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Funding for Wiluna school’s training program3068Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 6:34:59 AM2019-11-13T06:30:00Z McGowan Government to contribute $50,000 a year for the next three years to support training opportunities for students at Wiluna Remote Community School The school's unique training model utilises a trade training centre to provide local students and community members with skills that lead to employment Strong links with mining industry to connect local people with job opportunitiesEducation and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited Wiluna Remote Community School, announcing it would receive $50,000 a year for the next three years for its unique training model. The State Government funding will complement contributions already made by the Shire of Wiluna and local industry to the trade training centre, which tailors training for students that lead to local job opportunities, particularly in the mining industry. In 2017, Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE) transferred ownership of the school to the Department of Education, marking the start of a new partnership and unique training model for the delivery of vocational education and training in Wiluna. Local Martu elders are involved in determining the courses that run and CR TAFE delivers the training. The Wiluna Remote Community School trade training centre is supported by the Shire of Wiluna and local industry, including Matilda Operations Pty Limited, GWR Group Limited, Salt Lake Potash Limited, Northern Star Resources Limited, Rosslyn Hill Mining Pty Limited, Cameco Australia Limited, Kalium Lakes Limited, Blackham Resources Limited and Echo Resources Limited. Courses include Automotive, Conservation and Land Management and a Rangers program. Last year, the first group of students graduated with a Certificate I in Conservation and Land Management. Other training programs support the skills required for the mining industry in the areas of civil construction, loader and welding. A new initiative for 2020, supported by Salt Lake Potash Limited which has a salt lake site less than 15 kilometres south of Wiluna, will see female secondary students join an engagement program. Up to 15 students will learn work-based business and hospitality skills at school, with a view to gaining employment with the company. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The McGowan Government is pleased to join with local mining companies and the Shire to contribute $50,000 a year over the next three years to ensure young people in Wiluna have access to further training and help create pathways to employment. "The school is smaller than other secondary schools with a trade training centre but no less important when you consider how important these courses are to the local Martu community. "By working directly with the Martu community and local industry, and delivering relevant training on site through Central Regional TAFE, we are providing these students with the relevant skills that employers in the region are looking for. "The training model delivered at the centre is a fantastic local initiative that will give the community access to courses that offer real career and life opportunities well into the future." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "The centre provides tailored training programs to support the growing jobs and skills needs of the community, for example the local mining operations and the State Government's Wiluna-Meekatharra Road Upgrade project. "It is great to have local industry contributing because we are ensuring the training is linked to jobs. "There is both an individual and community benefit - students can gain employment locally and employers have access to a skilled local workforce." "The staff at the Wiluna campus, in particular Mac Jensen, punch well above their weight in terms of extremely successful delivery of their programs, excellent engagement with students, and great outcomes for individual students and the wider community." Minister's office - 6552 5700
McGowan Government boosts support for Seniors Recreation Council3067Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 6:07:53 AM2019-11-13T06:00:00Z $40,000 extra funding for Healthy Ageing Through Activity programs Seniors Recreation Council delivers programs and services to encourage active ageing, including Have a Go DayWestern Australia's active ageing movement has been given a boost - with the State Government increasing funding for the Seniors Recreation Council's Healthy Ageing Through Activity programs. The not-for-profit Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. (SRCWA) delivers numerous programs and services to encourage older Western Australians to be more physically, socially and mentally active. Sport and Recreation and Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray today visited the Council's flagship yearly Have a Go Day event at Burswood Park to deliver $40,000 in extra funding for its programs. The Council holds events and programs throughout the State - including the LiveLighter Aged Care Games, Pole Walking presentations, and the annual SRCWA Ball. It also conducts Tech Savvy Seniors sessions around Western Australia to help older people use modern technology and enjoy the social and emotional benefits of connecting online. For more information about the SRCWA, its programs and upcoming events, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "For more than 25 years, the Seniors Recreation Council of WA has played an important role in helping seniors to stay active and engaged. "In recent times the SRCWA has grown its profile in the community, having branched out into new areas, including hosting sessions to help older people use computers and social media. "The SRCWA does wonderful work throughout the State and this increased funding will allow it to deliver even better physical and mental health outcomes for older Western Australians and our communities at large." