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$4.43 million funding boost to support veterans and their families3506Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2021 3:31:18 AM2021-07-29T03:25:00Z Significant boost to funding for ANZAC Day Trust to support veterans and their families New assistance dog program for veterans and first responders Funded as part of 2021-22 State Budget, delivering on McGowan Government election commitment The McGowan Government has significantly increased the annual Anzac Day Trust Fund by $1 million a year and introduced a new $430,000 program to develop a local assistance dogs program for veterans and first responders. Funded as part of the 2021-22 State Budget, the $4.43 million allocation will deliver on a McGowan Government election commitment to provide enhanced support for veterans and their families. The commitment will increase available funding for the Anzac Day Trust Grants Program to $1.3 million per year. Organisations are able to use grant funding to assist ex-service personnel and their families - including providing support services, care, accommodation and advice, including skills training, career transition, work placement and access to professional networks. Importantly it will give certainty to ex-service organisations working on the frontline, such as Legacy WA and RSLWA, allowing them to look beyond single-year funding cycles. Last year, grants ranging from $700 to $120,000 were allocated to Western Australian veterans' organisations to fund a range of initiatives and support services. $430,000 is also being made available to develop a local assistance dogs program for veterans and first responders. Assistance dogs have been shown to deliver positive outcomes for those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, helping people to feel a sense of safety, improve interpersonal connections and regain other areas of functioning lost as a result of their trauma. Applications for the 2021 Anzac Day Trust Grants Program close on August 27, 2021. More information can be found at https//www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/anzac-day-trust-grant-2021 Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Paul Papalia "Our veterans deserve our gratitude and support for the service they have given Australia. "The State Government has delivered on our election promise to increase annual funding to veterans' organisations by $1 million to $1.3 million. "This funding boost will mean organisations working on the frontline to support our veterans and their families can expand their existing support programs and create new ones. "It will also give certainty, because it will allow them to look beyond single-year funding cycles. "Our Government values our veterans and the service they have given to our country and we value the support these organisations are providing as they transition back into civilian life." Minister's Office - 6552 5600
Premier and Health Minister visit Goldfields’ new MRI facility3505Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2021 1:36:21 AM2021-07-29T01:30:00Z Premier and Health Minister tour new world-class $6.3 million MRI facility at Kalgoorlie Health Campus MRI has scanned more than 200 Goldfields residents since opening in mid-June MRI technology a first for the Goldfields region, saving residents a 1,200km round trip to Perth McGowan Government delivering a key election commitmentPremier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook have visited Kalgoorlie Health Campus to tour the brand new $6.3 million Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility. A key McGowan Government election commitment, the service is providing Goldfields residents with access to diagnostic technology on country and closer to home. The facility houses a new $1.75 million state-of-the-art MRI machine, which started scanning patients in mid-June this year and has now assisted more than 200 Goldfields residents. By receiving treatment closer to home, these patients have not needed to undertake the 1,200 kilometre round trip to Perth to access MRI services. The 1.5T Magnetom Sola MRI machine is unique in that it automatically adjusts to the anatomy of each patient - leading to a more accurate diagnosis and assessment. It also supports local clinicians to receive remote support from colleagues and specialists in other locations, ensuring some of our most vulnerable patients have equal access to world-class healthcare. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This new world-class MRI facility is a terrific asset for the Kalgoorlie and wider Goldfields communities. "Goldfields residents now have local access to this specialist diagnostic tool, enabling them to stay closer to home when receiving vital medical treatment. "My Government is committed to providing excellent healthcare across country Western Australia, and I am so pleased to see for myself the benefits this new MRI machine is providing for local people." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "When the McGowan Government announced the funding for this project it was because we had listened to the Goldfields community. "We heard you when you said you wanted to access diagnostics closer to home, and we are honoured to have delivered that for you. "Improving the patient journey is at the heart of everything we do, and enabling this technology in the regions is a key part to achieving that." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "Travelling to Perth each year for MRI scans is a large burden on patients, so I'm pleased the Goldfields community now has access to this service. "The McGowan Government has delivered on this key election commitment." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Official name announced for new primary school in Piara Waters3427Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2021 12:43:47 AM2021-07-28T23:00:00Z New primary school for Perth's southern suburbs officially named Riva Primary School Community consulted on four options, with the most popular name announced today The $26.2 million school will officially open in 2022Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today revealed the official name for Piara Waters' newest primary school as Riva Primary School. Riva Primary School was the popular choice among the local community who participated in a survey during the consultation process. When complete, the $26.2 million school will accommodate 540 students from kindergarten to Year 6 and will officially open in 2022. The new school will feature five classroom blocks, an early childhood building, administration facilities and a library, as well as education support facilities for children with disability. Students will enjoy a covered assembly area; an art, music and science block; and a hard court sports area. The official name reflects the school's physical address on Riva Entrance in Piara Waters. Riva Primary School is one of a number of schools built by the McGowan Labor Government in the Piara Waters area, including Aspiri Primary School, opened in 2019; and Piara Waters Secondary School, opening in 2023. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I am pleased to announce Riva Primary School as the official name for the newest primary school in Perth's southern suburbs. "Riva translates from Italian as meaning by the shore or the shoreline. As the school is located in Piara Waters, this name honours the street, the suburb and represents the harmony of the school." Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai "It is really exciting to see our new primary school in Piara Waters now has an official name. "Riva Primary School will be a state-of-the-art facility and having just started construction at Piara Waters Secondary School, students in the area will have access to the best public education right through their schooling." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Senior Barrister appointed to the Supreme Court3426Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2021 12:38:43 AM2021-07-28T22:05:00Z Marcus Solomon SC appointed a judge of the Supreme Court Barrister and educator will take up his position on August 4, 2021Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcus Solomon SC as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Mr Solomon is a barrister and legal educator who has expertise in a wide range of commercial matters. He is a member of the Legal Practice Board and has taught advocacy to junior barristers for the Australian Bar Association and the Western Australian Bar Association. He graduated from law at the University of Western Australia with First Class Honours in 1991, working as a solicitor and then a partner at two major law firms before moving to the independent Bar. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2013. Mr Solomon has acted in complex commercial matters which include property, contracts, insolvency, building and construction, planning and trade practices. He has conducted matters in all superior Courts and in local and international arbitrations where he has acted as both counsel and as arbitrator. Mr Solomon has provided extensive pro-bono legal advice to community groups and to legal practitioners before the Legal Practitioners Complaints Committee and the State Administrative Tribunal. He is an ordained Rabbi who holds leadership positions within the Jewish community and established the Beit Midrash of WA, a Jewish educational institution, in 1993. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr Solomon to the bench of the Supreme Court. "Mr Solomon, who was until recently the co-ordinator of the Western Australian Bar Association's continuing professional development program, has a long-standing commitment to legal governance, substantive law, ethics and mastery of professional practice. "He is not only an eminently qualified advocate and lawyer but he has also demonstrated his commitment to public service through his roles in the education and mentoring of his fellow practitioners, membership of various boards and committees, and his advisory and honorary positions in a variety of Jewish educational institutions. "I congratulate Mr Solomon SC on his appointment and wish him well in his new role." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Joint media statement - Record $104.5 million for cyclone-affected communities3425Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html29/07/2021 12:26:49 AM2021-07-28T22:00:00Z Communities devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja will receive the largest disaster recovery package in Western Australian history, with $104.5 million made available to support the next stage of the recovery and rebuild. Jointly funded by the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), the $104.5 million package will support continued recovery efforts across disaster affected communities in 16 local government areas. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his Government continued to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Western Australians affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Seroja. "We're there each step of the way, ensuring cyclone-affected communities in Western Australia can rebuild," the Prime Minister said. "These communities will continue to get the support they need, that's the commitment we're making today with this more than $100 million investment to help them build back stronger than ever before." Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator Bridget McKenzie said the size of this recovery package highlighted the extensive trail of destruction the cyclone left in its wake in April this year. "The extent of damage across an area of 133,000 kms2 within 16 local government areas in the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Wheatbelt regions has never before been seen in Western Australia," Minister McKenzie said. "The affected local governments and their communities face a challenging and prolonged road ahead and the Australian Government is here to support them in their long-term recovery efforts." Premier Mark McGowan said the record funding package would provide impacted communities with the support they need to undertake the long recovery and rebuilding effort. "I would like to assure those impacted by this disaster that the State Government will see these efforts through for as long as it takes. "My Government will continue to work closely with each and every community on their rebuilding efforts to make sure together we recover - stronger than ever." Minister for Emergency Services Reece Whitby said the WA Government had been working closely with local communities to determine their needs for the next stage of the recovery and rebuild. "Our priority is to ensure the best possible community-led recovery - helping to support individuals and businesses as they get back on their feet," Minister Whitby said. "This package has been developed to provide tailored recovery initiatives, as we continue what will be a long and difficult process. "We know these communities are resilient and we will continue to work with them in the coming months and years as they rebuild." The package includes Financial support for the clean-up and restoration of damaged community, recreational, cultural and heritage assets Funding for a community welfare and outreach program Grant programs to help residents, primary producers and small businesses with clean-up and repair This community recovery package is