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Growing suburbs to benefit from Willetton Basketball Association upgrades24193Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 8:40:08 AM2018-04-24T08:40:00Z Indoor courts to double; playing capacity to increase by 60 per cent Upgrades to expand co-sharing of facilities, with more opportunities for badminton and netball Major upgrades to the Willetton Basketball Association will double the number of courts at the facility and increase playing capacity by 60 per cent, thanks in part to a McGowan Government grant. The Willetton Basketball Association's indoor courts will double from four to eight, capacity will increase to 5,500 - and new change rooms, storage rooms, toilets, administration and social areas will complete the refurbishment. An important aspect of the upgrades is to allow for co-sharing of courts and facilities by local badminton and netball players. The McGowan Government contributed $1.5 million to the project through the Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Fund, while the Federal Government provided $5.5 million, the City of Canning provided $2.2 million and the Willetton Basketball Association provided $800,000. The Willetton Basketball Association is a key community sporting facility servicing the southern and eastern suburbs. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It is terrific that so many parties across government and the community have come together to get these important upgrades off the ground. "The Willetton Basketball Association provides playing space for many sports in the growing southern and eastern suburbs - and these improvements will ensure its future as a key sporting hub. "An important aspect of these upgrades is their support for badminton and netball to better co-share at the facility. We must do better at sharing facilities between sports and this is a step in the right direction for which the club should be commended." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Work starts on new passing lanes for Indian Ocean Drive24192Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 8:26:55 AM2018-04-24T08:25:00Z Construction of four additional passing lanes commences Works form part of a $7 million package of safety improvements Part of response to State Government's safety review of Indian Ocean Drive New passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive between Seabird and Lancelin are now under construction following the State Government's safety review of the road last year. The McGowan Government initiated the safety review last year in response to a series of serious and fatal crashes between Lancelin and Two Rocks. Key short to medium term recommendations from the report were lowering the speed limit - which was reduced to 100kmh immediately after the review last November - and the construction of further passing lanes. The WA Police Force has also continued to provide strong traffic enforcement measures. These two northbound and two southbound passing lanes are part of an overall $7 million package of works to improve safety on Indian Ocean Drive, funded by the State Government's Regional Road Safety Package. The project will complement other recently completed safety improvement works including The installation of centre and edge audible line markings between Two Rocks and Lancelin; Maintenance work on centre and edge lines to enhance visibility and reflectivity; Vegetation clearing to improve sight lines; New advanced guide signs at the end of the current passing lanes; and New wildlife warning signs between Two Rocks and Lancelin and the replacement of guide signs. Future works include a design review of intersections between Two Rocks and Lancelin, installation of more audible line markings, work to increase the seal width and creating a one-metre-wide centreline treatment for the entire length of the road. This treatment will create a greater distance between opposing traffic, providing additional reaction time if a driver unintentionally drifts across the centre line towards oncoming traffic. The $4.25 million passing lane contract has been awarded to Central Earthmoving, with construction expected to be completed by December 2018. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The McGowan Government acted quickly following a number of serious crashes on Indian Ocean Drive last year, and this is one of the measures recommended by the safety review. "We hope these works, combined with the lowering of the speed limit and new audible edge lines, will make the road a lot safer and potentially save lives. "Traffic volumes along Indian Ocean Drive can reach up to 5,500 vehicles per day. The construction of these four additional passing lanes will help improve road safety for local residents and tourists alike." Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "These passing lanes are only part of a broader program of improvements to Indian Ocean Drive. "The Government has taken decisive action to make improvements on a road which has proven to be dangerous, but that is no reason for drivers to become complacent. "I urge everyone to drive within the speed limit and drive to the conditions. "It is one of the roads on which you can expect to see an increased police presence, including our new Regional Enforcement Unit." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500 Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
State supports 2018 Anzac Day for veterans and their families24190Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 7:07:09 AM2018-04-24T07:00:00Z McGowan Government acknowledges the sacrifice and devotion of Australia's servicemen and women More than $1 million allocated in the past year for 2018 Anzac Day and Armistice Day commemorations Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley has reinforced the McGowan Government's support for veterans and their families, highlighting a range of activities and events across Western Australia to commemorate Anzac Day tomorrow (April 25). In the past year, the State Government has allocated more than $1 million to help various organisations prepare for this year's commemorations, including Anzac Day dawn and commemorative services across WA ($193,158); Parade march, memorial service at the Perth Concert Hall and gunfire breakfast ($121,919); Sunset services across the three days leading up to Anzac Day, to enable those who are unable to attend on the day the opportunity to pay their respects ($2,395); and Sub-branch commemorative events throughout 94 regional towns and communities ($353,986). The State Government has also provided $300,000 in Anzac Day Trust funding to ex-service organisations to assist their work with veterans and their families over issues such as employment transition, mental health and other support. Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley "Wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations to the current day have claimed the lives of more than 102,000 Australians - including the horrendous losses suffered during World War I that saw 62,000 dead or held as prisoners. "World War I, or the Great War as it is often called, officially ended almost 100 years ago. "On Anzac Day, we remember all those men and women who have served in our defence forces and acknowledge the sacrifices they have made and the legacy of their actions. "Anzac Day is when we collectively pay tribute to the selflessness, courage, strength and mateship of our veterans; characteristics that helped secure Australia's freedom. "The McGowan Government is proud to support Anzac Day events. Lest we forget." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Board members reappointed at Western Power20392Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 9:00:03 AM2018-04-24T06:45:00Z Terms for Colin Beckett and Greg Martin extended on Western Power board Reappointments to guarantee and support the undisrupted work of the board Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has today announced the extension of the tenure of Western Power board chairman Colin Beckett and deputy board chairman Greg Martin. Mr Beckett has been serving as chairman of Western Power since 2015. He is an engineer with more than 35 years' experience in engineering design, project management, commercial and gas marketing. With more than 35 years of experience working in the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors across Australia, New Zealand and internationally, Mr Martin will continue to bring his wealth of experience to the role. Both appointments have been extended to April 28, 2021. Comment attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt "I look forward to both Colin and Greg continuing the good work of the Western Power board." Minister's office - 6552 5900
New centre to ride the next wave of renewable energy research20391Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 6:34:00 AM2018-04-24T06:30:00Z New Wave Energy Research Centre to be located in the former Albany Visitor Centre $3.75 million McGowan Government contribution to advance research and development of wave energy Centre to attract global attention, stimulating local and industry jobs and growth Renewable energy research has taken a step forward today with an announcement that The University of Western Australia's Wave Energy Research Centre will be based in the former Albany Visitor Centre. The McGowan Government awarded $3.75 million to UWA to establish the centre as a hub for wave energy expertise, research and development. The building will be fitted out and become operational over the coming months, providing scientists and other multidisciplinary experts with a dedicated hub to support their research endeavours on the South Coast. The centre - in its prominent location - will be a high-profile addition to Albany, helping UWA to realise its ambition for the world-class facility to be a focal point for wave energy research, attracting local and international scientists to the region. The McGowan Government is committed to supporting technology and innovation to advance the production of clean energy, while creating opportunities for jobs and growth in the Great Southern region and the renewable energy sector. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am proud that Western Australia is leading the charge to be a world-leader in the development of renewable energy technology, which will see Albany become a global centre for expertise and innovation. "This centre demonstrates my Government's commitment to investing in the State's scientific capacity. "Albany is the perfect location to examine wave technology, and the new Wave Energy Research Centre will provide a facility for scientists from across the world to gather a deeper understanding of wave and offshore energy." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "UWA's Wave Energy Research Centre, located in the former Albany Visitor Centre, is a fantastic addition to the growing Albany science and education precinct and is another example of the State's scientific capability. "Today marks another chapter in Albany's proud history of leading renewable energy production and a step forward on our endeavour to see WA move from a technology taker to a technology maker." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Joint media statement - Works start on Great Northern Highway upgrade in the Kimberley20390Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 6:10:55 AM2018-04-24T04:30:00Z Works have started on the upgrade of Great Northern Highway from Maggie Creek to Wyndham in Western Australia's Kimberley Region, with the new section of road set to improve regional connectivity. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Wyndham Spur section of Great Northern Highway was an important route for the local community and the transport industry in the East Kimberley Region, as it provides the only sealed access to Wyndham and the Port while also linking Kununurra and Wyndham. "The project will see Great Northern Highway upgraded between Maggie Creek and Wyndham, including widening and strengthening works along the Wyndham Spur section and the realignment and construction of a passing lane at Maggie's Jump Up," Mr McCormack said. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the Maggie Creek to Wyndham project formed part of the Australian Government's $600 million investment in Australia's northern road network under the Northern Australia Roads Program (NARP). "Projects delivered under the NARP will play an essential role in supporting the ongoing economic development of our regions across the North, particularly those with expanding mining and agricultural industries," Senator Canavan said. "The Maggie Creek to Wyndham project will increase employment and business opportunities for the Kimberley region, with a particular focus on creating opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses." Western Australian Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands Rita Saffioti said the sections of the Great Northern Highway to be upgraded were currently prone to flooding and struggled to accommodate road trains transporting bulk minerals to the port of Wyndham. "This important project will improve the safety and reliability of this section highway, and help to meet the future demands of the Kimberley region road network, including shifting goods to domestic and international markets," Ms Saffioti said. "I am looking forward to seeing the completion of these works, expected in late 2018, with the project being delivered by WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd. "This is one of many new Main Roads contracts that contractually progress Aboriginal employment and business engagement." Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the works would improve road safety and access along Great Northern Highway heading into Wyndham and increase the overall reliability of the route. "By increasing the capacity of the culverts and upgrading existing floodways, the works are expected to promote year-round access to major town sites for local residents and tourists visiting the area," Ms Price said. The Australian Government has committed $44.9 million towards the project, with the Western Australian Government contributing up to $11.2 million. For more information on the Northern Australia Roads Program visit http//investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/northern_australia_roads.aspx. Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Joint media statement - Work underway on two key Great Northern Highway upgrades20389Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 5:58:17 AM2018-04-24T04:00:00Z The Australian and Western Australian Governments are moving forward with their commitment to making the Great Northern Highway a better and safer road with construction starting on two vital upgrades. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the Miling Bypass and Pithara Section were two of nine packages of work being progressed under the $344 million Muchea to Wubin upgrade. "The Miling Bypass will deliver 7.7 kilometres of new highway, widening and overlay of 1.2 kilometres of the existing Great Northern Highway and widening and construction of 2.5 kilometres of side roads," Mr McCormack said. "Meanwhile the Pithara Section will involve upgrading 16 kilometres of highway including construction of 10 kilometres of new road, six kilometres of widening, overlay works, two new overtaking lanes and a number of intersection improvements." Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the Great Northern Highway was Australia's longest, providing an important link between Perth and the resource-rich regions in WA's north. "The Miling Bypass will provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles around the town of Miling, improving freight efficiency and creating a safer passage for all road users," Ms Saffioti said. "It will also separate local and heavy vehicle traffic, and minimise noise and vibration in the Miling town site. "Currently, over 1,300 vehicles pass through Pithara on a daily basis, with about 35 per cent of these being heavy vehicles. A range of modifications are also planned for the road layout in the Pithara town site, including dedicated parking areas to separate local and through traffic and new bus bays. "This is one of many new Main Roads contracts that contractually progress Aboriginal employment and business engagement." Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said local businesses would reap benefits from these works with the Miling Bypass contractor Watpac Civil and Mining Pty Ltd committing to source $4 million worth of goods and services from regional suppliers. "The Muchea to Wubin section of the Great Northern Highway is experiencing growing volumes of heavy vehicles including 36.5 metre road trains and other oversized vehicles, resulting in significant delays and reliability issues for general traffic," Ms Price said. "The Miling Bypass and Pithara Section projects will build on the works already completed between Muchea and Wubin, delivering on the Government's commitment to making Great Northern Highway a better and safer road." Construction of the Miling Bypass is expected to be complete by mid-2019. The Pithara section will be delivered by the Highway Construction/ALBEM Joint Venture. The Australian Government is providing $275 million towards this $344 million project, with the WA Government providing the remaining $69 million. Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
State appoints inquirer into City of Perth workings20387Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html24/04/2018 7:44:57 AM2018-04-24T01:00:00Z Legal practitioner will probe City of Perth's operations and affairs Inquirer has Royal Commission powers to recommend dismissal or reinstatement of council Latest move is the fifth local government inquiry panel in the past 20 years Local Government Minister David Templeman today announced the appointment of legal practitioner Anthony (Tony) Power to conduct the formal inquiry into the City of Perth. The move follows the Minister's suspension of the Perth City Council after concluding there had been a serious and long-term failure by the elected council to ensure the City performed its functions properly. The appointment of Mr Power takes effect on May 1, 2018 with a final report expected within 12 months. The panel inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and the authority to make a recommendation on the dismissal or reinstatement of the suspended council. In undertaking the inquiry, Mr Power will investigate the operations and affairs of the City of Perth between October 1, 2015 and March 1, 2018 inclusive. Specifically, the inquiry will consider if there was a failure to provide good government for the City of Perth community, the prospect of providing future good government and any necessary action to ensure ongoing good government. Mr Power has practised at Francis Burt Chambers since 1999. He has a broad practice and has worked in almost all Courts and Tribunals, the Corruption and Crime Commission, Royal Commissions and as a mediator. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia and Murdoch University. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "Mr Power is experienced, thorough and hardworking and has a strong commitment to achieving the best possible outcome. "As Minister for Local Government, my priority is to restore confidence in the people of Perth of the City's ability to provide good governance for its community. "I believe that with Mr Power's specialist skills and knowledge, we are well placed to achieve this." Minister's office - 6552 5400 To view the Notice of Appointment and terms of reference for the inquiry, visit https//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
