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Kings Park Festival goes wild today778322Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml5/09/2015 12:02:17 AM2015-09-05T00:00:00Z​A free community concert opens the month-long festivalAbout 600,000 visitors expected to flock to attractions50th anniversary of botanic gardens Environment Minister Albert Jacob will open the 2015 Kings Park Festival today with a community concert among spectacular gardens of wildflowers. Mr Jacob said the Kings Park Festival, which runs throughout September, was expected to welcome 600,000 visitors for a varied program including free Santos Live music concerts, family events, guided walks, exhibitions, roving performers, 'funky trunk' decorated trees, and beautiful wildflowers. The 2015 festival theme 'Beauty Rich and Rare' celebrates the beauty and diversity of Western Australian plants. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the Western Australian Botanic Garden in Kings Park. Since it began in 1965, the State's Botanic Garden has focused on collecting and cultivating native plants for display. The Minister said 25 per cent of Western Australian plant species could now be found in the Botanic Garden. "This is a remarkable achievement, given the size of the State and enormous diversity of species," he said. "Kings Park is the only place many of us are likely to see many of these plants. "The Kings Park Festival offers an opportunity to come and enjoy some time outdoors in this beautiful natural environment. Perhaps visitors will also gain a little appreciation for the plants that are so unique to WA and the role we can all play in helping to conserve the environment." In honour of the 50th anniversary, a new variety of golden Kangaroo Paw has been released by the Kings Park plant breeding program. 'Anniversary Gold' is in bloom in the Botanic Garden during the festival. The festival is presented by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and Friends of Kings Park, with the support of major festival partner Santos, Lotterywest and The West Australian. The festival program is available at http// or follow the festival news on the Kings Park and Botanic Garden Facebook page. Fact File2015 Kings Park Festival runs to October 4, 2015This year's festival is the 52nd Kings Park Festival heldFree Santos Live music concerts are on September 5, 6 and 13, 2015Santos Live also presents the Fantastic Faraway Festival for children on September 12The wildflower garden beds on show take three years to prepare3,000 different types of plants will be on display during the festival Minister's office - 6552 5800
State's highest achievers in training awarded778189Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml4/09/2015 11:39:52 PM2015-09-04T23:00:00Z​13 winners receive State's top awards in vocational education and trainingSome winners will go on to represent WA in the Australian Training Awards The State Government has congratulated Jared Stone for being named Western Australia's Apprentice of the Year during last night's WA Training Awards. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey handed Jared the coveted award which recognises the top achievers in vocational education and training. "The judges were impressed with Jared's passion for his work and approach to completing his apprenticeship as an electrician, as well as his enthusiasm to engage in further training," Mrs Harvey said. Jared was inspired to follow a career as an electrician after studying music for two years. He developed an interest in the technical aspects of sound recording, playback, and the electrical theory associated with the subjects. The Minister said Jared was among the 13 winners of individual and organisation awards, chosen from a competitive field of 42 finalists. "I congratulate all the winners of this year's awards, each of whom demonstrated the value and importance of vocational education and training," she said. "The awards recognise innovative programs and partnerships, best practice and excellence in training, as well as the outstanding achievements of individuals who have helped shape WA's training sector. "The awards show that vocational education and training is not just about giving people job skills but also providing training of the highest level, relevant to what industry and employers need in their staff." Winners of this year's awards share in more than $80,000 in cash and prizes. Some winners may also have the opportunity to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Hobart in November. Fact FileThis year's awards sponsors include Apprenticeship Support Australia; Industrial Training Institute; AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services; Department of Education Services; The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation; Student Edge; The Sunday Times; Training Accreditation Council; Corporate Theatre; and State Training BoardFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5900 WA Training Awards 2015 - Winners WA Apprentice of the Year Jared Stone WA Trainee of the Year Sanrda Van Der Gaag WA School Based Apprentice of the Year Thalia Wilkinson WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Kahli King Elliott WA Vocational Student of the Year Katherine Haag WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Training Award Maureen Guiloy WA Trainer of the Year Danni Grundy WA Employer of the Year Crown Perth WA School Pathways to VET Newton Moore Education Support Centre WA Training Initiative Central Institute of Technology Jumpstart Training Program WA Small Training Provider of the Year Scope Training WA Large Training Provider of the Year Durack Institute of Technology WA International Training Provider of the Year DNA Kingston Training
