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Our State Budget 2016-17: Investing in infrastructure to grow the State - Museum heads $23 billion Asset Investment Plan2095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13770html12/05/2016 6:05:10 AM2016-05-12T06:05:00Z State-of-the-art facility planned for Perth Cultural Precinct Western Australia will get a new $428 million museum to replace and upgrade the current facility at the Perth Cultural Centre, the State Budget has confirmed. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the 2016-17 State Budget had included $378.5 million over the next four years to deliver a state-of-the art museum to house the State's extensive collection of artefacts and natural history. "The new museum is arguably the State's most important scientific institution and yet another example of this Government investing in the cultural life of the State, as well as providing a significant boost to tourism infrastructure. It will provide a gateway to WA for local, national and international audiences," Premier Colin Barnett said. "The museum is also a scientific institution and will build on our growing reputation in science already enhanced by the Square Kilometre Array project; significant advances in minerals and petroleum; the Western Australian Marine Science Institute and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre." Mr Barnett said the Government had been prepared to borrow to invest in infrastructure that not only improved the quality of life for all West Australians, but greatly enhanced WA as a tourism and lifestyle destination. "The transformation of the city through projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium, the new museum and Yagan Square, as well as the major investment in regional attractions from Esperance to Broome and the Kimberley in general, will pay major dividends for our tourism and hospitality industries," he said. Detailed building design and stage one early construction works will start in 2016-17, as will the design of physical and virtual content for the new museum exhibitions and programs. The museum build will directly employ an estimated 3,300 people over the life of the project. The State Government's Asset Investment Plan will see $23 billion invested across the State over the next four years. In 2016-17 the State Government will spend $1.8 billion on roads and public transport, representing 30 per cent of the State's Asset Investment Program. Major strategic assets include the new $1.4 billion Perth Stadium - due for completion by 2018 - and the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL), which will deliver a public transport link to the city from the eastern suburbs in under 20 minutes as well as a direct train to Perth Airport. A total of $104 million will be spent on the FAL in 2016-17, which will directly employ 2,000 people during construction. The Government has also announced the reallocation of State funding for the construction of a $49 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18. The Premier said the project offered a cost-effective way to provide Perth's north-eastern suburbs with access to fast public transport. Dr Nahan said the State Government would invest $300.4 million towards new and existing education infrastructure in 2016-17, including $52.4 million over 2016-17 to 2019-20 for the construction of Stage 1 of North Butler Senior High School. Since 2009, the State Government has built 32 new primary schools and nine new high schools. The Budget also delivers a $526.3 million investment in health infrastructure, including $91.8 million on the new Perth Children's Hospital due to open later this year. Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has provided more than 80 new health facilities at over 80 locations and has spent more than $7 billion on health infrastructure. "We have invested in 15 brand new hospitals and health care facilities across the State," Mr Barnett said "We have also made significant investments to improve 20 emergency departments across WA." In addition to the new Perth Children's Hospital, there have been improvements to children's facilities at 11 other hospitals across WA." The Government has invested more than $5 billion on road infrastructure since 2008-09, successfully completing several key projects including the $908.6 million Gateway WA project. "One of our current priorities is the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project, which will provide a dedicated east-west connection for the people of Perth, ease congestion and provide 2,400 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs," the Treasurer said. The Perth City Link project, featuring Yagan Square, is expected to be largely completed in 2016-17 with $7.1 million spent on the Perth Busport in 2016-17 for a total cost of $576.5 million. Perth City Link, including construction of Yagan Square and associated works will see $64.2 million invested towards the $235 million project. "The Perth City Link project will deliver the long-sought objective of linking the central business district with the arts and entertainment precinct of Northbridge, while at the same time producing a wonderful retail, residential and office area in the heart of the city," Dr Nahan said. "Along with Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link will go a long way to making Perth a modern, liveable city of the 21st century." The $221 million Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison will become operational in 2016-17, adding 350 beds to the State muster. The $24.3 million Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility will add 256 beds and become operational in 2016-17. Fact File Roads In 2016-17, the Government will spend $1.2 billion on WA's road system. This expenditure will be allocated across a number of projects, including $192.6 million on the Swan Valley Bypass section of the $1.1 billion NorthLink WA project $172.4 million on local government roads via the State Roads Funds to Local Government Agreement $28 million in 2016-17 to replace the Old Mandurah traffic bridge $95 million on the $236 million Mitchell Freeway Extension Project, which will continue from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue providing improved access to new developments and reduced travel time $93 million on the Great Northern Highway Stage 2 - Muchea to