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Taking the plunge into language learning34459Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/10/2016 2:00:12 AM2016-10-28T02:00:00Za The first in a series of four free public information sessions aimed at promoting languages and language education to students, parents, teachers and the general public, launches next week. The Take the plunge learn a new language! public information session explores the cognitive, health, social and economic benefits of language learning. Developed and run by the Modern Language Teachers' Association of Western Australia, the information session is part of Languages in the Mainstream, a 12-month program created in response to a decreasing number of language students within mainstream schools and the increasing importance of languages to WA's social and economic prosperity. The Languages in the Mainstream program is supported by the Liberal National Government with $80,000 via the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Languages Program. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the Government recognised the value of the diversity of languages spoken in this State and was committed to maximising the benefits of language diversity for the whole community. "Language skills are imperative in our globally connected world, whatever stage of life we may be at," Dr Nahan said. "Currently there are about 270 languages spoken in WA and more than one in 10 WA students speak a language other than English at home. "Being multilingual is a huge advantage and opens up a wealth of opportunities as well as delivering social and economic benefits to the State." The information sessions will build on the Liberal National Government's recent commitment to focus on language programs in WA schools and the redevelopment of the Community Languages Program. Fact File Take the plunge learn a new language! free public information session will be held on Tuesday, November 1 from 5-7pm at the State Library of Western Australia To register to attend the session, visit http// The Modern Language Teachers' Association of Western Australia is the peak professional body for language teachers in WA, representing registered language teachers and community language teachers More information about the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Languages Program is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
New contract delivers more taxpayer savings34457Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/10/2016 1:00:42 AM2016-10-28T01:00:00Za Broadspectrum to provide court security and custodial services from March 2017 New contract delivers more services for $36 million less Liberal National Government saves $126 million via private sector contracts The Liberal National Government has today formalised the contract with Broadspectrum to provide court security and custodial services from March 2017. Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said the new court security and custodial services contract had been negotiated for $36 million less than the previous contract, delivering value for money to West Australian taxpayers. "As well as significantly reducing costs, the new contract provides a range of additional services," Mr Francis said. "These include extra duties at seven regional courts, increased clearance of people in custody from police lock-ups and improved services at the Supreme Court and Magistrates Court. This will free up police officers to focus on frontline policing duties. "Under the contract, youth transport and court custody services will return to the Department of Corrective Services to improve the continuity of care and support for young people. "The contract will also provide for financial penalties for performance breaches as well as performance linked payments." The Minister said that over the next five years, the State Government was set to save taxpayers $126 million by working with the private sector in corrections, court security and custodial services. This includes extending Serco's contract to operate Acacia Prison ($55 million saving), and the selection of Sodexo to operate the new Melaleuca women's prison ($35 million saving). Fact File Broadspectrum is a multi-national company operating across a range of sectors including transport, facilities management and defence The court security and custodial services contract term is to 2022, with the option to extend for a further two five-year terms Under the previous contract, more than 36,000 prisoner movements were undertaken by air, coach and secure vehicle in 2015-16 The extended contract for the operation of Acacia Prison has been achieved for $55m less than the previous contract The Melaleuca Remand and Reintegration Facility contract is $35m less than the public sector operating comparison and will provide additional services Minister's office - 6552 6500
Medicinal cannabis laws set to change34454Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/10/2016 12:29:36 AM2016-10-28T00:20:00Za From November 1, medicinal cannabis will be classed as a controlled drug Doctors will now be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis Recreational use of cannabis remains prohibited New Commonwealth legislation making medicinal cannabis a controlled prescription drug comes into effect on November 1, 2016. Health Minister John Day said while he welcomed the changes, which opened the door for medicinal cannabis to be used as a treatment in certain circumstances, the changes did not legalise the recreational use of cannabis, which remained prohibited. "Like all controlled drugs, medicinal cannabis will be prescription only, with strict rules around prescribing," Mr Day said. "Medical practitioners will be at the centre of all treatment decisions and patients will need to discuss their situation with their treating doctor. "Only a pharmacist will be able