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Work starts on $9.5 million redevelopment at Kalamunda Hospital11974Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2022 6:50:10 AM2022-05-23T05:30:00Z The McGowan Government's $9.5 million redevelopment of Kalamunda Hospital will enhance specialist palliative care services Works will help deliver high-quality, contemporary care services into the future Project scheduled to be completed by the end of the year Capital works on the McGowan Government's $9.5 million redevelopment of the Kalamunda Hospital have now started. The project will position the hospital as a centre of excellence in palliative care and improve the service for patients, their families and carers. Nestled in the Perth Hills, Kalamunda Hospital provides high-quality and comprehensive medical, nursing and allied health care for patients facing a life-limiting illness. The hospital has been an important part of the local community since 1973 and has recently become a specialist palliative care inpatient service. Facilities include a family room with a lounge and a courtyard with a pond and fountain, where patients and their families can sit and relax. The $9.5 million McGowan Government redevelopment will include a refurbished wing to provide a new day hospice with fit-for-purpose therapy rooms, a dedicated entrance, waiting rooms and a social room, to provide social and therapeutic support for patients being cared for at home and also to offer the option of a day's respite for carers; upgraded rooms and ensuites in the inpatient unit; two rooms with facilities designed for bariatric patients; a redeveloped family room, for families to stay overnight, which also includes a hydrotherapy bath; and enhanced landscaping and improved access to the outdoor spaces. The building works will be completed in a multi-stage approach to ensure Kalamunda Hospital can maintain a fully operational palliative care facility throughout the redevelopment. Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Kalamunda Hospital is a vital part of the hospital network and I welcome the improvements to the hospital that will be undertaken this year. "This redevelopment will ensure patients will have access to high-quality end-of-life palliative care and the works will enhance the environment for patients, their families and carers." Comments attributed to Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes "The Kalamunda and Perth Hills community has relied on the services provided by Kalamunda Hospital for more than 40 years and these improvements will ensure it continues to deliver a quality health service. "The redevelopment of the hospital is on track to be completed by the end of the year and I look forward to seeing it firsthand when it is completed." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Forest Products Commission’s Community Support Program grant recipients announced11973Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2022 4:18:25 AM2022-05-23T04:15:00Z The Forest Products Commission awards over $19,000 in grants to South-West community groups Grant recipients include youth-camping groups, heritage societies and volunteer bushfire brigades Forestry Minister Dave Kelly today announced the successful applicants of the 2022 Forest Products Commission's Community Support Program. This year's program awarded over $19,000 worth of grants to a wide range of applications from communities across the State's South-West. One recipient, Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation will use the grant to purchase planting equipment and Personal Protective Equipment to increase revegetation within the Gnowangerup Noongar Centre precinct. The 2022 program will also support a number of youth-focused projects, including a grant to help the Donnybrook Scout Group purchase camping equipment. Another recipient, FAWNA Inc., will use the grant to purchase and install a water tank for maintaining animal health and welfare, and watering local endemic plant species with less reliance on bore water. The grants will be used to support a range of community-based projects including tourism, education, recreation and fire management. The full list of grant recipients can be found by visiting https// Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly "The FPC's Community Support Program has injected over $140,000 into 82 community groups in regional Western Australia since it began in 2018. "These grants are helping to support a broad range of community projects through the benefits of the forestry industry. "The FPC's Community Support Program provides opportunities for community groups to give back to their community in a way that encourages people to get in touch with nature, learn more about local history or find out about sustainable environmental management." Comments attributed to Warren Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "It's fantastic to see more investment in our local community. "This year the Community Support Program is funding important community projects in Warren-Blackwood, including projects in Walpole, Nannup, Northcliffe and Pemberton. "It's great to see hard working community groups and organisations getting funding to support their activities. "Congratulations to all the successful recipients and I look forward to seeing the improvements that this funding will deliver." Minister's office - 6552 6100
McGowan Government commits $2.25 million for new clinical trials centre to open in Joondalup11971Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2022 4:05:46 AM2022-05-23T04:05:00Z Early phase clinical trials centre to open in Joondalup Facility will allow more early phase trials to be held in WA McGowan Government supporting local health and medical research An early phase clinical trials centre, supported by $2.25 million in funding through the McGowan Government's Future Health Research and Innovation (FHRI) Fund, will be established in Joondalup. Linear Clinical Research, a not-for-profit organisation, has been allocated the $2.25 million through the FHRI Fund towards creating the facility, which will allow early phase clinical trials to be held in Western Australia. Early phase trials are the first step in testing new medicines that have been developed in the laboratory. Linear will renovate and fit-out an existing 930 square metre building on the corner of Lakeside Drive and Boas Avenue, spending at least $2.25 million of its own funding on the project. More than 1,200 trial participants are expected to take part in clinical trials at the centre each year, with the facility working collaboratively with the WA health system through the Joondalup Health Campus. The refurbished building will include 24 beds and three separate zones to support infection control and the provision of multiple trial designs. Clinical trials at the centre will include first-in-human, drug-to-drug interaction, and vaccine and biosimilar trials. The centre will also house specimen collection facilities, a pre-processing laboratory, clinical trial pharmacy facilities, information and communication technologies, and volunteer recreation facilities. More information about the new centre can be found on the FHRI website. Comments attributed to Medical Research Minister Stephen Dawson "The Future Health Research and Innovation Fund is a key initiative of the McGowan Government in driving Western Australia's world-class medical research industry. "Providing critical resources to establish a state-of-the-art research facility will not only help health and medical research to flourish, it will benefit all Western Australians. "The project will also create jobs and help to diversify WA's economy and advance WA's standing as a leader in health and medical research." Comments attributed to Linear Clinical Research CEO Jayden Rogers "The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world just how important clinical trials are, not only in fighting disease, but also in driving medical innovation and economic growth. "This is evident in Linear's contribution to the COVID-19 fight and investment in expanding facilities. "The FHRI Fund support will help us deliver one of the most advanced clinical trial centres in the entire Asia-Pacific region, which will help position WA as a leading destination for biopharmaceutical companies and support Linear's mission to 'Nurture Breakthroughs'." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Plating Up WA dishes celebrated on international stage in Singapore11972Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2022 4:13:31 AM2022-05-23T04:00:00Z WA Government's Plating Up WA campaign extended into Singapore for the first time Campaign aims to strengthen our produce trade with Singapore Plating Up WA connects producers with consumers, suppliers and venues Premium Western Australian produce and beverages will be on the menu in Singapore next month as part of the annual Plating Up WA campaign. Plating Up WA is an initiative of the State Government's Buy West Eat Best program and runs for the month of June, showcasing dishes that feature WA's best winter produce paired with local beer, wine or spirits. For the first time this year, the campaign has been extended internationally into Singapore thanks to a collaboration between Buy West Eat Best, Invest and Trade WA via the Government of WA Singapore Office, and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Plating Up WA - Singapore Edition provides a unique opportunity to connect Singaporean consumers with WA through their palette, as well as explore WA tourism, agrifood tourism and market opportunities. Singapore is a long-standing food and beverage trading partner with WA, and this campaign will strengthen the relationship and allow many WA agrifood exporters to re-engage in trade and share premium food and beverage products with the Singapore market. There will be 21 Singapore venues serving up dishes featuring WA produce, including the iconic rock lobster, scallops, octopus and marron, as well as premium pork, wagyu beef and lamb, plus niche products black truffle and black barley, all of which will be accompanied by a selection of WA craft beers, wines and spirits. Locally, 31 venues are taking part in Plating Up WA, featuring fresh seafood including abalone, cockles and octopus, seasonal fruit and vegetables such as potatoes, broccolini, mushrooms and truffles, as well as premium meats including pork and goat. Each participating WA venue receives an ingredient register of Buy West Eat Best members helping to connect local producers with venues and suppliers, as well as bringing attention to new ingredients and artisan producers. For more information on venues taking part in WA and Singapore, visit the Plating Up WA website. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Plating Up WA is a successful campaign to stimulate interest and demand for WA's fresh seasonal food and beverages, and the restaurants that use them. "This year, we go beyond our borders to our neighbours in Singapore, aiming to rebuild export markets after two years of disruption. "Take the opportunity this June to dine out and experience the flavour sensations of top WA produce, including lobster and truffle dumplings, pork shoulder vindaloo, a hearty soup with gold band snapper and local winter vegetables. Buy West Eat Best." Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade and Tourism Minister Roger Cook "Singapore is a really important trade and investment market for Western Australia. "I know from my recent trip to Singapore that there is a huge appetite for fresh WA produce to be served in their restaurants. "It is an opportunity for local businesses that is only going to get bigger, which is why the Plating Up WA campaign is such a terrific initiative." Minister's office - 6552 6200 2022 Plating Up WA Venues & Dishes Perth Metro The Alcove at Joondalup Resort Bib & Tucker Emily Taylor Ethos Deli + Dining Room Fraser's Restaurant Hill Street Bar at Pan Pacific Le Vietnam Miss Chow's (Claremont, Whitfords, South Perth) Monggo Restaurant Oh My Cod (Mount Lawley, Tuart Hill) Nicko's Kitchen Reel Kitchen at Hilton Sauma The Shoe Bar & Café Topi Two Dogs Laughing UMA at Pan Pacific Will St. Young George Swan Valley Funk 2.0 Sandalford Wines and Bar & Restaurant Goldfields-Esperance Taylor St Quarters Mid-West Finlay's Kalbarri Peel Charthouse Café Southern Forests Ampersand Estates Jaspers Pemberton Tall Timbers Manjimup South-West Amelia Park Restaurant Black Brewing Co Get Pickled and Get Shucked (Origins Markets, Busselton) Lagoon Yallingup Plating Up WA - Singapore Edition venues American Taproom Meatsmith Telok Ayer Antidote MONTI Appetite Open Farm Community Bar-A-Thym Restaurant OPIO Kitchen & Bar Brewerkz Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Panamericana Burnt Ends Prego Flutes Restaurant Publico Ristorante Hathaway Ryan's Kitchen KAARLA QĪN Restaurant & Bar LeVeL 33 Tóng Lè Private Dining Meatsmith Little India
Welcoming skilled migrants and international students to study, live and work in WA11970Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/05/2022 3:34:33 AM2022-05-23T03:30:00Z Attracting migrants and international workers to study, live and work in WA Part of McGowan Government's $195 million Reconnect WA program Supporting WA's pipeline of skilled workers in priority industry areas to drive a stronger future The McGowan Government is implementing new initiatives to attract skilled migrants and international students to Western Australia to help alleviate skills shortages. As part of the State Government's $195 million Reconnect WA strategy, an additional 194 occupations have been added to the Graduate Occupation List - taking the total number of listed occupations to 331 - to attract more international students to study in WA. Expansion of the Graduate Occupation List will help to attract a broad and diverse range of skills that align with the State's current and future workforce needs. The skilled migration pathway will also provide international students graduating in WA with the option to apply for permanent residence. Along with prioritising applicants who are already in WA and Australia, the State Government has expanded the skilled migration criteria to allow offshore candidates to apply for WA State nomination. The changes will simultaneously support the international education sector and add to WA's pipeline of skilled workers in priority areas. The new initiatives also complement strategies to address skills shortages following industry consultation at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits. More information is available on the Migration WA website Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Meeting Western Australia's skilled workforce needs is a priority for the State Government, to support the State's strong economic growth and pipeline of works. "The WA Government's management of COVID-19 has helped to keep the State's economy strong and stable. With world-class education, healthy job opportunities and strong public health management, there is no better or safer place to live, work and study. "The State Government is committed to encouraging the return of international students to WA to support our international education sector and address skills shortages in key industries." Comments attributed to International Education Minister David Templeman "International students are an important part of the WA community - they make a positive contribution to the State's diversity and vibrancy, and support local jobs in a variety of industries. "Providing a skilled migration pathway is key for attracting international students to Western Australia to retain their capabilities once they have completed their studies." Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 International Education Minister's office - 6552 5400
