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Greater training required for new drivers154155Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/06/2017 11:55:12 PM2017-06-22T23:00:00Z New changes to the provisional licence process will ensure better training for novice drivers First change will be the re-sequence of the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) and Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) Drivers now need to undertake at least 50 hours of supervised driving and the HPT before they are eligible to take the PDA Learner drivers will need to accumulate more experience before being eligible to take their Practical Driving Assessment under new reforms to produce safer motorists. From October 9, 2017, the State Government will be introducing changes to the provisional licence process to better prepare applicants and ultimately produce safer drivers. One of the major changes is re-sequencing the Hazard Perception Test to occur before the Practical Driving Assessment. Under the new system, learners need to complete both the Hazard Perception Test and 50 hours of supervised driving before being eligible to attempt the PDA to get their driver's licence. The 50-hour log book also needs to include five hours of supervised night-time driving to ensure greater learner experience prior to attempting the PDA. Changing the sequence will reduce the complexity of the provisional licence process, align Western Australia with other States and streamline the Department of Transport's service delivery. Updated and modernised HPT clips will also be delivered as part of the changes taking place on October 9. The reforms are aimed at developing the necessary skills to drive a vehicle safely and build the experience learner drivers need, to cope with potential hazards and distractions while driving. Existing learner's permit holders will automatically transfer to the new process from October 9, 2017. For more information, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/gdtl Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The State Government has listened to industry and community feedback about the provisional licence process and we will ensure applicants have greater driving experience and cognitive maturity when attempting their driving tests. "The provisional licence process has seen a reduction in road crashes involving novice drivers. "It is hoped that the re-sequence will increase the current practical driving assessment pass rate, resulting in more assessment slots being vacant, which will reduce customer wait times for PDA availability. "Current provisional licence applicants will receive a letter with information explaining these changes in detail." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Esperance receivers online and ready to detect tagged sharks154154Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/06/2017 11:48:14 PM2017-06-22T22:30:00Z WA's shark monitoring network has expanded to 27 satellite-linked receivers The receivers have now been installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches Detections and sightings are posted to SharkSmart and SLSWA's Twitter feed Western Australia's shark monitoring network has been bolstered with the installation and activation of two new satellite-linked receivers in Esperance now complete. Kelp Beds and West Beach were chosen as the two locations for the new satellite-linked receivers following consultation with the Esperance community, including stakeholder meetings and an online survey. The receivers enable authorities to detect tagged sharks in the area, and in real-time, upload information regarding the shark to the SharkSmart.com.au activity map and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. Information is simultaneously sent by text to beach managers, such as lifeguards or rangers, so they can close beaches, or erect warning signs if needed. It is still important all water users keep vigilant and to alert other people in the area to any shark sightings they make. All shark sightings should be reported to the Water Police on 9442 8600. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Labor Government has invested $100,000 in the project to install the two new satellite-linked receivers at locations the Esperance community and stakeholders selected. "These sites are popular surfing beaches for both locals and tourists who visit Esperance. "Following my announcement of the chosen sites on Tuesday, Department of Fisheries staff have been quick to deploy and activate the detectors, with the Kelp Beds receiver going live late on Wednesday and the West Beach receiver coming online yesterday. "These receivers will help people to make an informed choice before entering the water. It is important people consider their personal safety at all times." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Recfishing licence fees increase to benefit recreational fishing154137Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/06/2017 7:15:17 AM2017-06-22T07:15:00Z ​Recreational fishing licence fees will increase for the first time in seven years All fishing licence fees in WA are re-invested into the recreational fishing sector It will provide an additional $1 million annually for management and initiatives As part of the State Government's review of fees and charges, recreational fishing licence fees will go up by $5 from July 8, 2017. The review noted that recreational fishing licence fees have not increased since 2010 and, importantly, they contribute to the total cost of managing recreational fishing in WA. Licences are required in recreational fishing for rock lobster, abalone and marron, when fishing with a net or from a boat, and also for fresh water angling in the South-West. The new fee for each of those licences will be $45. Fishing from a boat licence will cost $35. Of the revenue raised, 15 per cent will be provided to Recfishwest, 25 per cent will be placed in the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, and the rest will go to fisheries management. This will provide about an extra $150,000 to Recfishwest and about $250,000 to the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, lifting the annual contribution it receives through licence fees to more than $2.1 million. