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Safe approach for Victoria under WA’s border controls19738Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8940html15/01/2021 10:07:38 AM2021-01-15T10:00:00Z Effective 12.01am, Monday, January 18, Victoria will become a 'low risk' State Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing Cautious approach comes after Victoria recorded nine days of no local cases Transition in line with latest health advice and controlled interstate border Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia's controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted from Monday, January 18 with travel from Victoria permitted into WA subject to the following strict conditions complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days and if they have knowingly mixed with someone from New South Wales or Queensland; self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise; present for a COVID-19 test on day 11; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival; be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise. Anyone coming from Victoria that has been in or travelled through a medium-risk jurisdiction in the past 14 days will not be able to enter WA without an exemption. Under WA's expert health advice, a jurisdiction requires at least 28 days of no community cases until consideration can be given to reclassify them as 'very low risk'. Jurisdictions considered 'very low risk' and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements currently include the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Jurisdictions considered 'medium risk' are not permitted to enter WA without an exemption and include only New South Wales and Queensland, when Victoria moves to 'low risk'. The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls, including Queensland and New South Wales, to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future. WA's border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals. More information on WA's controlled borders is available at http//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The re-introduction of a hard border with Victoria was necessary to protect Western Australians and minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the WA community. "It shows that with a controlled border, we can make adjustments swiftly to keep WA safe. "I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this process, and for helping keep WA safe. "Classifying Victoria as 'low risk' allows for safe travel under our controlled border, with the important requirement of 14 days of self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test. "The variant strain has added an extra layer of complexity with how rapidly the virus can spread, so WA's extra cautious approach is necessary. "Everyone in the community has a responsibility to be vigilant and ensure we can stay protected from this deadly virus - this means heeding the COVID safe principles and taking precautionary measures on all fronts, be it face masks when flying and at airports, and checking-in using SafeWA when you're out." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This safe and cautious adjustment for Victoria has been recommended by the Chief Health Officer on the latest public health advice. "This cautious but sensible approach under our controlled border, gives Western Australia the protection we need to minimise the risk of COVID-19 entering the WA community. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and once Victoria reaches 28 days of no community transmission we can then consider the next step under our controlled border." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
“Every Voice Matters” on National Corrections Day19737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7820html15/01/2021 4:34:21 AM2021-01-15T04:10:00Z National Corrections Day recognises the vital contribution of Corrective Services staff More than 4,800 employees work to safeguard the community and reduce reoffending Pictorial tribute this year highlights the diversity of Corrective Services work, its people and placesThis year's National Corrections Day is celebrating the diversity of corrective services staff who come from a range of work backgrounds and nationalities with the theme Every Voice Matters. The day, which rounds off a week of celebrations across WA's jails, work camps, prison farms and community corrections offices, is now in its fourth year. In a tribute to staff and in recognition of the wide range of duties they perform, the Department of Justice has also commissioned a special project this year that has captured 24 hours in corrective services. A resulting online pictorial tribute has documented the diverse and complex roles that more than 4,800 corrective services staff perform and can be viewed here athttps//www.justice.wa.gov.au/ncd/ncd-2021.pdf Some of the images will also be displayed at Yagan Square, and Perth landmarks such as the Bell Tower will be lit up this evening in blue and green to acknowledge National Corrections Day. Since 2018, nearly 580 prison officers started entry level training programs as part of an open-ended recruitment campaign. In April 2020, applications were opened for another 125 vocational support officers with 709 applicants placed in a pool to fill new positions as they become available with 52 appointed so far. There have also been another 50 community corrections officers hired for community corrections offices throughout the State. A snapshot of "24 hours in corrective services" on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Adult males in custody 5,965 Adult females in custody 680 Adults received into custody 30 Adults discharged from custody 13 Youth in detention 112 Adults being managed in the community 5,862 Youth being managed in the community 1,047 Education classes run in adult prisons 90 Cows milked 187 Meals produced 19,836 Eggs laid 3,600 Programs run in community 2 Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan "This is my last National Corrections Day ahead of my retirement as the Member for Cockburn. "It has been a great pleasure to get to know so many people who work in corrective services and to learn firsthand the vital role they play in helping to keep our communities safe. "These are roles that go on behind the scenes, but deserve recognition from the wider community. "This week I joined the celebrations at Hakea Prison and met officers who had given 30 years of service, which is just extraordinary and testament to their commitment to trying to turn offenders' lives around. "I wish our State's corrective services staff all the very best and I trust that the significant reforms and infrastructure upgrades the McGowan Government has implemented will hold them in good stead for many years to come." Minister's office - 6552 6300 ​
