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On the way to a dementia friendly WA779050Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html3/09/2015 6:57:52 AM2015-09-03T06:45:00Z​Guidance for local governments to reduce stigma attached to dementia32,000 people in Western Australia with dementia The cities of Bunbury, Wanneroo and Rockingham are working with Alzheimer's WA to become 'dementia friendly' communities, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said today. He said the aim was to reduce the stigma attached to the condition and enable those affected to lead fulfilling lives. Speaking at the release of the Dementia-Friendly Communities Project Report, Mr Simpson said local government, in partnership with the community services sector, would play a key role in the creation of a dementia-friendly Western Australia. "I welcome the recommendations contained in this report, which align with the State Government's age-friendly communities approach," he said. "There are about 32,000 people in WA with dementia, and the State's ageing population means this number will likely increase to about 36,500 in the next decade. "It is vital for the wellbeing of people with dementia that they are supported to remain independent. About 70 per cent of people with dementia in WA live in their own homes. "This report provides the guidance local governments and their partners need to reduce the stigma attached to dementia and enable people living with the condition to stay socially connected." The Dementia-Friendly Communities Project Report is part of the Dementia-Friendly Communities Project, supported by a three-year $410,711 State Government grant to Alzheimer's Australia WA in 2013. The project has involved consultation with communities and local governments to identify resources needed to develop dementia-friendly communities, as highlighted in the project report. Fact FileDementia Awareness Month 2015 in September, includes World Alzheimer's Day on September 21For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Smart home has many ideas for independent living779046Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html3/09/2015 6:46:07 AM2015-09-03T06:35:00Z​Independent Living Centre opens service in Cockburn Kwinana areaIntroduction of WA's first 'Smart Home' integrated display People with disability living in Perth's south-west metropolitan corridor can now easily access assistive equipment and technology from the Independent Living Centre's new service in Cockburn. Officially opening the centre today, Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said automation was making a big difference to a person's ability to remain at home. The Independent Living Centre has set up Western Australia's first 'Smart Home' display in Cockburn to show people some of the options available. It demonstrates how appliances, lighting, air conditioning, entertainment, security and camera systems can communicate with each other and be remotely controlled. The Smart Home is an apartment-style living environment with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living and office areas. It allows people to see, trial and experience home smart technology that can be used in everyday life. Mrs Morton said the Independent Living Centre had been providing services to West Australians for about 40 years. "The centre provides information and advice to guide people's choices in accessing assistive technology and services for independence and wellbeing," Mrs Morton said. The Minister said it was timely that the Independent Living Centre should establish a service in Cockburn. "The centre is an endorsed service provider for the provision of individualised therapy services both in the WA NDIS My Way Lower South West and the Cockburn Kwinana trial sites," she said. "I imagine a number of WA NDIS My Way trial participants will visit the new premises to find out what is on offer." The establishment of the service was made possible through $220,000 funding from the Disability Services Commission and $320,000 from the Home and Community Care program. Fact FileSee the Independent Living Centre's 'Smart Home' display at the Cockburn Integrated Health and Community Facility, Suite 14, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success For more information visit, http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Scholarships empower women in sport779044Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html3/09/2015 5:58:15 AM2015-09-03T05:45:00Z​Scholarship recipients innovate in sport and recreation$22,500 awarded for Dr Heather MacGowan OAM Scholarships Three Western Australian women have been recognised by the State Government for innovative projects in the sport and recreation industry. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced Janelle Cuthbertson (WA Cricket Association), Celeste Knoester (Judo WA) and Dana Pimley (Sports Medicine Australia) were the three winners of the annual Dr Heather MacGowan OAM Scholarships. "The scholarships, totalling $22,500, will allow these women to investigate different aspects of sport and recreation, share their knowledge and make a positive contribution to the industry," Ms Davies said. Janelle Cuthbertson's scholarship project will investigate successful participation and community engagement strategies to help the Perth Scorchers' Women's Team be the best supported female domestic team in Australia. As a State and National judo coach, Celeste Knoester will travel to Hungary to attend the International Judo Federation and complete an instructor's course. She will be the first Western Australian judo coach with this qualification, which will become mandatory in the future. Dana Pimley will use her scholarship to attend a number of conferences and events on tackling doping in sports, and consult with key English agencies including the English Institute of Sport. "These women are setting positive examples about what can be achieved in the sport and recreation industry," the Minister said. The scholarships are in memory of the late Dr Heather MacGowan, OAM who had a long and distinguished career in sport and recreation in several States of Australia, in professional, academic and volunteer roles. She was also a longtime employee of the Department of Sport and Recreation. Fact FileAdministered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the scholarship has been running for more than a decadeFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 Pictured L-R Celeste Knoester, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, Dana Pimley, Christina Matthews from the WA Cricket Association representing Janelle Cuthbertson.
