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Laughter the tonic for Mental Health Week 201630316Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/08/2016 12:38:28 AM2016-08-26T00:00:00Za State Theatre Centre of WA to host Mental Health Week finale Stand Up! For Comedy event to raise mental health awareness After a sell-out performance in 2015, Mental Health Week 2016 will again officially close with a night of stand-up comedy designed to raise community awareness of mental health issues. Featuring local and national comedians, Stand Up! For Comedy is expected to attract an audience of nearly 600 people. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said part proceeds from the comedy night would be reinvested back into community mental health. "The aim of Mental Health Week is to reduce stigma and promote mentally healthy communities," Ms Mitchell said. "If we can build awareness through comedy while raising funds to continue awareness raising for the rest of the year, that's a great outcome." Relocating to the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from His Majesty's Theatre, Stand Up! For Comedy will feature a stellar line-up of comedians, including Ben Darsow, Matt Dyktynski, Damien Callinan, Suns of Fred, Cameron McLaren, Sian Choyce, Hayden Stevens and other special guests. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the event marked the second time the Perth Theatre Trust had partnered with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. "This event demonstrates the role the arts can play in raising issues with the community, as well as increasing public awareness," Mr Day said. "Laughter is a vital ingredient for mental health and wellbeing. I encourage everyone to get out to as many events as possible during Mental Health Week, including Stand Up! For Comedy." Mental Health Week 2016 will have a special focus on suicide prevention, promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message 'Together we can save lives'. Mental health consumers and carers have been allocated tickets to the comedy night. Fact File Mental Health Week runs October 8-15, 2016 Proceeds from the event will go to local charity, the WA Association for Mental Health, to reinvest back into community support services The event is supported by Perth Theatre Trust and WA Association for Mental Health To buy tickets, visit http//www.ticketek.com.au or phone 1300 795 012 For Mental Health Week events and information, visit http//mhw.waamh.org.au Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400 Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200
Albany waterfront sees surge of investment30315Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/08/2016 12:31:20 AM2016-08-25T23:30:00Za Prime Albany waterfront lot sold, with another under offer Zoning encourages more accommodation options in Albany Follows last month's sale of the adjacent waterfront lot; the site of a new hotel The redevelopment of Albany waterfront continues to progress with Lands Minister Terry Redman today announcing the sale of a prime waterfront lot, with another under offer. Mr Redman said the two lots - 3,309 square metres and 4,564sqm - had been taken up by local developer Aquavista Holdings. "It is envisaged the developments, which can be up to three storeys, will have retail and commercial on the ground floor, and potentially short stay accommodation on the upper floors," he said. "The purchase follows last month's confirmation of the $1.5 million sale of the hotel/short stay site which is located next to the Albany Entertainment Centre, the first major building to feature on the new waterfront. "The sale of two prime lots within weeks of each other, with a third also under offer, is great news for Albany as the business centre of the Great Southern region." The Minister said the Liberal National Government had taken a keen interest in the progress of Albany waterfront to help bring greater choice of visitor accommodation and business facilities to the city centre, in turn supporting the economic growth of the city. "The State Government was keen to secure developers who would help create a vibrant and functional waterfront space right on the doorstep of Albany's CBD," he said. One lot remains available at Albany waterfront. Located between the Albany Entertainment Centre and the ANZAC Peace Park, the 4,338sqm lot is zoned for commercial use. Fact File The redevelopment of the Albany waterfront is being managed by LandCorp Once complete, the waterfront will feature restaurants, cafes, shops, hotel/short stay accommodation, 74-pen marina (with expansion capacity to 130) and a purpose-built entertainment centre Albany waterfront overlooks Princess Royal Harbour and reconnects the foreshore with the city centre For more information, visit http//www.landcorp.com.au/albanywaterfront Minister's office - 6552 6700
