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Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Hatchery funding to spawn aquaculture growth848113Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html5/05/2016 4:44:57 AM2016-05-05T04:30:00Z$2.3 million State Budget commitment to Albany shellfish hatcheryFurther $1.3 million to expand investor-ready aquaculture zones The Liberal National Government has reaffirmed its support for Western Australia's emerging aquaculture industry in the 2016-17 State Budget with a $2.3 million investment in a new multi-species shellfish hatchery in Albany. Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the large-scale industry-run mussel, oyster and pearl production hatchery would be set up at the Albany Aquaculture Park, Frenchman's Bay (adjacent to Whaleworld). "It's expected the hatchery will be fully self-funded within 10 years, once the industry has reached sufficient scale," he said. "By establishing a shellfish hatchery in Albany, the Government is putting in place the foundation for the expansion of shellfish aquaculture throughout the State. "Industry feedback tells us there is a lack of access to spat (mollusc seed or juveniles), which is a major impediment to industry growth and sustainability. The Albany hatchery will become an important supply source while opening up opportunities for the culture of other species. "Our wild catch fisheries - including prawns, scale fish, abalone and rock lobster - have an outstanding reputation, however there are natural limits to supply. Developing our capacity for fish farming will be important to meet growing global demand for seafood." Mr Francis said the State Budget also included $1.3 million to expand investor-ready aquaculture zones across the State, which built on a 2011 commitment to establish environmentally approved zones in the Kimberley and Mid-West. "The total $3.6 million investment is part of the Government's long-term plan to develop a sustainable aquaculture industry, creating local jobs and opportunities," he said. Fact FileAquaculture is the world's fastest-growing food production sectorWA's commercial fisheries and aquaculture are worth about $490 million per year Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500
New base for Great Southern SES volunteers848111Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html5/05/2016 2:00:23 AM2016-05-05T02:00:00Z$630,000 purpose-built SES facility opens in GnowangerupNew headquarters to co-ordinate searches, rescues and training Emergency services volunteers in the Great Southern community of Gnowangerup are now better resourced, with the opening of a new purpose-built State Emergency Service (SES) facility. Officially opening the $630,000 building today, Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the new base would enhance emergency response for the local community. "The State Government is committed to providing first-class facilities to support our volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others during emergencies," Mr Francis said. "This new building will provide a modern and well-equipped base for Gnowangerup's hardworking SES volunteers, with dedicated operations and communications facilities, a spacious training room and ample office and storage space. "The Gnowangerup SES unit has played a pivotal role in the community, including responding to complex search and rescue missions at Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges, road crash rescues and storm damage repair work. "I'm confident this new facility will serve the Gnowangerup community and surrounding areas for many years to come." The Minister said Government support for fire and emergency services volunteers was a vital part of helping to make communities safe and resilient. "We all rely on these volunteers when there's an emergency and they spend countless hours training to ensure they are ready to respond," he said. For more information about volunteering in emergency services, visit http// Fact FileThe Gnowangerup SES unit was established in 1985 and currently has 20 membersThe unit responds to incidents including storm and flood damage, land searches, road crash rescues, building repairs, evacuations and bushfire ground supportIn 2015, the unit responded to 13 incidents and dedicated more than 715 hours Minister's office - 6552 6500
Boost a performance plus for country audiences848108Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html5/05/2016 12:54:43 AM2016-05-05T00:00:00ZRegional Touring Boost grants target Gascoyne and WheatbeltMore than 12,500 expected at performances and workshopsMade possible by Royalties for Regions Gascoyne in May artists will tour the Gascoyne and the WA Music Industry Association (WAM) will co-ordinate a series of Wheatbelt tours, thanks to State Government funding. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Regional Touring Boost grants program, made possible by Royalties for Regions, aimed to increase the number and diversity of performing artists touring regional areas over three years. "Boost is lifting performance numbers through comedy, dance, circus, music, theatre and multi-arts shows," Mr Day said. "The tours will be seen by thousands of local children, adults and tourists who attend the performances or take part in the workshops." Gascoyne in May received $96,541 towards its 2016 program, which will include aerial dance and circus company Natural Wings and ZAP CIRCUS. Artists Dave Mann, Bec Schofield and Kallidad will perform music and mentor songwriters in the region. Gascoyne in May artists will cover more than 2,700 kilometres to offer skills training, 17 performances, 72 workshops and 23 mentorships at the Festival of the Reef at Coral Bay, the Barefoot Black Tie at Denham, Shark Bay, the Burringurrah Festival of Fire, the Gascoyne River Music Festival at Gascoyne Junction, Carnarvon's TropiCOOL Festival and the Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival at Exmouth. WAM has received $62,400 towards co-ordinating a series of visits to Bencubbin, Nungarin, Quindanning, Kellerberrin, Dowerin, Narrogin, Wongan Hills, York, Beverley, Toodyay and Merredin. The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit involves a series of 10 visits by professional contemporary Western Australian musicians, who will deliver 90 performances and four workshops to an anticipated audience of 3,100 people. Each tour involves the Perth-based artists being joined by local support groups to perform over a three-day weekend. WAM will also work with the Narrogin Musicians Association to run a series of music-based community workshops. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said creating opportunities for culture and the arts supported social and economic development, and contributed to building vibrant communities in regional WA. "Our investment in the Boost program increases the number of live performances for regional audiences and provides opportunities for performing arts groups to engage with communities," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions enriching the quality of life for people in our regions." Fact FileThe Regional Touring Boost grants program is administered by the Department of Culture and the ArtsGascoyne in May performances and workshops will be held from April 28 to July 2 , 2016WAM's performances and workshops will be held from November 19, 2016 through to June 18, 2017For more information, visit http// Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Outstanding community services recognised848107Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html5/05/2016 12:10:46 AM2016-05-04T23:00:00ZWinners of biennial community services awards announced last night A junior football program assisting special needs children to participate in sports was one of eight winners at last night's 2016 Community Services Excellence Awards. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club's 'Starkick All Abilities Football' program was making a big difference in its local community by providing pathways for special needs footballers to play AFL. "Whether large or small, all community service organisations provide vital support to some of WA's most vulnerable people," Mr Simpson said. "There is an outstanding variety of community services represented at these awards - from the largest organisations operating at a State-wide level to the smallest groups working within their local community. "What they have in common is their hard work and determination, and their combined efforts contribute to making Western Australia a better place for everyone to live." The Community Services Excellence Awards are a partnership between the State Government and the WA Council on Social Service (WACOSS). Other winners announced at the awards include CommunityWest Inc for its 'Act to Connect Facilitating Community Connections' program, which was presented with the inaugural Local Government and Community Services Collaboration award. The Zonta House Refuge Association was also recognised for its 'Positive Pathways to Safety for Women and Children' program which provides support services to women and families who have experienced family and domestic violence. "I commend the efforts of all the winners and finalists and congratulate WACOSS for their hard work and advocacy, which has seen the partnership between the State Government and the community services sector go from strength-to-strength," the Minister said. Fact FileAs the peak body for community service organisations, WACOSS receives about $740,000 annually from the State GovernmentA full list of winners is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6600 Community Services Excellence Awards 2016 - Winners Small Organisation - Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club, Coolbinia The Starkick All Abilities Football program is an Australian first and provides the pathway for special needs footballers to play AFL in their community. With modified training and equipment, children with autism, cerebral palsy and vision impairment can play. Medium Organisation - Zonta House Refuge Association, Canning Bridge The Positive Pathways to Safety for Women and Children program was established in 2013. The program provides holistic support services to women and families who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, family and domestic violence, mental health and homelessness. Large Organisation - Technology Assisting Disability WA Inc, Bassendean TADWA provides specialised services to people with disabilities, older people and their carers by providing customised solutions to allow them to live happily and safety in their own home and community. In 2014-15, the organisation provided more than 6,980 services to clients in WA. Regional Organisation - Youth Involvement Council Inc, South Hedland Mingle Mob is a street patrol outreach program which operates from 6pm to 10pm, two nights a week, to reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour in youth. The program connects youth to youth workers and case managers who are equipped with the tools to help young people with the issues they are facing. Outstanding Commitment to Citizen Empowerment - DADAA Ltd, Fremantle The Access All Arts is a program of Audio Description and Access Tours to increase access to arts and cultural activities for people who are blind, vision impaired or deaf-blind. This is the first time this program will be taking place at close to 20 major festivals and theatre productions in Perth. Outstanding Commitment to Reconciliation - Kaitijin Mia Mia Aboriginal Foundation, Malimup The Healing Centre and Bush University program allows visitors to understand and learn about Aboriginal culture and ways of working. The foundation's sharing of information in this reconciliation space includes advice on how to engage and form relationships with Aboriginal people and contribute to a better future for all Australians. Local Government and Community Services Collaboration - CommunityWest Inc, Woodvale The Act to Connect Facilitating Community Connections program responds to issues of loneliness and social isolation. The steering group comprised the City of Rockingham, Bethanie and CommunityWest Inc, and supports professionals working with people with disability and mental health issues. Partnerships - Centacare Employment and Training, West Perth Project Stepping Stones is a highly successful joint venture between Centacare Employment and Training, Police and Community Youth Centres and the Department of Education. It is an intervention and engagement program that aims to keep 'at risk' young people who have disengaged from mainstream schooling off the streets, out of trouble and ultimately out of the juvenile detention system.
