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Next step in WA's domestic violence campaign123481Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/12/2015 1:30:59 AM2015-12-01T01:10:00Z​New guide launched in response to Freedom from Fear Action PlanConsistent programs to help men steer away from violent and controlling behaviour The State Government will introduce the next step in its campaign against domestic violence with the launch of a new guide to help men steer away from using violent and controlling behaviour. Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the Practice Standards for Perpetrator Intervention are targeted at men's domestic violence behaviour change programs and outline the minimum standards for the way programs should operate. "With a number of agencies providing men's behaviour programs, it is essential that all agencies provide consistent programs that meet best-practice requirements in this important area of work," Mrs Morton said. "The Practice Standards demonstrate how services should respond to men using violence, hold them accountable and take responsibility for their violent behaviour. "This important resource, which is one of the 20 actions of the Freedom from Fear Action Plan, focuses on the safety of women and children, and sets out how to work collaboratively with partner agencies to assess, manage and monitor risk. "For the first time, the Practice Standards will be applied consistently to voluntary and mandated programs funded by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and the Department of Corrective Services." The Practice Standards, launched at the Family Pathways Network's conference today, will be implemented using a staged approach to support agencies to meet best practice. Fact FileFamily and domestic violence is a gendered crime with about 95 per cent of the victims of family and domestic violence being female, and 90 per cent of the perpetrators being maleThe Practice Standards for Perpetrator Intervention and further advice are available at http// Women's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599 Minister's office - 6552 6900
Top national honour for WA seafood exporter123480Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/12/2015 1:19:50 AM2015-12-01T01:00:00Z​Austral Fisheries wins agribusiness section of Australian Export AwardsWin demonstrates the high standards and achievements of WA industry A Perth-based seafood exporter has won the agribusiness category of the prestigious national Australian Export Awards, held in Melbourne last Friday night. Austral Fisheries, located in West Leederville, specialises in sustainable seafood, namely Marine Stewardship Council-certified Skull Island Tiger Prawns and Glacier 51 Toothfish. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the deep-sea fishing company's 'ocean to plate' focus and efforts in creating a valued, high-class brand had led to their products being sold worldwide. "I congratulate Austral for its enterprising spirit in packaging products for markets around the world, while maintaining sustainable and environmentally friendly practices," Mr Mischin said. "Austral Fisheries greatly deserves this recognition and is just one example of the excellence displayed by the WA business community, showing that our standards and achievements are among the nation's best." Austral Fisheries automatically entered the national awards after winning the agribusiness category of the WA Industry and Export Awards in October. "The last time WA had a national export award winner was in 2013 when Otraco International won the Minerals and Energy Award," the Minister said. "Winning the national award this year continues WA's excellent track record when it comes to being recognised for our world-class businesses selling top quality products and services globally." Fact FileA full list of the national export award winners can be viewed here Information on the WA Industry and Export Awards is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5600
Honours for regional skill and trade competitors123476Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/12/2015 12:20:54 AM2015-11-30T23:45:00Z​State's best apprentices, trainees and students rewarded Opportunity to represent State in National WorldSkills competition More than 250 of the State's best young apprentices and trainees have been rewarded following their success in one of the biggest and most prestigious skill and trade competitions. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said they tested their skills against peers during regional WorldSkills events, with gold, silver and bronze medals presented to the top achievers at an award ceremony today. Congratulating the medal recipients, Mrs Harvey said today's ceremony was the culmination of competitions held in regional and metropolitan areas over the past eight months. Eligible medallists will now have the chance to represent Western Australia in the national competition to be held in Melbourne in October 2016, as members of Team WA. WA sent two team members to the 2015 international competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Joseph Pauley winning the silver medal in his category and being awarded 'Best of Nation' as the Australian competitor winning by the greatest margin. "WA is expected to field its biggest team yet for the national competition because of significant interest from competitors in regional areas," the Minister said. More than 500 people under the age of 23 took part in the WA events, competing in almost 40 open and Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) categories. Mrs Harvey said there was a large increase in the number of competitions held around the State this year, particularly in VETiS categories, which recorded a 150 per cent jump in competitor numbers. Several new competitions were also added to this year's schedule, including VETiS Bricklaying, which was introduced as a demonstration event. Its popularity has prompted WorldSkills Australia to also include it in the national competition. Another stand-out event was vehicle painting, in which five out of six medallists were women. "WorldSkills competitions showcase skills excellence and promote vocational education and training pathways as a first-choice career option," the Minister said. Fact FileWorldSkills competitions are held over a two-year cycle, showcasing skills excellence at State, national and international levelsParticipation in WA regional competitions has grown, with 17 events taking place in 2015 compared to 14 in 2013 Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australian carers to have their say123475Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml1/12/2015 12:10:11 AM2015-11-30T23:00:00Z​Public consultation opens on WA's first Carers Strategy Western Australia's carers are being invited to have their say on the direction of the State Government's first Carers Strategy. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the strategy was developed to recognise the unique role of WA's estimated 320,000 carers. "Western Australia's carers make a tremendous difference to the lives of the people they care for," Mr Simpson said. "Carers also provide an invaluable social and economic contribution to our State, and with WA's ageing population this contribution is set to become more significant. "The Carers Strategy will be the next step towards greater recognition of the unique needs of carers, focusing as it does on the carer rather than the person receiving the care. "Carers are as diverse as the communities they live in. So, whether you are a parent looking after a child with disability, a young carer or an adult looking after an elderly relative, your input in developing the WA Carers Strategy is vital." Carers are defined as people who provide unpaid care, support and assistance to a person who needs help with daily life. Support may range from assistance with occasional activities, such as weekly grocery shopping, to round-the-clock help with personal care or managing medication. The State Government supports a number of initiatives to raise awareness of carers' issues. This includes working in partnership with the peak body, Carers WA and providing the organisation with more than $820,000 annually to support carers with counselling, respite and social activities. The online public comment and consultation on the draft WA Carers Strategy is administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities. Comments can be made by February 1, 2016 and are welcomed from members of the public with caring responsibilities, and the organisations that work with them. Fact FileWA was the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce carer-specific legislation the Carers Recognition Act 2004 and the Western Australian Carers CharterFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Northern drill program yields promising results123474Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2015 11:59:56 PM2015-11-30T22:10:00Z​Drilling verifies high-quality water for irrigated crops at La Grange Suitable water resources to expand irrigated agriculture in the West Kimberley have been identified by an extensive drilling program in the La Grange district. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the findings would underpin water security for future agricultural development, while safeguarding the environment and cultural sites. Previous State Government work had identified that at least 50 gigalitres of water could be available from the Broome sandstone aquifer. The latest drilling program spanned 24 sites, identified via an airborne electromagnetic survey, over a 25,000 square kilometre area. "The good news is that we found that most aquifer bores are access irrigation water quality, with a saline level below 500 milligrams per litre. The forecast bore yields are consistent with district averages ranging from 30 to 60 litres per second," Mr Baston said. "This data will now be integrated into a groundwater model that shows how much water can be used and from what locations to balance sustainable irrigation development with the long-term health and cultural heritage of the La Grange aquifer." The program was undertaken by the Department of Agriculture and Food in close consultation with pastoralists and traditional owners from the Yawuru, Nyangumarta and Karajarri country, across an area that includes seven stations and four native title determinations. The sites have now had monitoring bores installed to allow irrigators, station owners, traditional owners and regulators to better understand the capacity of the resource by measuring how the aquifer responds to water use and seasonal rainfall. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the drilling program was part of the Regional Economic Development Water Opportunities project, which included a $6.4 million Royalties for Regions investment. "This work will set the foundation for long-term sustainable agricultural development that will generate business growth and employment opportunities for northern communities, while preserving the resource and its cultural significance," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions contribute towards the delivery of key economic infrastructure to facilitate economic development in regional Western Australia." Fact FileLa Grange district stretches from Roebuck Plains station to Mandora stationProject involved soil surveys and investigations into land tenure arrangementsLa Grange stakeholders have developed a shared vision for their future For more information, visit http// and search for La Grange Agriculture and Food Minister's office – 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office – 6552 6700
Perth Children's Hospital lights up for Christmas123471Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/11/2015 11:48:55 PM2015-11-30T22:00:00Z​Premier to switch on more than 500 LED lights as part of Perth Children's Hospital's public art piece named Fizz, for the Christmas periodLights will be turned off after Christmas so the final lighting programs can be created and fine-tuned ahead of the hospital opening Premier Colin Barnett has flicked a switch to light up the eastern facade of the new Perth Children's Hospital, just in time for the Christmas countdown. More than 500 low energy LED lights have been installed in about 1,600 aluminium dots that make up the art installation called Fizz, facing Winthrop Avenue, Nedlands. Designed to look like floating bubbles, Fizz provides a child-friendly visage to the $1.2 billion building and protects it from the strong eastern and northern sunlight without impeding the views of Kings Park. The Premier said incorporating public art into the construction of the building had multiple applications which would help make the hospital a leading paediatric facility. "Fizz will be the first thing patients and their families see when they arrive at our new hospital," Mr Barnett said. "Our young patients will also see the art from inside the building where the soothing colours will provide a distraction, especially for children undergoing procedures." Fizz was designed by prominent West Australian artist Stuart Green who said he was excited that public art was included in large-scale public building projects. "I had in mind lightness, floating bubbles or dancing patches of light - a playful randomness to help lift and enliven the street view of the hospital, whilst keeping it in tune with Kings Park opposite," Mr Green said. "As an artist, the Perth Children's Hospital is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our State's children." Health Minister Kim Hames said Fizz would be a welcome feature of the new hospital. "It is fantastic to see public art being incorporated in large-scale construction projects in WA, and I hope Fizz will become synonymous with Perth Children's Hospital for years to come," Dr Hames said. The lights will be turned off after Christmas so the final patterns can be created and fine-tuned ahead of the hospital opening next year, when it will become a permanent feature. Fact FileFizz is made from 1,600 coloured aluminium discs sized from 450mm to 1m in diameterLED lights installed along the outside of every third disc can be programmed to different patterns Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Public school educators and staff honoured123465Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/11/2015 1:40:24 AM2015-11-30T01:30:00Z11 winners announced in the WA Education Awards 2015Winners share in $335,000 prize money Education Minister Peter Collier today announced Western Australia's top public schools, leaders, teachers and support staff at the WA Education Awards 2015. Melville Senior High School's Guy Stapleton was named WA Premier's Secondary Teacher of the Year, while South Hedland Primary School's Adeline Monaghan was WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year. Mr Stapleton was praised as motivational and inspirational, using technology to teach science and inspire excellent results. Mrs Monaghan has made a huge impact on the lives of children in the Hedland area in a 