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GovHack champions prove winners for WA358Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/07/2015 1:15:33 AM2015-07-07T01:15:00Z$35,000 in prizes awardedInnovation potential to be evaluated across government Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Lands Minister Terry Redman have congratulated the 16 winning teams and six individual champions who took out $35,000 in Western Australian prizes at the weekend's GovHack Perth 2015. "Not only are they deserving winners, their interpretation of a wide range of government data has thrown up some exciting innovations, with potential public and private sector applications," Mr Marmion said. Mr Redman said he was particularly pleased with the winners of the highest value award, Landgate's Most Innovative Use of Location Information Prize. "The Synergizing Synergies For Sitizens team analysed Landgate data to highlight Perth suburbs that may be best placed for rooftop solar investment," he said. "To help take their work forward, they will receive six months of assistance from a Landgate Business Development mentor, valued at $8,000." Now in its third year, GovHack Perth attracted a record 140 data hackers to Perth CBD's Spacecubed co-working and innovation centre over the weekend. Mr Marmion used GovHack Perth 2015 to launch the State Government's Open Data Policy which will make a wide range of government data available online. "Government agencies contributed dozens of data sets for interpretation at GovHack, plus $19,000 to the WA prize pool, with the focus on delivering practical outcomes," he said. "The winning ideas will be pitched to the public sector and evaluated on their potential to improve service delivery. "From past experience, there could also be some promising commercial applications." GovHack Perth is part of the national GovHack competition. Winners of more than $100,000 in national prizes will be announced on September 2, 2015. Fact FileGovHack Perth 2015 sponsors included the departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Culture and the Arts; Landgate; Main Roads WA; Synergy; Regional Development Australia; RAC; Cisco; Pawsey Supercomputing Centre; Curtin University; Community and Public Sector Union; Spacecubed; Knowledge Society; GovHack National; Women in Technology Western Australia; NGISThe full list of winners and their projects is at http//perth.govhack.org/2015.html The new online data site is at http//www.data.wa.gov.au Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Monday is the new cheap day for Perth petrol1456Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/07/2015 2:34:28 AM2015-07-06T02:30:00ZNew weekly price cycle sees cheap day on MondaysMount Lawley, South Lake and Roleystone among cheapest suburbs for fuel Perth's new weekly petrol price cycle has seen Monday become the new cheap day for motorists to buy petrol, with most retailers now hiking their prices on a Tuesday. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an analysis of price trends by FuelWatch in recent weeks has discovered a new pricing pattern by the major petrol retailers. Mr Mischin said the analysis showed that Coles Express Mount Lawley was consistently the cheapest site for unleaded petrol in Perth since the beginning of this year. The cheapest site in the south was Caltex Woolworths South Lake and Better Choice Roleystone was the cheapest in the east. "Until recently and for about five years, Perth had a predictable weekly price cycle where, on average, Wednesday was the cheapest day of the week to buy petrol and prices rose dramatically on a Thursday," he said. "However at the end of May, most Caltex service stations suddenly broke that pattern and began to increase their prices earlier in the week, making the traditional cheap days the most expensive. Other major fuel companies followed that lead. "It appears that this new cycle has been established for several weeks now and we need to advise motorists to fill up on Mondays to take advantage of the new weekly price cycle. "On any day, prices can vary widely from site to site and from brand to brand. The difference between the cheapest and most expensive has been up to 27 cents per litre, which is a $16 price difference for an average tank of petrol." The Minister said the FuelWatch system was unique to Western Australia and prices on the website were locked in for a 24-hour period from 6am, giving consumers certainty and transparency when making their purchasing decisions. "I encourage motorists to use the services of FuelWatch to locate the cheapest fuel outlet nearest to them and reward them with your business," Mr Mischin said. "After 2.30pm each day, motorists can also check the following day's prices and decide when the best time is to fill up. "Almost 38,000 people have already signed up with a surge of 1,000 new subscribers joining last month. The FuelWatch website gets more than half a million visits every month and that has been increasing." Fact FileFuelWatch was created by the Western Australian Government in January 2001 to monitor the daily prices for petrol, diesel and LPG/Autogas within metropolitan Perth and regional areas from Albany to GeraldtonThe FuelWatch website received a record number of 691,288 visits in June 2015, which is 38% higher than the previous record of 500,874 in January 2015 and a jump of more than 45% from May to June. This can be attributed to the fuel cycle disruption causing added media attention and confusion among motoristsMotorists can check fuel prices and subscribe to email alerts at http//www.fuelwatch.wa.gov.au or call 1300 30 40 54 Minister's office - 6552 5600 Top 10 cheapest unleaded fuel sites in Perth to June 30, 2015 1Coles Express Mount LawleyNorth PerthNorth of river120.52Vibe Charles StNorth PerthNorth of river121.93Gull East PerthEast PerthNorth of river122.24Caltex Woolworths South LakeSouth LakeSouth of river122.25Better Choice Tuart HillTuart HillNorth of river122.66Caltex Woolworths GreenwoodGreenwoodNorth of river123.37Puma NeerabupNeerabupNorth of river123.48Gull North PerthNorth PerthNorth of river123.49Better Choice RoleystoneRoleystoneEast/Hills123.410United Mount LawleyMount LawleyNorth of river123.6
