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New job opportunities for youths in regional WA220034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10600html29/06/2016 4:00:40 AM2016-06-29T04:00:00Za New program to support creation of entry-level traineeship positions Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government is making a $1.2 million investment into young people in regional Western Australia, including a traineeship initiative aimed at creating entry-level jobs. Country local governments can now apply for funding through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Youth Development Program, which will see the creation of 20 traineeships providing young people with career prospects in their local community. "As a former councillor, I know the local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said. "This is an exciting investment by the Liberal National Government into the future of young people who may have otherwise not considered a career in local government." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Country Local Government Fund was helping regional local governments build their capacity and identify opportunities for development and initiatives. "The Country Local Government Fund contributes towards building and maintaining a positive lifestyle for our regional communities and is an important investment for Royalties for Regions," Mr Redman said. "Not only will this initiative enable participants to gain valuable skills through real life experience, it will enable them to stay in their community of choice through providing local job options." Under this initiative, country local governments can access up to $5,000 towards course fees per trainee and a $15,000 wage subsidy. It also includes 40 scholarships of up to $10,000 each for young country local government employees to undertake training and 16 two-day workshops on leadership and career development. Fact File CLGF Youth Development Program is one of five initiatives that has received $5m in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government For more information, visit http// Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Our State Budget 2016-17: Investing in infrastructure to grow the State - Museum heads $23 billion Asset Investment Plan2095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13490html12/05/2016 6:05:10 AM2016-05-12T06:05:00Z State-of-the-art facility planned for Perth Cultural Precinct Western Australia will get a new $428 million museum to replace and upgrade the current facility at the Perth Cultural Centre, the State Budget has confirmed. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the 2016-17 State Budget had included $378.5 million over the next four years to deliver a state-of-the art museum to house the State's extensive collection of artefacts and natural history. "The new museum is arguably the State's most important scientific institution and yet another example of this Government investing in the cultural life of the State, as well as providing a significant boost to tourism infrastructure. It will provide a gateway to WA for local, national and international audiences," Premier Colin Barnett said. "The museum is also a scientific institution and will build on our growing reputation in science already enhanced by the Square Kilometre Array project; significant advances in minerals and petroleum; the Western Australian Marine Science Institute and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre." Mr Barnett said the Government had been prepared to borrow to invest in infrastructure that not only improved the quality of life for all West Australians, but greatly enhanced WA as a tourism and lifestyle destination. "The transformation of the city through projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium, the new museum and Yagan Square, as well as the major investment in regional attractions from Esperance to Broome and the Kimberley in general, will pay major dividends for our tourism and hospitality industries," he said. Detailed building design and stage one early construction works will start in 2016-17, as will the design of physical and virtual content for the new museum exhibitions and programs. The museum build will directly employ an estimated 3,300 people over the life of the project. The State Government's Asset Investment Plan will see $23 billion invested across the State over the next four years. In 2016-17 the State Government will spend $1.8 billion on roads and public transport, representing 30 per cent of the State's Asset Investment Program. Major strategic assets include the new $1.4 billion Perth Stadium - due for completion by 2018 - and the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL), which will deliver a public transport link to the city from the eastern suburbs in under 20 minutes as well as a direct train to Perth Airport. A total of $104 million will be spent on the FAL in 2016-17, which will directly employ 2,000 people during construction. The Government has also announced the reallocation of State funding for the construction of a $49 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18. The Premier said the project offered a cost-effective way to provide Perth's north-eastern suburbs with access to fast public transport. Dr Nahan said the State Government would invest $300.4 million towards new and existing education infrastructure in 2016-17, including $52.4 million over 2016-17 to 2019-20 for the construction of Stage 1 of North Butler Senior High School. Since 2009, the State Government has built 32 new primary schools and nine new high schools. The Budget also delivers a $526.3 million investment in health infrastructure, including $91.8 million on the new Perth Children's Hospital due to open later this year. Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has provided more than 80 new health facilities at over 80 locations and has spent more than $7 billion on health infrastructure. "We have invested in 15 brand new hospitals and health care facilities across the State," Mr Barnett said "We have also made significant investments to improve 20 emergency departments across WA." In addition to the new Perth Children's Hospital, there have been improvements to children's facilities at 11 other hospitals across WA." The Government has invested more than $5 billion on road infrastructure since 2008-09, successfully completing several key projects including the $908.6 million Gateway WA project. "One of our current priorities is the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project, which will provide a dedicated east-west connection for the people of Perth, ease congestion and provide 2,400 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs," the Treasurer said. The Perth City Link project, featuring Yagan Square, is expected to be largely completed in 2016-17 with $7.1 million spent on the Perth Busport in 2016-17 for a total cost of $576.5 million. Perth City Link, including construction of Yagan Square and associated works will see $64.2 million invested towards the $235 million project. "The Perth City Link project will deliver the long-sought objective of linking the central business district with the arts and entertainment precinct of Northbridge, while at the same time producing a wonderful retail, residential and office area in the heart of the city," Dr Nahan said. "Along with Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link will go a long way to making Perth a modern, liveable city of the 21st century." The $221 million Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison will become operational in 2016-17, adding 350 beds to the State muster. The $24.3 million Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility will add 256 beds and become operational in 2016-17. Fact File Roads In 2016-17, the Government will spend $1.2 billion on WA's road system. This expenditure will be allocated across a number of projects, including $192.6 million on the Swan Valley Bypass section of the $1.1 billion NorthLink WA project $172.4 million on local government roads via the State Roads Funds to Local Government Agreement $28 million in 2016-17 to replace the Old Mandurah traffic bridge $95 million on the $236 million Mitchell Freeway Extension Project, which will continue from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue providing improved access to new developments and reduced travel time $93 million on the Great Northern Highway Stage 2 - Muchea to Wubin upgrade, for reconstructing and widening sections of the highway $20 million for the construction of a dual carriageway on Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads $232 million on