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$3 million project to help futureproof hospital28823Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 5:50:21 AM2016-10-20T05:30:00Za ​More convenience for Osborne Park Hospital patients, visitors and staff 300 extra parking bays to meet projected demand Liberal National Government election promise A $3 million investment to extend the Osborne Park Hospital car park to 800 bays will play an important role in supporting the healthcare facility's potential growth. Marking the start of construction of the 300-bay extension today, Health Minister John Day said the car park expansion was a Liberal National Government election promise and would benefit patients, visitors and staff. "This is an important step towards futureproofing the hospital," Mr Day said. "On-site parking has been a challenge for some time, with visitors often forced to park off-campus in neighbouring streets, causing congestion issues for local traffic. "The additional 300 bays will be ideally positioned for staff and visitor access and will keep ahead of predicted parking demand, in line with projected population and service increases." The movement of some elective surgery and outpatient clinics from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to Osborne Park has also necessitated extra parking. The WA Health Clinical Services Framework 2014-2024 (CSF) proposes an increase in the level of some existing specialities at Osborne Park Hospital from their current levels. "Already, up to 1,500 babies are born at the hospital each year," the Minister said. "But gynaecology, neonatology and obstetrics are proposed to rise from the current Level 3 to Level 4 services, along with an expansion of the range of services to include those found in a standard metropolitan general hospital by 2024." The hospital has a stroke rehabilitation unit and delivers extensive outpatient services, with specialised clinics for Parkinson's disease, treatment for falls and memory evaluation. Mr Day said Osborne Park Hospital was currently meeting demand for its clinical services. "But under the CSF system, this is continually revised as changes in models of clinical care and the community's healthcare needs are assessed," he said. Fact File About 13,000 patients are admitted to Osborne Park Hospital each year, with 6,000 receiving elective surgery Osborne Park Hospital services conduct 91,000 outpatient appointments each year Two more birthing suites were built at the hospital two years ago, taking the total to six Completed in 2015 under a National Partnership Agreement, the $22 million surgi-centre provided two new operating theatres, additional recovery bays, an expanded sterilisation department, a pre-admission clinic, an endoscopy suite and a new surgical outpatients department Minister's office - 6552 6200
Trainees sow seeds of success at Broome plant28820Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 4:20:43 AM2016-10-20T04:20:00Za Mamabulanjin trainees gain agricultural skills and experience at a native tree seed bank at the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Corporation also providing first-hand experience to trainees from Mowanjum Station about how to harvest Rhodes grass Water Minister Mia Davies recently met with trainees at a native seed bank in Broome which uses recycled water to grow native species for land restoration projects across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Ms Davies said the Liberal National Government, through the Water Corporation, had partnered with the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to offer Aboriginal trainees aged 17-24, the opportunity to work at the MAC seed bank to gain valuable experience and contribute to TAFE qualifications. The Minister said it was the first time recycled water from a Water Corporation wastewater treatment plant had been used to grow native trees. "The trainees have helped to establish thousands of native trees on land made available by the Water Corporation, and are gaining valuable experience and skills in horticulture and operating small machinery," she said. "It is fantastic to see this progress, as well as the creation of employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people in Broome." Seedlings of species including Salwood, Black Wattle and Gubinge are grown in more than 17 hectares of land adjacent to the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant. Some of these plants are endemic and at risk of becoming endangered. The plantation uses 'savanna enrichment,' a method that combines traditional techniques and modern horticulture which can be replicated across many areas of the Kimberley. The Minister said land at the wastewater treatment plant was also used to grow a crop of Rhodes grass, with additional trainees travelling from Mowanjum Station near Derby, to help with the harvest under the guidance of experienced Water Corporation operators. "As this is the same type of crop grown by the Water Corporation in Broome, the experience gained by Mowanjum trainees during this harvest will help contribute to the success of the trial in Derby," she said. Fact File The Water Corporation uses recycled water from the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant to irrigate Rhodes grass, which is harvested as stock feed and sold to local cattle stations About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes grass each year Mowanjum trainees travel to Broome every 6-12 weeks to take part in the Water Corporation's Rhodes grass harvest Minister's office - 6552 5500
