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Albany Sharks club president wins prestigious volunteer award11940Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 8:32:08 AM2022-05-17T08:30:00Z Sports volunteers recognised for outstanding contribution to Great Southern region Award honours the late Mike Stidwell and his long-term contributions to sport and recreationThe Great Southern region has kicked off National Volunteer Week by celebrating two of its finest volunteers for their outstanding commitment to the sporting community. Albany Sharks Football and Sporting Club President Tracy Blaszkow was awarded the prestigious Mike Stidwell Medal, while local Denmark volunteer Belinda Ross won the Great Southern Service to Sport Award. Tracy has been involved with the Albany Sharks since 2015 as secretary, treasurer and now club president, and is incredibly well-respected by her industry peers. She is a strong advocate for pioneering change within her club and championing members' wellbeing. During her short reign as president, she has transformed the relatively new club, helping establish a positive and inclusive culture for all. Tracy is the 23rd recipient of the Mike Stidwell Medal, which honours the memory of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' former Regional Manager, and his selfless and long-term contribution to sport and recreation in the region. Belinda is only the second recipient to receive the Department's Great Southern Service to Sport Award, which recognises the significant and invaluable contribution by a volunteer to a local sport or recreation club or organisation. Belinda's passion for sport and recreation in her local community is evident in her tireless work across multiple sports in Denmark. She founded the local athletics and running clubs, and volunteers with the junior football, junior basketball and cricket clubs. National Volunteer Week runs from Monday May 16 to Sunday May 22, 2022, under the theme 'Better Together'. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Volunteers are the backbone of the sporting community and deserve to be celebrated every day, not just during National Volunteer Week. "Without volunteers like Tracy and Belinda in the community, local sport and recreation clubs simply wouldn't be able to operate or achieve at the levels they do. "Tracy and Belinda are both leaders in their field and I congratulate them on their well-deserved wins." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "Albany is a proud sporting city and I congratulate Tracy Blaszkow on winning this award. "Tracy has dedicated years of service to the Albany Sharks Football and Sporting Club across many roles and her hard work has had an incredible impact. "Volunteers such as Tracy play such a key role in the smooth running of all our Albany sporting and community clubs, and I applaud Tracy for working so hard to give her time to a club which is inclusive and thriving under her leadership." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Dates confirmed for popular Ord Valley Muster next May11939Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 7:02:08 AM2022-05-17T07:00:00Z Dates locked in for 2023 Ord Valley Muster, with the event set to return to the Kimberley from May 19 to 27 Live music, comedy, tours, Aboriginal culture and dining experiences to highlight the region's exceptional talent, local characters and flavour Supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program The Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster will return to WA's spectacular East Kimberley next year from May 19 to 27 with a diverse calendar of events and experiences to showcase the best of Kununurra and the wider region. Offering 30 plus events across the nine days, including rodeo, dining under the stars, music and comedy, all with a distinct local flavour, the multi-award-winning Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster is the region's prime event in the national festival calendar. Next year's Muster will mark 22 years since the popular cultural festival was born and is supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions. In 2021, the Muster injected over $5.3 million into the area and recorded its highest-ever ticket sales, with most events selling out for the first time since the festival began back in 2001. More than 2,300 people visited the region for the event last year with ticket sales increasing 64 per cent compared to the previous event, to a total of 5,800 tickets sold. For more information, visit the Ord Valley Muster website at www.ordvalleymuster.com.au Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook "The Ord Valley Muster has become a celebration of Kununurra's art, music and culture offerings, attracting significant benefits for regional businesses. "I encourage all those considering visiting the region for the event to book tickets as soon as they're on sale and book in your accommodation and tourism activities. "Whether it's a trip to stunning Lake Argyle or a visit to the outback town of Wyndham, there's so much to do in the East Kimberley and incredible untouched landscapes to explore." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This fabulous event which started life as an outback concert has morphed into a richly textured festival that celebrates all that is Kimberley life. "This festival puts the spotlight on the East Kimberley; promoting pride, ownership and unity. "It also brings home the bacon in tourism dollars - adding to economic opportunities." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 6500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Solicitor of Western Australia appointed to the District Court11938Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 6:15:33 AM2022-05-17T06:15:00Z Nicholas Egan PSM appointed as a Judge of the District Court State Solicitor lauded for response to COVID-19 pandemicAttorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of State Solicitor Nicholas Egan PSM to the bench of the District Court. Mr Egan has gained extensive experience over a 34-year legal career in major litigation and disputes, as well as in commercial law. Having practiced in jurisdictions here and abroad, Mr Egan joined the State Solicitor's Office in 2005. He was promoted to Deputy State Solicitor (Commercial Section) in 2010 and was appointed State Solicitor in 2017. As State Solicitor, Mr Egan was responsible for managing Western Australia's largest legal practice and providing high-quality services to protect the State's legal and commercial interests. Mr Egan was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2021 and named on the Commonwealth COVID-19 Honour Roll for his outstanding work during the pandemic. He was awarded the Australian Government Lawyer of the Year in 2009 by the Australian Corporate Lawyers' Association. Mr Egan will replace current District Court Judge and former State Solicitor, His Honour Judge Timothy Sharp, who will be retiring from the court. The Director General of the Department of Justice has appointed Ms Angela Komninos as Acting State Solicitor, while a recruitment process is undertaken to fill the role. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I congratulate Mr Egan on his appointment and welcome him as the newest Judge of the District Court. "Mr Egan has worked tirelessly to assist the Government in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The success of that response has been in part due to the commitment of Mr Egan and the staff of the State Solicitor's Office. "I have no doubt that Mr Egan will continue to dedicate himself to the service of the people of Western Australia as a valued member of the judiciary. "I also take this opportunity to thank retiring judge, His Honour Judge Timothy Sharp, for his service as a District Court Judge and for 10 years as Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal. I wish him well in his retirement." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Wear orange on Wednesday to thank the SES11936Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 4:00:30 AM2022-05-17T04:00:00Z Western Australian community encouraged to don orange in recognition of State Emergency Service SES volunteers generously give their time to keep Western Australians safe Another way to celebrate National Volunteering Week 2022 #BetterTogether Perth landmarks will be lit up orange tomorrow to recognise the significant contribution of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and the State Government is asking the public to show their support. Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is an annual day of celebration for the SES and Western Australians are encouraged to wear orange in support of the State's dedicated volunteers. Fraser Avenue in Kings Park, the Bell Tower and Matagarup Bridge are just some of the landmarks set to light up in Perth's CBD, while a number of local governments will do the same throughout regional areas. SES volunteers work tirelessly to assist the community in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies throughout Western Australia. Highly skilled SES units respond to vertical rescues, storms, cyclones, floods, car crashes and land searches, and provide vital support during bushfires. Over the past year, volunteers have devoted more than 23,700 hours of service across 2,300 incidents. They assisted with the search for missing child Cleo Smith, helped communities respond to severe flooding in the Kimberley and deployed personnel to New South Wales to support exhausted local crews dealing with major flooding. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "SES volunteers leave their homes, jobs and loved ones without hesitation to help other people when emergency or disaster strikes. "They make themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and travel from every corner of the State to help those in need, and for all that we say thank you. "Recently SES volunteers were deployed to New South Wales after it was hit by flooding, which highlights their incredibly selfless and community-minded nature. "More than 2,100 SES volunteers provide the WA community with a valued and vital service, and I would encourage everyone to consider wearing something orange tomorrow to show their appreciation." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Vision for new $33.8 million Armadale TAFE campus taking shape11935Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 3:45:25 AM2022-05-17T03:45:00Z New $33.8 million South Metropolitan TAFE Armadale campus design finalised and tender advertised New multi-storey centre will provide training in childcare, business, community services, mental health and education Project will increase learning opportunities in Armadale, particularly for youthA new TAFE campus in Armadale is one step closer to reality, with the designs for the $33.8 million project finalised and tender advertised for its construction. South Metropolitan TAFE will deliver industry relevant training across a range of areas, including childcare, community services, mental health, business, education support and general education at the purpose-built campus. The contemporary facilities will also have specialist areas for logistics, information technology, emerging industries and cyber security. The new training campus will enable South Metropolitan TAFE to consolidate vocational training in the area, with learning currently occurring across three ageing leased premises in the Armadale town centre. Designed by Armstrong Collective architects, the campus will be a vibrant community hub and help revitalise the local area. It will be located on Church Avenue within the town centre and a short distance from the Armadale train station. The multi-level building will have state-of-the-art facilities, including simulated childcare for early learning education, classrooms, computer laboratories, simulated office space, meeting rooms, a crèche and a student hub, which will include food and drink preparation areas. The Armadale Jobs and Skills Centre will also relocate to the new campus, connecting the local community with training and employment opportunities. The construction of the campus will create local jobs and once the new campus is open, it will deliver a boost for nearby businesses, with the increased student capacity bringing more people into the town centre. Construction is expected to commence in late 2022, with training to commence at the campus in Semester 2, 2024. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The new $33.8 million purpose-built TAFE campus will deliver a first-class learning environment in Armadale. "With state-of-the-art training facilities, this campus will provide more opportunities for locals, particularly young people, and significantly boost capacity to put students on pathways into long-term jobs. "This project is part of the WA Recovery Plan, with the McGowan Government investing a record $215.8 million to fund infrastructure upgrades across the State's TAFE colleges." Comments attributed to Armadale MLA Dr Tony Buti "I've long advocated for the new Armadale TAFE campus, which will help train the next generation of essential workers, preparing students for jobs of the future. "Not only will the new campus make studying locally a more attractive option, it will also become more integrated with the local community, aiding the continued revitalisation of Armadale. "This project is key to the future of Armadale and those who live here, so I look forward to the new campus welcoming its first students and boosting training opportunities in Perth's south-east." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Major boost to support research aimed at improving health outcomes11934Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 2:11:37 AM2022-05-17T02:00:00Z $2.3 million awarded for Fellowships aimed at increasing uptake of research findings into health care and improve health outcomes Implementation Science Fellowships will be conducted in partnership with WA Country Health Service Four fellowship recipients will strive to identify new strategies and progress innovative ideas in Western Australia's public health system in two streams covering Aboriginal, and country and regional health. The Implementation Science Fellowship Program is funded through the McGowan Government's Future Health Research and Innovation Fund (FHRIF). The FHRIF provides a secure source of funding to drive health and medical research, innovation and commercialisation. A total of $2.3 million in funding has been awarded for implementation science research in four program areas. Clinical Yarning(Dr Ivan Lin, The University of Western Australia)Clinical Yarning strives to improve the communication between healthcare clinicians and Aboriginal patients to ensure better access to quality health care. This research program will be trialled initially in the Mid-West region and if successful, will be expanded to other WA country areas. Paediatric 'Escalation' System(Associate Professor Fenella Gill, Curtin University)The 'Escalation' system improves the processes for detecting and responding to the clinical deterioration of children in hospital in WA. The system fully integrates family involvement into a paediatric early warning system. This research program will evaluate the scale up and implementation of the 'Escalation' system at the WA Country Health Service and further research will be conducted to strengthen the involvement of and improve benefits to Aboriginal children and their families. Beating Cancer (Dr Mary Kennedy, Edith Cowan University) Research suggests eating well and being active following a cancer diagnosis can help with better outcomes. This research program seeks to develop better nutritional and exercise regimes to support regional patients battling cancer, and aims to generate the first evidence-based blueprint for the integration of nutrition into cancer care delivery in country and regional areas of WA. Optimising Health Service(Professor Suzanne Robinson, Curtin University)Co-ordinating care in country and regional communities across vast areas is challenging. This research program aims to improve processes and use technology to provide a real-time view of the WA country health system. The research will find ways to improve situational awareness, effectiveness, efficiency and operational management across the WA Country Health Service, and ultimately lead to better health outcomes for those living in regional WA. Details of the Implementation Science Fellowships Program recipients can be found on the FHRIF website. Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson "These are exciting research programs that address challenges in the WA public health system. "The WA Country Health Service spans 2.5 million square kilometres, so we need to be innovative with new ways of providing the best care to regional WA. "We are proud to be funding and supporting these novel research programs to find better ways to care for Western Australians." Comments attributed to WA Country Health Service Board Chair Dr Neale Fong "WA Country Health Service is very excited to be involved in these innovative trials and will observe the progress with great interest and anticipation. "We're always open to fresh ideas and different ways of delivering quality health care." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Drive-through collection sites for free RATs for close contacts11933Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 1:20:14 AM2022-05-17T01:15:00Z New drive-through collection sites to open across the Perth metropolitan area for close contacts with no symptoms to collect free RATs Further supports daily testing requirements for close contacts RAT collection points at metropolitan vaccination clinics and testing clinics in the regions remain unchanged at this stage Households who have not yet received their free 15 RATs have now been emailed and can choose to pick up their RATs from a collection point The State Government's WA free RAT program continues to expand to provide Western Australians with easy access to free rapid antigen tests (RATs). Three drive-through sites across the Perth metropolitan area will open from tomorrow (May 18) in Joondalup, Jandakot and Bassendean to provide Western Australians who are close contacts with more convenient options for collecting their RATs. Close contacts with no symptoms can leave their place of isolation provided they undertake a daily RAT, wear a mask at all times outside the home and avoid high-risk settings. Vaccination clinics in the Perth metropolitan area and regional collection points at testing clinics will also continue to distribute free RATs for close contacts. To access free RATs at these locations, close contacts with no symptoms are required to verbally confirm they are a close contact to access their 10 free RATs and can collect on behalf of others in their household - up to a maximum of 30 RATs. People who registered to receive free RATs but experienced delivery issues have now been emailed and can choose to either pick up their RATs from a collection point or ask for the RATs to be redelivered to their address. People who are collecting their household RAT allocation must show the email they received when they selected to collect their RATs. A full list of collection points and opening hours is available at WA.gov.au People who return a positive RAT result must register their result online with the Department of Health. Those who do not have access to the online registration system must still report their positive test result by contacting 13 COVID (13 26843). Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We want to make it as easy as possible for close contacts to access free RATs in order to fulfil their daily testing requirements. "The new drive-through collection points make it even more convenient for the community to pick up RATs. "The 2022-23 Budget includes $1.6 billion in COVID-19 response measures to support the community, including making sure free RATs are readily available for the community." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The WA free RAT program continues to support close contacts in the community all over the State in managing the impacts of COVID-19. "Drive-through collection sites mean that fewer close contacts are attending vaccination clinics and mixing with vulnerable members in the community who are receiving their winter booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. "I am proud of the efforts of Western Australians in doing the right thing and playing their part in accessing RATs as needed in order to help keep the community safe." Minister's office - 6552 5200
Volunteers celebrated as the lifeblood of regional WA11932Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 1:05:50 AM2022-05-17T01:00:00Z Volunteers recognised as the 'glue' holding regional communities together National Volunteer Week recognising the contribution of volunteers across WA Volunteers vital to the social fabric of regional communities As part of this year's National Volunteer Week 2022 and its theme of #BetterTogether, the State Government acknowledges the important community roles played by volunteers in regional Western Australia. Volunteer work is vital to the social fabric of many regional communities and volunteering is an integral part of life across rural and regional WA. Volunteering builds social cohesion and contributes to strong and resilient communities. Many sporting, community and emergency services organisations in regional centres depend heavily on volunteers. This was on display more than ever, over the past year, when volunteers stepped up to assist several communities by providing essential services to support recovery after extensive damage from cyclones and bushfires. When Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja left a trail of destruction throughout the Mid-West and Wheatbelt in April of last year, State Emergency Service volunteers from the South-West region, hundreds of kilometres away from the scene, were among the first to respond. Working together with Volunteering WA, improvements to the emergency.volunteer.org.au website are making it easier to manage and recruit volunteer assistance in local areas during times of emergency, community recovery and other significant events. National Volunteer Week provides opportunities to highlight the meaningful contribution of regional volunteers and acknowledge the significant impact they make to each of their communities. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson "Volunteer activities have for decades been the 'glue' holding regional communities together through the best and worst of times. "Anyone who's grown up or lived in a regional centre will most likely have been involved in some activity where volunteers are integral, starting perhaps with playing junior sport and later being involved as a coach or official. "Regionally, Western Australians often get involved with the local bushfire brigades, the St John Ambulance and the State Emergency Service or special interest movements such as Landcare, all of whom depend very heavily on volunteers in regional WA. "Similarly, community support organisations such as St Vincent de Paul and the Red Cross, to name just two of many, rely on volunteers for outreach and fundraising in regional centres. "Volunteering is at the heart of every community and living with COVID-19 has made it even more significant. "Local governments in regional WA are very strong supporters of volunteering, in many cases having volunteer development as an integral part of their business plans." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Six WA builders join State-wide panel to bolster Modular Build Program11931Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 12:41:43 AM2022-05-16T23:00:00Z Six building companies appointed to State-wide modular build panel Two of the companies have operations in regional WA The establishment of the panel will assist with the delivery of the Modular Build Program The Modular Build Program will deliver 150 new social homes in regional WA Housing Minister John Carey today announced the establishment of a State-wide modular build panel, to assist with the delivery of the Government's Modular Build Program. Six Western Australian building companies have been appointed to the panel to design and construct modular residential housing throughout the State, including homes in regional areas. The successful companies are Evoke Living Homes - Northam; Fleetwood Building Solutions - High Wycombe; Fox Modular - Gnangara; Modular WA - Wangara; Murray River North - Pinjarra and Maddington; and Quality Builders - Forrestfield. The six companies were awarded entry to the panel following an evaluation process which assessed their capacity to deliver modular housing, particularly for regional WA. The establishment of the panel will help to further reduce delivery timeframes, with all the participating companies pre-approved to deliver modular housing projects. The State Government is currently engaging a number of other companies, including small and medium size builders, which could see the panel expand further in the future. The Modular Build Program was established by the Housing Minister late last year, and is one of a number of initiatives put in place to speed up delivery times for new social housing. To date, contracts have been awarded for 36 new homes in the Modular Build Program, all for regional WA. The first homes are expected to be delivered in the coming weeks. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "We face a heated construction market in Western Australia, which is why I have been implementing significant reforms to social housing delivery, including major investments in modular homes. "We expect the establishment of the modular build panel will reduce delivery timeframes by a further four to six weeks, as we're engaging companies that have been through a rigorous assessment process, and been pre-approved to deliver modular housing projects. "The panel may also be expanded in the future, further bolstering the capacity to deliver modular social housing in Western Australia. "To date we have contracted 36 new homes through the Modular Build Program, all designated for locations in regional WA, with the first homes expected to be delivered to site within weeks. "The McGowan Government is investing $2.1 billion into social housing, which includes the record investment of $875 million as part of the 2021-22 State Budget. This is the single largest, one-off investment into social housing in the State's history. "Through this investment, we will deliver up to 3,300 new social housing dwellings and carry out refurbishment and maintenance work to many thousands more. The maintenance and refurbishment program will be critical to ensuring these homes remain part of our State's social housing stock for many years to come." Minister's office - 6552 5300
First homes delivered under the Modular Build Program on their way to the Pilbara11930Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml17/05/2022 12:30:31 AM2022-05-16T22:00:00Z First social homes delivered through the McGowan Government's Modular Build Program Four homes are on their way to the Pilbara town of Tom Price $16.5 million worth of contracts signed for 36 new modular social homes in regional WA A total of 36 modular social homes have been contracted through the program The homes will be delivered in the Pilbara, Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance, South-West, Wheatbelt and Mid-West regions Modular construction is helping to speed up delivery of social housing in WA The first social homes to be delivered under the McGowan Government's Modular Build Program are on their way to the Pilbara, where they will provide additional social housing in the region. The four homes were recently completed on site in Perth and have been delivered to Tom Price, where they will undergo completion, including plumbing and electrical works. A further five modular social homes are under construction for delivery to South Hedland in the coming months. A total of 36 new homes have been contracted through the Modular Build Program, with properties allocated to regional centres in the Pilbara, Great Southern, Goldfields-Esperance, South-West, Wheatbelt and Mid-West. The Modular Build Program was established by the Housing Minister as a faster alternative to deliver social housing in the current heated construction market. Modular construction involves high-quality housing built off-site in a factory before being transported to a location. A total of 200 social homes are anticipated to be delivered through the Modular Build Program over a two year period, including 150 for regional Western Australia. The program was made possible by the McGowan Government's $875 million allocation towards social housing in the 2021-22 State Budget, the largest one-off investment ever made by a WA State Government. The Modular Build Program is among a number of new investment programs being delivered by the McGowan Government to boost social housing as fast as possible, including a new spot purchasing program and rapid timber-frame build program. The State Government is investing around $2.4 billion on social housing, which will include the delivery of around 3,300 new homes. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "There is no doubt we face a heated construction market, which is why I established the Modular Build Program as an alternative way to get new social housing delivered as fast as possible. "The fact that within around six months of these contracts being awarded, Tom Price will see four new homes delivered to site is a fantastic outcome. "Had these homes been built on site via traditional construction methods, we expect these homes would still be a long way from delivery. "Modular construction offers many advantages, including less risk of weather delays and works able to be carried out on site simultaneously with the factory build. The companies that deliver these homes have all the necessary trades in-house, so they have the capacity to deliver faster than traditional builds in the current market. "Since becoming Housing Minister, I have been committed to reforming our housing delivery and investing in a range of measures, including modular, spot purchasing and rapid timber-frame construction, to get new social housing delivered in our heated construction market. "We need to find solutions during challenging times, and that is exactly what we are doing by reforming how social housing is delivered and diversifying our investments to ensure we maximise our opportunities to get housing out as fast as possible." Minister's office - 6552 5300
2022 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards now open11929Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3710html16/05/2022 7:01:34 AM2022-05-16T07:00:00Z Remote and regional communities are invited to enter the 2022 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards Awards launched at a community clean-up event in Port HedlandEntries are now open for the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's (KABC) 2022 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards. The annual awards, launched at a community clean-up event in Port Hedland, are available to all remote and regional communities, including cities, small towns and Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The launch of the awards with Care For Hedland demonstrates the relationship between KABC and regional communities. Port Hedland and South Hedland won the inaugural Containers for Change award last year for most effectively using the 10-cent container deposit scheme refunds. The awards are open to all regional and remote communities. Submitted projects must show how they have contributed towards the sustainability of the community, effective litter prevention activities, positive environmental outcomes and projects that reflect heritage, culture and community engagement. Last year, Boddington took top honours as WA's overall State winner, thanks to its quirky art, and environmental and heritage community projects such as the community recycling plant, restoration of the Marradong Church and partnerships to improve the health of the Hotham River. Award categories are Litter Prevention & Waste Management; Containers for Change; Young Legends; Environmental Sustainability; Environmental Education; Heritage & Culture; Community Action & Wellbeing; General Appearance; and Leadership Award.On October 1, 2020, the WA Government introduced the 'Containers for Change Scheme' with the aim of reducing litter and increasing recycling rates in WA. The Containers for Change Award, sponsored by WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd, was introduced in the 2021 awards to recognise community impact in its first year of operation and will be included as an award category again in 2022. For more information or to register online, visit the KABC website or email tidytowns@kabc.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "Western Australian remote and regional communities are encouraged to enter their projects for these iconic awards. "The 2022 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards highlight the incredible work being done by remote and regional communities to preserve the unique environment and heritage centres in their local areas." Minister's office - 6552 6300