Aquaculture project highlighting opportunities30314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/08/2016 12:22:19 AM2016-08-25T23:05:00Za First 90-day red tape reduction project off to a flying start Opportunities identified in a number of areas Streamlining processes to encourage investment and jobs The Liberal National Government's new red tape 'flying squad' has already identified areas to streamline approvals and provide greater certainty for aquaculture businesses. Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the first 90-day regulatory mapping project had wasted no time in identifying opportunities in application processes, licencing arrangements, reporting requirements and tenure security. "The State Government is seeking to strike the right balance of policies, rules and regulations to ensure the aquaculture industry continues to flourish, attract investment and generate jobs," Mr Marmion said. "Consultation meetings have been held throughout a number of regional areas as well as Perth. Findings from those meetings have informed the mapping project to date, with industry now providing further feedback." Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said the project was a great example of government collaborating with industry to simplify and streamline processes without compromising high biosecurity standards. "The Department of Fisheries is working hard with the Department of Finance, industry and other government agencies to make practical changes," Mr Francis said. "We need a purposeful regulatory environment to ensure we continue to build a clean, safe and sustainable aquaculture industry." Both Ministers are encouraging industry stakeholders to continue to share their ideas to improve regulation via the 90-day aquaculture survey on the Department of Finance website. The survey will close August 31, 2016. Fact File The Department of Finance's Economic Reform unit is collaborating with the Department of Fisheries on the 90-day regulatory reform project The project commenced on July 1, 2016 and will report by the end of September For project details, visit the Department of Finance website Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the aquaculture industry survey Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500
New film festival deal a prize for WA economy30313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/08/2016 12:13:01 AM2016-08-25T23:00:00Za Liberal National Government secures new two-year deal with CinefestOZ Australia's richest film prize remains in WA Supported through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett today announced a new two-year deal with the CinefestOZ film festival, which includes Australia's richest film prize. Mr Barnett said when CinefestOZ began in 2008, it had an attendance of 1,898 which grew to 23,656 last year. "CinefestOZ is a great example of a home-grown Western Australian event that has gone from strength to strength with Liberal National Government support," he said. "The annual five-day film festival, which started in Busselton with 17 film screenings, has spread across the South-West region and this year is offering 73 films plus 22 free films for the community and five industry functions in five locations." The Premier said CinefestOZ was important for the local economy, attracting more than $2.73 million into the region last year. "The $100,000 Australian Film Prize, the richest in the nation, was introduced in 2014 and has attracted national and international attention for the festival and the region, and has helped increase visitation," he said. "The State Government has a strategy to see the value of the tourism industry grow to $12 billion by 2020 and events such as CinefestOZ will play an important role in reaching that goal." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said in addition to the tourism and economic benefits CinefestOZ had produced, the festival also helped boost the local film industry. "In the past three years, five films have been made in the region, with another 10 in pre-production or development," Mr Redman said. "CinefestOZ has played an important role in showcasing Western Australia as a great film location to influential film-makers. I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in the Regional Events Program to bring significant social and economic benefits throughout regional WA." Fact File The 2016 CinefestOZ runs until August 28 Four films have been shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Film Prize - Girl Asleep, Jasper Jones, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom and Spin Out Royalties for Regions is also investing $16 million in the Western Australian Regional Film Fund, which will be administered by Screenwest For more information, visit http//www.cinefestoz.com Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New Bill to protect Swan Valley for future generations18871Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 10:27:56 AM2016-08-25T10:15:00Za Legislation to preserve character of the Swan Valley Greater protection for agricultural and tourism activities Planning Minister Donna Faragher this afternoon introduced The Swan Valley Protection Bill 2016 into State Parliament. Mrs Faragher said the Bill would preserve the attributes that made the Swan Valley unique and ensured its sustainable growth for the benefit of future generations. "The Liberal National Government recognises the importance of the Swan Valley and is committed to maintaining its rural, agricultural and tourism attributes," she said. "The Swan Valley is an important part of Perth's natural and cultural landscape. "This legislation provides a simpler framework for the regulation of development in the Swan Valley to more effectively protect the valley's rural character." The Bill will give effect to the Swan Valley Development Plan, which can be used by developers and proponents when preparing applications. The Minister said the draft Swan Valley Development Plan was released for public comment between October 2015 and February 2016 and submissions were currently being considered by the Department of Planning. When finalised, the plan will guide the implementation of a strategic vision for land use in the Swan Valley. "It will focus on providing a balance between maintaining the role of agriculture in the area and supporting the Swan Valley's tourism industry," Mrs Faragher said. Fact File The Swan Valley is WA's oldest wine region 3.1 million day-trippers visited the Swan Valley and contributed $421 million to the local economy in the 12 months to May 2016 The Swan Valley Protection Bill 2016 repeals the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 and dissolves the Swan Valley Planning Committee For more information, visit Swan Valley Minister's office - 6552 5300
