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City of Kwinana wastewater upgrades complete18127Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 6:32:08 AM2016-05-31T06:30:00Za$15.2 million suite of upgrades to wastewater system in Bertram, Parmelia and Orelia now completeUpgrades will cater for growth in the City of Kwinana The Liberal National Government has completed a $15.2 million suite of projects to upgrade the wastewater system in Bertram, Parmelia and Orelia. Water Minister Mia Davies said the upgrades would cater for growth in the City of Kwinana. "The Water Corporation project included 4.2 kilometres of new wastewater main and a storage tank, and an upgrade to the pump station on Bertram Road," Ms Davies said. "This followed on from another project the corporation completed in September 2015 to construct 3.2km of wastewater main through the Kwinana town centre and Medina. A wastewater pump station on Dalrymple Drive in Leda was also upgraded as part of the project." The Minister said the corporation worked closely with local residents and businesses to minimise impacts to the community. "I thank the local community for their patience and co-operation while essential work was carried out," she said. "This significant investment ensures wastewater will continue to be managed efficiently, safely and sustainably." Fact FileThe corporation manages more than 16,000km of wastewater pipe across WA, with more than 12,000km in the Perth metropolitan area Every year, the corporation collects, treats and safely disposes of about 167.5 billion litres of wastewaterWastewater is 99.97% water and comes mostly from showers, baths and washing machinesFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5500
Wastewater upgrades completed in Busselton18126Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 6:20:04 AM2016-05-31T06:00:00ZaWork completed on $14.4 million suite of projects to upgrade Busselton's wastewater system Projects will cater for growth in the area The Liberal National Government has completed a $14.4 million suite of projects to ensure Busselton's wastewater system caters for growth in the area. Water Minister Mia Davies said more than 10 kilometres of wastewater main was installed, along with construction of a new wastewater pump station. "The Water Corporation project caters for growth in the area, including taking wastewater from the Provence Estate and Via Vasse residential developments," Ms Davies said. "Work included construction of the wastewater main to connect the new wastewater pump station on Gigondas Street in the Provence Estate to the Busselton Wastewater Treatment Plant. "Where feasible, the corporation used trenchless technology to install the wastewater main at major road crossings and front verges. "I would like to thank the community, particularly those in Provence Estate and Via Vasse developments, for their patience while the essential work was carried out. "This type of investment is essential to ensure the community has access to vital wastewater services now and into the future." Fact FileConstruction on the suite of projects began in July 2013Work included construction of more than 10km of wastewater main, a new wastewater pump station and upgrading an existing pump stationIn August 2013, the corporation completed a $40m upgrade to the Busselton Wastewater Treatment Plant, which treats up to nine million litres of wastewater daily Minister's office - 6552 5500
Farms and waterways to benefit from DairyCare18124Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 3:37:32 AM2016-05-31T03:20:00ZaDairyCare partnership to reduce nutrients in rivers and estuaries $2.5 million Liberal National Government partnership also aims to improve productivity The Liberal National Government has committed $2.5 million to a new partnership between industry, Government and catchment groups that will tackle the flow of nutrients from dairy farms to rivers and estuaries. Water Minister Mia Davies said DairyCare was a partnership between Western Dairy, State agencies, Natural Resource Management groups and dairy farmers that built on more than 10 years of experience and partnerships in the South-West. "As a result of this Royalties for Regions funding, we estimate at least 30 priority dairy effluent systems will be upgraded and 80 nutrient use plans will be developed under the national Fert$mart program, with the result being a substantial reduction of nutrients entering waterways," Ms Davies said. "The partnership includes the establishment of an industry reference group, which will develop a strong self-regulatory approach and ensure farmers were motivated to be involved." Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said DairyCare came at an important time for farmers and could lead to important cost savings for the industry. "By retaining nutrients on farm and reducing the negative contribution they make to waterways through run-off into local rivers and streams, farmers have an opportunity to save money and meet community expectations for the environment," Mr Nalder said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in DairyCare was an important step to protect and support waterways and regional estuaries by helping a valued industry to become more sustainable. "DairyCare will investigate innovative options for improving dairy effluent management and provide farmers with information, incentives and the tools to make better decisions about fertiliser use and effluent management," Mr Redman said. Fact FileDairyCare partners are Dairy Australia, WA Farmers, the South West Catchments Council, Leschenault Catchment Council, Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee, GeoCatch and the departments of Water and Agriculture and FoodRevitalising Geographe Waterways and the Regional Estuaries Initiative are Royalties for Regions-funded initiatives of the Liberal National Government to improve water quality outcomes in at-risk waterways in the South-West region Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Busselton