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Regional community resource hubs to continue11131Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 3:05:19 AM2016-09-01T03:05:00Za $56 million investment to continue all 106 Community Resource Centres Centres provide services and information to regional communities Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Delivery of essential services, information and activities to regional and remote communities will continue, thanks to a $56 million Liberal National Government Royalties for Regions investment in the Western Australian Community Resource Network (WACRN). Consisting of 106 Community Resource Centres (CRCs), the WACRN provides a physical community hub for the delivery of government services and information, as well as community development activities to about 50,000 people each month in regional and remote areas. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the availability of services through CRCs had a significant impact for those in regional locations and the State Government's continued investment would see the ongoing stability and security of these centres. "CRCs have been operating since 1991, originally as Telecentres, and today act as shop fronts for many government services such as driver and licensing services for the Department of Transport, the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink and Medicare," Mr Redman said. "These CRCs employ up to 450 people, and more than 1,700 people are engaged in voluntary roles helping in the management and day to day operations. "Through the Royalties for Regions $56 million investment, operation and expansion of these community hubs will continue and contribute to further developing the social fabric and quality of life for people living in regional and remote communities." CRCs deliver essential services and information to regional and remote communities with average populations of under 1,000 people, including 10 in remote Aboriginal communities. Fact File Since 2009, Royalties for Regions has invested more than $90 million to support the development and expansion of the WACRN in delivering essential services to regional and remote WA communities $56 million from the Royalties for Regions Regional Community Services Fund will be invested over four years Minister's office - 6552 6700
World-class turf to be laid for Perth Stadium11130Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 3:00:12 AM2016-09-01T03:00:00Za World-class, locally grown turf chosen for Perth Stadium playing surface Experienced contractor HG Sports Turf has been appointed to prepare the pitch and grow and install more than 17,000 square metres of turf for the Perth Stadium playing surface. The grass will be grown locally in Serpentine and is expected to be laid in mid-2017. Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies were on-site today to make the announcement with senior representatives from Football Federation Australia, ahead of the Socceroo's 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Iraq at nib Stadium tonight. "The playing surface for the 60,000 seat stadium is a hugely important element of the project, not only helping players to perform at their best but also providing fans with a great viewing experience too," Mr Barnett said. "A tried and tested solution has been selected accommodating different sporting and entertainment events. The turf will be a combination of natural grass interwoven with artificial turf and rolled onto the pitch like a carpet, providing outstanding stability and durability." The same turf solution has been used successfully at major venues across Australia and New Zealand, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Eden Park, Auckland. Ms Davies said the turf was also used in Perth at nib Stadium and received rave reviews from players - including the Socceroos. "The turf is not only known to be a world-class playing surface, but it will also be grown locally," she said. "The grass is currently sprouting on two hectares at a Serpentine turf farm and once harvested, it will be delivered to the stadium site in rolls." Football Federation Australia chief executive officer, David Gallop, commended the turf contractor selection and welcomed opportunities for the Socceroos to play to capacity crowds at Perth Stadium. Preparation of the playing surface will soon commence, involving installation of drainage equipment, irrigation systems, power cables and below-ground services, including soil and gravel. The Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is more than 50 per cent complete and on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season. Fact File A Playing Surface Fact Sheet is available at http// For more information on Perth Stadium, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Grant supports services for Ellenbrook youth11127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 2:35:16 AM2016-09-01T02:35:00Za Youth Focus given $123,200 to improve resilience among Ellenbrook youth Youth Minister Tony Simpson today announced Liberal National Government funding of $123,200 to provide potentially lifesaving services to young people in Ellenbrook and surrounding areas. Mr Simpson said the grant would support the Ellenbrook Enhanced Youth Services Project which aimed to provide a range of youth mental health, counselling, family and education services to the local community. The project will be managed by Western Australian not-for-profit organisation Youth Focus, which is working to stop youth suicide through preventative and educational programs. "This grant will enable the project to be piloted for 12 months to improve the presence of youth-focused services for young people and their families," the Minister said. "Youth Focus will collaborate with existing service providers in the community to deliver services, including school support and youth workers." Mr Simpson said an integrated approach would enable community, youth and family support services to be based in a local facility that was easily accessible for young people, families and members of the community. "Those who have experienced loss as a result of suicide should have access to programs that provide support for bereavement," he said. "These services will be extremely important, particularly for young people, to ensure they feel a sense of connection and belonging in their communities when faced with difficult life experiences. "The programs will aim to build capacity and strengthen resilience within families, the community and local service providers." Fact File Youth Focus works with young people aged 12 to 25 years old to overcome issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts The organisation provides free and professional face-to-face individual and family counselling and other mental health services In 2015-16, Youth Focus provided more than 1,000 counselling sessions to families For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
