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Urban fishing event gives young anglers opportunity to land trout8692Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 8:02:56 AM2020-09-25T08:00:00Z Recreational fishing licence fees support $146,980 urban trout stocking program Fish in the 'Burbs comes to South Yunderup's Austin Lakes Estate for school holidays Recfishwest initiative raises awareness of freshwater fishing benefits Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley has welcomed a Recfishwest project to bring fishing opportunities to young people in the Perth metropolitan area and offer a freshwater fishing start to the school holidays. Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, representing the Minister, joined local students and members of the Shire of Murray council at the launch of the Fish in the 'Burbs program at Austin Lakes Estate. Fish in the 'Burbs is the first of a number of fishing programs that will coincide with school holidays during the next two years, with 500 rainbow trout released and ready to catch across this long weekend. Details about the Fish in the 'Burbs sessions are available at https// Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "Fishing is a great way to get outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine and a family friendly pursuit for hundreds of thousands of Western Australians. It also helps boost our economy. "Bringing fishing activities to the suburbs is a great way to encourage young fishers and this weekend's free sessions are the first of their kind in WA. "There will be similar events for young fishers at various suburban locations over the next two years. "The Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund has allocated $146,980 to the Fish in the 'Burbs project to support the release of thousands of trout and barramundi in urban water bodies across the Perth metropolitan area." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "This is a great opportunity for people to come visit Murray-Wellington and take advantage of a unique fishing experience. "This event over the long weekend doesn't require any prior knowledge of fishing - just an interest in finding out what freshwater fishing is all about and how to safely cast a line to try your luck at landing a trout. "Since 2012, close to $19 million from licence money has funded recreational fishing projects and recently the McGowan Government announced a $6 million package to support recreational fishers as part of the WA Recovery Plan to develop new fishing opportunities." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Latest cut of trainees graduate from shearing camp8628Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 7:05:31 AM2020-09-25T07:05:00Z 11 Great Southern shearing trainees presented with graduation certificates at Wellstead McGowan Government's Regional Shearing and Woolhandling Hub Camps building future industry capacity and Aboriginal economic developmentThe future capacity of the State's shearing industry has been bolstered, as a further 11 trainees graduated from a two week, intensive shearing and woolhandling camp today. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan today presented the participants with graduation certificates at a farm near Wellstead. They are the fourth group to complete the intensive two-week program as part of the Regional Shearing and Woolhandling Hub Camps program, funded by the McGowan Government and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), with support from the Western Australian Shearing Industry Association. The accredited AWI training program, which has also held camps at Northampton and Brookton this year, has a practical focus, including crutching and shearing, wool clip preparation and pressing. Planning is underway to host future shearing camps, to continue to provide employment pathways - particularly for young Aboriginal people - and stimulate regional and economic development. The graduates were Barry Roberts, Luke Mowaljarlai, Brodie Ellis, Kyle Smith, Caleb Woods, Jay Kaeoswat, Isaac Brooks and Mark Colbung (all from Albany), Josh Saunders (Kulin), Jess Campbell-Paaka (Newdegate) and Saffron Edwards (Lake Grace). Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our Regional Shearing and Woolhandling Hubs Camps are a terrific investment to build the long term capacity and capability of our local shearing industry. "Congratulations to today's graduates, who have knuckled down to learn the skills and discipline to become a valuable member of a shearing team, as shearers, classers and roustabouts. "Thanks to Wellstead farmer Rob Davy for the use of his facilities and his ongoing support of the program, as well as shearing contractor Mick Thomas for his guidance and commitment. "This program has already produced 24 graduates of whom 12 are now employed, helping to develop the next generation of shearers to grow our local workforce." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Waste not, want not: have your say on legislation to encourage use of waste-derived materials8339Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 7:03:11 AM2020-09-25T07:00:00Z Feedback sought on proposed legislation changes to support use of waste-derived materials Reforms will set standards and conditions to allow waste-derived materials to be used instead of virgin materials such as sand as fill for construction The McGowan Government is seeking community feedback on the proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials. The proposed framework will encourage use of fit-for-purpose waste-derived materials and support Western Australia's move to a circular economy. Currently waste-derived materials cannot be used for purposes such as fill without potentially creating landfill levy obligations or triggering licensing requirements. The reforms will allow use of waste-derived materials without triggering these obligations. The framework is most relevant to producers and users of waste-derived materials deposited to land in quantities above the licensing thresholds prescribed in Schedule 1 to the Environmental Protection Regulations 1987. Public consultation on the proposed framework will give stakeholders an opportunity to have their say on the framework and proposed changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986, Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 and Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy Act 2007. The consultation process is seeking stakeholder input about issues, concerns and opportunities, and information on any potential impacts on businesses, the community and government. To review the discussion paper 'Waste not, want not - Valuing waste as a resource - Proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials' and for information about submissions, visit https// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Western Australian Government is committed to waste avoidance, recovering more value and resources from waste, and protecting the environment by managing waste responsibly. "Implementation