Strong interest in Wellington dam future779065Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html4/09/2015 7:58:35 AM2015-09-04T07:45:00Z​Strong presence at industry briefing for Wellington Dam EOIInternational interest in request to find sustainable solutionsPart of the $5.7 million Myalup-Wellington Water for Food project The State Government's plans to increase the availability and use of water from Wellington Dam gained momentum this morning with more than 70 industry representatives attending a briefing at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Water and Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the high level of interest from local, interstate and international parties showed how engaged industry was in developing a sustainable solution, following a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) last week. "I am extremely encouraged by the number of attendees at the briefing today and strongly believe Wellington Dam will be able to be used in the future to further develop the Myalup Irrigated Agricultural Precinct and the Collie River Irrigation District," Ms Davies said. "This will dramatically increase food production capacity in these agricultural areas and provide a range of employment opportunities and economic growth for the South-West region." Hosted by the Department of Water as part of the $40 million Government Royalties for Regions-funded Water for Food program, the briefing provided detailed information on the current EOI for viable projects to provide a solution to increase the availability and use of water from Wellington Dam. "Wellington Dam is the second largest reservoir in the State and the largest surface water storage in the South-West, but rising salinity has resulted in much of the annual 85 gigalitres of water allocation not being fully used," the Minister said. "I am confident that through this EOI process, the Government will be presented with a range of viable and sustainable solutions to this issue." Ms Davies said the investment in the Water for Food program demonstrated the Government's commitment to support producers through encouraging capital investment and lifting productivity in Western Australia's agricultural sector. Fact File • Further details on the EOI process, visit http// • EOI closes at 2pm (WST) on October 9, 2015 Minister's office - 6552 5500
International win for WA heritage project779062Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html4/09/2015 4:34:26 AM2015-09-04T04:20:00Z​UNESCO award for Wanslea Cancer Wellness Centre Fourth consecutive year a WA heritage project has been honoured A Western Australian project to restore Wanslea, the Cottesloe building used by the Cancer Wellness Centre, has been recognised at this year's UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the restoration of the 1905 building was recognised with an honourable mention in the esteemed international awards. "Wanslea is an outstanding conservation and refurbishment project that considered the building's history, while sensitively incorporating contemporary elements," Mr Jacob said. It was shortlisted for nomination for the UNESCO Awards following its win at the 2015 Western Australian Heritage Awards, where it received the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett Award for Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered place. Wanslea was the only Australian project to receive a conservation award at this year's UNESCO Awards. Port Arthur Penitentiary in Tasmania was recognised with an award in the New Design in Heritage Contexts category. "Since the agreement between the Heritage Council of Western Australia and UNESCO was forged in 2012, five Western Australian projects have been recognised, clearly showing the world-class standard of conservation work being undertaken in this State," the Minister said. The UNESCO Asia‐Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation program recognises the efforts of private individuals and organisations which have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value. "The UNESCO judges said the restoration of the heritage-listed Wanslea to house various cancer support and assistance groups is notable for its sensitive approach to embracing and articulating the multi-layered history of the site," Mr Jacob said. The judges said the project had retained and rejuvenated all the existing buildings in the compound using a thoughtful conservation process. The other WA Heritage Award winning projects to be submitted for a 2015 UNESCO Award were the Albany Forts (Princess Royal Fortress), and Harwood's Cottage Cafe and Quindalup Post Office. Fact FileIn co-operation with UNESCO, selected winners of the Heritage Council's WA Heritage Award recipients are shortlisted for nomination for a UNESCO AwardThe National Trust of Australia (WA) completed the restoration of Wanslea with primary funding from Lotterywest. architects, Bernard Seeber Pty Ltd, led the design teamThis year, three WA projects competed against 36 entries from across the Asia-Pacific regionFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800 Wanslea Cancer Wellness Centre
New WA public primary schools revealed779059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html4/09/2015 2:13:58 AM2015-09-04T02:00:00Z$48 million for three new public primary schools by 2018An extra $8 million to complete Wandina Primary School by 2017 Geraldton's Wandina Primary School will be expanded, and three new public primary schools built in growing areas of the State at Margaret River, Wandi and Wellard. Education Minister Peter Collier said an arts building and library would be among the improvements at Wandina. "The school opened at the beginning of 2014 and now has more than 280 students from Kindergarten to Year 4," Mr Collier said. "The school will only continue growing and I know the people of Geraldton will welcome this news today." As well, The Minister announced the construction of two new public primary schools in Perth's south - in Wandi and Wellard - and another new public primary school in Margaret River. An early childhood facility will also be established on the Wandi site to open in 2017 for students in Kindergarten and Pre-primary. "Confidence in our public schools has never been higher, and for the past five years we've seen an enrolment drift back to public schools," he said. "The facilities I'm announcing today will be state-of-the-art and provide everything students need for a 21st century education." Each new primary school will provide places for more than 400 students. Fact FileWandi Primary School ($15.3 million) and early childhood facility ($1.4 million) will be on Lyon RoadWellard South West Primary ($15.3 million) will be on Johnson RoadThe Margaret River school ($16 million) will be at Rapids Landing The new schools and Wandina's completion were funded in the 2015-16 State Budget Minister's office - 6552 6300