All aboard as cruise ships unload $275 million779040Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html3/09/2015 4:53:32 AM2015-09-03T04:30:00Z​New figures show economic value of cruise shipping nearly doubled in 2014-15Cruise visits generated more than 1,100 jobsWA leads Australia in growth of the cruise sector Cruise ships visiting Western Australia generated $275.3 million towards the State's economy in 2014-15 according to figures released today by Cruise Down Under, Australia's peak cruise industry association. Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the figures showed WA had 101 cruise ships visits in 2014-15, a 48.5 per cent increase on the previous year. "The cruise industry is undergoing massive growth worldwide and this is paying dividends for tourism in this State," Mr Day said. "WA leads the rest of the nation in terms of growth in the cruise sector with visiting ships generating more than $275 million in 2014-15, a $159 million increase on the previous year." The Acting Minister said tourism was a vital industry in WA which generated about 94,000 jobs and $8.9 billion in visitor spend a year and the State Government wanted to see that figure increase to $12 billion by 2020. "Having a strong performing cruise sector will help us achieve that goal, and in fact, we're already seeing results," he said. "When Tourism WA and the Cruise Western Australia Committee developed the Western Australian Cruise Shipping Strategic Plan 2012-2020, the aim was to eventually increase the value of the sector to $274.4 million, so effectively that goal has been reached five years early." The figures also show that, with the exception of Bunbury, all of the State's cruise ports recorded an increase in the number of visiting ships. Busselton welcomed its first cruise vessels to the city, with six ships entering the port. Fremantle continues to be the most significant cruise arrival port in WA, generating $254.4 million. Fact FileWA's 10 cruise destinations are Perth/Fremantle, Esperance, Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Augusta, Geraldton, Exmouth, Port Hedland and BroomeTotal passenger days in WA increased from 92,549 in 2013-14 to 199,499 in 2014-15Cruise visits generated the equivalent of 1,188 full-time jobsThe Cruise Western Australia Committee is the peak body representing the interests of the State's cruise tourism sectorTo view the Western Australian Cruise Shipping Plan, visit http// To download the Cruise Down Under figures, visit http// Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300
New WA-bred lupin on the way for the Wheatbelt779037Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html3/09/2015 1:59:11 AM2015-09-03T01:45:00Z​New high yielding, versatile lupin set for commercial release A new, high performance lupin variety that can be grown across the Wheatbelt was revealed by Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today. The narrow leaf lupin, called PBA Jurien, has consistently yielded five per cent higher than the most widely grown lupin in Western Australia and has strong pest and disease resistance. Mr Baston said the new variety would give Western Australian lupin growers a high yielding alternative to the suite of robust lupin varieties currently included in their cropping programs. "There has been a renewed interest in lupins, with growers wanting to sow a profitable break crop to improve the sustainability of their farming systems," he said. "PBA Jurien is a versatile, robust variety that performs well in all rainfall areas on suitable soils for growing lupins." The new variety, bred by the Department of Agriculture and Food, with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Pulse Breeding Australia, will be profiled at the Mingenew-Irwin Group spring field day today. In national variety trials, PBA Jurien had average yield gains over the benchmark variety Mandelup of 11 per cent in the Northern Agricultural Region, seven per cent in the Central Agricultural Region and 13 per cent in the Southern Agricultural Region. The Minister said while most Western Australian lupins were used domestically and exported as feed, there was increasing interest in the human health benefits of the pulse. "Western Australian lupins are processed into flour, flakes and milk for use in food products because it is gluten free, low GI, very high in protein and high in fibre, soluble fibre and antioxidants," he said. "Meanwhile, export demand for Western Australian lupins continues to grow, particularly from countries seeking premium quality, safe pulse products." Fact FilePBA Jurien was developed with assistance from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the SA Research and Development InstituteWA lupin plantings increased in 2015 to an estimated 330,000ha, a 14% rise on the 2014 area, mainly across the west coastal, central Wheatbelt and Great Southern districts Minister's office - 6552 5400 PBA Jurien lupin
Ord agreement to benefit traditional owners778179Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1300html2/09/2015 9:05:26 AM2015-09-02T08:50:00Z​Agreement supports the continued expansion of the OrdTraditional owners to receive 680ha of developed farmland Regional Development Minister Terry Redman is attending a landmark signing ceremony in China this week for the formal Aboriginal Development Package Agreement between Kimberley Agricultural Investment Pty Ltd and Miriuwung and Gajerrong Corporation. Building on a similar trip last year, the Minister will meet with senior management of Shanghai Zhongfu (Group) Co Ltd to discuss the progress of the Ord project and further develop existing and potential trade and investment relationships between WA and China. The Knox Plain Aboriginal Development Package Agreement supports one of Australia's most important developments in the north, the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project, made possible by $322.5 