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Court services in Collie to remain open13437Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 8:18:00 AM2022-08-08T06:45:00Z Collie Courthouse to remain open following consultation with stakeholders by the Department of JusticeAttorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce that the Collie Courthouse will remain open following a review of court services by the Department of Justice (the Department). As part of its duty to ensure taxpayers' dollars are used effectively, the Department reviews services by the Magistrates Court all around Western Australia. A review into the Collie Courthouse was undertaken earlier this year, with consultation taking place with stakeholders as part of the process. As part of the review process, consideration was given to closing the courthouse services and transferring them to Bunbury. The review found that the closure would have a significant impact on the Collie community. Following local opposition to the proposal, consultation with the community and strong advocacy from Collie MLA Jodie Hanns, a decision was made for the courthouse to remain open. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I am pleased to announce that following consultation with stakeholders, including State Government agencies, the Shire of Collie and organisations that service the Collie township, the Department of Justice will not be proceeding with the closure of the Collie Courthouse. "Earlier in the year, the Department sought feedback on the impact to the community if changes were made to court services in Collie. "There was a strong opposition to the closure of the facility. It was abundantly clear that the closure would have a significant effect on the Collie community. "I commend local member, Jodie Hanns, for her strong advocacy on behalf of her constituents for the retention of this important service." Comments attributed to Collie MLA Jodie Hanns "I am delighted to hear that the Collie Courthouse will remain open and continue to provide such a valuable service within our community. "Since hearing about plans for the closure of the courthouse, I have been fighting to ensure it remains open. "My petition to save the courthouse services has gathered over 1,000 signatures in just four weeks. "I'd like to thank the community of Collie for supporting my efforts and thank the Attorney General for this decision today." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
$1.19 million invested into Western Australian defence research13436Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 5:00:48 AM2022-08-08T05:00:00Z Eight defence researchers will share in $1.19 million worth of grants Part of the WA Government's annual Collaborative Research Grant program and the Defence and Research Teaming initiative The programs support cross-disciplinary collaboration between Western Australian researchers and industry to address Defence's science and technology priorities McGowan Government is investing in the future of defence research and innovationThe State Government has awarded eight grants worth $1.19 million to Western Australian defence researchers as part of the annual Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) program. The eight successful projects cover a broad range of fields of study, including maritime surveillance, modelling for tracking misinformation, and diver communication systems. The 2022 round of the CRG program received its highest ever number of grant applications, with 29 research programs applying for up to $150,000 of financial assistance each. One successful grant recipient, Dr Mitali Sakar-Tyson and her project 'Preclinical testing of novel compounds against multi-drug resistant bacteria of biological warfare concern', was originally awarded $150,000 by DSC in 2019. The initial grant assisted Dr Sakar-Tyson to implement her research outcomes with the Defence Materials Technology Centre where she is now developing new drugs to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Since the program started in 2019, over $3.35 million has been provided to help support 24 defence research projects in WA and generated an additional 14.8 full time equivalent research positions. By diversifying research and development efforts across defence-relevant technology areas, the CRG aims to increase the impact of research outputs and improving industry and academic linkages. The CRG is one of the collaboration initiatives of the WA Defence Science Centre which seeks to support the Defence Science and Technology Strategy 'More together 2030', by leveraging State-based defence research networks and encourage multi-partner collaboration. The CRG funding is co-contributed by Defence through the Next Generation Technologies Fund. The Defence Science Centre's CRG program supports the strategic goals of the State Government's Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan, which aims to grow the local defence sector and create jobs. The full list of research supported by the Defence Science Centre can be found at wa.gov.au https//www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-jobs-tourism-science-and-innovation/defence-science-centre-case-studies-and-success-stories Comments attributed to Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia "Western Australian university and research organisations are paving the way for the next generation of defence technology. "The State Government is committed to supporting these cutting-edge research programs, and ultimately contributing to Australia's sovereign defence capability. "Through the CRG, we are strengthening WA's defence industry capabilities, commercialising emerging technologies and supporting the diversification of the State's economy." Minister's office - 6552 5600 Project name Lead Researcher A compact non-cryogenic high-precision magnetic-field sensor for maritime surveillance Senior Lecturer Dilusha SilvaLed by UWA in collaboration with L3 Harris Advanced fabrication of cold atom traps for an Australian portable quantum optical clock Dr William RickardLed by Curtin University in collaboration with UWA, University of Adelaide, and Australian National University Data-driven maintenance optimisation for the Collins Submarine Fleet Professor Ryan LoxtonLed by Curtin University in collaboration with Australian Submarine Corporation Dynamic two-way communication using gestures for human-machine teaming Dr Syed Zulqarnain Gilani Led by Edith Cowan University in collaboration with UWA, Chironix, Agili8, and Motium Eliminating the need for adaptive optics in satellite optical communications Dr David GozzardLed by UWA in collaboration with Curtin University and Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station Expendable energy absorbing tamper material for restricting the effects of a surface mounted explosive charge Dr Gérrard Eddy Jai PoinernLed by Murdoch University Psychologically-informed mathematical modelling of misinformation spread Dr Mengbin YeLed by Curtin University in collaboration with UWA Situational aware undersea acoustic diver communication system Professor Yue RongLed by Curtin University in collaboration with ECU, O2 Metocean, and Precision Technic Defence