Volunteer recognition program expanded778198Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html4/09/2015 1:40:14 AM2015-09-04T01:30:00Z​50-year badges already awardedWA Volunteer Service Awards now also recognise 25 years of service A State Government recognition program for Western Australia's longest serving volunteers has been expanded to include people who have given 25 years of service. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said the success of the WA Volunteer Service Awards, which recognise those who have devoted 50 years of service, meant it would now honour West Australians who had served one organisation for a quarter of a century or more. "Since the program began in 2011, the awards have enabled West Australians to say thank you to more than 300 remarkable individuals with the 50 Years of Service badge," Mr Simpson said. The 50 Years of Service Badge would still be available to volunteers dedicated to one organisation for half a century or more. "In 2015 alone, the socio-economic and cultural contribution of WA's volunteers to the State is conservatively estimated to be worth $39 billion. "By extending this program, WA now has the opportunity to say thank you to some of the State's most dedicated volunteers and their incredible contributions." Recipients of the 50 Years of Service Badge in 2014 included husband and wife team Keith and Edna Gaisford, volunteers for the State's peak archery body, Archery WA, since the 1960s. Keith, 82, and Edna, 80, are both still active in WA's archery scene, with Keith's focus on developing the State's next generation of archery experts. Edna is co-founder of the Fremantle and Baldivis archery clubs. She has also held official positions at Archery Australia and Archery WA as coach and judge. Nominations for the WA Volunteer Service Awards are welcome any time during the year. To receive the award at the Minister's presentation ceremony, nominations close at 12pm on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Fact FileThe State Government provides $1.3 million per annum to the community services sector to support volunteeringIn WA, four out of five adults volunteer every year with 5,000 organisations 'Vital Volunteering 2011-16' is the Government's commitment to the volunteering sectorFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
A photo exhibition through children's eyes778197Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html4/09/2015 1:11:10 AM2015-09-04T01:00:00Z​As Eye See It photographic exhibition showcases images and captions submitted by 32 young people living in careThe exhibition will be held at the WA Museum from September 4-20, 2015 A collection of images by 32 young people living in care in metropolitan and regional communities across the State was launched today at the As Eye See It photographic exhibition. Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the exhibition offered children and young people in care an opportunity to express what was important to them through photography. "The exhibition is held during Child Protection Week to raise awareness about what it means to live in care and provide an insight into the world of those who live in it," Mrs Morton said. "Through this launch and exhibition experience, we are aiming to build the self-esteem and self-worth of our young people, while discovering more about their care experiences." The photographers, aged 12 to 17, were given a digital camera and asked to capture five images - four of people, places and objects which were important to them, and one photograph of their right eye. "Prior to the launch, freelance photographers Shaireen Vantuil and Greg Lewis taught the participants basic photographic skills and the resulting images are inspiring," the Minister said. "Congratulations to all participants on the photographs they have submitted. I am so grateful they have shared their stories with us." The free exhibition runs until September 20, 2015 in Hackett Hall at the Western Australian Museum, Perth Cultural Centre, and is supported by the Central Institute of Technology, the Western Australian Museum and Operation Sunshine. Fact FileThe Department for Child Protection and Family Support co-ordinates the project, which is now in its third yearThis is the flagship event for National Child Protection Week 2015, encouraging all communities to play a role in protecting vulnerable children and young peopleFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