22-year career as firstly an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, and now as a teacher. Mr Collier said he was proud to acknowledge the best in WA's public schools. "The WA Education Awards celebrate passionate teachers, leaders and support staff who continue to find exciting ways to challenge and develop students," he said. Balga Senior High School's Len Yarran was named WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year and Wattle Grove Primary School's Kirsty Campbell was WA Beginning Teacher of the Year. The WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award went to Looma Remote Community School, which has outperformed similar schools in literacy and numeracy thanks to its high expectation for student success and strong community involvement. This year's top school principals are Darrel Le Mercier of Belmont City College and Nicole Hanna of East Kalgoorlie Primary School. The WA Primary School of the Year is Ranford Primary School in Canning Vale, and Manjimup Senior High School took out the WA Secondary School of the Year. Fact FileA full list of winners is belowThe State Government's WA Education Awards 2015 are sponsored by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, The West Australian, Teachers Mutual Bank, hit92.9, Edith Cowan University, Teachers Health Fund, Fotoworks School Portraits and Slater and Gordon LawyersFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6300 WA EDUCATION AWARDS 2015 - WINNERS WA Premier's Primary Teacher of the Year Adeline Monaghan, South Hedland Primary School As an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, Adeline was so passionate about children's education that she became a teacher. She has a wide repertoire of contemporary teaching skills and willingly shares these with other teachers. Her connections with the community have a direct impact on student learning. Highly regarded in both the school and the community, Adeline is emerging as a natural leader. SPONSORED BY BHP BILLITON IRON ORE WA Premier's Secondary Teacher of the Year Guy Stapleton, Melville Senior High School Motivational and inspirational - with students not only wanting to learn but craving more - are stand-out words in Guy's teaching. He combines a love of technology with an almost intuitive knowledge about how students learn, and shares his powerful teaching strategies with other teachers. The result is that his students achieve excellent results in science and he contributes to system-wide technology developments. SPONSORED BY BHP BILLITON IRON ORE WA Premier's Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award Looma Remote Community School Unquestionable support for the school is evident across the whole school community. High expectations for student success, a positive sense of cultural identity, a strong relationship with the local community and a focus on accountability drive the school's ethos and practice. Aboriginal leadership is not only acknowledged but embraced. Aboriginal and Islander education officers have strong curriculum knowledge and are held in high esteem. SPONSORED BY BHP BILLITON IRON ORE WA Primary School Leader of the Year Nicole Hanna, principal, East Kalgoorlie Primary School Nicole brings a blend of relational leadership skills, creative and innovative thinking, and data analysis expertise to this complex school environment. She builds staff capacity through instructional and collegial feedback, sets the agenda for effective and contemporary teaching and learning, and deploys resources strategically. Solution focused and child-centred, Nicole has formed strong partnerships with agencies to ensure both the education and health needs of students are met. SPONSORED BY HIT92.9 WA Secondary School Leader of the Year Darrel Le Mercier, principal, Belmont City College A highly effective strategic leader of change, Darrel has built - and continues to build - a shared vision for the school with data-driven improvement and high expectations of every student. He is recognised as an inspiring leader who mentors and supports staff, and provides leadership opportunities for them. He uses contemporary research to inform initiatives to improve student outcomes and has forged strong relationships in the community. SPONSORED BY TEACHERS MUTUAL BANK WA Beginning Teacher of the Year Kirsty Campbell, Wattle Grove Primary School With a combination of exceptional teaching practice and a natural ability to inspire colleagues and students, Kirsty has made a truly remarkable start to her career as a teacher. She leads by example and encourages students and teachers to pursue challenging goals in all aspects of their teaching and learning. She has outstanding communication skills and is mentoring pre-service, beginning and experienced teachers. SPONSORED BY EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year Len Yarran, Balga Senior High School Len's personal philosophy of building self-determination, governance and social responsibility through a sense of community pride and purpose drives his work at the school. He is a strong male role model for students, and builds positive relationships with students, families and the local Aboriginal community. Len organises events for students to learn, practice, create and perform their culture, history and language. SPONSORED BY THE WEST AUSTRALIAN WA Primary School of the Year Ranford Primary School The school sets exemplary standards in all that it does - from pride in the school grounds through to student achievement. A clear direction with continuity and consistency is evident; and leadership is visible, shared and respected. Mentoring, sharing, collaborating and research all focus on improving outcomes for each student. There is an excellent balance of new and experienced staff, and a strong focus on data and analysis to inform teaching practice. SPONSORED BY TEACHERS HEALTH FUND WA Secondary School of the Year Manjimup Senior High School The school's results are outstanding - but everyone wants to achieve more to prepare students for future success. Student progress is every teacher's responsibility, learning programs are targeted, wrap-around services are focused, and resources are directed to meet student needs. Staff are respected and valued for their expertise and professional knowledge, and held accountable for their results. The school board and P&C are active and determined to make a difference. SPONSORED BY FOTOWORKS SCHOOL PORTRAITS WA Education Assistant of the Year Lynda Bailey, Wanneroo Primary School Lynda brings extensive knowledge, specialist skills, creativity and experience to her role in working with students at educational risk. She nurtures high trust relationships with students and modifies the curriculum to accommodate their learning needs. She works towards 'letting go' to move students to increasing independence. She mentors other education assistants and graduate teachers to promote inclusive practices to support students in achieving success. SPONSORED BY THE WEST AUSTRALIAN WA School Services Staff Member of the Year Maureen Bailey, corporate services manager, Australind Senior High School Financially savvy with expert business knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity, Maureen is part of the school's executive team. Her problem solving and negotiation skills are highly honed, and she builds teams of multi-skilled staff to deliver exceptional customer service and support students to achieve their personal best. Her wide-ranging contribution to the school includes improving the school culture and standing in the community. A natural leader, she mentors other business managers in the region. SPONSORED BY SLATER AND GORDON LAWYERS
