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Our State Budget 2016-17: Investing in infrastructure to grow the State - Museum heads $23 billion Asset Investment Plan2095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13660html12/05/2016 6:05:10 AM2016-05-12T06:05:00Z State-of-the-art facility planned for Perth Cultural Precinct Western Australia will get a new $428 million museum to replace and upgrade the current facility at the Perth Cultural Centre, the State Budget has confirmed. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the 2016-17 State Budget had included $378.5 million over the next four years to deliver a state-of-the art museum to house the State's extensive collection of artefacts and natural history. "The new museum is arguably the State's most important scientific institution and yet another example of this Government investing in the cultural life of the State, as well as providing a significant boost to tourism infrastructure. It will provide a gateway to WA for local, national and international audiences," Premier Colin Barnett said. "The museum is also a scientific institution and will build on our growing reputation in science already enhanced by the Square Kilometre Array project; significant advances in minerals and petroleum; the Western Australian Marine Science Institute and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre." Mr Barnett said the Government had been prepared to borrow to invest in infrastructure that not only improved the quality of life for all West Australians, but greatly enhanced WA as a tourism and lifestyle destination. "The transformation of the city through projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium, the new museum and Yagan Square, as well as the major investment in regional attractions from Esperance to Broome and the Kimberley in general, will pay major dividends for our tourism and hospitality industries," he said. Detailed building design and stage one early construction works will start in 2016-17, as will the design of physical and virtual content for the new museum exhibitions and programs. The museum build will directly employ an estimated 3,300 people over the life of the project. The State Government's Asset Investment Plan will see $23 billion invested across the State over the next four years. In 2016-17 the State Government will spend $1.8 billion on roads and public transport, representing 30 per cent of the State's Asset Investment Program. Major strategic assets include the new $1.4 billion Perth Stadium - due for completion by 2018 - and the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL), which will deliver a public transport link to the city from the eastern suburbs in under 20 minutes as well as a direct train to Perth Airport. A total of $104 million will be spent on the FAL in 2016-17, which will directly employ 2,000 people during construction. The Government has also announced the reallocation of State funding for the construction of a $49 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18. The Premier said the project offered a cost-effective way to provide Perth's north-eastern suburbs with access to fast public transport. Dr Nahan said the State Government would invest $300.4 million towards new and existing education infrastructure in 2016-17, including $52.4 million over 2016-17 to 2019-20 for the construction of Stage 1 of North Butler Senior High School. Since 2009, the State Government has built 32 new primary schools and nine new high schools. The Budget also delivers a $526.3 million investment in health infrastructure, including $91.8 million on the new Perth Children's Hospital due to open later this year. Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has provided more than 80 new health facilities at over 80 locations and has spent more than $7 billion on health infrastructure. "We have invested in 15 brand new hospitals and health care facilities across the State," Mr Barnett said "We have also made significant investments to improve 20 emergency departments across WA." In addition to the new Perth Children's Hospital, there have been improvements to children's facilities at 11 other hospitals across WA." The Government has invested more than $5 billion on road infrastructure since 2008-09, successfully completing several key projects including the $908.6 million Gateway WA project. "One of our current priorities is the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project, which will provide a dedicated east-west connection for the people of Perth, ease congestion and provide 2,400 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs," the Treasurer said. The Perth City Link project, featuring Yagan Square, is expected to be largely completed in 2016-17 with $7.1 million spent on the Perth Busport in 2016-17 for a total cost of $576.5 million. Perth City Link, including construction of Yagan Square and associated works will see $64.2 million invested towards the $235 million project. "The Perth City Link project will deliver the long-sought objective of linking the central business district with the arts and entertainment precinct of Northbridge, while at the same time producing a wonderful retail, residential and office area in the heart of the city," Dr Nahan said. "Along with Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link will go a long way to making Perth a modern, liveable city of the 21st century." The $221 million Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison will become operational in 2016-17, adding 350 beds to the State muster. The $24.3 million Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility will add 256 beds and become operational in 2016-17. Fact File Roads In 2016-17, the Government will spend $1.2 billion on WA's road system. This expenditure will be allocated across a number of projects, including $192.6 million on the Swan Valley Bypass section of the $1.1 billion NorthLink WA project $172.4 million on local government roads via the State Roads Funds to Local Government Agreement $28 million in 2016-17 to replace the Old Mandurah traffic bridge $95 million on the $236 million Mitchell Freeway Extension Project, which will continue from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue providing improved access to new developments and reduced travel time $93 million on the Great Northern Highway Stage 2 - Muchea to Wubin upgrade, for reconstructing and widening sections of the highway $20 million for the construction of a dual carriageway on Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads $232 million on the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project Public Transport An additional $13.7 million for Future Urban Railcar Procurement, primarily for infrastructure works to accommodate extra railcars. Total cost of project - $198.7 million An extra $5.3 million across 2016-17 to 2017-18 to construct the Northbridge Bus Layover $60.2 million over the forward estimates period for WA's cycling network, with $6 million going towards the Principal Shared Path program in 2016-17 $1.2 million in 2016-17 for the development of Stage 2 of the Jurien Bay to Cervantes trail $49 million for the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18; and $104 million in 2016-17 towards the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link Other key infrastructure An extra $18 million over 2015-16 to 2017-18 for the redevelopment of the Scarborough foreshore, bringing total investment in the project to $48 million $27.2 million in 2016-17 on the Waterbank precinct and the Western Australia Police site on Hay Street $24.9 million to transform the Bunbury waterfront $1.4 billion to build Perth Stadium $811.4 million for Perth City Link and the Busport Prisons $221 million for the 350-bed Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison $24.3 million for the 256-bed Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility WA Budget statements are available at http//ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
New job opportunities for youths in regional WA220034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10870html29/06/2016 4:00:40 AM2016-06-29T04:00:00Za New program to support creation of entry-level traineeship positions Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government is making a $1.2 million investment into young people in regional Western Australia, including a traineeship initiative aimed at creating entry-level jobs. Country local governments can now apply for funding through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Youth Development Program, which will see the creation of 20 traineeships providing young people with career prospects in their local community. "As a former councillor, I know the local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said. "This is an exciting investment by the Liberal National Government into the future of young people who may have otherwise not considered a career in local government." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Country Local Government Fund was helping regional local governments build their capacity and identify opportunities for development and initiatives. "The Country Local Government Fund contributes towards building and maintaining a positive lifestyle for our regional communities and is an important investment for Royalties for Regions," Mr Redman said. "Not only will this initiative enable participants to gain valuable skills through real life experience, it will enable them to stay in their community of choice through providing local job options." Under this initiative, country local governments can access up to $5,000 towards course fees per trainee and a $15,000 wage subsidy. It also includes 40 scholarships of up to $10,000 each for young country local government employees to undertake training and 16 two-day workshops on leadership and career development. Fact File CLGF Youth Development Program is one of five initiatives that has received $5m in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government For more information, visit http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Community Chest funding for the South-West75074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6510html23/06/2016 7:25:56 AM2016-06-22T22:05:00Za South-West region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the successful grant recipients of the South-West region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of grants is $43,228 for Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club to purchase a transportable, off-grid solar power system to increase capacity for first aid and water safety training for volunteers; and $33,230 for Pathways SouthWest and the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service to deliver a series of workshops to health professionals and the public, to help address substance use and addiction in the South-West. "These projects will help attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life for communities in the South-West region. "The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional WA have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." The South West Development Commission has been allocated $555,555 from the Community Chest Fund, with applications considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 SOUTH-WEST COMMUNITY CHEST FUND RECIPIENTS Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade $13,859 Golden Valley Tree Park Inc., Balingup $23,100 Greenbushes CRC Inc. $26,400 Augusta Men's Shed Inc. $20,000 Ficifolia Community Garden Inc., Walpole $10,134 Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club $43,228.92 Pathways SouthWest/South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service, Bunbury $33,230 Balingup Progress Association Inc. $27,199.70 Stirling Street Arts Centre Management Inc., Bunbury $3,000 City of Bunbury - Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Noongar Arts Strategy $10,000 Northcliffe Pioneer Museum $19,060 Geegeelup Village Inc., Bridgetown $38,547 Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup Affordable Housing Concept $13,100 The South West Women's Health and Information Centre $12,000 Nannup Bowling Club $17,268.74 Nannup Music Club Inc. $21,285 The Creative Corner Inc., South-West $14,783.25 Bridgetown-Greenbushes Business and Tourism Association Inc. $10,450 Collie Chamber of Commerce $12,000 Blackwood Basin Group Nature-Viewing Precinct $50,000 Dunsborough Greenfield Community Group Inc. $38,000Nannup Film Society $8,235.45 Manjimup Farmers Market Inc. $6,669.46 Milligan Community Learning, Bunbury $23,905 Donnybrook Men's Shed $6,313.50 Nannup Occasional Child Care Association Inc. (F.R.O.G.S. Early Learning Centre) Outdoor Learning Environment $18,937 The Federation of Western Australia Police and Community Youth Centres Inc., Collie $2,000Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association $31,000