to dispense medicinal cannabis, with supply from any other means remaining illegal in Western Australia." The Minister said processes were in place to ensure the appropriate use of medicinal cannabis as a treatment option. "The focus for the Western Australian Government will be on the safety, efficacy and quality," he said. "It is important consumers remain protected from illegal, poorly made or harmful products. "Products that could potentially be approved will be those in safe and accepted pharmaceutical formulations. Raw cannabis and the smoking of cannabis will not qualify as medicinal cannabis." Mr Day said any doctor wishing to prescribe medicinal cannabis would need approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration and an expert advisory committee, to be established by the Department of Health. While growers and manufacturers can apply for a licensing permit from November 1, 2016, medicinal cannabis products are not expected to be available for patient use until early 2017. Fact File Medicinal cannabis is only legal if grown and manufactured according to Commonwealth laws Medicinal cannabis is only legal to possess and use if prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmacist For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Family violence prompts tenancy law review34453Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/10/2016 12:24:30 AM2016-10-27T22:05:00Za Feedback invited on options paper proposing changes to tenancy laws Changes aim to support tenants who are victims of family violence Western Australia's tenancy laws are under review to better protect and support victims of family violence in rental properties. Attorney General and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an options paper had been released which proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 to complement the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016, which was introduced into State Parliament in September this year. "Family violence is a significant issue affecting the WA community and the Liberal National Government is committed to taking decisive action to address this problem, aimed at improving the safety of victims and holding perpetrators of violence accountable," Mr Mischin said. "The options paper is looking at the interaction between tenancy laws and family violence orders to determine which reforms are necessary to better support victims of family violence when it occurs in a rental property. "When a victim of family violence is forced to leave the home, the ramifications for the victim and their children can be significant. Having to move out of the property can lead to homelessness, loss of employment, disruption to education for children, and physical and mental health issues. "The aim of the options canvassed in the paper is to support a victim of family violence to remain in the home, wherever it is appropriate and safe to do so, rather than forcing them to leave. "Fundamental to this aim is to ensure that the law and legal system, in relation to family violence and residential tenancies, work effectively together when they overlap. "This means giving courts the power to make orders in respect of residential tenancy agreements, such as removing the perpetrator or victim from an existing tenancy agreement while allowing the other party to continue, terminating an agreement in its entirety or allocating liability for outstanding rent and damages. "The Government wants to ensure that victims of violence in the home are supported, and do not suffer further as a result of tenancy laws, if they have to move out and break a lease or when damage is caused to the home by the perpetrator of the violence. "We urge members of the public and interested parties to read the options paper and provide feedback while changes to tenancy laws are being considered, and before they are finalised." Fact File The options paper can be downloaded from http// Submissions close at 5pm on Friday December 16, 2016 Enquiries can be made by calling Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or by emailing Attorney General and Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600
Miner and Aboriginal group win inaugural award34435Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2110html27/10/2016 11:00:31 AM2016-10-27T11:00:00Za Commercial farm takes out top community partnership honour Golden Gecko Awards go to two projects in milestone 25th year Iron ore company Karara Mining Limited and the Midwest Economic and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation (MEEDAC), have taken out the inaugural Community Partnership Resources Sector Award. Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange presented the award at the Department of Mines and Petroleum's Awards for Excellence ceremony in Perth. Mr L'Estrange said Karara Mining had exceeded its social responsibility by forming a partnership with MEEDAC to establish and operate Innovation Park, a commercial 2,000-hectare farm about 200 kilometres east of Geraldton. Innovation Park produces eggs, fruit and vegetables that are sold locally, help supply the Karara mine site, and are donated to the local food bank. The farm also provides training and employment opportunities for the local community. "Partnerships between industry and local organisations can result in amazing outcomes for the community," the Minister said. The inaugural Awards for Excellence evening also recognised the 25th anniversary of DMP's prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence. "Highly prized by industry and environmental groups, the Golden Geckos recognise environmental excellence, leadership and performance above and beyond the State's environmental management requirements," Mr L'Estrange said. This year, two Golden Gecko awards were presented. APA Group and Kingfisher Environmental Consulting were recognised for a program that