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Games champions in the South-West to inspire and empower16729Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/10/2017 12:08:39 AM2017-10-24T00:05:00Z Champions 2 Country regional sports tour hits the South-West today Six Western Australian athletes share their inspiring stories The 2018 Commonwealth Games will feel another step closer when the Champions 2 Country tour arrives in the South-West today. Over three days - October 24 to 26 - six Western Australian Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games athletes will visit Collie, Bridgetown, Australind, Bunbury and Busselton. They will stop in at 13 schools and numerous sporting clubs to take part in community activities. Champions 2 Country presents an opportunity for athletes to share their sporting experiences and provide inspiration on issues including healthy lifestyles, leadership, teamwork, respect, and motivation to achieve goals. Athletes on the South-West tour are West Coast Fever netballer Ingrid Colyer, track and field Paralympian Brad Scott, Olympic and Commonwealth Games gymnast Olivia Vivian, Olympic and Commonwealth Games hockey players Jayde Taylor and Trent Mitton and Australia's first Olympic medal-winning (gold) sailor Belinda Stowell OAM. The tour is presented by the Western Australian Olympic Council and the WA Division of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and supported by Sport and Recreation, a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Champions 2 Country has been running since 2011. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Champions 2 Country is an important initiative because these athletes are not only positive role models for their own sport but they are great advocates for being active, no matter your ability or age. "We hope this tour inspires young regional people to overcome adversity and build resilience, to dream and make their dreams come true and understand the work it takes to get there. "The tour also highlights the importance of supporting elite athletes because of their ability to inspire and empower others to be active, participate and get involved in the community. "I'm also thrilled that Ingrid Colyer, Jayde Taylor and Brad Scott hail from the region, and coming back to talk about their journey makes this tour extra special." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Spruiking WA’s decommissioning skills at Gas Asia Summit16728Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/10/2017 12:02:57 AM2017-10-24T00:00:00Z Bill Johnston promoting Western Australia's decommissioning expertise at international summit 3,000 international delegates to attend Gas Asia Summit Conference and Exhibition Mines and Petroleum and Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston will travel to Singapore tomorrow (October 25) to deliver a keynote speech at the Gas Asia Summit. Mr Johnston will promote the expertise Western Australia can offer petroleum operations in Asia, particularly its petroleum decommissioning capacities. The McGowan Government is supporting and building on the State's world-class expertise through the Decommissioning Offshore Infrastructure - Cooperative Research Centre. The centre aims to deliver innovative and transformative offshore decommissioning solutions, positioning WA as a regional and global leader. It is estimated that 600 petroleum producing fields will cease production in the Asia-Pacific region in the next 10 years. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston "Decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure is an emerging global issue. "Perth is already a global hub for oil and gas organisations and has the industrial capacity and expertise to address the growing demand for decommissioning services. "As Minister for Asian Engagement, I will work hard to promote WA's trade and investment opportunities to create jobs for Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Water rebates help farmers respond to climate change16727Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2017 11:57:27 PM2017-10-23T23:00:00Z ​McGowan Government supporting dryland farming communities $190,000 in rebates for on farm water supply infrastructure Western Australia is one of three places on the planet that is the most impacted by climate change The McGowan Government has granted almost $190,000 in rebates to 22 dryland farmers to help cover the costs of improving water supplies as climate change continues to have an impact on Western Australia. More than half of the farms are in the Great Southern with the rest in the central and northern Wheatbelt. The rebates provided are for new or upgraded infrastructure such as dams, rainwater capture and storage tanks, solar powered pumps and distribution pipes. Funds are provided by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's Rural Water Planning program. All works were approved following on-ground assessment by local farm water auditors. Under the Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme, farmers can claim up to 50 per cent of the cost of a water supply audit and call-backs, up to a maximum value of $750. Farmers can then apply to the Farm Water Rebate Scheme for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a range of infrastructure improvements to dams and catchments, tanks, pipes and pumping systems including solar energy, identified by the audit, up to a value of $15,000. A Pastoral Water Grants Scheme grant of up to $20,000 was also approved to support a Carnarvon pastoral station to develop a new desalinated water supply from saline groundwater. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This money has helped a Kojonup farmer capture more rain through new dams and tanks; a Brookton farmer to set up a new bore, pump and tanks; and a Moonyoonooka farmer to set up a new storage and distribution system. "These are some of the hundreds of farmers to benefit from the McGowan Government's $12.75 million three-year commitment to rural water projects in low rainfall areas. "The Government is committed to supporting value-for-money projects in regional Western Australia that help industry and the community manage the impacts of climate change." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Mining innovation hub to open in Kalgoorlie-Boulder16706Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/10/2017 9:31:48 AM2017-10-23T09:30:00Z New mining innovation hub opens in the Goldfields McGowan Government funding of $600,000 supports CRC ORE The McGowan Government has welcomed the launch of a new mining innovation hub in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Located at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy's office, the hub was founded by Curtin University's WA School of Mines, the Minerals Research Institute of WA and the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE). The Minerals Research Institute of WA invested $600,000 from the McGowan Government towards the CRC ORE, which contributed to designing and establishing the new hub. The hub will address some of the mining industry's biggest challenges in the Goldfields, such as limitations on knowledge and technical resources in the region. It will also test and develop novel ways to optimise the extraction of precious minerals and ensure WA retains its credentials as a world leader in the minerals industry. Other hub partners include METS Ignited (an Industry Growth Centre funded by the Australian Government), the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Central Regional TAFE and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. A hub director and the establishment of an advisory committee for the hub will be announced in due course. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting the resources sector and this mining innovation hub will help boost economic prosperity in WA. "Creating and maintaining jobs for Western Australians is our number one priority and this hub will offer workers development training from Australia's best scientists, engineers and mining experts. "The hub will increase the focus on bridging new science and technology for the mineral sector, and increase the attractiveness of doing minerals research in WA." Minister's office - 6552 6700
$120,000 for RTRFM sees election commitment honoured16704Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/10/2017 6:00:46 AM2017-10-23T06:00:00Z ​Local independent radio station RTRFM receives $120,000 from McGowan Government Support for the community-based station delivers on an election commitment Funds will help support jobs and assist with the ongoing running of the station Mount Lawley-based community radio station RTRFM has received a one-off $120,000 grant from the McGowan Government, providing the unique broadcaster with a boost. The commitment to provide the funds was made during the 2017 State election and its delivery will help support the ongoing operations of the station. RTRFM has been on Perth's airwaves for 40 years and has always been a strong supporter of Western Australian music and the arts, as well as a training ground for young broadcasters. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Community radio has been through a lot lately, suffering cuts by the Federal Government. "This funding will help with the ongoing costs of running the station as well as supporting jobs and the creative industries more broadly. "The creative industries are a key economic driver in Western Australia. "To celebrate 40 years on-air is a huge achievement and I would like to pass on my congratulations to the staff and volunteers at RTRFM for the important role they play in our community." Comments attributed to Mount Lawley MLA Simon Millman "It is an honour to have RTRFM in my electorate as it is such a unique and community-focused broadcaster. "While most of the people who present on RTRFM are volunteers, there are a number of paid staff as well as significant general running costs. "I am pleased to have helped deliver this funding boost, which will help keep the station running into the future." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Boost for WA’s regional visitor centres16702Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/10/2017 2:00:26 AM2017-10-23T02:00:00Z 33 regional visitor centres receive funding to improve operations Visitor centres inject $117 million into economy and generate more than 900 jobs Thirty-three regional visitor centres across Western Australia have received State Government funding for projects to help make them more sustainable. The Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program provides $4.2 million over four years to enable regional visitor centres to transition towards financial sustainability. A funding pool of $1.05 million was offered in 2017-18 as part of the third and final round of the grant program. Projects supported include a new fit-out and touch screen technology at the Bunbury Visitor Centre; development of a new website for the Derby Tourist Bureau; website development, IT upgrades and new signage at the Kalgoorlie Boulder Tourist Centre; and development of a business plan and training at the Geraldton Visitor Centre. Since the launch of the scheme, more than 100 grants have been provided to regional visitor centres across WA, helping to boost tourism and employment. For more information including a list of the successful 2017-18 funding recipients, visit http// Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Visitor centres are an important part of our tourism industry as they add $117 million into the State's economy and generate more than 900 jobs. "Research also shows that people spend more time and money in an area when they use a visitor centre, therefore it's vital that we help them become more financially viable. "Tourism contributed $10 billion to WA's economy in 2016, including $4.7 billion in regional areas, and is a key pillar of the Government's plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Regional visitor centres provide important local knowledge for visitors to WA, whose spending generates job opportunities for local people. "With a changing tourism environment and the influence of online booking, this program has helped to make significant changes in the way WA regional visitor centres operate." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Revitalisation of North Perth underway16700Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/10/2017 1:00:09 AM2017-10-23T01:00:00Z McGowan Government's $250,000 support of the North Perth Common takes shape Community consultation complete and tender process is underway Project to attract more people to the area and help boost local businesses and jobs The McGowan Labor Government's $250,000 election commitment to support the City of Vincent in developing and constructing the North Perth Common is taking shape. Premier Mark McGowan, Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and Perth MLA John Carey were joined by City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole at the site - the first visit since the McGowan Labor Government confirmed funding for the project in the State Budget. With the funding in place, community consultation has since been completed and the tender process for design, documentation and project management is currently underway. The project will establish a vibrant public space at the corner of Fitzgerald and View streets, to encourage people to the area and attract more foot traffic to local businesses. It will also provide the opportunity to attract more events to the area, following the lead of the Angove Street Festival. A working group comprising Mr Carey, Mayor Cole and community group North Perth Local are spearheading the project. The North Perth Common construction is expected to be completed during the 2018-19 financial year. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This funding will create a beautifully designed urban space that people will want to visit - driving more foot traffic to local businesses. "We want to build on the lively community that already exists in North Perth and ensure it continues to attract visitors and create more job prospects for the area." Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "We know well-managed and comfortable public squares draw people into the area and make them stick around, in turn providing a boost to local businesses and jobs. "Congratulations to the working group who have committed their valuable time to progress the project to this stage. It's starting to take great shape and I look forward to watching it develop over the next few years." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "Great cities around the world embrace the idea of a central public space as a meeting place for locals, a place for community and arts and to attract visitors to retail and café strips. "This is a fantastic initiative which is all about drawing more people to the area, and encouraging them to shop and socialise locally, and in doing so, support local small business." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500
New water main in Banksia Grove caters for growth16698Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements30html23/10/2017 12:01:25 AM2017-10-23T00:00:00Z ​$1.7 million project to install 1.3 kilometres of water main in Banksia Grove now complete More than 100 local workers employed as part of the project Works on a new water main in the suburb of Banksia Grove are now complete and ready to cater for growth in the City of Wanneroo. The $1.7 million Water Corporation project involved the construction of 1.33 kilometres of water main from the intersection of Dainty Lane and Woolly Road, to the southern intersection of Brunswick Circuit and Celadon Loop in Banksia Grove. Work was carried out in stages to reduce disruption, with trenchless technology used to minimise traffic impacts on busy roads. This technology enabled the Water Corporation to tunnel under the intersection, without the need to dig up the road surface. Local Western Australian contractor Civcon began construction of the new water main in April 2017, with work completed in mid-September. The Water Corporation supplies water to households and businesses in Banksia Grove as part of the Integrated Water Supply Scheme, which provides water to more than two million people in Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural Region, and some parts of the South-West. Water for the scheme is sourced from desalination, groundwater and dams. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is great to see the Water Corporation using local Western Australian expertise as part of this $1.7 million project, with more than 100 workers involved in the project. "The new water main caters for an estimated additional 800 homes in Banksia Grove within the City of Wanneroo, as the population in this area continues to grow. "Thank you to the Banksia Grove community for your patience and understanding while this essential work was undertaken." Comments attributed to West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti "The upgrade of the water main in Banksia Grove is a great win for the community and lays the foundation for future growth. "I am glad to see that this project was completed on time and with minimal impact on local residents." Minister's office - 6552 6100