Economic growth key for regional development8701Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10710html8/06/2016 3:02:06 AM2016-06-08T03:00:00Za Report highlights economic growth opportunities for WA's regions Liberal National Government's regional development agenda focused on building a skilled workforce and creating jobs Economic development, an innovative and skilled workforce and growing export markets were just some of the opportunities highlighted in the CEDA State of the Regions series report, released today. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman launched the report at the CEDA State of the Regions Series Regional development in Western Australia event. The report is the culmination of a two-year regional event series held by CEDA in each of the nine regions across the State. "The final report captures the key findings and outcomes of the series and outlines an action plan for capitalising on opportunities to ensure sustainable, long-term growth for our regions," Mr Redman said. "CEDA's State of the Regions series has generated robust discussion on development and growth opportunities within WA's regional economies. "The series has also provided the nine regional development commissions with a platform to outline the growth and development aspirations mapped out in their Regional Investment Blueprints." The Minister also outlined a strategic approach to building vibrant regions with strong economies, with the release of the Regional Development Strategy 2016-2025. "Our regions are vital drivers of the State's economy, contributing more than one-third of WA's economic activity and 95 per cent of the State's exports," he said. "As WA's economy transitions, regional development is uniquely positioned to help broaden the economy through a focus on jobs and growth. "The Regional Development Strategy provides a framework to prioritise and progress the development opportunities with the most potential emerging from blueprints and other sources." Fact File For a copy of the CEDA State of the Regions series report, visit http//www.ceda.com.au The Department of Regional Development's Regional Development Strategy is available at http//www.drd.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6700
Plan will keep growing city connected and moving25897Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 12:45:17 AM2016-07-29T00:45:00Za Transport plan prepares Perth for a population of 3.5 million Major plan to keep the city vibrant, connected and productive as it grows A transport plan to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million has been launched today by Transport Minister Dean Nalder. The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been developed over two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling. It is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades. Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Under the plan, released for public comment, Perth's public transport system would be significantly expanded. Key rail projects proposed include expanding the city's train network from 180 kilometres to 300km and including a new rail line to service Morley and East Wanneroo extending existing rail lines to Yanchep, Bellevue and Byford to cater for growing suburbs extending the Thornlie line to Cockburn Central. The plan also recommends Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), where buses have a designated lane, to areas where the level of demand does not warrant heavy rail. BRT routes would connect Ellenbrook to Bassendean Station, Midland and the new East Wanneroo rail link. BRT or light rail would connect Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach. The Minister said road transport would remain the dominant way for people and freight to travel and the plan expanded the city's core system of freeways, mostly by upgrading existing highways to freeway standards. Key plans for roads included Stock Road to extend north from Leach Highway, linking with Stephenson Avenue at Jon Sanders Drive with an extension tying into the Mitchell Freeway. The extension will include tunnels Fremantle-Rockingham Highway to serve the Western Trade Coast strategic industrial centre an East-West City Link connecting Canning Highway at Berwick Street to Riverside Drive and a tunnel connecting Riverside Drive with the Narrows interchange. The plan also recommends increasing Perth's cycleway network from the current 172km to more than 850km. "Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive," Mr Nalder said. "Aside from new infrastructure and expanded services, network efficiency measures and strategies to influence travel choices will make sure we get maximum value out of the transport system. "With the cost of congestion in Perth currently estimated at $2 billion a year, the Liberal National Government has developed a comprehensive and smart plan that will keep Perth and our economy moving. "This plan draws from expertise within the State's transport agencies, universities, recent research and global knowledge. "While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like. The State Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months." Fact File To view the plan and have your say, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/transportplan, or email transportplan@transport.wa.gov.au Submissions close October 28, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6400
Transport plan to keep the central metro moving25898Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 12:45:20 AM2016-07-29T00:45:00Za Transport plan prepares Perth for a population of 3.5 million Major changes planned for central metropolitan area A transport plan to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million has been launched today by Transport Minister Dean Nalder. The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been developed over two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling. It is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades. Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world. "Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will also play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive," he said. Projects outlined for the central metropolitan region include a new road bridge, or tunnel, will connect Canning Highway at Berwick Street to Riverside Drive at Plain Street a complementary tunnel will connect Riverside Drive at Plain Street with the Narrows interchange and Mounts Bay Road Stock Road will be extended north from Leach Highway linking with Stephenson Avenue at Jon Sanders Drive and extending to Mitchell Freeway. The extension will include tunnels a bus bridge to connect the Maylands peninsula to Rivervale a Stirling-Murdoch orbital rail servicing Fiona Stanley Hospital and Murdoch University via QEII and The University of Western Australia (UWA) light rail to provide an inner orbital link connecting UWA and QEII to Canning Bridge, via the Perth CBD, Victoria Park and Curtin University. The Minister said bus rapid transit or light rail routes would also connect Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach. "The plan also recommends increasing Perth's cycleway network from the current 172 kilometres to more than 850km," he said. "While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like. The Liberal National Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months." Fact File To view the plan and have your say, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/transportplan, or email transportplan@transport.wa.gov.au Submissions close October 28, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6400