WA Seniors Card celebrates 30 years of benefits for older Western Australians20286Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1040html23/04/2018 9:00:15 AM2018-04-23T09:00:00Z Milestone achievement for WA's pioneering Seniors Card, the most generous in Australia The State Government today celebrated 30 years of the WA Seniors Card - the Australian-first concessions program for seniors, since replicated throughout the country to great success. Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray joined stakeholders from the seniors and ageing space to celebrate the scheme - the most generous of its kind in Australia. Former Labor Premier Peter Dowding launched the WA Seniors Card on April 19, 1988, following strong support for the concept from then Minister for the Aged Kay Hallahan. The card was the brainchild of schoolteacher and former Royal Australian Air Force serviceman Fred Carden, who established the Seniors Citizens Concession Committee and engaged with businesses to shore up support for the scheme. The anniversary was celebrated at the Aquarium of Western Australia. Special guests included Seniors Card members, volunteers and Nan Milton of Duncraig, who turned 100 today (April 23). Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray "The WA Seniors Card was the first of its kind in Australia - and today is the most generous in the country. "The former Minister Kay Hallahan and former Premier Peter Dowding had the good sense to support this important program, following Fred Carden's pioneering work on the concept. "The card recognises older Australians for the contribution they have made to the State over their lives, providing extra support to help with outings, bills and the cost of living. "Today there are almost 800 discounts available from a growing list of supporting businesses across the State, as well as many other partnerships across Australia and New Zealand. "In 1994, the WA Seniors Card program introduced a volunteering program so that seniors could actively participate in the community - one that continues to great success today. "The McGowan Government's continued support of the WA Seniors Card program will ensure that older people continue to receive the support and assistance they require and deserve." Minister's office - 6552 6400
WA arts stalwart appointed Australia Council chair20282Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4530html23/04/2018 8:00:11 AM2018-04-23T08:00:00Z Sam Walsh congratulated for his appointment as chair of the Australia Council Appointment brings greater State representation to national body The McGowan Government has welcomed the announcement of long-time arts stalwart Sam Walsh AO, as the new chair of the Australia Council for the Arts. The Australia Council is one of the country's most esteemed arts bodies. Established in 1975, it is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body that champions and invests in Australian arts. The Australian Government announced Mr Walsh's appointment to chair, having joined the board as a member in 2016. Mr Walsh is currently the chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, commissioning panel chair of the Australian representation for the Venice Biennale, chair of the Perth Diocesan Trust, chair elect of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA), chair of the Accenture Global Mining Council and global president of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Formerly a chief executive of Rio Tinto, Mr Walsh retired in 2016. He has been the director of the Royal Opera House and Ballet while based in London, and former chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, chair of the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture and chair of the Australian Business Arts Foundation. For his distinguished service to the mining industry and the Western Australian community, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Sam Walsh has been a long-time supporter and vocal advocate of the arts and its benefit to our community. "This is an appointment most justified and Sam will bring a vast range of knowledge, experience and creativity to the council, including an intimate knowledge of the talent base in Western Australia. "I look forward to working with Sam as he leads the Council on behalf of the whole of Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Statement from Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan20280Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9860html23/04/2018 7:15:19 AM2018-04-23T07:15:00Z "I note comments today and last night from WAFarmers and Livestock Shipping Services (LSS) regarding the Maysora inspection and believe it is important to get the facts straight. "LSS has claimed that no attempt was made to stop a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development animal welfare inspection of the Maysora. "This is false. The department sought consent in advance to board the Maysora to carry out an animal welfare inspection. Consent was not granted. "A warrant was then obtained and presented to LSS, who then co-operated with the inspection. "WAFarmers claim that State inspectors did not act on their concerns. This is also false. "A Livestock Management Advice was provided verbally to LSS's managing director outlining the concerns of the inspectors at the time. These were acknowledged by the exporter, who said these would be considered and acted on. "Inspectors took photographic and video evidence on board the vessel that support the findings of their report. "We also note that the independent vet appointed by the Federal Government did not participate in the State Government inspection. "There were legal questions at the time as to whether the WA Animal Welfare Act 2002 could allow for the ship to be prevented from departing. "Since the inspection we have received legal advice from the State Solicitor that suggests ships could be stopped under State law if there is real risk of harm to animals. "The findings of the inspection report from the Maysora remain a serious cause for concern; we await a formal response from the Federal Government to these concerns. "We would urge industry to face up to their current situation; confidence in live export is at an all-time low, and real steps must be taken to restore that confidence. "In the meantime, the WA Government will continue to exercise its powers under the State Animal Welfare Act to ensure decent treatment of livestock. "It should be noted that WA inspectors have subsequently received consent to board the Wellard ship Ocean Drover, and an inspection found no significant issues on board." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Powerful road safety campaign aims for zero deaths20265Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4140html23/04/2018 1:31:54 AM2018-04-22T10:00:00Z 'Closer to home than you think' campaign puts human face to road trauma Campaign aims to change the way Western Australians think about road safety A powerful road safety campaign that launches on Western Australian television screens tonight (April 22), highlights the human side of death and serious injury on our roads. In 'Closer to home than you think', a man on the street (Francisco) is asked what he thinks is an acceptable number of people to die on the roads in a year. He answers 70. The man is overcome with emotion as 70 members of his family walk towards him, illustrating that road crash fatalities are not just statistics, they are people who leave behind loved ones just like him. Francisco then changes his acceptable number of road deaths to zero. The television campaign did not use actors, as a behind the scenes video reveals. Francisco said he thought he was participating in an in-house training video for the TAC (Transport Accident Commission in Victoria). "When you see your family and you link that to the road toll, it becomes very personal," he said. "I saw my wife and she was emotional too." The Western Australian Government has adopted the campaign for use after it ran successfully in Victoria and New South Wales. A survey of Victorians who had viewed the campaign, showed that 90 per cent believed the community should be aiming for zero lives lost on the roads. The campaign will run in metropolitan and regional WA from April to June 2018. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "The closer to home campaign really brings home the tragic ripple effect road trauma can have on individuals and their families. "The road toll should not simply be seen as a number, because when we're talking about death and serious injuries on our roads, we are talking about mothers, fathers, grandparents and children. "The advertisement is emotionally powerful, and puts a human element to the hundreds of deaths and serious injuries we hear about every year on our roads. "I hope it will make people think about their driving, so that we might prevent more families experiencing the tragedy of road trauma." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Albany’s new visitor centre opens to help drive visitation20264Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4060html23/04/2018 1:24:07 AM2018-04-22T04:00:00Z $2.6 million visitor centre one of the best in Western Australia Co-funded by State Government through Tourism WA The State Government has congratulated the City of Albany on the official opening of the Albany Tourism and Information Hub. The visitor centre is one of the most advanced in the State with touch screen technology, digital windows and virtual reality headsets. The $2.6 million project received funding from the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants Program. The project was also co-funded by the Australian Government through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program administered by Tourism WA. The Albany Tourism and Information Hub is located in the centre of town on York Street and provides visitors with information about Albany and the surrounding region as well as offering a booking service. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Congratulations to the City of Albany for building one of Western Australia's best visitor centres. "The State Government is proud to have contributed funding to this magnificent facility. "The importance of visitor centres cannot be understated as they inject $117 million into the State's economy and generate more than 900 jobs. "Research shows that people spend more money and time in an area when they use a visitor centre, therefore they are vital for regional tourism." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This new facility is a fantastic addition for Albany and the Great Southern; it will help attract and direct visitors to some of the region's most stunning natural attractions and cultural hotspots. "Tourism is a major economic earner in our regions and the McGowan Government is committed to investing in initiatives like this that drive jobs and strengthen diversification." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Local workers to help build new METRONET railcars20263Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8550html23/04/2018 1:11:52 AM2018-04-22T03:00:00Z Key election commitment to create more manufacturing jobs on track Government tender to be released for one of the biggest orders of railcars in WA history $1.6 billion project to deliver 246 new railcars over the next 10 years New target of at least 50 per cent for local manufacturing of railcars included A McGowan Labor Government commitment to create ongoing local jobs is underway, with a tender, set for release this week, calling for proponents to build 246 new METRONET railcars for Perth over the next decade. The pre-qualification tender for the $1.6 billion project will include a local content target of 50 per cent for the manufacturing of new railcars, honouring a key election commitment as part of WA Labor's Plan for Jobs. Funding for a local railcar assembly facility and associated infrastructure is also included within the project's budget. The first stage of the project involves the delivery of 102 new railcars (17 six-car sets) to service the new METRONET projects as they come online. A follow-on order for 144 railcars (24 six-car sets) will also be included in the tender, to replace the network's ageing A-series railcars which were the first electric railcars on the network. $508 million was allocated in the 2017-18 State Budget for the METRONET railcars, but the project will now be expanded to include the replacement of the A-series railcars and associated infrastructure. Delivery of the first 17 new trains, known as the C-series, is due to begin in 2021. The additional 24 trains are expected to be delivered between 2023 and 2026. Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti made the announcement today at the Public Transport Authority's Nowergup Depot, in front of the first trains from the final order of 10 new three-car B-series trains, to be delivered for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project. These trains, ordered under the old policy by the previous Liberal National Government, were mostly manufactured in Queensland or overseas, with only two per cent of the work completed in Western Australia. The companies who apply to build the next generation of METRONET trains will be short-listed to progress to an interactive tendering process before a final supplier is chosen in early 2019. A key consideration of this tender process will be the supplier's ability and commitment to manufacture or assemble 50 per cent of the railcars in WA. They will also be expected to maintain the railcars for 30 years, creating an ongoing pipeline of work. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "These will be our METRONET trains, so it makes sense that they are our local jobs. "Not only will METRONET deliver thousands of new constructions jobs, but the increased demand for new railcars will create a pipeline of work to boost our local manufacturing industry and maximise WA jobs. "My Government's number one priority is WA jobs and with a long-term plan to boost local manufacturing, it makes sense that we cement this strategy in place to build these extra railcars in WA. "Once these trains are delivered, our existing A-series trains operating on the heritage lines will be coming close to or exceeding their operational life of 30 years." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "These trains will travel up to 280,000km a year for 35 years, so we need to get it right. "This is a great opportunity to deliver the next generation of trains that can provide more capacity, and faster transfers, and tap into our local workforce to deliver WA projects with local skills. "The McGowan Government is committed to maximising opportunities for WA jobs, apprenticeships, and businesses, so we believe that with the right supplier on our side, we will be able to keep a significant proportion of the work on these railcars local, and build a highly-skilled home-grown workforce in the process." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA holds its Breath for national film release of Tim Winton novel20262Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4440html23/04/2018 12:59:26 AM2018-04-21T09:00:00Z Film project supported 150 jobs; generated $5.6 million for local economy Movie's spectacular filming highlights the beauty of WA's Great Southern region State Government invested more than $2 million in production Homegrown feature film Breath, based on acclaimed Western Australian author Tim Winton's novel of the same name, is on track to delight cinema audiences when released in WA on May 3, 2018. Breath, filmed entirely on location in the Great Southern region, marks the directorial debut of well-known Australian actor Simon Baker. The local production had a significant impact on the region's economy - supporting an estimated 150 jobs over the project's life and generating an estimated $5.6 million short-term benefit for the local economy. The Albany Entertainment Centre will host the Western Australian launch of the feature at a special screening tonight, attended by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Breath received major production investment support from Screen Australia ($2 million), Screenwest and Lotterywest ($800,000), as well as Royalties for Regions in association with the Great Southern Development Commission ($1.5 million). Screenwest administered and monitored the Royalties for Regions contribution, along with its own investment, and worked with the Great Southern Development Commission to ensure the project met its 'buy local' and human capacity development obligations. The stunningly shot film has previously premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and at the Gold Coast Film Festival. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "Breath is a beautifully shot film that showcases our stunning Great Southern region, including the iconic Elephant Rocks near Denmark. "Quantifying the benefits (of the filming project) to the local economy is vital for future industry growth, and I am encouraged by how well this project has evolved. "We need to keep telling local stories using local voices, and the only way we can continue to do this is to showcase the real outcomes from these sorts of local initiatives and attract new investment for culture and arts in our great State." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Producing this uniquely WA film in the Great Southern has been a boost to the local economy and it has been fantastic to see local communities embrace the film. "Before shooting, we estimated the project would generate a $5.6 million short-term benefit to the local economy including 150 local jobs. "This should bring new local and international interest in the Great Southern, and will help to cement the region's reputation as a cultural hotspot." Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 About Breath Breath is based on Tim Winton's award-winning novel of the same name. Breath has been adapted for the screen by Gerard Lee (Top of the Lake). Tim Winton and Simon Baker, who also co-produced with Oscar® and Emmy® Award–winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) for Gran Via Productions and Jamie Hilton (The Little Devils) for See Pictures. Executive producers are Tom Williams, Johnny Mac and David Hansen for Autumn Productions, and Laura Rister. Breath follows two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie, growing up in a remote corner of the WA coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando, a mysterious older adventurer, who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. Director Simon Baker also stars in the film as Sando, alongside an impressive cast including Elizabeth Debicki, Richard Roxburgh and Rachael Blake, and introducing Samson Coulter as Pikelet and Ben Spence, a Margaret River local, as Loonie. Roadshow Films are distributing the film across Australia.
