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Western Australia shifts to digital innovation778802Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 4:31:11 AM2016-05-25T04:30:00Z​State's first whole-of-government ICT strategy releasedReforms aim to save time and money for individuals, businesses and communities Plans include single State Government web portalTarget of 75% of Government-related public transactions completed online by 2020 Western Australia's inaugural information and communications technology (ICT) strategy aims to use continuous advances in technology to lower the cost of Government services for taxpayers. Releasing the whole-of-government Digital WA strategy today, Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said it was a practical vision to give West Australians easier access to quality services, whenever and wherever it was convenient for them. "Imagine having secure and relevant State Government services available through a single web portal anywhere, anytime and on any device - your computer, mobile phone or tablet - without the need to attend or call a Government office," Mr Marmion said. "From simply paying bills online to obtaining the latest information and data on everything Government that matters to you, that is the Digital WA promise once fully implemented. "Digital WA will also help entrepreneurs and start-up companies flourish, as they use Government open data sources to produce new products and services to meet the evolving needs of the community." The Minister said the Digital WA strategy would guide those changes over the next four years. "Our ICT bywords are innovation, collaboration and transformation and work has already started to ensure the success of the strategy," he said "In November last year, I launched the GovNext-ICT initiative which will improve how Government agencies pay for, and use, technology across the public sector. "GovNext-ICT helps agencies to migrate into the cloud, reduces the cost of running and maintaining systems, and connects all agencies into a single Government-wide network, enabling synergies to be realised that were previously impossible." Mr Marmion said Digital WA aimed to curb growth in the State Government's current $1 to $2 billion annual ICT spend. "The targets and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the strategy are ambitious, but reflect the Government's strong commitment to delivering enhanced digital services to West Australians," he said. "One of these KPIs is to have 75 per cent of all Government-related transactions completed online by the public by 2020." With the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer leading the collaboration across the State's more than 100 agencies, the shift to common platforms and the leveraging of cloud services will enable agencies to be more agile and responsive to the changing needs of the community. The Minister said the public was increasingly comfortable with online information and transactions. "The Digital WA strategy will accelerate the pace of digital transformation across the public sector, which will ultimately benefit all West Australians in accessing and using Government services," he said. Fact FileDigital WA is available online at http//gcio.wa.gov.au/initiatives/digital-wa-state-ict-strategy/The Digital WA strategy is for the period 2016-20 and was developed in consultation with the public sector and the ICT industryIt is supported by policies on cloud, disaster recovery, digital security, interoperability and digital servicesDigital WA will give clear direction to Government agencies in their planning, investment and use of ICT, driving the delivery of projects on time and on budgetThe Office of the Government Chief Information Officer was established on July 1, 2015The office was required to deliver a whole-of-government ICT Strategy by July 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6800
Pastoral industry to play key role in reform778272Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 3:34:31 AM2016-05-25T03:20:00ZNew industry review panel and industry advocate part of proposed changes to the draft Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016More than 350 people attended stakeholder forums across regional WA Western Australian pastoralists and other Rangelands industry representatives will have increased representation and greater input into land condition decisions under changes to the draft Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016. Lands Minister Terry Redman today announced the final drafting of legislation to deliver land tenure reform to the State's Rangelands, following months of consultation and feedback. Changes to the proposed legislation as a direct result of feedback includes creating a new role of industry advocate and an industry review panel to provide the Minister for Lands with independent advice on land condition issues relating to individual leases. "The new model gives lessees access to the type of representation they have not had before - the industry advocate will be available to lessees and may be able to provide advice that stops an emerging land condition issue from becoming too serious," Mr Redman said. "If the Minister is faced with making an adverse decision, a panel of three people chosen by industry will provide their advice, which the Government must take into account. The State Government is listening to Rangelands stakeholders so we can deliver a draft Bill into State Parliament that addresses their concerns and needs for the future." The Minister said a new type of land tenure, known as a Rangelands lease, would form part of the legislation, and would be an option for pastoralists wishing to diversify their property. The legislation also included a proposed statutory right of renewal for compliant pastoral leases and the ability to transfer permits with a pastoral lease. "The proposed draft Land Administration Amendment Bill 2016 is designed to help improve security of tenure for pastoral lessees, increase the value of pastoral leases, allow for more diverse land uses and unlock the potential of the Rangelands," he said. More than 320 people attended stakeholder forums as part of the Rangelands public consultation in Perth, Carnarvon, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Mount Magnet, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Port Hedland in April 2016. In addition, more than 30 people attended an Aboriginal consultation forum in Derby organised with the help of the Winun Ngari Aboriginal Corporation. It is expected the draft Bill will be introduced into State Parliament next month. Fact FileAttendees at the stakeholder forums represented the pastoral industry, Government agencies, environment organisations, Aboriginal groups and banking organisationsThe Department of Lands received more than 3,330 submissionsFor more information, visit http//www.lands.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6700