Great Southern innovation project moves ahead19736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7710html15/01/2021 4:00:38 AM2021-01-15T04:00:00Z McGowan Government-funded project to drive innovation and start-ups in Albany set to kick off Project will receive up to $220,000 through the Regional New Industries Fund A McGowan Government-funded project to drive innovation and start-ups in the Great Southern region is set to get underway. BreakthruWA will deliver the Albany Innovation Project in partnership with WorkLinkWA, following a competitive expressions of interest process. The project will encourage business innovation in Albany by providing designers, community organisations and businesses in the region with physical and virtual spaces to meet, work, learn, collaborate and thrive. The project will receive up to $220,000 through the Regional New Industries Fund, which is helping build regional economies that are entrepreneurial, creative and technology-driven. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Albany is at the heart of the Great Southern region and has a strong innovation base. "This project will establish a collaborative workspace and activate other innovation spaces in collaboration with partners, deliver a mentorship program and provide seed funding to innovative projects to develop ideas. "BreakthruWA have an established local presence, partnerships with local stakeholders and a commitment to working collaboratively with other organisations." Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to diversifying our economy, including in the regions, to create new industries and generate more jobs. "This project will deliver sustained benefits for the Albany entrepreneurial ecosystem and more broadly throughout the Great Southern. "The project will also create a school-focused program that will be adopted by teachers for Year 5 curriculum." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100
New Goldfields mental health service delivered by McGowan Labor Government19735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5330html15/01/2021 3:02:06 AM2021-01-15T03:00:00Z New mental health service in Kalgoorlie to service the Goldfields community Provides short-term residential support and specialised treatment Operational from March to support people experiencing mental health issues Establishment of Kalgoorlie step up/step down delivers on election commitment A new community mental health 10-bed step up/step down service has been established for the Goldfields region and delivers on a McGowan Labor Government election commitment. Opened by Premier Mark McGowan and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook today, the service will provide short-term residential support and specialist treatment for people experiencing mental health issues, in a support, community-based environment. The service will provide the Goldfields region with another option other than Kalgoorlie Hospital, and allow individuals to find support close to their home and personal support networks as they progress their recovery. The new Kalgoorlie service delivers on the WA State Priorities 2020-2024 and the McGowan Government's commitment to assisting people with individualised care while remaining connected to their community and support networks. The McGowan Government has invested more than $30 million to establish regional community mental health step up/step down services across the State. Services are already operational in Albany, Bunbury, Joondalup and Rockingham, with another service opened in Geraldton this week, and Broome and Karratha on their way. Over the next four years, the Kalgoorlie service will be funded with close to $10 million in State Government funding, creating local job opportunities through service provider Neami National and clinical services from the WA Country Health Service. For more information about step up/step down services, visit http//www.mhc.wa.gov.au/stepupstepdown Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The establishment of this service will give residents in the Goldfields another option for their mental health treatment as it supports them and keeps them connected to their community, family, and friends. "The services provide an opportunity to recover faster and avoid unnecessary stays in hospitals for those who don't need one. "My Government is committed to supporting the community to develop better mental health and wellbeing." Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government has been working hard to provide all Western Australians with better access to mental health treatment and support when and where they need it. "Mental health and wellbeing should be a priority for everyone - we are committed to providing supporting people to address issues earlier and have the support they need within their community. "There is more we can do to improve our State's mental health. As a community, we need to work together across all areas, from prevention to treatment and recovery." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "Today has been a culmination of a lot of work which all started during the 2017 election with the candidate for WA Labor committing to the step up/step down facility. "I am proud the McGowan Labor Government has delivered such a critical piece of health infrastructure and have no doubt this will change some people's lives for the better. "Having this facility will take pressure off the hospital as well as provide people with a local choice rather than travelling to the city for the resource. "Mental health is an issue and in the regions can be even harder so I hope today's announcement brings people with these issues comfort that they have a resource available." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Minister's office - 6552 6500
