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Deadline looms to strike remote communities deal24960Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 9:32:52 AM2018-06-25T08:00:00Z Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yet to respond to calls to renew a funding deal Previous 10-year, $1.2 billion agreement due to expire on June 30 PM asked 'Don't walk away' from indigenous Australians The clock is ticking for the Federal Government to make an acceptable offer to the Western Australian Government to jointly fund remote communities. The previous agreement - a 10-year deal that saw a $1.2 billion Federal contribution - will expire on June 30, 2018, and the Commonwealth has indicated it intends to sever the arrangement and make the funding of remote communities solely a State responsibility. The McGowan Government currently commits about $86 million annually to support about 12,000 people living in 165 remote communities across the State through the provision of housing, community infrastructure and related services. Premier Mark McGowan wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on May 11, detailing his serious concerns about the consequences of the Federal Government walking away from an ongoing arrangement to jointly support remote communities. The Premier is yet to receive a reply from the PM and ongoing talks between respective State and Commonwealth officials have failed to deliver a new agreement at this point. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "WA's State Government contributes more than $86 million annually to support remote communities and help indigenous people continue their connection to culture and land. "The Federal Government has historically jointly funded these communities. But in less than a week, it plans to walk away from this joint responsibility. Why? "We need to secure the long-term future of the 165 remote communities in WA that thousands of people call home." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "This is the single biggest cut to regional WA that will affect thousands of the most disadvantaged people in the country, yet we have heard nothing from the State Liberal or National parties to help them to convince their Federal colleagues to change their position. "The Liberal and National parties have let down WA." Housing Minister's office - 6552 5300 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Processors step up to take stranded sheep24956Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 7:50:13 AM2018-06-25T07:45:00Z Western Australian meat processors willing to take on sheep left stranded after the suspension of a major exporter's live export licence State Government to convene industry meeting this week to develop a longer-term response plan Major Western Australian meat processors have offered to work together to take on the 60,000 sheep currently in a Perth feedlot, after the Federal Government suspended a major live exporter's licence. The McGowan Government has been working with meat processors over the last two months in preparation for a reduction in the northern summer live export trade. Western Australian meat processor, Fletcher International Exports has confirmed to the State Government that it is willing to purchase the 60,000 sheep stranded in a local feedlot, and is working with other local processors to take on additional sheep in coming months. The sheep could be held in the feedlot over the next few weeks before they are processed and sold into domestic and international markets. The State Government will lead a meeting of producers and industry representatives later this week to develop a longer-term strategy to address challenges in the live export industry. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "As it became clear early in the year that live exports during the northern late summer were not sustainable, I brought together Western Australian meat processors to discuss capacity during the period - and they made it clear they could increase their capacity. "While the short notice provided by the Federal Government before suspending Emanuel Exports' licence has created challenges, processors have indicated today that they can take on the sheep left stranded in a local feedlot. "Processors are working collaboratively together and with the State Government to absorb the sheep that cannot be transferred over the next few months. "There are many exciting new opportunities for processed sheep meat in markets like Iran and China." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Telehealth Awareness Week24955Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 7:21:14 AM2018-06-25T07:15:00Z This week is Telehealth Awareness Week (June 25-29) Country patients are encouraged to ask their specialists if they can use telehealth for their next appointment In 2017, telehealth saved WA country patients from travelling 27.3 million kilometres - to the moon and back about 35 times Investment in technology over the past year has added 600 telehealth-enabled consult rooms, enabling thousands of more patients to access specialist care from regional locations. During Telehealth Awareness Week, people are encouraged to ask their specialist if they can have their appointments at their local health service, rather than travelling to Perth. In 2017, more than 18,000 country patients had their specialist outpatient appointments using videoconferencing equipment as part of the telehealth network - an average of 350 consults per week. As new hospitals are being built across the State they are being equipped with telehealth points - with 300 telehealth locations at Perth Children's Hospital alone. More than 30 outpatient specialties are delivered via telehealth for country people. The top five in 2017 were plastic surgery, respiratory medicine, haematology, orthopaedics and gastroenterology. Health services delivered by telehealth include emergency care, cancer treatment, palliative care, mental health, stroke care, surgical follow-up, wound care, and education for chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma. As well as investing in health infrastructure, the Western Australian Government is also investing in innovative clinical service development so that health care reaches those who need it the most. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "It is important that patients can stay in their community, close to family and friends as much as possible when receiving health care. "It is fantastic to see that telehealth, which enables people to stay closer to their communities, is becoming 'business as usual' for our health system. "The Government is committed to delivering sustainable health care to people right across Western Australia, and this includes delivering health services close to where people live. "The network of country and metropolitan telehealth-enabled services will continue to expand over the coming year, offering a broad range of health care to both metropolitan and country patients. "This will further our efforts to bring health care closer to home for patients across WA." Minister's office - 6552 6500
