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Local F1 star opens Motor Museum of WA extension10010Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 10:30:07 AM2017-09-20T10:30:00Z Daniel Ricciardo opens Motor Museum of WA extension at Whiteman Park Lotterywest grant of $711,990 helps fund museum expansion Motor Museum of WA now home to Ricciardo's first Red Bull Formula 1 race car Fresh from placing second in the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix last weekend, Perth's Daniel Ricciardo made a pit stop to open the new exhibition space at the Motor Museum of WA in Whiteman Park. The $2 million extension, which received a $711,990 Lotterywest grant, was purpose-built to house up to 75 extra vehicles. In a major win for Whiteman Park, the museum has also secured Ricciardo's first Red Bull Formula 1 race car - complete with engine - as a permanent loan. The iconic Red Bull Renault will be a key attraction at the motor museum, which is close to the old Caversham Circuit where Australian racing legend Sir Jack Brabham competed in several Grand Prix during the 1950s and 60s. Since 1994, the Motor Museum has been a popular drawcard for Whiteman Park. The new exhibition space gives visitors better access to the State's biggest collection of motoring history. The Motor Museum is open from 10am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends. For more information, visit http//www.whitemanpark.com.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Becoming the home of Daniel's first Red Bull race car is a major coup for the Motor Museum of WA. "It's a fantastic gesture that our own international sports star has lent his support to open the museum's new facility, which is run by a board and 65 passionate volunteers." Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "WA is immensely proud of Daniel Ricciardo's achievements on the track and having his first F1 car at the museum in Whiteman Park is a great nod to his hometown. "The museum houses the State's biggest collection of motoring history and the new extension, along with Ricciardo's racer are exciting additions to Whiteman Park's range of transport-related attractions." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500
Mundijong clubs get funding to build stronger communities10007Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 8:06:35 AM2017-09-20T08:00:00Z Local Projects, Local Jobs helps Darling Range clubs thrive Mundijong Serpentine Little Athletics Club and the Mundijong Centrals Football and Sportsman's Club benefit from grant Two Serpentine Jarrahdale sports clubs are set to benefit from brand new equipment and facilities from the State Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today joined Darling Range MLA Barry Urban at Mundijong Pavilion and Oval to announce funding for the Mundijong Serpentine Little Athletics Club and the Mundijong Centrals Football and Sportsman's Club. The $20,000 grant will provide for three new fridges for the football club and two new gazebos for the little athletics club, as well as high jump mats, javelins, hurdles and a new public address system. The McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative will fund more than 200 community sport and recreation projects across the State, creating jobs and building stronger and healthier communities. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It's great to see these local Serpentine Jarrahdale clubs getting some help to buy equipment and improve club amenity. "Clubs with quality equipment and facilities do better at retaining members and attracting new participants. Memberships are what keeps clubs on their feet and thriving. "Strong local clubs not only contribute to healthier, more active communities, they also help keep communities connected." Comments attributed to Darling Range MLA Barry Urban "Both of these clubs are important to the fabric of our community - for both our social wellbeing and the health of local people. "In athletics, quality equipment is key to keeping participants safe and healthy so these kids can continue doing what they love. "The new fridges for the football club will make sure they can offer a better game day experience for players and spectators." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Ellenbrook maintains reputation as best of the best at UDIA Awards10004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 4:30:39 AM2017-09-20T04:30:00Z Two wins for Ellenbrook at the UDIA Awards for Excellence WA's best development project has potential to support 8,000 jobs The Swan Valley suburb of Ellenbrook won two prestigious accolades at the 2017 Urban Development Institute Australia (UDIA) Awards for Excellence recently, further cementing its national and international reputation. Ellenbrook beat stiff competition from four other WA entrants to take home the Masterplanned Development Award, as well as the acclaimed Russel Perry Award for Urban Development Excellence. The Russel Perry Award is particularly significant as it recognises the best project across all the category winners. Ellenbrook is already Australia's most awarded urban development project, with more than 40 wins under its belt. In 2015, it was officially recognised by the International Real Estate Federation as the world's best master-planned community. Jaye Radisich, the former Labor Swan Hills MLA, was a long-standing champion of the visionary development during the 2000s. The current Labor MLA, Jessica Shaw, shares that passion. Ellenbrook consists of eight self-supporting villages, each with their own style, that are built around a modern town centre. The Department of Communities and Morella Pty Ltd are partners in the joint venture that is project managed by LWP Property Group. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "A primary objective of the Ellenbrook development is boosting the creation of local jobs and reducing the need for residents to commute long distances to work. "About 5,600 jobs have been generated since Ellenbrook was launched and there is strong potential for this figure to rise to 8,000 jobs once construction is complete. "Ellenbrook is also home to more than 1,200 local businesses primarily involved in construction, logistics, and professional services." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "These latest UDIA Awards are a great result for Ellenbrook and highlight the benefits that are flowing and will continue to flow from this development. "My Labor predecessor, Jaye Radisich, who was the youngest woman ever elected to the WA Parliament, was a strong and vocal supporter of Ellenbrook and I am privileged to continue that work. "Ellenbrook is a flourishing development that demonstrates how government can partner with the private sector to successfully integrate social and affordable housing into vibrant, active and diverse communities." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Innovation offers small but sweet addition to Ellenbrook10003Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 4:00:28 AM2017-09-20T04:00:00Z 80sqm lots the first under 100sqm to gain green title in development Housing Minister Peter Tinley has turned the first sod on a project that will provide greater flexibility and more design choices for those looking to buy in the nationally and internationally acclaimed Ellenbrook development. The 80sqm lots - of which there will be eight in the new Reveley Terrace project built by Now Living (a BGC Residential company) - are the first green-titled lots under 100sqm. It is anticipated that their affordability will encourage first and low-income homebuyers, and those seeking to downsize, by helping them to secure funding more easily. The boutique lot developments are the latest in a line of innovations that have seen Ellenbrook win about 40 national awards for its excellence in design and planning. The new lots are located in the heart of the Ellenbrook town centre within easy reach of open space and parks, office and retail facilities, public transport and schools. Ellenbrook - a joint venture between the Department of Communities and a LWP property syndicate - is located 30 minutes north of Perth and offers a range of housing options for those seeking a self-sustained and modern village atmosphere and lifestyle. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The Ellenbrook vision is running from strength to strength and continues to deliver dwelling options that can help to realise the McGowan Government's social housing policies. "I am really encouraged by the willingness of LWP to go above and beyond in its efforts to make Ellenbrook a better place to live, work and play. "Ellenbrook has set the benchmark that future developments will have to strive to meet." Minister's office - 6552 5300
$17.2 million for Toodyay Road safety improvements10001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 3:47:52 AM2017-09-20T03:30:00Z $17.2 million for road widening, sealed shoulders and intersection upgrades Work on a series of new safety upgrades to Toodyay Road is expected to get underway before the end of the year. Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts today confirmed $17.2 million in funding from the Road Trauma Trust Account had been approved to start the work immediately. The $17.2 million will go towards Widening a 27 kilometre stretch of Toodyay Road to include an 11 metre sealed surface and sealed shoulders; Construction and realignment of overtaking lanes; Jimperding Brook realignment and bridge replacement; Continuation of improvement works at the Toodyay Road and Stoneville/Reen roads intersections; and Safety modifications at the Toodyay Road and Roland/O'Brien roads intersections. Between 2012 and 2016, 10 people lost their lives and 39 people were seriously injured in crashes on Toodyay Road. This latest money takes the total allocation of Road Trauma Trust Account funds spent on safety improvements and upgrades on Toodyay Road to $33.64 million. Mrs Roberts today visited Toodyay Road ahead of the Queen's Birthday long weekend and school holidays. Double demerit points come into force at midnight Thursday, September 21, 2017 and will run until midnight Monday, September 25, 2017. Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "This is a stretch of road which has a tragic history, but these upgrades should go a long way to helping create a safer road environment and save lives. "The improvements are being funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account, which collects 100 per cent of its funds from speed and red light camera infringements. "These are exactly the sorts of projects this fund was set up for - initiatives which improve road safety outcomes and help prevent the types of crashes which cause serious injury or death. "I also want to take the opportunity to remind drivers that from midnight Thursday, double demerit points will apply for speeding, red light, seatbelt, drink and drug driving and mobile phone offences. "I urge all drivers to plan their journeys this long weekend and across the school holidays, slow down and help us save lives on WA roads." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "On top of Road Trauma Trust Account funding, the 2017-18 State Budget includes $96 million towards road safety programs in regional WA and an overall 20 per cent increase in regional road funding. "We're getting on with the job of improving dangerous roads, as demonstrated with Toodyay Road and our recent investment in improving Indian Ocean Drive." Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw "I have pushed hard for safety upgrades to Toodyay Road. "I use the road every day and am so pleased the McGowan Government has listened and taken immediate action. "Safety on Toodyay Road has been one of the biggest concerns raised by Hills residents, so they will be pleased to hear funding has been made available for further improvements." Police and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
