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Commissioner appointed at Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley29005Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2016 4:51:58 AM2016-09-28T04:45:00Za Former City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder mayor Ron Yuryevich appointed as commissioner Local Government Minister Paul Miles today announced the appointment of a commissioner to the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley following the resignation of five councillors. The resignations meant the council had been left with no quorum and was therefore unable to conduct its business. "As a result of these resignations, the Governor has made an order under the Local Government Act 1995 declaring all offices vacant and has appointed a commissioner in place of a council," Mr Miles said. The Minister said the former mayor of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Ron Yuryevich would take up the role of commissioner, effective immediately. "Mr Yuryevich is a well-respected and very experienced commissioner," he said. "I am confident he will provide good government to the people of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley until a new council is elected in 2017." Fact File Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley was issued with a Ministerial Order under the Local Government Act 1995 in May 2016, requiring elected members and senior staff to take part in mediation Mediation was declared untenable by the mediator on August 2, 2016 and the shire was issued with a Show Cause Notice by the Local Government Minister notifying of his intention to suspend council Local government elections will take place in the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley in October 2017 Minister's office - 6552 6600
Get outside and active for Outdoors October29004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2016 4:14:26 AM2016-09-28T04:00:00Za More than 150 outdoor events and activities planned for Outdoors October 2016 People of all abilities and ages encouraged to get involved There are more than 150 reasons to get outside this October and experience the wealth of outdoor activities on offer in Western Australia. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said Outdoors October encouraged people to go outside and explore by joining activities ranging from rock climbing and snorkelling to bush survival, treasure hunting and ghost walks. "WA offers a diversity of accessible outdoor recreation experiences and with the onset of spring and school holidays, it is the perfect time to start getting outside," Ms Davies said. "Throughout October, Outdoors WA and the Liberal National Government are encouraging people to become active by offering a huge program of events and opportunities planned by outdoor clubs and organisations from Albany to Kununurra." Outdoors October was first piloted in 2013 and has since been supported by the State Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR). Events and activities on offer through October 2016 include bushwalking, wildlife watching, kayaking, off-road cycling, night running, caving and abseiling, camping experiences at DSR recreation camps and even the option for kids to camp out at Domain Stadium with their dads. New to the initiative is the 'A Park a Day' program, a collaboration between DSR and the Department of Parks and Wildlife to promote 31 parks within the Swan Canning Riverpark for members of the public to visit. The Minister said the month provided a great opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems of metropolitan and regional WA, as well as putting the public in touch with local sport and recreation clubs and service providers. "Being active outdoors supports good health and community outcomes. All of our local communities have resources available that facilitate getting active outside and this is an opportunity to make people aware of them," she said. "From Beverley Heroic cycling adventures in the Avon Valley to sleeping under the stars at Woodman Point Recreation Camp, there are new experiences for people of all ages and abilities on offer next month." Fact File For more information on Outdoors October and an activity calendar, visit http//www.outdoorsoctober.com.au Outdoors October is led by Outdoors WA and is supported by the Government through a $100,000 allocation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New high school in City Beach to open in 202029001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2016 2:30:07 AM2016-09-28T02:30:00Za Deal done to secure the former City Beach High School site School to cater for 1,600 Years 7-12 students in the western suburbs $182 million committed to improving schools in the greater western suburbs A new public secondary school will open in 2020 in the western suburbs after an agreement was reached with two private schools to vacate the former City Beach High School site. Education Minister Peter Collier said $60 million would be allocated for stage 1 of a new school on the Kalinda Drive site, opening for 250 Year 7 students in 2020 and expanding to cater for 1,600 students to Year 12 by 2025. "The need for a new western suburbs secondary school has been at the forefront of my mind, and I am incredibly pleased to be announcing this flagship school today," Mr Collier said. Part of the original City Beach High School buildings will be retained and refurbished to accommodate 350 students, with new buildings to be constructed for the remaining students. The International School of Western Australia has agreed to relocate to refurbished buildings at Doubleview Primary School in 2019. A new Doubleview Primary School is to be built on the large site, with significant open space being retained, including an oval. The Japanese School will relocate to refurbished buildings at the underused City Beach Primary School site. A total of $18.8 million will also be spent to expand Carine Senior High School for an extra 300 students. The school will become home to a new Gifted and Talented Program, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Minister also said the Liberal National Government would have more positive news to announce regarding Mount Lawley and Balcatta senior high schools in the near future. "The quality of public education is proven by the demand for places in Perth's western suburbs. Today's announcement will ensure we live up to expectations," he said. New intake areas will be announced during 2017 and implemented with the opening of the secondary school in 2020. Fact File Existing secondary students will be unaffected by the changes $15.4 million to construct a new Doubleview Primary School $88 million already committed to expansions at Shenton and Churchlands For more information, visit http//www.education.wa.edu.au Minister's office - 6552 6300
