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Grants deliver support to ex-service community39291Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2017 2:30:33 AM2017-01-20T02:30:00Za ​ANZAC Day Trust Fund grants to more than 25 ex-service groups More than 25 ex-service organisations have shared in $300,000 in the latest grants from the ANZAC Day Trust Fund. Veterans Minister Joe Francis said that under the ANZAC Day Act 1960, part proceeds from race meetings and organised sporting events held on ANZAC Day were paid into a trust fund. "Those proceeds, as well as an annual grant from the State Government, are then used for the benefit of ex-service men and women and their families," Mr Francis said. One new recipient is Alongside, which successfully applied for a grant of $47,000 to provide proactive support and education for partners and families of defence personnel. "Alongside is a great example of an organisation dedicated to helping veterans of more recent conflicts. It has been doing tremendous work in supporting the partners and families of our younger servicemen and women from recruitment, throughout service, discharge and beyond," the Minister said. Another group supported by the ANZAC Day Trust Fund is Perth Legacy, which received $82,255 to continue its work supporting the families of men and women who have died or have been incapacitated during or after military service. "Legacy provides crucial help and advocacy to families with essential services such as counselling, housing, and medical and social welfare support," Mr Francis said. "Ex-service personnel hold a special place in our community. Supporting them does not end upon their homecoming or discharge from the Australian Defence Force. In some cases, the work is just beginning." Fact File Since 1999 about 76,000 Australian Defence Force personnel have deployed overseas on both 'warlike' and 'non-warlike service' For the full list of 2016 ANZAC Day Trust Fund grant recipients, go to https// Minister's office - 6552 6500
Water upgrades across the Great Southern39289Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2017 1:02:30 AM2017-01-20T01:00:00Za State Government invests $8.2 million to upgrade water treatment plants in Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup Upgrades will improve water quality in the three towns Water Corporation customers in Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup will benefit from an $8.2 million investment to upgrade water treatment plants in the three towns. Water Minister Mia Davies said work in Ongerup and Jerramungup had started and would be completed in mid-2017. "All three of these projects include upgrades to filtration and disinfection systems in the treatment plants, which will improve water quality for Water Corporation customers in these towns," Ms Davies said. "The projects in Ongerup and Jerramungup will also include upgrades to the power supply to the plants and water transfer pumps." Frankland's water treatment plant was the first to be upgraded with works completed in October 2016. "It is great to see local expertise being used in this Liberal National Government project, with contractors from Albany, Katanning and Mount Barker involved in the upgrade," the Minister said. Water for Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup is sourced from local dams, and then transferred to a water treatment plant where it is made safe for drinking before it is supplied to customers in the towns. In November 2016, the State Government embarked on an $8 million program to improve water quality in the communities of Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Sandstone. Fact File The Water Corporation supplied about 12.5 billion litres of water, through more than 4,000 kilometres of water mains, to its customers across the Great Southern For more information about the Water Corporation's water supply schemes, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 5500
New funding opens 25 beds for inner city homeless39287Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2017 12:51:43 AM2017-01-20T00:45:00Za Northbridge homelessness facility receives more funding to operate beds $750,000 over three years to open 25 new beds at The Beacon An inner city homeless shelter that provides accommodation for homeless men, women and couples has received additional funding to open 25 more beds. Premier Colin Barnett announced today that the Salvation Army would receive $250,000 a year for the next three years to open the additional beds in its The Beacon facility in Northbridge. "The State Government already provides funding to operate 77 beds at the facility, and will now provide the funding for 25 more beds," Mr Barnett said. "This important inner city facility also provides a number of support services to help the homeless address issues, such as mental health concerns and drug and alcohol dependencies, and to transition to independence." Acting Child Protection Minister Joe Francis said over the past few years, the State Government had made significant investment to increase the number of crisis beds in the Perth metropolitan area to meet the growing demand. "What's important is that these services, like The Beacon, offer support and access to programs and services that help the vulnerable break the cycle of homelessness," Mr Francis said. Individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness should contact Entrypoint Perth on 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care after hours on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (country free call). Fact File In 2016-17, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support will provide $1.265 million to the Salvation Army to deliver accommodation and support services at The Beacon facility for people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness The Beacon opened in February 2014, initially providing accommodation and support to single men The construction of The Beacon facility cost $22.5 million with funds provided through the Housing Authority, the Salvation Army and Lotterywest The Beacon facility replaced the Lentara and Tanderra hostels Premier's office - 6552 5000 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400
