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Coverage boost for the Eastern Goldfields119695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/08/2016 1:23:16 AM2016-08-24T01:05:00Za Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage Boorabbin, in the Shire of Coolgardie, is the latest location to benefit Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program About 80 kilometres of the Great Eastern Highway between Southern Cross and Coolgardie is no longer a mobile black spot, thanks to the Liberal National Government's $85 million investment in telecommunications through the Royalties for Regions program. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new Boorabbin tower would expand mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband connectivity along the highway and further into the Great Western Woodlands. "The Boorabbin National Park along the highway is a popular location to view the unique native trees and wildflowers in the ecologically significant Great Western Woodlands," he said. "The Great Eastern Highway is also the primary road for people travelling between Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Perth, and this tower will provide improved coverage and peace of mind for motorists. "The new connectivity will make it easier for families to keep in touch, ensure motorists feel safer and better equipped, and improve emergency service response times." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was vital mobile voice and data services were expanded in the regions to improve State Government service delivery, support the growth and prosperity of regional communities and improve safety. "The increase in mobile communication in Boorabbin builds upon the $20 million Royalties for Regions investment for the enhanced prescribed burning program and the $12.3 million for fire crew protection equipment, increasing support for emergency services," Mr Redman said. "The Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure will benefit emergency services and improve emergency response times in Western Australia's regional areas, particularly when placed along major transport routes." The rollout of new phone towers across regional WA is the result of a partnership between the State Government and industry. Fact File The Boorabbin tower has been delivered in partnership with Telstra The State Government's significant investment in regional telecommunications since 2012 is leading to the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WA For more information, visit http// Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Funding improves access and river health119693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/08/2016 1:14:13 AM2016-08-24T01:00:00Za $2 million for Perth foreshore restoration projects in 2016-17 Delivering on 2013 election commitment to fund more river projects The Swan and Canning rivers will benefit from $2 million in funding from the Liberal National Government to improve access and river health. In announcing the 2016-17 Riverbank funding, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said 13 projects across 10 local council areas would share nearly $1 million. An additional $1 million will fund priority projects that are being negotiated with local councils. Two of these priority projects are at Southern River in the City of Gosnells and at Woodbridge Riverside Park in the City of Swan. The extra funding is from a one-off $3 million investment from the 2014-15 State Budget over three years. "Riverbank funding is a partnership between the State Government and local councils to protect the long-term future of the Swan and Canning rivers," Mr Jacob said. "It is focused on protecting foreshores and infrastructure and improving the environment and public amenity of the Swan and Canning rivers. "In 2013, the Government made an election commitment to fund more river projects and I am pleased to see the positive environmental results that this funding is delivering." The Minister said this year's projects included foreshore restoration works, revegetation, weed and erosion control and river wall construction, as well as funding for long-term plans to protect foreshores. At Lilac Hill Park in Guildford, the City of Swan will use $22,375 towards revegetating 600 metres of river bank to link previously revegetated areas to create a 2.3 kilometre foreshore wildlife corridor. This will be one of the largest restabilised foreshore wildlife corridors along the Swan and Canning rivers. The City of Perth will receive more than $500,000 to control erosion along the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre foreshore. The City of Armadale will receive more than $69,000 for two projects along the Canning River. Fact File Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has invested more than $16 million in 192 restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers Under the Riverbank cost sharing, local councils have invested more than $28 million The Government has also invested $7 million in six nutrient-stripping wetlands to improve water quality in the Swan and Canning rivers Minister's office - 6552 5800 Recipients of Riverbank funding for 2016-17 City of Armadale - $34,480 for revegetation and weed control in Fancote Park extension, Goolamrup Reserve and Araluen walk trail City of Armadale - $34,608 for Rushton Park Rehabilitation, Stage 2 Town of Bassendean - $40,301 for drainage and foreshore restoration at Anzac Terrace City of Fremantle - $39,305 for developing the Northbank Foreshore stabilisation plan City of Gosnells - $40,720 for revegetation and weed control in foreshore reserves including John Okey Davis Park City of Nedlands - $25,560 for revegetating degraded areas at Point Resolution Shire of Peppermint Grove - $30,440 for erosion control at Freshwater Bay City of Perth - $517,005 for erosion control at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre foreshore City of Swan - $22,375 to develop a foreshore management plan for Lilac Hill Park City of Swan - $44,000 for the Walyunga Threatened Biodiversity Landscape Linkage Project City of Swan - $33,850 for foreshore restoration between Loder Way to Beverley Terrace Town of Victoria Park - $32,750 for developing a foreshore management plan for McCallum Park to Taylor Reserve City of Vincent - $90,000 for Banks Reserve foreshore restoration, Stage 2. TOTAL $985,394 Confirmed priority projects to share in $1 million additional funding. City of Gosnells - Southern River. Target weed infestations, stabilise the riverbank, maintain riparian vegetation and increase community awareness through environmental education. This potential project will build on similar works downstream on the Canning River at John Okey Davis Park. City of Swan - foreshore restoration at Woodbridge Riverside Park including the redevelopment of the river wall, formalising public access and stabilisation of the riverbank from the Blackadder Creek outlet to the canoe launching area upstream of the Governor Stirling Senior High School boat shed.
