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Full border opening delayed as part of updated transition plan9142Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2022 12:03:05 PM2022-01-20T11:50:00Z Sensible, safe and responsible updated transition plan based on latest health advice New hard border from February 5, 2022 but allows for more safe compassionate travel and return of Western Australians Updated plan takes into account the uncertainty of the impact of Omicron Further decisions on border controls will be reviewed over the course of the next month Everyone aged five and older urged to get vaccinated, including third doses if eligible Based on the latest health advice, Western Australia's Safe Transition Plan has been updated with new hard border settings from Saturday, February 5 to respond to serious concerns around the impacts of the Omicron variant. The updated plan means the full border opening will be delayed given the full impacts of Omicron in Australia are still unknown, with the peak of infections not yet reached in jurisdictions with widespread transmission. Western Australians now have the opportunity to get their third dose, to ensure the best protection possible against the Omicron variant. The new hard border settings will allow for more safe compassionate travel and the return of Western Australians. Under the new border settings, approved travellers are permitted to enter WA, or leave WA and return, with testing and quarantine requirements under the new expanded exemption criteria Returning Western Australians, with strong recent connections or direct legitimate family connections with WA; Compassionate grounds including funeral, palliative care or terminally ill visitation; Member of the family of an approved traveller; People entering for urgent and essential medical treatment; Reasons of national and State security; Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomats; Provision of specialist skills not available in WA, health services, emergency service workers; People required to attend court matters, judicial officers and staff of court, tribunals and commissions; and Special considerations and extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer. Approved interstate travellers into WA will be permitted with the following requirements Traveller must have an approved G2G Pass, under new exemption criteria; Be triple dose vaccinated if eligible (double dose vaccinated if not eligible for third); Return a negative pre-departure Rapid Antigen Test (24 hours prior to departure); Undertake 14 days of self-quarantine at a suitable premises, with the same requirements for household members at the self-quarantine premises; PCR testing within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of self-quarantine, and household members will also be required to do a PCR test on the traveller's day 12. Subject to mandatory use of G2G Now and in-person checks by WA Police as required. Additional requirements are in place for domestic road travel to keep WA safe Approved domestic travellers to limit travel to 1,500 kilometres from road borders, to enable people to travel by road to suitable premises for quarantine in Perth from Eucla; Entry at the Kununurra border only for transport, freight and logistics and border community residents; Restricted travel into remote Aboriginal communities. International travel into WA will be permitted with the following requirements Meet the Commonwealth requirements to enter Australia under the arrivals cap; Undertake 14 days of mandatory quarantine including, seven days in hotel quarantine and seven days of self-quarantine at a suitable premise, if eligible; PCR testing on days one, six, nine and 12, and household members will also be required to do a PCR test on the traveller's day 12 Subject to mandatory use of G2G Now and in-person checks by WA Police as required; International travel indirectly into WA via another State or Territory will be subject to the same entry and quarantine requirements as domestic travellers. Current entry arrangements remain unchanged for transport, freight and logistics, maritime, aircraft crew, rig/platform and specific industries approved by the State Emergency Coordinator and Chief Health Officer. Further review of border controls will be considered over the course of the next month. For more information about WA's Updated Safe Transition Plan, visit https//wa.gov.au Current health and social measures remain in place, including masks to be worn as required, proof of vaccination for certain venues and businesses and contact registration including check ins using SafeWA or ServiceWA. Everyone in WA aged five and older should get vaccinated including their third dose as soon as they are eligible. Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19 particularly against new variants and people should visit https//rollup.wa.gov.au to book their appointment. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Unfortunately, the world changed in December when Omicron arrived. "It would be irresponsible and reckless for the State Government to ignore the facts and ignore the reality of the situation playing out on the east coast. "Allowing a wave of Omicron cases to fly straight into Perth from February 5, with no testing, no quarantine and no public health measures would cause a flood of the disease across our State. "WA's new Safe Transition Plan will begin to be implemented on February 5. However, the full border opening has been delayed. "Under the interim border settings, approved travellers will be permitted to enter WA with testing and quarantine under the new expanded exemption criteria. "The expanded criteria includes allowances for returning Western Australians, compassionate grounds, family members, and those entering for urgent or essential medical treatment. "A decision on further easing of the new hard border controls will be made in the near future - once the east coast has reached the peak of infection, and we have a better understanding of the true impact of Omicron." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Getting vaccinated, including getting your third dose when you are due, is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. "These updated measures will hopefully give more Western Australians the opportunity to get a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before the virus has a chance to take hold in our community. "A third dose offers far greater protection against the Omicron variant and I'd urge all Western Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible. "Omicron has changed the pandemic landscape and the updated Safe Transition Plan is a necessary pivot in the face of this new threat. "Importantly, these changes will make it easier for families who have been separated by the pandemic to reunite and for those needing to return to WA on compassionate grounds." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Innovative technology trialled at signalised pedestrian crossings9141Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2022 4:01:10 AM2022-01-20T04:00:00Z New contactless sensors fitted at signalised pedestrian crossings across Metro area Operate by hovering hand over sensors, a hygienic alternative to push buttons New technology to be trialled at 50 locations, with further roll outs being considered Main Roads has started rolling out new technology at selected signalised pedestrian crossings with high volumes of pedestrian demand in the Perth Metropolitan area. Signalised pedestrian crossings will have new sensors fitted that allow pedestrians to hover their hand over a sensor to activate the crossing as an alternative to the existing push button. The trial locations will continue to have physical push buttons, audible crossing tone, and a vibrotactile arrow panel to assist hearing and visually impaired users. The new technology will be trialled over a six-month period. An instructional diagram will be placed at all trial locations to identify the new technology and advise pedestrians on how to operate the new contactless sensor. The trial is timely given the current COVID-19 concerns facing the community and the potential safety benefits that may be derived from this new initiative. The McGowan Government continues to ensure safe public transport, including enhanced cleaning on trains and buses, and the wearing of masks on public transport and in ride share vehicles. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We are rolling out a trial of contactless sensors at 50 locations across the Perth metropolitan area. "This is brand new technology that will mean people have the option to hover their hand over the sensor rather than touch the push button. "This provides more options for people who may not be comfortable with a push button, who may be immune-compromised or elderly. "I look forward to seeing how the trial progresses." Comments attributed to South Perth MLA Geoff Baker "South Perth is a popular destination, with hundreds of people visiting for work or recreation every day. "This is the perfect place for the start of the trial and I look forward to hearing from people on what they think of the new technology." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA’s successful economy continues to drive down unemployment9140Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2022 3:40:48 AM2022-01-20T03:40:00Z WA's unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation at 3.4 per cent The lowest unemployment rate in WA in 13 years - since December 2008 An additional 67,314 Western Australians gained employment in 2021 - the largest calendar year increase on record Full-time employment reaches a record high of 977,197Western Australia's strong economy continues to see the unemployment rate decline, with new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics today showing the unemployment rate is at its lowest in WA in 13 years. The ABS Labour Force report for December showed WA's unemployment rate fell to 3.4 per cent down from 3.8 per cent in November. This is the lowest unemployment rate of the States, well below the national rate of 4.2 per cent and the lowest in WA since December 2008. In 2021, an additional 67,314 Western Australians gained employment, the largest calendar year gain on record. This included an additional 55,328 full-time jobs. Full time employment reached a record 977,197 people by the end of 2021, with a further 6,499 people gaining full-time employment in December. Full-time employment for women grew by 32,728 in 2021, while the female unemployment rate fell to 3.2 percent. Since the McGowan Government came to office in March 2017, almost 140,000 jobs have been created. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australia's safe and sensible approach to the management of the pandemic has enabled our economy to be the most successful in the nation, and one of the best performing in the world. "As our economy continues to grow so do the employment opportunities in our State. "This means we now have the lowest unemployment rate in WA in 13 years - since December 2008. "This has largely been driven by the record number of people in full-time employment in WA, with nearly one million Western Australians now working full-time. "What is clear is that our safe and cautious approach to managing COVID-19 continues to deliver for Western Australians. "This is why a safe transition of border controls is so important to keep businesses open and Western Australians in work." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Mid-West RED grants building sustainable communities9134Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2022 3:00:34 AM2022-01-20T03:00:00Z Five Mid-West projects share more than $700,000 grant funding McGowan Government's RED Grants creating jobs and diversifying economies across regional WA Five Mid-West projects that create local jobs, support skills development and boost local tourism will share in $724,117 grant funding under round four of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. The RED Grants program is a McGowan State Government initiative investing $40.8 million over seven years in locally-driven projects to stimulate economic growth in the regions. Fenix Newhaul will receive $250,000 to establish a world-leading truck driving simulator in the region, building the road train driver learning experience at its Kickstart Driver Training Academy. Unlike anything else in Australia, the technology will reduce the timeframe for learners to become competent and significantly reduce health and safety risks on the road. The Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation will receive $216,366 to conduct tours out of Cue to Walga Rock and the Wilgie Mia Ochre Mine in a major boost for local cultural tourism. The project will support development of a stand-alone Aboriginal owned and managed business and provide employment, training and skills development opportunities for local Aboriginal people. A $146,700 grant will support Nufab Industries to manufacture custom parts for market-leading farm machinery, with the purchase of a Computer Numerical Control High-Definition Plasma Cutting machine. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "RED Grant funding is helping regional communities embrace new and exciting business, job and training opportunities. "With Fenix Newhaul, we will be supporting a world-class truck driver training experience in the region, helping to deliver the training and skills needed to keep our regional economy moving. "Our RED Grants will help to develop new tourism businesses and opportunities in the Mid-West hinterland, building on the region's rich Aboriginal and pastoral heritage. "These projects will help to diversify businesses, helping to build stronger local economies and boosting local job opportunities." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "It's so good to see the McGowan Labor Government supporting regional business and enterprise. "These grants are supporting a diverse range of projects including transport and logistics, local manufacturing, tourism and cultural experiences. "I am excited to see these projects get off the ground and I thank Minister MacTiernan and the Mid West Development Commission for their support of local business." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful Round 4 RED Grant recipients - Mid-West Grant Applicant Project Description Grant Amount Fenix Newhaul Pty Ltd World-leading simulator technology to enhance the road train driver learning experience. $250,000 Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation To conduct tours from Cue to Walga Rock and the Wilgie Mia Ochre Mine. The project will support the development of a stand-alone Aboriginal owned and managed business which will provide employment, training and skills development for local Aboriginal people, initially employing one part-time tour manager and up to four part-time trainees as required. $216,366 Nufab Industries Pty Ltd Computer Numeric Control High-Definition Plasma Cutting machine for precision cutting of high-grade thick metal plates to make custom parts used in the manufacturing of market-leading farming machinery. $146,700 Rainstar Holdings Pty Ltd T/A Wooleen Station Relocate and refurbish 100-year-old shearer's shed kitchen and transform it into the Wooleen Station Visitors Building to include a merchandise outlet, hospitality service, interpretive space, art gallery and meeting room. $100,000 New Leaf Connect Customised trailer and fit out to enhance the customer experience while on tours, custom trips and experiences in the Mid-West and to allow additional storage space for private transport jobs. $11,051
