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Vocational education and training reform to boost quality225268Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 3:30:38 AM2018-10-22T03:30:00Z An overhaul of the vocational education and training (VET) delivered in Western Australian secondary schools will help ensure students receive the best quality training. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced a plan to ensure students receive quality training, from quality providers, with clear pathways post-school. Two wide-ranging reports into the delivery of vocational education and training in secondary schools - the Auditor General's 2016 report 'VET for Year 11 and 12 students in public schools' and the Parliamentary Education and Health Standing Committee's 2017 report 'Putting VET to the Test' - made a number of recommendations to strengthen the current system. Both recommended the requirements for achieving a Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE) be monitored closely to ensure schools are providing a sustainable future for students. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority will begin consultation this month with key stakeholders including school leaders, training providers and parents, on broadening the scope for students to achieve a WACE to deliver the best post-school outcomes for students that are not on an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) pathway. Currently, students not pursuing an ATAR are required to complete a Certificate II or higher VET qualification, in combination with other senior secondary courses, to achieve a WACE. The consultation will explore if there is scope for other options for Year 11 and 12 students, such as completing at least five general courses. The Department of Education and the Department of Training and Workforce Development, as well as the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, will also implement a range of changes to VET programs for secondary students to add rigour to senior secondary certification and to maintain the quality of training. A guidance tool to assist schools to find a suitable Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and assess its performance, was made available to schools earlier this year. To further ensure quality training, a preferred provider contract panel will be established to provide schools with a selection of quality-assured RTOs to choose from when making future arrangements. The Department of Education will improve governance arrangements between schools and RTOs before training is delivered, including developing standardised contracts. This will include stipulating the timeframe for verification of student achievement for inclusion in the WACE. The list of qualifications offered to students will be refocused, in consultation with industry and the education and training sector, to ensure senior secondary students graduate with a valuable qualification that meets industry needs and leads to employment opportunities. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The changes I am announcing today are designed to boost the standards of the VET we deliver in our schools and ensure students receive the best outcomes possible. "It also means additional support and guidance for schools when engaging with training organisations to ensure training is high quality and delivers meaningful qualifications for students. "We want students to be enrolled in courses that are personally challenging, that enhance their development and that provide them with the best career pathway post-school. "The WACE needs to be flexible and accommodate students with diverse interests and abilities - not limited to either academic or vocational pathways. "Essentially, we are striving to make sure that after completing 13 years of schooling, students will be prepared for future study at university or training, or with the skills and knowledge to enter the workplace." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Seniors Week grants to celebrate older Western Australians225267Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 3:06:46 AM2018-10-22T03:00:00Z WA Seniors Week runs from November 11 to 17 78 community groups and local governments funded to host Seniors Week events More than $80,000 has been provided to 78 community groups and local governments to hold events across Western Australia for Seniors Week, from November 11 to 17, 2018. The diverse events, funded through the State Government's Seniors Week 2018 Community Grants Program, will celebrate seniors, encourage active ageing, and bring generations together to learn from each other. Events include sharing the wisdom of 'nanna technologies' and seniors' gardening skills at Mount Lockyer community garden in Albany; and bringing seniors and school students together to cook up a feast with produce from the Chittering Farm Flavour Trail. In the metropolitan area, events such as Walyalup Kannajil in Fremantle will celebrate seniors with Noongar songs, traditional foods and stories and experiences from Aboriginal Elders; and Rockingham seniors can learn new skills at an artist walk and creative drawing event. The Seniors Week 2018 Community Grants Program is administered by the Council on the Ageing WA, and supported by the State Government and Lotterywest. Grants of up to $3,000 were made available to support an event or activity during WA Seniors Week. For the full list of grant recipients, visit http//www.cotawa.org.au Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Seniors Week is a time to acknowledge and honour older Western Australians, and that is exactly what we're doing with these wonderfully varied Seniors Week events. "As a regional Member of Parliament, I am particularly pleased to see so many of these grants supporting events and activities in regional communities and I encourage all Western Australians, regardless of age, to get involved in Seniors Week. "Each event will bring something to the people who organise it, their community and of course, the distinguished Western Australian seniors celebrated." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Western Australia launches bid to attract more visitors from India225265Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 2:31:09 AM2018-10-22T02:10:00Z Tourism WA undertaking marketing activity in world's second most populous country WA marketing representative to be based in Mumbai State Government delivers business cases to six Indian airlines to attract a direct service Tourism Western Australia will target India in a bid to attract more international visitors to the State. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, who is in India, is set to announce Tourism WA had committed funds to market Western Australia in India for the first time and would soon appoint a dedicated marketing representative based in Mumbai. The Minister is also holding key meetings with, and delivering business cases to, six Indian airlines in a bid to attract a direct service between India and Perth. India is currently WA's 10th biggest market in terms of visitors, with the State attracting 28,200 Indians in the year ending March 2018. Those visitors spent $68 million during their stay in WA, making India the ninth largest market in terms of spend. With a population of more than 1.3 billion people and a growing middle-class, India has the potential to grow into a key market for Western Australia. The first activity promoting WA in India will focus on cricket. It will include a co-operative marketing deal with Thomas Cook, offering travel packages to Perth for the first-ever cricket test match at Optus Stadium, from December 14 to 18, 2018. Activities to do and see around Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island will also be showcased in India through visiting sports media, social media influencers and media content partnerships during the historic Perth test. Renowned Indian cricket commentator, Harsha Bhogle will share his experiences with his millions of followers on social media throughout the duration of his stay in Western Australia for the test. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The State Government is serious about growing WA's tourism industry, and entering a new market such as India, with the potential to deliver thousands of more visitors, will help us achieve that goal. "We are working with Perth Airport to secure a direct air link between Perth and India, and this marketing activity will help promote WA and create even greater demand for these flights once they begin. "Our extraordinary State has much to offer Indian travellers, whether they're visiting for business, education or leisure. "Perth boasts some of the best hotels in Australia, with more than 3,000 new rooms opening in the past few years. It is also the perfect launching pad to visit our spectacular regions. "Western Australia is also an attractive option for Indians looking to study overseas, with the Premier recently announcing the Government will give high-achieving education graduates - PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degree graduates - a pathway to skilled migration." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Five billion reasons for us all to reduce our water use this spring225261Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 1:12:43 AM2018-10-22T01:05:00Z Perth's water use target blows out by five billion litres Western Australia is one of the places on the planet most impacted from reduced rainfall due to climate change Take the pledge to implement five simple steps to reduce water this spring WA landmarks to be lit up in blue this week for National Water Week (October 21-27, 2018) Perth households are being asked to pledge to reduce their water use this spring, with Perth guzzling five billion litres more water than forecast for the period between July to October. The average daily water use last week was 703 million litres, which was well above the forecast of 681 million litres. Since July 1, 2018 we have used 68 billion litres of water. This is about five billion litres - enough to fill up Optus Stadium five times - above what the Water Corporation had forecast for this period. The high water use is concerning despite a relatively wet winter, as climate change continues to have a profound impact on water resources in the south-west of Western Australia. Climate change has reduced rainfall in the south-west of WA significantly, with about 80 per cent less water running into Perth dams than there was 40 years ago. As a result, almost half of Perth's water is now manufactured through seawater desalination and groundwater replenishment - sources independent of rainfall. The rest of Perth's water supply comes from groundwater, with just a small percentage from rainfall in our dams. Finding ways to save water will defer the need for a new water source into the future. This week, Perth residents are being asked to pledge to implement five simple things to reduce their household water use this spring. This includes Choose waterwise plants for your garden - in Perth more than 40 per cent of household water is used outside the home; Swap to a water efficient showerhead and save up to 20,000 litres of water each year; Do not use the dishwasher until its full - a WELS 4-star dishwasher uses about 15 litres of water compared to a standard 22-litre capacity kitchen sink; Check your home for water leaks - it is estimated up to 700 million buckets of water are lost through household leaks in Perth each year; and Brush your teeth with the tap off - a running tap wastes up to 10 litres of water per minute. To mark National Water Week, landmarks across Western Australia will today be lit up in blue, including Optus Stadium, Matagarup Bridge, the Bell Tower, Trafalgar Bridge in East Perth and the Broome water tank. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This spring we have five billion reasons to make some small changes around the home to save precious water. "Climate change means every drop of water is precious and so I encourage everyone to take the pledge. "If we all do our bit at home and in the garden, we can save billions of litres of water each year and defer an expensive new climate-independent water source. "If we all do our bit we can ensure we have 'Water for me, Water for all in Western Australia'." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Apologies to Australian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse225260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 3:36:38 AM2018-10-22T01:00:00Z National apology to Australian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse welcomed Apology follows McGowan Labor Government's apology to survivors in June 2018 Redress scheme to support survivors of institutional child sexual abuse The Western Australian Government has welcomed the national apology made today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Australian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The Prime Minister made the national apology in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). Western Australia has strongly supported the Royal Commission. It was the first State in the country to formally apologise to child sexual abuse survivors, with the Premier Mark McGowan delivering an apology in Parliament in June this year. The Royal Commission completed its five-year inquiry in December 2017. Of the 409 recommendations put forward by the Royal Commission, 310 are applicable to Western Australia. Of these, 289 have been accepted or accepted in principle by the State Government and 21 are subject to further consideration. No recommendations have been rejected. Work on implementing the recommendations has already begun in Western Australia, and is being carried out in a staged approach. The State Government will report annually on its progress. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "While an apology cannot undo the horrific actions of the past, it is an important starting point to making amends and rebuilding trust. "That is why I chose as Premier to formally apologise to Western Australian survivors of institutional sexual abuse earlier this year. "The Prime Minister's national apology indicates the strong commitment across Australia to ensuring children are kept safe, and Western Australia is playing an integral role in that." Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "The national apology sends an important message across the country that sexual abuse of children results in lifelong trauma, and can never be tolerated. "It is only when we work together across governments, private and public institutions, and within our community that we can ensure the widespread abuses reported to the Royal Commission never happen again." Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "The McGowan Labor Government announced it would be joining the National Redress Scheme in June this year to provide an easier and less traumatic pathway for survivors who would otherwise have to go through an onerous and costly litigation process. "People who experienced sexual abuse in WA institutions can now submit their applications to the scheme." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 6600 Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Red poppy extravaganza lights up WA landmarks as part of Armistice celebrations225259Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:58:18 AM2018-10-22T00:00:00Z Animated lightshow will use 59,000 red poppies from November 5-11 to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice Western Australians urged to remember the sacrifice of the fallen and pass on Anzac heritage to future generations Red poppies, one of the most powerful and enduring symbols to emerge from the horrors of World War One, will be used as the basis of a spectacular light show that will illuminate some of Western Australia's best-known buildings. The week leading to November 11 will see the light installation projected onto buildings from Exmouth to Bunbury, Geraldton to Albany and from Kalgoorlie to Perth in a commemoration of the sacrifice of those who served in World War One - a global conflict that ended when Armistice was declared on November 11, exactly 100 years ago. The Armistice ended four brutal years of fighting on land, sea and air. Australia suffered devastating losses of life during the conflict which claimed more Australian lives than any other conflict. From a population of less than five million people, 416,809 Australians enlisted for service in World War One, 32,231 of them from WA. By November 11, 1918, 59,357 of the 330,000 Australians who embarked on overseas service had been killed, or died of wounds and disease. The resilient red poppy was one of the few plants to grow on the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. Featured in John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields, poppies came to symbolise the blood of fallen comrades and are considered a powerful emblem of remembrance for those who die in war. Prominent landmarks linked to war service across WA will be lit up by a projection of thousands of cascading poppies. The light installation will run for one evening at each of the following locations from dusk until midnight Exmouth The Vlaming Head Lighthouse - Monday November 5, 2018 Exmouth was used as a military base in the Second World War. Two Japanese attacks were carried out on the Exmouth Gulf area in May 1943. Geraldton Museum of Geraldton - Tuesday November 6, 2018 HMAS Sydney was sunk off the coast of Geraldton in 1941. This was the largest loss of life in the history of the Royal Australian Navy. Kalgoorlie Kalgoorlie Town Hall - Wednesday November 7, 2018 Albany Albany Town Hall - Thursday November 8, 2018 In 1914, 30,000 Australian and New Zealand troops departed Albany for Egypt and the battlefields of World War One. Bunbury St Patrick's Cathedral - Friday November 9, 2018 Fremantle WA Maritime Museum - Saturday November 10, 2018 In 1914, the 11th Battalion, the first battalion raised in WA departed Fremantle for the landing at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli. Perth St George's Cathedral - Sunday November 11, 2018 Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "The impact of World War One on Australia, our way of life and our identity as a nation cannot be overstated. "The personal stories of those impacted by the war are incredibly moving and I am honoured to be part of the Centenary of Armistice commemorations. "Poppies are an enduring symbol of remembrance of World War One that we proudly wear on November 11 each year. "The cascading poppies light show will be a spectacular way to honour our servicemen and women a century after their sacrifice and service. "It is important to understand how the war of a century ago helped forge Australia's identity as a society and the impact it had in the broader arena of world affairs. "We have a collective responsibility to ensure that the lessons learned from World War One are carried through the generations. "I encourage all Western Australians to get to one of these landmarks and attend the light show and to take a moment to ensure that we never forget the contribution of those who suffered and died to protect our freedoms and security." Minister's office - 6552 5300
McGowan Labor Government pledges $1 million for Telethon225239Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:51:48 AM2018-10-21T09:00:00Z Telethon 2018 benefits from $1 million State Government contribution Premier Mark McGowan shows support at Telethon weekend (October 20-21) Marking 51 years of giving, the State Government has made a $1 million donation to help bump up the Telethon tally. Premier Mark McGowan was joined by Channel 7's Monica Kos who took receipt of the funds on behalf of the charity at this weekend's 51st Telethon celebrations. The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is aiming to hit a remarkable $300 million milestone, which accounts for all the donations received since the charity's inception. Western Australians have been supporting the Channel 7 Telethon Trust over the past five decades with every cent donated going directly to children's hospitals, medical research facilities and community organisations to provide the latest equipment, services, therapies and programs that improve the lives of our young people. In addition, the State Government has partnered with the Channel 7 Telethon Trust for the past six years, providing $21 million to co-fund the Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund (TPCHRF), which supports child and adolescent health research. Its significant contribution will enable TPCHRF to continue funding its projects which improve services, research capacity and knowledge, and leverage further research into child and adolescent health for the next few years. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It would be deeply worrying to care for a very ill child or a child who is dealing with a life threatening disease. I've witnessed heartfelt circumstances shared by many Western Australian families. "Donations from each and every person in Western Australia goes a long way to helping the Channel 7 Telethon Trust administer important health services to WA children. "Telethon has been a long supporter of families with sick children and makes a major impact in helping Western Australians, thanks to the generosity of its donors. "The State Government's donation will help Telethon continue the important work it does in providing more equipment, resources and vital services for children in hospital, children with disability and disadvantaged children." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Anzac Bell to ring in centenary commemorations225238Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:47:52 AM2018-10-21T05:00:00Z Anzac Bell commemorates the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 The 6.5 tonne bell is the largest and heaviest of its kind ever made in Australia First public ringing will be on Remembrance Day - November 11, 2018 The largest bell cast in the Southern Hemisphere has been unveiled at a dedication ceremony in front of the Bell Tower in Perth. The Anzac Bell commemorates the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018, marking 100 years since Australia's involvement in the First World War. Weighing in at 6.5 tonnes, the bell is the heaviest of its kind ever to be cast in Australia. It will be installed within the Bell Tower in time for its first public ringing on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2018. The bell was designed by Whitechapel Bell Foundry, one of the oldest and most well-known bell manufacturers in the world that was also responsible for the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and Big Ben in London. The bell was cast in Western Australia with a number of local WA businesses contributing to the manufacture of the bell including Juice Creative, VEEM Ltd and Willis Engineering. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It's important to remember the sacrifices made by Western Australians who have served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. "The First World War killed and maimed more Australians than any other conflict. About 61,000 Australians died, including 7,000 Western Australians. "The Anzac Bell is a fitting memorial for the Anzac centenary - I encourage all Western Australians to visit and pay their respects." Comments attributed to Heritage and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The bell has been designed with considerable attention to detail. The frieze depicts people from all cultures and conflicts, set together in a landscape with a setting sun. As a bourdon, it is the heaviest type of bell and produces the lowest tone. "The bell is a piece of art, symbolising the spirit of the Anzacs and recognising their enormous contribution to our culture." Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "The Anzac Bell will serve as a lasting reminder of our wartime history, heard for years to come by future generations. "I encourage all Western Australians to witness the first ringing of the bell this Remembrance Day." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Heritage and Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Veterans Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300
Framework set for WA’s scientific non-lethal SMART drumline trial225237Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:42:47 AM2018-10-21T01:00:00Z Consultation guides preferred option for SMART drumline trial off Gracetown The non-lethal drumlines are expected to be deployed in early 2019 Strong community support for extension of Shark Monitoring Network to Gracetown Ten non-lethal SMART drumlines will be deployed about 500 metres offshore along an 11.5 kilometre stretch of coast in the Gracetown area, as part of a trial to determine the technology's effectiveness in reducing shark attacks in Western Australia. In September, a consultation process was launched, providing community members with the chance to have their say on two potential design options for the non-lethal trial. These options were developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Community consultation found that 57 per cent of the 161 respondents preferred the selected trial design over an alternative of 12 non-lethal SMART drumlines clustered in groups of three off Gracetown. A reference group of key stakeholders formed by the Minister for Fisheries, which includes representatives of Sea Shepherd, the Conservation Council WA, Surfing WA, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and Surf Life Saving WA, is also supportive of the trial design. Public consultation also showed overwhelming community backing for the McGowan Government's decision to extend the Shark Monitoring Network to the Gracetown area. Two receivers will be deployed at Cowaramup Bay and a third receiver will be installed at popular surf break Lefthanders, south of Gracetown. The three new satellite-linked receivers will cost approximately $200,000 and arrangements are on track to install them by mid-December, to provide coverage during the busy Christmas holiday period. This will take the number of receivers in WA's Shark Monitoring Network to 30. These receivers will detect tagged sharks within their vicinity and provide real-time information to authorities and ocean users, so they can make informed decisions before entering the water. This information is uploaded to the Sharksmart.com.au activity map and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. A public tender will soon be undertaken to select a contractor for the non-lethal SMART drumline trial, and costs of the trial will be known when this tender process is complete. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "I thank the community and the reference group for engaging in a constructive conversation about this non-lethal trial. "Unlike the previous government with their shark cull, we have been transparent and open to community feedback. We will continue to be transparent about the trial implementation by working with the reference group. "Department scientists are finalising the details of the scientific trial, with advice from the Chief Scientist, before its anticipated start early next year. "I want to have the trial up and running as soon as possible, but not at the expense of doing it right. "The addition of three new satellite-linked receivers that detect tagged sharks, further reinforces the McGowan Government's commitment to a science-based approach to shark hazard mitigation. "The extension of the Shark Monitoring Network off Gracetown is something the previous Liberal National Government failed to do in more than eight years, despite two fatalities in the area since 2010." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Peel sporting club grants help foster next generation of champions225236Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:32:26 AM2018-10-20T04:30:00Z 2018-19 Regional Grants Scheme supporting Peel-based cricket, hockey, netball, basketball, soccer and AFL associations State Government providing strong support to regional sport, in support of athlete development and stronger communities Premier Mark McGowan took in some cricket action at Sir Ross McLarty Oval in Pinjarra today, where he announced a series of local grants for Peel-based grassroots sporting clubs. Allocated as part of the State Government's 2018-19 Regional Grants Scheme, six Peel cricket, hockey, netball, basketball, soccer and AFL associations will share in $72,500 of funding to support community sport in the region. The commitment reflects the McGowan Government's strong support for grassroots sport in country areas - with local clubs in places such as the Peel region so often the foundation of their communities. This funding support is also important to help Peel clubs continue their long tradition of developing quality local talent with potential to reach the elite level in their given sport. The 2018-19 Regional Grants Scheme (Peel) includes Peel Cricket Board - $10,000; Peel Hockey - $10,000; Netball WA (Peel) - $15,000; Western Australian Basketball Federation (Peel) - $15,000; Peel District Football Development Council - $12,500; and Peel Regional Soccer Council - $10,000. Successful applicants for remaining regions in the 2018-19 Regional Grants Scheme will be announced in the near future. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Peel is an already strong sporting region, and these grassroots grants will ensure local clubs are able to continue their great work developing local talent. "This kind of local funding support helps make sure talented country athletes have decent opportunities to achieve in their chosen sport. "It's important we recognise the value grassroots sport brings to Peel communities - these sports clubs are often the cornerstone of the community." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "Community sport is so important for Pinjarra and other smaller towns in the Peel region. Local clubs bring country communities together like nothing else. "I'm proud to be part of a government that is supporting grassroots sport. "Some of the country's best athletes started out in local clubs in regional WA, and it's important we continue to support the next generation of sporting stars." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Additional funding to help drive WA’s economy225235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:25:13 AM2018-10-20T04:00:00Z Environmental Protection Authority services get $3.3 million boost More resources to help tackle large increase in environmental assessments Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced an additional $3.3 million in funding to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to help tackle the steep increase in State-significant proposals requiring assessment by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The money will be used for additional resources for the Environmental Protection Authority Services Division, within the department, which supports the independent EPA Board and is responsible for carrying out environmental assessments of significant proposals such as mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, processing plants as well as irrigated agriculture across the State. As a leading indicator, the Western Australian economy is improving - there has been a significant rise in proposals requiring EPA assessment. The number of EPA assessments has increased from an average of 138 assessments a year in the period from 2013-14 to 2016-17 to 224 assessments last financial year (2017-18). The additional funding will ensure projects are not delayed through the assessment process, enabling them to move into construction, development and production phases as quickly as possible. The funding will also be used to support the Appeals Convenor, obtain timely biodiversity advice to inform assessments, and address the backlog in approving environmental management plans for proponents. To future-proof the EPA from busy periods, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is developing an environmental accreditation scheme to enable environmental consultants to conduct assessments to agreed standards. The McGowan Government is also working on Environmental Protection Act amendments to allow for cost recovery in the future. The McGowan Government has worked hard to clear the way for industry to flourish in the State, which is driving economic growth. High priority proposals currently being assessed by the EPA include METRONET; Main Roads projects; Ocean Reef Marina; lithium mines and processing plants; oil and gas proposals; irrigated agriculture; and about 30 large-scale mining proposals. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "To ensure the State continues to grow, it is important the department is resourced appropriately to support the EPA to carry out its important job of assessing the environmental soundness of proposals and protect Western Australia's unique environmental values. "Today's funding announcement is a 25 per cent increase in the EPA's budget over the next two years (2018-19 and 2019-20) and will ensure it can do its job in a timely and effective way. "In the past year, the number of significant proposals requiring assessment by the EPA has markedly increased and shows no signs of slowing down. "As well as an increase in the volume of proposals, there has also been an increase in the complexity and variety of the projects coming to the EPA, which reflects the current diversity and innovation in the Western Australian economy." Minister's office - 6552 5800
CAT bus review seeks to optimise free city shuttle service225234Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:19:48 AM2018-10-20T00:30:00Z Review to consider potential new or expanded routes Big data will be used to examine passenger movements across Perth CBD Passengers urged to have their say in digital survey and community sessions The McGowan Government will review Transperth's highly-successful Perth Central Area Transit (CAT) bus service to gauge demand for new or expanded routes. This will be the first major review since the Green CAT service was introduced in 2013, and will seek input from the public, CAT bus users and key stakeholders including the City of Perth. Part of the research will include investigating demand for a night-time 'Black' CAT, which, subject to funding, could link residential developments, hotels and entertainment areas in East and West Perth with the city centre's main entertainment districts. The review will use a number of methods to seek feedback, including an online community survey in the new digital hub, My Say Transport and three community consultation sessions on Wednesday November 7 10am-3pm (Elizabeth Quay Bus Station InfoCentre) Thursday November 8 12.30pm-5.30pm (Perth Busport, Yagan Square entrance) Friday November 9 2pm-7pm (Perth Underground Station) Transperth is also collaborating with the Department of Transport, which is procuring for new origin-destination information. This data can be used to see where and when people in the central business district want to travel, so the State Government can investigate how best to get them there. A new passenger counting system will be installed on all Perth CATs by March 2019 to inform the review into whether there is a case to extend or amend the existing CAT bus network. Transperth's free high-frequency CAT buses are among the most successful and well-regarded bus services on the metropolitan network. In this year's Passenger Satisfaction Monitor (PSM), an annual survey of more than 4,000 regular Transperth passengers, 96 per cent of the 300 Perth CAT bus passengers surveyed said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the CBD services. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Perth's CAT bus network is a high-quality, well-regarded public transport mode that has served the city well for years. "Whenever I get on a CAT bus it's always busy, and it's clear from the PSM results how much people appreciate the service. "With all the new development that's taken place in Perth - from Yagan Square to the Optus Stadium and our other growing and vibrant entertainment precincts - it's important we continue to look forward to ensure we're getting the best out of these services." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "At the Perth City Summit workshops I organised last year, it became clear to me that people considered the convenient CAT bus services to be one of Perth's best assets. "Along with an overall review into the CAT bus services, the review will seek feedback about a potential night-time 'Black' CAT service linking East Perth and West Perth to the CBD, connecting our key entertainment precincts. "I'd urge all interested parties to take part in the consultation process to help us make the best of these fantastic services." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA children to pilot world-first autism therapy225233Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/10/2018 12:12:53 AM2018-10-20T00:00:00Z New trial for Western Australian children at risk of autism Provides vital early intervention at the crucial early stages of a child's development Child health research projects awarded more than $3.5 million A team of Western Australian child health researchers is about to pilot a world-first group intervention for young children showing early risk signs for autism. It is hoped the pilot project will improve children's social and communicative development, and could ultimately mean more WA children at risk of autism are given timely and effective help. The randomised controlled trial involves videoing interactions between parents and their children. Parents are then offered feedback on how to enhance communications with their children. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability characterised by impaired social and communicative skills. While it is rarely diagnosed before three or four years of age, risk factors for it, including non-verbal cues, can be identified much earlier. The therapy is modelled on an existing UK program that was found to be effective in providing sustained results in children known to have been at significant risk of autism. This program was home-based and delivered one-on-one, making it labour intensive and costly. The WA team has taken key elements of the program to develop a group-based intervention which, apart from an initial home-based session, will be delivered in clinics to groups of up to six parents. The modifications will enable it to be delivered to more children and at approximately a third of the cost of the UK program. The WA research is led by Child Development Service Paediatrician Associate Professor John Wray. Eighty children, aged from nine to 14 months, will be recruited for the trial following referrals from child health nurses and general practitioners. The trial is among 13 research projects that will share in more than $3.5 million in the sixth round of the Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund (TPCHRF). The TPCHRF is a collaboration between the Department of Health and Channel 7 Telethon Trust that provides funding for WA research activities which focus on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. Visit the Department of Health's website for the full list of TPCHRF recipients. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This world-first project will provide new hope for families with a child displaying early signs of autism. In Western Australia around 400 to 500 new cases of autism are diagnosed in children under six years of age every year, equivalent to one or two cases a day. "This project is an example of some of the exciting, innovative research taking place in Western Australia's public health system. "We know that the right help, given in the crucial early stages of a child's development, can significantly change the trajectory of that child's life. "As we prepare to embrace Channel 7's Telethon this weekend, research like this is the perfect reminder of how the money you donate dramatically improves the lives of WA children." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Jandabup trench rescuers honoured at emergency services awards90587Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1960html19/10/2018 1:00:26 PM2018-10-19T09:00:00Z Officers who saved eight-year-old boy stuck in trench receive highest DFES community contributions award Awards ceremony also recognised 195 emergency services personnel for long-standing, diligent service Officers have contributed more than 3,280 years of service to emergency services The challenging and difficult rescue of eight-year-old Riley Stiles, who was trapped in a trench in Jandabup, was recognised today at the National Medal and Emergency Services Diligent Service Medal ceremony. The actions of Malaga Career Fire and Rescue Service firefighters to secure the edges of a collapsing trench and work through a highly complicated rescue saved the life of eight-year-old Riley Stiles. Malaga Station Officer Alan Phoenix and firefighters Mark Flower, Michael Bryan and Paulo Eraclides were the first firefighters on the scene in November 2017 and were faced with an extremely complicated and dangerous rescue. The officers today received the Certificate of Commendation for their actions. The certificate is the highest DFES award for significant community contributions. Also recognised were District Officer Phillip Brandrett, Project Services Manager Matthew Goodwin and Murdoch Station Officer Ronald Bailey who each received a Certificate of Distinction for their outstanding contributions to DFES in the areas of safety, peer support and facility construction. Station Officer Bailey was in particular recognised for his innovative suggestion to house an emergency switch in appliances that helps firefighters make a quick escape during a burn over. This key safety feature has been implemented in all urban pumps across the DFES fleet. The awards ceremony also acknowledged more than 3,280 years of service with 195 career firefighters and staff qualifying for long and diligent service medals. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The WA community is fortunate that whatever the situation, we have highly skilled and trained personnel who are ready to respond at a moment's notice. "I heard firsthand from one of the officers involved in the rescue of Riley Stiles, and it was extremely fortunate that those officers who were on duty that day had the right skills and experience to rescue Riley. "It was a very unusual rescue in a high-stress environment with an extremely distressed little boy. "Those officers are just some of many emergency services personnel across Western Australia who do such a great job saving us from harm. "This not only includes our firefighters and emergency services personnel on the frontline, but also those working diligently behind the scenes, for example providing mapping support or working in IT. "On behalf of the Western Australian community and the McGowan Labor Government, I congratulate all of the recipients on their outstanding achievements." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Treasurer to visit China to strengthen relationship90584Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html19/10/2018 6:07:00 AM2018-10-19T06:00:00Z Treasurer to visit China and meet with key government, trading and investment stakeholders Trip to bolster WA's strong, stable and prosperous relationship with China Exports to China worth $61.5 billion to the WA economy last financial year Treasurer Ben Wyatt will visit China next week for a series of meetings focused on ensuring that Western Australia's long, respectful and prosperous relationship stays strong. Given the current tensions in global trade, the Treasurer will use the Parliamentary break to meet with Chinese representatives of Government and business in his first trip to China since taking office. During the visit, the Treasurer will meet with the heads of State-owned enterprises and top private investors, as well as other key organisations such as the Chinese Government's National Development and Reform Commission, the Bank of China and BaoWu Steel. The trip follows successful visits by Premier Mark McGowan. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "Our relationship with China has been one of the real drivers of WA economic success. This has been recognised by successive WA Governments, and the McGowan Government sees it as vital that it continues. "I want China to know that they have a friend in WA and that we are keen to maintain the relationship between China and our State. "Given their status as our number one trading partner and the fact that last year they bought more than $49 billion worth of WA iron ore, I want China to know that they can count on the stable partnership with WA." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Henley Brook rezoning approved90582Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8030html19/10/2018 5:41:10 AM2018-10-19T05:40:00Z Amendment supports targeted urbanisation near planned METRONET stations Rezoning to consolidate development in area of fast population growth Amendment completes urbanisation between Ellenbrook and Brabham in the Swan Urban Growth Corridor Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has approved the rezoning of more than 260 hectares of land between Ellenbrook and Brabham, which will facilitate future housing along the future METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line. The land in Henley Brook - surrounded by Lord Street, Gnangara Road and Park Street - has been rezoned from Rural to Urban in the Metropolitan Region Scheme. This amendment represents the next stage in the urbanisation of the Swan Urban Growth Corridor, in keeping with the North-East Sub-regional Planning Framework. The amendment will facilitate further planning to enable the future development of the area for residential and related purposes, consolidating the north-east metropolitan urban footprint. The transfer of the amendment area to urban will not prevent existing landowners from continuing to use their properties for current purposes, but will provide planning certainty for those who wish to further develop their properties in the future. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "This rezoning is part of our plan for the sustainable development of Perth's fast growing north-east corridor. "Critically, it is designed to ensure a more consolidated footprint that aligns with future public transport planning, including connections to future METRONET stations. "As our city grows, a business as usual perspective must be replaced with a more considered approach to development that focuses on connection and consolidation. "Together with the recently rezoned land parcel in East Wanneroo, the plan to sensibly urbanise the north-east and north-west corridors is well underway, providing certainty and clarity to landowners and other stakeholders. "Further community input will be sought during the next stage, which will involve the preparation of a local structure plan." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Historic on-demand transport reforms pass Parliament90581Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7320html19/10/2018 2:56:11 AM2018-10-19T02:50:00Z Transport (Road Passenger Services) Bill 2018 and associated amendment Bill have now passed the Legislative Council Biggest reforms to the on-demand transport and taxi industry in WA history Voluntary taxi plate buyback scheme can now progress towards implementation McGowan Government delivers major election commitment Historic reforms to Western Australia's on-demand transport and taxi industry passed the Legislative Council late yesterday. These reforms can now be implemented to provide a level playing field whereby all drivers and booking services will operate under the same rules for the first time in WA. The reforms, to be rolled out from early 2019, will enable a range of improvements to how the taxi and on-demand transport services operate. The legislation will also end restrictions that have made it difficult for taxis to compete and give the industry greater certainty. Safety is a major focus of the reforms, establishing clear accountability for all those operating in the industry. In particular, all booking services will now be required to be authorised and will be responsible for making sure the vehicles and drivers they dispatch are also authorised and safe. Additionally, under the new legislation, booking services will be required by law to report serious safety incidents to the Department of Transport for potential investigation. The benefits of the reform will Create a fairer and modernised system for all operators; Promote competition and innovation across the industry, removing regulation and costs; Remove restrictions on when, where and how taxis can operate; Introduce a strengthened duty of care for passenger safety; and Create one annual authorisation for all types of on-demand drivers. The legislation will also enable the McGowan Labor Government to deliver its election commitment to implement a voluntary industry funded taxi plate buyback scheme. Plate owners will receive between $100,000 and $250,000, less any hardship payments already received, and depending on how long they owned the plate. The buyback scheme will be industry funded over four years, through a temporary 10 per cent levy on total fare revenue generated by operators. The wider reform package will encourage greater competition and innovation in on-demand transport throughout WA, providing customers with greater choice and easier access to safe and smart services. Minor amendments, including exempting electric vehicles and regional operators from the taxi plate buyback levy, were made during the legislation's passage through Parliament to achieve broader support across parties without impacting the intent of the reform. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is the most comprehensive overhaul of taxi and on-demand transport industry in the State's history and will ultimately give customers more choice of improved services. "Since coming to Government, resolving the uncertainty in the industry has been one of my highest priorities as Minister for Transport. "We have seen people in the industry suffer under the previous government's inaction and it is now time to even the playing field through these carefully developed and well-consulted reforms. "I am pleased that the State Government can now proceed with an industry funded buyback scheme for privately owned taxi plates. Not only will the buyback provide certainty and finally allow the taxi industry to modernise, importantly, it is the right thing for government to do. "I understand that not everyone is happy with the reform, but I believe it strikes the right balance. "I would like to thank Dr Tony Buti for his work in co-ordinating one of the most comprehensive consultation processes in the history of the on-demand industry in WA. "For customers, these reforms mean more choice, stronger safety standards and ultimately reduced costs for industry and customers. "It is long overdue reform and creates consistent regulations for the on-demand transport sector as a whole to grow and innovate into the future." Comments attributed to Taxi and On-Demand Transport Reform Coordinator and Armadale MLA Tony Buti "I would like to thank the Minister for appointing me to conduct a fresh round of consultation of the taxi and on-demand transport industry early last year. "Throughout 2017 and 2018 over 60 hours of consultation took place with plate owners, taxi drivers, management companies, industry associations and booking services. "We have worked hard to seek input from all sectors of the industry and I am confident that both the reforms and the buyback are fair and allow those taxi plate owners who choose to, the ability to continue to operate. "I look forward to seeing increased safety requirements, greater flexibility, reduced costs for the taxi industry and ultimately better services for the public." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA Industry and Export Awards winners honoured90577Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6190html19/10/2018 2:36:27 AM2018-10-19T02:30:00Z 14 different companies honoured at the 2018 WA Industry and Export Awards Scitech and Linear Clinical Research named as Hall of Fame inductees Premier Mark McGowan has commended the winners of the 2018 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards. The awards were held at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth on October 18, where people from 28 remarkable businesses gathered to share in an evening of celebration. The winner of the major award, WA Exporter of the Year, AGRIFresh is a family owned and operated citrus grower, located in Dandaragan, and exports to Asia and the Middle East. The export category award winners will now represent Western Australia at the 56th Australian Export Awards, to be held in November 2018, in Canberra. For more information, visit http//www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/industryandexportawards Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The WA Industry and Export Awards showcase Western Australian innovators who export their products throughout Australia and around the world. "These innovators have built successful businesses and have helped support employment in Western Australia. "The Hall of Fame inductees, Scitech and Linear Clinical Research, have won their category three years in a row, which is a remarkable achievement and I applaud all their staff members for their terrific work. "For the export category winners that go on to represent the State at the national awards, I wish them all the best. "Win or lose, these businesses have done Western Australia proud." Premier's office - 6552 5000
WA road trips to star in global tourism campaign90576Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6730html19/10/2018 2:00:43 AM2018-10-19T02:00:00Z New global tourism campaign to be launched in nine international markets Campaign promotes Western Australia as the 'Road Trip State' Driving routes showcase WA nature, food and wine A new global tourism campaign was launched today in Perth, promoting driving holidays in Western Australia. The campaign proposes the considerable size of the State should be viewed as an advantage, and highlights how its size provides an opportunity for people to experience a variety of destinations as part of a road trip. Showcasing WA as the 'Road Trip State', the campaign will be launched domestically and in nine international markets - Singapore, Malaysia, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Indonesia. It will also encourage Western Australians to holiday within the State with print, radio and digital advertising being rolled out in the domestic markets next month. The campaign will promote a range of self-drive holiday routes across the whole of WA, including regional areas. It will feature information on distances and accommodation options, from camping or 'glamping' to hotels and apartments. Each road trip route highlights experiences unique to that particular region, including attractions and local history as well as gourmet cuisine and adventure options. Visitors will also be informed of the best time of year to view nature and wildlife, such as whale watching, sea turtle nesting and wildflowers in bloom. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The vastness of WA is sometimes perceived as a negative, but this campaign will show visitors that road trips are actually one of the best ways to explore our scenic State. "It will encourage interstate, international and local visitors to experience all that our extraordinary State has to offer. "A road trip is the perfect way to discover regional WA's stunning attractions, at your own pace and on your own terms. "The campaign forms part of Tourism WA's Two-Year Action Plan, which aims to grow the number of visitors to the State and encourage them to disperse to the regions." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Peptide shows promise of protecting infant brains90574Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4240html19/10/2018 12:10:43 AM2018-10-19T00:00:00Z Brain researchers investigate promising peptide compound to protect the brain of newborn babies Potential treatment and therapy for some babies at risk of cerebral palsy and other permanent types of brain damage Project funded by Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund grant Western Australian researchers believe they have identified a compound that could protect the brain cells of newborns who have had a stroke-like event around the time of birth. Their confidence stems from results achieved with a peptide dubbed 'R18'. R18 has been used in trials with brain cell cultures and pre-clinical models that mimic the stroke-like condition, known as hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE affects three in every 1,000 live births, with up to 15 to 25 per cent of affected babies dying and an additional 25 to 60 per cent sustaining permanent brain damage, resulting in cerebral palsy, epilepsy or learning disabilities. The research is being led by Associate Professor Bruno Meloni, a neuroscientist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science. The current treatment for HIE is hypothermia, which involves actively lowering the body temperature of the affected baby to 33-34ºC and keeping it at that temperature for 72 hours, but the procedure has limitations. The WA research team began investigating the potential of R18 to treat neonatal HIE, after it was shown to provide neuroprotective properties in pre-clinical models of adult stroke. With its grant, the research team will build on existing work and aim to determine if R18 provides an additional benefit when combined with hypothermia. The rates of HIE are even higher in developing countries and Australia's rural and remote communities. The researchers are hopeful that R18 will eventually become a therapy for treating neonatal HIE, either in combination with hypothermia or - in instances where hypothermia is not available - as a standalone treatment. The Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund (TPCHRF) is a collaboration of the Department of Health and Channel 7 Telethon Trust that provides funding for WA research, which focuses on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. The study is among 13 projects that will share in $3.5 million in the sixth round of the Telethon Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund. Visit the Department of Health's website for the full list of TPCHRF recipients. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This project is a credit to Associate Professor Meloni and his team and an example of the innovative, world-class research taking place inside Western Australia's public health system. "The lifetime healthcare costs associated with treating a single patient with cerebral palsy are estimated at $1.2 million to $1.3 million, but the human cost of such a condition is incalculable. "As we prepare to embrace Channel 7's Telethon this weekend, research like this is the perfect reminder of how the money you donate dramatically improves the lives of WA's sick kids. I'm looking forward to doing my bit for Telethon 2018 when I saddle up and join the cycle team in the HBF 24-hour fitness challenge at PCEC. "Communities across WA can be very proud of Telethon, it is the highest fundraising telethon per capita in the world and I urge all Western Australians to be part of this iconic, fun and hugely worthwhile event." Minister's office - 6552 6500