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Latest grants to launch better boating facilities19095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 7:30:14 AM2016-05-30T07:30:00Za Nearly $1.5 million to improve recreational boating facilities throughout WA Funding to develop new facilities and improve existing infrastructure Grants to benefit nearly 100,000 boat owners and enthusiasts The Liberal National Government has allocated nearly $1.5 million to ensure ongoing improvements to recreational boating facilities throughout Western Australia. Announcing the latest round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) grants, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said 20 projects located from Wyndham to Walpole would receive a share of $1.49 million. "The biggest single grant of the round was $171,750 to the City of Busselton for the redevelopment of the boat trailer parking layout at Port Geographe Boat Marina," Mr Nalder said. "The Shire of Gingin received two grants totalling $204,028 to enable an upgrade of the foreshore boat launching facility at Guilderton, including a new finger jetty, and improved trailer parking to streamline the boat launching process. "Boating is a popular pastime in WA, with nearly 100,000 registered recreational craft throughout the State. "The RBFS, which fosters partnerships with local governments and authorities, is extremely successful in helping to meet the needs of WA's growing boating community." The scheme is managed by the Department of Transport and provides up to 75 per cent of funding for new or improved facilities which benefit the recreational boating public. Eligible authorities may also apply for planning grants which result in detailed plans, cost estimates, approvals or similar for public recreational boating facilities. The Minister said 20 of the 26 applicants in the latest grants round had been successful in securing funding, with 15 of the 20 projects located in regional WA. Fact File The RBFS has allocated nearly $43.5 million to 415 projects since its inception in 1998 Boat owners make a direct contribution to the RBFS as it is primarily funded from boat registration fees Individuals cannot apply for grants - applications can only be made by eligible authorities More information about the scheme is available at http// or by contacting the RBFS project officer on 9435 7612 Minister's office - 6552 6400 Applicant Project Grant Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverEllis Street Boat Ramp Trailer Parking Bays$166,955Shire of BroomeTown Beach Boat Ramp Flexmats Study$40,000City of BusseltonPort Geographe Boat Trailer Parking Layout Redevelopment$171,750Department of Parks and Wildlife Canal Rocks Jetty Redesign Study$33,750Shire of ExmouthBundegi Boat Ramp Jetty Upgrade$116,985Shire of ExmouthTantabiddi Boat Ramp Usage Study$52,500Shire of GinginGuilderton Foreshore Boat Ramp Finger Jetty$150,144Shire of GinginGuilderton Foreshore Trailer Parking Upgrade$53,884City of JoondalupOcean Reef Boat Harbour Access Pathway$25,875City of KarrathaJohns Creek (Point Samson) Jetty Rebuild Study$45,000City of MandurahMandurah Foreshore Jetty Modification$169,875City of MandurahMandurah Ocean Marina Universal Access Public Jetty Study$30,000Shire of Manjimup Walpole Jetty Car Park Upgrade Study$30,000City of Melville Deep Water Point Boat Ramp Detailed Design$63,938City of Melville Point Walter Boat Ramp Detailed Design$71,438Shire of Murray Furnissdale Boat Launching Facility Design and Construction$90,000Shire of NorthamptonKalbarri Northern Boat Ramp Finger Jetty$60,000City of RockinghamPoint Peron Boat Launching Facility Detailed Design$45,000Rottnest Island AuthorityFuel Jetty Design and Evaluation$19,087Shire of Wyndham East KimberleyWyndham Boat Launching Facility Planning$60,000
Second tug operator for Port Hedland19094Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 7:07:35 AM2016-05-30T07:05:00ZaPilbara Marine awarded licence to provide tug services at Port of Port Hedland New licence to deliver job opportunities and benefits to port customers Transport Minister Dean Nalder has announced Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary Pilbara Marine as the successful respondent to provide a second tug service at the Port of Port Hedland, under a non-exclusive licence for towage services. Pilbara Marine will lease Crown land within the port to construct marine and landside facilities for the development of a tug haven behind Anderson Point berths 1 to 3. Mr Nalder said the new licence would create jobs in the Pilbara and provided benefits to port customers. "There will be job opportunities during construction of the new tug haven, as well as further employment with the operation and maintenance of extra tug infrastructure," he said. "Port customers will benefit from increased options in tug services and the availability of services to meet future demand. "Port Hedland is the world's biggest bulk export port. In 2014-15, more than 446 million tonnes of bulk cargo were shipped through the port." Pilbara Marine is expected to begin operations in the 2018-19 financial year with an initial fleet of nine tugs. BHP Billiton (Towage Services) Pty Ltd currently has a non-exclusive licence for towage services at the Port of Port Hedland and operates 18 tugs. Fact FileIn 2014-15 there were 2,874 vessel visits to the Port of Port HedlandPilbara Ports Authority encompasses the ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland; and future ports of Anketell, Balla Balla and Cape Preston East Minister's office - 6552 6400
