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New Onslow homes for Government workers18637Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 7:28:19 AM2016-09-29T07:15:00Za 10 new homes for key Government workers in Onslow Funded by the State Development Agreement for the Wheatstone Project Onslow is now a more attractive place to live for Government employees after the completion of 10 new homes under the Government Regional Officers' Housing (GROH) program. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls announced the completion of the homes today and said it would improve service delivery to the Pilbara town. "The delivery of essential public services to people in regional and remote Western Australia is a priority of the Liberal National Government," Mr Grylls said. "Government employees often relocate to live and work in these areas, and having good quality, affordable housing available is crucial to attracting the right people." The properties are located in LandCorp's Barrarda Estate subdivision and were built at a cost of about $5 million. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the housing was funded by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, a major liquefied natural gas project 12 kilometres west of Onslow. "Through its commitments under the State Development Agreement, Wheatstone provided funding to build the homes, which the Housing Authority will own and manage," Mr Marmion said. "Additional State Government funding of $3 million was used to pay for the land. "This is a great example of industry working with the Government to deliver positive community outcomes in regional WA." Fact File The 10 new homes comprise 4 x four-bedroom, 2 x three-bedroom and 4 x two-bedroom dwellings The new homes join 12 units for service workers in Onslow, completed in 2014 The Housing Authority manages 5,500 homes for Government employees across the State under the GROH program The Wheatstone Project has committed more than $250 million to social and critical infrastructure in Onslow including health, recreation and utilities. The State Government has also committed about $70 million to local facilities Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Sniffing out threats to protect agriculture18632Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 2:40:06 AM2016-09-29T02:40:00Za Two new detector dogs for WA quarantine service Western Australia has two new quarantine detector dogs sniffing out potential threats to protect the State's agriculture and food sector from harmful pests, weeds and diseases. Two new labradors - Molly and Sam - joined the Department of Agriculture and Food's Quarantine WA service detector dog unit earlier this month, replacing two retiring dogs. Molly and Sam have come from Sydney where they have been training for 10 weeks. The dogs are continuing to train at Perth domestic airport terminals with Quarantine WA to be ready to protect the borders. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the Quarantine WA service worked hard to maintain WA's biosecurity status by preventing the introduction of exotic pests, diseases and weeds found in other States and Territories of Australia. "The detector dog unit is one example of this work. The unit has six dogs who work in shifts at the Perth domestic airport meeting passengers off flights and checking luggage for unwanted items such as fruit and vegetables, honey and plant material," Mr Lewis said. "Last financial year there were more than 4,000 intercepts of risk material at the airport. Detections included 68 large bananas, 10 kilograms of honey, 29 mangoes, 10kg of eggplant and 46kg of cassava. "By keeping WA free of serious weeds, pests and diseases such as khapra beetle, varroa mite and Queensland fruit fly, our agricultural industries enjoy lower production costs and greater market access. "Strong border biosecurity also limits the impact of pests, weeds and diseases such as myrtle rust can impact on the environment and our social amenities. "Preventing new pests and diseases entering the State is more cost effective than trying to eradicate them when established." Fact File Sam is a chocolate labrador who is 19 months old and comes from a NSW kennel facility. Molly is a golden labrador who is 17 months old and comes from Labrador Rescue in NSW Sam and Molly replace retired dogs Oscar and Charlie Brown Minister's office - 6552 6400
The quay to showcasing WA talent18631Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 2:35:12 AM2016-09-29T02:35:00Za Liberal National Government investment in Elizabeth Quay project continues to pay back Award-winning architect Kerry Hill leads design $300 million estimated construction project to create hundreds of jobs Concept designs have been unveiled for Elizabeth Quay's next premier hotel, residential and commercial buildings as Planning Minister Donna Faragher confirmed the sale of two lots on the western promenade. Mrs Faragher was joined by developers CA & Associates which plans to build a hotel and apartments on the site. Concept plans are the result of an international design competition for the development which was won by architect Kerry Hill. The winning design includes two towers comprising about 300 residential and 170 short-stay apartments, a hotel and a range of dining and retail options. CA & Associates plan to submit a version of the design for development approval. "Elizabeth Quay continues to attract the best Western Australia has to offer - internationally renowned architects and artists, premium restaurant operators, highly experienced developers and some of the highest land sales on record," the Minister said. "With an estimated construction value of $300 million, and a substantial injection in job growth, this development will continue Elizabeth Quay's role as an important economic driver for the State. "I would like to congratulate Kerry Hill and his team on their approach to design which maximises public access via walkways, a ground-floor plaza, art museum and viewing deck; features that will be enjoyed by the millions of annual visitors to our city. "Elizabeth Quay was always intended to showcase Perth on a national and international stage and these attractions offering sweeping views of Kings Park, the Swan River and Rottnest Island will go a long way to achieving that objective." CA & Associates will pay $85 million for the two sites, keeping the project on track to return well over half of the Liberal National Government's initial $440 million investment. "There continues to be strong interest in investment and business at Elizabeth Quay which has shaped the timing of the release of the last remaining lot which will go to market next week," Mrs Faragher said. Fact File CA & Associates is a collaboration between AAIG Pty Ltd led by Victor Goh and the Fini Group. Subject to development approval, construction of the new Elizabeth Quay development is expected to start in late 2017 Lot 4, the last remaining Elizabeth Quay lot available, on the corner of William Street and The Esplanade, will be released to the market on October 4, 2016 For more information, visit http//www.elizabethquay.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