Mundaring treatment plant upgrades complete18869Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 9:17:55 AM2016-08-25T08:15:00Za ​$8.1 million project to upgrade Mundaring wastewater treatment plant finished Upgrade will allow increased water reuse for local green spaces Water Minister Mia Davies today announced the completion of the Liberal National Government's $8.1 million project to upgrade the Mundaring wastewater treatment plant. "The upgrade has increased the capacity of the plant to now treat up to 240 kilolitres of wastewater a day," Ms Davies said. "The project consisted of new inlet work, odour collection and treatment facilities, and an upgraded reuse water delivery system. "The upgrade was completed entirely within the existing site to ensure the plant's footprint in the area remained the same. "Treated wastewater from the plant will also allow increased water reuse on local community sports ovals and a nearby equestrian centre during summer." The Minister thanked the local community for their input and ongoing co-operation throughout the project and said community consultation had played an important role during the planning phase of the project. "Expanding water recycling is a key part of the Liberal National Government's 10-year Water Forever plan," she said. "This project is another example of where treated water can be put to good use by keeping our public open spaces green, while reducing reliance on scheme water." Work began at the plant in January 2015 and was completed on schedule in July 2016. Fact File The plant, originally commissioned in 1997, is located 1.8km north-east of Mundaring and services the town centre The plant has the capacity to treat up to 240 kilolitres of wastewater a day Wastewater is 99.97% water and comes mostly from showers, baths and washing machines For more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Minister's office- 6552 5500
Fencers en garde in Perth18867Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 7:55:50 AM2016-08-25T07:50:00Za Perth hosts the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships $7,000 Liberal National Government grant for Fencing WA toward hosting event Fencers from 13 to 76 will be testing their best feints, flicks and lunges when they come together for the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships in Perth today. For the first time, fencers from across Australia and Asia will meet in Western Australia for the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships and a number of other championship events. About 300 fencers will gather at the Ellie Eaton Pavilion at the Claremont Showgrounds from as far as Iran, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong from today until August 30. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the competition was a coup for WA and the local fencing fraternity. "Hosted by Fencing WA, this event is the first time an Asian championship event has been held in Australia, let alone WA," Ms Davies said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for local fencers from our seven Western Australian clubs - particularly our strong masters competition." Often called lightning chess because of its mix of speed and tactics, fencing is a fast and furious sport marrying its traditional duelling roots with modern equipment and athleticism. The Liberal National Government - through the Department of Sport and Recreation - has given Fencing WA a grant for $7,000 towards the event. Fact File Entry to the 2016 Asian Masters Fencing Championships is free Best spectator times will be during the finals between 1-3pm The Asian Masters also includes the Australian Veterans Circuit, Oceania Veterans Championships and the Australian Fencing Circuit See the event schedule at http//www.asianmasters.org Minister's office - 6552 5500
Pilbara processing facility adds value and jobs18865Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 4:00:51 AM2016-08-25T04:00:00Za US$800 million ammonium nitrate plant opened Facility to create about 70 new jobs Pilbara continues to be an attractive investment location The Liberal National Government is celebrating a major investment in downstream processing, with Premier Colin Barnett opening the Yara Pilbara Nitrates technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant in the North-West today. Mr Barnett said the plant employed more than 500 workers on site during construction and would require about 70 employees for ongoing operations. "Yara Pilbara has also invested more than $50 million in Karratha for residential housing for employees and their families, demonstrating its commitment to the community," he said. The Premier said the innovative $US800 million plant integrated with the neighbouring Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant. "This new TAN plant will take ammonia from the fertiliser plant and use it to produce up to 330,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate each year," he said. "This type of value-adding industry is essential to future economic development of the Pilbara, creating employment and securing local supply of ammonium nitrate for the mining industry." Located in the Burrup Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) near Karratha, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the project showed Western Australia remained an attractive place for large-scale international investment. "Projects can invest with confidence and proceed without unnecessary delays," Mr Marmion