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Grant to help Kimberley mothers and babies8818Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 7:19:09 AM2015-10-09T07:15:00Z​$144,679 Lotterywest grant to the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services LimitedFor purchase of two vehicles to help in the delivery of a maternal health strategyStrategy aimed at preventing micro-nutrient malnutrition and iron deficiency in infants Kimberley mothers and babies will gain greater access to a new maternal health program thanks to the purchase of two new 4WD vehicles through a Lotterywest grant. Premier Colin Barnett presented the $144,679 grant in Broome today to the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited, which will deliver the program along with the WA Country Health Service. The two vehicles will be used by child health nurses and midwives to roll out the three-year program across the Kimberley. Mr Barnett said the vehicles were vital to ensure the program was able to reach as many mothers and infants as possible, regardless of their geographical location. "The Kimberley covers an area more than 400,000 square kilometres, and with many of its population located in remote parts, it can be challenging for the nurses to travel to all areas safely," he said. The maternal health program will address the issue of micro-nutrient malnutrition and iron deficiency anaemia. These issues are associated with severe medical and developmental problems and affect about 50 per cent of mothers and 60 per cent of breastfed young infants in Aboriginal communities. "With more than half the infants in the Kimberley region affected by these issues, it's vital this program is accessible to all mothers and infants across the region," the Premier said. The program, which has been developed in collaboration with Aboriginal leaders and health practitioners, will be implemented in clinics across the Kimberley, as well as other specific communities, to enable access for all mothers. Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited and the WA Country Health Service have partnered with The University of Western Australia to deliver the strategy as a research project, with learnings and outcomes used to inform the strategy's future wider implementation across the State. Fact FileThe Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Limited is a major employer in the Kimberly, with Aboriginal people representing more than 70% of its 400+ workforce Premier's office - 6552 5000
New facility in South Hedland for homeless youth8816Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 6:05:04 AM2015-10-09T06:00:00Z​New units in South Hedland to accommodate homeless youthYouth Involvement Council to deliver support services from the new facility South Hedland's homeless youth will benefit from two new purpose-built housing units officially opened today by Child Protection Minister Helen Morton. Opening the units, Mrs Morton said the State Government's $3 million contribution to the construction of crisis accommodation in South Hedland and the provision of further funding for its operation demonstrated a commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable West Australians. The new self-contained onsite units will provide transitional accommodation for young people aged 18 to 25. The facility already provides 24 hours a day, seven-day-a-week crisis accommodation for up to eight young people, aged 15 to 25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The accommodation is managed by the Youth Involvement Council's Youth Accommodation Program. "The construction of the facility was a collaborative partnership between the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, the Housing Authority, Lotterywest and the Youth Involvement Council," the Minister said. "The council also delivers accommodation and support services from the facility to help young people address the issues that caused their homelessness." The council's Lawson Street site is also currently being redeveloped to become the Youth Involvement Council's headquarters and is due for completion in April 2016. Fact FileThe new facility is located at 9 Corbet Place, South HedlandAbout 70% of young people accessing the Youth Accommodation Program are AboriginalIf you are homeless or know of a young person who is homeless or are at risk of homelessness, contact the Youth Accommodation Program on 9140 1668 Minister's office - 6552 6900
$4 million means bright future for child research8812Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 2:43:45 AM2015-10-09T02:30:00Z​Third round of Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund15 projects share $4 million in child health research grantsNew grants stream designed to support projects that build research capacity Telethon and the State Government have today awarded a record $4 million in grants to 15 research projects for child and adolescent health. They range from studies into the effectiveness of robotic equipment for improving the mobility of children with cerebral palsy, to parent-mediated therapy for infants deemed at risk of autism or developmental delays. Health Minister Kim Hames said the third round of grants under the Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund were funded by $2 million each from the State Government and Telethon. He congratulated Telethon on its success in promoting and supporting Western Australian researchers. "Since we established these grants together in 2012, Telethon has done a fantastic job in driving awareness about child research and health, and the beneficiaries are ultimately the children and young people of WA," Dr Hames said. "The findings of these latest projects will provide us with information vital to improving the quality and relevance of patient care for young people in this State." In the first two years of the program, grants supported short-term research projects involving child and adolescent health issues in WA. This year a second stream of grants has been incorporated into the program, providing funding for strategic projects that improve research capacity