Restoration for historic Ellensbrook property18630Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 2:30:16 AM2016-09-29T02:30:00Za 19th century Margaret River estate of Alfred and Ellen Bussell to be conserved The historic Ellensbrook property, near Margaret River, will be conserved and made more accessible to the community and visitors with $676,291 funding from Lotterywest. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said restoring the 1857 homestead and other buildings was important because the life of the Bussells at Ellensbrook added to the understanding of Western Australia's colonial heritage, rural development and relationships with Aboriginal people. "Alfred and Ellen Bussell overcame many struggles on the land to become successful pioneers and their Ellensbrook home shows the social and economic conditions of the time," Mr Jacob said. "Over the decades, the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The family sold beef, butter and cheese with much of their success due to the practical skills and energy of Ellen and two of her daughters." Between 1871 and 1877 the eldest Bussell daughter Fanny managed the homestead, dairy production and beef cattle. In 1899, the second daughter Edith established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. "Ellensbrook can also be seen as a leader in the early tourism industry in the South-West by providing accommodation and quality produce from a region that is now known around the world for excellent food," the Minister said. The Lotterywest funds will go towards stabilising walls, timber conservation, drainage and removing inappropriate restorations which are damaging the original building. Landscaping will include paths, fencing, reinstating the water wheel and conserving the weir. Outdoor furniture will be provided for picnics and to encourage more people to visit. Archaeological and historical research will look more closely at the Aboriginal significance of the site and fill in gaps in understanding the European developments. Signs will be installed to interpret Aboriginal and European heritage values. The Liberal National Government is also revitalising key heritage sites through the $4 million Heritage Revolving Fund. This fund has enabled the restoration of the Fremantle Warders' Cottages and the former Coogee Hotel and Post Office. Fact File WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community For more information, visit http//www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants Minister's office - 6552 5800
State Government to establish Rural Fire Service18629Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 2:15:04 AM2016-09-29T02:15:00Za Rural Fire Service to be established A new Office of Emergency Management to be established The Liberal National Government will support all 17 recommendations of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire by Euan Ferguson AFSM, including the implementation of a Rural Fire Service, Premier Colin Barnett said today. "Mr Ferguson has recommended the establishment of a Rural Fire Service and emphasises the importance of local knowledge and experience in fighting bushfires in his report," Mr Barnett said. "The State's volunteer firefighters do a magnificent job and their expertise in fighting bush fires needs to be better utilised. "The State Government will establish a Rural Fire Service as either a separate agency or sub-department of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). "Consultation will take place with relevant agencies such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife, DFES, local government, volunteer firefighters and the United Firefighters Unions of WA to investigate the best model." Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said that significantly, the implementation of many of the recommendations had already started ahead of this year's bushfire season. "Western Australia has suffered terrifying and catastrophic fires in recent years, and we will do everything we can to respond accordingly," Mr Francis said. "The State Government also supported in principle all 23 agency opportunities for improvement identified by Mr Ferguson." Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said work was underway to address bushfire risk on Government-owned land which would be supported with an additional $15 million over four years from Royalties for Regions. "The need for a greater emphasis on preventing and mitigating risk on Crown land was identified as a key issue by Mr Ferguson and the Government has reacted swiftly to allocate additional funding to this area ahead of the 2016-17 bushfire season," Mr Redman said. "The increased funding will be accessible to various State Government agencies responsible for land within and adjacent to regional townsites as part of Government's strong desire to see a more co-ordinated approach to address risks on Crown land." Many of Mr Ferguson's recommendations were being implemented ahead of the upcoming bushfire season. These included establishing five pre-formed multi agency incident management teams for level 3 incidents, which include representation from both Government and volunteers installing Automated Vehicle Location Systems in vehicles and appliances at a cost of $2.4 million establishing a $2.8 million critical messaging system by November 2016 which will issue warnings and provide advice on fire danger ratings and total fire bans. The information will be available on a new Emergency WA website to be promoted through the Are You Ready bushfire campaign issuing identification cards to DFES