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Kindy classes in at Hillcrest Primary School34403Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/10/2016 1:30:26 AM2016-10-27T01:30:00Za $1 million relocation of kindergarten students to school site New $1.2 million administration building opened The Hillcrest Primary School community welcomed fresh additions today with the opening of refurbished kindergarten classrooms and a new administration building. Education Minister Peter Collier said the upgrades meant all year groups were now together on one school site. "The newly refurbished early childhood building is amazing and makes life a lot easier for the school community," Mr Collier said. It includes three kindergarten classrooms, refurbished toilets, kitchens, storage areas and a grassed play area with shading. "The school also had six classrooms recarpeted and painted, an old toilet block demolished and storerooms converted into a gardener's workshop and machinery room," Mr Collier said. Hillcrest Primary School has a proud connection with local Aboriginal history and named their new administration block after the Whadjuk-Noongar term for 'Our Place of Learning'. "The words Malya-Ba Mia are proudly displayed on the building, which is prominently located at the front of the school," the Minister said. The new administration building includes a reception area, principal's office, manager corporate services' office, medical room, interview room, reprographics and secure storeroom, and universal toilet. Fact File Hillcrest Primary School opened in 1950 'Malya-Ba Mia' translates to 'Our Place of Learning' The school has 370 students from kindergarten to Year 6 Minister's office - 6552 6300
WA's naval defence industry the talk of Europe34401Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/10/2016 12:30:28 AM2016-10-27T00:30:00Za ​Delegation from WA visits European shipbuilders and designers WA industry has proven expertise for work opportunities Western Australia's naval defence industry will be the focus of high-level discussions in Europe next week as Commerce Minister Michael Mischin visits key shipbuilders and designers. Mr Mischin will meet European designers Lürssen (Germany), Fassmer (Germany) and Damen (Netherlands), along with French naval shipbuilding company DCNS. "I will be undertaking site visits and meetings with representatives of international shipbuilders and designers who will play a role in the continuous build of naval vessels in Australia," he said. "WA's naval defence industry continues to maintain the home-ported Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at HMAS Stirling. We have the experience and track record to participate in international shipbuilding and sustainment programs. "I am looking forward to continuing to promote this State's capacity to take part in maintenance, upgrades and support for major shipbuilding and submarine projects." Lürssen, Fassmer and Damen are shortlisted designers for the Offshore Patrol Vessels program, which will start in WA from 2020 after being transferred from South Australia. Local companies will build the vessels using mainly their existing supply chain and infrastructure. DCNS is the preferred design international partner to build 12 future submarines in South Australia, with an expectation that WA's naval defence industry will be able to participate in the program. The Minister said the European talks would offer opportunities for the Liberal National Government to gain an understanding of build strategies for the Offshore Patrol Vessels and promote the capability of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson. "The AMC is a world-class facility - one of two locations to implement the Commonwealth's commitment to a continuous build of naval surface ships in Australia - and companies based there have a proven ability to continue to sustain, maintain and upgrade the RAN vessels home-ported at HMAS Stirling," he said. "While in Europe, we'll discuss the transition of Offshore Patrol Vessels to Western Australia, plans for the build and sustainment, and important details about supply chain investment." The meetings will take place next week from Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4. Mr Mischin will be accompanied by Agent General for Western Australia, John Atkins and Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, Deidre Willmott. Fact File The program to build Offshore Patrol Vessels is estimated to be worth more than $3b and will create more than 400 direct jobs Up to half of the Royal Australian Navy's surface and subsurface fleet is based permanently and sustained in WA, including all six of the Collins submarines as part of Fleet Base West In 2013-14 alone, defence contracts managed at the AMC totalled an estimated $624m creating up to 4,000 jobs Minister's office - 6552 5600
Anti-cancer vaccine warning for WA teenagers34398Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/10/2016 11:47:59 PM2016-10-26T22:00:00Za Alarm over failure to follow full immunisation program Year 8 students offered free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to guard viruses that cause most cervical and genital cancers Thousands of West Australian teenagers are missing out on cancer protection because they are not completing their full course of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Health Minister John Day today highlighted the importance of the target group - Year 8 students - receiving all three HPV vaccine doses. "This is a potentially lifesaving decision, so I encourage students and parents to get involved, to tell your friends and share the message," Mr Day said. "While a majority of students received the first vaccine, studies show more than 2,500 failed to finish the three-dose program last year." Statistics show that 99 per cent of students who consented to receive the HPV vaccine had the first dose, but the rate dropped to 97 per cent of females and 96 per cent of males for the second dose and only 90 per cent of females and 89 per cent of males for the third dose. "These numbers are concerning because they show that up to 10 per cent of participants are not getting the maximum protection," the Minister said. "The vaccine will help prevent cancer and disease later in life, and it is important that both students and their parents realise the value of completing the entire immunisation course." The vaccine protects against two HPV types that are known to cause 70 per cent of cervical cancer in women. It protects males from 90 per cent of HPV types that cause cancers of the penis, anus and throat, and against 90 per cent of genital warts in both sexes. The free vaccine is available to every Year 8 student whose parents consent. Students who miss a vaccination at school should visit their GP or immunisation provider to receive the full course. Some providers may charge a fee for administering the free vaccine. Fact File 25,974 Year 8 students received the HPV1 vaccine in 2015, 25,180 received HPV2 and only 23,422 received HPV3 Between 12 and 14 per cent of Year 8 students do not consent to HPV vaccination A video detailing the value of school-based immunisations can be found on the Healthy WA website at http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
