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Joint media statement - Job-creating transformation of Mitchell Freeway now underway1264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/05/2021 5:45:32 AM2021-05-16T05:45:00ZA transformation of the Mitchell Freeway is now underway, with the $448 million upgrade set to provide a major boost to the local economy and support more than 2,200 local jobs. Three separate projects have now commenced construction. When completed, they will help bust congestion and transform travel to and from Perth's booming northern suburbs. The $232 million Mitchell Freeway Extension project will extend the freeway north from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road and is anticipated to create more than 1,200 local jobs. Fast tracked to boost the economy through COVID-19, the project is being delivered by the Mitchell Extension Joint Venture, a consortium of BMD Construction and Georgiou Group. The project will include new freeway access points at Hester Avenue, Lukin Drive and Romeo Road, an extension of Romeo Road from Wanneroo Road to Marmion Avenue, duplication of Wanneroo Road from Romeo Road to Trian Road and new shared paths on the western side of the freeway. Additional funding recently announced by the Morrison Government means the interchange at Butler Boulevard can also be added to the scope. On top of this, funding has also been negotiated to enable the duplication of Wanneroo Road from south of Romeo Road to Dunstan Road - this will result in a continuous dual carriageway on Wanneroo Road all the way north to Taronga Place in Carabooda. Work on the $140 million Smart Freeway project has also commenced and will see the popular technology rolled out at nine entry ramps southbound from Hester Avenue to Warwick Road. The project is anticipated to create and support more than 500 direct and indirect jobs. The third project will see the Mitchell Freeway southbound widened to three lanes between Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue, along with upgrades to the Principal Shared Path for cyclists and pedestrians. This project also includes construction of a new lane from Hodges Drive to Warwick Road, an extra lane from Hepburn Avenue entry ramp to Warwick Road exit ramp, new safety barriers and new or upgraded shared paths between Ocean Reef Road to Warwick Station. All three projects are jointly funded by the Morrison Government and Western Australian Government, and are on track to be completed late 2023. Premier Mark McGowan said the $448 million transformation would provide a massive boost to the economy while also transforming the northern suburbs. "We know the northern suburbs is booming with the Western Australian Planning Commission estimating by 2031, the population of the region will have grown by 39 per cent to 395,000 and to 740,000 by 2050," he said. "It's important we plan and deliver the infrastructure needed for the future today, which is why we are investing millions in transport upgrades for our northern suburbs to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and slash travel times. "Combined with other major transport projects underway, including the METRONET Yanchep Rail extension, these projects are creating and supporting thousands of direct and indirect jobs while providing a welcome boost to our economy." Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Morrison Government was pleased to partner with the McGowan Government to deliver these key projects. "Perth's north-west metropolitan region is growing rapidly, with unprecedented levels of investment boosting the local economy and driving population growth and demand for an effective transport network," Minister Fletcher said. "This significant upgrade of the Mitchell Freeway will increase connectivity, improve journey reliability and help alleviate local road capacity issues for commuters." Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the projects form part of an extensive upgrade to road, rail and cycling infrastructure works currently underway in Perth's northern corridor. "When complete, the Mitchell Freeway Extension Project will deliver time savings of up to 15 minutes northbound from Narrows Bridge to Alkimos during the afternoon peak period," she said. "The widening of the Mitchell Freeway southbound from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue will improve journey times by seven minutes for drivers, while also increasing the freeway's southbound capacity by up to 50 per cent, leading to shorter journeys for 51,000 motorists daily. "We have been successful in including a new interchange at Butler Boulevard and duplicating Wanneroo Road in this project, which will mean less rat runs through the northern suburbs and a smoother journey. "The northern suburbs are seeing unprecedented development with the extension of Stephenson Avenue and expansion of the rail network through the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension." Premier's office - 6552 5000Transport Minister's offive 6552 5500
Take the pledge to drive so others survive this National Road Safety Week1263Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/05/2021 1:45:34 AM2021-05-16T01:45:00Z Slow down to save lives National Road Safety Week, May 16-23 More than 30 iconic Western Australian buildings and landmarks will turn yellow this week to shine a light on road safety. As part of National Road Safety Week, popular landmarks from Broome in the north to Albany in the south will light up yellow, as a visual reminder for people to drive safely. Western Australians are being urged to take the National Road Safety Week pledge to 'Drive so Others Survive', highlighting the critical responsibility all road users have towards one another. Launching National Road Safety Week today, Police and Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia took the pledge at Scarborough Amphitheatre which, along with the Scarborough pool, will be bathed in yellow light. Every year, around 1,200 people lose their lives on Australian roads and 44,000 people are seriously injured. So far this year, there have been 61 fatalities on WA roads - 43 of those in country areas. More than $700 million is being spent on regional road upgrades across Western Australia - more than any other time in the history of the State. Further information about National Road Safety Week is available on the Road Safety Commission website, and people are invited to take the pledge at https//communityconnect.rsc.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia "National Road Safety Week is an opportunity to have a conversation about road safety with your family and friends, and take the pledge to drive safely. "Already this year, too many families have lost loved ones through road crashes. "Please drive within the speed limit, buckle up, leave the phone alone, take regular breaks and never get behind the wheel when you're affected by alcohol or drugs. "Road safety is everyone's responsibility and if we all make a commitment to drive so others survive, we can work together to reduce death and serious injury on our roads." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Rockingham aged care nurse wins 2020 Nurse of the Year1265Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml16/05/2021 10:24:20 AM2021-05-15T23:00:00Z ​Aged Care Transition and Liaison Nurse at Rockingham General Hospital honoured as 2020 Nurse of the Year 13 exceptional Western Australian nurses and midwives honoured in individual categories Winners selected from a highly competitive field of 34 finalistsA nurse from the Rockingham Peel Health Group has been named Western Australia's Nurse of the Year for 2020. Aged Care Transition and Liaison Nurse Deborah Jones also won the category award for Excellence in Primary, Public and Community Care. Ms Jones took out the awards at the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (WANMEA), held on the weekend at Rockingham General Hospital. Ms Jones has been involved in a project that aims to achieve sustainable outcomes for older adults at risk of readmission to hospital. She works closely with patients as they are discharged from hospital ensuring they transition safely from acute care to home. Ms Jones' work has led to a decline in adverse outcomes and readmission to hospital with patients reporting improved understanding of their medical conditions and medications. A further 12 of WA's most accomplished nurses and midwives from across public and private health and the education sector received awards across 12 individual categories. Two new Lifetime Achievement Honour Awards recipients - Professor Gavin Leslie and Professor Rhonda Marriott - were also announced. The professors were honoured for the significant impact they had made to the nursing and midwifery professions on a local, national and international level. The Health Hub Team, Pilbara Population Health, won the Excellence in Person-Centred Care team award for bridging the gap in access to primary health care while improving engagement satisfaction among Aboriginal populations. The efforts of WA nurses deployed to Victoria to assist with the State's COVID-19 response last year were also recognised at the awards event. A full list of WANMEA winners can be found at http//www.wanmea.com.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards provide Western Australians with the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the approximately 38,000 nurses and midwives across the State working in private, public and non-government sectors. "Each nurse and midwife has been nominated by colleagues or patients for making a significant difference to their professions and organisations, and to the health and wellbeing of the Western Australian community. "I congratulate all winners and finalists and thank them for striving for excellence in their professions and for their commitment to the health and wellbeing of patients and the community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Prisoners mine new skills in training program1262Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4130html15/05/2021 12:42:21 AM2021-05-15T00:05:00Z 12 Aboriginal prisoners graduate from Carey Bindjareb training program 57 men have successfully completed program at Karnet Prison FarmTwelve Aboriginal prisoners are on track for potential employment in the mining and civil industries after completing a Department of Justice training program at Karnet Prison Farm. The men graduated today from the successful Carey Bindjareb program which is a collaboration between traditional owners and Aboriginal contractor Carey Mining. Minimum security prisoners from around the State are given the opportunity to apply for the program, which is run at a simulated mine site at the Serpentine-based facility. Over the 14-week course participants gain industry-specific skills, including a Certificate II in Civil Construction, a High Risk Forklift Ticket and a Working at Heights qualification. One of the graduates went a step further and received a Certificate III, after completing additional work and acting as a peer mentor during the course. The participants are also supported to reconnect with their culture and learn key life skills, resilience and confidence. Fifty-seven men have now completed the program, with two-thirds that have been released from prison gaining employment in the mining, civil and related industries. More than half of the remainder are actively seeking employment activities at Carey Mining. Mining services companies WesTrac, Bis Industries, Monadelphous, Alcoa and Makita have all provided equipment, site access and expertise for the program. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston "Congratulations to the 12 men that have graduated today from the Carey Bindjareb program. You and your families must be very proud of your achievements. "This project provides meaningful industry-led training for Aboriginal men with direct links to employment when they get out of prison. "It's a great result to have nearly two-thirds of graduates in the community gainfully employed in the mining and civil industries, and that most of the remainder are actively seeking work." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Partnership to promote the nutritional benefits of eating lupins1261Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3630html15/05/2021 12:36:42 AM2021-05-15T00:00:00Z ​McGowan Government backs national campaign to promote lupins for healthy eating Government and industry partnership to increase value-add opportunities for WA lupin growersWA lupin growers will benefit from an education campaign, underpinned by scientific evidence, market insights and intelligence, to promote the health benefits of lupins as a high value and nutritious food. Lupins are uniquely high in protein and dietary fibre, low in fat and contain virtually no starch. They have the potential to lower cholesterol levels, improve glycaemic control and gut health. The Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) will deliver the campaign, supported with co-funding of $39,900 from the McGowan Government and the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA). The partnership between government and industry aims to increase market awareness and demand for lupins as a food, providing value-add opportunities for WA lupin growers. The campaign will include an online information portal and a 'Lupins for human consumption' digital media program to run throughout Australia for 12 months. Stimulating demand for lupins as a food ingredient could benefit WA growers, by diversifying market opportunities. Although lupins for food is a niche market, coming from a very low volume of less than 10,000 tonnes, with strong demand for plant protein globally, it could be a future driver of growth in the WA lupin industry in the long term. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is the superfood we love it's not only good for human health, it creates healthy soils for our farmers. "About 80 per cent of Australia's lupins are grown in the WA grainbelt and this is a big opportunity to value-add to our production and encourage more people to enjoy healthy lupin-based products. "Lupins are gaining popularity as a gluten free plant protein option and there are an increasing range of lupin ingredients such as flour and flakes suitable for high-protein drinks, snacks and ready-to-eat meals." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Applications open for Indian COVID-19 Crisis Relief Funding1260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7600html14/05/2021 9:13:05 AM2021-05-14T09:10:00Z State Government has allocated $2 million in relief funding to support those directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India Requests for funding can be from $100,000 to $500,000 Complements initiatives already underway including more medical supplies and equipment Applications are now open for the State Government's $2 million relief funding program to help India through its second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian COVID-19 Crisis Relief Funding program was recently announced by the State Government as India recorded more than 350,000 new COVID-19 cases a day. Grants between $100,000 and $500,000 are now available to local Indian community organisations who are already working with partners to provide on-the-ground support in India. Western Australian Indian organisations are already providing support through the provision and installation of oxygen concentrators in hospitals, the sourcing and provision of ventilators and grants to those vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the Indian society. Eligible organisations will be required to show they are a registered charity and are delivering support through a genuine registered organisation in India. Application forms and the full eligibility criteria are available on the Office of Multicultural Interests website at https//www.omi.wa.gov.au/funding/india-covid-grant-program Applications close at 4pm on May 31, 2021. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We stand with the Indian community during this extremely challenging time. This funding will help the local Indian community deliver more relief to people directly impacted in India. "The situation in India right now is absolutely heartbreaking - with the country now facing more than 350,000 new cases and thousands of deaths every day. "My thoughts and sympathies, and those of all Western Australians, are with everyone with family, friends and loved ones who have been affected by the current situation in India." Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony Buti "As India battles through the hardest of times, felt by its diaspora all across the globe, it's important for everyone to help where they can. "It is an extremely difficult time for the Indian community in Western Australia, many who are far away from loved ones in India. "Western Australians from Indian backgrounds are a huge part of our community and the McGowan Government is eager to provide relief and help wherever it can." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 6400
Incident Controller to step down after successful COVID-19 response1247Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14690html14/05/2021 8:37:01 AM2021-05-14T08:35:00Z WA's SHICC Incident Controller Dr Robyn Lawrence to step down New Incident Controller Dr Tudor Codreanu will take over the role next month Health Minister Roger Cook has commended the work of Western Australia's State Health Incident Control Centre's (SHICC) outgoing Incident Controller, who will step down from the role next month. Dr Robyn Lawrence - who has led the State's COVID-19 response for the past 15 months - has announced today that she has resigned from the position, effective from June 18, 2021. Dr Lawrence, who started in the role in March 2020, has worked alongside the Chief Health Officer and public health team in the State Health Incident Control Centre, providing advice and support around clinical matters related to COVID-19. This has included a key role in managing community and vessel outbreaks, overseeing the State's hotel quarantine system, developing COVID-19 outbreak plans for public and private hospitals, aged care facilities and the primary health care sector and, more recently, overseeing the rollout of WA's COVID-19 vaccination program. Dr Lawrence has wide-ranging experience across WA Health - including as the Chief Executive of the North Metropolitan Health Service, the Child and Adolescent Health Service and the South Metropolitan Health Service. She will finish in the SHICC role on June 18 and will return to WA Health after taking leave. Dr Tudor Codreanu will be appointed as the new Incident Controller, after working as a medical advisor in the SHICC during the COVID-19 related State of Emergency. He has extensive experience in disaster medicine, leading emergency responses as part of the Australian Medical Assistance Team. This included COVID-19 deployments to Japan and Darwin and WA Medical Assistance Team (WAMAT) COVID-19 missions to co-ordinate accommodation and medical care for returning cruise ship passengers on Rottnest Island. Dr Codreanu was also integral in the responses to vessel-related COVID-19 outbreaks on the MS Artania, Al Kuwait, Al Messilah, Key Integrity and Patricia Oldendorff. Most recently, he led the WAMAT deployment to Kalbarri to help with recovery following Cyclone Seroja. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I would like to thank Dr Lawrence for her incredible service to our State over the past 15 months. "She has shown strong and successful leadership during unprecedented and turbulent times and has made a huge contribution to keeping the Western Australian community safe. "This is a gruelling, challenging role in which Dr Lawrence has excelled and we are fortunate she'll be returning to the WA health system. "I would also like to welcome Dr Tudor Codreanu to the Incident Controller role. "He brings a wealth of valuable experience to the position and I look forward to working with him as we continue to manage our COVID-19 response here in WA." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Initial results confirm Oakajee as ideal site for green hydrogen1246Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11090html14/05/2021 5:08:39 AM2021-05-14T05:00:00Z Preliminary wind and solar monitoring indicate the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area is well suited to the production of green hydrogen Initial data recordings highlight above average wind speed and solar irradiance McGowan Government investing more than $35 million to position Western Australia as a global industry leader in green hydrogenInitial data recordings of wind and solar conditions at the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area in Western Australia's Mid-West region indicate that it is an ideal site for the development of a green hydrogen industry. ARUP, in conjunction with Fulcrum3D, have been recording site-specific wind and solar resource data at the Oakajee SIA since January 2021. The average monthly wind speeds and solar irradiance recorded between mid-January and mid-April suggest conditions at Oakajee SIA would provide a solid basis for the production of green hydrogen. Both wind and solar results for this three-month period were above the established averages for the area published by reputable wind and solar agencies. While recordings will continue for a full 12-month period to determine seasonal variability, the initial results are very encouraging and demonstrate the site's suitability for renewable energy to facilitate green hydrogen production. The McGowan Government is currently reviewing 65 expressions of interest received to develop the greenfields strategic industrial site into a globally competitive renewable hydrogen production and export precinct. There was a strong international interest in the EOI process including submissions from companies categorised as 'super majors', each having a global reach and market capitalisations in the tens or hundreds of billions. With a 6,400-hectare footprint, the Oakajee SIA has the capacity to support an extensive renewable energy hub and deliver power at internationally competitive power prices, essential for the competitive production of green hydrogen. The site, managed by DevelopmentWA, is located on the coast just 23 kilometres north of Geraldton and is connected via the North West Coastal Highway to the Geraldton Port. The McGowan Government has committed more than $35 million towards developing a job-creating renewable hydrogen industry in WA. Comments attributed to Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan "These initial results are extremely encouraging and confirm that Western Australia has a world-class renewable resource that is ideal to support a successful green hydrogen industry. "The Oakajee SIA is ideally located for the production and export of renewable energy both to local and international markets and there has been strong global interest in developing the site. "We know there is incredible demand for clean, renewable energy and we are determined to ensure Western Australia is a market leader in the production of renewable hydrogen." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Kings Park plan for iconic, world-class park1245Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11250html14/05/2021 4:15:54 AM2021-05-14T04:00:00Z The Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021-2026 has been gazetted and released by the McGowan Government Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the world's most beautiful inner-city parks and attracts about five million visitors each year The Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021-2026, which guides the management of the park over the next five years, has been released by the McGowan Government. Developed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in consultation with stakeholders and the community, the plan focuses on five key management areas community engagement and participation; visitor experiences; science and environmental conservation; plant collections and displays; and amenity and infrastructure. Kings Park and Botanic Garden is one of the world's most beautiful inner-city parks and attracts about five million visitors each year. As well as spectacular views of Perth and the Swan River, the park provides diverse opportunities for recreation, tourism, and cultural and ceremonial events. Its expansive landscaped gardens, rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, significant memorials and natural bushland spaces have created an iconic, world-class park highly valued by the people of Western Australia. Kings Park is also home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden, a significant botanical resource for scientific and horticultural research, education and it plays a key role in the conservation of WA's unique flora. A copy of the plan can be found at https//www.dbca.wa.gov.au/publications/kings-park-management-plan-2021-26 Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "For more than one hundred years Kings Park and Botanic Garden has been a significant place for all Western Australians, but its history stretches well beyond European settlement. "The Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan acknowledges and celebrates Noongar culture and knowledge of the land, and balances a diverse range of functions in the interest of the environment and the community. "The plan will help ensure one of the world's most beautiful inner-city parks continues to be treasured by Western Australians and visitors for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 5900
McGowan Government delivering $30 million of transport upgrades through Mid-West1244Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7430html14/05/2021 3:38:29 AM2021-05-14T03:30:00Z Projects include road upgrades, cycling and walking projects, supporting local jobs Additional Federal funding recently secured to deliver more key projects McGowan Government continues to deliver on key election commitments The McGowan Government is delivering more than $30 million worth of transport upgrades across the Mid-West region, including roads, cycling and walking projects. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today inspected the $2.6 million intersection upgrade at Brand Highway and Barrett Drive in Geraldton. Upgrades to the intersection to improve safety include installing a separate southbound left turn lane from Brand Highway into Barrett Drive; widening the intersection of Brand Highway and Barrett Drive to improve safety; extending the dual southbound lanes on Brand Highway past Lockyer Road; intersection improvements at Lockyer Road/Brand Highway; and new median and island treatments. Other road upgrade projects underway across the Mid-West, jointly funded through the Regional Road Safety Program, and due to be completed by the end of July are $3.2 million to upgrade 32 kilometres of Brand Highway from Cooljarloo to Badgingarra; $4.9 million to upgrade various sections of Indian Ocean Drive; $13.8 million to upgrade 128 kilometres of Great Northern Highway. The McGowan Government is also working to deliver its $1.2 million election commitment to widen Brand Highway at the intersection with West Bank Road in Greenough. A further $44 million has recently been announced by the Commonwealth Government for upgrades along Indian Ocean Drive between Jurien Bay to Brand Highway. Pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit from more than $5.5 million for an additional 10 kilometres of infrastructure to the local walking and cycling network. This includes the $4.3 million McGowan Government election commitment to expand the Geraldton Cycling Network, with projects including a connection between Tarcoola Beach and Cape Burney along Brand Highway; a connection between Sunset Beach and Drummond Cove; a shared path on Glenfield Beach Drive; and the transformation of Railway Street in Bluff Point into a safe active street between Spalding Park Reserve, Chapman River trails, and St Lawrence's and Bluff Point primary schools. Across the Mid-West, the shires of Mingenew, Morawa and Three Springs are also sharing in over $150,000 in recently awarded Western Australian Bicycle Network grant funding to continue to grow their local bike riding networks. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Our Government is committed to delivering for regional Western Australia with more than $50 million worth of transport infrastructure projects underway across the Mid-West region. "These projects include major road upgrades, including $2.6 million to fix the intersection of Brand Highway and Barrett Drive, as well as cycling and walking projects. "A number of projects are also being funded through the Regional Road Safety Program that aim to deliver a range of low cost treatments to help reduce trauma across country roads. "We've also got a strong focus on upgrading cycling and walking infrastructure with another 10 kilometres of shared paths being built throughout the region." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "The Mid-West is continuing to grow and is becoming even more popular with tourists - so it's important our transport infrastructure continues to keep pace with demand. "These major road and cycling upgrades will improve safety and connectivity throughout the region. "As a parent and cyclist I'm proud to be a part of the McGowan Government who continues to deliver safer, better roads and bike paths in regional WA." Minister's office - 6552 5500
