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New specialist training facility in Munster has extra edge13366Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/11/2017 6:43:51 AM2017-11-17T06:40:00Z South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster Campus Stage 2 officially opened New facilities to help students develop the skills required by oil and gas, chemical processing, engineering and resources industries Stage 2 of South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster Campus was officially opened this week. The $12.4 million world-class facility is aligned with industry training requirements and gives students hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting. Students will have access to specialist electrical engineering and mechatronics laboratories, dedicated Navy training spaces and materials testing areas. A specialised process plant control room simulation, debriefing and communications rooms have been developed alongside office space for industry partners, enabling students to directly engage with industry. The new facility is co-located with the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) - a purpose-built oil and gas facility and process plant supported by Shell, Chevron, Woodside, Quadrant Energy, ConocoPhillips and BHP. More than 750 students will attend the campus from 2018, including 450 applied engineering students from the amalgamated Beaconsfield campus and 108 Australian Navy students. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These upgrades put South Metropolitan TAFE at the forefront of flexible and innovative training in mining, oil and gas, engineering and mineral and chemical processing. "ACEPT and applied engineering study areas will now have a greater ability to share facilities and resources - further strengthening engagement between South Metropolitan TAFE, students and industry. "This collaboration direct with industry means students at the Munster Campus will develop the practical skills employers are looking for and their hands-on experience means they have a head-start when transitioning to the workplace." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Swan Valley review moving forward13364Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/11/2017 5:10:34 AM2017-11-17T05:00:00Z Survey being sent to all Swan Valley residents and businesses Community perspective a valued component of Kobelke review Review and strategy to provide a major boost to tourism and jobs in the area Results of a survey, soon to be sent to all Swan Valley residents and businesses, will help inform the current review of planning frameworks for the area. The Swan Valley community has been asked to keep an eye on their letterbox, with the survey set to be delivered as part of the next phase of the Swan Valley planning review. The planning review is underpinned by the McGowan Labor Government's $1.4 million for the Swan Valley Development Package - which following the review includes the development of a co-ordinated strategy for the Swan Valley to provide a major boost to tourism and jobs in the area. The survey presents an opportunity for the people and businesses of Swan Valley to articulate their views and aspirations for the future of the region. John Kobelke, who is heading up the review, has already gained an insight into the issues important to the community through a series of targeted one-on-one stakeholder meetings. He is now inviting locals to participate in a written survey. Participation in the survey will enable each household and landowner to participate in the review, as well as update comments or views provided in earlier public consultation. Surveys will be sent to every address in the gazetted Swan Valley area in the week beginning Monday, November 20. Participants will have until Friday December 15, 2017 to return their surveys. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "The survey ensures residents and property owners of the Swan Valley can lend their collective voice to help shape the future of this important region. "It is pleasing to see that the review process is ensuring a thorough, yet timely examination of the issues impacting this region and the people who live and make a living here. "This survey highlights the significant weight being placed on genuine community consultation." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Funding to put Collie Motorplex on road to national accreditation13362Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/11/2017 4:29:18 AM2017-11-17T04:20:00Z Additional $314,000 funding to complete redevelopment of the Collie Motorplex Funding will enable track to achieve accreditation, creating opportunities to host national motorsport events and boosting the local economy The McGowan Government will provide an additional $314,000 for the Collie Motorplex redevelopment, to bring the facility to national standards and create opportunities for major sporting events in the South-West. Civil works are now almost complete on the $2.97 million redevelopment project, which has included extending the existing 1.6 kilometre track to 2.3 kilometres, and upgrading competitor and spectator facilities. The further $314,000 is required to complete site works that would enable the track to be sanctioned by national bodies. This funding will be used to construct arrester beds, expand run-off areas, replace kerbing and repair existing pavement to achieve accreditation. The upgrades will bring the facility up to the highest national safety standards. Once accredited, the Collie Motorplex will become a major sports tourism drawcard for Collie and the South-West, attracting national-level events and providing a boost to the local economy. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Collie Motorplex will play a key role in diversifying the Collie economy, with these upgrades set to put the town in the mix for nationally significant events. "National accreditation is the next step for the motorplex and will create new opportunities to attract tourists and create local jobs in town. "Collie Motorplex is already a great South-West asset, but with these upgrades it will be able to set its sights on attracting national-level competitions." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We want to see Collie become a centre for motorsports in regional WA, providing a boost to the local economy and driving job opportunities in the South-West. "Securing this funding means the Collie community will enjoy all the benefits of a state-of-the-art motorplex that has real national pulling power." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Seniors housing project in Manjimup hits another milestone13360Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/11/2017 1:30:16 AM2017-11-17T01:30:00Z Site works have begun and construction of first homes expected in June 2018 Project will generate and support employment and business activity for local economy The delivery of more affordable housing options for seniors living in Manjimup is expected to create and support significant employment and economic activity over the next four years. The Department of Communities hit a key milestone with the Manjimup Seniors Living Project recently, with the start of works to transform the former Manjimup Primary School site into 55 new homes tailored for people over the age of 55. Redevelopment of the 2.5-hectare site on Moore Street, within easy walking distance of medical, retail and entertainment amenities in the town's centre, is planned for delivery in five stages. Subject to demand, 10 to 15 homes will be built annually in the next four years. The initial site works are due for completion in May 2018 with construction of the first homes expected to begin in June 2018. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Department of Communities has consulted extensively with the Shire of Manjimup since the former primary school site was acquired in 2010 to ensure the delivery of the right housing options for seniors. "The Manjimup Seniors Living Project will deliver appropriate and affordable downsizer housing opportunities for Manjimup seniors. It will provide more than four walls and a roof - it will be a place that people over the age of 55 can call home, in a community they already feel at home in. "The Department of Communities works to advance opportunities, community participation and quality of life of the people it supports, with a clear focus on inclusion and meeting individual needs. The Manjimup Seniors Living Project is a great example of this. "The process of delivering this important local project will create employment opportunities, especially for local businesses and contractors in the construction industry." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New Transperth ferry tender goes to market13358Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/11/2017 12:21:39 AM2017-11-16T23:30:00Z $2.6 million project to acquire a new Transperth ferry The new ferry will add to the existing two-vessel fleet New ferry will have seating for 148 passengers and a toilet The McGowan Government is encouraging local manufacturers to apply to build a new ferry for the Transperth fleet. The ferry will become the third in the fleet after the MV Shelley Taylor-Smith and the MV Phillip Pendal. It will replace the ageing MV Shelley Taylor-Smith, which is 20-years-old this year and will be retained and used as a reserve when demand is high for special events. The ferries will be rotated through service, with a third vessel allowing Transperth greater flexibility during regular maintenance periods. The new ferry will have 148 seats and a toilet, meaning it can potentially be used for longer journeys than the current Elizabeth Quay-South Perth route, should that be required in the future. A new shelter has recently been installed at the Mends Street Jetty in South Perth to make travel on the ferry even more comfortable for passengers. The ferry is a crowd favourite - in Transperth's recent passenger survey, 99 per cent of passengers said they were satisfied with the service. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Transperth ferry holds a special place in the hearts of families from all over WA - it's a great way to see the Swan River, view the city and commute to work. "The McGowan Government is committed to investing in projects which will ensure the reliability and resilience of our existing transport network. "Our new ferry will be a modern and versatile vessel, built to take on longer journeys so we can keep our options open if new routes are required in the future." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Schools reconciliation projects celebrated at awards ceremony13351Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4260html16/11/2017 4:27:40 AM2017-11-16T04:00:00Z PALS projects aim to increase students' understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture 600 WA schools from across the State participated in more than 900 PALS projects A ceremony was held at the State Library to present awards to winning schools Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has today presented the 2017 PALS awards to schools from across the State in a ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program encourages young people to learn more about our unique Aboriginal culture, and to be active participants in the reconciliation journey. This year, more than half of all Western Australian schools from across the State participated in PALS reconciliation activities, including the production of an animation based around the dreaming story of Bibra Lake, a performing arts production, Aboriginal art murals, bush tucker gardens and a Noongar language program. The Minister presented awards to the following category award winners Aboriginal Language and History - Bold Park Community School; Arts and Culture - Lumen Christi College; Digital and Technology - Bibra Lake Primary School; Environment - Lancelin Primary School; Health and Wellbeing - Bluff Point Primary School; Student Engagement and Community Participation - joint winners Mater Dei College and Durham Road School; and Troy Cook Award - Bibra Lake Primary School. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "This year the PALS program attracted the highest number of schools who have ever participated in the program. "It is encouraging to see young people embrace reconciliation wholeheartedly and engaged in activities promoting cultural awareness in their schools. "It is great to see the whole school community supporting these important projects and the students participating will be champions for reconciliation into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New team appointed to guide planning reform13348Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements23260html16/11/2017 3:55:11 AM2017-11-16T03:45:00Z Reform team to be established within the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage Team to align planning system with McGowan Government policies such as METRONET Reduced complexity and administrative overlap Establish greater consistency across local government A planning reform team, led by highly experienced town planner Evan Jones, has been appointed to deliver improvements to Western Australia's planning system. The McGowan Government is committed to creating a more strategic and streamlined planning system that is open and understandable to everyone. Parliamentary Secretary John Carey will work with the reform team to ensure key objectives align with policies such as METRONET. These overarching policies will be to strengthen our suburbs by increasing housing choice, boosting public transport and enhancing the built and natural environment. The reform team will have a range of objectives, which will address community concerns around how planning decisions are made. Objectives of the planning reform team will include Making strategic planning the cornerstone of all planning decisions; Opening up the planning system so that it is understandable to all; Clarifying local and State planning roles and functions of the WA Planning Commission and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; Responding to community concerns about accountability and transparency of Development Assessment Panels; Formally recognising the need for community participation; Creating more certainty for industry and cutting red tape; and Refining developer contribution schemes. The review team will provide regular reports on findings and measures that can be implemented subject to final ministerial endorsement and legislative changes if required. It is the McGowan Government's intention for the planning system to address modern requirements of the metropolitan area and regions. Meanwhile, the position of WA Planning Commission chairperson will be advertised shortly, with the successful appointee to start in 2018. The current chairperson's term was recently extended to December 31. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "It is critical for the State Government to set the agenda that we want others to follow. "Through this reform, we will aim to establish a line of sight between strategic, city, regional and local plans so that their relationships are clear. "A good planning system will promote a more compact, connected and liveable city with greater diversity of housing close to public transport. "We want to empower communities to know what can or cannot be built in their area and ultimately get more people involved in the planning process." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary and Perth MLA John Carey "Our reform agenda will also seek out quick wins which either reduce red tape, streamline processes or make it easier for any stakeholder - residents, industry or councils - to use planning guidelines for their day-to-day business. "We can't simply sit back and say the current planning framework is good enough. We can always do better - and this reform process provides a genuine opportunity to lift the performance of our planning system in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Work underway to upgrade the iconic Mundaring Weir13346Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5360html16/11/2017 2:20:37 AM2017-11-16T02:00:00Z About 180 local workers involved in $14 million project to modernise historic dam 400 tonne crane lifts 40m-long steel pipe into intake tower The South-West of WA is one of three places in the world most impacted by climate change A project to upgrade one of Western Australia's most iconic dams has reached a major milestone this month when a 42 tonne steel pipe was lifted into the Mundaring Weir's intake tower. The $14 million project will help modernise the weir through the refurbishment of the intake tower, its associated pipework, and a new visitor's viewing platform. Perth-based company Clough is carrying out the construction work, with about 180 workers involved in the project. The project is expected to be completed next month. When complete, the Water Corporation will be able to draw water from the dam at a lower depth - reducing the need to transfer groundwater or desalinated water into the dam to boost its level in low streamflow years. To ensure the community's safety during the upgrade, the walkway