TAFE Managing Directors appointed40720Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/10/2016 7:00:36 AM2016-10-26T07:00:00Za ​Western Australia's five TAFEs have permanent Managing Directors appointed The Liberal National Government has appointed Managing Directors to its five TAFEs under the recently reformed TAFE system. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey today announced the appointment, by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia, of the Managing Directors of the five new TAFE colleges created as part of the reform to strengthen Western Australia's vocational educational and training sector. All of the Managing Directors were appointed for a five-year term and hold a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector which they bring to the positions. "This is a significant milestone in the reform project which will ensure a robust and sustainable TAFE sector for Western Australia," Ms Harvey said. The Managing Directors are South Metropolitan TAFE Ms Terry Durant North Metropolitan TAFE Ms Michelle Hoad South Regional TAFE Mr Duncan Anderson Central Regional TAFE Mr Bill Swetman North Regional TAFE Mr Kevin Doig The Deputy Premier said under the reform, Western Australia reduced the management structure of its 70 campuses from 11 institutions to five TAFEs. "Greater collaboration and sharing of resources and course options has already been occurring, and the appointment of permanent Managing Directors will only strengthen this process," she said. Fact File TAFE offers more than 980 qualifications to choose from Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
Peel healthcare to benefit from stability, value40718Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/10/2016 6:01:19 AM2016-10-26T06:00:00Za ​Contract ensures continuing quality care Competitive pricing model to deliver $13 million in taxpayer savings Five-year extension secures service and allows planning for future needs The Liberal National Government has extended the contract for the Peel Health Campus, ensuring continuity of service and saving taxpayers an estimated $13 million. Health Minister John Day said the five-year contract extension, which would start in mid-2018, reflected the State Government's commitment to delivering high-quality services while reducing costs. "Peel Health Campus is a vital part of the hospital network and provides essential health services in one of our most dynamic regions," Mr Day said. "I am confident Ramsay Health Care will continue to provide high-quality services to the Peel community over the extended term of the contract, at a price which represents value-for-money to the State. "The competitive contract pricing will bring Peel more in line with recent Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), which are delivering significant savings. "For instance, the St John of God Midland Public Hospital PPP will save taxpayers an estimated $1.3 billion during its initial 20-year contract. "As with any PPP, there will be ongoing monitoring at Peel to ensure all care and quality obligations under the contract are met." The Minister said regular service reviews would continue to address the changing health care needs of the Peel community. "The contract extension also gives us the opportunity to review and finalise clinical service planning based on the region's projected long-term health care requirements," he said. Fact File Peel Health Campus is a 193-bed public and private hospital managed by Ramsay Health Care In 2015-16, the Peel Health Campus provided the following services to public patients more than 42,700 emergency department presentations more than 7,760 elective surgeries the delivery of more than 800 babies Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Planning Framework out for comment40716Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/10/2016 3:10:42 AM2016-10-26T03:05:00Za ​Overarching provisions for sustainable use and development of land Ensures integrated decision-making across all levels of planning Planning Minister Donna Faragher today released Western Australia's updated State Planning Framework policy for public comment. Speaking at a UDIA Hot Topics breakfast, the Minister said State Planning Policy 1 - State Planning Framework (SPP1), set the context for decision-making on land use and development in Western Australia. "Our planning and development system is complex and we have accrued a large number of policies, strategies and guidelines over many years. SPP1 brings these together within a central State planning framework," Mrs Faragher said. "It provides a comprehensive list of all WA Planning Commission policies and outlines how they relate to each other to guide integrated decision-making across all levels of planning." The revised draft SPP1 reflects the Liberal National Government's commitment to the regions with an updated section on regional development, and includes a new section on governance which emphasises planning decisions should apply policy consistently and be made in a timely manner. "It also identifies the importance of providing appropriate opportunities for public participation in decision-making processes," the Minister said. The updated SPP1 also introduces position statements to clarify the status of WAPC policy previously contained in Planning Bulletins. Mrs Faragher said a planning policy review program was underway to ensure all WA Planning Commission policies were regularly updated and