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WA takes the lead in national quinoa crop trials778171Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/07/2015 6:11:34 AM2015-07-30T06:00:00Z​State Government support for national research on growing quinoa The State Government is leading a national research project to examine the potential to grow commercial crops of the popular health food, quinoa. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today inspected trials of the popular grain at the Department of Agriculture and Food's (DAFWA) Kununurra research facility. The Minister said previous department trials over the past three years indicated quinoa had the potential to be a highly profitable crop. Mr Baston said the new three-year research project, being led by DAFWA researchers across five States would evaluate the agronomic and economic suitability of growing quinoa under both irrigated and rain-fed systems. "Western Australian trial sites will be established at Merredin, Cunderdin and Kellerberrin, in addition to the existing Kununurra site," he said. "The research will examine several aspects of growing quinoa, from variety selection to sowing rates and dates to herbicide tolerance, as well as seed processing techniques." The State Government has made a funding contribution of $290,000 plus in-kind support towards the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation's national project. The Minister said increasing interest in the health benefits of quinoa had accelerated global demand for the grain in recent years. "Early trials have shown yields of two to three tonnes per hectare," Mr Baston said. "At a price of $1,400-$4,000 per tonne, depending on the type, quinoa has the potential to become a profitable rotation option for Western Australian growers." Fact FileQuinoa is an ancient pseudo-cereal from South America, which is gluten free, has protein with a superior amino balance and a low glycaemic indexMost quinoa available in Australia is imported from Bolivia and Peru, while some organically grown quinoa is produced in TasmaniaThere is currently limited commercial cultivation of quinoa in Western Australia by one commercial growerPreliminary DAFWA trials from 2012-14 at Kununurra have examined several quinoa lines, with encouraging results Minister's office - 6552 5400
WA Chief Scientist's appointment extended778166Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/07/2015 12:17:21 AM2015-07-29T22:30:00Z​Professor Peter Klinken's Chief Scientist appointment extended to June 2017Professor Klinken will guide the development of strategies in the State's priorities for scientific research Professor Peter Klinken has been reappointed as Western Australia's Chief Scientist until June 2017. Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said Professor Klinken's reappointment reflected the significance of science to Western Australia's future prosperity. "I am pleased Professor Klinken has agreed to continue as Western Australia's Chief Scientist, carrying out his important work across the priority areas announced in WA's Science Statement," Mr Barnett said. The Premier said the next year would be a very busy one for Professor Klinken. As well as continuing with his previous responsibilities, other priorities will include co-chairing the marine science roundtables; providing advice on the Strategic Assessment of Perth-Peel Region; and working with stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy for agricultural research in the State. Mr Barnett said Professor Klinken was a leader in the field of medical research and had been at the forefront of advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukaemia, cancer and anaemia. He played a key role in establishing the State's premier adult medical research institute, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. "As Chief Scientist, Professor Klinken has actively worked to raise the profile of science in Western Australia and to advance science, knowledge and innovation in the State," he said. Professor Klinken began his tenure in 2014 and is WA's third Chief Scientist since the role was established in 2003. Professor Klinken said that he was delighted to be reappointed as Chief Scientist of Western Australia. "The past year has been a remarkable whirlwind for me and it has reinforced my passion for science, technology and innovation for the future of our State. I am particularly looking forward to working with the Office of Science to guide the development of science strategies in each of the priority areas of mining and energy, medicine and health, agriculture and food, biodiversity and marine science and radio astronomy," Prof Klinken said. Fact FileThe Chief Scientist of WA provides independent scientific advice to the Minister for Science and GovernmentProfessor Bruce Hobbs AO was the inaugural Chief Scientist (2003-06), followed by Professor Lyn Beazley AO (2006-13)For more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
Exciting new oil province opens in the Kimberley778165Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/07/2015 12:03:10 AM2015-07-29T22:00:00Z ​The first oil development in the Kimberley in nearly 30 years was officially opened today by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion, 100 kilometres east of Broome in the Canning Basin. Mr Marmion said the Ungani onshore oilfield, a joint venture between Buru Energy and Mitsubishi Corporation, was expected to provide several economic benefits for the Kimberley region. "This project will generate opportunities and benefits for local people, including traditional owners, local businesses, and for the State in general," the Minister said. "Ungani is an excellent example of how the oil and gas industry can generate positive returns for all sectors of the local community." Mr Marmion said the project would be starting production at a rate of about 199 cubic metres of oil a day, or 1,250 barrels a day, rising to a targeted level of 477 cubic metres or 3,000 barrels a day. "Following on from the success of progressing this project from a new oil field discovery to the current oil production facility, I understand the equal joint venture partners are undertaking an exploration program to expand the oil reserves base, and are confident in the future expansion of the project," he said. The Minister said the project marked a key milestone in the company's strategy to become a major oil and gas producer in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Minister's office - 6552 6800
