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Pilbara processing facility adds value and jobs18865Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/08/2016 4:00:51 AM2016-08-25T04:00:00Za US$800 million ammonium nitrate plant opened Facility to create about 70 new jobs Pilbara continues to be an attractive investment location The Liberal National Government is celebrating a major investment in downstream processing, with Premier Colin Barnett opening the Yara Pilbara Nitrates technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant in the North-West today. Mr Barnett said the plant employed more than 500 workers on site during construction and would require about 70 employees for ongoing operations. "Yara Pilbara has also invested more than $50 million in Karratha for residential housing for employees and their families, demonstrating its commitment to the community," he said. The Premier said the innovative $US800 million plant integrated with the neighbouring Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant. "This new TAN plant will take ammonia from the fertiliser plant and use it to produce up to 330,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate each year," he said. "This type of value-adding industry is essential to future economic development of the Pilbara, creating employment and securing local supply of ammonium nitrate for the mining industry." Located in the Burrup Strategic Industrial Area (SIA) near Karratha, State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the project showed Western Australia remained an attractive place for large-scale international investment. "Projects can invest with confidence and proceed without unnecessary delays," Mr Marmion said. "I'm hoping to soon see other value-adding industries develop in the Burrup SIA." Fact File Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd is a joint venture between Norway's Yara International ASA (55%) and Orica Ltd (45%) Ammonium nitrate is a key component of explosives used in the mining and construction industries The Burrup SIA is also home to the Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant, the North West Shelf Venture and the Pluto LNG Project Premier's office - 6552 5000 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
Improved audit scrutiny of local governments18863Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/08/2016 3:01:10 AM2016-08-25T02:55:00Za Legislation to extend jurisdiction of Auditor General to local governments Provides independent oversight of financial and performance audits The Liberal National Government has introduced legislation into State Parliament providing for the appointment of the Auditor General as the auditor for local governments. Introducing the Local Government Amendment (Auditing) Bill 2016, Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said it was designed to improve accountability and transparency in the sector. "The Western Australian community has an expectation that all levels of government, including local governments, are open and accountable," Mr Simpson said. "This Bill will provide an independent oversight of local governments, which will be scrutinised for potential instances of wastage, inefficiency or ineffectiveness. "The State Government is committed to ensuring that West Australians benefit from responsive and accountable local governments." The key aspects of the Bill include requiring all audits to be done under the supervision of the Auditor General or the Office of the Auditor General introducing 'performance audits' to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of a local government's operations a requirement for local governments to publish annual reports (which contain audit reports) on their websites. "The Bill responds to recommendations from the Corruption and Crime Commission and the Public Accounts Committee to raise the standard of accountability of local governments to a level consistent with State Government authorities and public sector agencies," the Minister said. Fact File Performance audits may focus on a particular issue or theme and will allow ratepayers to benchmark their local governments The Corruption and Crime Commission found that without strong financial and governance practices, local governments were vulnerable to fraud, corruption and other misconduct Information on the performance of local governments is available at https//mycouncil.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6600
Abilities Expo expands to offer more options to all18860Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/08/2016 1:15:52 AM2016-08-25T01:15:00Za Abilities Expo for school leavers expanded to include more than 90 disability organisations offering advice for all people with disability The annual Abilities Expo, which showcases a range of career and life options for people with disability will this year offer an extended program and more exhibitors. Originally aimed at school leavers, with support from the Liberal National Government the expo has this year been broadened to include more service providers for people with disability of all ages and to include an extra evening session. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said she was pleased the program had been extended to cater for a broader audience and having so many exhibitors in one place would be an invaluable opportunity. "There will be more than 90 exhibitors, interactive sessions and workshops, and presentations by people sharing their life or career stories," Mrs Faragher said. "Visitors can meet service providers and learn about options ranging from jobs, training and education to accommodation and respite, therapy supports, recreation, community supports, advocacy, and equipment and technology. "One of the information sessions will discuss the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and visitors will also be able to learn anything they need to know about WA NDIS at the Disability Services Commission booth." The expo will be held at Crown Perth on September 8 and sessions will be held from 9.45am-1.30pm and from 4.30-7.30pm. This year's expo is supported by the Disability Services Commission, Department of Education, Catholic Education, National Disability Insurance Agency, National Disability Coordination Officer Program and Activ. Fact File For more information, visit http//www.disability.wa.gov.au/events-dsc/events/events-2016/september or email Promaco Conventions Perth promaco@promaco.com.au Crown Perth has wheelchair access, lifts and ACROD parking bays Minister's office - 6552 5300