WA ready to take part in $89b defence packages76289Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2470html4/05/2016 6:47:57 AM2016-05-04T06:40:00ZCivmec working to secure modules for the future frigates and submarines State Government showcasing the skills of local defence industry Civmec is one of the Western Australian companies gearing up to take part in the $89 billion worth of naval defence projects recently announced by the Australian Government. Touring the company's workshop at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson today, Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said Civmec was a leader in the energy, infrastructure and civil sectors and was now bringing its skills and expertise to defence. "Civmec has one of the largest heavy engineering and fabrication facilities in Australia and has the capabilities to undertake work packages associated with the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and the future frigates and submarines," Mr Mischin said. "Civmec has been in discussions with some of the successful shortlisted European designers of the OPVs. The construction of these vessels will transfer from South Australia to WA once the future frigate construction begins in Adelaide in 2020. The company has also been in discussion with DCNS, the Australian Government's preferred international submarine design partner." As part of the Department of Commerce's submarine industry engagement in late 2015, DCNS identified the capacity for Western Australian companies such as Civmec, which specialises in the rolling and forming of large steel structures, to produce large sections for the future submarines. "Testament to Civmec's tenacity and commitment, the company constructed a submarine hull section to demonstrate its capabilities to the three international bidders vying to build Australia's future submarines, including preferred partner DCNS," the Minister said. Mr Mischin said there were ample opportunities for WA's defence sector to win work associated with the build and maintenance of the future frigates and submarines. "In an era where modules can be built anywhere and transported to the assembly location, our internationally competitive industry will play a significant role," he said. "WA has a world-class defence industry and ensuring the skills and expertise of the private sector companies based here are embedded into the Australian naval shipbuilding industry is essential. The State Government will continue to promote our capabilities to key decision makers." As part of its Future Submarine industry engagement, the department is co-hosting an Innovation Seminar day with DCNS on May 24 in Fremantle to discuss the technology transfer opportunities for local industry. Fact FileCivmec opened at the Australian Marine Complex in 2010 and currently employs 1,500 staffThe company is located adjacent to the world-leading common-use facilities at the complex, including the floating dock WA is home to about 180 companies with direct defence contracts For more information, visit http// or http// Minister's office - 6552 5600
Roy Hill ramp-up delivers jobs, royalties for WA76287Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4840html4/05/2016 5:02:30 AM2016-05-04T05:00:00ZProduction lifts at Australia's largest single-pit iron ore mineProject employs almost 2,000 people State Development Minister Bill Marmion has today toured the Roy Hill project, the State's newest - and the nation's biggest - single-pit iron ore mine. "Roy Hill celebrated its first shipment in December 2015, and is now in the process of ramping up to its full production capacity of 55 million tonnes per annum," Mr Marmion said. "At full capacity, five ore trains per day will run between the mine and port facilities at Port Hedland, all controlled via Roy Hill's state-of-the-art remote operations centre in Perth. "This mine is the latest to showcase Western Australia's global leadership in automation and mining technology." The Minister said the Roy Hill project would yield significant royalties, which would benefit all WA taxpayers through the provision of infrastructure and essential services including schools, police and health facilities across the State. "This mine is expected to operate for more than two decades," he said. "It has already generated extensive economic benefits for the State, with the construction workforce peaking at 6,300 and ongoing operations employing almost 2,000 people. "Roy Hill also has an outstanding local content record, with 72 per cent of all project expenditure, $6.6 billion, spent or committed within WA during construction." Western Australia is the world's largest producer of iron ore, accounting for 37 per cent of global production in 2014. Annual production is forecast to grow by three per cent each year to 2018-19, bolstered by projects such as Roy Hill. "The Western Australian Government has been a strong supporter of this project, working closely with the proponents to facilitate all necessary approvals and negotiating a State Agreement for the railway," Mr Marmion said. "Roy Hill is another example of WA's outstanding capacity to attract international investment that benefits a wide range of West Australians, especially from key trading partners such as China, Japan and Korea." Fact FileRoy Hill is located 115km north of NewmanIt comprises an open pit mine, processing plant, 344km of heavy haul railway, export facilities at Port Hedland and remote operations centre in RedcliffeThe mine's expected operating life is more than 20 yearsRoy Hill is majority owned by Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, with a consortium of international investors including Marubeni Corporation, POSCO and China Steel Corporation Minister's office - 6552 6800
Our State Budget 2016-17: Supporting and protecting our community - Big mental health commitment in State Budget75959Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12290html5/05/2016 4:48:09 AM2016-05-04T01:00:00ZState Budget to deliver for WA's most vulnerable Next week's State Budget will deliver a record $865.8 million to the Mental Health Commission, representing an 83.9 per cent increase to the sector since 2008-09. Opening the Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS) State Conference today, Premier Colin Barnett said $14.7 million would be added to the commission's Budget in 2016-17. "This will ensure crucial help such as a State-wide network of alcohol and other drug services, mental health treatment services delivered by Government and not-for-profit agencies and the promotion of a better understanding of mental illness, continues to receive strong Government support," Mr Barnett said. Mental Health and Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said a key commitment was $19.2 million over three years for the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program, funded through Royalties for Regions. "In the State's north-west, where drug and alcohol-related harm is among the highest in Australia, this program has already resulted in a more than 35 per cent increase in the delivery of community treatment services and an associated reduction in drug and alcohol use," she said. The commission's Budget would also deliver funding for dedicated youth and adolescent mental health beds at Perth Children's Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital. "With these beds, the Government has now doubled the number of dedicated youth and adolescent mental health beds in WA to 40 since elected in 2008," Ms Mitchell said. The Premier said the current economic environment meant there was a need to find new ways of working in partnership to support all West Australians to live full and meaningful lives. This included focusing on prevention and early intervention and creating better integrated service systems closer to home, which means people can choose treatment options that allow them to continue with their normal lives while receiving treatment. "Despite the constrained fiscal circumstances, we have prioritised areas of social need," Mr Barnett said. Next week's State Budget would see a 118 per cent increase in funding to the Disability Services Commission since 2008-09 and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Budget would increase by 82 per cent in the same time frame. The scale of Government contracting with the not-for-profit sector has increased from $1.43 billion in 2014-15 to $1.65 billion in 2015-16, an increase of about $850 million since 2010-11. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was continuing to invest in strategic regional health initiatives to enhance regional WA services and infrastructure. "Investment in mental health support infrastructure and services is fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional WA, and the State Government will continue to invest Royalties for Regions funds in key community projects that enable regions to grow," Mr Redman said. Fact FileThe 2016-17 Disability Services Commission Budget will be $944.9 million, which includes $231.5 million from the Australian Government and other sourcesThe Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Budget in 2016-17 will be $640.2 millionThe State Government has heavily invested in the relationship between the public and not-for-profit community sectors Premier's office - 6552 5000 Mental Health and Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
On the way to an age-friendly WA75958Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4750html4/05/2016 12:56:56 AM2016-05-03T23:00:00ZGrants to help local governments build age-friendly communities Thirteen local governments across Western Australia will share in $113,500 through the latest round of the State Government's Age-Friendly Communities Grants Program to encourage seniors to participate and remain active within their community. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said the program provided grants of up to $10,000 for local governments to establish policies, services and structures that improved seniors' quality of life. "Ensuring seniors are connected to their communities for as long as possible is vital for their wellbeing," Mr Simpson said. "Planning for the ageing of the community is a priority for the State Government, particularly as the proportion of older people in Western Australia increases." Age-friendly communities are those that are inclusive and accessible for people of all ages. This encompasses spaces and places, as well as programs and initiatives that make a community better for all residents including children, young people, parents and seniors. "Building an age-friendly WA requires input and collaboration across all sectors," the Minister said. "This funding provides local governments with a great opportunity to undertake community engagement projects that will ensure the needs of their older residents are met now and into the future." Mr Simpson said the Liberal National Government had awarded grants totalling more than $500,000 to 57 local governments since the program's introduction in 2008. Fact FileThe Age-Friendly Communities Grants Program is administered by the Department of Local Government and CommunitiesFunded projects align with the Government's Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017By 2050, one in four West Australians will be seniorsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600 Recipients - Age-Friendly Communities Grants Program RecipientGrantCity of Joondalup$10,000City of Vincent$10,000City of Stirling$10,000City of Wanneroo$10,000City of Armadale$10,000City of Canning$7,000Shire of Kalamunda$10,000Shire of Collie$10,000Shire of Beverley$6,500Shire of Dalwallinu$10,000Shire of York$10,000Shires of Brookton and Pingelly$10,000
More than 3,000 affordable rentals and counting75956Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3560html4/05/2016 12:53:00 AM2016-05-03T22:00:00Z3,262 affordable private rental dwellings for eligible low-to-moderate income households across WA since July 2008Combined effort by State and Australian government agencies, private enterprise and not-for-profit sectorEncouraging investment and innovation in the housing sector More than 3,000 new dwellings have been delivered under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) in Western Australia since the Barnett Government came to power. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the scheme had benefited thousands of people who had previously struggled to afford private rental accommodation. "Under the scheme, we've partnered with the Australian Government, private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector to encourage investment and innovation in the delivery of affordable rental housing," Mr Holt said. "This has provided a boost in supply for eligible people on low-to-moderate incomes who now have access to more than 3,000 new rental properties at below-market rates." The scheme is an Australian Government initiative delivered in partnership with the States and Territories. It provides incentives for developers and investors who build new accommodation and agree to rent it at least 20 per cent below the market rate for up to 10 years. The Housing Authority in WA works actively with approved participants and the Australian Government's Department of Social Services to maximise the delivery of NRAS dwellings. The Minister congratulated the authority and its partners on achieving the milestone. "The not-for-profit sector in WA has delivered 410 NRAS dwellings, with the rest delivered by the private sector," he said. "The scheme provides one of the few market-facing initiatives that address both housing supply and affordability and is an example of how levels of government can work together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes." Affordable private market rentals, such as NRAS dwellings, are an important part of the housing continuum and the Liberal National Government's Affordable Housing Strategy 2010-2020 Aiming Higher, which to date has delivered more than 20,000 affordable housing opportunities. Fact FileThe Australian Government's Department of Social Services is responsible for the administration of NRAS, including compliance and change request applicationsThe 2015-16 NRAS incentive for investors and developers is $10,917 which comprised $8,187 from the Australian Government and $2,729 from the State GovernmentIncentives are indexed annually across the 10 years a dwelling is in the scheme Minister's office - 6552 6100
