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Optus Stadium officially opens with Community Open Day154672Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/01/2018 12:30:09 AM2018-01-21T00:30:00Z Thousands of Western Australians tour $1.46 billion Optus Stadium and Stadium Park for free Up to 110,000 ticketholders expected to tour the venue today Tickets still available for AFL Women's Fremantle-Collingwood match for only $2 Optus Stadium will help boost the WA economy and create ongoing jobs Optus Stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park was officially opened this morning when thousands of Western Australians were given the chance to tour the venue first, and for free, at the Community Open Day. The opening ceremony was held this morning with Premier Mark McGowan, Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray and former Premier Colin Barnett opening the gates for the first time alongside juniors representing a range of sports. About 15,000 fans streamed into the venue for the opening session, with seven more one-hour tours to take place into this evening and a total of up to 110,000 ticketholders to attend. Attendees have the opportunity to roam the general admission areas, try the different food and beverage offerings, sit in the seats for the first time, and experience the stadium's state-of-the-art lighting, video and audio systems. In the surrounding Stadium Park, children have the opportunity to play on the six nature playgrounds located in the Chevron Parkland for the first time. The playgrounds cater for a range of ages and will be available to families free of charge on event and non-event days following today's open day. All ticketholders attending today are encouraged to utilise the free public transport included in their ticket today, with special event train and bus services running regularly throughout the day. Members of the public who did not secure tickets to the open day are reminded tickets are still available for the AFL Women's match between Fremantle and Collingwood on February 10, with tickets only $2, including free public transport. Optus Stadium has awarded $130 million worth of contracts to local WA companies for the next five years, with 1,700 permanent and casual jobs created to support operations. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I always wanted to make sure everyday Western Australians were given the opportunity to tour their new stadium first and for free. "The people of Western Australia have been watching the development of this venue for a number of years and it is now theirs to experience and enjoy. "Optus Stadium is a world-class facility that generations of Western Australians will enjoy in coming years. "There are already some big events coming up and I look forward to seeing people from the Eastern States and overseas visit the stadium, boosting our economy and creating ongoing jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Opening Optus Stadium first to everyday Western Australians was always the best option for our new world-class venue. "Optus Stadium will be an absolute asset for the State for many years to come - but first and foremost this venue belongs to all Western Australians. "I encourage anyone who was not able to attend the open day to pick up a $2 ticket for what should be a record-breaking AFL Women's match between Fremantle and Collingwood on February 10." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Law changes to modernise gender reassignment legislation154660Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2018 11:54:07 PM2018-01-20T23:30:00Z McGowan Government takes the lead on same-sex marriage reform in WA Attorney General to abolish a legal anomaly requiring people to be single if they want to formally change their gender identity Attorney General John Quigley has flagged further legal reform to bring Western Australia's laws, relating to gender identity and same-sex marriage, in line with national and international standards. The Attorney General has asked the Law Reform Commission to review particular aspects of WA's gender reassignment laws, as they relate to people who identify as intersex, or who do not identify as male or female. Under current WA laws, intersex people wanting to change their gender identity and have the change officially recognised by the Gender Reassignment Board must be single. The Attorney General will not wait for the Commission's report before closing this legal loophole, so intersex couples will not have to divorce their partners to have their gender identity changed and officially recognised. The Commission is expected to release its terms of reference for public comment later this year. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Intersex people who are happily married and want to change their gender identity should not have to abandon their marriages. "Amending the State's 17-year-old gender reassignment laws to bring them into sync with the expectations of today's society, and new Federal laws on same-sex marriage, is important. "I urge the public to comment on this matter when the Law Reform Commission releases its discussion paper later this year. "The McGowan Government, in office for less than a year, has already demonstrated its commitment to the LGBTI community, particularly in the case of expunging historical homosexual convictions." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Connecting the farm: grants to drive 21st century agriculture jobs154650Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7340html19/01/2018 3:01:22 AM2018-01-19T03:00:00Z Digital Farm $5 million grants program to support widespread adoption of digital farm technologies First tranche from the $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Improvement fund to help drive 21st century agricultural practices and jobs across regional WA The McGowan Government will invest $5 million in driving better digital connectivity for agricultural and pastoral businesses in regional Western Australia. The Digital Farm grants program will enable farming businesses to use smart farming technologies such as cloud-based data sharing and decision-making tools to improve their productivity and output. The program aims to provide regional businesses with fast, reliable, affordable and scalable connectivity solutions. Grants of up to $500,000 will be available on a matching co-contribution basis, to cover capital costs of improving connectivity to multiple farming enterprises and associated stakeholders and targets agricultural and pastoral regions which lie outside the current or planned National Broadband Network fixed wireless and fixed line footprint. The Digital Farm program was developed following input from the Minister's Digital Connectivity Forum held in July 2017, and rollout of the program will be informed by outcomes from the Government's State Telecommunications Infrastructure Audit. More information is available at http// Applications close on April 13, 2018. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The lack of fast and reliable connectivity in agricultural and pastoral WA is holding back our farm businesses; it's a roadblock to uptake of 21st century agtech. "The Federal Government's NBN rollout has been a disappointment for the regions, and the State Government is stepping in to prevent WA from being further disadvantaged. "Digitalisation is now part of all levels of agricultural production from paddock to plate. It's essential that WA farmers can access the technology available to their interstate and overseas counterparts. WA agriculture is heavily export-oriented and it is critical our farmers can compete globally on price. "This fund will help to kickstart investment-ready digital connectivity proposals, allowing for quick and efficient rollout of digital infrastructure to get farm businesses better connected. "Our Government is committed to investing in innovative connectivity solutions to advance telecommunications and technology in the farming sector to drive the jobs of the 21st century across regional WA." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Funding to expand education program for Aboriginal young people154648Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7140html19/01/2018 2:14:23 AM2018-01-19T02:10:00Z Healthway grant of $514,654 awarded to Mooditj Relationships project Mooditj program empowers young Aboriginal youth with life skills The State Government, through Healthway, has granted $514,654 towards a sexual health and life skills program for Aboriginal young people aged 10-14 years. The Mooditj program is delivered State-wide by Aboriginal educators, and designed to inform and empower young Aboriginal people about their sexual health, emotions and feelings, goal setting, puberty and sense of personal identity. Healthway's grant will be used to expand the Mooditj program, with the development, trial and evaluation of new modules in social, emotional and mental wellbeing, resilience and respectful relationships. Administered by Sexual Health Quarters (formerly the Family Planning Association of WA), the program is one of many specialist services offered to the community in sexual and reproductive health. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The Mooditj program offers young Aboriginal people the critical tools they need to grow and develop into strong adults, confident in their choices and decisions. "Aboriginal youth face serious challenges, with those under 14 years being 12 times more likely to commit suicide than non-Aboriginal youth. "This is an interactive program that engages young Aboriginals in ways that are culturally appropriate and creative, using real life scenarios and discussion on serious topics including alcohol and drugs, family and domestic violence and respectful relationships." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Awards to honour community achievements154647Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4900html19/01/2018 2:05:34 AM2018-01-19T02:05:00Z Nominations open for 19th Community Services Excellence Awards Outstanding individuals and organisations in Western Australia's community services sector will be recognised at this year's Community Services Excellence Awards. Community Services Minister Simone McGurk launched the biennial awards at the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) New Year Sector Breakfast in Perth today. Two new individual categories have been introduced for 2018. 'Above and Beyond' recognises an individual surpassing expectations through their work in the community services sector, while 'Excellence in Leadership' acknowledges an innovative leader. Other categories acknowledge outstanding small, medium, large, regional and Aboriginal organisations. An organisation providing outstanding collaborative, place-based services or solutions will also be recognised. Nominations are now open and will close on February 26, 2018. The awards will take place on May 2 at the 2018 WACOSS conference, of which the State Government will be a platinum sponsor. Previous winners include Zonta House Refuge Association, which in 2016 was recognised for its 'Positive Pathways to Safety for Women and Children' program. The program provides support services to women and families who have experienced family and domestic violence. In 2017-18 the State Government will provide $755,832 to WACOSS for sector support activities. For more information about the awards, visit http// Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "People who work in the community services sector and the organisations providing services are among WA's unsung heroes. "Staff and volunteers provide support and care to people facing adversity and hardship, often expecting little in return for their hard work. "The Community Services Excellence Awards are an excellent way to recognise and honour their achievements and the positive contribution they make to the lives of others. "The State Government is proud to partner with WACOSS to hold these awards, and will continue to work with the sector to provide the best possible outcomes for all Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Corrections