Transport plan to keep the east metro moving25899Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 12:45:22 AM2016-07-29T00:45:00Za Transport plan prepares Perth for a population of 3.5 million Major changes planned for east metropolitan area A transport plan to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million has been launched today by Transport Minister Dean Nalder. The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been developed over two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling. It is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades. Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world. "Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will also play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive," he said. Projects outlined for the east metropolitan area include the Midland rail line extension to Bellevue the Armadale rail line extension to Byford Forrestfield-Airport Link connecting to the Midland line near Bayswater the Thornlie rail line extension that will connect with the Mandurah line at Cockburn Central upgrading Reid, Roe and Tonkin highways to freeway standard. "Bus rapid transit routes in Ellenbrook will connect to Midland, Bassendean and the new Marshall Road Station on the proposed East Wanneroo line," the Minister said. High-frequency bus services running every five minutes are proposed between Midland and Mundaring, Armadale and Fremantle and Armadale and Mundijong. The plan also includes a connected series of paths along both sides of the Swan and Canning rivers, stretching from Fremantle in the west to Brigadoon and Gosnells in the east, making cycling and walking safer and a more viable transport option. "For the road network, changes include Reid and Roe highways being upgraded to freeway standard and forming a ring around the central region. The Reid/Roe ring will connect to Tonkin Highway creating a strategic freight route serving Perth Airport, key industrial areas and link businesses in the Hills to regional and interstate destinations," Mr Nalder said. "While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like. The Liberal National Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months." Fact File To view the plan and have your say, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/transportplan, or email transportplan@transport.wa.gov.au Submissions close October 28, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6400
Transport plan to keep the north metro moving25900Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 12:45:24 AM2016-07-29T00:45:00Za Transport plan prepares Perth for a population of 3.5 million Major changes planned for north metropolitan area A transport plan to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million has been launched today by Transport Minister Dean Nalder. The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been developed over two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling. It is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades. Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world. "Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will also play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive," he said. Projects outlined for the north metropolitan region include a new suburban rail line to service Morley and East Wanneroo, connecting to the Joondalup line extending the existing Joondalup rail line to Yanchep a new Whiteman Yanchep Highway to link Tonkin Highway around Gnangara Road with Mitchell Freeway Mitchell Freeway extended to tie in with Indian Ocean Drive the area from Alkimos to Two Rocks to be serviced by the Mitchell Freeway extension and Marmion Avenue, together with planned east-west arterials. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or light rail routes would also connect Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach. The Minister said BRT routes in Ellenbrook would connect to Midland, Bassendean and the new Marshall Road station on the East Wanneroo Rail Line. "High-frequency bus services running every five minutes are proposed for Yanchep, Alkimos, Joondalup, Gnangara Road, Whitfords and Hillarys," he said. "The plan also includes new cycling bridges over Lake Joondalup and Lake Goollelal that will shorten the ride from east Wanneroo to Joondalup and Darch to Kingsley and provide better access to the Yellagonga Regional Park. "While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like. The Liberal National Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months." Fact File To view the plan and have your say, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/transportplan, or email transportplan@transport.wa.gov.au Submissions close October 28, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6400