10,000 Wanneroo households join Your Move3207Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html6/07/2015 7:40:07 AM2015-07-05T16:00:00ZMore than 10,000 households sign up early for Your Move WannerooProgram aims to increase physical activity and reduce congestion Residents in the City of Wanneroo have jumped on board the Your Move Wanneroo initiative, with the program hitting its target of 10,250 households ahead of schedule. Acting Transport Minister Bill Marmion said such a positive response boded well for the outcomes of the six-month personalised coaching program, for residents and the community. "The enthusiasm with which the program has been adopted by residents in Wanneroo is really positive. It's a helping hand for residents to be more active and connected in their community," Mr Marmion said. "The program provides information on how to leave the car behind and use other transport options in the Wanneroo area like taking the train from Butler Station, catching a bus or using the shared paths for cycling or walking - it's about making simple lifestyle changes that can also help improve traffic flow in the local area." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said Your Move Wanneroo would encourage positive change in local residents of all ages and abilities. "The program provides participants with personalised information on how to be more active, whether it's a gentle walk or something more challenging," Ms Davies said. "Getting out and about, becoming involved with local sporting clubs or enjoying recreational activities like walking or riding are not a luxury, it's one of the most cost-effective investments any government can make in achieving a stronger, healthier, happier and safer community." In coming weeks, these households will start to receive their personalised calls from qualified Your Move coaches to inspire them to get moving towards their goals. Your Move Wanneroo is funded by the departments of Transport and Sport and Recreation and supported by the City of Wanneroo and RAC. It is delivered with help from the Public Transport Authority, HBF, North Metropolitan Public Health Service, Heart Foundation, Nature Play WA and Diabetes WA. Fact FileAbout 250 information kits are still available for householdsAlmost two-thirds of participants said they wanted to be healthier and stronger Your Move was delivered in the City of Cockburn last yearFor more information, visit http//www.yourmove.org.au Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Indigenous artists awarded867859Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1250html3/07/2015 12:13:16 PM2015-07-03T11:30:00ZWinners of one of the richest indigenous arts prizes in Australia announcedExhibition includes works by six WA artists and eight national artistsVisitors can vote for their favourite in the People's Choice Award Free artist talks on Saturday, July 4, 10.30am-3.30pm Indigenous artists Megan Cope (Melbourne) and Eunice Yunurupa Porter (Warakurna, Goldfields-Esperance region) have taken out top honours at the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards. Megan won the overall prize of $50,000 for her video titled, The Blaktism. Eunice will receive $10,000 for her body of work including Mission times truck as the winner of the WA Artist Award. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day congratulated Megan and Eunice and all the artists who participated in the program. "The awards and exhibition recognise and celebrate the significance of indigenous art and what it brings to our culture," Mr Day said. "This year 118 nominations were received with 14 finalists ultimately chosen to participate. This is testament to both the ongoing commitment made by indigenous artists to their practices and to the strength and vitality of indigenous art in Australia. "In their own right, each work tells a very unique and powerful story. Together, the finalists create a very insightful, vibrant and original exhibition and I encourage everyone to take the time to visit the Art Gallery of WA to see it." Feedback from the panel of national judges claimed Megan's work was sophisticated and complex, and highlighted social and political themes in a pop culture narrative. Likewise, the judges thought Eunice's work was a unique and contemporary way of documenting her community's history. The Minister said the Western Australian award was hotly contested this year with six of the 14 finalists from the State - representing some of the most revered local artists practising today. A $5,000 People's Choice Award will also be awarded to the most popular artist, as voted by exhibition visitors. Fact FileExhibition opens July 4 and is on display until October 12, 2015People's Choice Award will be announced October 1, 2015For more information, visit http//www.artgallery.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6200
GovHack growing WA’s innovation reputation867858Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2350html3/07/2015 12:04:49 PM2015-07-03T10:35:00ZRecord $35,000 prize pool attracts top local hackers130 Perth participants to build on winning tradition GovHack Perth 2015 will pitch 130 Western Australian data hackers against teams from the Eastern States and New Zealand, as the State grows its information and communication technology (ICT) sector. Launching GovHack Perth in the city's Spacecubed centre, Finance Minister Bill Marmion said it was an exciting example of what could be achieved through community and government collaboration. "This 46-hour event brings together WA's best and brightest, working with open government data to innovate and celebrate our State's technical and creative capacity," Mr Marmion said. "Timed to coincide with 20 similar events across Australia and New Zealand, GovHack pushes Perth's potential as a technology city and the enormous talent we have on the west coast." After small beginnings in 2009, the annual GovHack events are now dovetailing with the trans-Tasman open data movement, which promises major economic and social spinoffs. Lands Minister Terry Redman said the community and commercial potential of GovHack was exemplified by Perth's Team Sarbii winning the 2014 national Best Business Hack prize. "Using Landgate and Department of Mines and Petroleum information, Sarbii not only provided a dynamic search and rescue management tool, it also yielded a mobile app allowing people to 'check in' their journeys," Mr Redman said. "This has led to a commercial tracking product which is about to be released on to the market." In 2015, a WA Government agency will support the GovHack national awards for the first time. "It is pleasing to see the Department of Aboriginal Affairs introducing national prizes for hackers using data to address Aboriginal economic and cultural issues," Mr Marmion said. Fact FileRun by volunteers, the non-profit GovHack Perth has been held WA since 20132015 sponsors include the departments of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Culture and the Arts; Landgate; Main Roads WA; Synergy; Regional Development Australia; RAC; Cisco; Pawsey Supercomputing Centre; Curtin University; Community and Public Sector Union; Spacecubed; Knowledge Society; GovHack National; Women in Technology Western Australia; NGISIn 2014, 10 WA teams won national prizes and honourable mentions in the taxation data, business, open data and people's choice categoriesWA teams will vie for a national