Traffic light review cuts journey times18859Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/08/2016 1:00:48 AM2016-08-25T01:00:00Za Traffic signal timing improvement project reduces travel time on 20 routes across the metropolitan area over two years 2014-15 and 2015-16 Average journey times on specific routes have improved by up to 28% A key initiative in the Liberal National Government's strategy to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow across the metropolitan area has delivered positive results in its second year. The traffic signal timing improvement project, which started in 2014-15, has improved average journey times on specific routes by up to 28 per cent and further improvements are scheduled for 2016-17. "This project reviewed 201 sets of traffic signals over 20 key traffic routes, covering a total of 145 kilometres of roads," Transport Minister Dean Nalder said. "Traffic signal timing can decline over time and, as part of this review, Main Roads Western Australia undertook extensive modelling to determine the optimum peak traffic signal timings and sequencing. "As a result, with a minimal investment, the State Government has significantly improved journey times and congestion for road network users by better optimising existing infrastructure." Mr Nalder said the 2015-16 project included signal timing changes to 10 new traffic routes and a reassessment of 10 routes where traffic signal improvements were initiated in 2014-15. "This project has produced positive outcomes along every route that was reviewed," he said. "Key sections of road where there was a major reduction in average journey times included along Stock Road, which reduced by 28 per cent in the afternoon peak, and Great Eastern Highway - Lloyd Street to Coolgardie Avenue - which reduced by 22 per cent in the morning peak. Stirling Highway also saw journey times reduced by 12 per cent in the afternoon peak." Traffic signal timing and sequencing routes changed in 2015-16 were Leach Highway - High Road to Welshpool Road Great Eastern Highway - Lloyd Street to Coolgardie Avenue Great Eastern Highway - Craig Street to Brearley Avenue West Coast Highway - Manning Street to Claremont Crescent Stirling Highway - Eric Street to Hackett Drive Wanneroo Road - Beach Road to Ocean Reef Road Stock Road - Marmion Street to Russell Road Guildford Road - Walcott Street to Tonkin Highway Canning Highway - North Lake Road to Queen Victoria Street Karrinyup Road - Jeanes Road to Main Street. The Minister said the Government would double the signal timing review to include more than 400 sets of traffic signals in 2016-17. Fact File To view the results of the 2015-16 program, visit https//project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/tcmp/signals/Pages/Signal-Timing-Reviews.aspx Minister's office - 6552 6400
Strong results for police, mental health teams18857Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml25/08/2016 12:33:31 AM2016-08-24T22:00:00Za Positive results for landmark police and mental health co-response teams Police transport 80% fewer patients to emergency departments A landmark Liberal National Government trial to have senior mental health clinicians work alongside police has resulted in enhanced care of patients and fewer officers being tied up transporting people to hospital. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the trial area had been expanded to now cover 50 per cent of metropolitan Perth. "When the teams are engaged there has been an 80 per cent reduction in police officers transporting mentally ill patients to hospital, with the clinicians instead treating them in the community," Ms Harvey said. "This allows police officers to return to their core duties of investigating and responding to crime and antisocial behaviour in the community." Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said since the trial began, the specialist teams had responded to 4,500 incidents where mental health was an issue. "The mental health clinicians are the experts in dealing with these people; they know what treatment they need and how to help de-escalate what can be very tense situations," Ms Mitchell said. "The trial includes senior mental health clinicians based at the Police Operations Centre, triaging calls for assistance, and another at the Perth Watch House assessing and facilitating access to the right care for detainees." The State Government had allocated $6.5 million for the trial, which has been developed by WA Police, the Mental Health Commission and the Department of Health. Ms Harvey said there had been a great deal of interest shown in the co-response trial from police in other jurisdictions, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Fact File There were 17,498 police mental health calls outs in 2015, compared with 4,766 in 2007 Co-response teams have attended 4,500 incidents since the trial began in December 2015 Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900 Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400