New Mental Health Act benefits regional WA123464Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/11/2015 1:08:22 AM2015-11-30T01:05:00ZGreater access and recognition for people living in regional and remote areasConsumers, carers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people benefit Mental Health Minister Helen Morton today announced landmark developments in mental health treatment and care for people living in regional and remote Western Australia. Mrs Morton said the new Mental Health Act 2014, which formally takes effect today, would increase access to treatment, deliver new protections for people living in regional areas and introduce new recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. "This is a significant reform in mental health care because for the first time people experiencing mental illness, and their families and carers now have the right to be more informed and involved in treatment and care decisions," she said. "The Act will also benefit regional and remote communities by removing existing barriers to the use of video-conferencing technology. This will reduce the need to transport people away from their local communities for mental health assessment and examination. "This is an important step in delivering more immediate treatment and care for people living outside Perth, and will reduce the need for them to leave their communities to seek treatment." The new Act also recognises the need for clinicians and services to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal people. Where practicable and appropriate, assessment, examination and treatment planning for a person of Aboriginal descent must be carried out in collaboration with indigenous mental health workers, and significant members of the person's community, including elders and traditional healers. "This will deliver greater genuine involvement for families and carers in the treatment of their loved ones as we seek to keep people out of acute hospital settings and in their community closer to home," the Minister said. The legislation was drafted after extensive State-wide consultation, including 20 forums in regional areas, to ensure the needs of people outside Perth were reflected in the new legislation. The Act also includes extra safeguards for children experiencing mental illnessa new Charter of Mental Health Care Principles to guide and set expectations for mental health servicesnew levels of rights protection through the Mental Health Tribunal, the Western Australian Chief Psychiatrist, the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office, and the new Mental Health Advocacy Service. Fact File1,300 written submissions helped inform the drafting of the new lawThe Mental Health Act 2014 replaces the Mental Health Act 1996A 12-month implementation period has helped enable a smooth transition to the ActImplementation has included the development and delivery of comprehensive education packages and training for clinicians and service providers, as well as targeted information for consumers, families and carersThe Mental Health Bill Implementation Reference Group, chaired by Eric Ripper and prior to him by Dr Judy Edwards, has overseen the implementation processThe reference group includes people with experience of mental illness, families and carers, clinicians and representatives from non-Government organisations and advocacy groupsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Landmark new Mental Health Act for WA123463Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html30/11/2015 1:00:49 AM2015-11-30T01:00:00ZSignificant changes to mental health law start today in Western AustraliaMore recognition and rights for families, carers and people with mental illness Announcing the start of Western Australia's long-awaited new Mental Health Act, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said today was a day of celebration and an important milestone for people with mental illness and their family and carers. Mrs Morton said the Mental Health Act 2014, which had been in development for more than a decade, would underpin a broad cultural shift in the management of mental health problems and the treatment of people with mental illness. "It has been long acknowledged that the previous Act was out of date and not in line with contemporary mental health practice," she said. "I am glad to see so much enthusiasm and support for the commencement of the Act today. "For the first time the family and carers who support people with mental illness will have a legal right to be more informed and involved in treatment and care decisions. This is a momentous day for the many people who have advocated on behalf of people experiencing mental illness. "The Act will enhance the treatment and care of people living with mental illness and strengthen their rights and protections." The legislation was drafted after extensive State-wide consultation and provides for tele-psychiatric assessment in regional areasgreater recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and, where applicable, access to culturally appropriate treatmentextra safeguards for children experiencing mental illnessa Charter of Mental Health Care Principles to guide and set expectations for mental health servicesnew levels of rights protection through the Mental Health Tribunal, the Western Australian Chief Psychiatrist, the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office, and the new Mental Health Advocacy Service. The Minister said the Mental Health Commission, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist and Department of Health had developed a range of training materials around implementation of the Act. More than 3,500 frontline mental health clinicians have undertaken the training. A range of other professions and groups have also undertaken targeted training including non-mental health clinicians, ED staff, GPs, Department of Education staff and WA Police. "I would like to thank all those who have completed training in preparation for the new legislation. I would also like to thank the many thousands of people across Western Australia who contributed to the formulation and implementation of this important new legislation," Mrs Morton said. The Minister said the new legislation was an integral component of the State Government's mental health agenda to provided increased services and supports in the community. Fact File1,300 written submissions helped inform the drafting of the new lawThe Mental Health Act 2014 replaces the Mental Health Act 1996A 12-month implementation period has helped enable a smooth transition to the ActImplementation has included the development and delivery of comprehensive education packages and training for clinicians and service providers and targeted information for consumers, families and carersThe Mental Health Bill Implementation Reference Group, chaired by Eric Ripper and prior to him by Dr Judy Edwards, has overseen the implementation processThe reference group includes people with experience of mental illness, families and carers, clinicians and representatives from non-Government organisations and advocacy groupsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Mountain bike trail plan for South-West117803Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2830html29/11/2015 2:00:03 AM2015-11-29T02:00:00Z​Master plan for mountain biking in South-West releasedFirst section of new trail completed in Bramley National Park near Margaret