State Agreement secures jobs and fuel supplies28819Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 4:01:35 AM2016-10-20T04:00:00Za ​BP's Kwinana State Agreement to be extended until 2050 Long-term jobs and fuel supplies secured Agreement conditions to improve existing community benefits The Liberal National Government has secured long-term jobs and fuel supplies for Western Australia through extension of the State Agreement covering BP Australia's Kwinana oil refinery. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government and BP had agreed to extend the agreement for 30 years, to be reviewed in 2050. "The BP refinery is a major employer in the south metropolitan area, providing jobs for more than 700 people," Mr Marmion said. "BP's Kwinana refinery is a vital strategic asset for Western Australia, supplying a substantial volume of the State's fuel requirements including essential aviation fuel to Perth Airport. "This agreement extension will give BP the certainty required to make future investment decisions, with more than $80 million in maintenance activities planned, and further investments currently under consideration." BP and the State Government have executed the variation agreement, which includes a number of new clauses to modernise the current State Agreement. "These clauses include requirements for BP to develop local industry participation plans, and submit regular local content reports," the Minister said. "This places extra local responsibility onto BP and provides added security to the livelihoods of West Australian workers and their families." Legislation enacting the changes was introduced today into State Parliament. Fact File BP's Kwinana refinery operates under the Oil Refinery (Kwinana) Agreement Act 1952. The Agreement was due to expire in 2020 The refinery was the founding operation in the Kwinana industrial area, and produces six million tonnes of refined fuel each year Fuel from Kwinana is also supplied to Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales Minister's office - 6552 6800
Fine defaulters in regional WA targeted28815Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 12:35:26 AM2016-10-20T00:00:00Za Liberal National Government extends the clampdown on fine and infringement defaulters to regional and remote WA Measures to include car seizures, licence plate removal and wheel clamping Tough measures designed to force hardcore fine and infringement defaulters to pay their debts will be extended further across the State. Attorney General Michael Mischin today announced the Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields-Esperance, and Great Southern as the regions which would face the increased measures. "This encompasses large regional centres such as Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Albany and Esperance and all of the smaller towns within those regions," Mr Mischin said. "Serious defaulters in these areas who have more than $2,000 in unpaid infringements, or who have substantial court fines, now face wheel clamping or the seizure of their cars and the removal of their licence plates. "Data captured by the Sheriff indicated that the most common place for the cars of fines and infringement defaulters to be detected is at shopping centre car parks, train stations and the casino. "This suggests that some of these offenders have enough money to travel, and gamble, and to drive while their licence is suspended, and they are deliberately choosing not to pay the money they owe the community of Western Australia - and that is just not good enough." The Attorney General said the tougher measures had been progressively rolled out in the metropolitan area, Peel and the South-West since 2013. Naming and shaming of the top 100 fine and infringement defaulters already applied State-wide. "Boosting the roll-out will be a new network of numberplate recognition cameras, one of which has already been used on a trial basis in Perth, Peel and the South-West to scan cars in busy areas such as shopping centres, train station car parks and the main street of country towns," Mr Mischin said. "The expanded camera network is another weapon in our arsenal to track down persistent fine defaulters, who often try to avoiding wheel clamping or vehicle seizure by parking a few streets away from home or at local shops." Fact File The more stringent enforcement measures were made possible through amendments in 2013 to the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Airline agreement continues to benefit regions28814Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 12:29:04 AM2016-10-19T23:30:00Za Deed of agreement extended for Northern WA air routes until mid-2018 Agreement maintains current service levels Regional communities in northern Western Australia will continue to receive regular air services to and from Perth, following the extension of Skippers Aviation's deed of agreement on air routes for Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and the Northern Goldfields until July 1, 2018. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the local communities would maintain their current level of service, with Carnarvon to receive 10 flights a week, while Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields regional towns would receive four and three flights a week respectively. "Since 2011, Skippers has operated on these regulated routes under deeds of agreement with the State, and despite declining passenger demand, they have been able to maintain a set level of service over the years," Mr Marmion said. "Skippers' strategy of using different sized aircraft with 50, 36, 30 or 19 seats, allows the airline operational flexibility to respond to passenger number variations." The Liberal National Government would continue to monitor demand and market conditions on the Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields routes, and will consider recommended options from the Department of Transport regarding long-term decisions on the routes in late 2017. The Northern Goldfields air routes include services between Perth and the regional towns of Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Wiluna. The existing deed arrangements on the routes have been extended for a further 12 months beyond their previous expiry date. Fact File The Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields routes are regulated by the Department of Transport Skippers' deed of agreement on the routes was due to expire on June 27, 2017 and has been extended until July 1, 2018 Flights can be booked via the Skippers website or through a local travel agent For more information about Skippers Aviation, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
