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Skippers’ views sought on changes to safety equipment154456Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/05/2017 3:01:39 AM2017-05-27T03:00:00Z Mandatory wearing of lifejackets to be considered as part of recreational vessel safety equipment review Boat owners encouraged to have their say in safety review and participate in online survey The McGowan Government is launching the first major review of recreational boat safety equipment requirements in 25 years. The review will involve public consultation to examine what safety equipment will be required on recreational vessels in Western Australia. Since the last review in 1992 of the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958, there have been a number of changes to technology, the boating population and to national and international equipment standards. In recent years there have been a concerning amount of injuries and fatalities, with 25 lives lost due to recreational boating accidents in the past four years. Recreational boat owners now have the chance to participate in the review of safety equipment requirements for Western Australian waters. The Department of Transport will conduct a two-stage consultation process, with the release of the Recreational Vessel Safety Equipment Discussion Paper - Summary, which raises key issues impacting on current and possible new safety equipment requirements. Safety equipment is required for the 100,000 recreational vessels registered in WA and the growing number of different types of personal watercraft, sailboards, paddleboats and sail boats in specified areas of operation. Safety equipment items under review include Lifesaving appliances (survival craft and buoyancy aids such as lifejackets); Communication devices such as radios and distress signalling sheets; Navigation equipment (compasses and Global Positioning Systems); Equipment to extinguish or control fire; Miscellaneous equipment such as first aid, lighting, paddles, bilge pumps and anchors; and Distress signals such as emergency position indicating radio beacons, personal locator beacons and red hand held flares, red parachute rockets and orange smoke signals. Feedback received as part of the first phase of the review will be used to formulate changes to the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 that will be the subject of the second phase of consultation. Comments on the discussion paper need to be made by close of business on July 10, 2017. To view the discussion paper or participate in the online survey, visit http// Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "WA has some of the most stunning coastlines and waterways in the world but it is vital we use them safely. "Too many families have been impacted by tragedies on local waters and this is why we need to bring the safety regulations into the 21st century. "In an emergency, safety equipment can save a life so we must ensure the requirements meet the needs of the growing number of vessel types and also reflect the significant improvements in technology since the last review in 1992. "The aim of the review is to enhance the safety of people on the water without reducing the participation rate or imposing unreasonable costs on those who enjoy boating." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Heritage and cultural activities planned for Reconciliation Week154454Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/05/2017 1:11:14 AM2017-05-27T00:00:00Z Reconciliation Week starts today with the theme 'Let's Take the Next Steps' Aboriginal heritage tours and art exhibition hosted on Rottnest Island Tourism and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia today joined more than 200 people on Rottnest Island for the opening ceremony of National Reconciliation Week. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories and, in particular, on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year, the week has particular resonance because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Australian Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. To celebrate the significance of these two milestones, Rottnest Island is offering guided Aboriginal heritage interpretation opportunities, as well as an Aboriginal art exhibition at the Salt Store. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Tourism and Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "It's important for us all to learn more about Aboriginal heritage and the special place of Aboriginal people in the Western Australian community. "We know that people are extremely interested in and passionate about Aboriginal history, cultures and issues, so it is important to create learning opportunities. "The State Government believes these activities on Rottnest Island will provoke some interesting and important discussions about our shared history and futures." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Awards recognise the role of heritage in boosting the economy154448Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/05/2017 12:51:46 AM2017-05-26T23:00:00Z 16 individuals and heritage projects recognised for heritage excellence at the 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards Awards demonstrate the role heritage can play in boosting the economy and creating jobs Heritage a significant drawcard for tourists The transformation of Fremantle's former Dalgety Wool Stores into modern apartments has received the top project award at last night's Western Australian Heritage Awards. The awards, which are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, recognise outstanding contributions to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation. International metals conservation expert Dr Ian MacLeod, volunteer Dr Dorothy Erickson and Committee for Perth chief executive officer and former Heritage Council chairwoman Marion Fulker were recognised for their significant contribution to heritage alongside Friends of Australian Rock Art and Engineering Heritage WA. The restoration of North Fremantle's former grand residence Hillcrest into a contemporary nursing home and refurbishment of the 1870s Gallop House in Dalkeith were also commended. Busselton's Jetty Experience, Roebourne's Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail and Geraldton's Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre received top honours in the tourism and interpretation categories. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman "The restoration and adaptation of the former Dalgety Wool Stores, now called Heirloom by Match, was a massive undertaking that required its owners to find innovative solutions to conserve and enhance the Wool Store's original heritage fabric. "Having sat largely unused for 20 years, it was one of the largest restoration projects of its kind in WA and heralds a new era for Fremantle. "This project, along with Hillcrest and Gallop House, now have the opportunity to compete on the international stage through co-operation with the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. "The number of regional projects to receive awards tonight, particularly in the tourism-related field, illustrates the important role heritage plays in creating vibrant and economically sustainable communities for the enjoyment of tourists and local residents." Minister's office - 6552 5400 2017 Western Australian Heritage Awards - Winners and Commendations Voluntary Individual Contribution Winner Dr Dorothy Erickson, Cottesloe Commendation Annabel Witham, Broomehill Professional Contribution Winner Dr Ian MacLeod, Heritage Conservation Solutions, South Perth Contribution by a Community-based Organisation Winner Friends of Australian Rock Art (FARA) Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation Winner Engineering Heritage WA Heritage Practices by a Local Government Winner Shire of Murray Interpretation Project Winner Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre, Geraldton Commendation Sound from the Ground Commendation Historical Panoramas Heritage Tourism Product Winner Busselton Jetty Experience Winner Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail, Roebourne Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place Winner Fmr Dalgety Wool Stores (Heirloom by Match), Fremantle Commendation Gallop House, Dalkeith Commendation Hillcrest, North Fremantle The Gerry Gauntlett Award for Excellence in Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place Winner Fmr Dalgety Wool Stores (Heirloom by Match), Fremantle The Judges' Award The Professor David Dolan Award Winner Marion Fulker, chief executive officer, Committee for Perth and former chairwoman of the Heritage Council of WA
Flying the flag for Reconciliation154447Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/05/2017 12:35:18 AM2017-05-26T22:00:00Z Reconciliation Week starts today with the theme 'Let's Take the Next Steps' CBD and 14 local government areas lined with banners displaying reconciliation messages More than 360 reconciliation messages from 150 organisations have gone on display in 14 local government areas, including the City of Perth, as the State Government encourages people to embrace our unique Aboriginal culture as part of Reconciliation Week. National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between May 27 and June 3. The week observes two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey; the successful 1967 Referendum on May 27 and the High Court Mabo decision on June 3, 1992. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic 1967 Referendum. The Referendum was a pivotal point in modern Aboriginal history in Australia, as more than 90 per cent of Australians voted 'Yes' to count Aboriginal people in the same census as non-Aboriginal people, and to give the Commonwealth Government, not the States, responsibility to make laws for Aboriginal people. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "Reconciliation Week 2017 provides a fantastic opportunity to foster increased awareness and understanding of our shared history. "All Australians should be aware of the struggles Aboriginal people endured in their efforts to achieve equality. The Referendum highlighted these inequalities and resulted in a return that was the highest ever 'Yes' vote recorded for a referendum in Australia. "As individuals, we need to better inform ourselves of our past, so that we can embrace the future together as a more reconciled, connected and accepting community. Reconciliation Week is a great time to learn more about our history and our unique Aboriginal culture." Minister's office - 6552 5900
McGowan Government steps in to fix Cadets WA budget shortfall154424Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2780html26/05/2017 8:36:22 AM2017-05-26T08:30:00Z ​McGowan Government allocates funds to allow the Cadets WA program to continue Previous government failed to provide funding for the program to operate into the future Cadets WA helps young people to develop life skills, leadership and community responsibility The McGowan Government has stepped in to fill another Budget shortfall left behind by the previous Liberal National Government. The Cadets WA program started as a trial in 11 schools in 1996 and has now expanded to nearly 200 cadet units operating throughout the State from Wyndham to Esperance. Currently there are 9,440 cadets, with 20 per cent of participants being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and 12 per cent having disability. However, like so many other areas of the Budget, the previous government failed to provide more than $700,000 required to fully operate the program going forward. Without further funding, the opportunities for young people to access development programs such as Cadets WA will be significantly reduced. The McGowan Labor Government has made the decision to allocate funding to meet the shortfall within the departmental budget. The Cadets WA Reference Group will also consider how the funding model for the program can be improved. Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley "This funding will provide Cadets WA with financial certainty so they can continue to provide this vital program to young Western Australians. "The Cadets WA program has a proven record of achieving results. It continues to increase in popularity and provides an extra avenue for development for our youth. "It provides opportunities to develop practical life skills, leadership, teamwork, initiative and qualities of community responsibility and service. "While I'm disappointed ongoing funding was not provided by the previous government, I'm pleased we've been able to secure funding to allow it to continue. "This is just another example of the McGowan Labor Government stepping in to fix the mess left behind by Mike Nahan and the previous Liberal National Government." Minister's office - 6552 5300
1967 Referendum exhibition - Resistance, Survival and Activism154422Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5470html26/05/2017 8:00:25 AM2017-05-26T05:35:00Z ​Right Wrongs '67 Referendum - the WA Story exhibition marks 50 years since 1967 Referendum Features Western Australian stories told from Aboriginal peoples' perspectives The exhibition and educational toolkit will prompt further materials related to the history of WA to be made available to the community Tomorrow marks 50 years since the historic 1967 Referendum. The 'Yes Vote' enabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be counted in the Census and gave the Commonwealth Government, not the States, responsibility to make laws for Aboriginal peoples. This story is reimagined in the Right Wrongs '67 Referendum - the WA Story exhibition. The exhibition title is drawn from the slogan used in the 1967 referendum campaign 'Right Wrongs, Write Yes'. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "It is fantastic to see so many families of those activists who fought for their rights from as early as 1830 represented in this free exhibition. "Until that referendum, Aboriginal people weren't afforded the same rights as non-Aboriginal Australians. "The referendum was pivotal in highlighting the inequalities faced by the Aboriginal community and in securing legislative changes. The return was the highest ever 'yes' vote recorded for a referendum. "This is recent history. My family was part of this experience. In 50 years, we have moved to a point where Aboriginal people are now central in determining their future. It is important that this history, and the WA stories of this time, be shared. "The stories of resilience, activism, identity and change are told through the photographs, video footage, objects, oral histories and documented materials drawn from the WA Museum and State Library collections. "The satellite exhibitions in Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Albany and Fremantle also give local context to the 1967 Referendum, celebrating the many aspirations that have been met, and acknowledging that social disadvantage still exists." Minister's office - 6552 5900 Right Wrongs '67 Referendum - the WA Story Saturday, May 27 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017 Ground Floor Gallery, State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre Right Wrongs '67 Referendum - the WA Story is an exhibition curated from Aboriginal peoples' perspectives. The exhibition focuses the story on resistance, survival and activism in WA by following a set of themes, key people and significant actions Frontier Warriors - the resistance to invasion and the claims for fair treatment. Lead by Fanny Balbuk (1830-1907) and Tommy Dower (c.1853-1905); Changing the Rules - Challenging inconsistent government regulations and racist laws, Sadie Canning (nee Corner 1930-2008); Pushing Back - Protests, walk-offs and domestic slavery, the activism of Daisy Bindi (1904-1962); Our Voices - advocating for equality, opposing prohibition and engaging popular culture, the Coolbaroo League (1947-1960) was a voice to be heard; and Returning - the return of human remains and cultural material to community and the story of Yagan (c.1795 -1833). Western Australian Museum exhibitions Right Wrongs '67 Referendum - WA 50 years on Museum of the Goldfields May 28 - September 1, 2017 Museum of Geraldton May 28 - September 3, 2017 Museum of the Great Southern May 28 - June 30, 2017 WA Maritime Museum May 26 - July 16, 2017 Department of Aboriginal Affairs educational toolkit 'Right Wrongs '67 Referendum- WA 50 Years On' The toolkit will assist educators in developing awareness and understanding with their students about this and other related historical events. The toolkit is available online at http// Further information State Library of Western Australia http// Western Australian Museum satellite exhibitions http// Department of Aboriginal Affairs http//
Lotterywest support for the Stolen Generation and their families154420Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5730html26/05/2017 4:35:45 AM2017-05-26T04:20:00Z ​Lotterywest grant supports those affected by past policies of forced removal $241,620 grant provided to the Bringing Them Home Committee for the YOKAI Healing our Spirit program Aims to help heal the Aboriginal community from past wrongdoings A Lotterywest grant of $241,620 will support the Bringing Them Home Committee's YOKAI Healing our Spirit program. The program offers access to community-led social and emotional wellbeing programs that are focused around culture, and delivered to members of the Stolen Generation and their families. The grant was presented at Sorry Day celebrations. May 26 is Sorry Day and 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the landmark Bringing Them Home Report tabled in Federal Parliament. The report was the result of a national inquiry that investigated the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families; the Stolen Generation. Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "Forced removal is a contributing factor to many of the current Aboriginal societal issues. Suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, incarceration, and domestic violence can be linked to the intergenerational trauma. "National research shows that people affected by the forced removal of children are more likely to be charged by police, less likely to be in good health and less likely to have a job. "Those in the wider community have little understanding of how the loss of culture, family, custom and tradition has impacted. "We need to work with those who present solutions that are culturally strong, and driven at the local level. The YOKAI Healing our Spirit program is one such opportunity." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Work starts on former Shenton Park Hospital site154414Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6510html26/05/2017 2:27:49 AM2017-05-26T02:20:00Z ​Expressions of interest invited from developers for the first two lots at Montario Quarter Lots include mixed-use residential with retail and commercial opportunities, and opportunity to repurpose heritage-listed Victoria House Will create 300 construction jobs per year and more in retail once built One of Perth's most historic sites, the Shenton Park Hospital, has taken its first steps towards being transformed into Montario Quarter, a contemporary inner city urban village with residential and retail precincts. Lands Minister Rita Saffioti today marked the start of construction and announced the sale of the first two development lots. Montario Quarter will be transformed into a modern, well-designed community offering about 1,500 new apartments and townhouses, together with a village shopping precinct of more than 5,000 square metres of floor space. The project will ultimately become a key example of the State Government's vision to revitalise underutilised land around key public transport infrastructure into high-quality urban infill. The new estate sits alongside Shenton College and is 400 metres from Shenton Park train station, and will provide pedestrian and cycling links to these and key bus routes. An Expressions of Interest will open next week for the first two lots on the former Shenton Park Hospital site. The historic Victoria House also overlooks the parkland and public open space at Montario Quarter, and will form the centrepiece of the new estate. Once repurposed in line with heritage requirements, the building could be suitable for multiple adaptive re-use opportunities including office, retail, commercial or community uses including childcare and aged-care services. The State Government's land development agency LandCorp is managing the Expressions of Interest process for the two mixed-use zoned R160 lots. LandCorp's land development civil works will create more than 50 jobs, and unlock up to 300 construction-related jobs per annum over the 10 years of development build-out. Also, 500 jobs will be generated through the commercial precinct. Expressions of Interest open from Thursday, June 1 until 2pm WST Thursday, July 13, 2017. For more information, and to download the document, visit http// Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "With construction now underway, Montario Quarter is set to become a vibrant community development which respects the site's former life as a place of healing and wellbeing. "For infill to be a success it must be as diverse as possible and targeted around key public transport infrastructure - this project fulfils both these requirements. "The preservation of significant elements of the hospital site, such as Victoria House and the retained mature trees, will ensure its heritage and community significance is reflected and incorporated in the estate. "More than 25 per cent of Montario Quarter will be public open space, including retained bushland, walking trails; parklands, exercise and playground equipment, and a nature play area, delivering a thriving urban village in a landscaped setting." Minister's office - 6552 5500
International whale shark conference set for Ningaloo154413Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4500html26/05/2017 2:21:49 AM2017-05-26T02:15:00Z ​Ningaloo chosen for international conference Recognition of the expertise of WA marine scientists and marine park managers The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast has been chosen as the location for the 2019 International Whale Shark Conference. Hosted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife with support from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, whale shark conservation group ECOCEAN and CSIRO, the event will be held in Exmouth in May 2019. Held every three years, the conference aims to generate and support international collaboration in whale shark science, conservation and management. Previous host countries have included Mexico, the United States and Qatar. Ningaloo Marine Park is one of only a few places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly in near-shore waters in numbers and where they are easily visible to observers. As a result, Exmouth and Coral Bay are world renowned for the nature-based tourism activity of swimming with whale sharks. Large numbers of whale sharks swim and feed in Ningaloo waters. They are the world's largest fish and a harmless filter feeding shark. The species is protected in Australian waters under State, Commonwealth and international legislation and it is illegal to disturb, harm or fish for whale sharks. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The conference is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the world's leading whale shark scientists while showcasing the outstanding work being done at Ningaloo. "Western Australia's marine scientists and Parks and Wildlife are at the forefront of developing world-best practice in whale shark management and this conference is an excellent way to facilitate interest in the species' conservation. "About 80-100 delegates are expected from places such as the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Philippines and Taiwan providing a boost for tourism facilities in the Exmouth region." Minister's office - 6552 5800
