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Revised bridge design to showcase locally built arches129127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/11/2017 6:33:27 AM2017-11-23T06:30:00Z ​Design change to showcase WA-made steel arches Revised bridge design to save millions and reduce maintenance costs Decision to build the bridge locally has created more than 200 jobs The McGowan Government has approved a new look for the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, with the striking WA-made steel arches to become a feature of the design. Design modifications mean the steel arch structure will no longer be covered by white and black fabric - a component that was added during the design process to make the arches appear solid. The decision follows advice from lead contractor York Rizzani JV stating not having the fabric would retain the distinctive arch design while significantly reducing recurring costs and challenges associated with the ongoing maintenance of the bridge. Omitting the fabric cladding will deliver approximately $4 million in savings on the construction cost and a further $11 million in anticipated maintenance costs over the first 40 years of the structure's life. Along with the aesthetic changes, the revised design will improve structural capacity by eliminating 275 tonnes of secondary steel from the 50 arch modules, while also reducing wind loading and noise caused by the fabric. New opportunities such as enhanced lighting shows can now occur, while potential tourism activities such as bridge climbs will be investigated, which could provide an ongoing financial return to the State after an initial set-up cost. The local fabrication is progressing well, despite external challenges associated with the late arrival of some steel from China. Due to contractual requirements under the stadium contract that potentially exposed taxpayers to tens of millions of dollars in additional costs, an alternative laydown area was required. To factor in these two challenges, the opening of the bridge is expected in May 2018. This will not impact any of the scheduled events, following the State Government's decision to not allow additional weeknight events to be scheduled before the middle of the year. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Changes to the design of the bridge were proposed by contractor York Rizzani JV to reduce the significant costs of future maintenance and mitigate potential delays, which had not been factored in by the previous government. "Following advice from York Rizzani JV, a prudent decision was made to remove the fabric covering so the impressive steel structure becomes the primary feature of the design. "We're getting on with the delivering this bridge, while the previous government opted to wait for it to arrive from Malaysia. "This bridge was never designed or chosen based on its simplicity - it is a work of art, however this decision will improve its structural capacity and expose the impressive functional elements, built locally, of the design. "By removing the fabric covering or membrane, we make an immediate saving on construction and many millions of dollars in reduced maintenance in coming years. "I have no doubt the revised design will prove a stunning addition to the Perth skyline, which will now be a permanent tribute to the workmanship of WA workers." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Summit forges pathway to innovation economy in regional WA129125Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/11/2017 2:30:51 AM2017-11-23T02:30:00Z ​Regional Innovation Summit to develop roadmap for generating the ecosphere where technological and business innovation thrives Outcomes to underpin economic diversification and create regional job opportunities Innovators from across Western Australia will meet in Bunbury today to set the roadmap for government investment in regional innovation to stimulate economic diversification in the regions. The Regional Innovation Summit in Bunbury brings together innovators, industry groups, academia, Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and State and local governments. The event will help guide the investment of the State Government's $4.5 million regional component of the New Industries Fund and inform future initiatives and projects aimed at creating jobs, and developing talent and skills in the regions. Speakers are a mix of innovation champions, start-ups, and high-growth small to medium-sized enterprises and industry players who have helped transform their industries by accelerating research and development, venture creation and growth. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government understands that fostering an innovation culture can be a catalyst for the creation of new jobs and industries. "Today's summit brings regional innovation leaders together so we can learn how government can best assist in creating the environment for growth of new business. "We want to build on what has already been achieved, while understanding from international and interstate experience that successful regional innovation benefits from strategic government support. "There is already so much innovation happening in our regions; we need to play to these advantages region-by-region, and are committed to charging this innovative streak by backing businesses and industries who are leading the way." Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "Innovation offers up an exciting opportunity to create WA jobs and diversify the WA economy. "A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found high growth small-to-medium businesses generally represent six per cent of an economy but create 54 per cent of all new jobs. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with businesses, industry and academia to explore how we can help strengthen the innovation environment and identify ways to build on WA's competitive advantages to create WA jobs." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100