of the waste-derived materials framework will support the objectives of the Waste Strategy 2030 by encouraging the use of waste-derived materials to build confidence in recycled products, increase demand for them and develop relevant markets while protecting the environment. "I strongly encourage everyone with an interest to provide feedback to help shape the proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Rent grant continues for tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-198332Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 6:31:22 AM2020-09-25T06:30:00Z Next stage of grant helps tenants and landlords still affected by COVID-19 Tenants who received grant and are still in hardship can apply again Rent relief of up to $2,000 will be paid directly to landlords Western Australian tenants struggling financially after losing their jobs will have a second chance to claim the State Government's rent relief grant, helping renters and their landlords recover from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Following the extension of the COVID-19 rent laws, the Residential Tenancies Rent Relief Grant Scheme has been extended. Renters who have lost their job or more than 75 per cent of income due to COVID-19 can apply for a grant of four weeks rent to be paid to their landlord. Landlords who have already been paid the grant and who have tenants who remain in financial hardship caused by COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a second grant. The online application form is available until March 28, 2021. Landlords needing assistance can contact the new Landlord Hotline on 1300 30 40 54. Comments attributed to Commerce Minister John Quigley "The ongoing availability of relief and the opportunity to get a second grant is great news for tenants and landlords. "Many renters are trying to get back on their feet and the grant ensures that their landlord still receives the rent if they are unable to make ends meet after losing their income due to COVID-19. "The grant is available to compensate landlords where they have entered into negotiation with the tenant. "If you are a tenant in financial hardship then reach out for help by calling the new Landlord Hotline to talk to an expert about the grant and receive assistance." Minister's office - 6552 6800
$98 million graphite processing facility planned for Rockingham8331Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 6:01:01 AM2020-09-25T06:00:00Z ASX-listed EcoGraf signs option to lease in Rockingham Strategic Industrial Area $98 million graphite processing plant to support WA's battery minerals industry Project expected to create up to 275 local jobs Rockingham is set to house a multi-million-dollar downstream processing facility supporting Western Australia's growing battery minerals industry, with the signing of an agreement between DevelopmentWA and EcoGraf. EcoGraf has signed an option to lease on two lots in the Rockingham Strategic Industrial Area (SIA), with plans to develop a graphite processing facility in two stages. The development, occupying 6.7 hectares, is expected to commence construction in mid-2021 and create up to 200 construction jobs and 75 ongoing operational jobs once complete. WA-based EcoGraf owns a patented state-of-the-art, eco-friendly graphite purification process, catering to strong demand in global markets for environmentally responsible battery-grade spherical graphite. Production capacity for Stage 1 of the proposed Rockingham facility is 5,000 tons of battery-grade spherical graphite per annum, increasing to 20,000 tons per annum with the completion of Stage 2. Rockingham SIA was chosen as the site of the proposed facility due to its existing infrastructure, access to global markets, and recent lithium developments and related activity in the Rockingham-Kwinana region. The agreement with EcoGraf comes just weeks after Premier Mark McGowan opened the new Alloy Road within the Rockingham estate, which unlocked up to 73.5ha of new strategic industrial land. Comments attributed to Premier and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan "This is an exciting facility that will create jobs in Rockingham and surrounding suburbs. "The allocation of this prime industrial land to EcoGraf supports the State Government's Future Battery Industry Strategy, which aims to grow this emerging sector in WA and transform it into a significant source of economic development, diversification, jobs and skills. "Importantly, this proposed multi-million-dollar investment comes just two months after the opening of Alloy Road unlocked new strategic industrial land. "This is another demonstration of the great work done by the Industrial Lands Authority facilitate to industry growth and investment in WA." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Congratulations to all the staff and stakeholders at EcoGraf on today's great announcement. "This is another example of the continuing success of the McGowan Government's Future Battery Industry Strategy. "The demand for battery minerals in electric vehicles and battery storage systems has created an exciting opportunity for Western Australia, which has the fourth largest reserves of graphite in the world." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
Western Australia’s Annual Report on State Finances released8309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 5:50:04 AM2020-09-25T05:45:00Z WA's domestic economy grew over 2019‑20 despite impact of COVID-19 - the only State in Australia to do so COVID-19 has significantly reduced the forecast $2.6 billion surplus Reduction in surplus funded support measures for households and businesses and to equip frontline services to respond to COVID-19 McGowan Government's strong financial management provided WA with the capacity and flexibility to immediately respond to the pandemic More details about the State's finances will be available in the Budget to be released on October 8, 2020Treasurer Ben Wyatt today released the 2019-20 Annual Report on State Finances, which details Western Australia's audited whole‑of‑government financial outcomes for 2019-20. The report highlights the McGowan Government's responsible Budget management had put the State in a strong financial position for the first nine months of the 2019-20 year, prior to the impact of COVID-19 in the June quarter. Before the pandemic, net debt was around $9 billion lower in the March quarter 2020 than forecast when Liza Harvey and the Liberal-National Government left office. Under the former Government, net debt increased on average by $2.9 billion per year to a forecast of over $43 billion.The lower net debt outcomes under the McGowan Government have cut interest costs by almost $1 billion over the three years to 2019-20, underlining the importance of Budget repair in helping to bolster WA's COVID-19 response. The McGowan Government is investing $5.5 billion in the WA Recovery Plan to help drive WA's economic and social recovery across different sectors throughout the State, to ensure we can recover, stronger than ever. The 2019-20 Annual Report on State Finances report shows a fall in general government revenue and an increase in recurrent spending that is mainly due to the pandemic, including significant investment in frontline services and support measures for households and businesses. This has significantly reduced the forecast surplus for 2019-20 and increased net debt. The $2.6 billion general government operating surplus forecast in the Mid-year Review has been reduced by $920 million to $1.7 billion. Total public sector net debt increased to $35.4 billion at June 30, 2020, up from $34.5 billion at March 31, 2020. Last financial year, the McGowan Government spent $5.2 billion on infrastructure, with major investment in roads and public transport ($1.9 billion), electricity ($971 million), water ($635 million), and schools ($428 million). More details about the State's finances will be available in the Budget to be released on October 8, 2020. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "This report shows the McGowan Government's responsible financial management had dramatically improved the State's financial position, after almost a decade of mismanagement under Liza Harvey and the previous Liberal-National Government. "Even though the financial impact of COVID-19 came in the final months of this report, it vindicates our efforts for Budget repair and highlights the value of preparing for economic shocks. "Given the significant impact of COVID‑19, the Government is now shifting its focus from reducing net debt to supporting our economy. "The full impact of COVID-19 on the State's finances will take some time to be captured as the economic impacts continue to be felt and the Government continues to fund the State's recovery. "Every cent of the surplus achieved in 2019-20 has been allocated to the Asset Investment Program to fund projects that support and create local jobs. "The priority in a COVID world is not driving down net debt - the priority is Western Australians and the State's economic future. "Next month's Budget will contain further initiatives to support our recovery from COVID-19." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
New school in Baldivis officially named Pine View Primary School8308Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 5:00:50 AM2020-09-25T05:00:00Z Pine View Primary School announced as the official name for new primary school in Baldivis The $17 million school will officially open for the 2021 school year Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced Pine View Primary School as the official name for the anticipated new primary school in Baldivis. A range of potential names were considered in collaboration with the local community as part of the consultation process. Three possible names were voted on through an online survey, and Pine View Primary School proved the most popular choice with 79 per cent of votes. The name is inspired by the school site which was originally a pine plantation harvested in 2010. The new primary school will accommodate 430 students from kindergarten to Year 6 in state-of-the-art facilities that will feature five early childhood classrooms, three learning blocks providing 10 general classrooms, an inclusive education classroom, and a specialised art and craft room. There will also be a covered assembly area complete with a canteen, music room, sports store, gardener's facilities and a uniform store. The plans for the new school also include grassed play areas, an oval, playing courts and a cricket pitch. The school will ease pressure on enrolments at surrounding primary schools in Perth's growing southern corridor. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Pine View Primary School sounds like the perfect choice for this brand new school in Baldivis. "It is always great when the local community gets involved in the naming of their new school, and it's even better when a school name can maintain ties with the history of the site." Comments attributed to Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby "It is not long now until the school opens and young families in the Baldivis area can benefit from the new state-of-the-art education facilities. "I have worked closely with the Education and Training Minister on this school and am thrilled we can deliver this for the local community." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Community to shape future of cycling in Avon and Central Coast8307Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 4:06:31 AM2020-09-25T04:05:00Z State and local governments working together to develop Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy Strategy will set long-term vision for bike riding in Avon and Central Coast region and identify opportunities to encourage riding for transport, recreation and tourism Community invited to have their say and shape future of bike riding in the region Part of the State Government's strategic long-term approach to planning and investment in WA's regional bicycle network Work has commenced on a long-term cycling strategy for the Avon and Central Coast region to identify an aspirational network to improve safety and connectivity for residents and support local businesses by creating tourism opportunities. The State Government is developing the Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy in partnership with the Shires of Beverley, Chittering, Dandaragan, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay and York and is seeking input from the community. As well as sharing how they use the current bicycle network and how they would like to see it developed, the community is invited to have their say on a range of potential opportunities identified in a preliminary regional network. These opportunities include a coastal path connecting Jurien Bay and Cervantes, extending south to the iconic Pinnacles and a primary route along the scenic Avon River linking West Toodyay, Toodyay, Northam and Spencers Brook. Other opportunities include completing shared path networks in towns and connecting key destinations and attractions within the region to boost cycle-tourism experiences. The strategy, anticipated to be finalised in 2021, is the next step in the State Government's long-term approach to planning and investment in Western Australia's regional bicycle network. Regional cycling strategies to 2050 are already in place and guiding infrastructure investment in the Greater Geraldton and Esperance regions and the Bunbury-Wellington, Leeuwin-Naturaliste and Warren-Blackwood sub regions. The community can share their thoughts via My Say Transport until Friday November 6 or at a number of upcoming community drop-ins being held throughout the region. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Our Government is committed to planning and investing in safe and attractive bicycle infrastructure in our regions to help create active, healthy and connected communities and attract visitors to support local businesses. "I am pleased to be working with local government and the community to identify the many exciting opportunities to further develop bicycle infrastructure to encourage riding for transport, recreation and tourism in the Avon and Central Coast region. "With its beautiful coastline, iconic Pinnacles, Avon River and much more, the region has great potential to offer world-class cycling experiences for locals and visitors alike. "I encourage the community to get involved in shaping these experiences by visiting My Say Transport or a community drop-in." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "As more people take to their bikes to move within and around regional WA it is important that we offer high quality cycling experiences. "This Strategy will provide many benefits to our regional communities and help them to become an attraction for cycle-tourism. "I thank the Minister for commencing the 2050 Avon Central Coast Cycling Strategy and I encourage interested community members to take part in its future development. Minister's office - 6552 5500 Avon Central Coast 2050 Cycling Strategy community drop-ins Bindoon community drop-in When 27 September 2020 from 830am - 1230pm Where Bindoon Farmers Market at Clune Park, Bindoon Jurien Bay community drop-in When 27 September 2020 from 8am - 1pm Where Jurien Bay Community Markets at Fauntleroy Park, Jurien Bay York community drop-in When 10 October 2020 from 8am - 12pm Where York Charity Markets at Peace Park, York Beverley community drop-in When 17 October 2020 - events will be held across the dayWhere Beverley Heroic cycling race and bicycle event Toodyay community drop-in When 18 October 2020 from 9am - 1pmWhere Toodyay Farmer's Market, 140 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay
Official name announced for Harrisdale’s newest school8306Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 4:00:26 AM2020-09-25T04:00:00Z New primary school for Perth's south-eastern suburbs officially named North Harrisdale Primary School Community consulted on three options, with the most popular name officially announced today North Harrisdale PS to open in 2021 for students from kindergarten to Year 6 Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today revealed the official name for Harrisdale's newest primary school as North Harrisdale Primary School. North Harrisdale Primary School was the popular choice among the local community who participated in a survey during the consultation process. When complete, the school - built at a cost of $18.3 million - will accommodate 540 students from kindergarten to Year 6. The new school will feature early childhood classrooms, three general teaching blocks, a library resource centre, administration block, and staff and student parking. Students will enjoy a covered assembly area with a canteen along with a music room, hard courts and an oval for their sporting and outdoor activities. North Harrisdale Primary School will ease enrolment pressures on nearby Harrisdale Primary School. This is part of the McGowan Government's $513.6 million investment in 2018-19 to build new WA public schools and upgrade existing facilities across the State, creating jobs for Western Australians and ensuring students have access to modern education facilities. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I am pleased to announce North Harrisdale Primary School as the official name for our newest school in Perth's south-eastern suburbs. "The school has drawn on the word 'north' in the new name, with their vision for the school being the 'true north' for students' learning - providing purpose, direction and guidance as they navigate their way through their schooling." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "I would like to thank Minister Ellery and welcome Principal Jacqui O'Donnell in shaping the identity of our new school and having an official name supported by local families. "It's an important step, as local schools are hubs of communities, and I am thrilled to be delivering a new primary school which will give our local kids access to amazing state-of-the-art learning facilities in shaping their future." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Double milestone for Southern River’s newest primary school8305Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 3:40:40 AM2020-09-25T03:40:00Z Yarralinka Primary School chosen as official name for new school New school has reached practical completion Yarralinka Primary School to open in Southern River in 2021, starting with kindergarten and pre-primary students The first stage of a new primary school being built in Southern River has reached practical completion and will be named Yarralinka Primary School, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced today. The school is being built in stages, with the first buildings - worth $7.2 million - now finished and opening in 2021 with room for up to 160 kindergarten and pre-primary students. Stage two will be completed for the start of the 2023 school year and cater for up to 540 students from kindergarten to Year 6. 'Yarralinka' is a type of wheat, and the name reflects the agricultural activities that occurred in the area in the past. It is also the name of the street which the school is located on. The name was one of three proposed names put to the local community for feedback. Results from a community survey showed that nearly two thirds of respondents preferred Yarralinka Primary School. Other options were Yarralinka Community Primary School and Southern River Primary School. Christopher Burgess has been appointed as the foundation principal for Yarralinka Primary School. The new school is part of the State Government's $513.6 million investment (2018-19) to build new WA public schools and upgrade existing facilities across the State, creating jobs for Western Australians and ensuring students have access to modern education facilities. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Western Australian families need quality local schools to give children the best start in life so they can have every opportunity to achieve. "This is the second school we have built and opened in the last three years. The previous government did not build any schools in Southern River. "We are providing new schools and upgraded facilities in our growing southern suburbs." Comments attributed to Southern River MLA Terry Healy "It is really fantastic that so many families support the new official name for the school in Southern River - Yarralinka Primary School. "We promised to build two primary schools. I'm proud that we've delivered on our promise." Minister's office - 6552 5700
