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Agreement opens new doors for WA agriculture6034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/10/2015 7:07:11 AM2015-10-07T07:00:00Z​Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement presents new agriculture export opportunities for WA across the fast-growing Asia-PacificThe 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries make up about 40% of global GDP The successful conclusion to negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this week is great news for Western Australia's agriculture sector. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston has welcomed the Australian Government announcement on the landmark agreement. "With about 33 per cent, or $15 billion, of Australia's agricultural exports going to TPP countries in 2014, this regional trade agreement could open up new export opportunities for Western Australian farmers," Mr Baston said. "Apart from reducing tariffs in many of our existing markets, this may open a few more doors in the highly competitive global agrifood market - particularly in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region, with its rising middle class." The Minister said many companies across Australia, and in the other 11 countries covered by the agreement, would already be looking for potential opportunities resulting from this partnership. "Researching new export markets and developing potential business contacts can be time consuming, so it's important to start looking for new business right now," he said. "Export markets are vital for our agriculture and food sector, and the State Government is committed to providing market and trade development support for Western Australian agribusiness." Mr Baston said the new agreement would eliminate more than 98 per cent of tariffs in the TPP region - which covers about 40 per cent of global GDP - removing import taxes on about $9 billion of Australian trade. The Liberal National Government supports trade opportunities for agrifood businesses through the Department of Agriculture and Food and its overseas network of Trade and Investment Offices. Fact FileThe TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and VietnamLast year, one-third of Australia's total goods and services exports - worth $109 billion - were sent to TPP countriesImproving on the results from the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, the TPP will reduce tariffs on Australian beef to nine per centWA's agrifood exports in 2014-15 were valued at $7.8 billion Minister's office - 6552 5400
Longer road trains approved for the Pilbara6030Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/10/2015 5:20:45 AM2015-10-07T05:00:00Z​WA to trial the longest road trains in AustraliaThe 60m Super Quads, made in WA, are set to boost productivity The longest road trains in Australia have been granted State Government approval to start operating in Western Australia's Pilbara. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the road trains were longer but safer than any seen on Australian roads before, with a prime mover and four trailers, spanning 60 metres. As a three-month trial, they will travel on a section of Great Northern Highway, between Munjina-Roy Hill Road and Utah Point, Port Hedland. "These vehicles are known as Super Quads and we have committed to an Australian-first trial of these roads trains to operate in the Pilbara region," Mr Nalder said. They have undergone - and passed - rigorous safety assessments to ensure they are safe to operate on public roads. "Even though they are longer, these are state-of-the-art vehicles with improved safety and superior handling compared to the standard 53.5m road trains, the longest currently allowed on our roads," the Minister said. The first two state-of-the-art vehicles have been manufactured by WA trailer manufacturers, Bruce Rock Engineering and Howard Porter, to transport iron ore and other minerals for Process Minerals International and QUBE Bulk. Though capable of higher speeds, the road trains will be limited to 90kmh, allowing easier overtaking by other vehicles and ensuring superior on-road performance. Mr Nalder said the trial provided the mining industry with greater productivity and lower operating costs, reduced the number of vehicles on the road in the long-term and introduced a safer vehicle. The trial will assess impact on the road infrastructure and other road users, such as pavement assessments, traffic data, community surveys and on-road monitoring. The vehicle combinations will be assessed by a panel of the Road Safety Commission, local government, WA Police, Main Roads and the caravanning industry. Fact FileThe vehicles are equipped with electronic braking systems, stability controls and in-vehicle telematics to monitor the vehicle's operationThe telematics ensure drivers do not deviate from the approved route or exceed 90kmh Minister's office - 6552 6400
Joondalup victims volunteer recognised6026Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/10/2015 4:35:36 AM2015-10-07T04:30:00Z ​A sense of humour and calm demeanour has won Carramar resident Paul Mattin the Department of the Attorney General's highest volunteering honour, the 2015 Bert Harris award. Attorney General Michael Mischin today presented Mr Mattin with the annual award, which honours volunteers who give outstanding support to victims of crime. Mr Mischin said Mr Mattin had been an extremely dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer at the Joondalup Family Violence Service for nine years. "Paul has shown humble leadership in helping and supporting a broad range of clients, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal backgrounds," he said. "Mr Mattin demonstrates sensitivities to gender issues, showing awareness to the different needs of clients. He has a great sense of humour and puts people at ease due to his quiet, respectful manner. "Clients say Paul is like a grandfather figure, who remains calm and promotes an accepting, non-judgemental attitude which makes them feel welcome. "He is an excellent team player, respectful, maintains boundaries and is extremely willing to be flexible with his availability to support the Joondalup Family Violence Service." The Attorney General also commended the other nominees for the award, including Janet McCauley (Secret Harbour), Rae Willis (Yokine), Mar Knox (West Leederville), David Gorham (Jane Brook) and Patricia Hill (Bedford). The award is named after Bert Harris, a long-time former volunteer with the department's Victim Support and Child Witness Service, which support both adult and child victims of crime, as well as witnesses to criminal activity. Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Perth culture alive and well in the city6022Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/10/2015 3:45:43 AM2015-10-07T03:30:00Z​Treasure Ships at the Art Gallery of WA opens to the public on SaturdayOutstanding events at the Perth Cultural Centre The Perth Cultural Centre is a hive of activity with school holiday entertainment and the opening of Treasure Ships Art in the Age of Spices at the Art Gallery of WA. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Treasure Ships opens this Saturday and showcases more than 250 rarely seen objects from public and private collections from around the world. "Treasure Ships is an outstanding exhibition that will see visitors explore the trade and shipwrecks of the 1500s to early 1800s," Mr Day said. "It takes visitors on a journey of how WA was first mapped and how we played a part in a much larger story of trade and discovery. "The exhibition features a diversity of art from Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States including first-editions of Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels." Highlights include shipwreck artefacts retrieved from the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon, which sank off the Western Australian coast in the 17th century; and a large-scale 16th century portrait of Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese viceroy of the state of India, from the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), Lisbon. The Minister said the Perth Cultural Centre had something for everyone, especially during the school holidays with the AWESOME Festival partnering with the State's cultural institutions. "The State's arts and cultural sector is truly thriving, and the breadth of activities means there is something that will suit all ages," he said. "The Art Gallery will host the Awesome AGWA Treasure Ships Family Weekend on October 10-11 to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. Children will have the chance to make their own maps and experience an Indonesian shadow puppet performance. "The State Theatre Centre has the interactive installation Rain, and the circus performance, Carnival of the Animals. The wonderful exhibition about Hairy Maclary author Lynley Dodd is on at the State Library, and the Secret Life of Suitcases is being shown at the WA Museum." Other activities at the Perth Cultural Centre include the gallery's popular ARTBAR which enables access to the Treasure Ships exhibition as well as live music from Guy Pearce, San Cisco and Clare Bowditch during October and November. The State Theatre Centre courtyard will also feature free live performances from some of WA's finest musical acts on Friday nights from October 30 until December 18. Fact FileTreasure Ships is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of WA and the Art Gallery of South Australia and runs from October 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016The State Government has partnered with AWESOME to offer eligible families subsidised tickets For more information, visit http// or http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
British Museum exhibition bound for WA1764Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/10/2015 3:01:48 AM2015-10-07T02:35:00Z​A History of the World in 100 Objects at the WA Museum an Australian first Artefacts include the bronze Head of Augustus, exclusive to the Australian tourExhibition runs from February 13 until June 18, 2016 The Western Australian Museum has achieved another international coup for Perth by securing the British Museum exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from February 2016. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was the third major international exhibition presented as part of the WA Museum's special relationship with the British Museum. "The WA Museum has done it again, securing this truly significant exhibition and showing it to Australian audiences first, before it continues on its national tour," he said. "The exhibition explores the last two million years of human history, from the oldest object in its collections to the present day. It invites visitors to travel the world and wonder at the remarkable achievements of humans as they faced changing climates, new lands and political arenas." A History of the World in 100 Objects tells its story exclusively through artefacts that people have made objects of all kinds, including those which have been admired and preserved, or those which were used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from a 1.6 metre tall Assyrian relief, to gold coins of Croesus. It also includes a small, gold Llama from Peru, and the bronze Head of Augustus - once part of a statue of the Emperor which dates from 27-25 BC from the Sudan, and is exclusive to the Australian tour. This exhibition follows the success of the Extraordinary Stories and Secrets of the Afterlife. This will be the last international exhibition to be displayed at the WA Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre before the site closes. It will be handed to the managing contractor so that construction can begin on the new museum. The new museum will open in 2020. Fact FileThe exhibition runs from February 13, 2016. Tickets go on sale in November 2015 and will be available through http// or at the museumThe exhibition will also be shown at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra Liberal National Government has allocated $428.3 million for the redevelopment of a new WA Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre Minister's office - 6552 6200 Head of Augustus, bronze, glass, calcite; 27-25 BCE, Meroe, Sudan, ©Trustees of the British Museum
Pilbara blueprint to help drive new growth1758Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/10/2015 2:51:25 AM2015-10-07T01:00:00Z Economic diversity and liveability underpin the vision of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint unveiled today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman at the CEDA Future of the Pilbara forum in Karratha. Addressing the forum, Mr Redman highlighted agriculture, aquaculture, tourism and renewable energy as game-changing industries that would unlock new sources of growth for the region. "Diversifying the economic base of the Pilbara and leveraging world-class infrastructure of existing industries will create new jobs and new business opportunities for the region," he said. "This is a new and bold vision for the Pilbara, built on the success of the minerals and energy industries and the State Government's $1.7 billion investment to transform the region from mining towns to Pilbara Cities. "Identifying opportunities that capitalise on the Pilbara's competitive advantages will place the region in a strong position to seize opportunities for long term, sustainable growth. "The Pilbara Development Commission will be at the forefront of a collaborative effort between all levels of government, business and community to make the vision a reality. "The Pilbara blueprint is a plan for the region, by the region. This level of ownership will be critical to driving better outcomes for the Pilbara and for Western Australia." Each of the nine regional development commissions across WA have been tasked with putting together a regional investment blueprint based on their development aspirations and forecast population growth. Implementation of the nine regional investment blueprints will be supported by a $362 million investment through the Government's Royalties for Regions program. For more information about the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint, or to download a copy, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6700