World-class Pompeii exhibition opens in Fremantle9998Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 2:16:18 AM2017-09-20T02:15:00Z New Pompeii exhibition opens at WA Maritime Museum Objects include jewellery, food and haunting body casts School holiday activities and lectures planned for five-month season The courage of the Roman navy as it tried to save lives in the wake of the devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD is at the centre of a new exhibition opening at the Western Australian Maritime Museum on Friday, September 22. Escape from Pompeii the untold Roman rescue is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Fremantle, boosting the local economy and supporting the creation of jobs. It features a range of artefacts including jewellery, lamps, tableware, a mirror, and food items such as a loaf of bread - all remarkably preserved in the ash and debris. Visitors will see a rostrum (used to ram other vessels) from a Roman warship recovered from the site of a famous sea battle, and reliefs celebrating Rome's naval victories. The exhibition also includes five replica body casts of victims of the eruption, capturing their final moments. Escape from Pompeii follows the accounts of Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the event and created the only known surviving first-hand account of the eruption. Opening in time for the school holidays, a range of activities have been planned including Roman costume demonstrations and re-enactments with Roman soldiers and pirates. Lectures and Pompeii-themed nights are also planned for the five-month exhibition season. Escape from Pompeii, which runs until February 4, 2018, has been developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti. For bookings and more information, visit http//museum.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "This is a world-class exhibition and I encourage all Western Australians, as well as visitors to our great State, to go to the WA Maritime Museum and experience something extraordinary. "Apart from providing a rich cultural experience, international exhibitions such as this add to the vibrancy of our city, boost local businesses and assist in creating jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Accolades honour State’s social housing initiatives9996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 1:09:36 AM2017-09-20T01:00:00Z Department of Communities and its partners win three awards Awards showcase social housing success stories The Department of Communities has picked up three prestigious awards at the 2017 Australasian Housing Institute's (AHI) WA Professional Excellence in Housing Awards, held last night at the Flour Factory in Perth. The awards recognise the housing professionals who have made a significant and lasting difference to tenants, clients, the community, and their profession. The winner of the Leading Community Engagement Practice award is the Transitional Housing Program, developed by the department with the Kimberley Development Commission. Community Housing Limited, the Wunan Foundation, Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services, and Centacare Kimberley are also key partners. The program provides stable, affordable housing and support services for eligible Aboriginal people. It aims to build the capacity of participants to achieve self-sufficiency, financial security, household stability and ultimately home ownership. The Transitional Housing Program utilises housing as a platform to improve employment and educational outcomes, and facilitates intergenerational change. 100 per cent of the participating households in Broome had at least one adult in employment, and school attendance rates were at 96 per cent. The department's Assisted Rental Pathways Pilot shared the award for Leading Innovation. Under the pilot, the department joined four community services organisations, Centrecare; Salvation Army; Outcare; and Multicultural Services of WA, to trial an innovative form of assistance to support 200 social housing tenants and applicants to transition to private rentals. Participants receive a tiered rental subsidy and individualised assistance to build their personal capacity, financial capacity and self-sufficiency in the private housing market. The Foyer Oxford complex won the Excellence in Social Housing award. Foyer Oxford was developed by the Department of Communities, Anglicare WA, Foundation Housing and North Metropolitan TAFE. Foyer Oxford brings together a range of partners from government, the community sector and industry to deliver a holistic response to youth homelessness. The AHI is the professional association representing workers and volunteers in Australia and New Zealand's multi-disciplinary social housing industry. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "It is highly encouraging to see the standard of work that resulted in these awards and congratulations are due to all involved with the Transitional Housing Program, Assisted Rental Pathways Pilot, and Foyer Oxford. "You have all helped build the sense of wellbeing and hope for many people in difficult circumstances such as women and children escaping domestic violence, veterans requiring crisis accommodation and people transitioning out of homelessness. "The McGowan Government recognises and values the AHI award winners who provide specialist support and accommodation services that directly benefit the most vulnerable members of our community." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Women to make up half of all Government board appointments9994Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/09/2017 12:55:07 AM2017-09-20T00:30:00Z McGowan Government increasing the number of women appointed to Government boards, committees and advisory bodies OnBoardWA, a new register to encourage those interested in joining a board or committee, launched today The McGowan Government expects to deliver on its election commitment to increase the total number of women appointed to Government boards and committees to 50 per cent by 2019. The Government has already boosted the number of women appointed to boards and committees from 43 per cent to 44 per cent since the election. Launching OnBoardWA, a new website and register encouraging diverse representation on State Government boards or committees, Premier Mark McGowan and Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk called on women to express their interest. Women make up about half of the Western Australian workforce and more than 70 per cent of the public sector yet are under-represented at the decision-making level. Women on boards lead to better informed decision-making, better performance and more effective governance while also creating stronger connections with the community. Equal gender representation also delivers economic benefits and reduces the pay gap. The OnBoardWA website hosts a range of resources to assist those wanting to contribute and is available at http//www.onboardwa.jobs.