said. "I'm hoping to soon see other value-adding industries develop in the Burrup SIA." Fact File Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd is a joint venture between Norway's Yara International ASA (55%) and Orica Ltd (45%) Ammonium nitrate is a key component of explosives used in the mining and construction industries The Burrup SIA is also home to the Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant, the North West Shelf Venture and the Pluto LNG Project Premier's office - 6552 5000 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Improved audit scrutiny of local governments18863Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 3:01:10 AM2016-08-25T02:55:00Za Legislation to extend jurisdiction of Auditor General to local governments Provides independent oversight of financial and performance audits The Liberal National Government has introduced legislation into State Parliament providing for the appointment of the Auditor General as the auditor for local governments. Introducing the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Bill 2016, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said it was designed to improve accountability and transparency in the sector. "The Western Australian community has an expectation that all levels of government, including local governments, are open and accountable," Mr Simpson said. "This Bill will provide an independent oversight of local governments, which will be scrutinised for potential instances of wastage, inefficiency or ineffectiveness. "The State Government is committed to ensuring that West Australians benefit from responsive and accountable local governments." The key aspects of the Bill include requiring all audits to be done under the supervision of the Auditor General or the Office of the Auditor General introducing 'performance audits' to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of a local government's operations a requirement for local governments to publish annual reports (which contain audit reports) on their websites. "The Bill responds to recommendations from the Corruption and Crime Commission and the Public Accounts Committee to raise the standard of accountability of local governments to a level consistent with State Government authorities and public sector agencies," the Minister said. Fact File Performance audits may focus on a particular issue or theme and will allow ratepayers to benchmark their local governments The Corruption and Crime Commission found that without strong financial and governance practices, local governments were vulnerable to fraud, corruption and other misconduct Information on the performance of local governments is available at https//mycouncil.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6600
Abilities Expo expands to offer more options to all18860Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 1:15:52 AM2016-08-25T01:15:00Za Abilities Expo for school leavers expanded to include more than 90 disability organisations offering advice for all people with disability The annual Abilities Expo, which showcases a range of career and life options for people with disability will this year offer an extended program and more exhibitors. Originally aimed at school leavers, with support from the Liberal National Government the expo has this year been broadened to include more service providers for people with disability of all ages and to include an extra evening session. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said she was pleased the program had been extended to cater for a broader audience and having so many exhibitors in one place would be an invaluable opportunity. "There will be more than 90 exhibitors, interactive sessions and workshops, and presentations by people sharing their life or career stories," Mrs Faragher said. "Visitors can meet service providers and learn about options ranging from jobs, training and education to accommodation and respite, therapy supports, recreation, community supports, advocacy, and equipment and technology. "One of the information sessions will discuss the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and visitors will also be able to learn anything they need to know about WA NDIS at the Disability Services Commission booth." The expo will be held at Crown Perth on September 8 and sessions will be held from 9.45am-1.30pm and from 4.30-7.30pm. This year's expo is supported by the Disability Services Commission, Department of Education, Catholic Education, National Disability Insurance Agency, National Disability Coordination Officer Program and Activ. Fact File For more information, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au/events-dsc/events/events-2016/september or email Promaco Conventions Perth promaco@promaco.com.au Crown Perth has wheelchair access, lifts and ACROD parking bays Minister's office - 6552 5300