prize pool of more than $100,000For more information, visit http//perth.govhack.org or http//www.data.wa.gov.au Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Open Data Policy delivers new WA opportunities867856Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5910html3/07/2015 11:07:08 AM2015-07-03T10:30:00ZAgencies to move towards data opennessOpen by default policy to encourage innovators and entrepreneursGovernment datasets to support development of new products and services The release of Western Australia's first whole of government Open Data Policy is a key reform that promises to drive innovation and to support WA's growing information and communications technology sector. Announcing the policy today, Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett, Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Lands Minister Terry Redman said it would improve the management and use of public sector data to deliver better value and benefits for all West Australians. "WA has a proud history of competing internationally by building on our resources," the Premier said. "To help maintain this competitive edge, the State Government is supporting innovation and technological development. "I am confident that WA entrepreneurs will use these datasets to create new products, services and business opportunities, and we welcome public input about data access priorities." Mr Marmion said the information collected by agencies could deliver positive community and business outcomes. "There are already good examples of the benefits of using WA data, including the development of a new tracking device that had its origins in Landgate and Department of Mines and Petroleum information," he said. "The Open Data Policy will also allow agencies to work better together and reduce duplication." Mr Redman said the policy would result in the release of appropriate and high-value data to the public in easily discoverable and usable ways. "This policy will facilitate the release of more government data and improve consistency in how data is released across the sector," he said. Fact FileThe policy was formally launched at GovHack 2015, a government-supported open data event to create new apps that add value to government dataLandgate will implement the policy in consultation with other agenciesThe Open Data Policy applies to all Public Sector Management Act 1994 agencies, plus agencies such as government enterprises, universities, local government, courts and tribunals, and government consultants, contractors and grant recipientsFor more information, visit http//www.data.wa.gov.au Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Water recycling scheme a boost for Denmark867854Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2190html3/07/2015 8:33:04 AM2015-07-03T08:30:00Z​Denmark to receive $15 million water recycling scheme Scheme will reduce Denmark's reliance on surface and groundwater The State Government today announced Denmark will soon have a $15 million water recycling scheme to irrigate the local golf course and a new tree farm, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Denmark water recycling scheme would recycle treated wastewater from the Water Corporation's Denmark Wastewater Treatment Plant through a new pipeline for use in irrigation. "Using recycled water to irrigate the Denmark golf course and a new tree farm will reduce the town's reliance on surface and groundwater, which is especially important considering low rainfall levels in recent years," Ms Davies said. "The Denmark tree farm will provide a sustainable enterprise for the region and it is anticipated there will be opportunities for other users in Denmark in the future." Mr Redman said the recycling scheme would deliver a wide range of economic and environmental benefits for the people of Denmark and the Great Southern region. "The Denmark golf course is a significant focal point for sporting and social activity in the region and this scheme will provide a climate resilient, secure water resource for this well-used facility," he said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions continuing to support a better quality of life in regional WA enabling regions to grow and contribute to strong economies." Ms Davies and Mr Redman both thanked the Denmark community for their valuable input, which had helped bring the water recycling scheme into reality. Subject to approvals, the recycling scheme is expected to be operational by the first half of 2018. Fact FileWater Corporation's goal is to recycle 30% of wastewater by 2030 and 60% by 206011 golf courses and 9 tree farms around WA are already irrigated by recycled waterDenmark experienced its second driest winter on record in 2014. The Water Corporation is currently working on options to secure Denmark's future water supplyFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 5500
Upgrade to improve water quality in Wiluna1504Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1510html3/07/2015 7:11:44 AM2015-07-03T07:00:00Z​$1.7 million upgrade to Wiluna's water treatment plant Upgrade will improve water quality and cater for future growth The State Government will begin work on a $1.7 million upgrade to Wiluna's water treatment plant at the end of July. While visiting Wiluna yesterday, Water Minister Mia Davies said the upgrade would improve water quality in Wiluna and cater for future growth. "The Water Corporation's upgrade will enable the water treatment plant to process around 265,000 litres of water each day, which will cater for growth and ensure water supply needs can be met during peak demand periods," Ms Davies said. "The increased treatment capacity will allow all three of the 47,000 litre tanks at the plant to be used, increasing the town's water storage capacity." The Water Corporation will also install a new Electro Dialysis Reversal (EDR) plant to reduce high nitrate levels that naturally occur in the groundwater used to supply Wiluna. "The upgrade will mean the Water Corporation will no longer need to supply bottled water for nursing mothers and bottle-fed infants, which is currently the case," the Minister said. The specialised EDR plant would be constructed and assembled in Perth and then transported to Wiluna. "Once it has completed its almost 1,000 kilometre road trip, the Water Corporation will install it at the existing plant in Wiluna," Ms Davies said. Work will start at the end of July 2015 and take around four months to complete. Fact FileWater Corporation provides water to 139 properties in WilunaWiluna's water is sourced from groundwater - from three artesian bores at the water treatment plant siteFor more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Minister's office - 6552 5500