in the sector. The establishment of a centre to analyse linked data is one of three projects receiving grants under the new capacity-building strategic research stream. Successful researchers were chosen by an expert steering committee from a field of 73 applications covering a wide range of disciplines. The latest grants range from $114,000 to $473,000. The fund is a collaboration of the Department of Health and Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Since the fund's establishment in 2012, the department and Channel 7 Telethon Trust have each contributed $5 million. Fact FileGrant program established as part of the 2012 Telethon AppealFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300 Stream 1 Short-term Research Projects​​Co-ordinating Principal InvestigatorCo-ordinating Principal Investigator's institutionProject Title Professor Keven BattyCurtin UniversityDrug assays from dried blood spots A novel method to measure drug concentrations in children and neonates UWAAssociate Professor Julian HengUniversity of Western Australia/ Harry Perkins Institute of Medical ResearchEstablishing a functional genomic analysis platform to study how genetic mutations cause childhood brain disorders and intellectual disabilityDr Matthew KempUniversity of Western Australia Flurofamide, a novel intervention for preterm birthDr Rishi Sury KotechaTelethon Kids Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital Identifying novel, effective and translatable drugs for high-risk infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia Dr Shailender MehtaFiona Stanley HospitalRandomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial of probiotics in pregnancy and its effect on group B streptococcal colonisationMrs Dayna PoolPrincess Margaret Hospital iStride project for improving the mobility of children with cerebral palsyDr Andre SchultzTelethon Kids Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital The characterisation of the early cystic fibrosis airway surface micro-environment in order to develop strategies for the delay of disease onsetProfessor Stephen StickTelethon Kids Institute/ Princess Margaret Hospital Inhaled dry powder sub-micron sized particles of Ca-EDTA as adjunct to standard antibiotic inhaled therapies for treatment of chronic bacterial biofilm infections in children with cystic fibrosis Winthrop Professor Andrew WhitehouseTelethon Kids Institute A randomised controlled trial of a parent-mediated therapy for infants at increased risk for autism or developmental delayProfessor Fiona WoodUniversity of Western Australia/Fiona Stanley HospitalChronic immune suppression in paediatric burn survivorsWinthrop Professor Florian ZepfUniversity of Western Australia/ Princess Margaret HospitalTreatment of Adolescents with Depression A pilot study on predictors for treatment responseDr Guicheng (Brad) ZhangCurtin UniversityThe discovery of biomarkers for predicting oral food challenge outcomes in children with baked egg or peanut allergy Stream 2 Strategic Research Initiatives​​Coordinating Principal InvestigatorCoordinating Principal Investigator's institution Project titleDr Andrew CurrieMurdoch UniversityEstablishing the National Phenome Centre - Advanced Screening, Diagnostics and Precision Medicine for WA's infants and children Dr Rebecca GlauertTelethon Kids Institute Centre for Linked Analytics and Social Policy Professor Susan PrescottTelethon Kids Institute/University of Western Australia The ORIGINS Project A Healthy Start for a Better Future
Extra servings give sweet taste to Great Southern8811Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 2:09:19 AM2015-10-09T02:00:00Z​State Government funds popular food and wine event until 2018Almost 9,000 attendees at 70 events during Taste Great Southern 2015Key component of recently announced Taste 2020 food and wine strategy Food and wine fans are set to enjoy more mouth-watering delights at Taste Great Southern after the popular culinary festival secured State Government funding for the next three years. The annual event comprises more than 70 activities that celebrate the lifestyle, premium food and award-winning wine of Western Australia's Great Southern region. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the Government was proud to support the event through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions. "Over the past 11 years, Taste Great Southern has grown into one of the State's top food and wine festivals and our sponsorship until 2018 means the event can grow, secure attractions and plan ahead," Dr Hames said. "Taste Great Southern is an incredible showcase of the region's world-class cuisine with almost 9,000 attendees this year enjoying festivals, markets, degustation dinners, celebrity chefs, beach barbecues, master classes, cooking demonstrations and performances. "The event's success shows that Western Australia is maturing into one of the world's foremost culinary tourism destinations, which is supported by the Taste 2020 Food and Wine Strategy released last month." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would continue to encourage visitors to discover the rich experiences offered in regional WA. "Tourism is crucial to the Western Australian economy and has many facets, creating social and economic prospects for people who live and work in the regions," Mr Redman said. "Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and well-established events like Taste Great Southern are a strategic asset for our State. "Supporting events such as Taste Great Southern helps us add vibrancy to regional towns." Fact FileTaste Great Southern will be held in March and April 2016More information on Taste 2020 is available at the Tourism WA websiteTourism generated $8.7b in visitor spend in the 2014-15 financial year; the strategy is to increase that to $12b by 2020Royalties for Regions supports the Regional Events Program with $80m over eight years For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Heartfelt stories highlight mine safety message8807Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 1:31:35 AM2015-10-09T01:00:00Z​Roadshow to visit eight centres across the StateVideo series emphasises height hazards Personal stories from families affected by workplace accidents will feature in this year's Mines Safety Roadshow, as the Department of Mines and Petroleum joins with industry to promote further positive cultural change across the mining sector. Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the roadshows were among the department's most important proactive events for mines safety. "The roadshows are an opportunity to meet personally with mines inspectors and network with like-minded people interested in better safety outcomes for Western Australia's mining operations," Mr Marmion said. "This year's event includes a special screening of the second instalment in the Know Your Hazards video series, including heartfelt messages from people affected by mine site incidents." The 2015 videos focus on falls, which remain a major cause of mining industry injuries and fatalities. "These videos help workers better understand some of the risks they face and will put them in a much better position to recognise and control these hazards," the Minister said. "You can only protect yourself against harm if you know what can harm you." The program for the 2015 roadshow reflects findings of the recently released Serious Injury Review, which identified three main hazards facing all mine workers These are falling while working at heightbeing hit by falling objectsbeing struck or crushed by machines or heavy components. "Events like this provide important stepping stones on the journey to our aspirational goal of zero harm in WA's resources industry," Mr Marmion said. "Attending these roadshows indicates people's passion and commitment to improving Western Australian mines safety." Fact FileThe roadshow starts in Geraldton on Tuesday, October 13, then heads to Newman, Karratha, Port Hedland, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Mandurah, before finishing in Perth on Friday November 6, 2015The events are free, with mine site managers, supervisors, safety and health representatives encouraged to attendFor booking and event information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
Infrastructure grants open doors to access8806Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 1:03:12 AM2015-10-09T00:25:00Z​$673,422 in grants to support community access and inclusion23 community infrastructure projects funded across WA People with disability across the State will benefit from 23 grants worth $673,422 announced this week by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton. Among the grant recipients is disability arts provider DADAA, which will receive more than $40,000 in this latest round of the State Government's Community Infrastructure Grants program. The money will be used to buy equipment that delivers live verbal commentary at plays, concerts or other events via personal headsets. Mrs Morton said the grant to DADAA was a great example of how the program supported the Government's Count Me In strategy to improve community access and inclusion for people with disability. "Once the equipment has been purchased, it will be able to be taken it anywhere and installed at almost any venue," she said. "The grants, which are delivered through the Disability Services Commission and range from $4,380 to $55,000, are for high-priority, disability specific projects that meet community needs and will have a positive impact for people with disability. "They include a broad range of projects, such as installation of ramps, accessibility upgrades to parks and recreational centres and the installation of an accessible toilet. Six grants were provided for the installation of automatic doors in buildings such as post offices and community centres." The Shire of Capel will receive $55,000 to install a bird's nest swing and other play equipment for a new all-abilities playground in its new civic precinct. The grants are administered by the Western Australian Local Government Association. Projects will start shortly and be completed by April 2017. Fact FileThe Community Infrastructure Grants program reflects the Government's Count Me In vision that all people live in welcoming communities which facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyoneFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900 Community Infrastructure Grants recipients.pdf
Fishers get the big one in latest grants8801Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 12:34:33 AM2015-10-09T00:10:00Z​$864,755 in grants to support community inclusion22 arts and recreation projects funded across WAProjects extend opportunities for people with disability Fishing, festivals and family activities will be more accessible for people with disability through the distribution of $864,755 in community grants announced by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton this week. Mrs Morton said the second round of the State Government's Community Inclusion and Participation grants would support 22 projects that extend opportunities for people with disability to take part in arts, recreation and business activities. "The grants range from $5,600 to $55,000 and include some new approaches to old pastimes that were previously difficult for everyone to enjoy," she said. Anglers with disability in Perth, Mandurah, Albany and Busselton will have access to a new electronic rod casting system, which aims to improve their chances of a catch. The 'fishability caster' supports people with physical disability by throwing out the fishing line and reeling it back. "Grants were also made to programs that support children with disability in recreational bicycle riding, audio description and access tours for arts," Minister Morton said.. "Further areas to get funding included, cultural activities for people who are blind, vision impaired or deaf-blind, and a library of modified musical instruments. "The grants aim to improve access and inclusion across the community, and are another way the State's Count Me In strategy is being implemented across Western Australia." Projects supported by the grants, which are administered by VisAbility, begin this month and will be completed by April 2017. Fact FileThe Count Me In vision is that we all live in welcoming communities which facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyoneFor more about grants and their recipients, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6900 Community Inclusion and Participation Grants recipients.pdf