River New purpose-built mountain bike trails will be developed across the South-West, as part of a plan to promote Western Australia as a destination for one of the world's fastest growing sports. Environment Minister Albert Jacob today released the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan, which identified areas for future mountain bike trail development. "This master plan has identified Collie, Margaret River and Pemberton as high priority areas for trail development," Mr Jacob said. "As the draft master plan was being developed, Bramley National Park near Margaret River rose to the top as a priority area, and I am delighted that the first part of an initial eight-kilometre network has already been delivered, with more planned. "The State Government will continue working with the mountain biking community to build more trails across the South-West on land managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, in line with the master plan's recommendations. "There has been increasing demand for purpose-built facilities and a more managed approach towards mountain biking in WA, and we are responding to that demand, particularly since releasing the WA Mountain Bike Strategy earlier this year." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said new trails would attract mountain bikers from all over Australia and the world. "Mountain biking has become incredibly popular in recent years - there are 120,000 mountain bikes purchased each year in WA and almost half a million West Australians now own one - so we expect new trails will not only bring more cycling enthusiasts to our South-West, but also encourage more people to take up this wonderful activity," Ms Davies said. "What better reason to get the bike out and visit the South-West than a network of well-managed, well-constructed trails in stunning natural settings." The master plan was prepared by WA's peak cycling body WestCycle with support from the departments of Parks and Wildlife and Sport and Recreation, and the WA Mountain Bike Association. A master plan for the Perth and Peel regions is currently in development. Fact FileFor a copy of the master plan, visit http// $350,000 initial Bramley trail network is funded by the Department of Parks and Wildlife's Royalties for Regions-funded Parks for People initiative, a Lotterywest trails grant, Natural Resource Management grants, the Margaret River Off Road Cycling Association, the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the Cape to Cape MTB Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Fashion makes a splash at Bathers Beach117801Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1130html28/11/2015 11:20:11 PM2015-11-28T23:00:00Z​Fashion Council WA's Swim + Resort Series hits FremantleFeatures renowned Australian fashion label, CAMILLASupported by the State Government through Tourism WA Fremantle is set to sizzle this afternoon when the Fashion Council WA's Swim + Resort Series hits Bathers Beach. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said it was the second year that Fashion Council WA was holding the stand-alone event to highlight some of Western Australia's best independent swim and resort designers alongside renowned Australian label CAMILLA. Dr Hames said the State Government, through Tourism WA, was proud to support the Swim + Resort Series 2015. "This type of fashion event sets the stage for promoting Western Australia's beautiful beaches and laidback lifestyle," he said. "It is the second year Fashion Council WA has presented this event and this year's instalment promises to be spectacular.'' The Minister said the event also provided a great platform to promote Fremantle, which was last month named a 'must see' destination for 2016 by one of the world's most respected international travel publishers, Lonely Planet. "Fremantle is number seven on the Lonely Planet's 'Top 10 Cities' to visit in 2016, and it can only get better with more than $1.3 billion of private and public investment in the pipeline," he said. "New hotels, bars and restaurants are adding to Fremantle's appeal for visitors and locals so it's no wonder the experts at Lonely Planet think the port city should be on everyone's travel list for 2016." Dr Hames said the State Government had a strategy to increase the value of tourism from the current $8.7 billion to $12 billion by 2020. "Supporting events such as the Fashion Council WA's Swim + Resort Series will help us achieve that goal, as events not only add vibrancy to WA, they also attract visitors and raise the profile of WA through media exposure," the Minister said. Fact FileLonely Planet's 'Top 10 Cities' list is part of its annual Best in Travel 2016 publicationFor more information, visit https// + Resort Series 2015 will be held on Sunday, November 29 from 4.30pmFor details, visit http// tickets, go to https// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Disability Awareness Week: celebrating inclusion117802Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1130html28/11/2015 11:25:50 PM2015-11-28T22:00:00Z​2015 Disability Awareness Week runs from November 29 to December 5Events and activities around the State to promote access and inclusion People with disability share their experiences in short films Events and activities to raise awareness about the importance of access and inclusion begin today with the start of Disability Awareness Week. Now in its sixth year, the week promotes the aspirations of the State Government's Count Me In vision that we all live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone. The United Nations-sanctioned International Day of People with Disability, held each year on December 3, this year has the theme Inclusion matters Access and empowerment for people of all abilities. Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said Disability Awareness Week events highlighted the importance of access and inclusion for people with disability so they could not only experience employment, education and appropriate housing but also the arts, culture and sport. "The week encourages the community to think more broadly and creatively about what can be done to support people with disability to enjoy everything the community has to offer," Mrs Morton said. "Banners will be on display in Murray Street, in the CBD, to promote Disability Awareness Week, and inclusive events and activities supported by Disability Services Commission grants will be held by communities across the State." Throughout the week, a series of short films, where people with disability share their experiences, will be published on the commission's website and social media channels. The commission will launch a Facebook page this week which will be updated during the week with news and information about disability issues and provide a forum for public discussion and information exchange. Fact FileAbout one in five people in WA has a disabilityDisability Awareness Week was first celebrated in WA in 2009The UN declared December 3 the International Day of People with Disability in 1992For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900   Disability Awareness Week events, supported by Disability Services Commission grants Albany Inclusive sausage sizzle, Great Southern Personnel offices, December 3 Albany All-abilities entry in City of Albany Christmas Pageant, Albany CBD, December 5 Beechboro Arts activities and morning tea, Brockman Community House, December 4 Broome Ably Disabled, Town Beach, December 2 Bunbury Enable Southwest Showcase Exhibition, Bunbury Centrepoint Shopping Centre, November 