the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project Public Transport An additional $13.7 million for Future Urban Railcar Procurement, primarily for infrastructure works to accommodate extra railcars. Total cost of project - $198.7 million An extra $5.3 million across 2016-17 to 2017-18 to construct the Northbridge Bus Layover $60.2 million over the forward estimates period for WA's cycling network, with $6 million going towards the Principal Shared Path program in 2016-17 $1.2 million in 2016-17 for the development of Stage 2 of the Jurien Bay to Cervantes trail $49 million for the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18; and $104 million in 2016-17 towards the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link Other key infrastructure An extra $18 million over 2015-16 to 2017-18 for the redevelopment of the Scarborough foreshore, bringing total investment in the project to $48 million $27.2 million in 2016-17 on the Waterbank precinct and the Western Australia Police site on Hay Street $24.9 million to transform the Bunbury waterfront $1.4 billion to build Perth Stadium $811.4 million for Perth City Link and the Busport Prisons $221 million for the 350-bed Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison $24.3 million for the 256-bed Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility WA Budget statements are available at http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
Premier's Science Awards finalists announced720Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/07/2016 1:11:03 AM2016-07-25T01:00:00Za Premier announces finalists in the 15th Premier's Science Awards Finalists showcase the range of excellent scientific work undertaken in the State Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today announced the finalists in the 2016 Premier's Science Awards. Mr Barnett congratulated the 15 finalists and said science was the key to broadening Western Australia's economy. "These finalists have all played a part in developing the State's scientific capacity," he said. "Their achievements include influencing public health policy, making breakthroughs in conservation science, progressing our understanding of the earth's history and improving the safety of the State's bridges and other infrastructure." The four award categories celebrate excellence in research from students, early career researchers and established scientists, as well as outstanding science engagement programs. Award winners, together with the inductee to the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame, will be announced next month at an awards ceremony during National Science Week. The Premier said this was the 15th year of the Science Awards and the 10th year of the Science Hall of Fame. In that time, more than 80 awards had been presented. "The awards provide important recognition of outstanding individuals who are contributing to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the State," he said. Mr Barnett thanked the awards sponsors Chevron, ExxonMobil and Woodside for their continued support. Fact File Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 18, 2016 National Science Week runs from August 13-21, 2016 Further information on the finalists is below For more information, visit http// Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000 Premier's Science Awards - Finalists' Profiles SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR Professor Carol Bower (Shenton Park) Senior Principal Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute Professor Bower is a public health researcher and physician who discovered a link between low dietary folate and the risk of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida), instigating the world's first public health campaign to encourage folic acid supplement use before and during pregnancy. In part, based on Professor Bower's research, the Australian Government legislated mandatory folic acid fortification of bread in 2009. Professor Bower also leads research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), including Australian guidelines for the diagnosis of FASD launched in May 2016. Professor Kingsley Dixon (City Beach) Curtin Professor and Visiting Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Curtin University) Professor Dixon's efforts in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science have been fundamental to conserving threatened species and transforming ecological restoration practice in Australia. His discovery of the specific chemical in smoke that is responsible for germination in Australian species has had widespread application, being valued at $100 million per annum in terms of potential global benefits to agriculture, mining restoration and horticulture. As Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden for 31 years, he is acknowledged as the driving force behind creating its world-recognised research laboratories. Professor Zheng-Xiang Li (South Perth) Co-Director (Australia) of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources, WA School of Mines (Curtin University) Professor Li is a geoscientist who has pushed the boundaries of knowledge about the evolution over the past 2,000 million years of Earth, making important contributions to the field of tectonics and geodynamics. Professor Li has been pivotal in building WA's major research centres for geoscience, playing a key role in establishing the renowned Tectonics Special Research Centre. Currently, Professor Li is co-leading a UNESCO-sponsored International Geoscience Programme project from Perth, making WA a global focal point for research that is highly relevant to the local mineral and resource industries. Professor David Sampson (Claremont) Director, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis and Head, Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (The University of Western Australia) Professor Sampson is a world leader in multiple facets of imaging science and engineering. He is internationally recognised for his research in new biomedical imaging technology, including the multi-award winning Microscope-in-a-Needle and the micro-imaging of stiffness, now being commercialized. As Director of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, he has built an imaging infrastructure for researchers in Western Australia that attracts the world's best, including the International Atomic Energy Agency. The centre is the first and only university laboratory in the world to be included by the agency in its global Network of Analytical Laboratories. WOODSIDE EARLY CAREER SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR Dr Kaiming Bi (Leeming) Lecturer, ARC DECRA Fellow (Curtin University) Dr Bi's research interests lie in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, and he is the first researcher who has systematically investigated the influence of local soil conditions on earthquake ground motion. His research can lead to safer and more economical designs of extended structures such as bridges and pipelines. Dr Bi has developed a pipe-in-pipe concept to control the vibrations of subsea pipelines, this concept can also be extended to control the vibrations of other offshore structures such as wind turbines and platforms. Dr Bi has authored/co-authored more than 30 international journal papers in top journals. Dr Scott Draper (Beaconsfield) Senior Lecturer School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering (The University of Western Australia) Dr Draper is known internationally for his research in offshore fluid mechanics. He has developed models to optimise the configuration of offshore wind and tidal turbines for renewable energy, predict seabed scour and estimate the stability of offshore structures in extreme wave conditions. His research on marine renewable energy provided the first accurate assessment of marine renewable energy resources in the United Kingdom. Across all fields of offshore fluid mechanics, Dr Draper has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, has worked on multiple Australian Research Council projects and is fortunate to have supervised award winning PhD and Masters students. Dr James Fitzpatrick (Cottesloe) McCusker Clinical Research Fellow in Aboriginal Child Health, Telethon Kids Institute; Director, PATCHES Paediatrics Dr Fitzpatrick is a researcher and paediatrician who has made a profound impact on understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and has pioneered new diagnosis and intervention strategies. Dr Fitzpatrick's research and advocacy has led to FASD being recognised in the National Disability Insurance Scheme, resulting in individuals across Australia with FASD becoming eligible for early