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Good Outcomes Award winners announced2315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/10/2015 8:34:00 AM2015-10-06T08:30:00Z​Seven winners of the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards announced Winners include mental health worker for desert Aboriginal communities and Youth Focus CEO Youth Focus chief executive officer Jenny Allen and remote area mental health worker Paul Escott are among the seven winners recognised today in the 2015 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards. Ms Allen received the prestigious John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health for her work overseeing the expansion of Youth Focus from an operation with an annual budget of $240,000 to one with a $10 million budget. Mr Escott, who supports Aboriginal communities on the edge of the Tanami Desert, was named St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year. He is an Anglicare WA worker, who provides counselling, sports coaching and community programs that help strengthen Aboriginal communities in Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna. Mr Escott partners with community elders, corporations and job providers in programs such as Men's Sheds, a community garden and the Balgo Rangers youth club activities based around culture, healthy eating, lifestyle bushcraft, cooking and games. He builds health promotion into his programs which have a high participation rate of people of all ages and help contribute to community cohesion and the enhancement of people's sense of community and belonging. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced seven winners of the awards which recognise excellence and innovative programs to support mental wellbeing and improve the lives of people with mental illness, as well as their families and carers. "The 2015 award winners demonstrate the great depth and breadth of skills and experience available to consumers and their families and carers through the Western Australian mental health sector," Ms Morton said. "I am pleased the awards highlight areas of real improvement and best practice in the delivery of services which are also compassionate and caring." Other winners include the Shenton Park Hospital in the Home program, which won The University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health; and Anglicare WA street-based youth outreach service Street Connect, which won the Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health Fact FileThe 2015 Mental Health Week runs from October 2-10For more information on events, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900   2015 MENTAL HEALTH GOOD OUTCOMES AWARDS - WINNERS Edith Cowan University Award for consumer and carer involvement and engagement Kylie Fryer Kylie is a strong and articulate consumer and carer advocate devoted to reducing stigma and ensuring a better quality of life and wellbeing for people with a mental illness. She is involved in many committees and advisory groups. Kylie has worked tirelessly at advocating for the interests of consumers and carers and educating others about the importance of early intervention and maintaining mental wellness. University of Western Australia, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences Award for improved outcomes in seniors' mental health Hospital in the Home program - City Lower West Older Adult Mental Health Service, Shenton Park This service offers acute mental health care assessment and management for seniors who would otherwise require inpatient care. The program allows for more creative and flexible care of older adults, with the ability to support people in their own homes helping to improve outcomes and avoid or reduce the length of hospital admissions. Commissioner for Children and Young People Award for improved outcomes in child and youth mental health Street Connect - Anglicare WA, Inner City Perth This is a street-based outreach service which helps vulnerable and often homeless young people aged 15-25, many of whom experience severe difficulties associated with mental ill health. A mobile base in the form of a bus provides youth-friendly resources and information; staff work with young people, and other agencies, to address issues in a non-judgemental way. Curtin University Award for excellence in rural and remote mental health FIVE - DADAA, Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance FIVE is a community arts and cultural development project in Busselton, Geraldton, Paraburdoo, Derby and Esperance that helps to address the wellbeing of people with mental illness and reduce mental health stigma. St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year Paul Escott - Anglicare WA, Balgo Paul is a social and emotional wellbeing worker living in and servicing the communities of Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna on the edge of the Tanami Desert. As well as providing individual and family counselling, he coaches and organises multiple sporting activities and partners with community elders and others in a range of inclusive, community-building projects. Equal Opportunity Commission Award for human rights, equity and diversity in mental health Mental Health Matters 2 MHM2 is a volunteer advocacy group with a special focus on people and families with multiple and complex unmet needs who experience ongoing mental distress and problems with co-occurring drug and alcohol use, some of whom may have become involved in the criminal justice system. It has been involved in successful campaigns affecting Government policy and programs which impact on the most disadvantaged people in the community. John Da Silva Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mental Health Jenny Allen - Youth Focus, Burswood Under Jenny Allen's leadership, since 2000 Youth Focus has grown from a staff of three and an annual turnover of $240,000 to more than 90 employees and an annual turnover of $10 million. As a result, it has been able to deliver its life-saving and life-changing services to more than 14,000 young West Australians.