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "We have inherited record debt and deficits from the Liberals and to fix this mess everyone must play their part. "As part of a review of fees and charges, recreational fishing licence fees will go up by $5 from July 8. "The last time recreational fishing licences were increased was seven years ago. "Every cent from licence fees goes towards improving recreational fishing opportunities by providing increased funding to Recfishwest, the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, and to fisheries management, which all work to ensure our recreational fishing industry remains sustainable and safe for fishers. "Fifty per cent discounts will still apply to fishing licences for students 16 and over, pensioners and seniors. Line fishing from beaches and jetties will still be free so families can still enjoy a great weekend and holiday experience along the WA coast." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Five-year release for petroleum exploration acreage introduced154134Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/06/2017 6:50:22 AM2017-06-22T06:40:00Z ​Strategic approach provides greater transparency and fairer process Acreage release schedule will be updated at least once a year The McGowan Government will introduce a strategic five-year release of petroleum exploration areas across the Canning and Perth Basins, which minimises environmental, cultural and land use constraints. New maps revealed today highlight future acreage release areas that will open for competitive bidding rounds for oil and gas prospectors from 2018 to 2021. The maps will also advise stakeholders of areas that are not available for Special Prospecting Authority with an Acreage Option applications. Competitive bidding is encouraged and is the Department of Mines and Petroleum's preferred mechanism for industry to acquire an exploration title for petroleum. Acreage release schedules will be updated at least once a year and when significant amounts of new prospectivity data or acreage becomes available to warrant a review. Industry is encouraged to nominate specific areas for acreage release, which will be considered the year it is nominated. For more information, visit www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Documents/Petroleum/PD-PTLA-POL-109D%20(WEB).pdf Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The five-year approach provides greater transparency to the oil and gas industry, particularly targeting gas to improve energy security in the long term. "A moratorium on fracking may limit prospectors' interest in bidding, however the release doesn't conflict with the Government's policy, pending the findings of a scientific inquiry. "There may be potential for gas development without the need for fracking." Minister's office - 6552 6700
New plantings to create industry growth and a healthy catchment154133Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/06/2017 6:17:05 AM2017-06-22T06:10:00Z ​$8.7 million project to plant 3,500 ha of pine in the Wellington catchment under way The forest industry in Western Australia is worth more than $1 billion annually Water and Forestry Minister Dave Kelly today announced work had begun to rejuvenate the Wellington catchment, increase Western Australia's softwood estate, create jobs and improve the quality of water in the Wellington reservoir. The collaboration between the Department of Water and Forest Products Commission will see the harvesting of eucalypt plantings converted to a commercial softwood pine plantation over the next four years. The pine plantation will use more water than the current eucalypt plantation, preventing the rise of salt levels in groundwater. The pine plantings are part of a $21 million State Government strategy to expand the softwood estate to maintain a vibrant timber manufacturing and processing hub in the South-West. Comments attributed to Water and Forestry Minister Dave Kelly "Re-planting in the Wellington catchment will assist in the reduction of salinity levels and improve the water quality. "Preventing salinity levels from rising underpins future development in the area and is part of the broader strategy to rejuvenate the entire catchment. "An estimated 4.4 million pine seedlings will be planted over the next four years in Collie covering 3,500 hectares, supplying over one million tonnes of timber to the softwood industry in the State's South-West. "Forestry is an economic driver for regional Western Australia. In 2015-16, $71 million was spent in regional areas supporting employment and services, and providing forest products to industry. "The South-West community places a high value on the Wellington catchment and enjoys the social amenity it provides." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair154131Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/06/2017 6:04:53 AM2017-06-22T05:25:00Z ​McGowan Government announces changes to household fees and charges Concession programs improved to minimise the impact on those in most need Annual Energy Assistance Payment increased to $300, a $66 increase from 2016-17 Increased funding for the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme and financial counselling No new changes to WA Seniors Card eligibility, with improved targeting of some payments to improve the State's financial position by $84 million across the forward estimates Every Western Australian will need to share the burden of repairing the State Budget, with increases to household fees and charges announced today. The charges form part of the 2017-18 Budget, with the changes taking effect from July 1, 2017. Since taking office, the McGowan Government has embarked on a significant budget repair program to bring the State's finances back under control and to fix the mess left behind by the Liberal National Government. Householders will also need to contribute