Funding to support the celebration of Collie’s proud history and strong future11968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4880html20/05/2022 9:03:01 AM2022-05-20T09:00:00Z Collie Futures Fund supports new program of events to celebrate Collie, also boosts Collie Labour Day Festival Part of McGowan Government's continued commitment to working with industry and the community to diversify Collie's economy and support a Just TransitionThe McGowan Government is throwing its support behind the Collie community to shine a light on the town as a place to live and visit, as part of continued efforts to build the area's appeal. A total of $100,000 in funding from the Collie Futures Small Grants Program will assist the Shire of Collie to bring together a program of existing and new events celebrating Collie, with an official launch being held today. The series of events to take place under the 'Celebrating Collie's History and Promoting Its Future' banner aims to capture the richness of Collie's industrial history and showcase how the South-West town has changed. The festival will also highlight what Collie and its surroundings currently have to offer visitors and residents. Following on from the unveiling of a new mural by artist Jacob 'Shakey' Butler on the Shire of Collie's administration building and the 'Kaya Collie' logo by Aboriginal artist Bianca Hart, a series of community events will take place over the next year. Driven by the Just Transition Working Group (JTWG), 'Celebrating Collie's History and Promoting Its Future' marks a milestone in Collie's journey, with new industries and employment opportunities emerging. It also recognises the town's important milestone of 125 years since gazettal in 1897. Additionally, $90,000 through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program will enable the Collie Cycle Club to stage the Collie Labour Day Festival in 2023 and 2024. Making the most of the Collie River Valley's natural assets, the festival brings together locals and visitors to enjoy an array of recreational activities and competitions, including freshwater fishing, mountain biking and water skiing. For more information about the Collie Futures Fund or to apply for funding, visit Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government has significantly invested in the diversification of the local economy. "We've now reached an exciting time in the town's development, with new industry emerging - helping to build long-term prosperity. "An autonomous equipment training centre, graphite processing facility, and medical cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility are just some of the innovative projects putting Collie on the map and shaping the town's future. "Our smaller grants are also assisting to drive local economic growth and jobs creation, including through increasing visitation. Events tourism provides flow-on effects to local businesses, while enriching the social fabric of the community." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "These new grants will support events that help to further highlight Collie as a place to live, work and invest. "I encourage everyone to plan a trip to Collie to enjoy everything that the town has to offer and for the community to celebrate what is taking place locally. "There is optimism in town, as Collie's future emerges with exciting opportunities for locals. "There are more reasons than ever to visit Collie thanks to the McGowan Government's investment in projects aimed at securing Collie's future. Initiatives aimed at driving tourism include the Wellington Dam mural and mural trail, adventure trails, and the Lake Kepwari water-based recreation hub." Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA feature film ‘How to Please a Woman’ hits cinemas nationally11967Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8450html20/05/2022 8:01:41 AM2022-05-20T08:00:00Z WA feature film premiering in cinemas across Australia today McGowan Government funding of $750,000 through Screenwest Feature film debut of WA director Renée WebsterWestern Australian writer/director Renée Webster and producers Tania Chambers and Judi Levine have premiered their locally produced feature film 'How to Please a Woman' in cinemas across Australia. The film has also been picked up overseas and will hit cinemas in the United States of America in July 2022. English actress, television presenter and comedian Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones's Diary, Veep) leads a stellar cast including Erik Thomson (The Furnace, upcoming feature Blueback), Alexander England (Danger Close, Alien Covenant), Ryan Johnson (Doctor Doctor, Operation Buffalo) Caroline Brazier (Three Summers, Rake), Josh Thomson (Young Rock, Wellington Paranormal), Hayley McElhinney (Rams, The Babadook), Tasma Walton (Mystery Road, Cleverman) and Cameron Daddo (The Mentalist, Home and Away). 'How to Please a Woman' was mainly filmed in Fremantle with Leighton Beach featuring in beach sequences. The film premiered to a sold-out season at Perth Festival as part of Lotterywest Films at The University of Western Australia's Somerville Auditorium. The McGowan Government, through Screenwest, provided $750,000 towards production via its coveted West Coast Visions funding program. The film delivered more than $3.7 million to the WA economy and created 272 jobs for Western Australians. Ahead of its cinema release, the film has screened at Perth Festival, WA Made Film Festival in Perth, Gold Coast Film Festival and CinefestOZ Albany. The screen and creative industries are one of the focus areas of development, as part of the State's economic diversification strategy Diversify WA. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "It's wonderful to see talented Western Australian screen professionals premiere a locally produced feature film at cinemas across Australia and eventually overseas. "The McGowan Government is committed to building a diversified economy to deliver secure, quality jobs by investing in a broad range of sectors, including cultural industries. "Productions such as this will entertain audiences world-wide, while creating local jobs for WA." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Collie a step closer to manufacturing medicinal cannabis for global market11966Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7400html20/05/2022 7:33:55 AM2022-05-20T07:30:00Z New agreement brings pharmaceutical medicinal facility in Collie closer to reality Project supported with $2 million from the McGowan Government's Collie Futures Fund as part of efforts to diversify the economy Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Cannaponics and Avacare Health Australia, marking another milestone in the development of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Collie. The 2,000 square metre manufacturing facility would be built next to the 3,600sqm greenhouse that is currently under construction, for the purpose of producing a dried cannabis flower that will be further processed into medicinal products. It is anticipated that Cannaponics products would be available for distribution in Australia and exported internationally, positioning Collie to capture a slice of the rapidly growing medicinal industry. The project will use new innovations in technology and is attracting the support of leaders in their field. Cannaponics is providing sponsorship to an expert medical cannabis cultivation grower from Canada to join their team and bring their unique perpetual harvesting methodology to the project. Under the