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Grant for vehicles to support irrigation trial8794Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 6:05:24 AM2015-10-08T04:40:00Z​Lotterywest grant of $116,000 to the Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation Vehicles to support training and work opportunities for the Mowanjum community A Lotterywest grant of $116,000, presented today by Premier Colin Barnett to the Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation, will fund the purchase of two vehicles to support an irrigation pilot project near Derby. The irrigation trial is a joint research partnership between the State Government and Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation and will investigate intensive grazing methods on Mowanjum Pastoral Station. The $3.6 million project is part of the State Government's Water for Food program, funded through Royalties for Regions, aimed at increasing economic growth and regional employment. Mr Barnett said the purchase of these vehicles would provide opportunities for increased participation in the trial by members of the Mowanjum community. "These vehicles will support the delivery of this important project by providing transportation to the station for community members who are involved," he said. Until now access to vehicles has been limited in the remote Aboriginal community. The acquisition of two dedicated vehicles will allow the project to operate more efficiently by ensuring transportation for people and equipment is available at all times. The Premier said the project would have long-lasting benefits for the Mowanjum community by providing opportunities for employment, as well as training and education. "The project has the potential to provide the community with significant social and economic benefits and these vehicles will make it easier for community members to participate in the trial," he said. A significant milestone for the project was realised in August with water now flowing through the recently installed centre pivot irrigator, which was officially commissioned on Tuesday by Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman. The project is expected to be completed by June 2018. Fact FileWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
Western suburbs school planning underway8792Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 3:02:49 AM2015-10-08T03:00:00Z​Preferred sites revealed for a new secondary school in Perth's west Extra capacity to be investigated at surrounding secondary schools Four possible sites for a new secondary school in the City Beach area have been identified, as Western Australia's public schools continue to experience unprecedented growth. Education Minister Peter Collier said State Cabinet had signed off on a strategy to 'ease the squeeze' at some of Perth's biggest secondary schools. "We've become a victim of our own success," Mr Collier said. "Shenton College, Churchlands Senior High School and Mount Lawley Senior High School have experienced massive enrolment growth, and our public schools have increased their market share for the past five years." The Department of Education has begun negotiations to secure the required land for a school to accommodate 2,000 Year 7 to 12 students. Among the options are Skyline Drive-In site/former City Beach High School sitevacant land at Fred Burton Parkvacant land on the corner of The Boulevard and West Coast Highwayvacant land on the corner of Rochdale and Wollaston roads. "We will build a world-class secondary school," the Minister said. The department will also begin planning to expand Shenton College and Mount Lawley Senior High School. Funding of $38.8 million has already been allocated to expand Churchlands Senior High School by 2018. This follows a $10.7 million expansion that opened last year. "Perth is a growing city and our schools must grow with them,' Mr Collier said. Fact FileShenton College has about 1,900 students, Churchlands Senior High School has about 2,300 and Mount Lawley Senior High School has about 1,500 studentsThere will be a shortfall of 4,000 secondary places by 2026 if nothing is doneCity Beach High School was in extremely poor condition when it closed in 2005 with only 140 studentsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6300
New additions to Western Power board8781Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 1:36:58 AM2015-10-08T01:35:00Z​Vicki Krause and Sharon Warburton appointed to Western Power board The State Government has approved the appointment of two new members to the Western Power board - Vicki Krause and Sharon Warburton. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said Ms Krause and Ms Warburton bring a wealth of knowledge from their experience with large Western Australian-based businesses. Ms Krause served as legal counsel at Wesfarmers for 25 years, seven of those as Chief Legal Counsel. "Ms Krause's extensive career with Wesfarmers, combined with her regulatory and commercial expertise, will be an asset to Western Power as it transitions from the Economic Regulation Authority to the Australian Energy Regulator," Dr Nahan said. Ms Warburton is the executive director of Strategy and Finance at Brookfield Multiplex and serves on the boards of Fortescue Metals Group, Curtin Business School - Asia Business Centre and the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. "Ms Warburton has extensive experience in change management and driving leadership and cultural change which will be beneficial to Western Power as it moves through a business performance review," the Minister said. "Western Power has evolved over the past decade to become a more efficient customer focused business and I have no doubt Ms Krause and Ms Warburton will be instrumental in the continued improvement of the organisation." Ms Warburton and Ms Krause replace outgoing directors Paul Underwood and Sue Wilson. Dr Nahan recognised the significant contributions Mr Underwood and Ms Wilson have made to the network service provider. "I sincerely thank them for sharing their expertise and knowledge with Western Power," he said. Fact FileSharon Warburton was awarded the 2014 WA Telstra Business Woman of the YearVicki Krause completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business SchoolThe new appointees will join recently appointed chairman Colin Beckett and directors Greg Martin and Peter IancovWestern Power is a State Government-owned corporation committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to more than one million customers across a network area of 255,064sqkmFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