McGowan Government secures Perth Motorplex for 12 months as buyer sought24954Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 7:06:13 AM2018-06-25T07:00:00Z The State Government will continue to operate Perth Motorplex for another 12 months VenuesWest continues to seek private sector buyer for venue's long-term future The McGowan Government will continue to run Perth Motorplex for the next 12 months as it seeks a permanent operator to take on the facility. The State Government's venues arm, VenuesWest, will continue to manage the facility and the process towards securing a suitable long-term buyer or operator for the venue. The State Government believes engaging an operator from the private sector is the best option for Perth Motorplex's long-term sustainability. VenuesWest has managed Perth Motorplex on behalf of the State Government since July 2016. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "We understand how important Perth Motorplex is to Western Australia's motor racing fans, participants and those whose livelihoods depend on the industry. "Ultimately the State Government believes the venue will be best operated by the private sector in the long term. "For the coming season while we seek out an appropriate private sector buyer or operator, the State Government is committed to ensuring quality motor racing can continue for the benefit of local fans and the industry." Comment attributed to Kwinana MLA Roger Cook "The Perth Motorplex is an iconic part of the Kwinana community. I commend the McGowan Government for stepping up to ensure this important and popular local facility remains open, so it can continue to provide entertainment to the many Kwinana families who enjoy spending time there." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Carnarvon and Monkey Mia to benefit from community airfares24952Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 5:56:25 AM2018-06-25T05:45:00Z New flight schedules to commence with discounted community airfares State Government committed to facilitating cheaper regional airfares New approach to support tourism and regional community connectivity People travelling to Monkey Mia and Carnarvon will benefit from discounted airfares offered by Regional Express (Rex), from July 2, 2018. The Perth-Monkey Mia-Carnarvon air route will be serviced by Rex after a five-year agreement to provide regulated air services was signed between the State Government and Rex earlier this year. An innovative approach to reducing airfares on the route has resulted in Rex engaging with the owner of Shark Bay Airport (commonly referred to as Monkey Mia Airport), RAC; the Shire of Carnarvon, owner of Carnarvon Airport; and Perth Airport, to implement the Rex Community Fare scheme. The State Government continues to work with airlines and stakeholders to find collaborative ways to reduce regional airfares. Implementing community fares is one way the State Government is responding to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Regional Airfares, to help reduce airfares on regional air routes. The Rex Community Fare, which is still subject to final approval by the Shire of Carnarvon on June 26, will be $157 and $199 one way, including all taxes and fees for Monkey Mia and Carnarvon travellers respectively. These fares will be available for 25 per cent of the seat availability for sales at least 60 days prior to departure. The community fare will also be applied to all remaining available seats within one day prior to departure. Passengers will have access to 24 air services between Perth and Carnarvon and 12 air services between Perth and Monkey Mia weekly, operated in a 34-seat aircraft. Rex flights are also connected to the Global Distribution System, which is used by most travel agents and online booking providers, making it easier for passengers to book and package flights and accommodation. Widening of the Monkey Mia Airport runway was recently completed, allowing Rex aircraft to operate at the airport. The upgrades totalling more than $600,000, were jointly funded by the Department of Transport's Regional Airports Development Scheme and RAC, as the Monkey Mia airport owner. Flight schedules and fares are available at http// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "This is a fantastic example of collaboration between airlines, the State Government and airport owners to find ways to reduce airfares on regional air routes. "These community airfares, along with increases to flight schedules will provide more opportunities for local residents to travel to Perth and for people to visit Monkey Mia, Carnarvon and the Gascoyne region. "Rex's approach of putting all unsold seats on sale 24 hours prior to departure is the type of innovative approach we are looking for all airlines to undertake in regional aviation. "This approach was first trialled on the Albany and Esperance air routes, and the community is responding positively to these discounted fares. "Such initiatives need to be commercially successful and I am pleased to see that the community fare, which was first trialled in WA, is now being rolled out into other States of Australia." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Making destinations such as Monkey Mia and Carnarvon more accessible through affordable airfares is great news for WA's tourism industry. "Not only will it mean locals can travel to Perth for a lower fare but interstate and international visitors can explore everything the region has to offer for a reasonable rate, provided they meet the applicable conditions. "Tourism WA has a Two-Year Action Plan, which is the State Government's blueprint for how we will reinvigorate the tourism industry around the State and grow the number of visitors to WA over the next two years. "A central part of the plan is to increase regional visitation by improving regional aviation access and affordability and this innovative approach by Rex and the participating airports is helping us achieve that goal." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500Tourism Minister's office – 6552 5600