intervention funding. Working with Aboriginal community leaders and schools, Dr Fitzpatrick's team has implemented the largest FASD intervention trial in the world, for 250 children in nine schools across the Fitzroy Valley and established the PATCHES Paediatrics child development service in remote and outer metropolitan communities. Dr Jun Li (Leeming) Senior Lecturer/ARC DECRA Fellow (Curtin University) Dr Li is developing next-generation diagnostic technologies for monitoring the condition of civil infrastructure such as bridges, buildings and offshore structures. His work is particularly important for minimising the vulnerability of bridges and other infrastructure at-risk to natural hazards and environmental change. He is contributing to the development of smart sensing and cutting-edge deep learning neural networks that can accommodate big data analytics. These technologies are enabling him to develop innovative and efficient infrastructure condition monitoring and data analysis approaches, which are taking structural health monitoring into the next era. EXXONMOBIL STUDENT SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR Carl Blair (Cottesloe) PhD Candidate (The University of Western Australia) Mr Blair's research to control interactions between high intensity laser light and tiny sound waves in mirrors enabled the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to build up sufficient power to enable the first direct detection of gravitational waves. Following experiments at the Gingin high optical power facility, Mr Blair went to the LIGO Livingston gravitation wave detector in March 2015 to help prevent the instability. The techniques developed in Western Australia by Mr Blair and his colleagues played a significant role in the widely publicised important discovery. Christopher Brennan-Jones (Osborne Park) PhD Candidate, Ear Sciences Centre (The University of Western Australia) Mr Brennan-Jones' PhD research focused on improving efficiency and access to ear and hearing healthcare services in Western Australia. He led an international consortium that assessed the reliability of automated hearing tests for use in the absence of specialists. Mr Brennan-Jones discovered some common inconsistencies that, if not corrected, could result in missed diagnoses of middle ear disease or tumours. Building on this work, he has developed diagnostic protocols that can be applied to automated audiometry to correct these errors and is translating this research into practice, by establishing an indigenous ear health program in the East Pilbara. Tim Rosenow (Subiaco) PhD Candidate (Telethon Kids Institute/The University of Western Australia) Mr Rosenow is a PhD student at the Telethon Kids Institute, working in the field of paediatric respiratory medicine. His research has resulted in a new method for measuring structural lung disease in infants and young children using chest CT scans. This method is the world's first age-appropriate measure of cystic fibrosis-related structural lung disease in children under six. Mr Rosenow's PhD research has led to the development of several clinical trials for infants and pre-schoolers with cystic fibrosis. He has published nine papers, including two in the highest-rated respiratory journal, and holds a provisional patent for his methods. Melanie Walls (East Victoria Park) PhD candidate, School of Women's and Infant's Health (The University of Western Australia) Ms Walls' research focuses on in vitro maturation (IVM), an innovative fertility treatment that can be cheaper and more patient-friendly than IVF. Her research into IVM and embryo-morphokinetics led to an award-winning presentation at an international conference and the world's first live birth from a combination of these techniques. Furthermore, in an Australian-first, she successfully collected immature eggs from ovaries removed from a cancer patient, to preserve her future fertility. Melanie is currently helping to establish an ovarian tissue vitrification program with a multidisciplinary team, to offer the opportunity for a future family to many young women diagnosed with cancer. CHEVRON SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR Fireballs in the Sky (Curtin University) The Desert Fireball Network aims to understand the early workings of the solar system by studying meteorites, fireballs and their pre-Earth orbits by capturing the paths of fireballs in the sky from multiple viewpoints. With this data, the fireball's pre-Earth orbit and eventual landing position are tracked. Fireballs in the Sky is the outreach arm of the project. More than 89,000 West Australians have engaged with the program through hands-on activities, talks and events, and it has received international media coverage. The citizen science smartphone app has had 23,000 downloads world-wide and in 2015 the app was awarded the National iAward for Innovation in Education. iPREP WA (Edith Cowan University) iPREP WA (Industry and PhD Research Engagement Program) involves interdisciplinary teams of PhD students from all five Western Australian universities, working on a six-week project for an industry partner. Since iPREP WA was established in early 2015, the program has included 26 successful projects, 78 PhD researchers and 21 companies. iPREP WA builds relationships between universities and industry, improves skill development for science graduates, improves employability of PhD graduates and builds collaboration between WA universities. Old Ways, New Ways - Aboriginal science outreach program (Edith Cowan University) The Old Ways, New Ways program aims to improve the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science subjects, thereby increasing their employment prospects in science and technology. Through the use of peer-supported learning and demonstrator training, the program enhances confidence, leadership and communication skills, while promoting and providing positive role models and career opportunities. The program is now in its third year and by the end of 2016, about 2,000 primary school and high school students will have taken part across the South-West, Perth metropolitan and Pilbara regions.
Community Chest funding for the South-West75074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6330html23/06/2016 7:25:56 AM2016-06-22T22:05:00Za South-West region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the successful grant recipients of the South-West region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of grants is $43,228 for Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club to purchase a transportable, off-grid solar power system to increase capacity for first aid and water safety training for volunteers; and $33,230 for Pathways SouthWest and the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service to deliver a series of workshops to health professionals and the public, to help address substance use and addiction in the South-West. "These projects will help attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life for communities in the South-West region. "The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional WA have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." The South West Development Commission has been allocated $555,555 from the Community Chest Fund, with applications considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 SOUTH-WEST COMMUNITY CHEST FUND RECIPIENTS Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade $13,859 Golden Valley Tree Park Inc., Balingup $23,100 Greenbushes CRC Inc. $26,400 Augusta Men's Shed Inc. $20,000 Ficifolia Community Garden Inc., Walpole $10,134 Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club $43,228.92 Pathways SouthWest/South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service, Bunbury $33,230 Balingup Progress Association Inc. $27,199.70 Stirling Street Arts Centre Management Inc., Bunbury $3,000 City of Bunbury - Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Noongar Arts Strategy $10,000 Northcliffe Pioneer Museum $19,060 Geegeelup Village Inc., Bridgetown $38,547 Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup Affordable Housing Concept $13,100 The South West Women's Health and Information Centre $12,000 Nannup Bowling Club $17,268.74 Nannup Music Club Inc. $21,285 The Creative Corner Inc., South-West $14,783.25 Bridgetown-Greenbushes Business and Tourism Association Inc. $10,450 Collie Chamber of Commerce $12,000 Blackwood Basin Group Nature-Viewing Precinct $50,000 Dunsborough Greenfield Community Group Inc. $38,000Nannup Film Society $8,235.45 Manjimup Farmers Market Inc. $6,669.46 Milligan Community Learning, Bunbury $23,905 Donnybrook Men's Shed $6,313.50 Nannup Occasional Child Care Association Inc. (F.R.O.G.S. Early Learning Centre) Outdoor Learning Environment $18,937 The Federation of Western Australia Police and Community Youth Centres Inc., Collie $2,000Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association $31,000