New online resource helps trace Aboriginal family histories8304Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 3:30:24 AM2020-09-25T03:30:00Z Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt launches online resource to assist individuals to access their family history Includes genealogical information collected by anthropologist Norman Tindale between 1935 and 1966 Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt today launched the Norman Tindale Collection which includes genealogical information and photographs from Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. The new online index was created by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' Aboriginal History WA to assist Aboriginal people to research their family and community histories. It contains vast amounts of genealogical information, recorded in 50 Aboriginal communities across Western Australia between 1935 and 1966. The index features more than 14,000 names, photographs, and data cards. The information contained within the index will assist individuals to access their history and re-establish important links to family, culture and country. To access Tindale records, applicants will need to complete a family history request form available from https// Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The Norman Tindale index provides an invaluable platform for Aboriginal people to research their family histories to help understand how their families and communities have been impacted by past government policies. "I encourage all Aboriginal people searching for truth to make use of this important resource. "With the existence of several hundred captivating photographs, many of which have never been seen previously, there is no other genealogical collection in Australia quite like this. "Having experienced an emotional journey uncovering my own family history, I expect this resource will assist others in travelling the same path. Knowing the truth is an important step towards reconciliation and healing." Minister's office - 6552 5900
McGowan Government to fund new LGBTIQA+ advocacy body8276Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 3:01:11 AM2020-09-25T03:00:00Z State Government to establish advocacy body for young LGBTIQA+ people Ministerial Youth Advisory Council members to be remunerated for their service Nominations for new Ministerial Youth Advisory Council members to open late 2020 Youth Minister Dave Kelly has used today's State of the Youth Sector forum to announce two new initiatives for Western Australian young people. The McGowan Government will for the first time fund a dedicated advocacy body for young LGBTIQA+ people. The new advocacy body for young LGBTIQA+ people will be established through the Youth Advisory Council of Western Australia, and it will aim to improve understanding of young LGBTIQA+ people's needs by government and by service providers. Its focus will be on policy advice and analysis, education, awareness-raising and building connections within the State Government and in the broader community. It will also advise the Minister for Youth on LGBTIQA+ youth matters. For the first time, members of the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council will also be remunerated for their service to the advisory council. The McGowan Government is committed to providing opportunities for WA youth to participate and to be heard, including the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council which it established in 2017 to provide advice to the Minister for Youth on matters relating to young people. The Ministerial Youth Advisory Council is comprised of up to 12 young people, aged 15 to 25 years, who draw upon their relevant knowledge, experience and skills to help inform policy and services for young people in Western Australia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council has been an invaluable source of information for the Government to inform it of the effects the pandemic has had on our young people. Members from the council sat on the COVID-19 Ministerial Youth Roundtable and were able to contribute to solutions that would assist young people on the road to recovery. Nominations for new members of the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council will open later this year with a new council expected to convene in 2021. Members can join the council for a 12-month term, with a possible second year extension. Information on the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council, including how to apply can be found at https// Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "2020 has been incredibly hard for young people in WA and across the world, with the COVID-19 pandemic having had a major impact on their health, education, training and employment. "WA youth now more than ever need to feel they are part of society and are heard, and that their specific needs are considered in any pandemic recovery plan. "The Ministerial Youth Advisory Council is an integral part of that, and I encourage young people who want to make a difference to nominate. "Members of the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council will for the first time be remunerated, which recognises in a small way the value that the council members bring to the State Government's policy-making processes. "LGBTIQA+ youth are a vulnerable group, and their voices need to be heard. "A representative body for young LGBTIQA+ people will understand and advocate for their rights, leading to stronger community connections and ultimately improved wellbeing and resilience." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Retired racehorses coming Off the Track with launch of dedicated welfare facility8275Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 2:19:51 AM2020-09-25T02:15:00Z Retired racehorses to be retrained and transitioned into life after racing Facility to assist animals into equestrian, pleasure or therapeutic pathways Part of McGowan Government's nation-leading racehorse welfare measures Western Australia's new racehorse welfare facility was unveiled today, with the Off the Track WA (OTTWA) Estate now retraining and transitioning retired animals as part of the McGowan Government's nation-leading approach to equine welfare. The dedicated, multipurpose North Dandalup facility will be managed by Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) and used to retrain retired racehorses for equestrian, pleasure and therapeutic pathways. It will support owners to transition retired animals with the OTTWA Retraining Program, as well as offer clinics and events, and provide support for emergency welfare cases. Two of the first horses transitioning through the facility will be donated to HorsePower Australia - previously known as Riding for the Disabled WA - which provides people with disability access to therapeutic horse-related activities. The formation of a dedicated racehorse welfare facility was a key pillar of the State Government's Western Australian Racehorse Welfare Plan, released in 2019. The OTTWA Estate has the capacity for up to 40 racehorses, which after an initial evaluation will be allocated to off-site official retainers who will work with the animals to transition them into life after racing. The OTTWA Retraining Program will complement existing programs for rehoming retired racehorses and will favour horses which face additional barriers to finding appropriate pathways after retirement, such as those located in remote areas. Under the Western Australian Racehorse Welfare Plan, RWWA has also launched the OTTWA Passport Program to track racehorses after they leave the industry, and a new website to support retired racehorses and their owners with information on retraining programs, clinics, events, educational material and a buy-and-sell function. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia "The official launch of the Off the Track WA Estate is a brilliant milestone in the State Government's work to elevate Western Australia's racehorse welfare standards to the highest in the country. "It is important that we adhere to the best standards of animal welfare and care, and I thank animal welfare advocates and the racing industry for their support of this initiative. "The Estate will assist retired horses to move into new pathways - benefitting the animals and the many Western Australians who will enjoy the companionship they are able to offer. "I am particularly pleased with HorsePower's involvement with the Estate. The organisation does wonderful work supporting people with disability, and it is terrific to see two of the program's first horses donated to support their programs." Minister's office - 6552 5600
New primary school in Perth’s north-east officially named8009Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 1:15:47 AM2020-09-25T01:15:00Z $18.5 million Brabham Primary School officially named First primary school to be built in the suburb School to open in 2021 for 540 studentsA new primary school in Perth's popular north-eastern suburbs has been officially named Brabham Primary School. The $18.5 million school is the first to be built in the suburb of Brabham, an area named in honour of Australian motor racing legend, Sir Jack Brabham, who raced there during the early days of his racing career. Construction of the school - located on Lakefield Drive in Brabham - started in 2019. The school will welcome students from Kindergarten to Year 6 when it opens next year and has the capacity for 540 students. The first-class facilities include an early childhood teaching block, four classroom blocks including a specialised one for art and science, library resource centre, covered assembly area with canteen, music room, administration building, hard courts and a grassed oval for physical education and outdoor activities. This is part of the State Government's $513.6 million investment in new Western Australian public schools and upgrades to existing facilities across the State, creating jobs for Western Australians and ensuring students have access to modern education facilities. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "What an exciting day for the Brabham community who were consulted during the process of naming the school. "From next year we will have this outstanding modern learning environment available to children in the area." Comments attributed to West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti "Brabham is one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the State, so Brabham Primary School will relieve enrolment pressure on nearby schools." "This was a key election commitment I made at the last election, and I am so happy to see it being delivered. "I know families in the area can't wait to see this school open." Minister's office - 6552 5700
2020 Governor’s School STEM Awards finalists announced8008Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 1:06:07 AM2020-09-25T01:00:00Z The Governor's School STEM Awards recognise excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education Winners to be announced at awards ceremony in November The State Government is committed to increasing STEM participation to drive Western Australia's technological futureScience Minister Dave Kelly today announced the six public schools and one private school recognised for excellence in developing a strong STEM culture, and named as finalists in the 2020 Governor's School STEM Awards. Now in its sixth year, the Governor's School STEM Awards recognise and celebrate primary and secondary schools that demonstrate leadership, advocacy, engagement and achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The awards support the McGowan Government's STEM skills strategy and Take 2 STEM campaign, as well as highlight the importance of a whole-of-school STEM culture that positively impacts on students, parents and the community. The finalist primary schools are (in alphabetical order) Brookman Primary School (Langford) Sacred Heart Primary School (Highgate) Tambrey Primary School (Karratha) Wembley Primary School (Wembley) The finalist secondary schools are (in alphabetical order) Ashdale Secondary College (Darch) Cecil Andrews College (Seville Grove) Hampton Senior High School (Morley)Prizes for both primary and secondary school categories include a $2,000 Leadership Excellence Award for the winner, a $1,000 Meritorious Leadership Award for the runner-up, and an excursion to Scitech for up to 90 students, or a DIY science kit for an entire term of lessons for both winners. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "The best future jobs will require STEM skills, so it's vitally important to instil in our schools a positive STEM culture that can help students prosper in life. "The Governor's School STEM Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Western Australian schools that shine in providing a strong STEM learning environment for their students. "I'd like to congratulate the finalists for their work in fostering an environment of excellence, and for encouraging their staff, students and parents to champion STEM education." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The finalists of the Governor's School STEM Awards are schools that are leaders in our State, and play an important role in getting their students excited about STEM. "I would like to thank educators across the State who are delivering innovative STEM programs for WA students. "2020 has been a challenging period for our schools due to COVID-19, and I would like to thank our schools for going above and beyond to ensure students continue their education." Comments attributed to the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia "I would like to congratulate the schools named as finalists in this year's Governor's School STEM Awards, an initiative of my predecessor the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC. "I proudly support these awards which celebrate excellence among school leadership teams in delivering outcomes critical to Western Australia's technological future. "I look forward to learning more about each school and the enthusiasm of their students in learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics." Science Minister's office - 6552 6100Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Community to have their say on proposed Dongara-Geraldton-Northampton route8232Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 1:28:00 AM2020-09-25T00:00:00Z Preferred corridor selected for future link between Dongara, Geraldton and Northampton Additional community consultation on proposed route underway Completion of alignment