CinefestOZ shines star power on South-West119717Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 11:12:27 AM2016-08-24T10:00:00Za Premiere of latest WA-produced feature Jasper Jones Australia's richest annual film prize now in third year Liberal National Government backs WA movie production and jobs Made possible by Royalties for Regions program The premiere of 2016 film prize finalist Jasper Jones at CinefestOZ highlights the value of the Liberal National Government's strong support for the Western Australian film industry. Launching the latest WA-produced feature in Busselton tonight, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the film festival was fundamental to fostering local movie production and jobs. "The growing success of CinefestOZ is playing a key role in our vision for a world-class film sector in the State," Mr Day said. "Creative industries are built on the sort of strong community support on show in Busselton, a critical mass of skills and progressive Government policies. That's why this is such an exciting time for Western Australian filmmaking. "Now in its ninth year, CinefestOZ is an international event, attracting screen industry professionals, an inspiring line-up of productions and thousands of film lovers. For the third year, the festival will offer Australia's richest film prize, with Jasper Jones joined by The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Girl Asleep and Spin Out vying for the $100,000 award." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the recently announced $16 million Regional Film Fund was giving WA a competitive advantage. "The new fund complements and bolsters the showcase that is CinefestOZ and is already attracting Australian and international interest," Mr Redman said. "Backed by Royalties for Regions, it is designed to maximise regional job creation and the use of local talent, with WA's stunning scenery set to be the backdrop for even more productions." CinefestOZ is supported by the State Government through Screenwest and Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, funded by Royalties for Regions. Premier Colin Barnett will announce the winner at CinefestOZ on Saturday. Fact File CinefestOZ Festival Week runs from August 24-28, including 14 Australian premieres Jasper Jones was shot around Pemberton and is one of seven features made in WA in 2015-16 with funding support from Screenwest. Visit http//www.screenwest.wa.gov.au The judging panel for the 2016 CinefestOZ film prize includes Gillian Armstrong, Sue Taylor, Garry Phillips, Damien Walshe-Howling and Emma Booth For more information, visit http//cinefestoz.com Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Minister welcomes collaborative mine safety data projects119714Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 5:24:42 AM2016-08-24T05:05:00Za Data from 14 years of DMP accident and incident reports to be independently analysed Main hazards for mine workers are falling from height, working under a load and being struck, or crushed by heavy machinery Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange has welcomed a collaborative project between the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) to glean further knowledge from 14 years of existing accident and incident reports. Speaking at DMP's recent Registered Managers Forum, Mr L'Estrange said minesite safety remained his number one priority. UWA is proposing to obtain insights into hazards, injuries and contributing factors by analysing the text in the narrative descriptions within up to 800 incident reports. ECU will also compare the Western Australian mining industry's incident ratios with international models. "The goal is to identify common causation factors," the Minister said. "I am particularly interested in data analysis which could identify trends in causes of serious minesite incidents and near misses so we can further improve our mines' safety inspection regimes," he said. Fact File The DMP Registered Managers Forum was created in 2014 to drive a positive cultural change in mine safety It allows the department to engage closely with mine management and key decision makers Minister's office - 6552 6900
BEST way to keep safe on the water119713Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 5:09:07 AM2016-08-24T05:00:00Za Skippers urged to complete BEST checklist each time they go boating to boost safety and avoid breaking down Boat breakdowns accounted for 639 rescues on WA waterways in 2015-16 Transport Minister Dean Nalder today reminded skippers of the importance of regular boat maintenance and the need to check safety equipment as the summer boating season approaches. The Liberal National Government's BEST check safety campaign is designed to raise awareness of boating safety prior to peak boating use over the summer months. Visiting the Department of Transport's marine safety stand at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, Mr Nalder said the majority of the 639 boat breakdowns requiring assistance from volunteer marine rescue groups in 2015-16 could have been avoided if skippers had been better prepared. "Skippers need to be responsible, taking time to complete the recommended voyage preparation guidelines every time they head out onto the water," Mr Nalder said. "Unfortunately, skippers who fail to do this put their safety and those on board at risk, and also waste the precious resources of our volunteer rescue groups." It provides skippers with a free step by step guide through an annual 45-point safety check which identifies items under the headings boat, equipment, safety and trailer to be maintained before each trip. "Spring is the best time to undertake the annual check as it allows time for repairs before the boating season," the Minister said. Mr Nalder said the department's presence at the Dowerin event also provided an opportunity to raise awareness in the community about carrying in-date flares, emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRBs) requirements and the need for boat to be registered with the department. Fact File For more information on the BEST campaign, visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/maintaining-your-boat.asp There are about 100,000 registered recreational boats in WA Minister's office - 6552 6400
