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State Government Grant to support volunteer flood response594Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2480html4/06/2023 4:07:14 AM2023-06-03T16:00:00Z ​Broome CIRCLE to receive $69,000 State Government grantFunding to support the organisation’s Kimberley flood responseVolunteer involving organisations currently managing increased demand following Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson has awarded a grant of almost $70,000 to Broome CIRCLE to support the organisation’s response to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie. The funding will bolster the organisation’s capacity to support volunteer services, which are helping the community to recover from January’s unprecedented floods in the Fitzroy Valley. Founded in 1982, Broome CIRCLE has provided community services and social support in the Kimberley for more than four decades. In recent years, the organisation has also hosted the Broome Volunteer Resource Service, which supports volunteers and agencies across the region. This new funding will help the Broome Volunteer Resource Centre to increase its operations to meet the heightened demand for services, and support communities to recover from the devastation caused by the floods. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson “We know volunteer-involving organisations are experiencing heightened demand for help in the wake of the floods. “That’s why the State Government is providing funding to help Broome CIRCLE build the capacity of these groups. “It will take everyone pitching in to rebuild our communities and this grant will help volunteer-involving organisations to meet the needs of locals.” Comments attributed to Member for Kimberley Divina D’Anna "From day one, volunteers have played a huge role in the flood recovery journey – whether that be volunteers cleaning out impacted homes, community groups managing donations or locals providing social support to their neighbours. “It is fantastic to see the community stepping up to support one another as they recover.” Media contact Claire Dearle 6552 5800
Youth Engagement Grant Recipients Announced593Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6170html2/06/2023 5:00:56 AM2023-06-02T05:00:00Z Recipients of the 2023 Youth Engagement Grants Program announced 26 organisations awarded grants of up to $10,000 to engage young people in ways that benefit their community Local governments and community service organisations have been awarded a total of $200,000 in funding under the Youth Engagement Grants Program 2023. The Youth Engagement Grants Program supports initiatives and projects that promote and empower young people. The grants will be used to launch projects that enable young people aged between 10 to 25 years to achieve positive outcomes in the community. The Youth Engagement Grants provide up to $10,000 per grant to support local government and community service organisations across the State who work to positively engage young Western Australians. Some of the organisations to receive funding include The Nintirri Centre located in Tom Price will hold Self Esteem Lessons as part of their Youth Development Program. The program seeks to work predominantly with Aboriginal youth over 5-week terms to build confidence and resilience; The Shire of Denmark will develop an inaugural Youth Strategy and Action Plan in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of WA; The City of Melville, for the Koolunga Kaat and Ngany Matter project. This will support the Youth-Drop-In program and engage First Nations youth to inform a trial counselling service; and Warmun Local Drug Action Group, for the Tools of Engagement - Change, One Tyre at a Time project. The project will teach young people important life skills including vehicle maintenance and educate them on the impacts of alcohol and drug misuse. A full list of grant recipients can be found here https// Comments attributed to Youth Minister Simone McGurk "These programs funded under The Youth Engagement Grants Program are thoughtful and creative. They reflect the capacity of young people to drive change in their community. "It is so important that young people are given the opportunity for leadership and capacity building, and I look forward to seeing young people reach their full potential under these programs". Minister's office - 6552 6600
New station and tanker a boost for volunteer firefighters592Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4710html2/06/2023 3:30:27 AM2023-06-02T03:30:00Z Kwinana South Bush Fire Brigade's new fire station officially opened Construction funded by $1.5 million through the Emergency Services Levy The brigade also received a new 3.4 Urban Tanker Volunteers at Kwinana South Bush Fire Brigade have a new station and firefighting vehicle after the State Government invested nearly $2 million to modernise the brigade's resources. The new facility has upgraded changing rooms to manage Personal Protective Clothing, larger bays for firefighting vehicles, a purpose-built training room and enhanced capability to accommodate an Incident Management Team during emergencies. The old station had reached the end of its lifespan, having been constructed in 1991 by volunteers, community and local government. Construction of the new facility was funded through $1.51 million from the Emergency Services Levy and $400,000 of Commonwealth funding secured by the City of Kwinana. A new 3.4 Urban Tanker is also being delivered to the station. The appliance was designed by incorporating input from volunteers to ensure it meets their needs. The tanker is valued at more than $450,000 and funded through the Emergency Services Levy. Volunteers at the Kwinana South Bushfire Brigade have dedicated more than 550 hours of their time during the past two years responding to both local incidents and major emergencies. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "Kwinana South Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has protected the local community for many decades and this new, modern station will serve them well for years to come. "Being able to accommodate an Incident Management Team means this site can be used to manage significant bushfire incidents within the local area. "The new 3.4 Urban Tanker comes equipped with the latest in crew protection and can be used for a variety of firefighting situations. "This new station and appliance symbolise the State Government's respect for the work of our volunteer firefighters." Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA secures $3M community batteries grant498Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10470html2/06/2023 12:10:49 AM2023-06-02T00:05:00Z Western Power has successfully secured funding for six community batteries Batteries are part of the ongoing transition to a renewable energy future The six batteries will be located in Bayswater, Coogee, Dianella, Kinross, Port Kennedy and Stratton Energy Minister Bill Johnston has announced that Western Australia has successfully secured six community batteries as part of the $200 million Federal Government's Community Batteries for Household Solar Grant Program. The joint Western Power and Synergy application will see six community batteries deployed to suburbs with high rooftop solar penetration, enabling the transition to a cleaner energy future. Announced in October 2022, the Federal Government's community batteries program aims to deliver 400 batteries nationally. The program has so far provided funding for 52 batteries, of which six are located in WA. The six locations are Bayswater, Coogee, Dianella, Kinross, Port Kennedy and Stratton. Western Power and Synergy have been working with the local government authorities of these areas, which have provided in principle support. The batteries will be of similar size to Western Power's and Synergy's existing PowerBank fleet and provide multiple community benefits including enabling higher uptake of renewable energy such as rooftop solar, reduced electricity bills and in managing costs during periods of peak demand. Work on the batteries is expected to start in July 2023 with the batteries to be installed by March 2025. The Federal Government is administering the funding to deliver the community batteries. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Community batteries have an important role to play in our energy future. "With one in three WA homes owning rooftop solar, it's essential that we harness solar energy efficiently to deliver better outcomes for the community. "Community batteries store unused solar power from households during periods of low demand and discharge power during peak energy periods, keeping the electricity system stable. "Western Power and Synergy are working with Energy Policy WA to implement this community battery rollout to the initial six locations with work also progressing for the next round of Federal Government funding. "The State Government is committed to securing as much Federal Government funding for storage for our State as possible." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Next round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme now open497Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4370html2/06/2023 12:06:48 AM2023-06-02T00:00:00Z Applications called for the next round of the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme Up to $1.5 million available for facility improvements or new projects More than $50 million has now been allocated through the scheme A further $1.5 million in State Government funding is now available for public boating facility projects, through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS). The $1.5 million in funding takes the total amount allocated through the program to more than $50 million, which has helped deliver nearly 500 separate boating facility projects throughout the State. The RBFS scheme is available to eligible authorities, including local governments, government agencies and statutory authorities with responsibility for managing public facilities. Funds are available for the planning, construction or upgrading of boat launching ramps, jetties, moorings, breakwaters and new channels directly related to a public recreational boating facility. Land based infrastructure at public boating facilities, such as trailer parking areas, toilets and boating signage are also eligible. Up to 75 per cent of the cost of a project is available, with the maximum grant set at $750,000. Application forms and more information are available at Applications close 1 September 2023. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Western Australians love to get out on the water, and with a recreational fleet of around 100,000 boats, our Government is committed to ensuring our public facilities continue to meet the needs of the community. "The $1.5 million being made available through the next round also marks a major milestone with more than $50 million now allocated through the program, which has helped deliver nearly 500 separate projects across the State. "The next round will ensure we continue to see the positive benefits this program has delivered, and I encourage eligible authorities to consider projects they'd like to put forward for funding." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New graduate program boosts ICT opportunities in the public sector496Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7000html1/06/2023 7:35:44 AM2023-06-01T07:35:00Z State Government to establish new and exciting Public Sector ICT Graduate and Internship Program The Program will ensure the public sector has the skills and expertise required to address current and future ICT workforce needs The State Government is establishing a new Public Sector ICT Graduate Program that will create a diverse and compelling opportunity for ICT graduates looking for jobs after finishing their studies. The program will be targeted at students and graduates from a range of in-demand ICT disciplines such as Data Science and Analytics and Cyber Security. It is hoped up to 40 graduates will be recruited for the program. Graduates will complete a number of rotations between agencies across the Western Australian Government, getting real world experience in their chosen fields and the opportunity to apply their skills to progress the Government's digital priorities. WA Government agencies will be involved in this unique opportunity to develop and improve ICT skills and growth of the public sector's digital capabilities. Once the program has been established, recruitment opportunities will be found through the web page at A Place of Opportunity. Comments attributed to Innovation and the Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson "The Public Sector ICT Graduate and Internship Program will offer graduates a range of exciting opportunities across the public sector and provide them with the practical skills and professional experience to kickstart their careers. "The establishment of the Public Sector ICT Graduate and Internship Program demonstrates the State Government's commitment to ensuring the public sector has the necessary skills to meet current and emerging ICT demands. "I am excited for the development of a new pathway for ICT graduates to enter the Public Service and the benefits they will bring." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New laws now in place to support road freight owner-drivers495Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6450html1/06/2023 6:33:01 AM2023-06-01T06:30:00Z New laws providing additional safeguards for owner-drivers transporting freight take effect Legislation will improve business dealings between owner-drivers and hirers Amendments are the result of consultation with industry Updated laws introduced by the State Government to safeguard the rights of owner-drivers of heavy vehicles operating in the road freight transport industry come into effect today. The amended Owner-Drivers (Contracts and Disputes) Amendment Act 2022 passed Parliament in October last year and is the result of extensive consultation with the Road Freight Transport Industry Council and the Road Freight Industry Tribunal. The amendments will help improve business dealings between owner-drivers of heavy vehicles who transport freight and the people who hire them, by clarifying the regulatory responsibilities of both parties. The changes include the introduction of minimum notice periods of 90 days for termination of a contract longer than three months, and seven days for contracts less than three months. The role of the Road Freight Transport Industry Tribunal has also been clarified to make sure it can deliver fair and efficient outcomes in dispute resolution between owner-drivers and hirers. Non-compliance with owner-driver guideline pay rates will now be factored into dispute resolution decisions made by the Tribunal. This change places more responsibility on hirers to offer fair pay for owner-driver services. In addition, workplace right of entry provisions have also been updated to allow an authorised owner-driver's representative to enter a workplace to investigate suspected breaches of the Act. For more information on the updated Owner-Drivers Act, visit Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The updated laws that come into effect today protect the rights of small businesses and independent operators who own and drive trucks in the freight industry. "These are the small operators who are making a big difference to our economy and our lives, by helping to keep our supply chains going and delivering goods across our State. "Our new laws will provide them with better protection and improve their position in matters including job security and fair pay, as well as clear processes to follow to resolve disputes. "We have consulted extensively with industry to update these laws which will result in more streamlined and reasonable business dealings between owner-drivers and people hiring their services." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Sport and recreation grants to enhance inclusion and accessibility494Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9540html1/06/2023 6:23:06 AM2023-06-01T06:05:00Z $4.2 million awarded for projects that break down the barriers to participate in sport Program aims to create inclusive, accessible, safe and welcoming environments for all Additional $2.7 million allocated to the program over three years A grants program designed to break down the barriers to participation in sport and recreation has received a $2.7 million funding boost over three years. The Sport and Recreation Inclusive Participation Grants Program, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, provides funding for projects that target low participation groups. Eighteen projects will share in a total funding pool of $4.2 million over three years, including a social inclusion program that uses sport and recreation to help those experiencing homelessness. Other funded projects include a program that inspires and grows the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in netball, and a cultural program that aims to increase social connection to the game of cricket in the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community. The program aims to create inclusive, accessible, safe and welcoming environments and opportunities for people with disability, Aboriginal people, those from CALD backgrounds, adolescent girls, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, seniors and disengaged youth. Organisations can apply for up to $150,000 per annum to support their projects. To view all grant recipients visit the DLGSC website. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman "Equity, diversity and participation are key priorities within the sport and recreation sector and I'm pleased to be able to support these projects, which will make a positive difference in our community. "Being part of a safe and inclusive sport environment not only provides a range of individual social and health benefits, it also provides a space where diverse groups can build trust in one another, helping to break down social and cultural barriers and strengthen overall community connections. "Congratulations to all the recipients and I look forward to seeing your projects fly." Minister's office - 6552 5400 Background The recipients of the Sport and Recreation Inclusive Participation Grants are Binar Futures' Basketball Inclusion program $450,000; Bachar Houli Foundation programs $150,000; Stephen Michael Foundation's Youth Play and Connection project $450,000; City of Greater Geraldton's Sports Hub project $150,000; Fair Game's Fit and Active in the Pilbara $150,000; Perth African Nations Sport Association's Empower the People project $255,000; 55 Central's Activate Engage program $150,000; Reclink Australia's Reclink Street Games $288,120; Blind Sports Western Australia's Inclusive Sports program $240,000; Thriving Exercise Rehabilitation's Thriving in Motion – Youth Moves program $300,00; Football Futures Foundation's United Through Football – Ellenbrook project $120,369; Rebound WA's Kids Who Can't Keep Up program $225,000; Netball WA's Inspire and Grow inclusive participation and delivery project $300,000; WA Hockey Association's Thundersticks all abilities hockey project $300,000; West Australian Football Commission's expansion of All Abilities Football project $371,417; WA Cricket Association's Connecting Cultures Through Cricket project $138,000; WA Ice Hockey Association's Break the Ice Encouraging Girls to Join the Game project $87,800; and WA Rugby Union's All Abilities Rugby project $91,500.