New Chief Executive Officer appointed at Synergy11928Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15520html16/05/2022 5:01:11 AM2022-05-16T05:00:00Z David Fyfe appointed Chief Executive Officer at Synergy, starting todayThe McGowan Government is pleased to announce that Synergy has appointed David Fyfe as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Fyfe is a highly qualified executive with more than 20 years' experience across the energy and telecommunications sectors. He has previously held executive roles in operations, commercial sales, asset management and business development. Prior to joining Synergy in 2020 as its General Manager Commercial, Mr Fyfe was with Western Power for over a decade where he was Executive Manager - Operations and Acting CEO. Mr Fyfe has qualifications in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and has held board positions in listed and not-for-profit organisations, including the Fiona Wood Foundation as a Non-Executive Director. His appointment follows a recruitment process led by the Synergy board that considered a strong field of internal and external candidates. Mr Fyfe was appointed as Synergy's Acting CEO in February 2022 following the announcement that former CEO Jason Waters would join Gold Corporation. Synergy is Western Australia's largest electricity generator and retailer of gas and electricity, with more than one million residential, business and industry customers. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "I congratulate David Fyfe on his appointment as Synergy's new Chief Executive Officer. "Mr Fyfe's extensive experience across Western Australia's electricity sector places him in a strong position for the challenges and opportunities he will face, as we progress towards a low-carbon, renewable energy future. "He has a proven track record of delivering customer-focused business strategies and achieving success in the two major government trading enterprises in the energy sector." Minister's office - 6552 6700
First patients to be treated at redeveloped Newman Health Service11927Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4410html16/05/2022 4:16:59 AM2022-05-16T04:15:00Z McGowan Government election commitment delivers new $61.4 million Newman Health Service with state-of-the-art emergency department opening New Newman Health Service emergency department to open at 8am Wednesday May 18, 2022 First stage of the $61.4 million project has delivered six emergency bays and 12 inpatient beds Stage two underway that will deliver GP consultation rooms and a dental service Newman residents and patients needing quality access to healthcare will be treated in the brand new, state-of-the-art emergency department on Mindarra Drive from 8am Wednesday May 18, 2022. The new emergency department forms part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to establish a new hospital, and the $61.4 million redevelopment includes a $15 million contribution from BHP. The new emergency department features six emergency bays, including two new resuscitation bays, three treatment bays, a procedure room, and 12 inpatient beds with increased capacity to treat critically ill and injured patients. From this Wednesday, people attending as inpatients or for medical imaging, pathology, mental health, community health, allied health and all outpatient appointments, will be able to access the hospital from the new main entrance off Mindarra Drive. The old emergency department will be closed. Along with the continuity of local emergency services, the Newman Health Service is also telehealth-enabled giving local staff 24/7 access to a virtual care hub of emergency and other specialists across the Pilbara and in Perth via the highly regarded WA Country Health Service Command Centre. To streamline the transition, access to the new facility, located right next door to the existing hospital, will be clearly signposted and staff will be on hand for assistance - all phone numbers also remain the same. Sonic GP and the dental clinic appointments will continue as normal in their current location. The three-staged redevelopment is expected to be complete in early 2023 with an official opening to follow. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Newman residents and nearby Pilbara communities should have access to modern, quality healthcare closer to home, which is why my Government made this important election commitment. "The opening of the new emergency department is a significant component of the redeveloped hospital, and I'd like to thank our health staff and local residents for their support and patience during the construction phase of the hospital upgrades. "I am looking forward to the completion of all the major works as part of the redevelopment, which will go a long way in supporting and benefiting the local community for generations to come. "It's important that big operators which play a significant role in our regional towns contribute to the revitalisation of community assets and infrastructure for future generations. This is something BHP has done, and I thank them for their involvement." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "We are so pleased to have delivered increased emergency healthcare access for residents of Newman as part of this major $61.4 million redevelopment. "From Wednesday, it's really important the community understands they will now need to present at a different location for emergency care at the new entry off Mindarra Drive. "This project has been a high priority project for the McGowan Government and welcoming patients through the ED is another example of our commitment to making sure every Western Australian has access to quality healthcare facilities - regardless of where they live." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "The new Newman Health Service is so important to the local community and it is fantastic to see it reach this important milestone. "The new health service also features art pieces by Nyiyaparli and Martu artists which is incredibly important in showcasing our local artists and the heart of the Newman community. "The state-of-the-art emergency department will serve the community well." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Australia’s first ever hyperbaric test facility for subsea control modules to be based in WA11926Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7720html16/05/2022 4:10:22 AM2022-05-16T04:10:00Z $1.2 million funding secured to build Australia's first deep water hyperbaric chamber for the testing and maintenance of subsea control modules in WA Facility to be built at the Australian Marine Complex to streamline the testing process This is the first step in developing a regional deep water testing facility in WAFunding of $1.2 million has been secured to build Australia's first deep water hyperbaric chamber testing and maintenance facility in Western Australia, capable of facilitating subsea control modules. The McGowan Government and industry will each provide $600,000 towards the total $1.2 million cost of the new facility, which will be built at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, as part of a more comprehensive regional deep water testing facility. Due to the growth in Australia's oil and gas industry, an increasing number of subsea control modules require ongoing maintenance and support. Hyperbaric testing validates the design and manufacturing of products intended to work in subsea conditions or other high-pressure environments. The process offers assurance to manufacturers and customers that the equipment will perform safely and correctly. Australia does not currently have suitable hyperbaric test facilities to accommodate subsea control modules, which must be sent overseas for inspection and repairs. This extends supply chains, increases transport cost and risk, reduces visibility of repairs or fault diagnostics, and has led to many operators carrying larger than optimum spares inventories. Once operational later this year, the new facility will provide local subsea control module testing and reduce the test and repair turnaround time from up to four months down to just two weeks, providing a reduction in costs for operators and equipment suppliers. The new facility can be expanded to provide local capability for repairs and maintenance, further minimising cost and schedule delays, and developing a pool of local expertise and future jobs that can service both the Australian and regional sector's needs. This is the first step towards development of a more comprehensive regional deep water testing facility in WA, being led by the Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia, industry partners Baker Hughes and Matrix Composites and Engineering, and supported by the LNG Jobs Taskforce. Developing a hyperbaric test facility in WA positions the State as a regional testing hub for local, national and overseas customers. Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government's vision and commitment in building Australia's first hyperbaric chamber test facility right here in our State demonstrates our strategy of diversifying our economy by creating new industries and jobs. "This world-class facility will streamline the test and repair process, providing significant time and cost savings across the subsea industry for operators and equipment suppliers. "Jointly funded by the State Government and industry, this is an exciting step towards the development of a comprehensive regional deep water testing facility in WA." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Significant progress for environmental protection of Exmouth Gulf11925Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8270html16/05/2022 2:02:01 AM2022-05-16T02:00:00Z 2022-23 State Budget to enhance protection of Exmouth Gulf Builds on historic announcement by McGowan Government to safeguard the area Planning for a new marine park in Exmouth Gulf about to commence Ms Laine Ashforth-McDonald to Chair new Exmouth Gulf TaskforceThe McGowan Labor Government has allocated $3.4 million in the 2022-23 State Budget to advance planning and protections of Exmouth Gulf. The commitment will provide $800,000 in funding to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to establish a new marine park in Exmouth Gulf. This includes funding for co-designing the marine park with Traditional Owners, alongside the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and engagement of key stakeholders, including the Exmouth community. The State Government announced last year it would protect Exmouth Gulf and its surrounds by implementing historic conservation measures to safeguard this important place in Western Australia. The new marine park will be established over the eastern and southern parts of the Exmouth Gulf, and Class A reserves will be gazetted for local areas of significance such as Qualing Pool, Camerons Cave and the islands of Exmouth Gulf. These measures are being implemented following recommendations from the Environmental Protection Authority, helping to preserve the area's unique environmental and cultural values. A further $2.6 million is being provided to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to support the Exmouth Gulf Taskforce, which is being established to assist the State Government's broader consideration of strategic issues relating to Exmouth Gulf and its surrounds. Ms Laine Ashforth-McDonald has been appointed Chair of the Taskforce. Ms Ashforth-McDonald has extensive experience both as a Member of the Legislative Council and in her work as a Senior Associate at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. The Taskforce membership will consist of the independent Chair and up to 15 members, including relevant government agencies, stakeholders and community. Nominations for the community members will open shortly. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "The Exmouth Gulf is a stunning place and critically important to our State's biodiversity. "It is globally recognised for its environmental and cultural values so a very high level of protection is required. "As a government we are committed to investing in strong and vibrant regions and to enhancing the protection of our important natural areas." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "I am very pleased to see planning for the marine park commencing, which will coexist with existing commercial fishing operations and ensure this unique area of our State is protected for generations to come. "I am looking forward to seeing the newly appointed Chair lead a unified approach to the protection of the Exmouth Gulf through genuine engagement with our recreational, charter and commercial fishers." Environment Minister's office - 6552 6300 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6900
Reducing the reporting burden on industry11924Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9650html16/05/2022 1:05:00 AM2022-05-16T01:00:00Z Annual environmental reporting for low-risk industry licences stopped or halved More than 60 per cent of approximately 1,000 eligible licences affected Workload reduction enables more focus on high-risk matters Environmental reporting requirements will be stopped or halved for more than 60 per cent of low to medium-risk industry licences under a new pilot project. The Reduced Reporting Burden project is a Streamline WA initiative, which aims to reduce the workload for licence holders for routine or lower-risk matters and provide the regulator with more time to focus on higher-risk matters. Previously, annual environmental monitoring and reporting are required for these licences, regardless of the operation's risk to the environment or public health, or whether the information is likely to change from year to year. Under the pilot program, a risk-based assessment was conducted to identify licences eligible for reduced reporting requirements. These include licences with no monitoring requirements will no longer require annual environmental reports; and licences with limited monitoring requirements will move to environmental reports every two years. Other licences, such as those that require comprehensive monitoring and have several environmental issues, multiple monitoring points, complex monitoring suites and/or high frequency monitoring, will continue to require annual environmental reporting. More information can be found at https//www.wa.gov.au/service/environment/environment-information-services/reduced-reporting-burden-pilot-project Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "This project applies a risk-based approach when setting reporting conditions which encourages good environmental performance, while also providing regulators with more time to focus on higher-risk matters. "It is important to note that the environmental monitoring requirements stay the same. "While the changes relate to existing licences, these principles have been applied to the assessment of applications for new licences over the past 18 months, with more than 80 licences already benefitting from a reduction in unnecessary reporting requirements. "We are now looking at where this practice can be applied to other instruments - to reduce unnecessary workload for licence holders and regulators for low-risk matters." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Deputy Premier to lead India trade mission with WA business leaders11923Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8080html16/05/2022 12:59:08 AM2022-05-16T00:05:00Z Deputy Premier will lead WA Government mission to India July 12 to 19, 2022 Expressions of Interest now open for WA business leaders to be part of the mission The mission will unlock opportunities and strengthen government and industry connections as part of the Diversify WA strategy The Deputy Premier will lead a Western Australian Government trade and business mission to India in July. The focus of the multi-sector mission is to strengthen government and industry connections, unlock opportunities for Western Australian business in the Indian market and promote WA as a destination for tourists, students, talent, events, business and investment. As part of this trade mission, the Government is launching the opportunity for WA businesses to be part of the delegation to India. An online Expression of Interest is being launched today to participate in the mission from July 12 to 19. The online EOI is open to representatives from the following priority sectors which have been identified as part of the Diversify WA strategy International education and skilled migration; Mining and METS; Energy; Innovation hubs and smart cities; Primary industries; and Tourism, events and creative industries The mission will canvas a range of programs and initiatives across Delhi, Mumbai, Vijayawada and Chennai. The program will include ministerial meetings, group briefings, industry roundtables, one-to-one business matching, networking