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Premier congratulates BHP on expansion of training program13850Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/07/2017 1:12:09 AM2017-07-22T00:00:00Z BHP doubles intake of apprenticeships and traineeships to 200 positions for 2018 Focus on training opportunities for young people in the Pilbara McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs maximises training positions for young Western Australians Premier Mark McGowan today congratulated BHP for its commitment to double the intake of apprenticeships and traineeships in 2018, creating new job opportunities for young Western Australians. The McGowan Government has called on the State's resources companies to ensure that big resources projects create more training positions. Next year, BHP will take on 200 apprentices and trainees, with the majority of positions to be offered to people who live locally in the Pilbara. The 2018 intake will build on about 300 apprentices and trainees already employed in BHP's iron ore business in WA. The McGowan Government will maximise the number of apprenticeships and trainees created on government contracts through the introduction of Western Australian Industry Participation Plans. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The McGowan Government has made it clear that young Western Australians must get more training opportunities on the State's big resources projects. "Our Plan for Jobs has a big focus on ensuring Western Australians get the skills they need to get jobs in the future. "I congratulate BHP on the expansion of its apprenticeship and traineeship program. "Creating these extra positions will give more young Western Australians the opportunity to gain invaluable on-site training and set them on an employment path into the future. "Upon being elected as Premier, I met with mining companies and indicated that I would like to see more apprenticeships and local content in WA. "The election result reinforced that Western Australians did not support the Nationals' plan to rip up State Agreement Acts but did support our plans for more local jobs and training opportunities. "I'm pleased BHP has recognised and acted on our calls for more local traineeships and apprenticeships." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Minister issues challenge for creative young leader13846Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 8:43:43 AM2017-07-21T08:35:00Z ​Nominations open for a young Western Australian to lead youth week events More than 100 events to take place across WA during Youth Week Youth Minister Peter Tinley is leading the charge in calling for a creative and inspirational young Western Australian to head WA Youth Week (formerly National Youth Week) celebrations in 2018. Nominations are now open for the WA Youth Week Ambassador, an exciting opportunity for a young person looking to inspire others and strengthen their leadership skills at a State level. The successful applicant will chair the youth week planning committee and help guide the planning and delivery of the week's events across the State. The ambassador will work with the committee, Propel Youth Arts and the Department of Communities to promote, support and develop creative ideas to get more young people involved in WA Youth Week. The young person will also have the opportunity to assess WA Youth Week grant applications, attend events as required and travel to attend the regional launch of Youth Week celebrations. Eligible candidates must be aged between 18 and 25 years and be accessible and available for meetings and media activities relating to Youth Week in 2018. Applications are available at https// and must be received by 5pm on Friday, August 18, 2017. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "Youth Week is a major event on the youth calendar which celebrates the contributions of young people to the community and also gives them a forum to express their ideas and raise issues of importance. "The McGowan Government is pleased to support the role of the youth ambassador who will play a lead role in this important week and help inform and influence Youth Week events. "We urge young, creative people who are ready to take the next step and keen to develop their organisational and leadership skills to step up and take advantage of this exciting opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Review of the WA Rail Access Regime13844Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 7:04:13 AM2017-07-21T07:00:00Z ​Effectiveness of WA's Rail Access Regime to be reviewed Issues Paper seeking views of interested stakeholders to improve the regime In order to identify possible improvements to the operation of the WA Rail Access Regime, Treasurer Ben Wyatt has announced a review into the regime and welcomed stakeholder submissions. The WA Rail Access Regime has been in operation for more than 15 years. The regime's purpose is to encourage the efficient use of, and investment in, railway facilities by facilitating a contestable market for rail operations. An Issues Paper has been prepared to assist discussion in relation to proposed changes and potential improvements to the regime, and to help stakeholders participate in the review process. The State Government welcomes stakeholder comments addressing any of the questions set out in the Issues Paper, as well as on the operation of the regime more broadly. For more information, email or visit http// The closing date for submissions is September 8, 2017. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "A review of the effectiveness of WA's Rail Access Regime is well overdue. "The Issues Paper proposes a number of potential improvements to the regime in order to better achieve its objective. "Comments are welcomed from interested parties on the matters raised in the Issues Paper or any other feedback on the effectiveness of the regime." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Top WA innovations make the cut for annual awards13842Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 1:06:58 AM2017-07-21T01:00:00Z ​Semi-finalists for WA Innovator of the Year announced Program is in its eleventh year, with a prize pool of $145,000 Technologies to protect online banking, prevent mine truck accidents and harness solar energy through windows are among the innovations named as semi-finalists for this year's WA Innovator of the Year program. Sixteen companies have been short-listed for the annual awards, which recognise the exceptional local and regional innovators behind the newest products, technologies, processes and services developed in Western Australia. Winners will share in a prize pool of $145,000 to help commercialise their innovations, and the program also links industry and academia through research collaboration. Former winners have gone on to extraordinary achievements, such as Professors Sue Fletcher and Steve Wilton who won the overall award in 2012 for their gene-patch drug treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Last year, the groundbreaking drug received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, and now the two researchers are working on treatments for nearly 50 more rare diseases. Finalists will be announced next month ahead of the awards ceremony in November. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Acting Innovation and ICT Minister Simone McGurk "The McGowan Government is committed to diversifying the State's economy to create new local jobs, and innovation plays an essential role in delivering on this commitment. "For the first time, all semi-finalists will receive professional assistance and mentoring to help foster their innovations - something which has only been offered to finalists in previous years. "I would like to congratulate all the semi-finalists on their achievements, and look forward to the many benefits their innovations will bring for WA." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Steps taken to build biosecurity capacity13840Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/07/2017 12:04:25 AM2017-07-21T00:00:00Z ​State Government-commissioned report recommends strengthening biosecurity capabilities Working group to review implementation of recommendations to bolster biosecurity Tomato potato psyllid discovery in February 2017 led to restrictions on interstate movement of WA produce The McGowan Government has moved to strengthen Western Australia's biosecurity response capabilities following discovery of the tomato potato psyllid in WA in February 2017, with a focus on resolving market access issues. Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan commissioned the Biosecurity Council of Western Australia to assess the effectiveness of the then-Department of Agriculture and Food's response to secure market access for produce following the discovery of the psyllid. The Biosecurity Council report found areas needing improvement within the new Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development related to response structure, staffing, industry collaboration and handling national complexities. The Minister has directed the department to form an implementation working group to review the report's 11 recommendation, with the group to report back to the Biosecurity Council in the next three months. A summary report is available at http// Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Department of Agriculture and Food suffered severe cuts under the previous Liberal National Government, losing almost 500 FTEs over the past eight years - inevitably, some capability was lost through that process. "Departmental staff put in a mammoth effort in the wake of the tomato potato psyllid discovery at peak, nearly 150 staff were working in the incident response team to contain the bug and get Western Australian produce moving again. "However we were aware of industry concern about the effectiveness of the response. "This report was commissioned to ensure that when biosecurity incidents like this occur, we are best placed to negotiate market access for our growers with the other States. "The incident and difficulties faced by WA growers since have highlighted the importance of biosecurity and the Government is committed to building capability and capacity in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Agriculture and Food Division. "We are continuing negotiations with the Eastern States regarding market access for products still affected, and I have put market access protocols on the formal agenda for this month's meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory agriculture ministers." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Minister congratulates Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation on legal victory678Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6530html20/07/2017 7:55:59 AM2017-07-20T07:50:00Z ​The Federal Court of Australia has today recognised an exclusive native title claim made by Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Decision grants exclusive Native Title over 2,700 square kilometres just north of the Karijini National Park Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has congratulated the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation after the Federal Court today recognised their exclusive native title claim. In a decision handed down by Justice Steven Rares, exclusive native title rights have been granted over all unallocated Crown land in the claimed area and the Yandeeyara Reserve, except for a small area occupied by Rio Tinto's Tom Price railway. The corporation's claim for exclusive native title of the area was first lodged in 2003, making it one of the longest running native title cases in Australia. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "I warmly congratulate the Yindjibarndi people on their successful determination of exclusive native title announced today by the Federal Court. "The Yindjibarndi have proven themselves to be determined and committed advocates in their pursuit of exclusive possession and have won today in the face of not insignificant obstacles over many years. "The evidence presented by the Yindjibarndi satisfied the court that the Yindjibarndi are entitled to exclusive native title rights and interests over the claimed area and the Yandeeyara Reserve because they had established that 'a manjangu (or stranger) still has to obtain permission from a Yindjibarndi elder before entering or carrying out activity on Yindjibarndi country. "Like many other litigated areas of native title, this has been a difficult and drawn-out process for the Yindjibarndi people, and has caused fractures within their community. "However, today's result is a tremendous victory for the Yindjibarndi people and I hope they are able to unite and work together to ensure they are able to utilise their now recognised native title rights to benefit all members of the Yindjibarndi community." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New members appointed to the Heritage Council of WA676Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6140html20/07/2017 6:09:11 AM2017-07-20T06:05:00Z ​Sally Malone, from Albany, appointed to the Heritage Council of WA New appointments and reappointments to the Heritage Council's Register and Development committees An Albany-based public place designer specialising in landscapes, urban design, trails and interpretation has been appointed to the Heritage Council of Western Australia, for a three-year term which commenced on July 1, 2017. With more than 20 years' experience across the public and private sectors, Ms Sally Malone has been involved in various projects including large metropolitan public place construction and smaller designs for regional shires. Ms Malone has also served on various boards including the Southern Ports and Albany Port Authorities, Regional Development Australia Great Southern and the Committee for Albany. Heritage engineer Ian Maitland OAM and historian Lucy Hair have also been appointed to the Heritage Council's Register and Development committees. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "Ms Malone's understanding of the planning process, design and sustainable community, and regional development will ensure she makes a valuable contribution to the Heritage Council. "Having worked with local governments and communities across the State, she has a particular interest in issues such as conserving, adapting, interpreting and promoting culture heritage. "This is an area that is becoming more pressing over time as the rural populations decline and our significant heritage fabric ages. "Ms Malone's appointment ensures that the Heritage Council continues to have someone with excellent experience and knowledge in the regions, following Mr Heaver's retirement after eight years on the board. "As an architect based in Albany, Mr Heaver helped shape contemporary approaches to heritage practice in WA and brought a strong regional voice to the Heritage Council. "I would like to thank Mr Heaver for his service." Minister's office - 6552 5400
People, place, home focus for new Woodbridge apartments674Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5250html20/07/2017 2:01:29 AM2017-07-20T02:00:00Z ​New housing development part of vision to transform Midland and create jobs Sales have opened for a new affordable housing development near the heart of the transforming historic suburb of Midland. The Woodbridge on Green development at 15 Yelverton Drive, Woodbridge will comprise 79 one, two and three-bedroom apartments over five levels. The development is well positioned to leverage the area's existing infrastructure and offers private, social and affordable shared equity housing opportunities. Located in the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority's Midland Workshops Precinct, residents will be a short walk away from a shopping centre, Woodbridge Primary School, Midland Public Hospital, a future medical school and recreational amenities. There is a cycle path to Perth's CBD and the Midland train station and bus interchange will be within 500 metres of Woodbridge on Green. The project is in line with the McGowan Government's METRONET objective to create accessible housing developments with appropriate density around public transport infrastructure. Leading developer Psaros will deliver the Woodbridge on Green project on land owned by the Department of Communities. Construction is expected to take 18 months and create about 80 jobs. The total project value is estimated at $30 million. The development embraces infill housing, with a focus on sustainable high quality, affordable, medium to higher density housing developments - an emerging market in Perth. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "Woodbridge on Green will bring a new range of innovative housing options and deliver integrated and co-ordinated transport networks, as well as an improved lifestyle for residents. "The McGowan Government's vision is to leverage a Government-owned land asset at no impact to State net debt and transform Midland into a thriving precinct." Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts "This local housing development is a very welcome addition and will help transform Midland's precinct into a great place to live and work. I also welcome the local jobs this project will create. "With Midland hospital, the Police Operations Centre, an expanded Midland Gate Shopping Centre and the train station, it will be a great place to live." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Workshop to set agricultural telecommunications strategy672Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6900html20/07/2017 1:00:34 AM2017-07-20T01:00:00Z ​Lack of access to digital infrastructure a major barrier to agricultural growth in WA Digital connectivity workshop to drive strategy for supercharging agtech capabilities McGowan Government to invest $22 million in improving digital infrastructure in regional WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan will today bring together agricultural industry leaders, telecommunications companies and government representatives to chart how best to improve digital connectivity in the regions and drive agricultural technology innovation. The McGowan Government's $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Fund will invest in innovative connectivity solutions to advance telecommunications infrastructure and technology in agricultural and pastoral regions across Western Australia. The outcomes of the workshop will be used to chart a strategy for how best to leverage the public funding to unlock agtech potential across the State and ensure WA is a world leader in innovative agricultural practices and technologies. Presenters at the forum will include CBH Group innovation manager Claire Dunkley, diversified grower Sue Middleton, telecommunications specialists Jim Wyatt, Ian Gordon and Andrew Mangano and agtech consultant Annie Brox. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our farmers, growers and pastoralists have the smarts and the drive to keep WA at the forefront of agricultural technology. "But industry is telling us loud and clear the main thing holding us back is a lack of digital infrastructure. "The failure of the Turnbull Liberal Government's NBN in remote and rural areas means our agricultural sector is pushing forward with an arm tied behind its back as the rest of the world advances into 21st century agriculture. "We're bringing together industry leaders, telecommunications experts and government to work through how best the McGowan Government can provide a strategic intervention to supercharge our agtech capabilities." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Multicultural Advisory Group appointed669Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8170html20/07/2017 12:32:59 AM2017-07-20T00:30:00Z ​16-member group appointed by the Minister The group will act as a consultative body on issues facing culturally and linguistically diverse communities Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia is pleased to announce the appointment of the McGowan Government's inaugural Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG). The MAG will provide the State Government with direct grassroots feedback and advice on relevant policies, issues and needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities of Western Australia. The role of the MAG is to Be a consultative body to the Minister on issues facing CaLD communities; Provide input on Government policy and planning processes that affect multicultural Western Australians; Provide advice on emerging issues and trends; and Undertake any other activities as requested by the Minister. The MAG has 16 members, appointed by the Minister for a term of one year. Current members include Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman; Ramkrishna Bansal, president, Indian Society of WA; Hajiera Davids, president, Muslim Women's Support Centre; David Denver, president, Jewish Community Council of WA; Abdullah Khan, executive principal, Australian Islamic College; Theresa Kwok, chief executive officer, Chung Wah Community and Aged Care; Anh Nguyen, president, Vietnamese Community in Australia - WA Chapter; Maria Osman, former executive director, Office of Multicultural Interests; Savas Papasavas, chairperson, Hellenic Community of Western Australia Inc.; Joe Radici, president, Italian Club WA; Iqbal Samnakay, president, Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre; Ramdas Sankaran, president, Ethnic Communities Council of WA; Sara Shengeb, project support officer, Youth Affairs Council of WA; Casta Tungaraza, president, African Women's Council of Australia; and Salim Youssef, community director, Australian Arab Association. The group will meet bi-monthly, volunteering their time and expertise to the State. Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "As Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, one of my priorities is to engage with our State's culturally diverse communities and assist them to achieve their highest potential in contributing to WA's development. "I look forward to working with MAG members on a range of important issues that impact CaLD communities and our multicultural State." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Safety and quality top of agenda for WA health system668Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7860html20/07/2017 2:46:05 AM2017-07-20T00:00:00Z ​International expert, Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, commissioned to review safety and quality across WA's public health system Quality and safety a top Government priority, fundamental to delivering world-class healthcare Review's findings and recommendations made public to drive continuous improvement The State Government has today released a wide-ranging review into the safety and quality of public health services and hospitals in Western Australia. The review was commissioned by the Director General of Health earlier this year, and undertaken by UK expert Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor. Professor Mascie-Taylor is Executive Medical Director EY UK and Ireland; former Medical Director of the NHS Confederation; Medical Director of Monitor; Executive Medical Director Leeds Teaching Hospitals; and Trust Special Administrator of Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust. The review was commissioned in recognition of the need for continuous improvement in safety and quality, and of the need for assurance processes to be safeguarded in times of system change. The Department of Health, and Health Service Providers, will work together to address all recommendations of the review over the coming 12 to 18 months. The 'Review of safety and quality in the WA health system' report is available at http// Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "WA has a good record of health safety and quality, but we must constantly strive to deliver the best outcomes for our patients and the community. "Health is operating in an era of significant change as a result of advances in technology and research, and our Sustainable Health Review - announced last month - will deliver a patient first, innovative and sustainable health system for all Western Australians. "The community can be assured that patient safety is the highest priority as we aim to make a good system great." Comments attributed to Director General of Health Dr D J Russell-Weisz "Delivering safe and high quality care is a central and critical focus of the Western Australian health system - now and into the future. "Professor Mascie-Taylor has made several recommendations for the system to build on its successes based on sound principles of clinical governance. "These include clear roles; responsibilities; accountabilities at all levels; a culture of transparency; a willingness to benchmark and learn from experiences locally, nationally and internationally; and a clear patient and community focus at all times." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Grants to build age-friendly communities666Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5450html19/07/2017 11:45:36 PM2017-07-19T22:05:00Z ​17 local governments to share in $199,000 Age-friendly Communities grants Age-friendly WA Workshop, a State Government initiative, held today Program encourages seniors to participate and remain active in their communities A group of experts in building age-friendly communities will today join Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing Dr Jane Barratt to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Western Australia's ageing population. More than 100 stakeholders will take part in a program covering topics such as economic participation of older adults, ageism, technology and diversity. The workshop took place as it was announced that more than $199,000 would be shared by 17 Western Australian local governments in the latest round of the State Government Age-friendly Communities grants. Earlier this week, Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray met with Dr Barratt to discuss WA's nation-leading performance in the age-friendly space. The grants program consists of two streams age-friendly planning and implementation, with up to $10,000 and $20,000 available to local governments respectively. To date, 75 local governments have received $673,113. In June the State Government was named an affiliate member of the World Health Organisation's Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, which gives it a significant role in supporting age-friendly communities worldwide. For a full list of recipients by local government area, visit http// Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "There is some terrific work being done to create age-friendly communities in WA. The State is a leader in this space and I congratulate the efforts being made to support our seniors. "In an age-friendly community, there is a culture of inclusion shared by people of all ages and ability levels. This encompasses spaces, places, programs and initiatives that make a community better for all residents. "The age-friendly grants and today's Age-friendly WA Workshop reflect the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to addressing the needs of our ageing population." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Have your say and vote in local government elections155065Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7950html19/07/2017 7:24:29 AM2017-07-19T07:20:00Z ​Biennial local government elections to be held on October 21, 2017 Chance for communities to take part in local democracy Western Australia's residents and ratepayers are being encouraged to have a say in who runs their local community, by making sure they are ready to vote in October's local government elections. Just one in four eligible Western Australians voted in the 2015 elections, despite local governments providing significant services and infrastructure to their communities. Community members can ensure they are enrolled to vote by checking their enrolment status online with the Western Australian Electoral Commission before 5pm on September 1, 2017. This year, participation in elections is strongly encouraged among under-represented sections of the community including women, Aboriginal people, young people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Strong councillors are the foundation of an effective and efficient local government and community members are asked to take the time to assess their candidates and vote for someone who will best represent them. Local government elections take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Enrolment forms are available at post offices, the Western Australian and Australian electoral commissions, most local government offices or from http// Candidates nominating for council have until September 7-14, 2017 to lodge a nomination. More information is available from the websites of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Western Australian Electoral Commission. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "This Government is committed to increasing engagement in local government elections. "By getting involved in the elections, people are taking an active role in influencing the decisions that are made where they live and deciding who will represent them in their communities. "Competition breeds excellence, and a greater number of candidates will contribute to a higher standard of community representation, and the effective governance that communities deserve. "It is essential that everyone - regardless of age, gender or cultural background - has their say, and I encourage all local communities to get informed, and involved." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Perth Cultural Centre wired for savings155060Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6980html19/07/2017 2:30:42 AM2017-07-19T02:30:00Z ​Central energy plant to reduce energy use, CO2 emissions and running costs of buildings in the Perth Cultural Centre by up to 40 per cent The plant will deliver long-term savings, with full benefits realised after the new museum opens in 2020 About 100 workers will be employed to deliver the central energy plant works A central energy plant in the Perth Cultural Centre is set to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of the cultural buildings by up to 40 per cent from 2020. Today, two new 4.6 tonne chillers were delivered and craned onto the roof of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Another three chillers, two boilers and a generator will be installed on the State Library of WA roof in August 2017. Once in place these plants will be a primary source of heating and cooling, maximising energy efficiency for the precinct. The central energy plant is expected to be complete and operational by the end of 2017 and about 100 workers will be employed to deliver the works. The full benefits and cost savings will be realised after the new museum is connected to the central energy plant from 2020. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to public sector efficiency and savings. "This central energy plant, being delivered as part of the new museum project, is an excellent example of public sector organisations working together to address energy usage and deliver savings. "It will service the Perth Cultural Centre buildings including the State Library, Art Gallery, State Theatre Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Blue Room Theatre and the new museum. "The central energy plant includes an updated electrical supply network, new chillers and boilers and reticulation pipework. It will deliver long-term energy efficiency and reliability for the Perth Cultural Centre buildings." Minister's office - 6552 5400
New facility to help homeless in Geraldton155059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4510html19/07/2017 2:19:04 AM2017-07-19T02:10:00Z ​$500,000 meets growing demand for crisis accommodation Housing Minister Peter Tinley officially opened the Sun City Christian Centre in Geraldton today to assist local people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The crisis accommodation facility is managed and operated by service provider Sun City Care. In 2014, the Department of Communities (then known as the Housing Authority), approved $500,000 under the Crisis Accommodation Program to build the 10-bedroom facility. Practical completion occurred in May 2017. The centre was built on land owned by Sun City Christian Centre, which obtained extra funding of $1.45 million from Lotterywest for the fit-out and construction. The facility provides short-stay accommodation and support services for men, women and families experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Sun City also offers practical help to clients including food, clothing and furnishings; family and parenting support; pastoral care; advocacy; and referral services and life-skills development. The Federal Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations provides ongoing operational funding. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The challenge of providing affordable housing is too big for government to solve on its own. The McGowan Government recognises the importance of developing innovative partnerships with the community sector to meet the challenge. "One of the most important things any government can do is support people who are in need. "There is a growing demand in Geraldton for crisis accommodation. Sun City is helping meet this demand by providing accommodation for men, women and families who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. "Clients of this facility have access to a range of amenities and services including a community garden, sports, and training and work experience opportunities that can help them re-establish themselves in the community." Minister's office - 6552 5300
