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Hopes for a record Zorba dance to help charity28837Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/10/2016 4:02:11 AM2016-10-21T04:00:00Za ​Thousands expected to visit Northbridge to celebrate with Greek music, food and dance on Sunday October 23, from 11am Perth Glendi Greek Festival supported by the Liberal National Government Organisers are hoping to set a new record for the largest Zorba dance at this weekend's Perth Glendi Greek Festival, which will also feature souvlakia, live Greek music and plate smashing. More than 28,000 people attended last year's festival, which has become a highlight of Western Australia's vibrant cultural calendar. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the festival offered an opportunity to experience some of the best of Greek culture. "This day will be a mix of some of the best of timeless and modern Greek culture, with world-famous Greek dishes, Greek music and dancing, as well as market stalls and activities for family members of all ages," Dr Nahan said. "Events such as Glendi reflect the amazing diversity of Western Australia's population and give us one of the most exciting and varied community calendars in the world. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support this fantastic family event with funding of $10,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program." Perth's Glendi Greek is raising funds for the Ability Centre through its record-breaking Zorba dance event, which costs $2 to enter and starts about 4.40pm on Sunday October 23. More than 2,000 attendees joined in the dance in 2015 and the organisers are hoping to attract more this year. Fact File Glendi means celebration or party, in Greek Most Greek-born West Australians arrived during the 1950s and 1960s, although Greek people have lived in WA for more than 120 years The 2011 Census indicated there were 13,822 West Australians with Greek ancestry The festival is in Russell Square, Northbridge on Sunday October 23 More information about the OMI Community Grants Program is available at http// For more information about the festival, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
Scammers take the money and run28833Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/10/2016 2:44:41 AM2016-10-21T02:30:00Za ​Warning against risky 'get rich quick' schemes Losses suffered by WA investors stung by binary options scams West Australians looking to make some fast cash are suffering large losses after being scammed by fake companies and websites spruiking investment opportunities. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said local investors were being lured into binary options trading, which was regarded as a speculative, high-risk investment and involved predicting the movements of commodity, asset or index prices over a short period of time. "While this form of trading is a legitimate financial product offered by licensed firms, scammers are now entering this area and successfully taking money from investors," Mr Mischin said. "Potential investors respond to ads and are contacted over the phone, where they are lured by the promise of making huge profits. The websites look very professional and accounts are set up in the investor's name showing healthy gains, which prompts further investments. "Investors only realise that they've been scammed when they are unable to withdraw their funds and the people they are dealing with become difficult to contact. The 'account' is then closed and their money is gone. "So far this year, 21 WA investors have reported to WA ScamNet of losing a total of more than $240,000 to binary options scams. Nationally, Australians have lost a total of $3 million in 2016 according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission." The Minister issued a particular warning about various websites operated by a bogus business called 'The Aussie Method', after one investor recently lost $10,500. The websites include;;;;;;;; and Mr Mischin said Facebook pages associated with 'The Aussie Method' had been closed and attempts were being made by Consumer Protection to have the websites closed down as well.   "Be wary of any investment which offers a high return with little risk and get independent financial advice before committing," he said. "Only use operators with an Australian Financial Services licence or are authorised by an AFS licensee and also check on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website to make sure the business is not on their blacklist." Fact File WA investors who have given money to 'The Aussie Method' should contact Consumer Protection at or by calling 1300 30 40 54 Advice from ASIC on binary options and other investments is available here ACCC binary options warning is available here More information on scams is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5600
More opportunity for genetically modified crops28832Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/10/2016 2:28:29 AM2016-10-21T02:20:00Za ​Decision clears red tape and provides more choice for WA growers State Parliament last night repealed legislation and removed a barrier to Western Australia's grain growers from accessing genetically modified crops approved by the national regulator. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the passing of the Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill 2015 was great news for WA agribusiness exports, already worth close to $8 billion a year. It repeals outdated legislation from 2004 that designated all of Western Australia as an area where GM crops could not be grown, except by exemption order. Exemptions were granted for commercial cultivation of GM cotton in the Ord River irrigation area and GM canola in WA. "This will give certainty to our farmers and investors, reduce red tape and provide access to new opportunities and tools for grain growers to be innovative," Mr Lewis said. "GM technology is a transformative technology, enabling major improvements in pest and disease resistance, crop productivity and adaption to differing growing conditions. "It is essential when we are presented with these new and approved technologies to produce higher yielding crops, that we don't delay in embracing them. We don't want to see our valuable agriculture sector lose out to other Australian States, not to mention our international competitors." The Minister said the Liberal National Government had a range of strategies to significantly boost agricultural production, and take advantage of increasing demand from new and existing markets. "In the face of tough global markets and even tougher weather conditions, we need to give our farmers a better chance to compete on a level playing field in these valuable markets by allowing them to use approved GM technologies," he said. "We now have strong overseas markets for our GM crops and this decision augurs well for our future." The initial legislation was a conservative approach designed to give Western Australia time to develop protocols and systems to manage and segregate non-GM from GM crops, and protect the State's agricultural reputation. However, it is now an unnecessary barrier, preventing WA growers from accessing new GM crops approved by the Gene Technology Regulator until an exemption order is approved. Fact File GM canola makes up 30% of WA's total canola plantings, showing grower demand for this technology Since 2010, Europe has imported more than four million tonnes of GM canola from WA In Australia, almost 100% of cotton produced is GM, offering significant cost savings and environmental gains from reduced insecticide use Minister's office - 6552 6400
Bonjour Perth for festival goers at Ozone Reserve28831Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/10/2016 2:01:48 AM2016-10-21T02:00:00Za ​Bonjour Perth French Festival supported by the Liberal National Government with $5,000 Perth's second Bonjour Perth French Festival will be held at Ozone Reserve, East Perth on Saturday October 22, showcasing the best of French food, culture and entertainment. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the festival was an opportunity to indulge in some of the best of French cuisine as well as experiencing French music, art, games and sports. "Western Australia is exceptionally fortunate in the range of different festivals we get to enjoy," Dr Nahan said. "Because of our vibrant culturally diverse community, we experience cultural celebrations from all over the world. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support this highly enjoyable family event with funding of $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. "I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy Perth's equivalent of Paris in the springtime." More than 12,000 people visited last year's inaugural festival, which is expected to become a fixture on WA's calendar of community events. The Bonjour Perth festival is also an opportunity to connect with everything French in Perth, from language schools, cars, artisan food producers, clubs and cultural activities. Fact File The Bonjour Perth French Festival takes place at Ozone Reserve, next to Langley Park, on Saturday October 22, from 10am to 9pm Gate collections from the 2015 event raised $11,452 for Path of Hope About 12,000 people in WA indicated they had French ancestry in 2011 The majority of French speaking people in WA were born in Mauritius, France, Canada, West Africa or Australia More information about the OMI Community Grants Program is available at http// For more information about the festival, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
More flexibility for Independent Public Schools28829Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/10/2016 1:30:17 AM2016-10-21T01:30:00Za ​79 school communities start their transition to Independent Public Schools More control over minor works announced for Independent Public Schools Schools can now manage their own repairs and breakdowns under $5,000 An additional 79 schools have been officially welcomed into Western Australia's nation-leading Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative. At a training conference this morning for principals and council members from the latest IPS intake, Premier Colin Barnett said he was proud of the way the Liberal National Government initiative had been embraced. "Australia has once again looked to the west for innovation in education and we have delivered it through the IPS model which is being adapted nationally," Mr Barnett said. "From next year, we will have 524 Independent Public Schools, a clear indication of the support from communities across WA for their local public schools." Education Minister Peter Collier also announced Independent Public Schools would next year have more control over minor maintenance and repairs, making it quicker and easier to get work done. "Instead of having to get a quote and source a supplier for every job under $10,000 - for example, for painting a wall or installing new electrical sockets - IPS principals will simply work directly with contractors from a pre-qualified panel to get the job done," Mr Collier said. "The limit for all schools to repair breakdowns and faults - such as plumbing and door locks - will also increase from $1,500 to $5,000 per fault. While only 155 schools currently manage their own breakdowns and faults, the new limit will make it worthwhile for many more schools to be involved." Schools will receive funding for any works through their budgets, and savings principals make will be available to be directed to education programs. "These new opportunities aim to help schools operate more effectively and efficiently at the local level, with support available as they need it," Mr Collier said. Fact File The 79 schools include 73 selected in September 2016 and six new schools opening for the first time in 2017 More than 83% of public students in Independent Public Schools in 2017 For more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education Minister's office - 6552 6300