Emergency phone to improve safety at black spot867849Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3340html3/07/2015 4:19:29 AM2015-07-03T04:05:00Z​$13,530 grant to provide for new emergency phone at Salmon Holes beach12 people have died while rock fishing at Salmon Holes in the past three decades An emergency telephone will be installed at a dangerous rock fishing spot near Albany. Multiple people have died after slipping or being washed off the rocks at Salmon Holes and the phone will benefit the many local residents and tourists who use the fishing spot regularly. The emergency phone will be funded by a $13,530 grant from the State Government's Gaming Community Trust. Grant recipient Recfishwest will work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to determine a suitable installation site for the phone and arrangements for any ongoing maintenance. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the phone was needed to counter poor mobile phone reception at Salmon Holes. Funding for the phone comes on the back of a separate State and Federal government commitment to upgrade mobile coverage in the area. "The installation of the phone has been highlighted as essential for people to contact emergency services more quickly, in the event of an accident," Mr Holt said. "Fast communication with emergency services can sometimes be the difference between life and death." Accident data shows some of the incidents at Salmon Holes have involved local residents, who often have considerable experience of the coastline. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the emergency telephone would be an important addition to a range of other strategies already in place at the site. "Should there be an incident, the emergency telephone will greatly improve emergency response capabilities and also serve as a warning that fishing from the rocks in this location is dangerous," Mr Jacob said. "The Southern Ocean can be unpredictable and dangerous and it is strongly recommended people fish from sandy beaches where possible." Fact FileMoney from the Gaming Community Trust is derived from unclaimed winnings in Western Australia as well as gaming operations at Crown CasinoThe Gaming Community Trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100
Lotterywest record $283 million for WA community8431Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5060html3/07/2015 4:10:15 AM2015-07-03T04:00:00Z​Lotterywest has achieved record sales of $826 million* in 2014-15$283 million has been raised for the Western Australian community$463 million was allocated in winnings Lotterywest has broken records to achieve $826 million* in sales in the 2014-15 financial year, raising $283 million to support the Western Australia community. Premier Colin Barnett said Lotterywest direct grants totalling $131 million were given to 949 community and charitable organisations, while a further $152 million of statutory grants went to hospitals ($122 million), the arts ($15 million) and sport and recreational groups ($15 million). "The grants ranged from $1,000 to $4 million, including a grant of $3.2 million to Nulsen towards the establishment of new corporate offices," Mr Barnett said. "The Nulsen grant is just one example of how money raised from the sale of Lotterywest games supports organisations working to improve the lives of West Australians. "Nulsen provides valuable services for people with disability in our State. The number of people they support has doubled in the past decade. This grant will help Nulsen expand their services and provide improved accommodation, employment and recreation services for people with disabilities." The Premier said over the 2014-15 financial year, $463 million was allocated in prize money and 85 WA players experienced the thrill of winning Division One. Mr Barnett said over the past year Lotterywest had focused on key business initiatives to continue its successful lottery operation. "West Australians now have more choice in how they play Lotterywest games across multiple channels including in-store, online and mobile, with the recent launch of the Lotterywest App. Soon all Lotterywest outlets will also be redesigned to incorporate modern technology and further improve the player experience," he said. The Premier thanked the Lotterywest board and staff for their work over the past year and acknowledged the efforts of the Lotterywest retail network. "I'd like to express my appreciation to the more than 500 small business operators who, through their hard work selling Lotterywest games are at the forefront of raising vital funds for the community," the Premier said. From every dollar West Australians spend on Lotterywest games each week, 33 cents is returned to benefit the community. Fact FileWA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities that work to enhance the quality of life for all West AustraliansThe Lotteries Commission Act outlines eligibility for Lotterywest grants and specifies ScreenWest and the Perth International Arts Festival as beneficiaries who receive an allocation of Lotterywest funding each year linked to a percentage of salesThe Act also specifies a percentage of Lotterywest sales revenue each year which is directed to the departments of Health, Culture and the Arts, and Sport and RecreationNot-for-profit organisations and local government authorities can apply for a Lotterywest 'direct grant' towards a charitable or benevolent purposeFor a full list of grants recommended by the Lotterywest board and approved by the Premier, visit http//www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants/approved-grants*Preliminary figure until audited Premier's office - 6552 5000
Grants available for Seniors Week events8429Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3960html3/07/2015 3:21:03 AM2015-07-03T03:15:00ZApplications now open for Seniors Week 2015 Community Grants ProgramSeniors Week 2015 runs from November 8 to 15 Community organisations and local governments are being encouraged to apply for State Government grants to run activities and events during Seniors Week 2015. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said grants of up to $3,000 were available to help celebrate older West Australians and their contribution to the State. "The Seniors Week 2015 Community Grants Program, funded by the WA Government through the Department of Local Government and Communities, will allow regional and metropolitan communities to get involved in celebrating and acknowledging our seniors," Mr Simpson said. "The grants program is also about encouraging older people to stay connected to their communities and to live healthy and active lives. With seniors a rapidly growing population in WA, this more than ever is a focus of the State Government." The Minister said engaging with the community through activities played an important role in the lives of older people as they aged. Seniors Week offers great opportunities for older people to get out, get active, find a new interest and make new friends. Seniors Week 2015 will be held from November 8 to 15, with events and activities set to take place throughout Western Australia. The $50,000 grants program is administered by the Council on the Ageing WA. To qualify for funding, events should meet at least one of the following criteriarecognise and thank seniors for their contribution to the communitypromote intergenerational activities linking seniors to the community facilitate artistic, cultural and celebratory expression within the communityengage seniors in a variety of activities and initiatives that encourage active ageing. Mr Simpson also encouraged nominations for the WA Seniors Awards, which acknowledge remarkable seniors and those who work to improve the lives of older West Australians. The WA Seniors Awards will be held on October 1, 2015. Fact FileGrant applications and award nominations are available at http//www.cotawa.org.au Seniors comprise 18 per cent of Western Australia's populationThe WA Government provides funding of more than $567,000 annually, through the Department of Local Government and Communities, to organisations and services involved with seniors Minister's office - 6552 6600
Thousands more fire hydrants for WA regions8427Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2350html3/07/2015 12:01:22 AM2015-07-02T22:00:00Z$12.5 million over five years for new hydrants in high bushfire risk areasAbout 2,900 hydrants to be installed across Western AustraliaProject to install 440 hydrants in high bushfire risk areas around Perth completed The State Government is spending $12.5 million to install almost 3,000 new fire hydrants in high bushfire risk areas across Western Australia. Water Minister Mia Davies said the money was allocated in the 2015-16 State Budget as part of the Water Corporation's capital budget. "Following a review of the 70,000 fire hydrants across the State, the Water Corporation and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) found gaps in the network and identified that additional fire hydrants were needed," Ms Davies said. "The first stage involved 440 hydrants being installed over the past few months with high fire risk areas given priority, mostly in the Perth hills. "I'm pleased to announce today that this program has finished a few months ahead of schedule, with new hydrants in place in Chidlow, Darlington, Glen Forrest, Hovea, Mahogany Creek, Mundaring, Roleystone, Parkerville, Sawyers Valley, Stoneville and Pinjarra. "The next stage of the program will see an additional 330 fire hydrants installed in high bushfire risk areas in Augusta, Bakers Hill, Bridgetown, Collie, Dunsborough, Manjimup, Mount Barker, Margaret River, Narrogin, Northam and York, with the next bundle of Perth metropolitan hydrants also starting." The program will be delivered in bundles of up to 400 hydrants across the State over the next four years. The Water Corporation has been consulting with local government authorities, Main Roads WA and DFES to determine the specific locations for the new fire hydrants. The Minister said that while Water Corporation would do all it could to maintain scheme water supply during a bushfire, damaged infrastructure or a cut to power may result in a total loss of water. "I remind people living in high bushfire risk areas that they should still have an independent water supply if they choose to stay and actively defend their home," Ms Davies said. Fact FileFollowing the 2011 Perth Hills Bushfire Inquiry, the Water Corporation became responsible for the installation and maintenance of fire hydrants across WANew hydrants will ensure the fire hydrant system meets Water Corporation and DFES standardsPeople in high bushfire risk areas should still plan to have an independent water supply if they plan to stay and defend their home in the event of a fireFor more information, visit http//www.areyouready.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
Minister congratulates new WALGA president867833Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8930html2/07/2015 8:07:30 AM2015-07-02T08:00:00Z​First woman elected as President of WA Local Government Association Local Government Minister Tony Simpson today congratulated Lynne Craigie on being elected President of the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). Cr Craigie replaces Troy Pickard who filled the role over the previous five years. "On the back of the Filling the Pool report by the Committee for Perth, and their report on Gender Participation and Representativeness of Local Government in Metropolitan Perth, it is great to see a woman take the helm of the peak body representing local government in Western Australia for the first time," Mr Simpson said. "Cr Craigie has a terrific track record as president and councillor of the Shire of East Pilbara, among a number of other prominent roles advocating for her community. "I have enjoyed the working relationship I have had with Cr Craigie and I am looking forward to working with her in her new role leading WALGA. "I would like to think Cr Craigie's elevation to president of WALGA, and her outstanding reputation in local government for more than a decade, may inspire other women to consider running for local government at the elections in October." The Minister paid tribute to outgoing president, City of Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, who has taken up the role of President of the Australian Local Government Association. "Mayor Pickard has led the association during a time in which many improvements have occurred in governance and accountability within local governments," Mr Simpson said. "He has been a strong advocate of the local government sector in Western Australia, and I am confident he will use those advocacy skills to represent the local government sector nationally." Fact FileCr Craigie has been President of the Shire of East Pilbara for 10 years and councillor since 2003Cr Craigie is chairperson of the Pilbara Regional Council, Newman Women's Shelter, Newman Visitor Centre and Newman Senior High School board Minister's office - 6552 6600
