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Major research projects funded to improve refugee mental health and reduce teenage alcohol abuse75149Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2018 3:25:50 AM2018-05-23T03:25:00Z Healthway grants almost $1 million to research projects Telethon Kids Institute receives $328,539 for a project to delay and reduce alcohol use in teenagers Curtin University receives $617,661 to target mental health of refugee women and physical activity of culturally diverse women and their children Health Minister Roger Cook today announced a suite of Healthway research grants totalling almost $1 million. The Telethon Kids Institute will receive a funding boost of $328,539 for a research project aiming to increase parent-child communication and parents' skills to reduce teenage alcohol use. In 2016, about 44 per cent of 16-17 year olds consumed at least one standard alcoholic drink, and eight per cent of 12-17 year olds reported drinking five or more drinks on one occasion in the previous year. Curtin University will undertake two intervention research projects with a Healthway grant of $617,661. They will be led by Professor Jaya Dantas from the International Health Programme, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine and colleagues from the School of Public Health, Psychology and Occupational Therapy. The intervention projects will develop a culturally sensitive physical activity program for South Asian migrant women, and a peer mentoring program to prevent social isolation and improve the mental health of refugee women seeking employment. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is committed to supporting the refugee and migrant community. It's important that we help to break down gender and cultural barriers, reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing. "While adolescent alcohol consumption rates in Western Australia have declined in recent years, this issue remains a public health concern which requires constant attention. "Providing parents with the necessary advice and strategies to reduce teenage drinking can only deliver further benefits for Western Australian families." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Annual prescribed burning target achieved - second consecutive year75147Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2018 2:02:25 AM2018-05-23T02:00:00Z Prescribed burning is essential to reduce fuel loads and minimise the impact of devastating bushfires on the community Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced that as of May 23, 2018, about 216,000 hectares of prescribed burning had been achieved - the second year in a row that the target of at least 200,000 hectares has been exceeded, and the first time for two consecutive years since 1996-97. Since July 1, 2017, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service has commenced 127 burns on land that it manages, including national parks, conservation reserves and State forest from Gingin in the north to Denmark on the south coast, including the Perth Hills area. This amount of prescribed burning will significantly reduce the threat and severity of devastating bushfires, minimising the risk to life, infrastructure and biodiversity values by reducing the build-up of flammable vegetation and ground fuels. DBCA's prescribed burning target for its south-west forest regions is to have 45 per cent of department-managed land in these regions at a fuel age of less than six years since last burnt. Prescribed burning is highly dependent on suitable weather conditions, fuel moisture and a range of other factors to be undertaken safely. A mix of large landscape and smaller urban interface prescribed burning is essential in ensuring greater protection for communities. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring greater collaboration between government agencies, local government authorities and industry to ensure the Western Australian community is protected from the damaging impacts of bushfires. "We allocated an additional $5.5 million in funding in the 2017-18 financial year to enhance the department's prescribed burning program, which has boosted the department's resources. "We've had an outstanding year, with burning last spring and this autumn reaching around 216,000 hectares due to detailed planning and ideal weather conditions, particularly during May. "I thank department staff and volunteers for their hard work in achieving such an excellent result, and I also thank the wider community for their understanding where smoke has impacted populated areas. The department aims to minimise smoke impacts, however, this has been unavoidable at times. "The department will continue to undertake as much prescribed burning as it can in the coming weeks, weather permitting and when safe to do so, as part of its shared responsibility in keeping communities safe." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Opening in sight for the WA-made Matagarup Bridge75145Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2018 1:34:09 AM2018-05-23T01:20:00Z Deck modules now being installed following installation of arches First deck component successfully installed on Monday Removal of red lifting towers has now commenced Installation of arches marks unique engineering achievement by WA workers The local workforce for the WA-made Matagarup Bridge project has started installing the deck that thousands of Western Australians will soon be able to walk over. The first piece of deck was lifted into place on Monday (May 21), marking another important milestone as the project nears completion. Nearly all of the modules for the five deck components have now been delivered to site and will be installed as quickly and safely as possible. The recent successful installation of the two wishbone components was one of the most technically complex operations undertaken on a piece of WA Government infrastructure. Cables from the lifting towers have now been un-tensioned and the two central wishbone components are welded together, meaning the arch is now freestanding. Complications with lifting and connecting the central arch, along with time lost to inclement weather in April, means a revised target completion date has now been set for the end of June. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is one of the most technically difficult constructions ever undertaken in WA, and the local workforce has done an outstanding job to get the project this far in less than a year. "We inherited a difficult design that was stalled but the local workers have embraced the challenge and the end is finally in sight. "The target completion date has been extended a month to the end of June but there is a chance of being able to open it for Optus Stadium's first Thursday night game on June 21. "I would like to thank all the workers who have got the project to this point, with the arches up and the deck now underway - I'm sure the end result will speak for itself. "Both Fremantle Steel and Civmec did an excellent job to complete the fabrication while the crew on site continue to work hard towards completion. "It has certainly come a long way since the previous government, which was supposed to have the bridge built in 2016, sent the project to Malaysia. "The original contract for the bridge was awarded by the previous government in May 2015 and two years later not one piece of the arch or deck had arrived. "In August last year, we entered into a new contract for the steel to be fabricated locally and within a year the bridge is nearly ready - testament to the skill and determination of our local workers." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New appointment to the Magistrates Court announced75133Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2018 12:00:51 AM2018-05-23T00:00:00Z New metropolitan appointment to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia Trevor Gordon Darge will fill the metropolitan position effective from May 28, 2018 Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Darge as a magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Mr Darge was admitted to practice in Western Australia on February 2, 1990. "He was a sole practitioner for several years, performing insurance work and general litigation. "He was a managing partner at Corser and Corser, where he practised in a complex environment conducting insurance litigation and supervising legal staff in general litigation matters. "In 2007 he became a partner at SRB Legal, a specialist insurance law firm. "Mr Darge has more than 28 years' experience and is well versed in the management of large numbers of cases in challenging, high-pressure conditions. "Mr Darge has prepared a general guide for litigants in the Magistrates Court, addressed articled clerks at the Articles Training Program and has been a contributor to Kidd and Darge's Traffic Law Reporter for several years. "I congratulate Mr Darge on his appointment and wish him well in his new role." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
New surf device added to McGowan Government's world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy program75131Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2018 2:17:38 AM2018-05-22T23:00:00Z Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent added to subsidy program after independent testing University research shows the device, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions An additional $200,000 added to subsidy program for a further 1,000 devices Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has today announced the inclusion of a new surfer specific device to the McGowan Government's world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy. The Ocean Guardian's (formerly known as SharkShield) Surf+ device was university-tested off the Neptune Islands in South Australia - a known white shark aggregation point. Yesterday, the Minister called on the New South Wales Government to release a final report about the effectiveness of personal shark deterrent devices, tested by Flinders University. Following calls from the WA Minister, the NSW Government has released the report. After considering the final report, the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has decided to include the Surf+ device in the subsidy program. From Friday (May 25), Western Australians will be able to access a $200 rebate through retailers who sell the newly approved shark deterrent device and are registered with the department. Western Australians have embraced the world-first subsidy since it was introduced almost one year ago, with more than 1,700 Western Australians purchasing an accredited personal deterrent device through the program. The rebate forms just one facet of the McGowan Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy. Other measures include more than $7 million in funding for Surf Life Saving WA beach, helicopter and drone patrols; expanding the Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance; funding Beach Emergency Number signs; and funding for a swimming enclosure at Falcon. For more information, visit http//www.sharksmart.com.au Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "This weekend, we expect to see the first of many Western Australians purchase this new scientifically proven device, which has now been added to the McGowan Government's world-first subsidy program. "The research shows that even in extreme circumstances - chummed and baited waters - the Surf+ reduces the risk of a shark interaction with a great white shark by at least 60 per cent. "The department's scientists advise me that in more normal conditions, the device may produce an even higher level of deterrence. "With the addition of this new device, the McGowan Government has decided to extend the rebate for Western Australians to purchase an additional 1,000 accredited devices. "Western Australians have embraced this program since it was launched in May 2017. I'm sure that with the addition of this new device, we will see even more people purchase a device and significantly reduce their chance of a shark interaction." Comments from Julie and Leon Brouwer, parents of shark attack victim Laeticia Brouwer "As surfers, we welcome this latest independent study to validate technology aimed at personal safety in the surf. "We also welcome the Government's rapid response by including a device specifically designed for surfers to the shark deterrent subsidy. "This along with a range of other strategies such as increased surveillance and awareness raising should all be part of the management solution. "There are a range of other management options that the surfing community would also like to see taken up by government, and are being discussed further but will take time to progress. "However in the short term, personal shark deterrents are available now, and along with the backing of a scientifically valid report, and the Government subsidy - as surfers we can do our bit to prevent further attacks." Minister's office - 6552 6100 MEDIA Please note the Brouwer family are not prepared to do any further media.
Local hockey brought to international standard in Southern River25342Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/05/2018 5:16:26 AM2018-05-22T05:15:00Z New synthetic field and LED lighting for Southern River Hockey Club following State Government support The Southern River Hockey Club will soon have International Hockey Federation accreditation, with construction of a synthetic field and new LED lighting system underway, thanks in part to a State Government grant. The new synthetic field will be the first in Perth's south-eastern corridor and one of only a dozen in the city, with construction expected to be completed by mid-year. The upgrades form part of a wider $2.6 million project that will also see the club's pavilion at its home base at Sutherlands Park renovated. The State Government contributed $438,000 from the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund towards the field and lighting upgrades, with the City of Gosnells and Southern River Hockey Club each contributing the same amount. The remaining $1.3 million will be provided under the Federal Government's Community Development Grants program. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund grants ensure grassroots sports have quality places to play, which in turn encourages more participation and healthier, more involved communities. "The new surface will offer local players the opportunity to play on a professional-standard pitch. "Sporting dreams begin at local clubs like Southern River Hockey Club, and quality facilities make sure we can attract and retain as many people as possible in local sport." Comments attributed to Southern River MLA Terry Healy "I'm pleased to be able to help deliver upgrades to Southern River's sporting facilities, which have a positive impact in our local communities in terms of health and inclusion. "I'm a big supporter of our local sporting clubs, and it's great to see our Southern River Hockey Club benefiting from upgrades to their facilities." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Research finds surfer shark deterrent significantly reduces the risk of attack25340Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/05/2018 4:51:50 AM2018-05-22T04:50:00Z University research shows the Ocean Guardian Surf+, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions by at least 60 per cent McGowan Government calls on NSW Government to release the final university report into shark deterrent effectiveness Subject to the final report, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has recommended the Surf+ device be added to the personal shark deterrent subsidy program Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has today called on the New South Wales Government to immediately release a final Flinders University report that details the effectiveness of a range of personal shark deterrent devices. A draft of the NSW Government report was assessed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's scientists. The test results show that even under extreme circumstances - chummed and baited waters - the Surf+ device reduced the risk of an interaction with a great white shark by at least 60 per cent. The department also advised in normal surfing conditions, the Surf+ device may produce an even higher level of shark deterrence. It also shows the Ocean Guardian's (formerly known as SharkShield) Surf+ device is the most effective, scientifically proven personal shark deterrent, designed specifically for surfers, on the market. The department has concluded that provided no changes are made to the conclusions about the effectiveness of the personal deterrent in the final report, the device can be added to the McGowan Government's world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy program. Comments attributed to Fisheries and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "If the NSW Government releases this report today, WA surfers will be able to buy a university tested and proven surfboard shark deterrent this weekend. "It is in the public interest that a surfboard shark deterrent that has been found to significantly reduce the risk of shark interactions, is made available to those most at risk as soon as possible. "The department has assessed the draft Flinders University report prepared for the NSW Government, and determined the Surf+ device is the only personal shark deterrent device specifically designed for surfers to significantly reduce the risk. "Following the review of this draft report, the department has recommended - provided there are no material changes in the final report - the Surf+ device can be added to the rebate program." Comments attributed to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development scientist Dr Dan Gaughan "Even in extreme circumstances - chummed and baited waters - the Surf+ device was proven to significantly reduce the risk of a shark interaction with a great white shark. "When the Surf+ was activated, the white sharks were observed to visibly react at an average distance of 1.7 metres from the device. "In less extreme situations - without chummed and baited waters - white sharks might be expected to be less motivated to feed. Under such circumstances, it would be reasonable to predict that the Surf+ may produce a higher level of shark deterrence." Minister's office - 6552 6100 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The five devices were tested on white sharks at the Neptune Islands, located off southern South Australia. The Neptune Islands are a major fur-seal pupping location and this area is a recognised aggregation site for white sharks, where the likelihood of encounters is high enough to undertake valid behavioural experiments. The experiment consisted of each prospective device and a control (no device) being tested about 50 times using an experimental surfboard with a piece of bait attached. For each of the trials, chum and tuna baits were used to attract sharks to the vessel with the experimental surfboard being deployed once shark(s) were present and actively interested in feeding. Combined with the location where the study was completed, this represents an extreme situation in which to test the efficacy of deterrent devices. Each individual trial involved assessing the behaviour of white sharks attracted to a fresh bait attached to the experimental surfboard over a 15-minute period or until the bait or board was touched by a shark. A total of 297 trials suitable for analysis were completed. The experimental design included randomising the order of the deterrent device or control being used among different sets of trials completed across 18 days and five separate trips. This approach minimised the potential for individual shark habituation to impact the results. The overall design was therefore considered to be robust with the statistical methods applied to the results appropriate to test the relative efficacy of the five devices. Only one of the five products tested, the Surf+, produced a statistically significant reduction in the level of interactions with the bait/board compared to the control. The Surf+ reduced the percentage of baits/boards taken from 96 per cent (control) to 40 per cent. When the Surf+ was activated, the white sharks were observed to visibly react at an average distance of 1.7 metres from the device. The other products had no measurable effect on white shark behaviour during this study. The report acknowledged that testing at a seal colony using natural prey as an attractant in an area where white sharks are known to feed, represents an extreme situation compared to the conditions normally experienced while surfing. Consequently, the results presented in the report could be considered 'worse case' scenarios. In less extreme situations (i.e. non-aggregation sites, no attractant in the water), white sharks might be expected to be less motivated to feed. Under such circumstances, it would be reasonable to predict that the Surf+ may produce a higher level of shark deterrence.
A little bit of WOW to support our SES heroes25339Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/05/2018 2:00:26 AM2018-05-22T02:00:00Z Wear orange this Wednesday to show your support for our SES volunteers About 2,000 SES volunteers generously give up their time to serve the WA community Perth landmarks to be lit up in orange to acknowledge the efforts of SES volunteers SES volunteers are there any time of day or night, in any kind of weather until the job is done Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan is encouraging all Western Australians to wear something orange tomorrow (May 23) to thank our State Emergency Services volunteers for all their tireless and selfless efforts. Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) Day marks the day when Western Australian communities show their appreciation for the people who can be called upon at any time of day or night, to help in an emergency situation. These highly skilled professionals are critical in responding to emergencies such as vertical rescues, storms, cyclones, floods, car crashes and land searches. In the past year, the State's 2,000 SES volunteers have collectively given up 11,750 hours of their own time, responding to more than 590 incidents across the State, including six cyclones that hit the north-west of Western Australia. This WOW Day, several landmarks across WA will be lit up in orange, including Parliament House, Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square. The Eliza statue in the Swan River will also don the distinctive SES orange overalls to show her support. For more information about WOW Day, visit http//www.wearorangewednesday.com.au/wa Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "SES volunteers are heroes from all different walks of life who provide an invaluable contribution to community safety. "They are there securing roofs in the middle of the night in horrendous storms, conducting searches for hours and days on end for missing people, and assisting the community before, during and after cyclonic events. "This WOW Day is a great opportunity to simply recognise and thank the men and women who, day and night, put their personal lives on hold to help people in emergencies. "I encourage you to wear orange this Wednesday to show your appreciation for SES volunteers who brave wild weather, rough terrain and all kinds of emergency situations to help keep us safe or save us from harm." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Urgent Care Clinic opens at Royal Perth Hospital25336Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/05/2018 1:15:05 AM2018-05-22T01:15:00Z Specialised Urgent Care Clinic (UCC) to treat drug and alcohol affected patients opens today New six-bay clinic to ease pressure and reduce waiting times at the busy Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) emergency department The Urgent Care Clinic (Toxicology) opening follows the budget announcement of $11.8 million to build a Mental Health Observation Area Plus (MHOA) at RPH Premier Mark McGowan and Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook today formally opened the Urgent Care Clinic (Toxicology) at Royal Perth Hospital. The UCC (Toxicology) is located within the emergency department and provides specialised services for people with behavioural disturbances, usually caused by drugs and alcohol. The clinic offers a way to treat and manage intoxicated or drug affected patients who can be disruptive to other patients and staff, and at worst pose a security threat. With six treatment spaces, made up of five beds and one chair, the clinic will be staffed by a mix of dedicated new and existing RPH medical and nursing staff, supported by drug and alcohol specialists, homeless healthcare professionals, mental health clinicians and social workers. The establishment of the UCC (Toxicology) builds on a suite of measures introduced by the McGowan Government to ensure staff and patient safety at hospital emergency departments. These include enhanced CCTV, staff training in de-escalation of aggressive incidents, and the funding of stab vests and duress alarms to protect frontline hospital staff. Together with the specialised RPH Urgent Care Clinic, a recently announced funding boost of $11.8 million to build a Mental Health Observation Area Plus on the site forms the centrepiece to the McGowan Government's broader Royal Perth Hospital redevelopment plan, which will include a Medihotel and innovation hub to bolster research. Complementing the UCC (Toxicology), the mental health observation area will provide a comprehensive suite of psychiatric services to meet the health needs of the large inner city population. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Urgent Care Clinics take pressure off the busy emergency departments and represent how this Government puts patients first. "We made a commitment to revamp the ageing Royal Perth Hospital, and the introduction of this specialised clinic will enable patients who are affected by alcohol and drugs to receive dedicated care within an emergency setting. "This announcement follows the $11.8 million of funding for the development of the Mental Health Observation Area Plus at Royal Perth Hospital, as part of the recent State Budget. "The establishment of these new services will significantly improve mental health resources and deliver patient centered care for residents in Perth. It will relieve pressure on the emergency department at RPH and cut wait times." Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The Urgent Care Clinic (Toxicology) at RPH will target the management of acute behavioural disturbance, usually from people affected by alcohol and drugs who only need a stay of less than 24 hours. "While the election commitment on Urgent Care Clinics envisaged an acute primary care setting, the advice from the Department of Health was that a toxicology unit at RPH would best serve the needs of the hospital and ease pressure on the emergency department. "The Mental Health Observation Area Plus has been designed to provide management of patients who require a longer duration of acute inpatient psychiatric treatment in a secure ward environment. The observation area, which is another election commitment, will operate 24/7 and provide a comprehensive suite of psychiatric services. "These investments into Royal Perth Hospital are examples of key health infrastructure and service investments that not only improve the services provided to Western Australians, but also help to ensure patients get the right treatment quickly, and more cost effectively." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health and Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Mount Claremont bus depot tender released25321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2820html21/05/2018 8:45:12 AM2018-05-21T08:45:00Z $7.8 million project to deliver a new bus depot in Mount Claremont Depot will include a four-bay workshop, administration building, refuelling facilities, bus wash facilities and hardstand parking areas for up to 55 buses Reinforcing the McGowan Government's commitment to public transport A local company is being sought to build a new bus depot in Mount Claremont. The depot is planned for a 1.2 hectare site west of Brockway Road and has been designed to accommodate a four-bay workshop, administration building, bus refuelling facilities and bus wash facilities. Initially about 30 to 40 buses are expected to use the facility, but it will be future-proofed to accommodate up to 55. The project is part of a long-term strategy to ensure all Transperth bus depots are owned by the Public Transport Authority. It will replace the existing depot on private land in North Fremantle. The new depot will be open daily with most bus movements occurring from 6am to 8am and from 6pm to 8pm. When the tender has been awarded and the construction methodology finalised, nearby residents, businesses and organisations will be notified of any potential construction impacts. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This depot will be owned by the State Government with a bus contractor operating services out of it, in line with Transperth's ongoing strategy. "Creating bus depots closer to the areas they service means we can create more reliable Transperth services in this corridor." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Thank you to our emergency services volunteers25320Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2040html21/05/2018 8:25:02 AM2018-05-21T08:25:00Z National Volunteer Week starts today Recognises the tremendous efforts of volunteers throughout the State and nation Ninety-nine per cent of emergency services personnel in the regions are volunteers Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has expressed his gratitude and support for emergency services volunteers and the vital role they play in keeping our communities safe. This week is National Volunteer Week, which highlights the achievements and contribution of all volunteers. Across Western Australia's regional areas, emergency services volunteers make up 99 per cent of the personnel who can be called upon at any time in an emergency. Town-based fire and rescue services in places such as Margaret River, Esperance, Karratha and Kununurra are all staffed by volunteers who have other commitments such as full-time work, but rush to help in the event of a fire or car crash. Our marine rescue services often brave treacherous conditions to save people from the oceans or, as we saw recently in Albany, have the grim task of retrieving those that could not be saved. State Emergency Services personnel are called to all manner of emergency situations from rescuing people lost in the bush to assisting communities during wild storms and cyclones. Fire and Emergency Services crews combine SES and firefighting skills, and many small communities depend on them. Bushfire volunteers, who are integral parts of their local governments, have kept communities safe for decades often by many generations of the same family. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "We would be lost without our emergency services volunteers. "I have travelled throughout our great State, meeting hundreds and hundreds of volunteers to thank them for their service. "They are extraordinary people who can see the job that needs doing, and they have the commitment and dedication to make it happen. "I would like to again thank all of our emergency services volunteers for the tremendous contribution they make in keeping our communities safe from harm." Minister's office - 6552 6300