in addition to support already being provided by the WA and Commonwealth governments under the DRFA. Premier's office - 6552 5000Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Extra support for thousands of WA’s seniors3421Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14220html28/07/2021 6:55:50 AM2021-07-28T06:30:00Z 312,000 Western Australian seniors to share in almost $25.5 million cost of living rebate payments Singles to receive $93.12 and couples $139.64 this month Payments to help seniors with the cost of daily expenses More than 312,000 Western Australian seniors will receive extra cash in their bank accounts this month, thanks to the McGowan Government's Cost of Living rebate. WA Seniors Card members will share in almost $25.5 million, with singles receiving a one-off payment of $93.12 and couples getting $139.64. The Cost of Living rebate was first launched in 2009 and has provided over $339 million in assistance to WA seniors, with payments helping to ease the financial strain of daily living expenses. The WA Seniors Card program provides members across the State with access to an average of $650 in total value each year and more if seniors also hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or Pensioner Concession Card. The program provides members with access to more than 900 business discounts, offering great savings every day and assisting seniors with the cost of living. Applying for the WA Seniors Card is free of charge and it is readily available to Australian citizens or permanent residents aged over 64, who reside in Western Australia and work less than 25 hours a week in paid employment. Further details on eligibility, benefits and applications are available via the program's website here. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch "The impact of COVID-19 on the cost of living has been evident for seniors, who often face the same financial commitments as they did before retirement but on reduced income. "The McGowan Government's Cost of Living rebate, which is only available for WA Seniors Card members, provides vital funds directly to our seniors to help ensure they can enjoy the quality of life they deserve. "The WA Seniors Card is the most generous of its kind in Australia and offers members a wide range of benefits to add value to everyday life." Minister's office - 6552 6900
New Burswood Park Board chairperson announced3422Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8930html28/07/2021 7:23:21 AM2021-07-27T07:35:00Z Janelle Marr appointed as new Burswood Park Board chairperson Chris Melsom also appointed to the board McGowan Government thanks outgoing chairperson Barry Sargeant The Minister for Racing and Gaming has welcomed the appointment of Janelle Marr as the new Burswood Park Board president and chairperson. Janelle Marr is the Managing Director of Step Beyond Strategy and has a wealth of experience as a corporate strategist and advisor. Janelle was also recently announced as a new board member for Tourism WA. Ms Marr's appointment as chair replaces outgoing chairperson Barry Sargeant, who has been chair for 28 years. Chris Melsom has also been appointed to the board. Mr Melsom is a prominent design professional who has a core interest in urban renewal and master planning projects. Both appointments come at an important and transitional period for Burswood Park, as the Park Master Plan continues to develop and evolve. Town of Victoria Park CEO Anthony Vuleta, Crown Perth CEO Lonnie Bossi and Edith Cowan University lecturer Dr Joanna Pearce will continue to serve as board members. The Burswood Park Board is a statutory authority, responsible for the control and management of Burswood Park which is one of Perth's most cherished public open spaces. Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby "I sincerely thank retiring chairperson Barry Sargeant for his contribution to Burswood Park Board, after 28 years. "I would also like to thank Bindi Gove for her contribution. "I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Janelle Marr on being appointed chair and welcome Chris Melsom to the board. "The experience both bring to the board will broaden the board's current expertise and guide the future direction of Burswood Park." Minister's Office - 6552 6300
Donations from Containers for Change top the $2 million mark3419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7880html27/07/2021 6:55:53 AM2021-07-27T06:45:00Z More than $2 million raised for community groups through Containers for Change More than 627 million containers returned State-wide since launch Western Australians have raised more than $2 million for thousands of local community groups by donating refunds from drink containers through the State's Containers for Change initiative, with more than 627 million containers returned State-wide since the launch.  Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson made the announcement while visiting Return-It in Geraldton, which has received the most containers of any refund point outside of the Perth metropolitan area and the third highest amount overall in the State. Total donations in the Mid-West now exceed $116,000, with more than $68,500 going to community groups and more than $48,000 to local charities. These include schools, the School of the Air, sporting clubs and the local Rotary Club. Containers for Change was launched on October 1, 2020 and encourages Western Australians to return eligible drink containers for a 10-cent refund. More than 627 million containers have been returned State-wide since the launch.  Donations can be made to any organisation fundraising through Containers for Change by using the groups scheme ID.  A list of charities and community groups fundraising through Containers for Change can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/fundraising More information about the scheme can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au/wa Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Two million dollars in donations is a fantastic achievement for the people of Western Australia. We have done it 10 cents at a time, which just shows that every returned container counts. "I'd like to thank the Geraldton community for embracing Containers for Change. Thanks to your generosity, 28 local charities and community groups have received much-needed funding. "Containers for Change results in an increased recycling rate in Western Australia, diverting tonnes of recyclable material from landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Work begins with local contractors on medicinal cannabis facility near Collie3418Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12500html27/07/2021 6:10:26 AM2021-07-27T06:10:00Z Collie business wins earthworks contract