selection study key step in future planning for Mid-West McGowan Government delivering regional road projects across WA, supporting local jobs A preferred route has been identified for the future freight corridor between Dongara, Geraldton and Northampton. The proposed corridor follows an inland route to the south of Geraldton up towards Northampton following close to North West Coastal Highway. From Dongara to Geraldton, a new inland corridor is proposed to start near the Brand Highway and Midlands Road intersection to link up with the current Arthur Road alignment to the south of Geraldton. The northern link and southern options would be linked by proposed new road infrastructure within the already planned Oakajee Narngulu Infrastructure Corridor. From Geraldton to Northampton, a new road is proposed within a wider corridor near the existing North West Coastal Highway. The preferred route was defined by a Main Roads alignment selection study which was undertaken to identify a road corridor that could provide a long-term solution for freight, safely accommodate heavy vehicle combinations and remove heavy vehicles from town sites throughout the Mid-West. This study originally identified three possible routes between Dongara and Geraldton, and a further three between Geraldton and Northampton. Following extensive community feedback and investigations the preferred single corridor between Dongara, Geraldton and Northampton has been proposed. Main Roads will now continue discussions with landowners and other key stakeholders, including local governments and the Mid West Development Commission, before seeking endorsement from the Western Australian Planning Commission. To find out more about the planning study, and provide feedback, visit https// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is a project that has been talked about in the Mid-West region for many years. "Main Roads has now completed an alignment study following years of investigation and consultation that has identified a preferred route for this project. "Now the preferred route has been identified, Main Roads will continue to seek the community's input into the proposed alignment, including landowners, local government and community members. "I want to stress this is only the start of the process for this project and there is currently no funding allocated towards construction. "There is plenty of time for everyone to have their say and I would encourage all interested community members to provide their feedback." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "I thank Minister Saffioti for moving this important project closer to a reality. "This proposed new highway will provide a major upgrade to our road network, improve road safety and road transport links. "It will also provide hundreds of local jobs and increased economic growth for the Midwest." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham "Progressing this key highway upgrade has been a passion of mine since coming to Government in 2017. "I congratulate Minister Saffioti on putting this plan out for comment and ensuring locals can have their say. "This is an important local project and vital upgrade. I urge everyone in the area to view the full details and get involved to ensure we have the highway we deserve, for decades to come." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Record jobs and sales in WA’s resources sector8007Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/09/2020 12:46:04 AM2020-09-24T22:00:00Z $22 billion increase in mineral and petroleum sales in 2019-20 A record 135,000 people employed in WA's resources sectorWestern Australia's resources industry experienced record sales of $172 billion in the 2019-20 financial year, according to statistics released by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Iron ore sales reached a record $103 billion on increased output and an eight-year price high. Gold sales also soared to an all-time high of almost $16 billion, with prices averaging more than $2,300 per ounce. Mineral exploration expenditure hit $1.7 billion, an increase of 17 per cent from $1.4 billion in 2018-19. Oil sales increased to $2.6 billion on higher volumes, despite lower prices across the first half of 2020, while nickel sales recovered to more than $3.1 billion, a four-year high. A record average of 135,000 people were employed in the resources sector during 2019-20, up from 128,374 the previous year. Iron ore and nickel construction activities accounted for most of the growth, while exploration employment also increased 12 per cent. Almost $19 billion was invested in WA's resources sector, up from $17 billion in 2018-19. This represents the first year-on-year increase in mining and petroleum investment since the 2012-13 iron ore and LNG boom. There are currently more than $100 billion worth of projects in the pipeline. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Creating jobs is the McGowan Government's number one priority, so it's encouraging to see employment continuing to grow in the resources sector. "These record results underpin the importance and resilience of the resources sector as WA recovers from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. "It is particularly pleasing to see strong growth in exploration expenditure, which has been achieved despite the difficulties caused by the global pandemic. "Maintaining our support of the State's mining and petroleum industries is a key part of the McGowan Government's Recovery Plan to keep WA in a strong economic position." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Hundreds of life-saving devices rolled out across the State8006Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6180html24/09/2020 7:15:12 AM2020-09-24T07:15:00Z 828 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) distributed to bush fire brigades and State Emergency Service units $1.4 million investment in life-saving devices funded through the Emergency Services Levy New devices are carried in emergency response vehicles, fire appliances, and SES flood boats Emergency services volunteers throughout Western Australia now have access to more life-saving equipment with the distribution of 828 Automated External Defibrillators to bush fire brigades and State Emergency Service units. The new devices, which have been funded with $1.4 million from the Emergency Services Levy, have been fitted to fire appliances, and SES utility vehicles and flood boats. The portable AED devices are simple to use and can save someone's life during a cardiac arrest. Volunteers have been trained in how to use them. Local governments assisted with the rollout of the devices to their bush fire brigades and SES units. Department of Fire and Emergency Services brigades, groups and units also carry AED devices. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "By providing our State's bush fire brigades and SES units with these Automated External Defibrillator devices, we are increasing the level of emergency support available for our communities. "These devices, which have been funded by $1.4 million from the ESL, could save the life of someone who is involved in an emergency event or even a volunteer themselves who find themselves in trouble during a stressful situation. "I would like to thank the various local governments that have assisted with the rollout of these devices to their bush fire brigades and SES units." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Liberals ‘local jobs guarantee’ to strip hardworking regional businesses of millions of dollars8005Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8640html24/09/2020 6:47:49 AM2020-09-24T06:45:00Z Liza Harvey's flawed jobs policy would penalise hardworking Western Australian businesses Defective policy would lock regional businesses out of winning contracts for big infrastructure projects planned for the city and across Western Australia WA Liberals policy could lock some WA businesses out of work in their own region WA businesses have shared in more than $202.2 million worth of works contracts awarded by the Finance Minister since July 2018 outside their region Since July 2018 regional businesses have been awarded over 40 contracts valued over $50,000 by the Finance Minister worth a total of more than $22.6 million outside their region McGowan Government's very successful Jobs Act has supported more than 22,300 local, Western Australian jobs - including more than 1,400 apprenticeships and traineeships Hardworking regional businesses would be locked out of State Government works contracts, costing them hundreds of millions, if Liza Harvey's Western Australian Liberals 'local jobs guarantee' was introduced. Under Liza Harvey's flawed policy, businesses would not be given preference for work on projects greater than 125kms away from their headquarters. This would lock out regional businesses from winning big infrastructure projects planned for the city and has the potential to lock businesses out of work in their own region and across other regions. The McGowan Government has done more than any other Government in history when it comes to creating jobs for locals on State Government contracts. In 2018, the McGowan Government passed the Jobs Act, which ensures local companies and local workers are prioritised on State Government infrastructure projects and services. The Jobs Act ensures prospective State Government contractors and suppliers are required to submit a participation plan that outlines their commitment to prioritise local workers, and enter into supply contracts with WA's small and medium businesses. The McGowan Government has also established the WA Industry Link online portal to help Western Australian businesses to tender for government contracts and local content advisors have been employed throughout regional WA to help local businesses to take advantage of government contracts in their region. Earlier this year, the McGowan Government also unveiled the new and improved WA Buy Local Policy 2020, giving regional businesses a stronger weighting than those outside their region for local works. Western Australian businesses have shared in over 260 contracts valued over $50,000 outside their region awarded by the Finance Minister since July 2018 worth an estimated $202.2 million. Since July 2018 regional businesses have been awarded over 40 contracts valued over $50,000 outside their region by the Finance Minister worth an estimated total of more than $22.6 million. This only represents works contracts awarded by the Department of Finance. The full cost of the WA Liberals policy on regional businesses would be far greater when accounting for all Western Australian Government contracts. Under Liza Harvey's policy the following regional businesses awarded contracts since July 2018 by the Finance Minister for projects in Perth would be locked out Mid-West business Crothers Construction Pty Ltd - for works with Child and Adolescent Health Service and Department of Education worth $64.2 million; and South-West business Perkins Builders - for works on the New Armadale Courthouse and Police Complex worth $61.7 million.Comments attributed to Finance Minister Ben Wyatt "In eight years in office, Liza Harvey and the Liberals did not see fit to try and put local jobs first. "Ms Harvey and the Opposition were those responsible for moving railcar manufacturing and fabricating works for the Matagarup Bridge overseas. "When Mike Nahan was in charge he called to scrap Royalties for Regions and now Liza Harvey has introduced a policy that adversely penalises hardworking regional businesses. "Under the McGowan Government regional companies have been successful in bidding for work in Perth. This will not be possible under the WA Liberals policy. "The WA Liberal policy will also lock regional businesses out of bidding for work in other regions of WA. "The McGowan Government's Jobs Act has been very successful, with thousands of jobs going to local WA businesses that could have otherwise gone east. "It has supported more than 22,300 local, Western Australian jobs - including more than 1,400 apprenticeships and traineeships." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New Water Corporation Board Chair appointed8004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20110html24/09/2020 3:51:24 AM2020-09-24T03:50:00Z Mr Ross Love appointed as new chair of Water Corporation Board Strong high-level leadership skills will help guide the Water Corporation as it deals with the challenges of climate changeWater Minister Dave Kelly has welcomed Ross Love as the new chair of the Water Corporation's Board. Mr Love has a background in management having spent 25 years in leadership roles with Boston Consulting Group in Australia and New York. Mr Love is also currently Chair of Fremantle Ports and Board member of the Western Australian Regional Development Trust. Mr Love's experience bridges both corporate and government sectors, including airlines and airports, commuter rail, retail and resources. The Water Corporation's Board, in consultation with management, sets its strategic direction and ensures rigorous corporate governance standards are met. Board members are appointed by the Governor of Western Australia, on the nomination of the Water Minister. Mr Love's appointment as chair of the Water Corporation board was effective from September 22, 2020 for a term until December 31, 2022. David Lock, who has been a Board member since 2014 and Acting Chair since January this year, will remain on the Board as Deputy Chair. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "I welcome Ross Love to Water Corporation's Board. "He brings a strong track record of strategy development and execution plus a wealth of corporate expertise and high-level leadership skills to the Water Corporation. "I look forward to working with Ross to help guide Western Australia's most important utility as it deals with the challenges of climate change. "I thank Acting Chair David Lock for serving the Board well since January this year, and I'm pleased that he is going to remain on the Board as Deputy Chair." Minister's office - 6552 6100