Funding flows for Vasse Geographe projects19093Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 7:01:41 AM2016-05-30T07:00:00ZaMore than $2.3 million to deliver key projects under Vasse Geographe StrategyPartnership agreements signed between Liberal National Government and partnersMade possible by Royalties for Regions Critical on-ground works to improve the health of Vasse Geographe's waterways will begin after partnership agreements releasing more than $2.3 million in funding were signed today. Water Minister Mia Davies was joined by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Environment Minister Albert Jacob to witness the signing between the Department of Water with GeoCatch ($2.052 million), the City of Busselton ($175,000) and the Department of Parks and Wildlife ($128,000). "We've had a lot of support from the community, local government and agency partners since we formed the Vasse Taskforce, and our partners have stepped up to deliver on the Liberal National Government's commitment to the Vasse Geographe Strategy," Ms Davies said. "The funds released today are from the $7.15 million State Government Royalties for Regions investment to implement the Vasse Geographe Strategy that we announced in December 2015. "The bulk of the funding will go to GeoCatch to commence initiatives to reduce nutrients entering catchments through improved fertiliser and dairy effluent management, and to lead the communications and community consultation for the strategy. "The City of Busselton also funded $175,000 to develop water management plans for the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet, and the retrofitting of stormwater basins." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Department of Parks and Wildlife would use $128,000 to develop an operational plan for the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands as a member of the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands partnership. "The Vasse Geographe Strategy supports long-term protection of Geographe Bay and contributes to maintaining high water quality in the Vasse Wonnerup Ramsar wetlands and the Ngari Capes Marine Park," Mr Jacob said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the release of Royalties for Regions funding to partner agencies was a major step forward in implementing the strategy. "Despite water quality issues caused from a century of land use, the Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands system retains exceptional ecological values and is an asset to this community," Mr Redman said. The Vasse Taskforce oversees the actions and initiatives under the Vasse Geographe Strategy to improve water quality and management of key water assets in the Vasse Geographe catchment. Fact FileThe Vasse Geographe waterways system is a complex network of rivers, coastal wetlands and estuaries stretching from Dunsborough, through Busselton, to Capel Water quality has been gradually declining in catchment waterways for many years, affected by agricultural activity, population pressures and climate changeThe strategy encompasses 30 projects across five integrated work areasFor more information, visit http// or http// Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funds keep South West Wheels turning19090Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 6:09:18 AM2016-05-30T06:05:00ZaLiberal National Government allocates $654,425 to South West Wheels vehicle pool service for people with disabilityFunds will extend current 12-month trial to June 30, 2017 A vehicle pool trial providing people with disability in the Lower South West region with more transport options will continue for another year thanks to $654,425 provided by the Liberal National Government. The South West Wheels program was developed in July 2015 through a partnership between the Disability Services Commission and the not-for-profit Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation. It provides flexible, low-cost access to individualised transport to people with disability living in Manjimup, Busselton and Donnybrook and surrounding areas. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said people with disability who were eligible for Disability Services Commission support could access the service, which provides wheelchair accessible vans and sedans and smaller vehicles with wheelchair carriers for a small fee. Mrs Faragher said demand for the South West Wheels service continued to grow, with 380 vehicle bookings in its first 10 months of operation. "South West Wheels provides an innovative transport service for people with disability, their families and carers living in the Lower South West region," she said. "Not having access to a vehicle, particularly an appropriately equipped vehicle, can restrict a person with disability from fully participating and enjoying community life. "The availability of these vehicles means people with disability in this area can go out and do the things many of us take for granted, like travel to the doctor or other appointments and social outings." From July 1, 2016, the South West Wheels fleet will include 15 vehicles, available from regional centres including Manjimup, Busselton and Donnybrook. Fact FileThe Government provided more than $2 million to the South West Wheels initiative in 2015-16For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
WA boating innovation promises smooth sailing19089Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 6:03:53 AM2016-05-30T06:00:00ZaMarine project has renewable energy linksMore than $1 million in research and development invested by European industry A sophisticated boat stabiliser system developed in the South-West town of Dunsborough has potential to improve boating safety across the world. Inspecting the advanced Nauti-Craft technology today, Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the marine start-up company was an outstanding example of Western Australian ingenuity with global commercial applications. Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd is a research and development company focused on the design and development of hydraulic suspension system technology for multi-hulled vessels. "Nauti-Craft was founded by Chris Heyring, who also started Kinetic Pty Ltd, another Dunsborough-based small business which invented automotive suspension systems now used by major car makers, including Toyota and Nissan," Mr Marmion said. "This new company is now adapting this suspension system to the marine environment, enabling vessels to react rapidly to changing ocean conditions. "This innovation promises widespread applications and the company already has strong links with the European renewable energy sector. The United Kingdom-based Carbon Trust is helping fund the research and development, looking towards rolling out the technology on vessels servicing the offshore wind farm industry in Europe." The technology has been licensed to a major vessel supplier to the European offshore wind farm market and also to a Middle Eastern luxury boat builder. "Nauti-Craft is an example of a regional Western Australian company taking advantage of opportunities in the global market and shows us that in today's world, isolation is no barrier to commercialising innovation and supporting Western Australian jobs," the Minister said. "The Liberal National Government's network of international trade and investment offices works with companies such as Nauti-Craft to help Western Australian entrepreneurs export their technology and services. "Capitalising on this network will form an important part of the rollout of the $20 million innovation package announced in the recent State Budget." Fact FileNauti-Craft was awarded a UK£100,000 contract by Carbon Trust to demonstrate the benefits of its technology in providing safer crew transfer to offshore wind turbines The initial contract was extended three times, providing extra funding in 2012, 2013 and 2015The 2016-17 State Budget committed $20 million to innovationFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
