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State Government welcomes regional WA shortlist for new Qantas pilot academy1381Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3980html22/06/2018 8:20:21 AM2018-06-22T08:15:00Z Regional WA being considered as a location for new Qantas Group Pilot Academy Busselton one of nine regional cities across Australia to be shortlisted for the academy Significant regional development opportunity for Western Australia Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia today welcomed Qantas' announcement to consider Busselton as a regional location for its new Qantas Group Pilot Academy. Qantas will invest up to $20 million to establish a pilot training academy in regional Australia by 2019. The Western Australian Government was invited to submit a bid to locate the academy in regional WA, and provided a list of six proposed locations. More than 60 regional cities across Australia put forward a proposal, of which nine were shortlisted. The Western Australian Government recognises the opportunity to secure the academy and deliver an economic boost to the region, while building on the State's advantages including climate, time zone with Asia, space, existing infrastructure and supportive industries to develop a pilot training hub in WA. The Western Australian Government has fostered a strong working relationship with Qantas, working together on marketing and route development for the London-Perth direct service and the Perth-Broome initiative. Qantas' proposed academy would initially train at least 100 pilots per year from 2019. Qantas intends to scale the academy to up to 500 places per year on a fee-for-service basis for other airlines. The Western Australian Pilot Training Taskforce established by the McGowan Government will now work closely with Qantas to demonstrate Busselton's comparative advantages for pilot training. A final decision on the academy's location is due to be made in the third quarter of this year. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This shortlisting is a big vote of confidence in Busselton. "It recognises not only the great blue skies but also the aviation infrastructure and the lifestyle on offer in the region. "We will work with the City of Busselton along with the City of Bunbury and the Shire of Manjimup to give us the best opportunity to win the academy for WA." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "I welcome Qantas' announcement to consider Busselton as the location for its new Qantas Group Pilot Academy. "Busselton is a highly attractive location for pilot training in terms of weather, abundance of space and existing infrastructure. "The McGowan Government has been working hard to consolidate our recent success in building WA's role as the western gateway to Australia, Asia and beyond - and a pilot training school would be a strong step forward for WA as an aviation transport hub." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "WA would be the perfect home for the Qantas Group Pilot Academy and we will be working hard as a State Government to secure it. "We are committed to ensuring that regional Western Australians have access to air services." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
New strategy for cultural infrastructure1380Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4460html22/06/2018 7:50:28 AM2018-06-22T07:50:00Z WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy consultation was launched this week A strategy for cultural infrastructure will enhance State vibrancy Stakeholder consultation has commenced The lives of Western Australians will be enriched by having greater access to art and cultural experiences thanks to a WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy. In a Western Australian first, the strategy will identify opportunities in urban, suburban, regional and remote areas for new or improved cultural infrastructure that will lead to more vibrant and empowered communities and economies. It will celebrate Western Australia's rich traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, and promote our State as a destination of choice. This consultation follows a review of existing cultural infrastructure strategies, State planning frameworks, policies and blueprints, strategic cultural regions and cities relevant to Western Australia, emerging global trends and cultural planning best practice. Stakeholder consultation has started and will include public and community consultation on the final draft in November 2018. The WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy consultation will be administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Western Australia has incredible cultural assets that are unique and can contribute to our identity and growth, and I was proud to launch the strategy consultation this week. "Culture plays an essential role in public planning and must be strategically integrated into State planning policy and investment if its benefits are to be realised. "Cultural infrastructure provides spaces for a thriving cultural life and fosters community connections, ideas and innovations that are a critical requirement for social and economic growth. "For the first time, WA's Aboriginal cultural values will underpin our strategy to enhance all our cultural places and spaces contributing to our unique sense of identity. "The benefits of a rich culture to our State can never be underestimated, particularly for tourism and the economy." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Puppet show pulls on heartstrings across Western Australia1376Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4270html22/06/2018 5:41:40 AM2018-06-22T05:40:00Z Bambert's Book of Lost Stories to tour regional Western Australia Show selected after participating in CircuitWest's WA Showcase Regional venues can choose the performing arts events presented A visually stunning children's puppet show about friendship and overcoming isolation is embarking on a tour of regional Western Australia. Barking Gecko Theatre Company will present their Helpmann Award-winning Bambert's Book of Lost Stories in Merredin, Mandurah and Albany from today (June 22) to June 30, 2018. The family-friendly show was selected to tour these regional communities after taking part in CircuitWest's WA Showcase in 2017. The annual WA Showcase is a one-stop-shop to network with fellow artists and producers, hear from leaders in the culture and the arts sector and pitch tour-ready works to regional performing arts venues. Regional presenters can easily connect with artists and organisations and choose the shows that meet local community needs. The regional tour is made possible from Royalties for Regions funding and is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Bambert's Book of Lost Stories tells the story of a small and quiet man with a love for writing. "With its themes of friendship, empathy and overcoming isolation, I'm sure this show will resonate with regional audiences. "This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to witness this award-winning show after its tour of Melbourne." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Barking Gecko Theatre Company's tour of regional Western Australia recognises that regional communities have a great thirst for cultural experiences. "I can thoroughly recommend Bambert's Book of Lost Stories to the kids of regional WA." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Joint media statement - Perth’s southern suburbs job creating, congestion tackling combo fix1375Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9500html22/06/2018 5:21:28 AM2018-06-22T05:20:00Z Southern suburban residents will soon experience traffic relief once the job-creating, congestion tackling roads transformation package at Armadale Road and the Kwinana Freeway is complete. Works on the three key road projects in the area are taking shape, with the dualling of Armadale Road from Tapper to Anstey Roads underway and key milestones reached on a new bridge to connect Armadale Road and North Lake Road over the freeway and the widening of Kwinana Freeway northbound between Russell Road and Farrington Road. Premier Mark McGowan said the road infrastructure boost in Perth's southern suburbs was much needed to combat major congestion bottlenecks in and out of the fast growing area. "It's terrific to see these job-creating projects underway. We're getting on with the job and upgrading our road network, and it's been made possible by reallocating Perth Freight Link funding," Mr McGowan said. "These road upgrades are aimed at making people's daily travels that much easier - whether they're going about their everyday business in the area or they're doing a bigger commute to and from the Perth CBD and beyond - the aim is to reduce traffic congestion so people can spend more time doing what they love. "My government is committed to fixing congestion on our roads and upon being elected to office, we've put what we said into practice immediately." Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the projects would lead to shorter, more predictable journey times for people living in Perth's southern suburbs while also ensuring easier access to key services and employment hubs, including the Murdoch Activity Centre. "These vital projects will help transform Perth's south, making it easier for locals to get where they need to go sooner and safer - whether they're travelling to work, or home, or to pick the kids up from school," Mr Fletcher said. "These projects combined are also expected to support 2,590 jobs - a great example of how the Turnbull Government's $11 billion investment in WA's roads and rail is creating jobs and supporting the economy as well as tackling congestion and improving liveability." Work on the Kwinana Freeway widening between Success and Jandakot will also soon get underway with the contract having now been awarded. BMD Constructions Pty Ltd will deliver the works from Russell Road to just south of Roe Highway following a competitive tender process. The remaining one kilometre of works through to Farrington Road is underway and being delivered by the Murdoch Drive Connection project with the overall Kwinana Freeway Widening project scheduled for completion by late 2019. WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the two-lane section of Kwinana Freeway between Russell Road and Farrington Road was one of the most congested sections of road in Perth. "These upgrades will be a major benefit for those travelling through the well-known congestion hotspot near Cockburn Central. This notorious intersection is impacting travel times and creating safety risks for motorists," Ms Saffioti said. "The $49 million Kwinana Freeway Widening project, of which this contract forms a key part, will provide capacity for an extra 1,800 vehicles per hour. This will significantly improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for those commuting to the CBD or our northern suburbs." Expressions of Interest have now also been called from industry for the $237 million project to construct a bridge between Armadale Road and North Lake Road, which will address congestion at the Kwinana Freeway, Armadale Road and Beeliar Drive interchange - Perth's fifth most congested intersection. WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds said the project would effectively create a bypass around Cockburn Central Train Station and the Cockburn Gateway shopping centre. "This will lead to shorter and more consistent journey times, while road safety will be improved through the removal of the well-known pinch point at the current intersection," Senator Reynolds said. "For users of public transport, the project will improve access to and from Cockburn Central Train Station, alleviating heavy congestion around the station car park during peak times, while also facilitating new investment and development opportunities in the Cities of Cockburn and Armadale, creating new jobs and economic activity." The project is currently in the development phase, during which Main Roads will confirm the final scope in consultation with community and stakeholders. Key facts The Australian Government is investing $116 million to fund the $145 million Armadale Road - Anstey Road to Tapper Road Widening, slated for completion in late 2019. It will provide better access to new residential developments, Cockburn train station, Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre and the Jandakot Industrial Area. The Australian Government is investing $39.2 million to fund the $49 million Kwinana Freeway - Russell Road to Roe Highway Widening (Northbound). The Australian Government is investing $189.6 million to fund the $237 million Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge, with construction set to begin in 2019. Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
A Balcatta urban drain to be transformed into vibrant living stream1372Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5580html22/06/2018 3:02:37 AM2018-06-22T03:00:00Z $1.5 million election commitment to improve drainage in Balcatta and Stirling underway Project will improve water quality downstream, including the lakes in both the Princeton and Roselea estates in Stirling The McGowan Government is progressing an election commitment to improve drainage in Balcatta and Stirling by transforming a tired urban drain into a vibrant living stream, to the benefit of lakes downstream. The Water Corporation and the City of Stirling are working together to improve the drainage system in the Roselea Estate, which is expected to reduce damage to road surfaces and help improve water quality. The agency and council will work together to transform the drain into a living stream, to provide the community with a more attractive and environmentally valuable asset. The Water Corporation will also carry out a hydrological study, including ground and surface water monitoring, to determine a strategy to improve water quality in the drainage system and the downstream Roselea Estate lake and the Princeton Estate lake system. The alignment of a drain, which runs along Veronica Parkway, Honeymyrtle Turn and Grindleford Drive, will be modified to reduce impacts on nearby roads, which have experienced surface cracking over several years. A hydrological study of the drainage system will begin in July. The results from this study will be used to plan the development of the drain into a living stream in 2019, subject to land availability. The Water Corporation and City of Stirling are also working on a new management plan for the lake system that will better outline their responsibilities in managing the lake system in the Princeton and Roselea estates. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This project is a great example of how we can use nature to help us manage water quality in our urban waterways. "Living streams play an important role in cleaning up stormwater as it moves through the city landscape and provides new ways of improving the amenity of our public open spaces. "Water quality within the drainage system is a shared responsibility and we all have a role to play. "Communities can help improve water quality by ensuring they do not use excessive fertiliser on gardens and ensuring rubbish is placed in bins, particularly at public parks, to keep our drains and waterways free of litter." Comments attributed to Balcatta MLA David Michael "As a local councillor for over a decade, I've seen a lot of resident frustration over the regular issues that occur in the Roselea and Princeton lake system. "This project will do so much to reduce the severity of, and occurrences of some of these issues like algae and weed growth, road subsidence and rubbish accumulation. "I congratulate Minister Dave Kelly, Water Corporation and City of Stirling on the collaborative approach to resolving some of the design issues of the lake system, and for their work on a new management plan." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Minister launches inaugural Indo-Pacific Defence Conference1368Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3770html22/06/2018 2:03:00 AM2018-06-22T02:00:00Z Inaugural defence conference to be held in Perth in October Conference will showcase the best of WA-based defence industry and research capabilities Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia today announced the inaugural Indo-Pacific Defence Conference, to be held at Crown Towers in Perth on October 30 this year. Mr Papalia said the State Government had partnered with the Perth USAsia Centre to deliver the conference, working with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and the Western Australian universities. Speakers at the conference include the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia; Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Federal Minister for Defence; Senator the Hon. David Johnston, Australian Defence Export Advocate; and the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Federal Minister for Defence Industry. The full list of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Western Australia has a long and proud history of servicing and contributing to the national and international defence industry - through innovation, collaboration and providing value for money. The conference aims to establish an ongoing dialogue that builds upon WA's existing strategic economic and locational links in the Indo-Pacific region, and the potential for a greater contribution to national and regional defence and security matters. It will provide industry and, in particular, small-to-medium enterprises with the opportunity to consider the geo-strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region, and the implications and opportunities for defence and security from a regional, local and national perspective. For more information, visit http//perthusasia.edu.au/defence-forum-2018 Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "This conference is an opportunity to showcase the best of existing WA-based defence industry and research capabilities to national and international stakeholders. "It will also highlight to local industry the key elements for a business to be able to deliver world-class globally competitive defence and security products and services. "The Government recognises the Indo-Pacific's role as a key economic and trade zone, and the emerging implications for national defence and regional security." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Funding to support Southern Forests reach its potential1367Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4570html22/06/2018 1:55:03 AM2018-06-22T01:50:00Z New funding of $1.5 million over three years to support activities of the Southern Forests Food Council as it unlocks new economic opportunities for the region State funding to support the Council's journey towards self-sufficiency Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced funding of $1.5 million towards the Southern Forests Food Council (SFFC), as the organisation works towards self-sufficiency. Over three years, the funding will help the Council to establish alternative revenue streams while it continues to deliver the Genuinely Southern Forests brand, connects members to new market opportunities, and identifies agricultural development opportunities. The SFFC has been operating for five years and has made a significant contribution to the local economy through promoting local produce, and establishing efficient pathways in the supply chain for producers to access new markets. Ms MacTiernan's announcement comes ahead of this weekend's Truffle Kerfuffle, which highlights the delights of the Southern Forests and reflects the Government's support for the continued growth of the region as a significant food bowl and culinary tourism destination. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The $1.5 million will enable Southern Forests Food Council to become more self-sufficient and further tap into the economic opportunities of this amazing region. "This funding will progress the work of the project to the next level, building on the momentum established over the past five years. "The McGowan Government wants to assist the Council to further trumpet the agricultural food delights of the region - including truffles - as well as build on the fantastic success of the Genuinely Southern Forests brand. "I look forward to seeing more success stories for local businesses through the Council's work." Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Government delivers essential funding to Surf Life Saving WA1366Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3860html22/06/2018 1:30:06 AM2018-06-22T01:30:00Z $1.38 million in funding secured annually until 2023 State Government committed to fund critical lifesaving equipment used across WA beaches The State Government has committed $1.38 million a year to fund critical equipment for Surf Life Saving WA. The funding, secured for the next five years, will pay for essential lifesaving equipment used on a daily basis by surf lifesavers to protect people across Western Australia enjoying our stunning beaches. This commitment by the State Government will allow Surf Life Saving WA to purchase jet skis, trailers, rescue boats, all-terrain vehicles, defibrillators, lifejackets and radios. The funding, secured in May, is a renewal of an agreement that has been in place since 2007. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will administer the grant agreement on behalf of the State Government. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The State Government is pleased to be able to continue to support Surf Life Saving WA with $1.38 million in funding delivered annually for the next five years. "Surf Life Saving WA is the State's peak coastal safety and rescue organisation, and provides the Western Australian community with an invaluable service. "The funding will assist in the purchase of equipment essential in undertaking patrols and rescues, and running community education and training programs." Comments attributed to Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM "DFES is proud to continue this partnership with Surf Life Saving WA, with both organisations committed and passionate about the safety and protection of the WA community. "DFES and Surf Life Saving often work closely together during critical ocean search and rescue missions, in particular in regional WA where without volunteers, help would be hours away." Comments attributed to Surf Life Saving WA President Craig Smith-Gander "The value of this grant is not solely in the ability to purchase critical and expensive lifesaving equipment, but it also ensures that our clubs and volunteer lifesavers can focus on what they do best - saving lives and reducing harm on our coast. "With the valuable support of the State Government, our lifesavers can concentrate their efforts on the delivery of prevention and rescue services or training to maintain their skills for use in this high-risk environment. "We are pleased and grateful that the Government recognises this and has chosen to continue its support of our selfless volunteers." Minister's office - 6552 6300
St Emilie’s offers shelter to support young women in need1365Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3700html22/06/2018 1:05:05 AM2018-06-22T01:05:00Z New 20-bedroom accommodation facility for young women in crisis $7.5 million facility includes intensive support and mentoring program Kalamunda is now home to a new 20-bedroom crisis accommodation facility catering for up to 40 women between the ages of 13 and 33, in need of shelter and support. Housing Minister Peter Tinley today officially opened the St Emilie's crisis accommodation facility - operated by the Esther Foundation, with property and asset management services provided by Community Housing Ltd. St Emilie's, a former convent, is situated on a rural 2.6-hectare block containing a small orchard, gardens and a creek. These features complement the Esther Foundation's holistic nature of services based on healthy living, which contribute to a more stable living environment for young women. The establishment is equipped with a modern kitchen, communal dining and living area, counselling rooms and an administration area. The Esther Foundation's residential program provides essential services for residents including education, counselling, group therapy, intensive support, vocational training, creative arts classes, mentoring programs and life skills classes. St Emilie's is a partnership between the Department of Communities, the Esther Foundation and Community Housing Ltd. The Department of Communities purchased the site and associated assets for $3.9 million, contributed $200,000 to the fit-out and has leased the new facility to Community Housing Ltd. Community Housing Ltd project managed the redevelopment, negotiated a $3.4 million grant from Lotterywest and has sub-leased the management of the day-to-day operations at the facility to the Esther Foundation. Construction and refurbishment was carried out by rural builder, WBS Homes. The rich architectural history of the original convent - dating to the 1880s - was retained throughout the redevelopment, although the facility was modernised to meet current building standards. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government continues to deliver a wide range of accommodation options across the housing spectrum. "The Esther Foundation's residential program is life changing, and proven to be a success. "Today, I've met a number of women who have been supported and assisted by the Esther Foundation through hard and challenging times. "Each young woman who spends time here is looking for something new and better in life. It's not about where you've been, it's about where you want to go. "Crisis accommodation projects such as St Emilie's Lodging Facility are an integral part of the McGowan Government's soon to be released Affordable Housing Action Plan, which lays a path to support our most vulnerable Western Australians. "I also note St Emilie's directly employs 12 staff, in addition to 10 interns and 50 volunteers who assist with day-to-day operations. Another 116 people were employed throughout the life of the project. "I congratulate the Esther Foundation, Community Housing Ltd and the Department of Communities for bringing this wonderful project to fruition." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New data reveals improved local government financial sustainability1364Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6190html22/06/2018 1:00:28 AM2018-06-22T01:00:00Z Fresh data highlights the local government sector is financially strong Improvements across both regional and metropolitan local governments 2016-17 local government financial data now available on the MyCouncil website New data revealing an increase in financial sustainability across metropolitan and regional local governments is now available. The State Government's MyCouncil website - http//www.mycouncil.wa.gov.au - has been updated with the most current financial information, and demonstrates an increase in financial sustainability across the sector. MyCouncil was launched in 2016 as a place for residents and ratepayers to find out how their local governments are raising, spending and managing their money. The website uses local government annual financial reports and Australian Bureau of Statistics information to chart the growth experienced in the sector. Residents and ratepayers can view and compare information about their local council including revenue, rate growth, payments received by elected members, and the percentage of female councillors. The local government sector in Western Australia has an operating budget of over $4.1 billion with more than 15,000 reported employees and $44.3 billion in assets. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "Local governments should be open and transparent when it comes to spending ratepayers' money. "MyCouncil builds on the State Government's commitment to strengthen local government accountability and ensure all Western Australians benefit from high-performing councils. "The new data shows that the sector is financially strong and well-resourced to deliver for the community. "I would encourage the community to use this tool to prompt discussion about council performance and determine if they are receiving value for money." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Labor’s innovative thinking saves Perth from a water crisis1336Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6740html22/06/2018 12:29:41 AM2018-06-22T00:00:00Z Perth's two desalination plants, initiated by previous Labor governments, have now produced one trillion litres of drinking water Climate change continues to impact water supplies in the south-west corner of WA Desalination now provides about half of the water for the two million people connected to the Water Corporation Perth's two desalination plants reached a significant milestone recently - producing one trillion litres of drinking water from the Indian Ocean since opening. How much is one trillion litres of water? Imagine Optus Stadium filled about 1,000 times or about 444,444 Olympic-size swimming pools. The Perth Seawater Desalination Plant in Naval Base was commissioned by the Gallop Labor Government and opened by the Carpenter Labor Government. It began producing water in late 2006 and was the first large scale plant in Australia, and the largest in the southern and eastern hemispheres when it was constructed. It can produce 45 billion litres of drinking water each year, however, it regularly produces more than this. In 2007, then Premier Alan Carpenter made the decision to invest in a second plant, the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant near Binningup. The plant was built in two stages and first began producing water in 2011. It can supply up to 100 billion litres of water each year. Investment in desalination has been vital to secure water supplies in response to climate change. Notwithstanding the success of the desalination plants in WA, the continuing impact of climate change means Perth still faces a challenging water future and we cannot become complacent. The drying trend associated with climate change is particularly strong between May and July over south-west Western Australia, with rainfall since 1970 about 19 per cent less than the long-term average. Since 1996, this decline from the long-term average has increased to about 25 per cent. The Integrated Water Supply Scheme provides nearly 300 billion litres of water to Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural region, and parts of the South-West each year. For more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Labor Government, just like Labor governments of the past, understands the profound impacts climate change is having on our water supplies in the south-west corner of WA. "If it weren't for innovative Labor governments of the past committing to desalination, Perth most probably would have faced a water crisis. "It is inevitable that as climate change continues to hammer the south-west corner of our State, another expensive climate-independent water source will be required. "That is why we are encouraging everyone to be more waterwise around our homes and businesses. "If we all do our bit, we can put off the need for another climate-independent water source which would be debt-funded and paid for by all taxpayers in the long run." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Regional WA wins big with McGowan Government sport upgrades1317Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5880html21/06/2018 8:14:19 AM2018-06-21T07:30:00Z 20 organisations receive grants towards important local sport and recreation projects More than $582,000 towards boosting grassroots sport in the regions and the city Projects supporting local jobs and local small businesses Country Western Australia is the big winner in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), with the McGowan Government awarding 80 per cent of grant allocations to organisations based in the regions. The latest CSRFF small grants round has allocated more than $582,000 to 20 grassroots sport and recreation organisations across WA, 16 of which are based in the country. Funded projects in this round include upgrades to female facilities at sport and recreation clubs, resurfacing of courts and playing spaces, and other important infrastructure and forward planning initiatives. CSRFF grants not only provide critical support to grassroots sport and recreation organisations, they generate work for small businesses in a range of industries, creating jobs and supporting local economies. Regional projects receiving funding in this round include King River Horse & Pony Club (City of Albany) $9,350 for the design and construction of new jumps for the cross country course; Broome Bowling Club (Shire of Broome) $32,100 to upgrade and replace lighting; Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation (Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley) $20,016 for the construction of a half basketball court at Guda Guda Community; Broome Squash Club (Shire of Broome) $18,000 for the installation of a storeroom Shire of Mingenew $66,458 to rebuild the Mingenew netball courts; Wonthella Bowling Club (City of Greater Geraldton) $66,519 for the installation of a synthetic green; South Mandurah Football Club (City of Mandurah) $60,455 for the construction of new unisex change room facilities; Dudley Park Bowling and Recreation Club (City of Mandurah) $42,342 to resurface bowling green; Tom Price BMX Club (Shire of Ashburton) $37,525 to repair the track and bituminise berms; Tom Price Diamond Club (Shire of Ashburton) $12,075 to install a home run fence; Koombana Bay Sailing Club (City of Bunbury) $35,000 to upgrade men's ablutions; Harvey Football Club (Shire of Harvey) $57,600 for a new ablution block for female competitors; Shire of Nannup $15,000 to upgrade existing change rooms and ablutions at Nannup Recreation Centre; Shire of Chittering $20,033 for the redevelopment of construction of Muchea cricket practice nets with retractable netting; Jurien Sport and Recreation Centre (Shire of Dandaragan) $16,271 for the construction of a storage shed; and Shire of Kondinin $3,838 to resurface two Kondinin netball courts. Metropolitan projects receiving funding in this round include Shire of Mundaring $18,805 for the development of a Mundaring Recreation Plan; Melville Little Athletics Centre (City of Melville) $18,030 for relocation of the jumps track and pit; City Beach Surfriders Club (Town of Cambridge) $16,500 for installation of a storage shed; and City of Kalamunda $16,666 for development of the Scott Reserve Master Plan. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The McGowan Government is committed to providing strong support to regional sport, allocating 80 per cent of CSRFF grants this round to organisations in country areas. "We are committed to providing strong support to grassroots clubs, wherever they are in the State. "Local sport and recreation facilities are so important for keeping communities healthy, active and connected, and we are making sure regional WA gets its fair share. "These projects variously require work from builders, electricians, plumbers, concreters, bricklayers and other tradespeople - meaning these projects have important benefits for local small businesses, local jobs and local economies." Minister's office - 6552 6400