provided a world's best practice regulatory framework for land use planning and development. "The Design WA initiative launched last week is the most significant revamp to State Planning Policy in many years. The new draft State Planning Policy 7 will eventually provide a consolidated and contemporary suite of policies for the Design of the Built Environment covering neighbourhoods, precincts, houses and apartments," she said. Fact File Public consultation for draft State Planning Policy 1 closes December 24, 2016 For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Karrinyup students lead the way in waste education40714Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html26/10/2016 2:00:44 AM2016-10-26T02:00:00Za ​Waste Wise Schools grant for recycling and waste education centre A new round of Waste Wise Schools grants is now open Growing a worm farm, making compost and recycling aluminium cans into garden labels is all part of a normal lesson at Karrinyup Primary School. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the school used an $8,000 grant from the Liberal National Government's Waste Wise Schools program to lead the way in incorporating waste reduction and sustainability into daily life. Under its Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink learning program, the school established a recycling and waste education centre, which recycles many products including paper, clothing, batteries and toothbrushes. "Karrinyup Primary School has consistently focused on waste reduction as a part of its school culture," Mr Jacob said. "I'm very pleased to see students embracing these programs because they point to a future where sustainable living will be second nature. "To meet the recycling targets set out in the State Government's waste strategy, we need to change more attitudes about recycling." The school's farm garden is an outdoor classroom where children learn about sowing seeds, composting, plant life cycles, raising worms and the role of insects in the garden. The Minister said every Karrinyup Primary School student had a role in reducing waste with each year group responsible for different projects, including recycling mobile phones and coffee pods, reducing classroom electricity, and weeding and watering the farm garden. Other initiatives at the school include students bringing waste-free lunch boxes on Waste-Free Wednesdays. The school canteen offers waste-free menus and the Help Save the Planet Club has activities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting. The Year 6 students' sustainability projects to raise money for charity include selling diluted worm leachate, seedlings, and garden labels made out of recycled aluminium cans. The next Waste Wise Schools grant round opens on Monday October 31, 2016 and closes on Friday February 24, 2017. Fact File Karrinyup Primary School became an accredited Waste Wise School in 2015 The Waste Wise School program began in 2002 and 252 schools are accredited For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
More jobs for youth in metropolitan councils40711Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements110html25/10/2016 11:44:50 PM2016-10-25T23:00:00Za Grants support creation of entry-level jobs in metropolitan local governments More career development opportunities for young local government employees The Liberal National Government is spending $400,000 to create traineeships and career and development opportunities for young people in the local government sector. Local Government Minister Paul Miles encouraged Perth councils to apply for funding under the Metropolitan Local Government Youth Development Program, to help attract and retain young people in the sector. "The local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Mr Miles said. "Local government has an ageing workforce, so it is important we counter this by providing a great incentive for young people to stay in local government in the long term." Through the traineeship program, local governments will be provided support to employ young people, aged 24 years or under, through access to grants of up to $5,000 per trainee to pay course fees and $15,000 per trainee as a wage subsidy. In addition, scholarships of up to $10,000 are also available for employees aged 30 years or under to participate in nationally accredited training. The Minister said the initiative followed on from the success of the Country Local Government Fund Youth Development Program, which provided $1.2 million to fund new traineeships and training scholarships in regional councils. "These grants can provide valuable training to young local government employees, giving them knowledge, insight and experience which will benefit them throughout the rest of their lives," the Minister said. Fact File For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Athletic masters get set for world championships40710Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements260html25/10/2016 11:36:38 PM2016-10-25T22:00:00Za 4,000 competitors in Perth for 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships WA community to benefit through visitor spending and venue activation Supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia More than 4,000 competitors and 3,000 supporters from 92 countries have arrived in Perth for the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships, which begin today. Over the next 12 days, athletes aged between 35 and 97 will compete in 25 sports at venues across the city. The Liberal National Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is the event's major sponsor. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the State Government's successful bid to host the event would deliver an economic windfall for Western Australia. "I'm delighted to welcome so many talented and inspiring older athletes to Perth for these championships, which encourage fitness and friendship across the world," Mr Barnett said. "Mass participation events such as this bring thousands of competitors, supporters and officials to Western Australia. These visitors are also likely to explore other areas of the State before and after the championships, bringing in valuable tourism dollars." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the event would also activate venues across the city and leave a lasting legacy for the West Australian community. "The track events will be at the WA Athletics Centre in Mount Claremont and the Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Cannington, while road events will take place along the picturesque Swan River," Ms Davies said. "Western Australia takes great pride in providing outstanding sport and recreation facilities for people of all ages and abilities. "We're expecting some fierce competition during the championships, matched by a strong community spirit and the enjoyment of participating." Fact File The World Masters Athletics Championships run from October 26 to November 6, 2016 For more details, visit http// One of several mass participation events sponsored through Tourism Western Australia that are expected to bring a combined 20,000 people to WA this year. Other events include the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, Australian University Games and SunSmart Ironman Western Australia Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New grants offer vital multicultural support226004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4440html25/10/2016 4:12:44 AM2016-10-25T04:00:00Za ​Community groups received $316,400 in grants and sponsorships Grants for events and programs that support culturally diverse communities Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities across the State will share in $316,400 to support programs, events, and projects targeting youth development, aged care and mental health. The Liberal National Government has awarded 17 grants for projects being delivered in 2017 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the grants provided an opportunity for CaLD communities, and the organisations that supported them, to further advance social cohesion and community development. Dr Nahan said the programs were essential in ensuring everyone in the community had access to services and opportunities. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support these important programs and events, which make a real difference to the lives of the people living in these communities," he said. "Programs such as the hugely successful Catalyst Youth Summit, which we are proud to be supporting again in 2017, provide flow-on benefits to the whole community by developing skills that contribute to our State's development." Under the events and activities category, grants have been distributed to a wide range of groups that will showcase WA's vibrant multicultural diversity. "One of the benefits of a multicultural community is that everyone can get involved and share cultural understanding through the many family events on offer," the Minister said. "WA's 2017 cultural calendar will include Latina, Nepalese, Chinese and Maori festivals, as well as a number of community events celebrating all cultures through Harmony Week activities, so there will be something for everyone." Fact File The next Community Grants Program round of grants opens in August 2017 The grant categories provide a range of funding of up to $50,000 for social, economic, cultural and civic activities that promote the benefits of WA's cultural diversity Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21, 2017 Full details about grant recipients, programs, project and events are available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
Child protection experts reflect on practice226001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3020html25/10/2016 1:05:46 AM2016-10-25T01:05:00Za Signs of Safety Gathering attracts international experts to Perth WA leading the nation in its Signs of Safety approach to child protection practice Western Australia will host child protection experts from around the world this week to share ways on how to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the Signs of Safety Gathering provided the opportunity for child protection workers to learn, grow and celebrate their experiences. "This year marks the eighth year since the State Government began implementing Signs of Safety, which provides the tools child protection practitioners need to help vulnerable families address their child abuse and neglect issues," Ms Mitchell said. "To continue to achieve the best possible life outcome for these families, we must constantly review the way in which we are using these tools so that our work is purposeful and meaningful for children and families." The Signs of Safety Gathering is held every second year and this is the fourth year Western Australia has played host to the conference. This year's Gathering theme, 'Reflect, Reboot, Renew', will include interstate and international presentations from Tasmania, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Canada. The event provides the ideal platform to collectively learn and grow from each other's experience at a national and international level. Fact File The Signs of Safety framework was originally developed in Western Australia and is now used in more than 100 jurisdictions and 17 countries around the world Minister's office - 6552 5400
Go-ahead given to Port Hedland marina226000Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6990html25/10/2016 1:00:20 AM2016-10-25T01:00:00Za Liberal National Government gives green light to Spoilbank Marina New marina will deliver up to 150 boat pens, boat ramp and recreational facilities Supported by Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government today announced its full commitment to the long-awaited $152 million Spoilbank Marina in Port Hedland. Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government would contribute $112 million to the project, comprising $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed by the Town of Port Hedland. "The project will create a high-quality community waterfront asset with the potential to change the face of Port Hedland," Mr Barnett said. "The plan provides for a marina with capacity for between 100-150 boat pens with 50 boat pens in the first stage, a two-lane boat ramp, plenty of vehicle and trailer parking and opportunities for boat repair and service facilities. "The marina precinct will eventually include a number of public outdoor spaces with three sites for food and beverage operators, large landscaped areas, a caravan park site, and also a cultural and community centre. "The project will deliver required recreational facilities, unlock tourism potential as a visitor destination, create business and about 300 construction jobs as well as ongoing jobs when the marina is up and running." The new marina will provide a safer and dedicated launching facility for local boaties, who for the first time, will be able to launch via a separate channel to the large commercial vessels servicing Western Australia's largest bulk export port facility. Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said the revised marina plan would balance the needs of the local recreational boating community with the needs of industry. "The Spoilbank was originally a place to deposit sediment from dredging and the marina will transform an under-utilised Port Hedland landmark into a vibrant community, recreational and tourism asset," Mr Redman said. "The vision for this project has evolved from its initial concept in 2012 and will now include land to accommodate a cultural and community centre, as well as the potential to explore commercial operations such as the leasing of marina land for vessel maintenance. "Boating, fishing and diving play a big part in Hedland life and the Spoilbank facilities will provide a safer launching facility for local boaties while incorporating an asset such as the proposed cultural and community centre, which can be used by the whole community." Mr Redman praised the Town of Port Hedland for helping the long-awaited project come to fruition. Fact File LandCorp will project manage the delivery of the Spoilbank Marina on behalf of the Town of Port Hedland The State Government's $112 million contribution is made up of $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed from the Town of Port Hedland The Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina is expected to be completed by late 2020 For more information and artists impression of the project, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Collie health milestone has community benefits225997Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2370html25/10/2016 12:08:09 AM2016-10-25T00:05:00Za Stage 1 of Collie Health Service redevelopment complete Hospital entry and administration area open to public Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The first phase of construction of the new Collie Health Service is complete thanks to a $7.8 million Liberal National Government investment, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Health Minister John Day said the upgrade included a new administration area, and refurbishments to the hospital entry and reception area, medical records room and outpatients loan equipment facilities. "I'm pleased to announce that the first phase of the redevelopment is complete and the community is now able to access the main entry and reception area," he said. "The second phase includes staged emergency department refurbishment, with a new reception and triage area, waiting room and three acute treatment bays. "The third and final phase of works will encompass two resuscitation bays, a treatment room, a clean utility/medication room, staff base, write-up room and ambulance bay." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI) was improving primary health care services through the extensive redevelopment of district hospitals. "Projects like this help people in rural and remote WA access vital services that those living in Perth and larger centres take for granted," Mr Redman said. "It is expected the $7.8 million revamp will support about 90 jobs during the life of the project." Work on the first stage began in February 2016, with the full redevelopment expected to be completed in April 2017. BGC Construction is carrying out the work. Fact File The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by the Royalties for Regions program and delivered by the WA Country Health Service, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care The Southern Inland Health Initiative is improving access to medical and emergency coverage, providing improved facilities and new models of health care delivery For more information, visit http// Health Minister's office – 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Traffic bridge strengthening ensures safety225996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4840html25/10/2016 12:00:08 AM2016-10-25T00:00:00Za Program of works to ensure long-term safe use of bridge $3 million contract awarded for underwater pile repairs The Liberal National Government will undertake a $3 million maintenance upgrade on the Fremantle Traffic Bridge to ensure the safety and longevity of the structure. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said a contract for underwater pile repairs had been awarded, with most of the work taking place underwater using a team of specialist divers working off a barge. "Works have already commenced to ensure the long-term and safe use of the bridge, by repairing more than 100 piles," Mr Marmion said. "Main Roads WA has recently completed a series of pier protection works on the bridge's fender system, and is now focused on strengthening the bridge piles in the Swan River. "Our key concern is ensuring the safety of motorists and the continued flow of traffic across this important bridge." Fremantle Traffic Bridge provides a direct transport route from North Fremantle to the Fremantle central business district. The bridge is used by about 28,000 vehicles and several hundred cyclists each day. The project is due for completion in May 2017. Fact File Fremantle Traffic Bridge was constructed in 1938 and is one of two important road traffic links across the Swan River in Fremantle Any navigation channel closures required for the works will be advertised as a temporary notice to mariners by the Department of Transport Advanteering Civil Engineers have been awarded the contract for the piling works Minister's office - 6552 6800