National park for Wheatbelt wildlife hotspot28813Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 12:21:13 AM2016-10-19T22:30:00Za Dryandra Woodland becomes the first national park in the Wheatbelt region One of Western Australia's most important areas for wildlife conservation, Dryandra Woodland near Williams, is set to become the Wheatbelt's first national park to ensure it remains a safe haven for wildlife and a major nature-based tourism destination. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new national park was a part of the Liberal National Government's commitment to conserving Western Australia's natural assets. "Dryandra Woodland is the largest remaining remnant of Wheatbelt woodland that provides a sanctuary for 10 threatened species, including one of the few remaining wild populations of woylies, numbats and tammar wallabies," Mr Jacob said. "We are already working to protect the woodland's natural values, with a 1,000-hectare feral predator-proof enclosure due to be completed by the end of the year. This will safeguard threatened species, alongside cat and fox baiting under the Department of Parks and Wildlife's flagship Western Shield wildlife recovery program." The Minister said the Gnaala Mia campground opened in Dryandra in June as part of the four-year, $21.05 million investment in the Parks for People initiative, and the woodland was also home to the Barna Mia sanctuary where visitors could interact with wildlife up-close at night. "Just a two-hour drive from Perth, Dryandra Woodland is already a major drawcard for wildlife enthusiasts, campers and bushwalkers, so it is clear that this is a very special place that needs to be protected for generations to come," he said. "Dryandra National Park will be a valuable addition to our existing network of 100 national parks, in addition to our recent announcement that we will be creating the Abrolhos Islands National Park in the Mid-West." Mr Jacob said the recent replacement by the Liberal National Government of archaic wildlife legislation with the modern Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 would further protect threatened species in Dryandra. Fact File Dryandra Woodland is home to about 100 bird species, 50 reptile species and 24 mammal species The woodland had more than 52,000 visits in 2015-16 Minister's office - 6552 5800
Rae brings sunshine into lives of crime victims130202Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3800html19/10/2016 3:04:24 AM2016-10-19T03:00:00Za ​Volunteering champion recognised for work with victims of crime Compassion and respect for victims of crime has led to Yokine resident Rae Willis winning the Department of the Attorney General's highest volunteering honour, the 2016 Bert Harris Award. Attorney General Michael Mischin today presented Mrs Willis with the annual award, which honours volunteers who give outstanding support to victims of crime. "The department regards Mrs Willis as the gold standard of volunteers," Mr Mischin said. "She has a calm and comforting presence and is at ease when dealing with victims who are distressed and upset." Mrs Willis is a longstanding volunteer, having previously worked with Meals on Wheels, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Friends of the Institute for Child Health Research before joining the Victim Support and Child Witness Service in 2013. The award is named after the late Bert Harris, a long-time former volunteer with the department's Victim Support and Child Witness Service, which supports both adult and child victims of crime, as well as witnesses to criminal activity, as they go through the court process. The Attorney General also commended the other nominees for the award, including Christine Westphal (Crawley), Janet McCauley (Secret Harbour), Mar Knox (West Leederville), Paul Mattin (Carramar) and Patricia Hill (Bedford). Fact File For more information, visit http// Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Lotterywest aids new dog adoption centre130198Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4830html19/10/2016 2:10:27 AM2016-10-19T02:10:00Za ​Premier officially opens the new Adoption and Education Centre at the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park Lotterywest grant of $1.2 million supported construction of the building Premier Colin Barnett has officially opened the new Adoption and Education Centre at the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park. The new building is the most significant project undertaken by the Dogs' Refuge Home in the last 30 years and will provide for greater management, support and care for dog welfare needs in Western Australia. The 650sqm new building will house a reception area, daily accommodation for staff and volunteers, space for adoption assessments, substantially increased office and storage facilities and an education centre to support responsible dog care and ownership. Mr Barnett said the building would enable the organisation to run more efficiently by providing significantly improved accommodation and a central support system for the general public, staff and volunteers. "While the organisation already cares for 150 unwanted and abandoned dogs at any one time and re-homes 1,400 dogs annually, the new building will allow for an additional 100 dogs to re-homed in its first year of operation, with this figure expected to increase in subsequent years," the Premier said. "The adoption centre will offer a safe and accessible place for the public to meet the dogs and for adoption assessments to be conducted; while the education centre will deliver an increased suite of education programs promoting responsible dog ownership and the improved care and welfare of companion dogs." The Dogs' Refuge Home is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1935, making it one of the oldest animal welfare organisations in Australia. It employs 30 staff and is supported by a team of more than 300 volunteers. The new Adoption and Education Centre is part of a major redevelopment project by the Dogs' Refuge Home which will deliver improved facilities such as new kennel blocks, a laundry and dog kitchen. The total cost of the building was $1.35 million, with Lotterywest contributing $1.2 million and the Dogs' Refuge Home contributing the remainder. Fact File Construction for the building started in March and ended in October The new Adoption and Education Centre's 650sqm of floor area will house significantly improved accommodation for the general public, staff and volunteers In 2015-16, Lotterywest distributed $281.41 million to beneficiaries Premier's office - 6552 5000
