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New affordable housing developments underway near Wanneroo town centre7605Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/09/2020 2:11:26 AM2020-09-23T02:10:00Z Shaw Road and Principal Street projects will increase housing diversity and affordability for families, couples, seniors and singles The projects are expected to contribute about $13.3 million in economic activity and support 34 jobs during construction Construction has begun on two new affordable housing developments near the heart of the Wanneroo town centre. The Hastings Quarter project features seven lots for development - two of which are well underway. Now Living was selected to construct 20 affordable apartments at 8 Shaw Road, while Terrace Homes WA will deliver 12 affordable townhouses at 11 Principal Street, Wanneroo. The McGowan Government, through the Department of Communities, is improving the diversity and variety of housing options in the established community of Wanneroo. The department will provide an alternative to traditional larger lot, single detached housing in the suburb with innovative apartments, townhouses and terraces for families, couples, seniors and single occupant homebuyers. The Principal Street development will increase home ownership and affordability in Wanneroo with 10 dwellings to be sold on the open market and two townhouses allocated for social housing. The Shaw Road development will provide quality apartments to accommodate residents of all ages and family types, with 14 dwellings to be sold on the open market, two allocated for social housing and four for shared home ownership. Both sites are expected to be completed in 2021. The remaining five lots will be developed and released over the next five years, subject to market demand. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is delivering on its vision for high-quality, diverse and affordable homes that are connected to job opportunities, transport and amenities. "The Hastings Quarter project is a great example of this ethos, with a prime location near the Wanneroo town centre. "Residents of the Shaw Road and Principal Street developments will enjoy a more connected lifestyle with homes only 400 metres from parks and schools. "The Wanneroo Central shopping centre offers retail and services just 250 metres away, and residents will be able to access high frequency bus services along Wanneroo Road to travel to Edgewater and Joondalup train stations, as well as to the Perth CBD." Comments attributed to Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton "These projects will benefit Wanneroo locals in many ways. The Shaw Road development is expected to contribute approximately $8 million in economic activity and support 20 jobs during construction. "Similarly, the Principal Street development is expected to contribute around $5.3 million in economic activity and support approximately 14 jobs. "By working with private sector developers like Now Living and Terrace Homes WA, we will continue to create vibrant communities with people at their heart, enabling more Western Australians to have a place to call home." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New Gifted and Talented program to launch at Alkimos College in Perth’s north7594Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/09/2020 2:08:31 AM2020-09-23T02:05:00Z New Gifted and Talented program to begin for selected Year 7 students in 2022 Alkimos College to become the 24th public school with a dedicated Gifted and Talented program Alkimos College in Perth's far northern suburbs will soon be home to a new academic Gifted and Talented program, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced today. The program will begin with up to 32 selected Year 7 students in 2022 and expand to cater for selected students from Year 7 to Year 10 by 2025. Interested parents can apply next month for children in Year 5 to undergo an academic selection process for a place in a Gifted and Talented program. If their child is selected for the program and accepts the place, they will begin as Year 7 students in 2022. Placing the program at Alkimos College will mean that there is program for academically gifted students located in Perth's growing northern corridor. Teachers will be selected on merit to teach in the program and will receive appropriate professional learning to support them in their role. Once the program begins at Alkimos College there will be Gifted and Talented programs across academic, arts and languages streams in 24 public secondary schools, supplemented by an online Gifted and Talented program for students in the regions. For more information about Gifted and Talented programs, visit http//www.education.wa.edu.au/gifted-and-talented Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The inaugural Gifted and Talented class at Alkimos College will be made up of a selected group of like-minded students with an aptitude for learning an enriched and extended curriculum. "The program will give students many opportunities to explore and extend their strengths and participate in a wide range of activities." Comments attributed to Butler MLA John Quigley "We have some very bright kids up in the Butler electorate and I'm thrilled they'll soon be able to follow their passion at Alkimos College. "The northern corridor of Perth is growing by more than a street a week. The new Gifted and Talented program at Alkimos College will enable local academically gifted students better access to high quality education." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Joint media statement - $175 million Albany Ring Road unlocks local jobs as construction gets underway7593Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/09/2020 2:04:32 AM2020-09-23T02:00:00Z Construction on the $175 million Albany Ring Road project is officially underway, unlocking up to 1,000 local jobs and creating flow-on economic benefits for Western Australia's south-west. This is the largest road infrastructure project ever to be delivered in the Great Southern Region and construction is being undertaken by Australian contractor Decmil Southern Pty Ltd. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government had made it a priority to fast-track regional projects that were ready to start, to get money flowing into jobs and businesses as soon as possible. "Our focus is getting people back into work quickly, which is why we allocated $1.5 billion across Australia, and $223 million in Western Australia, to prioritise shovel-ready projects and targeted road safety works that can provide a boost to the economy and support jobs immediately," Mr McCormack said. "The Australian Government's $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline will support our economy and create jobs, particularly for those in the construction and manufacturing industries." Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said he was pleased to see one of his Government's major regional election commitments getting underway. "Today's ground breaking marks the formal start of a project that has been 25 years in the making and was one of our key election commitments in the Great Southern region," Mr McGowan said. "The project as part of our Building for Tomorrow program, which will create lasting infrastructure for generations to come and will provide a vital economic boost of our Great Southern Region, is creating up to 1,000 jobs, with initiatives to maximise local content incorporated as part of the contract." Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said the WA Government had worked hard to fast track this project to get workers on the ground as soon as possible. "As part of our COVID recovery plan we worked hard to bring this project forward three months earlier than anticipated," Ms Saffioti said. "The Albany Ring Road is a critical piece of infrastructure that will help underpin the economic success of the Great Southern Region for years to come. "When we first came to government there had been no business case prepared and no funding secured. "So we got on with the job of submitting a business case to Infrastructure Australia and securing State and Federal funding to get this important project off the ground." Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson said the project would improve safety and efficiency. "Safe, uninterrupted access to the Port of Albany will provide certainty for current port users and an incentive for future investors," Mr Wilson said. "The project will also significantly improve traffic flow on the existing road network by reducing the number of heavy vehicles on Albany Highway, South Coast Highway and Chester Pass Road. This will in turn relieve congestion for the freight industry and enhance safety outcomes for local and tourist traffic." State Member for Albany Peter Watson said when the project is complete in 2023 the Albany Ring Road would link existing major roads and highways radiating from Albany, bypassing urban areas and providing unimpeded road access to the Port of Albany. "The Ring Road will take heavy vehicles out of residential areas and away from the centre of town, improving safety and amenity for residents and visitors to the area," Mr Watson said. "The project will also unlock new economic opportunities to the north and west of the city, by opening up the area through a high-quality road connection." The first phase of the connection comprises a new interchange at Albany Highway and Menang Drive, and construction of the section of the Ring Road south to Lancaster Road. Designs for the second phase of the project, from Lancaster Road to Princess Royal Drive are underway and will continue over the next 12 months, to enable construction to begin once environmental approvals are received. The $175 million project is jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $140 million and the Western Australian Government contributing $35 million. Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport and Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500
