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Ageing with Choice framework offers housing direction for seniors1567Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/10/2019 5:36:31 AM2019-10-16T03:30:00Z Across government approach aims to help the elderly age in community of choice Number of Western Australians aged 65 and over expected to hit 500,000 by 2026 Policy designed to assist older householders on low to moderate incomes Housing Minister Peter Tinley and Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray today released a new State Government directions paper detailing how to best address the housing needs of older Western Australians. Ageing with Choice sets the direction for government, industry and the community sector to help older Western Australians, particularly those on low to moderate incomes, to access affordable, manageable and stable homes in their community of choice. Led by the Department of Communities, Ageing with Choice was developed after extensive consultation with older people, all levels of government, industry and the community sector. It focuses a collective effort across government on an integrated approach to housing and service responses for older people while also building rich, diverse, age-friendly communities designed to reduce social isolation and keep people connected to transport, services and their community. For more information, visit http//www.housing.wa.gov.au/AgeingWithChoice Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "Ageing with Choice provides a framework and direction over the next five years that is designed to improve housing choice and outcomes for older Western Australians. "Without access to suitable, affordable homes, older people will struggle to balance housing and living costs, potentially resulting in an inability to manage or maintain the dwellings they call home. "By working together across all sectors, we can create vibrant, inclusive communities with a range of housing and living options that meet people's needs as they age. "The response detailed in the Ageing with Choice directions paper will help position WA for the future." Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "WA has an ageing population and the number of people aged 65 or more is projected to grow by 40 per cent to more than 500,000 by 2026. "Research has shown that people's housing needs change with age. With more people living longer, many will require a greater level of care and support. "While housing affordability affects everyone, older people can be especially affected due to their reduced earning and borrowing capacity and their specific housing needs. "Ageing with Choice recognises that everyone ages differently and that housing needs are driven by changes in health, financial or family circumstances." Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300Seniors and Ageing Minister's office - 6552 6400
Upgrade works start on Great Eastern Highway between Walgoolan and Southern Cross1566Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/10/2019 1:35:41 AM2019-10-16T01:30:00Z Major upgrade for 11km section of Great Eastern Highway in the eastern Wheatbelt $7.8 million to construct a new passing lane and further widening works Upgrade follows recent works to seal shoulders and install audible edge lines Project to support 55 jobs through to completion in mid-2020Works are starting this week on further upgrades to Great Eastern Highway between Walgoolan and Southern Cross in the eastern Wheatbelt. The $7.8 million project will focus on improving an ageing 11 kilometre section with a new passing lane, shoulder widening and safety improvements. Funding for the project has been provided through the State's Road Trauma Trust Account, which uses revenue from red light and speed camera operations in Western Australia. This Great Eastern Highway project follows other recent upgrade works in the area, including 55 kilometres of shoulder reconditioning, sealing narrow sections and audible edge line installation between Walgoolan and Southern Cross. Another recent project realigned 3.2 kilometres of Great Eastern Highway through Carrabin at a cost of $3.7 million. Main Roads Western Australia has identified about $200 million in critical improvement works to enhance safety and freight efficiency on Great Eastern Highway - a program that would generate about 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. The McGowan Government is negotiating with the Federal Government for additional funding to carry out further upgrades. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Having travelled this road and met with the local shires recently, I know these further highway upgrades will make a difference to road safety for industry and commuters going through the area. "Great Eastern Highway is an important transport link to the Eastern States, and this works package will improve road safety and freight efficiency as well as reduce road maintenance costs. "Between 1,200 and 1,800 vehicles use this road per day, of which 40 per cent are heavy vehicles." Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "This is an excellent project that will save lives. "Too many deaths are as a result of simple driving error, whether it's a momentary lapse in concentration or complacency. "This project is designed to make the road itself safer, so that drivers have a greater margin for error. "It is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to regional road safety." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
New Mental Health Emergency Centre opened at RPH1565Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/10/2019 1:08:42 AM2019-10-16T01:00:00Z More than $1m new short-stay centre to provide tailored mental health care Includes eight treatment spaces in a low-stimulus environment Another demonstration of McGowan Government's commitment to addressing mental health issuesA new Mental Health Emergency Centre (MHEC) at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) has been officially opened today by Mental Health Minister Roger Cook. The $1.15 million inner-city facility is next to the hospital's emergency department and has a low-stimulus, short-stay environment for people with specific mental health issues. It has been designed for people to stay for up to 72 hours, includes eight treatment spaces and is staffed by specialised, highly trained mental health professionals. The centre was developed in consultation with key stakeholders and consumers, and will deliver a contemporary model of care that will be individually tailored for each person and their needs. People presenting to the Royal Perth Hospital emergency department with acute mental health problems will be assessed against set criteria and then admitted if appropriate to the new mental health facility. The centre is part of the State Government's ongoing investment in RPH to ensure world-class care for all hospital and service users. In April, a $22.7 million upgrade of the Intensive Care Unit was announced, and in July, a new $9 million helipad was announced that will further enhance RPH's critical services and patient care. As part of the McGowan Government's State-wide commitment to mental health, $1 million was allocated late last year to develop a Mental Health Emergency Centre at St John of God Midland Public Hospital. It is expected to be operational by late 2021. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "This new, inner-city Mental Health Emergency Centre honours a key election commitment of the McGowan Labor Government to help the most vulnerable members of our community experiencing acute mental health or behavioural episodes. "This new low-stimulus, short-stay environment will not only greatly benefit those in need of assistance by providing dedicated, specialised resources, but it will also free up vital beds in the hospital's busy emergency department. "The MHEC team will provide inpatient care and liaise with the emergency department so there will be a single point of co-ordinated care for someone who needs help with their mental health needs. "This care will be underpinned by collaborative relationships between the MHEC and its referrers providing better care for mental health consumers." Minister's office - 6552 6500
A licence-free day will help first time fishers1502Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/10/2019 12:24:38 AM2019-10-15T23:00:00Z WA joins the celebration with a fishing licence-free day on Sunday October 20 Simply grab the family, take a mate or just take time out to enjoy a great day fishing The McGowan Government invests about $15 million each year to support recfishing Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has announced Western Australian's can fish licence-free this Sunday in celebration of National Gone Fishing Day. In WA, licences are normally required at this time of year for recreational fishing from a powered boat, as well for catching rock lobsters, abalone fishing in the Southern Zone, South‑West freshwater angling and net fishing where allowed. Sunday's Gone Fishing Day gives first-timers a chance to experience these fishing pursuits licence-free. All other recreational fishing rules - such as bag, boat and possession limits, fish size limits, and any seasonal or area closures - will still apply on the day. For example, fishers will also need to adhere to the annual demersal finfish closure, which takes place for two months from October 15, 2019. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Fisheries compliance officers will be conducting patrols as usual to check fishers and, while a licence may not be required, they will be monitoring compliance of other recreational fishing rules. Make sure you know the rules that apply by checking the Recreational Fishing Guide online at http//www.fish.wa.gov.au/ or search the rules species by species at the homepage. Recfishwest have a Smartphone App you can download - which also includes WA's fishing rules. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government understands both the social and economic value that quality recreational fishing experiences deliver in WA - including health and relaxation benefits. "As Fisheries Minister, I am committed to providing quality recreational fishing experiences to West Aussies, through initiatives including artificial reefs and fish restocking projects. "We have so many diverse fishing experiences across the State and we are keen for tourists from overseas and around Australia to come on holiday here. We are working to expand recreational fishing opportunities that give visitors and even local tourists greater enjoyment. "Gone Fishing Day is designed to encourage as many people as possible to participate, so I encourage you to get out there and enjoy the day and, for any first-timers, have fun and give it a go." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Parliament passes laws to protect children from toppling furniture1560Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/10/2019 12:39:43 AM2019-10-15T22:00:00Z Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 has passed through State Parliament New laws allow renters to anchor furniture to walls to prevent death or injury Laws to allow renters to fix furniture to walls to prevent death or injury to children from toppling furniture have passed through State Parliament. The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act and means landlords must allow tenants, who submit a request form, to attach furniture to a wall to prevent a child, or a person with a disability, from being hurt or killed. Owners can only refuse the form request in very limited circumstances, such as when the home is heritage-listed or if the walls contain asbestos. Tenants who attach furniture to walls will have to repair the wall at the end of the tenancy agreement. These important changes come after the tragic death of 21-month-old Reef Kite who was killed by a falling chest of drawers at his family's rental home in 2015. An inquest heard the furniture had not been secured to the wall because permission was not granted. Amending tenancy law, in light of Reef's preventable death, was a recommendation of the Western Australian Coroner's report, delivered in November 2017. The Bill also makes a series of amendments to improve the administration of a range of occupational licensing schemes. These changes will assist real estate and settlement agents to better understand their obligations and manage their licensing applications online, as well as giving consumers improved access to property industry insurance and compensation schemes. Comments attributed to Commerce Minister John Quigley "As well as the tragic death of Reef Kite who was killed by a chest of drawers falling on him in a rental home in Perth, toppling furniture has resulted in the deaths of at least 22 young children across Australia since 2001. "Many other children have suffered brain injuries or broken bones. "The simple action of anchoring furniture can save the life of a child or a person with a disability, and a wall can usually be repaired with ease by filling holes and repainting. "I'm pleased the McGowan Government has been able to get these common-sense changes through Parliament to prevent injury and death in WA rental homes in future. "It's a bonus that this Bill sees outdated components in a range of Acts administered by Consumer Protection updated in ways that reduce red tape and make improvements for business and in the community." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Take action now to prepare for bushfire season1722Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1790html15/10/2019 8:21:12 AM2019-10-15T08:20:00Z Conditions are warmer and drier than average ahead of this season Western Australians need to prepare their properties for bushfires before it is too late DFES is conducting unprecedented levels of mitigation under $35 million program With summer just around the corner and temperatures rising, Western Australians are being urged to get ready for the upcoming bushfire season. The landscape heading in to summer is particularly hot and dry this year. WA has just experienced its warmest September on record while rainfall for the month was the fifth-lowest since records began. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is working to mitigate the bushfire threat through activities such as prescribed burning and developing firebreaks, as well as holding community workshops to educate the public on planning and preparedness. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan today visited a prescribed burn in Mount Helena, part of a $35 million program that has seen a significant increase in mitigation work undertaken on Crown land. Mr Logan called on Western Australians to support the efforts of emergency services by doing everything they can to prepare their families and properties this bushfire season. For more information on how to prepare for bushfires, visit http//www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "Our message to the public is that if you live near bushland or if you are travelling to the South-West you need to prepare now. "The weather conditions in WA paint a fairly bleak picture of what we're facing this bushfire season, and that's why it's so important that everyone works together to reduce the threat. "The McGowan Government is investing $35 million to significantly increase bushfire planning and mitigation work on Crown land, and to support local governments to manage bushfire risks. "However, this has to be a united effort, and I'm urging everybody to prepare their property, have an emergency kit ready to go, and know what you will do if a bushfire strikes. "Having a five-minute Fire Chat with your family about what you will do if a bushfire threatens your area could potentially save your life. Indecision can be fatal, so take the time now to decide when you will know to leave, where you will go and how you will get there." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Hedlanders to have their say on proposed voluntary buy-back1721Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6560html15/10/2019 6:02:22 AM2019-10-15T06:00:00Z Public Consultation Meetings to inform development of an industry-funded Port Hedland Voluntary buy-back scheme to kick off next week Letters sent to landowners advising details of the three-stage consultation process Hedland residents will have the opportunity to input into the development of the proposed Port Hedland voluntary buy-back scheme at a series of consultation meetings over the next three months. The meetings are being led by consultant Ross Love, who has been appointed by the McGowan Government to consult with landowners and other stakeholders and to advise on the appropriate terms and administrative arrangements for the scheme. The meetings are to be held as follows Public Consultation Meeting 1 Thursday October 24, 2019, in Port Hedland Public Consultation Meeting 2 Monday October 28, 2019, in Perth Public Consultation Meeting 3 Monday November 18, 2019 in Port Hedland Public Consultation Meeting 4 Monday December 9, 2019 in Port Hedland Members of the public wishing to attend the meetings should send their details to PDC@pdc.wa.gov.au or telephone 6551 7500. Mr Love is due to report back with recommendations for the scheme to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti following the completion of the three-month consultation process. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government is implementing the recommendations of the Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce Report and taking steps to ensure landowners who are concerned about dust in the area have options. "Mr Love has already spent time in Port Hedland meeting with local stakeholders, including homeowners, local government, mining industry representatives and the Pilbara Port Authority and he is now beginning a three-stage consultation process. "We are looking at the development of the voluntary buy-back scheme in a fair and open way that allows all stakeholders to be heard and understood." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "We have listened to Port Hedland homeowners who have told us they want a fair voluntary buy-back scheme and we are now working to deliver that option. "Mr Love has outlined a very sound consultation process that will enable homeowners to have their concerns and priorities heard at the outset and then to provide feedback at subsequent meetings where Mr Love will present to them the information he has received to date. "At the final meeting in December, Mr Love will outline his draft recommendations and seek final public comments, before submitting his report to the McGowan Government." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Remembering little lives lost and protecting their memories1719Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6390html15/10/2019 3:46:45 AM2019-10-15T03:45:00Z Special service held today to pay respects and to remember little lives taken too soon Conservation Management Plan being developed to preserve Memorial Rose Garden precinct and Harvey House Memorial garden commemorates babies who were stillborn before 28 weeks A special service to honour the lives of Western Australian babies lost during pregnancy or birth was held today at King Edward Memorial Hospital. The annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Service coincides this year with the 30th anniversary of the KEMH Memorial Rose Garden. The garden is a special place where the ashes of those who were stillborn before 28 weeks' gestation are interred. It was established in 1989 in conjunction with the Matilda Bay Rotary Club to help grieving families. Specialist teams that include obstetricians, midwives, social workers and psychologists as well as State-wide services also provide support and care for women and their families if they suffer a loss during pregnancy or birth. Health Minister Roger Cook also announced today that work is underway to preserve the Memorial Rose Garden and Harvey House. The Department of Health is working with LandCorp to engage consultants to develop a Conservation Management Plan for the heritage-listed Harvey House. The plan would help determine the future needs for the building and surrounds. LandCorp is also investigating options to subdivide the site from the main King Edward Memorial Hospital, which will be closed after a new maternity hospital at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital campus is ready. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The loss of a little one during pregnancy or birth is a terrible event but I hope that services such as the one today offer some comfort for those that have suffered such a loss. "Today's service gave us the opportunity to pay our respects to the families and loved ones who have gone through this very sad time in their lives and to give them the opportunity to remember those who they lost. "The Memorial Rose Garden is a very special place that provides a place of sanctuary and remembrance, and we are committed to preserving the garden and the Harvey House precinct. "A Conservation Management Plan will be developed that will help determine what is needed now and into the future so that Harvey House and the garden remain with us for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Reduction in TAFE fees paves the way for new METRONET jobs1540Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6950html15/10/2019 1:33:53 AM2019-10-15T01:30:00Z McGowan Government's 'lower fees, local skills' policy to support WA's economy $1.25 million invested to deliver TAFE courses for METRONET Midland TAFE to become a specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre Centre will equip locals with the skills needed to build METRONET railcars Industry forum held to ensure skills are developed to build METRONET Young Western Australians who want to be part of the METRONET building program will benefit from the McGowan Government's reduction in TAFE fees. From next year, the Midland TAFE campus will become a speciality METRONET Trade Training Centre, with upgraded workshops and new fabrication training equipment. Under the plan, the TAFE and its workshops are being redeveloped into a specialist centre that provides the specific technical and support skills required for railcar manufacturing and METRONET maintenance. Local students will benefit from the 50 per cent reduction in fees for important METRONET TAFE courses, as part of the $53.5 million 'lower fees, local skills' policy that will half TAFE fees for 34 high priority courses. METRONET courses that will benefit from the McGowan Government's reduction in TAFE fees include Certificate II in Civil Construction; Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations; and Certificate III in Civil Construction. The METRONET Trade Training Centre is being established at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus, three kilometres from the site of the new METRONET Bellevue Assembly Facility where the new C-Series railcars will be commissioned. The METRONET 'Train of Thought' forum was held yesterday (October 14), bringing together industry stakeholders including railcar manufacturers, government and training industry representatives to discuss ways to ensure the training centre meets the industry's short and long-term requirements. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "METRONET is creating a pipeline of jobs and my Government wants to make sure young Western Australians have the skills they need to capitalise on this huge investment. "Our 50 per cent reduction in course fees for important METRONET courses will make TAFE much more affordable for students in these in-demand courses. "Not only will METRONET create a world-class public transport system that will transform our city, it will also deliver employment and training opportunities for locals long into the future." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "As a Government, we are doing everything we can to make TAFE more accessible to young Western Australians so they can get the skills they need to enter the workforce. "Midland TAFE will provide world-class training to meet the demand of our METRONET program in courses including engineering, metal fabrication, instrumentation and electrotechnology. "We will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure the training needs of our METRONET rail projects are met." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The METRONET Trade Training Centre is part of a new hub of railcar manufacturing in Midland, which will allow us to deliver on our commitment to build at least 50 per cent of all METRONET railcars locally in WA. "The McGowan Government is currently finalising its biggest-ever order of railcars, which will be built at a new facility nearby in Bellevue. "This training facility means young Western Australians can gain the skills close to where jobs will be required for the construction of our next fleet of trains. "Tenders recently opened for the contract to build the METRONET Bellevue railcar depot where METRONET's railcars will be built and maintained for years to come." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Picabar future secured1336Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5470html15/10/2019 1:10:18 AM2019-10-15T01:00:00Z Picabar lease has been secured for five years, with the option to extend by a further five years Picabar will be revitalised by the current operators A new lease has been negotiated between the Perth Theatre Trust (PTT) and Picabar, which will see the venue remain in the hands of the current operators. PTT took over direct management of the building housing the bar in 2018, requiring new formal sub-leasing arrangements with both Picabar and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). PTT have been working closely with both PICA and Picabar to provide a successful negotiated outcome to lease arrangements. A five-year agreement with the lessee, with the option to extend for a further five years, is now in place, which sees better alignment between the businesses within the building. Picabar is located in the former Perth Old Boys School building at 53 James Street, Northbridge. Perth Theatre Trust is responsible for the management of the Perth Cultural Centre Public realm, the State Theatre Centre of WA, His Majesty's Theatre, Subiaco Arts Centre and the Albany Entertainment Centre. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "We acknowledge the great love that the people of Perth have for this bar and the energy it provides to the Perth Cultural Centre. "I look forward to a revitalised Picabar assisting to fulfil the vision for PICA as a space that brings the local community together." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "This is great news for the staff and management at Picabar, as well as the many patrons that frequent the venue, who came out and demonstrated their strong support of it. "It is also an important place from an activation perspective, so it's great to see that the premises will continue to be a vibrant place, attracting foot traffic and adding to the vibe in the Perth Cultural Centre." Comments attributed to Picabar lessee Brian Buckley "This is fantastic news. We're over the moon about it and excited to be part of the Cultural Centre at a really exciting time." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Public submissions open as part of animal welfare review1063Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5980html14/10/2019 5:02:20 AM2019-10-14T05:00:00Z Public consultation process underway for review of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 Submissions open for six weeks, closing 5pm on Monday November 25, 2019 The Independent Animal Welfare Review Panel is calling for submissions from stakeholders and the public on key issues affecting animal welfare in Western Australia. The independent panel was appointed by Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan in May 2019 to undertake a review of the operation and effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2002. The panel's role is to assess whether the Act reflects contemporary best practice and what legislative amendments might be required. Submissions are open for six weeks and can be made by completing the online feedback form at http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/animalwelfare/review-animal-welfare-act-2002 or by emailing responses to AWA.reviewpanel@dpird.wa.gov.au Submissions close on at 5pm on Monday November 25, 2019. The second phase of the public consultation will be a series of public forums in regional and metropolitan locations, to be held in late 2019 and early 2020. The review panel will provide a report to the State Government by mid-2020 detailing its findings and any recommendations for legislative amendments. Primary responsibility for enforcing the Act lies with the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (the Department). Links to the full Animal Welfare Act 2002 and related information are available at http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/animalwelfare/review-animal-welfare-act-2002. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It is critical to the sustainability of our agricultural industries that we have the best policy and legislation in place to effectively manage animal welfare in WA. "Ensuring the panel is able to capture a broad range of views as part of the review of the operation and effectiveness of the Act is vital. "We encourage all stakeholders and members of the public with an interest in animal welfare to take this opportunity and provide comment back to the review panel on issues that affect them. "The independent panel will advise the State Government of any changes that are necessary to make sure we have an Act that reflects contemporary best practice and delivers good animal welfare outcomes for Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6200
McGowan Government reduces TAFE fees by 50 per cent1062Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements31960html14/10/2019 12:25:45 AM2019-10-13T23:50:00Z TAFE fees for 34 high priority qualifications will be halved from January 1, 2020 The fee reductions will make training more affordable for thousands of students The 'lower fees, local skills' policy follows the TAFE fee freeze introduced in 2017 Two-year initiative will stimulate training in growth areas, supporting the WA economy, after the previous Liberal National Government increased fees by up to 510 per cent McGowan Government Budget surplus delivers ongoing benefits across WA The McGowan Labor Government will significantly reduce TAFE fees for selected high priority qualifications from next year, making training more affordable for thousands of local students. The $53.5 million 'lower fees, local skills' policy will ensure Western Australians can get the training needed for the jobs of tomorrow, supporting the WA economy. The 50 per cent fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging skills shortages, the State's economic diversification strategy and important sectors of the local economy including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism. The State Government works closely with industry to identify skills priorities, which will support new apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in Western Australia. As part of the investment, TAFE facilities in Broome, Karratha, Rockingham and Bunbury will be upgraded to support NDIS training. TAFE fees skyrocketed under former Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey with some courses increasing by as much as 510 per cent, having a devastating impact on the sector and putting TAFE out of reach for many young people. Enrolments collapsed by nearly 25 per cent and as a result the McGowan Government froze fees when elected in 2017, delivering on an election promise. For more information on the TAFE policy, visit https//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Unfortunately the cost of training skyrocketed, that's why we froze fees and now with the Budget back on track, we are slashing fees for specific courses by 50 per cent to make them affordable. "Not only are we investing in job-creating projects across WA, we're investing in the people we need to build them. "We can do this because we got the Budget back into surplus and as a result, students can get the training they need for the jobs of tomorrow. "Young Western Australians deserve the best possible chance to get into training, or pick up an apprenticeship or traineeship. "The significant fee reductions will make training more affordable for students wanting to do courses that lead to jobs in demand in Western Australia." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Investing in TAFE means more local skills, and more local jobs. "More than ever the skills we need are learnt at TAFE and training institutions. "This is a great opportunity for young people to kickstart their careers by getting the skills that employers want, without the hefty course fees. "For these courses, the maximum annual fee students will pay is capped at $400 for concession students and youth and $1,200 for non-concession students. "This policy begins to reverse the legacy of the failed former Training Minister Liza Harvey." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Joint media statement - Further resource potential of the Pilbara marked through new stratigraphic well1061Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6340html14/10/2019 12:17:49 AM2019-10-13T22:30:00Z A new stratigraphic well in Western Australia's Canning Basin will help scope out exciting new resources in the region, paving the way for new investment and jobs, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said today. The Waukarlycarly drill site in the South West Canning Basin was identified off the back of data from Australia's largest onshore seismic line which highlighted two areas of the Basin - the Waukarlycarly Embayment and the Kidson Sub-basin - which showed new mineral, energy and groundwater potential. "This well will provide the resources industry with greater certainty to explore in the region and create more jobs. The Waukarlycarly project is frontier science because the drill hole is well outside of areas previously explored in the region and will provide a much better understanding of the sub-surface geology of the area," Mr Canavan said. It's estimated the basement will be reached at about 2200 metres once drilling is completed in late 2019, with results to be made publicly available in mid-2020. The Canning Basin has great potential for both unconventional oil and gas. Geoscience Australia has estimated there are potentially 43 billion barrels of recoverable shale oil in the Canning Basin. To put that figure into context, annual global production is 29 billion barrels. Additionally, there are recoverable shale gas resources of 390 trillion cubic feet with additional potential for tight gas resources of 48.5 trillion cubic feet. "The Canning Basin in WA, the Beetaloo sub-Basin in the Northern Territory and the Isa Basin in Queensland along with a number of other areas, all have great potential to contribute to the development of Northern Australia and Australia's future energy security," Minister Canavan said. The Federal Government's Exploring for the Future Program has provided $5 million in funding for this drilling project, with the Geological Survey of Western Australia managing the operations. Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said geoscientists from the Geological Survey of Western Australia at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety are working with Geoscience Australia to conduct the drilling. "We are pleased to be working with the Federal Government to better understand these regions and provide tangible evidence that will help boost investment in Western Australia," Mr Johnston said. "This drilling operation illustrates the benefits and importance of State-Commonwealth collaborations to fund exploration and provide valuable scientific data. "Access to data from this drill site, and the preceding seismic survey, improves exploration efficiency over a much broader area and can result in new projects that will create jobs for Western Australians." Minister Canavan said Australian Government investment into exploration in the resources sector is about building a stronger economy for all Australians. "We've invested over $100 million into the Exploring for the Future program to ensure industry has world-class geoscience information and new understanding of available resources across Northern Australia," Minister Canavan said. "We're committed to ensuring Australia retains its position as a leading and competitive destination for resources investment." Data from the previous Kidson Deep Crustal Seismic Reflection Survey is available for free download from the Exploring for the Future website www.ga.gov.au/eftf and the Western Australian Petroleum Information Management System database at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au. Minister's office - 6552 6700
Advertising push is 'Opening Doors' for WA homebuyers1060Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4710html14/10/2019 12:00:52 AM2019-10-13T02:30:00Z Campaign promotes ease of access to affordable housing options in WA Increased income limits for Keystart low deposit home loans boosts home ownership New figures show Keystart changes are having a positive impact New incentive scheme also supports workers in residential building sector The McGowan Labor Government has launched a new advertising campaign to help as many people as possible achieve the dream of home ownership, as new figures show the recent changes to Keystart are having a positive impact. The targeted housing stimulus commenced on July 1, allowing more Western Australians to access Keystart home loans to help boost the local economy and create jobs. Under the measures announced in the Budget, Keystart's existing income limits for borrowers have increased by $15,000 for singles and couples and by $20,000 for families until December 31, 2019. The limits will revert to previous levels from January 1, 2020. The Opening Doors initiative, delivered through the Department of Communities, aims to make home ownership more affordable for Western Australians. The department works in partnership with the residential development industry to build quality, affordable homes across the State. As one of WA's largest housing developers, the department leverages its assets to achieve discounts on the cost of construction and passes these savings on to homebuyers. Revenue from the sale of completed homes, land, and house and land packages through Opening Doors is re-invested to build and maintain quality social housing, and increase affordable housing opportunities. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Opening Doors initiative gives Western Australians access to high-quality affordable housing through the Department of Communities. "Since we eased the eligibility criteria for Keystart earlier this year, we have seen 305 applications from prospective buyers who were previously ineligible for Keystart's low deposit loans. "Of the 216 applicants pre-approved or approved for finance, 71 per cent (153) have elected to build or purchase a newly built property. "I encourage anyone who may qualify and is thinking of buying their own home to visit the Opening Doors website for more information." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "Our changes to Keystart were all about giving more Western Australians the chance to own their own home. "The targeted housing stimulus was also designed to deliver a much-needed boost to the State's construction industry. "Some of Keystart's major broker groups have advised that Keystart's share of their business has increased in the past few months and their leads have also increased by 25 per cent due to the additional interest. "More Western Australians are now able to achieve their dream of home ownership which in turn is driving new building activity and providing an important stimulus to the residential building industry." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Celebrating the outstanding contribution of Western Australia’s carers1059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4300html13/10/2019 11:55:46 PM2019-10-13T01:00:00Z State Government recognises the valuable contribution made by carers One in eight Western Australians provide care for a loved one Carers Week videos to screen on Yagan Square Digital Tower The McGowan Government has joined Western Australians in recognising and celebrating the impact made by carers to launch National Carers Week. Carers Week, which runs from today (October 13) to Saturday October 19 this year, is held annually to highlight the valuable and selfless contributions made by carers across the country. An estimated 320,000 people - or one in eight Western Australians - are currently providing care for loved ones in WA. Carers provide support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail. They are represented across all age groups, areas and backgrounds and provide vital support to those in need. This year's theme 'why we care' is an opportunity for carers to share their experiences and tell their story. Their role makes a positive impact and a significant difference to the lives and wellbeing of families, friends and people that they care for. As part of the 2019 Carers Week celebrations, the digital tower at Perth's Yagan Square will feature videos provided by Carers Australia, Carers WA, Alzheimer's WA and Helpingminds that acknowledge and celebrate the role of carers. Further information on the role and support provided by Carers WA is available on the peak body's website https//www.carerswa.asn.au Details of State Government initiatives to support and assist carers can be found on the Department of Communities website https//dlgc.communities.wa.gov.au/CommunityInitiatives/Pages/Carers.aspx Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Carers Week is a time to recognise the highly valuable contribution that carers make to their communities, and ensure they seek out the support available to them to fulfil this role. "Being a carer can be more demanding than a full-time job. Many carers dedicate more than 40 hours of their time every week to supporting a loved one. "Their work is often at home and behind closed doors, so carers are at times unsurprisingly susceptible to feeling that their role is hidden or unrecognised. "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that carers receive the support and recognition they deserve." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Community to have their say on recreational vessel safety review917Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3450html13/10/2019 11:43:00 PM2019-10-12T01:00:00Z State Government releases Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper for community comment 12 proposals designed to simplify laws and make it easier to save lives on the water Proposal recommends compulsory wearing of lifejackets for children and anyone on a vessel less than 4.8 metres in length, mirroring requirements in other States Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today released the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper for community comment. The discussion paper has 12 proposals designed to simplify laws, making it easier for skippers to comply and save lives on the water. The paper, based on the first phase of consultation, has been formed with feedback from 1,239 responses to an initial online survey and with input from an external reference group representing industry and boating organisations. The proposals also address repeated recommendations from a series of coronial inquiries. Recommended proposals include the compulsory wearing of lifejackets for children and by anyone on a vessel less than 4.8 metres in length, bringing Western Australia into line with other States. In Victoria there were 59 boating fatalities in the six years prior to the introduction of compulsory lifejacket wearing in 2005 and only 16 fatalities recorded in the six years following. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia all have laws requiring compulsory wearing of lifejackets on a vessel less than 4.8 metres, while Tasmania mandates the wearing of lifejackets on vessels less than six metres. All States except WA require children between one and 12 years to wear a lifejacket when boating. Under the proposed reforms recreational vessels will not need to carry any safety equipment when operating in protected waters or within 400 metres of shore in unprotected waters. The proposed changes also require a GPS enabled distress beacon, plus either flares or an electronic night signalling device. A marine radio will only be required when operating more than four nautical miles from shore. Community members can have their say at http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/safetyequipmentreview Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is the first time there has been a comprehensive review into recreational vessel safety equipment since 1992. This new discussion paper gives community members the opportunity to have their say on what extra measures and laws they would like to see in place on our waters. "There are a number of proposals that I want to hear from people on, in particular the compulsory wearing of lifejackets for anyone on a boat under 4.8 metres not in protected waters. This proposal will bring WA into line with other Australian States. "In Victoria there were 59 boating fatalities in the six years prior to the introduction of compulsory lifejacket wearing in 2005 and in the six years following only 16 fatalities were recorded. "Under the other proposed changes, when you go boating you will only be required to carry a GPS enabled distress beacon and flares or light if between 400 metres and four nautical miles from shore in unprotected waters. "This will mean individual skippers will have greater control and increased responsibility for assessing the need for additional items of safety equipment when planning a voyage and considering the type of craft, weather, location and number of people on board. "I encourage all members of the community to have their say on these proposed reforms." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Bandwidth upgrades to boost student learning1058Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9980html11/10/2019 6:10:51 AM2019-10-11T06:05:00Z More than 500 public schools to have bandwidth tripled Target of a minimum core bandwidth of 20Mbps per schoolEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced Western Australian public schools will benefit from a major boost in bandwidth providing students with faster access to educational content online. The Department of Education has worked with its current provider, Telstra, to plan a series of significant bandwidth upgrades to schools across the State over the next 12 to 18 months at no additional cost. More than 500 schools will see a tripling of effective bandwidth for each staff member and every student, with many other schools receiving double their current allocation. This is in addition to a number of initiatives such as enhanced bandwidth services for remote schools, and tools for schools to effectively manage their network usage. Standard Operating Environment firewalls in some schools will also be upgraded. Upgrades will begin at 18 pilot schools from the start of Term 4 this year, with bandwidth increases at the majority of public schools rolled out during 2020. The pilot schools are Pinjarra Senior High School; Falcon Primary School; Ocean Road Primary School; Mullewa District High School, Gingin District High School; Dongara District High School; Kalbarri District High School; Carnarvon School of the Air; Leonora District High School; York District High School; Roebourne District High School; Wickham Primary School; Pannawonica Primary School; Donnybrook District High School; WA College of Agriculture, Denmark; Bremer Bay Primary School; Denmark Primary School and Kingston Primary School. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The State Government is committed to students having access to the latest technology by ensuring our schools are better connected online through these significant bandwidth upgrades. "This bandwidth blueprint takes the best of what we currently have in public schools, while adopting emerging opportunities to provide schools with the flexibility and option to push the boundaries of technology. "This is a significant undertaking as the Department of Education's network stretches further than any other agency in WA, and indeed any other agency across Australia. Notionally the network would circle the earth more than six times." Minister's office - 6552 5700
New opportunity for gifted secondary students1057Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8070html11/10/2019 6:06:44 AM2019-10-11T06:00:00Z Ellenbrook Secondary College to host Gifted and Talented program from 2021 Program will have places for up to 32 Year 7 students initiallyEllenbrook Secondary College will soon be home to a new Gifted and Talented program for students with exceptional academic ability, Education Minister Sue Ellery announced today. The first intake will see up to 32 selected Year 7 students join the program in 2021 and it will expand progressively to other year groups in subsequent years. Students will extend their learning in the areas of English, humanities and social sciences, mathematics and science. Students entering Year 7 in 2021 can apply for a place in the new program when applications for Gifted and Talented secondary selective entrance programs open on October 14, 2019. Parents can register their interest now at http//www.education.wa.edu.au/giftedandtalented Ellenbrook Secondary College, which has 1,521 students, opened in 2007. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The nearest schools to Ellenbrook which have a Gifted and Talented program are more than 20 kilometres away in the suburbs of Duncraig and Woodbridge. "I want to make sure Gifted and Talented programs are spread across regional and metropolitan Perth better." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "As a proud ESC Board Member, I know just how much talent our local kids have. These programs are well regarded, and places in the programs are highly sought after and extremely competitive. It's great that our kids will finally have access, so close to home. "This new program will be a great option for very academically able students in the wider Ellenbrook area to aspire to - I'm looking forward to seeing how far they will go." Comments attributed to Ellenbrook Secondary College Associate Principal Heath Dullard "Ellenbrook Secondary College is extremely proud to become a Gifted and Talented public school in 2021. This is a fantastic opportunity for students in the local area to excel academically and reach their full potential, without having to travel outside of Ellenbrook and its surrounding areas. "The introduction of a Gifted and Talented program will allow our students to continue to strive for excellence and it will complement our existing Specialist Music program, in which students have received national and international acclaim over the many years since its inception." Comments attributed to Ellenbrook Secondary College Board Chair Chris Spencer "This exciting new Gifted and Talented program will complement the numerous amazing opportunities our school is able to provide for our students. "I am confident that the dedicated, passionate and professional College staff will continue to strive for engagement, success and community in this new program, along with all other College initiatives. "I encourage all parents who have a child who would benefit from a program such as this to register for the 2021 intake. This is an opportunity which is too good to let pass." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Get involved in Mandurah Estuary clean-up1056Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4260html11/10/2019 4:34:06 AM2019-10-11T04:30:00Z Clean-up day to focus on Mandurah EstuaryCommunity members are urged to help clean up the Mandurah Estuary by getting involved in the 'Reel it in' clean-up event in Mandurah on Saturday October 19, 2019. Small groups of volunteers will target beaches and foreshore areas, while scuba divers from the Underwater Explorers Club of Western Australia and Oceano Dive Centre will focus on problem jetties and platforms where fishing line accumulates in the water. The event is being co-ordinated by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and is part of Tangaroa Blue's 2019 Beach Clean‑up event. The event runs from 9am to 1pm. Registration, briefings, equipment and a first aid station will be at the Port Bouvard Yacht Club and parking is available on-site. For more information, visit the events section at https//www.riverguardians.com/ Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Discarded fishing line can have significant impacts on our wildlife, as it doesn't break down in the environment. "The Department's 'Reel it in' fishing line bin project provides dedicated bins for discarded tackle and bait bags at popular fishing sites and is helping reduce fishing waste entering the marine environment. "The event is a great way to make a difference to the health of the Estuary by removing rubbish and discarded fishing waste before it ends up in the water." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "I'm pleased to see this important event being held in Mandurah to improve the amenity and health of the Estuary. "This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who enjoys spending time around the Estuary to give back to the environment." Minister's office - 6552 5800
More retail trading hours for Perth shoppers at Christmas1055Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9820html11/10/2019 4:04:53 AM2019-10-11T04:00:00Z McGowan Government approves 35 extra shopping hours over Christmas period 7am opening times allowed for larger shops on seven days before Christmas Australia Day public holiday trading also extended 8am to 6pmPerth shoppers will have more time to buy gifts in the lead up to Christmas and take full advantage of the sales that follow with the McGowan Government extending retail trading hours. Commerce Minister John Quigley has approved an additional 35 hours of trading for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area from Saturday, December 7 until New Year's Day. The general shops can choose to open from 7am on weekdays starting Monday, December 16 until Christmas Eve inclusive. Trading on Sundays and public holidays during this period will provide four hours of extra shopping time each day with 8am to 6pm trading (normally 11am-5pm), except for Christmas Day when larger shops will remain closed, while there is an extra hour on Saturdays. Under the Retail Trading Hours Act, the Minister has the power to extend trading for a 28-day period prior to New Year's Day and for public holidays outside this period, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when general retail shops must close. Trading for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday, January 27 will also be extended four hours, 8am to 6pm. Comments attributed to Commerce Minister John Quigley "We hope more shopping time will translate into higher sales for our retail sector this Christmas season, with the extended trading hours giving people greater opportunities to buy presents for their friends and family. "We encourage consumers to shop locally rather than buying from online stores that are based overseas. "By doing this, they will be supporting local retailers who are employers of thousands of Western Australians and will help to protect the WA retail industry and support local jobs." Commerce Minister's office - 6552 6800 Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday Public holidays* Normal 8am-9pm 8am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm *Excludes Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when general retail shops remain closed ​ ​ ​ ​ Saturday, December 7, 2019 8am-6pm Sunday, December 8 8am-6pm Monday, December 9 8am-9pm Tuesday, December 10 8am-9pm Wednesday, December 11 8am-9pm Thursday, December 12 8am-9pm Friday, December 13 8am-9pm Saturday, December 14 8am-6pm Sunday, December 15 8am-6pm Monday, December 16 7am-9pm Tuesday, December 17 7am-9pm Wednesday, December 18 7am-9pm Thursday, December 19 7am-9pm Friday, December 20 7am-9pm Saturday, December 21 8am-6pm Sunday, December 22 8am-6pm Monday, December 23 7am-9pm Tuesday, December 24 7am-9pm Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED (Christmas Day public holiday) Thursday, December 26 8am-6pm (Boxing Day public holiday) Friday, December 27 8am-9pm Saturday, December 28 8am-6pm Sunday, December 29 8am-6pm Monday, December 30 8am-9pm Tuesday, December 31 8am-9pm Wednesday, January 1, 2020 8am-6pm (New Year's Day public holiday) Thursday, January 2 8am-9pm (normal trading hours resume, except for Australia Day) Monday, January 27, 2020 8am-6pm (Australia Day public holiday)