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Subiaco grandstand demolition to make way for Subi East renewal90682Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/08/2018 6:49:54 AM2018-08-22T06:45:00Z Development application for grandstand demolition lodged with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) Plans include provisions for protection of heritage elements Contractor for demolition expected to be appointed in early 2019 An application for the demolition of the Subiaco Oval grandstands has now been submitted to the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, marking a major step towards redevelopment of the Subi East precinct. The demolition plans include provisions for the preservation of the State heritage listed entry gates and relocation or reinterpretation opportunities for the Sandover Medal walk. The site's rich sporting history will be further celebrated by the retention of a playing surface for shared school and community uses. Removal of the majority of the ageing stadium infrastructure is necessary for future redevelopment. However, retention of parts of the stadium will be investigated as a part of the detailed demolition programming in consultation with the chosen contractor. An ongoing $33 million program of works will ensure demolition occurs prior to the opening of Inner City College to Year 7 students in 2020. The works programming, including demolition methodology and construction and safety management plans, will be decided once a contractor is appointed in early 2019. Revitalisation of the precinct, including construction of the new Inner City College and redevelopment of the Subi East area, will create a vibrant education and transit connected community with access to outstanding recreational amenity. The application is open for public comment until September 19, 2018 with the proposed plans available for viewing on the MRA website from August 29, 2018. Comments attributed to Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The Subi East project will leverage existing public transport infrastructure to deliver a vibrant and connected community, attracting private investment to create new living and education opportunities in the area. "The demolition and subsequent renewal work will create hundreds of jobs for Western Australians. As construction and development progresses over coming years, the local Subiaco economy will benefit greatly from the new residential and school community. "Western Australians have enjoyed sporting and music events for decades at the now-decommissioned Subiaco Oval. The demolition and inspired reinterpretation of the area will ensure the space remains relevant and accessible to the younger families expected to make Subi East home." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Child Protection Minister accepts more needs to be done to support children leaving care90681Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/08/2018 6:00:56 AM2018-08-22T06:00:00Z Auditor General's report into the support given to children leaving care - an opportunity for improvement Child Protection Minister says WA Government can do better Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk acknowledges the Western Australian Government has not done enough to support children leaving out of home care - and that it can do better. The Auditor General has today released an audit report into the support given by the Department of Communities (Communities) to young people leaving its care to successfully transition into independent living. Communities has accepted all recommendations made in the report. The report has found that the support provided to young people leaving care makes a positive difference, however, the department's support was not consistent because planning and referrals were late - making access to support difficult. Improvements to leaving care services are currently being considered by the department, including nine recommendations from the review of the Children and Community Services Act 2004. The recommendations being considered include legislating collaboration between government agencies for children in State care and young people who have left care, and who are eligible for leaving care services. The State Government's Machinery of Government changes have also provided the opportunity for greater collaboration across government in the areas of housing, disability, child protection and youth justice services, and their links to education and health services. Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "When a young person in the care of the State turns 18, we cannot turn our back on them – to date we haven't done enough and we can do better. "This is a national issue and I see the Auditor General's report as a constructive interrogation and an opportunity for improvement. The recommendations are very sensible and are supported by the Department of Communities. "We have put a lot of focus on preventing children coming into care, through the Out of Home Care Reforms and the Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy. "Now it's time we put more focus on improving accessibility to services for young people leaving care - to better support them to successfully transition into independent living. "I acknowledge the work of the Homestretch campaign, which promotes the delivery of services to kids leaving care up to the age of 21, rather than 18. "As an immediate response to this issue, I've asked the department to progress a pilot of dedicated leaving care teams in at least two metropolitan districts and one regional district. These teams will support earlier planning for young people in care and provide the expertise needed to ensure they are linked with accommodation, education or training, and supports." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Direct Perth to Derby flights closer to reinstatement90677Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/08/2018 4:55:30 AM2018-08-22T04:50:00Z McGowan Government delivering election commitment for subsidised trial Tender released today seeks proposals from airlines to operate service $1 million allocated in last Budget towards a 12-month trial Direct flights between Perth and Derby, which have not operated since 2016, are a step closer to taking off once more. The State Government has today invited airlines to submit proposals to operate regulated regular public transport air services between Perth and Derby through a competitive tender process. Following a key election commitment, the McGowan Government will provide funding for a trial of air services between Perth and Derby. The McGowan Government's financial assistance for the trial aims to assist the successful airline to build demand on the Perth-Derby route, with the expectation the airline will continue operations on a long-term commercial basis after the trial. Since 2016 there have been no air services between Perth to Derby, following the decline in activities from the resources sector which adversely impacted the viability of the previous air services in the region. Submissions for the tender close on October 12, 2018, with the successful airline expected to be announced in early 2019. For more information on the tender, visit the Tenders WA website. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We have listened to the regional community in the Kimberley and are delivering on our election commitment to conduct a trial on the Derby air route. "The McGowan Government is willing to provide financial assistance to an airline committed to operating the route, to help kickstart the service. "We expect that after the initial government support, the airline will be able to continue operating a commercially viable air route into the future." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "The McGowan Government has been investing and expanding air services in the Kimberley. "This opportunity for a Derby air route will add to the three existing intraregional flights in the Kimberley - including Balgo, Kalumburu and Halls Creek - which are supported by the State Government. "All of these services provide better access to aviation services for communities in the region, ensuring connections to healthcare and commercial services in the Kimberley." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA could have Australia’s best fish and chips wrapped up90676Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/08/2018 4:20:16 AM2018-08-22T04:15:00Z Western Australia is aiming high in the 2018 fish and chips awards The awards will help WA consumers support local fish and chips shops and fishers WA has some of the world's best fisheries, underpinned by the best available science In the first year of the National Fish and Chips Awards, a WA shop came second, so the challenge is on across our State not only to get to number one, but for Western Australians to show the rest of our nation that we have the best and tastiest seafood here in the west. When it comes to our local fish and chips shops, the goal is to be either innovative or simply 'tried and true' in what they wrap up for customers. The challenge for WA fish and chips customers is to get online and vote for their favourite at http//www.fishandchipsawards.com.au, or to follow the National Fish and Chips Awards on Facebook at #catchoftheyear. WA fish and chips buyers know that fish from the west is best, so get behind your favourite shop and go online to vote and learn more about the awards. As well as the people's choice awards, more than 20 judges are criss-crossing the country right now judging hundreds and hundreds of Australia's fish and chip shops to look for the tastiest meal, the best choice, the best service, information and presentation. Voting ends on September 15, 2018 and winners will be announced on October 15, 2018. WA has many wonderful and sustainable fisheries, including eight that have been independently certified by the renowned Marine Stewardship Council, and all of them work to supply fresh seafood to Australian and international consumers. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "Western Australians love fish and chips whether it be for a beach picnic on a sunny day or a special family treat. "What makes our fish and chips standout from other places around Australia and the world is our high-quality and sustainable fisheries that produce delicious seafood. "There really is no doubt in my mind that fish from the west is best, so I'd encourage all Western Australians to support their local fish and chip shop, and WA fishing jobs, by casting a vote in this year's National Fish and Chips Awards. "In WA there are plenty of fresh and tasty options, whether it be one of the snappers, some Spanish Mackerel, emperor from our North-West or West Coast fisheries or perhaps bronze whaler or gummy shark from the South Coast." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Federal support needed for WA farmers90675Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/08/2018 4:05:12 AM2018-08-22T04:00:00Z State Government notes the Federal Government's decision to revoke licence of WA's biggest live exporter McGowan Government calls for financial support for WA farmers to help adjust to reduced live exports The McGowan Government is calling on the Federal Government to provide a financial assistance package for the Western Australian sheep industry in the wake of its cancellation of Emanuel Exports' licence. The Federal Government last night announced it had cancelled the livestock export licence of WA's biggest live exporter, Emanuel Exports. The decision to cancel the licence, alongside already announced changes to stocking densities over the northern summer months and the proposed introduction of a new heat stress assessment model for live export ships, will inevitably result in a reduction in the live trade. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The situation we find ourselves in is a clear result of maladministration from the Federal Government, who have completely ignored obvious issues in the live export trade over the past five years. "While the McGowan Government support any steps to weed out dodgy live export operators and clean up the trade, the actions of the Federal Government over the past six months have led to a halt in live exports and an inevitable reduction in the trade. "The Federal Agriculture Minister can't pass the buck on this - his government is to blame for this situation, and he has a responsibility to support WA farmers as they adjust to a new reality where they simply cannot rely on live exports. "Only the McGowan Government has been focused on finding long-term solutions to build resilience in the sheep industry; we're supporting local meat processors to pick up the slack, and investing in R&D to support efficiency in the sheep industry. "We are now calling on the Federal Government to provide a financial assistance package to the WA sheep industry to support farmers and processors through this adjustment. "Instead of hiding behind his department, it's time Minister Littleproud shows some real leadership and give WA farmers the support they need." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Updated FIFO code open for comment90673Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/08/2018 12:17:32 AM2018-08-21T23:00:00Z McGowan Government releases updated draft fly-in fly-out (FIFO) code of practice Code provides guidance on protecting workers' mental health Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston today announced the release of the updated draft code of practice to help promote and maintain the mental health of FIFO workers in Western Australia. The second draft of the 'Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors' code has been released for further public comment, following a successful initial round of consultation earlier this year. In the first round of public comment, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety received 51 submissions from a diverse range of respondents. The updated draft includes a summary report detailing feedback from the public and how their issues were addressed. The draft code of practice uses a risk assessment process to identify potential psychosocial hazards and factors, and helps protect mental health in the workplace. Western Australians have until Friday September 21, 2018 to comment on the second draft. For more information, visit http//www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Consultation-16497.aspx Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "While this code of practice targets FIFO workers in the resources and construction industries, its lessons can be applied across a range of sectors. "The latest round of public consultation is another opportunity to ensure your voice is heard on the critical issue of mental health in the FIFO workforce. "Our aim is to reduce exposure to psychosocial hazards and risk factors for all workers, which should be appropriately managed by employers. "The McGowan Government is committed to driving change in mental health, and improving workplace health and safety for all Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Liberal Party continues to distort truth to hoodwink WA families90668Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/08/2018 9:10:32 AM2018-08-21T09:10:00Z Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Treasurer deliberately misleads the public over levels of foreign buyer ownership Actual data points to a minimal impact on the market Finance Minister calls on Liberals to change their position given their rationale for opposition was based on false data The WA Liberal Party's efforts to distort the truth in an attempt to mask their craven politicking as proper policy has been exposed after independent data and analysis rubbished their claims. In a Facebook post on Thursday, August 16, the Deputy Opposition Leader Liza Harvey attempted to explain the WA Liberals' position by stating 'NSW had 23.6% of its residential housing stock owned by foreign investors and VIC 25.2%.....Western Australia has around 12% of our residential properties owned by foreign investors.' In reality, based on a 2017 analysis by the ANZ Bank, the number of houses owned by foreign property buyers in Western Australia is closer to one per cent. The ANZ estimated late last year that foreigners owned between 2.5-4 per cent of dwellings in Australia. Given higher levels of ownership in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland that would imply a tiny fraction of foreign ownership in WA. The Deputy Opposition Leader's statement follows on from a tweet from Shadow Treasurer Dean Nalder who claimed that foreign buyers made up 12 per cent of annual purchases in WA. This is another wildly deceptive claim. Using credible sources of data from the Foreign Investment Review Board and Landgate, WA Treasury has estimated that the actual level of annual purchases by foreign buyers in WA in 2016-17 was 1.26 per cent. A far cry from Mr Nalder's 12 per cent. All this suggests that the Liberal Party's claims that the foreign buyer surcharge will impact the local property market are unfounded and misleading. Indeed, a 2017 report from Acil Allen, commissioned by the Property Council of Australia, states 'The amount that foreign buyers add to prices is minor and may actually be better described as rounding error. … Overall, the notion that foreign investors add to dwelling prices is unfounded.' Comments attributed to Finance Minister Ben Wyatt "The desperation of the WA Liberal Party has plumbed to new depths with this blatant misinformation being used to hoodwink the public into supporting their damaging position. "In a model of public discourse made famous by US President Donald Trump, patently ludicrous statements are now being dressed up as fact. "I can see why the Liberal Party are so keen to stay out of the mainstream media if they want to avoid any scrutiny on such misleading claims. "It's embarrassing and there is clearly no plausible evidence that foreign buyers should not pay their fair share. "I call on the Liberal Party to have the courage to reconsider their position, given they based their opposition to this important reform on data which is just plain wrong." Minister's office - 6552 5900
On-demand transport reform Bills to reach Parliament90665Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/08/2018 4:44:36 AM2018-08-21T04:30:00Z Biggest reform of on-demand transport and taxi industry in WA history Transport (Road Passenger Services) Bill 2018 and Associated Amendment Bill to be introduced to State Parliament tomorrow Deregulation of industry to create level playing field and more competition Voluntary taxi plate buyback scheme to be funded by temporary levy on operator's fare revenue Delivers an election commitment to end industry uncertainty following inaction by the previous Liberal National Government Critical legislation that will reform Western Australia's on-demand transport industry and foster more competition and innovation will be introduced to State Parliament tomorrow (August 22). The Transport (Road Passenger Services) Bill 2018 represents the biggest reform to the industry in WA history, and will bring the sector into the 21st century. In