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the signing of the agreement was another major step in delivering the benefits of the Ord Final Agreement to traditional owners, which was signed in 2005. "This key milestone will support the development of the 6,000 hectare Knox Plain for irrigated agriculture to commence expanding the Ord to the Western Australian and Northern Territory border," he said. "The agreement ensures traditional owners will get 680ha of fully developed, freehold farmland in Stage 2 of the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project, enabling them to participate in the growing agricultural economy. "I am pleased the State Government continues to engage with Kimberley Agricultural Investment and the Miriuwung and Gajerrong Corporation which are working in partnership to develop the Ord and grow the East Kimberley economy." The Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project is a $517 million project, with $322.5 million invested from the Government's Royalties for Regions program. Fact FileThe Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project is aimed at maximising the full potential of available land and water resources in the East KimberleyThe agreement is another step towards the development of the 6,000ha Knox Plain and follows the release of 5,000ha in July 2015 at the Ord West Bank and Mantinea For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700
New facilities to improve training in Bunbury778177Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2060html2/09/2015 7:11:37 AM2015-09-02T07:00:00Z​New infrastructure improves training at South West Institute of Technology's Bunbury campusProvides $900,000 campus refurbishmentFormer automotive training centre refurbished for new training space The State Government has unveiled a new training facility for students studying fitness and resources courses at the South West Institute of Technology's Bunbury campus. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey today officially opened the upgraded facilities, which will cater for growing demand for training in the area of sport, fitness and recreation. "These new facilities will enhance the institute's ability to meet increasing demand for training in these industries and it will enable local residents and people in surrounding areas to gain the skills that will lead to rewarding careers," Mrs Harvey said. "The centre also further strengthens the track record of the campus in aligning its training to the employment demands of the region's businesses and industry." The Minister said the $900,000 refurbishment created a new custom-designed fitness centre, four times the size of its previous space. It included new classrooms, staff office and an outdoor area, as well as $40,000 worth of training equipment. Mrs Harvey said the refurbishment also made space available for resources training and surveying-related courses. The new facilities filled the space once occupied by the automotive trades training centre. "The automotive trades training was moved into a purpose-built $16 million facility last year, creating the potential for a new use of the old building," she said. During her visit to the campus, the Minister also acknowledged the institute's new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Support Centre. Servicing apprenticeships and traineeships, the centre is a one-stop-shop based in Bunbury, with personnel dedicated to employer and employee training and support services. "The Liberal National Government is committed to training which equips West Australians with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy," Mrs Harvey said. Fact FileIn 2014, there were more than 300 course enrolments in South West Institute of Technology's Sport, Fitness and Recreation training packageThe new fitness centre includes change room facilities, two classrooms and an office South West Institute of Technology's Bunbury campus Minister's office - 6552 5900
Report a pest in WA's first Biosecurity Blitz program778174Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5430html2/09/2015 3:12:39 AM2015-09-02T03:00:00Z​The public will be urged to report unusual pests from September 18-30 West Australians are being urged to take part in the State's inaugural Biosecurity Blitz by reporting unusual pests and weeds from September 18 to 30, in a bid to help protect the agriculture and food sector and environment. "Biosecurity is a responsibility commonly undertaken by people in the agriculture sector, but biosecurity is everyone's business. We want people to report any unusual pests or weeds," Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said. "About 40 per cent of exotic pests that threaten agriculture are found in urban areas. This highlights the importance of reporting unusual pests in both regional and urban areas." In order to provide easy access to reporting tools, three smartphone apps have been developed to help boost biosecurity MyPestGuide, PestFax and MyCrop. The apps were developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food with support from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, the Council of Grain Grower Organisations, and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the Biosecurity Blitz program was part of the $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, funded through the Royalties for Regions $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture Initiative. "A strong and innovative biosecurity defence will protect our existing and future markets, generating flow-on benefits to the regional economy," Ms Davies said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions contribute towards ensuring the vitality of our regional communities." Pests could also be reported using the MyPestGuide and PestFax apps, or by calling the department's Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881. All reports would be assessed by specialised agronomists, plant pathologists and entomologists. "The results of the first Biosecurity Blitz program in WA will support continued access to international markets by verifying the State's freedom from exotic agricultural pests and diseases, such as Khapra beetle and Karnal Bunt," Mr Baston said. Fact FileFor more information about the Biosecurity Blitz program, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture- Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
