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Awards celebrate 30 years of heritage champions15222Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 12:31:51 PM2022-11-25T12:00:00Z 13 people recognised for heritage excellence at the 2022 WA Heritage Awards Special guests attend ceremony at WA Museum Boola Bardip to celebrate 30 years of the awards Heritage trailblazers display world-class excellence in projects and practices Western Australia's heritage champions have been celebrated at the WA Heritage Awards tonight at the 120-year-old WA Museum Boola Bardip. More than 100 guests celebrated the achievements of professionals, volunteer groups, individuals and organisations which embrace heritage through conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism, and interpretation. Dr Ingrid van Bremen, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia Design School, won the Professional Contribution Award. The late historian Clare Menck was recognised posthumously, receiving the prestigious Judges Award - The Professor David Dolan Award - for her work on 'A Thematic History of Western Australia'. The judges noted that Clare was a consummate professional and meticulous researcher who was dedicated to sharing stories, and that her achievements and contributions to the field would continue to inform and inspire for many years to come. Each winner received a special certificate and a copy of Clare's book. Rail Heritage WA was recognised in two categories, for Contribution by a Community-based Organisation and Voluntary Individual Contribution. Other winners included the Shire of Collie for a multi-pronged heritage enhancement works program, Vincent Street Heritage Walking Trail in Beverley and the Former Fremantle Court House and Police Station Complex, which envisions a hotel, restaurant, and retail hub to complement the heritage buildings. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "I congratulate the 13 Western Australian heritage champions for their exceptional contribution to conserving and sharing the stories of our State's precious heritage assets. "Rail Heritage WA and its President Philippa Rogers, who has earned the Voluntary Individual Contribution Award, are doing excellent, ongoing work to preserve the State's important rail heritage. "Dr Ingrid van Bremen has dedicated more than 25 years - through her professional practice and teaching at the University of Western Australia - to the conservation of WA's heritage. Her ongoing vital research will continue to inform best practice conservation outcomes. "I congratulate the Heritage Council of Western Australia, led by the Honourable John Cowdell AM, on the 30th anniversary of its awards program and commend its efforts in preserving the State's heritage assets for continued use by future generations." Minister's office - 6552 5400 2022 Western Australian Heritage Award Winners Voluntary Individual ContributionWinner Philippa Rogers, President, Rail Heritage WACommendation Peggy Pamela Parkin, Volunteer and Belmont Local History Champion Professional Contribution Winner Dr Ingrid van Bremen, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia Contribution by a Community-based OrganisationWinner Rail Heritage WACommendation Greenough Museum and Gardens Contribution by a Public or Private OrganisationWinner Shire of CollieCommendation City of Bunbury Interpretation ProjectWinner 'Fremantle Then & Now Historical Panoramas' exhibition Heritage Tourism ProductWinner Vincent Street Heritage Walking Trail, Beverley Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered PlaceWinner Former Fremantle Court House and Police Station ComplexJoint Commendation 101 Canning Highway (East Fremantle Post and Telegraph Office)Joint Commendation Victoria Quay, Fremantle (Gage Roads Fremantle) The Judges' Award The Professor David Dolan AwardWinner (posthumous) Clare Menck, Historian and author of 'A Thematic History of Western Australia'
New phase of Midland transformation to deliver hundreds of jobs15221Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 7:35:31 AM2022-11-25T07:35:00Z Remaining Strata lots within former Railway Workshop Block 1 in Midland to transform into health, education and medical research hub New hotel also approved within the Workshop precinct Projects continue Midland's growth and expected to generate hundreds of jobs Family Open Day (26 Nov) and Auction (27 Nov) to celebrate revitalisation of community space The revitalisation of Midland's historic heart is continuing, with a new health and education development planned for the iconic Midland Railway Workshops located in the Helena Precinct. The State Government, through DevelopmentWA, has sold Strata Units 2 and 3, located within Block 1 of the heritage listed former Midland Railway Workshops, to Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd. Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd - a Western Australian company - will work in collaboration with Health Integra which operates the adjoining GP Superclinic and nearby Midland Day Hospital and Specialist Centre. Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd will develop the units into a community centre, and medical and training hub. Proposed services include public health providers and specialist medical services catering to chronic disease and preventative care, Aboriginal medical services and medical research - complementing the adjoining GP Superclinic. The facility will host health, education and workforce training opportunities with a focus on training a job ready workforce for the local community. The precinct will also feature an early learning centre, providing vital early education infrastructure. The development will preserve the heritage of the iconic Workshops building and machinery and provide space for art projects and existing in situ railway heritage exhibits. To celebrate the revitalisation of the community space, a family open day will be held on 26 November to allow the public exclusive access to parts of the Workshops before their transition, and to celebrate the auction and the wider area. The Helena Precinct is a key part of the new urban village beginning to take shape in and around the former Railway Workshops in Midland, and is located close to the existing Midland Station and on the doorstep of the future Midland Station being delivered as part of the McGowan Government's METRONET program. DevelopmentWA is also working with relevant government agencies and respondents to identify suitable potential future uses within the precinct. For more information visit http// Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "Our Government is pleased to partner with Midland Health & Knowledge Precinct Pty Ltd to further transform Midland into a dynamic, world class health precinct which will attract the best and brightest health, education and research operators. "Hundreds of jobs will be generated through the construction period, with the new hub expected to create approximately 350 jobs into the future. "The new hotel will be located at the gateway to nearby tourist regions, including the Swan Valley, with proximity to convenient public transport delivered under METRONET. "The McGowan Government is working in partnership with the private sector to invest more than $1.5 billion into the urban renewal of Midland. "Its transformation into an important metropolitan centre is racing ahead with these two exciting projects, which will help attract businesses and residents to Perth's eastern corridor." Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts "I was privileged in 2008 to announce the permanent listing of the Workshops on the State Register of Heritage Places, which acknowledged the special place this site holds in our State's industrial, economic and social history. "The Workshops were once the engine-room of the State's economic development. This project will bring new employment opportunities for our local community and attract visitors to this increasingly vibrant precinct. "The family open day and auction will also provide our community with exclusive access to these historical sites, allowing them to explore or perhaps even own a little part of the Workshops' history before they're transformed into a hub of activity and innovation. "I'm excited to see the community enjoying the Workshops and the heritage of the area, providing a great opportunity to witness the vibrant space which is set to benefit from the State Government's investment in Midland." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Western Australia’s tidy towns leading the way in litter prevention15220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 7:30:40 AM2022-11-25T07:30:00Z Gascoyne Junction named State Winner in Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards Awards recognise regional and remote communities reducing litter 27 WA communities competed across eight categories Western Australia's regional and remote communities have been recognised at the 2022 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards, with Gascoyne Junction taking out the top honour. This year, 27 community finalists competed across eight categories in the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's annual awards. Gascoyne Junction also won the Environmental Sustainability category for leading the way with its litter prevention initiatives and water planning. Collie's Terry Ransome was named 2022 Litter Legend for his litter clean-ups spanning four decades, while Nyabing's Adele Collins took out the Future Leaders Award. The Shire of Exmouth received the Community Containers for Change Award for most effectively using its 10 cent container deposit scheme refunds, with more than 1.64 million containers recycled and $164,000 raised by the community. Other category winners included Carnamah, Albany, Williams, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, City of Karratha and Horrocks. The Awards are funded by the State Government through the Waste Authority and supported by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Main Roads Western Australia, Natsales Advertising, WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd, Vanguard Press and Western Australian Landcare Network Group. For more information on the winners, visit Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "I congratulate all the winners and finalists who have gone above and beyond in reducing litter, making your community proud. "Gascoyne Junction has shown with determination and community support, towns can become more environmentally friendly and sustainable. "For more than 50 years, these awards have showcased the important work happening right across our State and I look forward to that continuing as we move towards a more sustainable WA." Minister's office - 6552 6300 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities 2022 Award Winners ​ Category Winner and project Litter Prevention and Waste Management Carnamah Funding community groups via resource recovery Young Legends Albany Youth Advisory Council Heywire Project Environmental Sustainability Gascoyne Junction Water conservation and future-proofing Environmental Education Williams Williams Wildlife Warriors Heritage and Culture Kalgoorlie-Boulder Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre General Appearance City of Karratha Beautification - Bayley Avenue, city roundabouts and streetscapes Community Action and Wellbeing Horrocks Glance over lookout Future Leaders Award Nyabing Adele Collins Community Containers for Change Shire of Exmouth Exmouth Containers for Change Litter Legend Shire of Collie Terry Ransome State Winner Gascoyne Junction
$200 million Collie Industrial Transition Fund now open15219Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 3:31:01 AM2022-11-25T02:50:00Z McGowan Government's $200 million Collie Industrial Transition Fund now open to bring new and emerging industries to Collie Collie Industrial Transition Fund to drive local, long-term employment for Collie's highly skilled, transitioning workforce Funding forms part of the $547.4 million Collie Just Transition Plan Collie's transition has taken another major step forward today, with a new $200 million fund opened to bring large-scale industrial projects to the town. The $200 million Collie Industrial Transition Fund will target projects within the priority sectors of green manufacturing or minerals processing, clean energy, and energy-intensive industry. The fund is aimed at large-scale industrial projects that create local jobs, with investment expected to help unlock industrial land and support project establishment. The McGowan Government will be targeting projects that capitalise on the skills of the local workforce either through direct transfer of skills, or re-training and development. The fund forms part of the McGowan Government's Collie Just Transition Plan, an investment of more than $547.4 million to diversify Collie's economy and help build a sustainable future ahead of the staged retirement of State-owned coal-fired power plants by 2030. Projects supported through the fund are expected to have a total value of at least $4 million, with all funding to be matched by $1 for $1 co-contribution. Companies interested in submitting an Expression of Interest for the fund can find more information at Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We've already seen real success in our efforts to diversify Collie's economy - from boosting tourism opportunities through projects like the Wellington Dam mural, to building on the town's industrial strengths with projects like the WesTrac Technology Training Centre. "The $200 million Collie Industrial Transition Fund will take that work to the next level, helping us to attract large-scale industrial projects that will help to set Collie up for the long-term. "We are committed to securing Collie's future." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Over the course of my time as Minister for Regional Development, I have seen many regional towns go through change - but none more so than Collie. "Since 2017, the McGowan Government has been working hard to attract new industry to Collie, and we have had real success as we see here today - but we know there is even more potential. "The new fund will ensure a truly Just Transition out of coal into a 21st century industry." Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "The WA Government is committed to supporting long-term employment opportunities within the Collie region and retaining the community's skilled workers. "As the world continues to decarbonise, WA is on track to be at the forefront of this industry transformation. Through the Collie Industrial Transition Fund, we are aiming to attract major industry that can be part of this transformation, and the future of region." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "It's fantastic to have the support of the McGowan Labor Government to attract new industry to Collie - creating new local jobs in the industrial sector as part of the McGowan Labor Government's Collie Just Transition plan." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister's office - 6552 6500
Game-changing industries shaping the future of Collie15218Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 2:46:13 AM2022-11-25T02:45:00Z International Graphite opens new Collie processing facility - the first of its kind in Western Australia New $2 million investment to expand Quantum Filtration Medium's Collie manufacturing facility New investment of almost $2 million for the next stage of Magnium Australia's proposed Collie magnesium refinery Projects set to create more than 400 permanent jobs in Collie The McGowan Government is charging ahead with work to diversify Collie's economy, with major milestones for three projects set to create more than 400 permanent industrial jobs in the town. Collie is step closer today to becoming home to Western Australia's first mine-to-market graphite producer, with the opening of International Graphite's new processing facility in the Collie Light Industrial Area. The facility - supported by a $2 million grant from the McGowan Government's Collie Futures Industry Development Fund - includes pilot-scale and research equipment to support International Graphite as it moves towards full commercial graphite operations. Development of the graphite plant will see local manufacturing of graphite products for new technologies used in mobile phones, computers, sealants, and building materials. The plant - already engaging 30 local suppliers and contractors - is expected to employ more than 40 full-time staff as production increases. It comes as the McGowan Government