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New Premier’s Fellow to advance artificial intelligence research in WA2304Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/06/2021 7:04:27 AM2021-06-16T07:00:00Z Dr Mengbin (Ben) Ye named the latest Premier's Early to Mid-Career Fellow Appointment of Dr Ye will accelerate artificial intelligence research in WA WA Government and Curtin University have committed $1.03 million to support Dr Ye's research The Western Australian Government is investing in the technology of the future with Dr Mengbin Ye appointed as a Premier's Early to Mid-Career Fellow. Dr Ye's research will focus on the mathematical modelling of opinion formation and collective decision-making in complex social networks. These models will be used to explore how interactions in social networks cause opinions to change over time and how new ideas and behaviours spread. The cutting-edge research led by Dr Ye will be boosted by $1.03 million in funding from the WA Government and Curtin University. The appointment of Dr Ye reflects the increasing importance of artificial intelligence research to WA. It is a seeding opportunity to grow a new interdisciplinary area of artificial intelligence research which sits at the intersection of engineering, mathematics and social science. Dr Ye will carry out his research at Curtin University. He has been attracted to WA from the Netherlands where he moved after completing a PhD at The Australian National University in Canberra. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "WA is already home to world-leading artificial intelligence technology in our mining sector, so it's important we capitalise on our existing knowledge and expand our research into new areas. "My Government is committed to advancing cutting-edge research in WA through our State STEM Strategy to create local jobs and grow the economy." Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook "I am pleased that Dr Ye has chosen to move to WA to advance our State's capabilities in artificial intelligence research. "This talented young scientist will build on our strengths to generate real world impacts, attract research investment, enhance national and global connections, and contribute to training the next generation of researchers in a critical area." Comments attributed to WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken "WA has clearly defined strengths in many areas of science, and I'm delighted that we are building on those strengths and tackling new frontiers in ground-breaking research. "The Premier's Science Fellowship Program is absolutely essential for attracting significant new scientific talent to WA, and I would like to congratulate Dr Ye on his appointment." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Science Minister's office - 6552 6500
McGowan Government fast tracks new industrial development for Kalgoorlie2303Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/06/2021 2:04:33 AM2021-06-16T01:30:00Z New 214ha industrial development west of Kalgoorlie to create local jobs Site known as Lot 350 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder council agrees to relinquish management order for site DevelopmentWA to co-ordinate future industrial land releases The McGowan Government is working to transfer a key strategic site on the western fringes of Kalgoorlie for industrial development. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is currently completing valuations and surveys of the site, bound by Johns Road and Great Eastern Highway, to prepare the necessary titles for the transfer of the land to DevelopmentWA. DevelopmentWA is expediting the development and servicing of Lot 350 for industrial purposes. The State Government has agreed to lease five hectares of the site to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to be sub-leased for a large mining venture. Preliminary discussions are also underway with proponents previously identified by the City. DevelopmentWA will continue working with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and stakeholders to progress planning, sale and development of the land. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage has formalised a licence to allow for due diligence investigations to commence prior to the transfer of land to DevelopmentWA, with EnergyOz the first proponent to begin site investigations for their gas fired power plant project. Site investigations have commenced ahead of the final land transfer, with land releases expected to commence later this year. The State Government is also responding to growing demand for residential housing in Kalgoorlie with the sale of Lot 205 Aslett Drive in the family-friendly GreenView at Karlkurla residential estate. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "The McGowan Government is committed to creating regional jobs and supporting the growth of the Western Australian economy, in which Kalgoorlie plays a significant role. "We are working hard to expedite the necessary arrangements to facilitate planning and development of new industrial land within the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. "This step will enable the release of land to market, and encourage the growth of local businesses." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "As the member for Kalgoorlie, it's great to see this Government's commitment to supporting regional local jobs, continue to be a priority. "These projects will generate local jobs, both during construction and in future business operations, bringing further economic activity to Kalgoorlie and the broader Goldfields community." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Big things to grow in community gardens thanks to latest grants2301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/06/2021 1:48:34 AM2021-06-16T01:10:00Z 13 community gardens approved to receive State Government funding through the 2020-21 Community Gardens Grants Program Successful projects to share in $99,677 to support the establishment or further development of sustainable and edible community gardens Thirteen community garden projects will receive funds through the latest round of the State Government's Community Gardens Grants Program. Grants distributed through the program support the establishment of sustainable and edible community gardens in Western Australia to enable people to participate more actively in community life. The Community Gardens Grants Program, facilitated by the Department of Communities, provides grants of up to $10,000 per project for everything from planning and design to training, plants, seedlings and fertiliser. The funding can also be used to upgrade or improve existing community gardens. The program has an emphasis on inclusiveness, accessibility and community participation by individuals and organisations. Grant applications are open to incorporated not-for-profit community organisations, local government authorities and community groups across Western Australia. The 2020-21 successful recipients include Good Sammy Enterprises for the development of a community and sensory garden; Fremantle Women's Health Centre to hold 10 garden-related workshops that combine horticultural pursuits with mental wellbeing activities; Warburton Local Drug Action Group for planning and design work and to develop a community-led garden project; Mandurah Community Gardens to resurface and level pathways throughout their existing garden to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and people with balance issues; Darlington Sports and Recreation Association to complete Stage 1 of a new garden including fruit trees, native plants, reticulation and seating; and Baysie Community Garden to expand their existing garden with paving, seating and new garden beds. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Community gardening is more than just planting and maintaining a garden - it brings community members together to engage collaboratively for a common purpose. "In creating opportunities for people to come together and develop a greater understanding among community members, these gardens typically see many more things grow than what was planted in them. "By getting involved in local community garden projects, people can build their community connections, develop new skills and share the benefits of growing edible produce. "A number of the projects receiving funding this year use community gardens as an avenue to boost people's mental health, help with prevention of drug use and improve disability access and training." Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Sporting Associations winners in latest funding round2302Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/06/2021 1:49:33 AM2021-06-16T01:05:00Z 17 State Sporting Associations receive share in more than $573,000 in State Government funding Funds will assist small and medium State Sporting Associations $40,000 for medium sized State Sporting Associations and $30,000 for small sized State Sporting AssociationsToday, 17 Western Australian State Sporting Associations (SSAs) have been given a major boost, as successful applicants for round two of the 2021 Sport Development Fund. The Sport Development Fund, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, provides important funding for medium and smaller SSAs to help develop and grow their sports. It offers one-off assistance of up to $40,000 for mid-sized SSAs, up to $30,000 for smaller SSAs and up to $20,000 for developing SSAs, to assist them in building membership and participation levels, and delivering new programs and services in 2021. Following the announcement of the $1.6 million fund in November 2020, a second round was opened in March 2021 and closed on April 6, 2021. The successful second round funding recipients are Australian Bowhunters Association Inc; Australian Taekwondo Western Australia Inc; Dragon Boating WA Inc; Equestrian Western Australia Incorporated; Gaelic Athletic Association of WA Inc; Marching WA Inc; Riding for the Disabled Association of WA Inc T/A Horsepower Australia; Softball Western Australia Inc; Touch Football Australia Limited; West Australian Eight Ball Federation Inc; Western Australian Diving Association Inc; Western Australian Water Ski Association Inc; Yachting Western Australia Inc; Lacrosse WA Inc; WA Council of the Australian Power Boat Association; Western Australian Flying Disc Association; and Western Australian Clay Target Association Inc.The Western Australia Clay Target Association applied on behalf of five ballistic SSAs to secure a full-time development officer for all their sports. As a result, 21 smaller SSAs will benefit from this program. For more information on the program, visit http// Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "The McGowan Government places high importance on supporting and encouraging Western Australians to lead healthy, active lives. "State Sporting Associations such as these who were successful in the second round of the Sport Development Fund are integral in bringing communities together and promoting healthy lifestyles. "Congratulations to all the deserving recipients of the 2021 Sport Development Fund. "The McGowan Government is thrilled to be able to assist these smaller sporting associations, to develop and build participation in their respective sports." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Applications open for 2021 Governor’s School STEM Awards2300Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html16/06/2021 1:21:49 AM2021-06-16T01:00:00Z Applications for the 2021 Governor's School STEM Awards are now open Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in STEM education Prizes for both primary and secondary schools, worth up to $2,000Schools from across Western Australia are encouraged to apply for the 2021 Governor's School STEM Awards. The awards highlight best practice teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) education. Recognising educators that take a whole-of-school approach to STEM learning, the awards support the Western Australian Government's STEM skills strategy, Future jobs, future skills, which prioritises increasing student participation in STEM to prepare them for jobs in new and emerging industries. Since the start of the awards in 2015, outstanding STEM education programs from 25 schools have been awarded a total of $36,000 in prizes. In 2020, Brookman Primary School became the first school to be inducted into the Governor's School STEM Awards Hall of Fame, after winning the Leadership Excellence Award for the third year in a row. This year, two awards will be presented in both the primary and secondary school categories Leadership Excellence Award - $2,000 prize Meritorious Leadership Award - $1,000 prize.Finalists will enjoy a Scitech visit or a DIY science kit with a term of science lessons. Applications close at 10am on July 26, 2021. Finalists are expected to be announced in September and the awards presented in November 2021. For more information on how to apply and previous winners, visit https//  Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook "The Governor's School STEM Awards are a chance to recognise and celebrate the best of STEM education in Western Australia. "Whether they are graduating in 2021 or in 10 years' time, students need solid STEM skills to navigate the career paths of the future. "Our Future jobs, future skills strategy outlines the Western Australian Government's commitment to building a globally competitive and innovative workforce with the capability to drive the State's technological future and create job opportunities." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Through our involvement in initiatives like the Governor's School STEM Awards, we are supporting the growth of strong STEM culture in our schools and the wider community. "Educators hold the key to unlocking bright STEM futures for young Western Australians. "I encourage all WA schools to consider applying for this year's Governor's School STEM Awards." Comments attributed to the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia "Since the awards were started by my predecessor, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, seven years ago, we have only seen the importance of STEM education grow. "I hope to see a wide range of schools from around Western Australia enter this year's awards, and look forward to celebrating their achievements at the awards presentation in November." Science Minister's office - 6552 6500Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
McGowan Government rolling out solar panels on train and bus stations2299Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4640html15/06/2021 9:16:48 AM2021-06-15T09:05:00Z Solar panels to be installed at up to 50 train stations with work completed at East Perth, Rockingham and Currambine Solar panels recently rolled out across eight major bus stations with a ninth underway Over 1,000kW of solar panels are being installed on train and bus stations More than $1.8 million allocated to program through WA Recovery Plan The McGowan Government is rolling out solar panels across more than 50 train and bus stations across Perth. Over 1,000kW of solar panels are being installed on train and bus stations - once installed these are expected to produce enough energy to power 360 homes. Solar panels have now been installed at East Perth (80x 450W panels), Rockingham (74x 450W panels) and Currambine (88x 450W panels) stations, with work soon to get underway at Murdoch and Bull Creek stations. A feasibility study to confirm the full list of 50 train stations is currently underway, with the full rollout anticipated to be completed by mid-2022. So far eight bus stations have had solar panels installed - Booragoon, Kwinana, Morley, Victoria Park, James Street, Mirrabooka, Henley Brook and Optus Stadium. Work is underway installing the panels at Leederville bus station, while solar panels were also installed on High Wycombe Station last year as part of METRONET's Forrestfield Airport Link. The power generated by the bus station solar panels will power lighting at the stations, ticket machines, signage and driver facilities. The power generated by the train stations will be similar but will also be used to power lifts and escalators. More than $1.8 million has been allocated to the program through the WA Recovery Plan, which aims to support the economy and local jobs through COVID-19. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We've allocated more than $1.8 million to rolling out solar panels across more than 50 train stations across Perth. "From East Perth to Rockingham, Bull Creek to Edgewater, we plan to install solar panels to improve energy efficiency, while also supporting local jobs and the local economy. "Over 1,000kW of solar panels are being installed on train and bus stations - once completed these are expected to produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 360 households per year. "Combined with our electric bus trial in Joondalup which is due to start next year, we're trialling new technologies that will support local jobs and help make our public transport system more sustainable." Comments attributed to Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan "I'm pleased Rockingham Train Station is benefiting from the installation of solar panels. "The energy generated will also be used to power public infrastructure at the station such as ticket machines, signage, driver facilities, the lifts and escalators and will help reduce the electricity consumption. "This project is part of our plan to support local jobs and boost the economy through the COVID-19 pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 5500 First tranche of train stations to receive solar panels through the WA Recovery Plan Rockingham Currambine Bull Creek Murdoch Edgewater East Perth Butler Thornlie Clarkson Leederville
