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Safe quarantine-free travel from QLD permitted, starts 12.01am Friday7558Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 4:34:18 AM2021-10-19T04:30:00Z From 12.01am Friday (October 22) Queensland is set to transition to 'very low risk' category Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor COVID-19 situation in Queensland and border controls will strengthen quickly, if necessary Cautious and careful approach, based on latest health advice, keeps WA safe Quarantine-free travel is now permitted from Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia's controlled interstate border is set to be safely adjusted, pending no further outbreaks, with quarantine-free travel from Queensland to be permitted from 12.01am Friday, October 22. For almost two months, travel has been allowed from QLD without approval, but 14 days of self-quarantine has been required. Queensland has now gone 19 days without community transmission. From 12.01am Friday (October 22), Queensland will safely transition from 'low risk' to 'very low risk'. Under the 'very low risk' settings, safe travel is permitted into WA subject to the following conditions completion of a G2G Pass declaration before travel, stipulating the traveller does not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions they have visited in the previous 14 days; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening; travellers to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing also available); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked.The Australia Capital Territory is a 'medium risk' jurisdiction, while Victoria and New South Wales are both classified as 'extreme risk' jurisdictions. More information on WA's controlled border is available at https//www.wa.gov.au. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "WA has a controlled border in place on health advice to protect the health of Western Australians. "Following no community transmission in Queensland for 19 days, the Chief Health Officer has advised that Queensland can safely transition to 'very low risk'. "The Chief Health Officer will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in Queensland and should border controls need to be strengthened quickly, we will not hesitate. "WA's border controls with ACT, NSW and Victoria remain in place. "My Government's priority continues to be to get as many people vaccinated as possible to reach high levels of vaccinations that will help keep the WA community safe." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia continues to adopt a safe and sensible approach to dealing with COVID-19 on the advice of the Chief Health Officer. "This strategy has enabled WA to live a relatively free lifestyle for a long time. "It has also seen our economy prosper to benefit the rest of Australia. "We have not had to endure long lockdowns, hundreds of deaths, tens of thousands of positive cases, business shutdowns and closed schools like NSW and Victoria in their most recent devastating outbreak. "It is pleasing we can now ease border controls again with Queensland. "Now we need Western Australians to continue to get vaccinated as soon as possible. "Don't hesitate before it's too late." Minister's office - 6552 5200
New immersive experience helping deliver waterwise message to record 32,809 students7557Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 4:05:52 AM2021-10-19T04:00:00Z New Waterwise Experience boosting students' water knowledge across the State Nine Waterwise Schools Program events for National Water Week (October 18-24) Curriculum-based learning focuses on WA's unique water cycle, sustainability, and water in Aboriginal culture Supports Waterwise Perth Action Plan for a more sustainable water futureNew multi-sensory experiences are helping create a new generation of water-saving champions with a record 32,809 students participating in Water Corporation's Waterwise Schools Program in 2020-21. Announced today by Water Minister Dave Kelly during National Water Week (18-24 October), the new Waterwise Experience is an interactive, multi-sensory incursion on water sustainability targeted towards high-school students. Using silent disco technology, it immerses students in engaging audio-led narratives to find out about the need to value, protect and conserve precious water. For more than 25 years, the award-winning Waterwise Schools Program has adopted a long-term approach to water education and behavioural change, particularly complementing STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths. Its curriculum-based learning opportunities focus on Western Australia's unique water cycle, sustainability, and water in Aboriginal culture. To align with this year's National Water Week theme of 'Caring for water and Country', students from five schools across Perth, including Sorrento, Belmont, St Stephen's, Lesmurdie, and Applecross primary schools, will this week experience a sensory journey through Noongar boodja (Noongar country) to learn about Aboriginal people's custodianship of WA's water systems for more than 60,000 years, as part of the program. The enhanced Waterwise Schools Program aims to reach 50,000 students a year by 2030 to deliver on the McGowan Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan. The plan sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a leading waterwise city by 2030. Further information on the Waterwise Schools Program is available on the Water Corporation website http//www.watercorporation.com.au/education Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "National Water Week is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on their own water use, so it was great seeing the students at Sorrento Primary School today embracing the waterwise message, as they learnt about Aboriginal water management and conservation practices dating back 60,000 years. "With climate change having a significant impact on our precious water sources, it's never been more important to equip our young people with the knowledge and skills to ensure we have a sustainable water future. "I commend Water Corporation's education team for empowering a record 32,809 students in the past year to help develop a new generation of sustainability ambassadors." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Since 1995, the Waterwise Schools Program has introduced children to the waterwise message and helped them develop waterwise behaviours that hopefully last a lifetime. "The record participation in the past year is testament to the success of the initiative that complements the curriculum across all major learning areas, particularly STEM subjects. "The new Waterwise Experience's innovative use of silent disco technology brings the waterwise narrative to life and encourages students to consider the true value of water in their daily lives. "Across the State, there are 589 recognised Waterwise Schools in the Waterwise Schools Program, and over 1,300 students participating in programs this National Water Week." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Waterwise Schools Program fact file Water Corporation's Waterwise Schools Program takes a long-term approach to water education and behavioural change, educating students, their families, and the wider community about the need to value, protect and conserve our water resources. Supporting primary and secondary schools since 1995, it provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources, hands-on activities, school incursions and tours of water and water resource recovery facilities. It complements the curriculum across all major learning areas, particularly STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. Hillarys Primary School was the first to be recognised as a Waterwise School and there are now 589 waterwise schools, representing more than 55 per cent of schools across the State. Since 2007, over 300,000 WA school children have participated in the program. In 2018, Water Corporation's leak-detecting dog, Kep, was introduced to new Waterwise School assemblies to spread the water conservation message.
