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Ageing in the Bush Report officially launched30365Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/08/2016 8:06:11 AM2016-08-28T08:00:00Za Report outlines care models to address increasing regional aged population Is guiding more than $70 million investment in regional aged care Report made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program The Ageing in the Bush Report, which is changing the delivery of aged care throughout regional Western Australia, was officially launched by the Liberal National Government today in Moora. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said regional WA had an older population profile than the State as a whole and would encounter an increasing need for aged care not yet experienced in metropolitan areas. "The State Government understands the value of retaining older residents in regional WA and it is important we provide opportunities that allow them to remain in their communities," Mr Redman said. "Staying connected with the community is a real concern for seniors, especially in regional areas. "Seniors have contributed greatly to our communities over many years and the report identifies ways in which government, communities and the aged care sector can work together to enable people living in regional WA to better access care they require." Health Minister John Day said the report identified a series of innovative aged care solutions based on four key principles and had already guided more than $70 million of investment in aged care through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. "The Ageing in the Bush Report will continue to provide a critical evidence base to guide intelligent and targeted investment," Mr Day said. "Addressing needs for aged care services presents real opportunities for economic and jobs growth across WA. If we can get it right, the social and economic dividends are considerable." Mr Redman congratulated the Regional Development Council on leading the development of the Ageing in the Bush Report and said it identified fundamental and realistic solutions based on evidence and community need. Fact File The State Government's more than $70 million Royalties for Regions investment in aged care includes more than $25 million towards aged care housing in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern; $20.2 million for Ageing in Place from Growing our South; the $16.5 million, 38-bed Carnarvon aged care facility; $4.8 million for the South West Ageing in Place Pilot; and $2.5 million as part of the Creating Age Friendly Communities in Small Towns Project The Government is committed to supporting contemporary models of care that enhance the wellbeing of older people and ensures sustainability To view the report, visit http//www.drd.wa.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Health Minister's office - 6552 6200
Lead role in canine disaster response training30363Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/08/2016 2:07:00 AM2016-08-28T02:00:00Za Australian-first canine handler course in urban search and rescue Urban Search and Rescue dogs taught life-saving skills to find people buried under rubble Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today inspected an Australian-first training course specialising in canine response to disasters such as earthquakes and cyclones. The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) canine course, at the Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Academy in Forrestfield, is aimed at strengthening Western Australia's capacity to respond to the collapse of buildings and other structures. "This innovative course is the first of its kind in Australia, and is being attended by international and interstate emergency services personnel," Mr Francis said. "The course will provide volunteer canine handlers with the expertise and knowledge to teach their dogs to detect people buried under rubble, with a focus on agility skills to enable them to access hard to reach areas. "Canines are superior to people and equipment in undertaking this lifesaving work. When disasters such as earthquakes or cyclones strike, it is essential we have highly trained and skilled search dogs ready to be deployed at a moment's notice." The Minister congratulated the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) for its work to develop and implement the specialised training course. "This course will enable us to increase our USAR capacity not only in WA, but also our ability to help interstate and internationally," he said. "The course will help in fast-tracking USAR canine handlers, who come from DFES and the general public, to become operational." Fact File Six WA canines and their handlers are participating in the course The course is presented over four days, with ongoing training for 12 to 24 months to meet competencies Minister's office - 6552 6500
