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Parliament passes historic voluntary assisted dying laws for WA3968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 10:06:43 AM2019-12-10T10:00:00Z Landmark voluntary assisted dying legislation has been passed into law by Parliament The McGowan Government's Bill passed the Upper House on December 5 and was further ratified by the Lower House today WA is now only the second State in Australia to enact voluntary assisted dying laws An important 18-month implementation period will commence and the legislation will be reviewed two years from commencement The McGowan Government has legalised voluntary assisted dying in Western Australia, with the laws officially passed by State Parliament today. These laws give Western Australians who are terminally ill the right to end their suffering at a time of their choosing while ensuring that the necessary protections and approvals for these decisions are in place. The final passage of the legislation followed a lengthy debate, with more than 180 hours in State Parliament spent debating the Bill - more than 76 in the Legislative Assembly and 105 in the Legislative Council. Both houses of Parliament considered the Bill in detail, including each of the 184 clauses, and have agreed to 55 amendments to the Bill. The Bill was the result of two years of clinical and legal scrutiny. The integrity of the Bill, in terms of the choice and access for patients, remains untouched and is a result of the soundness of the Bill drafted by the McGowan Government. Strict eligibility criteria and approval processes remain unchanged and the final amendments have not altered the intent or substance of the Bill. The laws will take effect following an 18-month implementation phase and formation of an implementation panel. The panel will oversee development of clinical guidance, medication protocols and training for participating health practitioners, as well as information for the community and health professionals. More information can be found at http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a remarkable moment for Western Australia and will go down in history as one of the biggest, most important and significant pieces of reform delivered. "We've never lost sight of who we're doing this for. We owe it to those dying Western Australians suffering in pain who want a choice. "We are now even closer to relieving intolerable suffering to those who would be eligible for voluntary assisted dying. "Introducing these laws has been complex and challenging and my thanks and appreciation goes to my colleagues and all the hardworking staff for their dedication in delivering the passage of this delicate Bill through Parliament. I'm proud of what we've accomplished together. "To all the supporters of voluntary assisted dying and to all the people who have lost a loved one who wanted the choice - we thank you for your unwavering support, your contribution, your stories, your consultation and for entrusting us with this task. We did it for you. "I respect all those people who don't support the laws and understand your views. It's important to remember these laws are based on a voluntary choice." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This is a watershed moment in our State's history - I commend my parliamentary colleagues for having the courage to pass these laws which will enable choice for people who are suffering at the end of their life. "The carriage of this Bill through both houses of Parliament pays testament to the overwhelming support for voluntary assisted dying that exists in the community. "This Bill has resulted in fully informed, compassionate and workable legislation which recognises the importance of giving people at the end of their life genuine choice. "All Western Australians are entitled to access to high-quality end of life care and we will continue to actively engage with health professionals and the wider community to make sure that these laws are implemented effectively and safely." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
New Kwinana women’s refuge to help survivors all year round3911Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 8:03:13 AM2019-12-10T08:00:00Z Kwinana refuge to deliver accommodation and support services for women and children fleeing family and domestic violence New refuge location announced on final day of the State Government's 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign for 2019 Western Australians urged to call out inappropriate behaviour towards women, so victims know they will be believed and supported when they seek help A new women's refuge in Kwinana will deliver crucial accommodation and support services to women and children escaping family and domestic violence. The Kwinana refuge will be a purpose-built facility with a specific focus on women with disabilities, Aboriginal women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and women with larger families including older boys. It will increase the State's bed capacity and support existing family and domestic violence refuges in addressing demand for safe crisis accommodation. The announcement comes after the State Government revealed plans earlier this year for a refuge in the Peel region, which will for the first time in WA use a therapeutic model that looks at each person's needs as a whole. The two new facilities, which are due to commence operations in November 2020, will be delivered as part of a suite of reforms supporting the McGowan Government's Stopping Family and Domestic Violence policy. The announcement of the Kwinana refuge comes on the final day of the State Government's 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which coincides with International Human Rights Day. The campaign, which is now in its third year, aims to raise awareness about family and domestic violence in Western Australia and educate people about what they can do or say to help save lives. The 2019 campaign's theme encouraged people to 'speak out' and call out inappropriate behaviour towards women every day of the year, to foster a culture of respect and reduce WA's high rates of family and domestic violence. Among the high-profile Western Australians to embrace these messages and lend their support to the 2019 campaign were WA Premier Mark McGowan, WACA CEO Christina Matthews, Wildcats captain Damian Martin, Olympian Aran Zalewski and West Coast Eagles' inaugural AFLW coach Luke Dwyer. Eight prominent Western Australians - author Tim Winton, musician Stella Donnelly, law reform campaigner Noelle Martin, deaf rights advocate Drisana Levitzke-Gray, youth leader Bellamore Ndayikeze, Noongar actor and director Ian Michael, inclusive workplaces adviser Conrad Liveris and actor Myles Pollard - were also involved in the campaign as 'Agents of Change', alongside Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk. This year's campaign was launched at Optus Stadium, where more than 100 business, community and government leaders stood together in support of ending violence against women and children. Significantly, during 16 Days in WA the McGowan Government announced the most comprehensive family violence law reform package ever seen in WA. Other campaign highlights included the lighting up of WA buildings and monuments in orange, which is the campaign colour, and Minister McGurk joining with Ms Donnelly and Safer Venues WA co-founder Kate Daniel at Freo.Social to call for entertainment venues and their patrons to help create safe and respectful environments. Further information and 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women resources are available here https// Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "Family and domestic violence affects Western Australians of all backgrounds, with devastating effects on victims, their families and communities. "The Kwinana women's refuge will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be staffed at all times to provide timely support and culturally safe services to clients. "The two women's refuges will deliver commitments made by the McGowan Government and, crucially, meet the needs of women and their children fleeing family and domestic violence all year round. "16 Days in WA continues to go from strength to strength, and while it ends today, we must keep speaking out to stop violence against women every day of the year." Comments attributed to Kwinana MLA Roger Cook "The Kwinana refuge will be a critical service in meeting the needs of women and their children, including culturally and linguistically diverse residents in the area. "This facility will support and help women and children affected by domestic violence, and is of enormous benefit to the Kwinana community." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Joint media statement - Northlink WA - northern section - opening date3910Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 7:48:11 AM2019-12-10T07:00:00Z NorthLink WA's third and final section, stretching all the way from Ellenbrook to Muchea, is progressing towards completion in coming months. The final components of Western Australia's biggest-ever road initiative are nearing completion with the northern section now expected to open in early February 2020. The opening date has been moved from the end of 2019 to February to accommodate works on local roads, the Neaves Road connection and the Principal Shared Path. CPB Contractors are also working hard to finalise livestock fencing, traffic barriers and lighting to ensure the new highway is as safe as possible at the time of opening. Connecting at Ellenbrook with the NorthLink WA central section, which opened in August, the northern section includes Dual carriageway between Maralla Road and Muchea Interchanges at Stock Road, Neaves Road and Brand Highway Deviation at Brand Highway Flyovers at Muchea South Road, the railway and Ellen BrookFederal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudgesaid the delivery of the $1.02 billion NorthLink WA initiative - $820 million from the Federal Government and $204 million from WA - is the result of years of co-operative work between the Australian and Western Australian Governments. "This investment is all part of the Morrison Government's record $100 billion pipeline of infrastructure projects over the next decade, getting Australians home sooner and safer," Mr Tudge said. WA Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said a massive amount of work has gone into NorthLink WA since it started and many Western Australians will benefit from this new addition to the road network. "The slight delay in opening will ensure all the road safety features are in place at the time of opening and avoid inconvenience to the traveling public over the Christmas and New Year holiday period," Ms Saffioti said. "The difference this project will make to traffic in the Swan Valley, and the time savings it creates elsewhere, means it's well worth the wait." Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said thanked road users for their patience. "I look forward to officially opening this final section of NorthLink WA in the New Year," Mr Porter. "The NorthLink WA northern section will provide a free-flowing dual carriageway between Ellenbrook and Muchea, taking the majority of heavy traffic away from Great Northern Highway and improving journey times and safety." "This project is an important investment in our local communities and once completed will help to reduce congestion and improve amenity and productivity in the area." The Northlink WA Northern Section is a jointly funded initiative with the Australian Government committing $821 million and the Western Australian Government providing $204 million. Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA’s niche Sea Cucumber Fishery recognised for environmental sustainability3909Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 5:04:11 AM2019-12-10T05:00:00Z Sea Cucumber Fishery achieves Marine Stewardship Council certification State Government supports commercial fisheries aiming to achieve international certification for environmental sustainabilityWestern Australia's niche sea cucumber products can carry the blue eco label after the fishery achieved certification against internationally recognised standards for environmental sustainability. The WA Sea Cucumber Fishery is WA's 10th fishery to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the sustainable management of a fisheries resource. MSC is the world's leading science-based standard and eco-labelling program for wild capture fisheries. Each year, approximately 74 tonnes of sea cucumbers, with a gross production value of $250,000, are fished commercially from the Pilbara and Kimberley coastlines. The majority of the product is processed for export, mainly as a dried and salted food known as beche-de-mer, a highly valuable and sought after delicacy in east and southeast Asia. The State Government supports WA commercial fisheries aiming to achieve MSC certification and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development provides ongoing assistance to help meet certification requirements, such as audits. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "WA is at the forefront of sustainable fisheries management, which makes our seafood some of the best available in the world. "The Sea Cucumber Fishery is the second WA fishery to achieve certification in the past month, after the Octopus Interim Managed Fisheries achieved the 'gold standard' in sustainability assessment in mid-November. "The Sea Cucumber Fishery has demonstrated it has minimal impact on the environment, due to the small size of the fishing fleet, the expansive fishing area and harvesting by hand. "Having another of the State's fisheries now MSC certified, will go a long way to ensure the sustainability of the resource so future generations can continue to enjoy our wild seafood." Minister's office - 6552 6100
$10 million facility to help manage mercury waste in WA3908Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 2:10:56 AM2019-12-10T02:10:00Z $10 million mercury treatment facility opens in Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area Plant's construction phase generated 200 jobs Addresses international conventions for managing and transporting mercury waste The McGowan Government has welcomed the opening of BMT Mercury Technology's (BMT) $10 million mercury technology facility in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area. Officially opened by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today, the facility generated about 200 jobs during construction and will generate another 10 permanent jobs as part of day-to-day operations. BMT has been treating mercury-contaminated waste for more than 25 years. In January, the company committed to expanding its plant to double its capacity to treat waste in Kwinana. The facility accepts, stores and treats mercury-contaminated waste from various sources, including Western Australia's oil and gas industry, preventing waste from being exported for treatment, being left in long-term storage or ending up in landfill. The facility can treat 2,000 tonnes a year of mercury-contaminated waste and store up to 400 tonnes of waste at a time. The facility is also consistent with the Minamata Convention and the Basel Convention, both signed by Australia, which guides global jurisdictions on the environmentally sound management and transport of mercury. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Given the McGowan Government's focus on waste, I am very pleased to see this facility start operations and increase capacity. Not only does this facility address our priority to manage waste locally, generate jobs and protect the environment, it is also part of our responsibility under global conventions, of which Australia is a signatory. "BMT's facility is an example of how Western Australia can manage some of the impacts locally and reduce the risks involved with transporting hazardous materials. "It also supports our resources industry, and results in better waste management and environmental protection outcomes for Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Historic contract signed for WA-made METRONET railcars3907Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 2:07:52 AM2019-12-10T02:00:00Z Election commitment delivered, with contract signed for railcar manufacturing in WA Alstom to build 246 new METRONET railcars and a manufacturing and assembly plant in Bellevue, near the old Midland Railway Workshops At least 50 per cent of the railcars to be built locally, delivering more than 200 quality long-term jobs, and hundreds of additional indirect jobs 10-year plan for locally built railcars delivered $347 million under budget Local companies already awarded contracts for fitting out Bellevue railcar plantThe McGowan Labor Government has signed a 10-year contract with world-class train manufacturer Alstom, to have Western Australia's new METRONET railcars built locally. The