Industry-leading technology will increase renewables in the regions13433Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 4:06:21 AM2022-08-08T04:00:00Z Horizon Power is rolling out innovative technology to safely integrate large-scale customer and utility solar renewables - creating smart, clean energy systems Technology will make it easier to install rooftop solar and help reduce energy bills Follows a ground-breaking demonstration which powered the town of Onslow with 100 per cent renewablesHorizon Power is rolling out industry-leading technology to unlock access to renewables, and reduce carbon emissions in microgrids across regional and remote Western Australia. The technology - Distributed Energy Resources Management System (DERMS) - will allow rooftop solar, battery, and electric vehicle customers to safely integrate with utility-owned energy resources, such as power stations, solar farms and batteries. DERMS can monitor and orchestrate generation from customers in real-time, and will be rolled out in Broome in early 2023, and then other regional microgrids by mid-2024. Using predictive analytics, including weather pattern analysis, the technology forecasts energy generation and demand - to ensure the energy system remains stable. Last year, Horizon Power delivered a ground-breaking demonstration where this technology enabled more than four times the amount of rooftop solar to be installed compared to a traditional energy system. The DERMS was able to safely integrate high levels of rooftop solar and storage - along with utility owned renewables, to power the town of Onslow with 100 per cent renewable energy. Horizon Power was the first Australian utility to deploy a DERMS on a regional microgrid. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "It is an exciting time for the energy industry - with the McGowan Government supporting the evolution of the sector towards a cleaner, greener energy future. "A Distributed Energy Resources Management System will allow Horizon Power to safely integrate more customer and utility solar into its networks than ever before. "The technology system will increase solar access for regional and remote areas, and give customers an opportunity to lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna "This is very exciting for the Broome community, as it will allow more households to embrace rooftop solar - and other clean energy technologies. "The Kimberley is one of the sunniest regions in Western Australia, so this is a great opportunity for the community to be leaders in the transition to net zero emissions by 2050." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Funding to help secure water supplies in eastern Wheatbelt communities13430Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 3:05:27 AM2022-08-08T03:05:00Z Eastern Wheatbelt shires to share in more than $190,089 in grants to boost community water supplies $3.2 million Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is helping regional communities to secure precious off-farm water supplies Over $ 1 million in new funding for projects to improve local water security and to assist regional communities in managing the impacts of climate change Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the eastern Wheatbelt shires of Merredin and Yilgarn will share more than $190,089 in grants, in the latest round of the McGowan Government's $3.2 million Community Water Supplies Partnership Program. The latest round of grants will provide over $1 million in new funding for projects to improve local water security and will assist regional communities in managing the impacts of climate change Many communities in the State's Wheatbelt have experienced significantly reduced rainfall due to the impacts of climate change. The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is part of the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to ensure our farmers have access to reliable agricultural and emergency livestock drinking water sources. Funding will assist rural communities to adapt to changing rainfall patterns by establishing infrastructure that maximises the efficient use of available water resources. The Shire of Yilgarn has received a grant of $91,068 to upgrade Southern Cross townsite's wastewater reuse system and to help reduce the Shire's reliance on scheme water, which is currently used with treated wastewater to meet irrigation requirements for the town's recreation facilities. A grant of $99,021 has also been awarded to the Shire of Merredin, to contribute towards the cost of infrastructure associated for a small-scale desalination unit, which will provide an emergency water source for the farming community. The project will desilt the existing brine evaporation ponds and connect the desalinated water to existing water storage facilities to improve water security in the Shire. The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program, which is funded in partnership with local government, provides up to $100,000 per project for local government and community groups to develop off-farm community water supplies. The $3.2 million Community Water Supply Partnership Program is a collaborative program between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments. Since May 2019, more than $3.9 million has been spent by the McGowan Government on direct water carting to water deficient areas to support emergency livestock needs. A further $2.64 million has been spent on developing and upgrading 113 strategic community water supplies and government-owned water sources since June 2018, and another $1.5 million for partnerships with local government to upgrade and develop local community water supplies. In November 2021, the McGowan Government announced an additional $10.5 million in funding over the next two years for projects to help secure additional off-farm non-potable water supplies for agricultural communities, including the upgrade and refurbishment of 70 agricultural area dams from the Mid-West through to the Wheatbelt and Great Southern. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Congratulations to the shires of Merredin and Yilgarn for making the move to establish infrastructure to improve emergency water supplies, and for the efficient use of available water sources for the irrigation of community facilities. "These projects support increased water security and the use of non-potable water supplies in place of our precious drinking water." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "I congratulate the two successful grant recipients for the great work they are doing in the innovative area of scheme water conservation and also boosting emergency water supplies. "These projects will help to provide a secure water supply for regional communities. This reduces reliance on scheme water for emergency livestock and community use. "I would like to thank Minister Kelly for the investment and his continued work in conserving water in these communities." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Funding to help secure water supplies in Great Southern and Southern Wheatbelt communities13431Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 3:11:34 AM2022-08-08T03:00:00Z Great Southern and Southern Wheatbelt shires to share in more than $472,507 in grants to boost community water supplies $3.2 million Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is helping regional communities to secure precious off-farm water supplies Over $1 million in new funding for projects to improve local water security and assist regional communities in managing the impacts of climate changeWater Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the regional shires of Lake Grace, Wagin, Pingelly, and Woodanilling will share in more than $472,507 in grants - in the latest round of the McGowan Government's $3.2 million Community Water Supplies Partnership Program. The latest round of grants will provide over $1 million in new funding for projects to improve local water security, and will assist regional communities in managing the impacts of climate change Many communities in the State's Great Southern and Southern Wheatbelt have experienced significantly reduced rainfall due to the impacts of climate change. The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is part of the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to ensure our farmers have access to reliable agricultural and emergency