More young people to benefit with new dedicated mental health unit1314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8550html21/06/2018 6:03:27 AM2018-06-21T06:00:00Z New East Metropolitan Youth Unit (EMyU) to provide specialist youth mental health inpatient services Housed in the old Bentley Adolescent Unit, the EMyU will commence with six beds for 16 to 17 year-olds Essential site works over coming months will expand the EMyU service to 12 beds and increase the age range to 16 to 24 years The new dedicated mental health youth unit in Bentley will be fully operational in the coming months, increasing the number of beds available for young people up to the age of 24. The East Metropolitan Youth Unit will provide a 12-bed specialised mental health inpatient service for 16 to 24 year-olds, adding to the 14 youth beds at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the 20 beds at Perth Children's Hospital for children and adolescents, and the eight youth hospital in the home beds provided by Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital. Seventy-five per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. The State Government is committed to providing the support and treatment needed by young people to recover from mental health issues in safe and suitable environments. The new unit will add to the Mental Health Commission's targeted purchasing for youth mental health initiatives, including $1.9 million for the WA Country Health Service's Youth Mental Health Program in the South-West and Pilbara regions; $1.4 million for the South Metropolitan Health Service's Youth Community Assertive Treatment Team; and $525,000 for the provision of a specialist child, adolescent and youth psychiatrist in the Kimberley region. The East Metropolitan Youth Unit is made possible by the relocation of the Bentley Adolescent Unit to the new mental health unit at Perth Children's Hospital. For emergency mental health assistance call the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 or 1800 676 822 (Peel), or Rurallink on 1800 552 002. For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is committed to increasing mental health services for young people in Western Australia. "The opening of Perth Children's Hospital has allowed us to shift services and open a new dedicated unit to help meet demand for youth inpatient mental health services. "We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our young people so they can go on to live full, healthy lives. "We know that 75 per cent of mental health problems start before the age of 25, so providing appropriate care early is essential to helping WA's young people lead happy and productive lives." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Grants to support natural resource stewardship now available1310Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6680html21/06/2018 4:15:15 AM2018-06-21T03:10:00Z $7.75 million in natural resources grants now available Community groups have until August 6, 2018 to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $450,000 A focus on regenerative practices Community groups committed to protecting Western Australia's natural assets can now apply for funding under a $7.75 million State Government grants program. State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program grants are available to local landcare, farming and NRM community groups, schools and local governments. The 2018-19 Community Stewardship Grants round, totalling $7.75 million, allows groups to apply for two different types of grants - small grants between $1,000 and $25,000, and large grants between $25,000 and $450,000. These grants can fund both co-ordination roles and on-ground activities that contribute to the conservation and sustainable and regenerative use of natural resources across WA. Applications close at 12pm on Monday August 6, 2018. For more information, visit http//www.nrm.wa.gov.au or contact the State NRM Program on 9368 3168. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It takes a huge community effort to care for and enhance our vast and unique natural environment, and that's why the Community Stewardship Grants are so important. "The grants are part of a $31 million funding commitment to the State NRM program over four years. "The large Community Stewardship Grants allow groups to apply for larger funding amounts over longer periods of time and can support both co-ordination roles and on-ground activities. "The small grants provide funding for smaller, shorter projects that are more responsive to opportunities and ideas as they arise. "All these groups work diligently to care for our water resources, conserve our native animals, protect our flora, and to educate others in the community about the conservation of our natural resources, especially our soils." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Green light for Subiaco’s new Inner City College1309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10020html21/06/2018 3:58:32 AM2018-06-21T03:00:00Z Election commitment for Inner City College progressing quickly Development approval granted for the Inner City College Planning continues for Subi East project including Princess Margaret Hospital and Subiaco Oval The new Inner City College in Subiaco has been given the official go-ahead with development approval granted for stage one of the project. The future 2,000-student school is a key element of plans to transform Subi East into a vibrant new education, leisure, residential and community destination on the fringe of the Perth central business district. The first stage of the school includes health and physical education, technologies and science, and student services, with a cafeteria, library and lecture theatres. Spaces for socialising and recreation are integrated throughout with sporting hard courts, an amphitheatre and landscaped courtyards. The school's location will also encourage active modes of transport for students and staff. Forward works are progressing well at the school's iconic location next to Subiaco Oval, with construction of the state-of-the-art secondary facility due to commence next month. Planning studies are continuing for the broader Subi East project area to investigate options for the delivery of new and diverse housing supply close to existing transport and community infrastructure. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "The college will be a focal point of the new Subi East precinct, which will also deliver new mixed-use development, diverse housing supply and improved community amenities through shared use of the Subiaco Oval playing field. "We will see more families moving into the area to take advantage of the Inner City College and make the most of new opportunities to work, live and learn in key activity corridors. "The revitalisation of Subi East will honour the area's rich heritage, help create hundreds of jobs through development and ultimately bring more residents to the area to support existing businesses and stimulate the local economy." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This exciting new educational facility has been designed by leading architects to make the most of its premier location, and will provide much needed enrolment relief for secondary schools in the inner and western suburbs. "Families in the area will have a brand new school with world-class facilities to deliver an exciting and innovative education for 21st century learners." Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Charlotte's Law - Killer drivers to face severe new penalties1303Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7240html21/06/2018 2:36:23 AM2018-06-21T02:30:00Z Charlotte's Law to bring dangerous driving penalties in line with community expectations Dangerous drivers who kill innocent people to face a 20-year maximum jail sentence Speed threshold for aggravated dangerous driving lowered to 30kmh New aggravated circumstances for driving whilst unlicensed, suspended or disqualified Killer drivers will face tougher penalties under reforms being introduced into State Parliament today - to be known as Charlotte's Law. The new law will expand the criteria in which police can charge someone with aggravated dangerous driving causing death. The changes, prompted by the tragic death of Charlotte Pemberton and others, are designed to bring penalties in line with community expectations. Ms Pemberton was killed by a man driving a high-powered motorcycle, without a valid licence and travelling at 40 kilometres over the speed limit. The new law lowers the speed threshold to 30kmh and allows police to apply aggravating circumstances for driving whilst unlicensed, suspended or disqualified. Prior to these reforms, a person could only be charged with aggravated dangerous driving in limited circumstances including Driving a vehicle at more than 45kmh over the speed limit; Driving without the owner's consent; and Driving to escape pursuit by a police officer. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Charlotte Pemberton's story made a lasting personal impression on me and many other Western Australians, and tragedies like this should not happen. "My Government is committed to making our roads and our communities safer. The community has demanded these laws, and we have acted swiftly to deliver them. "The new measure will ensure that serious penalties, in line with the community's expectations, are in place for drivers who kill or maim." Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "Nothing will ever take away the pain of those who have lost loved ones, but what this does is makes sure the law is more adequate into the future. "It's our hope that families like Charlotte Pemberton's and others don't feel robbed by the judicial process. "I hope it will also act as a significant deterrent to prevent the kind of tragedy that happened to Charlotte Pemberton and her family. "It's also a reflection of the McGowan Government's commitment to making our roads safer." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Police and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
Opportunity to join the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council1302Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21340html21/06/2018 2:24:42 AM2018-06-21T02:05:00Z Expressions of interest open to join the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC) The WAAAC is responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on Aboriginal land issues across the State Expressions of interest to become a member of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council are currently open. The WAAAC is a government board that provides advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the State Government on matters relating to the interests and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Western Australia. There are up to eight positions available for varying terms of office for up to three years. The McGowan Government is committed to increasing the total number of women appointed to government boards and committees by 50 per cent by 2019. Aboriginal women are strongly encouraged to apply to join this significant board. Application packages are available on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's website at http//www.dpc.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Secretariat either by emailing WAAAC@dpc.wa.gov.au or by phoning (08) 6552 5543. Applications close on July 13, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The McGowan Government is committed to resetting the relationships with Aboriginal people and have reformed the WAAAC's operations to ensure that it is actively involved in the development of State strategies and policies that impact the lives of Aboriginal Western Australians. "The State Government's continued collaboration with the WAAAC will help to improve economic, social and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal Western Australians. "I would encourage Aboriginal people to consider this opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Agreement supports Pilbara station to diversify1301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8320html21/06/2018 2:20:05 AM2018-06-21T02:00:00Z New Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between the State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd Agreement supports the development of an irrigated agricultural precinct within Pardoo Pastoral Station ILUA secures benefits for Ngarla people (determined native title holders represented by the Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC) A new land agreement will open the door to more jobs in the Pilbara region and harness innovation in the Western Australian agricultural sector. The State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (on behalf of the Ngarla people) and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd, have recently finalised negotiations concerning the terms and conditions for an ILUA to support the development of an irrigated agriculture precinct. Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd has recently entered into a contract for feasibility works with the State Government, including an offer of a four-year development lease and freehold tenure subject to meeting terms and conditions. A significant milestone is the successful negotiation of an ILUA between the parties to facilitate the future freehold tenure grant. This is a key condition of the contract. The application covers an area of 9,084 hectares and is made up of portions of Pardoo Station's pastoral lease and Crown land reserves. The proposed irrigated agriculture precinct will support irrigation development, cattle handling operations, and the establishment of an office, accommodation and workshop. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture is providing pastoralists with a clear model to follow to pursue irrigated agriculture on their leases with the possibility of converting a portion of a pastoral lease to freehold tenure. "This agreement is part of Pardoo's broader Pilbara beef project and a significant investment in the region, creating jobs and opportunities for the local community and adding value to the WA economy." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The agreement is a brilliant result and signifies the willingness of the Ngarla people, Pardoo Beef Corporation and WA Government to work together and negotiate to realise mutual benefit from agricultural development in the Pilbara. "This agreement is an outstanding example of internationally driven regional development in partnership with our first nation's people; challenging the norm of 'business as usual'; diversifying the economic opportunities in the Pilbara; providing local jobs and economic benefits; and sustainably accessing WA resources." Comment attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The agreement provides a model of how pastoralists, Aboriginal people and the State Government can work together to secure outcomes which benefit the community and industry, securing jobs and investment in the Pilbara region." Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Albany offers developers premium beachfront hotel opportunity949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6760html20/06/2018 6:31:36 AM2018-06-20T06:30:00Z Expressions of interest (EOI) being sought for development of Middleton Beach hotel Hotel will be the jewel in the crown of the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre Hotel developers also given an opportunity to express interest in the other mixed-use sites in the project area as part of their EOI submission The development of a world-class hotel and activity precinct on Albany's iconic Middleton Beach has moved into the highly anticipated phase of seeking expressions of interest from prospective State, national and international hotel developers. The State Government, through LandCorp, has completed the first stage of civil works at the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre, which features four mixed-use sites including a 3,718sqm mixed-use hotel precinct up to 12 floors with potential for up to 120 hotel rooms plus apartments. With the hotel site already offering the rare opportunity of beach frontage in a popular tourist destination, as a further sweetener developers who participate in the hotel EOI can also express their interest in any of the three other mixed-use sites as part of their submission. The EOI process, being run by specialist hotel agency CBRE, follows a successful hotel operator EOI recently that saw high-end hotel chains declaring their interest in operating a hotel on Middleton Beach. Securing interest from big-name hotel brands has reinforced the attractiveness of the Middleton Beach development, and has the potential to provide the successful developer with a compatible project partner. The first stage of the hotel developer EOI runs from today (June 20) until Thursday July 17, 2018. Submissions will be assessed against selection criteria and short-listed proponents will then be offered the opportunity to submit more detailed proposals, as part of a Request for Proposal process from which a preferred developer will be selected. For more information, visit http//www.landcorp.com.au/middletonbeach Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The Middleton Beach Activity Centre development is focused on creating an energetic community hub to complement this already popular destination, with a new premium hotel having the potential to attract many more tourists, business visitors, and recreational enthusiasts to Albany. "We are seeking expressions of interest from developers who are excited about the unique opportunity available at Middleton Beach, and who will create a hotel precinct that reflects Albany's natural beauty, history and culture." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "Middleton Beach is a perfect example of the work the McGowan Government is achieving through LandCorp to stimulate investment in regional Western Australia and grow regional economies by boosting local employment, attracting tourism visits and diversifying housing choice. "Subject to the outcome of the hotel developer EOI, construction of the new development is expected to create more than 120 short-term jobs and when it is complete will launch hundreds of new employment opportunities in the region's growing hospitality and tourism industry." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Road safety experts in Perth to lead WA’s journey towards zero944Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5300html20/06/2018 6:17:31 AM2018-06-20T06:00:00Z First time the Monash University road safety leadership program offered in WA Western Australian leaders guided on Safe System approach to road safety One of the world's most respected and comprehensive research institutes - The Monash University Accident Research Centre is running its Executive Leadership Management Program in Perth for the first time ever. The three-day leadership program will hear from some of Australia's most trusted and respected road safety experts, and encourage delegates to consider new ways to approach road safety. The program will guide participants through the Safe System approach, a system that accepts drivers make mistakes and looks at the design of roads, safe speed limits and vehicle design as a way of reducing road trauma. It is expected participants in the program will share the information with their organisations, industry and communities to shift the way we think about road safety. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "I am pleased to welcome road safety experts of the calibre of the Monash University Accident Research Centre to Perth to share their wealth of knowledge with local leaders. "As work continues on the next road safety strategy for Western Australia, we need leaders within our community to lead the paradigm shift required for zero road trauma. "The MUARC Executive Leadership Management Program will provide WA leaders, not just within government but from not-for-profit organisations, the private sector and local government, with the tools to promote road safety within their own organisations. "Zero road deaths and serious injury on WA roads is achievable and programs like the MUARC Executive Leadership Management Program are a crucial tool as we continue our journey." Minister's office - 6552 6900