Rio Tinto gifts archive material to State Library30331Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1710html26/08/2016 11:12:08 AM2016-08-26T11:00:00Za Donation of documentary heritage materials contributes to understanding of how the mining sector has influenced the growth and development of the State Premier Colin Barnett tonight accepted a donation of 50 significant, historic materials from Rio Tinto Iron Ore on behalf of the State Library of Western Australia. Speaking at the company's 50th anniversary gala dinner, Mr Barnett congratulated Rio Tinto on half a century of iron ore mining in WA. "By donating these materials to the State Library's Mining and Energy Archive, Rio Tinto leaves its legacy in WA's documentary heritage materials," Mr Barnett said. "So many people have either worked for, or with, Rio Tinto and its precursors Hamersley Iron, Pilbara Iron, Robe River or Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company over the past 50 years. "This donation ensures future generations will understand the importance to our State of the resources sector, and how these companies and the people employed by them have shaped the social and economic development of WA." The donation of archival materials to the State Library includes historic photographs, films, corporate reports, newsletters, oral histories and books. It conveys a range of historic and scientific themes of local, State and national significance, including the history of exploration and geology of the Pilbara, as well as the development of local communities. The donation was gifted by Chris Salisbury, the recently appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto's Iron Ore Group, at an event held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 26. Fact File The Mining and Energy WA archive is an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia which will build on existing collections; manage and digitise important records; and create opportunities to access the materials in a variety of formats The archive presents a unique and exciting opportunity for businesses and individuals to become involved. To make a contribution of materials, or for enquiries relating to sponsorships and donations, contact the State Library on 9427 3111 For more information, visit http//slwa.wa.gov.au Premier's office - 6552 5000
New autism program for Gosnells Primary30330Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3570html26/08/2016 5:57:42 AM2016-08-26T05:30:00Za Gosnells Primary School the first to run specialist learning program 16 schools to have autism spectrum disorder programs by 2020 State Government investing $32 million in the programs Gosnells Primary School will run a new program for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from next year. Education Minister Peter Collier said the school was the first of 16 primary schools announced, with all due to be up and running by 2020. "This first specialised program at Gosnells is for students who have very complex support needs and it will help them to achieve their best at school," Mr Collier said. Students will be taught in small groups by specialist teachers for some of the time and in mainstream classes with additional support for the rest of the time. The program at Gosnells will link with nearby Southern River College's specialised secondary program for students with autism. "Together with the Child and Parent Centre at Gosnells Primary School, children with autism can now get support locally from before they start school, right through to Year 12," the Minister said. Work is being done to refurbish some classrooms at Gosnells Primary School to meet student needs, and expert staff are being selected. "Additional training for staff in how best to teach and meet the needs of students with autism will be done before the program begins," Mr Collier said. Other schools to be part of the program will be selected in due course. Fact File More than 4,000 students with ASD are enrolled in local public schools The new ASD programs will focus on students' academic engagement, organisation skills, social thinking, peer relationships and self-regulation For more information, visit http//www.education.wa.edu.au Minister's office - 6552 6300
Grants available for Disability Awareness Week30327Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2730html26/08/2016 4:10:03 AM2016-08-26T04:05:00Za $500 grants available for events to promote accessible and inclusive communities during Disability Awareness Week The seventh annual Disability Awareness Week will be held at the end of November and grants are now available for community, local and non-government groups planning to run events highlighting the week. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the Liberal National Government's grants program had supported a diverse range of events in past Disability Awareness Weeks, including film festivals, barbecues and arts initiatives. The $500 grants are for community events that support and promote the importance of access and inclusion in community facilities, services and events. "These grants support and help community groups to become involved in Disability Awareness Week," Mrs Faragher said. "They are designed to support the development of creative and inclusive events that are both accessible and inclusive to a wide range of people." Disability Awareness Week will run from November 27 to December 3, marking the annual International Day of People with Disability on the final day. Grants are available to organisations which work with partners and also involve people with disability in the development and planning of events. Applications can be made from today until October 7. Information on how to apply is available on the Disability Services Commission's website. Information on events being held during Disability Awareness Week will be announced in November. Fact File For information on Disability Awareness Week, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au For information on International Day of People with Disability, visit http//www.idpwd.com.au Visit the Disability Services Commission on Facebook for news on issues related to disability Minister's office - 6552 5300