Smartphone navigates research grant778103Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 2:29:30 AM2016-05-25T02:05:00Z$40,000 awarded to Curtin University for the Dr Louisa Alessandri Research GrantStudy to explore urban navigation using smartphonesGrant honours child health researcher Dr Louisa Alessandri Innovative research on how people with disability use smartphones to navigate urban spaces is the winner of the State Government's 2016 Dr Louisa Alessandri Research Grant. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher awarded the $40,000 Disability Services Commission grant today and said the results from the Curtin University study would demonstrate how technology helped people with disability and could potentially shape future urban design. "The project will look at how people with disability are using smartphones to travel around suburbs, towns and cities," Mrs Faragher said. "This might include using a smartphone app to locate accessible taxi ranks or a local government's ACROD parking map to plan their journey." The research project will collect data from four people in three separate locations - Curtin University, Perth and Bunbury. Two participants will be wheelchair users and the other two will be vision impaired. The Minister said a new app would be developed to track and map the participants' movements from their smartphones' global positioning system. "The app will regularly capture the participants' phone use to see how mobile devices and apps are becoming an integral part of how people with disability travel around in urban spaces," she said. Mrs Faragher said the project's findings would be used to educate and inform local governments, disability service providers and allied health professionals on how accessibility of the urban environment could be improved for people with disability. Fact FileDr Louisa Alessandri (1963-1997) was a renowned child health researcher in WA and was a Disability Services Commission board memberFor more information, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au/about-us1/about-us/grants/louisa-alessandri-research-grant Minister's office - 6552 5300
Landmark Guildford Hotel reopens778102Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 2:21:19 AM2016-05-25T02:00:00ZMuch-loved hotel rises from ashes to revitalise Guildford's main strip The stunning restoration of the State heritage-listed Guildford Hotel will be unveiled tomorrow, with the official reopening of the building devastated by fire nearly eight years ago. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the 1886 hotel was the jewel in the crown of the historic town of Guildford and its refurbishment returned a magnificent heritage and tourism asset to the community. "The cultural heritage significance of Guildford Hotel is beyond its bricks and mortar - the hotel has always been a visual and social focus of the local community," Mr Barnett said. "Its restoration has been undertaken with painstaking attention to detail and I am sure the hotel will not only be a magnet for locals, but for people from all over Perth who took a keen interest in the plight of the building after it was all but destroyed. "It was very welcome news when the hotel's owner announced a tenancy agreement with the Publican Group Australia to rebuild and reopen the building as a working hotel." Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the Guildford was a fine example of Federation Free Classical architecture, demonstrating the prosperity and development of the area during the gold boom. "The Heritage Council was involved from the very early days after the fire, providing advice to the owners on measures to stabilise the building and also to recover, catalogue and store artefacts that could be salvaged from the fire," Mr Jacob said. "The State Government provided help with a heritage grant for $100,000 towards the reconstruction of the roof and belvedere." The refurbished Guildford Hotel offers a casual atmosphere with a beer garden and an upstairs bar featuring a retractable roof. The history of the Guildford has been woven into the restored hotel with original tiles, fireplaces, doors and windows retained. Giant jarrah roof beams and charred convict-made bricks have become features of the refurbished hotel. "I congratulate the owner and the Publican Group for taking on the conservation and refurbishment of Guildford Hotel, sensitively adapting and returning this heritage asset to the community," Mr Jacob said. Fact FileGuildford Hotel was entered in the State Register of Heritage Places in 1992For more information, visit http//www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Heritage Minister's office - 6552 5800
Take-off for Halls Creek trial air service778033Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 1:41:20 AM2016-05-25T01:05:00ZSubsidised public air service to operate between Kununurra and Halls CreekService to operate on a 12 month trial, with extension option A subsidised Regular Public Transport (RPT) air service allowing people to fly between Kununurra and Halls Creek will start on July 1, 2016. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the service would be trialled for an initial 12 months, with an option for a 12 month extension depending on passenger demand. "The RPT air service, to be operated by local provider Aviair, will fly three days a week return from Kununurra to Halls Creek, providing Halls Creek residents and surrounding communities with regular access to air transport services," Mr Nalder said. "After consulting with various communities in the Kimberley regarding the current Kimberley Subsidised Air Service (KSAS), we found the majority of users were travelling from Halls Creek, with limited numbers travelling from Fitzroy Crossing to Broome and Derby to Broome." The trial service will replace the current KSAS, which operates on the Broome-Derby-Fitzroy Crossing-Halls Creek route. The Minister said the objective of the subsidised air route was to provide greater access for residents in Halls Creek and surrounding communities to services available in the larger centre of Kununurra. "Halls Creek residents and surrounding communities will now be eligible for subsidised fares when booking tickets. Non-residents are welcome to use the service, however they will receive a lower subsidy compared with Halls Creek residents," he said. Services on the current Broome-Derby-Fitzroy Crossing-Halls Creek route will cease operating on June 30, 2016 and will be replaced with the Kununurra to Halls Creek (and return) route. Fact FileThe new service will be operated by Aviair, with tickets available from June 1, 2016The new Kununurra to Halls Creek (and return) air service schedule will be available from June 1 on the Aviair website http//www.aviair.com.auThe services will be trialled for 12 months, with a possible 12 month extension based on passenger demand Minister's office - 6552 6400
