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McGowan Government supporting a water safe Western Australia19915Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml15/11/2018 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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//www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/aes 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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//www.productsafety.gov.au/makeitsafe 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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//www.gedc.wa.gov.au 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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 Statementshtml15/11/2018 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 Statements0html14/11/2018 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 statedisabilityplan@communities.wa.gov.au. 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 Statements0html14/11/2018 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 Statements0html14/11/2018 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
State debt targeted following successful GST campaign225493Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/11/2018 3:58:59 AM2018-11-14T03:50:00Z GST reform package successfully passes through the Senate WA's GST 'top-up' payments will solely be used to reduce WA's debt burden An estimated $1.7 billion in 'top-up' payments between 2019-20 and 2021-22 to be dedicated to a Debt Reduction Account Account forecast to save about $200 million in interest payments alone in the first three yearsThe McGowan Labor Government has welcomed the successful conclusion of the GST debate and announced its plan to utilise the additional funding expected to flow to Western Australia. WA's fair share of the GST campaign was in the making for years and the beginning of the current process started when Premier Mark McGowan wrote to the then Prime Minister in April 2017, requesting the Productivity Commission conduct an inquiry into the flawed system. Through successfully lobbying Canberra to secure WA's fair share of the GST, the McGowan Government will now lock away the additional funding to help pay down the debt burden left behind by the previous Liberal National Government, forecast to peak at $41 billion. Western Australia is now guaranteed to receive a 'top-up' to an effective 70 per cent floor over the three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22. The Federal Government currently estimates this to be worth $1.7 billion. The McGowan Government will direct the first three years of the 'top-up' payments into the State's Debt Reduction Account. This will be included in the 2018-19 Mid-year Review. It will save hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments over the long term, with Treasury currently forecasting about $200 million in savings over just the next three years. With the passage of the legislation in the Senate today, the new GST system will be introduced over eight years. In addition to the initial untied 'top-up' payments for WA, a transition to the new equalisation formula will see all States and Territories equalised to the strongest State out of New South Wales and Victoria. A 'within‑system' 70 per cent floor will also be locked into place from 2022-23, and rise to 75 per cent from 2024-25. This will prevent any State or Territory from falling below this mark. The new equalisation formula (and associated GST pool 'top‑ups') is estimated to deliver an additional $3 billion in revenue to WA over six years from 2021-22. This revenue will form part of the typical annual GST grants. Over the last 12 years, Western Australia has provided $30 billion of our GST money to other States and Territories. In 2015-16, WA's GST fell as low as 30 per cent with our current share at 47 per cent under the existing GST formula. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a historic day for Western Australia, we have finally secured our fair share of the GST. "It has been a long and difficult campaign, but today every Western Australian can take comfort in knowing that our State is no longer taken for granted by Canberra. "I want to acknowledge the efforts of the leaders from both sides of politics, the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition, for working with my Government and with the other States and Territories to implement this plan through legislation. "It is no secret that my Government inherited a record level of debt, on an unsustainable trajectory, that would burden generations of Western Australians. "In just a short space of time, with responsible financial management, our debt trajectory is now under control and we are on track to return to surplus. "However our policy of managing the finances responsibly will continue with the success of the GST campaign, and that is why all additional 'top-up' funding will be dedicated towards our Debt Reduction Account. "My Government takes budget management seriously and that is why we will manage this GST funding responsibly, to ensure it delivers ongoing benefits to all Western Australians into the future." Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "Today is a great day for Western Australia. Today, we end decades of political squabbling and point scoring with action that puts the State's finances back on a path to sustainability. "Of course the irony is that much of this money was assumed to arrive in former Treasurer Christian Porter's Budget of 2011-12 and was spent accordingly, so our action today is merely continuing to right the wrongs of the previous Liberal National Government. "The McGowan Government has always said it will manage the finances in a mature, responsible fashion, and utilising this additional GST revenue will be no different. "We have been workman-like since coming to office and today we reap the rewards of that approach, with the Debt Reduction Account to deliver ongoing savings in our interest bill." Premier's office - 6552 5000Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