Community at the heart of South-West college expansion19087Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 5:15:19 AM2016-05-30T05:15:00ZaBright future for Cape Naturaliste students with major school upgradeNew science classrooms among facilities to benefit students Students in Dunsborough, Vasse and Busselton are set to benefit from a multimillion-dollar expansion of Cape Naturaliste College due to open in 2020. Announced in the 2016-17 State Budget, the college will receive $32.1 million to build stage two, including $6 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Education Minister Peter Collier said the college opened in 2008 as a middle school and expanded to include Year 12 students in 2012, with Year 7 students joining the school in 2015. "The funding paves the way for Cape Naturaliste College to become a fully fledged, state-of-the-art school that provides modern secondary teaching and learning with specialist facilities for 1,200 students," Mr Collier said. "A project consultation group, with representatives from the school and community, will be formed to provide input into the build and ensure it is in keeping with the needs of local students and teachers." The second stage will include science laboratories; design and technology workshops; visual arts and media studios; a food technology studio; materials technology learning area; health and physical education learning area; performing arts centre; and general classrooms. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said creating high-quality education and learning facilities helped attract new residents to regional communities. "The Liberal National Government's dedicated investment in improving opportunities for quality learning and teaching environments will continue to attract more people to live and work in regional Western Australia," Mr Redman said. Planning for the second stage will begin in 2017, with building work set to start in 2018. The project is due for completion in time for the start of the 2020 school year. Fact FileThere are currently 703 students at Cape Naturaliste College Education Minister's office - 6552 6300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Busselton breathes new life into lung research19082Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 4:30:15 AM2016-05-30T04:30:00ZaBusselton Health Study reveals genetic respiratory risk factors'Lifetime health' message as research marks 50-year milestoneLiberal National Government provides $400,000 support Liberal National Government funding of $400,000 over four years will help Busselton's internationally renowned population health study - celebrating its 50th anniversary this year - solve more mysteries about the health impact of genetics. Visiting the study centre in Busselton today, Health Minister John Day highlighted the latest respiratory research results, which indicate people's basic lung function and how they react to environmental influences such as smoking and disease, are controlled by different genes. "This type of research is exactly why the State Government supports this globally significant population health study," Mr Day said. "Results like these promise to tease out the specific genes which determine how our lungs develop from conception, and others that control their reaction to outside influences in later life. "These findings will help tailor future treatment in individual patients, by allowing doctors to use genetic tests to determine and minimise risks. The information could also prove vital for preventative medicine. "The overwhelming message from this latest research is that promoting health is something we need to be mindful of throughout life, from the unborn child to old age." Some of the Government funding will be used to recall and remeasure participants in the long-running Busselton Baby Boomer Study which is investigating the impact of multiple illnesses on physical and mental wellbeing. "This project, which began as an initiative of local GP, the late Kevin Cullen, is one of the longest-running longitudinal studies in the world and has made an enormous contribution to international health and medical research," the Minister said. "Since it began in 1966, it has attracted some of our leading researchers and more than 25,000 participants, with many of its initial cohort still involved in surveys today. "That it began when Busselton was a still a holiday and retirement destination with a population of little more than 6,000 people - and yet is still going strong today - is a credit to the researchers, participants and community of Busselton." Until the Government made permanent premises available to the study in 2005 - leading to continuous survey activity - much of the study's early data was collected by researchers travelling to Busselton from Perth every three years. "The researchers would stay about three months at a time and operate from makeshift laboratories set up in tents, caravans or spares room in the homes of locals," Mr Day said. "Busselton locals were so proud and supportive of their study they even organised lamington drives and other grassroots fundraising activities to supplement its shoestring budget. "It was this determination, resourcefulness and unwavering commitment of researchers, participants and the Busselton community that has seen the study defy all odds to become the jewel in the crown of Western Australian health research data." Data and biospecimens from the Busselton Health Study have