WA nickel successes promise long-term value8780Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 1:11:51 AM2015-10-08T01:00:00Z​Minister congratulates industry on project diversityFinal call for Exploration Incentive Scheme Round 12 Diverse exploration targets and prospective developments augur well for the future of Western Australia's nickel industry, according to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion. Mr Marmion officially opened the Australian Nickel Conference, being held in Perth today, and said despite commodities market headwinds, many analysts believed nickel prices would turn the corner next year. "The lower Australian dollar and the continuing export ban by Indonesia are forecast to improve nickel's fortunes, putting WA's explorers and miners in a positive position." The Minister singled out the Nova project in the Fraser Range, east of Norseman, as a 'superstar' performer. "Nova is expected to begin operating late next year with plans to produce 26,000 tonnes of nickel, 11,500 tonnes of copper and 850 tonnes of cobalt a year," he said. "It is a resounding vindication of the money the State Government has invested in the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) and its flagship Co-funded Drilling Program. "By the end of June 2017, we will have allocated $130 million since the scheme started in 2009, supporting a host of explorers, including Rox Resources, Panoramic Resources and Sirius Resources, which discovered Nova." Rox Resources has built on its 2012 discoveries at Mt Fisher East with high-priority nickel prospects Sabre and Cutlass, while Panoramic Resources has upgraded its East Kimberley Savannah project and discovered a high-grade nickel zone at Lanfranchi in the Goldfields. "Meanwhile, at Kambalda, Mincor Resources NL has boosted the life of its Miitel mine with discovery of the northern Burnett lode," Mr Marmion said. "It's also pleasing to see activity in new and underexplored areas such as Cassini Resources Ltd workover of the Nebo-Babel nickel deposits in the West Musgrave region." The Minister said applications for the latest round of the EIS Co-funded Drilling Program, valued at up to $4.5 million, close on October 16, 2015. "This important program has offered more than $50 million to 551 projects, with over 430,000 metres drilled and resulting in at least 20 significant discoveries," he said. Fact File183,083 tonnes of WA nickel worth $3.2 billion was produced last financial year$78.5 million was spent on WA nickel exploration during that time Minister's office - 6552 6800
Innovative 1960s office building heritage listed8767Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 12:14:15 AM2015-10-08T00:00:00Z​Former Co-operative Bulk Handling building, West Perth included in State Register of Heritage PlacesThe award-winning building was one of the first to use concrete sunshades One of Perth's first solar passive designed commercial buildings, a 1968 West Perth multi-storey office building, has been State heritage listed. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the former Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) building was one of the first in Western Australia to use concrete brise-soleil (sunshades) to reduce the sun's glare. "This building was built at a time when Australian architects began to use technical and creative innovation to design buildings that challenged ideas of traditional architecture," Mr Jacob said. Architects began to incorporate external design elements such as horizontal projecting slabs over the large glass windows. "The CBH building was one of the first to use concrete brise-soleil to influence internal building temperature," the Minister said. "The north-facing sunshades tilt downwards to inhibit summer sun through the double-glazed and heat-absorbent windows, while the south-facing shades tilt upwards to encourage natural light into the building." The building, overlooking Harold Boas Gardens, received a Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Bronze Medal Award citation in 1969. It was subsequently included in the 1988 RAIA World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture. Designed by prominent Perth architectural firm Summerhayes and Associates, it was constructed for the Western Australian farmers' Co-operative Bulk Handling, which occupied the building until 2003. Other State Registered buildings designed in the late 20th Century international-style include the WA Police Service Complex (1965) and Beatty Park Leisure Centre (1962). "The inclusion of a contemporary office building on the State Register reminds us that heritage is not just about older buildings," Mr Jacob said. "It is about places that represent the history and development of this State, including technical innovation." The Minister said the building's owner Warrington Property was planning refurbishments, including the installation of a rooftop pavilion. Fact File For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