WA location-based projects spurred on by latest grants225491Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/11/2018 3:10:29 AM2018-11-14T03:00:00Z SPURonWA grants worth almost $100,000 awarded to eight innovators for local projects Innovations to boost the agricultural, industrial and IT sectors using location data Grants allocated through SPUR, the location technology hub powered by LandgateLocal innovators working on solutions for the agricultural, mining and information technology sectors are set to share in almost $100,000 in State Government grants. Eight businesses, including a number of start-ups, have been awarded SPURonWA grants to move their innovative location-based projects forward and launch their ideas to market. Under the guidance of SPUR, the technology hub powered by Landgate, the grants will help the start-ups to accelerate their innovative location-based solutions. Projects to receive grants include an online trading platform for buying, selling and managing water licences; a website to assist customers with browsing products in brick-and-mortar stores; a vine mapper to help vineyards monitor their crop; and the world's first decentralised super-map of the world, which will be built on blockchain technology. Other recipients include start-ups working on location-based solutions for the collection and sharing of autonomous aerial data, and improving accuracy of location data underground. The grants allow entrepreneurs with projects in a variety of stages of development to fund vital elements of their ventures, including platform development, market plans, product development, components for prototypes, legal and marketing services and software engineering. For more information about the SPURonWA grants, visit http//www.spur.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The quality of applications demonstrates the number of innovative local entrepreneurs in Western Australia that are realising the power of the State's invaluable location data. "These grants allow local start-ups to accelerate their ideas, creating a more vibrant and diversified economy. "Investing in our local innovators through the SPURonWA grants is another demonstration of the McGowan Government's commitment to investing in local job creation and opportunities that support the future prosperity of our State." Minister's office - 6552 5500 List of grant recipients Business name Innovation Description Grant BD Water Services BD Water Trading An online trading platform for buying, selling and managing water licences/allocations in Western Australia. $15,000 Tuggl Pty Ltd Tuggl - Search bricks-and-mortar store inventory online Web platform to assist with the search of bricks-and-mortar store inventory online. $10,000 Cognetic Technologies VRTALS A Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR) platform/presentation system designed to make the creation of world-scale, location aware, AR and VR presentations simple and accessible to the general user. $15,000 Sequor Analytics Aerie Multi-UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) platform consisting of a network of base stations and UAVs that autonomously collect aerial data with a focus on mining, agricultural and UAV industry. $15,000 Applied Solutions LocateD Hardware and software solution to enable the retrieval of location data in areas with no GPS coverage, such as warehouses, underground mines or factories. $10,000 SpecTerra Services V3 Maps Vine Mapper Analysis and analytics on imagery data for vine status and block productivity in a GIS format. $14,200 Soar Pty Ltd Soar global super-map A decentralised global super-map of the world built on blockchain technology. The super-map will include access to daily satellite imagery feeds, high resolution aerial sensors and drone content collected by the greater community, all connected using blockchain technology. $10,000 Voyant Augment Reality DropIt An 'Augmented Reality-native' mobile application for creating, positioning, discovering and sharing virtual and augmented digital content in any physical location in the world. $10,399
Grants awarded to community groups to protect river225489Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/11/2018 2:11:07 AM2018-11-14T02:00:00Z A total of $900,000 will be allocated to community groups over three yearsNine volunteer groups will benefit from almost $260,000 in funding under the second round of the Community Rivercare Program. Round two funding will go towards weed control and foreshore restoration projects within the Swan Canning Catchment. The Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group and the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare will receive funding under the program to engage with the local community to extend the ecological corridor along the Canning River, providing habitat for native birds and aquatic species. Grant projects that will receive funding in round two include Canning River foreshore restoration; Rehabilitation of the Canning River; Revegetation of the Helena River foreshore; Lesmurdie Brook weed control and rehabilitation; Melville Beach Road foreshore restoration; Wright Brook river catchment restoration project; Jarrah Creek wildlife corridor habitat enhancement project; Salter Point community revegetation project; and an Invasive water lily eradication program trial in the Canning River. In the first round of funding, 17 community groups were awarded more than $540,000 for projects ranging from one to three years in duration. For more information, visit https//pws.dbca.wa.gov.au/rivercare Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Congratulations to the nine groups that have received grants in this second round. "Community groups are instrumental in protecting and enhancing the natural values of our rivers and increasing public enjoyment of recreational areas. "I encourage groups to apply for further grants under round three of this program next year so we can continue to support these important projects." Minister's office - 6552 5800
