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Perth to attract rowing elite with championship triple14665Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/02/2020 7:40:18 AM2020-02-20T07:40:00Z Perth secures three top-level national rowing events Expected to generate $12 million for Western Australian economy, supporting local jobs and small businesses Events set to help develop and promote the sport of rowing in WA Perth is set to host three premier national rowing events through to 2026, which will attract national and international competitors and inject millions into the State's economy. The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has secured the Australian Masters Rowing Championships in May 2022 and May 2026, and the Australian Rowing Championships in March 2023. The three national events will be held at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, which is one of only two purpose-built water sports centres in Australia that can accommodate international standard rowing. Together, the events will significantly lift the profile of the State in the rowing community and deliver thousands of visitors and about $12 million in economic impact over a five-year period. The Masters is a four-day program for masters aged 27 years and over. Around 350 races are held during the championship, with all events contested over 1,000 metres. The 2019 Masters was held in Perth in May with support from the State Government, through Tourism WA. The event attracted more than 1,100 visitors from outside the State, including international crews from Great Britain, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Rowing in the masters age group is increasing in popularity, with about 42,000 masters rowers registered in Australia. Hosting the 2019 event has laid the foundations to increase visitor numbers for the 2022 and 2026 events by showcasing Perth's world-class rowing facility and diverse tourism offerings to the rowing community. The Australian Rowing Championships is held over a week and is the largest rowing event in Australia. It includes the Australian Open Rowing Championships, Australian Open Schools Rowing Championships and the King's and Queen's Cups Interstate Regatta. The championships were last held in Perth in 2012. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Attracting mass participation events to WA forms part of the State Government's strategic objectives for tourism. "They drive up visitor numbers and spend as well as showcasing the State to new markets. "These three championship events will attract thousands of competitors, officials and supporters to WA and provide a multimillion dollar boost to the economy. "They'll also have a positive impact on local rowing clubs and programs, making sure the sport remains strong and sustainable in Western Australia." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Securing these three events is terrific for Western Australian rowing, bringing top-class competition to the State and delivering significant benefits to WA's tourism, hospitality and small business sectors. "Rowing WA has been working hard locally with its Making Waves program to expand the sport to new participants, and these elite championships will provide a great opportunity for the rowing community to see some of the world's best in action." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Western Australians invited to have their say on waste reform14664Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/02/2020 12:07:27 AM2020-02-20T00:00:00Z Waste reform consultation papers released to guide Western Australia's waste management future Feedback invited via online survey and community consultation sessionWestern Australians are invited to have their say on potential reforms to guide the future of waste management in the State. The McGowan Government today released two consultation papers on waste reform in WA - 'Closing the loop waste reforms for a circular economy' and 'Review of the waste levy'. The proposed reforms support implementation of the 'Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030' and will help the State Government meet its commitment to having at least 75 per cent of waste generated in the State being reused or recycled by 2030. 'Closing the loop waste reforms for a circular economy' outlines legislative proposals to improve waste management in WA including reforming landfill and solid waste storage facility licensing under the Environmental Protection Act 1986; reviewing the application of the waste levy at waste facilities, including new measures to reduce long-term solid waste stockpiling; targeting illegal waste disposal through new compliance and enforcement mechanisms; and strengthening of waste reporting and tracking in WA to ensure the proper disposal of waste. The 'Review of the waste levy' canvasses broader strategic issues related to the waste levy's design, including the geographical area of the levy, and a schedule of future levy rates. To allow time for the review to be completed, there will be no increase to the waste levy for 2020‑21. Comment on the papers can be provided over a 12-week period via an online consultation at http// An information sheet about the linkages between the two papers, as well as the details of community consultation sessions can also be found on this page. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is committed to a cleaner, and more sustainable environment. Becoming a sustainable, low waste, circular economy is key for protecting our environment for future generations. "The proposed waste reforms outlined in these two papers support the State Government's commitment to increase the reuse and recycling of waste generated in the State, and ensure human health and the environment are protected from inappropriate or illegal waste disposal. "I encourage community and industry stakeholders to consider the proposals in the two consultation papers, as their feedback will contribute to the development of approaches to improve waste management." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Kimberley to host iconic sporting events in 202014662Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4540html19/02/2020 8:17:18 AM2020-02-19T08:15:00Z McGowan Government supporting three iconic sporting events in the Kimberley National Fat Bike Championships, Lake Argyle Swim and Lake Argyle Adventure Race to hit Broome and Kununurra in 2020 Support for forum to boost Kimberley women's participation in sport and recreation Broome and Kununurra will again host three iconic sporting events this year thanks to a State Government program which assists regional communities to host local events. The Lake Argyle Swim, national Fat Bike Championships, and Lake Argyle Adventure Race will share in $25,000 from the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (CSES). As well as those three events, the CSES will also contribute $9,500 to help stage the Garnduwa Making Her Mark - Women in Sport Forum which aims to bring together women in the Kimberley to boost their participation in sport and recreation, ultimately leading to healthier individuals, families and communities. The event will be held in March and feature Olympic medallist and former senator Nova Peris, and consist of a training day with practical and classroom sessions. The three sporting events will each highlight part of the Kimberley's stunning outdoor environments. The Lake Argyle Swim will be held on May 2, 2020 and is an open water swim event over distances of 10 kilometres or 20 kilometres, for solo swimmers or teams of two or four. The national Fat Bike Championships will be held on May 15, 2020 at Cable Beach on a course including natural and improvised beach obstacles. The Lake Argyle Adventure Race will be held over several days starting in late August. The multi-sport event will involve a swim leg, trail run, mountain bike section and paddle in and around Lake Argyle and the Carr Boyd Range. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "I'm delighted that these three unique sport events and the women in sport forum will be staged with the assistance of our Country Sport Enrichment Scheme. "The aim of the scheme is to deliver sport development opportunities in regional WA and, in the case of events, utilise elite athletes to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity. "I expect each of the sporting events will attract competitors and spectators to the Kimberley, as well as providing locals with the opportunity to compete in a major event without the burden of travel. "In fact, the Lake Argyle Swim is already sold out and at capacity but I'm told there's still room for junior swimmers to compete in the Sunday event." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "The McGowan Government's support was vital to making sure these sporting events could go ahead - ensuring local participants and spectators can enjoy quality competition in our backyard. "Sport provides so many benefits to the Kimberley region - giving us all the opportunity to come together and enjoy positive, community-building events and all of the physical and mental health benefits they provide." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Joint media statement - Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network upgrades trucking along14661Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4450html19/02/2020 6:00:21 AM2020-02-19T06:00:00Z Works to improve the Mogumber-Yarawindah road in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia have now started, launching the $87.5 million Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network road upgrade program and bringing improved safety and efficiency to a key freight supply chain. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program would improve road reliability and better connect industry to markets. "These upgrades will better connect businesses to domestic and international markets via Western Australia's key ports, improving freight productivity and offering greater opportunities for business growth in the Wheatbelt region," Mr McCormack said. "They are part of the Australian Government's $4.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance initiative - a 10-year investment into the nation's key freight roads." WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the McGowan Government had allocated record funding towards regional roads and identified a schedule of priority Wheatbelt road projects. "These upgrades will complement our work on the draft Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy," Ms Saffioti said. "The McGowan Government has also worked closely with regional local governments to develop the program of Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network's investment priorities. "The funding announced today will help ensure the Wheatbelt's crucial transport supply chains continue to improve, helping this key agricultural area to prepare for growth in trade." Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the network comprised of 4,400 kilometres of roads and the program had identified 53 strategic freight routes requiring upgrade. "Most of the roads that large freight vehicles are permitted to use in the region are narrow, unsealed and unsuited for large volumes of heavy vehicle traffic, so the start of works on the Mogumber-Yarawindah road couldn't be timelier," Ms Price said. "The projects will support local industries and the regional and remote communities located along the network, ensuring they have reliable access to essential services including healthcare and education." Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network group chairman Rick Storer said the Mogumber-Yarawindah upgrade would widen 2.75 kilometres of road and extend drainage culverts, making it much safer for freight vehicle operators. "The Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network initiative is a result of a collaborative approach in working together for a common goal. All participants, including the 42 Wheatbelt Shires, are to be congratulated on their active participation in this program that has been recognised as the biggest local government collaboration in Australia," Mr Storer said. "Today's launch is the culmination of years of hard work and commitment from a number of volunteers and groups. On behalf of the Wheatbelt Shires, residents and businesses I express our thanks and appreciation." The Wheatbelt group consists of the Wheatbelt North Regional Road Group, Wheatbelt South Regional Road Group, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Wheatbelt Inc, WA Local Government Association, Main Roads WA - Wheatbelt Region and the Wheatbelt Development Commission. The $87.5 million Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network program is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $70 million through its Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, the Western Australian Government committing $11.67 million and local government bodies providing the remainder. The Australian Government has committed $0.8 million towards the $1 million Mogumber-Yarawindah road upgrade, with the remainder provided by the Western Australian Government and local government bodies. Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Enabling legislation for METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line passes Parliament14660Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6640html19/02/2020 4:06:51 AM2020-02-19T04:00:00Z Railway (METRONET) Amendment Bill 2019 passed by both houses of State Parliament Process on track to provide the necessary legislative powers to build the planned 21km rail line to Ellenbrook with five new stations Morley-Ellenbrook Line project started with early works at Bayswater Station in late 2019 Request for Proposal out for METRONET's Morley-Ellenbrook Line's main contractThe METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be enshrined into law, after the Legislative Council passed an amendment to the required enabling legislation on Tuesday evening. The Railway (METRONET) Amendment Bill 2019 authorises construction of the rail infrastructure for this major election commitment, which will halve the public transport journey time for passengers travelling between Ellenbrook and the CBD. The next step is for the Bill to be sent for royal assent by Governor Kim Beazley. Thousands of local jobs will be created over the life of the project, with early works already under way as part of the major redevelopment of Bayswater Station. A Request for Proposal for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line's main works contract went out to market last month - the biggest of four works packages that will deliver the project. Along with the main works contract, the Morley-Ellenbrook Line is also being delivered through the Bayswater Station upgrade, Tonkin Gap project and forward works contracts. The Morley-Ellenbrook Line will take passengers from Ellenbrook's growing town centre and surrounding communities, along Drumpellier Drive (formerly New Lord Street), through land north of Marshall Road before running down the middle of Tonkin Highway and connecting to the Midland Line at Bayswater. Stations will be built at Ellenbrook, Whiteman Park, Malaga, Noranda and Morley, with allowance for a future station at Bennett Springs East also in the design. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The enabling legislation has passed, contracts are out and work has started at Bayswater Station - the Morley-Ellenbrook Line is happening. "The enabling legislation passing shows that the Parliament acknowledges the importance of rail and serving the north-east corridor with first-class public transport. "The METRONET team has been working with local communities to get their feedback and maximise the benefits the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will create. "We have also been working with local companies so they are prepared to leverage opportunities and maximise local jobs that come with building METRONET. "This enshrines in legislation our election commitment to connect Perth's fast-growing north-eastern suburbs by rail - we look forward to continuing the work." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Aboriginal employment program teaching lifesaving skills14659Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4200html19/02/2020 2:30:31 AM2020-02-19T02:30:00Z 'Talent Pool' providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth with swimming skills and employment opportunities Program to help new university students from regional WA to transition into city life Work readiness program includes lifesaving qualifications and first aid training Partnership supports McGowan Government's Reconciliation Action Plan Ten young Aboriginal people from Perth and more remote parts of Western Australia are taking part in a swimming and lifesaving employment program to earn qualifications towards jobs in the industry. Developed by the Royal Lifesaving Society of WA, the 'Talent Pool' program has formed a new partnership with State Government venue manager VenuesWest to train and employ local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and university students new to Perth. Participants are working towards a job-ready swimming qualification, including Bronze Medallion certification, to enable them to pursue work or a career in lifesaving. They are learning swimming skills, water safety and first aid qualifications - with VenuesWest expecting the program to provide employment opportunities for participants at some of the State's venues. The program is also providing participants with more general work-readiness skills, supported by mentoring and coaching services. Talent Pool has been used successfully in conjunction with community pools around the State to create first-time employment opportunities for participants. It also helps to promote greater water safety awareness and skills in young people from regional areas, where drownings continue to occur more frequently. Talent Pool supports VenuesWest's Reconciliation Action Plan, which outlines a framework of initiatives the organisation will pursue to promote and support Reconciliation in Western Australia. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "I commend VenuesWest and Royal Lifesaving on this terrific program - providing an avenue towards first-time employment for many young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. "It is particularly pleasing to see the inclusion of university students new to Perth - helping with the transition to the city and providing the chance for ongoing employment as they undertake their studies. "Regional Western Australians continue to be overrepresented in statistics for drownings, and Talent Pool is doing important work to raise water safety skills around the State. "By completing this program, participants will put themselves in a great position to find work in lifesaving, whether as a job to support further education or training, or as a career in its own right. "VenuesWest is committed to delivering on the outcomes it has set in its Reconciliation Action Plan, and it is pleasing to see such a positive, practical program being carried out in some of the State's venues." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Unrestricted pumping declared as Gascoyne flows into Carnarvon8724Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4350html19/02/2020 2:26:35 AM2020-02-19T02:20:00Z McGowan Government working with industry to manage aquifers sustainably and support Carnarvon horticultural industry Ex-Tropical Cyclone Damien delivers significant flows to Carnarvon regionWater Minister Dave Kelly has today announced unrestricted pumping from the Gascoyne River and Riverbed Sands aquifer has been declared for Carnarvon irrigators for the rest of February. The announcement comes after the water started flowing at Nine Mile Bridge at around 8.30pm on Monday evening. Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) gauges are indicating a river height today of 2.8 metres and samples show good water quality at 209 mg/L TDS. The flows have been generated by substantial rain in the upper Gascoyne catchment as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Damien. An earlier flow triggered by ex-Tropical Cyclone Blake, reached Nine Mile Bridge two weeks ago but the flow was not sufficient to declare unrestricted pumping. Unrestricted pumping was last declared in May 2019. It provides irrigators with access to water above their annual water entitlement from Subarea A, with no monthly limit. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is good to see one of the State's horticultural food bowls getting some good news in the form of extra irrigation water. "Unrestricted pumping provides not only the opportunity for irrigators to get some extra water, but it helps DWER manage the salinity of the aquifers that are used for high value horticulture by replenishing groundwater with new fresh flows. "This is the fourth year that Carnarvon aquifers have been recharged and growers have experienced unrestricted pumping. "This is good news for growers and regional water security after a tough few years prior to this. It is also good for Perth as most of the fruit and vegetables grown in Carnarvon are sold within Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Joint media statement - Phase one of Stephenson Avenue Extension tender now open14663Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7410html19/02/2020 11:55:12 AM2020-02-19T01:00:00Z Tenders have been called for phase one of the Stephenson Avenue Extension project - extending Stephenson Avenue from Scarborough Beach Road up to Sarich Court in Osborne Park. The Stephenson Avenue Extension project will be delivered in stages, with the first phase managed by the City of Stirling. It features two lanes in each direction with traffic signalised intersections, new local road connections to Ellen Stirling Boulevard at Oswald Street and Howe Street, on-street parking, pedestrian and cycling facilities, as well as streetscaping. Phase two of the project - extending Stephenson Avenue from Sarich Court to Cedric Street incorporating a new interchange at the Mitchell Freeway - is in planning and development, with construction anticipated to begin in 2021, subject to all relevant approvals. The final phase of the project - Sarich Court to Cedric Street will be delivered by the City of Stirling. Premier Mark McGowan said the Stephenson Avenue Extension Project will encourage investment in the Stirling City Centre, one of the largest business precincts outside the Perth central business district. "With the design, geotechnical investigations and environmental approvals now complete phase one of the Stephenson Avenue Extension project is set to begin construction in mid 2020. "Not only will this project create and support local jobs, it reflects our commitment to ensuring key infrastructure is in place that will help unlock private investment in a key CBD hub outside of Perth." Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Transport Alan Tudge said the opening of tenders for the first phase is an important milestone in the start of the Stephenson Avenue project. "This will kick start the Stephenson Avenue project and further boost job opportunities for Western Australians. "This new infrastructure will provide improved connectivity, connecting people with jobs and goods to markets, in turn facilitating economic and social improvements for the community." WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the extension of Stephenson Avenue was just one of the key projects underway in the northern suburbs reducing congestion and boosting local jobs. "We have undertaken an unprecedented amount of work on key infrastructure projects across the northern suburbs including widening the Mitchell Freeway, upgrading the Ocean Reef Road and Wanneroo Road intersection as well as starting work on the Yanchep METRONET line. "These works, combined with the planned Stephenson Avenue extension, will create local jobs and mean residents will spend less time on the roads and more time doing important things such as spending time with family and friends. "The start of work on this extension is the delivery of yet another key election commitment and construction is anticipated to begin later this year." City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the extension of Stephenson Avenue is the first step towards creating a gateway to the Stirling City Centre. "After many years of planning, the City and local community are excited that phase one of the project will begin mid-year. "The extension will target traffic congestion and open up land for private investment. "The Stephenson Avenue Extension forms part of our broader plan to transform the Stirling City Centre - an area bounded by Karrinyup road, along Cedric Street and Ellen Stirling Boulevard to Scarborough Beach Road - into a strategic metropolitan centre." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Construction starts on the expansion of Osborne Park Hospital3375Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5810html19/02/2020 12:30:11 AM2020-02-19T00:30:00Z Building contract awarded for $24.9 million expansion of Osborne Park Hospital Enhanced obstetric services and neonatal nursery New rehabilitation unit to include an additional 10 beds Expanded specialised therapy hub The McGowan Government election commitment to expand and redevelop Osborne Park Hospital has moved into a new and exciting phase with the start of building work on site. Australian family-owned company, ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd have been awarded the contract to build the new facilities which will provide enhanced public health care to the residents of Perth's northern suburbs and deliver jobs for local workers. The occasion was traditionally marked with a 'turning of the sod' to signify the start of construction. The $24.9 million expansion includes a new level 2A neonatal nursery for local mothers with low to moderate risk pregnancies. The enhanced obstetric services will enable more mothers to give birth closer to where they live. The higher level of care provided at the nursery will also reduce the need for babies requiring specialist care to be transferred to King Edward Memorial Hospital or the new Perth Children's Hospital. This allows more mothers and their babies to remain at the same hospital following the birth. The new 16-bed rehabilitation unit will comprise of six existing stroke beds, as well as 10 additional new beds, and specialises in caring for a range of patients requiring rehabilitation following a stroke, amputation and neurological conditions. When completed, a centralised therapy hub will be a first of its kind for Perth's northern suburbs. It will provide inpatient and outpatient services to thousands of people requiring rehabilitation in a contemporary environment. Patients at the therapy hub will have access to a full complement of nursing, medical and allied health staff support. The state-of-the-art rehabilitation unit will enable patients to interact with one another, which evidence-based research shows enhances recovery outcomes. The expansion project is being delivered by the State and Commonwealth governments through a joint funding arrangement, with the State contributing $14.3 million. Detailed capital planning project work has already commenced, and the project is expected to be completed in 2021. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government promised to expand Osborne Park Hospital and that's exactly what we are doing. The start of building work at the hospital will improve public health services and create jobs. "Osborne Park Hospital was neglected by the Liberal National Government and left struggling to cope. This Government is focused on providing quality healthcare where it's needed. "We have already committed $96 million for a major expansion at Joondalup Hospital and more than $230 million towards a brand new women's maternity hospital in Nedlands, but it is important we continue to invest in smaller hospitals so people can access healthcare near where they live - this is putting patients first." Comments attributed to Balcatta MLA David Michael "These upgrades will mean more local mums can choose to have their baby locally and more expanded rehab services will be available. "I am proud the McGowan Government is fulfilling this commitment after successive governments have neglected Osborne Park Hospital. "I look forward to this being the first of more upgrades to come, giving local residents better healthcare, closer to where they live." Comments attributed to Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski "Osborne Park Hospital has an extra special meaning for me and my family, as both my nieces were born here, close to their home. Delivering on this election promise means other mums with low to moderate risk pregnancies can have their babies closer to their home too. It also means fewer babies will need to be transferred to other hospitals for specialist care, keeping them in the same hospital as their mothers. "I'm so glad to be here today to witness the commencement of building works for this important project that was promised by the McGowan Labor Government. When completed residents in my electorate of Kingsley will benefit from being able to access more services closer to home." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Aboriginal jobs, training and tourism in new Broome development2348Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6800html19/02/2020 12:17:48 AM2020-02-18T22:00:00Z Former Waterbank Station land in Kimberley region to be reactivated Three groups shortlisted to work with the State Government on the unique development opportunity near Broome Aboriginal employment and training, agriculture and ecotourism at heart of development proposalsLands Minister Ben Wyatt today announced three shortlisted proponents have been selected to potentially share in a unique development opportunity of the former Waterbank Station, 40 kilometres from Broome. Local Aboriginal corporation Mibala Burru, Greenvale Enterprises and the leaseholders of Kilto Station each submitted a concept that diversifies the local economy, presents great benefits and opportunities for the community as well as delivering new services to the Kimberley region. Through development of a multipurpose agricultural business, Mibala Burru propose to provide cultural education and training for Aboriginal people, develop Aboriginal businesses and contribute to the diversification of agricultural opportunities in the area through the production of bush foods, apiculture and hemp. Western Australian developer, Greenvale Enterprises Pty Ltd propose to deliver sustainable tourism and economic opportunities for local Aboriginal people through development of an integrated tourism, cultural and leisure facility featuring eco-friendly accommodation, events, education programs and guided tours. Adjacent leaseholders Jack and Vicki Burton have also expressed an interest in part of the land, to be amalgamated with their existing Kilto Station for the expansion of their pastoral business, that will lead to new local training and employment opportunities. The shortlisted proponents will now work with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to further refine their proposed venture and - in consultation with relevant local stakeholders and interest groups - determine how these proposals can potentially make the best use of more than 75,000 hectares of unallocated Crown land. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "After giving careful consideration to the submissions, I am pleased to announce the selection of these three shortlisted proponents to progress to the next stage of the process. "Each proponent has demonstrated a commitment to delivering a range of benefits to the Broome community, and the broader Kimberley region, while staying focused on developing culturally sensitive ventures that are complementary to the area's attributes and character. "The proponents have also shown a commitment to reach agreement with the traditional owners about the future use of these lands. "I look forward to seeing these proposals further fleshed out, as they have the potential to have a really positive impact on the Broome regional community." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Leading agtech event heads west14658Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7900html18/02/2020 7:35:55 AM2020-02-18T07:35:00Z Western Australia to host the 2021 AgriFutures Australia evokeAG event, bringing more than 1,000 delegates to Perth Event will examine future innovations for food and farming Perth will welcome visitors from across the world when it hosts Australia's premier agrifood tech event in February 2021. AgriFutures Australia evokeAG connects delegates from more than 20 countries and across Australia to look to the future possibilities of agrifood technology and investment. More than 1,000 delegates are expected to attend, including farmers, start-ups, innovators, researchers, businesses, government, universities and investors. The past two events have been held in Melbourne and have attracted a contingent of Western Australian businesses looking to explore new opportunities to attract investment, value-add and scale up. evokeAG will partner with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Business Events Perth and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation to showcase innovations and attract investment from across Australia and the Asia Pacific. evokeAG will be held on February 16-17, 2021 in Perth. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "evokeAG is leading the way in the agrifood tech conversation and we are thrilled to be hosting this event for the Asia Pacific region in 2021. "Western Australia is already highly regarded for our quality agriculture and food production and our strong agtech scene. "Our State is increasingly focused on value-add, agtech and foodtech as it diversifies our food and beverage offering and enables us to take further advantage of our excellent production environment and proximity to Asian markets. "The McGowan Government is committed to investment in primary industries, research and development and innovative projects as we establish our State as an agrifood tech hub. "evokeAG will provide an ideal platform to showcase our capabilities and attract potential investors and customers from across Australia and strategic markets across the Asia Pacific." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Business events like evokeAG form an important part of the State Government's strategy to grow our tourism industry. "Not only do people travel for these conferences but often they stay on to explore the State before or after the event - delivering benefits for the State's hotels, restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses. "In recent years, thousands of additional high-quality hotel rooms have been added to the WA market, while at the same time the State Government worked hard to ensure occupancy rates were maintained. "The McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, has given Business Events Perth budget certainty over the forward estimates to secure business events and pursue further opportunities in the space. "In 2018-19, the organisation secured 111 conferences and 153 corporate and incentive meetings which generated around $153 million for the State's economy in visitor spend." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
TBM Grace completes Forrestfield-Airport Link tunnelling journey14657Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13030html18/02/2020 6:32:32 AM2020-02-18T06:30:00Z First tunnel-boring machine breaks through at Bayswater dive structure Arrival marks end of tunnelling for TBM Grace with TBM Sandy expected to finish in May Major infrastructure works to build project's three new stations continue Six METRONET projects to be underway in 2020, creating thousands of local jobs In a major milestone for METRONET's Forrestfield-Airport Link project, tunnel-boring machine (TBM) Grace has broken through the Bayswater dive structure, marking the end of her eight-kilometre journey. In late July 2017, TBM Grace set off from Forrestfield to Bayswater, building one of two tunnels that will house the $1.86 billion project's rail lines. Half of the 54,000 locally fabricated concrete segments - used to form the walls of the twin tunnels - were installed during Grace's journey, with her route taking her under Perth Airport and the Swan River and through diverse ground conditions. On the way she passed through Airport Central and Redcliffe Station boxes, large structures in their own right. TBM Grace will now be dismantled and craned out of the dive structure in preparation for the arrival of TBM Sandy, who is a safe distance behind Grace and is expected to finish tunnelling in May. Trains are set to run on the new rail line in the second half of 2021, providing a 20-minute rail link between the eastern foothills, Perth Airport and the Perth central business district. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a huge milestone for METRONET and the end of a very long journey for TBM Grace. "Where once there was dirt, sand, rocks and tree roots, now sits the foundation for our new railway. "Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link is a key part of our METRONET plan to connect Perth's suburbs and ease congestion. "Thank you to everyone involved, all the workers and the project team, for their commitment to this significant project for our State." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is a proud moment for WA workers, who have just finished the longest rail tunnel ever attempted in WA history. "We started tunnelling on the Forrestfield-Airport Link project in late July 2017 and we now eagerly anticipate the safe arrival of TBM Sandy in coming months to mark the completion of tunnelling. "With the end of tunnelling in sight, work is continuing on important infrastructure components such as station construction and fit out and readying the tunnels for track laying. "The precision engineering it has taken for this machine to tunnel eight kilometres, through varying and sometimes challenging soil types, to break through in exactly the right spot is truly remarkable. "METRONET is the biggest public transport project Perth has ever seen and will provide a fast and easy transport connection between Perth's suburbs." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Proposed mandatory infectious diseases testing of prisoners who assault officers14656Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6420html18/02/2020 4:35:12 AM2020-02-18T04:30:00Z ​New laws to make compulsory the testing of a prisoner accused of assault for an infectious disease Current laws mean an officer has to wait three months to know if they are possibly infected Prisoner's blood-virus infection status would be made available to an affected officerPrisoners who assault prison officers would be mandatorily tested for infectious diseases under proposed new laws now before Western Australia's Parliament. Currently prison officers, who have been assaulted by a prisoner, have to wait three months before they themselves are tested to see if they have contracted an infectious disease such as Hepatitis C or HIV. The new laws mean a prisoner would be tested as soon as possible and face an increased penalty of $3,000, up from $300, or an extra six months on top of their existing sentence for refusing to comply. The tough new penalty and mandatory testing is to try to alleviate the burden on an officer who now has to wait three months before they know if they have possibly been infected. The new laws also cover if an officer has come in contact with a prisoner's bodily fluids. The amendment Bill will also authorise the disclosure of the prisoner's infection status to the affected prison officer. Where the prisoner's infectious disease status is known, the information will be able to be shared with the affected prison officer almost immediately. The provisions contained in the legislation mirror the protection offered to WA police officers. Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan "These tough new amendments fulfil a McGowan Labor Government commitment to support prison officers in the same way as police officers. "Prison officers are required, as part of their duties, to restrain people and are therefore exposed to bodily fluids through which diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV can be transmitted. "It can be a long and anxious wait for an officer not knowing whether the prisoner is carrying an infectious disease. "Under these tough new laws, the burden will be lifted on a prison officer and a prisoner will be mandatorily tested and failure to comply may result in a $3,000 fine and six months on top of their existing sentence. "Our prisoner officers work in highly challenging and complex environments and this proposed new law takes the burden off them and offers some sense of surety."
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance after Tropical Cyclone Damien14655Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3420html18/02/2020 2:48:40 AM2020-02-18T02:45:00Z Disaster assistance has been made available to the Karratha, Port Hedland and Ashburton Shire councils to help with clean up and repairs after Tropical Cyclone Damien. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. The Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the assistance would make sure Pilbara communities bounced back quickly after the cyclone. "Both the Commonwealth and the State will be picking up part of the bill to fix key local roads and community infrastructure," Minister Littleproud said. "Reconnecting parts of the community by fixing roads helps speed up the overall recovery. "We will continue to stand by these communities and will make more assistance available if needed." Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan visited the Pilbara last week where he saw the extent of the damage first hand. "The effects of the destructive nature of Tropical Cyclone Damien have been felt across the region," Minister Logan said. "When I visited the Pilbara, I saw resilient communities working hard to recover from the impacts of this cyclone and get back on their feet as soon as they can. "Ongoing flooding means it could take weeks to assess the full extent of the damage, particularly to the road network, which is why this immediate support is so important. "The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments will continue to monitor the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Damien and are ready to extend disaster assistance to communities in need." Information on disaster assistance is available on the Federal website or at the WA Government site https// Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
McGowan Government to ban wheel clamping in Western Australia14654Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13550html18/02/2020 1:17:48 AM2020-02-18T01:15:00Z Wheel clamping ban to be made law Cabinet approves legislation to be drafted as a matter of priority Visitors will be able to park in popular spots without fear of their vehicle being clamped Clear framework to be developed for use of infringements and vehicle removal methods The McGowan Government will ban wheel clamping across Western Australia, with legislation currently being drafted to end the draconian practice. The new legislation will mean the use of certain vehicle immobilisers, such as wheel clamps, to enforce payment or the collection of parking charges on private property will be banned. A recent series of high-profile wheel clamping cases across our suburbs and other popular locations, including Scarborough, has led to a rise in community concern that vehicles are being clamped improperly and in a way that coerces payment. One of the issues raised by the community is 'wheel clampers' sit and wait for an opportunity to clamp parked vehicles in a predatory and intimidating fashion. The new legislation will protect the rights of land owners and small businesses, to allow for infringements as normal. As a matter of last resort vehicle removal procedures could occur, but costs will be capped and it will include a requirement for WA Police to be notified. To prevent potential malpractice, a comprehensive framework will be developed to regulate the steps taken before a vehicle parked on private property can be removed. This framework will set out rights and responsibilities to ensure vehicle owners are being treated fairly and lawfully, while still ensuring business owners have appropriate turnover of parking bays required for customers. Prominent signage with the penalties and consequences for breaching parking conditions will be required at the site and every effort must be made to locate the owner of a vehicle before it can be removed. The McGowan Government is also progressing amendments to regulation that will lift standards in the WA towing industry, which will come into effect in late-2020. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Wheel clamping is a disgraceful scam, it's un-Australian and it has to stop. "The WA community have made their voice heard on this issue, my Government has listened and we are acting immediately to stamp out this infuriating practice. "New laws to ban wheel clamping are being drafted and will be introduced as quickly as possible. "We will develop a new framework that clearly outlines what steps need to be taken before a car can be fined or towed, that balances the needs of small business with the rights of drivers to be treated fairly." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We have listened to the concerns raised about wheel clamping of vehicles, and other means of vehicle immobilisation, and are making the appropriate changes to prevent this from happening. "We will be consulting with affected businesses to ensure a fair outcome for both vehicle and land owners. "This isn't about replacing wheel clamping with towing - we will ensure strict procedures are in place to regulate the towing of vehicles. "Fairness is the key here, legislative changes will provide both vehicle owners and land owners with a fair system for parking on private land. "The wheel clamping ban will complement other regulatory changes underway to improve safety and conduct in the towing industry." Premier's Office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's Office - 6552 5500
Work Health and Safety Bill to be debated today14653Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8520html18/02/2020 12:20:43 AM2020-02-17T22:35:00Z Work Health and Safety Bill to be debated in Parliament today Industrial manslaughter provisions featured in the Bill The McGowan Government's Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill will be debated in the Legislative Assembly today. To strengthen Western Australia's workplace safety laws, the WHS Bill will better protect workers, modernise safety laws and hold those responsible for any workplace deaths. The new legislation includes industrial manslaughter provisions carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years' imprisonment for an individual and a fine of $10 million for a body corporate. The new laws will make it illegal for insurance companies to indemnify entities against monetary penalties imposed under workplace health and safety laws. Additionally, the Bill will ensure there's an increased focus on mental health and wellbeing. Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The health and safety of workers is a priority for the McGowan Government, and I urge the Opposition Leader to do the right thing and support this very important Bill. "Our community has high expectations that every worker has the right to come home safely after a day at work, it's unacceptable to think otherwise. "Introducing industrial manslaughter laws will have a strong deterrence in this legislation and completely accords with community expectations. "The improved legislation, based on the national model Work Health and Safety Act, will help reduce costs for industry." Minister's office - 6552 6700
New funding option for undergrounding power14652Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12100html18/02/2020 12:17:08 AM2020-02-17T22:30:00Z New funding option to increase undergrounding in WA Almost 4,000 customers to benefit from trial program Funding model capitalises on Western Power's significant capital works program Energy Minister Bill Johnston is pleased to announce a trial of a new funding model that will allow more Western Australians to access the benefits of underground power. Western Power's Network Renewal Underground Program Pilot will be tested in four suburbs where significant capital works projects have been planned to replace and upgrade sections of overhead network. Local governments invited to participate in the pilot are the Town of Bassendean (Eden Hill), City of Stirling (Scarborough), City of Fremantle (Hilton) and the Town of Victoria Park with the City of Canning (St James). Under the pilot model, local government authorities are being given the option to contribute additional funds to cover the difference between like-for-like pole replacement and the cost of converting the area to underground power. Because the poles and wires in the pilot areas are old and due to be replaced, the cost to homes and businesses are expected to be lower than the State Government-led Underground Power Program and other local government-led programs for undergrounding. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "This is an opportunity for local governments to capitalise on the significant investment Western Power commits to rejuvenating and upgrading the network that supplies its customers' energy needs. "On top of the reliability and aesthetic benefits that underground power brings to the customer, the increased capacity also helps unlock the network to new technologies. "This announcement is in line with the McGowan Government's Energy Transformation Strategy, which is committed to a secure, safe and reliable energy future." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Preferred proponent chosen to deliver Denny Avenue road package14647Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8330html17/02/2020 8:33:26 AM2020-02-17T08:30:00Z Downer EDI named preferred proponent for level crossing removal's road component Second of two construction contracts, with Downer EDI also preferred for rail package Community information sessions arranged for March 3 and March 7 Denny Avenue level crossing removal will make crossing safer and revitalise Kelmscott town centre Downer EDI has today been announced as the preferred proponent to deliver the road component of the Denny Avenue METRONET level crossing removal project. The company was also named as the preferred proponent to deliver the rail component package in December 2019. The Denny Avenue level crossing removal project, which will replace the level crossing with a rail-over-road underpass at the nearby Davis Road, will be delivered through two separate design and construction contracts. Work to be done as part of the road package includes realigning Third Avenue, sinking Davis Road under the elevated rail line, new cul-de-sacs for Third and Slee avenues, and works on Albany Highway. Davis Road will be widened from two to four lanes, and three sets of traffic lights will be installed at the Albany Highway, Streich Avenue and Railway Avenue intersections. The project now includes a civic infrastructure component for the revitalisation of the Kelmscott town centre, extensive landscaping and tree planting. A McGowan Government election commitment, the project will make crossing the rail line safer for commuters, pedestrians and cyclists whilst also revitalising the Kelmscott town centre. Interested community members can attend information sessions on Tuesday March 3 between 4pm to 7pm at the John Dunn Hall in Kelmscott and on Saturday March 7 between 8am to 12pm at Kelmscott Hall. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Denny Avenue is the first of up to eight level crossings to be removed as part of METRONET, with all but one on the Armadale train line. "This project will not only remove a dangerous crossing and reduce road congestion, it will also give locals an enhanced Kelmscott town centre to enjoy. "Denny Avenue will join a program of six METRONET projects under construction during 2020, which will upgrade Perth's rail network and create and support local jobs." Comments attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti "The Denny Avenue level crossing is a major concern for Kelmscott residents - it is dangerous and difficult to cross. "Once complete the level crossing removal will create a more vibrant Kelmscott town centre and make crossing safer. "The McGowan Government continues to deliver on our election commitments while supporting local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Heartfelt stories from Australia’s last leprosarium to be shared in the New Museum thanks to generous loan14646Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5750html17/02/2020 7:32:22 AM2020-02-17T07:30:00Z History of the Bungarun leprosarium in Derby, WA, will feature in the New Museum thanks to a significant loan by Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre, Broome The Derby Leprosarium, called Bungarun, operated for 50 years from 1936 until 1986 Thousands of Aboriginal people were relocated to the Bungarun and treated for leprosy Music, art, sharing of culture was promoted as a way of healingIn the 1920s and 30s in the northwest of Western Australia the spread of leprosy (today known as Hansen's Disease) had spiralled. Leprosy spread rapidly among Aboriginal people and one in ten families in the region contracted the disease. To deal with the outbreak the Government of the day opened the Derby leprosarium, known as Bungarun. Hundreds of people at a time were isolated at the facility. Over a 50-year period more than a thousand Aboriginal people from across WA were treated at Bungarun. At least 357 people died, and are buried, at Bungarun. While Bungarun was a place of displacement, painful medical procedures and isolation, with the support and care of the Sisters of St John of God (SSJG), the facility was also a place for sharing of culture, music, art and healing. These stories, and the experiences of the patients and staff, will feature in the Reflections gallery of the New Museum for WA thanks to a generous loan of objects and photos from the SSJG Heritage Centre, Broome. The Heritage Centre in partnership with community members have loaned the Museum medical equipment used at Bungarun, carved boab nuts made by the patients, photographs of patients and staff, and a precious violin and bow - one of the last remaining instruments from the Bungarun orchestra. The orchestra was formed in the 1940s by Sister Alphonsus Daly who promoted the healing effects of music. She believed music served a dual purpose the physicality of playing provided movement and exercise for stiffness, a symptom of the disease; and the orchestra was also a welcome distraction from the routine of institutional life. Instruments such as violins, banjos, drums guitars, a harp and accordions were donated to the orchestra, along with hundreds of gramophone records. The orchestra performed music by Beethoven, Mozart, Gilbert and Sullivan and contemporary dance for audiences that were primarily from visiting ships. Bungarun was the last leprosarium in Australia to close. It shut its doors in 1986, though the site remains, including a cemetery with the hundreds that are buried there. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I am delighted the New Museum will feature this important, and somewhat unknown, story from Western Australia's recent history. This is a significant loan from SSJG Heritage Centre and its community and another example of the State-wide representation the New Museum is delivering. "Bungarun affected thousands of individuals and their families and is an important story from our State's northwest. Many people are not aware Australia was affected by leprosy or that WA was one State where a leprosarium operated for 50 years. This story is truly extraordinary." Comments attributed to SSJG Heritage Centre Curator & Researcher Sister Pat Rhatigan "It is with mixed emotions we loan these significant objects to the New Museum. These objects mean a great deal to families whose relatives lived at Bungarun and it is sad to see them leave Broome, even temporarily. "We are however, immensely heartened that thousands of visitors to the New Museum will experience this important story and share in the stories of the SSJG Heritage Centre, and people of the Kimberley." Comments attributed to SSJG Heritage Centre Photographic Collection Archivist Helen Mary Martin "The Sisters of St John of God responded to the needs of the community, nursing and caring for patients at Bungarun. "This is a significant part of the Heritage Centre's connection with people throughout the Kimberley. "The Sisters created a tranquil home under difficult circumstances and their care greatly assisted with the healing process." Minister's office - 6552 5400
New performing arts centre takes centre stage at Melville SHS14645Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4730html17/02/2020 5:48:34 AM2020-02-17T05:45:00Z ​Multimillion dollar performing arts centre unveiled at Melville Senior High School 485 performing arts students to directly benefit from new facility Key McGowan Government election commitment delivered Students at Melville Senior High School will explore their creative and artistic talents in a brand new industry-standard performing arts centre officially opened today. Unveiled by Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley, the $4.5 million facility features two connected spaces for music, drama and dance which both have sprung floors and a movable wall. A key McGowan Government election commitment, the state-of-the-art building also has a green room, foyer, gallery space and retractable seating for 300 people attending concerts, plays or awards ceremonies as well as year group assemblies, primary school graduations and professional lectures for staff. More than 1,400 students are attending Melville Senior High School this year including 485 students in the performing arts program. Designed by Cox Architecture and built by EMCO Building, the visually striking centre is set to become an iconic building seen by thousands every day as they drive along Leach Highway. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is a stunning building and performance space for students to express their creative talents and showcase their work. "An industry standard performing arts centre gives students the opportunity to learn and grow in brand new and professional surroundings. "This building supported local jobs during construction and, now it's open, will prepare our talented students for the performing arts jobs of the future." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Students at Melville Senior High School will thrive with this incredible arts centre and I know it will help the school develop its excellent dance and drama programs further. "Parents and the community now have the chance attend student productions in a large space and see these talented young people excel and perform on a state-of-the-art stage." Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley "Melville Senior High School has so many talented students and now they have the opportunity to shine centre stage in this state-of-the-art brand new facility. "I am proud to have delivered on one of my key election commitments which will benefit Melville SHS students for many generations to come." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700