Payroll tax exemption extended for JobKeeper payments7491Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/09/2020 12:49:38 AM2020-09-23T00:00:00Z WA businesses will continue to be exempt from payroll tax on payments provided under the extended JobKeeper scheme Payroll tax exemption will help drive WA's economic and social recovery across the State The McGowan Government has ensured Western Australian businesses will continue to be exempt from paying payroll tax on the Commonwealth Government's JobKeeper Payment scheme. The original JobKeeper Payment scheme enabled eligible employers to claim a fortnightly payment for current and recently stood-down employees from March 30 to September 27, 2020. This was subsequently extended by the Commonwealth Government until March 28, 2021. Payroll tax relief legislation was passed in April 2020 to provide a payroll tax exemption for subsidies under the original scheme. This legislation included the ability for the State Government to continue the payroll tax exemption if the JobKeeper Scheme was extended. The new regulations mean Western Australian businesses will be exempt from payroll tax on JobKeeper wage subsidies paid from September 28, 2020 to March 28, 2021. Comments attributed to Finance Minister Ben Wyatt "Extending the payroll tax exemption for employers on the JobKeeper Payment scheme ensures Western Australian businesses will continue to get the full benefit of the program. "This shows the McGowan Government's ongoing support for WA businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic by providing further payroll tax relief on top of the recent threshold increase, four-month payroll tax waiver and one-off $17,500 grant for small-to-medium businesses." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New legislation to create a fairer system for building and construction industry7490Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/09/2020 12:27:46 AM2020-09-22T21:45:00Z Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 to be introduced into State Parliament Delivering an election commitment to provide a fairer system for those carrying out construction work or supply related goods and services in WA Bill improves security of payment across the WA building and construction industry New laws to bolster the confidence of all participants in Western Australia's building and construction industry by ensuring payment is made on time will be introduced into State Parliament today. The reforms will promote business growth and innovation, safeguard the livelihood and wellbeing of the Western Australians behind the State's construction businesses, and complement measures the McGowan Government has already delivered through the expanded use of Project Bank Accounts on government projects and enhancing the investigation powers of the Small Business Commissioner. In what is an Australian first, the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 introduces a mandatory retention trust scheme. This will protect subcontractors' retention money from being misappropriated or lost altogether in insolvency at each level of the contracting chain. The Bill also includes provisions to have registered building contractors with a history of ripping off subcontractors, or engaging in 'phoenixing' activity by driving a construction business into the ground and then re-emerging with a brand new business to be removed from the industry. Further, it requires timely engagement in the payment process and imposes significant consequences for failure to do so. Principals will be required to pay head contractors within 20 business days of receiving a claim, and head contractors will be required to pay subcontractors within 25 business days or any lesser period in the construction contract. Payment claims for certain residential-related construction work will need to be paid within the date specified in the contract or 10 business days if there is no date specified. Comments attributed to Commerce Minister John Quigley "The building and construction industry is a vital part of our economy, providing the jobs, housing and critical infrastructure to meet the needs of all Western Australians. "It is also a significant source of employment and income for both the Australian and Western Australian economies. It hosts the largest number of small businesses in this State, with hundreds of thousands of people earning a living through the industry. "The current reality is businesses need to always contend with the fear of not getting paid on time or at all, and without access to effective rights and protections under the law. "Our election commitment was made in recognition of the fact that the State's construction industry has a long history of businesses and their families suffering significant financial losses due to non-payment and mistreatment. "I thank the industry for their engagement in the consultation process and acknowledge the productive and constructive input provided by a large number of groups and stakeholders into the development of these reforms." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Changes to overseas offices to improve trade and investment opportunities5328Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16460html22/09/2020 3:00:56 AM2020-09-22T03:00:00Z Western Australia's overseas trade offices move to regional hub model to boost exports and promote investment International offices now grouped into five regions - Europe, India-Gulf, North East Asia, China and ASEAN Changes will be made to Western Australia's international operations to strengthen the State's overseas network and boost exports and inward investment, as part of the State's focus on diversifying our economy. Premier Mark McGowan announced today that WA's network of international offices will now be grouped into five regional hubs - Europe, India-Gulf, North East Asia, China and ASEAN. The State's Agent General based in London will continue to lead the State Government's trade and investment activities in the United Kingdom and Europe. The remaining four hubs will be led by an Investment and Trade Commissioner managing staff in multiple offices across a region. Commissioners will lead WA's trade and investment activities in their region, taking a strategic approach to the markets and opportunities of greatest value to the State. The regional hub model will be implemented over coming months, with details and timings of the changes informed by factors including COVID-19 conditions in local markets. The changes are aligned with the recommendations of the review and audit of the State's international offices released last November. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The new regional hub model for State trade offices will enable Western Australia to maximise the benefits our important international offices provide to Western Australians. "This is a much more flexible model that enables the State Government to be responsive to emerging market and industry priorities in the months ahead, and in a post COVID-19 world. "Importantly, no WA trade offices will close - staff will remain in each country to maintain relationships and co-ordinate activities and organise strategic meetings for commissioners and other representatives of the State Government." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Joint media statement - Preferred proponent named to construct METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line7071Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements32540html22/09/2020 2:33:19 AM2020-09-22T02:30:00ZMELconnx Consortium (Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction) has been named as the preferred proponent to design and construct the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook rail line. The contract - which is the biggest of four works packages delivering the project - includes the construction of the rail line as well as building five new stations at Morley, Noranda, Malaga, Whiteman Park and Ellenbrook. The other three work packages are the New Bayswater Station Project, with early works underway, Tonkin Gap Project's associated works, with design and planning underway and forward works contracts. The much anticipated project will create thousands of local jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses to get involved. Premier Mark McGowan said the project was one of his Government's key election commitments, which the Ellenbrook community had fought long and hard for and he was pleased it was closer to being delivered as the final construction contract was only weeks away. "This has been talked about for decades and is a big step forward for this project, which will transform Perth's growing north-eastern suburbs and benefit the local and surrounding communities," he said. "Now more than ever, big infrastructure projects like METRONET's Morley-Ellenbrook Line are imperative to WA's COVID-19 economic recovery as it creates a pipeline of work and supports thousands of jobs. "This year alone we have seven METRONET projects underway and through our Building for Tomorrow program, we are creating lasting infrastructure for generations to come while creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses." Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said today's METRONET developments means jobs for hard-working Western Australians and financial stimulus for the WA economy. "All along the Morrison Government have said that METRONET will re-shape Perth and that transformation is underway," Mr Tudge said. "It means jobs right now and critical, targeted infrastructure for generations to come." Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the Ellenbrook community had been waiting for the train for years and the McGowan Government is delivering on this vital piece of infrastructure. "Perth's north-eastern suburbs have boomed recently and the population is predicted to increase dramatically over the next decade. "We need to ensure our infrastructure keeps up with this growth - not only are we delivering on the much anticipated METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line, we have also delivered key road upgrades including Northlink, the duplication of Reid Highway and the upgrade of Drumpellier Drive. "The final construction contract is only weeks away - and with early works already underway at Bayswater Station and the Tonkin Gap project, getting works started on this project will bring our major infrastructure transformation in this area to life." Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will improve the lives of locals. "Like many in my electorate, I am delighted that this project is finally moving ahead and I know it will make a significant difference to the everyday lives of those who've been waiting so patiently for it," Mr Porter said. "Once completed the Ellenbrook Rail Line will connect communities to jobs and services and unlock opportunities for business growth in our region. "This project will become a reality with a $500 million contribution from the Federal Liberal Government - money that was allocated in the Government's 2018 budget." Spurring off the Midland Line at Bayswater Station, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will run up the middle of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along Drumpellier Drive and finish in the Ellenbrook town centre. Final negotiations will now take place with the contract expected to be awarded in coming weeks. The METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments. Premier's office - 6552 5000Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
$18.34 million package to build defence manufacturing workforce7329Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15070html22/09/2020 4:19:33 AM2020-09-22T01:30:00Z Package to help build a pipeline of skilled workers to support upcoming defence projects and enhance WA's capacity to secure future defence work $8.5 million towards $20,000 incentives for defence manufacturing industry employers to train apprentices in key trades $2.85 million to create an additional 335 apprenticeships in nominated trades $3.3 million investment in training and development of new short courses to create a 'defence ready' workforce Further investment in scholarships for women and Defence veterans, and facilities upgrades at South Metropolitan TAFE The McGowan Government has announced an $18 million package to build a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia to attract defence maritime projects to the State. This workforce investment will help provide the skilled workers needed to support upcoming WA defence projects and secure future defence work, expected to be valued at up to $75 billion nationally over the next decade. The package includes $8.5 million for an additional $20,000 incentive, on top of existing financial subsidies, for shipbuilding employers to take on in-demand apprentices in readiness for a pipeline of future work. The McGowan Government has also allocated $2.85 million to deliver 335 additional apprenticeship commencements in nominated defence trades in 2020-21 to achieve 200 apprenticeship completions by 2024-25. A further $3.3 million will be provided to create new TAFE short courses to support Western Australians to upskill and become 'defence ready'. The package includes $800,000 to create two new scholarship programs to encourage women and Defence veterans to take up a career in the defence manufacturing industry. The program will be co-funded between the State Government and industry, with each party contributing $5,000 per scholarship. It will create 20 scholarship opportunities per year for both women and Defence veterans. Equipment will be upgraded at South Metropolitan TAFE, to assist with training students in defence-related industries. Four new computer numeric control milling and lathe machines will be purchased to train metal fitters and machinists, with workshops customised to accommodate the new machines. As part of the package, a dedicated defence industry team will be established at Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to undertake careers promotion across all schools and provide advice to job-seekers and potential workers. A maritime defence industries toolkit will also be developed to provide practical advice for job-seekers and a dedicated 'Jobs in Defence' webpage and advertising campaign will be launched to continue to attract more Western Australians to WA's defence manufacturing industry. For further information about the defence initiatives, visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at https//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/defence or contact the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre on (08) 9599 8655 or rockinghamjsc@smtafe.wa.edu.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a significant investment to help supercharge WA's defence manufacturing industry, creating vital employment and training opportunities for Western Australians. "WA's defence industry is world-leading, and this package will ensure Western Australians are in the box seat to take advantage of the opportunities on offer. "My Government is committed to attracting defence projects to Western Australia and working with industry to build a trained and skilled workforce to meet the demand of current and future jobs in the defence sector. "Further, South Metropolitan TAFE's long established relationship with the defence industry and expertise in defence-related training means Western Australia is well positioned to take on maritime defence-related work." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The McGowan Government is establishing Western Australia as the primary hub for the maintenance and sustainment of submarines and frigates. We are creating hundreds of jobs for Western Australians over the next four years. "The training opportunities that will come from this initiative are really exciting and will further enhance the attractiveness of learning at TAFEs in Western Australia, in particular the courses at our South Metropolitan campuses. "Defence industry projects offer incredible opportunities for the State and this investment will further strengthen our capacity to secure high-value, job-creating work." Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "Western Australia is continuing to invest significantly in the defence industry, with this workforce investment to provide local people with the skills they need to get jobs on these projects. "These initiatives will not only bolster our capacity to complete current projects but demonstrate the State's readiness to secure billions more defence work in coming years." Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "By encouraging the employment of veterans in Western Australia's growing defence industries sector, we can leverage the skills, knowledge and attitudes these highly trained people gained through their service with the Australian Defence Force. "Supporting veteran pathways into civilian employment and leveraging off their economic potential is essential if we are to help our veterans to find a new sense of purpose and identity." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Defence Issues Minister's office - 6552 5600 Veterans Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300
Sea turtles to benefit from proposed rehab facility5327Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7540html22/09/2020 1:00:58 AM2020-09-22T01:00:00Z Native Animal Rescue Broome granted lease to establish a rehabilitation facility for native marine fauna The not-for-profit organisation is a regional branch of the broader Native Animal Rescue based in PerthSick and injured sea turtles are one of the marine species set to benefit from a proposed new purpose-built rehabilitation facility in the Kimberley region. Native Animal Rescue Broome has recently been granted a lease by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) for the use of a portion of a reserve in the Broome townsite for the establishment of the facility. Native Animal Rescue Broome was established in 2014 to provide wildlife rescue and rehabilitation services to native animals in the Kimberley area. Its volunteers currently house sick and injured sea turtles in temporary facilities and are in need of a purpose-built centre to provide the specialised care its patients need. The granting of the lease enables the organisation to establish its rehabilitation centre for marine fauna, which will greatly assist with its work on the sea turtle rescue project - an initiative supported by DBCA and Perth Zoo. The reserve also houses another volunteer wildlife care organisation, Kimberley Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc, which provides important care for terrestrial wildlife in the Kimberley region and has agreed to the co-location of Native Animal Rescue Broome on the land. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government values the vital work of wildlife rehabilitation groups and the high standard of care they provide to some of Western Australia's most vulnerable wildlife. "Broome is fortunate to have some very proficient wildlife care groups, including Native Animal Rescue Broome and Kimberley Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc. "With the establishment of Native Animal Rescue Broome's purpose-built native marine fauna rehabilitation centre, the reserve will become a hub for wildlife rehabilitation, ensuring sick, injured and orphaned animals have the best chance of making their way back to their native habitats." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Road safety program continues to shine a light on WA black spots5326Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8630html22/09/2020 12:29:20 AM2020-09-21T23:00:00Z Almost $27 million allocated through Black Spot Program to upgrade some of WA's worst roads 92 locations across the State to receive upgrades and treatments, supporting local jobs McGowan Government allocated more than $4 billion to upgrade regional roads Since 2000 the Black Spot Program has delivered almost half a billion dollars in safety initiatives The McGowan Government has allocated almost $27 million through the 2020-21 Black Spot Program to upgrade some of Western Australia's worst roads. Safety upgrades and improvements will be carried out at 92 locations with 44 in the Perth metropolitan area and 48 in regional WA. Works will improve safety, help reduce congestion and improve efficiency whilst also supporting local jobs. More than $21 million has been allocated by the State Government, with an additional $5 million to be provided by local governments. Upgrades in the metropolitan area include $200,000 for the installation of the first ever Western Australian signalised safety platform at the intersection of Mill Point Road and Mends Street in South Perth; $200,000 to upgrade the corner of Ocean Reef Road and Eddystone Avenue in Heathridge/Beldon; $800,000 to undertake safety improvements at the intersection of Thomas Road and Kargotich Road in Oakford; and $2,100,000 to upgrade pedestrian facilities and intersection lighting, and modify right hand turn lane into Albany Highway from Welshpool Road in St James. In regional WA, projects include $1.9 million for Stage 1 to upgrade the intersection of Derby Highway and Waycott Street in Derby; $2 million to widen Ackland Drive and construct a left hand turn from Brand Highway into Barrett Drive in Wandina; $355,700 to complete realignment of Wandering-Narrogin Road/Springhill Road and Nebrikinning Road in Cuballing; $252,000 towards making Port Drive safer at St Mary's College in Broome; and $278,000 towards correcting superelevation and widen shoulders on Pump Hill Road in the Shire of Manjimup.Nominations for the 2021-22 State Black Spot Program for both metropolitan and regional roads are currently being assessed. For more information, visit http//www.mainroads.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We've worked with local government to deliver more than $26 million for this year's Black Spot Program. "This funding will upgrade 92 locations across the State, helping to make our roads safer and more efficient while also supporting local jobs. "The Black Spot Program is an important part of our program of works, ensuring the most hazardous roads are targeted for improvement each year. "Since the program's inception in 2000 almost half a billion dollars has been allocated to upgrade and improve safety on our roads. "The McGowan Government has also successfully negotiated a $100 million Regional Road Safety Program to help upgrade some of our most dangerous regional roads." Minister's office - 6552 5500 State Black Spot Program - Regional Local Roads (State contributions only) Great Southern Region Funding allocated Mount Shadforth Road/Sunrise Road (Shire of Denmark) Realign Sunrise Road and reinforce priority at T-intersection, install signs and delineation. $39,333 Wingebellup Road/Kojonup Frankland Road (Shire of Cranbrook) Widen intersection, install signs and delineation. $81,333 Wingebellup Road/Frankland Rocky Gully Road (Shire of Cranbrook) Widen intersection, relocate drain and footpath, install signs and delineation. $41,333 Crellin Street SLK 0.00 - 0.18 (Shire of Denmark) Seal 180 metres of road to a new entry/exit point to primary school. Improve sight lines and signs. $48,000 Withers Road/McKenzie Road (Shire of Katanning) Reconstruct intersection to 90 degrees T junction. Seal McKenzie Road (West) approach, improve sight lines, clear vegetation, install signs and delineation. $42,000 Flat Rocks Road SLK 18.30 - 18.90 (Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup) Widen and seal curve on Flat Rocks Road approach to intersection with Greenhills South Road, upgrade drainage, install signs and delineation. $81,113 Tie Line Road SLK 2.30 - 2.80 (Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup) Widen and seal curve on Tie Line Road approach to intersection with Moulyerup Road, upgrade drainage, install signs and delineation. $72,467 Katanning-Nyabing Road/Coyrecup North Road (Shire of Katanning) Reconstruct intersection to 80 degrees T junction. Lower crest on Coyrecup North Road approach, improve sight lines, clear vegetation, install signs and delineation. $50,000 Tie Line Road SLK 0.00 - 0.50 (Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup) Widen and seal curve on Tie Line Road approach to intersection with Norrish Road, upgrade drainage, install signs and delineation. $61,600 South West Region Nanga Brook Road SLK 15.15 - 19.35 (Shire of Waroona) Remove roadside hazards, reshape batters, install signs and delineation. $133,900 Nanga Road SLK 0.33 - 2.00 (Shire of Murray) Remove roadside hazards. $77,333 Casuarina Drive/Wollaston Street/Bonnefoi Boulevard (City of Bunbury) Install median islands on Wollaston Street and Bonnefoi Boulevard approaches to ban right turn movements. $28,667 Sandhills Road SLK 3.00 - 6.00 (Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup) Widen and seal shoulders, remove roadside hazards from clear zone, install signs and delineation. $146,667 Jayes Road SLK 1.50 - 4.50 (Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup) Widen and seal shoulders, remove roadside hazards from clear zone, install signs and delineation. $306,667 Harvey-Quindanning Road SLK 5.00 - 8.00 (Shire of Harvey) Reinstate shoulders, remove roadside hazards from clear zone, install signs and delineation. $140,000 Carrabungup Road SLK 0.00 - 1.75 (Shire of Murray) Seal road to 5.5 metres and construct gravel shoulders. $276,667 Pump Hill Road SLK 0.90 - 2.34 (Shire of Manjimup) Correct superelevation, widen shoulders to 1 metre, remove roadside hazards from clear zone, install signs and delineation. $278,715 ​Johnston Road SLK 3.19 - 6.19 (Shire of Harvey) Seal shoulders, remove roadside hazards from clear zone, install signs and delineation ​$333,000 ​Balingup-Nannup Road SLK 13.87 - 16.60 (Shire of Nannup) Remove roadside hazards from clear zone. ​$119,714 Lake Preston Road SLK 7.00 - 10.00 (Shire of Harvey) Seal road to 6 metres, remove roadside hazards from clear zone, install signs and delineation. $267,000 Paterson Road SLK 7.56 - 9.06 (Shire of Murray) Widen and seal to 9 metres with 1.5 metre gravel shoulders, install animal warning signs, delineation and pavement markings. $240,000 Gascoyne Region Yardie Creek Road SLK 7.00 - 11.00 (Shire of Exmouth) Reconstruct and widen to 7.2 metres with 1.5 metre shoulders, install signs and pavement markings. $142,667 Landor Mt Augustus Road SLK 55.10 - 55.30 (Shire of Upper Gascoyne) Lower crest on south approach to curve. $177,157 Mid West Region Mingenew Morawa Road/Yandanooka North East Road (Shire of Mingenew) Improve site distance at intersection, realign approach, widen and construct intersection. $200,000 Midlands Road/Bowman Street (Shire of Carnamah) Widen intersection to improve heavy vehicle turning radius, install flush median islands, install signs and pavement markings. $127,534 Goldfields - Esperance Region Bourke Street/Peers Street (City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder) Improve intersection delineation, close off Bourke Street approach to intersection. $39,700 Norseman Road/The Esplanade/Dempster Street (Shire of Esperance) Construct roundabout. $171,725 Bandya Road SLK 32.20 - 32.40 (Shire of Laverton) Modify road geometry, install culverts and upgrade signs. $193,333 Kimberley Region Kabbarli Street/St Peters Way (Shire of Wyndham/East Kimberley) Widen Kabbarli Street at intersection, reinforce priority, improve visibility and install signs and pavement markings. $113,039 Port Drive SLK 0.26 - 0.57 (Shire of Broome) Modify Port Drive at St Mary's College, install children crossing in safe distance from Dakas Street intersection, construct car park and tuning pockets, relocate and upgrade street lights and school signs. $251,961 Wheatbelt South Region Wandering-Narrogin Road/Springhill Road and Nebrikinning Road (Shire of Cuballing) Realign curved section of Wandering-Narrogin Road to improve road geometry, realign intersection with Springhill Road and Nebrikinning Road, install signs and line marking. $355,781 Bruce Rock-Narembeen Road/Cumminin Road (Shire of Bruce Rock) Reconstruct Y-intersection to a T-intersection, reduce vegetation, install signs and delineation. $78,378 Wogarl West Road/Totadgin Road (Shire of Bruce Rock) Reconstruct Y-intersection to a T-intersection, remove tree in Y-intersection, install signs and delineation. $13,500 Rabbit Proof Fence Road/Muller Road (Shire of Kulin) Reconstruct and widen T-intersection, cut down hill on Muller Road approach to improve sight distance, build up embankment on Rabbit Proof Fence Road, install signs and delineation. $195,333 Wheatbelt North Region Kununoppin-Mukinbudin Road SLK 3.80 - 4.70 (Shire of Mukinbudin) Widen curve to 8 metres sealed with 1 metre gravel shoulders, install signs, delineation and pavement markings. Reconstruct Jones Road T-intersection within the curve. $115,300 Northam-Pithara Road/Konnongorring West Road (Shire of Goomalling) Realign and widen T-intersection to 90 degrees, improve sight distance and clear zone, install signs, delineation and pavement markings. $123,200 Wongan Hills-Calingiri Road/Carani East Road (Shire of Victoria Plains) Relocate Carani East Road T-intersection to 35 metres south to improve sight distance, seal 130 metres of realigned road, install signs, delineation and pavement markings. $203,800 Pilbara Region Forrest Circle/Rason Link (Town of Port Hedland) Install formalised pedestrian crossing point (flat top plateau) on Forrest Circle at Rason Link. $107,333 Forrest Circle/Cottier Drive (Town of Port Hedland) Redesign intersection to standard T intersection, remove left turn out of Cottier Drive. $92,000 Hamilton Road/Hedditch Street (Town of Port Hedland) Install median to ban right turn movements in and out of Hedditch Street, install pedestrian ramps, refuge islands, install signs and pavement markings. $125,333 Pinga Street/Moorambine Street (Town of Port Hedland) Improve identification of intersection, apply plastic line marking to suit heavy vehicle