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Proposed Utah Point sale takes step forward778235Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2015 5:07:14 AM2015-11-25T05:00:00Z​The due diligence process for the proposed divestment of Utah Point is nearing completion, with the sale process expected to occur during the first half of 2016 The State Government is on track with its commitment to sell Utah Point, with the introduction of enabling legislation to State Parliament today. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the Pilbara Port Assets (Disposal) Bill 2015 would provide the legal framework for the State Government's plans to transition the Utah Point facility to the private sector through a long-term lease. Dr Nahan said the legislation was a key milestone in the State's asset sales program. "The sale of this asset will provide unique investment and innovation opportunities through private sector ownership, while also helping to reduce State debt," the Treasurer said. "The impact of the recent subdued conditions in the iron ore industry will be assessed as part of the detailed due diligence process, but the State Government remains confident that bidders will view the facility as an attractive long-term investment proposition. If the proposed sale is identified as being in the best interests of taxpayers, the process for the divestment of the Utah Point facility is expected to occur during the first half of 2016." In addition to the upfront benefit of the divestment proceeds, the Government will continue to benefit from Utah Point via royalty payments on the commodities exported through the facility. Further, the Bill provides the ability for Government to make regulations relating to both the access to, and pricing of, services provided by Utah Point. Over the past 11 months, the Department of Treasury, supported by its lead financial adviser Rothschild/Deloitte, has progressed the detailed due diligence process for the divestment of Utah Point. This process is being run in close consultation with the departments of Transport and State Development; the Pilbara Ports Authority; and the State Solicitor's Office. The State Government will consider all aspects of the divestment before a decision is made to seek expressions of interest for the lease of the asset, which is expected in the first half of 2016. Fact FileUtah Point is located in the world's largest iron ore export port and is a multi-user berth currently owned by the Pilbara Ports AuthorityConstructed in 2010, the facility comprises a berth that is 272 metres in length and has a harbour depth of 14.5 metres; a shiploader with a peak load rate of 7,500 tonnes per hour; two stockyard product storage facilities; reclaiming and conveying equipment; and other supporting infrastructureFor more information, visit http// updates will be also be available at http// Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
Strengthened terrorism laws pass Parliament778232Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2015 4:51:19 AM2015-11-25T04:45:00Z​Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Amendment Bill 2015 passes both houses of State ParliamentTerrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Act 2005 to be extended to 2025Powers to search vehicles, including vessels and aircraft, under a covert search warrantAdd membership of a terrorist organisation and suspicion of advocating terrorism as grounds for a covert search warrant The State Government's anti-terrorism legislation which extends and strengthens powers for police to target terrorist activity in Western Australia has passed both houses of Parliament. Police Minister Liza Harvey said the Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Act 2005 was due to expire at the end of the year and the new legislation will extend that to 2025. "The Bill will not only extend the current police powers for another decade, but also strengthen police ability to target terrorist activity," Mrs Harvey said. The Minister said the changes would allow the Commissioner of Police to rapidly access necessary powers to respond in the event of a terrorism incident. "As we have seen recently, Australia is not immune to home-grown terrorists and it is important our authorities can act quickly and effectively should we ever be targeted in WA," she said. Mrs Harvey said membership of a terrorist organisation and suspicion of advocating terrorism, would also be included in the Act as grounds to apply for a covert search warrant. The changes to the Act meant police could also apply for covert search warrants on vehicles including cars, boats and planes. Currently covert warrants only applied to a specific property or location. "This legislation will ensure WA Police is equipped with the most effective powers to prepare and respond to the growing threat of terrorism activity in Australia," the Minister said. Mrs Harvey said the Liberal National Government was committed to making communities safer through tough laws and providing police with the resources they needed to combat crime and anti-social behaviour. Fact FileTerrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Act was enacted in 2005 in response to the September 11 terrorist attack in New York and the subsequent Bali bombings in 2002 Minister's office - 6552 5900
Sun shines over star-gazing station778231Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2015 4:37:25 AM2015-11-25T04:30:00ZThe State Government has approved a power supply agreement between Horizon Power and CSIRO for the Murchison Radio-astronomy ObservatorySituated 315 kilometres north-east of Geraldton Site works will soon start on the construction of a diesel-solar hybrid power station that will support the world-leading telescopes at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett and Energy Minister Mike Nahan today announced that the State Government had approved regional energy provider Horizon Power to execute a power supply agreement with the CSIRO for the supply of electricity to the observatory. "This agreement helps deliver the Government's broader commitment for the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescopes, which are precursors to the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project," Mr Barnett said. "The eyes of the world are on Western Australia as the observatory is already producing outstanding scientific results in advance of the SKA." Dr Nahan said Horizon Power would start site works in January on a two megawatt solar-diesel hybrid station at the observatory, about 315 kilometres north-east of Geraldton, which will provide power for the world-class scientific radioastronomy research facility. "The project draws on Horizon Power's experience to deliver remote renewable hybrid power solutions and develops a capability that can be leveraged to other projects," he said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new power station was supported by a $10 million investment from Royalties for Regions and the partnership with the cutting-edge scientific project would boost the region's