Wubin upgrade, for reconstructing and widening sections of the highway $20 million for the construction of a dual carriageway on Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads $232 million on the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project Public Transport An additional $13.7 million for Future Urban Railcar Procurement, primarily for infrastructure works to accommodate extra railcars. Total cost of project - $198.7 million An extra $5.3 million across 2016-17 to 2017-18 to construct the Northbridge Bus Layover $60.2 million over the forward estimates period for WA's cycling network, with $6 million going towards the Principal Shared Path program in 2016-17 $1.2 million in 2016-17 for the development of Stage 2 of the Jurien Bay to Cervantes trail $49 million for the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18; and $104 million in 2016-17 towards the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link Other key infrastructure An extra $18 million over 2015-16 to 2017-18 for the redevelopment of the Scarborough foreshore, bringing total investment in the project to $48 million $27.2 million in 2016-17 on the Waterbank precinct and the Western Australia Police site on Hay Street $24.9 million to transform the Bunbury waterfront $1.4 billion to build Perth Stadium $811.4 million for Perth City Link and the Busport Prisons $221 million for the 350-bed Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison $24.3 million for the 256-bed Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility WA Budget statements are available at http//ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
New job opportunities for youths in regional WA220034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11010html29/06/2016 4:00:40 AM2016-06-29T04:00:00Za New program to support creation of entry-level traineeship positions Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government is making a $1.2 million investment into young people in regional Western Australia, including a traineeship initiative aimed at creating entry-level jobs. Country local governments can now apply for funding through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Youth Development Program, which will see the creation of 20 traineeships providing young people with career prospects in their local community. "As a former councillor, I know the local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said. "This is an exciting investment by the Liberal National Government into the future of young people who may have otherwise not considered a career in local government." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Country Local Government Fund was helping regional local governments build their capacity and identify opportunities for development and initiatives. "The Country Local Government Fund contributes towards building and maintaining a positive lifestyle for our regional communities and is an important investment for Royalties for Regions," Mr Redman said. "Not only will this initiative enable participants to gain valuable skills through real life experience, it will enable them to stay in their community of choice through providing local job options." Under this initiative, country local governments can access up to $5,000 towards course fees per trainee and a $15,000 wage subsidy. It also includes 40 scholarships of up to $10,000 each for young country local government employees to undertake training and 16 two-day workshops on leadership and career development. Fact File CLGF Youth Development Program is one of five initiatives that has received $5m in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government For more information, visit http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Community Chest funding for the South-West75074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6640html23/06/2016 7:25:56 AM2016-06-22T22:05:00Za South-West region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the successful grant recipients of the South-West region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of grants is $43,228 for Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club to purchase a transportable, off-grid solar power system to increase capacity for first aid and water safety training for volunteers; and $33,230 for Pathways SouthWest and the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service to deliver a series of workshops to health professionals and the public, to help address substance use and addiction in the South-West. "These projects will help attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life for communities in the South-West region. "The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional WA have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." The South West Development Commission has been allocated $555,555 from the Community Chest Fund, with applications considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 SOUTH-WEST COMMUNITY CHEST FUND RECIPIENTS Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade $13,859 Golden Valley Tree Park Inc., Balingup $23,100 Greenbushes CRC Inc. $26,400 Augusta Men's Shed Inc. $20,000 Ficifolia Community Garden Inc., Walpole $10,134 Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club $43,228.92 Pathways SouthWest/South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service, Bunbury $33,230 Balingup Progress Association Inc. $27,199.70 Stirling Street Arts Centre Management Inc., Bunbury $3,000 City of Bunbury - Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Noongar Arts Strategy $10,000 Northcliffe Pioneer Museum $19,060 Geegeelup Village Inc., Bridgetown $38,547 Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup Affordable Housing Concept $13,100 The South West Women's Health and Information Centre $12,000 Nannup Bowling Club $17,268.74 Nannup Music Club Inc. $21,285 The Creative Corner Inc., South-West $14,783.25 Bridgetown-Greenbushes Business and Tourism Association Inc. $10,450 Collie Chamber of Commerce $12,000 Blackwood Basin Group Nature-Viewing Precinct $50,000 Dunsborough Greenfield Community Group Inc. $38,000Nannup Film Society $8,235.45 Manjimup Farmers Market Inc. $6,669.46 Milligan Community Learning, Bunbury $23,905 Donnybrook Men's Shed $6,313.50 Nannup Occasional Child Care Association Inc. (F.R.O.G.S. Early Learning Centre) Outdoor Learning Environment $18,937 The Federation of Western Australia Police and Community Youth Centres Inc., Collie $2,000Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association $31,000