recently announced new funding for two industrial projects to drive local jobs in Collie. Quantum Filtration Medium will receive $2 million to build a new manufacturing plant in the Collie Light Industrial Area, to supercharge production of its in-demand water treatment systems. This follows a $100,000 Collie Futures Small Grant to Quantum Filtration Medium in 2020, which supported the company to establish a research and development laboratory in Collie. The expansion project is expected to almost double Quantum Filtration Medium's local workforce. A further investment of almost $2 million from the Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund will support Magnium Australia to move forward with the detailed feasibility stage for its proposed carbon neutral magnesium metal refinery. Magnium Australia is working to establish the world's most energy efficient and low emissions magnesium metal refinery in Collie. A pre-feasibility study - supported with $280,000 of co-funding from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund - highlighted Collie as an ideal location for the project. The new funding for Magnium Australia will build on a study underway by the Water Corporation into the provision of magnesium hydroxide feedstock as a by-product of desalination. At full scale, the Magnium refinery is expected to employ around 350 permanent workers, as well as creating more than 400 jobs in construction. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government is getting on with diversifying Collie's economy and creating new, long-term local jobs for workers. "Projects like the Magnium refinery and International Graphite facility put Collie at the forefront of value-adding and emerging new industries in Australia. "Collie has a bright future - and key to this future are the new industries we are helping to establish in Collie." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "When we launched the industry attraction funding programs for Collie, we opened the doors to new business and industry. "Our efforts to attract companies to Collie are paying off - placing Collie at the very forefront of industry. "Exciting initiatives - real game-changers for Collie, and the wider region - are taking shape that are building the foundations for future jobs." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "Collie is open for business. "State Government support is available for projects that contribute to a strong future for Collie - with a diverse economy and local jobs - for local people - in a range of industry sectors." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Boaties urged to help Marine Rescue volunteers by prioritising safety15217Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 2:31:16 AM2022-11-25T02:30:00Z Preventable boat breakdowns putting unnecessary strain on volunteer resources Marine Rescue volunteers responded to 700 boating incidents last summer Marine Rescue Cockburn receives upgraded vessel ahead of busy summer period Western Australian skippers are being urged to review their safety procedures and log on and off with Marine Rescue volunteers when they head out on the water this summer. Managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Marine Rescue patrols 13,000km of WA coastline from Esperance to Kununurra. Marine Rescue volunteers are regular first responders to emergencies at sea - particularly in regional areas - using their expertise and knowledge of local conditions to conduct life-saving operations. Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said volunteers were called out to more than 700 boating incidents across the State last summer, including 88 searches for missing persons. Many of these incidents were the result of basic maintenance issues and could have been easily avoided. Boaties are encouraged to check their vessels are shipshape to help keep volunteer resources available for emergency situations when lives are in danger. Marine Rescue are called out to attend many breakdowns when the skipper has not logged on and off correctly. Logging on and off with a local Marine Rescue group via radio at the start and end of a trip means volunteers will be ready to respond when a vessel doesn't return on time, which can be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful search. To provide volunteers with the latest search and rescue equipment, the State Government is continuing the rollout of new and upgraded Marine Rescue vessels across WA as part of a record $19.5 million investment. Minister Dawson and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM today handed Marine Rescue Cockburn back the keys to its rescue vessel Assure, following an upgrade worth about $300,000. Marine Rescue groups are on the lookout for more volunteers, who don't require previous boating experience and undergo DFES training to qualify as crew. For more information visit or contact your local Marine Rescue group. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "While the Western Australian summer is an exciting period for boating enthusiasts, the key to a successful voyage is preparation. "Skippers need to be mindful of how their actions can have a flow-on effect to those responders who are on hand to answer their call for help. "Marine Rescue volunteers sacrifice their spare time to keep boaties safe, so skippers should take all the necessary precautions and safety checks to reduce the chance of their vessel breaking down. "We need our crews available to respond to life-threatening emergencies, instead of being tied up in a preventable incident." Comments attributed to Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM "Safety out at sea is a shared responsibility, so I urge skippers to help out our volunteers by checking their boats for any potential faults if it has been a while between voyages. "Please log on and off with Marine Rescue so they know where you are going and what time you expect to be back. "If something does go wrong, they can raise the alarm and send assistance as soon as possible." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Final chance to have your say on the WA Seniors Strategy15216Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 2:00:32 AM2022-11-25T02:00:00Z Final feedback on the Western Australian Seniors Strategy begins today More than 2,300 people across Western Australia have contributed so far Final strategy expected to be released in early 2023 Development of the first Western Australian Seniors Strategy has reached an important milestone, with the key elements of the consultation draft now available for final feedback. The strategy will provide a cohesive single vision to support and promote seniors, encourage community action, and drive government change. A broad range of stakeholders have already given input on the strategy More than 2,300 people across Western Australia were part of the process through online and postcard surveys, focus groups (metropolitan and regional), and phone interviews. Written submissions were received from peak bodies and community organisations, as well as local government authorities. Dedicated sessions were also held with regional Aboriginal communities, as well as with experts and leaders who have worked closely with seniors. The draft strategy is centred on four 'pillars' thriving physically and mentally; safe and friendly communities; staying connected and engaged; and having a voice that is heard. These pillars are supported by a number of 'key focus areas' which look at specific aspects of support for older people in WA. The final consultation process will see the vision, draft pillars and focus areas tested. Online comments can also be made at the Department of Communities' website. Public comment will close on 16 December 2022. The final strategy is expected to be released in early 2023. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch "Seniors in Western Australia want to live a life filled with purpose and connection. "While the strategy will set a direction and co-ordinate action, creating an age-friendly Western Australia is everyone's responsibility. "Our population is ageing, and it is more important than ever to ensure our community recognises and values our seniors for the contribution they have made - and continue to make - to our society. "The Western Australian Seniors Strategy is a commitment to the 428,000 seniors who make up a vital part of the Western Australian community. "It provides an opportunity to focus our efforts over the next 10 years to support older Western Australians to live their best lives." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Sports stars call full-time on violence against women15215Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 1:30:31 AM2022-11-25T01:30:00Z The State Government's 16 Days in WA campaign launches at Optus Stadium with the theme 'Ending violence against women - it's everybody's business' West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers and Perth Scorchers stars join the campaign to end the violence The State Government's Respectful Relationships program will be expanded, looking at ways it can be leveraged in sport The State Government has teamed up with sporting superstars from the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers and Perth Scorchers to call for an end to gender-based violence at the launch of the 16 Days in WA campaign. The theme for 2022 is 'Ending violence against women - it's everybody's business'. Today sporting stars attended the launch at Western Australia's most iconic sporting venue, adding their voices to champion the need for change. Sport is part of Australia's social fabric and presents an opportunity to engage with young people and the broader community at a grass-roots level on how we can model respect as individuals and organisations. Addressing a complex social problem like violence against women requires a community effort - on and off the field. In marking the launch of 16 Days in WA, the State Government announced it will adapt its successful Respectful Relationships school program for the sport sector, complementing existing work underway by SportWest. The Department of Communities has provided a grant of over $630,000 to Starick Services to operate a two-year pilot that will partner with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The initiative will be open to sport and recreation-based support programs for children and young people, local government authorities and the sport sector. Alarmingly, WA continues to have a high rate of family and domestic violence-related assault, second only to the Northern Territory. Across Australia around 1 in 4 women, and an estimated 3 in 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner since age 15. In 2021-22 WA Police generated 44,705 family violence incident reports - an average of one report every 12 minutes. Shockingly, over the same period, women were victims in 93 per cent of sexual assaults reported to WA Police. It simply must stop. The annual 16 Days in WA - Stop Violence Against Women campaign takes place from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). To help raise awareness a selection of prominent landmarks across WA will be lit up orange - the global campaign colour to promote an end to gender-based violence. They include Elizabeth Quay, Matagarup Bridge, Optus Stadium and Yagan Square. Further information on the 16 Days in WA campaign, including statistics and resources, are available online. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "The 16 Days in WA campaign is shining a light on the issue of violence against women. It's in our homes, it's in our workplaces, and it's the wider community - and as a Government we're determined to find new ways to help stop the violence before it starts. "While not all disrespect leads to violence, all violence starts with disrespect - and all of us need to call it out if we want to break the cycle. "I'm incredibly proud WA's prominent sports stars are leading the way embracing this message. "Respectful Relationships has already rolled out to 60 schools across WA, and extending it to sport is another way to spread the message throughout the community and help change the underlying attitudes that lead to violence. "Everybody has a part to play by calling out disrespectful behaviour, and I call on leaders across all industries to make it their business." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "The 16 Days in WA campaign has been highlighting the issue of family and domestic violence for six years, and expanding the Respectful Relationships program into sport makes sense. "Sport is a fantastic way to spread positive messages because Western Australians look up to their sporting heroes. When they take a stand, the public follows." Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office - 6552 6600 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5400
Everyone’s story is important at The State Library15214Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2022 12:44:12 AM2022-11-24T22:00:00Z The State Library of Western Australia has a new collections strategy The key principle behind the new strategy is that 'everyone's story is important' Call out for more LGBTQIA+ materials coincides with PrideFEST month The State Library of Western Australia has put out a call for a more diverse range of materials as part of its new collections strategy where 'everyone's story is important'. The call out includes more LGBTQIA+ materials and comes as the library celebrates and recognises the importance of PrideFEST. The State Library has over 40 kilometres of shelves - storing and preserving an enormous collection of Western Australian materials and stories. Despite this huge collection, a recent analysis of the collection and a community consultation exercise made it clear that there was a need to address historic gaps and omissions. In response, the State Library has released a new collections strategy, which identifies general collection principles, and based on those principles and the gaps in the collection the State Library has developed four major collecting priorities Aboriginal collections; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities; Mining and energy; and LGBTQIA+. The State Library is looking for more than paper and books. It collects photographs, diaries, digital materials, music, posters, letters, oral history, movies and more. For information about the new collections strategy and how you can donate materials to the State Library visit the State Library website https// Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The State Library is the memory of Western Australia. Its role is to collect, preserve and share our Western Australian stories. "As the Minister for Culture and the Arts I am particularly proud that our cultural institutions - the Library, the Museum, the Art Gallery and our theatres amongst others have proactively worked to reflect the lives of all Western Australians in their exhibitions and performances. "I am proud that they have proactively chosen to celebrate diversity. "This year the theme of PrideFEST is 'Shine' - and I think it is entirely appropriate that our cultural institutions are now shining a light on the contributions and work of the LGBTQIA+ community." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Joint statement from the Government of Western Australia and John Holland15213Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements31840html24/11/2022 7:00:47 AM2022-11-24T07:00:00Z The State of Western Australia and John Holland are pleased to advise they have agreed on a mutually acceptable settlement from the proceedings relating to the Perth Children's Hospital. All the parties are proud to have delivered this world class facility to care for Western Australian families. Due to the confidentiality conditions of settlement, no further statements will be issued. Comments attributed to a WA Government spokesperson "The State of Western Australia is proud of the Perth Children's Hospital, a world class facility. "In the interest of the people of Western Australia, the State is pleased to confirm it has reached a settlement with John Holland which will remain confidential as per the conditions of settlement. "The State looks forward to John Holland tendering for future major projects and creating jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to a John Holland spokesperson "John Holland has reached a mutually beneficial settlement with the State of Western Australia. "John Holland is proud of the world class facility it developed with the WA Government and looks forward to future opportunities in Western Australia."