New era for Narrogin778158Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 7:35:31 AM2015-07-29T07:30:00ZTwo councils servicing fewer than 5,500 residents to be reduced to oneReduced duplication and greater efficiencies to be achieved The Shire of Narrogin and the Town of Narrogin will merge next year to form one local government authority, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson announced today. The merger on July 1, 2016 will see the boundary of the Town of Narrogin adjusted to include the existing shire, forming a new and expanded Shire of Narrogin. Mr Simpson said council staff and elected members from both authorities had worked closely with their communities to pave the way for the future amalgamation. "The Shire and Town of Narrogin have recognised the long-term benefits of amalgamation and have been committed to the local government reform process for the past five years," he said. The existing Shire of Narrogin spans an area of 1,600 square kilometres and has a population of less than 900 residents, while more than 4,300 residents live in the Town of Narrogin with a land area of 12.6 square kilometres. "The merger will enable the new Shire of Narrogin to better plan for the future by delivering more sustainable services and infrastructure," the Minister said. "Both councils have been very supportive of change and I commend them for the way in which they have managed the reform process." The new shire will comprise one rural ward and one urban ward and each ward will have four councillors. An extraordinary election will be held in 2016 to elect the Shire of Narrogin council. Fact FileNarrogin is in the Wheatbelt region of WA, 192 kilometres from PerthThe Minister accepted a recommendation by the Local Government Advisory Board that the Narrogin merger takes place Minister's office - 6552 6600
West Kimberley bores confirm water potential778154Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 5:30:58 AM2015-07-29T05:30:00ZMonitoring bores installed to confirm water for agricultural development in La Grange district Sustainable agricultural development in the West Kimberley has taken a step forward, with the start of a program to confirm the availability of suitable water in the La Grange district. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today inspected works to establish monitoring bores at Roebuck Plains station, near Broome. A total of 12 bores will be installed over six sites during the first phase of the works across the north and south of the district. The Minister said the Department of Agriculture and Food had liaised closely with station owners and traditional owners from the Yawuru and the Nyangumarta country to progress the first phase of the installation of the monitoring bores. "Previous work by the State Government has identified at least 50 gigalitres of water from the Broome sandstone aquifer that could be used to irrigate horticulture crops or feed for livestock," Mr Baston said. "These monitoring bores will enable the local people to understand and measure the health and quality of the water, as well as recharge rates and how the aquifer responds to water use for future generations. "This data could also be used to support any future investment opportunities, by providing confidence in site selection and the ongoing security of the water resource." Negotiations to establish additional monitoring bores in the central La Grange district are continuing with the traditional owners of the Karajarri country. "I commend the consultation and collaboration in this project, which has engaged with seven pastoral stations, two existing horticulture businesses and traditional owners across an area that takes in four native title determinations," Mr Baston said. Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the works were part of the Regional Economic Development Water Opportunities project, which included a $6.4 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. "This is another example of Royalties for Regions supporting the delivery of key economic infrastructure to facilitate economic development in regional WA," Ms Davies said. Fact FileThe La Grange district stretches across 60,000 square kilometres, from Mandora station in the south to Roebuck Plains station in the north Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Boost for agricultural skills development778153Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 5:18:25 AM2015-07-29T05:10:00ZEducation and training programs will develop agricultural skills in WA$10 million investment through Royalties for Regions The State Government's Royalties for Regions program will invest $10 million to further support agricultural skills development at Muresk Institute and strengthen the capacity of Western Australia's agrifood industry. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said funding would support the continued development and delivery of the agricultural skills development pathway and degree programs. "Through short-course training options and higher education programs, we are building a skilled workforce which has the knowledge and technical expertise to meet the industry's needs," Mrs Harvey said. "These courses will help bridge the gap between existing skills in the agriculture industry and the skills required to capitalise on existing and future opportunities, with graduates from higher education and training programs in short supply." The agricultural skills development pathway and degree programs form part of Muresk's integrated education and training pathway model. Fundamental to this are partnerships with the University of Queensland, CY O'Connor Institute and Charles Sturt University to deliver diploma and degree level programs. Private and public training providers also deliver a range of agricultural skills sets and industry driven short courses Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the programs would address issues in the sector such as an ageing workforce, a lack of agricultural education and training pathways, low levels of post-secondary education, and changing technology. "The programs will support the continued revitalisation of Muresk Institute, solidifying its role as a brokering hub for agricultural training and higher education," Ms Davies said. "It also supports and promotes the development of the agricultural industry and sustainable rural communities by improving access to vocational education and training programs and higher education opportunities in regional WA. This commitment builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative." Fact FileSeizing the Opportunity Agriculture is a $300 million initiative made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions programFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Partnership provides agricultural opportunities778152Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 5:11:43 AM2015-07-29T05:00:00ZNew partnership at Muresk Institute provides training opportunities in agricultureDiversifying Muresk's livestock streams will support training initiatives The State Government has expanded agricultural training opportunities after launching a new sheep breeding partnership at the Muresk Institute. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the partnership with the Western Australian Dohne Breeders Association would provide a unique learning experience for students studying a range of training programs at the institute in Northam. "The WA Dohne Breeders Association has donated 200 commercial Dohne ewes to Muresk's existing sheep flock. This will not only expose students to the breed, but they can also record and measure the performance of the flock, and conduct trials and assessments of the sheep," Mrs Harvey said. "The partnership will also provide work experience and employment opportunities for students on breeders' properties, while Dohne breeders will have the chance to provide their expertise and advice to students through training, workshops and seminars. "This is an ideal chance for both organisations to work together to help build the capacity of WA's agricultural and agribusiness industries." The alliance will also complement existing partnerships Muresk has developed under the State Government's Seizing the Opportunity - Agriculture initiative made possible by a significant contribution from the Government's Royalties for Regions program. The Minister said through these partnerships, the institute was helping to transform agriculture and agribusiness in WA. "Demand for skilled workers in the industry will increase in the next few years, particularly for careers such as an agricultural engineer, agricultural scientist, agricultural and horticultural mobile plant operator, and agricultural technician," she said. "Muresk will continue to play a key role in providing job ready graduates who have the technical knowledge and skills to meet current and future priorities for the agricultural industry." Fact FileThe WA Dohne Breeders Association was established in Katanning in 2000. There are about 220 registered Dohne breeders across AustraliaMuresk Institute has been developed as a multi-tenanted, multi-use training and education precinct. For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5900
Lotterywest supports new digs for Dogs’ Refuge778149Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 2:30:19 AM2015-07-29T02:30:00Z$1.1 million grant supports construction of new administration building at Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton ParkBuilding will increase volunteering capacity and include an education centreCompleted and operational by December 2015 The Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park will construct a new administration building with the support of a $1.1 million Lotterywest grant announced today by Premier Colin Barnett. The refuge home cares for up to 150 unwanted and abandoned dogs at any time and works to re-home the dogs, carefully matching them to new owners. Mr Barnett said the new building would replace current cramped accommodation which was falling into disrepair and included an education centre to promote responsible pet ownership. "The new building will allow the organisation to properly accommodate staff and volunteers, while the education centre will become another part of the solution to dog abandonment; educating people on how to properly care for their animals," he said. The education centre would also be made available to other animal care groups such as the RSPCA and the nearby Cat Haven. The Premier said the State Government was pleased to provide funding to the Dogs' Refuge which has received $75,000 a year since 2012. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson recently announced an extension of this funding for two years beyond 2015-16. "The Dogs' Refuge operates seven days a week and is very reliant on donations," Mr Barnett said. "The commitment to the welfare of these animals means the organisation spends every spare cent on them. While it had made provision for new kennels and a quarantine area, it could not fund the administration building. "We're delighted that this Lotterywest support will mean more of the organisation's 300 volunteers, can be accommodated to help with running the refuge." The new administration building will be built off-site to minimise potential disruptions in care provided to the dogs and is expected to be operational by December 2015. Fact FileThe refuge cares for 150 dogs at any one time and re-houses 1,000 dogs annually2015 is the refuge's 80th year of rescuing and rehoming Perth's lost and abandoned dogsWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
West Australians among national skills team778148Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 2:17:59 AM2015-07-29T02:15:00ZLocal apprentices to represent Australia in international skills eventWorldSkills showcases the top apprentices and trainees from 60 nations The State Government has congratulated two young West Australians gearing up to take on the world's best in the biggest international skills and trade competition next month. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey commended Sharlene Kidd and Joseph Pauley, who will represent Australia at the 43rd WorldSkills international competition. They will join the 25-member Skillaroos team in Brazil to compete in their respective fields when the event kicks off on August 11. Mrs Harvey said Sharlene completed her qualification through MPA Skills and would vie for honours in the painting and decorating competition, while Joseph, who was completing his training with Polytechnic West, would take part in the industrial mechanic millwright category. "These talented young competitors are the best in the country in their respective trades and are positive career role models for other young people," she said. "They highlight the many valuable career opportunities available in the vocational education and training sector and the rewards these careers can bring. "WorldSkills symbolises the peak of excellence in vocational education and training and to perform at an international standard requires enormous focus and dedication. "This is a great opportunity for Sharlene and Joseph, the competition will challenge them to achieve their best and be recognised for their ability on an international stage." Sharlene's and Joseph's path to Brazil followed their success in regional and national competitions over the last two years. After joining the Australian skills training squad, they cemented their position in the national team by winning gold medals at the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition held earlier this year in New Zealand. In addition to competing in Brazil, Sharlene and Joseph will join fellow Skillaroos to visit a local school to promote education and vocational training through the One School One Country program. Fact FileThis year's international event involves more than 1,200 competitors under the age of 23 from 60 countries, taking part in 50 skill categories. The Skillaroos will compete in 23 skill categoriesSkillaroos from WA who have taken part in the last two international competitions have returned home with bronze and silver medals for their categories Minister's office - 6552 5900 ​
Engineers show contribution during week778146Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 1:01:29 AM2015-07-29T01:00:00ZAustralian Engineering Week (August 3-9) gives tomorrow's engineers and the general public the opportunity to discover what it is like to be an engineerEngineers have a hand in developing essential services including our water systems, power and telecommunications networks, major infrastructure, new technologies and medical treatments Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett has heralded Australian Engineering Week WA which will celebrate the significant and valued contribution engineers play in our daily lives and show the exciting career opportunities available in an extensive range of disciplines. Mr Barnett said Australia's future economic prosperity would be underpinned by a sustainable highly skilled engineering workforce. "The sectors of the WA economy that are the largest in terms of the State's economic output and employment are those that are heavily dependent on engineering skills," he said. "Inspiring tomorrow's engineers - and others working in science, technology and maths - will be crucial as our State's economy transforms in the coming years. "Supporting our education institutions and peak bodies such as Engineers Australia, and the important role that they play in inspiring young people to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related fields, is vital. "Increasing the level of capability in STEM is also highlighted as an area of opportunity in 'A Science Statement for Western Australia'." The program for Australian Engineering Week WA (August 3-9) includesa launch event at the Art Gallery of Western Australia with Dr John van Bockxmeer, 2014 Young West Australian of the Yeara free student night at Scitech for high school students interested in a career in engineering, as well as parents, teachers and career counsellorsCanstruction, a free public event that will transform the QV1 foyer into a sculptural hub showcasing eye-catching structures created from cans of food by local engineering organisations. Fact FileFor more information, visit https// or #DiscoverEngineering Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000
German submarine delegation visits Perth778144Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2015 12:04:52 AM2015-07-28T22:00:00Z Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will today meet with Australian representatives of German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH as part of the Federal Government's competitive evaluation process (CEP) for the $20 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project. The SEA 1000 project is Australia's most expensive defence procurement project to date. Mr Mischin said the SEA 1000 project would replace the nation's current Collins Class submarines and would provide significant ongoing opportunities for local industry in the project's acquisition and life support phases. "I am pleased to welcome the representatives of ThyssenKrupp to Western Australia to showcase the State Government-owned Australian Marine Complex (AMC) and its capability as a world-class centre for manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, technology, repair and maintenance activities in the marine, defence and resource industries," he said. "The Department of Commerce has been working closely with ThyssenKrupp to present a detailed briefing for WA industry on its proposals to build Australia's new class of submarines, and to assist the company with one-on-one meetings with local industry at Henderson. "In addition to hosting ThyssenKrupp, I am keen to support our local industry bidding for work associated with SEA 1000, and I am confident that the skills and expertise developed by our companies will be highly competitive in this exciting project." The ThyssenKrupp team will visit the AMC today and meet companies based at the facility. The Minister said the State Government had invested heavily in common use infrastructure at the AMC to support current and future submarines and other naval shipbuilding projects and their through-life support. "WA has established its credentials by playing a critical role in supporting the current Collins Class vessels and expects to continue to support future submarines," Mr Mischin said. The Department of Commerce is a member of the government/industry body established by the Australian Government to maximise Australian industry participation in this program. The German design for the submarines are part of three international competing designs that also include France and Japan. The successful contractor will be announced at the end of 2015. For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5600​