Women’s football recognises best and fairest119709Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 4:45:12 AM2016-08-24T04:40:00Za More than 220 guests attend annual dinner for WA Women's Football League Historic year for women's football with announcement of first AFL team Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies congratulated those honoured at the WA Women's Football League's (WAWFL) Medal Presentation dinner at the Duxton Hotel on Monday night. "It was a great honour to speak at the event in recognition of so many talented players, coaches and volunteers," Ms Davies said. "It's such an exciting time for female football. Not only has participation increased to 50,000 in Western Australia in the past year, this year the Australian Football League (AFL) finally announced it would hold a women's competition. "This means the pathway to play football is now complete - with women having the opportunity to play football right from the junior club level, all the way to the elite." Along with recognising the eight WAWFL players selected as marquee players for next year's National Women's League, the awards' dinner recognised those who had shone on the field during the women's WAWFL season. Coastal Titans Football Club's Kiara Bowers and Emma King jointly won the WAWFL League Division Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best. Perth Angels Jennifer Homes was awarded the Reserves Fairest and Best as well as the Reserves Rising Star award. Jasmin Stewart from Claremont took home the honour of League Rookie of the Year award, and the Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award was awarded to Sally Allomes from South Fremantle. Sally has dedicated more than 10 years to the league and the South Fremantle Women's Football Club. "I congratulate all of those recognised at the awards and I look forward to an even more exciting year ahead for female football in WA in 2017," the Minister said. Fact File Eight of the 16 AFL marquee players came from the WAWFL In 2016, there were 50,000 participants in female football in WA Minister's office - 6552 5500 Caption Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies with WAWFL Rookie of the Year Jasmin Stewart and WAWFL President Carolyn Hills
New Watering WA rebates open for farmers119707Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 4:14:13 AM2016-08-24T04:05:00Za $4.4 million scheme for farmers in dryland agricultural areas Made possible by $30 million Royalties for Regions Watering WA initiative Water Minister Mia Davies has opened the $4.4 million Watering WA rebates scheme for farmers in dryland agricultural areas who are looking to develop and improve their on-farm water supplies. In Dowerin for the annual field days, Ms Davies said farmers could now register for the Liberal National Government scheme, which was a component of the recently launched $30 million Royalties for Regions Watering WA initiative. The scheme officially starts on October 1 2016. "Under Watering WA, the Department of Water's existing Farm Water Rebate Scheme has been expanded to farms connected to scheme water, and the maximum value of rebates is increasing from $15,000 to $20,000," Ms Davies said. "Farmers not connected to the scheme can continue to apply for funding. Farmers can claim 50 per cent of the cost of water supply plans, up to a maximum value of $500, and a further rebate of up to $250 for any call back visits by an approved water auditor. "Once the plan has been approved by the Department of Water, farmers can apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a range of infrastructure improvements to dams and catchments, tanks, pipes and pumping systems including solar energy, up to a maximum value of $20,000. "This supports the wider Watering WA initiative to make hundreds of millions of litres of water available for community and industry use in agricultural towns and communities, reducing reliance on costly scheme water for non-potable uses. "More than $36 million has been spent over the past two decades building water capacity on farms not connected to the scheme in dryland agricultural areas." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was supporting the development of lower cost climate-resilient water supplies for farming communities through improved on-farm water infrastructure. "This funding supports key improvements such as harvesting of water through improving catchments for dams, new guttering on farm sheds, increased storage of harvested water with new and enlarged dams, and improved on-farm distribution," Mr Redman said. "This investment ultimately aims to support long-term growth in regional economies." Fact File For more information on Watering WA, or to apply for a Watering WA rebate, visit http//www.water.wa.gov.au/wateringwa, phone 1800 780 300 or email wateringwa@water.wa.gov.au Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Sowing the seeds of great communities119704Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 3:08:52 AM2016-08-24T03:00:00Za Funding for community gardens extended to 2019-20 $100,000 per year for the establishment and maintenance of community gardens Applications for latest round of funding opens today Community gardens across Western Australia will continue to spring to life through the latest round of funding from the Liberal National Government. Speaking at the Duncraig Edible Garden today, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson announced that the Community Gardens Grants program had been extended to 2019-20, which provides $100,000 per year in funding for community gardens. Since its introduction in 2013, 37 projects totalling $464,853 have been funded across WA for the establishment and maintenance of community gardens. "Community gardens are a fantastic way of bringing communities together and allowing people to connect with the environment," Mr Simpson said. "They provide resounding benefits to those taking part, including getting people out and about and socialising while learning and sharing practical ideas about gardens, nutrition and the local environment. "There has been an overwhelming uptake in the program from community organisations across WA and I congratulate all those involved who have seized the opportunity to improve their neighbourhoods." The Minister said the program was part of the State Government's commitment to encourage social interaction and healthy living within local communities. "The Duncraig Edible Garden is just one example of a group that has used funding through the program to purchase equipment and undertake improvements to help the organisation operate in an independent and sustainable way," he said. Fact File The grants program was introduced as part of the State Government's commitment to provide $400,000 over four years for community gardens Up to $20,000 is available to create a new garden and $10,000 for existing spaces Funds may be used for planning, workshops, signage, infrastructure and community engagement projects Applications for the latest round of funding close on October 20, 2016 For more information, visit https//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/GrantsFunding/Pages/Community-Gardens-Grants.aspx Minister's office - 6552 6600 Caption Community Services Minister Tony Simpson with members of the Duncraig Edible Garden