McGowan Government secures AFL matches at Perth Stadium10441Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4200html22/10/2017 5:31:37 AM2017-10-22T05:30:00Z Negotiations with football finalised and terms agreed for AFL matches at Perth Stadium Arrangement will see a portion of rent paid by AFL clubs to be directed back to WAFC Funding agreement applies for an initial 10-year term with four further 10-year extension options Tourism packages guaranteed, to help boost the local economy and create jobs The McGowan Labor Government has concluded negotiations with football to secure Perth Stadium as the home ground for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers from the start of the 2018 AFL season. Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement following approval of key outstanding commercial terms by the State Government and execution of two major agreements. Under the agreement between the State Government, the Australian Football League (AFL) and the Western Australian Football Commission (WAFC), $10.3 million per annum of football generated income at the stadium will be provided to the WAFC over an initial 10-year period, ensuring Western Australian grassroots football continues to prosper. The funding is derived from revenue earnt from the Fremantle Dockers, West Coast Eagles and AFL Finals matches, ensuring that football effectively funds football development in WA. For subsequent 10-year terms the WAFC will continue to benefit from the income generated by football at the stadium, capped at $10.3 million a year adjusted by CPI. Future funding for the WAFC for subsequent 10-year terms will be subject to a detailed review, commencing in year seven of each 10-year term of the 50-year agreement. The second agreement made, between the State Government, Stadium operator VenuesLive, the AFL, the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers covers all AFL home and away games and AFL Finals for 50 years from 2018. As part of the user agreement 50,000 seats will be available for Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles members for their AFL Premiership season home games; At least 6,000 tickets will be available to non-AFL club members for every AFL Premiership season game; and A total of 1,385 Perth Stadium memberships, for fans who wish to enjoy every event at the stadium, will be sold by VenuesLive. Under the arrangement, the State Government has secured 1,000 tickets for tourism packages to help boost the tourism economy in WA. The two clubs will now move quickly to transition existing members and accommodate new members at Perth Stadium in time for the start of the season. Construction of Perth Stadium is more than 97 per cent complete and scheduled to open for the free Community Open Day on January 21, 2018. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We've been able to secure this historic agreement for Western Australian football fans after many years of negotiations. "We inherited the negotiations from the previous government and have worked constructively for many months with the WAFC and AFL to come to an agreement. "The West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers will now enjoy world-class facilities at the new stadium and funding for grassroots football has been secured as a result. "Western Australians have invested at least $1.46 billion into this facility and football will be able to leverage off that investment and continue to grow into the future. "Following the initial 10-year period, this deal prevents future governments from having to top-up funding, making this a fair deal for all Western Australians." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Football funding football was always an important requirement for the McGowan Government and I am pleased that this has been achieved. "Grassroots football can be assured it will have adequate funding to make sure WA produces many more generations of champions. "An increased capacity crowd of 60,000 and the colosseum-style atmosphere will also intensify the home-ground advantage feared by our rivals across the Nullarbor. "I'm confident that the success of the AFL, combined with the strength of Fremantle and West Coast, will ensure that WA Football has a strong future." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Perth Stadium pie contract awarded to WA company10438Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2710html22/10/2017 1:37:04 AM2017-10-22T01:00:00Z Family-owned Perth company Mrs Mac's awarded exclusive five-year contract to supply pies and pastries to Perth Stadium Mrs Mac's contributes $50 million per annum to the Western Australian economy, supporting local businesses and jobs Sport and music fans to enjoy local pies and pastries made with local ingredients Family-owned Perth company Mrs Mac's has beaten out Eastern States competition to win the tender to supply pies and pastries to Perth Stadium. Pies supplied to WA stadiums have traditionally come from Eastern States companies. The five-year deal with Mrs Mac's demonstrates a competitive approach by the Western Australian company and will provide a boost to employment and a fillip to local producers. Mrs Mac's sources 85 per cent of its ingredients from Western Australia, employs 300 people and is worth $50 million a year to the local economy. It purchases $30 million worth of WA produce each year, including 2,800 tonnes per annum of prime 100 per cent WA beef and 4,800 tonnes of flour produced from premium WA wheat. The McGowan Government is in the process of filling Perth Stadium's events calendar for the coming years, with a plan to secure as many world-class events as possible to boost tourism, create new jobs and stimulate the economy. Perth Stadium will host an AFLW fixture in February 2018, two Ed Sheeran concerts and the Perth NRL double header in March 2018, Chelsea Football Club versus Perth Glory in mid-2018, State of Origin II and a Bledisloe Cup match in 2019 with more world-class events to be announced soon. Construction of the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium is more than 97 per cent complete and will officially open with a free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Mrs