Calling young leaders across Western Australia30325Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5480html26/08/2016 2:01:37 AM2016-08-26T02:00:00Za Nominations open for a young West Australian to lead youth week events More than 100 events to take place across WA during National Youth Week Nominations are now open for a driven, creative young person to lead Western Australia's 2017 National Youth Week celebrations. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said the role of National Youth Week Ambassador was a great platform for a young person looking to take on a leadership role in the State-wide celebrations. "The ambassador will play an important part in guiding and promoting the week's events and will chair the planning committee," Mr Simpson said. "This is a rewarding opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to showcase their creative flair and inspire other young people across WA to become involved." The Minister said 2016 ambassador Georgie Carey had been an invaluable part of this year's activities and commended Georgie for her commitment to the role. "Georgie started out by getting involved in her local community through the Youth Advisory Council in Mosman Park," he said. "Through her appointment as ambassador, Georgie demonstrated admirable leadership skills, actively promoting, informing and influencing National Youth Week events in WA. I thank her for a job well done." To be eligible to apply for the National Youth Week ambassador role, candidates must be aged between 18 and 25 years. They must be accessible by phone and email and available for meetings and media activities relating to National Youth Week 2017. Fact File National Youth Week 2017 is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities Applications are available at http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au and must be received by 5pm on September 16, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6600
Peel cancer fight blossoms on Daffodil Day 201630322Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1910html26/08/2016 1:30:13 AM2016-08-26T01:30:00Za Permanent BreastScreen WA clinic replaces mobile service New Mandurah centre to complement breast cancer awareness campaign Growth forecast for local breast cancer risk group Daffodil Day 2016 marks the start of a new era in the Peel region's fight against breast cancer, with a permanent BreastScreen WA clinic to help spearhead the campaign to increase local screening. Officially opening the $550,000 centre today, Health Minister John Day said screening rates remained steady in Western Australia but fell short of the national target. "We have to do better with breast screening," Mr Day said. "This state-of-the-art clinic is about saving lives and improving the quality of life for cancer sufferers, through early diagnosis. "The female population in the eligible 40 to 74 year-old age group in the Peel region is expected to grow by 19 per cent in the next decade. That means there will be 21,700 women in the higher-risk category, with research showing that about 2,700 of these will likely develop breast cancer." The new, purpose-built facility replaces the visiting mobile unit which has been servicing Mandurah and the broader Peel District. "As a result, the mobile van will now be able to spend 15 more months during each two-year testing cycle to meet the growing demand in other regional areas across the State," the Minister said. "The Liberal National Government is proud to contribute about $1.1 million per year towards the operations of BreastScreen WA, as part of our commitment to delivering quality health care services closer to home. "This will include jointly funding a new $296,000 awareness campaign to help lift screening rates in women aged 50-74, from 54 per cent towards the target of 70 per cent." Testing takes less than 20 minutes and can detect tiny cancers that cannot be identified by touch. More than 75 per cent of breast cancers are found in women aged over 50. Fact File The number of WA women receiving breast screens has grown from 103,111 in 2011-12 to 120,656 in the 2015-16 financial year BreastScreen WA provides free breast screening mammograms every two years to women aged 40 years and over - including those with no breast cancer symptoms One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime WA now has 11 permanent and four mobile BreastScreen WA clinics 80% of funding for the new clinic has come from the Australian Government under the Expansion of BreastScreen Australia Services Project Agreement For appointments, visit http//www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au or phone 13 20 50 Minister's office - 6552 6200
New community centre for Paraburdoo30321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2840html26/08/2016 11:15:30 AM2016-08-26T01:00:00Za $14.39 million project to refurbish and expand ageing recreation infrastructure Improving health and wellbeing key to building vibrant communities $5 million investment made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program A redevelopment and expansion of a community centre in Paraburdoo is set to become a reality with a $5 million investment through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new facility would become a vibrant hub for the community, giving residents access to high-quality services not previously available in Paraburdoo. "The new sporting and community hub will deliver a range of services and facilities that will improve the health and wellbeing of residents living in Paraburdoo," Mr Redman said. "This is an example of Royalties for Regions investment into key infrastructure that facilitates social and economic development in regional Western Australia." The redeveloped centre will give residents in the inland Pilbara town access to a new gym, multi-purpose indoor courts, neighbourhood centre, multi-purpose