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Pilbara gets a break as respite house opens20301Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3520html16/03/2018 5:10:59 AM2018-03-16T05:10:00Z Facility to support people with disability, their families and carers with respite Variety of support models providing families and carers choice in respite experience Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has today officially opened the Pilbara Retreat (the Retreat) in Port Hedland. The Retreat will provide an opportunity for the families and carers of people with disability to take a break from their caring role, confident that their loved ones can access the necessary supports in an appropriate setting. Taking a break at the Retreat will empower people with disability to develop new skills and participate in new experiences, as well as strengthening families and carers to continue in their important support roles. The Department of Communities developed the Retreat in collaboration with local stakeholders, including members of a Local Community Liaison Group who had significant input into the final design of the facility. Following a public tender process, the Department of Communities awarded the contract to Empowering People In Communities (EPIC) to deliver services at the Retreat commencing from March 19, 2018. EPIC has offices in Hedland, Newman, Karratha and Roebourne and also provides outreach services across the Pilbara region including in Onslow, Jigalong, Tom Price and Paraburdoo. Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson "This new facility will give people with disability, their families and carers the chance to relax and refresh, which has long-term benefits including strengthening family relationships. "Access to the facilities will be available to all eligible people in the region, giving people across the Pilbara more choice of respite supports. "I would like to acknowledge and thank the Local Community Liaison Group and local stakeholders for their involvement in the design process." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Katanning Harmony Festival showcases multicultural gem20300Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1300html16/03/2018 5:04:14 AM2018-03-16T05:00:00Z Katanning celebrates cultural diversity for Harmony Week Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $40,000 The Katanning community will come together tomorrow (March 17) for the annual Katanning Harmony Festival, which celebrates a town widely regarded as 'the multicultural gem of the Great Southern region'. The festival, which includes live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, market stalls and an international food village, is a highlight in the town's social calendar with about 5,000 people expected to attend. Katanning is one of the most culturally diverse regional areas in Australia with more than 50 languages spoken in the town, and more than 37 per cent of residents having one or both parents born overseas. This incredible diversity is reflected in the harmony festival, which features a number of diverse cultural groups including the Afghan, Chinese, Karen, Filipino, Malay, Burundi, Twa and Indian communities. The McGowan Government is proud to support this Harmony Week event via the Office of Multicultural Interests, the Great Southern Development Commission, Lotterywest, and Healthway. The Katanning Harmony Festival is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. For more information about Harmony Week, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Katanning is often referred to as a multicultural success story and with good reason. The town has shown how multiculturalism can benefit a whole community culturally, socially and economically. "The Katanning Harmony Festival is an opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity that the town is famous for and for everyone to connect with their neighbours, and celebrate and explore their multicultural society." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following Tropical Cyclone Kelvin20296Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2050html16/03/2018 4:42:58 AM2018-03-16T04:40:00Z Disaster assistance has been made available for the local government areas of Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Laverton and Wyndham-East Kimberley, which were affected by Tropical Cyclone Kelvin in February 2018. Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said that funding is being made available through the NDRRA to support affected individuals and communities and repair flood-damaged assets. "Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit as a Category 2 Tropical Cyclone, 250 kilometres south of Broome near Anna Plains Station," Mr Taylor said. "There were severe winds in excess of 100 km per hour, with heavy rainfall exceeding 500mm in Broome, 237mm at Anna Plains Station and 229mm in Derby." "Floodwaters continue to affect this region, where many communities are still recovering from Tropical Cyclone Hilda, Tropical Cyclone Joyce and the most recent tropical low." Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said that several sections of the Great Northern Highway and all major roads into Broome were temporarily closed. "The funding available through the NDRRA will help these communities recover and ensure damaged public infrastructure can be repaired," Mr Logan said. "The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments recognise the importance of acting quickly to help these communities, particularly those that were affected by flooding in late January." Assistance available under the NDRRA may include personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers, and freight subsidies for primary producers. The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit http// Primary Contacts for assistance and advice are Individuals and Families - Department of Communities, Emergency Services (Child Protection and Family Support) Phone 1800 032 965 Primary Producers - Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Agriculture and Food) Rural Business Development Unit Phone 1800 198 231 Other Enquiries - Office of Emergency Management Phone 6551 4034 or 6551 4041; Email to Information on assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at http// Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