volunteers in high-risk regions. A new Office of Emergency Management (OEM), comprising the State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat and the Office of Bushfire Risk Management will also be established. There would also be an independent review into the Emergency Services Levy. "The new OEM will have a quality assurance role and report directly to the Minister for Emergency Services," Mr Francis said. "From the public comments received in response to the Ferguson Report, the majority of stakeholders and community members were supportive of his recommendations. "While the Government is moving as quickly as possible to enact measures ahead of the bushfire season, structural recommendations will be developed in a considered way to ensure that as a community, we are more resilient to emergencies in the future." Fact File Of the 142 public submissions in response to the Ferguson Report, 88% supported a Rural Fire Service To view the report, visit https//news.wa.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Government-response-to-Ferguson-Report-Online.pdf The Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire was tabled in State Parliament on June 23, 2016 Premier's office - 6552 5000 Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500 Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Digging the past to make way for new museum18625Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 12:30:17 AM2016-09-29T00:30:00Za Archaeological research aims to uncover information about WA's built heritage An archaeological excavation is underway at the Western Australian Museum's Perth site - the location of the new museum for WA - to uncover materials and structural remains of some of the State's early 20th century buildings. The excavation is being conducted by expert archaeologists and third-year archaeology students from The University of Western Australia, in partnership with the WA Museum. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said results from the research would contribute to the interpretation of the site. "The concept for the new museum includes a dramatic and bold modern design, but a vital part of the project is to incorporate the site's heritage values through its building and archaeology," Mr Jacob said. "The stories and uses of the heritage buildings will be shared in the interpretation of the new museum and the research will provide a richer understanding of the buildings that were formerly here." The archaeology teams are excavating shallow trenches to determine the presence of any footings or foundations associated with the former Victoria Public Library 'stack' building and Government Geologists' Laboratory. The buildings were built between 1902 and 1904. It is anticipated the excavations will also recover historical material from activities in the buildings and help answer questions about the development of the museum precinct in the early to mid-20th century. "The Government Geologists' Laboratory was one of the earlier buildings on the museum grounds, and the WA Museum's geological collection includes specimens collected by the Government Geologist and Chief Mineralogist from those early days," the Minister said. The investigation will also provide valuable information on the extent to which structural remains may exist for the Victoria Public Library, which includes the apartment of former Chief Librarian, J.S. Battye, and his family. Fact File New museum is on schedule to open in 2020 in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre Victoria Public Library was renamed in 1904 as the Public Library of Western Australia and was later renamed as the State Library of Western Australia For more information, visit http//www.museum.wa.gov.au/new-museum Minister's office - 6552 5800
Partial divestment by Keystart agreed at $1.35b18624Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 12:19:26 AM2016-09-28T23:30:00Za Keystart's partial loan book divestment to be completed at $1.35 billion It will be the second transaction in the Liberal National Government's asset sales program Business as usual for Keystart customers - no change to service levels or existing terms and conditions The Liberal National Government today announced that Keystart had entered into an agreement with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for the partial divestment of Keystart's loan book, with the equitable assignment to the private sector to be completed at $1.35 billion. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the selection of a partner was an important consideration for Keystart and the State Government, after running an open and competitive process which demonstrated Bendigo and Adelaide Bank had a strong track record in partnering and offered the best value to the State. Dr Nahan said Bendigo and Adelaide Bank was Australia's fifth largest retail bank and had a long and established history in the Australian residential mortgage market. "When finalised, this will mark the second transaction in the State Government's asset sales program and will achieve a reduction in gross debt," he said. "This also represents an important step in ensuring a sustainable future for the home loan program by reducing its reliance on Government borrowings." Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said it would be business as usual for Keystart customers. "There will be no change to the service levels or terms and conditions for existing Keystart customers and the transaction will not change Keystart's existing interest rate setting policy, lending eligibility criteria or rigorous loan assessment process," Mr Grylls said. "The Government remains committed to supporting Keystart, which will continue to play a critical role in the Government's Affordable Housing Strategy and ensure West Australians have access to low deposit loans that allow them to enter the housing market." Fact File Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are Australia's fifth largest retail bank Keystart provides low deposit and shared equity residential home loans to eligible West Australians who are unable to obtain finance from private lenders Keystart has helped more than 85,000 West Australians into home ownership For more information, visit http//www.keystart.com.au Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