community rooms and an upgrade to the swimming pool. The $14.39 million sporting and community hub will be the biggest investment in community infrastructure in the Pilbara town for 30 years, with the Royalties for Regions funding adding to a $6 million commitment from Rio Tinto and $3.39 million from the Shire of Ashburton. The Minister said the development would be located in the town centre, alongside the new childcare centre, which was nearing completion. "Once completed, along with the new childcare centre, this development will play an important part in attracting and retaining residents in Paraburdoo," he said. More than 18 jobs are expected to be created as part of the construction and ongoing operation of the community hub. The project is part of the State Government's $1.7 billion Pilbara Cities initiative. Construction is expected to start in early 2017. Fact File The Government's Royalties for Regions program has allocated $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 projects across regional WA since 2008 For more information about Pilbara Cities, visit http//www.pdc.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6700
Laughter the tonic for Mental Health Week 201630316Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3530html26/08/2016 12:38:28 AM2016-08-26T00:00:00Za State Theatre Centre of WA to host Mental Health Week finale Stand Up! For Comedy event to raise mental health awareness After a sell-out performance in 2015, Mental Health Week 2016 will again officially close with a night of stand-up comedy designed to raise community awareness of mental health issues. Featuring local and national comedians, Stand Up! For Comedy is expected to attract an audience of nearly 600 people. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said part proceeds from the comedy night would be reinvested back into community mental health. "The aim of Mental Health Week is to reduce stigma and promote mentally healthy communities," Ms Mitchell said. "If we can build awareness through comedy while raising funds to continue awareness raising for the rest of the year, that's a great outcome." Relocating to the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from His Majesty's Theatre, Stand Up! For Comedy will feature a stellar line-up of comedians, including Ben Darsow, Matt Dyktynski, Damien Callinan, Suns of Fred, Cameron McLaren, Sian Choyce, Hayden Stevens and other special guests. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the event marked the second time the Perth Theatre Trust had partnered with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. "This event demonstrates the role the arts can play in raising issues with the community, as well as increasing public awareness," Mr Day said. "Laughter is a vital ingredient for mental health and wellbeing. I encourage everyone to get out to as many events as possible during Mental Health Week, including Stand Up! For Comedy." Mental Health Week 2016 will have a special focus on suicide prevention, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message 'Together we can save lives'. Mental health consumers and carers have been allocated tickets to the comedy night. Fact File Mental Health Week runs October 8-15, 2016 Proceeds from the event will go to local charity, the WA Association for Mental Health, to reinvest back into community support services The event is supported by Perth Theatre Trust and WA Association for Mental Health To buy tickets, visit http//www.ticketek.com.au or phone 1300 795 012 For Mental Health Week events and information, visit http//mhw.waamh.org.au Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
Albany waterfront sees surge of investment30315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4000html26/08/2016 12:31:20 AM2016-08-25T23:30:00Za Prime Albany waterfront lot sold, with another under offer Zoning encourages more accommodation options in Albany Follows last month's sale of the adjacent waterfront lot; the site of a new hotel The redevelopment of Albany waterfront continues to progress with Lands Minister Terry Redman today announcing the sale of a prime waterfront lot, with another under offer. Mr Redman said the two lots - 3,309 square metres and 4,564sqm - had been taken up by local developer Aquavista Holdings. "It is envisaged the developments, which can be up to three storeys, will have retail and commercial on the ground floor, and potentially short stay accommodation on the upper floors," he said. "The purchase follows last month's confirmation of the $1.5 million sale of the hotel/short stay site which is located next to the Albany Entertainment Centre, the first major building to feature on the new waterfront. "The sale of two prime lots within weeks of each other, with a third also under offer, is great news for Albany as the business centre of the Great Southern region." The Minister said the Liberal National Government had taken a keen interest in the progress of Albany waterfront to help bring greater choice of visitor accommodation and business facilities to the city centre, in turn supporting the economic growth of the city. "The State Government was keen to secure developers who would help create a vibrant and functional waterfront space right on the doorstep of Albany's CBD," he said. One lot remains available at Albany waterfront. Located between the Albany Entertainment Centre and the ANZAC Peace Park, the 4,338sqm lot is zoned for commercial use. Fact File The redevelopment of the Albany waterfront is being managed by LandCorp Once complete, the waterfront will feature restaurants, cafes, shops, hotel/short stay accommodation, 74-pen marina (with expansion capacity to 130) and a purpose-built entertainment centre Albany waterfront overlooks Princess Royal Harbour and reconnects the foreshore with the city centre For more information, visit http//www.landcorp.com.au/albanywaterfront Minister's office - 6552 6700