Community to have say on bus services to Airport Line stations7556Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 3:11:42 AM2021-10-19T03:10:00Z Community consultation to commence on enhanced bus network to support the new Airport Line More than 20 suburbs included in routes to new Redcliffe and High Wycombe stations Consultation period closes at 4pm on November 19 McGowan Government has 15 METRONET projects planned, completed, underway or in procurement With construction of the METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link now in its final stages, attention has turned to building the bus network that will transport commuters to and from the new High Wycombe and Redcliffe stations. The opening of the Airport Line will create significant changes to bus services through Perth's eastern suburbs, with several new routes added and some existing ones changed to accommodate the new stations. The enhanced bus network will add more than 1.7 million annual service kilometres and 26 new buses, connecting the eastern suburbs to the Airport Line and the broader Transperth network. The community has now been invited to provide feedback. Changes have also been made to the bus network servicing Midland Station, with four potential new routes included in the community consultation. School specials will be reviewed once the feeder bus network is finalised, and updated timetables for all services will be available next year. To have your say on the bus network changes, visit http//www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/have-your-say-on-the-new-airport-line-bus-network. Community consultation closes on Friday, November 19 at 4pm. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "When the Airport Line opens in 2022, residents of Perth's eastern suburbs will be spoilt for choice when it comes to their transport options. "Tens of thousands of commuters are expected to use the Airport Line every day, so linking train services with an enhanced feeder bus network is one way we can make the commute as easy as possible for our passengers. "Residents across the eastern suburbs will benefit from an enhanced bus network which is why we're asking the community for feedback - we want to hear what you think about the proposed changes." Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Rapid timber-frame builds speed up social housing delivery7555Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 3:00:58 AM2021-10-19T03:00:00Z Six timber-frame houses nearing completion for social housing in Perth's north The timber-frame homes will be constructed in less than five months Timber-frame homes can be built faster than brick homes in the current heated construction market The six homes will help meet demand for social housing in Perth's northern suburbs Six new social housing properties in Banksia Grove are nearing completion less than five months after construction began. The homes have been delivered using rapid timber-frame builds, an alternative construction method allowing faster turnaround times in Western Australia's heated construction market. The homes, which are being built by Dale Alcock Homes, each have three-bedrooms, one bathroom and parking for two cars. Construction on the homes started in June this year with completion originally forecast for January 2022. However, construction has been ahead of schedule, with all six homes due for completion later this month. Once the homes are completed, families will be allocated from the Department of Communities' (Communities) housing waitlist and tenants will be able to move in as soon as possible. Timber-frame homes are faster than building brick homes, mainly because of the current high demand on the bricklaying trade. They also have a range of benefits including the sustainability and environmental properties of timber, providing flexibility for future modifications and an appealing aesthetic variation to traditional brick homes. The six homes were part of the Communities land development project in Banksia Grove in partnership with LWP Property Group Ltd. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "As the Minister for Housing, I have been reforming our program of works to ensure homes are being delivered as fast as possible, and in our heated construction market that means looking outside the box at new and innovative construction methods. "Alongside our significant investments in modular housing, rapid timber-frame construction is another way we can get housing delivered as fast as possible. "In the case of these six homes, we've seen that despite the high demand for trades and supplies, construction time-frames of less than five months can still be achieved. "Not only are they faster to build, but timber-frame builds are more environmentally sustainable, can be modified easily in the future and provide an appealing aesthetic alternative. "The construction of timber-frame homes also reduces the number of on-site tradies, freeing them up for other jobs. "These three-bedroom homes are a great solution for increased demand for social housing - especially for families - in Perth's booming northern suburbs. "Our priority is to see as many Western Australians as possible in safe, secure and sustainable homes. "The State Government is investing $2.1 billion into social housing over the next four years, which includes the recently announced record investment of $875 million as part of the 2021-22 State Budget. "Through this investment, we will deliver up to 3,300 new social housing properties and carry out refurbishment and maintenance work to many thousands more." Minister's office - 6552 5300 ​
Free waterwise offers available to North-West communities7489Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 1:20:38 AM2021-10-19T01:20:00Z Halls Creek, Port Hedland and Fitzroy Crossing added to the 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program alongside Onslow, Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson Free plumbing and irrigation services added to list of waterwise offers 70 million litres of water saved in the North-West in 2020-21Free waterwise offers are available to residents of Karratha, Roebourne, Point Samson, Wickham, Onslow, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and Port Hedland as part of Water Corporation's 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program. This year's program, which is being launched as part of National Water Week, saved 70 million litres of water in the North-West in 2020-21, and has been created to encourage water efficiency in regional Western Australia. A free plumbing service is available to residents in participating towns, which will include a leak inspection and minor repairs, as well as upgrades to water-efficient fittings if required. Residents in Port Hedland, Karratha, Roebourne, Point Samson and Wickham can also take advantage of Water Corporation's Showerhead Swap program, which allows households to swap up to two old, water-guzzling showerheads with waterwise alternatives. In 2020-21, the Showerhead Swap program alone saw 219 North-West households save 4.4 million litres of water - equivalent to 105 backyard swimming pools. To promote water efficiency in the garden, residents in Onslow, Port Hedland, Karratha, Roebourne, Point Samson and Wickham can also apply for a free service from an irrigation specialist. This can include minor repairs to sprinkler systems and help with programming irrigation controllers. Local offers are available until May 31, 2022. For more details, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Since 2013-14, the Waterwise Towns program has saved an estimated 1.58 billion litres of precious water across WA - equivalent to 702 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "By providing waterwise support to homeowners in the North-West, the McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, is making it easier for residents to save water and lower household water bills. "The 2020-21 program again saw local contractors engaged to carry out plumbing inspections, minor leak repairs and fixture upgrades, helping save a terrific 70 million litres of water in the region. "National Water Week is a good time for us all to reflect on how we can save water, and the Waterwise Towns program is one way Water Corporation is equipping regional Western Australians with the tools they need to be as water efficient as possible." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "This is a great initiative and I'd encourage all eligible residents to take up the offer and be more waterwise. "I'm looking forward to seeing how this initiative will incentivise people to be more waterwise and lead to lower water bills." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "I am pleased to see that the McGowan Government is helping Pilbara households lower their household water bills as well as increasing water efficiency in the North-West. "I know many Pilbara residents who participated in the Showerhead Swap program last year, and I encourage local residents to take advantage of these water-saving initiatives." Minister's office - 6552 6100 North-West region participants in the 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Town Offer Fitzroy Crossing Plumbing service Halls Creek Plumbing service Karratha Showerhead Swap, plumbing service, irrigation service Onslow Plumbing Service, irrigation service Point Samson Showerhead Swap, plumbing service, irrigation service Port Hedland Showerhead Swap, plumbing service, irrigation service Roebourne Showerhead Swap, plumbing service, irrigation service Wickham Showerhead Swap, plumbing service, irrigation service