contributed to research around the world in areas as diverse as healthy ageing, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, sleep apnoea and thyroid disease. It has also been instrumental in key scientific findings, includingdiscovery of the first genetic association with asthmadiscovery of the gene associated with haemochromatosis (an iron overload disorder) understanding the impact of smoking and asthma on long-term lung function. During his visit, the Minister met retired building inspector Bert Johnson, who has been involved in the study's surveys since the beginning. Mr Day said it was the generosity of people such as Mr Johnson that had made the study such a success. Fact FileLeading researchers including Fiona Stanley Hospital (child health), Barry Marshall (gastroenterology), Bill Musk (mesothelioma and respiratory disease) and David Mackey (eye health) have all been involved with the Busselton Health StudyMore than 100,000 study biospecimens have been banked since 2005More than 10,000 participants have been tested in six major studies conducted since 2005, when the study team moved into permanent accommodationIt takes four hours to conduct the tests on each participant For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Truck safety upgrade on Coalfields Highway19081Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 4:15:11 AM2016-05-30T04:10:00Za$1.37 million contract to upgrade Coalfields Highway heavy vehicle bayFunded by the Road Trauma Trust Account The Liberal National Government has again signalled its commitment to road safety by allocating $1.37 million to upgrade a heavy vehicle bay on Coalfields Highway. Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the project was funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account and would take two months to complete. "Coalfields Highway is the major road freight and passenger link between the South Western Highway and the town of Collie, connecting Bunbury to the inland regions," she said. "Upgrading the heavy vehicle bay on Coalfields Highway, four kilometres east of the intersection with South Western Highway, will significantly improve safety for all road users." Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the upgrade to the bay would extend its life and increase capacity to accommodate the growing number of trucks travelling on Coalfields Highway. "The heavy vehicle bay is an essential stopping area for truck drivers to carry out safety checks of their loads, brakes and tyres before continuing down the Coalfields Hill," Mr Nalder said. "Once upgraded, the new bay will ultimately be able to cater for a further seven road trains, bringing the total capacity to 12 at any one time. "The upgrade is part of a Government $48 million commitment to improve the Coalfields Highway from west of the Wellington Dam turn-off to just west of the town of Collie." Mrs Harvey said a record $146 million had been allocated from the Road Trauma Trust Account in 2016-17, which was made up of speed and red light camera fines. Fact FileAbout 5,800 vehicles use Coalfields Highway daily (15% heavy vehicles)The heavy vehicle bay will remain operational during the construction periodThe heavy vehicle bay upgrade will be carried out by Main Roads' contractor Fulton Hogan Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
No more mobile black spots in Highbury19080Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 4:08:06 AM2016-05-30T04:05:00ZaRegional Telecommunications Project is improving mobile phone coverageHighbury in the Shire of Narrogin is the latest location to benefitNew tower to provide coverage along a section of Great Southern Highway People living and working in Highbury in the Wheatbelt can now make mobile calls and access mobile internet, as part of an $85 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program to improve mobile connectivity across Western Australia. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said improving connectivity was a vital step forward for social and economic development in regional areas. "The new Highbury tower will ensure communities in the agricultural region between Narrogin and Wagin have access to reliable mobile and internet," Mr Mischin said. "This access will enable businesses to take advantage of necessary technology that helps productivity and makes it easier for family and friends to keep in touch. "The tower will also provide people driving along this section of the Great Southern Highway the ability to contact the relevant authorities or make a triple zero call in the event of an accident or break down, which can save precious time in an emergency situation." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was imperative that mobile voice and data services were expanded in the regions to improve Government service delivery and support the growth and prosperity of regional businesses and communities. "The Liberal National Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure is helping to bridge the digital divide for people living and working in our regional areas," Mr Redman said. "Research has shown that people living in regional and remote areas are more willing to embrace and seek new technologies and this infrastructure enables them to do this. It is great to see Royalties for Regions initiatives contributing to building a better quality of life for everyone in our regions." The planned rollout of new phone towers across regional Western Australia is the result of a partnership between the State and Australian governments and industry. Fact FileThe State Government's significant investment of $85 million in regional telecommunications since 2012 is driving economic growth through the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WAFor more information, visit http// Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
