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Engineers show contribution during week778146Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2015 1:01:29 AM2015-07-29T01:00:00ZAustralian Engineering Week (August 3-9) gives tomorrow's engineers and the general public the opportunity to discover what it is like to be an engineerEngineers have a hand in developing essential services including our water systems, power and telecommunications networks, major infrastructure, new technologies and medical treatments Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett has heralded Australian Engineering Week WA which will celebrate the significant and valued contribution engineers play in our daily lives and show the exciting career opportunities available in an extensive range of disciplines. Mr Barnett said Australia's future economic prosperity would be underpinned by a sustainable highly skilled engineering workforce. "The sectors of the WA economy that are the largest in terms of the State's economic output and employment are those that are heavily dependent on engineering skills," he said. "Inspiring tomorrow's engineers - and others working in science, technology and maths - will be crucial as our State's economy transforms in the coming years. "Supporting our education institutions and peak bodies such as Engineers Australia, and the important role that they play in inspiring young people to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related fields, is vital. "Increasing the level of capability in STEM is also highlighted as an area of opportunity in 'A Science Statement for Western Australia'." The program for Australian Engineering Week WA (August 3-9) includesa launch event at the Art Gallery of Western Australia with Dr John van Bockxmeer, 2014 Young West Australian of the Yeara free student night at Scitech for high school students interested in a career in engineering, as well as parents, teachers and career counsellorsCanstruction, a free public event that will transform the QV1 foyer into a sculptural hub showcasing eye-catching structures created from cans of food by local engineering organisations. Fact FileFor more information, visit https// or #DiscoverEngineering Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000
German submarine delegation visits Perth778144Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2015 12:04:52 AM2015-07-28T22:00:00Z Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will today meet with Australian representatives of German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH as part of the Federal Government's competitive evaluation process (CEP) for the $20 billion SEA 1000 Future Submarine Project. The SEA 1000 project is Australia's most expensive defence procurement project to date. Mr Mischin said the SEA 1000 project would replace the nation's current Collins Class submarines and would provide significant ongoing opportunities for local industry in the project's acquisition and life support phases. "I am pleased to welcome the representatives of ThyssenKrupp to Western Australia to showcase the State Government-owned Australian Marine Complex (AMC) and its capability as a world-class centre for manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, technology, repair and maintenance activities in the marine, defence and resource industries," he said. "The Department of Commerce has been working closely with ThyssenKrupp to present a detailed briefing for WA industry on its proposals to build Australia's new class of submarines, and to assist the company with one-on-one meetings with local industry at Henderson. "In addition to hosting ThyssenKrupp, I am keen to support our local industry bidding for work associated with SEA 1000, and I am confident that the skills and expertise developed by our companies will be highly competitive in this exciting project." The ThyssenKrupp team will visit the AMC today and meet companies based at the facility. The Minister said the State Government had invested heavily in common use infrastructure at the AMC to support current and future submarines and other naval shipbuilding projects and their through-life support. "WA has established its credentials by playing a critical role in supporting the current Collins Class vessels and expects to continue to support future submarines," Mr Mischin said. The Department of Commerce is a member of the government/industry body established by the Australian Government to maximise Australian industry participation in this program. The German design for the submarines are part of three international competing designs that also include France and Japan. The successful contractor will be announced at the end of 2015. For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5600​
Program to increase intercultural understanding778112Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/07/2015 3:01:08 AM2015-07-28T03:00:00ZState Government to invest more than $800,000 over three years in partnership programs to strengthen community cohesionMulticultural Partnership Program to combat anti-social behaviour and strengthen intercultural understanding The State Government will invest more than $800,000 over the next three years in a Multicultural Partnership Program (MPP) to strengthen social cohesion, increase workforce participation and build leadership in Western Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the Multicultural Partnership Program was a centrepiece of the Government's efforts to build opportunities in the CaLD community. "The MPP is a triennial funding program that supports partnership service delivery models between not-for-profit organisations, ethnic organisations and community groups," Dr