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McGowan Government extends support for young people in care until the age of 2113429Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/08/2022 3:37:54 AM2022-08-06T16:00:00Z ​ McGowan Government delivering on $37.2 million election commitment to permanently establish its flagship Home Stretch program in Western Australia Program now supports children leaving care until the age of 21 years - up from 18 years Investment will give hundreds of young people and their carers extra support and resources as they move toward independence Young people leaving the child protection system now have access to support up until the age of 21 as the McGowan Government delivers on an important election commitment. The $37.2 million Home Stretch program offers young people moving toward independence the help they need to reach their full potential. Assistance could include help with obtaining safe and stable accommodation, enrolling in further education, connecting to voluntary work opportunities, identifying where to access support in the local community, re-engaging with health services and improving financial skills. Home Stretch WA ensures carers continue to receive financial payments to cover expenses such as food, accommodation and utilities. Historically, young people have transitioned out of care at 18 years - much younger than people outside the care system typically leave home. Research shows these young people are at greater risk of unemployment, homelessness, mental health issues and interacting with criminal justice systems. Elements of the Home Stretch program include a transition coach, a staying on subsidy, housing allowance and the Invest in Me Fund, a financial safety net to support young people achieve their goals. The Department of Communities has partnered with Yorganop Association Incorporated to deliver Home Stretch to young Aboriginal people preparing to leave care in the metropolitan area. The expansion of Home Stretch will be supported by a Community of Practice delivered by Anglicare WA. The Community of Practice will support Yorganop and future Home Stretch providers deliver the program. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Not many young people these days are emotionally or financially ready to leave home at 18 - but until now, that has been the stark reality for many children in care. "By delivering on this $37 million election commitment my government is extending support for young people up until the age of 21, while they transition to independence. "Many of these young people have overcome major obstacles and they deserve all the support we can give them - whether it's having a place to stay, pursuing further education, connecting with employment or learning financial skills. "Those extra few years will provide stability and help set these young people up for life, so they can reach their full potential." Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "Leaving the nest can be an emotional time in any person's life, but we know it can be particularly daunting for a young person with a lived experience of trauma and disadvantage - leaving them at greater risk of unemployment and homelessness. "The State Government's $37.2 million dollar investment will assist hundreds of young people to move to independence while providing carers with vital financial support. "Young people participating in Home Stretch will also have the option of a transition coach, housing allowance and a financial safety net to help them achieve their goals. "I'm proud to deliver on this important election commitment, which is changing the way young people transition from out-of-home care - and transforming lives in the process." Comments attributed to Anglicare WA CEO Mark Glasson "Today's announcement will be an enduring legacy of the McGowan Government, with the roll-out State-wide of the Home Stretch WA Model to provide certainty and stability for the young people who leave State care each year on their 18th birthday. "Anglicare WA is committed to coming up with new ways to solve old problems, and we believe in delivering service innovation in partnership with government, with sector agencies, with Aboriginal community controlled organisations like Yorganop, and the real experts - those with lived experience."
Lotterywest grant to revitalise Carnarvon Youth Precinct13428Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2250html6/08/2022 3:01:18 AM2022-08-06T01:00:00Z ​$503,500 Lotterywest grant awarded to the Shire of Carnarvon Funding will activate recreation space for young people in Carnarvon Carnarvon's Youth Precinct is set to be transformed, with a new bike pump track and major upgrades to the town's skate park and basketball court. The Shire of Carnarvon has secured a Lotterywest grant of $503,500 for the precinct, located at Hutchinson Park in Carnarvon. This is in addition to the $80,000 already committed by the McGowan Government, bringing the total State funding amount to $583,500 - giving new life to the youth precinct. Along with the new and improved facilities, the project will also support art installations from local indigenous artists, and an ethnobotanical garden with seating areas for the enjoyment of the whole community. Developing this vital infrastructure will provide a space where key service providers can deliver coordinated youth engagement projects that provide positive outcomes for the community. Developing outdoor public spaces is an important strategy in helping young people stay active and engaged. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The new and upgraded facilities at Carnarvon's Youth Precinct will provide a place for young people to stay busy and active. "It is great to be able to support the Shire and the local community in their endeavours." Comments attributed to Carnarvon Shire President Eddie Smith "This is very exciting for our youth - the redevelopment project will bring people together and strengthen our vibrant community. "The Council would like to thank the State Government and Lotterywest for their support in providing young people an active space to socialise, have fun, and test their skills in a safe environment." Minister's office - 6552 6200