Drivers targeted at litter sites to keep WA beautiful119699Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 2:54:58 AM2016-08-24T02:35:00Za 185,000 campaign aimed at motorists who litter on highways 20 roadhouses on Brand, Great Eastern and Forrest highways to take part Motorists who litter along Western Australian highways are the target of new trial to reduce rubbish on roadsides and change long-term littering behaviour to keep the environment clean. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Liberal National Government had launched the Regional Roadside Litter Prevention Project along three litter hotspots - the Brand, Great Eastern and Forrest highways. The $185,000 project, supported by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council (WA) and Main Roads Western Australia, will run until the end of December 2016. "The project is centred on the 'WA Naturally Thanks You' message and will encourage people to do the right thing with their rubbish by promoting a sense of personal responsibility," Mr Jacob said. "Everyone is capable of making a difference and I'm confident thanking people in advance for doing the right thing will help change the habit of roadside littering. This initiative, together with the State Government's recently announced container deposit scheme, will make a big difference in WA." Results from the 2015-16 National Litter Index confirmed that roadsides continue to attract high volumes of litter and are the source of most of the litter found in WA. As part of the project, there will be signs on the highways and at rest stop bins. Complimentary litter bags will also be available at 20 roadhouses along these routes. The Keep Australia Beautiful Council will also survey drivers at the roadhouses on their reactions to littering. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said these roads were subject to heavy traffic and had historically been popular spots for littering. "I'm hopeful that, as the amount of rubbish in these areas reduces, people will be encouraged to keep them clean and litter free," Mr Nalder said. Fact File The Regional Roadside Litter Prevention Project is funded by the Liberal National Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant By volume, paper and paperboard food containers and utensils, as well as plastic, metal and glass containers, are some of the largest contributors to the litter stream The State Government will introduce a container deposit scheme in 2018 to further reduce littering of drink containers Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
New pasture varieties launched at Dowerin119698Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 2:36:09 AM2016-08-24T02:30:00Za Liberal National Government announces six new pasture varieties for Australian growers Pastures are more resistant to pests and diseases A joint venture between the Liberal National Government and an Australian seed company has produced six new pasture varieties to boost farm profitability. Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder unveiled the new subterranean clovers at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, and said they were more productive, with improved resistance to pests and diseases and would lead to longer-lasting pastures. "These new varieties were borne out of a unique five-year joint venture between the Department of Agriculture and Food WA and Seed Force Australia, which combined the expertise of world-class plant breeders with the commercial skills of an industry partner," Mr Nalder said. "This is an example of where government and industry has worked together to deliver a great outcome for farmers in Western Australia and nationally." The Minister said to remain globally competitive, farmers needed to continually look to the latest technologies and genetics to keep driving productivity improvements on farm. "These subterranean clovers deliver a range of traits to benefit livestock and crop production in the Wheatbelt and higher rainfall areas," he said. "The new varieties are estimated to increase the value of annual livestock production by $10-$18 per hectare and the value of nitrogen input by $12-$18 per hectare over current varieties." Varieties 'Tammin' and 'Forbes' are suited to low and medium rainfall Wheatbelt areas and have seedling resistance to red legged earth mites and greater persistence in crop rotations. 'Yanco' and 'Rouse' are highly productive varieties with waterlogging tolerance and improved disease resistance for high rainfall pastures. Varieties 'Tarlee' and 'Antillo' are suited to neutral-alkaline, cracking soils found more commonly in eastern Australia and were developed as part of the national program. Fact File Red legged earth mites cause pasture production losses in WA in excess of $100 million per annum Certified seeds of 'Tammin' and 'Rouse' will be available to farmers in 2017, with seeds from other varieties available in the following two years Minister's office - 6552 6400 Pastures fact sheet.pdf