New North urban renewal 18 years in the making11126Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 2:30:10 AM2016-09-01T02:30:00Za Urban renewal of Koondoola, Balga, Girrawheen and Westminster now complete 1,405 former public housing properties refurbished and sold 1,255 properties refurbished and retained as social housing rentals 290 residential lots developed The Liberal National Government today celebrated the completion of the 18-year New North Project that has transformed four suburbs with a high public housing presence in Perth's north. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the award-winning project was part of the Housing Authority's groundbreaking urban renewal program to redevelop older public housing estates. "The urban renewal program was designed to create more attractive living environments, reduce public housing density and provide home ownership opportunities," Mr Grylls said. "The New North Project has been one of the largest and most successful projects of its kind ever undertaken in Australia. It has been an incredible achievement and I congratulate everyone who has played a part in its success over the past 18 years." The urban renewal program started in 1995 in Kwinana and Lockridge and has since seen projects undertaken in a number of suburbs including South Hedland, Queens Park, Langford, Coolbellup, Hamilton Hill, Armadale and Karawara. New North was launched in 1998 and was project managed by McCusker Holdings Pty Ltd/Satterley Property Group. "This project has seen 2,660 homes refurbished in the suburbs of Koondoola, Balga, Girrawheen and Westminster, of which 1,405 were sold to home buyers and the rest retained for social housing rentals," the Minister said. "New North has been a model example of co-operation between the Housing Authority, the private sector and the community. "Life for the residents of the New North is immeasurably better as a result, with thousands now experiencing the joys and satisfaction of home ownership in some of Perth's most well located suburbs." Fact File The New North Project won the UDIA National Award for Excellence in the Urban Renewal category in 1998, 2001 and 2006 New North has again been entered in the UDIA National Awards for 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6100
Elizabeth Quay's Isle of Voyage opens11123Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 1:06:59 AM2016-09-01T01:05:00Za New family friendly restaurant opens at Elizabeth Quay Isle of Voyage will generate jobs, tourism and economic opportunities Builds on the legacy of Perth's historic Florence Hummerston Kiosk Elizabeth Quay's newest destination dining experience, Isle of Voyage will open in the restored Florence Hummerston Kiosk tomorrow. Planning Minister Donna Faragher said Isle of Voyage was an exciting new venue, the fourth food and beverage outlet to open at Elizabeth Quay, and an important step in the precinct's evolution as one of Perth's premier dining and entertainment locations. "Elizabeth Quay is a major visitor destination - with a fantastic program of events and attractions to keep visitors entertained - that is rapidly becoming a significant economic driver for Western Australia," Mrs Faragher said. "It is returning unprecedented benefits through land sales and tourism attractions - generating opportunities for small businesses and creating thousands of jobs, not only during construction but in future permanent hospitality jobs." Isle of Voyage and the other dining operators at Elizabeth Quay - V Burger Bar, Gusto Gelato and The Reveley - can currently cater for more than 600 patrons and all have reported strong trade since opening. A number of hotels will be built in and around Elizabeth Quay with two currently under construction -The Ritz-Carlton and the DoubleTree by Hilton - and two at the planning stage. "Each of these hotels will provide new job opportunities both during construction but also in Perth's growing tourism and hospitality sector. Combined they will offer more than 700 hotel rooms and thousands of jobs," the Minister said. "This is part of the future of Perth's hospitality industry with more than $1 billion in private sector investment so far." Fact File Isle of Voyage will showcase local produce in its family friendly menu It is licensed for more than 200 patrons, including 110 alfresco diners Other new hospitality and tourism businesses at Barrack Street Jetty and Elizabeth Quay include Gondolas on The Swan, the Little Ferry Company, Segway Tours WA and Aqua rooftop bar Minister's office - 6552 5300
Scholarships provide new career opportunities11122Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 1:00:30 AM2016-09-01T01:00:00Za Applications open for third round of training scholarship program One-off scholarships of up to $3,000 provided Open to Year 12 students for the first time Year 12 students will now be included in the Liberal National Government's successful training scholarship program, encouraging women into trade and industry areas with low female participation. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development and Women's Interests Minister Liza Harvey said applications were now open for the 2017 round of the 'Expanding career options for women' scholarship program. "Scholarships are available to help women gain employment or broaden their career options in a wide variety of industry areas and trades where they make up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce," Ms Harvey said. "For the first time, students completing Year 12 in 2016 are also encouraged to apply. This will give them an opportunity to get a start on their career as soon as they complete high school." Up to 400 scholarships - over four years - to the value of $3,000 each will be available to women who undertake training at Certificate II level or above in eligible qualifications. There are more than 180 qualifications to choose from. Eligible women undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships will receive $1,000, with $2,000 provided