to budget repair in 2017-18 with increases in the representative basket of household fees and charges of 7.7 per cent - an increase that could not be avoided given the increases already built into the Budget by the previous government. The changes include An increase of $169 to the fixed charge component of electricity bills, or 10.9 per cent for the 'representative household'; A six per cent increase in water, sewerage and drainage charges; Changes to public transport fares, which include a 1.8 per cent increase in public transport standard fares (rounded to the nearest 10 cents), student fares increasing to 70 cents (from 60 cents), and a five per cent reduction in the discount offered to SmartRider fares (to 20 per cent for Autoload and 10 per cent for other re-load); Vehicle licence charges will increase by 5.5 per cent, an increase of 2.8 per cent for motor injury insurance, and a 1.7 per cent increase for a driver's licence; and A 3.35 per cent increase in the emergency services levy. The McGowan Government also recognises that it needs to support those in most need, which is why it has made some important reforms to the concessions framework. Firstly, the Government will increase the Energy Assistance Payment (EAP) to $300 in 2017-18 (an increase of $66 or 28 per cent from 2016-17). This concession is paid annually to about 200,000 households who hold Commonwealth concession cards. The Government will also overhaul the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS) after it was underfunded by the former Liberal National Government. The McGowan Government will add an additional $16.3 million into the program over two years including $5.1 million in 2016-17 and $11.2 million in 2017-18. This will meet both an increase in demand for the program and increase the annual HUGS grant limit from $538 to $581, and $891 to $962 for those living above the 26th Parallel. The financial counselling program, which was scrapped by the former Liberal National Government will also be reinstated with $5.6 million allocated to the program across the forward estimates period. This is in addition to the Government's election commitment to provide additional financial counselling services for victims of domestic violence. This Government recognises that since the financial councillors program was cut the number of people accessing the HUGS program has more than doubled. In an effort to repair the Budget, the Government will focus its concessions to those Western Australians that need them the most. For seniors' households with Commonwealth concessions cards, the Government will continue to provide the 50 per cent rebates for water service charges capped at $600 and local government rates capped at $750, and a 50 per cent rebate on the underground electricity connection charge. However, as of July 1, 2017, for households with only a WA Seniors Card, these rebates will be capped at $100 each. This measure will save an estimated $84 million across the forward estimates period. All other rebates are unchanged and WA Seniors Card holders can continue to access a range of other benefits and discounts, including the Cost of Living Rebate and free off-peak public transport. The changes to the household fees and charges and concessions are expected to improve the State's net debt position by about $238 million over the forward estimates period. In addition to these changes, the Government will review the effectiveness of existing concession programs that will inform 2018-19 Budget considerations. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "Over the last three months, we have embarked on a program of budget repair that is fair. "The previous government left behind a Budget with increases in household fees and charges, and given the state of finances there is no way the State can afford to stop them. "We have had to make tough decisions to help get the Budget under control and unfortunately the burden of those decisions need to be shared across the community. "These changes to household charges have not been taken lightly by this Government, but we have no choice but to fix the mess left behind by the previous Liberal National Government. "This Government takes the State's financial challenge very seriously, with the State heading to more than $42 billion in debt by 2020, and an operating deficit of about $3 billion in 2016-17 - all the legacy of the Liberals and Nationals. "With our GST share at ridiculously low levels and Treasury forecasting a further $2.6 billion revenue write down since we were elected, fixing the mess we inherited will take time." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
WA Police sign on to Facebook AMBER Alert system154129Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/06/2017 2:03:54 AM2017-06-22T02:00:00Z ​National launch of emergency child abduction alert system Police Minister Michelle Roberts today announced the introduction of the Facebook AMBER Alert system in Western Australia. The alert system which is being rolled out nationally, enables WA Police to issue an immediate, 24-hour alert on Facebook to people in the area where a child has been abducted from. Key information about the missing child will appear as the second post in the news feed section of all Facebook users within a 160 kilometre radius of where the child was last seen. Details including a photograph, name, description and circumstances surrounding the disappearance are posted. With millions of Australians active on social media, the Facebook AMBER Alert gives police access to an immediate, 24-hour broadcast response when a child is abducted. The AMBER Alert originated in the United States of America and a similar system has been operating in Queensland for several years. Commissioners of Police from all States and Territories have adopted the AMBER Alert system as part of a national agreement. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The first hours after a child abduction are crucial and one of the most valuable things police can do is get information out to the public quickly. "Thankfully child abduction in Western Australia is rare, but this gives police a critical platform to reach masses of people in the immediate hours after a child's disappearance. "Anything which can give police the best chance of safely recovering and returning a child to their family is strongly supported by the McGowan Labor Government." Minister's office - 6552 6900
