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New job opportunities for youths in regional WA220034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10570html29/06/2016 4:00:40 AM2016-06-29T04:00:00Za New program to support creation of entry-level traineeship positions Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government is making a $1.2 million investment into young people in regional Western Australia, including a traineeship initiative aimed at creating entry-level jobs. Country local governments can now apply for funding through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Youth Development Program, which will see the creation of 20 traineeships providing young people with career prospects in their local community. "As a former councillor, I know the local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said. "This is an exciting investment by the Liberal National Government into the future of young people who may have otherwise not considered a career in local government." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Country Local Government Fund was helping regional local governments build their capacity and identify opportunities for development and initiatives. "The Country Local Government Fund contributes towards building and maintaining a positive lifestyle for our regional communities and is an important investment for Royalties for Regions," Mr Redman said. "Not only will this initiative enable participants to gain valuable skills through real life experience, it will enable them to stay in their community of choice through providing local job options." Under this initiative, country local governments can access up to $5,000 towards course fees per trainee and a $15,000 wage subsidy. It also includes 40 scholarships of up to $10,000 each for young country local government employees to undertake training and 16 two-day workshops on leadership and career development. Fact File CLGF Youth Development Program is one of five initiatives that has received $5m in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government For more information, visit http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Our State Budget 2016-17: Investing in infrastructure to grow the State - Museum heads $23 billion Asset Investment Plan2095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13440html12/05/2016 6:05:10 AM2016-05-12T06:05:00Z State-of-the-art facility planned for Perth Cultural Precinct Western Australia will get a new $428 million museum to replace and upgrade the current facility at the Perth Cultural Centre, the State Budget has confirmed. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the 2016-17 State Budget had included $378.5 million over the next four years to deliver a state-of-the art museum to house the State's extensive collection of artefacts and natural history. "The new museum is arguably the State's most important scientific institution and yet another example of this Government investing in the cultural life of the State, as well as providing a significant boost to tourism infrastructure. It will provide a gateway to WA for local, national and international audiences," Premier Colin Barnett said. "The museum is also a scientific institution and will build on our growing reputation in science already enhanced by the Square Kilometre Array project; significant advances in minerals and petroleum; the Western Australian Marine Science Institute and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre." Mr Barnett said the Government had been prepared to borrow to invest in infrastructure that not only improved the quality of life for all West Australians, but greatly enhanced WA as a tourism and lifestyle destination. "The transformation of the city through projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium, the new museum and Yagan Square, as well as the major investment in regional attractions from Esperance to Broome and the Kimberley in general, will pay major dividends for our tourism and hospitality industries," he said. Detailed building design and stage one early construction works will start in 2016-17, as will the design of physical and virtual content for the new museum exhibitions and programs. The museum build will directly employ an estimated 3,300 people over the life of the project. The State Government's Asset Investment Plan will see $23 billion invested across the State over the next four years. In 2016-17 the State Government will spend $1.8 billion on roads and public transport, representing 30 per cent of the State's Asset Investment Program. Major strategic assets include the new $1.4 billion Perth Stadium - due for completion by 2018 - and the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL), which will deliver a public transport link to the city from the eastern suburbs in under 20 minutes as well as a direct train to Perth Airport. A total of $104 million will be spent on the FAL in 2016-17, which will directly employ 2,000 people during construction. The Government has also announced the reallocation of State funding for the construction of a $49 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18. The Premier said the project offered a cost-effective way to provide Perth's north-eastern suburbs with access to fast public transport. Dr Nahan said the State Government would invest $300.4 million towards new and existing education infrastructure in 2016-17, including $52.4 million over 2016-17 to 2019-20 for the construction of Stage 1 of North Butler Senior High School. Since 2009, the State Government has built 32 new primary schools and nine new high schools. The Budget also delivers a $526.3 million investment in health infrastructure, including $91.8 million on the new Perth Children's Hospital due to open later this year. Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has provided more than 80 new health facilities at over 80 locations and has spent more than $7 billion on health infrastructure. "We have invested in 15 brand new hospitals and health care facilities across the State," Mr Barnett said "We have also made significant investments to improve 20 emergency departments across WA." In addition to the new Perth Children's Hospital, there have been improvements to children's facilities at 11 other hospitals across WA." The Government has invested more than $5 billion on road infrastructure since 2008-09, successfully completing several key projects including the $908.6 million Gateway WA project. "One of our current priorities is the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project, which will provide a dedicated east-west connection for the people of Perth, ease congestion and provide 2,400 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs," the Treasurer said. The Perth City Link project, featuring Yagan Square, is expected to be largely completed in 2016-17 with $7.1 million spent on the Perth