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Border controls strengthen with South Australia to keep WA safe8717Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 9:15:54 AM2021-12-02T09:15:00Z South Australia risk rating elevated from low risk to medium risk category Hard border with South Australia is effective 12.01am Friday, December 3, 2021 Travel is not permitted and approved travellers are subject to strict requirements Approved travellers must be double dose vaccinated, test negative for COVID-19, self-quarantine for 14 days and undertake further testingBased on the latest health advice, South Australia will be elevated to a medium risk jurisdiction effective from tomorrow morning, 12.01am Friday, December 3, 2021 to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering the Western Australian community. Travel from South Australia is not permitted, unless a person is an approved traveller. The exemption list is limited to certain senior Government officials, certain active military personnel, a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth, a person carrying out a limited range of specialist functions, and a person given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer. Any Western Australian who has recently travelled to South Australia is eligible to return under compassionate grounds and must apply through the G2G Pass system. Approved travellers arriving in WA from 12.01am Friday, December 3, 2021 via South Australia must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure; be double dose vaccinated against COVID-19, if eligible; self-quarantine in a suitable premise for 14 days; present for an initial COVID-19 test within 48 hours; present for a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine; and present for a COVID-19 test on day 12 after arrival in WA. Currently, Victoria is classified as an extreme jurisdiction, New South Wales is high risk and the Australian Capital Territory is classified as medium. Northern Territory is classified a low risk jurisdiction and Queensland and Tasmania remain very low risk jurisdictions. The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls. Recent travellers from South Australia should continue to familiarise themselves with the latest exposure sites reported by SA Health. Anyone who has not been to these sites but develops any symptoms or is experiencing any symptoms, even mild, that could be related to COVID-19, is advised to get tested and quarantine until they return a negative test. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The escalating situation in South Australia is concerning and while we get our vaccination levels up we need to reinstate the hard border to stop COVID coming into the WA community. "I'm aware this will be disruptive to many and present challenges to some however we must do everything we can to protect the health of Western Australians. "The health advice is to elevate our border controls which will better protect WA while the situation in South Australia evolves. "This coupled with the uncertainty of Omicron just reinforces how vital it is to be vigilant and to get vaccinated so we can protect ourselves and our community." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The surge in positive cases in South Australia means we have to act swiftly to protect Western Australians by preventing the virus from entering our State. "We've seen the health, social and economic pain the virus can wreak in communities on the east coast and that is why it is vital we don't fall at the last hurdle, as we countdown to an announcement on when we will safely reopen to the world. "Vaccination is the best way to prepare for the arrival of the virus into our State, which is why it is important all Western Australians get the jab before it is too late. "Our summer vax blitz means it has never been easier to protect yourself and your loved ones, especially as we navigate the recent Omicron variant, which we still know so little about." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500​
Safe ocean swimming for Esperance this summer8716Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 6:01:38 AM2021-12-02T06:00:00Z McGowan Government has allocated $400,000 for a beach enclosure in Esperance Shire of Esperance to manage and operate the enclosure Esperance beach enclosure an important addition to the McGowan Government's comprehensive $17 million shark mitigation strategyThe new Esperance beach enclosure extending more than 300 metres from the James Street groyne is nearing completion and will offer a safe barrier for swimming activities for Esperance locals and tourists alike. The McGowan Government is providing $400,000 to the Shire of Esperance following their request for support to purchase and install a beach enclosure. Western Australia's shark mitigation strategy is the most comprehensive in the country, with a range of tools and actions to help keep ocean users and our coastal communities as safe as possible. Beach enclosures are shark barriers made from rigid materials covering the full water column, anchored to the ocean floor and attached to surface floats. They are designed to prevent sharks from entering the enclosure. As well as support for coastal beach enclosures, the McGowan Government's shark mitigation strategy includes the SharkSmart WA app and website, the Sea Sense Awareness campaign, an enhanced program of Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) beach and aerial patrols, a world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy for divers and surfers, and an extended Shark Monitoring Network. Esperance has four of the State's 34 tagged shark detection acoustic receivers, with one each at Kelp Beds and West Beach and two located at Twilight Beach. These locations also feature recently automated Shark Warning System towers, which use lights, sirens and audio alerts to notify beachgoers of shark activity detected in the area. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's (DPIRD) shark tagging program, which supports the Shark Monitoring Network, also operates out of Esperance every summer. The program has seen 145 white sharks tagged in WA waters since 2009, 41 of those near Esperance. En route to Esperance this past week, the tagging team from the DPIRD Patrol Vessel Hamelin successfully tagged a 2.6m white shark at Doubtful Islands and a 3.2m white shark near Bremer Bay. Using the PV Hamelin as an ocean base, the tagging team will be out on the water numerous times over summer tagging more white sharks in the Esperance region. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "I congratulate the Shire of Esperance for embracing ocean safety initiatives and its support of WA Government's shark hazard mitigation measures. "Western Australia's evidence-based shark mitigation strategy is the most comprehensive in the nation, with beach enclosures forming an important component of our approach to help keep ocean users as safe as possible. "The Shire has been managing the project to install the James Street Beach Enclosure and a complementary new lap pontoon, further enhancing the beautiful Esperance Foreshore precinct and ensuring swimmers can safely enjoy a dip in the ocean." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Shelley Payne "The James Street area is set to become a social and cultural hub for Esperance with many children participating in the annual VacSwim beach swimming lessons there over the years. "It is great to hear that the barrier will be in place for the upcoming VacSwim season, making parents feel more comfortable to enrol their children in the lessons offered at the beach. "I look forward to seeing both locals and visitors enjoy our beautiful coastline more safely this summer. "In this year's Budget, the State Government has committed an additional $5 million to fund beach enclosures, increase white shark tagging, and meet the demand for subsidised shark deterrent devices." Minister's office - 6552 6900