Community Chest funding for the Pilbara30260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6980html4/07/2016 12:08:55 AM2016-07-04T00:00:00Za Pilbara region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the 10 successful recipients of the Pilbara region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of grants is $15,820 for the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd to go towards the Roebourne Community Botanic Garden and $18,798 to the Port Walcott Surf Life Saving group. "The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional Western Australia have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." The one-off grants, administered by the Pilbara Development Commission, empower organisations to prioritise projects that meet the needs of the community. "No-one knows the Pilbara better than those who live there. This funding boost will build capacity in the region by allowing community organisations to prioritise and lead projects in their own backyard," the Minister said. The Liberal National Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the Community Chest Fund over the next four years. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 Pilbara Community Chest Fund recipients Tom Price Drive In Inc - sound upgrade$15,400Shire of East Pilbara - Newman town square activation$38,500Karratha Business Enterprise Centre - Destination Pilbara$46,000Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd - Roebourne Community Botanic Garden$15,820Cheeditha Group Aboriginal Corporation$12,985Town of Port Hedland - tourism signage$27,333FORM - infrastructure to support West End Markets$33,320Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry $32,000Port Walcott Surf Life Saving Inc - nipper boards$18,798City of Karratha - 150 Roebourne infrastructure project$50,000
New public sector offices for Joondalup120334Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20900html14/07/2016 2:15:05 AM2016-07-14T02:15:00Za Agreement for Lease signed with Primewest for the provision of 9,600sqm of new office space in Joondalup Construction expected to start in October 2016, creating about 340 jobs More than 800 public servants to relocate to Joondalup by early 2019 Premier Colin Barnett today announced the Liberal National Government had signed an Agreement for Lease with Primewest to build about 9,600 square metres of new office space in Joondalup. More than 800 public servants from the departments of Water and Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority will be moving into the newly constructed premises by early 2019. "Today the Government is fulfilling a 2013 election promise to support the growth of urban office precincts," Mr Barnett said. "With the construction of this eight-storey building expected to generate about 340 jobs, the City of Joondalup will see economic benefits from the start of construction in October and an ongoing stimulus once public servants relocate. "The building's proximity to Joondalup train station and bus stops, coupled with the modern end of trip facilities that are planned for the building, provides numerous transport options for staff." Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the Government's decentralisation policy aimed to save taxpayers' funds through lower rents and supported the growth of urban office precincts. "Proposals have been received from building owners and developers in Fremantle, and the Government is actively pursuing an outcome that will deliver further value to taxpayers," Mr Marmion said. "This week, the first sod was turned at the location of the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury." Fact File The Government has successfully negotiated a 15-year lease, with two extra five-year options at a highly competitive rate The building will offer modern end of trip facilities, ICT and an interior designed to specifically meet the needs of the three agencies The new office space will be located at 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup Premier's office - 6552 5000 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800
$560,000 for suicide prevention training grants30219Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8440html11/07/2016 2:03:04 AM2016-07-11T02:00:00Za ​Focus on training for Aboriginal organisations Improving suicide prevention skills in regional areas The Liberal National Government has announced a total of $560,832 in grants to enable community organisations throughout Western Australia to conduct suicide prevention training. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the funding would target high-risk groups such as Aboriginal communities, people in regional areas, LGBTI populations, young people and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. "This funding will make a significant contribution to strengthening the capacity of communities to help reduce the incidence of suicide, especially among groups that are particularly vulnerable," she said. "These grants include $296,521 for Aboriginal communities and service providers to train people to support family, friends and community members to recognise and help people who may be experiencing a mental health emergency or are having suicidal thoughts. "The remaining $264,311 has been awarded for suicide prevention training for other high-risk groups." Suicide prevention is a priority for the community and 30 applications have received funding under the grants round. This will enable vital training such as Mental Health First Aid, Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, Opening Closets and ASIST, to be conducted. Fact File A full list of projects to be funded is available at http// On average in WA, one person loses their life to suicide each day The Suicide Prevention 2020 Together we can save lives strategy has been funded with $25.9 million over four years to deliver a comprehensive, evidence-based suicide prevention strategy, aimed at halving the number of suicides in the next 10 years Minister's office - 6552 5400 MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSIONSuicide Prevention Grants 2016Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander streamOrganisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement ValueBega Garnbirringu Health ServiceGoldfieldsCommunity members and high-risk populations as well as service providers, carers and local agency staff will receive training in ASIST and SafeTALK$40,000Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS)KimberleyStaff employed by BRAMS will receive Opening Closets and ASIST training$11,940Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 1KimberleyLocal indigenous men and women will receive SafeTALK$20,000Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 2KimberleyAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members will become accredited to deliver ASIST. SafeTALK will be provided to indigenous community members and support workers$35,360Mental Health Carers Arafmi (Helping Minds)KimberleyRemote Aboriginal community members will receive AMHFA training$12,490Save the Children AustraliaKimberleyIndividuals working with Aboriginal children and young people will receive SafeTALK and Youth MHFA training$17,792City of StirlingMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and service providers will receive MHFA, AMHFA and ASIST$20,000Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanDerbarl Yerrigan staff members will receive Gatekeeper training$12,630Muggin Aboriginal CorporationMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST$19,430Mission Australia - Application 1Mid-WestMission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA. High-risk populations will receive AMHFA$16,372Mawarnkarra Health ServicePilbaraAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST and SafeTALK$20,000Mission Australia - Application 2PilbaraHigh-risk populations will receive AMHFA training. Mission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA$16,372Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC) - Application 1WheatbeltAMHFA workshops will be provided in the towns of Brookton, Corrigin, Pingelly, Wagin and Narrogin$19,715KEEDAC - Application 2WheatbeltNarrogin community members will receive training in AMHFA$14,420MercyCareWheatbeltAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members at risk of suicide will receive AMHFA$20,000Non-Aboriginal streamOrganisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement ValueConnectGroups Support Groups Association WA Inc.MetropolitanMHFA will be provided to members of ConnectGroups' self help and support groups$16,730Forgotten Australians Coming Together - Tuart PlaceMetropolitanMHFA, AMHFA and SafeTALK will be provided to the community at Tuart Place$6,990Living Proud Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanMembers of the LGBTI community will receive ASIST$16,740Living Proud Inc. - Application 2MetropolitanOpening Closets training will be provided to staff and volunteers in the Perth Metropolitan area who are currently or likely to support LGBTI clients$7,848Anglicare WAMetropolitan KimberleyPopulations in contact with Anglicare WA will receive ASIST training$20,000Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)Metropolitan Great SouthernTwo ASeTTS staff will become accredited to deliver ASIST$20,000Mental Illness Fellowship of WA(MIFWA) Inc.Metropolitan South-WestAdults, families and carers who have experience of mental illness, AOD issues and trauma will receive MHFA, ASIST and Suicide to Hope training$19,159Yaandina Family CentrePilbaraYouth MHFA will be delivered to service providers working with young people. Teen MHFA will be provided to students in Years 10 to 12$16,800Enable Southwest Inc.South-WestCommunity members will receive MHFA training. Enable South-West staff will also receive training to deliver MHFA$17,552GP down south - Application 1South-WestStress, Anxiety and Coping Strategies training will be delivered to Year 11 school students$19,950GP down south - Application 2South-WestParents, carers and family members who have or are at risk of developing a mental illness will receive MHFA$19,017Avivo (formerly Perth Home Care Services)WheatbeltMHFA, AMHFA and Snapshots Training will be provided to high-risk groups$19,900CY O'Connor Institute (Central Regional TAFE)WheatbeltCommunity leaders will receive MHFA $20,000Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMS)KimberleyKAMS staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$27,625Hope Community ServicesGoldfieldsHope Community Services staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$16,000Legend ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training MHFA - Mental Health First Aid AMHFA - Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Youth MHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid
Community Chest funding for Mid-West region8694Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7610html13/06/2016 12:15:33 AM2016-06-12T23:00:00Za $194,420 invested in 12 locally driven projects Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced 12 projects in the Mid-West would share in $194,420 through the Community Chest Fund, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. The fund provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to support local, demand-driven projects. Mr Redman said a wide range of projects across the Mid-West would receive funding, including training courses in agriculture, an art tour from Mullewa to Greenough, facility upgrades at a number of sporting clubs and two community events. "The fund supports locally driven projects that will help improve services and infrastructure for the benefit of regional communities," he said. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional Western Australia have benefited from the fund in recent years." The 12 Mid-West recipients are St John Ambulance Meekatharra - $2,600 Mullewa District Agricultural Society - $10,120 Mount Magnet Historical Society - $18,000 Shire of Meekatharra - $10,000 Shire of Mingenew - $50,000 Meekatharra Rangelands Biosecurity Association - $12,000 Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group - $5,000 City of Greater Geraldton - $14,500 Irwin Polocrosse Club - $14,500 Spalding Park Golf Club - $30,000 Kalbarri Development Association Inc - $23,000 Drylands Foundation - $4,700. The Liberal National Government's dedicated investment into regional WA through Royalties for Regions is attracting more people to live and work in the regions," the Minister said. Fact File The Community Chest Fund aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA WA's nine regional development commissions oversee the projects, each being allocated an equal share from which to provide the grants The Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the fund over four years For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6700
Defined pathway assists irrigated agriculture19208Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6690html9/07/2016 3:09:03 AM2016-07-09T03:00:00Za ​Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture will help develop irrigated agricultural projects Part of the Liberal National Government's $40 million Water for Food program, made possible by Royalties for Regions The Liberal National Government today launched a detailed information package to help simplify the land approvals process for irrigated agriculture business development, as part of the $40 million Water for Food program. Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman released the Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA) package at the Kununurra Agricultural Show. The pathway is designed to stimulate economic development and investment in intensive irrigated agriculture projects across Western Australia. "The package and a website will be important tools for pastoralists and investors seeking to obtain a more secure tenure for irrigated agricultural development," Mr Redman said. "This package provides pastoralists and third party investors with a clear pathway to change the tenure to a long-term lease or potentially freehold, which will provide more security to develop irrigated agricultural projects. "The package has been developed in consultation with relevant government agencies, and from feedback obtained through the Mowanjum and Gogo Stations Water for Food pilot case studies." Water Minister Mia Davies said it was great to see the high level of interest in irrigated agriculture generated through the Water for Food program and having a clear process for land tenure was essential if WA was to capitalise on those opportunities. The Department of Lands will also be presenting a series of workshops on the LTPIA in regional WA, commencing in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions from September. Representatives from the Department of Lands' Water for Food team will be at the Kununurra Agricultural Show today and copies of the LTPIA information package will be available. Fact File LTPIA is part of the State Government's Water for Food project, under the Royalties for Regions $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative For more information on the LTPIA, visit http// For more information on Water for Food, visit http// Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Roadmap for regional services reform launched120333Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16650html14/07/2016 2:07:34 AM2016-07-14T02:00:00Za Liberal National Government committed to strengthening regional and remote Aboriginal communities New roadmap outlines 10 priority actions focusing on education, housing and service delivery The Liberal National Government today announced major reforms to the delivery of housing, education, employment and human services for Aboriginal people living in regional and remote Western Australia. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell released the 'Resilient Families Strong Communities' roadmap, which sets out 10 actions the State Government will undertake in partnership with Aboriginal people to strengthen families, improve living conditions, increase job prospects and accelerate education outcomes. The ministers launched the roadmap in Kununurra after more than 12 months of discussions with Aboriginal leaders and communities about their aspirations for the future. Mr Redman said the roadmap was a milestone in the Government's regional services reform and was a long-term commitment to change, supported by immediate actions and engagement with Aboriginal people on specific focus areas. "The poor living conditions and general lack of opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional WA are not acceptable and must change," he said. "The status quo is unacceptable. This roadmap marks the beginning of a transition to a new way of working - one which builds opportunities and strengthens outcomes, while maintaining access to country, culture and kin." Ms Mitchell said the roadmap outlined new approaches to support families to succeed, including working collaboratively with Aboriginal communities and focusing resources on prevention, earlier intervention, capacity building and family