Our State Budget 2016-17: Supporting and protecting our community - A new leash on life: grants help abandoned pets778032Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 1:22:32 AM2016-05-25T01:00:00Z$800,000 in 2016-17 State Budget to support companion animal shelters Thousands of unwanted and neglected cats and dogs will have a brighter future, following additional investment by the State Government to support animal rescue groups and shelters. Visiting the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson today confirmed an extra $800,000 over four years for companion animal shelters, bringing the total investment by the Liberal National Government to $1.6 million. The funding will help six organisations to rescue, care and shelter abandoned pets and promote responsible pet ownership. "Animal Shelters in WA provide a tremendous community service, reducing the threat to native wildlife from strays and providing a stable adoption environment for pets," Mr Simpson said. "Shelters such as the Dogs' Refuge Home provide a caring environment for animals that may have been abused or neglected, ensuring they are micro-chipped, sterilised and vaccinated. "The Government is committed to encouraging responsible pet ownership and the Companion Animal Shelters grants program supports the legislation introduced by this Government to reduce the burden of WA's stray pets." Since its introduction in 2012-13, the program has resulted in more than 14,000 domestic pets being rescued, 11,600 being rehomed and 11,600 being sterilised. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the funding would help ease the financial burden on animal shelters. "This is another example of the Government's support for some of the fantastic work being undertaken by community sector organisations in WA," Dr Nahan said. Fact FileThe Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park rehomes about 1,200 dogs per yearStaff from the shelter travel as far as Broome and Karratha to rescue stray dogs Companion Animal Shelters grant recipients belowWA State Budget statements are available at http//ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Companion Animal Shelters Grants - Recipients Cat Haven, Shenton Park - $75,000 per year Dogs' Refuge Home, Shenton Park - $75,000 per year Animal Protection Society, Southern River - $12,500 per year Swan Animal Haven, South Guildford - $12,500 per year K9 Rescue Group, Nambeelup - $12,500 per year SAFE Animal Shelters - $12,500 per year (across metropolitan and regional WA)
Two Perth places in nation’s top 10 tourist sites778024Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 12:37:33 AM2016-05-25T00:30:00ZFremantle Prison and State War Memorial in Kings Park voted best landmarks For the fourth year running, world heritage-listed Fremantle Prison and the Kings Park State War Memorial have been named as two of the best landmarks in Australia by travel website TripAdvisor in its 2016 Travellers' Choice Awards. Environment and Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said Fremantle Prison was one of only two Western Australian sites in the exclusive list and came in as the seventh highest ranked landmark attraction in Australia. The State War Memorial was the other site, coming in at eighth on the TripAdvisor list. "This is visitor feedback at its simplest and purest form, because the top 10 landmarks are determined based on reviews submitted by travellers to the TripAdvisor website over the past 12 months," Mr Jacob said. "For Fremantle Prison to rank so well is a tribute to the dedication of the prison's staff and the wonderful work they do in offering programs and tours to engage visitors and provide them with enriching and entertaining experiences. "I was also pleased to see the State War Memorial on the list for the fourth year in a row. Its location overlooking the city from Kings Park makes it one of the most poignant and striking memorials in Australia and it deserves this high ranking." The Minister said the State Heritage Office was exploring opportunities for expanded uses and new visitor experiences at the prison. "We need to consider innovative ways to promote the use and sustainability of this wonderful heritage asset for future generations," he said. Fremantle Prison was recognised at the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards in November 2015, winning gold medals in both the Major Tourist Attractions and Cultural Tourism categories. The prison opened to the public in 1992 and welcomes more than 190,000 visitors through the gates each year. TripAdvisor's 2016 top 10 landmarks are the Australian War Memorial in Canberra; Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge; Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne; Block Arcade in Melbourne; Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania; Fremantle Prison; State War Memorial in Kings Park; Australian Parliament House in Canberra; and Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. Fact FileFremantle Prison, along with the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, is one of 11 sites that make up the World Heritage Australian Convict SitesThe State War Memorial opened in 1929, with various enhancements including the Court of Contemplation in 1952 and the Flame of Remembrance in 2000 Minister's office - 6552 5800
Buy local program now on restaurant menu778023Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 12:15:40 AM2016-05-25T00:05:00ZPopular 'Buy West Eat Best' initiative extended to WA restaurantsParticipating restaurants to showcase the State's best produce A State Government program championing the local food industry is now part of Western Australia's restaurant scene. Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said restaurants which offered mostly locally farmed or fished produce could now join the 'Buy West Eat Best' program. "This buy local scheme, run by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, has earned strong support from consumers and producers since it was introduced in 2007," Mr Nalder said. "The popular green 'Buy West Eat Best' logo has been seen in grocery stores and supermarkets for years, and now it is set to feature in restaurant menus. "Restaurateurs have the opportunity to be part of this State-wide program, which is known for its passionate members, high-quality produce and brand integrity. "Participating restaurants must commit to ensuring at least 70 per cent of entree and main meals on the menu have Western Australian produce as the main characterising ingredient. "WA has some great produce which deserves to be celebrated. "I encourage those who are keen to support our local producers and showcase our State's outstanding produce to take advantage of this opportunity." More than 120 Western Australian food producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants now support the 'Buy West Eat Best' program. Fact FileBuy West Eat Best is a food labelling program that proudly supports the local food industry in WAFor more information, visit http//www.buywesteatbest.org.au Minister's office - 6552 6400