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Schools champion reducing waste3065Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:30:47 AM2019-11-13T03:30:00Z More than $67,000 for Waste Wise Schools across Western Australia Students empowered to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycleA total of 25 Western Australian schools are celebrating National Recycling Week this week by sharing more than $67,000 for projects that reduce waste disposed to landfill. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced the funding, which will be used for a range of sustainable waste projects at schools - from waste sorting stations, worm farms and recycling bins to composters and chickens. Honeywood Primary School in Wandi will receive $2,182 to set up worm farms and compost systems to reduce food waste to landfill. North Woodvale Primary School in Woodvale will spend its $4,397 grant to set up green waste recycling, increase food scrap collection and involve the whole school. Holland Street School in Geraldton will use its grant of $4,400 to purchase storage, tools and signage for a student led recycling centre. More than 120,000 children attend the 297 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA in 2019. Details of successful grants' applicants follows the McGowan Government's announcement earlier this week that new "monster inspired" WasteSorted signage for WA schools was being released to help school students sort their waste correctly. The Waste Wise School accreditation program is funded by the McGowan Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. The program delivers educational resources aimed at changing behaviour to avoid the generation of waste and encourage diverting waste from landfill. Accredited Waste Wise schools are empowering their community by spreading the 'avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle' messages and providing their students and community with practical activities that raise awareness and reduce waste. Applications for the next Waste Wise Schools grants funding round are now open and close on December 3, 2019. For more information on the program or to become accredited, visit the Waste Authority website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Students at Waste Wise Schools show an impressive commitment to changing their behaviour to avoid waste and minimise the amount that ends up in landfill. "We need to follow this example being set by our kids. We all have a responsibility to do the right thing and adopt smarter ways to manage our waste at home, at work and at school. "The McGowan Government is committed to a number of strategic waste reforms, including our ban on lightweight plastic bags, the introduction of a container deposit scheme next year, and consideration of further options for reducing single-use plastics following extensive public consultation." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Following is a summary of grants for the latest Waste Wise Schools funding round Aspiri Primary School - $2,198 to set up paper recycling bins. Atwell Primary School - $2,200 to set up worm farms. Beldon Primary School - $2,041 to set up bins to sort waste and make bees wax wraps for waste free lunches. Bencubbin Primary School - $1,950 to set up compost and recycling systems and make beeswax wraps. Bold Park Community School - $,3308 to set up a composting and recycling centre Bunbury Primary School - $1,675 to set up collection bins for composting. Gwynne Park Primary School - $2,200 to set up compost, worm farm and garden infrastructure. Hillcrest Primary School - $4,350 to set up compost and recycling infrastructure and run waste free lunches. Holland Street School - $4,400 to purchase storage, tools and signage for a student led recycling centre. Honeywood Primary School - $2,182 to set up worm farms and compost systems to reduce food waste to landfill. Kinross College - $2,150 to set up paper recycling bins. Margaret River Independent School - $3,554 to set up a waste sorting station with signage. Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School - $4,249 to set up compost, worm farms and garden infrastructure for growing seedlings. Mel Maria Catholic Primary School (St Joseph Pignatelli Campus) - $1,571 to set up fridge worm farms. Mother Teresa Catholic College (Junior School) - $4,964 to purchase worm farms, compost bins and garden infrastructure. Mother Teresa Catholic College (Middle School) - $4,379 to set up worm farms, compost bins, garden beds and a recycling station. Mount Lawley Primary School - $2,200 to create outdoor procedural signage using student designs and purchase tools and bins to better manage waste. Neerigen Brook Primary School - $3,062 to set up recycling bins and create educational posters using student designs. North Woodvale Primary School - $4,397 to set up green waste recycling, increase food scrap collection and involve the whole school. Northampton District High School - $1,368 to set up a chicken coop to build on existing food waste reducing infrastructure. Salvado Catholic College - $1,936 to set up compost bins to recycle food scraps and paper. Shelley Primary School - $2,124 to set up recycling stations to collect paper, plastic, food and general waste. St Columba's Catholic Primary School (South Perth) - $2,196 to set up worm farm and compost infrastructure. St Jude's Catholic Primary School - $300 to purchase paper recycling bins. Wandina Primary School - $2,190 to set up worm farms, compost bins and garden beds.