West Kimberley groups invited to apply for innovative grants scheme25318Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2990html21/05/2018 6:02:20 AM2018-05-21T06:00:00Z McGowan Government supporting the West Kimberley region with community grants Applications for the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme open today and close on June 15, 2018 $4.7 million upgrade to Broome's wastewater system completed under budget by using local WA workers Not-for-profit groups and schools with a great idea for a community project in the West Kimberley, are invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 from the McGowan Labor Government. Applications are now open for the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme which empowers communities to identify solutions and opportunities at a grassroots level, and prioritises projects that benefit groups most in need of support. Funds for the grants scheme are raised by the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced by the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, as an environmentally sustainable means of recycling wastewater. Schools in the remote Aboriginal communities of Beagle Bay and One Arm Point were among the recipients to benefit from the last round of funding. In early 2018, Beagle Bay Sacred Heart School completed a new fitness park to improve overall community health and wellbeing with the help of a grant from the scheme. One Arm Point Remote Community School also built an aquaculture centre for students to learn about sustainable food production. Students can now experiment with breeding saltwater fish species and growing edible plants as part of the school curriculum. In March 2018, the Water Corporation nearly doubled the size of its Rhodes grass crop by installing a second pivot irrigation system. The $4.7 million project also included a major wastewater pump station upgrade and a new wastewater main along Gubinge Road in Broome, and came in at $1.5 million under budget. Local workers were employed to complete the upgrades. For more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/wkcgrants Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, which is run by the Water Corporation and Lions Club, is a unique program helping to kick-start exciting projects across the region. "Since it began in 2016, more than $81,000 has been provided for community projects in the West Kimberley. "The new aquaculture centre at the One Arm Point Remote Community School has become an important part of the school curriculum for senior students, and aligns with plans by traditional owners to build a viable aquaculture industry in the area. "By employing 52 locally based Broome contractors on the wastewater upgrade, rather than contractors flying in, the Water Corporation has delivered the project under budget, which is a great outcome." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Custody Notification Service to become a reality in WA25316Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7450html21/05/2018 4:57:39 AM2018-05-21T04:50:00Z Custody Notification Service (CNS) to be introduced in WA 24-hour welfare and legal advice phone line for Aboriginal people taken into police custody Federal Government to fund the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) to provide the CNS CNS a recommendation following the coronial inquest into the death of Ms Dhu A Custody Notification Service which provides fundamental legal advice and a welfare check to all Aboriginal people taken into police custody will be operational in Western Australia before the end of 2018. Police will be required to call a central number which diverts to the phone of a rostered solicitor, who will then undertake a welfare check and provide legal advice to the person in custody. The CNS will not impact on the existing Aboriginal Visitors Scheme which provides support and counselling to Aboriginal people in police or correctional custody but does not operate as a mandatory notification service or provide legal advice. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "This is an important service which would already be operating in WA had the former Liberal National Government not rejected the Federal Government's offer to fund the service. "The Coronial Inquest into the tragic death of Ms Dhu recommended that the State Government give consideration to establishing a State-wide service to operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week. "This distressing case drew national attention to the plight of indigenous people in custody in WA. "More recently the case of Gene Gibson, who spent almost five years in prison after being interviewed without a translator, highlights the predicament of indigenous people intersecting with the WA police and justice services. "The CNS is expected to reduce indigenous incarceration and remand rates, which the McGowan Labor Government is serious about addressing. "I am pleased that the Commonwealth has agreed to fund the service directly to the ALS and removed the condition that it only be funded for three years." Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "To access the CNS, police across WA will call a central number which diverts to the mobile phone of a rostered solicitor. "Police will provide the solicitor with details of the person in custody and why, how long they have been in custody, whether bail is likely and any other pertinent information such as whether the client is intoxicated. "The solicitor undertakes a welfare check on the client and details any concerns in relation to physical and mental health, including risk of self-harm. "I thank the WA Police Force and Commissioner Chris Dawson for their support on the introduction of a CNS." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The CNS will operate around-the-clock, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. "It ensures Aboriginal people arrested and taken into custody receive welfare checks and legal advice at the earliest opportunity. "Since the CNS was implemented in NSW in 2000, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person has not died in police custody where the CNS has been contacted. "We owe it to our indigenous community to introduce this important service. "I have no doubt that the CNS will reduce the number of preventable deaths in custody and deliver better justice outcomes for WA's indigenous community." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800 Police Minister's office - 6552 6900 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