Aquaculture project highlighting opportunities30314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4480html26/08/2016 12:22:19 AM2016-08-25T23:05:00Za First 90-day red tape reduction project off to a flying start Opportunities identified in a number of areas Streamlining processes to encourage investment and jobs The Liberal National Government's new red tape 'flying squad' has already identified areas to streamline approvals and provide greater certainty for aquaculture businesses. Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the first 90-day regulatory mapping project had wasted no time in identifying opportunities in application processes, licencing arrangements, reporting requirements and tenure security. "The State Government is seeking to strike the right balance of policies, rules and regulations to ensure the aquaculture industry continues to flourish, attract investment and generate jobs," Mr Marmion said. "Consultation meetings have been held throughout a number of regional areas as well as Perth. Findings from those meetings have informed the mapping project to date, with industry now providing further feedback." Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the project was a great example of government collaborating with industry to simplify and streamline processes without compromising high biosecurity standards. "The Department of Fisheries is working hard with the Department of Finance, industry and other government agencies to make practical changes," Mr Francis said. "We need a purposeful regulatory environment to ensure we continue to build a clean, safe and sustainable aquaculture industry." Both Ministers are encouraging industry stakeholders to continue to share their ideas to improve regulation via the 90-day aquaculture survey on the Department of Finance website. The survey will close August 31, 2016. Fact File The Department of Finance's Economic Reform unit is collaborating with the Department of Fisheries on the 90-day regulatory reform project The project commenced on July 1, 2016 and will report by the end of September For project details, visit the Department of Finance website Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the aquaculture industry survey Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500
New film festival deal a prize for WA economy30313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4650html26/08/2016 12:13:01 AM2016-08-25T23:00:00Za Liberal National Government secures new two-year deal with CinefestOZ Australia's richest film prize remains in WA Supported through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett today announced a new two-year deal with the CinefestOZ film festival, which includes Australia's richest film prize. Mr Barnett said when CinefestOZ began in 2008, it had an attendance of 1,898 which grew to 23,656 last year. "CinefestOZ is a great example of a home-grown Western Australian event that has gone from strength to strength with Liberal National Government support," he said. "The annual five-day film festival, which started in Busselton with 17 film screenings, has spread across the South-West region and this year is offering 73 films plus 22 free films for the community and five industry functions in five locations." The Premier said CinefestOZ was important for the local economy, attracting more than $2.73 million into the region last year. "The $100,000 Australian Film Prize, the richest in the nation, was introduced in 2014 and has attracted national and international attention for the festival and the region, and has helped increase visitation," he said. "The State Government has a strategy to see the value of the tourism industry grow to $12 billion by 2020 and events such as CinefestOZ will play an important role in reaching that goal." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said in addition to the tourism and economic benefits CinefestOZ had produced, the festival also helped boost the local film industry. "In the past three years, five films have been made in the region, with another 10 in pre-production or development," Mr Redman said. "CinefestOZ has played an important role in showcasing Western Australia as a great film location to influential film-makers. I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in the Regional Events Program to bring significant social and economic benefits throughout regional WA." Fact File The 2016 CinefestOZ runs until August 28 Four films have been shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Film Prize - Girl Asleep, Jasper Jones, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom and Spin Out Royalties for Regions is also investing $16 million in the Western Australian Regional Film Fund, which will be administered by Screenwest For more information, visit http//www.cinefestoz.com Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New Bill to protect Swan Valley for future generations18872Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6150html25/08/2016 10:27:56 AM2016-08-25T10:15:00Za Legislation to preserve character of the Swan Valley Greater protection for agricultural and tourism activities Planning Minister Donna Faragher this afternoon introduced The Swan Valley Protection Bill 2016 into State Parliament. Mrs Faragher said the Bill would preserve the attributes that made the Swan Valley unique and ensured its sustainable growth for the