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Top Aboriginal public school students awarded131144Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 7:51:24 AM2018-02-22T07:45:00Z Winners of the Rob Riley Memorial Prize announced Ashley Maroney and Kienan Davis to receive $5,000 each for further training Two of Western Australia's top performing Aboriginal students have been named the winners of the 2017 Rob Riley Memorial Prize. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced John Curtin College of the Arts graduate Ashley Maroney as the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) prize winner, and Belmont City College graduate Kienan Davis as the Vocational Education and Training (VET) prize winner. The Rob Riley Memorial Prize is named in honour of the late Aboriginal human rights advocate and is awarded to the top performing Aboriginal students in public schools. Ashley will study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and International Relations, at The University of Western Australia before going on to study law. She is a role-model for other young people as an AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) ambassador and wants to become a politician. Kienan achieved a number of qualifications in tourism, business and sport and recreation while at Belmont City College and is now studying a Diploma of Nursing to fulfil his dream of becoming a paramedic. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I congratulate both students on their outstanding achievements. "Ashley has had a remarkable year with her dedication and commitment resulting in an exceptional Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 97.4. "Kienan has excelled in all areas of tourism and I look forward to following his journey as he switches into nursing on his path to become a paramedic." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "Rob Riley was a prominent and passionate Aboriginal activist and leader who left a lasting legacy, and receiving the Rob Riley Memorial Prize is a great honour. "Both Ashley and Kienan have very bright futures ahead of them and should be proud of their achievements so far." Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Final independent Ross Inquiry report complete131143Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 7:44:15 AM2018-02-22T07:40:00Z Supplementary report finds North Metropolitan Health Service 'both thorough and appropriate' in investigating erroneous DNA matching at PathWest in 2004 Two out of the 10 recommendations from the Ross Inquiry into PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA completed, others are underway A supplementary report, the final report of the Ross Inquiry into PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, has found that the North Metropolitan Health Service was 'both thorough and appropriate' in its review of erroneous DNA matching in 2004, and that there was no evidence of erroneous DNA matching in any other case. The Ross Inquiry was conducted to determine whether the Forensic Biology Department of PathWest issued incorrect evidence, results or reports to the WA Police or WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Of the five matters covered by the Inquiry, four were addressed in the Ross Inquiry Report tabled in State Parliament on October 19, 2017. The final matter - a review of an internal audit conducted by the North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) into erroneous DNA matching in 2004 - is subject to the supplementary report tabled today. The supplementary report confirmed the NMHS's audit was 'thorough and appropriate' and endorsed the 10 recommendations for improvements at PathWest put forward in the original Ross Inquiry Report, which related to areas including peer review, governance, IT systems, and labelling of items. Two of the 10 recommendations have already been completed, including A State Government commitment of $4 million to relocate the PathWest Forensic Biology Department to new premises; and Proposing a national methodology for peer review. The remaining eight recommendations are being progressed by the North Metropolitan Health Service. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government welcomes the findings of this report and the culmination of the Ross Inquiry into PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA. "PathWest's Forensic Biology Department has made significant enhancements to the processes used for the issue of intelligence reports to the WA Police. "As a result, many of the manual processes that were in place in 2004 - the time which this erroneous DNA matching occurred - have already been replaced with automated solutions. "PathWest continues to enhance its procedures by developing and implementing further automated IT systems in order to eliminate or at least minimise manual processes, and refine existing peer review processes to minimise error. "This final report closes an important chapter for PathWest, which continues to deliver high-quality forensic services for the State." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Note The Ross Inquiry was conducted by Alastair Ross AM, a former founding Director of the National Institute of Forensic Science, former Director of the Victoria Police Forensic Group and former Chair of the National Association of Testing Authorities.