the lead-up to the election, the McGowan Government made an election commitment to reform the industry and implement an industry-funded taxi plate buyback scheme. Once passed, the legislation will end restrictions that have made it difficult for taxis to compete and give the industry greater certainty. It provides for the voluntary buyback of owned taxi plates, which will be industry funded over four years through a temporary levy on the total fare revenue of booking services. This approach will allow for the temporary levy to be incorporated into the business models of authorised booking services. Since coming to government, the McGowan Government has consulted widely with industry stakeholders to draft a Bill that Creates a fairer and modernised system for all operators; Removes restrictions on when, where and how taxis can operate; Introduces a strengthened duty of care for passenger safety; Creates one annual authorisation for all types of on-demand drivers; and Promotes competition and innovation across the industry, removing regulation and costs. Further in-depth consultation with industry stakeholders since the initial reform announcement in November last year has resulted in refinements to the original proposal, including Exempting regional operators from paying the temporary levy; Excluding vehicles with 12 seats or more from the levy; Applying a maximum levy of $10 to all metropolitan taxi or charter fares; Waiving booking service fees during the first 12 months of the reform; Removing the cap on the number of authorised taxis; and Exemption from the levy available to operators who solely provide special event services, such as weddings or school balls. The reform will encourage greater competition and innovation in on-demand transport throughout WA, providing customers with greater choice and easier access to safe and smart services. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This legislation has been prepared to create a level playing field for all on-demand transport operators. "It is long overdue reform and creates consistent regulations for the on-demand transport sector as a whole to prosper into the future. "Under the new Act, all those involved in the delivery of the service will be accountable for driver and customer safety. "Customers should expect that when they get in an on-demand vehicle they are travelling with a driver who is authorised and in a vehicle that is roadworthy. "This is our one chance to move the industry into the 21st century and it is vital for the Upper House to support the legislation. It is also the one and only chance for plate owners to receive a buyback offer." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Director General appointed to oversee Government’s jobs agenda90664Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/08/2018 4:15:35 AM2018-08-21T04:15:00Z Rebecca Brown appointed Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation Acting Premier Roger Cook has today welcomed the appointment of Rebecca Brown as the new Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI). Ms Brown was appointed after a formal process run by the Public Sector Commission and will commence in the role on September 3, 2018. Most recently, she served as Department of Health Deputy Director General where she oversaw transformational change to deliver better outcomes for the community. She has served as Deputy Director General in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and has held numerous senior roles within the State Government. Ms Brown will be responsible for attracting investment to WA, and overseeing the State Government's agenda to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australians. An announcement regarding the new Managing Director of Tourism will be made in coming weeks. Comments attributed to Acting Premier Roger Cook "I congratulate Ms Brown on her appointment. She has extensive experience across the public sector, holding senior positions in a range of departments and has a strong record in delivering real outcomes. "The State Government's key objective is to diversify the economy and create jobs for Western Australians across a range of industries. "As Director General of JTSI, she will ensure the State Government can capitalise on the growth in new and emerging industries, such as lithium, to support the economy and create new jobs." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Help us plan for alcohol and other drug services in the Kimberley90662Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/08/2018 3:31:32 AM2018-08-21T03:25:00Z The State Government is seeking to expand alcohol and other drug services in the Kimberley region Consultation will be undertaken to ensure that new services meet the specific needs of the Kimberley community People from across the Kimberley region are invited to have their say on which services are needed in their community, in order to support individuals who wish to address problems related to alcohol and other drug use and co-occurring mental health issues. People are invited to provide input via an online survey while the Mental Health Commission undertakes targeted consultation in the Kimberley to ensure new or expanded services meet the needs of the local community. The State Government, through the Methamphetamine Action Plan, is committed to expanding alcohol and other drug treatment services in the Kimberley region to provide more options for individuals and families close to where they live. This consultation forms the first step in designing services in the Kimberley with the community. The online survey closes at 5pm on Friday September 7, 2018. For more information or to complete the survey, visit http//www.mhc.wa.gov.au Individuals looking for more information about where to find help for their own or another person's alcohol and other drug use can contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Service on 1800 198 024. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The current levels of alcohol and other drug harm in the Kimberley region are concerning. "I would like to see a range of comprehensive and integrated services in the Kimberley that meets the specific needs of people who live in the region. "For Aboriginal people, we know culture is important, along with support from family and friends, so providing the culturally appropriate treatment and support services close to where people live is a priority for the Government." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Eid festival a time for celebration and reflection90660Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/08/2018 3:01:04 AM2018-08-21T00:05:00Z Our State is home to more than 50,000 Western Australian Muslims The McGowan Government supports Eid community events with $21,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) Western Australian Muslims will join hundreds of millions around the world this week in celebrating Eid ul-Adha, one of the most important festivals on the Islamic calendar. Eid ul-Adha marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj. Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, it is a reminder of the sacredness of life and is a time of significant celebration and reflection for the WA Muslim community. Eid ul-Adha is one of two key festivals on the Islamic calendar. The other is Eid ul-Fitr, which falls at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. For more than 50,000 Western Australians who follow the Islamic faith in WA, the period will be marked by helping others, strengthening family ties, and making community connections. This year, the McGowan Government, through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program, is supporting three major events to mark Eid ul-Adha The Islamic Centre of WA's Eid ul-Adha Prayer and Fun event at Whiteman Park being held today (August 21) and tomorrow (August 22); The Australian Arab Association's Multicultural Eid-Adha Carnival in Southern River on Friday, August 24; and The Furqan Islamic Association of WA's Perth Eid Festival in Mirrabooka on Saturday, August 25. Eid events are now some of the biggest community festivals in this State and are enjoyed by WA Muslim communities, as well as by increasing numbers from the wider community. More information about Eid events can be found at http//www.omi.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Eid festivals have been held in Western Australia since 1896 and are an important part of our cultural heritage. "With many community events happening around the State, Eid ul-Adha is an occasion to advance understanding between cultures and strengthen the foundations of our multicultural community. "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I would like to wish all Western Australian Muslims and their families Eid Mubarak during this important time - and to everyone undertaking the Hajj, I wish them a safe journey and return." Minister's office - 6552 5600
SPURonWA grants offer $100,000 to Western Australian innovators35049Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4970html20/08/2018 7:15:49 AM2018-08-20T07:10:00Z Grants of up to $25,000 on offer through Landgate's location technology hub, SPUR SPURonWA grants are supporting local entrepreneurs and innovators establish industries and jobs of the future Western Australian start-ups, businesses and individuals working on innovative location-based products or services are encouraged to apply for the third round of SPURonWA grants, which open today (August 20). The grants can be used towards development costs; intellectual property protection; obtaining business, financial or marketing advice; and accessing location data. This is the third round of SPURonWA grants. From the 85 applications received in the last two years, Landgate has awarded grants to 16 Western Australian businesses, assisting them to develop mobile apps, secure Intellectual Property rights, adopt technological advancements and successfully launch new products to market. As well as providing financial support, SPUR offers access to location data, co-working spaces and commercialisation expertise. SPUR is Landgate's location and innovation hub that works to stimulate and accelerate economic development in the digital economy. Applications close on September 14, 2018. For more information and to read SPURonWA success stories, visit http//www.spur.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "SPUR is helping to accelerate ideas into action and support start-up businesses and commercial partnerships to create a stronger, more diverse economy in WA. "The SPURonWA grant program has demonstrated how government and businesses can use data to innovate, address challenges and help shape the future of WA. "SPURonWA grants are supporting local entrepreneurs and innovators, by establishing new industries and creating jobs of the future." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Record one million fans watch AFL football in WA at Optus Stadium35030Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3340html20/08/2018 1:18:57 AM2018-08-19T22:00:00Z Optus Stadium exceeds one million AFL fans during West Coast-Melbourne match For the first time ever, AFL crowds hit one million in a single year in Western Australia AFL attendances have become the second best in the country, behind only the MCG Stadium's average customer satisfaction rating over 90 per cent Optus Stadium yesterday welcomed its one millionth AFL fan during the West Coast Eagles versus Melbourne Demons clash, breaking the magical one million fan mark for the first time in the State's history. The venue has reached the one million fan mark for AFL matches after just 24 games, making AFL attendances at the new stadium the second highest in the country behind the MCG. Sunday's achievement surpassed a 2007 record when just over 985,000 football fans flocked to Subiaco Oval over the course of a season, also including home finals - putting Optus Stadium in a position to smash previous records by season's end. Nearly 600,000 fans have already attended West Coast Eagles home games in 2018, smashing their previous home and away attendance record established in 2007 by more than 130,000. Overall, after 24 games at Optus Stadium, 1,037,220 fans have watched a game of AFL at an average of 47,146. Seven-year-old Cooper Jones - who attended the game with his five-year-old brother Logan and grandparents Joe and Connie Russo - was Optus Stadium's one millionth AFL fan. The milestone was marked by awarding them with four tickets to a West Coast Eagles home final and a dining voucher for the City View Café. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Western Australian football fans have embraced this terrific stadium and flocked to it to watch the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers. "To smash the 1,000,000 AFL fan mark for the first time, before the home and away season has even finished, is a testament to Optus Stadium. "Optus Stadium is now second only to the MCG in terms of AFL crowds. The high customer satisfaction ratings, which run to 94 per cent at the most recent measure, demonstrates why Western Australians and visitors alike keeping flocking to the venue. "I look forward to Optus Stadium hosting an AFL final next month and West Coast Eagles fans once again turning out in huge numbers." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Trusted WA local RAC secures Arena naming rights35031Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5990html20/08/2018 12:25:52 AM2018-08-18T22:00:00Z Venue to be named RAC Arena from September 1, 2018 Local organisation RAC edges out a number of national and international companies to secure naming rights for at least five years McGowan Government fulfils another election commitment in support of Budget repair Well-respected Western Australian organisation RAC has secured the naming rights for Perth Arena for at least the next five years. The world-class venue will be re-named RAC Arena from September 1, 2018, after the State Government finalised a naming rights partnership with the 113-year-old, fully WA-owned membership organisation. A major supporter of local jobs and the WA economy, RAC employs more than 1,400 people throughout metropolitan and regional Western Australia. The organisation supports local jobs in a range of WA industries, including its flagship roadside assistance service, travel, tourism, insurance, finance, security and auto services. The State Government is delighted such a trusted local organisation was able to beat out Eastern States competition in a competitive tender process to secure the venue's naming rights. The deal fulfils the McGowan Government's 2017 election commitment to sell the naming rights to the State's two major venues in support of Budget repair. RAC has more than a million members across a remarkable 60 per cent of WA households. The organisation played a critical role in the development of mobility and motoring in Western Australia, erecting the State's first road signs, developing its first roadmaps and continually lobbying for better road safety and transport outcomes. RAC has been a Founding Partner with the Arena since 2013 and more recently became a sponsor of the venue's RAC Local Lounge. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "RAC is one of WA's most trusted, iconic organisations which supports hundreds of WA jobs in a range of important industries. "We are delighted RAC has been able to beat out national and international competition in securing this deal, making sure the State's world-class arena is attached to a truly local organisation. "RAC has played a crucial role in the development of mobility, motoring, road safety and transport in Western Australia, and the McGowan Government is proud the trusted brand has forged another important relationship with the State." Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "We inherited not only a record level of State debt, but also the perverse situation where WA taxpayers were forking out compensation for Perth Arena to not have a naming sponsor. "This decision allows us to continue to fix the finances and focus our spending on essential services." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
McGowan Government Cabinet heads north to the Pilbara34987Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15310html17/08/2018 7:05:03 AM2018-08-17T07:05:00Z McGowan Labor Government Community Cabinet to be hosted in Port Hedland Opportunity for community members to hear about the Government's plans for the region Key issues to be discussed include local jobs, tourism and infrastructure The McGowan Labor Government is hosting a Community Cabinet in Port Hedland starting on Sunday, August 26. The modern and community-focused Community Cabinet program has been designed to foster greater engagement between local leaders and the State Government. As part of the two-day visit, Premier Mark McGowan, State Government Ministers and Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel will host more than 100 community representatives in Port Hedland for a Town Hall style meeting. Attendees from across the Pilbara will have the opportunity to pose questions to the Premier and Ministers about the community's most important issues. On Monday (August 27), the Premier and Ministers will participate in a series of events including a breakfast with local business representatives, a Cabinet Meeting and lunch with local youth leaders. After the Cabinet meeting, Ministers will be visiting various locations across the Pilbara including Newman, Port Hedland and Karratha. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Pilbara Community Cabinet demonstrates the priority my Government places on engaging with regional communities. "Community Cabinet is a chance for Pilbara residents to meet with Cabinet Ministers and have discussions with us directly about the issues that matter most to the community. "I look forward to meeting residents, community groups and community leaders at our Town Hall while we discuss our plans for jobs, tourism and infrastructure in the region." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "As the Member for the Pilbara, I am honoured to host the McGowan Government's 2018 Regional Cabinet. "There are many exciting projects happening in our region and I am proud to be part of a Government that is committed to representing and understanding regional communities such as our Pilbara." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Liberal and Nationals parties distort facts to justify protecting foreign home buyers over WA families34985Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10740html17/08/2018 6:42:30 AM2018-08-17T06:35:00Z Foreign buyers make up a very small portion of the total housing market There is no evidence that the introduction of surcharges in other States has had a material impact on foreign investment This week, the McGowan Government introduced to State Parliament its election commitment to levy a surcharge on foreign home buyers. Every other Australian State, as well as a number of other countries, already has a similar surcharge in place. Unfortunately, in an effort to protect foreign home buyers, the Liberal and Nationals parties have sought to exaggerate the potential impacts of the surcharge on the local housing market. The fact is that foreign buyers make up a very small portion of the total housing market - about 1.26 per cent in 2016-17. Another fact is that not all foreign buyers would be subject to the surcharge - foreigners acquiring land on which to undertake residential development of 10 or more dwellings will be exempt from the surcharge. It is also true that of those foreign buyers who are subject to the tax, the vast majority are still expected to purchase a house. This is because other factors such as capital growth prospects and exchange rates are far more important considerations for foreign purchasers than a one-off surcharge. This is all backed up by experience - there is no evidence that the introduction of surcharges in other States has had a material impact on foreign investment. It is therefore of great disappointment that after leaving the State with a record $40 billion of debt, the Liberal and Nationals parties are now trying to block a measure that would require foreign property buyers to help pay down that debt. In doing so, the Liberal and Nationals parties are shifting more of the burden of repaying its debt onto WA families. Comments attributed to Finance Minister Ben Wyatt "If it wasn't enough that the Liberal and Nationals parties have left the people of Western Australia with $40 billion of debt, they now appear hell bent on ensuring that WA families continue to carry the burden. "I remain optimistic that other parties in the Parliament will take a more constructive approach and help deliver a reform that stands up for WA families and helps ease their burden. "If not, the McGowan Government looks forward to taking this issue to the next State election." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Midland Child Advocacy Centre receives $4.5 million grant34984Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10730html17/08/2018 3:05:04 AM2018-08-17T03:05:00Z Funding for new Midland Child Advocacy Centre to support children and their families experiencing trauma Centre will be the second of its kind in Australia A child advocacy centre in Midland, set to help thousands of children and families experiencing trauma, has been given $4.5 million in State Government funding. The Lotterywest grant will support the construction and fit out of the new Midland Child Advocacy Centre, run by Parkerville Children and Youth Centre. The centre will wrap services around children and their families who are experiencing trauma from physical, sexual or emotional abuse. The facility will incorporate a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, police, social workers, psychologists and therapy staff - all in one child-friendly location. The child and their family will attend the centre to access a range of professional support, as well as complementary services provided by Parkerville and other not-for-profit organisations. The Midland Child Advocacy Centre will be the second of its kind in Australia, the first being the George Jones Child Advocacy Centre in Armadale. This is also administered by Parkerville Children and Youth Centre, which opened in 2011. Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "WA is leading the way on this work and I'm proud to be a part of a Government which supports this innovative approach. "It's important victims get a sympathetic, meaningful interaction - this joined up approach achieves better justice outcomes. The need for this exact work has been highlighted in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. "We are now working towards the delivery of a staged implementation plan of the recommendations that outlines reform priorities, timeframes and resourcing options." Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts "The Midland Child Advocacy Centre is being built at the Old Railway Workshops and will be an important part of our health precinct. "The entire Midland community welcomes this funding which will serve to give some of our most vulnerable young people the opportunities they deserve. "I'd like to thank the Government and Lotterywest for this real commitment to our community." Minister's office - 6552 6600
First of more than 1,000 lifesaving signs installed at WA beaches34981Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9780html17/08/2018 3:02:58 AM2018-08-17T02:35:00Z Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents More than 1,000 BEN signs are planned for WA's coast from Geraldton to Esperance McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety The first of more than 1,000 lifesaving Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs, funded by the McGowan Government, for the Western Australia coast have now been unveiled in the City of Kwinana and Shire of Waroona. At Wells Park in Kwinana today, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly and Kwinana MLA Roger Cook were joined by Rick Gerring to reveal one of nine signs for the Kwinana and Naval Base coast. The BEN signs are part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to strengthen emergency responses should a serious incident occur. Each sign has a unique code, to help emergency services pinpoint exact beach access locations and improve crucial response times for a range of potential serious incidents. The signs were initiated by Rick Gerring, the brother of Ben Gerring whose life was lost after a fatal shark attack in Falcon in 2016, after concerns about possible delays in attending emergency services trying to locate the closest beach access point. The McGowan Government has offered grants of up to $25,000 for eligible metropolitan councils, and up to $50,000 for eligible regional councils, to install the lifesaving signage. Since the announcement of the program in December 2017, 29 of the 32 eligible local government authorities have expressed an interest in the signage, and 26 are actively working with the WA Government. The City of Kwinana is the first metropolitan council to install the lifesaving BEN signs through the McGowan Government's grants scheme, while the Shire of Waroona is the first regional council with three BEN signs now in place at Preston Beach. The City of Mandurah independently installed 81 BEN signs in honour of Mr Gerring in May 2017. These lifesaving BEN signs complement the McGowan Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy. This strategy includes; funding for Surf Life Saving WA beach, helicopter and drone patrols, a world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy for divers and surfers, beach enclosures, an extended Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance, tagging operations and a new SMART drumline trial off Gracetown. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "I am delighted to be delivering this project initiated by Rick Gerring in honour of his brother Ben Gerring who tragically lost his life in 2016. "Time is critical in an emergency and could mean the difference between life and death. BEN signs will be vital for first responders to identify the quickest route to a precise location. "I have spoken to emergency responders who have told me they have no doubt these signs will save lives. "In the event of an emergency, the public can call triple zero and quote the BEN number with confidence that emergency services will reach the destination as quickly as possible." Comments attributed to Kwinana MLA Roger Cook "The BEN signs will enhance the safety of our beautiful beaches, providing locals and visitors with surety that prompt help is at hand in the event of an emergency, be it a shark bite, boating accident, drowning, violence or a heart attack. "I congratulate Kwinana and other councils for embracing this great example of constructive collaboration between State and local governments to address shared challenges that serve to protect and enhance the enviable beach lifestyle that Western Australians enjoy." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "The installation of these signs will make an immense difference in an emergency. "Preston Beach is a popular tourist spot in the summer and I commend the Shire of Waroona for taking up this initiative to help keep locals and visitors safe." Comments attributed to Rick Gerring "Using the BEN signs, the first people on the scene can relay the beach reference number with confidence emergency services know the exact location, reducing critical time in attending the scene. "With the signs being standard along our coastline, it will mean people will instantly recognise them in the unfortunate event of an incident occurring and relieving unnecessary stress trying to communicate with emergency services. "Although nothing can ever bring my brother Ben back, knowing that the BEN signage will save many lives gives me some closure and a legacy that will never be forgotten." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Mine site leaders come together to talk safety34979Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8410html17/08/2018 1:35:04 AM2018-08-17T01:35:00Z Fourth annual Registered Managers Forum focuses on safety in the mining industry Senior managers from WA mining operations gather for annual event Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today officially opened the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's fourth annual Registered Managers Forum. The event brings together mine managers, from across the State, to focus on a range of health and safety topics. This year's forum includes presentations and workshops on the changing competency landscape, upgrades to the online Safety Regulation System, and updates on key legislation and other safety and health guidance. The forum is part of the department's Towards 2020 regulatory strategy, which aims for a safe and healthy resources sector in Western Australia. For more information, visit http//www.dmp.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Workplace safety is one of the McGowan Government's number one priorities, and there are always improvements to be made. "Today's event is an opportunity for delegates and government to work together to improve safety across Western Australia's mining industry. "Workers, supervisors, managers and inspectors all have a role to play in preventing injuries and fatalities on site." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Western Australia honours sacrifice of its warriors in Vietnam War34977Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6270html17/08/2018 1:05:06 AM2018-08-17T01:05:00Z Five Aboriginal soldiers part of 108-strong D Company that fought at Long Tan The 1966 Battle of Long Tan was one of first major battles for Australians in Vietnam Australia's Vietnam War toll 521 killed, more than 3,000 wounded Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has urged Western Australians to honour the contribution of Aboriginal veterans today, ahead of a broader commemoration tomorrow of Australia's servicemen and women who served in the Vietnam War. The Minister's call comes the day before the 52nd anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan - a significant battle in 1966 and one of the first major conflicts for Australian forces in Vietnam. Originally known as Long Tan Day, August 18 (tomorrow) has since evolved into Vietnam Veterans Day - a time to reflect on the selfless service of Australians in Vietnam. The Battle of Long Tan, which occurred in a rubber plantation, centred on 105 Australians and three New Zealanders from D Company 6RAR, who fought against an overwhelming number of North Vietnamese Army and local Viet Cong soldiers. Vastly outnumbered, D Company was ultimately saved by their own rigorous discipline under fire and by a timely resupply of ammunition, accurate artillery fire and the arrival of reinforcements in armored personnel carriers. Recent research has suggested that five Australians fighting in the battle were Aboriginal. About 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War with 521 killed and more than 3,000 wounded. A total of 61 Western Australians were killed during the conflict. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "The Vietnam War, Australia's largest force contribution to a foreign conflict since World War Two, solidified the reputation of Australia's armed services as determined and courageous men and women who placed a high value on mateship and teamwork. "The contribution of Aboriginal veterans deserves a special mention. At least 160 Aboriginal service personnel served in Vietnam, with seven dying as a result of their service. "There are many Australians who still carry physical and emotional scars from Vietnam. "Vietnam Veterans Day gives us all a chance to remember the sacrifices made by Australian service men and women during the Vietnam War, and honour all those who served." Minister's office - 6552 5300