Program to increase intercultural understanding778112Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3690html28/07/2015 3:01:08 AM2015-07-28T03:00:00ZState Government to invest more than $800,000 over three years in partnership programs to strengthen community cohesionMulticultural Partnership Program to combat anti-social behaviour and strengthen intercultural understanding The State Government will invest more than $800,000 over the next three years in a Multicultural Partnership Program (MPP) to strengthen social cohesion, increase workforce participation and build leadership in Western Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the Multicultural Partnership Program was a centrepiece of the Government's efforts to build opportunities in the CaLD community. "The MPP is a triennial funding program that supports partnership service delivery models between not-for-profit organisations, ethnic organisations and community groups," Dr Nahan said. "The focus of the program is to build social cohesion, increase intercultural understanding and assist people from cultural communities to integrate into our society." The MPP has three components A Shared Future is a program designed to increase social cohesion by working with young people to provide the knowledge and skills to counter the potential of radicalisation, increase intercultural understanding and reduce economic, social and cultural isolationA Better Workforce is a program to assist migrants to gain employment and increase workforce participation in their area of training and qualificationThe African Leadership Initiative is for African communities in Western Australia that will result in a recognised leadership group for the community. The shared future component will support community-led programs that will increase awareness and understanding of the warning signs of anti-social behaviour that can lead to criminal activity. "A key element of this program is encouraging intergenerational and intercultural understanding between young people, parents and the broader community," the Minister said. "The MPP will also work to build community leadership specifically across the African communities and support CaLD community engagement in the employment market." Fact FileMore information regarding the Request for Service can be found at Tenders WA or by calling the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) on 6551 8700Request for Service released for interested service providers on Monday, July 27 OMI MPP briefing session is at 10am, Friday, August 7 Minister's office - 6552 5700
WA's brightest minds blind us with science778109Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4230html28/07/2015 2:41:09 AM2015-07-28T02:35:00Z2015 WA Innovator of the Year category finalists chosenWinners announced on November 4, 2015 Eight original and creative local inventions will vie for the top prize at the 2015 Western Australian Innovator of the Year awards. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the finalists included a real-time integrated anti-fuel theft system for petrol stations, a diagnostic test for diabetic kidney disease, and a system for the safe loading and unloading of shipping containers. Mr Mischin said while the transition from an innovative idea to commercial outcome could be challenging, the innovator program provided finalists with skills and opportunities to support them during this process. "The program gives finalists unrivalled opportunities to access industry expertise in business and media skills training and one-on-one mentoring sessions," he said. "This assists them to build and promote their innovation and guides them on the path to commercialisation. "Local, national and global interest in the finalists and winners has provided access to opportunities often not available before their involvement in this prestigious program, and really puts Western Australia on the map as a generator of world-class innovation." Resonance Health Ltd, last year's overall winner for their HepaFat-Scan technology, secured an agreement with Emory University in the US to perform a validation study at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospital. The study, which started in May, will be undertaken in a paediatric patient population with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, with results expected within 12 to 18 months. Fact FileThe program features two categories emerging innovation (pre-revenue, $25,000 prize money) and growth (post-revenue, $25,000 prize money)The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator the Year overall winner ($75,000 prize money) is chosen from these two categoriesFor more information, visit http// Full list of finalists below Minister's office - 6552 5600 LIST OF 2015 FINALISTS Mitsubishi Corporation Emerging Innovation Category Bombora Wave Power Pty Ltd (Bentley) Bombora Wave Energy Converter - a breakthrough system that efficiently converts ocean wave energy into renewable energy Curtin University of Technology (Bentley) Logging while drilling for mineral exploration - two tools developed to enable drillers to collect information about physical properties of rocks near the drill-hole, including natural radioactivity, magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistance Newton Laboratories Pty Ltd (Perth) Vibration sensor for oversized rock detection - a vibration-sensor device to be mounted on mining trucks to measure and process signals from various vibrations which will alert operators to stockpile oversize rocks and prevent crusher downtime and lost production Proteomics International Pty Ltd (Nedlands) PromarkerD - developed a diagnostic test for diabetic kidney disease. Mitsubishi Corporation Growth Category Optika Solutions Pty Ltd (West Perth) Akumen - a cloud-based decision support environment and analytics framework that enables the integration of real-time, time series, transactional data and historical information to make future-based decisions. Scancam Industries Pty Ltd (Perth) SCANCAM - smart fuel security a real-time integrated system incorporating high resolution video and still cameras, facial and number plate recognition and police database reporting to prevent fuel theft. Tilt Trays Enterprises Pty Ltd (High Wycombe) Container loading and offloading system - a system designed for the safe loading and unloading of shipping (sea) containers from tilt tray trucks. Trackem Pty Ltd (Perth) Trackem - an asset tracking and management software system, using a unique combination of barcode, global positioning system and radio frequency identification technologies to track and manage the location of assets, equipment and construction materials.