On the way to a dementia friendly WA779050Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1830html3/09/2015 6:57:52 AM2015-09-03T06:45:00Z​Guidance for local governments to reduce stigma attached to dementia32,000 people in Western Australia with dementia The cities of Bunbury, Wanneroo and Rockingham are working with Alzheimer's WA to become 'dementia friendly' communities, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said today. He said the aim was to reduce the stigma attached to the condition and enable those affected to lead fulfilling lives. Speaking at the release of the Dementia-Friendly Communities Project Report, Mr Simpson said local government, in partnership with the community services sector, would play a key role in the creation of a dementia-friendly Western Australia. "I welcome the recommendations contained in this report, which align with the State Government's age-friendly communities approach," he said. "There are about 32,000 people in WA with dementia, and the State's ageing population means this number will likely increase to about 36,500 in the next decade. "It is vital for the wellbeing of people with dementia that they are supported to remain independent. About 70 per cent of people with dementia in WA live in their own homes. "This report provides the guidance local governments and their partners need to reduce the stigma attached to dementia and enable people living with the condition to stay socially connected." The Dementia-Friendly Communities Project Report is part of the Dementia-Friendly Communities Project, supported by a three-year $410,711 State Government grant to Alzheimer's Australia WA in 2013. The project has involved consultation with communities and local governments to identify resources needed to develop dementia-friendly communities, as highlighted in the project report. Fact FileDementia Awareness Month 2015 in September, includes World Alzheimer's Day on September 21For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Smart home has many ideas for independent living779046Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3310html3/09/2015 6:46:07 AM2015-09-03T06:35:00Z​Independent Living Centre opens service in Cockburn Kwinana areaIntroduction of WA's first 'Smart Home' integrated display People with disability living in Perth's south-west metropolitan corridor can now easily access assistive equipment and technology from the Independent Living Centre's new service in Cockburn. Officially opening the centre today, Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said automation was making a big difference to a person's ability to remain at home. The Independent Living Centre has set up Western Australia's first 'Smart Home' display in Cockburn to show people some of the options available. It demonstrates how appliances, lighting, air conditioning, entertainment, security and camera systems can communicate with each other and be remotely controlled. The Smart Home is an apartment-style living environment with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living and office areas. It allows people to see, trial and experience home smart technology that can be used in everyday life. Mrs Morton said the Independent Living Centre had been providing services to West Australians for about 40 years. "The centre provides information and advice to guide people's choices in accessing assistive technology and services for independence and wellbeing," Mrs Morton said. The Minister said it was timely that the Independent Living Centre should establish a service in Cockburn. "The centre is an endorsed service provider for the provision of individualised therapy services both in the WA NDIS My Way Lower South West and the Cockburn Kwinana trial sites," she said. "I imagine a number of WA NDIS My Way trial participants will visit the new premises to find out what is on offer." The establishment of the service was made possible through $220,000 funding from the Disability Services Commission and $320,000 from the Home and Community Care program. Fact FileSee the Independent Living Centre's 'Smart Home' display at the Cockburn Integrated Health and Community Facility, Suite 14, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success For more information visit, http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Scholarships empower women in sport779044Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2350html3/09/2015 5:58:15 AM2015-09-03T05:45:00Z​Scholarship recipients innovate in sport and recreation$22,500 awarded for Dr Heather MacGowan OAM Scholarships Three Western Australian women have been recognised by the State Government for innovative projects in the sport and recreation industry. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced Janelle Cuthbertson (WA Cricket Association), Celeste Knoester (Judo WA) and Dana Pimley (Sports Medicine Australia) were the three winners of the annual Dr Heather MacGowan OAM Scholarships. "The scholarships, totalling $22,500, will allow these women to investigate different aspects of sport and recreation, share their knowledge and make a positive contribution to the industry," Ms Davies said. Janelle Cuthbertson's scholarship project will investigate successful participation and community engagement strategies to help the Perth Scorchers' Women's Team be the best supported female domestic team in Australia. As a State and National judo coach, Celeste Knoester will travel to Hungary to attend the International Judo Federation and complete an instructor's course. She will be the first Western Australian judo coach with this qualification, which will become mandatory in the future. Dana Pimley will use her scholarship to attend a number of conferences and events on tackling doping in sports, and consult with key English agencies including the English Institute of Sport. "These women are setting positive examples about what can be achieved in the sport and recreation industry," the Minister said. The scholarships are in memory of the late Dr Heather MacGowan, OAM who had a long and distinguished career in sport and recreation in several States of Australia, in professional, academic and volunteer roles. She was also a longtime employee of the Department of Sport and Recreation. Fact FileAdministered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the scholarship has been running for more than a decadeFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 Pictured L-R Celeste Knoester, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, Dana Pimley, Christina Matthews from the WA Cricket Association representing Janelle Cuthbertson.