$1 million grant to create living museum at Perth Observatory225487Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/11/2018 1:36:54 AM2018-11-14T01:30:00Z McGowan Government provides almost $1 million to Perth Observatory A new Aboriginal Astronomy Centre to be created at the Bickley facility Funding will also improve disability access and amenities at the facilityScience Minister Dave Kelly today presented a $958,890 Lotterywest grant to the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group in Bickley, which will go towards a living museum of science and technology projects. The Perth Observatory is Western Australia's oldest observatory serving WA for more than 120 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education through Day Tours for schools and Night Sky Tours for the public. Almost $1 million in funding will be provided over three years by the McGowan Government, through Lotterywest, to the facility for improvements to disability access, restoration of artefacts, improved amenities and the creation of an Aboriginal Astronomy Centre (Skyworld). Artefacts such as historical clocks and instruments and paper-based records (documents and photographs) as well as a significant collection of astronomical glass plates will be restored and preserved. Informative outdoor signage, redevelopment of the museum, and design and installation of interpretative signage within the historical Astrograph Telescope domes will also be undertaken. For more information, visit http//www.perthobservatory.com.au Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "This grant, provided by the McGowan Government through Lotterywest, will ensure for many more years the Observatory can continue to inspire the public and young minds. "I'm particularly excited to announce that this funding will go towards the creation of an Aboriginal Astronomy Centre, which will celebrate 60,000 years of Noongar astronomical knowledge. "It's not well-known, but the Aboriginal people have a deep understanding of the night sky and for thousands of years they have used our starry skies as a calendar to indicate changing seasons and the availability of certain food. "The constellations and the stories of how they were created are an important part of Noongar culture. "The new Aboriginal Astronomy Centre project includes opportunities for Aboriginal students to work with artists and elders on storytelling and public art, and a short film about Noongar astronomy that can be shared with all of Australia. "I'd like to thank the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group for their dedication in preserving this iconic 120-year-old facility." Comments attributed to Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes "I am thrilled that the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group has received a substantial grant from the McGowan Government through Lotterywest. "Faced with the closure of the observatory by the previous Liberal National Government in 2015, the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group (POVG) stepped in to take over the management of the facility through a Community Partnership agreement. "The people of Western Australia are indebted to the volunteers. Without this commitment the active life of the observatory would have ceased. "The Perth Observatory continues to operate today under the management of only five part-time staff and almost 120 passionate volunteers, from teenagers to those in their mid-80s, who work hard ensure its position as a living scientific and heritage education facility." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New netball partnership to promote a healthy lifestyle225461Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5420html13/11/2018 3:45:58 AM2018-11-13T03:30:00Z West Coast Fever to visit over 450 schools across Western Australia to help tackle obesity New two-year partnership with Netball WA to promote LiveLighter message More than two-thirds of Western Australian adults are overweight or obese Health Minister Roger Cook today announced a new two-year partnership of $1.17 million between Healthway, Netball WA and West Coast Fever which is focused on encouraging physical activity and creating healthy eating habits for Western Australians. Under the partnership, Netball WA coaches, players and umpires will deliver a range of activities that promote positive nutrition and physical activity to 45,000 members, with the campaign expected to reach 220,000 people State-wide. West Coast Fever will integrate the LiveLighter health message across newly branded uniforms. On game day they will host sponsored activities and through their community programs, the team will deliver education programs to more than 450 schools across WA. LiveLighter encourages Western Australians to lead healthier lives by changing what they eat and