Matagarup Bridge climb to open Australia Day19734Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7930html15/01/2021 2:00:29 AM2021-01-15T02:00:00Z ​Ticket sales now open for the Matagarup Bridge climb which will open on January 26 More than 2,000 tickets sold in less than a month, with prices starting from $59 A range of bridge climb options available including day, sunset, night and a full moon experience Zip-line ride coming soon and will open in March Perth's newest attraction, the Matagarup Bridge climb is on track to open on January 26, with more than 2,000 tickets already sold. Part of the Matagarup Bridge activities, the climb adventure experience will open first, as part of a staged launch, with the highly anticipated zip-line on track to open in March. The bridge climb will be offered at an introductory price of $59 per person with photos of the experience emailed directly to participants. A virtual reality climb is also under development to ensure people of all ages and mobility can enjoy the experience. The bridge climb will involve a 314-step trek up the bridge's main arch, ascending 58 metres to the 'sky view' platform before descending along the other side of the arch. Night-climbs, including full-moon tours, will also be offered, giving participants a unique birds-eye view of Perth City and its surrounds under colourful night lights. Operated by Western Australian company Perth Bridge Climb and Zip Pty Ltd, the adventure activities will be marketed as Matagarup Zip+Climb. Matagarup Zip+Climb are planning other activities within Burswood Park, including an all-ages climbing frame and miniature golf course, to encourage more people to the precinct. Thrill seekers can purchase tickets by visiting https//www.zipclimb.com.au/ Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "I will be climbing the bridge for the first time today, and I am looking forward to seeing our beautiful Swan River and surrounds from a unique bird's eye view. "This exciting new attraction will bring locals and tourists to the area, thrilling people who have been waiting eagerly since we first announced the activities project in 2018. "Tickets have been on sale less than a month and already more than 2,000 have been sold. "The finishing touches are now being applied to the zip-line ride, which will begin operating once all necessary safety and operational approvals are in place." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Experienced criminal lawyer appointed as a magistrate19733Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15220html15/01/2021 1:45:38 AM2021-01-15T01:45:00Z Alana Padmanabham appointed as a magistrate, and will sit in the Children's Court in Perth Attorney General John Quigley has appointed Alana Padmanabham as a magistrate. Ms Padmanabham was admitted to practice in Western Australia in February 2005 and has more than 15 years of experience in civil litigation, personal injury and criminal law. Having operated a successful law practice, Ms Padmanabham regularly appeared as Counsel in high profile trials and sentencing matters in all jurisdictions. She is a Commissioner of Legal Aid WA and a committee member of Women Lawyers of Western Australia, and highly regarded in the legal profession. Ms Padmanabham will take up her position on January 18, 2021. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Ms Padmanabham's broad experience across all aspects of criminal law and her keen interest in social justice issues will be a valuable addition to the court. "Ms Padmanabham has a reputation for her commitment to providing high-quality legal representation in private matters as well as legal aid grants. "I congratulate Ms Padmanabham on her appointment and wish her well in her new role." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Collie sheds on track for heritage listing19732Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4040html15/01/2021 1:25:36 AM2021-01-15T00:00:00Z Rare surviving railway footbridge added to State Heritage Register Railway Goods Shed and Footbridge capture Collie coal mining history Place reflects mid-twentieth century railway technology The Railway Goods Shed and Footbridge in Collie, that were instrumental in establishing the only coal industry in Western Australia, have been included in the State Register of Heritage Places. Designed in 1898 by C.Y. O'Connor, the Goods Shed is the largest standard Class 1 shed built by the former railways department, and includes a double gabled roof with the track running through the length of the building on one side. The footbridge is one of the few rare surviving examples of a rural railway footbridge in the State and was restored by volunteer labour, reopening in 2013. It spans the entire distance over the main railway line, connecting the two sides of the Collie town centre. The Goods Shed has experienced ongoing intervention since being rebuilt in 1911 and was refurbished by the Collie Heritage Group in 1998-2002. Today, the Goods Shed is home to the Collie Heritage Group and Men's Shed Group and is also used as a popular market venue in Collie and by the newly formed Heritage Skills Association. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "This fascinating place tells us so much about the development of the coal industry in Collie and railway heritage in Western Australia. "While the Railway Goods Shed and Footbridge highlight the enormous leaps our railway system has taken, it also reminds us of the debt we owe to those early innovators and presents a time capsule of mid-twentieth century life. "Today, these places continue to support contemporary community activities and are popular with hikers, families and visitors enjoying a day out and seeking to learn about the rich railway history in Collie that is so highly valued by the community." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "This has been a wonderful example of conservation work by local volunteers from the Collie Heritage group who have worked so hard to retain the town's unique rail history. "I'm so pleased to see this place has been recognised for its historic value and continues to be used by many community groups today who are passionate about our local history." Minister's office - 6552 5400 Background The Railway Goods Shed and Footbridge in Collie along with the nearby Railway Round House with Turntable, also a State registered place, played a significant role in the development of the railways in Western Australia in the mid-twentieth century. Together with the surrounding sheds, the place forms part of the Working Life Trail in Collie which is a collection of working heritage attractions in the South-West, offering a window into the region's past and the life of its early settlers. Today, the Goods Shed is home to the Collie Heritage Group and Men's Shed Group and is also used as a popular market venue in Collie. Extensions of the building are used as a museum and for conservation training workshops to help train people to work on/conserve heritage buildings, as part of the newly formed Heritage Skills Association.