On the buses as Rottnest wheels out upgrades8759Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements170html7/10/2015 11:48:10 PM2015-10-07T23:45:00Z​ADAMS awarded 10-year lease to operate bus and train services on Rottnest IslandFour air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible buses to be added to the fleetRevamped service to start November 1, 2015 For the first time, all vehicles on the popular Rottnest Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off service will be air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible, thanks to a new arrangement between the State Government and private transport operator, ADAMS. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said he was pleased that the Government, through the Rottnest Island Authority, was able to grant the 10-year lease to an award-winning company with more than 30 years' experience in the industry and a clear commitment to service. "ADAMS has a proven track record in providing quality tours and transport with a focus on environmental responsibility, safety, fun and passenger comfort," Dr Hames said. "For a holiday island such as Rottnest, that approach to any service provision is essential. Businesses also have to be cost-effective, sustainable and understand visitor needs." The Minister said transport services would be extended and improved under the agreement, with more vehicles and services to cope with peak summer demand. "Four air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible buses will be added to the fleet ready for the high-demand tourism period over the summer holidays," he said. Dr Hames said that ADAMS also valued the knowledge and experience of current permanent and casual staff delivering tours and transport services on Rottnest. "I'm delighted the experience and passion of current staff has been recognised. ADAMS has undertaken to provide opportunities for all so they can continue to share their knowledge and love of the island, its heritage and its ecosystem," he said. The Minister said all buses in the ADAMS fleet on the island would be equipped with air-conditioning ready for the start of services from November 1, 2015 and existing buses without air-conditioning would be decommissioned. ADAMS is expecting to increase capacity and transition to a newer fleet of ecofriendly vehicles for Rottnest Island over the next three years. ADAMS will also operate the train tour and the complementary shuttle bus that services accommodation around the settlement. Fact FileADAMS was awarded Gold in the 2014 WA Tourism Awards 10-year lease arrangement with ADAMS includes five-year options to extendPrivate investment part of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014- 2019For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Guildford Road improvements target black spot8758Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements170html7/10/2015 11:43:11 PM2015-10-07T23:00:00Z​$3.6 million upgrade at a busy Bayswater intersectionProject will improve safety and reduce traffic delays One of Perth's busiest intersections - Guildford Road at Tonkin Highway in Bayswater - is undergoing a $3.6 million upgrade, Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced today. The project, which started last week, involves widening Guildford Road on the northern side to make room for a new eastbound through-lane to improve traffic flow. Acting Road Safety Minister John Day said the project, funded by the 2015-16 Road Trauma Trust Account, would take up to six months to complete. Extra right-turn pockets will be provided for traffic entering and exiting Tonkin Highway, to reduce the number of accidents. Left-turn lanes will be extended to reduce queuing of traffic. The work includes improvements to traffic signalling, upgraded pedestrian facilities and street lighting, new overhead signage and new guardrails. "Tonkin Highway and Guildford Road play a vital role in the local road network and are strategic routes for local, freight and tourist traffic," Mr Nalder said. "Upgrading these intersections will significantly improve safety and efficiency for all road users." It is part of the State Government's plan to provide an integrated transport network, reduce congestion and improve safety. Fact FileAbout 53 crashes occurred at Guildford Road/Tonkin Highway northbound on and off ramps from 2010 to 2014About 126 crashes occurred at the Guildford Road/Tonkin Highway southbound on and off ramps from 2010 to 2014 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400 Guildford Road.pdf
Life's a beach at stunning regional Telethon home8756Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements300html7/10/2015 11:30:10 PM2015-10-07T22:10:00Z​Four-bedroom, two-bathroom home for sale at idyllic Dalyellup Beach Estate Located only seven minutes from the entertainment, restaurants and great shopping of BunburyAuction this weekend The 2015 Regional Telethon Home, south of Bunbury, is now on the market thanks to a joint venture between the State Government and Satterley Property Group. Located at 70 Gutmann Parkway, Dalyellup, the home is built on land donated by the developers Dalyellup Beach, an incorporated company established by the Housing Authority and Satterley Property Group. Many contractors on the project - including the builder WA Country Homes - donated their services. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the Dalyellup Beach Estate was an ideal location for the 2015 Regional Telethon Home. "The estate is located on the coast and features 50 hectares of parks and gardens and 25 kilometres of bikeways and walking trails," Mr Holt said. "It also has its own 150ha section of preserved Tuart Forest." The home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and spacious living areas and has been designed to suit its location. The heart of the home is a gourmet kitchen with a separate, fully appointed scullery. The home accommodates a private adult wing with a master bedroom and private retreat, while the remaining three bedrooms are located in the wing on the opposite side of the home, each with direct access to a central activity room. Construction started in April of this year and is now complete. "As a joint venture partner in Dalyellup Beach, the State Government is pleased to support Telethon's long-standing and outstanding work," the Minister said. "The buyer will not only inherit a stunning new home but help some of Western Australia's most vulnerable children." Fact FileThe home is open for inspection from 1pm-5pm this weekend or by appointment with Summit Realty in BunburyIt is due to be auctioned on Sunday, October 11, but is for sale prior to auction Minister's office - 6552 6100
