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Facilitating a competitive WA defence supply sector105832Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2016 2:46:03 AM2016-05-24T02:35:00Z16 WA SMEs to receive share of more than $350,000 to up-skill and diversifyA mix of companies looking to secure a share of the $89 billion in defence worksIFSP has provided $4.4 million to 257 SMEs contributing to 565 jobs since 2011 Metropolitan and regional businesses across Western Australia will share in more than $350,000, as part of the defence-specific round of the State Government's Industry Facilitation and Support Program (IFSP). Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the assistance would enable the 16 small and medium-sized businesses to improve their competitiveness to secure work related to the Australian Government's multi-billion dollar defence programs. "The successful recipients will use this funding to up-skill and diversify their business base, including purchasing new equipment, upgrading facilities, and contracting finance and marketing experts," Mr Mischin said. "The program will help these businesses to be in the best position possible to bid for defence-related contracts. It is pleasing to see a number of the companies have taken the opportunity to access this funding to help transition into the defence space. For example, Award Signs in Bellevue will expand its premises to create more space and purchase a latex printer. "Award has been reliant on the resources sector for a number of years and with the change from construction to operation, the company is now looking to supply other areas including defence. This direct investment into their business will boost its capacity to respond to current and future customer needs." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government's Royalties for Regions program contributed $130,000 to this round. "This dollar-for-dollar industry assistance program has supported 257 Western Australian-based SMEs to win 539 major contracts valued at $313 million since 2011," Mr Redman said. "IFSP has been an extremely successful program with the State Government's $4.4 million investment in local industry, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in major contracts that have created 565 new jobs, including 66 apprenticeships." Fact FileThe IFSP is administered by the Department of Commerce in collaboration with the Australian Industry & Defence Network - Western Australia WA is home to more than 150 design, support and service companies which support manufacturing for the local maritime, defence and resource sectorsIn 2013-14, defence contracts in WA totalled an estimated $624 million, creating up to 3,000 jobs IFSP defence round recipients belowFor more information, visit https// Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 IFSP Defence Round Recipients Award Signs (WA) Pty Ltd (Bellevue) - $24,105 to upgrade their premises and to purchase a latex printer IKAD Engineering Pty Ltd (Bibra Lake) - $30,000 to purchase a welding machine, roll plates, gas monitors and lathes COSA Group Rentals (Bibra Lake) - $4,353 to purchase equipment Overflow Industrial Pty Ltd (Bunbury) - $20,092 to purchase fibre optic termination and testing equipment Avid EPG Group (Forrestfield) - $15,500 to upgrade existing manual bending and punching equipment GCo Electrical (Geraldton) - $30,000 to improve internal business infrastructure systems Wiltrading STACE Defence Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $24,900 to purchase camera equipment and upgrade the Customer Relationship Management system Kulin Group Pty Ltd (Henderson) - $13,400 towards strategic marketing services ScafWest Pty Ltd (Lansdale) - $30,000 towards strategic marketing services and equipment for an extra MOSY truck Fox Transportables Pty Ltd (Malaga) - $10,617 to employ an accountant for financial and business planning; and to purchase a new static line and power tools Western Advance Pty Ltd (Malaga) - $13,000 towards promotional activities Watmarine Engineering Pty Ltd (Naval Base) - $30,000 to purchase lathes and a forklift Fortis Consulting (Perth) - $29,088 to upgrade internal infrastructure Indigo Cabinets Pty Ltd (Wedgefield, Pilbara) - $30,000 to purchase an edgebander Pilbara Towing & Tilt Tray Services (Port Hedland) - $26,590 to purchase a super tilt tray Pilbara Landscapes Pty Ltd (Port Hedland) - $19,250 to purchase an excavator
Future submarine designer in Perth to talk innovation105831Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2016 4:10:19 AM2016-05-24T02:30:00ZDCNS engages WA business and academia in technology transfer and innovation for future submarines French company DCNS is in Perth to discuss technology transfer and innovation for the design and build of the $50 billion future submarines with local businesses and academia. More than 200 people will today attend the innovation seminar, co-hosted by DCNS and the Department of Commerce, at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. The French Navy frigate Guépratte will be docked at the Fremantle Wharf to coincide with the event. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the event demonstrated DCNS's commitment to building a national innovation environment for the project. "This seminar is about creating an environment for local businesses to collaborate on one of the largest industry and innovation projects underway in the nation," Mr Mischin said. "The State has a lot to offer the future submarine program. We have a strong culture of innovation teamed with the experience and proven track record to deliver international naval shipbuilding and sustainment programs. "Our world-leading research sector has been integral to the construction, and now operation and maintenance, of resource projects in the State. There are real opportunities to transfer this technology and knowledge to the naval defence programs." Guest speakers include DCNS, ASC, Thales, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Monash University. Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the future submarine program was estimated to create 2,900 Australian jobs, as well as work for suppliers across Australia. "There are ample opportunities for the State to play a key role in the future submarine program. Today's event is a valuable opportunity for local businesses to hear from DCNS while also sharing their own experiences and skills," Mr Marmion said. "Nowhere else in Australia can you find an experienced shipbuilding industry with the likes of ASC, Austal, BAE Systems, Raytheon, SAAB and Thales in one location, directly opposite the nation's largest naval base, HMAS Stirling. "I am confident this State will continue to play a major role in the maintenance, upgrade and sustainment of all future vessels home-ported at HMAS Stirling. This Government will continue to promote WA's capabilities to our counterparts." Fact FileFor more information, visit http// Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Innovation Minister's office - 6552 6800
