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Innovation and new spaces expand gallery appeal844746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3690html21/05/2016 12:06:51 AM2016-05-21T00:05:00Z​World-first visitor gallery engagement robotNew display areas and virtual exhibition facilitiesCorporate rebranding and new-look corporate dining The Art Gallery of Western Australia has revealed expanded and interactive exhibition spaces and Aggie, a world-first robot visitor guide, as it moves into a new era of engagement with the public. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has congratulated the gallery on its refreshing new approach, which includes the Wesfarmers Micro Galleries - Sky and Garden, Nano Galleries, Rise Sound Gallery, the Imagination Room and the Stratosphere. "The building may be the same but the visitor experience is much richer and more varied, promising to appeal to a broader range of people, including children," Mr Day said. "As our leading visual arts institution, it is exciting to see the gallery and its dedicated team embracing technology and applying innovation and imagination." The Imagination Room is dedicated to activity, education, events, artist presentations and digital adventure. The highly successful Voluntary Gallery Guide program has been refreshed under the new name of Guru Guides. "Along with hundreds of people this week, I have also been thrilled to meet Aggie, believed to be the world's first art gallery visitor engagement robot and guide," the Minister said. "She is truly engaging, and will complement the Guru Guides by hosting special tours and children's art classes." The art gallery has also revealed a new brand identity, plus increased digital offerings, delivered through AGWA TV and virtual reality artwork experiences. The opening of new spaces and programs coincides with the start of the gallery's latest exhibition, Sacred and Profane, featuring three large-scale works by renowned international artists Public Notice 2 2007 by Jitish Kallat, Chinese Bible 2009 by Yang Zhichao and The sacred and the profane 1998 by Nalini Malani. Fact FileAggie the AGWA Robot's first tour is May 28, 2016Sacred and Profane is free to the public and runs until August 22, 2016For more information, visit http//www.artgallery.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6200
Kimberley conservation creates ecotourism benefits844745Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4450html21/05/2016 12:00:27 AM2016-05-21T00:00:00Z​WA's largest marine park to be created in the KimberleyWill become Australia's second largest marine park spanning more than three million hectares of coast and waters The Kimberley is on track to become a world-class ecotourism destination as the State Government progresses the creation of the second largest marine park in Australia. The 2016-17 State Budget has provided an extra $22.1 million, including $10.09 million from Royalties for Regions, to Kimberley marine and national parks, including the creation of the Great Kimberley Marine Park, the Kimberley National Park and Horizontal Falls. The investment is part of the State Government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, which now has a commitment of $103.6 million to protect the region's unique assets. Premier and Tourism and Science Minister Colin Barnett said the Great Kimberley Marine Park would cover more than three million hectares and would solidify the State as one of the world's greatest ecotourism destinations. "The strategy recognises the Kimberley region can be a world-class, ecotourism destination to rival the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park," Mr Barnett said. "Investing in the creation of parks ensures ecotourism can be developed and marketed with certainty and the outstanding natural values on which they are based are conserved forever." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the parks would be jointly managed with traditional owners and would help to support new business and job opportunities for Aboriginal people. "Preserving our unique plants, animals and natural features is critical to our economic development and job creation," Mr Jacob said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investing in science and conservation had a clear ecotourism benefit, creating economic opportunities for WA's regions. "Conservation and ecotourism is an important investment for Royalties for Regions as it attracts investment and creates business and job opportunities for regional communities," Mr Redman said. The creation of the new marine reserves will increase the total area of the State's marine parks and reserves from about 1.5 million hectares to more than five million hectares since the Liberal National Government came to office in 2008, representing a 200 per cent increase. Fact FileThe $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the largest targeted conservation investment in the KimberleyThe strategy is creating the largest interconnected system of marine and national parks in the State to be jointly managed with traditional owners Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New synthetic hockey turf gold for Kookaburras844743Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3100html20/05/2016 5:29:46 AM2016-05-20T05:20:00Z​Narrogin celebrates opening of new synthetic hockey turf Kookaburras vs Great Britain in Narrogin for international event The town of Narrogin will celebrate the opening of their new synthetic turf hockey surface with two games between the Kookaburras and Great Britain this weekend. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies will tomorrow officially open the new surface and welcome the Australian men's hockey team and the Great Britain team to the Wheatbelt town. "This is an exciting opportunity for regional Western Australia. Australia won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and defeated Great Britain, so we expect the competition to be world-class," Ms Davies said. The new synthetic hockey turf was made possible in part through the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund's (CSRFF) contribution of $146,692. The total cost of the turf resurfacing was about $423,000, with the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association contributed the remaining $276,000. "The new turf has enhanced the quality and status of hockey in the region and we look forward to seeing more big events here, given it has been resurfaced to international standards," the Minister said. The two games in Narrogin this weekend are the