World-first shark deterrent subsidy kicks-off154412Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6110html26/05/2017 2:17:19 AM2017-05-26T02:10:00Z ​Election commitment delivered Subsidy of $200 for 1,000 devices starts today Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly is urging Western Australians to benefit from a world-first rebate scheme for personal shark deterrents which begins today. The trial subsidy delivers on the McGowan Labor Government's election commitment to protect water users who are most at risk - surfers and divers. Since 2000, 13 of the 15 fatal shark attack victims in WA have been surfers or divers. The trial offers a rebate of $200 for the first 1,000 independently verified shark deterrent devices purchased from retailers registered with the Department of Fisheries. The Shark Shield Freedom 7 is an approved device and is available for the subsidy from today. Other devices will be included in the rebate scheme if they receive independent verification that proves the devices effectiveness. The $200 rebate will be applied at the point of sale. For more information, including a list of registered retailers, visit http// This rebate forms part of a new multi-faceted shark mitigation strategy announced earlier this month. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly "I urge surfers and divers to take part in this subsidy scheme to help further protect themselves from the risk of a shark attack. "Since 2000, 13 of the 15 fatal shark attack victims have been surfers or divers. "It is not practical to have beach enclosures at every surf break or dive locations along our coast. That is why offering individual protection to surfers and divers makes the most sense. "The McGowan Labor Government is serious about helping to reduce the threat of shark attacks by making the best use of new science-based technology to improve personal protection and shark monitoring along WA's coast." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Grains scholarships boost scientific excellence154411Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3790html26/05/2017 2:05:30 AM2017-05-26T02:05:00Z ​Three postgraduate research scholarships awarded to increase the scientific research capability of the State's grains industry Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has presented three young scientists with postgraduate scholarships to pursue research that will give the Western Australian grains industry a competitive edge. The four-year scholarships, valued at $190,000 each, have been provided by the McGowan Government as an investment in the scientific capacity and future innovation in the WA grains industry Xin Du (Murdoch University) - supporting grains market access by demonstrating how synthetic amorphous silica works to kill grains insects resistant to phosphine; Leon Hodgson (Curtin University's Centre for Crop and Disease Management) - reducing yield losses in barley caused by fungicide resistance in the disease net blotch; and Brenton Leske (The University of Western Australia) - improving frost tolerance in wheat by generating a better understanding of the plant's physiological response to frost. The Department of Agriculture and Food will provide work-based mentors, scientific guidance and access to extensive field and laboratory resources to the recipients. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "These scholarships are an investment in the next generation of Western Australian scientists, who will help our grains industry create jobs and remain internationally competitive. "These young scientists are pursuing exciting research that directly addresses important production issues facing local growers and the Western Australian grains industry. "Collaboration between the Department of Agriculture and Food and our universities on initiatives like this is centre-stage of our Government's agenda of developing the skills and smarts we need in WA to stay at the forefront of national and international grains research." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Defence West to champion interests of the industry and create jobs154410Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9020html26/05/2017 2:00:29 AM2017-05-26T02:00:00Z ​Defence West will strive to deliver defence contracts and jobs for WA A WA Defence Advocate will be appointed and a biennial defence trade show will be established McGowan Government will soon meet its election pledge to set up specialised defence office Premier hosts defence Industry Engagement Consortium A fresh approach to the State's defence industry is about to commence with the launch of Defence West, a new body which will work to secure more defence work for Western Australia and create jobs for Western Australians. Premier Mark McGowan and Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia announced the State Government would soon meet its election commitment to establish a specialised defence office. Defence West will prepare a defence strategy to guide its efforts in actively campaigning to secure a greater share of Australia's defence contracts for the State. A WA Defence Advocate will be appointed soon and a panel of specialist advisers will be established to champion the interests of WA's defence industry with Federal Ministers, defence executives and other key decision makers. Defence West will also establish a biennial Indian Ocean trade show in Perth to promote the State's capabilities. The launch comes on the same day the Premier and Minister will hold an Industry Engagement Consortium with key stakeholders in WA's defence industry. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "WA boasts an experienced shipbuilding industry with the expertise and capability to build the next generation of Navy vessels, creating more jobs for Western Australians. "WA is set to receive just 3.7 per cent of the national defence spend but the State Government will demand a bigger share of defence work for the State. "We've identified defence as a key pillar for diversifying the State's economy and believe through strategic advocacy we can secure our fair share of the defence budget. "Today's defence Industry Engagement Consortium will provide an opportunity to work with WA's defence industry to drive more jobs for Western Australians." Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "Our proximity to operational areas, and being home to the country's largest Navy Base, means WA already plays a key role in Australia's strategic interests. "We also have the greatest concentration of defence-related prime contractors and small to medium enterprises of any capital in Australia. "WA has the capacity, capability and workers to undertake large contracts and Defence West will champion our assets nationally and internationally." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Defence Issues Minister's office - 6552 5600
Transfer of personal files strengthens Aboriginal family history154406Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5920html26/05/2017 1:30:14 AM2017-05-26T01:30:00Z Personal files containing Aboriginal family information have been transferred to the Aboriginal Family History Unit Will enable a more comprehensive family history service for the Aboriginal community Aligns with 23 of the 54 recommendations of the 20-year-old Bringing Them Home report Personal files containing Aboriginal family information have been transferred from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs' Aboriginal Family History Unit. The transfer coincides with the 20th anniversary of the release of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families report, known as the Bringing Them Home report. The transfer aligns with 23 of the 54 recommendations of the report. For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "This transfer is significant for Aboriginal people who have been impacted by past government policies, including the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families and communities. "Family history was lost as a result of these practices, and we now know that having an improved understanding of family history can provide an opportunity to heal and reconcile with the past. The Aboriginal Family History Unit can now help facilitate that." Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk "Understanding our own history is an important part of our identity. For too long there have been bureaucratic barriers and the one-stop-shop will make accessing records much easier. "Having one place where people can access their family records will help those seeking to understand more about their family history and engage with their past." Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 6600
Free vaccine program helps protect teens from meningococcal disease154405Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4460html26/05/2017 1:04:39 AM2017-05-26T01:00:00Z ​Free vaccine directed at higher-risk teenagers Available through schools and vaccination clinics Western Australian teenagers aged 15-19 years of age are encouraged to get the free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to help protect them and others against this serious disease. The three-year vaccination program will target teenagers who are most at risk of developing meningococcal disease and transmitting it to others, including young children, and will be delivered in three phases. Phase One starts in school term two in some secondary schools and all Aboriginal medical services for year 10, 11 and 12 students. Phase Two commences in school term three across WA for year 10, 11 and 12 students and university students at on-campus medical centres. Phase three starts in school term four with GP surgery vaccination (subject to vaccine availability) for year 10, 11 and 12 students who missed their school vaccination in terms two or three, and teenagers aged 15 to 19 who are not at school or university. Students enrolled in a secondary school will receive consent forms prior to their school-scheduled immunisation day. People turning 20 before early October 2017 should contact the Central Immunisation Clinic (metropolitan) on 9321 1312 or their local Population Health Unit (country) before their birthday to ask how they can receive their free vaccine. In 2018 and 2019, the program will target incoming year 10 students only. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is working to ensure that our most at-risk group, teenagers aged 15-19, is provided with a vaccine against this invasive disease. "While meningococcal disease is rare, the number of cases infected with the 'W' strain has increased in recent years. "WA has led the nation in the provision of this vaccine, taking preventative action at a local level rather than waiting for a National Immunisation Program to be developed." Minister's office – 6552 6500