Free waterwise offers available to South-West communities7488Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 1:17:16 AM2021-10-19T01:15:00Z Twelve South-West communities included in 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Rainwater tank rebate and Showerhead Swap among the available offers Program saved 43.9 million litres of water in the region in 2020-21 South-West residents can now claim a rainwater tank rebate and swap inefficient showerheads for waterwise alternatives thanks to Water Corporation's 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program, launched during National Water Week. Households in Balingup, Bridgetown, Boyup Brook, Donnybrook, Greenbushes, Hester, Kirup, Manjimup, Mullalyup, Nannup, Northcliffe and Pemberton can apply for the offers to support regional households to reduce water use. Up to 20,000 litres of water can be saved per household per year by switching to a water-efficient showerhead. In 2020-21, 124 South-West households swapped 166 showerheads saving an impressive 2.5 million litres of water. Residents interested in purchasing a new rainwater tank or replacing an existing tank of 2,000 litres or more can apply for a rebate of up to $1,000. Those interested in plumbing in an existing tank are also eligible for a rebate. Last year, South-West residents saved 43.9 million litres of water as part of the Waterwise Towns program, with a fantastic response from the residents in Bridgetown and Manjimup who participated in the comparative water use letter campaign saving 35.8 million litres of water. The letters provide water-saving tips and advice, and compare water use amongst other households to encourage a community-wide approach to saving water. This year, letters will be sent to Donnybrook residents who can also apply for a free irrigation and free plumbing service, supporting households to set up irrigation systems correctly, check for broken sprinklers, identify leaks, and replace inefficient plumbing fixtures and fittings. Since 2013-14, the State-wide program has saved an estimated 1.58 billion litres of precious water - equivalent to 702 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Offers are available until May 31, 2022 and residents are invited to visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers for more information. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting regional Western Australians to reduce water use and save money through the Waterwise Towns program. "While heavy rainfall in the region over winter has been welcomed, we know this was an anomaly against the long-term trends and the South-West remains one of the areas most impacted by climate change anywhere in the world. "To help combat this, small changes to daily habits can help make a difference. By upgrading to water-efficient showerheads, plumbing in a rainwater tank, or making small waterwise changes in the home, residents can save tens of thousands of litres of water, and help protect our most precious resource. "A rainwater tank plumbed into a home can help save up to 20 per cent of average household water use each year. With the South-West receiving higher rainfall on average compared to the rest of the State, rainwater tanks can be a cost-effective solution for residents. "This National Water Week I'd like to encourage residents in participating South-West towns to take advantage of available offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "The Waterwise Towns program is a fantastic initiative and I'm thrilled local residents will benefit from the rainwater tank rebate and showerhead swap. "Water-saving measures are something we can all implement in our day-to-day lives to help ensure a sustainable future for the South-West. "The rainwater tank rebate allows residents to capitalise on the region's rainfall and a small thing like swapping your showerhead can help save millions of litres of water, not to mention the savings it will provide on your water bill. "A community-wide approach can make a big difference when it comes to reducing water use. I would love to see our communities get behind this campaign." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "It's great that residents will have the opportunity to save money on their water bills and help the environment. "Our water is precious, and any opportunity to look after our most valuable resource is so important." Minister's office - 6552 6100 South-West participants in the 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Town Offers Balingup Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Bridgetown Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Boyup Brook Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Donnybrook Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate, plumbing service, irrigation service, comparative water use letters Greenbushes Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Hester Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Kirup Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Manjimup Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Mullalyup Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Nannup Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Northcliffe Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Pemberton Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate
Huge water savings achieved in Great Southern as waterwise support continues7487Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 1:11:07 AM2021-10-19T01:10:00Z Great Southern residents saved 172 million litres of water last summer with support from the Waterwise Towns program Eleven Great Southern towns included in 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Water-saving offers include Showerhead Swap, free irrigation service and rainwater tank rebate Great Southern towns can again take advantage of free water-saving offers thanks to Water Corporation's Waterwise Towns program - a waterwise initiative which helped residents save 172 million litres of water in the region in 2020-21. Launched as part of National Water Week, the program makes it easier for regional towns to reduce water consumption and save money on bills by upgrading inefficient plumbing or making small waterwise changes in the home. Depending on location, offers can include a rainwater tank rebate, free irrigation checks, comparative water use letters, and a free Showerhead Swap program. This year, the program is available to residents in Cranbrook, Lake Grace, Newdegate, Kulin, Nyabing, Gnowangerup, Pingrup, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe, Kondinin and Hopetoun. Rainwater tank rebates are available in all participating towns, offering a cost-effective solution to save water. Residents can claim up to $1,000 to purchase a new rainwater tank, or to upgrade or plumb in an existing rainwater tank. Households in Gnowangerup can also benefit from a free irrigation check to help set their irrigation system to be as water efficient as possible. Since 2013-14, the State-wide program has saved an estimated 1.58 billion litres of precious water - equivalent to 702 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Localised offers are available to participating communities until May 31, 2022. For more details or to view local offers, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "In 2020-21, Great Southern residents swapped 1,625 showerheads at 1,026 households, contributing to a terrific saving of 172.35 million litres of water - enough to fill 76 Olympic-sized swimming pools. "While heavy rainfall in the region over winter has been welcomed, we know this was an anomaly against the long-term trends and the Great Southern remains one of the areas most impacted by climate change anywhere in the world. "To help combat this, small changes to daily habits can help make a difference. By upgrading to water-efficient showerheads, plumbing in a rainwater tank, or making small waterwise changes in the home, residents can save tens of thousands of litres of water, and help protect our most precious resource. "This National Water Week, I'd like to encourage Great Southern residents to take advantage of these great offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Shelley Payne "The Agricultural Region is no stranger to water deficiency, so we understand how important it is to conserve water. "By offering a rainwater tank rebate, free irrigation check, comparative water use letter, or a free showerhead swap, the Waterwise Towns program not only helps us save money on water bills, but also supports us in making small changes with a big impact. "I encourage everyone in the eligible areas to get involved, reduce your water bill and be a part of this positive change." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Great Southern region participants in the 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Town Offer Cranbrook Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Lake Grace Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Newdegate Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Kulin Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Nyabing Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Gnowangerup Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate, irrigation service, comparative water use letters Pingrup Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Jerramungup Rainwater tank rebate Ravensthorpe* Rainwater tank rebate Kondinin Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate Hopetoun* Showerhead Swap, rainwater tank rebate * Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun are within the Goldfields-Esperance district, however, they are part of Water Corporation's Great Southern service area. ​
Mid-West residents encouraged to take up water-saving offers during National Water Week7486Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 1:06:10 AM2021-10-19T01:05:00Z ​Exmouth, Denham, Jurien Bay, Mount Magnet and Cue among 40 regional communities participating in the 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Showerhead Swap and free irrigation and plumbing services among available offers Program saved 15.5 million litres of water in the Mid-West in 2020-21Residents in Exmouth, Denham, Jurien Bay, Mount Magnet and Cue can take advantage of special water-saving offers as part of Water Corporation's 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program, launched during National Water Week. The program, which saved 310 million litres of water State-wide in 2020-21, supports regional households to reduce water use and help save money on bills through a range of initiatives. Exmouth and Mount Magnet residents will again be able to swap up to two old, inefficient showerheads with water-efficient alternatives under the Showerhead Swap program, which is this year also available to residents in Denham, Jurien Bay and Cue. In 2020-21, 102 Mid-West households saved about two million litres of water through the replacement of 156 showerheads. Added to the list of offers for Exmouth this year is a free irrigation service. Residents can register for an irrigation specialist to visit their home to complete minor repairs on the sprinkler system and assist customers to program their irrigation controller. A free plumbing service will also be available to customers in Denham and Jurien Bay. This includes a check for leaks and minor repairs, and an upgrade to water-efficient fittings if required, to help save water. Offers will be available from October 4, 2021 to May 31, 2022 or, for the Showerhead Swap program, while stocks last. For more information or to apply, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting regional Western Australians to reduce water use and save money on bills through the Waterwise Towns program. "Given around 22 per cent of all household water use is in the shower, swapping your old showerhead for a water-efficient one at no cost is one of the simplest ways to save water in your home. A water-efficient showerhead can save you around 20,000 litres of water a year. "This National Water Week I'd like to encourage Mid-West residents to take advantage of these great offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle, particularly as we continue to meet the challenges posed by climate change." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Peter Foster "As someone who lives and works in the region, I know how important it is to be careful with this precious resource, especially as we face the challenges of a changing climate. "The McGowan Government is delivering a simple and practical way of helping residents in the Mid-West to save money and water. "It's amazing how much difference a new showerhead can make to a household's bills." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Mid-West participants in the 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Town Offers Exmouth Showerhead Swap, irrigation service Denham Showerhead Swap, plumbing service Jurien Bay Showerhead Swap, plumbing service Mount Magnet Showerhead Swap Cue Showerhead Swap
Waterwise support available to Goldfields households7485Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 1:03:24 AM2021-10-19T01:00:00Z Water-saving offers available to residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kambalda, Coolgardie and Leonora Preliminary results from water-efficient evaporative air-conditioning trial deliver water savings Waterwise Towns program saved 310 million litres of water across the State in 2020-21 Goldfields residents can take advantage of three water-saving offers as part of Water Corporation's 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program, launched during National Water Week. The Showerhead Swap program, available for the past two years in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is being extended to Coolgardie and Kambalda residents, allowing them to swap up to two old, inefficient showerheads for waterwise alternatives. Free irrigation and plumbing services are also being offered to residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to support water efficiency in the home and garden. This includes a leak inspection and minor repairs, help to program irrigation controllers, and an upgrade to water-efficient fittings if required. Free plumbing services are also being offered to residents in Leonora. Thousands of households in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie and Kambalda will also receive comparative water use letters to show how their water use compares to others, with tips and advice to help them reduce their water use. Monitoring and evaluation of a water-efficient evaporative air-conditioning trial which commenced in 2020 will continue this summer, with 90 Kalgoorlie-Boulder households participating. The insights gathered through the trial will help determine the most effective way to reduce water loss while systems are in use. The trial is expected to finish in March 2022, with preliminary results indicating water use can be reduced by 20 per cent while still effectively cooling homes. Since 2013-14, the Waterwise Towns program has saved approximately 1.58 billion litres of precious water across regional Western Australian communities - equivalent to 702 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Local offers are available from October 4, 2021 to May 31, 2022. The waterwise offers available to each town differs, so residents are invited to visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers for more information. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The Waterwise Towns program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government is supporting regional Western Australians to help conserve our most precious resource. "Evaporative air-conditioning is common in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, but these systems can use more than 100 litres of water per hour while in use during summer. "By participating in this trial, Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents are testing improvements that can be made to their air-conditioning systems, to ensure they are working as efficiently as possible and only using as much water as they need to. "Providing easy, practical and cost-effective solutions to reducing household water use has already proven to be a successful approach - one I hope communities will embrace again, particularly during National Water Week." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "As we head into the hot summer months here in the Goldfields, it is important that we are doing the best we can to control our water usage. "It is important that we stay cool and with most households having evaporative air-conditioning, I am glad that Kalgoorlie-Boulder can take part in the trial to improve the efficiency of their air-conditioning. "I strongly encourage the community to take advantage of the Waterwise Towns program in their area." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Goldfields and Agricultural Region participants in the 2021-22 Waterwise Towns program Town Offers Kalgoorlie-Boulder Showerhead Swap, water-efficient evaporative air-conditioning trial, plumbing service, irrigation service, comparative water use letters Kambalda Showerhead Swap, comparative water use letters Coolgardie Showerhead Swap, comparative water use letters Leonora Plumbing service