Busport in 2016-17 for a total cost of $576.5 million. Perth City Link, including construction of Yagan Square and associated works will see $64.2 million invested towards the $235 million project. "The Perth City Link project will deliver the long-sought objective of linking the central business district with the arts and entertainment precinct of Northbridge, while at the same time producing a wonderful retail, residential and office area in the heart of the city," Dr Nahan said. "Along with Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link will go a long way to making Perth a modern, liveable city of the 21st century." The $221 million Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison will become operational in 2016-17, adding 350 beds to the State muster. The $24.3 million Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility will add 256 beds and become operational in 2016-17. Fact File Roads In 2016-17, the Government will spend $1.2 billion on WA's road system. This expenditure will be allocated across a number of projects, including $192.6 million on the Swan Valley Bypass section of the $1.1 billion NorthLink WA project $172.4 million on local government roads via the State Roads Funds to Local Government Agreement $28 million in 2016-17 to replace the Old Mandurah traffic bridge $95 million on the $236 million Mitchell Freeway Extension Project, which will continue from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue providing improved access to new developments and reduced travel time $93 million on the Great Northern Highway Stage 2 - Muchea to Wubin upgrade, for reconstructing and widening sections of the highway $20 million for the construction of a dual carriageway on Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads $232 million on the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project Public Transport An additional $13.7 million for Future Urban Railcar Procurement, primarily for infrastructure works to accommodate extra railcars. Total cost of project - $198.7 million An extra $5.3 million across 2016-17 to 2017-18 to construct the Northbridge Bus Layover $60.2 million over the forward estimates period for WA's cycling network, with $6 million going towards the Principal Shared Path program in 2016-17 $1.2 million in 2016-17 for the development of Stage 2 of the Jurien Bay to Cervantes trail $49 million for the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18; and $104 million in 2016-17 towards the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link Other key infrastructure An extra $18 million over 2015-16 to 2017-18 for the redevelopment of the Scarborough foreshore, bringing total investment in the project to $48 million $27.2 million in 2016-17 on the Waterbank precinct and the Western Australia Police site on Hay Street $24.9 million to transform the Bunbury waterfront $1.4 billion to build Perth Stadium $811.4 million for Perth City Link and the Busport Prisons $221 million for the 350-bed Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison $24.3 million for the 256-bed Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility WA Budget statements are available at http//ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
Childcare funding boost for regions664Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/07/2016 12:03:13 AM2016-07-20T23:00:00Za Regional childcare centres receive more than $395,000 in grant funding Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional childcare centres across Western Australia will reap the benefits from the latest allocation of Liberal National Government funding. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson today announced grants totalling $395,320 had been awarded to 10 regional organisations to strengthen the provision of local childcare. "Educators in regional WA face different challenges to their metropolitan counterparts due to factors such as distance, isolation, reliance on volunteers or lack of funds," Mr Simpson said. "The Regional Community Child Care Development Fund ensures quality childcare is provided to regional families by allowing services to focus on and improve their business models. "Childcare services in the regions must look to the future to find innovative ways of ensuring their businesses are sustainable, and these grants help them achieve this." Among the successful organisations to receive funding, Denmark Occasional Day Care Centre will use its $23,255 to undertake a feasibility study to assess the need and viability of expanding the facility. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said access to affordable childcare was an important consideration for young families when deciding whether or not to live in the regions. "Quality childcare is critical to enable parents to participate in the workforce, but there are not always good options available in regional areas," Mr Redman said. "Through programs like this, Royalties for Regions is improving the quality of life for local residents to ensure regional WA remains vibrant and sustainable for future generations." Fact File For more information on fund grants, visit http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au Royalties for Regions promotes and facilitates economic, business and social development in regional WA for the benefit of all West Australians Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Regional Community Child Care Development Fund - Grant recipients Organisation Name Project Amount RegionAlbany Occasional Child Care CentreImplementation of a strategic plan through a series of workshops to identify priorities, long-term objects and enhance governance and leadership capacity. $6,375Great SouthernDenmark Occasional Day Care CentreEngaging a consultant to undertake a feasibility study to assess needs and viability of expanding the facility. $23,255Great SouthernLittle Nuggets Early Learning CentreStrengthening the sustainability of service through strategic planning, business and financial modelling, development of policies and procedures, information management and increasing IT capability. $23,000KimberleyMunchkin Manor Child Care Centre (Bunbury) Development of a 'living' business plan to assist the ongoing sustainability of the centre through the creation of mini-plans. $10,000South-WestYMCA of Perth Inc. (Bunbury)Provide professional development and training to early learning centre directors around key business management areas.$24,975South-WestCity of BusseltonReview policies and procedures relating to vacation care programs. Project to include a population profile to determine demand for future programs, and development of a shared administration process and resources. $24,600South-WestInvesting In Our Youth (Bunbury) Develop and trial marketing strategies with three service groups which will be made available to the wider South-West education and care sector in the form of professional development and business tools. $45,295South-WestInvesting In Our Youth - The Pod Variation (Bunbury) Provision of support, resources and advocacy for service providers experiencing sustainability issues through the POD service which provides a health check tool, and follow-up mentoring and coaching. $86,000South-WestKidsafe Western AustraliaDevelopment of a set of safety guidelines to provide information on current safety regulations and legislation for the home environment - to be provided to family day care services throughout the State. $16,820State-wideShire of BrooktonConduct further investigations of individual services to gain an understanding of financial and operation capacity. Funding will also go towards redevelopment of Narrogin's regional children's service. $135,000Wheatbelt