for medicinal cannabis facility 50 construction jobs to be created in Collie over 12 months $2 million from Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to support project Site works have begun on a medicinal cannabis facility delivering job opportunities for local trade contractors. Cannaponics Limited is building a new commercial cultivation, extraction, processing and distribution facility to compete in the rapidly growing medicinal cannabis industry. The McGowan Government has allocated $2 million from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to support the project. The earthworks contract has been awarded to local Collie business T & R Contracting, partnering with Donnybrook Civil Earthmoving Contractors. The building contract has been awarded to WA company Ballpoint Construction Group, with Cannaponics encouraging as much local employment as possible. Cannaponics' 160-acre property near Collie will become home to a 3,600sqm greenhouse and a 2,000sqm manufacture facility. The Cannaponics project will create approximately 50 jobs during the 12 months of construction. The project is expected to become a multi-million dollar enterprise, with flow-on effects to benefit Collie's economy. Future stages of the project are planned to increase production and create more local jobs. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The medicinal cannabis industry is rapidly growing and Western Australia is well placed to compete in that industry. "Stage one of the Cannaponics project is expected to generate 50 jobs during construction, and our focus on local content has ensured a local Collie business has been awarded the first contract. "The Collie Futures Fund is continuing to attract new and innovative industries to the region, driving local jobs and supporting the town's transition." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "It's a very exciting day for Cannaponics Limited who have reached an important milestone of this project. "Cannaponics is establishing itself as a new industry in Collie which will create long-term local jobs. "It is also very pleasing to see their commitment to using local contractors for the construction phase of the project." Minister's Office - 6552 6200
State Government supports inaugural Merredin Festival3417Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12900html27/07/2021 4:45:11 AM2021-07-27T04:35:00Z Shire of Merredin receives $25,000 Lotterywest grant for inaugural memorial festival Festival set to celebrate local history and culture in the WheatbeltPremier Mark McGowan met with the Shire of Merredin today and presented a $25,000 Lotterywest grant to support the inaugural Merredin Memorial Festival. The three-day festival, which starts on Friday September 24, will commemorate the town's heritage, agricultural industry and Aboriginal culture. It will also pay tribute to Merredin's military history, with the Festival dubbed 'Troops, Trains, and Treasures.' An immersive media display at night will also feature, lighting up local heritage buildings to help share the historical significance of Merredin during World War II. The $25,000 grant, provided through Lotterywest, will support costs towards the festival, in particular to support family friendly activities, market stalls and concerts. This grant has been part of the record breaking $864.9 million return to the Western Australian community in Lotterywest prizes and grants in the 2020-21 financial year. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm delighted to present this Lotterywest grant to the Shire of Merredin for this exciting new festival. "Lotterywest's COVID-19 Relief Fund was a swift response by the State Government to reprioritise its grant making to help the local community recover from the impact of the pandemic. "This grant is an example of how not for profit groups and local governments are working to engage their community, by celebrating local history and culture. "Western Australia is fortunate to have the only State-owned lottery in Australia where the profits are returned back to the community." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Joint media statement - Highway upgrades kick off supporting local jobs and improving safety3415Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14120html27/07/2021 4:30:35 AM2021-07-27T04:30:00Z Work will kick off this month on two highway projects in Upper Swan and Wooroloo that will help to ease congestion, improve safety and support around 180 jobs. A new roundabout will be constructed on Great Northern Highway at the intersection of Apple Street and Coondaree Parade in Upper Swan. The project will also include realigning the existing intersection, improvements to drainage and street lighting, new pedestrian and cycling facilities, and a new accessway for heavy vehicles at the Apple Street Road Train Assembly Area. The $14 million project is jointly funded by the Federal Government, State Government and third-party stakeholders (Satterley Property Group, City of Swan and BGC) and will improve travel times and road safety at the intersection, increase connectivity in the area with a cyclist lane, cater for various heavy vehicle movements, and improve drainage. WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd will undertake the works, which are expected to be completed in the first half of 2022. Work will also be undertaken to realign two kilometres of Great Eastern Highway in Wooroloo - used by more than 7,000 vehicles a day - which will eliminate three substandard curves, help reduce the risk of crashes and improve safety. Work will be completed by Decmil Southern Pty Ltd with the new section of highway to include a painted median to provide better separation between traffic, as well as wider sealed shoulders and safety barriers. The project also includes a new connection to Old Northam Road, upgrades to Wooroloo Prison Farm access road and the addition of left and right-turn pockets at both intersections. The $14.4 million project is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2022. Comments attributed to Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher "The Morrison Government has allocated an unprecedented amount of funding to road upgrades throughout Western Australia and is getting on with delivering infrastructure projects that improve congestion and safety for commuters, ensuring they get home quickly and safely. "Under the Urban Congestion Fund, we are delivering 177 individual packages of works nationwide. The Great Northern Highway-Apple Street intersection upgrade and Great Eastern Highway and Old Northam Road projects bring the total number of Urban Congestion Fund projects around Australia that are completed or underway to 65. A further 51 are expected to