Hope for rare marsupial on new island home8799Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml9/10/2015 12:08:42 AM2015-10-09T00:00:00Z​New population of dibblers established on Gunton Island near Esperance Twenty-nine dibblers have been released on a remote island off the State's south coast as part of a project to establish a new population of the endangered carnivorous marsupial. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the 28 Perth Zoo-bred dibblers and one wild-born dibbler were flown to Esperance last weekend before being transported by boat to 95-hectare Gunton Island in the Recherche Archipelago. "This is a significant step forward in growing the number of dibblers in the wild," Mr Jacob said. "Gunton Island is free of feral predators and has the right type of habitat to support the species. A dibbler is a small marsupial with coarse brown-grey fur, about 15 centimetres long and weighing less than 100 grams. It has distinctive white eye-rings and a tapering hairy tail. They are very agile animals and, despite spending much of their time on the ground, often climb bushes to lick the nectar from flowers "There are five established populations of dibblers elsewhere in Western Australia, including four with populations of fewer than 50 animals each. We are in the early stages of establishing two more populations. Creating another safe haven for this species is vitally important for its long-term survival," the Minister said. Up to 150 captive-bred dibblers will be released on Gunton Island over the next two years as part of a collaborative project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Perth Zoo, with funding from South Coast Natural Resource Management. The released animals are monitored by Parks and Wildlife. At the time of European settlement, dibblers were only known to exist in western and southern coastal regions of the State. The species was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered at Cheyne Beach, east of Albany, in 1967. "Dibblers have declined from their original range largely due to predation by cats and foxes and reduction and degradation of habitat," Mr Jacob said. "The State Government is working hard to protect the wild populations in Fitzgerald River National Park on the south coast and on offshore islands near Jurien Bay as well as the other populations we have established." Dibbler conservation is supported by baiting for foxes and feral cats under the wildlife recovery program Western Shield. The State Government is implementing feral cat baiting using the Eradicat® bait, which is supported by $1.7 million in Australian Government funding. Fact FileListed as 'Fauna that is likely to become extinct or is rare' under the Western Australian Wildlife Conservation Act, and endangered under the Commonwealth Government's Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999Populations have been established at Fitzgerald River National Park; Boullanger, Whitlock and Escape islands at Jurien Bay; and the proposed Peniup nature reserve west of Bremer BayOther populations are being established at Waychinicup National Park east of Albany and Whiteman Park in Perth's north-east Minister's office - 6552 5800
Grant for vehicles to support irrigation trial8794Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 6:05:24 AM2015-10-08T04:40:00Z​Lotterywest grant of $116,000 to the Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation Vehicles to support training and work opportunities for the Mowanjum community A Lotterywest grant of $116,000, presented today by Premier Colin Barnett to the Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation, will fund the purchase of two vehicles to support an irrigation pilot project near Derby. The irrigation trial is a joint research partnership between the State Government and Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation and will investigate intensive grazing methods on Mowanjum Pastoral Station. The $3.6 million project is part of the State Government's Water for Food program, funded through Royalties for Regions, aimed at increasing economic growth and regional employment. Mr Barnett said the purchase of these vehicles would provide opportunities for increased participation in the trial by members of the Mowanjum community. "These vehicles will support the delivery of this important project by providing transportation to the station for community members who are involved," he said. Until now access to vehicles has been limited in the remote Aboriginal community. The acquisition of two dedicated vehicles will allow the project to operate more efficiently by ensuring transportation for people and equipment is available at all times. The Premier said the project would have long-lasting benefits for the Mowanjum community by providing opportunities for employment, as well as training and education. "The project has the potential to provide the community with significant social and economic benefits and these vehicles will make it easier for community members to participate in the trial," he said. A significant milestone for the project was realised in August with water now flowing through the recently installed centre pivot irrigator, which was officially commissioned on Tuesday by Water Minister Mia Davies and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman. The project is expected to be completed by June 2018. Fact FileWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more about Lotterywest grants, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