Transport plan to keep the south metro moving25901Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 12:45:26 AM2016-07-29T00:45:00Za Transport plan prepares Perth for a population of 3.5 million Major changes planned for south metropolitan area A transport plan to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million has been launched today by Transport Minister Dean Nalder. The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been developed over two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling. It is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades. Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world. "Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will also play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive," he said. Projects recommended for the south metropolitan area include the Thornlie rail line to be extended south-west to join with the Mandurah line at Cockburn Central the Armadale line extended to Byford Stock Road extended north from Leach Highway and linking with Stephenson Avenue at Jon Sanders Drive, with an extension to the Mitchell Freeway. The extension will include tunnels Tonkin Highway extended to Forrest Highway south of Pinjarra a Fremantle to Rockingham Highway to service the Western Trade Coast industrial precinct. The Minister said high-frequency bus services running every five minutes were proposed from Fremantle to Armadale, Kwinana and Rockingham and from the Mandurah line stations in the Rockingham, Warnbro and Mandurah areas. An extensive cycle network includes river crossings at a future Salter Point Bridge, providing an alternative cycling route between Curtin and Cockburn Central. In addition, the Pipeline River Crossing will provide a link between Canning Vale and Curtin University. "While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like. The Liberal National Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months." Fact File To view the plan and have your say, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/transportplan, or email transportplan@transport.wa.gov.au Submissions close October 28, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6400
Community road safety initiatives funded25907Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 2:05:06 AM2016-07-29T02:05:00Za $64,817 for grassroots road safety initiatives 29 organisations to receive road safety grants The Liberal National Government has allocated $64,817 for community road safety initiatives across Western Australia in its effort to make the roads safer. Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the range of projects across the State showed the enormous community involvement in working together to save lives. "I'm always pleased when I see initiatives being put forward by people who really understand the need for grassroots involvement in spreading the road safety message," Ms Harvey said. Some of the 29 grants approved in the latest round include Esperance 'Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride' Campaign$19,930City of Greater Geraldton Roadwise Committee One Year Action Plan $17,167Kimberley Schools Design Your Own Seatbelt Project - School Drug Education and Road Aware$2,250Broome Motocross Two Day Championships$1,300Sunshine Surfmasters - Geraldton Board Riders$1,300Newtown Condingup Football Club Home Ground Fixture - Newtown Condingup Football Club$1,300Bindoon Show - Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Society Inc.$1,300Wongan Hills Harvest Festival - Wongan Hills Progress Association Inc.$1,000Southern MTB - Albany Mountain Bike Club$1,000Derby Rodeo - Derby Rodeo and Horseriders' Association$1,000 "The rate of road fatalities has reduced 34 per cent since 2008 and we will remain relentless in further reducing road trauma through safer roads, education and enforcement," the Minister said. "The State Government this financial year allocated a record $146 million from the Road Trauma Trust Account for road safety initiatives." Fact File Applications close on the first of August, October and December 2016 For the full list of grants and application process, visit http//www.rsc.wa.gov.au/CommunityGrants Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900
Upgraded Geraldton Marine Rescue Base opens25908Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 2:30:13 AM2016-07-29T02:30:00Za Lifesaving service supported by $800,000 renovation Better equipment and facilities for volunteer rescue group Marine safety along the Mid-West coast has been enhanced with Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today officially opening Geraldton's upgraded Volunteer Marine Rescue Group (VMRG) base. Mr Francis said the upgrade was made possible by an $800,000 Liberal National Government grant and would help meet the rescue group's growing needs. "The Batavia Coast has a thriving marine culture with recreational and commercial fishers, visitors and locals all relying on emergency services being at the ready," he said. "This upgrade provides Geraldton's marine rescue volunteers with a modern and well-equipped facility to continue their lifesaving work." The revamped base is more spacious and includes dedicated communications, office and training areas, new kitchen and bathroom facilities, and storage space for equipment and a second rescue boat. The building also has the capacity to accommodate other agencies in the event of a major emergency, thereby improving response collaboration and co-ordination. "The State Government is proud to have delivered this important project and is committed to supporting volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to keeping the community safe," the Minister said. Fact File Geraldton VMRG base upgrade features radio rooms Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VMRS) currently has 60 volunteers and has been operating for 28 years In the past year, the group dedicated more than 2,300 volunteer hours attending 22 incidents For more information about the VMRS, visit http//www.dfes.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6500
Mundaring sculpture park officially open25914Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml29/07/2016 3:45:21 AM2016-07-29T03:30:00Za Community-led initiative was delivered in partnership with the Shire of Mundaring and Lotterywest The park has retained many of the original sculptures and provides an opportunity to explore and discover in a bush setting Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the Mundaring Community Sculpture Park in the revitalised Mundaring Weir Precinct, made possible with the support of a $530,000 grant from the Liberal National Government through Lotterywest. The $1.1 million Mundaring Community Sculpture Park is the final stage of the revitalisation of the precinct, creating an attractive community asset and visitor destination. The redeveloped park forms an entry statement to the Mundaring Weir Precinct with interpretive artwork, an exhibition of historical artefacts, facilities for exhibitions and meeting points for visitors to the weir. Mr Barnett said the precinct was an important cultural landscape in Western Australia and would bring more families and friends together in a bush setting location. "The improvements to the Mundaring Weir Precinct now include the amenities and facilities that people would expect from a visitor destination," he said. "It is great