Mowanjum centre pivot irrigator commissioned2313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/10/2015 5:02:14 AM2015-10-06T04:30:00Z​Mowanjum irrigation launch marks major milestone for the communityPart of $40m Water for Food program made possible by Royalties for RegionsAugurs well for Kimberley beef industry A new irrigation system has been commissioned on an Aboriginal pastoral station in the West Kimberley, paving the way for the Mowanjum community's entry into the beef industry. Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today joined the community near Derby to commission the centre pivot irrigation system on the Mowanjum Pastoral Station. Ms Davies said it was an honour to be with the West Kimberley community to mark the occasion. "This is a defining moment for the 350-strong community's hard work and persistence to expand its economy," she said. "Work on this $3.6 million Water for Food project began only last year and today water is flowing through the irrigation system. It's a critical part of the stand-and-graze model being trialled and underpins Mowanjum's entry into the Kimberley beef industry. "This is an excellent outcome made possible through the dedication of the Mowanjum community and support from the State Government's $40 million Water for Food program." The irrigation trial will serve as a demonstration model for other Aboriginal pastoral stations. Mr Redman said the Water for Food program, made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program, was creating economic opportunities for regional Western Australian communities. "Today proves that investing in diversification opportunities increases the economic stability and sustainability of regional communities and Mowanjum is an excellent example of what can be achieved," he said. "Water for Food builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative, which aims to strengthen regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity." Fact FileMowanjum irrigation trial is one of 11 projects in the $40m Water for Food programFor more information on the projects, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Back to nature as play space vital to wellbeing2311Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/10/2015 2:15:30 AM2015-10-06T02:00:00Z​Perth Children's Hospital playgrounds designed for health benefitsRecreational and therapy space endorsed by Nature Play WA in recognition of design features that promote co-ordination, recovery and developmentNature Play to feature at Elizabeth Quay Children who regularly play in natural settings are sick less often and have more opportunities to develop their co-ordination and motor skills, according to research from the University of Western Australia and not-for-profit organisation, Nature Play WA. Health Minister Kim Hames said the same principles applied for patients. Dr Hames said the ability to interact with nature was proven to be a key element of recovery and was therefore incorporated into the design of new facilities at Fiona Stanley Hospital, St John of God Midland Public Hospital and Perth Children's Hospital (PCH). "Play spaces at PCH provide areas of rest and retreat other than the hospital bed and will offer patients and their families a distraction from the clinical environment," he said. "The main level-four playground will provide tactile play experiences for children with custom-made equipment and an unstructured layout, as well as a dedicated space for working with therapists trained in rehabilitation." Dr Hames said the recreational and play facilities at the hospital had been designed for children and their families, consistent with Nature Play principles. Planning Minister John Day said the Nature Play tick of approval was important to ensure research and new thinking was incorporated into the planning and design of new playgrounds. "The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority has worked with designers to create and develop an interactive and learning-oriented play space at Elizabeth Quay," Mr Day said. "The nautical-inspired playground will give children an opportunity to explore Western Australia's rich maritime history through imaginative and active play. "The design team has developed a concept that integrates Nature Play and adventure with a maritime twist. It's more than just a playground, it's a way of encouraging kids to get involved with nature - finding a balance between getting your hands dirty and reducing screen time." Fact FilePCH will have more than 3,500sqm of gardens and play areas to help recoveryThe level four recreational space and therapy garden covers 1,400sqm, including a private 300sqm area specifically for allied health therapyThe island playground to open at Elizabeth Quay in early 2016 has been designed by ASPECT Studios in collaboration with Nature Play and artist Anne Neil For more information, visit http// http// or http// Health Minister's office - 6552 5300 Planning Minister's office - 6552 6200
Semi-final cook-off for WA Signature Dish2309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/10/2015 1:01:41 AM2015-10-06T01:00:00Z​WA Signature Dish semi-final to be held at State Reception Centre on October 14The four regional winners will go on to the grand finale on November 22 Home-grown seafood and beef from across the State will be showcased by the eight semi-finalists competing for a spot in the WA Signature Dish grand finale, in a cook-off at the State Reception Centre - Fraser's Restaurant - on October 14. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said this year's semi-final dishes featured Peel sea mullet, Harvey beef, Pepperberry beef, lemon myrtle marron, Cone Bay Barramundi, Gascoyne seafood and Shark Bay whiting, representing the Peel, Kimberley, Gascoyne and Swan Valley and surrounds regions. "The Signature Dish competition, co-funded and organised by the Department of Agriculture and Food as part of the Buy West Eat Best (BWEB) program, is an exciting opportunity to showcase the best fresh produce Western Australia has to offer," Mr Baston said. "Seafood has been one of the most popular core ingredients used by this year's amateur cooks." The eight semi-finalists are Brooke Nazzari and Rachel Hartshorn representing Peel; Arylene Westlake-Jennings and Natalie Newman representing the Kimberley; Jerolina Rankin and Julie Anderson representing the Gascoyne; and Carly Rossbach-Smith and Matt Cook representing Swan Valley and surrounds. The four semi-final winners, one from each