Health surveillance requirements for silica strengthened19731Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10060html15/01/2021 12:48:01 AM2021-01-14T23:00:00Z Low-dose high-resolution CT scans required for workers in engineered stone industry Now mandatory for workers whose health is at risk of exposure to respirable crystalline silica WA is the first Australian State to require these more effective scans The McGowan Government has made an important change to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 that will increase protections for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica in the engineered stone industry. As from today, with a three-month grace period, employers will be required to provide a low-dose high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. HRCT scans are superior to chest X-rays and will assist in the early detection of silicosis. Silicosis is a serious and potentially lethal occupational lung disease caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica in industries such as engineered stone product manufacturing, installation, stonemasonry and construction work. The amendment will assist in the early detection of silicosis and follows the McGowan Government's recent decision to halve the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica to further protect workers. Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The safety and health of WA workers is a key priority for the McGowan Government; this amendment to workplace safety laws will assist in the early detection or prevention of this disease. "The low-dose high-resolution CT scan coupled with the recent halving of the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica, will be of great assistance in improving health outcomes for workers exposed to silica. "There has been much concern about the number of silicosis cases in the Eastern States and, although we have seen relatively few cases in WA, it's appropriate we take action to minimise the risks for workers." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Local architects set to design modern performing arts space for Goldfields school19730Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3930html14/01/2021 8:40:12 AM2021-01-14T08:40:00Z H+H Architects selected to design $500,000 upgrade to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School's performing arts space The new centre will provide opportunities for more than 800 students from Years 7-12 Construction expected to start in early 2021 Goldfields based firm H+H Architects has been chosen to design the revamp of the performing arts space at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School. The $500,000 upgrade to the existing facility will give the school's 835 current students the opportunity to hone their drama skills in a fresh and modern learning area. The renovations will include an upgrade to the performance space, green room, costume store and bio-box for lighting, sound and projection equipment. With the project now in the planning stage, work is expected to start in early 2021 and be completed by the middle of the year. The project is part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This modern and refreshed performing arts space will give students an outstanding venue to encourage their creative skills to thrive. "I know this upgraded learning area will help Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School's many talented students now and in the future." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "I am very pleased to see a local Kalgoorlie-Boulder firm has been awarded this tender. "Goldfields kids deserve top quality schooling experiences and this new performing arts centre will deliver the stars of tomorrow." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Perth-based architect chosen for new classrooms at Melville Senior High School19728Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3510html14/01/2021 7:47:47 AM2021-01-14T07:45:00Z Architect firm Cameron Chisholm Nicol appointed to design new technical classrooms $925,000 refurbishment set to start in 2021 Perth-based architect firm Cameron Chisholm Nicol has been selected to design three new learning spaces as part of the refurbishment works to specialist areas at Melville Senior High School. The new technical classrooms will be used for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) activities. The $925,000 includes refurbishment of existing areas within the school, providing upgrades to facilities for students of Design and Technology, and Visual Arts. Currently in the planning stages, construction of the project is set to start in 2021. The upgrades are part of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Providing students with modern and multi-functional classrooms for their many creative and innovative endeavours is vital. "These modern learning areas will be a fantastic addition to Melville Senior High School and will be a space that is able to adapt to the needs of students." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "As the only public high school in the electorate of Bicton, it's vital that students have modern and functional facilities - I'm so pleased these upgrades are going ahead. "Melville Senior High School has consistency outstanding results in STEM subjects and now students and staff will have the facilities they deserve." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Architect appointed for multi-million project at Spring Hill Primary School19727Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3730html14/01/2021 7:38:45 AM2021-01-14T07:35:00Z Carabiner Architects appointed to design $2 million facilities at Spring Hill Primary School New early childhood facilities will create space for more than 60 students Construction is expected to start in February 2021 Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced that Carabiner Architects have been selected to design new early childhood facilities at Spring Hill Primary School in Wanneroo. The new facilities - worth $2 million - will replace three existing demountable kindergarten classrooms with a new permanent building for the school's youngest students. The new building will include three kindergarten classrooms, two kitchens, student and staff toilets and store rooms. With the project now in the design phase, construction is expected to start in February 2021 and completion is anticipated in January 2022. The project is part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Enrolment data shows that Spring Hill Primary School is a popular choice for local families with young children. "The new early childhood facilities will give teachers additional space to create exciting learning opportunities so students get the best start to their education. "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that students across the State have access to the best possible school environments close to home." Comments attributed to Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton "As a member of the School Board, I know how important these upgrades are to the school community. "As a teacher for 27 years I know how important it is to be able to offer the best possible facilities for our young students starting their primary education journey." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Funding boost for historic Mount Barker swim facilities19726Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4880html14/01/2021 7:31:33 AM2021-01-14T07:30:00Z $1.58 million redevelopment set for Mount Barker Memorial Swimming Pool facilities Fifty-year-old facility to receive new change rooms, toilets, kiosk and clubrooms Construction set to commence in March 2021 The historic Mount Barker Memorial Swimming Pool is set to receive a major refurbishment made possible by an investment of more than $374,000 by the McGowan Government. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today visited the facility, which is set to receive a grant through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). Built in 1971, the facility includes a six-lane, 50-metre swimming pool with an additional children's pool and basic change rooms, kiosk and toilets, and is home to the Mount Barker swimming club. In February, the facility will also host the 2021 SunSmart Country Pennants, sponsored by Healthway, bringing swimmers all the way from Broome to Albany together to compete against other regional clubs from across the State. The first stage of the project includes the construction of a new amenities building incorporating the change rooms, toilets, first aid room, a kiosk, administration office and clubrooms. Subsequent stages of the refurbishment will include an upgraded 50-metre pool, and the construction of a new learn to swim pool, plant room and filtration system. Additional upgrades to the solar heating and landscaping and development of recreational areas will also occur. The redevelopment was made possible by the State Government's $374,183 CSRFF grant, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The remaining funding was provided by the Shire of Plantagenet and the Federal Government. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "This is a great example of supporting our regional communities and providing current facilities that support the health and wellbeing of the local community. "The ageing facilities in Mount Barker are held in great affection by the local community but, being built 50 years ago, upgrades are now required to ensure they can be used for many more years to come. "I am pleased that through the State Government's CSRFF grant program, we have been able to bring this refurbishment to fruition, and deliver better aquatic facilities for the Mount Barker community and beyond." Minister's office - 6552 6400
New $16 million Western Power energy facility for Albany19724Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9890html14/01/2021 6:49:52 AM2021-01-14T06:30:00Z Wauters Building Company will build the new depot creating 70 construction jobs The facility will improve electricity supply services and operational efficiencies Premier Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced plans for a new $16 million energy hub in Albany. Western Power's state-of-the-art facility will be built by local business Wauters Building Company, creating around 70 construction jobs. It will enhance employee safety, improve operational efficiencies and future-proof the electricity supply for Albany and the Great Southern region. The facility's design focuses on a safe working environment, including single-flow traffic, the separation of light and heavy vehicles, and reduced interaction between forklifts and people. It also includes electric vehicle chargers in the visitor car park and within the facility. Part of Western Power's depot modernisation program, the new facility is designed to meet the growing energy needs of its customers in the Great Southern region. The new depot, based at 7-15 Kelly Street, replaces Western Power's existing 45-year-old facility. Construction is expected to start in May 2021. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The new $16 million WA-owned Western Power facility will safeguard the energy future for Western Australians living and working in the Great Southern. "It is a significant investment in the region, supporting local businesses and is another added benefit of keeping Western Power in public hands. "We're committed to working with industry and WA businesses to stimulate our economy post-COVID-19, so I'm very pleased the Albany depot will be built by local business Wauters Building Company." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Western Power's new Albany facility will be a central hub for energy services in the region, and provide world-class facilities for its employees. "The facility emphasises the McGowan Government's commitment to the State's Energy Transformation Strategy, which will deliver a cleaner, greener energy future for all Western Australians. "It also demonstrates why it's so important Western Power remains Government-owned, as we're able to create local jobs and provide essential services to the community." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
Next step for new dance studio at northern suburbs school19723Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6870html14/01/2021 6:46:19 AM2021-01-14T06:20:00Z Perth architects appointed for $2 million dance studio at Warwick Senior High School New studio to cater for students in the school's elite dance program Works expected to start in September 2021 Warwick Senior High School students will be dancing to a new beat soon, following the appointment of EIW Architects to design a $2 million dance studio. The briefs for the architects include an expansion of the existing performing arts space to incorporate drama, dance and music studios with retractable seating for 240 people. With the project now in the schematic design stage, works are expected to start in September 2021 with completion expected in May 2022. This investment is part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan to modernise Western Australian public schools. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We want all students in Western Australia to have access to the best possible learning environments. "Warwick Senior High School has a strong dance program so students and staff will benefit greatly from a new and modern space to work in. "The dance program is highly regarded and, in addition to building confidence and interpersonal skills, it can lead to pathways to university and vocational education and training." Comments attributed to Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski "The new dance studio, when completed, will be a valuable new space for students and teachers. "I have worked closely with Warwick Senior High School on this project and I look forward to seeing the development and the opportunities it will foster. "Students in Kingsley deserve the best education opportunities we can give them - and teachers should have the best resources we can provide to them." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Construction of rainbow Perth Kids’ Bridge now underway19725Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13490html14/01/2021 7:20:41 AM2021-01-14T02:00:00Z Construction now underway on Perth Kids' Bridge connecting QEII Medical Centre Campus to Kings Park Project funded by $6.3 million commitment by Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Local company Civmec to deliver works under management of Main Roads Project will support local jobs and be constructed locally in Henderson Winthrop Avenue will soon become a beacon of colour as work kicks off on construction of the rainbow Perth Kids Bridge, which will link the QEII Medical Centre Campus to Kings Park. When complete, the three-metre wide, 217-metre long bridge will provide sick kids and their families with a safe crossing point over Winthrop Avenue, connecting with the beauty and nature of Kings Park. Local company Civmec will undertake construction of the bridge, using almost 300 tonnes of locally fabricated steel and employing 40 people - including apprentices and trainees. The Kids' Bridge will provide inpatients, outpatients and families with easier access to Kings Park while receiving treatment at Perth Children's Hospital, and provide an opportunity for a range of therapies, including allied health, to be delivered in an environment that harnesses the benefits of nature. The benefits also extend to staff across the QEII campus, who can easily access the park for fitness, lifestyle and wellbeing activities as well as using the existing cycle and pedestrian paths for commuting. The Kids' Bridge colour palette will be complemented by a programmable feature lighting installation that will co-ordinate with other State Government structures like Matagarup Bridge. The project was made possible by a generous $6.3 million funding commitment from the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation and construction is due to be completed in mid-2021. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The new rainbow Perth Kids Bridge will become an iconic structure along Winthrop Avenue. "This locally made bridge will provide a much needed link for Perth Children's Hospital patients and their families to the beauty of Kings Park. "I thank the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation and all the key stakeholders who have come together to make this project a reality." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This bridge will deliver vital benefits for the families who need to use these facilities, with clinicians noting outdoor visits have a positive effect for the overall wellbeing of these families. "Staff and the wider community will also benefit with easier access to existing local path networks in the area, and the ability to use the park for fitness, lifestyle and work break activities." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "I am thrilled to see construction of this iconic new bridge underway, being delivered by local Western Australian company Civmec. "Civmec was a key contractor who helped deliver the Matagarup Bridge - the skill and expertise in delivering that project will be employed in delivering this bridge. "Almost 300 tonnes of steel will form the bridge support, all of which will be fabricated locally in WA. "Construction of the bridge is expected to employ more than 40 people, including apprentices, trainees and the sub-contractor workforce - helping to boost our economy post COVID-19." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Accessing Kings Park and Botanic Garden will be much safer and easier when the Kids' Bridge is complete. "It's a very special place for many Western Australians, and I'm excited that this infrastructure will be widely used as kids and their families cross the rainbow bridge seeking respite in the great outdoors." Comments attributed to Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Chairman Hon. Ian Campbell "After 19 years of dreaming and nine years of planning and fundraising - in six months from now, kids and families spending time at the hospital will be able to walk across this bridge connecting one of the world's greatest children's hospitals with one of the world's greatest urban bushland parks. "This is a historic link for generations to come - a bridge to our ancient past, a bridge to nature, and a bridge to a healthy future." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Rehabilitation prisoners ring in the new year with a fresh start19729Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5310html14/01/2021 8:14:32 AM2021-01-14T01:00:00Z Eight women graduate from the Wandoo Rehabilitation Program 149 women have now completed the program since its inception Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison has remained drug-free Eight women prisoners celebrated the new year with a new beginning when they graduated from Wandoo prison's rehabilitation program today. The women join 141 other women who have completed the program at the State's ground-breaking alcohol and other drug treatment prison. Wandoo's dedicated therapeutic environment helps women prisoners to break the cycle of substance abuse in an effort to reduce addiction-driven offending. Women who have completed the program are linked with specialist service providers to continue their rehabilitative recovery when they are released into the community. Known as one of the 'most searched' custodial facilities in the State, Wandoo boasts an impressive record of zero discoveries of alcohol or other drugs found and no positive drug tests returned. To date, only one woman who had completed the program has been sentenced to return to prison and is back in the program making the rate of return-to-prison, so far, less than one per cent. That is the lowest in the nation. The program was introduced in 2018 when Wandoo Prison was returned to public sector management as part of the McGowan Government's comprehensive Methamphetamine Action Plan. At a glance 809 women have applied to the program since July 2018 253 have been admitted 149 women have graduated 53 currently completing the course 46 did not finish either because of early release or dropped out 18 parole cancelled 14 parole suspended 11 reoffended, 10 of whom were fined and one returned to prison.Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan "I am extremely pleased by the achievements of Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison in just under two and a half years. "Many of the women who have completed the program have been able to successfully adhere to their parole conditions on release and have had no further contact with the justice system. "Targeting addiction and breaking the cycle of crime makes our community safer and helps turn offenders' lives around. "We now have nearly 150 women who have taken major steps in breaking their drug addictions and working to become productive members of society. "Our investment into co-ordinated services and programs that treat the underlying cause of offending is not only more effective, but benefits the wider community by reducing drug-related crimes. "This ground-breaking facility continues to celebrate successes and I am sure it will continue to achieve such remarkable results in 2021." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Public realm plans for first Subi East neighbourhood open for comment19721Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9440html14/01/2021 3:19:44 AM2021-01-13T23:30:00Z Subi East landscaping and public realm plans for new neighbourhood released for public comment Represents the first stage in delivery of Subi East Masterplan, approved October 2020 Subi East proposal to create 2,700 jobs during construction and 660 ongoing jobs Public comment on proposal closes on February 8, 2021The $227 million Subi East redevelopment has reached another milestone with the release of plans for landscaping and public realm around Subiaco Oval, Western Australia's historical home of football. Known as The Oval, it will be a multigenerational place inclusive for all with six different public experiences, raising the bar for urban planning and liveability, and includes Six Seasons Bidi trail, developed and design-led by members of the Noongar community, offering an immersive experience to learn about Noongar knowledge, culture and history; A heritage plaza at the retained heritage-listed entry gates, which celebrates Subiaco Oval as the historical home of WA football; Woody Meadow, a research landscape project by the Murdoch University and University of Melbourne with input from the Noongar community, will create areas of reintroduced native plants for adults and children to explore and appreciate; The perimeter of Subiaco Oval, which honours the 1938 oval boundary, to be circled by a permanent path/track for running and to incorporate representation of the Sandover Medal Walk; A community park to offer opportunities for sports and other active recreation, supported by barbecue and picnic spaces, a nature play and youth plaza, and serviced by amenities including public toilets and temporary change rooms; and A green link, also retaining the Aleppo Pines from Gallipoli, will connect through to Bob Hawke College and Mueller Park, promoting safe pedestrian movement, as will a pedestrian priority zone from West Leederville train station. The Subi East Stage 1 (The Oval) Landscaping and Public Realm Development Application is now open for public comment, closing on February 8, 2021. In 2020, subdivision approval was granted for the creation of 26 residential lots within the City of Subiaco, encouraging economic growth and vibrancy. Subi East will create a vibrant gateway to Subiaco breathing new life into the area, not just through the expected 2,700 jobs during construction and 660 ongoing jobs, but also through more than 4,000 new residents and families looking to call Subiaco home. Work is expected to begin in mid-2021, subject to final approvals. The new design images can be downloaded at https//drive.google.com/drive/folders/11R1HWY6V3F6zIgAj-bvTm_xcG0D9h8z1?usp=sharing Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Many people have fond memories of Subiaco, with it being the home of the iconic Subiaco Oval and former Princess Margaret Hospital. "We want to strike the right balance between respecting and acknowledging the heritage of Subiaco and encouraging new life and interest in the suburb. "With the new designs now out for public consultation, I look forward to hearing from the community. "The $227 million Subi East project is one of the biggest urban renewal projects in Western Australia, will create 2,700 construction jobs and 660 ongoing jobs, and is complemented by the revitalisation of Subiaco Oval and construction of Bob Hawke College." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Deputy Director of DPP appointed to the District Court19722Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19010html14/01/2021 3:20:41 AM2021-01-13T22:00:00Z Carmel Barbagallo SC appointed a judge of the District Court Deputy Director of DPP to be part of the judiciary Appointment fills vacancy left by the retirement of Her Hon Gillian Braddock SCAttorney General John Quigley has announced the appointment of high profile Senior Counsel, Carmel Barbagallo, as a judge of the District Court. Ms Barbagallo has 25 years' legal experience commencing in general practice in regional Queensland before taking on a variety of roles in the ACT, Victoria and Western Australia. Highly regarded in legal circles, she has spent many years managing and conducting the most demanding, complex and important criminal prosecutions in the State. In January 2008, Ms Barbagallo moved to Victoria to take up a position as Crown Prosecutor. Returning to Western Australia in November 2010, Ms Barbagallo became the Consultant State Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) supervising a team of approximately 30 prosecutors. From December 2016, Ms Barbagallo was responsible for the management and prosecution of Bradley Robert Edwards for the Claremont murders, believed to be the longest running and one of the most expensive prosecutions ever conducted in WA. Ms Barbagallo has been the Deputy Director of the ODPP since 2017. Her appointment fills a vacancy created by the recent retirement of Her Hon Gillian Braddock SC. Ms Barbagallo will take up her new position on 2 February 2021. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Barbagallo as a judge of the District Court. "Ms Barbagallo has a diverse background in the law starting out as a general practitioner in rural Queensland before being drawn to State Prosecutor roles. "Experienced in criminal law, Ms Barbagallo has prosecuted some of the most serious and complex prosecutions in Western Australia. "Many will know Ms Barbagallo as head of the team that conducted the successful prosecution of Bradley Robert Edwards, the now convicted Claremont killer. "Ms Barbagallo is a highly intelligent and determined advocate and lawyer with a genuine empathy for victims, many of whom experience the most horrendous circumstances imaginable. These qualities will be invaluable in her judicial career. "I congratulate Ms Barbagallo on her appointment and thank her for her continued service to the people of Western Australia." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
