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Chaos in National Party poses threat to important WA regional water projects23331Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/02/2018 8:40:18 AM2018-02-20T08:40:00Z Turmoil within the National Party is threatening Western Australia's chances of securing $179.7 million in Federal funding for two important regional water projects The Myalup-Wellington and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme projects have the potential to create more than 1,500 long-term jobs The mayhem within the National Party is threatening Federal funding for two important regional water projects in Western Australia that have the potential to create more than 1,500 long-term jobs. WA Nationals leader Mia Davies today issued a media statement calling on Federal National Party leader Barnaby Joyce to resign because he has lost the support of the party in WA. Ms Davies' statement invoked an immediate slap down from Mr Joyce. The McGowan Government is awaiting news of Federal funding for the Myalup-Wellington and the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme projects. The decision for this funding rests with Federal Nationals MP and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud - who is a Joyce loyalist. Mr Littleproud recently told ABC News that those agitating against Barnaby Joyce needed to 'put up or shut up'. The McGowan Government is concerned the chaos within the National State and Federal parties will ruin WA's chances of securing $179.7 million in Federal funding for these two important regional job-creating projects to proceed. The McGowan Government has already committed $56 million for the two projects. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "WA is competing with other States for Federal funding for regional water projects. The last thing we need is for the internal warfare in the National Party to spoil WA's chances. "The WA Nationals are now at war with Barnaby Joyce. I would hate to see their fight jeopardise a favourable decision from Barnaby loyalist Minister Littleproud and put 1,500 WA jobs at stake." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Federal Minister Barnaby Joyce's response to Mia Davies' statement proves what we have always known - that because the Nationals have no Federal seats in WA, the Nationals are completely disinterested in WA. "Our Government has been firm in our support for these job-creating projects - locking in funding despite the dire state of the finances, and working to fix the application for funding submitted by the former Liberal National Government after it was knocked back. "We would urge Minister Littleproud to grasp that he governs for all Australians, recognise the importance of these projects to driving jobs and economic development in regional WA, and give our agricultural sector the fair share it deserves." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
WA first: ‘Catch, click and release’ technology to be used in Perth’s biggest family fishing event23328Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/02/2018 6:45:14 AM2018-02-20T06:45:00Z Swanfish, Perth's biggest family fishing event, will take place on February 24 and 25 New format focuses on catch and release fishing In a WA first, new 'catch, click and release' technology to be used for the event For the first time in its 30-year history, Swanfish 2018 will not only be a predominately catch and release event but will also incorporate 'catch, click and release' technology to collect data on local fish species. Swanfish, which is Perth's biggest and longest running family fishing event, will take place on the banks of Perth's Swan River at Garvey Park, Ascot this weekend (February 24-25). Recfishwest, who organises the popular event, has taken a new direction with the event so that it aligns with the conservation values of the fishing community. Fishers will have the opportunity to become citizen scientists for the day with the use of the Swanfish smartphone app. Participants who catch a fish will be able to take a photo of it and quickly release the fish back into the wild. They can then log their catch into the app to provide data that will help shape our understanding of local fish species. By logging their catch, fishers go into the draw to win some great prizes which have been provided by local businesses. Recfishwest and Fishability will also be running community fishing clinics during Swanfish. For more information, visit http//www.swanfish.com.au Comments attributed to Fisheries and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "Swanfish is a great community event where mums and dads can take their family down to the river and enjoy the health and wellbeing aspects of fishing. "This year's new format shows the commitment local fishers have to conserving and understanding our marine environments. "I'm particularly pleased, not only as Fisheries Minister but also Innovation and ICT Minister, that this year will also incorporate technology for the first time to enable fishers to become citizen scientists for the day. "If you're looking for a fun activity to do with your family this weekend, I encourage you to cast a line at Swanfish 2018." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Major systemic failings identified in Special Inquiry23327Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/02/2018 6:15:11 AM2018-02-20T06:15:00Z Special Inquiry tabled in State Parliament shines a light on financial management of former government The inquiry reported on the decision-making processes, accountability and culture of government under the Liberals and Nationals Recommendations handed down to ensure future governments avoid the same mistakes and record debt and deficits are addressed over time Special Inquirer John Langoulant AO today handed down his comprehensive report into the programs and projects of the former Liberal National Government. The Special Inquiry characterises the former government's poor governance culture, lack of financial discipline and unsustainable spending decisions as the key factors behind the record debt and deficit created. A total of 32 projects were examined in close detail, with all State Government departments required to co-operate with the Special Inquiry by providing access to relevant documentation as requested. The McGowan Government broadly endorses the recommendations of the Special Inquiry and will begin an implementation program across government to address the key findings. Premier Mark McGowan stated that Royalties for Regions would continue with a hypothecated account following significant improvements, including strengthening the governance and accountability of the program and a new rigorous oversight regime installed over the past year. To view the report, visit https//publicsector.