Western suburbs school planning underway8792Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 3:02:49 AM2015-10-08T03:00:00Z​Preferred sites revealed for a new secondary school in Perth's west Extra capacity to be investigated at surrounding secondary schools Four possible sites for a new secondary school in the City Beach area have been identified, as Western Australia's public schools continue to experience unprecedented growth. Education Minister Peter Collier said State Cabinet had signed off on a strategy to 'ease the squeeze' at some of Perth's biggest secondary schools. "We've become a victim of our own success," Mr Collier said. "Shenton College, Churchlands Senior High School and Mount Lawley Senior High School have experienced massive enrolment growth, and our public schools have increased their market share for the past five years." The Department of Education has begun negotiations to secure the required land for a school to accommodate 2,000 Year 7 to 12 students. Among the options are Skyline Drive-In site/former City Beach High School sitevacant land at Fred Burton Parkvacant land on the corner of The Boulevard and West Coast Highwayvacant land on the corner of Rochdale and Wollaston roads. "We will build a world-class secondary school," the Minister said. The department will also begin planning to expand Shenton College and Mount Lawley Senior High School. Funding of $38.8 million has already been allocated to expand Churchlands Senior High School by 2018. This follows a $10.7 million expansion that opened last year. "Perth is a growing city and our schools must grow with them,' Mr Collier said. Fact FileShenton College has about 1,900 students, Churchlands Senior High School has about 2,300 and Mount Lawley Senior High School has about 1,500 studentsThere will be a shortfall of 4,000 secondary places by 2026 if nothing is doneCity Beach High School was in extremely poor condition when it closed in 2005 with only 140 studentsFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6300
New additions to Western Power board8781Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 1:36:58 AM2015-10-08T01:35:00Z​Vicki Krause and Sharon Warburton appointed to Western Power board The State Government has approved the appointment of two new members to the Western Power board - Vicki Krause and Sharon Warburton. Energy Minister Mike Nahan said Ms Krause and Ms Warburton bring a wealth of knowledge from their experience with large Western Australian-based businesses. Ms Krause served as legal counsel at Wesfarmers for 25 years, seven of those as Chief Legal Counsel. "Ms Krause's extensive career with Wesfarmers, combined with her regulatory and commercial expertise, will be an asset to Western Power as it transitions from the Economic Regulation Authority to the Australian Energy Regulator," Dr Nahan said. Ms Warburton is the executive director of Strategy and Finance at Brookfield Multiplex and serves on the boards of Fortescue Metals Group, Curtin Business School - Asia Business Centre and the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. "Ms Warburton has extensive experience in change management and driving leadership and cultural change which will be beneficial to Western Power as it moves through a business performance review," the Minister said. "Western Power has evolved over the past decade to become a more efficient customer focused business and I have no doubt Ms Krause and Ms Warburton will be instrumental in the continued improvement of the organisation." Ms Warburton and Ms Krause replace outgoing directors Paul Underwood and Sue Wilson. Dr Nahan recognised the significant contributions Mr Underwood and Ms Wilson have made to the network service provider. "I sincerely thank them for sharing their expertise and knowledge with Western Power," he said. Fact FileSharon Warburton was awarded the 2014 WA Telstra Business Woman of the YearVicki Krause completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business SchoolThe new appointees will join recently appointed chairman Colin Beckett and directors Greg Martin and Peter IancovWestern Power is a State Government-owned corporation committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to more than one million customers across a network area of 255,064sqkmFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
WA nickel successes promise long-term value8780Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 1:11:51 AM2015-10-08T01:00:00Z​Minister congratulates industry on project diversityFinal call for Exploration Incentive Scheme Round 12 Diverse exploration targets and prospective developments augur well for the future of Western Australia's nickel industry, according to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion. Mr Marmion officially opened the Australian Nickel Conference, being held in Perth today, and said despite commodities market headwinds, many analysts believed nickel prices would turn the corner next year. "The lower Australian dollar and the continuing export ban by Indonesia are forecast to improve nickel's fortunes, putting WA's explorers and miners in a positive position." The Minister singled out the Nova project in the Fraser Range, east of Norseman, as a 'superstar' performer. "Nova is expected to begin operating late next year with plans to produce 26,000 tonnes of nickel, 11,500 tonnes of copper and 850 tonnes of cobalt a year," he said. "It is a resounding vindication of the money the State Government has invested in the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) and its flagship Co-funded Drilling Program. "By the end of June 2017, we will have allocated $130 million since the scheme started in 2009, supporting a host of explorers, including Rox Resources, Panoramic Resources and Sirius Resources, which discovered Nova." Rox Resources has built on its 2012 discoveries at Mt Fisher East with high-priority nickel prospects Sabre and Cutlass, while Panoramic Resources has upgraded its East Kimberley Savannah project and discovered a high-grade nickel zone at Lanfranchi in the Goldfields. "Meanwhile, at Kambalda, Mincor Resources NL has boosted the life of its Miitel mine with discovery of the northern Burnett lode," Mr Marmion said. "It's also pleasing to see activity in new and underexplored areas such as Cassini Resources Ltd workover of the Nebo-Babel nickel deposits in the West Musgrave region." The Minister said applications for the latest round of the EIS Co-funded Drilling Program, valued at up to $4.5 million, close on October 16, 2015. "This important program has offered more than $50 million to 551 projects, with over 430,000 metres drilled and resulting in at least 20 significant discoveries," he said. Fact File183,083 tonnes of WA nickel worth $3.2 billion was produced last financial year$78.5 million was spent on WA nickel exploration during that time Minister's office - 6552 6800
