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WA praises plan for national strategy on rare diseases19938Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 8:50:16 AM2018-11-16T08:45:00Z National plan follows success of WA's rare diseases strategy Set to strengthen co-ordination of services of rare diseases community The Western Australian Government has welcomed today's announcement by the Commonwealth Government of plans to develop a National Rare Diseases Framework, describing the move as an important development for Australia's rare diseases community. The Commonwealth's announcement, made in Melbourne at a Rare Diseases Summit, follows the success of Western Australia's WA Rare Diseases Strategic Framework 2015-18 which, when launched three years ago, became the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The WA framework's more than 50 initiatives led to significant improvements in the co-ordination of services for the rare diseases community. Chief among these were The establishment of the WA Undiagnosed Diseases Program, a highly successful program dedicated to finding diagnosis for people with baffling rare conditions; Improvements to the way Aboriginal people living with rare diseases can access care, including access to genetic services; Establishment of the nation's first genetic counselling position dedicated to Aboriginal people; and Incorporation of rare disease diagnostic codes into the diagnostic records of WA Health services and registers including the WA Register of Developmental Abnormalities, Genetic Services of Western Australia and PathWest, a move that should enhance understanding of the prevalence and impact of rare diseases. Rare diseases are chronically debilitating disorders that affect fewer than one in 2,000 people but are estimated to collectively affect about six to eight per cent of Australians. In Western Australia about 190,000 people live with a rare disease - about a third of them children. Because of their individual rareness, these diseases can be difficult to diagnose which means some people wait years for a diagnosis. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia has been at the forefront of working to improve the lives of people with a rare disease and continues to explore new and innovative ways of building on this success. "It is encouraging to see that the important foundations we have laid are now set to be adopted at a national level, potentially strengthening the co-ordination of rare disease services across Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6500
McGowan Government’s jobs agenda helps bring WA out of recession19935Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 5:52:29 AM2018-11-16T05:40:00Z ABS figures released today confirm positive growth in the WA economy for the most recent financial year Business investment records a significant turnaround after four consecutive years of contraction Figures also show the WA economy continuing to diversifyThe McGowan Government has welcomed figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, providing official confirmation that the Western Australian economy is out of recession. In 2017-18, the overall WA economy (Gross State Product) grew by 1.9 per cent, while the domestic economy (State Final Demand) grew by 1.1 per cent. This follows significant contractions in these measures in 2016-17, and four consecutive years of decline in the domestic economy. The figures also show a significant turnaround in business investment in 2017-18. After declining for four successive years, and by 28.6 per cent in 2016-17, business investment grew at 0.1 per cent in 2017-18. While only modest growth, the significant turnaround from the previous year is an important sign for the WA economy. The data released today also shows that WA's economic growth is not confined to the mining sector. While mining grew by 2.8 per cent in gross value added terms in 2017-18, the following sectors also recorded strong growth. Financial and insurance services - 5.4 per cent; Manufacturing - 3.4 per cent; Professional and scientific services - 3.2 per cent; Accommodation and food - 3 per cent; Arts and recreation - 2.4 per cent; and Construction - 2.4 per cent.Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It has been a defining week for WA's economy, local jobs and our Budget. "That we, as a State, are out of recession is the culmination of months of data which have shown the economy is recovering and our plan is working. "Importantly, while WA is built on its mining sector, the data released today shows that WA's economic growth is not confined to the mining sector which is vital as we continue to diversify the economy. "While the news is pleasing there is still much work to be done, and my Government will continue to manage the finances responsibly and make jobs our number one priority." Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "The journey out of recession has been made inch by inch. Every part of the Western Australian community is doing its bit to get the WA economy back on track. It has been achieved by focusing on every cog in the wheel. "The McGowan Government has concentrated its efforts on stable, responsible financial management, and is committed to maintaining this focus and discipline in the years to come." Premier's office - 6552 5000Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Western Australia scoops the pool at national training awards19934Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 5:51:10 AM2018-11-16T04:30:00Z Six of Western Australia's 11 finalists named winners at last night's Australian Training Awards in Sydney Western Australia claims the nation's top trainer honours for the second year in a row WA's performance among its best ever in Australia's pre-eminent training awards Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has congratulated Western Australia's training sector in recording a remarkably successful showing at Australia's leading industry awards overnight. Six of WA's 11 nominees picked up accolades at the awards, with both individual and organisational winners from the State's vocational education and training (VET) system being recognised for their success. Three outstanding female VET students secured titles in the individual categories for their performance as strong ambassadors for vocational education pathways. Yaruwu and Bunuba woman and Broome mother, Soleil White was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for her work to close the gap within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare industry. The healthcare worker credited her training with giving her the confidence to make a difference and progress to further studies. She completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing. Inspirational examples of high calibre VET programs delivered to secondary students were also recognised at the awards, with Canning Vale College teacher Crystle Challinger securing the title of VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year and Busselton Senior High School winning the School Pathways to VET award. Central Regional TAFE was also a winner at the awards, taking home the Industry Collaboration Award for its innovative biodiversity collaboration project. These achievements follow Western Australia's success at the 2018 WorldSkills Championships earlier this year, where WA secured the prestigious VETiS Shield as the country's best performing State. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Last night's incredible achievement further demonstrates that our State's VET sector is first-class and shines a spotlight on our success in this space. "Western Australians looking to upskill, retrain or enter the workforce can do it with the confidence that they'll learn from some of the nation's best trainers, with some of the country's most innovative training providers. "I'm sure these inspiring winners will motivate others to take advantage of the excellent training opportunities available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future." Minister's office - 6552 5700 Western Australian winners at the Australian Training Awards Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018 Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Certificate II in Hospitality, Caitlin has thrived in the workplace environment. She credits the experience with increasing her confidence and dedication, and has seen her grades improve as a result. Caitlin has transferred her new skills, assisting with numerous school events. She is also a strong advocate for Swan Valley Anglican Community School's hospitality program, presenting to younger students and writing articles for her local newspaper and the school website. Vocational Student of the Year 2018 Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Caitlan did an internship with Telethon which sparked her passion for the health industry. While at Princess Margaret Hospital, Caitlan was inspired to move into a clinical role. Now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Caitlan has been commended by her peers for going above and beyond to improve patient care. As an active volunteer for Telethon, she enjoys seeing how children benefit from fundraising. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018 Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing. Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two-year-old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations. Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high-quality care and taking a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs. VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2018 Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College The Canning Vale College teacher champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school-based trainers. Crystle taught other teachers about using virtual and augmented reality programs to engage students creatively and use digital evidence collection for presentations. As an Aboriginal Australian, Crystle believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of a student. Industry Collaboration Award 2018 Central Regional TAFE - Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton Central Regional TAFE, in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders, is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Mid-West. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment. Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council; Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum. School Pathways to VET Award 2018 Busselton Senior High School As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) school since 1999, Busselton Senior High School has a unique model. A key feature is the highly supported student participation in work placement, one day a week. The model provides a platform for exceptional industry links, RTO compliance, and offers flexibility with an off-grid timetable to assist staff to develop highly innovative programs. The school is highly regarded for its expertise in supporting schools across the State to meet compliance and deliver high-quality programs to students, with employment for further training outcomes. VET offerings have increased in recent years to reflect the needs of industry and provide engaging programs. In 2018, 75 per cent of senior school students were enrolled in a VET qualification. A flexible timetable model with strong industry links is central to the success of the programs, as is delivery by suitably qualified and dedicated staff. In 2017, the school achieved a 100 per cent attainment rate. This is indicative of the high levels of support provided to students and the engaging nature of the programs.
Western Australians waging war on waste19930Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 1:37:03 AM2018-11-16T01:30:00Z Waste-reducing organisations and individuals honoured at 2018 Infinity Awards Workpower wins two awards - Waste Initiative of the Year and Waste Team of the YearChampions of waste reduction and recycling have been recognised at this year's Infinity Awards. The annual Waste Authority awards showcase the contributions of Western Australians who are leading the way to a lower waste future. Workpower's Balcatta Re-use Shop, which provides employment opportunities for people with disability, took out two titles - Waste Initiative of the Year and Waste Team of the Year. The shop, which turns trash to treasure, diverts almost 5,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year. Former Port Hedland mayor and founder of the Care for Hedland Environment Association, Kelly Howlett was awarded the WA Waste Award for 2018 for her hands-on work promoting a litter free community and encouraging recycling and sustainability. Carnarvon-based environmental entrepreneur Joanne Bumbak was named 2018 Waste Champion - producing preserves and ice cream from 36 tonnes of 'rescued' fruit and vegetables which would otherwise have been dumped in landfill. Plastic Free July Foundation took out the Community Waste Award for its Plastic Free July Challenge, which this year saw 3.4 million people worldwide pledge to live without plastic for a month. Mindarie Regional Council won the Waste Innovation of the Year title for its Face Your Waste transparent kerbside bin campaign - showing the scale of household waste. Other winners included Subiaco-based, waste-free restaurant New Normal Bar + Kitchen and Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and the City of Melville for the successful rollout of its trial of a food organics and garden organics three-bin recycling system. Schools were also recognised for their significant contribution to waste education throughout the State. Hillcrest Primary School was named Waste Wise School of the Year, and Year 12 Presbyterian Ladies' College student Sacha Winter was recognised for leading sustainability initiatives to dramatically reduce the amount of waste produced by her school. ABC journalist Lisa Morrison won the Media Award for a series of reports that localised the popular War on Waste national campaign. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Congratulations to all the winners at this year's Infinity Awards. "I am inspired by all the amazing waste reduction stories and projects and the way you have motivated others to own your impact. "There was a record-breaking number of nominations for this year's awards from organisations and individuals waging WA's war against waste. "Working together, the Government, Waste Authority and community of Western Australia make a formidable team when it comes to changing behaviour to divert waste from landfill, reduce, reuse and recycle." Minister's office - 6552 5800 2018 Infinity Award recipients WA Waste Award 2018Winner Kelly Howlett WA Waste Initiative of the Year 2018Winner Workpower - Balcatta Reuse Shop Category 1 Avoid Recover Protect - Community Waste AwardWinner Plastic Free July Foundation (Plastic Free July Challenge)Highly commended Total Green RecyclingCommended City of Cockburn Category 2 Avoid Recover Protect - Commercial and Industrial Waste AwardWinner New Normal Bar + KitchenHighly commended Crown Perth (Recycle 90 Program)Commended Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Operating Theatre 'Anaesthetic Waste Showcased') Category 3 Avoid Recover Protect - Waste Management AwardWinner Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and City of Melville (Three-bin Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) Trial)Highly commended Waste and Recycling Industry Association of WA, Cleanaway WA, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, SUEZ WA and Western Australian Local Government Association (Statewide Guidelines for Kerbside Recycling)Commended Shire of Collie (FOGO Kerbside Collection System) Category 4 2018 Waste ChampionWinner Joanne Bumbak Highly commended Pam Van Effrink Commended Lindsay Miles Category 5 2018 Young Waste AchieverWinner Sacha Winter (17) - Presbyterian Ladies' CollegeHighly commended Nina Prado (8), and Amelie Harrison (8) - Perth College Junior School Category 6 Waste Team of the YearWinner Workpower Balcatta Reuse Shop TeamHighly commended Wasteless PantryHighly commended City of Cockburn Waste Team Category 7 Waste Innovation of the YearWinner Mindarie Regional Council (Face Your Waste Clear Bins)Highly commended City of Joondalup (Ocean Reef Fish Cleaning and Waste Management Station)Highly commended SpiderWaste Collection Services Category 8 Waste Wise School of the YearWinner Hillcrest Primary SchoolHighly commended Lynwood Senior High School Highly commended Santa Maria College Category 9 Media AwardWinner Lisa Morrison Highly commended Emma Young
METRONET projects get Infrastructure Australia tick of approval19929Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 1:15:19 AM2018-11-16T01:10:00Z Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension get green light from IA Federal endorsement recognises the important city-building projects for Perth METRONET-enabling legislation has passed Parliament - Royal Assent imminent More than 3,000 jobs are expected to be created over both projects After months of consultation, two more METRONET projects have passed the thorough Infrastructure Australia process which gave the two projects the green light. The Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link will be delivered under a single alliance contract, with a shortlist for tenderers to be announced in early 2019. The projects are backed by a joint funding arrangement between the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments. Consistent with its assessment framework, Infrastructure Australia has positively evaluated both projects on their individual merits, confirming the WA Government's advice that each will deliver a positive return on investment for the community. Meanwhile, both METRONET rail extensions are now enshrined in law after State Parliament passed enabling legislation for the Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie-Cockburn Link projects last week. The Railway (METRONET) Bill 2018, due to receive Royal Assent, will authorise construction of the rail infrastructure for these two projects, which will add significant capacity to Perth's public transport network and sustainably grow our city. The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will make travelling around the city by train more convenient and improve public transport links to Perth's southern suburbs. The Yanchep Rail Extension is a 14.5-kilometre project that will deliver the final section of the Joondalup rail line from Butler to Yanchep, supporting the area's ongoing growth as well as reducing congestion on our roads. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We have worked closely with Infrastructure Australia to thoroughly address their assessment criteria in demonstrating how these projects will help build a future Perth that is connected and offers people more choices for travel, housing and jobs. "Infrastructure Australia approval and the passing of enabling legislation marks an exciting new stage for these major projects, which underpin the Government's plans to change Perth's public transport system and improve urban outcomes. "This is a very busy time for public transport planning in WA and by the end of next year we will have three separate rail projects under construction, bringing our commitment to METRONET another step closer." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Another lithium mine powers up in the Pilbara19928Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 1:03:13 AM2018-11-16T01:00:00Z Pilbara Minerals' Pilgangoora mine is WA's latest lithium project to start production WA's second biggest lithium mine has created 200 jobs Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today officially opened Pilbara Minerals' Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project. Located 120 kilometres south of Port Hedland, stage one of the Pilgangoora project comprises a two million tonnes per annum mining and processing operation. This week, the Perth-based company made a final investment decision to expand the project, stage two, to five million tonnes per annum - subject to regulatory approvals and the balance of project funding. Pilbara Minerals commenced its first product shipment on October 2, 2018. During the construction phase, the Pilgangoora project's workforce peaked at more than 800, now there are about 200 operational staff on-site and in Perth. There are seven operating lithium mines in Western Australia. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "On behalf of the McGowan Government, I congratulate Pilbara Minerals, and their employees and contractors, on the opening of Pilgangoora - a world-class lithium project. "It was only four years ago when Pilbara Minerals drilled its first hole and the project has quickly evolved, becoming one of Australia's fastest lithium developments. "We have an abundance of lithium and other battery minerals, and the McGowan Government is committed to making the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity. "I look forward to sharing our Future Battery Industry Strategy in the coming months, which will drive the development of the battery materials industry, contribute to the State's economic diversification and help create jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Optus Stadium named world’s best in international awards19923Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 12:24:38 AM2018-11-16T00:15:00Z Optus Stadium awarded Project of the Year at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in London Another tribute to the skills of Western Australian businesses, workers and the public sectorOptus Stadium has won the Project of the Year at the world's leading stadium industry awards, beating out international competition and securing a remarkable 27th accolade since opening in January. The award, presented at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in London on Tuesday (November 13), recognised Optus Stadium for excellence in a new stadium build or expansion which has delivered on all its goals and more. Optus Stadium beat stiff competition from the United States of America and Malaysia in the category, including Kuala Lumpur Sports City; Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee); Little Caesars Arena (Detroit); Louis Armstrong Arena (New York); Audi Field (Washington DC); and SunTrust Park (Atlanta). The award is Optus Stadium's 27th for the year having previously won State, national and international awards for tourism, architecture, catering, landscaping, design, building and construction. Agent General for Western Australia Mike Deeks attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of the State Government. Launched in 2010, TheStadiumBusiness Awards are the first industry awards nominated by the stadium sector and recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development and construction of major sports facilities. For a full list of the awards Optus Stadium has won during its first year, visit https// Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The State Government and VenuesLive have overseen an incredibly successful commissioning and first year of operations at Optus Stadium. "Being awarded the world's best in these awards reflects the hard work undertaken by everyone involved in Optus Stadium's first year of operations. "This award confirms Optus Stadium's status as a truly world-class venue, and one all Western Australians can be proud of." Minister's office - 6552 6400 ​
WA leads the nation for freight on rail19919Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/11/2018 12:07:33 AM2018-11-16T00:00:00Z Fremantle Port has the highest freight rail share of any major city port in Australia McGowan Government policy acknowledged in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report Freight rail share to Fremantle Port, 57 per cent higher than national averageA recent ACCC report shows Fremantle Port is leading the nation for freight on rail, with the port boasting the highest proportion of containers carried on rail. Fremantle Port currently has the highest share of containers carried by rail at 17.9 per cent - well above the national average of 11.4 per cent at the time of the report. It was also the only port in the country to experience an increase in freight on rail over the last financial year. The report attributed the McGowan Government's election commitment to increase the container rail subsidy from $30 per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) to $50 as a major driver for the high proportion of freight on rail. It also noted that most port authorities across Australia recognised the importance of freight on rail and that 'moving more containers by rail eases congestion in arterial roads servicing ports and relieves noise and air pollution in urban areas near ports'. The subsidy increase took effect on January 1, 2018. The policy has helped increase the percentage of freight on rail from about 16 per cent in 2017-18, to an 18.3 per cent average in the first quarter of 2018-19. Close to 102,000 TEU were moved by rail between January and September this year, compared with about 82,000 TEU in the same period last year - removing an additional 15,000 one-way truck movements off roads. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This ACCC report reinforces that the McGowan Government's commitment to deliver more creative freight solutions is well on track. "Fremantle Port was the only capital city in Australia to experience an uplift in its share of containers carried by rail - in fact, we are now 57 per cent above the national average. "This is part of our integrated plan for freight and trade, along with other initiatives such as planning for intermodal terminals, long-term planning for the Inner and Outer Harbours through Westport and making road improvements to ease congestion." Minister's office - 6552 5500
McGowan Government supporting a water safe Western Australia19915Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2230html15/11/2018 6:52:28 AM2018-11-15T06:45:00Z Royal Life Saving receives $405,000 over two years for Water Safe WA initiatives Support for important water safety awareness initiatives in the lead up to summerThe State Government has provided the Royal Life Saving Society of WA with an important boost heading into the hot summer months, contributing $405,000 in support of their Water Safe WA programs. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray announced the funding boost - highlighting its focus on reducing the rate of multicultural, Aboriginal and regional drownings; improving children's swimming skills; and creating safer places to swim. Lotterywest is delivering $245,000 of the allocation, with an emphasis on delivering inclusion programs for Aboriginal, multicultural and regional populations, who experience higher rates of drowning. The funding will provide equipment, support for volunteer safety trainers in regional and remote communities, and the development of water safety plans and programs to meet local needs. An additional $160,000 from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will support initiatives including foundation skills for children, youth leadership and personal development pathways, and creating safer aquatic locations. Approximately one person drowns every fortnight in Western Australia, and every 4.5 days a person is hospitalised by a near-drowning experience. People are 3.7 times more likely to drown in regional WA than the Perth metropolitan area, and more than 25 per cent of drownings in WA involve people who were born overseas. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Water safety is always vitally important, but with summer approaching more people will be out and about enjoying WA's pools and natural waterways. It is timely that we remind everyone how to keep safe. "Higher-risk groups and young children need special attention to make sure we keep them as safe as possible near water. "This State Government funding will help fund programs that save lives and reduce the terrible impact drownings and near-drownings have on families and the community at large." Comments attributed to Royal Life Saving Society WA Inc CEO Peter Leaversuch "As a community the challenge we face is to ensure that every generation acquires water safety skills and that vulnerable sectors of our community; from multicultural backgrounds, disadvantaged circumstances and regional areas, do not miss out. "Today's funding announcement is significant. It will result in the delivery of more programs to at-risk communities and greater service integration, it will make a real difference. Royal Life Saving thanks Lotterywest and the WA Government for its support. "Royal Life Saving is also excited to be pursuing an innovative approach with the impact of our activities extending beyond drowning prevention to delivering a range of health, education, youth engagement and social inclusion outcomes for the at-risk communities we help." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Award brings young achiever’s plan to help others to life19914Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2640html15/11/2018 6:25:16 AM2018-11-15T06:05:00Z Inaugural recipient of the Rise Up Regional Award creates leaving care event for young people in the South-WestA young Bunbury man's proposal to assist young people leaving care in the South-West region has become a reality, thanks to financial support from the Rise Up Regional Award. Leighton Smith, 19, was the inaugural recipient of the Rise Up Regional Award earlier this year, which is an initiative of the Department of Communities Achiever Awards. Sponsored by the Foster Care Association of WA, the Rise Up Regional Award assists one regional Achiever Award recipient to develop a strategy, activity or solution to benefit young people leaving care to feel part of their community. The funds attached to the award have been used to plan and host an event today in Bunbury to give young people with a care experience information about pathways to independence, in a fun environment with live music and other activities. Today's event aims to build the confidence of young people in the South-West who are moving towards independence, and highlights that they are not alone in their experiences. The event included the unveiling of a plaque and concrete pad in Cobblestone Park marked with handprints, to represent agencies and the community working together with young people and their families to have a positive impact on a young person's future. Leighton was one of 32 young people whose achievements were celebrated at the 2018 Achiever Awards in March. He is pursuing a concreting apprenticeship and used his trade skills to create this permanent tribute to the local young people with a care experience. Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "Young people leaving care need additional support to help them successfully transition into independent living. "Leighton's idea to bring young people together to provide them with information about leaving care, as part of a fun event, is a fantastic idea. "It is important to recognise that young people preparing to leave care have a range of challenges. "The Rise Up Regional Award provides a great opportunity for young people to think about their own experiences and come together to meaningfully help other young people." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Asian Engagement consultation paper revealed at ASEAN Dialogue19911Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3260html15/11/2018 6:05:37 AM2018-11-15T06:00:00Z ​Asian Engagement Strategy consultation paper released today The strategy aims to strengthen Western Australia's relationships with Asia All interested parties are invited to make a submission The McGowan Government today launched the first stage of the State's Asian Engagement Strategy with the release of a consultation paper. Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston launched the paper at the State Government's inaugural Western Australia - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade and Investment Dialogue. Asia is Western Australia's largest export market and its share of the global economy is growing, making Asia vitally important to our State's economy. Western Australians have long held close relationships with our Asian trading partners, largely through the State's resource exports. However, our ties are much deeper with many Western Australians born in Asia and many organisations, in WA and Asia, devoted to improving cultural ties and understanding. This relationship provides a terrific platform for the State to diversify its exports to the region and provide opportunities for jobs growth within WA. The consultation paper invites submissions to develop a comprehensive picture of Western Australia's Asian engagement activities and see how the State can better engage with Asia. For more information and to make a submission, visit https// Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston "The Asian Engagement Strategy is a key election commitment for the McGowan Government. "Deepening our relationships throughout Asia will provide opportunities for Western Australia to diversify its economy and create jobs. "To capture opportunities, we need to have a relationship with Asia that is more than transactional. I encourage all interested parties to contribute to the development of the strategy by making a submission." Minister's office - 6552 6700
$9.2 million Pingelly Health Centre officially open19908Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3710html15/11/2018 3:36:26 AM2018-11-15T03:30:00Z Minister for Health opens the new Pingelly Health Centre providing local residents with enhanced treatment options closer to home Centre is the first primary health care demonstration site for the WA Country Health ServiceThe new $9.2 million Pingelly Health Centre was officially opened today by Health Minister Roger Cook. Innovative technology along with new infrastructure and improved patient systems all have a huge part to play in modern day healthcare, and this new health centre is an outstanding example of that. The Pingelly Health Centre features a state-of-the-art emergency department with two treatment bays, a procedure room including a computerised x-ray service, and a general practitioner suite including consulting rooms and a shared procedure room. There are also four multipurpose telehealth-enabled consult rooms that will be used to provide a range of services, including child health services. The 'Pingelly Arising' sculpture, located outside the entrance, highlights one focus of this centre - to build and grow strong families. The 'healthy community' themed artwork throughout the centre is the result of a strong collaboration between the local art committee and the artist. As the first primary health care demonstration site for WACHS, staff from the centre have adopted a greater focus on community-based services and health promotion