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This Special Inquiry has shone a light on what was a grossly incompetent and financially reckless government. "The lessons learned from this irresponsible period of government in WA must be acknowledged by all relevant parties, to ensure the mismanagement of the State's finances and major projects and programs is never repeated. "For those responsible, the only honourable thing to do now is to reflect on the lessons learned and apologise to the people of Western Australia. "The damning report provides a clear guide to my Government and future governments. "My Government will continue to strengthen governance, accountability, transparency and focus on the key economic and social benefits of government decisions when dealing with taxpayers' money. "We will continue to govern in the interests of all Western Australians. "I thank Mr Langoulant and his team for his comprehensive examination. I will provide my Government's immediate response to the Special Inquiry tomorrow." Premier's office - 6552 5000
WA supports a national plan to combat elder abuse23325Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/02/2018 3:43:50 AM2018-02-20T03:40:00Z Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray welcomes the Council of Attorneys-General agreement to develop the National Plan on elder abuse The National Plan will be a co-ordinated approach to safeguarding the rights of older people Western Australia will co-chair the national working group It is estimated that 12,500 older Western Australians could experience elder abuse and more than 180,000 nationally The State Government has welcomed the announcement that all Australian Attorneys-General - excluding Tasmania's which is in caretaker mode - will develop a national plan to combat elder abuse. 'Responding to elder abuse' was a McGowan Government election commitment with specific actions including taking a key role - in negotiations with State and Federal governments - to develop a national strategy and a funding model to enable services to be delivered equitably. The Commonwealth Attorney-General's office made the announcement today (February 20) coinciding with the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference being held in Sydney. The Australian Law Reform Commission's capstone recommendation for a National Plan recognised the need to develop strategies beyond legal reforms. This presented the opportunity to develop national awareness and community education campaigns, provide training, establish elder abuse helplines and direct future research. Planning for the initiative gets underway next month (March) when the working group - co-chaired by WA - meet to agree on an engagement strategy and a timetable for development. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "WA Labor has long recognised the prevalence of elder abuse in the community with an estimated 12,500 older Western Australians potentially experiencing abuse every year. "We also recognise that this is a highly complex and often seemingly invisible issue that can take many forms. "These forms of abuse can be financial, emotional or psychological, social, neglect and physical or sexual abuse. "Regardless of the type of abuse, the sad truth is that exploitation or abuse of older people is more likely to come from people the older person should trust like family or friends. "The McGowan Government's election commitment 'Responding to elder abuse', covers many areas including being a part of this national plan. "The plan provides a significant opportunity to increase awareness about the issue and to provide a range of meaningful initiatives to help older people to feel safer and more secure." Minister's office - 6552 6400
New $7.1 million Mental Health Observation Area opens at Joondalup Health Campus23323Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/02/2018 2:00:11 AM2018-02-20T02:00:00Z Mental Health Observation Area (MHOA) opens at Joondalup Health Campus The new 10-bed area is a dedicated, custom-built unit next door to the main emergency department The MHOA may assist in reducing expensive readmissions and reduce waiting times in Perth's northern suburban emergency departments Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook and Ramsay Health Care Australia Chief Operating Officer, Kate Munnings have today officially opened the $7.1 million Mental Health Observation Area at Joondalup Health Campus. The 10-bed MHOA offers an improved service for people presenting with psychiatric disorders by providing a specialised service in a more clinically appropriate environment. Prior to the establishment of the MHOA, patients were treated in the main area of the emergency department. The open layout of emergency departments is not ideal for managing mentally ill or intoxicated patients. This can be disruptive to many patients and staff and at worst, pose a security and safety risk. The new MHOA has been modelled on some of the best in the country and features Four bedrooms with sliding doors; Six patient bays; A patient lounge; A secure outdoor courtyard; and A waiting area. The MHOA was a joint project between the State Government (contributing $5.1 million) and Ramsay Health Care Australia (contributing $2 million). The Western Australian Government and Ramsay Health Care have a longstanding and successful Public Private Partnership. Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The establishment of the new Mental Health Observation Area at Joondalup Health Campus will go part of the way to improving mental health services for residents in Perth's northern suburbs. "In 2017, the Joondalup Health Campus emergency department had approximately 97,600 presentations, making it one of the busiest EDs in the country. "Of these presentations about six per cent had a diagnosis relating to mental health, some of whom had to wait in the busy emergency department for long periods until a mental health bed became available somewhere in the State. "These patients will now receive specialist care in a dedicated custom-built unit, offering a more clinically appropriate environment. "With our Government's commitment to invest $167 million towards further expanding the hospital, residents in Perth's northern suburbs can expect to see even bigger improvements to health services at this campus in the coming years, including in the area of mental health. "As part of the McGowan Labor Government's Plan for Mental Health and Mental Health Recovery Services, we are progressing with the introduction of Mental Health Observation Areas at Royal Perth Hospital and Geraldton Hospital." Comments attributed to Ramsay Health Care Australia Chief Operating Officer, Kate Munnings "The Mental Health Observation Area is another excellent joint initiative between the WA Government and Ramsay Health Care. "Ramsay Health Care has a longstanding partnership with the WA Government, which has seen the delivery of excellent health care to residents of Perth's northern suburbs for many years now. "We are looking forward to working with the Government on the next stage expansion, which will help meet the growing needs of the local community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Six native species removed from threatened list23321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/02/2018 1:00:08 AM2018-02-20T01:00:00Z Annual review of WA's threatened species list released Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has approved the recommendations of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to amend the list of threatened flora and fauna in Western Australia. The committee is made up of 10 independent scientists with specialist knowledge of the State's flora and fauna and the conservation of threatened species. The Airlie Island Ctenotus, also known as Northwestern coastal Ctenotus (Ctenotus angusticeps), has been removed from the list of threatened species after targeted surveys significantly increased the known distribution of the species. The lizard was first thought to only exist on Airlie Island off the Pilbara coast, but was later discovered on the mainland at Roebuck Bay. It is now known to inhabit several sites along the coast between Onslow and Broome, with genetic work confirming that the mainland lizards are the same as the Airlie Island species. Four species of flora, Asterolasia nivea, Asterolasia sp. Kalgan River, Cryptandra congesta and Stylidium wilroyense, were also removed from the threatened flora list following a review of their conservation status against international criteria. Another species of flora, Opercularia acolytantha, was thought to be extinct until work by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions discovered that several specimens of the species had been incorrectly identified and it is now known to exist in a number of locations. Further studies into the flora and fauna of Western Australia have resulted in two species of fauna and nine species of flora being added to the threatened species list. A major taxonomic review of the threatened shield-backed trapdoor spider, Idiosoma nigrum, resulted in the species being split into additional new species. Two of these species of trapdoor spider were added to the threatened fauna list as endangered species, while the original Idiosoma nigrum has been upgraded from vulnerable to the higher threat category of endangered. Eight species of flora were added to the list of extant threatened flora species as a result of targeted survey work that demonstrated those species met the international criteria for threatened species. These species were Acacia shapelleae, Bossiaea sp. Frankland, Eremophila glabra subsp. Scaddan, Hibbertia sp. Toolbrunup, Lasiopetalum sp. Mount Caroline, Lepidosperma bungalbin, Melaleuca sp. Wanneroo and Stylidium asymmetricum. Another plant species, Myriocephalus nudus, is only known from the original specimen collected by James Drummond, the first Government Botanist in Western Australia, in the early 1840s. The species appears to have grown in wet claypan areas on the Swan Coastal Plain, but has not been rediscovered despite intensive searching. This species has been added to the list of presumed extinct flora. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This annual review of Western Australia's threatened species list is crucial in our understanding of the plants and animals that need our attention. "Adding species to the threatened species lists ensures they are provided with added legal protection, and inclusion in flora and fauna recovery programs. "The review highlights the important work being undertaken by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to protect our native species through wildlife conservation programs such as Western Shield." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Healthway grants provide mental health support to WA’s LGBTQI community21529Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10520html19/02/2018 6:08:53 AM2018-02-19T06:00:00Z $140,100 in grants to benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community Funding grants aim to prevent suicide and the onset of depression and anxiety Grants affirm McGowan Government's priority to funding mental health services to help support higher risk Western Australians Tackling suicide by providing better mental health support will be the focus of two research grants, through State Government funding, to support Western Australia's LGBTQI community. Murdoch University has received a $70,050 Healthway grant for a mental health research project which aims to understand the mental health needs of those who identify as both Aboriginal and LGBTQI, and work with mental health services to better respond to their needs. Aboriginal and LGBTQI people face some of the highest rates of suicide compared to any other population groups in Australia. The Telethon Kids Institute will utilise an additional $70,050 grant from Healthway to adapt an online interactive game that shares key skills which aim to help prevent the onset of depression in transgender young people. Nearly 75 per cent of transgender youth in Australia have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety, and about half of them have attempted suicide. In Western Australia, there are thousands of transgender people aged 15-24 years old. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Evidence shows the LGBTQI community experience higher rates of mental health issues than the general population because of the perceived stigma. "The university research project will look at the experiences and diverse needs of Aboriginal LGBTQI people, and work with mental health service providers to help them better respond to the mental health needs of this community. "It is important that innovative and cost-effective tools and services are available to the LGBTQI community including young transgender people, to help them overcome barriers they face and improve their quality of life and mental wellbeing. "These programs - funded by Healthway - will build on the work the McGowan Government has underway supporting both LGBTQI and Aboriginal communities in mental health and wellbeing, including a two-year $282,000 pilot project to help prevent suicide among LGBTQI youth in regional areas and $18.2 million to secure the future of the State-wide Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Services." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Sport and recreation support to reach Every Club in WA21527Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11840html19/02/2018 4:00:07 AM2018-02-19T04:00:00Z Every Club program to expand support for WA community sport and recreation, State-wide New model will service all local government areas in the city and the regions, up from the current 18 per cent New website, learning and development programs, and networking opportunities for WA community sport and recreation clubs State Government support for grassroots sport and recreation clubs is set to be expanded across the State, with the new Every Club program to provide every single city and country club with access to club development resources. Sport and Recreation's existing model only services 18 per cent of Western Australia's 5,500 clubs, with two-thirds of local governments currently having limited or no access to club development resources. Every Club was established after feedback was sought from more than 700 WA clubs, 47 State Sporting Associations, and 92 local governments - as part of a process to determine how club development resources could be better delivered. The new program will provide a new website, learning and development resources, and networking opportunities for club volunteers across the State to access. It will also provide localised, flexible and responsive support to any community sporting or active recreation club that wishes to take part in the program. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "WA community sporting and recreation clubs are run by passionate volunteers who are always looking for ways to improve their clubs but don't always know where to start. "Every Club will provide every club in the State with access to best practice resources on how to make their club succeed. "The new Every Club program has come from community sporting club volunteers and local governments telling us what they need. We have responded to these ideas and will use the latest thinking and tools to deliver club development tools to the entire State. "Whether it is bookkeeping, how to run a club Facebook page, ideas for fundraising or any of the other hundreds of small tasks club volunteers want to master - Every Club will be a one-stop shop for anyone to access. "The existing program only reached 18 per cent of the State's sporting clubs, with about two-thirds of local government areas having limited or no access to resources. "Every Club provides resources that anyone can access, at any time, for the specific needs of their local club." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Singaporean agreement brings Transform Peel a step closer21523Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8190html19/02/2018 2:05:33 AM2018-02-19T02:05:00Z Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed to support development of an agri-innovation precinct in the Peel region Overseas investment in the Peel could drive new job opportunities and more diverse industries in the region A proposed agri-innovation precinct in the Peel region has taken a step forward, with a significant Memorandum of Understanding signed between the McGowan Government, Fund Singapore, Murdoch University and the Peel Development Commission. The MoU is a sign of overseas investor interest in the Peel, which will help to create new industries and job opportunities in the region. Deeper co-operation between the State Government, potential Singaporean investors and the academic sector will help to drive commercial agriculture opportunities in the Peel region and research and technology trials in intensive food and agriculture production, processing and value-add. Murdoch University's Singapore Centre for Research, Innovation, Productivity and Technology will lead and manage industry outreach and investment attraction to the precinct on behalf of Fund Singapore. An agri-innovation precinct forms part of the broader Transform Peel project, which includes the Peel Food Zone, Peel Business Park and Peel Integrated Water Initiative, designed to drive job creation and economic diversification in the Peel region. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We recognise that co-operation in agtech development, intensive food production and innovative start-up enterprises between Singapore and WA will contribute to the Peel and WA's economic competitiveness and adoption of innovation, as well as supporting Singapore's food security. "Closer ties with our Singaporean neighbours and the university sector will help to encourage investment into the Peel Business Park and Peel region. "The Peel has real natural advantages in food production and, through the Transform Peel project, we are confident we will see more diverse industries and more job opportunities in the region." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "This Memorandum of Understanding is an important step forward in the Transform Peel project, which will bring a significant number of job opportunities to the region. "The region is perfectly positioned to become the State's centre of agri-innovation, and it's great to see investor interest in the project already occurring." Minister's office - 6552 6200