traffic. $18,667 State Black Spot Program - Regional State Roads South West Region Brockman Highway SLK 57.80 - 60.30 (Shire of Augusta Margaret River) Widen and seal shoulders. $450,000 Mid West - Gascoyne Region Carnarvon Road/Cornish Street and Angelo Street (Shire of Carnarvon) Install roundabout. $50,000 Brand Highway/Barrett Drive Widen between Ackland Road to south of Barrett Drive, construct left turn into Barrett Drive. $2,000,000 Goldfields - Esperance Region South Coast Highway (SLK 468.85 - 469.51) (Shire of Esperance) Widen and seal shoulders, seal approaches to Bukenerup Road and Collier Road intersections, install channelised median islands on South Coast Highway at both intersections. $275,000 Kimberley Region Derby Highway (SLK 40.18 - 40.42) (Shire of Derby-West Kimberley) Widen and seal to 2 metres, modify intersection with Waycott Street, construct turning lanes, median islands and pedestrian refuge points, upgrade existing footpath and street lighting, install signs and pavement markings. $1,925,000 Wheatbelt Region Collie Lake King Road/Rajander Road (Shire of West Arthur) Widen intersection and all approaches. $50,000 Collie Lake King Road/Farrell Road (Shire of West Arthur) Widen intersection and all approaches. $50,000 Budget and Program Management Various Post fatal crash treatments. $200,000 State Black Spot Program - Metropolitan Local Roads (State contribution only) Metropolitan Region Tennant Street/Norman Street (City of Canning) Install traffic islands on all approaches, reinforce priority on Norman Street. $40,000 Hamilton Street/Centre Street (City of Canning) Install pre-deflection on Centre Street approaches to roundabout, upgrade street lighting. $44,000 Ocean Reef Road/Eddystone Avenue (City of Joondalup) Extend right turn pocket on Eddystone Avenue, reduce radius of left turn pockets and install skid resistance on north and south legs, upgrade street lighting. $200,000 Hepburn Avenue/Mitchell Freeway South on-ramp (City of Joondalup) Extend left turn lane on Hepburn Avenue for the southbound Mitchell Freeway on-ramp by 120 metres and install skid resistance treatment on left turn and through approaches on Hepburn Avenue to prevent rear end crashes. $124,334 Mayo Road SLK 0.00 - 4.98 (City of Swan) Widen and seal shoulders to 1 metre, remove roadside hazards, relocate power pole, improve drainage, install centre lines, reflective raised pavement markers, edge lines, signs and delineation. $646,667 Hordern Street/McMillan Street (Town of Victoria Park) Install roundabout. $122,588 Hordern Street/Geddes Street (Town of Victoria Park) Install roundabout. $107,387 Royal Palm Drive/Coronata Drive to Ennis Avenue (City of Rockingham) Upgrade street lighting. $90,000 Gilmore Avenue SLK 1.78 - 2.02 (City of Kwinana) Install signalised pedestrian crossing, connect to existing path, install kerbing, fencing and upgrade pedestrian facilities. $41,333 Barker Road SLK 0.07 - 1.58 (City of Subiaco) Upgrade street lighting. $108,000 Subiaco Road/Hamilton Street (City of Subiaco) Install roundabout, modify parking, improve pedestrian facilities and upgrade street lighting. $110,000 ​Burrendah Boulevard SLK 1.00 - 1.62 (City of Canning) Improve sight distance, increase merge length to single lane, rationalise entries to shopping centre and sporting facilities, install two roundabouts, upgrade pedestrian facilities, install dedicated pedestrian crossings, install shared path, remove hazards and upgrade street lighting. ​$300,000 Archer Street SLK 0.00 - 0.09 (Town of Victoria Park) Install left turn lane on Archer Street. $130,528 Bulwer Street/Stirling Street (City of Vincent) Install seagull island on Stirling Street southern approach to ban right turn movement from Stirling Street south and Bulwer Street west. $66,667 Mundijong Road SLK 0.05 - 1.55 (City of Rockingham) Realign curve, install barriers at selected locations, install street lighting. $664,667 Corfield Street/Warton Road/Spencer Road/Burslem Drive (City of Gosnells) Extend existing right turn pocket on Corfield Street. $46,667 Nicholson Road SLK 2.77 - 4.87 (Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale) Seal to 7 metres and install intersection with Abernethy Road, install signs, delineation and pavement markings. $404,667 Manning Road/Dumond Street/Ellis Street (City of Canning) Stagger intersection, relocate Dumond Street approach to the east. Construct left slip lane on Manning Road to Dumond Street. $64,000 Coode Street/Sixth Avenue (City of Bayswater) Install splitter islands on both approaches on Sixth Avenue and speed cushions on both approaches on Coode Street, install signs and pavement markings. $35,333 Amherst Road SLK 0.17 - 0.79 (City of Gosnells) Upgrade street lighting. $59,000 Eric Street/Broome Street (Town of Cottesloe) Install pre-deflection on Broome Street approaches to roundabout, install signs on all approaches. $66,333 Star Street/Briggs Street (Town of Victoria Park) Modify roundabout to accommodate heavy vehicle movements. $148,334 Parkin Street/Bay View Street (City of Rockingham) Install roundabout. $163,333 McDowell Street/Welshpool Road (City of Canning) Upgrade street lighting. $36,000 ​Birdwood Parade/Bruce Street/The Avenue/Gallop Road (City of Nedlands) Install roundabout, upgrade street lighting at intersection. ​$89,099 Centenary Avenue SLK 0.37 - 1.05 (City of Canning) Dual northbound lanes from Leach Highway off ramp to south of Egretta Drive. Install right turn into scout and TS Canning facility. Lengthen southbound bus lane. $1,368,000 Kingsbridge Boulevard/Camborne Parkway and Shelford Boulevard (City of Wanneroo) Install pre-deflection on both approaches to roundabout on Kingsbridge Boulevard. $133,333 Mandurah Road SLK 5.81 - 7.36 (City of Rockingham) Install 1.5 metre sealed shoulders. $300,980 State Black Spot Program - Metropolitan State Roads Metropolitan Region Albany Highway/Welshpool Road (Town of Victoria Park) Install mast arms, upgrade pedestrian facilities, modify right turn lane on Albany Highway and upgrade intersection lighting. $2,100,000 Mill Point Road/Mends Street Intersection safety improvements, installation of safety platform. $200,000 Cedric Street/Cedric Street on-ramp/Karrinyup Road (City of Stirling) Intersection safety improvements. $500,000 Thomas Road/Kargotich Road (Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale) Intersection safety improvements. $800,000 Albany Highway/Nicholson Road (City of Canning) Intersection safety improvements. $100,000 Albany Highway/Wharf Street (City of Canning) Intersection safety improvements. $100,000 ​Ennis Avenue/Dixon Road (City of Rockingham) Intersection safety improvements. ​$75,000 Great Eastern Highway/Scott Street (Shire of Mundaring) Intersection safety improvements. $75,000 Albany Highway (Shepparton Road)/Mint Street (Town of Victoria Park) Intersection safety improvements. $200,000 Albany Highway between Dorothy Street and Fremantle Road (City of Gosnells) Installation of safety cushions. $150,000 Guildford Road/7th Avenue and 8th Avenue (City of Bayswater) Intersection safety improvements, installation of safety platform. $150,000 ​Canning Highway/Murray Road (City of Melville) Intersection safety improvements. ​$50,000 ​Leach Highway/Braibrise Road (City of Canning) Intersection safety improvements. ​$50,000 Stock Road/Counsel Road (City of Cockburn) Intersection safety improvements. $50,000 Tonkin Highway/Forrest Road (City of Armadale) Intersection modifications. $100,000 Roe Highway/Kenwick Link (City of Gosnells) Signal modifications. $100,000 Various Post fatal crash safety treatments. $200,000
Upgrade announced for Derby District High School5325Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5990html22/09/2020 12:09:12 AM2020-09-21T22:00:00Z Derby District High School to receive funding for new toilet, shower and laundry facilities A total of $900,000 will be allocated for the projectEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced an upgrade at Derby District High School to provide additional facilities for students and staff. The upgrade will include brand new toilets, showers and a laundry facility for secondary students. The current toilet facilities are part of the school's original classroom blocks that were built in the 1960s. There is a shortage of toilets in these classroom blocks and the existing facilities are in poor condition. Planning indicates that the initial upgrade will cost around $900,000. An architect has been appointed to progress the design and scope the future needs of the school. The school community will be included in the design and planning process to ensure the new facilities meet the requirements of students. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I was pleased to hear directly from parents on how important this issue is for the community. "The school will now work with the architect to give its suggestions and feedback on the design of the new facilities." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Kununurra closer to $6 million health and hospitality training centre5324Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8550html21/09/2020 8:05:05 AM2020-09-21T08:05:00Z Architects appointed to design new health and hospitality training centre at North Regional TAFE's Kununurra campus Part of $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to guide WA through COVID-19 recovery New centre will deliver training tailored to local industry needs Facility will meet demand for aged and disability care training in Kununurra Construction anticipated to start in August 2021 Premier Mark McGowan today announced a local Kununurra architectural firm has been appointed to design a new $6 million health and hospitality trade training centre at the Kununurra campus of North Regional TAFE (NR TAFE). Mark Phillips Architect of Kununurra and Saleeba Adams Architects of Perth will jointly design the facilities which will be used to deliver training in aged and disability care, and hospitality and tourism. The state-of-the-art facility, part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, will include a simulated training space divided into an in-home care suite and a small nursing ward. This will enable NR TAFE to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme training in Kununurra, to meet demand for aged and disability care in the region. The project also includes a training kitchen, art workshop and gallery for the delivery of hospitality, tourism and cultural activities specific to the region. The centre will also offer increased training opportunities for local secondary school students. The Kununurra facilities were announced in July as part of the largest TAFE capital works program in WA history, a record $167.4 million investment to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across the State's TAFE colleges. Kununurra is the largest training delivery location in the East Kimberley region and delivered training to more than 900 students in 2019. Design development for the new centre is currently underway with construction anticipated to start in August 2021. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We made a significant investment into TAFE upgrades across the State as part of the WA Recovery Plan, and this project will create jobs and training opportunities for people in the Kimberley region. "This is a vital project to meet demand for skilled aged and disability care workers in Kununurra and the surrounding region. "The new facilities will ensure students have the opportunity to learn skills that apply to the local area and will keep them employed in the long term. "We are providing Kununurra with world-class training opportunities, which will generate a pipeline of jobs and help get our State's economy back on its feet." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The appointment of architects moves Kununurra a step closer to a state-of-the-art $6 million health and hospitality training centre. "We are investing in training to ensure WA is well positioned to bounce back as the economy recovers." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "It's pleasing to see a local architect appointed for this vital project that will significantly improve training opportunities for people across the region. "Training is a vital component of WA's path to recovery, and this facility will ensure young people get the skills they need to get decent jobs and continue to support the local economy." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
New Aboriginal short stay accommodation for Kununurra5323Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10670html21/09/2020 8:01:32 AM2020-09-21T08:00:00Z New $20 million modern facility will accommodate up to 70 guests More than 100 construction jobs and $41 million economic impact anticipated Follows the success of similar facilities in Kalgoorlie, Broome and Derby Premier Mark McGowan has announced details of the State's fifth Aboriginal short stay facility which will be built in Kununurra providing safe, welcoming and affordable accommodation for Aboriginal people. The McGowan Government has provided $20 million in funding as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to build the East Kimberley Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation project (EKASSA), which will provide local employment opportunities both during and after construction. Construction of the facility is anticipated to create more than 100 construction jobs and generate some $41 million in economic activity for the region. The development will be modelled on existing successful facilities in Broome and Derby. Since opening in December 2018, Broome has provided over 3,500 people with over 33,600 bed nights of accommodation, while Derby has provided more than 61,595 bed nights since September 2014. Both facilities also employ many local Aboriginal people, averaging an Aboriginal employment rate of approximately 70 per cent at each facility. Research shows that up to ten per cent of Aboriginal people in regional centres like Kununurra are temporary residents from surrounding remote communities who have travelled into town to access services that are only available in larger regional centres, visit family and to attend to shopping and personal business. The Kununurra facility will offer approximately 70 beds and is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2023. A site and design for the facility will be confirmed following community consultation with the Kununurra community and key stakeholders. Consultation will begin in coming weeks. The Department of Communities will work closely with key stakeholders to ensure the development is culturally appropriate and meets the needs of the Kununurra community and Aboriginal people travelling to the town. WA's first Aboriginal short-stay facility opened in Kalgoorlie in 2012, followed by Derby in 2014 and Broome in 2018. In August this year the Government announced funding and a site for a short stay facility in Geraldton. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a significant investment for Kununurra as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan to support local jobs and stimulate our economy. "The East Kimberley Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation project will deliver a modern and welcoming facility for Aboriginal people and their families visiting the town. "In the process it will create an estimated 107 construction jobs and inject more than $41 million into the East Kimberley economy to help with the region's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Projects of this scale also have major benefits for the local economy and will boost job opportunities during construction and after completion in the ongoing operation of the facilities - all of which will be essential to the State's recovery from COVID-19." Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The East Kimberley Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation development will be a welcome addition to Western Australia's network of purpose-designed facilities in key regional centres, which have significantly reduced the number of people sleeping rough in those towns by providing Aboriginal people who are coming into town with a reliable accommodation option. "Aboriginal people visiting Kununurra from remote communities will be able to enjoy safe, secure and culturally appropriate accommodation with access to support services in modern facilities when the new Aboriginal short stay opens in 2023. "The Kimberley's first Aboriginal short-stay facility in Derby has provided more than 61,000 bed nights of accommodation since launching in 2014 and was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Premier's Awards for its contribution to Improving Aboriginal Outcomes in Western Australia." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "This project will provide many opportunities for the traditional owners of the Kununurra region to further their communities' participation in the local economy. "It also fulfils the State Coroner's recommendation for the construction of a culturally appropriate, short-term accommodation facility in Kununurra for Aboriginal persons visiting the East Kimberley Region. "Short Stay facilities are one way the State Government is working to close the gap for Aboriginal Western Australians and demonstrate the benefits of the Aboriginal community partnering with the Government to drive economic and social development in our regions." Comment attributed to Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer "These facilities have proved successful in other parts of the region and I'm pleased to see this significant investment in Kununurra. "It will provide a vital safe accommodation option for people coming through the town, while creating jobs for Aboriginal people." Premier's office - 6552 5200Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Fly farm to turn waste into local jobs5210Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11320html21/09/2020 7:00:08 AM2020-09-21T06:50:00Z McGowan Government allocates almost $100,000 to Broome's Waste Not Food Recycling to establish a fly farming facility Project to convert organic waste into protein for feed and fertiliser products Broome will soon be home to an innovative black soldier fly farming facility to convert organic waste into high-value products with the support of the McGowan Government. The McGowan Government has allocated $97,039 to Broome's Waste Not Food Recycling to support its plans to establish a black soldier fly farm for organic waste recovery. Under the proposal, organic waste would be collected, processed and fed to fly larvae, upcycling it into protein for feed and fertiliser products. The project will help to reduce organic waste going to landfill in Broome, create a protein product for the local pastoral and aquaculture industries, provide an organic fertiliser to improve degraded soils, and drive local jobs in the Kimberley. If successful, it could provide a model for organic waste management across Australia's north. Waste Not Food Recycling was founded by Broome's Lauren Bell, runner-up in the 2020 WA AgriFutures Rural Women's Award. The project is being supported through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development Grants. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "While not exactly glamourous, fly farming presents a fantastic opportunity to turn our organic waste into high-value products and local jobs. "The Waste Not Food Recycling project reduces organics going to landfill and will create a new industry in Broome developing feed protein and organic fertiliser for the pastoral, agricultural and aquaculture industries. "Imaginative WA women like Lauren are seeing insect farming can create ingenious answers for waste management and sustainable protein manufacturing." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New $1.5 million station for Broome Regional Bush Fire Brigade5209Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4800html21/09/2020 5:32:14 AM2020-09-21T05:30:00Z $1.29 million Emergency Services Levy contribution to build the station Shire of Broome secured land and $224,000 for construction costs Broome brigade members also raised $26,000 for new outdoor area Broome is now home to a new $1.5 million bushfire station, which also houses the Kimberley's first remote mobile command centre. Officially opened by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan yesterday the new station for the Broome Regional Bush Fire Brigade will help boost response times to attend fires at rural properties, pastoral land and remote indigenous communities in the Kimberley. The new station was made possible thanks to an Emergency Services Levy contribution of $1.29 million. The Shire of Broome secured the land and contributed $224,000 towards construction costs including project management and landscaping. Broome Regional Bush Fire Brigade volunteers helped design the building, and also raised $26,000 for an outdoor area. The project made a significant difference to the local economy with more than 90 per cent of the construction labour being local. The Broome station includes five appliance bays, a meeting room, training area, personal protective equipment cleaning area and offices. The new station also means the brigade no longer has to operate out of two facilities, which did not meet all of their operational needs. The new station will help the brigade recruit, train and retain members, and improve the Department of Fire and Emergency Services' delivery of services to the region. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "I was very pleased to join the official opening of the new facility on Sunday and it was great to catch up with some old faces from the brigade and meet some new ones. "This new $1.5 million large-capacity, purpose-built facility will be of great benefit to the people of Broome and surrounding areas for decades to come. "It was a great project for the area with more than 90 per cent of the construction labour coming from local sources. "Thank you again to the Broome Regional Bush Fire Brigade for all your efforts and I am sure your new facility will make a significant difference for many years to come." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Renewable energy solutions making a difference in Derby5208Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10820html21/09/2020 5:15:45 AM2020-09-21T05:15:00Z $5.2 million in renewable energy upgrades for Derby Hospital and Shire of Derby Upgrade of 827 LED streetlights to reduce local crime by 10 per cent Another important piece of the State's transition towards a low carbon future Premier Mark McGowan today announced in Derby that the town will receive $5.2 million worth of renewable energy projects, which will reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as seek to reduce night time crime and traffic incidents through better lighting. The projects are being delivered by Horizon Power as part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. Works at Derby Hospital include installing 550 kilowatts peak (kWp) of rooftop solar together with a 275 kilowatt-hour renewable energy smoothing battery. Additionally, 310 kWp of rooftop solar will be installed across the Shire of Derby's community buildings. Around 827 conventional streetlights will be upgraded to energy efficient smart LED units, spanning 10 kilometres from Derby to the Aboriginal community of Mowanjum. Horizon Power's new streetlight technology will enable the service provider to identify outages in real time and remove the need to carry out routine inspections. The combined projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 900 tonnes per year, save the Shire of Derby $170,697 annually, and reduce evening crime by 10 per cent. Derby Hospital will benefit from more than $590,000 in annual energy supply and consumption savings. These renewable energy solutions will also result in a reduction to total greenhouse gas emissions of around 460 tonnes annually - the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road More than 10 local jobs will be created during procurement and construction. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It is pleasing to see examples of projects like these that will tangibly improve the quality of life, local amenity and community service provision for people in the Shire of Derby. "This project forms part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan which will help drive economic and social recovery across our State, and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians. "A key component of our Kimberley Recovery Plan is to invest in renewable energy initiatives that will support the Kimberley region and remote communities, and improve reliability and efficiency to these areas - and help lower energy costs." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "These projects are delivering on the McGowan Government's commitment to a renewable energy future and improving energy affordability in Western Australia. "They will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the town lower its electricity bills, which is a significant issue for our remote northern communities. "I commend the Shire of Derby for committing to reinvest its $170,000 of annual savings back into local youth programs, including extending operating hours at the Derby Youth Centre to midnight." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "Our health and community services are important facilities in Derby so I welcome this investment which is about making energy more affordable, reliable and the savings made can be used to further improve and provide more services. "It's vital our Kimberley towns continue to benefit from important upgrades and infrastructure works that benefit the residents and help attract visitors - while creating jobs in the regions." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
$2 million for road safety improvements in Derby5206Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8270html21/09/2020 4:32:38 AM2020-09-21T04:30:00Z $2 million allocated to upgrade Derby Highway between Sutherland and Juld Street Works include widening, footpath improvements and street lighting to improve safety Funding provided through 2020-21 Black Spots Program which will improve 92 roads across Western Australia McGowan Government delivering major road projects across the Kimberley creating local jobs Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti were joined by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer today in Derby to announce $2 million to upgrade Derby Highway between Sutherland Street and Juld Street. Funding will go to safety improvements including widening Derby Highway at the intersection of Waycott Street, including construction of additional turning pockets, and pedestrian facilities. In the centre of this popular Kimberley hub, many locals and visitors cross the highway on foot to access the shopping precinct, and the current facilities do not provide a safe stopping place for pedestrians to cross. A refuge island and a raised platform will be constructed to allow pedestrians to cross at the same level on either side of the highway. Ramps will be included to make this crossing suitable for wheelchairs. Works also include the upgrade of drainage, street lighting, signs and pavement markings. Improvements will also be made to the footpaths in the area to ensure a suitable surface for all pedestrians. Construction will commence in April 2021 and is expected to be completed by August 2021. Funding is provided by the Black Spots program which has provided almost $500 million, since its inception in 2000 to upgrade some of Western Australia's most dangerous roads. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This $2 million worth of upgrades will improve safety for pedestrians and drivers. "My Government is committed to investing in regional roads, with more than $4 billion allocated to upgrades and improvements across the State. "Works such as this improve safety, support local jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We recognise the importance of this section of Derby Highway, and are taking action to improve safety for pedestrians. "Since its inception in 2000, the State Black Spots Program has delivered almost $500 million worth of upgrades to some of WA's most dangerous roads. "We are committed to delivering for the Kimberley region with a number of important road upgrades underway including the Broome Cape Leveque Road sealing." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "Derby is a popular town in the Kimberley and I'm pleased to see these upgrades will improve safety at one of our most important roads. "I'm pleased to be a part of the McGowan Government that is delivering for the Kimberley community." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