New project to tackle homelessness in city778164Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7670html2/09/2015 1:42:30 AM2015-09-02T01:30:00Z​Community organisation to help permanently house the homeless50 Lives 50 Homes Project to benefit Perth city's homeless A new innovative project called 50 Lives 50 Homes which aims to tackle homelessness in inner city Perth was launched today by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton. Mrs Morton said the project was a collaboration between State and local governments, and community service providers. "50 Lives 50 Homes, led by Ruah Community Services, aims to permanently keep Perth people off the streets and provide them with long-term sustainable housing options," she said. Homelessness is a complex issue which is caused by a combination of factors such as substance abuse, mental illness, family and domestic violence, a lack of affordable housing and employable job skills. "To help address homelessness in Western Australia, strong and committed partnerships have been developed between the State Government and the community services sector to deliver critical homelessness services," the Minister said. The 50 Lives 50 Homes project builds on the work achieved since Perth Registry Week events in 2012 and 2014. It provides a model for organisations, outreach workers, volunteers and communities to work together to identify and register people at risk, prioritise those most vulnerable and match them to appropriate community services and housing options. "The project demonstrates the commitment of homelessness services to respond in new and sustainable ways to give homeless people the opportunity to move beyond the immediate crisis and into long-term sustainable housing," Mrs Morton said. Fact FileFor crisis accommodation, contact Entrypoint Perth on 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care unit after-hours on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (country free call)In 2013-14 more than 21,000 West Australians across the State who were homeless or at risk of homelessness accessed specialist servicesLast financial year, about $75 million was allocated to accommodation and support services for the homelessFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Forum focus squarely on safety in WA mines778162Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2680html2/09/2015 1:15:40 AM2015-09-02T00:30:00Z​Department of Mines and Petroleum's biannual inspectors forum brings together the entire Mines Safety Inspectorate The importance of continuing to improve safety in the mining industry was highlighted by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion at the biannual Mines Inspector Forum held today. "Every worker in the resources industry should return home safely to their family and friends at the end of each shift or swing," Mr Marmion said. "That's an absolute right every worker should have, and a goal and expectation we all share." The Minister made the comments during his speech at the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) Mines Inspector Forum. The forum brings together Western Australia's Mine Safety Inspectorate and allows them to share their knowledge and experience with their colleagues. "This helps to ensure our inspectors give clear, consistent safety advice to industry regardless of where the mine site is located - whether it's a mineral sands operation in the South-West, an iron ore operation in the Pilbara or a nickel mine in the Goldfields," Mr Marmion said. "Another important focus for the inspectorate is encouraging industry to continue climbing the hierarchy of control. "This means moving away from a reliance on administrative controls and personal protective equipment as the primary means of protection from harm. "Instead, we should focus on working to isolate, substitute and eliminate hazards in workplaces." The Minister said inspectors had a critical role in driving positive cultural change. "This will also help industry move up the hierarchy of control and closer to the aspirational goal of zero harm," he said. Fact FileSince 2009, the number of mine inspectors has increased from 43 to 70More information about mine safety is available from the Resources Safety section of DMP's websiteIn August, DMP released a report analysing serious injuries in WA's mining industry Minister's office - 6552 6800
$200,000 to support Kimberley Girl program778161Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5360html2/09/2015 12:57:18 AM2015-09-02T00:00:00Z​State Government supports leadership development program Targeted at young Aboriginal women aged between 16 and 24 years The State Government has ensured the continuation of an important leadership development program for young Aboriginal women in the Kimberley and Pilbara. Premier Colin Barnett said a one-off State Budget allocation of $200,000 had been made to support the Kimberley Girl program while organisers looked to secure more permanent funding arrangements. "This program does great work with young Aboriginal women helping them to develop self-confidence and fulfil their potential," Mr Barnett said. "It is important for young women, in particular, to get opportunities to expand their horizons and to develop the skills to empower them to make their way in the world." The program, run by Goolarri Media, includes a series of workshops which will kick off in the Pilbara next week and will culminate in an annual event in October in Broome. "Women are