing better systems for gathering and sharing data and improving governance, accountability, organisational and risk management structures including establishing a Quarantine Advisory Panel. Professor Weeramanthri worked with staff from the WA Department of Health, the WA Police Force and other government jurisdictions and non-government stakeholders in undertaking the review. As part of the review, Professor Weeramanthri visited all nine quarantine hotels and the Perth Airport to understand on-the-ground operations. Key recommendations already implemented include strengthened testing regimes for hotel quarantine workers, and restricting high-risk hotel quarantine workers from holding secondary employment, with a 40 per cent uplift allowance to supplement high-risk workers' income. Other immediate actions from the review have been implemented including independent assessments of ventilation systems and the advertisement of Hotel Quarantine Services Site Managers. These roles will manage day-to-day operations at hotel quarantine sites to strengthen corporate and clinical governance. A new strategic multi-agency Quarantine Advisory Panel will also be established to enhance governance and sustainability of the hotel quarantine arrangements - as one of the key recommendations. The advice and responses have been published on http//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australia's safe and sensible approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its hotel quarantine arrangements, has kept the WA community safe and strong. "However, as the virus continues to evolve it is important that we are always working to improve our approach. "More than a year into the pandemic, Professor Weeramanthri's review serves as a constant reminder that our COVID safe measures must be continually maintained and updated to ensure we protect Western Australia. "Community transmission of COVID-19 will always be a risk, we just need to look at other jurisdictions across the world to see how prevalent the virus still is, and how much havoc variant strains continue to wreak. "In WA, our strongest defence systems to combat COVID-19 include border controls, vaccination, contact tracing and effective quarantine measures, with continuous improvement being crucial." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Naturally some measures for hotel quarantine had to be implemented quickly given the pandemic was thrust upon us early last year. "While those measures have kept WA safe, it's important that we look towards the future and how hotel quarantine arrangements can be strengthened. "Everyone must be alert to the potential for COVID-19 to emerge at any time in our community and this review outlines how we can better protect WA by refining our hotel quarantine system. "The McGowan Government supports all recommendations, with several already implemented and significant progress made on others." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA’s strong COVID-19 position allows for more positive changes95552Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/04/2021 4:55:38 AM2021-04-09T04:55:00Z Certain indoor and outdoor venues with fixed seating will increase to 100 per cent capacity Venue capacity changes effective from 12.01am on Saturday, April 10 Queensland set to transition to 'very low risk' at 12.01am, Monday, April 19 New Zealand joins WA's safe and sensible controlled border from 12.01am, Monday, April 19 as a 'very low risk' jurisdiction Western Australians are set to benefit from the latest suite of modifications to venue capacity and WA's controlled border arrangements, following the latest public health advice. Certain indoor and outdoor venues with fixed seating in Western Australia will be able to operate at 100 per cent capacity from 12.01am tomorrow (April 10). This will allow more people into venues to enjoy seated entertainment and sporting events, connect with members of their community, and further support local businesses and jobs. The following indoor and outdoor venues will be able to move to 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity, and SafeWA and contact registers will continue as mandatory auditoriums and amphitheatres; theatres; concert halls; cinemas; comedy lounges; and performing arts centres. WA's major venues such as Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium - Main Arena, and HBF Park will be able to have 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity in the spectator seating and special seating spaces. Places of worship will be able to have 100 per cent of capacity of a space being used for formal worship. Seated hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafés, food courts and bars that provide seated service only, will remain at 75 per cent capacity. This is based on the latest public health advice, due to their higher risk of increased mixing and face to face interactions. The two square metre rule will continue to apply to all other venues and facilities with a mixture of seating and standing, unfixed seating or standing alone. It is expected these arrangements will be in place for at least a month before being reviewed by WA's Chief Health Officer, and if the situation remains encouraging, the Chief Health Officer is set to make more recommendations on further easing of restrictions. The Chief Health Officer has also provided advice to the McGowan Government following the completion of a controlled border classification review. The review took into consideration analysis of outbreaks and periods of community transmission, as well as the successful use of border controls and requirement for people having to complete 14 days of self-quarantine from the day they leave a higher-risk location. New advice now changes the requirements to move a 'low risk' jurisdiction to a 'very low risk' jurisdiction from at least 28 days to at least 14 days of no community cases of COVID-19. Therefore, from 12.01am, Monday, April 19, pending no further outbreaks, WA's border arrangement is set to be safely adjusted and Queensland will transition to 'very low risk' and people will be able to enter WA without having to quarantine, subject to strict conditions. The McGowan Government today also announced plans to allow for safe and quarantine-free travel between Western Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand is set to join WA's safe and sensible controlled border as a 'very low risk' jurisdiction from 12.01am, Monday April 19, pending no further outbreaks. This means travellers from New Zealand will be able to enter WA without having to quarantine, subject to strict conditions. To prohibit border hopping from other countries outside of Australia and New Zealand, currently arrivals, outside of Australia, entering New Zealand must also complete 14 days of quarantine similar to arrangements in place for international arrivals into Australia. Travellers entering WA from 'very low risk' jurisdictions must complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration prior to travel on arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening scan your G2G PASS to exit the airport. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I want to thank all Western Australians for their efforts in keeping WA safe from COVID-19. "These changes represent significant benefit to many businesses and Western Australians, however there are still some restrictions that are needed based on health advice. "Our situation in WA is very encouraging and if it continues to track the way it is, it will demonstrate good reason for further changes - pending public health advice at the time. "Western Australia has been the envy of the country, if not the world, so it's crucial we all do our bit to keep it that way, to keep our community healthy and our economy thriving. "We all have a shared responsibility, it's as simple as using SafeWA to check in when we're out, staying home if we're unwell and getting tested if we have symptoms. "While these changes are very positive, Western Australians should not underestimate the virus and its ability to disrupt and destroy lives and livelihoods. "It was less than two weeks ago that Queensland went into a snap three-day lockdown following an outbreak, and while our border arrangements allow for safe travel it is also a fast and effective measure to stop the virus. "That is why I will not hesitate to bring back hard borders should we need to protect Western Australians from COVID-19." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia has gone nearly a year without a case of community transmission, which is an amazing result. "We are now a year into the pandemic and the situation in Australia has improved significantly. "As a result, the Chief Health Officer has updated his advice relating to our controlled border arrangements and we'll likely be able to welcome Queenslander travellers back into WA quarantine-free very soon. "While these changes are welcomed and will be enjoyed by our community, it's also a timely reminder that we must continue to practise COVID-safe principles. "Whenever you're out and about, please remember to check-in at venues using the SafeWA app and remember to stay at home if unwell. "Western Australians have done a remarkable job to eliminate COVID-19 and I thank everyone for their efforts." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Premier announces 41st Parliament to commence on April 2995551Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/04/2021 12:49:13 AM2021-04-09T00:45:00Z Joint sitting of the 41st Parliament to be held on Thursday, April 29 New members of the Legislative Assembly to be sworn in, and the new Speaker elected The 41st Parliament of Western Australia will sit for the first time on April 29, 2021, with Premier Mark McGowan today announcing the full calendar of sitting dates for the 2021 Parliamentary calendar. A joint sitting of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council will be opened by the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia. New members of the Legislative Assembly will be sworn in on this day, with WA's first female Speaker to also be formally nominated and elected. The date for the swearing in of Legislative Council members elected at the 2021 State Election will be announced shortly. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government took an ambitious and wide-ranging legislative agenda to the last election, and we look forward to delivering it. "We have a lot of work to do and the 18 weeks allocated this year, which is more than what occurred in 2017, reflects that. "We will undertake reform to disrupt and eliminate bikie networks and make our communities safer. "My team and I are looking forward to delivering not only our commitments, but continuing to provide the stable, responsible government Western Australians expect and deserve." Premier's office - 6552 5000 PARLIAMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2021 SITTING DATES LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL Official opening - Thursday, April 29 Official opening - Thursday, April 29 Tuesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 6Tuesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 13RECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 27Tuesday, June 1 - Thursday, June 3 Tuesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 6Tuesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 13RECESS 1 WEEKTuesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 27Tuesday, June 1 - Thursday, June 3 RECESS 1 WEEK RECESS 1 WEEK Tuesday, June 15 - Thursday, June 17Tuesday, June 22 - Thursday, June 24 Tuesday, June 15 - Thursday, June 17Tuesday, June 22 - Thursday, June 24 RECESS 5 WEEKSTuesday, August 3 - Thursday, August 5 RECESS 5 WEEKSTuesday, August 3 - Thursday, August 5 Tuesday, August 10 - Thursday, August 12Tuesday, August 17 - Thursday, August 19 Tuesday, August 10 - Thursday, August 12Tuesday, August 17 - Thursday, August 19 RECESS 2 WEEKS RECESS 1 WEEK Tuesday, September 7 - Thursday, September 9Tuesday, September 14 - Thursday, September 16*Tuesday, September 21 - Thursday, September 23 Tuesday, August 31 - Thursday, September 2Tuesday, September 7 - Thursday, September 9Tuesday, September 14 - Thursday, September 16 RECESS 2 WEEKS RECESS 3 WEEKS Tuesday, October 12 - Thursday, October 14Tuesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 21Tuesday, October 26 - Thursday, October 28 Tuesday, October 12 - Thursday, October 14Tuesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 21Tuesday, October 26 - Thursday, October 28 RECESS 1 WEEK RECESS 1 WEEK Tuesday, November 9 - Thursday, November 11 Tuesday, November 16 - Thursday, November 18 Tuesday, November 23 - Thursday, November 25 *Budget Estimates Hearings Tuesday, November 9 - Thursday, November 11 Tuesday, November 16 - Thursday, November 18 RECESS 1 WEEK Tuesday, November 30 - Thursday, December 2
McGowan Government’s investment in skills training seeing results95550Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7570html8/04/2021 12:14:21 AM2021-04-07T23:00:00Z WA's first locally-trained appliance service apprentices graduate McGowan Government funding brought the training to WA Local training of apprentices critical to strength of local economyWestern Australia's appliance servicing industry is celebrating an important milestone with the graduation of its first cohort of locally-trained apprentices helping to meet skills demands across the State. The qualification, which trains apprentices to set-up, service and repair electrical and refrigerated appliances, was previously only delivered in Australia on the east coast. The delivery of the apprenticeship in WA is providing industry with new opportunities, after the McGowan Government responded to demand by funding Perth-based registered training organisation, Energy Skills Solutions, to develop and deliver it in WA. Apprentices Nicholas Chambers, 52, and Peta Tournay, 30, are two of the graduates who quickly enrolled in the training when it became