to see Western Australian artists working with the community in the development and creation of new sculptures for this park, to connect the community with significant social, cultural, historical and environmental features. "The original ornate crevice dragon interactive sandpit design was created by Jenny Haynes from the Mundaring Arts Centre, in collaboration with the talented students from Sacred Heart Primary School." The sculpture park includes a play zone, nature activity area, musical instruments for sensory play, a flying fox and a water play feature. The park is mostly wheelchair accessible and includes a swing with a harness, and a spinning wheelchair roundabout that can be enjoyed by children of all abilities. Fact File The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail runs through the park, which is also the start of the 1,000km Munda Biddi Trail The park includes a shaded barbecue and picnic area, bike repair station and a small amphitheatre for community events and concerts WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $281.41 million to support the WA community Premier's office - 6552 5000
New public sector offices for Joondalup120334Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21330html14/07/2016 2:15:05 AM2016-07-14T02:15:00Za Agreement for Lease signed with Primewest for the provision of 9,600sqm of new office space in Joondalup Construction expected to start in October 2016, creating about 340 jobs More than 800 public servants to relocate to Joondalup by early 2019 Premier Colin Barnett today announced the Liberal National Government had signed an Agreement for Lease with Primewest to build about 9,600 square metres of new office space in Joondalup. More than 800 public servants from the departments of Water and Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority will be moving into the newly constructed premises by early 2019. "Today the Government is fulfilling a 2013 election promise to support the growth of urban office precincts," Mr Barnett said. "With the construction of this eight-storey building expected to generate about 340 jobs, the City of Joondalup will see economic benefits from the start of construction in October and an ongoing stimulus once public servants relocate. "The building's proximity to Joondalup train station and bus stops, coupled with the modern end of trip facilities that are planned for the building, provides numerous transport options for staff." Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the Government's decentralisation policy aimed to save taxpayers' funds through lower rents and supported the growth of urban office precincts. "Proposals have been received from building owners and developers in Fremantle, and the Government is actively pursuing an outcome that will deliver further value to taxpayers," Mr Marmion said. "This week, the first sod was turned at the location of the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury." Fact File The Government has successfully negotiated a 15-year lease, with two extra five-year options at a highly competitive rate The building will offer modern end of trip facilities, ICT and an interior designed to specifically meet the needs of the three agencies The new office space will be located at 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup Premier's office - 6552 5000 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800
Bunbury headquarters first for WA public sector30220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21670html11/07/2016 3:38:44 AM2016-07-11T03:30:00Za ​Liberal National Government delivers on public sector decentralisation $28.9m Royalties for Regions funding for agency headquarters and visitor centre The Liberal National Government is forging ahead with its commitment to decentralise public sector agencies, with development starting soon on the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury. Premier Colin Barnett, on site in Bunbury today, said although decentralisation had been talked about for the past 30 years, very little had actually been done by previous governments to deliver such an outcome for regional communities. "The relocation of parts of the public service, in this case Parks and Wildlife headquarters to Bunbury, will attract new investment and skills to the region and provide ongoing economic and social benefits," Mr Barnett said. "The move will initially see 100 staff from Parks and Wildlife located in the new development, generating more than $25 million per year for the local economy, with plans for the number of staff to increase to 300 within 10 years." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the development of the new headquarters included the creation of a state-of-the-art visitor gateway for Western Australia's south-west. "The development is being done over three stages and, when completed, will include a wide range of facilities including a landscaped pedestrian avenue to link the Leschenault Inlet to Koombana Bay, a new lookout, walk trails, a playground and renewal of the mangrove boardwalks," Mr Jacob said. "The area's rich history and natural environment, including significant maritime values, has been incorporated into the design and will be featured throughout the buildings, landscaping, artwork, interpretative information and boardwalk restoration. "The project highlights the importance the State Government places on encouraging people to visit national and marine parks, and other natural attractions of the greater south-west region." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $28.9 million project, funded under the Royalties for Regions program, would stimulate the growth of the Bunbury region. "The relocation of a major government department to a regional centre such as Bunbury is a huge step forward for regional development in WA. On the project's completion, it is estimated the total population benefit to the region will be 1,545 people with an economic output of $75 million per annum - a huge positive impact," Mr Redman said. Fact File Construction of the landscape enhancements will start in October 2016 and be completed in mid-2017 Office accommodation construction will start in early 2017 and be completed by late 2018 The headquarters will be located on Koombana Drive, Koombana Bay, Bunbury Premier's office - 6552 5000