Government Trading Enterprise reform strengthens governance15211Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15020html24/11/2022 4:21:54 AM2022-11-24T04:20:00Z Government Trading Enterprises Bill 2022 introduced into State Parliament New Bill will drive significant change to Government Trading Enterprise governance Umbrella legislation protects State's long-term interests and part of McGowan Government's reform program and ensures returns to the community are paramount The McGowan Government has introduced the Government Trading Enterprises Bill 2022 to transform Government Trading Enterprises' (GTEs) governance and provide a new transitional framework as part of its public sector reform work. GTEs provide some of the State's most critical functions for the community, including the provision of essential services, the facilitation of trade and the development of land for both commercial and residential uses. The new legislation will provide GTEs with greater clarity in their relationship to Government and will harmonise good governance and key financial arrangements across the enterprises. It also supports GTEs in improving strategic documentation, quality information sharing and demonstration of outcomes they have agreed to deliver. The purpose of GTEs has been clarified in the new legislation to ensure Boards understand their role more broadly and Government's expectation for GTEs to advance the public benefit, including through the provision of financial and non-financial returns on taxpayers' investment through the GTEs. The Bill clarifies the balance between commerciality and broader policy objectives, recognising that providing returns to the community is the paramount duty of a GTE. It also provides a mechanism for issuance of policy orders that allows GTEs to contribute to delivery of the Government's policy outcomes. The Bill does not mandate how GTEs undertake day-to-day business activities as it recognises the principles of the corporatised model established more than 20 years ago and acknowledges the skills and expertise of Directors and Boards of GTEs. It does however provide standardised provisions for Ministerial approval of significant transactions with ongoing and open consultation while retaining the ability for the GTE to effectively pursue commercial interests. The new legislation builds on the McGowan Government's commitment to reform public sector. This includes the Service Priority Review, which delivered reforms for cultural change and an efficient public service, which the Government initiated swiftly upon taking office in 2017. The Bill also meets recommendations in the Special Inquiry into Government Projects and Programs, headed by former Under Treasurer John Langoulant, to strengthen the governance, transparency and accountability arrangements that oversee the State's GTEs. Comments attributed to Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan "The Government Trading Enterprises Bill 2022 is a significant, long-overdue reform that will protect the long-term interests of the State. "This is yet another measure that delivers on this Government's strong commitment to accountability and transparency. "These reforms include the Government's expectations of GTEs to advance the public benefit, including through the provision of financial and non-financial returns on taxpayers' investment through the GTEs. "The Bill is reasonable and responsible, and clarifies the balance between commerciality and broader policy objectives, recognising that providing returns to the community is the paramount duty of a GTE. "I want to acknowledge those involved in this transformation and thank them for their ongoing support and commitment in transitioning to the new framework." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Community sport lights up thanks to facility upgrade funding15212Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6360html24/11/2022 4:58:26 AM2022-11-24T03:00:00Z More than $1 million from McGowan Government to fund community sporting facility upgrades and night lights 13 groups receive $566,668 through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund to upgrade community sport facilities 11 clubs are upgrading their lights to play at night through the Club Night Lights ProgramTwo community sporting grant programs have given 24 local sport clubs and facilities across Western Australia more than $1 million in funding for upgrades. The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) and the Club Night Lights Program (CNLP) are designed to increase physical activity and participation through good quality, well-designed, and well-utilised facilities. In the latest small grants round, 13 clubs and local governments have received $566,668 for small projects through the CSRFF. The fund is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to sustainable infrastructure. Projects receiving funding in this round include court resurfacing, upgrade of a bowling green, conversion of scheme water to bore water, and upgrading sports storage. The WA Recreational Water Sports Association in the Town of Victoria Park receives $83,882 to build new male and female changerooms. In this round, the rest of the grants went to regional areas including Great Southern Regional Cricket Board for converting an existing pavilion in a multi-use indoor sporting facility ($99,967); Shire of Yalgoo to update their rage cage, a multi-purpose sport and play space ($16,327); South Mandurah Tennis Club to resurface four courts ($5,915); and Shire of Kondinin for resurfacing, construction of two tennis courts and drainage ($44,169).The CNLP gives financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure. Around the State 11 clubs are collectively receiving $503,154 to upgrade the floodlighting on their courts, fields, ovals, and pitches. These include Narrogin Hawks Football Club ($60,000); Bullcreek Tennis Club ($47,882); Wanneroo BMX Raceway Club ($87,361); and Kendenup Tennis Club ($22,618).The next rounds of CSRFF and CNLP open on 1 February 2023. For more details, visit and Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "The small grant rounds of CSRFF and CNLP continue to be hugely popular as a way for community sporting groups and local governments to do minor - but often much-needed - upgrades to local sporting facilities. "Sporting facilities in good condition and with suitable amenities encourage more people to be involved in and play sport, which leads to healthier and more connected communities. "Supporting WA clubs to install quality lighting means the community can play longer into the night and field more teams. This gets more people active, brings more members to clubs, and offers more options to play sport." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Return of Dutch shipwreck artefacts to Western Australian Museum15210Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5410html24/11/2022 2:37:44 AM2022-11-24T02:30:00Z Several artifacts found near Ledge Point, in the vicinity of where it is believed the VOC ship the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon) struck a reef on 28 April 1656, are being returned to the Western Australian Museum The artifacts are believed to be musket balls and spring shot The find is potentially significant because it may confirm existence of a second shore-based site related to the Vergulde Draeck survivors and provide insight into the survivors' post shipwreck activitiesSeveral artifacts, believed to be from Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon) wrecked off the coast near Ledge Point in 1656, were returned to the Western Australian Museum today. Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman, on behalf of the Western Australian Museum, accepted the artifacts from finders Leon Pule and Hanneley Tredoux. The finds are significant because they may confirm the existence of another shore-based site related to the possible fate of the Vergulde Draeck survivors. The WA Museum's maritime archaeologists will further investigate the artifacts, which are believed to be musket balls and spring shot. Visiting Metals Conservator, Tamar Davidowitz from the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, will examine the artifacts on behalf of the Western Australian Museum to provide assistance in confirming their origins. Vergulde Draeck sailed from Texel bound for Batavia (Jakarta) skippered by Pieter Albertsz, carrying trade goods and eight chests of silver to the value of 78,600 guilders. On 28 April 1656, Vergulde Draeck struck a reef south of Ledge Point. Seventy-five of the 193 crew and passengers made it to shore. A small boat was sent with the Under steersman (the second officer), believed to have been Abraham Leeman, and six others to Batavia (now Jakarta), arriving 40 days later. Several attempts were made at the time to search for the wreckage and survivors. None were successful; however, other boats and lives were lost as part of these attempts. The wreck, the first of the Dutch and English East India ships found on the Western Australian coast, was discovered by five spearfishermen (John Cowen; Jim, Alan and Graeme Henderson; and Alan Robinson) in April 1963. After a period in which both it and Batavia (found later the same year) were heavily looted, protective legislation was enacted, protecting the wreck site along with any associated sites and artifacts. Subsequently, the artifacts from the wreck site were excavated by the Museum and, after extensive conservation treatment, exhibited at the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I want to thank Leon Pule and Hanneley Tredoux for doing the right thing and returning these artifacts to the Western Australian Museum. "This will enable our expert maritime archaeologists to examine the artifacts, and the site where they were found, to learn more about the fate of the Vergulde Draeck and its crew. "WA has a fascinating maritime history and it is so exciting to see the stories come to light every time something new is found." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Fremantle is a proud custodian of many of our maritime artifacts and people travel from across the world to view and examine them. "I am so pleased to hear that these artifacts have been presented to the WA Shipwrecks Museum, and am sure many people will want to see them once they are ready for display." Minister's office - 6552 5400
First round of firearm prohibition orders served15209Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6860html24/11/2022 1:50:03 AM2022-11-24T01:45:00Z 20 organised crime figures and serious domestic violence offenders targeted Individuals can no longer exploit loophole to legally access firearms Maximum penalty for breaching an FPO 14 years prison and $75,000 The State's worst organised crime figures and domestic violence offenders have been disarmed in the first round of Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPOs) issued by the Western Australian Police Force. In a major turning point for law and order in Western Australia, the McGowan Government's tough new FPOs have closed the loopholes allowing criminals to legally access firearms. On November 21, the Western Australian Police Force's Gang Crime Squad served the first 15 FPOs in Western Australia. A further five FPOs were served beyond State borders. Individuals served with an FPO can no longer possess a firearm or be in the presence of a firearm. This includes visiting an address where a firearm is present. An individual served with an FPO, and anyone in their presence, can be searched 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without a warrant. The maximum penalty for breaching an FPO is 14 years prison and a $75,000 fine. During the first round of FPOs issued, police seized 12 firearms. A further five firearms were surrendered. Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "We have disarmed some of the most dangerous organised crime figures in WA, making the streets safer for our community. "We have disarmed some of the very worst domestic violence offenders in our State, reducing the unacceptable threat these offenders pose in the home. "We know people associated with outlaw bikie gangs have been exploiting the law to legally access guns. We know that statistically, access to a firearm is one of the most significant factors driving fatal, domestic violence attacks. "The 20 individuals who have been slapped with a FPO can no longer be in the presence of a firearm. They cannot visit an address where there is a firearm. They and anyone in their company can be searched 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without a warrant. "For career criminals, these FPOs are career killers, and they are contagious. If you do business with these people, if you socialise with these people, you are just as likely to catch it and cop it. "Criminals want to legally own guns, so they can legally access ammunition, which they then fire from illegal guns. Under the new FPOs we can now lock them up for being at the same address as a single, unloaded bullet. "The McGowan Government will continue to keep giving our Western Australian Police Force the laws and the tools they require to make our State as inhospitable as possible to the organised crime gangs that are peddling meth and misery in our community. We are committed to doing everything in our power to stop domestic violence." Comments attributed to WA Police Assistant Commissioner Tony Longhorn "Firearm Prohibition Orders are another tool in the toolbox to reduce the threat of gun-related crime in our community by making it harder for certain people to access these weapons. "State Crime officers have issued the first wave of FPOs and I anticipate further orders will be issued over coming months." Minister's office - 6552 5600
First cardiac rehabilitation service launched in the Wheatbelt15208Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4410html24/11/2022 1:01:12 AM2022-11-24T01:00:00Z Comprehensive heart rehabilitation service now available in the Wheatbelt Holistic and personalised exercise, education, and counselling programs led by specialist health professionals First nurse-led telehealth cardiac rehabilitation services in regional WA Wheatbelt residents recovering from serious heart conditions are now able to access potentially life-saving programs at home, thanks to the launch of regional Western Australia's first nurse-led telehealth cardiac rehabilitation service. The cardiac rehabilitation service is available to people recovering from heart attack, heart failure, surgery, or heart disease and includes specialist programs of exercise, nutrition, education, and counselling tailored to individual patient needs. Cardiac rehabilitation is proven to keep people out of hospital, reduce the risk of future heart conditions, and reduce the risk of death from heart conditions. Delivered securely via computer, smart device, or phone at a time that suits the patient, the new service connects patients with an experienced cardiac rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist who works with the patient on a personalised, long-term program. The flexibility of a telehealth-delivered, in-home service means that patients are more likely to start sooner and continue with their rehabilitation program, improving outcomes and quality of life, and lessening the chances of hospital readmission. The cardiac rehabilitation program is the latest initiative using state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology to deliver care closer to home in regional WA. To access the service, patients can seek a referral from their GP. Self-referral options are also available. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Heart attack, heart failure, and heart disease are among the leading causes of death in Western Australia, and we are working hard to bring potentially life-saving support programs closer to home for people in our regions. "This telehealth-enabled cardiac rehabilitation service is a ground-breaking program that has incredible potential to save lives and improve the quality of life for regional residents and their families." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Landmark pilot program to assist rough sleepers into 100 social homes15207Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18000html24/11/2022 12:42:52 AM2022-11-23T22:00:00Z McGowan Government announces comprehensive $24.2 million package of reforms to support rough sleepers Government to partner with Housing Choices to deliver 100 homes for rough sleepers $2.3 million investment to boost homeless accommodation operated by St Bart's $540,000 to fund and improve the quality of data in the By Name List, and the transfer of responsibility to run it to the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness $706,000 committed to extend the Safe Perth City Initiative, including the assertive outreach delivered by the Homelessness Engagement Assessment Response Team (HEART) Establishment of a single coordination group in a number of key locations to assess individual rough sleeper case management Homelessness Minister John Carey has today announced a major reform package aimed at assisting and transitioning rough sleepers on Western Australian streets to 100 social homes across the Perth metropolitan area and the South-West. As part of the reform package, the McGowan Government will invest $20.7 million as part of a landmark partnership with Housing Choices that will deliver 100 social homes between Perth, Peel, and Bunbury specifically for rough sleepers. Housing Choices will provide property and tenancy management for 100 social dwellings through a supportive landlord model, in addition to securing access to 50 homes. The State Government will spot purchase an additional 50 properties, and these 100 homes in total will be prioritised for people who have experienced prolonged homelessness. The supportive landlord model was piloted successfully for people sleeping rough in Bunbury. It assists people with complex needs, and this funding seeks to expand the pilot. The McGowan Government is also prioritising investment in short and medium term supported accommodation, by providing $2.3 million for a partnership with St Bart's through their Future Homes and Brown Street Homelessness Accommodation facilities. The funding will assist St Bart's in expanding the availability of homeless accommodation in Perth by 18 new beds, and enabling them to offer specialised case management and wrap-around supports. The service will operate using a coordinated referral process based on the successful Boorloo Bidee Mia facility, which continues to operate at capacity to accommodate and support people with very complex needs who have been rough sleeping. Other homeless reforms to be further boosted by the McGowan Government include $540,000 to improve the quality of data in the By Name List and the transfer of responsibility to run it to the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness, to help drive better coordination and information sharing among service providers; an additional $706,000 to extend the Safe Perth City Initiative; establishment of a single rough sleeping coordination group at key locations - including Fremantle, the Perth CBD, Geraldton, Bunbury, and Mandurah - which will assess individual case management for rough sleepers at each location; consolidation of a number of homeless working groups into a single Housing First Advisory Group to the Minister, focussing on Housing First approaches to reduce rough sleeping; and ongoing work towards the consolidation of multiple outreach services into a single service. Work has also progressed on the East Perth Common Ground project, with a new Request for Tender advertised last week via TendersWA, with the 100 homes supported landlord initiative to provide an interim response to homeless accommodation during this process. The McGowan Government is committed to improving coordination and delivery of homelessness services, underpinned by effective implementation of All Paths Lead to Home Western Australia's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness 2020-2030. Further information on the State Government's 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness and new reforms can be viewed at https// Comments attributed to Homelessness Minister John Carey "This reform package is about assisting rough sleepers through their transition from leaving the streets to moving into a home, with intense wrap-around supports. "Our Government is focussed on delivering Housing First approach that is evidence-based and provides tangible long-term outcomes. Wrap-around supports for the 100 tenancies will be provided by leveraging existing support services provided through the Housing First Homelessness Initiative. "Under the supportive landlord model, social outcomes will be prioritised over commercial objectives, with tenants linked to specific supports to assist with their individual needs. "Our Government is continually looking at innovative reforms to boost accommodation options for rough sleepers. "To achieve this, we have a plan - and are delivering significant reforms across the sector, while partnering with them to ensure the best possible outcomes. "We're enhancing support networks, delivering more social housing stock, and boosting the availability of accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. "This is all part of our Government's $2.4 billion investment over four years, to improve the quality and accessibility of social housing and homelessness services across the State. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting new initiatives that can strengthen the capacity of the community services sector, and expand the quality of service delivery." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Air conditioning to be expanded at Roebourne Regional Prison15206Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8350html23/11/2022 7:01:36 AM2022-11-23T07:00:00Z WA Government to expand air-conditioning at Roebourne Regional Prison $10 million-plus upgrade will cool all cells in Pilbara prison's accommodation units Installation scheduled to be carried out in 2023/24 The McGowan Government will fund the $10 million-plus expansion of air-conditioning at Roebourne Regional Prison to include all cells. Installation of air-conditioning in the Pilbara facility's two mainstream accommodation units is expected to take place in 2023/24 following a competitive tender process. The funding decision follows the Department of Justice commissioning a feasibility study into installation options. The prison already has air conditioning in cells designated for prisoners with medical conditions and transition cells for those who have been doing outdoor work in the community. The recreation hall, prisoner visits area and female activities area are also air-conditioned. The facility was built in 1984 incorporating design considerations to minimise the impact of climatic conditions in line with community standards at the time. Prisoners to date have been making use of fans in their cells. The facility has external shade structures to shield cells and management operates a flexible routine to adjust to the heat. Cell temperatures are monitored throughout the day at Unit 1 and 2 and medical staff are on duty to ensure prisoners' health and safety. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston "This is a significant investment by the State Government towards prisoner welfare at Roebourne Regional Prison. "In making this decision we have listened and responded to stakeholder and community concerns about the potential effects of the heat on prisoners' health and safety. "This project will factor in the local climatic conditions and challenges posed by installing air-conditioning in a humid tropical environment. "Ahead of this work being completed, the prison's management will continue to be vigilant in safeguarding prisoners' wellbeing through existing practices." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Land and Public Works Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 introduced into Parliament15205Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11890html23/11/2022 4:40:37 AM2022-11-23T04:40:00Z Government introduces key reforms to unlock economic potential of Crown land The Bill will create a new form of tenure known as a 'diversification lease' unlocking underutilised Crown land for a range of uses Changes will deliver a range of benefits and efficiencies for Pastoralists The Bill modernises key sections of the Land Administration Act 1997 and the Public Works Act 1902, creating efficiencies for industry in WA The McGowan Government has moved ahead with key legislative changes that will help unlock the economic potential of the State's Crown land assets, with the introduction of the Land and Public Works Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 into Parliament. The new Bill proposes to create a new form of tenure known as a 'diversification lease', that will enable Crown land to be used for multiple purposes, unlocking underutilised land for a range of users and industries, and maximising the delivery of benefits to Western Australians. The proposed lease will also support the State's transition to net zero by 2050, through opening up Crown land for renewable energy proposals, whilst providing for the co-existence of mining and Native Title rights and interests similar to pastoral leases. The proposed lease will encourage greater utilisation of Crown land, assisting to diversify the State's economy, facilitate increased investment in pastoralism and other regionally based industries, and unlock greater economic opportunities for Aboriginal people. The Bill is also aimed at providing greater security for the State's pastoral industry. This includes an ability for pastoral lessees to extend the term of their leases, supporting investment in pastoral businesses, potential carbon sequestration proposals and better management of the land through security of tenure. The proposed Bill also makes it easier for the pastoral industry by amending the pastoral rent determination methodology and the scope for phasing-in of rents to reduce the volatility seen in previous rent reviews, providing greater certainty to the sector; removing administrative inefficiencies, allowing lessees to transfer, renew and amend permits; and bringing changes to the timing for lodgement of mandatory Annual Returns, to better align with industry mustering practices. The proposed amendments will also modernise key sections of the LAA and Public Works Act, streamlining the Land approvals system and creating efficiencies for industry. Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "This Bill is all about unlocking the true economic potential of our significant land assets, while ensuring we support existing interest holders including Native Title holders and pastoralists. "We know there is significant opportunity to diversity our economy by better harnessing our land assets, and as the world transitions away from fossil fuels, increasing scope to expand the State's renewable energy sector. "Pastoralists are a significant contributor to our economy and the management of land across the State. These sector has been widely consulted on these changes, which will ensure the strength of the industry moving forwards." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Historic agreement with East Kimberley Traditional Owners15204Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10410html23/11/2022 3:30:49 AM2022-11-23T03:30:00Z Indigenous Land Use Agreement signed for 165,000 hectares in East Kimberley Innovative tri-partite agreement covers El Questro Station and Wilderness Park Agreement to deliver economic and social benefits for the local Ngarinyin peopleA significant agreement signed today between the McGowan Government, tourism operator G'Day Group, and the Ngarinyin people of the East Kimberley is a major boost to the region's continued social and economic growth. In a signing ceremony today at Parliament House, Lands Minister John Carey and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Dr Tony Buti were joined by signatories to the Indigenous Land Use Agreement, the Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation, representing the Traditional Owners, and CEO Grant Wilckens, representing the G'Day Group. The Indigenous Land Use Agreement will see around 165,000 hectares of El Questro, south of the Gibb River Road, converted from pastoral lease to freehold and reserve. Under the terms of the agreement, El Questro Station and Wilderness Park, which has been a popular tourist destination for many years, will be leased back to the G'Day Group by the Traditional Owners. As part of the 99-year lease, the tourism operator will contribute to the social and economic growth of the region by providing training, development, and employment opportunities for local young people. Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "The McGowan Government is deeply proud to support the El Questro Wilinggin Indigenous Land Use Agreement which will see positive outcomes for both the Traditional Owners and the tourism industry. "The conversion of tenure over the majority of the El Questro pastoral lease has the potential to attract further investment in our State's magnificent Kimberley region. "This agreement will not only ensure economic activity continues to flow through to the wider region, but it also sets out to be environmentally responsible through sustainable land use and management practices." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti "This landmark agreement provides sustainable and lasting opportunities for the Traditional Owners, the Ngarinyin people. "It represents the potential for greater economic independence and self-determination for the Ngarinyin people, for today, and long into the future." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "I'm proud to be part of the McGowan Government as we have finalised this historic Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Ngarinyin people of the East Kimberley and G'Day Group. "This agreement will also provide job opportunities for people in the Kimberley, while ensuring the Kimberley region continues its economic and social growth into the future." Media contacts Lands Minister's office - 6552 5300 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 6400
The Aussies open for competitors in spectacular event for WA15203Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11360html23/11/2022 1:32:43 AM2022-11-23T01:30:00Z Australian Surf Life Saving Championships returning to WA next year Registrations open for clubs across the nation to compete in The Aussies Thousands of competitors and visitors to boost local economy Registrations are now open for one of Western Australia's biggest mass participation events of 2023. The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, known as The Aussies, is a nine-day national competition at Scarborough and Trigg beaches from 25 March to 2 April. The event will attract thousands of surf lifesavers from around Australia, with thousands more spectators visiting WA to cheer them on. When The Aussies were last held in WA in 2018, more than 8,500 interstate and international visitors generated more than $15 million in visitor spend. Australia's 314 surf life-saving clubs, including 31 from WA, will have the opportunity to compete in 480 beach and ocean events across three age group categories - Youth, Masters and Open. This includes the more than 24,000 members of surf life-saving clubs throughout WA. Scarborough Beach will also host a festival zone during the competition, which will include a wide range of activities to add to the event experience. More than 80,000 followers of Surf Life Saving Australia's Facebook page will also be able to view the action at WA's renowned beaches via a livestream of the event, which will include promotion of WA in line with Tourism WA's new global tourism brand, Western Australia - Walking On A Dream. For more information visit Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook "It is terrific that this extremely popular competition on Western Australia's sporting events calendar will be returning to WA in 2023, and we're expecting an influx of registrations from surf life-saving clubs from across the country." "The Aussies provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase one of Western Australia's best tourism assets to participants and spectators - our world-class beaches and our fantastic weather - at one of the best times of the year to visit. "I encourage visitors from out-of-State to come to WA during this time to experience all the adrenalin and excitement that this mass participation event has to offer, while soaking up the sun and taking in some of our unique coastal tourist attractions during their stay." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Surf life-saving clubs are an integral part of Australian beach culture, with the aim of keeping beachgoers safe, as well as educating them about recreational water safety and surf rescue. "This event provides a wonderful opportunity for the best athletes from across Australia to showcase their skills across the range of surf sport disciplines. "The WA Government is proud to support another hugely popular mass participation event that also raises the profile of the sport while attracting visitors to the State." Comments attributed to Scarborough MLA Stuart Aubrey "Hosting the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the incredible arts, cultural and entertainment precinct that is Scarborough to thousands of interstate visitors. "As Western Australia's premier beachside destination, there is no better place in WA than Scarborough to host the 2023 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 6500 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5400