empowerment. "The Government will also engage with Aboriginal communities that want to reduce alcohol-related harm by introducing or strengthening restrictions on alcohol supply and consumption," she said. The 10 priority actions are creation of a $175 million fund for extra housing for Aboriginal families in the Kimberley and Pilbara over four years, tied to greater participation in school and work a three-year $25 million Kimberley Schools Project targeting improved attendance, engagement and learning in Kimberley schools and communities ensuring residents of Aboriginal town-based reserves receive the same services and have the same responsibilities as other residents of nearby towns, starting with a $20 million project in the Pilbara creating work opportunities for Aboriginal people by changing how the Western Australian public sector recruits staff, lets contracts and buys goods and services in the regions identifying up to 10 communities by the end of 2016 with which to work to upgrade essential and municipal infrastructure, and introduce commensurate charges working with community leaders and organisations in Roebourne in 2016–17 to co-design a reorientation of Government-funded services to respond better to local needs and achieve better local outcomes publishing mapping of Government-funded services in the Kimberley and Pilbara during 2016–17 to support work between government agencies, other organisations and communities on developing place-based service systems commencing an initiative in Kununurra in 2016–17 with community leaders and organisations to co-design a family-centred, earlier intervention service delivery model to support and enable better outcomes for local families continuing to support the trial and evaluation of the Australian Government's cashless debit card in the East Kimberley working with the Australian Government to implement the Compulsory Rent Deduction Scheme in WA. Mr Redman said the State Government would invest over time to upgrade essential and municipal infrastructure such as power, water and roads, starting in larger remote communities that had the most potential to grow and be sustainable. Fact File About 12,000 Aboriginal people live in remote communities in WA Regional services reform is focused initially on the Kimberley and Pilbara and will expand to other regions over time The $175 million housing program, $25 million Kimberley Schools Project and $20 million town-based reserves project are supported by the Royalties for Regions program 'Resilient Families Strong Communities A roadmap for regional and remote Aboriginal communities' is available at http// Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400
Bunbury headquarters first for WA public sector30220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21340html11/07/2016 3:38:44 AM2016-07-11T03:30:00Za ​Liberal National Government delivers on public sector decentralisation $28.9m Royalties for Regions funding for agency headquarters and visitor centre The Liberal National Government is forging ahead with its commitment to decentralise public sector agencies, with development starting soon on the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury. Premier Colin Barnett, on site in Bunbury today, said although decentralisation had been talked about for the past 30 years, very little had actually been done by previous governments to deliver such an outcome for regional communities. "The relocation of parts of the public service, in this case Parks and Wildlife headquarters to Bunbury, will attract new investment and skills to the region and provide ongoing economic and social benefits," Mr Barnett said. "The move will initially see 100 staff from Parks and Wildlife located in the new development, generating more than $25 million per year for the local economy, with plans for the number of staff to increase to 300 within 10 years." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the development of the new headquarters included the creation of a state-of-the-art visitor gateway for Western Australia's south-west. "The development is being done over three stages and, when completed, will include a wide range of facilities including a landscaped pedestrian avenue to link the Leschenault Inlet to Koombana Bay, a new lookout, walk trails, a playground and renewal of the mangrove boardwalks," Mr Jacob said. "The area's rich history and natural environment, including significant maritime values, has been incorporated into the design and will be featured throughout the buildings, landscaping, artwork, interpretative information and boardwalk restoration. "The project highlights the importance the State Government places on encouraging people to visit national and marine parks, and other natural attractions of the greater south-west region." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $28.9 million project, funded under the Royalties for Regions program, would stimulate the growth of the Bunbury region. "The relocation of a major government department to a regional centre such as Bunbury is a huge step forward for regional development in WA. On the project's completion, it is estimated the total population benefit to the region will be 1,545 people with an economic output of $75 million per annum - a huge positive impact," Mr Redman said. Fact File Construction of the landscape enhancements will start in October 2016 and be completed in mid-2017 Office accommodation construction will start in early 2017 and be completed by late 2018 The headquarters will be located on Koombana Drive, Koombana Bay, Bunbury Premier's office - 6552 5000
New judge for the WA Supreme Court105829Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17350html30/06/2016 12:35:06 AM2016-06-29T22:45:00Za Katrina Banks-Smith SC appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of WA Role starts on July 18, 2016 The Liberal National Government has appointed Katrina Banks-Smith SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Attorney General Michael Mischin said Ms Banks-Smith has an excellent reputation among the legal profession as a learned and experienced counsel. Ms Banks-Smith was admitted to practice in 1990 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2013. She has degrees from the universities of Tasmania and Cambridge. She became a partner at Parker & Parker (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in 1996 and was the head of Freehills' Perth litigation group from 2007-09. Ms Banks-Smith was awarded Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2009 by the Women Lawyers of Western Australia. Her principal area of practice has been in complex commercial litigation, with particular focus on insolvency. Ms Banks-Smith SC will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of the Hon. Justice Carmel McLure. Fact File The Liberal National Government last week appointed Sandra De Maio and Anne Longden as Magistrates of the Magistrates Court and Children's Court Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
$1.5 million for South-West lighthouse precincts30249Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6220html1/07/2016 5:28:34 AM2016-07-01T05:15:00Za Redevelopment of Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste lighthouse precincts Supports the region's growth, creating vibrant places to live, visit and invest Made possible by Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced funding of $1.5 million from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program for the redevelopment of the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste lighthouse precincts. Mr Redman said the redevelopment project would dramatically improve facilities at the two historic lighthouses, situated in Augusta and Dunsborough. "The Capes lighthouses are icons of the South-West that currently attract 150,000 visitors per year," he said. "Not only are they a valuable part of our State's maritime heritage, they also bookend the Cape to Cape walking track and act as the starting point for events like the Augusta Adventure Fest and Cape to Cape MTB." The $1.5 million Royalties for Regions investment will contribute to capital works on eight buildings across the two sites to increase visitor capacity, develop new interpretation services and add new attractions such as a cafe, playground and lookout. "On top of the investments in regional events, tourism marketing and infrastructure like the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport; Margaret River Perimeter Road; and Augusta Boat Harbour, the lighthouse project is another example of how Royalties for Regions is supporting tourism in the South-West," the Minister said. The project is one of the first to be funded through the $642 million State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint initiative. The total cost of the project is $1.75 million, with the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association contributing the remaining $250,000. Fact File Since 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.9 billion in more than 3,700 regional projects and programs The redevelopment project is scheduled to be completed by June 2017 Both lighthouse precincts are identified for an upgrade in the South West Development Commission's Regional Blueprint Minister's office - 6552 6700