Traffic light review cuts journey times18859Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 1:00:48 AM2016-08-25T01:00:00Za Traffic signal timing improvement project reduces travel time on 20 routes across the metropolitan area over two years 2014-15 and 2015-16 Average journey times on specific routes have improved by up to 28% A key initiative in the Liberal National Government's strategy to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow across the metropolitan area has delivered positive results in its second year. The traffic signal timing improvement project, which started in 2014-15, has improved average journey times on specific routes by up to 28 per cent and further improvements are scheduled for 2016-17. "This project reviewed 201 sets of traffic signals over 20 key traffic routes, covering a total of 145 kilometres of roads," Transport Minister Dean Nalder said. "Traffic signal timing can decline over time and, as part of this review, Main Roads Western Australia undertook extensive modelling to determine the optimum peak traffic signal timings and sequencing. "As a result, with a minimal investment, the State Government has significantly improved journey times and congestion for road network users by better optimising existing infrastructure." Mr Nalder said the 2015-16 project included signal timing changes to 10 new traffic routes and a reassessment of 10 routes where traffic signal improvements were initiated in 2014-15. "This project has produced positive outcomes along every route that was reviewed," he said. "Key sections of road where there was a major reduction in average journey times included along Stock Road, which reduced by 28 per cent in the afternoon peak, and Great Eastern Highway - Lloyd Street to Coolgardie Avenue - which reduced by 22 per cent in the morning peak. Stirling Highway also saw journey times reduced by 12 per cent in the afternoon peak." Traffic signal timing and sequencing routes changed in 2015-16 were Leach Highway - High Road to Welshpool Road Great Eastern Highway - Lloyd Street to Coolgardie Avenue Great Eastern Highway - Craig Street to Brearley Avenue West Coast Highway - Manning Street to Claremont Crescent Stirling Highway - Eric Street to Hackett Drive Wanneroo Road - Beach Road to Ocean Reef Road Stock Road - Marmion Street to Russell Road Guildford Road - Walcott Street to Tonkin Highway Canning Highway - North Lake Road to Queen Victoria Street Karrinyup Road - Jeanes Road to Main Street. The Minister said the Government would double the signal timing review to include more than 400 sets of traffic signals in 2016-17. Fact File To view the results of the 2015-16 program, visit https//project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/tcmp/signals/Pages/Signal-Timing-Reviews.aspx Minister's office - 6552 6400
Strong results for police, mental health teams18857Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html25/08/2016 11:41:39 AM2016-08-24T22:00:00Za Positive results for landmark police and mental health co-response teams Police transport 80% fewer patients to emergency departments A landmark Liberal National Government trial to have senior mental health clinicians work alongside police has resulted in enhanced care of patients and fewer officers being tied up transporting people to hospital. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the trial area had been expanded to now cover 50 per cent of metropolitan Perth. "When the teams are engaged there has been an 80 per cent reduction in police officers transporting mentally ill patients to hospital, with the clinicians instead treating them in the community," Ms Harvey said. "This allows police officers to return to their core duties of investigating and responding to crime and antisocial behaviour in the community." Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said since the trial began, the specialist teams had responded to 4,500 incidents where mental health was an issue. "The mental health clinicians are the experts in dealing with these people; they know what treatment they need and how to help de-escalate what can be very tense situations," Ms Mitchell said. "The trial includes senior mental health clinicians based at the Police Operations Centre, triaging calls for assistance, and another at the Perth Watch House assessing and facilitating access to the right care for detainees." The State Government had allocated $6.5 million for the trial, which has been developed by WA Police, the Mental Health Commission and the Department of Health. Ms Harvey said there had been a great deal of interest shown in the co-response trial from police in other jurisdictions, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Fact File There were 17,498 police mental health calls outs in 2015, compared with 4,766 in 2007 The mental health co-response teams have responded to 4,500 incidents since the trial began in December 2015 Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900 Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400
CinefestOZ shines star power on South-West119717Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1190html24/08/2016 11:12:27 AM2016-08-24T10:00:00Za Premiere of latest WA-produced feature Jasper Jones Australia's richest annual film prize now in third year Liberal National Government backs WA movie production and jobs Made possible by Royalties for Regions program The premiere of 2016 film prize finalist Jasper Jones at CinefestOZ highlights the value of the Liberal National Government's strong support for the Western Australian film industry. Launching the latest WA-produced feature in Busselton tonight, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the film festival was fundamental to fostering local movie production and jobs. "The growing success of CinefestOZ is playing a key role in our vision for a world-class film sector in the State," Mr Day said. "Creative industries are built on the sort of strong community support on show in Busselton, a critical mass of skills and progressive Government policies. That's why this is such an exciting time for Western Australian filmmaking. "Now in its ninth year, CinefestOZ is an international event, attracting screen industry professionals, an inspiring line-up of productions and thousands of film lovers. For the third year, the festival will offer Australia's richest film prize, with Jasper Jones joined by The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Girl Asleep and Spin Out vying for the $100,000 award." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the recently announced $16 million Regional Film Fund was giving WA a competitive advantage. "The new fund complements and bolsters the showcase that is CinefestOZ and is already attracting Australian and international interest," Mr Redman said. "Backed by Royalties for Regions, it is designed to maximise regional job creation and the use of local talent, with WA's stunning scenery set to be the backdrop for even more productions." CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Screenwest and Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions. Premier Colin Barnett will announce the winner at CinefestOZ on Saturday. Fact File CinefestOZ Festival Week runs from August 24-28, including 14 Australian premieres Jasper Jones was shot around Pemberton and is one of seven features made in WA in 2015-16 with funding support from Screenwest. Visit http//www.screenwest.wa.gov.au The judging panel for the 2016 CinefestOZ film prize includes Gillian Armstrong, Sue Taylor, Garry Phillips, Damien Walshe-Howling and Emma Booth For more information, visit http//cinefestoz.com Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Minister welcomes collaborative mine safety data projects119714Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2270html24/08/2016 5:24:42 AM2016-08-24T05:05:00Za Data from 14 years of DMP accident and incident reports to be independently analysed Main hazards for mine workers are falling from height, working under a load and being struck, or crushed by heavy machinery Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange has welcomed a collaborative project between the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) to glean further knowledge from 14 years of existing accident and incident reports. Speaking at DMP's recent Registered Managers Forum, Mr L'Estrange said minesite safety remained his number one priority. UWA is proposing to obtain insights into hazards, injuries and contributing factors by analysing the text in the narrative descriptions within up to 800 incident reports. ECU will also compare the Western Australian mining industry's incident ratios with international models. "The goal is to identify common causation factors," the Minister said. "I am particularly interested in data analysis which could identify trends in causes of serious minesite incidents and near misses so we can further improve our mines' safety inspection regimes," he said. Fact File The DMP Registered Managers Forum was created in 2014 to drive a positive cultural change in mine safety It allows the department to engage closely with mine management and key decision makers Minister's office - 6552 6900
BEST way to keep safe on the water119713Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2700html24/08/2016 5:09:07 AM2016-08-24T05:00:00Za Skippers urged to complete BEST checklist each time they go boating to boost safety and avoid breaking down Boat breakdowns accounted for 639 rescues on WA waterways in 2015-16 Transport Minister Dean Nalder today reminded skippers of the importance of regular boat maintenance and the need to check safety equipment as the summer boating season approaches. The Liberal National Government's BEST check safety campaign is designed to raise awareness of boating safety prior to peak boating use over the summer months. Visiting the Department of Transport's marine safety stand at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, Mr Nalder said the majority of the 639 boat breakdowns requiring assistance from volunteer marine rescue groups in 2015-16 could have been avoided if skippers had been better prepared. "Skippers need to be responsible, taking time to complete the recommended voyage preparation guidelines every time they head out onto the water," Mr Nalder said. "Unfortunately, skippers who fail to do this put their safety and those on board at risk, and also waste the precious resources of our volunteer rescue groups." It provides skippers with a free step by step guide through an annual 45-point safety check which identifies items under the headings boat, equipment, safety and trailer to be maintained before each trip. "Spring is the best time to undertake the annual check as it allows time for repairs before the boating season," the Minister said. Mr Nalder said the department's presence at the Dowerin event also provided an opportunity to raise awareness in the community about carrying in-date flares, emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRBs) requirements and the need for boat to be registered with the department. Fact File For more information on the BEST campaign, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/maintaining-your-boat.asp There are about 100,000 registered recreational boats in WA Minister's office - 6552 6400
Women’s football recognises best and fairest119709Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3020html24/08/2016 4:45:12 AM2016-08-24T04:40:00Za More than 220 guests attend annual dinner for WA Women's Football League Historic year for women's football with announcement of first AFL team Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies congratulated those honoured at the WA Women's Football League's (WAWFL) Medal Presentation dinner at the Duxton Hotel on Monday night. "It was a great honour to speak at the event in recognition of so many talented players, coaches and volunteers," Ms Davies said. "It's such an exciting time for female football. Not only has participation increased to 50,000 in Western Australia in the past year, this year the Australian Football League (AFL) finally announced it would hold a women's competition. "This means the pathway to play football is now complete - with women having the opportunity to play football right from