Fremantle jetty upgrade completed39285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml19/01/2017 11:30:48 PM2017-01-19T23:30:00Za $3.8 million jetty upgrade completed at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour Reconfigured replacement jetty provides 66 upgraded boat pens Upgraded pens now available for licence The Liberal National Government has completed a $3.8 million reconstruction of the biggest jetty at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the two-year improvement project had transformed Jetty 2 and was an important part of the harbour's ongoing jetty replacement program. "The project involved a partial demolition, piling work and implementation of new floating infrastructure and was partly funded by existing boat pen fees," Mr Marmion said. "Boat users will benefit from a number of improvements including the upgrading of 66 boat pens, providing new opportunities for boat owners wanting to house their vessel at the popular harbour. "The pens are safer than the original concrete and wood structure as they provide a wider platform and pen holders will also benefit from improved firefighting, security and fendering systems." The replaced section of Jetty 2 is now home to 29 pens of 15 metres in length, 21 pens of 18 metres in length, 15 pens of 20 metres in length and one multi-use pen. The jetty now provides additional pens for new customers seeking to accommodate their vessel at the harbour. Nearly 130 new and upgraded pens have been provided at the harbour since the jetty replacement program was implemented in 2009. The project upgraded the original part of Jetty 2 located off Capo D'Orlando Drive to meet the standard of an extension to the structure completed in 2012. Fact File The floating pen system now in place features an aluminium frame requiring minimal maintenance with high density polyethylene for the pontoons and decking The reconstruction project was undertaken by Wangara-based company Engineered Water Systems For more information about the project or pen availability, visit http// or contact the harbour office on 9431 1021 Minister's office - 6552 6800
Wanneroo Road bridge to benefit road users39276Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html19/01/2017 3:00:12 AM2017-01-19T03:00:00Za ​Vehicle traffic bridge for intersection of Wanneroo and Ocean Reef roads Bridge to improve traffic flow and community safety Project to generate work for up to 350 people The Liberal National Government has committed $5 million towards the project development and early construction phase of a traffic bridge at the intersection of Wanneroo and Ocean Reef roads. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the bridge would be constructed on Wanneroo Road and pass over Ocean Reef Road, with on and off ramps remaining for traffic access to both roads. "When completed, this project will provide a range of efficiency and safety benefits for the community," Mr Marmion said. "Up to 80,000 vehicles pass through this intersection each day - the bridge will significantly improve traffic movement through the area and reduce delays during peak periods. "The improvements will decrease the number and severity of traffic incidents, delivering additional safety benefits for commuters and the local community. "In addition, construction is expected to generate work for up to 350 people over the life of the project. "This interchange has been planned for more than 20 years and growth in the area has now reached a point where commencement of this project is considered necessary. "The increased efficiency of traffic movement from the proposed bridge configuration could also enable the future development of land through this corridor." The State Government funding commitment is supported by an additional $20 million in Australian Government funding. Fact File The population of the City of Wanneroo is expected to increase from 198,689 in 2016 to 238,730 in 2021, a 20% increase in five years Wanneroo Road currently carries up to 44,000 vehicles per day, with more than 8% heavy vehicles, and Ocean Reef Road carries up to 47,500 vehicles per day The intersection is currently ranked ninth in the latest (2015) Perth Metropolitan Congested Intersections Minister's office - 6552 6800
Biggest WA complex yet declared liquor-free39272Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html19/01/2017 2:30:25 AM2017-01-19T02:30:00Za ​24-unit Karratha apartment complex common areas now liquor-free Self-imposed liquor restrictions help tenants control visitor behaviour More than 260 single dwellings and seven common areas now liquor restricted across WA The Director of Liquor Licensing has declared the common areas of a 24-unit apartment complex in Karratha liquor-free, the biggest such property in Western Australia to date. Housing and Racing and Gaming Minister Brendon Grylls said Liquor Restricted Premises Declarations, introduced by the Liberal National Government in 2010, were proven to have an impact on reducing disruptive behaviour in public housing. "Alcohol is often associated with disruptive behaviour and it is often the case that tenants have difficulty in controlling the behaviour of visitors when alcohol is involved," Mr Grylls said. "Liquor restrictions are effective in empowering public housing tenants to manage their tenancies and the Liberal National Government supports any application where a tenant is seeking to have a declaration over their house." Liquor restrictions are now in place for 266 single dwellings and seven complexes in regional Western Australia, as well as 15 single dwellings in the Perth metropolitan area. In this case, common areas of the complex have been declared liquor restricted to ensure tenants and visitors were unable to consume alcohol in these areas. "A tenant seeking to have their premises declared liquor restricted can advise their local Housing Authority officer, who will provide them with an application and assist them with the process," the Minister said. "If someone