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Tremendous opportunity awaits East Kimberley with council election16375Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2017 8:15:21 AM2017-07-26T08:05:00Z ​Community leaders urged to nominate for Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley council election in October 2017 A fresh start has the potential to unlock tremendous opportunity for tourism and economic development in the region Election will be conducted via postal vote, with all eligible voters receiving a voting package Community urged to embrace the opportunity to vote and participate in their future A tremendous opportunity awaits the East Kimberley region with the election of a new council in October 2017. The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley was suspended by the previous Minister for Local Government in October 2016, and is currently under the administration of Commissioner Ron Yuryevich. Local Government Minister David Templeman is in Kununurra today, meeting with community members, business representatives and administrators to encourage local community leaders to nominate for council. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "This is a magnificent part of the world and offers such potential for economic development and tourism. "Electing a quality, representative local government will help the region move forward and capitalise on these world-class assets. "I urge the community to work together, help build resilience in their local government and create a vision for the East Kimberley. "Local member Josie Farrer has been working hard to effect change and encouraging local champions to put their names forward. "At a State level, I have been working on a review of the Local Government Act that will help create an environment that encourages quality representation at the local level. "I have also asked the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to work with the community on training and supporting the election process. "It's time for the local community to stand up and recognise that a strong local government is critical for the East Kimberley to achieve its potential." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "We have some fantastic people living in the East Kimberley region and I will be encouraging them to put their names forward for election. "This represents a fresh start for the community and a real opportunity for progress." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Grant to assist victims of family and domestic violence15696Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2017 7:40:46 AM2017-07-26T07:30:00Z ​One-off grant of $40,000 awarded to Patricia Giles Centre to assist victims of domestic violence Grant awarded through Local Projects, Local Jobs program The Patricia Giles Centre, which provides accommodation and support for women and children affected by family and domestic violence, has received $40,000 under the Local Projects, Local Jobs program. The McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs program awards grants to local community organisations to assist with upgrades to facilities and the expansion of programs. The funding will support the Patricia Giles Centre's family holiday camp and school uniform fund, the purchase of new bedding items and kitchenware for women's refuge houses, as well as DVD players, vacuum cleaners, and home starter packs. In 2017-18, the State Government will also provide $3.1 million to the Patricia Giles Centre to provide accommodation and support services for women and children impacted by family and domestic violence. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting not-for-profit community organisations that provide a lifeline to the most vulnerable members of our community. "This centre not only helps women and children escape family and domestic violence but also gives them the tools they need to start a new journey, free from abuse and harm." Comments attributed to Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton "A safe home is something that many of us take for granted. As the local member, I know first-hand the exceptional work the Patricia Giles Centre does in the community. "That is why this Labor Government is continuing to provide support so the centre can continue to make a difference in vulnerable lives." Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Government support for WA coastal planning projects15695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2017 7:33:44 AM2017-07-26T07:20:00Z ​$603,000 towards 24 projects to protect and improve WA's coastline Funding will help address regionally specific issues Protection and improvement of Western Australia's world-renowned coastline will receive a $603,000 funding boost. The State Government is providing funding towards 24 projects aimed at improving coastal amenity or addressing coastal hazards such as erosion and inundation. The funding forms part of the 2017-18 Coastwest and Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program (CMPAP) and is provided to community groups, schools and local governments overseeing coastline projects. Funds from Coastwest support projects that improve local coastal conditions and amenity, while CMPAP funding assists coastal land managers to undertake strategic planning. Both grants are administered by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and support the Western Australian Planning Commission's State Coastal Planning Policy. The 24 funded projects span the State's 20,000 kilometre coastline; from protecting the natural and cultural values of the remote Walsh Point in the Kimberley to planning for coastal hazards in Albany in the Great Southern. The full list of funded projects is available online at http// Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "WA is internationally recognised for its spectacular coast and these projects will help ensure it remains this way in the future. "People throughout WA, many of them volunteers and students, are doing vital work to plan for and manage our coastline. "The