WA NDIS My Way providers on show at expos1721Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html7/10/2015 8:18:35 AM2015-10-07T00:00:00Z​WA NDIS My Way expos to be held in Cockburn and Kwinana Service providers to meet people with disability The Disability Services Commission and cities of Cockburn and Kwinana are today hosting the first of three expos to showcase support and services available through the WA NDIS My Way trial in Cockburn-Kwinana. Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said today's expo, held as part of Mental Health Week, would focus on mental health providers who could support people with psychosocial disability. People who may be eligible for the WA NDIS My Way trial will be able to meet providers to learn more about support and services available to meet their individual needs. In addition, a therapy service providers expo will be held in partnership with the City of Cockburn on October 20 and a general services expo - including employment, community access and accommodation services - will be held with the City of Kwinana on November 4. "One of the standout aspects of the WA NDIS My Way trial is the increased freedom of choice for people with disability, their families and carers," Mrs Morton said. "They can decide what supports and services they want to include in their plan and who will provide those services. "These expos are a great way for people to meet service providers, discuss their needs and goals and explore the variety of options available to them." The expos will also offer art workshops, relaxation sessions and the opportunity to create new friendships over morning tea. The expo details aremental health providers 9am-1pm; Wednesday October 7, Medina Hall, Pace Road, Medinatherapy service providers 9am-1pm; Tuesday October 27, Beeliar Community Centre, 33 Lakefront Avenue, Beeliargeneral services 9am-1pm; Wednesday November 4, Darius Wells Centre, Kwinana Library, corner Chisham Avenue and Robbos Way, Kwinana. Fact FileFor more information on the WA NDIS My Way trial, visit http// To contact the WA NDIS My Way team on 1800 996 214 or Minister's office - 6552 6900
France and Ukraine to serve it up for Hopman Cup401Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements90html6/10/2015 11:47:02 PM2015-10-06T23:30:00Z​Ukraine's first appearance at Hopman Cup since 1995France hoping for second Hopman Cup titleProudly supported by State Government through Tourism WA Hopman Cup 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best in the event's 28-year history with teams from France and Ukraine joining the line-up. Entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils will team up with rising star Caroline Garcia, while Ukraine's top-ranking male tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov will join forces with world number 18 Elina Svitolina to represent their country. Teams already announced are Great Britain featuring Heather Watson and world number three Andy Murray, and Australia Gold with retiring Lleyton Hewitt and Perth's own Casey Dellacqua. Welcoming today's announcement, Tourism Minister Kim Hames said tennis fans were in for a treat when the Hopman Cup kicked off on January 3. "With some of the biggest names in tennis already signed up, and more exciting players to be announced in coming weeks, Hopman Cup 2016 promises to be one of the best," Dr Hames said. "The event has thrived since moving to Perth Arena in 2012 with innovations such as the $10 tickets for children making it even more popular and affordable for families." The Minister said the State Government was proud to be a major and founding sponsor of WA's famous international tennis competition through Tourism WA. "The State Government's support of the Hopman Cup started when the tournament began in 1989 and thanks to a new agreement signed last year, the event has been secured for Western Australia until 2022," he said. "Events such as this form an important part of the State Government's strategy to grow the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020." More than 95,700 fans visited Perth Arena for Hopman Cup 2015 which featured nine world top 20 players, including four top 10 competitors. Fact FileHopman Cup 2016 at Perth Arena from January 3-9, 2016Tickets available from 9am October 21, 2015 from http// Single session tickets go on sale from 9am October 28, 2015For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Jigalong power and water upgrades complete400Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements270html6/10/2015 11:33:29 PM2015-10-06T22:00:00Z​$10 million in Royalties for Regions funding to upgrade water and power suppliesState Government funds the Housing Authority to deliver the Remote Area Essential Services Program to Aboriginal communities The State Government has completed delivery of a new power station and high-quality water supply to the remote East Pilbara community of Jigalong, thanks to a $10 million investment made possible by the Royalties for Regions program. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the completion of the project to replace the old power station and improve water quality would help secure the future of the community. "This Government has made a significant investment in upgrades to the water and power supplies at Jigalong," Mr Holt said. "Previously high nitrate levels have been reduced to well below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the new power station has been built to cater for future growth. "These works will also support the construction and refurbishment of housing and health facilities in the community." The principal contractor for the power project was Kimberley Regional Service Providers, a registered Aboriginal business. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the infrastructure upgrades would provide a safer and more reliable and efficient power and water supply to the Jigalong community. "This investment will also allow for social, economic and business development opportunities within the community during cultural and sporting events," Mr Redman said. "The project is yet another example of how Royalties for Regions is delivering positive outcomes in regional Western Australia through the development of strong and sustainable communities." The 2011 Australian Census recorded a population of 427 people at Jigalong, on the western edge of the Little Sandy Desert. The community has a medical centre and a school providing education for about 120 children from kindergarten to Year 12. Fact FileJigalong was established in 1907 as a maintenance and rations store for workmen constructing the rabbit-proof fence and was later a camel breeding siteJigalong was the home of Molly Craig, the young Aboriginal girl whose 1,600km trek from the Moore River Native Settlement back to Jigalong was told in the book and later movie Rabbit-Proof FenceFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Good Outcomes Award winners announced2315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3130html6/10/2015 8:34:00 AM2015-10-06T08:30:00Z​Seven winners of the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards announced Winners include mental health worker for desert Aboriginal communities and Youth Focus CEO Youth Focus chief executive officer Jenny Allen and remote area mental health worker Paul Escott are among the seven winners recognised today in the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards. Ms Allen received the prestigious John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health for her work overseeing the expansion of Youth Focus from an operation with an annual budget of $240,000 to one with a $10 million budget. Mr Escott, who supports Aboriginal communities on the edge of the Tanami Desert, was named St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year. He is an Anglicare WA worker, who provides counselling, sports coaching and community programs that help strengthen Aboriginal communities in Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna. Mr Escott partners with community elders, corporations and job providers in programs such as Men's Sheds, a community garden and the Balgo Rangers youth club activities based around culture, healthy eating, lifestyle bushcraft, cooking and games. He builds health promotion into his programs which have a high participation rate of people of all ages and help contribute to community cohesion and the enhancement of people's sense of community and belonging. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced seven winners of the awards which recognise excellence and innovative programs to support mental wellbeing and improve the lives of people with mental illness, as well as their families and carers. "The 2015 award winners demonstrate the great depth and breadth of skills and experience available to consumers and their families and carers through the Western Australian mental health sector," Ms Morton said. "I am pleased the awards highlight areas of real improvement and best practice in the delivery of services which are also compassionate and caring." Other winners include the Shenton Park Hospital in the Home program, which won The University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health; and Anglicare WA street-based youth outreach service Street Connect, which won the Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health Fact FileThe 2015 Mental Health Week runs from October 2-10For more information on events, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900   2015 MENTAL HEALTH GOOD OUTCOMES AWARDS - WINNERS Edith Cowan University Award for consumer and carer involvement and engagement Kylie Fryer Kylie is a strong and articulate consumer and carer advocate devoted to reducing stigma and ensuring a better quality of life and wellbeing for people with a mental illness. She is involved in many committees and advisory groups. Kylie has worked tirelessly at advocating for the interests of consumers and carers and educating others about the importance of early intervention and maintaining mental wellness. University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health Hospital in the Home program - City Lower West Older Adult Mental Health Service, Shenton Park This service offers acute mental health care assessment and management for seniors who would otherwise require inpatient care. The program allows for more creative and flexible care of older adults, with the ability to support people in their own homes helping to improve outcomes and avoid or reduce the length of hospital admissions. Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health Street Connect - Anglicare WA, Inner City Perth This is a street-based outreach service which helps vulnerable and often homeless young people aged 15-25, many of whom experience severe difficulties associated with mental ill health. A mobile base in the form of a bus provides youth-friendly resources and information; staff work with young people, and other agencies, to address issues in a non-judgemental way. Curtin University Award for excellence in rural and remote mental health FIVE - DADAA, Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance FIVE is a community arts and cultural development project in Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance that helps to address the wellbeing of people with mental illness and reduce mental health stigma. St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year Paul Escott - Anglicare WA, Balgo Paul is a social and emotional wellbeing worker living in and servicing the communities of Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna on the edge of the Tanami Desert. As well as providing individual and family counselling, he coaches and organises multiple sporting activities and partners with community elders and others in a range of inclusive, community-building projects. Equal Opportunity Commission Award for human rights, equity and diversity in mental health Mental Health Matters 2 MHM2 is a volunteer advocacy group with a special focus on people and families with multiple and complex unmet needs who experience ongoing mental distress and problems with co-occurring drug and alcohol use, some of whom may have become involved in the criminal justice system. It has been involved in successful campaigns affecting Government policy and programs which impact on the most disadvantaged people in the community. John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health Jenny Allen - Youth Focus, Burswood Under Jenny Allen's leadership, since 2000 Youth Focus has grown from a staff of three and an annual turnover of $240,000 to more than 90 employees and an annual turnover of $10 million. As a result, it has been able to deliver its life-saving and life-changing services to more than 14,000 young West Australians.
