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Grants to give bike riding a go12542Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/01/2018 7:30:25 AM2018-01-17T07:30:00Z A total of $30,000 shared between 38 events across Western Australia Bike Week 2018 will run from March 16-25 Bike Week 2018 is set to be one of the most diverse and exciting to date, with grants totalling $30,000 being awarded to 38 recipients to hold events encouraging people of all ages to get on their bikes. The 2018 grants have been allocated to events that support and encourage people of all ages and abilities to explore their communities by bicycle. With metropolitan and regional events ranging from breakfasts to community bike tours and workshops, there is sure to be something for everyone. Bike Week 2018 will be held from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 25 and will be co-ordinated by WestCycle, with the support of the Department of Transport. For the full list of Bike Week 2018 grant recipients, visit the Bike Week website. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Riding a bike is a great way to travel for shorter distances, such as going to the shops or the train station. "For more than 30 years, Bike Week has played an integral role in promoting bike riding across metropolitan and regional WA and these grants will help to make Bike Week 2018 a fantastic celebration. "We are very pleased to support Bike Week as cycling complements the State Government's METRONET vision. "Over the next four years, $129 million will be invested towards new cycling network projects that will add 95 kilometres to the network and a range of community cycling initiatives. "The funding includes a $55 million expansion of the current Principal Shared Paths, which are vital for encouraging safe cycling participation while easing road congestion." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Tourism boost for Perth icon12540Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/01/2018 5:00:17 AM2018-01-17T05:00:00Z Segway tours to launch in Kings Park from January 2018 Two-year trial to be run by Segway Tours WA The McGowan Labor Government has today announced segway tours will operate in Kings Park and Botanic Garden, providing a boost to tourism in the heart of the city. Kings Park - the most visited destination in the State - will welcome the new tourism venture ahead of the Australia Day long weekend. The two-year trial will be run by Segway Tours WA, which has conducted tours for 30,000 tourists in Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island since launching in 2013. The Kings Park tour route will take in views of the city and Swan and Canning rivers for up to 10 kilometres, providing another unique way to enjoy the many wonderful features of the park. Representatives from Kings Park, Segway Tours WA and the Office of Road Safety have worked together to select roads and pathways which are appropriate for this type of activity in Kings Park. All segways will be limited to a speed of no more than 10 kilometres per hour, with some pathways restricted to five kilometres per hour. Segways are two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery powered electric vehicles, making them quiet and producing zero emissions. For updates on the final route, ticket prices and booking information, visit Segway Tours WA's website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the most visited destination in Western Australia so it's really exciting to bring a new tour format to the park. "Segway Tours WA already operate successful tours in the Perth CBD including along Barrack Street and around Mounts Bay Road; Fremantle and on Rottnest Island, and the tours have proven to be a popular and interesting way to see Western Australia. "I want to see people use and explore our beautiful parks and using a segway is a great new way to do it." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Kings Park is a key attraction for visitors to Perth, and Segway Tours will add to the diversity of ways that tourists can experience and enjoy its unique environment. "Significantly, the tours connect Kings Park with the Swan River and attractions within the city enabling visitors to experience Perth as part of a single tour that encompasses our impressive natural, built and cultural heritage. "Enabling Segway Tours to operate within Kings Park supports the ongoing activation of Perth as an exciting destination, and is an important addition to the tourism product on offer for visitors to our city." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
New round of grants available to fight graffiti12537Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/01/2018 4:05:15 AM2018-01-17T04:05:00Z Grants of up to $20,000 available to community groups Police Minister Michelle Roberts today announced a package of grants available for programs which tackle graffiti across the State. Local governments and not-for profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $20,000 to implement initiatives which prevent, report and remove graffiti. Projects which demonstrate the following crime prevention benefits will be given priority Encourage and support local communities to take responsibility for graffiti clean-up; Provide sustainable local graffiti clean-up solutions; Reduce opportunities for graffiti offending by looking at improved design options for graffiti hotspot locations; Increase community awareness on reporting graffiti vandalism; and Support projects which decrease the number of juveniles who come into contact with the justice system. The $200,000 package has been allocated from the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Partnership Fund budget. More information on eligibility can be found at https// Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "Cleaning up graffiti in Western Australia costs the community tens of millions of dollars every year. "Unsightly graffiti on buildings and in neighbourhoods where we live is an eyesore. "We are looking for programs aimed at reducing graffiti vandalism and improving clean-up rates. "People deserve to feel safe, living in communities free from graffiti vandalism." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Let's talk waste12536Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/01/2018 4:00:12 AM2018-01-17T04:00:00Z Eight workshops across the State give Western Australians an opportunity to have their say on waste Register now to join the conversation - from Albany to Port Hedland Western Australians are being urged to wage their own war on waste and have a say on the State's new waste strategy. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today called on the community, industry and local governments to participate in a series of workshops being held throughout WA in February as part of the strategy's consultation process. The workshops will launch in Perth on February 1, 2018 with subsequent sessions in Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland and Geraldton. There will be three workshops in Perth. The consultation paper, which is open for public comment, looks at opportunities to improve Western Australia's waste and recycling performance which is lagging behind that of other Australian States. In 2014-15, on average each Western Australian generated 2,623 kilograms of waste - the second highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 17 per cent above the average of other States and Territories. The new targets proposed by the strategy will bring Western Australia's waste and recycling performance in line with other Australian jurisdictions. For more information and to register for a workshop go to the Waste Authority's website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Reducing the amount of waste disposed of to landfill can generate significant economic opportunities for the Western Australian community - for every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full time equivalent jobs are created compared to only 2.8 jobs when waste is landfilled. "We want to engage widely with the community, industry and local governments to help make Western Australia a sustainable low-waste society which values and protects people's health and the environment. "These workshops provide an opportunity for all of us to work together to achieve greater environmental outcomes, create employment and build businesses. "This Government has already demonstrated its commitment to waste reduction, introducing a number of strategic waste reform initiatives, including the introduction of a container deposit scheme and a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags." Minister's office - 6552 5800
River flow provides unrestricted pumping opportunity for Gascoyne irrigators12534Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/01/2018 3:05:11 AM2018-01-17T03:05:00Z Managing water sustainably to support the horticultural industry Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce brings rainfall to catchment Unrestricted pumping from the Gascoyne River and Riverbed Sands aquifer has been declared for Carnarvon irrigators today. The announcement comes after the water started flowing at 9 Mile Bridge at about 5am this morning. River flows of 3.5 metres were first recorded at Yinnetharra Crossing gauging station several hundred kilometres inland on Sunday, January 14 after widespread rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce across the middle and upper catchments of the Lyons and Gascoyne rivers. Indications from sampling by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are that water is of good quality around 146 mg/L in the first flows. Unrestricted pumping was last declared in February 2017. It provides irrigators with access to water above their annual water entitlement from Subarea A, with no monthly limit. Growers are encouraged to take advantage of the current unrestricted pumping period and in doing so, help recharge the Riverbed Sands aquifer. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will closely monitor the catchment and river levels and provide updates via email, at http// and by phone on 1800 674 897. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce has brought much needed rainfall to many parts of Western Australia, including the Gascoyne area. "This flow is important news for Carnarvon's horticultural industry, and the department's monitoring network has been helping irrigators prepare for the water's arrival by providing river flow advice. "The Gascoyne River system is the main water source for the horticultural industry in Carnarvon and good flows are important for recharge to the groundwater aquifers used for irrigation and town water supply in between river flows. "This welcome news gives a good start to this year's water budget for the horticultural industry while we continue to work on the longer term improvements to water security." Minister's office - 6552 6100
NorthLink WA southern and central section progressing12532Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html17/01/2018 1:00:09 AM2018-01-17T01:00:00Z Free flowing traffic from Reid Highway to Perth Airport Morley Drive northbound on-ramp open First bridge beams in place at new Reid/Tonkin highway interchange Traffic on Tonkin Highway has been redirected under Collier Road, meaning motorists can now travel from Perth Airport to Reid Highway without encountering a traffic light. The move is a significant step for the NorthLink WA project's southern section, which is nearing completion. Two temporary roundabouts on Collier Road - with one lane of traffic in each direction - will be in place until February when traffic signals are commissioned at the Collier Road interchange. Traffic on Morley Drive will continue travelling through two roundabouts during construction of the permanent roundabout, which is also expected to be completed in February. Beams were installed in December for the first bridge in the Reid/Tonkin interchange. The new bridge will form part of the final Reid Highway alignment, taking vehicles over Tonkin Highway as part of WA's first and biggest freeway-to-freeway interchange. In coming months, changes will be made to the Beechboro Road North/Reid Highway intersection, with a temporary roundabout replacing the traffic signals to enable work to start on the Beechboro Road North overpass. There will also be changes at the Reid Highway/Tonkin Highway intersection, again with a temporary roundabout replacing traffic signals. This will provide access to construct the new southbound onramp from Reid to Tonkin highways. Meanwhile, work on the northern section from Ellenbrook to Muchea is progressing well with clearing almost complete and earthworks underway. The NorthLink WA initiative is jointly funded by the Federal ($821 million) and State ($204 million) governments. Completion of the entire NorthLink WA project is expected in 2019. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "NorthLink WA is essential to reducing traffic congestion and providing a faster, safer freight route as Perth's population grows. "NorthLink WA is a vital, state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea, diverting heavy traffic away from local roads and improving amenity in the Swan Valley for residents and the 600,000 tourists who visit the area each year. "There will be significant travel time savings for people in Ellenbrook, Noranda and Ballajura as well as eliminating four of our State's most dangerous intersections." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Community invited to comment on the impacts of methamphetamine use in WA27809Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5440html16/01/2018 4:00:24 AM2018-01-16T04:00:00Z The first-hand experiences of Western Australians directly affected by methamphetamine use are being sought by the McGowan Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Reducing harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine is a key priority for the McGowan Labor Government, with $131.7 million committed to implementing the Methamphetamine Action Plan The McGowan Labor Government's Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP) Taskforce is undertaking public consultation and is seeking comments from those affected by methamphetamine in Western Australia. Members of the community, including individuals and families directly affected, as well as health service providers, community workers and business owners, are invited to contribute their views through the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce website. Community views and insights are vital in helping the MAP Taskforce formulate its advice to the State Government on practical ways to reduce harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine in WA. The online comment period is open until March 16, 2018. As part of the McGowan Government's State-wide plan, the taskforce will provide advice to the State Government on gaps in services and how programs can best meet the needs of the community, in particular targeting areas of greatest need. Chaired by Ron Alexander, and including members of the community and experts in the field, the taskforce will also provide advice on opportunities for better collaboration between government agencies, communities and businesses. The taskforce will also investigate the potential for successful interstate or overseas programs to be adapted to WA circumstances. Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Understanding the views, insights and challenges faced by those directly affected by methamphetamine use is vital to the work of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce. "I encourage anyone affected to take the opportunity to comment, as their insight will help shape the taskforce's advice to Government on how to respond to the complexities and challenges of WA's meth issue and how best to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
One-stop shop launched to streamline water and environmental assessments27807Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9960html16/01/2018 1:00:08 AM2018-01-16T01:00:00Z New online gateway to modernise water and environmental assessments and approvals process Part of the McGowan Government's public sector reforms to improve public access to government departments and agencies The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has developed a new one-stop shop service for water and environmental assessments and approvals. Water Minister Dave Kelly and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today launched the new service which is available through the department's website. Project applicants that require environmental and water approvals can now engage with the department through a single contact point supported by a new internal co-ordination framework that will save time and improve the service for applicants. The creation of this new one-stop shop service is consistent with the McGowan Government's Public Sector Reform which is designed to improve customer access to government services and overall response times. The department's improvements to online service delivery demonstrate how agencies can contribute to and support the Government's drive for digital transformation across the public sector. In July 2017, the departments of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority amalgamated to become the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "To drive economic growth in WA, we need to make it easier for the public and industry to do business with government departments. "That is why we amalgamated the various departments in July 2017 and are now improving the approvals process to deliver a better customer experience. "Previously industry would have had to approach potentially three different agencies (Department of Water, Department of Environmental Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority) to ascertain what environmental approvals they would require for their project. "But now with this new online one-stop shop, all the information they require is at their fingertips." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "As a Government, we are committed to simplifying what can often be complex government processes without compromising on our environmental rigour. "Many project assessments previously required proponents to bounce from one door to another, causing frustration with the process. "Today's go live on the new webpage will be welcomed by industry and our stakeholders as a better way to do business." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funding to build stronger regional communities27803Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10950html16/01/2018 12:07:03 AM2018-01-16T00:05:00Z More than $700,000 awarded to 39 regional local governments Youth development grants and scholarships to provide job opportunities for young people Community development grants and scholarships to help build community partnerships Ensures regional communities are sustainable into the future More than $700,000 has been injected into regional communities for local governments to provide job opportunities for young people and build stronger partnerships with the community sector. A total of 70 grants have been awarded to 39 country local governments across four programs through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF). Under the Community Development Grants Program, a total of $224,486 was awarded to 14 local governments to undertake programs involving best practice in community development and working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector and community. A further $450,000 has been awarded through the Youth Development Scholarship and Youth Development Traineeship programs to 30 local governments. The funding will enable young people in the regions to develop long-term employment skills and expose them to future employment opportunities within local government. An additional six grants were awarded through the Community Development Scholarship Program to offer accredited training to country local government employees to build their capacity to deliver community development initiatives within their community. The CLGF has provided more than $5 million in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "This is an example of the State Government's commitment to investing in the future of local government in WA. "By giving young people opportunities to start or further careers in the local government sector while living in their local area, we are contributing to the attraction and retention of young people in the regions. "A partnership approach to community development can also assist to manage these challenges to ensure that local governments are sustainable into the future." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Local governments in the regions experience unique challenges such as remoteness, limited economic opportunities and an ageing population. "These grants will give our regional local governments more opportunity to develop the capacity to deliver the services, regional communities need." Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
First public feedback for Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET sought27802Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10970html16/01/2018 12:01:52 AM2018-01-16T00:00:00Z Communities along future Morley-Ellenbrook METRONET alignment to assist planning process Options analysis for Morley-Ellenbrook rail line underway Survey to gauge community vision for planning and transport The McGowan Government and METRONET team have launched the first public consultation process for the future Morley-Ellenbrook Line. A survey available to residents along the future rail corridor will feed into the McGowan Government's planning for the METRONET rail project. Communities in the area have been invited to complete the online survey about their current travel habits and future needs as part of the planning process for the METRONET rail line to Ellenbrook via Morley. The rail line will provide Perth's growing north-east suburbs with improved transport connections, and create new communities around integrated station precincts. The online survey results will gauge what the community values, their vision for the area and provide a better understanding of current travel habits. Work is already underway on assessing the technical feasibility of the preferred alignment, preliminary site investigations, land use planning and high level concept design including potential grade separations and stations. The work will be supported by planning specialists when the major consultancy tender is awarded in coming weeks. Meanwhile, the METRONET team has also started discussions with relevant local governments and other key stakeholders. Residents and businesses in the communities around Ellenbrook, Aveley, Henley Brook, Dayton, Brabham, Bennett Springs, Morley, Malaga, Ballajura and surrounding suburbs are asked to complete the online survey. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Building a rail line to Ellenbrook is a major priority for the McGowan Government, and since starting the project from scratch last year, we have made significant planning progress. "I have worked closely with the METRONET team, local governments and stakeholders - it's now time to hear from the local residents. "To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for the local community, we want to understand and hear from residents on what your community means to you, and what you'd like to see it look like in the future. "In the interim, I think it's important that we as a Government hear from the people of these communities about the METRONET plan, and how we will be creating vibrant, connected transport precincts through our integrated plan." Comments attributed to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson "The METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook line will serve residents of Morley and Noranda extremely well. "The new train line will reduce congestion on our local roads and make it easier and safer for residents to commute to school and work. "To make sure we see the best outcome for our suburbs, it is important that the Government hears from local residents. "I will be encouraging local residents in Morley and Noranda to have their say in this survey and I look forward to hearing their ideas." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "The Ellenbrook rail line was the number one local commitment during the election and people continue to tell me how important it is to them. I am just so pleased that the McGowan Government is listening to our community and getting on with the job. "Ellenbrook rail will transform the area; it will activate our town centre and make it the satellite city that was envisaged 20 years ago. "The Ellenbrook Station Precinct will create new jobs and business opportunities for locals. Getting the design right will help make sure we have a vibrant and energetic town centre. "Combined with our Lord Street upgrades, East-West Bus Link and the NorthLink WA Project, residents in Ellenbrook, Aveley and The Vines will finally have the infrastructure they need and deserve. "We have a great opportunity to tell the Government what we want from our rail service. Please make sure that you complete this survey to make sure that our voices are heard." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following December’s Tropical Cyclone Hilda27801Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3480html15/01/2018 11:57:08 PM2018-01-15T21:00:00Z Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for Broome in response to the impacts from Tropical Cyclone Hilda on 27 December 2017. Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). "The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to help the recovery of disaster affected communities like the local government area of Broome," Mr Taylor said. "The north of Western Australia has again faced heavy rains and winds this week from Cyclone Joyce. This assistance announced today will help recovery efforts from the earlier Cyclone Hilda event just after Christmas, including restoration and replacement of road infrastructure and removal of debris from residential properties." Minister Logan said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible residents, small businesses and primary producers within the disaster affected local government area of Broome. "We are also providing assistance to councils and state agencies to cover the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged public infrastructure," Mr Logan said. Assistance available under the NDRRA may include personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers, and freight subsidies for primary producers. The Department of Communities administers this assistance. To enquire about this assistance, people should contact or call 1800 032 965. Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at and the Western Australian Office of Emergency Management website at Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Grants to help reduce waste27799Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8230html15/01/2018 8:35:11 AM2018-01-15T08:30:00Z $1 million for organisations that target waste management priorities The McGowan Labor Government has confirmed its commitment to waste reduction - offering $1 million to support projects that divert waste from landfill. Announcing the funding today, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has called for projects that champion better waste management practices and improve awareness of the need to reduce waste. The Community and Industry Engagement program is an opportunity to gain financial backing for projects that address the State Government's waste management priority areas, including minimising food and plastic waste and improving the use of recycled construction and demolition products. Previous funding recipients include the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's bin tagging program - highlighting what can be recycled through the city's kerbside collection service - and Curtin University's research into the use of recycled aggregate concrete. The funding - from the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account - is available for community groups, industry, local governments, regional councils, State Government agencies, peak bodies, and research and educational institutes. For more information on the Community and Industry Engagement program or to apply for funding, go to the Waste Authority's website. Applications close at 12pm on Monday February 12, 2018. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Reducing waste is an important issue for the McGowan Labor Government and we have already made progress with initiatives such as the proposed ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and the introduction of a container deposit scheme. "The Community and Industry Engagement program provides an opportunity to get financial backing for projects that address the State Government's waste management priorities to help Western Australia become a more sustainable low waste community. "I encourage funding applications to tackle issues such as reducing waste generation, diverting waste from landfill and community and industry education." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Optus Stadium on track for record-breaking AFL Women's crowd27787Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5180html14/01/2018 11:24:26 PM2018-01-14T23:20:00Z Fremantle Dockers to play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10, 2018 Tickets on sale to the general public at 9am (AWST) tomorrow (January 16) Match a chance to attract Australia's biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women's sporting match Western Australians are encouraged to support Optus Stadium's push to attract the country's biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women's sporting match when the Fremantle Dockers play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10. More than 30,000 fans are expected at the match, which would break the AFLW attendance record, and put into play the possibility of eclipsing the Australian-record women's sport attendance of 41,000 - which has stood since 1929. The match is expected to smash the current Fremantle Dockers Women's record home crowd of 10,000. With tickets only $2, including free public transport, the match is an ideal opportunity for those who did not get a Community Open Day ticket to be among the first to visit Optus Stadium. Tickets to the match will be available for purchase via the Ticketmaster website from 9am tomorrow (January 16). All proceeds will be donated to the Starlight Foundation and the Fremantle Dockers Foundation. Ahead of the match, fans will be able to watch the Fremantle Dockers men's team train for the first time on the Optus Stadium playing surface, followed by a signing and photo session. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "This match gives all Western Australians the opportunity to be part of sporting history. Not only will it be the first football match played at Optus Stadium, it is on track to break the attendance record for the AFLW. "There is even a chance of breaking the Australian record crowd for a standalone women's match, which would beat Adelaide Oval's 89-year-old record. "For anyone who didn't get a ticket to the Community Open Day, this is a great opportunity to be one of the first to visit Optus Stadium - at a cost of only $2." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "The fact the AFLW secured the first football match at Optus Stadium shows just how far women's sport has come in this State. "The current AFLW record crowd is 24,568, held by Carlton and Collingwood, and we want everyone's help to surpass that and bring the record home to Western Australia. If we could even top the all-time Australian record that would be sensational. "We have seen huge increases in participation and interest in recent years in a whole range of women's sports - and AFL Women's has been instrumental to that success." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600
State Government funding to help Western Australians stay sun safe769818Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6490html13/01/2018 2:53:00 AM2018-01-13T00:00:00Z Almost $900,000 in Healthway grants for sun safety education and awareness programs Cancer Council receives $825,000 for its SunSmart awareness campaign Telethon Kids Institute benefits from $74,956 research funding grant for new online sun safety tool Health Minister Roger Cook today announced Healthway grants totalling $899,956 towards the education and promotion of sun safety to reduce the incidence of skin cancer. Two in three Australians will develop skin cancer before the age of 70, and every year more than 2,300 people die from the disease. In Western Australia in 2014, more than 230 people died from skin cancer (melanoma and non-melanoma). A grant of $825,000 has been allocated to the Cancer Council of Western Australia to continue its SunSmart awareness campaign until the end of 2020. The funding, provided by the State Government through Healthway, will go towards sun protection awareness raising initiatives such as the continuation of the digital outdoor worker ultraviolet (UV) daily campaign and SunSmart fashion project in partnership with Curtin University. In addition, more than $74,000 has also been granted to the Telethon Kids Institute to develop and test an online tool, targeted at teenagers - in particular those aged 12-13, to improve awareness of good sun protection and Vitamin D. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is committed to supporting initiatives which educate the community about skin cancer and prevention. "By remembering to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide when the UV is 3 or higher, people can minimise their exposure to UV radiation, and reduce their risk of developing skin cancers. "During the height of summer, while many of us are holidaying and spending time outdoors, it is timely to remember the importance of sun safe behaviour to help prevent skin cancer." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Independent review of assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy legislation769817Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5880html13/01/2018 2:39:22 AM2018-01-12T23:00:00Z Independent review of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and Surrogacy Act 2008 Provides an opportunity for public consultation and a strong foundation for updating the regulation of assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy The McGowan Government today announced an independent review of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (HRT) and the Surrogacy Act 2008. There is considerable public interest in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and surrogacy as about one in six couples have difficulty in conceiving a baby; about four per cent of births in Australia occur through assisted reproductive technology. There have been significant developments in technology and changes in community attitudes to ART and surrogacy. The relevant Western Australian laws are out of step with other Australian States and Territories. The review will provide a strong foundation for updating the regulation of ART and surrogacy. The terms of reference provide an opportunity for a wide range of complex scientific, ethical and legal issues to be considered in today's society. The review will be undertaken by Associate Professor Sonia Allan, a highly regarded legal academic, who recently completed a review of similar legislation in South Australia. Details of the review can be accessed at http// The closing date for written submissions is 5pm, Friday March 16, 2018. This will be followed by a period of consultation and forums. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "These laws are outdated in parts and are arguably not meeting current needs and developments in practice occurring in other Australian States. "This review is long overdue and I encourage all interested parties to take the time to make a submission, and have their say." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Background The Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (HRT Act) provides for the functions of the Reproductive Technology Council (Council), regulation relating to the practice of, the procedures used in, and the ethics governing human reproductive technology; to make provision with respect to the use of this technology in relation to artificially assisted human conception and for the regulation of certain research; and related purposes. The Surrogacy Act 2008 provides for the regulation of surrogacy arrangements in Western Australia and for the parentage of children born as a result of those arrangements. The legislation also specifically prohibits surrogacy for financial gain.