region, will go on to the grand finale being held at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape on November 22. The finalists will take part in a 60 minute live cook-off on stage and present their dish for judging to chefs Guillaume Brahimi and Shane Osborn, who will be joined by well-known food judge Matt Preston to choose this year's winning dish. The winner of the WA Signature Dish will receive a two-day mentorship with Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume and a trip for two to a remote WA location for a wine and dine experience. For full details on this year's semi-final dishes, visit http// Fact FileThe four finalists will work with a mentor chef including Chris Taylor (Fraser's), Peter Manifis (Incontro), Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining) and Jason Hutchen (Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant) to perfect their dishes before the finaleWA's Signature Dish is organised by the Department of Agriculture and Food through its BWEB program, and supported by its partners the Kimberley and Peel development commissions, Gascoyne Food Council, cities of Swan and Mandurah, Farmer Jacks, Crown Casino, The West Australian, Western Australian Fishing Industry Council, Kleenheat, Source Certain and Rockcliffe Wines Minister's office - 6552 5400
Seafood spotlight shines on Perth2307Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/10/2015 12:18:42 AM2015-10-06T00:00:00Z​Seafood Directions 2015 will be held in Perth from October 25-27 This month, Perth will welcome fisheries experts from across Australia and overseas when it hosts a national conference aimed at boosting the future of Australian fishing and aquaculture. The Western Australian Fishing Industry Council, as the peak industry body in the State, is hosting Seafood Directions 2015, which takes place in Perth from October 25-27. Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said he was proud the conference was being held in Perth, at a time when WA was embracing its own new strategies to expand opportunities for fishing and aquaculture. "As a result of the State Government's $14.5 million investment into commercial fisheries management, six fisheries are currently undergoing sustainability certification through the internationally recognised Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) process. It makes WA the perfect host for this important conference," Mr Baston said. The Minister said the conference theme of 'Selling our Story' was vital in the push to find more strategies to successfully guide the seafood industry into the future. "The MSC process is one such story and will help confirm the sustainability of the State's commercial fisheries and make them well placed to respond to retailer and consumer demands for sustainably sourced seafood," he said. "We need to be part of the new national plan to increase the value of fishing and aquaculture in Australia substantially by 2020, to make it more productive, profitable and environmentally sustainable. "WA's vast coastline, with its healthy environment, provides a valuable selling point for farming seafood that meets the highest standards for quality and food safety for businesses seeking to benefit from a clean and green image to support premium products. "This Government's commitment to aquaculture is helping to deliver growth for a strategically important industry and local communities, with one investment-ready development zone already established in the Kimberley and another in preparation off the Mid-West coast." Mr Baston said WA was working closely on the upcoming conference with the Australian Government's Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Fact FileThe National Seafood Industry Awards will be presented at Seafood Directions 2015For more information on the conference, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5400
Celebrating 50 years of botanic cultural history735994Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2200html4/10/2015 2:00:07 AM2015-10-04T02:00:00Z​Garden party in Kings Park to unveil new Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion Environment Minister Albert Jacob today opened a new addition to Kings Park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Western Australian Botanic Garden. The $1.8 million Botanic Terraces and Botanic Pavilion features a cascading walkway incorporating artwork to celebrate the exploration of WA's unique flora. The design is inspired by Western Australian flora and its impact on people across history - from botanists and horticulturists to artists and Aboriginal people. Local artists Richard Walley, Anne Neil and Steve Tepper worked with landscape architects Plan E on the design. Mr Jacob said the new structure and the gardens surrounding it were a fitting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary. "This is a wonderful celebration of our precious and unique native flora, and also a magnificent new space for the whole community to share and enjoy," he said. "I congratulate the Friends of Kings Park for leading this project on behalf of the community and achieving such an outstanding design result. "This pavilion and the terraces enhance what is already one of the most exceptional botanic gardens in the world - in standards of presentation, number of visitors and contribution to scientific knowledge. "The Botanic Garden is a leader in environmental conservation, horticulture and scientific research. Its plant collection displays are among the best in the world." The garden also encompasses elements of the State's cultural heritage and is a venue for live music, theatre, education programs and the annual Kings Park Festival. This project is an initiative of the Friends of Kings Park in partnership with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, supported by Lotterywest. Fact FileThe WA Botanic Garden in Kings Park is the world's largest display of WA floraThe garden has its own nursery, seed collector, botanist, horticulturists, arborists, plant development and turf experts, and a team of scientistsOne-quarter of all WA plant species are growing in the Botanic Garden, many of which are found nowhere else in the worldKings Park welcomes about six million visitors annually Minister's office - 6552 5800