available. Nicholas has worked with the Metropolitan Appliance Service in Myaree for almost a decade. Nicholas transitioned into appliance servicing from another trade at age 43. He enjoys training others in his workplace and hopes having the formal training available in WA will attract new people to work with him to service this growing industry. Peta began working at her family's Bunbury Appliance Service business a few years ago, initially in an office-based role. When a position in the workshop became vacant, Peta, who had worked in other trades, transitioned to the tools, signed up for the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification and is now fully qualified. More information about the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website https//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Our Government's investment in local training opportunities is helping overcome significant barriers to training and securing pathways to rewarding careers. "Having a pipeline of skilled workers is crucial for the success of our local industries and for our State's continuing economic advancement post COVID-19. "Access to highly-trained apprentices will be key in meeting a high demand for workers across a range of occupations and industries. "The delivery of this qualification in WA is already making a positive contribution to the lives of today's graduates and will encourage more young people to take up opportunities in the industry." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Swan Alcoa Landcare Program funding applications open95549Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7110html7/04/2021 2:01:46 AM2021-04-07T02:00:00Z Grant funding available for community environmental projects Projects to enhance and restore ecological systems in Swan Region Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson is inviting local environmental community groups to apply for the latest round of Swan Alcoa Landcare Program (SALP) grants. SALP works to deliver positive environmental outcomes for Western Australia and is funded through a partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the Burswood Park Board and Alcoa Australia, and is delivered by Perth NRM. Now in its 24th year, SALP has provided more than $9.2 million in grants to deliver around 1,500 on-ground environmental projects. Since its inception, the program has successfully revegetated more than 3,000 hectares of land. Projects have included weed control and the planting of native species around waterways and bushland, the removal of feral bees, control of phytophthora, the installation of bird and bat nesting boxes and more. Applications for grant funding close on May 31, 2021 and can be made online at http//www.perthnrm.com Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Over the years, the Swan Alcoa Landcare Program has funded wonderful environmental projects that aim to protect, manage and improve natural assets to enhance and restore the critical habitat and ecological linkages within the greater Perth region. "The success of this program is underpinned by the passionate community groups and volunteers who dedicate their time to improving our bushland and waterways. "I encourage interested groups to submit an application and I look forward to seeing the successful projects come to life." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Queensland to transition to 'low risk' under border controls95548Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16370html6/04/2021 6:46:09 AM2021-04-06T06:45:00Z Latest health advice allows for adjustments to WA's controlled interstate border Change is effective from 12.01am Wednesday, April 7 Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing Latest adjustment to controlled border based on expert health advice Queensland will transition from a 'medium risk' to a 'low risk' State from 12.01am Wednesday (April 7) following the latest health advice. Western Australia's controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted to permit travel from or via Queensland under strict conditions self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise; present for a COVID-19 test on day 11; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test; be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise; complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days. Jurisdictions considered 'low risk' are permitted to enter WA without an exemption but are subject to strict conditions including COVID-19 testing and self-quarantine. The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future. WA's border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals. More information on WA's controlled borders is available at http//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia has always taken a cautious approach to its border controls. "This has proved to be extremely effective in keeping WA safe from COVID-19. "On March 27, Queensland was moved to a medium risk rating following a community outbreak. "Since then Queensland authorities have done an excellent job to contain the virus. "So it is pleasing that we can now act on the latest health advice to change the risk rating to low. "We will continue to act in the interests of all Western Australians to ensure our State remains as safe as possible." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Finalists announced for 2021 WasteSorted Awards95547Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13640html6/04/2021 3:31:42 AM2021-04-06T03:30:00Z 40 finalists announced for the 2021 WasteSorted Awards The annual awards celebrate excellence and innovation in avoiding waste, recovering value from waste and protecting the environment Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson has announced the 40 finalists vying for top honours at the Western Australian 2021 WasteSorted Awards this May. Previously known as the Infinity Awards, the annual WasteSorted Awards showcase some of the most remarkable projects and individuals working across Western Australia's waste sector. Around 80 nominations were received across 10 categories, recognising individuals, businesses, government, schools, community organisations and not-for-profits for their innovative solutions to reduce waste and promote reuse and recycling. Finalists have been interviewed and assessed by a judging panel of experts and the winners will be announced at the gala event on May 5, 2021 at the Westin Perth. For more information on the WasteSorted Awards or to purchase tickets, visit the Waste Authority's website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "A stellar line-up of diverse finalists have been announced for this year's WasteSorted Awards, highlighting some incredible projects and individuals working across Western Australia's waste sector. "I congratulate everyone who has submitted a nomination for their commitment to protecting the environment, reducing waste generation and increasing resource recovery. "I look forward to joining these waste champions and