as an incentive for employers and to help with training costs. Scholarships can be used towards a range of associated costs, such as student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, accommodation, transport and childcare fees. The Deputy Premier said more than 200 scholarship places had been offered since the program started. These were in areas such as engineering, building and construction, work health and safety, IT, management and horticulture. "The program can open the door to a range of new career opportunities for women," she said. "It gives women a chance to gain valuable skills in an area they may not have considered before and can lead to a long and rewarding career." Fact File The scholarship program is supported by the Construction Training Fund Applications for the 2017 round close on October 31, 2016 For more information, visit http// Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development and Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 5900
Funding for scientists to combat Pilbara weed11118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 12:05:20 AM2016-09-01T00:05:00Za $5.5 million research to tackle creeping vine that smothers native species Environment Minister Albert Jacob has approved funding of $5.5 million for an invasive weed management project aimed at conserving the native plants and animals of the Pilbara region. Mr Jacob said the Liberal National Government project would tackle the significant conservation risk posed by the stinking passionflower, a creeping vine from the Americas, which had invaded parts of the north-west of Western Australia. "Invasive weeds are one of the greatest threats to our native plants and animals and the main focus of the new project is to develop long-term management options to reduce the impact of this vine," he said. "Stinking passionflower has a smothering effect on native species. Its leaves are poisonous to humans and the vine creates problems for mine site rehabilitation, agriculture, tourism and culturally significant areas." Scientists at the Department of Parks and Wildlife and CSIRO will research the conditions in which the stinking passionflower thrives in its native lands to develop ways to better combat the weed in WA. The Minister said the eight-year project would have a budget of $8.6 million, with $3.1 million provided through in-kind support from Parks and Wildlife and CSIRO. "This project will deliver long-term conservation outcomes for the native plants and animals in terrestrial and aquatic environments," he said. The funding complements four Gorgon net conservation benefits project, including the Dirk Hartog Island Ecological Restoration Project which has been made possible through an agreement between the State Government and the Gorgon Joint Venture project. Fact File Stinking passionflower, (Passiflora foetida var. hispida), is a creeping vine native to the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America and South America Its leaves give off a pungent odour when crushed The Gorgon Barrow Island Net Conservation Benefits Advisory Board provides advice to the Minister for Environment on which projects should be funded, to what value and under what conditions and milestones Minister's office - 6552 5800
Dedicated ‘meth’ rehab beds a step closer11116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/09/2016 12:00:12 AM2016-09-01T00:00:00Za Liberal National Government closer to delivering rehab beds across WA The 52 dedicated residential rehabilitation beds and eight low-medical detox beds announced in the Liberal National Government's WA Meth Strategy are on track to be operational within months. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said today tenders had closed for the provision of the extra beds to treat West Australians with methamphetamine-related problems. "The Mental Health Commission has had a positive response to its call for tenders and is currently evaluating the offers to provide beds across a number of metropolitan and country regions," Ms Mitchell said. "The State Government expects contracts to be finalised in October and the beds to begin operation from January 2017. "These beds will provide important new support for families who desperately want help for their loved ones." As part of the multi-faceted meth strategy, the Liberal National Government has allocated $9.8 million to provide an extra 60 beds and to expand community-based prevention and treatment services through its network of community alcohol and drug services. The strategy also includes expanded school drug education for students, teachers and parents, to help reduce the harm caused by methamphetamine use in the community. Fact File In 2013, 3.8% of people in WA reported having used amphetamine or methamphetamine during that year Rate of use in WA is lower than a decade ago, but potency of the drug has increased causing greater level of harm to the community Minister's office - 6552 5400
Spring heralds new freshwater fishing season11114Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml31/08/2016 11:44:54 PM2016-08-31T23:00:00Za Freshwater angling season begins today About half a million trout are stocked annually in WA dams, rivers and streams Anglers under 16 no longer need a south-west Freshwater Angling Licence Fisheries Minister Joe Francis has welcomed the arrival of spring and a new season for freshwater angling in Western Australia's South-West. "More than 10,000 licences are normally issued every year for the season, which runs from today until the end of June next year," Mr Francis said. "Freshwater fishing attracts lots of family groups, especially during school holidays, and with a licence no longer required for under 16s, we hope more people will be encouraged to get out and enjoy the activity. "For those over 16, the licence fee is $40 per year, or $20 where concessions apply. The fees are used to contribute to the costs associated with stocking trout in South-West rivers, streams and dams. "Every dollar of recreational fishing licence revenue is invested into projects that benefit recreational fishing, management, compliance and research." The Minister said keen freshwater anglers targeted rainbow and brown trout, which were stocked by the Department of Fisheries, however he also encouraged fishers to catch redfin perch, which was a pest species. "Redfin perch, which is also a tasty eating fish, is a predator of marron and the protected native finfish species, so fishers should not return them. or other pest species, to the water if they are caught," he said. Mr Francis said Harvey Dam was one of the major trout stocking locations for the department's ongoing program, in which the Pemberton hatchery produced about half a million trout each year to enhance freshwater fishing spots in the South-West. Other popular freshwater fishing locations are Big Brook, Glen Mervyn and Logue Brook dams and the Blackwood, Donnelly and Warren rivers, and the streams and tributaries flowing into these locations. Fact File Fishers are urged to check the Recreational freshwater angling guide 2016/17 Anglers 16 years and over require a licence, available online at http// Funds raised through recreational licences are used to benefit WA's recfishers Minister's office - 6552 6500