Contract awarded for William Bay renewal project3064Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:19:17 AM2019-11-13T03:05:00Z Roads and facilities in William Bay National Park on WA's South Coast to be upgraded 68 jobs will be created as a result of the projectThe William Bay National Park renewal project is set to start this month, with the contract recently awarded for the redevelopment of the ageing park facilities. Nigel Palmer Earthmoving, a local Denmark-based company, has been awarded the $1.97 million contract for the first stage of the project. The McGowan Government is investing $4.4 million over the 2019-2021 financial years to upgrade the infrastructure at the Park, located between Denmark and Walpole. This investment will ensure visitor infrastructure in the William Bay National Park is modern and able to accommodate continued growth in visitor numbers. The Park attracted almost 300,000 visits during 2018-19, an increase of about 20,000 visits compared to the previous year. Stage one upgrades will include sealing 2.6km of Madfish Bay Road, providing parking for an additional 64 cars, 12 motorcycles and two coaches in the Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks areas, and providing new toilet facilities. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is working with the Shire of Denmark to deliver this project. While the department aims to minimise inconvenience to visitors, sections of the park may be closed intermittently throughout November and December. In an endeavour to ensure access to popular parts of William Bay National Park, Greens Pool parking area and beach will remain open to the public for the full duration of the summer school holidays. The park will likely need to be fully closed in February for the duration of the construction period, which is expected to be completed by June 2020. Diversions for the Munda Biddi Trail will be in place during this time. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "These upgrades are essential to ensure this nature-based tourism asset continues to be appreciated by thousands of visitors every year. "I understand that some of the closures may be inconvenient while this important work is undertaken, particularly during peak periods. But I would like to assure the community that disruptions to people's enjoyment will be kept to a minimum. "William Bay National Park has such a diverse landscape, with the turquoise waters of Greens Pool as its centrepiece. These upgrades will go towards enhancing the visitor experience to this park that is both an environmental treasure and a tourism asset for Western Australia." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Safer roads, improved parking facilities and improved pedestrian pathways will cater to the high visitor numbers at William Bay National Park, helping to drive tourism in the Great Southern. "Our Government's local content policies are once again paying off awarding the contract to a Denmark-based business will ensure more local jobs in the region." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Water Corporation Board appointments3063Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:00:49 AM2019-11-13T03:00:00Z Ms Gningala Yarran-Mark to join Water Corporation Board Chairman, Deputy Chairman and two other Board members re-appointed Minister for Water Dave Kelly today announced the Water Corporation had appointed a new member to its Board of Directors and renewed the terms of its Chairman, Deputy Chairman and two other Board members. Ms Gningala Yarran-Mark has been appointed as a new Board member for a term of three years. Ms Yarran-Mark is a qualified lawyer and holds a Master of Business Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Indigenous Australian Research Methodologies. She is currently employed with United Group Limited where she co-ordinates the company's commitments under its Reconciliation Action Plan. Ms Yarran-Mark is also on the Board of Fairbridge College and Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services. Her proven ability to bridge indigenous culture with the corporate world will be beneficial to the Water Corporation as it continues to deliver on its own reconciliation vision. The Minister has also re-appointed Board Chairman Michael Hollett, Deputy Chairman David Lock, Board Member Dr Jemma Green and Board Member Mr Ross Holt. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is fantastic to see a diverse range of people attracted to the Water Corporation Board, who have a wealth of skills, technical knowledge and life experience. "Their capabilities will ensure we have effective decision-making for the sustainable management of our most precious resource - water - and ensure we continue to respond effectively to climate change, a growing State and changing community expectations. "Ms Yarran-Mark's appointment to the Board signifies another important step towards achieving the McGowan Government's commitment to increase the representation of women on Government boards. "Ms Yarran-Mark replaces Mr David Rowe who I wish to thank for his valuable contribution over the last almost four years." Minister's office - 6552 6100
New facilities open at Carnarvon Community College3062Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 2:47:59 AM2019-11-13T02:45:00Z Final buildings at $52.95 million Carnarvon Community College open New facilities bring Kindergarten to Year 12 students on to the same site for the first time Previous building stage included 12 new primary classrooms and administration buildingModern new specialist facilities at Carnarvon Community College are officially open, marking the end of a major construction project that united primary and secondary students in Carnarvon for the first time. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited the school today to open the $26.55 million third and final stage of the facilities for the school's 459 students. Students are now learning in specialist classrooms for science, digital technology, material technology, home economics, hospitality, performing arts and physical education. There are also nine new general classrooms for secondary students. Existing buildings have also been refurbished for a new secondary administration building as well as for special programs including Clontarf and the Shooting Stars netball program. There is also a new sports oval, hard courts and car park. Construction concluded in mid-2019. More than 20 local subcontractors were involved in the third stage, in turn supporting the local economy and job creation. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These exceptional specialist facilities for Carnarvon Community College's secondary students will be inspiring new places to learn in and will help staff prepare them for jobs of the future. "This new era for public education in Carnarvon will allow students to transition seamlessly through every stage of their schooling on the same site. "It is an exciting time for the school and the town and I applaud the staff, students and the entire school community for their support in building this new school." Comments attributed Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "Regional students deserve top class educational facilities and it's great to see these students today in Carnarvon have access to that. "Clontarf and the Shooting Stars program run across my electorate and they do fantastic work which young people really get engaged in. "I am also really pleased to see that more than 20 local subcontractors helped construct the third stage which is a great boost for the local economy in Carnarvon." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Massive expansion of remotely piloted aircraft for WA Police Force3061Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 2:31:44 AM2019-11-13T02:30:00Z Significant increase in aerial drone fleet to support police operations Program to train 60 police officers as specialist drone operatorsWestern Australian Police will have more mobile eyes in the sky to boost frontline operations, with the announcement of a significant expansion of the Force's aerial drone capability. Police Minister Michelle Roberts today confirmed the WA Police Force would add up to 35 additional drones to its Air Wing fleet and train up to 60 pilots over the next two years. The drones will be used to support a wide range of police operations including search and rescue operations, forensically mapping crime scenes and other police tactical operations. The technology will be fitted with high definition video recording cameras, thermal imaging technology, flood lights and speakers. The specialist drones will be capable of flying in both day and night time operations. It's anticipated that a drone will be available for use in every police district across the State. The initiative is being funded by the McGowan Government's investment in police technology and follows recent announcements on body-worn cameras, mobile devices and body armour. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The McGowan Government is determined to ensure that our police are equipped with the latest tools to keep us safe. "This is an important initiative and builds on our work to modernise the WA Police Force and give our officers contemporary equipment to do their job more effectively. "These drones will support a wide range of every day police activities and be especially useful during search and rescue operations in difficult terrain. "They will also ensure greater safety for our officers when navigating high risk and dangerous situations, by allowing them to quickly deploy a drone to gain greater situational awareness." Minister's office - 6552 6900
New member appointed to Tourism WA’s Board3060Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 2:10:19 AM2019-11-13T02:05:00Z Bruce Davis joins Board of Commissioners Term until October 14, 2020 Appointment brings total number of commissioners to 10 Businessman Bruce Davis has been appointed to Tourism Western Australia's Board for a one-year term. The founder and managing director of InGlobo Private Equity, Mr Davis has previously held senior management roles across a range of companies including Leisure and Allied Industries, Coca-Cola AMATIL and McDonalds Australia. He is currently serving on three boards and is Chairman of the Bethanie Group Board of Directors, the Director of Bethanie Housing Limited and Director of the Integrated Industrial Proprietary Limited. Mr Davis has a significant consumer marketing background and also brings diverse international experience including as global director of the Young Presidents' Organisation from 2015 to 2018. His appointment fills the final available position on Tourism WA's Board and brings the total number of commissioners to 10. For more information on Tourism WA's commissioners, visit the Tourism WA corporate website. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome Bruce Davis to Tourism WA's Board. "Mr Davis' extensive background as a Board Member, in senior corporate roles and consumer marketing will add to the wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience already represented on the Board." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Developers picked to revitalise old Kinlock Primary School site3066Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 3:38:22 AM2019-11-13T02:00:00Z New affordable housing development just 12km from the Perth CBD Kinlock project will see well-designed density and a focus on community involvementAn exciting new land and housing development will create an inviting and well-connected community on the former Kinlock Primary School site in Ferndale. The Kinlock Infill Development will provide increased housing diversity, choice and affordability in line with the State Government's Affordable Housing Action Plan 2017-18 to 2019-20, which is led by the Department of Communities. The Department has appointed Yolk Property Group and Ventura Homes Group as the project managers for the development and it will work closely with them to deliver approximately 90 residential lots in diverse sizes and prices to suit a range of people, lifestyles and budgets. The development will offer a range of house and land packages and vacant lots, with an appropriate mix of lots allocated for social housing. The majority of the house and land packages will be sold below the median Perth house price - increasing the supply and diversity of affordable housing for Western Australians. To better meet the changing needs of occupants over their lifetimes and provide versatility for people with mobility impairment, every social housing dwelling will incorporate liveable design features. These features will also be available for people who purchase house and land packages. The Department is also investigating opportunities to include sustainability initiatives which will benefit future residents and compliment the unique character of the area. This may include sustainable power generation, the promotion of urban tree canopies, and pedestrian-friendly street designs. The first stage of land development is planned for the 2020-21 financial year and will see the release of approximately 35 lots. For a wide range of affordable housing options, visit http// Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Kinlock Infill Development is a great example of the McGowan Government working with the private sector to provide a diverse range of living options only 12km from the Perth CBD. "Projects like Kinlock help meet demand for affordable housing and allow people to live close to where they work, where they grew up and where their family and friends reside. "The Department of Communities, Yolk Property Group and Ventura Homes Group will apply sustainability principles to respect local identity and encourage community involvement. "This approach will see an emphasis on sustainable land, material and water use, as well as waste reduction. "The Kinlock project will also include consultation with the local community to ensure the development complements and enhances Ferndale's character and residents' sense of place." Comments attributed to Cannington MLA Bill Johnston "I'm pleased that the Minister shares my commitment to ensuring this development is conducted in full consultation with the Ferndale community. "I'm excited to see a high quality development at Kinlock become a valued addition to the Ferndale community. "Infill development like this means young people can live close to the CBD, which is important for the continued liveability of our city. It's fantastic that the McGowan Government is conducting this infill in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the community." Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300