More than 15,000 nicotine vapes seized in compliance crackdown13427Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10880html5/08/2022 5:36:14 AM2022-08-05T05:35:00Z Compliance raids ramped up to protect kids from illegal sale of vapes Two thirds of vapes tested by the ChemCentre found to contain nicotine Follows the launch of a new anti-vaping toolkit to highlight the dangers of e-cigarettes for young people, parents, carers and school staff A crackdown on illegal vapes in Western Australia has seen WA Health seize more than 15,000 disposable nicotine vapes from retailers, valued at more than $500,000, in just six weeks. Targeted operations have been conducted on retailers across the State to help minimise the health risks to the community, including young people who are increasingly using e cigarettes. Chemical tests on vapes thought to contain no nicotine, conducted by the ChemCentre in Bentley, have returned positive results for nicotine, a harmful and toxic drug, in two thirds of products tested. Vapes imported from overseas are often labelled incorrectly and can contain nicotine, which is addictive and illegal, according to WA Health Chief Pharmacist Meeghan Clay. In WA, it is illegal to sell e-cigarette devices and nicotine vaping products to anyone regardless of their age, unless they are prescribed by a doctor for smoking cessation purposes and obtained with a prescription from a pharmacy. The Department of Health has ramped up surveillance on the illegal sale of e-cigarettes amid concerns about increasing use by young people and has put 3,000 retailers on notice, reminding them of the ongoing restrictions regarding the sale of e-cigarette devices and nicotine vaping products under WA's Tobacco Products Control Act 2006, and Medicines and Poisons Act 2014. Some of the hazardous substances found in e-cigarette liquids and in the aerosol produced by e-cigarettes are known to cause damage to human cells and DNA, and can cause cancer. The maximum penalty for a breach of the relevant provisions of the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 is $45,000, while possession of nicotine without a prescription can fetch penalties of up to $30,000. Anyone who believes a retailer is selling illegal e-cigarettes or vapes is urged to 'dob-in-a dealer' by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The sheer number of illegal vapes seized by WA Health in just a matter of weeks is alarming, especially given their appeal to young people. "People are often wrongly under the impression the liquid in vapes is flavoured water, however, there are many harmful impacts of vaping - in many cases people are ingesting poisonous chemicals that can cause life-threatening illnesses. "We now know that many of the vapes being sold in WA as nicotine free in fact contain the highly addictive substance. "I call on retailers to do the right thing and stop selling these illegal products immediately." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Bullara accommodation development boosts Exmouth tourism13426Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4600html5/08/2022 5:30:41 AM2022-08-05T05:30:00Z Bullara Station Stay opens new facilities with $203,000 Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant 12 new jobs created for the local community Accommodation capacity increased in the lead up to the 2023 Ningaloo Eclipse Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened the 'Woolshed' tourist hub at Bullara Station, south of Exmouth. The development was supported by the McGowan Government, through the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program. Bullara Station has built a reputation for providing an authentic station stay experience for the past 12 years. The program has enabled it to expand its capacity to accommodate guests and support strong regional tourism growth - with the addition of two new high-end glamping tents and 60 new affordable camping and caravan sites. The development also includes a new ablutions block and hot water system, shearing shed hub, upgraded power systems, and a commercial kitchen and café. The new facilities have also increased Bullara's capacity to host events, and showcase their unique outback experience - recently hosting a sold-out event at the 2022 Gascoyne Food Festival on July 30. The completion of this tourist hub has seen 12 new jobs created, bringing the total peak season staff to 32. The RED Grants program has committed $45.8 million over eight years towards projects which aim to enhance economic development and job creation in regional Western Australia. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It is fantastic to be able to support Bullara Station in taking their pastoral tourism to the next level. "Increasing Bullara's capacity and variety of accommodation options allows a greater number of visitors to stay longer, and spend more in the local economy while they experience this magnificent region. "This superb tourism opportunity will contribute to the big push in the lead up to the Ningaloo Total Solar Eclipse in April 2023." Comments from Tourism Minister Roger Cook "This is another great development for our tourism industry. "Expanding the range and depth of quality regional tourism accommodation is an important part of our Wander Out Yonder strategy." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New additions to the Disability Services Commission Board13425Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8270html5/08/2022 5:01:10 AM2022-08-05T05:00:00Z Dr Scott Hollier appointed Chair of the Disability Services Commission Board Amanda Hunt and Linda McSherry to also join the Board Outgoing Chair Bruce Langoulant AM thanked for his dedicated service Disability Services Minister Don Punch has welcomed new members to the Disability Services Commission Board. The Board is the governing body of the Disability Services Commission and is responsible for the performance of the Commission's functions under the Disability Services Act 1993. Scott Hollier, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Centre For Accessibility Australia, has been appointed Chair of the Board. Dr Hollier has a background in Digital Accessibility, is a two-time Australian of the Year finalist and also serves as Chair of disability arts organisation DADAA. The two additional new members appointed to the Disability Services Commission Board are Amanda Hunt, Secretary of Community Employers WA and Co-Chairperson of the Sexuality Education Counselling and Consultancy Agency. Ms Hunt is a former Chief Executive Officer of Uniting WA; and Linda McSherry, Kimberley Supports Senior Manager with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services. Ms McSherry has a background in workplace health and safety, human resources and governance and has on the ground experience working with people with disability in regional and remote WA. The new members join re-appointed Board members Jaimen Hudson, Su-Hsien Lee, Terina Grace, Warren Harding, Priya Cooper and Kane Blackman (Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability) on the Disability Services Commission Board. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "Dr Hollier, Ms Hunt and Ms McSherry join the Disability Services Commission at a critical point in its history, with the newly established Office of Disability promoting the rights and interests of people with disability during a time of great change in the disability sector. "The Disability Services Commission Board has a key advisory role in disability sector stewardship and will advocate for innovation to improve inclusion and participation of people with disability through the delivery of the State Disability Strategy. "Importantly, the Board reflects the diversity of our community with membership comprising people with disability, family members, carers and advocates, as well as people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, young people and people living in regional and remote Western Australia. "I also pay thanks to the contribution of Mr Bruce Langoulant AM, who served on the Board of the Disability Services Commission for 21 years, including 15 years as Chair. "I look forward to working with the new Board to enhance the lives of Western Australians with disability, their families and their carers." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Fresh start for cottages ready to be called home13424Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7510html5/08/2022 4:18:33 AM2022-08-05T04:15:00Z $3 million project to refurbish seven Federation cottages in Perth heritage precinct complete Seven homes to be added to the State's social housing portfolio to support vulnerable Western Australians Works partly-funded through McGowan Government's multi-billion dollar WA Recovery PlanA strip of turn-of-the-century character properties in the Parry Street heritage precinct have been given a new lease on life, and will become social housing to support some of our State's most vulnerable people. The seven properties were identified for priority conservation works as part of the State's post-COVID-19 economic stimulus program, with some of the homes being vacant for the past seven years. The Federation-style cottages are not individually listed on the State Heritage Register, but are located within a culturally significant precinct which reflects a time of rapid urban expansion on the city fringes, generated by the 1890s gold rush. Locally owned and operated firm Western Projects was awarded the contract to carry out conservation works, which were designed and overseen by heritage specialists within the State Government. The works were focused on preserving the heritage features of the properties, such as repairs and restoration of original ceilings and floorboards, while also providing essential structural, plumbing and electrical safety upgrades. Over 40 local subcontractors were engaged to provide a range of construction services. Among those employed on the project were 14 apprentices, five female tradespeople and seven Aboriginal workers. The Department of Communities contributed $1.5 million to the project. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "The McGowan Government is committed to boosting the number of homes available to vulnerable Western Australians, and as Housing Minister, this is my number one priority. "This joint project has seen new life breathed into these character homes which had fallen into disrepair - however, now functional and fully refurbished, these cottages will soon be called home by families who really need them. "Being close to transport hubs, health services and support networks, they will be a valuable addition to our State's public housing. "This Government is using every lever it can to increase social housing, from restoration projects like this one, through to modular builds, spot purchasing and conversion of unused Government Regional Officers' Housing properties." Minister's office - 6552 5300
State strengthens economic development facilities in Exmouth13423Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5420html5/08/2022 3:41:14 AM2022-08-05T03:30:00Z New office accommodates two Regional Development Officers and a Tourism Experience Development Manager Central, modern location supports regional economic and community developmentThe Gascoyne Development Commission strengthened its presence in Exmouth with the opening of its new office by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today. Located at Exmouth's Ningaloo Centre, the new office is co-located with the Minderoo Exmouth Research Laboratory, the Ningaloo Discovery Centre and Museum, and the local TAFE campus. The new office provides a modern, central location for the business community to access the services of the Gascoyne Development Commission. It also enables greater support to the tourism sector with a newly appointed Tourism Development Manager for Tourism WA set to operate from the new premises. The Exmouth team will continue their on-ground support in the region's economic and community development, with the added focus of the Ningaloo Eclipse in 2023. The Exmouth community is planning for unprecedented numbers of domestic, interstate and international visitors. The State Government - through a multi-agency working group including the Gascoyne Development Commission and Tourism WA - will assist in the delivery of a safe and secure event for the community and visitors. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This new office provides a modern, central location for the Gascoyne Development Commission, Regional Development Officers, and a new Tourism Experience Development Manager, with the facilities required to maximise regional outcomes. "It's great to see the Ningaloo Centre at full capacity, bringing together key agencies that provide important support in the region's economic and community development, with the added focus on the Ningaloo Total Solar Eclipse in 2023." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Installation begins on WA’s biggest battery13422Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21020html5/08/2022 2:08:58 AM2022-08-05T02:00:00Z Major construction milestone reached in WA's first large-scale battery storage project $3.8 billion McGowan Government investment to include 1,100 megawatts of future Synergy battery projects Battery storage is key to supporting more renewables, as WA transitions towards net zero by 2050The McGowan Government - through Synergy - is a step closer to delivering Western Australia's biggest battery, after the first battery units were installed today. Premier Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston visited Synergy's big battery site in Kwinana this morning to see the project milestone. Synergy will operate the 100 to 200 megawatt hour battery, which will have the capacity to power 160,000 homes for up to two hours. The big battery will absorb excess energy from rooftop solar when the sun is shining, and demand is low - then discharge when it is most needed, during the late afternoon and evening peak. The installation of more than 600 battery units will take approximately eight weeks. The project will provide valuable learnings towards other large-scale battery storage projects earmarked for the next five years. An estimated $3.8 billion in new renewable energy infrastructure announced by the McGowan Government in June will include an additional 1,100 megawatts of new storage, to be delivered through Synergy. Large-scale battery storage will help provide long-term system stability, and support the uptake of more renewables in the South West Interconnected System as WA transitions towards net zero emissions by 2050. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My government is committed to further improving the stability of our power system by building WA's biggest battery in Kwinana. "The big battery forms part of our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, and will support the transition of WA's electricity grid to higher levels of renewables and storage. "The installation of the battery units will take around eight weeks, and has created close to 140 jobs during the construction phase. "I want to acknowledge NHOA - which is delivering the big battery - for their confidence and investment in Western Australia, by establishing its regional headquarters here in Perth. I recently visited their head office and thanked them for their support. "Their energy management and solutions expertise, coupled with the fact that WA is unique in its energy security - sets us apart from the rest of the country. "WA is a very attractive place to invest, and has the potential to become NHOA's western gateway to the Asia pacific region - helping diversify our economy and support jobs." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Increasing energy storage over the next decade will be crucial to addressing system security risks, such as high levels of rooftop solar generation, and ensuring reliable power supply to Western Australia's main electricity grid. "The lithium-ion iron phosphate big battery will be the size of one-and-a-half soccer fields, and will be connected to the Western Power network. "Synergy is also implementing a battery management system, to optimise its performance and longevity." Comments attributed to Kwinana MLA Roger Cook "This is another significant stride into the future for the Kwinana industrial area, and the local community. "The technology and expertise in Kwinana makes huge contributions to the State's economy. "But on top of this, Kwinana is also playing a key role in the energy transformation of our State." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Improved online campsite booking system and Explore Parks website13421Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6200html5/08/2022 1:05:12 AM2022-08-05T01:00:00Z ​New Explore Parks website now easier to navigate and more accessible on mobile devicesUpgraded Park Stay WA online campsite booking system allows for better management of WA's campsites and gives campers more flexibility to cancel or change bookingsThere are 65 campgrounds with 1953 campsites available for booking through Park Stay WAAbout 120,000 campsite bookings were processed through Park Stay WA in 2021, resulting in about 971,000 camper nights bookedWA's parks receive about 20 million visits per year New and improved versions have been launched of Park Stay WA, the online booking system used to book campsites managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service in Western Australia's national parks, and the visitor-focused Explore Parks website. Improvements to the Parks and Wildlife Service's Explore Parks website, which usually attracts more than 300,000 visits per month, means it is easier to navigate, better caters to mobile users, includes information about accessible parks and links directly to the Trails WA website. The recent upgrades to Park Stay WA gives campers more autonomy when booking by allowing people to create an account, make a booking, and then make changes or cancel the booking if needed. It is hoped the changes to the system will reduce the number of bookings that are made but go unused when campers do not take possession of the site on the booked date, arrive at the site late, or leave early. Under the previous system, some campsites went unused if the person who booked the site did not arrive on the date it was booked. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has invested $4.7 million to maintain and upgrade existing campgrounds and facilities and create 79 new campsites across WA. To plan your visit and book a campsite in one of WA's national parks, check out the new Explore Parks website at https//exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au/. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "The improvements to the Explore Parks and Park Stay WA websites will help more Western Australians and visitors to our State experience the incredible nature and culture of our national parks. "The new Explore Parks website is intuitive and user-friendly, making it easier than ever to discover the unique and diverse range of attractions, activities and experiences on offer in our parks. "Camping is a popular leisure activity and many of WA's campgrounds are extremely popular and book out well in advance, particularly during peak periods, meaning no shows cause frustration for campground hosts and other campers. "We know circumstances can change and the upgrades that have been made to the Park Stay WA booking system will make it easier for campers to change or cancel their bookings when required, meaning sites can be easily re-booked and more people can experience the enjoyment of camping in national parks." Minister's office - 6552 6300
WA Government teams up with renowned global business school13420Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10880html4/08/2022 10:30:48 AM2022-08-04T10:30:00Z WA Government signs memorandum of understanding (MOU) with INSEAD Business School to promote the State's innovation capability MOU will facilitate the inclusion of a WA case study in INSEAD's Master of Business Administration curriculum Initiative supported by the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries FundWestern Australian innovations will be shared with emerging global business leaders, as part of a new MOU signed by the WA Government and the prestigious INSEAD Business School. Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson launched the partnership alongside representatives from INSEAD at an event held at Curtin University last night. The Minister was joined by two INSEAD student teams from the school's France and Singapore campuses, who are visiting Perth as part of two summer program teams studying WA's innovation ecosystem. Each team will provide a report on their findings of the WA innovation ecosystem at the conclusion of the visit, which will contribute towards learnings for the WA Government's innovation policy. INSEAD is a non-profit business school and considered one of the most prestigious and largest graduate business schools in the world. It has campuses in France, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and San Francisco and ranks 6th in the QS World University Rankings Global MBA Rankings. The objective of the MOU is to showcase WA's burgeoning innovation community to a global audience through the INSEAD Business School. Forming part of the MOU, a virtual reality case study based on a WA-based mining operation will be developed in collaboration with the mining industry to highlight virtual business environments and support automation and robotics in mining along with autonomous vehicle usage. The MOU is supported through the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, which supports the acceleration of new and emerging businesses in WA, to diversify the economy and create new jobs and industries. Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson "We are proud to be the first jurisdiction in Australia to partner with the internationally acclaimed INSEAD Business School, which has been nurturing pioneers and innovators since its inception in 1967. "Western Australia already has a strong connection with INSEAD Business School, with over 50 alumni calling WA home. "The MOU is an important stepping stone to showcase the State's burgeoning innovation capability, including facilitating case studies that will promote our mining technology to the world. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting our local innovators through these kind of partnerships, which help drive the diversification of our economy and create the jobs of the future for Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Western Power Chief Executive Officer appointed13419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14810html4/08/2022 7:31:20 AM2022-08-04T07:30:00Z Sam Barbaro appointed as Western Power CEO effective immediatelyThe McGowan Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Barbaro as Chief Executive Officer at Western Power. Mr Barbaro has been acting CEO for the past five months and has played an extensive role in the transformation of the energy sector during the 15 years he has worked at the utility. With more than 20 years' experience across legal, commercial and operations, he brings a wealth of strategic knowledge and capability in leading one of the State's most essential service providers. Mr Barbaro has been an executive team member since 2014 in the roles of General Counsel and Executive Manager of Governance & Assurance and Executive Manager of Asset Operations. He joined Western Power in 2007 from the corporate sector, and has played a pivotal role in Western Power's service to the community. Sam is also a non-executive director of the Fiona Wood Foundation and Leadership WA. Western Power is owned by the people of Western Australia and is responsible for building, maintaining and operating an electricity network, which connects 2.3 million customers. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "I'm very pleased that Sam Barbaro has been appointed as Western Power's Chief Executive Officer during a significant and transformative time for Western Australia's energy sector. "Mr Barbaro has proven himself to be extremely capable in steering the organisation into a renewable energy future and I congratulate him on his appointment. "The past few years have seen a marked shift in decarbonisation and I'm confident Mr Barbaro's experience in leading the organisation's recovery efforts during Cyclone Seroja and the Wooroloo bushfire has put him in great stead. "WA's energy sector is facing an exciting and challenging time and I'm sure he will be able to continue Western Power's important role as we progress towards net zero emissions by 2050." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Reduced impact on Royal Show commuters with Midland Line shutdown moved13418Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11160html4/08/2022 3:30:34 AM2022-08-04T03:30:00Z Midland Line shutdown will now occur in January 2023 Shutdown is necessary to deliver critical upgrades to the Bayswater Station Postponing the shutdown will reduce impact on Royal Show commuters Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has announced the temporary shutdown of the Midland Line, to facilitate critical works on the upgraded Bayswater Station, has been postponed. Postponing the shutdown will reduce the impact on commuters travelling to and from this year's Royal Show, but is also necessary to provide more time to prepare for the works due to the ongoing impact of significant supply chain disruptions. The shutdown was originally scheduled to begin on September 23, but will now start in the January school holiday period. Pending the impact of ongoing supply chain disruptions, the works may be undertaken in two shorter shutdowns during the January and April school holiday periods respectively. The shutdown is required to remove and replace about 1.8 kilometres of track and other rail systems, as well as expanding the existing Leake Street pedestrian underpass and continuing work on the new Bayswater Bridge. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Moving the shutdown to early 2023 is necessary to provide us with more time to prepare for the critical works, but will also reduce the expected impact on people that were going to use the Midland Line to travel to and from the Royal Show. "Like most infrastructure projects across the country, we are continuing to experience challenges sourcing critical components. "The works are currently scheduled for the January school holidays, but may be undertaken in two shorter shutdowns during both the January and April school holidays, to minimise disruptions. "This will be critical to delivering the upgraded Bayswater Station, which will be the only train station outside of the CBD that services three separate train lines. "During the shutdown we will be removing and replacing about 1.8 kilometres of track and other rail systems, as well as expanding the existing Leake Street pedestrian underpass and continuing work on the new Bayswater Bridge. "Unfortunately it means we'll be stuck with the old Bayswater Bridge for a little bit longer, much to the dismay of truck drivers across Perth. "While the shutdown is necessary, I understand the challenge it will create for commuters, and we will do everything we can to minimise the disruptions." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New resources to support Western Australians in future health care decisions13417Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11750html4/08/2022 3:01:25 AM2022-08-04T03:00:00Z Western Australians to benefit from new Advance Health Directive (AHD) and advance care planning resources AHDs enable people to record their treatment decisions, values, beliefs and preferences Only 7.5 per cent of Western Australians have completed advance care planning documents to record their future health and personal care decisionsA suite of resources to help Western Australians have more say about their health and personal care has been launched today. Spearheaded by a new user-friendly Advance Health Directive (AHD), the resources include advance care planning guides for consumers and health professionals, online content and a guide to support people to complete their AHD. An AHD is a legal document that allows people to record the treatments they consent or do not consent to receiving, if they become unable to make or communicate these important decisions themselves. Advance care planning is a voluntary process of planning for future health and personal care and includes recording your values, beliefs, preferences, and treatment decisions. There are several advance care planning documents that enable Western Australians to record and share their preferences and decisions. These include an Advance Health Directive, a Values and Preferences Form and Enduring Powers of Guardianship. In 2017, WA Parliament's Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices found that only 7.5 per cent of WA's population had adequately planned the health and personal care they would like to receive. The committee's report informed work on enduring strategy three of the Sustainable Health Review, the blueprint for the future of health care in WA. Following a recommendation from the Committee, a Ministerial Expert Panel was formed to advise the Government on how more Western Australians could be better informed about advance care planning. The new Advance Health Directive and supporting resources can be accessed at healthywa.wa.gov.au/AdvanceCarePlanning Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Empowering people to make decisions about their own health, including end-of-life choices, is important. "These are not easy conversations to have, but it is one you and your loved ones will be grateful you had. "The new resources will benefit not only Western Australians approaching their end of life but anyone who wants to make their treatment decisions, values and beliefs known." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New Executive Director for WA Health Translation Network13416Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10270html4/08/2022 2:31:04 AM2022-08-04T02:30:00Z Professor Ian Everall appointed as new Executive Director for WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN) New appointment brings more than three decades of executive management experience to the role The Department of Health is a partner of the WAHTN under a joint venture agreement Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson today announced Professor Ian Everall as the new Executive Director for the WA Health Translation Network (WAHTN). WAHTN is a State-wide network made up of universities, medical research institutes, public and private hospitals, health service providers and the Department of Health. Its purpose is to steer evidence-based health and medical research into changes in policy, practice, training and innovation to benefit the health and wellbeing of all Western Australians. Professor Everall, a distinguished psychiatrist, has been at the forefront of research into cellular, molecular and genetic changes in the brain in major psychiatric disorders. Across three decades, Professor Everall's appointments have included Professor of Experimental Neuropathology at the Institute of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Everall was Cato Chair of Psychiatry and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne from 2009 to 2017. In 2014, he was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Melbourne for his thesis on 'Investigations into the molecular and cellular neuropathology of psychiatric disorders'. Professor Everall was also Executive Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London from 2017 to 2022. The Department of Health is a partner of the WAHTN under a joint venture agreement and has been a key financial supporter since its establishment in 2015. WAHTN is a Western Australian accredited Advanced Health Research Translation Centre under the Australian Health Research Alliance. This centre, along with the WA Country Health Service-Curtin University Research and Innovation Alliance, promote collaboration for health and medical research, health translation and provision of research-based health care and training. More information about WAHTN can be found here. Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson "Professor Everall brings to the table three decades' worth of experience in executive management, spanning across Australia, America, and the United Kingdom. "I am very pleased and proud to welcome Professor Everall as new Executive Director for the WA Health Translation Network, which continues to provide valuable support for health and medical research throughout the State. "I'd also like to congratulate outgoing Executive Director, Professor Gary Geelhoed and wish him a wonderful retirement following his illustrious career in health reform, clinical research and innovation." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Report card shows women workforce participation at record highs13415Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6940html4/08/2022 2:02:24 AM2022-08-04T02:00:00Z New Women's Report Card provides a snapshot of the status of women in 2022 Women in the workforce reaches 64.5 per cent with societal attitudes changing Proportion of women on State Government Boards and committees is now 52.5 per cent The State Government has released its 2022 Women's Report Card, showing how far Western Australian women have progressed in terms of leadership, economic independence, safety and justice, and health and wellbeing. The Report Card is used as a research tool that inform policy to improve outcomes for women. The snapshot is released every three years and is produced by the Department of Communities in partnership with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. While this report shows that progress is being made in many areas, it recognises that barriers for women still persist. Promisingly, women's workforce participation has increased with the number of women in the Western Australian workforce reaching a record high of 64.5 per cent. 51.5 per cent of women work full-time, in comparison to 82.6 per cent for employed men, with a 12-percentage point increase in the use of childcare in the period. Enabling women to participate equally in the community, including at leadership levels, is a priority area of Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality, which was launched in March 2020. The snapshot also shows the Government is leading the way in progressing greater gender equality. In 2021, the proportion of women on State Government boards and committees exceeded 50 per cent (52.5 per cent) for the first time in WA. WA's gender pay gap is down, but continues to be the highest nationally, at 21.2 per cent across all industries, down from 28.2 per cent since 2011. However, women continue to face a significantly higher risk of violence than men, particularly sexual and family and domestic violence. Statistics from the 2022 Women's Report Card include women's workforce participation rate is 64.5 per cent - this is the highest ever rate for women in WA; the proportion of employed women working full-time in WA is 51.5 per cent, in comparison to 82.6 per cent for employed men in WA; however, WA's gender pay gap is 21.2 per cent across all industries, down from 28.2 per cent in 2011, but higher than that reported nationally; women's representation in CEO positions across Australian companies and the community sector has increased; 59.5 per cent of university graduates are female, and have exceeded male graduates since 1985 particularly in the areas of law and accounting; teenage women giving birth in WA fell 26.6 per cent since 2016; cancer is the leading cause of death for women in WA; women continue to face a significantly higher risk of violence than men, particularly sexual and family and domestic violence with a 21 per cent increase in sexual assaults reported to WA police; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women account for 68 per cent of hospitalisations due to family and domestic violence in WA. To view the 2022 Women's Report Card and online data platform, visit www.womensreportcard.communities.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "This year's women's report card shows there has been good progress in the areas of public sector leadership and economic independence for women in WA. "It is encouraging to see that more organisations realise that greater diversity and having more women in leadership roles is good for business. "Industry can play a role in removing barriers for women so they can pursue higher paying careers that have traditionally been male-dominated. "There is no doubt there is still plenty of work to do. Women remain at significantly higher risk of violence than men - and the gender pay gap is unacceptable. "Long-lasting cultural change takes time and commitment across all sectors of the community. This Government is leading the way by creating change within the public sector and also through actions and initiatives to influence our stakeholders and the communities we support." Comments attributed to Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Research Fellow and Women's Report Card researcher Dr Silvia Salazar "This year's report shows there is now greater gender equality in leadership in the public sector. In 2021, the proportion of women on State Government boards and committees exceeded 50 per cent (52.5 per cent) for the first time in Western Australia. "By comparison, at the national level, private sector organisations still have a long way to go, with the proportion of women board members currently sitting at 33.4 per cent in 2021." Minister's office - 6552 6600