drinks or takes liquor into a restricted property, police can seize the liquor and take action against the person who committed the offence. "Both the State Government and WA Police believe this is a positive step in reducing disruptive behaviour." Anyone convicted of bringing liquor onto a restricted premises or consuming it there is committing an offence under the Liquor Control Act 1988 and may be fined up to $2,000. Fact File When a Liquor Restricted Premises Declaration is issued, a notice must be displayed on the property. Police are empowered to enter restricted premises if they believe an offence is being committed The Housing Authority is unable to compel a tenant to apply for liquor restriction as a condition of tenancy but will consent to any application by a tenant for restriction Where a new tenant occupies a property in a complex with a declaration over the common area, they are advised that the declaration is in place prior to signing their tenancy agreement Some declarations have an expiry date and tenants may apply to have the restrictions removed Housing and Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 6100
More seniors active with SilverSport program39270Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html19/01/2017 1:30:16 AM2017-01-19T01:30:00Za ​Albany and Bunbury announced as new locations for SilverSport pilot program Financial barriers removed for eligible seniors to get active through clubs More seniors will have the chance to get active with the expansion of the popular SilverSport pilot program to Albany and Bunbury. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said SilverSport - based on the Liberal National Government's highly successful KidSport program - provided up to $200 towards fees, uniforms and equipment needed for eligible seniors' sport and recreation activities. "Sometimes the cost of participating in sport and recreation can be a barrier for seniors and this is one way that the Government can help," Ms Davies said. "In November 2016, the Liberal National Government committed an additional $300,000 to expand the popular SilverSport program and as a result, I am pleased to announce seniors living in the City of Bunbury and the City of Albany will be given access to SilverSport. "Bunbury and Albany have quality sporting facilities and a strong club system which helps promote activity and this initiative further encourages seniors to get active by removing financial barriers." The innovative program is also being piloted in Belmont, Kwinana, Northam and Kalgoorlie-Boulder/Coolgardie for those 60 and over. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the program would help eligible seniors, who might not otherwise be able to, join a sport or recreation club. "The aim is to keep seniors fit, healthy, active and socially connected using sport and recreation centres, seniors' fitness classes and clubs in their communities," Mr Miles said. The program is administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities. Applicants with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card can join a registered SilverSport program. The fees of up to $200 per person will go directly to recognised SilverSport clubs, recreation centres, programs and businesses. Fact File Apply for SilverSport through current participating local governments Clubs, programs and businesses who want to register as recognised SilverSport organisations can do so at http// Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500 Seniors and Volunteering Minister's office - 6552 6600
More camping sites for Lucky Bay visitors39268Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements30html19/01/2017 12:04:59 AM2017-01-18T23:00:00Za More camp sites are coming in 2017 at spectacular Lucky Bay on the south coast $2.95 million from Royalties for Regions The expansion of camping facilities at Lucky Bay east of Esperance, rated among Australia's best beaches, will continue this year with another $2.95 million thanks to the Liberal National Government's investment in Western Australian camping and caravanning initiatives. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Stage 2 redevelopment of the campground would include establishment of eight to 10 premium camp sites with their own deck or verandah, their own ablutions and camp kitchen. "Lucky Bay, in Cape Le Grand National Park, is one of the most beautiful areas in WA and this is a significant boost to tourism in this region," Mr Barnett said. "This is an example of how the Liberal National Government has invested in our national parks to make them more attractive and more affordable as holiday destinations." The funding is made possible by Royalties for Regions through the $198 million Goldfields Esperance Revitalisation Fund. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the recently opened Stage 1 works had created 62 camp sites on two camping loops overlooking the spectacular white sands of Lucky Bay, allowing more people to experience the beauty of the magnificent area. "Stage 1 of the Lucky Bay redevelopment included a new, larger day use area, sealed roads within the campground, new paths for beach access, a bore and water supply tanks, two new barbecue shelters and a toilet," Mr Jacob said. "The Government has committed to significantly increasing affordable camping opportunities by providing 450 new camp sites throughout WA and so far we have completed 420 of these, a wonderful outcome for the community." The $3.1 million Stage 1 redevelopment was made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions investment in the four-year $21.05 million Parks for People initiative, as part of the Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman encouraged people to visit the regions and spend time in local campgrounds and national parks as an affordable holiday option. "I am pleased to see the Royalties for Regions investment in more recreational opportunities that will create positive visitor experiences. This helps boost regional tourism and create vibrant regional communities and a sustainable economy," Mr Redman said. Fact File The total investment in the Lucky Bay campground Stage 2 is $3.9 million, including $950,000 from the Department of Parks and Wildlife There were 154,000 visits to Cape Le Grand National Park in 2015-16 Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https// Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