start construction this year. "This is just the latest example of us delivering on our commitment to progress critical infrastructure projects across the country under our record $110 billion 10-year infrastructure investment pipeline, which is helping to drive Australia's world-leading economic recovery." Comments attributed to WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting local jobs while also improving safety and easing congestion on our roads. "Thousands of cars use these intersections each day, many of which are heavy vehicles. "These projects will help transform the local areas, and make it easier for drivers as our communities continue to grow." WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Dongara Health Centre redevelopment one step closer with tender award3414Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8460html27/07/2021 4:22:42 AM2021-07-27T04:10:00Z $6.81 million tender awarded to Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd for construction works at Dongara Health Centre Upgrades include a contemporary emergency department, ambulance bay, expansion of residential aged care and telehealth services Redevelopment expected to reach practical completion in mid-2023 The McGowan Government has announced the $6.81 million tender for redeveloping Dongara Health Centre to be delivered by WA-based company, Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd. The design will upgrade existing facilities and allow for improved patient flow. The redevelopment includes a contemporary emergency department; new Emergency Telehealth Service videoconferencing facilities; group therapy rooms; multi-purpose consult rooms enabled with telehealth; a new ambulance bay; new aged care beds; and a new palliative care suite.The upgrade to Dongara Health Centre will provide residents with access to modern facilities in line with the McGowan Government's commitment to revitalising ageing health services across regional Western Australia. Dongara Health Centre will remain fully functioning throughout the course of the redevelopment with practical completion expected mid-2023. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Today's announcement is an important step forward for the redevelopment of the Dongara Health Centre. This redevelopment has been close to the hearts of the people of Dongara and Port Denison for a number of years. "We are committed to providing them with regular updates as the project progresses, including the tender that we have now awarded to Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd. "Securing the WA-based company Devlyn Australia Pty Ltd for the construction works will be a boost for local jobs and local businesses. "The revitalised Dongara Health Centre is set to provide access to technology that will play a huge role in improving patient experience and connecting patients with specialists via state-of-the-art virtual care technology. "I'm pleased the McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to providing modern health care to Western Australians regardless of where they live." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Contract awarded for new pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour3412Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8530html27/07/2021 4:05:45 AM2021-07-27T04:05:00Z $2.1 million contract awarded to design and construct 16 new pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour Work to start next month to provide year-round ocean access for Carnarvon skippers within a year Investigations into long-term sustainable solution ongoing Part of $7 million Fascine Entryway Project funded by $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan Work will start next month on the detailed design and construction of 16 new floating boat pens at Carnarvon Boat Harbour, as investigations continue to find a sustainable long-term solution to Fascine access issues. The new pens are part of the Fascine Entryway Project - a multifaceted $7 million project to improve ocean access for the commercial and recreational fleet at Carnarvon. Following a successful tender process, SMC Marine has been contracted to deliver a concrete floating pen set to accommodate 16 vessels up to 15 metres long, with works expected to take around seven months to complete. Concurrently, engineering and environmental studies are underway to determine the best approach to open the Fascine, while regular hydrographic surveys will provide valuable data about changes to the entrance channel and strategically positioned instrumentation is collecting wave, current and water level information. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Access issues for the Carnarvon fascine have been an ongoing issue - we know how important being able to access the water is for residents and tourists that visit the region. "Last year we allocated $7 million as part of the WA Recovery Plan to look at both short term and long term solutions to enable year round access to the Fascine. "We have reached a key milestone with the tender being awarded to design and construct 16 boat pens at the Carnarvon Boat Harbour, with work due to commence next month. "We are continuing to collect data and work towards a long term solution to ensure better and continued access to the Fascine." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We are working closely with the Shire of Carnarvon and the Carnarvon Yacht Club to find a long-term solution to this problem that has beset Carnarvon for years. "Expanding the Carnarvon Boat Harbour will ensure local skippers can continue to get out onto the water while that work progresses." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
McGowan Government invests $2 million to establish Collie graphite hub3413Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14060html27/07/2021 4:16:09 AM2021-07-27T04:00:00Z Western Australia's first graphite processing plant to be built in Collie $2 million grant from Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to support first stage Foundation stage of the project expected to create up to 40 full-time jobsCollie is set to become home to WA's first graphite processing plant, backed by a $2 million grant from the McGowan Government. Western Australian based company International Graphite will establish the new micronising and graphite foil manufacturing facility in Collie's light industrial area. The first stage of the project is expected to create around 40 full-time jobs for people in Collie and the surrounding region, with plans to expand the facility to add manufacturing capability. The facility will include the capability to re-package and distribute expandable graphite powder for use in graphite foils and fire retardants. Development of the plant will see manufacturing of graphite products for new technologies including mobile phones, computers, high-pressure sealants and fire-retardant building materials. International Graphite is also researching and developing potential to process graphite to produce anode material for lithium-ion batteries. This complements the aims of the McGowan Government, through the Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industry Strategy, to develop a value-adding battery industry in the State. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our Government has worked hard to attract another new 21st century industry to Collie. "International Graphite selected Collie as a strategic location for the new processing and manufacturing plant, based on existing regional industries and infrastructure, skilled local workforce, and ability to access overseas markets. "This is a big win for Collie's Just Transition - a collaborative effort by the McGowan Government, industry and the community to attract new industries to the region as the world moves away from coal-fired energy production. "We look forward to International Graphite progressing the development of the plant and creating more full-time jobs in Collie." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "The McGowan Labor Government has made a significant investment in order to attract International Graphite to Collie. This industry is a WA first - and it's happening right here. "This is the reason for the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund - to position Collie to be a location of choice for new industries. "I'm proud to say that we've delivered on this project, which shows the McGowan Government's support for Collie's Just Transition by creating local jobs for our committed, skilled, local workforce." Minister's office - 6552 6200
$1 million boost delivers perinatal mental health pilot programs for mums and dads3236Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12930html27/07/2021 3:37:17 AM2021-07-27T03:30:00Z More than $1 million investment to support new perinatal pilot services to increase parental mental health opportunities Seven service programs in the metropolitan and South-West to improve access for vulnerable parentsMental Health Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced more than $1 million to launch new perinatal pilot programs for vulnerable Western Australian parents. Perinatal mental health services are important to promote confidence and emotional wellbeing for new and experienced parents around the time of the birth of a new child. The funding of seven new pilot programs will deliver services tailored to individual community needs, addressing service gaps which have been identified in the metropolitan area and the South-West. The programs will include services for women experiencing co-occurring complexities such as history of trauma, family and domestic violence and will also include a New Dads' program to address barriers for fathers to access support. The pilot programs will be delivered by experienced service providers and outcomes from the programs will be used to inform future planning and development of mental health services for Western Australians. The seven new pilot services to be awarded grants are Women's Health and Wellbeing Services; South Coastal Health and Community Services; Fremantle Women's Health Centre; Midland Women's Health Care Place; Women's Health and Family Services; Australian Association for Infant Mental Health WA; and The Radiance Network South West.Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson "These new perinatal pilot programs are further proof of the commitment by the McGowan Government to provide community focused and proactive mental health support for all Western Australians. "The McGowan Government recognises that investing in perinatal and infant mental health builds the foundations for wellbeing and success across the lifespan of our youngest Western Australians and for future generations to come. "The first years of parenthood can be tough for people regarding social and emotional adjustment and mental illness so making sure traditional and non-traditional options are available for women and men to access is so important for good mental health outcomes. "These pilot programs will increase the mental health support provided to men to promote father inclusive practice, and reduce psychological distress associated with fatherhood." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Mid West’s first heavy-vehicle brake testing facility builds regional capability3235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9540html26/07/2021 7:00:54 AM2021-07-26T07:00:00Z First heavy-vehicle brake testing facility opens in Geraldton Supported by McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant program Project delivers five new skilled jobs in Geraldton Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened the Mid West's first heavy-vehicle brake testing facility at JMH Group in Geraldton. The McGowan Government provided a $66,700 grant through its Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant program to help build local capability. The Geraldton facility will see maintenance and servicing of heavy vehicles occur in the region, rather than taking place in Perth. The equipment provides for brake testing, steering and suspension inspection and weighing vehicles in one drive through process, reducing down time and identifying faults before failure occurs. The project has created five jobs over 12 months and facilitated the training and upskilling of employees, including apprentices, in the heavy automotive and mining industries. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Investing in this facility boosts the competitiveness of the Mid West's heavy-vehicle service sector and the sectors it supports, like agriculture and mining. "It is diverting skilled jobs to Geraldton and building diversity in the local economy. "It also encourages local heavy-vehicle operators to use a brake testing service regularly – a win for road safety. "This project is an excellent example of our RED Grants driving regional business diversification, and creating more options for regional communities." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Having more services available in regional areas is key to growing regional economies. "For haulage businesses, large and small, this means less travel for assessments on their equipment and helps to build efficiency and productivity. "Less time travelling to Perth means more time on the job. "My thanks to Minister MacTiernan and the McGowan Government for the continuing RED Grants program, helping our regional businesses grow." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Jobs boost for Mid-West METS3232Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12480html26/07/2021 6:09:59 AM2021-07-26T06:00:00Z WesTrac Geraldton facility to carry out heavy machinery rebuilds from Rio Tinto's Pilbara mining operations Arrangement negotiated by State Government through the Mid West Development Commission to support regional jobs Project will support new apprenticeships Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the rebuild of Rio Tinto's Pilbara-based heavy machinery at the WesTrac Geraldton facility today as a major boost for the Mid-West's mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. The project was negotiated between the State Government through the Mid West Development Commission and industry after feasibility studies identified that WesTrac's Perth and Pilbara facilities were at capacity and unable to accommodate the additional repairs and maintenance required by Rio's mining operations. The Geraldton facility will receive up to 12 dozer rebuilds annually, from various Pilbara operations, with up to 54 machines committed between 2021 and 2025. WesTrac is one of the largest private sector employers of apprentices in Western Australia, and the project will support two new, localised apprenticeship opportunities in the Mid-West as well as creating new local skilled jobs and providing pathways to employment with Rio Tinto. Additionally, the project reduces transport times and negates logistical difficulties mining companies face getting heavy machinery in and out of the metropolitan area. The State will look to expand the initiative into a cross-regional Smart Specialisation project with linkages to the Kimberley and Goldfields regions, using the Mid-West as a demonstration pilot. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is a fantastic initiative that will see more work carried out in our regional centres, rather than shifting to Perth. "It confirms that geography is not a barrier to global success for our regionally-based METS facilities, but in fact an advantage. "Developing capability in mining services will help to diversify and grow Geraldton's economy, providing long-term jobs for local people. "We hope this pilot sets an example for further cross-regional METS projects." Comments attributed to Rio Tinto Port, Rail and Core Services Managing Director Richard Cohen "Rio Tinto is committed to growing regional Western Australia by supporting jobs and training opportunities for local people. Regional investment initiatives like the METS project will deliver ongoing benefits to the local economy. "The METS project will generate opportunities for local apprentices to develop and expand their skills and potential pathways for employment with Rio Tinto. "By unlocking the capabilities of the Geraldton WesTrac branch, we are significantly reducing transport time by removing the roughly 900-kilometre round trip to Perth. "This will lower costs, improve productivity and reduce the risk of driving related incidents that can occur on congested metropolitan roads." Comments attributed to Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton "Geraldton is a great place to live and work. I am excited to see more employment opportunities coming to our community. "We are already a regional hub for the mining and construction sectors, and this will build on our local capacity. "I would like to congratulate the Mid West Development Commission for all their hard work on getting this project off the ground and add my thanks to Westrac, Rio Tinto and the McGowan Labor Government for helping to bring these specialist METS roles to our city." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Road safety, tourism priority for regional mobile funding3231Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17800html26/07/2021 3:18:18 AM2021-07-26T03:10:00Z McGowan Government invests $3.37 million to plug mobile black spots across WA 14 new mobile towers will expand coverage to improve road safety, support local tourismThe McGowan Government will invest a further $3.37 million towards 14 new telecommunication towers along major road networks and in tourist hotspots. The investment has helped WA mobile network operators to secure funding from the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) Round 5A that will support the installation of the new towers. The projects will rectify mobile black spots and improve safety by expanding mobile coverage along major transport corridors and in disaster-prone regions, as well as remote communities and tourist locations, which have little-to-no mobile coverage. Three towers will be erected along Indian Ocean Drive at Cliff Head, Cliff Head Campsite and Coolimba-Eneabba Road in the Mid-West. Hyden East, a major agricultural transport network, and Talbot in the Wheatbelt, North Greenbushes in the South-West, Tunney North in the Great Southern and Cascade North in the Goldfields-Esperance regions will each have a new mobile tower. There will also be a tower for the Kadjina remote community located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and at Embulgan in the Kimberley. Several towers will be installed at popular remote tourist destinations including 14 Mile Camp and 3 Mile Camp in the Gascoyne, Lake Kepwari in the South-West and Palm Pool in the Pilbara. The McGowan Government has invested more than $30 million towards regional telecommunications over the past four years. More information on the program is available from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our Government is committed to boosting mobile coverage and reducing the digital divide to keep our communities connected across regional Western Australia. "Good mobile connectivity is essential to reduce communications gaps along our State's major roads, travelled by thousands of people each week. "It is also vitally important during an emergency - whether it be a road incident or natural disaster like fire or flood, being able to contact first responders as quickly as possible is critical. "Through programs such as the Regional Telecommunications Project and Digital Farm Grants Program we will continue to deliver improved mobile and broadband connectivity across the State." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Location of Western Australia's 14 new telecommunications towers Region Location Gascoyne 14 Mile Camp, Warroora Nyinggulu Coastal Reserve Gascoyne 3 Mile Camp, Macleod Goldfields-Esperance Cascade North Great Southern Tunney North Kimberley Embulgan (Dampier Peninsula) Kimberley Kadjina Mid-West Indian Ocean Drive - Cliff Head Mid-West Indian Ocean Drive Coolimba-Eneabba Road junction Mid-West South of Dongara Port Denison on Indian Ocean Drive Pilbara Palm Pool South-West Lake Kepwari South-West North Greenbushes Wheatbelt Hyden East Wheatbelt Talbot