Kookaburras' final home warm-ups before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Two games will be held in Narrogin on May 21 and May 22, with a final game in Perth on Tuesday, May 24. "Narrogin is a regional hockey powerhouse and it's an exciting opportunity for local fans to see a couple of world-class games on home turf and watch their heroes play," Ms Davies said. "I hope these games inspire those locals involved in hockey - or thinking about becoming involved - as it's a wonderful sport to keep you fit, healthy and engaged with the community." The Kookaburras' next engagement is in London for the 2016 men's hockey Champions Trophy (June 10-17), with the final Rio squad being decided soon afterwards. Fact FileSince 2009, the Government has invested over $156 million through CSRFF in more than 980 sport and recreation facility projects across the StateThe Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), has previously provided funding support to the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras to tour and play international teams in regional WAThe Government supports the Perth-based Hockey Australia High Performance Program to enable local players to get to play alongside the world's best Minister's office - 6552 5500
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Restaurants rule as WA red tape blitz takes off844740Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10690html20/05/2016 4:13:31 AM2016-05-20T04:05:00Z​$1.68 million 'Flying squad' launches 90-day projects to open approval bottlenecksGuide to streamline restaurant start-ups with 14 pain points to be reformedBuilding, ecotourism and aquaculture next targets of #ShredTheRed campaign A start-up guide and a red tape reduction action plan will help grow Western Australia's vibrant restaurant and catering industry, as the State Government launches a 'flying squad' to tackle fast reform to support business and job creation. Announcing the $1.68 million State Budget initiative in the Northbridge entertainment precinct today, Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange said the group would spend 90 days at a time busting bottlenecks in specific approval processes. "This is the next phase of the #ShredTheRed red tape campaign," Mr Marmion said. "In collaboration with the private and public sectors, the flying squad will conduct three-month analyses to yield fast, practical reform recommendations." Creation of the flying squad is a direct result of a recent trial project to map restaurant approval roadblocks in Perth. "As a result, 14 recommendations have been made to streamline regulation and speed restaurant start-ups," Mr L'Estrange said. "Given this success, the next project is already underway, to simplify and accelerate residential building approvals." Treasurer Mike Nahan said it was important as many local industries as possible benefited from red tape reforms driven by the mapping projects. "This is about continuing our transformation of Perth and the regions, as we drive and diversify WA's development," Dr Nahan said. "We are keen to keep this initiative going, to capitalise on Western Australian expertise." Mr Marmion said the next 90-day mapping priorities would be ecotourism and aquaculture. "Through our red tape reduction web portal, we also welcome reform suggestions as we work to make it easier to establish and run a wide range of successful businesses in WA," Mr Marmion said. Fact FileThe Department of Finance's Economic Reform unit is leading the 90-day projectsThe restaurant study found start-ups usually allow up to nine months for approvalsFor details on project priorities and to submit #ShredTheRed suggestions, visit http//www.finance.wa.gov.auAccess the 'How to Start a Restaurant' regulatory map at http//www.finance.wa.gov.au/cms/Economic_Reform/Regulatory_Reform/90_day_projects.aspx Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900
Kimberley blueprint sets strategy for diverse economy844739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5840html20/05/2016 4:00:39 AM2016-05-20T04:00:00Z​Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint launched Supports investment in infrastructure, services and industry A strategy designed to guide the growth and development of the Kimberley region was officially launched today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman. Mr Redman said the Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint identified regional priorities that would help guide the focus, effort and investment toward the region's 2050 vision. "The 2050 vision for the Kimberley region is for fantastic lifestyle opportunities and a prosperous, diverse economy built upon the skills, natural resources and rich cultural heritage of the region," he said. "The Kimberley Development Commission will be at the forefront of a collaborative effort between all levels of government, business and the community to make this vision a reality. "Priorities and strategies highlighted in the blueprint aim to help facilitate economic development and place the region in a strong position to seize opportunities for long term sustainable growth. "This blueprint is a plan for the region, by the region. This level of ownership is critical to driving better outcomes for the Kimberley region and for Western Australia." The Kimberley Blueprint has six transformational priorities regional leadership and development readiness; enhancing the capability of the services sector; Aboriginal advancement; industry and resources development; developing the Kimberley's regional centres; and providing new infrastructure to drive the Kimberley's growth. Each of the State's nine regional development commissions have been tasked with putting together a Regional Investment Blueprint based on their development aspirations and forecasted population growth. The Regional Investment Blueprint initiative is supported by a $642 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Fact FileThe Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint is available at http//www.kdc.wa.gov.au/kimberley-regional-investment-blueprint/Royalties for Regions underpins the State Government's long-term commitment to developing WA's regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and investSince 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.9 billion in more than 3,700 regional projects and programs Minister's office - 6552 6700