WA Police move into the new age with electronic infringements8715Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 5:25:33 AM2021-12-02T05:00:00Z Roll out of electronic traffic infringements to begin this month Part of the McGowan Government's digital transformation of the WA Police Force After more than half a century of handwriting traffic infringements, police will do away with their carbon copy pads and pencils and move to electronic infringement capability. Since the 1970s, officers have handwritten traffic infringement notices on carbonated P140 General Infringement Notice books. After issuing an infringement at the roadside, officers had to further submit a copy once they returned to the base so it could be manually uploaded to a central infringement processing system. Currently this occurs for up to 180,000 handwritten traffic infringement notices per year. From this month, police will introduce the electronic traffic infringement application on their personal mobile devices. This will allow an officer to retrieve person and vehicle data from their mobile devices and populate the required fields on the electronic infringement notice. The roll out of electronic infringements will bring Western Australia into line with other jurisdictions including Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania, who all have electronic infringement notice capability. Motorists will continue to receive their infringements in the mail and will still have 28 days to pay. The McGowan Government has invested more than $40 million in digital policing initiatives including the roll out of personal mobile devices, body-worn cameras, automatic number plate recognition cameras and drones. Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia "This is a giant step forward in policing and will result in significant efficiencies. "It will mean less time spent completing administrative tasks and allow officers to spend more time policing the streets and the community. "It's hard to imagine in this day and age our police were still using the archaic manual process of handwriting infringements. "This is one of a suite of digital initiatives the McGowan Government is funding to bring our Police Force into the 21st century." Minister's office - 6552 5600
More opportunities open for Goldfields community to get vaccinated8714Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 4:30:45 AM2021-12-02T04:30:00Z Goldfields mass vaccination clinic opens as part of Summer Vax Drive Campaign to boost Aboriginal COVID-19 vaccination rates Community-led campaign engaging with local communitiesA new Kalgoorlie Community Vaccination Clinic will open today, as part of the Summer Vax Drive, to give people the opportunity to get vaccinated and help protect themselves and their community against COVID-19. Located at the Curtin Graduate Hall, 50 MacDonald Street, the clinic is open between 8am and 8pm until Tuesday, December 7. Goldfields residents are encouraged to take advantage of the centralised clinic and more pop-up vaccination clinics to Roll up for WA and get vaccinated. These include Bega Community Vaccination Clinic, 21 Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie until December 17; Coolgardie Community Recreation Centre, Sylvester Street, until December 4; JG Epis Centre, Leonora until December 4; Noel White Centre, Black Street, Esperance from December 9-14; and Marks Park, Roberts Street, Norseman on December 3.A new 'mobile vaccine response team' is also responding to call outs and visits to anyone expressing an interest in getting vaccinated. The 'Summer Vax Drive' initiative runs until December 19 and means more convenient vaccination clinics and special events are open to help people get the vaccine. Fixed clinics continue to operate at the following locations Kalgoorlie Health Campus, Piccadilly Street; Coolgardie Health Centre, Hunt Street; Esperance Health Campus, Hicks Street; Kambalda Health Centre, Gum Nut Place; Laverton District Hospital, Beria Road; and Leonora Hospital, Sadie Canning Drive. Additionally, the 'Keeping Culture Safe and Strong Vaccination Focus' continues to run across the State to drive up the vaccination rates of Aboriginal communities as a community-led campaign. Local community members such as health staff, the local police, local shires and Aboriginal lead organisations will be yarning to community members and helping them to access a vaccination. WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue to operate with no appointment necessary at more than 100 locations across WA. Western Australians can also get vaccinated at GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics, which are managed by the Commonwealth. Dates and opening hours vary depending on people's preferred location, and people are urged to visit http//www.rollupforwa.com.au to find out where they can get vaccinated as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "WA has done so well and this is testament to Western Australians doing the right thing and following the health advice, which has kept us safe. "It's an incredible achievement to be living in a jurisdiction without community transmission of the virus and without any restrictions or lockdowns in place. "It is so vital we get vaccinated now to hit the safe 90 per cent target so we have a highly vaccinated population and can have one of the softest landings out of this pandemic. "There's a range of opportunities across the Goldfields which makes getting the vaccine more convenient. Don't pass up this opportunity before it's too late." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "We want everyone who is eligible in WA to get vaccinated. "We do not want anyone left behind because we are all in this together. "The Goldfields is such an important part of the fabric and economy of our State. "Take the opportunity to protect yourself and your family during the Summer Vax Drive." Comments attributed to Vaccine Commander Commissioner Chris Dawson "Now is the time to get vaccinated. Do it now as an early Christmas present to you and your family. "The vaccine is the best way to protect yourselves against COVID-19 and the devastation it can bring. "Get ahead of this virus while you have the opportunity. Don't wait for it to come knocking on your door. It could be too late." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie MLA Ali Kent "We are doing everything we can to encourage Goldfielders to get vaccinated. "We have had the benefit of our strong border arrangements but it is now so important that everyone understands COVID will make its way into WA - and vaccination is our best protection. "I am always positive about what our community can achieve and I think with everyone's help the Goldfields can do this." Premier's office - 6552 5000Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
McGowan Government delivers expanded Peel therapeutic refuge8713Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 3:12:58 AM2021-12-02T03:10:00Z $2 million expansion of WA's first therapeutic women's refuge, Warlang Bidi, completed in Peel region Additional accommodation units deliver further support for women and children escaping violence Expansion project funded through the WA Recovery Plan to help address family and domestic violence through the COVID-19 pandemic Official opening coincides with day eight of the State Government's 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women The McGowan Government has delivered on its commitment to double accommodation capacity at the Warlang Bidi women's refuge in Peel. Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today officially opened and toured the $2 million refuge expansion which was funded through the WA Recovery Plan to provide additional support for women and children fleeing family and domestic violence through the COVID-19 pandemic. As well as providing accommodation for women and children escaping family and domestic violence, the Warlang Bidi refuge delivers co-ordinated and tailored services for women who may be experiencing mental health concerns or harm from alcohol and other drugs. It is the first therapeutic refuge of its kind in Western Australia and has operated at full capacity since it opened in November last year. Warlang Bidi means 'healthy path' in Noongar language, reflecting the aim to support women through their healing journey. The Warlang Bidi expansion not only increases the family and domestic violence accommodation capacity in WA, it enhances support to the sector which has seen increased demand for services since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The expansion has successfully increased the number of accommodation units at the refuge to 12 - up from six units. This significantly increases the accommodation capacity for women and children experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence in the region. The project was prioritised as part of the WA Recovery Plan which is helping to drive WA's economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and has created jobs across the State. The Warlang Bidi refuge expansion has been supported by service provider OVIS Community Services which operates the refuge in partnership with Peel-based trauma counselling specialist Allambee Counselling. The women's refuge expansion is also part of the State Government's Path to Safety Western Australia's Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence 2020-2030 which sets out a whole-of-government and community plan for reducing and responding to family and domestic violence over the next decade. The launch of the Warlang Bidi refuge expansion coincides with day eight of the State Government's fifth annual 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women and their families. The 16 Days in WA campaign promotes community awareness and challenges views that can prevent survivors from seeking help or assistance. It also seeks to put an end to behaviours that allow victim blaming to occur. More information on the 16 Days in WA campaign, which has a theme of 'Don't be silent when you see violence' in 2021, is available online. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "Family and domestic violence is never acceptable, but it is a significant issue across Western Australia. "Warlang Bidi is the first refuge in WA to deliver a therapeutic service model, addressing a critical service gap for the family and domestic violence sector. "In doubling the refuge's accommodation capacity, we are enabling more women escaping violence to access the specialist services on offer at this innovative facility, which helps to improve residents' wellbeing and build their capability and resilience. "The theme for this year's 16 Days in WA campaign is 'don't be silent when you see violence', encouraging Western Australians to speak up when they see disrespectful behaviour towards women to help stop violence before it starts." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "Warlang Bidi is providing a vital service in the Peel community and the additional accommodation capacity will help to support more women and children in need. "Family and domestic violence is an unacceptable reality for too many Western Australian women and children, and the State Government continues to invest in additional supports. "Crucially, the therapeutic model ensures that the Peel refuge's residents are helped with co-existing issues such as mental health and drug and alcohol support, to help them heal and get their lives back on track." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Point Grey Marina plan jettisoned in wake of amendment8704Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 3:05:26 AM2021-12-02T03:05:00Z Planning Minister approves amendment to local planning scheme to stop proposed Point Grey Marina Follows recommendation made by Western Australian Planning Commission Prevents excavation of marina and navigation channel in Peel-Harvey Estuary Provides certainty for developers and local community on future of Point Grey Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has approved an amendment to the local planning scheme to stop a controversial marina development at Point Grey, on the Peel-Harvey Estuary, from proceeding. The Minister's decision follows the recommendation made by the Western Australian Planning Commission. The amendment removes potential for the development of a marina at Point Grey, responding to concerns about the suitability of the site in the context of potential long-term environmental impacts, and uncertainty about ongoing maintenance and upkeep. The move to embed this change in the local planning scheme received overwhelming support from the local community and was unopposed by developers. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "I am pleased to approve this amendment ending an extended period of planning uncertainty. "This amendment follows the recommendation made by the WA Planning Commission. "The decision ensures any development is suited to the environment and is viable for the long term." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "This amendment is a huge win for our local community and will put a stop to this flawed project once and for all. "Well done to all our community members who stood up for our beautiful part of WA. "We have been fighting against this for years and as the Member for Murray-Wellington I am glad that this marina and development won't be going ahead in my electorate." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "I have been fighting against this marina for many years and I am so pleased to see the end of this project. "Thank you to everyone who stood up against this proposal - we did it!" Comments attributed to Dawesville MLA Lisa Munday "We have some of the most beautiful waterways in the Peel region, teeming with birds, marine life and sea grasses. It does not make sense to tarnish these waters with a badly thought-out marina. "Now this proposal is behind us we can get on with the job of continuing to deliver our election commitments for the Peel region." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Albany Aquaculture Zone to boost investment, growth and jobs8703Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 3:00:34 AM2021-12-02T03:00:00Z McGowan Government announces Stage 2 of the Albany Aquaculture Zone Zone set to provide 'investment-ready' opportunities to grow the aquaculture industry Additional $1.8 million to upgrade the Albany Shellfish Hatchery to expand Akoya and rock oyster seed supply The McGowan Government has today announced the final stage of the Albany Aquaculture Zone, boosting investment opportunities to grow the State's aquaculture industry. The Albany Aquaculture Zone comprises a 500-hectare area in Oyster Harbour and around 310 hectares in Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound combined. The upcoming Mid-Year Review will also include an additional $1.8 million for the Albany Shellfish Hatchery upgrade project. This is on top of the $700,000 provided as part of the WA Recovery Plan. The $2.5 million upgrade will increase the capacity of the hatchery to support the growing aquaculture industry, expanding Akoya seeded line production by 100 per cent and rock oyster spat by 300 per cent. The Oyster Harbour area was declared in August 2020 as Stage One of the Albany Aquaculture Zone development. Aquaculture development zones provide 'investment-ready' platforms for large-scale aquaculture operators, with environmental approvals and management frameworks already in place. At full capacity, the Albany Aquaculture Zone is expected to produce around 1,500 tonnes of shellfish at an estimated value of $30 million per year. The areas to form Stage Two were identified following extensive consultation with the community and with prospective user groups. Access is still permitted within aquaculture areas, provided there is no interference with aquaculture gear or farm operations. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) continues to work closely with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on the appropriate environmental management of the zone and with the Department of Health to ensure all shellfish produced in the zone meet the standards for human consumption. Applications for aquaculture licences and leases within the Stage Two area of the zone are open from now until March 14, 2022, with DPIRD to make determinations on applications as soon as practicable after that date. Further information about the Albany Aquaculture Zone and how to make an application is available here. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch "Aquaculture is a rapid growth industry for Western Australia and for Albany - and one that has global potential. "The finalisation of the zone provides a fantastic opportunity to promote Albany and its pristine waters on the world stage as a significant producer of premium-quality seafood for a growing world market. "Albany locals and visitors will also have greater access to locally grown premium-quality shellfish that will complement existing products, such as South Coast fish and squid. "Development of the aquaculture zone will generate significant employment in Albany, creating an estimated 200 direct jobs both on-farm and in specialist supply-chain industries such as hatcheries, shellfish processing and packaging, aquaculture equipment manufacturing and logistics. "The provision of an additional $1.8 million for the Albany Shellfish Hatchery expansion will ensure the production capacity of spat and seed can keep up with the exciting growth the sector is experiencing." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "Albany is recognised as one of the best shellfish aquaculture locations in Australia and the development of this industry will be a boost to our economy. "It will provide local jobs, drive business for local suppliers and contractors, and help keep our waterways clean and healthy." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Lotterywest grant to support delivery of services for metro youth8702Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 2:10:21 AM2021-12-02T02:10:00Z 122,847 Lotterywest grant for Perth Inner City Youth Service Funding to support delivery of services for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the Perth metropolitan area McGowan Government investing in youth services for vulnerable, young Western AustraliansYouth Minister Dave Kelly has presented Perth Inner City Youth Service with a Lotterywest grant of $122,847 to support its ongoing work with young people. Perth Inner City Youth Services (PICYS) works with young people aged between 15 and 25 years who are experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage. PICYS supports young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness through transitional accommodation and individualised psychosocial support, and is a specialist support provider for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning and asexual (LGBTIQA+) young people in the Perth metropolitan area. The organisation started out in the early 1980s as a collective of agencies providing support services for inner city youth. PICYS now provides a range of services including the Household Network service, a youth accommodation and support service for young people between the ages of 15 and 25 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Household Network assists young people who become homeless in moving as quickly as possible through the homeless services system into stable housing. The Lotterywest grant will contribute to the costs of building renovations to improve amenities for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people at PICYS' 'BaseCamp' drop-in facility in West Leederville. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "Organisations like Perth Inner City Youth Service are a vital part of the community services sector, helping young people at risk of homelessness to get housed, and stay housed. "We know that early intervention with young people is crucial in preventing homelessness, and PICYS' focus on assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to move through the crisis and homelessness system as quickly as possible is an essential part of that. "This Lotterywest grant will help PICYS carry out much needed renovations of its 'BaseCamp' facility to make it a welcoming, safe space for these young people to gather and access youth workers and support services." Comments attributed to Nedlands MLA Katrina Stratton "Through my community services work I've had a long appreciation of the work PICYS does with young people in our community. "They are an inclusive and innovative organisation, and I'm so pleased the grant will enable them to continue their work supporting young people." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Lotterywest funding grants to help volunteers shine8700Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 2:05:28 AM2021-12-02T02:05:00Z ​Volunteering WA presented with $255,000 Lotterywest grant Funding will go towards events that recognise and thank volunteers for their important contribution Christmas has come early for Western Australian volunteers, with Volunteering WA receiving a funding boost for events and awards that acknowledge their valuable contribution. Volunteering Minister Reece Whitby presented the $255,000 Lotterywest grant, which will allow Volunteering WA to operate its National Volunteer Week Grants program. Up to $1,000 per organisation will be made available to eligible groups to host events and activities to recognise and thank volunteers during National Volunteer Week in May 2022. The funding will also assist Volunteering WA in presenting the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards. The Awards are co-ordinated by Volunteering WA and held during National Volunteer Week to pay tribute to volunteers, volunteer managers and organisations who inspire and promote the spirit of volunteering. Part of the Lotterywest grant funding will sponsor the Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year category in the Awards, which celebrates community organisations that provide innovative leadership and bring about positive and enduring change to their community. Volunteering WA is the peak body for volunteering in WA, working across community, government, corporate and education organisations to provide leadership, advancement and the celebration of volunteering. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Reece Whitby "The State Government has a long history of partnering with Volunteering WA in leading and supporting volunteering in Western Australia. "The National Volunteer Week Grants program is an important way to thank and recognise our thousands of volunteers for their efforts, which help make our communities thrive. "WA Volunteer of the Year Awards highlight the important social, cultural, economic and environmental contribution our volunteers make every day." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Healthway celebrates 30 years of promoting healthy lifestyles8699Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 2:00:35 AM2021-12-02T02:00:00Z Healthway is the State Government's only health promotion agency Since 1991, it has funded more than 5,600 organisations with $455 million in grants Healthway celebrates its 30-year anniversary today, reflecting on its work promoting and facilitating good health and encouraging healthy lifestyles in the Western Australian community. Since opening its doors in 1991, Healthway has supported more than 5,600 organisations with $455 million in grants. Established by the WA Government as part of the Tobacco Control Act (1990), Healthway was initially set up to provide alternative funds for sports and arts events that were supported by manufacturers and wholesalers of tobacco products. It was also tasked with promoting good health by supporting research, sporting, arts, community and youth programs that promoted healthy lifestyles. Healthway's grants programs have now expanded to target additional priority health issues such as increasing healthy eating and physical activity, reducing harm from alcohol, and improving mental health. Other major achievements Healthway has contributed to include major policy change in public health such as smoke-free areas, reducing the promotion of unhealthy brands in sport, creating community events and activities that promote positive health, and internationally recognised health and research projects that impact on policy and practice. As part of the Healthway 30-year anniversary, it has refreshed its grants program. To find out more visit http//www.healthway.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "In its 30-year history, Healthway has found innovative and effective ways to address the major health challenges of our times, from smoking in the 1990s, through to mental health. "Healthway's model of working with organisations it funds empowers people to take control of their health by ensuring the environments they live, work, learn and play in all support good health. "I'd like to congratulate all the Healthway-funded organisations, staff, board and committees who have been involved in creating a healthy WA. "I look forward to continuing this work with you." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Feasibility study into innovative magnesium smelter for Collie8698Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 1:06:54 AM2021-12-02T01:05:00Z Study to use renewable energy in high powered mineral processing smelter Carbon neutral magnesium refinery could become a new value-adding industry for WA McGowan Government continuing to work to diversify Collie's economy The McGowan Government's work to attract new industries to Collie is firing ahead with a feasibility study into establishing a carbon neutral magnesium refinery. The McGowan Government will deliver $280,000 from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund towards the Magnesium Refinery Feasibility project. Magnium Australia aims to use renewable energy and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) technology to produce high purity magnesium using carbon neutral technology. Magnium was founded in early 2020 as a focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic to explore and create projects for downstream processing of critical minerals in Australia, support local economies and boost Australia's status as a world leader in innovation. This project builds on the relationship Magnium has with the CSIRO as their exclusive commercialisation partner for the MagSonic technology for low emissions production of critical minerals. Magnesium is a versatile, high value metal that can be used in alloys and components, hydrogen storage, electronics, medical implants and more. Magnium's smelter proposal aligns with the McGowan Government's vision, through its Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industries Strategy, to develop a world-leading sustainable and value-adding battery and critical minerals sector that provides local jobs, supports economic diversification and benefits regional communities. If a Collie refinery was to prove feasible and move into development, a significant number of construction and operational jobs could be created in a multi-staged scalable project. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This study could lead to a significant opportunity for Western Australia to position itself as a leader in developing innovative and environmentally sustainable forms of metals production. "We see huge potential for green mineral processing in WA, and this project would be a game-changer for Collie - delivering a world-leading industry for the community. "The McGowan Government is continuing to invest to diversify the Collie economy away from a reliance on the coal industry, investigating new industries with potential for local jobs." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "Collie is already gaining attention for the diverse range of new industries choosing to set up here, so I welcome the potential for this exciting new magnesium production facility. "The town has a skilled workforce, a range of industrial land as well as good access to energy and transport infrastructure to support export focused industries, so it makes sense to investigate Collie as a desired location for this new energy-intensive industry." Minister's office - 6552 6200
SERS roadmap for a low carbon future for Western Australia8697Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 1:02:16 AM2021-12-02T01:00:00Z Shaping the State's sustainable future through Sectoral Emissions Reductions Strategies (SERS) Creating a credible sector-by-sector pathway to net zero Will unlock cost effective climate change abatement solutions Helping accelerate investment in low carbon technologies The McGowan Government's plan to transition the Western Australian economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions has taken another leap forward with the release of a roadmap for Sectoral Emissions Reduction Strategies (SERS). Consultation will begin early next year on the SERS framework, entitled 'Shaping Western Australia's low-carbon future', which was released by Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson today. The strategies will be led by a taskforce of seven cabinet ministers spanning portfolios including Energy, State Development, Agriculture and Food, Transport, Water and Lands. Transitioning the WA economy to net zero by 2050 will not require all sectors to decarbonise at the same pace. Some sectors will be more easily able to reduce emissions in the short term while others may be constrained by technical limitations, existing infrastructure or stock turnover. Many businesses will rely on land-based offsets to meet their own interim targets, generating significant demand for local carbon farming projects in WA. The development of SERS will help industry make the investment decisions needed to decarbonise and ensure the State is working together towards a prosperous, sustainable future. The strategy will be underpinned by comprehensive economy-wide modelling and emissions projections, work on which is expected to start in 2022. The SERS will provide a credible pathway to net zero by 2050, unlock cost effective carbon abatement solutions and accelerate investment in new low emissions technologies. The State Government will lead by example by implementing new emissions reduction requirements in the public sector, with Government owned assets directly responsible for around six per cent of the State's emissions. To find out more visit https//www.wa.gov.au/service/environment/environment-information-services/sectoral-emissions-reduction-strategies Comments attributed to Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Achieving net zero in Western Australia will require changes across our economy including changes to our electricity supply, transport systems, and technologies used in businesses and homes. "That is why we are developing a sector-by-sector plan in partnership with industry, research and community organisations, starting with the release of this roadmap. "Coordinated and collaborative action across the economy will be crucial on the road to a sustainable future. "The SERS will create a credible pathway for emissions reduction across industries and government, while increasing investment in new technologies and unlocking important carbon abatement measures." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Perth to host five FIFA Women's World Cup games in 20238695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml2/12/2021 12:49:25 AM2021-12-01T20:35:00Z Host city Perth secures five games for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand $35 million in upgrades to Perth's rectangular stadium will ensure a world class experience for players and fans All matches will be played at Perth's rectangular stadium with teams to be confirmed by FIFA after the draw Perth will host five 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup games as part of one of the biggest series of football matches Western Australia has ever seen. FIFA this morning confirmed its 64-match schedule for the 2023 Women's World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Perth will be one of nine host cities across the two nations, with games to be held at Perth's rectangular stadium on the following dates July 22 - Group Stage (D) July 26 - Group Stage (B) July 29 - Group Stage (F) August 1 - Group Stage (D) August 3 - Group Stage (H) The five group stage fixtures in Perth will be played between nine different teams, which will also use other local facilities to train and prepare. One team will play multiple matches at Perth's rectangular stadium and will have a base camp in Perth. The pairings and kick-off times for each fixture will be available after the draw, which will be confirmed by FIFA at the end of 2022. It is anticipated the tournament will deliver millions of dollars of economic benefits to Western Australia, attracting tourists to Western Australia and showcasing the State on television screens around the world. A range of upgrades to Perth's rectangular stadium is now underway so the facility meets FIFA requirements for the upcoming World Cup, as well as providing benefits for future events. The $35 million upgrade to the historic venue includes replacing the halogen lights with a shift to modern LED lighting; upgrading the pitch through removal, levelling and turf replacement; new player races and bench areas; and upgrades to the existing power supply, including a new switch room. The funding will also cover temporary infrastructure such as additional seating and facilities for players, media and patrons to cater for the World Cup. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This will be one of the biggest events WA has ever been involved in, with over a billion people around the world expected to tune in over the course of the tournament. "Western Australia will see major tourism benefits and local fans and players will enjoy the chance to be part of one of the sporting world's biggest spectacles. "Just like Perth's historic AFL Grand Final, the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup will be something all Western Australians can be proud of." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti "This is the arguably the third biggest sporting event in the world, and the biggest women's sporting event on the planet. "It's another incredible opportunity to show that Perth has the calibre to host international-standard events at our world class venues. "To secure five games is a fantastic result, and I have no doubt that WA's rapidly increasing appetite for football will continue to surge over the next 18 months. "Female football is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. The ripple effect from hosting the tournament will be long lasting and will inspire grassroots players across WA, enhancing the sport at all levels." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "It is absolutely wonderful to hear that Perth will host five matches as part of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup event. "Perth has so much to offer visiting athletes, officials and fans, including a range of accommodation choices, spectacular natural surroundings and a huge choice of exciting experiences. "During these five matches, all eyes will be on Western Australia and Perth as a host city for this landmark event." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5400