McGowan Government helping reduce alcohol-related harm7484Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/10/2021 12:10:25 AM2021-10-19T00:00:00Z More than $1 million in funding over three years committed to reduce risky alcohol use and related harm Funding enables the pilot of a highly targeted Alcohol.Think Again campaign The McGowan Government has announced Healthway funding of $1.18 million to boost the Mental Health Commission's Alcohol.Think Again campaign. The campaign helps raise awareness about the serious health risks associated with alcohol, urging Western Australian adults to reduce their alcohol use. The partnership between Healthway and the Mental Health Commission is part of the State Government's commitment to achieving a 10 per cent reduction in risky alcohol use by 2024, as recommended by the Sustainable Health Review. Evaluation of the Alcohol.Think Again campaign to date has demonstrated its success, with 14 per cent of high-risk drinkers in WA reporting having taken action to reduce their drinking as a result of the campaign. The Healthway funding will go towards a digital and television campaign, and a comprehensive effectiveness evaluation. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This new million-dollar Healthway funding will enable the Alcohol.Think Again campaign to extend its reach to high-risk populations. "The campaign will help provide adults with the skills and confidence they need to reduce their alcohol use, building on the success we've seen so far." Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson "In WA, approximately one-third of people aged 16-44 years drink at levels considered to be high risk for long-term harm. "This new element of the Alcohol.Think Again campaign, scheduled for early next year, will build on the current advertising campaign, with specific messaging to increase knowledge about how to reduce alcohol use. "By providing educational information to the community, the McGowan Government is empowering people to create healthier communities and reduce future impacts on communities across WA." Minister's office - 6552 5800
McGowan Government welcomes Senate Inquiry Final Report into Juukan Gorge7483Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5860html18/10/2021 10:05:03 AM2021-10-18T08:50:00Z WA Government welcomes recommendations from Final Report of Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia New legislative measures will help prevent another Juukan Gorge tragedy Better protection for Aboriginal cultural heritage will be achieved once the new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill becomes lawAboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson has today welcomed the Senate Inquiry Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia's Final Report into the destruction of the 46,000-year-old caves at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara. In line with the Committee's finding and recommendations, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill (the Bill) will replace outdated legislation and includes a series of measures designed to prevent another Juukan Gorge tragedy. The Bill removes the controversial Section 18 approvals process under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) and, in line with Native Title laws, focuses on agreement making with traditional owners to ensure Aboriginal people can negotiate outcomes for projects and opportunities on their lands. The new Bill establishes world-class protections for the management of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and was designed on the principles of the Burra Charter. Under the Burra Charter, the protection and conservation of heritage should demonstrate an understanding of the place and its cultural significance, including its meaning to people, before making decisions about its future, and involves the relevant communities associated with the heritage. The new Bill explicitly provides for this. Traditional owners can apply to have a really important area made a Protected Area and no one can apply to damage Aboriginal cultural heritage in the area. The PKKP Aboriginal Corporation has called for early, meaningful and ongoing engagement with Aboriginal people. WA's new legislation has been based on this model. Local Aboriginal groups will be the primary decision makers and will have significant influence in the management of cultural heritage within their appointed area, another recommendation of the final report. Only Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plans where informed consent can be demonstrated will be approved, to enable activities to commence. A raft of intervention measures including Stop Activity and Prohibition Orders and new offences of serious harm, material harm and harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage with penalties up to $10 million or five years imprisonment will afford further protection. The Bill includes provisions for the appointment of Local Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Services to increase the voices of Aboriginal people in the management of their cultural heritage. The Bill is the result of three rounds of consultation with Aboriginal people and other stakeholders over the last three years. It is currently being finalised before being introduced to State Parliament. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson "Destruction of the 46,000-year-old caves at Juukan Gorge was a tragedy and the WA Government is working hard to ensure better legislative protections are afforded to our sacred cultural heritage sites. "Better protection for Aboriginal cultural heritage will absolutely be achieved once the new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill becomes law - and the McGowan Government is committed to this reform. "The central foundation of the Bill is consultation, negotiation and agreement making between Aboriginal parties and proponents - the very foundation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. "It also legally protects Aboriginal people from being silenced, requires proponents to provide full disclosure of all possible options for their operation and mandates voluntary consent of the traditional owners." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Abrolhos Island scallops become WA’s eleventh MSC certified sustainable fishery7481Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4270html18/10/2021 5:30:28 AM2021-10-18T05:30:00Z Abrolhos Island scallops make a tasty addition to WA's list of sustainable fisheries Marine Stewardship Council certification the global gold standard for sustainability Strong sustainable seafood credentials supporting WA jobs and growth Less than five years after reopening from a lengthy closure, the Abrolhos Island and Mid-West Scallop Trawl Fishery has become the eleventh Western Australian fishery to earn sustainability certification under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. Closed from 2012 to 2016 due to low stocks caused by a marine heatwave event, the fishery reopened in 2017 and stocks have since fully recovered and seen the fishery earn MSC's tick of approval for its effective management and sustainable operation. The Abrolhos Island fishers and licence holders have met MSC's high benchmarks to earn certification with no conditions, through the rigorous and independent assessment process. Internationally recognised, the MSC blue fish tick indicates sustainable seafood from healthy, wild fish populations. The ecolabel enables consumers to easily choose sustainable seafood and is about 'making sure there's enough fish in the sea for the next generation'. The McGowan Government is committed to the sustainable management of our fisheries to ensure the future of our State's commercial and recreational fishing sector and to enhance the world-class fishing experiences on offer around Western Australia. The Abrolhos Island scallop fishery contributes more than $5 million to the Western Australian economy annually, creating local jobs and providing quality, sustainable seafood to consumers here, interstate and internationally. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "The Abrolhos Island scallop fishery produce delightful saucer scallops - and it is excellent to see these tasty morsels get the MSC blue tick of approval. "The MSC tick assures consumers the seafood they buy is sustainable and this certification is well recognised in local, national and international markets. "That this fishery has now met the rigorous MSC criteria for minimising environmental impact, sustainable stocks and effective management is cause for celebration. "Be sure to check for the MSC blue fish tick next time you buy seafood to choose a sustainable future full of fish." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Milestone for Western Power’s first disconnected microgrid7480Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10390html18/10/2021 4:00:35 AM2021-10-18T04:00:00Z Milestone for Western Power's first disconnected microgrid Microgrid could improve reliability and reduce carbon emissions in the regions Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced an exciting opportunity for Western Australian businesses to explore the development of a disconnected microgrid pilot in the Mid-West, Wheatbelt or Great Southern regions. Western Power is seeking registrations of interest today to understand the capability and capacity of the market to develop a disconnected microgrid, which is a small, isolated network operating independently from the rest of the grid. A modular network of remote power systems, including stand-alone power systems and disconnected microgrids may be a more cost-effective way to supply smaller regional communities in Western Power's service area. Western Power's pilot could provide industry development opportunities for local manufacturers and providers. For more information or to register interest, visit https//www.westernpower.com.au/suppliers/tenders-and-registrations-of-interest Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Disconnected microgrids could play a crucial role in improving reliability for regional businesses and homeowners. "Stand-alone power systems and microgrids remove the risk of outages caused by power supplies travelling long distances, which are exposed to plant and animal impacts, lightning, high winds, and bushfires. "The McGowan Government is committed to creating new jobs for Western Australians and exploring technological innovations that will help shape our State's future power supply. "Disconnected microgrids can provide low-carbon emission benefits and will help reach our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050." Minister's office - 6552 6700 ​
Waterwise Perth Action Plan achievements kick off National Water Week7479Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5410html18/10/2021 2:07:32 AM2021-10-18T02:05:00Z First two years of Waterwise Perth Action has delivered significant water savings and enhanced the Perth Peel region's resilience to impacts of climate change 535 million litres of water saved through Waterwise Perth Action Plan 2021 National Water Week runs from October 18 to 24 National Water Week theme is Caring for Water and Country - celebrating role of water in our lives and cultureWater Minister Dave Kelly today marked the start of National Water Week 2021, by acknowledging the first two years' achievements of the inaugural Waterwise Perth Action Plan. Launched by the McGowan Government in October 2019, and led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the State's first Waterwise Perth Action Plan provides a strategic, whole-of-government approach to planning and addressing water-related issues associated with urban intensification and the increasing demand for water in the face of climate change. Over the past two years the plan, which involves seven partner agencies and multiple industry and community stakeholders, has completed 38 key actions that have helped conserve precious water resources and enhance urban green spaces, while educating and engaging the community and delivering government-led water-sensitive policy, planning, and development. Major achievements delivered through the plan to date include 300 million litres of water saved through the Leak Assist Rebate Scheme; 92 million litres of water saved through the Water-efficient Showerhead Swap Scheme; 142.7 million litres of water saved through retrofitting of public housing with water-efficient fixtures; 49,000 students participated in the Waterwise Schools Program; 84,000 waterwise plants planted across Perth and Peel suburbs; and 3,500 trees planted across 18 Perth and Peel local governments. Today also marks the start of National Water Week, a week designed to build awareness in communities and organisations around the value of water. The theme of National Water Week this year is Caring for Water and Country, which celebrates the integral role that water plays in our lives and our culture. Caring for Water and Country aims to deepen our understanding of Australian First Nations people's knowledge in protecting and sustaining our water and lands for over 65,000 years. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "National Water Week is a good time to not only reflect on the value of water to our lives, but also the impact that climate change is having on our water supplies and what we can all do to save this precious resource. "The Waterwise Perth Action Plan helps create a clear link between water management and concepts such as urban planning, urban heat, river and wetland health, contaminated soils, public health, recreation, and biodiversity. "It calls on everyone in the community to play a role including government, businesses, industry, local governments and households - no single organisation can transition Perth to a waterwise city on its own. "As we launch into the next two years of the plan and release of the next Waterwise Perth Action Plan, we need to continue the collaborative, whole of government approach as Perth and Peel transition to a city that is truly waterwise and resilient to the impacts of climate change. "The next waterwise plan will build on the successes and achievements of the first, and will be released in coming months." Minister's office - 6552 6100 ​
Kalgulup Regional Park’s management plan released7478Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4400html18/10/2021 2:00:41 AM2021-10-18T02:00:00Z Plan for Our Parks milestone in South-West for Kalgulup Regional Park High biodiversity, cultural and community values protected Part of the biggest expansion of conservation estate in WA history The McGowan Government's landmark Plan for Our Parks has achieved another significant milestone, with the release of the Kalgulup Regional Park Management Plan. Delivering on an election commitment, the creation and management of the Kalgulup Regional Park is part of the State Government's $10.5 million investment into the park over four years. Following extensive community consultation, the management plan has been designed to have a strong focus on the park's high biodiversity, cultural and community values. Spanning 3,100 hectares in the Greater Bunbury region, the regional park was created in October 2020 and covers the Leschenault Peninsula and lands around the Leschenault Estuary, Inlet and the lower reaches of the Collie, Brunswick and Preston Rivers and south of Bunbury from the Preston River to the ocean. The management plan has a strong focus on the park's high biodiversity value, protecting the endemic species including three threatened plants, 14 threatened animal species such as the western ringtail possum and black cockatoos, eight threatened ecological communities, including tuart and banksia woodland, and 20 wetlands. The plan also identifies opportunities for further enhancement or expansion of recreation sites and experiences within the regional park, with planning and design work already progressing for facility upgrades at the Maidens Reserve and Mangrove Cove recreation sites. The importance of the park to traditional owners is also recognised through the park name, which was chosen in consultation with the Gnaala Karla Booja Native Title Working Group. Kalgulup means 'place of fire' or 'place of burning campfires' in Noongar language. Land within the regional park is managed by several stakeholders, including State Government agencies and local governments, providing the opportunity for a cooperative management approach. Read the Kalgulup Regional Park Management Plan at http//www.dbca.wa.gov.au/managementplans Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The official launch of this management plan is a significant milestone for the Plan for Our Parks initiative in the South-West. "The plan will protect and conserve areas with special and highly significant natural and cultural values, while providing important recreation opportunities for visitors and the community to enjoy. "Plan for Our Parks is the biggest expansion of conservation estate in WA's history and will create jobs on country and ongoing economic opportunity for traditional owners and local businesses across the State. Minister's office - 6552 5900