contract represents the biggest order of railcars in WA's history and has come in $347 million under the original budget of $1.6 billion. Alstom will now be tasked with building 246 new METRONET railcars, including 144 to replace the ageing A-Series, an additional six railcars to replace the existing Australind service and a new manufacturing and assembly plant in Bellevue. As part of the project, Alstom will establish a base in WA at the 12,000 square metre plant near Midland, where railcar maintenance will also be carried out for the next 30 years. At least 50 per cent of the contract value will be delivered locally, in line with McGowan Government's local content policy taken to the 2017 State Election. Since the Midland Railway Workshops were closed by the then Liberal Government in 1994, new trains added to the network were predominately built in Queensland, with only two per cent of the work completed in WA. Not only were local jobs lost, it was also more expensive to outsource railcar supply. The cost per railcar under the last order of B-Series trains was $4.05 million, while the cost under the new C-Series contract is around $2.97 million. Construction on the first stage of the Bellevue plant is expected to start next year and be completed in 2021, creating new jobs in itself. Several contracts have already been awarded to local companies, including a $850,000 contract to supply four cranes, the biggest of which will lift 25 tonnes, recently awarded to Bassendean manufacturer Eilbeck. Meanwhile, a $3.8 million contract to deliver lifting jacks, a bogie press and bogie turntables has been awarded to Cockburn company Vector Lifting. The first C-series trains produced at the Bellevue plant will be ready to use on the network in 2022, while the Australind railcars are expected to be ready in 2022-23. The six-car C-series trains will carry about 1,200 passengers, about 80 more passengers than two B-series trains, and have an operational life of 35 years. The new trains will have a combination of seating styles to enable more seats to fit on each train and make every door on the train fully accessible. Meanwhile, the new Australind railcars will be more efficient and reliable, while maintaining the same high comfort standards and retaining the on-board kiosk. Better technology including LED lighting, USB charging points and regenerative braking will also be installed to make the new trains more efficient. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This METRONET contract signing marks a significant moment for our State. "It marks a turning point for WA jobs and WA apprenticeships, and the return of a local railcar manufacturing industry. "METRONET trains will be built here in Western Australia, by Western Australians. "We've delivered on our promise and managed to deliver the 10-year contract $347 million under budget. "This just shows that WA is capable of anything, and building railcars locally makes economic and financial sense. "Work will start on building the new production plant in Bellevue next year, on top of six other METRONET projects that will be under construction in 2020 alone. "METRONET is the biggest investment in public transport that the State has ever seen, and it makes sense that we maximise local jobs through policies like locally built railcars." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This contract guarantees the century-old tradition of railway production will return to the Midland area once more following a 25-year hiatus. "Not only is it more cost effective to build our railcars locally, it also provides hundreds of local jobs and training opportunities. "We've secured a quality deal for the State, by bundling multiple railcar orders into one super-contract, we have encouraged the market to make very competitive bids for the work. "Alstom will deliver the railcars over a 10-year period and will be responsible for maintaining the fleet for the next 30 years, ensuring ongoing work and opportunities for local businesses. "I am proud to have overseen this project from its early policy stages in Opposition, as the Shadow Transport Minister, to this contract signing today. "Importantly, this project will also deliver two three-car sets to replace The Australind and provide South-West residents with the reliable rail service they deserve." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Perth homelessness service receives millions in extra support3905Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 1:42:10 AM2019-12-10T01:30:00Z State Government, through Lotterywest, provides $2.4 million boost to crucial homelessness support in Perth Funding provided to redevelop the Tranby Centre to create a purpose-built space for people experiencing homelessness in Perth CBD More support for people experiencing financial hardship across Perth by way of food vouchers, help with bills and back-to-school assistance Grants in addition to McGowan Government's funding boost provided in August to extend operating hours at Tranby Centre The McGowan Government has announced a $2.4 million boost for services targeting the needs of Western Australians experiencing, and at risk of, homelessness across Perth. Premier Mark McGowan, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk and Perth MLA John Carey visited the Tranby Centre in Perth to announce the grants provided to UnitingCare West. The first grant, for $1.7 million, will go towards the redevelopment of the Tranby Centre and Inner City Engagement Hub to support homeless people within the city and surrounds. The second grant, for $640,000, will further support the immediate needs of Western Australians experiencing financial hardship by providing food vouchers, bill payments and back-to-school assistance across the Perth metropolitan area. In August, the McGowan Government provided $500,000 in new funding to enable an expansion of operating hours at Tranby Centre, which is now open from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. The Tranby Centre delivers assistance to more than 200 homeless people per day, from washing amenities to life skills workshops. Renovations will help UnitingCare West improve the delivery of holistic services to support an increase in demand with its extended operating hours. The upgrades will include a fit-out of a new financial counselling and family support space at the site. Rough sleepers can visit or be referred to the centre, which provides a vital connection point to services with support from outreach workers and authorities. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Government's significant and successive funding support means service providers like UnitingCare West are able to continue to deliver immediate on-the-ground assistance to some of Western Australia's most vulnerable residents. "UnitingCare West is at the coalface of supporting rough sleepers and those in financial crisis across Perth, and I commend the work they do. "We don't shy away from the fact that homelessness is a complex issue, especially in the CBD. That is why our sustained efforts to tackle the issue include immediate support for those who need it most, and ensures facilities like the Tranby Centre are enhanced and can provide more support services into the future." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Homelessness is not who people are - it is something they experience at a specific point in time. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with the service sector, local government and the broader community to address this complex community issue, which cannot be solved through isolated efforts. "This funding forms part of a much larger effort shared across government, community and private sectors to deliver more co-ordinated, sustainable and lasting solutions to end homelessness." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "For the past two years, I have been working with the City of Perth to drive a more co-ordinated approach to homelessness in the city, to consolidate the efforts of around 50 groups working on this issue. "This grant to the Tranby Centre is very much welcomed - to enhance the facility as a daytime service to assist rough sleepers to break the cycle of homelessness. "This also follows the creation of a dedicated one-stop service precinct at Moore Street, which will begin early next year, to drive better outcomes for both homelessness and the city." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