MOU, research and development will be carried out on hemp as a replacement for petroleum-based plastics and textiles needed to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and various medical devices. The content of the MOU is conditional upon full regulatory approvals under which Cannaponics is governed and operates under local, State and federal authorities. Construction of the Cannaponics greenhouse is being made possible with $2 million through the State Government's Collie Futures Industry Development Fund, which was established to drive economic diversification and create jobs in the Collie area by developing new and expanding industries. The Fund has attracted game-changing initiatives that are placing Collie at the forefront of industry, with some project proponents collaborating as they position themselves in the transitioning economy and create the jobs of the future. For more information about the Collie Futures Fund or to apply for funding to support a project, visit Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This is a significant era in Collie's development. "The McGowan Government's hard work to diversify the local economy is paying off, with projects like this pharmaceutical medicinal facility now taking shape. "We're investing in Collie's future by delivering on our commitment to diversify the economy - and in the case of Cannaponics, also supporting an initiative that supports local manufacturing in a growth industry." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "Collie has many strengths that make it an investment destination of choice for industry and business. "For local residents, diverse new employment opportunities are on the horizon in new industries that set Collie up for a strong future and benefit the wider region. "There is a sense of optimism in Collie, as the town undergoes a Just Transition, with a range of innovative projects emerging to create new opportunities." Media contact Courtney Fowler 0459 098 046 or 6552 6200
WA Documentary series Shipwreck Hunters Australia to premiere on Disney+11965Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10390html20/05/2022 6:43:10 AM2022-05-20T06:40:00Z WA documentary series to premiere on Disney+ McGowan Government support through Western Australian Screen Fund, Screenwest and Lotterywest First Australian documentary series commissioned by Disney+ A documentary series featuring epic shipwreck stories along the Western Australian coastline will premiere on Disney+ in the coming months. Shipwreck Hunters Australia is the first Australian documentary commissioned by the entertainment juggernaut, and features a team of ocean adventurers exploring one of the planet's most remote and spectacular landscapes to bring lost shipwreck secrets to viewers. Supported by the McGowan Government through the Western Australian Screen Fund, Screenwest and Lotterywest, the series will showcase WA to an international audience and has created jobs and opportunities for locals across the State, WA Director/Producer Brendan Hutchens (Testing Teachers, Drawn to Water, Mission Predator) of VAM Media teamed up with professional divers and underwater filmmakers from Terra Australis Productions to bring these long-lost shipwreck secrets and new discoveries to the screen. They are joined by series producer Katherine Barrett (Aussie Gold Hunters), and executive producer Steve Bibb of Barking Mad Productions. Director of Photography is Darren McCagh and Series Editors are Meredith Watson Jeffrey and Noah Norton. The 6-part premium WA series was announced as one of nine Australian originals at The Walt Disney Company ANZ Local Content Announcement event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney today. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I know many Western Australians will be keeping an eye out for familiar locations and landscapes when they tune in to watch this incredible series. "The McGowan Government is very proud of the partnerships we have with the WA Screen sector and the wonderful work it produces. "The scenery featured off Western Australia's coastline is such a unique landscape and will fascinate audiences." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Western Australian Screen Fund showcases our stunning Western Australian regional and remote locations with productions such as Shipwreck Hunters. "This builds pride and economic opportunity as viewers add regional WA destinations to their bucket list." Minister's office - or 6552 5400
Volunteers’ long-term service recognised11964Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8420html20/05/2022 4:02:34 AM2022-05-20T04:00:00Z WA Volunteer Service Awards recognise volunteers who have provided 25 or more years of service 19 volunteers recognised for over 50 years of service Award recipients volunteer in areas as diverse as sport, performing arts and emergency servicesVolunteering Minister Stephen Dawson has paid tribute to this year's worthy recipients of Western Australian Volunteer Service Awards. The awards recognise Western Australian volunteers who have provided 25 or more years of service with a single organisation. The McGowan Government thanks each and every volunteer across WA for the vital and selfless role they play in ensuring our communities thrive. This year, 173 deserving individuals have been recognised for their significant voluntary contribution to the community across a wide range of areas. Of these award recipients, 19 volunteers were recognised for over 50 years of service, including Lorraine Malcolm, who has been involved with Softball WA since 1966. Lorraine was statistician for the State Senior Women's softball team, State Director of scoring and established modball and tee-ball in WA in the 1970s; Laurence 'Danny' Harris, who has been a committed and valued member of the Australian Red Cross in Dardanup for over 50 years, providing community support and leading a group of strong volunteers, originally supporting blood bank collection; Irene Morcombe, who joined the (then) Armadale-Kelmscott Wildflower Society (now known as the Wildflower Society of Western Australia - Armadale Branch) a few months after it was formed in 1961. Irene has held various positions including secretary, treasurer, committee member and joint branch patron; Kim Fletcher and Patricia Bona, who are valued and active members of the Roleystone Theatre, being involved in all aspects both on and off stage; and Rod Blyth, who joined the Bush Fire Service as an 18-year-old in 1970 and has served as a firefighter, equipment officer, and secretary for both Bodallin and Chidlow Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades. Comments attributed to Volunteering Minister Stephen Dawson "Western Australia's volunteers are some of the State's greatest heroes and are major assets to the WA community. "I thank Lorraine, Danny, Irene, Kim, Patricia, and Rod for their incredible long service, and their endearing and selfless work encapsulates what volunteering is all about. "Their years of service have been of great benefit to sport, community services, the environment, the arts sector and emergency services. "I also congratulate all those Western Australian volunteers who have been recognised for 25 years or more of service. "Volunteering brings out the best in people and helps build strong, resilient communities. On behalf of the McGowan Government, I congratulate all of the Volunteer Service Awards recipients for 2022." Minister's office - 6552 5800