Westport information sessions open to the community24950Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 3:37:48 AM2018-06-25T03:30:00Z Community information sessions regarding the future Outer Harbour start in July Team of experts to discuss a variety of port planning considerations Part of the McGowan Government's long-term alternative to the flawed Perth Freight Link project A series of community information sessions will take place throughout July, giving community members an opportunity to learn more about the Westport Strategy. The six interactive sessions will be held in Fremantle, Kwinana and Bunbury, where community members can drop in to find out more about the land use, transport, environmental and economic issues being considered in the development of the strategy. The sessions will build on previous feedback provided by the community, which is summarised in the consultation report 'Westport What you have told us'. All feedback received at the sessions will be used to inform the next discussion paper, which will be released for comment later this year. Once complete, the Westport Strategy will fulfil an election commitment to plan solutions for port and freight related transport issues in Western Australia to meet the needs and expectations of the community and industry into the future. Details of the location and timing for each information session are available on the Department of Transport's website at http// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The information sessions are a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the Westport Strategy and to hear first-hand from the people tasked with delivering it. "The State's future freight network is a topic that indirectly impacts all Western Australians and it is therefore important that there are a number of opportunities for people to get involved in the planning process. "While everyone has different views, opinions and experiences, the strong community interest to date reflects the importance of getting this planning right. "These sessions will be the first of many planned as the project progresses." Comments attributed to Westport chairperson Nicole Lockwood "We are pleased with the level of participation from stakeholders to date however we want to offer other groups and individuals in our community an opportunity to learn more about the strategy and to have their say on the freight future of this State. "The community is invited to drop in at any time during the sessions to speak with members of the Westport project team, have their questions answered and provide feedback. "I would also encourage anyone wanting to stay up-to-date with the latest project news to subscribe to the mailing list on the Westport page of the Department of Transport's website." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Hunt is on for WA's best STEM education schools24948Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 2:14:41 AM2018-06-25T02:00:00Z Applications for the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards now open The awards recognise schools that demonstrate excellence in leadership, teaching, collaboration and student engagement in STEM education McGowan Government investing in STEM education to skill WA kids for the jobs of the future The search is on for Western Australia's leading STEM education schools, with applications opening today (June 25) for the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards. The awards, now in their fourth year, aim to raise awareness of the importance of STEM education among school leadership, and incentivise schools to support their teachers in undertaking STEM initiatives. This year, the State Government is working closely with Scitech and a committee of representatives from the education community to deliver the awards. The prizes awarded in both primary and secondary school categories include $2,000 for the Leadership Excellence Award (winner); $1,000 for the Meritorious Leadership Awards (runner-up); An invitation for staff and students to visit Government House; and A Scitech visit for up to 90 students. The winning schools will be selected by expert judging panels and announced at a presentation ceremony at Government House in November 2018. Applications close on August 20, 2018. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Science and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "The world is changing fast and many of the jobs that exist now, and are likely to exist in the future, were not around five or 10 years ago. "We need to ensure all students have STEM skills for the jobs of the future, and reskill the current workforce with the STEM skills to embrace technological change. "The Governor's School STEM Awards aim to inspire students across Western Australia to pursue studies, and ultimately careers, in STEM-related fields. "I thank Scitech and the committee for their valued contribution in delivering the awards across all school sectors." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Building our STEM capacity is in the long-term interest of Western Australian students, our current workforce and employers - an investment in STEM is an investment in the jobs of the future. "Employers are looking for people with skills that STEM subjects help develop - teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication - and these skills are transferable across careers." Comments attributed to the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia "I am honoured to support the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards and continue the legacy of the previous governor as patron of the awards and host of the awards ceremony in November. "We need to ensure all Western Australians have access to STEM opportunities, especially our students. In the midst of a global digital revolution, productivity and success in STEM-related fields is crucial for our State. "These awards play an important part in encouraging students to study STEM subjects at both primary and secondary levels." Science and Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Suspension of Emanuel Exports live export licence welcomed24946Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/06/2018 12:31:53 AM2018-06-23T03:20:00Z McGowan Government welcomes suspension of Emanuel Exports' live export licence Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the Federal Government's action to suspend the live export licence of Perth-based Emanuel Exports. Emanuel Exports is the company behind the Awassi Express sheep shipment to the Middle East last year when thousands of sheep died from heat stress. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government welcomes yesterday's announcement by the Federal Government to suspend the export licence of Emanuel Exports. "For many months we have said the elements that have undermined the industry's credibility should be brought to account. "We believe yesterday's decision vindicates the work we have been doing to find alternative markets to supply during the Middle Eastern high summer. "This has involved working closely with meat processors and examining alternatives including the export of chilled and boxed meat. "It was always going to be unsustainable to allow ships to go to the Middle East in the northern high summer months. "The Federal Government's decision reflects that reality. "We again extend our offer to work cooperatively with the Federal Government in our respective investigations into animal welfare issues relating to live sheep exports as well as in finding other ways of providing sheep meat to the Middle East." Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Government welcomes regional WA shortlist for new Qantas pilot academy1381Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3980html22/06/2018 8:20:21 AM2018-06-22T08:15:00Z Regional WA being considered as a location for new Qantas Group Pilot Academy Busselton one of nine regional cities across Australia to be shortlisted for the academy Significant regional development opportunity for Western Australia Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia today welcomed Qantas' announcement to consider Busselton as a regional location for its new Qantas Group Pilot Academy. Qantas will invest up to $20 million to establish a pilot training academy in regional Australia by 2019. The Western Australian Government was invited to submit a bid to locate the academy in regional WA, and provided a list of six proposed locations. More than 60 regional cities across Australia put forward a proposal, of which nine were shortlisted. The Western Australian Government recognises the opportunity to secure the academy and deliver an economic boost to the region, while building on the State's advantages including climate, time zone with Asia, space, existing infrastructure and supportive industries to develop a pilot training hub in WA. The Western Australian Government has fostered a strong working relationship with Qantas, working together on marketing and route development for the London-Perth direct service and the Perth-Broome initiative. Qantas' proposed academy would initially train at least 100 pilots per year from 2019. Qantas intends to scale the academy to up to 500 places per year on a fee-for-service basis for other airlines. The Western Australian Pilot Training Taskforce established by the McGowan Government will now work closely with Qantas to demonstrate Busselton's comparative advantages for pilot training. A final decision on the academy's location is due to be made in the third quarter of this year. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This shortlisting is a big vote of confidence in Busselton. "It recognises not only the great blue skies but also the aviation infrastructure and the lifestyle on offer in the region. "We will work with the City of Busselton along with the City of Bunbury and the Shire of Manjimup to give us the best opportunity to win the academy for WA." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "I welcome Qantas' announcement to consider Busselton as the location for its new Qantas Group Pilot Academy. "Busselton is a highly attractive location for pilot training in terms of weather, abundance of space and existing infrastructure. "The McGowan Government has been working hard to consolidate our recent success in building WA's role as the western gateway to Australia, Asia and beyond - and a pilot training school would be a strong step forward for WA as an aviation transport hub." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "WA would be the perfect home for the Qantas Group Pilot Academy and we will be working hard as a State Government to secure it. "We are committed to ensuring that regional Western Australians have access to air services." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
New strategy for cultural infrastructure1380Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4460html22/06/2018 7:50:28 AM2018-06-22T07:50:00Z WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy consultation was launched this week A strategy for cultural infrastructure will enhance State vibrancy Stakeholder consultation has commenced The lives of Western Australians will be enriched by having greater access to art and cultural experiences thanks to a WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy. In a Western Australian first, the strategy will identify opportunities in urban, suburban, regional and remote areas for new or improved cultural infrastructure that will lead to more vibrant and empowered communities and economies. It will celebrate Western Australia's rich traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, and promote our State as a destination of choice. This consultation follows a review of existing cultural infrastructure strategies, State planning frameworks, policies and blueprints, strategic cultural regions and cities relevant to Western Australia, emerging global trends and cultural planning best practice. Stakeholder consultation has started and will include public and community consultation on the final draft in November 2018. The WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy consultation will be administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Western Australia has incredible cultural assets that are unique and can contribute to our identity and growth, and I was proud to launch the strategy consultation this week. "Culture plays an essential role in public planning and must be strategically integrated into State planning policy and investment if its benefits are to be realised. "Cultural infrastructure provides spaces for a thriving cultural life and fosters community connections, ideas and innovations that are a critical requirement for social and economic growth. "For the first time, WA's Aboriginal cultural values will underpin our strategy to enhance all our cultural places and spaces contributing to our unique sense of identity. "The benefits of a rich culture to our State can never be underestimated, particularly for tourism and the economy." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Puppet show pulls on heartstrings across Western Australia1376Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4270html22/06/2018 5:41:40 AM2018-06-22T05:40:00Z Bambert's Book of Lost Stories to tour regional Western Australia Show selected after participating in CircuitWest's WA Showcase Regional venues can choose the performing arts events presented A visually stunning children's puppet show about friendship and overcoming isolation is embarking on a tour of regional Western Australia. Barking Gecko Theatre Company will present their Helpmann Award-winning Bambert's Book of Lost Stories in Merredin, Mandurah and Albany from today (June 22) to June 30, 2018. The family-friendly show was selected to tour these regional communities after taking part in CircuitWest's WA Showcase in 2017. The annual WA Showcase is a one-stop-shop to network with fellow artists and producers, hear from leaders in the culture and the arts sector and pitch tour-ready works to regional performing arts venues. Regional presenters can easily connect with artists and organisations and choose the shows that meet local community needs. The regional tour is made possible from Royalties for Regions funding and is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Bambert's Book of Lost Stories tells the story of a small and quiet man with a love for writing. "With its themes of friendship, empathy and overcoming isolation, I'm sure this show will resonate with regional audiences. "This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to witness this award-winning show after its tour of Melbourne." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Barking Gecko Theatre Company's tour of regional Western Australia recognises that regional communities have a great thirst for cultural experiences. "I can thoroughly recommend Bambert's Book of Lost Stories to the kids of regional WA." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Joint media statement - Perth’s southern suburbs job creating, congestion tackling combo fix1375Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9500html22/06/2018 5:21:28 AM2018-06-22T05:20:00Z Southern suburban residents will soon experience traffic relief once the job-creating, congestion tackling roads transformation package at Armadale Road and the Kwinana Freeway is complete. Works on the three key road projects in the area are taking shape, with the dualling of Armadale Road from Tapper to Anstey Roads underway and key milestones reached on a new bridge to connect Armadale Road and North Lake Road over the freeway and the widening of Kwinana Freeway northbound between Russell Road and Farrington Road. Premier Mark McGowan said the road infrastructure boost in Perth's southern suburbs was much needed to combat major congestion bottlenecks in and out of the fast growing area. "It's terrific to see these job-creating projects underway. We're getting on with the job and upgrading our road network, and it's been made possible by reallocating Perth Freight Link funding," Mr McGowan said. "These road upgrades are aimed at making people's daily travels that much easier - whether they're going about their everyday business in the area or they're doing a bigger commute to and from the Perth CBD and beyond - the aim is to reduce traffic congestion so people can spend more time doing what they love. "My government is committed to fixing congestion on our roads and upon being elected to office, we've put what we said into practice immediately." Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the projects would lead to shorter, more predictable journey times for people living in Perth's southern suburbs while also ensuring easier access to key services and employment hubs, including the Murdoch Activity Centre. "These vital projects will help transform Perth's south, making it easier for locals to get where they need to go sooner and safer - whether they're travelling to work, or home, or to pick the kids up from school," Mr Fletcher said. "These projects combined are also expected to support 2,590 jobs - a great example of how the Turnbull Government's $11 billion investment in WA's roads and rail is creating jobs and supporting the economy as well as tackling congestion and improving liveability." Work on the Kwinana Freeway widening between Success and Jandakot will also soon get underway with the contract having now been awarded. BMD Constructions Pty Ltd will deliver the works from Russell Road to just south of Roe Highway following a competitive tender process. The remaining one kilometre of works through to Farrington Road is underway and being delivered by the Murdoch Drive Connection project with the overall Kwinana Freeway Widening project scheduled for completion by late 2019. WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the two-lane section of Kwinana Freeway between Russell Road and Farrington Road was one of the most congested sections of road in Perth. "These upgrades will be a major benefit for those travelling through the well-known congestion hotspot near Cockburn Central. This notorious intersection is impacting travel times and creating safety risks for motorists," Ms Saffioti said. "The $49 million Kwinana Freeway Widening project, of which this contract forms a key part, will provide capacity for an extra 1,800 vehicles per hour. This will significantly improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for those commuting to the CBD or our northern suburbs." Expressions of Interest have now also been called from industry for the $237 million project to construct a bridge between Armadale Road and North Lake Road, which will address congestion at the Kwinana Freeway, Armadale Road and Beeliar Drive interchange - Perth's fifth most congested intersection. WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds said the project would effectively create a bypass around Cockburn Central Train Station and the Cockburn Gateway shopping centre. "This will lead to shorter and more consistent journey times, while road safety will be improved through the removal of the well-known pinch point at the current intersection," Senator Reynolds said. "For users of public transport, the project will improve access to and from Cockburn Central Train Station, alleviating heavy congestion around the station car park during peak times, while also facilitating new investment and development opportunities in the Cities of Cockburn and Armadale, creating new jobs and economic activity." The project is currently in the development phase, during which Main Roads will confirm the final scope in consultation with community and stakeholders. Key facts The Australian Government is investing $116 million to fund the $145 million Armadale Road - Anstey Road to Tapper Road Widening, slated for completion in late 2019. It will provide better access to new residential developments, Cockburn train station, Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre and the Jandakot Industrial Area. The Australian Government is investing $39.2 million to fund the $49 million Kwinana Freeway - Russell Road to Roe Highway Widening (Northbound). The Australian Government is investing $189.6 million to fund the $237 million Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge, with construction set to begin in 2019. Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
A Balcatta urban drain to be transformed into vibrant living stream1372Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5580html22/06/2018 3:02:37 AM2018-06-22T03:00:00Z $1.5 million election commitment to improve drainage in Balcatta and Stirling underway Project will improve water quality downstream, including the lakes in both the Princeton and Roselea estates in Stirling The McGowan Government is progressing an election commitment to improve drainage in Balcatta and Stirling by transforming a tired urban drain into a vibrant living stream, to the benefit of lakes downstream. The Water Corporation and the City of Stirling are working together to improve the drainage system in the Roselea Estate, which is expected to reduce damage to road surfaces and help improve water quality. The agency and council will work together to transform the drain into a living stream, to provide the community with a more attractive and environmentally valuable asset. The Water Corporation will also carry out a hydrological study, including ground and surface water monitoring, to determine a strategy to improve water quality in the drainage system and the downstream Roselea Estate lake and the Princeton Estate lake system. The alignment of a drain, which runs along Veronica Parkway, Honeymyrtle Turn and Grindleford Drive, will be modified to reduce impacts on nearby roads, which have experienced surface cracking over several years. A hydrological study of the drainage system will begin in July. The results from this study will be used to plan the development of the drain into a living stream in 2019, subject to land availability. The Water Corporation and City of Stirling are also working on a new management plan for the lake system that will better outline their responsibilities in managing the lake system in the Princeton and Roselea estates. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This project is a great example of how we can use nature to help us manage water quality in our urban waterways. "Living streams play an important role in cleaning up stormwater as it moves through the city landscape and provides new ways of improving the amenity of our public open spaces. "Water quality within the drainage system is a shared responsibility and we all have a role to play. "Communities can help improve water quality by ensuring they do not use excessive fertiliser on gardens and ensuring rubbish is placed in bins, particularly at public parks, to keep our drains and waterways free of litter." Comments attributed to Balcatta MLA David Michael "As a local councillor for over a decade, I've seen a lot of resident frustration over the regular issues that occur in the Roselea and Princeton lake system. "This project will do so much to reduce the severity of, and occurrences of some of these issues like algae and weed growth, road subsidence and rubbish accumulation. "I congratulate Minister Dave Kelly, Water Corporation and City of Stirling on the collaborative approach to resolving some of the design issues of the lake system, and for their work on a new management plan." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Minister launches inaugural Indo-Pacific Defence Conference1368Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3770html22/06/2018 2:03:00 AM2018-06-22T02:00:00Z Inaugural defence conference to be held in Perth in October Conference will showcase the best of WA-based defence industry and research capabilities Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia today announced the inaugural Indo-Pacific Defence Conference, to be held at Crown Towers in Perth on October 30 this year. Mr Papalia said the State Government had partnered with the Perth USAsia Centre to deliver the conference, working with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and the Western Australian universities. Speakers at the conference include the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia; Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Federal Minister for Defence; Senator the Hon. David Johnston, Australian Defence Export Advocate; and the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Federal Minister for Defence Industry. The full list of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Western Australia has a long and proud history of servicing and contributing to the national and international defence industry - through innovation, collaboration and providing value for money. The conference aims to establish an ongoing dialogue that builds upon WA's existing strategic economic and locational links in the Indo-Pacific region, and the potential for a greater contribution to national and regional defence and security matters. It will provide industry and, in particular, small-to-medium enterprises with the opportunity to consider the geo-strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region, and the implications and opportunities for defence and security from a regional, local and national perspective. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "This conference is an opportunity to showcase the best of existing WA-based defence industry and research capabilities to national and international stakeholders. "It will also highlight to local industry the key elements for a business to be able to deliver world-class globally competitive defence and security products and services. "The Government recognises the Indo-Pacific's role as a key economic and trade zone, and the emerging implications for national defence and regional security." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Funding to support Southern Forests reach its potential1367Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4570html22/06/2018 1:55:03 AM2018-06-22T01:50:00Z New funding of $1.5 million over three years to support activities of the Southern Forests Food Council as it unlocks new economic opportunities for the region State funding to support the Council's journey towards self-sufficiency Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced funding of $1.5 million towards the Southern Forests Food Council (SFFC), as the organisation works towards self-sufficiency. Over three years, the funding will help the Council to establish alternative revenue streams while it continues to deliver the Genuinely Southern Forests brand, connects members to new market opportunities, and identifies agricultural development opportunities. The SFFC has been operating for five years and has made a significant contribution to the local economy through promoting local produce, and establishing efficient pathways in the supply chain for producers to access new markets. Ms MacTiernan's announcement comes ahead of this weekend's Truffle Kerfuffle, which highlights the delights of the Southern Forests and reflects the Government's support for the continued growth of the region as a significant food bowl and culinary tourism destination. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The $1.5 million will enable Southern Forests Food Council to become more self-sufficient and further tap into the economic opportunities of this amazing region. "This funding will progress the work of the project to the next level, building on the momentum established over the past five years. "The McGowan Government wants to assist the Council to further trumpet the agricultural food delights of the region - including truffles - as well as build on the fantastic success of the Genuinely Southern Forests brand. "I look forward to seeing more success stories for local businesses through the Council's work." Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Government delivers essential funding to Surf Life Saving WA1366Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3860html22/06/2018 1:30:06 AM2018-06-22T01:30:00Z $1.38 million in funding secured annually until 2023 State Government committed to fund critical lifesaving equipment used across WA beaches The State Government has committed $1.38 million a year to fund critical equipment for Surf Life Saving WA. The funding, secured for the next five years, will pay for essential lifesaving equipment used on a daily basis by surf lifesavers to protect people across Western Australia enjoying our stunning beaches. This commitment by the State Government will allow Surf Life Saving WA to purchase jet skis, trailers, rescue boats, all-terrain vehicles, defibrillators, lifejackets and radios. The funding, secured in May, is a renewal of an agreement that has been in place since 2007. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will administer the grant agreement on behalf of the State Government. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "The State Government is pleased to be able to continue to support Surf Life Saving WA with $1.38 million in funding delivered annually for the next five years. "Surf Life Saving WA is the State's peak coastal safety and rescue organisation, and provides the Western Australian community with an invaluable service. "The funding will assist in the purchase of equipment essential in undertaking patrols and rescues, and running community education and training programs." Comments attributed to Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM "DFES is proud to continue this partnership with Surf Life Saving WA, with both organisations committed and passionate about the safety and protection of the WA community. "DFES and Surf Life Saving often work closely together during critical ocean search and rescue missions, in particular in regional WA where without volunteers, help would be hours away." Comments attributed to Surf Life Saving WA President Craig Smith-Gander "The value of this grant is not solely in the ability to purchase critical and expensive lifesaving equipment, but it also ensures that our clubs and volunteer lifesavers can focus on what they do best - saving lives and reducing harm on our coast. "With the valuable support of the State Government, our lifesavers can concentrate their efforts on the delivery of prevention and rescue services or training to maintain their skills for use in this high-risk environment. "We are pleased and grateful that the Government recognises this and has chosen to continue its support of our selfless volunteers." Minister's office - 6552 6300
St Emilie’s offers shelter to support young women in need1365Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3700html22/06/2018 1:05:05 AM2018-06-22T01:05:00Z New 20-bedroom accommodation facility for young women in crisis $7.5 million facility includes intensive support and mentoring program Kalamunda is now home to a new 20-bedroom crisis accommodation facility catering for up to 40 women between the ages of 13 and 33, in need of shelter and support. Housing Minister Peter Tinley today officially opened the St Emilie's crisis accommodation facility - operated by the Esther Foundation, with property and asset management services provided by Community Housing Ltd. St Emilie's, a former convent, is situated on a rural 2.6-hectare block containing a small orchard, gardens and a creek. These features complement the Esther Foundation's holistic nature of services based on healthy living, which contribute to a more stable living environment for young women. The establishment is equipped with a modern kitchen, communal dining and living area, counselling rooms and an administration area. The Esther Foundation's residential program provides essential services for residents including education, counselling, group therapy, intensive support, vocational training, creative arts classes, mentoring programs and life skills classes. St Emilie's is a partnership between the Department of Communities, the Esther Foundation and Community Housing Ltd. The Department of Communities purchased the site and associated assets for $3.9 million, contributed $200,000 to the fit-out and has leased the new facility to Community Housing Ltd. Community Housing Ltd project managed the redevelopment, negotiated a $3.4 million grant from Lotterywest and has sub-leased the management of the day-to-day operations at the facility to the Esther Foundation. Construction and refurbishment was carried out by rural builder, WBS Homes. The rich architectural history of the original convent - dating to the 1880s - was retained throughout the redevelopment, although the facility was modernised to meet current building standards. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government continues to deliver a wide range of accommodation options across the housing spectrum. "The Esther Foundation's residential program is life changing, and proven to be a success. "Today, I've met a number of women who have been supported and assisted by the Esther Foundation through hard and challenging times. "Each young woman who spends time here is looking for something new and better in life. It's not about where you've been, it's about where you want to go. "Crisis accommodation projects such as St Emilie's Lodging Facility are an integral part of the McGowan Government's soon to be released Affordable Housing Action Plan, which lays a path to support our most vulnerable Western Australians. "I also note St Emilie's directly employs 12 staff, in addition to 10 interns and 50 volunteers who assist with day-to-day operations. Another 116 people were employed throughout the life of the project. "I congratulate the Esther Foundation, Community Housing Ltd and the Department of Communities for bringing this wonderful project to fruition." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New data reveals improved local government financial sustainability1364Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6190html22/06/2018 1:00:28 AM2018-06-22T01:00:00Z Fresh data highlights the local government sector is financially strong Improvements across both regional and metropolitan local governments 2016-17 local government financial data now available on the MyCouncil website New data revealing an increase in financial sustainability across metropolitan and regional local governments is now available. The State Government's MyCouncil website - http// - has been updated with the most current financial information, and demonstrates an increase in financial sustainability across the sector. MyCouncil was launched in 2016 as a place for residents and ratepayers to find out how their local governments are raising, spending and managing their money. The website uses local government annual financial reports and Australian Bureau of Statistics information to chart the growth experienced in the sector. Residents and ratepayers can view and compare information about their local council including revenue, rate growth, payments received by elected members, and the percentage of female councillors. The local government sector in Western Australia has an operating budget of over $4.1 billion with more than 15,000 reported employees and $44.3 billion in assets. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "Local governments should be open and transparent when it comes to spending ratepayers' money. "MyCouncil builds on the State Government's commitment to strengthen local government accountability and ensure all Western Australians benefit from high-performing councils. "The new data shows that the sector is financially strong and well-resourced to deliver for the community. "I would encourage the community to use this tool to prompt discussion about council performance and determine if they are receiving value for money." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Labor’s innovative thinking saves Perth from a water crisis1336Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6740html22/06/2018 12:29:41 AM2018-06-22T00:00:00Z Perth's two desalination plants, initiated by previous Labor governments, have now produced one trillion litres of drinking water Climate change continues to impact water supplies in the south-west corner of WA Desalination now provides about half of the water for the two million people connected to the Water Corporation Perth's two desalination plants reached a significant milestone recently - producing one trillion litres of drinking water from the Indian Ocean since opening. How much is one trillion litres of water? Imagine Optus Stadium filled about 1,000 times or about 444,444 Olympic-size swimming pools. The Perth Seawater Desalination Plant in Naval Base was commissioned by the Gallop Labor Government and opened by the Carpenter Labor Government. It began producing water in late 2006 and was the first large scale plant in Australia, and the largest in the southern and eastern hemispheres when it was constructed. It can produce 45 billion litres of drinking water each year, however, it regularly produces more than this. In 2007, then Premier Alan Carpenter made the decision to invest in a second plant, the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant near Binningup. The plant was built in two stages and first began producing water in 2011. It can supply up to 100 billion litres of water each year. Investment in desalination has been vital to secure water supplies in response to climate change. Notwithstanding the success of the desalination plants in WA, the continuing impact of climate change means Perth still faces a challenging water future and we cannot become complacent. The drying trend associated with climate change is particularly strong between May and July over south-west Western Australia, with rainfall since 1970 about 19 per cent less than the long-term average. Since 1996, this decline from the long-term average has increased to about 25 per cent. The Integrated Water Supply Scheme provides nearly 300 billion litres of water to Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural region, and parts of the South-West each year. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Labor Government, just like Labor governments of the past, understands the profound impacts climate change is having on our water supplies in the south-west corner of WA. "If it weren't for innovative Labor governments of the past committing to desalination, Perth most probably would have faced a water crisis. "It is inevitable that as climate change continues to hammer the south-west corner of our State, another expensive climate-independent water source will be required. "That is why we are encouraging everyone to be more waterwise around our homes and businesses. "If we all do our bit, we can put off the need for another climate-independent water source which would be debt-funded and paid for by all taxpayers in the long run." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Regional WA wins big with McGowan Government sport upgrades1317Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5880html21/06/2018 8:14:19 AM2018-06-21T07:30:00Z 20 organisations receive grants towards important local sport and recreation projects More than $582,000 towards boosting grassroots sport in the regions and the city Projects supporting local jobs and local small businesses Country Western Australia is the big winner in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), with the McGowan Government awarding 80 per cent of grant allocations to organisations based in the regions. The latest CSRFF small grants round has allocated more than $582,000 to 20 grassroots sport and recreation organisations across WA, 16 of which are based in the country. Funded projects in this round include upgrades to female facilities at sport and recreation clubs, resurfacing of courts and playing spaces, and other important infrastructure and forward planning initiatives. CSRFF grants not only provide critical support to grassroots sport and recreation organisations, they generate work for small businesses in a range of industries, creating jobs and supporting local economies. Regional projects receiving funding in this round include King River Horse & Pony Club (City of Albany) $9,350 for the design and construction of new jumps for the cross country course; Broome Bowling Club (Shire of Broome) $32,100 to upgrade and replace lighting; Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation (Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley) $20,016 for the construction of a half basketball court at Guda Guda Community; Broome Squash Club (Shire of Broome) $18,000 for the installation of a storeroom Shire of Mingenew $66,458 to rebuild the Mingenew netball courts; Wonthella Bowling Club (City of Greater Geraldton) $66,519 for the installation of a synthetic green; South Mandurah Football Club (City of Mandurah) $60,455 for the construction of new unisex change room facilities; Dudley Park Bowling and Recreation Club (City of Mandurah) $42,342 to resurface bowling green; Tom Price BMX Club (Shire of Ashburton) $37,525 to repair the track and bituminise berms; Tom Price Diamond Club (Shire of Ashburton) $12,075 to install a home run fence; Koombana Bay Sailing Club (City of Bunbury) $35,000 to upgrade men's ablutions; Harvey Football Club (Shire of Harvey) $57,600 for a new ablution block for female competitors; Shire of Nannup $15,000 to upgrade existing change rooms and ablutions at Nannup Recreation Centre; Shire of Chittering $20,033 for the redevelopment of construction of Muchea cricket practice nets with retractable netting; Jurien Sport and Recreation Centre (Shire of Dandaragan) $16,271 for the construction of a storage shed; and Shire of Kondinin $3,838 to resurface two Kondinin netball courts. Metropolitan projects receiving funding in this round include Shire of Mundaring $18,805 for the development of a Mundaring Recreation Plan; Melville Little Athletics Centre (City of Melville) $18,030 for relocation of the jumps track and pit; City Beach Surfriders Club (Town of Cambridge) $16,500 for installation of a storage shed; and City of Kalamunda $16,666 for development of the Scott Reserve Master Plan. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The McGowan Government is committed to providing strong support to regional sport, allocating 80 per cent of CSRFF grants this round to organisations in country areas. "We are committed to providing strong support to grassroots clubs, wherever they are in the State. "Local sport and recreation facilities are so important for keeping communities healthy, active and connected, and we are making sure regional WA gets its fair share. "These projects variously require work from builders, electricians, plumbers, concreters, bricklayers and other tradespeople - meaning these projects have important benefits for local small businesses, local jobs and local economies." Minister's office - 6552 6400