monitored the endangered small marsupial, the Sandhill Dunnart; and Strike Drilling Pty Ltd was chosen for developing a drill rig that significantly reduced environmental impacts. Other awards presented during the evening included Golden Gecko Certificate of Merit Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd for a project to minimise impact to mangroves in Port Hedland Enduring Partnership Award Rio Tinto and Scitech Discovery Centre Community Partnership Merit Award Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore and Esperance Senior High School, Esperance Anglican Community School, Merredin College and Southern Cross District High School Community Partnership Merit Award Newmont Boddington Gold and Gnaala Karla Booja native title claimants. Fact File A gecko was chosen to symbolise environmental excellence because their presence shows an area under rehabilitation has a functioning ecosystem The Department of Mines and Petroleum Awards for Excellence incorporate the community partnership award and the Golden Geckos Minister's office - 6552 6900
New academic positions a nod to eye specialist34418Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2300html27/10/2016 10:31:34 AM2016-10-27T10:15:00Za Roles expected to attract leading international scientists to WA Pioneering West Australian ophthalmologist Professor Ian Constable AO's contribution to saving sight will be recognised with the creation of new senior academic roles at The University of Western Australia. The Ian Constable Chair in Discovery and Translational Ophthalmic Science will focus on new treatments for major blinding diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration. A new postdoctoral fellowship and continuous PhD program will attract leading international research scientists to WA. Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said over the past 40 years, Professor Constable had made a significant contribution to the prevention of blindness and eye disease. "With his focus on specialisation, many patients are now able to receive high-quality treatment locally rather than having to travel interstate for treatment of more complex eye disease," Mr Barnett said. Professor Constable was appointed as the Lions Eye Institute's first managing director in 1983. The Institute is now recognised internationally as both a centre for clinical excellence and a leader in scientific research. Lions Eye Institute managing director, Professor David Mackey said the creation of a science-based Chair and support team would boost research in Western Australia. "The Institute has a long history of translating scientific research into improved treatments for people with blinding eye disease," Prof Mackey said. "There have been some major advances, such as the world's first artificial cornea, gene therapy for macular degeneration and dissolving tubes for the treatment of glaucoma." Professor Ian Constable said achievements by the Institute had attracted major internationally funded programs. "These translational achievements inspire us to broaden our scientific capabilities through this Chair, so that we can pursue other challenging blinding eye diseases," Prof Constable said. The new Chair in research will boost the scientific capabilities of the State, support translation of research into community outcomes and promote new scientific developments of national and international importance to eye care. Fact File Each year the Lions Eye Institute clinical team provides care to more than 50,000 patients and performs in excess of 4,000 surgical procedures Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000
Jobs boost charted in WA arts and culture first34413Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4340html27/10/2016 3:00:36 AM2016-10-27T03:00:00Za ​Strategic Directions 2016-2031 for arts, cultural and creative businesses Sector aims to provide eight per cent of WA employment Arts Leadership Group links culture, commerce and government Western Australia's first long-term vision for the arts and culture sector will foster new business and cultural opportunities across the State. Launching Strategic Directions 2016-2031, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the document outlined the Liberal National Government's vision for a strong and vibrant arts base. "Its mission statement is clear - for WA to be the best place to live, work and play thanks to the contribution of its arts, culture and creative industries," he said. "We can look forward to a bigger and busier culture and arts sector that continuously creates new jobs and opportunities. "This is an exciting and challenging road map that aims for eight per cent of West Australians to be working in the arts, cultural and creative industries, through a unified approach from government, the community and private enterprise." Among the highlights, Strategic Directions 2016-2031 flags the potential of arts tourism and Aboriginal culture, and the value of the $428 million new museum project. "The strategy sets short and longer-term goals and charts the diversification and expansion of non-government funding sources, which are crucial for growth and sustainability," Mr Day said. "By 2026, it aims to deliver growth in visual arts, crafts and design, literature, digital media and theatre, plus job creation in film, animation, architecture, music, fashion, gaming and dance. "I welcome the aspirations in this document and look forward to seeing them realised." The Department of Culture and the Arts will work to establish connections between State and local government, the arts sector and the public. The Minister thanked the Arts Leadership Group for their work in developing the strategy. Fact File The Minister for Culture and the Arts established the Arts Leadership Group in 2014, comprising CEOs and directors-general from key government departments and industry and arts organisations including the