One State with many voices - WA celebrates language diversity21522Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2940html19/02/2018 2:00:10 AM2018-02-19T02:00:00Z International Mother Language Day celebrated on February 21 McGowan Labor Government supports language learning in Western Australia Western Australian schools and community groups will be holding activities to celebrate International Mother Language Day on Wednesday (February 21). International Mother Language Day has been celebrated annually around the world since 2000 to promote speech and linguistic diversity, and to protect all mother languages. The date of International Mother Language Day was chosen to recognise Bangladesh's Language Movement Day, and WA's Bangladeshi community regularly hold events to mark the day. More than 240 languages are spoken in Western Australia - including Aboriginal languages - and 17.7 per cent of Western Australians speak a language other than English at home. The McGowan Government is committed to supporting language learning and maintenance through the mainstream schools and community language sector. The Community Languages Program, administered through the Office of Multicultural Interests, funds 50 community language schools, which teach 36 languages as well as an in-school insertion language program. The McGowan Government has also supported the Modern Language Teachers Association of WA to host a public event on February 21 at the State Library of Western Australia. More information about International Mother Language Day events can be found at http//www.omi.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Language is the key to our identity - it influences who we are, forms what we think and expresses what we say. "The McGowan Government recognises the importance and value of the diversity of languages spoken in this State, and is committed to maximising the benefits of language maintenance, teaching and learning for the benefit of the whole community." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Heritage champions honoured as finalists in WA Heritage Awards21519Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6720html19/02/2018 1:17:23 AM2018-02-19T01:00:00Z 25 individuals and heritage projects named as finalists in the 2018 Western Australian Heritage Awards Recognising our State's heritage helps create jobs in heritage-related tourism Regional projects dominate with 16 of the 25 finalists hailing from country WA Fremantle Town Hall, Claremont Railway Station and Cue Public Buildings, which houses the local Community and Visitor Centre, are among the finalists in the 2018 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The awards, now in their 26th year, recognise outstanding contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation. More information on the finalists can be found at https//stateheritage.wa.gov.au/awards Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "The announcement of the 2018 Western Australian Heritage Awards finalists today has shone a spotlight on the exciting heritage work being undertaken in regional Western Australia. "Regional projects have dominated the interpretation, heritage tourism, volunteer and local government categories in 2018, with 16 of the 25 finalists hailing from country Western Australia. "The number of regional projects and individuals, particularly in the tourism-related field, illustrate the important role heritage plays in creating vibrant, sustainable communities for the enjoyment of tourists and local residents. "The former Cue Post Office and Government Buildings has been rejuvenated as a popular Community and Visitor Centre through a thoughtful adaptive reuse project. The conservation work was done in consultation with the community and its restoration has delivered a community asset that has revitalised the town centre. "This year's finalists represent a diverse cross-section of volunteers, professionals, organisations, and projects that demonstrate a wide spectrum of heritage success stories across the State. "I congratulate all the finalists and wish them the best of luck at the 2018 WA Heritage Awards on March 23, 2018." Minister's office - 6552 5400 2018 Western Australian Heritage Awards - Finalists Voluntary Individual Contribution Ian Wilson, Manjimup Tom Wenman, Margaret River Professional Contribution One finalist Contribution by a Community-based Organisation Kings Park Guides North Midlands Project, Carnamah Northampton Friends of the Railway Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation Margaret River and Busselton Tourism Association Tradition Stained Glass & Leadlight, O'Connor Heritage Practices by a Local Government City of Bunbury City of Busselton Shire of Collie Interpretation Project Busselton Jetty Museum Jetty to Jetty Walk Trail, Broome Old Onslow Interpretative Signage Heritage Tourism Product Hotham Valley Railway, Peel region Kings Park Guided Walks Conservation of a State Registered Place Catherine McAuley Centre, Wembley House, 24 Ord Street, Fremantle Former Lyric Theatre, Bunbury Fremantle Town Hall Gwalia Museum Group (Gwalia Conservation Area) St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place Catherine McAuley Centre, Wembley Claremont Railway Station Cue Public Buildings (Government Buildings)
Safety first for Rotto swim crews21513Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4020html19/02/2018 12:36:37 AM2018-02-19T00:30:00Z State Government commitment to an iconic WA event Captains, spotters and paddlers exempt from Rottnest Island admission fees Refund available for those who paid in advance Support crews for this year's Rottnest Channel Swim will have their admission fees for the island waived. More than 5,000 swimmers and support crew are expected on the water for Rottnest Island's biggest event of the year. For the first time, captains, spotters and paddlers will be exempt from overnight ($24) and day-visitor fees ($18). The Rottnest Island reservations team is working with Channel Swim organisers to refund any prepaid admission fees. For more information on the Channel Swim, visit http//www.rottnestisland.com/whats-on Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The Rottnest Channel Swim is an iconic community event and one of the busiest days of the year on the island. "Nearly 4,000 crew provide vital safety and support services to swimmers, with many spending all day on the water. "We are pleased to recognise their contribution to the Channel Swim and the wellbeing of competitors, other crews and spectators." Minister's office - 6552 5600