Achievements of young people to be recognised at annual WA Youth Awards9132Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2022 2:05:17 AM2022-01-20T02:05:00Z Nominations now open for Western Australia's 2022 Youth Awards 2022 awards include 10 categories covering arts, innovation, advocacy and community leadership 2022 WA Youth Award recipients will be announced at the start of Youth Week WA on April 8 Acting Youth Minister Don Punch has called for Western Australians to recognise outstanding young people and those who support them, when opening nominations for the 2022 WA Youth Awards today. The awards will celebrate the achievements, talents and contributions to the community of Western Australians aged 12 to 25, as well as individuals and organisations that work with and support the State's young people. Nominations are open for the following categories The Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award; ECU Community Leadership Award; Propel Youth Arts WA Creative Contribution Award; Mission Australia Young Changemaker Award; Youth Futures Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award; Aboriginal Health Council of WA Positive Achievement Award; Youth Focus Sector Collaboration Award; The YWA Collective Action Award; Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award; and Minister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award. Category winners receive a $1,000 cash prize. A WA Young Person of the Year award will be selected from categories which honour individuals. The WA Young Person of the Year will receive a $10,000 bursary to participate in youth-related activities, along with a personal $3,000 travel bursary. Nominations close on Friday March 5, 2022 with winners to be announced at the 23rd WA Youth Awards on Friday April 8 at WA Museum Boola Bardip. The awards are a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and are supported by Lotterywest. For more information visit https//www.yacwa.org.au/waya2022 Comments attributed to Acting Youth Minister Don Punch "Since 1999, the WA Youth Awards have provided a platform to elevate the work of young people aged 12 to 25 in areas like community leadership, innovation, advocacy and the arts. "Recognising the valuable contributions young people, youth organisations and youth workers make to our community is so important. "I encourage Western Australians to think about those who are making a difference to the lives of others and enriching our community and nominate them for an award. It is easy to do." Minister's office - 6552 6100
More all-terrain wheelchairs across WA as McGowan Government election commitment delivered9127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2022 2:00:46 AM2022-01-20T02:00:00Z Funding announced for new purpose-built wheelchairs for outdoor environments Better access to beaches, national parks and wilderness trails Opportunities for people with disability to connect to their community and participate in recreation activitiesAll-terrain wheelchairs will soon be available at more locations across Western Australia thanks to a State Government grant program. Disability Services Minister Don Punch was at Floreat Surf Life Saving Club today to announce the 12 organisations across the State receiving funding totalling $100,000 to purchase all-terrain wheelchairs for public use at locations including beaches, national parks and wilderness trails. All-terrain wheelchairs are purpose-built and designed for outdoor environments including sand, gravel and water. They assist people with mobility impairments to access areas in which a traditional wheelchair cannot operate. The new all-terrain wheelchairs will augment or update the 47 that that are currently available through local government authorities and surf life saving clubs. In addition to funding the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair, grants can also be used to cover storage for the wheelchair, signage, promotion and accompanying accessibility products such as matting. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "Improving the availability of all-terrain wheelchairs at National Parks and beautiful beaches such as Floreat across WA will support people with disability to connect to their community and increase participation in recreation activities in the natural environment. "The diversity of grant recipients shows that all-terrain wheelchairs can be a great asset to a community - with grants provided to both regional centres and in metropolitan Perth to enable people with disability access to bush trails, tourist attractions and junior surf lifesaving programs. "Having access to the outdoor environment and the activities that go with it is a key part of an inclusive community, and I am pleased WA communities will be more accessible and inclusive thanks to the delivery of this election commitment." Comments attributed to Churchlands MLA Christine Tonkin "The Floreat Surf Life Saving Club has a proud record of implementing inclusive programs; it runs a Starfish Nippers program (aimed at children 6 years and older with disabilities), and a Silver Salties program (aimed at those aged over 65). In addition, the club shares its facilities with a Valetudo gym facility, a registered NDIS provider of exercise physiology services. The presence of these programs and services bring people with disabilities of all ages into contact with the club. "All-terrain wheelchairs will make access to the beach so much easier and more enjoyable for people with mobility limitations." Minister's office - 6552 6900 All-Terrain Wheelchair Grants Program recipients 2021 Access to Leisure and Sport Inc $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a specialised trekking wheelchair for people with disability to access the Greenough and Chapman River walking trails. City of Albany $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for use at Middleton Beach to complement the recent Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Project. The all-terrain wheelchair will replace an old beach wheelchair and will provide greater choice to better suit the needs and preferences of people with disability. City of Bunbury $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a Freedom Trax, which attaches to a manual wheelchair. This will support people with disability to move independently and access Koombana Bay, Back Beach, the Leschenault Inlet, Mangrove Cove, Maidens Park and Manea Park, as well as surrounding trails, parks and beaches. City of Karratha $9,500 This grant will fund the purchase of Hippocampe all-terrain wheelchair and Mobi-Me Access Mat to replace the current all-terrain wheelchair. It will be stored at Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre who will provide advice, recommendations and support to people using the wheelchair. City of Mandurah $8,500 This grant will fund the purchase of two types of all-terrain wheelchairs for use at the Estuary Pool and adjacent beach. Floreat Surf Life Saving Club $5,500 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to benefit children with disability in participating in the Floreat Surf Life Saving Club Starfish Nippers program, designed to support children with disability to experience the ocean and be educated on water safety. Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club $6,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for use by the Mullaloo Mariners program and by people with disability using Mullaloo Beach. The all-terrain wheelchair will also improve the capacity of the Mullaloo Mariners' inclusive surf and water awareness program for children with disabilities. Rottnest Foundation $8,500 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair and walker which will be available for loan through the Pedal and Flipper Hire store. The all-terrain wheelchair and walker will be able to be used at Thomson Bay at the main settlement area and will also be able to be taken to other beaches via the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. Shire of Esperance $10,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a Sand Rider beach wheelchair and beach matting for use at Town Beach, the Esperance Foreshore, the Esplanade and James Street Precinct. This will complement and enhance accessibility improvements being made to the Esperance Foreshore. Shire of Mundaring $6,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to increase access to community and social activities held at Lake Leschenaultia. The all-terrain wheelchair will improve accessibility and complement new accessibility upgrades and will improve inclusion for people with disability at community and social activities. Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club $8,000 This grant will fund the purchase of a beach wheelchair following consultation with key stakeholders in the local community, including a dedicated Beach Access for All working group. Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre $8,000 This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to enhance visitor and resident access and enjoyment of the region's parks and reserves, including the Valley of the Giants Trail Network.