$7.9 million in grants awarded to family violence support services1243Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9510html14/05/2021 2:21:23 AM2021-05-14T02:15:00Z $7.9 million in service grants awarded to WA family and domestic violence service organisations through the Federal Government's National Partnership Agreement on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Responses 30 grants will fund a range of supports to keep women and children safe One in four grants awarded to Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations Community service organisations that provide frontline supports to people experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence will share in approximately $7.9 million in grants funded through the Commonwealth's National Partnership Agreement on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Responses. The 30 grants will be distributed to organisations that deliver the services required to respond to increased demand and complexity of need resulting from COVID-19, and ensure that help remains available when it is most needed. The grants cover the breadth of family and domestic violence support services including outreach responses, counselling services, legal advice for victims, prevention initiatives, men's behaviour change programs, crisis accommodation and connecting survivors with housing options. The family and domestic violence sector peak organisations, the Centre for Women's Safety and Wellbeing Inc. and Stopping Family Violence, have received funding for training, capacity building initiatives and a program of workshops to help perpetrators to identify disrespectful behaviours and build better relationships. Programs aimed at supporting the State's most vulnerable, including children and young people, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and people living in regional and remote parts of the State, are among the successful applications. The Department of Communities received 75 applications through the expression of interest tender process and approved 30 grants that will enhance the community service sector's capacity to meet service demand State-wide. A quarter of the grants have been awarded to Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs), further building ACCOs' capacity to deliver culturally safe supports, including services that are specifically targeted at regional and remote parts of the State. The grants come on top of the more than $23 million in funding that the Western Australian Government invested through the WA Recovery Plan to help address family and domestic violence in the community. The package of additional supports announced following the outbreak of COVID-19 last year includes 23 extra outreach workers for women's refuges, 17 additional community sector team members to support victims after a police call-out, doubling the capacity of the Peel and Kwinana women's refuges and a program for women who are residing at refuges to gain employment skills, access career training and attend workshops and short courses to support their pathways to employment. The rollout of the grants is guided by the McGowan Government's long-term plan for a Western Australia where all people live free from violence - Path to Safety Western Australia's Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020-2030. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "COVID-19 has presented unique challenges for the agencies providing frontline services to combat family and domestic violence in Western Australia. "Prioritising access to family and domestic violence services within the context of a pandemic response ensures that necessary supports are still available while continuing to effectively manage the risks of community spread of COVID-19. "These service grants, awarded through the National Partnership Agreement, send a clear message that all levels of government are committed to supporting women, children and families experiencing or at risk of violence. "Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations play a critical role in implementing specialised practices that ensure culturally sensitive supports are available in the areas that they are needed most, so I welcome the strong representation of ACCOs among the grant recipients." Minister's office - 6552 6600 Organisation Region/s Marnin Bowa Dumbara Aboriginal Corporation Kimberley Australian Childhood Foundation State-wide Centrecare Incorporated Goldfields/Esperance Community Legal Centres Association (Western Australia) Inc t/a Community Legal Western Australia State-wide Derby Aboriginal Health Service Council Aboriginal Corporation Kimberley Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network Inc. State-wide Ebenezer Aboriginal Corporation North Metropolitan Fremantle Women's Health Centre Inc North Metropolitan South Metropolitan East Metropolitan Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia Inc State-wide Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation Kimberley Mission Australia Pilbara Midwest-Gascoyne Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation t/a NPY Women's Council Goldfields/Esperance Orana House Inc. East Metropolitan Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW) North Metropolitan South Metropolitan Great Southern Goldfields/Esperance Rise Network Inc East Metropolitan Ruah Community Services State-wide The Family Planning Association of WA (Inc.) t/a Sexual Health Quarters State-wide South-West Aboriginal Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation South-West South West Refuge Inc South-West Southern Aboriginal Corporation x2 Great Southern Wheatbelt Starick Services Inc t/a Starick State-wide Stopping Family Violence Inc. South Metropolitan East Metropolitan Great Southern Sussex Street Community Law Service Inc North Metropolitan South Metropolitan East Metropolitan Midwest-Gascoyne Great Southern Goldfields/Esperance Financial Toolbox Inc ATF Financial Toolbox Women at Risk Trust x2 State-wide Centre for Women's Safety and Wellbeing Inc. x2 State-wide Wungening Aboriginal Corporation North Metropolitan South Metropolitan East Metropolitan Zonta House Refuge Association Inc. 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New irrigation training program to help local councils be waterwise1242Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5740html14/05/2021 2:20:25 AM2021-05-14T02:00:00Z New waterwise irrigation training program launched for WA local governments Training program delivered in partnership with the Water Corporation and Irrigation Australia Limited Western Australia Irrigation training program is a new initiative of the Waterwise Councils ProgramWater Minister Dave Kelly today announced the launch of a new waterwise irrigation training program for Waterwise councils. The program is a new initiative being introduced to encourage local governments to achieve and retain Gold endorsement under the existing Waterwise Council Program. The Waterwise Councils irrigation training program will equip local government staff with the skills and knowledge to ensure best practice in efficient water use, through improved irrigation design, installation and maintenance. The cost of the program will be fully subsidised for participating local government parks and irrigation staff, and will initially run each year for the next three years. To be eligible for access to the training, a local government must be endorsed or working towards achieving Gold status in the Waterwise Council Program. Local governments in the Perth and Peel regions rely on groundwater as the primary source of irrigation water for public parks and open space. However, groundwater resources are coming under pressure through a combination of increasing demand and lower recharge, due to climate change. Through the Waterwise Councils Program, many local governments are already demonstrating leadership in water use efficiency and leading by example in their communities on the efficient and sustainable use of precious groundwater to deliver beautiful, functional public open spaces and sports grounds. The training program will be delivered through a partnership between Irrigation Australia Limited Western Australia, the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. The Waterwise Councils irrigation training program contributes to the delivery of the Waterwise Perth Action Plan through key action items that aim to extend and enhance the Waterwise Council Program and recognise 100 per cent of metropolitan councils as Gold by 2030. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Improving the water efficiency of irrigation systems is a smart and cost-effective way that local governments can use groundwater more sustainably and increase their resilience to a drying climate. "This training program will help Waterwise councils respond to the impact that climate change is having on our precious groundwater resources, by ensuring their staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to install water efficient irrigation systems. "The cost of the training program has been fully subsidised for local governments that are endorsed or working towards achieving Gold status in the Waterwise Council Program." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Roll up for COVID vaccinations at Joondalup1240Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8560html14/05/2021 1:48:03 AM2021-05-14T01:45:00Z New community vaccination clinic opens in Joondalup today Bookings essential by calling 13 COVID The number of vaccinations in WA have now reached 122,069 total vaccinations and 28,338 second doses Western Australians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can now roll up their sleeves in Joondalup, protecting themselves, their families and their communities against COVID-19. From today (May 14), Western Australians can get vaccinated seven days a week at the State-run community vaccination clinic located at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, 420 Joondalup Drive (West Mall between Kmart and Target). The clinic, which will initially offer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, will be open 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays. Vaccination bookings are essential and can be made by calling 13 COVID (13 268 43). Western Australia now has clinics in Perth's four corners Joondalup in the north, Perth Airport in the east, Kwinana in the south and Claremont in the west. Vaccinations are also continuing right across regional WA with hospital-based clinics offering vaccinations in the Goldfields, Great Southern, Kimberley, Mid-West, Pilbara, South-West and Wheatbelt. COVID vaccines can also be accessed via GPs, GP respiratory clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services located throughout regional and metropolitan WA. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Bookings have now opened for the Joondalup vaccination clinic, so if it's a convenient location for you, make sure you make your appointment by calling 13 COVID. "Our health staff are working hard to ensure as many people as possible who are 50 and over can be vaccinated, protecting us all against the threat of COVID-19. "The State is also continuing to focus on vaccinating priority groups such as frontline healthcare, quarantine, border, high-risk and critical workers, so we remain on the front foot in tackling this pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Rottnest Island riding global wave in surfing championship splash1239Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6870html13/05/2021 11:49:38 PM2021-05-13T23:05:00Z Fifty four of the world's best surfers head to Rottnest Island this weekend in second world championship event for WA in 2021 Follows "one of the best ever" Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro events, with biggest waves seen in recent history Both events supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WAAfter two weeks of huge swell at the competition in Margaret River, the World Surf League Championship Tour is heading to Rottnest Island, marking the first time Western Australia has hosted two world surfing events in the same year. Supported by the McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, the Rip Curl Rottnest Search will kick off on May 16, and follows the world-famous Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro. It's the first time Rottnest Island has been included in the tour, with the 10-day broadcast-only event to be held at Strickland Bay on the west side of the island - a location which has a reputation for consistently good waves. The championship event will be promoted online and through a global television broadcast, with material to highlight the appeal of Rottnest Island as a must-visit surf and holiday destination. The coverage will target Western Australia's key international tourism markets, including the USA, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and Indonesia. In December, the McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, successfully negotiated for the Boost Mobile Margaret River Pro to remain on the World Surf League Championship Tour until 2024. The State Government has been a proud sponsor of the Margaret River Pro for more than 30 years. The Rip Curl Rottnest Search is a special one-off event. It will be held at Strickland Bay from May 16 to 26. Although Rottnest Island will remain open for visitors while the competition is held, spectators will not be able to access the event site at Strickland Bay in order to limit environmental impacts to the island. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "Staging two WSL World Championship tour events in WA this year presents a fantastic opportunity for our State, with striking footage of the South West and Rottnest Island broadcast to millions of viewers around the globe both online and on television. "This history making event on the island paradise - Rottnest, will put our State firmly in the surfing spotlight not just in WA, but around the world, and follows the Margaret River Pro's success showcasing the South West region. "This year, the Margaret River Pro attracted a strong crowd, with the maximum number of permitted spectators heading to the shore to get their spot early each day of the competition, and large audiences tuning into the livestream of the event online. "Together, the two elite-level surfing events help to keep the holiday destinations front of mind for people for when the time is right to travel again, through the WSL's global broadcast and social media activity." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Changes to support recovery of WA’s western rock lobster fishery1241Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8120html14/05/2021 2:05:03 AM2021-05-13T22:00:00Z Further steps to help commercial lobster fishers adapt to changing market access New relief mechanisms include another 18-month season, the continuation of back of boat sales and access fee instalmentsThe ongoing closure of the China market to many Australian imports continues to impact our State's Western Rock Lobster industry and new measures will come into force on Saturday to provide further support to fishers. Fisheries Minister Don Punch has agreed to a package of measures developed in consultation with Western Rock Lobster Council that will extend the new commercial fishing season for lobster to begin at the start of July and run for over 18 months. This is the second time the McGowan Government has provided the extended season option to fishers and the total allowable commercial catch will again remain at 9,000 tonnes, with access fees payable through a more flexible instalment plan. Historically the commercial lobster seasons have run for 12 months, beginning on January 15 every year, but with current market conditions lobster fishers have sought and been granted greater flexibility to run their businesses. The continuation of the option to conduct back of the boat sales will allow commercial operators to make the most of a very popular way to sell their catch and provide consumers access to the freshest local lobster available. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "Continuing to allow access fees to be paid in instalments across another extended 18 month season will provide important fee relief to lobster fishers as they continue to work through dramatically different market conditions. "The season extension provides fishers with more time to land their catch and develop supply chains into alternative markets, thereby minimising the economic impact on fishers. "Back of the boat sales will continue to play their part in enabling direct support from the public to the lobster industry, making it easier for licensed fishers to sell lobsters to the local community, restaurants and seafood wholesale and retail outlets." Minister's office - 6552 6900