New director general to spearhead Department of the Premier and Cabinet155058Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements30450html19/07/2017 2:14:14 AM2017-07-19T02:05:00Z ​Darren Foster appointed as Department of the Premier and Cabinet Director General - effective immediately Premier Mark McGowan today welcomed the appointment of Mr Darren Foster as the Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. The application and evaluation process, managed by the Public Sector Commission, concluded this week following the approval of the appointment by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet has two key service delivery areas including administration of executive government services and government policy management. Mr Foster's role will see him oversee a range of strategic and management activities such as the communication and promotion of the State Government's job-creating policies and initiatives, provision of administrative support to the Premier, Ministerial Offices and the Leader of the Opposition as well as leadership and co-ordination of cross-agency solutions to complex policy issues. He will help implement machinery of government changes that will see a more efficient and effective public sector deliver better services to Western Australians. Prior to his appointment, Mr Foster was acting Deputy Director General of the department and was seconded into the role from the Department of Fisheries where he served as Deputy Director General. In a range of permanent public service and term of government roles, Mr Foster has 30 years' experience in diverse areas such as environment, treasury and finance, energy, health, education and training, tourism, racing and gaming and native title. He has previously held senior roles focusing on strategy and policy matters for Federal, State and local governments. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I congratulate Mr Foster on this appointment and recognise him for his achievements in government over the past three decades. "Mr Foster brings a wealth of experience from across policy, management and operational areas which will strengthen his duties in spearheading the administration of executive government services and government policy management. "He shows strong qualities of leadership, accountability, collaboration and innovation which are central to his role as the Department of the Premier and Cabinet continues to support my office and the Government to serve the Western Australian community." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Grant develops leadership potential in the Mid-West155057Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5380html19/07/2017 2:00:56 AM2017-07-19T02:00:00Z ​Youth clear winners with $40,000 for leadership and mentoring program in Geraldton Funding part of close to $1 million in local project in Geraldton area Youth Minister Peter Tinley announced a $40,000 grant to deliver a leadership and mentoring program in Geraldton today, part of a wider suite worth $980,000 for the Geraldton area. The announcement is the fulfilment of a promise made by WA Labor under the leadership of now Premier Mark McGowan in the lead-up to the State election in March this year. The $40,000 funding, part of the Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative in Western Australia's Mid-West region, will be used to develop a sustainable mentoring and leadership program that partners the Mid-West Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Ngala Midwest Gascoyne. Ngala Midwest Gascoyne was formed following the merger in August 2016 of the not-for-profit Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre (CRCEC) with Ngala, an early parenting and early childhood services provider. Ngala Midwest Gascoyne delivers services in education and care, training and employment, individual and family support, counselling, partnership development and services co-ordination. Contracts were recently signed between Ngala Midwest Gascoyne and the Mid-West Development Commission and work has already begun to get the program up and running. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "It is gratifying to support the next generation of leaders in the Geraldton community. "This funding demonstrates how seriously the McGowan Government takes its election promises and shows how we value our regional youth and regional communities. "It is crucial we foster development of the nearly half a million young people aged between 12 and 25 in this State and help properly prepare them to meet the challenges of the future." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham "GRCEC and now Ngala Midwest Gascoyne is highly regarded in the community and has won awards for the services it has operated in the past. I am pleased to be part of this funding commitment made by the McGowan Government that will give many of our youth the skills and abilities to become future leaders." Minister's office - 6552 5300