profile. "Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing our regions and helping regional communities realise their economic potential through the delivery of projects such as this," Mr Redman said. A further $5.5 million has been invested by the State Government from consolidated revenue. Fact FileA Science Statement for Western Australia, launched by the Premier in April 2015, identifies radio astronomy as a science priority for the StateThe MRO is home to the world-leading ASKAP and the MWA radio telescopesThe MRO will be the Australian site for the international SKA project. Australia will host the SKA1-Low telescope, the planned low-frequency component of the SKAConstruction of the power station starts in January 2016, with start-up planned for July 2016 Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000 Energy Minister's office - 6552 5700 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New biodiversity laws introduced to Parliament778228Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2015 7:48:30 AM2015-11-25T03:30:00Z​Biodiversity Conservation Bill to replace 65-year-old Wildlife Conservation ActFulfils 2013 election commitment to introduce new legislation Australia's oldest conservation legislation will soon be replaced with the introduction of a modern, updated Bill to State Parliament to conserve Western Australia's environment. Premier Colin Barnett said introducing the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 was a momentous step forward in the conservation of the State's biodiversity. "This long-awaited new legislation will replace the outdated Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and significantly improve the Government's ability to protect native species and important biodiversity assets," Mr Barnett said. "Successive governments have been trying to update these laws for many years so this is a very significant achievement with new biodiversity conservation laws being introduced for the first time since the 1950s. "Western Australia's south-west is one of 35 globally recognised biodiversity hotspots with flora and fauna found nowhere else. This legislation ensures these values are appropriately recognised." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new Act would give protection to whole ecosystems for the first time. "In another first for WA legal history, the Bill will allow for the listing of threatened and critical habitat. The Bill also gives special protection to whales, dugongs and dolphins," Mr Jacob said. Important changes include the increase of maximum penalties for killing or smuggling critically endangered species from $10,000 to $500,000, and from $4,000 to $50,000 for non-threatened species, providing a real deterrent to those considering serious wildlife crimes. The Bill will also replace the inadequate Sandalwood Act 1929. The $200 maximum penalty for illegally harvesting wild sandalwood will rise to $200,000 for individuals and $1 million for corporations, as well as improving trading and processing accountability. The Minister said the Bill provided streamlined development approvals by recognising other State approval mechanisms, and provided a pathway to exemptions from approvals under Commonwealth legislation. "By removing unnecessary regulatory duplication in areas around potential development impacts on threatened species, projects will be able to commence more quickly and with greater certainty than is currently the case," Mr Jacob said. Fact FileThe Bill can be viewed at http// Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Perth men stand up against domestic violence778227Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2015 3:01:45 AM2015-11-25T03:00:00Z​Australia's national campaign to stop violence towards womenProminent Perth community members 'STAND UP' on White Ribbon Day More than 20 of Perth's prominent men will gather at nib Stadium today to pledge their support in the campaign to stop violence against women. Launching the event today, Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the Perth 'STAND UP' event was being held to support the world's largest male-led movement to stop violence against females, White Ribbon Day. "The White Ribbon campaign encourages men to lead the way in speaking out and effectively challenging the attitudes and behaviours of men, young adults and boys who use or condone violence against women," Mrs Morton said. "I applaud all the men, such as radio host Peter Bell and artist Stormie Mills, who are here today to take a stand as mentors and speak out against violence towards women. "It is important to recognise that we can all play a role in eliminating this behaviour and that as a community we will not accept violence in any form. "The more awareness the community has about the realities of family and domestic violence, the more we will be able to protect those who are vulnerable." The event coincides with the launch of new and updated resources available to support and educate young people on family and domestic violence as part of the Youth Say No! campaign. Fact FileWomen's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599White Ribbon Day observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the beginning of the 16 days of activism against gender violenceFor more information, visit the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's website at http// or http// Minister's office - 6552 6900
Purrfect: new Perth cat management facility778225Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/11/2015 2:04:51 AM2015-11-25T02:00:00Z​State-of-the-art cat management facility for Perth's northern suburbs A new $420,000 State Government-funded cat management facility has opened in Perth's northern suburbs. Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the leading-edge Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' cattery in Malaga would house up to 2,000 cats a year. "The establishment of this cattery in the northern suburbs of Perth is an important development for the welfare of unwanted cats in the area," Mr Simpson said. "It will also reduce the negative effects that stray cats are known to have on native wildlife. "The facility will enable local governments to provide impounded cats with treatment such as de-sexing, microchipping and vaccinations, reducing the number of animals that have to be put down. "This is a fantastic facility and I encourage local governments in the northern metropolitan area to take advantage of it." The cattery was made possible by the State Government's Cat Act Implementation grants program, with funding for the building provided in the 2012-13 financial year. In 2012, $3.24 million was made available over two years to support the local government sector and relevant organisations to administer and enforce the Cat Act 2011. A second round of funding in 2013-14 made $345,000 available for cat sterilisation programs to assist pensioners and low-income earners. Fact FileThe Cat Act 2011 took full effect in November 2013 and requires all cats aged six months and over to be microchipped, sterilised