New ring road improves access for Onslow105829Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/05/2016 12:00:01 AM2016-05-24T00:00:00Z3.5km entrance road into the town of Onslow completedDirect access from upgraded airport to town centre$14.1 million project to benefit residents, industry and tourists The completion of Onslow's new ring road is set to benefit residents, industry and local tourism. Officially opening the $14.1 million project today, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the road would guarantee access to the town, even in cyclonic conditions. "This is important infrastructure for the growing Onslow community, giving certainty to locals and visitors to the area," Mr Marmion said. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the road and surrounding works were especially important because they provided all-weather access between the town centre and the recently upgraded Onslow Airport. "Following cyclones, the previous road was prone to flooding from storm surges which hampered emergency services and prevented evacuations from occurring," Mr Nalder said. "To overcome this seasonal problem, the new road is constructed on an elevated alignment." The Onslow Ring Road project involved construction of 3.5 kilometres of new highway, including new intersections and remedial works on the existing Onslow Road. Mr Marmion said the works were funded by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, a major liquefied natural gas venture located 12km west of the town. "After extensive planning, new and upgraded facilities are being constructed, including the Onslow Shire Council administration centre and library, wastewater treatment plant improvements and housing for regional government officers," he said. Fact FileThe Wheatstone Project has committed more than $250 million to social and critical infrastructure in Onslow including health, recreation and utilitiesWheatstone is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by TEPCOThe State Government has also committed about $70 million to local facilitiesConstruction began on the Onslow Ring Road project in November 2015For the full list and map of planned projects for Onslow, visit http// State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Heritage grants now open for private owners100477Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/05/2016 12:31:14 AM2016-05-23T00:05:00Z$1.273 million to help private owners of State registered heritage places Private owners of State registered heritage places can now apply for heritage grants of up to $100,000 towards the cost of urgent conservation work to their properties. Heritage Minster Albert Jacob said $1.273 million was available under the State Government's 2016-17 Heritage Grants Program to help these private owners conserve and revitalise their properties. The grants program, overseen by the Heritage Council of Western Australia with assistance from the State Heritage Office, offers dollar-for-dollar funding for urgent conservation works or documentation to help plan future works. "This year, the Heritage Grants Program celebrates 20 years of helping private owners of State registered places and, during this time, has funded more than 700 projects amounting to $17 million," Mr Jacob said. "The Liberal National Government increased program funding by 25 per cent in 2012, recognising its importance in encouraging owners of heritage properties to invest in the preservation and enhancement of their buildings. This investment helps ensure the long-term viability of our State's heritage." Last year's $1.273 million grants was distributed among 27 heritage projects, including 16 regional projects, generating $2.72 million in conservation works across the State. Grants included assistance to demolish a building and refurbish the Great Southern Roller Flour Mill's iconic Dingo Flour sign in North Fremantle and to restore the previously neglected Hamilton Hill landmark the Newmarket Hotel, which will become a ballet studio. "Demand for heritage grants is consistently high, so I encourage private owners to contact the State Heritage Office," Mr Jacob said. "The office provides help to owners with their grant applications so they have the best possible chance of securing funding." Applications for the 2016-17 Heritage Grants Program close at 4pm on Friday, July 29, 2016. Fact FileFor more information, visit http// The grants program is managed by the Heritage Council of WA with assistance from the State Heritage OfficeApplications for the 2016-17 Heritage Grants Program close at 4pm, July 29, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 5800
New slimline number plates now available100476Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/05/2016 12:20:20 AM2016-05-23T00:00:00ZPlatinum series plates available from todayPlates available 'over the counter' for $125 a set Car owners now have even more choice when customising their vehicle, with new platinum series number plates available from today at metropolitan and regional Department of Transport centres. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the stylish new plates, which cost $125 a set, were a great option for car owners wanting something a bit more sleek and modern for their cars, rather than the standard issue State plates. "The new platinum series feature silver characters on a black background and are slimline in size," Mr Nalder said. "The new plate series adds to the already extensive choice West Australians have in personalising their number plates, with 14 different types of customised plates now available." The platinum series incorporates the 1F numeric/character sequence that would normally be used for Western Australian State number plates. The Minister said because the platinum series plates were pre-manufactured, customers could buy them over the counter with no application required, allowing them to take home their plates straight away. "The plates will be issued in sequential order with a range of 1FAA 000 to 1FZZ 999, meaning customers will not be able to select particular character combinations," he said. "Customers who purchase these platinum series plates will be able to on-sell them in the open market, as currently applies with other customised plates." Fact FileThe Department of Transport has a wide range of custom plates to choose from, ranging from the graphic series through to the custom, prestige and euro seriesTo see the full range of custom number plates, go to PlatesWAThe G series of standard State plates has now started being issued to motorists Minister's office - 6552 6400