WA audiences mourn loss of master puppeteer844737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4710html20/05/2016 2:07:52 AM2016-05-20T02:00:00Z​Internationally acclaimed theatrical talent leaves legacy of joy and respectNoriko Nishimoto honoured as WA Living Treasure in 2015 Australia has lost a great theatrical talent with the passing of former Spare Parts Puppet Theatre artistic director Noriko Nishimoto. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Ms Nishimoto was one of the nation's foremost puppeteers. "Noriko was considered a master of the art, both in Australia and internationally, with more than 45 years in the industry," Mr Day said. "In 2015, she was honoured as one of Western Australia's Living Treasures for her outstanding contribution to puppetry. "Noriko's career was driven by her passion for puppetry and her enduring legacy will be the generations of performers and students who learned from her brilliance." Ms Nishimoto worked as a performer, writer and director for 16 years at the highly regarded La Clarte Puppet Theatre in Osaka before visiting Perth in the early 1980s at the invitation of director Peter Wilson to spend six weeks working as master puppeteer on the Festival of Perth production Faust. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre was formed following the success of Faust and Ms Nishimoto was invited to spend a year working with the company as a master puppeteer and technique master. She stayed on to become an Australian citizen and performed and trained other performers both within the company and through master classes across Australia's capital cities. She toured with the company through Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Canada and the United States of America. Ms Nishimoto was recognised in 2008 by the global Union internationale de la Marionnette for her contribution to puppetry in Australia. Among her productions were The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Cat Balloon, The Deep, Eat the Moon and the large-scale The Midnight Gang in collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Her recent projects included Moominpappa at Sea and The Fox. "Noriko was an exceptional talent and she will be sadly missed by Western Australian audiences and the arts sector," the Minister said. Minister's office - 6552 6200
Households urged to prepare for winter storms844736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6480html20/05/2016 1:30:17 AM2016-05-20T01:30:00Z​Western Power receives an average of 200,000 calls during storm events in winter West Australians are being urged to check trees and branches around their homes are well clear of overhead powerlines ahead of winter's potentially destructive storms. Launching Western Power's winter storm campaign in Jandakot today, Energy Minister Mike Nahan reminded householders to be vigilant, given unpruned trees and household debris caused the majority of electricity outages during the winter months. "More than 60 per cent of electricity outages during a storm are caused by tree branches hitting powerlines and debris being blown into the electricity grid, and a significant number of these outages can be avoided," Dr Nahan said. "Western Power is busy preparing for the winter weather by trimming trees on public land, but I'd like to remind people that trees and shrubs on private land are their responsibility. "The mild winter last year was a welcome relief for our emergency crews, but that shouldn't be a reason for home owners to be complacent heading in to this year's winter storm season." According to the Bureau of Meteorology, severe winter fronts hit Perth and the South-West every year, with the metropolitan area hit with an average of 12 days with winds exceeding 90 kilometres an hour. During June, July and August, Western Power receives an average of 200,000 calls from members of the public reporting faults, including fallen powerlines, vehicle accidents and winter tornados. "Check the trees on your property and make sure the branches are at least 2.5 metres from powerlines. If you think trees near powerlines need trimming, we recommend you hire a professional tree pruner to do the job as safely as possible," the Minister said. "If you see a fallen powerline or network hazard, stay well away and call Western Power's 24/7 emergency line on 13 13 51." Fact FileMore than 60% of outages during winter storms are caused by trees and debris being blown into powerlinesIn 2012, more than 230,000 people lost power during one storm event2015 was one of the mildest winter storm seasons on record, with just 51,000 customers losing power due to stormsFor more safety tips, visit http//www.westernpower.com.au or download the Western Power App from your smartphone store Minister's office - 6552 5700
Shared services for councils a step closer844735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10640html20/05/2016 1:07:11 AM2016-05-19T23:05:00ZLocal Government Legislation Amendment Bill passes the Legislative AssemblyLocal governments to band together to share provision of services Legislation strengthening the ability of local governments to deliver shared services to their communities has passed the Legislative Assembly. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill introduces a new model which will enable two or more local governments to form a subsidiary body, in order to deliver a joint service or activity. "An important focus of the legislative changes is reducing red tape for local governments," Mr Simpson said. "By creating a model for a legal entity which will have fewer compliance obligations than current arrangements, local governments will be able to deliver services more efficiently and at a lower cost." The Minister said the new model could be used as a mechanism to collaborate on activities such as management of information technology, regional tourism or back office services. The Bill also makes a number of improvements to the operation of the Local Government Standards Panel, including the ability to dismiss frivolous complaints. "These changes will increase the operational efficiency of the standards panel to allow it to deal with complaints in a timely manner," Mr Simpson said. Other key changes includemore clarity to underpin determinations of the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal on payments to local government elected membersreducing red tape by streamlining the process for local laws. Fact FileThe regional subsidiary will be governed by a charter to be approved by the MinisterThe governing body could include elected members and other people with relevant expertise or experienceA regional subsidiary cannot make local laws or start a commercial enterpriseFor more information, visit https//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6600