International exhibition to be welcomed with a day of cultural festivities21512Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4130html19/02/2018 12:30:39 AM2018-02-19T00:00:00Z The Art Gallery of Western Australia's (AGWA) major international exhibition opens on February 24, 2018 with a Florentine Festival Day AGWA is the only Australian venue for the exhibition, A Window on Italy - The Corsini Collection Masterpieces from Florence First time the Corsini family's collection has travelled outside Italy Exhibition is rich in Renaissance and Baroque paintings On Saturday (February 24), the Art Gallery of Western Australia will welcome masterworks from the private art collection of the Italian noble family, the Corsinis, to WA. In its only Australian showing, the exhibition, A Window on Italy - The Corsini Collection Masterpieces from Florence will open with a day of celebration featuring Italian music, food and drink, traditional dance, puppet theatre, and an insight into the exhibition. The exhibition features Renaissance and Baroque paintings by renowned Italian artists including Botticelli, Caravaggio and Pontormo. Also on display will be decorative items and objects from the Corsini family's home, the Palazzo Corsini, on the banks of Florence's Arno River. Corsini family members will attend the official opening on Thursday, February 22 and the ticketed exhibition opens to the public on February 24. Tickets are on sale at http//www.artgallery.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "As the only Australian venue of this extraordinary exhibition, A Window on Italy - the Corsini Collection will provide a cultural and economic boost for Western Australia. "The exhibition has attracted strong private philanthropic support to bring the exhibition to Perth, highlighting that there is a keen desire for a thriving arts and culture scene in Western Australia. "I am delighted to welcome Countess Livia Sanminiatelli Branca and Countess Elisabetta Minutoli Tegrimi Piegaja to Western Australia for the opening of this major international exhibition. The opening day event will provide a fantastic celebration of this exhibition arriving in Perth, and offer a vibrant look at Italian culture, here and abroad." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Draft code targeting FIFO mental health open for comment21511Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5120html19/02/2018 12:24:05 AM2018-02-18T23:00:00Z McGowan Government releases draft fly-in fly-out (FIFO) code of practice Code provides guidance on protecting workers' mental health Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston has launched a draft code of practice to help promote and maintain the mental health of FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors. Developed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors code has been released for public comment. It was created following recommendations from the Legislative Assembly Education and Health Standing Committee's report on the impact of FIFO practices on workers' mental health. The draft code of practice uses a risk assessment process to identify potential psychosocial hazards and factors, and helps protect mental health in the workplace. Western Australians have until Thursday April 19, 2018 to comment on the code. For more information, visit http//www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Consultation-16497.aspx Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "Creating a mentally healthy workplace not only benefits the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce but builds trust and respect, and enhances an organisation's reputation. "The draft code aims to provide companies that employ FIFO workers with guidance on managing mental illness at work. "Consultation has been an important part of developing the draft code and I encourage Western Australians to provide comment on the draft document. "Tragically, on average, one Western Australian takes their life every day, which is why the McGowan Government is committed to driving change in mental health, and improving workplace health and safety." Minister's office - 6552 6700
New powers to help police follow the money trails of criminals21510Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3890html19/02/2018 12:14:35 AM2018-02-18T22:30:00Z Increased powers to help police detect and disrupt activities of methamphetamine traffickers and other criminals Amendments to give police a better chance to freeze profits before they are moved offshore Changes bring WA into alignment with other Australian police jurisdictions The McGowan Government is strengthening police powers to disrupt the activities of criminal syndicates by hitting them where it hurts - their hip pockets. The Financial Transaction Reports Amendment Bill 2018 will give police greater powers to detect organised crime, money laundering and other criminal activities. The changes bring WA in line with other Australian States, which gave their State police forces these powers some years ago. Under current Federal legislation, all Australian banks are already required to report cash transactions of $10,000 or more, and other suspect transactions, to the Commonwealth regulator, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre. These new amendments give the WA Police Force greater powers to compel Australian banks to provide police with additional information relating to those transactions. This will better equip police to conduct financial-based investigations in an effort to detect organised crime, money laundering and other criminal activities. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "This is another powerful tool for police in the fight against methamphetamine and other illicit drugs. "It's one which could have and should have been brought in sooner, but instead the former Liberal National Government chose to do nothing. "These powers will help police both detect drug syndicates and other criminals, and give them a better opportunity to freeze profits before they are moved offshore. "Money is at the heart of the insidious meth trade so disrupting the cash flow of traffickers, hits them where it hurts." Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "This legislation enhances the current capability of WA Police to target money laundering. "Money laundering investigations currently rely on third party collection and dissemination of financial information, and other onerous and limited procedures to obtain documents and intelligence. "These amendments strengthen the ability of WA Police to conduct more proactive, financial-based investigations to detect the illegal activities of criminals. "They form just one part of the McGowan Labor Government's efforts to bring to justice criminals involved in money laundering, fraud and the importation of drugs into WA." Police Minister's office - 6552 6900 Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