Perth to host national polocrosse championships131139Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 5:00:24 AM2018-02-22T05:00:00Z State Government to sponsor 2018 Swan Valley National Polocrosse Championships Expected to attract more than 1,500 visitors Last held in Perth in 2008 The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, will sponsor the 2018 Swan Valley National Polocrosse Championships, which are expected to attract more than 1,500 visitors to Perth. A combination of polo and lacrosse, polocrosse was developed in Australia in 1938. It now features more than 4,000 players nationally and has extended to countries such as New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The national championships are held every two years on a rotational basis around seven Australian States and Territories. The 2018 event, celebrating its 50th golden jubilee, will mark the fourth time Western Australia has hosted the championships since 1980. More than 570 players and strappers will participate in the championships across seven days, in categories ranging from under 12 juniors to masters. The 2018 Swan Valley National Polocrosse Championships will be held from October 1-7 at the Perth polocrosse grounds within the State Equestrian Centre at Brigadoon in the Swan Valley. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "We look forward to hosting visitors from across the country, in Perth for the championships, to showcase the significant changes that have happened since the event was last held here in 2008. "Mass participation events such as this attract visitors to the State, which helps to fill hotel rooms, creates jobs and makes a contribution to the $10.1 billion tourism industry through visitor spend. "I would like to wish all players the best of luck when they compete in the championships this year, and encourage everyone to explore our extraordinary city and State." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Car park compensation cost the State more than $20 million131133Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 2:15:17 AM2018-02-22T02:15:00Z Car park deal drawn up by the Liberal National Government continues to hurt taxpayers The Special Inquiry into Government Projects and Programs found the QEIIMC car park project, commissioned by the previous government, may never deliver value for money McGowan Government will undertake a review of the private car park contract The QEII Medical Centre (QEIIMC) private car park deal, built alongside the Perth Children's Hospital development, has been slammed in the Special Inquiry into Government Projects and Programs, which found there was no robust risk assessment. The 300-bay car park at the new Perth Children's Hospital continues to sit empty and has already cost the State $20.5 million. The car park was not supposed to create an ongoing liability to the State. As a result of the appalling contract undertaken, the State Government has been forced to pay millions of dollars in compensation to the private operator, Capella Parking. The flawed contract means the private operator must be compensated whether car bays are being used or not. Another red flag raised in the Inquiry found the agreement provided limited flexibility to adjust parking rates without having to fork out thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money to Capella. The Special Inquiry into Government Projects and Programs looked into major projects undertaken between 2008 and 2017. The contract for the QEIIMC hospital car park, which is managed by Wilson and operated by Capella Parking, failed to meet its key objective and has become an ongoing liability to the State, already costing $20.5 million. The McGowan Government has committed to undertake a value for money review to take into account the compensation already paid and assess the ongoing value for money of the current arrangement. A review of the contractual framework of the current agreement with Capella will also be conducted as recommended in the Special Inquiry. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This Inquiry reinforces the mismanagement of the previous government. Its lack of fiscal responsibility is continuing to hurt taxpayers' hip pockets to the tune of millions of dollars. "The shabby car park deal leaves us between a rock and a hard place with no consideration when it came to limiting parking increases. The state of our finances means we will need to borrow money to compensate Capella for any price changes. "The McGowan Government has taken charge; it is fixing the mess inherited by the previous government so the Perth Children's Hospital can open in May." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Southern Ports post-amalgamation review complete131132Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 2:06:21 AM2018-02-22T02:00:00Z Report finds amalgamation benefits are partially achieved Further work to be done to ensure amalgamation benefits fully realised A report into the amalgamation of Southern Ports Authority has found the intended benefits of the merger have been partly achieved, but further refining is still required. The former Albany, Bunbury and Esperance port authorities were merged to form the Southern Ports Authority in October 2014, as part of the first tranche of port governance reforms. In August 2017, three years on from the merger, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced a post-implementation review to assess whether the intended outcomes were achieved. The review panel was chaired by Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham and included representatives from the Department of Transport and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. The report concludes that the expected benefits of amalgamation have been partially realised, and there is not a case to de-amalgamate Southern Ports, either in whole or in part. It found evidence of improved availability and use of port infrastructure, better decision-making, higher governance standards and efficiency gains through economies of scale. However, the report also found some minor problems experienced have been the result of deficiencies in implementation, rather than amalgamation itself. For example, the review panel found There was a deficiency in change management processes, both pre and post-amalgamation; That issues exist in the organisational culture of Southern Ports, but that they are isolated rather than systemic, and that the Authority should continue to implement its cultural change action plan; and There is a strong perception in Albany and Esperance that the amalgamation has weakened links with the local community. A full copy of the report can be found at http// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "I will be working through the Board to ensure that the necessary work to continually improve is undertaken. "I also acknowledge that Southern Ports Authority will be facing major challenges, particularly in Esperance port, responding to trade changes over the coming year that are outside its control. "I look forward to the Port moving forward in close consultation with its employees, port users and the local community to meet those challenges." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Wheatbelt patients benefit from infrastructure investment131123Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 1:00:10 AM2018-02-22T01:00:00Z Kellerberrin, Kununoppin and Southern Cross health service refurbishments complete Part of the biggest capital works program ever completed by the WA Country Health Service Completed refurbishments of health services in Kellerberrin, Kununoppin and Southern Cross will be celebrated this week. The redevelopments are part of a $300 million capital works program that is improving capital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. In the Wheatbelt, Narrogin, Northam and Merredin hospitals are being redeveloped as well as upgrades to 23 small hospitals and health centres across the region. The Kellerberrin Memorial Health Service now has a triage assessment room, a telehealth-enabled multipurpose consultation room, an upgraded kitchen, an upgraded reception and waiting area, a new clean utility room in the emergency department and a new accessible toilet. The Kununoppin Health Service has an upgraded emergency department and pathology area, a new triage room, an improved GP consultation area including sound proofing and medication room, upgraded full assisted bathrooms and ensuites for inpatients, a new patient laundry and refurbished kitchen. The Southern Cross Health Service has a redeveloped emergency department with a resuscitation room and acute treatment room, an upgraded x-ray room and medical records area, a realigned ambulance entry for improved patient flow, a multipurpose consultation room, new clean and dirty utility rooms and a new disabled toilet. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Investing in regional health care is another way in which we are putting patients first. "We are ensuring that regional patients have access to high-quality healthcare in their communities through these redevelopments." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham "The $3.8 million Kellerberrin Memorial Health Service, $3.4 million Kununoppin Health Service and $4.9 million Southern Cross Health Service redevelopments are part of the State Government's investment in regional healthcare across the State. "In particular, the telehealth-enabled consultation room at Kellerberrin means more local patients will be able to access medical specialists closer to home." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Government backs growing hemp industry131118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 12:50:02 AM2018-02-21T23:30:00Z Maximum permitted THC content in industrial hemp to be increased Move to help drive growth in the hemp industry and regional jobs in WA State Government convenes hemp industry roundtable The McGowan Government is set to boost Western Australia's fledgling hemp industry, loosening a legislative barrier that was limiting hemp production in the State. The State Government will amend the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 to allow hemp to be grown with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of up to one per cent. Currently, the Industrial Hemp Act only permits hemp with a THC content below 0.35 per cent. Changes to the Food Standards and Australia and New Zealand Code in November 2017 permit the sale of food products derived from hemp seed with a THC content of up to one per cent. Amending legislation on maximum THC concentration in line with national standards is expected to increase the number of varieties available for industrial hemp production in WA, particularly in food production through hemp seeds. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will today host a roundtable of WA hemp growers, processors and researchers to identify key opportunities for the industry. There is estimated to be between 25,000 and 50,000 end uses of industrial hemp under the broad categories of paper, textiles, food, building materials, cosmetics, plastics and biofuel. While there are currently 42 commercial hemp licensees in WA, largely focused on small-scale production, it is expected that increasing the maximum THC concentration could help to drive new growth and job opportunities in the fledgling industry. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Interest in WA's hemp industry has never been higher; the first WA hemp food and drink products are appearing in the market, and we want to support development of this job-creating industry. "This amendment will bring WA into line with national standards, and allow our producers to grow a far greater variety of hemp products in WA. "We see real potential for a scale-up of hemp production in WA to commercial levels, helping to create jobs in agriculture and processing right across the regions." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Queen’s Baton touches down in Western Australia131117Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 12:38:42 AM2018-02-21T23:05:00Z Queen's Baton Relay arrives in Albany More than 310 community heroes will carry the Queen's Baton through WA The Queen's Baton Relay starts its Western Australian leg in Albany this morning and begins its six-day journey through the State to officially herald April's Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Local community legends will carry the Queen's Baton from Albany, north through Manjimup, Bridgetown and Bunbury. The relay will also pass through Rockingham, Rottnest Island, Fremantle, South Perth, Burswood Park, Perth, Kings Park, City Beach, Scarborough, Hillarys, Quinns Rocks, Wanneroo, Guildford and Karratha, where it leaves on Tuesday, February 27. More than 310 Western Australians will carry the Queen's Baton over the six days and local communities have celebrations planned along the way. Everyone is encouraged to get out, line the relay route and cheer batonbearers in their local area. Check out routes and who will carry the Queen's Baton at https// The Queen's message is held in the baton and will be read aloud at the GC2018 Opening Ceremony on April 4, 2018 to officially open the Games on the Gold Coast. The Queen's Baton has been on the road in Australia since December 24, 2017. About 3,800 Australian batonbearers will have been involved over a 100-day journey to every State and Territory. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The Queen's Baton Relay and the Commonwealth Games don't just celebrate sport, they celebrate community and are a bridge of friendship across the 70 nations and territories involved. "This relay is a wonderful chance to celebrate local community spirit and honour people from all walks of life, such as sport, arts, education and charities, who will carry the Queen's Baton. "The Queen's Baton Relay started at Buckingham Palace on March 13 last year and has been through the Commonwealth to Cameroon, Nigeria, Barbados, Canada, the Falkland Islands, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Samoa and is now currently in Australia before finishing on the Gold Coast." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Members of Parliament’s pay frozen until 2021131116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 12:34:13 AM2018-02-21T23:00:00Z Laws to freeze the pay of Members of Parliament pass through Legislative Assembly New laws to freeze pay of MPs and senior public servants until July 2021 Key public sector reform to assist with repairing the State's finances delivered Legislation to freeze the pay of Members of Parliament and Western Australia's most senior public servants has successfully passed through the Legislative Assembly. The pay freeze until 2021 will be applied to the government's most senior positions including the Governor; all Members of Parliament including the Premier and Ministers; clerks and deputy clerks of the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly; judicial office holders, including masters of the Supreme Court and magistrates; the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission; government CEOs and statutory office holders. A key measure to assist with budget repair, the pay freeze is expected to save taxpayers $16 million. Premier Mark McGowan announced the freeze last May, as part of the McGowan Labor Government's wages policy for the public sector. The wages policy provides an increase of $1,000 per year for all public servants including teachers, nurses and police officers. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am pleased the laws freezing Members of Parliament and senior bureaucrats' pay has been successfully passed through Parliament. "This was a key part of our public sector wages policy to help fix the budget black hole left behind by the previous Liberal National Government. "We have made it clear that fixing the budget mess left by the previous government is a job that needs to be shared across the whole WA community. "At a time when we are asking nurses, doctors, teachers, police officers and other public sector workers to help with budget repair, it is only fair Members of Parliament and other senior executives of government do their bit as well." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Premier sets off on visit to Washington DC131115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/02/2018 12:31:20 AM2018-02-21T22:00:00Z Premier travels to Washington DC with Prime Minister and other State and Territory leaders Visit to strengthen ties with the USA and promote Western Australia Premier to raise Western Australia's capacity to host U.S. Navy ship visits Premier Mark McGowan left for the United States of America and Dubai overnight, joining Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other leaders on a visit to strengthen strategic ties and promote Western Australia's capabilities to the US government. During the visit, the Premier will address all 55 US Governors at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington DC, while taking part in a national delegation led by the Prime Minister and hosted by the Australian Embassy. Mr McGowan will use the visit as an opportunity to highlight Western Australia's capacity as a supplier, manufacturer and repairer for the defence sector. A meeting has been scheduled with Richard V. Spencer, US Secretary of the Navy, to discuss Western Australia as a suitable location for additional future ship visits by the U.S. Navy, providing a boost to the State's economy. The Premier will then travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to spend two days meeting major resource, education and tourism providers. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm looking forward to joining the Prime Minister and other State and Territory leaders in Washington, and I will be working hard to promote Western Australia. "The visit provides a big opportunity to strengthen ties with the USA and identify opportunities to further grow our economy and create jobs. "Our relationship with the USA is strong and I plan to draw on that relationship to highlight our capacity to host U.S. Navy ship visits in the future. "Additional U.S. Navy ship visits will inject millions of dollars into the local economy and will create jobs for Western Australians." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Creative thinkers consider communities of the future23374Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 9:05:15 AM2018-02-21T09:00:00Z Some of Perth's most creative minds were at Parliament House today to present their winning ideas on creating vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities in Western Australia. The presentation was the outcome of an IDEAHack Challenge hosted by the Department of Communities late last year, at which a network of thinkers collaborated to address a range of challenges. Concepts debated included activation of high-density urban infill, repurposing of vacant and under-utilised public space and improving the sense of connectedness, community, and adaptability in planning and development to meet sustainability and social outcomes. A total of 12 teams developed their solutions. The winning and runner-up teams presented their concepts to Housing Minister Peter Tinley and other Ministers with portfolios within the Department of Communities at State Parliament. The winning team focused on development of an app that encourages people to get out of their homes and into the community, while the runners-up envisioned a 'UniCity' concept that connects suburbs and improves and supports Perth's ambitious future transport and planning priorities. Mr Tinley said the IDEAHack participants represented academia, government, industry, advocacy groups and the community. About 90 people attended the event, forming 12 teams that addressed six different challenge questions. The IDEAHack judges were Perth MLA John Carey, Creating Communities CEO Allan Tranter, Committee of Perth CEO Marion Fulker, UWA Professor of Architecture Geoffrey London and LWP Property Group Managing Director Danny Murphy. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The IDEAHack Challenge was an exciting and unique opportunity for cross-collaboration in government through the Department of Communities' portfolio and other agencies. "Participants developed innovative ways to create vibrant and sustainable communities that provide diverse and affordable housing options, and improved social and wellbeing outcomes for residents. Comment attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "Government ministers and others heard some excellent ideas today about the potential to develop age-friendly communities where residents can stay engaged, socially connected, healthy and safe." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Volunteering reference group ready to take sector forward23372Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 7:55:35 AM2018-02-21T07:50:00Z McGowan Government fulfils another election commitment, setting up a dedicated community reference group to take the volunteering sector forward Volunteering industry experts to advise on issues and ways to advance volunteering The McGowan Government has fulfilled its election commitment to establish a Volunteering Community Reference Group, which will advise Volunteering Minister Mick Murray on issues in the sector. All positions on the reference group have now been finalised and the group is getting to work on improving the sector for volunteers, and community members and organisations that rely on their contributions. The State Government, the corporate sector, research institutions, community services and volunteering, and individual volunteers all hold positions in the reference group. The Volunteering Community Reference Group members are Hon Mick Murray MLA, Minister for Volunteering Craig Spencer, Chairperson of Volunteering WA Board Tina Williams, CEO, Volunteering WA Scott Hollingworth, Department of Communities Dr Patrick Dunlop, Psychology Senior Lecturer at The University of WA David Hansell, Consulting Director, Deloitte Dr Megan Paull, Director, Researcher and Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University Esme Bowen, volunteer for road safety, disability and sporting sectors Mohammad (Rambo) Ramidianee, volunteer with Make-a-Wish Dan Minchin, Chief Executive Officer, Chorus Maija Ala-Kauhaluoma, Australian Red Cross Humanitarian Settlement Program - Volunteer Engagement Lead Don Bartlem, Clubs WA Metropolitan Committee Member More information about the group is available at http// Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Mick Murray "The Volunteering Community Reference Group is set to make a great contribution to WA's volunteering sector. "The McGowan Government made this election commitment in response to our volunteering stakeholders calling for it. This is such an important step to move the sector in the right direction. "Nobody knows volunteering better than the people on the ground and those who have been involved closely in the industry over the years. "Members bring together a diverse range of skills and experience, from people working directly as volunteers to organisational leaders and university researchers in the field. "I'm very much looking forward to learning what the group see as the issues and how they believe the State Government can support the volunteering sector to thrive in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Students encouraged to take up careers in cookery23364Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 5:22:36 AM2018-02-21T05:20:00Z State Government supporting Hospitality Ambassador Program Aims to encourage more students to choose careers in cookery and hospitality, and improve retention rates in the industry Hospitality sector important in boosting tourism A program to encourage high school students to choose commercial cookery and hospitality as a career has launched at Mount Lawley Senior High School. Developed by Hospitality Group Training and FutureNow, with State Government funding through Tourism Western Australia, the program gives school students realistic information about careers in commercial cookery and hospitality, using chef ambassadors as advocates. It will also deliver a pilot mentoring program for a select group of apprentice chefs in the first six months of their career, to assist in improving retention rates. Stage one of the program includes 52 visits to metropolitan schools and four visits to South-West schools with chef ambassadors, as well as three master classes with 'celebrity' chefs. Stage two involves the delivery of a mentoring program aimed at reducing the high drop-out rate among apprentice chefs, which is currently sitting at 50 per cent in the first six months. This will include establishing a telephone hotline, mentoring for 50 apprentices, collecting information from participants, and a proposal to develop an ongoing mentoring program for hospitality apprentices. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "There is great value in WA having a thriving hospitality sector. "Quality hospitality offerings complement the State's growing tourism industry, and food and wine tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry worldwide. "WA's high-quality food and beverages attract around 400,000 dedicated gourmet travellers each year, who are travelling to the State to not only enjoy what is produced here but also how it is cooked. "Without talented chefs and other hospitality staff, this sector won't continue to flourish." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The hospitality sector is one of the biggest employing industries in the State, employing some 97,000 Western Australians and continuing to grow. "Chefs trained in WA go on to do amazing things, earning themselves positions at some of the world's most famous restaurants. "Bringing the kitchen to the classroom will give WA students an inside look at the industry while encouraging them to consider an apprenticeship or career, and supporting them through that decision process." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