benefit of future generations. "The Liberal National Government recognises the importance of the Swan Valley and is committed to maintaining its rural, agricultural and tourism attributes," she said. "The Swan Valley is an important part of Perth's natural and cultural landscape. "This legislation provides a simpler framework for the regulation of development in the Swan Valley to more effectively protect the valley's rural character." The Bill will give effect to the Swan Valley Development Plan, which can be used by developers and proponents when preparing applications. The Minister said the draft Swan Valley Development Plan was released for public comment between October 2015 and February 2016 and submissions were currently being considered by the Department of Planning. When finalised, the plan will guide the implementation of a strategic vision for land use in the Swan Valley. "It will focus on providing a balance between maintaining the role of agriculture in the area and supporting the Swan Valley's tourism industry," Mrs Faragher said. Fact File The Swan Valley is WA's oldest wine region 3.1 million day-trippers visited the Swan Valley and contributed $421 million to the local economy in the 12 months to May 2016 The Swan Valley Protection Bill 2016 repeals the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 and dissolves the Swan Valley Planning Committee For more information, visit Swan Valley Minister's office - 6552 5300
Mundaring treatment plant upgrades complete18870Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2320html25/08/2016 9:17:55 AM2016-08-25T08:15:00Za ​$8.1 million project to upgrade Mundaring wastewater treatment plant finished Upgrade will allow increased water reuse for local green spaces Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the completion of the Liberal National Government's $8.1 million project to upgrade the Mundaring wastewater treatment plant. "The upgrade has increased the capacity of the plant to now treat up to 240 kilolitres of wastewater a day," Ms Davies said. "The project consisted of new inlet work, odour collection and treatment facilities, and an upgraded reuse water delivery system. "The upgrade was completed entirely within the existing site to ensure the plant's footprint in the area remained the same. "Treated wastewater from the plant will also allow increased water reuse on local community sports ovals and a nearby equestrian centre during summer." The Minister thanked the local community for their input and ongoing co-operation throughout the project and said community consultation had played an important role during the planning phase of the project. "Expanding water recycling is a key part of the Liberal National Government's 10-year Water Forever plan," she said. "This project is another example of where treated water can be put to good use by keeping our public open spaces green, while reducing reliance on scheme water." Work began at the plant in January 2015 and was completed on schedule in July 2016. Fact File The plant, originally commissioned in 1997, is located 1.8km north-east of Mundaring and services the town centre The plant has the capacity to treat up to 240 kilolitres of wastewater a day Wastewater is 99.97% water and comes mostly from showers, baths and washing machines For more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Minister's office- 6552 5500
Fencers en garde in Perth18868Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3370html25/08/2016 7:55:50 AM2016-08-25T07:50:00Za Perth hosts the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships $7,000 Liberal National Government grant for Fencing WA toward hosting event Fencers from 13 to 76 will be testing their best feints, flicks and lunges when they come together for the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships in Perth today. For the first time, fencers from across Australia and Asia will meet in Western Australia for the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships and a number of other championship events. About 300 fencers will gather at the Ellie Eaton Pavilion at the Claremont Showgrounds from as far as Iran, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong from today until August 30. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the competition was a coup for WA and the local fencing fraternity. "Hosted by Fencing WA, this event is the first time an Asian championship event has been held in Australia, let alone WA," Ms Davies said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for local fencers from our seven Western Australian clubs - particularly our strong masters competition." Often called lightning chess because of its mix of speed and tactics, fencing is a fast and furious sport marrying its traditional duelling roots with modern equipment and athleticism. The Liberal National Government - through the Department of Sport and Recreation - has given Fencing WA a grant for $7,000 towards the event. Fact File Entry to the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships is free Best spectator times will be during the finals between 1-3pm The Asian Masters also includes the Australian Veterans Circuit, Oceania Veterans Championships and the Australian Fencing Circuit See the event schedule at http//www.asianmasters.org Minister's office - 6552 5500