drink and encouraging them to be more active. A 2017 report into the health and wellbeing of Western Australian adults found that more than two-thirds of WA adults (69.3 per cent) are overweight or obese. Creating healthier environments which provide healthy food and drink choices is an important factor in tackling the growing problem of obesity. Healthway has partnered with Netball WA since 1992, working to raise awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Making healthy choices more available makes them easier to choose; this will have a positive health benefit for families within the netball community both on and off the court. "In creating healthy environments for our community, we can prevent disease, reduce obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles, a key priority of the McGowan Government. "Through Healthway's partnership approach, campaigns like LiveLighter reach the community while they are in an engaging environment, connecting the healthy eating message with a healthy activity." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Water Corporation assets in Noranda and Morley to be splashed with colour225460Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3290html13/11/2018 3:12:32 AM2018-11-13T03:00:00Z Highly visible water pump stations blank canvasses for Western Australian artists Water Corporation's Splash of Colour project bringing vibrancy to Noranda and Morley Residents in Noranda and Morley may notice artists at work in their suburbs in the coming weeks as locals George Wilkinson and Peter Ryan bring dull water pump stations to life through the Splash of Colour Community Art Program. The State Government, through the Water Corporation, has partnered with the City of Bayswater to transform two pump stations into public art pieces. The projects support mutual goals to create vibrant and liveable communities. Work began last week at a pump station in Robert Thompson Reserve in Noranda. Artist, biologist and urbanist George Wilkinson began painting his well-known 'city map' design, highlighting the place name Noranda within the artwork. This project supports the City of Bayswater's plans to make Noranda a go-to destination and the community's priority of activating blank walls around the town centre. This week celebrated artist Peter Ryan began to transform a pump station in Morley, adjacent to the Walter Road and Jakobsons Reserve drain, into a vibrant piece of community art. The artwork will celebrate the connection between the local environment and flora and fauna. Ryan's artwork is the final piece of a larger project between the City of Bayswater and the Water Corporation to transform the drain into a living, breathing wetland for the community to access and appreciate. The drain has been rejuvenated with rushes and grass trees, which will provide a habitat for birds, frogs and other wildlife, and improve the quality of water flowing into the Swan River. New lighting and fencing has been installed to improve safety and make the area more welcoming to the community. When this work is completed, 37 assets across WA will have been transformed through the Water Corporation's Splash of Colour Community Art Program, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community. Keep up to date on the results of the artwork on social media using #splashofcolourWA. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is exciting to see the Water Corporation transforming these two pump stations into community pieces of art. "Once George Wilkinson and Peter Ryan have completed their work, they will be both functional - and beautiful - assets for the community to enjoy. "The Splash of Colour program continues to celebrate water and the important role it plays in our State, while turning highly visible and functional infrastructure into something really special. "I look forward to seeing how these square green boxes in Noranda and Morley are completely transformed into bright and creative art pieces that reflect the diversity of each community and its unique local stories." Comments attributed to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson "This is another great example of State and local governments working together. "Turning local infrastructure into beautiful pieces of art is a fantastic initiative for the whole community to enjoy." Comments attributed to Mount Lawley MLA Simon Millman "Public visual art like this enlivens communities and is uplifting for all of us. "Thanks to the City of Bayswater and the Water Corporation for investing a little bit of energy into brightening this corner of Morley." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New Bow River Bridge builds Great Northern Highway resilience225459Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4420html13/11/2018 2:58:59 AM2018-11-13T02:45:00Z New bridge officially opens following seven-month construction period Old single-lane bridge replaced with a higher and safer two-lane bridge Greater flood resilience and improved accessibility for Great Northern Highway Aboriginal employees and suppliers played a significant role in the delivery of the projectTransport Minister Rita Saffioti officially opened the new and improved Bow River Bridge, in the Kimberley region, alongside local community representatives and workers involved in the project. The $38.49 million project was a joint initiative of the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments. Road users, freight carriers, tourists and the local community in the Kimberley region now have access to a new and improved Bow River Bridge, which is more flood resilient and provides greater accessibility and safety