the junior club level, all the way to the elite." Along with recognising the eight WAWFL players selected as marquee players for next year's National Women's League, the awards' dinner recognised those who had shone on the field during the women's WAWFL season. Coastal Titans Football Club's Kiara Bowers and Emma King jointly won the WAWFL League Division Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. Perth Angels Jennifer Homes was awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best as well as the Reserves Rising Star award. Jasmin Stewart from Claremont took home the honour of League Rookie of the Year award, and the Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award was awarded to Sally Allomes from South Fremantle. Sally has dedicated more than 10 years to the league and the South Fremantle Women's Football Club. "I congratulate all of those recognised at the awards and I look forward to an even more exciting year ahead for female football in WA in 2017," the Minister said. Fact File Eight of the 16 AFL marquee players came from the WAWFL In 2016, there were 50,000 participants in female football in WA Minister's office - 6552 5500 Caption Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies with WAWFL Rookie of the Year Jasmin Stewart and WAWFL President Carolyn Hills
New Watering WA rebates open for farmers119707Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2890html24/08/2016 4:14:13 AM2016-08-24T04:05:00Za $4.4 million scheme for farmers in dryland agricultural areas Made possible by $30 million Royalties for Regions Watering WA initiative Water Minister Mia Davies has opened the $4.4 million Watering WA rebates scheme for farmers in dryland agricultural areas who are looking to develop and improve their on-farm water supplies. In Dowerin for the annual field days, Ms Davies said farmers could now register for the Liberal National Government scheme, which was a component of the recently launched $30 million Royalties for Regions Watering WA initiative. The scheme officially starts on October 1 2016. "Under Watering WA, the Department of Water's existing Farm Water Rebate Scheme has been expanded to farms connected to scheme water, and the maximum value of rebates is increasing from $15,000 to $20,000," Ms Davies said. "Farmers not connected to the scheme can continue to apply for funding. Farmers can claim 50 per cent of the cost of water supply plans, up to a maximum value of $500, and a further rebate of up to $250 for any call back visits by an approved water auditor. "Once the plan has been approved by the Department of Water, farmers can apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a range of infrastructure improvements to dams and catchments, tanks, pipes and pumping systems including solar energy, up to a maximum value of $20,000. "This supports the wider Watering WA initiative to make hundreds of millions of litres of water available for community and industry use in agricultural towns and communities, reducing reliance on costly scheme water for non-potable uses. "More than $36 million has been spent over the past two decades building water capacity on farms not connected to the scheme in dryland agricultural areas." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was supporting the development of lower cost climate-resilient water supplies for farming communities through improved on-farm water infrastructure. "This funding supports key improvements such as harvesting of water through improving catchments for dams, new guttering on farm sheds, increased storage of harvested water with new and enlarged dams, and improved on-farm distribution," Mr Redman said. "This investment ultimately aims to support long-term growth in regional economies." Fact File For more information on Watering WA, or to apply for a Watering WA rebate, visit http//www.water.wa.gov.au/wateringwa, phone 1800 780 300 or email wateringwa@water.wa.gov.au Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Sowing the seeds of great communities119704Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9090html24/08/2016 3:08:52 AM2016-08-24T03:00:00Za Funding for community gardens extended to 2019-20 $100,000 per year for the establishment and maintenance of community gardens Applications for latest round of funding opens today Community gardens across Western Australia will continue to spring to life through the latest round of funding from the Liberal National Government. Speaking at the Duncraig Edible Garden today, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson announced that the Community Gardens Grants program had been extended to 2019-20, which provides $100,000 per year in funding for community gardens. Since its introduction in 2013, 37 projects totalling $464,853 have been funded across WA for the establishment and maintenance of community gardens. "Community gardens are a fantastic way of bringing communities together and allowing people to connect with the environment," Mr Simpson said. "They provide resounding benefits to those taking part, including getting people out and about and socialising while learning and sharing practical ideas about gardens, nutrition and the local environment. "There has been an overwhelming uptake in the program from community organisations across WA and I congratulate all those involved who have seized the opportunity to improve their neighbourhoods." The Minister said the program was part of the State Government's commitment to encourage social interaction and healthy living within local communities. "The Duncraig Edible Garden is just one example of a group that has used funding through the program to purchase equipment and undertake improvements to help the organisation operate in an independent and sustainable way," he said. Fact File The grants program was introduced as part of the State Government's commitment to provide $400,000 over four years for community gardens Up to $20,000 is available to create a new garden and $10,000 for existing spaces Funds may be used for planning, workshops, signage, infrastructure and community engagement projects Applications for the latest round of funding close on October 20, 2016 For more information, visit https//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/GrantsFunding/Pages/Community-Gardens-Grants.aspx Minister's office - 6552 6600 Caption Community Services Minister Tony Simpson with members of the Duncraig Edible Garden
