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Regional WA wins big with McGowan Government sport upgrades1317Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 8:14:19 AM2018-06-21T07:30:00Z 20 organisations receive grants towards important local sport and recreation projects More than $582,000 towards boosting grassroots sport in the regions and the city Projects supporting local jobs and local small businesses Country Western Australia is the big winner in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), with the McGowan Government awarding 80 per cent of grant allocations to organisations based in the regions. The latest CSRFF small grants round has allocated more than $582,000 to 20 grassroots sport and recreation organisations across WA, 16 of which are based in the country. Funded projects in this round include upgrades to female facilities at sport and recreation clubs, resurfacing of courts and playing spaces, and other important infrastructure and forward planning initiatives. CSRFF grants not only provide critical support to grassroots sport and recreation organisations, they generate work for small businesses in a range of industries, creating jobs and supporting local economies. Regional projects receiving funding in this round include King River Horse & Pony Club (City of Albany) $9,350 for the design and construction of new jumps for the cross country course; Broome Bowling Club (Shire of Broome) $32,100 to upgrade and replace lighting; Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation (Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley) $20,016 for the construction of a half basketball court at Guda Guda Community; Broome Squash Club (Shire of Broome) $18,000 for the installation of a storeroom Shire of Mingenew $66,458 to rebuild the Mingenew netball courts; Wonthella Bowling Club (City of Greater Geraldton) $66,519 for the installation of a synthetic green; South Mandurah Football Club (City of Mandurah) $60,455 for the construction of new unisex change room facilities; Dudley Park Bowling and Recreation Club (City of Mandurah) $42,342 to resurface bowling green; Tom Price BMX Club (Shire of Ashburton) $37,525 to repair the track and bituminise berms; Tom Price Diamond Club (Shire of Ashburton) $12,075 to install a home run fence; Koombana Bay Sailing Club (City of Bunbury) $35,000 to upgrade men's ablutions; Harvey Football Club (Shire of Harvey) $57,600 for a new ablution block for female competitors; Shire of Nannup $15,000 to upgrade existing change rooms and ablutions at Nannup Recreation Centre; Shire of Chittering $20,033 for the redevelopment of construction of Muchea cricket practice nets with retractable netting; Jurien Sport and Recreation Centre (Shire of Dandaragan) $16,271 for the construction of a storage shed; and Shire of Kondinin $3,838 to resurface two Kondinin netball courts. Metropolitan projects receiving funding in this round include Shire of Mundaring $18,805 for the development of a Mundaring Recreation Plan; Melville Little Athletics Centre (City of Melville) $18,030 for relocation of the jumps track and pit; City Beach Surfriders Club (Town of Cambridge) $16,500 for installation of a storage shed; and City of Kalamunda $16,666 for development of the Scott Reserve Master Plan. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The McGowan Government is committed to providing strong support to regional sport, allocating 80 per cent of CSRFF grants this round to organisations in country areas. "We are committed to providing strong support to grassroots clubs, wherever they are in the State. "Local sport and recreation facilities are so important for keeping communities healthy, active and connected, and we are making sure regional WA gets its fair share. "These projects variously require work from builders, electricians, plumbers, concreters, bricklayers and other tradespeople - meaning these projects have important benefits for local small businesses, local jobs and local economies." Minister's office - 6552 6400
More young people to benefit with new dedicated mental health unit1314Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 6:03:27 AM2018-06-21T06:00:00Z New East Metropolitan Youth Unit (EMyU) to provide specialist youth mental health inpatient services Housed in the old Bentley Adolescent Unit, the EMyU will commence with six beds for 16 to 17 year-olds Essential site works over coming months will expand the EMyU service to 12 beds and increase the age range to 16 to 24 years The new dedicated mental health youth unit in Bentley will be fully operational in the coming months, increasing the number of beds available for young people up to the age of 24. The East Metropolitan Youth Unit will provide a 12-bed specialised mental health inpatient service for 16 to 24 year-olds, adding to the 14 youth beds at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the 20 beds at Perth Children's Hospital for children and adolescents, and the eight youth hospital in the home beds provided by Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital. Seventy-five per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. The State Government is committed to providing the support and treatment needed by young people to recover from mental health issues in safe and suitable environments. The new unit will add to the Mental Health Commission's targeted purchasing for youth mental health initiatives, including $1.9 million for the WA Country Health Service's Youth Mental Health Program in the South-West and Pilbara regions; $1.4 million for the South Metropolitan Health Service's Youth Community Assertive Treatment Team; and $525,000 for the provision of a specialist child, adolescent and youth psychiatrist in the Kimberley region. The East Metropolitan Youth Unit is made possible by the relocation of the Bentley Adolescent Unit to the new mental health unit at Perth Children's Hospital. For emergency mental health assistance call the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 or 1800 676 822 (Peel), or Rurallink on 1800 552 002. For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14. Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is committed to increasing mental health services for young people in Western Australia. "The opening of Perth Children's Hospital has allowed us to shift services and open a new dedicated unit to help meet demand for youth inpatient mental health services. "We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our young people so they can go on to live full, healthy lives. "We know that 75 per cent of mental health problems start before the age of 25, so providing appropriate care early is essential to helping WA's young people lead happy and productive lives." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Grants to support natural resource stewardship now available1310Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 4:15:15 AM2018-06-21T03:10:00Z $7.75 million in natural resources grants now available Community groups have until August 6, 2018 to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $450,000 A focus on regenerative practices Community groups committed to protecting Western Australia's natural assets can now apply for funding under a $7.75 million State Government grants program. State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program grants are available to local landcare, farming and NRM community groups, schools and local governments. The 2018-19 Community Stewardship Grants round, totalling $7.75 million, allows groups to apply for two different types of grants - small grants between $1,000 and $25,000, and large grants between $25,000 and $450,000. These grants can fund both co-ordination roles and on-ground activities that contribute to the conservation and sustainable and regenerative use of natural resources across WA. Applications close at 12pm on Monday August 6, 2018. For more information, visit http// or contact the State NRM Program on 9368 3168. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "It takes a huge community effort to care for and enhance our vast and unique natural environment, and that's why the Community Stewardship Grants are so important. "The grants are part of a $31 million funding commitment to the State NRM program over four years. "The large Community Stewardship Grants allow groups to apply for larger funding amounts over longer periods of time and can support both co-ordination roles and on-ground activities. "The small grants provide funding for smaller, shorter projects that are more responsive to opportunities and ideas as they arise. "All these groups work diligently to care for our water resources, conserve our native animals, protect our flora, and to educate others in the community about the conservation of our natural resources, especially our soils." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Green light for Subiaco’s new Inner City College1309Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 3:58:32 AM2018-06-21T03:00:00Z Election commitment for Inner City College progressing quickly Development approval granted for the Inner City College Planning continues for Subi East project including Princess Margaret Hospital and Subiaco Oval The new Inner City College in Subiaco has been given the official go-ahead with development approval granted for stage one of the project. The future 2,000-student school is a key element of plans to transform Subi East into a vibrant new education, leisure, residential and community destination on the fringe of the Perth central business district. The first stage of the school includes health and physical education, technologies and science, and student services, with a cafeteria, library and lecture theatres. Spaces for socialising and recreation are integrated throughout with sporting hard courts, an amphitheatre and landscaped courtyards. The school's location will also encourage active modes of transport for students and staff. Forward works are progressing well at the school's iconic location next to Subiaco Oval, with construction of the state-of-the-art secondary facility due to commence next month. Planning studies are continuing for the broader Subi East project area to investigate options for the delivery of new and diverse housing supply close to existing transport and community infrastructure. Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "The college will be a focal point of the new Subi East precinct, which will also deliver new mixed-use development, diverse housing supply and improved community amenities through shared use of the Subiaco Oval playing field. "We will see more families moving into the area to take advantage of the Inner City College and make the most of new opportunities to work, live and learn in key activity corridors. "The revitalisation of Subi East will honour the area's rich heritage, help create hundreds of jobs through development and ultimately bring more residents to the area to support existing businesses and stimulate the local economy." Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "This exciting new educational facility has been designed by leading architects to make the most of its premier location, and will provide much needed enrolment relief for secondary schools in the inner and western suburbs. "Families in the area will have a brand new school with world-class facilities to deliver an exciting and innovative education for 21st century learners." Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500 Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700
Charlotte's Law - Killer drivers to face severe new penalties1303Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 2:36:23 AM2018-06-21T02:30:00Z Charlotte's Law to bring dangerous driving penalties in line with community expectations Dangerous drivers who kill innocent people to face a 20-year maximum jail sentence Speed threshold for aggravated dangerous driving lowered to 30kmh New aggravated circumstances for driving whilst unlicensed, suspended or disqualified Killer drivers will face tougher penalties under reforms being introduced into State Parliament today - to be known as Charlotte's Law. The new law will expand the criteria in which police can charge someone with aggravated dangerous driving causing death. The changes, prompted by the tragic death of Charlotte Pemberton and others, are designed to bring penalties in line with community expectations. Ms Pemberton was killed by a man driving a high-powered motorcycle, without a valid licence and travelling at 40 kilometres over the speed limit. The new law lowers the speed threshold to 30kmh and allows police to apply aggravating circumstances for driving whilst unlicensed, suspended or disqualified. Prior to these reforms, a person could only be charged with aggravated dangerous driving in limited circumstances including Driving a vehicle at more than 45kmh over the speed limit; Driving without the owner's consent; and Driving to escape pursuit by a police officer. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Charlotte Pemberton's story made a lasting personal impression on me and many other Western Australians, and tragedies like this should not happen. "My Government is committed to making our roads and our communities safer. The community has demanded these laws, and we have acted swiftly to deliver them. "The new measure will ensure that serious penalties, in line with the community's expectations, are in place for drivers who kill or maim." Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "Nothing will ever take away the pain of those who have lost loved ones, but what this does is makes sure the law is more adequate into the future. "It's our hope that families like Charlotte Pemberton's and others don't feel robbed by the judicial process. "I hope it will also act as a significant deterrent to prevent the kind of tragedy that happened to Charlotte Pemberton and her family. "It's also a reflection of the McGowan Government's commitment to making our roads safer." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Police and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