Water earns gold for workplace safety18120Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 2:13:52 AM2016-05-31T02:10:00ZaBusselton Water congratulated for creating a safe workplace Commerce Minister Michael Mischin today presented Busselton Water with a WorkSafe Plan Gold Certificate of Achievement for its workplace health and safety management. Busselton Water is a Liberal National Government entity which obtains groundwater from two aquifers then treats it before distributing it to residential and land developer customers. In presenting the certificate to the chair of Busselton Water's board of directors, Helen Shervington, Mr Mischin congratulated Busselton Water on achieving Gold status at its first WorkSafe Plan assessment. "Work safety is in everyone's interest. No workplace can be guaranteed to be hazard-free, but sustained commitment from both management and staff can minimise risks and prevent injuries," the Minister said. "Busselton Water is developing a strong safety culture in management and employees, and I congratulate them on their achievement." WorkSafe Plan Certificates of Achievement at Silver, Gold and Platinum levels are awarded to organisations which, under independent assessment, achieve the required levels in five elements of safety management and/or demonstrate low or reduced levels of work-related injury and disease. The five key areas aremanagement commitment to a safe and healthy work environmentoccupational safety and health policies, plans and proceduresconsultation between employers and employeessystems to identify workplace hazards and to assess and control riskssafety and health training for staff at all levels. Fact FileWA has achieved a more than 46% reduction in workplace injuries since 1985 Minister's office - 6552 5600
Public schools gear up for technological future18119Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 2:07:00 AM2016-05-31T02:05:00Za$6.7 million Liberal National Government investment in robotics and codingNew technologies curriculum for 201829 schools teaming up with internationally renowned 'The Innovation Unit' Robots, coding apps and electronic circuitry will soon be commonplace in public primary school classrooms to boost science, technology, engineering and mathematics - known as STEM. Visiting Ashdale Primary School today, Education Minister Peter Collier said the Liberal National Government was investing $2.7 million in new teaching and learning resources for all public primary schools. The Government would also provide a further $4 million in new STEM teaching and learning resources for all public primary and secondary schools. "In 2018, all primary schools will include digital technologies in their classrooms, and the Government will provide resource packs suitable for all public Kindergarten to Year 6 students across the State," Mr Collier said. "With robotics and computer coding used in many contemporary and emerging industries, it is vital for students to learn skills in these areas." The Minister said 29 Western Australian public schools were also teaming up with internationally renowned social enterprise 'The Innovation Unit' to develop and test innovative teaching practices in STEM. "These schools will encourage teachers to experiment, create and evaluate new practices for teaching STEM to students before they are shared more widely to schools," he said. The Government will provide professional learning for school leaders and teachers to help them teach the new STEM curriculum. Fact File600 leaders and teachers from 300 schools will attend a four-day professional learning on codingAll 697 public schools with primary-aged students will be provided with technologies materials, including programmable, interactive robots, electronic engineering resources to create real world projects and touch tablet devices preloaded with numerous coding appsThe Innovation Unit is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a record of supporting innovation in education Minister's office - 6552 6300
Upgrades to Margaret River youth precinct18118Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 2:02:00 AM2016-05-31T02:00:00Za$1.39 million Lotterywest grant presented to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River for redevelopment of the youth precinctNew facilities expected to be completed by September 2017 Premier Colin Barnett today presented the Shire of Augusta Margaret River with a Lotterywest grant of $1.39 million towards the redevelopment of the Margaret River youth precinct on Wallcliffe Road. The funding will cover upgrades to the skate park and includes a new adventure play area, nature play zone, landscaping, seating and youth art, to create a centralised hub for active participation. Mr Barnett said the youth precinct was a popular destination for young people and the shire had identified the need for the facilities to be upgraded in response to demand for youth activities. "The redevelopment will cater for a wide range of participants from a new dual use pathway for beginner skaters and riders, to an advanced skate and ride section that takes users to the next skill level," he said. "There will also be planned spectator seating, with shade shelters to ensure all members of the community can be a part of the action and be comfortable during the heat of the day." The planning and design of the redevelopment has involved young people from the local community, with multiple options explored for the skate facility. "It is great to see young members of the community working together to identify the needs of their peers for this centralised community hub," the Premier said. The planning of the redevelopment will complement the upgrade of the youth zone room, located adjacent to the skate park. The redeveloped youth precinct is due to be completed by September 2017. Fact FileThe redevelopment of the youth precinct will include a new dual use pathway for young and beginner skaters/riders, an advanced skate/ride section, nature and adventure play spaces, spectator seating and shade sheltersWA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000