Pilbara processing facility adds value and jobs18865Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6840html25/08/2016 4:00:51 AM2016-08-25T04:00:00Za US$800 million ammonium nitrate plant opened Facility to create about 70 new jobs Pilbara continues to be an attractive investment location The Liberal National Government is celebrating a major investment in downstream processing, with Premier Colin Barnett opening the Yara Pilbara Nitrates technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant in the North-West today. Mr Barnett said the plant employed more than 500 workers on site during construction and would require about 70 employees for ongoing operations. "Yara Pilbara has also invested more than $50 million in Karratha for residential housing for employees and their families, demonstrating its commitment to the community," he said. The Premier said the innovative $US800 million plant integrated with the neighbouring Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant. "This new TAN plant will take ammonia from the fertiliser plant and use it to produce up to 330,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate each year," he said. "This type of value-adding industry is essential to future economic development of the Pilbara, creating employment and securing local supply of ammonium nitrate for the mining industry." Located in the Burrup Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) near Karratha, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the project showed Western Australia remained an attractive place for large-scale international investment. "Projects can invest with confidence and proceed without unnecessary delays," Mr Marmion said. "I'm hoping to soon see other value-adding industries develop in the Burrup SIA." Fact File Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd is a joint venture between Norway's Yara International ASA (55%) and Orica Ltd (45%) Ammonium nitrate is a key component of explosives used in the mining and construction industries The Burrup SIA is also home to the Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant, the North West Shelf Venture and the Pluto LNG Project Premier's office - 6552 5000 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Improved audit scrutiny of local governments18864Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12320html25/08/2016 3:01:10 AM2016-08-25T02:55:00Za Legislation to extend jurisdiction of Auditor General to local governments Provides independent oversight of financial and performance audits The Liberal National Government has introduced legislation into State Parliament providing for the appointment of the Auditor General as the auditor for local governments. Introducing the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Bill 2016, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said it was designed to improve accountability and transparency in the sector. "The Western Australian community has an expectation that all levels of government, including local governments, are open and accountable," Mr Simpson said. "This Bill will provide an independent oversight of local governments, which will be scrutinised for potential instances of wastage, inefficiency or ineffectiveness. "The State Government is committed to ensuring that West Australians benefit from responsive and accountable local governments." The key aspects of the Bill include requiring all audits to be done under the supervision of the Auditor General or the Office of the Auditor General introducing 'performance audits' to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of a local government's operations a requirement for local governments to publish annual reports (which contain audit reports) on their websites. "The Bill responds to recommendations from the Corruption and Crime Commission and the Public Accounts Committee to raise the standard of accountability of local governments to a level consistent with State Government authorities and public sector agencies," the Minister said. Fact File Performance audits may focus on a particular issue or theme and will allow ratepayers to benchmark their local governments The Corruption and Crime Commission found that without strong financial and governance practices, local governments were vulnerable to fraud, corruption and other misconduct Information on the performance of local governments is available at https//mycouncil.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6600
Abilities Expo expands to offer more options to all18860Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3160html25/08/2016 1:15:52 AM2016-08-25T01:15:00Za Abilities Expo for school leavers expanded to include more than 90 disability organisations offering advice for all people with disability The annual Abilities Expo, which showcases a range of career and life options for people with disability will this year offer an extended program and more exhibitors. Originally aimed at school leavers, with support from the Liberal National Government the expo has this year been broadened to include more service providers for people with disability of all ages and to include an extra evening session. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said she was pleased the program had been extended to cater for a broader audience and having so many exhibitors in one place would be an invaluable opportunity. "There will be more than 90 exhibitors, interactive sessions and workshops, and presentations by people sharing their life or career stories," Mrs Faragher said. "Visitors can meet service providers and learn about options ranging from jobs, training and education to accommodation and respite, therapy supports, recreation, community supports, advocacy, and equipment and technology. "One of the information sessions will discuss the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and visitors will also be able to learn anything they need to know about WA NDIS at the Disability Services Commission booth." The expo will be held at Crown Perth on September 8 and sessions will be held from 9.45am-1.30pm and from 4.30-7.30pm. This year's expo is supported by the Disability Services Commission, Department of Education, Catholic Education, National Disability Insurance Agency, National Disability Coordination Officer Program and Activ. Fact File For more information, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au/events-dsc/events/events-2016/september or email Promaco Conventions Perth promaco@promaco.com.au Crown Perth has wheelchair access, lifts and ACROD parking bays Minister's office - 6552 5300