World’s finest cyclist joins South-West tour18623Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/09/2016 12:13:49 AM2016-09-28T22:30:00Za World Champion and Dutch Olympic Gold medal cyclist Marianne Vos to compete in WA Riding in Tour of Margaret River and mass participation event, Breakaway WA Tour of Margaret River is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions One of the superstars of world cycling will take part in the Tour of Margaret River and a new curtain-raiser mass participation event, Breakaway WA, thanks to a new sponsorship deal with the Liberal National Government. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett today announced the State Government, through Tourism WA and the Royalties for Region program, would provide a funding boost to the Tour of Margaret River which would see the three-day event grow to a week-long tour through some of the State's extraordinary southern destinations. Mr Barnett said the funding had also helped the event organisers attract 13-time World Champion and Dual Olympic Gold medallist Marianne Vos to take part in both Breakaway WA and the Tour of Margaret River. "Marianne Vos is arguably the finest cyclist of her generation having won world championships in road, mountain bike, cyclo-cross and track racing and it will be a privilege to welcome her to Western Australia," he said. The Tour of Margaret River is the only Pro-Am team road race in Australia and started in 2009 with a small group of around 30 riders. The Premier said the 2016 race was expected to attract about 660 riders with some of the biggest names in professional cycling to join Vos including Australians Robbie McEwen, Tiffany Cromwell, Simon Clarke, Luke Durbridge, Matt Keenan and Scott Sunderland. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said events such as the Tour of Margaret River strengthened local tourism-related businesses and contributed to the vibrancy of regional communities. "The Tour of Margaret River will have a great impact on the local economy and is expected to bring more than $3 million into the region over the next three years," Mr Redman said. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and the Royalties for Regions investment in the Regional Events Program will bring significant social and economic benefits to the region and throughout WA." Mr Barnett said tourism generated $9.6 billion in 2015-16, including $4.5 billion in regional areas. "The State Government has a strategy in place to increase this value to $12 billion across the State by 2020," he said. "Events such as the Tour of Margaret River and Breakaway WA contribute to this goal by attracting visitors to regional areas." Fact File Breakaway WA runs from November 6-10, 2016 starting with The Amazing Albany Bike Ride The Tour of Margaret River is on from November 11-13, 2016 For more details about both events, visit http//tourofmargaretriver.com In 2015-16, Tourism WA sponsored 83 events, including 68 in regional WA. For more information, visit http//www.tourism.wa.gov.au To find out more about Royalties for Regions, visit http//www.drd.wa.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
State applauds WASO firsts in China and UAE18621Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2016 11:44:19 PM2016-09-28T22:00:00Za First United Arab Emirates visit by a major Australian performing arts company First Australian orchestra performance at prestigious Beijing Music Festival $250,000 from Liberal National Government for first international tour in more than a decade Tour film to be broadcast to audience of 40 million in China and Australia In international firsts for an Australian orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has been invited to perform at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival and the Abu Dhabi Classics Season. Premier Colin Barnett said the Liberal National Government was proud to support this exciting WASO tour, its first international foray in more than a decade. "These invitations speak volumes for the excellence of our local arts sector and the vital role Western Australian arts companies play in promoting the State to the rest of the world," Mr Barnett said. "This promotion will be further extended through a film on WASO, titled Harmony, and the tour to be broadcast to an audience of 40 million across China and Australia next year. "WASO has also been invited to perform an all-Wagner program for the opening concert of the Abu Dhabi Classics Season, in the first visit by a major Australian performing arts company to the United Arab Emirates." The Premier said WASO's international engagement strategy had resulted in a cross cultural partnership with the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) during the past three years. "WASO is the first Australian orchestra to attend the Beijing Music Festival, where it will play works by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saens, at the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall," he said. "The orchestra's performance at the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall will include Peter Sculthorpe's Kakadu, showcasing the seminal work of the legendary Australian composer." Acting Culture and the Arts Minister Mike Nahan said the theme of cultural collaboration would be extended to education. "In another first, WA's reputation for music excellence will directly benefit Chinese students, with WASO's Education Chamber Orchestra and Brass Quintet performing at two leading Beijing schools," Dr Nahan said. Fact File WASO performs in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai from October 3-14, 2016 Renowned film producer Alan Lindsay will document the WASO/CPO partnership Details at https//www.waso.com.au/tickets/2016_season/waso_international_tour Premier's office - 6552 5000 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