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Government boards and committees rely on community members willing to offer their time, experience, expertise and advice. A cross-section of the community is needed to voice new ideas. For this to happen, it is imperative we increase the number of potential nominees through the OnBoardWA register. "To ensure our State reaches its full potential, we must also fully utilise the skills, insights, perspectives and experiences of women. "As a Government, we are responsible for many of the interventions required to close the gender gap. Gender balance on decision-making bodies improves performance, provides representative leadership and produces real economic benefits. Our decisions are purposeful; we are working to generate positive change and create real opportunities for women's participation. "I encourage everyone, especially women to register with OnBoardWA to ensure a pool of talented and knowledgeable Western Australians is available for selection to government boards and committees. For those of you who know a capable person, please encourage them to register with OnBoardWA." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "Government boards and committees should reflect the diversity that we have in society. Sadly, currently they don't go far enough. They should also be composed of the best expertise on offer, but by not having a gender balance we are missing out on a huge array of talent. "Government should be leading on this issue - and the McGowan Government is doing exactly that. We know that leadership is the key if we want decision-making bodies throughout our community to reflect gender equality. "I strongly encourage women who want to broaden their skills and give Western Australian women a voice register with OnBoardWA and tell us what you can do." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Women's Interests Minister office - 6552 6600
Giant dinosaurs descend on Perth in bigger and better exhibition9572Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5380html19/09/2017 2:30:10 AM2017-09-19T02:30:00Z Dinosaur Discovery exhibition opens in Perth tomorrow, attracting visitors and supporting the creation of jobs Bigger and better than the record-breaking 2014 exhibition Features two magnificent Tyrannosaurus rex Western Australians can get up close and personal with some of the giants of the Cretaceous period these school holidays. The Western Australian Museum's Dinosaur Discovery Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition features 23 moving, life-size animatronic models of the Cretaceous period. Opening tomorrow at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the exhibition features augmented reality experiences, a digital dinosaur track encounter, digital interactives and dedicated kids' activities. Some of the dinosaurs featured in the exhibition include the Tyrannosaurus rex, Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Amargasaurus, Styracosaurus and Protoceratops. There will also be an Australian connection with Australovenator, a meat-eating dinosaur with large claws, found in Australia during the mid-Cretaceous period. Other activities include a lecture series focusing on a range of subjects including meteorites, ancient DNA and various extinct animals from Western Australia, plus the Cretaceous pop-up bar which will be held on selected Friday nights throughout the exhibition. Dinosaur Discovery will run from September 20, 2017 to January 28, 2018. For bookings and more information, visit http//museum.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "As a parent of four young children, I am especially excited about this fantastic exhibition, which opens in time for the school holidays. "A smaller version of the exhibition was held at the Western Australian Museum in 2014 and broke all visitation records with more than 173,000 enjoying its scale, innovation and interactivity. "I am expecting this exhibition, which is bigger and better than the last one, to attract even more people to the city, supporting the creation of direct and indirect jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Fremantle Dockers AFLW game confirmed for Perth Stadium9288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7890html19/09/2017 12:30:36 AM2017-09-19T00:30:00Z WA's AFL Women's side, Fremantle Dockers, to play against yet-to-be announced rival Match scheduled for Saturday February 10, 2018 at Perth Stadium McGowan Government to provide free public transport to and from the event $2 tickets with all proceeds donated to charity The Fremantle Dockers Women's side is on track to make history when it plays against an AFL Women's rival at Perth Stadium on February 10, 2018 - with the match expected to be the biggest standalone women's sport event ever held in Australia. Crowds are expected to be in excess of 30,000, breaking the attendance record for an AFLW match and easily eclipsing the 10,000 who watched Fremantle's AFLW debut at Fremantle Oval. The McGowan Government will provide free public transport to and from the match, with tickets only $2 and all proceeds going to charity. Ahead of the match, fans will be able to watch the Fremantle Dockers men's team train for the first time on the Perth Stadium playing surface followed by a signing and photo session. Tickets to the match will become available following the release of the 2018 AFLW fixtures, with demand expected to be high. Premier Mark McGowan recently announced that the official opening of Perth Stadium would be a free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018. Perth Stadium will host two Ed Sheeran concerts and the Perth NRL double header in March 2018, Chelsea Football Club versus Perth Glory in mid-2018, State of Origin II and a Bledisloe Cup match in 2019 with more world-class events to be announced soon. Construction of the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium is more than 94 per cent complete. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The AFL Women's match is expected to attract more than 30,000 fans, which would break the record for the biggest attendance at an AFLW match ever. This is a great event for Perth Stadium and women's sport in general. "Women's sport is growing at an incredible rate throughout WA - and this is a great opportunity to see some of the country's best female footballers." Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk "The AFLW Fremantle match has the potential to be the biggest ever standalone women's sport event in Australian history - and the first of many more at Perth Stadium. "Having this major AFLW event so early on in Perth Stadium's life sends a great message to young women, girls and the wider community about gender equity - and I hope it will inspire many to follow their sporting dreams." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Public transport will be the simplest and cheapest way to get to Perth Stadium, and I encourage as many attendees as possible to catch the train or bus to get to this historic event. "The McGowan Government is proud to provide free public transport to what will be a great family day out when the Fremantle Dockers Women's side take on an AFLW rival at Perth Stadium." Comment attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "We are in the process of filling Perth Stadium's events calendar with as much quality content as we can - to attract tourism dollars, create jobs and get the economy back on track." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Collie Art Gallery launches Australia’s richest regional art prize9285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4360html18/09/2017 5:41:33 AM2017-09-18T05:40:00Z $50,000 Collie Art Prize to boost the town's aspiration to become a centre for the arts Collie Art Gallery is WA's first A-class art gallery since the 1970s Collie Art Gallery has launched Australia's richest country art prize in a bold move to make the coal mining town a regional centre for the arts. Long known as the hub of heavy industry in the South-West, the $50,000 Collie Art Prize will become a showpiece initiative for the Collie Art Gallery and seek to attract entries from throughout Australia. Local art lovers have worked with local businesses and community organisations to fund the prize, which will be awarded every two years. Opening in 2015, with funding from the State Government, the Shire of Collie and Bendigo Bank, the Collie Art Gallery is the State's first purpose-built A-class gallery since the Art Gallery of WA's main building opened in the 1970s. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "This is a terrific initiative which will hopefully bring some of Australia's best art and artists to Collie. "The Collie Art Gallery is one of the State's most acclaimed cultural facilities and this significant prize will help make sure it reaches its potential, in terms of visitation and the quality of work on show. "The arts has a significant and growing presence in regional Western Australia and the Collie Art Prize will strengthen that further. "Our recent announcement in the State Budget that we will increase the number of touring exhibitions available to regional audiences through the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost will also improve access to the State's collections and build the capacity of regional galleries to receive and present exhibitions." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "Collie is working hard to diversify its economy beyond the heavy industries for which the town is most well-known. "The McGowan Government's $20 million Collie Futures Fund will help diversify our economy, boost tourism and create jobs. The Collie Art Prize will complement those plans perfectly and I commend the community for coming together and making it happen. "Collie is proud of its long history as an industrial and mining town, and that will continue - but this exciting cultural venture shows we also have much more to offer." Minister's office - 6552 5400
$12.75 million to rural water projects9284Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7280html18/09/2017 5:26:08 AM2017-09-18T05:10:00Z Project contributions to develop town and farm water supplies Funding to help clean waterways in the Lower Avon The McGowan Government has committed $12.75 million to rural water projects over the next three years to support regional communities in areas of low rainfall. More than $4 million will contribute to new or upgraded non-potable water supplies in rural towns and on farms fulfilling all approved commitments under the Watering WA Towns and Farms programs. This includes funding of more than $2.1 million for eight non-potable water supply projects in the shires of Kojonup, Wongan-Ballidu, Esperance, Coorow, Cunderdin, Broomehill-Tambellup, Toodyay and Boddington. Funds will also cover contributions of up to $20,000 for on-farm water supply projects on 127 farms in areas accessing reticulated scheme water that have successfully participated in water audits under Watering WA Farms in the 2016-17 financial year. The McGowan Labor Government has also approved $1.65 million for a suite of water quality improvement projects in the Lower Avon covering restoration of native vegetation, nutrient mapping and management, and water quality monitoring. While no new applications will be processed for the Watering WA Towns and Farms programs, the McGowan Labor Government has committed $6.25 million to continue the long-running Rural Water Planning grants and rebates. These grants and rebates can be claimed for water supply projects, audits and improvements in rural towns and on dryland farms and pastoral stations. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to funding projects that deliver real benefits to the people of regional Western Australia. "Developing and improving alternative water supplies is a priority for communities and farms in these low rainfall areas of the State, particularly in the face of continued climate change. "New and expanded water supplies will support quality of life for these rural communities, and assist productivity by helping relieve water stress in dry times, including extra capacity for firefighting. "The work in the Lower Avon will help improve the health of waterways that are iconic to this area and support tourism and recreation, and riparian uses. "These funds reflect strategic investment in rural towns and communities to support social and economic growth." Minister's office - 6552 6100