All aboard as cruise ships unload $275 million779040Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4160html3/09/2015 4:53:32 AM2015-09-03T04:30:00Z​New figures show economic value of cruise shipping nearly doubled in 2014-15Cruise visits generated more than 1,100 jobsWA leads Australia in growth of the cruise sector Cruise ships visiting Western Australia generated $275.3 million towards the State's economy in 2014-15 according to figures released today by Cruise Down Under, Australia's peak cruise industry association. Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the figures showed WA had 101 cruise ships visits in 2014-15, a 48.5 per cent increase on the previous year. "The cruise industry is undergoing massive growth worldwide and this is paying dividends for tourism in this State," Mr Day said. "WA leads the rest of the nation in terms of growth in the cruise sector with visiting ships generating more than $275 million in 2014-15, a $159 million increase on the previous year." The Acting Minister said tourism was a vital industry in WA which generated about 94,000 jobs and $8.9 billion in visitor spend a year and the State Government wanted to see that figure increase to $12 billion by 2020. "Having a strong performing cruise sector will help us achieve that goal, and in fact, we're already seeing results," he said. "When Tourism WA and the Cruise Western Australia Committee developed the Western Australian Cruise Shipping Strategic Plan 2012-2020, the aim was to eventually increase the value of the sector to $274.4 million, so effectively that goal has been reached five years early." The figures also show that, with the exception of Bunbury, all of the State's cruise ports recorded an increase in the number of visiting ships. Busselton welcomed its first cruise vessels to the city, with six ships entering the port. Fremantle continues to be the most significant cruise arrival port in WA, generating $254.4 million. Fact FileWA's 10 cruise destinations are Perth/Fremantle, Esperance, Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Augusta, Geraldton, Exmouth, Port Hedland and BroomeTotal passenger days in WA increased from 92,549 in 2013-14 to 199,499 in 2014-15Cruise visits generated the equivalent of 1,188 full-time jobsThe Cruise Western Australia Committee is the peak body representing the interests of the State's cruise tourism sectorTo view the Western Australian Cruise Shipping Plan, visit http// To download the Cruise Down Under figures, visit http// Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300
New WA-bred lupin on the way for the Wheatbelt779037Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2620html3/09/2015 1:59:11 AM2015-09-03T01:45:00Z​New high yielding, versatile lupin set for commercial release A new, high performance lupin variety that can be grown across the Wheatbelt was revealed by Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston today. The narrow leaf lupin, called PBA Jurien, has consistently yielded five per cent higher than the most widely grown lupin in Western Australia and has strong pest and disease resistance. Mr Baston said the new variety would give Western Australian lupin growers a high yielding alternative to the suite of robust lupin varieties currently included in their cropping programs. "There has been a renewed interest in lupins, with growers wanting to sow a profitable break crop to improve the sustainability of their farming systems," he said. "PBA Jurien is a versatile, robust variety that performs well in all rainfall areas on suitable soils for growing lupins." The new variety, bred by the Department of Agriculture and Food, with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Pulse Breeding Australia, will be profiled at the Mingenew-Irwin Group spring field day today. In national variety trials, PBA Jurien had average yield gains over the benchmark variety Mandelup of 11 per cent in the Northern Agricultural Region, seven per cent in the Central Agricultural Region and 13 per cent in the Southern Agricultural Region. The Minister said while most Western Australian lupins were used domestically and exported as feed, there was increasing interest in the human health benefits of the pulse. "Western Australian lupins are processed into flour, flakes and milk for use in food products because it is gluten free, low GI, very high in protein and high in fibre, soluble fibre and antioxidants," he said. "Meanwhile, export demand for Western Australian lupins continues to grow, particularly from countries seeking premium quality, safe pulse products." Fact FilePBA Jurien was developed with assistance from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the SA Research and Development InstituteWA lupin plantings increased in 2015 to an estimated 330,000ha, a 14% rise on the 2014 area, mainly across the west coastal, central Wheatbelt and Great Southern districts Minister's office - 6552 5400 PBA Jurien lupin
Ord agreement to benefit traditional owners778179Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3560html2/09/2015 9:05:26 AM2015-09-02T08:50:00Z​Agreement supports the continued expansion of the OrdTraditional owners to receive 680ha of developed farmland Regional Development Minister Terry Redman is attending a landmark signing ceremony in China this week for the formal Aboriginal Development Package Agreement between Kimberley Agricultural Investment Pty Ltd and Miriuwung and Gajerrong Corporation. Building on a similar trip last year, the Minister will meet with senior management of Shanghai Zhongfu (Group) Co Ltd to discuss the progress of the Ord project and further develop existing and potential trade and investment relationships between WA and China. The Knox Plain Aboriginal Development Package Agreement supports one of Australia's most important developments in the north, the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project, made possible by $322.5 