officers honoured for the first time nationwide154644Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11570html18/01/2018 11:08:17 PM2018-01-18T16:05:00Z First National Corrections Day Recognises the critical role corrections staff play in helping make the WA community safer Initiative is endorsed by all corrective services' jurisdictions across Australia For the first time, Western Australia's corrections officers have been publically recognised throughout the State for the important role they play in helping keep our community safe. It is also the first time the entire nation has come together to recognise the significant contribution that corrections officers and department staff make in managing serious offenders in very challenging environments. The National Corrections Day recognises the hard work, skill, dedication and contribution corrective services staff make to keep our prisons operating safely and securely, to rehabilitate prisoners, to manage community-based orders and to help young people return to the right path. Corrections staff not only include prison officers, but also vocational support officers who help prisoners learn real-world qualifications that can assist them find employment on their release and stop cycles of crime. The day also recognises adult community corrections officers who closely monitor and manage offenders in the community, and youth justice officers who work tirelessly with complex and challenging youth to try to keep them on the right path. To celebrate their work and the efforts of the other staff across our jails and departmental offices, a number of events will be held including morning teas, barbecues and breakfasts involving staff and key stakeholders. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan "I have visited every prison in Western Australia and met some extraordinary people who work in circumstances that many would find extremely challenging. "Whether it's keeping some of the State's worst offenders secure, or helping prisoners get back on the straight and narrow by teaching them trade qualifications, their passion for the job is evident. "There is also the work outside our jails and juvenile detention centre that often goes unsung. "Our adult community corrections teams and juvenile justice teams are the ones who work daily with extremely complex and challenging individuals on community-based orders or on strict parole conditions. "We would be lost without them all. "Our prisons are tough environments and the overcrowding of our jails under the previous Liberal National Government created serious issues that we are working through. "I would like to thank the staff that have been working in those trying conditions, and for their service to Western Australia in keeping our communities safe." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Countdown to plastic bag ban154632Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9330html18/01/2018 4:00:53 AM2018-01-18T04:00:00Z Workshops to help Western Australians find alternatives to lightweight single-use plastic bags Retailers and consumers encouraged to attend With Western Australia's ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags just five months away, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is holding workshops to help people change the way they shop and do business. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson is urging the community to take advantage of the workshops - being held across Perth and regional WA - which are aimed at helping plastic bag suppliers, retailers and consumers prepare for and comply with the ban. From July 1, retailers can no longer supply lightweight single-use plastic bags to their customers. In the lead-up to the ban, retailers are being encouraged to stop ordering plastic bags which will be part of the ban, think about alternatives to plastic bags and prepare staff to help customers who are unware of or do not support the ban. Consumers are encouraged to consider carrying reusable shopping bags, look at alternatives for the single-use plastic bags used around their homes and support retailers and staff upholding the law by not supplying single-use bags. Workshops will be held across the metropolitan region - Perth, Connolly, Stirling, Armadale, Fremantle, Midland and Mandurah and in regional centres - Karratha, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Narrogin, Albany, Geraldton, Broome and Port Hedland. For more information, or to register for a workshop, visit the department's website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "These workshops provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and share information on how the ban will work on a day-to-day basis. "Banning lightweight single-use plastic bags is a significant win for our environment. "The Government's plastic bag ban is widely supported by the community and industry. Now you can help us make it work." Minister's office - 6552 5800
McGowan Government supports the homeless with first hybrid shower and laundry van154630Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7750html18/01/2018 1:18:57 AM2018-01-18T01:15:00Z ​Lotterywest and the Water Corporation support Orange Sky to bring the first combined shower and laundry van to Perth Orange Sky is a national charity offering free laundry and shower services to the homeless Water Minister Dave Kelly this week emphasised the value of water for people living on the streets, when he inspected Perth's first hybrid shower and laundry van for the homeless. The Orange Sky van - named Lottie - has been built with the support of the State Government through Lotterywest and the Water Corporation. The van will make a difference to the lives of homeless people by providing something most people take for granted - a warm shower and clean clothes. The national charity has operated mobile laundry vans in Perth since early 2016, but this is the first opportunity for homeless people to also take a shower in an Orange Sky van at the same time. It takes about one hour to wash and dry a load of