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Funding for Kimberley juvenile crime prevention initiatives3251Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 6:08:20 AM2020-09-18T06:05:00Z The State Government has announced $415,000 in funding for community crime prevention initiatives aimed at tackling youth crime in the Kimberley. Police Minister Michelle Roberts made the announcement during a visit to the Kimberley this week. The funding is being made available to support organisations to implement community crime prevention initiatives developed at a local level. $215,000 is being allocated to the Emama Nguda Aboriginal Corporation for the Derby Night Patrol program. Derby Night Rangers is a youth focused street patrol service to address youth offending by picking up young people found wandering the streets at night and transporting them to places of safety. $150,000 has been granted to Agunya Limited to implement the Broome Purpose for Life Program - an alternative education program designed to divert young people away from offending and recidivism. The initiative will target a number of offenders who are due soon to return to Broome after incarceration at Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre. The intention is to engage these young people in meaningful activity, therefore diverting them away from the otherwise predictable cycle of offending. $50,000 has also been allocated to Telethon Kids to implement the Kimberley Yawardani Jan-Ga Intensive Model - a 10-week equine assisted learning program for Kimberley Aboriginal young people. The program has been designed to integrate healing, Aboriginal leadership, research and cultural enterprise to provide opportunities to Kimberley Aboriginal people. Kimberley District Police, in consultation with the West Kimberley Justice Services, will identify priority participants and refer up to four Aboriginal young people to engage in the program. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The McGowan Government is keen to support programs such as these which help address the underlying causes of offending. "These programs are locally driven, engage positively with high risk young people and involve them with activities and opportunities to develop their life skills. "We remain committed to supporting programs targeted at diverting young people away from a life of crime." Minister's office - 6552 6900
COVID Event Guidelines and Plans to enable for more events in WA3250Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 6:01:06 AM2020-09-18T06:00:00Z Guidelines to enable more events, developed in consultation with key stakeholders Public and private events for more than 500 people in WA that require local government approval will need to prepare a plan for events and register their event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans will help protect the public from COVID-19 risks Available online at https//www.wa.gov.au/covideventplan from today Events of more than 500 people that require a local government authority approval will be supported with COVID Event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans to ensure more events are held in Western Australia. Similar to the industry specific COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans first introduced in May, the COVID Event Guidelines and Plans will ensure event organisers play their role in keeping Western Australians safer, reduces the potential risk and spread of COVID-19 and gives event-goers more confidence to attend and participate in events. A COVID Event Plan will not be required for events that form part of the usual business of places for which there is an existing public building approval. From September 25, 2020, a public or private event involving more than 500 patrons that requires local government authority approval will need an approved COVID Event Plan as part of that process. The COVID Event Plans will need to consider and identify public health measures to ensure the safety of patrons including physical distancing requirements, hygiene and cleaning regimes, and staff management. As a result of the new system, music festivals could be approved, pending assessment of plans by the Department of Health. As part of a COVID Event Plan, organisers may also need to designate employees as COVID Safety Marshals. A COVID Safety Marshal is nominated or employed by the event organiser to monitor that the public health measures in the COVID Event Plan are implemented. All events will be subject to the provision of a minimum of 2sqm per person in the areas where patrons are permitted. COVID Event Plans will be approved through the relevant local government authority, however, if an event is deemed 'high risk', it may be referred to the Department of Health for a decision by an authorised officer. High risk factors may include large patron numbers, increased duration of the event, indoor only events, activities that lead to difficulty in maintaining physical distancing (mosh pits, dance floors, bouncy castles), presence of alcohol or illicit drugs, inability to contract trace patrons and ongoing mixing of people who do not know each other. COVID Event Plans must be approved prior to the event taking place. If the risk to public health remains too high, a COVID Event Plan may not be approved and therefore the event will not take place. Organisers are required to register their event on the Department of Health Events Register at https//ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Events-registration More information can be found at https//www.wa.gov.au/covideventplan Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Heading into the summer events season it is crucial we continue to maintain our high standard of preparedness and take the necessary steps to protect our community. "Thanks to our success, we can see more and more events in WA as the weather warms up, but we can't get complacent. "We need to ensure we support businesses and jobs, while also mitigating any potential risk of COVID-19 transmission. Doing so will enable us to continue to open up the economy more and proceed with many events we love to enjoy. "Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been world-leading, and puts us in prime position to enjoy a vibrant Western Australian summer, which regularly sees events like community fetes, festivals and fairs pop up. "Western Australians should feel confident going out in the community and attending these events knowing their safety is a top priority." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "As we know, COVID-19 is unpredictable. Ensuring the health and safety of all Western Australians remains at the forefront of everything we do. "Approval of COVID Event Plans ensure the community and patrons of the event that sensible public health measures will be adhered to and also ensures confidence the event will proceed in a manner prioritising public health. "The requirement for COVID Event Plans provides the community with extra assurance that any event they attend in WA requiring local government approval is able to comply with public health measures." Comments attributed to Local Government and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "This is great news for the culture and arts sector, as well as audiences who can now feel assured that events will be held in a COVID safe manner. "I welcome the removal of the blanket ban on music festivals and it being replaced with these new risk management based processes, which will make things clearer and easier for people planning large events going forward." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Local Government and Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Global call for EOIs to unlock Oakajee's renewable hydrogen potential3248Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 4:33:37 AM2020-09-18T04:30:00Z Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area identified for its world-class wind and solar energy potential to produce renewable hydrogen Expressions of interest sought from overseas and national proponents to develop renewable hydrogen projects within the precinct north of Geraldton Follows McGowan Government's $22 million boost for the WA hydrogen industry A globally competitive renewable hydrogen precinct could soon become a reality in Western Australia's Mid-West, as expressions of interest open for the greenfields Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) near Geraldton. The McGowan Government is casting the net worldwide for EOIs from commercial groups looking to produce or use renewable hydrogen, and WA will use its international offices to promote the opportunity globally. Located 23 kilometres north of Geraldton, Oakajee SIA is recognised for its world-class wind and solar energy potential, which is ideal for the production of renewable hydrogen for commercial uses including advanced manufacturing, energy storage and transport, and for future export of clean energy. Initial assessments indicate the 4,070 hectare Oakajee SIA buffer area could generate up to 270 megawatts of wind power and 1,250 megawatts of solar renewable energy at internationally competitive prices. This supply could be supplemented at large scale with abundant land throughout the Mid-West region suitable for wind and solar power generation. Oakajee SIA is connected to the State's major road network and existing Geraldton Port via the North West Coastal Highway, and there are provisions in place for the area to be linked to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline. The EOI will be targeted at international and Australian commercial groups including industrial proponents wanting to produce commercial quantities of hydrogen; hydrogen users such as transport, metals refining and ammonia-manufacturing companies; hydrogen industry component manufacturers; and power and other infrastructure providers. The EOI process follows the WA Recovery Plan initiatives to bring forward the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy goals from 2040 to 2030, and the McGowan Government's $22 million investment in developing WA's hydrogen industry. Submissions close on December 24, 2020. For more information, visit the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation's website at http//www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/hydrogen Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Interest in renewable hydrogen is rapidly accelerating, and the State Government is putting in place the framework to make WA a world leader across the hydrogen supply chain. "Renewable hydrogen has the potential to be a major economic driver for the State, and the Oakajee Strategic Industrial Area could truly transform the Mid-West region. "The State Government is keen to work collaboratively with industry through the EOI process, and understand exactly what it will take to transform the area into a globally competitive producer and user of renewable hydrogen." Minister's office - 6552 6200
GroundSwell projects announced at Regional Innovation Summit3247Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/09/2020 2:06:15 AM2020-09-18T02:05:00Z Five technology and entrepreneurial projects funded to drive regional jobs under McGowan Government's GroundSwell grants program Regional Innovation Summit held today in the State's Mid-West Technology-driven projects to assist regional entrepreneurs build globally competitive and create local jobs have been awarded $486,000 by the McGowan Government. The projects were announced at today's Regional Innovation Summit in Geraldton, which is bringing together leaders and innovation champions to discuss pathways to support the growth of regional innovation ecosystems. The summit is examining a new approach to better enable regions to develop skills of the future and attract investment that grows business, builds entrepre­neurial networks and culture, and promote technology adoption. The GroundSwell program is funded under the McGowan Government's $4.5 million Regional New Industries Fund. Successful applicants under the GroundSwell Program are Blue Growth Program, proponent For Blue ($100,000) - supports small and medium-sized enterprises in the marine industry to grow through investment in diversification, commercialisation and reaching new international markets, with a focus on fishing, aquaculture, boat building, tourism, energy and offshore engineering industry; Regional Innovation Ecosystem Support, proponent Spacecubed Ventures ($100,000) - a program which builds on the Building Capacity in Regional Innovation project by continuing to connect, support and capacity build key champions, hubs and partners in the Western Australian innovation ecosystem; CONNECT Regional Growth, proponent AgriStart ($100,000) - a program aimed at strategically growing small and medium-sized enterprises with a focus on cross-sector technologies in the mining, renewable energy, agriculture and agricultural technology sectors; Impact Investment Readiness Program, proponent Impact Seed ($100,000) - program to build investment readiness for regional Western Australian social enterprises in regenerative agriculture, community impact, and clean energy; and Make it Happen HQ Indigenous Acceleration Program, proponent The Cultural Intelligence Project ($86,000) - the program is aimed at stimulating entrepreneurialism amongst Indigenous communities in the Kimberley region by supporting the acceleration of new start-up ventures and growth/transformation of existing businesses.Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Regional Western Australia's future prosperity and international competitiveness depends on our ability to innovate. "We are working to build regional economies that are entrepreneurial, creative and technology-driven to create sustainable job opportunities for regional people. "We must think differently and invest in the creativity of our talented people if we are to out-smart the rest of the world, and the Regional Innovation Summit is part of driving this change. "These new projects supported through the GroundSwell program highlight the talent and scope for innovation and entrepreneurialism across our regional industries and communities." Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "The ability to take innovations successfully to market is a key factor in regional competitiveness. "I look forward to seeing the impacts that the GroundSwell projects, funded under the Regional New Industries Fund, have in building business capability and commercialising more innovations in regional Western Australia. "This Summit presents an opportunity for innovators from across the State to come together and discuss how we can turn challenges into opportunities for new jobs. "With advances in science, robotics, AI and ICT being accelerated it is important that we leverage new technologies while ensuring that all Western Australians can take advantage of the benefits such technology brings." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100