30 Burswood X + Y film screening, McDonalds Community Cinema, Burswood Parklands, November 30 Busselton Hand in Hand for Disability, Mitchell Park, December 3 Canning Walk in my Shoes for a Day, Good Samaritan Industries, Canning Vale, December 2 Carnarvon ACROD program information stall, Carnarvon Central Shopping Centre and CBD, December 2 Como Inclusion Matters Movie Night, Cygnet Theatre, December 4 East Perth Outcare community barbecue, Claisebrook (eastern end of Royal Street), December 2 Duncraig VIP and Senses Australia sausage sizzle, December 4 Esperance Water Play, Esperance Foreshore, December 2 Geraldton Becoming Bulletproof screening, Geraldton Cinema, December 2 Joondalup Inclusive Community Art Competition, Joondalup Lotteries House, December 5 Maddington In Alliance Drama Workshop, Directions Disability Support Services, December 4 Midland Add a Dabble art experience, Crooked Spire Coffee House, December 1 Narrogin Long table lunch, Gnarojin Community Garden, December 2 Newman 'Dive-in' Movie and Family Barbecue, Newman Aquatic Centre, December 3 North Fremantle Beach activities for all, Leighton Beach, December 5 North Perth Celebrating All Activities!, Beatty Park, December 3 Osborne Park art display, Osborne Park Community Centre, November 30-December 4 Peppermint Grove Accessible storytime with Auslan interpreter, The Grove Library, December 1 Perenjori Wheelchair basketball event, Perenjori Basketball Court, December 3 Perth Art exhibition, Novotel Perth Langley, December 3 Perth Walk With Me Perth, Government House Gardens, December 3 Pinjarra Come and Try Day and community lunch for disability awareness, Murray Recreation Centre, November 30 Port Hedland Movie night, Matt Dann Theatre, South Hedland, December 4 Subiaco Kalparrin coffee and cake event, Princess Margaret Hospital, December 2 Tom Price Inclusive Ashburton - Celebrating International Day of People with Disability, Clem Thompson Memorial Sports Pavilion, December 3 Wagin Art exhibition, Wagin Community Resource Centre, December 2. Events information is available at http//
Mock plane crash to test skills at Langley Park117364Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1500html28/11/2015 2:00:13 AM2015-11-28T02:00:00Z​Plane crash response part of fifth annual emergency competitionPublic invited to learn first aid skills$168,000 already raised for trauma charities Saving people from a flaming replica of a passenger jet will be one of the real-life scenarios confronting some of Western Australia's top rescue teams in the fifth annual Mining Emergency Response Competition (MERC) this weekend. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion encouraged the people of Perth to converge on Langley Park to see the highly trained teams in action. "The importance of the skills showcased in this competition has been highlighted by this week's mining industry tragedy," Mr Marmion said. "Holding the event in Perth allows FIFO workers, mining families and the local community to see mines emergency response in action. "There will also be a series of skills and training sessions available to the general public including wound dressing, CPR and road crash rescue." The fifth annual competition will see nine teams compete in seven events including first aid, firefighting and vertical, road crash, confined space and hazardous material rescue. The Minister said the Department of Mines and Petroleum was sponsoring the Emergency Response Team Readiness event and would provide adjudication and administrative support, as well as coverage of the event in the next edition of the Resources Safety Matters magazine. This year's competition will see the inaugural memorial trophy for the Emergency Teams Safety Award, named in honour of a Goldfields mine worker who lost his life in 2013. A delegation from Laos will also be observing the MERC, as they work towards improving safety and reducing fatalities in their nation's mining industry. "WA's expertise in this area is in international demand," Mr Marmion said. "Events like these are critical in assessing emergency response and, while this is a hard-fought team competition, the overall winner will be mine safety." Fact FileThe MERC is a non-profit organisation promoting mine rescue excellenceTeams from Aditya Birla Minerals, Fortescue Metals Group, Newcrest Mining Limited, Newmont Asia Pacific, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Argyle Diamonds, Synergy and Western Areas will competeEight charities and support organisation including Camp Quality, Cancer Council Australia, Miners' Promise, Starlight Children's Foundation, Royal Flying Doctor Service, beyondblue, Ronald McDonald House and St John Ambulance Kununurra Sub Centre will benefit from MERC fundraising in 2015The MERC is a public event, attracting thousands of spectatorsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
WA Young Person of the Year announced117362Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6290html27/11/2015 11:18:15 PM2015-11-27T23:00:00Z​Youth Minister presents 2015 WA Youth Awards An Aboriginal man who overcame a disadvantaged childhood to become a mentor and human rights advocate has been named 2015 WA Young Person of the Year. Preston Colbung, a Curtin University student, is a case worker with young repeat offenders in Armadale. Speaking at the awards ceremony in Perth last night, Youth Minister Tony Simpson said Preston had faced challenges including homelessness, mental health issues and family problems. "Preston has proven a bad start doesn't need to continue into adulthood. He is now a young leader and a fantastic role model for all young people in Western Australia," Mr Simpson said. "I commend Preston for his tremendous hard work and passion for helping others. He is a young man making a real difference in his community." The Minister said Preston was one of five category winners, all of whom were outstanding and inspiring people doing great things in their community. "The WA Youth Awards showcase many great young West Australians. They show many young people in our community have maturity beyond their years and are making a significant and positive contribution to the lives of others," he said. "When you look at the finalists and winners of the different categories of the WA Youth Awards and what they have achieved, as well as the great things being done by many other young people throughout the State, West Australians can have great confidence in our future." Preston, also winner of the ECU Community Leadership Award, is WA's Aboriginal representative for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has worked with Amnesty International Australia. Fact FileThe awards are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities, and supported by LotterywestFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600   Other WA Youth Awards winners are Cultural Endeavours Award Zal Kanga-Parabia. Zal volunteers his time as an artist to support local projects and other young artistsCommissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award Emily Hardbottle. A young carer and founder of a local basketball program for young people with physical disabilityActive Participation Award Jay McLean. A Year 12 student from Kiara College, Jay is a young Aboriginal leader dedicated to reconciliationMinister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award Lorraine Drew, a youth worker at Rise Network with Outreach Support ServicesOrganisational Achievement Award Dismantle Inc, West Leederville. Delivers bike-based programs for at-risk young people.
