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Perth Motorplex breaks new record11290Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2020 8:56:23 AM2020-10-23T08:50:00Z Perth Motorplex sets new burnout event attendance record Over 7,000 fans attended the first event of the Motorplex season Events such as Burnout Boss creating jobs and boosting the local economy The first major event was held at Perth Motorplex last Saturday (October 17) - 2020 Burnout Boss - and a record crowd of over 7,000 spectators and 147 competitors were in attendance. This was the venue's highest ever attendance for a burnout event and a fantastic start to the season. Over the last two years, this event has seen between 2,000 and 3,000 fans. The 2020 Burnout Boss event was the first major event to be held since the early conclusion of the 2019-20 season due to COVID-19. Dragsters and speedway fans are in for an exciting season of upcoming events with such events as ANDRA Drag Racing Test N Tune on October 25, Formula Tech Performance on October 28 and Summer Slam Series Opener on November 7. To view all upcoming events, visit http//www.motorplex.com.au All events held at Perth Motorplex and all State Government owned venues have and will continue to be prepared under current COVID-19 restrictions and maintain strict and safe capacity limits. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "What an achievement for Perth Motorplex and the team to have broken such a record at the start of the season. "Such high attendances have been made possible by the freedoms enjoyed by Western Australians thanks to the State's hard border - with the 7,000 spectators almost double that of the 4,000 daily attendance cap of the 2020 Bathurst 1000 held in NSW last week. "This milestone was achieved through the delivery of world-class sprint events at the State's premier motor sport facility, with quality staff working at the helm. "I look forward to another successful year of racing and events at WA's best motorsports facility as well as announcing the appointment of a new venue operator very soon." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Gascoyne RED Grants supporting business recovery11289Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2020 8:01:06 AM2020-10-23T08:00:00Z ​Nine Gascoyne projects to share in more than $800,000 of Regional Economic Development (RED) grants McGowan Government investments to grow opportunity, economies and local jobs in the GascoyneEconomic diversity, resilience, growth and jobs have received a boost in the Gascoyne through the latest round of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic and Development (RED) grants. Nine recipients will share in a total of $836,954 from Round 3 of the RED grants program, announced by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today. The State Government will provide $200,000 to Dive Ningaloo to refit a catamaran to provide for a new high-end tourism experience, where up to 18 people can live aboard for a week-long dive tour. The project will create a new tourism experience in Exmouth, helping to support local jobs as the economy rebounds from COVID-19. Existing and start-up businesses in Exmouth will benefit from an $80,000 grant to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to create the Exmouth Business Centre to stimulate enterprise development. The Shire of Exmouth will use its $29,250 grant towards installing a new booking platform at the Exmouth Visitor Centre to generate efficiencies and increase local content. Carnarvon recipients include Abacus Fisheries, which will use its $200,000 grant towards procuring cold chain and processing equipment to process cut crabs, which will create more than 40 direct and indirect new jobs. The equipment will also be used to process and value add to locally caught seafood, like prawns, scallops and finfish, stimulating job opportunities and economic growth. The $170,000 Coral Coast Helicopter Services RED grant will go towards building an aircraft hangar and workshop to provide a maintenance and engineering service to the region's growing aviation sector, generating five new jobs after construction is completed. The Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation Foundation will use its $39,204 grant to purchase a custom-built food van to extend its mobile meal service and commence events catering, including the use of bush tucker foods and training opportunities. The latest announcement of funds is in addition to the $1.61 million already disseminated to 11 projects in the Gascoyne from the previous two rounds of RED grants. The McGowan Government recently committed an additional $5 million to extend the RED grant program for another year, with a total of $33.8 million to be disseminated to regional communities over six years. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "As these RED grants hit the ground they will generate long lasting benefits to the broader Gascoyne community, driving business opportunities, economic growth and jobs throughout the region. "We are supporting the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry's efforts to revitalise the town with its vision for a business hub, which will bring people together to support each other and stimulate opportunities and economic growth. "This round will also help attract further commercial investment in the region via the Abacus Fisheries and Coral Coast Helicopter Service's developments." Minister's office - 6552 6200 Successful RED grants projects for the Gascoyne Applicant Project Funding Dive Ningaloo Catamaran refit - to expand its business to capture a share of the high-end diving tour market. $200,000 Abacus Fisheries Cold chain capacity - procurement of specialised cold chain and processing equipment to develop a sustainable cut crab product and value add to other seafood. $200,000 Coral Coast Helicopter Services Aircraft hangar - construction of an aircraft hangar and workshop and establish a local maintenance and engineering service. $170,000 Miami Bay Holdings Heritage Resort Shark Bay - room refurbishment to meet growing demand for high-end accommodation in the region. $90,000 Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry Exmouth Business Centre - complete fit out of the proposed new centre to facilitate local enterprise development. $80,000 Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Food for the Mob On Country Kitchen - purchase a custom-built food van to extend its mobile meal service and expand into events catering. $39,204 Shire of Exmouth Booking platform – install a new program at the Exmouth Visitor Centre to generate efficiencies and increase local content. $29,250 Carnarvon WindFest 2021 Event - support for the two-day windsurfing, kiteboarding and windrush yacht festival, including marketing and equipment. $25,000 Gascoyne Growers Market Online market - establish a website to promote local growers and the diversity of produce on offer. $3,500