Grants awarded to community groups to protect river769812Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9310html12/01/2018 5:00:14 AM2018-01-12T05:00:00Z 17 community groups receive funding in first round of Community Rivercare Grants The not-for-profit volunteer groups will share $300,000 in 2018-19 The McGowan Labor Government has today announced the first round of grant recipients for its Community Rivercare Program, which will see $900,000 allocated to community groups over three years via the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The funding will help deliver projects including foreshore restoration and riverbank erosion, reduction of nutrient inflows, native waterbird conservation, native fish habitat protection and restocking of native recreational fish species. Grant projects which received funding in round one include Ellen Brook endangered native fish habitat enhancement; Bannister Creek and Canning River Regional Park boundary enhancement; Bardon Park environmental restoration works; Astley River Park foreshore restoration; Helena River restoration at north bank; Helena Valley restoration west of Scott Street; Attadale foreshore conservation and restoration of riparian vegetation; and Piesse Gully weed control and revegetation. The full list of recipients is available at https// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "By investing in this new program, the McGowan Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to further recognise and support the important work undertaken by volunteers along river foreshores. "Community groups are instrumental in protecting and enhancing the natural values of our rivers, and in turn increasing public enjoyment of vibrant recreational areas. "Congratulations to the 17 groups that have received grants in this first round. I encourage groups to apply for further grants under round two of this program later this year, so we can continue to support these important projects." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New commissioners appointed to Lotterywest Board769810Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15220html12/01/2018 4:04:25 AM2018-01-12T04:00:00Z Professor Kingsley Dixon and Elisabeth McLellan appointed to Lotterywest Board of Commissioners New appointments reaffirm State Government's commitment to strengthening environmental protection and biodiversity conservation Outgoing commissioners Dr Maria Harries and Garry Trinder thanked by Premier Premier Mark McGowan has today announced the appointments of Professor Kingsley Dixon and Elisabeth McLellan to the Lotterywest Board of Commissioners. Professor Dixon - a renowned botanist and Western Australia's 2016 Scientist of the Year - officially took up his appointment from December 1, 2017 and has played a leading role in conserving threatened species and transforming ecological restoration practice in Australia. Professor Dixon has also provided high-level scientific advice at both a State and Federal level and is chairperson of The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Ms McLellan - a leading Geraldton-based conservationist - brings with her 25 years at the forefront of conservation, including almost 10 years with WWF International and eight as co-lead of the organisation's global Wildlife Crime Campaign. Ms McLellan holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Masters Applied Science and Graduate Diploma of Education while Professor Dixon holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD from The University of Western Australia. The Premier acknowledged outgoing commissioners Dr Maria Harries and Garry Trinder and thanked them for their contribution to Lotterywest. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm delighted to announce the appointments of both Professor Dixon and Ms McLellan to the Lotterywest Board of Commissioners. "I trust Professor Dixon and Ms McLellan will bring with them a commitment to strengthening environmental protection and biodiversity conservation here in Western Australia. "Last financial year, Lotterywest returned $265 million to the State by way of its grants program overseen by the organisation's CEO and Board of Commissioners. "I thank outgoing Board members Dr Maria Harries and Mr Garry Trinder for their six-year contribution to Lotterywest." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Dennis Cometti honoured at Optus Stadium769809Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14040html12/01/2018 2:50:39 AM2018-01-12T02:50:00Z WA icon celebrated with naming of Dennis Cometti Media Centre at Optus Stadium Premier Mark McGowan delivered the election commitment today alongside WA sporting media icons State-of-the-art facility to provide the ultimate coverage for Optus Stadium Premier Mark McGowan today announced Optus Stadium's media facility will be known as the Dennis Cometti Media Centre in honour of the Western Australian commentary legend. Delivering on an election commitment to honour Dennis Cometti's almost half-century media career, Mr McGowan made the announcement at Optus Stadium alongside some of the State's sporting media icons. Starting on radio as a Top-40 disc jockey in 1968, Cometti has had a distinguished career both in television and radio, covering AFL, including 16 Grand Finals, several Olympic Games and more than 100 matches of Test cricket on radio. Cometti continues to call AFL and WAFL football in Western Australia. The Dennis Cometti Media Centre will be used by a large contingent of local, national and international media personnel across a range of events. The facility includes Two television studios; A studio box for presenting, producing and broadcasting live television; Eight radio commentary boxes; A written press box catering for 30 people; A photographer's work room; and A dedicated lounge for media personnel. The media facility is supported by media interview rooms that can accommodate up to 180 journalists and two 1,000 square metre external broadcast areas, located on the northern side of the stadium. The design of the Dennis Cometti Media Centre was developed in consultation with the Media User Group, which was established in 2012 and comprised journalists and technical staff from Channel 7, The West Australian, Sunday Times, ABC, 96FM, Fox Sports and Fox Footy. The user group focused on the needs of modern media, including match-day viewing arrangements for all of the different sporting configurations, requirements for broadcast and written press facilities, the design of media lounges, TV and radio studios, camera locations, and technical, data and wiring requirements. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Dennis Cometti is a Western Australian commentary and media icon. I can think of no-one more deserving of this great honour. "For most Western Australian sports lovers, Dennis Cometti is the voice of football. His career across radio and TV - including calling events at several Olympic Games - has been simply outstanding. "Western Australian footy fans were sad to see Dennis retire from AFL television commentary, but it is terrific to know his presence will live on in WA's new sporting era at Optus Stadium. "The Dennis Cometti Media Centre at Optus Stadium is state-of-the-art and gives the stadium another advantage in securing more national and international events. "I would like to thank the Media User Group for their work and involvement in developing this media centre and the decision to honour Dennis Cometti." Comments attributed to Dennis Cometti "Nobody sets out on any career thinking about having a day like today. But a day like today certainly makes you think about your career. "There is no doubt WA bats well above its weight when it comes to producing sports broadcasters and journalists. The people acknowledged in this wonderful media centre prove that. "I never felt the need to live anywhere other than Perth. And in fairness, no-one ever suggested I should. I think I have always been blessed with good management. "My career is really testimony to my wife Velia and our two children Ricki and Mark. They seemed to cope with all my time away so well, in hindsight, perhaps a little too well." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Yalgorup National Park to be expanded769808Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8790html12/01/2018 2:00:27 AM2018-01-12T02:00:00Z 1,001 hectares to be added to internationally recognised Yalgorup National Park The McGowan Labor Government has today announced it will add 1,001 hectares of Class A conservation reserve within world-renowned Yalgorup National Park. Located just over 100 kilometres south of Perth, Yalgorup National Park contains the internationally recognised Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetlands which provide habitat for migratory shorebird species as well as resident species such as the hooded plover. Yalgorup National Park also supports critical habitat for the endangered Carnaby's cockatoo and the vulnerable listed western ringtail possum. This reservation in the heart of Yalgorup National Park will ensure the long-term management and protection of critically important banksia and tuart woodlands. The move is part of the State Government's plan to increase the protection of threatened species and ecological communities through the expansion of the formal reserve system. Yalgorup National Park is the first in a number of conservation reserve expansions planned by the McGowan Labor Government in the Perth and Peel regions, and will include new Class A conservation reserves across the metropolitan region within Beeliar, Yellagonga, Rockingham Lakes and Jandakot regional parks among others. The 1,001 hectares were purchased in 2016 as an offset for the Roe 8 project. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The inclusion of this conservation significant land will provide further protection for Yalgorup National Park and avoid fragmentation of its landscapes from development. "It will improve management of the park's outstanding environmental, cultural and recreational values and provide a buffer for the internationally recognised Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetland. "The newly created Class A conservation reserve will provide the highest level of protection to western ringtail possum and Carnaby's cockatoo habitat." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New Mental Health Tribunal President appointed769653Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11080html11/01/2018 10:20:25 AM2018-01-11T10:05:00Z Karen Whitney appointed as President of the independent Mental Health Tribunal Mental Health Minister Roger Cook is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Whitney for a five-year term as President of the Mental Health Tribunal of Western Australia. In the role of President, Ms Whitney will lead the Tribunal whose role is to safeguard the rights of people who are subject to involuntary treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2014. Ms Whitney has most recently been a full-time Ordinary Member of the WA State Administrative Tribunal, whose duties include conducting hearings, mediations and conferences in disputes across all aspects of the State Administrative Tribunal's jurisdiction. Previously, Ms Whitney was Principal Assistant Ombudsman, Investigations and Legal Services for the Western Australian Ombudsman, and also served for eight years with the Western Australian Legal Profession Complaints Committee. She has postgraduate qualifications in Law, Business Leadership, and an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Social Policy. She is a certificated legal practitioner and a nationally accredited mediation practitioner. For more information about the Mental Health Tribunal, visit http// Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "I am pleased to announce this appointment of Ms Whitney for a five-year term. "Ms Whitney has a strong commitment to positioning the Tribunal to improve the wellbeing of people with mental illness, as well as sound legal, tribunal and senior level general management experience. "She is well placed to lead the Tribunal over the next five years, as it plays a critical, independent role in the mental health system. "I also thank outgoing Tribunal President Michael Hawkins for his years of service as President and wish him well for the future." Minister's office - 6552 6500