World-class beachfront revamp for Busselton19079Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 4:00:20 AM2016-05-30T04:00:00ZaNew opportunities for beachfront accommodation in Busselton to boost tourism Part of Busselton foreshore redevelopment, supported by Royalties for Regions Busselton is transforming into a world-class holiday destination, with major works set to continue on its iconic foreshore. Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced a $10.5 million redevelopment of Busselton foreshore to deliver quality beachfront accommodation and tourism experiences. Mr Barnett said the significant project would create a seamless landscape on the foreshore and provided a catalyst for long-term social, economic and cultural benefits. "The South-West is Western Australia's most visited regional area and the redeveloped Busselton foreshore will create an attractive investment proposition for private hotel developers and generate a substantial economic stimulus for West Australians," he said. "Visitation to the region will also be supported with the $59.7 million Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport expansion project that will improve accessibility for interstate visitors. "Busselton is also becoming a hugely popular cruise ship destination. By the end of 2015-16, the city will have welcomed seven cruise ship visits with more than 12,000 passengers plus crew. Nine cruise ship visits to Busselton are already confirmed for the future." The $10.5 million redevelopment will include the development of three sites for tourism accommodation, the foreshore parade and extra parking spaces to accommodate the increase in visitors to the area. The large-scale venture complements other priority projects such as the refurbishment of the Busselton Jetty. Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would create a focal point for tourists and locals, and strengthened the social and economic fabric of the entire South-West region. "Improvements to the foreshore's infrastructure and amenity will increase opportunities to host and attract new events to the region. This is an exciting time for the South-West and will create a positive impact on the regional economy and encourage population growth through the commercial, retail, hospitality, tourism and related industries," he said. The $10.5 million project was given $4.5 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions Growing Our South initiative and $6 million from the City of Busselton. Fact FileThe redevelopment will be managed and implemented by the City of BusseltonRoyalties for Regions, through the Growing Our South initiative, will invest $600 million to revitalise the South-West, Peel, Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Perth Theatre Trust gains new expertise19076Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 12:29:31 AM2016-05-30T00:05:00ZaJulian Donaldson appointed to the board of the Perth Theatre TrustNational Trust and Perth International Arts Festival experience adds expertise to the Trust Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced a new board appointment for the Perth Theatre Trust (PTT). The chief executive officer of the National Trust of Australia (WA), Julian Donaldson, has been appointed to the Perth Theatre Trust board for three years. Mr Donaldson was the previous general manager of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF). During his tenure with PIAF, the festival grew its audience, artistic influence, reputation and community reach, and gained substantial increases in sponsorship and funding. Mr Day welcomed the new appointment to the PTT board. "This appointment makes available to the Trust the significant arts management expertise of Mr Donaldson," he said. Perth Theatre Trust is responsible for the management of the State Theatre Centre of WA, His Majesty's Theatre, Subiaco Arts Centre and the Albany Entertainment Centre. It is also responsible for the lease of the Perth Concert Hall. Fact FileFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
New campground for Margaret River region19075Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml30/05/2016 12:23:12 AM2016-05-30T00:00:00Za$2.5 million campground to be built next to Boranup forest near historic mill remains A new $2.5 million campground will be built at the historic Jarrahdene mill site in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to meet increasing demand for camping in the region. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said preliminary site works were about to start at the Jarrahdene campground, near the Boranup forest about 20km south of Margaret River. The campground, to be built by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, is being developed through the Liberal National Government's $21.05 million Royalties for Regions Parks for People Caravan and Camping initiative, which is part of the Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018. "This exciting campground development will deliver 45 individual camp sites and two group camping areas in a jarrah, marri and peppermint forest setting," he said. "There is a need for more high-quality camping experiences in the Margaret River region and, in particular, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. At peak times, the recently expanded Contos campground is full so it's important to meet the demand with more high-quality camping sites." Mr Jacob said the new campground would be built on Jarrahdene Road adjacent to the remains of the old Jarrahdene mill, built in 1896. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions investment in the Parks for People Initiative was helping West Australians and visitors experience affordable caravan and camping holidays. "Providing essential infrastructure at campgrounds in our regional national parks creates greater recreational opportunities and encourages more people to get out and experience regional WA," Mr Redman said. "I look forward to seeing more people exploring our regions through affordable caravan and camping holidays." The Jarrahdene campground is expected to be completed by mid-2017. It will be managed under a Community Partnership model in which a private or community sector partner organisation is contracted by Parks and Wildlife to undertake the day-to-day management of the campground on a fee-for-service basis. Fact FileThe Parks for People program has so far provided 340 new camping sites in WA's national parks, with at least 450 to be built Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Innovation and new spaces expand gallery appeal844746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3690html21/05/2016 12:06:51 AM2016-05-21T00:05:00Z​World-first visitor gallery engagement robotNew display areas and virtual exhibition facilitiesCorporate rebranding and new-look corporate dining The Art Gallery of Western Australia has revealed expanded and interactive exhibition spaces and Aggie, a world-first robot visitor guide, as it moves into a new era of engagement with the public. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has congratulated the gallery on its refreshing new approach, which includes the Wesfarmers Micro Galleries - Sky and Garden, Nano Galleries, Rise Sound Gallery, the Imagination Room and the Stratosphere. "The building may be the same but the visitor experience is much richer and more varied, promising to appeal to a broader range of people, including children," Mr Day said. "As our leading visual arts institution, it is exciting to see the gallery and its dedicated team embracing technology and applying innovation and imagination." The Imagination Room is dedicated to activity, education, events, artist presentations and digital adventure. The highly successful Voluntary Gallery Guide program has been refreshed under the new name of Guru Guides. "Along with hundreds of people this week, I have also been thrilled to meet Aggie, believed to be the world's first art gallery visitor engagement robot and guide," the Minister said. "She is truly engaging, and will complement the Guru Guides by hosting special tours and children's art classes." The art gallery has also revealed a new brand identity, plus increased digital offerings, delivered through AGWA TV and virtual reality artwork experiences. The opening of new spaces and programs coincides with the start of the gallery's latest exhibition, Sacred and Profane, featuring three large-scale works by renowned international artists Public Notice 2 2007 by Jitish Kallat, Chinese Bible 2009 by Yang Zhichao and The sacred and the profane 1998 by Nalini Malani. Fact FileAggie the AGWA Robot's first tour is May 28, 2016Sacred and Profane is free to the public and runs until August 22, 2016For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Kimberley conservation creates ecotourism benefits844745Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4450html21/05/2016 12:00:27 AM2016-05-21T00:00:00Z​WA's largest marine park to be created in the KimberleyWill become Australia's second largest marine park spanning more than three million hectares of coast and waters The Kimberley is on track to become a world-class ecotourism destination as the State Government progresses the creation of the second largest marine park in Australia. The 2016-17 State Budget has provided an extra $22.1 million, including $10.09 million from Royalties for Regions, to Kimberley marine and national parks, including the creation of the Great Kimberley Marine Park, the Kimberley National Park and Horizontal Falls. The investment is part of the State Government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, which now has a commitment of $103.6 million to protect the region's unique assets. Premier and Tourism and Science Minister Colin Barnett said the Great Kimberley Marine Park would cover more than three million hectares and would solidify the State as one of the world's greatest ecotourism destinations. "The strategy recognises the Kimberley region can be a world-class, ecotourism destination to rival the likes of the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park," Mr Barnett said. "Investing in the creation of parks ensures ecotourism can be developed and marketed with certainty and the outstanding natural values on which they are based are conserved forever." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the parks would be jointly managed with traditional owners and would help to support new business and job opportunities for Aboriginal people. "Preserving our unique plants, animals and natural features is critical to our economic development and job creation," Mr Jacob said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investing in science and conservation had a clear ecotourism benefit, creating economic opportunities for WA's regions. "Conservation and ecotourism is an important investment for Royalties for Regions as it attracts investment and creates business and job opportunities for regional communities," Mr Redman said. The creation of the new marine reserves will increase the total area of the State's marine parks and reserves from about 1.5 million hectares to more than five million hectares since the Liberal National Government came to office in 2008, representing a 200 per cent increase. Fact FileThe $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the largest targeted conservation investment in the KimberleyThe strategy is creating the largest interconnected system of marine and national parks in the State to be jointly managed with traditional owners Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New synthetic hockey turf gold for Kookaburras844743Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3100html20/05/2016 5:29:46 AM2016-05-20T05:20:00Z​Narrogin celebrates opening of new synthetic hockey turf Kookaburras vs Great Britain in Narrogin for international event The town of Narrogin will celebrate the opening of their new synthetic turf hockey surface with two games between the Kookaburras and Great Britain this weekend. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies will tomorrow officially open the new surface and welcome the Australian men's hockey team and the Great Britain team to the Wheatbelt town. "This is an exciting opportunity for regional Western Australia. Australia won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and defeated Great Britain, so we expect the competition to be world-class," Ms Davies said. The new synthetic hockey turf was made possible in part through the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund's (CSRFF) contribution of $146,692. The total cost of the turf resurfacing was about $423,000, with the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association contributed the remaining $276,000. "The new turf has enhanced the quality and status of hockey in the region and we look forward to seeing more big events here, given it has been resurfaced to international standards," the Minister said. The two games in Narrogin this weekend are the Kookaburras' final home warm-ups before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Two games will be held in Narrogin on May 21 and May 22, with a final game in Perth on Tuesday, May 24. "Narrogin is a regional