High standards in training sector awarded29000Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2016 2:00:06 AM2016-09-28T02:00:00Za 12 winners receive State's top awards in vocational education and training Some winners will go on to represent WA in Australian Training Awards A lot of hard work to establish a new career has paid off for Brendan Carlson, who has been named one of Western Australia's top achievers in vocational education and training. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey announced Brendan as the WA Apprentice of the Year during last week's WA Training Awards presentation event. "The judges were impressed with Brendan's confidence level as well as his knowledge of the industry and the training sector in general," Ms Harvey said. Having served in the Australian Defence Force for six years, Brendan followed in his father's footsteps and focused his attention on an electrical trade. At the age of 26, Brendan gained work as a fly-in fly-out trades assistant for an electrical company, which gave him invaluable experience in the industry. Brendan was then offered an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship and is now in the final stages of his qualification. Brendan was among the 12 winners of individual and organisation awards, chosen from a competitive field of 42 finalists. "I congratulate all the winners and finalists, and commend them for their outstanding leadership, achievements and contributions within their respective fields," the Minister said. "Since 2009, the Liberal National Government has invested $288 million in training facilities and the high standards of finalists and winners demonstrates we are equipping students with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy." Winners of this year's awards will each receive $5,000 in cash or prizes. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best in the Australian Training Awards to be held in Darwin in November. Fact File This year's awards sponsors include Australian Medical Association (WA), CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia, CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group, Crown Perth, Department of Education Services, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, NECA WA, PAV Complete Event Solutions, Picton Press, State Training Board, Training Accreditation Council and The West Australian For more information, visit http//www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards or phone 6551 5608 Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
Recognition for a lifetime of volunteering28997Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2016 1:31:20 AM2016-09-28T01:30:00Za 52 West Australians presented with WA Volunteer Service Awards for 25 or more years of service to a single organisation More than 50 people who have collectively given over 2,000 years to volunteering have been acknowledged at an event at the Constitutional Centre today. The WA Volunteer Service Awards were introduced by the Liberal National Government in 2011 and recognise volunteers who have provided 25 or more and 50 or more years of service to one organisation. Presenting the 25-year awards to 52 recipients, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said it was important to recognise the valuable and ongoing contribution made by volunteers in Western Australian communities. "I commend all the volunteers for their outstanding contributions over many years to their organisations and to the community," Mr Miles said. "Without volunteers, some organisations simply would not be able to provide services needed to support some of our most vulnerable citizens. "I hope this recognition goes some way to showing our gratitude for the service given over many years." Among the recipients was Margaret Lay who has volunteered for 38 years at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). Together with a group of 300 volunteers, Margaret would put together baby packages to comfort and support families through the perinatal loss service and about 700 packages a year for parents in need. "Margaret started volunteering at KEMH after her family experienced a stillbirth and over three decades has provided immeasurable support to mothers and families at the hospital," the Minister said. Fact File More than 800 volunteers have received the award since it was launched in 2011 Research conducted in 2014 by the Department of Local Government and Communities and Volunteering WA showed about 80% of West Australians volunteered over the course of a year The State Government provided more than $1.3 million in funding to support volunteering last year Minister's office - 6552 6600
WA’s plan to build safe and strong families28996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml28/09/2016 1:00:12 AM2016-09-28T01:00:00Za Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy outlines the way forward Strengthening services to better meet needs of vulnerable children and families The Liberal National Government today advanced its commitment to safely reducing the number of children entering out-of-home care, with the release of a strategy to refocus its services to the State's most vulnerable families. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the new Building Safe and Strong Families Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy would guide the reorientation of services with the aim of supporting at-risk families and preventing their children entering State care. "The last 10 years has seen a significant change in out-of-home care, with the overall number of children in care doubling and a significant over-representation of Aboriginal children in State care," Ms Mitchell said. "The State Government has had considerable success in reducing the number of non-Aboriginal children entering State care, with Western Australia having the lowest rate in Australia. "However, we must do better at safely reducing the number of Aboriginal children requiring State care. "The strategy identifies the need to work with community service providers, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and the Aboriginal community to design new services that meet the specific