Hotel secured in Perth City Link land sale119680Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/08/2016 12:27:30 AM2016-08-24T00:00:00Za Perth City Link lots sold to Hong Kong developer Far East Consortium Dorsett Hotel and 350 apartments to be built next to Perth Arena Liberal National Government releases Perth City Link land to market Two Perth City Link lots next to the Perth Arena have been sold to Far East Consortium International Ltd to build a 250-room Dorsett Hotel and 350 apartments. The $219 million development is the second Perth project for the Hong Kong company which earlier this month started work on The Ritz-Carlton hotel and apartments at Elizabeth Quay. "The Liberal National Government has invested millions of dollars in major projects that are redefining our city and returning significant benefits to West Australians through land sales, new hotel accommodation, tourist destinations and diverse living opportunities," Planning Minister Donna Faragher said. "With more major business, sporting and entertainment events coming to Perth, we must provide the hotels, restaurants and public spaces needed to support our growing tourism economy and welcome the thousands of visitors to our State each year." The Liberal National Government has invested more than $1 billion in the Perth City Link project since 2008, including demolition of the Perth Entertainment Centre and completion of Perth Arena, sinking part of the Fremantle rail line, the new $217 million Perth Busport and construction of Yagan Square which is expected to open in mid-2017. Mrs Faragher said the Government's investment in the Perth City Link had removed physical barriers making way for land sales and new connections between the city and Northbridge. The Minister also announced a further four lots at Perth City Link would be released to the market over the coming months, giving developers and investors new opportunities to be part of the transformational project. "Later this year, construction on the first vehicle connection linking King Street with Lake Street in Northbridge is expected to commence, creating an inviting public open space near the western bus portal," she said. "That connection will be followed by the new William Street Mall and Yagan Square." Fact File Perth City Link is expected to attract more than $4 billion in private investment and provide new accommodation for up to 13,500 residents Registrations of interest for future Perth City Link land sales can be made to Information is also available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Kalgoorlie-Boulder water savings add up119679Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/08/2016 12:07:44 AM2016-08-23T22:00:00Za Waterwise Towns Program results in big water savings for Kalgoorlie-Boulder Participating households helped save about 100 million litres of water With a little bit of help from the Water Corporation, about 3,800 Kalgoorlie-Boulder households used 100 million litres less water compared with the same eight month period last year. Water Minister Mia Davies today congratulated the households that took part in the water efficiency program and said the savings were the equivalent of more than 44 Olympic-sized swimming pools. "The savings were achieved through the Liberal National Government's Waterwise Towns Program, delivered through the corporation. It offered personalised water use advice to households through a series of letters or emails based on information gathered through smart water meters," Ms Davies said. "Smart water meters allow households to access detailed information about their water use through My Water, enabling them to identify spikes in use or continuous flows which could indicate a leak." Reducing water use forms part of the State Government's Water Forever plans to secure water supplies in the drying climate. The Minister said the overall reduction in water use was due to the dedication of participants to save water in the drying climate. "The program has been a huge success with households getting involved through analysing patterns in their water use, making small changes and seeing a decrease in their water use as a result," she said. "A number of customers were able to identify leaks at their properties and others simply enjoyed being part of the community effort to reduce water use." Fact File Kalgoorlie-Boulder forms part of the Integrated Water Supply Scheme which supplies water to Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural Region and parts of the South West About 20,000 households in Eaton, Australind and Mandurah also participated in Waterwise Towns programs, saving 320 million litres of water Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA's multicultural youth are making their mark119648Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/08/2016 2:01:19 AM2016-08-23T02:00:00Za ​WA's first culturally and linguistically diverse youth summit report launched Programs receive $66,750 funding from the Liberal National Government The voices of Western Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) youth have been recorded in a new report, which will be used to help shape the way public and community agencies respond to issues affecting multicultural youth. The report outlines recommendations from WA's first CaLD youth forum - the Catalyst Youth Summit, attended by 46 delegates from 22 countries - held in February 2016, which enabled young people to work together to create solutions for issues that affected them. The recommendations include the need for cultural competence training for CaLD youth-related service providers, and the importance of creating opportunities for young people from CaLD backgrounds to share their stories and have their voices heard. A new leadership program, called Shout Out, has also been launched, to provide media and public speaking training to young people from CaLD backgrounds, following feedback highlighting that young people prefer to speak for themselves. Both programs, run by the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA and supported with funding by the Liberal National Government via the Office of Multicultural Interests, aim to provide young people from CaLD backgrounds with the skills to become community leaders. Speaking at the report's launch, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the Catalyst Youth Summit and the Shout Out program gave young people the skills and the forum to share their valuable perspective to further contribute to WA and its future. "It is essential we equip young people from CaLD backgrounds with the skills to contribute to economic, social and political development and positively participate in public discussion and decision making," Dr Nahan said. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said the summit and report were an example of the State Government working with young West Australians from multicultural backgrounds to find solutions to issues of importance to them. "West Australians can have great confidence in our future with our young people making such a significant and positive contribution to the community," Mr Simpson said. Fact File The Shout Out program is open to all people from a refugee or migrant background aged 18-25. Professional speakers can be booked for events via http// Visit https// to read the report and learn about Shout Out Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5700