Jobs course heads south to boost local hospitality workforce8634Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5040html1/12/2021 6:31:47 AM2021-12-01T06:30:00Z Free interactive course connects Albany job seekers with potential employers and helps participants to become job ready Follows successful Kununurra, Geraldton and Broome courses WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey will lead a masterclass as part of the courseThe Western Australia Government Hospitality Job Connect course is continuing to the regions this week, with 28 job seekers signed up to the Albany program running until Friday, December 3, and a further 22 in Margaret River. The free initiative brings together job seekers and potential employers and is supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA, in partnership with local TAFE providers. During the five-day fast track course, job seekers will complete customer service training, learn barista skills as well as complete TAFE accredited units, Responsible Service of Alcohol certification and Australian Hotels Association COVID-19 hygiene training. WA Food Ambassador chef Don Hancey will lead masterclasses as part of the course, including hands-on workshops in the kitchen, teaching food safety practices and introducing participants to a career in hospitality. Hospitality operators will have the opportunity to introduce their business, meet participants and discuss available job openings on the final day. Previous courses have been held in Kununurra, Geraldton and Broome, as well as student programs in Perth. The final Hospitality Job Connect for 2021 is taking place in Mandurah from December 6 to 10. Find out more about our industry workforce programs at http//www.tourism.wa.gov.au/work-in-tourism Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman "We have been out meeting industry members through our regional roadshow events and we know that labour shortages are a real concern for businesses. "The four courses taking place in this round of Hospitality Job Connects are helping to address this issue and upskill locals to meet the demand. "They're also well timed just ahead of the busy school holiday period and summer peak season, targeting students who have recently finished up their courses as well as local job hunters." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens "I am really pleased to hear that the McGowan Government is investing in locals through this initiative, which will benefit both local job seekers and our hospitality businesses. "Learning from people like Don Hancey will give participants valuable skills and experience and stand them in good stead to get a job at the end of it. "Having worked as a training and careers manager before entering Parliament, I know how important it is for employers to work together with training providers and job seekers to provide industry specific skills." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Public consultation begins as part of Review of Food Act 20088640Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5360html1/12/2021 6:08:48 AM2021-12-01T06:00:00Z Public consultation begins as part of Review of Food Act 2008 Review of Act that provides for the safety and suitability of food for human consumption begins Public encouraged to comment on the operation and effectiveness of the Food Act 2008 Written submissions invited before March 14, 2022 A Statutory Review of the Western Australian Food Act 2008 begins today and interested individuals, organisations or local governments are invited to provide feedback as part of a public consultation process. The Act provides for the safety and suitability of food for human consumption and related purposes and is the key initiative in achieving national consistency in the regulation of food in accordance with the Food Regulation Agreement. The statutory review will examine the operation and effectiveness of the Act in meeting its objectives to ensure food for sale is both safe and suitable for human consumption and prevent misleading conduct in connection with the sale of food. It will identify, through analysis of stakeholder submissions, any issues with the operation and effectiveness of the Act and make recommendations that will strengthen and support the objects of the Act being met and promote greater regulatory effectiveness. Submissions may address Interpretation; offences related to food; emergency powers; powers of entry; inspection and seizure; improvement notices and prohibition orders; taking and analysis of samples; auditing; registration of food businesses; administration; procedural and evidentiary provisions; and any other relevant matter. Submissions must be made in writing and may be quoted in the final report to be tabled in Parliament and confidentiality can be requested. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring Western Australians can safely enjoy food knowing that supporting legislation is robust and effective. "This Review will seek to identify what works well with the Act and any changes that might be required. "I encourage anyone with an interest to take advantage of this opportunity to affect any necessary change by putting forward any concerns, suggested improvements, and any examples or studies which support those suggestions by March 14, 2022." Minister's office - 6552 6500
$185m Reconnect WA package to safely re-engage with the world8630Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements29690html1/12/2021 5:32:19 AM2021-12-01T05:30:00Z ​Multi-million dollar boost to promote Western Australia as safe and full of opportunity Multifaceted package to target tourists, skilled workers and international students New campaign to attract blockbuster international events to Perth and WA $185 million package over 18 months, is in addition to $250 million in other existing spending over 2021-22 and 2022-23 The McGowan Government has unveiled a new $185 million Reconnect WA package to safely re-engage with the world once Western Australia transitions its border controls. The comprehensive package complements WA's Safe Transition Plan, and ensures businesses and industries have the competitive edge when WA welcomes back vaccinated travellers from overseas and jurisdictions with COVID-19. As detailed in the Safe Transition Plan released last month, WA will further ease its border controls in line with reaching a 90 per cent double dose vaccination rate, expected in late January/early February. A $65 million aviation fund is a key feature of the strategy, which will go towards re-establishing international and interstate flight routes that were disrupted by the pandemic, as well as targeting new routes including Germany, India, China and Vietnam. The fund includes $25 million from the existing Aviation Recovery Fund and $10 million for intrastate aviation to ensure tourists travelling to WA can experience our incredible regions. The State Government will partner with Perth Airport, who will also make a funding contribution to secure more flights. The McGowan Government will also invest heavily in a new targeted $65 million marketing campaign to promote WA as safe and full of opportunity for tourists, skilled workers and international students. WA will utilise its successful record in safely managing the pandemic and a globally high