needs of Aboriginal families." The Minister said the strategy acknowledged that supporting vulnerable families could not be achieved by one agency alone. "This strategy targets better information sharing between government and community service organisations to identify and support families whose children are most at risk of entering State care," she said. "Our aim is to have all government services and agencies working together to increase education attendance, reduce contact with the police and corrective services and prevent children entering care." Fact File The strategy, available at http//www.cpfs.wa.gov.au, complements the Building a Better Future Out-of-Home Care Reform in Western Australia, and is an essential element of the comprehensive child protection reforms occurring in WA As at June 30, 2016, there were 4,658 children living in out-of-home care 53% of children in care are Aboriginal, yet they make up only 7% of WA's child population 43% of all children in out-of-home care live with family members Minister's office - 6552 5400
Call for nominations to showcase irrigation innovations28945Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/09/2016 3:03:28 AM2016-09-27T02:55:00Za Nominations open for 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence Irrigation innovation a key part of Liberal National Government's investment in water development Water Minister Mia Davies urged Western Australian businesses, local governments and community groups to nominate for the 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence. "From recycling wastewater to keep our public spaces green, to industrial-scale irrigation innovations that are diversifying and growing our food production sector - WA is a world leader in efficient and sustainable water use," Ms Davies said. The Minister said innovations in irrigation formed a key part of the Liberal National Government's unprecedented investment in water projects to enhance the liveability of communities and boost agricultural productivity. "We are seeing innovations are enhancing our traditional irrigation precincts and supporting new irrigated agricultural projects to unlock our horticultural and pastoral potential," she said. "Regional communities are also harvesting stormwater and recycled water for innovative irrigation and community use - such as the 11 golf courses and nine tree farms across the State which are irrigated by recycled water. "Initiatives such as these are helping WA grow in a sustainable way - using the large volumes of water available in the north to reshaping the way we use water in the south of the State as the climate dries." The awards comprise seven categories Waterwise Garden Irrigator Domestic Installation/Retro Fit; Commercial Installation under 2000m2; Commercial Installation over 2000m2; Retail Store of the Year; Suppliers Innovative Product Award; Young Achiever Award; and Local Government Improvement & Efficiency Award. Nominations close on September 30, 2016. Fact File The 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence will be announced November 5, 2016 at a gala dinner in Como The State Government is a supporting partner of Irrigation Australia Ltd (WA) For more information, visit http//irrigation.org.au Minister's office - 6552 5500
Training for frontline workers facing meth users47518Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2010html25/09/2016 2:00:26 AM2016-09-25T02:00:00Za ​Training and support for 450 frontline workers to improve fight against meth The Liberal National Government has expanded training and support for frontline workers who deal with methamphetamine-affected people as part of their day-to-day duties. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell today announced new frontline worker training and resources to better equip drug and alcohol workers as part of the State Government's $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy. "This is vital training that will boost the capacity of the workforce to reduce the harm created by meth," Ms Mitchell said. "The Mental Health Commission will train 450 frontline workers in Perth and regional areas in how to recognise and respond appropriately to meth-affected people, including how to de-escalate a crisis, keeping the user, the public and themselves safe." The training is free, delivered by people with specialist knowledge of meth and available to individuals and organisations. "The commission has received increased requests for such training from volunteer organisations, council rangers, security guards and paramedics," the Minister said. "Also, at this time of year, leading into the music festival season and school leavers celebrations, the commission expects to see an increase in festival and event organisers seeking training. "The training and support resources are relevant for people working in drug and alcohol and mental health services, police, corrections, hospital emergency departments, primary health care, child protection and social services." Training will be delivered in Perth and regional centres across the State. The Liberal National Government's $14.9 million Meth Strategy includes a Meth Helpline, 60 dedicated withdrawal and rehabilitation beds, specialist meth clinic, expanded school drug education and frontline nurses in emergency departments. Fact File The package includes an audio-visual resource and trainer's guide, tip sheets for workers and wallet cards for users To access training, contact 08 6553 0600 or email DAO.Education@mhc.wa.gov.au For information, counselling and support, phone the Meth Helpline on 1800 874 878 Minister's office - 6552 5400