New renal services for Kimberley communities28827Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml21/10/2016 12:10:11 AM2016-10-21T00:00:00Za $6.3 million, 20-bed renal hostel underway in Derby $3.6 million, four-chair renal dialysis unit underway in Fitzroy Crossing Both facilities due for completion in 2017 Some of the most vulnerable patients in the Kimberley will benefit from two new renal facilities now underway in Derby and Fitzroy Crossing, thanks to a co-operative approach between the Liberal National Government and the Australian Government. Health Minister John Day today announced that construction was well under way on a $6.3 million purpose-built 20-bed renal hostel in Derby and a $3.6 million four-chair renal dialysis unit in Fitzroy Crossing. "These state-of-the-art facilities will allow more people to receive life-saving kidney dialysis treatment and support, close to their families," Mr Day said. "The Derby hostel will include 10 single-bed rooms and five twin-share rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. "There will also be a kitchen, dining and lounge areas, shady verandahs, an outdoor barbecue and a children's play area. It will be a comfortable and welcoming 'home away from home' that allows patients and carers to rest and recuperate from the rigours of dialysis treatment." Fitzroy Crossing's new dialysis unit is being built adjacent to the hospital and close to a 20-bed renal hostel already under construction. "This unit will have four treatment chairs, including one in an isolation room, along with a separate consultation room with videoconferencing capability," Mr Day said. "Each dialysis bay will have Telehealth capability, plus a television to make the time spent receiving dialysis more pleasant." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new facilities would reduce the need for people to travel to Perth and bring social and economic benefits for communities. "This investment will enable people in the Kimberley region living with renal disease and whose condition is suitable, to have treatment closer to home where they can be better supported by friends and family," Mr Redman said. "Quality health care is a priority for all families and I am pleased that Royalties for Regions is helping to close the gap in patient outcomes for regional Western Australia." In addition to the Fitzroy Crossing and Derby facilities, work is underway on providing an eight-bed renal hostel in Kununurra and a 20-bed renal hostel and support centre in Broome. Fact File The Liberal National Government in conjunction with the Commonwealth is continuing to support the provision of care closer to home through the expansion of renal dialysis and support services across country WA, increasing the total number of dialysis chairs to 109, along with construction of supporting renal hostels The Fitzroy and Derby facilities are among six new projects being constructed on behalf of the WA Country Health Service across the Kimberley as part of the Australian Government's $45.8 million Bringing Renal Dialysis and Support Services Closer to Home project The project will expand the number of renal chairs in the Kimberley to 30, with 49 dedicated renal hostel beds Additional renal facilities will also be constructed in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Carnarvon and Roebourne, along with extra support facilities in Geraldton and Port Hedland The WA Country Health Service in conjunction with the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council provides renal services for chronic kidney disease patients across the Kimberley, including dialysis and renal support services Aboriginal people from remote areas have incidence rates of end-stage kidney disease up to 30 times higher than the national incidence rate Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
$3 million project to help futureproof hospital28823Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 5:50:21 AM2016-10-20T05:30:00Za ​More convenience for Osborne Park Hospital patients, visitors and staff 300 extra parking bays to meet projected demand Liberal National Government election promise A $3 million investment to extend the Osborne Park Hospital car park to 800 bays will play an important role in supporting the healthcare facility's potential growth. Marking the start of construction of the 300-bay extension today, Health Minister John Day said the car park expansion was a Liberal National Government election promise and would benefit patients, visitors and staff. "This is an important step towards futureproofing the hospital," Mr Day said. "On-site parking has been a challenge for some time, with visitors often forced to park off-campus in neighbouring streets, causing congestion issues for local traffic. "The additional 300 bays will be ideally positioned for staff and visitor access and will keep ahead of predicted parking demand, in line with projected population and service increases." The movement of some elective surgery and outpatient clinics from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to Osborne Park has also necessitated extra parking. The WA Health Clinical Services Framework 2014-2024 (CSF) proposes an increase in the level of some existing specialities at Osborne Park Hospital from their current levels. "Already, up to 1,500 babies are born at the hospital each year," the Minister said. "But gynaecology, neonatology and obstetrics are proposed to rise from the current Level 3 to Level 4 services, along with an expansion of the range of services to include those found in a standard metropolitan general hospital by 2024." The hospital has a stroke rehabilitation unit and delivers extensive outpatient services, with specialised clinics for Parkinson's disease, treatment for falls and memory evaluation. Mr Day said Osborne Park Hospital was currently meeting demand for its clinical services. "But under the CSF system, this is continually revised as changes in models of clinical care and the community's healthcare needs are assessed," he said. Fact File About 13,000 patients are admitted to Osborne Park Hospital each year, with 6,000 receiving elective surgery Osborne Park Hospital services conduct 91,000 outpatient appointments each year Two more birthing suites were built at the hospital two years ago, taking the total to six Completed in 2015 under a National Partnership Agreement, the $22 million surgi-centre provided two new operating theatres, additional recovery bays, an expanded sterilisation department, a pre-admission clinic, an endoscopy suite and a new surgical outpatients department Minister's office - 6552 6200