Mowanjum centre pivot irrigator commissioned2313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3970html6/10/2015 5:02:14 AM2015-10-06T04:30:00Z​Mowanjum irrigation launch marks major milestone for the communityPart of $40m Water for Food program made possible by Royalties for RegionsAugurs well for Kimberley beef industry A new irrigation system has been commissioned on an Aboriginal pastoral station in the West Kimberley, paving the way for the Mowanjum community's entry into the beef industry. Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today joined the community near Derby to commission the centre pivot irrigation system on the Mowanjum Pastoral Station. Ms Davies said it was an honour to be with the West Kimberley community to mark the occasion. "This is a defining moment for the 350-strong community's hard work and persistence to expand its economy," she said. "Work on this $3.6 million Water for Food project began only last year and today water is flowing through the irrigation system. It's a critical part of the stand-and-graze model being trialled and underpins Mowanjum's entry into the Kimberley beef industry. "This is an excellent outcome made possible through the dedication of the Mowanjum community and support from the State Government's $40 million Water for Food program." The irrigation trial will serve as a demonstration model for other Aboriginal pastoral stations. Mr Redman said the Water for Food program, made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program, was creating economic opportunities for regional Western Australian communities. "Today proves that investing in diversification opportunities increases the economic stability and sustainability of regional communities and Mowanjum is an excellent example of what can be achieved," he said. "Water for Food builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative, which aims to strengthen regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity." Fact FileMowanjum irrigation trial is one of 11 projects in the $40m Water for Food programFor more information on the projects, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Back to nature as play space vital to wellbeing2311Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5900html6/10/2015 2:15:30 AM2015-10-06T02:00:00Z​Perth Children's Hospital playgrounds designed for health benefitsRecreational and therapy space endorsed by Nature Play WA in recognition of design features that promote co-ordination, recovery and developmentNature Play to feature at Elizabeth Quay Children who regularly play in natural settings are sick less often and have more opportunities to develop their co-ordination and motor skills, according to research from the University of Western Australia and not-for-profit organisation, Nature Play WA. Health Minister Kim Hames said the same principles applied for patients. Dr Hames said the ability to interact with nature was proven to be a key element of recovery and was therefore incorporated into the design of new facilities at Fiona Stanley Hospital, St John of God Midland Public Hospital and Perth Children's Hospital (PCH). "Play spaces at PCH provide areas of rest and retreat other than the hospital bed and will offer patients and their families a distraction from the clinical environment," he said. "The main level-four playground will provide tactile play experiences for children with custom-made equipment and an unstructured layout, as well as a dedicated space for working with therapists trained in rehabilitation." Dr Hames said the recreational and play facilities at the hospital had been designed for children and their families, consistent with Nature Play principles. Planning Minister John Day said the Nature Play tick of approval was important to ensure research and new thinking was incorporated into the planning and design of new playgrounds. "The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has worked with designers to create and develop an interactive and learning-oriented play space at Elizabeth Quay," Mr Day said. "The nautical-inspired playground will give children an opportunity to explore Western Australia's rich maritime history through imaginative and active play. "The design team has developed a concept that integrates Nature Play and adventure with a maritime twist. It's more than just a playground, it's a way of encouraging kids to get involved with nature - finding a balance between getting your hands dirty and reducing screen time." Fact FilePCH will have more than 3,500sqm of gardens and play areas to help recoveryThe level four recreational space and therapy garden covers 1,400sqm, including a private 300sqm area specifically for allied health therapyThe island playground to open at Elizabeth Quay in early 2016 has been designed by ASPECT Studios in collaboration with Nature Play and artist Anne Neil For more information, visit http// http// or http// Health Minister's office - 6552 5300 Planning Minister's office - 6552 6200
Semi-final cook-off for WA Signature Dish2309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3600html6/10/2015 1:01:41 AM2015-10-06T01:00:00Z​WA Signature Dish semi-final to be held at State Reception Centre on October 14The four regional winners will go on to the grand finale on November 22 Home-grown seafood and beef from across the State will be showcased by the eight semi-finalists competing for a spot in the WA Signature Dish grand finale, in a cook-off at the State Reception Centre - Fraser's Restaurant - on October 14. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said this year's semi-final dishes featured Peel sea mullet, Harvey beef, Pepperberry beef, lemon myrtle marron, Cone Bay Barramundi, Gascoyne seafood and Shark Bay whiting, representing the Peel, Kimberley, Gascoyne and Swan Valley and surrounds regions. "The Signature Dish competition, co-funded and organised by the Department of Agriculture and Food as part of the Buy West Eat Best (BWEB) program, is an exciting opportunity to showcase the best fresh produce Western Australia has to offer," Mr Baston said. "Seafood has been one of the most popular core ingredients used by this year's amateur cooks." The eight semi-finalists are Brooke Nazzari and Rachel Hartshorn representing Peel; Arylene Westlake-Jennings and Natalie Newman representing the Kimberley; Jerolina Rankin and Julie Anderson representing the Gascoyne; and Carly Rossbach-Smith and Matt Cook representing Swan Valley and surrounds. The four semi-final winners, one from each region, will go on to the grand finale being held at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape on November 22. The finalists will take part in a 60 minute live cook-off on stage and present their dish for judging to chefs Guillaume Brahimi and Shane Osborn, who will be joined by well-known food judge Matt Preston to choose this year's winning dish. The winner of the WA Signature Dish will receive a two-day mentorship with Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume and a trip for two to a remote WA location for a wine and dine experience. For full details on this year's semi-final dishes, visit http// Fact FileThe four finalists will work with a mentor chef including Chris Taylor (Fraser's), Peter Manifis (Incontro), Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining) and Jason Hutchen (Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant) to perfect their dishes before the finaleWA's Signature Dish is organised by the Department of Agriculture and Food through its BWEB program, and supported by its partners the Kimberley and Peel development commissions, Gascoyne Food Council, cities of Swan and Mandurah, Farmer Jacks, Crown Casino, The West Australian, Western Australian Fishing Industry Council, Kleenheat, Source Certain and Rockcliffe Wines Minister's office - 6552 5400
Seafood spotlight shines on Perth2307Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4400html6/10/2015 12:18:42 AM2015-10-06T00:00:00Z​Seafood Directions 2015 will be held in Perth from October 25-27 This month, Perth will welcome fisheries experts from across Australia and overseas when it hosts a national conference aimed at boosting the future of Australian fishing and aquaculture. The Western Australian Fishing Industry Council, as the peak industry body in the State, is hosting Seafood Directions 2015, which takes place in Perth from October 25-27. Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said he was proud the conference was being held in Perth, at a time when WA was embracing its own new strategies to expand opportunities for fishing and aquaculture. "As a result of the State Government's $14.5 million investment into commercial fisheries management, six fisheries are currently undergoing sustainability certification through the internationally recognised Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) process. It makes WA the perfect host for this important conference," Mr Baston said. The Minister said the conference theme of 'Selling our Story' was vital in the push to find more strategies to successfully guide the seafood industry into the future. "The MSC process is one such story and will help confirm the sustainability of the State's commercial fisheries and make them well placed to respond to retailer and consumer demands for sustainably sourced seafood," he said. "We need to be part of the new national plan to increase the value of fishing and aquaculture in Australia substantially by 2020, to make it more productive, profitable and environmentally sustainable. "WA's vast coastline, with its healthy environment, provides a valuable selling point for farming seafood that meets the highest standards for quality and food safety for businesses seeking to benefit from a clean and green image to support premium products. "This Government's commitment to aquaculture is helping to deliver growth for a strategically important industry and local communities, with one investment-ready development zone already established in the Kimberley and another in preparation off the Mid-West coast." Mr Baston said WA was working closely on the upcoming conference with the Australian Government's Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Fact FileThe National Seafood Industry Awards will be presented at Seafood Directions 2015For more information on the conference, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5400
Celebrating 50 years of botanic cultural history735994Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2630html4/10/2015 2:00:07 AM2015-10-04T02:00:00Z​Garden party in Kings Park to unveil new Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion Environment Minister Albert Jacob today opened a new addition to Kings Park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Western Australian Botanic Garden. The $1.8 million Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion features a cascading walkway incorporating artwork to celebrate the exploration of WA's unique flora. The design is inspired by Western Australian flora and its impact on people across history - from botanists and horticulturists to artists and Aboriginal people. Local artists Richard Walley, Anne Neil and Steve Tepper worked with landscape architects Plan E on the design. Mr Jacob said the new structure and the gardens surrounding it were a fitting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary. "This is a wonderful celebration of our precious and unique native flora, and also a magnificent new space for the whole community to share and enjoy," he said. "I congratulate the Friends of Kings Park for leading this project on behalf of the community and achieving such an outstanding design result. "This pavilion and the terraces enhance what is already one of the most exceptional botanic gardens in the