400 years of WA history unveiled in Shark Bay225953Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4180html24/10/2016 9:00:08 AM2016-10-24T09:00:00Za October 25, 2016 marks 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing off WA coast New $6.1 million foreshore redevelopment and stunning art piece officially opened in Denham Duyfken cannon to signal end of commemorative event at Dirk Hartog Island A series of community events and celebrations in Shark Bay tomorrow (October 25) will mark the 400th anniversary of Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog's landing off the Western Australian coast. Hartog landed at what is now called Cape Inscription on October 25, 1616, leaving a pewter dish inscribed with details of his voyage nailed to a post; the oldest such physical evidence of European contact with Australia. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day will represent Premier Colin Barnett at a commemorative event tomorrow morning on Dirk Hartog Island. Mr Day will unveil copies of Hartog's dish and Willem de Vlamingh's dish that replaced it in 1697. The structure, installed near the cleft where Hartog placed his original dish nailed to a wooden post, casts a striking presence on the headland. He will also unveil new interpretive material at Cape Inscription. The replica Dutch ship of the era, the Duyfken, will sit offshore during the ceremony which will be attended by representatives of the Dutch Government, the Shire of Shark Bay and members of the public, and will sound her cannon to signal the end of the event. Mr Barnett said the Liberal National Government had invested more than $15 million to mark the 400th anniversary, including a significant investment in infrastructure and commemorations through Royalties for Regions. The Premier will be joined in Denham by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman to officially open the $6.1 million redevelopment of the town site and foreshore. "Denham has been transformed with a new jetty, the redeveloped foreshore and striking art piece which has already become a photo opportunity enjoyed by visitors to the spectacular Shark Bay World Heritage Area," Mr Barnett said. "Tomorrow also signals the end of the five-day Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery Shark Bay 1616 Festival, and I would like to congratulate all involved in putting on a fun and interesting program for the thousands of visitors who have travelled here." Mr Barnett and Mr Redman will also unveil new state-of-the-art digital multimedia panels in the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, which offer an exciting and modern way to learn, explore and become immersed in 400 years of history. "Similar to how the interactive display in the National Anzac Centre has drawn people to Albany, I expect that the digital panels in the Discovery Centre, together with other new attractions in the region, will also encourage visitors to take a west turn at the Overlander Roadhouse," the Premier said. Mr Redman said Denham was a tourism hub for the Gascoyne region and the significant investment into revitalisation would provide the community with a lasting legacy. "We expect to see employment opportunities for local businesses generated as a result of this redevelopment; another example of the value of the Royalties for Regions program for communities," he said. People can also learn about Dirk Hartog, his voyage and his legacy through a new website developed by the Western Australian Museum, which brings together stories of the VOC and Dutch shipwrecks. As a follow-on to the 400th anniversary, the Hartog and de Vlamingh dishes will be reunited in Perth for the Travellers and Traders in The Indian Ocean World exhibition at the Maritime Museum from October 31, 2016. Fact File Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit WA next week as part of a State Visit to Australia and will officially open the Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle For information and tickets about the exhibition, visit http// The Liberal National Government has committed $5.7 million from Royalties for Regions, through the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan, to the redevelopment of the Denham foreshore and main street For more information about the celebrations, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Grants support Children’s Week events in WA225951Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2320html24/10/2016 8:42:10 AM2016-10-24T08:35:00Za Liberal National Government grants support 11 events in regional WA Children's Week runs from October 22 to 30, 2016 A total of 11 regional community groups and local governments will host Children's Week events this week thanks to grants from the Liberal National Government. As part of its ongoing support to Meerilinga Young Children's Foundation Inc., the State Government provided $23,000 in grants to support Children's Week events in regional WA and at Meerilinga's six centres in metropolitan Perth. Community Services Minister Paul Miles said the grants would enable children and their families right across the State, to take part in Children's Week celebrations. "Children's Week is a chance for communities to get involved in a variety of activities to facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together," Mr Miles said. "Meerilinga has been the convener of Children's Week in WA for the past three decades and the Government is pleased to partner with the foundation to enable children in regional and remote communities to celebrate this important week. "I am confident these events will bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike." Events being made possible through the Children's Week grants program include a superhero themed community fun day, a circus and dance workshop, a teddy bear's picnic and a Halloween disco. "There are going to be some wonderfully fun-filled days in the coming week, as well as some very informative information sessions on parenting and child development," the Minister said. Fact File In 2015, the Liberal National Government provided almost $18 million in funding to parenting and children services For more information on Children's Week, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600 Children's Week 2016 - Regional grant recipients Carnarvon Children's Week Family Fun Day (Carnarvon) Gascoyne Early Years Network will host the 'Superheroes in our Community' family fun day, bringing together local businesses and services (including doctors, nurses, vets and emergency services) to provide an opportunity for families to celebrate, play and discover with their family and their community. Children's Week Engaging Adolescents Course (Esperance) Escare Incorporated will be offering a two-session course for parents, carers, professionals and interested community members during Children's Week 2016. In addition, there will also be a full day practitioners' course