WA Youth Awards open for nominations155054Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4880html19/07/2017 12:08:07 AM2017-07-19T00:00:00Z ​Annual awards recognise WA's most outstanding young people Youth Minister Peter Tinley has opened nominations for Western Australia's annual Youth Awards, giving the State's young people an opportunity to shine. The awards, which have run for 19 years, recognise Western Australians aged 12 to 25 for their achievements and contribution to the community, as well as individuals and organisations which work with and support Western Australian youth. The awards are a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and are supported by Lotterywest. Nominations are open for the following categories Minister for Youth's Outstanding Youth Worker; Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award; ECU Community Leadership Award; Perth Theatre Trust Cultural Endeavors Award; Hope Community Services Active Participation Award; Mercy Care Organisational Achievement (Large); RUAH Organisational Achievement (Small); and RAC Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award. Each category winner receives a $1,000 prize. The WA Young Person of the Year will be selected from among the category winners and will receive a $10,000 travel bursary to participate in youth-related events and activities across WA, in addition to airfares for two to a European destination, valued at $3,000. Nominations close on Thursday, August 31, 2017 with winners announced at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in October. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is proud of its involvement with the WA Youth Awards. The awards help us identify and celebrate our most inspirational and dedicated young people - they also recognise the important contributions young people make to our society. "Young people carry out fantastic work across our State and I encourage Western Australians to nominate an outstanding young person, or an organisation working with young people, for an award." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Hon. Jane Crisford SC appointed Legal Aid chair155053Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10520html19/07/2017 12:04:27 AM2017-07-18T22:00:00Z ​Hon. Jane Crisford SC appointed chair of the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia Appointment is for a three-year term commencing July 19, 2017 The McGowan Government today announced Hon. Jane Crisford SC as the new chair of the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia. This appointment makes Ms Crisford the first female chair of the commission in Western Australia's history. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Ms Crisford was selected for this role due to her extensive experience in the judiciary and high regard in the legal community as senior counsel, and for her work at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia. "Ms Crisford has substantial pre-judicial experience as a barrister and solicitor, a partner of Dwyer Durack and as the solicitor-in charge of the Kimberley Office of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA. "She was junior counsel representing Aboriginal families in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. "Ms Crisford was appointed senior counsel in 2002. "In 2003, Ms Crisford was appointed president of the Equal Opportunity Commission. "From 2004 to 2006, Ms Crisford was a judge of the District Court of WA and judge of the Family Court of Western Australia and the Family Court of Australia from 2006 to 2016. "She has held a number of voluntary positions including as a member of the Chief Justice's Indigenous Committee, Women's Lawyers Association of WA and the Australian Association of Women Judges. "I thank Ms Crisford for taking on this role and commend her for her unwavering commitment to helping the most vulnerable in our community." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
WA science achievers recognised as finalists605Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13080html18/07/2017 8:01:12 AM2017-07-18T08:00:00Z ​2017 Premier's Science Awards finalists announced Awards celebrate State's best scientists and outreach initiatives across four categories Winners to be announced on August 14, 2017, during National Science Week Premier Mark McGowan today announced the finalists in the 2017 Premier's Science Awards. There are 19 finalists across the four categories, representing a range of science disciplines and achievements. The finalists have contributed to better treatments for cancer and other diseases, biodiversity preservation, advancements in the mineral and energy sectors, and discoveries about the origins of life on Earth and the beginnings of the universe. The Premier's Science Award winners and WA Science Hall of Fame inductee will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 14, 2017, during National Science Week, Australia's biggest annual celebration of science. The 2017 Premier's Science Awards categories are Scientist of the Year ($50,000 prize); Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize); ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year ($10,000 prize); and Chevron Science Engagement Initiative of the Year ($10,000 prize). For more information, visit http//'s-science-awards/2017-finalists Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The McGowan Government is working to create future job opportunities for Western Australians and diversifying the economy, including through support for science. "Advances in science improve the lives of Western Australians, including through better health and medical treatments, protection of our natural environment, and new and better industries. "These awards recognise the outstanding work of our local science community, both in research and engaging the community with science, and the people behind that work. "The finalists in this year's Premier's Science Awards boast an impressive range of achievements and are exemplars for the community and others in the science field." Premier's office - 6552 5000