often the backbone of many Aboriginal communities and skills in leadership as well as deportment, public speaking, goal setting and team building are very important," the Premier said. Kimberley Girl has grown due to successful public-private-community partnerships. The program is supported through a mix of Government contributions which is matched by private sponsors on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Mr Barnett said the State Government would provide interim funding of $200,000 in 2015-16 to ensure certainty for the service. Any longer term funding arrangements that may arise would be developed in accordance with the State Government's recently announced Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Priorities and Principles. This new policy will ensure all State Government Aboriginal youth investment is tied to key priorities, including employment and education programs. Support for Kimberley Girl is part of the Government's efforts to address the gap in services for young Aboriginal women. Fact FileAboriginal boys benefit from the Clontarf Foundation academies which receive more than $4 million annually Premier's office - 6552 5000
More gold for national hockey program778145Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2690html2/09/2015 1:22:04 AM2015-09-01T23:40:00Z​$400,000 to Hockey Australia for national hockey program in PerthState Government has invested almost $4 million in hockey since 2010 Australia's gold-medal winning hockey teams will receive $400,000 from the State Government to boost their training program here in Perth, one year out from the Rio Olympics. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the funds would go towards the Hockey Australia High Performance Program at Curtin University, which supports the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos. "Our men's and women's hockey teams are rated number 1 and 2 in the world, and having them train here in Perth generates fantastic benefits for domestic hockey through Hockey WA," Ms Davies said. "The bonus of having these elite athletes living in Western Australia means they are also part of our local hockey clubs. "Each week they play on our local teams, with and against other local players and are great models for our talented younger players." The funds will go towards running the program including the salary of the commercial manager, support in the areas of marketing and communications, and building relationships in order to schedule more international matches here in WA. The State Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation, has invested almost $4 million in hockey in WA over the past five years, including funding to grassroots level programs and clubs. Fact FileThe Kookaburras have won three World Cups, five Commonwealth Games gold medals, eight Oceania Cups, six Champions Trophies and gold at the Athens OlympicsThe Hockeyroos have four Commonwealth Games gold medals, three Olympic gold medals, two World Cup gold and five Oceania Cup titlesFor information on the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme, visit http// For information on the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme, visit http// For information on KidSport, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 Pictured (from L-R) Hockeyroos players Brooke Peris and Ashleigh Nelson, Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth, plus Kookaburras players Chris Ciriello and Eddie Ockenden
Socceroos kick off FIFA World Cup qualifier in Perth778142Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3200html2/09/2015 1:46:43 AM2015-09-01T23:00:00Z​Socceroos to play Bangladesh tomorrow in 2018 FIFA World Cup home qualifier Match expected to be watched by thousands of spectators Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA The Socceroos' first home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier kicks off against Bangladesh tomorrow night at nib Stadium. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said it was a coup for Western Australia to host the FIFA World Cup qualifying match, which is expected to attract a huge audience both locally and overseas. "There is much excitement around this game as Perth is the first Australian city to welcome the Socceroos as they start their journey to qualify for the World Cup in Russia," Dr Hames said. "This is also the first time in 10 years that the AFC Asian Cup champions will play in Perth, so a fantastic opportunity for football fans to see their sporting favourites live in action." Dr Hames said the State Government, through Tourism WA, was proud to have secured the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for Perth, which he said would help raise WA's profile through national and international media exposure. "Football is the world's most popular sport, and it is great news that the match against Bangladesh will be broadcast nationally and internationally, promoting our city to potential visitors," he said. "Tourism contributes about $8.9 billion to the State's economy and generates about 94,000 jobs. Hosting events of this calibre is part of the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said children took inspiration from seeing the best of our athletes competing on the world stage, which would be even more exciting when the new Perth Stadium opens in 2018. "Here in WA more than 200,000 people play football, including 42,000 registered in local competitions. About 26,000 of those are juniors, making football one of the State's most played team sports." Fact File2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier (Australia vs Bangladesh) will be held on September 3 at nib Stadium Socceroos qualified for the 1974, 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups AFC stands for Asian Football ConfederationFor more information, visit http// Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Feedback wanted on Mid-West coastal route778127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6060html2/09/2015 12:28:55 AM2015-09-01T22:20:00Z ​Feedback is being sought from community members and stakeholders about options for a future coastal route between Dongara and Northampton in the State's Mid-West. Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced the start of a consultation period which will identify preferred routes to meet future needs for moving people and freight. "There are three options between Dongara and Geraldton for consideration and three between Geraldton and Northampton, which include upgrading existing roads and new inland routes," Mr Nalder said. Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said all options used the planned Oakajee-Narngulu Infrastructure Corridor, which is being proposed by the departments of State Development and Planning as an outer bypass east of Geraldton, as the central part of the long-term route. The Brand Highway, between Dongara and Geraldton, already carries about 3,700 vehicles per day, of which 16 per cent are heavy vehicles. By 2031, volumes are expected to increase by 60 per cent to about 6,000 vehicles per day. The North West Coastal Highway, between Geraldton and Northampton, carries about 1,100 vehicles per day, of which one quarter are heavy vehicles. Volumes are expected to increase to about 3,000 vehicles per day by 2031. Interested people can provide feedback by October 2 bycompleting the form in the newsletter to be delivered to more than 21,000 homes and businesses in the Mid-Westcompleting the online form at http// >Building Roads > Planning Projects speaking to Main Roads staff at the venues attached. Fact FileThis project to identify the preferred route and carry out detailed planning has been funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and is supported by the Mid West Development Commission Once a preferred route is identified and endorsed by local and State governments, more detailed planning work will be undertaken Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400 Consultation DetailsDate Venue Staff available September 5, 2015 Chapman Valley Agricultural Show Show hours September 8, 2015 Dongara Post Office, 7/33 Moreton Terrace, Dongara 11am to 2pm September 10, 2015 Northgate Shopping Centre, 110 Chapman Road, Geraldton (near Coles) 5pm to 8pm September 11, 2015 IGA, 229 Hampton Road, Northampton 1pm to 4pm September 12, 2015 Northampton Agricultural Show Show hours September 15, 2015 Shire of Chapman Valley, 3270 Chapman Valley Road, Nabawa 1pm to 4pm September 7-18, 2015 Main Roads Mid West regional office, Eastward Road, Geraldton By appointment during business hours (phone 9956 1200)
Western Australia builds on Africa ties778116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6140html2/09/2015 12:13:06 AM2015-09-01T22:15:00Z​13th annual Africa Down Under resources conference starts in Perth todayAfrican delegation to share in resources and agriculture knowledge The Western Australian Government is welcoming Ministers and senior delegates from across Africa this week as part of an ongoing strategy to share knowledge and skills across the agriculture and resource sectors. The visit coincides with the annual Africa Down Under resources conference, which last year attracted more than 1,500 delegates to Perth. Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett, who will open the three-day conference today, said Africa represented an exciting new market for Western Australian goods and services. "With our long history of responsible resources development, WA is well placed to assist African countries to develop transparent, stable and mutually beneficial regulations for their resources sector," Mr Barnett said. To coincide with the conference, senior staff from the departments of Mines and Petroleum and State Development will brief several groups of African ministerial delegates, including representatives of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member countries. This week's activities will further the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between WA and the COMESA, a 19-member regional trading bloc, in January 2014. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said under the MoU, WA would provide assistance in developing regulations and legislation. "This will help ensure the benefits from resources development in COMESA countries flow through to their communities, and also help provide opportunities for the Western Australian resources sector and service providers," Mr Marmion said. The Premier and Mr Marmion will also attend a breakfast tomorrow with African mining ministers, ahead of the second Perth meeting of the MoU's Joint Working Group. The Department of Agriculture and Food is also supporting COMESA by hosting delegates for a two-day visit program. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the visiting COMESA delegates would have the opportunity to discuss biosecurity and food security issues with local experts. "The program will enable the visitors to hear about strategies to minimise the impact of pests and diseases on crop and livestock production and supply chain losses in this State," Mr Baston said. WA accounts for two-thirds of the Australian mining companies operating in Africa as of August 2015, operating more than 429 projects in 30 African countries. Fact FileCOMESA is comprised of Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and ZimbabweIn 2014-15, WA exported goods valued at almost $890 million to COMESA, and $1.4 billion to Africa as a wholeThe MoU with COMESA aims to promote co-operation in the fields of agriculture, mineral and petroleum resources, vocational education and capacity building Premier's office - 6552 5000 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6800 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Safer Roads Program announced778115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8070html2/09/2015 