Economic growth key for regional development8701Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10800html8/06/2016 3:02:06 AM2016-06-08T03:00:00Za Report highlights economic growth opportunities for WA's regions Liberal National Government's regional development agenda focused on building a skilled workforce and creating jobs Economic development, an innovative and skilled workforce and growing export markets were just some of the opportunities highlighted in the CEDA State of the Regions series report, released today. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman launched the report at the CEDA State of the Regions Series Regional development in Western Australia event. The report is the culmination of a two-year regional event series held by CEDA in each of the nine regions across the State. "The final report captures the key findings and outcomes of the series and outlines an action plan for capitalising on opportunities to ensure sustainable, long-term growth for our regions," Mr Redman said. "CEDA's State of the Regions series has generated robust discussion on development and growth opportunities within WA's regional economies. "The series has also provided the nine regional development commissions with a platform to outline the growth and development aspirations mapped out in their Regional Investment Blueprints." The Minister also outlined a strategic approach to building vibrant regions with strong economies, with the release of the Regional Development Strategy 2016-2025. "Our regions are vital drivers of the State's economy, contributing more than one-third of WA's economic activity and 95 per cent of the State's exports," he said. "As WA's economy transitions, regional development is uniquely positioned to help broaden the economy through a focus on jobs and growth. "The Regional Development Strategy provides a framework to prioritise and progress the development opportunities with the most potential emerging from blueprints and other sources." Fact File For a copy of the CEDA State of the Regions series report, visit http//www.ceda.com.au The Department of Regional Development's Regional Development Strategy is available at http//www.drd.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6700
Bunbury headquarters first for WA public sector30220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21860html11/07/2016 3:38:44 AM2016-07-11T03:30:00Za ​Liberal National Government delivers on public sector decentralisation $28.9m Royalties for Regions funding for agency headquarters and visitor centre The Liberal National Government is forging ahead with its commitment to decentralise public sector agencies, with development starting soon on the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury. Premier Colin Barnett, on site in Bunbury today, said although decentralisation had been talked about for the past 30 years, very little had actually been done by previous governments to deliver such an outcome for regional communities. "The relocation of parts of the public service, in this case Parks and Wildlife headquarters to Bunbury, will attract new investment and skills to the region and provide ongoing economic and social benefits," Mr Barnett said. "The move will initially see 100 staff from Parks and Wildlife located in the new development, generating more than $25 million per year for the local economy, with plans for the number of staff to increase to 300 within 10 years." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the development of the new headquarters included the creation of a state-of-the-art visitor gateway for Western Australia's south-west. "The development is being done over three stages and, when completed, will include a wide range of facilities including a landscaped pedestrian avenue to link the Leschenault Inlet to Koombana Bay, a new lookout, walk trails, a playground and renewal of the mangrove boardwalks," Mr Jacob said. "The area's rich history and natural environment, including significant maritime values, has been incorporated into the design and will be featured throughout the buildings, landscaping, artwork, interpretative information and boardwalk restoration. "The project highlights the importance the State Government places on encouraging people to visit national and marine parks, and other natural attractions of the greater south-west region." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $28.9 million project, funded under the Royalties for Regions program, would stimulate the growth of the Bunbury region. "The relocation of a major government department to a regional centre such as Bunbury is a huge step forward for regional development in WA. On the project's completion, it is estimated the total population benefit to the region will be 1,545 people with an economic output of $75 million per annum - a huge positive impact," Mr Redman said. Fact File Construction of the landscape enhancements will start in October 2016 and be completed in mid-2017 Office accommodation construction will start in early 2017 and be completed by late 2018 The headquarters will be located on Koombana Drive, Koombana Bay, Bunbury Premier's office - 6552 5000
Roadmap for regional services reform launched120333Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18420html14/07/2016 2:07:34 AM2016-07-14T02:00:00Za Liberal National Government committed to strengthening regional and remote Aboriginal communities New roadmap outlines 10 priority actions focusing on education, housing and service delivery The Liberal National Government today announced major reforms to the delivery of housing, education, employment and human services for Aboriginal people living in regional and remote Western Australia. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell released the 'Resilient Families Strong Communities' roadmap, which sets out 10 actions the State Government will undertake in partnership with Aboriginal people to strengthen families, improve living conditions, increase job prospects and accelerate education outcomes. The ministers launched the roadmap in Kununurra after more than 12 months of discussions with Aboriginal leaders and communities about their aspirations for the future. Mr Redman said the roadmap was a milestone in the Government's regional services reform and was a long-term commitment to change, supported by immediate actions and engagement with Aboriginal people on specific focus areas. "The poor living conditions and general lack of opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional WA are not acceptable and must change," he said. "The status quo is unacceptable. This roadmap marks the beginning of a transition to a new way of working - one which builds opportunities and strengthens outcomes, while maintaining access to country, culture and kin." Ms Mitchell said the roadmap outlined new approaches to support families to succeed, including working collaboratively with Aboriginal communities and focusing resources on prevention, earlier intervention, capacity building and family empowerment. "The Government will also engage with Aboriginal communities that want to reduce alcohol-related harm by introducing or strengthening restrictions on alcohol supply and consumption," she said. The 10 priority actions are creation of a $175 million fund for extra housing for Aboriginal families in the Kimberley and Pilbara over four years, tied to greater participation in school and work a three-year $25 million Kimberley Schools Project targeting improved attendance, engagement and learning in Kimberley schools and communities ensuring residents of Aboriginal town-based reserves receive the same services and have the same responsibilities as other residents of nearby towns, starting with a $20 million project in the Pilbara creating work opportunities for Aboriginal people by changing how the Western Australian public sector recruits staff, lets contracts and buys goods and services in the regions identifying up to 10 communities by the end of 2016 with which to work to upgrade essential and municipal infrastructure, and introduce commensurate charges working with community leaders and organisations in Roebourne in 2016–17 to co-design a reorientation of Government-funded services to respond better to local needs and achieve better local outcomes publishing mapping of Government-funded services in the Kimberley and Pilbara during 2016–17 to support work between government agencies, other organisations and communities on developing place-based service systems commencing an initiative in Kununurra in 2016–17 with community leaders and organisations to co-design a family-centred, earlier intervention service delivery model to support and enable better outcomes for local families continuing to support the trial and evaluation of the Australian Government's cashless debit card in the East Kimberley working with the Australian Government to implement the Compulsory Rent Deduction Scheme in WA. Mr Redman said the State Government would invest over time to upgrade essential and municipal infrastructure such as power, water and roads, starting in larger remote communities that had the most potential to grow and be sustainable. Fact File About 12,000 Aboriginal people live in remote communities in WA Regional services reform is focused initially on the Kimberley and Pilbara and will expand to other regions over time The $175 million housing program, $25 million Kimberley Schools Project and $20 million town-based reserves project are supported by the Royalties for Regions program 'Resilient Families Strong Communities A roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities' is available at http//www.regionalservicesreform.wa.gov.au Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400
New public sector offices for Joondalup120334Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21530html14/07/2016 2:15:05 AM2016-07-14T02:15:00Za Agreement for Lease signed with Primewest for the provision of 9,600sqm of new office space in Joondalup Construction expected to start in October 2016, creating about 340 jobs More than 800 public servants to relocate to Joondalup by early 2019 Premier Colin Barnett today announced the Liberal National Government had signed an Agreement for Lease with Primewest to build about 9,600 square metres of new office space in Joondalup. More than 800 public servants from the departments of Water and Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority will be moving into the newly constructed premises by early 2019. "Today the Government is fulfilling a 2013 election promise to support the growth of urban office precincts," Mr Barnett said. "With the construction of this eight-storey building expected to generate about 340 jobs, the City of Joondalup will see economic benefits from the start of construction in October and an ongoing stimulus once public servants relocate. "The building's proximity to Joondalup train station and bus stops, coupled with the modern end of trip facilities that are planned for the building, provides numerous transport options for staff." Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the Government's decentralisation policy aimed to save taxpayers' funds through lower rents and supported the growth of urban office precincts. "Proposals have been received from building owners and developers in Fremantle, and the Government is actively pursuing an outcome that will deliver further value to taxpayers," Mr Marmion said. "This week, the first sod was turned at the location of the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury." Fact File The Government has successfully negotiated a 15-year lease, with two extra five-year options at a highly competitive rate The building will offer modern end of trip facilities, ICT and an interior designed to specifically meet the needs of the three agencies The new office space will be located at 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup Premier's office - 6552 5000 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800