New premises mark new phase for mental health ally778108Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7730html28/07/2015 2:30:24 AM2015-07-28T02:30:00ZLotterywest grant of $4m toward new headquarters for mental health agency Upgraded premises to improve services and support a new recovery-focused initiative Premier Colin Barnett today opened Richmond Wellbeing's new Cannington premises - made possible through a $4 million Lotterywest grant. The not-for-profit mental health organisation is this year marking 40 years of service. Its upgraded mental health precinct in Manning Road will include a new head office and facilities for training and outreach services. The purchase and construction of the facility was made possible by the $4 million Lotterywest grant along with $3.4 million from Richmond Wellbeing. Mr Barnett acknowledged the important work of the organisation in transforming people's lives. "Richmond Wellbeing's programs integrate the key elements of recovery with accommodation and support services, which focus on allowing people to regain control of their lives," he said. "Staff members are committed to giving clients the confidence and skills they need to meet daily challenges and recover from mental illness." The Premier said the Lotterywest grant built on a long history of State Government support for the organisation, including through the Mental Health Commission, which this year will provide more than $10.3 million to fund supported accommodation services for people with mental illness across the metropolitan, Peel, Bunbury and Busselton areas. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the new location represented a significant advance in the development of the organisation and would support the agency as it strived to increase the emphasis on mental health recovery across its range of services. "Richmond Wellbeing enters a new chapter early next year when, assisted by ongoing funding from the Mental Health Commission, it embarks upon an innovative Recovery House two-year pilot program," Mrs Morton said. This program, to operate at the agency's Queens Park site from early 2016, would provide three, 13-week, live-in, recovery-oriented programs each year to support people with severe mental illness to develop skills to take charge of their recovery journey. "With its focus on recovery-based practice and supporting people to live independently in the community, this program aligns closely with the mental health reform directions identified in the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan 2015-2025 that is now being finalised," she said. The pilot, based on similar successful programs in the UK and Italy, will also include family recovery training programs for up to 60 carers, as well as workforce development in recovery training. Mrs Morton noted that 40 years ago when Richmond Wellbeing started under the name of Richmond Fellowship of WA, most services offered for people with mental illness were clinically based, and the organisation was one of only a few that offered support services in the community. "It has since branched out to become a major promoter of mental health recovery in WA," she said. "This is an organisation that embodies the Government's vision where everyone works together to encourage and support people with mental illness to stay in the community, out of hospital and live a meaningful life." Fact FileRichmond Wellbeing has 543 active clientsRichmond Wellbeing is part of the international Richmond Fellowship Network made up of organisations dedicated to the 'recovery-based' approachFor more information about Richmond Wellbeing, visit http// Lotterywest supported a Richmond Fellowship 40-year community history bookWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6900
Survey lifts Pilbara water search to new level778105Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3030html28/07/2015 1:27:49 AM2015-07-27T22:00:00ZHigh-tech aerial survey covered 24,000 square kilometres in PilbaraUnlocking the potential of the West Canning Basin's aquifers A mission to unlock the potential of one of Australia's biggest underground water sources has reached another important step with the completion of an aerial survey in the Pilbara. Water Minister and Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the airborne electromagnetic survey covered an area the size of Belgium to gather information about the quantity, quality and recharge of groundwater resources. "This survey is the next stage in an investigation to quantify the potential of the Canning Basin, and how it can potentially be used for the Pilbara's growth," Ms Davies said. "The results of this survey will build on drilling data from exploration already under way and provide a more complete picture of the buried geology and groundwater resources of the area." The survey is part of a four-year, $12.5 million Royalties for Regions-funded Pilbara Water discovery project that began in 2012. It has already revealed a potential 100 gigalitres per year resource, 100 kilometres east of Port Hedland, to further secure the long-term water security and growth of the Pilbara towns and regional economy. The Minister said scientific data revealed the Canning Basin resource was largely undeveloped and had the potential to support future expansion needs in the Pilbara. "Good quality water access and changes to land tenure via the $40 million Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food program increases the viability of agricultural enterprises in the Pilbara," she said. Fact FileAerial electromagnetic technology sends an electromagnetic pulse into the ground and the return signal provides information about local groundwater systemsThe West Canning Basin is located 100km east of Port Hedland and about 300km south-west of Broome. It is part of one of the biggest sedimentary basins in Australia - the Canning BasinThe quality of the water in the exploration area is expected to be suitable for use as drinking water, and is also in high demand from industry, pastoralism and mining Water Minister's office - 6552 5500