events, and Invest and Trade WA showcases. India is the world's largest democracy and has a population of 1.3 billion people. Its youthful population, diversified economy and strong growth trajectory present significant opportunities for WA businesses. In 2021, India was WA's seventh largest trading partner with total trade valued at A$4.6 billion, accounting for more than 17 per cent of total trade between Australia and India. With the recent signing of the interim Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement, there are now further opportunities for the State to strengthen this important relationship. The online EOI is open until May 27, 2022. To submit your EOI for this mission, please visit https//www.investandtrade.wa.gov.au/opportunities/invest-and-trade-wa-mission-to-india Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade, Tourism and Science Minister Roger Cook "Diversifying Western Australia's economy and creating more local jobs will be the number one priority for this mission to India. "We're calling on representatives from the priority sectors identified in the Diversify WA framework to express their interest to join the delegation. "Western Australia has always maintained a strong relationship with India, and it's important we continue to foster those close cultural and economic ties and take the relationship to the next level. "This is a really important trade mission for Western Australia which I am looking forward to leading." Minister's office - 6552 6500
National Volunteer Week underway for 202211922Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5460html16/05/2022 12:55:14 AM2022-05-16T00:00:00Z Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteering 'Better Together' theme shows the value of volunteering for people and communities Events being held across WA to thank volunteers for their vital work Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteering, National Volunteer Week (May 16 to 22, 2022), is underway for 2022. National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the generous contribution of Western Australia's volunteers, whose selfless work benefits our communities. The McGowan Government is committed to supporting volunteering and volunteer involving organisations in our community, and contributes more than $1.4 million in funding to the State's volunteering sector each year. A total of 178 organisations located in areas across the State, including Broome, Esperance, the Cocos Islands and Christmas Island, are sharing in more than $200,000 in Lotterywest grant funding to acknowledge and celebrate their volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Events are being held across the State to thank volunteers for their vital work, culminating in the 2022 Volunteer Service Awards, which recognises people who have contributed over 25 years of service to a single organisation. About four out of five Western Australians aged 15 years and over volunteer in some way each year. The combined economic, social and cultural value that volunteering brings to WA has been calculated to more than $39 billion. Volunteering helps people develop stronger social networks and friendships, which is important for keeping mentally and physically active. Volunteering roles can also lead to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge, therefore improving employability. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson "The theme for National Volunteer Week 2022 is 'Better Together', referring to the strength volunteering has in bringing people together, building communities and creating a better society for everyone. "It is vital that in Western Australia, given our vast geography and population, we encourage a diverse and well-established volunteer workforce. "I have seen extraordinary people and organisations continue to contribute, without hesitation, lending an essential hand where it was most needed and assisting people and communities in recovering from crisis. "On behalf of the McGowan Government and as the Volunteering Minister, I say thank you to all the incredible volunteers across Western Australia. Our State simply could not function without your selfless efforts and dedication." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funding boost for waste management activities in WA schools11921Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8360html16/05/2022 12:53:04 AM2022-05-15T23:00:00Z $109,000 in grants for schools to tackle waste 32 schools across Western Australia to share in funding New-look grants make it easier to access funding A total of 32 Western Australian schools will share in $109,000 for projects to reduce waste disposed to landfill. Environment Minister Reece Whitby announced the recipients of the 2022 WasteSorted Schools grants, which will be used to fund projects such as worm farms, chicken coops, waste sorting bins and composting systems. The program, previously known as Waste Wise Schools, is run by the Waste Authority and funded through a levy on waste to landfill as part of the State's Waste Strategy 2030. It provides funding for school infrastructure and initiatives that avoid and recover school waste, such as paper and cardboard, food waste, single-use packaging and general recycling. This year, the new-look WasteSorted Schools program provides streamlined eligibility criteria and a simpler application process to encourage more schools to reduce their waste. All accredited WA schools are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $5,500. Applications for the next funding grant can be made between July 18 and August 30, 2022. For more information on the WasteSorted Schools program or to become accredited, please visit https//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/wws Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "The WasteSorted Schools program plays an important role in educating and engaging students and the school community in waste avoidance and recovery practices. "Recent changes to the program have streamlined the process and made it more straightforward for schools wanting to apply for funding for their waste management projects. "I congratulate recipients for their commitment to improving waste management behaviours in our children and wish them luck for their projects." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We know young people are passionate about environmental causes and these grants help students to find some practical solutions to complex issues. "Thank you to all of the schools that applied - you are helping to make a difference now, while also educating students on how to better look after our environment moving forward." Environment Minister's office - 6552 6300 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 6700 Summary of grants Round One - 2022 WasteSorted Schools program Aveley Primary School, $3,030, to upgrade bins to include landfill, compost and Containers for Change bins. Desktop compost bins will be provided to each classroom and a community recycling station will be established. Belmay Primary School, $4,320, to set up a pre-primary worm farm, composters and food scrap buckets for all classes and run regular 'Waste Free Wednesdays'. New veggie patches will be fertilised by the compost and worm farm. Butler Primary School, $1,460, to set up a food scraps caddy in classrooms to educate students on items that can be composted. Waste will be composted or fed to the worms. Carine Senior High School, $2,000, to purchase blue paper recycling bins to be managed by an eco-team (Paper Patrol), who will empty recycling bins fortnightly. Carnarvon Christian School, $4,560, to install food waste bins and Containers for Change bins in every class. The food waste will be composted in a worm farm with the castings and liquid fertiliser to keep the school gardens healthy. Churchlands Primary School, $4,287, to revamp the 9R shed, their recycling, composting, garden and chicken hub, by giving it a face lift, new name and signage. Cloverdale Primary School, $5,400, to create an outdoor classroom adjacent to their compost and food gardens, with seating made from recycled soft plastics. Cooloongup Primary School, $5,400, to install worm farms, food digesters, compost bins, mixed recycling bins and paper brick makers for the recycling of paper. Dampier Primary School, $2,400, to purchase bins to collect paper and cardboard, organic waste and co-mingled