Blackwood River in focus on World Rivers Day47516Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1360html25/09/2016 1:31:14 AM2016-09-25T01:30:00Za ​Department of Water scientists' discovery in spotlight on World Rivers Day Study boosts world-class research to manage groundwater in a drying climate Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program World-class science that reveals how underground water keeps the South-West's only year-round river flowing is in focus for World Rivers Day. The relationship between annual rainfall, groundwater sources and how they impact Blackwood River flows has been revealed in a specialist study of the South West groundwater assessment as part of the Liberal National Government's $12.82 million Royalties for Regions 'Regional water availability planning and investigation' project. Water Minister Mia Davies said communities, businesses, tourists and aquatic species relied on the Blackwood, making this sort of research an invaluable tool for managing the resource. "We always suspected groundwater flowed into the Blackwood in summer, causing its normally dark brown waters to flow clear but we did not have solid science to confirm this," Ms Davies said. "Department of Water scientists have, for the first time, been able to trace the full journey of raindrops through the landscape to confirm a direct link between annual rainfall and the aquifer-charged summer flows that keep the Blackwood and parts of the Donnelly, Warren and Capel rivers flowing year-round and Margaret River pools full. "We now know the Blackwood is unique because it is fresher in summer due to groundwater discharge. The reduced salinity allows fish such as Balston's pygmy perch - listed as vulnerable - to return to the main river from freshwater tributaries where they take refuge in winter." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the health of the Blackwood was vital to the communities and businesses that it serviced. "Regional waterways are assets that promote recreational activities and encourage tourism," Mr Redman said. "It is significant that Royalties for Regions invests in initiatives that help optimise our groundwater resources to support social and economic growth - with strong collaboration by project partners and the community - to build sustainability and liveability in our regions." Fact File New study shows Blackwood River has the South-West's longest section of permanent groundwater-fed flows and is more saline during winter than in summer This research continues hydrogeological work by the Department of Water to help optimise water sources being impacted by a drying climate in the South-West Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Meth Helpline supports users and their families47514Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1130html24/09/2016 11:59:18 PM2016-09-24T22:00:00Za ​160 calls in response to first week of Meth Helpline campaign Meth users and their families linked to treatment and support Meth Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 874 878 The Liberal National Government's new Methamphetamine Helpline and public campaign helped 160 callers to find support and treatment in its first week of operation. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the positive response to the service showed the Western Australian Meth Strategy was hitting the mark with its range of initiatives to address meth-related harm in the community. "This confidential, free service is meeting a vital need for counselling, support and referral to treatment for meth users and their families," Ms Mitchell said. "The counsellors are specialists at understanding the impact meth can have and they provide a sympathetic ear and expert advice for those wanting help. "We have received positive feedback from callers that they feel supported by someone who knows what they are going through and what they can do next. "Callers feel they are not alone and that help is available." The Minister said many people had also sought information from the Drug Aware website, with the 'Help' pages being the most visited section of the site. The State Government's $14.9 million multi-pronged Meth Strategy includes funding for 60 dedicated withdrawal and residential rehabilitation beds, a specialist meth clinic and expanded school drug education, including resources for parents and pastoral care staff. Fact File Helpline counsellors provide information, referral to local services, discuss treatment options, provide a free call-back service, support health professionals and people waiting for treatment Calls to the Meth Helpline are free from a landline and most mobile phones, depending on the service provider Minister's office - 6552 5400
Edith Cowan's West Perth home heritage listed47500Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1950html23/09/2016 11:58:41 PM2016-09-23T23:00:00Za ​The Skinner Gallery also heritage listed for its cultural significance A West Perth property at 31 Malcolm Street that was home to Edith Cowan, the first woman member of an Australian parliament, has been listed on the State Heritage Register. Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said Edith Cowan was intrinsically linked to the history of Western Australia and the nation. "This is an important listing because the house provided Edith Cowan with a central base during the most important period of her work in welfare, education and social justice from 1911 to 1919," Mr Jacob said. Edith and James Cowan lived at 31 Malcolm Street intermittently between 1893 and 1919. Built in 1893 for the Cowans, Edith Cowan House is a two-storey brick, stone and iron roof Victorian Rustic Gothic style house, and is a remnant of a former streetscape. In 1958, the then owners Josiah and Rose Skinner, built three storeys at the rear of the house for an art gallery with exhibition spaces, studios for art classes, rooms for cultural activities and a meeting centre for artists and musical societies. The Skinner Gallery was reputed to be the first commercial gallery in Australia and was a major leader in promoting modern Australian art in the late 1950s and 1960s. "Edith Cowan House and Skinner Gallery is more than the modest buildings we see," the Minister said. "These places offer glimpses into the stories of prominent West Australians and the social, political and artistic development they led in our State's development. "Appropriately, Edith Cowan, who was a staunch supporter of State education, is honoured through the naming of Edith Cowan University after her, when it was established in 1991." Fact File Edith Cowan was elected to the WA Legislative Assembly in 1921 for the seat of West Perth, following legislation passed in 1920 to allow women to enter parliament For more information on Edith Cowan House and the Skinner Gallery, visit http//www.stateheritage.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5800