departments of Culture and the Arts, and Sport and Recreation, Lotterywest, Tourism WA, State Library of WA, WA Museum, Art Gallery of WA, ScreenWest, Perth Theatre Trust, Western Australian Local Government Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, Perth International Arts Festival, Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and the Committee for Perth Strategic Directions 2016-2031 is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Aquifer controls trigger Carnarvon water release34406Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2940html27/10/2016 2:06:01 AM2016-10-27T02:05:00Za ​Ensuring sustainable use of Carnarvon's borefields Supporting Carnarvon irrigators through dry periods Extra water will be made available to Carnarvon irrigators to support water budgets for 2016-17. Water Minister Mia Davies said based on the Department of Water's aquifer status report and other information, the Carnarvon Water Allocation Advisory Committee had recommended the department release water for distribution if required, with a target date of December 1, 2016. Under the 2011 Lower Gascoyne water allocation plan, the Liberal National Government can release extra relief water from the main bulk water supply borefield to compensate for reduced self-supply. "Some growers have reduced pumping from the River Bed Sands aquifer or stopped pumping from some bores altogether, due to limited supplies of good quality water, following no major river flows in 2016," Ms Davies said. This recommendation is supported by the Carnarvon Growers Association and the Gascoyne Water Co-operative, which will distribute the water sourced from the Irrigation Scheme Supply (Subarea B-L). "The Department of Water suggests that growers evaluate their current water use and future water requirements in light of the impending low aquifer storage declaration, and plan to ensure they have the right quantities of water to finish off crops this summer," the Minister said. The department monitors aquifer levels and borefield performance, and provides updates to growers every three months. Ms Davies said the management rules helped protect the area's aquifers during periods of low water availability, and the Lower Gascoyne water allocation plan would be reviewed next year to ensure it was current and continuing to meet expectations. "We are also busy preparing a draft master plan for the Gascoyne area that incorporates the work of the Carnarvon Ministerial Advisory Committee, which is set to be released for public comment in December," she said. Fact File Up to 2GL of water over 12 months can be made available for the Gascoyne Water Co-operative to distribute under a low aquifer storage declaration For assistance with water budget and contingency options, contact Department of Water Carnarvon district manager Troy Sinclair on 9941 6102 Minister's office - 6552 5500
Penguin Island declared rat-free after baiting34405Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2150html27/10/2016 2:00:46 AM2016-10-27T02:00:00Za ​Up to 5,000 black rats removed from popular island Improved survival for little penguins, birds and skinks A successful baiting and biosecurity program has eradicated predatory black rats from Penguin Island, home to Western Australia's largest colony of little penguins. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Liberal National Government had removed up to 5,000 black rats from the island, increasing the chances of penguin, and other seabird, chicks surviving into adulthood. "This is an outstanding result for one of Perth's favourite family and nature-based destinations," Mr Jacob said. "Black rats are one of the world's most widespread and destructive invasive animal species. The rats were attacking birds, eggs, penguin chicks and native skinks. "No black rats have been recorded on the island for more than three years, so people can visit the island and appreciate our native wildlife." The Department of Parks and Wildlife baiting program started in January 2013 and was followed up with extensive monitoring using motion sensor cameras and cage traps. The Government has measures in place to help prevent a rat reinfestation, including a 'take your rubbish with you' policy, bait stations on ferries and boats which operate from Penguin Island, regular boat inspections and a public awareness program for those bringing their own vessels. "It's important that visitors observe these measures to remove any food source that may attract rats back to the island," the Minister said. "The island has reopened for the summer. I would like everyone to enjoy what the island has to offer while respecting the native animals." During the winter months, the island's boardwalk was given a $460,000 upgrade. Sections of the boardwalk have been replaced and realigned, improving visitor accessibility and creating additional nesting habitat for the little penguins and seabirds, including the migratory bridled tern. Surf Life Saving WA will patrol Mersey Point, the departure area for Penguin Island, at weekends from December 12, 2016 and every day throughout the school holidays. Fact File Penguin Island, a Class A conservation park less than 700 metres from Shoalwater, is home to about 1,000 little penguins, along with more than 30 species of sea birds and five species of reptiles The island receives more than 135,000 visits annually Minister's office - 6552 5800