their supporters at WasteSorted Awards on May 5, 2021 to recognise and celebrate their achievements." Minister's office - 6552 5900 WasteSorted Awards finalists for 2021 Avoid Recover Protect - Community Waste Award Town of Cambridge, Green Machines Lab, Poly Pipe Recycling and Aussie Pool Covers Downer City of Bunbury Wasteless Pantry GO2CUP North West Recycling The Nappy Guru Avoid Recover Protect - Commercial and Industrial Waste Award DevelopmentWA - OneOneFive Hamilton Hill SecondBite Instant Waste Management IGO Limited Avoid Recover Protect - Waste Management Award Downer City of Bunbury Seascape Designs Southern Metropolitan Regional Council SecondBite Kinn and Co Avoid Recover Protect - WA Regional Waste Award City of Karratha Shire of Collie CITIC Pacific Mining and North West Recycling IGO Limited North West Recycling Corps Group Geraldton Scrap Metal 2021 Waste Champion Stephan Kuklinski David Pratt Keith Rickman Tannis Brennan Waste Team of the Year City of Bunbury Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital - Green Team Wasteless Pantry DevelopmentWA - Subiaco Oval stadium demolition North West Recycling Waste Innovation of the Year Town of Cambridge, Green Machines Lab, Poly Pipe Recycling and Aussie Pool Covers - Pool Blanket Recycling Program Downer - Reconophalt high-recycled-content asphalt Remondis Australia - CDS collection model Tellus Holdings Ltd - Sandy Ridge Geological Repository Department of Finance - Dumas House Closed Loop Waste System WasteSorted School of the Year Manea Senior College Mary's Mount Primary School
Heritage specialists awarded contract for Ascot Kilns conservation95546Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11520html6/04/2021 12:23:35 AM2021-04-05T23:00:00Z Multi-disciplinary team successful in bid for conservation project Investment in heritage landmark to create jobs and enable rejuvenation of the area $6 million conservation project funded as part of McGowan Government WA Recovery Plan The McGowan Government has today announced that Hocking Heritage and Architecture has been engaged as lead consultants on the Ascot Kilns Conservation project. The highly complex project will see the heritage listed kilns and imposing chimney stacks undergo assessment, planning and design ahead of the specialised conservation works, which are anticipated to begin in 2022. This initiative signals the beginning of what is hoped will be a revival for the historic site, and is expected to generate a pipeline of economic activity including local jobs and subcontracting opportunities across the life of the project. Local firm Hocking Heritage and Architecture was selected following a competitive tender process and will bring their considerable heritage expertise to assist the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage in delivering this significant undertaking. The much-loved Ascot Kilns site is recognised for hosting Australia's largest collection of rare 'beehive' kilns, and, as home to the former Bristile tile factory, played a key role in Perth's mid-century suburban boom. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is also considering options for the future of the 'Brick Man' statue, which has captured the imagination of the local community. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "The appointment of suitably qualified heritage architects as lead consultants represents an important milestone in the journey to revive one of Perth's rarest, most prized heritage places. "Recognised for its cultural heritage significance, the Ascot Kilns offer a unique insight into 20th century industrial manufacturing. The imposing chimneys are a familiar, integral part of the local skyline, and it is reassuring to now have the certainty that these shall remain so for many years to come. "We also admire the effort invested in the Brick Man statue that pays homage to the site's history and continues to interpret the heritage of this place in new and engaging ways." Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "I'm pleased to see this initiative take a major step forward, with the engagement of an experienced local heritage consulting team. "The funding we have committed to this project - through the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan - will generate considerable local employment and contracting opportunities. "The project will ultimately ensure that the heritage assets are protected and enable longer term planning that respects the site's heritage values while reinvigorating the entire precinct." Comments attributed to Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe "I know that I speak on behalf of so many community members when I say I am delighted to see the Ascot Kilns conversation project progress. "The awarding of this contract moves us closer to seeing the long-term preservation of this cherished landmark and much needed activity and life injected into the area. "We are very pleased to know that the 'Brick Man' statue will be protected and retained in the vicinity, and look forward to future planning that will identify new and exciting ways to engage with this iconic place in years to come." Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5400 Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500
All aboard the new C-Series railcar at Yagan Square95545Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17930html3/04/2021 2:05:40 AM2021-04-03T02:00:00Z Full-scale model of METRONET's C-series railcar on display at Yagan Square these school holidays Prototype design is two thirds the size of an actual railcar and weighs in at 16 tonnes More than 7,000 people already registered to visit and view the display McGowan Government manufacturing and building C-Series railcars locally in Bellevue, creating and supporting local jobs More than 7,000 free tickets have already been snapped up to view METRONET's new C-Series prototype on display at Yagan Square these school holidays. The prototype is the first opportunity for locals to see inside the new C-Series, with the model two-thirds of an actual railcar, weighing 16 tonnes and coming in at 14 metres long. It includes the internal features of the C-Series including the new seating choices, USB charging points, additional information screens and an extra set of doors per carriage for faster entry and exit. Delivering a key McGowan Government election commitment to return railcar manufacturing to WA, the new 246 C-Series railcars will be built locally at the Bellevue railcar facility by Western Australian workers. Construction of the Bellevue railcar facility is almost complete and anticipated to be handed over to Alstom by the middle of the year. The display at Yagan Square will run from April 3 to 18 between 9am and 5pm, with a special quiet hour every Thursday at 9am. For more information or to secure a free priority entry ticket, visit http//www.metronet.wa.gov.au/all-aboard Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "More than 7,000 people have already registered to visit the C-Series railcar display at Yagan Square, showing how much interest there is in our new railcars. "The prototype gives locals the opportunity to get up and close with our next generation of railcars and see what exciting new features will be incorporated - people will be able to walk through it, sit in the seats and see it for themselves. "We made a commitment to build our railcars locally, and we are delivering on that commitment with our facility in Bellevue almost fully complete." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Pome fruit growers urged to be ready to apply for netting rebates95544Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14430html1/04/2021 6:02:57 AM2021-04-01T06:00:00Z ​Up to $300,000 available from Commonwealth netting rebates to boost orchard productivity and profitability Applications allocated on a first in, first served basisWestern Australian apple and pear growers are being urged to act quickly to seize a share of $1.45 million in Commonwealth rebates to purchase and install netting to protect their orchards. Applications for the rebates, which open on Thursday, April 8, are being allocated on a first in, first served basis. Eligible businesses can apply for a financial co-contribution of up to 50 per cent of the total cost of purchasing and installing permanent protective netting and associated support structures to a maximum of $300,000. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is administering the Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Scheme in WA. The rebate for works undertaken after December 16, 2019 is for approved netting mesh, with holes less than 30 millimetres. For more details about the Commonwealth Government's Horticulture Netting Infrastructure Scheme and to apply visit the DPIRD website http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/horticulture-netting-infrastructure-scheme Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is a great opportunity for pome fruit growers to boost orchard productivity and profitability by upgrading their protective cropping infrastructure with support from this Commonwealth scheme. "Netting protects yields and quality from the impact of sunburn, wind and hail, as well as birds and other pests. "Research has demonstrated that netting can improve water use efficiency by about 20 per cent, resulting in improved orchard productivity. "Rebate recipients are encouraged to employ local contractors and suppliers, where possible, and must meet all relevant planning and building regulations. "The State Government is supporting the extension of the Commonwealth program to WA, to assist our orchard growers to be more resilient and competitive." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA’s biggest African community festival to kick off two-day celebration95543Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15730html1/04/2021 4:05:31 AM2021-04-01T04:00:00Z Largest African community festival in WA returns for 2021 Festival supported by State Government with $48,000 grant Experience vibrant celebration of African food, fashion, music and danceWestern Australia's biggest celebration of African cultures will kick off this weekend with the two-day Jambo Africa festival. Dance to rhythmic sounds of African drumming while exploring the traditions, customs and cuisines of more than 50 different cultures. The Jambo Africa festival returns to Stirling Civic Gardens on April 3 and 4, 2021 for a spectacular weekend of African music, dance, food and fun. This vibrant family festival has become one of Western Australia's most popular events and brings the diverse traditions of Africa together. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the many African communities in Western Australia. Hosted by the Organisation of African Communities, this year's festival includes dance lessons, drumming, and a marketplace showcasing African Australian businesses and entrepreneurs. The Jambo Africa Festival 2021 is supported by the State Government with $48,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests, Lotterywest and Healthway. More information about the festival is available at http//www.omi.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony Buti "Jambo means 'hello' in Swahili and we're definitely happy to be saying 'hello' again to this spectacular festival. "This year, for the first time, Jambo Africa will be a two-day event. The popularity of this annual festival reflects the vibrancy, energy and enterprise of Western Australia's many African communities. "I encourage everyone to head to Stirling Gardens with their families this weekend and learn more about the many different African cultures that are an important part of Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Joint media statement - Bye-bye boom gates - Denny Avenue level crossing closes for good95542Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements26850html1/04/2021 2:37:04 AM2021-04-01T02:30:00Z The boom gates at Perth's dreaded Denny Avenue level crossing will go down for the last time this evening in a key milestone for the METRONET Level Crossing Removal program. The Kelmscott level crossing will permanently close to traffic, cyclists and pedestrians tonight, allowing workers to finish the new rail-over-road underpass 170 metres south at Davis Road, which is expected to open later this month. With the boom gates down an average of one minute and 44 seconds at a time - a total average closure of three hours and seven minutes a day - removing this crossing will improve safety, reduce road congestion and help revitalise the local area. If the level crossing were to remain open, by 2031 the total down-time would increase to three hours and 34 minutes per day. Today's closure will facilitate essential works in coming weeks, including removal and decommissioning of the level crossing infrastructure, laying nearly 850 metres of rail track and building the new Principal Shared Path over the underpass. Other work also underway in the Kelmscott area includes Removing and replacing a 100-year-old water main on Albany Highway that supplies the Perth Central Business District, and replacing and increasing the capacity of a stormwater drain (in collaboration with the Water Corporation); Replacing Albany Highway's surface and updating drainage; and Revitalising Kelmscott Town Centre with landscaping and public art in collaboration with the City of Armadale and DevelopmentWA. Work is continuing to remove other level crossings along the Armadale Line including at Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, Hamilton Street, Wharf Street, and William Street, with procurement now underway. The removal of the level crossings at Denny Avenue, Oats Street, Welshpool Road and Mint Street are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State governments, with the Commonwealth committing $262.4 million. Nine METRONET projects are underway across the metropolitan area, supporting thousands of local jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses. Comments