McGowan Government driving major changes across government23361Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 4:00:06 AM2018-02-21T04:00:00Z In response to the Special Inquiry, the McGowan Government is implementing major changes to ensure the mistakes of the past are never repeated A number of recommendations have already been acted on or are underway since the election of the McGowan Government Seven key areas of focus to drive further change related to governance arrangements, decision-making and accountability processes Strong attention to financial management must be the fundamental principle for all future governments The McGowan Government has initiated its response to the Special Inquiry, with an implementation team tasked to deliver on the recommendations and findings handed down in the final report. The recommendations of the Special Inquiry are broadly endorsed by the McGowan Government, with the exception that Royalties for Regions funding will remain a hypothecated account and the $1 billion expenditure cap per year be retained. The implementation of the recommendations will be driven by Ministers through the Rebuilding the Public Sector Reform program. Four stages of implementation, identified by State Cabinet, will address the key recommendations and findings. During its first year in office, the McGowan Government has already initiated a number of changes that were recommended by the Special Inquirer. The findings of the Special Inquiry, together with the Service Priority Review, forms the basis for further reform that will be delivered through an integrated strategy by the implementation team. A breakdown of the four stages of changes is attached, including the seven key areas of focus that will be acted on in direct response to the Special Inquiry. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Based on the findings in this report, it is clear that a number of Ministers of the Liberal National Government were incapable of performing their duties to the standard required - and should have been removed from Cabinet. "My Government has wasted no time, by driving the changes needed to address the State's alarming financial position left behind by the Liberals and Nationals. "Ministers have led from the front, instilling a level of financial discipline not seen for many years at a ministerial level in Western Australia. "A new culture has been established across government and further changes will be implemented in line with the recommendations of the Special Inquiry, with the implementation team led by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet." Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "The Special Inquiry found systemic issues throughout the previous government that requires reform, in the long-term interests of the State. "The Liberals and Nationals left behind structural budget deficits and a record amount of debt that needs to be addressed with financial discipline being the key driving factor. "Unsustainable spending decisions and poor governance practices must remain in the past; the irresponsible attitude of the previous government must never return to senior levels of government." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5900 Special Inquiry response.pdf
Let’s put an end to the R word23358Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 3:00:10 AM2018-02-21T03:00:00Z New campaign directly targets R word users on social media and encourages Western Australians to end the use of the offensive R word The R word appears on social media about every five seconds and many people use it frequently in everyday language 12 campaign videos feature people with disability and family members and carers explaining why the word is insulting Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today helped disability service provider, Avivo launch its 'R word' campaign which seeks to eliminate the use of the R word - 'retard'. The R word is hurtful and demeaning to people with disability, and their family and friends and carers but is still used prolifically in society and particularly on social media where it appears about every five seconds. As part of the digital campaign, a selection of Twitter users who write the R word will be specifically targeted with a tweet including one of the 12 campaign videos, featuring a person with disability or a family member or carer sharing their personal experiences with the word. The tweet also directs users to the campaign website with more information and education about the use and meaning of the word. The campaign, which involves a wider social media strategy highlighting the inappropriate use of the R word, was developed by Avivo with the help of marketing agency, Marketforce. Everyone is encouraged to visit the website (https//, watch the videos, share the campaign on social media, stop using the R word and speak up to those who do. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The R word is insulting and disrespectful - not just to people with disability but also to their families, friends and carers. "It's never OK to use the R word - not in humour or frustration. People should stop and think about whether they would use the word on someone they love before they direct it towards somebody else. "The R word campaign is a fantastic initiative by Avivo and I do hope it leads to more awareness, which in turn helps create a more accepting and inclusive society for people with disability." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New research shows importance of Aboriginal tourism to WA23356Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 2:00:09 AM2018-02-21T02:00:00Z Research shows WA Aboriginal tourism contributes $43.8 million to GSP Supports nearly 340 full-time equivalent jobs Opportunity to further grow Aboriginal tourism in WA New research shows Western Australia's Aboriginal tourism businesses made a significant contribution to WA's economy in 2016-17, adding $43.8 million to the Gross State Product. Of this, $20.1 million was a direct contribution with $23.7 million indirect. The Aboriginal tourism sector also generates nearly 340 full-time equivalent jobs in one year, and contributes nearly $30 million to WA incomes. The research was commissioned by Tourism Western Australia in partnership with the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC). In addition to the significant impact on the WA economy, the research also focused on the multiple social benefits that Aboriginal tourism presents, such as employment opportunities, strengthening pride and bringing different cultures together. To view the Western Australian Aboriginal Tourism snapshot, which details the research results, visit http// Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "This research focuses on the impact that Aboriginal tourism has on the State's economy, and shows how it highlights traditional culture while creating employment opportunities within Western Australia. "With the majority of Aboriginal tourism businesses located outside the Perth metropolitan area, this is an important sector in contributing to the economic sustainability of regional WA. "Seventy-eight per cent of visitors to WA in 2016-17 expressed an interest in Aboriginal tourism, and this enthusiasm has grown 19 per cent over the past five years. "However, participation levels remain low at 21 per cent, and have declined five per cent in five years, showing that there is a massive gap between interest and actual participation. "There is a strong opportunity to capitalise on the increasing interest in Aboriginal tourism, and the State Government, through Tourism WA and in partnership with WAITOC, is working on a number of initiatives to help further grow the sector in the State." Minister's office - 6552 5600
METRONET private sector reference group formed23354Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 1:30:39 AM2018-02-21T01:30:00Z Stakeholders from housing-related, urban development and property groups to provide advice on METRONET projects Reference group to help inform station precinct development and land-use outcomes More information about METRONET available here The State Government's METRONET project is kicking in to high gear with key people from housing-related, urban development and property groups being formed to provide high-level advice on upcoming projects. Stakeholders from organisations with an interest in land value capture, development around station precincts, density and innovative land-use outcomes will contribute to the group. Eight representatives will be chosen from the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia, the Property Council of Australia, the Real Estate Institute of WA, the Housing Industry Association, the Master Builders' Association, the Australian Property Institute and Shelter WA. These industry bodies will advise on a variety of complex planning issues vital to METRONET. Their recommendations will be referred to the METRONET Team. The aim of the group is to tap into diverse perspectives and new solutions to ensure METRONET projects capitalise on best-practice planning outcomes, which are reflective of the wider sector's views. The METRONET Private Sector Reference Group will meet in coming weeks. Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Building the transport infrastructure, which is a cornerstone of the METRONET plan for Perth's suburbs, is just part of the picture. "METRONET is also about building liveable, connected communities. The private sector is well-placed to advise how we make these new developments come to life. "This group will provide private sector subject matter expertise which reflects the wider industry, and identify diverse perspectives so we get the best possible planning outcomes." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Council decision allows Bentley regeneration plan to move ahead23342Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 12:40:11 AM2018-02-21T00:40:00Z State's biggest urban infill project expected to create and support hundreds of jobs Call for expression of interest for development partner likely by mid-2018 Controversial Brownlie Towers complex flagged for decommissioning Delivery of the Bentley Regeneration Project, the State's biggest urban infill development, is a step closer following a Canning City Council decision over management of Crown land forming the southern portion of the site. Last night's decision authorised council chief executive officer Arthur Kyron to negotiate with the State Government to transfer the land to the Department of Communities and see the project vision realised. As part of the negotiations, the City of Canning and the Department of Communities will establish an agreement to establish a formal co-operative structure that will contribute towards the successful delivery of the project. The project, in the planning phase for a number of years, aims to create many jobs and deliver at least 1,500 new residences in a contemporary vibrant infill community. The Department of Communities wants to progress the project as soon as possible and is preparing to release an invitation for expression of interest by mid-2018 to attract a development partner. The department is also set to proceed with a temporary activation plan to create passive and active recreation spaces for the community while the development progresses. The McGowan Government will assist the City of Canning in replacing and upgrading existing community facilities located on or around the development site. The decision also paves the way for the department to stage decommissioning of Brownlie Towers - a public housing complex that is one of the Bentley Regeneration Project's key focal points. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is delighted with Canning Council's decision, which will enable the Department of Communities to progress the Bentley Regeneration Project after years of planning work. "In the near future, we will start with procurement of a suitable development partner. This decision paves the way to establish a vibrant and connected community within Bentley in line with the McGowan Government's focus on people, place and home. "Principles including liveability, affordability and place management will lie at the heart of what will be the largest urban infill development in the State." Comments attributed to Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt "As the local member, I have long been aware of the potential of the Bentley Regeneration Project and frustrated at the delays associated with getting the project off the ground. "This project presents a great opportunity to deliver a unique and forward-thinking development for the community in Bentley, and I am very excited that we are now one step closer to making that a reality." Comments attributed to South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust "Congratulations to the McGowan Government for continuing the good work of previous Labor governments to open up Bentley to new housing and improved amenities. "I eagerly anticipate the rejuvenation of the precinct and the opportunities it will provide for new families to settle in the area. The whole community will benefit in the long term." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New school fits right in with Margaret River community23369Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/02/2018 7:12:51 AM2018-02-20T09:00:00Z Rapids Landing Primary School in Margaret River officially opened Students from kindergarten to Year 6 now enjoying $17.1 million facilities Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially opened Rapids Landing Primary School today after it opened its doors for the 2018 school year to more than 140 students. The $17.1 million school has been designed for modern learning and has a unique finish which maximises natural light. The school's facilities for kindergarten to Year 6 students include 12 general classrooms, three early childhood classrooms, a library, art and craft room, covered assembly area, music room, dental therapy unit and canteen. Students also have the use of hardcourts and a shared school and community oval. The setup of the school had strong community support, ensuring broader involvement in creating the school's vision and opportunities to meet the diverse needs and interests of students and the community. The school leadership team, school board, P&C and the broader community were able to contribute to the design of the logo and uniform, and naming the teaching blocks after favourite local beaches and school factions after local caves. In another boost for the South-West region, construction of Margaret River Senior High School's $30 million expansion will begin in May. The first stage of works will include a double-storey building with 16 classrooms, a science block with five laboratories, a sports hall, fitness centre and change rooms. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Rapids Landing Primary School is a dynamic, new learning environment that has already established a strong sense of community for the benefit of its students. "Staff worked with parents even before the school opened to ensure they had a shared vision to provide students with the best opportunities, especially in the early years." Comments attributed to South West Region MLC Adele Farina "The school is a welcome addition to the local area and has been warmly welcomed. "Parents, carers, community members and staff generously provided their time before school went back to unpack boxes, access resources and help create a positive learning environment." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Chaos in National Party poses threat to important WA regional water projects23331Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6500html20/02/2018 8:40:18 AM2018-02-20T08:40:00Z Turmoil within the National Party is threatening Western Australia's chances of securing $179.7 million in Federal funding for two important regional water projects The Myalup-Wellington and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme projects have the potential to create more than 1,500 long-term jobs The mayhem within the National Party is threatening Federal funding for two important regional water projects in Western Australia that have the potential to create more than 1,500 long-term jobs. WA Nationals leader Mia Davies today issued a media statement calling on Federal National Party leader Barnaby Joyce to resign because he has lost the support of the party in WA. Ms Davies' statement invoked an immediate slap down from Mr Joyce. The McGowan Government is awaiting news of Federal funding for the Myalup-Wellington and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme projects. The decision for this funding rests with Federal Nationals MP and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud - who is a Joyce loyalist. Mr Littleproud recently told ABC News that those agitating against Barnaby Joyce needed to 'put up or shut up'. The McGowan Government is concerned the chaos within the National State and Federal parties will ruin WA's chances of securing $179.7 million in Federal funding for these two important regional job-creating projects to proceed. The McGowan Government has already committed $56 million for the two projects. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "WA is competing with other States for Federal funding for regional water projects. The last thing we need is for the internal warfare in the National Party to spoil WA's chances. "The WA Nationals are now at war with Barnaby Joyce. I would hate to see their fight jeopardise a favourable decision from Barnaby loyalist Minister Littleproud and put 1,500 WA jobs at stake." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Federal Minister Barnaby Joyce's response to Mia Davies' statement proves what we have always known - that because the Nationals have no Federal seats in WA, the Nationals are completely disinterested in WA. "Our Government has been firm in our support for these job-creating projects - locking in funding despite the dire state of the finances, and working to fix the application for funding submitted by the former Liberal National Government after it was knocked back. "We would urge Minister Littleproud to grasp that he governs for all Australians, recognise the importance of these projects to driving jobs and economic development in regional WA, and give our agricultural sector the fair share it deserves." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200