Greenbushes is WA Tidy Towns winner for 201647485Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2120html23/09/2016 7:07:16 AM2016-09-23T07:00:00Za Recognition for minimising use of plastic bottles and creating a wetland The small town of Greenbushes, in the State's South-West, has been chosen as the 2016 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities award winner for its efforts in environmental education and recognising its mining and timber milling heritage. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said Greenbushes' achievements reflected the town's community spirit and commitment to environment conservation, education programs and sustainable living. "Out of a population of about 600 people, more than 400 volunteered their time to contribute to some outstanding sustainability initiatives - that's a remarkable effort," Mr Jacob said. The judges remarked on the success of Greenbushes' Water Without Waste project, which deters people from buying bottled water by providing filtered tap water in a portable tank at community events. "The mobile water station has been a great success and has helped spread the message about the importance of reducing plastic use," the Minister said. Tidy Towns judges also highlighted Greenbushes' biodiversity project, which has seen seven hectares of wetland created on a former mining site. More than 1,000 volunteer hours went in to revegetating the area and creating habitat for native species. "Birds and a variety of mammal species have thrived at the wetland so it is a powerful example of what a community can achieve with a united vision," Mr Jacob said. The judges were also impressed by the installation of two striking sculptures made out of recycled materials that were installed on the South Western Highway approaches to the town. The categories winners were Young Legends - Paraburdoo Environmental Sustainability - Port and South Hedland Litter Prevention and Waste Management - Meekatharra Environmental Education - Albany Heritage and Culture - Toodyay Community Action and Wellbeing - Wongan Hills. Fact File Greenbushes will represent WA at the national Tidy Towns awards in Triabunna, Tasmania in March 2017 For more information, visit http//www.kabc.wa.gov.au/get-involved/tidy-towns-sustainable-communities Minister's office - 6552 5800
WA's development contribution policy updated47477Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6330html23/09/2016 6:21:43 AM2016-09-23T05:00:00Za Public consultation open on the updated development contribution policy Updated policy guides the delivery of community infrastructure by developers Draft guidelines have also been prepared to help local governments The policy guiding the contribution developers make to community infrastructure when undertaking developments in the State has been updated and is available for public comment. Speaking at the Urban Development Institute of Australia's 'Delivering a liveable city for all' event, Planning Minister Donna Faragher said the updated State Planning Policy 3.6 Development Contributions for Infrastructure would create a more clear and consistent process across Western Australia. "The planning and co-ordination of infrastructure is fundamental to the economic and social wellbeing of all communities," Mrs Faragher said. "Land developers are responsible for contributing towards the cost of this infrastructure. "This updated policy and associated guidelines will simplify and standardise the approach to how development contributions for infrastructure, such as sporting grounds and pavilions and parks and playground equipment, are calculated and implemented. "No matter what suburb a development is in, local governments will have a clear understating about what can be funded, and developers will know what their responsibilities are. "This infrastructure is vital to the creation of sustainable and liveable communities. I encourage everyone to have their say on the updated policy." Draft Scheme Text Provisions have also been prepared to ensure the system for charging development contributions is applied through local government planning schemes. The Minister said the draft provisions would create a better system for planning and charging development contributions, providing certainty to developers, infrastructure providers, local government and the community. Public comments close on Friday, November 25, 2016. Fact File Local governments will be provided with clear and comprehensive guidelines that ensure consistency of interpretation and application The State Planning Policy 3.6 Development Contributions for Infrastructure was last updated in 2009 For more information, visit http//www.planning.wa.gov.au/public-comment.asp Minister's office - 6552 5300
Top honours ahead for WA’s finest businesses47475Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7560html23/09/2016 4:06:06 AM2016-09-23T04:00:00Za Finalists announced for WA Industry and Export Awards 2016 17 categories recognise business excellence in WA High number of entries for 28th annual awards Some of the State's most innovative and proactive companies have been announced as finalists in the Western Australian Industry and Export Awards 2016 which are set to showcase the best of WA's businesses. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin commended the finalists' ingenuity and initiative across a broad range of categories recognising excellence in the international market and industry. Mr Mischin said the awards showcased the outstanding success of Western Australian businesses in areas including digital technologies, environmental solutions, agribusiness and manufacturing. "Large and small companies from various business pursuits are among the finalists of the prestigious WA Industry and Export Awards 2016," he said. "Through their innovation and hard work, these companies are creating local jobs and growing the Western Australian economy. "It's important to encourage businesses to excel in their relevant industries and recognise their high calibre to participate on the world stage." The Minister said the awards program received a high number of entries from Western Australian businesses this year. "Being named a finalist offers companies vital recognition and exposure, and it also provides valuable business and networking opportunities," he said. "I applaud the finalists for their local and international business contributions and wish them all the best for the awards next month." Winners of the Western Australian export categories will become automatic finalists for the 2016 Australian Export Awards to be announced in November. WA Industry and Export Award sponsors are Rio Tinto; ANZ; Chevron; Efic; Department of Immigration and Border Protection; Austrade; Deloitte; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (WA Office); City of Perth; Curtin University; Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia; Export Solutions; and Fremantle Ports. Fact File For more information, visit https//www.exportaward.com.au Winners in all