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the signing of the agreement was another major step in delivering the benefits of the Ord Final Agreement to traditional owners, which was signed in 2005. "This key milestone will support the development of the 6,000 hectare Knox Plain for irrigated agriculture to commence expanding the Ord to the Western Australian and Northern Territory border," he said. "The agreement ensures traditional owners will get 680ha of fully developed, freehold farmland in Stage 2 of the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project, enabling them to participate in the growing agricultural economy. "I am pleased the State Government continues to engage with Kimberley Agricultural Investment and the Miriuwung and Gajerrong Corporation which are working in partnership to develop the Ord and grow the East Kimberley economy." The Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project is a $517 million project, with $322.5 million invested from the Government's Royalties for Regions program. Fact FileThe Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project is aimed at maximising the full potential of available land and water resources in the East KimberleyThe agreement is another step towards the development of the 6,000ha Knox Plain and follows the release of 5,000ha in July 2015 at the Ord West Bank and Mantinea For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700
New facilities to improve training in Bunbury778177Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2850html2/09/2015 7:11:37 AM2015-09-02T07:00:00Z​New infrastructure improves training at South West Institute of Technology's Bunbury campusProvides $900,000 campus refurbishmentFormer automotive training centre refurbished for new training space The State Government has unveiled a new training facility for students studying fitness and resources courses at the South West Institute of Technology's Bunbury campus. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey today officially opened the upgraded facilities, which will cater for growing demand for training in the area of sport, fitness and recreation. "These new facilities will enhance the institute's ability to meet increasing demand for training in these industries and it will enable local residents and people in surrounding areas to gain the skills that will lead to rewarding careers," Mrs Harvey said. "The centre also further strengthens the track record of the campus in aligning its training to the employment demands of the region's businesses and industry." The Minister said the $900,000 refurbishment created a new custom-designed fitness centre, four times the size of its previous space. It included new classrooms, staff office and an outdoor area, as well as $40,000 worth of training equipment. Mrs Harvey said the refurbishment also made space available for resources training and surveying-related courses. The new facilities filled the space once occupied by the automotive trades training centre. "The automotive trades training was moved into a purpose-built $16 million facility last year, creating the potential for a new use of the old building," she said. During her visit to the campus, the Minister also acknowledged the institute's new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Support Centre. Servicing apprenticeships and traineeships, the centre is a one-stop-shop based in Bunbury, with personnel dedicated to employer and employee training and support services. "The Liberal National Government is committed to training which equips West Australians with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy," Mrs Harvey said. Fact FileIn 2014, there were more than 300 course enrolments in South West Institute of Technology's Sport, Fitness and Recreation training packageThe new fitness centre includes change room facilities, two classrooms and an office South West Institute of Technology's Bunbury campus Minister's office - 6552 5900
Report a pest in WA's first Biosecurity Blitz program778174Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7550html2/09/2015 3:12:39 AM2015-09-02T03:00:00Z​The public will be urged to report unusual pests from September 18-30 West Australians are being urged to take part in the State's inaugural Biosecurity Blitz by reporting unusual pests and weeds from September 18 to 30, in a bid to help protect the agriculture and food sector and environment. "Biosecurity is a responsibility commonly undertaken by people in the agriculture sector, but biosecurity is everyone's business. We want people to report any unusual pests or weeds," Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said. "About 40 per cent of exotic pests that threaten agriculture are found in urban areas. This highlights the importance of reporting unusual pests in both regional and urban areas." In order to provide easy access to reporting tools, three smartphone apps have been developed to help boost biosecurity MyPestGuide, PestFax and MyCrop. The apps were developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food with support from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, the Council of Grain Grower Organisations, and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the Biosecurity Blitz program was part of the $20 million Boosting Biosecurity Defences project, funded through the Royalties for Regions $300 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture Initiative. "A strong and innovative biosecurity defence will protect our existing and future markets, generating flow-on benefits to the regional economy," Ms Davies said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions contribute towards ensuring the vitality of our regional communities." Pests could also be reported using the MyPestGuide and PestFax apps, or by calling the department's Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881. All reports would be assessed by specialised agronomists, plant pathologists and entomologists. "The results of the first Biosecurity Blitz program in WA will support continued access to international markets by verifying the State's freedom from exotic agricultural pests and diseases, such as Khapra beetle and Karnal Bunt," Mr Baston said. Fact FileFor more information about the Biosecurity Blitz program, visit http// For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture- Regions Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