New MOUs ensure collaborative pathway for Muja C workers3246Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 2:00:28 AM2020-09-18T02:00:00Z McGowan Government ensuring smooth transition for Collie before Muja C retirement Synergy and unions sign Memorandums of Understanding to support affected workers The McGowan Government has facilitated the signing of critical Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between Synergy and Western Australian unions, to ensure a smooth transition for Muja C employees ahead of its staged retirement. The Western Australian unions include the Electrical Trades Union, Australian Services Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union. The MOUs form a significant part of Synergy's Workforce Transition Program, which provides an open and collaborative process for employees affected by the retirement of Muja C. The program encourages employees to act early and choose a pathway that best meets their personal circumstances whether it is redeployment, assistance with job searching, upskilling, financial planning support and preparation for retirement. Synergy is currently receiving formal expressions of interest from employees indicating their preferred pathway upon the staged retirement of the Muja C units on October 1, 2022 and October 1, 2024. In August 2019, the McGowan Government announced two of four operating units at Muja Power Station will be retired from October 2022, to protect against higher power bills for households and ensure the State's electricity supply remains stable. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The energy industry is undergoing unprecedented levels of change that will have an ever-increasing impact on our electricity system, Synergy's workforce and the Collie community. "We will continue to work closely with Synergy, the workforce and unions to ensure all workers impacted by the closure will be supported and given options for future pathways. "Muja Power Station is the oldest power station in WA; the high operating costs of Muja C units and increased maintenance requirements will force power prices up if it remains open. "The McGowan Government will continue to support economic diversity and jobs in Collie to shape the future energy market." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "I'm glad that Synergy and the unions have taken a positive approach to this evolution and are working together to better navigate through the challenges and opportunities presented. "The McGowan Government remains committed to the Collie region, with a $60 million investment in the Industry Attraction and Development Fund, and $20 million Collie Futures Fund, which is already creating jobs in Collie." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Additional resources to boost Kimberley family violence response3245Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 1:36:21 AM2020-09-18T01:35:00Z Two additional family and domestic violence response team workers - based in Broome and Kununurra - to strengthen responses after police call-outs Two additional outreach workers for the Kimberley as part of $8.6 million investment in support for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence $2.6 million for two-year extension of the Kimberley Family Violence Service trial $150,000 in COVID-19 funding top-up for six women's refuges and safe houses across the region Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk has announced a package of funding initiatives to address family and domestic violence and improve community safety in the Kimberley region. Ms McGurk met with members of the Kimberley Joint Response and West Kimberley Family and Domestic Violence Response teams in Broome today, to discuss their work and rollout of the additional resources. The initiatives have been funded through the WA Recovery Plan, which includes $28.1 million in additional supports for victims of family and domestic violence across Western Australia. The support package includes increased funding for the Kimberley's family and domestic violence response teams, with two extra community sector workers to bolster responses to police call-outs that are related to family and domestic violence. The State's family and domestic violence response teams, which received a total of $6.7 million for 17 additional staff across regional and metropolitan areas, are a partnership between the Department of Communities, WA Police and the community services sector. As part of the Government's $8.6 million commitment to employ 23 additional outreach workers in the State's women's refuges, two extra outreach workers will be funded to enable Kimberley refuges and safe houses to provide additional support to women and children experiencing or at further risk of family and domestic violence. They will expand on the valuable work that the region's outreach workers do to support women and children once they leave a refuge. A further $2.6 million will extend the Kimberley Family Violence Service trial by two years. The Department of Communities will be seeking proposals to develop place-based, evidence-based family violence interventions that are flexible, culturally responsive, informed by local needs and designed by or in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. Six refuges and safe houses in Broome, Kununurra, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Wyndham will also be supported by $150,000 in Commonwealth funding top-ups, in acknowledgement of resourcing pressures experienced due to COVID-19. These services will also each receive $10,000 for additional casual child support workers, to help minimise the impact of violence on children and young people accompanying mothers in family and domestic violence crisis accommodation. Delivery of the increased funding supports is being guided by the State Government's long-term strategy to address family and domestic violence across WA, Path to Safety Western Australia's strategy to reduce family and domestic violence 2020-2030. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "Family and domestic violence has had devastating impacts on the health and wellbeing of families in our regions over many years. "These additional funds to address family and domestic violence in the Kimberley, delivered as part of the WA Recovery Plan, respond to identified need in the community and will help to ensure that people experiencing violence can get the help they need, when they need it. "Earlier this year, State Parliament passed a comprehensive law reform package through our Family Violence Legislation Reform Bill, which was the culmination of a significant collaborative effort across government, police, the legal system and other key agencies. "The reforms were designed to increase protections for victims of family and domestic violence and ensure that perpetrators are held to account. "We recognise that we need to do things differently if we want to have an impact on domestic violence in the Kimberley. "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting victims of family and domestic violence and will continue to work across a range of areas to keep women and children safe - in their own homes and out in the community." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Improvement scheme signals new era for Port Hedland’s West End3234Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/09/2020 1:30:18 AM2020-09-18T01:30:00Z New improvement scheme defines future land uses for Port Hedland's West End Planning controls in line with Port Hedland Dust Management Taskforce recommendations Scheme provides for revitalisation of historic West End precinct McGowan Government delivering on Plan for the Pilbara A new improvement scheme designed to transition future residential development away from Port Hedland's busy working port has been gazetted today by the McGowan Government. The improvement scheme, released for public comment earlier this year, considered physical, economic, social and environmental factors to determine future land uses for Port Hedland's historic West End precinct. It contains measures to prevent the future development of what are considered 'sensitive land uses' including new housing, aged care, child care and hospitals. In guiding future planning for the area, the improvement scheme encourages investment and redevelopment to revitalise the West End in a way that reflects its iconic location and marine heritage. Under an improvement scheme, the Western Australian Planning Commission assumes planning authority for an identified area where there are circumstances of high complexity, land use conflict and State significance. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "We have been engaging with the Port Hedland community, landowners, industry and businesses for a number of years to put plans in place to protect the future of this special regional centre. "The Port Hedland West End Improvement Scheme performs two crucial functions - it positions the West End for renewal while also discouraging longer term residential settlement in the area. "In responding to the recommendations of the dust management taskforce, we have developed a scheme that fairly balances protecting the most vulnerable with creating opportunities for a range of new business ventures in the West End." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "The town of Port Hedland makes a significant economic contribution to the State every year and is a special place that is much loved by local residents. "We want to ensure the vitality of the town in the future and support local residents, particularly those in the West End precinct, to make informed choices about their future livelihood." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New, modern planning scheme approved for Shire of Carnarvon3233Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/09/2020 1:15:34 AM2020-09-18T01:15:00Z Scheme recognises Carnarvon as important regional centre in the Gascoyne Coral Bay to continue to grow as major tourism destination and gateway to Ningaloo Coast Future planning provides balance to protect the environment, support agriculture and enable new development opportunitiesPlanning Minister Rita Saffioti today announced the new Shire of Carnarvon Local Planning Scheme has been given final approval. Replacing two outdated schemes which date back more than 25 years, the new scheme provides a local planning framework reflecting the State Government's modernisation of the planning system. The scheme enables and encourages Carnarvon to maximise economic opportunities, particularly in tourism and horticulture. Protecting areas of the Gascoyne rich in food production will enable the Shire to build upon its successful horticultural industry and grow employment opportunities in the region. The scheme will also play an important role in protecting significant natural assets such as the Ningaloo Coast and Shark Bay World Heritage Areas, encouraging local tourism. Under the new scheme, Coral Bay will remain one of our State's premier tourism destinations and will continue to serve as a base for visitors to the Ningaloo Coast. The scheme also recognises Coral Bay may need additional services in the future to address growing tourism demands. Consistent with previous State strategic planning documents for the region, the McGowan Government has identified additional land for future community facilities, holiday accommodation and workforce accommodation Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "The new Carnarvon Planning Scheme strikes the right balance between maintaining the Shire's local character and planning for growing needs in a changing world. "Carnarvon is a major regional centre in the Gascoyne and we want to continue to encourage economic growth particularly through tourism and agriculture. "The new scheme aligns with other key strategies such as the Coral Bay Settlement Structure Plan, enabling greater flexibility to provide for additional community facilities, holiday and workforce accommodation, should they be required in the future." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral MLC Kyle McGinn "It's great to see this approved which will enable the Gascoyne to reach its full potential, and fuel economic growth across the region. "It will be fantastic to see the entire region aligned with key strategies under the new scheme." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Public comment sought on draft management plan for Pilbara inshore islands3225Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 1:11:19 AM2020-09-18T01:10:00Z A two-month public comment period is now open for the Pilbara inshore islands draft management plan The Pilbara inshore islands provide habitat for a variety of threatened species, including turtles and birds Public comment is now being sought on the Pilbara inshore islands nature reserves and proposed additions draft management plan. The plan covers over 170 islands, islets and rocks between Exmouth Gulf and Cape Preston, many of which fall within existing nature reserves, and all of which are proposed to become part of a single large nature reserve (the 'Pilbara Inshore Islands Nature Reserve'). The creation of the proposed single nature reserve will enable improved conservation of the significant natural and cultural values of the islands, including the threatened resident and migratory species that utilise them. These include the critically endangered eastern curlew, the vulnerable golden bandicoot and four species of marine turtles. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has prepared the draft management plan in consultation with various stakeholder groups, including management partners and traditional owners. You can access the draft plan, watch a short video about some of the values of the islands, and have your say via an online submission form at http//www.dbca.wa.gov.au/haveyoursay Public comment for the draft plan is open from September 18 to November 18, 2020. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Isolated from the mainland, the Pilbara inshore islands are important breeding and resting places for migratory shorebirds, seabirds and marine turtles, as they are protected from disturbances or threats like introduced predators, light and noise pollution, bushfires and vehicles on beaches. "The draft strategies safeguard important biodiversity, cultural and social values, while allowing opportunities for nature-based recreation and tourism experiences. "I encourage people to provide comment on the plan, which will help guide the management of these small and remote island reserves into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New van delivers more benefits for applauded Fishability program3249Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 5:23:55 AM2020-09-18T01:05:00Z ​Fishability van helps people with disability enjoy fishing experiences A new van for south metro region will transport equipment to jetty sessions Van program another example of recreational fishing licence fees supporting fishers The State Government is using revenue raised by recreational fishing licence fees to support Fishability in organising a busy calendar of jetty and boat events to help children and adults living with disability to get outdoors and go fishing. The Fishability program was established 20 years ago and now operates across Perth's metropolitan area, Mandurah, Busselton, Albany and Geraldton. There are plans to extend the program to Bunbury in the near future. Purpose-built and motorised rods, reels and fishing rod holders are needed to help those participating in the specially structured, fully supervised, fishing activities and events. South metropolitan volunteers now have a new van to help them more effectively transport the equipment needed at the jetty locations to support the fishers and to help them develop life skills, self-confidence and great friendships. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley "Every year a proportion of the revenue collected through recreational fishing licence fees is allocated to the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund for ideas and projects aligned to recreational fishing community priorities. "This new Fishability van is an example of licence fees being put to work to help the program volunteers get the equipment needed out to various jetties at Rockingham, Coogee, Point Walter, Mount Henry Bridge and Fremantle to help participants enjoy fishing experiences. "The purchase and fit-out of the van is a $46,000 investment, which is going to make the task of setting up activities and packing up afterwards a lot easier for Fishability volunteers." Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "On the road, and out and about, this van will help raise awareness of the Fishability program and how people of all abilities can enjoy the experience of going fishing. "This is a fantastic initiative and I commend the 100 or more WA volunteers who make this program so successful with its shore, jetty and vessel-based fishing activities and the advocacy role that Fishability has in promoting inclusive participation in fishing." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "Fishing off a jetty is one of the best images to capture the Western Australian lifestyle. "Thanks to this fantastic Fishability initiative, being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine and potentially catching a feed of fish is an experience that can be enjoyed by people of all abilities." Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 5300Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5800
Applications open for skilled and passionate workers to join TAFE3217Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 1:03:39 AM2020-09-18T01:00:00Z $57 million investment in training drives demand for increase in skilled TAFE workforce Seeking people with current industry skills to help train workforce of the future Applications now open for positions in metropolitan and regional areas Opportunity for skilled and passionate workers to mentor the next generation The McGowan Government is building a pool of talented TAFE lecturers to ensure the State is well positioned to train its future workforce. Applications are now open for lecturers to help meet the demand for TAFE courses as a result of the McGowan Government's recovery package for the training sector. The recruitment drive will ensure the sector responds quickly to the greater demand for teaching staff across all five TAFE colleges, in metropolitan and regional areas. The sector is looking for skilled workers that have a genuine passion and drive to teach others. Since the start of the year there have been almost 85,000 TAFE enrolments, an increase of more than six per cent when compared to last year. This is a result of the State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative introduced in January 2020. The initiative was further expanded in July and now includes 73 high priority courses with course fees slashed by as much as 72 per cent. The heavily reduced fees have been targeted to align with the State's immediate and emerging job opportunities. Skilled staff are also needed for the range of free short courses now available to job seekers and young people. To support larger student numbers, TAFE colleges are seeking applicants with at least five years of industry experience to complement TAFE's existing workforce of highly skilled staff. Applicants with the right skills will be assisted in attaining their lecturing qualifications. Applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, in particular skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as women in non-traditional trades are strongly encouraged to apply. The expanded pool of lecturers will be used to fill casual and fixed term vacancies, enabling all TAFE colleges to respond in an agile way to changing industry demand. Applications open today (September 18) and close on October 5, 2020. For further information, visit http//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/teach@TAFE Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "TAFE is an essential part of the economic recovery and the sector must respond with speed and agility to meet these changes. "TAFE teachers and lecturers play an important role in delivering educational excellence and mentoring the next generation of skilled workers, giving them the tools they need for success in their chosen fields. "With changing job environments, emerging jobs of the future and recovery from COVID-19, there has never been a greater need for skilled workers. "This recruitment drive will ensure we can meet the unprecedented demand and recognises the critical role training will play in the State's economic recovery." Minister's office - 6552 5700
New DMIRS office opens in Collie3211Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html18/09/2020 12:52:48 AM2020-09-18T00:00:00Z 11 new jobs for Collie at DMIRS' new licensing centre Online training overcomes COVID-19 opening hurdle Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today officially opened the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's (DMIRS) regional licence processing centre in Collie. Located on Forrest Street, the office has recruited 11 new staff, filling 10 full-time positions, who will process licence and renewal applications for electricians, gas fitters, plumbers, high-risk workers and a range of dangerous goods. The office will manage State-wide applications and is not currently open to the public, but has been fitted out to do so in the future. DMIRS has worked closely with the South West Development Commission, the Collie Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Collie Delivery Unit to establish the new office. The McGowan Government set up the Collie Delivery Unit to promote initiatives that support the future prosperity of the South-West town. The existing DMIRS mines safety office in Wittenoom Street will continue to operate. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The new Collie office was originally planned to open in late July, so it has not been significantly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. "In fact, the new ways of working, with enhanced online support and training, were developed as part of DMIRS' response to COVID-19 and will be put to good use in the new office. "The McGowan Government is proud to have championed the future of Collie through the Collie Delivery Unit and the $300,000 funding towards establishing this office is another example of our commitment to the town." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "This is an exciting announcement for the Collie-Preston region. "Collie now has 11 new jobs for locals and a facility with the capacity to house up to 20 State Government officers in the future." Minister's office - 6552 6700