Community care focus for new Newman hospital665Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/07/2016 5:00:06 AM2016-07-20T05:00:00Za $59.75 million redevelopment of Newman Health Service Six-bay ED, plus provision for extensive GP and outpatient services Made possible by a $49.75 million investment by Royalties for Regions Pilbara residents will benefit from a $59.75 million joint investment by the Liberal National Government and industry to redevelop the Newman Health Service. The project will receive $49.75 million from the Government's North West Health Initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions, with an extra $10 million from BHP Billiton. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman toured the Newman Health Service today and welcomed BHP Billiton's contribution. "Quality health infrastructure and services are fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional Western Australia, and are an important investment for Royalties for Regions," Mr Redman said. "The Newman Health Service Redevelopment Project will provide state-of-the-art health facilities for the Newman region, including the surrounding centres of Marble Bar and Nullagine." Health Minister John Day said the new hospital would include a six-bay emergency department, a 12-bed inpatient unit and an ambulatory healthcare centre with outpatient facilities, plus pathology, dental and medical imaging services. "Improvements to regional health infrastructure and services are part of the State Government's plan for more community focused healthcare," Mr Day said. "The new Newman hospital facilities will help reduce the need for patients to travel away from home and family to neighbouring regions, or even to metropolitan sites." The North West Health Initiative is a five-year program which will bring state-of-the-art health and aged care facilities to the Pilbara. The Newman Health Service redevelopment is expected to start late in 2017 and be completed by mid-2019. Fact File Through Royalties for Regions, the State Government will invest $3.78 billion over four years to build vibrant communities and strong economies in regional WA The redevelopment was announced in the 2016-17 State Budget Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Health Minister's office - 6552 6200
Community Chest funding for Gascoyne region666Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/07/2016 12:13:08 AM2016-07-21T00:00:00Za Gascoyne region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the successful grant recipients of the Gascoyne region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of funding is $50,000 to Nagle Catholic College to fund Stage 2 of the Carnarvon Campus to accommodate Year 12 students in 2017, and $25,000 to Exmouth Men's Shed to fund new fencing, a shaded work area and planning for further development. "The Gascoyne Football Association have been granted $20,670 to construct a ticket booth and spectator seating to improve the club's capacity; and the Shark Bay Community Resource Centre will receive $24,000 towards 'Navigating the West', a large-scale mapping projection spectacle that will feature during the Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery festival." The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "These projects will help to attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life for communities in the Gascoyne region," the Minister said. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional Western Australia have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." Western Australia's nine regional development commissions oversee the projects, each being allocated an equal share from which to provide the Community Chest Fund grants. The Liberal National Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the Community Chest Fund over the next four years. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 GASCOYNE COMMUNITY CHEST SUCCESSFUL RECIPIENTS Boolbardie Country Club Inc. - Tractor for Shark Bay golf course$30,685Carnarvon Festival Inc. - Carnarvon TropiCOOL Festival - marquees$8,845Carnarvon Horse and Pony Club - Ground improvements$5,500Exmouth Community Garden Inc. - Establishment of community garden$7,650Exmouth Golf Club Inc. - Office and storage shed$30,883Exmouth Men's Shed - Men supporting the community$25,000Exmouth PCYC - PCYC house improvements$19,390Gascoyne Food Council - Gascoyne Food Festival and Royal Show$45,000Gascoyne Football Association - Ground improvements$20,670Gascoyne Growers Markets Inc. - Growing the Gascoyne markets$38,845Nagle Catholic College - Stage 2 Carnarvon Campus$50,000One Tree Community Service Inc. - Relocation of childcare centre$17,800Saving Animals From Euthanasia Carnarvon - Enhanced health and hygiene$2,274Shark Bay Arts Council - Moda 1616, Dirk Hartog Festival$24,000Shark Bay Bowling Club - Automated irrigation system$20,000Shark Bay Community Resource Centre - Navigating the West$24,000Shark Bay State Emergency Service Inc. - Air observer equipment$4,185Shire of Carnarvon - Carnarvon heritage trail$46,840Shire of Exmouth - Welcoming signage 'Experience Ningaloo'$50,000Shire of Upper Gascoyne - Shire of Upper Gascoyne museum $11,000Shire of Upper Gascoyne - Kennedy Range Loop Road - Stage 2$50,000The Shark Bay Entertainers - Dirk Hartog's Landing$23,254