WA artists to benefit from exchange program with South East Asia3904Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 1:13:03 AM2019-12-10T01:00:00Z Create X reciprocal artist exchange program details announced Up to $20,000 available to artists and organisations to create and collaborate Applications open in March 2020 for projects to be undertaken after July 1, 2020Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today announced details of a grant program for Western Australian artists to take part in an exchange program with artists in South East Asia. The Create X grant program was developed to encourage WA artists and artists from Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia to create and collaborate across a range of art forms. This collaboration and exchange goes towards the building of greater Asia capability, cultural awareness and stronger relationships between WA and our immediate neighbours, which is highlighted as a key cultural outcome in the State Government's Asian Engagement Strategy. The grant program offers applicants up to $20,000 of funding towards travel and residency costs for artists, creative industry professionals and arts organisations. Applications to the program open on March 3, 2020 and close on April 16, 2020. The Create X program is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Create X exchange program will not only create new works and collaborations, but will also help develop new audiences and a wider cultural understanding of both WA and Asia. "We are making details of the Create X program available now to allow interested artists and organisations enough lead time to develop the details of their proposed activities with their intended partners and collaborators. "This program is the result of a trip I undertook to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in April 2019 with the specific aim of strengthening our artistic and cultural ties with South East Asia." Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Peter Tinley "I welcome the Create X grant program as part of our wider Asian Engagement Strategy. "It is supported by other State strategies such as Invest and Trade in Western Australia and the State Economic Development Strategy 'Diversify WA'. "Exchange programs such as this are a great way to strengthen ties with our Asian neighbours and trading partners, as well as raise the profile of the arts, culture and creative industries in WA and South East Asia." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400Asian Engagement Minister's office - 6552 5300
New regulations to lift standards of WA towing industry3903Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml10/12/2019 12:09:46 AM2019-12-09T23:00:00Z Changes follow extensive two-year consultation process with industry and community WA motorists to be afforded better protections and improved safety standards It is now mandatory for operators to provide maximum fees before towing a vehicle Amendments to existing Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 approved by Minister for Transport Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has approved amendments to road traffic regulations in a bid to stamp out dodgy practices within the towing industry. New amendments to the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 mean stricter standards will apply to tow truck vehicles, the conduct of operators and compliance checks. The Department of Transport undertook significant consultation with stakeholders and industry to review the regulations and ensure public and industry feedback was considered in any changes being made. Results from the consultation reflected a majority agreement and, after discussion with industry representatives and minor revisions, gained overwhelming industry support. The department is now progressing amendments to the regulations, which will create new requirements, including Operators must provide the maximum tow and storage fee payable on a signed statement provided to the consumer before their vehicle is towed; All tow trucks are to be fitted with number plates identifying it as being a licensed tow truck; Ensuring all first time registered tow trucks are built to comply with relevant Australian Standards; and New mandatory annual roadworthy and safety inspections for all licensed tow trucks.The amendments relating to tow trucks within the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 will come into effect in late 2020, while further moves to protect consumers that would require specific legislation is being scoped by Consumer Protection. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "For some time now, the community have been asking for changes to make the tow truck industry safer and this is the next step in making that happen. "Most people would have all heard stories or witnessed questionable conduct by parts of the Western Australian towing industry. "This simply isn't a sustainable situation for consumers and it's not fair for those in the towing industry who are doing the right thing. "These regulation amendments will ensure regular checks on tow truck vehicles and make it compulsory for operators to provide a maximum fee prior to taking a vehicle. "It is important all Western Australians have safe access to towing services and that dodgy behaviour be stamped out." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New rare earth plant in Kalgoorlie will create jobs and boost local economy3878Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5240html9/12/2019 7:13:44 AM2019-12-09T07:00:00Z ​State Government welcomes decision by Lynas Corporation to build rare earth processing plant near Kalgoorlie The plant is expected to generate approximately 500 construction and 200 ongoing jobs in the region The Lynas Corporation decision follows a collaborative process between the State Government, Lynas Corporation, the Commonwealth and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder The State Government has welcomed the announcement by Lynas Corporation to build, subject to approvals processes, a processing plant near Kalgoorlie that will deliver local jobs and provide a range of supply opportunities for small and medium businesses in the Goldfields. The new plant will process rare earth materials from the company's Mt Weld mine, currently undertaken in Malaysia and is expected to generate approximately 500 construction and 200 ongoing jobs in the region. Rare earths are a vital component in advanced manufacturing for the renewable energy, aerospace and defence industries, all of which are expected to experience rising demand. Western Australia's rare earths industry is still expanding, in 2018-19 the State produced 29,000 tonnes valued at over $355 million, and experienced an increase of 3 per cent in direct employment. The Mt Weld Central Lanthanide Deposit is one of the highest grade rare earth deposits in the world, and a prime example of the State's globally-significant deposits of battery and rare earth minerals. Comments attributed to Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan "The decision by Lynas Corporation is a fantastic result for Kalgoorlie, the Goldfields region and Western Australia. "This investment in infrastructure, the local workforce and research, is a key example of how the WA Government is working with industry to diversify the economy and deliver jobs of the future. "Kalgoorlie has a long and rich history in mining innovation, so there is no better place for Lynas Corporation, and other multi-national businesses, to set up their processing operations. "I'm pleased Lynas will continue to work with Curtin University and the WA School of Mines to enhance knowledge and technologies surrounding the processing of critical minerals in Australia and continue to upskill Western Australians for these important local roles." Comments attributed to Minister for Mining and Petroleum Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government's Future Battery Industry Strategy is focused on positioning Western Australia at the centre of the global battery supply chain, including supplying battery materials and critical minerals. "Downstream processing is a key plank of the Strategy, which actively supports investment that enables raw minerals to be processed into more valuable products, creating jobs and diversifying the economy." Premier's office - 6552 5200 Minister Johnston's office - 6552 6700