Recognising WA's best exporters154404Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4950html26/05/2017 12:58:11 AM2017-05-25T23:00:00Z Western Australian Industry and Export Awards 2017 now open Awards recognise exporters' contribution to economy, with new category for defence industry State winners automatically qualify for prestigious National Export Awards on December 5 Applications are now open for the Western Australian Industry and Export Awards 2017 with a new category highlighting the expertise of the State's defence industry. In its 29th year, the Industry and Export Awards recognise the achievements of WA's industry and exporters across a diverse market sector. The awards celebrate the significant contribution the local industry makes in the world market. There are 12 national export categories and six additional awards specific to WA, including Women in International Business; WA Emerging Exporter; CY O'Connor Excellence in Engineering; Marketing and Design Excellence; Innovation Excellence; and Defence Exporter. Proteomics International Laboratories, a Nedlands-based biotech company, won the WA Exporter of the Year award last year, along with the Health and Biotechnology award. Applications close August 4, 2017. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "Our State's economy is carried on the shoulders of local exporters, who continually bring more opportunities for WA's workforce. "The range of award applicants and winners in previous years demonstrates the breadth of successful industries in this State." Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "The Defence Exporter Award is a new category this year to highlight successful WA defence companies as they demonstrate their capability and participate in defence exports. "Many local businesses are already recognised by global markets and it's important to highlight their participation." Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister's office - 6552 6700 Defence Issues Minister's office - 6552 5600
Tourism WA to appoint east coast advocate614206Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9890html25/05/2017 12:10:58 AM2017-05-25T00:00:00Z ​First Tourism WA office on east coast in nearly seven years Enhanced presence to support work already undertaken on eastern seaboard Increased interstate visitor numbers to grow tourism jobs Tourism WA will soon establish an office on the eastern seaboard, for the first time since December 2010. The State Government-funded office will represent Tourism WA in the market, to support work already being undertaken with trade partners, including airlines, wholesalers, travel websites, travel trade training and additional public relations services. Tourism WA is scoping options on how the service will be operated and the resources required and will consult with key industry groups and stakeholders. The new service will be in addition to Tourism WA's current marketing activities and will report to the head office in Perth. It comes as a direct response from the McGowan Government's first Tourism Industry Consortium held on Friday, May 19, 2017. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "This decision will lead to a direct increase in visitors from the Eastern States to Western Australia. "Visitor attraction remains the State Government's number one tourism priority - everything we are doing is about growing numbers to create jobs, develop business opportunities and diversify the economy. "The reality is, when it comes to Eastern State residents making holiday decisions, we are competing with other States and international locations such as New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii. "However, I believe we have a revitalised offer here to make WA a real and viable alternative. "We have a greater variety of accommodation at the lowest prices we've seen for ages, new infrastructure, a burgeoning food and wine scene, an exciting events calendar, spectacular regional destinations and unique experiences such as swimming with whale sharks and hump back whales." Minister's office - 6552 5600
McGowan Government progressing with Medihotels614205Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13680html25/05/2017 12:03:35 AM2017-05-24T22:00:00Z ​McGowan Government moves on election promise to build WA's first Medihotel at Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct Preferred proponent(s) expected to be announced in mid-2017 The State Government has shortlisted submissions from the private sector to build Western Australia's first Medihotel next to Fiona Stanley Hospital. Medihotels are a key component of the McGowan Government's Putting Patients First Policy. They will deliver a better experience for recuperating patients and free up hospital beds so more patients can be treated. The specialist hotels are designed to support recuperating patients and allow family members to stay with patients. LandCorp received overwhelming interest after it called for proposals to develop the first stage of the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct, including a Medihotel. Eleven conforming submissions were received, five of which were shortlisted. The shortlisted submissions will now be invited to participate in the Request for Detailed Proposal phase, where they will outline their approach to delivering the Medihotel. The announcement of the preferred proponent(s) is expected in mid-2017. Comments attributed to Minister for Health Roger Cook "Medihotels are a key component of the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to putting patients first. "They will deliver a better experience for recuperating patients and to free up hospital beds so more patients can be treated. "Medihotels will ensure recuperating patients get the medical treatment they need in a comfortable environment, freeing up hospital beds so more patients can be treated." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti "We are pleased with the level of response received from the private sector and excited to progress on an important election commitment. "Over a 10 to 15-year period the Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct is expected to deliver 1,200 residences, about 175,000 square metres of floor space including commercial, health, research, residential and short stay or hotel accommodation. "It forms part of the broader Murdoch Activity Centre, which is set to become one of the biggest and most vibrant employment hubs in the State. "It will make the most of established transit, health and education infrastructure, create about 35,000 jobs, deliver new homes for 22,000 Western Australians and cater for up to 44,000 students." Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5500