New headquarters for disability agency18116Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html31/05/2016 1:25:21 AM2016-05-31T01:20:00ZaLotterywest grant of $1.608 million to refurbish Identitywa's new head officeCorporate base in Northbridge to accommodate future growth A $1.608 million Lotterywest grant will fund the refurbishment of disability agency Identitywa's new head office building in Northbridge and enhance its capacity to support people with disability, their families and carers. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said Identitywa - formerly Catholic Care - was one of the State's longest serving and largest providers of services to people with disability. "Identitywa has a long history of supporting people with disability and their families in WA," Mrs Faragher said. "Demand for its services has grown significantly over the past five years and Identitywa now supports more than 450 individuals and families. "Their success in providing quality support to people with disability and working in partnership to ensure people live with a sense of purpose, belonging and wellbeing has led to a steady increase in demand. This means they have outgrown their current premises and need room to expand." The Minister said the Lotterywest grant would allow Identitywa to refurbish heritage-listed buildings in the Catholic Archdiocese-owned old St Brigid's School in Northbridge. "The new corporate base in Northbridge is close to public transport and provides a central location with great access for the people Identitywa supports, as well as their families and carers," she said. "The refurbishment of the heritage-listed property will create office space, meeting rooms and a fully accessible large area will be adapted to provide a state-of-the-art training facility." Identitywa's move from Kensington to Northbridge is expected to be completed by December 2016. It follows the opening of a Cockburn regional hub in April and Identitywa has future plans to open a north metropolitan hub. Fact FileIdentitywa began as Catholic Care in 1977, becoming Identitywa in 2001WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisationsLast financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA communityFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Latest grants to launch better boating facilities19095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3270html30/05/2016 7:30:14 AM2016-05-30T07:30:00Za Nearly $1.5 million to improve recreational boating facilities throughout WA Funding to develop new facilities and improve existing infrastructure Grants to benefit nearly 100,000 boat owners and enthusiasts The Liberal National Government has allocated nearly $1.5 million to ensure ongoing improvements to recreational boating facilities throughout Western Australia. Announcing the latest round of Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) grants, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said 20 projects located from Wyndham to Walpole would receive a share of $1.49 million. "The biggest single grant of the round was $171,750 to the City of Busselton for the redevelopment of the boat trailer parking layout at Port Geographe Boat Marina," Mr Nalder said. "The Shire of Gingin received two grants totalling $204,028 to enable an upgrade of the foreshore boat launching facility at Guilderton, including a new finger jetty, and improved trailer parking to streamline the boat launching process. "Boating is a popular pastime in WA, with nearly 100,000 registered recreational craft throughout the State. "The RBFS, which fosters partnerships with local governments and authorities, is extremely successful in helping to meet the needs of WA's growing boating community." The scheme is managed by the Department of Transport and provides up to 75 per cent of funding for new or improved facilities which benefit the recreational boating public. Eligible authorities may also apply for planning grants which result in detailed plans, cost estimates, approvals or similar for public recreational boating facilities. The Minister said 20 of the 26 applicants in the latest grants round had been successful in securing funding, with 15 of the 20 projects located in regional WA. Fact File The RBFS has allocated nearly $43.5 million to 415 projects since its inception in 1998 Boat owners make a direct contribution to the RBFS as it is primarily funded from boat registration fees Individuals cannot apply for grants - applications can only be made by eligible authorities More information about the scheme is available at http// or by contacting the RBFS project officer on 9435 7612 Minister's office - 6552 6400 Applicant Project Grant Shire of Augusta Margaret RiverEllis Street Boat Ramp Trailer Parking Bays$166,955Shire of BroomeTown Beach Boat Ramp Flexmats Study$40,000City of BusseltonPort Geographe Boat Trailer Parking Layout Redevelopment$171,750Department of Parks and Wildlife Canal Rocks Jetty Redesign Study$33,750Shire of ExmouthBundegi Boat Ramp Jetty Upgrade$116,985Shire of ExmouthTantabiddi Boat Ramp Usage Study$52,500Shire of GinginGuilderton Foreshore Boat Ramp Finger Jetty$150,144Shire of GinginGuilderton Foreshore Trailer Parking Upgrade$53,884City of JoondalupOcean Reef Boat Harbour Access Pathway$25,875City of KarrathaJohns Creek (Point Samson) Jetty Rebuild Study$45,000City of MandurahMandurah Foreshore Jetty Modification$169,875City of MandurahMandurah Ocean Marina Universal Access Public Jetty Study$30,000Shire of Manjimup Walpole Jetty Car Park Upgrade Study$30,000City of Melville Deep Water Point Boat Ramp Detailed Design$63,938City of Melville Point Walter Boat Ramp Detailed Design$71,438Shire of Murray Furnissdale Boat Launching Facility Design and Construction$90,000Shire of NorthamptonKalbarri Northern Boat Ramp Finger Jetty$60,000City of RockinghamPoint Peron Boat Launching Facility Detailed Design$45,000Rottnest Island AuthorityFuel Jetty Design and Evaluation$19,087Shire of Wyndham East KimberleyWyndham Boat Launching Facility Planning$60,000