Kindy classes in at Hillcrest Primary School34403Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2750html27/10/2016 1:30:26 AM2016-10-27T01:30:00Za $1 million relocation of kindergarten students to school site New $1.2 million administration building opened The Hillcrest Primary School community welcomed fresh additions today with the opening of refurbished kindergarten classrooms and a new administration building. Education Minister Peter Collier said the upgrades meant all year groups were now together on one school site. "The newly refurbished early childhood building is amazing and makes life a lot easier for the school community," Mr Collier said. It includes three kindergarten classrooms, refurbished toilets, kitchens, storage areas and a grassed play area with shading. "The school also had six classrooms recarpeted and painted, an old toilet block demolished and storerooms converted into a gardener's workshop and machinery room," Mr Collier said. Hillcrest Primary School has a proud connection with local Aboriginal history and named their new administration block after the Whadjuk-Noongar term for 'Our Place of Learning'. "The words Malya-Ba Mia are proudly displayed on the building, which is prominently located at the front of the school," the Minister said. The new administration building includes a reception area, principal's office, manager corporate services' office, medical room, interview room, reprographics and secure storeroom, and universal toilet. Fact File Hillcrest Primary School opened in 1950 'Malya-Ba Mia' translates to 'Our Place of Learning' The school has 370 students from kindergarten to Year 6 Minister's office - 6552 6300
WA's naval defence industry the talk of Europe34401Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4090html27/10/2016 12:30:28 AM2016-10-27T00:30:00Za ​Delegation from WA visits European shipbuilders and designers WA industry has proven expertise for work opportunities Western Australia's naval defence industry will be the focus of high-level discussions in Europe next week as Commerce Minister Michael Mischin visits key shipbuilders and designers. Mr Mischin will meet European designers Lürssen (Germany), Fassmer (Germany) and Damen (Netherlands), along with French naval shipbuilding company DCNS. "I will be undertaking site visits and meetings with representatives of international shipbuilders and designers who will play a role in the continuous build of naval vessels in Australia," he said. "WA's naval defence industry continues to maintain the home-ported Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at HMAS Stirling. We have the experience and track record to participate in international shipbuilding and sustainment programs. "I am looking forward to continuing to promote this State's capacity to take part in maintenance, upgrades and support for major shipbuilding and submarine projects." Lürssen, Fassmer and Damen are shortlisted designers for the Offshore Patrol Vessels program, which will start in WA from 2020 after being transferred from South Australia. Local companies will build the vessels using mainly their existing supply chain and infrastructure. DCNS is the preferred design international partner to build 12 future submarines in South Australia, with an expectation that WA's naval defence industry will be able to participate in the program. The Minister said the European talks would offer opportunities for the Liberal National Government to gain an understanding of build strategies for the Offshore Patrol Vessels and promote the capability of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson. "The AMC is a world-class facility - one of two locations to implement the Commonwealth's commitment to a continuous build of naval surface ships in Australia - and companies based there have a proven ability to continue to sustain, maintain and upgrade the RAN vessels home-ported at HMAS Stirling," he said. "While in Europe, we'll discuss the transition of Offshore Patrol Vessels to Western Australia, plans for the build and sustainment, and important details about supply chain investment." The meetings will take place next week from Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4. Mr Mischin will be accompanied by Agent General for Western Australia, John Atkins and Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, Deidre Willmott. Fact File The program to build Offshore Patrol Vessels is estimated to be worth more than $3b and will create more than 400 direct jobs Up to half of the Royal Australian Navy's surface and subsurface fleet is based permanently and sustained in WA, including all six of the Collins submarines as part of Fleet Base West In 2013-14 alone, defence contracts managed at the AMC totalled an estimated $624m creating up to 4,000 jobs Minister's office - 6552 5600
Anti-cancer vaccine warning for WA teenagers34398Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4270html26/10/2016 11:47:59 PM2016-10-26T22:00:00Za Alarm over failure to follow full immunisation program Year 8 students offered free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to guard viruses that cause most cervical and genital cancers Thousands of West Australian teenagers are missing out on cancer protection because they are not completing their full course of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Health Minister John Day today highlighted the importance of the target group - Year 8 students - receiving all three HPV vaccine doses. "This is a potentially lifesaving decision, so I encourage students and parents to get involved, to tell your friends and share the message," Mr Day said. "While a majority of students received the first vaccine, studies show more than 2,500 failed to finish the three-dose program last year." Statistics show that 99 per cent of students who consented to receive the HPV vaccine had the first dose, but the rate dropped to 97 per cent of females and 96 per cent of males for the second dose and only 90 per cent of females and 89 per cent of males for the third dose. "These numbers are concerning because they show that up to 10 per cent of participants are not getting the maximum protection," the Minister said. "The vaccine will help prevent cancer and disease later in life, and it is important that both students and their parents realise the value of completing the entire immunisation course." The vaccine protects against two HPV types that are known to cause 70 per cent of cervical cancer in women. It protects males from 90 per cent of HPV types that cause cancers of the penis, anus and throat, and against 90 per cent of genital warts in both sexes. The free vaccine is available to every Year 8 student whose parents consent. Students who miss a vaccination at school should visit their GP or immunisation provider to receive the full course. Some providers may charge a fee for administering the free vaccine. Fact File 25,974 Year 8 students received the HPV1 vaccine in 2015, 25,180 received HPV2 and only 23,422 received HPV3 Between 12 and 14 per cent of Year 8 students do not consent to HPV vaccination A video detailing the value of school-based immunisations can be found on the Healthy WA website at http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