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Hatchery funding to spawn aquaculture growth30522Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12100html5/05/2016 4:44:57 AM2016-05-05T04:30:00Z $2.3 million State Budget commitment to Albany shellfish hatchery Further $1.3 million to expand investor-ready aquaculture zones The Liberal National Government has reaffirmed its support for Western Australia's emerging aquaculture industry in the 2016-17 State Budget with a $2.3 million investment in a new multi-species shellfish hatchery in Albany. Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the large-scale industry-run mussel, oyster and pearl production hatchery would be set up at the Albany Aquaculture Park, Frenchman's Bay (adjacent to Whaleworld). "It's expected the hatchery will be fully self-funded within 10 years, once the industry has reached sufficient scale," he said. "By establishing a shellfish hatchery in Albany, the Government is putting in place the foundation for the expansion of shellfish aquaculture throughout the State. "Industry feedback tells us there is a lack of access to spat (mollusc seed or juveniles), which is a major impediment to industry growth and sustainability. The Albany hatchery will become an important supply source while opening up opportunities for the culture of other species. "Our wild catch fisheries - including prawns, scale fish, abalone and rock lobster - have an outstanding reputation, however there are natural limits to supply. Developing our capacity for fish farming will be important to meet growing global demand for seafood." Mr Francis said the State Budget also included $1.3 million to expand investor-ready aquaculture zones across the State, which built on a 2011 commitment to establish environmentally approved zones in the Kimberley and Mid-West. "The total $3.6 million investment is part of the Government's long-term plan to develop a sustainable aquaculture industry, creating local jobs and opportunities," he said. Fact File Aquaculture is the world's fastest-growing food production sector WA's commercial fisheries and aquaculture are worth about $490 million per year Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Royalties for Regions continues to grow economy2115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10570html12/05/2016 6:30:35 AM2016-05-12T06:30:00Z Royalties for Regions $3.78 billion investment over the next four years in regional WA Royalties for Regions to provide $872 million for regional investment in 2016-17 Delivery of major infrastructure projects while ensuring economic development of regional communities The State Government's 2016-17 State Budget will invest $3.78 billion over the next four years to build vibrant regions with strong economies through Royalties for Regions initiatives in health, community support services, education, Aboriginal development, agriculture, tourism, economic development and the arts. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the investment would provide essential services and infrastructure that would attract investment, grow economies and create jobs and opportunities for regional communities. "The Government is determined to invest in initiatives that establish the socio-economic foundations for development and drive growth and new investment," Dr Nahan said. Royalties for Regions will continue to support major development programs over the Budget and forward estimates, such as the State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative ($642 million), Growing Our South ($424 million), Pilbara Cities ($573 million); and revitalisation plans for West and East Kimberley ($14 million), Goldfields-Esperance ($133.9 million), Mid-West ($115 million) and Gascoyne ($16 million). Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $3.78 billion investment would build infrastructure to grow the State, develop economic opportunities and improve targeted social programs. "Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing our regions and this investment will help regional communities realise their economic potential for the benefit of all West Australians," Mr Redman said. "The Government's investment of $642 million - in the Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative reflects the commitment to develop strategic economic, social and community development projects across regional WA." Funding across the Budget and forward estimates for new projects in the 2016-17 State Budget include $20 million for the WA Open for Business project to help the agriculture and food sectors increase trade and investment activities in the sectors $49.3 million for the Transform Peel project to create the Peel Business Park Nambeelup, Peel Food Zone and the Peel Integrated Water Initiative $58.3 million to provide an alternative route for the Margaret River Perimeter Road to reduce heavy vehicle traffic through the main street of Margaret River $16 million for the Regional Film Fund to support the development of high-quality Australian and international film productions in WA $24.9 million to begin the transformation of Bunbury's waterfront $49.7 million to redevelop Newman's health services $22.3 million to revitalise Manjimup's town centre, including transformation of the Timber and Heritage Park precinct, upgraded facilities and safety improvements $15.7 million for the Katanning SuperTown Heritage Centre Project to construct tourism capital works projects that will deliver economic benefits to the town $10 million per year from 2017-18 to 2019-20 for the funding of the Exploration Incentive Scheme to encourage investment in the minerals and energy sectors $14 million for an industry adjustment package to help potato growers in the South-West and Wheatbelt make the transition to a deregulated market $29.5 million towards the Carnarvon Community College Stage 2 to amalgamate the primary and secondary public schools. Key focus areas of the Royalties for Regions program for 2016-17 Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture $276 million over four years An extra $50 million has been added to this program (now $350 million) to capitalise on agricultural economic growth. Investment will continue to fund projects including WA Biosecurity Defence, Water for Food program, Agricultural Sciences Research and Development, Boosting Grains Research and Development Support, WA Open for Business and the Northern Beef Futures. Revitalising the Regions $1.67 billion over four years Continued investment to revitalise the regions, including funding for the State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative, Growing Our South, Pilbara Cities Initiative, Mid West Investment Plan and revitalisation plans for Goldfields-Esperance, Gascoyne and West and East Kimberley. Funding from these initiatives is also reflected in other categories listed below. Health $822 million over four years Continued investment for the North West Health Initiative, Patient Assisted Travel Scheme, Regional Men's Health, Renal Dialysis Service Expansion, Ear Health, Goldfields Emergency Telehealth and Southern Inland Health Initiative. New projects include Karratha Health Campus and Newman Health Service Redevelopment. Community Support Services $651 million over four years Continued support for Regional Grants Scheme, Community Chest Grant Scheme, Country Age Pension Fuel Card, Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card, Regional Police Incentives, Regional Workers Incentives, South-West Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service, Fire Crew Protection, Regional Telecommunications Project - Stage 2, Avonlink Enhancement Project, Community Safety Network and the Creative Regions Program. New projects include the Revitalising Waterways of Geographe Bay and Regional Estuaries Initiative. Education $110 million over four years Continued investment in the Boarding Away from Home Allowance, Better Beginnings, Pilbara Institute - Electrical Specialist Centre, Allied Health Training Centre and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School. New investment will also support Stage 