Renovations at Albany campsite to take flight8754Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements300html7/10/2015 11:21:08 PM2015-10-07T22:00:00Z​$93,577 grant to upgrade kitchen and dining facilities at Gilcreek Scout Camp Youth and community groups will soon enjoy a revamped kitchen and dining facility at a popular campsite 12 kilometres north of the Albany CBD. Known as the 'Flightdeck', the building at Gilcreek Scout Camp will undergo a $93,577 upgrade courtesy of the State Government's Gaming Community Trust. The grant has been made to Scouts WA, which manages the camp. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the Flightdeck building was in desperate need of renovations. "At the completion of the works, the facility will provide a safe and clean environment for use by future generations," Mr Holt said. The grant will be spent upgrading the kitchen and dining facility, including the removal of old, unsafe and unserviceable cladding materials; and recladding the interior and exterior of the building. New timber doors will also be installed and the current window frames replaced with aluminium for durability. The Flightdeck was originally constructed at Busselton Airstrip for use during WWII before serving as the departure lounge at Albany Airport until the late 1980s. It was then transported to its current Norwood Road site. The Minister said many groups from regional and metropolitan areas, including universities, church and school groups, used the Gilcreek site. "This upgrade will make the experience of those groups a whole lot more enjoyable," he said. The renovations will be carried out by Ironmonger Building Company, Albany. Scouts WA is a community-based, not-for-profit and registered charitable organisation which has more than 7,500 members. Fact FileMoney from the Gaming Community Trust is derived from unclaimed winnings in WA as well as gaming operations at Crown Casino PerthThe trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community Minister's office - 6552 6100
Agreement opens new doors for WA agriculture6034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3800html7/10/2015 7:07:11 AM2015-10-07T07:00:00Z​Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement presents new agriculture export opportunities for WA across the fast-growing Asia-PacificThe 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries make up about 40% of global GDP The successful conclusion to negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this week is great news for Western Australia's agriculture sector. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston has welcomed the Australian Government announcement on the landmark agreement. "With about 33 per cent, or $15 billion, of Australia's agricultural exports going to TPP countries in 2014, this regional trade agreement could open up new export opportunities for Western Australian farmers," Mr Baston said. "Apart from reducing tariffs in many of our existing markets, this may open a few more doors in the highly competitive global agrifood market - particularly in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region, with its rising middle class." The Minister said many companies across Australia, and in the other 11 countries covered by the agreement, would already be looking for potential opportunities resulting from this partnership. "Researching new export markets and developing potential business contacts can be time consuming, so it's important to start looking for new business right now," he said. "Export markets are vital for our agriculture and food sector, and the State Government is committed to providing market and trade development support for Western Australian agribusiness." Mr Baston said the new agreement would eliminate more than 98 per cent of tariffs in the TPP region - which covers about 40 per cent of global GDP - removing import taxes on about $9 billion of Australian trade. The Liberal National Government supports trade opportunities for agrifood businesses through the Department of Agriculture and Food and its overseas network of Trade and Investment Offices. Fact FileThe TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and VietnamLast year, one-third of Australia's total goods and services exports - worth $109 billion - were sent to TPP countriesImproving on the results from the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, the TPP will reduce tariffs on Australian beef to nine per centWA's agrifood exports in 2014-15 were valued at $7.8 billion Minister's office - 6552 5400
Longer road trains approved for the Pilbara6030Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5580html7/10/2015 5:20:45 AM2015-10-07T05:00:00Z​WA to trial the longest road trains in AustraliaThe 60m Super Quads, made in WA, are set to boost productivity The longest road trains in Australia have been granted State Government approval to start operating in Western Australia's Pilbara. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the road trains were longer but safer than any seen on Australian roads before, with a prime mover and four trailers, spanning 60 metres. As a three-month trial, they will travel on a section of Great Northern Highway, between Munjina-Roy Hill Road and Utah Point, Port Hedland. "These vehicles are known as Super Quads and we have committed to an Australian-first trial of these roads trains to operate in the Pilbara region," Mr Nalder said. They have undergone - and passed - rigorous safety assessments to ensure they are safe to operate on public roads. "Even though they are longer, these are state-of-the-art vehicles with improved safety and superior handling compared to the standard 53.5m road trains, the longest currently allowed on our roads," the Minister said. The first two state-of-the-art vehicles have been manufactured by WA trailer manufacturers, Bruce Rock Engineering and Howard Porter, to transport iron ore and other minerals for Process Minerals International and QUBE Bulk. Though capable of higher speeds, the road trains will be limited to 90kmh, allowing easier overtaking by other vehicles and ensuring superior on-road performance. Mr Nalder said the trial provided the mining industry with greater productivity and lower operating costs, reduced the number of vehicles on the road in the long-term and introduced a safer vehicle. The trial will assess impact on the road infrastructure and other road users, such as pavement assessments, traffic data, community surveys and on-road monitoring. The vehicle combinations will be assessed by a panel of the Road Safety Commission, local government, WA Police, Main Roads and the caravanning industry. Fact FileThe vehicles are equipped with electronic braking systems, stability controls and in-vehicle telematics to monitor the vehicle's operationThe telematics ensure drivers do not deviate from the approved route or exceed 90kmh Minister's office - 6552 6400