Dolphin Discovery Centre new design unveiled29010Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/09/2016 7:09:11 AM2016-09-28T06:30:00Za Bunbury waterfront transformation a step closer Artists' impression unveiled for the new-look Dolphin Discovery Centre Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Artists' impressions showing the final design for the $12.3 million redevelopment of Bunbury's Dolphin Discovery Centre have been released ahead of forward works which are due to begin early next year. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who was in Bunbury today to officially unveil the final design for the upgrade and expansion of the city's premier tourist attraction, said the redevelopment was destined to become a new local landmark. "It's expected the Dolphin Discovery Centre's bold new-look building will not only bring a visual 'wow' factor to one of the main approaches into the city centre, but also deliver a world-class experience for visitors," Mr Redman said. "The redevelopment will include a significantly expanded interpretative experience, with more aquarium space and interactive exhibits. "There will also be a cafe, function rooms and a bigger administration area, while a new souvenir and information space will offer a gateway to other tourism assets in the South-West." The centre receives up to 115,000 visitors a year - more than 50 per cent of whom are international visitors - and is a hub for marine research. It will remain open during the multi-staged redevelopment. "The centre offers the opportunity to interact with wild dolphins in their natural habitat and this upgrade will serve to build on its appeal to domestic and international visitors," the Minister said. "The redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre is made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program and is a part of the larger Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project which includes the makeover of the Koombana Bay foreshore. "The State Government is pleased to play a role in delivering a high-quality waterfront destination that aims to benefit the community and stimulate the local economy." The progress of Koombana North at Bunbury Waterfront was facilitated by a ministerial taskforce group, chaired by Bunbury MLA John Castrilli, in close consultation with the City of Bunbury and the local community. Fact File The Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment, along with the Koombana Bay foreshore revitalisation, forms Stage One of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project $24.9 million from the Royalties for Regions Growing Our South fund has been invested in Stage One and $20.73 million in Stage Two For more information, visit http//www.swdc.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6700
Commissioner appointed at Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley29005Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/09/2016 4:51:58 AM2016-09-28T04:45:00Za Former City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder mayor Ron Yuryevich appointed as commissioner Local Government Minister Paul Miles today announced the appointment of a commissioner to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley following the resignation of five councillors. The resignations meant the council had been left with no quorum and was therefore unable to conduct its business. "As a result of these resignations, the Governor has made an order under the Local Government Act 1995 declaring all offices vacant and has appointed a commissioner in place of a council," Mr Miles said. The Minister said the former mayor of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Ron Yuryevich would take up the role of commissioner, effective immediately. "Mr Yuryevich is a well-respected and very experienced commissioner," he said. "I am confident he will provide good government to the people of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley until a new council is elected in 2017." Fact File Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley was issued with a Ministerial Order under the Local Government Act 1995 in May 2016, requiring elected members and senior staff to take part in mediation Mediation was declared untenable by the mediator on August 2, 2016 and the shire was issued with a Show Cause Notice by the Local Government Minister notifying of his intention to suspend council Local government elections will take place in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley in October 2017 Minister's office - 6552 6600
Get outside and active for Outdoors October29004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/09/2016 4:14:26 AM2016-09-28T04:00:00Za More than 150 outdoor events and activities planned for Outdoors October 2016 People of all abilities and ages encouraged to get involved There are more than 150 reasons to get outside this October and experience the wealth of outdoor activities on offer in Western Australia. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said Outdoors October encouraged people to go outside and explore by joining activities ranging from rock climbing and snorkelling to bush survival, treasure hunting and ghost walks. "WA offers a diversity of accessible outdoor recreation experiences and with the onset of spring and school holidays, it is the perfect time to start getting outside," Ms Davies said. "Throughout October, Outdoors WA and the Liberal National Government are encouraging people to become active by offering a huge program of events and opportunities planned by outdoor clubs and organisations from Albany to Kununurra." Outdoors October was first piloted in 2013 and has since been supported by the State Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR). Events and activities on offer through October 2016 include bushwalking, wildlife watching, kayaking, off-road cycling, night running, caving and abseiling, camping experiences at DSR recreation camps and even the option for kids to camp out at Domain Stadium with their dads. New to the initiative is the 'A Park a Day' program, a collaboration between DSR and the Department of Parks and Wildlife to promote 31 parks within the Swan Canning Riverpark for members of the public to visit. The Minister said the month provided a great opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems of metropolitan and regional WA, as well as putting the public in touch with local sport and recreation clubs and service providers. "Being active outdoors supports good health and community outcomes. All of our local communities have resources available that facilitate getting active outside and this is an opportunity to make people aware of them," she said. "From Beverley Heroic cycling adventures in the Avon Valley to sleeping under the stars at Woodman Point Recreation Camp, there are new experiences for people of all ages and abilities on offer next month." Fact File For more information on Outdoors October and an