Doors open to new Three Springs police station867831Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1680html2/07/2015 6:38:45 AM2015-07-02T06:30:00Z​Three Springs police move into newly refurbished and modernised buildingState Government invested $2.2m in the projectLocal Mid-West builder won the contract for the refurbishment The State Government officially opened the doors to the new Three Springs police station, providing officers with a larger and more functional building. Police Minister Liza Harvey welcomed Three Springs officers to their new building during a visit to the Mid-West region today. "This Government is dedicated to giving police the resources they need to make our communities safer and this new Three Springs station is testament to that," Mrs Harvey said. The Minister said the new station would provide centralised lockup and court facilities for the combined sub districts and smaller stations including Morawa, Mingenew, Carnamah and Perenjori. "Regional policing has its own unique challenges and projects like the Three Springs refurbishment ensure police are best equipped to deal with them," she said. Officers will now work out of the former Department of Agriculture and Food building that underwent a $2.2 million fit out to accommodate police. Mrs Harvey said some of the new features included two holding cells, a modern CCTV system, a secure charge desk and holding dock area, and the former conference room had been converted into a court room. "The refurbishment means WA Police can house up to 10 officers plus a customer service employee in Three Springs, providing for future growth in the town and district," she said. "The Liberal National Government is committed to making communities safer through tough laws and providing police with the resources they need to combat crime and antisocial behaviour." Fact File$2.2m to refurbish a larger building to accommodate up to 10 officers plus a customer service workerThree Springs currently has five WA Police officersA local Mid-West builder (Coral Coast Homes and Construction) was awarded the contract to complete construction works Minister's office - 6552 5900
Pro-environment design for Roe 8867828Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9920html2/07/2015 5:11:45 AM2015-07-02T04:40:00ZActing Transport Minister welcomes Minister for Environment's approval for Roe 8, subject to strict conditionsMajor milestone for safer communities and an integrated State transport systemDiverting trucks and cars from local roads A significant milestone to achieving safer roads and communities in Perth's southern suburbs has been met following conditional environmental approval of the Roe Highway Extension (Roe 8) by the Minister for Environment today. Acting Transport Minister Bill Marmion welcomed the determination saying the environmental stewardship and sustainable development measures planned for Roe 8 reflected international best practice. "The State Government recognises the environmental sensitivities associated with this location and will use innovative planning, design and construction measures when building this road," Mr Marmion said. The design was informed in-part by extensive community feedback provided during an award-winning public participation process on the project between 2009 and 2011. Following the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA's) recommendation in September 2013 that the project could be managed to meet its environmental objectives, 165 appeals were lodged objecting to the EPA's findings. In assessing the matters raised in the appeals, the Environment Minister was satisfied the EPA had adequately considered the key environmental factors. However, he allowed seven of the 11 appeal grounds by strengthening conditions and adding new conditions. The Acting Transport Minister acknowledged the extensive consultation undertaken by the Minister for Environment in making his determination. Mr Marmion said the EPA had commended Main Roads for its approach to the project, saying 'from the outset the proponent has recognised the regionally significant environmental values of the area and has sought to apply innovative planning and design measures, and construction techniques. This has set a new standard for major road projects in this type of sensitive environment'. These measures includespecial construction methods for Roe Swamp bridge to minimise impacts to wetlandsrehabilitation of degraded areas of Beeliar Regional Parkrehabilitation of cleared areas through replanting of native plant speciesunderpasses to maintain ecological connectivity for fauna. "This project is a strategic link in Perth's road network. The completion of Roe 8 is critical to fix major road safety issues. Tens of thousands of people using Leach Highway are being exposed to unnecessary risk because this roadway was never designed to carry such a volume of trucks and cars. "Accident figures show the risk is unacceptable and completing Roe 8 is the safest option for our families. It will also deliver great benefits for the WA economy at a critical time," the Acting Minister said. "Roe 8 can be delivered while minimising harm to the environment using world-leading design. It will provide safer driving for those living in Perth's southern suburbs and it will integrate with the existing road network to support our State's economic growth now and in the future." Now State environmental approvals have been finalised, the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment will consider the proposal. If all approvals are granted, construction is expected to start in early 2016. Fact File The EPA approval reflects a comprehensive program of environmental studies and community consultation between 2009 and 2011Subsequent appeals were assessed by the Appeals Convenor and relevant decision-making authorities, and a determination made by the Minister for Environment this week Roe 8 is a 5.2 kilometre extension of Roe Highway from Kwinana Freeway to Stock Road. It includes a major upgrade to the existing Kwinana Freeway-Roe Highway interchange as well as interchanges/flyovers at Murdoch Drive, Bibra Drive, Progress Drive, North Lake Road, Coolbellup Avenue and Stock Road. It is in the vicinity of the current MRS road reserve with some specific modifications made to minimise environmental impacts and reduce the project footprintBetween 2009-13 more than 72% of crashes on Leach Highway were rear end collisions as opposed to 43.5% for the rest of the metropolitan area 11.1% of crashes involve heavy vehicles on the section of Leach Highway that will be avoided by heavy vehicles as a result of Roe 8. The metropolitan average of crashes involving heavy vehicles is 5.4%. (2009-13)Benefits of Roe 8 includesafer communities, with 500 trucks a day removed from Leach Highway by 2031bypassing 14 sets of traffic lights so fewer stop-start traffic movements which lessens exhaust emissions and lowers fuel usereduced operating costs for the transport industry, business and commuters through freer flowing traffic movementbetter access for residents and road users in the cities of Cockburn and Melville to Kwinana Freeway, Bibra Drive, North Lake Road and Stock Roadimproved access to the Fremantle inner harbourimproved access for the expanding Kwinana industrial areaTo read the Minister for Environment's statement visit http//www.epa.wa.gov.au Roe 8 environmental mitigation measures.jpg Minister's office - 6552 6400