livestock drinking water sources. Funding will assist rural communities to adapt to changing rainfall patterns, by establishing infrastructure to maximise the efficient use of available water resources. Two grants for $100,000 and $96,574 have been awarded to the Shire of Lake Grace - to help upgrade the Buniche and Dempster Rock agricultural dams and catchments, boosting supplies in local areas experiencing water deficiencies. Through these grants, the Shire will also install two 500 kilolitre tanks in Lake Grace town to store collected stormwater, to support the increased water availability in the townsite. A grant of $78,593 will help provide three additional access points for emergency water supply in the town of Wagin. The project will improve water security in Wagin, and the wider community during an emergency. The Shire of Woodanilling will receive funding totalling $99,975, to increase the capture and utilisation of storm water from the town dam precinct. Two new tanks will provide more water storage, and an additional bore will supplement non-potable supplies during the dry summer months. This will provide more water for the community, while reducing reliance on scheme water. The Shire of Pingelly has also been granted $97,365 to expand the townsite's non-potable supply network, in order to help reduce the Shire's reliance on scheme water to supplement irrigation of their sporting facilities. This project will help maintain suitable turf conditions, allowing sports to be played throughout the summer and autumn months, which in turn offers opportunities to attract higher profile sports games, and more visitors to Pingelly. The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program - funded in partnership with local government - provides up to $100,000 per project for local government and community groups to develop off-farm community water supplies. The $3.2 million Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is a collaboration between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments. Since May 2019, more than $3.9 million has been spent by the McGowan Government on direct water carting to water deficient areas to support emergency livestock needs. A further $2.64 million has been spent on developing and upgrading 113 strategic community water supplies and government-owned water sources since June 2018, and another $1.5 million in partnerships with local governments to upgrade and develop local community water supplies. In November 2021, the McGowan Government announced an additional $10.5 million in funding over the next two years, for projects to help secure additional off-farm non-potable water supplies for agricultural communities - including the upgrade and refurbishment of 70 agricultural area dams from the Mid-West, to the Wheatbelt and Great Southern. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Congratulations to the Shires of Lake Grace, Pingelly, Wagin, and Woodanilling in securing this funding for their projects, which will help secure and boost water availability for their local communities. "The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program grants will help these regional communities reduce their reliance on scheme water for non-potable needs. "These projects are a great example of local governments helping their communities use local water supplies effectively, to help adapt to climate change." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Shelley Payne "The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program with Local Governments is a great initiative, supporting regional communities to boost water supplies and increase water security. "I congratulate the Shires of Lake Grace, Pingelly, Wagin and Woodanilling for their dedication to improving water management, and increase water supplies." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Funding to help secure water supplies in Mid-West and northern Wheatbelt communities13432Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 3:12:17 AM2022-08-08T03:00:00Z Mid-West and northern Wheatbelt shires to share more than $353,000 in grants to boost community water supplies $3.2 million Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is helping regional communities to secure precious off-farm water supplies Over $1 million in new funding for projects to improve local water security and to assist regional communities in managing the impacts of climate change Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the regional shires of Moora, Morawa and Irwin will share in more than $353,728 in grants, in the latest round of the McGowan Government's $3.2 million Community Water Supplies Partnership Program. The latest round of grants will provide over $1 million in new funding for projects to improve local water security and will assist regional communities in managing the impacts of climate change Many communities in the State's Mid-West and northern Wheatbelt have experienced significantly reduced rainfall due to the impacts of climate change. The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is part of the McGowan Government's ongoing commitment to ensure our farmers have access to reliable agricultural and emergency livestock drinking water sources. Funding will assist rural communities to adapt to changing rainfall patterns by establishing infrastructure that maximises the efficient use of available water resources. A grant of $100,000 will help the Shire of Irwin to expand their emergency water supplies through the construction of three new water tanks, two new bores and an upgrade of an existing bore - helping the community to better prepare for the impacts of climate change. Two individual grants of $100,000 will contribute to the cost of improving the Shire of Moora's recycled wastewater irrigation supply system. The two projects will improve wastewater reuse management and increase volumes of fit-for-purpose water for irrigation purposes in the town. Funding of $53,728 will help with the cost of completing the Shire of Morawa's emergency water supply project. This project will secure a reliable fit-for-purpose water supply in the Morawa-Yalgoo area of the Shire through the installation of a new bore, a submersible pump, a solar pump system and four new tanks. The project will assist with emergency water for livestock and firefighting needs in the region. The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program, which is funded in partnership with local government, provides up to $100,000 per project for local government and community groups to develop off-farm community water supplies. The $3.2 million Community Water Supply Partnership Program is a collaborative program between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments. Since May 2019, more than $3.9 million has been spent by the McGowan Government on direct water carting to water deficient areas to support emergency livestock needs. A further $2.64 million has been spent on developing and upgrading 113 strategic community water supplies and government-owned water sources since June 2018, and another $1.5 million for partnerships with local government to upgrade and develop local community water supplies. In November 2021, the McGowan Government announced an additional $10.5 million in funding over the next two years for projects to help secure additional off-farm non-potable water supplies for agricultural communities, including the upgrade and refurbishment of 70 agricultural area dams from the Mid-West through to the Wheatbelt and Great Southern. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Congratulations to the successful grant recipients. Improving water management will help manage the impacts of climate change in our regional communities. "Communities who adapt to alternate water sources will benefit from not having to rely on drinking water for non-potable needs." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program with local governments is an important initiative for regional communities who need to ensure water is readily available for livestock, as well as important community amenities. "I congratulate the shires of Moora, Morawa, and Irwin for their proactive approach to both conserving and developing water supplies. "I would like to thank Minister Kelly for the investment and his continued work in conserving water in these communities." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Grants program now open to support regional traineeships13435Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 4:30:42 AM2022-08-08T01:05:00Z Grants of up to $38,000 now available under the Regional Traineeship Program ­Program encourages people to stay and work in their local regional communityThe McGowan Government has opened the latest round of its Regional Traineeship Program to boost skills development and employment opportunities across regional Western Australia. The $2 million funding round is available to Western Australian Community Resource Network Community Resource Centres (CRCs) and eligible local government authorities to support trainees in regional areas. Grants of up to $38,000 per trainee are available to assist in the development of trainees' skills and knowledge, based on business and industry needs. Since the 2018-19 financial year, 225 grant recipients and their communities have benefited from the program with trainee placements throughout regional WA. Eligible organisations will be invited by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to lodge a grant application for the funding. The grant round opens August 8, 2022 and will close September 5, 2022. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Regional Traineeship Program helps organisations to provide training, skills and employment opportunities to encourage people to stay and work in their local regional community. "Last year's program saw 49 organisations employing trainees who studied in fields including community services, event management, information technology, horticulture, tourism and youth work. "We encourage CRCs and eligible local governments to work closely with regional businesses to make sure the program is delivering tangible outcomes for both trainees and their employers. "We also encourage businesses and communities to think creatively in bringing forward applications that encourage partnerships with other local providers to maximise work and skills development opportunities for trainees." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA’s games and interactive industry heads to Gamescom13434Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 4:27:04 AM2022-08-07T22:00:00Z McGowan Government delivers $2 million boost to WA's digital games and interactive industry New pilot funding will assist WA's digital games and interactive sector to create content, connect to market and grow Screenwest to administer the pilot games funding - applications open later in the year WA game studio delegation to travel to Gamescom 2022 in Germany Five Western Australian game studios will attend the world's biggest computer and video games event in Cologne, Germany for Gamescom 2022, thanks to a $50,000 McGowan Government grant. WA game studios Black Lab, Hungry Sky, Big Bench Games, SpaceDraft and EarthLingo will attend the event from 24 to 28 August 2022, alongside Screenwest and the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, who are hosting an Australian pavilion stand at the event. The grant complements a $2 million boost for the digital games and interactive industry by the McGowan Government. Administered by Screenwest, the pilot funding will enable WA game studios to access the recently announced Federal Digital Games Tax Offset for eligible projects. The funding will boost the growth of WA's digital games sector by supporting content development, capability development and strategic industry building opportunities. The creative industries provide significant economic and cultural benefits to WA, and the McGowan Government is committed to growing and fostering the development of the gaming and interactive technologies sectors as a key part of its economic diversification strategy. Australia is the official partner country of this year's Gamescom. The pavilion stand is also supported by Austrade, Screen Queensland, Trade and Investment Queensland, Investment New South Wales, Creative Victoria, South Australian Department for Trade and Investment, South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Tasmania, and Tasmanian Department of State Growth. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The digital games industry is large and growing rapidly. This investment will enable WA game developers to support content development and access worldwide markets. "The games and interactive technology industry can provide significant economic and cultural benefits to WA. Games and immersive technologies present a major opportunity for economic diversification of the State, as identified in the Diversify WA economic development framework. "WA's presence at Gamescom 2022 will provide valuable networking opportunities and showcase WA game studios on the international stage." Minister's office - 6552 5400
New 30-bed modular hospital ward boosts capacity at Rockingham General Hospital12309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml8/08/2022 1:01:20 AM2022-08-07T16:00:00Z New 30-bed modular hospital ward to open at Rockingham General Hospital New ward employs the equivalent of nearly 83 full time positions, including nurses, allied health professionals and doctors The beds form part of the 530 new hospital beds to open by October this year, with more than 420 now online A new 30-bed modular hospital ward will open at Rockingham General Hospital, part of the McGowan Government's commitment to deliver extra capacity in WA hospitals. Low to medium acuity medical patients undergoing a short term stay at the hospital will use the ward while their health improves. Close to 83 full time health professionals are employed in the new ward, including nurses, allied health professionals and doctors. The additional beds will free up other beds that can be accessed by those requiring emergency or elective surgery. The Rockingham facility has 10 single bed rooms, 10 double rooms, staff offices and reception facilities. The new ward, named 'Moordibirdup', meaning 'travelling and welcome home', was named in consultation with local Aboriginal Elders. Patients are scheduled to move to the ward on August 15. These beds are part of the McGowan Government's expansion to Osborne Park, Rockingham, Bentley and Bunbury hospitals to deliver a combined 120 new beds. The beds form part of the 530 new hospital beds to open by October this year, with more than 420 now already online. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am pleased that patients across Rockingham and the south metropolitan corridor will now have access to this new facility. "These new modular hospital beds are a fantastic and innovative solution to the demand on our health system. "They have been built in a relatively short timeframe due to the method of construction and a fast tracked approvals process that would normally take years to complete. "These beds form part of my Government's commitment to bring 530 new hospital beds online - the equivalent of a new tertiary hospital that would normally take around one decade to build." Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "This new modular hospital ward is the second facility of its type to open this year, with the Osborne Park modular ward opening in July. "Already 420 beds of the extra 530 beds are online, which is a boost to the capacity in our health system. "Our record investment in infrastructure is bearing fruit and patients are already experiencing the benefits." Premier's office - 6552 5200 Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