Opportunity to join the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council1302Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 2:24:42 AM2018-06-21T02:05:00Z Expressions of interest open to join the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC) The WAAAC is responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on Aboriginal land issues across the State Expressions of interest to become a member of the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council are currently open. The WAAAC is a government board that provides advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the State Government on matters relating to the interests and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Western Australia. There are up to eight positions available for varying terms of office for up to three years. The McGowan Government is committed to increasing the total number of women appointed to government boards and committees by 50 per cent by 2019. Aboriginal women are strongly encouraged to apply to join this significant board. Application packages are available on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's website at http// or by contacting the Secretariat either by emailing or by phoning (08) 6552 5543. Applications close on July 13, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The McGowan Government is committed to resetting the relationships with Aboriginal people and have reformed the WAAAC's operations to ensure that it is actively involved in the development of State strategies and policies that impact the lives of Aboriginal Western Australians. "The State Government's continued collaboration with the WAAAC will help to improve economic, social and cultural outcomes for Aboriginal Western Australians. "I would encourage Aboriginal people to consider this opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Agreement supports Pilbara station to diversify1301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html21/06/2018 2:20:05 AM2018-06-21T02:00:00Z New Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between the State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd Agreement supports the development of an irrigated agricultural precinct within Pardoo Pastoral Station ILUA secures benefits for Ngarla people (determined native title holders represented by the Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC) A new land agreement will open the door to more jobs in the Pilbara region and harness innovation in the Western Australian agricultural sector. The State Government, Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (on behalf of the Ngarla people) and Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd, have recently finalised negotiations concerning the terms and conditions for an ILUA to support the development of an irrigated agriculture precinct. Pardoo Beef Corporation Pty Ltd has recently entered into a contract for feasibility works with the State Government, including an offer of a four-year development lease and freehold tenure subject to meeting terms and conditions. A significant milestone is the successful negotiation of an ILUA between the parties to facilitate the future freehold tenure grant. This is a key condition of the contract. The application covers an area of 9,084 hectares and is made up of portions of Pardoo Station's pastoral lease and Crown land reserves. The proposed irrigated agriculture precinct will support irrigation development, cattle handling operations, and the establishment of an office, accommodation and workshop. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture is providing pastoralists with a clear model to follow to pursue irrigated agriculture on their leases with the possibility of converting a portion of a pastoral lease to freehold tenure. "This agreement is part of Pardoo's broader Pilbara beef project and a significant investment in the region, creating jobs and opportunities for the local community and adding value to the WA economy." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The agreement is a brilliant result and signifies the willingness of the Ngarla people, Pardoo Beef Corporation and WA Government to work together and negotiate to realise mutual benefit from agricultural development in the Pilbara. "This agreement is an outstanding example of internationally driven regional development in partnership with our first nation's people; challenging the norm of 'business as usual'; diversifying the economic opportunities in the Pilbara; providing local jobs and economic benefits; and sustainably accessing WA resources." Comment attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "The agreement provides a model of how pastoralists, Aboriginal people and the State Government can work together to secure outcomes which benefit the community and industry, securing jobs and investment in the Pilbara region." Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Albany offers developers premium beachfront hotel opportunity949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4030html20/06/2018 6:31:36 AM2018-06-20T06:30:00Z Expressions of interest (EOI) being sought for development of Middleton Beach hotel Hotel will be the jewel in the crown of the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre Hotel developers also given an opportunity to express interest in the other mixed-use sites in the project area as part of their EOI submission The development of a world-class hotel and activity precinct on Albany's iconic Middleton Beach has moved into the highly anticipated phase of seeking expressions of interest from prospective State, national and international hotel developers. The State Government, through LandCorp, has completed the first stage of civil works at the 13,171sqm Middleton Beach Activity Centre, which features four mixed-use sites including a 3,718sqm mixed-use hotel precinct up to 12 floors with potential for up to 120 hotel rooms plus apartments. With