New approach in the Wheatbelt to secure childcare future20295Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3540html16/03/2018 4:29:46 AM2018-03-16T04:15:00Z Sustainable childcare services in the Wheatbelt region to improve childhood development, employment opportunities and economic prosperity Childcare services in the Wheatbelt region will now be stronger and more sustainable with an investment of $1.4 million, benefiting families and regional businesses. The State Government, through the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund, and Lotterywest today announced joint funding to support the implementation of the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED) organisation, which will enable community-based centres to merge under a single banner. Good quality childcare services are important for children's development, their families, and for the economic and social fabric of communities in the Wheatbelt region. For a decade, the sustainability of services in the Wheatbelt region has been a challenge, despite Commonwealth, State and local government financial support. The investment will ensure childcare services Continue to be provided across the Wheatbelt region for the benefit of children and their families, and local businesses; and Are sustainable and can continue to deliver high-quality programs which contribute to children's development in their critical early years. Supporting the mergers will be REED's nine-member board, which brings high-level expertise to its governance role. A central management structure based in Narrogin will free individual management committees from complex governance and legal responsibilities while retaining quality services for children and families in their communities. The Regional Community Child Care Development Fund is funded by Royalties for Regions. Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "In regional WA, the provision of childcare is a challenge, in part, due to the difficulty of keeping small, sometimes isolated, community-based services viable. "If we didn't change the way childcare services were being managed in the regions, we faced serious risk of childcare centres closing, a lack of skilled workers and negative impacts on child development with long-term consequences. "Childcare services generate and support local jobs. They facilitate economic development and jobs growth by supporting parents to re-enter the workforce while raising their children. "Childcare services can often be a factor in a family's decision to either relocate or stay in a rural community, and that's also why we're pleased to support the development of services that are both sustainable and meet local needs." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Regional communities have made it clear that access to childcare is critically important to retaining young families in the regions and increasing the participation of women in regional economies. "This is a good investment of Royalties for Regions funding, helping to strengthen workforce participation in the Wheatbelt." Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Families at the heart of Harmony Week in Three Springs20294Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1200html16/03/2018 4:20:46 AM2018-03-16T04:00:00Z Town celebrates Harmony Week with 'Welcome to Three Springs' Event supported by the McGowan Government The Three Springs community will tomorrow (March 17) celebrate Harmony Week with 'Welcome to Three Springs' - a family-friendly multicultural community event. Welcome to Three Springs will feature live cultural performances, local business stalls, interactive activities and a long-table dinner with authentic Malaysian and New Zealand cuisine. The event will provide an opportunity for community members to meet each other and learn about the cultures that make up the town. Many local families from the Mid-West town will be involved in the activities, which include a traditional New Zealand Hungi and Indian henna painting. Locals will be invited to write their names on coloured paper hands, which will then be displayed as a giant heart to represent the Three Springs community. The McGowan Government is proud to support Welcome to Three Springs with $2,300 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. Welcome to Three Springs is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21 every year. For more information about Harmony Week, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "It's great to see Three Springs celebrate Harmony Week in a way that reflects the unique multiculturalism of their community. "Welcome to Three Springs is a truly community-driven event with local families sharing their culture and traditions, and creating a place where diversity is a cherished and important part of the town." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Bridge over Collie River now open to road users20292Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3120html16/03/2018 3:20:46 AM2018-03-16T03:20:00Z Connection between Australind, Millbridge and Eaton communities now completed Construction engaged many local businesses and generated 100 jobs Bridge to reduce the pressure on Forrest Highway and Old Coast Road The new $16.7 million bridge linking Treendale with Eaton is now open, reducing travel time and increasing safety for the fast-growing communities. The bridge is located about three kilometres north-east of the Eaton Fair Shopping Centre and approximately 1.5 kilometres south of the Treendale Shopping Centre. Spanning 224 metres long, the new bridge will halve the journey time between the two communities from 20 minutes to about 10 minutes. Along with providing an important social connection, the bridge will provide essential access for emergency services vehicles and will connect the Treendale and Kingston subdivisions in Australind with Millbridge Private Estate and the Parkridge Estate in Eaton. The project was jointly funded, with the State Government contributing $9.5 million and the shires of Dardanup and Harvey committing $7.2 million collected from developer contributions. An innovative and successful bridge launch method has delivered cost and time savings to this project. Features of the 14.4 metre-wide bridge include a steel/concrete composite superstructure that accommodates two traffic lanes, a pedestrian walkway on the western side and bridge lighting. Possum ropes will also be installed on both sides of the Collie River channel to facilitate possum movements along the watercourse. Work on the structure started in early 2017 and generated up to 100 jobs during its peak construction period, including various local sub-contractors and businesses. The steel components of the beams for the bridge were also fabricated in Western Australia. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "It has been just over a year since construction on this bridge commenced, and it is great to see community excitement and anticipation build for this greatly needed project. "Not only will road users experience the benefits of shorter travel times, the completion of this structure will provide opportunities for improved bus services and a direct pedestrian and cycling link." Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke "The travel distance between the Millbridge and Treendale communities will drop by approximately 10 kilometres, which will make an enormous difference to those travelling through the area. "Millbridge and Treendale are two of the fastest growing areas in WA and connecting the two areas is critical to the local road network." Minister's office - 6552 5500
New era in job creation: WA Industry Link portal and advisory service launched20289Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements9980html16/03/2018 2:30:12 AM2018-03-16T02:30:00Z The new WA Industry Link online portal will help WA businesses to tender for government contracts New era in job creation in Western Australia The Industry Link Advisory Service will assist WA businesses in the regions and metropolitan area McGowan Government's Jobs Law ensures government spending creates opportunities for WA businesses and workers New local industry participation plans will ensure suppliers of government contracts deliver WA jobs Pilot projects underway, with new system to be rolled out in full in September Premier Mark McGowan will today launch WA Industry Link - a key component of the McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Law that will help local businesses to secure work on government contracts. The Jobs Law, passed earlier this year, set out the Government's expectation that opportunities for Western Australian businesses and workers must be maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services. Each year, the State Government spends about $27 billion on goods, services and works for the community, representing a significant opportunity and stable market for local industry. There are opportunities for Western Australian businesses to get a bigger share of this work, and the WA Industry Link portal will help them to do so. The portal will act as a central online information source on how opportunities for local businesses to supply to the State Government can be maximised. It will also provide an avenue for local industry to share feedback and seek advice, helping to ensure the State Government tender and contracting processes remain open, accountable and transparent. Over time, information and resources will be added to the portal, which will help to streamline the tender, contracting and reporting processes, and make it easier for local businesses and agencies to fulfil the requirements placed upon them. As part of the Jobs Law, prospective suppliers of government contracts will be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender. These will require suppliers to provide information on levels of local business engagement as well as the jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships that will be created and retained. These plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered. Successful bidders will also be required to report on the fulfilment of their plans. An Industry Link Advisory Service has been established to provide a range of services to help local businesses and State Government agencies to understand the new strategy. As part of the advisory service, Local Content Advisors are available to provide advisory services to businesses in regional areas. Their focus is on helping support regional businesses compete for State Government supply opportunities. Pilot projects are being rolled out under the new system, with the new laws to be applied across the board in September 2018. To find out more, visit http// Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Creating jobs for Western Australians is my number one priority. WA Industry Link represents a new, innovative era in the way government contracts are awarded. "WA Industry Link will ensure more opportunities are created for WA businesses, meaning more jobs for local workers. "The portal will link local businesses to government contracts, and provide them with all the information and support they need to give them the best chance of securing contracts. "The State Government spends billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure. Through the local industry participation plans, the State Government will ensure that WA jobs are maximised on this spending. "Small to medium-sized businesses represent the lion's share of business activity in Western Australia and around the nation. "They are key, job-creating drivers of the local economy, and the State Government is determined to provide them with the support they need to continue to flourish, long into the future." WA Industry Link pilot projects METRONET rolling stock; Stage 1 of the design and construction of the York Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade; Design and construction of Berth 3 Deck Replacement at the Port of Port Hedland; Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion; Casuarina Prison; New Museum Stage 2; Reid Highway (Altone Road to West Swan Road) Project; Southern River College upgrade; and Melville Senior High School Performing Arts Upgrade. Premier's office - 6552 5000
Bringing cultures together with the world game20288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3230html16/03/2018 2:03:37 AM2018-03-16T02:00:00Z WA community groups compete in Football West Harmony Week Football Festival Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $3,000 Young people from a number of Western Australia's cultural and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities will converge on Langley Park for the Football West Harmony Week Football Festival exhibition tomorrow (March 17). The teams will represent 10 local communities including the Somalian, Chinese, Turkish, Nigerian, Tanzanian, Karen, Mauritian, Bangladeshi, Saudi Arabian and Ethiopian communities. Consisting of both male and female players, these teams will take part in small-sided games in a round-robin format and share experiences with players from different cultures and community groups. The project will also give participants opportunities to get involved with local clubs in their area, and take part in skill development programs and other participation opportunities through coaching and refereeing. The McGowan Government is proud to support the Football West Harmony Week Football Festival with $3,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. The football festival is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and celebrate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21. For more information about Harmony Week, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "Sport is a unifying element across so many cultures, making it an ideal platform for celebrating Harmony Week. "Multiculturalism is one of Western Australia's greatest strengths and this is reflected in sports participation at all levels from junior sports to our top athletes." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Redevelopments finished in Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills20285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3740html16/03/2018 1:30:33 AM2018-03-16T01:30:00Z Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills health services' refurbishments complete Part of the biggest capital works program ever completed by the WA Country Health Service Agricultural Region MLC Darren West representing Health Minister Roger Cook, today officially opened the Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills health services which have undergone redevelopments. The redevelopments are part of a $300 million capital works program that is improving capital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. In the Wheatbelt, Merredin, Narrogin and Northam hospitals are being redeveloped, as well as upgrades to 23 small hospitals and health centres across the region. The Dalwallinu Health Service redevelopment includes a new waiting area, triage room, purpose-built child health consult room and a multipurpose consultation room which is telehealth enabled. There are also two upgraded fully-assisted patient bathrooms; a refurbished kitchen; a secure medical records and communications room; a division between inpatient and outpatient areas using controlled security doors plus a public disabled access toilet. The Wongan Hills Health Service received a new ambulance bay canopy; a refurbished waiting area; a new telehealth enabled multipurpose consultation room; a new toilet and shower with trolley access in the acute care area; a redeveloped kitchen; improved security allowing separation between patient, outpatient and staff areas; and a new disabled access toilet. The new office space also has videoconferencing capabilities enabling staff to attend training without leaving the building, and the consultation room also has videoconferencing capabilities. Complementing improvements to infrastructure, Dalwallinu and Wongan Hills health services have benefited from investment in digital and information systems, including the introduction of a full coverage voice grade wireless network that will support the planned integration of new nurse call and mobile duress systems. Staff will now be able to use mobile technology as Wi-Fi will be available throughout the hospitals. The wireless networks will also support the future use of wireless telehealth carts that will be able to bring videoconferencing to the patient's bedside. Both health services received revamped communication rooms with upgraded switching infrastructure and uninterrupted power supplies that connect to emergency generators, meaning staff have more reliable ICT systems that have the capacity to support new technology as it becomes available. Other small hospital refurbishments recently opened in the Wheatbelt region include Goomalling Health Service, Kellerberrin Memorial Health Service, Kununoppin Health Service, Southern Cross Health Service and York Health Service. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The Dalwallinu Health Service and Wongan Hills Health Service redevelopments, each worth more than $5 million, support the State Government's vision of delivering contemporary healthcare in the country. "The refurbishments improve access to telehealth services, including the Emergency Telehealth Service, meaning residents throughout the State can receive the care they need closer to home." Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West "Witnessing the redevelopments taking place across health services in the Wheatbelt, I can see that they are enhancing the delivery of health care to local communities. "This investment by the State Government ensures that patients are receiving contemporary and improved health care service." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Minister praises meth seizures as WA’s Meth Border Force tackles scourge20284Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3270html16/03/2018 1:02:15 AM2018-03-16T01:00:00Z 51.5kg of methamphetamine seized in operations this week Six people arrested after investigations targeting the supply of meth into the State 1,345kg of meth seized in WA since July last year The significant outcomes were the result of collaboration with the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Police Minister Michelle Roberts has praised the work of the WA Police Force and their law enforcement partner agencies, in stopping an estimated $50 million of methamphetamine hitting our streets. The Minister joined Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson at Police headquarters today to outline details of several police operations, which this week led to the seizure of 51.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. On Monday (March 12), officers attached to WA's Meth Border Force seized 20 kilograms of methamphetamine after detecting the consignment in the suitcase of a 32-year-old Sydney man. The drugs were detected using the new Meth X-Ray Truck. Also on Monday, 31 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized at Dampier Port in the Pilbara during a joint operation with our Federal counterparts. Two men and a woman, all Bulgarian nationals, have been charged with Commonwealth drug importation offences. Since coming to office, the McGowan Government has made a significant investment in police to tackle the meth scourge. The Meth Border Force is a key plank of the co-ordinated plan, with 100 extra police officers and 20 specialist staff, boosting efforts to intercept the drug before it hits our streets. Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "I want to congratulate all the officers involved in operations this week, which have led to the significant quantity of meth being prevented from entering our community. "Meth is tearing families apart. It is driving burglaries, theft, serious assaults and other violent crime in our community. "After years of inaction on the meth crisis by the Liberal Nationals, the McGowan Government has moved swiftly to boost police efforts to intercept more of the drug with a $83.5 million investment "Our police are doing an excellent job to remove this highly addictive drug from our streets and communities. "Since July last year, 1,345kg of meth has been seized by the WA Police Force and their law enforcement partners." Minister's office - 6552 6900
Call for support for WA rockmelon growers20205Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5740html15/03/2018 5:45:13 AM2018-03-15T05:45:00Z Western Australians encouraged to eat rockmelons to support local industry and local jobs Western Australians are being urged to support the State's rockmelon industry, with WA's rockmelons confirmed as unaffected by issues in the Eastern States. The recent listeria food safety warning around rockmelons on the east coast of Australia does not apply to Western Australia. The WA Department of Health has advised that traceback procedures have shown that no affected product has been consigned to Western Australia. Consumers can buy rockmelons from supermarkets and other outlets across WA, and be confident in the knowledge that the safety of our produce is not in question. The value of WA rockmelon production was about $23 million in 2017. Production varies from year to year. Almost 10 per cent of WA production, by value, is exported. Rockmelons are rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and fibre. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We are asking Western Australians to support our growers, who have been caught up in an Eastern States problem. "We are aware that exports of Australia rockmelons are likely to take a hit - even though produce from our State has received the all-clear. "The State Government is working with the Federal Government to minimise any disruptions to trade and make clear to trading partners that WA's rockmelons are not affected. "This will be a tough time for our growers - Western Australians can show their support for local industry and local jobs by eating rockmelon." Minister's office - 6552 6200
Mirrabooka community celebrates Harmony Week20203Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3180html15/03/2018 4:01:12 AM2018-03-15T04:00:00Z Mirrabooka Harmony Celebration now in its 10th year Celebration supported by the McGowan Government with $5,000 One of Australia's most culturally diverse local government areas, Mirrabooka, stages a big celebration for Harmony Week every year and the 2018 festival will be even bigger with the popular family event marking its 10th anniversary. This year's Mirrabooka Harmony Celebration takes place tomorrow (March 16) and features an exciting line-up of cultural performances, school performances, cultural activities, and food and information stalls. The event is co-ordinated by the Edmund Rice Centre together with local businesses and service providers, with the aim of promoting the diversity of the Mirrabooka area and strengthening the relationship with the communities and organisations involved. The McGowan Government is proud to support the Mirrabooka Harmony Celebration with $5,000 via the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. The Mirrabooka Harmony Celebration is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity. Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21 every year. For more information about Harmony Week, visit http// Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia "The Mirrabooka Harmony Celebration is one of the most popular community events held during Harmony Week and showcases one of Australia's most culturally diverse areas. "The program of free family activities on offer will bring together people from diverse backgrounds, provide an opportunity to learn about other cultures, and build respect and appreciation, which is the very spirit of Harmony Week in WA." Comments attributed to Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman "It is always inspiring to see all parts of the Mirrabooka community come together to celebrate Harmony Week and the unique, vibrant culture that makes this area such a special place to live and work. "The Mirrabooka Harmony Week celebration is a highlight on the community events calendar. It is an exciting family-friendly event where people are always guaranteed to learn something new about their community, meet new neighbours and friends, and enjoy the many activities on offer." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Stand-alone Power bring opportunities for WA companies20198Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10870html15/03/2018 2:30:13 AM2018-03-15T02:30:00Z Up to 60 Stand-alone Power Systems to be installed in demonstration project Regional locations have been selected throughout the Western Power network Opportunities for WA companies to supply equipment, systems and maintenance during the trial period Stand-alone Power Systems will be installed and operational in 2019 Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has given Western Power the green light to conduct a large demonstration for its Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS) project within part of the South West Interconnected Network. The project will involve up to 60 locations in regional areas and represents the largest installation of SPS units in the State. The project builds on the successful trial of the technology on six properties in the Great Southern completed in 2017. With all of the identified customers engaged, Western Power is now about to commence its open tender procurement process for the demonstration project. This provides exciting opportunities for Western Australian companies to supply and install equipment and systems, with national and global interest expected. The locations were identified based on the age and condition of assets, network topography and customer load usage profiles, plus the fact they are now due for significant maintenance works. The project will help identify optimal configuration of battery, renewable energy and diesel generation technology. In parallel to Western Power's SPS project, the Minister has also asked the Public Utilities Office to identify regulatory changes that will allow greater use of SPS as a low cost solution to poles and wires in delivering more reliable services in regional areas. Information on the SPS demonstration project and procurement opportunities for interested WA companies is available at http// Comments attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt "Delivering efficient, safe and reliable power to the rural and remote parts of Western Australia is challenging. Long stretches of power lines are at the mercy of wind, rain, vegetation, lightning and bushfires. As a Government-owned utility, Western Power is actively seeking ways to improve reliability for all customers. "The adoption of new and advanced technologies also opens the door for new skills across the energy sector and the potential for new jobs. "I urge all Western Australian companies to look at how they could be part of this new wave of infrastructure, and even explore pairing with other organisations to deliver packages to meet the required specifications." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Lethal force laws introduced into State Parliament20197Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8520html15/03/2018 2:23:59 AM2018-03-15T01:45:00Z WA Police Force to get stronger lethal force powers New legislation authorises police officers to use lethal force when responding to terrorism incidents Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Amendment Bill 2018 to be read into Parliament New legislation, authorising Western Australian police officers to use lethal force when responding to a terrorism incident will be introduced into State Parliament today. The Terrorism (Extraordinary Powers) Amendment Bill 2018 gives police clear legal protections if they are required to use pre-emptive force when responding to a terrorism incident or suspected terrorist act. The special powers are being introduced in response to findings from the New South Wales Coronial Inquest into the Lindt Café siege. National, State and Territory leaders agreed to a package of counter terrorism reforms at a Special Council of Australian Governments meeting in October last year. Aligned with this agreement, the McGowan Government committed to strengthening legislation to include a more clearly defined authority for police to use lethal force. Under the new powers, the Commissioner of Police would first have to declare that the incident officers are responding to is terrorism related. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This is all part of a broader national approach to respond to violent extremist acts. "In the event police might need to take pre-emptive action to save hostages, under these laws they will now have the confidence to respond with deadly force. "It's important our police remain well-trained and are able to respond with the necessary force to remove a terrorist threat and keep us safe." Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts "Our police and other agencies are doing all they can to protect us from the threat of terrorism. "We want to make sure our police have the necessary legal protections to respond to any terrorist situation with confidence. "These special powers are being introduced in response to findings from the New South Wales Coronial Inquest into the Lindt Café siege." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Police Minister's office - 6552 6900