Wheatbelt contractors to deliver water upgrades117356Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2940html27/11/2015 6:38:57 AM2015-11-27T06:30:00Z​Local businesses awarded contracts for Water Corporation farmlands pipe replacement projects in WheatbeltFour kilometres of pipe replaced as part of $32 million improvement program Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the start of work on four pipe replacement projects in the Wheatbelt, with the majority of these to be delivered by local contractors. Ms Davies said the pipe replacement projects were the first stage of the State Government's three-year $32 million farmlands project, to improve the performance of the farmlands water supply system in the Wheatbelt. "I am very encouraged this work will maximise the investment in the region by employing mainly local contractors," she said. The Minister said the Water Corporation worked with the Wheatbelt Business Network, Northam Chamber of Commerce, Directions and Supply Nation to maximise opportunities for local businesses. Ms Davies said a pipeline replacement in the Shire of Northam would be carried out by Underground Services Australia in a joint venture with AACT, a 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and operated company. Merredin contractor Rob Lazenby was awarded the pipe replacements in the shires of Dalwallinu and Kellerberrin and Northam's Blackwell Plumbing was awarded the fourth project in the Shire of Trayning. The Minister said further invitations to tender would be advertised by the Water Corporation in December, with more projects to come in 2016 to complete the first year of the farmlands program. "This is a great opportunity for Wheatbelt contractors to continue to bid on the upcoming projects to improve the farmlands water supply system," she said. Fact FileCommunities in the agricultural east and west districts of the Wheatbelt are served by more than 7,800 kilometres of farmlands water supply pipelinesWater Corporation is investing $32 million over the next three years to significantly improve the performance of the farmlands water networkFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Community groups support road safety117355Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2230html27/11/2015 6:07:19 AM2015-11-27T06:00:00Z More than $15,000 for community road safety projects and events The State Government has allocated a further $15,000 to community groups as part of the latest round of the Road Safety Community Grants Program. Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said 13 organisations were awarded grants to help fund events and projects which included road safety elements. "The road safety initiatives from each organisation has a focus on the Safe System approach aligning with Western Australia's road safety strategy Towards Zero," Mrs Harvey said. "These projects and events foster widespread community support and participation in road safety throughout our State to help reduce the burden of road trauma in our communities." The latest successful projects were Brookton Old Time Motor Show - $1,300 Muchea Youth Festival - $1,300 York's Community Spirit Picnic in the Park - $1,300 City of Nedlands' Summer Concerts in the Park series - $1,000 2015 Broome Sports Awards - $500 Mount Barker's Healthy Eating and Budgeting for everybody - $1,300 Northampton's Australia Day Breakfast 2016 - $400 Shire of Chittering's Wear Ya Wellies - $1,300 Kununurra's Teddy Bears Picnic - $420 Road to Bethlehem - $1,000 Toodyay Christmas Street Party - $1,000 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit Program - November Tour - $1,000 Northam Christmas campaign bumper sticker - $3,220 The Minister said total funding of $360,000 had been allocated to the Road Safety Community Grants Program for this financial year from the Road Trauma Trust Account. Fact FileTo apply for grants, visit http// rate of fatalities in WA has dropped 23% since 2008 Minister's office - 6552 5900
Strengthening WA’s response to family violence117353Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3100html27/11/2015 3:17:33 AM2015-11-27T03:00:00Z​25th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March2nd edition of the Family and Domestic Violence Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework to strengthen government and non-government collaboration Responses to family and domestic violence in Western Australia will be more vigorous following the launch of a revised risk assessment and management framework at the 25th Annual Silent and Domestic Violence Memorial March today. Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said a key feature of the second edition of the Family and Domestic Violence Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework was how agencies engaged and responded to perpetrators. "This framework has been developed for use by government and community service providers to promote a more consistent and collaborative approach to family and domestic violence," Mrs Morton said. "The new framework has a greater focus on information sharing, the referral process, new risk assessment tools and stronger practice guidance. "It identifies how to recognise emotional, physical, social, sexual, financial and spiritual violence, and when women and children are at extreme risk and require safe and supported accommodation. "It clearly sets out how agencies can work together to reduce and manage unacceptable risk to women and children from perpetrators of violence." The new framework is one of 20 actions from the State Government's recently launched Freedom from Fear Action Plan. The 2015 Annual Silent and Domestic Violence Memorial commemorates the 14 people who have died in WA in the past year as a result of domestic violence. "It is critical we all have a shared understanding of the risks perpetrators pose and that we take an active stand to stop these preventable deaths," the Minister said. Fact FileThe first edition of the risk management framework, which sets the minimum standards for screening and assessing clients for family and domestic violence, was implemented in 2011The 2nd edition of the common risk assessment framework and further advice is available at http// last year's event, nine women, two men and three babies lost their lives to domestic homicide with more than 70% of domestic homicide perpetrated by an intimate male partner or family memberThe silent memorial march is organised by the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services with support from the Department for Child Protection and Family SupportWomen's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599 Minister's office - 6552 6900
Legislation passed to finalise Bell Group case117349Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4360html27/11/2015 2:45:32 AM2015-11-27T02:40:00Z​Legislation helps bring long-running Bell Group Companies liquidation to an end Treasurer Mike Nahan has welcomed the passage of legislation through State Parliament to help finalise the long-running Bell Group Companies liquidation. Dr Nahan said the Bell Group Companies (Finalisation of Matters and Distribution of Proceeds) Act 2015 aims to wind up companies that went into liquidation decades ago. The Bell Group Companies collapsed in the early 1990s, leaving creditors to recover money from 20 Australian and international banks. After almost 20 years of litigation, principally financed by the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, settlement between the liquidators of Bell companies and banks was reached in June 2013 and finalised in June 2014 for a sum of $1.7 billion. The legislation aims to avoid further protracted litigation between the remaining creditors of the Bell Group to carve up the $1.7 billion. "The State Government welcomes the passage of legislation to stop the decades-long consumption of public resources through associated court actions, and to conclude these matters for the benefit of creditors," Dr Nahan said. The Act transfers property of the Bell companies to an authority established under the Act. The authority will receive claims from creditors, assess claims and recommend how much should be paid to creditors. "I look forward to the creditors receiving funds a lot earlier than would otherwise have been the case," the Treasurer said. Dr Nahan said Michael Stiassny, currently a partner at KordaMentha in New Zealand, had been appointed as the Administrator of the WA Bell Companies to run the WA Bell Companies Administrator Authority. "Mr Stiassny's strong background in dealing with companies in insolvency and his dual qualifications in accounting and law make him an eminently suitable choice for this position," he said. Fact FileThe Bell Group Companies (Finalisation of Matters and Distribution of Proceeds) Act 2015 transfers the property of the WA Bell Companies to an authority that will assess creditor claims and recommend the distribution of funds to creditors Minister's office - 6552 5700 Michael Stiassny's biography Senior partner at KordaMentha in New Zealand, Michael Stiassny, has more than 30 years' professional experience in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Mr Stiassny has extensive connections throughout the New Zealand business community and has worked with all major banks and financial institutions. As a result, he has been engaged on many high-profile and complex restructuring assignments. Throughout his career, Mr Stiassny has provided advice to both public and private companies on a wide range of financial and operational matters, including due diligence, investigating accounting work, mergers and acquisitions, organisational and financial restructuring, and business valuation. He also has considerable experience in dispute resolution, acting as a professional expert witness in many legal actions. Mr Stiassny has a distinguished governance record in both private and public companies and is a leading proponent for improving diversity on New Zealand boards. He is currently chairman of Vector Ltd, TOWER Ltd and Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd; and director of NZ Windfarms Ltd and DNZ Property Trust Ltd.