Grant supports Wheelchair Sports’ expansion10611Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4400html3/05/2016 1:48:45 AM2016-05-03T01:45:00ZWheelchair Sports WA Association receive $209,617 Lotterywest grantFunding supports business development and sustainability An upgraded IT system and business development initiatives funded by a Lotterywest grant of $209,617 will ensure the long-term sustainability of the Wheelchair Sports WA Association, Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said today. At a presentation event at Mirrabooka's Herb Graham Recreation Centre, Mrs Faragher said the grant would support initiatives to better manage funding streams and expand awareness of the organisation's reach across the community. "Wheelchair Sports WA Association is much more than a sports club," she said. "The organisation now offers its members and the public a very broad range of programs and services. "The business development initiatives reflect the organisation's move into other fields, such as social inclusion; education; recreation and other non-sporting areas, and accounts for about 65 per cent of the work the organisation undertakes. "This Lotterywest grant will enable the organisation to reposition itself to better reflect this important role and direction." Wheelchair Sports WA Association will install a fundraising and customer relations IT system to help better manage funding streams. "This IT upgrade will also support timely, accountable operations for what is one of WA's biggest disability recreation and sporting groups," the Minister said. Established in 1989, Wheelchair Sports WA Association currently has more than 580 members involved in a range of activities and sports including basketball, rugby, athletics and tennis. Fact FileWheelchair Sports WA Association was formally established in 1989For more information, visit https// In 2014-15, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Grants to push WA science on to national stage10610Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5820html3/05/2016 1:11:05 AM2016-05-03T01:05:00Z$1.35 million to help make WA research more competitiveEight Fellowship Merit Awards and 13 Project Grant Merit AwardsWide range of health studies supported State Government research funding totalling $1.35 million will help 21 local health and medical researchers improve their chances of securing National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants and fellowships. Announcing round three of the Merit Award program, Health Minister John Day congratulated each recipient and said the awards were available only to those who had come close to receiving an NHMRC Project Grant, Early Career Fellowship or Career Development Fellowship in 2015. "These awards will help our researchers showcase the diverse range of Western Australian health science," Mr Day said. "Each recipient is a shining light in their field. It is vital we nurture their talent, not only because their work may lead to valuable medical breakthroughs but also because it builds on WA's growing strength in science." The one-off Merit Award payments are designed to boost the researchers' competitiveness in future NHMRC funding rounds by paying for activities such as pilot data experiments or the development of new laboratory tests. "The grants are part of the FutureHealth WA initiative to boost the State's research capability," the Minister said. "They are an important part of our determination to secure WA's rightful share of national health research funding." Project Grant Merit Awards provide a payment of up to $75,000 to researchers who narrowly missed out on a NHMRC Project Grant, while Fellowship Merit Awards provide up to $50,000 to assist those who came close to getting a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship or Career Development Fellowship. In the latest round of the program, 13 researchers received Project Grant Merit Awards and eight researchers received Fellowship Merit Awards. Fact FileFutureHealth WA is a State Government initiative proving $30 million over four years for health and medical research in WAFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200 Round 3 Project Merit Award recipientsRecipientProject titleInstitutionA/Prof Gina AmbrosiniIdentifying determinants of dietary intake and eating behaviours in young adults to reduce chronic diseaseThe University of Western AustraliaDr Peter ArthurTaurine supplementation to prevent necrosis and loss of muscle strength in the mdx mouse model of Duchenne's Muscular DystrophyThe University of Western AustraliaDr Sally BrinkmanLanguage Environment Analysis enhancing research capacityThe University of Western AustraliaDr Fred ChenDeveloping stem cell therapy for macular degenerationThe University of Western AustraliaDr Lyn ColvinDevelopmental outcomes for children exposed to prescription medicines in uteroThe University of Western AustraliaA/Prof Peter HenryEffects of macrolides on airway mucus synthesis and secretion - implications for obstructive lung diseaseThe University of Western AustraliaDr Brendan KennedyIntraoperative micro-elastography for improved assessment of tumour margins in breast cancerThe University of Western AustraliaDr Laurens ManningNew approaches to treatment of malaria in Papua New GuineaThe University of Western AustraliaDr Hannah MooreCharacterising climatic drivers and synergy between common paediatric respiratory viruses in children guiding prevention and managementThe University of Western AustraliaDr Phil StumblesInvestigating the long-term disruption to respiratory immunological homeostasis following early-life Influenza A Virus infectionsMurdoch UniversityDr Ann-Maree VallenceStrengthening functional connectivity in the aging brain to improve voluntary movement.Murdoch UniversityDr Rakesh Naduvile VeeduSplice switching oligonucleotides to enhance treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophyMurdoch UniversityDr Andrew WooReprogramming aggressive cancer cellsThe University of Western Australia Fellowship Merit Award recipients RecipientProject titleInstitutionDr Chandrakumar BalaratnasingamNovel, non-invasive measurements of early retinal vein occlusionThe University of Western AustraliaDr Elin GrayNovel Blood Based Biomarkers for Treatment Monitoring in MelanomaEdith Cowan UniversityDr Anne-Marie HillHospital Falls Epidemiology ProjectCurtin University of TechnologyDr Rishi KotechaEvaluation of demethylating agents against infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia models in vitroThe University of Western AustraliaA/Prof Debra PalmerInvestigating early life immune responses that predict egg allergy development in infancyThe University of Western AustraliaA/Prof Gianina RavenscroftGene discovery and pathobiology in muscle diseases.The University of Western AustraliaDr Tara RichmanDisease models of mitochondrial dysfunctionThe University of Western AustraliaDr Guicheng ZhangAnalysing high-throughput molecular profiling data to elucidate pathogenic mechanisms of asthma and allergyCurtin University of Technology