Work starts on new bike trail at Margaret River119646Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/08/2016 1:01:19 AM2016-08-23T01:00:00Za Additional tourism attraction in the Margaret River region New opportunity to explore the region's natural attractions on two wheels Supported by a $155,000 investment through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program and $100,0000 from Lotterywest Construction has started on a new nine kilometre world-class mountain bike trail network in Bramley National Park, in the State's South-West, that will provide a challenge for even the most experienced off-road cyclists. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the tender for the construction of the new trail had been awarded to Margaret River trail business Common Ground. "The first trail of the new network, Paper Trail, opened last year, and this challenging track has already been very popular, recording nearly 6,500 rides," Mr Jacob said. "The extra nine kilometres of new trail that is now being constructed will be suitable for all skill levels, but will also provide testing options and lines for experienced mountain bikers." The new trail forms part of the first purpose-built trail network under the Liberal National Government's South West Mountain Bike Master Plan. This master plan was released last year to meet the growing demand for purpose-built trails and a more managed approach for one of the world's fastest growing recreational pursuits. The master plan identifies Margaret River as a site for development of a trail network of national significance that will see construction of about 80km of purpose-built trails. The new trail is funded by $155,000 from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program through the Parks for People initiative, as part of the Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018. Lotterywest also provided a grant of $100,000 to the Margaret River Offroad Cycling Association to support the project. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the project would be a boon for tourism in the region. "The Parks for People initiative encourages more visitors to explore our regions by creating exciting new attractions and opportunities in the South-West region," Mr Redman said. "The Bramley National Park bike trail is a fantastic example of this and I am pleased it will soon be open for cyclists from all over the world to enjoy." Fact File During development, some of the trail network within the construction zone will be closed to riders with limited entry roads into the pines trails The new trail is expected to be completed by the end of October Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Community group chosen for Scarborough plan119642Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/08/2016 12:41:57 AM2016-08-23T00:30:00Za Six community members appointed for Scarborough Community Advisory Group Group to provide feedback for design and planning of road extensions $75.4 million redevelopment of Scarborough foreshore underway Planning Minister Donna Faragher has appointed six community members to a new advisory group to provide local input into road extensions proposed in the Scarborough Master Plan. Mrs Faragher said major redevelopment projects often involved challenging planning and development, and community consultation was a key step in achieving the right solutions. "I am pleased to invite these six residents, business owners and environmental representatives to work alongside the Liberal National Government and the City of Stirling to help plan and design the north and south extensions of The Esplanade," she said. Construction of the $75.4 million Scarborough foreshore redevelopment is underway, with demolition of the former surf club and community centre complete and the appointment of a lead contractor expected in the coming weeks. The Minister said major foreshore works would start in September, with the first new beachfront destination - Sunset Hill - expected to open in mid-2017. "Scarborough will become one of Australia's best beachfront precincts while also offering improved amenity and more choices for the local community," she said. "The road extensions will help improve traffic flow and accessibility in and around the Scarborough foreshore. They are not part of the current works scope and require a further 18 months to two years of planning and approvals, starting with a detailed design process which the community advisory group will provide feedback on. "There was a strong response to the call for nominations and I am confident the input from the community advisory group will help deliver the best outcomes for the redevelopment of Scarborough." Fact File The community advisory group will be chaired by North Metropolitan Region MLC Liz Behjat and will include representatives from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the City of Stirling Members of the community can lodge submissions for consideration by the group via email at The Scarborough redevelopment is being funded by the State Government ($48 million) and the City of Stirling ($27.4 million) For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300 SCARBOROUGH REDEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP North Metropolitan Region MLC Liz Behjat - chairwoman Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority representative James Hewitt Mark Irwin, councillor, City of Stirling Wayne Bowen, chairman, Scarborough Beach Association Rae Kolb, convenor, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare group Mike Banning, Scarborough resident Trisha Lee, chairwoman, Scarborough Primary School board Greg Tate, Scarborough resident David Bryant, retired principal and surf club member
Midland Workshops revitalisation on track119641Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/08/2016 12:25:46 AM2016-08-23T00:00:00Za MG Group appointed for $7 million Railway Square development Upgrade works complete as Midland Workshops open for events Perth artist Stuart Green selected to reinterpret Midland's industrial rail history The Liberal National Government's renaissance of Midland continues with Planning Minister Donna Faragher today announcing the appointment of a works contractor and public artist for the Railway Square public open space. Mrs Faragher also called for expressions of interest from event agencies and commercial operators looking to use the workshops space. MG Group will start work next month to create the new $7 million Railway Square public open space, with alfresco areas due next year as buildings around the square are completed. Phase one of the Railway Square public open space works program is due to be complete in time for the 2017 Anzac Day commemorations. The Minister said the State Government and private investment in Midland was creating jobs and business opportunities with three developers working on a new hotel, residential and retail spaces, along with future plans to undertake work on the gatehouse and timekeepers cottage. "Over the past decade, Midland has gone through an incredible transformation attracting significant investment to the area and creating places for residents and visitors to relax, socialise and enjoy quality entertainment," she said. "Millions of dollars