Coverage boost for the Eastern Goldfields119695Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 1:23:16 AM2016-08-24T01:05:00Za Regional Telecommunications Project improving mobile phone coverage Boorabbin, in the Shire of Coolgardie, is the latest location to benefit Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program About 80 kilometres of the Great Eastern Highway between Southern Cross and Coolgardie is no longer a mobile black spot, thanks to the Liberal National Government's $85 million investment in telecommunications through the Royalties for Regions program. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the new Boorabbin tower would expand mobile telephone coverage and high-speed wireless broadband connectivity along the highway and further into the Great Western Woodlands. "The Boorabbin National Park along the highway is a popular location to view the unique native trees and wildflowers in the ecologically significant Great Western Woodlands," he said. "The Great Eastern Highway is also the primary road for people travelling between Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Perth, and this tower will provide improved coverage and peace of mind for motorists. "The new connectivity will make it easier for families to keep in touch, ensure motorists feel safer and better equipped, and improve emergency service response times." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was vital mobile voice and data services were expanded in the regions to improve State Government service delivery, support the growth and prosperity of regional communities and improve safety. "The increase in mobile communication in Boorabbin builds upon the $20 million Royalties for Regions investment for the enhanced prescribed burning program and the $12.3 million for fire crew protection equipment, increasing support for emergency services," Mr Redman said. "The Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure will benefit emergency services and improve emergency response times in Western Australia's regional areas, particularly when placed along major transport routes." The rollout of new phone towers across regional WA is the result of a partnership between the State Government and industry. Fact File The Boorabbin tower has been delivered in partnership with Telstra The State Government's significant investment in regional telecommunications since 2012 is leading to the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WA For more information, visit http//www.commerce.wa.gov.au/industry-and-innovation/regional-telecommunications-project-0 Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Funding improves access and river health119693Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 1:14:13 AM2016-08-24T01:00:00Za $2 million for Perth foreshore restoration projects in 2016-17 Delivering on 2013 election commitment to fund more river projects The Swan and Canning rivers will benefit from $2 million in funding from the Liberal National Government to improve access and river health. In announcing the 2016-17 Riverbank funding, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said 13 projects across 10 local council areas would share nearly $1 million. An additional $1 million will fund priority projects that are being negotiated with local councils. Two of these priority projects are at Southern River in the City of Gosnells and at Woodbridge Riverside Park in the City of Swan. The extra funding is from a one-off $3 million investment from the 2014-15 State Budget over three years. "Riverbank funding is a partnership between the State Government and local councils to protect the long-term future of the Swan and Canning rivers," Mr Jacob said. "It is focused on protecting foreshores and infrastructure and improving the environment and public amenity of the Swan and Canning rivers. "In 2013, the Government made an election commitment to fund more river projects and I am pleased to see the positive environmental results that this funding is delivering." The Minister said this year's projects included foreshore restoration works, revegetation, weed and erosion control and river wall construction, as well as funding for long-term plans to protect foreshores. At Lilac Hill Park in Guildford, the City of Swan will use $22,375 towards revegetating 600 metres of river bank to link previously revegetated areas to create a 2.3 kilometre foreshore wildlife corridor. This will be one of the largest restabilised foreshore wildlife corridors along the Swan and Canning rivers. The City of Perth will receive more than $500,000 to control erosion along the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre foreshore. The City of Armadale will receive more than $69,000 for two projects along the Canning River. Fact File Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has invested more than $16 million in 192 restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers Under the Riverbank cost sharing, local councils have invested more than $28 million The Government has also invested $7 million in six nutrient-stripping wetlands to improve water quality in the Swan and Canning rivers Minister's office - 6552 5800 Recipients of Riverbank funding for 2016-17 City of Armadale - $34,480 for revegetation and weed control in Fancote Park extension, Goolamrup Reserve and Araluen walk trail City of Armadale - $34,608 for Rushton Park Rehabilitation, Stage 2 Town of Bassendean - $40,301 for drainage and foreshore restoration at Anzac Terrace City of Fremantle - $39,305 for developing the Northbank Foreshore stabilisation plan City of Gosnells - $40,720 for revegetation and weed control in foreshore reserves including John Okey Davis Park City of Nedlands - $25,560 for revegetating degraded areas at Point Resolution Shire of Peppermint Grove - $30,440 for erosion control at Freshwater Bay City of Perth - $517,005 for erosion control at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre foreshore City of Swan - $22,375 to develop a foreshore management plan for Lilac Hill Park City of Swan - $44,000 for the Walyunga Threatened Biodiversity Landscape Linkage Project City of Swan - $33,850 for foreshore restoration between Loder Way to Beverley Terrace Town of Victoria Park - $32,750 for developing a foreshore management plan for McCallum Park to Taylor Reserve City of Vincent - $90,000 for Banks Reserve foreshore restoration, Stage 2. TOTAL $985,394 Confirmed priority projects to share in $1 million additional funding. City of Gosnells - Southern River. Target weed infestations, stabilise the riverbank, maintain riparian vegetation and increase community awareness through environmental education. This potential project will build on similar works downstream on the Canning River at John Okey Davis Park. City of Swan - foreshore restoration at Woodbridge Riverside Park including the redevelopment of the river wall, formalising public access and stabilisation of the riverbank from the Blackadder Creek outlet to the canoe launching area upstream of the Governor Stirling Senior High School boat shed.