Albany a heritage hotspot with new listings20256Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3070html23/04/2018 12:45:42 AM2018-04-21T06:00:00Z The addition of three places to the State Heritage Register will help improve tourism, support the creation of jobs and boost the local economy Albany's Wesley Church spire, a landmark feature of the city's skyline since 1891 148-year-old Albany Co-operative Society Building, built by the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Navigation Company (P&O Shipping), played a key role in Albany's early commercial activities Former Albany State School Group includes public school buildings, the Headmaster's house and garden - dating from the 1890s The addition of three places to the State Register of Heritage Places will cement Albany's reputation as a heritage hotspot and help boost tourism, supporting the creation of jobs and boosting the local economy. Albany's Wesley Church Group - including a church, manse, and three halls - is an excellent example of a church complex designed in a variety of gothic architectural styles. The church group has strong community significance as the hub of Methodism in the region, as well as ties to many prominent citizens who contributed at various times to its physical and social development. The church itself was constructed between 1889 and 1891, as Albany's population boomed following the opening of the Great Southern Railway. A telling sign of the optimism in Albany at the time, it was built to seat 450 people despite only having 33 members. Notable architects and builders of the church group include architects Alfred M. Bonython (church, 1891), George Johnston (manse, 1903), James Hine (Albert Hall, 1914), and Harold Smith (Kindergarten Hall, 1958), as well as builders Charles Layton (manse, 1903), and Alexander Thomson (Albert Hall, 1914). Today, the Wesley Church Group remains in use for various church purposes including worship and community events. The former Albany State School comprises an intact group of public school buildings including a Headmaster's house and former garden, and was developed to cater for Albany's growing population during the 1890s gold boom in Western Australia. The primary school and infants school were designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts style, and the primary school, designed by prominent Perth architect George Temple Poole in 1895, includes a fine example of a large central hall of exceptional design quality. The school buildings form a significant precinct in the historic centre of Albany, and the adjacent Alison Hartman Gardens that were once part of the early layout of the school, contribute to the historic streetscape of York Street. The Albany Co-operative Society Building was purpose-built in 1870 by P&O Shipping agent William Clifton. The building housed one of Australia's first ever co-operative societies. Mr Clifton established the member-owned society in 1867 to improve the welfare of the company's employees, who could not afford the high cost of basic provisions in Albany. Three years later, the Albany Co-operative Society Building was constructed by local carpenter and builder John Underwood Green, on the corner of Frederick and Spencer streets. A freestanding, two-storey granite and brick structure - designed predominantly in the Victorian Regency style - it included a manager's residence, store and shop. Since the co-operative's closure in 1883, the building has been used as a railway barracks, guest house, and storage facility for the Albany Historical Society. In 2017, the City of Albany completed extensive conservation works to restore the building to its original form. Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "I am delighted that the Wesley Church, former State School buildings and the Albany Co-operative Society Building's inclusion in the State Register of Heritage Places, means these properties will continue to be part of the Albany community for many years to come. "These sites now join 56 other significant places in Albany on the State Register of Heritage Places." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "The listing of these three places is fantastic news for Albany, which is proud of its heritage and benefits enormously from related tourism. "Tourism is a strong supporter of jobs in the region and the listing of these places will help the local economy and keep people employed." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Land sale to create vibrant new East Perth precinct20255Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10040html23/04/2018 12:35:00 AM2018-04-21T03:05:00Z 20 Bronte Street, East Perth to be purchased by a private syndicate of local investors Old Perth Girls School and 20 Bronte Street to become an integrated mixed use development A private syndicate of local investors led by Australian Development Capital (ADC), with a cornerstone investment by the Warburton Group have entered into a contract with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to purchase 20 Bronte Street, East Perth. Last year, ADC/Warburton purchased the adjacent Old Perth Girls School property. ADC/Warburton plan to develop the Old Perth Girls School and 20 Bronte Street as an integrated precinct, containing a mix of land uses potentially incorporating residential, retail, office accommodation and community space. It is known that 20 Bronte Street was a cemetery during the early days of Perth and potentially hundreds of human remains are buried at the property. As a condition of the sale, ADC/Warburton must enter into a Heritage Agreement which will govern the remediation process and ensure exhumation and reinterment is conducted in an ethical manner. The sale of 20 Bronte Street is expected to settle within the next 60 days. Following settlement of the land sale, details of the sale, including the sale price, will be published on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage's website at http//www.dplh.wa.gov.au. Lists of Government land assets recently sold (including sale prices), properties currently for sale and those being prepared for market can also be found on the department's website. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "With this land sale, 20 Bronte Street in East Perth, currently a vacant block of land, will find new life with the iconic Old Perth Girls School as a mixed use, residential, retail, office accommodation and community space. "The buyers have extensive experience with similar redevelopment projects, including a number of heritage properties within the Perth CBD. "The property development team has a strong understanding of the heritage values of the property, and will respect the building's history and heritage as part of the repositioning of the site as a residential, mixed use and community hub." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Equipment and uniform funding help Pilbara sport clubs kick goals20254Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2570html23/04/2018 12:27:04 AM2018-04-21T03:00:00Z McGowan Labor Government delivers funding to Pilbara sporting clubs 30 clubs to share in more than $50,000 of funding to purchase new equipment and uniforms Funding delivered through the Local Projects, Local Jobs program The McGowan Labor Government has delivered more than $50,000 to 30 sporting clubs across the Pilbara, to help purchase new equipment and uniforms. From traditional sports such as cricket, soccer and swimming, to modern pursuits of roller derby and pony club, the grants reach all corners of the Pilbara, supporting clubs of all shapes and sizes. The 30 clubs will share in more than $50,000 with funding ranging from $840 to $5,500. The Pilbara Regional Football Development Committee received $5,500 to support the establishment of the Pilbara Nightfields Project in Nullagine, Marble Bar and Roebourne. The Nightfields Project will deliver after-hours football activities for youth, in partnership with WA Police, Youth Justice, Aboriginal corporations and youth services. Other grants include $2,000 for the Hedland BMX Club to purchase new portable shades, $2,000 for the Shire of East Pilbara to purchase equipment for the Newman Youth Centre, and $2,000 for the Nickol Junior Soccer Club to assist in the purchase of uniforms. The funding is part of the Local Projects, Local Jobs program, which supports grassroots sporting and community organisations. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I am pleased we have been able to deliver much needed funding to regional sporting clubs across the Pilbara. "Strong local sporting clubs create healthy, active communities and this funding will allow them to upgrade facilities and purchase new equipment. "This Government is committed to supporting grassroots sporting clubs across regional Western Australia." Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "Our local sporting clubs are a great way for residents of the Pilbara to meet new people and form a sense of belonging in the community. "Clubs are often run by a group of dedicated volunteers and rely on donations and funding to operate, so it's important to provide support." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Victoria Cross recipients protected for generations to come20253Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4000html23/04/2018 12:21:08 AM2018-04-21T01:00:00Z McGowan Government formalises protection of Victoria Cross war graves and memorials Agreements with the Shire of Esperance and Metropolitan Cemeteries Board coincide with the 103rd anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli in World War I Currently nine Victoria Cross recipients commemorated in WA The State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, fulfilling a pledge to protect the graves and memorials of Victoria Cross (VC) recipients commemorated in Western Australian cemeteries. The agreements will ensure the future preservation of VC graves and memorials while safeguarding the rights of the families to honour their loved ones as they wish. Local Government Minister David Templeman signed the MOU with the Shire of Esperance in the presence of the family members of the late Tom Starcevich VC, who was commemorated at the Esperance Lawn Cemetery in 1989. Tom was awarded the VC during the Borneo campaign of the Second World War for single-handedly capturing four Japanese machine gun positions on June 28, 1945. Complete disregard for his own safety played a significant part in the success of his decisive action. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour to members of the Australian Defence Force. It is awarded to a person who, in the presence of the enemy, displays the most conspicuous gallantry, or daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty. Mr Templeman has already signed a similar Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board to protect the graves and memorials of the remainder of WA's VC recipients - commemorated at the Karrakatta and Fremantle cemeteries. Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman "The McGowan Government believes the significance of this award and the great achievements of those awarded the VC, warrants protection and retention. "By preserving these war graves and memorials, we demonstrate our collective respect for the contributions, sacrifice and heroic achievements of VC recipients, and we also help to ensure that their individual stories are shared with the community for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Scott Austic conviction referred to the Court of Appeal20251Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3060html23/04/2018 12:14:10 AM2018-04-20T22:00:00Z Attorney General refers Scott Austic petition to the Court of Appeal Attorney General John Quigley has decided to refer the 2009 conviction of Scott Austic for the wilful murder of Stacey Thorne to the Court of Appeal. The decision follows a petition made on behalf of Mr Austic dated February 19, 2018. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I decided to refer the petition to the Court of Appeal upon the advice of the Solicitor General. "I have also received a copy of the outcome of a previous investigation by the Corruption and Crime Commission into allegations of misconduct concerning the case. "The Corruption and Crime Commission formed no opinions of misconduct by either the police or the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The CCC noted, however, that there were potential concerns in relation to aspects of the evidence against Mr Austic, including in relation to a cigarette packet and the knife identified as the murder weapon. "I have accepted the Solicitor General's advice that public confidence in the administration of justice requires that those concerns be fully addressed in an independent, open and transparent way. The best way for that to occur is for those concerns to be addressed by the court. "It will be a matter for the court to determine whether, by reason of the matters Mr Austic raises, there has been any miscarriage of justice in his case. "Having decided to refer the matter it is not appropriate for me, as Attorney General, to express any view in relation to the merits of the case. "I understand that the referral of this case back to the court may cause distress to Ms Thorne's family and I extend my condolences to them for their loss. "I hope that the examination by the court of matters that have been the subject of public comment for some years will finally bring speculation about this case to an end. "I plan to introduce legislation into the Parliament later this year, similar to that in South Australia and Tasmania, to allow cases such as this one to be presented directly to the Court of Appeal instead of being considered by the Attorney General." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800