clothes, and during this time Orange Sky volunteers make the biggest difference, by fostering conversation and connections with people who need it the most. Orange Sky relies on public donations, with just $6 allowing one cycle to wash someone's clothes. To donate, visit http// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Orange Sky's vans show that a small amount of water can make such a difference to those in need. "Simple activities we take for granted like showers, clean clothes and conversations can go a long way in restoring someone's self-respect and dignity. "I am encouraged to see Orange Sky design these vans to be sustainable and waterwise, ensuring every drop of water is used wisely. "It is great for the State Government, through its agencies Lotterywest and Water Corporation, to be involved in an initiative that offers a simple but practical service to some of the most vulnerable people in Perth." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Grants to give bike riding a go12543Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12200html17/01/2018 7:30:25 AM2018-01-17T07:30:00Z A total of $30,000 shared between 38 events across Western Australia Bike Week 2018 will run from March 16-25 Bike Week 2018 is set to be one of the most diverse and exciting to date, with grants totalling $30,000 being awarded to 38 recipients to hold events encouraging people of all ages to get on their bikes. The 2018 grants have been allocated to events that support and encourage people of all ages and abilities to explore their communities by bicycle. With metropolitan and regional events ranging from breakfasts to community bike tours and workshops, there is sure to be something for everyone. Bike Week 2018 will be held from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 25 and will be co-ordinated by WestCycle, with the support of the Department of Transport. For the full list of Bike Week 2018 grant recipients, visit the Bike Week website. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Riding a bike is a great way to travel for shorter distances, such as going to the shops or the train station. "For more than 30 years, Bike Week has played an integral role in promoting bike riding across metropolitan and regional WA and these grants will help to make Bike Week 2018 a fantastic celebration. "We are very pleased to support Bike Week as cycling complements the State Government's METRONET vision. "Over the next four years, $129 million will be invested towards new cycling network projects that will add 95 kilometres to the network and a range of community cycling initiatives. "The funding includes a $55 million expansion of the current Principal Shared Paths, which are vital for encouraging safe cycling participation while easing road congestion." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Tourism boost for Perth icon12540Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18070html17/01/2018 5:00:17 AM2018-01-17T05:00:00Z Segway tours to launch in Kings Park from January 2018 Two-year trial to be run by Segway Tours WA The McGowan Labor Government has today announced segway tours will operate in Kings Park and Botanic Garden, providing a boost to tourism in the heart of the city. Kings Park - the most visited destination in the State - will welcome the new tourism venture ahead of the Australia Day long weekend. The two-year trial will be run by Segway Tours WA, which has conducted tours for 30,000 tourists in Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island since launching in 2013. The Kings Park tour route will take in views of the city and Swan and Canning rivers for up to 10 kilometres, providing another unique way to enjoy the many wonderful features of the park. Representatives from Kings Park, Segway Tours WA and the Office of Road Safety have worked together to select roads and pathways which are appropriate for this type of activity in Kings Park. All segways will be limited to a speed of no more than 10 kilometres per hour, with some pathways restricted to five kilometres per hour. Segways are two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery powered electric vehicles, making them quiet and producing zero emissions. For updates on the final route, ticket prices and booking information, visit Segway Tours WA's website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the most visited destination in Western Australia so it's really exciting to bring a new tour format to the park. "Segway Tours WA already operate successful tours in the Perth CBD including along Barrack Street and around Mounts Bay Road; Fremantle and on Rottnest Island, and the tours have proven to be a popular and interesting way to see Western Australia. "I want to see people use and explore our beautiful parks and using a segway is a great new way to do it." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Kings Park is a key attraction for visitors to Perth, and Segway Tours will add to the diversity of ways that tourists can experience and enjoy its unique environment. "Significantly, the tours connect Kings Park with the Swan River and attractions within the city enabling visitors to experience Perth as part of a single tour that encompasses our impressive natural, built and cultural heritage. "Enabling Segway Tours to operate within Kings Park supports the ongoing activation of Perth as an exciting destination, and is an important addition to the tourism product on offer for visitors to our city." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