the hotel site already offering the rare opportunity of beach frontage in a popular tourist destination, as a further sweetener developers who participate in the hotel EOI can also express their interest in any of the three other mixed-use sites as part of their submission. The EOI process, being run by specialist hotel agency CBRE, follows a successful hotel operator EOI recently that saw high-end hotel chains declaring their interest in operating a hotel on Middleton Beach. Securing interest from big-name hotel brands has reinforced the attractiveness of the Middleton Beach development, and has the potential to provide the successful developer with a compatible project partner. The first stage of the hotel developer EOI runs from today (June 20) until Thursday July 17, 2018. Submissions will be assessed against selection criteria and short-listed proponents will then be offered the opportunity to submit more detailed proposals, as part of a Request for Proposal process from which a preferred developer will be selected. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "The Middleton Beach Activity Centre development is focused on creating an energetic community hub to complement this already popular destination, with a new premium hotel having the potential to attract many more tourists, business visitors, and recreational enthusiasts to Albany. "We are seeking expressions of interest from developers who are excited about the unique opportunity available at Middleton Beach, and who will create a hotel precinct that reflects Albany's natural beauty, history and culture." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "Middleton Beach is a perfect example of the work the McGowan Government is achieving through LandCorp to stimulate investment in regional Western Australia and grow regional economies by boosting local employment, attracting tourism visits and diversifying housing choice. "Subject to the outcome of the hotel developer EOI, construction of the new development is expected to create more than 120 short-term jobs and when it is complete will launch hundreds of new employment opportunities in the region's growing hospitality and tourism industry." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Road safety experts in Perth to lead WA’s journey towards zero944Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2800html20/06/2018 6:17:31 AM2018-06-20T06:00:00Z First time the Monash University road safety leadership program offered in WA Western Australian leaders guided on Safe System approach to road safety One of the world's most respected and comprehensive research institutes - The Monash University Accident Research Centre is running its Executive Leadership Management Program in Perth for the first time ever. The three-day leadership program will hear from some of Australia's most trusted and respected road safety experts, and encourage delegates to consider new ways to approach road safety. The program will guide participants through the Safe System approach, a system that accepts drivers make mistakes and looks at the design of roads, safe speed limits and vehicle design as a way of reducing road trauma. It is expected participants in the program will share the information with their organisations, industry and communities to shift the way we think about road safety. Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts "I am pleased to welcome road safety experts of the calibre of the Monash University Accident Research Centre to Perth to share their wealth of knowledge with local leaders. "As work continues on the next road safety strategy for Western Australia, we need leaders within our community to lead the paradigm shift required for zero road trauma. "The MUARC Executive Leadership Management Program will provide WA leaders, not just within government but from not-for-profit organisations, the private sector and local government, with the tools to promote road safety within their own organisations. "Zero road deaths and serious injury on WA roads is achievable and programs like the MUARC Executive Leadership Management Program are a crucial tool as we continue our journey." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Act-Belong-Commit helps improve mental health in WA for a decade940Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html20/06/2018 5:58:00 AM2018-06-20T05:20:00Z Act-Belong-Commit is celebrating 10 years of helping to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Western Australians Recent research shows the Act-Belong-Commit campaign has led to more people looking after their mental health For a decade, the groundbreaking message of Act-Belong-Commit has been encouraging Western Australians to look after their mental health, and research proves it is working with more people evaluating their mental wellbeing since the public health campaign was introduced. Each year, one in every five Australians will experience a mental health issue. The Act-Belong-Commit message aims to promote easy to follow guidelines for Western Australians to adopt so they can improve their mental health and help reverse this statistic. Results of a 2017 evaluation of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign show that in one year, about 200,000 more Western Australians became aware of their mental health. This figure has more than doubled since the campaign began 10 years ago. The Act-Belong-Commit campaign continues to grow in reach and impact, and is helping to change attitudes and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Healthway will provide more than $2.3 million over three years (2017-20) to support the Act-Belong-Commit (A-B-C) campaign, which will also receive more than $460,000 in funding from the Mental Health Commission in 2017-18. The A-B-C guidelines for positive mental health are simple Act by taking steps to stay mentally, physically and socially active; Belong by joining a community group or event and being more involved in groups you are already a member of; and Commit by taking up a cause, learning something new or helping a friend. To find out more about how you can Act-Belong-Commit or to pledge your A-B-C goal, visit http// Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The State Government is a strong supporter of the Act-Belong-Commit campaign, and I am pleased that it continues to motivate people to take charge and actively do things to improve their mental health. "Being physically active and getting involved in the community are important factors in keeping mentally healthy. "I encourage everyone to live the Act-Belong-Commit message every day." Comments attributed to Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Mental Health Alanna Clohesy MLC "I am very pleased to help commemorate Act-Belong-Commit's 10-year event and recognise that it has been a decade since the campaign was rolled out across Western Australia. "Having grown up in a small rural community, I understand the kind of support that our community, and a sense of closeness to those around us, can bring. "Whether it is singing in a choir, participating in theatre or volunteering, I encourage all Western Australians to find the activity that they love and adopt the Act-Belong-Commit approach into their daily lives." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Water Corporation CEO to hand over the reins after a decade in the role935Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9840html20/06/2018 5:00:09 AM2018-06-20T05:00:00Z Water Corporation chief executive officer Sue Murphy today announced that she has decided not to renew her contract, which expires at the end of the year. Mrs Murphy has spent a decade as CEO, and has played a key role in Western Australia's future by maintaining water supplies at a demanding and complex time of declining rainfall and resources-led growth. She was appointed as CEO in November 2008, and is only the second person to fill the role since the Water Corporation was first established in January 1996. The recruitment process for the Water Corporation's next CEO will be led by the Board, and will include a national search. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "I thank Sue for her strong contribution to managing the Water Corporation over the last 10 years. "She has been a figurehead for efforts to secure Perth's water supplies, for now and well into the future, at a time of climate change. "Her leadership has enabled the Water Corporation to undertake a program of capital works to diversify water sources, which is the envy of many cities around the world. "But her focus has not only been on infrastructure, Sue has encouraged the community to use their environmental spirit and reduce its water use." Comments attributed to Water Corporation chief executive officer Sue Murphy "During my time as CEO, I have enjoyed working with successive governments, including the current one, to ensure our water supplies became more resilient to climate change. "The next step of our journey is digital transformation and I feel it is time for someone else to take the reins to lead the Water Corporation through this next period. "I love the Water Corporation, its people, intellect, purpose and role as an enabler of virtually everything that happens in our State. It has been my absolute privilege to lead the organisation." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Joint media statement - Grants top-up to support NDIS transition for Western Australians929Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12160html20/06/2018 4:39:05 AM2018-06-20T04:35:00Z Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice and Western Australian Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson have today announced a funding commitment to ensure transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in WA is as seamless as possible. Western Australia will move to the Federally administered NDIS on July 1, 2018 and this investment will safeguard individuals' transition. An investment of more than $5.2 million has been contributed by the Commonwealth and WA governments to top-up the existing round of the Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building grants. This funding is in addition to the $3 million awarded to 27 organisations across the State in March this year, and the $20.3 million set aside in the 2018-19 State Budget for a Sector Transition Fund. The additional grants have been awarded for initiatives across four priority areas that focus on Improving links for people with disability to relevant mainstream and community services; Increasing knowledge and capability within mainstream services; Connecting people with disability and their communities; and Supporting people with disability to engage with and navigate the NDIS. Information about the successful grant recipients is available on the Tenders WA website. Comments attributed to Federal Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice "The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring the transfer and transition to the NDIS in WA is managed carefully and that participants, families, carers and providers are supported. "These further ILC grants assist organisations to carry out activities that improve community inclusion; ensuring people with disability can use and benefit from the same services and community activities as everyone else. "ILC is an important part of the Turnbull Government's commitment to improving outcomes for all people with disability, not just NDIS participants." Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to supporting people with disability and the disability sector throughout this critical period of change and transformation in WA. "We've made this decision and now we need to make it work. "I am confident that this further funding for ILC-related initiatives will help support organisations during this transition phase. "I am especially pleased that a number of grants have been awarded to peer-to-peer support organisations." Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5800
New strategy set to maximise Perth Hills’ tourism potential923Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements22770html20/06/2018 2:30:40 AM2018-06-20T02:30:00Z Taskforce established to create a new planning and tourism strategy for the Perth Hills Tourism WA to assist in developing a destination-focused tourism strategy Pickering Brook and surrounds identified as a potential tourism precinct in the metropolitan area New marketing partnerships, experiences and planning assessments to help stimulate and encourage job growth for new and existing businesses Pickering Brook and the Perth Hills are set to become the focus of a new tourism strategy, with the McGowan Government announcing a new co-ordinated plan for the precinct. A dedicated taskforce will develop a Pickering Brook and surrounds sustainability and tourism strategy to provide planning certainty for residents and businesses, to help maximise the tourism potential of the Perth Hills. Recently, the McGowan Government identified Pickering Brook for further planning investigation in the final North-East Sub-regional Planning Framework. The previous government's draft framework ignored the need for planning investigation in the Pickering Brook area. The taskforce will examine all the issues, including a rejuvenated town centre for Pickering Brook, accommodation facilities, diversification options for existing horticultural businesses and branding for the Perth Hills. Existing landowners and orchardists will be consulted to ensure the cultural value of the precinct is retained and strengthened. Local government representatives will also be part of the taskforce consultation. The latest announcement follows the funding boost and new long-term management agreement signed with Araluen Botanic Park Foundation to grow tourism at the park. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Our picturesque Hills have so much to offer, and they are right on our doorstep. "It's time we develop a proper plan for this precinct, so it can thrive into the future and attract more visitors, boosting our local tourism industry and creating new jobs along the way." Comments attributed to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "I grew up on a family orchard and know just how beautiful this place can be, but I am also aware of the challenges facing orchardists in the Perth Hills. "The need for planning certainty is paramount, as is the need to strike the right balance between retaining priority agricultural land and allowing new businesses to flourish. "Many families have lived in the area for generations; we can leverage off what they have already created by preserving the area's cultural value and drive new opportunities, similar to the Swan Valley." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The Perth Hills are a fabulous asset for tourism in the Perth metropolitan area. "Pickering Brook and surrounding areas have some truly unique attractions that form a key part of our Tourism WA campaigns. "Celebrating WA's gourmet food and wine is a key part of our tourism Two-Year Action Plan, and the Perth Hills is the perfect place to indulge in quality produce, whether it's having a drink from a local cidery or picking your own strawberries from a nearby farm. "Destination Perth, the City of Kalamunda, City of Armadale and Shire of Mundaring are looking to form a Destination Partnership with the view to developing a three-year plan to better brand and market the spectacular Perth Hills region." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Planning Minister's office - 6552 5500 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Woolworths gets jump on plastic bag ban918Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5670html20/06/2018 1:32:00 AM2018-06-20T00:00:00Z Woolworths stores across Western Australia will be plastic bag free from today Shoppers urged to remember their reusable bags when they go to the supermarket Woolworths stores have banned lightweight plastic bags as of today (June 20) - a week and a half out from the State ban which begins on July 1, 2018. Shoppers will have to remember their reusable bags and online shoppers can opt to have their groceries delivered in crates. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson congratulated the big supermarket chain for its commitment to remove lightweight plastic bags on June 20 from its Western Australian stores and online shopping services. The Environmental Protection (Plastic Bags) Regulations 2018 come into effect on July 1, banning the supply of lightweight plastic bags with handles - with a thickness of 35 microns or less. These bags are commonly provided by supermarkets, restaurants and other retail stores. The ban includes degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic bags because these bags also persist in the environment and pose a threat to wildlife. The State-wide ban will bring Western Australia into line with South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory which already have similar bans in place. Queensland's ban also starts on July 1 and Victoria has announced its intention to ban plastic bags. Plastic bags make up a relatively small portion of solid waste and litter but can have significant impacts on marine wildlife and birds, which can inadvertently eat or become entangled in plastic bag waste. Western Australians use 670 million lightweight plastic shopping bags every year and, while most end up in landfill, more than seven million are littered. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "It's great that the major supermarkets like Woolworths are supportive and moving quickly to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags. "The ban is just one of a number of strategic waste reforms showing this Government's commitment to reducing waste, which includes a commitment to a container deposit scheme. "These initiatives reflect the community's desire to work together to reduce the significant impact of plastic bags, and other waste and litter on our environment." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Jennifer Smith appointed judge of the Supreme Court917Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15670html20/06/2018 1:20:30 AM2018-06-19T23:00:00Z Jennifer Smith appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia Appointment effective from June 27, 2018 Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Smith as a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Ms Smith is currently the Senior Commissioner and Acting President of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. Her appointment will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of His Honour Justice John Chaney. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Ms Smith was admitted to practice in 1987 after completing articles of clerkship at the Crown Solicitor's Office. "Between 1988 and 2000, Ms Smith was a legal practitioner at the Crown Solicitor's Office. She was appointed Senior Assistant Crown Counsel in 1997. "Ms Smith has practised in the District and Supreme Court as a Crown Prosecutor in indictable criminal trials, and provided advice and was briefed as counsel in industrial matters, administrative law, criminal law and personal injury matters. "She represented the State of Western Australia and government agencies in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, now the Fair Work Commission; the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Industrial Appeal Court, a division of the Supreme Court. "Ms Smith has held three senior positions at the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, including Commissioner, Senior Commissioner and Acting President. She has been an acting judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia since August 2017. "She has convened courses and lectured in constitutional law for the Legal Practice Board, and given papers on various aspects of employment and industrial law to professional bodies including the Law Society of Western Australia. "Ms Smith is a member of the Australian Association of Women Judges, the International Association of Women Judges, the Council of Australasian Tribunals, the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Law Society of Western Australia. "I congratulate Ms Smith on her appointment and wish her well in her new role." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