More WA communities commit to a better waste future13414Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8800html4/08/2022 1:01:57 AM2022-08-04T01:00:00Z Funding to five more communities for better sorting of household waste Part of the McGowan Government's $20 million Better Bins Plus Go FOGO program Takes the number of participating local governments to 23 Five more WA local governments have committed to the McGowan Government's Better Bins Plus Go FOGO program to implement a better way of sorting household waste. The City of Nedlands, City of Subiaco, Town of Mosman Park, Shire of Esperance, and Town of Claremont join 18 other local governments which have already committed to the program since it was introduced in 2020. Three of the local governments (Nedlands, Mosman Park, and Claremont) start the transition to three-bin FOGO services from a three bin garden organics service, while Subiaco currently provides a garden organics bag and Esperance has a two-bin system. The commitment will also see a moderate boost to local employment, with approximately eight new positions created. High performing FOGO services can achieve recovery rates of more than 65 per cent and make the single biggest contribution to achieving the waste strategy material recovery targets for municipal solid waste. FOGO also delivers environmental benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, while FOGO composting products can help soil quality and can be used locally. Recycling can support around three times the number of jobs compared to waste disposal. The Better Bins Plus Go FOGO program helps local governments to transition to three-bin FOGO services consisting of a red-lid bin for general waste, a yellow lid bin for co-mingled recycling, and a lime green lid bin for food organics and garden organics. The $20 million Better Bins Plus Go FOGO program is delivered by the Waste Authority and is a headline commitment in Western Australia's Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "FOGO services make a significant contribution to reducing household waste and reducing the amount of material being sent to landfill. "Councils that have introduced FOGO can increase recovery rates to more than 65 per cent. "It's easy for households to sort their waste using the FOGO system, and that simple change can have a significant impact on the environment." Minister's office - 6552 6300
‘Remembering Mount Margaret Mission’ sheds light on life at former mission13413Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5590html4/08/2022 12:31:54 AM2022-08-04T00:30:00Z Remembering Mount Margaret Mission publication collates 83-year-old drawings by Aboriginal children New insight into the lives of Aboriginal children at the mission in the 1930s Reflections from Elder with lived experience of the mission Long-lost crayon drawings created by Aboriginal children at Mount Margaret Mission in 1939 are the subject of a new publication produced by the State Government's Aboriginal History WA. The publication 'Remembering Mount Margaret Mission' is being released today to mark National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day. The book is an insight into the lives of Aboriginal children living at the Mount Margaret Mission, located on Wongatha land in the Goldfields-Esperance region. Largely unseen until recently, the drawings are a window into traditional life, the natural environment and the creative minds of some of Western Australia's Aboriginal children in the mid-20th century. Four Elders who were at the school in the 1930s were consulted on its research and publication, with two of the Elders' artwork being featured. The publication provides a reflection from one of the Elders, Mrs Laurel Cooper, who speaks of her memories of the mission, which is historically considered more progressive than similar institutions of the time. Some of the artists featured in the publication would go on to achieve national recognition in their professional life and in their community. Remembering Mount Margaret Mission is available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' website. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti "Remembering Mount Margaret Mission was produced with the co-operation of the Mount Margaret Aboriginal community, some of whom were at the mission in the 1930s and produced the featured drawings. "It tells a history that seldom gets told - that of Aboriginal children, many of whom had been forcibly removed from their families and sent to the mission in line with the Government policy at the time. "I recommend that anyone with an interest in the history of Western Australia takes time to look at this fascinating and significant work." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Broome company Morrgul awarded contract to build capacity of Aboriginal businesses13412Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5530html4/08/2022 12:12:48 AM2022-08-03T22:00:00Z Broome-based company Morrgul to continue delivering procurement advisory service to regional Aboriginal businesses McGowan Government Aboriginal Procurement Advisory Service supporting regional economic growth and jobs Broome-based company Morrgul has been awarded a five-year $1.47 million contract to support regional Aboriginal businesses, build capacity, and successfully compete for contracts across regional Western Australia. The not-for-profit organisation has secured the tender to continue to deliver the McGowan Government's Aboriginal Procurement Advisory Service - which it has been successfully providing since 2017. The advisory service supports Aboriginal business owners through the tendering process, to win tenders to supply goods and services to local and State Governments, and to demonstrate their business capability and capacity to potential buyers. Morrgul has supported more than 50 businesses in securing State Government contracts to deliver a wide range of goods, services, and works - resulting in the employment of more than 350 Aboriginal people across regional WA since 2017. Over the next five years the advisory service is projected to secure more than $50 million in Aboriginal procurement contracts, generating more than 500 new jobs across regional WA. The Aboriginal Procurement Advisory Service is administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and is available at no cost to all regionally based Aboriginal businesses across WA. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Congratulations to Morrgul on the great work they are doing to help our regional Aboriginal-owned and run businesses secure tender contracts. "The Aboriginal Procurement Advisory Service is a great program - supporting Aboriginal businesses to successfully compete for contracts on regional projects, while creating new jobs for Aboriginal people and helping regional economies to grow. "Over the past 12 months, the Aboriginal Procurement Advisory Service has assisted Aboriginal businesses to secure $8.4 million of work - including $1 million in the southern regions, through projects such as the Bunbury Outer Ring Road project." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New strategy provides pathway to improving services for Aboriginal families13411Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9590html3/08/2022 9:03:55 AM2022-08-03T09:00:00Z New strategy to strengthen delivery of services to Aboriginal children, families and communities More Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to deliver culturally appropriate services across Western Australia The ACCO Strategy is directly aligned to Priority Reform Area Two of the 2020 National Agreement on Closing the Gap, "Building the community-controlled sector" A new strategy that aims to increase opportunities for Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO) to deliver culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal children, families and communities has been launched today in Fremantle. The ten-year strategy was developed by representatives from 11 ACCOs across the State, Department of Communities and the Department of Finance. It aligns to several Priority Reform Areas and Socio-Economic targets identified within the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and aims to empower Aboriginal children, families and communities to choose their own futures from the foundations provided by ACCOs. ACCOs hold an important role in delivering culturally secure services to Aboriginal people across Western Australia. They provide a vast range of critical services and support including health, healing, safe homes, housing, education and training, child protection, disability support, justice, and maintaining strong connections to land and culture. Beyond the commitment made under Communities' ACCO Strategy the State Government has allocated $3.4 million to assist Aboriginal community controlled groups progress towards targets in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap for the next four years. Grants from the fund will go towards delivering high-quality, sustainable services for Aboriginal people and communities in the sectors of early childhood care, housing, health and disability. To read The Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) Strategy 2022 to 2032 Empowering Aboriginal children, families and communities to choose their own futures from secure and sustained foundations provided by ACCOs visit https//www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/aboriginal-community-controlled-organisation-strategy-2022-2032 Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Aboriginal people across Western Australia have repeatedly told us that to truly change outcomes, Aboriginal communities must lead the way, and that is achieved through community-based and family-led solutions. "We are committed to partner with and support ACCOs so that Aboriginal services can serve the unique needs of Aboriginal families alongside Communities. "ACCOs usually achieve better results, employ a majority of Aboriginal workforce and are the preferred providers by Aboriginal people over mainstream services. "The ACCO Strategy seeks to improve Communities' delivery of services to Aboriginal children, families and communities, and to support ACCOs to deliver culturally appropriate services across WA. "This builds on Communities' efforts in procurement, with more than 20 per cent of contracts being awarded to aboriginal businesses, exceeding the government target of 3 per cent." Comments attributed to Department of Communities Director General Mike Rowe "The Department of Communities is committed to reform, particularly in the way that it commissions and delivers services to Aboriginal children, families, and communities. "We know that when Aboriginal people provide place-based, locally-led and culturally safe services to Aboriginal people, the outcomes are far better. "This strategy will lay the foundation for enduring reform to ensure Aboriginal people are at the core of our business and can determine the services that best fit their needs. "Partnership between Communities and ACCOs will not only improve the delivery of the services that our department provides, but support ACCOs' self-determination in caring for their own communities. "We want to work together with the support of ACCOs to build a self-sustained sector that lasts for generations to come." Comments attributed to ACCO Strategy Project Working Group Co-Chair Joslyn Eades-Tass "It is our responsibility to ensure a genuine collaborative approach at all levels with a commitment that we are all working together to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6600
First regional safe active street complete in Geraldton13410Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6480html3/08/2022 5:35:15 AM2022-08-03T05:30:00Z Railway Street safe active street now complete, the first of its kind in regional WA $1.73 million project jointly funded by State and local government Improves safety and amenity for all road users - riders, walkers and drivers McGowan Government facilitating investment of $347 million in walking and riding infrastructure over next four years Regional Western Australia's first safe active street has been completed, improving safety and bike network connectivity for the Geraldton community. The $1.73 million project stretches 1.4 km along Railway Street in Bluff Point, from Smith Street to Green Street and connects to popular community facilities, including Spalding Park Reserve, St Lawrence Primary School and the Geraldton Commercial Centre. Improvements include a reduced speed limit and the introduction of raised plateaus to slow vehicles down. In addition to providing a safe alternative route to busy thoroughfares like North West Coastal Highway and Chapman Road, a 500 metre shared path has also been installed to connect the safe active street to the existing path network within Chapman River Regional Park, facilitating recreational opportunities for families, residents and visitors. The project complements the $4.24 million Geraldton Cycling Network Expansion project, which will see construction of an additional 8.3 kilometres of high-quality path and the highly anticipated Sunset Drive to Drummond Cove Shared Path become a reality. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This initiative is providing safer riding and walking routes for communities, and I am thrilled that Geraldton is the first location in regional WA to feature a safe active street. "The Railway Street safe active street offers an active transport route from areas where people live to nearby parks, schools and businesses, and links to some of the area's best natural landscapes forming an important recreational asset for the local community. "Over the next two years we will be transforming the Geraldton cycling network by constructing an additional 8.3 kilometres of high-quality shared paths for riding and walking." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "It's fantastic to see the completion of this project, and for Geraldton to become the first regional location to welcome a safe active street in Western Australia. "The positive changes will make this a safer place for cyclists and pedestrians, and provide a new connection to the Chapman River Regional Park, which is a popular destination for families in Geraldton." Minister's office - 6552 5500