Second tug operator for Port Hedland19094Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3630html30/05/2016 7:07:35 AM2016-05-30T07:05:00ZaPilbara Marine awarded licence to provide tug services at Port of Port Hedland New licence to deliver job opportunities and benefits to port customers Transport Minister Dean Nalder has announced Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary Pilbara Marine as the successful respondent to provide a second tug service at the Port of Port Hedland, under a non-exclusive licence for towage services. Pilbara Marine will lease Crown land within the port to construct marine and landside facilities for the development of a tug haven behind Anderson Point berths 1 to 3. Mr Nalder said the new licence would create jobs in the Pilbara and provided benefits to port customers. "There will be job opportunities during construction of the new tug haven, as well as further employment with the operation and maintenance of extra tug infrastructure," he said. "Port customers will benefit from increased options in tug services and the availability of services to meet future demand. "Port Hedland is the world's biggest bulk export port. In 2014-15, more than 446 million tonnes of bulk cargo were shipped through the port." Pilbara Marine is expected to begin operations in the 2018-19 financial year with an initial fleet of nine tugs. BHP Billiton (Towage Services) Pty Ltd currently has a non-exclusive licence for towage services at the Port of Port Hedland and operates 18 tugs. Fact FileIn 2014-15 there were 2,874 vessel visits to the Port of Port HedlandPilbara Ports Authority encompasses the ports of Ashburton, Dampier and Port Hedland; and future ports of Anketell, Balla Balla and Cape Preston East Minister's office - 6552 6400
Funding flows for Vasse Geographe projects19093Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3770html30/05/2016 7:01:41 AM2016-05-30T07:00:00ZaMore than $2.3 million to deliver key projects under Vasse Geographe StrategyPartnership agreements signed between Liberal National Government and partnersMade possible by Royalties for Regions Critical on-ground works to improve the health of Vasse Geographe's waterways will begin after partnership agreements releasing more than $2.3 million in funding were signed today. Water Minister Mia Davies was joined by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Environment Minister Albert Jacob to witness the signing between the Department of Water with GeoCatch ($2.052 million), the City of Busselton ($175,000) and the Department of Parks and Wildlife ($128,000). "We've had a lot of support from the community, local government and agency partners since we formed the Vasse Taskforce, and our partners have stepped up to deliver on the Liberal National Government's commitment to the Vasse Geographe Strategy," Ms Davies said. "The funds released today are from the $7.15 million State Government Royalties for Regions investment to implement the Vasse Geographe Strategy that we announced in December 2015. "The bulk of the funding will go to GeoCatch to commence initiatives to reduce nutrients entering catchments through improved fertiliser and dairy effluent management, and to lead the communications and community consultation for the strategy. "The City of Busselton also funded $175,000 to develop water management plans for the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet, and the retrofitting of stormwater basins." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Department of Parks and Wildlife would use $128,000 to develop an operational plan for the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands as a member of the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands partnership. "The Vasse Geographe Strategy supports long-term protection of Geographe Bay and contributes to maintaining high water quality in the Vasse Wonnerup Ramsar wetlands and the Ngari Capes Marine Park," Mr Jacob said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the release of Royalties for Regions funding to partner agencies was a major step forward in implementing the strategy. "Despite water quality issues caused from a century of land use, the Vasse-Wonnerup Wetlands system retains exceptional ecological values and is an asset to this community," Mr Redman said. The Vasse Taskforce oversees the actions and initiatives under the Vasse Geographe Strategy to improve water quality and management of key water assets in the Vasse Geographe catchment. Fact FileThe Vasse Geographe waterways system is a complex network of rivers, coastal wetlands and estuaries stretching from Dunsborough, through Busselton, to Capel Water quality has been gradually declining in catchment waterways for many years, affected by agricultural activity, population pressures and climate changeThe strategy encompasses 30 projects across five integrated work areasFor more information, visit http// or http// Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funds keep South West Wheels turning19090Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2200html30/05/2016 6:09:18 AM2016-05-30T06:05:00ZaLiberal National Government allocates $654,425 to South West Wheels vehicle pool service for people with disabilityFunds will extend current 12-month trial to June 30, 2017 A vehicle pool trial providing people with disability in the Lower South West region with more transport options will continue for another year thanks to $654,425 provided by the Liberal National Government. The South West Wheels program was developed in July 2015 through a partnership between the Disability Services Commission and the not-for-profit Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation. It provides flexible, low-cost access to individualised transport to people with disability living in Manjimup, Busselton and Donnybrook and surrounding areas. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said people with disability who were eligible for Disability Services Commission support could access the service, which provides wheelchair accessible vans and sedans and smaller vehicles with wheelchair carriers for a small fee. Mrs Faragher said demand for the South West Wheels service continued to grow, with 380 vehicle bookings in its first 10 months of operation. "South West Wheels provides an innovative transport service for people with disability, their families and carers living in the Lower South West region," she said. "Not having access to a vehicle, particularly an appropriately equipped vehicle, can restrict a person with disability from fully participating and enjoying community life. "The availability of these vehicles means people with disability in this area can go out and do the things many of us take for granted, like travel to the doctor or other appointments and social outings." From July 1, 2016, the South West Wheels fleet will include 15 vehicles, available from regional centres including Manjimup, Busselton and Donnybrook. Fact FileThe Government provided more than $2 million to the South West Wheels initiative in 2015-16For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
WA boating innovation promises smooth sailing19089Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2980html30/05/2016 6:03:53 AM2016-05-30T06:00:00ZaMarine project has renewable energy linksMore than $1 million in research and development invested by European industry A sophisticated boat stabiliser system developed in the South-West town of Dunsborough has potential to improve boating safety across the world. Inspecting the advanced Nauti-Craft technology today, Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the marine start-up company was an outstanding example of Western Australian ingenuity with global commercial applications. Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd is a research and development company focused on the design and development of hydraulic suspension system technology for multi-hulled vessels. "Nauti-Craft was founded by Chris Heyring, who also started Kinetic Pty Ltd, another Dunsborough-based small business which invented automotive suspension systems now used by major car makers, including Toyota and Nissan," Mr Marmion said. "This new company is now adapting this suspension system to the marine environment, enabling vessels to react rapidly to changing ocean conditions. "This innovation promises widespread applications and the company already has strong links with the European renewable energy sector. The United Kingdom-based Carbon Trust is helping fund the research and development, looking towards rolling out the technology on vessels servicing the offshore wind farm industry in Europe." The technology has been licensed to a major vessel supplier to the European offshore wind farm market and also to a Middle Eastern luxury boat builder. "Nauti-Craft is an example of a regional Western Australian company taking advantage of opportunities in the global market and shows us that in today's world, isolation is no barrier to commercialising innovation and supporting Western Australian jobs," the Minister said. "The Liberal National Government's network of international trade and investment offices works with companies such as Nauti-Craft to help Western Australian entrepreneurs export their technology and services. "Capitalising on this network will form an important part of the rollout of the $20 million innovation package announced in the recent State Budget." Fact FileNauti-Craft was awarded a UK£100,000 contract by Carbon Trust to demonstrate the benefits of its technology in providing safer crew transfer to offshore wind turbines The initial contract was extended three times, providing extra funding in 2012, 2013 and 2015The 2016-17 State Budget committed $20 million to innovationFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
Community at the heart of South-West college expansion19087Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4210html30/05/2016 5:15:19 AM2016-05-30T05:15:00ZaBright future for Cape Naturaliste students with major school upgradeNew science classrooms among facilities to benefit students Students in Dunsborough, Vasse and Busselton are set to benefit from a multimillion-dollar expansion of Cape Naturaliste College due to open in 2020. Announced in the 2016-17 State Budget, the college will receive $32.1 million to build stage two, including $6 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Education Minister Peter Collier said the college opened in 2008 as a middle school and expanded to include Year 12 students in 2012, with Year 7 students joining the school in 2015. "The funding paves the way for Cape Naturaliste College to become a fully fledged, state-of-the-art school that provides modern secondary teaching and learning with specialist facilities for 1,200 students," Mr Collier said. "A project consultation group, with representatives from the school and community, will be formed to provide input into the build and ensure it is in keeping with the needs of local students and teachers." The second stage will include science laboratories; design and technology workshops; visual arts and media studios; a food technology studio; materials technology learning area; health and physical education learning area; performing arts centre; and general classrooms. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said creating high-quality education and learning facilities helped attract new residents to regional communities. "The Liberal National Government's dedicated investment in improving opportunities for quality learning and teaching environments will continue to attract more people to live and work in regional Western Australia," Mr Redman said. Planning for the second stage will begin in 2017, with building work set to start in 2018. The project is due for completion in time for the start of the 2020 school year. Fact FileThere are currently 703 students at Cape Naturaliste College Education Minister's office - 6552 6300 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Busselton breathes new life into lung research19082Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2010html30/05/2016 4:30:15 AM2016-05-30T04:30:00ZaBusselton Health Study reveals genetic respiratory risk factors'Lifetime health' message as research marks 50-year milestoneLiberal National Government provides $400,000 support Liberal National Government funding of $400,000 over four years will help Busselton's internationally renowned population health study - celebrating its 50th anniversary this year - solve more mysteries about the health impact of genetics. Visiting the study centre in Busselton today, Health Minister John Day highlighted the latest respiratory research results, which indicate people's basic lung function and how they react to environmental influences such as smoking and disease, are controlled by different genes. "This type of research is exactly why the State Government supports this globally significant population health study," Mr Day said. "Results like these promise to tease out the specific genes which determine how our lungs develop from conception, and others that control their reaction to outside influences in later life. "These findings will help tailor future treatment in individual patients, by allowing doctors to use genetic tests to determine and minimise risks. The information could also prove vital for preventative medicine. "The overwhelming message from this latest research is that promoting health is something we need to be mindful of throughout life, from the unborn child to old age." Some of the Government funding will be used to recall and remeasure participants in the long-running Busselton Baby Boomer Study which is investigating the impact of multiple illnesses on physical and mental wellbeing. "This project, which began as an initiative of local GP, the late Kevin Cullen, is one of the longest-running longitudinal studies in the world and has made an enormous contribution to international health and medical research," the Minister said. "Since it began in 1966, it has attracted some of our leading researchers and more than 25,000 participants, with many of its initial cohort still involved in surveys today. "That it began when Busselton was a still a holiday and retirement destination with a population of little more than 6,000 people - and yet is still going strong today - is a credit to the researchers, participants and community of Busselton." Until the Government made permanent premises available to the study in 2005 - leading to continuous survey activity - much of the study's early data was collected by researchers travelling to Busselton from Perth every three years. "The researchers would stay about three months at a time and operate from makeshift laboratories set up in tents, caravans or spares room in the homes of locals," Mr Day said. "Busselton locals were so proud and supportive of their study they even organised lamington drives and other grassroots fundraising activities to supplement its shoestring budget. "It was this determination, resourcefulness and unwavering commitment of researchers, participants and the Busselton community that has seen the study defy all odds to become the jewel in the crown of Western Australian health research data." Data and biospecimens from the Busselton Health Study have contributed to research around the world in areas as diverse as healthy ageing, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, sleep apnoea and thyroid disease. It has also been instrumental in key scientific findings, includingdiscovery of the first genetic association with asthmadiscovery of the gene associated with haemochromatosis (an iron overload disorder) understanding the impact of smoking and asthma on long-term lung function. During his visit, the Minister met retired building inspector Bert Johnson, who has been involved in the study's surveys since the beginning. Mr Day said it was the generosity of people such as Mr Johnson that had made the study such a success. Fact FileLeading researchers including Fiona Stanley Hospital (child health), Barry Marshall (gastroenterology), Bill Musk (mesothelioma and respiratory disease) and David Mackey (eye health) have all been involved with the Busselton Health StudyMore than 100,000 study biospecimens have been banked since 2005More than 10,000 participants have been tested in six major studies conducted since 2005, when the study team moved into permanent accommodationIt takes four hours to conduct the tests on each participant For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Truck safety upgrade on Coalfields Highway19081Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2730html30/05/2016 4:15:11 AM2016-05-30T04:10:00Za$1.37 million contract to upgrade Coalfields Highway heavy vehicle bayFunded by the Road Trauma Trust Account The Liberal National Government has again signalled its commitment to road safety by allocating $1.37 million to upgrade a heavy vehicle bay on Coalfields Highway. Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the project was funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account and would take two months to complete. "Coalfields Highway is the major road freight and passenger link between the South Western Highway and the town of Collie, connecting Bunbury to the inland regions," she said. "Upgrading the heavy vehicle bay on Coalfields Highway, four kilometres east of the intersection with South Western Highway, will significantly improve safety for all road users." Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the upgrade to the bay would extend its life and increase capacity to accommodate the growing number of trucks travelling on Coalfields Highway. "The heavy vehicle bay is an essential stopping area for truck drivers to carry out safety checks of their loads, brakes and tyres before continuing down the Coalfields Hill," Mr Nalder said. "Once upgraded, the new bay will ultimately be able to cater for a further seven road trains, bringing the total capacity to 12 at any one time. "The upgrade is part of a Government $48 million commitment to improve the Coalfields Highway from west of the Wellington Dam turn-off to just west of the town of Collie." Mrs Harvey said a record $146 million had been allocated from the Road Trauma Trust Account in 2016-17, which was made up of speed and red light camera fines. Fact FileAbout 5,800 vehicles use Coalfields Highway daily (15% heavy vehicles)The heavy vehicle bay will remain operational during the construction periodThe heavy vehicle bay upgrade will be carried out by Main Roads' contractor Fulton Hogan Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400
