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Hay Street Bridge height clearance to increase5254Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2020 7:11:51 AM2020-01-20T07:10:00Z Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today announced that an alliance contract had been awarded to Bocol and MACA Joint Venture (BMJV) for work on the Hay Street Bridge in the city. The work will increase the clearance of the Hay Street Bridge by 250 millimetres for southbound motorists, over the Mitchell Freeway in Perth. To achieve this, a six metre by 21 metre-long section of the existing bridge will be replaced with a new raised section. A bridge protection beam will also be installed to help minimise the risk of damage in the event of future strikes by unauthorised over-height vehicles. The Hay Street Bridge was constructed in 1968 and complied with bridge height clearance standards at that time, however, it is now considered a low height clearance structure. Data shows that the bridge has been hit 20 times, nine of those in the past five years alone. In order for this project to be completed in a safe and effective way, the southbound freeway at this location will need to be closed for two full weekends - one weekend to dismantle the bridge section and another to install the new bridge section. It is expected that these closures will take place approximately two months apart but the bridge and freeway will remain open during the day with additional night closures only during the project. Freeway closure details including dates will be widely communicated to the public once they are confirmed closer to construction. Work is expected to be completed by September 2020. The $6.75 million project is being funded by the State Government. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "As most Perth road users would be aware, there are very significant safety risks and traffic delays caused by unauthorised over-height vehicles hitting the Hay Street Bridge when travelling southbound on Mitchell Freeway. "Lane closures are often required to clean up resulting debris and to assess potential bridge damage. This leads to heavy traffic congestion for long periods of time, causing road users to become frustrated. "Modification works will be undertaken by an alliance contract. It is expected that 40 new jobs will be created during the construction phase. "Given the complex nature of these works, as well as the location, there will be substantial impacts for road users and the wider community. "Main Roads and BMJV will explore all opportunities to minimise these impacts, and will work closely with stakeholders during the development of the design and construction." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Firefighting aerial giant touches down in Perth5253Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2020 6:49:49 AM2020-01-20T06:45:00Z First large air tanker to be based in WA touched down in Perth today LAT can drop 11,350 litres of water or retardant and can travel at speeds over 650 kmh Western Australia's fire response capabilities bolstered with new aircraftThe first large air tanker (LAT) to be based in Western Australia touched down at RAAF Base Pearce today adding a significant new asset to the State's aerial firefighting fleet. The LAT, an Erickson Aero MD 87, can drop 11,350 litres of water or retardant and travel at speeds over 650 km/h. This is the first time that WA has had a LAT based in the State and follows the McGowan Government's longstanding advocacy for greater resources for WA's aerial firefighting fleet. The new aircraft has been delivered through the Federal Government's recent $20 million funding boost for Australia's aerial firefighting fleet in December. The decision to base the aircraft in WA was made by the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, a business unit of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council. The new aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Pearce and managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The arrival of this new aircraft is fantastic news for Western Australia and I would like to thank the Federal Government for the funding increase and the National Aerial Firefighting Centre for choosing to base a large air tanker here. "We obviously have a significant amount of territory to cover and this MD 87 will be a great help. "It cannot work in isolation though and it is part of a multi-faceted aerial firefighting fleet that includes helicopters and light planes. "Any aerial support still needs firefighters on the ground and it's important to recognise that it is a combined approach that brings the best results." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "I would like to thank the Federal Government for their funding increase that has led to more aerial firefighting resources for Western Australia. "I am sure that this large air tanker will be a very welcome sight for our firefighters when they are battling a fire on the ground. "We have vast national parks that cover a wide range of vegetation and terrains and this new aircraft will make a significant difference when there is restricted access for our on-the-ground resources. "However, like any firefighting resource, it has its limits and needs to be used in conjunction with the rest of the aerial firefighting fleet and firefighters at the fire front for the best possible results." Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
McGowan Government contributes $200,000 for Port Beach rock wall5252Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2020 12:10:09 AM2020-01-18T02:30:00Z McGowan Government and City of Fremantle partner to address Port Beach erosion Temporary rock wall to protect beach and infrastructure while a longer-term solution is developed Rock wall to be built ahead of winter to provide storm protection Investment follows release of Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia report last yearThe McGowan Government will contribute $200,000 towards a temporary rock wall to protect the infrastructure at Port Beach in North Fremantle. Port Beach was identified as an at-risk location in the Coastal Erosion Hotspots in Western Australia report released last year. Today's $200,000 contribution follows a State Government grant of $50,000 provided to the City of Fremantle in August last year to undertake further analysis on the issue of coastal erosion at Port Beach. The funding will be matched by the City of Fremantle to build the $400,000 rock wall, which will serve as an interim measure to protect local infrastructure. The project will involve constructing a rock wall to adjoin the existing wall in front of the beach change rooms and replenishing sand on the dune in front of Coast Café. The City of Fremantle is aiming to have the wall built prior to winter, when the area is more prone to damaging weather and severe erosion. A technical advisory group for the North Fremantle development precinct has been formed to investigate options for the long-term solution to erosion in the area. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Construction of this rock wall is intended to secure Port Beach's current functions and provide time to refine and implement a long-term approach. "Port Beach is hugely popular with locals and visitors, and we are working with local government and the community to devise longer-term safeguards. "The McGowan Government has also called on a greater role from the Federal Government in addressing the national issue of coastal erosion." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "I've had a lot of discussions with local business owners, beachgoers and residents about the plan to manage erosion at Port Beach. "It's clear a longer-term plan is required, however, the temporary rock wall will give us the time to find ways to address the increasing challenges faced due to changing environmental conditions. "Coastal monitoring and data collection is currently in progress with the aim to develop a longer-term coastal adaptation strategy for Port Beach. "There has been a groundswell of local support for taking action on Port Beach and I thank everyone who has provided feedback." Minister's office - 6552 5500