vaccination rate as a drawcard for attracting people safely to the State. New campaigns will be tailored to specifically address the skills shortage by attracting workers, such as health staff and secondary teachers, skilled workers for key industries, and backpackers for hospitality and agriculture. It comes on top of $80 million in existing destination marketing and destination activities already being delivered by Tourism WA in 2021-22 and 2022-23. Incentives will also be offered to tourists, international students and workers in order to successfully compete with other global jurisdictions. This will include expanding the successful Stay and Play campaign, which offers discounts for those who stay in participating hotels, as well as vouchers for tours and experiences. A student attraction scheme will be in place to help international students choose WA as their place to study, including up to $1,500 in accommodation support for the first 5,000 students. This will be complemented by an immediate additional $9 million funding boost to attract blockbuster international events to Perth and WA. This extra funding is on top of the existing events budget of $77 million over 2021-22 and 2022-23 to attract and secure major events to our state, which has previously been successful in attracting European football giants Manchester United and Chelsea, and the UFC to WA. The Reconnect WA package also includes $15 million to target the lucrative business events market to attract international conferences to Perth, an essential initiative to support CBD hotel occupancy as well as the hospitality industry. Additional support will also be given to boost Western Australia's overseas presence, through our overseas office network and the Invest and Trade WA investment attraction initiative. Comments attributed to Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan "Western Australia is on track to implement our Safe Transition Plan. "This is testament to the Western Australian community who have listened to the health advice and come together to protect each other, by getting vaccinated. "Our management of the pandemic has been vindicated on health, social and economic grounds, and therefore the time has now come to look forward and plan for an exciting future. "We will announce a date when our borders will transition very soon, which is why we are now delivering a comprehensive $185 million Reconnect WA package, to attract tourists, workers and students to what is one of the safest places in the world. "The message to the world when we transition our borders is that Western Australia is one of the safest places in the world, and full of opportunity for everyone. "Our Reconnect WA package aims to leverage what we have achieved in managing the pandemic by offering a safe and vibrant place to visit, work or invest in." Premier's office - 6552 5200
Supermarkets on board as part of the Summer Vax Drive8693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9150html1/12/2021 7:56:01 AM2021-12-01T04:30:00Z New pop-up clinics at supermarkets start Thursday December 2 Summer Vax Drive until December 19 and follows successful 'Super Vax Weekend' Targeted vaccination promotion, events and opportunities across WA Kalgoorlie Community Vaccination Clinic starts Thursday December 2 Western Australians doing their groceries will have the unique opportunity to 'roll up' and get their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the Summer Vax Drive. The 'Summer Vax Drive' initiative runs until December 19 and means more convenient vaccination clinics and special events are open to help people get the vaccine. Getting the vaccine to protect themselves, loved ones and their community will help WA reach its 90 per cent vaccination target. New pop-up clinics to open in participating Woolworths and Aldi supermarkets across metropolitan and regional stores will be operating from this Thursday December 2 to Sunday December 5 (inclusive). Opening hours for the participating supermarkets Thursday December 2, 10am-8pm; Friday December 3, 10am-5pm; Saturday December 4, 10am-5pm; and Sunday December 5, 11am-5pm. Participating supermarkets Woolworths Altone Park Shopping Centre, Beechboro; Woolworths Belmont Forum; Woolworths Westfield Carousel, Cannington; Woolworths Dog Swamp Shopping Centre, Yokine; Woolworths Noranda Palms Shopping Centre; Woolworths Phoenix Shopping Centre, Spearwood; Woolworths Forest Lakes Shopping Centre, Thornlie; Woolworths Alexander Heights Shopping Centre; Woolworths Chester Pass Mall, Albany; Woolworths Collie Central Shopping Centre; Woolworths Port Hedland Boulevard; Woolworths Stirlings Central, Geraldton; ALDI Stockland Baldivis Shopping Centre; ALDI Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre, Success; and ALDI Lakes Shopping Centre, South Lake. The Kalgoorlie Community Vaccination Clinic also starts Thursday December 2, located at the Curtin University School of Mines Graduate Hall, 50 MacDonald Street, providing vaccinations between 8am and 8pm until Tuesday December 7. Other special events that will feature pop-up clinics over the coming days include Hello Baby Fair, Claremont Showgrounds Saturday 4 and Sunday December 5; Halls Creek Vaxathon, Halls Creek Shire Hall, Tuesday December 7 and clinic at Halls Creek Hospital running from Tuesday 7 to Friday December 10; Moorditj Koort Expo Midland, Wednesday December 8; and Big Bash League cricket match at Optus Stadium, Wednesday December 8. WA Health State COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue to operate with no appointment necessary at more than 100 locations across WA. Western Australians can also get vaccinated at GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Medical Services and GP respiratory clinics, which are managed by the Commonwealth. Dates and opening hours vary depending on people's preferred location and people are urged to visit https//rollup.wa.gov.au to find out where they can get vaccinated as soon as possible. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "People doing the grocery run will also be able to get their COVID-19 vaccine at one of the participating supermarkets from this Thursday. "It's part of the Summer Vax Drive which is about giving people more convenience and access to the COVID-19 vaccine. "Thank you to everyone involved in establishing and running with this unique and important initiative to better protect WA from COVID-19. "A special thanks to these organisations and the staff who are supporting Summer Vax Drive and doing their bit to keep WA safe. "This will help WA reach its 90 per cent target ahead of border controls easing further in late January/early February." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "WA has been making terrific progress with our vaccination program. "A series of new initiatives has helped to make it even easier for people to get vaccinated. The Summer Vax Drive is an important part of this. "We are now very close to double dose vaccinating 80 per cent of Western Australians aged 12 and above. "Recent events around the world on the east coast of Australia reinforce just how vital it is for all Western Australians to get vaccinated if they are eligible. "COVID-19 is coming so we need to do everything possible to protect each other by getting vaccinated before our safe transition occurs." Comments attributed to Vaccine Commander Commissioner Chris Dawson "I join the Premier in thanking all the supermarkets and organisations for getting behind the Summer Vax Drive. "The 90 per cent target is in sight and this is a really important initiative to get there. "I want to thank Western Australians for their community spirit that's shone throughout this pandemic. This is yet another example of how we come together when it matters. "It's now even more convenient to join the vast majority of Western Australians and get vaccinated." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