Grant enhances business continuity for Activ697Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/07/2016 4:51:53 AM2016-07-20T04:45:00Za Activ Foundation Inc. receives $464,421 Lotterywest grant Grant will replace and upgrade critical IT infrastructure A Liberal National Government grant, through Lotterywest, for $464,421 will enable Western Australia's biggest disability service provider to ensure the delivery of a wide range of services to people with disability. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the Activ Foundation would use the Lotterywest funds to upgrade computer equipment at its disaster recovery site. "The Activ Foundation provides individualised and family support services to people living with disability in both metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia, and it is vital that they maintain business continuity," Mrs Faragher said. "The Lotterywest grant will allow Activ to purchase new computer equipment and enhance its IT backup data network to create a stronger, continuous business system which will benefit its many clients across the State." Presenting the grant to Activ at its Wembley headquarters, the Minister said people with disability who used Activ's services would now have even greater confidence in its service delivery. "By upgrading its IT systems, Activ will now be able to provide uninterrupted services even if there is a major event like a power failure, fire or flood," she said. "All IT systems and data will be backed up with the new equipment located at Activ's Wembley headquarters to its site premises. "Within 24 hours of any event, Activ will have the capability to restore key services and continue to support its clients and their families." In 2015-16, the Liberal National Government provided $47.4 million through the Disability Services Commission to Activ, to provide individualised and family support to 1,877 clients. Activ Foundation has supported people with disability, their families and carers in Western Australia since 1951. Fact File WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community For more information, visit http//www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants Minister's office - 6552 5300
Grants drive growth in school language learning698Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/07/2016 1:31:52 AM2016-07-21T01:30:00Za 41 community language schools teaching 30 languages, receive grants totalling more than $566,000 More than 4,350 students will benefit from more than $566,000 in grants being provided to 41 community language schools across Western Australia, thanks to the State Government's Community Languages Program (CLP). The program, which supports not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs after school hours, has been overhauled by the Liberal National Government to ensure that it is relevant and responsive to the current and future needs of WA's growing multicultural community. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said 81 schools were being supported through the CLP in 2015-16, with 51 languages being taught to more than 6,000 students after school hours. "Language learning is critical for the conservation of cultural heritage, and community language schools are at the coalface of preserving WA's cultural diversity," Dr Nahan said. "Furthermore, in a global economy, language skills are a key foundation for our community's future and our State's prosperity. "Community language schools are often staffed by volunteers and rely heavily on the support of communities. The revamped CLP ensures that these schools have the resources to provide children with the best possible language education." The CLP grants have been awarded over three categories which are New school grants, which provide operational grants of up to $3,000 for schools that are less than 12 months old Per capita grants, which provide operational grants of $100 per student to schools that are more than 12 months old Program development grants, which provide up to $10,000 to schools for special projects that will improve the quality and delivery of language education. Fact File Languages supported by the CLP in 2015-16 included Bengali, Bulgarian, Chin-Hakha, Dari, Dinka, Eritrean, Farsi, Fijian, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Japanese, Kakwa-Bari-Kuku, Madi, Maori, Mongolian, Ndebele, Nepalese, Niuean, Oromo, Pakistani, Persian, Portuguese, Serbian, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Telugu, Turkish and Ukrainian For more information, visit http//www.omi.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5700
Investment boost for Mid-West campgrounds699Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/07/2016 1:00:37 AM2016-07-22T01:00:00Za $1.072 million to improve caravan and camping infrastructure Funding to add 300 new camping sites in the Mid-West region Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program A further $1.072 million will be invested in improving caravan and camping grounds in the Mid-West in a bid to boost the number and length of stay of visitors to the region. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced that four local governments (the shires of Dandaragan, Coorow, Irwin and Northampton) would develop new nature-based campgrounds across seven coastal areas, adding 300 sites to Western Australia's capacity. "This Royalties for Regions investment will provide attractive and functional camping areas with appropriate amenities across seven Mid-West locations, such as designated camping areas, walkways, eco toilets and rubbish bins," Mr Redman said. "It will encourage more visitors to explore our regions through caravan and camping holidays by establishing attractive and affordable coastal destinations for intrastate, interstate and overseas tourists." The project builds on the Liberal National Government's Caravan and Camping Action Plan and its aim to make WA the nation's most attractive caravan and camping destination. "Regional tourism is an important contributor to the State's economy. In 2015, visitors spent $4 billion while visiting regional WA," the Minister said. "Creating new opportunities for regional tourism helps to boost regional economies contributing to the sustainable development of regional Western Australia." The project is one of six priority initiatives identified through the Mid West Regional Investment Blueprint. The blueprints, developed by the nine Regional Development Commissions, identify regional priorities that guide the focus, effort and investment towards each region's 2050 vision. Fact File The Royalties for Regions program has allocated $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 projects across regional WA since 2008 The State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint initiative is supported by a $642 million investment through Royalties for Regions Stage 1 of the project, which received $1.5 million from the Caravan and Camping Action Plan, is already delivering benefits to the region Minister's office - 6552 6700