Nahan said. "The focus of the program is to build social cohesion, increase intercultural understanding and assist people from cultural communities to integrate into our society." The MPP has three components A Shared Future is a program designed to increase social cohesion by working with young people to provide the knowledge and skills to counter the potential of radicalisation, increase intercultural understanding and reduce economic, social and cultural isolationA Better Workforce is a program to assist migrants to gain employment and increase workforce participation in their area of training and qualificationThe African Leadership Initiative is for African communities in Western Australia that will result in a recognised leadership group for the community. The shared future component will support community-led programs that will increase awareness and understanding of the warning signs of anti-social behaviour that can lead to criminal activity. "A key element of this program is encouraging intergenerational and intercultural understanding between young people, parents and the broader community," the Minister said. "The MPP will also work to build community leadership specifically across the African communities and support CaLD community engagement in the employment market." Fact FileMore information regarding the Request for Service can be found at Tenders WA or by calling the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) on 6551 8700Request for Service released for interested service providers on Monday, July 27 OMI MPP briefing session is at 10am, Friday, August 7 Minister's office - 6552 5700
WA's brightest minds blind us with science778109Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/07/2015 2:41:09 AM2015-07-28T02:35:00Z2015 WA Innovator of the Year category finalists chosenWinners announced on November 4, 2015 Eight original and creative local inventions will vie for the top prize at the 2015 Western Australian Innovator of the Year awards. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the finalists included a real-time integrated anti-fuel theft system for petrol stations, a diagnostic test for diabetic kidney disease, and a system for the safe loading and unloading of shipping containers. Mr Mischin said while the transition from an innovative idea to commercial outcome could be challenging, the innovator program provided finalists with skills and opportunities to support them during this process. "The program gives finalists unrivalled opportunities to access industry expertise in business and media skills training and one-on-one mentoring sessions," he said. "This assists them to build and promote their innovation and guides them on the path to commercialisation. "Local, national and global interest in the finalists and winners has provided access to opportunities often not available before their involvement in this prestigious program, and really puts Western Australia on the map as a generator of world-class innovation." Resonance Health Ltd, last year's overall winner for their HepaFat-Scan technology, secured an agreement with Emory University in the US to perform a validation study at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospital. The study, which started in May, will be undertaken in a paediatric patient population with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, with results expected within 12 to 18 months. Fact FileThe program features two categories emerging innovation (pre-revenue, $25,000 prize money) and growth (post-revenue, $25,000 prize money)The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator the Year overall winner ($75,000 prize money) is chosen from these two categoriesFor more information, visit http// Full list of finalists below Minister's office - 6552 5600 LIST OF 2015 FINALISTS Mitsubishi Corporation Emerging Innovation Category Bombora Wave Power Pty Ltd (Bentley) Bombora Wave Energy Converter - a breakthrough system that efficiently converts ocean wave energy into renewable energy Curtin University of Technology (Bentley) Logging while drilling for mineral exploration - two tools developed to enable drillers to collect information about physical properties of rocks near the drill-hole, including natural radioactivity, magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistance Newton Laboratories Pty Ltd (Perth) Vibration sensor for oversized rock detection - a vibration-sensor device to be mounted on mining trucks to measure and process signals from various vibrations which will alert operators to stockpile oversize rocks and prevent crusher downtime and lost production Proteomics International Pty Ltd (Nedlands) PromarkerD - developed a diagnostic test for diabetic kidney disease. Mitsubishi Corporation Growth Category Optika Solutions Pty Ltd (West Perth) Akumen - a cloud-based decision support environment and analytics framework that enables the integration of real-time, time series, transactional data and historical information to make future-based decisions. Scancam Industries Pty Ltd (Perth) SCANCAM - smart fuel security a real-time integrated system incorporating high resolution video and still cameras, facial and number plate recognition and police database reporting to prevent fuel theft. Tilt Trays Enterprises Pty Ltd (High Wycombe) Container loading and offloading system - a system designed for the safe loading and unloading of shipping (sea) containers from tilt tray trucks. Trackem Pty Ltd (Perth) Trackem - an asset tracking and management software system, using a unique combination of barcode, global positioning system and radio frequency identification technologies to track and manage the location of assets, equipment and construction materials.