West Kimberley communities to benefit from $50,000 in grants154126Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/06/2017 12:09:24 AM2017-06-22T00:00:00Z ​$50,226 in funding provided to projects across the West Kimberley Communities in One Arm Point, Beagle Bay, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome to benefit Projects to improve Aboriginal employment, health and wellbeing, and protect wildlife have all received funding through the Water Corporation's West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme. A total of $50,226 in grants has been given to nine not-for-profit groups and schools across the West Kimberley. Funds are raised through the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced by the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally sustainable means of recycling wastewater. The community grants scheme aims to empower communities to identify solutions to issues at a grassroots level. This is the second round of the grants scheme. Last year, community projects received $30,895 in funding. For more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This grants scheme is a win-win situation for both the environment and the community. "The environment benefits from the re-use of recycled wastewater to irrigate the Rhodes grass hay, which is then sold to provide funds for the grants scheme. "This year, the community will benefit by receiving $50,226 in funds for projects to improve Aboriginal employment, health and wellbeing, education and culture. Funds will also help local wildlife programs that care for sick and injured animals." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Projects supported by round 2 of the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Group and location Grant Initiative Cluster Aboriginal Education Network (Broome)$10,000Towards a program to promote the use and awareness of Aboriginal language in Broome's schools.Nyamba Buru Yawuru(Broome)$6,481Towards a program to help young Aboriginal adults overcome barriers in the transition to tertiary education and employment.Sacred Heart School (Beagle Bay)$6,745Towards fitness equipment to facilitate an overall program to improve community health and wellbeing. One Arm Point Remote Community School(One Arm Point) $6,000For an aquaculture learning centre to provide students with the opportunity for practical experience and education in an important industry for the area. The Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals(Broome)$5,000To showcase the diverse range of bush foods and native plants endemic to the area at an educational community event in Broome.Native Animal Rescue Broome(Broome, Derby) $5,000For a new rescue vehicle to allow them to more efficiently respond to community requests and provide care for sick and injured wildlife.Madjulla Association(Fitzroy Crossing)$5,000To carry out sessions to celebrate and preserve the culture and knowledge of Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River) women, and support their continued leadership and contribution to the management of the Fitzroy River. Chelonia Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release(Broome) $4,000Towards a turtle rehabilitation centre to allow them to continue to carry out the rescue and care of injured turtles. Marnja Jarndu Women's Refuge(Broome)$2,000For equipment to facilitate yoga and other wellness activities for their clients and employees.
Port fees to assist with Budget repair task154125Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements50html21/06/2017 11:59:49 PM2017-06-21T22:00:00Z ​Increase in shipping fees for major companies to raise $95 million in revenue Fee increase equates to between three and four cents per tonne Discount in port charges for junior miners using the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility to continue Port fees for the State's biggest companies will increase as part of the State's Budget repair program. The changes to Pilbara Ports Authority's fees would be limited to a 17 per cent increase in shipping fees levied on a vessel's gross register tonnage at the ports of Dampier and Port Hedland only. The increase equates to between three and four cents per tonne and would be implemented no later than October 1, 2017. Over the forward estimates, the changes to fees and charges would generate about $95 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the discount in port charges for junior miners using the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility will continue. The extension of the discount is intended to provide certainty to junior miners using the Utah facility in the current climate and will be applied to iron ore exports from July 1, 2017. The Government has also endorsed other Port Authority board recommendations for increases to port authority fees and charges on vessels and cargo. Fremantle Port's fees and charges will increase by an average of 2.5 per cent; the ports of Albany, Bunbury and Esperance will rise 0.5 per cent; while the Port of Broome's fees increase by two per cent. Meanwhile, the Mid West Ports Authority will oversee a three per cent increase at Geraldton. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is a decision we have had to make to fix the Budget mess left behind by the Liberal National Government. "Everyone will share the burden to help pay for the Liberals and Nationals' out of control spending. "Fixing the mess we have inherited will take time, but we will do everything possible to minimise the impact. "That's why we have extended the discount for junior miners, giving them confidence going forward." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Rockingham Technopole: New player for defence in WA16394Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3840html21/06/2017 6:29:55 AM2017-06-21T06:20:00Z ​Proposal to develop high-tech hub to capitalise on national shipbuilding plan Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed the City of Rockingham's proposal to establish a technopole with French industry, in a bid to capitalise on the national future submarine project. Business France, the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and French submarine builders DCNS have expressed support for a high-tech hub to be developed at the former Murdoch University Rockingham campus. A technopole is a dedicated centre of high-tech manufacturing and information-based industry sectors. Rockingham's Renaissance Technopole will be used to transfer French intellectual property to Australian industry - a Federal Government requirement when undertaking work for the national shipbuilding plan. The establishment of the technopole provides a further opportunity to develop a mine counter-measures hub in Western Australia, a proposal which Mr Papalia put forward to the Federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne during his recent trip to Canberra. HMAS Stirling, the Kwinana Industrial Area and Australian Marine Complex are all in close proximity to the City of Rockingham, making it an ideal location to become the centre of WA's high technology industrial development. Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "The McGowan Government is committed to working collaboratively with the City of Rockingham and private business to create a vibrant defence industry and grow jobs. "WA boasts an experienced and internationally competitive industry which is ready to participate in Australian and foreign shipbuilding programs." Minister's office - 6552 5600
McGowan Government delivers commitment to prioritise WA workers3168Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements44740html21/06/2017 1:00:54 AM2017-06-21T01:00:00Z ​The McGowan Government has replaced the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List As promised, the list was ripped up on the first day of the McGowan Government New list only contains occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agrees to remove Perth from Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme The McGowan Government has delivered its election commitment to keep Western Australian jobs in WA. During the State election campaign, WA Labor promised to tear up the list of occupations that fast-tracked overseas workers to WA. The 2016 Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) included 178 occupations such as engineers, bricklayers and nurses. These workers could be sought from overseas despite WA's soaring unemployment and, in many cases, local workers who are capable of carrying out the work. Premier Mark McGowan announced today that a new list has been developed that contained 18 occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. In areas such as health, where there is an unmet demand for workers, these occupations will still be eligible for State nomination based on the new WASMOL. The McGowan Government has also delivered its election commitment to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to the Premier confirming that the Federal Government had agreed to Mr McGowan's request to have Perth removed from the RSMS. Since it was added to the RSMS during the height of the mining boom in 2011, Perth has been classified as a 'region', providing an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in Western Australia. Given the change in the State's economic circumstances and with widespread unemployment, it is no longer suitable for Perth to be included in the RSMS. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "In the current economic climate, it's more important than ever that we maximise employment opportunities for Western Australians. "On day one in office, we ripped up the out-dated skilled migration list and delivered our commitment to keep WA jobs in WA. "One of my first acts as Premier of Western Australia was to write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to request that Perth be removed from the RSMS. This is an important election commitment that we've moved quickly to deliver. "Our policy will ensure that, whenever possible, Western Australians will be given first preference on WA jobs. It doesn't make sense to fast-track workers from overseas when there are unemployed Western Australians who are capable of doing the work. "Our economy has changed dramatically since the height of the mining boom and we need to do everything we can to get Western Australians back to work." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Jobs boost as construction begins on new water tank in Ellenbrook3164Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4670html21/06/2017 12:55:28 AM2017-06-21T00:00:00Z ​Work begins in Ellenbrook on biggest tank ever to be built by the Water Corporation The new tank will cater for growth in the north-east metropolitan corridor More than 200 Western Australians will be employed to fabricate and construct a new 80 million litre water tank in Ellenbrook. The $44 million project will cater for growth in the popular north-east metropolitan corridor and provide a more consistent water pressure for Ellenbrook residents. Work on the tank, which is located north of Gnangara Road near the Hanson sand quarry, began recently and is expected to be completed in early 2018. The Water Corporation plans to build three tanks at the site over the next 40 years, which will be built in stages as the population grows. About six kilometres of water main will also be constructed to connect the tank to the Integrated Water Supply Scheme. For more information, visit https//www.watercorporation.com.au/ellenbrooktank Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This important project will improve the water supply to Ellenbrook and the rapidly growing north-east metropolitan corridor. "The new tank will also provide a more consistent water pressure to Ellenbrook, with water to gravity feed down to households and businesses. "It is great to see the Water Corporation using the expertise of local contractors throughout the fabrication and construction of the tank. More than 200 Western Australian workers will be involved in the project. "The tank will be fabricated as 80 precast concrete panels in Hazlemere, before being transported to site and assembled. "When completed, the tank will be an impressive 91 metres in diameter and 13 metres high, holding enough water to fill more than 35 Olympic-sized swimming pools." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Clubs WA celebrate and support cultural diversity16390Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4110html20/06/2017 9:42:58 AM2017-06-20T09:35:00Z New website helps WA clubs become more culturally aware Project provides a link between multicultural communities and local clubs Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia has launched a new website that will bring together multicultural communities and local community, sport and social clubs looking for volunteers and members. The My Club, My Community website, developed by Clubs WA, is supported by the McGowan Government via the Office of Multicultural Interests' (OMI) Community Grants Program. The website aims to further connect clubs and communities by promoting sport, social and cultural clubs as inclusive and cultural hubs - ultimately bringing together Western Australia's vibrant multicultural communities and improving physical and mental health for everyone. Through the website, community members will be able to find their local club, read positive stories about community members who are part of local clubs, and learn more about the benefits of joining. As part of this project, Clubs WA, in partnership with OMI and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) community groups, will develop an e-handbook on cultural awareness to assist community clubs to continue to learn about CaLD groups and how they are equipped to cater for different needs. To support the project, Clubs WA held a free workshop presented by Volunteering WA for community clubs and groups to help raise awareness and understanding of different cultures. You can visit My Club, My Community at http//www.myclubmycommunity.com.au Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Clubs are integral in bringing communities together and allowing people to be more connected and socially supported. "It is essential that local Western Australian clubs are accessible for everyone and that they reflect the communities they support. "The My Club, My Community website and project will equip local clubs with the resources they need to cater for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and help these communities access the facilities and activities offered by local clubs." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Agenda released ahead of Friday’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit16389Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5910html20/06/2017 9:30:33 AM2017-06-20T09:20:00Z Prescribed burning, bushfire management, and updates on the Ferguson report will be some of the subjects covered Participant-led conversation across full day to guide future strategies Summit honours Labor commitment to bring key stakeholders together The agenda for this Friday's Bushfire Mitigation Summit has been sent to all attendees. The summit will include representatives from major stakeholder groups who will be able to have open and frank discussions about bushfire mitigation. The attendees will be divided into groups which will work collaboratively across various issues throughout the day before a final communique is released. Public submissions are also welcome and have been open since June 12 and will close on July 9. Full submission details, including the terms of reference, are available at https//www.oem.wa.gov.au/Pages/BushfireMitigationSummit.aspx Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan "This is an invite-only summit that will include experts in their field who, across a full day, will have wide-ranging discussions on such topics as prescribed burning, bushfire management and updates on the Ferguson report. "Many of those attending have spent years working or volunteering in the area of bushfire management. "As such, the agenda will be a guide to help those who already have a full understanding of what they see are the ways forward for improving the State's bushfire mitigation strategies. "As virtually every Western Australian appreciates, it is a highly complex task to mitigate the risk of bushfires across a State as diverse as ours. "I am looking forward to being in that room and hearing from everyone about how the State can further improve bushfire mitigation strategies." Minister's office - 6552 6300 Bushfire Mitigation Summit Agenda.pdf
Agile, smart, inclusive. Review to transform WA local government16386Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17170html20/06/2017 7:27:52 AM2017-06-20T07:15:00Z Election commitment honoured with commencement of Local Government Act review Review to reduce red tape, modernise local governments and deliver for communities Election participation, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted A major review of Western Australia's outdated Local Government Act is under way, with community participation in elections, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted. The shake up of the Local Government Act 1995 is a McGowan Government election commitment, which will modernise local government operations and identify ways to reduce red tape. Local governments, residents, business people and workers will be invited to participate when a discussion paper is released by the State Government later this year. A second phase of the review, set to take place next year, will look at increasing community participation in local government decision-making, improving behaviour and relationships, enabling local government enterprises and improving financial management. The review will be supported by a reference group with representation from the Western Australian Local Government Association, Local Government Professionals Australia WA, Western Australian Electoral Commission, Western Australian Council of Social Service and Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "The 1995 Act provides for the system of local government in Western Australia, but it has not kept up with changes in technology or, more importantly, with community expectations. "WA communities expect their local governments to be both efficient and effective, and strengthen and support local democracy. This review, which is the first major review since the Act was introduced more than 20 years ago, will make local government more agile, smart and inclusive. "It will provide a contemporary legislative framework to enable local governments to deliver quality services and good governance for all of WA's communities." Minister's office - 6552 5400