activities such as diabetes education, designed to keep residents healthier at home. Complementing improvements to hospital infrastructure, the Pingelly Health Centre has also benefited from investment in digital and information systems, such as telehealth capacity and Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the facility. Construction of this centre is part of a $300 million capital works program supported by Royalties for Regions that is improving infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I am pleased to have officially opened the Pingelly Health Centre - the upgraded infrastructure will reduce the need for country patients to travel long distances, away from home, for care. "Improvements to infrastructure, along with new patient information systems and access to a virtual workforce provided through telehealth services combine to deliver the best possible care for country communities. "One of the most impressive aspects of this new facility is that it is the result of genuine, collaborative community consultation." Minister's office - 6552 6500
State Government urges consumers to make portable pools SAFE19898Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4380html15/11/2018 3:09:43 AM2018-11-15T03:00:00Z National education campaign on portable pool safety launched today Western Australians can be fined up to $5,000 for not installing a fence The State Government and Royal Life Saving Society - Australia have launched a national campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of portable pools this summer. Tragically, on average, one child dies from drowning in a portable pool every year, with others needing hospital treatment and some suffering from permanent brain damage. The Don't Duck Out, Make It SAFE initiative includes four key safety messages for parents Supervise. Actively watch children within arm's reach. Don't leave children in charge. Act. Learn CPR – know to start compressions and breaths as soon as possible when a child is pulled from the water and to call triple zero (000) for help. Fence. In WA and most parts of Australia, pools with more than 30cm of water in, are legally required to have a compliant safety barrier. Check with your local council. Empty. For pools that don't need to be fenced, keep watch all day, then pour out the water and store away from children, in a place where it can't refill with rain or sprinkler water. Under the Australian Consumer Law, portable pools (plastic paddling pools, bigger wading pools, inflatable spas or high-sided flexible plastic pools on a frame) must have warning labels drawing the buyer's attention to the drowning risk. Several major Australian retailers have agreed to display Don't Duck Out, Make It SAFE promotional materials in store and/or put stickers on portable pool products. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "It's crucial that consumers comply with the legal requirements to fence portable pools that are deeper than 30cm, otherwise they risk a fine of up to $5,000. "Suppliers of portable pools failing to comply with the mandatory standard can also face hefty penalties, up to $1.1 million. "Since July, Consumer Protection inspectors have visited about 50 stores and checked more than 290 portable pools. I'm pleased that only one paddling pool and one inflatable spa did not comply with warning label requirements for retail packaging." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Substantial boost for WA's fish health capabilities19896Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4970html15/11/2018 2:09:01 AM2018-11-15T02:00:00Z A $1 million election commitment delivered to grow the WA aquaculture industry and support WA jobs New state-of-the-art aquatic animal health laboratories open at Watermans Bay Support for industry to improve finfish and shellfish health and productivity On the edge of the ocean at Watermans Bay, in Perth's northern suburbs, a suite of new laboratories, examination and sampling rooms are now fully operational and providing vital support for Western Australia's fast-growing aquaculture industry. The new state-of-the-art facilities deliver on the McGowan Government's $1 million election commitment to provide cutting-edge fish health and research services to grow Western Australia's aquaculture industries and support WA jobs. Managed by aquatic animal health scientists from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the facilities will bring together government, university partners and industry to develop new aquaculture research and development. The comprehensive facilities include a high-tech DNA laboratory and a cutting-edge cell culture laboratory, which will help to identify emerging pathogens and understand their distribution and dynamics as well as their potential to cause disease. High-throughput sample processing robots will also help speed up large-scale pathogen molecular studies, and new equipment will enable rapid assessment of fish and shellfish immunity by examining individual cells from samples. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "These new aquatic animal health facilities will be vital to grow and protect a strong and sustainable aquaculture industry that will deliver jobs and opportunities along WA's coastline. "Just last month, we announced that Huon Aquaculture will be setting up a 2,200-hectare yellowtail kingfish farm off Geraldton and that has the potential to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs. "We have enviable environmental credentials that underpin finfish and shellfish projects, but we need to ensure we can diagnose, manage and overcome future fish health challenges. "Enhancing our applied health research capacity, by investing in these Watermans Bay facilities, complements existing disease diagnostic and aquaculture services provided to industry by government." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Greater support for Aboriginal business leaders in the Goldfields19891Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4970html15/11/2018 1:13:41 AM2018-11-15T01:05:00Z Aboriginal Business Leadership Program expands to Goldfields-Esperance region Program aims to strengthen capacity and capability of Aboriginal business leaders to create jobsAboriginal business leaders and entrepreneurs in the Goldfields will be better equipped to grow and sustain their enterprise with a new leadership support program announced today. The Aboriginal Business Leadership Program, which has been successfully implemented in the South-West and Mid-West regions, will be rolled out in the Goldfields-Esperance region to improve economic development, business and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. The program will develop and enhance Aboriginal business networks; and support Aboriginal businesses to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure they thrive and prosper. Local businesses will assist in co-designing the leadership program that will include access to tailored leadership mentoring, knowledge sharing and business