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McGowan Government’s liquor laws spur business for local brewery21695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1960html21/09/2018 9:49:47 AM2018-09-21T08:30:00Z New liquor reforms a win for Goldfields' Beaten Track Brewery McGowan Government's liquor laws drives more business and tourism opportunities Reforms enable regional hospitality industry to explore extra ways to promote products Kalgoorlie-Boulder owned and operated Beaten Track Brewery has been flourishing since the McGowan Labor Government's new liquor laws took effect. In a first, the new laws have enabled Beaten Track Brewery to showcase its products at more pop-up events such as music festivals and private events. Premier Mark McGowan visited the artisan beer makers, which brew every week and bottle their range of more than 120 beers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, to understand the business and tourism growth it has experienced. Increased interest towards Beaten Track Brewery products has been attributed to the extra opportunities it has been afforded, including attendance at pop-up events since the new liquor laws were passed in State Parliament in June. The McGowan Government's recent changes to the Liquor Control Amendment Act 2018 have strengthened the industry, enabling licensees across Western Australia to grow their business through permits to sell and supply spirits, providing takeaway products and easier access to more pop-up events. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Beaten Track Brewery's success story highlights how the State Government and industry can work together to benefit businesses and consumers alike. "My Government has been working tirelessly to ensure we have up-to-date liquor laws and innovative ideas that support Western Australians, boost the economy and drive visitors to our State. "I'm pleased to see businesses like Beaten Track Brewery grasp the opportunities these liquor law changes have enabled to showcase their uniquely Kalgoorlie-Boulder product." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "It's really good to see the changes the McGowan Government has made have finally given some flexibility to a business that has fought hard to establish itself within Kalgoorlie-Boulder. "We always hear about how small business and innovation is integral to seeing our region flourish and to bring in tourism. It's easy to see that Beaten Track have taken charge on how to create a successful and innovative small business in regional Western Australia. "I'm very glad after much debate in both Houses we can see on the ground now the real world effects the law changes have made since being implemented, and am proud this fantastic Kalgoorlie-Boulder product is really on the map. "I urge all locals who haven't had a chance yet to get down and have a tasting at the brewery, and most of all experience the difference a local passionate team is offering." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Collie named 2018 Tidy Town for Western Australia21693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1940html21/09/2018 7:30:21 AM2018-09-21T07:30:00Z Volunteers worked to reopen Collie's museum Collie River revitalisation, results in improved flow and fewer weeds Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced Collie as the 2018 Western Australia Tidy Towns winner. Collie residents worked on a number of significant community initiatives throughout the year including revitalising and reopening the town's museum, improving the health of the local river and numerous community clean-ups. At one Rotary Club clean-up, 120 volunteers collected 4.5 tonnes of rubbish. The restoration of Collie's museum took a dedicated group of 60 locals, 12 months - cleaning, cataloguing, digitising thousands of photos, and repairing and upgrading displays. The museum reopened in July 2017, and work continues to restore collections and improve accessibility for visitors. Collie also excelled in environmental sustainability, setting up the Collie Weeds and Waterways Advisory Committee to improve the health of the Collie River. Collie will represent WA at the national Tidy Towns awards in Smithton, Tasmania in April 2019. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Tidy Towns awards harness the good intent which is alive and well in our communities, giving a platform to those campaigning tirelessly for a litter free and sustainable Western Australia. "Congratulations to Collie on a well-deserved win - Collie residents are clearly very proud of the town they live in and are consistently working hard to make a difference. "The Collie Tidy Towns team has had a strong focus on litter and waste management for many years and has worked hard to make its piece of Western Australia, clean and environmentally sustainable." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "I welcome the news of Collie being selected as Tidy Town of Western Australia for 2018. "I can remember back in 2005 when Collie first embarked on a program led by a dedicated band of volunteers to tidy up both the surrounds of Collie and the image of Collie itself. It has been very obvious they have been successful, winning the Tidy Town award in 2005 and again for this year. "Over the last few years, Collie has gone through a major transformation making it a very attractive town for both tourists and residents. This achievement has been helped immensely by the volunteers in the Tidy Town group, and we wholeheartedly thank and congratulate them." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Category winners Litter Prevention and Waste Management - Port and South Hedland Young Legends - Margaret River Environmental Sustainability - Esperance Environmental Education - Cowaramup Heritage and Culture - Dumbleyung Community Action and Wellbeing - Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun General Appearance - Halls Creek
Extra hours of Christmas retail trading for Perth shoppers21690Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6390html21/09/2018 3:53:25 AM2018-09-21T03:45:00Z McGowan Government approves extra retail trading hours for Christmas Extended trading to begin on December 8, 2018 until New Year's Day 2019 Extra trading also approved for Australia Day 2019 public holiday The McGowan Government has approved extended retail trading hours, giving Perth shoppers extra hours to complete their Christmas shopping this season. From Monday December 17, shops can choose to open from 7am on weekdays including Christmas Eve. From December 9, shoppers will have an extra four hours each Sunday to do their Christmas shopping, with shops able to open at 8am and close at 6pm through to Sunday December 30. Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston approved the additional 34 hours for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area starting on Saturday December 8. Shops can open from 8am to 6pm on weekends, Boxing Day and the New Year's Day public holidays (normally 11am to 5pm); larger shops will remain closed on Christmas Day. The extended trading hours will conclude on New Year's Day. Additional extended trading hours for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday January 28, 2019 have also been approved (8am to 6pm), adding an extra four hours. Under the Retail Trading Hours Act, the Minister has the power to extend trading for a 28-day period prior to New Year's Day and for public holidays outside this period, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when general retail shops must close. Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "I'm pleased to announce that Christmas retail trading hours will be extended again this year. "The McGowan Government wants consumers and major Perth retailers to take full advantage of Christmas and post-Christmas shopping. "I encourage everyone to buy their Christmas presents from their local community and support Western Australian jobs and retailers." Minister's office - 6552 6700 Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday Public holidays* Normal 8am-9pm 8am-5pm 11am-5pm 11am-5pm *Excludes Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when general retail shops remain closed ​ ​ ​ ​ Saturday, December 8, 2018 8am-6pm Sunday, December 9 8am-6pm Monday, December 10 8am-9pm Tuesday, December 11 8am-9pm Wednesday, December 12 8am-9pm Thursday, December 13 8am-9pm Friday, December 14 8am-9pm Saturday, December 15 8am-6pm Sunday, December 16 8am-6pm Monday, December 17 7am-9pm Tuesday, December 18 7am-9pm Wednesday, December 19 7am-9pm Thursday, December 20 7am-9pm Friday, December 21 7am-9pm Saturday, December 22 8am-6pm Sunday, December 23 8am-6pm Monday, December 24 7am-9pm Tuesday, December 25 CLOSED (Christmas Day public holiday) Wednesday, December 26 8am-6pm (Boxing Day public holiday) Thursday, December 27 8am-9pm Friday, December 28 8am-9pm Saturday, December 29 8am-6pm Sunday, December 30 8am-6pm Monday, December 31 8am-9pm Tuesday, January 1, 2019 8am-6pm (New Year's Day public holiday) Wednesday, January 2 8am-9pm (normal trading hours resume, except for Australia Day) Monday, January 28, 2019 8am-6pm (Australia Day public holiday)
Goldfields school on right path to remarkable turnaround21689Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3700html21/09/2018 3:22:48 AM2018-09-21T03:15:00Z New measures reducing suspension rates significantly Programs encouraging disengaged students to attend school Aboriginal students better supported A follow-up review of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School has shown a significant improvement in student behaviour, with a significant reduction in suspensions. The turnaround comes after a report by the Department of Education's Expert Review Group in 2016 which found issues including low staff morale, poor student behaviour and high suspension rates. Following the release of the report, the school took on the recommendations and made a detailed plan to bring about positive changes. So far this year, the number of students suspended has decreased by 22 per cent with the number of incidents resulting in suspensions have been reduced by 35 per cent. The total number of days that students have been told to stay away from school has also dropped by 46 per cent. Work is continuing on tackling attendance rates, with programs including a girls off-site engagement program seeing significant improvement in attendance for students who previously truanted regularly. Staff are also focused on ensuring all Aboriginal students are supported and given every opportunity to succeed through programs including Kalgoorlie Girls Academy, Follow the Dream and the Clontarf Academy. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Staff and students should be commended on the turnaround we are seeing at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School. "Considerable progress has been made in influencing positive student behaviour, with behaviour management strategies contributing to the reduction in suspension rates in recent years. "Students should be proud of their efforts in taking the changes on board and also embracing the school's renewed focus on high achievement." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "Principal Ian Masarei has lead a positive transformation over the past two years. "The school's hardworking staff are unified and morale has changed significantly with a universal goal of building a school environment where every student has the opportunity to achieve their best. "With the ongoing support of the school community, I have no doubt the improvements we are already seeing at the school will continue." Comments attributed to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School principal Ian Masarei "Our new direction for the school is one that is focused on student participation in learning and improving student results. "While there is still more to be done, I urge the community to continue to support their school. "The backing of parents and the local community is vital and we need everyone to get on board with these very positive changes." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Series of capsule exhibitions to tour regional WA21685Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4150html21/09/2018 2:37:59 AM2018-09-21T02:35:00Z Regional Exhibitions Touring Boost increases visual arts exhibitions in the regions First series of exhibitions to regional WA announced A series of small, 'capsule' exhibitions will be developed with regional galleries as part of the McGowan Government's $8 million Regional Exhibitions Touring Boost (RETB) election commitment. In conjunction with project partners ART ON THE MOVE and the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), Freighting of Ideas will connect people and stories across the regions with the State's art collection and increase the capacity of regional galleries to present a wide variety of works. Comprised of up to 10 works of art from the State's collection, it is proposed that the first capsule exhibitions will be hung in Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery, Collie Art Gallery, Ningaloo Centre, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Katanning Art Gallery, Vancouver Arts Centre and the East Pilbara Arts Centre. Over the next six years, the RETB will create more opportunities for regional Western Australians to engage with visual arts by increasing the number of touring exhibitions available to regional audiences. As part of the RETB, the capacity for regional galleries to receive and present touring visual art exhibitions will be assessed and upgraded. This includes the professional development of gallery staff and artists, improved gallery education resources and digitised learning programs. The RETB also includes the planning and delivery of a major Aboriginal exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The exhibition builds on AGWA's Desert River Sea project, and will feature culturally significant artworks commissioned from participating Kimberley Aboriginal Art Centres. The intention is that selected works from the project will tour widely in the following years. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The arts play a vital role in supporting the social, cultural and economic growth of regional communities. "The RETB will give regional Western Australians an improved arts and cultural experience, and help boost their local economies." Comments attributed to Acting Regional Development Minister Rita Saffioti "Bringing more visual arts to our regions will boost job opportunities by attracting visitors to regional communities. "The RETB will also create a platform for more local artists to showcase their work to a wider regional audience." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Australia’s best hitting Collie for ATV Motocross Nationals21684Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1770html21/09/2018 2:30:12 AM2018-09-21T02:30:00Z Australia's premier quad bike riding event hitting the South-West this October The sport's best - including Luke Gaisford, Chris Bosnakis, Jake Van Vliet, Cody Lincoln and Jae Dowsett - set to battle it out for national titles Event set to attract hundreds of interstate and WA visitors, boosting local hospitality and tourism industries Collie is bracing for the arrival of Australia's premier quad bike riding event, with the country's best set to converge on the South-West town this October to battle it out for honours at the All Terrain Vehicle Motocross Nationals. Australia's top riders - including Luke Gaisford, Chris Bosnakis, Jake Van Vliet, Cody Lincoln and Jae Dowsett - will compete for national titles at Collie's Stockton Park track on October 5-7, 2018. The event will attract about 400-500 visitors to Collie, with 85 competitors, support staff, friends and family set to converge on the town for the weekend's action - including 25 interstate competitors and their teams. Hosted in conjunction with the Collie Motorcycle Club, the weekend's action will feature a range of classes including the 50cc demo, pro championship, veterans championship and the women's championship. The 1.6 kilometre track is set on the banks of the picturesque Stockton Lake, offering an ideal opportunity for spectators to camp at the on-site facilities, watch the racing events and enjoy Collie's natural surroundings. The town's local tourism industry is set to benefit from the weekend's action, with local hotels, restaurants, bars and tourism operators all gearing up to take advantage of the influx of visitors. As well as being the South-West's motorsports mecca, Collie's tourism offerings include mountain bike and bushwalking trails, freshwater fishing, a five-star James Halliday-rated winery and microbrewery, and many scenic swimming holes. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Collie is a proud motorsport town and we are delighted to have the country's best in our backyard to battle it out next month. "This is a great opportunity for visitors to spend the weekend camping by the beautiful blue Lake Stockton, enjoying the events, and taking in all of the unspoilt natural surroundings that the region has to offer. "With an absolutely top winery and microbrewery, scenic bushwalking, and some beautiful swimming spots, Collie is a gem of the State's South-West. "The event will bring hundreds of visitors to the town, offering a real boost to local tourism, and helping to support jobs in a range of local businesses including bars, hotels, restaurants and other small businesses." Minister's office - 6552 6400
First regional Jobs and Skills Centre launched in Kalgoorlie21683Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4230html21/09/2018 2:00:39 AM2018-09-21T02:00:00Z First regional Jobs and Skills Centre launched at Central Regional TAFE in Kalgoorlie Delivery of key election commitment with seven Jobs and Skills Centres now open across WA Centres to support employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities Industry, students, job seekers and career changers will have increased access to local job-related services with the Jobs and Skills Centre at Kalgoorlie's Central Regional TAFE officially opening its doors today. A key McGowan Government election commitment, Jobs and Skills Centres are transforming Western Australian TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with business and industry. The locally focused centre will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE in partnership with Worklink, and will support employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. The Goldfields Regional Labour Market Review - a McGowan Government commitment to make the State Priority Occupations List more responsive to the employment needs of the regions - has also been released today and is available at http// The industry insights from the research and analysis project will assist the new centre and Central Regional TAFE to make decisions based on the training priorities in the region. The Department of Training and Workforce Development will conduct annual labour market reviews for each region. Jobs and Skills Centres are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, and several more will open progressively in regional WA throughout 2018-19. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The implementation of two key projects from the Plan for Jobs in the Goldfields demonstrates our commitment to the region. "Our priority is to create jobs for Western Australians and regional Jobs and Skills Centres will be key to meeting the needs of both jobseekers and employers." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Plan for Jobs is centred on training and upskilling opportunities to ensure Western Australians are best placed to take up jobs in areas of industry demand. "We know the Goldfields is experiencing an upswing in mining activity and that there will be jobs growth in the disability sector, and it's important we have a local workforce with the skills they need to take advantage of that. "The Regional Labour Market Review, combined with the support provided by the local Jobs and Skills Centre, means training can be better targeted to ensure industry has the skilled workforce it needs, and the local workforce has the skills to access new opportunities." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "The delivery of this election commitment will be critical in providing employers and industry with an avenue for new employment opportunities. "For job seekers - get down to the Jobs and Skills Centre and speak with the lovely staff who work hard to get good full time employment outcomes. "I'm tired of people saying we have social issues with local youth without providing solutions on unemployment rates - I genuinely believe this new centre has the potential to open up pathways to not only our most vulnerable but to everyone." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Bushfire Mitigation Forum to be held in early October21680Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2790html21/09/2018 1:45:30 AM2018-09-21T01:45:00Z McGowan Labor Government continuing open dialogue on bushfire mitigation Forum will expand on inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in June 2017 Greater representation of attendees including volunteer groups Following the success of last year's inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit, the McGowan Labor Government will hold an expanded Bushfire Mitigation Forum in early October. The forum will be held at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Complex on October 4, and include up to 100 participants with greater representation from volunteer brigades and groups. This year's forum is an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss, in an open and collegiate environment, how better bushfire management can be deployed throughout Western Australia. It will be an opportunity for representatives from across the bushfire management sector to lead change and co-ordinate efforts at improving community safety. The day will be divided into consultative workshops which will include key sector issues, volunteer perspectives and the design and function of the $18 million Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Attendees will be invited from a wide range of bushfire brigades, volunteer associations, government agencies and regional advocacy groups. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan "This forum follows this Government's recent announcement of a record $7.3 million in bushfire management funding. "We are entering a new era of bushfire management and through more funding assistance for local governments and agencies, and greater collaboration with volunteers, we can help make our communities safer. "The inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit was the first time that many of the key stakeholders in bushfire management in our State were even in the same room to discuss these matters. "We need to continue having these open dialogues, and I am pleased that we have been able to expand this year's forum to include volunteers from bushfire brigades spread throughout the State. "It's about listening to all the voices and working to find that common ground, which is about making communities safer and dealing with our State's virtually ever-present threat of bushfires." Minister's office - 6552 6300
Bentley-Curtin plan to activate and grow knowledge precinct21679Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5680html21/09/2018 1:00:41 AM2018-09-21T01:00:00Z Activity Centre Plan aims to support an innovative, creative and collaborative centre of excellence Plan to develop a well-connected hub of knowledge, jobs and housing Renewal of Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre to optimise existing infrastructure A new plan is set to guide future growth in the Bentley-Curtin area to harness its role as an innovation and knowledge precinct. The Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre Plan sets out to optimise the precinct's strengths and enable diversification to create more employment and enterprise opportunities. The Bentley-Curtin Activity Centre is already home to significant economic, knowledge industry and commercial activity including Curtin University, CSIRO and government departments. The area's existing characteristics lend themselves to further opportunities for renewal and intensification. An important principle of this plan is the inclusion of cycling and walking access alongside public transport. Enhanced connectivity and sense of place in the design of public spaces and landscapes are also features of the plan. This strategic level document is intended to inform further local detailed planning. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The State Government's vision to create a more compact and connected city, by locating places of employment, infrastructure and services close to where people live, is clearly illustrated within the Bentley-Curtin Specialised Activity Centre Plan. "Well-considered, ongoing development of this area represents an investment in education, technology and jobs - particularly as we continue to diversify the WA economy. "Transformation of this area is timely and will stimulate investment, while capitalising on existing infrastructure. "The activation of the Bentley-Curtin precinct is a good example of how we can continue to support population growth in the greater Perth area in a sustainable way." Minister's office - 6552 5500
West Australian Opera returns to Valley of the Giants21671Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4570html20/09/2018 4:35:37 AM2018-09-20T04:00:00Z Tickets are now on sale to the West Australian Opera at the Valley of the Giants West Australian Opera will return to the Valley of the Giants this December after its highly acclaimed performance in 2017. This year will mark the inaugural 'Concert for Conservation' theme with part proceeds committed to a local conservation outcome. Performers Paul O'Neill, Mark Alderson, Ashlyn Timms and Katja Webb will be accompanied by Tommaso Pollio, the musical director for this event who has put together a spectacular program of well-known Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions encourages concertgoers to take advantage of a free courtesy bus leaving from Denmark to Walpole to avoid traffic and parking congestion. The trees on the drive in to the opera will also be lit up in orange lighting to promote the McGowan Government's 16 Days in WA campaign to stop violence against women. The concert will be held on December 1, 2018 with gates opening at 5pm for a 7pm performance. To book tickets online, visit http// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This concert is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the local communities who continue to play a key role in making the Tree Top Walk the success that it is, and will deliver a boost to the local economies with hundreds of people travelling to the area. "Concertgoers will be lucky enough to experience the opera in a uniquely beautiful setting with universal access. "It is great to see an event of this scale supporting our campaign to stop violence against women in such a visible way." Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is such a beautiful setting to showcase the incredible talent of WA's iconic opera company. "Cultural events such as this help us grow as a vibrant and successful community, and helps our creative industries promote tourism and jobs across the State. "I am proud to say this event is part of our Creative Regions program which brings world-class performers to regional audiences." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Public sector employees have their say during period of change21669Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements18410html20/09/2018 3:45:25 AM2018-09-20T03:45:00Z 2018 public sector Employee Perception Survey has been published today Nine government departments surveyed their staff Survey conducted during a period of significant change across WA's public sector The 2018 Employee Perception Survey has been published today, providing a snapshot of employees' perceptions during a period of significant change in Western Australia's public sector. Nine departments amalgamated through the McGowan Government's Machinery of Government changes took part in the survey, which measured staff's perceptions in areas relating to their job, workplace and whole-of-sector topics. Perceptions were sought around culture and leadership, managers and supervisors, ethical behaviour, team dynamics, diversity and inclusion, and job empowerment. It found while staff in government departments are proud to work for the Western Australian public sector, some survey results showed a decline in perceptions, which is to be expected during and following major reform. Departments with relatively few changes tended to score higher than those experiencing significant changes in areas such as staff work locations. Departments will now use the survey results to develop short and longer term plans to engage staff and continue to improve culture. The survey is conducted annually by the Public Sector Commission. Aggregate results will be reported to Parliament in the 2018 State of the Sectors Report in November. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "At a time my Government is focused on driving a more efficient and effective public sector, it is important to understand how this change has impacted the state of public administration. "The survey results will assist us to continue our public sector reforms, which will create a more efficient public sector that delivers better services to the community. "While overall staff engagement is lower than previous years, we know from other public and private sector jurisdictions that have undergone significant reform that a decline in perceptions should be expected during and following change. "I'm pleased to see that the departments are using the insights from their surveys to scrutinise what they are doing well in managing change and where they can make improvements." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Minister unveils new police traffic car as long weekend blitz begins21665Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14790html20/09/2018 2:20:17 AM2018-09-20T02:15:00Z WA Police Force traffic fleet to get new look Double demerit points from midnight tonight until midnight Monday September 24 Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts today joined with emergency services in a plea for people to take care in what will be a busy long weekend on Western Australian roads. Mrs Roberts unveiled the first of the new police traffic cars - the Kia Stinger - which will replace 48 patrol cars in a staged rollout from next year. The Queen's Birthday long weekend coincides with the start of the WA school holidays and Perth Royal Show, and traffic volume on roads across the State are expected to significantly increase. The Minister today hosted a morning tea with emergency first responders to thank them for their important work, following a horror period on WA roads where eight people lost their lives in six days. WA Police Force officers will be out on the roads and highways conducting pro-active patrols all long weekend. Double demerit points begin from midnight tonight and apply to anyone caught speeding, running a red light, drink or drug driving, using their mobile phones or not wearing a seatbelt. More information can be found on the Road Safety Commission website. Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "Our emergency first responders do extraordinary work in difficult circumstances; work that the rest of us can't even begin to imagine. "The emotional aftermath of a serious road crash doesn't just impact the families affected, but our emergency service workers too. "We've got a long weekend coming up and it will be a busy time on our roads. "I want to ask drivers to particularly be mindful of children using the roads during the school holidays or making their way to the Royal Show. "It's about taking the time to drive carefully and safely. "Please don't be a statistic; don't ask these people to have to come out and rescue you." Minister's office - 6552 6900
2018 Governor’s School STEM Awards finalists announced21664Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14550html20/09/2018 2:11:36 AM2018-09-20T02:05:00Z Finalists announced for the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards 10 schools celebrated for excellence in STEM education McGowan Government is working to increase STEM education in schools A total of 10 Western Australian schools have been announced as finalists in the 2018 Governor's School STEM Awards. Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate Western Australian schools that demonstrate excellence in leadership, advocacy, engagement and achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The awards promote the importance of STEM education in schools to develop talent, skills and a strong culture of STEM in the community to support the jobs of the future. The finalists include a mix of regional and metropolitan schools, and government and non-government schools. The judges will visit the school finalists next month, followed by an announcement of the winners at an awards ceremony at Government House on November 26, 2018. The McGowan Government is committed to promoting and enhancing STEM education through a range of initiatives to prepare Western Australians for future WA jobs. Initiatives include $17 million for science programs in up to 200 public primary schools, making coding part of the school curriculum, more than $3.3 million in new funding to kickstart WA's STEM skills strategy and drive WA's future jobs, and school science grants. For more information on the awards, visit https// Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "It is important to recognise the commitment and engagement of principals and teachers in developing the skills our kids will require for the jobs of the future. "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that STEM education is open to all students no matter their gender or postcode, and the leadership and advocacy of teachers and principals is integral to this." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "The Governor's School STEM Awards are a fantastic way to acknowledge the outstanding work our schools do to provide successful STEM learning environments for our students. "We know the generic skills students learn studying STEM subjects are transferrable across industries, and critical for their future job prospects." Comments attributed to the Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia "This is a great recognition of the efforts and achievements of our schools to prepare Western Australians for the jobs of the future. "These awards raise the awareness of strong STEM culture in school communities. I congratulate all finalists on their excellent achievements. "It is a fine legacy of my predecessor the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC." Science Minister's office - 6552 6100 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700 Finalists The primary school category finalists are Bertram Primary School (Bertram) Brookman Primary School (Langford) Marmion Primary School (Marmion) Ocean Road Primary School (Dawesville) Perth College (Mount Lawley) Vasse Primary School (Vasse) The secondary school category finalists are Ashdale Secondary College (Darch) Comet Bay College (Secret Harbour) St Mary's Anglican Girls' School (Karrinyup) Warwick Senior High School (Warwick)