New premises mark new phase for mental health ally778108Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/07/2015 2:30:24 AM2015-07-28T02:30:00ZLotterywest grant of $4m toward new headquarters for mental health agency Upgraded premises to improve services and support a new recovery-focused initiative Premier Colin Barnett today opened Richmond Wellbeing's new Cannington premises - made possible through a $4 million Lotterywest grant. The not-for-profit mental health organisation is this year marking 40 years of service. Its upgraded mental health precinct in Manning Road will include a new head office and facilities for training and outreach services. The purchase and construction of the facility was made possible by the $4 million Lotterywest grant along with $3.4 million from Richmond Wellbeing. Mr Barnett acknowledged the important work of the organisation in transforming people's lives. "Richmond Wellbeing's programs integrate the key elements of recovery with accommodation and support services, which focus on allowing people to regain control of their lives," he said. "Staff members are committed to giving clients the confidence and skills they need to meet daily challenges and recover from mental illness." The Premier said the Lotterywest grant built on a long history of State Government support for the organisation, including through the Mental Health Commission, which this year will provide more than $10.3 million to fund supported accommodation services for people with mental illness across the metropolitan, Peel, Bunbury and Busselton areas. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said the new location represented a significant advance in the development of the organisation and would support the agency as it strived to increase the emphasis on mental health recovery across its range of services. "Richmond Wellbeing enters a new chapter early next year when, assisted by ongoing funding from the Mental Health Commission, it embarks upon an innovative Recovery House two-year pilot program," Mrs Morton said. This program, to operate at the agency's Queens Park site from early 2016, would provide three, 13-week, live-in, recovery-oriented programs each year to support people with severe mental illness to develop skills to take charge of their recovery journey. "With its focus on recovery-based practice and supporting people to live independently in the community, this program aligns closely with the mental health reform directions identified in the Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services Plan 2015-2025 that is now being finalised," she said. The pilot, based on similar successful programs in the UK and Italy, will also include family recovery training programs for up to 60 carers, as well as workforce development in recovery training. Mrs Morton noted that 40 years ago when Richmond Wellbeing started under the name of Richmond Fellowship of WA, most services offered for people with mental illness were clinically based, and the organisation was one of only a few that offered support services in the community. "It has since branched out to become a major promoter of mental health recovery in WA," she said. "This is an organisation that embodies the Government's vision where everyone works together to encourage and support people with mental illness to stay in the community, out of hospital and live a meaningful life." Fact FileRichmond Wellbeing has 543 active clientsRichmond Wellbeing is part of the international Richmond Fellowship Network made up of organisations dedicated to the 'recovery-based' approachFor more information about Richmond Wellbeing, visit http// Lotterywest supported a Richmond Fellowship 40-year community history bookWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 6900
Survey lifts Pilbara water search to new level778105Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html28/07/2015 1:27:49 AM2015-07-27T22:00:00ZHigh-tech aerial survey covered 24,000 square kilometres in PilbaraUnlocking the potential of the West Canning Basin's aquifers A mission to unlock the potential of one of Australia's biggest underground water sources has reached another important step with the completion of an aerial survey in the Pilbara. Water Minister and Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the airborne electromagnetic survey covered an area the size of Belgium to gather information about the quantity, quality and recharge of groundwater resources. "This survey is the next stage in an investigation to quantify the potential of the Canning Basin, and how it can potentially be used for the Pilbara's growth," Ms Davies said. "The results of this survey will build on drilling data from exploration already under way and provide a more complete picture of the buried geology and groundwater resources of the area." The survey is part of a four-year, $12.5 million Royalties for Regions-funded Pilbara Water discovery project that began in 2012. It has already revealed a potential 100 gigalitres per year resource, 100 kilometres east of Port Hedland, to further secure the long-term water security and growth of the Pilbara towns and regional economy. The Minister said scientific data revealed the Canning Basin resource was largely undeveloped and had the potential to support future expansion needs in the Pilbara. "Good quality water access and changes to land tenure via the $40 million Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food program increases the viability of agricultural enterprises in the Pilbara," she said. Fact FileAerial electromagnetic technology sends an electromagnetic pulse into the ground and the return signal provides information about local groundwater systemsThe West Canning Basin is located 100km east of Port Hedland and about 300km south-west of Broome. It is part of one of the biggest sedimentary basins in Australia - the Canning BasinThe quality of the water in the exploration area is expected to be suitable for use as drinking water, and is also in high demand from industry, pastoralism and mining Water Minister's office - 6552 5500