Local participation urged for WA Innovation Summit700Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/07/2016 2:00:23 AM2016-07-21T02:00:00Za Proceedings to be streamed live through the Westlink network and online Interactive links between remote users and attendees a first for WA $20m additional innovation commitment targets investment and job creation Innovation Minister Bill Marmion today invited 'virtual attendees' from across the State and around the world to participate in next week's inaugural Western Australia Innovation Summit. "Innovation in its many forms impacts everyone, so it's only fitting for West Australians to have the opportunity to tune in, contribute and debate the future directions of innovation across our State," Mr Marmion said. "About 250 people will be attending the summit in person, with expressions of interest exceeding expectations. However, anyone who wants to participate is encouraged to attend regional Westlink centres or watch online, with the capacity to send questions and comments via SMS and Twitter." The summit is the foundation event for the State Innovation Strategy, following the Liberal National Government's allocation of an additional $20 million in the 2016-17 Budget to position WA as a regional and global innovation centre. "This is on top of $30 million we are already investing in defence industries, shipbuilding and science, and does not include the tens of millions being spent in health research such as at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, the Telethon Kids Institute and the Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute," the Minister said. "From digital technology to digging up minerals, the summit is about encouraging new ideas and mapping out the best ways to maximise business opportunities. "We will be concentrating on four themes investment, marketing, collaboration and retaining WA's homegrown and often prodigious talent for the benefit of all West Australians." Summit outcomes will provide a framework for the five-year State Innovation Strategy. "This forum will bring together business, community and government, to help design our innovation blueprint," Mr Marmion said. "The bottom line is more jobs, through commercialising concepts and growing WA's creative culture." Fact File The summit will be held on July 28, 2016 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, with program and internet streaming details available at http//gcio.wa.gov.au Details on regional Community Resource Centres with Westlink are available here, and those with Westlink Satellite TV can tune in via Channel 602, from 8am to 10.45am on Thursday (July 28) Join the conversation on twitter via #wainnovation or @ogcio_wa The Government's innovation agenda is managed by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer Minister's office - 6552 6800
Milestone reached for Katanning Health Service701Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/07/2016 4:42:28 AM2016-07-22T04:30:00Za Forward works for Katanning hospital redevelopment completed Main construction works due to start in August 2016 Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The first stage of construction of the new $32.4 million Royalties for Regions-funded Katanning Health Service is now complete. The forward works included the relocation of site services, demolition of the current laundry and morgue buildings and bulk earthworks for the new build. Health Minister John Day said the tender for the main construction had been released, with the contract due to be awarded by the end of July. "Building will start in late August and will be completed within two years. The existing hospital will remain operational during the redevelopment," Mr Day said. "Upgrades will include a new emergency department and medical imaging department, a new outpatient care facility, refurbished surgical services and associated sterilising department, a new laundry, and a new morgue." The new build is part of the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions $300 million investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative's capital infrastructure program that prioritises construction and upgrades of 37 hospitals and health services in the Wheatbelt, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said that Royalties for Regions investment would provide significant improvement to primary health care services through the redevelopment of district hospitals in the southern inland catchment area. "Improvements to infrastructure and service delivery, such as the construction of the new Katanning Health Service, will enable a greater number of patients to be treated regionally, reducing the need for travel away from family to other larger facilities in the regions or to metropolitan sites," Mr Redman said. "Royalties for Regions investment in health infrastructure is fundamental to the ongoing growth of regional Western Australia." Fact File The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by the Royalties for Regions program and delivered by the WA Country Health Service, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care in WA history For more information, visit http//www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New WA vaccination push for a healthier future702Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/07/2016 3:00:23 AM2016-07-22T03:00:00Za Five-year, 10-point plan to lift immunisation rates and services Four metropolitan and four regional areas of concern Childhood vaccination rates at record highs but some groups still below national averages 2016 influenza vaccination reminder A renewed focus on increasing childhood vaccination, easier access to immunisation and more support for vaccination providers are among the 10 priorities of the Liberal National Government's new plan to protect West Australians from preventable diseases. Health Minister John Day said the WA Immunisation Strategy 2016-2020 would target areas and groups of concern, while building on the success of the previous three-year campaign. "The fully vaccinated rate for five-year-old children in WA has shown improvement over time, and is currently 90.9 per cent, while the rate is even higher in that age group for Aboriginal children at 93.3 per cent," Mr Day said. "But we need to help parents do better for their children, especially in key Perth metropolitan and regional areas where some rates are substantially lower than State and national averages." In regional Western Australia, Augusta, Margaret River, Busselton and Manjimup have historically had rates below the State average in children under five years of age. "Similarly, in the metropolitan area, Cottesloe, Claremont, Fremantle and Mundaring have reported some of the lowest vaccination rates for children under five years of age," the Minister said. "Data indicates that one to two per cent of families object to vaccination; this shows most parents are supportive of immunisation, but may need assistance to overcome barriers to immunisation. "This strategy aims to help close that gap, including introducing SMS reminders for parents, home visits for high-risk children and improved school vaccination record-keeping. "There have also been significant improvements in areas such as vaccine wastage and monitoring, immunisation reporting, and the training of Aboriginal healthcare workers." The strategy identifies the education of parents-to-be as a key to lifting childhood immunisation. To this end, WA Health will soon launch an immunisation course for midwives to improve education in this health provider