Mac's is not only an iconic local company, it is family-owned and an employer of hundreds of Western Australians. "In the past when sports and music fans have enjoyed a pie or a sausage roll at WA stadiums, it has usually come from an Eastern States-owned company. "Mrs Mac's buys thousands of tonnes of prime WA beef and quality WA flour each year, supporting our farmers and jobs in many other industries. "Enjoying a pie at a sporting event is synonymous with Australian life - and fans at Perth Stadium will be certain they are consuming one that has been locally produced. "Mrs Mac's sources an impressive 85 per cent of its ingredients from within WA. That means when sports and music fans buy a pie or pastry at Perth Stadium they are supporting WA industries and WA jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Childrens Week off to a super hero start10361Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1570html21/10/2017 5:15:12 AM2017-10-21T05:15:00Z Children's Week taking place across Western Australia from October 21-29 $25,000 in grants provided for events to celebrate the week A Super Hero Family Day in Kalgoorlie is among the events taking place during Children's Week, which gets underway in Perth and regional Western Australia today. Children will be encouraged to dress up as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman and a host of other super heroes, as they join their families to learn about staying safe in the community. Hosted by the Sandalwood Family Centre on October 25, the free event will also feature bouncy castles, face painting and a sausage sizzle. The WA Children's Week Grants program is administered by the Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation, with funding from the Department of Communities and Lotterywest. Funding of $25,000 has been provided by the State Government for events to celebrate the week through the WA Children's Week Grants program. The program provides up to $2,000 to not-for-profit community organisations and local governments in regional and remote areas to host Children's Week activities. Funding is also provided for events at Meerilinga's seven metropolitan centres, which will focus on explorative outdoor play. A list of Children's Week events can be found on the Children's Week website. Comments attributed to Child Protection and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "Childhood is such an important time and all Western Australian families have a responsibility to ensure children are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. "Children's Week is a wonderful way for families to participate in activities that encourage children to play, learn and grow. "The theme of Children's Week this year is celebrate, play, discover and the State Government is pleased to be able to support this important initiative through the WA Children's Week Grants program." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Weekend of sport and community activities to honour memories of plane crash officers10360Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1520html21/10/2017 4:57:56 AM2017-10-21T03:00:00Z Bloody Slow Cup brings Newman community together to commemorate plane tragedy Police Minister Michelle Roberts has paid her respects at the site of a plane crash which killed four Western Australia Police Force officers on Australia Day 2001. Mrs Roberts and Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson joined families of the officers for a remembrance ceremony this morning at the crash site near Newman. Senior Constables Donald Everett and Philip Ruland, First Class Constable David Dewar and Constable Gavin Capes were returning from the Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra when the plane's engines failed. The tragedy is the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Australia's history and had a profound impact on the community of Newman. The Minister and Commissioner Dawson today joined locals at several community and sporting events in Newman, ahead of this evening's main tribute match - The Bloody Slow Cup. The rugby match between Australians and Kiwis has become one of Newman's major sporting and social events and raises thousands of dollars for WA Police Legacy. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I am grateful for the opportunity to travel to Newman today with the Commissioner to be part of such a dignified ceremony to honour the memories of these fine officers. "The impact of this terrible tragedy on the officer's families, friends, colleagues and the community of Newman was and still is to this day profound. "Being a police officer can be a difficult, complex and very dangerous job and I acknowledge the service of all our dedicated and courageous men and women, some who tragically make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and keep the community safe." Minister's office - 6552 6900
WA water awards winners announced10359Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3650html21/10/2017 1:04:27 AM2017-10-21T01:00:00Z Australian Water Association WA Water Awards Recognising water industry excellence and innovation Western Australia's water industry innovators have been recognised with the announcement of the 2017 Australian Water Association Western Australian Water Awards winners. Water Minister Dave Kelly last night announced the winners across eight categories from a shortlist of 19 finalists during a ceremony at the Pan Pacific, with achievements in wastewater innovation a dominant theme. A wastewater treatment and biogas production system first used at a Dardanup abattoir won Environmental Engineers International the Research Innovation Award for advances in nutrient removal and reductions in cost, energy and chemical use, sludge, carbon dioxide and noxious odours. Upgrading Rottnest Island's wastewater plant to enable 100 per cent re-use of