$15 million pipeline to secure long-term water supply to South-West communities11963Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8240html20/05/2022 2:30:50 AM2022-05-20T02:30:00Z Residents in Mullalyup and Kirup to benefit from new 17 kilometre water pipeline Pipeline to provide secure, long-term water supply and reduce truck movements on local roads McGowan Government has invested more than $517 million in 191 regional water projects since 2017 Water supply to the South-West communities of Mullalyup and Kirup is now more secure following the completion of a $15 million pipeline, announced by Water Minister Dave Kelly today. The 17 kilometre Greenbushes to Kirup pipeline will convey drinking water from Greenbushes through Balingup and north to Mullalyup, linking properties to the Warren Blackwood Regional Water Supply Scheme (WBRWSS). It will replace the area's previous drinking water source, Kirup Dam, which was taken offline in 2018 due to increasingly unreliable rainfall, driven by climate change, and associated water quality concerns. Completion of the new pipeline will also see an end to water carting arrangements that were in place for Mullalyup and Kirup, meaning fewer truck movements on local roads. The WBRWSS supplies Nannup, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Hester, Boyup Brook, Greenbushes and Balingup, with the addition of Mullalyup and Kirup helping ensure greater water security for South-West communities in the face of climate change. The project was delivered by Western Australian company Valmec, and supported by twenty-eight South-West businesses, with works carefully planned to ensure minimum environmental impact and disruption to residents and businesses. As part of the project, Water Corporation is also supporting several local community projects, including working with the Balingup community to build and install bird boxes to help foster sustainable environments, and funding signage to promote awareness of local heritage stones that are historic to the town. The project follows the August 2021 completion of the Albany to Denmark pipeline - a $25 million project connecting Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme, ensuring the town is no longer solely reliant on rainfall to supply its drinking water. Since 2017, the McGowan Government has spent more than $517 million to support 191 regional water infrastructure projects. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Historically, many smaller South-West towns have sourced drinking water from local dams, however, the impact of climate change means rainfall is no longer a reliable water source for many communities. "To combat this, the McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, is working proactively to ensure regional Western Australians continue to have a safe, secure drinking water supply well into the future. "Since 2017, the McGowan Government has invested over half a billion dollars in regional water projects, including several designed to connect communities to larger, more reliable regional supply schemes. "Despite declining rainfall, Western Australians can have confidence in long-term water supply security as we continue to investigate new water sources where previous sources are becoming unviable." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns "As promised, the McGowan Government has delivered this project for residents of Mullalyup and Kirup which will offer far greater water supply certainty now and in the future. "It also means Water Corporation will no longer need to cart water from Donnybrook to Kirup, which will reduce truck movements and help make local roads safer for all." Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie "Reliable, high-quality water supply is a key economic driver in the South-West, especially in the Warren-Blackwood region which has a high level of forest and agricultural land use. "I am proud of this investment from the McGowan Government which has created local jobs and boosted our community's rainfall independence." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Tianqi produces Australia’s first battery-grade lithium hydroxide11962Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11870html20/05/2022 2:08:10 AM2022-05-20T02:05:00Z Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia celebrates battery-grade lithium hydroxide in Kwinana Development strengthens WA's position as a world-leader in exports of future battery minerals, materials, technology and expertise The McGowan Government has congratulated Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia, a joint venture between IGO and Tianqi Lithium, for producing Australia's first battery-grade lithium hydroxide at its plant in Kwinana. Lithium hydroxide produced at the Kwinana plant will be exported overseas and used in the production of high energy density batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Tianqi's plant is one of the few battery-grade lithium hydroxide facilities outside of China. The plant employs 200 staff, and is expected to reach commercial production in the coming months once product qualification is achieved, with a nameplate capacity of 24,000 tonnes. More than 900 jobs were created during the construction of Train 1, with further local employment expected when construction of Train 2 recommences. The plant paves the way for further investments in Western Australia's battery and critical minerals value chain, including in advanced manufacturing of cathode active materials. Tianqi is a member and important contributor to the Future Battery and Critical Minerals Industries Ministerial taskforce. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia has been exporting the minerals needed to make batteries for decades and today's milestone demonstrates our ability to manufacture battery-grade materials locally for global exports. "It's great to see this burgeoning industry making Kwinana its home, further reinforcing the importance of the Industrial Area and the Western Trade Coast in positioning WA as a Global Advanced Industries Hub. "Not only is Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia's Kwinana plant helping to diversify our economy, it has created 200 jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Congratulations to Tianqi Lithium Energy Australia on producing Australia's first battery-grade lithium hydroxide. "This is not only a significant milestone for the joint venture, but also for Western Australia, and it is proof of the battery-grade materials we can produce locally. "Tianqi's first-of-its-kind lithium hydroxide plant demonstrates Western Australia's capacity for downstream processing in the battery value chain. "As demand continues to increase for renewable energy storage and electric car batteries the McGowan Government is committed to making sure Western Australia capitalises on its potential to be a world-leading producer of battery-grade materials." Media contacts State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister's office - 6552 6500 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700