group, who are a trusted source of information for pregnant women. "Much of the Perth metropolitan area falls below the current national average of 91.3 per cent for fully vaccinated two-year-olds," Mr Day said. "This strategy will be complemented by legislation to allow nurses and other trained health professionals to vaccinate, simplifying and increasing access to immunisation. "There are still too many vaccine-preventable diseases occurring in WA, with consequences including increased doctor visits, absence from work and school, hospitalisation, permanent disability and premature death. "Nationally, influenza alone is estimated to be responsible for 1,500 deaths, 18,000 hospitalisations, and 300,000 GP consultations each year. "This is a timely reminder that it's still not too late for both adults and children to have a flu shot this winter." The 10 objectives outlined in the new strategy are increased vaccination coverage for young children increased vaccination coverage for Aboriginal people increased vaccination coverage for adolescents increased vaccination coverage for adults improved support for immunisation providers increased immunisation workforce capacity improved vaccine preventable diseases surveillance and outbreak response improved vaccine safety monitoring improved communication with stakeholders and the community more support for applied immunisation research. Fact File Research shows each $1 spent on routine childhood vaccinations saves the health system up to $5 in direct medical costs, with another $11 saved in indirect costs such as time off work and loss of productivity 70 per cent of expectant WA mothers are now receiving whooping cough vaccinations The WA strategy will be overseen by the Immunisation Strategy Implementation Steering Committee To read the full strategy, visit http//health.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6200
Nominate an outstanding WA senior today703Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/07/2016 12:48:59 AM2016-07-17T23:00:00Za Nominations for the 2016 WA Seniors Awards are now open Community organisations also encouraged to apply for Seniors Week grants West Australians are encouraged to recognise exceptional seniors in their communities by nominating them for a WA Seniors Awards. A partnership between the Liberal National Government and the Council on the Ageing, the WA Seniors Awards is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate older West Australians and the organisations which work to address the needs and interests of seniors. "As WA's seniors population continues to grow, their involvement in the wider community provides enormous benefits to the economic and social wellbeing of our State," Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said. "The WA Seniors Awards serves as a reminder of how vital our seniors are as visionaries, role models and champions of awareness and change in modern society. "Nominations from the community are essential because it is the public who know the seniors who are out there doing great things." Last year, Brother Olly Pickett was named the 2015 Juniper WA Senior of the Year for his inspirational work as the driving force behind Wheelchair for Kids. The charity has now made and sent more than 30,000 wheelchairs to children in 80 countries. Nominations are open for six categories in 2016 - Community Service Award, Arts and Culture Award, Group or Organisation Award, Business Award, Age Friendly Community Award and the Deborah Kirwan Media Award. The 2016 Juniper WA Senior of the Year is chosen from among the winners of the Community Service Award and the Arts and Culture Award. The Minister has also encouraged community groups and organisations to apply for funding from the WA Seniors Week Community Grants Program to host events and activities during WA Seniors Week from November 6-13, 2016. Fact File Individuals who make a nomination automatically get entered into a draw to win a $500 voucher from Flight Centre Murray Street Nominations for the 2016 WA Seniors Awards close at 5pm on September 2, 2016 Applications for the WA Seniors Week Community Grants program close at 5pm on August 19, 2016 For more information on the awards and the grants, visit http//www.cotawa.org.au Minister's office - 6552 6600
Patients to benefit from remote transport boost704Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/07/2016 5:30:19 AM2016-07-18T05:30:00Za $67.39 million towards Country Patient Transport Project Two new and two replacement Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft Support for regional ambulance services Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) will get two new and two replacement aircraft, and a new Broome base as part of a $67.39 million Liberal National Government Royalties for Regions investment in the Country Patient Transport Project announced today. Health Minister John Day said the RFDS provided a vital health link for people living in remote areas of Western Australia and the Broome base and two new aircraft would allow it to continue that service. "Transporting more than 9,000 patients a year, the RFDS provides a vital health link for people living in remote areas of WA and the recently opened Broome base and two new aircraft will help it meet growing demand," Mr Day said. "The RFDS is contracted by the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) to provide inter-hospital transfers for regional West Australians; a service which is critical for access to emergency care for rural patients. "Over the past six years, transfers have grown by about five per cent a year and performance targets have improved despite increasing pressures on the service." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said enhancing the delivery of sustainable services was vital to meet current and future needs of regional communities. "Under this initiative, $8 million will go to the WA Country Health Service supporting ambulance services in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek," Mr Redman said. "This funding will also allow the St John Ambulance community paramedic program to continue recruiting and training volunteers at 22 centres across regional WA." The Patient Assistance Travel Scheme (PATS) will also receive $32.23 million to meet the treatment needs of eligible patients who need to travel away from home for treatment. Fact File The $195.58m Country Patient Transport Project includes $67.39m from Royalties for Regions, $79.51m from the WA Country Health Service and $48.68m from the RFDS The Royalties for Regions funding includes $23.16m to establish an RFDS base at Broome International Airport and two extra and two replacement aircraft $4m will go towards funding flight and medical crew for these aircraft PATS assists about 36,000 regional patients with transport each year For more information about PATS, visit http//www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Play