hockey powerhouse and it's an exciting opportunity for local fans to see a couple of world-class games on home turf and watch their heroes play," Ms Davies said. "I hope these games inspire those locals involved in hockey - or thinking about becoming involved - as it's a wonderful sport to keep you fit, healthy and engaged with the community." The Kookaburras' next engagement is in London for the 2016 men's hockey Champions Trophy (June 10-17), with the final Rio squad being decided soon afterwards. Fact FileSince 2009, the Government has invested over $156 million through CSRFF in more than 980 sport and recreation facility projects across the StateThe Government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), has previously provided funding support to the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras to tour and play international teams in regional WAThe Government supports the Perth-based Hockey Australia High Performance Program to enable local players to get to play alongside the world's best Minister's office - 6552 5500
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Restaurants rule as WA red tape blitz takes off844740Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10830html20/05/2016 4:13:31 AM2016-05-20T04:05:00Z​$1.68 million 'Flying squad' launches 90-day projects to open approval bottlenecksGuide to streamline restaurant start-ups with 14 pain points to be reformedBuilding, ecotourism and aquaculture next targets of #ShredTheRed campaign A start-up guide and a red tape reduction action plan will help grow Western Australia's vibrant restaurant and catering industry, as the State Government launches a 'flying squad' to tackle fast reform to support business and job creation. Announcing the $1.68 million State Budget initiative in the Northbridge entertainment precinct today, Finance Minister Bill Marmion and Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange said the group would spend 90 days at a time busting bottlenecks in specific approval processes. "This is the next phase of the #ShredTheRed red tape campaign," Mr Marmion said. "In collaboration with the private and public sectors, the flying squad will conduct three-month analyses to yield fast, practical reform recommendations." Creation of the flying squad is a direct result of a recent trial project to map restaurant approval roadblocks in Perth. "As a result, 14 recommendations have been made to streamline regulation and speed restaurant start-ups," Mr L'Estrange said. "Given this success, the next project is already underway, to simplify and accelerate residential building approvals." Treasurer Mike Nahan said it was important as many local industries as possible benefited from red tape reforms driven by the mapping projects. "This is about continuing our transformation of Perth and the regions, as we drive and diversify WA's development," Dr Nahan said. "We are keen to keep this initiative going, to capitalise on Western Australian expertise." Mr Marmion said the next 90-day mapping priorities would be ecotourism and aquaculture. "Through our red tape reduction web portal, we also welcome reform suggestions as we work to make it easier to establish and run a wide range of successful businesses in WA," Mr Marmion said. Fact FileThe Department of Finance's Economic Reform unit is leading the 90-day projectsThe restaurant study found start-ups usually allow up to nine months for approvalsFor details on project priorities and to submit #ShredTheRed suggestions, visit http// the 'How to Start a Restaurant' regulatory map at http// Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900
Kimberley blueprint sets strategy for diverse economy844739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5840html20/05/2016 4:00:39 AM2016-05-20T04:00:00Z​Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint launched Supports investment in infrastructure, services and industry A strategy designed to guide the growth and development of the Kimberley region was officially launched today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman. Mr Redman said the Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint identified regional priorities that would help guide the focus, effort and investment toward the region's 2050 vision. "The 2050 vision for the Kimberley region is for fantastic lifestyle opportunities and a prosperous, diverse economy built upon the skills, natural resources and rich cultural heritage of the region," he said. "The Kimberley Development Commission will be at the forefront of a collaborative effort between all levels of government, business and the community to make this vision a reality. "Priorities and strategies highlighted in the blueprint aim to help facilitate economic development and place the region in a strong position to seize opportunities for long term sustainable growth. "This blueprint is a plan for the region, by the region. This level of ownership is critical to driving better outcomes for the Kimberley region and for Western Australia." The Kimberley Blueprint has six transformational priorities regional leadership and development readiness; enhancing the capability of the services sector; Aboriginal advancement; industry and resources development; developing the Kimberley's regional centres; and providing new infrastructure to drive the Kimberley's growth. Each of the State's nine regional development commissions have been tasked with putting together a Regional Investment Blueprint based on their development aspirations and forecasted population growth. The Regional Investment Blueprint initiative is supported by a $642 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Fact FileThe Kimberley Regional Investment Blueprint is available at http// for Regions underpins the State Government's long-term commitment to developing WA's regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and investSince 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.9 billion in more than 3,700 regional projects and programs Minister's office - 6552 6700
