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New funding round opens for community sport and recreation facilities19845Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2021 7:03:26 AM2021-01-20T07:00:00Z McGowan Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) February Small Grants round announced Funding open to local governments and not-for-profit organisations Program supports the provision of quality, sustainable sporting infrastructure in Western Australian communitiesSport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today announced the next Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants round will open on February 1, 2021. The CSRFF Small Grants round is open to local governments and not-for-profit organisations seeking funding towards projects that increase physical activity and participation in sport and active recreation. The CSRFF is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) for projects ranging from $7,500 to $300,000. Up to $1 million in funding is available in this round. All applications must be submitted to DLGSC by March 31, but community clubs and groups must send applications to their local government for assessment prior to then. Examples of previously supported small grants include new sports courts, cricket nets, small floodlighting projects, sports storage and change room refurbishments. All prospective applicants are required to contact their local DLGSC office to discuss the proposed project before submitting their application. Application forms are available from local DLGSC offices in regional areas, and your local government office in metropolitan areas. Successful applicants will be notified in June 2021. For more information and to apply, visit the DLGSC website. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The State Government is committed to developing sport and recreation facilities to help keep Western Australians healthy and active. "Through the CSRFF small grants round, the State Government is investing in high-quality sporting infrastructure, providing people with safe, well designed and enjoyable facilities to stay fit and active in the community. "This may include new playing surfaces, change rooms, floodlighting and storage facilities - all projects which engage small businesses and create local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 6400
$4 million of grants available for coastal planning and management19844Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2021 5:06:55 AM2021-01-20T05:00:00Z More than $4 million in grants available for coastal planning and management Funds almost doubled from last round highlighting the importance of our coastline 2021 grants round now open and close March 31, 2021 The McGowan Government has delivered a significant funding boost for initiatives to protect and enhance Western Australia's iconic coastline, with the 2021 round of coastal grants now open. Eligible community organisations and local governments can apply for a share of more than $4 million in grants, for projects that will rehabilitate and enhance beaches and coastal environments. The substantial funding increase is part of the McGowan Government's commitment made last year to invest in coastal erosion hotspots, which also included $5 million allocated to four high priority coastal erosion hotspots across WA through the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. Grants are awarded within the following categories up to $300,000 per proposal specifically aimed at identifying and adapting to coastal hazards; up to $125,000 per proposal to support local governments in planning sustainable use of coastal areas; up to $60,000 per project for partnerships between local government and community organisations. Projects funded through 2020 grants included the installation of boardwalks and shelters in the Port Smith Tourism Precinct in Broome and coastal hazard risk management and adaptation plans in the local government areas of Stirling, Bunbury, Capel, Dardanup and Harvey. For further information and to apply for a grant, visit https// Applications close at 12 noon on March 31, 2021. Comments attributed to Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti "We have the longest coastline of any Australian State, and while our beaches might be a robust part of our identity, the fact is that these are very fragile environments. "The additional investment this year reflects our commitment to enabling local governments and other coastal managers to plan for, and sustainably manage, the threats and pressures on our diverse, vast coastline. "The involvement of the community as well as local governments in these highly successful grant programs enable people to take ownership of the issues specific to their local coastal environment and get involved in protecting it." Minister's office - 6552 5500 ​
McGowan Government focuses support for WA’s young people19843Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2021 4:02:22 AM2021-01-20T04:00:00Z McGowan Government launches 'Beyond 2020 - WA Youth Action Plan' $200,000 allocated for the 2020-21 COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants program Nominations for the Youth Recovery Grants program open from January 20, 2021 and close on March 18, 2021 The Plan outlines the important first steps the McGowan Government has taken in supporting young people through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Plan also provides an important foundation and future road map to assist WA youth on the road to recovery and beyond, with the next phase of engagement and planning to focus on the systematic changes required to ensure young people in WA are able to continue to thrive and reach their potential. Young people account for almost 20 per cent of WA's population, with 21 per cent living in regional WA. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people account for 6 per cent of the population, while an estimated 11 per cent identify as LGBTIQA+ and 2 per cent of Western Australian young people have a disability. The COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants program provides funding to local governments and community service organisations to implement projects that engage young people (aged 10-25 years) in creative ways and help to achieve positive outcomes for young people in the community. The program will focus on projects that support young people during the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and particularly projects that support, inform, and build capacity of young people in gaining and retaining employment opportunities and mental health. The COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants program will also focus on applications that support or prioritise one or more of the priorities of the WA Youth Action Plan and that of YACWA's 'A Framework for Youth People's Recovery from COVID-19 in Western Australia'. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for short-term, one-off activities or initiatives while grants of up to $10,000 are available for community-wide strategic projects that run between six to 12 months. The closing date for grant nominations is 4pm on 18 March 2021. For more information about the Youth Action Plan and the COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants visit https// Comments attributed to Youth Minister Dave Kelly "2020 was an incredibly hard year for young people across the world, with the COVID-19 pandemic having major impacts in health, education, training and employment. "However, despite all the challenges, I'm in awe of how young Western Australians and service providers have stepped up, letting us know exactly how they've been affected as well as contributing to solutions for the future. "The McGowan Government is acutely aware that charting a confident path for young people involves meaningful employment opportunities and supporting positive mental health. "The WA Youth Action Plan provides a roadmap for how young people can be assisted in targeted ways - with the COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants program also providing an opportunity for young people to be engaged in creative and positive initiatives beyond 2020. "Now more than ever, young people need to feel they are being heard and that their voices are making an impact. These initiatives will go a long way to addressing their concerns." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Joondalup Health Campus ECI tender awarded to Multiplex19842Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2021 3:09:09 AM2021-01-20T03:05:00Z ​Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd awarded the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) tender Project will support local jobs, construction to commence in coming months Delivery of another McGowan Government election commitment Progress on the Joondalup Health Campus Development Stage 2 Project is advancing with the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) tender awarded to Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd. Multiplex is a global brand that started as a Perth-based business in 1962. They have worked on some of the most iconic buildings in the State and have a wealth of experience building hospital and healthcare facilities. Ramsay Health Care and Multiplex will work together to further develop the design of the works which include documenting the timing and sequencing, construction methodology, staging and agreed costing. The appointment of Multiplex will allow the continued development of the detailed design, which has been informed using feedback from various clinical experts within the hospital, as well as consumers. Ramsay Health Care and Multiplex will present an ECI proposal to the State Government in the second quarter of 2021 and, if accepted, the project will move into the construction phase. The entire build is expected to be completed by late 2025. The total cost of the expansion project is estimated at $256.7 million, of which the Commonwealth has committed $158 million under the Western Australian Hospital Infrastructure Package. The first package of early works will involve the creation of a new 12-bay Infectious Diseases Unit within the emergency department (ED). This will increase the hospital's capability to safely manage patients with infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The early works package will also involve the creation of a three-bay Behaviour Assessment Urgent Care Clinic within the ED. This will be designed and appropriately staffed to safely care for patients who are affected behaviourally, including those who are affected by drugs and alcohol. The project is on track, following the relocation of the ED's administration offices in November. The full expansion comprises a new mental health building, including 30 new acute mental health inpatient beds; 12 new emergency department patient bays; a Behaviour Assessment Urgent Care Clinic; 90 inpatient beds in a design to meet future demand; six new critical care beds; increased parking bays for members of the public and staff; and a new operating theatre and cardiac catheter laboratory. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The design of the new 12-bay infectious diseases unit was informed by the hospital's experience last year in caring for 42 COVID positive patients. "This unit will be extremely useful for any future infection outbreaks in WA. It equips Joondalup Health Campus with an appropriate facility to rapidly limit spread and protect others whilst providing high-quality emergency care to the affected individual. "The unit will be set up with negative air flow as well as two dedicated negatively pressured isolation rooms, features which really enhance the safety of staff and other patients. "In addition, the creation of a new Behaviour Assessment Urgent Care Clinic will create a calmer environment for other patients within the main ED and provide the specialised attention that is required by people who are affected behaviourally, violent or aggressive. "This first package of works represents another milestone in delivering on the McGowan Government's election commitment to the residents of Perth's northern suburbs. "Over the lifetime of this project, hundreds of jobs will be created - both during the construction phase and beyond." Minister's office - 6552 6500
METRONET delivering for local businesses and local jobs19841Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2021 3:03:54 AM2021-01-20T03:00:00Z METRONET continuing to deliver opportunities for local workers and businesses InfraBuild manufacturing reinforcing cages for the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension at Forrestfield facility InfraBuild awarded latest $11.8 million contract for steel reinforcement work 70 people employed at the WA factory, with 13 new staff hired in November due to uptick in demand from METRONET projects 27 trainees offered employment after completing 'Infrastructure Ready' course METRONET is continuing to deliver opportunities for local businesses and local workers, with millions of dollars of significant contracts awarded across multiple projects. Australian company InfraBuild, is currently manufacturing steel reinforcing cages for piling on the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension at their new Forrestfield facility. Close to 8,500 tonnes of steel will be used for steel reinforcement, with a further contract worth $11.8 million which has now been awarded by NEWest Alliance, builder of the Thornlie Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension, to InfraBuild. About 70 people are currently employed at the Forrestfield facility. Works associated with METRONET have enabled InfraBuild to employ 13 additional staff since November 2020. On top of the long-term jobs created by bringing railcar manufacturing back to Western Australia, a number of local suppliers have been awarded contracts in the project stage, supporting jobs during WA's COVID-19 economic recovery including Australian company McConnell, who will establish a dedicated facility in WA to manufacture railcar passenger seats ($15.3 million contract); Aerison, a WA company with fabrication facilities at Bentley and Henderson, to provide cab structures ($1.9 million contract) and battery boxes ($1.1 million contract); Knorr-Bremse, air-conditioning and air supply equipment ($18.7 million contract) and brake components ($27 million contract); and Pyrotech, will be supplying floor panels ($5.3 million contract) Austbreck, will be supplying pantographs ($2 million contract). This is in addition to contracts already awarded on the project, including Hofmann Engineering delivering bogie frames ($18 million contract) Four cranes supplied by Bassendean-based Eilbeck Cranes ($850,000 contract); Vossloh manufacturing rail switches for the Bellevue rail yard at their Kewdale facility ($12 million contract); and Vector Lifting, based in Cockburn delivering bogie turntables and lifting jacks ($3.8 million contract)So far 27 trainees have been offered employment opportunities on civil construction projects, including METRONET, since completing the 'Infrastructure Ready' TAFE course introduced by the McGowan Government. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "METRONET is the biggest ever investment in our public transport network - it will connect our suburbs and create thousands of local jobs. "With nine METRONET projects now under construction, and several more in the procurement phase, we are making sure there are opportunities for local businesses, while we build the public transport infrastructure for tomorrow across Western Australia. "Our new $46 million METRONET Bellevue Railcar Manufacturing Facility continues to progress rapidly, with Alstom to begin the final fit out in coming weeks. "As our economy continues to emerge from COVID-19, it is more important than ever we continue to deliver local content on our major projects." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Scores of railcar manufacturing jobs were lost when the then Liberal State Government closed the Midland Workshops in 1994, sending work to build our own railcars interstate and marking the beginning of a decline in manufacturing overall in WA. "Through METRONET, we are not just bringing manufacturing and fabrication jobs back to WA. Our procurement strategy is also attracting east coast businesses to move work to WA. "We are making sure our own workers have the skills needed to deliver this work by investing in training courses such as the Infrastructure Ready TAFE course. "We've made a commitment to maximise the amount of local businesses who can to build both METRONET railcars and the other major projects taking place all across WA, and we're delivering on that promise." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Joint media statement - METRONET steaming ahead with three projects moving to shortlist phase19831Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2021 1:33:21 AM2021-01-20T01:30:00Z 2021 looks set to be another big year of progress for METRONET, with three projects now moving into the major construction procurement shortlist phase. The announcement includes the main construction contract for the Byford rail extension, the removal of three level crossings through Victoria Park and the construction of a new Midland Station. Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, said METRONET was creating local jobs and helping the Western Australian economy through COVID-19. "We have nine METRONET projects in construction, and with another three major construction contracts to be awarded later this year, there are more opportunities for local jobs and businesses to get involved," the Premier said. "We are building the major infrastructure we need for tomorrow." Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said METRONET was paving the way for thousands of jobs for hard-working Western Australians and boosting the WA economy. "All along, the Morrison Government has said METRONET will re-shape Perth and we're seeing this transformation take shape," Minister Fletcher said. "These projects also mean jobs right now and critical, targeted infrastructure for generations to come." Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, said the contracts for the three projects would be awarded later this year. "Early works on the METRONET Byford Rail Extension are already underway with the removal of the Thomas Road level crossing," Minister Saffioti said. "The removal of the Oats Street level crossing and the construction of the new Midland Station were both key McGowan Government election commitments - due to our successful negotiations with the Commonwealth, we have been able to remove additional level crossings at Mint Street in Victoria Park and Welshpool Road." While early works on the Thomas Road level crossing removal continue, two alliances have been shortlisted to design and build METRONET's Byford Rail Extension project, which will add eight kilometres to the Armadale Line, extending it to Byford with a new station about 400 metres north of Abernethy Road. Following a Request for Proposal, the Byford Alliance (Downer EDI Works, CPB Contractors Aurecon Australasia, and CareyMC) and MetCONNX Alliance (Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction, Pritchard Francis Consulting, and Kellogg Brown & Root) will now progress to the competitive bid phase, where they will be asked to show how they will deliver the project. The alliances will also provide additional priced options to potentially expand the project scope and include an elevated rail component, following requests from the City of Armadale and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. The final scope of the Byford Rail Extension will be subject to stakeholder engagement, price and available funding with the major construction contract to be awarded later this year. The removal of dangerous level crossings through Victoria Park is also a step closer with two alliances shortlisted for the main construction works at three sites. This METRONET project could see up to six level crossings removed - Mint Street, Oats Street, Welshpool Road, as well as Hamilton Street, Wharf Street and William Street, with the contractor asked to price all six removals. Following an expression of interest period, the Armadale Line Upgrade Alliance (Acciona/Coleman Rail, BMD Constructions, WSP Australia, and AECOM Australia) and Elevate Alliance (Downer EDI Works, CPB Contractors, GHD, Aurecon Australasia, and CareyMC) will progress to the competitive bid phase, where they will show how they will deliver the Mint Street, Oats Street and Welshpool Road removals via an elevated rail solution, while also offering a priced option for the Hamilton, Wharf and William streets package. The removal of the three additional level crossings will be subject to further funding discussions. The Mint Street-Oats Street-Welshpool Road contract is expected to be awarded later this year. Two proponents have been shortlisted to prepare detailed proposals to design and build Midland's new train station and associated infrastructure - Transform Midland Alliance (Downer EDI Works, SMEC Australia) and Midland Junction Alliance (McConnell Dowell Constructors, Georgiou Group, Arcadis Australia, and BG&E). The two proponents now progress to the competitive bid phase which will include the design and construction of a new station between Helena and Cale streets and the decommissioning and demolishing of the existing 52-year-old train station. Along with a 12-stand bus interchange and multi-storey car park with more than 600 parking bays, the new three-platform station will include a north-south pedestrian overpass, universal access, passenger toilets, lifts and stairs, kiosk and about 100 secure bike parks. The alliance contract is expected to be awarded in mid-2021. The projects are jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Western Australian Government, with the Commonwealth committing $530.5 million. Premier's office - 6552 5000 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
Three-year funding secured for Sculpture by the Sea19830Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml20/01/2021 12:17:19 AM2021-01-19T22:30:00Z ​Sculpture by the Sea granted three-year funding from 2021-23 This year's exhibition to feature piece from New Zealand artist Chris Booth Exhibition runs from March 5 to 22, 2021 The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has secured funding for the annual beachside exhibition Sculpture by the Sea for the next three years. This year marks the 17th year of the event at Cottesloe Beach and will feature a large-scale, four-metre wide piece, 'Laminae', by New Zealand sculptor Chris Booth. Mr Booth is the featured international artist for the 2021 event and is known for using organic materials and cultural influences in his monumental artworks. Seventy sculptures from local, national and international artists will be on show over the 18-day event, which is one of the largest outdoor sculpture exhibitions in the world. The event includes a public indoor exhibition of smaller scale sculptures, and an access and inclusion program offering special tours of the exhibition for people with diverse abilities. The popular school education program will return to give schoolchildren the chance to get out of the classroom and join in sculpture making workshops and interactive exhibition tours. A number of significant awards and subsidies are available to exhibiting artists. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "The McGowan Government combined with support from corporate and community sponsors has enabled us to continue this successful event. "The exhibition attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year, with many sharing the coastline and sculptures on social media, giving WA great exposure as we rebuild tourism in this State. "I encourage everyone to come down and take in the once-a-year view and get behind local businesses like the cafés and restaurants on the doorstep of Cottesloe Beach." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Armadale Hospital emergency department upgrade starts in latest expansion for WA public hospitals19791Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6060html20/01/2021 3:46:22 AM2021-01-19T05:00:00Z More than $900,000 worth of upgrades to Armadale Hospital's emergency department has started Project is the latest in extensive list of State government hospital emergency departments being upgradedOn-site works has now started at Armadale Hospital as part of its $900,000 plus Emergency Department (ED) upgrade announced late last year. The first stage is expected to be completed one week ahead of scheduled, by the end of January. Health Minister Roger Cook visited the hospital today to view the Emergency Department expansion work. The upgrade comes on the back of more than $360 million committed by the McGowan Government to hospital upgrades across the Perth metropolitan area and regional Western Australia. The projects include $19 million upgrade at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital emergency department; $257 million Joondalup Health Campus project which includes 12 new emergency department bays; $5 million in upgrades for the Peel Health Campus emergency department in addition to $152 million announcement for a major expansion to bring it back into public hands; $1.4 million investment at Royal Perth Hospital in infrastructure works to improve patient flow and deliver a better patient experience; $73 million for Geraldton Health Campus program of works, including emergency department upgrade; $6 million Mental Health Emergency Centre at St John of God Midland Public Hospital which is currently underway. The upgrades come as WA hospitals are experiencing a significant increase in attendances to emergency departments. Latest data shows ED attendances in Western Australia increased by 8.6 per cent - or about 250 more people a day - from November to December last year. There were 92,557 attendances to WA Emergency Departments in December 2020. This was a 6.9 per cent increase compared with December 2019 (5,955 more attendances) and 12.8 per cent higher than December 2018. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) tracks the performance of public hospital emergency departments including their capacity to admit, transfer or discharge people within four hours. The latest annual report of the AIHW reveals WA has the best performing emergency departments in the nation, ahead of NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. The work at Armadale Hospital - part of the East Metropolitan Health Service - is being undertaken by Marawar Building Services - which boasts more than 50 per cent of staff being Aboriginal. Following site orientation and required health and safety training of all personnel working on the site during the first week of January, the company started required demolition of the ED area and decommissioning and deactivating a range of equipment. New wall frames and sheeting, in addition to work on the ceiling, has already been completed. It is anticipated that most of the new light fittings and painting will be finished this week. The project is particularly challenging as the ED will continue to operate during the reconfiguration and upgrade works. Last financial year, more than 60,000 people attended the Armadale Hospital ED, which services Perth's south-eastern suburbs. The ED reconfiguration has been designed to improve the patient experience through the development of a dedicated paediatric patient treatment area and waiting room, an enhanced low stimulus area for mental health patients, the establishment of a short stay unit for those patients who need to stay within the ED overnight and a dedicated ambulatory assessment area. In addition, to ensure appropriate safety measures and enhanced capability to deal with COVID-19 patients, a dedicated respiratory assessment area will also be developed. When completed, the ED is expected to improve the patient experience, provide clear patient flow pathways and decrease the time people need to wait to see medical staff. The project is anticipated to conclude in mid-2021. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government made a commitment to high-quality healthcare in the public sector and it is proud to be delivering just that across both the city and in the regions. "All Western Australians should be able to access medical care in a timely manner. "The Armadale Hospital ED reconfiguration will help service people living within Perth's south-eastern suburbs more efficiently and effectively. "The work was undertaken following extensive consultation with the medical staff working in the ED - the people who know best what is needed to help with patient flow and ensuring that patients get the care they need as quickly as possible. "Mental Health is at the forefront of all our decision making and an enhanced low stimulus area for mental health patients at Armadale Hospital is a significant step in the right direction. "Development of a dedicated paediatric patient treatment area at Armadale Hospital makes sense - it enables children to be treated in a specific purpose-built area, away from adults. "These staff at Armadale Hospital are regularly commended on Patient Opinion for the outstanding care - the work currently being undertaken will help improve the patient experience." Minister's office - 6552 6500
MRIWA PhD scholarships for 2021 attracts all women researchers19749Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6360html19/01/2021 3:00:34 AM2021-01-19T03:00:00Z For the first time MRIWA awards all PhD scholarships to women in 2021 Winners to undertake innovative mining-related research at WA universities Three PhD scholarships funded by the State Government, through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), have been awarded to talented professionals working to deliver innovative research relevant to the State's mining industry. Elizabeth Wall has been awarded the Odwyn Jones PhD Scholarship, named in honour of pioneering Western Australian mining educator Professor Odwyn Jones AO. Devika Bhatia has been awarded the MRIWA PhD Scholarship for Women. Due to the exceptional quality of this year's candidates, MRIWA has offered a third PhD Scholarship to Alexandra Halliday. The recipients will join a cohort of promising PhD researchers to ensure WA remains at the forefront of minerals research and technology development. Since its initiation in 2014, the MRIWA PhD scholarship program has invested $1.9 million to attract and support the development of elite research talent. This is the first time in the seven-year history of the program that women have won all the competitive scholarships on offer, reversing the traditional male dominance of the industry. More information about the MRIWA Scholarships program is available at https// Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government is investing to attract the world's brightest talent to undertake research into issues important to the future of Western Australia's mining sector. "The mining industry will continue to be a dynamic driver of the Western Australian economy in the coming decades, and the energy and vision of these research leaders will be an important part of shaping that future. "The notable success of women in this competitive field is an example of the State Government supporting gender diversity in all industries." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Clean energy projects to lower emissions and create jobs19746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15760html19/01/2021 2:06:53 AM2021-01-19T02:05:00Z ​$2.6 million awarded to two clean energy projects to reduce carbon emissions The projects will create more than 365 construction jobs and 22 ongoing jobs McGowan Government also launches second round of Clean Energy Future FundTwo Goldfields-based projects have been offered grants worth more than $2.6 million in the first round of the McGowan Government's $19 million Clean Energy Future Fund. The projects will create up to 400 jobs and generate 77,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity each year - enough to power 15,000 houses and save 53,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, which is equal to taking 17,000 cars off the road. The successful projects are Nomadic Energy ($1 million) who will install 5 megawatts (MW) of modular, re-deployable solar panels at Saracen's Carosue Dam gold mine. The flexibility to redeploy the solar panels, removes a key barrier to using green energy at mine sites, where a mine may cease operating before the cost of the solar panels has been recovered. ResourcesWA ($1.6 million) who will install 30MW of solar power at the Homestead mine site in the Goldfields, supplying power to the Paddington Mill and Mungari Mill sites and batteries at each of the mills (10MW and 5MW respectively, each with one hour's storage) to reduce the impact of outages and support Western Power's local substation. Projects to reduce the emissions of significant facilities in regional areas were prioritised in the first round, with the State Government funding up to 25 per cent of eligible project costs. Applications for round 2 of the Clean Energy Future Fund will open on Monday January 25, with a total of up to $16 million available in the fund. Round 2 will prioritise clean energy projects that reduce emissions, create jobs, improve security and reliability of supply, or support the replacement of diesel use. It will also prioritise projects that support decarbonisation of existing industry, develop new low carbon industries or enhance energy efficiency in manufacturing or the built environment. The fund, administered by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation with support from Energy Policy WA, launched in April. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Clean Energy Future Fund is an important part of the McGowan Government's commitment to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and supporting our State's COVID-19 economic recovery plan. "Nomadic Energy and ResourceWA were chosen for the high value they provide, their capacity to reduce emissions, potential for wider adoption, innovation and financial viability. "These benefits will only increase further as these technologies are more widely adopted, and will also grow exponentially as the fund continues to support new, innovative clean energy projects." Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston "The McGowan Government's Clean Energy Future Fund is evidence of its commitment to supporting innovative, new technologies and opportunities for Western Australia. "Not only does the fund assist in developing clean energy projects, it has helped create jobs, which is increasingly important for our State's economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. "With over 385 construction and operational jobs expected to be created during the life of the two projects, it's clear that clean energy industries are an important source of future employment opportunities, particularly in regional WA." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
The grass is greener in Baldivis as turf is laid for significant sporting infrastructure project19743Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6340html19/01/2021 2:03:38 AM2021-01-19T02:00:00Z Works underway at Baldivis District Sporting Club, following $2.5 million CSRFF grant for turf playing fields, a district pavilion and improve lighting Additional $10 million contribution provided through the WA Recovery Plan towards the construction of the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre Projects form part of the larger $47.6 million new Baldivis District Sporting Complex The McGowan Government has committed $2.5 million, through its flagship sporting infrastructure fund, to help construct turf playing fields and a sporting pavilion with change rooms at the Baldivis District Sporting Club in the City of Rockingham. Premier Mark McGowan and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby visited the construction site at the club today, which will be primarily used by Australian rules football and cricket clubs. The project involves the installation of approximately eight hectares of turf, and will be an important piece of sporting infrastructure in the southern suburbs. The City of Rockingham received a grant of $1.5 million for the development of turf playing fields at the Baldivis District Sporting Complex, and a further $1 million for the development of a district pavilion and oval floodlighting at the site, through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF). The City also received $10 million through the WA Recovery Plan towards the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre, a $18.8 million project featuring four indoor multi-purpose courts, change rooms, meeting rooms and a café. Additional funding for the new $47.6 million Baldivis District Sporting Complex has been provided by the City of Rockingham ($35 million) and Cricket Australia ($100,000). The playing fields and pavilion project is expected to be completed by early 2022 with the Baldivis Indoor Recreation Centre expected to be completed late 2022. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This project will benefit the Baldivis and surrounding local communities significantly providing sporting infrastructure and great playing fields for locals and visitors to enjoy. "I'm pleased to support this important community infrastructure project as part of our WA Recovery Plan which is providing a boost to the economy following the impacts of the pandemic. "Encouraging people to get out, get active, and get into sport and active recreation has never been more important as we try to help to reconnect communities, increase participation for local sporting organisations and create jobs for local workers." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "The CSRFF helps to foster healthier and more connected communities by providing better places for people to play sport and recreate, while also providing project work for WA businesses and creating local jobs. "With Baldivis being one of the fastest growing sporting communities in the State, this significant investment will contribute to meeting the demand for playing grounds for our local Aussie Rules and cricket clubs. "I'm pleased that the McGowan Government is playing a vital role in the economic recovery of local economies." Comments attributed to Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby "The Baldivis community loves sport and this centre will become the home of sport in Baldivis for generations. "The project will meet a growing need in our community as local sporting clubs boom and need more playing fields and facilities. "The Baldivis District Sporting Complex will be first class and a substantial asset for all the community. The centre will also free up playing space at other ovals across Baldivis." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Investing in Perth’s northern suburbs’ recovery19742Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8410html18/01/2021 8:40:59 AM2021-01-18T08:40:00Z McGowan Government investment in northern suburbs continues, with two key infrastructure projects set to get underway Funding through the WA Recovery Plan will create jobs and local economic activityThe McGowan Government is continuing to invest in Perth's northern suburbs, with two major infrastructure projects set to get underway in the City of Wanneroo. An amount of $150,000 has been released to fund the design work for upgrades to floodlights at the Olympic Kingsway Sports Club. The funding is part of $2.667 million already committed to improving the club's infrastructure. The scope of the project includes the provision of 500 lux lighting to the main soccer pitch and 200 lux lighting to two training pitches. A $600,000 commitment from the fund will also see the extension of the Warradale Community Centre. The extension will provide a new modular change room facility, with two unisex change rooms, a first aid room and umpires' room. This funding delivers on a 2017 McGowan Government election commitment, and following advocacy from local MLA Margaret Quirk and the City of Wanneroo, the scope of the project has been expanded to include unisex facilities. Launched in July, the WA Recovery Plan is a $5.5 billion investment by the WA Government, driving the Western Australian economy and helping WA to get back to being a thriving and innovative place to live, work, visit and do business. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It is great for our northern suburban communities that this investment through the WA Recovery Plan is playing a key role in revitalising these two facilities. "This funding will create more local jobs and increased economic activity in the City of Wanneroo. "It will also support more individuals and families to get out and be active members of their communities."­­Comments attributed to Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk "The existing rooms at the Warradale Community Centre are well used by local sporting and community clubs. "These upgrades meet the demands of increased and growing patronage, and I know are welcomed." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Lotterywest grants presented to arts organisations19741Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7760html18/01/2021 7:31:01 AM2021-01-18T07:30:00Z ​Almost $700,000 in Lotterywest cheques presented to arts organisations Chamber of Arts and Culture WA receive $323,351 to support the sector respond to crises CircuitWest receive $376,000 grant for professional development programTwo culture and the arts organisations will share in more than $699,000 in Lotterywest funding to build the capacity of the sector. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman today presented grant certificates to arts advocacy body the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, and performing arts touring and service organisation CircuitWest. The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA will receive $323,351 to support their work with arts and culture organisations to improve their capacity to respond to future crises and opportunities. CircuitWest will receive $376,000 to deliver a year-long professional development and capacity building program to 30 community theatres across the State. Accepting the grant certificates on their organisations' behalf were Shelagh Magadza from the Chamber and Ryan Taaffe from CircuitWest. Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman "I am delighted to present these cheques to two organisations that play such a crucial role in the arts and cultural sector. "The sector has been hit hard by COVID-19 - this funding will support their capacity to future-proof itself in what may continue to be uncertain times. "We are fortunate in WA to have the only lottery in Australia, and one of the few in the world, where all profits are returned directly back to the local community. "It is thanks to those that play Lotterywest games and the small businesses who sell them that we can support arts organisations like CircuitWest and the Chamber." Minister's office - 6552 5400
Lotterywest funding to support volunteer research and training19740Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7700html18/01/2021 6:02:55 AM2021-01-18T06:00:00Z Lotterywest funding of $848,198 for three volunteer-involving organisations Focus on research, development and training Volunteering Minister Mick Murray has today announced more than $848,000 in Lotterywest funding towards research, development and training for three Western Australian volunteer-involving organisations. A grant of $600,948 to Lifeline WA (Living Stone Foundation) will fund a research project looking at the safety and efficacy of volunteers working from home. Lifeline WA commenced operating in 1994, using trained volunteers to deliver a 24-hour counselling and support service, assisting Western Australians experiencing personal crises or contemplating suicide. Chorus Australia will use their grant of $198,450 to develop a training package designed to strengthen community capacity and disability, aged care and mental health services. Chorus works to enable people to live the life they choose in their own home and community. Volunteering WA (Volunteer Centre of Western Australia) will use their grant of $48,800 in research and development of good practise in volunteering in the aged-care sector. The organisation represents volunteering across the State, including all volunteer involving organisations, and the 545,800 volunteers that support them. WA organisations that rely on volunteering were all greatly challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will assist three organisations to rebuild after the pandemic, and will strengthen their support of vulnerable members of the community. Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing and Volunteering Minister Mick Murray "Volunteers are the lifeblood of a great many organisations, so investment in research and training is essential in order to support them to work effectively. "It's estimated that up to six hundred thousand Western Australians regularly put their hands up to help out every year, and those people make an estimated annual economic and social contribution of around $39 billion. "This funding will ensure volunteers receive the training and support necessary to undertake their invaluable volunteering roles. "The State Government and Lotterywest are proud to support community projects like these that help to build a better Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 6400
Program to support culturally and linguistically diverse families19739Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10250html18/01/2021 3:52:51 AM2021-01-18T03:45:00Z New $1.2 million trial program at two Perth schools to support families and their children who speak English as an additional language before they start school Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Bentley Primary School selected to take part Program for children aged three and under will facilitate family participation in activities and acknowledges families as their child's first educators Ready by the start of Semester 2, 2021 A new $1.2 million program at two Perth primary schools will support the development and learning of young children who speak English as an additional language before they start school. Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Bentley Primary School will trial the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Early Years Link program in 2021 for children aged three years and under. The program provides playgroup sessions for six hours a week, with high levels of involvement from families. External agencies will also provide any additional support required. Similar to KindiLink for Aboriginal families with children before school age, the program offers high quality play-and-learn sessions for children and their parents or carers at no cost. Both school communities have a significant number of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Teachers and ethnic education assistants at Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Bentley Primary School will have training and ongoing professional support to implement and deliver the program. Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery "We want families with young children who speak a language other than English to get all the support they need before their children start school. "It will help build the capacities and confidence of culturally and linguistically diverse families by developing strong relationships with school staff and their communities, introducing a smooth transition to kindergarten, and providing strong links with external services." Comments attributed to Maylands MLA Lisa Baker "I am thrilled Maylands Peninsula Primary School will trial the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Early Years Link program in 2021. "This new program will help progress the learning of young children with an emphasis on family support." Minister's office - 6552 5700