and shade rules for WA primary schools705Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/07/2016 4:09:07 AM2016-07-21T04:00:00Za 61 public primary schools to receive new playgrounds and shade sails Up to $20,000 per school as part of a $7 million Liberal National Government program Primary school students at 61 public schools around the State will soon have more reason to keep active and have fun during recess and lunch times. Education Minister Peter Collier today announced the schools would share in $1 million of funding this year for new playgrounds and shade shelters. Mr Collier, who today visited Weld Square Primary School in Morley, said encouraging students to be active was important in developing lifelong healthy habits. "Children should be excited about moving around and being outdoors. Providing play spaces keeps them moving and helps their development and learning," he said. "This funding will allow these schools to build more play areas, including nature playgrounds, as well as install shade structures." Weld Square Primary School has a fun approach to keeping students active. The school has two outdoor ping pong tables as well as a giant chess board. "The playground equipment at Weld Square Primary School is fantastic for the students but can't be used to its full capacity because the area isn't shaded," the Minister said. "$20,000 will help the school to install the shade structure it needs for students to be active and play ping pong and chess throughout the year." Fact File Since 2011, 423 schools have received $7 million for playground equipment and shade structures A complete list of schools to receive funding this year for new playgrounds and shade sails is below For more information, visit http//biggerpicture.education.wa.edu.au Minister's office - 6552 6300 Schools receiving playground equipment and shade structure funding in 2016-17​ School AmountBanksia Grove Primary School$20,000Bannister Creek Primary School$15,000Baynton West Primary School$20,000Binnu Primary School$10,000Borden Primary School$10,000Boyanup Primary School$20,000Campbell Primary School$20,000Castlereagh School$20,000Cervantes Primary School$10,000Christmas Island District High School$20,000Clarkson Primary School$20,000Clayton View Primary School$20,000Clifton Park Primary School$20,000Comet Bay Primary School$5,000Coorow Primary School$10,000Cowaramup Primary School$20,000Creaney Primary School$20,000Dandaragan Primary School$10,000Duncraig Primary School$20,000East Victoria Park Primary School$20,000East Wanneroo Primary School$20,000Eddystone Primary School$20,000Eden Hill Primary School$20,000Ellenbrook Primary School$20,000Forrestfield Primary School$20,000Gladys Newton School$10,000Glen Huon Primary School$20,000Harvey Primary School$20,000Heathridge Primary School$20,000Kalumburu Remote Community School$20,000Katanning Primary School$20,000Kinross Primary School$20,000Kondinin Primary School$10,000Kukerin Primary School$10,000Leonora District High School$10,000Malibu School$20,000Mingenew Primary School$10,000Moorditj Noongar Community College$10,000Moorine Rock Primary School$10,000Mosman Park Primary School$20,000Mount Helena Primary School$10,000North Beach Primary School$20,000North Kalgoorlie Primary School$20,000North Woodvale Primary School$20,000Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School$10,000Poseidon Primary School$20,000Roebuck Primary School$20,000Roseworth Primary School$20,000Samson Primary School$20,000Scaddan Primary School$20,000Sir David Brand School$10,000South Stirling Primary School$10,000Springfield Primary School$20,000Tammin Primary School$10,000Trayning Primary School$10,000Waikiki Primary School$20,000Wanneroo Primary School$20,000Weld Square Primary School$20,000West Balcatta Primary School$20,000West Greenwood Primary School$20,000Wyndham District High School$20,000
Rugby League World Cup to make Perth debut706Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/07/2016 2:00:24 AM2016-07-19T02:00:00Za Two Rugby League World Cup matches to be played at nib Stadium in 2017 Huge exposure for the State through national and international media coverage Supported by the Liberal National Government through Tourism WA and VenuesWest Perth will be a Rugby League World Cup host city for the first time when sporting powerhouses England and France, along with two other European qualifiers, descend on nib Stadium for a double-header clash next year. Acting Premier and Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said the Liberal National Government's successful bid for the two pool matches reinforced Western Australia's growing reputation as a world-class events destination. "The Rugby League World Cup will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2017, so securing these two important matches in Perth is a real coup for our State," Mrs Harvey said. "We expect a fantastic atmosphere as rugby league fans and ex-pats get behind the teams, while international media coverage will put Perth firmly on the map for viewers and potential visitors." The State Government's successful Rugby League World Cup bid, through Tourism Western Australia and VenuesWest, builds on WA's growing rugby league presence. The second of two NRL Premiership fixtures was played last weekend at nib Stadium, which is also the venue for Perth's first international rugby league test between Australia and New Zealand on October 15 this year. Last week, the State Government announced it had secured Australia's biggest sporting event - game two of the New South Wales versus Queensland State of Origin series - for the Perth Stadium in 2019. "The completion of the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium in 2018 will open up even more opportunities for international events, and associated visitation and exposure, for our city," the Acting Premier said. "In the recent State Budget, the Liberal National Government committed $30 million towards bringing business, sporting and entertainment events to Western Australia, including a $19 million investment to activate Perth Stadium. "Events are a crucial part of the State Government's strategy to grow WA's tourism industry. In the year ending March 2016, visitors to WA spent $9.3 billion during their stay in the State and we want to see that figure grow to $12 billion by 2020." Fact File Both pool matches will be played as a double-header on Sunday November 12, 2017 at nib Stadium For updates and ticket information, visit http//www.rlwc2017.com Acting Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000