2021 Youth Awards to highlight WA’s most outstanding youth19720Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4110html13/01/2021 4:33:59 AM2021-01-13T04:30:00Z Nominations for Western Australia's annual Youth Awards are now open, giving the State's young people an opportunity to shine Nominations close March 5, 2021 The 2021 WA Youth Awards will be announced at the start of Youth Week WA on April 9Youth Minister Dave Kelly today opened nominations for the 2021 Youth Awards that will recognise outstanding Western Australians aged 10 to 25 years. The awards celebrate the achievements and talents of WA's youth, and their contributions to the community, as well as those of individuals and organisations that work with and support the State's young people. Nominations are open for the following categories The Minister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award; The Aboriginal Health Council of WA's Positive Achievement Award; The Mission Australia Young Changemaker Award; The Propel Youth Arts WA Creative Contribution Award; The YMCA Large Organisation Achievement Award; The Life Without Barriers Small Organisation Achievement Award; The ECU Community Leadership Award; The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award; The Youth Futures Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award; and The Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award (which recognises outstanding media coverage of young people or youth issues). A WA Young Person of the Year award will be selected from those categories which honour individuals. Category winners receive a $1,000 prize, with the WA Young Person of the Year to receive a $10,000 travel bursary to participate in youth-related events and activities across WA, in addition to a personal travel prize valued at $3,000. Nominations close on Friday March 5, 2021, with winners to be announced at the 22nd WA Youth Awards on Friday April 9 at WA's new museum, Boola Bardip. The awards are a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and are supported by Lotterywest. For more information, visit http//www.yacwa.org.au Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is proud of its involvement with the WA Youth Awards which recognise the important contributions young people make to our community. "This was particularly so during 2020 when many young people made a huge difference to their communities despite the additional challenges that came with COVID-19. "I encourage Western Australians to nominate an outstanding young person, or an organisation working with young people, for making a difference." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Proceeds of crime to give vulnerable people a helping hand19666Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5010html13/01/2021 3:36:18 AM2021-01-13T03:30:00Z $1 million from seized property goes to six community projects Funds to help people avoid drug abuse, crime and mental illness WA Country Football League among recipients of grants People at risk of addiction, criminality and homelessness will be the main beneficiaries of a handout to community groups of about $1 million in funds seized from criminals. Attorney General John Quigley today announced recipients of the latest round of the State Government's Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program administered by the Department of Justice. Six grant offers totalling $1.02 million will be made to not-for-profit groups to run projects in Perth and regional and remote WA that aim to divert people from the criminal justice system, tackle substance abuse, boost mental health and improve school participation. Recipients from this funding round are The WA Country Football League will receive $200,000 for a Community Development program among its 150 clubs, which boast more than 12,500 male and female players. The program will promote mental health and focus on suicide prevention, road safety and tackling alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse via e-training of volunteers, players and peers at each club; Royal Life Saving WA will receive $143,325 for a project in partnership with the Yanchep-based Noongar Cultural Academy Maar Koodjal. The Maar Koodjal - On Country Healing project involves on Country experiences in Yanchep National Park, followed by weekly physical and personal development activities, and lifesaving training to achieve Bronze Medallion and First Aid qualifications; The City of Greater Geraldton will receive $77,500 for Tomorrow Starts Today, a project which takes youth on the brink of criminal behaviour on five-day leadership camps during school holidays to build self-confidence and resilience through activities such as a high ropes course, rock-climbing, paintball and horse riding; Glass Jar Australia will receive $200,000 for Shooting Stars, an education engagement program in Fitzroy Crossing that uses sports, arts and culture to encourage greater school engagement among Aboriginal girls and young women. Shooting Stars currently operates in Derby and Halls Creek, helping increase school participation by 20 per cent; Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) in the Pilbara will receive $198,921 for Yiwarra Kuju, a diversionary program to reduce entrenched patterns of offending and re-offending by Martu men and women. Yiwarra Kuju will entail compulsory residence in a 'dry' Martu desert community, employment in the Martu Ranger program and participation in a series of programs; and Ruah Community Services will receive $200,000 for a project to reduce AOD misuse among their clients at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The funding will enable Ruah to recruit an AOD specialist and recovery peer worker (an expert in lived experience) for its Northbridge drop-in centre. The grants are funded by money and property seized under the Criminal Property Confiscation Act 2000. Local governments and not-for-profit groups can apply for grants of up to $200,000 for projects that prevent or reduce drug-related crime, support victims of crime or to aid law enforcement. More information about the Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program is available on the Department of Justice's website. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "It's very satisfying to be able to fund worthy programs such as these which enable organisations that have targeted real need in the community to undertake activities to address that need. "I'm pleased to see that a number of these recipients are helping young people in regional and remote areas to keep their lives on track. "The wide range of programs in this round of funding is a testament to the creative thinking and goodwill that abounds in our State." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800