Drivers targeted at litter sites to keep WA beautiful119699Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3620html24/08/2016 2:54:58 AM2016-08-24T02:35:00Za 185,000 campaign aimed at motorists who litter on highways 20 roadhouses on Brand, Great Eastern and Forrest highways to take part Motorists who litter along Western Australian highways are the target of new trial to reduce rubbish on roadsides and change long-term littering behaviour to keep the environment clean. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Liberal National Government had launched the Regional Roadside Litter Prevention Project along three litter hotspots - the Brand, Great Eastern and Forrest highways. The $185,000 project, supported by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (WA) and Main Roads Western Australia, will run until the end of December 2016. "The project is centred on the 'WA Naturally Thanks You' message and will encourage people to do the right thing with their rubbish by promoting a sense of personal responsibility," Mr Jacob said. "Everyone is capable of making a difference and I'm confident thanking people in advance for doing the right thing will help change the habit of roadside littering. This initiative, together with the State Government's recently announced container deposit scheme, will make a big difference in WA." Results from the 2015-16 National Litter Index confirmed that roadsides continue to attract high volumes of litter and are the source of most of the litter found in WA. As part of the project, there will be signs on the highways and at rest stop bins. Complimentary litter bags will also be available at 20 roadhouses along these routes. The Keep Australia Beautiful Council will also survey drivers at the roadhouses on their reactions to littering. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said these roads were subject to heavy traffic and had historically been popular spots for littering. "I'm hopeful that, as the amount of rubbish in these areas reduces, people will be encouraged to keep them clean and litter free," Mr Nalder said. Fact File The Regional Roadside Litter Prevention Project is funded by the Liberal National Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant By volume, paper and paperboard food containers and utensils, as well as plastic, metal and glass containers, are some of the largest contributors to the litter stream The State Government will introduce a container deposit scheme in 2018 to further reduce littering of drink containers Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
New pasture varieties launched at Dowerin119698Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1830html24/08/2016 2:36:09 AM2016-08-24T02:30:00Za Liberal National Government announces six new pasture varieties for Australian growers Pastures are more resistant to pests and diseases A joint venture between the Liberal National Government and an Australian seed company has produced six new pasture varieties to boost farm profitability. Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder unveiled the new subterranean clovers at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, and said they were more productive, with improved resistance to pests and diseases and would lead to longer-lasting pastures. "These new varieties were borne out of a unique five-year joint venture between the Department of Agriculture and Food WA and Seed Force Australia, which combined the expertise of world-class plant breeders with the commercial skills of an industry partner," Mr Nalder said. "This is an example of where government and industry has worked together to deliver a great outcome for farmers in Western Australia and nationally." The Minister said to remain globally competitive, farmers needed to continually look to the latest technologies and genetics to keep driving productivity improvements on farm. "These subterranean clovers deliver a range of traits to benefit livestock and crop production in the Wheatbelt and higher rainfall areas," he said. "The new varieties are estimated to increase the value of annual livestock production by $10-$18 per hectare and the value of nitrogen input by $12-$18 per hectare over current varieties." Varieties 'Tammin' and 'Forbes' are suited to low and medium rainfall Wheatbelt areas and have seedling resistance to red legged earth mites and greater persistence in crop rotations. 'Yanco' and 'Rouse' are highly productive varieties with waterlogging tolerance and improved disease resistance for high rainfall pastures. Varieties 'Tarlee' and 'Antillo' are suited to neutral-alkaline, cracking soils found more commonly in eastern Australia and were developed as part of the national program. Fact File Red legged earth mites cause pasture production losses in WA in excess of $100 million per annum Certified seeds of 'Tammin' and 'Rouse' will be available to farmers in 2017, with seeds from other varieties available in the following two years Minister's office - 6552 6400 Pastures fact sheet.pdf