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Royal Commission into child sex abuse hands down its final report18896Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml15/12/2017 1:36:19 AM2017-12-15T01:25:00Z ​The WA Government provides a Statement of Intent to the Final Report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The McGowan Government has commended the work done by those responsible for delivering the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission). The Royal Commission was established in 2013, and during that time it has held 57 public hearings across all capital cities, sitting more than 400 days and involving 1,200 witnesses. Out of those public hearings, horrifying stories of child sexual abuse have emerged, exposing the truth that in some cases has been denied for decades. The Final Report makes hundreds of recommendations that will help prevent and respond to child sexual abuse in institutions. The McGowan Government is committed to thoroughly examining all of the recommendations. The McGowan Government has already taken steps to address institutional child sex abuse in WA and is currently Introducing legislation removing the limitation periods for civil actions by survivors which goes further than any other Australian jurisdiction, providing a legal basis for suing institutions in the name of their current office holders for historical child sexual abuse; Working with the Commonwealth in relation to the development of a Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sex abuse; Working with other jurisdictions and the Commonwealth to develop a National Statement of Child Safe Principles; Working to implement the recommendations of the review of the State's Children and Community Services Act 2004 to improve child protection processes; and Investigating the need for independent oversight of the out of home care system. A copy of Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk's Statement of Intent can be viewed on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website here. Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "I applaud the bravery shown by the survivors who have shared their stories, in the hope that by speaking up, others would be encouraged to do the same. Their stories have outlined historic and contemporary cases of child sexual abuse within institutions and a concealment of evidence that has provided a refuge and protection for offenders. "The courage of survivors to come forward must be met by the institution's strength to acknowledge past failures, address previous injustices and implement significant changes to protect children so that history will not be repeated. "Keeping children safe, healthy, and supported is of crucial importance, and one of the greatest responsibilities of families, communities, institutions and Government. The community has a right to expect that our children are safe, especially within the institutions we entrust to protect, educate, care for and nurture them. "It is for this reason that the McGowan Government is committed to thoroughly examining the recommendations made in the Royal Commission's Final Report with a view to responding to historical abuse that has occurred, prevent further abuse from happening in the future and ensure a swift response to abuse should it occur again." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Fremantle firm wins Hilton infill housing design competition18894Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml15/12/2017 1:16:25 AM2017-12-14T10:15:00Z Design competition challenge was to conserve heritage character while delivering innovative infill public housing solutions Hilton revitalisation part of McGowan Government's urban renewal vision for Fremantle and surrounding areas Bernard Seeber Architects took centre stage tonight when Housing Minister Peter Tinley announced the Fremantle-based firm as winners of a design competition to deliver creative infill public housing solutions in the heritage suburb of Hilton. The intent of the competition, as part of the Hilton Revitalisation Project, was to help conserve heritage, deconcentrate public housing and boost the diversity of housing stock. The competition judging panel - comprised of noted architects and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt - praised the high standard of entries, noting that all the designs were dignified, elegant and place responsive. Bernard Seeber Architects' winning entry was commended for its sophistication and contemporary and refined aesthetic. The firm was offered a contract to apply the design to 14 new public homes planned for construction on seven battleaxe lots located behind heritage homes in Hilton. The four shortlisted teams each received an honorarium of $10,000. The Hilton Design Competition is a partnership between the Department of Communities, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Office of the Government Architect and the City of Fremantle. It was initiated by the McGowan Government to encourage innovative and creative solutions to public housing and urban infill challenges in the Fremantle area. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "Good design is fundamental to successful neighbourhood planning and to creating and supporting vibrant, liveable and safe communities. "Well-designed public housing helps promote social diversity, delivers taxpayers with value for money and improves residents' quality of life. "It is fantastic to see the standard of entry in this competition and the relish competitors demonstrated in their approach to the challenge of creating innovative solutions and creative designs while also protecting Hilton's heritage." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government recognises that there is a growing unmet demand for one and two-bedroom dwellings in Hilton. Boosting housing diversity and urban infill is one way to meet this shortfall. But it's important we do this while maintaining our links to the past. "Using the principles of sustainability to develop new built forms that acknowledge the contributions of our predecessors in our historic suburbs is a wonderful approach to this challenge." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Opportunity to shape the approach to plan for Outer Harbour18853Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 8:17:47 AM2017-12-14T08:15:00Z ​Westport Preparing for the Strategy discussion paper released for public comment Comment period open until January 31, 2018 Feedback received will shape the approach taken to develop the Westport Strategy The McGowan Government is seeking community feedback on its long-term Outer Harbour plan for Perth's future freight, trade, logistics, cruise shipping and defence needs. The Westport Taskforce today released Westport Preparing for the Strategy - the State Government's first discussion paper towards delivering its Outer Harbour vision. In releasing its first discussion paper, the taskforce is inviting stakeholders to join the conversation on key factors that need to be investigated in the development of the Westport Strategy. The taskforce is also seeking to capture any relevant existing information or work undertaken as part of previous studies. This will help build its evidence base which will inform where additional technical investigations are required. Stakeholders and the community can get involved in the process by reading the discussion paper, completing the feedback survey and registering for project updates. Feedback on the discussion paper will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday January 31, 2018 and can be submitted by visiting http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/westport A consultation summary will be made available at the end of February 2018. It will summarise the comments received and outline the updated Westport methodology. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We are making sure we have the right people and structures in place to deliver a real and committed plan to help secure the freight future of this State. "Many people are interested in the planning and development of the new port, and we are interested in hearing their views. "The Westport Taskforce will consider a range of aspects in preparing its strategy, including the environmental, economic and social impacts of developing a new port. "It's important that we capture the views, knowledge and skills of interested parties early in the process to achieve the best outcomes for the Westport Strategy." Comments attributed to Westport chairperson Nicole Lockwood "Consultation and continuous communication will be integral to the development of the Westport Strategy and I have already met with a number of stakeholders who are passionate about getting this planning right. "In this initial phase of engagement, we are inviting input on our proposed process for developing the Westport Strategy, and whether we have identified all the key factors necessary for answering key policy questions on the location, size, operating model and timing for future port facilities. "We will consider any existing work provided to us, and undertake technical investigations where there are gaps in our knowledge. "We want to be sure that we are considering every aspect in developing advice to Government and the feedback we receive will help us ensure we know what is important to stakeholders and the community on this topic." Minister's office - 6552 5500
$2 million grant for Mindarie-Burns Beach dual use path18851Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 7:30:11 AM2017-12-14T07:30:00Z ​Mindarie-Burns Beach dual use path Final link in Quinns Rocks to Fremantle coastal pathway Construction also starts on physical millipede barrier The McGowan Government has allocated $2 million to build a dual pathway in Tamala Conservation Park to connect Mindarie with Burns Beach. It will be the final link in a 58 kilometre coastal route from Quinns Rocks almost all the way to Fremantle, providing new coastal vantage points for walkers and cyclists alike. The 4.9 kilometre pathway will also include a physical millipede barrier to ensure the pest is kept at bay from spreading to neighbouring properties. The millipede plague that have previously affected the park's neighbouring properties will be stopped with the combination of a physical barrier and biological controls. The chosen alignment for the dual use pathway will ensure the protection of the foredune system and minimal vegetation disturbance while optimising coastal views and appropriate path levels to suit all users. A WA Planning Commission grant will assist with the construction of the path following planning and environmental approvals to be progressed by the end of the financial year. The cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo will fund the remaining cost and contribute resources including technical support, labour, materials and equipment. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This dual use pathway will be a great enhancement to the Tamala Conservation Park bushland, which has long been recognised as a special natural area. "I have also worked closely with the WAPC to address the large number of millipedes invading the park's neighbouring properties and am pleased to say that work has started on a physical barrier while biological (nematode) controls continue." Comments attributed to Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard "Our community is home to some of the most stunning coastline in the State. I share my excitement of many in announcing this funding, as it will most certainly be a welcomed and well-used pathway. "This outcome is a fine example of State and local governments working for local residents and visitors to ensure the protection of our most valuable assets." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Marco Pierre White to get a taste of the Great Southern18848Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 2:00:32 AM2017-12-14T02:00:00Z ​World famous chef to appear at IGA Taste Great Southern Expected to boost number of visitors to event and region Supported by State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions Internationally renowned chef, author, restaurateur and TV star Marco Pierre White will appear at next year's IGA Taste Great Southern. White will appear at the Albany Food and Wine Festival and the Fervor x Three Anchors dinner on Saturday, March 17. He will spend the following day exploring the region and visiting local attractions. The festival runs from March 8 to 25, 2018 with events in Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Frankland River, Katanning and Kojonup. The State Government is a proud supporter of IGA Taste Great Southern through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia congratulated the festival's organisers for securing White to appear at the event. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Marco Pierre White has been one of the biggest names in the culinary world for decades and it is a massive coup to have him appear at Taste Great Southern. "Congratulations to everyone involved in getting him on board for the 2018 event. "Culinary events, such as Taste Great Southern, play a crucial role on Western Australia's diverse events calendar as they help showcase the State's amazing food and wine regions and help drive visitation." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "WA's growing reputation for having fresh produce, premium wines and high-quality boutique beverages makes us a foodie's paradise. "Events such as IGA Taste Great Southern help reinforce that reputation and provide a great platform to show the world what WA has to offer." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Nominations still open for PM’s Veterans’ Employment Awards18847Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:56:05 AM2017-12-14T01:50:00Z Inaugural awards' six categories will recognise contribution to veterans' employment Nominations close on December 22, 2017 Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has urged eligible individuals and organisations to nominate for the Prime Minister's inaugural Veterans' Employment Awards. The awards demonstrate the importance government places on raising the awareness of public and private sector employers of the value and unique experience of our veterans and recognise those employers who support this valuable human resource. There six main categories of awards are Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans; Veterans' Employer of the Year - Large Business; Veterans' Employer of the Year - Small to Medium Sized Business; Veterans' Employer of the Year - Public Sector Organisation; Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment; and Veteran Employee of the Year Two other awards to be presented are not open for nominations. The Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation to Veterans' Employment will recognise the standout winner from the categories listed under organisations; and the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans' Employment will be selected from a list compiled from suggestions invited directly from the Government, business and veteran communities. For more information on the awards and to nominate an individual or organisation, visit https//veteransemployment.gov.au/awards Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "I know from first-hand experience that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) invests heavily in training and developing the professional and personal capabilities of its servicemen and women. Members of the ADF have a broad range of skills and experience. "Their skill-sets, including proven leadership and problem solving skills transfer readily to civilian working life where they are in strong demand from employers. "Australian businesses of all sizes, and across all industries, have prime opportunities to employ skilled and capable individuals when they separate from the ADF - and many take advantage of these opportunities to the benefit of all involved. "Through the Prime Minister's Awards, we as a community can formally recognise and acknowledge the support of employers for veteran servicemen and women when they make that all-important transition to civilian life. "I strongly urge all eligible employers, both individuals and organisations, to throw their hat into the ring and nominate for an award in the category that is most suitable for them. "It's a great way to have your contribution to our veterans recognised at a national level." Minister's office - 6552 5300
McGowan Government and community sector leaders working together18842Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:15:26 AM2017-12-14T01:15:00Z Supporting Communities Forum established to help WA's most vulnerable Premier and Community Services Minister to discuss key priorities at the forum's first meeting At the inaugural Supporting Communities Forum today, Premier Mark McGowan and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk will meet with the newly appointed members. The forum brings together leaders of the community services sector and the State Government to provide advice on the implementation of the McGowan Government's Supporting Communities election commitment. Forum members will provide advice on breaking down barriers between government departments and community organisations; improving the procurement process for community services; working together to deliver measurable outcomes for the community, and communicating this work to the broader public. A list of the forum's membership, which includes representatives from across Western Australia as well as prominent Aboriginal leaders, can be found here. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The establishment of the forum reflects the Government's commitment to the community services sector. It also shows the importance of the sector as a significant contributor to economic growth, employment and community wellbeing, particularly for vulnerable Western Australians. "I look forward to hearing what our leaders have to say about how we can work together to deal with our key priorities." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The forum's work will not only provide advice on how to address key priorities such as improving the contracting process for community providers but also support the Machinery of Government reforms and recommendations emerging from the Service Priority Review. "Because of the current financial climate, we need to be more innovative than ever to ensure the money being spent in community services is reaching the most vulnerable people in WA." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Gates open today at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park18841Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:10:14 AM2017-12-14T01:10:00Z Rio Tinto Naturescape at Kings Park re-opens today at 9am Open 9am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday Park entry is free Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today officially opened Stage 2 of the Rio Tinto Naturescape at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Following a 12-month closure, the upgrade offers new opportunities for children to explore in the heart of Perth. The upgrade includes two aerial walkways named 'The Python' and 'The Bungarra'; a waterhole to wade in; a cubby-building area; and a web of climbing ropes called 'The Tangle'. The precinct covers six hectares and is surrounded by Kings Park bushland. The Stage 2 development was completed by local WA businesses including Plan E landscape architects and MG Construction. This $3 million, Stage 2 project was supported by Rio Tinto, which has been the major partner in the project since it was first proposed in 2008. The park is open from 9am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday. To plan a visit, go to http//www.bgpa.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This Stage 2 upgrade is a fantastic addition to what was already a unique area of Kings Park. "Since Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park opened six years ago, it has led the way in shaping community attitudes about the value of connecting children with nature. "The aim of the park is to give children a hands-on experience of WA's beautiful natural environment and inspire them to contribute to conservation. Opportunities to balance on logs, paddle in a creek, or climb on rocks are also an important part of a healthy childhood. "This project is a good example of some of my priorities in action - environmental education, conservation, and universal accessibility for all children." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Research agenda for roundtable event18840Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:05:12 AM2017-12-14T01:05:00Z Roundtable event to discuss opportunities for WA health and medical research Meeting will bring together WA leaders in research and innovation Leading members of the State's health and medical research community will today meet with Deputy Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook for a roundtable event to discuss the future of health and medical research in Western Australia. Plans for a secure research funding source, in the form of a Future Health Research and Innovation Fund, will be top of the meeting's agenda. Among those attending will be prominent WA researchers - Professors Jonathan Carapetis, Peter Leedman, Christobel Saunders and Bruce Robinson - as well as emerging research leaders and representatives of government, universities, research institutes, the health professions and corporate sector. Establishment of the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund was a key election commitment. The planned fund, will draw on interest from the State's sovereign wealth fund to provide two streams of funding - one for health and medical research, the other for medical innovation and commercialisation. The roundtable will also explore opportunities to improve patient care, and grow the number of jobs and economic benefits of health and medical research. Comments attributed to Deputy Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government recognises the importance of health and medical research in maintaining a world-class health system, to our economy and the future health and wellbeing of our community. "Today's roundtable provides us with the chance to discuss how we can improve research opportunities here in Western Australia so that we can retain our best and brightest research minds and attract leading researchers from around the world. "We also want to ensure that WA does not lose potential innovation stemming from local research discoveries." Deputy Premier's office - 6552 6500
Small business a big winner at Optus Stadium18839Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html14/12/2017 1:00:16 AM2017-12-14T01:00:00Z 30 contracts awarded to WA small businesses to supply food and consumables Testament to the quality of local products and produce $150 million of contracts awarded to support the first five years of stadium operation 30 contracts have been awarded to Western Australian small businesses to supply food and consumables to Optus Stadium. New West Foods (seafood), Little Home Bakery (bread), Morley Growers (fruit and vegetables), Total Food Distributors (meat), Mahogany Creek Distributors (poultry and game), Mondo Meats (meat), Oil 2 U (oil) and Food Packaging Australia are among the local businesses which have secured stadium supply. New West Foods will distribute more than 200 tonnes of frozen potato chips to the stadium annually, as well as large volumes of prawns from Exmouth, barramundi from Derby and crabs from Geraldton. Each year, Food Packaging Australia will supply the stadium with more than 500,000 hot chip containers, 200,000 burger boxes and 1.5 million beer cups. Thanks to these WA businesses, 60,000 fans on major event days plus thousands of guests attending conferences, gala dinners and other special events throughout the world-class venue will be eating top quality local produce. Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Paul Papalia "Small businesses represent around 97 per cent of all businesses in Western Australia, accounting for 41 per cent of total private sector employment. "These latest round of contracts will have a flow-on effect to dozens of WA small businesses involved in hospitality and primary production, which helps strengthen our economy and create jobs. "I'm pleased that visitors to Optus Stadium will have access to the freshest and finest produce Western Australia has to offer." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Australian-first audit highlights regional telecommunications gaps18829Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6160html13/12/2017 5:00:05 AM2017-12-13T05:00:00Z State Telecommunications Infrastructure Audit captures location and capacity information of regional telecommunications assets Audit to guide investment of $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Improvement Fund to drive productivity and jobs growth in agriculture The McGowan Government has undertaken Australia's first audit of regional telecommunications infrastructure to map the gaps in Western Australia's digital connectivity. The audit captures the location and capacity of commercial, private and government-owned telecommunications assets across WA to establish gaps in coverage and where assets could be leveraged to expand connectivity. As could be expected, the audit has found that most commercial telecommunications infrastructure is focused on population centres - however, government and privately owned assets such as radio towers are more widely and evenly spread. This creates an opportunity for government and industry to leverage off these assets to harness the benefits of 21st century technology. The findings of the audit will be used to guide investment of the State Government's $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Improvement Fund to drive productivity gains and jobs growth in agriculture. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "No one has ever taken an across-the-board look at the telecommunications infrastructure available across an entire Australian State or Territory, and already we are seeing interest from other State Governments in replicating this process. "Our audit shows there are vast numbers of government and industry-owned mobile and radio towers spread across the State, as well as some private fibre. "These assets could provide the basis to plug the connectivity gaps in regional WA that are stopping our farmers from harnessing the benefits of the agtech revolution. "The invaluable data collected by this audit will ensure our $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Improvement Fund is invested in areas where connectivity needs are most critical in the most cost-effective manner." Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting a globally competitive local economy. "Without proper access to the internet, our agricultural industry can't take advantage of the latest technologies and properly connect to their markets. "The lack of business-grade internet connectivity is hampering the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that our farmers are famous for. "This audit will help us to bring a strategic view to this infrastructure in our regions, and assist in making sure the WA agricultural industry remains world class." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100
Education savings measures to help contribute to budget repair18825Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements57960html13/12/2017 4:48:38 AM2017-12-13T04:45:00Z New savings measures to be introduced from the 2019 school year Department of Education budget analysed line by line, program by program, to reduce duplication and determine where services could be provided more efficiently Every effort has been made to minimise the impact on students The previous Liberal National government left the State's finances in ruins forcing tough decisions to be made across government A range of budget measures will be implemented by the Department of Education from 2019 in an effort to help fix the State's finances. The McGowan Government has been forced to review every program across every agency after the previous Liberal National government left the State Budget in ruins. Consultation with students, parents, staff and the community will occur over the course of the next year, in advance of the changes coming into effect in 2019. The changes announced today will provide an estimated $64 million in savings across the forward estimates and affect around 170 positions. Six camp school sites run by the Department of Education will close. These are not the core business of education and there are other government and commercial providers of similar services. Schools of the Air (SOTA) will also close. The School of Isolated Distance Education (SIDE), which is the major provider of distance education for rural and regional students, will take over the provision of education services delivered by SOTA. This eliminates duplication. The Department of Education will work with SOTA staff, students and families in 2018 to ensure SIDE offers the same quality education, including pastoral care services. Tuart College will be repurposed and, while the site will be retained by the Department of Education, students will no longer be enrolled, with a decision to be made on its future use. Program delivery at Canning College will change to deliver programs to overseas fee-paying students only, focusing on WA's international education sector. Funding for Landsdale Farm School will cease, with the intention of finding an alternate provider for this community resource. Residential accommodation in Moora and Northam will close. Both have been underutilised for some time and, in the case of Moora, the completion of a new school nearby is likely to be the preferred option for local families. Intake into the Level 3 classroom teacher program will be on hold until 2020. Funding for Gifted and Talented programs at 18 schools will be reduced by 25 per cent. Fees for vacation swimming lessons (VacSwim) will increase, after minimal changes to fees over the past 14 years. Fees for a 10-day program will increase from $13.50 to $30, or $20 for families with a concession card. The department will continue to review programs and some grants previously provided to external organisations will be reduced or cease. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "When the dollars are stretched to the limit, the State Government - like every responsible business and household - has to do things differently. "This has not been easy, but tough decisions have had to be made to get WA's finances back on track to fix the mess left by the previous Liberal National government. "We've asked all parts of the community to help contribute to budget repair - the public sector, business, industry, individuals and families. "Unfortunately, the Liberals and Nationals blocked a reasonable change to the gold royalty rate, and chose to protect profitable gold miners from doing their bit. This has meant other parts of the community, like education, have been forced to shoulder more of the burden. "I understand this process is a difficult and challenging time, particularly for staff, and our biggest priority is to minimise any impact on students." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Ridgewood development bridges affordable housing gap for seniors18824Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html13/12/2017 4:30:12 AM2017-12-13T04:30:00Z ​$48 million project to provide almost 200 social and affordable homes for over 55s Civil works set to start in early 2018 will support up to 50 construction jobs The McGowan Government's announcement today that construction will start in early 2018 on the first stage of a $48 million seniors housing development in Ridgewood will come as welcome news for the building sector. The construction phase of the new affordable housing development for people aged 55 or older at the corner of Lukin Drive and Hinchinbrook Avenue will support up to 50 jobs. Housing Minister Peter Tinley turned the first sod at Haven Ridgewood - a partnership between the Department of Communities and Southern Cross Care (WA) (SCC). Stage one will see respected builder Pindan release 104 lots to the market as house and land packages and incorporate 54 affordable dwellings and 36 walk-up apartments. Stage two plans for additional lifestyle apartments, a commercial precinct, medical centre, supermarket and commercial and retail spaces. About 75 per cent of homes in Haven Ridgewood will sell for less than the Ridgewood median house price of $387,000 and all homes will sell below the Perth median house price of $519,000. The Department of Communities contributed 6.8 hectares of land for the project, which at June 2014 was valued at $7.68 million. SCC will provide apartments for social housing tenants in consideration for the land. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is very pleased to partner with SCC to provide more affordable and social housing, which is in high demand among people over 55 in the local community. "Together, we will develop an integrated seniors' development that contributes to the vibrancy of Ridgewood while also offering a range of housing options previously unavailable. "Developments such as this add to residents' quality of life while also addressing the needs of a growing and ageing population, and meeting demand for retirement accommodation. "Haven Ridgewood will also boost employment in the region - stage one is expected to provide up to 50 jobs during its construction phase." Comment attributed to Butler MLA John Quigley "As the local member, it is great to see the McGowan Labor Government supporting seniors. This development will create jobs in the Butler electorate and provide quality, affordable housing for seniors. I look forward to representing the new residents when the project is complete." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Kids land for free on 'Rotto from Day to Dusk'18823Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5820html13/12/2017 4:01:12 AM2017-12-13T04:00:00Z ​Free admittance for children from midday to dusk in January 2018 Half price admission fees for adults travelling from midday Building on State Government's value for money initiatives which have already seen travel to the island increase by 29% in November Visitors travelling to Rottnest Island from midday will benefit from a discount on admission fees in January 2018. Running from January 1 to 31, 'Rotto from Day to Dusk' will see adults pay half price admission fees ($9) and free admittance for children arriving on the island after midday. The commencement of a third ferry provider and new timetabling means visitors can stay later on the island, with the last ferry departing at 8pm. To encourage families and visitors to stay later in the evening, the Settlement Mall will also be transformed into a lively space on Saturday nights including picnic tables and live music. The discount is extended to visitors landing in the reserve after 12pm by ferry, chartered boats and the general boating community on day trips. For more information, visit http//www.rottnestisland.com Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "There are now more ferry seats and travel times available to Rottnest than ever before. "With about seven per cent of visitors travelling after midday in summer, there are always seats available on the afternoon ferries travelling to Rottnest. "We want to use this as an opportunity to encourage visitors to leave later and stay longer into the evening. "Recent value for money initiatives by ferry providers, island businesses and the State Government have already seen a 29 per cent increase in ferry travel to the island in November compared with the same period last year. "Rotto from Day to Dusk builds on recent initiatives which have made a trip to Rottnest Island more affordable and accessible. "We're committed to continually improving accessibility, affordability and the quality of what is on offer on Rottnest Island." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Ashfield Primary School celebrates a decade as a Waterwise school18821Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1900html13/12/2017 3:00:27 AM2017-12-13T03:00:00Z ​Ashfield Primary School joined Water Corporation's Waterwise School Program in 2007 There are 571 Waterwise Schools across Western Australia Water Minister Dave Kelly today thanked teachers and students at Ashfield Primary School for their dedication to the Water Corporation's Waterwise Schools Program. The school was recognised during a special assembly for being part of the Waterwise Schools Program for 10 years, educating thousands of students on the importance of saving water. The Waterwise Schools Program takes a long-term approach to water education and behavioural change, and complements the curriculum across all major learning areas. Over the past 22 years, 571 Waterwise Schools have been recognised across the State. Working with the community to reduce water use forms part of the Water Corporation's long-term Water Forever plans to secure water supplies, as climate change continues to have an impact in Western Australia. For more information, visit https//www.watercorporation.com.au/home/education Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "As people would be aware, the south-west of WA is one of three places on the planet that is most impacted by reduced rainfall as a result of climate change. "That is why educating the next generation on the importance of saving water is critical. "Thank you to teachers, parents and students at Ashfield Primary School for your commitment to the Waterwise School Program over the past decade. "The importance of saving water cannot be underestimated, with water saving efforts since 2001 helping to save 130 billion litres of water in 2015-16 - that is more than the entire output of the State's largest desalination plant in a year." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Parliamentary year of action for Attorney General18819Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6220html13/12/2017 1:00:07 AM2017-12-13T01:00:00Z Attorney General introduces 15 bills into the State Parliament in as many sitting weeks Attorney General John Quigley has brought about some of the most significant reforms to justice legislation in Western Australia since the March State election. These include legislation to expunge convictions for historical LGBTIQ offences and giving the Corruption and Crime Commission powers to pursue organised crime targets over unexplained wealth. Western Australia's dangerous sex offender laws, which passed through the Legislative Council last week, are among the toughest in the country and legislation removing limitation periods for all child sexual abuse actions goes further than any other Australian jurisdiction. Also introduced into State Parliament this year 'No body, no parole' legislation to ensure convicted murderers who refuse to reveal the whereabouts of their victims' bodies are not released from prison; Changes to the jurisdictional boundaries between the Supreme Court, District Court and Magistrates Court to improve the delivery and efficiency of criminal justice in WA; Amendments to the Coroner's Act to reduce delays in the Coroner's Court and remove the unnecessary impost on the resources of the Office of the State Coroner and WA Police; and Legislation allowing WA to participate in the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme effectively giving survivors of family and domestic violence enforceable legal protection right across Australia. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Much of this legislation represents significant law reform in Western Australia. "Western Australians have been calling for much of this reform for many years only to be let down time and time again by the former Liberal National government. "We are making sure WA's court system is adequately funded, that our communities are safer and victims of crime come first. "We are fighting back against those making huge profits from the sale of ice and other drugs and have provided two additional judges to the District Court to address workload issues. "While it is disappointing that some of this legislation hasn't yet passed the Legislative Council, where Labor does not control the numbers, I hope that this will happen swiftly in the new year." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Liberal senators endorse McGowan Government's world-first shark deterrent subsidy18817Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4500html13/12/2017 12:15:43 AM2017-12-12T22:00:00Z Federal Senate inquiry into shark mitigation and deterrent measures recommends other States adopt Western Australia's world-first individual shark deterrent subsidy Committee recommends Federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg promote the use of independently verified shark deterrents More than 1,100 Western Australians have taken part in the world-first subsidy A Federal Senate inquiry into shark mitigation and deterrent measures has recommended that other States should adopt the McGowan Government's world-first shark deterrent subsidy. The bipartisan committee who tabled the report in Federal Parliament yesterday, also recommended the phasing out of 'lethal drum lines' in place of 'non-lethal shark mitigation and deterrent measures'. The report recommends a number of other initiatives which the WA Government has already developed including A verification process for individual shark deterrent technology; Engagement with stakeholders to develop effective real-time information alerts to beachgoers; Research funding to scientifically investigate movements and behaviour of white sharks, and; Development of acoustic detection systems and new deterrent mechanisms. The full report is available at https//www.aph.gov.au Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "This bipartisan report clearly endorses the McGowan Government's world-first shark deterrent subsidy and recommends other States to follow WA's lead. "Given there were several senior Federal Liberal figures on the committee, the question now is, will the WA Liberal and National members stop playing politics and support our successful subsidy? "We have always said our shark mitigation policies will be based on science and it is good to see the committee also recommend further shark mitigation research by review and fund this. "Since March, the McGowan Government has introduced a world-first shark deterrent subsidy, extended the Shark Monitoring Network to Esperance, provided more than $6 million to Surf Life Saving WA to carry out patrols, allocated funding for Beach Emergency Numbers sign system and provided funding for a beach enclosure at Falcon. "The McGowan Government will continue to look at new technologies that are backed by science to improve shark mitigation in WA." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Tjuntjuntjara community to get $23.8 million capital injection129041Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6270html12/12/2017 5:30:17 AM2017-12-12T05:30:00Z ​McGowan Government investment boosts community housing and infrastructure Project designed to engage Aboriginal businesses and support Aboriginal jobs Upgrade is one of the biggest ever undertaken in a remote community in WA Housing Minister Peter Tinley today announced a major capital works and essential services package for the remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara in Western Australia's Great Victoria Desert. Under the National Partnership on Remote Housing agreement between the State Government and the Commonwealth, $8.8 million is allocated to replace and refurbish 18 existing properties and to build four new homes to accommodate multi-generational families at Tjuntjuntjara. A further $15 million will facilitate a significant redesign and upgrade of the community's essential services infrastructure. The infrastructure upgrades will boost the quality and quantity of drinking water as well as improve sewage treatment and wastewater use. An upgrade of the community's power supply will improve distribution and retailing arrangements. Last week, Pindan Pty Ltd was announced as the proponent for the first stage of works. Pindan has worked with the Department of Communities on urban renewal programs, new residential housing estates and remote housing projects over the past two decades. Completion of work on the effluent and treatment systems is expected by the end of 2018. Community Housing Limited provides the residents of Tjuntjuntjara - that due to its location, 690 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie, is one of Australia's most remote Aboriginal communities - with property and management services under contract to the Department of Communities. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is working hard to improve the circumstances and futures of Aboriginal people living in remote communities. "These latest upgrades, one of the single biggest investments in a remote community in WA, aim to greatly improve living standards for locals who have experienced hardship in the past due to water shortages and limited infrastructure capacity. "Importantly, these works will also offer employment opportunities with an Aboriginal business engagement target of 30 per cent and an Aboriginal employment target for construction and essential service upgrades of 45 per cent." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New Byford primary school construction to begin in 2018129039Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6630html12/12/2017 5:12:29 AM2017-12-12T05:00:00Z More than $18 million allocated to build new Byford primary school on Lawrence Way Construction expected to begin in 2018 with the school to open in 2020 More than 500 local students to attend new Byford primary school The McGowan Labor Government has committed $18.9 million to build a new primary school on Lawrence Way in Byford. A key election commitment, construction will begin in 2018 with the school expected to be open to students in 2020. Originally $15.6 million was set aside for the build, however, to accommodate long-term projected enrolments based on residential developments in the area, a further $3.3 million has been allocated. The funding boost will enable an extra classroom block to be built and the school to accommodate 540 students rather than the traditional 430. The McGowan Government has invested more than $465 million to build new schools and upgrade existing facilities across the State, creating jobs for Western Australians and ensuring students have access to modern education facilities. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This Government is committed to building quality public school infrastructure to ensure our education system keeps up with the growing population. "A new primary school in Byford was a key Labor election commitment and we will continue to develop quality learning spaces for WA students, creating new jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The new primary school in the high-growth area of Byford will give local students access to modern facilities and a high-quality education. "The McGowan Government is committed to providing outstanding facilities across the State to support students to learn and allow teachers to teach in the best possible environment." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Tickets on sale for first ever UFC championship fight in Perth129037Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4460html12/12/2017 4:30:11 AM2017-12-12T04:30:00Z Robert Whittaker v Luke Rockhold at Perth Arena on February 11, 2018 Up to 8,000 interstate and overseas visitors expected Proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA Tickets will go on sale this Friday (December 15) for the highly anticipated middleweight championship bout between Australia's first ever UFC title holder Robert Whittaker and American champion Luke Rockhold. Whittaker is the current UFC middleweight champion and Rockhold formerly held the title from December 2015 to June 2016. Both are currently in Perth to promote the event and take in some of Perth's iconic locations. The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, secured next year's UFC event for Perth after the McGowan Government, in June, lifted a ban on combat sports such as mixed martial arts being held in purpose-built, fenced-in enclosures such as the UFC's Octagon. The event is expected to attract thousands of fans to WA and inject $7.25 million into the economy. It will be watched by a global pay-per-view audience of more than 15 million, with the broadcast available in all of Tourism WA's markets. The bout is an exclusive for Perth. UFC 221 will be the fourth pay-per-view event ever staged in Australia. Of the 13 top UFC events held each year, only two are typically staged outside of North America. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The reaction earlier this year to Perth being announced as the host city for UFC 221 was overwhelming. "I'm pleased to say now the card has been announced we are anticipating a fantastic battle between two of the sports' best known competitors. "Travel packages for the bout have been on sale since December 1 and our projections show up to 8,000 people will come to Perth from interstate and overseas for the event. "This is a great way to bring people to our city and show off Perth's transformation to competitors, officials and fans alike." Minister's office - 6552 5600