Western Australia's gold standard in fisheries130197Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html19/10/2016 2:08:05 AM2016-10-19T02:05:00Za 95 per cent of WA's fisheries are assessed as sustainable Recreational and commercial fishing/aquaculture are worth about $1.6b annually Fisheries Minister Joe Francis today welcomed the latest Department of Fisheries scorecard on Western Australia's aquatic resources, which reinforces the State's reputation for ecologically sustainable fisheries management. "The assessment confirms that we are a global leader in fisheries management which is reflected through the adoption of independent third party certification, using the gold standard Marine Stewardship Council," Mr Francis said. "At a time when many fisheries around the world are over-exploited or depleted, WA has a 95 per cent success rate in sustainably managing our fish resources. "For the remaining five per cent, these fisheries have been largely affected by environmental factors, and in some case, by fishing pressure. Active management strategies are in place to secure their recovery as early as possible." Speaking today at a special breakfast for fisheries stakeholders, the Minister confirmed WA's commitment to developing aquaculture opportunities to make the most of the State's environmental advantages. "Investment-ready zones for aquaculture businesses will help grow that sector," he said. "The Kimberley Aquaculture Development Zone is already in place, development of a new Mid-West zone is well advanced and Liberal National Government funding has been announced for setting up another zone on the State's South Coast. "Our expanding aquaculture will help deliver Western Australia a new stream of export opportunities to build on the $570 million, the State already earns annually from our commercial fisheries and aquaculture products, including pearls." Mr Francis said that as well as exports, the WA economy benefited from the contribution of more than 750,000 people who enjoy recreational fishing each year - another reason why good fisheries management was so important. Fact File Check the latest scorecard on the State's fisheries at http// 86 per cent community support for WA's aquatic resources management objectives View the State's 'eco ticks' for fisheries sustainability at http// Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA’s first Alcohol Interlock Scheme to start130196Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3760html19/10/2016 2:00:10 AM2016-10-19T02:00:00Za Three companies contracted to supply the alcohol interlocks Alcohol interlocks come into effect on October 24, 2016 The Liberal National Government has contracted three alcohol interlock suppliers which will install, monitor and maintain the devices, in a first for the State. Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey was today shown a demonstration of the alcohol interlocks which will be installed and used in Western Australia. "Drink driving offenders need to be aware of the impost of having an alcohol interlock condition being added to their licence - it is costly and a great inconvenience," she said. Ms Harvey announced three companies had been contracted to supply the alcohol interlocks which would be installed, monitored and maintained at various locations across the State. The devices would be fitted to vehicles once drivers had been granted an interlock restricted driver's licence and would remain in place until drivers had demonstrated a minimum of six months of alcohol-free driving. "Serious and repeat drink drivers must pay to have the alcohol interlock device installed at an approved service provider," the Deputy Premier said. "Vehicles will also have to be presented to a service provider every month for the performance data to be monitored, at the cost of the interlock driver." The scheme would capture first time offenders convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol content of or above 0.15) and repeat drink drivers who have been convicted of two or more drink driving offences (blood alcohol content of or above 0.05 or 0.02 for P-platers) within a five-year period. "As part of our commitment to address the root cause of drink driving, offenders who breach the scheme will also have to undergo alcohol assessment and treatment," Ms Harvey said. "A vehicle can only be started if the driver provides a sample of 0.02 or less, however they will be required to re-test during the journey." The Deputy Premier said the alcohol interlock scheme was funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account, which was made up of speed and red light camera fines. Fact File An alcohol interlock will cost the offender about $1,600 for a six-month period Alcohol Interlocks will be supplied in WA by three companies Guardian Interlock Systems Pty Ltd, Draeger Safety Pacific Pty Ltd Interlock and Ajen-Smart Start Alcohol is a factor in about one-quarter of fatal crashes and one in 10 serious injury crashes on WA roads Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900