Traffic light review cuts journey times18859Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4570html25/08/2016 1:00:48 AM2016-08-25T01:00:00Za Traffic signal timing improvement project reduces travel time on 20 routes across the metropolitan area over two years 2014-15 and 2015-16 Average journey times on specific routes have improved by up to 28% A key initiative in the Liberal National Government's strategy to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow across the metropolitan area has delivered positive results in its second year. The traffic signal timing improvement project, which started in 2014-15, has improved average journey times on specific routes by up to 28 per cent and further improvements are scheduled for 2016-17. "This project reviewed 201 sets of traffic signals over 20 key traffic routes, covering a total of 145 kilometres of roads," Transport Minister Dean Nalder said. "Traffic signal timing can decline over time and, as part of this review, Main Roads Western Australia undertook extensive modelling to determine the optimum peak traffic signal timings and sequencing. "As a result, with a minimal investment, the State Government has significantly improved journey times and congestion for road network users by better optimising existing infrastructure." Mr Nalder said the 2015-16 project included signal timing changes to 10 new traffic routes and a reassessment of 10 routes where traffic signal improvements were initiated in 2014-15. "This project has produced positive outcomes along every route that was reviewed," he said. "Key sections of road where there was a major reduction in average journey times included along Stock Road, which reduced by 28 per cent in the afternoon peak, and Great Eastern Highway - Lloyd Street to Coolgardie Avenue - which reduced by 22 per cent in the morning peak. Stirling Highway also saw journey times reduced by 12 per cent in the afternoon peak." Traffic signal timing and sequencing routes changed in 2015-16 were Leach Highway - High Road to Welshpool Road Great Eastern Highway - Lloyd Street to Coolgardie Avenue Great Eastern Highway - Craig Street to Brearley Avenue West Coast Highway - Manning Street to Claremont Crescent Stirling Highway - Eric Street to Hackett Drive Wanneroo Road - Beach Road to Ocean Reef Road Stock Road - Marmion Street to Russell Road Guildford Road - Walcott Street to Tonkin Highway Canning Highway - North Lake Road to Queen Victoria Street Karrinyup Road - Jeanes Road to Main Street. The Minister said the Government would double the signal timing review to include more than 400 sets of traffic signals in 2016-17. Fact File To view the results of the 2015-16 program, visit https//project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/tcmp/signals/Pages/Signal-Timing-Reviews.aspx Minister's office - 6552 6400
Strong results for police, mental health teams18858Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5060html25/08/2016 11:41:39 AM2016-08-24T22:00:00Za Positive results for landmark police and mental health co-response teams Police transport 80% fewer patients to emergency departments A landmark Liberal National Government trial to have senior mental health clinicians work alongside police has resulted in enhanced care of patients and fewer officers being tied up transporting people to hospital. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the trial area had been expanded to now cover 50 per cent of metropolitan Perth. "When the teams are engaged there has been an 80 per cent reduction in police officers transporting mentally ill patients to hospital, with the clinicians instead treating them in the community," Ms Harvey said. "This allows police officers to return to their core duties of investigating and responding to crime and antisocial behaviour in the community." Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said since the trial began, the specialist teams had responded to 4,500 incidents where mental health was an issue. "The mental health clinicians are the experts in dealing with these people; they know what treatment they need and how to help de-escalate what can be very tense situations," Ms Mitchell said. "The trial includes senior mental health clinicians based at the Police Operations Centre, triaging calls for assistance, and another at the Perth Watch House assessing and facilitating access to the right care for detainees." The State Government had allocated $6.5 million for the trial, which has been developed by WA Police, the Mental Health Commission and the Department of Health. Ms Harvey said there had been a great deal of interest shown in the co-response trial from police in other jurisdictions, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Fact File There were 17,498 police mental health calls outs in 2015, compared with 4,766 in 2007 The mental health co-response teams have responded to 4,500 incidents since the trial began in December 2015 Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900 Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400