Awards recognise business achievement777997Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/05/2016 12:05:41 AM2016-05-25T00:00:00ZWA Industry and Export Awards now open for applicationsOpportunity for national and international exposure for finalists and winnersAwards now in their 28th year Applications have now opened for the 2016 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the awards recognised the outstanding contribution local businesses made to the development of the State's economy. "There are many diverse and dynamic businesses in WA which are excelling in their respective sectors and these awards acknowledge their hard work and talent," Mr Mischin said. Western Australian winners of the export categories automatically become finalists at the Australian Export Awards, providing an opportunity for recognition at a national and international level. The Minister said the State had a record of success at the national awards. "Last year, West Leederville seafood exporter, Austral Fisheries, won the Agribusiness category at the Australian Export Awards. The company has gone from strength to strength in the past four years, increasing its turnover by 84 per cent," he said. "Austral Fisheries has also recently committed to becoming the first international fishing operator to go carbon neutral, in what is further evidence of the company's drive for excellence. "I encourage the Western Australian business community to reflect on their successes and submit an application for this year's awards." The award categories cross a number of sectors, including manufacturing, agribusiness, education and training, marketing and design, minerals and energy, engineering, health and biotechnology, and digital technologies. Two new categories have been introduced this year - WA Women in International Business, to recognise outstanding export achievement by an enterprise led by a woman in any industry sector, and the WA Emerging Exporter. The awards will be presented at Crown Perth on Friday, October 28, 2016. Fact FileApplications close at 5pm WST on Monday, August 1, 2016 with finalists announced on September 8Businesses interested in applying are encouraged to attend one of the free roadshows in Perth on June 15 and Henderson or Busselton on June 16 For more information, visit http//www.commerce.wa.gov.au or http//www.exportaward.com.au/wa Minister's office - 6552 5600
Facilitating a competitive WA defence supply sector105832Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/05/2016 2:46:03 AM2016-05-24T02:35:00Z16 WA SMEs to receive share of more than $350,000 to up-skill and diversifyA mix of companies looking to secure a share of the $89 billion in defence worksIFSP has provided $4.4 million to 257 SMEs contributing to 565 jobs since 2011 Metropolitan and regional businesses across Western Australia will share in more than $350,000, as part of the defence-specific round of the State Government's Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP). Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the assistance would enable the 16 small and medium-sized businesses to improve their competitiveness to secure work related to the Australian Government's multi-billion dollar defence programs. "The successful recipients will use this funding to up-skill and diversify their business base, including purchasing new equipment, upgrading facilities, and contracting finance and marketing experts," Mr Mischin said. "The program will help these businesses to be in the best position possible to bid for defence-related contracts. It is pleasing to see a number of the companies have taken the opportunity to access this funding to help transition into the defence space. For example, Award Signs in Bellevue will expand its premises to create more space and purchase a latex printer. "Award has been reliant on the resources sector for a number of years and with the change from construction to operation, the company is now looking to supply other areas including defence. This direct investment into their business will boost its capacity to respond to current and future customer needs." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government's Royalties for Regions program contributed $130,000 to this round. "This dollar-for-dollar industry assistance program has supported 257 Western Australian-based SMEs to win 539 major contracts valued at $313 million since 2011," Mr Redman said. "IFSP has been an extremely successful program with the State Government's $4.4 million investment in local industry, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in major contracts that have created 565 new jobs, including 66 apprenticeships." Fact FileThe IFSP is administered by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the Australian Industry & Defence Network - Western Australia WA is home to more than 150 design, support and service companies which support manufacturing for the local maritime, defence and resource sectorsIn 2013-14, defence contracts in WA totalled an estimated $624 million, creating up to 3,000 jobs IFSP defence round recipients belowFor more information, visit https//www.commerce.wa.gov.au/industry-and-innovation/industry-facilitation-and-support-program Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 IFSP Defence Round Recipients Award Signs (WA) Pty Ltd (Bellevue) - $24,105 to upgrade their premises and to purchase a latex printer IKAD Engineering Pty Ltd (Bibra Lake) - $30,000 to purchase a welding machine, roll plates, gas monitors and lathes COSA Group Rentals (Bibra Lake) - $4,353 to purchase equipment Overflow Industrial Pty Ltd (Bunbury) - $20,092 to purchase fibre optic termination and testing equipment Avid EPG Group (Forrestfield) - $15,500 to upgrade existing manual bending and punching equipment GCo Electrical (Geraldton) - $30,000 to improve internal business infrastructure systems Wiltrading STACE Defence Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $24,900 to purchase camera equipment and upgrade the Customer Relationship Management system Kulin Group Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $13,400 towards strategic marketing services ScafWest Pty Ltd (Lansdale) - $30,000 towards strategic marketing services and equipment for an extra MOSY truck Fox Transportables Pty Ltd (Malaga) - $10,617 to employ an accountant for financial and business planning; and to purchase a new static line and power tools Western Advance Pty Ltd (Malaga) - $13,000 towards promotional activities Watmarine Engineering Pty Ltd (Naval Base) - $30,000 to purchase lathes and a forklift Fortis Consulting (Perth) - $29,088 to upgrade internal infrastructure Indigo Cabinets Pty Ltd (Wedgefield, Pilbara) - $30,000 to purchase an edgebander Pilbara Towing & Tilt Tray Services (Port Hedland) - $26,590 to purchase a super tilt tray Pilbara Landscapes Pty Ltd (Port Hedland) - $19,250 to purchase an excavator