More top WA school leaders to head for Harvard130193Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5360html19/10/2016 1:31:15 AM2016-10-19T01:30:00Za ​Top principals urged to apply for leadership program with Harvard University Up to 20 Independent Public School principals to join program in 2017-18 Exceptional Western Australian principals have a new opportunity to learn from world-leading education experts at Harvard University. Education Minister Peter Collier said up to 20 principals would join the Independent Public School Principals' Fellowship Program 2017-18. "I'm delighted this program is back for another year, so some of our best principals can bring enhanced knowledge and leadership skills back to their schools," Mr Collier said. The principals will head to Boston in July next year for a specifically designed summer school delivered by pre-eminent international educators and researchers. "When they return, principals will continue learning with a three-month online course and each will carry out a short-term change project to improve education in their school communities and across public education," the Minister said. Once principals complete all elements of the program, and subject to the Director General's acceptance, they become Independent Public School Fellows. Mr Collier said the 2017-18 program would follow the inaugural program in 2016-17 which has 20 principals taking part. "Principals already in the program tell me that it is a unique experience that has seen them reflect intensely on their leadership and how they can improve their skills," he said. "In Western Australia, we are developing principals of the highest calibre." Fact File Applications close on November 4, 2016 Successful principals will be announced on November 30, 2016 In 2017, there will be 524 Independent Public Schools across WA For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6300
Laying the foundations for good design in WA130192Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7260html19/10/2016 1:00:16 AM2016-10-19T01:00:00Za New policies to guide the design of the built environment in WA Public consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Natural light, ventilation and green spaces are key aspects of the draft apartment design policy which will help guide construction of well-designed apartments in Western Australia. Planning Minister Donna Faragher today released the draft policy, which is now out for public comment, as part of DesignWA, an initiative to elevate the role of design in delivering quality places and spaces. "As we adapt to living in areas of greater density, good design will have a positive influence on our suburbs, making our buildings more liveable, sustainable and efficient," Mrs Faragher said. "The draft policy for apartment design goes further than the appearance of a building; it guides how internal spaces function which is essential when designing sustainable, liveable homes. "The correct orientation of a building and the placement of windows not only have health benefits, they also have the potential to reduce the cost of heating, cooling and lighting. Good design can also help protect the value of apartments into the future. "Through DesignWA, we are proposing changes that will offer greater flexibility for developments to respond to local neighbourhoods and to innovate. They will also provide a consistent benchmark for local government and help remove local design policies that are no longer needed." About 380,000 of the new homes needed to accommodate a population of 3.5 million by 2050 will be delivered through appropriate infill, particularly near activity centres and public transport. The Minister said demographics in WA were changing and people were thinking about the benefits of apartment living as an alternative housing option. "While there are some very good examples of well-designed apartments, there are some trends in the market that are not ideal," she said. "What we build now will be with us for many years, so we must get it right. I encourage everyone to have their say on this very important discussion." Mrs Faragher said design review at the local government level was critical to properly apply the new apartment policy, and a draft Design Review Guide had also been released. "More than half of metropolitan local governments have panels or are establishing one, with many providing valuable local expertise to planning staff and proponents," she said. "The wider introduction will ensure expert advice is provided early in the development process." Fact File DesignWA is a collaboration between the Western Australian Planning Commission, Department of Planning and the Office of the Government Architect DesignWA also includes the draft State Planning Policy for Design of the Built Environment, draft Design Review Guide and draft Design Skills discussion paper Draft apartment policy will update the Residential Design Codes for multiple dwellings Apartments are typically defined as dwellings that are built on top of each other and range from small, medium and large developments, depending on the location For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Virtual emergency department now in Yalgoo130178Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2920html19/10/2016 12:43:14 AM2016-10-19T00:00:00Za Life-saving Emergency Telehealth Service now at 76 sites across WA More than 1,200 patients per month using telehealth State-wide Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Residents in and around the Mid-West town of Yalgoo now have access to better emergency health services thanks to the Liberal National Government's country telehealth initiative. Health Minister John Day said Yalgoo Health Centre had become the 76th site to gain access to the Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), an initiative significantly improving access to specialist medical support in rural and remote health services across Western Australia. Mr Day said the WA Country Health Service's ETS program provided a virtual emergency room for patients and staff. "This is a potentially lifesaving innovation with an impressive track record of improving medical outcomes in the treatment of seriously injured or unwell patients," he said. "The Yalgoo system proved its worth on its first day in use when a clinical nurse was assisted with a diagnosis for a patient with severe stomach pain. "As a result, she was able to eliminate the possibility of appendicitis and refer the patient to Geraldton Hospital as a non-emergency case." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased to see another Royalties for Regions milestone. "The service has grown far and wide since its original implementation in the Wheatbelt," Mr Redman said. "The State Government's investment in essential services in one region has benefited vast areas of the State, which have been able to access a service originally implemented thousands of kilometres away at little extra cost." The ETS began as a pilot program at eight Wheatbelt sites in 2012 under the Southern Inland Health Initiative. It has expanded to 76 sites as far afield as Broome in the Kimberley and Collie in the South-West. Fact File More than 1,200 patients per month are being treated using the ETS The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care in WA history For more information, visit http// Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Public feedback still open on transport plan130177Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8640html19/10/2016 12:36:57 AM2016-10-18T23:00:00Za More than 400 public submissions received Transport plan prepares Perth for a population of 3.5 million Public consultation for the Liberal National Government's Transport @ 3.5 Million - the Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million people and beyond - closes next week. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said more than 400 public submissions had been received on the plan since its launch on July 29, 2016. "The Department of Transport has received a very big number of submissions from a wide variety of stakeholders within the community," Mr Marmion said. "We have also briefed more than 20 metropolitan local government and industry groups over the consultation period. "We are pleased with the feedback to date, however, we are encouraging other groups and individuals in our community to take the opportunity to have their say on what we aspire our city to look like." The Perth Transport Plan is designed to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million people and beyond. "Planning for transport options to accommodate an additional 1.4 million people will help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world," the Minister said. Transport agencies, the Department of Transport, Main Roads Western Australia and the Public Transport Authority will consider the feedback, as well as changes made to the Western Australian Planning Commission's Perth and Peel@3.5million land use plan following the Perth Transport Plan launch. The final plan will be reviewed and approved by the Minister for Transport before being made publicly available. Fact File To view the Perth Transport Plan and have your say, visit http// or email Submissions close on October 28, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6800
Grants promote support for suicide prevention130176Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4700html19/10/2016 12:10:18 AM2016-10-18T22:00:00Za $200,000 for new round of suicide prevention grants Grants for community-based initiatives promoting peer support and mentoring Includes Aboriginal led programs that encourage cultural healing, and programs supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community The Liberal National Government today announced $200,000 for a new round of suicide prevention grants to promote community-based initiatives. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell encouraged organisations from across Western Australia to apply for grants of up to $20,000 each, for programs aimed at increasing protective factors and reducing self-harm and suicide risks. "These grants are intended to strengthen local support networks, help people develop coping strategies and encourage help-seeking behaviours by connecting people with available services," Ms Mitchell said. "This unique program builds on previous funding that has focused on suicide prevention training to up-skill communities to increase competence in identifying and supporting people with suicidal ideation or suicidal behaviour." The Minister said the grants would have a focus on Aboriginal-led programs that brought people together in a supportive environment to build personal resilience and enhance social and emotional wellbeing. "We are also looking for initiatives that include Aboriginal elder mentoring, youth leadership programs and back-to-country activities that encourage cultural healing," she said. "Organisations promoting the wellbeing of people in the LGBTI community are also encouraged to apply." Applications for grants close at 5pm, November 14, 2016. For more information and guidelines on how to apply, visit http// Fact File The Liberal National Government's Suicide Prevention 2020 Together we can save lives strategy has been funded with $25.9 million over four years to deliver a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy, aimed at halving the number of suicides in the next 10 years In Western Australia, on average one person loses their life to suicide each day Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44 in Australia Minister's office - 6552 5400
Clean-up of Yarloop reaches major milestone130167Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5460html18/10/2016 6:05:30 AM2016-10-18T06:05:00Za Dr Ken Michael finishes term as State Recovery Controller Clean-up of Yarloop largely complete and site office closed New community centre part of proposed future options The Liberal National Government-led clean-up effort at Yarloop and surrounding areas in the shires of Harvey and Waroona, which were devastated by a bushfire earlier this year, is wrapping up with the bulk of works complete and the delivery of a package of proposed options for the future of the township. Premier Colin Barnett thanked Dr Ken Michael for his leadership of the clean-up and community consultation process as the State's first State Recovery Controller. "Dr Michael was appointed to this position on January 19 in recognition of the complex challenges in co-ordinating the recovery effort for a bushfire of such an extensive scale and consequence," Mr Barnett said. "He has stepped down from this role after presenting me with a report about the outcomes of the clean-up and community consultation process. "I thank him for undertaking this challenging role for the past nine months and I am sure the community appreciates the care and effort he has taken." The State Government clean-up