Healthy research outlook at Science on the Swan10606Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5780html3/05/2016 1:00:06 AM2016-05-03T01:00:00ZConference focus on population health research data and disease preventionHackathon targets burns, Body Mass Index and blood testingReview of WA health data linkage system aims to broaden research benefits The role of genetics in cancer diagnosis and the potential for artificial intelligence to help predict and prevent chronic conditions are among the innovations to be explored at Science on the Swan 2016. Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said the three-day international conference, starting today and run in parallel with Perth Big Data Week 2016, would focus on how data application and research could improve public health outcomes. "We know that a strong and vibrant health system is one that values and promotes medical research," Mr Barnett said. "Science on the Swan will see international presentations alongside leading Western Australian research, including a tool that should one day enable doctors to diagnose and monitor the treatment of rare diseases simply by taking a 3D photograph of a patient's face. "The conference will also include a two-day 'Health and Well-being Ideation' hackathon, where secondary and tertiary student teams will target solutions to important health challenges through collaborative computer programming." The hackathon will tackle three key issues better burns patient management, especially in regional WA; innovative charting of blood test results to encourage personal preventative healthcare; and improved Body Mass Index systems to target the $253 million annual cost of managing overweight and obese West Australians. The Premier also announced a high-level review of data linkage capabilities. Data linkage is a research technique that connects pieces of information from a variety of sources that relate to the same person or family, a valuable tool for analysing health trends and promoting preventative medicine. "WA has been a leader in population health data linkage for decades, with other jurisdictions taking the State's lead, particularly on systems to protect privacy," Mr Barnett said. "We are looking to replicate our outstanding health data linkage systems across other areas of government, with Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken to chair an expert advisory group including Professor Fiona Stanley and Government Chief Information Officer Giles Nunis." The advisory group is due to report to the Premier in August 2016. Fact FileScience on the Swan runs from May 3-5Through the WA Department of Health, the State Government provides about $14m in annual core funding to promote health and medical researchFor information on Perth Big Data Week 2016 events, visit http// For more information on WA data linkage, visit http// more information on the review, visit http// Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000
Gold still shining and generating long-term jobs10604Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4080html3/05/2016 12:08:52 AM2016-05-03T00:00:00ZGold holds up as critical to Western Australian economy The importance of gold to Western Australia's economy has been highlighted by Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange on a visit to the State's most significant recent greenfields gold discovery, Gold Road Resources' Gruyere project north-east of Laverton. "The gold sector provides more than 20,000 jobs in Western Australia and was valued at a record $9.5 billion in 2015," Mr L'Estrange said. "It is incredible to think that more than 130 years after gold was first discovered in the State, significant deposits such as Gruyere are still being found in the region. It also highlights the vast mineral potential that exists, even after more than a century of mining." The Minister said the State Government's Exploration Incentive Scheme supported the Gruyere discovery. The scheme's co-funded drilling program supports innovative drilling projects that drive the discovery of new mineral deposits. Every $1 million invested in the scheme stimulates exploration activity generating $10.3 million in direct benefits for WA with a long-term benefit of $23.7 million. "The scheme has been instrumental to increasing the geological knowledge of our State and the scheme's co-funded drilling program has supported 20 major discoveries, including the Gruyere deposit," Mr L'Estrange said. "The mines of tomorrow are built on such discoveries, as are the jobs, royalties and other economic benefits vital for Western Australia's continued prosperity." The Minister said Gold Road Resources' Gruyere project was the perfect example of the importance of creating an environment that encouraged investment in exploration and development in the State's resources industry. "As Mines and Petroleum Minister, I am determined to continue to create opportunities in Western Australia's resources sector," he said. "It is a sector that is critical to WA's economic prosperity and the continued prosperity of local communities." Fact FileThe State Government has invested $130 million in the Exploration Incentive Scheme generating a direct benefit to the State of more than $1.3 billionThe Gruyere project will produce an estimated 265,000 ounces of gold annually and has an initial mine life of 12 yearsWA has $117 million in gold projects under construction and a further $3.3 billion identified as planned or possible Minister's office - 6552 6900
Big Data Week highlights State’s science future25542Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7820html2/05/2016 6:01:00 AM2016-05-02T06:00:00ZOne dozen events to promote data-based research, job and career opportunitiesEncouraging academic, business and government co-operation From deep-sea imaging of shipwreck sites to interpreting radio signals from outer space, Perth Big Data Week 2016 (BDW) will showcase how Western Australian data science is helping lead world research and promises exciting career opportunities. With Big Data Week starting today, Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said there was an inspiring range of data applications featured across a dozen events running from May 2-6. "The ability to interpret data and apply this to make a positive difference is critical for a modern WA that is safe, healthy and competitive," the Premier said. "For example, real-time traffic data powers the apps and websites which tell Perth commuters how to take the easiest and quickest route to work each day, and population health data can help us predict and prevent the development of chronic diseases." Big Data Crunch is the opening event, bringing students and data professionals together at Scitech to explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Other events will show how data analytics apply in business, town planning, climate change research, cloud computing, radio astronomy, regional development and education. Running concurrently with Perth BDW 2016 is Science on the Swan, an international conference exploring how health data drives precision medicine, medical imaging and research. "Data science is a key area where the State has an opportunity to build its competitive advantage and be a world leader," Mr Barnett said. "Big Data Week is a unique opportunity for students, business operators, scientists and the public sector to share an understanding of how data analytics will help drive WA's progress." The State's data processing capabilities are led by the $80 million Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, which houses Magnus, the most powerful public research computer in the southern hemisphere. "Magnus will be critical in analysing vast quantities of deep space information from the giant Square Kilometre Array radio telescope being co-hosted by WA," the Premier said. "The groundbreaking WA Biodiversity Science Institute will also benefit from the State's commitment to data, as it creates a comprehensive database of WA's unique flora and fauna." Fact FilePerth BDW 2016 is led by the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, with partners including Woodside, Think Bottom Up, the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Landgate, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and Curtin UniversityThe State Government supports Perth BDW 2016 through the Office of Science, Pawsey, Scitech and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy ResearchFor more information on Perth BDW 2016 events, visit http// Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000
