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Grants of up to $100,000 to bolster WA Australian Disability Enterprises14073Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6530html5/10/2022 4:38:02 AM2022-10-05T04:30:00Z WA Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to be supported in light of Activ Foundation's plans to close large scale work sites ADEs to receive up to $100,000 each to establish a dedicated point of contact for supported employees Part of McGowan Government's $4 million package to support WA ADEs and Activ participants during the transition period Capacity building and contemporary service models a focusThe McGowan Government will fund Western Australian Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to help them take on employees from Activ Foundation. Ability WA (Goodwill Enterprises), Alinea (ParaQuad), Good Sammy, Intelife, Westcare, and Workpower will all receive an initial grant of up to $100,000. This will help them develop information about the workplace and opportunities and enable the ADEs to provide a dedicated point of contact for affected Activ Foundation employees. The State Government announced earlier this year that it would provide $4 million in funding to assist with the transition to the new federal funding model, providing equitable treatment of ADEs in WA. The grants announced today are the first instalment of this funding, which will allow the enterprises to build their capacity, develop contemporary service models and create work opportunities for impacted supported employees of Activ Foundation. Activ Foundation announced in May 2022 its intention to close its large-scale industrial work sites in WA, where more than 750 supported employees with disability currently work. Activ Foundation is one of eight independently owned and operated ADEs in WA, which provided training and supported employment for people with disability, including people with mental illness. Last month, the State and Commonwealth Governments formed a special taskforce to oversee the transition of Activ employees, with representatives from industry and disability advocates. Activ Foundation participants can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for assistance with the transition by phone at 1800 800 100. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "This funding underlines the McGowan Government's commitment to people with disability and the sectors that support them. "Many of the people employed at Activ have told us they want to continue to work in an environment very similar to their current arrangements at Activ, and we want to ensure they are continued this opportunity with another ADE in Western Australia. "The McGowan Government is working with Western Australia's other Australian Disability Enterprises to find options that may suit some of Activ's supported employees, should they choose to join another ADE. "This includes working with other ADEs in developing new employment possibilities. "Supported employees and their families need access to information that will assist them with finding alternative employment options. "Importantly, people with disability need choice and control over what happens to them during this process." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Local businesses shine at 2022 Western Australian Export Awards14072Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6700html5/10/2022 2:02:23 AM2022-10-05T02:00:00Z Communications systems specialist AVI named as 2022 Western Australian Exporter of the Year Winners will progress to the Australian Export Awards in November Exports of Western Australia's goods increased by 28 per cent to $239.5 billion in 2021Myaree-based company, AVI, an exporter of specialised communications systems for some of the world's largest industries, has been named the 2022 Western Australian Exporter of the Year. Now in its 34th year, the WA Export Awards is an annual program that recognises Western Australian companies that have achieved sustainable export growth. Winners in 13 categories were presented with awards at a ceremony held last night at Government House. The winners in each category will represent Western Australia at Austrade's Australian Export Awards, which will be held in November. AVI was also recognised in the Advanced Technologies category for their state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facilities and supply chain surety, ensuring reliable delivery to clients internationally. Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "The Western Australian Export Awards recognise local businesses for the significant contribution they make to both the State and national economies. "In 2021, exports of Western Australia's goods increased by 28 per cent to $239.5 billion, which demonstrates the resilience and success of Western Australian exporters. "Congratulations to all of the winners of this year's Western Australian Export Awards. You are all extraordinary examples of Western Australia's strength and determination during unprecedented times." Minister's office - 6552 6500 2022 WA Export Awards - Winners Category Winners Western Australian Exporter of the Year AVI Advanced Technologies AVI Agribusiness, Food and Beverages 2GR Wagyu Beef Creative Industries Kirrikin E-commerce Clean & Pure Emerging Exporter Premier Metal Recyclers International Education and Training Stanley College International Health Little Green Pharma Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Motium Professional Services Oilfield Technologies Regional Exporter DomeShelter Australia Resources and Energy DUG Technology Small Business Information Alignment Sustainability Rare Foods Australia
Western Australia remains the national economic powerhouse14071Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14620html5/10/2022 1:01:35 AM2022-10-05T01:00:00Z WA delivers record $231 billion of mineral and petroleum sales in 2021-22 Lithium prices drive sales to $6.8 billion, nickel has highest sales record in 10 years Jobs in resources sector hit all-time high with more than 157,700 workers Western Australia's resources sector continues to drive the State and national economies, with record sales of $231 billion and the highest-ever employment figures in 2021-22. This is the fourth financial year in a row the sector has delivered record sales, following $151 billion in 2018-19, $172 billion in 2019-20 and $211 billion in 2020-21. Employment in the sector rose to an all-time high of more than 157,700 workers, an increase of around six per cent on the previous financial year. Iron ore maintained its historically high status with sales of $137 billion, gold hit another record with sales of $17 billion, while nickel recorded sales of $4.9 billion. Surging lithium prices drove the value of spodumene concentrate sales to a record $6.8 billion - more than two-and-a-half times its previous record. Lithium was WA's third highest mineral by sales value. The petroleum sector continued to recover following a downturn during the pandemic. LNG production was valued at an all-time high of $38 billion and condensate production was valued at a record $8.6 billion. Mineral exploration expenditure reached a new high of $2.5 billion with strong levels of spending on gold, nickel, copper, rare earths and lithium. More than $24 billion was invested in WA's mining and petroleum sector - the highest level since 2016, and the State has around $57 billion of resources projects under development and a further $87 billion in medium and longer-term projects in the pipeline. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan "These results again highlight the success of our Jobs Plan and our commitment to creating long-term employment for Western Australians. "Our unrivalled economic management and growing resources sector shows time and time again that our State is the backbone of our nation's economy." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "These exceptional results continue to deliver jobs and outstanding economic benefits to Western Australia and our regional communities. "It's especially pleasing to see the growth in battery and critical minerals such as nickel, lithium and rare earths given the global transition to green energy. "WA has a proven track record as a reliable investment partner and these results are a testament to our economic stability, legal clarity and regulatory certainty." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
Cruise industry leaders sail into WA for WA Cruise Exchange14070Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7040html5/10/2022 12:57:47 AM2022-10-05T00:50:00Z Cruise industry heavyweights in Perth for sixth WA Cruise Exchange Conference showcases WA ports and onshore activities to world's leading liners Cruise shipping employed nearly 1,000 people and contributed more than $262 million to the WA economy pre-COVID The WA Cruise Exchange is set to raise the profile of the State as a world-class cruise shipping destination when it kicks off in Perth today ahead of the imminent return of major cruise liners to Western Australia. A host of leading cruise lines, including Carnival Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Australian Pacific Touring, MSC Cruises, and Ponant, are attending the four-day cruising conference, along with first-time attendees Heritage Cruises, Coral Expeditions and Viking Cruises. Eight WA port destinations - Albany, Broome, Busselton, Dampier, Esperance, Exmouth, Fremantle and Geraldton - are being represented at the event, as well as the peak body for Aboriginal tours and experiences in WA, the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council. The Exchange connects cruise industry leaders with representatives from WA ports and the tourism industry to learn about the exciting range of onshore activities WA has to offer. Twenty-four senior representatives from the eight global cruise lines, along with ground handlers and peak cruise industry bodies, will visit ports such as Busselton, Broome and Fremantle and explore attractions in the surrounding regions, with local industry to pitch their destination for inclusion in cruising itineraries. This is the sixth time WA has hosted the Exchange, with the number of cruise lines taking part more than doubling since the inaugural event in 2013. The Exchange comes ahead of a bumper cruise season for WA, with the maiden call by Carnival Australia's Coral Princess to Fremantle on 28 October carrying 1,970 guests and crew, followed by Cunard's Queen Elizabeth on 7 November carrying 2,080 guests and crew. An inaugural Kimberley season has also recently been confirmed by Ponant, with its luxurious three-masted sailing vessel, Le Ponant, scheduled to cruise between Broome and Kuri Bay, home to the Paspaley pearl farm on the Kimberley Coast, in 2023. More than 10,000 cruise ship guests are expected to visit WA between October and December this year. For more information on cruise shipping in WA, visit the Tourism WA corporate website. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook "The WA Cruise Exchange is a great opportunity for WA to show the global cruise industry that our State has untapped potential when it comes to providing incredible onshore experiences for guests looking for unexplored, one-of-a-kind destinations. "This event gives our State's port destinations an amazing opportunity to secure new business and show the major players in the cruise industry that they have what it takes to be included in Australian and Western Australian itineraries. "The fact that this event is increasing in popularity reflects the growing appetite cruise lines and their passengers have for the unique experiences available in our State. "The cruise industry was worth more than $262 million to our economy pre-COVID and we're committed to building the relationships to get back to that level again quickly. "Our clear message to the rest of the country and the world is that Western Australia is well and truly open for business - all over the State, as well as up and down our spectacular coastlines." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Boost for farmers with completion of Murchison cell fence14069Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5260html4/10/2022 6:02:18 AM2022-10-04T06:00:00Z Murchison Region Vermin Cell fence completed, enclosing 53 pastoral properties in a wild dog-proof cell Fence aims to improve wild dog control and increase pastoralists' confidence to return to sheep and goat productionAgriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened an expansive cell fence project in the Murchison today, which is protecting 53 pastoral properties in the region from wild dogs. The McGowan Government has invested $1.144 million towards building the Murchison Regional Vermin Cell fence, to encourage small livestock production in the rangelands. The cell builds off the State Barrier Fence to encompass more than 6.5 million hectares of pastoral land, extending through the Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Sandstone, Cue and Meekatharra areas. The State Government's investment was part of the Western Australian Wild Dog Action plan. The cell will allow pastoralists inside the fenced area to control wild dogs, and mitigate the threat of the animals migrating back into the area from the surrounding rangelands. This is one of four cells in the pastoral region - backed by the State Government - aiming to help rebuild the sheep industry by demonstrating the effectiveness of cell fencing in combating wild dogs. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Sheep farming and wild dogs are simply incompatible. "The completion of this cell in the Murchison region will now allow pastoralists to get on top of wild dog numbers within the fence and give them confidence to invest in small stock production once again. "This project has contributed to strong local job creation and Aboriginal involvement, including the use of regional contractors to erect 283 km of wild dog proof vermin fencing, and sourcing of materials through a local supplier." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA Government to review young offender laws14068Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15580html4/10/2022 3:02:44 AM2022-10-04T03:00:00Z Department of Justice instructed to review Young Offenders Act 1994 Review to consider Act's objectives in current youth justice environment Stakeholder consultation will help underpin examination of laws The Western Australian Government will undertake a comprehensive review of youth offender laws to ensure they can provide the best outcomes for young people involved in the justice system and the community. Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston has instructed the Department of Justice to determine whether the Young Offenders Act 1994 is continuing to efficiently achieve its objectives regarding contemporary youth justice issues and trends. Key principles of the Act include diverting young people from the formal criminal justice system where possible and using detention as a last resort, while protecting the community. The review comes as the State's corrective services, police force and courts face and adapt to a changing youth justice landscape. It will examine the over-representation of young Aboriginal people in detention, the effect of cognitive impairment disability on diversion, and the isolation and separation of detainees. A consultation process will be undertaken as part of the review. An issues paper will be circulated seeking feedback from stakeholders on diversion methods, rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Written submissions received in response to the paper will inform the review, which is expected to be completed in the next 12 months. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Bill Johnston "Youth justice is a highly complex area involving extremely challenging young people who have committed crimes or are at risk of doing so - and in many cases they need help to get back on the right path. "Young Aboriginal people make up a disproportionate number of young offenders and young people in detention, which will be considered in the course of the review. "Few would argue against the need for greater diversionary and rehabilitative measures for WA's youth and addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system. "The review aligns with the McGowan Government's priority of reducing youth reoffending." Minister's office - 6552 6700
FishWatch reporting service goes online14067Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4980html4/10/2022 2:12:41 AM2022-10-04T02:00:00Z Reports of illegal fishing activity can now be made online via Crimestoppers The new FishWatch online platform is in addition to the existing 24-hour hotlineAnyone who spots suspicious fishing activity in Western Australian waters can now access a new online service to make a report. The fishing, boating and beachcombing community have an important role to play in helping protect the state's oceans and waterways. The new online FishWatch platform allows users to provide detailed illegal fishing tip-offs, such as car and boat registrations, times, dates and locations. There is also an option to include supporting photos or screenshots. This information will help the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development tackle illegal fishing behaviour which harms fish, impacts the marine environment and undermines the experience of responsible fishers. Members of the public can make a report at the CrimeStoppers website by clicking on the department link. This will complement the existing FishWatch 24-hour hotline, which remains available on free call 1800 815 507. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "If you see or hear about fishing activity that isn't quite right, make a report through the new FishWatch online reporting service or use the 24-hour hotline. "This may include someone netting where they shouldn't be, exceeding their bag limits, taking undersized fish, fishing in a closed area or attempting to sell recreationally-caught fish. "With technology now constantly at our fingertips - even on the water - photos, videos or screenshots can be quickly uploaded to this online reporting service and provide valuable leads to assist our officers investigate and stop illegal fishing activities. "Past reports to FishWatch have resulted in successful apprehensions, so by reporting what you see, you will assist us in protecting WA's fish resources for future generations." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Strong WA contingent to attend Land Forces 202214066Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8360html3/10/2022 10:06:47 PM2022-10-03T22:00:00Z ​ More than 30 WA defence industry innovators exhibiting to national and international industry leaders More than 20 WA small and medium-sized enterprises hosted at the Defence West stand as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to grow and support the sector Land Forces 2022 will run from October 4-6 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre The world-class capability, innovation, and technology of Western Australia's defence industry is on show this week at the Land Forces 2022 conference in Brisbane. More than 20 WA-based organisations have been selected to join Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia at the event today, with the best of the West showcased for national and international decision makers and leaders. The organisations were selected through an expression of interest process and will be hosted on the WA Government's Defence West stand, as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to grow and support the sector. Several high-profile WA companies also plan to host their own stands at the event. Leading WA businesses will showcase a range of capabilities, including advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems, cyber security, communications, and data management. Hosted by the AMDA Foundation in collaboration with the Australian Army - Land Forces is our region's premier international land defence exhibition, showcasing equipment, technology, and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 13,000 people from industry, government, and defence attended Land Forces 2021. The McGowan Government has committed $350 million to support defence expansion in WA. Identified as a priority sector in the McGowan Government's economic development framework - Diversify WA - the growth of the defence industry is important to ensuring the State has a strong and diversified economy with secure, quality jobs. Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia "There have never been more opportunities for the WA defence industry than there are right now. "The Australian Army has begun the largest peacetime acquisition phase in its 121-year history and the strategic posture of the Australian Defence Force is currently under review. "The historic AUKUS alliance will no doubt also bring massive opportunities for the defence sector, and the McGowan Government is committed to making sure our WA innovators and businesses are best placed to seize those opportunities. "The WA Government is proud to support the State's expanding defence industry at the conference, providing local companies and SMEs with a unique opportunity to engage with decision makers. "Unlocking the full potential of our defence industry is a key part of the WA Government's plan to diversify the State's economy and secure the jobs of the future for Western Australians." Minister's Office 6552 5600
Special services to commemorate Bali Bombings14064Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12700html2/10/2022 2:20:16 AM2022-10-01T23:00:00Z ​ 12 October to mark 20 years since the atrocious Bali Bombings Bali Memorial Association to host public commemorative service at Kings Park, supported by State Government State Government to host private breakfast event for those directly affected by the attacks Special exhibition to open at WA Museum Boola Bardip Western Australians can pay their respects to the lives lost in the 2002 Bali Bombings at a special commemorative service to mark 20 years since the tragic event. On 12 October 2002, 202 people - including 88 Australians - lost their lives when bombs were detonated at a popular Kuta night spot. Hundreds more were seriously injured. To commemorate the 20th anniversary, a public service will be held at the Bali Memorial at Kings Park at 5.30am on Wednesday, 12 October 2022. The event - hosted by the Bali Memorial Association with support from the State Government - will give Western Australians an opportunity to honour the victims of the 2002 and 2005 bombings. Following the service, the State Government will host a private breakfast event for those directly affected by the tragedy - survivors, as well as family and friends of victims. To mark the 20th anniversary, a 'Remembering the Bali Bombings 20 Years On' photographic exhibition will open at the WA Museum Boola Bardip from Wednesday (12 October). Given its proximity to Bali, Royal Perth Hospital - assisted by other local organisations - played a key role in treating injured survivors that were airlifted to Western Australia. As a tribute to the extraordinary work of the hospital staff, photographs and video testimonials from survivors and staff will be on display in the special exhibition. The photographic exhibition will run until 28 February 2023 at the Old Gaol at WA Museum Boola Bardip. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians will never forget the atrocious attacks in Bali. "The 20th anniversary is a time for our community to come together to remember the lives lost and show our support for survivors, friends and families. "Importantly, it provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the extraordinary efforts of hospital staff that treated survivors, and the outpouring of community support in such a difficult time for so many Western Australians. "We thank the Bali Memorial Association for the continued efforts over the past 20 years to support those affected by this tragedy." Comments attributed to Bali Memorial Association Treasurer Keith Pearce "For those who were there and those who lost loved ones it seems like yesterday. "The Bali Memorial Association believes it is important to continue to provide a commemoration each year and especially important on significant anniversaries such as this. "At this difficult time, I am sure people will find comfort knowing our Government has not forgotten us." Premier's office – 6552 5000
WA Bike Month blasts off at Mindeerup14063Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7570html1/10/2022 5:04:34 AM2022-10-01T05:00:00Z Bike month encourages people of all ages and abilities to give bike riding a go $8 million available as part of Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program McGowan Government investing $347 million in walking and riding infrastructure over next four years More information on WA Bike Month events available at Western Australians are encouraged to dust off their helmets, pump up their tyres and give bike riding a go during WA Bike Month. Held from 1 to 31 October, Bike Month is Western Australia's annual celebration of bike riding for transport, fun and a healthier lifestyle. The festivities were launched today at the Big Bike Month Blast Off celebration held at Mindeerup, kicking off four weeks of events to encourage people of all ages and abilities to ride more often. During WA Bike Month, applications will also open for the popular Western Australian Bicycle Network Grants Program. As part of the program, up to $8 million will be provided to local governments for the design and construction of safe walking and riding infrastructure, increasing opportunities for Western Australians to choose active transport to move around the State. For the first time, a new grant category will be available as part of the program. Six local governments will be awarded an Active Travel Officer grant to employ a dedicated staff member to deliver bike planning and infrastructure projects and implement initiatives to encourage their community to walk and ride. This year, the State Government announced a record $347 million investment in cycling infrastructure over the next four years, which will continue to improve safety and bike network connectivity in WA. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Riding is a great way to travel short distances, such as going to the shops or the train station. It is an enjoyable way to get some exercise, see more of your community and it also helps take cars off the road. "Our Government is facilitating a record $347 million dollar investment in active transport infrastructure around WA over the next four years, creating a more connected cycling network making it easier than ever for us to get around on our bikes. "The $8 million awarded as part of the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program will support local governments to enhance recreational, commuter and tourism riding and walking experiences for residents and visitors to the State. "It is just one way we are working collaboratively with local government to ensure our active transport infrastructure is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. "I encourage everyone - from experienced riders to those who may be getting on the bike for the first time - to participate in a WA Bike Month event in their area and share their #ridetogetherwa moment this October." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Recreational herring fishers can now enjoy a bigger bag limit14062Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5360html1/10/2022 2:16:07 AM2022-10-01T01:05:00Z From today WA's recreational fishers can catch up to 20 herring per day The successful herring recovery proves the value of research and management Herring is one of the State's 'bread and butter' species for recreational fishers Fisheries Minister Don Punch has approved an increase to the daily bag limit for recreational herring fishing in Western Australia, which comes into effect as of today. The new rules allow anglers to catch up to 20 herring per day, a significant increase from the previous limit of 12. Recfishwest requested the increase following last year's herring stock assessment, which indicated that action taken in 2015 to halve total catches had succeeded in rebuilding the stock. The new limit validates the benefits of scientifically-informed fisheries management and WA's recreational and commercial fishing sectors working together to ensure the long-term sustainability of this important species. Australian herring is a nearshore finfish found in the South-West of WA and is extremely popular with young fishers. Many recreational fishers will have fond memories of catching their first fish, which for many is a herring. Ongoing sustainable management will help protect quality recreational fishing experiences and enhance the supply of Australian herring onto the dinner plates of local consumers. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "With the herring recovery backed by the latest scientific stock assessment, Recfishwest requested the daily herring bag limit increase from 12 to 20. I am very pleased we can make this change, which will enable fishers to catch an ample feed for themselves and their family. "Both recreational and commercial fishers played an important part in reducing catches to help the herring stock recover. They are now enjoying the benefits of their commitment to the sustainability of the Australian herring resource. "Good science and sustainable management remain the goal of the McGowan Government to ensure ongoing quality recreational fishing experiences and supply of Australian herring for local consumers, through commercial fishing operations." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Single-use plastic cups for cold drinks banned from today14061Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements26080html1/10/2022 2:04:45 AM2022-10-01T01:00:00Z Ban to save up to 181 million plastic cups from landfill or litter each year Stage 1 of WA's nation-leading Plan for Plastics now complete Consultation on Stage 2 has begun and is open until next month The sale or supply of single-use plastic cold beverage cups has been banned from today (1 October). The move completes the first stage of Western Australia's Plan for Plastics, with the State leading the nation. The bans will save 430 million single-use plastics from landfill or litter in WA each year, with cold cups accounting for more than 40 per cent. Nine items have been phased out as part of WA's Plan for Plastics first stage since July, including plates, cutlery, drink stirrers, drinking straws, thick plastic bags, expanded polystyrene food containers, helium balloon releases and unlidded containers. The Stage 1 bans are estimated to eliminate large amounts of single-use plastics every year, including 300 million plastic straws, 50 million pieces of plastic cutlery and more than 110 million thick plastic shopping bags. The extended transition period to 1 October for cold cups was to allow retailers and suppliers to access support to help them transition to single-use plastic alternatives. Western Australia continues to lead the way and the State-wide ban coincides with McDonald's replacing approximately 17.5 million plastic cold beverage cups and lids in its McCafés across the State, in an Australian first. This means that around 140 tonnes of plastic will be removed from annual circulation. The State Government is urging businesses to make the switch, and will continue to use a common-sense, education-first approach to enforcing the ban. Businesses or community groups needing support can visit http// People that require single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life, such as those in the disability, aged care and health sectors, will be ensured a continued supply. Single-use plastic takeaway coffee cups among other plastic products will be targeted in the next stage, which will be introduced from February 2023. Disposable options will also still exist, with certified compostable cups and lids excluded from the ban and already widely used by businesses. Transition timeframes for Stage 2 banned products, including single-use plastic coffee cups, will be determined through consultation. To have your say, visit http// by 18 November 2022. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "It's great to see Western Australians embrace the first stage of our Plan for Plastics, and many businesses have already completed the transition. "This is another positive step in reducing our impact on the environment, which has the public's overwhelming support. "We can be proud that our State continues to lead the way in tackling single-use plastics." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Legal Aid work in the limelight at Community Service Law Awards14060Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9010html30/09/2022 11:26:48 PM2022-09-30T22:15:00Z Attorney General's Community Service Law Awards go to four winners Robert Lindsay recognised for public legal and pro bono contributions Kate Turtley-Chappel picks up new award for Legal Aid panel members Two lawyers who have devoted a large chunk of their careers to public legal assistance have taken out the individual categories in the Attorney General's Community Service Law Awards. Veteran barrister Robert Lindsay won the Individual Award and criminal lawyer Kate Turtley-Chappel was chosen for the inaugural Legal Aid Panel Member Award. Attorney General John Quigley presented the awards - which celebrate legal work for the public good in Western Australia - as part of a gala event last night. Mr Lindsay is a former director of Legal Aid WA. Since becoming an independent barrister in 2000, he has continued to represent Legal Aid clients and acted for others on a pro bono or discounted basis. Ms Turtley-Chappel is a former Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia lawyer who in private practice remains committed to serving clients of both agencies. The Legal Aid Panel Member category was introduced this year to recognise private lawyers who have made exceptional contributions assisting disadvantaged people. The Not-for-Profit Award went to Kimberley Community Legal Services, which assists clients free of charge across a vast region reaching remote communities where no other general legal services are regularly available. Clayton Utz won the Legal Firm Award. In the last financial year, 93 per cent of the firm's lawyers and partners in Perth acted in pro bono matters at an average rate of about 52 hours per lawyer. This is the 16th time the awards have been held. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "The lawyers and organisations honoured in these awards have been outstanding in selflessly providing their services to vulnerable Western Australians. "I'm pleased that the invaluable work being done for clients of Legal Aid has been prominent among those recognised. "Robert Lindsay has inspired junior practitioners to follow his example in taking on pro bono work and been assiduous in seeking justice for refugees and asylum seekers. "Kate Turtley-Chappel is the principal of a private practice, yet frequently takes on challenging and difficult matters for underprivileged and sometimes contentious clients. "Kimberley Community Legal Services during the COVID-19 pandemic continued to handle hundreds of cases despite strict travel limits being in place. "Clayton Utz's pro bono work has covered the spectrum of legal matters and includes 19 successful compensation applications for survivors of sexual assault and family violence." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Grants available to mark International Day of People with Disability14059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9050html30/09/2022 5:26:48 AM2022-09-30T05:25:00Z Grants of up to $1000 available for events to celebrate International Day of People with Disability The United Nations sanctioned day is celebrated every year on 3 December Initiatives and events will celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of people with disability The State Government is making $100,000 available in sponsorship for inclusive community events and activities to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) 2022. Local government authorities, community groups and non-government/not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for funding. IDPwD is a United Nations-sanctioned day that is celebrated on 3 December every year. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and celebrate their achievements and contributions. Disability Services Minister Don Punch today announced that the Department of Communities has funded Developmental Disability WA (DDWA) to provide grants of up to $1000 for community organisations to celebrate IDPwD in 2022. Successful applications will include initiatives and events that aim to raise awareness, educate, and inform the broader community about people with disability. This year's State theme of "Leading the Change" encourages everyone to commit to making sure opportunity, inclusion and access is available to everyone. The sponsorship funding is aligned with the vision of A Western Australia for Everyone State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 to build a more inclusive Western Australia and empower people with disability to participate meaningfully in all parts of society. DDWA is a peak body for disability which has successfully administered the IDPWD grants on behalf of the Department of Communities since 2020. Applications close on 24 October 2022 and successful applicants will be notified and announced in early November. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of people with disability. "The State Government is committed to building a more inclusive Western Australia in which people with disability are engaged and feel empowered to live as they choose, in a community where everyone belongs. "I'm pleased that Developmental Disability WA will once again be administering the grants." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Desalination trial to improve rural and regional water security14057Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10470html30/09/2022 4:40:30 AM2022-09-30T04:05:00Z Four desalination units to be built to test desalination technology and brine disposal for on-farm application WaterSmart Farms project improving climate resilience of WA farms and benefiting community water supplies Three community desalination units will be built to test desalination technology from the State Government's WaterSmart Farms initiative, which is providing $400,000 funding to support research to build climate resilience and enhance sustainable community water supplies. A brackish water desalination unit will be installed in Katanning this summer as part of a network of demonstration sites to examine how the technology can help overcome seasonal variability, reduce reliance on scheme water and support community development. The Katanning unit will supply 30 kilolitres per day of fresh water to augment services for three local parks, as well as other town infrastructure. This summer a 100 kL/day desalinisation unit will be installed at Merredin to service farm and town water needs, while a new 10 kL/day salty groundwater system at Dumbleyung will service farm and town water supplies, as well as underpin repairs to the town's swimming pool. A further 30 kL/day brackish water off grid reverse osmosis unit will be installed at the Wongutha Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School at Esperance, as part of a collaboration with the Australian Government's National Water Grid Authority. Desalination units use a reverse osmosis process to remove salt and impurities from groundwater to produce fresh water, suitable for livestock, crop spraying, horticulture and garden use. A key component of the investigation will be the safe and efficient discharge of reject water, so it does not damage the environment or affect downstream neighbours. There has been increasing interest in on-farm desalination units in recent years, with more than 50 units established on Wheatbelt farms in the past three years. The project, led by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in partnership with the Water Corporation, will also undertake case studies to examine the life cycle costs and efficiency of these new systems. The findings from the investigation will provide valuable information to assist regional communities and farmers to consider adopting the technology to build water resilience in a drying climate. The WA Government's $1.5 million WaterSmart Farms project will also involve an inventory of about 50 on-farm desalination plants to capture the learnings and experiences of farmers to extend to the broader community. The project is working with Murdoch University, Curtin University, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety and the Grower Group Alliance on a targeted groundwater exploration program to identify previously untapped brackish to saline groundwater supplies. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This initiative is assisting our farmers and communities to build resilience in dry years by undertaking scientific research on how best to apply this technology to tap into benefits for rural businesses and the regions. "While recent rainfall in the agricultural region has been favourable, now is the time to invest in how to future proof farming operations and regional communities so they are set up and well-resourced to manage the dry years. "The greater use of groundwater can also help lower the water table and reduce salinity." Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The long-term statistics show that WA is experiencing reduced rainfall due to the impacts of climate change, with a record 12 Water Deficiency Declarations announced just two years ago in the Wheatbelt. "This important work, supported by Water Corporation, will help to serve not only these first three communities but others in the future, as the technology is better understood and adopted throughout the State." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Action plan set to bolster WA’s legal assistance sector14055Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16450html30/09/2022 2:05:56 AM2022-09-30T02:05:00Z Action Plan to build legal assistance services for vulnerable people in WA unveiled Publication meets national reporting requirements for an integrated sector The Attorney General has launched an Action Plan that sets out how the State will support the legal assistance sector to improve access to justice services for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Published today, the Legal Assistance Action Plan forms part of the requirements of the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP) agreement between the Commonwealth, States and Territories. WA's legal assistance sector includes the Aboriginal Legal Service, Community Legal Centres, Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, Legal Aid WA, Law Access and other stakeholders. Consultation between the legal assistance sector, key stakeholders and the Department of Justice (Department) had aided the development of the Action Plan. Funding will help build the sector's capacity to deliver integrated, culturally safe and trauma-informed legal assistance services to vulnerable people regardless of where they live in WA. One of the main pillars of the Action Plan involves the Department working with the sector to attract and retain staff with the appropriate skill sets. The provision of sector wide minimum level and standard of service across the State will also ensure equitable access to the legal assistance for people in regional and remote areas. The Action Plan is now available at https// Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I welcome the Action Plan which details how we will support the provision of culturally safe and timely legal assistance services for people experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage. "While it has been developed in accordance with the National Legal Assistance Partnership, the Department's Action Plan seeks to go beyond the minimum requirements. "The Department will continue its work with the legal assistance sector, building its capacity to respond to the legal needs of WA's diverse and geographically vast community. "The Action Plan puts the WA Government and legal assistance sector in lockstep to facilitate access to high quality services." Comments attributed to Commonwealth Attorney General Mark Dreyfus "The legal assistance sector plays a vital role in helping those in greatest need. "The Commonwealth Government is committed to supporting the legal assistance sector to deliver access to justice to Australians most in need." Minister's office - 6552 6800
New DPIRD Director General to drive opportunities for WA primary industries and regions14056Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20470html30/09/2022 2:17:38 AM2022-09-30T02:00:00Z Heather Brayford PSM appointed as Director General of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional DevelopmentAgriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Fisheries Minister Don Punch have welcomed the appointment of Heather Brayford as the new Director General of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). Ms Brayford has served as the Deputy Director General of DPIRD's Sustainability and Biosecurity pillar since 2017, after previously working as the Director General of the Department of Fisheries. She brings with her more than 30 years of senior leadership experience across the public sector in Western Australia, including two terms as the Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. Heather was also a recipient of the 2020 Queen's Birthday Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to legislative reform and policy development in WA. An extensive recruitment process was conducted by the Public Sector Commissioner for the role, following which the Public Sector Commissioner recommended the appointment of Ms Brayford. She will assume the post on 1 November 2022. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We are pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Brayford as the new Director General. "Heather's past experience as the Director General of Fisheries and her five years with the Primary Industries and Regional Development role gives her solid experience for this new position. "She is a real team builder and will help us continue the important work of rebuilding capability and morale in the agency. "We thank Acting Director General Terry Hill for the work he has done over the last nine months as acting Director General. He has done tremendous work and will hand over the Department in good shape." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "Heather Brayford is an asset to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and we congratulate her on this well-earned new role. "With her extensive experience in fisheries and aquaculture, I am confident Heather is well placed to lead the Department into the future." Minister's office - 6552 6200