Ability Centre expansion to bolster support25930Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 3:25:40 AM2016-07-26T03:20:00Za Ability Centre officially opens South Hub in Canning Vale South Hub currently supports about 300 people with disability Location will reduce travel time for service users and their families People with disability living south of the river will have greater access to support and services with the official opening of Ability Centre's South Hub in Canning Vale. Officially opening the new premises today, Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the purpose-designed therapy hub would offer specialist clinical services and access to local co-ordinators, schools and health providers to ensure the complex needs of people with disability were met. "Ability Centre service users, parents and carers will enjoy reduced travel times, and more time to attend other appointments and activities," Mrs Faragher said. "South Hub is also in a prime location to help more people with disability from October 1 this year, when the local government areas of Armadale, Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale join the Liberal National Government's WA NDIS trial." The Minister said South Hub was the Ability Centre's second suburban centre, following the opening of a facility in Currambine in 2014. This move into the community offered extra benefits to people with disability. "Not only will South Hub have all the usual therapies and supports, it will offer extra services through community partnerships, such as hydrotherapy in collaboration with independent public school Atwell College," she said. "This strong and positive relationship reflects the importance the Ability Centre places on working with the community to provide better outcomes for people with disability and is similar to the organisation's four-year volunteering partnership with the Gladys Newton School Bush Ranger Cadets in Balga." The South Hub will also provide extra programs including Xcelerate Running, an Australian-first research project that teaches children with cerebral palsy to run. Fact File The Ability Centre was previously known as The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, changing its name in 2015 For more information, visit http//www.abilitycentre.com.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
Aquaculture forum outlines growth strategy25931Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 6:48:56 AM2016-07-27T06:35:00Za Aquaculture WA State Forum Proceedings and Outcomes Report released Six focus areas identified in a proposed 10-year plan to grow the industry in WA Aquaculture industry calls for an industry-led advisory group A report on Western Australia's first Aquaculture WA State Forum has identified six key areas as the foundation of a proposed 10-year plan to develop a vibrant aquaculture industry in WA. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a co-ordinated regional development approach was highlighted as an immediate priority and called for shared resources and focus across regions and State Government departments. "The collaboration to deliver the inaugural aquaculture forum - led by the regional development commissions, the Department of Fisheries and the Aquaculture Council of Western Australia - is a great example of the success of this approach," Mr Redman said. "The State's regions share many of the hurdles that must be overcome to realise the industry's potential. Sharing research, knowledge and resources will place regional WA in a strong position to develop a globally competitive and sustainable aquaculture sector." Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the key focus areas identified included red tape reduction, research and development, identifying new aquaculture zones and promoting the industry's investment potential. "Aquaculture is a developing industry in WA and has the potential to play a major role in creating new jobs and driving economic growth. However, we must develop the sector in a strategic and focused way in strong collaboration with industry," Mr Francis said. At the forum, the aquaculture industry also called for an industry-led advisory group to be established to take ownership of the industry's expansion and growth over the next 10 years. Fact File Aquaculture is the fastest growing primary industry in Australia Eight out of WA's nine regional development commissions' Regional Investment Blueprints have identified aquaculture as a major opportunity for future growth In 2012-13, about 66% of seafood eaten in Australia was imported The Proceedings and Outcomes Report is available at http//www.pdc.wa.gov.au Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500
Builder revealed for Katanning hospital project25932Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 4:34:10 AM2016-07-26T04:05:00Za Cockram Construction Ltd to begin building in late August Two-year construction to support 700 jobs Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The contract for the $32 million redevelopment of the Katanning Health Service has been awarded to Cockram Construction Ltd, Health Minister John Day and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announced today. Mr Day said the upgrades to the Katanning Health Service would include new emergency and medical imaging departments, an outpatient care facility, refurbished surgical services and sterilising facilities, laundry and a new morgue. "Construction is due to start in late August and will support about 700 jobs over the course of the build, which will take around two years to complete," he said. "The community will still have access to quality healthcare during construction, with the existing Katanning Health Service remaining operational." The Katanning redevelopment is part of the Liberal National Government's Southern Inland Health Initiative's (SIHI) program to improve hospital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. The capital works program is one component of the $500 million SIHI program, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would provide significant improvement to primary health care services through the redevelopment of district hospitals in southern areas. "Improvements to infrastructure and service delivery - such as the new Katanning Health Service - will enable a greater number of patients to be treated regionally, reducing the need for travel away from family to other larger facilities in the regions or to metropolitan sites," he said. "Royalties for Regions investment in health infrastructure is fundamental to building vibrant regions with strong economies." Peter Hunt Architect are providing architectural services as lead consultant. Fact File Elevations for the redevelopment are available for viewing here For more information, visit http//www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Celebrating 10 years of great ideas in WA25933Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 4:21:51 AM2016-07-26T03:55:00Za Finalists of the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year program announced Winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on November 2, 2016 Western Australia's outstanding innovation talent is again on show with the announcement of finalists for the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year. Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the quality of the finalists was again a reflection of the passion and potential in WA. "This year's finalists include a facial recognition pain assessment tool and the world's first fully automated 3D robotic bricklaying system," Mr Marmion said. Now in its 10th year, the WA Innovator of the Year program is one initiative that supports the State's burgeoning innovation sector. Many of the program's alumni have gone on to achieve impressive results. Previous finalist Proteomics International, which developed a predictive and diagnostic test for diabetic kidney disease, recently secured funding towards the development of an In vitro Diagnostic test (IVD) kit for their innovation PromarkerD, in China. With an estimated 120 million Chinese people with diabetes and at risk of kidney disease, this innovation stands to have a significant impact. Since being named the 2015 Overall WA Innovation Winner, software company Track'em is pursuing opportunities in asset monitoring technology with potential clients around the world. "The Liberal National Government is committed to making WA's economy synonymous with creativity, transformation and digital technology, while creating jobs and stimulating investment," the Minister said. Winners will be announced at the program's award ceremony on November 2. Fact File The WA Innovator of the Year program features two categories Emerging Innovation (pre-revenue) and Growth (post-revenue) The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year - Overall Winner ($75,000 prize money) is chosen from these two categories Emerging Innovation and Growth category winners each receive $25,000 in prize money For more information, visit http//gcio.wa.gov.au/initiatives/wa-ioty/2016-finalists Minister's office - 6552 6800
Changing Places network to expand across WA25934Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 1:28:33 AM2016-07-27T01:15:00Za Liberal National Government funding supports local governments to join network Travel across Western Australia is set to become easier for people with specialised bathroom needs, with 11 new Changing Places locations announced today by Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher. The Liberal National Government has provided funding to support the development of Changing Places in the local government areas of Bunbury, Collie, Fremantle, Gingin, Joondalup, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Katanning, Melville, Port Hedland, Moora and Cunderdin. Today's announcement by the Minister at the City of Melville completes the two-phase $2 million funding of a State-wide Changing Places network announced in May 2015. Mrs Faragher said the development of the network was an exciting step forward for inclusion across Western Australian communities. "WA's Changing Places network will mean people with disability will have the same freedom as others to travel around their communities and beyond," she said. "The State Government has led the way by establishing the first Changing Places network in Australia. It is also destined to become part of a national network - Changing Place locations are to be added to the national public toilet and Changing Places maps." Changing Places are clean and private facilities that are different to standard accessible toilets. They have an adult-sized change table, hoist and enough space for two people to help. In December 2015, locations were announced for the development of 14 Changing Places, including Cockburn, Albany, Broome, Geraldton, Mandurah, Narrogin and Toodyay. Additional Changing Places initiatives are also being planned by other State Government agencies at Waterbank, Yagan Square, Scarborough foreshore redevelopment and the Perth Stadium. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority opened a Changing Place at Elizabeth Quay in January 2016. Fact File The Disability Services Commission (DSC) is delivering the project in partnership with the WA Local Government Association and National Disability Services WA DSC's success in working with partners to develop the network was recognised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) WA's annual achievement awards, jointly winning the Best Practice in Collaboration Between Government and Non-Government Organisations Award For more information, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au/individuals-families-and-carers/for-individuals-families-and-carers/recreation-and-leisure-/changing-places For more about the IPAA Achievement Award, visit http//www.wa.ipaa.org.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
Community road safety initiatives funded25935Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 2:05:06 AM2016-07-29T02:05:00Za $64,817 for grassroots road safety initiatives 29 organisations to receive road safety grants The Liberal National Government has allocated $64,817 for community road safety initiatives across Western Australia in its effort to make the roads safer. Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the range of projects across the State showed the enormous community involvement in working together to save lives. "I'm always pleased when I see initiatives being put forward by people who really understand the need for grassroots involvement in spreading the road safety message," Ms Harvey said. Some of the 29 grants approved in the latest round include Esperance 'Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride' Campaign$19,930City of Greater Geraldton Roadwise Committee One Year Action Plan $17,167Kimberley Schools Design Your Own Seatbelt Project - School Drug Education and Road Aware$2,250Broome Motocross Two Day Championships$1,300Sunshine Surfmasters - Geraldton Board Riders$1,300Newtown Condingup Football Club Home Ground Fixture - Newtown Condingup Football Club$1,300Bindoon Show - Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Society Inc.$1,300Wongan Hills Harvest Festival - Wongan Hills Progress Association Inc.$1,000Southern MTB - Albany Mountain Bike Club$1,000Derby Rodeo - Derby Rodeo and Horseriders' Association$1,000 "The rate of road fatalities has reduced 34 per cent since 2008 and we will remain relentless in further reducing road trauma through safer roads, education and enforcement," the Minister said. "The State Government this financial year allocated a record $146 million from the Road Trauma Trust Account for road safety initiatives." Fact File Applications close on the first of August, October and December 2016 For the full list of grants and application process, visit http//www.rsc.wa.gov.au/CommunityGrants Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900