McGowan Government flags classic car and street rod rego discount5251Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2020 12:10:07 AM2020-01-18T01:30:00Z New scheme to offer 75 per cent registration discount for classic vehicles registered to an approved club 'Concessions for Classics' scheme to stimulate business and jobs in automotive industry Scheme removes red tape for classic car owners that only drive occasionally WA's motoring culture celebrated through classic vehicle registration concessions The McGowan Government is introducing a new quarter-price registration scheme to bring more classic cars out of the shed and onto the road. The new 'Concessions for Classics' licensing scheme will remove restrictions that currently prevent modified classic vehicles and street rods from accessing licence concessions. Under the new scheme, all car and motorcycle enthusiasts with a vehicle older than 30 years that are also registered to a Department of Transport approved club, will be eligible for the 75 per cent registration concession. Feedback from local motoring clubs and custom vehicle owners suggested the old licensing arrangement discouraged vehicles that would otherwise be used for tourism events, exhibitions and special events from being registered at all. Under 'Concessions for Classics', the annual registration discount would vary from vehicle to vehicle depending on specification. For example A 1956 Holden FJ would drop from $748.90 to $167.35 a year; A 1970 Ford GT would drop from $839.40 to $169.20 a year; A 1929 Ford Roadster would drop from $721.20 to $139.65 a year; and A 1974 Holden Torana SLR would drop from $768.45 to $151.50 a year. The Department of Transport is currently drafting regulation changes and upgrading systems to support the 'Concessions for Classics' scheme. Part of this process will involve the Department of Transport meeting with stakeholders such as motoring clubs to discuss details such as registering a club and defining what constitutes a club event. Drafting is proceeding as quickly as possible and the McGowan Government is aiming to have the new registration scheme available to owners in the second half of 2020. Owners will be subject to a number of conditions such as identification labels, annual vehicle inspections and vehicle use being limited to attending club shows and events. To stay updated, visit http// and subscribe to receive emails in relation to the scheme. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Western Australians love their classic cars and motorcycles, resulting in a strong local motoring scene. "Many local motoring enthusiasts also attend cruises, exhibitions and events that often attract tourists or raise funds for charities. "It's clear that a large amount of classic vehicle enthusiasts are only using their pride and joy for special events such as cruises or shows - so it's unfair they should pay full registration. "Our current registration system also prevents classic car owners from accessing registration concessions if modifications - even safety improvements - have been made to their vehicles. "This new scheme will remove that red tape and encourage more owners to get their classic cars and bikes out to events. "I have been approached by many classic vehicle owners who say the annual registration cost is too high for classic cars that are only used occasionally. "We will now work with those owners to finalise the details of the policy. "The more classic vehicles that are brought out of the shed to qualify for the scheme, the more flow-on benefits we will see in the local automotive industry." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Changing lives for the better - celebrating WA’s corrective services5231Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3040html17/01/2020 8:01:21 AM2020-01-17T08:00:00Z National Corrections Day celebrates Australia's corrective services staff for their important, but 'behind-the-scenes' work Today's celebration coincides with 50th anniversary of Bandyup Women's Prison Staff recognition events have been held throughout the week at prisons, work camps, farms and WA's detention centreCorrective Services employees throughout Western Australia have spent the week being celebrated for their achievements in helping to keep the community safe. Today is National Corrections Day and events have been held this week throughout the State's corrective services prisons, work camps, farms, youth detention centre, and offices to recognise the often unheralded achievements of WA's corrective services staff. Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan joined staff at Bandyup Women's Prison today to mark the national day and to commemorate the prison's 50th anniversary of operation. Bandyup prison sits on previous farming land and began as the 'Bandyup Training Centre' in 1970 to house female prisoners who had been accommodated at Fremantle Prison. Today the facility holds maximum, medium and minimum-security prisoners as well as mothers and their babies in specially designed accommodation. It focuses on providing women with skills to help employment opportunities on release as well as rehabilitative programs. The key to the prison's success, which included recently introducing a beauty therapy training facility, is down to the staff. Today many were recognised for their achievements with various awards by the prison's superintendent. Similar awards ceremonies have been held throughout WA's corrective services facilities this week to recognise the important and rewarding efforts of the State's 4,500 corrective services employees. Perth landmarks including the Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay and the Matagarup Bridge were also illuminated in the National Corrections Day colours of blue and green this week and each day Yagan Square featured the faces of corrective services staff. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan "It was fantastic to attend today's celebrations for the staff at Bandyup Women's Prison who are doing remarkable work in trying to turn prisoners' lives around. "The prison is also commemorating 50 years of operations. It is a very different facility to how it started with a very different cohort of female offenders. "It is not an easy job working in corrective services, but is a very important one. "Whether you are in a prison, work camp, head office or a community offender management office your work is vital to keep the community safe and for making a difference in an offender's behaviour. "I have visited every prison, work camp and prison farm in WA on multiple occasions and I have visited nearly all the Youth Justice offices and Adult Community Corrections offices throughout the State, and there is always a common theme of wanting to make a difference. "I am glad that this week, and especially today, we have turned the focus on the 4500 corrective services staff who make a significant difference to community safety, but whose efforts can often go unheralded." Minister's office - 6552 6300
First Aboriginal trainees graduate from Mid-West shearing camp5230Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2790html17/01/2020 5:02:52 AM2020-01-17T05:00:00Z Aboriginal trainees graduate from shearing camp run by State Government and Mhunga Whalla Success of camp to pave the way for new Aboriginal-focused training hubs in Mid-West and other parts of the State The first trainees today graduated from a Mid-West training camp that may serve as a prototype for creating both Aboriginal economic development and new shearing labour. The Geraldton-based Mhunga Whalla group and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development organised the camp at a Northampton farm. Participants aged 16 to 29 completed a two-week course facilitated by accredited trainers and are now looking to gain work in the State's shearing industry. The McGowan Government is supporting a similar shearing camp in Brookton, and has plans to further expand the model in conjunction with the WA Shearing Industry Association. Mhunga Whalla is considering developing a permanent training facility in the Mid-West. The Mid-West camp attracted strong financial and logistical support from Australian Wool Innovation and many local businesses and individuals. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan congratulated the camp graduates Jamaine Narrier; Clinton Narrier; Taharna Mitchell; Leeson Flanagan; Brentley Comeagain; Rob Ronan; Kahsan Stack; Edward Ponta; and Robbie Speight. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "With wool prices on the rebound, demand is growing for shearers. "Many young Aboriginal people today had grandparents in the industry - and they live in sheep growing regions. It makes sense to offer this employment opportunity for young Aboriginal people across our regions and particularly in the Mid-West. "This program responds to the projected 10 per cent per annum growth in demand for shearing labour to meet the increases in wool production. "Congratulations and thank you to Bobby Pepper and the Mhunga Whalla team, the Teakle family from Northampton for hosting the camp, and the dedicated departmental staff for their efforts. "This is the first step towards realising the Government's vision of creating permanent Aboriginal-focused shearing training hubs in the Mid-West and other parts of the State." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New Government-backed beach patrol services for Mandurah5229Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3300html17/01/2020 2:05:34 AM2020-01-17T02:05:00Z The McGowan Government is working to make summers safer for Western Australians A three-year trial begins on Monday to bring lifesaving services to Mandurah The City of Mandurah has been a leading council in beach safety initiatives Acting Fisheries Minister David Templeman has welcomed the City of Mandurah's decision to introduce Surf Life Saving WA patrol services to watch over its popular beaches. The McGowan Government has put $287,000 towards supporting a $553,329 contract to trial the beach safety services which, starting on Monday (January 20), will cover the cost of lifesaving patrols, with options for additional services such as jet ski and inflatable rescue boat services. Last year, the Government agreed to a request from the City of Mandurah, for funds originally allocated for a beach enclosure at Falcon, to be used for community-preferred lifesaving services at its popular beaches. Mandurah's community already has a keen Sea Sense, being one of the top locations where surfers and divers have claimed the McGowan Government's world-first $200 rebate to buy scientifically proven personal shark deterrent devices. The new SharkSmart WA app is also popular, with more than 17,000 downloads. The free app helps people switch on their Sea Sense when they head to our beaches this summer. Find out more information at https// Comments attributed to Acting Fisheries Minister David Templeman "I congratulate Mandurah on its plan for three years of beach patrols that will support its community and provide lifesavers at four locations. "Patrols will operate at Pyramids, Falcon Bay and San Remo, as well as Town Beach, until mid-April. The lifesaving services trial will be assessed annually over three years. "These new services align with WA's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy, which funds Surf Life Saving WA beach and helicopter patrols along Perth metropolitan and south-west beaches, including Mandurah. "Mandurah also initiated installation of Beach Emergency Number signs, since developed by the McGowan Government and offered to coastal councils from the Mid-West to Esperance. "Collectively almost 900 BEN signs are now installed, covering 820 coastal locations, with unique codes for emergency services to pinpoint the locations in an emergency." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Recycling charities funded through dumping reduction program5228Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5910html17/01/2020 2:04:22 AM2020-01-17T02:00:00Z $41,859 awarded under the Charitable Recyclers Dumping Reduction Program Funding from this round to build on findings from first round of fundingWestern Australian charities, Alinea Inc in partnership with Good Samaritan Industries and Anglicare WA, have secured more than $41,000 in funding to help reduce dumping at charitable recycling sites. The funding is available through the Charitable Recyclers Dumping Reduction Program, and also enables research to inform better practices by charitable recyclers. Research findings are circulated through the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations - WA. This is the second round of program funding and builds on findings from the first funding round. The successful applicants were Alinea Inc in partnership with Good Samaritan Industries - $19,984 to install sensor lighting and optical surveillance equipment at four collection sites in the metropolitan area; and Anglicare WA - $21,875 to purchase and install ten high security donation bins at four sites in the metropolitan area.The program assists charitable recyclers that divert used items from landfill and recover them for recycling and reuse. It aims to reduce illegal dumping and littering, and to prevent unusable items - which ultimately end up in landfill - being left at donation sites. This funding is in addition to the State Government's Charitable Recyclers Rebate program, which provides up to $250,000 in funding each year. Funding supports eligible charitable recyclers to reduce the substantial costs incurred in disposing of items deposited or illegally dumped at drop-off sites that cannot be reused or recycled. For more information on these programs visit the Waste Authority's website. To report illegal dumping, contact DWER's Pollution Watch hotline on 1300 784 782. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Illegal dumping and unusable donations are a widespread problem faced by charities. "This program not only helps reduce illegal dumping and littering through better surveillance and security, but also through ongoing research. "Charitable recyclers welcome useful and resalable donations and are an example of recycling in action, yet they are often left with the unsightly and expensive problem of disposing of unusable or illegally dumped items at their sites. "They also provide critical services across the Western Australian community and it is vital that every dollar they raise is spent on services, not on waste disposal." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Western Australian data assisting bushfire response5227Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5530html17/01/2020 12:08:11 AM2020-01-16T22:05:00Z Landgate data has been made available to Commonwealth agencies and not-for-profit organisations to assist with the national bushfire response Maps provide vital information on landscape and terrain Landgate's data has been made available to various organisations to support response and recovery efforts for the bushfire emergencies occurring across Australia. Topographic maps of Western Australia have been provided to the Australian Defence Force to support Operation Bushfire Assist in the event that WA is severely impacted by bushfires for the remainder of this bushfire season. The maps provide a summary of the landscape and terrain while displaying important physical (natural and man-made) features including road names, contours, spot heights, cities, towns and buildings. They are particularly useful in remote areas where terrain and lack of internet access can affect operations on the ground. National datasets for areas burnt during the current fire season have also been provided to support the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy in carrying out environmental impact analyses, and Landcare Australia in their community group recovery efforts. Comments attributed to Acting Lands Minister Stephen Dawson "We've always said Western Australia stands ready to help those impacted by the devastating bushfires in any way we can. "This is a great example of various levels of government working together to support the community. "Landgate is Western Australia's land information authority and has the most extensive continuous dataset of fire burnt areas across Australia. The data provided will underpin environmental and community group recovery efforts. "Our thoughts are with those impacted by these devastating bushfires. On behalf of the State Government, I thank all emergency services personnel and volunteers for their ongoing dedication and support." Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA’s visitor numbers and spend the highest on record5226Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4920html17/01/2020 12:01:01 AM2020-01-16T22:00:00Z Latest national and international visitor numbers at record high WA's growth rate for international holiday visitors the highest of all States and Territories Increase in visitor numbers and spend boosts local economy and creates jobs The latest visitor data from Tourism Research Australia reveals the number of visitors to Western Australia, and their total spend, has again reached an all-time high. According to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS), which were released today, WA had 2.87 million out-of-state (international and interstate) visitors in the year ending September 2019. The number of total overnight visitors was 11.8 million people who, together with day-trippers, spent $10.9 billion in the State - an increase of 17.9 per cent on the previous year. Of this, $5.2 billion (48 per cent) was spent in regional WA. International holiday visitors were the highest on record for Western Australia, with the number increasing by 13.2 per cent to 521,800 - the highest amount of international holiday visitors WA has ever seen. International holiday spend was also the highest WA has ever seen, with a year-on-year increase of 25.2 per cent to $870 million. As a result, total international visitor spend in WA increased by seven per cent, to $2.31 billion. The NVS results revealed WA had 1.9 million interstate visitors in the year ending September 2019, an increase of 22.7 per cent on the previous year. These visitors spent $1.94 billion, with both figures the highest on record. Of those interstate visitors, 478,000 came to WA for a holiday - a 9.6 per cent increase on the same time last year - and spent $822 million. The NVS also showed growing numbers of Western Australians are holidaying at home, with intrastate holiday trips increasing by 15.1 per cent to 3.79 million - the highest figures on record - and corresponding spend up 17.2 per cent to $2.3 billion. To view the detailed NVS and IVS results for the year ending September 2019, visit http// Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "These extremely positive visitor results once again prove that all the hard work we've put in to promoting our amazing State is paying off. "As with the last quarter, the holiday visitor numbers and spend are the highest on record in WA, for both international and domestic visitors, and we have the highest international holiday visitor growth rate in the country. "We will continue to focus all our efforts on making WA the number one holiday destination in the country to both domestic and overseas visitors." Minister's office - 6552 5600
FRINGE WORLD festival back even bigger and better for 20205225Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4870html16/01/2020 11:31:52 AM2020-01-16T11:30:00Z 2020 FRINGE WORLD Festival underway with opening event at The Ice Cream Factory State Government contributes more than $1.3 million to support 2020 FRINGE festival Free CAT buses to run every 15 minutes from Perth Busport to Girls School festival site Hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend events running from January 17 to February 16, 2020 FRINGE WORLD attracts visitors to WA, supports local businesses and artists, and creates jobs for Western Australians The FRINGE WORLD Festival is back even bigger and better in 2020, with the State Government funding $1.3 million, through Lotterywest, Tourism Western Australia and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, to support the event. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman officially opened the 2020 Festival at Northbridge venue The Ice Cream Factory, unveiling an exciting program of arts and cultural experiences for Western Australians of all ages. The State Government's contribution will support the local artistic community and has resulted in six new Western Australian shows premiering at Girls School through the 'FRINGE WORLD R&D Supported by Lotterywest' program. Since 1994, Lotterywest has funded more than $8.7 million to Artrage, which runs the FRINGE WORLD Festival. Last year 3,574 performers participated in FRINGE, 74 per cent of which were local Western Australian artists. In 2020, the Festival will feature more than 700 events at more than 150 venues across the Perth metropolitan area from Cockburn to Joondalup, and Scarborough to Kalamunda. Regionally, FRINGE will visit Mandurah, Margaret River, Katanning, Merredin, Esperance and Kalgoorlie. A free CAT bus service will run every 15 minutes between the Perth Busport and the Girls School festival venue, while a host of other Transperth services are available to get patrons to other venues. FRINGE WORLD is the largest annual festival in Western Australia and the third largest Fringe Festival in the world. Last year more than $12 million was spent at the FRINGE box office and more than 850,000 attendances were recorded at free and ticketed events. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Every summer Western Australia becomes the proud home of the FRINGE WORLD Festival. "It's enjoyed annually by hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors alike, bringing our city to life, stimulating the local economy and supporting local jobs. "This year's State Government contribution will help support the festival and the participation of more Western Australian artists. "More public transport options are also available to make visits easier, with a free CAT bus stopping every 15 minutes from Perth Busport to the Girls School festival location. "I encourage all Western Australians to visit one of the hundreds of FRINGE WORLD shows and enjoy a night out, supporting local WA artists and businesses." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "FRINGE WORLD is a significant cultural highlight in Western Australia's summer calendar. "The State Government is proud to support the Festival with a Lotterywest grant, that will assist in promoting local artists, and continue to provide unique arts and cultural experiences for the whole community. "Last year more than 3,500 artists performed at FRINGE WORLD Festival, 74 per cent of which were local Western Australian artists - this just goes to show the depth of talent in WA. "I encourage all Western Australians to support local artists at FRINGE WORLD Festival this summer." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Large air tanker on the way to boost WA’s fire response5224Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12500html16/01/2020 9:03:41 AM2020-01-16T09:00:00Z ​New MD87 large air tanker (LAT) is expected to arrive in Perth next week LAT can drop 11,350 litres of water and reach speeds of 800 kph LAT is expected to be based at RAAF Base Pearce Western Australia's fire response capabilities are expected to be bolstered with the arrival of a large air tanker (LAT) next week. The LAT is a MD87 aircraft that can drop 11,350 litres of water and reach speeds of 800 kph. The National Aerial Firefighting Centre, which manages Australia's aerial firefighting fleet, has advised the Department of Fire and Emergency Services that Western Australia will be allocated the LAT following the Federal Government's funding boost to lease more aircraft from overseas. The announcement follows the McGowan Government's advocacy for greater resources for Western Australia's aerial fleet, which included basing a LAT in Perth for the first time as well as more aircraft. A LAT was first used in Western Australia in February 2015 in Northcliffe and again last December in Collie when the NSW Rural Fire Service graciously lent the State their 737 aircraft. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is great news and I thank the Federal Government for acting swiftly following our requests. "Minister Logan and I have been advocating for additional aerial equipment to be based here in Western Australia. "We contacted the Prime Minister and the Federal Government outlining the need for greater aerial support and mitigation assistance so it is pleasing the Federal Government's funding increase in the nation's aerial fleet has allowed for a large air tanker to be based here in WA. "WA's fire and emergency services do an outstanding job so it's vital we equip them with more resources like this boost to our aerial fleet to help combat fires across our State. "With a State as big as Western Australia, boosting our aerial fleet will ensure large amounts of retardant can be dumped more quickly in Perth and the regions during out of control fires." Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "This is a great result for Western Australia given the size of our State and the wide range of fire conditions we can face from the north to the south. "The McGowan Government has been advocating for some time now for more aircraft for our aerial fleet including basing a large air tanker in Perth for the first time. "Ideally we would love to see more aircraft added to our aerial fleet including another Erickson Air Crane, but this new LAT is a very welcome addition. "But I would stress that aerial resources do not work in isolation and it is the firefighters and other emergency services workers on the ground that play an important role as well. "I would also strongly urge West Australians to do their part as well and make a fire plan by visiting because we cannot have a water bomber over every house or a fire truck on every corner." Minister's office - 6552 6300
South Metropolitan TAFE receives top training award in China5223Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5250html16/01/2020 7:34:19 AM2020-01-16T07:30:00Z South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) named one of the Top 50 Vocational Institutions in the Asia-Pacific SM TAFE recognised for bringing the TAFE model to the Zhejiang Province in China New Memorandum of Understanding signed ensuring TAFE remains a preferred training provider in ChinaSouth Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) has been named one of the Top 50 Vocational Institutions in the Asia-Pacific for a second consecutive year. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today accepted the prestigious award on behalf of the Western Australian Government. The award was presented by the International Cultural Resource Organisation (ICRO) at a ceremony in Shanghai. Only one other Australian training organisation, the Melbourne Institute of Technology, featured on the list. The 2019 Asia Pacific Vocational Schools Top 50 Influential Awards announcement was made at the Education Forum for Asia Annual Conference hosted by the Chinese Higher Education Society and the Chengdu Municipal Government late last year. The award recognises training institutions that have made outstanding contributions in the cultivation of technical and skilled personnel in the Asia-Pacific. SM TAFE was recognised for its work with ICRO and the Zhejiang Provincial Government to successfully roll out the TAFE model across the region. This involved working on in-country delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering with the Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and establishing professional development programs with Ningbo Polytechnic, Wuhan Technical College of Communications and the Zhejiang Institute of Economics and Trade. ICRO collaborates with overseas educational providers, such as SM TAFE, to promote high-quality foreign educational programs, resources, undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as conferences and study tours. To further strengthen the relationship between SM TAFE and ICRO, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations today. The MoU will progress new training opportunities in China in 2020 in Aged Care, Individual Support and Remedial Massage. WA has long-standing ties with the Zhejiang Province through its Sister State agreement, which has been active since 1987. In August 2019 the McGowan Government launched WA's first Asian Engagement Strategy which will support the relationships, knowledge and skills necessary to grow trade and investment with Asian markets, diversifying and expanding the State's economy and creating jobs. For more information about the Asian Engagement Strategy 2019-2030 Our Future with Asia https// Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Winning this prestigious award for a second consecutive year is no small feat and is a true testament to the hard work and commitment of South Metropolitan TAFE and the high standard of the Western Australian TAFE system. "This award reinforces not only South Metropolitan TAFE's reputation in China as a high-quality vocational education and training provider, but ensures TAFE remains a preferred provider for future projects in China. "Western Australia's vocational education and training sector is one of the best in the world. "The commitment to developing quality international partnerships in the Asia Pacific region supports the McGowan Government's Asian Engagement Strategy and responds to the need to diversify our economy and create skilled jobs for Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5700
New chairperson to drive port growth, diversification5222Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10440html16/01/2020 6:40:41 AM2020-01-16T06:30:00Z ​Noel Hart appointed as new Mid West Ports Authority chairperson Peter Creek appointed to the Ports Authority Board The McGowan Government has appointed Noel Hart as chairperson of the Mid West Ports Authority (MWPA) Board to drive job-creating growth in the region over coming years. Mr Hart brings significant maritime and shipping experience to the role, having previously been a General Manager for North West Shelf Shipping Service Company, a Director of numerous maritime companies, and holding his Master Mariner Class 1. He was formerly Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau - whose function is to improve safety and public confidence in aviation, marine and rail transport; and former chairperson for Maritime Industry Australia Limited - Australia's peak shipping body. In addition, Mr Hart spent 25 years in senior management of BP Shipping. Mr Hart's appointment takes place on February 1, 2020. Geraldton resident Peter Creek, a former partner in a Mid-West accountancy practice, has been appointed as a Director of the MWPA Board effective February 1, 2020. Another Geraldton resident, Kate Watson, has been reappointed as a Director of the MWPA Board for a further three-year term. Comments attributed to Ports Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Mr Hart was appointed to the Board as a Director in July 2019 bringing a wealth of maritime and shipping knowledge with his extensive industry experience. "Noel has proven to be an invaluable contributor to Board discussion and decision making, and possesses the experience to drive diversification at Mid West Ports to ensure a sustainable trade and tourism business model. "We very much thank outgoing Chair John Elkington for his leadership of the Mid West Port Authority during his tenure, and acknowledge his significant role in overseeing the development of the Geraldton Draft Port Master Plan. "Mr Creek comes to the Board with a lifetime of experience as a chartered accountant and as a Geraldton resident with extensive community connections through his involvement on a number of boards. "Mid West Ports is well placed to take advantage of a number of projects looking to come online in the Mid-West over the next five to ten years, helping to drive local jobs in Geraldton and across the region." Minister's office - 6552 6200