development expertise for up to 15 participants, over a four-month period. The program will assist current and emerging leaders to develop a business initiative as part of the training, supported through a mentoring and coaching framework. The Aboriginal Business Leadership Program will be delivered by the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission in partnership with Aboriginal community leaders and with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Those interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission on (08) 9080 5000 or visit their website at http// Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government is committed to empowering Aboriginal people to access employment and procurement opportunities, and become resilient and capable business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators in their community. "This program will ensure Aboriginal businesses are supported to reach their full potential, creating new employment opportunities and greater economic diversity in the region. "We will take a tailored approach to supporting Aboriginal businesses in the Goldfields while learning from the success of similar programs that have been implemented in other regions." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "The McGowan Government is delivering once again on great programs and reforms for Aboriginal people in Western Australia. "I commend the Minister who hasn't stopped driving growth for Aboriginal business and leadership opportunities, continuing to go into bat for marginalised groups. "The program will see capacity strengthened and Aboriginal business capability grown. We have so many great potential Aboriginal business leaders in the Goldfields and I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of this program. "The GEDC will now support these leaders to develop their business as part of the training and mentoring framework." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Recycled materials to be used for road base to reduce landfill19889Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9530html15/11/2018 1:06:45 AM2018-11-15T01:00:00Z ​Recycled construction and demolition product slated for Kwinana Freeway widening project A State Government initiative to divert construction and demolition waste from landfill Further road projects to be considered pending the outcome of pilot projectThe McGowan Labor Government will pilot the use of recycled materials for road base on the Kwinana Freeway widening project, using recycled construction and demolition (C&D) waste as road base. In a first for a major road in Western Australia, recycled material will be trialled on the freeway widening project between Russell Road and Roe Highway to boost WA's poor recycling performance. Main Roads Western Australia will work with the Waste Authority and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in a push to increase the use of recycled C&D products in major civil construction projects throughout the State. The Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening Project from Russell Road to Roe Highway will be the pilot project and use about 25,000 tonnes of recycled C&D product. A new product testing scheme will help C&D recyclers with costs associated with the rigorous sampling and testing required to ensure all products meet appropriate specifications and are free of contaminants - including asbestos. An independent audit testing scheme will provide an additional level of assurance that recycled construction and demolition products are fit for purpose. The pilot is an important step in providing confidence about the benefits of using recycled C&D products, and supporting the increased use of recycled materials to meet the State's waste diversion targets. The findings of the Roads to Reuse pilot and finalisation of the State Government's Waste Strategy 2030 report later this year, will be used to establish the Government's Roads to Reuse program. For more information on Roads to Reuse, visit the Waste Authority's website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This demonstration project is the beginning of a significant new practice for government. "It will demonstrate to local governments and industry that recycled content is usable and value for money, redressing the concerns from many years ago that effectively stopped any reuse of valuable construction and demolition materials. "This partnership between DWER, the Waste Authority and Main Roads is a huge step forward for the reduction of construction and demolition waste in Western Australia. "By using recycled construction and demolition products in projects across the State, we can help meet our landfill diversion targets and focus on recycling materials." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Roads to Reuse establishes a strict testing regime to reduce the risk of contaminants to below allowable limits - protecting people and the environment. "This interagency partnership is key to ensuring the ongoing use of recycled material in Western Australia." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Celebrating 130 years of geological excellence19876Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3150html15/11/2018 12:10:02 AM2018-11-15T00:00:00Z 130 years since the inception of the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) GSWA maps the State's geology and has produced more than 12,000 publicationsThe McGowan Government is pleased to announce that 2018 marks the 130th anniversary of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's Geological Survey of Western Australia. Since 1888, the GSWA has become an internationally respected institution and produced robust interpretations of our State's tectonic setting, crustal architecture and geological evolution. The GSWA has remained faithful to its dual objectives of conducting proactive, field-based research and providing solid, unbiased geoscientific advice to government, industry and the public. Mapping of Western Australia began in the 19th century, although the tools of the trade have evolved from pencils, compasses and theodolites to sophisticated GPS tracking and capturing information digitally in the field. GSWA also manages the Perth and Kalgoorlie core libraries, where drill cores are preserved as an invaluable resource held in perpetuity for the exploration industry. Digital delivery is essential for GSWA's data and information products today, and includes leading products such as drill hole core atlases, 3D models and digital geological packages. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Technology has come a long way since the inception of GSWA when geologists explored WA on horseback and camels. "Today, men and women in the field have the advantage of amazing technology including drones that can map inaccessible outcrops. "I'd like to congratulate the GSWA for its outstanding and invaluable service; it has assisted mining companies in discovering new projects and helped create thousands of jobs for Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 6700