No more mobile black spots in Highbury19080Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3920html30/05/2016 4:08:06 AM2016-05-30T04:05:00ZaRegional Telecommunications Project is improving mobile phone coverageHighbury in the Shire of Narrogin is the latest location to benefitNew tower to provide coverage along a section of Great Southern Highway People living and working in Highbury in the Wheatbelt can now make mobile calls and access mobile internet, as part of an $85 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program to improve mobile connectivity across Western Australia. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said improving connectivity was a vital step forward for social and economic development in regional areas. "The new Highbury tower will ensure communities in the agricultural region between Narrogin and Wagin have access to reliable mobile and internet," Mr Mischin said. "This access will enable businesses to take advantage of necessary technology that helps productivity and makes it easier for family and friends to keep in touch. "The tower will also provide people driving along this section of the Great Southern Highway the ability to contact the relevant authorities or make a triple zero call in the event of an accident or break down, which can save precious time in an emergency situation." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was imperative that mobile voice and data services were expanded in the regions to improve Government service delivery and support the growth and prosperity of regional businesses and communities. "The Liberal National Government's investment in mobile telecommunications infrastructure is helping to bridge the digital divide for people living and working in our regional areas," Mr Redman said. "Research has shown that people living in regional and remote areas are more willing to embrace and seek new technologies and this infrastructure enables them to do this. It is great to see Royalties for Regions initiatives contributing to building a better quality of life for everyone in our regions." The planned rollout of new phone towers across regional Western Australia is the result of a partnership between the State and Australian governments and industry. Fact FileThe State Government's significant investment of $85 million in regional telecommunications since 2012 is driving economic growth through the development of 266 new mobile phone towers in regional WAFor more information, visit http// Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
World-class beachfront revamp for Busselton19079Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8900html30/05/2016 4:00:20 AM2016-05-30T04:00:00ZaNew opportunities for beachfront accommodation in Busselton to boost tourism Part of Busselton foreshore redevelopment, supported by Royalties for Regions Busselton is transforming into a world-class holiday destination, with major works set to continue on its iconic foreshore. Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced a $10.5 million redevelopment of Busselton foreshore to deliver quality beachfront accommodation and tourism experiences. Mr Barnett said the significant project would create a seamless landscape on the foreshore and provided a catalyst for long-term social, economic and cultural benefits. "The South-West is Western Australia's most visited regional area and the redeveloped Busselton foreshore will create an attractive investment proposition for private hotel developers and generate a substantial economic stimulus for West Australians," he said. "Visitation to the region will also be supported with the $59.7 million Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport expansion project that will improve accessibility for interstate visitors. "Busselton is also becoming a hugely popular cruise ship destination. By the end of 2015-16, the city will have welcomed seven cruise ship visits with more than 12,000 passengers plus crew. Nine cruise ship visits to Busselton are already confirmed for the future." The $10.5 million redevelopment will include the development of three sites for tourism accommodation, the foreshore parade and extra parking spaces to accommodate the increase in visitors to the area. The large-scale venture complements other priority projects such as the refurbishment of the Busselton Jetty. Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would create a focal point for tourists and locals, and strengthened the social and economic fabric of the entire South-West region. "Improvements to the foreshore's infrastructure and amenity will increase opportunities to host and attract new events to the region. This is an exciting time for the South-West and will create a positive impact on the regional economy and encourage population growth through the commercial, retail, hospitality, tourism and related industries," he said. The $10.5 million project was given $4.5 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions Growing Our South initiative and $6 million from the City of Busselton. Fact FileThe redevelopment will be managed and implemented by the City of BusseltonRoyalties for Regions, through the Growing Our South initiative, will invest $600 million to revitalise the South-West, Peel, Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Perth Theatre Trust gains new