and registered with the relevant local governmentCats are also required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their ownerFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Eastern suburbs to have own health service778222Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2015 11:41:41 PM2015-11-24T23:00:00ZNew health service to meet needs of growing population in eastern corridorPart of major reforms to the governance of WA Health Five highly respected interim chairs appointed to Health Service Boards Recognising the continued growth and development taking place in Perth's eastern suburbs, the State Government today announced the restructure of health services from July 1, 2016. Health Minister Kim Hames said the East Metropolitan Health Service was being established in response to burgeoning population and demand for health services in high-growth areas such as Ellenbrook, Forrestfield and Canning Vale. "The new service will oversee the newly opened St John of God Midland Public Hospital, and Royal Perth, Bentley, Kalamunda and Armadale hospitals," Dr Hames said. "With Royal Perth Hospital part of the East Metropolitan Health Service, Perth's eastern suburbs will have a service which covers every health need resulting in better managed co-ordination and integration of clinical services, ensuring more efficient service delivery and budgeting between the hospitals. "The advantage for clinical staff and patients is a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of health services, thanks to a focus on a smaller number of hospitals and better quality of service." Funding for the new health service will be through the Department of Health's existing budget. The announcement comes as part of broader reforms to the governance of the WA Health system which also sees the appointment of five interim chairs to head up Health Service Boards for each of WA Health's service divisions. "The appointment of the interim chairs is a significant step towards modernising the governance structure by clarifying roles, decision-making responsibilities and accountabilities system-wide for more efficient service delivery," the Minister said. The transition from interim to statutory boards of governance in mid-2016 is subject to State Government endorsement and the progress of new legislation. Under the new legislation the boards will oversee the health services and public hospitals within a networked area, rather than individual public hospitals as existed in the past. Dr Hames said the introduction of statutory Health Service Boards was one of the key recommendations of the WA Health Transition and Reconfiguration Steering Committee, chaired by former acting director general of health, Professor Bryant Stokes. The interim Health Service Board chairs and their health service will be Professor Bryant Stokes AM (North Metropolitan Health Service), a highly distinguished neurosurgeon with three professorships at WA universities and a former acting director general of WA HealthRobert McDonald (South Metropolitan Health Service), who has held senior leadership roles with WA Police, the Department of Treasury and the State Supply Commission and is a former chair of the North Metropolitan Health Service Governing CouncilDeborah Karasinski (Child and Adolescent Health Service), the chief executive officer of disability service provider Senses Australia, former chief executive officer of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA, and an experienced board memberDr Neale Fong (WA Country Health Service), the president of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a former director general of WA HealthIan Smith PSM (East Metropolitan Health Service), who has held senior roles in WA Health including chief executive of WA Country Health Service and South Metropolitan Health Service, and more recently chief executive of commissioning at Perth Children's Hospital. The legislation to be introduced early next year will replace the Hospital and Health Services Act 1927. Fact FileInterim Health Service Boards will act in an advisory capacity to June 30, 2016 in the lead-up to health services being established as separate statutory authoritiesInterim members of Health Service Boards to be appointed early in 2016Other health services are North Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service, Child and Adolescent Health Service, and WA Country Health ServiceThe appointment of interim board chairs follows an open, skills-based recruitment processFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Panel enlisted to build new social housing778221Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml24/11/2015 11:32:05 PM2015-11-24T22:00:00ZPanel of builders to deliver up to 1,200 homes for WA's most vulnerable families and seniorsPart of the Liberal National Government's Social Housing Investment Package, announced in 2015-16 State Budget The State Government has established a panel of builders to undertake design and construction work in the Perth metropolitan area for the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package (SHIP). Housing Minister Colin Holt said using a panel of builders to deliver dwellings under SHIP - and other future construction programs - would reduce cost and time for both the State Government and industry in lodging and assessing tenders. "This panel of builders will be delivering anything up to 1,200 dwellings in the Perth metropolitan area over the next two years," the Minister said. "The panel arrangement will streamline pre-construction and building works and enable more houses to be built in less time. It will also ensure a consistent quality in design and construction, and most importantly, value for money." The Housing Authority will award design and construction packages of work to the panel members as they became available. The social housing investment package was announced in May 2015 and will halve the number of seniors and families with children on the priority waitlist by June 30, 2017, and deliver 1,000 extra homes. "We are housing the most vulnerable and most in need in our community," Mr Holt said. "SHIP is an important part of the Liberal National Government's affordable housing strategy and will help ensure that the right home is provided to the right person in the right location. "The builders on the panel will be required to provide design and construction services on single houses and grouped (two to 10-unit) dwellings in the Perth metropolitan area. Dwellings are required to be completed to 'ready to move in' standard and will include all fixtures, fittings, finishes and landscaping." Timeframes for design and construction are expected to be 12 months for single dwellings, and 16 to 20 months for grouped dwellings. Fact FileThe panel will operate for a period of two years with two one-year extension options able to be exercised at the discretion of the Housing AuthoritySHIP projects in regional areas are being publically tendered on a case by case basis and the State Government's Buy Local Policy will be applied to ensure tenders are assessed to provide maximum benefit to regional businesses Minister's office - 6552 6100