National tribute to the Australian sailor unveiled9255Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7830html18/09/2017 1:00:36 AM2017-09-18T01:00:00Z National monument honouring the contribution of Australian sailors to be based in Fremantle Western Australians encouraged to meet the sailor at Elizabeth Quay Premier Mark McGowan today unveiled a three-metre bronze sculpture which is the centrepiece of a national monument honouring the role of sailors in Australia's history. The Australian Sailor Monument, the first national monument to be based in Western Australia, is under construction at Rous Head in Fremantle. The bronze sculpture from the Monument will be on display at Elizabeth Quay for several months before being relocated and positioned as the centrepiece of the Australian Sailor Monument at Rous Head in Fremantle. The State Government, Lotterywest and the Federal Government, through the Department of Defence and the Royal Australian Navy, have committed a combined $1.07 million of funding for the $2 million project. The striking bronze sculpture was created by award-winning WA artists Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith of Smith Sculptors, renowned for famous works such as the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton and the National Memorial to the Australian Army in Canberra. The three-metre bronze sculpture depicts a young sailor gesturing goodbye as he climbs the gangplank to set sail - a universal and timeless image, capturing a moment in time when the sea beckons and the safety of the shore is left behind. The Monument will pay tribute to the many men and women who have played a role in the development and defence of Australia throughout history. It honours the rich and diverse maritime heritage that stretches back to the first Australians and acknowledges the importance of the sea in our shared stories and futures. The interactive monument is themed around a big solar clock, with the central gnomon casting a ship-shaped shadow on the clock face to record the passage of time. Located close to the entrance of the Fremantle Harbour, the monument will be seen by ships approaching the coast. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am delighted to unveil this remarkable sculpture which will be the centrepiece of a national monument honouring the contribution of thousands of indigenous Australians, explorers, settlers, sailors, adventurers, Navy personnel, migrants and fishermen who have all played an important role in our nation's maritime heritage. "This magnificent sculpture will stand as a permanent tribute to those who have sailed our nation's seas and waterways, and will watch over those who go down to the sea in ships for generations to come. "The Australian Sailor Monument is the first national monument to be based in our State and I urge all Western Australians to come down to Elizabeth Quay and take a look for themselves. "I also urge Western Australian businesses to get behind this project and make a donation. "Having served in the Royal Australian Navy, I have witnessed first-hand the personal sacrifices made by the countless men and women who have served our country." Comments attributed to Gavin Ryan, convenor of the Australian Sailor Monument project "We thank Premier Mark McGowan for marking this special occasion with us today. "Western Australia's past, present and future prosperity is closely linked to the sea. "The Australian Sailor Monument honours the sailors who have served, and continue to serve our country while also recognising all those who have contributed to our nation's maritime legacy. "The Monument will stand as a lasting testament to their courage, spirit and contribution." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Celebrating excellence in the training sector9253Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7080html18/09/2017 12:02:21 AM2017-09-18T00:00:00Z WA Training Awards 2017 winners announced at the annual presentation dinner McGowan Labor Government is working to grow our State's economy through the training sector and local job creation Inspiring stories from this year's WA Training Awards highlights how significant vocational education and training, changes lives. A former oceanographer, restaurateur, administrator, salesperson and truck driver turned to vocational education and training to find careers they were passionate about and secured an award win in the process. WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017, Kim Dick was driving trucks on mine sites when his employer encouraged him to become a trainer assessor. Before undertaking a qualification, Kim found it difficult to turn a computer on and now he confidently operates technology including drones in the workplace and helps his children use a computer to do their homework. Kim credits his training with empowering him to support other indigenous people to have successful mining careers. The Training Awards were held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 15, 2017 and each winner received $5,000. Kim, along with some of the other winners, will now compete at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra this November. The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "I congratulate these winners on their dedication and commitment to our training sector. We are in good hands with these people and organisations driving our future economy. "Their inspirational journeys show us it is never too late to retrain and better your future. "The McGowan Government is working to grow our State's economy through local job creation. "Having highly skilled workers, like these winners, ready to take those jobs is essential." Minister's office - 6552 5700 Full list of winners WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation Kim Dick WA Apprentice of the Year 2017 Jamie Stewart WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017 Esfandiar Shahmir WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Education Rui Scheidt-Feix WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by National Electrical and Communications Association, Western Australia Benjamin Rowe WA Trainee of the Year 2017 Claire McLeary WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Training Accreditation Council Jane Goodfellow WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth Kyle Morgan WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017 Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017 North Regional TAFE WA Employer of the Year 2017 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia McDonald's Australia WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017 MPA Skills