State Government is proud to provide the support and tools needed for each group to manage regionally specific issues, including developing coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plans, and rehabilitating dunes. "The total value of these projects is nearly $1.86 million, with every dollar of Government funding being complemented by more than two dollars of cash, or in-kind contributions." Minister's office - 6552 5500 2017/18 Coastwest and Coastal Managmeent Plan Assistance Program Grants RegionProject TitleProject ManagerGrantKimberleyWalsh Point Visitor Management MasterplanWunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation$24,500​Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring ProjectEnvirons Kimberley$17,300PilbaraCleaverville Foreshore Management PlanCity of Karratha$16,000GascoyneDenham Townsite Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan Shire of Shark Bay$65,000Mid-WestGeraldton Foreshore African Boxthorn Control - Stage 1City of Greater Geraldton$44,000Perth Metro Challenger Parade Dune Restoration (Dartmouth to Swanage Street, City Beach)The Challenger Dune Eco Restoration Group$15,000​Tompkins Park Foreshore Restoration Stage 2Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group $18,900​Marmion Coastal Foreshore Reserve Rehabilitation 2017-2018Friends of Sorrento Beach & Marmion Foreshore$19,500​Rehabilitation and Care of Kennedy Bay Coastal Sand DunesKennedy Bay Coastcare$8,750​Restoring Bush Forever Site 325 at Iluka - North Ocean Reef ForeshoreFriends of North Ocean Reef-Iluka Foreshore$20,100​Climate ready coastal vegetation trial at Singleton Beach, RockinghamPerth NRM$12,480​Restoration and Habitat Protection Swanbourne DunesCity of Nedlands$19,307​Integrated Foreshore Restoration in City of Stirling Trigg-Scarborough CoastStirling Natural Environment Coastcare$48,980​Restoring the Iconic Cottesloe Coast - Stage 2 for Site C2Town of Cottesloe$8,591PeelMurray Delta Monitoring ProjectShire of Murray$5,620​Mandurah Fairy Tern SanctuaryCity of Mandurah$20,000​Preston Beach Foreshore RestorationShire of Waroona$14,840South- WestOn ground action to protect the Prevelly/Gnarabup coastal environmentShire of Augusta Margaret River $14,175​CoastSwaP Coastal Stakeholder Forums & Best Practice Case StudiesSouth West and Peel Coastal Management Group (CoastSWaP)$8,000​Science on the Toby InletCity of Busselton$18,627​City of Busselton Coastal Adaptation StrategyCity of Busselton$75,000Great SouthernAlbany Senior High School Marine Science ProjectAlbany Senior High School$21,000​Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation PlanCity of Albany$75,000Goldfields-EsperanceDempster Head Management PlanningShire of Esperance$12,500
RSPCA supports domestic violence victims and their pets15693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2017 4:01:45 AM2017-07-26T04:00:00Z ​$100,000 State Government grant for RSPCA's Pets in Crisis program Program to help the pets of family and domestic violence victims Family and domestic violence victims fearful of leaving their violent partners in case their pet is harmed will receive support from the RSPCA so both pet and victim can seek a safer environment. State Government funding of $100,000 has been provided to the RSPCA to support a Pets in Crisis program to help the victims of family and domestic violence look after their pets. The funding will help set up a foster care-like situation where the family pet is cared for while domestic violence victims rebuild their lives. Services working with victims of family and domestic violence identified a lack of safe accommodation options for family pets, in some cases resulting in victims being reluctant to move to safe accommodation. The program will have the capacity to help up to 30 families and their pets at any one time, and will provide services across the metropolitan area. The Women's and Men's Domestic Violence helplines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide information, support and counselling. Women's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339 (free call); and Men's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599 (free call). For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "The Pets in Crisis program will help make it easier for victims of family and domestic violence to safely house their pets away from perpetrators. "As a dog owner myself, I can understand how victims of family and domestic violence may not want to leave their home because they also fear for the safety of their beloved family pet. "The program will give victims peace of mind knowing that their pet will be okay and they can focus on securing their own safe accommodation." Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker "Some perpetrators of family and domestic violence use threats of torture and cruelty to family pets to control victims. "I have met courageous women who have shared personal stories that document this link. "The McGowan Government is working hard to provide a safe pathway for people seeking to escape family and domestic violence, often with their children and family pets." Minister's office - 6552 6600
WA Training Awards 2017 individual finalists announced131968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/07/2017 9:21:57 AM2017-07-25T08:50:00Z Finalists represent Western Australia's best apprentices, trainees, students and trainers Awards program nurtures talent ensuring a strong industry Winners will represent WA in the Australian Training Awards later this year Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the 30 individual category finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards. The State's premier industry awards program recognises individual talent in the training sector. WA Trainer of the Year 2017 finalist Jane Goodfellow's passion for training, inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood. Jane's extensive contributions to the industry includes developing an Associate Degree in Education and Auslan professional development courses to meet student and community