New round of grants available to fight graffiti12537Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4560html17/01/2018 4:05:15 AM2018-01-17T04:05:00Z Grants of up to $20,000 available to community groups Police Minister Michelle Roberts today announced a package of grants available for programs which tackle graffiti across the State. Local governments and not-for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $20,000 to implement initiatives which prevent, report and remove graffiti. Projects which demonstrate the following crime prevention benefits will be given priority Encourage and support local communities to take responsibility for graffiti clean-up; Provide sustainable local graffiti clean-up solutions; Reduce opportunities for graffiti offending by looking at improved design options for graffiti hotspot locations; Increase community awareness on reporting graffiti vandalism; and Support projects which decrease the number of juveniles who come into contact with the justice system. The $200,000 package has been allocated from the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership Fund budget. More information on eligibility can be found at https// Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "Cleaning up graffiti in Western Australia costs the community tens of millions of dollars every year. "Unsightly graffiti on buildings and in neighbourhoods where we live is an eyesore. "We are looking for programs aimed at reducing graffiti vandalism and improving clean-up rates. "People deserve to feel safe, living in communities free from graffiti vandalism." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Let's talk waste12536Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12040html17/01/2018 4:00:12 AM2018-01-17T04:00:00Z Eight workshops across the State give Western Australians an opportunity to have their say on waste Register now to join the conversation - from Albany to Port Hedland Western Australians are being urged to wage their own war on waste and have a say on the State's new waste strategy. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today called on the community, industry and local governments to participate in a series of workshops being held throughout WA in February as part of the strategy's consultation process. The workshops will launch in Perth on February 1, 2018 with subsequent sessions in Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland and Geraldton. There will be three workshops in Perth. The consultation paper, which is open for public comment, looks at opportunities to improve Western Australia's waste and recycling performance which is lagging behind that of other Australian States. In 2014-15, on average each Western Australian generated 2,623 kilograms of waste - the second highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 17 per cent above the average of other States and Territories. The new targets proposed by the strategy will bring Western Australia's waste and recycling performance in line with other Australian jurisdictions. For more information and to register for a workshop go to the Waste Authority's website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Reducing the amount of waste disposed of to landfill can generate significant economic opportunities for the Western Australian community - for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full time equivalent jobs are created compared to only 2.8 jobs when waste is landfilled. "We want to engage widely with the community, industry and local governments to help make Western Australia a sustainable low-waste society which values and protects people's health and the environment. "These workshops provide an opportunity for all of us to work together to achieve greater environmental outcomes, create employment and build businesses. "This Government has already demonstrated its commitment to waste reduction, introducing a number of strategic waste reform initiatives, including the introduction of a container deposit scheme and a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags." Minister's office - 6552 5800
River flow provides unrestricted pumping opportunity for Gascoyne irrigators12535Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5890html17/01/2018 3:05:11 AM2018-01-17T03:05:00Z Managing water sustainably to support the horticultural industry Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce brings rainfall to catchment Unrestricted pumping from the Gascoyne River and Riverbed Sands aquifer has been declared for Carnarvon irrigators today. The announcement comes after the water started flowing at 9 Mile Bridge at about 5am this morning. River flows of 3.5 metres were first recorded at Yinnetharra Crossing gauging station several hundred kilometres inland on Sunday, January 14 after widespread rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce across the middle and upper catchments of the Lyons and Gascoyne rivers. Indications from sampling by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are that water is of good quality around 146 mg/L in the first flows. Unrestricted pumping was last declared in February 2017. It provides irrigators with access to water above their annual water entitlement from Subarea A, with no monthly limit. Growers are encouraged to take advantage of the current unrestricted pumping period and in doing so, help recharge the Riverbed Sands aquifer. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will closely monitor the catchment and river levels and provide updates via email, at http// and by phone on 1800 674 897. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce has brought much needed rainfall to many parts of Western Australia, including the Gascoyne area. "This flow is important news for Carnarvon's horticultural industry, and the department's monitoring network has been helping irrigators prepare for the water's arrival by providing river flow advice. "The Gascoyne River system is the main water source for the horticultural industry in Carnarvon and good flows are important for recharge to the groundwater aquifers used for irrigation and town water supply in between river flows. "This welcome news gives a good start to this year's water budget for the horticultural industry while we continue to work on the longer term improvements to water security." Minister's office - 6552 6100