New regional flights to further connect the Kimberley915Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8320html19/06/2018 8:21:31 AM2018-06-19T08:20:00Z McGowan Government collaborates with industry and local communities to expand regional air routes Increased service to connect regional communities and expand opportunities for freight, jobs and tourism State Government is committed to encouraging innovative and collaborative ways to reduce regional airfares Review of State Aviation Strategy underway to identify further improvements Flights to the remote Kimberley community of Balgo will start from July 2, 2018, following an agreement to increase air services that will help further connect communities in the region. The State Government, Aviair Airlines, the local community and local government have collaborated to identify the new Kununurra-Halls Creek-Balgo Regular Public Transport air route as the first move towards improving aviation throughout the whole region. The new route will be serviced by Aviair's nine seater turbo prop aircraft and will run two return services per week. Getting to Balgo via road can be challenging, particularly in the wet season. The decision to extend the current Kununurra-Halls Creek air service to include Balgo will provide more choice for those living in and visiting the Balgo community, and expand opportunities for freight and tourism. The service will result in increased air service frequency and expansion of flight connections within Western Australia, which is one of the recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry into Regional Airfares that the State Government approved in April 2018. The new route will be trialled for 12 months, with the option of extension. The Department of Transport is subsidising up to $500,000 for the trial, with any costs above this to be borne by Aviair. For flight schedules and bookings, visit https// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The Kimberley region has some of the most remote communities in WA and air services play a crucial role in helping to reduce isolation. "The additional flights to Balgo will be the third intraregional flight added to the Kimberley region in the last couple of years, with Kalumburu flights starting last year and air services between Kununurra to Halls Creek commencing in 2016. "The State has also been investing in upgrading aviation infrastructure in the Kimberley. In the past five years over $3 million in Regional Airport Development Scheme grants have been provided to improve facilities at airports in the Kimberley, making it safer and more comfortable for those flying to and from these communities." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "This new link to Balgo is the result of collaboration and innovative thinking, with the Department of Transport, Aviair, the community and local government working together to find opportunities to provide services that will have positive impacts on those living in Balgo and the Kimberley region. "It is promising to see an airline take a commercial risk to expand its services onto these regional routes, and proactively engage with government and the community to ensure the service meets the needs of the region. "Distance can be a huge barrier for the economic and social development of remote communities, and additional flights and investment in aviation services will help further connect communities in the Kimberley by providing improved transport options." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Restoration of historic Mill Manager's House in Jarrahdale gets the green light882Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4550html19/06/2018 2:39:15 AM2018-06-19T02:30:00Z McGowan Government lifts funding conditions to ensure $395,155 of conservation and upgrade works on the State Heritage-listed Mill Manager's House in Jarrahdale can get underway $50,000 contribution towards building fit out and initial operating costs Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced the Government had lifted leverage conditions on a grant towards the restoration of the historic National Trust-owned Mill Manager's House in Jarrahdale. Under the current grant agreement, the National Trust is required to secure a tenant and significant leverage funding before State funding can be released to start restoration work. Relaxing this condition will enable important building works to commence while expressions of interest are sought for a lessee. Ms MacTiernan also announced the Government would provide an additional $50,000 to assist with building fit out and initial operating costs for a new tenant. National Trust architects have developed a scope of works with a total project cost estimate of $395,155. The National Trust and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale are also contributing to the project. Restoration work will start soon and should be completed by January next year. The House was built circa 1889 to house the Mill Manager, and to meet the demands and growth of the new mill which became highly successful. It was one of two houses with the other house, located further up the valley, no longer standing. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government has acted sensibly in lifting the leverage conditions on the $215,000 grant towards restoration works on the Mill Manager's House, within the Jarrahdale Heritage Park. "We see this project as a great catalyst for economic growth and heritage tourism in Jarrahdale. "The House, which has been standing for about 120 years, has significant heritage value but is rundown and urgently needs upgrading and conserving. "We have resolved a situation that has dragged on for more than a year, and now look forward to seeing the House restored and available for use by the community. "We have also recognised the building will need a suitable tenant so to help kickstart the process, the Government is providing an additional $50,000 to help with fit out and initial operating costs. "The planned conservation works will ensure the Mill Manager's House becomes a valued heritage and tourist attraction in the Peel region." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Duty exemption for FIRS heavy vehicle transfers879Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6600html19/06/2018 2:00:35 AM2018-06-19T02:00:00Z WA garaged heavy vehicles that are currently licensed under the Commonwealth's Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) will be exempt from duty should they become licensed in Western Australia The FIRS will be closed to new entrants as of July 1, 2018 and cease operating as of July 1, 2019 The State Government will provide a motor vehicle duty exemption to Federal Interstate Registration Scheme heavy vehicles garaged in Western Australia, to enable them to become licensed under the Western Australian licensing system. This exemption follows the Commonwealth Government's decision to cease the national operation of the FIRS, and the State Government is making the transition as convenient as possible. Currently, the transfer of a heavy vehicle licence - a licence applying to a vehicle with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 4.5 tonnes - in Western Australia is subject to duty at a rate of $3 per $100 in dutiable value, capped at a duty payable of $12,000. There are no more than 300 heavy vehicles currently licensed under the FIRS operating out of Western Australia. Existing WA garaged FIRS vehicles may be licensed under the WA road law when the vehicle has passed an inspection. The first inspection will be provided free of charge by the Department of Transport if the vehicles are inspected by Department of Transport examiners based in Welshpool. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Exempting the stamp duty provides operators of FIRS vehicles certainty about their licensing arrangements going forward. "This change enables operators of FIRS vehicles to become licensed in Western Australia with minimal fuss." Minister's office - 6552 5500
$250,000 reward posted to help solve 30-year mystery of Julie Cutler850Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4440html19/06/2018 1:45:38 AM2018-06-19T01:45:00Z 30-year anniversary since 22-year-old vanished without a trace State Cabinet approves $250,000 reward for information The State Government has today announced a $250,000 reward for information connected to the disappearance of Julie Leanne Cutler. It has been 30 years since Julie, who was 22 at the time, vanished without a trace. Julie attended a staff function at the Parmelia Hilton on the evening of June 19, 1988. She was last seen entering her Fiat sedan parked in the staff car park of the hotel about 12.30am on June 20, 1988. Her car was found in the ocean off Cottesloe Beach two days later. Despite extensive enquiries, Julie's body has never been found. Cold Case Homicide Squad detectives have launched a fresh investigation following an extensive review of the case. The reward money is offered for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for Julie's disappearance. The Government may also be prepared to consider recommending a protection from prosecution, or pardon for any informant with information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance, provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the disappearance. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "The State Government is offering this reward in the hope it might prompt someone with valuable information to come forward. "If you know something, please remember Julie's family have waited in pain, anguish and uncertainty for 30 years. "I urge anyone who might have for whatever reason, previously hesitated about coming forward, to reconsider. "It's time this matter was resolved for the sake of the family and the sake of the community." Minister's office - 6552 6900
McGowan Government acts to improve public sector cybersecurity847Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13650html19/06/2018 1:30:14 AM2018-06-19T01:30:00Z New Office of Digital Government created to improve cybersecurity and drive digital capability More than $500,000 allocated to establish a dedicated cybersecurity team State Government partners with world-leading experts in cybersecurity from Edith Cowan University The McGowan Government is establishing an Office of Digital Government, which will include a focus on improving government cybersecurity practices to keep Western Australians' information safe. Beginning on July 1, 2018, the Office of Digital Government will be a discrete business unit within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. The office will drive the public sector's digital capabilities, and will include a dedicated cybersecurity team. This will bring new emphasis to the McGowan Government's priority of improving cybersecurity in the public sector after eight years of neglect by the previous Liberal National Government. The Auditor General's 2017 Information Systems Audit report showed that information security and business continuity have shown no improvement in the last nine years, and that only seven out of the 46 agencies audited met expectations for managing their computer environments effectively. The McGowan Government's new approach to cybersecurity includes $7.4 million in funding for the new Office of Digital Government; More than $500,000 for a new cybersecurity team, who will develop whole-of-government cybersecurity initiatives; The establishment of a Cyber Security Reference Group, comprising of representatives from nine public sector agencies, to support development of a whole-of-government approach to cybersecurity; and A partnership with Edith Cowan University, a globally recognised cybersecurity institution, to collaborate on projects that improve the security of the WA public sector. The McGowan Government is implementing the recommendations of the Service Priority Review, which found that the Government needs to strengthen cybersecurity, ICT performance and data sharing, and increase online service delivery. Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government recognises the threat that cybersecurity poses and after eight years of neglect by the previous Liberal National Government, the time to act is now. "Creating this office within DPC ensures that digital capabilities are embedded within the McGowan Government's public sector renewal program, and are better co-ordinated and implemented. "As the business of modern government becomes increasingly driven by technology and data, government must be prepared for the growing threat of cyberattacks. "That is why the McGowan Government is committed to developing and strengthening the resilience of public sector services and information from cyberattack. "These initiatives build on action already taken since March 2017, including a revised whole-of-government Digital Security Policy; cybersecurity briefings for directors general and CEOs; and a $5.6 million investment in the national Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, headquartered at ECU Joondalup." Minister's office - 6552 6100