categories will be announced on October 28, 2016 at Crown Perth The WA Exporter of the Year Award will also be announced for overall excellence Minister's office - 6552 5600 2016 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards finalists Industry award categories WA Women in International Business Churchview Estate (Metricup); Verve Cycling (West Perth); Waru Projects Pty Ltd [Kirrikin] (South Perth) C.Y. O'Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology acQuire Technology Solutions Pty Ltd (Applecross); Blank-it (West Perth); Funky Monkey Bars (Yangebup); Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd (Murdoch) Marketing and Design Excellence Award Austal (Henderson); Austral Fisheries (West Leederville); Pardoo Beef (Port Hedland) Innovation Excellence Award Austal (Henderson); Orthocell (Murdoch); Proteomics International Pty Ltd (Nedlands) Export award categories Agribusiness Austral Fisheries (West Leederville); Churchview Estate (Metricup); Fremantle Octopus (Hamilton Hill); Western Australian Honey Pty Ltd [Fewsters Farm] (Muchea) Business Services Kooljaman (Broome); Linear Clinical Research (Nedlands); Linkar Wine (Perth); Trade Vine Pty Ltd (Mount Lawley) Creative Industries Blank-it (West Perth); Scitech Discovery Centre (Perth); Waru Projects Pty Ltd [Kirrikin] (South Perth) Digital Technologies acQuire Technology Solutions Pty Ltd (Applecross); Blank-it (West Perth); DTI Group (Perth Airport); Norwood Systems (Nedlands) E-commerce Kooljaman (Broome); Trade Vine Pty Ltd (Mount Lawley); Waru Projects Pty Ltd [Kirrikin] (South Perth) Education and Training ETAS Group (Osborne Park); Stanley College (Perth) Environmental Solutions Austral Fisheries (West Leederville); Churchview Estate (Metricup); In-Balance (Malaga) Health and Biotechnology Linear Clinical Research (Nedlands); Proteomics International Pty Ltd (Nedlands) Manufacturing Austal (Henderson); Inflatable Packers International (Osborne Park); PC Locs (Malaga) Minerals, Energy and Related Services Blue Ocean Monitoring (Subiaco); Fortescue Metals Group (East Perth); Hoseco (WA) Pty Ltd (Welshpool); Inflatable Packers International (Osborne Park) Regional Exporter Churchview Estate (Metricup); Kooljaman (Broome); Western Australian Honey Pty Ltd [Fewsters Farm] (Muchea) Small Business Fremantle Octopus (Hamilton Hill); Norwood Systems (Nedlands); Proteomics International Pty Ltd (Nedlands) WA Emerging Exporter Blue Ocean Monitoring (Subiaco); Hoseco (WA) Pty Ltd (Welshpool); Trade Vine Pty Ltd (Mount Lawley).
New irrigated agriculture project for Fitzroy Crossing47472Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4260html23/09/2016 2:00:47 AM2016-09-23T02:00:00Za Gogo Station given approval to apply for freehold tenure for nearly 9,000ha First approval of its kind given by the Liberal National Government A Fitzroy Crossing pastoral company's plan to significantly expand its irrigation footprint has received the go-ahead from the Liberal National Government. Gogo Station has been given approval to apply for freehold tenure for its cropping project proposal under the State Government's Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA) project, as part of the $40 million Water for Food program, supported by Royalties for Regions. Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said Gogo Station's proposal to excise nearly 9,000 hectares from its existing pastoral lease could now move forward. "The enterprise area includes 5,000ha of irrigated crop production with the remainder of the land being used for supporting infrastructure, buffer zones, access arrangements and the deviation of a portion of the Mount Krauss to Fitzroy Crossing stock route," Mr Redman said. "Gogo Station has been offered an option agreement, including a further offer of a four-year development lease and freehold tenure, subject to pre-agreed conditions having been met. This project has the potential to create jobs and economic opportunities across the region." Through a dedicated training program, the project aims to develop skilled farmers and technicians with future direct job opportunities including farm operations and product handling, while indirect business opportunities for the greater Kimberley region would include service and support industries. Water Minister Mia Davies said the approval reflected the importance of irrigated agriculture in creating education, training and employment for regional economic development. "Initiatives such as Mowanjum and Gogo stations demonstrate the many benefits and sustainable growth achievable through partnerships between the State Government, private developers and Aboriginal communities," Ms Davies said. "Gogo had been successfully growing up 2,000ha of fodder crops for its cattle operation for several years under pastoral diversification permits and the now approved option to develop on a lease and convert to freehold title provides the basis for significant capital investment." Gogo Station consulted extensively with stakeholders and partnered with traditional owners, the Gooniyandi people, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding and a subsequent in-principle agreement in 2015. Fact File The option agreement enables Gogo Station to finalise and obtain all necessary clearances and approvals to proceed with the project to development phase For more information, visit http//www.waterforfood.wa.gov.au Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700 Water Minister's office - 6552 5500
Public housing ‘P plates’ could go State-wide47457Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3300html22/09/2016 11:36:50 PM2016-09-22T22:05:00Za Encouraging results from ongoing trial in Perth's southern suburbs 124 of 179 participating tenancies successfully progressed A small number of problem tenancies did not have their fixed term renewed The Liberal National Government is considering a State-wide rollout of its probationary tenancies initiative. Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said results from the ongoing 'P plates' trial, announced in June 2015, for new tenants in the Housing Authority's south metropolitan zone had been encouraging. During the trial, potentially troublesome tenants were offered six month tenancies, on the basis that disruptive behaviour or non-payment of rent during that period would see the tenancy not renewed and the tenant required to vacate. A trouble-free first six months would see the tenancy moved to an ongoing periodic tenancy. Mr Grylls said the P plates initiative further reinforced the 'three strikes' policy which was introduced by the Liberal National Government in 2009 and strengthened in 2011. "Tenants are expected to follow three simple, basic rules pay the rent, look after the property and respect the neighbours," he said. "This trial is building a greater understanding among new tenants that housing assistance is conditional on them meeting those obligations." The trial has been run from the Housing Authority's Fremantle office for all new tenants, with the exception of people 55 years and older who have been proven good tenants. The trial saw 179 tenancies participate, with 124 (69 per cent) of those tenancies successfully progressing from a fixed term tenancy to a periodic tenancy. A small number of tenancies in the trial - less than 13 per cent - did not have their fixed term tenancy renewed for breaches of their tenancy agreement including accrued debt, disruptive behaviour and poor property standards. "Lessons learned through the trial have informed the need to consider further conditions on tenancies that are having difficulty maintaining their tenancies, rather than face eviction," the Minister said. A small number of tenants (three per cent) were referred to the Support and Tenant Education Program (STEP), a voluntary early intervention program for tenants to provide support to those who are having difficulties sustaining their tenancy and who may otherwise face eviction. A final decision on how the Housing Authority can use tools such as probationary tenancies to help build tenant capacity is expected to be made in the next three months. Fact File The Housing Authority is the State's biggest landlord, managing more than 36,000 properties for more than 69,000 tenants in need of subsidised housing STEP assists tenants with issues such as property standards, rent payments or behaviour. Housing does this to offer its tenants some practical assistance to help them and their neighbours enjoy a peaceful and happy tenancy Minister's office - 6552 6100
Gourmet Escape Australia’s best tourism event47456Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4980html22/09/2016 11:27:21 PM2016-09-22T22:00:00Za Margaret River Gourmet Escape wins big at Australian Event Awards Prestigious festival boosts State's economy through visitation and international exposure Proudly supported by the Liberal National Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions Margaret River Gourmet Escape has taken out one of Australia's top event accolades, Best Tourism Event, at the Australian Event Awards ceremony on the Gold Coast this week. The popular culinary festival is supported by the Liberal National Government through Tourism Western Australia's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Festival operator IMG Culinary accepted the tourism prize, seeing off competition from finalists Byron Bay Bluesfest, the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and Santos Tour Down Under. Now in its fifth year, Margaret River Gourmet Escape continues to grow as a premier global culinary event, attracting international chefs and personalities such as Heston Blumenthal, Rene Redzepi, Marco Pierre White, Massimo Bottura, Antonio Carluccio, David Chang and Rick Stein. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the festival was a major success story for the State's economy. The 2015 event resulted in 23,000 room nights booked in the South-West, more than $7.8 million in expenditure in the region and more than $6.5 million worth of global brand awareness for WA. "With the UK's Nigella Lawson confirmed for this year's Margaret River Gourmet Escape, this popularity is set not only to continue, but to grow," Mr Barnett said. "In just a few short years, Margaret River Gourmet Escape has become a powerful brand in the culinary world, lifting Margaret River and WA's profile as a premium food and wine destination. "This is really powerful when marketing the State to potential visitors to increase on the 400,000 food and wine enthusiasts who travel to WA each year. Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a key component of the State Government's Taste 2020 strategy to boost food and wine tourism. "Tourism is a vital industry for our State. In 2015-16, visitors spent $9.6 billion in WA, including $4.5 billion in regional areas." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Margaret River Gourmet Escape was also reaping rewards for the South-West region. "Events of this calibre provide trade potential and broad exposure for local producers, as well as local jobs and training opportunities," Mr Redman said. Fact File Another WA event, The Gibb Challenge mountain bike relay, was a finalist in the people's choice prize, Australia's Favourite Event A full list of winners is available at http//eventawards.com.au/2016-winners-and-finalists Margaret River Gourmet Escape, presented by Audi, is on November 18-20, 2016 For more information, visit http//www.gourmetescape.com.au Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Forestry strategy supports green, clean industry32171Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3020html22/09/2016 7:45:10 AM2016-09-22T07:45:00Za Liberal National Government investing $21 million to expand softwood plantations in the South-West Softwood Industry Strategy focused on supporting regional communities Forestry Minister Mia Davies has launched a Softwood Industry Strategy for Western Australia, which will provide ongoing job security, supply continuity for the building and construction sectors and sustainability of the State's forest estate. Ms Davies said the strategy was underpinned by a $21 million investment in expanding the softwood estate and the establishment of manufacturing and processing hubs in the South-West. "The strategy will double the annual investment in planting on State Government and private land around manufacturing and processing hubs in regional WA, which will strengthen industry development and improve productivity," she said. "Up to 10,000 hectares of softwood will be planted by the Forest Products Commission to expand our softwood estate over the next five years, the equivalent of two trees for every one harvested, or 2.7 million pine seedlings annually." The strategy is focused on six key areas, with actions including a renewed focus on attaining higher levels of certification, development of new training and employment pathways, improving community engagement and increasing efforts to protect plantations from fire. The Minister said sufficient scale in forest estate was essential to safeguard jobs, avoid a dependency on imported timber and contribute to a domestic industry with significant economic and environmental value to regional WA. "As well as building the estate, the strategy will establish a $100,000 innovation fund to stimulate market opportunities and appoint a forestry adviser to support and work with farmers looking to develop forestry enterprises," she said. Fact File The forestry industry in WA is worth more than $1 billion annually WA's softwood industry supplies up to 70% of the State's construction roofing timber For more information on the Softwood Industry Strategy for Western Australia, visit http//www.fpc.wa.gov.au/softwoodstrategy Minister's office - 6552 5500