More than 100,000 appointments for the COVID vaccination in a week2298Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5180html15/06/2021 9:08:30 AM2021-06-15T09:00:00Z More than 100,000 appointments have been made for COVID-19 vaccinations at WA clinics over the past week as Western Australia flexed up to deliver more vaccines than ever before. The successful Roll Up for WA campaign saw more than 4,000 Western Australians vaccinated against COVID-19 at the Claremont COVID-19 community vaccination clinic over the weekend. More than 50 nursing staff and dozens of support staff were rostered on each day to deliver the Pfizer vaccine to eligible people with bookings. Following last week's announcement that anyone in WA aged 30-49, and any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander aged 16 to 49 years is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, appointments have booked out until the end of July. Anyone aged 50 years or over is eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Bookings can be made by visiting http// or by calling 13 COVID (13 268 43), and the system is currently taking bookings as late as September. More than 13,000 bookings have been made at COVID-19 community vaccination clinics in the metropolitan area for this week (Monday, June 14-Sunday, June 20), located in Claremont, Redcliffe, Joondalup and Kwinana, and almost 1,000 at the Bunbury COVID-19 community vaccination clinic. A further 10,300 bookings have been made at other State-run clinics throughout WA. Revised advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is that the interval between any influenza and COVID-19 vaccination has halved to seven days and the State Government strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated against both viruses. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Vaccination offers our best protection from COVID-19 and I am thrilled that there has been such an overwhelming response from the community aged 30 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 16 years and over, since last Tuesday's announcement. "There has been a rush on to book appointments and we are committed to continuing to offer more vaccination opportunities, locations and times across the State in line with increasing vaccine allocations from the Commonwealth." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "To date, more than 85,000 Western Australians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, representing 4.1 per cent of the community (aged 16 and over). "I would like to remind anyone 50 years and over that there are plenty of opportunities this week and beyond for vaccination and, as we have seen in the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria, there is no room for complacency. The risk is ever present." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Major tender awarded for AMC Integrated Infrastructure Program2297Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10190html15/06/2021 7:10:41 AM2021-06-15T07:00:00Z Aurecon Australasia awarded tender for the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Integrated Infrastructure Program Program of studies will inform next stages of infrastructure development at the AMCDevelopment at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson has taken a significant step forward, with Australian-owned Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd (Aurecon) awarded the tender for technical studies that will inform future expansion. The Integrated Infrastructure Program (IIP) will guide the next stages of infrastructure development at the AMC and build on the concepts developed in the AMC Strategic Infrastructure and Land Use Plan (SILUP) released last November. The program aims to achieve greater integration and optimisation of infrastructure and industry at the AMC, cementing its position as a world-class, globally competitive hub for naval shipbuilding and sustainment, fabrication, assembly, maintenance and technology. Aurecon will use a locally based workforce including Perth-based DHI who will provide expertise in wave and tide modelling. The Western Australian Government in conjunction with the Department of Defence are funding the IIP and other planning studies to inform future development at the AMC. The Western Australian Government has invested $87.6 million in four fast-tracked infrastructure projects at the AMC, following the development of the AMC SILUP, creating around 600 construction jobs. Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia "The AMC in Henderson is a major driver for WA's defence industry and the IIP will inform the next stages of its development. "WA's burgeoning defence industry is a significant employer of Western Australians, and it's important we investigate future infrastructure requirements to support the industry and create more jobs. "Growing the defence industry in WA is critical if we want to successfully diversify our economy, and further developing the AMC has a central role to play. "We have the expertise and are continuing to develop our infrastructure and workforce to ensure the AMC continues to support the Royal Australian Navy's shipbuilding and sustainment needs. "The partnership between the Western Australian Government and the Department of Defence has been very effective and we look forward to continuing to work closely together in the national interest." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Tony Buti "The AMC and the companies that operate at the complex are key employers of Western Australians. "The ongoing growth and the McGowan Government's investment in the Australian Marine Complex will ensure we can meet the requirements of the industry in coming years. "The McGowan Government has committed to four fast-tracked infrastructure projects at the AMC, and it is estimated these will create around 600 local construction jobs. "The IIP aims to inform future infrastructure projects and requirements at the AMC which is intended to create more local jobs for Western Australians." Defence Industry Minister's office - 6552 5600Lands Minister's Office - 6552 6400
New Elder Rights WA to combat elder abuse across WA2296Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5800html15/06/2021 5:00:17 AM2021-06-15T05:00:00Z $4 million to establish Elder Rights WA Legal Aid WA to run the new service, providing State-wide assistance to seniors at risk of or victim to elder abuse The State Government will provide an additional $4 million to Legal Aid WA to establish Elder Rights WA and enable increased legal responses to elder abuse. The funding will be provided over four years to establish the new State-wide elder abuse advocacy service to help combat elder abuse. Elder Rights WA will build on Legal Aid WA's Seniors Rights and Advocacy Service, which provides legal advice and representation regarding elder abuse and other legal matters. The Seniors Rights and Advocacy Service also provides information and referrals for people who may not qualify for legal representation. Legal Aid WA currently receives funding from the Commonwealth Department of the Attorney General and the Western Australian Department of Justice. The additional funding will enable Legal Aid WA to provide legal assistance to older people experiencing all forms of elder abuse, and to safeguard and advocate for the rights of older people. Elder Rights WA will provide a complete 'wrap-around' service for those experiencing elder abuse in Western Australia, providing security to those needing to access legal services. The funding, provided over four years, will provide six new positions within Legal Aid and travel costs where required, to ensure that people in regional, rural and remote areas are also able to access the service. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch "Elder abuse can take many forms and have devastating physical, psychological and financial effects that frequently go unreported, often out of fear or lack of access to legal representation. "It's vital that victims of elder abuse have access to legal representation should they require it. "Legal Aid WA already provides a range of vital services to the community's most vulnerable people and Elder Rights WA will extend those services to seniors looking to safeguard their rights, as well as victims of elder abuse and those close to them." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Bill to appoint CCC Commissioner to come before Parliament2294Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14440html15/06/2021 4:50:45 AM2021-06-15T04:50:00Z McGowan Government to reappoint John McKechnie QC as Corruption and Crime Commissioner Opposition contingent on the Joint Standing Committee on the CCC once again blocks reappointment of Mr McKechnie Mr McKechnie once again described as the 'outstanding' candidate by nominating committee chaired by Chief Justice of Western Australia The McGowan Government is delivering one of its key election commitments by reintroducing legislation to reappoint John McKechnie QC to the helm of the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) for a second term. The Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Bill 2021 is required after the newly constituted Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission (JSCCCC) was again unable to provide majority and bipartisan support for Mr McKechnie's reappointment, as required by the Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003. The position of Commissioner has been advertised nationally and Mr McKechnie was identified, for a second time, as the 'outstanding nominee' submitted to the Premier by the nominating committee. The nominating committee includes the Chief Justice of Western Australia, the Hon. Peter Quinlan SC, District Court Chief Judge Julie Wager and a community representative nominated by the Governor. The JSCCCC's deadlock came despite support by Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson APM praising Mr McKechnie's corruption and crime-fighting credentials, describing him as 'a person of unquestioned integrity, tenacity and strength to perform the role in leading the CCC'. The CCC has been without a substantive Commissioner since April 2020 after Mr McKechnie's reappointment was twice blocked by the Liberal member of the JSCCCC in the last term of Parliament. Mr McKechnie had been leading a number of important investigations, including the misuse of allowances by some former Liberal parliamentarians. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Mr McKechnie is the best person to be appointed Commissioner. His credentials have no match. "That's why we made an election commitment to introduce this legislation if the Opposition blocked his reappointment. "Opposition MPs blocking the reappointment of the Corruption and Crime Commissioner at a time when the CCC was investigating Opposition MPs for misusing entitlements was clearly unacceptable. "We will now implement our clear mandate from the people of WA to reappoint the State's best corruption fighter. "Parliament entrusted the CCC with holding elected officials including parliamentarians to account and it is disappointing Opposition MPs have repeatedly sought to dodge this scrutiny." Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Opposition members of Parliament have the choice of following the recommendation of the Chief Justice, the Chief Judge and the Commissioner of Police - or protecting their mates. "The appointments process under the CCM Act is clearly deficient. The JSCCCC can only have even numbers but has to reach a majority decision, with no capacity to break a deadlock. "The Department of Justice is currently undertaking a complete review of the CCM Act. In the meantime, today's Bill will ensure Mr McKechnie can resume his important role without further delay." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
New Bill to further protect information obtained for COVID-19 contact tracing2295Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15620html15/06/2021 4:52:39 AM2021-06-15T04:45:00Z Since the introduction of mandatory COVID-19 contact registers at the end of last year, there have been more than 245 million scan-ins through the SafeWA app New legislation introduced into Parliament today will establish a legislative framework to strengthen the integrity of information collected using the SafeWA app and hardcopy contact registers The legislation provides extra assurance to the WA community that information obtained through contact registers is fully protected The State Government will today introduce new legislation to strengthen the protection of information obtained through contact registers and the SafeWA app. Contact registers were mandated at the end of last year and are one of the tools Western Australia has in its fight against the spread of COVID-19. The information collected assists WA Health contact tracers to quickly help effectively contain any outbreak. The Protection of Information (Entry Registration Information Relating to COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases) Bill 2021 introduces a comprehensive legislative framework that strengthens the integrity of contact registers and provides a higher level of protection for the information collected. The new legislation definitively limits the use and disclosure of contact registration information to purposes relating to contact tracing, and mandates storage and disposal requirements. Currently, authorities are able to access information collected through SafeWA as permitted by law. In line with their obligation to keep the community safe, the WA Police Force has accessed contact registration information on two occasions while investigating two serious crimes. The system was introduced in the middle of the global pandemic and while access to this information was lawful, the WA Government's intention was for contact registers to only be used for contact tracing purposes. This new legislation strengthens this commitment and guarantees individuals' information collected through contact tracing tools to be used for one reason and one reason only - contact tracing. Information collected through the SafeWA app has never been able to be used for commercial purposes. This will remain the case under the new legislation. The Bill provides clarity for businesses and venues that are required to maintain a contact register. Existing measures require businesses to confidentially and securely store written contact registers, and ensure recorded details are not easily disclosed to other customers. Under the new legislation, businesses and venues will continue to be required to retain hardcopy contact registers for 28 days, unless they are required for longer for contact tracing purposes. After that period has passed, businesses and venues must destroy the records as soon as practicable. The legislation is intended to apply to all instances in which contact tracing may be required for a declared serious public health risk relating to an infectious disease. Contact register information plays a critical role in managing any outbreaks of COVID-19. It is imperative that Western Australians continue to check-in when visiting businesses and venues. This legislation will provide strong protection for any registration information that is collected. For more information about contact registers in Western Australia, please visit Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This pandemic is a one in 100-year event and during these extraordinary times, we have acted quickly to introduce measures to keep WA safe in a rapidly changing and unpredictable environment. "Our priority is to protect the health of Western Australians and our actions have kept WA one of the safest places in the world. "Contact registers are one the most effective tools we have in the fight against COVID-19. They assist health contact tracers and give confidence to manage restrictions in an outbreak. "The State Government has always been committed to protecting contact register information, and introducing this legislation strengthens the protections already included in the directions made by the State Emergency Coordinator. "We only have to look at previous cases here in WA, and outbreaks in other jurisdictions to see how critical contact registers are in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and the severity of restrictions and lockdowns." Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "This legislation ensures that information recorded on hardcopy contact registers or through the SafeWA app will only be used for contact tracing purposes. "It also provides more clarity for businesses and venues around storage and disposal requirements of hardcopy contact register information. "Existing requirements make it mandatory for businesses to securely keep contact details for at least 28 days, store information confidentially and securely, and ensure information is not easily disclosed to other patrons. "While we know businesses are already doing the right thing, this legislation formalises these requirements. It strikes an appropriate balance without compromising standard business practices and will not be overly burdensome." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "We have had to put measures in place that no one would have imagined two years ago. One of the critical measures in our State's response to this pandemic is contact tracing. "Since mandatory contact registers were introduced in Western Australia last year, we have continued to improve and strengthen contact registration and tracing arrangements. "We put an enormous amount of faith in our contact tracers, and their effectiveness depends heavily on our use of contact registers as we go about our daily lives. "I urge people to continue to do the right thing and check-in, and thank businesses and venues for their ongoing support." Premier's office - 6552 5000Attorney General's office - 6552 6800 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Calibre Ventures appointed to monitor Murujuga rock art2293Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10530html15/06/2021 1:05:15 AM2021-06-15T01:00:00Z New contract to continue the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program The arrangement ensures no delay to the commencement of monitoring studies The McGowan Government is committed to the program and to ensuring it is completed to the highest standardsThe monitoring of one of the most significant collections of rock art in the world remains on track, with the appointment of Calibre Ventures Pty Ltd to oversee the development and implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program. Calibre will partner with technical experts from Curtin University, Art Care and ChemCentre to deliver a world-leading scientifically rigorous approach to monitoring, analysis and managing the rock art. These organisations were involved under the previous contract and are well positioned to ensure a smooth transition under the new arrangement. The State Government continues to work in partnership with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to oversee the monitoring program and engage with key stakeholders on the path toward achieving UNESCO World Heritage List status for Murujuga National Park. The change in contractors will not affect the progress of MAC's application for the World Heritage List or the timeframe for commencement of monitoring studies. The partnership with Calibre supports the role of MAC in guiding the cultural aspects of the monitoring work and engagement with traditional owners and custodians. MAC rangers will work alongside the Art Care and Curtin teams and receive training to help MAC achieve its goal of taking responsibility for the monitoring program in the long term. Murujuga is the traditional Aboriginal name for the Burrup Peninsula, Dampier Archipelago and its surrounds, and is home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of Aboriginal rock art, or petroglyphs, in the world. The petroglyphs are of immense cultural significance and historical value.   Murujuga also hosts export industries critical to the Western Australian and national economies. The monitoring program builds on work over the past 15 years to determine whether the Murujuga rock art is being subject to accelerated change from the impacts of industry and shipping emissions. The majority of funding for the monitoring program is being provided by industry. The State Government acknowledges the significant contribution made by Woodside, Rio Tinto and Yara Pilbara in their ongoing commitment to the program. The State Government has committed funding for a panel of independent peer reviewers of national and international reputation to review elements of the monitoring program and provide assurance that the best scientific information is made available to guide management actions. The monitoring program is part of a suite of measures by the McGowan Government for the Murujuga National Park, including the $1.3 million Ngajarli Trail and $1 million per year for the joint management and protection of the park and the Dampier Archipelago. The State Government has also committed a further $15 million toward national park access road improvements and additional visitor facilities at Conzinc Bay to complement MAC's planned Living Knowledge Centre and tourism precinct. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government is committed to the Murujuga rock art monitoring program and ensuring it is completed to the highest standards. "I am proud that WA is home to the oldest living culture in the world. I am also acutely aware of our shared responsibility to safeguard and protect it. "The monitoring program will be guided and informed by the cultural law, knowledge and practices of the Circle of Elders, traditional owners and custodians of Murujuga and as part of the program, Murujuga rangers will be trained by leading experts to monitor the rock art in the field. "This globally unique monitoring program will support the rock art's co-existence with export industries on the Burrup Peninsula, which are critical to the State and national economy." Comments attributed to Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation CEO Peter Jeffries "Our rock art represents an irreplaceable link to Aboriginal culture, history and stories dating back thousands of years and we recognise the need for thorough and wide-ranging scientific analysis of the impact of industry on the rock art to ensure it survives for future generations. "MAC's priority is to protect Murujuga's ancient rock art, heritage and culture, and MAC supports necessary actions to ensure that the program delivers this. "A change in contractors delivering the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program will in no way affect the progress of MAC's application for World Heritage List of Murujuga National Park. "MAC has been satisfied with the quality of the science in developing the conceptual model and monitoring studies plan - we now look forward to executing the plan." Comment attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It gives me immense pride to know that my electorate is home to one of the world's most significant and important rock art collections in the world and the McGowan Government is committed to its ongoing protection." Minister's office - 6552 5900
MRI now available in the Goldfields for the first time2292Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4540html15/06/2021 12:39:11 AM2021-06-15T00:30:00Z McGowan Government delivers on election commitment to provide MRI technology to the Goldfields region for the first time World-class 1.5T Magnetom Sola MRI machine now installed and operational at Kalgoorlie Health Campus Residents no longer need to travel 1,200 kilometres on a round trip to Perth for scans Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology is available in the Goldfields region for the first time with a 1.5T Magnetom Sola MRI machine now fully operational at Kalgoorlie Health Campus. A key election commitment of the McGowan Government, the $1.75 million state-of-the-art machine is unique in that it automatically adjusts to the anatomy of each patient - leading to a more accurate diagnosis and assessment. This particular MRI machine also has the unique ability to remotely support scanning of patients. This feature allows technologists who are based in Perth or other regional sites to connect to the machine and provide real time technical support and training to on-the-ground specialist staff. In 2019, almost 600 patients from the Goldfields accessed the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme to make the round trip of almost 1,200km to Perth to access MRI services. By delivering on this election commitment, the McGowan Government has ensured Goldfields residents have timely access to important diagnostic services closer to home and without the added cost and disruption of travelling to Perth. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government remains absolutely committed to providing world-class care close to home and the delivery of this specialist MRI machine is just another example of us delivering on that commitment. "The Goldfields is one of our largest health regions and Kalgoorlie Health Campus plays a huge role in providing quality healthcare to the community. "Access to specialist diagnostic tools like this MRI not only reduces the burden of travel on patients but empowers local clinicians to quickly diagnose and treat patients close to home." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "The McGowan Government made a commitment to the Goldfields that we would deliver on this project and utilise local industry and materials throughout the build. "I am pleased to say that we have done just that and delivered on an election commitment for the people of the Goldfields region." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Western Australians called upon to prevent and stop elder abuse2291Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5790html15/06/2021 12:11:05 AM2021-06-14T23:00:00Z June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day State Government calls on the WA public to help prevent and end elder abuse in the community Over $6 million invested into elder abuse awareness and prevention initiatives since the launch of the 10-year WA Elder Abuse Strategy in November 2019 Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch has called on the Western Australian community to take an active role in preventing and stopping elder abuse. He made the call on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day which provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. The day also provides a vital opportunity to highlight and reinforce the immense value of older people to our community. It is estimated up to 49,000 older Western Australians may experience elder abuse in any given year. As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Optus Stadium, Matagarup Bridge, the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square, Council House and Trafalgar Bridge will light up in purple. The Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre's Purple Road of hand-stitched flowers, highlighting individual stories relating to elder abuse, will also be on display outside Parliament House. The State Government funds a range of services to assist older people experiencing or at risk of elder abuse. These include Council on the Ageing WA, the vulnerable seniors peak body in Western Australia; Advocare, which operates the WA Elder Abuse Helpline and Information Service; and Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, which provides the Older People's Rights Service and the Elder Abuse Peer Education Scheme. People are encouraged to contact the WA Elder Abuse Helpline and Information Service on 1300 724 679, which provides free confidential information and support, if they or someone they know are at risk of or experiencing elder abuse. Visit the Department of Communities' website for elder abuse information, support services and resources. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch "The abuse of elderly people in our community - people who have given so much and continue to give - is completely unacceptable. 'I urge people to be cognisant of the signs with an elderly relative or friend and help them take action if necessary. "Data from the WA Elder Abuse Helpline indicates that people are becoming more aware about elder abuse and are increasingly seeking help - with the helpline receiving 1,220 calls in 2019-20, more than double than four years ago. "The State Government is committed to continue raising this awareness and exploring ways to stop elder abuse, and since the November 2019 launch of the 10-year WA Elder Abuse Strategy, more than $6 million has been committed to initiatives under the strategy." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Government moves to outlaw gel blasters in Western Australia2290Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements54390html14/06/2021 5:21:05 AM2021-06-14T05:15:00Z Gel blasters to be made a 'prohibited weapon' under the Weapons Act 3 years jail or fine of up to $36,000 for anyone found in possession of a gel blaster Amnesty for people to hand in banned gel blasters to PolicePolice Minister Paul Papalia today announced the Government will outlaw gel blaster guns in Western Australia. The move is in response to a number of concerning incidents involving the misuse of gel blasters. Gel blasters, which are made to shoot water filled pellets, closely resemble conventional firearms. Prior to December 2017, gel blasters were prohibited from entering any State/Territory jurisdiction by the Commonwealth through customs regulations. However, a subsequent ruling has allowed them to be imported through Queensland. The WA Police Force has requested the State Government make gel blasters a prohibited weapon under the Weapons Act 1999. There have been numerous incidents involving gel blasters being mistaken for real firearms, which has triggered significant police responses. Police also have intelligence that criminal groups are importing gel blasters and modifying them into workable firearms. There is significant concern that the proliferation of gel blasters will result in a person wielding a gel blaster being shot by police or an innocent community member being shot by a converted gel blaster. The penalty for anyone found in possession of a gel blaster after the ban comes into effect is up to three years imprisonment or a fine of up to $36,000. The State Government will offer an amnesty to owners of gel blasters, so they can safely surrender the weapons. Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "Gel blasters look like real firearms. "There have been 500 high level responses to active armed shooter incidents across Australia caused by the presence of gel blasters - this means serious crime and counter terrorist assets like the TRG are being diverted from their proper role. "Someone in possession of a gel blaster in the community could be shot by Police fearing they are carrying a real weapon. "Criminals are also attracted to using gel blasters as fake weapons or to convert to useable firearms. "The WA Police Force has requested that we ban gel blasters so we are taking that action." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Heritage registration finalised for State landmarks2289Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11360html14/06/2021 2:59:34 AM2021-06-14T02:55:00Z Finalisation of the entry of 10 cultural significant places in the State Register of Heritage Places Registration recognises built and cultural heritage of these places and reflect the diversity of historic places across the State South Fremantle Power Station, Heathcote and the Cottesloe Beach Precinct are some of the 10 places of cultural significance around Western Australia that have been finalised in the State Register of Heritage Places. Since the Heritage Act 2018 came into effect two years ago, 44 places have been added to the register or have had interim registration finalised. Inclusion in the register is reserved for those buildings and sites with significant heritage value which have helped shape Western Australia's story, embodying past design and building practices, reflecting former social trends and representing a way of life from times gone by. Each of the 10 places that have been finalised has played a role in the State's built and social history and cultural identity Victoria Quay, Fremantle; South Fremantle Power Station; Cottesloe Beach Precinct; Central Government Offices (amended); Early Graves, Guildford Cemetery; Heathcote Hospital, Applecross; No.6 Steam Pumping Station, Ghooli; Oliver Hill Battery, Wadjemup/Rottnest; Thomson Bay Settlement, Wadjemup/Rottnest; and Wirra Willa Gardens, Armadale. Some of these places have been on the State Register on an interim basis for over 20 years. Their significance in terms of WA's cultural heritage is now secured. The registrations follow the inclusion of two other historic places in the past month - Chesterfield Inn in East Rockingham and the Bundi Club in Meekatharra. The State Government is also currently seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Heritage Regulations 2019. Consultation is open until June 17, 2021 and comments can be submitted at https// Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "The McGowan Government is helping to preserve our State's heritage by including places of intrinsic cultural heritage value on the State Register, ensuring their significance is recorded in perpetuity. "The State Register of Heritage Places plays an important role in recognising and conserving our State's places of heritage significance. Collectively they tell a story of our social, cultural and civic past. "The register embraces all aspects of heritage from built form to social history and cultural identity. It reflects the places where people have lived, where they have worked, how they have socialised and captures the stories we want to celebrate, acknowledge and learn from. "Each of these 10 places have played a significant role in the development of WA, in grand endeavours and feats of engineering through to places of remembrance for deeds past and losses endured. "They are places of significance to Western Australia and should be recognised and respected as tangible links to our history." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Victoria Quay holds a very special place in the story and lives of many Western Australian families and local residents. "From the families that migrated to Australia docking here for the first time, to those who worked on our wharves and the many thousands of people each year that depart Fremantle for Rottnest and great ocean adventures. "This is an iconic landmark of Fremantle - the heart of our port city - and, with many exciting projects underway and planning about to commence on the future of North Quay, I am very pleased to see the registration of Victoria Quay finalised on the State Register of Heritage Places." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Western Australia’s plan to ban single-use plastics fast-tracked2285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements37950html13/06/2021 4:10:14 AM2021-06-13T04:00:00Z Western Australia's Plan for Plastics fast-tracked by four years Single-use plastic coffee cups and lids now included in the plan and to be phased out by the end of 2022 Survey finds 98 per cent of Western Australians support action on single-use plastics Education and behaviour change programs to be implemented to support hospitality, retail and wholesale sectors The McGowan Labor Government has fast-tracked its Plan for Plastics by four years with single-use plastic bowls, cups, plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, polystyrene food containers, thick plastic bags and helium balloon releases to be phased out by the end of the year. The new timeframe will see Western Australia's Plan for Plastics fully implemented by the end of 2022, four years earlier than originally planned. Last year, WA was rated the leading jurisdiction in Australia for action on single-use plastics by the WWF Australia. The new timeframes will mean that WA remains a leader in this space. Western Australia's Plan for Plastics provides a roadmap towards a more sustainable, plastic-free WA by implementing regulations to ban items in a two-stage approach. Stage One - now to be completed by December 31, 2021 - includes plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, stirrers, straws, thick plastic bags, polystyrene food containers, and helium balloon releases; and Stage Two - now to be completed by the end of 2022 - includes plastic barrier/produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, polystyrene packaging, microbeads and oxo-degradable plastics. Takeaway coffee cups and lids with single-use plastic materials have also been added to the Plan for Plastics and will be phased out in stage two. Consumers and businesses will be able to use alternative environmentally friendly takeaway cups and lids. Education and support for businesses will be the focus of the first six months after each stage, rather than compliance. The Plastic Free Places Program will help community organisations and businesses to adapt to become single-use plastic free. 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. Western Australians showed strong support for the Plan for Plastics, with more than 98 per cent of those surveyed saying they supported further action on single-use plastics. The fast-tracked single-use plastic bans will build on the lightweight plastic bag ban in 2018 and the Containers for Change container deposit scheme, which has seen 358 million beverage containers recycled and more than $1.46 million donated to charities and community groups since October 2020. More information about Western Australia's Plan for Plastics can be found at https// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Western Australian Plan for Plastics sets our State on a path to becoming a plastic-free leader in Australia. "Single-use plastics have a terrible impact on our environment, wildlife, public health and recycling efforts, and the vast majority of Western Australians have told us that they want this to stop. "By bringing the timeframes forward for single-use plastic bags we can harness the community's enthusiasm and our collective desire for change to make important improvements quickly and effectively. "The new timeframe still gives businesses time to adapt to these changes, with many businesses already switching to environmentally friendly alternatives at the request of customers. "By choosing to refuse single-use plastics we can continue to set the benchmark and, most importantly, protect our environment for future generations." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The new timeline for the WA Plan for Plastics demonstrates the State Government's strong commitment to reducing the impact of plastic use and plastic litter on our environment. "The plastic bag ban has been embraced by retailers and the community; this is the next step of the journey to reduce landfill and ensure a healthy environment. "For most of us, this will only involve making small changes to our behaviour by adopting alternatives to single-use plastics and choosing to reuse. "For retailers, hospitality businesses and community groups, the State Government will support you in this transition through education programs and the Plastic Free Places Program. "Some people require single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life and we have formed a Plastic Straws Working Group to consult with the disability, health and aged care sectors to ensure continued supply to those who need them." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
Parenting information now readily available across WA with new app2284Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16610html13/06/2021 1:30:31 AM2021-06-13T01:30:00Z New app developed to support pregnancy, birth and early parenting for Western Australian families Once downloaded, the free app can be accessed without internet connectivity - supporting families whenever they need, wherever they are Through the WA Country Health Service, the McGowan Government, in partnership with the Health Consumers' Council WA (HCC), has launched the My Baby WA app - providing pregnancy, birth and baby information to Western Australian parents at the touch of a button. The app was borne out of collaboration with other Western Australian Health Service Providers to ensure the features, tools and information were applicable to new parents regardless of where they live and how they access healthcare. The app is available to download free from the Apple and Android app stores and is designed to function without internet connection and ensure information is tailored to individual localities. The app features evidence-based information to aid families with maternity, newborn and child health-related services in the user's location; tips tailored to the parents using its unique mother and father or partner mode; a pregnancy timeline with reminders and an antenatal care schedule; pregnancy progress information such as foetal size and development; a Baby Bumps photo gallery and Noongar lullabies; the ability to track appointments and tests; examples and types of questions to ask at antenatal appointments; the opportunity to provide feedback on care received through a Women's Experience of Maternity Services (WEMS) survey. The data received through the WEMS survey will support all WA maternity services to develop and improve services that meet demands. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The app is a one-stop-shop for new parents, providing up to date and evidence-based information. "We know that families were struggling to get access to consistent evidence-based information and I'm very proud to see the McGowan Government and the Health Consumers' Council working together to bridge that gap. "Importantly, the My Baby WA app removes the need for families to receive hardcopy publications - it keeps all of the relevant information in one easy to use, accessible app and ensures we're reducing waste at the same time. "I'd encourage all expectant families to download the app - it delivers a wealth of information, tips and tools to families at the touch of a button. "I know that navigating the health system can sometimes be overwhelming - that's why the Government is committed to harnessing technology to ensure all Western Australians can access the information they need when and where they need it." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Future planning of Fremantle underway with Westport2283Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements23880html13/06/2021 12:49:02 AM2021-06-12T23:00:00Z McGowan Government to establish a Future of Fremantle Planning Committee Will examine land use and economic development opportunities at Fremantle's Inner Harbour Exciting projects already planned or underway in area including Swan River Crossings, film studio and microbrewery McGowan Government committed to delivering new container port at Kwinana with transition options under consideration The McGowan Government is steaming ahead with the transformational, job-creating Westport project, today announcing a new Future of Fremantle Planning Committee. The Western Australian Planning Commission will establish a Future of Fremantle Planning Committee for two years under the Planning and Development Act 2005. With a new container port to be built at Kwinana, there are opportunities for wide-ranging discussions about the port precinct and across the broader Fremantle area. The committee will examine the future redevelopment of Fremantle's North Quay, and surrounding land, while continuing to develop a new vision for a Victoria Quay Waterfront Precinct. The committee will be supported by Nicole Lockwood, the former chairperson of the Westport Taskforce, and a team within the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to develop a vision for the longer-term redevelopment of Fremantle Port's inner harbour; develop an employment strategy to help inform a vision to maintain local jobs when the container terminals are relocated; examine planning matters in the North Fremantle Precinct and finalise the work being undertaken by the North Fremantle Development Precinct Technical Advisory Group; explore exciting new economic opportunities and developments for the coastal city. The committee will include representatives from State Government agencies, Fremantle Ports, industry, local government and the Fremantle community. A broader reference group will also be established with representation including local community members, and key Government agencies with specific regulatory or advisory functions covering heritage, design and public transport. Significant projects to revitalise and re-energise Fremantle are currently underway or being planned including the Swan River Crossings project, the $100 million investment towards a new film studio and screen production facility, and the redevelopment of the heritage-listed A Shed on Victoria Quay into a microbrewery, restaurant, bar and harbourside alfresco area. The McGowan Government is committed to delivering the job-creating Westport program, with the new container port project now entering its next stage to further define design and total cost. Comments attributed to Transport, Planning and Ports Minister Rita Saffioti "Westport is a once-in-a-lifetime project to deliver a new container port in Kwinana - it's important we get it right. "Looking at the future of Fremantle is an important outcome of Westport. That's why we want to establish a Future of Fremantle Planning Committee. "The committee would look at new economic opportunities and land uses for the port precinct and the broader Fremantle area. "We already have exciting projects underway or planned for the area including the Swan River Crossings and the new film studio. "This is the opportunity for the local community and stakeholders to work collaboratively with Government to plan for the future land use, development and future economic growth opportunities for Fremantle and the harbour precinct." Comments attributed to Nicole Lockwood, Future of Fremantle Planning Committee Strategic Adviser "I've been involved in Westport since its commencement in 2017, so I'm really excited to be able to play a part in this project to ensure Fremantle takes full advantage of any opportunities flowing from the Westport decision. "This process provides an exciting opportunity for the community, industry and government to work together to shape the future of Fremantle for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Lights, camera, action for South-West CinefestOZ festival funding2282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11250html11/06/2021 7:38:14 AM2021-06-11T07:30:00Z Funding support for 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival Event has potential to bring more than 2,000 visitors to the South-West region Supported by the McGowan Government, through Tourism WA's Regional Events ProgramMore than 2,000 visitors are expected to join the excitement of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival when it kicks off in the South-West from August 25 to 29. The event has received State Government funding, through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program. The annual five-day festival showcases mainly Australian films and is held in the State's South‑West each August. This event, now in its 14th year, has grown significantly since it was first held in 2008, with this year's festival potentially injecting $2 million into the local economy through visitor spend. As well as promoting the Australian and Western Australian film industry, the festival's program helps highlight the South-West region and boost tourism during a traditionally quieter time of year. The festival has more than 200 free and ticketed screen-related events in about 40 locations including local wineries, galleries, cinemas and small bars. The dedicated schools program 'Cinesnaps' inspires local students to develop an appreciation for the filmmaking process, while the Indigenous film program 'IndigifestOZ' supports and promotes Aboriginal filmmakers with the opportunity for the audience to gain insight from filmmakers. The CinefestOZ Film Prize is also Australia's richest film prize of $100,000. A jury of prominent Australian film guests award the film prize each year to an Australian feature film displaying excellence in the craft of filmmaking. CinefestOZ brings together diverse people in film and related industries, providing an environment to spark future screen initiatives for the State, such as the seven films made in the region in the past five years, with more in development. The CinefestOZ Film Festival took out gold in the Festival and Events category of the 2018 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards and silver at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. The funding honours an election commitment from the McGowan Government, with $100 million also committed for a new WA Film Studio and production facility in Fremantle and $20 million committed to a Screen Production Attraction Fund to strengthen and develop the local film industry. In 2020, the Government also announced $16 million for a WA Screen Fund to encourage film production in the State's regions. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "The CinefestOZ Film Festival is expected to attract thousands of people to our popular South‑West region which is welcome news for the area's tourism industry during the cooler months. "There is no question that Western Australia offers filmmakers an array of unique and stunning landscapes as well as an enviable host of local talent. This celebration shines a light on our WA film industry, with local productions playing an important role in promoting our State to audiences far and wide. "I encourage everyone who is travelling to the region for this event to take the time to experience the South-West's amazing wineries, delicious produce and coastal beauty as part of their stay." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "CinefestOZ provides a unique occasion for our regional communities to share in the amazing screen productions being created right here in our State. "This five-day festival not only showcases the best the WA film industry has to offer, it also provides an opportunity to attract visitors to our showstopping South-West, supporting local businesses." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5400Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200