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Innovative aged care for Wheatbelt residents848172Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 5:34:26 AM2016-05-06T05:00:00Z$4.75 million investment to support ageing population in Cunderdin and PingellyPart of the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program The Wheatbelt towns of Cunderdin and Pingelly have embraced a new model of housing and care for older people. Health Minister John Day and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced a $4.75 million innovative age appropriate accommodation project as part of the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions. Mr Day said the State's ageing population posed significant care challenges which could only be met through developing fresh approaches to providing aged housing and services. "This new accommodation will be built, owned and managed by the shires of Cunderdin and Pingelly, and will be located adjacent to proposed new health centres in the towns and within walking distance of many community amenities," he said. "A key aspect of this type of age-appropriate living is providing ease of navigation for older people who may have mobility issues. It must also provide visual cues and reminders to reduce confusion for people with dementia, and be located close to primary health services and social activities." Mr Redman said Government projections showed the population of regional Western Australia aged 70 and over would double to 100,000 between 2011 and 2026. "Without adequate facilities and services, older people in country WA might be forced to leave their community to access the care they need, resulting in significant personal, social and economic distress," he said. "Investment in aged care 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." Planning for the projects is about to commence, with construction of the housing due to start in early 2017 and be completed by the end of 2017. Fact FileThe $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative is the State's single biggest investment in regional health careFor more information, visit http// Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Western Australia launches Regional Film Fund848160Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 4:10:16 AM2016-05-06T04:00:00Z$16 million fund to generate local jobs and investment Funding commitment gives WA national competitive advantageBuilds on production success of Breath, Jasper Jones and Red Dog True Blue A new Western Australian Regional Film Fund is expected to generate rewards for the regions and the State by drawing more productions to WA. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the State Government's Royalties for Regions program would continue to build a stronger economy by supporting initiatives such as the $16 million fund. "This will encourage strategic investment in film-making in the regions, helping support and grow local economies and contributing to the vibrancy of regional communities," Dr Nahan said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said multiple film production opportunities would drive job creation through local procurement, skill development and tourism. "The film fund will build on the strengths of regional WA and showcase our extraordinary landscapes, experiences, stories and creative communities," Mr Redman said. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the fund provided WA with a competitive advantage over other States in attracting productions to shoot in WA. "The screen industry will welcome the funding as it will attract key national and international players to make content here while maximising the use of local crews and talent," he said. "ScreenWest will administer the fund, partnering with regional development commissions to market WA's great locations locally and overseas to attract productions." Mr Day said the fund sought to extend recent successful partnerships with the screen industry. "The current production of Breath in Denmark has generated more than 250 local jobs," he said. "Jasper Jones recently finished shooting in Pemberton in the South-West and Red Dog True Blue worked alongside the Pilbara Development Commission." Fact FileScreenWest supported the productions of Breath, Jasper Jones and Red Dog True BlueFor more information, visit http// Since 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
New Conservation and Parks Commission848158Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 3:06:56 AM2016-05-06T03:00:00ZCreation of the commission fulfils Liberal Party 2013 election commitmentWill facilitate greater integration between marine and terrestrial management The State Government today fulfilled a 2013 election commitment with the appointment of the inaugural Conservation and Parks Commission, signalling a new era of integrated management of Western Australia's lands and waters. The new authority replaces the Conservation Commission of Western Australia and the Marine Parks and Reserves Authority following changes to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 late last year. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the creation of the Conservation and Parks Commission was an important election commitment because it would enable a holistic approach to planning the management of land and marine reserve areas, ensuring greater flexibility and focusing planning considerations in the one body. "This will especially be the case in the coastal and intertidal areas where both previous bodies played important roles," Mr Jacob said. "Having a single new body will directly benefit traditional owners by streamlining the reserve planning and establishment processes, enabling them to liaise with one body over the management of these areas. "The management of national and marine parks, conservation reserves, State forests and timber reserves will remain with the Department of Parks and Wildlife." The Minister said Marion Fulker had been appointed as the new commission's chairwoman with Professor Chris Doepel, the former deputy chairman of the Marine Parks and Reserves Authority, as the deputy chairman. The other members of the commission are Ingrid Cumming, Regina Flugge, Kim Colero, Brian Middleton and Ross Dowling. "Marion is greatly experienced in senior executive and board roles, and has recently stepped down as chairwoman of the Heritage Council of Western Australia," he said. "The new body brings together a blend of former and new members with a wide range of relevant experience." Fact FileThe commission will be the vesting body for conservation lands, forest and marine reserves, and provide advice to the State Government on conservation mattersFor the first time, it will have a formal planning role for the management of regional parks, enabling the Department of Parks and Wildlife to formally manage these ecologically significant areas in co-operation with landowners Minister's office - 6552 5800
Have your say on draft Albany coast plan848154Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 2:40:53 AM2016-05-06T02:30:00ZPlan to guide conservation, recreation and historical values of Albany coast A plan for the future management of the Albany coast's spectacular parks and conservation reserves has been released today for two months of public comment. The Albany coast draft management plan 2016 covers 56 parks and reserves, including nine island reserves, in a 32,457 hectare area bounded by Hay River in the west to the Pallinup River and Beaufort Inlet in the north-east. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said he encouraged people to have their say on how the parks and reserves would be managed during the next 10 years. "The planning area incorporates some of Western Australia's most stunning coastal landscapes, important recreation and tourism destinations and significant conservation reserves," Mr Jacob said. "This includes the Torndirrup, West Cape Howe, Gull Rock, Waychinicup and Hassell national parks; the Two Peoples Bay and Mount Manypeaks nature reserves; and island nature reserves such as Bald and Breaksea. "Some of these large, intact reserves are key refuges for threatened animals including the critically endangered Gilbert's potoroo, and protect areas of high plant species diversity and threatened flora and ecological communities." The Minister said the Albany coast was highly valued by the community for its scenic beauty and recreational experiences. "It is renowned for activities including fishing, whale watching, the internationally-recognised long distance Bibbulmun Track which passes through West Cape Howe and Torndirrup national parks, and breathtaking destinations such as The Gap and Natural Bridge," he said. "The planning area is also rich in history, with 11 registered significant Noongar heritage sites and other cultural heritage sites associated with early exploration, whaling, settlement, convicts and shipping." The draft management plan considers management issues such as Phytophthora dieback and other diseases, bushfires, weeds and feral animals. Fact FileThe management plan was prepared by the Department of Parks and Wildlife on behalf of the Conservation Commission of Western AustraliaTo make an online submission and view the plan, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 5800
Morley student soars with aviation scholarship848153Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 2:05:41 AM2016-05-06T02:05:00ZMorley Senior High School student awarded $3,000 aviation scholarshipAnnual scholarship awarded to most deserving aviation student in a WA public school and contributes to their flying training A Morley Senior High School student's dream of becoming a professional pilot came a step closer today after he was awarded a prestigious scholarship. Education Minister Peter Collier announced Year 12 student Dakota Colborne as the recipient of the Minister for Education's Aviation Scholarship awarded for his academic achievement, motivation and commitment to aviation. Dakota started Morley Senior High School's Approved Specialist Program in Aviation when he was in Year 7 and completed his first solo flight through the Air Force cadets last year. "Dakota has worked very hard under the guidance of the school's aviation teacher who is a qualified commercial pilot with an instructor's rating," Mr Collier said. "He is a deserving recipient and the latest of several Morley Senior High School students from past years to receive the scholarship." Former scholarship recipients from Morley have gone on to carve out successful careers in the aviation industry. Fact FileFor more than 20 years, the Minister for Education has awarded an aviation scholarship to the most deserving aviation student in WANominated students appear before a panel of three experts from the aviation industry who interview them and select a winnerAviation has been taught at Morley Senior High School for more than 25 yearsThe school's aviation students travel to Jandakot Airport every week for flying lessons Minister's office - 6552 6300