$2.4 million for data science and cybersecurity innovation hubs to support start-up and SME growth8631Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8870html1/12/2021 4:02:16 AM2021-12-01T04:00:00Z McGowan Government to continue its investment in WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and WA Data Science Innovation Hub Each hub will receive $300,000 per year over four years from the $16.7 million New Industries Fund Hubs deliver expert services to support State-wide growth in start-ups, emerging businesses and small and medium enterprisesSupport for the expanding fields of cybersecurity and data science is set to continue across the State, with the McGowan Government committing a total of $2.4 million to the Western Australian AustCyber Innovation Hub and the WA Data Science Innovation Hub. Funded through the State Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, each hub will receive $300,000 per year for the next four years to drive further growth in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The New Industries Fund supports and accelerates WA's innovative start-ups, emerging businesses and SMEs to diversify local and regional economies and create jobs. Provisions to continue the fund until 2025 were made in the 2021-22 State Budget. The WA AustCyber Innovation Hub was established to address cybersecurity, with a focus on critical infrastructure, cybercrime and big data. The hub is a successful collaboration between the WA Government, Edith Cowan University, the national industry growth centre AustCyber and the City of Joondalup. It delivers expert services to actively support the growth of innovative cybersecurity businesses through inception and development to commercialisation. The WA Data Science Innovation Hub focuses on helping WA build a data driven ecosystem and culture that fosters collaboration, promotes expertise and advocates for data literacy in a partnership between Curtin University and the WA Government. The hub helps to ensure WA remains at the forefront of the digital revolution by building capability and capacity through the use of stored and collected data. First established in 2018, both the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and the WA Data Science Innovation Hub operate a range of programs in regional areas and the renewed funding will ensure those programs can continue. More information on the Innovation Hubs is available here. Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Don Punch "The ability to take innovations successfully to market is essential to diversifying our economy, and creating more jobs for Western Australians. "Over the past three years, both the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and the WA Data Science Innovation Hub have helped create an environment for the State's start-ups to succeed and for existing businesses to expand further. "The McGowan Government's commitment to continuing funding both hubs will enable them to expand their existing strong metropolitan and regional support so more emerging businesses and SMEs can benefit from expert guidance with developing and commercialising their products and services." Minister's office - 6552 6900
WA Soil Health Strategy lays foundations for strong soils8694Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6110html1/12/2021 3:32:19 AM2021-12-01T03:30:00Z Strategy sets direction to protect and conserve WA soils for future generations Soil health fundamental to profitable farming Strategy launched to mark World Soil Day The McGowan Government is working to secure the future prosperity of the State's natural environment and primary industries with today's release of the Western Australian Soil Health Strategy. The Strategy, launched to coincide with World Soil Day, sets the direction to support the management, protection and improvement of the State's highly complex and variable soils from the Kimberley to the south coast. Healthy soils are fundamental to food security and environmental sustainability, while being integral to carbon sequestration to help lower carbon in the atmosphere. The 10-year strategy will guide policy, research, investment and on-ground actions to conserve and enhance the State's soils while creating an environment that encourages partnerships to invest in building soil health. The plan will be overseen by the Soil and Land Conservation Council and delivered through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in association with key government, industry and community partners. For more information on the WA Soil Health Strategy visit https//www.agric.wa.gov.au/wa-soil-health-strategy Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The WA Soil Health Strategy is more than a document - it is an investment in action to look after our diverse soil ecosystems, which are the foundation for profitable agriculture and the environment. "Climate change is placing increasing pressure on our soils, with hotter and drier weather affecting plant growth, agricultural production and encouraging bushfires and erosion. "The Soil Health Strategy is an important step in protecting this essential living resource to ensure our soils continue to function as a vital ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans for future generations. "This work feeds into other critical State Government projects including the recent series of Soil Health Masterclasses as part of the Agriculture Climate Resilience Fund, the Southern Rangelands Revitalisation project, and the Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Respectful Relationships to promote equality in additional schools8641Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7410html1/12/2021 3:02:47 AM2021-12-01T03:00:00Z Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program highlighted at Kinross Primary School during 16 Days in WA campaign Program to deliver specialised workshops to school leaders and staff in 12 new schools, with 38 schools having already participated Respectful Relationships builds whole-of-school initiatives and strategies to foster lifelong, healthy and positive relationshipsPrevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk has today visited Kinross Primary School to highlight the delivery of the Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program in Western Australian schools, during the State Government's 16 Days in WA campaign to prevent family and domestic violence. The program is open to all public schools in WA. School leaders and staff are given the tools and knowledge to support students in building future relationships that are non-violent and characterised by equality, mutual respect and trust. The program is delivered by Starick Services, a local organisation that is recognised in the field of family and domestic violence. The Respectful Relationships pilot was launched in 2019 and backed by an initial State Government investment of $1 million. To date, 38 schools across the State have participated in the program. The McGowan Government has committed $1.3 million to now expand this program into 12 additional schools in 2022. In January, the State Government also committed to expanding respectful relationships education into sport and recreation clubs and organisations. Early feedback on the program has reported overall improvement in participant knowledge, attitudes and confidence in teaching respectful relationships education. The program is being independently evaluated. Further information on the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, including a campaign kit with a list of 16 ways to take action, is available online. Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk "The Respectful Relationships program empowers educators to assist their students with identifying respectful behaviours and traits as they go about forming friendships and building relationships. "The State Government's 16 Days in WA campaign, which is in its fifth year, encourages Western Australians to challenge disrespectful attitudes and behaviours that can lead to violence. "Through the Respectful Relationships program, we are teaching WA students about healthy and positive relationships, and creating generational change to break the cycle of violence by stopping violence before it occurs. "It was great to meet with students and staff members at Kinross Primary School and hear about their positive experiences with the program." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Respectful Relationships program supports educators in addressing issues such as violence and abuse and reinforces the role of schools in helping to shape positive, respectful relationships for children and young people. "Every student deserves the right to feel safe and supported in their classrooms and school grounds. "This program provides an interactive and evidenced-based resource for educators that encourages positive behaviours and mutual respect." Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister's office - 6552 6600Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700