McGowan Government extends support for young people in care until the age of 2113429Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7630html7/08/2022 3:37:54 AM2022-08-06T16:00:00Z ​ McGowan Government delivering on $37.2 million election commitment to permanently establish its flagship Home Stretch program in Western Australia Program now supports children leaving care until the age of 21 years - up from 18 years Investment will give hundreds of young people and their carers extra support and resources as they move toward independence Young people leaving the child protection system now have access to support up until the age of 21 as the McGowan Government delivers on an important election commitment. The $37.2 million Home Stretch program offers young people moving toward independence the help they need to reach their full potential. Assistance could include help with obtaining safe and stable accommodation, enrolling in further education, connecting to voluntary work opportunities, identifying where to access support in the local community, re-engaging with health services and improving financial skills. Home Stretch WA ensures carers continue to receive financial payments to cover expenses such as food, accommodation and utilities. Historically, young people have transitioned out of care at 18 years - much younger than people outside the care system typically leave home. Research shows these young people are at greater risk of unemployment, homelessness, mental health issues and interacting with criminal justice systems. Elements of the Home Stretch program include a transition coach, a staying on subsidy, housing allowance and the Invest in Me Fund, a financial safety net to support young people achieve their goals. The Department of Communities has partnered with Yorganop Association Incorporated to deliver Home Stretch to young Aboriginal people preparing to leave care in the metropolitan area. The expansion of Home Stretch will be supported by a Community of Practice delivered by Anglicare WA. The Community of Practice will support Yorganop and future Home Stretch providers deliver the program. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Not many young people these days are emotionally or financially ready to leave home at 18 - but until now, that has been the stark reality for many children in care. "By delivering on this $37 million election commitment my government is extending support for young people up until the age of 21, while they transition to independence. "Many of these young people have overcome major obstacles and they deserve all the support we can give them - whether it's having a place to stay, pursuing further education, connecting with employment or learning financial skills. "Those extra few years will provide stability and help set these young people up for life, so they can reach their full potential." Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "Leaving the nest can be an emotional time in any person's life, but we know it can be particularly daunting for a young person with a lived experience of trauma and disadvantage - leaving them at greater risk of unemployment and homelessness. "The State Government's $37.2 million dollar investment will assist hundreds of young people to move to independence while providing carers with vital financial support. "Young people participating in Home Stretch will also have the option of a transition coach, housing allowance and a financial safety net to help them achieve their goals. "I'm proud to deliver on this important election commitment, which is changing the way young people transition from out-of-home care - and transforming lives in the process." Comments attributed to Anglicare WA CEO Mark Glasson "Today's announcement will be an enduring legacy of the McGowan Government, with the roll-out State-wide of the Home Stretch WA Model to provide certainty and stability for the young people who leave State care each year on their 18th birthday. "Anglicare WA is committed to coming up with new ways to solve old problems, and we believe in delivering service innovation in partnership with government, with sector agencies, with Aboriginal community controlled organisations like Yorganop, and the real experts - those with lived experience."
Lotterywest grant to revitalise Carnarvon Youth Precinct13428Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3080html6/08/2022 3:01:18 AM2022-08-06T01:00:00Z ​$503,500 Lotterywest grant awarded to the Shire of Carnarvon Funding will activate recreation space for young people in Carnarvon Carnarvon's Youth Precinct is set to be transformed, with a new bike pump track and major upgrades to the town's skate park and basketball court. The Shire of Carnarvon has secured a Lotterywest grant of $503,500 for the precinct, located at Hutchinson Park in Carnarvon. This is in addition to the $80,000 already committed by the McGowan Government, bringing the total State funding amount to $583,500 - giving new life to the youth precinct. Along with the new and improved facilities, the project will also support art installations from local indigenous artists, and an ethnobotanical garden with seating areas for the enjoyment of the whole community. Developing this vital infrastructure will provide a space where key service providers can deliver coordinated youth engagement projects that provide positive outcomes for the community. Developing outdoor public spaces is an important strategy in helping young people stay active and engaged. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The new and upgraded facilities at Carnarvon's Youth Precinct will provide a place for young people to stay busy and active. "It is great to be able to support the Shire and the local community in their endeavours." Comments attributed to Carnarvon Shire President Eddie Smith "This is very exciting for our youth - the redevelopment project will bring people together and strengthen our vibrant community. "The Council would like to thank the State Government and Lotterywest for their support in providing young people an active space to socialise, have fun, and test their skills in a safe environment." Minister's office - 6552 6200
More than 15,000 nicotine vapes seized in compliance crackdown13427Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12710html5/08/2022 5:36:14 AM2022-08-05T05:35:00Z Compliance raids ramped up to protect kids from illegal sale of vapes Two thirds of vapes tested by the ChemCentre found to contain nicotine Follows the launch of a new anti-vaping toolkit to highlight the dangers of e-cigarettes for young people, parents, carers and school staff A crackdown on illegal vapes in Western Australia has seen WA Health seize more than 15,000 disposable nicotine vapes from retailers, valued at more than $500,000, in just six weeks. Targeted operations have been conducted on retailers across the State to help minimise the health risks to the community, including young people who are increasingly using e cigarettes. Chemical tests on vapes thought to contain no nicotine, conducted by the ChemCentre in Bentley, have returned positive results for nicotine, a harmful and toxic drug, in two thirds of products tested. Vapes imported from overseas are often labelled incorrectly and can contain nicotine, which is addictive and illegal, according to WA Health Chief Pharmacist Meeghan Clay. In WA, it is illegal to sell e-cigarette devices and nicotine vaping products to anyone regardless of their age, unless they are prescribed by a doctor for smoking cessation purposes and obtained with a prescription from a