activity calendar, visit http//www.outdoorsoctober.com.au Outdoors October is led by Outdoors WA and is supported by the Government through a $100,000 allocation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New high school in City Beach to open in 202029001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/09/2016 2:30:07 AM2016-09-28T02:30:00Za Deal done to secure the former City Beach High School site School to cater for 1,600 Years 7-12 students in the western suburbs $182 million committed to improving schools in the greater western suburbs A new public secondary school will open in 2020 in the western suburbs after an agreement was reached with two private schools to vacate the former City Beach High School site. Education Minister Peter Collier said $60 million would be allocated for stage 1 of a new school on the Kalinda Drive site, opening for 250 Year 7 students in 2020 and expanding to cater for 1,600 students to Year 12 by 2025. "The need for a new western suburbs secondary school has been at the forefront of my mind, and I am incredibly pleased to be announcing this flagship school today," Mr Collier said. Part of the original City Beach High School buildings will be retained and refurbished to accommodate 350 students, with new buildings to be constructed for the remaining students. The International School of Western Australia has agreed to relocate to refurbished buildings at Doubleview Primary School in 2019. A new Doubleview Primary School is to be built on the large site, with significant open space being retained, including an oval. The Japanese School will relocate to refurbished buildings at the underused City Beach Primary School site. A total of $18.8 million will also be spent to expand Carine Senior High School for an extra 300 students. The school will become home to a new Gifted and Talented Program, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Minister also said the Liberal National Government would have more positive news to announce regarding Mount Lawley and Balcatta senior high schools in the near future. "The quality of public education is proven by the demand for places in Perth's western suburbs. Today's announcement will ensure we live up to expectations," he said. New intake areas will be announced during 2017 and implemented with the opening of the secondary school in 2020. Fact File Existing secondary students will be unaffected by the changes $15.4 million to construct a new Doubleview Primary School $88 million already committed to expansions at Shenton and Churchlands For more information, visit http//www.education.wa.edu.au Minister's office - 6552 6300
High standards in training sector awarded29000Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/09/2016 2:00:06 AM2016-09-28T02:00:00Za 12 winners receive State's top awards in vocational education and training Some winners will go on to represent WA in Australian Training Awards A lot of hard work to establish a new career has paid off for Brendan Carlson, who has been named one of Western Australia's top achievers in vocational education and training. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey announced Brendan as the WA Apprentice of the Year during last week's WA Training Awards presentation event. "The judges were impressed with Brendan's confidence level as well as his knowledge of the industry and the training sector in general," Ms Harvey said. Having served in the Australian Defence Force for six years, Brendan followed in his father's footsteps and focused his attention on an electrical trade. At the age of 26, Brendan gained work as a fly-in fly-out trades assistant for an electrical company, which gave him invaluable experience in the industry. Brendan was then offered an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship and is now in the final stages of his qualification. Brendan was among the 12 winners of individual and organisation awards, chosen from a competitive field of 42 finalists. "I congratulate all the winners and finalists, and commend them for their outstanding leadership, achievements and contributions within their respective fields," the Minister said. "Since 2009, the Liberal National Government has invested $288 million in training facilities and the high standards of finalists and winners demonstrates we are equipping students with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy." Winners of this year's awards will each receive $5,000 in cash or prizes. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best in the Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November. Fact File This year's awards sponsors include Australian Medical Association (WA), CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia, CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group, Crown Perth, Department of Education Services, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, NECA WA, PAV Complete Event Solutions, Picton Press, State Training Board, Training Accreditation Council and The West Australian For more information, visit http//www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards or phone 6551 5608 Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
Recognition for a lifetime of volunteering28997Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/09/2016 1:31:20 AM2016-09-28T01:30:00Za 52 West Australians presented with WA Volunteer Service Awards for 25 or more years of service to a single organisation More than 50 people who have collectively given over 2,000 years to volunteering have been acknowledged at an event at the Constitutional Centre today. The WA Volunteer Service Awards were introduced by the Liberal National Government in 2011 and recognise volunteers who have provided 25 or more and 50 or more years of service to one organisation. Presenting the 25-year awards to 52 recipients, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said it was important to recognise the valuable and ongoing contribution made by volunteers in Western Australian communities. "I commend all the volunteers for their outstanding contributions over many years to their organisations and to the community," Mr Miles said. "Without volunteers, some organisations simply would not be able to provide services needed to support some of our most vulnerable citizens. "I hope this recognition goes some way to showing our gratitude for the service given over many years." Among the recipients was Margaret Lay who has volunteered for 38 years at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). Together with a group of 300 volunteers, Margaret would put together baby packages to comfort and support families through the perinatal loss service and about 700 packages a year for parents in need. "Margaret started volunteering at KEMH after her family experienced a stillbirth and over three decades has provided immeasurable support to mothers and families at the hospital," the Minister said. Fact File More than 800 volunteers have received the award since it was launched in 2011 Research conducted in 2014 by the Department of Local Government and Communities and Volunteering WA showed about 80% of West Australians volunteered over the course of a year The State Government provided more than $1.3 million in funding to support volunteering last year Minister's office - 6552 6600