Hotel secured in Perth City Link land sale119680Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 4:25:39 AM2016-08-24T00:00:00Za Perth City Link lots sold to Hong Kong developer Far East Consortium Dorsett Hotel and 350 apartments to be built next to Perth Arena Liberal National Government releases Perth City Link land to market Two Perth City Link lots next to the Perth Arena have been sold to Far East Consortium International Ltd to build a 250-room Dorsett Hotel and 350 apartments. The $219 million development is the second Perth project for the Hong Kong company which earlier this month started work on The Ritz-Carlton hotel and apartments at Elizabeth Quay. "The Liberal National Government has invested millions of dollars in major projects that are redefining our city and returning significant benefits to West Australians through land sales, new hotel accommodation, tourist destinations and diverse living opportunities," Planning Minister Donna Faragher said. "With more major business, sporting and entertainment events coming to Perth, we must provide the hotels, restaurants and public spaces needed to support our growing tourism economy and welcome the thousands of visitors to our State each year." The Liberal National Government has invested more than $1 billion in the Perth City Link project since 2008, including demolition of the Perth Entertainment Centre and completion of Perth Arena, sinking part of the Fremantle rail line, the new $217 million Perth Busport and construction of Yagan Square which is expected to open in mid-2017. Mrs Faragher said the Government's investment in the Perth City Link had removed physical barriers making way for land sales and new connections between the city and Northbridge. The Minister also announced a further four lots at Perth City Link would be released to the market over the coming months, giving developers and investors new opportunities to be part of the transformational project. "Later this year, construction on the first vehicle connection linking King Street with Lake Street in Northbridge is expected to commence, creating an inviting public open space near the western bus portal," she said. "That connection will be followed by the new William Street Mall and Yagan Square." Fact File Perth City Link is expected to attract more than $4 billion in private investment and provide new accommodation for up to 13,500 future workers and 3,060 residents Registrations of interest for future Perth City Link land sales can be made to sales@mra.wa.gov.au. Information is also available at http//www.mra.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
Kalgoorlie-Boulder water savings add up119679Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/08/2016 12:07:44 AM2016-08-23T22:00:00Za Waterwise Towns Program results in big water savings for Kalgoorlie-Boulder Participating households helped save about 100 million litres of water With a little bit of help from the Water Corporation, about 3,800 Kalgoorlie-Boulder households used 100 million litres less water compared with the same eight month period last year. Water Minister Mia Davies today congratulated the households that took part in the water efficiency program and said the savings were the equivalent of more than 44 Olympic-sized swimming pools. "The savings were achieved through the Liberal National Government's Waterwise Towns Program, delivered through the corporation. It offered personalised water use advice to households through a series of letters or emails based on information gathered through smart water meters," Ms Davies said. "Smart water meters allow households to access detailed information about their water use through My Water, enabling them to identify spikes in use or continuous flows which could indicate a leak." Reducing water use forms part of the State Government's Water Forever plans to secure water supplies in the drying climate. The Minister said the overall reduction in water use was due to the dedication of participants to save water in the drying climate. "The program has been a huge success with households getting involved through analysing patterns in their water use, making small changes and seeing a decrease in their water use as a result," she said. "A number of customers were able to identify leaks at their properties and others simply enjoyed being part of the community effort to reduce water use." Fact File Kalgoorlie-Boulder forms part of the Integrated Water Supply Scheme which supplies water to Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural Region and parts of the South West About 20,000 households in Eaton, Australind and Mandurah also participated in Waterwise Towns programs, saving 320 million litres of water Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA's multicultural youth are making their mark119648Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3740html23/08/2016 2:01:19 AM2016-08-23T02:00:00Za ​WA's first culturally and linguistically diverse youth summit report launched Programs receive $66,750 funding from the Liberal National Government The voices of Western Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) youth have been recorded in a new report, which will be used to help shape the way public and community agencies respond to issues affecting multicultural youth. The report outlines recommendations from WA's first CaLD youth forum - the Catalyst Youth Summit, attended by 46 delegates from 22 countries - held in February 2016, which enabled young people to work together to create solutions for issues that affected them. The recommendations include the need for cultural competence training for CaLD youth-related service providers, and the importance of creating opportunities for young people from CaLD backgrounds to share their stories and have their voices heard. A new leadership program, called Shout Out, has also been launched, to provide media and public speaking training to young people from CaLD backgrounds, following feedback highlighting that young people prefer to speak for themselves. Both programs, run by the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA and supported with funding by the Liberal National Government via the Office of Multicultural Interests, aim to provide young people from CaLD backgrounds with the skills to become community leaders. Speaking at the report's launch, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the Catalyst Youth Summit and the Shout Out program gave young people the skills and the forum to share their valuable perspective to further contribute to WA and its future. "It is essential we equip young people from CaLD backgrounds with the skills to contribute to economic, social and political development and positively participate in public discussion and decision making," Dr Nahan said. Youth Minister Tony Simpson said the summit and report were an example of the State Government working with young West Australians from multicultural backgrounds to find solutions to issues of importance to them. "West Australians can have great confidence in our future with our young people making such a significant and positive contribution to the community," Mr Simpson said. Fact File The Shout Out program is open to all people from a refugee or migrant background aged 18-25. Professional speakers can be booked for events via http//www.yacwa.org.au Visit https//www.yacwa.org.au/blog/projects/catalyst-youth-summit/ to read the report and learn about Shout Out Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5700