All aboard: young leaders are streets ahead101982Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3950html18/01/2017 4:45:05 AM2017-01-18T04:45:00Za $50,000 to support more young leaders to sit on Boards of Governance More young leaders will enjoy the benefits of sitting on aged care and community boards, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Liberal National Government. Community Services Minister Paul Miles today announced the grant had been awarded to Southcare to continue delivering 'Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards', which creates opportunities for young leaders to succeed on Boards of Governance. "The Liberal National Government is committed to providing young West Australians with the opportunity to be involved in decision-making bodies in their local communities," Mr Miles said. "Sitting on a board can be a great way for young people to share in decision-making and use their skills to benefit others. Their knowledge and fresh perspectives can make services, events or decisions more relevant, appropriate and effective." As part of the program, Southcare will use the grant over two years to encourage local governments and community organisations to improve the representation of young people on community boards. "The program addresses challenges posed by the ageing profile of current board members while providing more diverse representation and quality members," the Minister said. "Participants in the program undergo intensive training, attending learning and development opportunities to equip them with the knowledge, experience and networks to accept their first board position or board traineeship." Mr Miles took the opportunity to meet one of the program's alumni - Laura Koh - who currently sits on the Board of YMCA WA. "This program has an established alumni and demonstrated results with more than 60 per cent of graduates accepting a board position or traineeship. This is a fantastic result which this funding will help increase in the coming years," he said. Fact File For more information on the 'Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards' program, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Grants to improve cycling facilities101981Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5580html18/01/2017 4:30:06 AM2017-01-18T04:30:00Za $4.1 million to be shared across 37 local governments 20 kilometres of shared paths to deliver safety benefits The Liberal National Government is continuing its commitment to improving Western Australia's cycling network with $4.1 million granted to 43 projects across 37 local governments, as part of the Department of Transport's 2017-18 grants program. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the funding assistance would be used for cycling infrastructure and the development of bicycle plans. "This funding into WA's cycling network ensures local infrastructure and facilities meet the needs of the State's growing cycling community," Mr Marmion said. "The investment will see the creation of 20 kilometres of shared paths which will separate cyclists from motorists, making life easier and safer for both cyclists and vehicle drivers. The funding enables the planning of four new bike boulevards and an intersection upgrade in the City of Fremantle to make the busy junction of Queen Victoria, Parry and Adelaide streets safer to cross, by introducing cycle head starts and traffic light phasing. "Four of the successful projects are part of the Connecting Schools Program which is aimed at improving bicycle access and end-of-trip facilities for local schoolchildren, which is great news for parents and families," the Minister said. Over the next four years, the State Government will invest $90 million in cycling infrastructure through grants programs, bike parking at train stations, major projects such as the Mitchell Freeway extension and NorthLink WA, and development of the Principal Shared Path network. Fact File Projects receiving grants include 1.9km shared path in the City of Swan connecting Ellenbrook with the Swan Valley and Midland 3.1km shared path along Pinjarra Road in the Shire of Murray connecting residential areas to the Pinjarra town centre 950m shared path completing the link between Collie and Allanson 1.4km bike boulevard along Moorland Street in the City of Stirling to link the train station to residential areas around Birralee Park and ultimately Scarborough Beach Funding was made possible through the Department of Transport's Perth Bicycle Network and Regional Bicycle Network grants The State Government has been providing local government grants for cycling infrastructure since 1987 For more information on the grants program and recipients, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
Pool funding splashes for safety and training101980Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2400html18/01/2017 4:00:06 AM2017-01-18T04:00:00Za ​$176,272 for pool safety-related projects and training Helps 100 regional lifeguards requalify, purchase 95 training mannequins, audit eight regional pools to achieve Waterwise status and 10 scholarships to regional females to undertake pool operations training Community Pool Revitalisation Program funding totals $3.1 million Pool goers across Western Australia will benefit from funding for safety and training through the Community Pool Revitalisation Program. Speaking in Merredin today, Sport and Recreation Minster Mia Davies said $176,272 would go to Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics initiatives. "This funding will be used for safety and pool use training as well as testing pool equipment around WA," Ms Davies said. "For example, this money gives provision to offer financial assistance to 100 pool lifeguards to requalify in regional WA and the purchase of 95 lifesaving