Pilot power project shows WA is leading the way844732Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8220html20/05/2016 12:55:12 AM2016-05-19T23:00:00ZAustralian-first project for up to 500 residents and businesses in Port Hedland The State Government today announced an Australian-first research pilot that will enable customers to take more control over their electricity bills than ever before. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said Horizon Power would trial a new way of charging for electricity that embraced emerging technology with up to 500 residents and businesses in Port Hedland during the 2016-17 summer. "The Power Ahead pilot program being run by Horizon Power is an Australian-first project, which will give participating customers more power than ever before over their electricity bills," Dr Nahan said. "Horizon Power has considered how other utilities around the world are adapting to changing electricity consumption patterns and decided that a pricing structure similar to mobile phone plans was the most suitable option for participating customers in Port Hedland. "Projects like this are essential in enabling us to adapt to a changing industry, which also includes increased renewable energy uptake and the integration of new technologies such as batteries and electric vehicles. "This pilot project also has the potential to deliver a fairer and more sustainable way of charging for electricity that avoids the development of costly infrastructure into the future, as we can effectively 'beat the peak' by changing people's behaviour. "By providing the right incentives to customers as to when and how they use electricity, we believe an opportunity exists to give customers more control over managing their electricity bills, and to reduce Horizon Power's overall cost of supply." The Minister said pilot participants would be allocated a consumption allowance for the peak period (1pm to 8pm) and given financial incentives to stay within this allowance by shifting their consumption patterns to off-peak periods (8.01pm to 12.59pm) in order to lower their costs. "As Power Ahead is a pilot, customers will not pay any more than their current tariff rate for the duration of the project," he said. Participants in the pilot will also have access to near real-time electricity usage data through an app on their smart phone. Fact FileParticipants could earn a minimum of $800 by staying within their consumption allowancePort Hedland residents and businesses can register to take part in the pilot by emailing powerahead@horizonpower.com.au, by phoning 1800 795 089 or online at http//www.horizonpower.com.au Minister's office - 6552 5700
All roads lead to Gage as a national brewing champ844731Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3520html20/05/2016 12:45:53 AM2016-05-19T22:05:00ZPalmyra's Gage Roads' Little Dove (draught) awarded Champion Australian Beer at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards Western Australia's Gage Roads Brewing Company is being hailed an industry champion after clinching the major trophy at last night's 2016 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). Gage Roads' Little Dove (draught) was awarded Champion Australian Beer at the awards, the world's largest annual beer competition judging both packaged and draught beer. Little Dove was also named Best New World Style Pale Ale. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said a panel of 63 beer industry experts judged the beers over three days, with Gage Roads coming up trumps. "Named after the famous sea channel between Fremantle and Rottnest Island, Gage Roads is a quintessential Western Australian business built on the foundation of an idea and a tonne of hard work," Mr Holt said. "From humble beginnings as an independent Western Australian brewery, Gage Roads has grown to become one of the largest independent brewers in Australia - and now a national champion. I would like to congratulate the entire Gage Roads team on their success." The Gage Roads victory comes hot on the heels of Albany's Limeburners Distillery being announced Australian Distiller of the Year in April. "Apart from the best beaches, wine and weather, these awards prove WA is also a nation-leader in brewing and distilling," the Minister said. Mr Holt said the State Government was making it easier for Western Australian brewers to do business. "Our changes under the Liquor Legislation Amendment Act 2015 enabled beer producers to sell their product for consumption - not just tasting - on a licensed premise between 10am and 10pm," he said. "Beer, wine and spirit producers also benefit from the removal of restrictions that prohibit them from taking sales via telephone or the internet from an office not located on their licensed premises." Beer and wine producers can now also establish a second cellar door operation or collective cellar door with other producers within the same region off-site. "It will ultimately provide producers greater flexibility while also driving tourism outcomes and meeting consumer demand," the Minister said. Fact FileCelebrating its 24th year in 2016, this year's AIBA received a record 1,793 entries from 326 Australian and international breweries across 36 countriesFor more information on the Government's Liquor Control Act reform, visit http//www.rgl.wa.gov.au/liquor/liquor-legislation-amendment-act Minister's office - 6552 6100
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - $6 million in Budget for more minerals research844730Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3380html20/05/2016 12:34:42 AM2016-05-19T22:00:00ZFunding for Minerals Research Institute of Western AustraliaWill aid research for projects which seek to advance the minerals industry The Liberal National Government has committed $6 million to continue the work of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) over the next three years. Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange said the funding, announced in the 2016-17 Budget, recognised the great contribution the institute made to the State's resources sector. "Exploration targets are now deeper and harder to identify and test, and the associated data processing is becoming more complex, so the fostering of research, technological innovation and new talent through the MRIWA is important to the resources sector," he said. Mr L'Estrange said since the institute was established by the State Government in February 2014, it had committed $7.1 million to minerals research, mainly through funding research institutions in WA. "MRIWA's portfolio includes 21 approved research projects and nine PhD scholarships, valued at $18.1 million, including joint funding with other parties," he said. "However, we're not just talking about projects. Through its education program, the institute is investing in the future of WA by fostering the new engineers, geologists and other scientific professionals we need to remain one of the world's top mining jurisdictions. "The institute is contributing to a more active relationship between industry companies and the research community." The success of the program was recently confirmed through an independent review, with the aggregated benefit estimated at $90.4 million. This represents a significant return to the Government, outweighing the entire funding cost of the program since 1990. Treasurer Mike Nahan said by promoting innovation, education and capacity development, MRIWA was helping to ensure the State's minerals industry remained an engine of economic growth. "MRIWA invests funds in research projects which seek to advance the State's minerals industry, contribute to future innovation and promote projects which will help stimulate a globally competitive minerals industry in WA," Dr Nahan said. Fact FileThe MRIWA funding comprises $3m in 2016-17, $2m in 2017-18 and $1m in 2018-19 The MRIWA ensures WA remains at the forefront of technological innovation in mining and processingWA Budget statements are available at http//ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6900 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
Rise in exploration applications mark high approvals rate844720Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3270html19/05/2016 6:15:27 AM2016-05-19T05:50:00Z97% of mineral prospecting licence applications done within 65 business days99% of Programme of Work Exploration applications done within 30 business days100% of petroleum pipeline licence applications done within 90 business days The Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) continuing high level of mineral title approvals during the first quarter of the year has been accompanied by an increase in mineral exploration licence applications in Western Australia. Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange said the number of licence applications had grown from 466 in the first quarter of 2015 to 541 this quarter. "It's a modest increase of about 16 per cent, but any growth is an encouraging sign as we move on from the commodities price downturn," Mr L'Estrange said. "I am also pleased the Liberal National Government is keeping pace with its previous best-ever quarter for mineral titles approvals, which was the December quarter last year. "Once again, we have surpassed the target of finalising more than 80 per cent of applications within target timelines." During the first quarter of this year, the department approved97 per cent of mineral prospecting licence applications within 65 business days99 per cent of mineral exploration Programme of Work applications within 30 business days100 per cent of petroleum pipeline licence applications within 90 business days. The Minister credited the improvement to the department's drive into online approvals processing as part of its commitment to conduct all of its transactions online by July this year. Fact FileDMP received 5,629 mineral title, exploration and mining activity applications during 2015, with 97% finalised within the timeline target of 65 business daysDMP finalised 2,459 Programme of Work and Mining Proposals during this period, with 95% finalised within the timeline target of 30 business days100% of Petroleum Exploration Permit applications were finalised within the target timeline of 120 business daysOf the 374 petroleum environment plans and oil spill contingency plans submitted, 97% were finalised within 30 calendar daysDMP also finalised 100% of resource safety Project Management Plan approvals and 85% of Radiation Management Plans within the 30 business day timeframesFor more information, visit http//www.dmp.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6900
Doppler radar build begins at Newdegate844717Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6810html19/05/2016 1:01:44 AM2016-05-19T01:00:00ZDoppler radars to boost regional weather coverageRoyalties for Regions invested $23 million for construction of radarsImproves weather information for farmers, emergency services and communities Construction has begun on the first of three Doppler radars to boost weather information for farm businesses and regional communities across the Wheatbelt. Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said once operational, the Newdegate radar would provide real-time weather information at a range of up to 200 kilometres. "It will give farm businesses timely information on rainfall and wind speed and direction - all critical data for farmers to make more informed decisions on sowing, fertiliser and chemical applications," Mr Nalder said. "The research behind this project has estimated that, based on more timely spray applications alone, radars could produce a return of more than $6 for every $1 invested." Doppler radars will also be installed at South Doodlakine and in Watheroo, near Marchagee, with all three expected to be operational by mid-2017. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the program was a $23 million commitment by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program to transform Western Australian farm businesses. "These radars will make a real difference to farming businesses while providing relevant information for emergency services providers by offering weather observations at a local level," Mr Redman said. "The Doppler radars will fill gaps in radar coverage and also provide underlying data to help insurance providers to develop new insurance products." Esperance-based Sime Building and Construction will undertake site works construction and the Bureau of Meteorology will install and maintain the Doppler radars. Once the radars have been installed and commissioned, the bureau will undertake data quality evaluation. The Newdegate radar is expected to be operational by October 2016. Fact FileThe radars will build on the Department of Agriculture and Food WA's extended network of 149 automated weather stationsThe Doppler Radar Project is funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions programFor more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Strategy paper maps new homelessness plan844716Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5830html19/05/2016 12:33:42 AM2016-05-19T00:30:00ZState Government committed to breaking the homelessness cycleNew Homelessness Strategy Paper sets future direction The State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to working in partnership with community service providers to provide new and sustainable initiatives to help homeless West Australians. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said while the Government's initiatives to respond to homelessness had already made a big impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals and families, efforts needed to be stepped up. "The Homelessness Strategy Paper outlines the direction the Government will be taking in partnership with community service providers to further build and strengthen the current initiatives," Ms Mitchell said. "Homelessness is a result of complex and interrelated issues in a person's life such as family breakdown, mental illness and family and domestic violence, and these personal issues can only be addressed if we all work together." The Minister said the strategy paper was the first step in developing a new State plan to deliver an integrated and flexible service system to better meet the needs of homeless people. "To achieve this, the Government, in consultation with community service providers, will conduct an 18-month review of all homelessness programs and services," she said. "This includes identifying what is currently working well, and investigating new and sustainable ways that will help break the homelessness cycle." The Homelessness Strategy Paper was developed in consultation with the Western Australian Council on Homelessness and is available at http//www.cpfs.wa.gov.au Fact FileIn 2015-16, through State and Australian Government funding arrangements, about $81 million will be allocated to community service organisations to deliver homelessness accommodation and support servicesIn 2014-15, 62% of clients who received support from homelessness services were female, 18% were aged under 10 years of age, 28% were aged under 18 years and 40% were Aboriginal or Torres Strait IslandersFor crisis accommodation in the metropolitan area, contact Entrypoint Perth 1800 124 684, or the Crisis Care unit on 1800 199 008People from regional areas can contact their local Department for Child Protection and Family Support office Minister's office - 6552 5400
Camping trial gets green light at Yanchep844715Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6740html19/05/2016 12:24:37 AM2016-05-19T00:00:00ZAffordable short-term camping on Perth's doorstepCaravans, campervans, camper trailers and tents can stay up to seven nights The most popular national park in the greater Perth region is set to welcome campers from this July as part of a trial to expand camping options in the metropolitan area. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said more than 320,000 people visited Yanchep National Park each year to enjoy its natural environment and recreational opportunities, and from July, camping would be a part of its many attractions. "This trial will help to determine the demand and the type of camping facilities that campers expect in an area like Yanchep," Mr Jacob said. "There is already one small walk-in campsite in the north-western section of the park and now that option will be expanded to accommodate caravans, campervans, camper trailers and tents on Henry White Oval for up to seven days. "I hope many people who want to experience camping will try it at Yanchep, and be encouraged through camping to explore more of Western Australia's wonderful environment." The Minister said the trial was part of the Parks for People initiative aimed at increasing the number of affordable camping options within the State's spectacular natural areas. "As part of Outdoors October, a Great Aussie Camp Out was held at the park in 2014 and 2015 and both events proved to be extremely successful. I expect that the camping trial will be equally popular," he said. "There is plenty to do at Yanchep with its historic buildings, limestone caves, coastal woodland and a 240 metre boardwalk in a koala enclosure, as well as activities to suit campers of all ages such as wildlife viewing, bushwalking, cycling, cave tours, Aboriginal tours or just relaxing in the picturesque surrounds." Camping fees at Yanchep National Park during the trial will be $10 a night for adults, $6.60 for concession holders and $2.20 for children aged 6-15 years. Children under six will be free. All fees collected will be invested back into Yanchep National Park. Fact FileThe Liberal National Government has created 337 new campsites in the State's national parks and reserves since 2013 as part of the Caravan and Camping initiativeThe Yanchep National Park campground will be managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife with assistance from the department's camp host volunteers Minister's office - 6552 5800 ​
Fremantle Port Bill introduced to Parliament41490Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14960html18/05/2016 4:43:43 AM2016-05-18T04:35:00ZLegislation paving the way for the proposed long-term lease of Fremantle Port introduced to Parliament The State Government today introduced enabling legislation to State Parliament for the long-term lease of Fremantle Port to the private sector. Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan said the Fremantle Port Assets (Disposal) Bill 2016 would provide the legal framework for the Government's plan to move Fremantle Port to the private sector through a long-term lease for a period of up to 99 years. Mr Barnett said the legislation was another key milestone in the Government's plan to reduce debt and fund future infrastructure. "The long-term lease of Fremantle Port will be a cornerstone of the Government's fiscal management plan, aimed at reducing Government debt and unlocking the potential for private sector capital investment to develop economic infrastructure to support and grow the Western Australian economy," he said. "Together with the proceeds of other transactions under the Government's asset sales program, the Fremantle Port divestment is an important enabler of the funding future infrastructure initiative announced by the Treasurer when he delivered the 2016-17 State Budget last week." Dr Nahan said without the long-term lease of Fremantle Port, the Government would not be able to invest in important infrastructure to allow the movement of livestock facilities from the Inner Harbour to the Outer Harbour. The access and pricing regime - key elements which are now set out in the legislation - includes a number