Lotterywest supporting Bridgetown arts and seniors facilities3877Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2130html9/12/2019 5:34:35 AM2019-12-09T05:30:00Z McGowan Government contributes $385,000 to Bridgetown Town Hall and Civic Centre and Geegeelup Village Geegeelup Village upgrades to improve accessibility of outdoor and dementia-support areas Refurbishment for Bridgetown Town Hall to support local arts and culture eventsThe McGowan Government has contributed $385,000 to two Bridgetown projects which will boost aged care and provide better support for regional arts and culture events in the region. Geegeelup Village, which provides independent and aged care accommodation for seniors, has received a Lotterywest grant of $181,022 to support better accessibility at the facility. With demand for seniors' residential support growing, an expansion of the facility is underway to expand the existing building, double the number of beds available, and redevelop the design to better meet the current care and lifestyle needs of residents. This grant will contribute to the cost of works to improve the accessibility of outdoor spaces and social, therapeutic, sensory and dementia-designed areas. Bridgetown Town Hall and Civic Centre has received $204,148 from Lotterywest to refurbish the facility - the first upgrades to the 1936-built facility for three decades. Used for numerous local arts and culture activities, including Blues at Bridgetown and the Bridgetown Winter Festival, the facility's poor condition has held it back from capitalising on further opportunities with local and touring artists and events. The Lotterywest funding will support a wider project to refurbish the building's interiors and install new technology to allow for the hosting of a range of contemporary performing arts, gallery exhibitions, and community events - while preserving its heritage values. The grant will provide new lighting and audio, front and back stage curtains, chairs and an art hanging system. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing and Volunteering Minister Mick Murray "The State Government is pleased to support these important local seniors and arts projects, ensuring better local aged care resourcing and more opportunities for local and touring arts events. "The funding will assist with a much-needed expansion and redevelopment of Geegeelup Village. A third of Bridgetown's population is over 60 - way above the State average of 19 per cent. "This funding will help Geegeelup Village grow its capacity to meet that need, and provide better support for residents, their families, visitors and volunteers. "Bridgetown Town Hall and Civic Centre is a local historical asset - but it is in real need of a refurbishment after 30 years since its last upgrade. "Art and cultural events bring great value to regional communities - in terms of tourism and enrichment of the local community - and these upgrades will ensure Bridgetown can improve its art and culture offerings. "With new technology and infrastructure, the town will be able to build on the success of Blues at Bridgetown and the Bridgetown Winter Festival - providing new opportunities for local and touring artists." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Local apprenticeship program helps boost youth employment in South-West3876Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3470html9/12/2019 5:24:07 AM2019-12-09T05:15:00Z South-West business committed to training with dedicated apprenticeship program Fees for 34 priority courses halved and capped at $400 for youth and concession holders and $1,200 for non-concession as of January 1, 2020 Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited Schlam Engineering in Waroona, a local business committed to training the next generation of young tradespeople. Working in collaboration with registered training organisation, Group Training South West, Schlam Engineering has a dedicated apprenticeship program employing and training local youth to ensure a skilled and local workforce. Five apprentices are currently undertaking a Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication, including local resident 18-year-old Zachary Faulkner. After joining Schlam Engineering as an apprentice boilermaker in 2018, Zachary believes the hands-on experience he has gained through the program will open up the doors for future opportunities in the mining industry. His skills have already been recognised, with Zachary being honoured as an Apprentice of the Year finalist in the 2018 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company Awards. The Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication is one of 34 courses that will be half price and capped as at January 1, 2020 under the McGowan Government's recently announced 'Lower fees, local skills' initiative. The 50 per cent course fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging areas of jobs growth, the State's economic diversification strategy Diversify WA and important sectors of the local economy, including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism. Schlam Engineering is also eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive, which provides up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or trainee. For more information on the State Government initiatives, visit https// Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "With TAFE fees for young people halved and capped at $400 this is an ideal opportunity for young people to get acquire skills in areas of job growth. "We are committed to working with local businesses such as Schlam Engineering by providing financial assistance to help with the cost of employing apprentices and trainees and reducing the cost of training in areas where jobs are available." Minister's office - 6552 5700
RED Grants driving jobs in the Peel3875Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7320html9/12/2019 1:30:51 AM2019-12-09T01:30:00Z Seven Peel projects to receive more than $600,000 through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program McGowan Government investing in tourism, agriculture and business expansion to drive jobs in the Peel region The McGowan Government is investing in digital tourism, boosting business productivity and sustainable farming in the Peel region through more than $600,000 in Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants. Seven projects across the Peel region will share in $618,960 through Round 2 of the RED Grants program. The McGowan Government has committed $28.8 million over five years towards the RED Grants program for projects that will drive jobs and economic development in regional communities. The iconic Pinjarra Bakery will receive $100,000 to upgrade its distribution centre and equipment to improve efficiency and production capacity to take advantage of increasing wholesale market opportunities and to support its recent fourth store opening. The Shire of Murray will use its $150,000 to complete a state-of-the-art technology fit-out of the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre, making it a State and potentially nationally acclaimed iconic trails and tourism centre and the gateway to adventuring in the Peel region. Visit Mandurah has been allocated $139,100 to create a digital tourism hub and develop a walking tour and visit Mandurah ambassador program. New interactive touchscreen visitor centre kiosks will be installed across the Mandurah tourism precinct for visitors to discover the city, while the walking trail and ambassador program will tell the stories of the people, places and produce across the region. C-Wise will allocate their $100,000 to building and trialling specialised enclosures to receive, decontaminate, blend and process organic waste from the Peel region to produce higher performance compost products in less time, using less space. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Regional Economic Development Grants program is all about supporting local, job-creating projects across our regional cities and towns. "Projects to attract more visitors to the Peel region will provide wider economic and community benefits to support other local businesses such as cafés, restaurants, accommodation providers and tour operators. "We look forward to seeing Pinjarra Bakery pies in stores around the State, helping to create local jobs on the ground in Pinjarra." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We are excited about the diversity of projects we are supporting in the Peel. "These projects play to the Peel's natural strengths in tourism and agriculture from supporting Dwellingup's development into a renowned trails hub to exploring innovative waste management to boost productivity on farms across the State. "Expansion of businesses, agriculture diversification and investigating new opportunities for producers are vital to growing the Peel region." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "We have so many wonderful local businesses in the Peel region and this new round of $600,000 will help promote them to a broader audience. "I'm particularly pleased the Pinjarra Bakery is receiving additional funding. It's a rite of passage to drop by and grab a pie on your way into Pinjarra and this money will help them expand further and mean more people can try our delicious locally made goods." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "This is fantastic news for the Peel region and it is wonderful to see Visit Mandurah receive funds to create a digital tourism hub in the Mandurah tourism precinct. "This will help boost tourism to our region and boost the local economy." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful RED Grants projects for the Peel region Applicant Project Funding Shire of Murray To complete a state-of-the-art technology fit-out of the Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre, making it a State and potentially nationally acclaimed iconic trails and tourism centre promoting Dwellingup and the greater Shire of Murray and Peel region. $150,000 Visit Mandurah To create a digital tourism hub in the Mandurah tourism precinct, and develop a walking tour and visit Mandurah ambassador program to tell the stories of the people, places and produce across the region. $139,100 Pinjarra Bakery To upgrade its distribution centre and equipment to improve efficiency and production capacity to take advantage of increasing wholesale market opportunities and to support its recently opened fourth store. $100,000 C-Wise To build and trial specialised enclosures to receive, decontaminate, blend and process organic waste from the Peel region. $100,000 Southern Dirt Inc Through the Peel Growers Hub, to provide networking activities and deliver three pilot projects looking at opportunities within the premium beef supply chain, the future food conference and a protected cropping pilot - to support farmers to maintain and build profitable farm businesses in the Peel region. $65,000 Cape Bouvard Brewing Company To upgrade the existing facility's brewing equipment to increase production capacity by at least 400 per cent and to introduce aluminium bottles to reduce the environmental footprint of the company as well as giving the company a distinct market edge. The facility will also be available as a common user facility for other beverage producers to bottle into aluminium bottles. $49,860 Grubs Up Australia To take part in a 16-week international research and development study tour in 2020 in collaboration with Nuffield Farming Scholars. The international research and development tour will increase Grubs Up's capacity to commercialise insect farming within the Peel region, gain insights into best practice, build international relationships for future business partnerships, and create local employment and sustainable farming opportunities. $15,000
Better protection for utility customers experiencing FDV3871Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5820html9/12/2019 12:39:30 AM2019-12-08T21:00:00Z McGowan Government leads way to provide greater protections for utility customers experiencing family and domestic violence The changes will be applied to electricity, gas and water providers McGowan Government is currently leading a campaign - 16 Days in WA - to raise awareness of family and domestic violence The McGowan Government will begin implementing changes to the customer codes for Western Australian utility service providers from next year to increase protection for customers experiencing family and domestic violence. Under these proposed changes, codes regulating electricity, gas and water service providers will be updated to consider the needs of people experiencing family and domestic violence. Family and domestic violence would be recognised as a potential cause of payment difficulty, and energy and water retailers would be required to have a family violence policy which could include staff training to raise awareness of the impacts of family and domestic violence; professional development for staff to learn how to best assist customers experiencing family and domestic violence; improved systems for identifying vulnerable customers and protecting confidential customer information; training for staff to direct customers affected by family and domestic violence to appropriate pathways for support; and a requirement for contractors to uphold the same policies as utility providers to ensure a consistent approach across all operations. Western Australia's third, annual '16 Days in WA' campaign' to raise awareness of family and domestic violence began last week on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and continues until December 10, Human Rights Day. Further information and 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women resources can be found at https// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "While licensed water service providers are required to have policies recognising family and domestic violence as a cause of financial hardship, often the problems faced by water customers in these circumstances go beyond this. "The aim of these proposed changes is to ensure that our service providers are doing everything they can to protect the safety and wellbeing of customers and staff. "This goes beyond simply offering payment plans to customers in need and can include assisting customers affected by family and domestic violence in finding appropriate avenues for support. "It's important the entire community works together to stop violence against women and children." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "It is important that we improve awareness in the energy services sector of the problems caused by family and domestic violence, so that we can provide a better service and the appropriate support for vulnerable customers. "Family and domestic violence is a significant issue affecting the WA community, and we have an obligation to ensure we are doing all that we can to protect those suffering." Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "Stopping the scourge of family and domestic violence and reducing its impact on the community are key priorities for the McGowan Government. "We introduced the '16 Days in WA' campaign to get people thinking about what they can do to raise awareness; increase positive action; and highlight organisations, agencies, communities and individuals working to end violence against women. "This year, the energy and water sectors have identified ways they can make changes to ensure customers experiencing family and domestic violence are better protected. "I encourage everyone in WA to follow their lead and ask themselves what they can do to stop violence against women in our State." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700 Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office - 6552 6600
New change rooms to support thriving SWFL Women’s competition3870Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3640html9/12/2019 12:29:14 AM2019-12-08T04:00:00Z New change rooms for Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Football Club to cater for growth in women's game McGowan Government contributes $75,000 to help construct dedicated female facilities South West Football League Women's competition thriving since inaugural 2017 season The McGowan Government has lent its support to the booming South West Football League Women's competition - helping to fund a new women's change room at the Harvey Brunswick Leschenault (HBL) Football Club. Women's football has flourished in the South-West since the introduction of a women's league in 2017, with foundation club HBL now fielding both junior and senior female teams. Premier Mark McGowan, Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke visited the club today to announce the State Government's contribution to the project. The funding will assist HBL Football Club to construct dedicated women's change rooms at its home ground at the Brunswick Recreation Ground. The State Government is contributing $75,000 to the $225,000 change room - with funding also coming from the Shire of Harvey, the Alcoa Sustainability Fund and HBL Football Club. The new change rooms will provide HBL Football Club's women's teams with a dedicated change room for the first time - supporting the ongoing growth of the women's game and helping to consolidate the SWFL Women's early success. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The South West Football League Women's competition has enjoyed great success since its inception in 2017 and we're delighted to help support the growth of the women's game at the Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Football Club. "Providing dedicated change rooms will encourage more women and girls to get involved in local football, ensuring the league's early success is supported and the club can continue to deliver positive physical and mental health benefits to the community." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Country footy clubs like HBL have always provided an important hub for their communities, and with the growth of the women's game we need to ensure we are catering for everyone who wants to pull on the boots. "This project gives the HBL women's side a dedicated home base from which they can build on their early success and continue to grow local participation." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "This opportunity is exciting for women's football now and in the future. This grant will help grow the great work that has already been done, and ensure our women's football teams are strong, vibrant and ready to play. "Increasing women's representation in sports is vital to healthy, connected communities, and we must all work towards a future where inclusivity in sport is an everyday occurrence." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Stocking and habitat projects to boost WA’s unique marron fishery3869Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3620html9/12/2019 12:23:16 AM2019-12-08T03:00:00Z McGowan Government to invest almost $3 million to enhance recreational fishing Almost $500,000 committed for marron stocking and marron habitat enhancement Recreational fishing for marron is a highly valued experience that is unique to WA Better freshwater fishing experiences will help boost tourism and support jobs, particularly in regional areas The McGowan Government will invest almost $3 million in fishing licence fees to create better recreational fishing experiences throughout the State, supporting regional tourism and Western Australian jobs. Western Australia's most unique recreational fishery - the marron fishery based in the State's south-west - is one fishery that will get a massive boost through the latest round of the Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund (RFIF). Premier Mark McGowan and Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced $500,000 for the stocking of 300,000 marron and habitat enhancement projects. The announcement came as the Premier and Minister stocked juvenile marron, grown at the State Government's Pemberton hatchery, into Harvey Dam today (December 8). Marron are the largest freshwater crayfish in Western Australia - and the third largest in the world. They are endemic to south-west WA and fishing for them has long been a WA tradition. The new stocking program is one way the McGowan Government is managing climate change impacts on the long-term viability of marron stocks. More than 10,800 licensed marron fishers take part in the month-long fishing season, which will get underway at 12pm on Wednesday January 8, 2020 until 12pm Wednesday February 5, 2020. The marron stocking program is part of an almost $3 million package of Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund projects that will roll out over the next three years, funded by recreational fishing licence fees, to improve recfishing in Western Australia. Other projects to be funded through the latest RFIF round include an artificial reef for Carnarvon, more freshwater fish stocking, and further fish habitat enhancement projects in the south-west and metropolitan areas. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Recreational fishing is a treasured pastime in our State, and my Government is working hard to ensure fishing only gets better for Western Australians into the future. "Fishing is not only a great way to get outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, but also an important contributor to our economy. "Each year it is estimated 700,000 recreational fishers in Western Australia spend an estimated $2.4 billion a year. "With our latest investment of almost $3 million in stocking programs, habitat enhancement projects and an artificial reef for Carnarvon we hope to see recfishing tourism grow. This will support jobs and the economy, particularly in regional areas." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "Last financial year, the McGowan Government invested more than $17 million to ensure recfishing in WA remains some of the best on offer in the world. "These latest projects don't just deliver on our commitment for sustainable fishing, but will ensure Western Australians can continue to have enjoyable, unique fishing experiences across the State. "With freshwater fish stocking, new artificial reefs in development for the metropolitan area and Carnarvon, as well as habitat enhancement projects across the State, recfishing in WA is looking better than ever." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "We're incredibly lucky here in the south-west, with WA's unique marron only found in freshwater between Waroona and Albany. "Each year during the one-month marron season you'll find WA's south-west teeming with marron fishers who are injecting money into our local economy and supporting local jobs. "Our region is well known for its fantastic produce, shellfish, wine and natural landscapes among other things. We want to show this off to the world." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6100
Busselton Marine Rescue’s new $589,000 ‘fleet’ officially launched3874Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2210html9/12/2019 12:48:08 AM2019-12-07T02:30:00Z Brand new $500,000 vessel, Busselton Marine 1, officially launched this weekend Refit of group's other vessel, Cheryll K, completed thanks to an additional $89,000 grant Busselton Marine Rescue has officially taken possession of its brand new $500,000 vessel, the Busselton Marine 1 and its refitted Cheryll K today (December 7). Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan joined the Busselton crews today to celebrate the new and refitted vessels that are part of the McGowan Government's record $19.5 million funding for Western Australia's Marine Rescue groups. Busselton Marine 1 is a larger and more powerful vessel than Busselton Marine Rescue previously had, and will allow the volunteers to reach those in need on the water faster and in greater comfort and safety. The Busselton group received a $400,000 Emergency Services Levy capital grant, and raised an impressive $100,000 for the three-year design and construction of the fit-for-purpose Henderson-built Busselton Marine 1. The Cheryll K was refitted with a new interior and state-of-the-art electronics thanks to a $89,000 ESL grant. Busselton Marine Rescue has more than 70 active volunteer members and has been involved in more than 25 search and rescue missions over the past year. In 2018 the McGowan Government committed $19.5 million over four years in funding through the Emergency Services Levy for local Marine Rescue groups, which has been the largest funding investment in marine rescue to date. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The South-West coastline and its waters are some of Western Australia's most beautiful and heavily visited locations, and Busselton Marine Rescue has proudly been assisting people who have gotten in trouble in the area for 35 years. "It was a great pleasure to join the Busselton crew on Saturday to officially launch their new $500,000 Busselton Marine 1 and to see the $89,000 refit of the Cheryll K. "The new vessel will make a significant difference in the Busselton group's response times and rescue capabilities. "It is very pleasing to see the results of the McGowan Government's record $19.5 million funding in Marine Rescue start to bear fruit. "This fit-for-purpose vessel was designed by Busselton Marine Rescue members to ensure a quicker and safer voyage for their volunteers and those who need their help on the water. "The refit of the group's other vessel, Cheryll K, including a refreshed interior and state-of-the-art electronics will also improve comfort and safety for the volunteers." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Little Christmas cheer for victims of family violence3872Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4110html9/12/2019 12:40:08 AM2019-12-07T02:00:00Z Festive period associated with an annual spike in domestic violence incidents Western Australians experiencing family violence during festive season urged to contact authorities and support services 16 Days in WA campaign encourages people to speak out to stop violence against women and children As the festive season approaches, the McGowan Government is urging Western Australians who experience family or domestic violence to seek help. Tragically, the Christmas and New Year period is typically characterised by a spike in family violence incidents. New figures from WA Police show a sharp rise in reported family violence incidents during the 2018-19 Christmas-New Year period, when compared to the daily average. The annual festive season increase in reported family violence incidents unfortunately means Christmas can be a time of fear for many. The figures do show a 2.9 per cent decrease in the number of reported tasks logged for police attendance last Christmas-New Year when compared to the 2017-18 festive period. WA Police figures from the 2018-19 Christmas-New Year period show the daily average number of family violence-related tasks was 227, compared to an average of 180 across the entire year (an increase of 26.1 per cent); 156 family violence-related incidents were investigated by police each day on average, compared to the whole-of-year average of 130 (an increase of 20 per cent); the daily average number of police orders issued to protect victims was 77, compared to a daily average of 61 for the rest of the year (up 26.2 per cent); and each day, there was an average of 70 incidents in which children were exposed to family violence, compared to an average of 59 for the entire year (an 18.6 per cent increase).The data has been released as part of the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which aims to raise awareness about how family and domestic violence occurs, and who it impacts. 16 Days in WA began on November 25 - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - and ends on December 10, which is Human Rights Day. Further information and 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women resources can be found at https// Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "It's a devastating reality that, as most Western Australians celebrate and enjoy the festive season, incidents of family and domestic violence increase. "Violence against women is unacceptable and it is vital that victims of violence can reach out for help when they need it. "While I hope the small decrease in reported incidents since the 2017-18 Christmas period marks a turning point for Western Australia, it could also mean that less people are reporting. "The theme of this year's 16 Days in WA campaign is 'speak out' and I encourage everyone to call out inappropriate behaviour against women, so victims know they are going to be believed and supported when they come forward to report." Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "Christmas is a time when families come together. "Unfortunately it's also a time when we know there is a spike in family and domestic violence incidents. "I know there can be frustrations and I know that there can be arguments, but there doesn't have to be violence. "Police are on duty over Christmas and the New Year, so if you witness domestic violence, or are a victim of it, don't suffer in silence, say something, the Police will be there." Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office - 6552 6600 Police Minister's office – 6552 6900Women's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 000 5991800 RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
New direct flights between Perth and Manila to begin in March3873Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5300html9/12/2019 12:41:20 AM2019-12-06T23:00:00Z Direct flights between Manila and Perth a result of partnership between State Government, Philippine Airlines and Perth Airport New flights to begin in March 2020, tickets go on sale this month Another direct flight secured by the McGowan Government, to help boost visitation to WA and create local jobsVisitors from the Philippines will now have even more opportunity to work, study and play in Western Australia with new direct flights between Manila and Perth beginning early next year. Launching on March 30, 2020, the new direct flights are the result of a partnership between Philippine Airlines, Perth Airport and the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia. Philippine Airlines will operate four flights a week on an Airbus A321, which has 12 business class seats and 156 economy seats, departing Manila at 12.05am and arriving in Perth at 7.20am. The flight will then leave Perth at 8.40am and land in Manila at 3.50pm. According to the latest International Visitor Survey, the number of visitors from the Philippines travelling to WA grew by 34.7 per cent in the year ending June 2019. In that same period, 42 per cent of visitor arrivals to WA from the Philippines were visiting friends and relatives, while 10 per cent visited for business, 17 per cent for a holiday, and four per cent for education purposes. Tickets are expected to go on sale in December 2019. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The Philippines is a growing visitor market for Western Australia, with the latest visitor statistics showing more than 40 per cent growth in visitors from this market. "These direct Philippine Airlines flights will provide an easier option for Filipinos to visit WA, whether it be to work, study, visit friends and relatives or have a holiday. "International education is important for the tourism industry because each international student attracts 1.5 visiting friends and relatives from overseas annually. The flights have the potential to increase the attraction of WA as a study destination for Filipino students. "These students will not only help boost the local economy and create jobs, they also add to the social and cultural vibrancy of the Western Australian community. "Direct flights such as this help to position WA as Australia's western gateway, whereby visitors can start their Australian adventure in Perth and go on to explore our many wonderful regions." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Online maps to guide off-road vehicles in WA3739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7040html6/12/2019 8:00:33 AM2019-12-06T08:00:00Z Innovative online maps identify areas around the State where off-road vehicles can be driven Updated guides also published for riders, retailers and local government Trail bike, quad bike, and all-terrain vehicle users can now access a series of online maps to see areas where off-road vehicles can be driven around Western Australia. Designed to give off-road vehicle users the ability to easily and conveniently check where vehicles can be driven legally, the maps identify all permitted off-road vehicle areas around the State. The maps identify locations in a number of metropolitan and regional areas, with a satellite view also available to identify local features such as tracks and dunes. As well as the maps, three guides have been updated and published for off-road vehicle riders, retailers and local governments with information on licensing, registration and details of where to ride. The maps and guides are available at https// The online maps and the guides were produced by the State Government in consultation with the WA Local Government Association and Recreational Trail Riders Association. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "These maps give off-road vehicle users a clear, easy way to understand where off-road vehicles can be driven around the State. "Off-roading is a recreational activity enjoyed by many people, and families in particular. The most important thing is that the activity is enjoyed safely and in an appropriate area. "The majority of off-road users do the right thing, but we do see instances of riders in prohibited areas or on public roads. "These maps and guides will help all riders understand their responsibilities, as well as assist local governments to better manage access and make sure the activity is undertaken legally and in the right spots in their local areas." Minister's office - 6552 6400