The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices1238Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6870html13/05/2021 11:21:56 AM2021-05-13T11:00:00Z The Alternative Archive survey exhibition opens in Perth Regional artists give their own unique take on local communities Exhibition will tour the regions next year as part of the McGowan Government's Regional Exhibition Touring Boost initiative Diverse artistic voices from across the State are being celebrated with the opening of The Alternative Archive survey exhibition in Perth. The exhibition will encourage audiences to engage with regional artists' histories, storytelling and local mythologies. It is a culmination of the Alternative Archive project, a 2019 anthology of artworks which examined regional artists' relationships to their local communities. The new exhibition will present about 45 works from the Alternative Archive project, which previously showcased as micro exhibitions at 13 regional locations throughout Western Australia. It includes artworks from Craig Allsop, Charmaine Green, Violet Samson, Monique Tippett, Ben Galmirrl Ward and many more. The artworks will return to the regions next year, as part of the State Government's Regional Exhibition Touring Boost initiative delivered by ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The tour will be accompanied by professional development and education programs, artists' talks and other activities. The Alternative Archive survey exhibition, curated by Chris Malcolm and Anna Louise Richardson, is at the John Curtin Gallery in Bentley until July 30, 2021. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "It's fantastic to see the Alternative Archive exhibition open at last, as it was delayed by a year due to COVID-19 restrictions. "This is a unique exhibition, featuring 39 artists, who all give their own insight into their local histories, storytelling and mythologies, using a range of mediums. "More broadly, the exhibition will increase our understanding of the arts ecology, practices, and conditions of regional art making in Western Australia." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Art produced in the regions helps to give WA its unique identity and opportunities like Alternative Archive give regional artists the exposure they deserve. "This exhibition will travel to audiences across the State next year, giving regional audiences the chance to enjoy these diverse artworks." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Pre-lockdown life to resume in full from 12.01am this Saturday1237Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements29970html13/05/2021 5:46:52 AM2021-05-13T05:45:00Z From 12.01am Saturday, May 15, Perth and Peel will return to pre-lockdown life Masks are no longer mandatory, home gathering limits removed, capacity limits for wedding and funerals lifted, and major stadiums can operate at 100 per cent Western Australians urged to continue to use SafeWA app or written contact registers The Perth and Peel regions will return to pre-lockdown life from 12.01am Saturday, May 15, following the latest public health advice. No new community cases have been detected in the Perth and Peel regions since the detection of the last community case on Saturday, May 1. Pending no further cases, the following restrictions will be eased masks will no longer be mandatory, unless at the airport; there will be no capacity limits for weddings and funerals; major stadiums including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Park and HBF Stadium - main arena can operate at 100 per cent capacity; visitor limits for patients in hospital, aged care or disability facilities will be lifted; and the 100-person capacity limit for home gatherings removed. Western Australians are reminded to register their contact details via the SafeWA app or written contact register at businesses and venues where contact registers are mandatory. The SafeWA app and written contact registers are vital tools for health contact tracers to more efficiently identify people that may have been exposed to the virus, helping reduce the potential of a widespread outbreak. The transition to pre-lockdown life will be in place for at least one month and the Chief Health Officer will review the situation again before recommending a transition to possibly removing remaining restrictions and adjusting to Phase 5. For more information, visit https//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians have done a fantastic job at crushing the virus in our community. "The return to pre-lockdown life is only possible because of the collective efforts of Western Australians. "I thank everyone for listening to the health advice and protecting one another from this killer virus. "The return to pre-lockdown life is great news for businesses and our economy - I encourage everyone to go out this weekend and support local businesses as much as they can. "Please remember when heading out to a business or venue - whether it be for a drink at a bar, lunch at a restaurant or for a concert - to register your contact details using the SafeWA app or written contact register. "We all have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe from COVID-19." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This is yet another important day for the WA community. "The support of everyone to tackle the threat from the virus so quickly was outstanding. "But can I remind people how important the SafeWA app and contact registers are when a case of community transmission does occur. "We have a terrific contact tracing team but they are only as good as the information they receive to track and trace. "Don't get complacent, use SafeWA, book in for a vaccination when your turn comes and keep practising good personal hygiene." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Minister gives recreational fishers a hand releasing future catches1236Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9080html13/05/2021 2:41:40 AM2021-05-13T02:30:00Z Big boost to yellowtail kingfish stocks with 5,000 juveniles hitting metro waters Fish stocking one of the many initiatives funded through the WA Recovery Plan's $6 million recreational fishing COVID-19 Stimulus Package Yellowtail kingfish is a species known to give recreational fishers a run for their money, but the odds of future catches off Perth shortened today when Fisheries Minister Don Punch joined Recfishwest to release 5,000 more juveniles into Perth waters. Hatched and reared at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Marine Finfish Hatchery in Fremantle, the juvenile fish released from the Cockburn Power Boats Association boat ramp in Coogee have provided another boost to metropolitan Perth's yellowtail kingfish stocks. The McGowan Government's recreational fishing COVID-19 Stimulus Package includes a three-year commitment to barramundi, pink snapper and yellowtail kingfish stocking projects across Western Australia. Yellowtail kingfish are popular as an aquaculture species and ideal for fish stocking because they are hardy, fast growing and a great table fish. They are favoured by recreational fishers due to their reputation as sport-fishing speedsters and the challenging reef areas they inhabit. Metropolitan boat fishers often target kingfish on nearshore reefs, such as those around Rottnest, as well as the Three Mile Reef that runs along Perth's northern coastline. The new North Metropolitan Artificial Reef is also anticipated to attract the yellowtail kingies. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "The McGowan Government has listened to what WA recreational fishers want and committed $6 million to development initiatives; like building new artificial reefs, supporting innovative fish stocking programs and enhancing regional fishing tourism. "So far more than 20,000 yellowtail kingfish have been released in Perth waters and many of today's juveniles could grow to three kilograms within just 18 months - and I am sure recfishers cannot wait for some of these fish to start showing up in their catch in the next few years. "Western Australians love their fishing and the industry supports local jobs while also generating an estimated $2.4 billion a year for our State's economy." Comments attributed to Cockburn MLA David Scaife "Cockburn Sound is a treasured part of my local community - a place where people work, boat and fish. "The release of 5,000 juvenile yellowtail kingfish demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment to recfishing in Perth waters and to supporting jobs in our fishing industry. "I look forward to hearing tales from local recfishers about landing these fish in the coming years." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Hospitality course upskills job seekers and teaches tricks of the trade1235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7810html13/05/2021 2:10:57 AM2021-05-13T02:00:00Z Free interactive course connects Kununurra job seekers with potential employers and helps participants to become job ready Masterclasses led by WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey McGowan Government initiative, through Tourism WA, addressing workforce attraction and retentionThirty job seekers are putting their skills to the test, learning how to excel in the workforce and connecting with local hospitality operators in need of workers as part of the five-day Kimberley Hospitality Job Connect. The fast-track interactive course, running until May 14 in Kununurra, includes masterclasses and off-site activities led by WA Food Ambassador Chef Don Hancey, and representatives from local businesses. Job seekers will leave equipped with the skills and training to succeed in a hospitality role, including industry certifications such as Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA). They will spend the week learning barista and safe food handling skills, and have access to CV support and work readiness advice. The week-long course ends with an employer visit, providing businesses with an opportunity to speak to participants about job opportunities, what they look for in a worker and the benefits of working for their company - linking employers with job seekers. The Kimberley Hospitality Job Connect is just one of the initiatives the State Government is implementing through Tourism WA to assist the tourism and hospitality industry to address workforce attraction and retention issues. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "We know the hospitality industry is facing significant labour shortages and we are working to upskill locals to meet the demand. "Through programs such as Kimberley Hospitality Job Connect, we're training job seekers, as well as connecting them with potential employers, making the industry an attractive and rewarding career prospect." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "This is a fantastic initiative that will help local businesses operate during the busy dry season. "It will also give locals who are looking for work a great opportunity to upskill and gain employment." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Renewed leadership for eight State Government departments1234Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements109730html13/05/2021 1:13:37 AM2021-05-13T01:10:00Z Renewal to match skills and experience following retirements and evolving priorities Changes will be effective from Monday, May 31, 2021 Changes to help deliver social and economic outcomes beyond the pandemic Premier Mark McGowan has welcomed a number of changes by Public Sector Commissioner Sharyn O'Neill to renew senior leadership in the public sector. The Commissioner's changes reflect the McGowan Government's new Ministry and key priorities established for the next four years, as well as the pending retirement of four directors general. Vacancies are being created by the impending retirements of Gail McGowan at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (August); David Smith at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (June); Duncan Ord at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (August), and Anne Driscoll at the Department of Training and Workforce Development (August), who has completed her service and is currently on entitled leave. With initiatives in the WA Recovery Plan well underway and many departments moving to new phases of operations, the Commissioner has strategically placed leaders to deliver maximum benefits for the Western Australian community. The Public Sector Commission will commence recruitment processes in due course for the five agencies with vacancies in the director general position. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The public sector has seen us through some difficult times over the past 18 months brought about by the pandemic. "In addition to responding to the State's health needs during the crisis, sector leaders have driven the WA Recovery Plan to get WA businesses open and communities back on their feet quickly, and I thank them all for this work. "The departure of some directors general who are retiring has created an opportunity for renewal and rejuvenation in the senior leadership roles within the public sector. "I thank these directors general for their years of service to the Government and wish them well as they soon embark on their new paths. "These important changes display the strength of public sector leadership to be adaptable, collaborative, responsive and prepared to serve wherever the need for their skills and experience is greatest." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Department directors general as at Monday, May 31, 2021 - new appointments in blue Agency Name Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Mark Webb PSM Department of Communities Mike Rowe Department of Education Lisa Rodgers Department of Finance Nicki Godecke (acting) Department of Fire and Emergency Services Darren Klemm AFSM Department of Health Dr David Russell-Weisz Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation Rebecca Brown Department of Justice Dr Adam Tomison Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Lanie Chopping (acting) Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Richard Sellers Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage Jodi Cant (acting)* Department of the Premier and Cabinet Emily Roper (acting) Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Ralph Addis Department of Training and Workforce Development Karen Ho (acting) Department of Transport Peter Woronzow (acting) Department of Treasury Michael Barnes PSM Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Michelle Andrews Mental Health Commission Jennifer McGrath Public Sector Commission Sharyn O’Neill WA Police Chris Dawson APM * It is intended that Jodi Cant will return to her role as Director General at the Department of Finance once recruitment and an appointment is finalised at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.