COVID-19 Industry Support Fund to assist WA travel agents3053Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 12:47:26 AM2020-09-17T23:30:00Z $3 million support package for travel agents to assist with impacts of COVID-19 WA the first and only State to introduce a dedicated support program for travel agents Package will help businesses to cover their operating expenses Initiative is in addition to State Government's existing COVID-19 small business support measures Western Australian travel agents will be able to access support from a new $3 million State Government fund to help sustain their businesses as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Funded by the State Government's COVID-19 Industry Support Fund, the program is the first and only dedicated support program in the country for travel agents. The initial rollout of the program will provide packages of up to $5,000 to eligible home-based agents and minimum $10,000 packages to eligible brick-and-mortar businesses. WA travel agents have reported that they draw up to 90 per cent of their income from Western Australians travelling overseas, and have been profoundly impacted by the Federal Government's international border closure. Since the Australian border closed, WA travel agents have been working tirelessly to refund an estimated $70 million of travel credits and vouchers on behalf of customers while unable to generate income for their businesses. The program will support travel agents to continue paying their fixed operating expenses to provide support while the Federal Government formulates a longer-term solution. To be eligible, travel agents must be legitimate small businesses with a current registered Australian Business Number (as at March 20, 2020), and have experienced a 75 per cent or greater reduction in turnover due to the impact of COVID-19. Applications for the support package open on Friday October 2 and close at 5pm on Friday October 30, with the Small Business Development Corporation to contact WA travel agents direct with information on how to apply. Travel agents who have not been contacted by Wednesday, September 23 are asked to email tasp@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au The program is in addition to the State Government's existing COVID-19 support measures for small businesses, such as commercial tenancy laws to protect small businesses from the impacts of the pandemic. Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Paul Papalia "Travel agents have been one of the industries most impacted by COVID-19, with up to 90 per cent of their income drawn from Western Australians travelling overseas. "The Federal Government's international border closures will continue to severely impact these businesses for some time to come. "Western Australia is the first and only State in the country to implement a dedicated travel agent support program of this kind. "The State Government recognises the important work local agents have been doing to refund customers' travel credits and vouchers from airlines, hotels and tourism companies right around the world. "This support fund is designed to provide some assistance to travel agents to maintain their operating expenses until the Federal Government devises a longer-term solution." Minister's office - 6552 5600
New program to test wastewater for COVID-193052Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml18/09/2020 12:25:32 AM2020-09-17T22:30:00Z Wastewater testing evaluation program for the COVID-19 virus to commence in Western Australia Wastewater testing may provide an early warning of COVID-19 prevalence in the community Additional measure to complement WA's COVID-19 preparedness Western Australia's wastewater will soon be tested for the COVID-19 virus, with an evaluation program to expand PCR testing to the State's sewerage network. The Collaboration on Sewage Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 (ColoSSoS) Project will track and monitor for traces of the COVID-19 virus in WA's sewerage network. It will be led by the WA Health system - with testing undertaken by PathWest - to provide an opportunity for robust evaluation and review of the role of wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 in Western Australia. The Water Corporation and Water Research Australia are also project partners. The evaluation will aim to answer questions such as what are the best sites to test, the testing frequency and interpreting the information. Importantly, this program will be informed by public health data and knowledge to complement the State's public health follow-up. Individual testing of people at COVID clinics and other collection facilities is the mainstay of detection for COVID-19. Wastewater testing will enhance this testing as it samples a large proportion of the population with each test. The Water Corporation began collecting samples from metropolitan wastewater treatment plants in April this year in readiness for testing, with PathWest currently validating the testing methods and preparing for regular testing. Testing is expected to begin within the next month. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia is in a unique position to undertake work in this field, given our current state of no community transmission for the past five months. "Our priority has always been testing individuals to keep Western Australia safe but we've also been storing wastewater samples since April. "Now that WA has had no community transmission for the past five months, we're ready to start wastewater testing as well. "This will add yet another layer of both checks and reassurance. "We have had a very considered and deliberate strategy along every step of this difficult COVID-19 journey. "So this is yet another step of many in 2020. "The results may also provide further data to help inform WA's COVID-19 restrictions." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Aboriginal communities taking charge of their emergency services2742Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6780html17/09/2020 6:05:51 AM2020-09-17T06:05:00Z ​Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services units established in two remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley Beagle Bay and Djarindjin join Bidyadanga as the only three Aboriginal communities with VFES units in WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services Broome has supported the creation of the unitsEmergency Services Minister Francis Logan joined locals today from the communities of Beagle Bay and Djarindjin for the official launch of two new Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) Units for each of the communities. The celebration took place outside the communities in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. The new VFES units were established with the support of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) which helped install an extensive communication system, secured buildings to house the units and continues to deliver training to the communities on the Dampier Peninsula. Despite not being officially opened, the two units, which have Toyota light tankers, have responded to fires and supported police at traffic accidents since 2018. The unit vehicles have also been used for homeland and community planned burning activities. DFES continues to recruit members for the VFES units, which come from the communities of Djarindjin, Lombadina and Ardyaloon. The volunteers are mainly from the communities' municipal services, the Nyul and Bardi Jawi Rangers, tourism and pearling industry. The DFES-accredited fire training they are receiving is due to be expanded to include response to natural hazards. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "This is a fantastic achievement by the communities to have only the second and third VFES units at an Aboriginal community in Western Australia. "It is not an easy undertaking to start one of these units from scratch and I would like to congratulate everyone involved. "I would especially like to acknowledge the many people at DFES, in particular the DFES Broome office for making these units a reality. "It has taken many years and a lot of work, but these new units stand testament to everyone involved who want to improve community safety and take charge of their own emergency services." Minister's office - 6552 6300