NorthLink WA southern and central section progressing12533Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10790html17/01/2018 1:00:09 AM2018-01-17T01:00:00Z Free flowing traffic from Reid Highway to Perth Airport Morley Drive northbound on-ramp open First bridge beams in place at new Reid/Tonkin highway interchange Traffic on Tonkin Highway has been redirected under Collier Road, meaning motorists can now travel from Perth Airport to Reid Highway without encountering a traffic light. The move is a significant step for the NorthLink WA project's southern section, which is nearing completion. Two temporary roundabouts on Collier Road - with one lane of traffic in each direction - will be in place until February when traffic signals are commissioned at the Collier Road interchange. Traffic on Morley Drive will continue travelling through two roundabouts during construction of the permanent roundabout, which is also expected to be completed in February. Beams were installed in December for the first bridge in the Reid/Tonkin interchange. The new bridge will form part of the final Reid Highway alignment, taking vehicles over Tonkin Highway as part of WA's first and biggest freeway-to-freeway interchange. In coming months, changes will be made to the Beechboro Road North/Reid Highway intersection, with a temporary roundabout replacing the traffic signals to enable work to start on the Beechboro Road North overpass. There will also be changes at the Reid Highway/Tonkin Highway intersection, again with a temporary roundabout replacing traffic signals. This will provide access to construct the new southbound onramp from Reid to Tonkin highways. Meanwhile, work on the northern section from Ellenbrook to Muchea is progressing well with clearing almost complete and earthworks underway. The NorthLink WA initiative is jointly funded by the Federal ($821 million) and State ($204 million) governments. Completion of the entire NorthLink WA project is expected in 2019. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "NorthLink WA is essential to reducing traffic congestion and providing a faster, safer freight route as Perth's population grows. "NorthLink WA is a vital, state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea, diverting heavy traffic away from local roads and improving amenity in the Swan Valley for residents and the 600,000 tourists who visit the area each year. "There will be significant travel time savings for people in Ellenbrook, Noranda and Ballajura as well as eliminating four of our State's most dangerous intersections." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Community invited to comment on the impacts of methamphetamine use in WA27809Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8020html16/01/2018 4:00:24 AM2018-01-16T04:00:00Z The first-hand experiences of Western Australians directly affected by methamphetamine use are being sought by the McGowan Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Reducing harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine is a key priority for the McGowan Labor Government, with $131.7 million committed to implementing the Methamphetamine Action Plan The McGowan Labor Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP) Taskforce is undertaking public consultation and is seeking comments from those affected by methamphetamine in Western Australia. Members of the community, including individuals and families directly affected, as well as health service providers, community workers and business owners, are invited to contribute their views through the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce website. Community views and insights are vital in helping the MAP Taskforce formulate its advice to the State Government on practical ways to reduce harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine in WA. The online comment period is open until March 16, 2018. As part of the McGowan Government's State-wide plan, the taskforce will provide advice to the State Government on gaps in services and how programs can best meet the needs of the community, in particular targeting areas of greatest need. Chaired by Ron Alexander, and including members of the community and experts in the field, the taskforce will also provide advice on opportunities for better collaboration between government agencies, communities and businesses. The taskforce will also investigate the potential for successful interstate or overseas programs to be adapted to WA circumstances. Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Understanding the views, insights and challenges faced by those directly affected by methamphetamine use is vital to the work of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce. "I encourage anyone affected to take the opportunity to comment, as their insight will help shape the taskforce's advice to Government on how to respond to the complexities and challenges of WA's meth issue and how best to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
One-stop shop launched to streamline water and environmental assessments27808Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14280html16/01/2018 1:00:08 AM2018-01-16T01:00:00Z New online gateway to modernise water and environmental assessments and approvals process Part of the McGowan Government's public sector reforms to improve public access to government departments and agencies The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has developed a new one-stop shop service for water and environmental assessments and approvals. Water Minister Dave Kelly and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today launched the new service which is available through the department's website. Project applicants that require environmental and water approvals can now engage with the department through a single contact point supported by a new internal co-ordination framework that will save time and improve the service for applicants. The creation of this new one-stop shop service is consistent with the McGowan Government's Public Sector Reform which is designed to improve customer access to government services and overall response times. The department's improvements to online service delivery demonstrate how agencies can contribute to and support the Government's drive for digital transformation across the public sector. In July 2017, the departments of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority amalgamated to become the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "To drive economic growth in WA, we need to make it easier for the public and industry to do business with government departments. "That is why we amalgamated the various departments in July 2017 and are now improving the approvals process to deliver a better customer experience. "Previously industry would have had to approach potentially three different agencies (Department of Water, Department of Environmental Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority) to ascertain what environmental approvals they would require for their project. "But now with this new online one-stop shop, all the information they require is at their fingertips." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "As a Government, we are committed to simplifying what can often be complex government processes without compromising on our environmental rigour. "Many project assessments previously required proponents to bounce from one door to another, causing frustration with the process. "Today's go live on the new webpage will be welcomed by industry and our stakeholders as a better way to do business." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funding to build stronger regional communities27806Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14170html16/01/2018 12:07:03 AM2018-01-16T00:05:00Z More than $700,000 awarded to 39 regional local governments Youth development grants and scholarships to provide job opportunities for young people Community development grants and scholarships to help build community partnerships Ensures regional communities are sustainable into the future More than $700,000 has been injected into regional communities for local governments to provide job opportunities for young people and build stronger partnerships with the community sector. A total of 70 grants have been awarded to 39 country local governments across four programs through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF). Under the Community Development Grants Program, a total of $224,486 was awarded to 14 local governments to undertake programs involving best practice in community development and working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector and community. A further $450,000 has been awarded through the Youth Development Scholarship and Youth Development Traineeship programs to 30 local governments. The funding will enable young people in the regions to develop long-term employment skills and expose them to future employment opportunities within local government. An additional six grants were awarded through the Community Development Scholarship Program to offer accredited training to country local government employees to build their capacity to deliver community development initiatives within their community. The CLGF has provided more than $5 million in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "This is an example of the State Government's commitment to investing in the future of local government in WA. "By giving young people opportunities to start or further careers in the local government sector while living in their local area, we are contributing to the attraction and retention of young people in the regions. "A partnership approach to community development can also assist to manage these challenges to ensure that local governments are sustainable into the future." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Local governments in the regions experience unique challenges such as remoteness, limited economic opportunities and an ageing population. "These grants will give our regional local governments more opportunity to develop the capacity to deliver the services, regional communities need." Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
First public feedback for Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET sought27805Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15320html16/01/2018 12:01:52 AM2018-01-16T00:00:00Z Communities along future Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET alignment to assist planning process Options analysis for Morley-Ellenbrook rail line underway Survey to gauge community vision for planning and transport The McGowan Government and METRONET team have launched the first public consultation process for the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line. A survey available to residents along the future rail corridor will feed into the McGowan Government's planning for the METRONET rail project. Communities in the area have been invited to complete the online survey about their current travel habits and future needs as part of the planning process for the METRONET rail line to Ellenbrook via Morley. The rail line will provide Perth's growing north-east suburbs with improved transport connections, and create new communities around integrated station precincts. The online survey results will gauge what the community values, their vision for the area and provide a better understanding of current travel habits. Work is already underway on assessing the technical feasibility of the preferred alignment, preliminary site investigations, land use planning and high level concept design including potential grade separations and stations. The work will be supported by planning specialists when the major consultancy tender is awarded in coming weeks. Meanwhile, the METRONET team has also started discussions with relevant local governments and other key stakeholders. Residents and businesses in the communities around Ellenbrook, Aveley, Henley Brook, Dayton, Brabham, Bennett Springs, Morley, Malaga, Ballajura and surrounding suburbs are asked to complete the online survey. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Building a rail line to Ellenbrook is a major priority for the McGowan Government, and since starting the project from scratch last year, we have made significant planning progress. "I have worked closely with the METRONET team, local governments and stakeholders - it's now time to hear from the local residents. "To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for the local community, we want to understand and hear from residents on what your community means to you, and what you'd like to see it look like in the future. "In the interim, I think it's important that we as a Government hear from the people of these communities about the METRONET plan, and how we will be creating vibrant, connected transport precincts through our integrated plan." Comments attributed to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson "The METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook line will serve residents of Morley and Noranda extremely well. "The new train line will reduce congestion on our local roads and make it easier and safer for residents to commute to school and work. "To make sure we see the best outcome for our suburbs, it is important that the Government hears from local residents. "I will be encouraging local residents in Morley and Noranda to have their say in this survey and I look forward to hearing their ideas." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "The Ellenbrook rail line was the number one local commitment during the election and people continue to tell me how important it is to them. I am just so pleased that the McGowan Government is listening to our community and getting on with the job. "Ellenbrook rail will transform the area; it will activate our town centre and make it the satellite city that was envisaged 20 years ago. "The Ellenbrook Station Precinct will create new jobs and business opportunities for locals. Getting the design right will help make sure we have a vibrant and energetic town centre. "Combined with our Lord Street upgrades, East-West Bus Link and the NorthLink WA Project, residents in Ellenbrook, Aveley and The Vines will finally have the infrastructure they need and deserve. "We have a great opportunity to tell the Government what we want from our rail service. Please make sure that you complete this survey to make sure that our voices are heard." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following December’s Tropical Cyclone Hilda27804Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4860html15/01/2018 11:57:08 PM2018-01-15T21:00:00Z Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for Broome in response to the impacts from Tropical Cyclone Hilda on 27 December 2017. Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). "The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to help the recovery of disaster affected communities like the local government area of Broome," Mr Taylor said. "The north of Western Australia has again faced heavy rains and winds this week from Cyclone Joyce. This assistance announced today will help recovery efforts from the earlier Cyclone Hilda event just after Christmas, including restoration and replacement of road infrastructure and removal of debris from residential properties." Minister Logan said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible residents, small businesses and primary producers within the disaster affected local government area of Broome. "We are also providing assistance to councils and state agencies to cover the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged public infrastructure," Mr Logan said. Assistance available under the NDRRA may include personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers, and freight subsidies for primary producers. The Department of Communities administers this assistance. To enquire about this assistance, people should contact or call 1800 032 965. Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at and the Western Australian Office of Emergency Management website at Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Grants to help reduce waste27800Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10820html15/01/2018 8:35:11 AM2018-01-15T08:30:00Z $1 million for organisations that target waste management priorities The McGowan Labor Government has confirmed its commitment to waste reduction - offering $1 million to support projects that divert waste from landfill. Announcing the funding today, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has called for projects that champion better waste management practices and improve awareness of the need to reduce waste. The Community and Industry Engagement program is an opportunity to gain financial backing for projects that address the State Government's waste management priority areas, including minimising food and plastic waste and improving the use of recycled construction and demolition products. Previous funding recipients include the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's bin tagging program - highlighting what can be recycled through the city's kerbside collection service - and Curtin University's research into the use of recycled aggregate concrete. The funding - from the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account - is available for community groups, industry, local governments, regional councils, State Government agencies, peak bodies, and research and educational institutes. For more information on the Community and Industry Engagement program or to apply for funding, go to the Waste Authority's website. Applications close at 12pm on Monday February 12, 2018. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Reducing waste is an important issue for the McGowan Labor Government and we have already made progress with initiatives such as the proposed ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and the introduction of a container deposit scheme. "The Community and Industry Engagement program provides an opportunity to get financial backing for projects that address the State Government's waste management priorities to help Western Australia become a more sustainable low waste community. "I encourage funding applications to tackle issues such as reducing waste generation, diverting waste from landfill and community and industry education." Minister's office - 6552 5800