of protections designed to ensure continued fair access to relevant port facilities and services and to mitigate the risk of potential abuse of market power and unfair pricing. The Economic Regulation Authority will be the regulator of the access and pricing regime. Dr Nahan said the legislation also ensured the Government would retain oversight of any new Port Lessee through a restructured Fremantle Port Authority (FPA). "The Harbour Master function will be maintained by the FPA, allowing effective oversight over marine safety and access for users to the waterways. The Government will also be responsible for approving the Port Lessee's master plan for development and have an ongoing supervisory role for any future development proposals," he said. The introduction of the legislation follows extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, WA Livestock Exporters Association, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA, the WAFarmers and CBH Group. It also comes after the consideration of key policy issues and supporting analysis related to the divestment from joint lead financial advisers Rothschild and Deloitte, which included infrastructure needs to support trade growth and modelling of the Inner Harbour's capacity to determine the timing for the proposed Outer Harbour development. "Recognising the importance of maximising the taxpayers' return on investment from the existing infrastructure, the Government is committed to the continuation of the Fremantle Inner Harbour as a container and general cargo port for the longer term," the Treasurer said. "Analysis of capacity and trade growth has confirmed the Outer Harbour, which would be additional to the Inner Harbour operations, will not be required for at least 15 years and probably much longer. Allowing the Inner Harbour to reach its natural capacity means port prices will remain lower for all users, with the benefits passed on to the community." Dr Nahan said the Bill also provided for private sector investment in new port facilities within the current port boundary, reducing the requirement for future government funding. "Importantly, this creates the framework for the Outer Harbour development to be undertaken by the new lessee of Fremantle Port as and when the expanded capacity is required. Should the new lessee choose not to take up the development opportunity, the Government may elect for this to be undertaken by another party," he said. "The Bill also provides a number of protections designed to ensure continued fair access to relevant port facilities and services." Fact FileFremantle Port is WA's largest container and general cargo port and operates from two primary locationsIt will be the last Government-operated container port in mainland Australia, after the divestment of the Port of Melbourne, currently in progressThe Inner Harbour comprises seven berths dedicated to container shipping, seven common-user berths for general cargo shipping and cargo handling, plus two berths for cruise shipping and two berths used for smaller ships and vessel lay-upThe Outer Harbour, located about 25km south of the Inner Harbour, services dry and liquid bulk trades. It comprises the Kwinana Bulk Terminal and Kwinana Bulk Jetty, both of which are owned and operated by Fremantle Ports, as well as three privately operated jettiesFor more information, visit http//www.treasury.wa.gov.au/AssetSales Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
Ellenbrook crisis accommodation centre opens41489Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5930html18/05/2016 1:35:18 AM2016-05-18T01:35:00ZNew Ellenbrook crisis accommodation helping women and children escape domestic violenceAccommodation centre and Safe at Home Program form the new Ellenbrook Family and Domestic Violence Accommodation and Support Service A new crisis accommodation centre for women and children escaping family and domestic violence has opened in Ellenbrook. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the new accommodation, together with the Safe at Home Program, was part of the State Government's commitment to strengthening its response to domestic violence. "The crisis accommodation offers five independent units of various sizes to accommodate larger families and those families with older boys," Ms Mitchell said. "Women and children will be able to live safely without the fear of violence, and regain their independence." The Safe at Home Program provides emotional, financial and legal support to families living at the units, as well as to at-risk women in the community. "The State Government is committed to increasing crisis accommodation options for women and children escaping family and domestic violence, and preventing them from falling into homelessness," Ms Mitchell said. Housing Minister Colin Holt said construction of the $2 million crisis accommodation was a collaborative partnership between the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and the Housing Authority. Fact FileThe Department for Child Protection and Family Support has contracted Patricia Giles Centre Inc. to operate the Ellenbrook Family and Domestic Violence Accommodation and Support ServiceWA Police respond to about 40,000 family and domestic violence incidents from across the State annually. In more than 65% of these cases, children are presentIn 2015-16, the State Government will provide $34.6 million to deliver family and domestic violence services across Western AustraliaWomen's Domestic Violence Helpline is free call 1800 007 339 Men's Domestic Violence Helpline is free call 1800 000 599Safe at Home Ellenbrook - 9374 0747 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400 Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