Trainees sow seeds of success at Broome plant28820Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 4:20:43 AM2016-10-20T04:20:00Za Mamabulanjin trainees gain agricultural skills and experience at a native tree seed bank at the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Corporation also providing first-hand experience to trainees from Mowanjum Station about how to harvest Rhodes grass Water Minister Mia Davies recently met with trainees at a native seed bank in Broome which uses recycled water to grow native species for land restoration projects across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Ms Davies said the Liberal National Government, through the Water Corporation, had partnered with the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to offer Aboriginal trainees aged 17-24, the opportunity to work at the MAC seed bank to gain valuable experience and contribute to TAFE qualifications. The Minister said it was the first time recycled water from a Water Corporation wastewater treatment plant had been used to grow native trees. "The trainees have helped to establish thousands of native trees on land made available by the Water Corporation, and are gaining valuable experience and skills in horticulture and operating small machinery," she said. "It is fantastic to see this progress, as well as the creation of employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people in Broome." Seedlings of species including Salwood, Black Wattle and Gubinge are grown in more than 17 hectares of land adjacent to the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant. Some of these plants are endemic and at risk of becoming endangered. The plantation uses 'savanna enrichment,' a method that combines traditional techniques and modern horticulture which can be replicated across many areas of the Kimberley. The Minister said land at the wastewater treatment plant was also used to grow a crop of Rhodes grass, with additional trainees travelling from Mowanjum Station near Derby, to help with the harvest under the guidance of experienced Water Corporation operators. "As this is the same type of crop grown by the Water Corporation in Broome, the experience gained by Mowanjum trainees during this harvest will help contribute to the success of the trial in Derby," she said. Fact File The Water Corporation uses recycled water from the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant to irrigate Rhodes grass, which is harvested as stock feed and sold to local cattle stations About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes grass each year Mowanjum trainees travel to Broome every 6-12 weeks to take part in the Water Corporation's Rhodes grass harvest Minister's office - 6552 5500
State Agreement secures jobs and fuel supplies28819Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 4:01:35 AM2016-10-20T04:00:00Za ​BP's Kwinana State Agreement to be extended until 2050 Long-term jobs and fuel supplies secured Agreement conditions to improve existing community benefits The Liberal National Government has secured long-term jobs and fuel supplies for Western Australia through extension of the State Agreement covering BP Australia's Kwinana oil refinery. State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the State Government and BP had agreed to extend the agreement for 30 years, to be reviewed in 2050. "The BP refinery is a major employer in the south metropolitan area, providing jobs for more than 700 people," Mr Marmion said. "BP's Kwinana refinery is a vital strategic asset for Western Australia, supplying a substantial volume of the State's fuel requirements including essential aviation fuel to Perth Airport. "This agreement extension will give BP the certainty required to make future investment decisions, with more than $80 million in maintenance activities planned, and further investments currently under consideration." BP and the State Government have executed the variation agreement, which includes a number of new clauses to modernise the current State Agreement. "These clauses include requirements for BP to develop local industry participation plans, and submit regular local content reports," the Minister said. "This places extra local responsibility onto BP and provides added security to the livelihoods of West Australian workers and their families." Legislation enacting the changes was introduced today into State Parliament. Fact File BP's Kwinana refinery operates under the Oil Refinery (Kwinana) Agreement Act 1952. The Agreement was due to expire in 2020 The refinery was the founding operation in the Kwinana industrial area, and produces six million tonnes of refined fuel each year Fuel from Kwinana is also supplied to Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales Minister's office - 6552 6800
Fine defaulters in regional WA targeted28815Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 12:35:26 AM2016-10-20T00:00:00Za Liberal National Government extends the clampdown on fine and infringement defaulters to regional and remote WA Measures to include car seizures, licence plate removal and wheel clamping Tough measures designed to force hardcore fine and infringement defaulters to pay their debts will be extended further across the State. Attorney General Michael Mischin today announced the Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields-Esperance, and Great Southern as the regions which would face the increased measures. "This encompasses large regional centres such as Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Albany and Esperance and all of the smaller towns within those regions," Mr Mischin said. "Serious defaulters in these areas who have more than $2,000 in unpaid infringements, or who have substantial court fines, now face wheel clamping or the seizure of their cars and the removal of their licence plates. "Data captured by