world - in standards of presentation, number of visitors and contribution to scientific knowledge. "The Botanic Garden is a leader in environmental conservation, horticulture and scientific research. Its plant collection displays are among the best in the world." The garden also encompasses elements of the State's cultural heritage and is a venue for live music, theatre, education programs and the annual Kings Park Festival. This project is an initiative of the Friends of Kings Park in partnership with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, supported by Lotterywest. Fact FileThe WA Botanic Garden in Kings Park is the world's largest display of WA floraThe garden has its own nursery, seed collector, botanist, horticulturists, arborists, plant development and turf experts, and a team of scientistsOne-quarter of all WA plant species are growing in the Botanic Garden, many of which are found nowhere else in the worldKings Park welcomes about six million visitors annually Minister's office - 6552 5800
First time campers can give it a go at Yanchep735993Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4100html4/10/2015 12:01:08 AM2015-10-04T00:00:00Z​Chance for beginners to try stress-free camping in national parkNew free app lets you create and share camping checklists If you have always wanted to try camping but never had the opportunity, beginners can register for the Yanchep National Park Great Aussie Camp Out to be held this month. A Department of Parks and Wildlife family event, the Great Aussie Camp Out from October 10-11 will give first-time campers an overnight experience in a supportive and encouraging environment. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the beautiful bushland surrounds and extensive grassed areas of the award-winning park were ideal for new campers. "The Great Aussie Camp Out is a fun and stress-free way to experience camping, with plenty of friendly faces to help get you started and answer questions," Mr Jacob said. "Once your tent is set up there is plenty of time to meander along the walk trails and koala boardwalk, enjoy the wildflowers and abundant birdlife, let the kids muck around and get grubby and at night, share stories around the campfire." The Minister said a new CampingMate app for mobile devices, created by Parks and Wildlife, would simplify camping preparation by providing checklists which could be customised and shared with others. "CampingMate is packed with information about camping in Western Australia, such as where to camp, when to camp and staying safe," he said. "It lets you add new items to detailed checklists for different types of camping and for different locations. "Give camping a go and you might find a relaxing and enjoyable way to appreciate our great outdoors and the beauty of our natural environment." CampingMate is one of a range of online and mobile resources being rolled out as part of the State Government's $21.05 million, four-year Parks for People initiative. Parks for People is improving camping sites and facilities in national parks and reserves throughout WA. Fact FileBookings are essential for the Yanchep National Park Great Aussie Camp OutFor bookings, email or phone 9303 7759The CampingMate app is free can be downloaded from iTunes or Google PlayThe release of the app coincides with Outdoors October, a State Government initiative celebrating outdoor activities and recreation during spring Minister's office - 6552 5800
New northern beef centre open for business735946Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4430html2/10/2015 7:06:55 AM2015-10-02T07:00:00Z​Northern Beef Development Centre now open in BroomePart of $15 million Royalties for Regions investment in northern beef industry Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today opened the new Northern Beef Development Centre in Broome, confirming the State Government's commitment to supporting cattle industry growth in the north. "The centre will bring together expertise dedicated towards building Western Australia's northern beef industry," he said. The centre includes the Department of Agriculture and Food's Northern Beef Futures Broome operations staff. "A team of specialists will work closely with indigenous enterprises and members of the beef supply chain across the Pilbara and Kimberley to support pastoralists," Mr Baston said. "This work will help pastoralists to implement on-station production improvements and conduct forage trials to grow mosaic agriculture opportunities in the north." The Kimberley Cattlemen's Association Inc will also be based at the centre. "The association and the department are working together across the Northern Beef Futures project to enable the northern beef industry to respond to market signals and meet growing demand," Mr Baston said. Mr Baston said there was also scope for other like-minded businesses to become involved in the centre. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Northern Beef Futures was a four-year $15 million project, made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program, to transform WA's northern beef industry by improving markets, businesses and productivity. "Water for Food and Northern Beef Futures are two of 15 programs under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative aiming to strengthen regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity," Mr Redman said. Fact FileThe Northern Beef Development Centre is located at the corner of Pembroke and Gregory Streets, BroomeThe centre will also include the Department of Water's $15.5 million Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food West Kimberley projects teamFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Plans fire up for Ascot kilns735943Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6320html2/10/2015 3:05:53 AM2015-10-02T03:05:00Z​WA's industrial heritage to be reflected in future Ascot visionPlanning