pharmacy. The Department of Health has ramped up surveillance on the illegal sale of e-cigarettes amid concerns about increasing use by young people and has put 3,000 retailers on notice, reminding them of the ongoing restrictions regarding the sale of e-cigarette devices and nicotine vaping products under WA's Tobacco Products Control Act 2006, and Medicines and Poisons Act 2014. Some of the hazardous substances found in e-cigarette liquids and in the aerosol produced by e-cigarettes are known to cause damage to human cells and DNA, and can cause cancer. The maximum penalty for a breach of the relevant provisions of the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 is $45,000, while possession of nicotine without a prescription can fetch penalties of up to $30,000. Anyone who believes a retailer is selling illegal e-cigarettes or vapes is urged to 'dob-in-a dealer' by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The sheer number of illegal vapes seized by WA Health in just a matter of weeks is alarming, especially given their appeal to young people. "People are often wrongly under the impression the liquid in vapes is flavoured water, however, there are many harmful impacts of vaping - in many cases people are ingesting poisonous chemicals that can cause life-threatening illnesses. "We now know that many of the vapes being sold in WA as nicotine free in fact contain the highly addictive substance. "I call on retailers to do the right thing and stop selling these illegal products immediately." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Bullara accommodation development boosts Exmouth tourism13426Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4910html5/08/2022 5:30:41 AM2022-08-05T05:30:00Z Bullara Station Stay opens new facilities with $203,000 Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant 12 new jobs created for the local community Accommodation capacity increased in the lead up to the 2023 Ningaloo Eclipse Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has officially opened the 'Woolshed' tourist hub at Bullara Station, south of Exmouth. The development was supported by the McGowan Government, through the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program. Bullara Station has built a reputation for providing an authentic station stay experience for the past 12 years. The program has enabled it to expand its capacity to accommodate guests and support strong regional tourism growth - with the addition of two new high-end glamping tents and 60 new affordable camping and caravan sites. The development also includes a new ablutions block and hot water system, shearing shed hub, upgraded power systems, and a commercial kitchen and café. The new facilities have also increased Bullara's capacity to host events, and showcase their unique outback experience - recently hosting a sold-out event at the 2022 Gascoyne Food Festival on July 30. The completion of this tourist hub has seen 12 new jobs created, bringing the total peak season staff to 32. The RED Grants program has committed $45.8 million over eight years towards projects which aim to enhance economic development and job creation in regional Western Australia. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It is fantastic to be able to support Bullara Station in taking their pastoral tourism to the next level. "Increasing Bullara's capacity and variety of accommodation options allows a greater number of visitors to stay longer, and spend more in the local economy while they experience this magnificent region. "This superb tourism opportunity will contribute to the big push in the lead up to the Ningaloo Total Solar Eclipse in April 2023." Comments from Tourism Minister Roger Cook "This is another great development for our tourism industry. "Expanding the range and depth of quality regional tourism accommodation is an important part of our Wander Out Yonder strategy." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New additions to the Disability Services Commission Board13425Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8980html5/08/2022 5:01:10 AM2022-08-05T05:00:00Z Dr Scott Hollier appointed Chair of the Disability Services Commission Board Amanda Hunt and Linda McSherry to also join the Board Outgoing Chair Bruce Langoulant AM thanked for his dedicated service Disability Services Minister Don Punch has welcomed new members to the Disability Services Commission Board. The Board is the governing body of the Disability Services Commission and is responsible for the performance of the Commission's functions under the Disability Services Act 1993. Scott Hollier, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Centre For Accessibility Australia, has been appointed Chair of the Board. Dr Hollier has a background in Digital Accessibility, is a two-time Australian of the Year finalist and also serves as Chair of disability arts organisation DADAA. The two additional new members appointed to the Disability Services Commission Board are Amanda Hunt, Secretary of Community Employers WA and Co-Chairperson of the Sexuality Education Counselling and Consultancy Agency. Ms Hunt is a former Chief Executive Officer of Uniting WA; and Linda McSherry, Kimberley Supports Senior Manager with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services. Ms McSherry has a background in workplace health and safety, human resources and governance and has on the ground experience working with people with disability in regional and remote WA. The new members join re-appointed Board members Jaimen Hudson, Su-Hsien Lee, Terina Grace, Warren Harding, Priya Cooper and Kane Blackman (Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability) on the Disability Services Commission Board. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch "Dr Hollier, Ms Hunt and Ms McSherry join the Disability Services Commission at a critical point in its history, with the newly established Office of Disability promoting the rights and interests of people with disability during a time of great change in the disability sector. "The Disability Services Commission Board has a key advisory role in disability sector stewardship and will advocate for innovation to improve inclusion and participation of people with disability through the delivery of the State Disability Strategy. "Importantly, the Board reflects the diversity of our community with membership comprising people with disability, family members, carers and advocates, as well as people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, young people and people living in regional and remote Western Australia. "I also pay thanks to the contribution of Mr Bruce Langoulant AM, who served on the Board of the Disability Services Commission for 21 years, including 15 years as Chair. "I look forward to working with the new Board to enhance the lives of Western Australians with disability, their families and their carers." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Fresh start for cottages ready to be called home13424Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8010html5/08/2022 4:18:33 AM2022-08-05T04:15:00Z $3 million project to refurbish seven Federation cottages in Perth heritage precinct complete Seven homes to be added to the State's social housing portfolio to support vulnerable Western Australians Works partly-funded through McGowan Government's multi-billion dollar WA Recovery PlanA strip of turn-of-the-century character properties in the Parry Street heritage precinct have been given a new lease on life, and will become social housing to support some of our State's most vulnerable people. The seven properties were identified for priority conservation works as part of the State's post-COVID-19 economic stimulus program, with some of the homes being vacant for the past seven years. The Federation-style cottages are not individually listed on the State Heritage Register, but are located within a culturally significant precinct which reflects a time of rapid urban expansion on the city fringes, generated by the 1890s gold rush. Locally owned and operated firm Western Projects was awarded the contract to carry out conservation works, which were designed and overseen by heritage specialists within the State Government. The works were focused on preserving the heritage features of the properties, such as repairs and restoration of original ceilings and floorboards, while also providing essential structural, plumbing and electrical safety upgrades. Over 40 local subcontractors were engaged to provide a range of construction services. Among those employed on the project were 14 apprentices, five female tradespeople and seven Aboriginal workers. The Department of Communities contributed $1.5 million to the project. Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey "The McGowan Government is committed to boosting the number of homes available to vulnerable Western Australians, and as Housing Minister, this is my number one priority. "This joint project has seen new life breathed into these character homes which had fallen into disrepair - however, now functional and fully refurbished, these cottages will soon be called home by families who really need them. "Being close to transport hubs, health services and support networks, they will be a valuable addition to our State's public housing. "This Government is using every lever it can to increase social housing, from restoration projects like this one, through to modular builds, spot purchasing and conversion of unused Government Regional Officers' Housing properties." Minister's office - 6552 5300
State strengthens economic development facilities in Exmouth13423Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5600html5/08/2022 3:41:14 AM2022-08-05T03:30:00Z New office accommodates two Regional Development Officers and a Tourism Experience Development Manager Central, modern location supports regional economic and community developmentThe Gascoyne Development Commission strengthened its presence in Exmouth with the opening of its new office by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today. Located at Exmouth's Ningaloo Centre, the new office is co-located with the Minderoo Exmouth Research Laboratory, the Ningaloo Discovery Centre and Museum, and the local TAFE campus. The new office provides a modern, central location for the business community to access the services of the Gascoyne Development Commission. It also enables greater support to the tourism sector with a newly appointed Tourism Development Manager for Tourism WA set to operate from the new premises. The Exmouth team will continue their on-ground support in the region's economic and community development, with the added focus of the Ningaloo Eclipse in 2023. The Exmouth community is planning for unprecedented numbers of domestic, interstate and international visitors. The State Government - through a multi-agency working group including the Gascoyne Development Commission and Tourism WA - will assist in the delivery of a safe and secure event for the community and visitors. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This new office provides a modern, central location for the Gascoyne Development Commission, Regional Development Officers, and a new Tourism Experience Development Manager, with the facilities required to maximise regional outcomes. "It's great to see the Ningaloo Centre at full capacity, bringing together key agencies that provide important support in the region's economic and community development, with the added focus on the Ningaloo Total Solar Eclipse in 2023." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Installation begins on WA’s biggest battery13422Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements23720html5/08/2022 2:08:58 AM2022-08-05T02:00:00Z Major construction milestone reached in WA's first large-scale battery storage project $3.8 billion McGowan Government investment to include 1,100 megawatts of future Synergy battery projects Battery storage is key to supporting more renewables, as WA transitions towards net zero by 2050The McGowan Government - through Synergy - is a step closer to delivering Western Australia's biggest battery, after the first battery units were installed today. Premier Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston visited Synergy's big battery site in Kwinana this morning to see the project milestone. Synergy will operate the 100 to 200 megawatt hour battery, which will have the capacity to power 160,000 homes for up to two hours. The big battery will absorb excess energy from rooftop solar when the sun is shining, and demand is low - then discharge when it is most needed, during the late afternoon and evening peak. The installation of more than 600 battery units will take approximately eight weeks. The project will provide valuable learnings towards other large-scale battery storage projects earmarked for the next five years. An estimated $3.8 billion in new renewable energy infrastructure announced by the McGowan Government in June will include an additional 1,100 megawatts of new storage, to be delivered through Synergy. Large-scale battery storage will help provide long-term system stability, and support the uptake of more renewables in the South West Interconnected System as WA transitions towards net zero emissions by 2050. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My government is committed to further improving the stability of our power system by building WA's biggest battery in Kwinana. "The big battery forms part of our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, and will support the transition of WA's electricity grid to higher levels of renewables and storage. "The installation of the battery units will take around eight weeks, and has created close to 140 jobs during the construction phase. "I want to acknowledge NHOA - which is delivering the big battery - for their confidence and investment in Western Australia, by establishing its regional headquarters here in Perth. I recently visited their head office and thanked them for their support. "Their energy management and solutions expertise, coupled with the fact that WA is unique in its energy security - sets us apart from the rest of the country. "WA is a very attractive place to invest, and has the potential to become NHOA's western gateway to the Asia pacific region - helping diversify our economy and support jobs." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Increasing energy storage over the next decade will be crucial to addressing system security risks, such as high levels of rooftop solar generation, and ensuring reliable power supply to Western Australia's main electricity grid. "The lithium-ion iron phosphate big battery will be the size of one-and-a-half soccer fields, and will be connected to the Western Power network. "Synergy is also implementing a battery management system, to optimise its performance and longevity." Comments attributed to Kwinana MLA Roger Cook "This is another significant stride into the future for the Kwinana industrial area, and the local community. "The technology and expertise in Kwinana makes huge contributions to the State's economy. "But on top of this, Kwinana is also playing a key role in the energy transformation of our State." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Improved online campsite booking system and Explore Parks website13421Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6660html5/08/2022 1:05:12 AM2022-08-05T01:00:00Z ​New Explore Parks website now easier to navigate and more accessible on mobile devicesUpgraded Park Stay WA online campsite booking system allows for better management of WA's campsites and gives campers more flexibility to cancel or change bookingsThere are 65 campgrounds with 1953 campsites available for booking through Park Stay WAAbout 120,000 campsite bookings were processed through Park Stay WA in 2021, resulting in about 971,000 camper nights bookedWA's parks receive about 20 million visits per year New and improved versions have been launched of Park Stay WA, the online booking system used to book campsites managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service in Western Australia's national parks, and the visitor-focused Explore Parks website. Improvements to the Parks and Wildlife Service's Explore Parks website, which usually attracts more than 300,000 visits per month, means it is easier to navigate, better caters to mobile users, includes information about accessible parks and links directly to the Trails WA website. The recent upgrades to Park Stay WA gives campers more autonomy when booking by allowing people to create an account, make a booking, and then make changes or cancel the booking if needed. It is hoped the changes to the system will reduce the number of bookings that are made but go unused when campers do not take possession of the site on the booked date, arrive at the site late, or leave early. Under the previous system, some campsites went unused if the person who booked the site did not arrive on the date it was booked. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has invested $4.7 million to maintain and upgrade existing campgrounds and facilities and create 79 new campsites across WA. To plan your visit and book a campsite in one of WA's national parks, check out the new Explore Parks website at https//exploreparks.dbca.wa.gov.au/. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "The improvements to the Explore Parks and Park Stay WA websites will help more Western Australians and visitors to our State experience the incredible nature and culture of our national parks. "The new Explore Parks website is intuitive and user-friendly, making it easier than ever to discover the unique and diverse range of attractions, activities and experiences on offer in our parks. "Camping is a popular leisure activity and many of WA's campgrounds are extremely popular and book out well in advance, particularly during peak periods, meaning no shows cause frustration for campground hosts and other campers. "We know circumstances can change and the upgrades that have been made to the Park Stay WA booking system will make it easier for campers to change or cancel their bookings when required, meaning sites can be easily re-booked and more people can experience the enjoyment of camping in national parks." Minister's office - 6552 6300
WA Government teams up with renowned global business school13420Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12080html4/08/2022 10:30:48 AM2022-08-04T10:30:00Z WA Government signs memorandum of understanding (MOU) with INSEAD Business School to promote the State's innovation capability MOU will facilitate the inclusion of a WA case study in INSEAD's Master of Business Administration curriculum Initiative supported by the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries FundWestern Australian innovations will be shared with emerging global business leaders, as part of a new MOU signed by the WA Government and the prestigious INSEAD Business School. Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson launched the partnership alongside representatives from INSEAD at an event held at Curtin University last night. The Minister was joined by two INSEAD student teams from the school's France and Singapore campuses, who are visiting Perth as part of two summer program teams studying WA's innovation ecosystem. Each team will provide a report on their findings of the WA innovation ecosystem at the conclusion of the visit, which will contribute towards learnings for the WA Government's innovation policy. INSEAD is a non-profit business school and considered one of the most prestigious and largest graduate business schools in the world. It has campuses in France, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and San Francisco and ranks 6th in the QS World University Rankings Global MBA Rankings. The objective of the MOU is to showcase WA's burgeoning innovation community to a global audience through the INSEAD Business School. Forming part of the MOU, a virtual reality case study based on a WA-based mining operation will be developed in collaboration with the mining industry to highlight virtual business environments and support automation and robotics in mining along with autonomous vehicle usage. The MOU is supported through the McGowan Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, which supports the acceleration of new and emerging businesses in WA, to diversify the economy and create new jobs and industries. Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson "We are proud to be the first jurisdiction in Australia to partner with the internationally acclaimed INSEAD Business School, which has been nurturing pioneers and innovators since its inception in 1967. "Western Australia already has a strong connection with INSEAD Business School, with over 50 alumni calling WA home. "The MOU is an important stepping stone to showcase the State's burgeoning innovation capability, including facilitating case studies that will promote our mining technology to the world. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting our local innovators through these kind of partnerships, which help drive the diversification of our economy and create the jobs of the future for Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Western Power Chief Executive Officer appointed13419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15160html4/08/2022 7:31:20 AM2022-08-04T07:30:00Z Sam Barbaro appointed as Western Power CEO effective immediatelyThe McGowan Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Barbaro as Chief Executive Officer at Western Power. Mr Barbaro has been acting CEO for the past five months and has played an extensive role in the transformation of the energy sector during the 15 years he has worked at the utility. With more than 20 years' experience across legal, commercial and operations, he brings a wealth of strategic knowledge and capability in leading one of the State's most essential service providers. Mr Barbaro has been an executive team member since 2014 in the roles of General Counsel and Executive Manager of Governance & Assurance and Executive Manager of Asset Operations. He joined Western Power in 2007 from the corporate sector, and has played a pivotal role in Western Power's service to the community. Sam is also a non-executive director of the Fiona Wood Foundation and Leadership WA. Western Power is owned by the people of Western Australia and is responsible for building, maintaining and operating an electricity network, which connects 2.3 million customers. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "I'm very pleased that Sam Barbaro has been appointed as Western Power's Chief Executive Officer during a significant and transformative time for Western Australia's energy sector. "Mr Barbaro has proven himself to be extremely capable in steering the organisation into a renewable energy future and I congratulate him on his appointment. "The past few years have seen a marked shift in decarbonisation and I'm confident Mr Barbaro's experience in leading the organisation's recovery efforts during Cyclone Seroja and the Wooroloo bushfire has put him in great stead. "WA's energy sector is facing an exciting and challenging time and I'm sure he will be able to continue Western Power's important role as we progress towards net zero emissions by 2050." Minister's office - 6552 6700