First time campers can give it a go at Yanchep735993Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3040html4/10/2015 12:01:08 AM2015-10-04T00:00:00Z​Chance for beginners to try stress-free camping in national parkNew free app lets you create and share camping checklists If you have always wanted to try camping but never had the opportunity, beginners can register for the Yanchep National Park Great Aussie Camp Out to be held this month. A Department of Parks and Wildlife family event, the Great Aussie Camp Out from October 10-11 will give first-time campers an overnight experience in a supportive and encouraging environment. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the beautiful bushland surrounds and extensive grassed areas of the award-winning park were ideal for new campers. "The Great Aussie Camp Out is a fun and stress-free way to experience camping, with plenty of friendly faces to help get you started and answer questions," Mr Jacob said. "Once your tent is set up there is plenty of time to meander along the walk trails and koala boardwalk, enjoy the wildflowers and abundant birdlife, let the kids muck around and get grubby and at night, share stories around the campfire." The Minister said a new CampingMate app for mobile devices, created by Parks and Wildlife, would simplify camping preparation by providing checklists which could be customised and shared with others. "CampingMate is packed with information about camping in Western Australia, such as where to camp, when to camp and staying safe," he said. "It lets you add new items to detailed checklists for different types of camping and for different locations. "Give camping a go and you might find a relaxing and enjoyable way to appreciate our great outdoors and the beauty of our natural environment." CampingMate is one of a range of online and mobile resources being rolled out as part of the State Government's $21.05 million, four-year Parks for People initiative. Parks for People is improving camping sites and facilities in national parks and reserves throughout WA. Fact FileBookings are essential for the Yanchep National Park Great Aussie Camp OutFor bookings, email or phone 9303 7759The CampingMate app is free can be downloaded from iTunes or Google PlayThe release of the app coincides with Outdoors October, a State Government initiative celebrating outdoor activities and recreation during spring Minister's office - 6552 5800
New northern beef centre open for business735946Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3690html2/10/2015 7:06:55 AM2015-10-02T07:00:00Z​Northern Beef Development Centre now open in BroomePart of $15 million Royalties for Regions investment in northern beef industry Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today opened the new Northern Beef Development Centre in Broome, confirming the State Government's commitment to supporting cattle industry growth in the north. "The centre will bring together expertise dedicated towards building Western Australia's northern beef industry," he said. The centre includes the Department of Agriculture and Food's Northern Beef Futures Broome operations staff. "A team of specialists will work closely with indigenous enterprises and members of the beef supply chain across the Pilbara and Kimberley to support pastoralists," Mr Baston said. "This work will help pastoralists to implement on-station production improvements and conduct forage trials to grow mosaic agriculture opportunities in the north." The Kimberley Cattlemen's Association Inc will also be based at the centre. "The association and the department are working together across the Northern Beef Futures project to enable the northern beef industry to respond to market signals and meet growing demand," Mr Baston said. Mr Baston said there was also scope for other like-minded businesses to become involved in the centre. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Northern Beef Futures was a four-year $15 million project, made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program, to transform WA's northern beef industry by improving markets, businesses and productivity. "Water for Food and Northern Beef Futures are two of 15 programs under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative aiming to strengthen regional communities where agriculture is a major economic activity," Mr Redman said. Fact FileThe Northern Beef Development Centre is located at the corner of Pembroke and Gregory Streets, BroomeThe centre will also include the Department of Water's $15.5 million Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food West Kimberley projects teamFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Plans fire up for Ascot kilns735943Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5700html2/10/2015 3:05:53 AM2015-10-02T03:05:00Z​WA's industrial heritage to be reflected in future Ascot visionPlanning underway for former Bristile Kilns land and Golden Gateway precinctMinor MRS amendment for area released for public comment A minor amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme for the former Bristile Kilns site in Ascot has been released for public comment today. Planning Minister John Day said this was one of the next steps in planning for the future of the site. "The proposed amendment will change small zoning anomalies in the area to align them with present day land uses and future development," Mr Day said. "A local development plan is also being prepared which will provide guidance on the management and interpretation of the site's distinctive heritage elements. It will also look at how the kilns can be integrated with future developments." The Minister said the site's remaining kilns and the chimney stacks were an important reminder of the State's industrial past. "The kilns and stacks represent an important part of the State's manufacturing history, with many of our houses and public buildings being constructed from products made there," he said. The Western Australian Planning Commission and the City of Belmont are preparing a local structure plan to guide land use and development outcomes for the broader Golden Gateway precinct bound by Great Eastern Highway, Resolution Drive, Grandstand Road and Stoneham Street, Ascot. The local development and structure plans are expected to be finalised in 2016. Submissions on the proposed amendment close on December 4, 2015. Fact FileThe Bristile Kilns site is listed on the State Register of Heritage PlacesFor nearly 80 years, the kilns contributed to the construction of Perth before the kilns closure in 1982The beehive kilns are the largest assemblage of its kind in AustraliaFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Mental