the Sheriff indicated that the most common place for the cars of fines and infringement defaulters to be detected is at shopping centre car parks, train stations and the casino. "This suggests that some of these offenders have enough money to travel, and gamble, and to drive while their licence is suspended, and they are deliberately choosing not to pay the money they owe the community of Western Australia - and that is just not good enough." The Attorney General said the tougher measures had been progressively rolled out in the metropolitan area, Peel and the South-West since 2013. Naming and shaming of the top 100 fine and infringement defaulters already applied State-wide. "Boosting the roll-out will be a new network of numberplate recognition cameras, one of which has already been used on a trial basis in Perth, Peel and the South-West to scan cars in busy areas such as shopping centres, train station car parks and the main street of country towns," Mr Mischin said. "The expanded camera network is another weapon in our arsenal to track down persistent fine defaulters, who often try to avoiding wheel clamping or vehicle seizure by parking a few streets away from home or at local shops." Fact File The more stringent enforcement measures were made possible through amendments in 2013 to the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Airline agreement continues to benefit regions28814Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 12:29:04 AM2016-10-19T23:30:00Za Deed of agreement extended for Northern WA air routes until mid-2018 Agreement maintains current service levels Regional communities in northern Western Australia will continue to receive regular air services to and from Perth, following the extension of Skippers Aviation's deed of agreement on air routes for Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and the Northern Goldfields until July 1, 2018. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the local communities would maintain their current level of service, with Carnarvon to receive 10 flights a week, while Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields regional towns would receive four and three flights a week respectively. "Since 2011, Skippers has operated on these regulated routes under deeds of agreement with the State, and despite declining passenger demand, they have been able to maintain a set level of service over the years," Mr Marmion said. "Skippers' strategy of using different sized aircraft with 50, 36, 30 or 19 seats, allows the airline operational flexibility to respond to passenger number variations." The Liberal National Government would continue to monitor demand and market conditions on the Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields routes, and will consider recommended options from the Department of Transport regarding long-term decisions on the routes in late 2017. The Northern Goldfields air routes include services between Perth and the regional towns of Laverton, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Wiluna. The existing deed arrangements on the routes have been extended for a further 12 months beyond their previous expiry date. Fact File The Carnarvon-Monkey Mia and Northern Goldfields routes are regulated by the Department of Transport Skippers' deed of agreement on the routes was due to expire on June 27, 2017 and has been extended until July 1, 2018 Flights can be booked via the Skippers website or through a local travel agent For more information about Skippers Aviation, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
National park for Wheatbelt wildlife hotspot28813Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html20/10/2016 12:21:13 AM2016-10-19T22:30:00Za Dryandra Woodland becomes the first national park in the Wheatbelt region One of Western Australia's most important areas for wildlife conservation, Dryandra Woodland near Williams, is set to become the Wheatbelt's first national park to ensure it remains a safe haven for wildlife and a major nature-based tourism destination. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new national park was a part of the Liberal National Government's commitment to conserving Western Australia's natural assets. "Dryandra Woodland is the largest remaining remnant of Wheatbelt woodland that provides a sanctuary for 10 threatened species, including one of the few remaining wild populations of woylies, numbats and tammar wallabies," Mr Jacob said. "We are already working to protect the woodland's natural values, with a 1,000-hectare feral predator-proof enclosure due to be completed by the end of the year. This will safeguard threatened species, alongside cat and fox baiting under the Department of Parks and Wildlife's flagship Western Shield wildlife recovery program." The Minister said the Gnaala Mia campground opened in Dryandra in June as part of the four-year, $21.05 million investment in the Parks for People initiative, and the woodland was also home to the Barna Mia sanctuary where visitors could interact with wildlife up-close at night. "Just a two-hour drive from Perth, Dryandra Woodland is already a major drawcard for wildlife enthusiasts, campers and bushwalkers, so it is clear that this is a very special place that needs to be protected for generations to come," he said. "Dryandra National Park will be a valuable addition to our existing network of 100 national parks, in addition to our recent announcement that we will be creating the Abrolhos Islands National Park in the Mid-West." Mr Jacob said the recent replacement by the Liberal National Government of archaic wildlife legislation with the modern Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 would further protect threatened species in Dryandra. Fact File Dryandra Woodland is home to about 100 bird species, 50 reptile species and 24 mammal species The woodland had more than 52,000 visits in 2015-16 Minister's office - 6552 5800