Cost of Living Rebate benefits WA seniors25936Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 8:57:52 AM2016-07-26T23:00:00Za WA Seniors Card holders will share $22.38 million in payments this year Cost of Living Rebate helps seniors meet increased living expenses More than 300,000 Western Australian seniors will receive extra cash in their bank account from today, thanks to the Liberal National Government's Cost of Living Rebate. This year, WA Seniors Card holders will share in more than $22 million worth of payments, with singles and couples to receive $85.35 and $128 respectively. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said WA was the only State that provided a cash payment to help support all seniors card holders. "Since the rebate was introduced in 2008, the State Government has provided more than $218 million in payments to support older West Australians with their everyday living expenses," Mr Simpson said. "We know many seniors have lower incomes in their later years, but their expenses stay the same. "This rebate is just one way for us to support our seniors, enabling them to put the money towards some of their bills and other expenses." The Cost of Living Rebate is automatically deposited into registered bank accounts, with all payments expected to reach cardholders by August 1, 2016. The WA Seniors Card also provides seniors with more than $1,000 in concessions throughout the year, including rebates across a wide range of State Government services from public transport to the cost of vehicle registration and entry to museums, galleries and national parks. "Western Australian seniors have access to the most generous suite of concessions in Australia and I urge seniors to maximise the use of their WA Seniors Card by taking advantage of these benefits," the Minister said. Fact File The Cost of Living Rebate is administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities New cardholders must apply for the rebate on or before May 31 each year For more information, phone the WA Seniors Card Centre on (08) 6551 8800 (metro) or 1800 671 233 (country free call) or visit http//www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6600
Dementia-friendly guidelines an Australian first25937Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 2:38:58 AM2016-07-27T02:30:00Za New community resource to benefit people living with dementia Project supported by $451,782 in funding from the Liberal National Government A new set of guidelines directing the creation of dementia-friendly communities in Western Australia is the first of its kind in Australia. Launching the Guidelines for the Development of Dementia Friendly Communities, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said dementia was one of the biggest national and international health challenge facing this generation. "About 32,000 West Australians live with dementia and it is the second biggest cause of death for Australians," Mr Simpson said. "It is vital communities have the resources and support to develop community services, programs and facilities in line with established dementia-friendly community principles. "The Liberal National Government provided more than $450,000 for the creation of these guidelines, which has given hundreds of people the opportunity to tell us what it is like to live with dementia and the challenges they face in the community." The Minister commended Alzheimer's Australia WA for its work on the project, which would help carers and community partners to understand how people living with dementia experienced their world, and to make the changes needed to ensure they could live well. "We know about 70 per cent of people with dementia live in their own homes in the community," he said. "Everyone, from governments and health organisations, to the local supermarket and hairdresser, share part of the responsibility for ensuring people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community." Fact File The Guidelines for the Development of Dementia Friendly Communities was produced by Alzheimer's Australia WA For more information, visit https//wa.fightdementia.org.au Minister's office - 6552 6600
Festival of Ideas disrupts library's boundaries25938Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/07/2016 12:00:42 AM2016-07-30T00:00:00Za ​Disrupted - Festival of Ideas to be streamed live online Keynote presentations to be simulcast to the Perth Cultural Centre screen Focus on broadening economy and job creation People across Western Australia will be able to view the Disrupted - Festival of Ideas sessions this weekend thanks to live web streaming, and participate via Twitter using #disruptedfestival. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said that he was delighted that the program of talks and presentations at the Disrupted - Festival of Ideas had appealed to such a broad audience. "There has been a lot of interest from the Western Australian community in joining in the discussions on innovation and creativity, and what the future could look like," Mr Day said. "Registered sessions booked out very quickly and many more people are planning to head to the State Library of Western Australia this weekend to take up spare places at the keynote talks and panel discussions, and to enjoy the art installations and music performances." Broadcasters, artists, scientists, academics and authors will participate and lead keynote presentations, panel discussions and open question and answer sessions focused on disrupting the norm and doing things differently. Keynote sessions by Gold Logie award winner Waleed Aly, academic and radio presenter Dr Susan Carland, and forward-thinking architect and urban planner Liam Young will be simulcast on the Perth Cultural Centre screen. "It is also great that the Disrupted - Festival of Ideas is using technology to reach beyond the State Library's walls," the Minister said. "People who can't come in to the city and those living in the regions will be able to take part through live web streaming via the State Library's website." Fact File Information on Disrupted and live streaming access available at http//slwa.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6200