COVID focus for Future Health Research and Innovation Fund grant2745Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10440html17/09/2020 7:28:13 AM2020-09-17T06:00:00Z $4 million for COVID-focused research and innovation New grants available across three funding streams Grants will be awarded based on competitive, merit-based selection process The first program to be funded under the State Government's historic Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund is now open and calling for projects with a COVID-19 focus. The FHRI Focus Grants COVID-19 Program will initially provide up to $4 million for research and innovation that helps promote the health and wellbeing of Western Australians. The program is designed to fund research and innovation that addresses health and wellbeing challenges relevant to the COVID emergency. This could include projects related to infection prevention and control, surveillance, diagnostics and therapeutics as well as the direct or indirect impact of COVID-19 across a range of health conditions. Grants will be made available across three streams of funding - research, innovation and infrastructure. Applications will be judged by an independent review panel made up of experienced researchers, experts and consumer representatives. In awarding funding, the panel will adhere to a competitive, merit-based selection process. The FHRI Fund was the centrepiece of the State Government's commitment to drive research and innovation in Western Australia by providing the State's health and medical researchers and innovators with a secure and ongoing source of funding. Its establishment followed legislation that repurposed the $1.4 billion WA Future Fund - allowing interest earned on it to be directed to local health and medical research, innovation and commercialisation. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Health and medical research and innovation is crucial to informing our current response to COVID-19, and will continue to play a vital role in our preparation for future disease outbreaks. "This program is an investment in the ongoing health and wellbeing of the WA community. "This opens the way for so many exciting ideas and opportunities. "It will help create processes, products and services as well as investing in infrastructure that supports COVID-19 related research and innovation in WA." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Dinosaurs, ancient megafauna and giant marine life unveiled2522Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8590html17/09/2020 4:31:12 AM2020-09-17T04:30:00Z Massive new WA dinosaur brought to life at WA Museum Boola Bardip Four-metre-high, 16-metre-long sauropod created from trackway footprints New gallery features prehistoric sharks, predatory armour-plated fish Detailed models and million-year-old fossils combine in stunning new displaySpectacular new dinosaurs, ancient megafauna and prehistoric marine creatures have taken up residence at the new WA Museum Boola Bardip. Located in the museum's Wild Life gallery, the Portals to the Past display gives visitors a chance to step back in time and discover some of the most extraordinary animals ever to roam the Earth. For the first time in Western Australia, one of the State's very own giant sauropod dinosaurs has been recreated based on footprints trail left in the muddy sand at the Dampier Peninsula about 130 million years ago. At four metres high and 16 metres long, the real sauropod would have weighed about 13 tonnes. Sauropods, long-necked dinosaurs, were the largest of all the dinosaurs, making them the largest land animals that ever lived. Palaeontologists from the WA Museum and The University of Queensland worked with a specialist palaeoartist in Russia to come up with a highly detailed, digital 3D model of the dinosaur. It was based on several consecutive footprints, with the hind foot imprints measuring about 80 centimetres in length and 60 centimetres in width. Also on display is the head of a megalodon shark, its size modelled from a giant tooth found at Cape Range National Park near Exmouth. The tooth is roughly 10 million years old and will be displayed alongside the head. Megalodon was the biggest shark to inhabit the Earth's oceans, growing up to 20 metres in length and weighing up to about 70 tonnes. The species became extinct about 3.5 million years ago. The predatory, armour-plated, razor-toothed fossil emblem of WA - the Gogo fish - is also on display. Nearby are skilfully crafted interpretations of a three-metre plesiosaur and four-metre ichthyosaur, both of which are extinct marine reptiles rather than dinosaurs. A much-loved museum favourite is back in an entirely new display. The excavated fossil skeleton of a Diprotodon, a giant wombat-like marsupial, lies alongside a standing full-size cast skeleton. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Dinosaurs have always been among the most popular exhibits at the museum and the Portals to the Past display, featuring brand new exhibits and some old museum favourites showcased side-by-side, is absolutely incredible. "The sauropod model is spectacular. We believe it is the first time in Australia that a life-size sauropod dinosaur model has been created from the information contained in a few footprints left behind 130 million years ago. "Recent finds and ongoing research into dinosaurs and prehistoric marine reptiles are changing the way we look at these incredible creatures. This new display will encourage visitors of all ages to learn more about these incredible creatures." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Western Australia's COVID-19 recovery on track with an increase of 32,200 jobs in August2493Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11240html17/09/2020 3:11:03 AM2020-09-17T03:10:00Z ABS Labour Force data shows employment rose in Western Australia by 32,200 jobs in August Strongest monthly rise in employment on record Western Australia accounted for around one third of jobs created nationally in August 71 per cent of jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic have now been recovered 47,000 more people employed now than in early 2017 under the previous Liberal National Government McGowan Government's $5.5 billion Recovery Plan is driving WA's economic and social recovery Western Australia has recorded the strongest monthly rise in employment on record, with an unprecedented increase of 32,200 jobs in August. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released today shows Western Australia's economic and social recovery continues with employment up a strong 2.4 per cent (32,200 jobs). The ABS data also shows 71 per cent of jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic have now been recovered. There are now 47,000 more people employed than in early 2017 under the previous Liberal National Government. The ABS Labour Force report for August reflects the easing of restrictions to Phase 4 which occurred on June 27. The previous Labour Force for July captured only the first two weeks of Phase 4. Phase 4 saw the removal of gathering limits, for example in restaurants, bars and cafés, the reopening of the casino gaming floor and the return of unseated performances at some venues. Today's survey builds on other recent data releases that highlight the strength of the Western Australian economy and the early rewards of the McGowan Government's $5.5 billion Recovery Plan. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "Western Australia has recorded its largest monthly jobs increase on record, with more than 32,200 Western Australians finding jobs in August. "Our State also accounted for around one third of jobs created nationally in August, highlighting the strength of our economy behind our hard border and the early benefits of the WA Recovery Plan. "The McGowan Government's decision to implement a hard border was clearly important in rebuilding our economy. "There are now 47,000 more people employed in Western Australia than in early 2017 under the previous Liberal National Government. "While today's results are encouraging signs for our economy, there is still more to do. "Getting Western Australians back to work is the McGowan Government's number one priority." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
WA Recovery Plan progresses with architect appointed for Northam TAFE upgrade2462Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5570html17/09/2020 2:01:28 AM2020-09-17T02:00:00Z T&Z appointed to design Northam TAFE campus upgrade $2 million trades workshop refurbishment is expected to start in October 2021 Upgrade is part of largest TAFE capital works program in WA history, creating an estimated more than 1,000 jobs Campus upgrades will deliver more training opportunities for local secondary studentsEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced that Western Australian architectural firm T&Z will design a $2 million upgrade to Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus workshop. T&Z is highly experienced in educational architecture having recently co-designed Stage 1 of Bob Hawke College in inner-city Perth and the new social and educational hub at North Metropolitan TAFE's Perth campus. Current facilities at Northam, which include light automotive, metals and construction workshops, will be replaced. The new workshop refurbishment will include the installation of cutting-edge technology and equipment to meet the training needs of local industry in the building and construction, metal fabrication, automotive and engineering fields. The upgraded facilities will be integral to the region's vocational education and training Delivered to Secondary Students programs, offering pathways into apprenticeships such as agricultural machinery technology and heavy commercial fitting. The Northam campus upgrades were announced in July as part of the WA Recovery Plan.A record $167.4 million will be invested to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across Western Australia's TAFE colleges. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We look forward to progressing plans for a state-of-the-art workshop at TAFE's Northam campus. "The McGowan Government is creating world-class learning opportunities for students while generating a pipeline of jobs, which will help the WA economy get back on track." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "I am proud to be part of the McGowan Government that is investing in TAFE and training in the Agricultural Region. "This project will ensure students in the Northam area have the opportunity to gain skills that will keep them employed in our region for years to come." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Local workers begin transformation of former school site into innovation residential estate1407Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13470html17/09/2020 1:32:11 AM2020-09-17T01:30:00Z Works commence on the site of the former Hamilton Senior High School Construction of innovative residential estate to support almost 400 local jobs Diverse housing options to include single residential lots, grouped housing and town homes First development in WA to crush, process and re-use the majority of demolition waste on siteLocal workers have commenced work to transform the Hamilton Senior High School Site into a new innovative, sustainable residential estate. Around 400 workers will be involved in the construction of the DevelopmentWA 'Innovation through Demonstration' project, which will feature approximately 232 lots and more than 330 new homes. The diverse housing products to be created include single residential lots, split-level lots, 125sqm compact lots and five grouped housing sites. The estate will also include two small mixed-use commercial sites and set a new industry benchmark for quality residential infill. The project has received Urban Development Institute of Australia EnviroDevelopment certification and the maximum 6 leaves for its high standard sustainability initiatives. In designing the estate, DevelopmentWA has worked with the site's natural landform, with a focus on retaining established trees and biodiversity. More than 350 new tree plantings will double the existing tree canopy to cover 30 per cent of the estate, providing shaded areas for residents as well as for nesting birds and other animals. The project will also showcase an innovative approach to demolition waste management, salvaging, crushing and processing demolition materials on site to be re-used and re-purposed in future landscaping and civil works at the estate. Some 10,000 tonnes of materials from the former school buildings were processed on site, with 85 per cent of this to be reused as part of the civil construction and landscape works. The commencement of works comes two and a half years after the former school was closed. The estate will reflect the site's Aboriginal and European heritage, and its importance to the local community, through street names, landscaping, public art and the use of materials from the former school. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "Getting this project off the ground now helps support our State's economic recovery, with local businesses and workers involved in the construction of the estate. "The development is expected to attract $97.7 million in private sector investment and the first lots are expected to be released in 2021. "The estate will deliver genuine choice for homebuyers by introducing a diverse range of new housing types and price points to an area dominated by older single-lot homes. "I'm pleased to see the cultural and historical elements of the site will be reflected in the development - taking in not only its history as a school, but also the Aboriginal heritage of the area." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "This new development will be a great place to live - it's close to excellent transport links and established infrastructure. "The innovative approach taken to demolition and recycling of the former Hamilton Senior High School buildings has demonstrated a new way forward for the development industry. "Through careful management and on-site processing, 85 per cent of the 10,000 tonnes of demolition materials recovered will be re-used across the new estate. "This approach not only prevented thousands of tonnes of waste going to landfill, but also removed some 1,000 trucks from our roads during the demolition process - delivering environmental benefits, and reducing congestion and disruption for the local community." Minister's office - 6552 5900