$60,000 for grassroots road safety107715Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4550html27/07/2015 3:44:29 AM2015-07-27T03:30:00Z​10 organisations share $60,505 to help reduce road traumaIn 2014-15, the State Government allocated $193,500 through the Road Safety Community Grants Program The State Government has provided 10 organisations a share in more than $60,000 for local road safety initiatives to help reduce road trauma in Western Australia. Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the latest round of road safety grants highlighted the positive road safety work Western Australian communities were achieving at a grassroots level. "This program provides funds for locally developed and implemented road safety projects that are in line with the Government's road safety strategy Towards Zero," Mrs Harvey said. "Road safety is a shared responsibility and these grants will continue to encourage community groups to participate in promoting road safety initiatives." Successful organisations receiving funds in the latest round of submissions are Ice Hockey WA Kurt DeFris Trophy eventToodyay Festivals Inc Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival eventKojonup Pastoral and Agricultural Society Inc Act Belong Commit Kojonup Agricultural Show eventGeraldton Combined Equestrian Club Geraldton Combined Equestrian Club July show jumping championships eventWheatbelt Education Region Wheatbelt Science Forum eventNortham BMX Club BMXWA Super Series eventEsperance Football Club Towards Zero FarmFit Challenge eventShire of Bruce Rock 2015 Back to the Bush Veteran's Reunion eventWALGA Esperance RoadWise Regional Schools 'Design Your Own Seat Belt' projectCity of Stirling Third phase of the 'Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids' project. Nearly $200,000 was provided to community groups in the 2014-15 financial year from the Road Trauma Trust Account under the Road Safety Community Grants Program. "The rate of fatalities has dropped 23 per cent since 2008 and we will remain relentless in further reducing road trauma through safer roads, enforcement and education," the Minister said. Fact FileInformation on the Road Safety Community Grants Program, including submission and criteria details, is available at http// Submissions for the next round of grants close Friday, August 7, 2015 Minister's office - 6552 5900
Perth to host international rugby in 2016 and 2017107711Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7660html27/07/2015 1:50:40 AM2015-07-27T01:00:00Z​Perth to host two International Test Matches in 2016 and 2017Argentina and South Africa to play Australian Wallabies at nib StadiumSupported by the State Government through Tourism WA The Argentinian and South African rugby teams will go head-to-head against Australia right here in Perth as part of a two-year deal signed between the State Government and the Australian Rugby Union. Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the Wallabies were set to play Argentina's Pumas in 2016 and South Africa's Springboks in 2017 at nib Stadium, with both games expected to generate high local and national interest from rugby fans. "Perth has hosted regular fixtures of international rugby since 2001 and we are pleased to once again welcome back the Argentinian and South African rugby teams," Mr Day said. "The Wallabies won by a point against both Argentina and South Africa the last time both teams played here in 2013 and 2014 respectively, so it is expected the upcoming matches will provide some fierce competition. "Hosting international sporting events is part of the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020. "Events such as the International Rugby Test Matches not only add vibrancy to the city, they also attract visitors and provide valuable media exposure of Western Australia." The International Rugby Test Matches, which are both part of 'The Rugby Championship' series, are proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the Argentinian game would be the first international rugby match to be played at nib Stadium, which is owned by VenuesWest on behalf of the State Government. "It is great to see the games played at nib Stadium, which is the home ground of the Western Force and supported by the rugby community as it provides a quality spectator experience thanks to a $95 million redevelopment," Ms Davies said. "In addition, with WA having a high expatriate population of South Africans, we expect the test match in 2017 to attract strong attendance." Fact FileFor more information, visit http// Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Visionary WA team to make debut feature film107710Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10970html27/07/2015 1:41:21 AM2015-07-26T23:00:00Z​WA team secures $750,000 to progress new film, The Last Drop The film is a sci-fi comedy that was selected for its strong script Team travelling to Melbourne International Film Festival this week Three budding West Australian filmmakers will receive $750,000 to produce their first feature film, The Last Drop, through ScreenWest's West Coast Visions program. The sci-fi comedy follows the story of Englishman Gary Shaw who after running away to Australia to pick up the pieces of his life, finds himself battling an alien menace alongside the locals of a near deserted outback town. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said West Coast Visions provided up and coming filmmakers with the financial backing and support to turn their script into a movie. "The creative team of director Chris Richards-Scully (Woodbridge), writer Heather Wilson (Nedlands) and producer Michael Facey (Beckenham) were selected for the strength of their script and finance plan," Mr Day said. "West Coast Visions will enable the team to make important industry links and provide them with a strong platform to make their debut feature film. "The State's film industry is growing rapidly in popularity and talent, and I'm sure this program will help launch the careers of this very creative team." Chris and Michael will travel to the Melbourne International Film Festival's 37º South Market this week, where they will meet, and pitch to distributors, sales agents and financiers. The sci-fi comedy follows in the tradition of successful films such as Shaun of the Dead and Attack the Block. It will be executive produced by Tania Chambers (Kill Me Three Times), David Lightfoot (Blame, Wolf Creek) and Dustin Clare (Sunday). Recent West Coast Visions films have had great success on the national and international festival stage. These Final Hours screened at the prestigious Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, and Wasted on the Young and Blame were both selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. Collectively, the films have been selected for more than 20 international film festivals. Fact FileWest Coast Visions aims to uncover, inspire and develop local projects and skillsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
New water main to cater for growth in Byford107709Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2090html27/07/2015 1:32:45 AM2015-07-26T22:00:00Z​Construction of $5.3 million water main under way 4km water main will cater for growth in Byford The State Government, through the Water Corporation, has begun work to construct a new $5.3 million water supply main to cater for growth in Byford. Water Minister Mia Davies said the new water main would also provide corporation customers in Byford with a more consistent water pressure, particularly during peak summer demand. "Development in the Byford area has been quite rapid over the past few years, resulting in population growth and an increased demand for water," Ms Davies said. "This new water main will cater for growth in Byford and also ensure residents receive more consistent water pressure throughout the year." The new four-kilometre pipeline will be constructed within road reserves along South Western Highway and roads within the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. "The corporation has planned its work to minimise disruption to traffic and the local community," the Minister said. "This includes the use of trenchless technology to minimise environmental and traffic impacts at major road crossings at Wungong Brook and South Western Highway. "I thank the community for their patience during the construction of this essential project." Work on the water main is expected to be completed by November 2015. Fact FileThe corporation manages about 13,600km of water mains in the Perth metro areaCustomers in Byford are supplied with water through the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWWS), which sources water from dams, groundwater and desalinationThe IWWS delivers water to more than two million people in Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural region and parts of the South-WestIn 2013-14, the corporation supplied almost 300 billion litres of water to customers connected to the IWWSFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Grant for renovation of Polish Centre107658Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2450html26/07/2015 5:37:48 AM2015-07-26T04:00:00Z$38,000 towards the renovation of the Polish Women's Hall in MaylandsThe Polish Centre currently houses aged care programs, community school and dance group, youth programs, Polish community radio and Polish library A Lotterywest grant provided to the WA Association of Polish Women will assist vital renovations of the Polish Centre in Maylands, ensuring that the centre continues to be a hub for Western Australia's Polish community. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the $38,527 grant will enable the centre to continue to be used by a number of groups that provide a range of services including aged care services, youth programs, a language school, a Polish library and the popular Polish community radio station 'Voice of Polonia'. "This building has been the Polish community centre since 1980 which, over the years, has been a vital source of support and connection for WA's Polish community," Dr Nahan said. "The activities and community groups that have used this centre have been essential in maintaining Polish culture and traditions as well as providing a number of community services. "Additionally, the centre offers a place for people to learn more about Poland, life in Australia and operates as a social setting for the whole community. "Thanks to Lotterywest, these programs can flourish and be available for generations to come." The grant will be used to fix the roof and ceilings of the women's hall in the centre, to install new lighting in the community hall and to paint the entire premises. The WA Association of Polish Women was established in 1969 as a sub-group of the Polish Association in WA. Fact FileThere are more than 5,500 Poland-born people in WA and 48,677 Poland-born people in AustraliaMore than 18,600 people in WA identify as having Polish ancestryThe Polish Association in WA was established in 1950WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support non-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700