Nominations open for Infinity Awards154288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8500html24/05/2017 6:54:20 AM2017-05-24T06:45:00Z ​Recognition for innovative waste reduction and recycling initiatives Western Australians working to reduce waste and promote re-use and recycling are encouraged to enter this year's Infinity Awards. Nominations for the McGowan Labor Government's Infinity Awards - recognising those who demonstrate a commitment to innovatively deal with waste across the State - are now open. Last year's winners included Bristile Roofing for providing source separation at construction sites - reclaiming roofing tile offcuts for recycling and re-use - and Perth Zoo for converting animal waste into compost. Emmanuel Catholic College teacher Kylie Kingdon was named 2016 Waste Champion for introducing initiatives to recycle 90 per cent of the school's soft drink cans and use canteen food scraps to nourish worm farms. Individuals, businesses, local governments, schools, community organisations and State Government agencies have until 5pm on June 23, 2017 to nominate for an Infinity Award. The Infinity Awards will be announced on September 14, 2017 at the Waste and Recycling Conference. For more information, or to nominate for an award, visit http// Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Infinity Awards have been recognising the champions of waste reduction and recycling in this State since 2010. "Huge advancements have been made in waste management in WA and the McGowan Labor Government will continue to recognise that work in 2017. "Anyone who has implemented innovative or creative waste management projects or improved their waste management practices should put their hand up and nominate for these awards." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Regional workshops to address palliative care154278Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8110html24/05/2017 5:01:43 AM2017-05-24T05:00:00Z ​Geraldton and Busselton to benefit from palliative care awareness campaign Focus on patient's wishes for their future treatment close to end-of-life Geraldton and Busselton will be the beneficiaries of a Western Australian health-funded initiative to increase the awareness of palliative care and other end-of-life issues. Funding of $96,514 has been provided to Palliative Care WA to deliver Advance Care workshops in metropolitan and regional areas. The regional workshops announced today - during National Palliative Care Week - will be delivered in Busselton on Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15 and in Geraldton on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22. People wanting to attend the Busselton workshop should contact 9751 1642 and those seeking to attend the Geraldton workshop should contact 9956 6636. Workshops in Melville, Cockburn and Mandurah have already been delivered as part of the four metropolitan workshops, and another is being planned for Joondalup. A cross-sector group has been established to develop a public awareness campaign to increase understanding of the limits of medical interventions, benefits of palliative care and importance of advance care planning. The group will look at ways to engage and inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those in remote and rural locations on advance care planning. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Advance care planning initiates the discussion between a patient facing end-of-life and their carers, family and health professionals about the patient's values, beliefs, and treatment and care options. "It focuses in particular on the patient's wishes for their future treatment and care should they no longer be able to make or communicate their decisions at the time they are needed. "These are the first forums of their type to be held in regional WA and are designed to encourage people to think about their end-of-life care matters." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Schools provide platform for Aboriginal reconciliation154274Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8720html24/05/2017 4:05:24 AM2017-05-24T04:00:00Z ​In 2017, more than 600 schools from across the State will co-ordinate over 900 PALS projects that aim to increase student's understanding of our unique Aboriginal culture Each school will receive $750 per project from the State Government to support their activities The State Government's PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning, Sharing) program encourages young people to learn more about our unique Aboriginal culture and to be active participants in the reconciliation journey. This year, more than half of all Western Australian schools will co-ordinate a PALS reconciliation activity, including the production of Aboriginal art murals, bush tucker gardens and incursions with Aboriginal elders. Public, private and independent schools from across WA - including schools in Geraldton, South Perth, Wiluna, Broome, Subiaco and Kununurra - will participate. Each school will receive $750 per project from the State Government to support their activities For more information, visit https// Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "PALS provides an opportunity for students to learn about our unique Aboriginal culture in fun, creative and engaging ways. "Young people genuinely embrace reconciliation, so it is important that cultural awareness is developed early. 'I have always wanted to embed the long and impressive Aboriginal cultural history into the identity of what it means to be 'Australian'. PALS is an important part of this process. "I hope these projects will lead to dinner-time discussions with brothers, sisters and families to further enhance the reconciliation effort." Minister's office - 6552 5900