are being invested by the Government and private developers to make this area of Midland more accessible and provide enviable public spaces and amenities." The local community, events sector and commercial operators have shown keen interest in the iconic workshops site and can now submit expressions of interest in relation to three venues within the precinct - Block 2, the Powerhouse and Railway Square. "Steeped in industrial heritage, Block 2 and the Powerhouse are striking venues that could be used for corporate functions, weddings, film-site locations or commercial operations," she said. "The Government is seeking new and exciting entertainment, leisure, art, music and food and beverage operators to transform the precinct into the cultural heart of Midland." Mrs Faragher also announced Stuart Green as the principal artist for Railway Square. "He is the mastermind behind some of Perth's most striking public artworks created in recent years and will work with the project team to reinterpret and celebrate the rail history of the area via an integrated art installation throughout Railway Square," she said. Fact File Expressions of interest are open until September 30, 2016 Artist Stuart Green designed the lighting edge of the Elizabeth Quay inlet and the distinctive petals of the new Perth Children's Hospital For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Support for south-east corridor youth119640Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html23/08/2016 12:12:51 AM2016-08-22T23:30:00Za $100,000 grant to support at-risk youth in south-east metropolitan region A collective impact initiative focused on supporting some of Western Australia's most vulnerable young people has received a $100,000 grant from the Liberal National Government. Led by Save the Children WA since June 2013, the South East Corridor Youth Partnership Project brings together all levels of government and the community sector to meet the needs of at-risk youth in the south-east metropolitan region. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said positive outcomes for young people were dependent on strong collaboration between government and community sector organisations to deliver localised services. "I commend Save the Children WA on providing the leadership and strategic direction that this project requires in order to provide collaborative support and services to young people within the community," Mr Simpson said. "The State Government is pleased to be able to provide this funding which will help to provide long-term sustainable impact and change for young people living in the local government areas of Armadale, Gosnells, Canning and Belmont." Through the partnership, young people are also playing a key role in the planning and delivery of programs, including the Youth Leadership Roundtable which allows participants to work to try and improve the lives of their peers. "This is an exciting aspect of the program and it is pleasing to see such an innovative approach to youth service delivery," the Minister said. Fact File The South East Corridor Youth Partnership Project previously received funding of $478,958 for the period June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016 For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Parent and teacher meth help boosted in schools119638Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements130html22/08/2016 11:50:09 PM2016-08-22T22:00:00Za $500,000 for new drug education resources for parents and pastoral carers WA Meth Strategy initiative to disrupt supply and reduce demand A $500,000 boost to drug education will help school support staff and parents better understand prevention and treatment of meth use, according to Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell. "The funding will strengthen the capacity of pastoral care staff including psychologists, chaplains and nurses to help students understand the misery of meth," Ms Mitchell said. "It will also help parents by boosting the ongoing delivery of the successful parent education sessions, which assist them to understand prevention and treatment of meth use. "This initiative will put skills and knowledge in the hands of those people who have daily contact with young people who may be susceptible to, or affected by, methamphetamine use." Education Minister Peter Collier said the initiative would target young people at increased risk of harm by including resources warning students in Years 11 and 12 about the dangers of meth use. These new resources and interactive online materials are aimed at students who are disengaged from mainstream schooling, Aboriginal students in remote school sites and students with special needs. "Reducing the impact of meth use on our community is a high priority for the State Government and this is an early intervention initiative aimed at reducing demand," Mr Collier said. This funding was announced in the State Budget and is part of the Government's multi-faceted WA Meth Strategy. It is in addition to the recently announced new drug education resource now available to schools. Fact File The resources will be developed by the School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) and published at http// For counselling, information and referral available 24/7, contact the Parent and Family Drug Support Line on 9442 5050 or 1800 653 203 (country callers toll free) Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400 Education Minister's office - 6552 6300
$12 million upgrade for Marmion Ave intersections119632Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5740html22/08/2016 1:10:07 AM2016-08-22T01:00:00Za New and extended turning pockets will reduce delays Enhanced pedestrian and cycling facilities increase safety Transport Minister Dean Nalder today announced work had started on a $12 million project to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersections of Marmion and Hepburn avenues and Marmion and Whitfords avenues in Perth's northern suburbs. "This Liberal National Government project will provide additional and extended turning pockets that will reduce delays and driver frustration in peak periods," Mr Nalder said. "The upgrades will also improve safety at these intersections, where many accidents have occurred over the years. "Western Power began a comprehensive program of works at both intersections in July 2016 to transfer power services underground and relocate street lighting. "These preliminary works are expected to be completed in November when road construction starts. The project is due for completion in June 2017." Traffic signals will be upgraded and CCTV cameras installed to improve traffic flow and real-time intervention. "Improvements will also be made to pedestrian and cycling facilities, which will ensure increased safety at these busy intersections," the Minister said. Fact File In the five years to December 31, 2014 there were a total of 119 crashes at Marmion Avenue/Hepburn Avenue and 130 at Marmion Avenue/Whitfords Avenue At its peak, the project will support up to 75 jobs During construction, road users should expect intermittent lane closures and speed restrictions For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6400