Perth’s event calendar on track with V8 Supercars848152Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 2:00:24 AM2016-05-06T02:00:00ZV8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint is on this weekend (May 6-8) One of more than 80 events sponsored by the State Government in 2015-16Event to stay at Barbagallo Raceway until 2018 thanks to Tourism WA support Tens of thousands of spectators will enjoy thrilling racing action this weekend as Australia's top drivers line up at Barbagallo Raceway for the V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint. Western Australia's largest motorsport fixture, proudly sponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA, is part of an exciting and growing events calendar for Perth. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said 1.47 million visitors came to Western Australia for events in 2015. "These events contributed an estimated $1.3 billion to the State economy and generated valuable media exposure for WA in key tourism markets," Mr Barnett said. "The State Government is supporting more than 80 events in 2015-16. As well as making a major contribution to the State's $9 billion tourism industry, events boost the vibrancy and profile of destinations throughout Western Australia." This year's V8 Supercars event is the first fixture in a three-year deal Tourism WA signed with V8 Supercars and the WA Sporting Car Club, locking in the Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo Raceway until 2018. In addition to the thrills and skills on the V8 track, spectators can enjoy expert manoeuvring in the drifting grand prix, RAAF fly-overs, a kids' zone, historic touring cars, public transport included with tickets and free entry for under-13s with a paying adult. "The State Government recognised in 2010 that there was an urgent need to improve facilities at Barbagallo and committed $15 million to these redevelopments," the Premier said. "The V8 Supercars confirms Perth's excellent reputation for hosting major sporting events. "The new Perth Stadium, due to open in 2018, will provide the opportunity for us to continue to attract even bigger, better and more iconic events." Fact FileThe 2016 SuperSprint format includes a 120km race on Saturday and a 200km race on Sunday Other activities include Dunlop Series racing, the Australian GT Championship, the Just Car Insurance Australian Drifting Grand Prix, practice sessions and qualifying For more information, visit http// Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000
Mind the Gap, thousands already have848149Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 3:00:56 AM2016-05-06T01:30:00ZTourists flock to the newest national park attraction near Albany Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program About 20,000 local, interstate and international tourists have visited The Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park since it opened last month, following a major redevelopment. Environment Minister Albert Jacob today unveiled a plaque to officially mark the opening of the new world-class facility, funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The site near Albany boasts two new universally accessible lookout structures, including a grated see-through platform that rises 40 metres above the ocean and extends out 10 metres from the cliff face; new connecting paths; a new picnic area; interpretive signage; and a new car park. Mr Jacob said there had been overwhelmingly positive feedback about the site from visitors since it opened just before the April school holidays. "People are extremely impressed with the facilities, the magnificent views of the Southern Ocean and cliff face, and the accessibility," he said. "This park received more than 210,000 visits a year before the redevelopment, and is now expected to attract even more visitors, which is a testament to the State Government's investment in this world-class development. "Through this kind of eco-tourism, the Liberal National Government is capturing the best of our national parks to provide people with powerful experiences of nature." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions had funded $5.1 million of the project through the Growing our South and Conservation Parks Infrastructure and Roads initiatives. "It is important that investment continues in the south coast region to ensure growth in the local tourism industry," Mr Redman said. "Tourists spend nearly $9 billion a year in Western Australia, about half of that in the regions, making it a vital component of regional WA's economy." "The Gap and Natural Bridge join the Great Southern's many other attractions in making this part of the world so appealing to visitors. "There is increasing global demand for nature-based tourism and the State Government, through Royalties for Regions, is rising to the challenge by investing in tourism infrastructure in key locations across WA." Fact FileVisitor fees will be in place for Torndirrup National Park from May 23, 2016For more information, visit https// Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Centennial Park funding confirmed in State Budget848148Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 1:04:23 AM2016-05-06T01:00:00ZCentennial Park redevelopment to be completed$5.75 million Royalties for Regions investment in local sport and recreationBrings total Government investment in precinct to $16.75 million The State Government has honoured an election commitment by announcing a further $5.75 million in funding for Albany's Centennial Park. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman made the announcement this morning in Albany and confirmed the funding would be provided in the 2016-17 State Budget through the Royalties for Regions program. "The funding enables the City of Albany to complete the $13.58 million redevelopment of the Eastern Precinct of the Centennial Park Sporting Complex," Mr Redman said. "This includes the construction of the new Australian rules football ground with a new playing surface, match standard floodlighting, clubrooms with function facilities, meeting rooms and elevated viewing areas. "The precinct will provide outstanding sporting and event facilities for the Great Southern region. "We want to encourage visitors to Albany and attract people who want to stay permanently. This can only be achieved if the community has facilities to enable them to pursue a vibrant and enjoyable lifestyle." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the redevelopment of Centennial Park would transform the sporting and recreation landscape in the City of Albany. "The redevelopment will provide quality playing fields for participants while also providing off-field amenities for players, supporters, administrators and the general public," Ms Davies said. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the Government made an $8.75 million election commitment in 2013 to the City of Albany for the redevelopment of the Centennial Park Sporting Complex in the Great Southern. "Late last year, the Government approved $3 million of that commitment and today I'm pleased to say we're funding the $5.75 million balance of this promise," Dr Nahan said. The Government previously contributed $8 million to the Centennial Park project, which was part of a September 2008 election commitment. The latest contribution brings the Government's investment in the $27.1 million redevelopment to $16.75 million. That funding went towards a three court extension to the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre (completed) development of a new playing field in the central precinct (completed), the upgrade of Railways Oval (completed) and new western precinct playing fields and lighting (underway). Fact FileSince 2008, through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, the Government has also invested about $145 million in sport and recreation facilities across the State in projects totalling about $909 millionThe Government has an ongoing commitment to investing in major sporting infrastructure including Perth Stadium, State Netball Centre, WAIS High Performance Service Centre, Barbagallo Raceway and nib StadiumRoyalties for Regions investment provides infrastructure and services that help to build vibrant regional communities with strong economiesSince 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New high-frequency Route 960 to ECU, Curtin848144Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 12:43:05 AM2016-05-06T00:30:00ZNew bus route between Mirrabooka and Curtin University via new Perth BusportFive-minute frequency between Curtin and ECU Mount Lawley at peak times$7m investment adds 20 new buses, one million bus service kilometres The State Government will invest $7 million in a new high-frequency bus route to start later this year. Route 960 will operate between Mirrabooka Bus Station and Curtin University via Edith Cowan University's Mount Lawley campus and the new Perth Busport. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the new service would build on the success of Transperth's busiest bus route. "When Route 950 was introduced in January 2014, it took less than a month for it to become Transperth's most successful bus route ever - it currently averages about 18,000 boardings a day," Mr Nalder said. "By consolidating existing bus routes into one high-frequency service, we're able to provide even better, more efficient services to Transperth passengers." The 960 will replace Routes 885 and 888 and will operate an all-stop service between Mirrabooka and Curtin via Alexander Drive, the new Perth Busport (due to open mid-year) and Victoria Park Transfer Station. At peak times, the service will run every five minutes between Curtin and ECU, Mount Lawley. "Route 960 will run along the $1.4 million Fitzgerald Street peak-period bus lane, which is due for completion in mid-2016," the Minister said. "It's yet another integrated transport solution which will make public transport even more efficient for students, commuters and families in Western Australia." All of the 20 new buses will be fully accessible, and have Euro 6 environmental certification - the next step up from the current Australian standard of Euro 5. Fact FileRoute 960 will travel more than 1,350,000 kilometres a yearOnce established, the route is expected to attract about 10,000 boardings a dayCommunity consultation on the new service will take place during MayFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6400
Interactive WA tech takes us Beneath the Waves848143Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 12:38:06 AM2016-05-06T00:00:00ZStunning underwater images from $2.7m Kimberley marine biodiversity survey ScreenWest support makes groundbreaking scientific research user friendlyTimely launch during Perth Big Data Week 2016 One of the world's biggest marine biodiversity surveys has been turned into an interactive documentary, Beneath the Waves, showcasing the majesty of Western Australia's Kimberley coastal and offshore waters. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said that six years of fieldwork, covering about 476,000 square kilometres and led by the WA Museum, had been captured on video and made available to the public. "But rather than presenting these extraordinary images as a simple documentary, $100,000 in development funding from ScreenWest has enabled production company Periscope Pictures to create a dynamic platform which weaves in multiple layers of information and extra visuals," Mr Day said. "The interactive mix of stunning images and additional data that can be accessed with the click of a mouse or the touch of a finger is an incredible learning tool. "This is about making important scientific research engaging and accessible for people of all ages, and aligns perfectly with Perth Big Data Week 2016 which is currently highlighting innovative data applications." The Minister said the filmmakers had captured the breathtaking