on the Great Northern Highway. The old single-lane, low-level bridge built in 1965 was frequently overtopped by flood waters, cutting off the only sealed access between Broome and Wyndham. The new 249 metre, two-lane, high-level concrete bridge is more resilient to floods and will keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently across northern Australia. The project also involved the realignment of 2.3 kilometres of highway, high-level road embankments and a new sealed parking area. In consultation with the local Warmun community, 80 per cent of the old bridge is being retained given its importance to the community. A significant proportion of the project's workforce and suppliers were Aboriginal people from within the region. One Aboriginal team member who worked on the new bridge was also part of the original crew that constructed the original bridge more than 50 years ago. The $38.49 million project was jointly funded by the Australian ($30.79 million) and Western Australian ($7.7 million) governments. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Aboriginal participation was a large focus for the project, with total labour hours worked by local and non-local Aboriginal people consistently exceeding 30 per cent. "This work forms part of the Government's new Aboriginal Procurement Policy, which requires all government agencies to award a percentage of contracts each year to registered Aboriginal businesses. "Main Roads has been a lead agency in the exploration of opportunities for progressing Aboriginal employment and engagement initiatives. "The old Bow River Bridge was well known for flooding resulting in Great Northern Highway - the only sealed access between Broome and Wyndham - being cut off and creating delays for freight operators." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Award recognises public health champion225453Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8600html12/11/2018 11:11:03 AM2018-11-12T09:50:00Z 2018 WA Health Excellence Awards recognise wide-ranging achievement across the sector Former WA Chief Health Officer, Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, wins prestigious Minister for Health award Mental Health Co-Response Team and Hep C treatment for prison inmates also win awards Professor Tarun Weeramanthri has won the 2018 Minister for Health's Award for Outstanding Commitment to a Healthier Western Australia. The prestigious award, presented at the annual WA Health Excellence Awards, recognises a significant and sustained contribution to the Western Australian health system over the course of a person's career. Professor Weeramanthri spent a decade as WA's Chief Health Officer, before standing down this year. He was instrumental in addressing water contamination issues to ensure the safe opening of the Perth Children's Hospital, and was the driving force behind many achievements in public health including the passing of the Public Health Act 2016. Under his leadership, the WA Department of Health strengthened its focus on chronic disease such as smoking and obesity, and implemented innovative projects including Geographic Information Systems, genetic screening, and rare disease research and policy. On a national level, Professor Weeramanthri contributed to disaster and health responses including the influenza pandemic, Ashmore Reef disaster, Mumbai bombings, Pakistan floods, and major earthquakes in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. He also worked with the World Health Organisation in Sierra Leone and Iraq, co-ordinating the activities of foreign medical teams after the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and trauma services around the Mosul offensive. Also honoured at the 2018 WA Health Excellence Awards was the Improving access to hepatitis C treatment in WA prisons program, which took out the Director General's Award for best category winner. This partnership, led by the Department of Health and including all area health services, the Department of Justice and Hepatitis WA, improved access to hepatitis C curative treatments for prisoners. The rate of hepatitis C in WA prisons has since reduced from nearly 17 per cent in 2016 to 12 per cent in 2018 - with some prisons, such as the West Kimberley Regional Prison, now hepatitis C free. Another cross-agency partnership project, the Mental Health Co-Response Team, won the inaugural Mental Health Commissioner's Award. The project - involving WA Health, the Mental Health Commission and the WA Police Force - embeds mental health clinicians at the Police Operations Centre and mobile police teams to divert people with mental health distress away from the criminal justice system, so they can receive more appropriate care. For more information on the winners of the eight categories, visit http//ww2.health.wa.gov.au/ExcellenceAwards Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The WA Health Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements to improving healthcare delivery, sustainable use of resources, quality and safety, and patient care. "In his decade as Chief Health Officer, Professor Weeramanthri made an indelible mark on public health in Western Australia, truly living up to his mantra of 'putting the public back in public health'. "I thank Professor Weeramanthri for dedicating his professional life to the advancement of public health in our State and to the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in our State. "I'd like to congratulate all the winners at this year's awards, they are the backbone of a future focused public health service - dedicated, innovative and compassionate." Minister's office - 6552 6500