New management for integral Australian Marine Complex facility11961Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12030html20/05/2022 2:02:16 AM2022-05-20T02:00:00Z Ventia Australia Pty Ltd appointed to manage Australian Marine Complex Common User Facility (AMC CUF) on behalf of State Government World-class AMC CUF provides businesses access to large-scale industrial infrastructure ASX-listed Ventia to take on management of 400,000sqm multi-industry, multi-user industrial facility from mid-2022Essential services provider Ventia Australia Pty Ltd will take on the role of Operator and Facilities Manager for the Common User Facility (CUF) at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson. The CUF includes heavy load-out berth infrastructure, fabrication and assembly facilities, significant laydown areas, and a floating dock and transfer system capable of transferring vessels weighing up to 10,000 tonnes. These capabilities represent a major industrial asset to the State, providing the defence, marine, oil and gas and resource industries with access to key shared use infrastructure. The new contract includes the operation, maintenance and marketing of the 400,000 square-metre CUF and will see the ASX-listed Ventia appointed for an initial five-year term, with two five-year options. It follows a formal tender process conducted by DevelopmentWA, which is responsible for overall management of the AMC. Ventia will take over the Operator and Facilities Manager role from AMC Management (WA) Pty Ltd. AMC Management's contract is due to expire in June 2022. A managed handover process will now take place, with Ventia's contract formally commencing from July 1. Located within the Fabrication Precinct at the AMC, 23 kilometres south of Perth, the CUF is an integrated heavy engineering, fabrication and assembly facility providing Australian-based businesses with access to large-scale industrial infrastructure on a project-by-project basis for major fabrication and assembly, load-out, docking, shipbuilding and maintenance. Since its inception in 2003, the CUF has facilitated more than 450 projects and generated more than $2.6 billion in business. With a prime location in the heart of Western Australia's premier coastal industrial corridor, the AMC is recognised as a world-class centre of excellence for activities in the marine, defence and resource industries. As part of its WA Recovery Plan, the State Government is investing more than $89.3 million in four key infrastructure upgrade projects at the AMC. For more information on the CUF, visit https// Comments attributed to Lands Minister John Carey "The AMC is highly regarded as a world-class shipbuilding, sustainment and maintenance facility, and it also plays a pivotal role in supporting the resource and oil and gas industries in WA. "The CUF is at the heart of the AMC and provides Western Australian businesses with a key competitive advantage through access to large-scale infrastructure. "As a leading services provider in the defence and infrastructure sectors, with operations across Australia and in New Zealand, Ventia is well placed to further enhance the performance and reputation of this important facility and ensure it continues to be a vital contributor to WA's ongoing growth and prosperity." Minister's office - 6552 5300
State Government donates $500,000 to help people of Ukraine11960Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9870html20/05/2022 1:31:09 AM2022-05-20T01:30:00Z McGowan Government stands with people of Ukraine $500,000 donation to provide emergency relief and humanitarian aid The McGowan Government has donated $500,000 to help the people of Ukraine as they deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion. The donation to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, which is partnered with Rotary Australia, was delivered through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. It will be used to provide emergency relief and humanitarian aid to those affected by the war. In Ukraine, the devastation has led to a large-scale humanitarian crisis as many people flee the country to seek refuge. Around 6000 temporary visas have been granted to Ukraine nationals by the Australian Government, many of whom are now in Western Australia. In recent years the McGowan Government has also provided aid to countries such as India and Indonesia to assist with their pandemic response. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My thoughts are with the people of Ukraine in this very difficult time. "We stand in solidarity with all Western Australians of Ukrainian heritage and those with connections and relatives in Ukraine. "We hope these funds offer some relief against the unprovoked and brutal aggression by the Russian Government towards the people of Ukraine." Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony Buti "Western Australia has well over 4000 residents of Ukrainian descent. "We are united with them in condemning the unprovoked and brutal aggression by the Russian Government towards the people of Ukraine. "The images conveyed to us from Ukraine have been confronting and upsetting, with an alarming number of people in crisis. "We hope these funds deliver much needed support on the ground for the heroic humanitarian efforts." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Waste champions recognised at 2022 WasteSorted Awards11959Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11500html20/05/2022 12:02:37 AM2022-05-19T23:00:00Z Awards showcase projects that reduce waste, and promote reuse and recycling Over 100 nominations received, with 38 finalists across 10 categories Two new awards Local Government Award and Waste Avoidance (Events) award The top performers in Western Australia's recycling and waste industry were celebrated last night at the 2022 WasteSorted Awards. Each year, the WasteSorted Awards acknowledge innovative solutions to reduce waste and celebrate the champions whose efforts assist with achieving the targets in Western Australia's Waste Strategy. This year, 38 finalists competed across 10 categories, showcasing the achievements of individuals, businesses, government, schools, community organisations and not-for-profits. Two new categories were included in 2022, recognising the important efforts of local governments and waste avoidance at events. Some of the category winners include Boddington RRR (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) won the Community Waste Award for a large-scale community recycling initiative repurposing waste plastic into local artwork and park benches. The City of Wanneroo won the Waste Initiative of the Year for its Talking My Language Project, a multilingual educational toolkit to help people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds understand waste sorting and services. Workpower's Waste Team is a 120-person crew and won the 2022 Waste Award for its role in diverting 15,600 tonnes of waste per year via initiatives such as reuse shops, e-waste collections and recycling of hair salon waste. Gordon Bateup was named the 2022 Waste Champion for his program GreenChair, which repurposes unwanted furniture from businesses to not-for-profit organisations, charities and community groups. Under the program, more than 123,500 kilograms of commercial furniture has been diverted from landfill in under two years. More information on the WasteSorted Awards and the full list of winners and finalists can be found on Waste Authority's website at Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "The WasteSorted Awards recognise individuals and organisations that go the extra mile to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. "The competition was highly competitive and each of the winners serve as an example of the gold standard in waste reduction initiatives. "Reducing waste provides social and economic benefits by increasing employment opportunities and encouraging community action. "I commend each of the 2022 winners and finalists for their role in contributing to the State Government's target of having at least 75 per cent of waste generated in Western Australia reused or recycled by 2030." Minister's office - 6552 6300 2022 WasteSorted Awards Category winners Community Waste Award Winner Boddington RRR Highly Commended Responsible Cafes Commercial and Industrial Waste Award Winner DevelopmentWA / Lendlease / EarthCare - Alkimos Beach - Builders Waste Recycling Program Highly Commended Bateup Consulting (GreenChair) Waste Management Award Winner WA Recycling Highly Commended Esperance Care Services WA Regional Waste Award Winner Shire of East Pilbara Highly Commended Boddington RRR Highly Commended East Kimberley Job Pathways - Containers for Change Waste Champion Winner Gordon Bateup Local Government Award Winner Western Metropolitan Regional Council/Resource Recovery Group - GREAT Games & School Waste Education Day Highly Commended City of Albany - FOGO Implementation Waste Team Winner Workpower's Waste Team Highly Commended Brookfield Place Perth - Breaking the Plastic Habit Highly Recommended Give Write Waste Innovation Award Winner Town of Cambridge - E-Waste Drop off Days WasteSorted School Award Winner Beeliar Primary School Highly Commended Hillcrest Primary School Highly Commended Koorda Primary School Waste Avoidance (Events) Award Winner Town of East Fremantle Waste Initiative of the Year Winner City of Wanneroo -Talking My Language Project Waste Award Winner Workpower's Waste Team