Innovative 1960s office building heritage listed8767Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html8/10/2015 12:14:15 AM2015-10-08T00:00:00Z​Former Co-operative Bulk Handling building, West Perth included in State Register of Heritage PlacesThe award-winning building was one of the first to use concrete sunshades One of Perth's first solar passive designed commercial buildings, a 1968 West Perth multi-storey office building, has been State heritage listed. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the former Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) building was one of the first in Western Australia to use concrete brise-soleil (sunshades) to reduce the sun's glare. "This building was built at a time when Australian architects began to use technical and creative innovation to design buildings that challenged ideas of traditional architecture," Mr Jacob said. Architects began to incorporate external design elements such as horizontal projecting slabs over the large glass windows. "The CBH building was one of the first to use concrete brise-soleil to influence internal building temperature," the Minister said. "The north-facing sunshades tilt downwards to inhibit summer sun through the double-glazed and heat-absorbent windows, while the south-facing shades tilt upwards to encourage natural light into the building." The building, overlooking Harold Boas Gardens, received a Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Bronze Medal Award citation in 1969. It was subsequently included in the 1988 RAIA World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture. Designed by prominent Perth architectural firm Summerhayes and Associates, it was constructed for the Western Australian farmers' Co-operative Bulk Handling, which occupied the building until 2003. Other State Registered buildings designed in the late 20th Century international-style include the WA Police Service Complex (1965) and Beatty Park Leisure Centre (1962). "The inclusion of a contemporary office building on the State Register reminds us that heritage is not just about older buildings," Mr Jacob said. "It is about places that represent the history and development of this State, including technical innovation." The Minister said the building's owner Warrington Property was planning refurbishments, including the installation of a rooftop pavilion. Fact File For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
On the buses as Rottnest wheels out upgrades8759Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements170html7/10/2015 11:48:10 PM2015-10-07T23:45:00Z​ADAMS awarded 10-year lease to operate bus and train services on Rottnest IslandFour air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible buses to be added to the fleetRevamped service to start November 1, 2015 For the first time, all vehicles on the popular Rottnest Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off service will be air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible, thanks to a new arrangement between the State Government and private transport operator, ADAMS. Tourism Minister Kim Hames said he was pleased that the Government, through the Rottnest Island Authority, was able to grant the 10-year lease to an award-winning company with more than 30 years' experience in the industry and a clear commitment to service. "ADAMS has a proven track record in providing quality tours and transport with a focus on environmental responsibility, safety, fun and passenger comfort," Dr Hames said. "For a holiday island such as Rottnest, that approach to any service provision is essential. Businesses also have to be cost-effective, sustainable and understand visitor needs." The Minister said transport services would be extended and improved under the agreement, with more vehicles and services to cope with peak summer demand. "Four air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible buses will be added to the fleet ready for the high-demand tourism period over the summer holidays," he said. Dr Hames said that ADAMS also valued the knowledge and experience of current permanent and casual staff delivering tours and transport services on Rottnest. "I'm delighted the experience and passion of current staff has been recognised. ADAMS has undertaken to provide opportunities for all so they can continue to share their knowledge and love of the island, its heritage and its ecosystem," he said. The Minister said all buses in the ADAMS fleet on the island would be equipped with air-conditioning ready for the start of services from November 1, 2015 and existing buses without air-conditioning would be decommissioned. ADAMS is expecting to increase capacity and transition to a newer fleet of ecofriendly vehicles for Rottnest Island over the next three years. ADAMS will also operate the train tour and the complementary shuttle bus that services accommodation around the settlement. Fact FileADAMS was awarded Gold in the 2014 WA Tourism Awards 10-year lease arrangement with ADAMS includes five-year options to extendPrivate investment part of the Rottnest Island Management Plan 2014- 2019For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Guildford Road improvements target black spot8758Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements170html7/10/2015 11:43:11 PM2015-10-07T23:00:00Z​$3.6 million upgrade at a busy Bayswater intersectionProject will improve safety and reduce traffic delays One of Perth's busiest intersections - Guildford Road at Tonkin Highway in Bayswater - is undergoing a $3.6 million