Midland transformation forges ahead100309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2510html22/05/2016 2:06:37 AM2016-05-22T02:00:00Z​$9.7 million in State Budget for the continued revitalisation of MidlandDesigns unveiled for Midland's newest public open space Midland's transformation into one of the premier activity centres in Perth's eastern metropolitan region is continuing with the State Government unveiling concept designs for a new public open space. Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the Government had allocated $9.7 million in the 2016-17 State Budget for new and significant planned works in the Midland Railway Workshops precinct, including the creation of a large public space at Railway Square. "For more than 90 years, the Midland Railway Workshops were the centre of social and community life for generations of railway workers and local people living in this area," Mrs Faragher said. "The Government has a clear plan to restore and refresh Midland's rich history of industry, innovation and strong sense of community. "We are creating a dynamic urban village, a place where people can live, work and invest and an important commercial, residential and recreational activity centre for the eastern metropolitan region." The Railway Square site, within the Midland Railway Workshops precinct, will be almost twice the size of the Forrest Chase public open space in Perth's city. It will include alfresco dining and casual seating, water features and public art, and heritage elements recognising the historic usage of the former railway shunting yard site including a 'ceremonial' railway line. Tenders for construction of the 0.74ha site are expected to be released in July, with work due to start in September 2016. "The majority of works at Railway Square will be completed in 2017 and will create a much improved atmosphere for visitors to the annual Anzac Day event." The Minister said plans for a new Curtin University medical school and other health facilities in the area - including PlusLife laboratory and the new $360 million St John of God Midland Public Hospital - were driving demand for new housing and private investment in the area, which was undergoing significant change. Fact FileThree private developments either underway or planned at the workshops precinct will provide more than 150 apartments, new retail tenancies and food and beverage outletsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300 Railway Square looking west Railway Square looking east
$3.1m to help victims, combat drug use and crime100304Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1450html21/05/2016 11:30:15 PM2016-05-21T22:00:00Z​Latest round of funding from Criminal Property Confiscation Grants ProgramStrong focus on indigenous initiatives Family violence victims, the disabled, young people, the elderly and indigenous West Australians will benefit from more than $3.1 million being handed out to 21 organisations across the State for crime prevention and support initiatives. Attorney General Michael Mischin today announced the latest round of funding awarded to local government and non-profit community groups under the State Government's Criminal Property Confiscation Grants Program. Mr Mischin said there was a strong focus on indigenous people in this round, with one-third of the grants funding programs aimed at indigenous young people involved with drugs and alcohol, antisocial behaviour and criminal activity. "Prevention and early intervention, reducing reoffending, preventing antisocial behaviour and addressing and reducing drug and alcohol-related crime by indigenous young people are key priorities for this Government," he said. "These programs have the potential to deliver significant benefits to each participant as well as reducing the social, emotional, cultural and economic impact of crime." The Attorney General said the remaining 14 grants supported a diverse range of community members, from people with disability to victims of family violence. Grant recipients include$200,000 for the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service to implement a new service model at the Wooree Miya refuge and offer more support to Aboriginal women and their children who are fleeing family violence$200,000 for My Place Foundation to develop a training program which will identify risks relating to crime and abuse and develop safeguards for people with disability$190,000 for The Humanitarian Group to provide legal support to victims of family violence in the culturally and linguistically diverse community across the State. Fact FileThe grants program allows local governments and non-profit community groups to apply for up to $200,000 seized under the State's tough proceeds of crime laws to fight criminal activity, tackle drug-related issues and help victims of crimeThe grants are provided to applicants once they have met certain pre-conditions, including contributing in-kind support to the project they are going to runFor more information, visit http// Attorney General's office - 6552 5600 ApplicantProjectAmountFairbridge Western Australia IncFairbridge 'Karlup' project $162,697Youth Futures WAYouth Needs Assessment Service $181,250City of Greater GeraldtonThe U-turn Project $184,648Youth Legal ServiceViolence Violates $88,319Alta-1 CollegeTargeted Engagement Program $130,000JSW Training & Community Services Peel Youth Engagement Service$173,030Advocare IncorporatedElder Abuse eLearning Project $96,169Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug ServiceWooree Miya Project Transition and Implementation $200,000City of MelvilleA Safer Melville $97,130Pat Thomas House IncorporatedFutures Without Violence $112,228Women's Health Care Association T/A Women's Health and Family Services The Making of Good Men and Women$200,000Anglicare WA Street Connect - Justice Support Program$150,389Zonta House Refuge Association IncorporatedComorbidity and Crisis Accommodation$163,810The Wirrpanda FoundationDeadly Brotha Boyz and Deadly Sista Girlz$133,334angelhands IncorporatedGateway$93,800My Place Foundation IncSafeguards Project for People with Disability$200,000Big hART IncorporatedThe Jawi/Tjaabi Project$139,126WA Council on Addictions Incorporated T/A Cyrenian HousePeer Support Plus Project$101,780Centre for Advocacy Support and Education for Refugees operating as The Humanitarian GroupThe Family Violence Legal Outreach and Education Project$190,000Ngurra Kujungka IncorporatedMartu School Holiday Program$200,000Tenancy WA Incorporated in partnership with Women's Law Centre WA and Street Law Centre WAWomen and Children's Homelessness Intervention Project$200,000