McGowan Government announces uranium policy16384Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13950html20/06/2017 6:15:37 AM2017-06-20T06:15:00Z The Government has announced a ban on future uranium mining leases Will not stand in the way of projects that have been granted State Ministerial approval by the former government The McGowan Government today implemented its ban on uranium mining on all future granted mining leases. This announcement follows the election promise to block future applications to mine uranium in Western Australia. The actions being taken are consistent with the ban that existed between 2002 and 2008, which proved to be effective. The Government will not prevent the four uranium projects that have received State Ministerial approvals from progressing, as it has clear legal advice it cannot legally deny secondary approvals for the purpose of frustrating approvals already granted. This includes Toro Energy's Wiluna project, Cameco's Kintyre and Yeelirrie projects, and Vimy Resources' Mulga Rock project. Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "This announcement supports the Labor Party's commitment to halt the expansion of uranium mining in Western Australia. "In making this decision, the McGowan Government has carefully considered the potential liability risk for WA taxpayers. "We made a commitment that all uranium mining projects with State Ministerial approvals will be able to continue, providing they meet all planning approvals. "The various Western Australian agencies will continue to stringently regulate the industry and ensure the four mines meet their regulatory and environmental responsibilities if they proceed." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Bright future for chilled meat exports16382Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8850html20/06/2017 1:00:22 AM2017-06-20T01:00:00Z Bunbury-based meat processor becomes first international supplier of chilled sheep and goat meat to China V&V Walsh supported by the State Government's WA Open for Business program Bunbury-based meat processor V&V Walsh will launch its Amelia Park chilled lamb range in China today, becoming the only international supplier approved to supply chilled sheep and goat meat to the country. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan welcomed the achievement, which was supported by the State Government's WA Open for Business program, the Department of Agriculture and Food and Meat and Livestock Australia. V&V Walsh will launch its product range in Shanghai today (June 20) and in Beijing on Friday (June 23). Its chilled lamb will be available through high-end retail stores and served in leading restaurants and hotels. The company is also approved to supply chilled beef as well as frozen beef, sheep and goat meat, providing WA with a significant first mover advantage into premium segments of the enormous and growing red meat market in China. The opening up of new high-value premium lamb markets should provide further confidence to the WA sheep industry and to investors about the future of the industry, as it looks for growth. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Congratulations to Peter and Greg Walsh on this significant achievement. Chinese consumers can now enjoy the first ever imported chilled lamb from Australia; Western Australian lamb at its very best. "While China is WA's largest market for sheep meat, our exports largely comprise lower value frozen cuts. Now Chinese consumers can access a range of branded, premium-grade value-added lamb products. "Exporting this value-added Western Australian product means more jobs in regional WA and more benefits for our economy. "V&V Walsh have led the way for WA industry and the WA Government is proud to have been involved." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Locations confirmed for Esperance shark detectors16379Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7420html21/06/2017 2:29:56 AM2017-06-20T00:10:00Z WA's shark monitoring network extended to Esperance Satellite-linked shark detectors to be installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches Weather permitting, the receivers will be installed this month Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced Kelp Beds and West beaches in Esperance have been selected as the locations for two new satellite-linked tagged shark detectors. Last month, the McGowan Labor Government announced a comprehensive shark mitigation strategy, which included a pledge to extend Western Australia's shark monitoring network to Esperance. The locations of these receivers were decided by the Esperance community through stakeholder consultation and an online survey. The community overwhelmingly supported Kelp Beds as the primary location, with 84 per cent of total respondents selecting it as their first or second choice, while 54 per cent of respondents selected West Beach as either their first or second preference. The receivers enable authorities to detect tagged sharks in the area, and in real-time, upload information regarding the shark to the SharkSmart.com.au activity map and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Labor Government is serious about helping to reduce the threat of a shark attack through a multi-faceted shark mitigation strategy. "The two locations selected by the Esperance community are both popular surfing beaches among locals and visitors. "Department of Fisheries staff are on their way to Esperance today with the receivers and equipment to deploy the detectors, if weather permits, by the end of the month. "The installation of these receivers takes the total number of shark detectors off our coastline to 27, and will allow people to make an informed choice before entering the water." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Inquiry into regional airfares in Western Australia16378Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11320html20/06/2017 12:03:11 AM2017-06-20T00:00:00Z Economics and Industry Standing Committee to conduct inquiry Report on factors contributing to current high cost of regional airfares Provide recommendations on what actions can be taken to limit costs Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed a parliamentary committee's announcement that it will conduct an inquiry into the high cost of regional airfares in Western Australia. The Economics and Industry Standing Committee will inquire and report on five specific issues surrounding regional airfares. It will investigate the factors contributing to the current high cost of regional airfares and the impact that has on regional centres - from a business, tourism and social perspective. The final report will also evaluate actions the State Government, local government and regional airlines can take to limit increases to airfares. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The McGowan Government made an election commitment to hold an inquiry into the high cost of regional airfares. "It's an issue that has afflicted small businesses, tourism operators and local people in regional Western Australia for many years. "A parliamentary inquiry has the power to shine a spotlight on this issue, get to the bottom of why these fares are so expensive and give airlines the opportunity to provide solutions." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Sustainable Health Review to position WA health system for the future16375Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21010html19/06/2017 11:52:20 PM2017-06-19T23:00:00Z Review of WA health system to put patients first, embrace innovation and technology, and improve financial sustainability Panel to be chaired by independent expert; final report due by March 2018 Expressions of interest for reference groups opened; wide consultation with consumers and carers, front-line staff, health leaders and others to be announced A panel has been established to conduct the McGowan Government's Sustainable Health Review that will deliver a patient first, innovative and sustainable health system for all Western Australians. The review will rein in the legacy of expenditure growth left by the Barnett Liberal National Government which saw the health budget almost triple to $9 billion over a decade, accounting for more than half of every new dollar spent between 2013-14 and 2016-17. The Sustainable Health Review Panel will be chaired by independent expert Robyn Kruk AM, who has more than 30 years' experience in public sector service reform at the State and Commonwealth level, including as Director General of NSW Health, and inaugural CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. Other members of the panel include the Director General of the Department of Health, the Under Treasurer, an employee nominee, and a nominee of the Minister for Health. The panel will also be responsible for ensuring alignment to the Government's Service Priority Review and Commission of Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects, and will provide its final report by March 2018. Consumer and clinical nominees will also be appointed following an expressions of interest process, opened today, and wide consultation will be announced for the second half of the year, including public submissions. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The previous Liberal National Government mismanaged our State Budget and oversaw health expenditure grow to an unsustainable 30 per cent of the entire State spend, and we now have to rein that in. "We have an excellent health system in WA but we must address significant financial pressures, along with a growing and ageing population, increasing chronic disease, and health inequity, on top of an unsustainable budget position left to us by the previous government. "This does not mean cuts to the health budget, but that the future growth trajectory of the health budget is sustainable. "In 2004, WA Labor laid the foundation for a revitalised health system with the comprehensive Reid Review that delivered Fiona Stanley Hospital and significant infrastructure across our State. "We now need to look beyond bricks and mortar to put the patient at the centre of fresh thinking towards sustainable delivery of health services in WA, with a focus on value and efficiency to maintain and improve high-quality services and good health outcomes for the WA community. "Health is operating in an era of significant change as a result of advances in technology and research. We have a unique opportunity to partner across sectors to take advantage of these developments and deliver care in the most appropriate setting - not just hospitals. "The State Government will use the review to inform future decisions about the way that health is managed and delivered to ensure that Western Australians are receiving quality healthcare that can be sustained for our future generations. "Public hospital services in WA cost 20 per cent more to deliver than the national average and this growth is unsustainable, especially in a constrained budgetary environment with record State debt. "The review will be critical in promoting budget repair, and meeting increasing demand, by driving value and innovation, and partnering across sectors more effectively." Minister's office - 6552 6500 Sustainable Health Review infographic.PDF