McGowan Government begins State Disability Plan225499Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12610html14/11/2018 6:07:08 AM2018-11-14T06:00:00Z State Government to develop State Disability Plan Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced plans to develop a State Disability Plan that will underpin all State Government activities and initiatives that support and empower people with disability over the coming decade. The plan will drive more inclusive communities and improve the accessibility of State Government services, systems and infrastructure for all Western Australians with disability. Development of the State Disability Plan is part of the State Government's strategy to listen, engage and hear the needs of the disability community. National Disability Services WA called for a State Disability Plan in its pre-Budget submission presented to the State Government on October 22, 2018. Consultation will extend to people with disability, their families and carers, support networks, service providers, State and local governments and advocacy groups. For more information, visit the State Disability Plan website. If you require assistance with the registration process, call 1800 996 214 or email Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "There are about 360,000 Western Australians with moderate to severe disability. "The State Disability Plan will be an authentic and responsive action plan that reflects the desires, aspirations and needs of people with disability in WA for the longer term. "The first stage of the process will be consultation and engagement. "The intention is to reach people with disability, their families and carers to gather real-life experiences to help develop the plan. "Most importantly, the plan is not just for people with disability - it's for all Western Australians who want to live in an inclusive community." Minister's office - 6552 5800
State’s first Aboriginal volunteer emergency services unit officially opened225495Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6320html14/11/2018 4:52:28 AM2018-11-14T04:45:00Z One of WA's largest Aboriginal communities has become the first to have its own dedicated Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) unit New Bidyadanga unit significantly improves response times in surrounding areas including the Great Northern Highway Bidyadanga Fire and Emergency Services Facility officially opened todayThe remote north-west Bidyadanga community has become the first Aboriginal community in Western Australia to have its own Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service unit capable of responding to bushfires and other hazards. The Bidyadanga Fire and Emergency Services Facility was officially opened today by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has been working with the Bidyadanga community since 2011 to help facilitate the creation of the VFES unit. Extensive training and support continues to be provided by DFES to further the unit's capabilities, now and into the future. In the past six months the Bidyadanga VFES attended more than a dozen scrub and bushfires, and a truck fire on Great Northern Highway. Prior to the unit's establishment, response times to bushfires around the community were over two hours because the nearest crews were 180 kilometres away in Broome. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The Bidyadanga community and local ranger groups have a long and proud history of using fire to mitigate bushfire risks and protect their community and lands. "The establishment of the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services unit has helped to empower local residents to protect community infrastructure if fire threatens their community or Great Northern Highway. "The Bidyadanga VFES unit is a fantastic example of a remote community meeting its own community safety needs as well as being there to help others in the surrounding areas." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Beverley and Quairading health service redevelopments complete225494Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4280html14/11/2018 4:40:59 AM2018-11-14T04:35:00Z Official opening of redevelopments to Beverley and Quairading health services Works form part of the biggest capital works program ever completed by the WA Country Health ServiceThe redevelopment of the Beverley and Quairading health services have been officially opened by Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham, representing the Minister for Health. The renovations are part of a $300 million capital works program that is improving infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. The $5.4 million upgrade to the Beverley Health Service includes the construction of three new consultation rooms for allied health staff, who previously operated off-site, and a resuscitation and treatment room. Improvements have also been made to the kitchen, the entrance and car park along with improved ambulance access. The $3.2 million upgrade to the Quairading Health Service includes the refurbishment of the kitchen, the medical records room and creation of a new multipurpose consultation room. The new emergency suite features resuscitation and treatment bays, a triage room and pathology area. Both projects also received extensive upgrades to electrical and mechanical services together with improved hydraulic works. The ICT improvements at both sites mean telehealth services have been expanded with cancer care, stroke care, emergency telehealth and many allied health services all available. WiFi is now also accessible throughout both facilities. In the Wheatbelt, the WA Country Health Service's capital works program also includes the redevelopment of Merredin, Narrogin and Northam hospitals as well as upgrades to 23 small hospitals and health centres. These infrastructure projects are part of a modernisation program supported by Royalties for Regions and taking place across the WA Country Health Service. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring patients in regional Western Australia have access to quality healthcare closer to home. "Capital upgrades, along with investment in digital and information systems combine to make contemporary health services more accessible to people living in regional areas. Telehealth upgrades mean patients can receive treatment near home, avoiding the need for costly and stressful travel." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham "I am pleased to have officially opened the redevelopments at both Beverley and Quairading health services. The upgraded infrastructure will reduce the need for country patients to travel long distances, away from home, for care. "I'm particularly pleased that the upgrade to the Beverley Health Service includes the construction of three new consultation rooms for allied health staff, having access to health services at one site greatly improves the experience for patients." Minister's office - 6552 6500