New model for financial counselling in Perth778210Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2015 6:03:15 AM2015-11-24T05:40:00ZCommunity partnership model will ensure flexible services for metro area$2 million for metropolitan financial counselling services Financial counselling services in metropolitan Perth will operate under a new community partnership model, establishing a range of support for people experiencing financial hardship. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said a State Government investment of $2 million per year would enable people in the metropolitan area experiencing hardship to access financial counselling services. A community sector partnership will be led by Anglicare WA and UnitingCare West, and will consist of 10 service delivery organisations. They are UnitingCare West, Midlas, Blue Sky Community Group, The Spiers Centre, City of Wanneroo, Anglicare WA, Gosnells Community Legal Centre, Southcare, Mission Australia and the City of Cockburn. "It will enable small, medium and large not-for-profit organisations to work together under a common set of principles to provide face-to-face and telephone services to individuals and families," Mr Simpson said. "I commend the community sector for its positive approach to developing this new model. The State Government looks forward to working with the successful service providers and the financial counselling sector to support people experiencing financial hardship. "This new service model will ensure flexibility and coverage of financial counselling across the Perth metropolitan area." The changes follow a State Government tender process, which concluded last month. Fact FileFunding for the new financial counselling services model for the metropolitan area is to June 30, 2018In September this year, the State Government approved the transfer of financial counselling from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support to the Department of Local Government and CommunitiesFor more information, visit https// The Department of Local Government and Communities will continue to work with organisations not successful in the tender process to provide support as needed Minister's office - 6552 6600
Midland hospital patients transfer a success778208Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2015 5:51:43 AM2015-11-24T05:30:00ZMore than 80 patients transferred to St John of God Midland Public Hospital todayOne of WA's largest patient transfers over a single daySwan District Hospital now permanently closed Health Minister Kim Hames has congratulated the teams involved in the successful transfer of 83 inpatients from Swan District Hospital and Swan Mental Health to the new 307-bed St John of God Midland Public Hospital which opened at 7am this morning. "This move represents one of Western Australia's largest ever transfer of patients on the same day. That's a massive feat of logistics and multi-agency co-ordination, involving St John Ambulance, Main Roads, WA Police, the WA Health Department and of course, St John of God Health Care," Dr Hames said. "Co-ordinating a smooth and safe transition of patients is always a challenge and it's a credit to all those involved in today's landmark move that the whole transfer has been conducted so successfully, with minimal disruption." The Minister said in addition to the hard work of teams on the ground, the completion of roadworks around the site had been a vital component of the traffic management and ambulance flow for the facility. "Having the Lloyd Street underpass ready in such a short time is a terrific achievement and speaks of the quality of partnerships involved in this whole project," he said. "Watching the redevelopment of the precinct, to have this new public hospital front and centre of that revitalisation and now taking patients is something I'm very proud to have played a role in." Dr Hames said 84-year-old Marjery Short was the first patient to be transferred the four kilometres from the Swan District site by ambulance to the new Midland public hospital. The new facility opposite the historic Midland Railway Workshops has 307 public beds, is 50 per cent larger than the Swan District Hospital which it replaces, and includes 80 per cent single rooms. It will employ about 1,500 staff and is anticipated to care for 60,000 emergency presentations, 102,000 outpatients and 29,000 inpatients in its first full year. The $360.2 million secondary St John of God Midland Public Hospital was delivered on time and on budget under a public private partnership with St John of God Health Care. Fact FileFirst patient arrived 8amSwan District Hospital now permanently closed$360.2 million St John of God Midland Public Hospital was jointly funded by the State and Federal governments, and is operated under contract to St John of God Health CareFor more on the range of services available, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Grant keeps UnitingCare West connected778204Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2015 4:39:57 AM2015-11-24T04:30:00Z$225,000 Lotterywest grant to provide modern information and communications systems A community services agency that touches the lives of more than 30,000 families and individuals each year will be able to integrate its communications systems to perform more efficiently, thanks to a Lotterywest grant. Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the Lotterywest grant of $225,000 would go towards an integrated communication system across UnitingCare West's 30-plus programs at 17 locations across the State, which provide support to more than 5,000 people annually. "Currently, services operate separate and diverse telephone systems with resulting business and organisational inefficiencies," Mr Simpson said. "The contribution being made to UnitingCare West's new business systems will help improve the efficiency and timeliness of the many services the organisation offers the community." The Minister said the funding was important to enable the organisation to have a modern information and communications system, in order to operate efficiently and be agile in their response to community need. "The logistics of co-ordinating such a wide range of programs across multiple locations, as UnitingCare West does, is phenomenal and this Lotterywest grant will help the organisation spend more time doing what they do best - supporting the community," he said. Mr Simpson said UnitingCare West was widely known and highly respected not only as one of the largest providers of community services in Western Australia, but also as a leader in social policy reform. Fact FileUnitingCare West was established in 2006 to provide a range of social support services with a focus on highly disadvantaged people, particularly those experiencing poverty, homelessness and mental health issuesWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