Milestone for East Rockingham Waste to Energy project11969Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8770html20/05/2022 9:13:39 AM2022-05-19T21:10:00Z Project to deliver environmental and economic benefits to the Perth community Facility set to be up and running by 2023 The East Rockingham Waste to Energy (WtE) project is one step closer to completion following the energising of the Western Power electrical switchyard last month. East Rockingham WtE is a 300,000 tonne-per-annum waste to energy facility under construction in Rockingham, about 45 kilometres south of Perth. Once complete, the facility will deliver a cost-effective waste treatment solution and a vital source of renewable energy, while diverting up to 96 per cent of residual waste from landfill. Western Power and East Rockingham WtE signed a contract in December 2019 detailing the works required for the project. This included the design, installation, and commissioning of a Western Power electrical substation at the site, a 132 kilovolt transmission line from the site to the existing transmission network on Patterson Road, and secondary systems upgrades to two existing substations in the Kwinana area. The works have been a critical component of the project and will facilitate the export of approximately 224,000 megawatt hours of electricity through the South West Interconnected System, which is enough to power 36,000 homes in the metropolitan area. This project will use moving grate technology to thermally treat the waste and convert the recovered energy into steam to produce electricity. Metallic materials can be recovered and recycled, and other by-products have the potential to be reused as construction materials. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "Congratulations to Western Power and East Rockingham Waste to Energy on collaborating on this innovative project that generates sustainable energy and helps combat issues with waste management. "This project delivers real climate change action, while creating local jobs and boosting the economy. "This facility will use household and commercial waste that could not be avoided or recycled as a fuel to create steam and electricity for Western Australia's main electricity grid." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby "As a government, we are committed to reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill and waste to energy is a key technology to achieve this. "These facilities recover energy from the residual waste left after recycling, to supply a reliable source of electricity. "Waste to energy is an important technology for our State that creates local jobs, generates electricity and is a better option than landfill for waste." Comments attributed to East Rockingham Waste to Energy Chairman Alister Walker "I'm delighted with the achievement of this major milestone and the continuing progress at East Rockingham to ready the project for operations in early 2023. "I acknowledge Western Power for their professional performance and I'm pleased by the level of coordination and positive teamwork evident between the organisations throughout this process; it has been a great partnership. "Modern waste to energy plants like East Rockingham are a key part of the circular economy that will deliver a clean and efficient way to recover energy, metals and other valuable products from residual waste that would otherwise be buried in landfill." Media contacts Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700 Environment Minister's office - 6552 6300
Influenza immunisation program expanded to protect more Western Australians this winter11958Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10790html19/05/2022 11:50:44 PM2022-05-19T21:00:00Z McGowan Government to fund expanded influenza immunisation program The program will now include people experiencing homelessness and residents in congregate (shared) living settings such as disability care, mental health hostels and youth group housing The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against influenza The McGowan Government has expanded its influenza (flu) immunisation program to include at-risk groups not presently funded under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The expanded program will now include people experiencing homelessness and residents in congregate (shared) living settings such as disability care, mental health hostels and youth group housing. People at higher risk of serious complications from influenza are also eligible under the NIP to receive their free influenza vaccine. These groups currently include pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy); children aged six months to less than five years; primary school-aged children (pre-primary to Year 6); people 65 years and older; Aboriginal people six months and older; and people six months and older with medical conditions that put them at risk of severe influenza. All immunisation providers across the State will be able to access Government-funded influenza vaccines for these groups, and vaccination outreach and in-reach clinics for these cohorts will be provided by the Western Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. The influenza vaccine is available from immunisation services, including general practice, community immunisation clinics, Aboriginal medical services and community pharmacies. An administrative fee may be charged for people getting their vaccination at a GP or pharmacy. WA Health's influenza immunisation campaign is also now underway across the State. For more information on the flu vaccination, visit https// Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Influenza can take a considerable toll, especially on our more vulnerable members of the community. "Western Australia has been relatively protected from the flu over the past two years, but health authorities are predicting higher case numbers this year. "With that knowledge, the WA Government is expanding our influenza immunisation program to ensure every vulnerable Western Australian has access to a free flu shot. "Flu season is almost upon us and the best way to protect ourselves and those people considered most at-risk of complications from influenza is to get vaccinated." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New provider announced for former Esther Foundation facility11957Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15630html19/05/2022 7:17:05 AM2022-05-19T07:15:00Z Cyrenian House to take on facility previously occupied by Esther Foundation after it entered administration State Government funding Cyrenian House in the interim, while long-term options are explored The State Government has launched a Parliamentary Inquiry following allegations of mistreatment at Esther FoundationCommunity services provider Cyrenian House will take over the facility previously occupied by Esther Foundation. Esther Foundation was a faith-based residential treatment facility for women and teenagers, which recently entered voluntary administration. It was supporting 19 women and seven children when it went into administration. A number of women and girls have reported historical experiences of abuse and mistreatment at Esther Foundation, including former residents, former staff and family members of ex-residents. The immediate priority is the safety and wellbeing of current Esther Foundation clients, and the Department of Communities has been working closely with the Mental Health Commission, which has a well-established relationship with Cyrenian, on the establishment of an interim service. Cyrenian will provide support to the remaining Esther Foundation residents and develop a new service that provides support to young women and young mothers at risk or in crisis. This will include support for substance misuse and mental health concerns, transitioning over time to help young women with a range of complex needs, including family violence and homelessness. The State Government will fund Cyrenian via a grant agreement for a two-year period at a projected cost of $2.2 million a year, while the longer-term options for the facility are examined. An Inquiry by State Parliament's Education and Health Standing Committee into the complaint handling processes of the Esther Foundation is ongoing, with submissions closing on June 3. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The State Government has reached an agreement with Cyrenian House for the provision of an interim service over two years, while long-term options are explored. "The immediate priority is the wellbeing of the Esther Foundation's existing clients, and the new provider will support them, as well as provide an ongoing service to young women in crisis. "The assistance provided will transition over time, moving to a holistic model that enables young women to be supported with a range of complex needs, including family violence, homelessness, substance misuse and mental health concerns. "This interim service will support the State Government's commitment to earlier interventions that enable children to stay safe and together with their mother or caregiver." Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The Mental Health Commission's relationship with Cyrenian is long-standing and they are a respected provider of services linked to alcohol and other drug use in Western Australia. "The most important thing is that those needing support receive appropriate care and Cyrenian are well-placed to assist Esther Foundation clients. "This service will better support women in crisis by using a holistic care model to provide safe, suitable treatment." Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA’s strong economy reduces unemployment rate to 13-year low11956Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements17190html19/05/2022 5:11:48 AM2022-05-19T05:10:00Z Western Australian jobs market is the best in the nation WA unemployment rate down to 2.9 per cent in April - the lowest since October 2008 No other State has achieved an unemployment rate below three per cent since current records began Full-time employment grew to over one million Western Australians for the first time WA Jobs Plan on track, with around 160,000 jobs created under the McGowan GovernmentWestern Australia's jobs market is the best in the nation, with new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics today showing the unemployment rate has declined to 2.9 per cent - the lowest unemployment rate since October 2008 WA's unemployment rate is the best in the nation and well below the national rate of 3.9 per cent. No other State has ever achieved an unemployment rate below three per cent since current records began in February 1978. Full-time employment in WA grew to over one million Western Australians for the first time in history, with an extra 19,000 full-time jobs added in April. Importantly, youth employment is performing strongly, with the youth unemployment rate at 6.3 per cent - the lowest rate since December 2008 and much lower than the national rate of 8.9 per cent. Youth employment has increased by a massive 11.8 per cent over the year to April. Aggregate hours worked, which is an indicator of overall economic activity, rose by 1.8 per cent in WA to a record 204.3 million hours in April. WA's participation rate has also remained by far the strongest of the States at 69.3 per cent in April, well above the national participation rate of 66.3 per cent. The McGowan Government's WA Jobs Plan is on track, with around 160,000 Western Australian jobs created since March 2017. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government's WA Jobs Plan and our strong economy is delivering for Western Australians. "WA not only has the best unemployment rate in the nation, we are the only State to reduce the unemployment rate below three per cent since current records began. "Full-time employment is also at an all-time high with more than one million Western Australians working full-time. "Young Western Australians are also entering the workforce in large numbers, with the youth unemployment rate at its lowest in 13 years and much lower than the national youth rate. "Our jobs data is a testament to Western Australia's safe handling of the pandemic and my Government's stable and responsible budget management. "It highlights that our economy has secured a soft landing, as planned, as WA has transitioned to living with COVID-19." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Department of Communities staff deployed to flood-ravaged NSW11955Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10280html19/05/2022 2:05:24 AM2022-05-19T02:05:00Z Department of Communities teams fly to northern NSW to assist in recovery efforts Specialist staff experienced in social work, welfare and logistics lend a hand as activity transitions from response to recoverySpecialist workers from the Department of Communities (Communities) will fly to New South Wales this weekend as part of ongoing efforts to support areas hard-hit by severe flooding. Staff experienced in recovery and social work will travel to NSW's North Coast to areas such as Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley, where communities are still struggling in the wake of the emergency. The deployment of five staff will replace an earlier rotation of Communities staff sent to support NSW earlier this month. Operational activity in flood impacted areas has transitioned from response to recovery, with State agencies from across the country pitching in to lend a hand. The first Communities team was deployed to the Kyogle/Richmond Valley area, bringing expertise in social work, welfare and logistics. Teams are being deployed to NSW on 14-day rotations. Western Australia is a member of the Social Recovery Reference Group of the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee's Community Outcomes and Recovery Sub-committee - a forum through which States are able to request mutual assistance in times of emergency. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The road to recovery will be a long one and I'm proud the State Government is able to provide these important supports to New South Wales, to help these communities get back on their feet. "The teams deployed to New South Wales are experts in their field and will provide invaluable assistance to communities impacted by the floods. "I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the staff members who put up their hands to assist. Caring for the community is at the heart of what they do and their important work will help those affected to heal." Comments attributed to Department of Communities Emergency Services Director Tami Maitre "Even though this emergency unfolded a couple of months ago, there are many small communities in NSW doing it tough, and it's a privilege to be able to help. "The relationship between the States is a reciprocal one, and while we are all feeling the impacts of COVID, we will always step in to help if we can." Minister's office - 6552 6600