Health Week has something for everyone735939Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4860html2/10/2015 1:16:06 AM2015-10-02T01:10:00Z​Comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre to open 2015 Mental Health WeekOpportunity to enjoy the lighter side of life, with laughter for wellbeing Mental Health Minister Helen Morton will tonight open an all-ages comedy night at His Majesty's Theatre, starring well-known Australian stand-up comedian Joel Creasey, to launch Mental Health Week in Western Australia. A sell-out audience of more than 1,000 people is expected to attend a night of laughs and light entertainment, while also increasing community awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. Mental Health Week runs from October 2-10, with more than 50 events and activities which promote the Act-Belong-Commit message and are open to all members of the public. "Everyone has the ability to adopt the Act-Belong-Commit approach to suit their lifestyle and to build and maintain better mental health," Mrs Morton said. "Being active, having a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health. "Some ways to Act can include keeping mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active, taking a walk, reading a book and getting creative. To Belong can include joining a club, volunteering, connecting with friends and family and getting involved in your community. While ways to Commit can include taking up a cause, helping a neighbour, finding your passion or learning something new. "I encourage people to get along to as many events as possible during Mental Health Week. There are many public and community-based services out there ready to provide support." To view events, visit http// Fact FileMental Health Week runs October 2-10, 2015For more events and information, visit http// In WA, Mental Health Week is co-ordinated by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6900
Scholarships available to expand career options735938Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6390html2/10/2015 12:01:53 AM2015-10-02T00:15:00Z​New career opportunities for women in non-traditional industries and tradesOne-off training scholarships of $3,000 are available Applications are now open for training scholarships for women to pursue non-traditional trade and skills areas. Acting Training and Workforce Development Minister John Day launched the latest round of the Expanding Career Options for Women scholarship program, targeting occupations in which women make up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce. "The program will enable women to develop skills and gain qualifications in highly sought-after trade and industry areas, such as construction, agriculture, aviation and engineering, giving them opportunities to build a rewarding career," Mr Day said. He said the State Government election commitment provided $1.2 million over four years to provide 400 scholarships to the value of $3,000 each, for women starting studies in trades and industries with low female participation. Scholarships will be available to women over 18 who have left school and undertake training at Certificate III level or above in more than 170 specified qualifications. Employers offering an apprenticeship or traineeship to eligible women can also take advantage of the program. Mr Day said the funds could be used to cover costs associated with training, including learning resources, mentoring and fees, as well as for transport costs and childcare. "The program has been well received by students and industry since it was launched earlier this year," he said. The inaugural round of the program attracted more than 150 applications from women aged 18 to 59, from metropolitan and regional areas. "This is a tremendous opportunity for women to gain the best skills to get a job or advance their career in industries driving the Western Australian economy." Fact FileApplications close on October 31, 2015The scholarship program is supported by the Construction Training FundFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5900
First WA orange exports off to China735936Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4840html1/10/2015 11:54:43 PM2015-10-02T00:10:00Z​WA citrus producers gain access to export markets of China, Thailand and South KoreaExport markets provide a new source of income and market diversity for growers For the first time, Western Australian citrus producers have started exporting their fruit to the valuable market of China, marking an exciting development for the State's $15 million industry. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the export milestone resulted from market work undertaken by the State Government, Horticulture WA and the local citrus industry. As well as China, Western Australian producers have also successfully gained market access to Thailand and South Korea, by meeting the stringent protocol that requires specific orchard management practices and cold treatment of fruit transported by sea to the markets. "Western Australian citrus fruit is well known for its delicious taste and widely recognised as a clean and green product," Mr Baston said. "So far this year, citrus growers Moora Citrus and AGRIFresh have exported more than 30,000 boxes of navel oranges and a small quantity of mandarins to China and South-East Asia. "Having established these export markets, the producers expect to increase the volume of fruit exported over the next few years as significant new plantings come into full production. "Export markets are vital in ensuring the continued viability and profitability of the State's citrus orchards. "Building on the success of these trailblazing growers, the Government is working with other Western Australian citrus growers interested in exporting their fruit. "The work included a recent delegation of producers on visits to markets in China to meet buyers, identify any issues in the current supply of citrus, discuss market opportunities and learn more about export protocols." Fact FileWA produces more than 15,000 tonnes of citrus each year, worth $15 millionMost of the State's oranges, mandarins and lemons are produced within a 250km radius of Perth, while most red-fleshed grapefruit and limes come from the Gascoyne and Ord River irrigation areasCitrus is one of Australia's largest horticultural exports, at 130,000 tonnes annuallyThe Government has helped WA citrus producers to identify market opportunities and provided support in meeting market access protocols Minister's office - 6552 5400