Innovation and new spaces expand gallery appeal80273Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1490html21/05/2016 12:06:51 AM2016-05-21T00:05:00Z​World-first visitor gallery engagement robotNew display areas and virtual exhibition facilitiesCorporate rebranding and new-look corporate dining The Art Gallery of Western Australia has revealed expanded and interactive exhibition spaces and Aggie, a world-first robot visitor guide, as it moves into a new era of engagement with the public. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has congratulated the gallery on its refreshing new approach, which includes the Wesfarmers Micro Galleries - Sky and Garden, Nano Galleries, Rise Sound Gallery, the Imagination Room and the Stratosphere. "The building may be the same but the visitor experience is much richer and more varied, promising to appeal to a broader range of people, including children," Mr Day said. "As our leading visual arts institution, it is exciting to see the gallery and its dedicated team embracing technology and applying innovation and imagination." The Imagination Room is dedicated to activity, education, events, artist presentations and digital adventure. The highly successful Voluntary Gallery Guide program has been refreshed under the new name of Guru Guides. "Along with hundreds of people this week, I have also been thrilled to meet Aggie, believed to be the world's first art gallery visitor engagement robot and guide," the Minister said. "She is truly engaging, and will complement the Guru Guides by hosting special tours and children's art classes." The art gallery has also revealed a new brand identity, plus increased digital offerings, delivered through AGWA TV and virtual reality artwork experiences. The opening of new spaces and programs coincides with the start of the gallery's latest exhibition, Sacred and Profane, featuring three large-scale works by renowned international artists Public Notice 2 2007 by Jitish Kallat, Chinese Bible 2009 by Yang Zhichao and The sacred and the profane 1998 by Nalini Malani. Fact FileAggie the AGWA Robot's first tour is May 28, 2016Sacred and Profane is free to the public and runs until August 22, 2016For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Kimberley conservation creates ecotourism benefits80276Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1580html21/05/2016 12:00:27 AM2016-05-21T00:00:00Z​WA's largest marine park to be created in the KimberleyWill become Australia's second largest marine park spanning more than three million hectares of coast and waters The Kimberley is on track to become a world-class ecotourism destination as the State Government progresses the creation of the second largest marine park in Australia. The 2016-17 State Budget has provided an extra $22.1 million, including $10.09 million from Royalties for Regions, to Kimberley marine and national parks, including the creation of the Great Kimberley Marine Park, the Kimberley National Park and Horizontal Falls. The investment is part of the State Government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, which now has a commitment of $103.6 million to protect the region's unique assets. Premier and Tourism and Science Minister Colin Barnett said the Great Kimberley Marine Park would cover more than three million hectares and would solidify the State as one of the world's greatest ecotourism destinations. "The strategy recognises the Kimberley region can be a world-class, ecotourism destination to rival the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park," Mr Barnett said. "Investing in the creation of parks ensures ecotourism can be developed and marketed with certainty and the outstanding natural values on which they are based are conserved forever." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the parks would be jointly managed with traditional owners and would help to support new business and job opportunities for Aboriginal people. "Preserving our unique plants, animals and natural features is critical to our economic development and job creation," Mr Jacob said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investing in science and conservation had a clear ecotourism benefit, creating economic opportunities for WA's regions. "Conservation and ecotourism is an important investment for Royalties for Regions as it attracts investment and creates business and job opportunities for regional communities," Mr Redman said. The creation of the new marine reserves will increase the total area of the State's marine parks and reserves from about 1.5 million hectares to more than five million hectares since the Liberal National Government came to office in 2008, representing a 200 per cent increase. Fact FileThe $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the largest targeted conservation investment in the KimberleyThe strategy is creating the largest interconnected system of marine and national parks in the State to be jointly managed with traditional owners Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New synthetic hockey turf gold for Kookaburras80278Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2310html20/05/2016 5:29:46 AM2016-05-20T05:20:00Z​Narrogin celebrates opening of new synthetic hockey turf Kookaburras vs Great Britain in Narrogin for international event The town of Narrogin will celebrate the opening of their new synthetic turf hockey surface with two games between the Kookaburras and Great Britain this weekend. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies will tomorrow officially open the new surface and welcome the Australian men's hockey team and the Great Britain team to the Wheatbelt town. "This is an exciting opportunity for regional Western Australia. Australia won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and defeated Great Britain, so we expect the competition to be world-class," Ms Davies said. The new synthetic hockey turf was made possible in part through the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund's (CSRFF) contribution of $146,692. The total cost of the turf resurfacing was about $423,000, with the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association contributed the remaining $276,000. "The new turf has enhanced the quality and status of hockey in the region and we look forward to seeing more big events here, given it has been resurfaced to international standards," the Minister said. The two games in Narrogin this weekend are the Kookaburras' final home warm-ups before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Two games will be held in Narrogin on May 21 and May 22, with a final game in Perth on Tuesday, May 24. "Narrogin is a regional hockey powerhouse and it's an exciting opportunity for local fans to see a couple of world-class games on home turf and watch their heroes play," Ms Davies said. "I hope these games inspire those locals involved in hockey - or thinking about becoming involved - as it's a wonderful sport to keep you fit, healthy and engaged with the community." The Kookaburras' next engagement is in London for the 2016 men's hockey Champions Trophy (June 10-17), with the final Rio squad being decided soon afterwards. Fact FileSince 2009, the Government has invested over $156 million through CSRFF in more than 980 sport and recreation facility projects across the StateThe Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), has previously provided funding support to the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras to tour and play international teams in regional WAThe Government supports the Perth-based Hockey Australia High Performance Program to enable local players to get to play alongside the world's best Minister's office - 6552 5500
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Restaurants rule as WA red tape blitz takes off80279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8290html20/05/2016 4:13:31 AM2016-05-20T04:05:00Z​$1.68 million 'Flying squad' launches 90-day projects to open approval bottlenecksGuide to streamline restaurant start-ups with 14 pain points to be reformedBuilding, ecotourism and aquaculture next targets of #ShredTheRed campaign A start-up guide and a red tape reduction action plan will help grow Western Australia's vibrant restaurant and catering industry, as the State Government launches a 'flying squad' to tackle fast reform to support business and job creation. Announcing the $1.68 million State Budget initiative in the Northbridge entertainment precinct today, Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange said the group would spend 90 days at a time busting bottlenecks in specific approval processes. "This is the next phase of the #ShredTheRed red tape campaign," Mr Marmion said. "In collaboration with the private and public sectors, the flying squad will conduct three-month analyses to yield fast, practical reform recommendations." Creation of the flying squad is a direct result of a recent trial project to map restaurant approval roadblocks in Perth. "As a result, 14 recommendations have been made to streamline regulation and speed restaurant start-ups," Mr L'Estrange said. "Given this success, the next project is already underway, to simplify and accelerate residential building approvals." Treasurer Mike Nahan said it was important as many local industries as possible benefited from red tape reforms driven by the mapping projects. "This is about continuing our transformation of Perth and the regions, as we drive and diversify WA's development," Dr Nahan said. "We are keen to keep this initiative going, to capitalise on Western Australian expertise." Mr Marmion said the next 90-day mapping priorities would be ecotourism and aquaculture. "Through our red tape reduction web portal, we also welcome reform suggestions as we work to make it easier to establish and run a wide range of successful businesses in WA," Mr Marmion said. Fact FileThe Department of Finance's Economic Reform unit is leading the 90-day projectsThe restaurant study found start-ups usually allow up to nine months for approvalsFor details on project priorities and to submit #ShredTheRed suggestions, visit http// the 'How to Start a Restaurant' regulatory map at http// Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900
Kimberley blueprint sets strategy for diverse economy80275Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4490html20/05/2016 4:00:39 AM2016-05-20T04:00:00Z​Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint launched Supports investment in infrastructure, services and industry A strategy designed to guide the growth and development of the Kimberley region was officially launched today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman. Mr Redman said the Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint identified regional priorities that would help guide the focus, effort and investment toward the region's 2050 vision. "The 2050 vision for the Kimberley region is for fantastic lifestyle opportunities and a prosperous, diverse economy built upon the skills, natural resources and rich cultural heritage of the region," he said. "The Kimberley Development Commission will be at the forefront of a collaborative effort between all levels of government, business and the community to make this vision a reality. "Priorities and strategies highlighted in the blueprint aim to help facilitate economic development and place the region in a strong position to seize opportunities for long term sustainable growth. "This blueprint is a plan for the region, by the region. This level of ownership is critical to driving better outcomes for the Kimberley region and for Western Australia." The Kimberley Blueprint has six transformational priorities regional leadership and development readiness; enhancing the capability of the services sector; Aboriginal advancement; industry and resources development; developing the Kimberley's regional centres; and providing new infrastructure to drive the Kimberley's growth. Each of the State's nine regional development commissions have been tasked with putting together a Regional Investment Blueprint based on their development aspirations and forecasted population growth. The Regional Investment Blueprint initiative is supported by a $642 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Fact FileThe Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint is available at http// for Regions underpins the State Government's long-term commitment to developing WA's regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and investSince 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.9 billion in more than 3,700 regional projects and programs Minister's office - 6552 6700