Netballers recruited to help save lives on roads41488Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6520html18/05/2016 1:30:11 AM2016-05-18T01:30:00Z1,000 netball teams across WA join the State Government's Belt Up campaign Thousands of young and professional West Australian netballers have been recruited to help promote the importance of wearing seatbelts while driving, as part of the State Government's Belt Up campaign. Visiting the State Netball Centre in Jolimont today, Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey and Treasurer Mike Nahan said more than 1,000 community netball teams across WA would join the campaign with the delivery of 6,000 Belt Up-branded netballs. Netball WA will also name Round 6 of the Smarter than Smoking West Australian Netball League the Belt Up Round, in support of the road safety campaign. "This partnership between Netball WA and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia is helping save lives and reduce injuries on our roads by promoting the importance of wearing seatbelts among the State's young netballers, who will help spread the word," Dr Nahan said. "The Belt Up campaign is particularly important in regional WA because country motorists are sadly overrepresented in road fatalities and serious injuries where they were not wearing a seatbelt. "From July 1 this year, WA's motor vehicle injury insurance will also be expanded to ensure that everyone catastrophically injured in a road crash from that time receives treatment, care and support for the rest of their lives, with vehicle registrations increasing by up to $99." Mrs Harvey said seatbelts saved lives by protecting motorists from being flung from a vehicle in the event of a crash. "Yet incredibly, last year alone, 31 of the 119 motor vehicle occupants killed on WA roads weren't wearing a seatbelt," she said. "In 2014, 36 of the 115 motor vehicle occupants killed weren't properly restrained, including 25 regional WA drivers. "In those two years, 67 lives in WA may have been saved if people had worn a seatbelt. The issue of not wearing seatbelts is of particular concern in regional WA and this partnership will continue to reinforce the message that this is a senseless and dangerous decision to make." Fact FileIn 2016, 1,000 netball teams will receive 6,000 Belt Up netballs to help spread the wordRugby WA and WA country football also take part in the Belt Up campaign For more information, visit http//www.icwa.wa.gov.au Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
Artificial nests support cockatoos in Great Southern41487Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6820html18/05/2016 1:11:26 AM2016-05-18T00:00:00Z100 artificial nesting hollows for Borden, Newdegate and Lake KingPopulation of Carnaby's cockatoos across Western Australia is about 40,000 One hundred artificial nesting hollows will be installed in trees in the Great Southern at Borden, south of Newdegate, and to the east of Lake King to provide breeding habitats for Carnaby's cockatoos. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said that establishing the artificial hollows was an important part of conservation of the species. The specifically designed artificial hollows have been successful at Badgingarra and resulted in a 20 per cent increase in the number of Carnaby's cockatoo fledging once the hollows were installed. "In fact, it has proven so successful at Badgingarra, Parks and Wildlife staff have recorded some Carnaby's choosing to nest in these specifically designed hollows over natural hollows," Mr Jacob said. "I am keen to see if we can achieve similar breeding results with the nesting hollows in the Great Southern." The artificial hollows are made from durable plastic culvert pipe and are based on measurements taken from almost 3,000 natural tree hollows. The tubes are 400 millimetres in diameter, at least one metre deep and are installed a minimum of four metres above the ground. The Minister said the project built on recovery actions in the Carnaby's cockatoo recovery plan and was supported by the Carnaby's cockatoo recovery team with strong support from local landholders. Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo is one of three black cockatoos species only found in south-west Western Australia, extending from the Murchison River to Esperance; and inland to Coorow, Kellerberrin and Lake Cronin. The draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan for 3.5 million proposes to install an additional 700 nesting hollows in the area from Eneabba to Ravensthorpe as part of its conservation program for the species. Fact FileThe project is an initiative of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, in partnership with BirdLife Western AustraliaThe artificial hollows are made by Landcare Serpentine-Jarrahdale. Installing them is a joint project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Rotary Club of Palm Beach Minister's office - 6552 5800
Our State Budget 2016-17: 164 remote communities funded in 2016-1741484Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8410html18/05/2016 12:56:20 AM2016-05-17T22:00:00Z$25.6 million to deliver essential and municipal services in remote communitiesLocal contractors to deliver services, creating jobs in regional areas The State Government will continue to deliver a range of essential and municipal services to Western Australia's remote communities. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the 2016-17 State Budget had allocated $25.6 million for the Housing Authority to maintain services to 164 remote Aboriginal communities. "This funding will support the provision of a range of services during 2016-17 following the withdrawal of Australian Government funding last year," Mr Holt said. "This ensures these communities will continue to receive essential and municipal services such as power, water and rubbish collection, as well as road and airstrip maintenance." In July 2015, the Australian Government's Municipal and Essential Services (MUNS) program was transferred to the Housing Authority. The Authority successfully managed the transition of services with no disruptions to communities. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the funding for 2016-17 would be delivered through eight regional service providers and directly through a number of individual Aboriginal community corporations. "These organisations hire workers from regional areas ensuring communities not only benefit from the continued provision of essential services, but also receive much-needed job opportunities," Dr Nahan said. "Today's Budget announcement brings the total State Government investment in remote communities and town-based reserves for housing and related services in 2016-17 to $74.6 million." Ongoing State Government funding will be considered in the context of the Liberal National Government's Regional Services Reform to remote communities. Fact FileThe $74.6 million for 2016-17 funding for remote communities and town-based reserves includes $30 million under the Remote Area Essential Services Program, $25.6 million for essential and municipal services, $17 million for Aboriginal housing and $2 million for operating swimming pools and visitors' centresThere are 205 remote communities in WA, with another 69 seasonal or abandoned remote communities and a further 38 town-based reserves. MUNS are currently delivered to 164 of these communities Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100