Animal welfare legislation the focus at upcoming public forums3059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 1:10:01 AM2019-11-13T01:00:00Z Independent panel reviewing the Animal Welfare Act 2002 to hold public forums in Broome, Karratha, Katanning and Perth Current written consultation process open until November 25, 2019 The independent panel reviewing the Animal Welfare Act 2002 is set to hold four public forums to hear the views of industry and the community first-hand. In May 2019, the Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan appointed the panel to assess whether the Act reflects and promotes contemporary best practice in animal welfare. Members of the panel will hold public forums in regional and metropolitan locations to allow interested people to find out more about the review and raise key issues. Information gathered at these forums and through the written consultation process, which closes at 5pm on Monday November 25, 2019, will help the panel draft sound, evidence-based recommendations that reflect the community's views. The forums are scheduled for the following locations November 26, 2019 2pm to 5pm - Mangrove Hotel, Broome November 28, 2019 2pm to 5pm - Karratha International Hotel, Karratha January 31, 2020 2pm to 5pm - New Lodge Motel, Katanning February 3, 2020 2pm to 5pm - State Library, Perth People interested in attending any of the forums should send an email to to book a place. For more information about the review, go to https// Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "A critical component of ensuring the review reflects the views of the community and industry is providing opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas. "The independent panel is conducting this review with an open mind and is keen to meet with people to discuss how the Act can deliver better animal welfare outcomes. "It's also important to recognise that the legislation covers both livestock and companion animals, and comments relevant to either group are welcome. "Ultimately, we want an Act that is modern and effective, and the panel's advice to the State Government will form a key part of any future amendments." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Community responds positively to boat safety consultation3058Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 12:36:13 AM2019-11-13T00:30:00Z More than 1,700 surveys completed so far for current consultation Community consultation closes on November 22 Liberal Party makes a series of misleading claims about proposalsWhile the WA Liberal Party make misleading statements about boat safety, the WA boating community has enthusiastically embraced the consultation for the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper, launched by the State Government last month. More than 1,700 surveys have been received so far through the Department of Transport's MySayTransport online feedback portal, with more expected over the next 10 days. The discussion paper has 12 proposals designed to simplify laws, making it easier for skippers to comply and save lives on the water. Opposition Transport spokesperson Libby Mettam has recently made a series of fabricated and misleading claims about the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review. The Transport Minister has warned survey respondents to be mindful of Ms Mettam's disingenuous attempt to mislead the WA community for her political purposes. A number of false and misleading claims include That a Coroner's report made recommendations regarding the wearing of life jackets in April this year. The Coroner report was in fact delivered in 2015 and the previous Liberal National Government failed to action the recommendations. That the consultation proposals weakened the regulations around the wearing of life jackets - this claim is completely false. Ms Mettam refers to survey results from previous consultations, which are no longer applicable as the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper is seeking feedback on specific proposals.To download the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Review Position Paper go to https// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "I urge all people out there who have a genuine interest in boat safety to read the position paper and complete the survey before November 22, so we can create the best possible policy for boat safety. "Ms Mettam has a track record of getting the facts wrong and just wanting to scare people. "Her craven attempts to get a cheap headline through a scare campaign about boat safety consultation has simply revealed her complete lack of understanding, and her willingness to mislead the public." Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA agribusinesses given a recipe for success3057Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 12:16:35 AM2019-11-13T00:00:00Z New $300,000 project to share the common patterns and principles for success with WA agrifood businesses The Partnering for Customer Value initiative provides online resources and insights into 11 international success storiesSecuring export growth and maintaining a competitive edge are the focus of the McGowan Government's new project to give Western Australian agrifood businesses insight into recipes for international success. Launched last night, the $300,000 Partnering for Customer Value initiative will profile 11 international and domestic case studies, identifying common patterns of success to help stimulate export opportunities for WA businesses. The case studies from the United Kingdom, Belgium, New Zealand and Australia highlight five practical patterns of success key strategic relationships, developing a whole product, delivering customer value, customer development, and engaging in value chain partnering. International leader in consumer behaviour and value chain management Professor Andrew Fearne from the UK University of East Anglia authored the first three case studies on UK-based Dingley Dell Pork, Australian mango producer Manbulloo, and NZ kiwifruit marketer Zespri International. The focus on Dingley Dell Pork demonstrated the transformation from a struggling small business to a premium pork producer supplying some of the world's top restaurants and retailers. Funded through the Asian Market Success program, the initiative includes a series of eight industry briefing sessions based on the case studies, with the first three taking place this week. For more information, including case studies and videos of presentations, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website at http// Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We know that WA is home to some of the best producers in the world - this project is about giving our producers a competitive edge on a global stage. "This initiative brings together the common practices and patterns of highly successful businesses and provides a platform for peer-to-peer learning. "The industry briefing sessions and their highlighted case studies will give WA food and beverage businesses insight into the recipes for building strategic relationships, boosting export capacity, and keeping up with international competitors." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Awards recognise volunteers’ commitment to Fishability3056Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml13/11/2019 12:08:22 AM2019-11-12T22:00:00Z McGowan Government's ongoing support helps Fishability grow Volunteers recognised for dedication to delivering fishing programs to people of all abilitiesVolunteers providing recreational fishing opportunities for people of all abilities were recognised at the annual Fishability Awards last night. Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly congratulated not only the award winners but all of the volunteers, staff and sponsors who make the Fishability program possible. The McGowan Government supports Fishability with funding of $100,000 per annum to grow this valuable program across metropolitan and regional Western Australia. The program has broadened from only supporting children and adults living with disabilities to include people with mental health challenges, aged care centres, indigenous groups and more recently, school aged children through education support centres. Fishability boasts more than 100 volunteers who committed 6,234 hours of service across 25 locations and delivered 202 activities to 2,954 participants around WA during 2018-19. Busselton woman Michelle Lee was the recipient of the 2019 Nev Thomas Award for her long-term commitment to providing recreational fishing opportunities to people of all abilities across the South-West. Ms Lee originally started her own fishing program for families of children living with disabilities in the South-West. In 2015 she joined Fishability, and is now the co-ordinator of the Busselton program. The Patron's Unsung Hero Award was shared by Terry Morey and Graham Welsh. Both men volunteer for the Mandurah Fishabilty program and are popular with participants. Mr Morey was the first volunteer to be involved with the schools program and Mr Welsh is always looking for ways to improve the experience of participants. Mr Welsh also received a Volunteer Milestone badge recognising his five years volunteering with the Mandurah program. The Chairman's Award went to EarlyBird Bait for their support, since 2012, in supplying bait to the Mandurah program. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is pleased to support this valuable organisation which is creating communities, friendships, developing life skills and self-confidence, and breaking down isolation. "The volunteers who support the charity's programs are vital to its continued success and I commend them for all of their hard work. "This work, along with the continued partnership with the State Government and community organisations and sponsors, will ensure Fishability continues to grow and develop to deliver a great fishing experience to every person, every time." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Exploration increase a strong indicator for WA resources sector3051Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4080html12/11/2019 6:22:49 AM2019-11-12T06:15:00Z ​Round 20 of the EIS co-funded drilling program offers $4.93 million to 41 projects The search for battery minerals, gold and nickel dominate this round Potash an emerging industry, with applications for exploration increasing The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has reviewed 64 applications for the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) co-funded drilling program. Successful Round 20 applicants will receive up to $4.93 million for 41 projects, with the majority of projects located in the Eastern Goldfields, exploring for nickel and gold. A third of the applicants are searching for battery commodities and this is dominated by nickel, or nickel-cobalt exploration. Other commodities include vanadium and lithium. Applications listing potash as the exploration target are now a regular occurrence for co-funding. The applications reflect an emerging industry sector, which is being supported by the McGowan Government with the introduction of new lower tenure rental rates for mining leases. Since it commenced in 2009, the EIS drilling program has offered funding to more than 940 projects resulting in more than 800,000 metres of drilling across the State. The next round of the program opens in February 2020. For more information on the projects, visit http// and for more on the McGowan Government's Future Battery Industry stategy visit https// Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Collectively the 64 applicants requested nearly $8 million dollars for co-funded drilling reflecting positive activity in resource exploration, a great sign for Western Australia. "It's great to see such a diverse range of battery and traditional minerals, such as base metals and gold, with gold experiencing a strong market value this past financial year. "The McGowan Government is supporting Western Australia's mining sector, which is helping increase employment figures and the number of mining tenements and exploration licences." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Have a Go Day hitting the shores of Burswood Park tomorrow3049Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3310html12/11/2019 5:06:01 AM2019-11-12T05:05:00Z Western Australia's best free seniors event returns for Seniors Week 2019 Have a Go Day coordinated by the Seniors Recreation Council of WA, with support from the McGowan GovernmentWestern Australia's top seniors event Have a Go Day returns to Burswood Park tomorrow as Seniors Week 2019 celebrations roll on. The free annual event - now in its 27th year - provides information, demonstrations and opportunities for older Western Australians to try out a wealth of community-based activities and programs. This year's Have a Go Day features over 230 activities, including tai chi, yoga, dancing, land sailing and canoeing. It also offers free health checks, fitness activities, cooking demonstrations and a range of music and dance performances. The event runs from 9am-3pm, with a free shuttle bus service operating from Burswood Station and Burswood Park over the course of the day. Have a Go Day 2019 is coordinated by the Seniors Recreation Council, with support from the State Government. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "Have a Go Day gets bigger and better every year, always offering a wide range of community activities and social outlets for older Western Australians to explore. "There have never been more social and recreational options available to older people than there are today - with Have a Go Day providing the ideal one-stop shop to try what's on offer out in our communities. "Nobody embodies the spirit of Have a Go Day quite as strongly as Seniors Recreation Council President Hugh Rogers - and I commend him and his team for once again putting on this terrific event." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Perth City lights up to welcome families to best ever Christmas trail3050Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7460html13/11/2019 3:25:36 AM2019-11-12T05:00:00Z 2019 City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail bigger and better with 27 light installations across the city - a big increase from the 18 installations in 2018 Christmas Lights Trail launches this Friday evening and will run every night until December 26 State Government funding, through Lotterywest, will help activate the city and encourage people to visit local shops, bars and restaurants, providing a boost to the local economy Launch of Christmas Lights Trail coincides with the start of a three-hour free parking initiative in the CityPerth will earn its title as the City of Lights again this festive period, with the City of Perth's Christmas Lights Trail featuring 27 light installations across the CBD creating an amazing free experience for young families, holiday shoppers and tourists. Premier Mark McGowan has helped spark the beginning of the City of Perth's festive season, with the announcement of a $685,000 Lotterywest grant towards the City of Perth. The funding allocation is for three events over summer, the Christmas Lights Trail ($150,000), New Year's Eve celebrations ($100,000) and 2020 Australia Day Skyworks ($435,000). The three events will activate Perth and encourage up to 300,000 people to visit the city centre, filling local retail shops, bars and restaurants, supporting local jobs and providing a boost to the CBD economy. Weekend entertainment will feature throughout the malls, along with roving performances within Forrest Chase, Raine Square, Kings Square and the Perth Cultural Centre on Friday and Saturday evenings. The free three-hour parking trial, which launches this Saturday, will open up 1,674 car bays in central CBD retail positions at His Majesty's Theatre, Pier Street and the Perth Cultural Centre on weekends and public holidays. The trial will also include free parking along the East Perth and West Perth retail strips. The McGowan Government is continuing to work closely with the City of Perth and other agencies to encourage more people into the City over this festive season, with other initiatives including a trial of free three-hour parking and further funding for homelessness services. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Our city will light up again this festive season, with 27 unique light installations spread across the CBD making this our best Christmas Lights Trail yet. "For families with young children, the Christmas Lights Trail is really something special, putting smiles on the faces of thousands of WA kids. "This is a great opportunity for local families to visit the city and spend some time exploring each of the different, unique areas while following the Christmas Lights Trail. "With 1,674 car bays in central CBD locations opening with free parking for three hours from this Friday, every Western Australian can come into the city and experience the Christmas Lights Trail for free. "Events and initiatives like this will provide a much needed boost to the local economy and help support local jobs in our capital city." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "The Christmas Lights trail is a proven success at activating our city by encouraging families and visitors to follow the trail through different parts of the city, with increased foot traffic for local businesses nearby. "That's why it's fantastic to see the Christmas lights program expanded, increasing coverage across the CBD and precincts." Comments attributed to City of Perth Commissioner Andrew Hammond "The City of Perth is proud to ring in the festive season with our biggest Christmas program ever thanks to support from the State Government through Lotterywest. "The return of the much-anticipated Christmas Lights Trail will herald a spectacular line-up of free family fun and entertainment plus unique shopping and dining experiences inviting everyone to experience the joy of Christmas in the city." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Grants announced for International Day of People with Disability3048Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4690html12/11/2019 3:19:37 AM2019-11-12T03:15:00Z 84 grants provided for community events and activities Promoting the participation and inclusion of people with disability Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced the 84 successful grant recipients ahead of next month's celebrations to mark the United Nations' International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) 2019. The UN-sanctioned IDPwD on December 3 celebrates achievements and contributions of people with disability, with a focus on striving for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers. This year, the number of events and activities in Western Australia held on or around IDPwD has increased substantially, with 84 grants of up to $1,000 provided by the McGowan Government. As part of this year's theme for IDPwD, the WA grants will help raise awareness about the importance of participation and inclusion for people living with disability. Events start on November 23 and cover the entire State, from Perth to the Great Southern, Goldfields and the far north. Activities range from awards events, free performances and workshops to exhibitions, including athletics and Para Dance display. For more information about the IDPwD and a calendar of events, visit https// Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The UN International Day of People with Disability celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with disability and is a valuable opportunity to acknowledge the importance of their participation in society. "The McGowan Government is proud to once again support so many outstanding initiatives and events across Western Australia that bring people together, break down barriers and give people with disability a voice. "Events for the International Day of People with Disability provides an opportunity for improving people's lives and promoting greater inclusiveness and equality." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Rockingham kids set to benefit from Lotterywest grant3047Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4080html12/11/2019 1:04:01 AM2019-11-12T01:00:00Z $985,000 Lotterywest grant for fit-out and refurbish new Rockingham Youth Centre The Centre will increase community connection and offer support for young people Members of the City of Rockingham's Youth Work and Youth Development teams to relocate from the City's administration building Rockingham residents aged between 12-24 expected to increase by 10,600 by 2036Premier Mark McGowan today presented a Lotterywest grant of $985,000 to the City of Rockingham for the fit-out and refurbishment of the Rockingham Youth Centre. The Centre, which is located in the heart of Rockingham on Mackinnon Street, aims to create a safe space where young people can hang out without the fear of being moved on, and learn new skills in ways they can relate to. When up and running, the Centre will host a range of early intervention and prevention workshops, skill development sessions, forums and community events alongside leadership programs including Youth Reference Group, Junior Council, Skate Park Reference Group, and employability, life skills and recreation and cultural skills development opportunities; as well as being a place to meet friends and have fun. The Centre will also house spaces for study, along with leadership, art and recreation programs. The number of Rockingham residents aged 12-24 is expected to increase by about 10,600 by 2036, so it's important vital infrastructure and services are in place to cater for growing demand. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am proud to support my local community in building resources that will allow the younger members of Rockingham to connect with their City. "This Centre will host a range of workshops that will develop life skills and become a hub for young residents to take positive steps towards their future. "The Rockingham Youth Centre will be a space for young people to make their own, ensuring they have somewhere to go that's safe and empowers them to develop skills for their future. "Rockingham is one of the fastest growing cities in the State and projects like this are helping to create a prosperous and well connected community." Minister's office - 6552 5200