team has now been disbanded. The State Recovery Coordinator, with some assistance from the Shire of Harvey, will complete any outstanding works in Yarloop. The Premier said the clean-up was the most complex ever undertaken by the Government with more than 200 properties (homes, major buildings and outbuildings) cleaned up and 60,000 tonnes of debris removed to date, with 11 clean-up crews operating on the project at its peak. While undertaking the removal of fire-damaged material in Yarloop, evidence of historic environmental contamination, including asbestos and heavy metals, was also discovered in some areas. As a result, the Government has remediated destroyed residential properties to enable reconstruction; inspected surviving residential properties and, where required, made them safe and fit for habitation; and cleaned up public open spaces to make them safe for their intended use. In parallel to the clean-up efforts, an extensive consultation process with community members from Yarloop and surrounding areas was undertaken. More than 180 interviews with property owners, tenants, local businesses and community stakeholders were held, and the results of the consultation process were taken into account in developing proposed options for Yarloop's future with the Shire of Harvey and relevant Government agencies. "Proposed options include the construction of a new community centre as a cornerstone for the town, development of a light industrial zone to help stimulate economic activity and a workshops precinct to encourage tourism," Mr Barnett said. "The proposed options have been provided to and workshopped with the community at a community meeting at Harvey in August. Government agencies will support the Shire of Harvey, as required, to further investigate and develop them. "As Dr Michael says in his report, I have no doubt that the strong community spirit and resilience of the people will see Yarloop recover." Fact File Yarloop fully reopened on August 12, 2016 A copy of the executive summary of Dr Michael's report is available at https// Premier's office - 6552 5000
Perth Stadium transport options benefit fans130165Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8120html18/10/2016 1:00:07 AM2016-10-18T01:00:00Za Video of $358 million Perth Stadium Transport Solution launched Trains from Perth Stadium Station to transport 28,000 patrons Infrastructure construction to create up to 1,350 direct jobs A video showing fans transport options to access the new 60,000-seat Perth Stadium was released online today by the Liberal National Government. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the video of the $358 million Perth Stadium Transport Solution was more than just an impressive vision of things to come. "This shows how easy it will be for people to catch public transport, walk, catch a coach or on-demand transport to where the action is," Mr Marmion said. "The video will help people keen to attend events at the new Perth Stadium plan their journeys ahead of time, and ensure they pick the travel option which best suits them. "Great experiences are as much about the journey as the destination, and that's something we've taken into account when developing the travel options. "Whether it's a picturesque walk across the Swan River pedestrian bridge, a cycle through the lush native gardens surrounding the Perth Stadium, or a relaxed trip on the train to the landmark Perth Stadium Station, there is an option to suit everyone. "The Stadium Station itself will have capacity to move about 28,000 patrons in the first hour after an event." Construction on the transport infrastructure will create up to 1,350 direct jobs, with the station expected to be completed in mid-2017 to allow for extensive testing and commissioning before opening with the Perth Stadium. A 17-day disruption to services on the Armadale and Thornlie lines will take place during the January school holidays to ensure essential works on the station can be completed. Rail replacement bus services will operate for those lines and Transperth will release detailed information regarding transport options later this year. The Perth Stadium Transport Solution video can be viewed here. Fact File The integrated transport solution for Perth Stadium will move 50,000 people (83 per cent) of a full capacity crowd within one hour of an event finishing Passengers can stay informed by signing up to My Alerts on the Transperth website More information on Perth Stadium's integrated transport solutions is available here Minister's office - 6552 6800
New Kimberley conservation reserves130162Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4580html18/10/2016 12:30:08 AM2016-10-18T00:30:00Za First jointly vested reserves under new CALM Act amendments The Liberal National Government has created a 230,000 hectare conservation park in the Kimberley, taking the area of reserves created in the region since 2008 to more than 1.1 million hectares. The Walyarta Conservation Park and five other new parks and reserves adjoin Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park between Port Hedland and Broome. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new park and reserves were the result of the State Government's partnerships with traditional owners - the Karajarri, Nyangumarta and Ngarla people. The reserves were also the first to be jointly vested under recent amendments to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984. "The creation and joint management of these conservation areas delivers on the Liberal National Government's commitment to protect the region's natural and cultural values under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy," Mr Jacob said. "We have worked with traditional owners to develop Indigenous Land Use Agreements that provide conservation as well as direct employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, in on-ground land management roles and Aboriginal ranger programs." The Minister said Walyarta Conservation Park protected internationally significant wetlands of the Eighty Mile Beach Ramsar site. "The area is of great cultural significance to traditional owners because it was used historically by Aboriginal people as they traversed the country from inland to the coast," he said. "The new reserves will ensure these important cultural sites are protected while enabling traditional owners to continue to enjoy and maintain their customary practices, protect native plants and animals, and promote local tourism and visitor opportunities." Fact File Walyarta Conservation Park contains threatened and priority ecological communities, including one of only two inland mangrove communities in Australia The $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the largest targeted conservation investment in the Kimberley The strategy is creating the largest interconnected system of marine and national parks in the State to be jointly managed with traditional owners Minister's office - 6552 5800