WA’s plan to build safe and strong families28996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/09/2016 1:00:12 AM2016-09-28T01:00:00Za Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy outlines the way forward Strengthening services to better meet needs of vulnerable children and families The Liberal National Government today advanced its commitment to safely reducing the number of children entering out-of-home care, with the release of a strategy to refocus its services to the State's most vulnerable families. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the new Building Safe and Strong Families Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy would guide the reorientation of services with the aim of supporting at-risk families and preventing their children entering State care. "The last 10 years has seen a significant change in out-of-home care, with the overall number of children in care doubling and a significant over-representation of Aboriginal children in State care," Ms Mitchell said. "The State Government has had considerable success in reducing the number of non-Aboriginal children entering State care, with Western Australia having the lowest rate in Australia. "However, we must do better at safely reducing the number of Aboriginal children requiring State care. "The strategy identifies the need to work with community service providers, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and the Aboriginal community to design new services that meet the specific needs of Aboriginal families." The Minister said the strategy acknowledged that supporting vulnerable families could not be achieved by one agency alone. "This strategy targets better information sharing between government and community service organisations to identify and support families whose children are most at risk of entering State care," she said. "Our aim is to have all government services and agencies working together to increase education attendance, reduce contact with the police and corrective services and prevent children entering care." Fact File The strategy, available at http//www.cpfs.wa.gov.au, complements the Building a Better Future Out-of-Home Care Reform in Western Australia, and is an essential element of the comprehensive child protection reforms occurring in WA As at June 30, 2016, there were 4,658 children living in out-of-home care 53% of children in care are Aboriginal, yet they make up only 7% of WA's child population 43% of all children in out-of-home care live with family members Minister's office - 6552 5400
Call for nominations to showcase irrigation innovations28945Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2460html27/09/2016 3:03:28 AM2016-09-27T02:55:00Za Nominations open for 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence Irrigation innovation a key part of Liberal National Government's investment in water development Water Minister Mia Davies urged Western Australian businesses, local governments and community groups to nominate for the 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence. "From recycling wastewater to keep our public spaces green, to industrial-scale irrigation innovations that are diversifying and growing our food production sector - WA is a world leader in efficient and sustainable water use," Ms Davies said. The Minister said innovations in irrigation formed a key part of the Liberal National Government's unprecedented investment in water projects to enhance the liveability of communities and boost agricultural productivity. "We are seeing innovations are enhancing our traditional irrigation precincts and supporting new irrigated agricultural projects to unlock our horticultural and pastoral potential," she said. "Regional communities are also harvesting stormwater and recycled water for innovative irrigation and community use - such as the 11 golf courses and nine tree farms across the State which are irrigated by recycled water. "Initiatives such as these are helping WA grow in a sustainable way - using the large volumes of water available in the north to reshaping the way we use water in the south of the State as the climate dries." The awards comprise seven categories Waterwise Garden Irrigator Domestic Installation/Retro Fit; Commercial Installation under 2000m2; Commercial Installation over 2000m2; Retail Store of the Year; Suppliers Innovative Product Award; Young Achiever Award; and Local Government Improvement & Efficiency Award. Nominations close on September 30, 2016. Fact File The 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence will be announced November 5, 2016 at a gala dinner in Como The State Government is a supporting partner of Irrigation Australia Ltd (WA) For more information, visit http//irrigation.org.au Minister's office - 6552 5500