upgrade, Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced today. The project, which started last week, involves widening Guildford Road on the northern side to make room for a new eastbound through-lane to improve traffic flow. Acting Road Safety Minister John Day said the project, funded by the 2015-16 Road Trauma Trust Account, would take up to six months to complete. Extra right-turn pockets will be provided for traffic entering and exiting Tonkin Highway, to reduce the number of accidents. Left-turn lanes will be extended to reduce queuing of traffic. The work includes improvements to traffic signalling, upgraded pedestrian facilities and street lighting, new overhead signage and new guardrails. "Tonkin Highway and Guildford Road play a vital role in the local road network and are strategic routes for local, freight and tourist traffic," Mr Nalder said. "Upgrading these intersections will significantly improve safety and efficiency for all road users." It is part of the State Government's plan to provide an integrated transport network, reduce congestion and improve safety. Fact FileAbout 53 crashes occurred at Guildford Road/Tonkin Highway northbound on and off ramps from 2010 to 2014About 126 crashes occurred at the Guildford Road/Tonkin Highway southbound on and off ramps from 2010 to 2014 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400 Guildford Road.pdf
Life's a beach at stunning regional Telethon home8756Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements300html7/10/2015 11:30:10 PM2015-10-07T22:10:00Z​Four-bedroom, two-bathroom home for sale at idyllic Dalyellup Beach Estate Located only seven minutes from the entertainment, restaurants and great shopping of BunburyAuction this weekend The 2015 Regional Telethon Home, south of Bunbury, is now on the market thanks to a joint venture between the State Government and Satterley Property Group. Located at 70 Gutmann Parkway, Dalyellup, the home is built on land donated by the developers Dalyellup Beach, an incorporated company established by the Housing Authority and Satterley Property Group. Many contractors on the project - including the builder WA Country Homes - donated their services. Housing Minister Colin Holt said the Dalyellup Beach Estate was an ideal location for the 2015 Regional Telethon Home. "The estate is located on the coast and features 50 hectares of parks and gardens and 25 kilometres of bikeways and walking trails," Mr Holt said. "It also has its own 150ha section of preserved Tuart Forest." The home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and spacious living areas and has been designed to suit its location. The heart of the home is a gourmet kitchen with a separate, fully appointed scullery. The home accommodates a private adult wing with a master bedroom and private retreat, while the remaining three bedrooms are located in the wing on the opposite side of the home, each with direct access to a central activity room. Construction started in April of this year and is now complete. "As a joint venture partner in Dalyellup Beach, the State Government is pleased to support Telethon's long-standing and outstanding work," the Minister said. "The buyer will not only inherit a stunning new home but help some of Western Australia's most vulnerable children." Fact FileThe home is open for inspection from 1pm-5pm this weekend or by appointment with Summit Realty in BunburyIt is due to be auctioned on Sunday, October 11, but is for sale prior to auction Minister's office - 6552 6100
Renovations at Albany campsite to take flight8754Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements300html7/10/2015 11:21:08 PM2015-10-07T22:00:00Z​$93,577 grant to upgrade kitchen and dining facilities at Gilcreek Scout Camp Youth and community groups will soon enjoy a revamped kitchen and dining facility at a popular campsite 12 kilometres north of the Albany CBD. Known as the 'Flightdeck', the building at Gilcreek Scout Camp will undergo a $93,577 upgrade courtesy of the State Government's Gaming Community Trust. The grant has been made to Scouts WA, which manages the camp. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the Flightdeck building was in desperate need of renovations. "At the completion of the works, the facility will provide a safe and clean environment for use by future generations," Mr Holt said. The grant will be spent upgrading the kitchen and dining facility, including the removal of old, unsafe and unserviceable cladding materials; and recladding the interior and exterior of the building. New timber doors will also be installed and the current window frames replaced with aluminium for durability. The Flightdeck was originally constructed at Busselton Airstrip for use during WWII before serving as the departure lounge at Albany Airport until the late 1980s. It was then transported to its current Norwood Road site. The Minister said many groups from regional and metropolitan areas, including universities, church and school groups, used the Gilcreek site. "This upgrade will make the experience of those groups a whole lot more enjoyable," he said. The renovations will be carried out by Ironmonger Building Company, Albany. Scouts WA is a community-based, not-for-profit and registered charitable organisation which has more than 7,500 members. Fact FileMoney from the Gaming Community Trust is derived from unclaimed winnings in WA as well as gaming operations at Crown Casino PerthThe trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community Minister's office - 6552 6100