WasteSorted grants open3230Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13770html26/07/2021 2:00:57 AM2021-07-26T02:00:00Z $1.15 million in grants available for infrastructure and educational programs to reduce waste and increase material recovery Funding builds on $6 million provided through the program since 2017 Organisations can now apply for their share of more than $1.15 million to help reduce waste and increase material recovery as part of the WasteSorted grant program. Administered by the Waste Authority, the grants have provided more than $6 million for waste management initiatives in Western Australia since 2017. Applications are assessed on a competitive basis and businesses, charitable recycling organisations, local governments, regional councils, peak industry bodies, not-for-profit organisations, and research and educational institutions are encouraged to apply. Grants of up to $250,000 per project are available for infrastructure development and up to $50,000 per project for waste avoidance and resource recovery education programs. Infrastructure funding in 2021-22 will prioritise projects that improve organics recycling, and construction and demolition waste recovery. Funding for waste avoidance and resource recovery education will focus on materials including food and garden organics, construction and demolition waste, glass, metals, paper and cardboard, plastics, textiles and non-household hazardous waste. Previous grants include $245,000 for WA Recycling to fund separation equipment that recovers civil, construction and demolition materials; $250,000 to Southern Metropolitan Regional Council for a food and garden organics shredder; and $49,756 to the Western Australian Local Government Association to develop guidelines and pilot better practice materials recovery in multiple unit dwellings. A webinar on how to apply for a WasteSorted grant will be held at 1030am on August 13, 2021. For more information on the WasteSorted grants, the webinar, or to apply for funding, visit the WasteSorted Grants webpage, email wsg@dwer.wa.gov.au or phone 6364 6945. Applications close at noon on Monday, September 13, 2021. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government has committed to ensuring at least 75 per cent of waste generated in Western Australia is reused or recycled by 2030. "WasteSorted grants back programs that improve the way Western Australia manages waste and supports our goal of becoming a sustainable, low-waste circular economy. "I encourage community, business and local government groups to take advantage of this funding opportunity and get involved in improving avoidance, recovery and reuse of waste in WA." Minister's office - 6552 5900
McGowan Government transforming southern suburbs transport network3229Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21560html26/07/2021 1:28:48 AM2021-07-26T01:15:00Z Transformation of southern suburbs continues with major transport projects planned or underway Projects include High Street, Swan River Crossings Project and upgrades to cycle paths Major projects supporting local jobs and opportunities for local businesses Perth's southern suburbs are being transformed with major transport projects underway or planned that will bust congestion, improve safety and provide better connections for local residents. Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti visited the High Street site today to view progress on the jointly funded project. On track to be completed later this year, the project involves a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, as well as two new underpasses - a project that is supporting more than 500 jobs. Other major projects underway or planned for the southern suburbs include Kwinana Freeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Path from Leach Highway to Mount Henry Bridge The $14.6 million contract will complete the final link in the existing path, providing an uninterrupted 74 kilometre journey from Mandurah to Perth CBD. This is due for completion in late-2021; Fremantle Principal Shared Path - Victoria Street Station to North Fremantle Station The $5.1 million contract involves the construction of 2.1km of Principal Shared Path between Victoria Street Station and North Fremantle Station, providing a continuous off-road facility for cyclists and pedestrians. This is due for completion later this year; Swan River Crossings The $230 million jointly funded project will see the replacement of the 83-year-old Fremantle Traffic Bridge and construction of a new rail bridge. Community consultation is ongoing to help inform the preferred alignment of the new bridge; Stock Road Pedestrian Bridge Funding has been allocated to build a replacement bridge with early planning works underway; and Pinch Point Program Upgrades are being undertaken at the intersection of South Street and Carrington Street in Hilton, to extend the right turn pocket into Carrington Street. This work is due to be completed in August. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Our Government is committed to busting congestion and improving safety on our roads, meaning less time in the car and more time spent with family and friends. "We have a major program of works underway or planned for our southern suburbs that will enhance safety, improve travel times and support local jobs. "The High Street upgrade is an impressive project and is on track for completion later this year." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We have almost $3 billion worth of major road and rail infrastructure projects underway across Western Australia. "We are upgrading roads, rail and walking and cycling paths throughout our southern suburbs. "We are currently constructing the missing piece of the PSP along Kwinana Freeway which, when complete, will be a 74km uninterrupted path from Perth to Mandurah." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "It's been so impressive to watch the changes happen to High Street as construction has progressed. "When complete, this project will have massive safety benefits, particularly for our netball teams who play at the local courts. "I have been working closely with the local community to ensure the noise wall treatments along this section of the highway are appropriate and I'm so pleased that we have been able to make this happen." Comments attributed to Bateman MLA Kim Giddens "I'm so proud that we are completing the shared path between Cranford Avenue and Mount Henry Bridge. "So many local families love to ride and walk in Bateman, and this upgrade will create another unique transport opportunity." Premier's office - 6552 5000Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500