Perth to host 2019 Australian Masters Rowing Championships21663Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5950html20/09/2018 2:00:25 AM2018-09-20T02:00:00Z Supported by State Government through Tourism WA Expected to attract more than 1,000 visitors to the State Event forms part of Two-Year Action Plan to boost visitation The Australian Masters Rowing Championships will be held at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre in Perth next year. Supported by Tourism Western Australia and managed by Rowing WA, the championships will run over four days from May 22 to 25, 2019. The event began in 2002 and runs annually, offering about 330 races over the four days to masters rowers aged 27 years and above. The event has 12 age divisions with representatives from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, as well as some international representatives. Rowing WA has invited more than 20 international rowing federations to the event, with the focus to increase international participation. The 2019 championships are expected to attract more than 1,000 out-of-State competitors and visitors, providing a boost to the local economy. Mass participation events, such as the Australian Masters Rowing Championships, form part of Tourism WA's Two-Year Action Plan to grow the number of visitors to the State over the next two years. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The Australian Masters Rowing Championships will boost the local economy, and assist in creating jobs for locals and attracting rowing enthusiasts from around Western Australia, interstate and overseas. "Mass participation events such as this one help drive visitors to Perth and disperse to WA's regions while they're here. "They help us attract interstate visitors to Perth and showcase the city's transformation into a more vibrant and affordable destination. "This is a key goal of the Government's Two-Year Action Plan for tourism which aims to boost visitors to the State, encourage them to stay longer and disperse further regionally." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Entertainment noise reform to secure Northbridge vibrancy21661Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7200html20/09/2018 12:33:10 AM2018-09-20T00:30:00Z Entertainment noise consultation paper released for comment Proposed reform will help maintain unique character of Northbridge Reforms follow election commitment to introduce better protection for live music venues Includes amendments to noise regulations which protect entertainment venues and balance residential and business amenity Reforms aimed at protecting Northbridge's vibrant nightlife culture for the long term have been released for public comment. Growing infill development in the central suburbs means premises such as pubs and live music venues are finding it increasingly difficult to comply with noise regulations. This has been the case even if they have been operating in that location far longer than the surrounding development. Proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 and establishment of a Special Control Area under the City of Perth's City Planning Scheme No 2 will provide greater protection for venues, and clear and consistent development guidelines for new developments in the precinct. Part of the proposal includes removing existing 'outdoor amenity protections' - which would allow higher levels of noise in residential outdoor areas such as balconies or patios. Further, the paper includes 'agent of change' principles where the responsibility of noise mitigation will fall to a new development and not existing venues and residents. New developments - both noise-emitting and noise-receiving - will also be required to undertake a noise assessment and demonstrate how construction and design will mitigate entertainment noise. All developments impacted by entertainment noise will also require a notice placed on their title to inform potential buyers of the potential for higher noise levels in outdoor areas. If the rollout of the Northbridge reforms is successful, consideration may be given to expanding the changes to other areas. The public consultation paper is available here. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Increasing infill development in our inner suburbs is a key tenet of the McGowan Government's METRONET plan to build well-connected, active communities. "Northbridge's unique entertainment district is a textbook example of an area with a lively buzz that lures people to live, work and recreate on its doorstep. "The proposed reforms seek to remove regulations that unfairly penalise entertainment venues - many of which pre-date surrounding residential developments - with onerous retrospective noise mitigation requirements. "The planned changes will also deliver greater protection for residents who wish to move in to the area by ensuring noise is well managed, developments are well designed and buyers are well informed." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "These important reforms represent a more integrated approach to environmental planning legislation. "The reforms will help preserve the character of the iconic Northbridge area and ensure that the health and amenity of residents will continue to be protected within their homes. "The proposed measures will help achieve a balance between the ongoing viability of entertainment venues and the needs of residents." Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "This is an important initiative for both venues and residents. "We want to introduce more protections for residents to make sure buildings are constructed with good quality sound protection measures. "The City of Perth will be responsible for determining the exact boundaries of the new precinct - and this must be done in strong consultation with local residents who live there." Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