12:05:57 AM2015-09-01T22:00:00Z​$32 million allocated for road safety improvements across WA$314 million channelled into the Safer Roads Program over 10 years Major road improvement works valued at $32 million will be carried out at 19 locations across the State as part of this year's Safer Roads Program. Visiting Gracetown, Margaret River and Busselton today, Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced the 2015-16 program included more than $12 million in improvements for roads in the South-West, including stretches of Bussell Highway and the South Western Highway. The Bussell Highway works include reconstruction and widening from Marbelup Road through to Wildwood Road near the Carbunup River. The South Western Highway upgrade involves widening the highway near Greenbushes. Mr Nalder said since its inception in 2005-06, the $314 million in allocations to Safer Roads Program had funded 235 safety improvement projects across the State. The Safer Roads Program aims to improve road safety on major highways and main roads through the provision of treatments such as additional overtaking lanes, the reconstruction of sections of road to eliminate bends and crests and the sealing of shoulders. Fact FileThe Safer Roads Program aims to reduce the incidence and consequences of single vehicle run-off crashes crashes at major intersections other major road safety risks on the networkFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6400 List of Safer Roads Program.pdf
New era for community language learning1759Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3290html1/09/2015 9:46:51 AM2015-09-01T09:00:00Z $1.1 million program to support the development of after-hours, community-based language education Grants now available for new and established community language schoolsRedeveloped Community Languages Program to provide social and economic benefits Grants for new and established community language schools are now available as part of the State Government's $1.1 million redeveloped Community Languages Program (CLP). The program provides grant funding to not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs after school hours. Under the redeveloped program there are three grant categories available for the 2016 school year These areEstablishment grants - one-off grants to support new schools that have been in operation for less than 12 monthsProgram development grants - available to all community language schools for one-off projects such as improvements to school curriculum and education material and resourcesPer capita grants (opening in March 2016) - providing annual funding per student and available to schools that have been operating for more than 12 months and/or meet grant eligibility criteria. Launching the program to more than 100 representatives from local community language schools, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the redeveloped program would be relevant and responsive to the current and future needs of the multicultural community. "The development process involved significant consultation with community groups, community language schools and stakeholders both in WA and the Eastern States," Dr Nahan said. "The program will now enter an 18-month pilot phase and the framework will be tested to ensure it is meeting community needs. Language learning is crucial for the cultural and global advantage it provides. "It is for these reasons the Government is committed to ensuring that the program delivers the greatest possible social and economic benefits to the community." This is the first time the program has been redeveloped in its 30-year history. Fact FileAbout 3,500 students, from Kindergarten to Year 12, participate in community language schools in WA each yearMore than 500 people have already participated in the CLP professional learning program, which was launched in May 2015 To join the mailing list and receive updates regarding professional development opportunities, email name, contact details and community language school you are associated with to for the establishment grants and program development grants close 4pm October 19 Minister's office - 6552 5700
Celebrate Father's Day in national parks1757Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2340html1/09/2015 6:41:53 AM2015-09-01T05:10:00Z​Free entry to national parks on September 6 for Nature Play WA passport holdersEncouraging outdoor family activities on Father's Day Families are being encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors in some of the State's magnificent national parks on Father's Day, with free entry available for all Nature Play WA passport holders. Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced car entry fees would be waived at 30 Western Australian national parks this Sunday for children with valid Nature Play passports. "This is a wonderful State Government initiative which highlights the many benefits for people when they visit our spectacular national parks and explore nature," Mr Jacob said. "It is a great way for the family to reconnect outdoors on a special day of the year. "The diversity of experiences available in national parks, from cycling to bushwalking, canoeing and swimming, can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age and ability. "Children can also learn more about the native animals and plants which make our national parks such unique and special places." Ms Davies said spending Father's Day at a national park was a great opportunity to increase physical activity. "There is no question that children and their families need to balance screen time with green time," she said. "Evidence shows that children who are more physically active learn better and I encourage young people to take their dads outside for some Nature Play and celebrate Father's Day with a springtime walk in a national park." Fact FileThe free park entry offer, which applies on September 6, 2015 at 30 national parks that usually charge fees, is a continuing collaboration between Nature Play WA and the Department of Parks and Wildlife, aimed at encouraging outdoor family activitiesTo gain free entry, show a valid Nature Play passport at the national park entry gate and the $12 car fee will be waived. Camping fees still applyTo apply for a Nature Play passport, visit http// Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Sport and Recreation Minister's Office - 6552 5500 National parks where fees will be waived for Father's Day 2015 Avon Valley John Forrest Serpentine Walyunga Yanchep Beedelup D'Entrecasteaux Gloucester Greater Beedelup Shannon Warren Fitzgerald River Porongurup Stirling Range Cape Arid Cape Le Grand Cape Range François Péron Kalbarri Lesueur Stokes Nambung Millstream Chichester Karijini Mirima King Leopold Ranges Mitchell River Purnululu Tunnel Creek Windjana Gorge