Joondalup victims volunteer recognised6026Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2240html7/10/2015 4:35:36 AM2015-10-07T04:30:00Z ​A sense of humour and calm demeanour has won Carramar resident Paul Mattin the Department of the Attorney General's highest volunteering honour, the 2015 Bert Harris award. Attorney General Michael Mischin today presented Mr Mattin with the annual award, which honours volunteers who give outstanding support to victims of crime. Mr Mischin said Mr Mattin had been an extremely dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer at the Joondalup Family Violence Service for nine years. "Paul has shown humble leadership in helping and supporting a broad range of clients, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal backgrounds," he said. "Mr Mattin demonstrates sensitivities to gender issues, showing awareness to the different needs of clients. He has a great sense of humour and puts people at ease due to his quiet, respectful manner. "Clients say Paul is like a grandfather figure, who remains calm and promotes an accepting, non-judgemental attitude which makes them feel welcome. "He is an excellent team player, respectful, maintains boundaries and is extremely willing to be flexible with his availability to support the Joondalup Family Violence Service." The Attorney General also commended the other nominees for the award, including Janet McCauley (Secret Harbour), Rae Willis (Yokine), Mar Knox (West Leederville), David Gorham (Jane Brook) and Patricia Hill (Bedford). The award is named after Bert Harris, a long-time former volunteer with the department's Victim Support and Child Witness Service, which support both adult and child victims of crime, as well as witnesses to criminal activity. Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Perth culture alive and well in the city6022Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4790html7/10/2015 3:45:43 AM2015-10-07T03:30:00Z​Treasure Ships at the Art Gallery of WA opens to the public on SaturdayOutstanding events at the Perth Cultural Centre The Perth Cultural Centre is a hive of activity with school holiday entertainment and the opening of Treasure Ships Art in the Age of Spices at the Art Gallery of WA. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Treasure Ships opens this Saturday and showcases more than 250 rarely seen objects from public and private collections from around the world. "Treasure Ships is an outstanding exhibition that will see visitors explore the trade and shipwrecks of the 1500s to early 1800s," Mr Day said. "It takes visitors on a journey of how WA was first mapped and how we played a part in a much larger story of trade and discovery. "The exhibition features a diversity of art from Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States including first-editions of Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels." Highlights include shipwreck artefacts retrieved from the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon, which sank off the Western Australian coast in the 17th century; and a large-scale 16th century portrait of Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese viceroy of the state of India, from the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), Lisbon. The Minister said the Perth Cultural Centre had something for everyone, especially during the school holidays with the AWESOME Festival partnering with the State's cultural institutions. "The State's arts and cultural sector is truly thriving, and the breadth of activities means there is something that will suit all ages," he said. "The Art Gallery will host the Awesome AGWA Treasure Ships Family Weekend on October 10-11 to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. Children will have the chance to make their own maps and experience an Indonesian shadow puppet performance. "The State Theatre Centre has the interactive installation Rain, and the circus performance, Carnival of the Animals. The wonderful exhibition about Hairy Maclary author Lynley Dodd is on at the State Library, and the Secret Life of Suitcases is being shown at the WA Museum." Other activities at the Perth Cultural Centre include the gallery's popular ARTBAR which enables access to the Treasure Ships exhibition as well as live music from Guy Pearce, San Cisco and Clare Bowditch during October and November. The State Theatre Centre courtyard will also feature free live performances from some of WA's finest musical acts on Friday nights from October 30 until December 18. Fact FileTreasure Ships is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of WA and the Art Gallery of South Australia and runs from October 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016The State Government has partnered with AWESOME to offer eligible families subsidised tickets For more information, visit http// or http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
British Museum exhibition bound for WA1764Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5790html7/10/2015 3:01:48 AM2015-10-07T02:35:00Z​A History of the World in 100 Objects at the WA Museum an Australian first Artefacts include the bronze Head of Augustus, exclusive to the Australian tourExhibition runs from February 13 until June 18, 2016 The Western Australian Museum has achieved another international coup for Perth by securing the British Museum exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from February 2016. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was the third major international exhibition presented as part of the WA Museum's special relationship with the British Museum. "The WA Museum has done it again, securing this truly significant exhibition and showing it to Australian audiences first, before it continues on its national tour," he said. "The exhibition explores the last two million years of human history, from the oldest object in its collections to the present day. It invites visitors to travel the world and wonder at the remarkable achievements of humans as they faced changing climates, new lands and political arenas." A History of the World in 100 Objects tells its story exclusively through artefacts that people have made objects of all kinds, including those which have been admired and preserved, or those which were used, broken and discarded. From stone to gold, clay to plastic, the objects range in size from a 1.6 metre tall Assyrian relief, to gold coins of Croesus. It also includes a small, gold Llama from Peru, and the bronze Head of Augustus - once part of a statue of the Emperor which dates from 27-25 BC from the Sudan, and is exclusive to the Australian tour. This exhibition follows the success of the Extraordinary Stories and Secrets of the Afterlife. This will be the last international exhibition to be displayed at the WA Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre before the site closes. It will be handed to the managing contractor so that construction can begin on the new museum. The new museum will open in 2020. Fact FileThe exhibition runs from February 13, 2016. Tickets go on sale in November 2015 and will be available through http// or at the museumThe exhibition will also be shown at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra Liberal National Government has allocated $428.3 million for the redevelopment of a new WA Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre Minister's office - 6552 6200 Head of Augustus, bronze, glass, calcite; 27-25 BCE, Meroe, Sudan, ©Trustees of the British Museum
Pilbara blueprint to help drive new growth1758Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5120html7/10/2015 2:51:25 AM2015-10-07T01:00:00Z Economic diversity and liveability underpin the vision of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint unveiled today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman at the CEDA Future of the Pilbara forum in Karratha. Addressing the forum, Mr Redman highlighted agriculture, aquaculture, tourism and renewable energy as game-changing industries that would unlock new sources of growth for the region. "Diversifying the economic base of the Pilbara and leveraging world-class infrastructure of existing industries will create new jobs and new business opportunities for the region," he said. "This is a new and bold vision for the Pilbara, built on the success of the minerals and energy industries and the State Government's $1.7 billion investment to transform the region from mining towns to Pilbara Cities. "Identifying opportunities that capitalise on the Pilbara's competitive advantages will place the region in a strong position to seize opportunities for long term, sustainable growth. "The Pilbara Development Commission will be at the forefront of a collaborative effort between all levels of government, business and community to make the vision a reality. "The Pilbara blueprint is a plan for the region, by the region. This level of ownership will be critical to driving better outcomes for the Pilbara and for Western Australia." Each of the nine regional development commissions across WA have been tasked with putting together a regional investment blueprint based on their development aspirations and forecast population growth. Implementation of the nine regional investment blueprints will be supported by a $362 million investment through the Government's Royalties for Regions program. For more information about the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint, or to download a copy, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6700
WA NDIS My Way providers on show at expos1721Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3230html7/10/2015 8:18:35 AM2015-10-07T00:00:00Z​WA NDIS My Way expos to be held in Cockburn and Kwinana Service providers to meet people with disability The Disability Services Commission and cities of Cockburn and Kwinana are today hosting the first of three expos to showcase support and services available through the WA NDIS My Way trial in Cockburn-Kwinana. Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said today's expo, held as part of Mental Health Week, would focus on mental health providers who could support people with psychosocial disability. People who may be eligible for the WA NDIS My Way trial will be able to meet providers to learn more about support and services available to meet their individual needs. In addition, a therapy service providers expo will be held in partnership with the City of Cockburn on October 20 and a general services expo - including employment, community access and accommodation services - will be held with the City of Kwinana on November 4. "One of the standout aspects of the WA NDIS My Way trial is the increased freedom of choice for people with disability, their families and carers," Mrs Morton said. "They can decide what supports and services they want to include in their plan and who will provide those services. "These expos are a great way for people to meet service providers, discuss their needs and goals and explore the variety of options available to them." The expos will also offer art workshops, relaxation sessions and the opportunity to create new friendships over morning tea. The expo details aremental health providers 9am-1pm; Wednesday October 7, Medina Hall, Pace Road, Medinatherapy service providers 9am-1pm; Tuesday October 27, Beeliar Community Centre, 33 Lakefront Avenue, Beeliargeneral services 9am-1pm; Wednesday November 4, Darius Wells Centre, Kwinana Library, corner Chisham Avenue and Robbos Way, Kwinana. Fact FileFor more information on the WA NDIS My Way trial, visit http// To contact the WA NDIS My Way team on 1800 996 214 or Minister's office - 6552 6900