attributed to WA Premier Mark McGowan "The closure of Denny Avenue level crossing is a big deal for commuters with big benefits as it removes a significant bottle neck in the area. "It's the first level crossing along the rail network to be closed under the METRONET Level Crossing Removal Program. "METRONET is the biggest rail infrastructure program to be delivered in Western Australia and we now have 9 projects underway. "These works are creating opportunities for local businesses and supporting thousands of local jobs as our economy continues to recover from COVID-19." Comments attributed to Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher "The METRONET Level Crossing Removal program will make driving, walking and cycling around our train lines safer. "By permanently closing the Denny Avenue level crossing today, we have removed one dangerous location where trains and road users interface. "The imminent opening of the Davis Road underpass, which will eliminate the need to wait behind boom gates, will greatly improve road safety and bust congestion in Kelmscott." Comments attributed to WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "As a former Kelmscott Senior High School student, I know firsthand how frustrating it is to be stuck at the dreaded Denny Avenue level crossing. "Today we say goodbye to the boom gates, with the level crossing bells to ring for the last time ever later tonight. "If we didn't work to remove this level crossing, by 2031 the total down time of the boom gates would be more than three and a half hours each day. "Our Government is getting on with the job of delivering METRONET, with up to another six level crossings to be removed along the Armadale Line, creating jobs, improving safety, and reducing congestion." Comments attributed to Senator for WA Matt O'Sullivan "Removing this level crossing will make a big difference to so many locals going about their day - it will make the intersection safer and the commute quicker. "I'm proud to see the Commonwealth deliver significant funding towards this long-overdue project and, like so many locals, can't wait to see it finished." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Forest Products Commission Community Support Program returns for another year95541Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14140html1/04/2021 2:03:50 AM2021-04-01T02:00:00Z Forest Products Commission Community Support Program now open A total of $40,000 in grants available for community organisations in the South-West Applications close on April 28, 2021Forestry Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the Forest Products Commission's Community Support Program had opened applications for 2021 funding. The program has delivered $90,000 in grants to 55 community organisations since starting in 2018. This year, grants of up to $2,000 from a total of $40,000, are on offer to community groups across the South-West. In 2020, the program provided grants to a range of groups, including volunteer fire brigades, Aboriginal communities, regional community events, and children's sporting clubs. Applications are invited from organisations and groups that contribute to regional communities, encourage recreation in State forests or educate the community about the benefits of forestry and the timber industry. Applications open today (April 1) and close on April 28, 2021. For more information, visit https//www.wa.gov.au/service/community-services/community-support/community-support-program-forest-products-commission Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting our regional communities and a sustainable forestry industry. "Last year the program provided grants to a range of culturally diverse projects, including one to an Aboriginal corporation for a training program in plant cultivation. "These grants aim to highlight the important role the forestry industry plays in supporting our regional communities economically, but also in contributing to their vibrancy and making them great places to live." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Perth victorious in FIFA Women’s World Cup host city selection95540Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements27180html1/04/2021 1:17:51 AM2021-04-01T01:10:00Z Perth secures host city status for largest FIFA Women's World Cup ever held Selection to bring millions of dollars in economic benefits and worldwide exposure for WA Confirmation comes after McGowan Government backed successful joint Australia-New Zealand bidPerth has been officially selected as a host city for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup after the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) this morning announced the successful locations for the Australia and New Zealand tournament. The host city confirmation from football's governing body will allow Western Australia to push ahead with planning for the prestigious tournament - which is expected to deliver millions of dollars of economic and job-creating benefits to the State. Last year the McGowan Government threw its strong support behind the Australia-New Zealand bid - with the two countries jointly awarded the tournament in June 2020. The world's biggest sport will showcase Perth, with both matches and training to occur at Perth's premium rectangular stadium - HBF Park. Thirty-two international teams will compete in the 2023 tournament. The number of games Perth will host and scheduling details are expected to be confirmed in the coming months. The tournament has the potential to attract thousands of visitors to the State, and will provide Western Australia with international exposure to the massive television audiences expected around the globe. According to FIFA, more than a billion viewers tuned into coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The McGowan Government has contributed $16.25 million towards a State Football Centre in Queens Park, which is due for completion in time for the event. The elite facility will have the capability to host visiting international teams as a training ground, as well as grassroots football programs. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The State Government's bid for the FIFA Women's World Cup captured the imagination of Western Australians, so it is terrific we can now say Perth is confirmed as a host city for the blockbuster event. "This will be the biggest football event Perth has ever seen - providing global exposure for Western Australia and giving fans, young and old, lifelong memories of the world's best in action. "I'd like to congratulate Football West and the Western Australian footballing community for their work to secure this tournament. We already claim the world's top player in Sam Kerr and hosting this spectacle on home soil will continue to grow the game at all levels." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "We've got a great track record of successfully hosting the world game here in Perth, having welcomed two of the world's most famous football clubs in recent years - Manchester United and Chelsea. "Our successful bid highlighted just how much Perth can offer visiting teams, athletes and fans - including a high-quality stadium and training facilities, world-class accommodation options and a vibrant city. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "Hosting this global tournament in Perth will do wonders for the future of women's football and is further proof that we are competitive at the highest level in securing sporting events for the benefit of WA. "The tournament will provide a unique opportunity to develop women's football in Western Australia, providing an incredible boost to the game at all levels, from grassroots to the professional leagues." Premier's office - 6552 5000Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5400Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