Future submarine designer in Perth to talk innovation105831Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/05/2016 4:10:19 AM2016-05-24T02:30:00ZDCNS engages WA business and academia in technology transfer and innovation for future submarines French company DCNS is in Perth to discuss technology transfer and innovation for the design and build of the $50 billion future submarines with local businesses and academia. More than 200 people will today attend the innovation seminar, co-hosted by DCNS and the Department of Commerce, at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. The French Navy frigate Guépratte will be docked at the Fremantle Wharf to coincide with the event. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the event demonstrated DCNS's commitment to building a national innovation environment for the project. "This seminar is about creating an environment for local businesses to collaborate on one of the largest industry and innovation projects underway in the nation," Mr Mischin said. "The State has a lot to offer the future submarine program. We have a strong culture of innovation teamed with the experience and proven track record to deliver international naval shipbuilding and sustainment programs. "Our world-leading research sector has been integral to the construction, and now operation and maintenance, of resource projects in the State. There are real opportunities to transfer this technology and knowledge to the naval defence programs." Guest speakers include DCNS, ASC, Thales, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Monash University. Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the future submarine program was estimated to create 2,900 Australian jobs, as well as work for suppliers across Australia. "There are ample opportunities for the State to play a key role in the future submarine program. Today's event is a valuable opportunity for local businesses to hear from DCNS while also sharing their own experiences and skills," Mr Marmion said. "Nowhere else in Australia can you find an experienced shipbuilding industry with the likes of ASC, Austal, BAE Systems, Raytheon, SAAB and Thales in one location, directly opposite the nation's largest naval base, HMAS Stirling. "I am confident this State will continue to play a major role in the maintenance, upgrade and sustainment of all future vessels home-ported at HMAS Stirling. This Government will continue to promote WA's capabilities to our counterparts." Fact FileFor more information, visit http//www.australianmarinecomplex.com.au Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Innovation Minister's office - 6552 6800
New ring road improves access for Onslow105829Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements40html24/05/2016 12:00:01 AM2016-05-24T00:00:00Z3.5km entrance road into the town of Onslow completedDirect access from upgraded airport to town centre$14.1 million project to benefit residents, industry and tourists The completion of Onslow's new ring road is set to benefit residents, industry and local tourism. Officially opening the $14.1 million project today, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the road would guarantee access to the town, even in cyclonic conditions. "This is important infrastructure for the growing Onslow community, giving certainty to locals and visitors to the area," Mr Marmion said. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the road and surrounding works were especially important because they provided all-weather access between the town centre and the recently upgraded Onslow Airport. "Following cyclones, the previous road was prone to flooding from storm surges which hampered emergency services and prevented evacuations from occurring," Mr Nalder said. "To overcome this seasonal problem, the new road is constructed on an elevated alignment." The Onslow Ring Road project involved construction of 3.5 kilometres of new highway, including new intersections and remedial works on the existing Onslow Road. Mr Marmion said the works were funded by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, a major liquefied natural gas venture located 12km west of the town. "After extensive planning, new and upgraded facilities are being constructed, including the Onslow Shire Council administration centre and library, wastewater treatment plant improvements and housing for regional government officers," he said. Fact FileThe Wheatstone Project has committed more than $250 million to social and critical infrastructure in Onslow including health, recreation and utilitiesWheatstone is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by TEPCOThe State Government has also committed about $70 million to local facilitiesConstruction began on the Onslow Ring Road project in November 2015For the full list and map of planned projects for Onslow, visit http//www.dsd.wa.gov.au/onslow State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Heritage grants now open for private owners100477Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4570html23/05/2016 12:31:14 AM2016-05-23T00:05:00Z$1.273 million to help private owners of State registered heritage places Private owners of State registered heritage places can now apply for heritage grants of up to $100,000 towards the cost of urgent conservation work to their properties. Heritage Minster Albert Jacob said $1.273 million was available under the State Government's 2016-17 Heritage Grants Program to help these private owners conserve and revitalise their properties. The grants program, overseen by the Heritage Council of Western Australia with assistance from the State Heritage Office, offers dollar-for-dollar funding for urgent conservation works or documentation to help plan future works. "This year, the Heritage Grants Program celebrates 20 years of helping private owners of State registered places and, during this time, has funded more than 700 projects amounting to $17 million," Mr Jacob said. "The Liberal National Government increased program funding by 25 per cent in 2012, recognising its importance in encouraging owners of heritage properties to invest in the