Minister hails Pawsey supercomputer advance11288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2020 2:33:52 AM2020-10-23T02:30:00Z Science Minister Dave Kelly welcomes Pawsey Supercomputing Centre's decision on new supercomputer provider System will be 30 times more powerful than previous systems New supercomputer will allow WA to play bigger role in globe-shaping research projects Science Minister Dave Kelly has welcomed Pawsey Supercomputing Centre's milestone to award the contract for its new supercomputer. The system will power future high-impact Australian research projects by delivering 30 times more computer power than previous systems. Kensington-based Pawsey selected Hewlett Packard Australia as the preferred vendor under a $48 million agreement following a CSIRO-led tender process. The supercomputer will help meet the exponentially increasing computing needs of Australian researchers in a wide range of fields including energy, medicine, mining, artificial intelligence, radio astronomy and space. In 2017, the Pawsey supercomputer was used in a program to protect Perth's vast network of valuable aquifers when information gathered by water experts was 'data-crunched' by the computer to create advanced and detailed models of the groundwater systems under Perth. The Pawsey centre will play a critical role in analysing data produced by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project to be constructed in the Murchison region of Western Australia. The WA and Federal Governments announced last month the SKA project had moved a step closer to starting construction with Australia's ratification of the global SKA agreement. Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "Congratulations to Pawsey for this exciting milestone in its evolution, which will help make Western Australia an even more important player on the global research stage. "The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre helps leading research minds solve our big science challenges and do so faster with more data. "This boost in processing power at Pawsey will help researchers working on projects that include developing new diagnostic tests for COVID-19 and discovering new galaxies. "The McGowan Government is pleased to have been able to support Pawsey with more than $17 million in funding over the past four years to support world-class supercomputing capability in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Canal Rocks upgrades tender awarded11287Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2020 2:02:05 AM2020-10-23T02:00:00Z Tender awarded for works on the new Canal Rocks boat ramp and jetty Works due to start in early NovemberUpgrades to the popular Canal Rocks boat ramp and jetty are set to commence shortly with the tender awarded for construction. Advanteering Civil Engineers will start upgrades to the jetty and boat ramp, which is located along the pristine Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast, about four kilometres south of Yallingup. It will see the existing boat ramps and jetty replaced by a newly aligned boat ramp and a 1.8 metre-wide, wheelchair accessible jetty that extends 48 metres seaward. These upgrades will address the safety concerns previously raised by emergency services and other users of the old facility. The McGowan Government is investing $1.6 million into the upgrades through a combination of a Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant from the Department of Transport, and funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Works are due to start early next month with the site ready for use towards the end of January 2021. The boat ramp and jetty will be closed for up to three months during construction. DBCA has liaised with Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue, WA Water Police and the Department of Transport on timing of the closure. Canal Rocks is a popular site for local fishermen, divers and tourism operators and they will be among the community groups set to benefit once these works are completed. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Canal Rocks is an important facility for both recreational users and tourism operators and these works will allow people to enjoy the site safely. "The McGowan Government's initiatives to encourage regional tourism will no doubt see more people visiting this area in the future. "It's also great to see a Western Australian business carrying out the works, which will generate local jobs and boost the local economy." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The McGowan Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Western Australia's boating community through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme. "Given the popularity of the Canal Rocks site with locals and tourists alike, I'm pleased we're able to support the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty. "With the construction tender now awarded, works can commence next month supporting local jobs." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
New $1.5 million community centre says ‘Yallo’ to Dalyellup families11286Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2020 1:32:00 AM2020-10-23T01:30:00Z Dalyellup families to benefit from new community hub $1.5 million family centre part of strong McGowan Government investment in important community infrastructure for Bunbury Centre to provide playgroups and other child-oriented programs and supportsThe McGowan Government has provided $1.5 million for a community hub delivering family and child-oriented services and programs to Dalyellup. To be delivered under 'Yallo' branding, which is inspired by a variant of hello, the new centre will provide opportunities for community networking and participation in activities that positively contribute to individual, family and community wellbeing. The new community hub has already begun delivering services to local families. Once it is fully operational, it will provide family and child-oriented services and programs, such as playgroups, parenting advice and other supports. The services provided will be universal and available to all residents of Dalyellup, with a particular focus on young families with children up to five years of age, and youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Two community service organisations - Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre Inc and Investing in Our Youth Inc - have been awarded five-year service agreements for the delivery of services and programs as part of the Dalyellup community hub. Funding for the community hub will be provided through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, which is administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. The establishment of the hub has also provided an opportunity for the State Government to trial a 'collaborative funding' approach where local service providers were invited to bid collectively - rather than individually - to deliver community services. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "This new community hub will provide a welcoming space for families and people who live, work and play in Dalyellup. "The contracted service providers will be working in partnership with the local community, the Shire of Capel and a number of State Government agencies in identifying emerging community needs and supporting locals. "Dalyellup is one of the State's fast-growing communities, so this new family centre will provide an important community hub for families in the area." Comments attributed for Bunbury MLA Don Punch "I'm proud to see this commitment for a new family centre in Dalyellup that I made during the 2017 election well on the way to being delivered for the local community. "This is an important investment for Dalyellup, which is a fast-growing and tight-knit community with many young families. "The family centre services that are already being delivered are doing a great job supporting the community, and I have no doubt even more local families will benefit once this centre is complete." Minister's office - 6552 6600