expertise19076Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3640html30/05/2016 12:29:31 AM2016-05-30T00:05:00ZaJulian Donaldson appointed to the board of the Perth Theatre TrustNational Trust and Perth International Arts Festival experience adds expertise to the Trust Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced a new board appointment for the Perth Theatre Trust (PTT). The chief executive officer of the National Trust of Australia (WA), Julian Donaldson, has been appointed to the Perth Theatre Trust board for three years. Mr Donaldson was the previous general manager of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF). During his tenure with PIAF, the festival grew its audience, artistic influence, reputation and community reach, and gained substantial increases in sponsorship and funding. Mr Day welcomed the new appointment to the PTT board. "This appointment makes available to the Trust the significant arts management expertise of Mr Donaldson," he said. Perth Theatre Trust is responsible for the management of the State Theatre Centre of WA, His Majesty's Theatre, Subiaco Arts Centre and the Albany Entertainment Centre. It is also responsible for the lease of the Perth Concert Hall. Fact FileFor more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
New campground for Margaret River region19075Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6000html30/05/2016 12:23:12 AM2016-05-30T00:00:00Za$2.5 million campground to be built next to Boranup forest near historic mill remains A new $2.5 million campground will be built at the historic Jarrahdene mill site in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to meet increasing demand for camping in the region. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said preliminary site works were about to start at the Jarrahdene campground, near the Boranup forest about 20km south of Margaret River. The campground, to be built by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, is being developed through the Liberal National Government's $21.05 million Royalties for Regions Parks for People Caravan and Camping initiative, which is part of the Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan 2013-2018. "This exciting campground development will deliver 45 individual camp sites and two group camping areas in a jarrah, marri and peppermint forest setting," he said. "There is a need for more high-quality camping experiences in the Margaret River region and, in particular, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. At peak times, the recently expanded Contos campground is full so it's important to meet the demand with more high-quality camping sites." Mr Jacob said the new campground would be built on Jarrahdene Road adjacent to the remains of the old Jarrahdene mill, built in 1896. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions investment in the Parks for People Initiative was helping West Australians and visitors experience affordable caravan and camping holidays. "Providing essential infrastructure at campgrounds in our regional national parks creates greater recreational opportunities and encourages more people to get out and experience regional WA," Mr Redman said. "I look forward to seeing more people exploring our regions through affordable caravan and camping holidays." The Jarrahdene campground is expected to be completed by mid-2017. It will be managed under a Community Partnership model in which a private or community sector partner organisation is contracted by Parks and Wildlife to undertake the day-to-day management of the campground on a fee-for-service basis. Fact FileThe Parks for People program has so far provided 340 new camping sites in WA's national parks, with at least 450 to be built Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Innovation and new spaces expand gallery appeal844746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3770html21/05/2016 12:06:51 AM2016-05-21T00:05:00Z​World-first visitor gallery engagement robotNew display areas and virtual exhibition facilitiesCorporate rebranding and new-look corporate dining The Art Gallery of Western Australia has revealed expanded and interactive exhibition spaces and Aggie, a world-first robot visitor guide, as it moves into a new era of engagement with the public. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has congratulated the gallery on its refreshing new approach, which includes the Wesfarmers Micro Galleries - Sky and Garden, Nano Galleries, Rise Sound Gallery, the Imagination Room and the Stratosphere. "The building may be the same but the visitor experience is much richer and more varied, promising to appeal to a broader range of people, including children," Mr Day said. "As our leading visual arts institution, it is exciting to see the gallery and its dedicated team embracing technology and applying innovation and imagination." The Imagination Room is dedicated to activity, education, events, artist presentations and digital adventure. The highly successful Voluntary Gallery Guide program has been refreshed under the new name of Guru Guides. "Along with hundreds of people this week, I have also been thrilled to meet Aggie, believed to be the world's first art gallery visitor engagement robot and guide," the Minister said. "She is truly engaging, and will complement the Guru Guides by hosting special tours and children's art classes." The art gallery has also revealed a new brand identity, plus increased digital offerings, delivered through AGWA TV and virtual reality artwork experiences. The opening of new spaces and programs coincides with the start of the gallery's latest exhibition, Sacred and Profane, featuring three large-scale works by renowned international artists Public Notice 2 2007 by Jitish Kallat, Chinese Bible 2009 by Yang Zhichao and The sacred and the profane 1998 by Nalini Malani. Fact FileAggie the AGWA Robot's first tour is May 28, 2016Sacred and Profane is free to the public and runs until August 22, 2016For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6200