Improved training infrastructure in the Mid-West867825Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4030html2/07/2015 4:05:32 AM2015-07-02T04:00:00Z​New training infrastructure to improve services for students in Mid-West$2m investment through State Government's Royalties for Regions program The State Government has committed to refurbishing the Durack Institute of Technology to improve training infrastructure while creating a new 'heart' of the Geraldton campus. The project will be largely funded through the Royalties for Regions program. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the Interactive Student Hub would make use of state-of-the-art technology to expand the existing student service areas. Mrs Harvey said the $2.7 million project would include a refurbished library, improved access to the 24-hour computing facility - especially for those with disabilities, wireless internet access, and construction of an enclosed walkway that links the library and cafe. "The hub will be a 'one-stop-shop' for student advisory and support services, course and careers information, library and learning resource services," she said. "It will provide space for private study, small group activities and student/staff interactions in an informal setting. It will also offer opportunities for public access, enabling industry and the broader community to view and experience Durack's contemporary learning environment." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the facility would add a new dimension to the learning facilities available in the Mid-West. "It will facilitate the connection between formal learning undertaken in classrooms and the informal, self-directed learning that is increasingly sought by students," Mr Redman said. "The new hub will allow the institute to enhance access to high-quality training and workforce development services that recognise the needs of students and industry. "This ensures local residents are equipped with the skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy." Fact FileDurack Institute of Technology is the major provider of vocational education, training and workforce development in the Mid-West, Murchison and Gascoyne regions Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
Grant for new wellness centre building867822Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4760html2/07/2015 3:42:19 AM2015-07-02T03:30:00Z​$342,500 towards the construction of a new building for the Wellness Centre at the Multicultural Services Centre of WAThe centre has been providing social programs to frail and aged migrants, and refugees for 20 years The construction of a new building for the Wellness Centre at the Multicultural Services Centre of WA (MSCWA) to support and care for people who are frail, aged or have a disability, will become a reality thanks to a Lotterywest grant. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the $342,500 grant for the new building would enable the centre to continue offering a wide range of programs in disability, health, wellbeing, financial and housing services. "For more than 30 years, MSCWA has initiated many activities, services and programs that have assisted migrants to Western Australia," Dr Nahan said. "These programs and services have made a positive and tangible difference to the lives of many West Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. "Thanks to Lotterywest, organisations such as MSCWA will continue to enrich and empower WA communities." The MSCWA is a community service organisation established in 1980 to meet the settlement, welfare, education and training, cultural and related needs of multicultural West Australians. The centre was known as the North Perth Migrant Resource Centre until 2002. The total cost of the project is $1.1 million with other major contributions being provided by the State Government through the Department of Health's Home and Community Care program ($435,000) and the Department of Housing ($200,000). Fact FileWA is the only State where the money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations Minister's office - 6552 5700
New centre builds WA’s data science capability867821Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7890html2/07/2015 3:13:08 AM2015-07-02T03:00:00Z​Premier launches WA hub of Cisco's Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, AustraliaInitial focus on astronomy and resources Developing capability in data intensive science is a key opportunity identified in the Science Statement for WA Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today launched the Western Australian hub of Cisco's Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, Australia, located at Curtin University's Bentley campus. The Premier said the new centre was one of the many exciting projects that were adding to Western Australia's emerging capability in data science. "This centre will be an incubator for new technologies and new entrepreneurs with solutions in digital transformation, predictive data science and enhanced cognition," he said. "Supporting multiple markets, the centre will share solutions between astronomy and radio physics, oil and gas, finance, transport and government." Mr Barnett said currently only two per cent of all things that could be connected were connected. "This represents 13 billion devices, and this number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020," he said. "With all these devices producing information, finding innovative solutions to create meaning from and extracting value from them will be a competitive advantage." A focus of the centre will be to create a state-of-the-art 'connected community', bringing teams together in a collaborative space where customers, start-ups, open communities, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts can work together and brainstorm new ideas and technologies. "WA has a great opportunity to continue building on its emerging capability in data intensive science through our involvement in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project," the Premier said. "Another great opportunity for WA lies in our remoteness. We are a vast State, with major economic activity occurring in some of the most remote areas. Connectivity, support and service delivery, all critical to the SKA project, are also critical to other WA economic sectors, from resources projects through to the delivery of Government services." The Premier complimented Cisco and foundation partners Curtin University and Woodside for their foresight and action in delivering the centre. "The centre is a great example of industry and the research community coming together to create genuine partnerships, with the aim of solving real world problems," he said. "Collaboration at the State and national level is crucial if we are to remain competitive and to attract the research and development investment necessary to develop a knowledge-based