across the top of the dam wall will remain closed and the Bibbulmun Track has a small diversion in place until December. First built between 1898 and 1901 and considered to be one of Australia's greatest engineering achievements, Mundaring Weir through the Goldfields Pipeline today supplies drinking water to more than 100,000 people from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie. To view time-lapse photography of the steel pipe being placed into the intake tower, visit https//www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqT1xcCa5H4 Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This is yet another Government project that is supporting local jobs in WA. "The 40-metre-long, 2.5m-wide pipe was manufactured and transported to the site from a workshop in Naval Base. "With our rainfall levels in decline as a result of climate change, this is an important upgrade that will allow the Water Corporation to continue to draw water from Mundaring Weir when its level is low. "The upgrade also ensures communities supplied with drinking water from Mundaring Weir will continue to receive a reliable water supply for decades to come." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New Pilbara marine cadetship program for school leavers12098Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5000html15/11/2017 8:21:11 AM2017-11-15T08:20:00Z McGowan Government election commitment for more traineeships for young Western Australians Pilbara school leavers offered new marine cadetship program in 2018 19 new positions created, 16 of them based in the Pilbara The expanded operations of the Pilbara Ports Authority is set to create more local jobs, including a new marine cadetship program offered to Pilbara-based school leavers. A marine cadet will receive at least two years of training, which will include a period of shore-based learning prior to the opportunity to go to sea, as well as financial support towards required study. The program will be run by the Pilbara Ports Authority, which will work with Port Hedland and Karratha senior high schools to progress the cadetships. The Authority recently developed its Pilbara Ports Authority Workforce Plan to identify further employment opportunities. More roles have become available due to the Authority's expansion of operations associated with the handover of the Port of Ashburton, emerging markets and increases in capital projects. The Authority has created 19 new positions, including Pilbara-based positions in health and safety, marine, landside operations, information and communications technology, maintenance, physical resources, vessel traffic services, dredging, GIS, community relations, project administration and finance; Two new Perth-based positions in commercial and legal; and A new graduate program, including a Pilbara-based graduate engineer, and a Perth-based development and trade graduate. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Pilbara Ports Authority's workforce plan boosts jobs and provides further training opportunities in the Pilbara region. "The marine cadetship program is an exciting initiative that provides the opportunity for Pilbara-based school leavers to pursue a career in the marine industry." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "This is great news for the Pilbara, as we fight for local jobs for our local people. It will benefit our local families throughout Pilbara communities. "I also couldn't be happier to hear that Pilbara Ports will be opening up such a fantastic job opportunity for one of our high school graduates. "That cadetship will hopefully set them up for life in an exciting career that will always be in demand in the Pilbara, and right throughout the world." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Opportunities to grow WA meat industry highlighted12094Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7170html15/11/2017 8:00:18 AM2017-11-15T08:00:00Z Western Australian Meat Industry Guide highlights opportunities for future investment to create jobs across regional WA Sheep, beef and pork identified as key meat industries for future production A snapshot of the Western Australian meat industry has identified strong potential for future investment. The Western Australian Meat Industry Guide, commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, provides an industry overview and highlights emerging opportunities for potential domestic and foreign investors. There is increasing global demand for high-quality, safe and healthy food for the rapidly growing Asian middle class and WA's proximity to the region means it is well positioned to capitalise on export opportunities. WA's meat production system focuses on three key export meats where it has a clear comparative advantage sheep, beef and pork. Goat and a range of other meats provide a second tier of emerging opportunities. The meat processing industry, together with the live export industry, is a critical component of the livestock sector in WA, underpinning domestic cattle and sheep prices and contributing to the sustainability of our regions. A copy of the guide is available at http//www.agric.wa.gov.au/WAagrifood-industryguides Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The aim of this guide is to help grow local agrifood businesses and the regional economy to create jobs. "WA is well positioned to produce more pork going forward. The State's pork industry accounts for 13 per cent of Australia's domestic pig meat production but makes up 28 per cent of export value - and we are well placed to grow in this space. "Chicken production is growing in WA, replacing imports from the Eastern States and many in the industry see a future in goat meat. "The State Government will continue to seek a balance between supporting the current industry and investing in new and emerging agribusiness opportunities. "Government is working with industry to identify opportunities to increase on-shore processing to boost the value of our livestock industries." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Roundtable to inform Government on better waste management12026Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6550html15/11/2017 7:30:21 AM2017-11-15T07:30:00Z Key stakeholders gathered in Perth today to have their say on waste reform Environment Minister Stephen Dawson chaired a roundtable on waste today, where key stakeholders shared ideas and experiences on how waste could be better managed across the State. Representatives from industries including packaging, mining, construction, hospitality and beverages took part in the roundtable as well as environmental organisations and local and State Government representatives. The roundtable was established to hear the views of a wide variety of stakeholders on key waste generation and management issues. Their views will inform the State Government's new waste strategy. A consultation paper, which proposes new directions for the waste strategy, was released last month and is open for public comment until March 1, 2018. The McGowan Labor Government has demonstrated its commitment to waste management, introducing a number of waste reform and recycling initiatives - including banning lightweight plastic bags from next year and introducing a container deposit scheme - to help boost recycling rates across the State. Recycling has positive economic benefits - creating more jobs than sending waste to landfill. For every 10,000 tonnes of waste landfilled, 2.8 full-time equivalent jobs are created compared to 9.2 jobs when the same amount of waste is recycled. In 2014-15, each Western Australian generated an average of 2,623 kilograms of waste - the highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 19 per cent above the national average. To find out more and to have your say on the review of the State's waste strategy please click here. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Today was an important milestone in the McGowan Government's waste reform agenda. We heard from a variety of organisations and industries from across the waste spectrum on how we can improve our standing nationally and internationally as better waste managers. "By reducing the waste we send to landfill we can generate significant economic opportunities for Western Australians - recycling 10,000 tonnes of waste creates three times more jobs than sending the same amount of waste to landfill. "Issues that were addressed included better separation of waste at its source, including food waste in the household, the move towards a circular economy so resources are reused or recirculated in our economy before disposal to landfill and improving the effectiveness of the waste levy. "A collection of ideas and experiences were shared and I look forward to working with industry and Government to continue to improve waste management across the State." Minister's office - 6552 5800 ​
Channel marker replacement program at the Port of Port Hedland12024Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4310html15/11/2017 6:40:06 AM2017-11-15T06:40:00Z Upgrades for Port of Port Hedland - the world's biggest bulk export port More than 30 offshore marine navigation aids and three land-based navigation aids to be replaced Infrastructure will support the port and broader Pilbara's ability to facilitate trade growth demand Two contracts have been awarded to replace ageing channel markers offshore and within the Port of Port Hedland. Austral Construction Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract to replace 35 offshore navigation aids while Total AMS Pty Ltd won the contract to replace three land-based navigation aids at the Port of Port Hedland. The two contracts, awarded following separate open tender processes, total about $30 million. Austral Construction Pty Ltd is set to design, supply and install 35 new channel markers to replace the existing offshore channel markers. Construction works are due to commence in early 2018. Total AMS Pty Ltd will replace three landside navigation aids, with works due to commence in December 2017. Port operations will not be affected during construction. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The channel marker replacement program will ensure the ongoing safe and reliable navigation system for vessels entering and departing port waters for the next 25 years. "As most of the navigation aids are between 28 and 40 years old, and have exceeded their design life, the program will reduce the risk of these critical structures failing and negatively impacting on vessel operations. "The replacement program will also comply with current maritime standards and industry best practice for aids to navigation and improved structural integrity and maintainability of the navigation aids." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Increased funding for parenting support12022Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6760html15/11/2017 2:00:12 AM2017-11-15T02:00:00Z $1.848 million awarded to Ngala to provide Residential Parenting Service State Government provides more than $8.7 million to support parenting services across the State More than $1.8 million has been awarded to Ngala Family Services for its Residential Parenting Service in Kensington, an increase in funding from the McGowan Government of more than $400,000. The funding is for the first year of the service agreement, which will run until June 2022. The service is available on a universal basis, providing specialised support for parents who are experiencing difficulties in caring for their children, up to the age of six years old. An interdisciplinary team assists parents to address issues with sleep, feeding and nutrition, child development and behaviour. The team also provides early intervention when a family may be at risk of entering the child protection system. The service consists of a day stay service and an extended stay service, and also contributes to the Department of Communities' Earlier Intervention and Family Support strategy, Building Safe and Strong Families. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Ngala has a track record of providing excellent services to families in Western Australia, through the Residential Parenting Service. "I am extremely pleased it has agreed to a long-term agreement which will provide families in WA with the continuity of service they deserve. "The McGowan Government is proud to work with the community services sector to provide the support parents need, when they need it. Raising young children is a tough job, so it is vital that parents are provided with the tools necessary to do the best they can. "Early intervention programs such as this reduce the number of children in the child protection system. "The Department of Communities provides more than $8.7 million to support parenting services across our State. "This includes more than $5.6 million allocated for the provision of parenting programs and activities throughout metropolitan and regional areas, and $1.25 million for the State-wide Ngala Parenting Line." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Innovation industry consortium to look at job creation12017Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7170html15/11/2017 1:29:02 AM2017-11-14T23:00:00Z Minister for Innovation and ICT to host Innovation Consortium today Leaders from the innovation community to focus on how innovation can create WA jobs High growth small-to-medium enterprises generally represent six per cent of an economy but create 54 per cent of all new jobs Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly will today host leaders from across the innovation sector at an Innovation Consortium. The consortium will focus on how innovation can create jobs in Western Australia with invitees drawn from across the sector representing start-ups, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and established businesses. Start-ups and high growth small and medium-sized enterprises have a significant role to play in job creation and economic diversification. The consortium will explore how to strengthen the innovation environment and identify ways to build on WA's competitive advantages to further grow jobs. Outcomes from the consortium will feed into future government decision-making in this area. As part of its Plan for Jobs, the McGowan Government has committed to establishing a New Industries Fund to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses and create WA jobs in the burgeoning high-tech sector. Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "As Minister for Innovation and ICT, I am keen to ensure that our Government meaningfully engages with participants within the innovation sector. "This Innovation Consortium is a vital tool to build a collaborative working partnership between all stakeholders, both public and private, in the years ahead. "Primarily, our discussion will focus on how innovation can deliver Western Australian jobs, as we seek to grow and diversify the State's economy. "A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found high growth small-to-medium enterprises generally represent six per cent of an economy but create 54 per cent of all new jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Smart energy solutions for Broome North11844Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6250html15/11/2017 1:22:06 AM2017-11-14T22:10:00Z Pilot energy management program to improve energy usage 'Smart' energy packages to be installed An innovative pilot program for residents to reduce their power bills and give them greater control over their energy usage is underway in Broome North. Visiting the project area today, Energy Minister Ben Wyatt said the program involved installing Smart Sun household energy packages through an incentive scheme to existing Broome North residents and future property owners in the estate. The package includes rooftop solar panels, a storage battery and inverter combined with 'smart' appliances including air-conditioning, pool filtration and hot water systems. An energy management system and mobile app will enable customers to track their energy usage and potentially reduce their energy consumption. Established homeowners taking part in the pilot program are having their homes retrofitted with the technology package. While all of the properties are still connected to the existing network, the package will enable households to use solar-generated electricity to satisfy the majority of their energy needs. The Smart Sun pilot program is a joint project between Horizon Power and Landcorp, and forms part of Horizon Power's broader strategy to expand the capacity of its existing network to cope with higher levels of solar energy for residents in remote and regional Western Australia. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt "Energy technology is rapidly evolving and so is customer demand for renewable energy solutions. "People want to improve their energy use, reduce their power bills and have minimal impact on the environment. "Families want greater control over their energy use to manage the household budget. "This Government is committed to reducing the level of high-cost electricity infrastructure traditionally required for new developments. "The key challenge is integrating new technologies and energy sources into our existing electricity networks to ensure all people continue to enjoy a safe, stable supply of power." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New energy pricing model demonstration benefiting consumers11843Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7570html15/11/2017 1:13:52 AM2017-11-14T22:05:00Z MyPower pricing plans delivering energy choice and control New pricing model improving power bill certainty Customers given opportunities to save money As part of the State Government's commitment to electricity pricing reform, a new way for customers to pay for their electricity use was officially launched today in Broome by Energy Minister Ben Wyatt. MyPower pricing plans are an Australian-first and designed to give customers more control over their energy bills by linking their use of electricity in the peak to a higher fixed charge spread over 12 months and a much lower variable or unit charge. Customers can earn rebates by adapting the way they use electricity to consume less during the peak. MyPower customers will have a target number of units to use during the peak period of 1pm to 8pm during the peak months of November to April. The new pricing plans are designed to be used in conjunction with the free Horizon Power app; the app enables customers to monitor their energy use, providing notifications if they are nearing their peak allowance, and enabling them to modify their energy use behaviour to stay within their plan allowance limit. The objective is to encourage customers to manage their peak (and overall) energy usage and associated charges by modifying their behaviour to either reduce their use at peak times or change their high-use behaviour to off-peak times. MyPower has been developed based on research conducted in Port Hedland earlier this year, which demonstrated that when given the right incentives and price signals, customers can change their behaviour to use less power during the peak and save money. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt "We understand the challenges families face with electricity bills - a payment process that provides greater certainty around their energy costs will go a long way to helping balance the family budget. "Customers want choice and control over their energy use, and we continue to work with Horizon Power to develop technology to make this happen. "This new system supports customers reducing their energy use, having more predictable power bills and avoiding 'bill shock'." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Trial of direct flights between Perth and Shanghai a real possibility11842Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6080html15/11/2017 1:04:07 AM2017-11-14T22:00:00Z Premier engages in positive discussions with China Eastern Airlines Chairman during visit to Shanghai Chairman Liu Shaoyong expresses desire to trial direct flights between Shanghai and Perth during the positive meeting Tourism Minister Paul Papalia and Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown joined the Premier in the meeting in Shanghai yesterday A trial of direct flights between Shanghai and Perth is a real possibility following a successful meeting between Premier Mark McGowan and the Chairman of China Eastern Airlines. The meeting in Shanghai yesterday (November 14) resulted in China Eastern Airlines indicating a trial of direct flights could begin as early as October next year. Currently China Eastern only flies to Eastern States cities and the McGowan Government has engaged in a high level push to secure direct flights to Perth, in an effort to increase visitation, boost Western Australia's economy and create jobs. China Eastern Airlines is globally the seventh biggest airline, with Chairman Liu Shaoyong expressing confidence in Western Australia as a future growth market for the major airline. Mr McGowan and Mr Papalia have now arrived in Japan as part of the official mission, to continue trade discussions in an effort to secure direct flights between Japan and Perth. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This meeting was aimed at strengthening our relationship with China Eastern Airlines to work towards getting direct flights between Perth and Shanghai. "Our discussions were extremely positive and I'm thrilled at the prospect of having direct flights, and what it will do for WA's economy. "The Chairman explained that once trial flights became a reality, a commercial analysis by the company would be completed before a final decision is made for ongoing flights. "I personally guaranteed the Chairman, I would be on the first China Eastern flight out of Perth." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The McGowan Government has taken tourism seriously since we were first elected, and we've made it clear that direct flights are crucial to boost visitation to our State and create new jobs. "Direct flights between Shanghai and Perth are a game changer for Perth and our tourism industry. "Just the potential of this trial is something that will be warmly received by our local tourism operators." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