WA audiences mourn loss of master puppeteer80287Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3940html20/05/2016 2:07:52 AM2016-05-20T02:00:00Z​Internationally acclaimed theatrical talent leaves legacy of joy and respectNoriko Nishimoto honoured as WA Living Treasure in 2015 Australia has lost a great theatrical talent with the passing of former Spare Parts Puppet Theatre artistic director Noriko Nishimoto. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Ms Nishimoto was one of the nation's foremost puppeteers. "Noriko was considered a master of the art, both in Australia and internationally, with more than 45 years in the industry," Mr Day said. "In 2015, she was honoured as one of Western Australia's Living Treasures for her outstanding contribution to puppetry. "Noriko's career was driven by her passion for puppetry and her enduring legacy will be the generations of performers and students who learned from her brilliance." Ms Nishimoto worked as a performer, writer and director for 16 years at the highly regarded La Clarte Puppet Theatre in Osaka before visiting Perth in the early 1980s at the invitation of director Peter Wilson to spend six weeks working as master puppeteer on the Festival of Perth production Faust. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre was formed following the success of Faust and Ms Nishimoto was invited to spend a year working with the company as a master puppeteer and technique master. She stayed on to become an Australian citizen and performed and trained other performers both within the company and through master classes across Australia's capital cities. She toured with the company through Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Canada and the United States of America. Ms Nishimoto was recognised in 2008 by the global Union internationale de la Marionnette for her contribution to puppetry in Australia. Among her productions were The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Cat Balloon, The Deep, Eat the Moon and the large-scale The Midnight Gang in collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Her recent projects included Moominpappa at Sea and The Fox. "Noriko was an exceptional talent and she will be sadly missed by Western Australian audiences and the arts sector," the Minister said. Minister's office - 6552 6200
Households urged to prepare for winter storms80271Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5930html20/05/2016 1:30:17 AM2016-05-20T01:30:00Z​Western Power receives an average of 200,000 calls during storm events in winter West Australians are being urged to check trees and branches around their homes are well clear of overhead powerlines ahead of winter's potentially destructive storms. Launching Western Power's winter storm campaign in Jandakot today, Energy Minister Mike Nahan reminded householders to be vigilant, given unpruned trees and household debris caused the majority of electricity outages during the winter months. "More than 60 per cent of electricity outages during a storm are caused by tree branches hitting powerlines and debris being blown into the electricity grid, and a significant number of these outages can be avoided," Dr Nahan said. "Western Power is busy preparing for the winter weather by trimming trees on public land, but I'd like to remind people that trees and shrubs on private land are their responsibility. "The mild winter last year was a welcome relief for our emergency crews, but that shouldn't be a reason for home owners to be complacent heading in to this year's winter storm season." According to the Bureau of Meteorology, severe winter fronts hit Perth and the South-West every year, with the metropolitan area hit with an average of 12 days with winds exceeding 90 kilometres an hour. During June, July and August, Western Power receives an average of 200,000 calls from members of the public reporting faults, including fallen powerlines, vehicle accidents and winter tornados. "Check the trees on your property and make sure the branches are at least 2.5 metres from powerlines. If you think trees near powerlines need trimming, we recommend you hire a professional tree pruner to do the job as safely as possible," the Minister said. "If you see a fallen powerline or network hazard, stay well away and call Western Power's 24/7 emergency line on 13 13 51." Fact FileMore than 60% of outages during winter storms are caused by trees and debris being blown into powerlinesIn 2012, more than 230,000 people lost power during one storm event2015 was one of the mildest winter storm seasons on record, with just 51,000 customers losing power due to stormsFor more safety tips, visit http// or download the Western Power App from your smartphone store Minister's office - 6552 5700
Shared services for councils a step closer80283Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8610html20/05/2016 1:07:11 AM2016-05-19T23:05:00ZLocal Government Legislation Amendment Bill passes the Legislative AssemblyLocal governments to band together to share provision of services Legislation strengthening the ability of local governments to deliver shared services to their communities has passed the Legislative Assembly. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill introduces a new model which will enable two or more local governments to form a subsidiary body, in order to deliver a joint service or activity. "An important focus of the legislative changes is reducing red tape for local governments," Mr Simpson said. "By creating a model for a legal entity which will have fewer compliance obligations than current arrangements, local governments will be able to deliver services more efficiently and at a lower cost." The Minister said the new model could be used as a mechanism to collaborate on activities such as management of information technology, regional tourism or back office services. The Bill also makes a number of improvements to the operation of the Local Government Standards Panel, including the ability to dismiss frivolous complaints. "These changes will increase the operational efficiency of the standards panel to allow it to deal with complaints in a timely manner," Mr Simpson said. Other key changes includemore clarity to underpin determinations of the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal on payments to local government elected membersreducing red tape by streamlining the process for local laws. Fact FileThe regional subsidiary will be governed by a charter to be approved by the MinisterThe governing body could include elected members and other people with relevant expertise or experienceA regional subsidiary cannot make local laws or start a commercial enterpriseFor more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Pilot power project shows WA is leading the way80281Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5090html20/05/2016 12:55:12 AM2016-05-19T23:00:00ZAustralian-first project for up to 500 residents and businesses in Port Hedland The State Government today announced an Australian-first research pilot that will enable customers to take more control over their electricity bills than ever before. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said Horizon Power would trial a new way of charging for electricity that embraced emerging technology with up to 500 residents and businesses in Port Hedland during the 2016-17 summer. "The Power Ahead pilot program being run by Horizon Power is an Australian-first project, which will give participating customers more power than ever before over their electricity bills," Dr Nahan said. "Horizon Power has considered how other utilities around the world are adapting to changing electricity consumption patterns and decided that a pricing structure similar to mobile phone plans was the most suitable option for participating customers in Port Hedland. "Projects like this are essential in enabling us to adapt to a changing industry, which also includes increased renewable energy uptake and the integration of new technologies such as batteries and electric vehicles. "This pilot project also has the potential to deliver a fairer and more sustainable way of charging for electricity that avoids the development of costly infrastructure into the future, as we can effectively 'beat the peak' by changing people's behaviour. "By providing the right incentives to customers as to when and how they use electricity, we believe an opportunity exists to give customers more control over managing their electricity bills, and to reduce Horizon Power's overall cost of supply." The Minister said pilot participants would be allocated a consumption allowance for the peak period (1pm to 8pm) and given financial incentives to stay within this allowance by shifting their consumption patterns to off-peak periods (8.01pm to 12.59pm) in order to lower their costs. "As Power Ahead is a pilot, customers will not pay any more than their current tariff rate for the duration of the project," he said. Participants in the pilot will also have access to near real-time electricity usage data through an app on their smart phone. Fact FileParticipants could earn a minimum of $800 by staying within their consumption allowancePort Hedland residents and businesses can register to take part in the pilot by emailing, by phoning 1800 795 089 or online at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
All roads lead to Gage as a national brewing champ80259Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3050html20/05/2016 12:45:53 AM2016-05-19T22:05:00ZPalmyra's Gage Roads' Little Dove (draught) awarded Champion Australian Beer at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards Western Australia's Gage Roads Brewing Company is being hailed an industry champion after clinching the major trophy at last night's 2016 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). Gage Roads' Little Dove (draught) was awarded Champion Australian Beer at the awards, the world's largest annual beer competition judging both packaged and draught beer. Little Dove was also named Best New World Style Pale Ale. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said a panel of 63 beer industry experts judged the beers over three days, with Gage Roads coming up trumps. "Named after the famous sea channel between Fremantle and Rottnest Island, Gage Roads is a quintessential Western Australian business built on the foundation of an idea and a tonne of hard work," Mr Holt said. "From humble beginnings as an independent Western Australian brewery, Gage Roads has grown to become one of the largest independent brewers in Australia - and now a national champion. I would like to congratulate the entire Gage Roads team on their success." The Gage Roads victory comes hot on the heels of Albany's Limeburners Distillery being announced Australian Distiller of the Year in April. "Apart from the best beaches, wine and weather, these awards prove WA is also a nation-leader in brewing and distilling," the Minister said. Mr Holt said the State Government was making it easier for Western Australian brewers to do business. "Our changes under the Liquor Legislation Amendment Act 2015 enabled beer producers to sell their product for consumption - not just tasting - on a licensed premise between 10am and 10pm," he said. "Beer, wine and spirit producers also benefit from the removal of restrictions that prohibit them from taking sales via telephone or the internet from an office not located on their licensed premises." Beer and wine producers can now also establish a second cellar door operation or collective cellar door with other producers within the same region off-site. "It will ultimately provide producers greater flexibility while also driving tourism outcomes and meeting consumer demand," the Minister said. Fact FileCelebrating its 24th year in 2016, this year's AIBA received a record 1,793 entries from 326 Australian and international breweries across 36 countriesFor more information on the Government's Liquor Control Act reform, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6100