Energy utilities and TAFE join forces to upskill WA workers3045Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5450html12/11/2019 12:32:44 AM2019-11-11T23:30:00Z More than 100 workers to be upskilled to service the future electrical landscape Western Power and Horizon Power workers start course to become electrical fitters Western Power will install 57 standalone power systems by 2020 The cleaner, lower cost and more reliable delivery of electricity to customers across Western Australia is requiring new skills in the energy sector. The State Government has taken action by investing in a first-of-its-kind training program to upskill its energy utility workers in new energy technology solutions, such as standalone power systems. On Monday, 12 Western Power and Horizon Power electricity supply industry distribution powerlines and cable jointing workers commenced a 12-month program at North Metropolitan TAFE to become trade qualified electrical fitters. Once qualified, the employees will be able to operate, maintain and repair standalone power systems, which combine solar, battery and diesel generation. The Horizon Power Port Hedland and Karratha-based employees will be able to maintain and repair the North West interconnected system transmission terminal yards and distribution substations in the Pilbara, as well as the new Onslow utility grade solar farm and battery. The training program is a collaboration between TAFE, Horizon Power, Western Power, and the WA Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council. By 2020, Horizon Power will have installed 17 standalone power systems for customers living in the Neridup and Beaumont farming areas in the Goldfields-Esperance region. This new training initiative complements Western Power's existing partnership with TAFE to develop skills for the growing rollout of standalone power units. Western Power will install a further 57 standalone power systems this year, which is Australia's biggest rollout. Comments attributed to Education Minister Sue Ellery "The WA Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council and North Metropolitan TAFE are working closely with industry to ensure we have a workforce skilled to support energy transformation. "This training program will ensure we keep jobs in our regions by futureproofing our workforce with the necessary skills and qualifications." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The energy sector is experiencing a rapid transformation worldwide; it's important we have the appropriate training programs available to upskill our workers and ensure they're equipped to meet the technological requirements of the future. "The McGowan Government is committed to delivering a cleaner, brighter and more resilient energy supply for Western Australians for decades to come." Education Minister's office - 6552 5700 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
TAFE Partnership with Rio Tinto delivers an Australian first3046Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8150html12/11/2019 12:33:44 AM2019-11-11T23:00:00Z Australia's first Certificate IV in remote operations to be offered by South Metropolitan TAFE in 2020 Industry collaboration creates pathway to jobs in the field of automation McGowan Government continues to work with industry to train Western Australians for jobs of the future Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the introduction of a ground‑breaking course in remote operations - the first of its kind in Australia. Starting at South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) Munster campus in 2020, the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations was developed through the Resource Industry Collaboration, a landmark partnership between the McGowan Government, SMTAFE and Rio Tinto Iron Ore. The partnership aims to ensure Western Australian workers are prepared for industry advancements, innovation and automation, and reflects the Government's commitment to collaborating with industry to create a highly skilled workforce. Approximately 30 Rio Tinto Iron Ore employees will be involved in the pilot of the new qualification. Pending successful completion of the pilot, the first course will start in 2021. Combining integrated learning in a control centre, the new qualification is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to work at some of Australia's top-tier automation facilities, such as Rio Tinto's Remote Operations Centre in Perth. Today's announcement follows the introduction of two additional automation courses in June 2019, a Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations and a micro-credential course for apprentices and technicians, developed under the same Industry Collaboration. Rio Tinto has committed $2 million towards the development of these qualifications, providing pathways to emerging jobs in the field of automation and placing WA at the forefront of technological development in the resources sector. The Resource Industry Collaboration is led by WA State Training Board Chair Jim Walker and includes Rio Tinto, Santos, Yara, Komatsu, BHP, FMG, South32, Roy Hill, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, TAFE WA, the University of Western Australia and Scitech. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "TAFE is an important pathway for many Western Australians - whether you're just out of school or looking for retraining opportunities, this new course will provide a unique set of skills, setting workers up for the new jobs being created through technological innovation. "These new courses will allow us to maintain our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology in Australia, ensuring the continued diversification of our economy and helping local workers assist the mining industry well into the future. "Congratulations to Rio Tinto, South Metro TAFE and all members of the Resource Industry Collaboration in making this new course a reality." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This is a great example of the State Government and industry working together to ensure the training sector is responsive to technological advancements, providing opportunities for Western Australians to acquire the skills needed for emerging career paths. "Western Australia is a global leader in automation and this pioneering course will allow our community to take full advantage of the many opportunities automation is expected to deliver to industry and the WA economy in the near future. "The McGowan Government is also supporting TAFE to help make Western Australians more skilled for the workforce through the recent announcement that fees for 34 high priority courses would be cut by 50 per cent from next year." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700