needs. Winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, September 15, 2017. The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Some of our most promising apprentices, trainees, students and trainers, from across the State are finalists in this year's awards. This awards program opens doors and gives finalists opportunities to take their skills even further. "The training sector is key to our economic future and plays a vital role in the State Government's Plan for Jobs. "Our goal is to build a strong training sector to boost the economy and the WA Training Awards support this." Minister's office - 6552 5700 This year's individual finalists are WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Shayna Daniels Kim Dick Kirsten Holiner Wynston Shovellor-Sesar WA Apprentice of the Year 2017 Lauren Bruce-Smith Nicholas Johnston Tristan Palmer Jamie Stewart WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017 Rachel Orr Esfandiar Shahmir Lalida Udomsak WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Education Jia-Shian Chen Kumbirai Gono Rui Scheidt Feix Charlotte Strike WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA Harmony Broughton Lauren Brunalli Benjamin Rowe Harrison Salter-Browne WA Trainee of the Year 2017 Alex Baldock Claire McLeary Kristina Mutlow WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council Jane Goodfellow Ekta Tandon Robert Taylor Indumathi V WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth Maria Baker Chloe Blight Nardine Burgess Kyle Morgan
Boost for projects supporting women131965Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/07/2017 4:50:51 AM2017-07-25T04:50:00Z More than $77,000 awarded to 11 community groups to support women's projects Funding is part of the Grants for Women program A project in the Kwinana and Mandurah area that aims to help women achieve economic independence is among 11 projects to receive funding under the State Government's Grants for Women program. More than $77,000 in grants has been awarded to community groups and local governments for projects that focus on addressing the unique issues faced by women. The Inspire Change project received $10,000 to conduct a series of workshops in Kwinana and Mandurah, aimed at women with young or primary-aged children. Topics covered will help build resilience and economic independence, and include financial literacy, budgeting, loans and superannuation, alternative economic opportunities and childcare options and access. Another project to receive funding is angelhands Inc's Trauma Recovery Training which supports people affected by homicide and serious violence. Nearly $10,000 will go towards trauma recovery training aimed at upskilling 20 women to deliver specialised trauma services and gain valuable experience in the mental health industry. Applications for the grants program can be submitted any time and grants of up to $10,000 are available. Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "This program supports projects that provide women with pathways to economic independence, improves their leadership skills and provides support to those who have experienced trauma. "Women continue to experience significant barriers including the gender pay gap. In Western Australia, women are paid 25.4 per cent less than their male counterparts compared with 18.5 per cent nationally. "In addition, women's average superannuation balances are up to 38 per cent less than men's. This means that women are less likely than men to live comfortably when they retire. "The projects funded through the Grants for Women program equip women with the confidence and knowledge they need to take control of their financial situation, build their income and take on leadership positions at work and in the community." Minister's office - 6552 6600 OrganisationProject nameAmount RegionGreen Skills Inc - DenmarkWomen, Leadership for the Future$4,500Great SouthernEnterprise Learning ProjectsEntrepreneurial Ecosystem in the Kimberley$10,000Kimberleyangelhands IncTrauma Recovery Training$9,997North-west metropolitan and north-east metropolitanNational Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) WA ChapterNAWIC WA Mentoring Program 2017$10,000Metropolitan and PeelInternational Forum of Reconciliation and PeaceFinancial Empowerment for Multicultural Women in Business$5,000South-west metropolitanSouth Metropolitan Youth Link IncInspire Change$10,000South-west metropolitan and PeelSouth West Women's Health and Information Service IncMentoring and Networking Circle of Success$10,000South-WestQuairading Community Resource CentreEnhance Your Personal Finance$5,000WheatbeltKondinin Community Resource CentreMoney Smart Women$4,546WheatbeltDalwallinu Community Resource Centre IncBring Out Your Inner Leader Strong Women = Stronger Communities$3,625WheatbeltNungarin Community Resource Centre IncBreak Through to Financial Confidence$4,472Wheatbelt
New deal signed for Sculpture by the Sea131964Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/07/2017 4:35:20 AM2017-07-25T04:35:00Z New three-year deal signed for popular Cottesloe exhibition Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA Attracts more than 200,000 attendees a year The State Government has secured Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe until 2020 after signing a new three-year sponsorship deal with the exhibition's organisers. Held at Perth's iconic Cottesloe Beach, the popular annual exhibition drew more than 200,000 visitors to this year's March event. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is one of the biggest annual sculpture exhibitions in the world. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the free event had transformed Cottesloe Beach into an impressive outdoor art gallery over the past 13 years and attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. Mr Papalia said events such as Sculpture by the Sea formed an important part of the State Government's commitment to growing tourism numbers and creating tourism jobs. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Sculpture by the Sea is one of Western Australia's favourite outdoor events and provides the perfect platform to showcase our spectacular coastline to the world. "The exhibition features local, national and international artists, set in a stunning coastal location, which helps to raise the event profile and position WA as an attractive cultural destination. "Events like Sculpture by the Sea are important because they add to the State's vibrancy and help attract visitors, which provides an important boost to the economy." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Landmark Aboriginal campgrounds open in the Kimberley131855Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4450html24/07/2017 7:44:51 AM2017-07-24T07:20:00Z First two Camping with Custodians sites open at Imintji and Mimbi Australian-first initiative sees campgrounds built and run by Aboriginal communities Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA Two fully serviced commercial campgrounds built and operated by remote Aboriginal communities have opened at Imintji and Mimbi in the Kimberley region. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has officially opened the Imintji Campground, which is on the Gibb River Road, about a two and a half hours drive from Derby; and the Jarlarloo Riwi Mimbi Campground, about an hour's drive east of Fitzroy Crossing. The Imintji Campground project won the Public Engagement and Community Planning category at the Planning Institute of Australia's 2017 National Awards for Planning Excellence. Both the Imintji and Mimbi projects are part of Tourism WA's Camping with Custodians initiative which gives visitors to Western Australia the opportunity to camp on Aboriginal land and to meet and mix with local Aboriginal people, knowing that the proceeds of their visit will stay in the community. Mr Papalia said the award-winning initiative gave communities the opportunity to create jobs and income as well as showcase their culture and country to people from around the world. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Camping with Custodians will deliver a network of commercial campgrounds along key touring routes in the Kimberley and Pilbara but, more importantly, they will provide communities with a means to generate income and employment with an opportunity to showcase their traditional culture. "Visitors to the campgrounds will be able to experience a range of additional options such as guided tours, art sales and or cultural performances, which research consistently tells us visitors want to take part in but often can't easily access. "Two other sites at Violet Valley in the Kimberley and Peedamulla Station near Onslow are currently being developed and Tourism WA has begun investigations into other potential sites in the north of the State." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Camping with Custodians puts Aboriginal employment at the heart of Royalties for Regions investment. Tourism is vital to regional economies, bringing significant social and economic benefits to Aboriginal communities in remote areas of WA. "The funding has been used to develop the campground with designated camping bays, an ablution block, a BBQ shelter and potable water supply, with the money raised through the campgrounds going back into the community." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Extra protections for park home residents in WA131813Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7570html24/07/2017 1:44:36 AM2017-07-24T01:30:00Z Greater contract certainty and transparency for long-stay park residents Changes tackle issues of disclosure, costs, contracts and terminations The McGowan Government today announced amendments to residential caravan park laws to provide extra protections for Western Australians. Changes will be made to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006, which regulates the relationship between park operators and long-stay tenants. This will balance the interests of operators and tenants, and ensure fairer dealings between the parties. Key reforms include no 'without grounds' terminations of long-stay agreements; no termination of fixed-term agreements on the sale of a park; and no automatic termination if a park owner's lender takes possession of the park. The reforms give the State Administrative Tribunal extra powers, including being able to declare agreement provisions that are harsh or unconscionable void, and terminating leases on the grounds of hardship. Park operators will continue to have flexibility in their business models, ensuring Western Australians have access to affordable and appropriate housing. The proposed amendments are a result of extensive consultation with tenants, operators, the community and other stakeholders. Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "Park residents, who are mostly seniors, are in a vulnerable situation. Many own their home but not the land it's located on. "The Act currently doesn't protect tenants when the park is sold or where the operator's lender takes possession. "The proposed changes will help address key issues, such as certainty of contract, costs of park living, sale of a home, exit fees, termination and park liaison committees. "The amendments strike a fair balance between protecting the rights of tenants and ensuring the viability of the residential parks sector is maintained." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Premier moves to declare July 23 as Pozieres Day128500Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13450html23/07/2017 2:01:48 AM2017-07-23T01:30:00Z Premier Mark McGowan moves to declare a national day to recognise the Battle of Pozieres, which commenced on July 23 1916 Annual Pozieres Day events to commemorate enormous loss of Australian lives in a single military battle Pozieres Day to join other national days of military commemoration such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day Premier Mark McGowan has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull requesting that from next year, July 23 will be known across the nation as Pozieres Day, to commemorate one of the nation's most tragic battles. The Battle of Pozieres commenced on July 23, 1916 at the French village of Pozieres during the First World War, as part of the Battle of Somme. It recorded an enormous loss of Australian lives in a single military battle, with 23,000 Australian casualties, including nearly 7,000 young soldiers killed over a seven-week period. To put the battle into perspective, the eight-month battle at Gallipoli claimed 26,000 Australian casualties, including more than 8,000 soldiers killed. The Australian historian Charles Bean wrote that the site of the Battle of Pozieres was 'more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth'. Official recognition of Pozieres Day will formally acknowledge the sacrifices of those involved and ensure the battle does not disappear from public consciousness. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The events that occurred in Pozieres in 1916 form a crucial part of our nation's identity and official recognition of the Battle of Pozieres is long overdue. "It is important we have a national day to recognise the enormous sacrifice made by thousands of young Australians, including many Western Australians." Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is keen to ensure that the enormous loss of Australian lives in a single military engagement is remembered appropriately and the legacy of that sacrifice lives on. "Pozieres should remain in our collective consciousness and should be commemorated on July 23 each year along with other national days of military significance such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Long Tan Day, now known as Vietnam Veterans Day. "Official recognition of Pozieres Day would be a fitting tribute and we invite the community to contribute ideas on how best to commemorate Pozieres Day." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Veterans Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300
Premier congratulates BHP on expansion of training program13851Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7520html22/07/2017 1:12:09 AM2017-07-22T00:00:00Z BHP doubles intake of apprenticeships and traineeships to 200 positions for 2018 Focus on training opportunities for young people in the Pilbara McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs maximises training positions for young Western Australians Premier Mark McGowan today congratulated BHP for its commitment to double the intake of apprenticeships and traineeships in 2018, creating new job opportunities for young Western Australians. The McGowan Government has called on the State's resources companies to ensure that big resources projects create more training positions. Next year, BHP will take on 200 apprentices and trainees, with the majority of positions to be offered to people who live locally in the Pilbara. The 2018 intake will build on about 300 apprentices and trainees already employed in BHP's iron ore business in WA. The McGowan Government will maximise the number of apprenticeships and trainees created on government contracts through the introduction of Western Australian Industry Participation Plans. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The McGowan Government has made it clear that young Western Australians must get more training opportunities on the State's big resources projects. "Our Plan for Jobs has a big focus on ensuring Western Australians get the skills they need to get jobs in the future. "I congratulate BHP on the expansion of its apprenticeship and traineeship program. "Creating these extra positions will give more young Western Australians the opportunity to gain invaluable on-site training and set them on an employment path into the future. "Upon being elected as Premier, I met with mining companies and indicated that I would like to see more apprenticeships and local content in WA. "The election result reinforced that Western Australians did not support the Nationals' plan to rip up State Agreement Acts but did support our plans for more local jobs and training opportunities. "I'm pleased BHP has recognised and acted on our calls for more local traineeships and apprenticeships." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Minister issues challenge for creative young leader13847Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7210html21/07/2017 8:43:43 AM2017-07-21T08:35:00Z ​Nominations open for a young Western Australian to lead youth week events More than 100 events to take place across WA during Youth Week Youth Minister Peter Tinley is leading the charge in calling for a creative and inspirational young Western Australian to head WA Youth Week (formerly National Youth Week) celebrations in 2018. Nominations are now open for the WA Youth Week Ambassador, an exciting opportunity for a young person looking to inspire others and strengthen their leadership skills at a State level. The successful applicant will chair the youth week planning committee and help guide the planning and delivery of the week's events across the State. The ambassador will work with the committee, Propel Youth Arts and the Department of Communities to promote, support and develop creative ideas to get more young people involved in WA Youth Week. The young person will also have the opportunity to assess WA Youth Week grant applications, attend events as required and travel to attend the regional launch of Youth Week celebrations. Eligible candidates must be aged between 18 and 25 years and be accessible and available for meetings and media activities relating to Youth Week in 2018. Applications are available at https// and must be received by 5pm on Friday, August 18, 2017. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "Youth Week is a major event on the youth calendar which celebrates the contributions of young people to the community and also gives them a forum to express their ideas and raise issues of importance. "The McGowan Government is pleased to support the role of the youth ambassador who will play a lead role in this important week and help inform and influence Youth Week events. "We urge young, creative people who are ready to take the next step and keen to develop their organisational and leadership skills to step up and take advantage of this exciting opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Review of the WA Rail Access Regime13845Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17290html21/07/2017 7:04:13 AM2017-07-21T07:00:00Z ​Effectiveness of WA's Rail Access Regime to be reviewed Issues Paper seeking views of interested stakeholders to improve the regime In order to identify possible improvements to the operation of the WA Rail Access Regime, Treasurer Ben Wyatt has announced a review into the regime and welcomed stakeholder submissions. The WA Rail Access Regime has been in operation for more than 15 years. The regime's purpose is to encourage the efficient use of, and investment in, railway facilities by facilitating a contestable market for rail operations. An Issues Paper has been prepared to assist discussion in relation to proposed changes and potential improvements to the regime, and to help stakeholders participate in the review process. The State Government welcomes stakeholder comments addressing any of the questions set out in the Issues Paper, as well as on the operation of the regime more broadly. For more information, email or visit http// The closing date for submissions is September 8, 2017. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "A review of the effectiveness of WA's Rail Access Regime is well overdue. "The Issues Paper proposes a number of potential improvements to the regime in order to better achieve its objective. "Comments are welcomed from interested parties on the matters raised in the Issues Paper or any other feedback on the effectiveness of the regime." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Top WA innovations make the cut for annual awards13843Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9370html21/07/2017 1:06:58 AM2017-07-21T01:00:00Z ​Semi-finalists for WA Innovator of the Year announced Program is in its eleventh year, with a prize pool of $145,000 Technologies to protect online banking, prevent mine truck accidents and harness solar energy through windows are among the innovations named as semi-finalists for this year's WA Innovator of the Year program. Sixteen companies have been short-listed for the annual awards, which recognise the exceptional local and regional innovators behind the newest products, technologies, processes and services developed in Western Australia. Winners will share in a prize pool of $145,000 to help commercialise their innovations, and the program also links industry and academia through research collaboration. Former winners have gone on to extraordinary achievements, such as Professors Sue Fletcher and Steve Wilton who won the overall award in 2012 for their gene-patch drug treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Last year, the groundbreaking drug received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, and now the two researchers are working on treatments for nearly 50 more rare diseases. Finalists will be announced next month ahead of the awards ceremony in November. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Acting Innovation and ICT Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to diversifying the State's economy to create new local jobs, and innovation plays an essential role in delivering on this commitment. "For the first time, all semi-finalists will receive professional assistance and mentoring to help foster their innovations - something which has only been offered to finalists in previous years. "I would like to congratulate all the semi-finalists on their achievements, and look forward to the many benefits their innovations will bring for WA." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Steps taken to build biosecurity capacity13841Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9230html21/07/2017 12:04:25 AM2017-07-21T00:00:00Z ​State Government-commissioned report recommends strengthening biosecurity capabilities Working group to review implementation of recommendations to bolster biosecurity Tomato potato psyllid discovery in February 2017 led to restrictions on interstate movement of WA produce The McGowan Government has moved to strengthen Western Australia's biosecurity response capabilities following discovery of the tomato potato psyllid in WA in February 2017, with a focus on resolving market access issues. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan commissioned the Biosecurity Council of Western Australia to assess the effectiveness of the then-Department of Agriculture and Food's response to secure market access for produce following the discovery of the psyllid. The Biosecurity Council report found areas needing improvement within the new Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development related to response structure, staffing, industry collaboration and handling national complexities. The Minister has directed the department to form an implementation working group to review the report's 11 recommendation, with the group to report back to the Biosecurity Council in the next three months. A summary report is available at http// Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Department of Agriculture and Food suffered severe cuts under the previous Liberal National Government, losing almost 500 FTEs over the past eight years - inevitably, some capability was lost through that process. "Departmental staff put in a mammoth effort in the wake of the tomato potato psyllid discovery at peak, nearly 150 staff were working in the incident response team to contain the bug and get Western Australian produce moving again. "However we were aware of industry concern about the effectiveness of the response. "This report was commissioned to ensure that when biosecurity incidents like this occur, we are best placed to negotiate market access for our growers with the other States. "The incident and difficulties faced by WA growers since have highlighted the importance of biosecurity and the Government is committed to building capability and capacity in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Agriculture and Food Division. "We are continuing negotiations with the Eastern States regarding market access for products still affected, and I have put market access protocols on the formal agenda for this month's meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory agriculture ministers." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Minister congratulates Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation on legal victory678Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11470html20/07/2017 7:55:59 AM2017-07-20T07:50:00Z ​The Federal Court of Australia has today recognised an exclusive native title claim made by Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Decision grants exclusive Native Title over 2,700 square kilometres just north of the Karijini National Park Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has congratulated the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation after the Federal Court today recognised their exclusive native title claim. In a decision handed down by Justice Steven Rares, exclusive native title rights have been granted over all unallocated Crown land in the claimed area and the Yandeeyara Reserve, except for a small area occupied by Rio Tinto's Tom Price railway. The corporation's claim for exclusive native title of the area was first lodged in 2003, making it one of the longest running native title cases in Australia. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "I warmly congratulate the Yindjibarndi people on their successful determination of exclusive native title announced today by the Federal Court. "The Yindjibarndi have proven themselves to be determined and committed advocates in their pursuit of exclusive possession and have won today in the face of not insignificant obstacles over many years. "The evidence presented by the Yindjibarndi satisfied the court that the Yindjibarndi are entitled to exclusive native title rights and interests over the claimed area and the Yandeeyara Reserve because they had established that 'a manjangu (or stranger) still has to obtain permission from a Yindjibarndi elder before entering or carrying out activity on Yindjibarndi country. "Like many other litigated areas of native title, this has been a difficult and drawn-out process for the Yindjibarndi people, and has caused fractures within their community. "However, today's result is a tremendous victory for the Yindjibarndi people and I hope they are able to unite and work together to ensure they are able to utilise their now recognised native title rights to benefit all members of the Yindjibarndi community." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New members appointed to the Heritage Council of WA677Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9860html20/07/2017 6:09:11 AM2017-07-20T06:05:00Z ​Sally Malone, from Albany, appointed to the Heritage Council of WA New appointments and reappointments to the Heritage Council's Register and Development committees An Albany-based public place designer specialising in landscapes, urban design, trails and interpretation has been appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia, for a three-year term which commenced on July 1, 2017. With more than 20 years' experience across the public and private sectors, Ms Sally Malone has been involved in various projects including large metropolitan public place construction and smaller designs for regional shires. Ms Malone has also served on various boards including the Southern Ports and Albany Port Authorities, Regional Development Australia Great Southern and the Committee for Albany. Heritage engineer Ian Maitland OAM and historian Lucy Hair have also been appointed to the Heritage Council's Register and Development committees. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "Ms Malone's understanding of the planning process, design and sustainable community, and regional development will ensure she makes a valuable contribution to the Heritage Council. "Having worked with local governments and communities across the State, she has a particular interest in issues such as conserving, adapting, interpreting and promoting culture heritage. "This is an area that is becoming more pressing over time as the rural populations decline and our significant heritage fabric ages. "Ms Malone's appointment ensures that the Heritage Council continues to have someone with excellent experience and knowledge in the regions, following Mr Heaver's retirement after eight years on the board. "As an architect based in Albany, Mr Heaver helped shape contemporary approaches to heritage practice in WA and brought a strong regional voice to the Heritage Council. "I would like to thank Mr Heaver for his service." Minister's office - 6552 5400
People, place, home focus for new Woodbridge apartments675Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8950html20/07/2017 2:01:29 AM2017-07-20T02:00:00Z ​New housing development part of vision to transform Midland and create jobs Sales have opened for a new affordable housing development near the heart of the transforming historic suburb of Midland. The Woodbridge on Green development at 15 Yelverton Drive, Woodbridge will comprise 79 one, two and three-bedroom apartments over five levels. The development is well positioned to leverage the area's existing infrastructure and offers private, social and affordable shared equity housing opportunities. Located in the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority's Midland Workshops Precinct, residents will be a short walk away from a shopping centre, Woodbridge Primary School, Midland Public Hospital, a future medical school and recreational amenities. There is a cycle path to Perth's CBD and the Midland train station and bus interchange will be within 500 metres of Woodbridge on Green. The project is in line with the McGowan Government's METRONET objective to create accessible housing developments with appropriate density around public transport infrastructure. Leading developer Psaros will deliver the Woodbridge on Green project on land owned by the Department of Communities. Construction is expected to take 18 months and create about 80 jobs. The total project value is estimated at $30 million. The development embraces infill housing, with a focus on sustainable high quality, affordable, medium to higher density housing developments - an emerging market in Perth. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "Woodbridge on Green will bring a new range of innovative housing options and deliver integrated and co-ordinated transport networks, as well as an improved lifestyle for residents. "The McGowan Government's vision is to leverage a Government-owned land asset at no impact to State net debt and transform Midland into a thriving precinct." Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts "This local housing development is a very welcome addition and will help transform Midland's precinct into a great place to live and work. I also welcome the local jobs this project will create. "With Midland hospital, the Police Operations Centre, an expanded Midland Gate Shopping Centre and the train station, it will be a great place to live." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Workshop to set agricultural telecommunications strategy673Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10630html20/07/2017 1:00:34 AM2017-07-20T01:00:00Z ​Lack of access to digital infrastructure a major barrier to agricultural growth in WA Digital connectivity workshop to drive strategy for supercharging agtech capabilities McGowan Government to invest $22 million in improving digital infrastructure in regional WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will today bring together agricultural industry leaders, telecommunications companies and government representatives to chart how best to improve digital connectivity in the regions and drive agricultural technology innovation. The McGowan Government's $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Fund will invest in innovative connectivity solutions to advance telecommunications infrastructure and technology in agricultural and pastoral regions across Western Australia. The outcomes of the workshop will be used to chart a strategy for how best to leverage the public funding to unlock agtech potential across the State and ensure WA is a world leader in innovative agricultural practices and technologies. Presenters at the forum will include CBH Group innovation manager Claire Dunkley, diversified grower Sue Middleton, telecommunications specialists Jim Wyatt, Ian Gordon and Andrew Mangano and agtech consultant Annie Brox. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our farmers, growers and pastoralists have the smarts and the drive to keep WA at the forefront of agricultural technology. "But industry is telling us loud and clear the main thing holding us back is a lack of digital infrastructure. "The failure of the Turnbull Liberal Government's NBN in remote and rural areas means our agricultural sector is pushing forward with an arm tied behind its back as the rest of the world advances into 21st century agriculture. "We're bringing together industry leaders, telecommunications experts and government to work through how best the McGowan Government can provide a strategic intervention to supercharge our agtech capabilities." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Multicultural Advisory Group appointed669Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11770html20/07/2017 12:32:59 AM2017-07-20T00:30:00Z ​16-member group appointed by the Minister The group will act as a consultative body on issues facing culturally and linguistically diverse communities Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia is pleased to announce the appointment of the McGowan Government's inaugural Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG). The MAG will provide the State Government with direct grassroots feedback and advice on relevant policies, issues and needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities of Western Australia. The role of the MAG is to Be a consultative body to the Minister on issues facing CaLD communities; Provide input on Government policy and planning processes that affect multicultural Western Australians; Provide advice on emerging issues and trends; and Undertake any other activities as requested by the Minister. The MAG has 16 members, appointed by the Minister for a term of one year. Current members include Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman; Ramkrishna Bansal, president, Indian Society of WA; Hajiera Davids, president, Muslim Women's Support Centre; David Denver, president, Jewish Community Council of WA; Abdullah Khan, executive principal, Australian Islamic College; Theresa Kwok, chief executive officer, Chung Wah Community and Aged Care; Anh Nguyen, president, Vietnamese Community in Australia - WA Chapter; Maria Osman, former executive director, Office of Multicultural Interests; Savas Papasavas, chairperson, Hellenic Community of Western Australia Inc.; Joe Radici, president, Italian Club WA; Iqbal Samnakay, president, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre; Ramdas Sankaran, president, Ethnic Communities Council of WA; Sara Shengeb, project support officer, Youth Affairs Council of WA; Casta Tungaraza, president, African Women's Council of Australia; and Salim Youssef, community director, Australian Arab Association. The group will meet bi-monthly, volunteering their time and expertise to the State. Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "As Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, one of my priorities is to engage with our State's culturally diverse communities and assist them to achieve their highest potential in contributing to WA's development. "I look forward to working with MAG members on a range of important issues that impact CaLD communities and our multicultural State." Minister's office - 6552 5600