Seal of approval for WA’s deep sea crab fishers707Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/07/2016 5:00:13 AM2016-07-21T05:00:00Za Special recognition for Western Australia's commercial deep sea crab fishery Marine Stewardship Council 'eco-tick' for fishery's management Fisheries Minister Joe Francis today congratulated the State's commercial deep sea crab fishers for securing sustainability certification for the Australian west coast deep sea crab fishery. "It's a fantastic achievement to be recognised through the highest benchmark for ecologically sustainable fishing - Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification," Mr Francis said. The fishery operates from Carnarvon to Bremer Bay and currently has an annual harvest quota of 140 tonnes. Fishing occurs in waters 500-800 metres deep using pots. The majority of the catch is sent to Asian markets, with exports to China accounting for about 30 per cent of sales. The Minister said the MSC independent certification would further enhance the deep sea crab fishery's reputation as a quality, sustainable, seafood provider. "The MSC sustainable fisheries standard is internationally recognised as the most prestigious fisheries environmental accreditation," he said. "The MSC certification, which was funded as part of a $14.5 million third party certification program, is another example of the Liberal National Government's commitment to providing better fishing opportunities for West Australians." Mr Francis thanked the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council and other parties who took part in the MSC's public consultation process for the deep sea crab fishery. The full assessment took about 18 months. Fact File In 2013, the beach value of WA's deep sea crab fishery was $2.3 million Five WA fisheries are now MSC certified; WA rock lobster, Exmouth Gulf prawn trawl, Shark Bay prawn trawl, Peel Harvey Estuary blue swimmer crab and sea mullet, and Australian west coast deep sea crab Minister's office - 6552 6500
Step Up to the affordable housing challenge708Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/07/2016 3:00:11 AM2016-07-20T03:00:00Za Accessible and affordable housing design competition open Aims to improve the design and supply of medium density affordable housing Winning entry to be built at LandCorp's Shoreline development at Cockburn Western Australian architects, designers and builders are being invited to Step Up to the challenge of building affordable, accessible and sustainable medium density housing for tomorrow's homebuyers. Launching LandCorp's Step Up Affordable Housing Design Competition today, Lands Minister Terry Redman said the contest was a unique opportunity to explore innovative and creative solutions to the challenges of medium and higher density living. "Step Up will encourage industry partners, including designers, developers, builders and architects to think outside the box and test the boundaries of current practices," Mr Redman said. "LandCorp will work with industry partners to make a significant contribution to the affordable housing challenge and create opportunities that improve housing diversity and choice." The Minister said the Liberal National Government had a critical role to play in supporting innovative solutions to the challenges of rapid population growth and housing affordability. "We are committed to finding new ways to live sustainably in our cities and towns by continuing to develop a wider range of affordable housing solutions in the Perth metro area," he said. "By 2050, we anticipate the Perth and Peel region will reach a population of 3.5 million people so we need to plan for the future of our city now." The Step Up Affordable Housing Design Competition will feature three design phases with the winning entry to be constructed at LandCorp's Shoreline development at Cockburn Coast. Mr Redman said the winning design would be judged on criteria including the use of climate responsive design, innovative materials and products to achieve high levels of energy and water efficiency, and measures that reduced ongoing running costs. "Entries will be judged on their level of cost-effective, practical design solutions and how they optimise new building technologies without compromising liveability and design quality," he said. Step Up seeks to improve the design and supply of medium density housing for Perth infill developments and to encourage a city-wide drive for more affordable housing solutions. Fact File Submissions for Design Phase One close 2pm, August 31, 2016 For more information, visit http//www.landcorp.com.au/stepup Minister's office - 6552 6700
Swiss superstar Federer confirmed for Hopman Cup709Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/07/2016 1:00:50 AM2016-07-21T01:00:00Za Tennis legend Roger Federer will compete at Hopman Cup 2017 Finals and season tickets on sale today State Government is a founding sponsor of Hopman Cup through Tourism WA The Liberal National Government has announced one of the world's greatest-ever tennis players, Roger Federer, is returning to Perth for the first time in 15 years to compete at Hopman Cup 2017. Acting Premier and Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said in a major coup for Western Australia, the 17-time Grand Slam singles champion would represent Switzerland in the unique mixed-team competition at Perth Arena in January. Mrs Harvey said the State Government was proud to be a major and founding sponsor of the Hopman Cup through Tourism Western Australia. "We are thrilled that Roger Federer has chosen to start his 2017 season here in Perth," she said. "The Hopman Cup has welcomed some of the biggest names in tennis over its 28-year history, and the 2017 line-up is off to a terrific start with one of the greatest players of all time." Federer last competed at the Hopman Cup in 2002, with his now-wife Mirka, after winning the event as a 19-year-old in 2001 with Martina Hingis. His playing partner will be world number 16 Belinda Bencic. "I expect Roger will notice significant changes in Perth since his last visit 15 years ago. The city has truly come of age, and the visitation and international attention that the Hopman Cup generates will showcase this transformation," the Acting Premier said. The State Government has sponsored the Hopman Cup since its inception in 1989. The current sponsorship deal includes an option to continue for a further five years, securing the event for WA until 2022. "Events such as the Hopman Cup form an important part of the Government's strategy to grow the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020," Mrs Harvey said. "More than 96,000 fans came to Perth Arena for this year's tournament, while millions of people worldwide saw the tennis action and sights of Western Australia on television and online. The Liberal National Government is proud of WA's exciting and expanding events calendar." All session and final tickets for Hopman Cup 2017 are available now. The full player line-up will be announced in coming months. Fact File Hopman Cup is at Perth Arena from January 1-7, 2017 Tickets are available at http//premier.ticketek.com.au For more information, visit http//hopmancup.com Acting Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000