$236 million Mitchell Freeway extension on track118898Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6080html21/08/2016 3:08:42 AM2016-08-21T01:00:00Za Last of three new northern suburbs freeway overpasses installed this weekend The third and final bridge beam installation associated with the $236 million extension of the Mitchell Freeway is underway and when complete, will create a new traffic interchange at Burns Beach Road. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the 24 heavy concrete beams - the heaviest which weighed up to 90 tonnes and the longest measuring 24.5 metres - were being lifted and positioned for a traffic bridge over Burns Beach Road. Several steel and concrete segments were also being installed to form a new pedestrian bridge. "The installation is a major milestone in the delivery of this key transport infrastructure project, which is running on budget and ahead of schedule," Mr Nalder said. "The Mitchell Freeway extension project involves extending the freeway by six kilometres from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue. "This initiative will not only create more than 200 jobs at the construction peak, it will improve traffic flows and reduce congestion, and provide safer access for pedestrians and cyclists." The project, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Liberal National governments, is expected to be completed in 2017. The Minister said road closures were in place and train services were closed between Joondalup and Butler to allow the safe installation of the freeway overpass and pedestrian bridge. Mr Nalder said the freeway extension followed the recent completion of the $78.83 million Reid Highway upgrade which would significantly improve safety, vehicle capacity and connectivity. "Drivers now have uninterrupted travel along Reid Highway over Malaga Drive and reduced congestion with the recent opening of a second traffic bridge over the Mitchell Freeway in Hamersley and Carine," he said. "The completion of more than 4.2 kilometres of two-lane dual carriageways westbound and eastbound between Erindale Road and Marmion Avenue will also improve traffic flows and travel times." The Australian and State government-funded Reid Highway upgrade removed the Malaga Drive intersection from Western Australia's Black Spot list. Fact File Overpasses have also been installed on the Mitchell Freeway at Hester Avenue and Neerabup Road Road closures near the Mitchell Freeway and Burns Beach Road are in place until 5am August 22. For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6400
3D technology faces up to a healthy WA future102119Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5140html19/08/2016 4:05:42 AM2016-08-19T04:00:00Za World-class research to unlock rare disease diagnosis Pilbara children focus of new $298,000 study World-class Western Australian health research promising early diagnosis of rare diseases is being extended to the Pilbara. Welcoming a $298,000 donation by the Roy Hill Community Foundation to establish the Pilbara Faces study, Health Minister John Day said the research would have Australian and international implications. "I congratulate the foundation on its commitment to Pilbara Faces, which is the latest - and largest - extension of a significant Western Australian health project," Mr Day said. "It highlights the skills and innovative approach of Western Australian researchers, especially the work of renowned geneticist Clinical Associate Professor Gareth Baynam and his team at Genetic Services of Western Australia. "Since 2013, Dr Baynam has been recording children's faces and identifying telltale features and contours, some that are not easily distinguished by the naked eye. These variations can flag rare diseases affecting thousands of West Australians and millions worldwide." Working from Princess Margaret and King Edward Memorial hospitals, the Genetic Services of WA team began the current equitable health innovation project in 2013. This work has been enabled by Dr Baynam's Department of Health Raine Clinician Research Fellowship. They have recently recorded children's faces in the Goldfields, extending the library of Aboriginal faces to 120. "One of the advantages of 3D imaging for disease diagnosis is that it is less invasive than many other tests and is often seen as a fun experience by children," the Minister said. "Testing this way takes just 20 minutes and is not only cheaper but promises to be more accurate, especially as the database grows and is further analysed. "The research aims to produce diagnostic tools that can be used by doctors around the world and is an example of the Liberal National Government's commitment to, and investment in, supporting innovation for the benefit of the Western Australian community." The Pilbara Faces project starts in 2017 and will run for three years. Fact File Genetic Services of WA is an agency of the Department of Health Pilbara Faces has been made possible by a $298,000 donation from the Roy Hill Community Foundation and support from the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation The funding was driven by the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Program, an initiative of the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation Minister's office - 6552 6200
Developers wanted for rare Girrawheen land parcel102117Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5910html19/08/2016 3:05:06 AM2016-08-19T03:05:00Za Up to 160 homes to be delivered on former school site 12km from CBD Site works expected to start in mid-2017 The Liberal National Government is seeking proposals from developers to deliver up to 160 private, affordable and social housing homes on the site of the former Hainsworth Primary School. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the 4.2 hectare site presented a rare opportunity for the private sector to partner the State Government and deliver affordable medium-density housing in a revitalised suburb. "The Hainsworth project will create a vibrant, diverse community near parks, schools and a community centre," Mr Grylls said. The Housing Authority will harness the creativity and experience of a private sector partner to achieve its vision of transforming middle-ring urban living through affordable, diverse and environmentally sustainable housing. The successful proponent will facilitate all aspects of the development process from concept-to-keys. Site work is expected to start in mid-2017. The Minister said the Hainsworth project was another example of the Government's commitment to partnering with the private sector under the State Affordable Housing Strategy, which was expected to deliver 30,000 affordable housing opportunities by 2020. "The Hainsworth project presents an attractive commercial opportunity for private developers to showcase a contemporary, attractive infill development," he said. "It will provide a greater diversity of housing choice in Girrawheen, including modern contemporary apartments and semi-detached housing on small cottage lots. "The design will also incorporate existing native vegetation to preserve some of the larger established trees." Fact File The closing date for submissions is September 29, 2016 at 2.30pm WST. Visit http// (Ref HOU1073316) to apply Proponents will need to provide an integrated solution to project delivery, have the capacity and willingness to invest in the delivery of built form product, and work collaboratively with the Government to achieve the project's vision and objectives Lot 14143 (16) Harford Way is located in the suburb of Girrawheen in the City of Wanneroo - about 12km north of the Perth CBD Minister's office - 6552 6100