$60,000 for grassroots road safety107715Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3960html27/07/2015 3:44:29 AM2015-07-27T03:30:00Z​10 organisations share $60,505 to help reduce road traumaIn 2014-15, the State Government allocated $193,500 through the Road Safety Community Grants Program The State Government has provided 10 organisations a share in more than $60,000 for local road safety initiatives to help reduce road trauma in Western Australia. Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the latest round of road safety grants highlighted the positive road safety work Western Australian communities were achieving at a grassroots level. "This program provides funds for locally developed and implemented road safety projects that are in line with the Government's road safety strategy Towards Zero," Mrs Harvey said. "Road safety is a shared responsibility and these grants will continue to encourage community groups to participate in promoting road safety initiatives." Successful organisations receiving funds in the latest round of submissions are Ice Hockey WA Kurt DeFris Trophy eventToodyay Festivals Inc Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival eventKojonup Pastoral and Agricultural Society Inc Act Belong Commit Kojonup Agricultural Show eventGeraldton Combined Equestrian Club Geraldton Combined Equestrian Club July show jumping championships eventWheatbelt Education Region Wheatbelt Science Forum eventNortham BMX Club BMXWA Super Series eventEsperance Football Club Towards Zero FarmFit Challenge eventShire of Bruce Rock 2015 Back to the Bush Veteran's Reunion eventWALGA Esperance RoadWise Regional Schools 'Design Your Own Seat Belt' projectCity of Stirling Third phase of the 'Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids' project. Nearly $200,000 was provided to community groups in the 2014-15 financial year from the Road Trauma Trust Account under the Road Safety Community Grants Program. "The rate of fatalities has dropped 23 per cent since 2008 and we will remain relentless in further reducing road trauma through safer roads, enforcement and education," the Minister said. Fact FileInformation on the Road Safety Community Grants Program, including submission and criteria details, is available at http// Submissions for the next round of grants close Friday, August 7, 2015 Minister's office - 6552 5900
Perth to host international rugby in 2016 and 2017107711Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6630html27/07/2015 1:50:40 AM2015-07-27T01:00:00Z​Perth to host two International Test Matches in 2016 and 2017Argentina and South Africa to play Australian Wallabies at nib StadiumSupported by the State Government through Tourism WA The Argentinian and South African rugby teams will go head-to-head against Australia right here in Perth as part of a two-year deal signed between the State Government and the Australian Rugby Union. Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the Wallabies were set to play Argentina's Pumas in 2016 and South Africa's Springboks in 2017 at nib Stadium, with both games expected to generate high local and national interest from rugby fans. "Perth has hosted regular fixtures of international rugby since 2001 and we are pleased to once again welcome back the Argentinian and South African rugby teams," Mr Day said. "The Wallabies won by a point against both Argentina and South Africa the last time both teams played here in 2013 and 2014 respectively, so it is expected the upcoming matches will provide some fierce competition. "Hosting international sporting events is part of the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020. "Events such as the International Rugby Test Matches not only add vibrancy to the city, they also attract visitors and provide valuable media exposure of Western Australia." The International Rugby Test Matches, which are both part of 'The Rugby Championship' series, are proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the Argentinian game would be the first international rugby match to be played at nib Stadium, which is owned by VenuesWest on behalf of the State Government. "It is great to see the games played at nib Stadium, which is the home ground of the Western Force and supported by the rugby community as it provides a quality spectator experience thanks to a $95 million redevelopment," Ms Davies said. "In addition, with WA having a high expatriate population of South Africans, we expect the test match in 2017 to attract strong attendance." Fact FileFor more information, visit http// Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
Visionary WA team to make debut feature film107710Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9340html27/07/2015 1:41:21 AM2015-07-26T23:00:00Z​WA team secures $750,000 to progress new film, The Last Drop The film is a sci-fi comedy that was selected for its strong script Team travelling to Melbourne International Film Festival this week Three budding West Australian filmmakers will receive $750,000 to produce their first feature film, The Last Drop, through ScreenWest's West Coast Visions program. The sci-fi comedy follows the story of Englishman Gary Shaw who after running away to Australia to pick up the pieces of his life, finds himself battling an alien menace alongside the locals of a near deserted outback town. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said West Coast Visions provided up and coming filmmakers with the financial backing and support to turn their script into a movie. "The creative team of director Chris Richards-Scully (Woodbridge), writer Heather Wilson (Nedlands) and producer Michael Facey (Beckenham) were selected for the strength of their script and finance plan," Mr Day said. "West Coast Visions will enable the team to make important industry links and provide them with a strong platform to make their debut feature film. "The State's film industry is growing rapidly in popularity and talent, and I'm sure this program will help launch the careers of this very creative team." Chris and Michael will travel to the Melbourne International Film Festival's 37º South Market this week, where they will meet, and pitch to distributors, sales agents and financiers. The sci-fi comedy follows in the tradition of successful films such as Shaun of the Dead and Attack the Block. It will be executive produced by Tania Chambers (Kill Me Three Times), David Lightfoot (Blame, Wolf Creek) and Dustin Clare (Sunday). Recent West Coast Visions films have had great success on the national and international festival stage. These Final Hours screened at the prestigious Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, and Wasted on the Young and Blame were both selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. Collectively, the films have been selected for more than 20 international film festivals. Fact FileWest Coast Visions aims to uncover, inspire and develop local projects and skillsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