effluent and a 50 per cent reduction in potable water use, won Guidera O'Connor and Permeate Partners the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award. Use of recycled wastewater to support Aboriginal advancement and community projects in the Kimberley won the Water Corporation the Program Innovation Award, and the City of Kalamunda won the Innovating for Sustainability Award for its use of managed aquifer recharge to store and treat stormwater for use at Hartfield Park. The Australian Water Association WA Water Awards are sponsored by the Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. For a list of all the winners, visit http// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The number of projects dealing with wastewater treatment and reuse show how important integrating and improving this technology is as we transform our towns and industries into water sensitive places. "Finding cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to treat industrial effluent and remove nitrogen from wastewater is essential to the health of waterways in urban and regional Australia. "Successful improvements and integration of wastewater into our water supply mix can achieve positive community outcomes as shown at Rottnest and in the Kimberley. "Similarly, scheme water use reduction at White Gum Valley and managed aquifer recharge in Kalamunda, showcases the innovative ideas being used locally to address the impacts of climate change." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Kalgoorlie-Boulder wins Tidy Towns 20179455Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5090html20/10/2017 7:00:32 AM2017-10-20T07:00:00Z ​Awards recognise community projects and sustainable living Kalgoorlie-Boulder a finalist in four categories The Goldfields town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is this year's State Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Award winner. It is the first time Kalgoorlie-Boulder has won the top prize in the 48-year history of Tidy Towns in Western Australia. Kalgoorlie-Boulder's Urban Landcare Group co-ordinated several of the major projects in the town including the Williamstown (East Kalgoorlie) cactus eradication project - an interagency collaboration to remove a staggering 750 tonnes of invasive cactus plants from the area. The town installed a 120kW solar photovoltaic system at Kalgoorlie-Boulder's airport - adding to the 80kW solar system recently installed on the roof of the Goldfields Arts Centre. Kalgoorlie-Boulder also carried out a successful bin tagging trial - marking recycling bins with incorrect contents and providing follow up advice to householders. The trial almost halved the number of non-recyclable items in the community's recycling bins. The Community Action and Wellbeing Category award also went to Kalgoorlie-Boulder for its Heartwalk public art project. Twenty large scale murals by local and professional artists were painted throughout the town in a bid to revitalise the central business district. The Tidy Towns' category winners are Young Legends - Waroona; Environmental Sustainability - Margaret River; Litter Prevention and Waste Management - Nannup; Environmental Education - Preston Beach; Heritage and Culture - Southern Cross; Community Action and Wellbeing - Kalgoorlie-Boulder; and General Appearance - Yalgoo. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards celebrate projects that promote sustainable living in regional communities and provides the perfect opportunity to recognise communities that are committed to reducing their eco footprint. "Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a great example of this - its community has pulled together to complete projects that benefit everyone and make the city a more vibrant, culturally aware and environmentally sustainable place to live. "In particular, the Heartwalk art project has activated a public art culture in Kalgoorlie-Boulder giving the community a real sense of purpose and vitality, and providing the CBD with an instant facelift." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Premier, Ministers travel to China and Japan next month9453Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9730html20/10/2017 6:26:39 AM2017-10-20T06:20:00Z ​Premier to lead rescheduled education and tourism delegation to China next month Ministers Ellery, Johnston and Papalia to also travel to China Premier and Minister Papalia then travel to Japan for high-level meetings The international mission will focus on strengthening WA's economy and creating jobs Premier Mark McGowan will be leading an education and tourism-focused delegation to China and Japan next month in his first international trip as leader of Western Australia. The Premier's visit to China was originally scheduled for this month, but this was changed after China's National Party Congress was announced to begin on October 18. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia will join the Premier, along with a delegation of invited representatives from the tourism and education sectors. The delegation will travel to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship ahead of a visit to Shanghai. Ms Ellery and some university delegates will also visit Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province. Mr McGowan and Mr Papalia will then travel to Japan to meet the leadership of major Japanese companies, along with senior government figures. The Japanese visit includes time in Tokyo and Kobe in Sister State Hyogo Prefecture, and will also explore opportunities for greater collaboration in tourism to help boost WA's economy. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "China and Japan are Western Australia's two biggest trading partners, together making up nearly 65 per cent of our exports, so it makes sense that my first overseas visit as Premier includes time in each country. "Both countries have played an integral role in the growth of major export sectors like oil and gas, and iron ore, and also present real opportunities for growth in other industries. "The Chinese portion of the trip has a particular focus on international education and tourism, both crucial sectors if we are to grow and diversify the State's economy to create more local jobs." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Industry training partnership to future-proof Western Australian jobs9451Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10730html20/10/2017 5:15:20 AM2017-10-20T05:15:00Z ​TAFE WA and Rio Tinto to create a new training program to prepare workers for industry advancements, innovation and automation The program is expected to be delivered for the first time in 2019 A landmark partnership between TAFE WA and Rio Tinto will ensure Western Australians are skilled to take up the jobs that automation and future advances in technology will create. New TAFE WA curriculum for post-secondary courses and industry traineeships, to be developed over the coming year, will help ensure the current and future workforce has the qualifications, skills and competencies required by industry in changing workplaces. The curriculum will be the first of its kind in Australia. A recent report commissioned by the State Training Board showed the shift towards automation and innovative technologies would create new roles requiring different specialist skills such as electronics, computing and precision manufacturing. By partnering directly with industry, the new qualifications will deliver the skills needed to meet industry demand and ensure Western Australians are equipped to take up the jobs of the future. Rio Tinto will work with trainers from South Metropolitan TAFE to assess industry changes and future training needs over the next five to 10 years and ensure this is reflected in the curriculum. The new industry traineeships and post-secondary courses are anticipated to commence in 2019. Rio Tinto is contributing $2 million towards the initiative. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We must ensure vocational education and training keeps pace as technology and innovation transforms a range of industries. "We want Western Australian workers, including the next generation of our workforce, to have the skills they need to take up the jobs that automation and technology will create. "This partnership with Rio Tinto ensures we are skilling Western Australians with the qualifications we know industry will require." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Onslow Marine Support Base a boost to local economy8951Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5370html20/10/2017 4:00:10 AM2017-10-20T04:00:00Z ​First stage of Onslow Marine Support Base now complete Hundreds of jobs expected upon full completion of project Significant economic boost to Onslow region The first stage of the Onslow Marine Support Base, which will create hundreds of jobs once fully completed, opened today. The base is a privately funded project that will eventually be developed into a service hub for vessels operating throughout north-west Western Australia's offshore oil and gas fields. Stage one of the project involved the construction of a berth pocket in Beadon Creek to form a land-based wharf facility. It is anticipated the completed project will be a world-class marine supply base with the capability to cater for any size vessel, while providing employment for hundreds of people. The State Government has assisted the project by providing improved infrastructure such as roads, services and a laydown area. The Department of Transport in particular has given access to its expertise in dredging, managing the waterway and made available its planners and coastal engineers for advice. Meanwhile, the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation has assisted the project to navigate the necessary government approvals. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The base will be transformative, providing a significant economic boost to Onslow and substantial benefits to the offshore oil and gas industry. "I am proud of the State Government's involvement in providing improved infrastructure and commend the base for their investment in the WA economy. "The State Government has an important role to play in facilitating private investment where possible and the Onslow Marine Support Base is a real success story. "My agencies and our Government will continue to work with the base to maximise the shared benefits of the project. "I look forward to working with the base to assist it in securing Federal Government funding to expand its operations." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Western Australians urged to reduce waste8950Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6440html20/10/2017 6:40:24 AM2017-10-20T03:30:00Z ​Opportunity to comment on McGowan Labor Government's directions for a new waste strategy New targets to protect our environment, reduce waste generation and improve recovery rates Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today called for Western Australians to contribute to the development of the McGowan Labor Government's new waste strategy. The Government's plan for a new waste strategy is open for public comment until March 1, 2018. The Waste Authority has prepared a paper to look at opportunities to improve WA's waste and recycling performance which is lagging behind other Australian jurisdictions. Three key objectives are proposed to minimise environmental risk, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, avoiding the generation of waste, and increasing recycling and recovery of valuable materials. Launching the consultation paper at Perth's Foodbank today, Mr Dawson urged every Western Australian - householders, industry and government - to act to reduce the amount of waste they