New project to tackle homelessness in city778164Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10870html2/09/2015 1:42:30 AM2015-09-02T01:30:00Z​Community organisation to help permanently house the homeless50 Lives 50 Homes Project to benefit Perth city's homeless A new innovative project called 50 Lives 50 Homes which aims to tackle homelessness in inner city Perth was launched today by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton. Mrs Morton said the project was a collaboration between State and local governments, and community service providers. "50 Lives 50 Homes, led by Ruah Community Services, aims to permanently keep Perth people off the streets and provide them with long-term sustainable housing options," she said. Homelessness is a complex issue which is caused by a combination of factors such as substance abuse, mental illness, family and domestic violence, a lack of affordable housing and employable job skills. "To help address homelessness in Western Australia, strong and committed partnerships have been developed between the State Government and the community services sector to deliver critical homelessness services," the Minister said. The 50 Lives 50 Homes project builds on the work achieved since Perth Registry Week events in 2012 and 2014. It provides a model for organisations, outreach workers, volunteers and communities to work together to identify and register people at risk, prioritise those most vulnerable and match them to appropriate community services and housing options. "The project demonstrates the commitment of homelessness services to respond in new and sustainable ways to give homeless people the opportunity to move beyond the immediate crisis and into long-term sustainable housing," Mrs Morton said. Fact FileFor crisis accommodation, contact Entrypoint Perth on 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care unit after-hours on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (country free call)In 2013-14 more than 21,000 West Australians across the State who were homeless or at risk of homelessness accessed specialist servicesLast financial year, about $75 million was allocated to accommodation and support services for the homelessFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Forum focus squarely on safety in WA mines778162Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2930html2/09/2015 1:15:40 AM2015-09-02T00:30:00Z​Department of Mines and Petroleum's biannual inspectors forum brings together the entire Mines Safety Inspectorate The importance of continuing to improve safety in the mining industry was highlighted by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion at the biannual Mines Inspector Forum held today. "Every worker in the resources industry should return home safely to their family and friends at the end of each shift or swing," Mr Marmion said. "That's an absolute right every worker should have, and a goal and expectation we all share." The Minister made the comments during his speech at the Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP) Mines Inspector Forum. The forum brings together Western Australia's Mine Safety Inspectorate and allows them to share their knowledge and experience with their colleagues. "This helps to ensure our inspectors give clear, consistent safety advice to industry regardless of where the mine site is located - whether it's a mineral sands operation in the South-West, an iron ore operation in the Pilbara or a nickel mine in the Goldfields," Mr Marmion said. "Another important focus for the inspectorate is encouraging industry to continue climbing the hierarchy of control. "This means moving away from a reliance on administrative controls and personal protective equipment as the primary means of protection from harm. "Instead, we should focus on working to isolate, substitute and eliminate hazards in workplaces." The Minister said inspectors had a critical role in driving positive cultural change. "This will also help industry move up the hierarchy of control and closer to the aspirational goal of zero harm," he said. Fact FileSince 2009, the number of mine inspectors has increased from 43 to 70More information about mine safety is available from the Resources Safety section of DMP's websiteIn August, DMP released a report analysing serious injuries in WA's mining industry Minister's office - 6552 6800
$200,000 to support Kimberley Girl program778161Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6260html2/09/2015 12:57:18 AM2015-09-02T00:00:00Z​State Government supports leadership development program Targeted at young Aboriginal women aged between 16 and 24 years The State Government has ensured the continuation of an important leadership development program for young Aboriginal women in the Kimberley and Pilbara. Premier Colin Barnett said a one-off State Budget allocation of $200,000 had been made to support the Kimberley Girl program while organisers looked to secure more permanent funding arrangements. "This program does great work with young Aboriginal women helping them to develop self-confidence and fulfil their potential," Mr Barnett said. "It is important for young women, in particular, to get opportunities to expand their horizons and to develop the skills to empower them to make their way in the world." The program, run by Goolarri Media, includes a series of workshops which will kick off in the Pilbara next week and will culminate in an annual