New water main to cater for growth in Byford107709Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1820html27/07/2015 1:32:45 AM2015-07-26T22:00:00Z​Construction of $5.3 million water main under way 4km water main will cater for growth in Byford The State Government, through the Water Corporation, has begun work to construct a new $5.3 million water supply main to cater for growth in Byford. Water Minister Mia Davies said the new water main would also provide corporation customers in Byford with a more consistent water pressure, particularly during peak summer demand. "Development in the Byford area has been quite rapid over the past few years, resulting in population growth and an increased demand for water," Ms Davies said. "This new water main will cater for growth in Byford and also ensure residents receive more consistent water pressure throughout the year." The new four-kilometre pipeline will be constructed within road reserves along South Western Highway and roads within the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. "The corporation has planned its work to minimise disruption to traffic and the local community," the Minister said. "This includes the use of trenchless technology to minimise environmental and traffic impacts at major road crossings at Wungong Brook and South Western Highway. "I thank the community for their patience during the construction of this essential project." Work on the water main is expected to be completed by November 2015. Fact FileThe corporation manages about 13,600km of water mains in the Perth metro areaCustomers in Byford are supplied with water through the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWWS), which sources water from dams, groundwater and desalinationThe IWWS delivers water to more than two million people in Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural region and parts of the South-WestIn 2013-14, the corporation supplied almost 300 billion litres of water to customers connected to the IWWSFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Grant for renovation of Polish Centre107658Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2150html26/07/2015 5:37:48 AM2015-07-26T04:00:00Z$38,000 towards the renovation of the Polish Women's Hall in MaylandsThe Polish Centre currently houses aged care programs, community school and dance group, youth programs, Polish community radio and Polish library A Lotterywest grant provided to the WA Association of Polish Women will assist vital renovations of the Polish Centre in Maylands, ensuring that the centre continues to be a hub for Western Australia's Polish community. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the $38,527 grant will enable the centre to continue to be used by a number of groups that provide a range of services including aged care services, youth programs, a language school, a Polish library and the popular Polish community radio station 'Voice of Polonia'. "This building has been the Polish community centre since 1980 which, over the years, has been a vital source of support and connection for WA's Polish community," Dr Nahan said. "The activities and community groups that have used this centre have been essential in maintaining Polish culture and traditions as well as providing a number of community services. "Additionally, the centre offers a place for people to learn more about Poland, life in Australia and operates as a social setting for the whole community. "Thanks to Lotterywest, these programs can flourish and be available for generations to come." The grant will be used to fix the roof and ceilings of the women's hall in the centre, to install new lighting in the community hall and to paint the entire premises. The WA Association of Polish Women was established in 1969 as a sub-group of the Polish Association in WA. Fact FileThere are more than 5,500 Poland-born people in WA and 48,677 Poland-born people in AustraliaMore than 18,600 people in WA identify as having Polish ancestryThe Polish Association in WA was established in 1950WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support non-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
New support line for FIFO workers and families107657Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4440html26/07/2015 5:16:21 AM2015-07-26T02:30:00ZWorking Away Alcohol and Drug Support Line now open for businessAlcohol and Drug Support Service has contact with more than 24,000 West Australians each year$120,000 for new telephone line, training staff and support material Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers seeking confidential alcohol and drug support can now access a telephone helpline to provide assistance and advice. Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said working away from home could increase the risk of alcohol and other drug related problems and mental illness. "The new telephone counselling support service is an important step in reducing the impact working away can have on someone's alcohol and drug use due to social isolation, family and relationship stress, and a lack of venues for socialising without alcohol," Mrs Morton said. "Using drugs and alcohol, plus having a mental illness can increase the risk of suicide. The profile of an average FIFO worker mirrors a demographic at high risk of suicide - males aged between 15 and 44.. "Providing a support service for FIFO workers and others working away from home is an important element in helping people facing these problems. "The service provides free, confidential counselling, support and referral 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people who work away from home, and their families." The Mental Health Commission, which on July 1, 2015 merged with the Drug and Alcohol Office, has