Black Swan broadcast extends regional reach750Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/08/2016 1:15:27 PM2016-08-31T13:00:00Za $181,486 Lotterywest grant for live transmission of Tartuffe $20,000 for history project to mark theatre company's 25th birthday Regional audiences will be able to enjoy the Black Swan State Theatre Company's upcoming production of Tartuffe The Hypocrite, thanks to a $181,486 Lotterywest grant. Announcing the funding this week, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said it would enable Moliere's classic 17th century satire to be broadcasted live to regional audiences. "For the sixth consecutive year, Black Swan will broadcast across the State," Mr Day said. "This will allow people in regional and remote communities to participate in a live production and share the experience with the broader Western Australian community. "Audiences will be able to watch the show at 11 regional performing arts centres and more than 100 community resource centres, or they can source it online at home through the Westlink TV channel." The Minister said a second Lotterywest grant of $20,000 would go towards a community history project to coincide with Black Swan's silver anniversary. "This will help the company create a digital platform to capture stories that chronicle its strong contribution to WA over the past 25 years," he said. "The platform will link arts organisations and individuals from around the world, enabling them to share images, video and text, resulting in a digital archive of the company's history and achievements." Fact File Tartuffe The Hypocrite will be broadcast on Friday, November 4, at 7.30pm The 11 participating regional performing arts centres are located at Broome, Bunbury, Onslow, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Busselton, Margaret River, Merredin, Kalgoorlie, Esperance and Karratha Black Swan is one of WA's four major performing arts companies The company is jointly funded by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts For more information on Black Swan, visit http// Last financial year, Lotterywest gave 963 direct grants totalling $118.84 million to 814 not-for-profit organisations and local government associations, with a statutory allocation of $162.57 million provided to hospitals, sports and the arts WA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Innovative driverless vehicle trial an Australian first733Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/08/2016 4:30:13 AM2016-08-31T04:30:00Za On-road phase of trial starting in South Perth Public can register to ride on the RAC Intellibus In an Australian first, an on-road trial of a fully electric driverless shuttle bus has commenced on Perth roads. The Liberal National Government has been working closely with the RAC to ensure compliance with road and vehicle safety standards. Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government wanted the best integrated and intelligent transport services and solutions for Western Australia. "WA is leading Australia in trialling this innovative automated vehicle technology," Mr Marmion said. "The RAC recently completed off-road trials and can now test this technology on an approved on-road route in Perth's metropolitan area. "This trial is a great example of how innovation can improve service delivery to the community and reduce our environmental footprint. "The learnings from this trial will create an enhanced framework for other trials of automated driving technology in the future. "Adoption of new technology increases the need for other specialist roles such as mechanics, programmers and technicians. "Boosting innovation across all Western Australian industries is crucial to a dynamic, thriving economy - and for securing our reputation as a great place to live and innovate." The shuttle bus will follow a 25 minute trial route over three weeks initially between Sir James Mitchell Park and the Old Mill in South Perth. Members of the public can register to ride the shuttle bus during the trial at http// Fact File The shuttle bus has been developed by NAVYA SAS, a French company specialising in intelligent transport systems The shuttle bus can transport up to 15 passengers and has a maximum speed of 45kmh with an average speed of 25kmh For more information on the trial, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
$1.3 million for Kalgoorlie short stay facility731Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/08/2016 3:02:05 AM2016-08-31T03:00:00Za Kalgoorlie Aboriginal short stay facility upgrades announced Upgrade will provide six new family units Made possible by a $1.3 million Royalties for Regions investment The Liberal National Government today announced the Kalgoorlie Aboriginal short stay facility would undergo a $1.3 million upgrade. The expansion of Kalgoorlie Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation (KASSA), which opened in 2013 and provides short-term housing to visitors from remote communities, will be made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the planned enhancements to the facility would upgrade accommodation and improve security and access for visitors with disability. "Stage one delivered a vital facility for surrounding communities with capacity for 41 guests. Stage two will provide six family units with ensuites, lighting, commercial-grade airconditioning, security fencing, landscaping, paths and driveways," Mr Grylls said. The project is a result of savings achieved from the recently completed Royalties for Regions Derby Aboriginal Short Stay facility. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the investment in short stay facilities was fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional Western Australia. "Regions like Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Broome and Derby function as service centres for remote residents and these short-term housing options alleviate accommodation pressures and safety concerns for Aboriginal visitors," Mr Redman said. The Department for Child Protection and Family Support manages the Kalgoorlie facility through a service agreement with its not-for-profit partner, Australia Red Cross. Announcing the upgrade in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today, Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said KASSA was an innovative response to the needs of Aboriginal visitors to Kalgoorlie-Boulder. "This facility provides Aboriginal people with a safe and comfortable place to stay while visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder to attend to business or access essential services," Ms Mitchell said. Fact File KASSA has provided about 14,000 bed nights of short-term accommodation since 2013 Extra accommodation is currently provided by Red Cross at a former community housing complex in Outridge Terrace Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400
Land purchased for Armadale justice complex728Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/08/2016 1:22:58 AM2016-08-31T01:15:00Za $4.9 million land purchased by the Liberal National Government for Armadale justice complex Planning underway for justice complex building The Liberal National Government has reaffirmed its commitment to community safety in Perth's south-eastern suburbs by purchasing land for the Armadale justice complex. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the State Government purchased two adjacent blocks of land in the heart of Armadale for $4.9 million. "This Government is committed to ensuring the south-eastern suburbs community is kept safe and police in the area have the resources they need to help combat crime and antisocial behaviour," Ms Harvey said. Attorney General Michael Mischin said the Armadale justice complex would include a new police station and courthouse. "While the land purchase has been underway, the Government has also committed $1.8 million for the planning of the Armadale justice complex building in the 2016-17 State Budget," Mr Mischin said. "The Armadale justice complex will have state-of-the-art facilities and update the current courthouse and police station." The Armadale justice complex site is bound by Third Road and Thomas Street, behind Armadale Shopping City. "This is a further example of the Liberal National Government renovating Western Australia. In the last four years, $116 million has been allocated to build new and refurbished police stations across the State," the Deputy Premier said. Ms Harvey said the Government was also committed to getting more police back onto frontline duties and away from desk work and administrative tasks. "Since 2014, we have added 104 more uniformed officers into the Armadale sub-district. Labor is committed to removing officers from the frontline and putting them on administration and desk duties," she said. Fact File Police prosecutions in Armadale increased by 29% in June 2016 Armadale sub-district has been resourced with an additional 104 officers since 2014 1,050 additional officers will have been recruited between 2008-2017 Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900 Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Preferred respondent for court security and custodial services contract727Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/08/2016 1:12:57 AM2016-08-31T01:00:00Za Broadspectrum Australia Pty Ltd in negotiations to deliver court security and custodial services New contract to be in place in early 2017 if negotiations are successful The Liberal National Government today named Broadspectrum Australia Pty Ltd as the preferred respondent for court security and custodial services in Western Australia. Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said the State Government would enter negotiations with the company, which were expected to be completed in October 2016. "Broadspectrum provided a comprehensive response to the request for tender, drawing on several decades of experience in court custody and prisoner transport services in the United Kingdom," Mr Francis said. "The company also has significant experience in providing custodial services in Australian immigration detention." Broadspectrum is a multi-national company working across a range of sectors including transport, facilities management and defence. The Department of Corrective Services and Broadspectrum will now negotiate the contract and, if successful, the company will take over service delivery in early 2017. The Minister will table a project summary report in State Parliament once negotiations are completed. This report will provide further details of the procurement process and the contract. Fact File The court security and custodial services contract includes security and custody at a number of metropolitan and regional courts across WA The contract also provides for the transport of persons in custody, which delivered an estimated 34,500 prisoner movements across the State in 2014-15 by air, coach and secure vehicle In June 2016, the Public Administration Committee concluded that re-tendering of the contract was necessary to ensure a cost-effective service is being delivered Minister's office - 6552 6500
Broome Changing Place to open up leisure options33209Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2560html30/08/2016 4:00:10 AM2016-08-30T04:00:00Za Concept plans for a Changing Place at Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre New facility will make local events more accessible for people with disability Concept plans have been developed for a Changing Place which will be built as part of upgrade works currently underway at the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher visited the centre yesterday and was shown the architectural plans for the first stage of the building project. The Shire of Broome was one of the first local governments to receive a Liberal National Government grant of $74,000 last year for a Changing Place to be included in the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre's upgrade. "A Changing Place will make it easier for people with a disability to access recreation facilities that the rest of the community takes for granted," Mrs Faragher said. "When it opens, Broome's Changing Place will create a more welcoming environment for the community who will benefit from the facility and for tourists with disability, their families and carers visiting the region." To improve access and inclusion for people with disability, and to open up new travel options, the State Government has allocated $2 million to help local governments develop a Changing Places network throughout regional Western Australia and the Perth metropolitan area. Fact File Changing Places are different to standard accessible toilets and have an adult-sized change table and enough space for two people to help At least 25 Changing Places will be built at sporting venues, tourist and coastal areas, shopping precincts and regional hubs such as Albany and Mandurah Minister's office - 6552 5300