WA audiences mourn loss of master puppeteer844737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4710html20/05/2016 2:07:52 AM2016-05-20T02:00:00Z​Internationally acclaimed theatrical talent leaves legacy of joy and respectNoriko Nishimoto honoured as WA Living Treasure in 2015 Australia has lost a great theatrical talent with the passing of former Spare Parts Puppet Theatre artistic director Noriko Nishimoto. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Ms Nishimoto was one of the nation's foremost puppeteers. "Noriko was considered a master of the art, both in Australia and internationally, with more than 45 years in the industry," Mr Day said. "In 2015, she was honoured as one of Western Australia's Living Treasures for her outstanding contribution to puppetry. "Noriko's career was driven by her passion for puppetry and her enduring legacy will be the generations of performers and students who learned from her brilliance." Ms Nishimoto worked as a performer, writer and director for 16 years at the highly regarded La Clarte Puppet Theatre in Osaka before visiting Perth in the early 1980s at the invitation of director Peter Wilson to spend six weeks working as master puppeteer on the Festival of Perth production Faust. Spare Parts Puppet Theatre was formed following the success of Faust and Ms Nishimoto was invited to spend a year working with the company as a master puppeteer and technique master. She stayed on to become an Australian citizen and performed and trained other performers both within the company and through master classes across Australia's capital cities. She toured with the company through Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Canada and the United States of America. Ms Nishimoto was recognised in 2008 by the global Union internationale de la Marionnette for her contribution to puppetry in Australia. Among her productions were The Bugalugs Bum Thief, Cat Balloon, The Deep, Eat the Moon and the large-scale The Midnight Gang in collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Her recent projects included Moominpappa at Sea and The Fox. "Noriko was an exceptional talent and she will be sadly missed by Western Australian audiences and the arts sector," the Minister said. Minister's office - 6552 6200
Households urged to prepare for winter storms844736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6480html20/05/2016 1:30:17 AM2016-05-20T01:30:00Z​Western Power receives an average of 200,000 calls during storm events in winter West Australians are being urged to check trees and branches around their homes are well clear of overhead powerlines ahead of winter's potentially destructive storms. Launching Western Power's winter storm campaign in Jandakot today, Energy Minister Mike Nahan reminded householders to be vigilant, given unpruned trees and household debris caused the majority of electricity outages during the winter months. "More than 60 per cent of electricity outages during a storm are caused by tree branches hitting powerlines and debris being blown into the electricity grid, and a significant number of these outages can be avoided," Dr Nahan said. "Western Power is busy preparing for the winter weather by trimming trees on public land, but I'd like to remind people that trees and shrubs on private land are their responsibility. "The mild winter last year was a welcome relief for our emergency crews, but that shouldn't be a reason for home owners to be complacent heading in to this year's winter storm season." According to the Bureau of Meteorology, severe winter fronts hit Perth and the South-West every year, with the metropolitan area hit with an average of 12 days with winds exceeding 90 kilometres an hour. During June, July and August, Western Power receives an average of 200,000 calls from members of the public reporting faults, including fallen powerlines, vehicle accidents and winter tornados. "Check the trees on your property and make sure the branches are at least 2.5 metres from powerlines. If you think trees near powerlines need trimming, we recommend you hire a professional tree pruner to do the job as safely as possible," the Minister said. "If you see a fallen powerline or network hazard, stay well away and call Western Power's 24/7 emergency line on 13 13 51." Fact FileMore than 60% of outages during winter storms are caused by trees and debris being blown into powerlinesIn 2012, more than 230,000 people lost power during one storm event2015 was one of the mildest winter storm seasons on record, with just 51,000 customers losing power due to stormsFor more safety tips, visit http// or download the Western Power App from your smartphone store Minister's office - 6552 5700
Shared services for councils a step closer844735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10680html20/05/2016 1:07:11 AM2016-05-19T23:05:00ZLocal Government Legislation Amendment Bill passes the Legislative AssemblyLocal governments to band together to share provision of services Legislation strengthening the ability of local governments to deliver shared services to their communities has passed the Legislative Assembly. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill introduces a new model which will enable two or more local governments to form a subsidiary body, in order to deliver a joint service or activity. "An important focus of the legislative changes is reducing red tape for local governments," Mr Simpson said. "By creating a model for a legal entity which will have fewer compliance obligations than current arrangements, local governments will be able to deliver services more efficiently and at a lower cost." The Minister said the new model could be used as a mechanism to collaborate on activities such as management of information technology, regional tourism or back office services. The Bill also makes a number of improvements to the operation of the Local Government Standards Panel, including the ability to dismiss frivolous complaints. "These changes will increase the operational efficiency of the standards panel to allow it to deal with complaints in a timely manner," Mr Simpson said. Other key changes includemore clarity to underpin determinations of the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal on payments to local government elected membersreducing red tape by streamlining the process for local laws. Fact FileThe regional subsidiary will be governed by a charter to be approved by the MinisterThe governing body could include elected members and other people with relevant expertise or experienceA regional subsidiary cannot make local laws or start a commercial enterpriseFor more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600