Goldfields benefits from CCTV Strategy fund25939Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/07/2016 2:05:37 AM2016-07-30T02:05:00Za ​ Community safety will be further improved for Goldfields residents after the Liberal National Government granting funding for 37 extra CCTV cameras across the region. Visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder today, Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said three Goldfields councils would receive grants through the State Government's Western Australian State CCTV Strategy, which was a significant election commitment. Ms Harvey said the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder would receive funding for nine cameras, the Shire of Laverton for 16 and the Shire of Leonora for 12. The exact grant figure was still subject to contract negotiations. "These cameras will be placed in crime and antisocial hotspots such as Hannan and Burt streets in Kalgoorlie, outside the pub in Laverton and several areas in Leonora," she said. "Each council is committed to working with local police to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour and this extra funding will help build on existing CCTV networks. "CCTV is an effective tool which not only helps police react quickly to crime and antisocial incidents, but can help deter, prevent and solve crime." The Deputy Premier said the Government was pioneering an integrated CCTV network which would allow WA Police and emergency services to remotely access any compliant camera system to help respond to emergency situations, including criminal and antisocial behaviour. Ms Harvey said as part of the State CCTV Strategy, the Government committed $5 million to a fund for local governments to install CCTV cameras in crime hotspots or upgrade existing infrastructure so it could feed into the network. The Deputy Premier said a more integrated network could be a potential game changer in preventing and prosecuting crime and antisocial behaviour. "This will work on several levels - police can assess emergency situations almost immediately, and if necessary use the vision as evidence in the prosecution of offenders," she said. Fact File The total State Government commitment to the State CCTV Strategy is $8.5 million Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900
Goldfields-Esperance Community Chest funding25940Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/07/2016 3:07:58 AM2016-07-25T03:00:00Za Goldfields-Esperance region's Community Chest Fund recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the successful grant recipients of the Goldfields-Esperance region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of funding is $45,900 to the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation to fund their Leeuwin Young Leadership project helping young people to develop life-skills and improve confidence; and $20,000 to Kalgoorlie Central Playgroup to fund a new nature play area. "The Eastern Goldfields Cycle Club Inc. have been granted $20,000 towards the 2017 Goldfields Cyclassic, a unique cycling event from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Leonora; and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku will receive $18,237 to update training resources for Working in Early Childhood workshops and courses." The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "These projects will help to attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life for communities in the Goldfields-Esperance region," the Minister said. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional Western Australia have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." Western Australia's nine regional development commissions oversee the projects, each being allocated an equal share from which to provide the Community Chest Fund grants. The Liberal National Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the Community Chest Fund over the next four years. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 GOLDFIELDS-ESPERANCE COMMUNITY CHEST SUCCESSFUL RECIPIENTS Goldfields Equestrian Centre Management Committee Inc. - Brighter Riding Future for the Goldfields$45,120Goldfields Repertory Club building assessment report$23,900Indian Association of Goldfields WA Inc. - Diwali Mela Festival of Lights Celebration$16,500Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku - Update resources for Working in Early Childhood training$18,237Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association - Putting the Pieces Together Conference$15,000The Cannery Arts Centre - Colour My Art$28,960Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation - Leeuwin Young Leadership$45,900Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group Inc. - Machinery display and visitor centre$50,000Goldfields Community Legal Centre - National Accreditation Scheme informational material$40,500Coolgardie Day Celebrations - Coolgardie Day Celebrations$10,000Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. - 2016 Women's Leadership Forum$7,236Saint Barbara's Festival $10,000Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. - 2016 Lorna Mitchell Spring Festival$18,000Eastern Goldfields Historical Society - EGHS website development$14,890Kalgoorlie Central Playgroup - Nature Play Area$20,000Kambalda Community Christmas Tree - 2016 Kambalda Community Christmas Tree 50th anniversary$22,000Goldfields Education Mining Industry Alliance (GEMIA) - Inspiring Success through Science$20,000Eastern Goldfields Cycle Club Inc. - 2017 Goldfields Cyclassic$20,000Rotary Club of Esperance - Rotary Australia Day - Sound equipment$6,142Gibson Bush Fire Brigade - Truck wash-down area and shed extension$39,950Grass Patch Community Development Association - Grass Patch post office toilet$10,000FORM - Building a state of creativity - Goldfields-Esperance pilot artistic program$45,000Goldfields Tourism Network Association Inc. - Golden Quest Discovery Trail (GQDT) Travelsafe app$25,500