event in October in Broome. "Women are often the backbone of many Aboriginal communities and skills in leadership as well as deportment, public speaking, goal setting and team building are very important," the Premier said. Kimberley Girl has grown due to successful public-private-community partnerships. The program is supported through a mix of Government contributions which is matched by private sponsors on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Mr Barnett said the State Government would provide interim funding of $200,000 in 2015-16 to ensure certainty for the service. Any longer term funding arrangements that may arise would be developed in accordance with the State Government's recently announced Aboriginal Youth Services Investment Priorities and Principles. This new policy will ensure all State Government Aboriginal youth investment is tied to key priorities, including employment and education programs. Support for Kimberley Girl is part of the Government's efforts to address the gap in services for young Aboriginal women. Fact FileAboriginal boys benefit from the Clontarf Foundation academies which receive more than $4 million annually Premier's office - 6552 5000
More gold for national hockey program778145Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3230html2/09/2015 1:22:04 AM2015-09-01T23:40:00Z​$400,000 to Hockey Australia for national hockey program in PerthState Government has invested almost $4 million in hockey since 2010 Australia's gold-medal winning hockey teams will receive $400,000 from the State Government to boost their training program here in Perth, one year out from the Rio Olympics. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the funds would go towards the Hockey Australia High Performance Program at Curtin University, which supports the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos. "Our men's and women's hockey teams are rated number 1 and 2 in the world, and having them train here in Perth generates fantastic benefits for domestic hockey through Hockey WA," Ms Davies said. "The bonus of having these elite athletes living in Western Australia means they are also part of our local hockey clubs. "Each week they play on our local teams, with and against other local players and are great models for our talented younger players." The funds will go towards running the program including the salary of the commercial manager, support in the areas of marketing and communications, and building relationships in order to schedule more international matches here in WA. The State Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation, has invested almost $4 million in hockey in WA over the past five years, including funding to grassroots level programs and clubs. Fact FileThe Kookaburras have won three World Cups, five Commonwealth Games gold medals, eight Oceania Cups, six Champions Trophies and gold at the Athens OlympicsThe Hockeyroos have four Commonwealth Games gold medals, three Olympic gold medals, two World Cup gold and five Oceania Cup titlesFor information on the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme, visit http// For information on the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme, visit http// For information on KidSport, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 Pictured (from L-R) Hockeyroos players Brooke Peris and Ashleigh Nelson, Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth, plus Kookaburras players Chris Ciriello and Eddie Ockenden
Socceroos kick off FIFA World Cup qualifier in Perth778142Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3690html2/09/2015 1:46:43 AM2015-09-01T23:00:00Z​Socceroos to play Bangladesh tomorrow in 2018 FIFA World Cup home qualifier Match expected to be watched by thousands of spectators Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA The Socceroos' first home 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier kicks off against Bangladesh tomorrow night at nib Stadium. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said it was a coup for Western Australia to host the FIFA World Cup qualifying match, which is expected to attract a huge audience both locally and overseas. "There is much excitement around this game as Perth is the first Australian city to welcome the Socceroos as they start their journey to qualify for the World Cup in Russia," Dr Hames said. "This is also the first time in 10 years that the AFC Asian Cup champions will play in Perth, so a fantastic opportunity for football fans to see their sporting favourites live in action." Dr Hames said the State Government, through Tourism WA, was proud to have secured the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for Perth, which he said would help raise WA's profile through national and international media exposure. "Football is the world's most popular sport, and it is great news that the match against Bangladesh will be broadcast nationally and internationally, promoting our city to potential visitors," he said. "Tourism contributes about $8.9 billion to the State's economy and generates about 94,000 jobs. Hosting events of this calibre is part of the State Government's strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said children took inspiration from seeing the best of our athletes competing on the world stage, which would be even more exciting when the new Perth Stadium opens in 2018. "Here in WA more than 200,000 people play football, including 42,000 registered in local competitions. About 26,000 of those are juniors, making football one of the State's most played team sports." Fact File2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier (Australia vs Bangladesh) will be held on September 3 at nib Stadium Socceroos qualified for the 1974, 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups AFC stands for Asian Football ConfederationFor more information, visit http// Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500