McGowan Government secures future for Goldfields Arts Centre5435Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6460html17/09/2017 7:18:35 AM2017-09-17T06:15:00Z Responsibility for the Goldfields Arts Centre will be transferred to the Perth Theatre Trust The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder will be responsible for the centre's day-to-day operations The Perth Theatre Trust will issue a five-year lease to the City to manage the facility Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced that the Goldfields Arts Centre will continue to operate thanks to a new deal being negotiated between the McGowan Government and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Under the proposed arrangement, responsibility for the centre will be transferred to the Perth Theatre Trust which will issue a five-year lease to the City to operate the facility. The Western Australian Government will fund and deliver ongoing maintenance, and the City will be responsible for managing the centre. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I am delighted that the McGowan Labor Government and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder have been able to draw up this arrangement to assure the future of the Goldfields Arts Centre. "The centre is the only multi-functional arts venue in the Goldfields region and I believe it has a key role in promoting culture and the arts in what is Australia's largest outback city and the wider region." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Cultural industries play a big role in the strength of regional communities - they add dynamism for residents and generate tourism and events jobs. "For these reasons we have committed to finding Royalties for Regions support to keep the Goldfields Arts Centre a major attractor for the golden regional City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
A major boost for freight on rail5430Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14570html16/09/2017 3:19:35 AM2017-09-16T02:30:00Z Plan to boost freight on rail and reduce truck congestion to Fremantle Port Another election commitment delivered, part of the McGowan Government's alternative to flawed Perth Freight Link plan Planning now underway for long-term Outer Harbour solution Integrated freight and trade plan to drive future jobs growth Truck congestion to Fremantle Port will be reduced following the McGowan Government's increase to the freight on rail subsidy in the 2017-18 State Budget. An allocation of $19.4 million over four years - equating to an additional $9.8 million - will enable the container rail subsidy to increase from $30 to $50 per Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit. The higher subsidy provides a financial incentive to put more container movements on the port rail service, thereby reducing truck movements on roads leading to Fremantle. It is envisaged the subsidy increase will assist in growing the rail mode share towards 20 per cent - an increase of about five per cent. The rail strategy currently removes 70,000 to 100,000 one-way truck movements from metropolitan roads every year. Increasing the rail share for container haulage is part of the McGowan Government's integrated plan for freight and trade in Western Australia, which also includes Planning for an Outer Harbour in the long term, and appropriate transition arrangements; Facilitating further development of the rail supply chain, including intermodal facilities to minimise truck movements on Perth roads; and Upgrading road links to ease congestion to Fremantle Port. These initiatives will improve efficiencies at the Inner Harbour so it can accommodate trade growth until additional port facilities are viable. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Rail is playing a significant role in achieving greater efficiency in Fremantle Port's supply chain while reducing the impacts of truck traffic on the community. "In the last year, just over 15 per cent of the Inner Harbour container traffic was transported by rail and we are aiming to increase this to 20 per cent in the coming years. "It's pleasing to see the integrated plan for freight and trade in WA coming together, which will help drive economic growth and jobs for years to come." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Healthway and Little Athletics promote healthy era for WA kids5429Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7340html16/09/2017 3:03:57 AM2017-09-16T02:00:00Z $160,000 over two years to encourage young Western Australian athletes to eat healthy and Go for 2&5 Go for 2&5 encourages everyone to eat more fruit and vegetables A new partnership between Healthway and Little Athletics WA will promote the Go for 2&5 healthy eating message to thousands of young athletes aged between six and 17 and their families. The partnership will also support increased availability of healthy food and drink choices at Little Athletics WA events across 85 clubs, 8,700 participants and 35 event centres across the State. Go for 2&5 promotes eating two serves of fruit and five of vegetables each day as a guide for good health. As part of the sponsorship, the Little Athletics WA community will be provided with information about healthy eating that they can use and circulate throughout their clubs. Young athletes and their families will be encouraged to contribute to a healthy snack recipe book and a healthy pre-competition meal recipe book which will be distributed State-wide. Nearly all (99 per cent) of Healthway-sponsored organisations now have healthy food choices available at their events as part of sponsorship arrangements. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This is a great partnership that will help our youngest generation grow into healthy adults and create a new, healthy era in Western Australian junior sport. "This is vitally important when only 39.7 per cent of children aged five to 15 years are sufficiently active for good health, and only around one in six (15.7 per cent) of children aged between two and 15 years are eating the recommended serves of vegies each day." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It is terrific that Little Athletics will be supported by an organisation with such a positive message to pass onto our young sportspeople. "Little Athletics provides a great pathway for WA's youngsters into more senior levels of sport - indeed many of WA's athletics champions started out running, jumping and throwing at Little Athletics clubs on community ovals and tracks around the State." Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Premier visits Exmouth to open Ningaloo Centre5426Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9030html15/09/2017 9:52:58 AM2017-09-15T09:30:00Z Ningaloo Centre brings new research, education and tourism facilities to Exmouth $22 million State Government investment through Royalties for Regions Premier Mark McGowan has officially opened the new Ningaloo Centre in Exmouth. The $32 million centre has been designed to deliver new research, education, tourism and community facilities to Exmouth. It also provides a conference destination and an excellent starting point for visitors exploring the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area. The centre will be a hub for scientific research, housing the only marine research centre between Perth and Darwin. The State Government has contributed $22 million in Royalties for Regions funding towards the project. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I'm pleased to officially open the Ningaloo Centre and look forward to seeing the centre flourish as a research hub and tourist destination. "It will build capacity in the region to contribute to high-quality scientific research and attract researchers and their families to the area, who in turn will strengthen Exmouth's economy. "The McGowan Labor Government will continue to work with industry to capitalise on these opportunities to grow WA's regional research, education and tourism capabilities. "We acknowledge there have been issues with the Ningaloo Centre. However, a significant taxpayer investment has gone into this facility and we're getting on with the job of fixing the issues inherited from the previous government. "As we've indicated, our Government will be taking a much stronger oversight role of these big taxpayer funded projects, rather than leaving it up to local government." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Eclipse Resources denied special leave to appeal5424Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11060html15/09/2017 7:29:54 AM2017-09-15T07:25:00Z ​Special leave to appeal the Western Australian Court of Appeal's judgement denied State Government seeking millions in unpaid levy Perth waste management company, Eclipse Resources Pty Ltd has had its challenge against the State's landfill levy dismissed by the High Court of Australia. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has welcomed the High Court's decision to dismiss the company's final avenue of appeal to avoid paying millions of dollars in landfill levy. The decision ends a long running battle between the State Government and Eclipse Resources which operated three inert landfill facilities in the Perth metropolitan area. Eclipse Resources had not paid the landfill levy since 2008 on the grounds that its activities did not constitute disposal of waste to landfill. In March 2016, Eclipse Resources was ordered by the Supreme Court of Western Australia to pay more than $20 million in outstanding levy and penalties. The company lost a subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal in May 2017. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This is a significant win for the State Government and most importantly, for the environment. "The landfill levy acts as an incentive to reduce waste disposed of to landfills and encourage the recycling of waste. "It also generates funds for a wide range of environmental projects which benefit the community including educational programs and initiatives such as the greatly anticipated container deposit scheme. "The State will continue to pursue Eclipse to recover the unpaid landfill levy plus penalties for non-payment." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Jobs boost for the Mid-West as Abrolhos aquaculture zone opens5422Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8630html15/09/2017 4:50:14 AM2017-09-15T05:50:00Z ​Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone open for business Investment in the zone could create up to 1,400 jobs Aquaculture zone has potential to produce up to 48,000 tonnes of finfish each year Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today declared Western Australia's newest Aquaculture Development Zone is now open for business. Investment in the Mid West Aquaculture Development Zone is expected to create up to 1,400 jobs when all the fish farms are established. The zone is made up of two areas - a 2,200-hectare northern section, now open to investors, and an 800-hectare southern section, which is subject to an existing aquaculture licence. Fully developed, the aquaculture zone has the potential to produce up to 48,000 tonnes of temperate marine finfish annually, from species that occur naturally in the Mid-West region such as the popular yellowtail kingfish. Details on how investors can apply to be part of the zone will be available from Monday, September 18 on the Fisheries website and assessment of applications will begin in eight weeks. The development zone areas will still be accessible to commercial and recreational fishing on the Abrolhos Islands. For more information, visit http//www.fish.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is an exciting project for the Mid-West that will create jobs for Western Australians. "Aquaculture is an emerging industry that has huge potential in this State. The McGowan Labor Government will continue to support industries that help to diversify the economy, and I look forward to seeing industries such as aquaculture flourish as part of our Plan for Jobs." Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is getting on with the job of broadening our economy and creating jobs through one of the world's fastest growing food production sectors - aquaculture. "Investment in the new Mid-West zone will help create up to 1,400 jobs in fish farms and additional jobs through Mid-West businesses that provide support services. "Western Australia's existing reputation for producing high-quality seafood for export from our sustainability managed wild-capture fisheries will position us well, as we continue to expand our State's aquaculture production to meet the fast-growing international demand. "WA's aquaculture development zones in the Kimberley and the Mid-West have undergone rigorous assessments to earn their environmental approvals. This makes it simpler, quicker and less costly for aquaculture operations to be set up." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham "I am pleased to be part of the McGowan Labor Government which is investing in this industry, creating real jobs for local people. "This investment will also provide exciting opportunities for those studying aquaculture at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute to be able to use their skills and expertise locally in the Mid-West." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6100