mannequins for in-house and community training." The funding will also cover Eight audits of regional pools to achieve Waterwise specification 10 scholarships to regional female industry participants to undertake pool operations training. The Minister said safe and well-maintained facilities were important to encourage greater participation in sport and active recreation. "A community pool should never be underestimated in its ability, not only to teach people about water safety and be a fun place to swim, but to also act as a hub for local community life," she said. "Especially in regional Western Australia, pools often form the social centre of many towns and communities." Late last year, 91 pools and four water playgrounds received $2,923,728 in funding through the Community Pool Revitalisation Program. Eligible regional local governments can apply for up to $32,000 towards pool upgrades, maintenance, equipment, staff development or a reduction of pool entry costs. The money can also be put towards a capital project. Fact File For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA victims lose $10 million to scams in 2016101978Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5290html18/01/2017 3:21:42 AM2017-01-18T03:15:00Za ​WA ScamNet figures show 377 victims lost money in 2016, a 17 per cent drop Relationship fraud remains the most costly scam for victims The number of West Australians duped by scammers dropped by 17 per cent in 2016, with romance fraud still the most common type of scam despite a 34 per cent drop in victim numbers. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said 377 victims reported losing $10,057,015 to scams overall in 2016, with $4.1 million lost to relationship fraud. "While most scam categories have seen a drop in both victims and losses, there are two categories that have seen huge increases in losses which is a cause for concern," Mr Mischin said. "Technology scams have seen a 21 per cent increase in victim numbers while the losses have almost tripled. Scammers contact their victims usually by phone and pretend to be from a well-known telecommunications company such as Telstra, saying their computer has been hacked. "They trick the person into giving them remote access to their computer and then ask them to log on to their online banking, where the bank accounts are later raided. "The other area of concern is the doubling of losses from investment scams to $2.6 million in 2016, even though there has been a slight drop in the number of victims in this category. "Using fake websites and sometimes stealing the identity of legitimate companies, the scammers dupe investors with promises of quick financial gains. A range of different investments are offered by scammers, particularly in the area of binary option trading." The Minister said Project Sunbird, a joint initiative between Consumer Protection and the Major Fraud Squad at WA Police, had continued to be a highly successful and effective intervention method, which monitored money transfers from Australia to countries in western Africa. "The project has contained losses for many WA victims of romance and investment fraud, with about 74 per cent of the 700 people who received a letter from Sunbird ceasing to send more money, after being warned that they could be the victim of a scam," he said. Mr Mischin today released the 2016 Scam Review report prior to the destruction of almost 70,000 scam mail items, bound for Australian homes, that had been intercepted in the past two years in a joint operation between Consumer Protection and Australia Post. "The letters mainly inform recipients that they have won a prize or lottery but must pay a small fee upfront in order to receive it. There are also letters from clairvoyants who say they can provide secrets to finding fame and fortune, again for a small fee," he said. "Had these letters been delivered, there is a potential for recipients to be tempted to respond and be conned into giving money for a product or service that either doesn't exist or won't deliver on the false claims being made." Fact File The 2016 Scam Review report is available at http// Report scams by email or call 1300 30 40 54 Minister's office - 6552 5600
Funding approved for Capel Civic Precinct101974Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3380html18/01/2017 2:31:17 AM2017-01-18T02:30:00Za ​$2.2 million Royalties for Regions investment in Capel Civic Precinct Part of the $600 million Growing our South initiative The Liberal National Government today announced that it has approved an investment of $2.2 million to support the final stages of the $9.3 million Capel Civic Precinct development. Deputy Premier Liza Harvey, who joined Regional Development Minister Terry Redman in Capel today, said funding would complete a long-term strategy to enable the Capel region to take advantage of local visitor attractions and the expanding Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport. "The Capel region has many local visitor attractions such as Capel River, trails, wineries and eateries, coastline and beaches, Tuart forest, artisan stores and historic buildings," Ms Harvey said. Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would allow the Shire of Capel to complete the last two stages of the project. "The investment will support the delivery of a 752sqm multipurpose complex that will house meeting rooms, exhibition and conference spaces, training rooms, a professional standard kitchen for classes and functions, offices, electrical car charging points and an activity room/workshop," he said. "The project will also include a 150sqm youth space plus a half-court basketball court, town square and a 1,000 person-capacity amphitheatre and stage. "This project is expected to help strengthen and diversify the region's economy and attract more people to the town. "The Capel Civic Precinct is being supported through the $600 million Royalties for Regions Growing our South initiative, which has funded many transformational South-West projects including the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport, Margaret River Perimeter Road