More support to the Goldfields to help residents save money on their water bills5177Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5090html21/09/2020 4:20:14 AM2020-09-21T04:20:00Z Waterwise offers now available to residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Wiluna and Laverton Water-efficient evaporative air-conditioning trial in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Reduced rainfall caused by climate change has increased the cost of supplying water to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Last year the State Government provided $46 million to the Water Corporation to subsidise water bills in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that a new trial to optimise water use in evaporative air-conditioners during summer will be offered exclusively to Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents as part of the Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. Around 200 high water-use households will be invited to take part in the trial, which provides free services through local contractors to ensure evaporative systems are using water efficiently. In hot weather, these systems require up to 20 litres of water each hour to keep filtration pads clean, however, many systems use significantly more. Data gathered during the trial will help determine the most effective ways to ensure evaporative air conditioners use water efficiently in local conditions. The Waterwise Towns Program, which last year saved 30 million litres of water in the region, will also enable residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Wiluna and Laverton, to replace old, inefficient showerheads free of charge under the Water Corporation's Showerhead Swap program. To further assist the Goldfields community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed, waterwise plumber to repair a leak. Kalgoorlie-Boulder is supplied with water from the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWSS) through the historic Golden Pipeline. Reduced rainfall in the south-west of Western Australia caused by climate change has meant that 43 per cent of water supplied through the IWSS now comes from desalinated seawater. Water from the IWSS is transferred 550 kilometres to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, travelling through 20 pump stations, taking five to eight days, and stored in a tank where it is treated and finally delivered to residents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All residential customers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder pay the same amount for the first 300 kilolitres of water usage each year as do residential customers in Perth (that is $1.827 per kilolitre for 0-150 kilolitres, and $2.434 per kilolitre for 151-300 kilolitres), as per the Water Corporation's Tariff Cap Policy. The majority of residents in Kalgoorlie-Boulder use less than 300 kilolitres of water per annum and for these customers, water is supplied at the same price as Perth. While it costs the Water Corporation $14.38 for every kilolitre of water supplied to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the majority of residential customers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder receive water for around $10 less per kilolitre than the cost of supply. Higher water users in Kalgoorlie-Boulder pay an increased tariff but even these customers still pay significantly less for water then it costs the Water Corporation to supply it. The McGowan Government provides an operating subsidy to the Water Corporation to keep the price of water below cost in Kalgoorlie-Boulder - last year this subsidy was $46 million. Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents can further reduce their water bill by taking advantage of the waterwise offers. The local waterwise offers are available from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. For more details and to see local offers, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "The Waterwise Towns Program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government is helping regional Western Australians conserve our most precious resource and save money on their water bills. "As rainfall continues to fall in the South-West, the cost of supplying water to Kalgoorlie-Boulder continues to increase. "The McGowan Government spends around $46 million a year to subsidise the cost of supplying water to Kalgoorlie-Boulder." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional participants in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program Town Offers Kalgoorlie-Boulder Showerhead Swap, water-efficient evaporative air-conditioning trial Wiluna Showerhead Swap Laverton Showerhead Swap
Water-saving support extended to more Pilbara and Kimberley communities5176Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5590html21/09/2020 4:16:54 AM2020-09-21T04:15:00Z Climate change has made rainfall less predictable Broome, Derby and Onslow added to the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program alongside Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson Program expanded to several Kimberley town-based Aboriginal communities 30 million litres of water saved in the Pilbara in 2019-20 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that seven Pilbara and Kimberley communities, including Broome and Karratha, will have access to special water-saving offers through the Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. In the north of Western Australia, climate change has caused increased variability in weather patterns and rainfall is less predictable which impacts upon water security. The Waterwise Towns Program, which last year saved 30 million litres of water in the Pilbara, will again be available to households in Karratha, Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson. In 2020-21, water-saving support through the Waterwise Towns Program will be extended to residents in Broome, Derby and Onslow. Households in each participating Pilbara and Kimberley community will have the opportunity to replace old, inefficient showerheads with waterwise alternatives through the Water Corporation's Showerhead Swap program. In addition, communities in Karratha, Wickham, Point Samson, Broome and Derby will receive comparative water-use letters showing how their consumption stacks up against others and offering waterwise tips. For the first time, the program will be expanded to several Kimberley town-based Aboriginal communities, offering free household leak inspections and minor repairs using local contractors. Delivered with the support of the Department of Communities and local housing service providers, the adjunct program will be rolled out in Mirima and Nulleywah (Kununurra), Warayu and Guda Guda (Wyndham), Kurnangki and Mindi Rardi (Fitzroy Crossing), and Mardiwah Loop (Halls Creek). The 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program will extend water-saving support to 40 regional communities across Western Australia. Local offers are available from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. Since 2013-14, the program has saved an estimated 1.27 billion litres of precious water -equivalent to 564 Olympic-sized swimming pools. To further assist the community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed, waterwise plumber to repair a leak. For more details and to view local offers, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Most people understand the importance of making waterwise decisions, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "The Waterwise Towns Program supports this by equipping regional Western Australians with the tools to make water-saving changes to their everyday lives." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It's fantastic to see support extended to more communities in the State's north to make it easier and cheaper for households to conserve our most precious resource. "I'd like to encourage residents in participating Pilbara towns to take advantage of available offers and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "This water-saving program provides our community with tangible and effective ways to help us meet the challenges posed by climate change. "It's particularly encouraging that local contractors will be used to repair leaks and upgrade inefficient fixtures within town-based Aboriginal communities - helping to save water and addressing avoidable costs." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Exmouth residents to receive water-saving support5175Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4860html21/09/2020 4:10:16 AM2020-09-21T04:10:00Z Climate change has made rainfall less predictable Exmouth among 40 regional communities in the 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program Showerhead Swap among available offers Program saved around three million litres of water in the Mid-West in 2019-20 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that Exmouth residents will have the opportunity to claim special water-saving offers as one of 40 regional communities participating in the Water Corporation's 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. In the north of Western Australia, climate change has caused increased variability in weather patterns and rainfall is less predictable which impacts upon water security. Western Australia's water supplies are precious, which is why the McGowan Government is providing 40 regional communities with access to water-saving offers through the Waterwise Towns Program. The program, which has saved around 1.27 billion litres of water State-wide since 2013-14, provides localised waterwise offers to help regional households reduce water consumption and lower their bills. Offers available to Exmouth residents include Showerhead Swap - a free program that allows households to replace old, inefficient showerheads with water-efficient alternatives. Last year, nearly 900 households across regional WA exchanged 1,274 showerheads, helping to save close to 18 million litres of water. Showerhead Swap will be available from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021 or while stocks last. In addition, the Exmouth community will receive comparative water-use letters showing how their consumption stacks up against others and offering further waterwise tips. To further assist the community with saving water, the Leak Assist Program (LAP) has now also been extended to include regional WA. The LAP enables eligible customers to claim a rebate of $100 when they engage a licensed, waterwise plumber to repair a leak. For more details, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Every drop of water is precious, particularly as we meet the challenges posed by climate change. "The Waterwise Towns Program is an incredibly effective way the McGowan Government is helping regional Western Australians conserve our most precious resource." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "It's fantastic to see the Waterwise Towns Program providing water-saving support to North-West communities, making it easier and cheaper for households to conserve our most precious resource. "I'd like to encourage Exmouth residents to take advantage of this offer and embrace a waterwise lifestyle." Minister's office - 6552 6100