More support for students with disability102116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6350html19/08/2016 3:00:13 AM2016-08-19T03:00:00Za Quality, specifically tailored resource and assessment tools for students with disability Assessments designed to maintain rigour Supports development of communication, personal, social and learning skills Western Australian students with disability and additional needs are set to receive extra resources to help them with learning and assessments. Education Minister Peter Collier said Abilities Based Learning Education, Western Australia would provide an unprecedented level of support for students with special learning needs. "Under the Liberal National Government, all Western Australian schools have now been given the resources for students with disability and special learning needs that have been trialled in this State alongside materials used successfully in Victoria," Mr Collier said. "The ABLEWA resources enable these students to participate in learning experiences that are specifically tailored to further develop their skills, knowledge and understanding." Teachers will be supported with an online professional learning package that will provide advice on linking reporting information with curriculum planning and teaching. "The resources form just one part of a wide range of assessment tools and practices that teachers can incorporate into their planning and decision-making," the Minister said. The assessments can be used for students between four and 18 years of age, working at Year 4 level or below. Assessments for students working above Year 4 level will be the same as for their classmates, but with any reasonable adjustments made for the student. "ABLEWA development has been led by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, with the support of representatives from expert groups in education for students with disability from across the sectors," Mr Collier said. ABLEWA supports the teaching and learning of students who, through disability or special learning needs, might not be able to access the Pre-primary to Year 10 curriculum. Fact File ABLEWA resources are now available to all WA schools Resources have been trialled successfully in 124 schools in WA Minister's office - 6552 6300
Tough laws see drop in assaults against police102113Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3170html19/08/2016 2:33:32 AM2016-08-19T02:30:00Za Significant drop in assaults against police and public officers since 2009 In 2009, mandatory sentencing came into force for assaulting public officers The Liberal National Government today revealed there had been a significant drop in assaults against police officers since it introduced tough mandatory sentencing laws in 2009 for people who assault police. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said there had been a 34 per cent reduction in police assaults in 2015 compared with 2009. "In 2009, there was 1,227 incidents where our police officers were assaulted and this reduced to 800 police assaults last year," Ms Harvey said. The Minister also revealed assaults against public officers had reduced by 26 per cent in 2015 (1,185 incidents) compared with 2009 (1,613 incidents). Incidents of obstructing public officers had also reduced by 35 per cent in 2015 (1,758 incidents), compared with 2009 (2,718 incidents). Attorney General Michael Mischin said the State Government passed laws in 2009 which now meant offenders faced a minimum jail term of 12 months for doing grievous bodily harm to police and other public officers; nine months for doing them bodily harm (in circumstances of aggravation); and six months for assault causing bodily harm. "The legislation sends a message to the community that violent attacks against our police and other public officers will no longer be tolerated in Western Australia, and the continuing reduction in assaults indicates it has been successful," Mr Mischin said. "Despite the opposition and scaremongering from the Labor Party during the debate, the mandatory sentencing legislation has proven to be an effective deterrent against violence." Ms Harvey said the reductions were encouraging, however the community needed to be reminded of the tough laws to help further drive down assaults against police and public officers. "We have always been the Government that protects our police and the small section of the community who attack our officers need to know they will be locked up," she said. Fact File To date, in 2016 there have been 421 assaults against police; 634 assaults against public officers; and 883 incidents of obstructing a public officer The Government introduced mandatory jail for assaults against police, ambulance officers, transit guards, court security officers, prison officers and youth custodial officers Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900 Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Red tape slashed for National Police Certificates102110Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7520html19/08/2016 1:07:55 AM2016-08-19T01:00:00Za Waiting period slashed for public to obtain National Police Certificates WA Police officers returned to frontline duties Savings passed onto the public The Liberal National Government's move to digitise the process for obtaining a National Police Certificate has slashed waiting times from five working days to just a matter of minutes, allowing officers to focus on core duties. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said National Police Certificates outlined if an individual had any criminal history or pending charges and previously took five working days to complete. "We previously outsourced this process to Australia Post which, in conjunction with WA Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, recently developed a way to digitise the process from start to finish," Ms Harvey said. "For 65 per cent of applicants, the new online process has reduced the five working day waiting period to an average of 30 minutes and the quickest we have been able to supply a person's certificate is just 10 minutes." The Deputy Premier said a major reason the certificates were able to be generated so quickly was because WA Police had developed a system that could digitally and automatically verify the required identification. If an application requires further investigation, the individual is notified within an hour that their National Police Certificate has been referred to WA Police. This notification process has also markedly reduced enquiries made to WA Police. "The savings generated by removing the need for a police officer to manually process the certificates has been passed onto the consumer, who now pays almost $10 less for the certificate than last financial year," Ms Harvey said. The Deputy Premier said the outsourcing to Australia Post and the online process had enabled the equivalent of 17 full-time police and administration officers to return to their core duties. "The State Government has committed to reducing red tape and the inaugural 2015 Red Tape Reduction score card found WA Police had returned 98 officers to frontline duties by reducing paperwork and administrative tasks, such as processing National Police Certificates," she said. Fact File The digitisation of the National Police Certificate has reduced costs for the public from $61.80 to $52.60 Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900