and the Bunbury Waterfront." The Capel Civic Precinct development project builds on more than eight years of planning and more than $2.1 million of investment over the past three years, including more than $1.8 million invested by the Shire of Capel in civil works and public amenities. Fact File Stages one and two of the Capel Civic Precinct development are already complete Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https// Deputy Premier's office - 6552 5900 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Grants help young offenders look to the future101973Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3780html18/01/2017 2:06:14 AM2017-01-18T02:05:00Za ​$136,772 Lotterywest grant towards equipment to expand social and recreational opportunities for young West Australians A diversionary program helping young offenders obtain their driver's license will be expanded, thanks to a $136,772 grant from Lotterywest. Presenting the grant to the Federation of Western Australian Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC), Youth Minister Paul Miles said the funding would aid in the delivery of the 'Drive to the Future' program. Delivered in partnership with WA Police, the program gives at-risk youths a chance to attain a motor vehicle license and reaches in excess of 80 participants per month. "The Liberal National Government recognises the importance of meaningful engagement and community participation of young people," Mr Miles said. "The PCYC has been instrumental in shaping, developing and influencing young people and their involvement in WA communities for more than seven decades. "The 'Drive to the Future' program has been incredibly successful, resulting in decreased criminal activity, enhanced employment opportunities, reduced antisocial behaviour and improved self-esteem, confidence and self-worth of participants." The grant will allow the PCYC to repair its existing driving simulator and purchase a second mobile unit, which will allow the program to be delivered in regional locations. It will also enable the purchase of iPads for regional managers to assist them in becoming more flexible in their operation. The Minister said the State Government provided more than $65,000 to the PCYC in 2016 for the operation of nine Police Ranger units in WA, which provided training and support to young people engaged in the program. "More than $10 million has also been provided to the WA PCYC to upgrade and further develop its facilities across WA," Mr Miles said. Fact File WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations In 2015-16, Lotterywest provided $281.41 million for beneficiaries including WA's hospitals, arts and sport and recreational groups Minister's office - 6552 6600
Joint media statement - Great Eastern Highway upgrade contract awarded101972Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7280html18/01/2017 3:40:00 AM2017-01-18T02:00:00Za ​$5.342 million contract awarded to Downer Group for major safety improvements Construction to generate employment for up to 40 people Federal Minister for Infrastructure Darren Chester and Western Australian Transport Minister Bill Marmion today announced the start of work on a major safety upgrade for Great Eastern Highway in Mundaring. "As the result of a competitive tender process, Downer Group has been awarded a $5.342 million contract to upgrade 2km of highway between Kintore Road and Mann Street," Mr Chester said. "The Liberal and National Commonwealth and State governments are jointly funding the project, with the Australian Government providing $9.6 million towards the $12 million project. "These works will significantly improve safety on this busy section of the highway, which is the primary east-west freight route for WA and the key route for travel between the Goldfields, Perth and the South-West region." Mr Marmion said work was expected to commence in late January and be completed by mid-2017. "This project is expected to provide employment for up to 40 people at its peak," Mr Marmion said. "We will be delivering a host of safety improvements such as sealed shoulders, intersections with turning pockets, improved street lighting, sealed bus bays, paths, traffic barriers in the verge and median, and new road markings, signs and guide posts. "Western Power has already completed a program to replace overhead power lines with an underground service along this section of the highway. "While this section is being completed, Main Roads Western Australia will complete planning for the adjoining 5.2km section between Kintore Road to Bilgoman Road in Glen Forrest." Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt welcomed this infrastructure upgrade. "The East Metro region is a growth area and is the gateway to Perth from the East, and is particularly important for the Shire of Mundaring," Mr Wyatt said. Great Eastern Highway between Glen Forest and Mundaring was built in the 1950s and upgraded to a dual carriageway in the 1970s. This section of the highway is used by 25,000 vehicles per day. WA Transport Minister's office - 6552 6800
Helping aged residents stay in their communities101970Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5140html18/01/2017 1:02:38 AM2017-01-18T01:00:00Za $6.16 million for age-appropriate housing in the South-West and Peel Made possible through Royalties for Regions Part of the $600 million Growing our South initiative More people will have the option of staying in their South-West and Peel communities as they age, thanks to the latest investment in housing by the Liberal National Government. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced that Royalties for Regions would invest more than $6.16 million to support the development of 32 new units in Brunswick Junction, Donnybrook and Waroona. "These important projects will open the door for people in some of the State's smaller towns to stay connected to their communities and their established support networks," Mr Redman said. "Without appropriate and affordable housing and more age-friendly places, people can be forced to move to bigger towns or cities as their needs change with age. "Projects like the ones planned for Brunswick Junction, Donnybrook and Waroona make a big difference to people's lives by allowing them to stay close to family, friends, community groups and regular service providers." More than $2.3 million has been allocated to support the construction of an additional 12 affordable retirement units to rent or buy at the existing eight-unit Brunswick River Cottages development. In Donnybrook, $2 million will support the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and Alliance Housing to build 11 independent living units for over 55s or people with special needs as part of the Bridge Street Affordable Housing project. A total of $1.84 million will support the Quambie Park Waroona Housing Options Village to address the high demand for aged services while enabling older residents to remain living in a home setting. Fact File Projects address the findings in the State-wide Ageing in the Bush Report The number of regional West Australians aged 70 and over is expected to double to 100,000 between 2011 and 2026 The Growing our South initiative is a five-year, $600 million Royalties for Regions program to implement major infrastructure and community projects in the Peel, Wheatbelt, South-West and Great Southern regions Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https// Minister's office - 6552 6700
Perth World Trade Centre to boost international links101968Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15580html18/01/2017 12:30:08 AM2017-01-18T00:30:00Za $1.85 billion World Trade Centre for Perth CBD one step closer Part of Liberal National Government's unsolicited bids policy Project will link Perth to 327 World Trade Centre locations around the world Perth's central business district is the proposed site of a $1.85 billion World Trade Centre after a private sector redevelopment proposal progressed to the Stage Two detailed assessment phase under the Liberal National Government's unsolicited bids policy. Premier Colin Barnett said the project was the first to successfully complete the Stage One preliminary assessment and would involve developing a unique commercial, residential and entertainment precinct on 1.9 hectares of land between the Perth and McIver train stations. "World Trade Centre Perth is proposing a development that will involve an iconic architectural design to showcase Western Australian capabilities and commercial opportunities, connecting Perth to 327 World Trade Centre locations around the globe," Mr Barnett said. "That a developer is willing to make this investment demonstrates strong confidence in the future of Perth and has the ability to stimulate diverse trade and investment opportunities for the State." The $1.85 billion World Trade Centre Perth proposal includes the construction of two towers, 36 and 75 levels respectively, with associated commercial/retail, residential and recreational facilities which will include building above the existing train line. The proposal will now undergo a detailed assessment and require the proponent to address a number of specific requirements including demonstration of financial and technical capacity to deliver, subject to the proponent entering into a participation agreement with the State Government. Lands Minister Terry Redman said the State Government had adopted the 'Unsolicited Bids Guideline for the Sale or Lease of State-Owned Land' in January last year after extensive consultation. "The guideline was developed to provide a transparent and consistent framework to deal with unsolicited bids received through the Government's Land Asset Sales Program based on the approach adopted in other jurisdictions in Australia," Mr Redman said. "This is exactly the kind of unique project, with commercial and community benefits, that the Unsolicited Bids Guideline was designed to facilitate assessment of." Fact File An unsolicited bid is a market-led proposal put to Government by the private sector which has not been formally requested by the Government The focus of unsolicited bids is the purchase or lease of State-owned land (i.e. land or land and buildings) for a specific development The guideline is available at http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Swimming with humpback whales continues101966Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4300html17/01/2017 11:30:10 PM2017-01-17T23:30:00Za 1,644 tourists swam with humpback whales at Ningaloo in 2016 Increased booking for whale shark tours and accommodation The Liberal National Government will proceed with a second year of the swimming with humpback whale trial in Ningaloo Marine Park in 2017. Preliminary results from the inaugural trial from August to November 2016 were encouraging, with 1,644 people experiencing swimming with these giants of the ocean. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the trial, undertaken with licensed operators that already delivered swimming with whale shark tours, aimed to determine the environmental sustainability and risks to swimmers and whales. "The Department of Parks and Wildlife regulates the interactions so the tour operators have rules in place to minimise the risk to swimmers and disturbances to humpback whales, while still ensuring visitors have a unique experience of nature," Mr Jacob said. "Most visitor responses from a trial survey were complimentary about the experience and a social research study during the trial also gave positive results. On this basis, the trial will continue this year so we can gather more information about human interaction with these great creatures." The Minister said the trial boosted nature-based tourism in the World Heritage-listed marine park, with a significant increase in whale shark tour passengers on the back of interest in the humpback swimming tours. "Passenger numbers for whale shark tours were up by an unprecedented 32 per cent in 2016, giving a boost to the local Exmouth and Coral Bay economy," he said. "More than 27,500 people took part in whale shark tours at Ningaloo, up from 20,834 in 2015 indicating the growing public awareness of Ningaloo and interest in the trial. This clearly demonstrates the economic benefits of the Liberal National Government's commitment to growing eco-tourism in this State." An extra 3,500 passengers were recorded during the main whale shark season from March 1 to July 31 and the remainder throughout August, September and October, when the Government also trialled tours for in-water interaction with humpback whales. Exmouth accommodation bookings for July to October 2017 through travel website Expedia are up by more than one-third compared with the same time last year, which is attributed to interest in the swimming with humpback whale trial. Fact File 2016 was the longest-running whale shark season on record with more than 1,600 tours completed Minister's office - 6552 5800