Work starts on new bike trail at Margaret River119646Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6020html23/08/2016 1:01:19 AM2016-08-23T01:00:00Za Additional tourism attraction in the Margaret River region New opportunity to explore the region's natural attractions on two wheels Supported by a $155,000 investment through the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program and $100,0000 from Lotterywest Construction has started on a new nine kilometre world-class mountain bike trail network in Bramley National Park, in the State's South-West, that will provide a challenge for even the most experienced off-road cyclists. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the tender for the construction of the new trail had been awarded to Margaret River trail business Common Ground. "The first trail of the new network, Paper Trail, opened last year, and this challenging track has already been very popular, recording nearly 6,500 rides," Mr Jacob said. "The extra nine kilometres of new trail that is now being constructed will be suitable for all skill levels, but will also provide testing options and lines for experienced mountain bikers." The new trail forms part of the first purpose-built trail network under the Liberal National Government's South West Mountain Bike Master Plan. This master plan was released last year to meet the growing demand for purpose-built trails and a more managed approach for one of the world's fastest growing recreational pursuits. The master plan identifies Margaret River as a site for development of a trail network of national significance that will see construction of about 80km of purpose-built trails. The new trail is funded by $155,000 from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program through the Parks for People initiative, as part of the Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018. Lotterywest also provided a grant of $100,000 to the Margaret River Offroad Cycling Association to support the project. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the project would be a boon for tourism in the region. "The Parks for People initiative encourages more visitors to explore our regions by creating exciting new attractions and opportunities in the South-West region," Mr Redman said. "The Bramley National Park bike trail is a fantastic example of this and I am pleased it will soon be open for cyclists from all over the world to enjoy." Fact File During development, some of the trail network within the construction zone will be closed to riders with limited entry roads into the pines trails The new trail is expected to be completed by the end of October Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Community group chosen for Scarborough plan119642Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6030html23/08/2016 12:41:57 AM2016-08-23T00:30:00Za Six community members appointed for Scarborough Community Advisory Group Group to provide feedback for design and planning of road extensions $75.4 million redevelopment of Scarborough foreshore underway Planning Minister Donna Faragher has appointed six community members to a new advisory group to provide local input into road extensions proposed in the Scarborough Master Plan. Mrs Faragher said major redevelopment projects often involved challenging planning and development, and community consultation was a key step in achieving the right solutions. "I am pleased to invite these six residents, business owners and environmental representatives to work alongside the Liberal National Government and the City of Stirling to help plan and design the north and south extensions of The Esplanade," she said. Construction of the $75.4 million Scarborough foreshore redevelopment is underway, with demolition of the former surf club and community centre complete and the appointment of a lead contractor expected in the coming weeks. The Minister said major foreshore works would start in September, with the first new beachfront destination - Sunset Hill - expected to open in mid-2017. "Scarborough will become one of Australia's best beachfront precincts while also offering improved amenity and more choices for the local community," she said. "The road extensions will help improve traffic flow and accessibility in and around the Scarborough foreshore. They are not part of the current works scope and require a further 18 months to two years of planning and approvals, starting with a detailed design process which the community advisory group will provide feedback on. "There was a strong response to the call for nominations and I am confident the input from the community advisory group will help deliver the best outcomes for the redevelopment of Scarborough." Fact File The community advisory group will be chaired by North Metropolitan Region MLC Liz Behjat and will include representatives from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the City of Stirling Members of the community can lodge submissions for consideration by the group via email at scarboroughcommunity@mra.wa.gov.au The Scarborough redevelopment is being funded by the State Government ($48 million) and the City of Stirling ($27.4 million) For more information, visit http//www.mra.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5300 SCARBOROUGH REDEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP North Metropolitan Region MLC Liz Behjat - chairwoman Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority representative James Hewitt Mark Irwin, councillor, City of Stirling Wayne Bowen, chairman, Scarborough Beach Association Rae Kolb, convenor, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare group Mike Banning, Scarborough resident Trisha Lee, chairwoman, Scarborough Primary School board Greg Tate, Scarborough resident David Bryant, retired principal and surf club member