$1.57 million fire station opens with State’s first ‘fire-wise’ garden5221Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6680html16/01/2020 6:17:14 AM2020-01-16T06:15:00Z New $1.57 million fire station for Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade The station is the State's first fire station with a 'fire-wise' garden New facility will also be used for fire safety education A 'fire-wise' garden at Jandakot Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade's new $1.57 million station could herald a new way of thinking about Western Australian gardens. The new station, which was officially opened today by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan, has a fire-wise garden that shows some of the best natural ways to help reduce flames affecting a building including high-moisture plants, non-flammable mulch and gravel paths. The garden will be open to the public, and the Jandakot Bush Fire Brigade will also use the new facility to host an array of community education events. Western Australia's Emergency Services Levy contributed more than $570,000 towards the new fire station with an additional $1 million from the City of Cockburn. The new double-storey fire station replaces a small shed built in the 1980s, which the 55-member brigade had outgrown. It is equipped with two large training rooms, new change rooms and space for three fire appliances including a 12.2 bulk water tanker and a 3.4 tanker. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The fire-wise garden at Jandakot Bush Fire Brigade leads the way in showing the community how they can take small steps to help protect their home from a bushfire. "Congratulations to the Jandakot brigade members for pioneering this new and innovative way of educating the public about reducing their bushfire risk. "Too often properties are put at risk because vegetation around homes has fuelled a fire. "This $1.57 million state-of-the-art fire station is functional inside and out, and I hope it provides a great base for the Jandakot Bush Fire Brigade into the future." Minister's office - 6552 6300
RED Grant job boost for Mid-West5220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6540html16/01/2020 4:37:39 AM2020-01-16T04:30:00Z Seven Mid-West projects to receive more than $800,000 to stimulate regional economic development McGowan Government investing in industry expansion and tourism in regional centres Projects supporting industry expansion and bringing new tourism experiences to the Mid-West have received funding through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) grants. Seven projects across the Mid-West region will share in $813,121 through Round 2 of the RED grants program. The McGowan Government has committed $28.8 million over five years for RED grants to back projects that will directly benefit regional communities. The Shire of Cue will use its $135,000 to construct a new six-unit building to expand its industrial area to meet demand for more facilities, particularly with two new mine sites due to open in the area in 2020, and create local job opportunities. Fresh produce business 4 Ways Pty Ltd will receive $111,000 for an innovative project to build the resilience of the region's horticultural industry. The project will test a dam evaporation and renewable energy system for horticultural production. The system has the potential to significantly reduce valuable rainwater losses and support the businesses' production area expansion within two years. Southerlys has been allocated $110,000 to bring a new food and beverage tourism experience to the Dongara/Port Denison area, through the installation of a microbrewery and live lobster tank at the venue. The project is set to create up to seven new local jobs. The Vision 2020 Property Investment Partnership will direct $250,000 towards the construction of a 300-person conference facility in the Geraldton central business district to host regional conferences to attract more people into the town, providing wider economic benefits to local businesses such as accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government is investing in projects to grow and develop our Mid-West region, maximise local job opportunities and build the resilience of regional communities. "We are continuing to invest in infrastructure to meet the increasing demands of the region's diverse mix of mining, agriculture and aquaculture industries, which are vital to building strong communities for people to live and work. "Growing regional tourism by offering new experiences is key to making the Mid-West a must visit destination for visitors and to drive the region's long term economic growth." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Applicant Project Funding Vision 2020 Property Investment Partnership The Gerald Apartment Hotel Conference Facility - to support the construction of 300-person conference facility in the Geraldton CBD to host regional conferences and support tourism in the region. $250,000 Shire of Cue Heydon Place Industrial Development - for the construction of a new six-unit building in the Shire of Cue industrial area to support industry development and expansion in the region. $135,000 4 Ways Pty Ltd Innovative, integrated renewable water and power supply pilot - for an innovative project testing a dam evaporation and renewable energy system for horticultural production, which has the potential to significantly reduce valuable rainwater losses and support the businesses' production area expansion within two years. Learnings and key findings on water and power savings will be shared with the wider horticultural industry. $111,000 Southerlys Harbour View Bar and Restaurant Southerlys - will install a microbrewery and live lobster tank to build on food and beverage tourism experiences in the Dongara/Port Denison area. $110,000 Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd Geraldton Fishing Boat Harbour Tourism Development - for the development of a fisher memorial and pioneers art installation, a shuttle bus to transfer tourists between sites of interest, improvement and upgrade of GFCs live lobster tour presentation room and a new photo nook at the facility. $102,000 Energy Farmers Australia Pty Ltd Develop a market ready small-scale gasifier and establish a bioenergy hub in Mid-West WA - to support innovation in the bioenergy sector to develop and test a prototype gasifier to process organic waste and produce syngas, with a demonstration model produced in 2020. $65,121 City of Greater Geraldton Night laser show at Wind on Water Festival - to provide a new tourism experience and attract additional visitors to the Geraldton area by adding a new night-time water and sensory laser light show to the festival. $40,000
McGowan Government seeks builder for METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line’s main works contract5219Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11130html16/01/2020 3:20:25 AM2020-01-16T03:15:00Z Request for Proposal for METRONET's Morley-Ellenbrook Line's main contract released to market today RFP is for design, construction and commissioning of the new rail line - one of four works packages to build the Morley-Ellenbrook Line Morley-Ellenbrook Line is being delivered through the Bayswater Station upgrade, Tonkin Gap project, forward works contracts and this main works contract RFPs to close in March, with shortlist to be announced shortly afterwardsThe search for a company to deliver the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line has begun, with the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the market today. Today's RFP calls on companies to design, construct and commission the new METRONET rail line - a key McGowan Government election commitment - under a competitive alliance model that will deliver thousands of new local jobs. The main works contract is the biggest of four works packages that will deliver the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, including the Bayswater Station upgrade and Tonkin Gap projects. The two best submissions for the main works will be shortlisted, with the shortlisted consortia required to provide a detailed bid indicating how they plan to deliver the project. Enabling works for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line started with early works at Bayswater Station in late-2019, while construction of the rail tie-in will be part of the Tonkin Gap project. This RFP process will lead to the main contract being awarded later this year, adding to the construction that will already be underway as part of Bayswater Station and Tonkin Gap. The main works contract will include the design, construction and commissioning of rail track, systems and five stations. This will include bulk earthworks and retaining, structures, grade separations, roads and drainage. The 21km Morley-Ellenbrook Line will spur off the Midland Line at Bayswater, run up the middle of Tonkin Highway, through land north of Marshall Road, along the western side of Drumpellier Drive (formerly New Lord Street) and finish in Ellenbrook town centre. Five stations - Ellenbrook, Whiteman, Malaga, Noranda and Morley - will be built as part of the project, with a future-proofing provision for a sixth station at Bennett Springs East. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government's number one priority is local jobs - major METRONET infrastructure projects like the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will create thousands of local opportunities as well as improving public transport options across our suburbs. "This year alone we will have an unprecedented six METRONET projects underway, creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses. "This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be involved in being a part of creating and building Western Australia's public transport network." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Request for Proposal for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line marks another significant milestone for this major METRONET project. "The McGowan Government started from scratch to get this project funded, planned and ready to approach the market. "Through METRONET, we have been working with local companies in the lead up to going to market so they can leverage opportunities and maximise local jobs. "The McGowan Government is getting on with the job of building critical public transport links, and I would urge local companies to put their best foot forward and bid for the chance to deliver this key rail line." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
First look at Containers for Change recycling network3888Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements23520html16/01/2020 2:09:55 AM2020-01-16T02:00:00Z First stage of WA's container deposit scheme network, Containers for Change, announced 145 refund point locations selected, with 40 per cent to be operated by social enterprises and non-profits More than 500 jobs expected to be created as part of the network across the State Containers for Change will launch on June 2 The McGowan Government has today announced the first operators of refund points for Western Australia's new container deposit scheme that will see millions of bottles and cans diverted from landfill each year. Launching on June 2, Containers for Change will allow Western Australians to claim a 10-cent refund when they return eligible beverage containers at designated refund points across the State. Sixty-five entities have been selected to deliver 145 refund point locations. Around 40 per cent of refund points will be operated by social enterprises including charities, disability sector organisations, Aboriginal corporations, and sporting and community groups. Refund points will be established in every region across the State, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern. The number of refund points across the State will grow to at least 172 by June and to 229 by the end of the scheme's first year. Refund point locations and operating hours will be available at http// in May. It is estimated more than 500 jobs will be created at refund points across the State, including hundreds of jobs to be targeted at employing people living with disability, the long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as opportunities for apprentices and trainees. Logistics and processing applicants have also been selected, with state-of-the-art compacting trucks and on-site compacting to be used for the first time in any container deposit scheme in Australia. This will mean less heavy vehicle movements on Western Australian roads - the equivalent of one truck instead of five. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "WA's first container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, is taking shape and it's pleasing to see so many organisations from all sectors of the community getting on board. "Western Australians have been calling for this type of recycling scheme for a long time. I'm proud that my Government is implementing Containers for Change, which will deliver a big boost to recycling and create jobs. "Today's announcement is just the starting point for the Containers for Change network, which will grow significantly in coming months and years. "More than 500 jobs will be created through Containers for Change. Refund point operators will provide job opportunities for all Western Australians, but particularly for people living with disability and long-term unemployed." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "There are more than 1.3 billion eligible beverage containers used in Western Australia each year, and they make up 44 per cent of litter in our parks, streets and waterways. "The McGowan Government has introduced Containers for Change to help reduce litter, improve recycling rates, create new businesses and employment opportunities across the State, and provide a new way for community organisations and charities to raise money." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Successful refund point operators applicants ​ ABC Foundation Recycle to Change (WA) Ability Centre Australasia Re.Turn It (WA CDS) Pty Ltd All Good Business Services Recycling Waste Solutions Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation Sense & Tenability Pty Ltd Aus Can and Bottles Soullink Auscon Metals The Scout Association of Australia - WA Branch Bottles & Cans Pty Ltd Timothy Andrew Lucas & Patrick Joseph Park Bridging The Gap TOMRA Collection Pty Ltd Care For Hedland Environmental Association U Can Recycle Pty Ltd Collier Road Metal Recycling Pty Ltd Urban Depot Pty Ltd Containers for Change Midland Pty Ltd Western Container Recycling Containers for Change Rockingham Pty Ltd Westonia Environment Centre Del Park Roadhouse Wild West Pty Ltd East Kimberley Job Pathways Wyalkatchem Men's Shed Envirobank WA Pty Ltd Bunbury Harvey Regional Council Girl Guides Western Australia Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council Good Samaritan Industries Southern Metropolitan Regional Council Greenbatch Foundation Pty Ltd Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Hutt Lagoon Pty Ltd Shire of Denmark Kelly Group Administration Pty Ltd Shire of East Pilbara Lancelin Liquor Warehouse Shire of Exmouth Lions Club of Boyup Brook Shire of Irwin Lions Club of Donnybrook Shire of Kellerberrin Lions Club of Leeuwin Shire of Quairading Mandurah Scrap Metal Shire of West Arthur Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation Shire of York M & R Simpson Holdings Pty Ltd City of Albany Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services Pty Ltd City of Bunbury North West Recycling City of Fremantle Oceanview Nominees Pty Ltd City of Perth Peel Thunder Football Club City of Rockingham Phamily Recycling Group Pty Ltd City of Stirling Raw Metal Corp Successful logistics and processing applicants ​ ​ Name Type Regions Cleanaway Logistics and Processing Kimberley (Shire of Broome) Pilbara Mid-West Goldfields-Esperance South-West Great Southern Waglass (previously Colmax) Logistics and Processing glass scheme material Perth Peel Wheatbelt East Kimberley Job Pathways Logistics and Processing Kimberley (East Kimberley) Mara Worra Worra Logistics and Processing Kimberley (Fitzroy Valley) Remondis Logistics and Processing non-glass scheme material Perth Peel Wheatbelt Shire of Carnarvon Processing Gascoyne