TAFE Managing Directors appointed40720Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14900html26/10/2016 7:00:36 AM2016-10-26T07:00:00Za ​Western Australia's five TAFEs have permanent Managing Directors appointed The Liberal National Government has appointed Managing Directors to its five TAFEs under the recently reformed TAFE system. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey today announced the appointment, by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia, of the Managing Directors of the five new TAFE colleges created as part of the reform to strengthen Western Australia's vocational educational and training sector. All of the Managing Directors were appointed for a five-year term and hold a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector which they bring to the positions. "This is a significant milestone in the reform project which will ensure a robust and sustainable TAFE sector for Western Australia," Ms Harvey said. The Managing Directors are South Metropolitan TAFE Ms Terry Durant North Metropolitan TAFE Ms Michelle Hoad South Regional TAFE Mr Duncan Anderson Central Regional TAFE Mr Bill Swetman North Regional TAFE Mr Kevin Doig The Deputy Premier said under the reform, Western Australia reduced the management structure of its 70 campuses from 11 institutions to five TAFEs. "Greater collaboration and sharing of resources and course options has already been occurring, and the appointment of permanent Managing Directors will only strengthen this process," she said. Fact File TAFE offers more than 980 qualifications to choose from Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
Peel healthcare to benefit from stability, value40718Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3170html26/10/2016 6:01:19 AM2016-10-26T06:00:00Za ​Contract ensures continuing quality care Competitive pricing model to deliver $13 million in taxpayer savings Five-year extension secures service and allows planning for future needs The Liberal National Government has extended the contract for the Peel Health Campus, ensuring continuity of service and saving taxpayers an estimated $13 million. Health Minister John Day said the five-year contract extension, which would start in mid-2018, reflected the State Government's commitment to delivering high-quality services while reducing costs. "Peel Health Campus is a vital part of the hospital network and provides essential health services in one of our most dynamic regions," Mr Day said. "I am confident Ramsay Health Care will continue to provide high-quality services to the Peel community over the extended term of the contract, at a price which represents value-for-money to the State. "The competitive contract pricing will bring Peel more in line with recent Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), which are delivering significant savings. "For instance, the St John of God Midland Public Hospital PPP will save taxpayers an estimated $1.3 billion during its initial 20-year contract. "As with any PPP, there will be ongoing monitoring at Peel to ensure all care and quality obligations under the contract are met." The Minister said regular service reviews would continue to address the changing health care needs of the Peel community. "The contract extension also gives us the opportunity to review and finalise clinical service planning based on the region's projected long-term health care requirements," he said. Fact File Peel Health Campus is a 193-bed public and private hospital managed by Ramsay Health Care In 2015-16, the Peel Health Campus provided the following services to public patients more than 42,700 emergency department presentations more than 7,760 elective surgeries the delivery of more than 800 babies Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Planning Framework out for comment40716Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6820html26/10/2016 3:10:42 AM2016-10-26T03:05:00Za ​Overarching provisions for sustainable use and development of land Ensures integrated decision-making across all levels of planning Planning Minister Donna Faragher today released Western Australia's updated State Planning Framework policy for public comment. Speaking at a UDIA Hot Topics breakfast, the Minister said State Planning Policy 1 - State Planning Framework (SPP1), set the context for decision-making on land use and development in Western Australia. "Our planning and development system is complex and we have accrued a large number of policies, strategies and guidelines over many years. SPP1 brings these together within a central State planning framework," Mrs Faragher said. "It provides a comprehensive list of all WA Planning Commission policies and outlines how they relate to each other to guide integrated decision-making across all levels of planning." The revised draft SPP1 reflects the Liberal National Government's commitment to the regions with an updated section on regional development, and includes a new section on governance which emphasises planning decisions should apply policy consistently and be