New office provides local disability supports in the Great Southern11825Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6810html14/11/2017 7:00:14 AM2017-11-14T07:00:00Z Minister for Disability Services opens Local Coordination office in Albany Local team to support more than 500 people with disability in the Great Southern ensure and facilitate access to local supports and services Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today celebrated the opening of the Department of Communities (Disability Services) Local Coordination office for the Great Southern region. Located in Albany, the office comprises a Local Coordination team of 14 staff who provide support to more than 500 people with disability, their families and carers living in Albany and surrounding areas. Local Coordinators are based across the State and work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to plan and access the support and services they need to meet their needs. Their local experience and knowledge ensures they can provide personalised support and connect people with disability to the locally based supports and services that best meet their needs. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is scheduled to be rolled-out in the Great Southern region from July 1, 2019. A key focus for the Local Coordination team at the new Albany office will be working closely with people with disability, their families and carers, as well as service providers and the local community to prepare for the NDIS. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The opening of the Albany Local Coordination office reflects the McGowan Government's commitment to delivering local supports to all Western Australians, including those in regional and remote areas. "We understand the benefits and the value of having Local Coordinators working closely with people with disability and the community. "Through their knowledge, Local Coordinators are well positioned to help people with disability plan their futures and access the local supports and services that best meet their needs. "That is why establishing local offices in the heart of the community, such as this one for the Great Southern region, is so important." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Government progress on Bellevue extension and Midland Station relocation project11823Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11240html14/11/2017 6:00:36 AM2017-11-14T06:00:00Z Tender released for concept planning for METRONET project Part of the Government's commitment in the 2017-18 State Budget Follows recent release of tender for planning and engineering services for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line METRONET continues to forge ahead with the release of a key tender for work on the extension of the Midland Line to Bellevue and the relocation of Midland Station. This week the METRONET team released a tender for specialist consultants to get involved in the concept planning stages of the project. It involves the relocation of Midland Station to integrate with surrounding development and the ongoing revitalisation of the Midland Activity Centre, and extending the railway line to Bellevue to enhance access for the surrounding community. The work to be undertaken will include an options analysis, preliminary land use investigations, planning and concept designs, including any grade separations, stations and surrounding urban precincts. This work will be supported by the successful tenderer. Further tenders for other elements of METRONET will be released progressively over the next 12 months. Members of the public and interested stakeholders will soon be able to find out more about METRONET transport projects, land use planning and more at a new dedicated METRONET website. Meanwhile, local businesses are encouraged to bid for the works at http//www.tenders.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This tender is part of the McGowan Government's commitment in the 2017-18 State Budget to plan for key METRONET priority projects, along with construction funding for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link, Yanchep Rail Extension and Forrestfield-Airport Link. "This project has been on the drawing board for many years but we are committed to making it a reality and this tender is the first step. "Extending the train line to Bellevue and relocating Midland Station means residents from the Swan region to the Hills and beyond will have improved access to the CBD, new stadium and more." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA Primary Health Alliance launch ‘Choose Well, When You’re Worried Sick’ campaign11821Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7910html14/11/2017 5:00:50 AM2017-11-14T05:00:00Z Campaign offers information to the community about their best care options Almost one in five emergency department attendances do not require emergency care Health Minister Roger Cook today helped the WA Primary Health Alliance launch their 'Choose Well, When You're Worried Sick' campaign. The campaign offers more information to the community about the choices available when they are confronted with a situation that may be an emergency. In 2015-16 from more than one million attendances, almost one in five at our emergency departments were by patients requiring less urgent care (triage categories 4 and 5). These could be managed by other health providers, such as general practitioners. This campaign is an opportunity to start a conversation with the Western Australian public, with information on the best care options for them and their circumstances. The 'Choose Well, When You're Worried Sick' campaign will run from November 2017 to February 2018. For more information about how to choose whether to go to an emergency department or a GP, visit http//www.myhealthcareoptions.com.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Our emergency department teams of doctors, nurses and allied health staff, provide world-class care. In an emergency there is nowhere else you should go. "However, the evidence is that not all attendances at our emergency departments are emergencies. "If a situation is not urgent - make an appointment with a general practitioner. This will ensure our emergency departments can do what they do best - treat emergencies. "If you don't have a general practitioner, find a local practice in a convenient location." Minister's office - 6552 6500