Further support for WA grandcarers101956Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4470html17/01/2017 7:12:42 AM2017-01-17T07:00:00Za $896,087 Lotterywest grant to Wanslea to co-ordinate research into grandcarers Joint research project will inform improvements to support services Western Australian grandcarers will benefit from research into services that better support them and their families, thanks to a $896,087 grant from Lotterywest. Presenting the grant to Wanslea Family Services, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the funding would go towards a two-year Grandparent Carer Research Project to study the experiences of grandparents and the grandchildren that are in their care. "The Liberal National Government recognises the important role that grandcarers play in providing guidance, compassion and protection to children," Mr Miles said. "The findings from the research project will inform the next steps and provide recommendations on how we can improve our service delivery and policy frameworks." In 2013, the State Government introduced WA's first Grandcarers Support Scheme which has provided more than $1.7 million in support payments to eligible grandcarers, in acknowledgement of the additional demands and financial pressures they experience. "In 2016-17, more than $580,000 will be provided to Wanslea Family Services to aid the delivery of the Grandcarers Support Scheme and other services and assistance programs," the Minister said. "These services include telephone information, support groups, training, respite, home help, tutoring for grandcarers and their grandchildren." Mr Miles also announced the launch of a new online legal resource - Grandfamilies Legal Matters and Resources. "Developed in collaboration with the Gosnells Community Legal Service, this publication will help guide grandcarers through the sometimes complex legal aspects of caring for their grandchildren," he said. Fact File The Grandparent Carer Research Project will be conducted in partnership with Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, The University of Western Australia and Community Vision Grandfamilies Legal Matters and Resources is available at https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Limitation period to go for child abuse victims101954Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7100html17/01/2017 3:16:38 AM2017-01-17T03:15:00Za No cap to be placed on maximum damages that can be awarded to survivors Current limitation period is six years Laws to remove limitation periods for victims of child sexual abuse to take civil action against perpetrators and institutions will be enacted by a re-elected Liberal National Government, Premier Colin Barnett said today. Mr Barnett said the Government would also remove limitation periods for serious physical abuse, recognising that this was also traumatic and could have a lasting impact on a person's wellbeing. The change would make WA one of only three jurisdictions - alongside New South Wales and Victoria - to remove limitation periods for physical as well as sexual abuse. The removal of limitation periods would not be limited to child abuse which occurred in an institutional context. "Survivors, regardless of where the abuse occurred will be able to commence civil action without the barrier of limitation periods," Mr Barnett said. The Premier thanked Eyre MLA Graham Jacobs for his advocacy for victims. "Graham's work on this issue has led to these changes and he has made a significant contribution to this outcome," he said. Deputy Premier Liza Harvey, who chaired a Cabinet sub-committee to examine the matter, said after meeting with a range of people including survivors of child sexual abuse, and considering submissions, it was clear an injustice needed to be corrected. Ms Harvey said the Government also recognised that some survivors may have accepted out of court settlements for abuse they suffered in circumstances where the limitation period for their claim had expired, leaving them with no ability to take action in the courts. They may have felt obliged, by reason of their poor bargaining position, to take what was offered to them by way of settlement. "Consequently, our amendments will allow victims who have received out of court settlements for child abuse to have these settlements set aside by the court," the Deputy Premier said. "There will be no cap placed on the maximum damages that can be awarded to survivors - the court will determine the damages payable to a person who suffered child abuse." Attorney General Michael Mischin said the changes would not preclude victims who had previously received redress for sexual or serious physical abuse experienced as a child from commencing civil action. "Western Australia has administered two State-based redress schemes - Redress WA and the Country High Schools Hostels Ex Gratia Scheme," Mr Mischin said. "The Liberal National Government is committed to allowing survivors of child abuse to be able to take civil action against the perpetrator or, where relevant and possible, the institution that failed to protect them as children and, if necessary, have the merits of their case decided by a court." Fact File Legislation will be drafted for introduction into State Parliament in 2017 Premier's office - 6552 5000 Deputy Premier's office - 6552 5900 Attorney General's office - 6552 5600