2 development of the Carnarvon Community College. Sport and Recreation $115 million over four years Continued investment in the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme and the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme, Community Pools Revitalisation program, the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme and the Albany Entertainment Centre. Economic Development $220 million over four years Continued investment in the Exmouth Boat Harbour and new investment towards a Bunbury-based Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters. Aboriginal Development Initiatives $118 million over four years Continued investment in the Regional Youth Justice Strategy - Kimberley and Pilbara Expansion, and the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program Regional Services Reform A further $50 million has been allocated to the Regional Reform Fund Special Purpose Account in 2017-18 with an initial focus on regional Aboriginal reform initiatives. Tourism $268 million over four years Continued investment in the new Kimberley national parks, Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, Great Kimberley Marine Park, Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan, Road Coach Replacement, Marine Parks Management, Regional Events Program, Regional Tourism Marketing Campaign, Living Lakes and Aboriginal Tourism Development Program. Fact File Royalties for Regions investment provides infrastructure and services that help to build vibrant regional communities with strong economies Since 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts WA Budget statements are available at http// Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Funding for suicide prevention co-ordinators75059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8320html22/06/2016 3:00:11 AM2016-06-22T03:00:00Za New suicide prevention co-ordinator roles for Goldfields, South-West and Wheatbelt First phase of major $3.5 million initiative Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell today announced the first three of a total of seven suicide prevention co-ordinators scheduled for placement in Western Australia in 2016. Co-ordinators will be placed in the Goldfields, Wheatbelt and South-West regions in the first phase of a $3.5 million initiative to promote suicide prevention, and increase community resilience and ability to respond to suicide. "These new positions fulfil a number of actions identified as part of the Liberal National Government's Suicide Prevention 2020 Strategy," Ms Mitchell said. "These new co-ordinators will be facilitators to assist services on the ground to work in partnership to improve support and care for those affected by suicide and suicide attempts. "While there is a range of support services available for people in crisis in regional areas, these new positions will increase the capacity of communities to identify and respond to suicide and related mental health issues as well as to promote suicide prevention services and initiatives. "Co-ordinators will promote suicide prevention training and self-help activities to at-risk groups, as well as training for professionals and to first responders to a suicide." The Minister said phase two of the program, which would place co-ordinators in the Kimberley and Mid-West, would be announced soon, and the placement of two co-ordinators in the metropolitan area was also expected later in 2016. The Mental Health Commission has signed agreements with Holyoake in the Wheatbelt, Hope Community Services in the Goldfields and St John of God Health Care in the South-West. Fact File The Liberal National Government's $25.9 million suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020, includes six action areas, including providing local support and community prevention across the lifespan On average, in WA one person loses their life to suicide each day Minister's office - 6552 6900
Tough new laws to pull the brakes on hoons9241Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7880html19/06/2016 5:00:05 AM2016-06-18T23:00:00Za Hoon vehicles could be permanently confiscated on some first offences Will be easier to sell hoon vehicles for re-use or scrap metal New powers to seize and confiscate unlicensed motorbikes Covert hoon cameras to help enforce new laws The Liberal National Government has again achieved another major election commitment, delivering tough new laws making it easier to permanently confiscate vehicles of hoon drivers. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the new legislation, being introduced to State Parliament this week, responded to community frustration and fears of dangerous hoon drivers in their streets. Mrs Harvey said under the new laws, courts could order permanent vehicle confiscation on a first offence if a motorist did any of the following committed a hoon offence in an active school zone travelled 90kmh or more above the speed limit committed a hoon offence in a 50kmh or less zone (suburban street) which could result in harm or distress to a person or resulted in property damage, including the road. "These new laws build on our successful existing hoon legislation and initiatives such as covert hoon cameras, which will help enforce the new laws," she said. "The new laws mean if you put our schoolchildren and residents in danger with your childish and reckless driving, you could lose your car for good." The Minister said the new laws would remove the red tape which tied up the permanent confiscation process and the resale or scrapping of uncollected hoon vehicles, saving taxpayers money. "After the 28-day impoundment, the owner has three weeks to collect the vehicle or it's gone and the surplus money will be deposited into the Road Trauma Trust Account," she said. "Forty-nine days is plenty of time for an owner to organise collection of their vehicle." Mrs Harvey said the new laws would also give police the power to seize unlicensed motorcycles such as trail bikes if they reasonably suspected they had been illegally ridden on the road. "This will help address increasing complaints about the danger, noise and disruption caused by unlicensed, and mostly unroadworthy, trail bikes being illegally ridden on our roads," she said. Fact File In 2015, WA Police impounded 2,028 vehicles for hoon offences Currently about 1,700 hoon and no authority to drive vehicles are awaiting collection Illegal trail bike complaints have increased 90% over the past three years Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900
Economic growth key for regional development8701Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10530html8/06/2016 3:02:06 AM2016-06-08T03:00:00Za Report highlights economic growth opportunities for WA's regions Liberal National Government's regional development agenda focused on building a skilled workforce and creating jobs Economic development, an innovative and skilled workforce and growing export markets were just some of the opportunities highlighted in the CEDA State of the Regions series report, released today. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman launched the report at the CEDA State of the Regions Series Regional development in Western Australia event. The report is the culmination of a two-year regional event series held by CEDA in each of the nine regions across the State. "The final report captures the key findings and outcomes of the series and outlines an action plan for capitalising on opportunities to ensure sustainable, long-term growth for our regions," Mr Redman said. "CEDA's State of the Regions series has generated robust discussion on development and growth opportunities within WA's regional economies. "The series has also provided the nine regional development commissions with a platform to outline the growth and development aspirations mapped out in their Regional Investment Blueprints." The Minister also outlined a strategic approach to building vibrant regions with strong economies, with the release of the Regional Development Strategy 2016-2025. "Our regions are vital drivers of the State's economy, contributing more than one-third of WA's economic activity and 95 per cent of the State's exports," he said. "As WA's economy transitions, regional development is uniquely positioned to help broaden the economy through a focus on jobs and growth. "The Regional Development Strategy provides a framework to prioritise and progress the development opportunities with the most potential emerging from blueprints and other sources." Fact File For a copy of the CEDA State of the Regions series report, visit http// The Department of Regional Development's Regional Development Strategy is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6700