Training for frontline workers facing meth users47518Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3130html25/09/2016 2:00:26 AM2016-09-25T02:00:00Za ​Training and support for 450 frontline workers to improve fight against meth The Liberal National Government has expanded training and support for frontline workers who deal with methamphetamine-affected people as part of their day-to-day duties. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell today announced new frontline worker training and resources to better equip drug and alcohol workers as part of the State Government's $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy. "This is vital training that will boost the capacity of the workforce to reduce the harm created by meth," Ms Mitchell said. "The Mental Health Commission will train 450 frontline workers in Perth and regional areas in how to recognise and respond appropriately to meth-affected people, including how to de-escalate a crisis, keeping the user, the public and themselves safe." The training is free, delivered by people with specialist knowledge of meth and available to individuals and organisations. "The commission has received increased requests for such training from volunteer organisations, council rangers, security guards and paramedics," the Minister said. "Also, at this time of year, leading into the music festival season and school leavers celebrations, the commission expects to see an increase in festival and event organisers seeking training. "The training and support resources are relevant for people working in drug and alcohol and mental health services, police, corrections, hospital emergency departments, primary health care, child protection and social services." Training will be delivered in Perth and regional centres across the State. The Liberal National Government's $14.9 million Meth Strategy includes a Meth Helpline, 60 dedicated withdrawal and rehabilitation beds, specialist meth clinic, expanded school drug education and frontline nurses in emergency departments. Fact File The package includes an audio-visual resource and trainer's guide, tip sheets for workers and wallet cards for users To access training, contact 08 6553 0600 or email DAO.Education@mhc.wa.gov.au For information, counselling and support, phone the Meth Helpline on 1800 874 878 Minister's office - 6552 5400
Blackwood River in focus on World Rivers Day47516Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2310html25/09/2016 1:31:14 AM2016-09-25T01:30:00Za ​Department of Water scientists' discovery in spotlight on World Rivers Day Study boosts world-class research to manage groundwater in a drying climate Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program World-class science that reveals how underground water keeps the South-West's only year-round river flowing is in focus for World Rivers Day. The relationship between annual rainfall, groundwater sources and how they impact Blackwood River flows has been revealed in a specialist study of the South West groundwater assessment as part of the Liberal National Government's $12.82 million Royalties for Regions 'Regional water availability planning and investigation' project. Water Minister Mia Davies said communities, businesses, tourists and aquatic species relied on the Blackwood, making this sort of research an invaluable tool for managing the resource. "We always suspected groundwater flowed into the Blackwood in summer, causing its normally dark brown waters to flow clear but we did not have solid science to confirm this," Ms Davies said. "Department of Water scientists have, for the first time, been able to trace the full journey of raindrops through the landscape to confirm a direct link between annual rainfall and the aquifer-charged summer flows that keep the Blackwood and parts of the Donnelly, Warren and Capel rivers flowing year-round and Margaret River pools full. "We now know the Blackwood is unique because it is fresher in summer due to groundwater discharge. The reduced salinity allows fish such as Balston's pygmy perch - listed as vulnerable - to return to the main river from freshwater tributaries where they take refuge in winter." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the health of the Blackwood was vital to the communities and businesses that it serviced. "Regional waterways are assets that promote recreational activities and encourage tourism," Mr Redman said. "It is significant that Royalties for Regions invests in initiatives that help optimise our groundwater resources to support social and economic growth - with strong collaboration by project partners and the community - to build sustainability and liveability in our regions." Fact File New study shows Blackwood River has the South-West's longest section of permanent groundwater-fed flows and is more saline during winter than in summer This research continues hydrogeological work by the Department of Water to help optimise water sources being impacted by a drying climate in the South-West Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Meth Helpline supports users and their families47514Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1770html24/09/2016 11:59:18 PM2016-09-24T22:00:00Za ​160 calls in response to first week of Meth Helpline campaign Meth users and their families linked to treatment and support Meth Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 874 878 The Liberal National Government's new Methamphetamine Helpline and public campaign helped 160 callers to find support and treatment in its first week of operation. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the positive response to the service showed the Western Australian Meth Strategy was hitting the mark with its range of initiatives to address meth-related harm in the community. "This confidential, free service is meeting a vital need for counselling, support and referral to treatment for meth users and their families," Ms Mitchell said. "The counsellors are specialists at understanding the impact meth can have and they provide a sympathetic ear and expert advice for those wanting help. "We have received positive feedback from callers that they feel supported by someone who knows what they are going through and what they can do next. "Callers feel they are not alone and that help is available." The Minister said many people had also sought information from the Drug Aware website, with the 'Help' pages being the most visited section of the site. The State Government's $14.9 million multi-pronged Meth Strategy includes funding for 60 dedicated withdrawal and residential rehabilitation beds, a specialist meth clinic and expanded school drug education, including resources for parents and pastoral care staff. Fact File Helpline counsellors provide information, referral to local services, discuss treatment options, provide a free call-back service, support health professionals and people waiting for treatment Calls to the Meth Helpline are free from a landline and most mobile phones, depending on the service provider Minister's office - 6552 5400