Search is on for WA’s top innovator25539Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5260html2/05/2016 4:55:32 AM2016-05-02T04:50:00ZEntrepreneurs encouraged to apply for the WA Innovator of the Year program Program has provided more than $2m over 10 years Western Australian entrepreneurs, companies and research teams are eligible for a share of $140,000 as part of the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year program. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the program provided a range of support to Western Australian innovators navigating the commercialisation process. "Now in its 10th year, the program has provided more than $2 million in financial and professional support to individuals and businesses to help develop their breakthrough ideas," Mr Mischin said. "During this time, the program has uncovered local innovations that have gone on to be very successful and made a real difference to the industry sector they support. "For example, last year's winner Kashif Saleem is now in discussions with Woodside regarding his equipment location technology, Track'em, and very recently announced his intention to list on the ASX by the end of the year." Successful applicants will receive financial support as well as a mix of business capability training, one-on-one mentoring sessions, marketing and networking opportunities and invaluable public exposure for their innovation. The Minister said in addition to prize money and coaching, the overall winner would also have access to three PhD candidates to assist with further research and development through the iPREP WA program. "This is an invaluable opportunity for both parties," he said. "Our successful WA Innovator of the Year will have a team of dedicated researchers over six weeks at no cost, and the participating candidates develop vital skills that can be applied to their future employment." Fact FileApplications close at 3pm, Wednesday June 1, 2016 The program features two categories emerging innovation (pre-revenue, $25,000 prize money) and growth (post-revenue, $25,000 prize money)The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator the Year overall winner ($75,000 prize money) is chosen from these two categoriesThe principal sponsor is Mitsubishi Corporation with additional support from encouragement award sponsor, Woodside; gold sponsors - Business News, iPREP WA, South32; and silver sponsors - Murfett Legal, Perth Convention Bureau, VentureCast, Watermark and WraysFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5600
Martin Clunes explores WA’s treasured islands25538Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4860html2/05/2016 4:00:21 AM2016-05-02T04:00:00ZScreenWest supports production of Martin Clunes - Islands of OzRenowned British actor hosts three-part seriesShooting at Rottnest, Carnac, the Abrolhos and Ningaloo Some of Western Australia's most fascinating and historic islands and coastlines will be showcased to national and international audiences, in a new television series supported by the State Government through ScreenWest. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day this week toured Rottnest Island with the WA production team and met internationally acclaimed British actor Martin Clunes, who will host the series, titled Martin Clunes - Islands of Oz. "I am delighted that Perth-based Prospero Productions has been able to secure Martin to explore these places and share the stories of the people who live there," Mr Day said. "Islands of Oz will see some of our most spectacular natural assets and intriguing history broadcast to audiences around the world. "While Rottnest is a popular local institution, many West Australians may not have explored Carnac Island and the Abrolhos Islands. Now all of these will have international exposure." Martin Clunes' hosting role in the three-show production follows his successful Islands of Britain television series. Prospero Productions received $800,000 from ScreenWest's SuperDoc scheme in 2015-16. "Through ScreenWest, the State Government is proud to be promoting our captivating and often extraordinary places in ways which not only entertain audiences but also have tourist appeal," Mr Day said. "After spending some time with Martin, I am sure his legendary sense of humour and easygoing style will bring out the best in our WA stories and images." Shooting of Martin Clunes - Islands of Oz is scheduled for completion in May. Prospero has created popular television productions including Outback Truckers (Channel 7), Railroad Australia (Discovery Channel), Wild Survivor (National Geographic Channel), The Real Jaws (Channel 9) and Australia Life on the Edge (National Geographic Channel). Fact FileThe Islands of Oz series will feature 12 islands from around AustraliaMartin Clunes' television successes have included Men Behaving Badly, Doc Martin and Islands of BritainThe SuperDoc fund supports WA documentary producers with proven high turnover production outcomes in the StateFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Body worn video cameras for WA Police13985Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5420html1/05/2016 3:30:18 AM2016-05-01T03:30:00ZWA Police to use body worn video cameras in a first for WATrial will be conducted in Perth and Bunbury For the first time in Western Australia, the State Government has equipped police with body worn video cameras in a trial to help reduce assaults on officers and increase early guilty pleas. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said it was anticipated the camera footage would protect both the public and police officers as they went about their daily duties. "Our police officers do an exceptional and challenging job and we will be examining if the body worn video contributes to early guilty pleas and helps to reduce assaults on officers. We will also look at whether the cameras reduce complaints against police," Mrs Harvey said. The trial will be conducted in the Perth metropolitan area and Bunbury. The Minister said the cameras would play an important role in the fight against crime and could be used to conduct interviews on the frontline, potentially freeing up courts with early guilty pleas. "Body worn video can also provide greater credibility for police and result in calmer interactions between police and offenders as they both know they are being filmed," she said. Mrs Harvey said the Liberal National Government was committed to making communities safer through tough laws and providing police with the resources they needed to combat crime and anti-social behaviour. "This Government has done more than any other to protect the public and our police officers, including adding 1,050 police and auxiliary officers to the ranks between 2008 and 2017," she said. "We have introduced minimum mandatory jail terms for anyone who assaults a police officer, as well as enacting mandatory blood testing of offenders who bite or spit at officers to ensure officers know as soon as possible if they have been exposed to a disease. This was something officers have long campaigned for, but it was this Government that implemented the law." Fact File300 cameras will be deployed to officers during the trialEvidence captured by cameras will continue to be part of the disclosure process in accordance with current practice and legislative requirementsOther States have conducted similar trials and some have started agency-wide rollouts Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900