New facility to spring WA’s divers onto the world stage9125Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6060html19/01/2022 5:07:50 AM2022-01-19T05:05:00Z HBF Stadium's new state-of-the-art dryland dive centre will develop home-grown Commonwealth and Olympic athletes Set to open mid-2022, the facility will bring Perth's diving facilities up to international standard Name of new facility will honour pioneer of diving in WA, the late Bruce Prance OAM Equipment including trampolines and harnesses will allow for ten times more repetitions than water-based training The McGowan Government has started building a new dryland dive centre at HBF Stadium that will help athletes hone their craft to give them the best chance at Commonwealth and Olympic success. The new dryland facility - opening in mid-2022 - will allow divers to use trampolines, springboards, harnesses and foam pits to perform acrobatic jumps without water. Using the dryland facility will help divers practise ten times as many repetitions than traditional water-based training. It is anticipated the innovative centre will help Western Australia to retain home-grown springboard and platform diving stars as they work towards their Commonwealth and Olympic dreams. The FINA international standard training facility will enable athletes and coaches to finely tune techniques of all parts of the dive, apart from the final water entry. When the new facility opens in mid-2022, it will be among just a handful of dryland facilities in Australia - a drawcard for diving training camps and events hosted in Perth. Befittingly, the new facility will also honour the late Bruce Prance OAM, who sadly passed away in 2019 and was involved in the sport of diving for over 70 years. Mr Prance was a State-level diver before he became a world class coach. He was instrumental in the formation of what is now Diving Western Australia in 1957 and became a pioneer of dryland training in Australia. The facility will also be the new home of Diving WA, including office space, athlete area, board room and training room. The facility will include six springboards, three trampolines, six harnesses, a sprung floor, foam pit and weights area Coaches and divers will also have the ability to analyse techniques through three video replay systems Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "The finesse, repetition and courage required to compete in the sport of diving is incredible, and simply astonishing to watch. "A facility like the one we're building is becoming a necessity to be able to compete at the highest levels, so I'm thrilled it's underway. "Developing our athletes on home soil, from grass roots to elite level, is a major priority for high performance sport in Western Australia and will be a significant benefit for divers in the lead up to Brisbane 2032. "Diving is widely-loved by spectators and the facility will look to attract diving events at an international standard. "HBF Stadium is renowned for its world class facilities and the new state-of-the-art centre will be another string to its bow." Minister's office - 6552 5400
International recognition for DFES staff and volunteers9124Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6940html19/01/2022 5:00:48 AM2022-01-19T05:00:00Z Emergency services personnel help Canada fight nearly 300 wildfires Service pins presented to 13 DFES staff and volunteers In appreciation of their efforts during last year's Canadian wildfires, 13 Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff and volunteers today received Canadian Deployment Recognition Pins. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Department of Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM presented the recognition pins and thanked staff and volunteers for their heroic efforts. The special taskforce of Western Australian firefighters was deployed after Australia received a formal request from the Canadian Government to help its crews tackle the worst wildfires the country had experienced in years due to record temperatures. In British Columbia, a State of Emergency was declared as more than 3,180 personnel were deployed to fight nearly 300 fires sweeping through the province. The WA contingent featured members who travelled from as far as the Great Southern and Mid-West Gascoyne. They completed a 30-day deployment in extreme conditions with the WA contingent undertaking important roles including incident controllers; fire behaviour analysts; and aerial firefighting specialists. Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service volunteers Benjamin Bunney and Heather Bell announced their engagement while on the deployment. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "I am extremely proud that Western Australia was able to answer this call and send an emergency response contingent with such a vast skills set to Canada during these devastating wildfires. "I thank the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' staff and volunteers who put their hands up to protect the Canadian community. "Their actions in successfully filling key roles, including incident controllers, fire behaviour analysts and aerial firefighting specialists, will certainly enhance our reputation around the world. "It is that selflessness, dedication and service under extremely challenging conditions we acknowledge today with the presentation of Canadian Deployment Recognition Pins." RECIPIENTS NAME SERVICE/REGION Heather Bell Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Benjamin Bunney Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Lee Shelley Denmark Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, A/Community Emergency Service Manager Shire of Denmark Jonathon Glasspool Dunsborough Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Matthew Stoltenberg Eaton-Australind Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Adam Mullaney Wanneroo Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Michael Simpson Waroona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service Thomas Kusters Lancelin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Matthew Holland A/District Officer Emergency Management, Mid-West Gascoyne region Nathan Hall District Officer Emergency Management, Lower South-West region Daniel Katnich Hope Valley Station Officer, Metropolitan South Coastal region Peter Norman DFES State Coordination Kloe Archer DFES State Coordination Minister's office - 6552 5800
New look board to help guide the future of Kings Park9122Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13990html19/01/2022 3:02:03 AM2022-01-19T03:00:00Z New Chairperson for Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority named Experienced public sector leader Gail McGowan new Chairperson New Deputy Chairperson and board member also appointed Respected public sector leader Gail McGowan has been appointed Chairperson of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, which oversees the operation of Kings Park and Bold Park. Ms McGowan brings a wealth of experience in public sector governance and management. Ms McGowan recently retired from her role as the Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, has been a member of the Infrastructure WA Board and has held other senior positions across government including WorkSafe and the former Department of State Development. Current board member Ms Sheila McHale has been elevated to the role of Deputy Chairperson. Ms McHale was Chief Executive Officer of Palmerston Association Inc for more than nine years and a Member of Parliament in Western Australia for 12 years, being a Minister for seven of those 12 years in Parliament. Professor Stephen van Leeuwen is a respected Boojarah Wardandi Noongar leader and has been appointed to the board for a three-year term. Professor van Leeuwen is a well-regarded botanical ecologist, research scientist and senior manager. Professor van Leeuwen has a diverse professional research background in flora and fauna ecology, taxonomy and management across WA. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This is a really exciting time for both Kings Park and Bold Park with a number of exciting projects on the horizon, and I congratulate Ms McGowan, Ms McHale and Professor van Leeuwen on their appointments. "The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board will undoubtedly benefit from new expertise in planning, cultural heritage and conservation which complement the extensive existing skills and knowledge already present on the board. "My sincere thanks also go out to former Chairperson Richard Simpson, who stepped down in 2021 after nearly two decades in the position." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Applications now open for small business assistance9121Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10470html19/01/2022 2:40:06 AM2022-01-19T02:35:00Z Applications for grants of up to $12,500 are now open to businesses directly impacted by public health restrictions in Perth and Peel over the festive season Eligible businesses in the hospitality sector, the music events industry and the creative and performing arts sector can apply for financial assistance Payments of up to $4,400 are available for sole traders, while employing businesses may apply for grants of up to $12,500Applications for financial support are now open for specific businesses directly impacted by the necessary public health measures in Perth and Peel from December 23, 2021 to January 4, 2022. The Small Business Assistance Grant - December 2021 will assist small businesses and sole traders in the hospitality and events sectors that meet the eligibility criteria. Businesses must be located in the Perth and Peel region and demonstrate a reduction in turnover of at least 30 per cent compared to the same 11-day period last year. The final payment will be based upon the number of days that a business was impacted over the period. Employing businesses may receive $1,130 for each impacted day, while sole traders may receive $400 for each impacted day. Small businesses can check their eligibility and apply online at https//www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au, with payments expected to commence by the end of January. For information on the support available through the Getting the Show Back on the Road and the Night Club Closures One Off Grants programs, please visit https//www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/arts-funding/getting-the-show-back-on-the-road Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Don Punch "This financial package will provide targeted support to small businesses, including self-employed creative and event workers, directly impacted by the necessary public health measures put in place over the Christmas and New Year period. "The festive season is traditionally a peak period for sectors including hospitality, entertainment, events and catering. The McGowan Government has created an assistance program to help those businesses that experienced cancellations and reductions in turnover while the necessary public health measures were in place. "A fast-track facility has also been introduced to streamline payments and ensure businesses can get financial support as quickly as possible. "I'd like to thank all WA small businesses for their understanding and co-operation in keeping our State as safe as possible as we manage our safe transition towards easing our borders." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Getting the Show Back on the Road+ program has updated guidelines available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website to provide support for eligible event and festival organisers. "Additionally, I encourage small business suppliers and contractors in the events industry to check out the Small Business Assistance Grant and lodge an application if their business is eligible." Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
New reports help power Western Australia’s hydrogen future9120Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14050html19/01/2022 2:01:26 AM2022-01-19T02:00:00Z Reports released for McGowan Government-funded studies into the transmission and storage of hydrogen in Western Australia Feasibility study outlines pathway for declaring sections of the Dampier to Bunbury pipeline suitable for up to 9 per cent hydrogen/natural gas blends Report commissioned by GSWA identifies seven onshore depleted gas and oil fields as good candidates for hydrogen storage projects New reports on the transmission and storage of hydrogen identify steps Western Australia will need to take on the road to becoming a global hydrogen powerhouse. Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan highlighted the reports' findings in a speech today to the third Hydrogen Production, Storage, and Infrastructure Development Global Summit, which is being held virtually from January 19 to 20. Prepared by DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd, the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Hydrogen Feasibility Study outlines a pathway for declaring sections of the pipeline suitable for up to 9 per cent hydrogen/natural gas blends. This pathway includes material testing, investigating additional operational constraints and a realignment of regulatory and commercial frameworks. The feasibility study received $216,000 in grant funding from the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Fund. The McGowan Government has also released the Stage 1 report of its study into the hydrogen storage potential of depleted oil and gas fields in WA. Commissioned by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA), and prepared by RISC Advisory, the Stage 1 report identifies seven onshore fields as good candidates for hydrogen storage projects. The results of the report will inform Stage 2 of the study, which will involve 3D modelling of a small section of the candidate fields identified in Stage 1. The study was funded through the WA Recovery Plan, which included $1 million for identifying locations suitable for hydrogen storage. A copy of the Stage 1 report is available at https//www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/hydrogen-storage-potential-of-depleted-oil-and-gas-fields-western-australia. The public knowledge sharing report for the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Hydrogen Feasibility Study is available at https//www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/dampier-bunbury-natural-gas-pipeline-public-knowledge-sharing-report Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The WA Government has committed $160 million to making sure Western Australia reaches it potential and becomes a global supplier of renewable hydrogen. "Our commitment includes funding a range of studies that will inform the development of Western Australia's hydrogen industry. "As we start producing more and more hydrogen, we need to know how we are going to safely move and store it around the State. "The two reports we have released today identify steps for making sure we have the infrastructure required for the transmission and storage of hydrogen in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Heat on childcare operators to take care this summer9119Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7260html19/01/2022 1:30:34 AM2022-01-19T01:30:00Z Childcare service operators reminded to ensure children are adequately protected from sun and hot equipment Three childcare providers were fined after children suffered burns on playground surfaces and equipment With an influx of children returning to childcare services during the height of summer, the heat is on childcare operators to ensure children are properly protected. The Department of Communities has investigated several incidents where children at childcare centres suffered burns to their hands and feet after coming into contact with hot playground surfaces and equipment. In one instance a two-year-old girl sustained burns to her feet when she stepped on either brick pavers or a metal grate that had been directly exposed to the sun. The child was not wearing shoes at the time, and the burns required medical treatment. The maximum temperature in Perth that day was 38.4°C. The operator was fined $9,000. In another incident, three children suffered severe burns to their feet while taking part in an emergency evacuation fire drill, with two of them requiring hospital treatment. Temperatures soared to 35.8°C in Perth that day, and the fire drill occurred at 2.30pm. Several children aged between 18 and 36 months old were not wearing shoes or socks. The childcare provider was fined $15,000. That same day at a different service, a child under three needed medical treatment after sustaining burns to their feet. The child had been playing outside and was not wearing shoes at the time. An investigation found the child's burns may have been caused by the child coming into contact with hot outdoor synthetic lawn or play equipment exposed to direct sunlight. The operator was fined $14,500. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "It's been a scorching summer and there is still more hot weather on the way. As families return from holidays and more children are back attending childcare centres, it's important to remember how dangerous the sun can be - and the risk of burn injuries to children. "Most childcare service operators appropriately consider UV exposure but in addition, they must also have clear procedures in place to ensure that play surfaces, play equipment and walkways are checked regularly on hot days. "Outside activities should be planned to reduce risk of exposure to hot surfaces, especially in the middle of the afternoon when temperatures peak. "There have been horrific cases of children requiring hospital treatment after receiving burns from hot equipment and surfaces, and we all need to be aware of the dangers. Childcare providers can face fines of up to $50,000. "The Department of Communities regularly conducts on-site compliance checks all year round, and hot play equipment and surfaces will be a focus during the summer months." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Kids’ vaccination blitz ahead of schools returning for 20229118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16150html19/01/2022 12:33:30 AM2022-01-18T21:00:00Z Vaccination blitz for children aged five to 11 from January 22 to 30, 2022 More than 11,400 paediatric vaccination appointments available Perth CBD clinic at PCEC to become a dedicated paediatric clinic Bookings essential, secure your child's appointment at VaccinateWA today More than 27,000 children aged five to 11 have so far been first dose vaccinated A kids' vaccination blitz will start this week with thousands more appointments available to get children first dose vaccinated before the start of the school year to protect our youngest Western Australians against COVID-19. From Saturday January 22 to Sunday January 30, an additional 4,700 COVID-19 vaccination appointments will be available to be booked at State-run clinics for children aged five to 11. This takes the total available kids' appointments during this time to more than 11,400. An additional 8,000 kids' vaccination appointments have already been booked for this period. A dedicated paediatric vaccination clinic will also open at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) and increased children's vaccinations will be available at Kwinana and Ellenbrook vaccination clinics. All other appointments booked at the PCEC clinic will continue as scheduled. All other State-run clinics in the metropolitan area and regions will continue to offer children vaccinations as they do now. Parents are also able to book their children into an appointment at GPs and pharmacies across the State. People are encouraged to visit rollupforwa.com.au to find their nearest vaccination clinic and visit VaccinateWA to secure their child's appointment at a State-run clinic - bookings are essential. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I urge all parents to take advantage of our kids' vaccination blitz to help protect our children against COVID-19. "Since Monday last week, when children aged five to 11 became eligible, thousands of parents have booked their children in for their first dose and demand for appointments continues to grow. "Getting your child vaccinated now is an important step to help keep them safe when schools return for the 2022 year. "Western Australians have done a great job so far, but there is still more work to be done to get more people vaccinated and more third doses administered before we can safely transition." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "I urge parents with children aged five to 11 to get them vaccinated against COVID-19 to avoid serious illness from the Omicron variant. "I encourage parents to book these additional spots at our State-run vaccination clinics. The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect your child. "GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics are also available for child vaccination appointments, so parents are urged to book at these clinics as well." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
Independent review of governance of the WA health system announced9117Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements32140html18/01/2022 5:00:35 AM2022-01-18T05:00:00Z Former senior Victorian public administrator Ms Kym Peake to lead independent governance review Expert panel to provide advice on the efficiency and effectiveness of the current WA health system governance framework Review will also make recommendations on system governance improvements, in line with the Sustainable Health Review An expert panel has been appointed to conduct an independent governance review of the Health Services Act 2016, which established board-led Health Service Providers (HSPs) legally responsible and accountable for delivering health services to their communities. When the Act took effect five years ago, the Department of Health assumed the role of system manager and over time a total of seven HSPs have been established, responsible and accountable for the delivery of safe, high-quality efficient and economical services for their areas. The HSPs include the North, South and East metropolitan health services, WA Country Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, PathWest and Health Support Services. The governance review will examine the operational and practical effectiveness of the governance structures set out in the Health Services Act 2016 and their impact on patient outcomes, prior to the commencement of a statutory review required under the legislation. Panel members include Chair Ms Kym Peake, Partner, EY Port Jackson Ms Peake has held senior roles in public administration as the former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and previous Deputy Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. Ms Peake led significant governance changes within Victoria's public health system, including the creation of State-wide quality and safety entities, amalgamation of regional health services and creation of a new public entity to manage the purchasing, supply and distribution of medical consumables. Dr David Rosengren, Executive Director Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Dr Rosengren has considerable and current clinical skills and experience working within a devolved governance health system and is a former Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate. Ms Jo Gaines, GESB Chair Ms Gaines has extensive experience as an organisational leader and strategic policy director having worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to Premier Mark McGowan. Prior to this she was the Branch Assistant Secretary for the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association for 10 years. Mr Gary Smith, Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA and Chancellor of Murdoch University Mr Smith has 35 years of experience in the professional services industry and has provided business improvement and management consulting services to key industry sectors. A retired State Chair, KPMG, he brings strong governance skills and experience to the panel and has supported clients in matters of strategy, leadership, culture and process implementation. The Review's consultation period will begin in February. More information will be released on how to make a submission to the Panel and the consultation process. The Panel will report key findings and make recommendations to the Minister on any governance improvements required to support the future needs of the WA health system. More information is available at https//www.health.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "We are extremely fortunate to have four highly skilled and experienced experts in their fields to report on whether the current legislation is supporting the McGowan Government to provide safe, high-quality, sustainable health care for all Western Australians. "The legislation has been in place for five years so it is timely that a full review be undertaken so that it can hear the views of clinicians, staff, consumers and carers. "This Review will help us independently establish if any changes are required to best support stakeholders, patients and staff to meet current and future demands." Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA’s Plan for Gender Equality going strong9116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10770html18/01/2022 3:06:16 AM2022-01-18T03:05:00Z Government launches second action plan under Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality First action plan report provides an update on the progress made under Stronger Together Stronger Together drives gender equality in key focus areas including health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership The McGowan Government's second action plan under 'Stronger Together WA's Plan for Gender Equality' was launched today, continuing its commitment to create better outcomes for women and girls and achieve positive change for our whole community. Stronger Together is the first whole-of-government, long-term plan to advance gender equality in Western Australia and is being led by the Department of Communities through four action plans between 2020-2030. The launch of the second action plan coincides with the release of the first action plan report for Stronger Together which details progress on 58 actions across priority areas of health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. In keeping with the whole-of-government approach, actions for Stronger Together are being delivered across 16 agencies. In 2020-21, 30 actions were commenced and/or completed alongside a further 24 ongoing or long-term actions. Four actions have been specifically developed in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the pre-existing gender inequalities in workplaces and in unpaid work, demonstrating the ongoing need for systemic change. The launch of the second action plan includes five focus areas to guide the work of Government across the next four years. They include COVID-19 recovery; safety and respect at work; primary prevention; Aboriginal women's leadership; and older women. More than 50 actions are included in the second action plan to support women in our communities including within workplaces, homes, education and training institutions, the justice system and the health system. A further 17 initiatives are being delivered to support staff and drive cultural change within the public sector. The second action plan will be updated throughout the next four years as new actions to drive gender equality are developed and progressed. The Second Action Plan and First Action Plan Report can be viewed online Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "As the Minister for Women's Interests I am committed to driving change that allows women and girls to have equal opportunity in schools, workplaces, at home and in the community. "Gender equality is important for all Western Australians - there is clear evidence that it brings economic and social benefits to everyone. It empowers our community to achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities, contributing to improved wellbeing and emotional connection. "The second action plan will build on the progress achieved during 2020-21 through the first plan and prioritise actions that support gender equality in areas such as health and wellbeing, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership. "There is no question there is still work to do - COVID-19 highlighted the existing gender inequalities in the workplace and at home and further demonstrates the need for systemic change. "Achieving long-lasting cultural change takes time and requires commitment from the whole community. It is everyone's responsibility." Media office - 6552 6600
Western Australians pick names for Black Hawk helicopters9115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14160html18/01/2022 3:00:46 AM2022-01-18T03:00:00Z Two Black Hawk firefighting helicopters named by Western Australians in public vote The competition to name the Black Hawks received more than 2,500 entriesWestern Australia's two new Black Hawk helicopters have officially been named Yelka and Florian, following more than 12,000 votes cast by the WA public. A public naming competition ran on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services social media recently, with final voting closing on Monday, January 17, 2022. Fittingly, the names honour both the State's indigenous heritage and the firefighters who work to keep the WA community safe. Yelka is the Noongar word for hawk, while Florian is the patron saint for firefighters. The competition attracted more than 2,500 entries and names were narrowed down to a final list comprising five pairs, which were then voted on by the public. For the first time, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services will have two Black Hawk helicopters as part of the DFES aerial firefighting fleet. The two ex-military twin engine aircraft can carry 4,500 litres of water in their Australian-designed and built belly tanks. They can operate for up to 10 hours a day and are a significant addition to the aviation fleet which comprises 37 aircraft and includes fixed wing bombers, helitaks and a national large air tanker. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "I am thrilled to announce the names of our Black Hawk helicopters will be Yelka and Florian. "Yelka and Florian are wonderful names - together, they acknowledge Western Australia's indigenous heritage and honour the incredible contribution of our brave firefighters. "Each year Western Australians follow the operations of our aerial fleet, so giving them the opportunity to name the two Black Hawk helicopters will further strengthen that connection. "These two new Black Hawk helicopters will play a significant role in keeping the Western Australian community safe - not only for this bushfire season, but those into the future. Minister's office - 6552 5800
Industry engagement to ensure freight and supply keep moving9114Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13820html18/01/2022 1:00:58 AM2022-01-18T01:00:00Z McGowan Government working with industry and local government on freight and supply challenges Planning changes from 2020 continue to enable 24/7 deliveries to supermarkets Local governments reminded of planning change to ensure trucks can access shopping centres The McGowan Government is working with industry and local governments to ensure the continuation of essential freight and supplies into Western Australia. The Freight and Logistics Council met with representatives from the State Government last week to identify supply and freight movement challenges impacting WA, given the situation on the east coast, as well as practical measures that could help alleviate these issues. One issue raised was curfews on the times vehicles could deliver to supermarkets. In 2020, Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti approved planning changes under the State of Emergency to provide exemptions to vehicle operating hours to allow the supply of essential goods and services to supermarkets 24/7. It is understood some local governments may not have been operating under these rules. The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will reiterate and communicate this policy to local governments, with vehicles able to arrive, load and unload at supermarkets 24/7, which will assist in keeping shelves stocked. The State Government will continue to work with industry and key stakeholders, with further meetings planned. Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "We know many Western Australians are concerned about the impact the pandemic is having on freight and supply chains, particularly with what is happening on the east coast. "Ensuring trucks can move and deliver items to shopping centres will assist with the smooth flow of essential products and ensure our supermarkets remain stocked. "I know people are anxious, but there is no need to buy any more goods than you normally would. We will continue to engage with industry and stakeholders on our supply chains. "In 2020 when the effects of COVID were beginning to be felt, we made changes to planning and development regulations to ensure the continuation of essential public services in a State of Emergency. "One of these changes included removing curfews on the times vehicles could make deliveries to supermarkets. "Local governments are aware that this policy is still in effect and trucks can deliver essential goods to stores 24/7, meaning we can keep our shelves stocked and provide essentials. "We are examining a range of other measures to ensure we keep trucks and freight running and essential supplies available." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Mask mandate introduced for South-West region from 6pm tonight9113Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements99120html17/01/2022 8:51:55 AM2022-01-17T08:50:00Z People in South-West urged to take immediate action - check for potential exposure sites and follow testing requirements From 6pm masks required in all public indoor settings in the South-West region, the usual exemptions apply Rule applies to anyone who has been in the South-West region since January 12 Measures introduced following new local exposure sites and based on health advice to limit any potential spread of Omicron Everyone urged to check-in using SafeWA or ServiceWA, or complete contact registers Western Australians urged to get vaccinated, including third doses, as soon as eligibleBased on the latest health advice, a mask mandate for all indoor public settings will be introduced for the South-West region at 6pm tonight, Monday January 17. The mask rule will also apply to anyone who has been in the South-West since January 12, when a positive COVID-19 case was infectious in the community, and has since travelled to another region. Masks must be worn in all indoor public settings, including in vulnerable settings like aged care facilities and hospitals - usual exemptions apply. This public health rule is in addition to the mask wearing mandate currently in place for Perth and Peel, which requires people who have been in Perth or Peel since January 6 to wear a mask in other regions. All measures will be reviewed regularly and the Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the serious situation and provide more ongoing advice. The Department of Health is working through reported cases and is in the process of identifying close and casual contacts, and additional exposure sites. People are asked to check the exposure sites list regularly and monitor their health and get tested immediately, and self-quarantine, if they develop symptoms. If you have visited an exposure site during the times listed, you are required to follow the corresponding health advice issued for that location. Visit http//www.healthywa.wa.gov.au or http//www.wa.gov.au for further information including exposure locations and testing sites. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Based on the latest health advice, everyone in the South-West region will be required to wear a mask in all public indoor settings from 6pm tonight. "The mask mandate is being introduced in light of the increasing concerns around the spread of Omicron in the South-West community, with confirmation a previously reported positive COVID-19 case visited a number of locations in the South-West region. "I urge anyone who has been to an exposure site or is feeling unwell to go get tested immediately. "We need to get test numbers up to be sure we understand where Omicron is so we can take further action if we need to." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "I urge people to take this advice seriously. We know there is spread of Omicron in the metropolitan area and we need to do everything possible to limit it spreading further. "If you have been in Perth and Peel since January 6 but since travelled elsewhere, please remember the mask mandate still applies to you. "For people in the South-West region please remain vigilant, follow the mask rules and get tested if you have been to an exposure site or are unwell. "The State-run clinic in Bunbury will be open until 8pm today and tomorrow, and testing is available within the Busselton Hospital and Augusta Hospital. Please visit the HealthyWA website for more information." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA avocados smashing it in Japan9111Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13550html17/01/2022 5:02:13 AM2022-01-17T05:00:00Z McGowan Government backs industry to boost sales of WA avocados in Japan WA premium food and beverage on show at Tokyo trade event Western Australian avocados are expected to be a smash hit at a Japanese trade event hosted by the McGowan Government today to promote the State's premium food and beverages and create new export opportunities. The State Government has partnered with the local avocado industry through Hort Innovation, Avocados Australia and Austrade to showcase the popular fruit to potential importers, retailers and consumers at the WA Premium Food and Beverage Trade Event in Tokyo. Avocados are the 'hero ingredient' on the event's tasting menu, including avocado and salmon tartare, avocado and lobster mini burger, avocado mini croque madame and an avocado and chocolate mousse, alongside a selection of other premium WA food and wines. The WA avocado industry currently enjoys market access to Japan, backed by the State's enviable biosecurity status. Avocados are WA's biggest and fastest growing fruit industry, with just over half of orchards at full production age, while the remaining young trees will contribute to production in the next few years. The new Japanese language Western Australian Exporter Directory will also be launched at the WA Premium Food and Beverage Trade Event, featuring more than 150 WA agrifood and beverage exporters, to link potential buyers to suppliers. The Directory is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and English and can be found online at www.wa.gov.au by searching Western Australian Exporter Directory. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government is partnering with industry to capture export markets for our avocados in Japan, and support this flourishing agricultural sector. "There is a growing demand in Japan for high quality, healthy food and beverages and Western Australia is in a good position to satisfy the discerning market requirements for premium products. "Japan is WA's second largest agriculture and food export market, and it would be fantastic to become a leading supplier of avocados, in addition to our key wheat, barley, canola, wool, meat, and lobster exports. "The WA Premium Food and Beverage Trade Event in Tokyo is the first event in a series of our Government's export market engagement plan in Japan and other markets, as we work hard to forge new market opportunities as WA's international borders reopen in 2022." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Derby under-fives helped to thrive through Early Years Initiative9110Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8810html17/01/2022 3:00:27 AM2022-01-17T03:00:00Z Derby confirmed as the fourth partner community engaged in the Early Years Initiative The Early Years Initiative is a 10-year partnership between the State Government and Minderoo Foundation to achieve better developmental outcomes for WA children aged between 0-4 years The initiative is supported by the Telethon Kids Institute which is leading the research and evaluation Children and families in Derby are set to benefit after the town was confirmed as the fourth community engaged in the successful Early Years Initiative, a partnership between the McGowan Government and Minderoo Foundation. First launched in 2018, the Early Years Initiative is a 10-year partnership that brings together community leaders, government, researchers, business and philanthropic organisations to promote better outcomes for Western Australian children aged 0-4 years and their families. One in five children aged four years and under in WA are considered developmentally vulnerable, as measured by the Australian Early Development Census. The Early Years Initiative is a commitment to working differently with communities to improve the health, learning and development of children from conception to four years. The initiative empowers communities by listening to their aspirations for their children and builds on the strengths of the community to create solutions that meet local needs. In the Central Great Southern, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) infections were identified as one of the top four health issues impacting children in the region and families reported ENT specialist services were inaccessible. Work was done to simplify the system for families, including establishing and promoting an easier referral pathway, better client follow-up and combining audio and ENT clinics to make these more accessible. The Family Connector program underway in Armadale aims to help families access the support they need to help their children thrive. More than 60 families have been supported resulting in increased engagement with child health checks. The Early Years Initiative is supported by the Telethon Kids Institute, which is leading the research and evaluation of the program, ensuring it is informed by the latest evidence. The Early Years Initiative now has four partner communities covering metropolitan, regional, remote and very remote areas of WA. Derby joins the Central Great Southern, Armadale and Bidyadanga as a partner community. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The Early Years Initiative is a unique partnership between the State Government and Minderoo Foundation that promotes new ways of working to achieve great results for children, families and the wider community. "The State Government is committed to helping children thrive and achieve their hopes and dreams, and the Early Years Initiative will empower the Derby community to work together to promote good outcomes for some of our most vulnerable. "The State Government acknowledges the generous support of Minderoo Foundation and the local leadership and advocacy delivered in Derby by Ngunga Women's Group Aboriginal Corporation." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "We need to do everything we can to help children achieve better outcomes, and I'm pleased Derby families will have the opportunity to benefit from this program, which is already delivering positive change in other partner communities. "Children in Derby face very different challenges to those in the city, and that is why the Early Years Initiative with its tailored approach will be so important in achieving good outcomes for them and their families." Comments attributed to Ngunga Women's Group Aboriginal Corporation Acting CEO Ben Burton "Ngunga Women's Group welcomes the announcement of the Early Years Initiative in Derby. The initiative will play an important role in supporting community aspirations for our children and enabling better coordinated and more culturally responsive early years services for our families." Minister's office - 6552 6600