Register for special entertainment precincts info sessions3887Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7390html16/01/2020 1:55:58 AM2020-01-16T01:45:00Z Community information sessions for proposed special entertainment precincts to protect and grow Perth's nightlife centre of Northbridge Draft planning policy and environment legislation open for public comment Government initiative to support the State's music industryCommunity information sessions will commence next week about proposed reforms to create special entertainment precincts, starting with Perth's nightlife centre of Northbridge. The reforms are designed to balance the needs of entertainment venues, other businesses and residents in premier entertainment areas, and include a draft Western Australian Planning Commission position statement and proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997. The City of Perth is also looking to establish Northbridge as a special entertainment precinct through a local planning scheme amendment. Northbridge residents and businesses - including live music and entertainment venue operators, and anyone with an interest in the State's music and nightlife industry - should register to attend a session and learn more about the proposed changes. Registrations should be emailed to To have your say, visit https// or https// The draft planning policy and proposed changes to environmental legislation are open for public comment until February 14, 2020. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "It is exciting to reach this stage of planning reform and to have a draft proposal for special entertainment precincts that venue operators, residents and business owners can consider. "We know we want to give Northbridge special consideration and we need the community's input to ensure we strike the right balance and help support Western Australia's music industry." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "A growing city requires a sensitive balance between the needs of residents, businesses and the wider community. "These environmental reforms will improve the way noise in entertainment precincts is managed, giving certainty for entertainment businesses and better protection for new residents." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "This is an important planning reform and criticial to ensuring a vibrant city but we need to ensure both residents and venues have their say and provide critical feedback about how it will work. "I encourage anyone who is interested to attend one of these sessions, learn more about the changes and make sure they provide feedback in this process." Media contacts Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSIONS - SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCTS Each session will commence with a short briefing followed by time for discussion and questions. Two sessions are available for residents and business owners, with the other two more suited to venue operators and industry stakeholders. Representatives from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and City of Perth will attend each session. Venue operators and industry stakeholders 2pm-3.30pm, Tuesday 21 January, 2020 Northbridge Piazza Corner of Lake and James Streets Northbridge 9am-10.30am, Wednesday 22 January, 2020 Australian Hotels Association 38 Parliament Place West Perth Northbridge residents and businesses 5.30pm-7pm, Wednesday 22 January, 2020 Great Southern Room State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street Perth 5.30pm- 7pm, Thursday 6 February, 2020 Great Southern Room State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street Perth
First ever direct flight from Shanghai to Perth touches down3880Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9670html15/01/2020 3:20:31 AM2020-01-15T03:00:00Z Historic trial service begins with first China Eastern plane landing at Perth Airport Flights run three times a week until February 17, 2020 Initiative secured following McGowan Government delegation and visits to China Supports opportunities to further increase visitation to WA and strengthen international education, to create jobs and drive further economic activityThe first ever direct flight connecting Western Australia to one of the world's biggest cities landed at Perth Airport this morning and was welcomed by Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. China Eastern Airlines is one of the biggest airlines in the world and has never flown direct to Perth until now. The inaugural China Eastern flight from Shanghai to Perth arrived just after 9.40am (WST) after a nine-hour journey with Tourism Minister Paul Papalia on board. The start of the seasonal trial service between Shanghai and Perth marks the peak of the Chinese New Year season, with an average load factor of over 80 per cent on the flights across the five weeks. These flights look to be performing strongly, with a number of flights nearly at 100 per cent capacity. Flight MU265 will operate each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until February 17, 2020 on Airbus A330s offering 3,480 seats between Perth and Shanghai with economy airfares on offer from $698 return including tax. Mr Papalia was leading a delegation in Shanghai prior to the flight, where he met with travel agents and tourism officials to spread the word about what WA offered Chinese holiday makers. He also met with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club at their home ground, who play Perth Glory in an AFC Champions League match at HBF Park on February 11. The Minister also opened Fortescue Metal Group's new Shanghai office and presented China Eastern Airlines with an offer for a regular ongoing direct service to Perth. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery will lead a delegation on the first flight from Perth to Shanghai which will depart at 11.50am today. The delegation includes representatives of the school sector, TAFE Colleges, universities and StudyPerth to increase WA's market share of international students and establish WA as a leading provider of international education in the Asian region. The seasonal trial is a partnership between the State Government, through Tourism WA, Perth Airport, Tourism Australia and China Eastern Airlines. The State Government will work with China Eastern to secure the route as a regular service. Tourism WA is investing an additional $1 million into marketing campaigns, and will work with Tourism Australia, China Eastern and travel agents to promote WA as a desirable holiday destination in China as well as generate ticket sales. The campaigns will be tailored to attract younger generation Chinese visitors, including free independent travellers, families and students, who seek nature, wildlife and authentic local experiences. China is WA's number one market in terms of visitor spend, with 66,700 Chinese visitors spending $280 million during their stay in the State in 2018-19. Of these, 40,500 were visiting WA for a holiday, representing a significant increase of 97.5 per cent from the previous year. During 2018-19, China was WA's fourth largest international holiday visitor market ranked by spend, with holiday spend increasing by 73.2 per cent compared to the previous year, to $71 million. According to Perth Airport, if China Eastern Airlines commits to a regular service it could mean an additional $40 million in visitor spend. To book tickets or for more information, visit the China Eastern Airlines website at https// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Direct flights from key markets such as China are critical to growing the State's tourism industry, create jobs and boost our economy so it is a great pleasure to welcome the first ever flight from Shanghai to Perth. "I first led a delegation to China in 2017 to begin negotiations with China Eastern and following subsequent meetings with the Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, we secured this direct flight. "We want this trial service to become a permanent connection between the two cities and we are in ongoing talks with China Eastern Airlines to make this become a reality." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Shanghai has a population of more than 26 million people, which is more than the number of people who live in Australia. "Ongoing direct flights between Shanghai and Perth would open up a massive new visitor market and the interest in the trial flights has been encouraging." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "For international students, being a direct flight away from home is a key consideration when deciding to study overseas. This direct connection will allow our Chinese students to return home during their study breaks and encourage family to visit them easily. "Chinese students represent the largest group of international enrolments in Western Australia. "The McGowan Government is committed to further increasing the number of students who choose to study in Perth. "We also want to deepen our already strong links with China." Premier's office - 6552 5000Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600Education Minister's office - 6552 5700