beauty of WA's northern marine life. "It is wonderful that the producers have been able to add another dimension to this highly creative project," he said. "Beneath the Waves is the latest achievement of the WA Museum's multi-award winning marine research venture, the Woodside Collections Project (Kimberley)." Funded by Woodside Energy Ltd, this long-standing partnership has seen the collection of more than 16,000 marine species to help further biodiversity understanding, and led to the discovery of 180 new species to date. Fact FilePartner agencies in the Woodside Collections Project (Kimberley) include the Australian Museum, the Queensland Museum, Museum Victoria, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the WA HerbariumBeneath the Waves can be viewed on the museum's website at http// The State Government has committed $428.3 million for a new museum for WA Minister's office - 6552 6200
Grants supporting active and healthy youths848142Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml6/05/2016 12:32:06 AM2016-05-05T23:00:00Z$34,804 in funding to encourage youth to take part in community activities Film and drama workshops, a science festival and climate change training camp are among the activities receiving funding in the latest round of the State Government's Youth Activity Grants Program. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said eight organisations across Western Australia would share more than $34,800 in funding for programs that encouraged young people to take part in challenging and innovative community activities. "It is important that all young West Australians have the best possible chance to reach their full potential," Mr Simpson said. "The Youth Activity Grants have successfully supported projects across the State to help young people increase their skill base, broaden their awareness in social issues and get involved in their communities. "The diversity of projects funded by this grants program is outstanding, with activities ranging from drama workshops to youth leadership camps and topics including mental health, sexual health relationships and youth homelessness." The Youth Activity Grants Program offers funding of up to $5,000 for organisations to engage young people in community life. Projects funded through the grants program also provide opportunities to learn and develop life skills and create environments to keep young people well and healthy. The Minister said the latest round of funding brought the investment in the grants program for 2015-16 to $105,307. Fact FileThe Youth Activities Grants Program is open on an ongoing basis and applications are assessed by the Department of Local Government and Communities every three months For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600 Youth Activity Grants Program - Recipients OrganisationProjectProject Description Western Australian AIDS CouncilCollective Action ProjectCulturally and linguistically diverse young people will be invited to attend a 12-month drama program that will look at a range of issues including mental health, sexual health, relationships and youth homelessness. Participants will develop a script and create a theatrical piece which will be filmed and then presented at a special red carpet event.City of PerthProjector BikeAs part of the Northbridge Piazza's Innovation Month program, the City of Perth will conduct a series of film workshops using a theme based around the Act-Belong-Commit message of social inclusion. Participants will then create a short film that will be screened at the piazza and at various locations throughout Northbridge via a transportable bike projector.Autism West Support IncA Slice of LifeYoung people who are a part of the organisation's Step Into Social Young Adults Group will take part in a series of film-making workshops to develop and create a documentary based around the theme 'A Slice of Life'. The film will be shot at different locations around Perth and will highlight the participant's thoughts on their individual lives and what it is like to be living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Town of Port HedlandAwesome Art 2016 Creative ChallengeThe Awesome Art 2016 Creative Challenge project is a series of creative workshops based around the theme 'seed'. Participants will use a variety of methods including photography, visual arts, film-making and drama to create artworks which will later be displayed. Zero2HeroCamp HeroCamp Hero is a youth leadership camp where participants take part in a series of fun and challenging workshops that focus on leadership and communication skills, goal setting, health and well-being, self-care and resilience. Australian Youth Climate CoalitionState Training Camp WAYoung people will take part in a three-day training camp where they will engage in a series of workshops and interactive activities that look at a range of topics including the science behind climate change, how to communicate effectively, the logistics of planning and running successful events and how to build effective teams.York Community Resource Centre2016 Scifest YorkThe 2016 Scifest York project is a week-long festival which will provide young people with the opportunity to take part in a number of activities including interactive science workshops, a creative minds competition, upcycling workshops, star gazing tours and photography exhibitions.Diabetes Association of Western AustraliaCamp For Teenagers with Type 1 DiabetesYoung people with Type 1 diabetes will be provided the opportunity by Diabetes WA to take part in Camp Kulin. There will be a range of challenging and fun activities that will see participants develop new skills, encourage teamwork and build resilience.
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