Artworks arise for new Pingelly Health Centre102106Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2670html19/08/2016 12:28:02 AM2016-08-19T00:00:00Za Award-winning artist Tony Pankiw to produce twin sculptures Part of State Government's Percent for Art Scheme Acclaimed Western Australian artist Tony Pankiw has been chosen to create works for the new Pingelly Health Centre, under the State Government's Percent for Art Scheme. Announcing the artworks commission today, Health and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Mr Pankiw was chosen from a talented pool of artists for his experience creating public art that incorporated historical, cultural and environmental messages. "He has produced sculptures for the new St John of God Midland Public Hospital and the Kalgoorlie Health Service," he said. "For Pingelly Health Centre, he plans to create two sculptures that will tell the story of the local area. He has named them 'Pingelly Arising'." The main feature artwork will be a large aluminium piece in the entrance garden, designed to guide visitors to the health centre. "This sculpture will be four metres high, with large wings suggesting a phoenix rising, to reflect growth, renewal and strong families," Mr Day said. "The second, lower sculpture will reference local landmark Boyagin Rock." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new Pingelly Health Centre, made possible by Royalties for Regions, would include a contemporary emergency department, Emergency Telehealth Service videoconferencing facilities and group therapy rooms. "Investment in building health infrastructure and services is vital to create vibrant regions with strong economies," Mr Redman said. "The new, purpose-built facility will bring improvements in patient care to Pingelly and the wider region and the inclusion of Mr Pankiw's art further enhances its place in the community." The $8.4 million Pingelly Health Centre is made possible by Royalties for Regions through the Southern Inland Health Initiative. Construction is scheduled to be completed by early 2018. Fact File The Percent for Art Scheme delivers artworks for major new public buildings. For more information, visit http// The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative includes new builds and upgrades to 37 health services in the Wheatbelt, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West. For more information, visit http// Health and Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Onslow community wins with new sporting facilities101819Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4110html19/08/2016 12:13:06 AM2016-08-18T23:00:00Za $4 million new sports courts for Onslow New courts to host 2016 Onslow Basketball Carnival Funded by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program and BHP Billiton The people of Onslow will benefit from new $4 million sporting facilities, as the area becomes a major Western Australian gas hub. Opening the new multipurpose sports courts today, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said they would provide modern facilities for the local sporting community. "The courts can be used year-round for basketball, netball and other community activities and include digital scoreboards, spectator seating and lighting for night games," Mr Marmion said. "BHP Billiton, through its commitments under the State Development Agreement for the Macedon domestic gas project, contributed $3.7 million towards the cost of this facility. "Onslow has been transformed by the Liberal National Government, with these courts and a planned skate park in the pipeline building on the recently redeveloped airport and investments in the Onslow Health Service." Construction of the courts was planned and managed by the Shire of Ashburton, with a $300,000 contribution from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, through the Pilbara Development Commission. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the former basketball courts were out-dated and unsuitable for year-round use. "Completion of this project will bring a new level of recreation and entertainment options for the Onslow community," Mr Redman said. "This is a great example of State and local government working together with industry to deliver social and economic outcomes for the region." The new facilities will host this weekend's 2016 Onslow Basketball Carnival, which draws up to 30 teams from across the State each year. Fact File The Macedon project started operation in September 2013. The project is owned by BHP Billiton (71.4%) and Quadrant Energy (28.6%) The project is within the Government's Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area and can produce up to 220 terajoules of natural gas per day BHP Billiton has also contributed $1 million towards the construction of a skate park for Onslow, expected to be completed later this year State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Scitech to relocate to Perth Cultural Centre102104Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15840html18/08/2016 11:01:45 AM2016-08-18T11:00:00Za ​Scitech will relocate from City West to Perth Cultural Centre Inaugural Premier's Fellow in Agriculture and Food announced Conservation scientist Professor Kingsley Dixon is Scientist of the Year Professor Ian Ritchie AO inducted to WA Science Hall of Fame Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett has announced the Liberal National Government would continue its strong support of science education by relocating Scitech from its current West Perth premises to the Perth Cultural Centre. Speaking tonight at the Premier's Science Awards, Mr Barnett said Scitech would remain at City West until 2021 after which it would be relocated to a space completely reimagined as a modern, digitally driven, state-of-the-art centre for science education. "The State Government's long-term commitment to the cultural centre as the epicentre of science, literature and the arts is already demonstrated in the $428 million new museum complex," he said. "A reinvigorated cultural centre will highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics to the community. "Scitech is a natural fit for the cultural centre, working closely with the new museum and also at the $17 million upgrade of the museum's Welshpool facilities, where opportunities to share storage and exhibition development facilities will be explored." The Premier also revealed the appointment of Dr Simon Cook as the inaugural Premier's Fellow in Agriculture and Food. His appointment will see the Government collaborate with Curtin and Murdoch universities through the delivery of a cutting edge agricultural research program. As the Premier's Fellow, Dr Cook will build and lead a research team in Western Australia to develop the State's capabilities in big data and agriculture. Mr Barnett said the appointment provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen the collaboration across two leading universities within the field of agriculture, and build on the successes of past Fellows in creating hubs of academic excellence in areas of need. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Fellowship program represented yet another exciting opportunity to broaden the State's economy made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. "I am pleased Royalties for Regions can support world-leading research of particular importance to regional WA's economy and the agriculture sector by investing in these important programs," Mr Redman said. The Science Awards also saw conservation scientist Professor Kingsley Dixon crowned Scientist of the Year. Professor Dixon, from Curtin University, was previously Foundation Director of Science at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and has been credited as the driving force behind its research excellence. "Professor Dixon is widely known for discovering the specific chemical in smoke that is responsible for germination in many of Australia's plants," the Premier said. Dr Scott Draper, from The University of Western Australia, was announced as the winner of the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year for his work on offshore fluid mechanics. Audiologist Christopher Brennan-Jones, from The University of Western Australia, was announced as Student Scientist of the Year. Curtin's Fireballs in the Sky was awarded the Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year. For the tenth year in a row, the awards have also recognised lifelong contributions to science through the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame. Professor Ian Ritchie AO was announced as the 2016 inductee for his dedication to science and his championing of a practical, business-focused approach to science in the State. Professor Ritchie was instrumental in the transformation of the WA Chemistry Centre to the ChemCentre, as well as the establishment of the AJ Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Hydrometallurgy. The induction was made posthumously and was accepted by his son, Andrew Ritchie. Fact File Scitech is a not-for-profit organisation which increases awareness, interest, capability and participation by West Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics Scitech has been based at City West for 28 years, with its annual visitors growing from 168,000 to a peak of 315,000 people in the past 15 years The Government Architect will ensure Scitech's new home takes full advantage of the opportunities to connect and link Scitech to WA's new and existing world-class institutions For more information about the Fellow program, visit https// For more information about the awards, visit http// Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Premier's Science Awards - Winners' Profiles Scientist of the Year Professor Kingsley Dixon Curtin University Professor and Visiting Professor at Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Professor Dixon's efforts in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science have been fundamental to conserving threatened species and transforming ecological restoration practice in Australia. His discovery of the specific chemical in smoke that is responsible for germination in Australian species has had widespread application, being valued at $100 million per annum in terms of potential global benefits to agriculture, mining restoration and horticulture. As Foundation Director of Science at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for 32 years, he is acknowledged as the driving force behind the creation of its world-recognised research laboratories. Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year Dr Scott Draper Senior Lecturer, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering (The University of Western Australia) Dr Draper is known internationally for his research in offshore fluid mechanics. He has developed models to optimise the configuration of offshore wind and tidal turbines for renewable energy, predict seabed scour and estimate the stability of offshore structures in extreme wave conditions. His research on marine renewable energy provided the first accurate assessment of marine renewable energy resources in the UK. Across all fields of offshore fluid mechanics, Dr Draper has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, has worked on multiple Australian Research Council projects and has supervised award-winning PhD and Master students. ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year Mr Christopher Brennan-Jones PhD Candidate, Ear Sciences Centre (The University of Western Australia) Mr Brennan-Jones' PhD research focused on improving efficiency and access to ear and hearing healthcare services in WA. He led an international consortium which assessed the reliability of automated hearing tests for use in the absence of specialists. Mr Brennan-Jones discovered some common inconsistencies that, if not corrected, could result in missed diagnoses of middle ear disease or tumours. Building on this work, he has developed diagnostic protocols that can be applied to automated audiometry to correct these errors and is translating this research into practice, by establishing an indigenous ear health program in the East Pilbara. Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year Fireballs in the Sky (Curtin University) The Desert Fireball Network aims to understand the early workings of the solar system by studying meteorites, fireballs and their pre-Earth orbits by capturing the paths of fireballs in the sky from multiple viewpoints. With this data, the fireball's pre-Earth orbit and eventual landing position are tracked. Fireballs in the Sky is the outreach arm of the project. More than 89,000 West Australians have engaged with the program through hands-on activities, talks and events, and it has received international media coverage. The citizen science smartphone app has had 23,000 downloads world-wide and, in 2015, the app was awarded the National iAward for Innovation in Education.  Western Australian Science Hall of Fame 2016 Inductee - Professor Ian Ritchie AO Professor Ritchie was a distinguished scientist, educator and community leader. He was a champion of chemistry and its role in the community, and prominently reshaped the State's scientific landscape by championing a practical, business-focused approach to science. He supported the retention and renewal of the WA Chemistry Centre. As a key government advisor and foundation board chairman, he guided its rebirth as the now world-class ChemCentre. Professor Ritchie was also instrumental in establishing Perth as an international hub of research in hydrometallurgy. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the AJ Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Hydrometallurgy in 1992, and served as its director until his retirement in 2001. Under his leadership, the centre grew to become the world's leading, and largest, organisation for hydrometallurgical research. He was a founding member of the WA Premier's Science Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the WA Clean Air Council, where he was the first to advocate for a ban on lead in petrol. In 2003, he was the second recipient of the Premier's Prize for Achievement in Science, now the Scientist of the Year award. He was awarded WA Citizen of the Year in 1997, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014. Professor Ritchie passed away in 2014.