preservation and enhancement of their buildings. This investment helps ensure the long-term viability of our State's heritage." Last year's $1.273 million grants was distributed among 27 heritage projects, including 16 regional projects, generating $2.72 million in conservation works across the State. Grants included assistance to demolish a building and refurbish the Great Southern Roller Flour Mill's iconic Dingo Flour sign in North Fremantle and to restore the previously neglected Hamilton Hill landmark the Newmarket Hotel, which will become a ballet studio. "Demand for heritage grants is consistently high, so I encourage private owners to contact the State Heritage Office," Mr Jacob said. "The office provides help to owners with their grant applications so they have the best possible chance of securing funding." Applications for the 2016-17 Heritage Grants Program close at 4pm on Friday, July 29, 2016. Fact FileFor more information, visit http//stateheritage.wa.gov.au/conservation-and-development/grants-incentives/heritage-grants-program The grants program is managed by the Heritage Council of WA with assistance from the State Heritage OfficeApplications for the 2016-17 Heritage Grants Program close at 4pm, July 29, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 5800
New slimline number plates now available100476Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6600html23/05/2016 12:20:20 AM2016-05-23T00:00:00ZPlatinum series plates available from todayPlates available 'over the counter' for $125 a set Car owners now have even more choice when customising their vehicle, with new platinum series number plates available from today at metropolitan and regional Department of Transport centres. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the stylish new plates, which cost $125 a set, were a great option for car owners wanting something a bit more sleek and modern for their cars, rather than the standard issue State plates. "The new platinum series feature silver characters on a black background and are slimline in size," Mr Nalder said. "The new plate series adds to the already extensive choice West Australians have in personalising their number plates, with 14 different types of customised plates now available." The platinum series incorporates the 1F numeric/character sequence that would normally be used for Western Australian State number plates. The Minister said because the platinum series plates were pre-manufactured, customers could buy them over the counter with no application required, allowing them to take home their plates straight away. "The plates will be issued in sequential order with a range of 1FAA 000 to 1FZZ 999, meaning customers will not be able to select particular character combinations," he said. "Customers who purchase these platinum series plates will be able to on-sell them in the open market, as currently applies with other customised plates." Fact FileThe Department of Transport has a wide range of custom plates to choose from, ranging from the graphic series through to the custom, prestige and euro seriesTo see the full range of custom number plates, go to PlatesWAThe G series of standard State plates has now started being issued to motorists Minister's office - 6552 6400
Midland transformation forges ahead100309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6530html22/05/2016 2:06:37 AM2016-05-22T02:00:00Z​$9.7 million in State Budget for the continued revitalisation of MidlandDesigns unveiled for Midland's newest public open space Midland's transformation into one of the premier activity centres in Perth's eastern metropolitan region is continuing with the State Government unveiling concept designs for a new public open space. Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the Government had allocated $9.7 million in the 2016-17 State Budget for new and significant planned works in the Midland Railway Workshops precinct, including the creation of a large public space at Railway Square. "For more than 90 years, the Midland Railway Workshops were the centre of social and community life for generations of railway workers and local people living in this area," Mrs Faragher said. "The Government has a clear plan to restore and refresh Midland's rich history of industry, innovation and strong sense of community. "We are creating a dynamic urban village, a place where people can live, work and invest and an important commercial, residential and recreational activity centre for the eastern metropolitan region." The Railway Square site, within the Midland Railway Workshops precinct, will be almost twice the size of the Forrest Chase public open space in Perth's city. It will include alfresco dining and casual seating, water features and public art, and heritage elements recognising the historic usage of the former railway shunting yard site including a 'ceremonial' railway line. Tenders for construction of the 0.74ha site are expected to be released in July, with work due to start in September 2016. "The majority of works at Railway Square will be completed in 2017 and will create a much improved atmosphere for visitors to the annual Anzac Day event." The Minister said plans for a new Curtin University medical school and other health facilities in the area - including PlusLife laboratory and the new $360 million St John of God Midland Public Hospital - were driving demand for new housing and private investment in the area, which was undergoing significant change. Fact FileThree private developments either underway or planned at the workshops precinct will provide more than 150 apartments, new retail tenancies and food and beverage outletsFor more information, visit http//www.mra.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5300 Railway Square looking west Railway Square looking east