National Volunteer Week honours community contributions25314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2880html22/05/2018 12:58:41 AM2018-05-21T03:50:00Z National Volunteer Week, May 21-27, honours those who 'Give a little. Change a lot' The thousands of remarkable Western Australians who give up their time for others will be honoured this week, as part of National Volunteer Week celebrations. Running from May 21-27, this year's National Volunteer Week theme is 'Give a little. Change a lot' - representing the profound impact volunteers' small contributions have on their communities. The 2018 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards (May 24) and Volunteer Service Awards (May 27) will formally recognise the most extraordinary volunteers in a number of categories throughout the State. Four out of five Western Australians are estimated to volunteer in their communities each year, donating a total of about 315 million hours. Volunteering WA estimates the sector is worth $39 billion of economic, social and cultural benefits to Western Australia each year. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Mick Murray "Western Australia has some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, and this week we honour each and every person who contributes to the community. "This week's awards offer a chance to formally recognise the State's most exceptional contributors, many who have volunteered over the course of decades. "This week is a time to celebrate everyone who offers their time and effort to the community, and acknowledge the immense value volunteering brings to Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Joint media statement - Tunnel boring machines reach Airport Central Station as Forrestfield-Airport Link construction speeds ahead25308Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7280html21/05/2018 3:26:06 AM2018-05-21T00:15:00Z Forrestfield-Airport Link workforce successfully tunnel to Airport Central Station About 2000 jobs created as part of the METRONET project Tunnel boring machines to be serviced then continue to Redcliffe Station The 2018-19 State Budget included $3.6 billion towards METRONET projects The two tunnel boring machines for the Forrestfield-Airport Link have now reached Airport Central Station - about a quarter of the way into their 8km journey to Bayswater. TBM Sandy broke through the arrival box at Airport Central Station over the weekend, following TBM Grace, who broke through on May 8. It is the first time the machines have re-appeared since they began tunnelling at Forrestfield in late 2017. The machines have arrived at track level of the future Airport Central Station - some 17 metres below ground. Future passengers will enter the station at ground level and go down to a concourse and train platform level, similar to Perth Underground in the city. A dedicated local workforce was busy preparing the Airport Central Station box prior to the arrival of the two TBMs. They prepared 2200 square metre concrete blocks for the machines to enter the station through, which also served to stabilise the walls and reduce water ingress during the breakthrough. The TBMs were guided through the 12.5m block over a period of 24 hours, with a team of 15 present inside each machine for the final breakthrough. Both machines will now be subject to a month-long maintenance program where they are cleaned and serviced TBM Grace will then continue her journey to Redcliffe Station, with TBM Sandy following about two weeks later. Extensive works have been completed at the Airport Central site in recent weeks, with construction of the station's base slab now complete. The new METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link will provide a 20-minute direct link between the eastern foothills and the CBD - as well as the wider public transport network - via the airport. The $1.86b Forrestfield-Airport Link project is jointly funded by State ($1.37b) and Federal ($490m) Governments. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "These breakthroughs are an exciting milestone for this METRONET project - the station construction workers and machine operators are to be congratulated. "The scale of these machines are incredible, they are taller than a two-storey house, and the footage of them boring into the box structure is equally impressive. "This job-creating, city-transforming project is just one element of our record rail investment for METRONET." Comments attributed to Federal Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher "The recent Federal Budget continued to deliver for the city-shaping METRONET projects, including commitments to the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, Byford Extension, Midland Station Project and the Lakelands Station business case. "As well as this investment, the Australian Government has committed $943.5 million for a new Perth Congestion Package to ease pressure on the urban transport network and improve safety. "This brings the total federal METRONET commitment to $2.33 billion, bringing our broader commitments in the state to $9.6 billion from 2013-14 to 2021-22, as we continue to roll-out our $75 billion infrastructure investment package across the country." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "As Transport Minister, I am thrilled to see TBM Sandy and TBM Grace have arrived at the future Airport Central Station. It is a visible sign of great progress on the project. "This is the biggest rail project to take place in WA for more than a decade, and will dramatically change the way eastern foothills residents travel, how their communities develop, and how the rest of Perth journeys to Perth Airport. "This will be the first of many METRONET rail projects, which will bring with it exciting new communities, jobs and better lifestyle for locals." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Water Corporation ‘grey cabinets’ in Albany to be splashed with colour25307Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2600html21/05/2018 1:21:02 AM2018-05-20T23:10:00Z Pump station electrical cabinets in Albany to be blank canvasses for local artists Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program makes a start in Albany this week with the help of local students and the community A State Government project to bring Water Corporation assets in highly visible locations to life, with the help of local artists, will begin in Albany this week. The Splash of Colour Community Art Program will transform five of the Water Corporation's everyday water and wastewater electrical cabinets into public art pieces. Pump station electrical cabinets will be painted over the next four weeks in prominent locations along York Street and Port Road in the Albany central business district, Le Grande Avenue in Orana, Firth Street in Emu Point, and Garden Street in Middleton Beach. Four local artists have been selected to take part in the program, with more than 25 applications put forward. The artists selected to transform the cabinets are Karlee Bertola and Cody Hulkes (Albany CBD), Chad Marwick (Orana and Emu Point), and Glenn Hegedus (Middleton Beach and Emu Point). The artists will be taking inspiration from the local community, with the Water Corporation organising two workshops with Albany Senior High School and the Albany Youth Support Association to hear their ideas about the community's connection to water. So far, 16 Water Corporation assets across Western Australia have been turned into community art pieces through the Splash of Colour program. Keep up to date on the results of the artwork on social media using #splashofcolourWA Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is great to see the State Government's Splash of Colour arts program make its way to Albany to transform more dull grey Water Corporation cabinets into vibrant, water themed art. "While assets will always have a functional purpose, I look forward to seeing how local artists will completely transform them into something for the whole community to enjoy. "The Water Corporation's work with Albany Senior High School and Albany Youth Support Association will provide valuable insights into local culture so the art reflects the beauty of the south coast." Comment attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "It's great to see the Water Corporation putting some colour and life into our community. Albany is a hotbed of artistic endeavour and these bright and colourful Water Corporation cabinets will make a tremendous contribution to our urban streetscapes." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water Corporation ‘grey cabinets’ in the South-West to be splashed with colour25306Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2870html21/05/2018 1:15:57 AM2018-05-20T23:05:00Z Pump station electrical cabinets to be blank canvasses for Western Australian artists Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program begins this week in Busselton, Bunbury and Margaret River A State Government project to bring Water Corporation assets in highly visible locations to life, with the help of local artists, returns to the South-West region this week. The Splash of Colour Community Art Program will transform four of the Water Corporation's everyday water and wastewater electrical cabinets into public art pieces. Pump station electrical cabinets will be painted over the next four weeks in prominent locations along Ocean Drive and Picton Road in Bunbury, Simon Street in Busselton and Rendall Close in Margaret River. The four local artists selected to transform the cabinets are Andrew Frazer (Ocean Drive, Bunbury), Luke O'Donohoe (Picton Road, Bunbury), Sharon Hinchliffe (Simon Street, Busselton) and Lori Pensini (Rendall Close, Margaret River). The artists will be taking inspiration from local communities, with the Water Corporation organising workshops with Bunbury Catholic College, Busselton Senior High School's Offsite Senior School and Margaret River Senior High School. These workshops will enable students to share ideas about the connection to water in their community, which will be reflected in the designs. Keep up to date on the results of the artwork on social media using #splashofcolourWA Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is great to see the State Government's Splash of Colour arts program return to the South-West to transform more dull grey Water Corporation cabinets into vibrant, water themed art. "The program began as a trial last year in the South-West with eight cabinets painted. The feedback was so overwhelmingly positive, it has now been rolled out across Western Australia. "The Water Corporation's work with schools will provide valuable insights into local culture so the art reflects the beauty and uniqueness of the South-West." Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch "Over recent years, Bunbury has become known for its wide and varied collection of street art and this project will add to that community asset. "Bunbury is a creative community so it is great to see the Water Corporation tapping into that for this community project." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Community urged to help solve crime on Crime Stoppers Day 201825295Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3410html21/05/2018 1:04:10 AM2018-05-20T23:00:00Z Crime Stoppers Day - May 21 $33,815 Lotterywest grant to set up multilingual reporting capability on the Crime Stoppers WA website More than 52,000 calls and online contacts to Crime Stoppers in 2017 Police Minister Michelle Roberts has taken the opportunity for Crime Stoppers Day 2018 to highlight the importance of communities helping to solve crime. The Minister has announced a $33,815 Lotterywest grant will go towards developing a multilingual reporting capability on the Crime Stoppers WA website. Western Australia is one of the most diverse and fastest growing States with more than 240 languages spoken. The most recent Census data shows more than 17 per cent of Western Australians speak a language other than English at home. Previously, people with English as a second language had to ring Crime Stoppers WA and request access to an interpretive service. The new website feature means people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can provide information more easily and without delay. Mrs Roberts thanked members of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA, who have offered their translation expertise to ensure the reporting platform is available in as many different languages as possible. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "Crime Stoppers is a valuable tool for the community to provide information about criminal activity. "Last year alone there were more than 1,500 direct arrests in Western Australia as a result of information provided to Crime Stoppers. "This new initiative will expand the reach and access of Crime Stoppers WA, and allow people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in helping to keep their community safe. "I want to take the opportunity to thank the hardworking team at Crime Stoppers WA, and remind the community to report suspicious and criminal activity on the Crime Stoppers' number 1800 333 000 or you can make a report online at https//www.crimestopperswa.com.au." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Accommodation support secured for 64 community neighbourhood centres and childcare centres25294Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8980html22/05/2018 2:50:32 AM2018-05-20T22:00:00Z The McGowan Government allocates $4 million for 64 WA community neighbourhood centres and childcare centres Decision reverses previous cuts to accommodation support by the Liberal National Government The State Government will provide $4 million over the next four financial years to continue to fund accommodation support to 64 community neighbourhood centres and childcare centres across Western Australia. The recent State Budget reversed a Liberal National Government decision that would have meant affected community service organisations faced a significant financial burden relating to property maintenance and asset renewal, or replacement costs. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said $1 million had been allocated for each of the next four years, starting with 2018-19, to continue funding the costs for the ongoing maintenance, insurance costs and urgent capital works for the properties. The funding applies to 36 community neighbourhood centres and 28 childcare centres - some of which are owned by the State Government while others are leased. The centres are made available at nominal rent to not-for-profit community and childcare organisations, which provide a range of community and family services. The Government, through the Department of Communities, has also been working on a procurement process with the community services sector and other key stakeholders. This will identify how government can further support place-based, grassroots community development practices. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The decision to continue funding the asset management of 64 community neighbourhood and childcare centres, shows the McGowan Government's willingness to listen and respond to community concerns. "Community service organisations have limited resources and need to be reassured that they can continue to provide their important activities and services. "The centres provide places of inclusion and a range of social, recreational, educational and training opportunities that for some people make family life and work possible, and in many cases, improve health and wellbeing. "The Government, through the Department of Communities, is working with service providers to ensure that the needs of Western Australian families continue to be met." Minister's office - 6552 6600 Table of Childcare Centres COUNT CHILDCARE CENTRES LOCATION 1 Billabong Community CCC East Victoria Park 2 Blue Gum Early Learning & CCC Brentwood 3 Duncraig CCC Duncraig 4 Leederville CCC Leederville 5 Meela CCC Mount Lawley 6 Moolanda CCC Kingsley 7 Noranda CCC Noranda 8 South Lake CCC South Lake 9 Willetton CCC Willetton 10 Birra-Li CCC Willagee 11 Collie CC & Early Learning Centre Collie 12 Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre Thornlie 13 Fremantle Early Learning Centre Beaconsfield 14 Granny Glasgow Day-Care Centre Carnarvon 15 James McCauley House Heathridge 16 Marmion Avenue Community CCC Carine 17 Merredin & Districts Childcare & Play School (MADCAPS) Merredin 18 Munchkin Manor CCC Bunbury 19 Mundarda CCC Armadale 20 Newman Day Care Centre Newman 21 Padbury CCC Padbury 22 Salisbury CCC Bedford 23 Subicare Early Learning Centre Subiaco 24 Sudbury Care & Development Centre (Fmr Mirrabooka Multicultural CCC) Mirrabooka 25 Treasure Island CCC Cannington 26 Treehouse CCC Donnybrook 27 Treloar CCC South Hedland 28 Wirrabirra CCC Gosnells Table of Community and Family Centres COUNT COMMUNITY CENTRES LOCATION 1 Bayswater Family Centre Bayswater 2 Beechboro Family Centre Beechboro 3 Brockman House Beechboro 4 East Victoria Park Family Centre East Victoria Park 5 Eaton Family Centre Eaton 6 Falcon Family Centre Falcon 7 Frank Konency Family Centre Parmelia 8 Greenfields Family Centre Greenfields 9 High Wycombe Family Centre High Wycombe 10 Joondalup Family Centre Joondalup 11 Kingfisher Park Family Centre Ballajura 12 Kingsley Family Centre Kingsley 13 Kulungah Myah Family Centre Kardinya 14 Leeming Family Centre Leeming 15 Marangaroo Family Centre Marangaroo 16 Noranda Family Care Centre Noranda 17 Roleystone Family Centre Roleystone 18 Rostrata Family Centre & Out of School Care Willetton 19 Sandalwood Family Centre Kalgoorlie 20 South Lake Ottey Family & Neighbourhood Centre South Lake 21 Thornlie Forrest Lakes Family Centre Thornlie 22 Waikiki Community and Family Centre Waikiki 23 Warnbro Community & Family Centre Warnbro 24 Westerly Family Centre Cooloongup 25 Woodvale Timbertops Family Centre Woodvale 26 Yangebup Family Centre Yangebup 27 Albany Family House Albany 28 Armadale Community Family Centre Armadale 29 Busselton Family Centre Busselton 30 Hudson Road Family Centre Bunbury 31 Karratha Family Centre Karratha 32 Sudbury Community House Mirrabooka Centres - Government Use COUNT FAMILY CENTRES LOCATION 1 Balcatta House Balcatta 2 Brook View Family Centre Swan View 3 Parenting WA Mount Lawley 4 Goldenmile Community House South Kalgoorlie
$20.5 million to target and reduce offending by young people25290Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6710html21/05/2018 12:42:09 AM2018-05-20T02:30:00Z Election commitment delivered, to improve outcomes for WA's most challenging young offenders Significant investment in a WA early intervention initiative to reduce juvenile reoffending and improve community safety Target 120 to help turn around young lives and avoid a life connected to justice system The McGowan Government's Target 120 initiative, a program designed to reduce juvenile reoffending in Western Australia and improve community safety, will go ahead this year with a $20.5 million investment. Armadale will be one of the first locations in Western Australia to benefit from the Target 120 program. The initiative, which aims to support up to 300 young people and their families, will be delivered across multiple locations in a phased approach over the next four years, starting from October 2018. Target 120 is a collaborative, targeted and flexible early intervention program, providing young offenders and their families with co-ordinated and timely access to the services they need. Target 120 aims to address the issues that increase a young person's likelihood of offending, including substance abuse, lack of housing, domestic violence, trauma, mental health issues, and poor attendance at school. For each young person and their family, a dedicated service worker will work in partnership with multiple agencies including police, health, education, child protection and justice, as well as non-government service providers. This will ensure that there is a co-ordinated and well-managed response to each young person and their family to get them back on track. The Target 120 program will also use data to inform and improve decision making. By sharing, linking and analysing data gathered across a number of agencies, vulnerable individuals and groups can be identified earlier, and their current and future needs better understood. Beyond the benefits for the young person, their family and their community as a whole, the program intends to reduce the cost of intervention over the course of a young person's life. It is estimated that support provided to a young person and their family, who have had multiple contacts with justice and other departments, costs more than $2 million over a young person's life. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Youth offending has complex causes. Many young people who interact with police, courts and the community for the wrong reasons have multiple issues to deal with in their lives. "We took a policy to the State election that committed us in government, to targeted early intervention with these children and their families. Target 120 holds those young people to account for their actions but also provides focused and co-ordinated intervention to address underlying issues. "This approach should lead to less crime, safer communities, and a better outcome for the young person and their family." Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The sad reality is that the number of children going into the justice system is on the rise, and what we're currently doing isn't working. "The Target 120 program is a new and effective way of doing things - it will involve multiple government agencies, led by the Department of Communities and including the WA Police Force and Corrective Services, working more collaboratively with local service providers and local governments. "WA Police told us they could predict many of the children who would end up in the juvenile justice system and then graduate to adult prisons. "By government and the community working together to provide young offenders with the help they need to get back on track, our community can be a safer place to live and work." Comments attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti "This announcement is terrific news for Armadale as it will improve community safety, and change the lives of young people at risk and their families. "In Armadale, government, the community and the non-government sector are already working well together to address youth crime. "There are existing youth intervention partnerships in place that the program can tap into and build on. This provides a good foundation for the implementation of Target 120." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Child Protection and Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600