recycling. To complement the existing community CDS bins, the school will also provide bins for collecting soft plastics and bottle tops. Duncraig Primary School, $4,680, to set up waste stations around the school so students can correctly sort their waste. East Maddington Primary School, $2,420, to refresh the garden beds, add a greenhouse, set up a dedicated Waste Warrior Team and expand the Containers for Change program. Eaton Primary School, $5,500, to install waste stations that will be correctly colour coded, secure and well-labelled to facilitate students correctly sorting their waste. Helena River Steiner School, $4,230, to purchase waste and gardening infrastructure, and to engage a local Noongar artist to work with students to create artwork for interpretative signage that encourages waste minimisation. Kellerberrin District High School, $4,260, to provide bin stations in prominent areas around the school to support waste sorting and recycling. Kingston Primary School, $3,390, to set up a three-bin waste sorting system, start a Waste Warrior club, improve the composting system and restart worm farms with improved shade. Mazenod College, $3,100, to purchase worm farms and worm farm infrastructure. Mel Maria Catholic Primary School, $2,120, to collect food waste and process it in compost bins and worm towers, and provide soft plastic recycling centres. Millen Primary School, $4,300, to extend worm farming and composting, build a chicken coop, and place a park bench made from repurposed soft plastics near their main waste collection/sorting depot. Mother Teresa Catholic College, $4,720, to purchase recycling and compost bins, wicking beds and gardening equipment to enable students to work on the worm farms, compost bins and garden beds. Poseidon Primary School, $4,190, to install a worm farm and a shade structure for the worm farm. The Sustainability Team will participate in an incursion on how to set up and care for the worm farm. Saint Simon Peter Catholic Primary School, $4,160, to purchase collection buckets with lids, compost bins and gardening equipment, including gloves, a compost aerator, compost conditioner, proper storage and additional worms. South Bunbury Education Support Centre, $780, to set up waste stations to collect food scraps, paper and cardboard, soft plastics, Containers for Change and reusable/repairable items, and to install an indoor composter. South Thornlie Primary School, $2,600, to establish a school garden, organic waste recycling, worm farm, soft plastics recycling and install new compost bins. Spearwood Primary School, $1,850, to purchase the Subpod system for their upper school and early childhood area to educate students as to the philosophy, operation and many benefits of composting and worm farming. St Bernadette's Catholic Primary, Port Kennedy, $3,160, to purchase paper/cardboard and general waste bins by setting up a faction challenge to support the P&C's Containers for Change initiative, and more composting and worm farm equipment. St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School, $4,700, to purchase recycling bins, a compost tumbler, garden maintenance equipment, more worm farms, a greenhouse for seed raising and create more vegetable gardens and fruit tree spaces. St Jude's Catholic Primary School, $3,900, to create a sustainable garden so produce can be used in the school canteen and for 'Crunch n Sip', with any waste to be composted in the worm farm and the worm leachate used to fertilise the garden. St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Margaret River, $1,800, to provide waste management education and to install a FOGO bin, a general waste bin, recycling bins and paper recycling bins. Takari Primary School, $2,600, purchase vests for students who become Waste Warriors, as well as containers and bins to ensure waste is sorted and managed correctly. The King's College, $2,800, to install four-stream waste stations - paper, cans and bottles, organics and general waste, and paper-only recycling boxes. Yakamia Primary School, $3,000, to install waste sorting hubs to collect paper, soft plastics, pens and batteries, and Containers for Change, to purchase equipment for the Year 5 'Waste Warriors'. Yanchep Beach Primary School, $2,200, to purchase compost bins, gardening equipment and a worm farm to build upon existing waste and recycling practices.
State Budget delivering major $35 million revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre10264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8630html15/05/2022 3:23:43 AM2022-05-14T16:00:00Z ​ McGowan Government commits further $15 million from 2022-23 State Budget to revitalise Perth Cultural Centre (PCC) New funding in addition to the $20 million of joint State-Commonwealth investment Additional investment will deliver an expanded redevelopment of the precinct, as outlined in the PCC Masterplan Project will help connect WA Museum Boola Bardip, Art Gallery of Western Australia, State Library and State Theatre Centre, and provide a boost for Northbridge and CBD Project to create local jobs, support tourism and provide benefits for the hospitality industry The Perth Cultural Centre (PCC) will undergo a $35 million redevelopment and rejuvenation, with the McGowan Government's 2022-23 State Budget allocating $15 million of additional funding to expand the Perth City Deal project. The additional funding brings the State Government's contribution to $25 million and will deliver an expanded redevelopment of the precinct, as outlined in the PCC Masterplan. The Commonwealth Government is contributing $10 million as part of the $1.7 billion Perth City Deal. The project will see the PCC transformed into a connected, thriving and welcoming precinct that connects the major cultural institutions in the area. It includes the development of a new broad and shady central space to provide the precinct with a new focal point. The works will also include the demolition of the amphitheatre and development of a more accessible, graded streetscape. At the eastern end of the PCC, an Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) car park will be demolished to introduce better connections to Beaufort Street and create a new children's play place. The project will deliver enhanced lighting and security, open up under-utilised spaces, and create a better environment for families and tourists visiting the area. The works will deliver much of the vision outlined in the PCC Masterplan, which was released today after a lengthy consultation process and detailed consideration by the Cultural Precinct Taskforce. The PCC Masterplan is available at https//www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/culture-and-the-arts/perth-cultural-centre-rejuvenation Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The McGowan Government's commitment to this project will see the PCC transformed into a more vibrant, welcoming and accessible place for Western Australians and tourists alike. "This additional State Government funding means we can deliver on more of the vision outlined in the precinct's masterplan, providing a major boost to the overall redevelopment. "Over the past five years, we have delivered the magnificent new WA Museum Boola Bardip and the AGWA rooftop. This project will help marry the PCC's cultural institutions in a way that combines safety, ambience and fun. "By sensibly managing the State Budget, the McGowan Government has been able to invest in job-creating projects like this to set WA up for the future." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "This is another great project funded by the McGowan Government that will increase vibrancy, improve safety and drive activation in the city. "I worked on the Cultural Precinct Taskforce and recognise the importance of creating a safer and more accessible space for families and tourists. "Together with the construction of the Edith Cowan University City campus, this will help bring more people into the city to enjoy our cultural institutions and create the hum that all great cities have." Comments attributed to Perth Cultural Centre Taskforce Chair Jessica Shaw "I am so pleased to see the PCC Masterplan released and funded after so much work was undertaken by the team. "The transformation of the PCC will have economic, cultural, safety and environmental impacts that will be felt for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 5400