Margaret River Gourmet Escape contract renewed for a further year129123Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/11/2017 12:31:39 AM2017-11-23T00:30:00Z State Government to invest in bigger culinary tourism event to grow visitation and improve export outcomes Expanded festival to include Swan Valley Request for Proposal process to seek submissions from industry The State's premier food and wine event will be back in the South-West for 2018, as the State Government looks to expand Western Australia's culinary event tourism in the future. The sponsorship contract with event owner IMG Culinary has been renewed for 12 months, with the seventh Margaret River Gourmet Escape to go ahead in November next year. However, with the current agreement coming to an end, the Government will review the State's investment in food and wine event tourism, with a view to expanding the festival to feature not only Margaret River but also the Swan Valley. The review will involve stakeholder consultation followed by a Request for Proposal process. The consultation, involving the food and wine industry; tourism operators; local producers and the community, will help determine the final specifications for the new event. A list of companies with a track record in culinary events will then be invited to submit proposals to run an annual international food and wine festival across the State's two premier wine destinations in 2019 and beyond. The successful proponent is expected to be announced in the first half of next year. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Margaret River Gourmet Escape has helped grow the brand of our beautiful South-West and cemented the State's reputation as a culinary destination. "With the current three-year agreement ending, the State Government decided it was the right time to explore opportunities to grow efforts in food and wine event tourism and maximise outcomes for the State. "It gives us the chance to look at expanding and extending the festival to feature not only the South-West but also the Swan Valley. "The McGowan Government understands the value of events in supporting the State's tourism outcomes, but we need to ensure these events drive interstate and international visitation in order to fill our hotel rooms, grow the economy and create jobs. "We also want a clear strategy for food and wine festivals that enhances our trade and agricultural export outcomes. We want to ensure that the high-quality local food and wine at these events is readily available to be served on tables in China, Singapore, Japan and other key markets." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our reputation for having fresh produce, premium wines and high-quality boutique beverages makes WA a foodie's paradise. "Margaret River Gourmet Escape has helped cement that reputation. "We are keen to extend the festival over a longer period and spread activities across other food and wine destinations to attract higher interstate and international visitation." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Land agency reform to commence15322Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/11/2017 4:30:33 AM2017-11-22T04:30:00Z New land agency to be created to focus on key Government priorities Common board members to be appointed to both boards New agency to include election commitment for the creation of an Industrial Lands Authority to boost jobs Integral to delivering quality development outcomes in METRONET precincts The McGowan Government today started the process to implement major reforms to the State's land agencies. Western Australia's two land development agencies, LandCorp and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, will be merged progressively over two years as part of the State Government's ongoing bid to drive efficiencies and improve outcomes for land development and housing affordability. State Cabinet recently approved Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti to initiate the major land development agency reform process. The reform follows the first stage of changes to the public sector announced in April, which reduced the number of government departments by 40 per cent. By ultimately creating one central agency for land development, the McGowan Government will reduce duplication and provide a more effective and professional organisation. The new land agency will assume responsibility for metropolitan planning activities and have a sharper focus on delivering economic opportunities in regional WA. Across the metropolitan area and regions, the new agency will aim to strengthen communities through increased housing choice, better transport connectivity and enhancing the built and natural environment. An administrative merger is set to be finalised by 2019 and will involve the following elements The appointment of common directors to both boards beginning January 1, 2018; The creation of a standing subcommittee of the joint board to manage the transition of the two organisations into a single entity; The appointment of a single CEO to take effect on or before January 1, 2019; and A review of all projects, assets and liabilities to enable an optimisation of organisational and project efficiencies. Any necessary legislative changes will follow. The new land development agency will also include the creation of the Industrial Lands Authority arm to streamline job-creating projects that will strengthen the WA economy. The Industrial Lands Authority is a McGowan Government election commitment aimed at removing barriers to investment and identifying new opportunities for industry innovation and expansion. Future tranches of the land agency reform process will investigate how the Department of Communities' housing development arm could potentially be integrated. Comments attributed to Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "This is the start of a major reform process to ensure the Government is equipped to create stronger suburbs with more housing choice, better public transport connections and sustainable communities. "This reform will reduce duplication, and ensure we have the best possible team in Government to deliver key policy priorities such as METRONET and regional projects such as the Bunbury Waterfront. "The new structure will also create a more transparent and accountable process that will ensure greater financial rigour is placed on the key land development activities. "The planning and development functions will remain, and the focus on key areas such as regional development and urban renewal projects will continue. "The agencies will continue to operate in their current form during the transition period while we work on the legal and structural changes that need to be implemented. "However, during the transition period a focus will be on creating a financially sustainable entity, noting the former government's financial mismanagement of the MRA. "Announcements on the new board appointments will made in due course." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Lease agreement opens fresh opportunities in the Ord15321Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/11/2017 4:20:33 AM2017-11-22T04:20:00Z McGowan Government welcomes KAI signing of Goomig lease after two years of negotiation Finalising the lease agreement will enable further job-creating development opportunities to get underway The State Government has welcomed lease agreements with Kimberley Agricultural Investment Pty Ltd (KAI) which will enable the next phase of agricultural expansion in the Ord to commence. The agreements, signed this week, cover 7,400 hectares of land at Goomig Farmlands, located 25 kilometres north of Kununurra, as part of the Ord Stage 2 project. The Goomig Development Lease and the Goomig Common Area Lease and Infrastructure Management Agreement supports the transition of pastoral leases into irrigated farmland to grow crops. The lease agreement will also support long-term development opportunities in the Ord, including broad acre farming and value-added industries such as grain grading and processing. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "When we came to Government, we set about finalising this lease agreement as a priority; negotiations had been underway for more than two years. "More than $300 million has been invested by the Government in Ord Stage 2 to date, and KAI has become a very important development partner with their significant investment." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "Signing this lease will allow the State Government and KAI to turn our focus to the next phases of development in the Ord to create new economic opportunities and jobs in the Kimberley. "The State's taxpayers have invested significant funds into the Ord so we now have to make it work for WA and the regions." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500
Bill introduced to remove statutory limitation period for child sexual abuse actions15320Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/11/2017 4:00:15 AM2017-11-22T04:00:00Z ​Civil Liability Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse Actions) Bill 2017 (the Bill) introduced into State Parliament The Bill seeks to remove limitation periods for all child sexual abuse actions Fulfils commitment of the McGowan Labor Government A Bill which will end limitation periods for civil action by victims of child sexual abuse has been introduced into State Parliament. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that the average time for a victim to disclose child sexual abuse was 22 years. Under existing limitation periods, most victims are unable to sue for damages when they finally disclose their abuse. The Bill seeks to remedy this by removing limitation periods for all child sexual abuse actions, both retrospectively and going forward. The removal of limitation periods for civil actions by victims of child sexual abuse is a McGowan Labor Government election commitment. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We are committed to ensuring survivors of child sex abuse are treated with dignity and respect. "The sexual abuse of children is one of the worst crimes imaginable. "The fact that these crimes may have happened many years ago should not be a barrier to being able to seek justice and compensation in our civil courts. "The State Government has worked tirelessly on this important Bill since we were elected in March to ensure we get it right. "I thank all sexual abuse victims for their patience and understanding as we worked hard to produce a Bill which will enable them to seek justice and obtain adequate compensation." Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "The removal of limitation periods for civil actions by victims of child sexual abuse is a McGowan Labor Government election commitment and addresses one of the civil litigation reforms recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in their Redress and Civil Litigation Report. "This Bill goes further than any other Australian jurisdiction to date. "In a first for Australia, the Bill provides a legal basis for suing institutions in the name of their current office holders for historical child sexual abuse. "There are currently legal difficulties in suing an unincorporated institution. Many of the churches and other institutions involved are, or were at the time, not incorporated. "Our Bill includes provisions to overcome the difficulties that a victim may face in identifying a proper defendant. "It includes provisions overriding certain sections of the Federal corporations law, which will enable office holders to access the assets of related trusts and corporations for the purposes of satisfying the judgement amount. "The Bill also ensures that victims are treated fairly by introducing a cap on the legal fees that may be charged to a plaintiff in child sexual abuse cases." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Football West belts up with the Insurance Commission15277Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5110html21/11/2017 5:00:58 AM2017-11-21T05:00:00Z Insurance Commission to provide sporting equipment to community soccer teams to promote the wearing of seatbelts More than 2,000 soccer balls and goals to be distributed to 215 soccer clubs in regional and metropolitan Western Australia Football West joins the WA Country Football League, Netball WA and Rugby WA as supporters of the Belt Up campaign Treasurer Ben Wyatt has announced the Insurance Commission of Western Australia will provide $540,000 of funding to Football West over three years for their participation in the Belt Up campaign. The campaign aims to promote public awareness about the importance of wearing a seatbelt and educate the community on how to sustain fewer and less serious injuries when involved in motor vehicle crashes, leading to fewer insurance claims incurring lower costs. The Football West partnership will see more than 2,000 Belt Up soccer balls and goals distributed to 215 teams participating in regional and metropolitan competitions. This includes the men's and women's leagues, and the all abilities inclusion competition. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "I'm delighted to announce that the Insurance Commission will be providing funding to Football West as part of its Belt Up campaign. "For many years now, Belt Up has been synonymous with community sport. "Local sporting clubs are important vehicles to deliver the Belt Up road safety message to the wider community. "If the Belt Up message can affect driver behaviour resulting in fewer crashes then we can see fewer fatalities and injuries on WA roads, and fewer personal injury insurance claims made to the Insurance Commission. "I commend the Insurance Commission for this community directed initiative that supports its business objectives." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Northern Western Australian opportunities on show15275Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6380html21/11/2017 4:00:11 AM2017-11-21T04:00:00Z Abundant investment opportunities in WA's north on show at the Northern Australia Investment Forum in Cairns Global investment a potential driver of economic growth and job-creation in Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions Unique investment opportunities in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne have been on show to international investors at the three-day Northern Australia Investment Forum in Cairns. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan led a delegation of Western Australian government and industry leaders, focused on attracting investment to drive economic growth and job creation across the north. The Northern Australia Investment Forum is a joint event between the Commonwealth Government, and the Western Australian, Northern Territory and Queensland governments. It positions northern Australia as an investment destination, with a focus on agribusiness and food, resources and energy, and tourism infrastructure sectors. It aims to encourage key investments that will support the creation of jobs and economic diversification. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne all offer tremendous growth opportunities in agriculture, horticulture, tech metals, gas processing, renewable energy and tourism. "We are at the forum to tell the story of WA's north and attract the best investors needed to create regional jobs. "As a Government, we are re-engaging with the national agenda on developing the north, a space where Western Australia has been far too passive in recent years. "WA's north has huge potential to grow if we get the investment climate right. We are committed to tackling the challenges of the north to create job opportunities and grow regional economies in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Revised gold royalty rate and industry assistance program announced15273Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11540html21/11/2017 2:13:19 PM2017-11-21T03:00:00Z New protections for small producers, marginal mines and prospectors Revised tiered gold royalty rate will be implemented from January 1, 2018 After considering industry concerns the 3.75 per cent royalty rate will apply when the gold spot price averages $1,400/ounce over the month Royalty rebates will be available for marginal mines 2,500 ounce royalty free threshold reinstated Major gold producers asked to contribute $332 million to budget repair The McGowan Government has today unveiled a revised gold royalty rate coupled with a gold industry assistance program. This proposal has been developed after listening to the concerns from the gold industry regarding the pressure on jobs and the impacts on the exploration and drilling sector that were raised through the initial gold royalty proposal. The new gold royalty, which will come into effect from January 1, 2018, will deliver the same tiered rate (an increase from 2.5 per cent to 3.75 per cent), but will only apply when the gold price is above $1,400/ounce, instead of the previously planned $1,200/ounce. The initiative also includes an assistance package for marginal gold mines. This assistance package enables marginal miners, having all-in sustaining costs above 85 per cent of the gold price, to be refunded the increased royalty rate paid. This measure wholly offsets the royalty rate increase for marginal miners, addressing industry claims that jobs could be lost from such operations. Under the Government plan, operating conditions for marginal gold mines will be unchanged. Assistance will be in place for a minimum of two years from the commencement of the rate increase. The Government has accepted industry feedback that medium-sized producers, with production between 2,500 ounces and 10,000 ounces, would have been unduly affected by the changes. As a result the 2,500 ounce royalty free threshold will be reinstated. Small producers and prospectors that produce less than 2,500 ounces per annum will not be affected by these changes and will continue to be exempt from paying royalties. The royalty rate increase is expected to generate net revenue of $332 million over the forward estimates to contribute to budget repair. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "The Government has looked at alternative revenue measures, and has formed the view that this new gold measure is the fairest way to help fix the budget. "I understand that the gold industry is opposed to any increase in their royalty rate. However, we have listened to their concerns, and have addressed them in a reasonable way, while also ensuring that the industry is contributing towards budget repair. "I call on the Opposition and the crossbench to take a more constructive view of our revised gold royalty and act in the best interests of the State." Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government has heard the concerns of industry and proposed a fair and responsible royalty structure and assistance program. "The proposed assistance program will ensure no jobs are lost through the implementation of the royalty increase, and with the 2,500 ounce exemption reinstated those funds can be returned to exploration for the sector. "Western Australia deserves to get a fairer return on its gold assets, particularly from highly profitable operations, and this is a responsible measure to achieve that while securing jobs at marginal operations. "We're making tough decisions and all sections of the community must make a contribution, including the gold industry." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900 Mines and Petroleum Minister's office - 6552 6700 Gold Royalty Assistance Guidelines.pdf