Rae brings sunshine into lives of crime victims130202Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3800html19/10/2016 3:04:24 AM2016-10-19T03:00:00Za ​Volunteering champion recognised for work with victims of crime Compassion and respect for victims of crime has led to Yokine resident Rae Willis winning the Department of the Attorney General's highest volunteering honour, the 2016 Bert Harris Award. Attorney General Michael Mischin today presented Mrs Willis with the annual award, which honours volunteers who give outstanding support to victims of crime. "The department regards Mrs Willis as the gold standard of volunteers," Mr Mischin said. "She has a calm and comforting presence and is at ease when dealing with victims who are distressed and upset." Mrs Willis is a longstanding volunteer, having previously worked with Meals on Wheels, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Friends of the Institute for Child Health Research before joining the Victim Support and Child Witness Service in 2013. The award is named after the late Bert Harris, a long-time former volunteer with the department's Victim Support and Child Witness Service, which supports both adult and child victims of crime, as well as witnesses to criminal activity, as they go through the court process. The Attorney General also commended the other nominees for the award, including Christine Westphal (Crawley), Janet McCauley (Secret Harbour), Mar Knox (West Leederville), Paul Mattin (Carramar) and Patricia Hill (Bedford). Fact File For more information, visit http// Attorney General's office - 6552 5600
Lotterywest aids new dog adoption centre130198Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4830html19/10/2016 2:10:27 AM2016-10-19T02:10:00Za ​Premier officially opens the new Adoption and Education Centre at the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park Lotterywest grant of $1.2 million supported construction of the building Premier Colin Barnett has officially opened the new Adoption and Education Centre at the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park. The new building is the most significant project undertaken by the Dogs' Refuge Home in the last 30 years and will provide for greater management, support and care for dog welfare needs in Western Australia. The 650sqm new building will house a reception area, daily accommodation for staff and volunteers, space for adoption assessments, substantially increased office and storage facilities and an education centre to support responsible dog care and ownership. Mr Barnett said the building would enable the organisation to run more efficiently by providing significantly improved accommodation and a central support system for the general public, staff and volunteers. "While the organisation already cares for 150 unwanted and abandoned dogs at any one time and re-homes 1,400 dogs annually, the new building will allow for an additional 100 dogs to re-homed in its first year of operation, with this figure expected to increase in subsequent years," the Premier said. "The adoption centre will offer a safe and accessible place for the public to meet the dogs and for adoption assessments to be conducted; while the education centre will deliver an increased suite of education programs promoting responsible dog ownership and the improved care and welfare of companion dogs." The Dogs' Refuge Home is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1935, making it one of the oldest animal welfare organisations in Australia. It employs 30 staff and is supported by a team of more than 300 volunteers. The new Adoption and Education Centre is part of a major redevelopment project by the Dogs' Refuge Home which will deliver improved facilities such as new kennel blocks, a laundry and dog kitchen. The total cost of the building was $1.35 million, with Lotterywest contributing $1.2 million and the Dogs' Refuge Home contributing the remainder. Fact File Construction for the building started in March and ended in October The new Adoption and Education Centre's 650sqm of floor area will house significantly improved accommodation for the general public, staff and volunteers In 2015-16, Lotterywest distributed $281.41 million to beneficiaries Premier's office - 6552 5000
Western Australia's gold standard in fisheries130197Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html19/10/2016 2:08:05 AM2016-10-19T02:05:00Za 95 per cent of WA's fisheries are assessed as sustainable Recreational and commercial fishing/aquaculture are worth about $1.6b annually Fisheries Minister Joe Francis today welcomed the latest Department of Fisheries scorecard on Western Australia's aquatic resources, which reinforces the State's reputation for ecologically sustainable fisheries management. "The assessment confirms that we are a global leader in fisheries management which is reflected through the adoption of independent third party certification, using the gold standard Marine Stewardship Council," Mr Francis said. "At a time when many fisheries around the world are over-exploited or depleted, WA has a 95 per cent success rate in sustainably managing our fish resources. "For the remaining five per cent, these fisheries have been largely affected by environmental factors, and in some case, by fishing pressure. Active management strategies are in place to secure their recovery as early as possible." Speaking today at a special breakfast for fisheries stakeholders, the Minister confirmed WA's commitment to developing aquaculture opportunities to make the most of the State's environmental advantages. "Investment-ready zones for aquaculture businesses will help grow that sector," he said. "The Kimberley Aquaculture Development Zone is already in place, development of a new Mid-West zone is well advanced and Liberal National Government funding has been announced for setting up another zone on the State's South Coast. "Our expanding aquaculture will help deliver Western Australia a new stream of export opportunities to build on the $570 million, the State already earns annually from our commercial fisheries and aquaculture products, including pearls." Mr Francis said that as well as exports, the WA economy benefited from the contribution of more than 750,000 people who enjoy recreational fishing each year - another reason why good fisheries management was so important. Fact File Check the latest scorecard on the State's fisheries at http// 86 per cent community support for WA's aquatic resources management objectives View the State's 'eco ticks' for fisheries sustainability at http// Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA’s first Alcohol Interlock Scheme to start130196Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3760html19/10/2016 2:00:10 AM2016-10-19T02:00:00Za Three companies contracted to supply the alcohol interlocks Alcohol interlocks come into effect on October 24, 2016 The Liberal National Government has contracted three alcohol interlock suppliers which will install, monitor and maintain the devices, in a first for the State. Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey was today shown a demonstration of the alcohol interlocks which will be installed and used in Western Australia. "Drink driving offenders need to be aware of the impost of having an alcohol interlock condition being added to their licence - it is costly and a great inconvenience," she said. Ms Harvey announced three companies had been contracted to supply the alcohol interlocks which would be installed, monitored and maintained at various locations across the State. The devices would be fitted to vehicles once drivers had been granted an interlock restricted driver's licence and would remain in place until drivers had demonstrated a minimum of six months of alcohol-free driving. "Serious and repeat drink drivers must pay to have the alcohol interlock device installed at an approved service provider," the Deputy Premier said. "Vehicles will also have to be presented to a service provider every month for the performance data to be monitored, at the cost of the interlock driver." The scheme would capture first time offenders convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol content of or above 0.15) and repeat drink drivers who have been convicted of two or more drink driving offences (blood alcohol content of or above 0.05 or 0.02 for P-platers) within a five-year period. "As part of our commitment to address the root cause of drink driving, offenders who breach the scheme will also have to undergo alcohol assessment and treatment," Ms Harvey said. "A vehicle can only be started if the driver provides a sample of 0.02 or less, however they will be required to re-test during the journey." The Deputy Premier said the alcohol interlock scheme was funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account, which was made up of speed and red light camera fines. Fact File An alcohol interlock will cost the offender about $1,600 for a six-month period Alcohol Interlocks will be supplied in WA by three companies Guardian Interlock Systems Pty Ltd, Draeger Safety Pacific Pty Ltd Interlock and Ajen-Smart Start Alcohol is a factor in about one-quarter of fatal crashes and one in 10 serious injury crashes on WA roads Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900
More top WA school leaders to head for Harvard130193Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5360html19/10/2016 1:31:15 AM2016-10-19T01:30:00Za ​Top principals urged to apply for leadership program with Harvard University Up to 20 Independent Public School principals to join program in 2017-18 Exceptional Western Australian principals have a new opportunity to learn from world-leading education experts at Harvard University. Education Minister Peter Collier said up to 20 principals would join the Independent Public School Principals' Fellowship Program 2017-18. "I'm delighted this program is back for another year, so some of our best principals can bring enhanced knowledge and leadership skills back to their schools," Mr Collier said. The principals will head to Boston in July next year for a specifically designed summer school delivered by pre-eminent international educators and researchers. "When they return, principals will continue learning with a three-month online course and each will carry out a short-term change project to improve education in their school communities and across public education," the Minister said. Once principals complete all elements of the program, and subject to the Director General's acceptance, they become Independent Public School Fellows. Mr Collier said the 2017-18 program would follow the inaugural program in 2016-17 which has 20 principals taking part. "Principals already in the program tell me that it is a unique experience that has seen them reflect intensely on their leadership and how they can improve their skills," he said. "In Western Australia, we are developing principals of the highest calibre." Fact File Applications close on November 4, 2016 Successful principals will be announced on November 30, 2016 In 2017, there will be 524 Independent Public Schools across WA For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6300
Laying the foundations for good design in WA130192Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7260html19/10/2016 1:00:16 AM2016-10-19T01:00:00Za New policies to guide the design of the built environment in WA Public consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Natural light, ventilation and green spaces are key aspects of the draft apartment design policy which will help guide construction of well-designed apartments in Western Australia. Planning Minister Donna Faragher today released the draft policy, which is now out for public comment, as part of DesignWA, an initiative to elevate the role of design in delivering quality places and spaces. "As we adapt to living in areas of greater density, good design will have a positive influence on our suburbs, making our buildings more liveable, sustainable and efficient," Mrs Faragher said. "The draft policy for apartment design goes further than the appearance of a building; it guides how internal spaces function which is essential when designing sustainable, liveable homes. "The correct orientation of a building and the placement of windows not only have health benefits, they also have the potential to reduce the cost of heating, cooling and lighting. Good design can also help protect the value of apartments into