The smartest ride to the Royal Show1724Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4110html30/08/2015 2:02:13 AM2015-08-30T02:00:00Z​Free train, bus and ferry travel on Queen's Birthday public holidayShow week is the busiest single week on Transperth network West Australians are invited to take a free train or bus to the IGA Perth Royal Show on the public holiday on Monday, September 28. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government was providing free public transport across the greater metropolitan area on the Queen's Birthday public holiday. The decision, in support of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA and making the outing more affordable for families, benefits people planning to attend on what is traditionally one of the show's biggest days. Mr Nalder said catching public transport to the show was the smart way to avoid parking and traffic challenges. For those who plan to attend the show on a different day, it's still well worth catching Transperth services. A Family Rider cash ticket costs $12.10 for up to two standard full fares and five concession holders. Plus, children four years and under travel free and get free entry into the show. The show runs from September 26 to October 3 at the Claremont Showgrounds. Last year there were more than 2.5 million passenger boardings on Transperth buses and trains during show week. "It is consistently the busiest single week on the Transperth network each year and it's easy to see why. With a dedicated special events station located at the showgrounds, there is no better, more affordable, or more convenient way to get to the show than by using public transport," Mr Nalder said. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston urged the community to support the show, which had grown from a small cattle and trade fair 180 years ago to an event attracting up to 450,000 people. "Children have an opportunity to get their hands dirty in the mini laboratory where they can extract DNA from strawberries. Or they can watch cows being milked six times a day, ride a pint-sized tractor, find out about drones or cheer on Australia's fastest woodchoppers," Mr Baston said. The free travel day will be in place across the Transperth system (bus, train and ferry) on September 28, so there is no need to tag on or buy a cash ticket. For more information, visit http// Fact FileDuring the 2014 Royal Show, there were an average of 633,047 passenger boardings on the Transperth system each week dayMore than 950,000 rail boardings and 1.5 million bus boardings were recorded during the show periodShow tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit http// Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Inclusive funding makes sport possible1721Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5390html29/08/2015 11:30:58 PM2015-08-29T22:30:00Z​Seven sports receive funding for inclusive programs$300,000 towards growing sport participation in current round$1.23 million spent on inclusive sports funding Seven Western Australian sporting associations have received funding to create programs which will help low participation groups get active. Under the State Government's latest round of the Inclusive Sports Funding Scheme, badminton, judo, karate, volleyball, swimming, tenpin bowling and wrestling will receive $150,000 a year over the next two years to implement programs which encourage wider participation. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the State Government had invested $1.23 million into sports through this scheme. "Low participation groups like culturally and linguistically diverse people, Aboriginal people and those with disability are typically under-represented in mainstream sports," Ms Davies said. "This scheme is an opportunity for State sporting associations to understand the needs of these groups as well as providing opportunities for participation. It's a chance for sports to expand their membership and give groups which might not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in sports like volleyball and judo to do so." As well as giving grants to State sporting associations to run inclusive community programs, the scheme is designed to help them enhance their capacity to deliver such programs and embed them as part of their general operations. "Playing sport is something everyone should be able to do and programs like these make sure a wide diversity of West Australians are able to do that," the Minister said. "Inclusive sports funding is invaluable because we know that children and adults who are physically active are more mentally healthy. For example, this funding has recently given a group of Aboriginal people the opportunity to try lawn bowls for the first time and encourage them to take steps towards being more active." Fact FilePrevious groups to benefit from Inclusive Sports Funding include Football West, Netball WA, Bowls WA and Badminton WAKidSport is also available for eligible children aged 5-18 of all abilities How inclusive is your club? Try this checklist Minister's office - 6552 5500