Water investigations kick off in the Midlands32170Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3740html22/09/2016 7:32:56 AM2016-09-22T07:30:00Za Investigating sustainable water supply options in the Midlands region Increasing regional food production and boosting local economies and jobs Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program An exploratory drilling program is now underway in the Irwin area, near Dongara, as part of the Liberal National Government's $40 million Water for Food program. Water Minister Mia Davies said the $4.7 million Midlands groundwater and land assessment project was investigating groundwater availability, land capability and crop suitability in the Midlands area between Gingin and Dongara, one of the most economically promising irrigation zones in Western Australia. "The exploratory drilling program is the next stage of water investigations in the Irwin area near Dongara after being identified as a potential irrigated agriculture focus area," Ms Davies said. "The aim of the drilling program is to identify new, sustainable groundwater resources to meet the needs for irrigated agriculture and to develop better scientific knowledge for government, industry and individuals to make more informed decisions in the future." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $40 million Water for Food program was made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and was a key component of the $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative. "Extensive groundwater investigations to support increased irrigated agriculture are continuing in other areas of the State, with the commencement in May 2016 of exploratory drilling in the Kimberley region and another in the Myalup-Wellington area before the end of the year," Mr Redman said. "The Government will continue to support Water for Food projects aimed at increasing investment in, and expansion of, irrigated agriculture projects that facilitate regional development and employment opportunities." Agricultural Region MLC and chairman of the Midlands Community Reference Group, Martin Aldridge said the results from the drilling program would provide information to redefine the sustainable yields of the aquifers in the area. "Matching the water information with soil quality, infrastructure and crop studies will provide confidence to private investors looking to develop and expand horticulture in the region," Mr Aldridge said. Fact File 11 Water for Food projects across the State Midlands project is in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA For more information on the projects, visit http//www.waterforfood.wa.gov.au Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Construction Contracts Act amendments introduced32169Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7920html22/09/2016 6:07:33 AM2016-09-22T06:00:00Za Legislation to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry The Liberal National Government today introduced legislation into State Parliament to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry. The Construction Contracts Act 2004 provides a useful mechanism for resolving contractual payment disputes and provides building contractors, subcontractors and suppliers with a right to be paid within a reasonable period of time, and a low cost method of enforcing that right. Introducing the Construction Contracts Amendment Bill 2016, Small Business Minister Sean L'Estrange said the legislation was the first part of a 'whole of Government' approach to improving payment protection for subcontractors. It will enhance the operation of the scheme and make it easier for subcontractors to access the rapid adjudication process for resolving construction payment disputes. "The non-payment and late payment of subcontractors, many of which are small businesses, is being addressed by the State Government," Mr L'Estrange said. "This legislation will also be complemented by a Code of Conduct for contractors and the establishment of a compliance unit within the Department of Commerce to monitor compliance with the code. Other measures include the Small Business Commissioner having expanded power to review and mediate disputes between contractors and subcontractors. "Plus, from September 30, 2016, the Government is rolling out Project Bank Accounts across Building Management and Works construction projects valued at more than $1.5 million to speed up the payment process for businesses working on these projects and enable subcontractors to better protect themselves in the event that a head contractor experiences financial difficulty." Key aspects of the Bill include reducing the maximum time in which head contractors can pay subcontractor payment claims to 30 calendar days increasing the time in which an application for rapid adjudication of a payment dispute can be lodged by a subcontractor to 90 business days creating greater flexibility in the scheme by allowing adjudication of previously rejected or disputed claims providing a faster and more efficient means for a party to enforce an adjudication determination through the courts. "Having listened to the concerns of subcontractors and other stakeholders, the Liberal National Government is taking effective action to encourage better behaviour in the building and construction industry, as well as improve the operation of the Act in keeping the money flowing in the contracting chain," Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said. Fact File The building and construction industry in WA generates 12.5% of Gross State Product The sector accounts for 10% of the total workforce, including more than 40,000 small businesses Small Business Minister's office - 6552 6900 Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600