Brother Olly's a champion senior735935Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3530html1/10/2015 11:47:17 PM2015-10-01T22:45:00Z​Seniors and Volunteering Minister names 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors A tireless charity worker, whose seven-day-a-week volunteering efforts have enriched lives across the globe, has been named as the 2015 Juniper Champion for Seniors at the WA Seniors Awards. Brother Olly Pickett, 74, has run the Wangara workshop 'Wheelchairs for Kids' since 1998, managing about 170 retirees who manufacture wheelchairs that are shipped to children in developing countries. Speaking at the Awards ceremony which has been supported by the State Government for 30 years, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said Brother Olly was a genuine advocate for older people, giving hundreds of Perth seniors a sense of purpose. "Brother Olly's determination and zest for helping others is tangible," Mr Simpson said. "He ensures every senior who volunteers with him is made to feel they are making a difference for children with disability. He is an outstanding individual who has continuously contributed at an exceptional level to the Western Australian community. "Social isolation is a risk as people get older, but Brother Olly has instilled a sense of worth and commitment in the seniors working with him. I congratulate Brother Olly and all winners in this year's WA Seniors Awards." The other category winners areBrother Olly - 2015 Intergenerational AwardDonald Watson - Community Senior Volunteer Award for his dedication to volunteering projects, including the establishment of Cockburn Seniors CentreAssociate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer - Seniors Advocate Award Associate Professor Etherton-Beer, honoured for his leadership in the advancement of the teaching of geriatric medicine and advocacy for seniors' health. The WA Seniors Awards celebrate outstanding older people in WA and the individuals and organisations which work with and for them. The awards also honour members of the media who promote positive images of ageing. Fact FileThe WA Seniors Awards are presented by the Council on the Ageing (WA) in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities and sponsored by Juniper, Lotterywest, Have a Go News, 6PR and Crown PerthFor a full list of winners, visit http// Seniors Week takes place from November 8-15, 2015. Almost 80 events will take place across WA thanks to State Government and Lotterywest grants of more than $80,000 to community organisations and local governmentsFor more information on Wheelchairs for Kids, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
New head of Challenger Institute appointed735930Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6290html2/10/2015 1:19:48 AM2015-10-01T08:30:00ZTerry Durant appointed as managing director for five-year term The State Government has appointed Ms Terry Durant as managing director of the Challenger Institute of Technology, which has 23,000 students at 10 sites. Welcoming her to the role, Acting Training and Workforce Development Minister John Day said Ms Durant had a wealth of experience in the training, tax and banking sectors. "Ms Durant has been acting in the managing director role at Challenger and I am pleased she can continue her good work in a permanent capacity," Mr Day said. Ms Durant began her career in the training sector at Swan TAFE - now known as Polytechnic West - and held senior positions at the Australian Taxation Office and the banking sector. Mr Day said Ms Durant would be at the helm of a distinguished organisation at Challenger. "Challenger Institute of Technology equips about 23,000 students a year with the best skills to get them a job in the industries driving our economy," he said. Mr Day said the institute had been recognised with multiple awards and had four major campuses across the wider metropolitan area. Fact FileChallenger Institute has 10 training delivery sites spanning a catchment area of 6,000sqkm, including four major campuses in Fremantle, Murdoch, Rockingham and MandurahChallenger Institute works with more than 400 community and business partnersChallenger provides commercial training and research services to nine countries Chile, East Timor, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and United Arab Emirates, and has a partnering agreements with training institutes in China Minister's office - 6552 5900
New Insurance Commission board appointments735927Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8240html1/10/2015 4:18:03 AM2015-10-01T04:00:00Z​Four new members appointed to the Insurance Commission board Gender balance achieved on the board and enhanced diversity of skills and experience Four new commissioners have been appointed to the board of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, Treasurer Mike Nahan announced today. Mr Rob Bransby, Ms Yasmin Broughton, Ms Carol Dolan and Ms Andrea Hall take up their roles on October 19, 2015. The Insurance Commission provides motor vehicle injury insurance for 2.8 million vehicles and 1.7 million drivers, and provides self-insurance to the State Government. Dr Nahan said the new appointments brought extensive experience in the public and private sectors across the fields of insurance, actuarial analysis, finance and governance to the Insurance Commission. "Mr Bransby brings considerable experience in insurance and financial services as the current managing director of HBF in Western Australia and as the previous chief executive officer of a subsidiary bank of National Australia Bank," he said. "Ms Broughton is a qualified solicitor and barrister and the current general counsel and company secretary for Atlas Iron. Her expertise in those areas will be of great benefit. "Ms Dolan offers the Insurance Commission industry relevant experience as a senior consultant with PwC, where she provides actuarial analysis and advice to general insurance clients. "Ms Hall is a former partner of KPMG Australia and current board member of Lotterywest. Her background in audit, risk and governance for public and private institutions will be of benefit to the Insurance Commission. "These new appointments achieve gender balance on the board of the Insurance Commission, with an equal ratio of women and men." The board appointment terms for Frank Cooper AO and John Scott have been extended. Mr Cooper will continue as chairman and Mr Scott will take up the role of deputy chairman in addition to his current role as chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. The Treasurer also expressed his appreciation to outgoing board members Ainslie van Onselen, Terry Agnew, Stephen Boyle and Dr Christopher Kendall. Fact FileFor further information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