New course to skill next generation of female agricultural leaders15271Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5410html21/11/2017 2:45:41 AM2017-11-21T02:45:00Z Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Technology and Enterprise program to be offered at Muresk Institute from 2018 Students will graduate with Diploma of Leadership and Management The course covers contemporary issues such as biosecurity, technology adoption, animal welfare and business innovation, and is particularly aimed at boosting participation of women in agriculture A new training program at Muresk Institute will equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with business and management skills, while teaching them how to take advantage of emerging industry and technological trends. The Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Technology and Enterprise (ELATE) program is aimed at emerging female leaders and will include topics such as operational planning, contemporary farming practices using technology, effective workplace relations, succession planning and ensuring safe workplaces. The ELATE program, launched today on the inaugural National Agriculture Day by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, aims to improve productivity and develop a highly skilled rural workforce with clear employment pathways. Muresk Institute has worked with industry to create a tailored curriculum, using learnings from on-site research initiatives, to ensure graduates have the skills they need to meet industry needs. Industry leaders will also be involved as guest lecturers, including former winners and finalists for the State and national Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Woman of the Year. The 12-month program will be delivered from 2018 in three residential blocks to enable participants to attend from across the State. Graduates will achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Leadership and Management upon completion. Agriculture is Australia's second biggest export industry, with agricultural production in 2016-17 valued at $60 billion. Muresk Institute is the skills hub for modern agriculture and is leading transformational change in the agribusiness sector with a focus on emerging markets, business opportunities, technology and innovation. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "Agriculture is a viable career option and currently supports 1.6 million Australian jobs across the supply chain in areas like production, retail, logistics, processing and marketing. "The ELATE program will equip students not only with practical agricultural skills, but also the managerial and leadership skills to manage a successful and productive business. "The demand for highly skilled workers in the agriculture sector is growing and, like many other industries, it continues to evolve as technology modernises the way we work. "The ELATE program will close the gap between practical skills and managerial and leadership skills and, with direct involvement from industry, graduates will be well placed to take up the jobs on offer. "It's a win-win for both students and industry." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Albany Regional Airport upgrades complete15269Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4360html21/11/2017 12:30:16 AM2017-11-21T00:30:00Z Improved efficiency and safety for medical evacuations and landings at the airport State Government provided $575,000 towards Albany Regional Airport upgrades Reseal and overlay to extend runway life Upgrades to the runway, taxiway and medical infrastructure at Albany Regional Airport have now been completed. The State Government provided the City of Albany a grant through the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) to help reseal and overlay the main runway, construct a new taxiway and upgrade the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) infrastructure at the airport. A total of $575,000 was provided from a recent RADS grants round to go towards the $1.15 million project, with the City of Albany providing the remaining funds. The RADS program provides financial assistance for airport infrastructure at regional airports, helping improve regional air services and airport facilities in regional communities. The last major resurfacing of the main runway at Albany Regional Airport was in 1997. The latest reseal and overlay of the main runway was needed and is expected to significantly extend the life of the current runway. Upgrades to RFDS infrastructure will improve safety and increase capabilities and efficiencies at the airport for medical evacuations. The State Government supports the ongoing upgrade, expansion and improvement of regional airports in Western Australia through RADS grants. Since 2008-09, the City of Albany has received about $1.8 million in RADS funding. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Albany Regional Airport is a busy regional airport, providing an important transport link to those in the region, with more than 56,000 passengers coming in and out last year. "The airport also plays an integral role in medical evacuations for the region with a total of 2,085 RFDS emergency landings occurring at the Albany Regional Airport over the past five years, making the upgrade to facilities important for medical care in the region." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "The new RFDS building will improve safety and comfort for medical patients, allowing them to wait in a secure and sheltered building out of the weather, while the improved proximity of the RFDS building to the runway and new aircraft parking will make patient transfers quicker and easier. "The new reseal and overlay of the runway is expected to maintain the runway asset and the new taxiway will increase the capability and efficiency for the airport. "RADS grants help improve aviation infrastructure and capabilities at our regional airports which are key to growing economic, tourism and social links throughout WA." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Perth welcomes more than 400 Australian tourism leaders15260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8380html20/11/2017 3:00:14 AM2017-11-20T03:00:00Z Perth hosts more than 400 tourism leaders as part of ATEC Meeting Place Held in Perth for the first time since its inception in 1972 Australia's tourism export industry event connecting buyers to sellers Perth has welcomed more than 400 tourism leaders from across the country as part of the 2017 Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Meeting Place, which starts today. Thanks to support from the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, and the local ATEC WA Branch, Perth won the bid to host the tourism export industry event earlier this year. It is only the second time the event has ever been staged outside Sydney since its inception in 1972. Running from November 20 to 22, the event will feature more than 3,500 business-to-business workshops with buyers representing Australia's key international markets, discussions on issues and opportunities impacting growth of the industry and networking events. In addition, familiarisation trips across the State to places such as Margaret River, Denmark, Kalgoorlie, Rottnest Island, Broome, Exmouth and Monkey Mia will showcase WA's extraordinary destinations and tourism product to about 68 buyers. A number of Aboriginal businesses will also have an opportunity to pitch their products to travel distributors, promoting the State's authentic Aboriginal tourism experiences. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "ATEC Meeting Place presents huge opportunities for tourism in WA by enabling our tourism industry to not only showcase their products to buyers but promote Perth as an affordable, vibrant holiday destination. "We have had huge interest in the famils planned across the State, which will give delegates an opportunity to experience the destination and product first-hand so they can more easily sell WA. "The conference will also shine a spotlight on Perth, highlighting its significant changes in particular its role as the new international hub for direct London-Perth flights." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Australia v England One Day International to be played at Optus Stadium15258Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7630html20/11/2017 2:00:11 AM2017-11-20T02:00:00Z One Day International scheduled for Sunday January 28, 2018 First official sporting event to be held at Optus Stadium expected to attract record-breaking crowd Public tickets will be on sale at http//www.cricket.com.au from Friday, November 24 Optus Stadium will host the One Day International cricket match between Australia and England on Sunday January 28, 2018 - in what is expected to be the highest-attended sporting match in Western Australian history. The match will be the first official sporting event to be held at Optus Stadium, about two months ahead of the original target opening date of the start of the 2018 AFL season. The One Day International match will be the first of many cricket events held at Optus Stadium with the McGowan Government, Cricket Australia and the WACA agreeing that all Test matches and limited overs matches featuring England, South Africa and India - plus Big Bash League Twenty20 matches - will be played at the venue from 2018. Remaining Perth international and domestic cricket fixtures will be played at the WACA Ground. Optus Stadium incorporates a range of state-of-the-art cricket features including five drop-in cricket wickets, four indoor warm up wickets, 16 outdoor turf practice wickets and two dedicated player viewing rooms with direct access to both the change rooms and the playing surface. In 2016, a prototype drop-in cricket wicket was constructed with the same soil profile as the WACA Ground wicket and tested under match conditions. Following a successful testing phase an additional four wickets were developed, which aim to replicate the character of the WACA Ground wicket. Cricket Australia requires 'clean venues' for all international cricket matches - meaning the stadium will be referred to as 'Perth Stadium' in all match-related coverage. Tickets to the match will be available to the public via http//www.cricket.com.au from Friday, November 24. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "An international cricket match between Australia and the old enemy, England is the perfect opener for the world-class Optus Stadium. "We will have a sell-out crowd in the stadium - while putting Perth on display to an international TV audience of millions. "These kind of events attract tourists to not only attend the event, but fill hotel rooms and provide more business for local restaurants, bars and tourism operators. "This match adds to the growing list of exciting events already booked at the venue and the McGowan Government continues to work towards securing as much sport and entertainment content as possible. "The Australia-England rivalry is the oldest in Australian sport. We look forward to welcoming the Barmy Army to Perth for a historic, record-breaking One Day International to kick-off sport at Optus Stadium in style." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Perth’s premier racing carnivals attract Australasia’s best15245Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4190html20/11/2017 1:15:23 AM2017-11-20T01:15:00Z Unprecedented flight of 35 horses arrives in Perth ahead of the TABtouch Masters Series and the TABtouch Inter Dominion Series 20 per cent increase of interstate and international contenders from last year State Government, through Tourism WA, is proud to support both events A plane carrying 35 first-class horses has touched down in Perth ahead of the State's premier thoroughbred racing carnival, the TABtouch Masters Series and standardbred pacing carnival, the TABtouch Inter Dominion Series. The unprecedented arrival equals a 20 per cent increase of interstate and international contenders across the two carnivals. The contenders have come from New Zealand, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia - sharing a total value of stakes earnings in excess of $24 million. The lucrative stakes on offer throughout the two carnivals has helped strengthen the fields. The TABtouch Masters Series is the world's only single-track thoroughbred racing festival featuring a Group 1 race worth at least $1 million on three consecutive Saturdays. The TABtouch Inter Dominion Series is the richest harness race in Australia with three heats and a grand final amounting to a total of $1.8 million in prizemoney. Last year 43,000 spectators attended the carnivals, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy through visitor spend. The three weeks of racing and pacing entertainment starts on Friday, November 24 with heat one of the Inter Dominion at Gloucester Park, followed by day one of the Masters, the Railway Stakes, at Ascot on Saturday, November 25. Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia "The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is proud to support both the TABtouch Masters Series and the Bunbury heat of the TABtouch Inter Dominion. "With the impressive field of contenders, both carnivals will help further grow WA's reputation as a great horseracing State and help attract visitors from interstate and overseas. "Events like these are vital for growing tourism in WA because they attract visitors, grow the economy through visitor spend and create jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Call for immediate changes to alcoholic drink labelling15244Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11300html20/11/2017 1:00:11 AM2017-11-20T01:00:00Z Mandatory pregnancy health warnings on alcoholic beverages required Inaction on implementing effective mandatory labels is risking the health of unborn children Important public health issue which requires immediate attention The McGowan Government is calling on the Commonwealth, States and Territories to immediately support the introduction of mandatory pregnancy health warnings on alcoholic beverages. Currently, voluntary industry labelling on alcoholic beverages means that many products do not