made in a timely manner. "It also identifies the importance of providing appropriate opportunities for public participation in decision-making processes," the Minister said. The updated SPP1 also introduces position statements to clarify the status of WAPC policy previously contained in Planning Bulletins. Mrs Faragher said a planning policy review program was underway to ensure all WA Planning Commission policies were regularly updated and provided a world's best practice regulatory framework for land use planning and development. "The Design WA initiative launched last week is the most significant revamp to State Planning Policy in many years. The new draft State Planning Policy 7 will eventually provide a consolidated and contemporary suite of policies for the Design of the Built Environment covering neighbourhoods, precincts, houses and apartments," she said. Fact File Public consultation for draft State Planning Policy 1 closes December 24, 2016 For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Karrinyup students lead the way in waste education40714Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2660html26/10/2016 2:00:44 AM2016-10-26T02:00:00Za ​Waste Wise Schools grant for recycling and waste education centre A new round of Waste Wise Schools grants is now open Growing a worm farm, making compost and recycling aluminium cans into garden labels is all part of a normal lesson at Karrinyup Primary School. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the school used an $8,000 grant from the Liberal National Government's Waste Wise Schools program to lead the way in incorporating waste reduction and sustainability into daily life. Under its Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink learning program, the school established a recycling and waste education centre, which recycles many products including paper, clothing, batteries and toothbrushes. "Karrinyup Primary School has consistently focused on waste reduction as a part of its school culture," Mr Jacob said. "I'm very pleased to see students embracing these programs because they point to a future where sustainable living will be second nature. "To meet the recycling targets set out in the State Government's waste strategy, we need to change more attitudes about recycling." The school's farm garden is an outdoor classroom where children learn about sowing seeds, composting, plant life cycles, raising worms and the role of insects in the garden. The Minister said every Karrinyup Primary School student had a role in reducing waste with each year group responsible for different projects, including recycling mobile phones and coffee pods, reducing classroom electricity, and weeding and watering the farm garden. Other initiatives at the school include students bringing waste-free lunch boxes on Waste-Free Wednesdays. The school canteen offers waste-free menus and the Help Save the Planet Club has activities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting. The Year 6 students' sustainability projects to raise money for charity include selling diluted worm leachate, seedlings, and garden labels made out of recycled aluminium cans. The next Waste Wise Schools grant round opens on Monday October 31, 2016 and closes on Friday February 24, 2017. Fact File Karrinyup Primary School became an accredited Waste Wise School in 2015 The Waste Wise School program began in 2002 and 252 schools are accredited For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
More jobs for youth in metropolitan councils40711Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5890html25/10/2016 11:44:50 PM2016-10-25T23:00:00Za Grants support creation of entry-level jobs in metropolitan local governments More career development opportunities for young local government employees The Liberal National Government is spending $400,000 to create traineeships and career and development opportunities for young people in the local government sector. Local Government Minister Paul Miles encouraged Perth councils to apply for funding under the Metropolitan Local Government Youth Development Program, to help attract and retain young people in the sector. "The local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Mr Miles said. "Local government has an ageing workforce, so it is important we counter this by providing a great incentive for young people to stay in local government in the long term." Through the traineeship program, local governments will be provided support to employ young people, aged 24 years or under, through access to grants of up to $5,000 per trainee to pay course fees and $15,000 per trainee as a wage subsidy. In addition, scholarships of up to $10,000 are also available for employees aged 30 years or under to participate in nationally accredited training. The Minister said the initiative followed on from the success of the Country Local Government Fund Youth Development Program, which provided $1.2 million to fund new traineeships and training scholarships in regional councils. "These grants can provide valuable training to young local government employees, giving them knowledge, insight and experience which will benefit them throughout the rest of their lives," the Minister said. Fact File For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Athletic masters get set for world championships40710Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3840html25/10/2016 11:36:38 PM2016-10-25T22:00:00Za 4,000 competitors in Perth for 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships WA community to benefit through visitor spending and venue activation Supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia More than 4,000 competitors and 3,000 supporters from 92 countries have arrived in Perth for the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships, which begin today. Over the next 12 days, athletes aged between 35 and 97 will compete in 25 sports at venues across the city. The Liberal National Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is the event's major sponsor. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the State Government's successful bid to host the event would deliver an economic windfall for Western Australia. "I'm delighted to welcome so many talented and inspiring older athletes to Perth for these championships, which encourage fitness and friendship across the world," Mr Barnett said. "Mass participation events such as this bring thousands of competitors, supporters and officials to Western Australia. These visitors are also likely to explore other areas of the State before and after the championships, bringing in valuable tourism dollars." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the event would also activate venues across the city and leave a lasting legacy for the West Australian community. "The track events will be at the WA Athletics Centre in Mount Claremont and the Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Cannington, while road events will take place along the picturesque Swan River," Ms Davies said. "Western Australia takes great pride in providing outstanding sport and recreation facilities for people of all ages and abilities. "We're expecting some fierce competition during the championships, matched by a strong community spirit and the enjoyment of participating." Fact File The World Masters Athletics Championships run from October 26 to November 6, 2016 For more details, visit http// One of several mass participation events sponsored through Tourism Western Australia that are expected to bring a combined 20,000 people to WA this year. Other events include the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, Australian University Games and SunSmart Ironman Western Australia Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New grants offer vital multicultural support226004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5080html25/10/2016 4:12:44 AM2016-10-25T04:00:00Za ​Community groups received $316,400 in grants and sponsorships Grants for events and programs that support culturally diverse communities Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities across the State will share in $316,400 to support programs, events, and projects targeting youth development, aged care and mental health. The Liberal National Government has awarded 17 grants for projects being delivered in 2017 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the grants provided an opportunity for CaLD communities, and the organisations that supported them, to further advance social cohesion and community development. Dr Nahan said the programs were essential in ensuring everyone in the community had access to services and opportunities. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support these important programs and events, which make a real difference to the lives of the people living in these communities," he said. "Programs such as the hugely successful Catalyst Youth Summit, which we are proud to be supporting again in 2017, provide flow-on benefits to the whole community by developing skills that contribute to our State's development." Under the events and activities category, grants have been distributed to a wide range of groups that will showcase WA's vibrant multicultural diversity. "One of the benefits of a multicultural community is that everyone can get involved and share cultural understanding through the many family events on offer," the Minister said. "WA's 2017 cultural calendar will include Latina, Nepalese, Chinese and Maori festivals, as well as a number of community events celebrating all cultures through Harmony Week activities, so there will be something for everyone." Fact File The next Community Grants Program round of grants opens in August 2017 The grant categories provide a range of funding of up to $50,000 for social, economic, cultural and civic activities that promote the benefits of WA's cultural diversity Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21, 2017 Full details about grant recipients, programs, project and events are available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
Child protection experts reflect on practice226001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3590html25/10/2016 1:05:46 AM2016-10-25T01:05:00Za Signs of Safety Gathering attracts international experts to Perth WA leading the nation in its Signs of Safety approach to child protection practice Western Australia will host child protection experts from around the world this week to share ways on how to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the Signs of Safety Gathering provided the opportunity for child protection workers to learn, grow and celebrate their experiences. "This year marks the eighth year since the State Government began implementing Signs of Safety, which provides the tools child protection practitioners need to help vulnerable families address their child abuse and neglect issues," Ms Mitchell said. "To continue to achieve the best possible life outcome for these families, we must constantly review the way in which we are using these tools so that our work is purposeful and meaningful for children and families." The Signs of Safety Gathering is held every second year and this is the fourth year Western Australia has played host to the conference. This year's Gathering theme, 'Reflect, Reboot, Renew', will include interstate and international presentations from Tasmania, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Canada. The event provides the ideal platform to collectively learn and grow from each other's experience at a national and international level. Fact File The Signs of Safety framework was originally developed in Western Australia and is now used in more than 100 jurisdictions and 17 countries around the world Minister's office - 6552 5400