New locality in South-West ‘Yebble’ honours local Noongar hero95539Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19540html1/04/2021 12:45:24 AM2021-04-01T00:00:00Z Local Noongar hero from 19th century honoured with new place name New locality created in the South-West near Margaret River A portion from existing localities of Gracetown and Burnside to honour Yebble Yebble has been formally approved by Landgate as the official name of a new locality along WA's South-West coastline. Lands Minister Tony Buti announced the creation of Yebble in honour of local Noongar man, Mr Samuel Isaacs. Yebble, Mr Isaacs Aboriginal name, was pivotal in a heroic rescue in 1876 where, together with Ms Grace Bussell, they rescued 54 passengers from the shipwrecked SS Georgette at Redgate Beach. Having only received a bronze medallion for his efforts, in contrast to Grace Bussell's silver medallion, he was later awarded 100 acres of land in Margaret River for his efforts - the first land grant to an Aboriginal person in Western Australia. The new locality is excised from the existing localities of Gracetown and Burnside which is mostly covered by the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and not far from the land gifted to Mr Isaacs. The Undalup Association with support from Dr Robert Isaacs, Yebble's great-grandson, initiated the proposal to have Mr Isaacs rightfully recognised for the significant role he played in the sea rescue. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River endorsed the creation of the new locality following overwhelming public support during the consultation period. The new locality includes the Ellensbrook Homestead and Meekadarribee Falls, which are both of historical and cultural significance to the local Noongar people. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "I am honoured to announce the creation of Yebble to rightfully recognise Mr Samuel Isaacs for his part in this historic event in Margaret River. "I would also like to acknowledge the great work undertaken in reawakening Aboriginal languages through place naming by the former Lands Minister, the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, who supported the creation of Yebble. "Aboriginal naming provides a gateway to respect, acknowledge and promote Aboriginal peoples' connection to the land. "The creation of Yebble helps preserve and promote the Aboriginal people who have contributed to Western Australia's rich and diverse history." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government strongly supports the preservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage and recognises that place names and language are an important link to history and identity. "The new locality of Yebble is a nod to a local hero, and I'd like to congratulate everyone involved in bringing this special naming project to fruition. "I look forward to seeing more Aboriginal place names adopted throughout Western Australia in the future." Lands Minister's office - 6552 6400 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5800
Resources jobs and sales continue to break records in WA95538Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18560html1/04/2021 12:36:26 AM2021-03-31T22:30:00Z WA's mineral and petroleum industry reported record sales of $174 billion in 2020 Results driven by iron ore, gold and nickel A record 140,940 people working in WA's mining sector Western Australia's resources sector continued to break records in 2020 with sales of $174 billion. Statistics released today by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety show iron ore lead the way with record sales of $116 billion on the back of the highest prices since 2011. Gold was another strong performer with more than $17 billion in sales, an all-time high, as was the average price of around $2,500 per ounce. Nickel sales increased to $3.3 billion, which is the highest value in six years. Employment in the resources sector was a star performer, with an average of 140,940 people representing yet another record. More than $20 billion was invested in the WA mining and petroleum sector, up from $17 billion in 2019. This represents the highest level since 2017. For more information, visit http//www.dmp.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Western Australia and its resources sector have successfully navigated the pandemic to deliver these impressive figures. "Creating and supporting jobs is one of the McGowan Government's top priorities, so it's great to see mining employment grow for the fourth year in a row. "It was especially pleasing to see exploration expenditure and employment continue to strengthen given the important role the sector plays in finding the next big resource discovery. "With around $140 billion of resource projects in the pipeline, Western Australia's future continues to look promising." Minister's office - 6552 6700
New lease of life for Albany Town Hall95537Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15140html31/03/2021 2:19:14 PM2021-03-31T10:00:00Z Albany Town Hall makeover delivers flagship arts presentation venue McGowan Government invests $100,000 in venue's smart systems Heritage building now features art galleries, space for events and community projectsAlbany's historic town hall has entered a new era as a multi-purpose arts venue following a major refurbishment supported by the McGowan Government. The building was officially reopened today after the completion of a project that included remodelling the interior of the upper floor auditorium. Completed in 1888, the Albany Town Hall was the focal point of municipal and cultural affairs in Albany and the Great Southern for more than 120 years, including three decades as the city's main performing arts venue until the opening of the Albany Entertainment Centre in 2010. The refurbishment removed tiered seating installed in the 1980s, creating an open space suited to events, live music and performances. Contemporary gallery spaces are now available to present quality art exhibitions and to display works from the City of Albany's significant art collection. The $3.7 million refurbishment was supported by the McGowan Government, the Commonwealth Government, the City of Albany and Lotterywest. Smart systems supported by a $100,000 McGowan Government investment through the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program provide public wi-fi, security, lighting and energy control, and interpretive features for a heritage and culture trail. The RED Grants program is delivering $28.8 million over five years to Western Australia's nine regions. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Almost every long-term resident of Albany would have a sense of connection to the Albany Town Hall and the events that it has hosted over the years. "This project embeds Albany's grand old landmark in the cultural and creative life of a new generation, with smart systems to match thanks to the RED Grants program. "Revitalising the Town Hall is complemented by other McGowan Government-supported developments around Albany's main street, including the recently completed student accommodation at 121 Serpentine, helping to breathe new life into the city centre." Comments attributed to Albany MLA-elect Rebecca Stephens "The Town Hall is an Albany icon, and this refurbishment has transformed it into a contemporary venue that will play an important role in our community for years to come. "Albany's town centre is going from strength to strength, backed by the McGowan Government's investment into a whole range of projects to support our community." Minister's office - 6552 6200
2021 WA Youth Awards finalists announced95535Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17670html31/03/2021 6:04:37 AM2021-03-31T06:00:00Z 39 young people, youth workers and youth organisations named as finalists in the 2021 WA Youth Awards 95 nominations received across 10 award categories Winners to be announced on Friday April 9 Youth Minister Dave Kelly today announced the 39 finalists in the 2021 WA Youth Awards - young people, youth workers and youth organisations from across Western Australia. The WA Youth Awards were established in 1999 to recognise the achievements and contributions to the community of young Western Australians aged 12 to 25 years. The 2021 WA Youth Awards will mark the start of Youth Week WA 2021, the largest celebration of young people on the State's youth calendar. This year there were 95 nominations received from across 10 award categories, with the winners to be announced on Friday April 9. The award categories cover areas including positive achievement, small organisation's achievement, large organisation's achievement, community leadership and creative contribution. The Awards include the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award and the Minister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award. Award winners, including the WA Young Person of the Year, will be announced at the WA Youth Awards gala ceremony at the WA Museum Boola Bardip on April 9. The WA Youth Awards are co-ordinated by the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and supported by Lotterywest, the Department of Communities and 10 sponsor organisations. For the full list of finalists and their achievements please visit http//www.yacwa.org.au Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "I am really pleased to see the WA Youth Awards, now in their 22nd year, return after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. "The calibre of entries is extremely high and highlights the incredible passion and dedication of a diverse range of young people, youth workers and youth organisations across the state and on Christmas Island. "Individual and organisation finalists include champions for mental health awareness, sexual health and well-being, indigenous youth; performing arts, suicide prevention; youth homelessness and environmental sustainability. "It is important that we continue to recognise and celebrate young people and those who work to support them, particularly after such a tough year in 2020. "The young finalists are leaders who are making significant contributions to their sector, of which the whole community should be proud." "I look forward to meeting the finalists at the WA Youth Awards gala ceremony." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Midland Intervention and Withdrawal Centre Opens95534Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20480html31/03/2021 2:02:11 AM2021-03-31T02:00:00Z New low-medical drug withdrawal service opens in Midland Six-bed facility is expected to support up to 117 people per yearThe Midland Intervention and Withdrawal Centre has officially been opened by newly appointed Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson. The new six-bed service will support up to 117 people per year. It is unique in Western Australia as it will provide people withdrawing from alcohol or drugs such as methamphetamine, the option of a lengthier stay, family support services and fast-tracked accessibility. The service will deliver a program of up to 21 days during which an individual's medical, psychological and social needs can be assessed. Staff will work with consumers to develop individualised treatments and plans. The service will work assertively to support a client's transition to ongoing treatment and support according to their individual needs. Support via brief intervention, education or referral will be available for the families and significant others of clients accessing the service. The facility is a response to recommendations made by the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report that proposed alternative approaches to help reduce the demand, harm and supply of drugs throughout the community. It has been partly funded through the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan to help drive economic and social recovery across the State and has been funded via $7.2 million over four years. The Mental Health Commission has contracted specialist community-based alcohol and drug treatment provider Cyrenian House to operate the service on behalf of Western Australians, working in partnership with mental health specialist organisation Richmond Wellbeing. There are Community Alcohol and Drug Services available to support people experiencing issues with alcohol and drug use across the State. Visit http//www.myservices.org.au to find your local service or call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country). Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson "The establishment of this service by the McGowan Government will provide Western Australians with fast-tracked access to alcohol and other drug treatment as it supports them and their families. "Methamphetamine use in Western Australia has been decreasing, however, we cannot be complacent as it is continuing to have a harmful and devastating impact on the individuals and families affected. "Congratulations to all the stakeholders involved, working together to provide this new service with the community." "I am sure it will provide an excellent community service, improving lives for many years to come." Minister's office - 6552 5800