A new Act for a new time21649Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20340html19/09/2018 5:32:19 AM2018-09-19T05:30:00Z Next stage of McGowan Government's reform agenda to deliver a new Local Government Act underway Local government elections, community engagement and rates and charges to be targeted next Western Australians urged to have a say on the future of their local community Mandatory social media policies, online voting and penalties for breaching tendering rules are some of the possibilities for a new Local Government Act that are now open for public comment. Local Government Minister David Templeman has today called on Western Australians to help shape the future of local government in their community by having a say on the proposals. The proposals mark the next stage of the McGowan Government's reform of the Local Government Act 1995, which aims to empower local governments to better deliver quality governance and services to WA communities now and into the future. Ideas for change on matters including local government elections, community engagement, rates, fees and charges and financial management, among other areas are now being considered. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has prepared a series of discussion papers and online surveys for public comment. Workshops will also be held across the State during October and November to provide further opportunities for people to get involved. More information is available at http// Public comment is open until March 31, 2019. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "This is the biggest reform to the local government sector in more than 20 years. "While I expect local government to play a significant role in the reform process, consultation also requires input from the community. "As a major employer and the glue for communities in WA, local governments support local economies and businesses which often involves making controversial decisions. "The reforms will help improve the way local governments make these decisions and contribute to better services, better decisions, and more efficient and accountable local government into the future." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Google Trekker showcasing WA's natural attractions21647Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8720html19/09/2018 4:08:25 AM2018-09-19T04:00:00Z Western Australia's natural attractions are now viewable online from anywhere in the world, with the use of Google's unique Street View Trekker Stunning 360-degree panoramic views of more than 150 trails across Western Australia have been captured by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff using Google's Street View Trekker, with the first 20 sites now live on Google Street View. The Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top, which has been on loan to the State Government since February, has been deployed throughout Western Australia, capturing some of the State's unique, and sometimes remote, attractions. Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National Park, Granite Skywalk at Porongurup National Park, and The Gap and Natural Bridge at Torndirrup National Park are among the 20 trails now available on Google Maps. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This footage now allows millions of people from all over the world to see what they can experience in WA's magnificent parks. "This imagery will boost tourism and create jobs by providing important pre-trip information to the public that will allow visitors to 'virtually see' attractions, campgrounds, road and trail conditions and a range of other visual experiences. "It is also wonderful that WA's remote places that are generally very hard to get to, will be available for people with limited mobility to experience." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "It is exciting to see technology like this used to promote our State's extraordinary nature-based attractions and experiences. "The vision will be shared with Tourism Western Australia and local and regional tourism organisations to assist with ongoing tourism promotion. "Taking part in initiatives like this forms part of our Two-Year Action Plan to attract more visitors to Perth and regional WA." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Peel Health Campus to receive major funding boost21643Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5850html19/09/2018 3:34:02 AM2018-09-19T03:30:00Z $5 million to completely redesign Peel Health Campus emergency department Eight new beds in the short stay unit, a modern redeveloped waiting area and new triage zone The investment is in addition to $4.4 million announced in the 2018-19 Budget Residents in Mandurah, and across the Peel region, are set to benefit from a major upgrade to their local hospital's emergency department. The McGowan Government has announced $5 million of funding to reconfigure the Peel Health Campus emergency department to improve patient flow, provide greater privacy and create a more pleasant and healing environment in which to work and be treated. The major upgrade will include A new fast-track patient triage zone; A redesigned and refurbished waiting room; New holding bays, designed to offer patients awaiting admission improved privacy; and Reconfiguration of the existing triage area to facilitate early senior medical review and to improve patient privacy and comfort. The addition of eight beds to the short stay unit will further streamline patient flow from the emergency department. The upgrades will ensure Peel Health Campus remains in a strong position to deliver hospital emergency services to the Peel region, and is able to respond to the needs of the growing local community. The South Metropolitan Health Service will commence drafting the concept plans for the new look emergency department this year, with construction expected to commence in early 2020. This funding is in addition to the recent $4.4 million investment over four years announced by the McGowan Government in the May Budget. That cash injection will go towards an expanded car park, overhauled nurse call system and increased security, as well as a range of proactive building maintenance projects. The Peel region was highlighted as a 'pressure point' in the Interim Report of the Sustainable Health Review (SHR). Today's announcement comes on the same day as the SHR hosted a roundtable meeting in Mandurah, attended by the Minister for Health, to discuss the future health needs of the Peel region. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This major upgrade to the emergency department at Peel Health Campus will ensure the provision of high-quality care in a pleasant, healing and clinically appropriate environment. Eight new short stay beds and a modern redeveloped waiting room are just some of the major changes which will transform the emergency department. "The Peel region suffered almost a decade of neglect under the previous Liberal National Government, during their time in office nothing was done to address the healthcare needs of the region and keep track of a rapidly growing population. The last investment in the area was $3 million in 2008 - made by the Carpenter Labor Government. "The McGowan Government is proud to be making this $5 million commitment to the Peel region. It adds to $4.4 million already committed to Peel Health Campus as part of the 2018-19 Budget handed down in May." Comments attributed to Mandurah MLA David Templeman "This multimillion dollar investment will transform the emergency department at Peel Health Campus. A new triage area and a completely redesigned and refurbished waiting room will welcome local residents arriving at the hospital ED. "This redesign will also help improve patient flow through the Peel Health Campus emergency department and ensure the facility continues to meet the needs of the local people." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "As part of the redevelopment there will be a suite of new holding bays that will offer increased privacy for patients who have been assessed and are being admitted, there will also be a new area where senior medical staff will be able to review patients. "The upgrades to Peel Health Campus are recognition of the importance that the McGowan Government places on this rapidly growing region and its commitment to putting patients first." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Youth group to tour Europe during Armistice Centenary celebrations21642Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4030html19/09/2018 3:10:12 AM2018-09-19T03:05:00Z Eight young Western Australians picked for tour of Europe commemorating Armistice 10-day Armistice tour will visit First World War sites in Belgium and France Participants will gain valuable insights into the meaning of mateship and the Anzac spirit Eight young Western Australians have been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Belgium and France to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice. Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley met with seven of the eight members of the tour group today and heard their views on military history, family connections, leadership and teaching. It is these shared passions that brought together the five women, including two Aboriginal women, and three men that comprise the group. During today's meeting with Mr Tinley, participants also met members of the Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop, further developing their ideas about how the furnace of war has forged the Anzac spirit. The group's 10-day tour of the former battlefields of Belgium and France will start in Paris on November 3, and includes attendance at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux on November 11. The State-funded tour is designed to bolster young Western Australians' knowledge of the implications of the First World War and of the Armistice that signalled its end whilst gaining valuable insights into the meaning of mateship and the Anzac spirit. The group members are Lauren Barrie, 22 of Byford; Stefaan Bruce-Truglio, 25 of Carramar; Enfys Jerwood, 23 of Shelley; Kate Marshall, 25 of Beeliar; Natasha Meston, 23 of Woodlands; Steven Morganti, 22 of Henley Brook; Rufus Morse, 24 of East Fremantle; and Karwin Murray, 22 of Brookdale. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "It's important to remember the sacrifices made by Western Australians during the First World War and pay our respects. "That's why my Government has launched a number of initiatives and events to honour our Anzacs, and educate and engage the wider community about the Anzac Centenary story. "Along with funding a youth tour of Europe during the Armistice Centenary celebrations, we have launched a web series about the importance of marking the Centenary of Anzac and held a series of receptions for veterans. "The First World War killed and maimed more Australians than any other conflict. About 61,500 Australians died including 7,000 Western Australians. "It's important that we remember and honour their sacrifice." Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "The group of young people selected for the WA Centenary of Armistice Tour have a combined enthusiasm for military history, a passion for discovering and re-tracing family connections, and strong leadership and teaching skills. "They will visit the former battlefields of France and Belgium and attend the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux on November 11, 2018. "I met members of the group for the first time today and was impressed with the level of interest they displayed. I look forward to catching up with the whole group when we visit France. "Importantly, I also look forward to these young people sharing the wealth of knowledge and insights that this experience is bound to generate on their return home to their respective communities in WA." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Veterans Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300
Light horsemen pay homage to 100 years of sacrifice and service21641Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8060html19/09/2018 3:00:13 AM2018-09-19T03:00:00Z Lotterywest grant of $298,850 will help facilitate State-wide activities by RSLWA commemorating the Centenary of Armistice Premier urges community to support local events celebrating an important part of WA's heritage Members of the Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop were on hand at Parliament House today when Premier Mark McGowan and Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley presented the Returned and Services League (RSL) WA with a $298,850 cheque. The Lotterywest grant will fund a suite of events across the State to honour the service and sacrifice of Western Australians during and since World War One. The events will help celebrate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended World War One on November 11, 1918. Cathran Forbes and Phillip Dennis, respectively mounted on VonRoy and Indi A Bay, had ancestors who served in Australia's light horse cavalry. Cathran's great uncle fought with the 8th Light Horse and members of Phillip's family fought with the 4th Light Horse. They will be assisted by another member of the troop, Kelvin Liddiard OAM. Mervyn Wilson and Jack Matthews founded the 10th Light Horse Memorial Troop in 2002 and regularly share stories of the light horse's important heritage at schools, shows and other special events. The RSLWA's planned events to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice will specifically acknowledge all those who served in World War One, and will help remember the service of Western Australians in all wars and peacekeeping commitments since. Key events in the public program of events and activities in Perth and regional WA include A commemorative installation of 62,000 hand knitted poppies in Kings Park; A military gun salute along the Swan River foreshore; and An Armistice Centenary picnic and concert at Government House. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Today's grant to the RSLWA is a key element in the State's recognition of the Centenary of Armistice. The planned program of events offer us all a unique opportunity to get involved and participate in a truly historic occasion. "The ceremonial gun salute and celebrations at Government House will recognise that while November 11 will be a day of solemn commemoration, there is also much to be celebrated in marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One." Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "The devastation caused by World War One cannot be overstated. Nearly 330,000 Australians embarked for service overseas - 62,000 of them subsequently died on active service. "Of the 1914 population of men in WA, the war claimed almost one in 25. The installation of 62,000 hand knitted poppies at Kings Park will be a powerful visual reminder of Australia's loss and help us all to never forget the sacrifice of our servicemen and women." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Veterans Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300