France and Ukraine to serve it up for Hopman Cup401Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3980html6/10/2015 11:47:02 PM2015-10-06T23:30:00Z​Ukraine's first appearance at Hopman Cup since 1995France hoping for second Hopman Cup titleProudly supported by State Government through Tourism WA Hopman Cup 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best in the event's 28-year history with teams from France and Ukraine joining the line-up. Entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils will team up with rising star Caroline Garcia, while Ukraine's top-ranking male tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov will join forces with world number 18 Elina Svitolina to represent their country. Teams already announced are Great Britain featuring Heather Watson and world number three Andy Murray, and Australia Gold with retiring Lleyton Hewitt and Perth's own Casey Dellacqua. Welcoming today's announcement, Tourism Minister Kim Hames said tennis fans were in for a treat when the Hopman Cup kicked off on January 3. "With some of the biggest names in tennis already signed up, and more exciting players to be announced in coming weeks, Hopman Cup 2016 promises to be one of the best," Dr Hames said. "The event has thrived since moving to Perth Arena in 2012 with innovations such as the $10 tickets for children making it even more popular and affordable for families." The Minister said the State Government was proud to be a major and founding sponsor of WA's famous international tennis competition through Tourism WA. "The State Government's support of the Hopman Cup started when the tournament began in 1989 and thanks to a new agreement signed last year, the event has been secured for Western Australia until 2022," he said. "Events such as this form an important part of the State Government's strategy to grow the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020." More than 95,700 fans visited Perth Arena for Hopman Cup 2015 which featured nine world top 20 players, including four top 10 competitors. Fact FileHopman Cup 2016 at Perth Arena from January 3-9, 2016Tickets available from 9am October 21, 2015 from http// Single session tickets go on sale from 9am October 28, 2015For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Jigalong power and water upgrades complete400Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2030html6/10/2015 11:33:29 PM2015-10-06T22:00:00Z​$10 million in Royalties for Regions funding to upgrade water and power suppliesState Government funds the Housing Authority to deliver the Remote Area Essential Services Program to Aboriginal communities The State Government has completed delivery of a new power station and high-quality water supply to the remote East Pilbara community of Jigalong, thanks to a $10 million investment made possible by the Royalties for Regions program. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the completion of the project to replace the old power station and improve water quality would help secure the future of the community. "This Government has made a significant investment in upgrades to the water and power supplies at Jigalong," Mr Holt said. "Previously high nitrate levels have been reduced to well below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the new power station has been built to cater for future growth. "These works will also support the construction and refurbishment of housing and health facilities in the community." The principal contractor for the power project was Kimberley Regional Service Providers, a registered Aboriginal business. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the infrastructure upgrades would provide a safer and more reliable and efficient power and water supply to the Jigalong community. "This investment will also allow for social, economic and business development opportunities within the community during cultural and sporting events," Mr Redman said. "The project is yet another example of how Royalties for Regions is delivering positive outcomes in regional Western Australia through the development of strong and sustainable communities." The 2011 Australian Census recorded a population of 427 people at Jigalong, on the western edge of the Little Sandy Desert. The community has a medical centre and a school providing education for about 120 children from kindergarten to Year 12. Fact FileJigalong was established in 1907 as a maintenance and rations store for workmen constructing the rabbit-proof fence and was later a camel breeding siteJigalong was the home of Molly Craig, the young Aboriginal girl whose 1,600km trek from the Moore River Native Settlement back to Jigalong was told in the book and later movie Rabbit-Proof FenceFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Good Outcomes Award winners announced2315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5850html6/10/2015 8:34:00 AM2015-10-06T08:30:00Z​Seven winners of the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards announced Winners include mental health worker for desert Aboriginal communities and Youth Focus CEO Youth Focus chief executive officer Jenny Allen and remote area mental health worker Paul Escott are among the seven winners recognised today in the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards. Ms Allen received the prestigious John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health for her work overseeing the expansion of Youth Focus from an operation with an annual budget of $240,000 to one with a $10 million budget. Mr Escott, who supports Aboriginal communities on the edge of the Tanami Desert, was named St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year. He is an Anglicare WA worker, who provides counselling, sports coaching and community programs that help strengthen Aboriginal communities in Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna. Mr Escott partners with community elders, corporations and job providers in programs such as Men's Sheds, a community garden and the Balgo Rangers youth club activities based around culture, healthy eating, lifestyle bushcraft, cooking and games. He builds health promotion into his programs which have a high participation rate of people of all ages and help contribute to community cohesion and the enhancement of people's sense of community and belonging. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced seven winners of the awards which recognise excellence and innovative programs to support mental wellbeing and improve the lives of people with mental illness, as well as their families and carers. "The 2015 award winners demonstrate the great depth and breadth of skills and experience available to consumers and their families and carers through the Western Australian mental health sector," Ms Morton said. "I am pleased the awards highlight areas of real improvement and best practice in the delivery of services which are also compassionate and caring." Other winners include the Shenton Park Hospital in the Home program, which won The University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health; and Anglicare WA street-based youth outreach service Street Connect, which won the Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health Fact FileThe 2015 Mental Health Week runs from October 2-10For more information on events, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900   2015 MENTAL HEALTH GOOD OUTCOMES AWARDS - WINNERS Edith Cowan University Award for consumer and carer involvement and engagement Kylie Fryer Kylie is a strong and articulate consumer and carer advocate devoted to reducing stigma and ensuring a better quality of life and wellbeing for people with a mental illness. She is involved in many committees and advisory groups. Kylie has worked tirelessly at advocating for the interests of consumers and carers and educating others about the importance of early intervention and maintaining mental wellness. University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health Hospital in the Home program - City Lower West Older Adult Mental Health Service, Shenton Park This service offers acute mental health care assessment and management for seniors who would otherwise require inpatient care. The program allows for more creative and flexible care of older adults, with the ability to support people in their own homes helping to improve outcomes and avoid or reduce the length of hospital admissions. Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health Street Connect - Anglicare WA, Inner City Perth This is a street-based outreach service which helps vulnerable and often homeless young people aged 15-25, many of whom experience severe difficulties associated with mental ill health. A mobile base in the form of a bus provides youth-friendly resources and information; staff work with young people, and other agencies, to address issues in a non-judgemental way. Curtin University Award for excellence in rural and remote mental health FIVE - DADAA, Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance FIVE is a community arts and cultural development project in Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance that helps to address the wellbeing of people with mental illness and reduce mental health stigma. St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year Paul Escott - Anglicare WA, Balgo Paul is a social and emotional wellbeing worker living in and servicing the communities of Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna on the edge of the Tanami Desert. As well as providing individual and family counselling, he coaches and organises multiple sporting activities and partners with community elders and others in a range of inclusive, community-building projects. Equal Opportunity Commission Award for human rights, equity and diversity in mental health Mental Health Matters 2 MHM2 is a volunteer advocacy group with a special focus on people and families with multiple and complex unmet needs who experience ongoing mental distress and problems with co-occurring drug and alcohol use, some of whom may have become involved in the criminal justice system. It has been involved in successful campaigns affecting Government policy and programs which impact on the most disadvantaged people in the community. John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health Jenny Allen - Youth Focus, Burswood Under Jenny Allen's leadership, since 2000 Youth Focus has grown from a staff of three and an annual turnover of $240,000 to more than 90 employees and an annual turnover of $10 million. As a result, it has been able to deliver its life-saving and life-changing services to more than 14,000 young West Australians.
Mowanjum centre pivot irrigator commissioned2313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4490html6/10/2015 5:02:14 AM2015-10-06T04:30:00Z​Mowanjum irrigation launch marks major milestone for the communityPart of $40m Water for Food program made possible by Royalties for RegionsAugurs well for Kimberley beef industry A new irrigation system has been commissioned on an Aboriginal pastoral station in the West Kimberley, paving the way for the Mowanjum community's entry into the beef industry. Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today joined the community near Derby to commission the centre pivot irrigation system on the Mowanjum Pastoral Station. Ms Davies said it was an honour to be with the West Kimberley community to mark the occasion. "This is a defining moment for the 350-strong community's hard work and persistence to expand its economy," she said. "Work on this $3.6 million Water for Food project began only last year and today water is flowing through the irrigation system. It's a critical part of the stand-and-graze model being trialled and underpins Mowanjum's entry into the Kimberley beef industry. "This is an excellent outcome made possible through the dedication of the Mowanjum community and support from the State Government's $40 million Water for Food program." The irrigation trial will serve as a demonstration model for other Aboriginal pastoral stations. Mr Redman said the Water for Food program, made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program, was creating economic opportunities for regional Western Australian communities. "Today proves that investing in diversification opportunities increases the economic stability and sustainability of regional communities and Mowanjum is an excellent example of what can be achieved," he said. "Water for Food builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative, which aims to strengthen regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity." Fact FileMowanjum irrigation trial is one of 11 projects in the $40m Water for Food programFor more information on the projects, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700