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - $6 million in Budget for more minerals research80258Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2640html20/05/2016 12:34:42 AM2016-05-19T22:00:00ZFunding for Minerals Research Institute of Western AustraliaWill aid research for projects which seek to advance the minerals industry The Liberal National Government has committed $6 million to continue the work of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) over the next three years. Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange said the funding, announced in the 2016-17 Budget, recognised the great contribution the institute made to the State's resources sector. "Exploration targets are now deeper and harder to identify and test, and the associated data processing is becoming more complex, so the fostering of research, technological innovation and new talent through the MRIWA is important to the resources sector," he said. Mr L'Estrange said since the institute was established by the State Government in February 2014, it had committed $7.1 million to minerals research, mainly through funding research institutions in WA. "MRIWA's portfolio includes 21 approved research projects and nine PhD scholarships, valued at $18.1 million, including joint funding with other parties," he said. "However, we're not just talking about projects. Through its education program, the institute is investing in the future of WA by fostering the new engineers, geologists and other scientific professionals we need to remain one of the world's top mining jurisdictions. "The institute is contributing to a more active relationship between industry companies and the research community." The success of the program was recently confirmed through an independent review, with the aggregated benefit estimated at $90.4 million. This represents a significant return to the Government, outweighing the entire funding cost of the program since 1990. Treasurer Mike Nahan said by promoting innovation, education and capacity development, MRIWA was helping to ensure the State's minerals industry remained an engine of economic growth. "MRIWA invests funds in research projects which seek to advance the State's minerals industry, contribute to future innovation and promote projects which will help stimulate a globally competitive minerals industry in WA," Dr Nahan said. Fact FileThe MRIWA funding comprises $3m in 2016-17, $2m in 2017-18 and $1m in 2018-19 The MRIWA ensures WA remains at the forefront of technological innovation in mining and processingWA Budget statements are available at http// Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6900 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
Rise in exploration applications mark high approvals rate80282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2860html19/05/2016 6:15:27 AM2016-05-19T05:50:00Z97% of mineral prospecting licence applications done within 65 business days99% of Programme of Work Exploration applications done within 30 business days100% of petroleum pipeline licence applications done within 90 business days The Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) continuing high level of mineral title approvals during the first quarter of the year has been accompanied by an increase in mineral exploration licence applications in Western Australia. Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange said the number of licence applications had grown from 466 in the first quarter of 2015 to 541 this quarter. "It's a modest increase of about 16 per cent, but any growth is an encouraging sign as we move on from the commodities price downturn," Mr L'Estrange said. "I am also pleased the Liberal National Government is keeping pace with its previous best-ever quarter for mineral titles approvals, which was the December quarter last year. "Once again, we have surpassed the target of finalising more than 80 per cent of applications within target timelines." During the first quarter of this year, the department approved97 per cent of mineral prospecting licence applications within 65 business days99 per cent of mineral exploration Programme of Work applications within 30 business days100 per cent of petroleum pipeline licence applications within 90 business days. The Minister credited the improvement to the department's drive into online approvals processing as part of its commitment to conduct all of its transactions online by July this year. Fact FileDMP received 5,629 mineral title, exploration and mining activity applications during 2015, with 97% finalised within the timeline target of 65 business daysDMP finalised 2,459 Programme of Work and Mining Proposals during this period, with 95% finalised within the timeline target of 30 business days100% of Petroleum Exploration Permit applications were finalised within the target timeline of 120 business daysOf the 374 petroleum environment plans and oil spill contingency plans submitted, 97% were finalised within 30 calendar daysDMP also finalised 100% of resource safety Project Management Plan approvals and 85% of Radiation Management Plans within the 30 business day timeframesFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Doppler radar build begins at Newdegate80264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5580html19/05/2016 1:01:44 AM2016-05-19T01:00:00ZDoppler radars to boost regional weather coverageRoyalties for Regions invested $23 million for construction of radarsImproves weather information for farmers, emergency services and communities Construction has begun on the first of three Doppler radars to boost weather information for farm businesses and regional communities across the Wheatbelt. Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said once operational, the Newdegate radar would provide real-time weather information at a range of up to 200 kilometres. "It will give farm businesses timely information on rainfall and wind speed and direction - all critical data for farmers to make more informed decisions on sowing, fertiliser and chemical applications," Mr Nalder said. "The research behind this project has estimated that, based on more timely spray applications alone, radars could produce a return of more than $6 for every $1 invested." Doppler radars will also be installed at South Doodlakine and in Watheroo, near Marchagee, with all three expected to be operational by mid-2017. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the program was a $23 million commitment by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program to transform Western Australian farm businesses. "These radars will make a real difference to farming businesses while providing relevant information for emergency services providers by offering weather observations at a local level," Mr Redman said. "The Doppler radars will fill gaps in radar coverage and also provide underlying data to help insurance providers to develop new insurance products." Esperance-based Sime Building and Construction will undertake site works construction and the Bureau of Meteorology will install and maintain the Doppler radars. Once the radars have been installed and commissioned, the bureau will undertake data quality evaluation. The Newdegate radar is expected to be operational by October 2016. Fact FileThe radars will build on the Department of Agriculture and Food WA's extended network of 149 automated weather stationsThe Doppler Radar Project is funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions programFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700