been working closely with industry to develop the dedicated telephone and online service. "I encourage workers and their families to access the new support line and use the expert advice to help them address any drug and alcohol issues they may have," the Minister said. "Coinciding with the launch of the new helpline, the WA Alcohol and Drug Information Service and the Parent Drug Information Service have both been re-named. "These important helplines are now called the Alcohol and Drug Support Line, and Parent and Family Drug Support Line to better reflect the nature of these counselling services." Fact FileContact the Working Away Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 1800 721 997 or the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or country callers can call toll free on 1800 198 024Contact the Parent and Family Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or country callers can call toll free on 1800 653 203 Minister's office - 6552 6900
Tank to improve water supply in the Wheatbelt55597Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3620html24/07/2015 3:14:20 AM2015-07-24T03:00:00Z Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the start of work on a $6.4 million State Government project to improve water quality and pressure in the Wheatbelt shires of Mount Marshall and Trayning. The Water Corporation will construct a new six million litre storage tank in Waddouring, which will hold the equivalent of more than 2.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water. "The new tank in Waddouring will improve water quality and water pressure for more than 300 corporation customers in Bencubbin, Trayning, Kununoppin and the surrounding areas," Ms Davies said. "The tank will be located just north of the existing water storage reservoir in Waddouring, which will be decommissioned. "This project follows on from a recent $100,000 upgrade to the chlorination facility at the water treatment plant in Trayning, which has also improved water quality in the area." Work on the Waddouring tank is expected to be completed by October 2016. The Minister said the State Government recently announced a broader program to improve water supplies in the Wheatbelt. "The corporation manages more than 9,593 kilometres of water mains as part of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply Scheme. This scheme services more than 37,000 households, farms, mines and other enterprises," she said. "Over the next three years, the Government will invest $32 million to significantly improve the water and farmlands supply schemes in the Wheatbelt area. "These projects will help reduce leaks and breaks and will be undertaken in addition to the planned major work for the area." Fact FileNew $6.4 million tank to be constructed in Waddouring, about 85km north of MerredinThe new tank forms part of the Goldfields and Agricultural Water Supply SchemeFor more information about the corporation work in the Goldfields and Agricultural Region, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Grant harnesses more for riders with disability55595Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2770html24/07/2015 2:18:19 AM2015-07-24T02:00:00Z​Minister presents Lotterywest grant to Riding for the Disabled Association of WAGrant to support recreational horse riding activities for people with disability Riding for the Disabled Association of Western Australia (RDAWA) centres across the State will benefit from Lotterywest funding of $229,048, announced today by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton. The funding will support building alterations, equipment, furniture and vehicles at RDAWA centres in Albany, Carine, Oakford, Mandurah, Brigadoon, Yanchep, Collie and Sawyers Valley. Mrs Morton said RDAWA's horse riding programs changed people's lives. "Riding can be such an enjoyable form of healthy, outdoor exercise, that is exciting, challenging and motivational," she said. "RDAWA aims to develop the abilities and enrich the lives of people living with disability through the provision of therapeutic and recreational activities. "RDAWA programs at 17 centres throughout WA run activities that include horse riding, vaulting, carriage driving and dressage to more than 1,000 people." RDAWA's nationally accredited coaches and more than 450 volunteers work with people with disability, parents, teachers and carers to ensure each rider has a program tailored to suit their abilities, needs and personal goals. Safety standards and policies are in place to ensure minimum risk to those involved and horses are specially selected and trained. The Minister said RDAWA provided a welcoming place that included all West Australians, including those from different backgrounds with different abilities. "This aligns with the State Government's Count Me In Vision that 'all people live in welcoming communities that facilitate friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone'," she said. Fact FileWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
New water main for Alkimos and Eglinton55592Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3050html24/07/2015 12:03:36 AM2015-07-23T22:15:00Z​Construction starts on $3.12m water distribution main along Marmion Avenue1.3 kilometre main to accommodate development in Alkimos and Eglinton The State Government, through the Water Corporation, has started work on a $3.12 million water distribution main along Marmion Avenue in Eglinton. Water Minister Mia Davies said the new 1.3km water main would provide water for the suburbs of Alkimos and Eglinton, allowing for more development in the area. The corporation will construct the new distribution main within the road reserve along Marmion Avenue, from Shorehaven Boulevard to Cinnabar Drive. "This new main will serve people in the growing suburbs of Alkimos and Eglinton and is an important factor to accommodate the continued development of the area," Ms Davies said. The corporation has planned work to minimise disruption to local residents and road users. Local residents will be kept informed throughout the duration of the project. Traffic management plans will be advertised in the local newspaper and signage will be in place to advise road users of potential impacts. "I thank the community and road users in advance