delivered by Behaviour Tonics providing parents with practical parenting advice and information. Children's Week Learning and Celebrating Together (Jerramungup) During Children's Week 2016, the Jerramungup Community Resource Centre will be hosting three events - a circus and dance skill workshops led by artists from Southern Edge Arts, a Teddy Bear's Picnic at Roe Park and a colouring contest involving students from local schools. Children's Week Youth Fun Day (Waroona) The Waroona Youth Advisory Council will host a day full of fun activities for all children from pre-primary right through to Year 12 students. The activities include a cooking workshop, face painting, a colouring competition, bouncy castles and a Halloween disco. Children's Week Community and Family Fun Day (Fitzroy Crossing) The Baya Gawiy Early Childhood Learning Unit (Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre) will host a family and community fun day. A time capsule containing a variety of memorabilia, photographs and children's work will be buried, not to be opened until 2036. Children's Week Brain Talk Workshop (Mount Magnet) The Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton Centacare Family Services will host Brain Talk - a workshop for parents and caregivers about the brain development in children from 0 to 12 years of age. The two-hour workshop is open to any interested parents/caregivers or other interested community professionals. Children's Week at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre (Serpentine) The Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre will be hosting a range of activities for families to participate in throughout Children's Week including a bingo treasure hunt, a craft afternoon, a cooking session and a family disco. Children's Week Undalup Bardimia Gathering (Busselton) The Undalup Association understands the importance the Bardimia campsite was to many of the West Australian Aboriginal people and recently were granted permission to hold a Corroboree gathering event on the site. This event will serve as a form of healing, with an opportunity to share stories and record the history for future documentaries and movies. SciTech Early Childhood Workshop (Tammin) The Tammin Playgroup will host this unique travelling program which encourages adults and young children to play, explore and discover together. Children from birth to kindergarten will be shown how to use their senses to understand the world around them and discover how they are being scientists every day. Celebrate Children's Week at Milligan (Bunbury) The aim of holding this event for Children's Week at Milligan is to encourage and celebrate family connection across the Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre's programs and services. Celebrate Children's Week at Milligan is an afternoon event for families and the community to come together, share food, get to know each other and engage in fun and creative activities. Nannup Children's Week Activities (Nannup) The Shire of Nannup is inviting young people and their families to see the newly renovated youth space and to participate in activities after school during Children's Week. The program includes art-monotype printmaking, a design workshop, a mosaic workshop and a drumming circle.
Sharing students’ stories through photography225949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3120html24/10/2016 7:01:31 AM2016-10-24T07:00:00Za Free public exhibition showcases diverse stories of WA students Exhibition supported with $20,000 from the Liberal National Government A photographic project empowering West Australian Muslim students to share their diverse stories with the wider community will be showcased as part of My Story, My Home - a free public exhibition aimed at raising cultural awareness, and building understanding and acceptance. My Story, My Home is being supported by the Liberal National Government with a $20,000 sponsorship via the Office of Multicultural Interests' (OMI) Community Grants Program. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the exhibition aimed to combat stereotypes and show the diversity and the common connections within, between and across the community. "The stories showcased through this project are stories of strength, friendship, compassion and understanding," Dr Nahan said. "This exhibition highlights many of the values that have made Western Australia one of the world's most successful multicultural communities." Featuring visual stories by 25 students, the exhibition was developed by the City of Belmont in partnership with World Press Photo Perth and the Australian Islamic College in Kewdale. In preparation for the exhibition, the students worked with internationally awarded photojournalist Tim Matsui for two weeks, learning how to compose and share their visual stories online and in an exhibition. My Story, My Home launches at the Ruth Faulkner Public Library in Cloverdale today (October 24) to commemorate United Nations Day, and is open until November 4, 2016. Fact File About 40,000 Muslims live in Western Australia WA's Muslim community is very diverse. In addition to those born in Australia, many have migrated from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America Information about OMI's Community Grants Program is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
New emergency site ahead of bushfire season225783Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5650html23/10/2016 2:06:39 AM2016-10-23T02:00:00Za $2.8 million Emergency WA website launched Community urged to play their part in preparing for bushfires Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today launched the new Emergency WA website, which will deliver faster, clearer and more consistent information during bushfires and other emergencies. Mr Francis said the $2.8 million website reflected the Liberal National Government's commitment to providing the community with accurate and timely information during emergencies. "The multi-hazard Emergency WA website will give people better access to emergency information and critical community warnings, including map-based warning areas," he said. "The site will also deliver a live feed of emergency incidents reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, meaning people will find out about a fire as soon as it is reported to triple zero." The Minister said the Emergency WA website was a cornerstone of the 'Are You Ready?' bushfire campaign, which emphasised that preparing for bushfires was a shared responsibility, and everyone needed to play their part. "This year's campaign features Peel region resident Steve Angel who lost his home in a bushfire in 2007, then re-built to a standard that ensured he was bushfire ready," he said. When another fire swept through his area last summer, Mr Angel's new home escaped unscathed. "Steve's story highlights the critical importance of people ensuring that their family and their property are prepared for out of control bushfires that can strike at any time," Mr Francis said. 