the future. "Through DesignWA, we are proposing changes that will offer greater flexibility for developments to respond to local neighbourhoods and to innovate. They will also provide a consistent benchmark for local government and help remove local design policies that are no longer needed." About 380,000 of the new homes needed to accommodate a population of 3.5 million by 2050 will be delivered through appropriate infill, particularly near activity centres and public transport. The Minister said demographics in WA were changing and people were thinking about the benefits of apartment living as an alternative housing option. "While there are some very good examples of well-designed apartments, there are some trends in the market that are not ideal," she said. "What we build now will be with us for many years, so we must get it right. I encourage everyone to have their say on this very important discussion." Mrs Faragher said design review at the local government level was critical to properly apply the new apartment policy, and a draft Design Review Guide had also been released. "More than half of metropolitan local governments have panels or are establishing one, with many providing valuable local expertise to planning staff and proponents," she said. "The wider introduction will ensure expert advice is provided early in the development process." Fact File DesignWA is a collaboration between the Western Australian Planning Commission, Department of Planning and the Office of the Government Architect DesignWA also includes the draft State Planning Policy for Design of the Built Environment, draft Design Review Guide and draft Design Skills discussion paper Draft apartment policy will update the Residential Design Codes for multiple dwellings Apartments are typically defined as dwellings that are built on top of each other and range from small, medium and large developments, depending on the location For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Virtual emergency department now in Yalgoo130178Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2920html19/10/2016 12:43:14 AM2016-10-19T00:00:00Za Life-saving Emergency Telehealth Service now at 76 sites across WA More than 1,200 patients per month using telehealth State-wide Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program Residents in and around the Mid-West town of Yalgoo now have access to better emergency health services thanks to the Liberal National Government's country telehealth initiative. Health Minister John Day said Yalgoo Health Centre had become the 76th site to gain access to the Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), an initiative significantly improving access to specialist medical support in rural and remote health services across Western Australia. Mr Day said the WA Country Health Service's ETS program provided a virtual emergency room for patients and staff. "This is a potentially lifesaving innovation with an impressive track record of improving medical outcomes in the treatment of seriously injured or unwell patients," he said. "The Yalgoo system proved its worth on its first day in use when a clinical nurse was assisted with a diagnosis for a patient with severe stomach pain. "As a result, she was able to eliminate the possibility of appendicitis and refer the patient to Geraldton Hospital as a non-emergency case." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased to see another Royalties for Regions milestone. "The service has grown far and wide since its original implementation in the Wheatbelt," Mr Redman said. "The State Government's investment in essential services in one region has benefited vast areas of the State, which have been able to access a service originally implemented thousands of kilometres away at little extra cost." The ETS began as a pilot program at eight Wheatbelt sites in 2012 under the Southern Inland Health Initiative. It has expanded to 76 sites as far afield as Broome in the Kimberley and Collie in the South-West. Fact File More than 1,200 patients per month are being treated using the ETS The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care in WA history For more information, visit http// Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Public feedback still open on transport plan130177Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8640html19/10/2016 12:36:57 AM2016-10-18T23:00:00Za More than 400 public submissions received Transport plan prepares Perth for a population of 3.5 million Public consultation for the Liberal National Government's Transport @ 3.5 Million - the Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million people and beyond - closes next week. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said more than 400 public submissions had been received on the plan since its launch on July 29, 2016. "The Department of Transport has received a very big number of submissions from a wide variety of stakeholders within the community," Mr Marmion said. "We have also briefed more than 20 metropolitan local government and industry groups over the consultation period. "We are pleased with the feedback to date, however, we are encouraging other groups and individuals in our community to take the opportunity to have their say on what we aspire our city to look like." The Perth Transport Plan is designed to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million people and beyond. "Planning for transport options to accommodate an additional 1.4 million people will help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world," the Minister said. Transport agencies, the Department of Transport, Main Roads Western Australia and the Public Transport Authority will consider the feedback, as well as changes made to the Western Australian Planning Commission's Perth and Peel@3.5million land use plan following the Perth Transport Plan launch. The final plan will be reviewed and approved by the Minister for Transport before being made publicly available. Fact File To view the Perth Transport Plan and have your say, visit http// or email Submissions close on October 28, 2016 Minister's office - 6552 6800