underway for former Bristile Kilns land and Golden Gateway precinctMinor MRS amendment for area released for public comment A minor amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme for the former Bristile Kilns site in Ascot has been released for public comment today. Planning Minister John Day said this was one of the next steps in planning for the future of the site. "The proposed amendment will change small zoning anomalies in the area to align them with present day land uses and future development," Mr Day said. "A local development plan is also being prepared which will provide guidance on the management and interpretation of the site's distinctive heritage elements. It will also look at how the kilns can be integrated with future developments." The Minister said the site's remaining kilns and the chimney stacks were an important reminder of the State's industrial past. "The kilns and stacks represent an important part of the State's manufacturing history, with many of our houses and public buildings being constructed from products made there," he said. The Western Australian Planning Commission and the City of Belmont are preparing a local structure plan to guide land use and development outcomes for the broader Golden Gateway precinct bound by Great Eastern Highway, Resolution Drive, Grandstand Road and Stoneham Street, Ascot. The local development and structure plans are expected to be finalised in 2016. Submissions on the proposed amendment close on December 4, 2015. Fact FileThe Bristile Kilns site is listed on the State Register of Heritage PlacesFor nearly 80 years, the kilns contributed to the construction of Perth before the kilns closure in 1982The beehive kilns are the largest assemblage of its kind in AustraliaFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Mental Health Week has something for everyone735939Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5300html2/10/2015 1:16:06 AM2015-10-02T01:10:00Z​Comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre to open 2015 Mental Health WeekOpportunity to enjoy the lighter side of life, with laughter for wellbeing Mental Health Minister Helen Morton will tonight open an all-ages comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre, starring well-known Australian stand-up comedian Joel Creasey, to launch Mental Health Week in Western Australia. A sell-out audience of more than 1,000 people is expected to attend a night of laughs and light entertainment, while also increasing community awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. Mental Health Week runs from October 2-10, with more than 50 events and activities which promote the Act-Belong-Commit message and are open to all members of the public. "Everyone has the ability to adopt the Act-Belong-Commit approach to suit their lifestyle and to build and maintain better mental health," Mrs Morton said. "Being active, having a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health. "Some ways to Act can include keeping mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active, taking a walk, reading a book and getting creative. To Belong can include joining a club, volunteering, connecting with friends and family and getting involved in your community. While ways to Commit can include taking up a cause, helping a neighbour, finding your passion or learning something new. "I encourage people to get along to as many events as possible during Mental Health Week. There are many public and community-based services out there ready to provide support." To view events, visit http// Fact FileMental Health Week runs October 2-10, 2015For more events and information, visit http// In WA, Mental Health Week is co-ordinated by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6900
Scholarships available to expand career options735938Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6680html2/10/2015 12:01:53 AM2015-10-02T00:15:00Z​New career opportunities for women in non-traditional industries and tradesOne-off training scholarships of $3,000 are available Applications are now open for training scholarships for women to pursue non-traditional trade and skills areas. Acting Training and Workforce Development Minister John Day launched the latest round of the Expanding Career Options for Women scholarship program, targeting occupations in which women make up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce. "The program will enable women to develop skills and gain qualifications in highly sought-after trade and industry areas, such as construction, agriculture, aviation and engineering, giving them opportunities to build a rewarding career," Mr Day said. He said the State Government election commitment provided $1.2 million over four years to provide 400 scholarships to the value of $3,000 each, for women starting studies in trades and industries with low female participation. Scholarships will be available to women over 18 who have left school and undertake training at Certificate III level or above in more than 170 specified qualifications. Employers offering an apprenticeship or traineeship to eligible women can also take advantage of the program. Mr Day said the funds could be used to cover costs associated with training, including learning resources, mentoring and fees, as well as for transport costs and childcare. "The program has been well received by students and industry since it was launched earlier this year," he said. The inaugural round of the program attracted more than 150 applications from women aged 18 to 59, from metropolitan and regional areas. "This is a tremendous opportunity for women to gain the best skills to get a job or advance their career in industries driving the Western Australian economy." Fact FileApplications close on October 31, 2015The scholarship program is supported by the Construction Training FundFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5900