Roebourne TAFE upgrades deliver training boost for Pilbara492Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3920html1/06/2023 6:00:51 AM2023-06-01T06:00:00Z Significant upgrades to North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campus complete Students now training in contemporary multi-purpose facilities Connecting local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training Project part of the record $243.3 million investment upgrading TAFE infrastructure Specialist training is now underway at North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campus, with new multi-purpose training facilities playing a key role in connecting the local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training. Training Minister Simone McGurk visited the campus today, officially opening the $7.9 million new facilities. The major upgrade consists of four new classrooms which will be used across a range of training areas, including an IT laboratory and art classroom, a new industry workshop for construction trades training and an upgrade to the existing light automotive workshop. Lead architect Iredale Pedersen Hook was briefed to design culturally-appropriate, contemporary facilities and consulted extensively with the Roebourne community during planning stages to create diverse learning opportunities. Through the consultation with local Aboriginal people, the campus now has vibrant, community-focused areas, with outdoor learning spaces, and male and female student hubs. Western Australian construction company Devlyn Australia carried out the build, employing more than 200 workers throughout construction, including apprentices and trainees. Aboriginal student enrolment numbers are currently up eight per cent compared to the same time in 2022, across publicly funded training in WA. The WA Government is spending a record $243.3 million to upgrade TAFE infrastructure across the State, including regional areas. Comments attributed to Training Minister Simone McGurk "These incredible new facilities at North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia campus are a major boost for training in Roebourne and right across the Pilbara region. "More local people will now be able to come and learn new skills closer to home, in industry-standard learning environments - ensuring they're job-ready for the career of their choice. "It's a priority of the WA Government to provide practical training support for Aboriginal people, so it was very important that we consulted with the local community about this project ensuring the facilities are bright, contemporary and culturally appropriate." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It's wonderful that TAFE students in Roebourne will now have access to these wonderful facilities - gaining skills that will set them up for life. "It's also encouraging to see so many local apprentices and trainees working on the build for the new facility, which is a project they should be proud of." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Victims of crime sought to refresh high-level advisory group490Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15080html1/06/2023 4:14:47 AM2023-06-01T04:10:00Z Victim-survivor reference group seeks new members High-level group advises the Attorney General on victims' issues Group helps advocate for an improved experience for victims in justice system Attorney General John Quigley has called for victim-survivors of crime to lend their important voice to the work being done by the Victims of Crime Reference Group. The high-level advocacy group, reconstituted more than two years ago to advise the State's top law officer on victims' issues, is seeking new members. The group was established to influence policy, programs and services for victims of crime and identify emerging risks and issues. Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Kati Kraszlan, co-chairs the group which has been looking at ways justice-related agencies can improve outcomes and reduce harm to victims. Work has included contributing to the draft Victims of Crime Strategy, designed to be a blueprint for how victims of crime are treated across government. The group has also endorsed improvements to the Victims of Crime Act 1994, including widening the definition of 'victim'. Senior figures from key government agencies such as the Western Australia Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions provide their expertise to the group. An online application form and more information is available at https// Applications close on Friday 16 June. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "This State Government continues to demonstrate its commitment to supporting all victims of crime. "I re-established this group to ensure the voices of victims of crime were heard and they have already given valuable feedback on key issues. "After 14 months of dedicated community service some of the current reference group members have moved on to other roles and I would like to thank them for their contribution." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Get on board for WA Day Festival 2023489Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements24010html1/06/2023 3:48:36 AM2023-06-01T03:30:00Z WA Day to be bigger and better than ever as Western Australians urged to celebrate our State State Government providing more than $2 million, including Lotterywest funding, to support WA Day activities Free travel across the public transport network for two days over WA Day long weekend Extra train services running between Stadium Station and Perth for WA Day Festival Western Australians are being urged to get out this weekend and celebrate their State, with the WA Day Festival set to return even bigger than before. The Perth WA Day Festival will run over Sunday and Monday, 4 and 5 June, with live entertainment, rides, food trucks, fireworks and drone light shows stretching from the Optus Stadium foreshore to Burswood Park. To help celebrate the day, the State Government will provide free travel across the entire public transport network for the two festival days of the long weekend, as well as running extra train services between Stadium Station and Perth, allowing for a hassle-free journey to and from the event. The additional train services mean trains will be travelling between Perth Station and Optus Stadium Station roughly every five minutes. Elsewhere on the network, trains will operate every 10 to 15 minutes over the long weekend, while timetabled buses will operate on a Sunday/public holiday timetable across the Transperth network, with limited services after 7pm. Up to 50 additional Public Transport Authority staff will be rostered on across the weekend to support the increased transport services, including train drivers and transit officers. The festival