2015 AWA WA Water Awards winners announced778203Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2015 4:10:08 AM2015-11-24T04:05:00ZRange of projects and professionals recognised at AWA WA Water AwardsWater Minister praises innovative ideas showcased Improving brine disposal through desalination technology and innovative drainage and urban waterways renewal are some of the projects Water Minister Mia Davies has praised, after they were recognised at the 2015 Australian Water Association (AWA) WA Water Awards. Ms Davies said the winners, announced at an event at the Duxton Hotel last week, highlighted the commitment by government, industry bodies and the community to keep pace with the need for innovative water solutions. "The range and quality of this year's entries has been remarkable," she said. "They have ranged from young water professionals forging their careers by driving water awareness in the community, to collaborative approaches to achieving excellence in infrastructure design and development across the State." The Minister said the number of joint projects with the State Government's water agencies highlighted the partnerships that were being formed with government to achieve benefits for the entire community. "The State Government is committed to working with the private sector to deliver on our plan for managing Western Australia's water needs to the highest standards," Ms Davies said. "To achieve this, every one of us has a role to play in championing the waterwise message, while continuing to evolve and transform our thinking towards enduring water security." The AWA WA Water Awards were presented by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation. Fact FileThe Australian Water Association is an independent, not-for-profit group representing water professionals and organisations around AustraliaThe awards have been conducted for more than 10 yearsTo find out more about the awards, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 2015 award recipients Research Innovation Award Evaluation of Vibratory Shear Membrane Technology for Concentrate Minimisation and Brine Recovery/Recycling, National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia Infrastructure Project Innovation Award Pilbara Clearwater Alliance, Water Corporation and Downer Program Innovation Award Rural Water Plan, Department of Water Grahame Heal Water Sensitive Urban Design Award Urban Waterways Renewal, Department of Water and South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare Conservation and Efficiency Award Canning City Centre Arterial Drainage Plan, Essential Environmental Resource Management Award River health assessments using the South West Index of River Condition, Department of Water Undergraduate Water Prize Luke Murphy, Rottnest Island Sustainable water expansion project, Murdoch University Young Water Professional of the Year Award Ben Mitchell, Jacobs Water Professional of the Year Mike Harold, Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Myalup groundwater investigations under way778202Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/11/2015 4:00:39 AM2015-11-24T04:00:00ZGroundwater investigations in the Myalup area start this week Part of State Government's $40 million Water for Food program A helicopter with a large magnet hanging below it will start flying in the Myalup region this week as part of State Government groundwater investigations. Water Minister Mia Davies said the aerial survey would help identify new water sources as well as define the quality and availability of groundwater, which is vital to productivity growth in the region. "The investigation is part of the $5.7 million Myalup-Wellington Water for Food project, which is also looking to increase water use from Wellington Dam through salinity treatment," Ms Davies said. "This information is vital to understanding groundwater resources in the region, and the findings have the potential to help expand irrigated agriculture and support development in the Myalup-Wellington area." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Water for Food program was opening up new opportunities for Western Australia's agricultural sector. "Water for Food will bring significant long-term benefits to regional communities and contribute to the economic strength of Western Australia," Mr Redman said. "It is vital that we invest in such strategic initiatives to build sustainability in our regions and I am pleased Royalties for Regions is making a difference." The survey will record data on the geology of the area, the depth of the groundwater table, salinity levels and boundaries of the groundwater system. So far this year aerial electromagnetic surveys have been carried out in the Kimberley and the Gascoyne as part of the Water for Food program. Fact FileAerial electromagnetic surveys are used all over the world. As part of the survey a helicopter will fly about 90 metres above the ground with a coil hanging 60 metres below it and will be able to record information up to 100 metres below the surfaceWater for Food is a key component of the State Government's Royalties for Regions $300 million Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiativeFor more information on the projects, visit http// Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Battery trial leads the way for renewable future778195Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements130html23/11/2015 11:47:27 PM2015-11-23T23:30:00ZHistoric agreement paves the way for Horizon Power to lower the cost of energy generation through battery storage Two industrial batteries capable of delivering up to two megawatts (MW) of power will be trialled in Carnarvon under a new partnership announced today by Energy Minister Mike Nahan. Dr Nahan said the historic partnership between regional energy provider Horizon Power and China's Lishen Power would explore ways of meeting energy demand quickly at a lower cost with the use of battery storage. Under the agreement, two large battery storage units housed in sea containers will be used as part of a trial at Horizon Power's Mungullah Power Station, in Carnarvon, with other Horizon Power sites also being considered. The units will be used to enhance generating capacity and optimise spinning reserve, which is essentially reserve power that may need to be drawn upon quickly in the event that demand reaches existing capacity. "This partnership demonstrates the co-operation between China and Western Australia to deliver mutually beneficial energy solutions which will ultimately drive down the operating costs of producing power in the regions," Dr Nahan said. "This is good news for taxpayers as the cost of power in regional WA is heavily subsidised by the State Government. "The use of the battery storage units means that the cost of providing spinning reserve to supply electrical power for Carnarvon will be significantly reduced as we will be using stored battery power rather than diesel to provide the reserve energy." While the battery storage units will initially be used alongside a more traditional means of generating energy, the learnings of the trial will be applied to renewable energy systems and ultimately inform Horizon Power's strategy in meeting the dynamic needs of the energy market. "New technology in the renewable and distributed energy space is presenting multiple opportunities and threats to energy utilities, so I am delighted that Horizon Power and Lishen Power will be working together to apply the knowledge gained from the battery use at Mungullah to renewable energy strategies," the Minister said. Fact FileCurrent capacity at the Mungullah Power Station is 17 MW Carnarvon in WA's Gascoyne region has one of the highest distributed Renewable Energy Generation levels of all of Horizon's islanded networks. The average daily load of 6 MW is partially supplied by 121 individual PV installations totalling 1.3 MW in capacity Minister's office - 6552 5700