'Are You Ready?' is a joint effort across Government, with Western Power a major supporter as part of its strong commitment to bushfire preparedness and community safety. Fact File For the latest community warnings and information about how to prepare for bushfires, visit http// The Emergency WA website replaces the alert and warnings pages on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Parks and Wildlife websites, and is integrated with information from the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia Last bushfire season, firefighters responded to more than 3,400 bushfires Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA water innovators honoured at awards28848Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5530html22/10/2016 12:25:41 AM2016-10-21T23:00:00Za Range of projects and professionals recognised at AWA WA Water Awards Innovation and sustainable management of water were showcased last night at the 2016 Australian Water Association (AWA) WA Water Awards in Perth. Water Minister Mia Davies said each winner demonstrated how innovative thinking formed a vital part of our State's water future. "Winners exhibited a wide range of innovation in the water sector, from helping reduce water use, to adapting urban design to reduce nutrient flows and developments in wastewater treatment processes," Ms Davies said. "What is promising is many of the award-winning initiatives will continue to benefit WA for years to come and help create more sustainable communities." The awards also recognised upcoming young professionals in the water industry and acknowledged the great contribution made by others over many years. The winners of the WA awards will now enter the AWA's national awards for the chance to be recognised by the Australian-wide water industry at Ozwater'17 in May 2017. The Minister thanked the finalists for their efforts as part of the WA water industry. "I congratulate the 2016 awards finalists and winners and look forward to seeing more innovative ideas at next year's awards," she said. "Their input into the water industry ensures we can continue to adapt and meet the challenges of a persistent drying climate." The AWA WA Water Awards were supported by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation as part of an initiative to partner with other water organisations and foster innovation across the sector. The judging panel is independent of the awards, consisting of Australian Water Association members from across the country. Fact File The Australian Water Association is an independent, not-for-profit group representing water professionals and organisations around Australia The awards have been conducted for more than 10 years To find out more about the awards, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500 Winners Program Innovation Award Waterwise Office Program - Water Corporation with City of Perth and Property Council of Australia Infrastructure Innovation Award Ravenswood Pump Station Control System Upgrade - One Stone Consulting with Water Corporation WA Water Sensitive Urban Design (Grahame Heal) Award Urban Nutrient Decision Outcomes Tool - Department of Water WA Innovating for Sustainability (Small Business) Award Development and implementation of the anammox process for nitrogen removal from wastewater - Environmental Engineers International Student Water Prize Ashwin Nayak - Murdoch University Young Water Professional of the Year Award Halinka Lamparski - Essential Environmental Water Professional of the Year Award Martin Anda - Murdoch University
Hopes for a record Zorba dance to help charity28837Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11250html21/10/2016 4:02:11 AM2016-10-21T04:00:00Za ​Thousands expected to visit Northbridge to celebrate with Greek music, food and dance on Sunday October 23, from 11am Perth Glendi Greek Festival supported by the Liberal National Government Organisers are hoping to set a new record for the largest Zorba dance at this weekend's Perth Glendi Greek Festival, which will also feature souvlakia, live Greek music and plate smashing. More than 28,000 people attended last year's festival, which has become a highlight of Western Australia's vibrant cultural calendar. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the festival offered an opportunity to experience some of the best of Greek culture. "This day will be a mix of some of the best of timeless and modern Greek culture, with world-famous Greek dishes, Greek music and dancing, as well as market stalls and activities for family members of all ages," Dr Nahan said. "Events such as Glendi reflect the amazing diversity of Western Australia's population and give us one of the most exciting and varied community calendars in the world. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support this fantastic family event with funding of $10,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program." Perth's Glendi Greek is raising funds for the Ability Centre through its record-breaking Zorba dance event, which costs $2 to enter and starts about 4.40pm on Sunday October 23. More than 2,000 attendees joined in the dance in 2015 and the organisers are hoping to attract more this year. Fact File Glendi means celebration or party, in Greek Most Greek-born West Australians arrived during the 1950s and 1960s, although Greek people have lived in WA for more than 120 years The 2011 Census indicated there were 13,822 West Australians with Greek ancestry The festival is in Russell Square, Northbridge on Sunday October 23 More information about the OMI Community Grants Program is available at http// For more information about the festival, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700