for their patience while the corporation carries out this essential work," the Minister said. Construction of the new main is expected to be completed in October 2015. Fact FileThe corporation manages about 13,600km of water mains in the Perth metropolitan areaCustomers in Alkimos and Eglinton are supplied with water through the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWSS), which sources water from dams, groundwater and desalinationThe IWSS delivers water to more than two million people in Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural region and parts of the South-WestIn 2013-14, the corporation supplied almost 300 billion litres of water to customers connected to the IWWSFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Jurien Bay wastewater upgrade caters for growth55591Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2330html23/07/2015 11:57:46 PM2015-07-23T22:00:00Z ​Water Minister Mia Davies today announced completion of a $2.8 million upgrade of the Jurien Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet the growing needs of the popular tourist destination. Ms Davies said the Water Corporation's upgrade - increasing the treatment capacity from 150,000 litres per day to 300,000 - would cater for future growth and the significant spikes in the town's wastewater flows during peak summer periods. "Due to the popularity of Jurien Bay over summer, the daily volume treated at the plant can increase by up to 50 per cent," she said. "The upgrades mean the plant now has the capacity to treat up to 300,000 litres of wastewater per day, sustainably catering for peak summer periods and population growth. "Jurien Bay has been identified as a future SuperTown, with potential to host a population of up to 20,000 people. "This upgrade is particularly important to underpin sustainable growth of this regional centre given Jurien Bay is in an environmentally sensitive coastal location. "This is likely to be the first of a series of staged plant upgrades." The Minister said the corporation had delivered the upgrade a month ahead of schedule and under budget. Fact FileUpgrade duplicated primary and secondary treatment ponds, added two infiltration ponds, an overflow basin, wastewater receiving and treated discharge facilities, three bores to monitor discharge infiltration, plus site fencing and access road improvementsUpgraded plant caters for planned and future new developments in the environmentally sensitive coastal community All construction was on existing corporation land two kilometres east of township Minister's office - 6552 5500
Grant boosts Therapy Focus services684643Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4850html23/07/2015 2:09:30 AM2015-07-23T02:00:00Z​Lotterywest $890,431 grant supports Therapy Focus servicesIT equipment upgrades to improve organisation efficiencyPeople with disability to benefit from more responsive services The efficiency of one of Australia's biggest providers of therapy services to people with disability is set to improve, thanks to a $890,431 Lotterywest grant announced today by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton. The grant will be used to upgrade Therapy Focus' information technology infrastructure, customer relationship management system and internal IT services. Mrs Morton said Therapy Focus' outdated equipment was affecting the speed at which the organisation could deliver its services. The grant will be used for new computer hardware, software and IT professional services to improve efficiency. "Technology has a massive part to play in contemporary business efficiency," she said. "This Lotterywest grant means that Therapy Focus can continue to deliver efficient, effective and contemporary services, which is especially important now when so much is changing in the disability services sector." The not-for-profit organisation operates a range of therapy programs, including early childhood and school age intervention services, specialist equipment programs, a continence management program for children and community inclusion programs. "The State Government is pleased to support organisations like Therapy Focus, which support people with disability to enjoy all that life has to offer," the Minister said. "This reflects the heart of the Count Me In vision, that we all live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone." Fact FileWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// For more about Count Me In, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
More WA sheep meat destined for China684641Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8130html22/07/2015 11:46:05 PM2015-07-22T23:30:00Z​MOU signed to grow annual WA sheep meat exports to China by 500,000 head Western Australia's sheep industry will be able to help meet growing demand from China thanks to a joint commitment initiated by the State Government and industry. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed yesterday in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, with the aim of growing the State's sheep industry to produce significantly more lambs each year. "The initial milestone has been set at an additional 500,000 lambs per year but our industry and the market has the capacity for a much higher figure beyond that," Mr Baston said. "This marks an important undertaking by industry and government towards continued value chain development, which will increase industry confidence and support farmers to grow their business here in WA." The MOU was signed by representatives from Meat and Livestock Australia, Western Australian processor V&V Walsh, Chinese importer and distributor Heilongjiang Grand Farm Group and the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA). It builds on a longstanding relationship and joint venture between V&V Walsh and Grand Farm. "This MOU supports a significant venture examining how new integrated value chains can be designed and developed to increase the opportunities and farm gate return for the WA sheep meat industry," Mr Baston said. Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the signing coincided with a sheep meat market insights tour to China, involving leading Western Australian sheep producers, DAFWA, Meat and Livestock Australia and industry representatives. "The tour is part of the $10 million Sheep Industry Business Innovation project, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, to build industry capacity to supply new markets and drive positive outcomes for industry, regional communities and the Western Australian economy," Ms Davies said. Fact FileChina was the largest destination for Western Australian sheep meat (lamb and mutton) in 2013-14, at $53 millionThe State's sheep industry is valued at almost $1 billion This project builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiativeFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Road map points to nation's future mineral wealth735226Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6040html22/07/2015 1:21:39 PM2015-07-22T09:30:00Z ​ An industry-sponsored roadmap launched in Perth today sets out for the first time a unified set of priority activities to make a dramatic improvement in greenfields and under cover mineral exploration in Australia. Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, and Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Marmion today launched the UNCOVER Roadmap outlining the minerals industry's long-term R&D and new pre-competitive geoscience data needs to help to locate and recover new mineral deposits. "Most major mineral deposits were discovered and mined decades ago, largely from regions that outcropped. We've just about picked all the low hanging fruit, so exploration success is declining over time," Mr Macfarlane said. "Exploration has become more costly and technically difficult; we need new tools, new data, and new equipment to continue the search more effectively beneath the 80 per cent of the continent that lies under post-mineralised cover. "It has been almost four decades since the $1 trillion minerals deposit was discovered under 300 metres of barren cover at tier one Olympic Dam deposit. "We need to make the next generation of major, tier one discoveries that add significantly to the economy." Mr Marmion said the UNCOVER Roadmap clearly identified 16 high priority research and technology development activities out of 45 focus areas that would boost success for the exploration and geoscience community over the next decade or so. "The co-ordinators of the roadmap development project, AMIRA International, have a great track record for facilitating collaborative mining industry projects," Mr Marmion said. "Work by the company in 2005 for the drilling exploration sector laid out a multitude of opportunities for cheaper, safer and smarter ways of going about one of the core activities of minerals exploration. "This led to the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC, which has been creating commercialised solutions for the drilling industry ever since. "The Uncover Roadmap is an outstanding example of the industry collaborating to define the priority research requirements for future minerals exploration for Australia." WA Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6800
Browse FLNG project another step closer735224Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4680html22/07/2015 8:35:38 AM2015-07-22T08:30:00Z ​Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, and Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Marmion, today executed a deed of agreement setting out the proportion of petroleum in the Torosa petroleum pool. The Torosa petroleum pool straddles Commonwealth and WA retention lease areas and is intended to be developed through the proposed Browse floating LNG (FLNG) project. The deed of agreement was also signed by senior representatives of the Browse Joint Venture, reflecting the requirement for an agreement between the three parties under Commonwealth and WA legislation. "This is the first time an agreement of this sort has been struck between governments and reflects our commitment to securing the next wave of investment in the Australian LNG sector," Mr Macfarlane said. "This deed of agreement represents an allocation of petroleum between the Commonwealth (34.6%) and the State of Western Australia (65.4%) based on the best available technical data. It will provide certainty to the Browse Joint Venture over the life of the project, reinforcing Australia's reputation as a stable investment destination. It is an example of governments working together to support the development of our offshore resources for the benefit of all Australians." "Australia is open for business." The deed of agreement and the Commonwealth and WA Governments' recent renewal of the Browse retention leases contributed to the Joint Venture's decision to enter into the front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase announced on July 1, 2015. Mr Macfarlane and Mr Marmion praised the close collaboration between parties, noting that the renewal and apportionment decisions were delayed until governments could resolve issues associated with the May 2014 boundary changes affecting the existing retention leases. "Minister Macfarlane, the Browse Joint Venture and I have been able to achieve an outcome that provided the requisite certainty for the Joint Venture to move into FEED," Mr Marmion said. "Our efforts maintain security of tenure for the titleholders and ensure a fair return to the WA economy if and when the proposed Browse project proceeds." Mr Macfarlane said the Browse Joint Venture was scheduled to make its final investment decision on the proposed project late next year. "Minister Marmion and I look forward to a final investment decision on the proposed project though we both recognise that, in this time of increasing competition, there is still much work for the Joint Venture to complete to make this project viable," Mr Macfarlane said. "The economic benefits of the proposed Browse project to WA and Australia are enormous and we are committed to seeing our offshore petroleum resources developed. "Both governments have done what we can to facilitate this development; the onus is on the Joint Venture to achieve the earliest possible development." The deed of agreement allocates the proportion of gas and condensate in Commonwealth retention lease WA-30-R and State retention leases TR/5 and R2 and will continue to apply if production licences are granted over these areas. WA Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6800