City of South Perth converts to underground power14054Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9390html30/09/2022 1:06:11 AM2022-09-30T01:05:00Z Two major underground projects completed in the City of South Perth 985 wooden poles removed and 667 LED streetlights installed More than 94,500 Perth properties now have underground power Two successful overhead to underground power transition projects in the City of South Perth will allow more Western Australians to benefit from underground power. To mark the completion of Western Power's State Underground Power Program, Energy Minister Bill Johnston yesterday attended a last pole ceremony with representatives from the City of South Perth and State-owned utility to mark the completion of Western Power's State Underground Power Program. The projects involved the removal of 985 wooden poles, 35 kilometres of overhead cable, and the installation of 667 LED streetlights providing improved safety, aesthetics, reliability, and environmental outcomes for the community. The Collier and Manning projects - jointly funded by the WA Government and City of South Perth - are two of 17 approved as part of round six of the program. Western Power has identified 300 areas with a high density of ageing distribution overhead assets across Perth that will benefit from underground power in the next 20 years. The next Western Power underground power projects to be completed include Kardinya South and Shelley East. More than 60 per cent of the Perth area now has underground power, with 98 projects now completed providing improved electricity supply to 94,500 homes and businesses. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The State Underground Power Program is a proven example of what can be achieved when there is a collaborative approach between State and local governments. "It's great to see the City of South Perth's enthusiasm for the program; the City will also benefit from the Retrospective Underground Power Project in two other South Perth locations. "Conversion to underground power has many benefits, not only does it beautify the streets it reduces power outages during storms, lowers maintenance and operating costs, and improves public safety." Comments attributed to South Perth MLA Geoff Baker "This is an exciting announcement for the City of South Perth community. "Not only are there improved power supply benefits for residents, underground powering helps beautify the streets, with trees being able to grow to their full capacity helping to also increase property values." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Contemporary Music Fund boosts capacity of WA sector14053Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6700html30/09/2022 1:00:50 AM2022-09-30T01:00:00Z Contemporary Music Fund awards $92,518 to two WA music projects Local psychedelic rock band to tour USA Sound States Mentorship Program 2023 develops independent music managers and self-managed musicians The McGowan Government has awarded more than $92,000 in funding to two local music recipients - a 2017 and 2021 election commitment - through its Contemporary Music Fund (CMF). The CMF allows homegrown contemporary music artists to capitalise on opportunities and contribute to the development of markets for Western Australia. A three-day mentorship program for early career music managers and self-managed musicians - Sound States Mentorship Program 2023 - was awarded $35,750 in funding. The program will be delivered by music manager Hayley Ayres through 360 Artist Logistics during February 2023 at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Local Perth band, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, received $56,768 for their 2022 Tour of North America. Starting in October 2022 and featuring 25 shows across the United States, Canada and Mexico, the tour will allow the band to promote their work while building links internationally. The next round of CMF funding will be available in July 2023. Prior to that, applicants can apply to the general arts funding programs. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Psychedelic Porn Crumpets will take our WA music style overseas to the US, to share the talent that comes from Perth's creative scene. "These sorts of tours bridge international markets and showcase some of what we have on offer. "I am also excited to see the impact of the Sound States Mentorship Program on our local early-career music managers and self-managed musicians. "Investing in those starting off their careers in the industry will support a strong music sector into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5400
WA hospitals welcome next generation of nurses and midwives14052Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9020html30/09/2022 12:28:02 AM2022-09-30T00:05:00Z More than 500 new graduate nurses and midwives to start in WA hospitals Additional staff will bolster the ranks of our frontline health workers 1,449 newly qualified nurses and midwives recruited to WA's health system this year - a 53 per cent increase on last year GradConnect participants offered ongoing support and mentorship during the program Around 520 graduate nurses and midwives will commence their graduate transition to practice program over the next six months under the GradConnect program, in a boost to Western Australia's frontline health services. WA Health's GradConnect program recruits enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives twice a year, and brings the total of newly qualified graduates recruited to 1,449 for the year. The paid graduate program provides newly qualified nurses and midwives 'on the job' transition to clinical practice experience, and these latest recruits deliver on the McGowan Government's election commitment to increase graduate nursing placements by 400 in 2021 and 2022. They receive ongoing mentoring by senior nurse educators, arming them with the tools to become a confident healthcare practitioner. Throughout their program, graduates work in a variety of clinical settings to ensure they gain a range of experience while consolidating skills and knowledge developed during their undergraduate studies. In the past 10 years, graduate positions offered in WA have increased by 78 per cent - 814 nurses and midwives accepted a graduate position in 2012 compared to 1,449 graduate positions offered in 2022. More than 1,130 graduates were offered a position in a metropolitan healthcare facility while 200 graduates were offered rural and regional places. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "These additional nurses and midwives will provide a much-needed boost to the ranks of our frontline health workers. "Health services around the world are facing workforce pressures, which is why the McGowan Government is working hard to recruit healthcare workers including nurses and midwives to WA hospitals. "It is such a pleasure to welcome these new graduates as part of WA Health's biannual GradConnect program. "Nurses and midwives are essential to our health system and I wish these new graduates well in their future career." Minister's office - 6552 5900