carry important pregnancy health warnings. Mandatory labelling to increase awareness of the dangers of alcohol during pregnancy at the point of purchase and consumption is long overdue. Inaction to implement effective mandatory labels on this important issue is putting the lives of unborn children at risk. Alcohol can disturb the development of an embryo or fetus. If a fetus is exposed to alcohol, it can result in a range of adverse effects to the brain and organs of the unborn child, collectively known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). There is no cure for FASD and its effects last a lifetime. Experts agree that pregnant women should avoid alcohol consumption. As the nature and degree of adverse effects of alcohol exposure to the brain and organs of the unborn child is hard to predict, no alcohol during pregnancy is the safest option. Women who are concerned about their alcohol use during pregnancy or their child's development should talk to a health professional or call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 9442 5000. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Increasing awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is essential. "FASD is a serious public health issue which has lifelong consequences for people with the disorder and their families. However, the condition is avoidable and more needs to be done to ensure that pregnant women are aware of the dangers. "There is no reason why mandatory labelling on alcoholic products sold in Australia cannot be implemented immediately. "The failure to act on this issue is inexcusable and is putting lives of vulnerable children at risk. "I call on my counterparts in the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to support my position on mandatory pregnancy health warning labelling of alcoholic beverages at the upcoming Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation on November 24, 2017." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Western Australians to benefit from new HIV trial13372Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5600html19/11/2017 3:45:14 AM2017-11-19T03:45:00Z New trial to provide HIV prevention drug for up to 2,000 people Trial will run for two years, across four Perth locations, with access for country residents There were 116 HIV infections notified in 2016, a significant decrease compared to the record 139 cases notified in 2014 Western Australians at risk of HIV will have access to a free, preventative drug as part of a new trial announced by the State Government today. The pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation trial for WA, (PrEPIT WA) will run out of four WA clinics, and be available for up to 2,000 people. The trial will focus on ensuring that people at risk of contracting HIV are linked into a service which can assist them in deciding whether PrEP is right for them. It will be delivered as part of a comprehensive HIV prevention package consisting of targeted and innovative community education, promotion of safer sex practices, HIV and sexual health testing, and rapid access to sexually transmitted infection and HIV treatment. In line with similar trials being run in other health jurisdictions, PrEPIT WA will run for two years and will be administered through The M Clinic (part of WA AIDS); GP on Beaufort; Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic; and Fremantle Hospital's South Terrace Clinic. It will also be available for rural Western Australians through Telehealth at Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic. The medications for PrEP are currently approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and will be considered for a Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing in December 2017. Should a PBS listing for PrEP eventuate in 2018, PrEPIT participants will have the option to leave the trial and obtain PrEP through a community pharmacy. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Advances in science have shown that HIV can be prevented though the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis. "PrEP has proven to be a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of HIV infection by 96 per cent, and I am pleased that we can provide free access for those Western Australians at most risk. "Despite an overall decline in HIV notifications in recent time, WA has seen the highest number of HIV notifications on record over the past few years. "It is imperative that we do everything we can to reduce these rates, as we work towards our goal to virtually eliminate HIV transmission by 2020." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Global day of remembrance for victims of road trauma13371Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3510html19/11/2017 3:12:54 AM2017-11-19T03:00:00Z Men aged between 18-24 and regional drivers over-represented in road crashes in WA Key road safety figures and families pause to remember victims Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has today joined Western Australian families impacted by road trauma for a special day of remembrance. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November to remember the millions killed and injured in road crashes each year. Here in Western Australia, the event is co-ordinated by Road Trauma Support WA, the State's only dedicated service supporting Western Australians impacted by road trauma. Each year around the country, an average of 1,200 people are killed on our roads and more than 30,000 are seriously injured. In addition to the massive emotional and physical toll suffered by families and communities, road trauma is estimated to cost the country $27 billion per annum. Men aged between 18-24 and drivers in remote and regional WA continue to be over-represented in road crash data. Speed, drink and drug driving, fatigue, failure to wear seatbelts and distraction remain the leading causes of death and injury on our roads. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "Far too often we deal in numbers and statistics when talking about deaths and injuries on our roads. "What we don't always see is the devastating impact that road trauma has on thousands of WA families each year and the personal stories behind those headlines. "I want to take the opportunity to thank all our emergency service workers for the tireless work they do, and recognise the impact road trauma also has on them at a personal level. "Road safety is everyone's responsibility and if we all make a commitment to drive so others survive, then we can work together to reduce death and injury on our roads and prevent more families experiencing the tragedy of road trauma." Minister's office - 6552 6900