Paying tribute to our fallen firefighters13984Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2040html1/05/2016 3:16:47 AM2016-05-01T03:15:00ZMemorial service honours firefighters killed while on dutyInternational Firefighters' Day commemoration Western Australian firefighters killed during firefighting duties have been honoured today at a special service at the Firefighters' Memorial Grove in Kings Park. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the International Firefighters' Day commemoration was an opportunity for loved ones, friends and colleagues to pay their respects to firefighters who gave their lives while serving their community. "This event is a chance for all of us to honour and remember the courageous individuals who paid the ultimate price while protecting others," Mr Francis said. Since 1908, 49 Western Australian career and volunteer firefighters have died while on duty. The Minister said the memorial service was also recognition of the ongoing dedication of serving firefighters. "It's important we acknowledge those men and women who put themselves in harm's way to protect our communities every hour of the day, every day of the year," he said. Mr Francis said the State Government was committed to supporting WA's volunteer and career firefighters to ensure they were as safe as possible while serving their community. "That commitment has seen the delivery of new crew protection systems and new fire stations and equipment," he said. "The Government will continue to invest in the resources needed by firefighters who face danger every time they go to work." Fact FileWA currently has about 1,100 career firefighters and 27,000 volunteer firefightersInternational Firefighters' Day was instituted after the deaths of five firefighters during bushfires in Victoria in December 1999It is observed each year on St Florian's Day, which honours the patron saint of all firefighters and the first known chief of a firefighting squad in the Roman EmpireRed and blue ribbons pinned together are the symbol of the day Minister's office - 6552 6500
Community support for expanded insurance13982Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6400html1/05/2016 2:16:05 AM2016-05-01T02:00:00ZExpanded motor vehicle injury insurance covers WA's 1.8 million motorists The State Government today launched Western Australia's expanded motor vehicle injury insurance cover for people catastrophically injured in accidents, announcing Matt Cook as a community supporter. The Motor Vehicle (Catastrophic Injuries) Bill 2016 has received Royal Assent, ensuring all WA motorists catastrophically injured in motor vehicle crashes from July 1, 2016 will receive treatment, care and support for the rest of their lives. In the coming weeks, WA motorists will start to receive their vehicle registration renewal notices, which will include the maximum cost of $99 for lifetime care and support. Treasurer Mike Nahan said Mr Cook, who received tetraplegic injuries when he was catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle crash at the age of 25, would help explain how the changes impact WA's 1.8 million motorists. "Matt and others have pledged support for the expansion of motor vehicle injury insurance to ensure people in their situation in the future receive lifetime care and support," Dr Nahan said. "The feedback from extensive public consultation was that we needed to explain to motorists that they will be covered from July 1, 2016 if they are catastrophically injured in a crash in WA. Currently, many people don't realise that if, for example, your vehicle hits a kangaroo and you are catastrophically injured, you may not be covered if you were either at fault or unable to identify another driver at fault." Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said extensive consultation had been undertaken with the health and disability sector, motorists and the wider community. "The Insurance Commission of Western Australia and National Disability Services of Western Australia will host another consultation forum on June 2, 2016 to provide the health and disability sector with further detail about the delivery of care and support services," Mrs Faragher said. "I encourage health and disability service providers to attend this session and continue to work collaboratively with the Insurance Commission as they deliver this life-changing initiative for people catastrophically injured in crashes and their families after July 1." The cost of the expanded insurance cover will be a maximum of $99 in the first year for each vehicle and motorcycle, with smaller increases for tractors, mopeds, vintage cars and farm firefighting vehicles. There will be no increases for caravans and trailers. Fact FileCatastrophic injuries are spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, multiple amputations, severe burns and permanent traumatic blindnessWA's motor injury insurance ($409) remains cheaper than similar insurance covers in South Australia ($488), Victoria ($494), the Northern Territory ($544), the Australian Capital Territory ($585) and New South Wales ($638)For more information, visit http// Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5300
New centre the active heart of Narembeen118721Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4460html29/04/2016 9:00:19 AM2016-04-29T09:00:00Z​$5.2 million regional sport and recreation hub opens in Narembeen Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies have officially opened the $5.2 million upgraded Narembeen Recreation Centre. "The total cost of this development project was about $5.2 million, and for a small shire like Narembeen to raise almost $3.8 million of that cost is an outstanding achievement and shows their understanding of the need for sport and recreation in their district," the Premier said. "This is a fantastic facility and I'm sure it will be heavily used by the Narembeen community." The State Government provided more than $1.4 million towards the project - $550,000 through the Department of Sport and Recreation, $571,766 through Lotterywest and a further $291,503 from Royalties for Regions. Funding has gone towards new change rooms, storage areas, toilets and community spaces, plus the construction of two new seven-rink synthetic bowling greens. Ms Davies said she was pleased to open the centre which was at the heart of her electorate. "Being active has many benefits including improving your physical and mental well-being and that's why the Government supports projects like this one. The State Government's latest research has also confirmed that for young people being active on the playground, on the court and on the field helps learning in the classroom," she said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was committed to funding community projects that provide long-term benefits for regional communities. "Facilities like the Narembeen Sport and Recreation Centre provide the community with opportunities to engage and interact, critical factors for sustainable regional communities," Mr Redman said. Fact FileSince 2008, through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, the Government has invested about $145 million in sport and recreation facilities around the State in projects totalling about $909 millionThe Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund exemplifies the WA Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500