Joint media statement - Beams lift for new bridge over Malaga Drive117348Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4930html27/11/2015 2:33:00 AM2015-11-27T02:15:00Z ​ Bridge beams for the new Reid Highway Bridge over Malaga Drive will be installed this weekend, heralding a major milestone in a month in this joint Federal/State funded project. The Australian Government is contributing $67.2 million to this project. It is one of nine projects, receiving a total of $499.1 million in Australian Government funding, under the National Partnership on Infrastructure Projects in Western Australia. Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said eight concrete bridge beams would be lifted into place over the weekend in one of the largest operations of its kind in Perth, forming the major works on the Reid Highway-Malaga Drive interchange. "Once completed the new bridge will provide two lanes in each direction, resulting in immediate safety and efficiency gains, along with greater capacity as traffic increases in the future," Mr Fletcher said. "Nearly 75,000 vehicles pass through the Reid Highway, Malaga Drive intersection on a typical weekday and current forecasts show traffic volumes increasing to approximately 110,000 vehicles each day by 2031. "To provide enough long-term capacity on Reid Highway and to save costs on future expansions, the bridges are being built to cater for three lanes in each direction in the future and a double right-turn facility has been included for heavy westbound-northbound traffic movement." Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the bridge beams are larger than the ones installed in early November at the Reid Highway-Mitchell Freeway intersection. "The beams each weigh 175 tonnes and are 46.8 metres long. They will be lifted into place this weekend by the same 600 tonne crawler crane that is set up on Malaga Drive," Mr Nalder said. "Setting up this crane alone requires 31 semi-trailers to transport the components, and three oversize haulage vehicles. "This bridge is critically important to the road network in the eastern suburbs as it will eliminate a road black spot at the Malaga Drive intersection." Malaga Drive will be closed in both directions near Reid Highway all weekend to allow construction of the new bridge. Malaga Drive closes from 9pm Friday, November 27 to 5am Monday, November 30. Reid Highway will be closed near Malaga Drive for west-bound traffic only on Friday, November 27 from 11pm to 7am and Saturday, November 28 from 10pm to midnight. Motorists are encouraged to visit the Main Roads website for further details and to help plan their journey. Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
Mining research will drive WA innovation117347Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3610html27/11/2015 2:07:31 AM2015-11-27T02:00:00Z​Continuing focus on world-leading resources researchRenewed emphasis on commercialisation and business development Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the appointment of three new members to the board of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) will help drive exciting scientific discoveries and the development of new resource businesses. "An important mandate for this institute is to enable research and its commercialisation," Mr Marmion said. "The new appointments will build on the great work already under way, linking MRIWA even more closely with the resources, innovation and finance sectors." The Minister has appointed Larry Lopez, Emeritus Professor Mark Bush and Denise Goldsworthy to join the board. A former Silicon Valley Bank executive responsible for investment in early stage start-up companies, Mr Lopez has broad experience in commercialising intellectual property. Professor Bush is a respected senior researcher with long service at The University of Western Australia, Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Ms Goldsworthy brings immense corporate know-how to the board, from her experience on the development of autonomous haul trucks in the Pilbara, to her current business focus on change management and challenging the status quo. Mr Marmion thanked retiring board members Stedman Ellis, Phil Lockyer and James McClements for their dedication and service to resources industry research. The new appointments will join Michelle Andrews, Helen Cook and Dr Andrew Shook on the board, effective from February 1, 2016. Dr Peter Lilly, who has spent 40 years in academic, mining, technology and industrial research organisations, has been re-appointed board chairman. MRIWA is a statutory WA Government body tasked to stimulate minerals research supporting investment in, and the operation of, a globally competitive minerals industry. "I am confident this board renewal will help ensure MRIWA-sponsored projects further multiply research benefits for the WA economy and job creation," the Minister said. Fact FileMRIWA has a $12 million budget, including almost $1.1 million in scholarship fundingResearch includes mapping of deep mineralisation, and ore processing innovationBoard members voluntarily donate their sitting fees to free up more funds for researchFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800