Entries open for Australian Masters Games in Perth14571Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8000html18/01/2021 12:41:26 AM2021-01-17T23:00:00Z Entries for the Australian Masters Games open today Event draws competitors from across the country into Perth Entries open today for the Australian Masters Games, which is being held in Perth this October. Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA and VenuesWest, it is the first time Western Australia has hosted the premier sporting event since 1993. The Australian Masters Games, for people aged over 30, features around 50 sports including athletics, cricket, basketball, netball, figure skating and wrestling. While sport is the main attraction, the event is also known for its social activities, with a program of entertainment throughout the week to give competitors and guests a taste of Perth and the surrounding regions. More than 8,000 competitors and supporters are expected to take part in the Australian Masters Games, which will be held in Perth from October 9 to October 16, 2021, in line with advice of the WA Chief Health Officer. To enter, visit https// Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "Attracting large sporting events, like the Australian Masters Games, is an important part of the McGowan Government's tourism strategy. "The Masters Games will attract competitors from right across WA and give them a chance to rediscover our city." Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "Age is the only criteria for the Australian Masters Games - it's all about getting active, reconnecting with friends and creating new relationships. "With so many different sporting and social events offered throughout the week, the games provide many opportunities for participants to build connections to their community, which are more valuable now than ever as we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic." Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Safe approach for Victoria under WA’s border controls19738Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements31440html15/01/2021 10:07:38 AM2021-01-15T10:00:00Z Effective 12.01am, Monday, January 18, Victoria will become a 'low risk' State Travel only permitted with 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing Cautious approach comes after Victoria recorded nine days of no local cases Transition in line with latest health advice and controlled interstate border Following the latest public health advice, Western Australia's controlled interstate border will be safely adjusted from Monday, January 18 with travel from Victoria permitted into WA subject to the following strict conditions complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days and if they have knowingly mixed with someone from New South Wales or Queensland; self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise; present for a COVID-19 test on day 11; all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival; be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); and land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise. Anyone coming from Victoria that has been in or travelled through a medium-risk jurisdiction in the past 14 days will not be able to enter WA without an exemption. Under WA's expert health advice, a jurisdiction requires at least 28 days of no community cases until consideration can be given to reclassify them as 'very low risk'. Jurisdictions considered 'very low risk' and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements currently include the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Jurisdictions considered 'medium risk' are not permitted to enter WA without an exemption and include only New South Wales and Queensland, when Victoria moves to 'low risk'. The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls, including Queensland and New South Wales, to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future. WA's border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals. More information on WA's controlled borders is available at http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The re-introduction of a hard border with Victoria was necessary to protect Western Australians and minimise the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the WA community. "It shows that with a controlled border, we can make adjustments swiftly to keep WA safe. "I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this process, and for helping keep WA safe. "Classifying Victoria as 'low risk' allows for safe travel under our controlled border, with the important requirement of 14 days of self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test. "The variant strain has added an extra layer of complexity with how rapidly the virus can spread, so WA's extra cautious approach is necessary. "Everyone in the community has a responsibility to be vigilant and ensure we can stay protected from this deadly virus - this means heeding the COVID safe principles and taking precautionary measures on all fronts, be it face masks when flying and at airports, and checking-in using SafeWA when you're out." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This safe and cautious adjustment for Victoria has been recommended by the Chief Health Officer on the latest public health advice. "This cautious but sensible approach under our controlled border, gives Western Australia the protection we need to minimise the risk of COVID-19 entering the WA community. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and once Victoria reaches 28 days of no community transmission we can then consider the next step under our controlled border." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