Country Ambulance Strategy underway: $9.2 million for high priority recommendations11285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2020 12:36:42 AM2020-10-23T00:30:00Z State Government funds high priority recommendation in Country Ambulance Strategy $9.2 million earmarked to boost services in country WA $2 million for paid paramedics in the Kimberley $1.6 million for six new ambulances in the Kimberley $5.6 million to enhance access and patient flow for country patientsHealth Minister Roger Cook today announced the first phase of implementation of the Country Ambulance Strategy will include six new ambulances and a two-year pilot to put paid paramedics into the Kimberley. The announcement follows the Minister's formal launch of the State's first-ever forward- looking plan to strengthen ambulance services in country Western Australia as commissioned by the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Board. Of the $9.2 million earmarked, $1.6 million will see six brand new ambulances - with state-of-the-art communications and safety technology - added to the Kimberley fleet. To further strengthen services to remote communities, a two-year, $2 million pilot will be implemented to trial three paid professional paramedics in Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and Derby. In addition, WACHS will continue working closely with St John Ambulance, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and metropolitan hospitals to improve patient flow and co-ordination with a $5.6 million investment in digital technologies. The $9.2 million investment delivers the first phase of The Country Ambulance Strategy - Striving for Equity in Country WA. The Strategy was the result of the most extensive community consultation ever undertaken in relation to country ambulance services. A three-month consultation phase and 120 community workshops saw almost 1,000 submissions received from community members, health providers and stakeholders. It was launched to the community in November 2019. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "I am proud to deliver on our commitment to implement WA's first long-term plan to strengthen country ambulance services. "While we have always had a long-term vision for improving ambulance services for regional residents, the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that Kimberley communities may be particularly vulnerable to pressures on services. "Six new ambulances, along with trialing paid paramedics, will boost ambulance services in some of WA's most remote areas. "Here, I must also acknowledge the thousands of dedicated country ambulance volunteers who are the lifeblood of many regional communities, providing more than 2.8 million hours annually. "Improved State-wide co-ordination will benefit communities right across country WA and continues our trusted partnership with St John Ambulance WA and Royal Flying Doctor Service." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Energy technology a boon for regional WA homes11284Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/10/2020 12:08:58 AM2020-10-22T22:30:00Z 52 stand-alone power systems installed and operating in regions Largest single deployment by a network business in Australia Energy Minister Bill Johnston has congratulated Western Power on the successful deployment of 52 stand-alone power systems (SPS) at properties throughout the Mid-West, Goldfields, eastern Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions. The final SPS unit commissioned in this roll-out, in Wansbrough, is a trial unit that will supply two customers - another Australian first. Stand-alone power systems are a more efficient option, than traditional poles and wires, to supplying electricity to households or businesses, and typically includes solar panels, a battery and back-up generator. The 52 units will replace around 230 kilometres of overhead powerlines, at an average of 4.5 kilometres per property, all of which would have needed to be replaced at a significant cost. This also results in improved land amenity for farmers and reduced risks of collisions or bushfire. A SPS is part of Western Power's service area but operates independently to the main network. The 52 unit roll-out follows a successful pilot involving six stand-alone power systems in 2016; it exceeded expectations with customers avoiding over 200 hours of power interruptions over the three-year trial. Deploying stand-alone power systems has generated direct benefits for the State economy through supporting WA small businesses, and creating new jobs and training opportunities. The deployment beyond the trial phase was made possible by the McGowan Government's Electricity Industry Amendment Bill 2019, which passed earlier this year. Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Stand-alone power systems are a cost-effective and innovative approach to providing power to WA's regional customers. "Using SPS is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to providing reliable and safe power to our customers that are on the fringe of the grid. "We have made significant headway in transitioning towards a low carbon future with the recent release of the Whole of System Plan, DER Roadmap, the big battery and commissioning of SPS technology." Minister's office - 6552 6700
New milestones for Future Health Research and Innovation Fund11283Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9440html22/10/2020 8:15:46 AM2020-10-22T08:15:00Z Composition of FHRI Fund Advisory Council announced Advisory Council members bring diverse experience and expertise Strategy launched to guide application of FHRI Fund Strategy sets vision for FHRI Fund for next three yearsThe McGowan Government has today announced the make-up of the Advisory Council of WA's Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund. The FHRI Fund was the centrepiece of the State Government's commitment to drive research and innovation in Western Australia by providing the State's health and medical researchers and innovators with a secure and ongoing source of funding. Its establishment followed legislation that repurposed the WA Future Fund (the State's sovereign wealth fund) - allowing interest earned on it to be directed to local health and medical research, innovation and commercialisation. Then the Advisory Council of eminent Western Australians will provide high-level advice to the Health Minister and the Department of Health. The council will be chaired by HBF CEO John Van Der Wielen. The other members are Dr Glenn Begley - CEO, BioCurate; Mr Kane Blackman - Community representative; Professor Sandra Eades - Dean of Medicine, Curtin University; Ms Dale Fisher - CEO, Silver Chain Group, Adjunct Professor at Monash and Swinburne universities; Professor Christina Mitchell AO - Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University; and Mrs Vicki O'Donnell - CEO, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd.The members bring a diverse range of experience and expertise to the Advisory Council with consumer, Aboriginal and regional health representation as well as representation from the not-for-profit, business and health and medical research and innovation sectors. The announcement of the council coincides with the launch of the WA Future Health Research and Innovation Fund Strategy 2020-2022 which will provide direction for FHRI Fund activities. This inaugural FHRI Fund Strategy has been developed by the Department of Health, in consultation with stakeholders. Future strategies for the Fund will be developed by the Advisory Council. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This is another exciting moment for Western Australia. "The establishment of the Advisory Council and launch of this strategy document represent important milestones in the evolution in the Future Health Research and Innovation Fund. "It marks a turning point for health and medical research and innovation in Western Australia. "'I'm excited about the high calibre people and expertise we've been able to assemble to support the FHRI Fund through the Advisory Council. "They will be instrumental in driving a forward-thinking agenda to promote WA as a global leader in health and medical research and innovation. Comments attributed to John Van Der Wielen "I am very proud to be selected to Chair this Advisory Committee. "There is nothing more important than the health of human beings and the fact that the WA Government has set this as a priority for the Fund to assist in the future health of Western Australians is a great decision. "It is also a fantastic opportunity for Western Australia to shine globally as a research and innovation hub. "I look forward to assisting the Government make a success of what I believe is a very powerful opportunity for Western Australia to diversify its interests and strengthen the health of Western Australians whilst also contributing to economic sustainability. Minister's office - 6552 6500