Assistance for spring locust control130161Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2790html17/10/2016 11:59:23 PM2016-10-17T22:00:00Za State Government 2016 assistance scheme to support landholders from locusts The Liberal National Government today announced an assistance scheme to support farmers and rural shires to control Australian plague locusts in high-risk areas this spring. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said a significant level of locust activity was expected across parts of the eastern Wheatbelt and southern agricultural region, which may result in locust bands and loose swarms. A State Government contribution of $5 per hectare will be made available to eligible landholders in areas predicted to experience widespread high density hatchings. "The scheme is open to landholders seeking to control locusts in pasture, crop, fallow, greenbelts or where locusts are on public amenities, such as ovals, through spraying with a suitable insecticide," Mr Lewis said. "Locusts are a pest that we can easily take pre-emptive actions against to ensure they do not further impact our grain growers." Eligible areas include Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup, Gnowangerup, Lake Grace, Kulin, Yilgarn, Westonia, Mukinbudin and Nungarin shires. "I understand this is a busy time for grain growers leading into harvest, but I encourage them to monitor their properties and prepare to undertake control to protect their valuable crops and pastures," the Minister said. "Effective spraying will reduce the number of adult locusts that develop and may swarm and inflict damage in other areas of the State, including horticultural areas. It will also reduce the risk of locust numbers building up into autumn 2017. "The Department of Agriculture and Food is providing information on locust activity and control options." Mr Lewis had noted that protracted cold conditions had delayed expected locust hatchings, but activity was expected to intensify as temperatures increased. Locust activity is also expected to occur in other parts of the southern agricultural region and eastern Wheatbelt. The scheme may be extended to additional shires if department survey teams identify other areas experiencing a high level of activity. Fact File More information on the scheme, including eligibility requirements, is available at http// or by contacting 1800 198 231 Further information on locust identification, monitoring and control is available at http// or by contacting 1800 084 881 Minister's office - 6552 6400
Costs cut for small-scale sewerage services130153Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4220html17/10/2016 7:00:16 AM2016-10-17T07:00:00Za Mostly remote and regional shires, providing small-scale sewerage and non-potable water services, are now exempt from licensing burden Compliance cost savings available for asset renewal and to improve customer affordability Part of ongoing benefits now flowing from Liberal National Government's water reform agenda Tens of thousands of dollars a year tied up in regulatory red tape is being redirected into reducing sewerage costs for small communities, Water Minister Mia Davies said today. "The Liberal National Government, through the Department of Water, has implemented a licensing class exemption for small local governments acting as water services providers, with 15 shires exempted since April this year," Ms Davies said. "This exemption alleviates the regulatory burden for these shires, and the estimated $60,000 a year saved on compliance costs will instead be redirected towards assets to help ensure sewerage services are affordable for customers in these mostly remote regional areas. "The schemes present a low-risk to the public and the benefits of licensing are greatly outweighed by the costs of regulation." The licensing exemption is limited to shires servicing fewer than 1,000 connections with sewerage and non-potable water, and does not apply to drinking water services. Annual workshops will be held by the Department of Water with exempted shires and key stakeholders, including the Department of Health, to discuss and help resolve any service performance issues. Ms Davies said four major class exemptions were among the ongoing benefits flowing from the Government's water reform agenda through the Water Services Act 2012. "These exemptions cover properties with their own water services such as caravan parks, mining, oil and gas camps, local governments providing drainage services and some types of irrigation services," she said. Finance Minister Sean L'Estrange confirmed the progress in removing unnecessary administrative burdens and costs for local governments and ratepayers through the new exemptions for water licensing, was all part of the recent Repeal Week. "Well designed regulation can help to lower costs and increase innovation and productivity," Mr L'Estrange said. Fact File Read the Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card here Submit your ideas to reduce red tape and #shredthered here The Minister for Water has granted the licensing class exemptions to 15 local governments under the Water Services Act 2012 It is one of four major class exemptions under the Act as part of the Government's ongoing water reform agenda Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6900