Roadmap talks begin in remote communities33184Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6390html30/08/2016 3:06:03 AM2016-08-30T03:00:00Za Liberal National Government working to strengthen regional and remote Aboriginal communities Talks underway with remote communities in the Kimberley, Goldfields and Pilbara The Liberal National Government has begun talking with remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley, Goldfields and East Pilbara about the priorities for regional services reform. Announcing the start of consultation in the Goldfields today, Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said this latest stage in the regional services reform followed months of engagement with Aboriginal leaders and other stakeholders, leading to the release of the roadmap in July. "The reform unit is looking specifically at how living conditions, housing and family wellbeing can be improved in each community, as well as increased opportunities for education and employment," Ms Mitchell said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, who is in the East Pilbara this week to talk to residents, said consultation would help the State Government respond to specific regional and local needs. "Consultation with Aboriginal people, communities and organisations is essential if the directions outlined in the Resilient Families; Strong Communities roadmap are to be successful," Mr Redman said. "Knowing the unique circumstances of each community will enable us to improve housing, education, employment and human services for Aboriginal families living remotely." Discussions have also recently been held with Aboriginal leaders in Bidyadanga, south of Broome, and the Ngaanyatjarra Lands, marking the start of on-the-ground consultation with all remote communities in Western Australia about the reform roadmap. Consultation will expand into the Fitzroy Valley, East Kimberley and West Pilbara this month and is expected to begin in the Mid-West later in the year. The roadmap sets out 10 actions the Government will take in partnership with Aboriginal people to strengthen families, improve living conditions, increase job prospects and accelerate student progress at school. Fact File To view Resilient Families; Strong Communities A roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities, visit http// About 12,000 Aboriginal people live in remote communities in WA Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Historic Hartog dish returns to WA 400 years on33172Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6210html30/08/2016 1:30:56 AM2016-08-30T01:30:00Za Dish marking 1616 landing to be reunited with 1697 plate Oldest known European object found in Australia comes back to WA State-funded commemorations invite West Australians to celebrate heritage The inscribed pewter dish left at Shark Bay by Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog in 1616 will return to Western Australia, to mark the 400th anniversary of European contact. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the dish, usually kept on permanent display in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, would feature in the major international exhibition Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World at the WA Maritime Museum from the end of October. "The Hartog dish is the oldest known European object found on Australian soil and it is very exciting to have it back," Mr Day said. "Given the fragility of the dish, this will probably be the last time it travels to Australia. "This will be a unique opportunity for West Australians and visitors to WA to share in a precious piece of history that marks the beginning of our enduring connections with the Dutch people and their culture. "The exhibition will reveal how the Indian Ocean emerged as the world's first cultural super highway, spreading trade, wealth and ideas across the world, a role that continues today." Dirk Hartog landed at what is now called Cape Inscription on October 25, 1616, leaving a pewter dish inscribed with details of his voyage nailed to a post. By the time another Dutch explorer, Willem de Vlamingh, landed at the same windswept spot in 1697 the dish had fallen down and de Vlamingh replaced it with a dish of his own, copying the Hartog script and adding his own words, then took the original dish which was eventually sent back to the Netherlands. The de Vlamingh dish is part of the WA State Collection and is permanently on display at the museum's Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle. The two dishes have only been displayed together once before, during Australia's 1988 bi-centenary celebration. The Minister said the exhibition was a world-first, bringing together more than 100 paintings, sculptures and historical artefacts, many which had never been seen in Australia. "Like those early mariners, Travellers and Traders will take visitors on a journey of discovery, introducing them to the rich heritage of the Indian Ocean and providing a unique understanding of WA's part in that story," he said. "The exhibition has been created by the Western Australian Museum, in partnership with the British Museum, with support from the Rijksmuseum and other major lenders." The Liberal National Government, through its Royalties for Regions program, has made a significant investment to mark the 400th anniversary, including supporting a five-day festival in Denham. "Replicas of the Hartog and de Vlamingh dishes, along with interpretive signage, will be placed at Cape Inscription and unveiled on October 25," Mr Day said. "With the Duyfken replica now in Bunbury, part-way through her 70-day commemorative voyage to Denham, I encourage everyone to discover an important chapter of our shared history." Travellers