New Beenyup Primary School proving popular with local families11282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7120html22/10/2020 7:00:42 AM2020-10-22T07:00:00Z Fast-growing new primary school already has nearly 180 students $19 million Beenyup Primary School is the fifth public primary school in Byford Important McGowan Government election commitment delivered for growing suburb Premier Mark McGowan visited the new state-of-the-art Beenyup Primary School in Byford today. Beenyup Primary School, which first opened its doors in February this year, already has 174 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Touring the $19 million school, the Premier viewed bright new learning spaces, which include three general teaching buildings, an art room, early childhood teaching building, and an administration area with adjoining dental therapy centre. There is also a library, a covered assembly area with a canteen, and a music room. Children's outdoor activities are well catered for, with hard courts, a cricket pitch and nets, and an oval. The school was built to accommodate up to 540 students and is expected to ease enrolment pressure from the nearby Woodland Grove Primary School. It was designed for wireless access to support up-to-date technology for student learning. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The population of Byford is growing at a rapid rate, and that's why fantastic new education facilities such as Beenyup Primary School are so important. "We will continue to deliver quality education in the outer suburbs, where many families now live. "Clearly the school is already proving popular with local parents, and it's good to see strong student growth in what is a first class local facility. "The school's vision of 'Building brighter futures together' affirms its staff members' commitment to provide a strong sense of belonging and the opportunity for every child, every day to find joy, be challenged and experience success." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Joint media statement - Mitchell Freeway Extension a step closer with preferred proponent named11277Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12510html22/10/2020 6:50:43 AM2020-10-22T06:30:00ZThe Mitchell Extension Joint Venture (MEJV) has today been named as the preferred proponent to deliver the $215 million Mitchell Freeway extension. MEJV consists of Australian companies BMD Construction and Georgiou Group. The project is expected to create and support 1,200 local jobs and involves extending the Mitchell Freeway 5.6 kilometres from Hester Avenue in Clarkson to Romeo Road in Alkimos. The final contract is expected to be awarded in coming weeks with early works to commence in early 2021. The extension will alleviate pressure on the local road network, reducing travel times and improving safety and connectivity for commuters and local residents. Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the Mitchell Freeway Extension Project would create more jobs for hard-working Western Australians. "The Morrison Government has prioritised funding for critical road and rail infrastructure in WA," Mr Tudge said. "That funding means a huge amount of construction activity is underway across Perth on targeted infrastructure that is helping the economy out right now, and building for the future." WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this was just one of the major infrastructure projects the McGowan Government had fast-tracked as part of the road out of COVID-19. "This is one of eleven major road projects, in our Building for Tomorrow infrastructure program, where we have fast tracked to get works underway and workers on the ground as soon as possible," she said "Along with the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension and other major road projects, such as the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive Interchange we are delivering key infrastructure for the northern suburbs." "We will also be optimising the performance of the Mitchell Freeway southbound from Hester Avenue to Perth by introducing the same smart technology that has worked so well on the Kwinana Freeway." Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the extension would provide more opportunities for local residents heading in and out of the City. "The northern suburbs are booming and the population growth is only going to continue over the next decade," he said. "It's vital we deliver these much needed infrastructure upgrades now. "I, along with my community, have been calling out for this extension so it's fantastic to see the project taking shape." State Member for Butler John Quigley said the extension would make a huge difference for local Butler residents. "Extending the Mitchell Freeway to Alkimos will slash travel times and make commuting safer for northern suburbs residents," he said. "We've been waiting a long time for this project and I'm proud to be a part of a Government that is finally getting on with the job of building our northern suburbs." The Mitchell Freeway Extension Project - Hester to Romeo Road, is jointly-funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, with each contributing $107.5 million. Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Drug Intervention Centre moving forward11276Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11840html22/10/2020 4:16:34 AM2020-10-22T04:15:00Z ​Cyrenian House appointed to operate new low-medical withdrawal service Midland Intervention Centre delivers on recommendation from the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce ReportA new low-medical withdrawal unit for people with methamphetamine and other drug issues will open in the first quarter of next year with $1.7 million allocated by the McGowan Government to Cyrenian House to operate the service. The Midland Intervention Centre was established in response to the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report. It will provide a short-term, community based, critical response for those experiencing a period of instability due to their alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. The low-medical withdrawal service will incorporate fast-tracked planned access, an extended length of stay to assist in the stabilisation of mood and behavioural issues, assertive engagement and follow up, and family support for people with methamphetamine and other drug issues. The six-bed facility is expected to support up to 117 people per year to withdraw from drug and alcohol issues and facilitate referral into treatment and additional support options, so they can go on to live fulfilling and healthy lives within our community. Cyrenian House, which has been operating as a specialist alcohol and other drug treatment and support service since 1981, will be the operator of the new service They are one of more than a hundred service providers that deliver alcohol, other drug or mental heath services to Western Australians, which are funded by the WA Government. For free help, call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 08 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country), or find your local Community Alcohol and Drug Service via http//www.myservices.org.au Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "We are all aware of the devastating effects methamphetamine can have on individuals, families and the broader community. This is a critical service that will help support people and families, who are experiencing a crisis related to their AOD use, and are at a point in their life where they are ready for withdrawal services and support. This service comes on the back of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Report - it will help people in crisis and complement other projects underway to support people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues, including Safe Haven Cafes and Mental Health Observation Areas." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Child health study with Telethon Trust11271Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10580html22/10/2020 4:11:13 AM2020-10-22T04:10:00Z Study to provide insights into childhood agitation 16 local projects get share in $3.9 million of child health research funding Hospital emergency departments are set to become better equipped to deal with children and adolescents experiencing severe agitation, thanks to new research funded by the State Government and Telethon Trust. The research, being led by Perth Children's Hospital emergency doctor Professor Meredith Borland, will also improve the safety of young patients whose agitation is so severe that it can be managed only by sedation. The current treatment for children experiencing such agitation - known as acute severe behavioural disturbance (ASBD) - is less than ideal due to a lack of data on safe and effective medications for treating the condition in young patients. As a result, medical staff make decisions based on adult practice where the causes of agitation, and the efficacy and side effects of medication used to treat it, are considerably different. Professor Borland's project will seek to redress this imbalance so that children experiencing such distress - many of whom have neurodevelopmental problems such as ADHD or autism - can be treated with greater safety and efficacy. Professor Borland will run a multi-centred randomised controlled trial of children and adolescents presenting to emergency departments across Australia with ASBD requiring sedation to determine the most effective oral medication for managing ASBD in those patients who are willing and able to take medication by mouth. the most effective injectable medication for managing ASBD in those patients who are unwilling or unable to take medication by mouth. The results of Professor Borland's study will give emergency medical staff, for the first time, child and adolescent specific evidence to guide their treatment of ASBD in this vulnerable group of patients. The Pharmacological Emergency management of Agitation in Children and Young people (PEAChy) trial is one of 16 research projects that will share in $3.9 million of research in the latest round of the WA Child Research Fund (WACRF) program. WACRF is a collaboration of the Department of Health and Channel 7 Telethon Trust that provides funding for Western Australian research activities that focus on the health and wellbeing of children and/or adolescents. Visit the Department of Health website for the full list of WACRF recipients. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "ASBD is a growing problem in our emergency departments that is difficult, disruptive and potentially dangerous to patients, staff and others. "When young patients are so agitated that talking or other non-pharmacological options of calming them fail, we need to know that any sedatives they are given are safe and effective. "Despite rates of ASBD being higher in children than adults, the evidence for treating them has been lacking. That is why Professor Borland's project is so important. "Professor Borland's project is an example of some of the highly innovative research that is underway in Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6500
New tool to link Western Australians to jobs in the resources sector11154Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15150html22/10/2020 4:03:25 AM2020-10-22T04:00:00Z New digital resource to help Western Australians start careers in WA's resources sector Working in WA's Resources Sector webpage outlines training pathways to jobs Webpage links people to training and employment opportunities Fees slashed on TAFE courses that lead to jobs in the resources sector Webpage launched at the SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo The McGowan Government, in partnership with Western Australia's resources sector, has launched a new digital resource to link Western Australians to jobs and training opportunities in the sector. Premier Mark McGowan today joined the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) and Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) at the SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo to announce the Working in WA's Resources Sector webpage. The online tool, accessed through the McGowan Government's Jobs and Skills WA website, provides information on current and future training and employment opportunities in the resources sector, and advice on how they can be accessed. The launch of the webpage comes on the same day the McGowan Government announced it will slash fees on an additional 107 TAFE courses, as part of the Lower fees, local skills program. The McGowan Government has now reduced fees on 180 TAFE courses to make training more affordable for Western Australians and plan for potential skills shortages in the future. The Working in WA's Resources Sector webpage includes information on TAFE courses that have had fees reduced, with a focus on courses that relate to the resources sector. Specific information on opportunities for Aboriginal people and women who are interested in working in the sector will also be available. Training Western Australians for local jobs is critical to the sector that employed 135,000 people last financial year. It also experienced record sales of $172 billion in the 2019-20 financial year, according to statistics released by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Lower fees, local skills, the Skills West Expo and the new Working in WA's Resources Sector page are just some of the training-driven initiatives to support WA on its road to recovery. The SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo is WA's most prestigious careers, training and employment event and provides an opportunity for students and jobseekers to seek career guidance and connect with employers. Jobs and Skills Centre and TAFE college staff will be available to offer training and employment advice, including information on apprentices and traineeships. The expo is on until Saturday October 24 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. For information, visit http//www.skillswestexpo.com.au For more information about working in WA's resources sector, visit http//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/resources or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64, local TAFE college or training provider. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This new online resource will ensure Western Australians have all the information they need to prepare for a career in the resources sector. "We have made it clear that employing workers from the eastern states is no longer viable for our State, and we want Western Australians to be trained for future jobs in the mining and oil and gas industries. "The new webpage will link Westerns Australians to employment opportunities and will ensure they have the right training to enter the workforce. "Ensuring Western Australia stays safe and strong as we continue on the path to recovery is my number one priority. "There are more than $100 billion worth of Western Australian resources projects in the pipeline, and it's vital that we do everything we can to ensure they create jobs and training opportunities for Western Australians. "The McGowan Government's investment in new, world class TAFE facilities and affordable training options as part of the WA Recovery Plan will support the delivery of job-ready Western Australian workers to the resources industry." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "There is such a diverse range of job opportunities in the resources industry and the McGowan Government has made training more affordable than ever. "Working in WA's Resources Sector is a fantastic tool to find out more about the industry and the training that is needed to kick start a resources career. "I encourage all young people and jobseekers to check out the new web page and get into the city for the SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo." Comments attributed to Chamber of Minerals and Energy CEO Paul Everingham "CME and its members are committed to employing and training locally to build a sustainable WA-based talent pipeline that will support the State's economic recovery from COVID-19. "The Working in WA's Resources Sector page will help connect a wide range of West Australians with potential careers in a rapidly growing sector that offers diverse opportunities and which is a global leader in the use of technology. "If you are a school leaver, graduate, a parent returning to the workforce or just somebody looking for a career change, there has never been a better time to explore the possibilities in the WA resources sector." Comments attributed to APPEA WA Director Claire Wilkinson "We congratulate the Premier and WA Government for this important initiative that will increase awareness of the roles and opportunities in oil and gas and the relevant training required. "Oil and gas will be part of WA's economic fabric well into the future, just as it has supported our way of life in recent decades. It means we will need people with oil and gas specific skillsets for years to come, and it would be great if we could employ these people from within WA. "The COVID-19 pandemic has recently highlighted skills shortages in WA we need to operate and maintain oil and gas facilities and keep essential energy supplies flowing to homes and businesses. We have noticed particular shortages in marine, electrical and mechanical, plant operator and maintenance skillsets, so training in these areas could be a good opportunity for Western Australians to work in our sector." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Fees slashed on another 107 TAFE courses to continue recovery11153Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17910html22/10/2020 3:48:32 AM2020-10-22T03:45:00Z Fees slashed for 107 additional TAFE courses under the McGowan Government's Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative $103.4 million State and Commonwealth investment in training to ensure a pipeline of skilled workers for the State 180 courses in total now form part of the successful Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative Applications for TAFE courses are now open for Semester 1, 2021The McGowan Government will slash fees on an additional 107 TAFE courses, as part of the new JobTrainer Agreement with the Commonwealth Government. Under the highly successful Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative, the McGowan Government has now slashed fees by up to 72 per cent for 180 courses in total, to make training more affordable for Western Australians after the price hikes by the previous government. People under 25 or eligible people of all ages looking for work will pay no more than $400 in annual course fees. Lower Fees, Local Skills has already seen enrolments in eligible priority vocational education and training (VET) courses increase by 20 per cent. The State and Commonwealth governments have signed a new $103.4 million agreement that will see fees reduced in an additional 107 courses. The investment in WA's training sector builds on the $229.2 million WA Recovery Plan TAFE infrastructure and training package to create a pipeline of skilled workers to help with WA's economic recovery. Lower Fees, Local Skills has been expanded in consultation with industry to engage job seekers, women and young people to meet immediate and emerging skill requirements. The 107 additional reduced-fee courses will deliver training in sectors including building and construction, manufacturing, information technology, mining, engineering, aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture and logistics. More free TAFE short courses will also be added to meet emerging skill needs. These skill sets are completely free for those looking for work or people under 25 to help get them into jobs. Reduced course fees for the additional 107 courses will be available from January 1, 2021. This program is funded by JobTrainer - a joint initiative of the Western Australian and Australian governments. For more information, visit https//www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64, TAFE college or training provider. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Our Government has made TAFE a priority, and this announcement means we have now reduced TAFE fees for a total of 180 courses. "This is all about ensuring Western Australians are given the best possible opportunity to undertake training, enter the workforce and play a part in WA's economic recovery. "The success of the first and second rounds of Lower Fees, Local Skills courses has supported our partnership with the Federal Government to expand the initiative. "Our investment in training has already had a strong response from students and employers, and I am pleased that we can capitalise on the momentum created to support WA's recovery. "Our training-led plan is preparing Western Australians to get back into jobs to meet the economy's immediate workforce needs following the impacts of the pandemic." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We have seen training enrolments increase by 20 per cent in eligible priority courses as a result of heavily reduced course fees, so we're on our way to growing WA's skilled workforce to help fill the significant number of jobs that are being created. "Training is vital in creating skilled workers to support our local businesses and communities. We will continue to invest in training to ensure Western Australia is well positioned to bounce back as the economy recovers and can meet the job demands of local industry." Comments attributed to Federal Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Minister Michaelia Cash "JobTrainer will play a central role in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, not just here in Western Australia but right across the nation. "The Commonwealth Government has been working closely with jurisdictions to establish the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund, including a $500 million investment from the Australian Government to be matched by the State and Territory governments. "This will fund up to 340,700 additional free or low-fee training places to help Australians upskill and reskill in areas of demand." Premier's office - 6552 5000Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Covert camera sting catches illegal dumper in Wattleup11152Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8460html22/10/2020 3:41:04 AM2020-10-22T03:40:00Z ​Yangebup man caught on camera dumping waste in Wattleup Fremantle Magistrate imposed fines and costs of more than $4600A Yangebup man has been fined and ordered to pay costs amounting to more than $4650 at Fremantle Magistrates Court, after being found guilty of dumping and littering furniture, white goods and household rubbish in Wattleup. Steven James Papalia of Yangebup was accused of dumping and littering on four separate occasions on Torgoyle Reserve in Wattleup in October and November 2019. Magistrate Joanne Andretich fined 53-year-old Mr Papalia $3,500 under the Environmental Protection Act and Litter Act, as well as costs of $1,157.80, for two counts of dumping, two counts of littering and two counts of failing to provide information. Magistrate Andretich added that a significant fine was warranted in recognition of the persistent course of conduct and because of the non-degradable nature of the materials dumped. All six convictions came as a result of a covert camera operation run by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) which caught the perpetrator dumping the material. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This is a timely reminder that every time someone dumps rubbish and waste someone must clean it up, and someone has to pay for that - usually either taxpayers or ratepayers. "People who illegally dump waste should be warned that DWER officers are out there actively trying to catch them, and when they do, offenders will be prosecuted." Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA public transport patronage bouncing back from COVID-1911151Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9510html22/10/2020 2:38:32 AM2020-10-22T02:35:00Z Perth's public transport patronage is back to almost 80 per cent of pre COVID-19 levels School students back to almost 100 per cent and pensioners back to almost 90 per cent One of the strongest returns to public transport across the world Other Australian jurisdictions hovering between 40 to 60 per cent of pre-COVID levels Perth's public transport usage has bounced back and has had one of the strongest returns of any capital city in the world, thanks to the McGowan Government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of early October, the number of passengers has returned to about 78 per cent of pre-COVID levels. School student patronage is back to almost 100 per cent while pensioners' patronage has returned to almost 90 per cent of pre-COVID levels. Tertiary students have had a slower return, currently sitting at around 60 per cent, with more options to study off campus. The overall return to public transport in Western Australia has hovered around 70 per cent of pre-COVID levels since July. By comparison other jurisdictions are currently running at between 40 to 60 per cent of pre-COVID levels, with Melbourne dipping to five to 10 per cent. The whole-of-government response to the pandemic, the enhanced cleaning regime and installation of hand sanitiser units at key facilities have all contributed to enhanced passenger confidence. During 2018-19 public transport patronage grew by 1.15 per cent (to 141.4 million boardings), the first positive growth since patronage peaked at almost 150 million boardings in 2012-13. At the height of the pandemic, patronage on public transport in Perth dropped 85 per cent. For example, in April 2019 there were 11,450,802 boardings compared to April 2020 where there were 1,901,700 boardings. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The strong return to public transport is a credit to the whole-of-government response and the Premier's strong border stance. "Our response has been based on health advice which has helped keep us safe and given us the strongest economy in the country. "Western Australians' return to public transport is back to almost 80 per cent of pre-COVID levels - one of the most successful returns to public transport across the world." Minister's office - 6552 5500 Other capital cities around the world (based on data provided by the International Association of Public Transport) Auckland sitting at 70 per cent of pre-COVID levels Adelaide is sitting at just under 70 per cent of pre-COVID levels on buses Brisbane is sitting at 60 per cent of pre-COVID levels Sydney is sitting at 50 per cent of pre-COVID levels
Jackson Harvey makes a splash in Fremantle during National Water Week11150Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6240html22/10/2020 2:12:23 AM2020-10-22T02:00:00Z Vibrant new Fremantle street art by Lego Masters winner Jackson Harvey unveiled during National Water Week Ocean-themed artwork adorns two Water Corporation assets in White Gum Valley and North Fremantle 50 public artworks now created State-wide under Splash of Colour program White Gum Valley Primary School students enjoy exclusive session with artist Fremantle mural artist Jackson Harvey today joined Water Minister Dave Kelly at White Gum Valley Primary School to help inspire a future generation of water sustainability ambassadors. To celebrate National Water Week (October 19-25), the students heard how Fremantle's colourful coastal marine life inspired the artist's new street art projects for the Water Corporation. The McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program, commissioned the artworks on a wastewater pump station on Samson Street, White Gum Valley, and three electrical cabinets on Port Beach Road, North Fremantle. The striking designs focus on the blue swimmer crab, which is found locally, and reflect the port city's strong ties to the ocean and coastal waterways. In addition to learning about the importance of protecting the oceans and waterways, the Waterwise Schools Program session also educated the students on the water cycle and sustainability. Since 2017, Splash of Colour has transformed 50 Water Corporation operational assets State-wide into vibrant, colourful public artworks. Track the program on social media #splashofcolourwa. This year's National Water Week theme is Reimagining our Water Future, which invites Australians to reimagine the way water is used and reused to ensure there is enough of it for future generations. To become involved in National Water Week, visit http//www.awa.asn.au/AWA_MBRR/About_AWA/National_Water_Week.aspx Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "What better way to celebrate National Water Week in Fremantle than by having local artist Jackson Harvey create stunning water-themed artworks for the local community to enjoy. "In the face of climate change, it has never been more critical for us all to use water more sustainably. These Splash of Colour projects, the first within the City of Fremantle, will help inspire people to think waterwise for years to come. "It was great seeing the students at White Gum Valley Primary School, even at a young age, so engaged in learning about Western Australia's precious water, where it comes from, and what we can all do to protect it for future generations." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Here in Freo we love public art and we're passionate about protecting our environment, especially our oceans and our precious water supply. "The kids at White Gum Valley Primary are already active, switched-on, water-wise leaders. "This splash of colour for White Gum Valley and North Freo will brighten our communities and celebrate our connection to the sea." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Investigation uncovers fake Singaporean licences used in WA11149Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14080html22/10/2020 1:52:11 AM2020-10-22T01:45:00Z Investigation uncovers fake Singaporean licences used to obtain WA driver's licences 173 fake licences detected with 122 cancelled after investigation began in January Names of those using false licences provided to WA Police and Department of Home Affairs Suspicious activity can be reported to Department of Transport's Alert Us line on 1300 040 456 An investigation by the Department of Transport (DoT) has uncovered fake Singaporean licences have been used to illegally obtain Western Australian driver's licences. A tip off from the public led to an investigation by DoT who, with the assistance of the Singapore High Commission and Singaporean Police, detected 173 fake licences had been used in WA. As a result of the detection, 122 of the WA driver's licences obtained falsely have been cancelled. The remaining 51 licence holders are no longer in Western Australia or further follow up into their whereabouts is underway. The investigation commenced in January this year and examined licences used between 2015 and 2020. Western Australian authorities advised their Eastern States counterparts of the scam which has led to interstate co-operation and some States launching their own investigations. The names of those involved have been provided to WA Police and the Federal Department of Home Affairs. Anyone can report suspicious activity to the Department of Transport's Alert Us line on 1300 040 456. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This investigation is a great outcome for the local community with 122 fake licences now cancelled. "Once the Department of Transport became aware of the possible scam they launched an investigation to trace and cancel these licences. "This is a concerning scam because people have deliberately acted to avoid demonstrating the required standards necessary to obtain a WA driver's licence. "All drivers deserve to feel safe on our roads and can be assured fraudulent or suspicious driver and vehicle licensing matters are being identified and dealt with by DoT." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Work Health and Safety Bill passes Upper House11148Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements23510html22/10/2020 12:44:32 AM2020-10-22T00:30:00Z Industrial manslaughter provisions to be legislated - maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment for an individual Workplace safety will come under a single Act that covers all WA workplaces After nearly four weeks of debate, the McGowan Government's Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill passed the Legislative Council last night. It will now be sent to the Legislative Assembly for the final vote, which is expected on November 3, and will become law once the supporting regulations are finalised next year. The new laws will offer greater protection to Western Australian workers, capturing modern employment relationships, such as subcontractors or casual workers, not just the classic employer/employee relationship. In particular, they will introduce the term 'person conducting a business or undertaking'. As a result of significant public concern and the recommendations of two national reviews, the new legislation includes criminalising industrial manslaughter - this includes a maximum penalty of between five and 20 years of imprisonment for an individual and a maximum $10 million fine for a body corporate. Other new aspects include increased penalties, prohibiting insurance coverage for WHS penalties and the introduction of enforceable undertakings as an alternative penalty. The new laws will harmonise WA with other States and Territories, except Victoria, although amendments have been made to tailor the laws to reflect our unique State. This means companies that operate across Australia will have similar obligations and requirements in each State and Territory. This Bill follows the increases in workplace penalties the McGowan Government introduced in October 2018 Level 4 (the highest) offences attract a maximum $2.7 million penalty for first offenders and $3.5 million for subsequent offenders (up from $500,000 and $625,000 respectively); and Level 1 (least severe) penalties increased from $50,000 to $450,000 for first offenders and from $62,500 to $570,000 for subsequent offences. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm very pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has finally passed the Upper House. "This important Bill modernises Western Australia's outdated workplace safety laws, which were over 30 years old. "The health and safety of Western Australian workers is one of my Government's key priorities; every worker has the right to come home safely from work each day." Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "This new legislation brings together all industries, general, mining and petroleum, into one Work Health and Safety Act, but with separate regulations, this will assist WA businesses with their safety obligations. "It reflects the social obligations and responsibilities the community now expects from companies and their senior management, including that mental health and wellbeing needs to be considered alongside physical safety. "I'm very pleased that we have significantly increased the maximum penalties available to the courts for companies and directors responsible for workplace tragedies. "This will act as a deterrent and ensure all workplaces focus on improving safety culture." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Industrial Relations Minister's office - 6552 6700
Contract awarded for third stage of South Coast Highway works11147Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9690html21/10/2020 8:30:49 AM2020-10-21T08:30:00Z ​Western Australian company, Ertech Pty Ltd, awarded contract to complete third stage of South Coast Highway upgrades Construction will commence in November and is due to be completed in May 2021 More than 150 direct and indirect jobs supported over the three project stages Key part of McGowan Government's $30 million election commitment to upgrade South Coast Highway Western Australian company Ertech Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for the third stage of the South Coast Highway upgrades in Kojaneerup. Work on the section between Bluff Creek and Kojaneerup West Road includes road reconstruction, the construction of two passing lanes and road widening. The McGowan Government committed $30 million to upgrade South Coast Highway at the 2017 election. Since coming to Government, works have been completed in a staged approach with Stage One completed in June 2019 Mead Road section - widening the pavement from 7 to 11 metres between Kilarney Road and Monty's Leap Winery, and construction of a westbound passing lane approximately 2.5 kilometres west of Kalgan River Bridge; and Stage Two completed in April 2020 Kalgan section - widening the pavement from 7 to 11 metres between Monty's Leap Winery and the Kalgan River Bridge.Construction is due to commence in November, with completion earmarked for May 2021. When complete, the $30 million project will have supported approximately 150 direct and indirect jobs during construction. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Improvements along South Coast Highway are taking shape, creating local jobs and opportunities for local businesses. "This is just part of a job-creating, road upgrades package worth almost $220 million we have rolled out across the Great Southern Region. "As well as upgrading South Coast Highway, we have also started works on the long awaited Albany Highway as well as $13 million being spent to upgrade sections of Albany Highway." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "Upgrading South Coast Highway was one of my key election commitments and I'm so proud we are now at Stage 3. "The construction of the passing lanes will benefit many commuters, given the area experiences a mix of tourist traffic and heavy vehicles. "Completion of the third stage - and the overall program, will provide safer travelling opportunities, and improve transport efficiencies for everyone in our Great Southern Region." Minister's office - 6552 5500