New specialist training facility in Munster has extra edge13368Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6680html17/11/2017 6:43:51 AM2017-11-17T06:40:00Z South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster Campus Stage 2 officially opened New facilities to help students develop the skills required by oil and gas, chemical processing, engineering and resources industries Stage 2 of South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster Campus was officially opened this week. The $12.4 million world-class facility is aligned with industry training requirements and gives students hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting. Students will have access to specialist electrical engineering and mechatronics laboratories, dedicated Navy training spaces and materials testing areas. A specialised process plant control room simulation, debriefing and communications rooms have been developed alongside office space for industry partners, enabling students to directly engage with industry. The new facility is co-located with the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) - a purpose-built oil and gas facility and process plant supported by Shell, Chevron, Woodside, Quadrant Energy, ConocoPhillips and BHP. More than 750 students will attend the campus from 2018, including 450 applied engineering students from the amalgamated Beaconsfield campus and 108 Australian Navy students. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "These upgrades put South Metropolitan TAFE at the forefront of flexible and innovative training in mining, oil and gas, engineering and mineral and chemical processing. "ACEPT and applied engineering study areas will now have a greater ability to share facilities and resources - further strengthening engagement between South Metropolitan TAFE, students and industry. "This collaboration direct with industry means students at the Munster Campus will develop the practical skills employers are looking for and their hands-on experience means they have a head-start when transitioning to the workplace." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Swan Valley review moving forward13365Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12600html17/11/2017 5:10:34 AM2017-11-17T05:00:00Z Survey being sent to all Swan Valley residents and businesses Community perspective a valued component of Kobelke review Review and strategy to provide a major boost to tourism and jobs in the area Results of a survey, soon to be sent to all Swan Valley residents and businesses, will help inform the current review of planning frameworks for the area. The Swan Valley community has been asked to keep an eye on their letterbox, with the survey set to be delivered as part of the next phase of the Swan Valley planning review. The planning review is underpinned by the McGowan Labor Government's $1.4 million for the Swan Valley Development Package - which following the review includes the development of a co-ordinated strategy for the Swan Valley to provide a major boost to tourism and jobs in the area. The survey presents an opportunity for the people and businesses of Swan Valley to articulate their views and aspirations for the future of the region. John Kobelke, who is heading up the review, has already gained an insight into the issues important to the community through a series of targeted one-on-one stakeholder meetings. He is now inviting locals to participate in a written survey. Participation in the survey will enable each household and landowner to participate in the review, as well as update comments or views provided in earlier public consultation. Surveys will be sent to every address in the gazetted Swan Valley area in the week beginning Monday, November 20. Participants will have until Friday December 15, 2017 to return their surveys. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "The survey ensures residents and property owners of the Swan Valley can lend their collective voice to help shape the future of this important region. "It is pleasing to see that the review process is ensuring a thorough, yet timely examination of the issues impacting this region and the people who live and make a living here. "This survey highlights the significant weight being placed on genuine community consultation." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Funding to put Collie Motorplex on road to national accreditation13363Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7970html17/11/2017 4:29:18 AM2017-11-17T04:20:00Z Additional $314,000 funding to complete redevelopment of the Collie Motorplex Funding will enable track to achieve accreditation, creating opportunities to host national motorsport events and boosting the local economy The McGowan Government will provide an additional $314,000 for the Collie Motorplex redevelopment, to bring the facility to national standards and create opportunities for major sporting events in the South-West. Civil works are now almost complete on the $2.97 million redevelopment project, which has included extending the existing 1.6 kilometre track to 2.3 kilometres, and upgrading competitor and spectator facilities. The further $314,000 is required to complete site works that would enable the track to be sanctioned by national bodies. This funding will be used to construct arrester beds, expand run-off areas, replace kerbing and repair existing pavement to achieve accreditation. The upgrades will bring the facility up to the highest national safety standards. Once accredited, the Collie Motorplex will become a major sports tourism drawcard for Collie and the South-West, attracting national-level events and providing a boost to the local economy. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Collie Motorplex will play a key role in diversifying the Collie economy, with these upgrades set to put the town in the mix for nationally significant events. "National accreditation is the next step for the motorplex and will create new opportunities to attract tourists and create local jobs in town. "Collie Motorplex is already a great South-West asset, but with these upgrades it will be able to set its sights on attracting national-level competitions." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We want to see Collie become a centre for motorsports in regional WA, providing a boost to the local economy and driving job opportunities in the South-West. "Securing this funding means the Collie community will enjoy all the benefits of a state-of-the-art motorplex that has real national pulling power." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200