economy that will deliver highly-skilled jobs." The centre will also play an important role in engaging WA-based small and medium enterprises with large company problems, including access for their ideas, developments and solutions. Fact FileCisco estimates that the potential value at stake to the Australian economy for the Internet of Everything could be more than $74 billion over the next 10 yearsThe centre in Australia is only one of eight Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centres throughout the world. The Australian centre will connect with other global centres, building value through a cutting-edge research community The centre's foundation partners, Woodside and Curtin University, together with Cisco, will provide foundation level funding and resources to the value of $30 million over the first five years under the first phase of the centre's planThrough the SKA project, WA is home to one of the largest pools of fundamental science that can drive innovation. The State Government has invested significantly in radioastronomy and supercomputing, including$46 million to the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research over 10 years (2009-19), which has developed into a world-class centre of excellence in astronomical science, engineering and information technologies$54 million in operational funding to the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (2000-21) Premier's office - 6552 5000
Yellow submarine - your colour choice for MRI867818Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5540html2/07/2015 2:41:16 AM2015-07-02T02:30:00Z​$2.46m MRI unit based at King Edward Memorial Hospital for first timeOn-site access for women, children and newborns at KEMH reduces clinical riskSupports MRI service at Princess Margaret Hospital Giving children the chance to choose a colour for their magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is now possible at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) thanks to a new technologically-advanced unit, made possible by funding from the State Government, Telethon and Imaging West. Officially opening the MRI department at the hospital today, Health Minister Kim Hames said the new equipment included an option to personalise the scan by colour selection of the lighting, plus a mobile television that played a range of DVDs for children to watch during the examination. "This is an important new service for women, newborns and older children and specialists at King Edward Memorial Hospital will be using the latest technology in scanning equipment, with features that help make the hospital experience less daunting for children," Dr Hames said. "Apart from being able to choose your favourite colour the MRI scanner is a wide-bore system, which is designed to reduce claustrophobia for patients. "The scanner has cutting-edge technology, making it excellent for all kinds of imaging, but it will be of significant benefit for neonatal brains. The improvement in resolution and technology allows specialists to see and identify subtle changes, so it's very exciting." The Minister said having an MRI scanner on-site at KEMH not only made access easier but it would allow patients to have their scans performed earlier, allowing treatment to start sooner, leading to better outcomes for patients. "To avoid transporting babies, particularly those who are very sick or who require respiratory support, is really significant," he said. "It takes pressure off the Neonatal Emergency Transport Service and reduces the risk of babies becoming destabilised." PMH outpatients requiring a MRI will use the KEMH service, which is particularly suited to musculoskeletal and neurological investigations, such as patients with epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. The on-site scanner also means women requiring gynaecological examinations and assessments during pregnancy will have their appointments co-located. Dr Hames said MRI technology was a powerful tool for investigating complex foetal issues and as it was non-ionising, there was no risk to the mother or foetus. Fact FileMRI is a diagnostic imaging scan to investigate and diagnose health conditions/diseases, especially gynaecological cancers and endometriosisMRI department was funded by the State Government ($1.97 million, including for construction works), Telethon ($1.14 million) and Imaging West ($984,793) Minister's office - 6552 5300
New chair for ScreenWest641Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7490html2/07/2015 1:13:40 AM2015-07-02T01:00:00Z​Janelle Marr announced as new chair Mrs Marr will replace outgoing chair Peter Rowe Release of the new Indigenous Screen Strategy 2016-2020 Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has announced Janelle Marr as the new Chair of the ScreenWest board. Mrs Marr will succeed outgoing chair Peter Rowe who served on the board for four years. Mr Day said Mrs Marr's experience in strategy, governance and finance would continue to be an asset to ScreenWest and the industry. "Janelle has been a valued member of the ScreenWest board since January 2013 and her experience will ensure there is a seamless transition to the position of chair," the Minister said. The Minister thanked outgoing chair Peter Rowe for his considerable contribution to ScreenWest. "Peter has been a driving force behind ScreenWest's success in attracting unprecedented national and overseas interest in WA filmmakers, productions and the State as a location for film and television production," he said. The new appointment coincides with the release of the Indigenous Screen Strategy 2016-2020 which aims to increase national and international awareness and exposure of Western Australian indigenous stories and talent, and develop skills. Mr Day said the previous 2010-15 strategy had been a resounding success with an investment of $2.2 million generating more than $10 million in indigenous film and TV production in WA. "In the five years since the release of the first strategy, 38 projects have received funding which has resulted in support for 34 indigenous filmmakers and 32 hours of screen time," he said. "This is a great outcome and I am pleased that the strategy will continue under ScreenWest's new chair." Janelle Marr has 20 years' experience in management consulting and is currently the managing director of StepBeyond, a strategy consultancy that provides advisory services to corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations across Australia and Asia. Mrs Marr has also worked at Credit Suisse First, Goldman Sachs, KPMG and Ernst and Young. Fact FileState Government support has contributed to the box-office success of Red Dog, Paper Planes, These Final Hours, The Turning, Prison Songs and The WalerFor more information, visit http//www.screenwest.com.au Minister's office - 6552 6200