generated and look at ways to recycle or reuse waste. Foodbank - which accepts surplus food from companies - diverts thousands of tonnes of food from landfill to feed people in need. Last year, Foodbank distributed more than 3.1 million kilograms of donated food - supporting charities and feeding 94,000 people every month. Food and other organic waste makes up about two thirds of the municipal solid waste stream. By avoiding food waste, companies and households can cut costs and reduce the pressure on landfill space. In 2014-15, on average each Western Australian generated 2,623 kilograms of waste - the highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 19 per cent above the national average. The new strategy aims to bring WA's waste generation in line with the national average, and new targets proposed in the consultation paper aim to recycle or recover 75 per cent of all waste by 2030. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This Government has already demonstrated its commitment to reducing waste, introducing a number of strategic waste reforms including the introduction of a container deposit scheme and a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags. "The Waste Authority's review of the waste strategy provides an opportunity for all of us to work together to improve environmental outcomes, create employment and build businesses. "Reducing the amount of waste disposed of to landfill can generate significant economic opportunities for the Western Australian community - for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full-time equivalent jobs are created compared to only 2.8 jobs when waste is sent to landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Jobs Bill to support WA workers passes through Legislative Assembly8934Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10710html20/10/2017 1:26:11 AM2017-10-20T01:20:00Z ​McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Bill has passed through the Legislative Assembly New laws will support WA businesses to get a bigger share of work on local projects State Government to assist businesses to tender for government contracts Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the passage of the McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Bill through the Legislative Assembly paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. The new laws will give Western Australian businesses a better opportunity to get a bigger share of work on State Government projects, creating more jobs for local workers. Prospective suppliers of government contracts will now be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender. These plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered. Dedicated staff within the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will proactively engage with local businesses, making it simpler and easier for them to understand how to tender for a government contract. Under the Jobs Law, governments can also declare a major project a 'project of strategic significance for the WA economy' requiring these projects to have extra local content, which will lead to more jobs. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Jobs Law was a key election commitment that we've moved swiftly to deliver. I'm pleased the laws have passed through the lower house of Parliament and urge all Members of Parliament to support their quick passage through the upper house. "Under the new law, the work flowing to WA businesses on big government projects will be maximized, creating more jobs for Western Australian workers. "This is all about giving WA businesses every opportunity to compete for work on important State infrastructure like schools, hospitals and public transport, and giving them the tools they need to do so. "Under the previous government, WA workers were missing out. We recognised this wasn't good enough and the Jobs Law will put WA jobs first." Premier's office - 6552 5000
New road safety campaign urges WA motorcyclists to 'ride to arrive'8933Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12870html20/10/2017 1:15:06 AM2017-10-20T01:15:00Z ​$850,000 road safety campaign for vulnerable group of WA road users So far in 2017, 20 people have lost their lives in motorcycle crashes on WA roads Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has today launched a new road safety education campaign aimed at saving the lives of motorcyclists on Western Australian roads. The 'Don't push it, ride to arrive' campaign will begin appearing on television screens from this weekend. The message to motorcycle riders is to consider the role of speed when they are confronted with the unexpected. The advertisements show how a rider's speed can affect the ability to navigate unexpected road obstacles such as an oil slick or gravel. In 2016, 60 per cent of motorcyclist fatalities did not involve another vehicle. This latest campaign is aimed at men aged between 30 and 49 - the most over-represented age group in motorcyclist fatalities and serious injuries last year. The television advertisements will first air to coincide with the broadcast of the Australian MotoGP tomorrow (October 21). Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "Of the 196 people who lost their lives on WA roads in 2016, 40 of them were motorcycle riders or pillion passengers. "One motorcyclist death on our roads is one too many, and community education is a vital tool the State Government can use to save lives and reduce the number of motorcyclist deaths in WA. "I really hope the key message from this campaign - don't push it, ride to arrive - will make a difference to the riding behaviour of our target audience of male riders aged 30 to 49, and ultimately save lives. "Speed makes small hazards become big hazards, increasing the danger for the motorcycle rider, their pillion passenger and other road users." Minister's office - 6552 6900