New Armadale COVID-19 vaccination clinic boosts opportunities to get vaccinated7477Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7560html18/10/2021 12:50:48 AM2021-10-18T00:50:00Z State-run vaccination clinic opens at Armadale Central Shopping Centre Bookings are not required Convenient for local community to get vaccinated Aboriginal Family Day at Armadale on October 23 A new community vaccination centre will open today at the Armadale Central Shopping Centre, 10 Orchard Avenue, Armadale, offering local residents another opportunity to get vaccinated. An Aboriginal Family Day will also be held at the Armadale clinic on Saturday, October 23, where all Aboriginal people aged 12 years and above will be welcomed to the clinic with a Welcome to Country, food and other activities provided. Opening times are 10am to 4.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10am to 7pm on Thursday; and 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday. While bookings are encouraged by visiting https//www.rollup.wa.gov.au, people can attend the Armadale vaccination clinic without an appointment. The State-run vaccination clinic will initially provide around 2,000 vaccinations each week but will increase depending on demand. Community vaccination clinics are now open at Centrepoint Midland Shopping Centre, Claremont Showgrounds, Kwinana Supa Centre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, with a new community clinic also opening today at The Square Mirrabooka. There have been 2,714,227 COVID-19 vaccinations administered to Western Australians across the State. WA Health also runs COVID-19 vaccination clinics in more than 100 locations across WA, with sites listed on the HealthyWA website (click on COVID-19). All eligible Western Australians are urged to book their vaccination appointments as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Having access to a vaccination clinic in the local area is an additional measure toward getting everyone vaccinated and keeping the community safe. "The clinic at Armadale Central Shopping Centre will provide an alternative option for people to get their COVID-19 vaccines. "Our State-run clinics are in addition to the participating GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics, which are managed by the Commonwealth, to provide COVID-19 vaccines across WA. "Don't wait, get vaccinated. "It is now easier than ever before to get vaccinated." Comments attributed to Vaccine Commander Chris Dawson "We are now in the phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program where we're working towards creating more opportunities, in more locations, for people to get vaccinated closer to home. "We are also increasing our focus in lifting vaccination rates amongst Aboriginal people and are working with the community to directly address issues of hesitancy and ensure that it is as easy as possible for Aboriginal people to get vaccinated. "We've all seen the devastating effects of COVID-19 around the world, and how quickly the Delta strain has spread across NSW and Victoria. "It takes time for your body to build immunity once you've been vaccinated - don't wait until Delta gets here to Roll up for WA. "There are appointments available in every corner of our State - visit rollupforwa.com.au to register and book your appointment." Minister's office - 6552 6500 ​
New opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccination in Mirrabooka7482Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5930html18/10/2021 6:56:24 AM2021-10-18T00:45:00Z COVID-19 community vaccination clinic opens today at The Square Mirrabooka Second pop-up vaccination clinic at Herb Graham Recreation Centre Bookings are not required Convenient for local community to get vaccinated Another large-scale community vaccination centre will open today at The Square Mirrabooka, 43 Yirrigan Drive, Mirrabooka giving local residents another opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Opening times are 9am to 4.30pm on Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 7pm on Thursday and 11am to 4.30pm on Sunday. While bookings are preferred, individuals are welcome to attend the clinic without an appointment. The State-run vaccination clinic will initially provide around 3,000 appointments each week and will ramp up depending on demand. A second pop-up clinic will open at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka for two days a week from October 25. This smaller clinic has been developed to encourage a greater uptake among culturally and linguistically diverse communities and interpreter services will be made available where required. Community vaccination clinics are now open at Centrepoint Midland Shopping Centre, Claremont Showgrounds, Kwinana Supa Centre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, with a new community clinic also opening today at Armadale Central Shopping Centre. There have been 2,714,227 COVID-19 vaccinations administered to Western Australians across the State. About 75 per cent of Western Australians aged 16 and over have received one dose while more than 56 are fully vaccinated. WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in more than 100 locations across WA, with sites listed on the HealthyWA website (click on COVID-19). All eligible Western Australians are urged to visit https//rollup.wa.gov.au to register and book their vaccination appointments as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Being able to access two vaccination clinics in the local area is a two-pronged approach toward getting everyone vaccinated and keeping the community safe. "Both vaccination clinics will help provide another alternative option for people to get their COVID-19 vaccination. "I'd like to thank the City of Stirling and staff at The Square Mirrabooka and Herb Graham Recreation Centre for their support in getting these clinics up and running. "Our State-run clinics are in addition to the participating GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics, which are managed by the Commonwealth, to provide COVID-19 vaccines across WA. "The message continues to be simple - don't hesitate, get vaccinated. "The vaccination rate is increasing quickly but we need to lift higher and faster. "There is absolutely no reason to be complacent." Comments attributed to Vaccine Commander Chris Dawson "The new clinics offer a convenient location for people in Perth's northern suburbs to access their vaccination. "It is particularly important to us to create a space for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to access their vaccinations in a culturally secure environment, with support such as interpreters and translated materials available. "I urge everyone who lives or works in this area to make the most of this opportunity and get vaccinated as soon as possible. "Remember, it takes up to five weeks for your body to build up immunity once you've had your first dose, so don't wait until the Delta strain hits WA. Get vaccinated now. "Visit rollupforwa.com.au to register and book your appointment." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Skills boost for the Goldfields as construction starts on TAFE7476Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4950html18/10/2021 12:12:05 AM2021-10-17T23:00:00Z Construction starts on $10 million revamp at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus New trades workshop to expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades Project to employ more than 100 workers Part of the McGowan Government's record investment in TAFE The McGowan Labor Government's $10 million upgrade of Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus is underway, with construction starting on a new trades workshop. The $7 million workshop will expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades, training locals to support the workforce needs of the Goldfields' resources industry. Existing workshops at the Kalgoorlie campus will undergo a $1 million refurbishment, with a further $2 million worth of industry-standard trades equipment being installed, with input from resource sector companies to ensure training meets their requirements. Western Australian builder FIRM Constructions has been awarded the tender, which will employ 118 workers throughout the project, including apprentices. Local and Aboriginal businesses have been engaged throughout the project to maximise local employment opportunities. Once complete, the state-of-the-art facility will provide training space for the plant mechanics, heavy auto and auto electrical trade disciplines, with a dedicated workshop, classrooms and laboratory spaces. Construction is expected to be completed in November 2022, with training to commence in Semester 1, 2023. The $10 million project at the Kalgoorlie campus is part of the McGowan Government's $184.3 million investment to fund essential infrastructure upgrades across the State's TAFE network, as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The McGowan Government is committed to improving training options in regional Western Australia. "The major upgrades to Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus will establish facilities to deliver practical, industry-focused training, training job-ready and highly skilled workers for the Goldfields region. Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "I am thrilled to see construction starting on the new trades workshop, and look forward to seeing the new building welcome students. "As an integral part of Western Australia's economy, the Goldfields needs skilled workers and it is important that we are boosting learning opportunities in industries for future jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5700 ​
Record $10 million boost for health and wellbeing of WA kids7463Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11040html17/10/2021 11:52:08 PM2021-10-17T13:00:00Z Record $10 million donation to Telethon to help the health and wellbeing of WA kids Includes $2 million towards the WA Child Research Fund program Latest round of grants for 18 child health research projects to share in $4.32 million Projects funded by the McGowan Government and Channel 7 Telethon Trust Premier Mark McGowan today presented a record $10 million donation to Telethon for it to undertake critical work funding charities to deliver key services and programs, which benefit and improve the lives of Western Australian children. The boost represents an increase of $4.5 million in support from last year's contribution and is the biggest donation from the State Government yet, with $8 million going towards the Telethon Trust. Part of the State Government's support includes a $2 million contribution towards the WA Child Research Fund (WACRF) program. The latest round of the program has enabled 18 research projects, valued at $4.32 million, to proceed. Receiving almost $250,000 from this year's WACRF program, an Edith Cowan University study led by Dr Prashant Bharadwaj will provide key data for development of a prognostic tool for childhood dementia. An estimated 250 young Western Australians are living with the cruel disease, which causes severe degeneration of the central nervous system with symptoms showing in children as young as two years old. A Curtin University research project investigating an antiviral strategy to tackle common respiratory viruses in young children will also receive $250,000 from the program. Led by Associate Professor Anthony Kicic, the study will investigate therapies to reduce airway inflammation, which can cause permanent damage to the lungs of children with underlying conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Also benefiting from a $250,000 WACRF funding boost is a study into whether premature birth will lead to breathing problems and reduced physical activity later in life, with the aim of finding treatments to prevent health issues from developing. The Telethon Kids Institute project, led by Dr Christopher O'Dea, began 15 years ago with a group of babies and children who were born early. Researchers have been assessing the respiratory health of participants at regular intervals since then. The WACRF program was established by the Department of Health and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust in 2012 to fund health and medical research that focuses on the health of children and adolescents in WA. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This record funding contribution will support Telethon's continued efforts in improving children's health and wellbeing across Western Australia. "The State Government's ongoing support goes towards helping WA's world-class child health researchers, which is vital if we are to better understand diseases and chronic conditions and find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them. "Having been to many organisations including a therapy facility just this week, I am heartened with the work of health and allied health staff as they provide direct support and care to these children and their families. "I'd encourage Western Australians to contribute generously to Telethon 2021 as they do every year because it's this support that goes to helping Western Australian children, many with chronic or serious medical conditions." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "These research projects are just a few of the highly innovative and incredibly important studies underway in Western Australia. "The McGowan Government is committed to further developing and enriching WA's health and medical research ecosystem, and to ensuring research findings can be translated into tangible benefits for all Western Australians." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Shark Warning System upgrade to boost safety4884Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5190html17/10/2021 11:46:37 PM2021-10-16T22:00:00Z WA's beachside shark warning towers to be automatically triggered as tagged sharks are detected McGowan Government is committed to making WA beaches safe Automation program forms part of WA's $17 million world-leading shark mitigation strategy The McGowan Government is enhancing our comprehensive and world-leading program of shark mitigation measures in the lead up to summer, with the Shark Warning System now automated to alert beachgoers to the presence of a tagged shark in the vicinity. Eight automated beachside towers, currently operating with the support of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) or the relevant local government, are installed at Twilight, West and Kelp Beds beaches along the Esperance coast, Bunker Bay near Dunsborough, and there are two each at Cowaramup Bay and Lefthanders Surf Break. An additional two automated towers have been allocated to the Town of Cottesloe for deployment. When an adjacent Shark Monitoring Network receiver detects a tagged shark, the receiver will automatically trigger the beachside tower's flashing lights, siren and audio message, which will operate for at least one hour after the detection. Local Government rangers and DPIRD officers will continue to manually activate the towers when public shark sightings are reported. The two shark warning towers at Surfers Point and Gas Bay in Margaret River will continue to operate manually. Under the new automation program, the beachside Shark Warning System towers will operate between 5am to 7pm from the commencement of the October school holidays until the end of April, and then between 6am to 6pm for the remainder of the year. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "DPIRD has developed an innovative computer program that automatically activates the beachside Shark Warning System towers when a tagged shark is detected on an adjacent Shark Monitoring receiver. "On a recent visit to Esperance, the Shire requested the automation of their shark warning towers to alert beachgoers immediately to the detection of a tagged shark - and it is great to be able to announce this safety improvement has been delivered in time for summer. "The Shark Warning System beachside towers provide direct valuable alerts of shark activity, but wherever and whenever you head for the ocean, remember to switch on your Sea Sense and check the SharkSmart App. "The McGowan Government has committed $17 million to boost the services and infrastructure that support Western Australia's shark response and notification system. "We have the most comprehensive and strongest evidence-based shark mitigation strategy in the world, so that people can continue to enjoy WA's beaches and ocean with confidence." Minister's office - 6552 6900