West Pilbara Plan: Working together with Roebourne21509Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6150html19/02/2018 12:06:06 AM2018-02-18T22:00:00Z New approach to dealing with deeply entrenched community issues by working with Roebourne to support victims, families and communities to heal and rebuild Suite of initiatives for Roebourne including safe houses, a men's shelter and stronger links between education and job training The State Government is working closely with Aboriginal elders and community members to finalise the West Pilbara Plan, which will help address intergenerational disadvantage and child sexual abuse in and around the town of Roebourne. The plan builds on 18 months of community led work, including a local initiative called '6718 Advantage' to better support children and families in Roebourne. Under the plan, the State Government has committed to focus collective action on six priority areas More support for children, carers and families A safer community for children Tackling alcohol and drugs Greater engagement in school and work Healing the community Reprioritising government contracts and services A number of community identified projects and initiatives have already been endorsed by Government for action, including The establishment of a residential facility to support family and cultural healing; The establishment of 10 supported safe houses in and around Roebourne; Specialised Alcohol and other Drug services for children and youth; Upskilling local service providers and community members on abuse and trauma identification, referral processes, protective behaviours and effective interventions; More youth activities at nights, on weekends and during school holidays; Realigning the community night patrol (which focuses on adults) to now focus on youth; Establishing a Roebourne Men's Shelter to allow women and children experiencing domestic violence to stay in their home and encourage men to access support; and Industry training and job pathways for local people. Comments attributed to Child Protection, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "When finalised, the West Pilbara Plan will demonstrate a new way of dealing with deeply entrenched community issues. It is about government and the community walking side by side, to make sure children are safe, healthy, getting to school and have a connection to their culture. "That process has started but will take many years to complete. To show goodwill, the State Government has already committed to support projects and initiatives that the Roebourne Aboriginal community has been asking for over a decade, such as a dedicated men's shelter and a one-stop shop for family services in the town. "We need to do this with the community of Roebourne, not to them - we know that a government imposed response will never be as effective as one owned by the community." Minister's office - 6552 6600
New heart of the city on track to open next month9678Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10000html18/02/2018 5:59:36 AM2018-02-18T04:00:00Z Yagan Square to open to the public from 11am on Saturday March 3, 2018 Final tenants and new contract with Screenwest confirmed World-class destination showcases Noongar culture Yagan Square - the new heart of Perth - will open to the public on the March long weekend. The opening day entertainment will include traditional Whadjuk performances, music, children's entertainers and other roving performers. Bunuru Welcome, a community celebration named after the Noongar season for February-March, will also be held from March 23-25 featuring live performances of music and dance, and will provide an opportunity to explore Perth's newest destination. Final food and beverage tenancies are leased while final landscaping, site preparation, commissioning and cleaning are being carried out over the coming weeks. Ahead of the opening, the State Government has also finalised a three-year contract with Screenwest to program and operate the 45-metre digital tower. Screenwest will draw on their extensive library of content and partnerships with national and international producers and filmmakers to curate, program and operate the digital tower and canopies. An emerging and established artist program is also being developed to provide bespoke creative works for the screen and canopies. Further tenancies have now been confirmed, with donut bar Lena Lu set to bring its Italian bomboloni donuts to Yagan Square while Primal Pantry will open a second CBD store offering clean eating breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The final tenancy overlooking the upper level amphitheatre is a casual dining collaboration by Kevin Ofperkuch of Bunbury Farmers Market and Paul Vanderplancke of Cantina 663. The fresh food offering is farm to plate with a strong focus on South-West produce and food providence. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "Yagan Square is a stunning showcase of Noongar culture that also reflects the very best of Western Australia's wider culture, landscape and produce. "Located between the Perth Train Station and Perth Busport, Yagan Square will become an important hub providing an exciting meeting place for the thousands of passengers that will pass through this precinct every day. "Yagan Square has also provided hundreds of jobs during planning and construction, exciting opportunities for new small businesses and will help support the McGowan's Government's $425 million investment to grow tourism." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Forrestfield-Airport Link tunnel to Airport Central on track9676Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8540html18/02/2018 3:45:26 AM2018-02-18T03:00:00Z METRONET on track with tunnel boring machine (TBM) Grace reaching 1.5km Both TBMs expected to break through at Airport Central Station in coming months Local WA jobs created at concrete batching plant and construction sites Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today inspected the Forrestfield- Airport Link rail tunnels, walking the new one-kilometre underground tunnel bored by TBM Sandy. The TBMs have covered a combined length of 2.5 kilometres and are expected to arrive at Airport Central Station in the coming months. TBM Grace began tunnelling last August, and is travelling an average of 26 metres per day. The second TBM, Sandy, began tunnelling in October 2017 and is one kilometre into the second tunnel. As the TBMs progress, 54,000 locally made concrete segments will be installed to line the seven-metre diameter tunnels, creating the tunnel walls. More than 16,000 of the concrete segments have already been locally manufactured at a purpose-built facility near the project site in Forrestfield. About 2,000 jobs will be created over the life of the project, including in the manufacturing and construction industries. Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link is a key part of the McGowan Government's METRONET plan, creating a 20-minute direct link between the eastern foothills and the central business district - as well as the wider public transport network - via the airport. The project is jointly funded by the State and Federal governments. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link is a key part of my Government's METRONET plan to connect Perth's suburbs and ease congestion. "METRONET will provide an innovative public transport system that will invigorate communities and create thousands of local WA jobs. "We are committed to delivering on our election commitment to create more WA jobs and a rolling stock strategy to grow our State's capacity to build METRONET railcars locally." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Forrestfield-Airport Link will open up the Perth foothills, providing a new option for the community to access the CBD, Perth Airport and wider public transport network. "The METRONET team has been planning land use opportunities around Forrestfield and Redcliffe Station to create well-connected communities within the station precincts. "The next major milestone will be when the first TBM reaches Airport Central Station in the next month or so." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Responsible sale, supply and consumption key driver in wave of liquor reforms19864Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4620html17/02/2018 3:17:42 AM2018-02-17T01:30:00Z Minimising alcohol-related harm key focus of liquor reforms to be introduced in State Parliament next week Changes seek to prevent further proliferation of large liquor barns The McGowan Government is forging ahead with delivering on its commitment to reduce alcohol-related harm in the community, with the introduction of liquor reforms that will prevent further proliferation of liquor barns across the State. Together with the changes to create a more relaxed and enjoyable drinking culture, the Liquor Control Act 1988 will be amended so the licensing authority will not approve an application if a proposed liquor store is bigger than a prescribed size and is located within a set distance from another large outlet. The proposed size and radius will be outlined in the regulations by the Director of Liquor Licensing to allow flexibility in different areas of the State. The changes will also prevent an application for a liquor outlet to be granted if it can already be met by existing businesses in the locality. The provisions will also apply to any licence that authorises the sale of packaged liquor to the public in a retail setting including liquor stores, hotels, taverns and some special facility licences. Applications to alter or redefine a licensed premises where a licensee is seeking to increase the area where packaged liquor is sold will also be subject to the new provisions. Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia "We know the impact that liquor barns can have on the community and the McGowan Government is committed to encouraging responsible attitudes and practices in sale, supply and consumption of liquor. "Currently almost every suburb in WA is inundated with liquor stores selling packaged liquor, sometimes at extremely cheap prices. Community groups have concerns that consumers are surrounded by over 10 liquor stores within a short driving distance. "Our proposed changes will prevent further proliferation of large liquor barns across the State by refusing applications for stores larger than approximately 400 square metres, within a radius of around five kilometres from other outlets. "This amendment supports the objective of the Act to minimise alcohol-related harm in the community while also transforming Western Australia's tourism and hospitality industry by providing more opportunities for small businesses." Minister's office - 6552 5600
New era for StudyPerth to attract international students and create WA jobs19863Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11340html16/02/2018 11:02:03 PM2018-02-16T23:00:00Z Prominent international education executive Rod Jones appointed StudyPerth chairperson StudyPerth is the peak body promoting WA as a destination for international students to boost the economy and create jobs McGowan Government committed to implementing International Education Strategy Premier Mark McGowan has today welcomed the appointment of prominent and well-respected international education executive, Rod Jones as the new chairperson of StudyPerth. Mr Jones has more than 45 years' experience in education, and co-founded Navitas, one of Australia's biggest international education providers, more than 20 years ago. He will retire as chief executive officer and managing director of Navitas in June 2018. StudyPerth is Western Australia's peak body for promoting the international education sector and receives about $1.3 million in State funding each year. A key part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs, $2 million has been allocated over five years to develop an International Education Strategy to grow and diversify the knowledge economy. The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation is currently working with StudyPerth members to finalise the International Education Strategy. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We are ushering in a new era for StudyPerth, to bring more international students to WA and create more jobs for Western Australians. "StudyPerth has undergone many changes in the past year to ensure it is best equipped to attract international students and deliver the best student experience in our beautiful city. "Mr Jones is a passionate advocate for Western Australia, and I can think of no-one better suited to steer our State's peak body for international education. "A key part of our Plan for Jobs, the State Government has allocated $2 million to develop an International Education Strategy to grow and diversify the knowledge economy. "The McGowan Government is committed to growing this important, job-creating sector to benefit all Western Australians." Premier's office - 6552 5000