“Every Voice Matters” on National Corrections Day19737Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11470html15/01/2021 4:34:21 AM2021-01-15T04:10:00Z National Corrections Day recognises the vital contribution of Corrective Services staff More than 4,800 employees work to safeguard the community and reduce reoffending Pictorial tribute this year highlights the diversity of Corrective Services work, its people and placesThis year's National Corrections Day is celebrating the diversity of corrective services staff who come from a range of work backgrounds and nationalities with the theme Every Voice Matters. The day, which rounds off a week of celebrations across WA's jails, work camps, prison farms and community corrections offices, is now in its fourth year. In a tribute to staff and in recognition of the wide range of duties they perform, the Department of Justice has also commissioned a special project this year that has captured 24 hours in corrective services. A resulting online pictorial tribute has documented the diverse and complex roles that more than 4,800 corrective services staff perform and can be viewed here athttps// Some of the images will also be displayed at Yagan Square, and Perth landmarks such as the Bell Tower will be lit up this evening in blue and green to acknowledge National Corrections Day. Since 2018, nearly 580 prison officers started entry level training programs as part of an open-ended recruitment campaign. In April 2020, applications were opened for another 125 vocational support officers with 709 applicants placed in a pool to fill new positions as they become available with 52 appointed so far. There have also been another 50 community corrections officers hired for community corrections offices throughout the State. A snapshot of "24 hours in corrective services" on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Adult males in custody 5,965 Adult females in custody 680 Adults received into custody 30 Adults discharged from custody 13 Youth in detention 112 Adults being managed in the community 5,862 Youth being managed in the community 1,047 Education classes run in adult prisons 90 Cows milked 187 Meals produced 19,836 Eggs laid 3,600 Programs run in community 2 Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan "This is my last National Corrections Day ahead of my retirement as the Member for Cockburn. "It has been a great pleasure to get to know so many people who work in corrective services and to learn firsthand the vital role they play in helping to keep our communities safe. "These are roles that go on behind the scenes, but deserve recognition from the wider community. "This week I joined the celebrations at Hakea Prison and met officers who had given 30 years of service, which is just extraordinary and testament to their commitment to trying to turn offenders' lives around. "I wish our State's corrective services staff all the very best and I trust that the significant reforms and infrastructure upgrades the McGowan Government has implemented will hold them in good stead for many years to come." Minister's office - 6552 6300 ​
Great Southern innovation project moves ahead19736Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12110html15/01/2021 4:00:38 AM2021-01-15T04:00:00Z McGowan Government-funded project to drive innovation and start-ups in Albany set to kick off Project will receive up to $220,000 through the Regional New Industries Fund A McGowan Government-funded project to drive innovation and start-ups in the Great Southern region is set to get underway. BreakthruWA will deliver the Albany Innovation Project in partnership with WorkLinkWA, following a competitive expressions of interest process. The project will encourage business innovation in Albany by providing designers, community organisations and businesses in the region with physical and virtual spaces to meet, work, learn, collaborate and thrive. The project will receive up to $220,000 through the Regional New Industries Fund, which is helping build regional economies that are entrepreneurial, creative and technology-driven. Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Albany is at the heart of the Great Southern region and has a strong innovation base. "This project will establish a collaborative workspace and activate other innovation spaces in collaboration with partners, deliver a mentorship program and provide seed funding to innovative projects to develop ideas. "BreakthruWA have an established local presence, partnerships with local stakeholders and a commitment to working collaboratively with other organisations." Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to diversifying our economy, including in the regions, to create new industries and generate more jobs. "This project will deliver sustained benefits for the Albany entrepreneurial ecosystem and more broadly throughout the Great Southern. "The project will also create a school-focused program that will be adopted by teachers for Year 5 curriculum." Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200 Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100
New Goldfields mental health service delivered by McGowan Labor Government19735Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10040html15/01/2021 3:02:06 AM2021-01-15T03:00:00Z New mental health service in Kalgoorlie to service the Goldfields community Provides short-term residential support and specialised treatment Operational from March to support people experiencing mental health issues Establishment of Kalgoorlie step up/step down delivers on election commitment A new community mental health 10-bed step up/step down service has been established for the Goldfields region and delivers on a McGowan Labor Government election commitment. Opened by Premier Mark McGowan and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook today, the service will provide short-term residential support and specialist treatment for people experiencing mental health issues, in a support, community-based environment. The service will provide the Goldfields region with another option other than Kalgoorlie Hospital, and allow individuals to find support close to their home and personal support networks as they progress their recovery. The new Kalgoorlie service delivers on the WA State Priorities 2020-2024 and the McGowan Government's commitment to assisting people with individualised care while remaining connected to their community and support networks. The McGowan Government has invested more than $30 million to establish regional community mental health step up/step down services across the State. Services are already operational in Albany, Bunbury, Joondalup and Rockingham, with another service opened in Geraldton this week, and Broome and Karratha on their way. Over the next four years, the Kalgoorlie service will be funded with close to $10 million in State Government funding, creating local job opportunities through service provider Neami National and clinical services from the WA Country Health Service. For more information about step up/step down services, visit http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The establishment of this service will give residents in the Goldfields another option for their mental health treatment as it supports them and keeps them connected to their community, family, and friends. "The services provide an opportunity to recover faster and avoid unnecessary stays in hospitals for those who don't need one. "My Government is committed to supporting the community to develop better mental health and wellbeing." Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government has been working hard to provide all Western Australians with better access to mental health treatment and support when and where they need it. "Mental health and wellbeing should be a priority for everyone - we are committed to providing supporting people to address issues earlier and have the support they need within their community. "There is more we can do to improve our State's mental health. As a community, we need to work together across all areas, from prevention to treatment and recovery." Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn "Today has been a culmination of a lot of work which all started during the 2017 election with the candidate for WA Labor committing to the step up/step down facility. "I am proud the McGowan Labor Government has delivered such a critical piece of health infrastructure and have no doubt this will change some people's lives for the better. "Having this facility will take pressure off the hospital as well as provide people with a local choice rather than travelling to the city for the resource. "Mental health is an issue and in the regions can be even harder so I hope today's announcement brings people with these issues comfort that they have a resource available." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Minister's office - 6552 6500