$3.1m to help victims, combat drug use and crime100304Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3230html21/05/2016 11:30:15 PM2016-05-21T22:00:00Z​Latest round of funding from Criminal Property Confiscation Grants ProgramStrong focus on indigenous initiatives Family violence victims, the disabled, young people, the elderly and indigenous West Australians will benefit from more than $3.1 million being handed out to 21 organisations across the State for crime prevention and support initiatives. Attorney General Michael Mischin today announced the latest round of funding awarded to local government and non-profit community groups under the State Government's Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program. Mr Mischin said there was a strong focus on indigenous people in this round, with one-third of the grants funding programs aimed at indigenous young people involved with drugs and alcohol, antisocial behaviour and criminal activity. "Prevention and early intervention, reducing reoffending, preventing antisocial behaviour and addressing and reducing drug and alcohol-related crime by indigenous young people are key priorities for this Government," he said. "These programs have the potential to deliver significant benefits to each participant as well as reducing the social, emotional, cultural and economic impact of crime." The Attorney General said the remaining 14 grants supported a diverse range of community members, from people with disability to victims of family violence. Grant recipients include$200,000 for the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service to implement a new service model at the Wooree Miya refuge and offer more support to Aboriginal women and their children who are fleeing family violence$200,000 for My Place Foundation to develop a training program which will identify risks relating to crime and abuse and develop safeguards for people with disability$190,000 for The Humanitarian Group to provide legal support to victims of family violence in the culturally and linguistically diverse community across the State. Fact FileThe grants program allows local governments and non-profit community groups to apply for up to $200,000 seized under the State's tough proceeds of crime laws to fight criminal activity, tackle drug-related issues and help victims of crimeThe grants are provided to applicants once they have met certain pre-conditions, including contributing in-kind support to the project they are going to runFor more information, visit http//www.dotag.wa.gov.au/grants Attorney General's office - 6552 5600 ApplicantProjectAmountFairbridge Western Australia IncFairbridge 'Karlup' project $162,697Youth Futures WAYouth Needs Assessment Service $181,250City of Greater GeraldtonThe U-turn Project $184,648Youth Legal ServiceViolence Violates $88,319Alta-1 CollegeTargeted Engagement Program $130,000JSW Training & Community Services Peel Youth Engagement Service$173,030Advocare IncorporatedElder Abuse eLearning Project $96,169Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug ServiceWooree Miya Project Transition and Implementation $200,000City of MelvilleA Safer Melville $97,130Pat Thomas House IncorporatedFutures Without Violence $112,228Women's Health Care Association T/A Women's Health and Family Services The Making of Good Men and Women$200,000Anglicare WA Street Connect - Justice Support Program$150,389Zonta House Refuge Association IncorporatedComorbidity and Crisis Accommodation$163,810The Wirrpanda FoundationDeadly Brotha Boyz and Deadly Sista Girlz$133,334angelhands IncorporatedGateway$93,800My Place Foundation IncSafeguards Project for People with Disability$200,000Big hART IncorporatedThe Jawi/Tjaabi Project$139,126WA Council on Addictions Incorporated T/A Cyrenian HousePeer Support Plus Project$101,780Centre for Advocacy Support and Education for Refugees operating as The Humanitarian GroupThe Family Violence Legal Outreach and Education Project$190,000Ngurra Kujungka IncorporatedMartu School Holiday Program$200,000Tenancy WA Incorporated in partnership with Women's Law Centre WA and Street Law Centre WAWomen and Children's Homelessness Intervention Project$200,000
Innovation and new spaces expand gallery appeal80273Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3200html21/05/2016 12:06:51 AM2016-05-21T00:05:00Z​World-first visitor gallery engagement robotNew display areas and virtual exhibition facilitiesCorporate rebranding and new-look corporate dining The Art Gallery of Western Australia has revealed expanded and interactive exhibition spaces and Aggie, a world-first robot visitor guide, as it moves into a new era of engagement with the public. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has congratulated the gallery on its refreshing new approach, which includes the Wesfarmers Micro Galleries - Sky and Garden, Nano Galleries, Rise Sound Gallery, the Imagination Room and the Stratosphere. "The building may be the same but the visitor experience is much richer and more varied, promising to appeal to a broader range of people, including children," Mr Day said. "As our leading visual arts institution, it is exciting to see the gallery and its dedicated team embracing technology and applying innovation and imagination." The Imagination Room is dedicated to activity, education, events, artist presentations and digital adventure. The highly successful Voluntary Gallery Guide program has been refreshed under the new name of Guru Guides. "Along with hundreds of people this week, I have also been thrilled to meet Aggie, believed to be the world's first art gallery visitor engagement robot and guide," the Minister said. "She is truly engaging, and will complement the Guru Guides by hosting special tours and children's art classes." The art gallery has also revealed a new brand identity, plus increased digital offerings, delivered through AGWA TV and virtual reality artwork experiences. The opening of new spaces and programs coincides with the start of the gallery's latest exhibition, Sacred and Profane, featuring three large-scale works by renowned international artists Public Notice 2 2007 by Jitish Kallat, Chinese Bible 2009 by Yang Zhichao and The sacred and the profane 1998 by Nalini Malani. Fact FileAggie the AGWA Robot's first tour is May 28, 2016Sacred and Profane is free to the public and runs until August 22, 2016For more information, visit http//www.artgallery.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6200
Kimberley conservation creates ecotourism benefits80276Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3650html21/05/2016 12:00:27 AM2016-05-21T00:00:00Z​WA's largest marine park to be created in the KimberleyWill become Australia's second largest marine park spanning more than three million hectares of coast and waters The Kimberley is on track to become a world-class ecotourism destination as the State Government progresses the creation of the second largest marine park in Australia. The 2016-17 State Budget has provided an extra $22.1 million, including $10.09 million from Royalties for Regions, to Kimberley marine and national parks, including the creation of the Great Kimberley Marine Park, the Kimberley National Park and Horizontal Falls. The investment is part of the State Government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, which now has a commitment of $103.6 million to protect the region's unique assets. Premier and Tourism and Science Minister Colin Barnett said the Great Kimberley Marine Park would cover more than three million hectares and would solidify the State as one of the world's greatest ecotourism destinations. "The strategy recognises the Kimberley region can be a world-class, ecotourism destination to rival the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park," Mr Barnett said. "Investing in the creation of parks ensures ecotourism can be developed and marketed with certainty and the outstanding natural values on which they are based are conserved forever." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the parks would be jointly managed with traditional owners and would help to support new business and job opportunities for Aboriginal people. "Preserving our unique plants, animals and natural features is critical to our economic development and job creation," Mr Jacob said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investing in science and conservation had a clear ecotourism benefit, creating economic opportunities for WA's regions. "Conservation and ecotourism is an important investment for Royalties for Regions as it attracts investment and creates business and job opportunities for regional communities," Mr Redman said. The creation of the new marine reserves will increase the total area of the State's marine parks and reserves from about 1.5 million hectares to more than five million hectares since the Liberal National Government came to office in 2008, representing a 200 per cent increase. Fact FileThe $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the largest targeted conservation investment in the KimberleyThe strategy is creating the largest interconnected system of marine and national parks in the State to be jointly managed with traditional owners Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New synthetic hockey turf gold for Kookaburras80278Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2780html20/05/2016 5:29:46 AM2016-05-20T05:20:00Z​Narrogin celebrates opening of new synthetic hockey turf Kookaburras vs Great Britain in Narrogin for international event The town of Narrogin will celebrate the opening of their new synthetic turf hockey surface with two games between the Kookaburras and Great Britain this weekend. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies will tomorrow officially open the new surface and welcome the Australian men's hockey team and the Great Britain team to the Wheatbelt town. "This is an exciting opportunity for regional Western Australia. Australia won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and defeated Great Britain, so we expect the competition to be world-class," Ms Davies said. The new synthetic hockey turf was made possible in part through the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund's (CSRFF) contribution of $146,692. The total cost of the turf resurfacing was about $423,000, with the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association contributed the remaining $276,000. "The new turf has enhanced the quality and status of hockey in the region and we look forward to seeing more big events here, given it has been resurfaced to international standards," the Minister said. The two games in Narrogin this weekend are the Kookaburras' final home warm-ups before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Two games will be held in Narrogin on May 21 and May 22, with a final game in Perth on Tuesday, May 24. "Narrogin is a regional hockey powerhouse and it's an exciting opportunity for local fans to see a couple of world-class games on home turf and watch their heroes play," Ms Davies said. "I hope these games inspire those locals involved in hockey - or thinking about becoming involved - as it's a wonderful sport to keep you fit, healthy and engaged with the community." The Kookaburras' next engagement is in London for the 2016 men's hockey Champions Trophy (June 10-17), with the final Rio squad being decided soon afterwards. Fact FileSince 2009, the Government has invested over $156 million through CSRFF in more than 980 sport and recreation facility projects across the StateThe Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), has previously provided funding support to the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras to tour and play international teams in regional WAThe Government supports the Perth-based Hockey Australia High Performance Program to enable local players to get to play alongside the world's best Minister's office - 6552 5500
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Restaurants rule as WA red tape blitz takes off80279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9310html20/05/2016 4:13:31 AM2016-05-20T04:05:00Z​$1.68 million 'Flying squad' launches 90-day projects to open approval bottlenecksGuide to streamline restaurant start-ups with 14 pain points to be reformedBuilding, ecotourism and aquaculture next targets of #ShredTheRed campaign A start-up guide and a red tape reduction action plan will help grow Western Australia's vibrant restaurant and catering industry, as the State Government launches a 'flying squad' to tackle fast reform to support business and job creation. Announcing the $1.68 million State Budget initiative in the Northbridge entertainment precinct today, Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange said the group would spend 90 days at a time busting bottlenecks in specific approval processes. "This is the next phase of the #ShredTheRed red tape campaign," Mr Marmion said. "In collaboration with the private and public sectors, the flying squad will conduct three-month analyses to yield fast, practical reform recommendations." Creation of the flying squad is a direct result of a recent trial project to map restaurant approval roadblocks in Perth. "As a result, 14 recommendations have been made to streamline regulation and speed restaurant start-ups," Mr L'Estrange said. "Given this success, the next project is already underway, to simplify and accelerate residential building approvals." Treasurer Mike Nahan said it was important as many local industries as possible benefited from red tape reforms driven by the mapping projects. "This is about continuing our transformation of Perth and the regions, as we drive and diversify WA's development," Dr Nahan said. "We are keen to keep this initiative going, to capitalise on Western Australian expertise." Mr Marmion said the next 90-day mapping priorities would be ecotourism and aquaculture. "Through our red tape reduction web portal, we also welcome reform suggestions as we work to make it easier to establish and run a wide range of successful businesses in WA," Mr Marmion said. Fact FileThe Department of Finance's Economic Reform unit is leading the 90-day projectsThe restaurant study found start-ups usually allow up to nine months for approvalsFor details on project priorities and to submit #ShredTheRed suggestions, visit http//www.finance.wa.gov.auAccess the 'How to Start a Restaurant' regulatory map at http//www.finance.wa.gov.au/cms/Economic_Reform/Regulatory_Reform/90_day_projects.aspx Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900