Unclaimed money owed to West Australians778194Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements430html23/11/2015 11:39:57 PM2015-11-23T23:00:00ZMillions of dollars lying unclaimed within the Department of Treasury's Register of Unclaimed Money database Almost $9.9 million in unclaimed money owed to thousands of West Australians has been reported to the Department of Treasury in 2014-15, Treasurer Mike Nahan said today. Dr Nahan said there was no time limit on claims and anyone who could clearly establish a rightful claim would be paid their money regardless of how long it had been held. "Millions of dollars owed to thousands of West Australians is lying unclaimed within the Department of Treasury's Register of Unclaimed Money database," the Treasurer said. "In the past 12 months, 3,500 amounts worth more than $1.6 million have been claimed from the database. I encourage everyone to check the register to see if they are entitled to any of the funds." Last financial year, Treasury received unclaimed money notifications relating to more than 35,000 amounts, including share dividends and real estate transactions, which totalled almost $9.9 million. In 2014-15, more than $1.6 million was also paid out from the Department of Treasury's Register of Unclaimed Money database. Treasury receives unclaimed monies from Western Australian-based organisations in accordance with the Unclaimed Money Act 1990. The purpose of the Act is to protect the interests of people due monies that they may not be aware of or may have forgotten about. The Public Trustee may also bring to account monies for deceased estates where the beneficiaries are unknown or cannot be located. In the past 12 months, the largest individual unclaimed amounts of $421,783 and $210,000 have been added to the Unclaimed Money database. Wesfarmers Ltd reported unclaimed money totalling $2.3 million, Woodside Petroleum Ltd reported $800,000 and another seven organisations reported amounts of between $400,000 and $600,000. Fact FileThe full register contains 485,000 unclaimed amounts and is available at http// People interested in claiming money will require documents to help Treasury verify claims including an original, signed and witnessed statutory declaration together with a form of identification, such as a driver's licence, passport or health care card Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
New domestic violence resources for teens778192Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements490html23/11/2015 11:30:05 PM2015-11-23T22:00:00ZYouth Say No! campaign launched on White Ribbon Day on November 25Raising awareness among young people about family and domestic violence, and educate them about respectful relationships A new Youth Say No! website aims to empower young people to challenge attitudes that foster violence against women and to develop respectful relationships. National research shows that one in four young people aged 12 to 24 have attitudes that put young men at risk of perpetrating, excusing or tolerating violence against women. Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the Youth Say No! campaign was developed to help young people recognise unacceptable attitudes and behaviours, family and domestic violence, dating violence and to also teach them how to support a friend if they were being abused. "I encourage young people, especially during Leavers Week, to always speak out and challenge the attitudes and behaviours that condone the use of violence against women," Mrs Morton said. "This will help foster generational change in attitudes and empower our youth to understand the role they can have in bringing family and domestic violence and sexual assault to an end." On November 25, the Youth Say No! campaign will launch a refreshed website and additional resources to raise awareness about the different forms of family and domestic violence, dating violence and supports available. The website will also include teaching resources to help embed respectful relationships education into the school curriculum. The Youth Say No! campaign was developed in consultation with young people and supports the key outcomes of Western Australia's Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022, and the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. Fact FileFor more information visit the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's website at http// or http// If you are in immediate danger call 000Women's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339Men's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599White Ribbon Day (November 25) observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the beginning of the 16 days of activism against gender violence Minister's office - 6552 6900
What recreational fishers are catching11613Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4050html23/11/2015 6:57:23 AM2015-11-23T02:00:00ZBlue swimmer crabs and whiting most popular species for recreational fishers2013-14 survey results show ongoing stewardship of fish resources Funding from boat fishing licences helps enhance recreational fishing More than 3.4 million fish and invertebrates from 230 different species have been caught by recreational fishers in Western Australia over the past year - but crabs are still the most popular. Releasing the latest WA Recreational Boat Fishing Survey, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said more than 901,000 blue swimmer crabs had been caught during 2013-14. About 68 per cent of the crabs were released - an increase of about 20 per cent on the previous survey. Mr Baston said for overall fish caught, more than half were released, showing that recreational fishers were respecting conservation measures. School whiting proved to be the most popular finfish. About 352,000 school whiting were caught, as well as 173,000 Australian herring and about 148,000 pink snapper. Boat fishing was most popular between Kalbarri and Augusta, where catches of pink snapper and dhufish have remained steady. The Minister said the investment in this innovative survey recognised the importance the State Government had placed on the effective management of recreational fishing in Western Australia and it was another example of licence fees at work. As part of the stock recovery plan, the taking or landing of demersal finfish is prohibited between Kalbarri and Augusta from October 15 to December 15 (inclusive) each year and any such fish caught from a boat or from shore during the closed season must be returned to the water as soon as possible. Fact FileThe biennial survey is funded from the Recreational Fishing Boat LicenceIt involved 7,500 people fishing from boatsFor more information, visit http// The Department of Fisheries has started the 2015-16 survey Minister's office - 6552 5400 WA Recreational Boat Fishing Survey flyer.pdf