marks the triumphant homecoming for local heroes Voyager, after their successful Eurovision campaign. Voyager join an impressive line-up on the first day of the festival, alongside Amy Shark, Mark Seymour, Baby Animals and more. WA Day events will also be held across the regions, including festivals in Albany, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Newman, Carnarvon and Geraldton. The State Government is providing $1.2 million to celebrate WA for WA Day events in both the city and the regions, with a further $900,000 from Lotterywest to support Perth and regional activities. For more information about WA Day public transport services, go to the Transperth website - For more information on WA Day activities, visit Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Western Australians know we live in the best State in the country - and this weekend is a chance to get out and celebrate all that's great about WA. "Free public transport means this weekend will be an affordable day out for families right across Perth's suburbs. "It'll also be the first opportunity for local crowds to welcome home Voyager, who so memorably put WA on the world stage at Eurovision this year. "So make the most of the free public transport and get involved in the festivities of this year's WA Day, relax and let our free public transport service get you there safely and on time." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Up to 50,000 homes to benefit from underground power491Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11830html1/06/2023 4:18:00 AM2023-06-01T02:55:00Z Western Power secures agreement with nine local government authorities Up to 50,000 WA homes and businesses in line for underground power supply. Nine Western Australian local governments have committed to Western Power's Targeted Underground Power Program (TUPP), which will provide up to 50,000 WA properties with a future-focussed, safer, and more reliable power supply solution. Residents and businesses in the cities of Bayswater, Canning, Melville, Rockingham, Stirling, Swan, and Vincent and towns of Bassendean and Victoria Park will be part of these 50,000 having recently signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with Western Power to support undergrounding within their local government areas (LGA). The areas identified in these LGAs are based on Western Power's network driven approach, which targets the overhead distribution network with a higher density of assets that are due or becoming due for replacement. The MOUs formalise the intent of Western Power, LGAs and the State Government regarding collaboration and development of the co-funded projects. Scoping and planning works for some projects have begun with construction of the first project in Bassendean north set to begin in May 2024. More than 100,000 properties in the South West Interconnected System have been converted from overhead distribution power lines to underground power since 1996. For more information about underground power projects, visit https// Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Undergrounding provides many benefits including improved public safety, reliability, security and street appearance while increasing property values and reducing the need for street tree pruning. It also provides cost efficiencies as there are lower life-cycle costs and enables greater use of emerging technologies such as electric vehicles. "Importantly, it creates safer environments with better lighting from efficient new LED streetlights. "Western Power's underground power programs are a significant enhancement to the electricity network and ensures our State Government continues to meet the energy needs of the community now and in the future." Minister's office - 6552 6700
New $11.8 million training centre at Broome TAFE officially open488Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4730html1/06/2023 2:34:54 AM2023-06-01T02:30:00Z State-of-the art facilities for hospitality and tourism, hair and beauty New Hospitality and Student Services Centre to prepare skilled workers for the Kimberley region Part of record $243.3 million investment in the State's TAFE capital works program The Kimberley region's vital tourism and hospitality industries are set to benefit from a new training centre at North Regional TAFE's Broome campus. Training Minister Simone McGurk visited the campus to officially open the $11.8 million Hospitality and Student Services Centre. Designed locally by Engawa Architects and constructed by Broome building company H&M Tracey, the project consists of two new state-of-the-art buildings, linked by an outdoor meeting place, creating a community-feel for students. The project consists of a purpose-built hospitality and tourism training centre, complete with a live-works training restaurant, commercial kitchen, alfresco café and a hair and beauty training facility, delivering industry-standard practice with dedicated spaces for simulated training. The upgrade also includes the redevelopment of the administration building to provide additional space for student and corporate services. The new facilities will help meet demand for staff in the hospitality and tourism industries across the Kimberley and attract international students to study in the region. The WA Government is investing $243.3 million to upgrade facilities at TAFE colleges across Western Australia, including regional areas around the State. Comments attributed to Training Minister Simone McGurk "As we approach the Kimberley region's peak tourism season, it's fantastic to know that students are training in world-class facilities that will deliver the skills to ensure they're job-ready. "The Broome TAFE campus is the largest training facility in the Kimberley region, with more than 1,000 students enrolled in training so far this year. "North Regional TAFE has four campuses receiving major upgrades as part of the record $243.3 million investment upgrading TAFEs across Western Australia, allowing more people in the regions to train locally." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "Broome has a thriving tourism and hospitality industry and these facilities will mean students have access to the very best training facilities right here where they live and work. "These facilities will also hopefully be a drawcard for international students so they can study in the region and enjoy everything the Kimberley has to offer." Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Government housing reforms deliver over 1,300 social homes487Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10650html1/06/2023 2:10:48 AM2023-06-01T02:00:00Z Record investment in social housing and homelessness measures delivers milestone Housing Minister driving major reforms, accelerating delivery of social housing The State Government has today reached a key housing reform delivery milestone, with more than 1,300 social homes added to the State's public housing stock since its now record $2.6 billion investment in social housing and homelessness measures. With more than 1,300 social homes added, the State Government has already reached its initial target set two years ago. In the face of a heated construction market, the State Government has established a number of alternative and flexible housing reform programs to bolster the supply of social housing across Western Australia, including a State-wide small and medium builders panel which includes 85 builders across the State that are pre-approved for government work to further accelerate social housing delivery; utilising alternative construction methods including timber frame and modular builds; boosting the State's highly successful spot purchasing program; converting surplus Government Regional Officer Housing stock; and driving planning reforms to boost housing supply throughout WA. The State Government is investing a record $2.6 billion over four years in housing and homelessness services, including the delivery of around 4,000 social dwellings as well as refurbishments and maintenance work to many thousands more. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "Since our Government's record investment in housing and homelessness measures we've added more than 1,300 social homes, with more than 900 social homes currently under contract or construction. "We made a clear commitment that in the first two years of our record investment we would deliver 1,300 social homes - we have met this target and remain on track, in the face of a heated construction market. "As Housing, Homelessness and Lands Minister my message is clear, we're using every lever we can to bolster the supply of social housing across Western Australia. "We're investing a record $2.6 billion in housing and homelessness services in WA, including the delivery of around 4,000 social homes. "We're also working to retain ageing social housing properties and investing in alternative construction methods including modular and timber frame to increase social housing across the State." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Over $16 million awarded to remote Aboriginal communities485Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10180html1/06/2023 1:30:25 AM2023-06-01T01:30:00Z $16.7 million in grant funding awarded to six remote Aboriginal organisations to undertake essential maintenance works Maintenance works to upgrade more than 180 dwellings across the Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West and Gascoyne regions Funded through Community Housing Grants program The State Government has awarded $16.7 million in grant funding to Aboriginal organisations to undertake essential maintenance and upgrade housing in remote areas of Western Australia that will help to extend the lifespan of properties. The organisations funded under the Community Housing Grants program are Aboriginal Community Housing Limited (ACHL); Barrel Well - Echo International Aid Ltd (Barrel Well); Jamukurnu Yapalikurnu Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC); Kurrawang Aboriginal Christian Community; Menzies Aboriginal Corporation; and Ngaanyatjarra Council Aboriginal Corporation. ACHL received $4,298,833 in funding, which will be used for essential maintenance works on 44 of their dwellings in the East Kimberley comunities of Nulleywah and Mirima. The $2,781,538 in funding awarded to JYAC will be used for essential maintenance works across 25 of their dwellings in the Parrngurr community, located on Martu land in the Pilbara region of WA. Barrel Well will use their $601,833 in funding to complete essential maintenance works across 11 of their dwellings in Ajana (near Kalbarri) located in the Mid-West region. The $16.7 million in funding will cover maintenance works including improvements to kitchens and bathrooms, replacement of cabinetry, pest control, waterproofing, flooring and tiling repairs as well as general plaster and tiling works. These works will enable remote Aboriginal community organisations to build on their commitment to supporting Aboriginal employment and training outcomes in local regional communities. The grant recipients intend to utilise Aboriginal Business Enterprises throughout the supply chain, with 100 per cent Aboriginal owned businesses to be engaged in undertaking the works funded by the Maintenance Grants Program. The Remote Aboriginal Communities Maintenance Grant Program is being delivered through the State Government's Community Housing Grants program, designed to support organisations providing social housing in remote areas, and improve the liveability and lifespan of existing housing assets. The Community Housing Grants program is part of the State Government's $2.6 billion investment in social housing and measures to address homelessness. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "Our Government is committed to improving outcomes for Aboriginal people living in remote communities and these grants will help to upgrade housing for residents in these regions. "The Community Housing Grants Program supports organisations that provide social housing in remote areas with maintenance works to improve housing, the lives of community members and to sustain the remote communities in which they live. "This funding will go towards improving housing conditions for tenants across remote Aboriginal communities and regions." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Unclaimed gambling winnings to fund worthy community projects486Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12260html1/06/2023 1:32:57 AM2023-06-01T01:00:00Z Program distributes unclaimed gambling winnings to worthwhile community causes Grants available from $20,000 to $50,000 for eligible not-for-profit projects Applications for WA Gaming Community Trust grants program open for six weeks Western Australian community projects will benefit from sharing in about $600,000 in unclaimed gambling winnings. The Gaming Community Trust grants program is now open with funding between $20,000 and $50,000 available for eligible not-for-profit or charitable projects run by individuals or organisations. The Gaming Community Trust provides advice and recommendations to WA's Racing and Gaming Minister on the distribution of funds from casino gaming and wagering prizes unclaimed for at least 12 months. There are five categories including Aboriginal Promotion; Disability Inclusion; Problem Gambling Harm Reduction; Community Sports Engagement; and Community Culture. Clear benefits to the community must be demonstrated to receive a grant. For more information or to apply by 13 July 2023, visit Comments attributed to Racing and Gaming Minister Reece Whitby "This is a fantastic initiative to see unclaimed winnings distributed to worthwhile community causes. "I look forward to seeing community projects benefit where they create a more connected, vibrant Western Australia and help those facing disadvantage or vulnerability. "What better way to disburse prize money that has not been claimed, while supporting a reduction in problem gambling." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Grants to deliver projects for West Kimberley communities477Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7300html1/06/2023 12:12:58 AM2023-06-01T00:00:00Z Eleven not-for-profits and schools in Broome receive more than $50,000 in grants Communities to benefit from grassroots initiatives supporting education, mental health, social connection, culture and the arts Scheme funded by sale of Rhodes Grass Hay produced at Water Corporation's Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility Over $50,000 has been awarded to eleven not-for-profit groups in Broome through Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme. Water Minister Simone McGurk announced recipients at a special ceremony last night, which included guests from local schools, Aboriginal corporations, sporting clubs, historical societies, and other community groups. A further three recipients will share in $15,000, to be announced at a second presentation ceremony in Kununurra on 14 June. Among this year's recipients were Derby Media Aboriginal Corporation who received $10,000 to upgrade their studio to better reach the community; Fitzroy Valley Rodeo Club which will rebuild their equine therapy program with an $8,000 grant, after it was impacted by January's devastating flood event; and One Arm Point Remote Community School who sought $2,000 in funding to deliver a school camp for students from across Kimberley that are heading to high school. The scheme is funded through the sale of Rhodes Grass Hay produced at Water Corporation's Broome North Water Resource Recovery Facility, which provides an environmentally sustainable way of recycling used water. Delivered in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome, the scheme provides funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that help enrich the lives of local residents. Since its inception in 2016, the scheme has provided more than $585,000 to 105 not-for-profit and community groups across the Kimberley. For more information about the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, visit Comments attributed to Water Minister Simone McGurk "It was an honour to announce eleven of the very worthy recipients of Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme last night in Broome, with another three to be announced two weeks from now in Kununurra. "This year, the community will benefit from projects to improve Aboriginal communication, social connection, education and culture. Funds will also help a local equestrian therapy program in Fitzroy rebuild after the devastating floods earlier this year. "The scheme is funded from the proceeds of Rhodes Grass Hay which is irrigated using recycled water from Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, providing an innovative and sustainable means to support the local community. "The $65,000 of funding through this round of grants brings the total provided since 2016 to $585,000 - which has enabled 105 projects to improve the lives of people in Kimberley." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina Grace D'Anna "Each year I'm thrilled to see so many great initiatives being funded through the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme. "These projects really enrich our Kimberley communities, and I thank Water Corporation for its ongoing support." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Design and location of new Baldivis Police Station unveiled474Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9550html31/05/2023 8:00:42 AM2023-05-31T08:00:00Z $25.3 million facility to improve emergency response and public safety Modern and sustainable design to provide efficient and effective workplace Scheduled for practical completion in late 2024 The Western Australian Police Force is set to benefit from a new purpose-built facility after the State Government confirmed the location of the Baldivis Police Station. With room for 100 full-time staff, the building will incorporate a safe and contemporary custodial area plus dedicated spaces for alcohol testing, finger printing and evidence management. Designed for optimum efficiency, the station includes extensive solar power capabilities, including battery storage and electric vehicle charging facilities, as well as native waterwise landscaping. The $25.3 million station is being delivered simultaneously to the Forrestfield Police Station project and when completed will fulfill an election commitment. Construction is set to commence in October this year with practical completion expected by late 2024. Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia "Designed with future population growth in mind, the Baldivis Police Station will improve public safety and ensure appropriate response times to emergencies well into the future. "The multi-million dollar complex will allow police to carry out their day-to-day duties in a more efficient and safe manner. "Practical competition is expected late next year, with the station likely to be operational by early 2025." Comments attributed to Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby "The new Baldivis Police Station will better serve our community and fill the void between Rockingham and Mandurah, with both stations at capacity. "This will be a state-of-the-art facility with environmental features and a much-needed asset for such a fast-growing area. "I want to thank everyone involved in this project so far and I'm looking forward to seeing the first-class complex take shape." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Save it for summer: Winter Sprinkler Switch-off returns473Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8920html31/05/2023 2:31:20 AM2023-05-31T02:30:00Z Businesses and households required to switch off sprinklers from 1 June 60 billion litres of water saved since 2010 - enough to fill Optus Stadium 60 times 80 per cent of people do the right thing and switch off for winter Households and businesses across Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern are being asked to save it for summer during the annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-off. The switch-off is a permanent water efficiency initiative requiring scheme and bore users to turn off garden reticulation from 1 June to 31 August, helping save precious water for when it's needed most. Each year, this simple yet effective measure helps save more than 5 billion litres of scheme water. This is important when you consider average rainfall in Perth has declined by around 20 per cent since the 1970s, leading to an 80 per cent reduction in streamflow to metropolitan dams. Adopting water-saving practices inside and outside the home is vital as the State continues to adapt to the impacts of climate change on water supply. A recent survey by Water Corporation found around 80 per cent of customers do the right thing and switch off their sprinklers in winter. Using sprinklers during the switch-off can result in a $100 fine if witnessed by a Water Corporation inspector, or a written warning if reported by a member of the public. With nearly 70 per cent of non-compliance related to switching off late or switching on early, people are being encouraged to act now ahead of the 1 June deadline. Since being introduced in 2010, the annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-Off has saved around 60 billion litres of water - enough to fill Optus Stadium 60 times. Hand watering is permitted during the Switch-off and some exemptions may also apply. In areas of Western Australia not subject to the Switch-off, normal watering rosters and daytime sprinkler bans apply. To find out if your suburb is included, visit and enter your postcode. Comments attributed to Water Minister Simone McGurk "The cooler months are a great time to switch off and let the winter rain take care of our gardens, saving water for the warmer months when there is a greater need for sprinklers. "With over 40 per cent of home water use in the garden, average households can significantly reduce consumption during winter, lowering their bill and contributing to a total saving of some 5 billion litres of water. "I'm urging everyone, including the one in five who may have forgotten to switch-off in the past, to do the right thing and ensure your irrigation is off from 1 June. "Water Corporation is continually planning climate resilient water sources for WA, but it's important that we all work together to ensure future generations continue to enjoy a secure, sustainable water supply. Minister's office - 6552 6600 List of Local Government Areas where the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off applies Perth and Peel South West/Great Southern City of Swan Shire of Dardanup City of Wanneroo Shire of Denmark Shire of Kalamunda Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup Shire of Mundaring Shire of Harvey Shire of Murray Shire of Manjimup Shire of Peppermint Grove Shire of Nannup Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire of Plantagenet Town of Bassendean Shire of Waroona Town of Cambridge City of Albany Town of Claremont City of Bunbury Town of Cottesloe Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Town of East Fremantle Shire of Boyup Brook Town of Kwinana Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes Town of Mosman Park City of Busselton Town of Victoria Park Shire of Capel Town of Vincent Shire of Collie City of Armadale Shire of Cranbrook City of Bayswater City of Belmont City of Canning City of Cockburn City of Fremantle City of Gosnells City of Joondalup City of Mandurah City of Melville City of Nedlands City of Perth City of Rockingham City of South Perth City of Stirling City of Subiaco
Review of Australian Fire Danger Rating System under way472Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6440html31/05/2023 2:01:26 AM2023-05-31T02:00:00Z WA participating in national review of Australian Fire Danger Rating System Review will allow for required improvements to be made prior to next southern fire season The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is currently conducting a post fire season review of the Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS), exploring the benefits, challenges and opportunities to improve the implementation of the new system across Western Australia. Each State will conduct its own review which will be led at a national level by the Australasian Fire Authorities Council. The AFDRS was implemented in all States and Territories to better inform communities about bushfire risks, replacing a system that had been in place since the 1960s. The AFDRS uses improvements in science and forecasting to deliver localised and more accurate information, enhancing the reliability of fire danger forecasts. An important feature of the new system is the ability to refine, update and constantly improve its application and functionality as new science and evidence becomes available. Since the release of the new system, DFES has closely monitored system performance and accuracy through the collection of evidence, case studies and consultation with key stakeholders across emergency services and the agricultural industry. This has included working closely with the national project team and the Bureau of Meteorology to update fuel data inputs and fire behaviour model parameters, resulting in improved forecasting in several areas across the State. While the national review will inform improvements required nationally, DFES will also undertake their own review to identify required changes to State-level operational decision-making, regulatory triggers and community education. DFES are currently undertaking research targeted at key stakeholders and communities across WA to understand and measure awareness of the new system and capture suggested improvements to inform the review. Information about the new AFDRS can be found on the DFES website at Queries and feedback can be submitted to Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The Australian Fire Danger Rating System changed the way we communicate bushfire risk with Western Australians. "One of the benefits of the AFDRS is its ability to refine, update and improve the application and functionality of science in relation to fire danger forecasts. "This review will help us to improve bushfire management in Western Australia and allow changes to be implemented prior to the next southern fire season if necessary." Minister's Office - 6552 5800