Community Chest funding for the Pilbara30260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7130html4/07/2016 12:08:55 AM2016-07-04T00:00:00Za Pilbara region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the 10 successful recipients of the Pilbara region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of grants is $15,820 for the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd to go towards the Roebourne Community Botanic Garden and $18,798 to the Port Walcott Surf Life Saving group. "The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional Western Australia have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." The one-off grants, administered by the Pilbara Development Commission, empower organisations to prioritise projects that meet the needs of the community. "No-one knows the Pilbara better than those who live there. This funding boost will build capacity in the region by allowing community organisations to prioritise and lead projects in their own backyard," the Minister said. The Liberal National Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the Community Chest Fund over the next four years. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 Pilbara Community Chest Fund recipients Tom Price Drive In Inc - sound upgrade$15,400Shire of East Pilbara - Newman town square activation$38,500Karratha Business Enterprise Centre - Destination Pilbara$46,000Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd - Roebourne Community Botanic Garden$15,820Cheeditha Group Aboriginal Corporation$12,985Town of Port Hedland - tourism signage$27,333FORM - infrastructure to support West End Markets$33,320Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry $32,000Port Walcott Surf Life Saving Inc - nipper boards$18,798City of Karratha - 150 Roebourne infrastructure project$50,000
Investing in regional community development118598Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13950html13/07/2016 6:02:44 AM2016-07-13T06:00:00Za ​New program to support local government and community sector partnerships Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government will invest $1.42 million in regional Western Australia to encourage more innovative and collaborative approaches to community development. Launching the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Community Development Program at the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the funding would help deliver services that best met the needs of regional communities. "Local governments want to connect with not-for-profit and community organisations in their area to improve service delivery," Mr Simpson said. "Community development is particularly important in regional WA, where remoteness, economic opportunities, low population density and an ageing population creates specific challenges." Under the initiative, country local governments can apply for grants of up to $20,000 to undertake programs involving best practice in community development and working in partnership with the not-for-profit sector and community. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are also available for staff and elected members to participate in a nationally recognised program of training or study in community development. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the CLGF was helping to build the capacity of regional councils to deliver a wide range of community services into the future. "This is an important investment for Royalties for Regions, contributing towards building and maintaining a positive lifestyle for our regional communities," Mr Redman said. "Facilitating a community development process and partnership approach with communities, community sector organisations, local businesses and all levels of government can help meet these challenges." Fact File For more information, including guidelines and application forms, visit http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au The State Government's Royalties for Regions program has allocated $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 projects across regional WA since 2008 Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
$560,000 for suicide prevention training grants30219Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8700html11/07/2016 2:03:04 AM2016-07-11T02:00:00Za ​Focus on training for Aboriginal organisations Improving suicide prevention skills in regional areas The Liberal National Government has announced a total of $560,832 in grants to enable community organisations throughout Western Australia to conduct suicide prevention training. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the funding would target high-risk groups such as Aboriginal communities, people in regional areas, LGBTI populations, young people and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. "This funding will make a significant contribution to strengthening the capacity of communities to help reduce the incidence of suicide, especially among groups that are particularly vulnerable," she said. "These grants include $296,521 for Aboriginal communities and service providers to train people to support family, friends and community members to recognise and help people who may be experiencing a mental health emergency or are having suicidal thoughts. "The remaining $264,311 has been awarded for suicide prevention training for other high-risk groups." Suicide prevention is a priority for the community and 30 applications have received funding under the grants round. This will enable vital training such as Mental Health First Aid, Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, Opening Closets and ASIST, to be conducted. Fact File A full list of projects to be funded is available at http//www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au On average in WA, one person loses their life to suicide each day The 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 suicide prevention strategy, aimed at halving the number of suicides in the next 10 years Minister's office - 6552 5400 MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSIONSuicide Prevention Grants 2016Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander streamOrganisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement ValueBega Garnbirringu Health ServiceGoldfieldsCommunity members and high-risk populations as well as service providers, carers and local agency staff will receive training in ASIST and SafeTALK$40,000Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS)KimberleyStaff employed by BRAMS will receive Opening Closets and ASIST training$11,940Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 1KimberleyLocal indigenous men and women will receive SafeTALK$20,000Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 2KimberleyAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members will become accredited to deliver ASIST. SafeTALK will be provided to indigenous community members and support workers$35,360Mental Health Carers Arafmi (Helping Minds)KimberleyRemote Aboriginal community members will receive AMHFA training$12,490Save the Children AustraliaKimberleyIndividuals working with Aboriginal children and young people will receive SafeTALK and Youth MHFA training$17,792City of StirlingMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and service providers will receive MHFA, AMHFA and ASIST$20,000Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanDerbarl Yerrigan staff members will receive Gatekeeper training$12,630Muggin Aboriginal CorporationMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST$19,430Mission Australia - Application 1Mid-WestMission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA. High-risk populations will receive AMHFA$16,372Mawarnkarra Health ServicePilbaraAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST and SafeTALK$20,000Mission Australia - Application 2PilbaraHigh-risk populations will receive AMHFA training. Mission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA$16,372Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC) - Application 1WheatbeltAMHFA workshops will be provided in the towns of Brookton, Corrigin, Pingelly, Wagin and Narrogin$19,715KEEDAC - Application 2WheatbeltNarrogin community members will receive training in AMHFA$14,420MercyCareWheatbeltAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members at risk of suicide will receive AMHFA$20,000Non-Aboriginal streamOrganisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement ValueConnectGroups Support Groups Association WA Inc.MetropolitanMHFA will be provided to members of ConnectGroups' self help and support groups$16,730Forgotten Australians Coming Together - Tuart PlaceMetropolitanMHFA, AMHFA and SafeTALK will be provided to the community at Tuart Place$6,990Living Proud Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanMembers of the LGBTI community will receive ASIST$16,740Living Proud Inc. - Application 2MetropolitanOpening Closets training will be provided to staff and volunteers in the Perth Metropolitan area who are currently or likely to support LGBTI clients$7,848Anglicare WAMetropolitan KimberleyPopulations in contact with Anglicare WA will receive ASIST training$20,000Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)Metropolitan Great SouthernTwo ASeTTS staff will become accredited to deliver ASIST$20,000Mental Illness Fellowship of WA(MIFWA) Inc.Metropolitan South-WestAdults, families and carers who have experience of mental illness, AOD issues and trauma will receive MHFA, ASIST and Suicide to Hope training$19,159Yaandina Family CentrePilbaraYouth MHFA will be delivered to service providers working with young people. Teen MHFA will be provided to students in Years 10 to 12$16,800Enable Southwest Inc.South-WestCommunity members will receive MHFA training. Enable South-West staff will also receive training to deliver MHFA$17,552GP down south - Application 1South-WestStress, Anxiety and Coping Strategies training will be delivered to Year 11 school students$19,950GP down south - Application 2South-WestParents, carers and family members who have or are at risk of developing a mental illness will receive MHFA$19,017Avivo (formerly Perth Home Care Services)WheatbeltMHFA, AMHFA and Snapshots Training will be provided to high-risk groups$19,900CY O'Connor Institute (Central Regional TAFE)WheatbeltCommunity leaders will receive MHFA $20,000Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMS)KimberleyKAMS staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$27,625Hope Community ServicesGoldfieldsHope Community Services staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$16,000Legend ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training MHFA - Mental Health First Aid AMHFA - Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Youth MHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid
Defined pathway assists irrigated agriculture19208Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7080html9/07/2016 3:09:03 AM2016-07-09T03:00:00Za ​Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture will help develop irrigated agricultural projects Part of the Liberal National Government's $40 million Water for Food program, made possible by Royalties for Regions The Liberal National Government today launched a detailed information package to help simplify the land approvals process for irrigated agriculture business development, as part of the $40 million Water for Food program. Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman released the Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA) package at the Kununurra Agricultural Show. The pathway is designed to stimulate economic development and investment in intensive irrigated agriculture projects across Western Australia. "The package and a website will be important tools for pastoralists and investors seeking to obtain a more secure tenure for irrigated agricultural development," Mr Redman said. "This package provides pastoralists and third party investors with a clear pathway to change the tenure to a long-term lease or potentially freehold, which will provide more security to develop irrigated agricultural projects. "The package has been developed in consultation with relevant government agencies, and from feedback obtained through the Mowanjum and Gogo Stations Water for Food pilot case studies." Water Minister Mia Davies said it was great to see the high level of interest in irrigated agriculture generated through the Water for Food program and having a clear process for land tenure was essential if WA was to capitalise on those opportunities. The Department of Lands will also be presenting a series of workshops on the LTPIA in regional WA, commencing in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions from September. Representatives from the Department of Lands' Water for Food team will be at the Kununurra Agricultural Show today and copies of the LTPIA information package will be available. Fact File LTPIA is part of the State Government's Water for Food project, under the Royalties for Regions $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative For more information on the LTPIA, visit http//www.pathwayforirrigatedagriculture.lands.wa.gov.au For more information on Water for Food, visit http//www.waterforfood.wa.gov.au Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700