Daily Surf Life Saving aerial patrols start today735924Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2410html1/10/2015 1:34:10 AM2015-10-01T01:30:00Z​Metropolitan helicopter patrols move to seven days a week from todayPart of State Government's $28 million beach safety and Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy The State Government has welcomed the return of daily aerial patrols to the Perth metropolitan coastline for the 2015-16 season. The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is now in the sky every day over the school holiday period, patrolling from Yanchep to Mandurah and Rottnest from its North Fremantle base at Rous Head. The South West Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter will also carry out daily patrols over the school holiday period. It will then move to weekend patrols until the end of November, when daily patrols run until February 1 next year. Premier Colin Barnett said last year's patrols along the metropolitan area and the South-West coast covered an incredible 93,000 kilometres and spotted 349 sharks. "Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) has long played a crucial role in protecting people on Western Australian beaches and it is timely that the patrols move to seven days a week with so many children enjoying the warmer weather during these school holidays," Mr Barnett said. The helicopter is equipped to respond to emergency situations, including rescues, and can also provide support to other emergency services such as WA Police. The State Government provides $2.6 million a year to SLSWA for beach and aerial patrols. Today also sees the return of two State Government-funded life guard stations to Cottesloe Beach. The Premier said the stations provided lifesavers with the capacity to look out for sharks and swimmers in distress and other hazards such as rips and dumping swells. The return of daily beach patrols is a timely reminder that the Beachsafe app, launched 12 months ago, is an important source of information about the Western Australian coastline. The Beachsafe app and website provide details of 3,494 Western Australian beaches, including shark sighting information and hazards. Fact FileIn 2014-15, SLSWA's services combined to perform 1,229 lifesaving rescues, 5,717 first-aid treatments and 43,567 preventative actionsFor more information on SLSWA, visit http// For more information on the Beachsafe App, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
$3m to combat family violence in the Kimberley735923Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2860html1/10/2015 1:22:04 AM2015-10-01T01:00:00Z​Strong focus on addressing family violence and abuse in Aboriginal communities$3 million committed over three years to support Kimberley families Child Protection Minister Helen Morton today launched the $3 million Safer Families, Safer Communities Kimberley Family Violence Regional Plan to protect some of the State's most vulnerable women and children. Launching the plan and the Kimberley Joint Response, Mrs Morton said the State Government was determined to address the appalling rates of domestic violence and abuse in Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley. "The Kimberley plan includes a combination of initiatives to strengthen current services and new strategies that are specific to Aboriginal people, families and communities," she said. "An integral part of the plan will be using Aboriginal law and culture and supporting elders to realign values and attitudes. "The rate of reported family violence in the Kimberley is up to eight times higher than any other location in the State. "The appalling overrepresentation of Aboriginal women and children as victims is unacceptable and the Kimberley plan and Kimberley Joint Response have been specifically developed to address this issue." The Minister said $3 million of additional funding had been committed over three years to deliver a range of strategies and services. "As part of the Kimberley Joint Response, additional police officers and child protection workers will work closely with Aboriginal families and communities to increase the safety and wellbeing of women and children," she said. The joint response model will proactively target systemic issues associated with the under-reporting of child sexual abuse in targeted remote communities and provide an ongoing localised response to child abuse in the Kimberley. Professional training courses and ongoing support will be provided on how to report child sexual abuse; a legal requirement of teachers, nurses, doctors, midwives and police officers. "We all have an important role to play to help keep families safe and improve outcomes for Aboriginal women and children, and by working together we can help build safer communities," Mrs Morton said. Fact FileIn 2012-13, the rate of reported family and domestic violence in the Kimberley was up to 8.8 times higher than any other region in WAFamily and domestic violence is one of the key drivers for children coming into care About 52% of children in care are AboriginalOver a five-year period from 2008 to 2013, the rate of reported family and domestic violence incidents in the Kimberley increased by about 79%, which is significantly greater than the overall State-wide increase of 42.8%Aboriginal women are three times more likely to be physically assaulted by an intimate partner or family member and five times more likely to be sexually assaultedFor more information visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Resource rating policy to continue735922Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7370html1/10/2015 12:00:09 AM2015-09-30T22:15:00Z​Permanent policy adopted for rating of resource-related landFollows three-year policy trial and agreement from stakeholder groups A successful State Government trial of an agreed State-wide policy for local government rating of land affected by mining, petroleum and resource interests will now become permanent. Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the review of the three-year trial had proved the policy ensured fairness and certainty for both local governments and resource companies. Mr Simpson said local governments would continue to be able to apply gross rental value (GRV) to improvements such as administration, recreation and accommodation facilities, and maintenance workshops within 100 metres of these facilities, on all land within tenements under the State's mining and petroleum laws. The policy, which was developed and reviewed in conjunction with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, WA Local Government Association, and the Association for Mining and Exploration Companies, was initiated in 2012. "All three stakeholder groups were closely consulted again during the review and have agreed to support the amended, ongoing policy," Mr Barnett said. Key changes following the review process includeagreement that the policy will apply to State Agreement projects either through mutual agreement between proponents, local government and the Minister for State Development, or through variation of State Agreementsa new clause which requires the policy to be considered in conjunction with other policies and guidelines about rating, rateable land and valuation of land. The policy also applies to improvements on land that is not within a tenement, but is primarily used for resource-related activities such as processing or refining. "Over the past three years, this review has assisted local governments in accessing a more stable and predictable source of rating income, and the permanent adoption of this policy will allow that to continue," Mr Simpson said. Fact FileThe trial policy ran from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015 and was then extended to September 30, 2015 in order to allow time for further consultation with interested partiesThe GRV policy was originally developed in 2011 in recognition of the changing nature of mining in regional WA, with the phasing out of 'company towns' meaning local governments assumed greater responsibility for the provision of servicesFor more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600
Clear your head outdoors this October735920Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4730html30/09/2015 11:52:46 PM2015-09-30T22:00:00Z​Busy calendar of events launched for Outdoors October Month-long celebration encouraging people to 'go on, get outside'State Government contributes $100,000 to the initiative Heading outdoors and getting active this October will not only be good for your physical health, but it could also have important benefits for your mental health. That's the message from Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, who today launched a busy calendar of events for the start of Outdoors October. "Getting active during Outdoors October is easy - we have an abundance of trails in Western Australia for walking, mountain biking, horse riding and even snorkelling," Ms Davies said. "Nothing clears the head and calms the mind more than going to the beach, jumping in a canoe, flying a kite or camping in a national park." The Minister said heading outdoors with family, friends or a like-minded group offered added benefits such as helping people feel connected to nature and to a community. "The value of being connected to nature cannot be understated," she said. "Not only is getting outdoors good for your fitness, but it's also great for your mental health." Outdoors October is an initiative between Outdoors WA and the State Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation, and encourages active recreation in nature. Outdoor and active recreation groups across the State are planning activities to encourage others to get outside. Ms Davies said the Government was pleased to contribute $100,000 towards the initiative. "One of the highlights is the Great Aussie Camp Out (GACO) on October 10, which encourages people to spend the night camping under the stars - whether it's on a riverbank, in a national park, local campsite or even in the backyard," she said. The Department of Sport and Recreation is one of the co-hosts of the annual WA Trails and Outdoor Conference on October 9. Speakers this year include English outdoor expert Martin Chester and Tasmania's Dr Anita Pryor, an authority on bush therapy. Fact FileFor Outdoors October activities, visit http// For information and to book a ticket to the WA State Trails and Outdoor Conference For GACO information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Mounts Bay Road traffic works complete735919Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4180html30/09/2015 11:46:08 PM2015-09-30T21:00:00Z​Two recently completed projects will alleviate congestion and improve travel times for motorists and public transport users$3 million project for a new bus-only lane near UWA$800,000 project to extend a merging lane near the Point Lewis roundabout Two road projects are set to improve traffic flow along Mounts Bay Road, a crucial link between the city and Perth's western suburbs. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the $3 million project to create a west-bound, bus-only lane along Mounts Bay Road from Hackett Drive to Broadway near The University of Western Australia had now been completed. "This new bus-only lane will help Transperth buses bypass traffic queues and provide a more reliable service to Transperth passengers," Mr Nalder said. The State Government had also recently completed an $800,000 project to extend a westbound merging lane near the Point Lewis roundabout, near the Narrows Bridge. "The extension gives motorists more time to merge safely and will, I hope, reduce the number of accidents in the area," the Minister said. "This is a good example of how the Government is investing in smart transport solutions that deliver tangible benefits to both motorists and public transport users. "I have been saying for a long time now that we need to look at clever solutions to managing traffic in our city - both of these projects improve road safety and efficiency." The improvements would benefit passengers on the 950 Superbus, Perth's busiest and most frequent bus route. Mr Nalder said the Mounts Bay Road project built on the success of the Beaufort Street bus lanes and other bus lanes throughout the metropolitan area. "The peak-hour bus lanes have already cut three to four minutes from journey times between Morley and Perth," he said. Fact FileThe Mounts Bay Road bus lane will be a 24 hour, 7 day a week bus-only laneGeneral traffic is allowed to enter the lane for up to 100 metres before turning or merging Minister's office - 6552 6400