and Traders will be on display at the WA Maritime Museum from October 31, 2016 until April 2017. Fact File Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World brings together precious objects from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Museum, the art galleries of South Australia and New South Wales, Museum Victoria, the Berndt Museum at The University of WA and the WA Museum, as well as private collections, including the Kerry Stokes Collection The exhibition has been supported by the Government of the Netherlands and Shell Australia For information and tickets, visit http// The five-day Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery Shark Bay 1616 Festival, hosted by the Shire of Shark Bay, runs from October 21 to 25 The Duyfken is open for tours at Bunbury (until September 4), Mandurah (September 5-14), Hillarys (September 15-27), Jurien Bay (September 29-October 3), Dongara (October 4-7), Geraldton (October 8-15) and Denham (October 19-24) For more information about the State Government-funded celebrations, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Focus on fauna as finalists compete for 2016 Golden Gecko Awards33169Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3550html30/08/2016 12:51:30 AM2016-08-30T00:00:00Za 10 finalists announced for annual awards Community Partnership Awards included for the first time Bilbies, bandicoots and woylies are among the fauna being protected by companies vying for the Department of Mines and Petroleum's coveted Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence. Announcing the 10 finalists for this year's awards, Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange said five of the companies represented had submitted projects aimed at conserving species native to Western Australia. "This year's entries come from a wide range of resource companies from across the State, ranging from the South-West to the Goldfields, Mid-West and Pilbara," Mr L'Estrange said. "All of the finalists are committed to environmental sustainability and are a credit to the minerals and energy sector, using innovative thinking and new technologies to safeguard our environment." The Minister will be presenting the 25th annual Golden Gecko Awards and the inaugural Community Partnership Awards at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Thursday, October 27. The Community Partnership Awards acknowledge the support, effort and benefits provided by mining and petroleum resource companies to their local communities. The 10 Golden Gecko finalists will showcase their projects during a seminar before the formal awards ceremony. This will provide guests with a greater understanding of the efforts being made to support the environment. Fact File 2016 Golden Gecko Awards finalists below The Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence recognise leading practice and innovation in environmental management For more Information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900 2016 Golden Gecko Awards Finalists Iluka Resources Limited Project Name Native Vegetation Linkage The project involves rehabilitation of a historic mined area in the Whicher Scarp to create a sustainable ecological linkage between two areas of significant remnant native vegetation. Iluka developed and implemented innovative rehabilitation techniques which set a new standard for the industry. Buru Energy Limited and Murdoch University Project Name Disturbance Ecology of the Greater Bilby in the Canning Basin The project tackles the lack of information regarding bilby ecology in the Canning Basin to better understand the impact of petroleum activities and other disturbances on bilbies. The project uses a range of methods and involves participation and data sharing by traditional owners. The results will be made publicly available to benefit other operators, stakeholders and researchers. APA Group and Kingfisher Environmental Consulting Project Name APA Eastern Goldfields The 293 kilometre Eastern Goldfields Pipeline is a high-pressure gas transmission pipeline which transports natural gas from Karratha to the AngloGold Ashanti's Sunrise Dam and Tropicana Gold Mines and Goldfields Australia's Granny Smith mine site. The pipeline extends from the current Murrin Murrin/Yarraloola terminus to the mines, traversing a large section of previously undisturbed Great Victoria Desert including potential habitats for the endangered small carnivorous Australian marsupial, the sandhill dunnart. The APA Eastern Goldfields Pipeline Sandhill Dunnart Monitoring Program was developed with zoologists from Kingfisher Environmental Consulting who also lead the field works. Methodologies introduced new processes, facilitated by improvements in remote sensor cameras and radio-tracking transmitters, which have led to the accumulation of new species habitat and predation data. Newmont Boddington Gold Project Name Large Scale Fauna Relocation Program In recognition of the importance of fauna in the jarrah forest near its Boddington mine, Newmont conducted a two-month fauna translocation program that included a number of species identified as significant for conservation including the chuditch, woylie, brush-tailed wambenger, southern brown bandicoot, Dell's skink and carpet python. Downer Mining Project Name Downer Mining Environmental Education and Training Program Downer Mining has been working through education and training to minimise environmental risk. The company's Environmental Education and Training Program was a top priority during 2016 and focused on targeted training, including the incorporation of environmental sustainability into the compulsory supervisor core training module. Environment and sustainability awareness training is now a requirement for all employees with direct environmental responsibilities. Spiecapag Lucas and CNC Project Management Project Name Eastern Goldfields Pipeline Front Foot Package The project developed and implemented a pro-active and innovative package of measures aimed at being 'on the front foot' to mitigate impacts on fauna during the construction of a 293km gas transmission pipeline. The project's focus was on bottom-up delivery, adoption of new technology and strong leadership. Awareness of the importance of fauna management was raised through innovative approaches, including the use of an ArcGIS Collector geographical information system to improve the efficiency of data gathering, and a trial of Go-Pro technology to assist in efficiency of trench checking, reduce fauna mortality and lower overall environmental management cost. Karara Mining Limited Project Name Micro-Mist Dust Suppression System for Primary Crusher Karara needed to solve the problem of excessive dust emissions at the mine's primary crusher Run of Mine (ROM) bin. Working collaboratively with Enviromist Pty Ltd and Bulk Materials Engineering Australia, the company implemented an innovative micro-mist dust suppression system which eliminated excessive dust and reduced water consumption at the ROM bin by 60 per cent. Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd Project Name Going above and beyond to minimise impact to mangroves in Port Hedland During development of its port project, Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd (RHI) focused on reducing the environmental impact on mangroves. RHI has completed construction of the port project with significantly fewer total impacts to mangroves than allowed under approvals. RHI have also gone beyond regulatory compliance in its ongoing monitoring program. Vimy Resources Limited Project Name Innovative Camera Trapping of the Sandhill Dunnart in the Great Victoria Desert Vimy Resources Limited's Mulga Rock Project is located in the south-western portion of the Great Victoria Desert, which is home to a number of fauna species with conservation significance, including the elusive nocturnal ultra-small sandhill dunnart. Vimy has developed an innovative, standardised and peer-reviewed Camera Trapping Protocol to identify the sandhill dunnart. Because the protocol has a number of advantages over traditional fauna sampling techniques, it has a wider application for the scientific community. Strike Drilling Pty Ltd Project Name Strike Drilling X350 Track Mounted Drill Rig and Support Unit After consultation with exploration clients, Strike Drilling designed a drill rig and support unit able to significantly reduce the machine's environmental footprint, while being mobile enough to operate in previously inaccessible areas.
Water pressure management extended33168Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3420html30/08/2016 12:40:52 AM2016-08-29T23:00:00Za Water Corporation's pressure management program to be expanded Expected to save more than 10 billion litres of water each year once complete Erskine and parts of Falcon will be the next areas included in the Water Corporation's 10-year pressure management program. Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the next stage of the program, which aimed to prevent leaks and pipe breaks, and was expected to help save more than 10 billion litres of water each year once completed. "Pressure management works by reducing high water pressure in pipes and is proven to lower water use," Ms Davies said. "The Liberal National Government is supportive of the program and we are already saving about 260 million litres of water each year in Rossmoyne, Shelley, Waterford and Beckenham, where pressure management has been introduced." The Minister said suburbs were prioritised by the corporation based on existing water pressure, the historical frequency of leaks and breaks in the pipe network, as well as overall water use. All pressure managed areas are designed to deliver a water pressure of more than 35 metres head at all times, which is more than double the required minimum standard of 15 metres head. Erskine and Falcon have higher than average water pressure, in the range of 51 to 53 metres head, with pressure changing depending on the time of day and peak demand periods. The corporation will gradually reduce water pressure in stages starting early next year. Ms Davies said a community liaison team would work closely with residents and businesses which were part of the program to keep them informed before any pressure reductions took place. For more information about the program, including an interactive map of potential and existing areas being pressure managed, visit http// Fact File The Water Corporation introduced the pressure management program in Beckenham in 2014 following a successful trial in Rossmoyne, Shelley and Waterford between 2008 and 2010 The area in Falcon selected for pressure management is south of Old Coast Road, bordering Erskine The corporation's community liaison team can be contacted via emailing or phone 9420 3667 Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Grants support Moora recreation facility33160Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3230html29/08/2016 6:42:42 AM2016-08-29T06:30:00Za New $563,000 Moora Men's Shed to be built for community A new purpose-built men's shed at the Moora Recreation Centre is in the works, thanks to Liberal National Government investment and community collaboration. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson today presented the Shire of Moora with a Lotterywest grant of $350,000 towards the construction of the Moora Men's Shed. "The new shed will go a long way in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of men in the community and strengthening social networks," Mr Simpson said. "It provides a safe environment where members can pursue hobbies and interests, learn new skills, socialise, find support and participate in community life." A Royalties for Regions Community Chest Fund grant of $50,000 will contribute towards development of the $563,000 facility, which will also serve as an office for the Central Midlands Agricultural Society and provide storage for the Central Midlands Netball Association. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the development of the Moora Men's Shed was a perfect example of a community working together to create vibrant regions. "The Shire of Moora, Moora Men's Shed and Central Midlands Agricultural Society have collaborated to make this project possible, contributing a combined $163,000 towards the construction of the facility," Mr Redman said. "Royalties for Regions investment in community-based projects such as this helps to support a better quality of life in regional Western Australia and enables regions to grow and contribute to a stronger economy." Fact File The Moora Men's Shed development has a total project cost of $563,000 made up of $350,000 from Lotterywest $50,000 from Royalties for Regions $100,000 from the Shire of Moora $51,000 from the Moora Men's Shed $10,000 from the Central Midlands Agricultural Society $2,000 from both the Moora Men's Shed and Central Midlands Agricultural Society In 2015-16, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700