Work under way on Pilbara health training centre11601Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2920html23/11/2015 1:00:41 AM2015-11-23T01:00:00ZNew industry standard training facility at Pilbara Institute to create more training opportunities and address workforce development needs of the region $13.7 million investment through Royalties for Regions Training opportunities have increased in the Pilbara after construction of a new $15.7 million training facility at Pilbara Institute's Pundulmurra campus started this week. The new Health and Allied Services Training Centre will replace the outdated facilities currently being used at the South Hedland campus and will result in training of nursing, aged care, child care, community services and allied health to be expanded and amalgamated. The project was made possible with a $13.7 million investment from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and a $2 million investment from the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the facility would provide quality training to address the shortage of trained health care and community service workers in the Pilbara and Western Australia. "This new industry standard training facility will allow Pilbara Institute to double its capacity to train students, catering for the training needs of the local community and the diverse workforce development needs of the region," Mrs Harvey said. "Digital technology would also be utilised to deliver training opportunities across the Pilbara such as skill demonstrations, lectures and simulated learning activities." The facility would include various multi-purpose training rooms, computer stations, staff and student facilities, as well as simulated clinical environments, such as a hospital ward fitted with industry standard medical equipment, an examination room, a patient bathroom and a nurse's station. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a local skilled workforce was integral to regional WA's economic growth and stability. "The Pundulmurra campus will provide better access to specialist health and nursing training that will contribute towards strengthening our regional economy," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions supporting initiatives such as this, which contribute to the growth of sustainable local communities in regional Western Australia." Fact FileRoyalties for Regions has invested more than $110 million through the Skills Training Initiative to improve access to trade training in regional Western AustraliaThe successful tenderer is Pindan Contracting Pty LtdThe new centre is expected to be completed by semester one, 2017 Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
$29 million for WA arts organisations11599Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10600html23/11/2015 12:35:31 AM2015-11-23T00:30:00Z35 WA arts organisations will share in more than $29 million over three years Art forms include visual arts, dance, music and theatreSix new arts organisations to receive recurrent funding for the first time Thirty-five emerging and established arts organisations will share in more than $29 million over three years to deliver arts and cultural experiences for the Western Australian community. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the organisations would create, develop and deliver activities in visual arts, dance, music and theatre. "The 35 organisations represent the depth and diversity of the State's arts and cultural sector," Mr Day said. "They include lead organisations such as PICA and Country Arts WA, which have been funded in recognition of the key role they play in providing services, support and programs on behalf of their specific sectors. "Other recipients include award-winning Aboriginal performing arts organisation, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company; Artrage, which delivers the annual Fringe Festival; The Last Great Hunt, a company of seven local theatre makers; and Co3, a contemporary dance company. "Over the next three years, I am confident that all the funded organisations will make a significant contribution to the State's cultural landscape and provide quality arts experiences for artists and audiences alike." The Minister said a new recurrent funding model was introduced this year. "The Organisations Investment Program (OIP) is designed to make the funding process more open, transparent and accessible for arts and cultural organisations," he said. "This has enabled six new arts organisations, Co3, Lost & Found Opera Inc, Marrugeku Inc, Perth Centre for Photography, SymbioticA and The Last Great Hunt, to receive recurrent government funding for the first time. This will provide them with a stable foundation to further grow their organisations." Applications were reviewed by an independent advisory panel consisting of people with high-level experience and expertise across the arts, community and business sectors. Fact FileThe next round of OIP will open in 2018 for funding starting in 2019In addition to OIP, the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) provides recurrent funding to Black Swan State Theatre Company, WA Ballet, WA Opera and WA Symphony OrchestraDCA also delivers a range of grant programs throughout the year for individuals, groups and small arts organisations For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200 ORGANISATIONS INVESTMENT PROGRAM Art on the Move (Malaga) - provides touring support and management expertise to develop contemporary art touring exhibitions across WA, interstate and internationallyArtrage (Perth) - aims to enrich the cultural fabric of Perth through a variety of initiatives including presenting the highly popular Fringe World Festival Artsource (Perth and Fremantle) - the peak body for visual artists in WA, it engages, supports and advocates for local visual artists and establishes partnerships to promote the growth of art in the State Ausdance WA (Perth) - provides leadership, support and advocacy for all forms of dance in the State AWESOME Arts Australia (Perth) - engages with young people under 12 through exciting, inspiring, accessible and challenging arts activities and programs, including the annual AWESOME Festival. Barking Gecko Theatre Company (Subiaco) - has created transformational theatre for audiences of all ages for the last 30 years Co3 (Perth) - supports and inspires the development of contemporary dance, dancers and dance cultureCommunity Arts Network WA (Perth) - inspires and assists communities to creatively express their unique stories through