Agreement opens new doors for WA agriculture6034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3800html7/10/2015 7:07:11 AM2015-10-07T07:00:00Z​Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement presents new agriculture export opportunities for WA across the fast-growing Asia-PacificThe 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries make up about 40% of global GDP The successful conclusion to negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) this week is great news for Western Australia's agriculture sector. Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston has welcomed the Australian Government announcement on the landmark agreement. "With about 33 per cent, or $15 billion, of Australia's agricultural exports going to TPP countries in 2014, this regional trade agreement could open up new export opportunities for Western Australian farmers," Mr Baston said. "Apart from reducing tariffs in many of our existing markets, this may open a few more doors in the highly competitive global agrifood market - particularly in the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region, with its rising middle class." The Minister said many companies across Australia, and in the other 11 countries covered by the agreement, would already be looking for potential opportunities resulting from this partnership. "Researching new export markets and developing potential business contacts can be time consuming, so it's important to start looking for new business right now," he said. "Export markets are vital for our agriculture and food sector, and the State Government is committed to providing market and trade development support for Western Australian agribusiness." Mr Baston said the new agreement would eliminate more than 98 per cent of tariffs in the TPP region - which covers about 40 per cent of global GDP - removing import taxes on about $9 billion of Australian trade. The Liberal National Government supports trade opportunities for agrifood businesses through the Department of Agriculture and Food and its overseas network of Trade and Investment Offices. Fact FileThe TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and VietnamLast year, one-third of Australia's total goods and services exports - worth $109 billion - were sent to TPP countriesImproving on the results from the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, the TPP will reduce tariffs on Australian beef to nine per centWA's agrifood exports in 2014-15 were valued at $7.8 billion Minister's office - 6552 5400
Longer road trains approved for the Pilbara6030Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5580html7/10/2015 5:20:45 AM2015-10-07T05:00:00Z​WA to trial the longest road trains in AustraliaThe 60m Super Quads, made in WA, are set to boost productivity The longest road trains in Australia have been granted State Government approval to start operating in Western Australia's Pilbara. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the road trains were longer but safer than any seen on Australian roads before, with a prime mover and four trailers, spanning 60 metres. As a three-month trial, they will travel on a section of Great Northern Highway, between Munjina-Roy Hill Road and Utah Point, Port Hedland. "These vehicles are known as Super Quads and we have committed to an Australian-first trial of these roads trains to operate in the Pilbara region," Mr Nalder said. They have undergone - and passed - rigorous safety assessments to ensure they are safe to operate on public roads. "Even though they are longer, these are state-of-the-art vehicles with improved safety and superior handling compared to the standard 53.5m road trains, the longest currently allowed on our roads," the Minister said. The first two state-of-the-art vehicles have been manufactured by WA trailer manufacturers, Bruce Rock Engineering and Howard Porter, to transport iron ore and other minerals for Process Minerals International and QUBE Bulk. Though capable of higher speeds, the road trains will be limited to 90kmh, allowing easier overtaking by other vehicles and ensuring superior on-road performance. Mr Nalder said the trial provided the mining industry with greater productivity and lower operating costs, reduced the number of vehicles on the road in the long-term and introduced a safer vehicle. The trial will assess impact on the road infrastructure and other road users, such as pavement assessments, traffic data, community surveys and on-road monitoring. The vehicle combinations will be assessed by a panel of the Road Safety Commission, local government, WA Police, Main Roads and the caravanning industry. Fact FileThe vehicles are equipped with electronic braking systems, stability controls and in-vehicle telematics to monitor the vehicle's operationThe telematics ensure drivers do not deviate from the approved route or exceed 90kmh Minister's office - 6552 6400
Joondalup victims volunteer recognised6026Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2240html7/10/2015 4:35:36 AM2015-10-07T04:30:00Z ​A sense of humour and calm demeanour has won Carramar resident Paul Mattin the Department of the Attorney General's highest volunteering honour, the 2015 Bert Harris award. Attorney General Michael Mischin today presented Mr Mattin with the annual award, which honours volunteers who give outstanding support to victims of crime. Mr Mischin said Mr Mattin had been an extremely dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer at the Joondalup Family Violence Service for nine years. "Paul has shown humble leadership in helping and supporting a broad range of clients, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal backgrounds," he said. "Mr Mattin demonstrates sensitivities to gender issues, showing awareness to the different needs of clients. He has a great sense of humour and puts people at ease due to his quiet, respectful manner. "Clients say Paul is like a grandfather figure, who remains calm and promotes an accepting, non-judgemental attitude which makes them feel welcome. "He is an excellent team player, respectful, maintains boundaries and is extremely willing to be flexible with his availability to support the Joondalup Family Violence Service." The Attorney General also commended the other nominees for the award, including Janet McCauley (Secret Harbour), Rae Willis (Yokine), Mar Knox (West Leederville), David Gorham (Jane Brook) and Patricia Hill (Bedford). The award is named after Bert Harris, a long-time former volunteer with the department's Victim Support and Child Witness Service, which support both adult and child victims of crime, as well as witnesses to criminal activity. Attorney General's office - 6552 5600