the arts Country Arts WA (Perth) - delivers a range of arts development , performing arts touring programs, and funding for regional areas of the State DADAA (Fremantle) - offers targeted arts and cultural programs for people with disability or a mental illness, through a range of traditional and new media projects in almost 50 WA communities, and with a focus on creating positive social change FORM (Perth) - independent, not-for-profit cultural organisation established in 1968 that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in WAFremantle Arts Centre - a multi art form venue that delivers exhibitions, concerts, residencies and learning programs for children and adultsFremantle Press - independent, not-for-profit publishing house renowned for producing high-quality books by new and established WA authors Goolarri Media Enterprises (Broome) - assists the development of both indigenous and non-indigenous media and communications in the KimberleyInternational Art Space (Perth) - a recurring event that brings together international and Australian artists with WA communities to explore the relationship between globalisation and local identityKimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (Fitzroy Crossing) - supports the traditional cultural practices of the 30 language groups of the Kimberley region through ceremonies, songs and dance Lost & Found Opera Inc (Fremantle) - opera company with a mission to rediscover lost operas and present them in found spaces that speak to the resonance of the workMagabala Books Aboriginal Corporation (Broome) - aims to restore, preserve and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture by producing quality books across a range of genres - social history, fiction, biography, fiction, children's literature and poetry Marrugeku Inc (Broome) - innovative performing arts company which conceives, creates and presents its body of work in indigenous contexts and remote conditions Musica Viva Australia (Cottesloe) - Australia's oldest independent professional performing arts organisation that inspires musicians and audiences in ensemble music Performing Arts Centre Society (The Blue Room) (Perth) - assists independent theatre makers and presents a year-round program of new and contemporary performances Perth Centre for Photography (Perth) - photomedia gallery providing an environment that promotes the understanding and appreciation of contemporary photographic practicesPerth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) (Perth) - produces and presents a year-round program of visual arts exhibitions, contemporary dance, theatre and performance pvi collective (Perth) - an interdisciplinary tactile media arts groupPropel Youth Arts WA (Perth) - peak body for youth arts in WA that is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to engage in the artsSpare Parts Puppet Theatre (Fremantle) - Australia's flagship puppetry company since 1981 that shares stories and connects audiences across generationsStrut Dance Inc (Perth) - national centre for choreographic development that offers choreographers and dance practitioners with the opportunity to engage with national and international collaborators SymbioticA (Crawley) - research laboratory that enables artists and researchers to engage in a biological science department - hosts residents, workshops, exhibitions and symposiumsThe Last Great Hunt (Perth) - a collective of seven local theatre makers who make a range of new and exciting theatre in a variety of forms and styles, including new writing, visual and physical theatre and interactive experiencesTura New Music (Perth) - music organisation that initiates cultural development in WA from inner-city Perth to remote communities of the StateWA Youth Theatre Company (Perth) - encourage and assist 13 to 27 year-olds to express themselves through high-quality theatre performancesWest Australian Music Industry Association (Perth) - peak industry body responsible for supporting, nurturing and growing all forms, genres and levels of original contemporary music in WAWest Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (Maylands) - engage and challenge emerging jazz musicians to inspire them to reach their greatest potential and captivate audiencesWestern Australian Youth Orchestra (Perth) - provides quality musical training and performance opportunities for young musicians Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company (Subiaco) - is a leading Aboriginal performing arts organisation that produces award-winning, world-class theatre that is exciting, entertaining, educational, authentic and culturally appropriate
WA's 2015 Signature Dish inspiring5552Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3820html22/11/2015 5:57:12 AM2015-11-22T05:50:00Z​Winner of WA's Signature Dish for 2015 crowned in Margaret River todayCelebration of fresh produce Foodies around Western Australia are celebrating a new champion after Jerolina Rankin was today crowned WA's Signature Dish winner for 2015. In Margaret River today for the finale at the Gourmet Escape, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston congratulated the finalists on using the freshest West Australian ingredients to create an award-winning dish. "WA's Signature Dish is a celebration of WA fresh produce and talented amateur cooks from across the State," Mr Baston said. The finalists wereRachel Hartshorn, representing the Peel region with a Harvey Beef eye fillet, bush tomato, native thyme and pepperberry with red wine jus Matt Cook, showcasing the Swan Valley produce with a lemon-myrtle marron laksa-inspired curryArylene Westlake-Jennings, from the Kimberley with Cone Bay ocean barramundi and green mango and mizuna saladJerolina Rankin, representing the Gascoyne with a seafood broth with Shark Bay wild prawns. The prize is a two-day mentorship with chef Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume and a trip for two to Cable Beach resort in Broome for a wine-and-dine experience. The competition is hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Food as part of the Buy West Eat Best program. For the first time, a People's Choice award allowed the public to buy the four finale dishes from a pop-up restaurant, presented by chef Peter Manifis, and then vote for their favourite. The People's Choice winner was the delicious dish created by Rachel Hartshorn. If you missed out, all of the finalists will recreate their tasty dishes for sale at Farmer Jack's Claremont Quarter on December 5 as part of a food festival celebration. Fact FileThe finalists took part in a 60-minute live cook-off on stage and presented their dish for judging to chefs Guillaume Brahimi and Shane Osborn and restaurant critic Matt PrestonThey worked with a mentor chef including Chris Taylor (Fraser's), Peter Manifis (Incontro), Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining) and Jason Hutchen (Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant) to perfect their dishes before the finaleFor details on this year's winning dishes, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5400