Community legal advocates and nature safe playgrounds win awards20196Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10380html15/03/2018 2:15:27 AM2018-03-15T01:30:00Z Winners announced for Consumer Protection Awards 2018 Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston today announced the winners of the Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards 2018 at the University Club of WA. The awards ceremony, held on World Consumer Rights Day, recognises the achievements of individuals, businesses, local governments and the media that have increased awareness of consumer issues Former Pilbara Community Legal Service chief executive officer Nanette Williams won the Rona Okely Award. For the past 35 years, Ms Williams has been a vital part of the Karratha community and was instrumental in setting up four offices in the Pilbara, which provide financial counselling, tenancy and homelessness support for victims. The Consumer Credit Legal Service of Western Australia, which is the only community legal service providing free assistance and representation to consumers on banking and financial services matters, won the Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award. Nature Playgrounds, which designs and constructs safe nature-based playgrounds, took out the Kidsafe WA Award. Daniel Emerson (formerly at The West Australian) and Noongar Radio, which presents weekly segments on consumer and tenancy issues, jointly won the Ruby Hutchison Award. Mr Emerson wrote a front page story on Project Sunbird, an intervention program targeting romance and investment scam victims who were sending money to fraudsters in West Africa. For more information, visit http// Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "I'm honoured to help celebrate the winners and nominees who have given their time and expertise to increase awareness of consumer issues. "The calibre of nominations received for the awards continues to be very high and I give special thanks to those who took the time and effort to nominate. "All Western Australians benefit from the commitment to consumer protection shown by these dedicated individuals and organisations." Minister's office - 6552 6700
Improved access to vital health information a step closer20195Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6870html15/03/2018 1:58:12 AM2018-03-15T01:00:00Z First stage completed with a revamp of the 'Our Performance' webpage Improvements make performance information accessible in one place Next stage expected in the second half of 2018 The McGowan Government has today taken a step towards delivering another election commitment, with the first stage completed in the project to improve the public reporting of key health information. To improve transparency and accessibility, the Department of Health has reviewed its publicly available performance reports, including elective surgery waitlist data and emergency department activity. These performance reports are now available at an easy to navigate, single 'Our Performance' webpage within the department's website, accessible at http// The next stage in this project, expected in the second half of 2018, will see further improvements to the public reporting of key health system information, an expansion of the information available, and a dashboard approach to improve user experience and understanding of the information. Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The McGowan Government is committed to improving information accessibility and transparency for the Western Australian public health system. "One of the directions identified in the recently released Sustainable Health Review Interim Report includes the need for the public reporting of key system performance information. "We have taken a step in this direction today with these improvements giving the public better insight into the performance of the health system. "Consumers and industry groups will benefit from changes to the accessibility and transparency of this key information." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Work starts on $12.8m Aboriginal student housing project at UWA20193Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5030html15/03/2018 12:00:17 AM2018-03-15T00:00:00Z More than 90 per cent retention rate for Aboriginal students $12.8 million investment in education and employment housing Housing Minister Peter Tinley joined other luminaries at the turning of the first sod for a $12.8 million Aboriginal accommodation project at St Catherine's College at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Local Noongar man, the Hon. Ken Wyatt MP, who is the Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health and a Friend of the College, turned the first sod. Funding for the innovative accommodation project came through the Employment and Educational Housing program facilitated by the State-Commonwealth National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) agreement. When completed, the St Catherine's College project will double the capacity of the existing Dandjoo Darbalung program to provide accommodation to Aboriginal students from regional and remote communities, enrolled in tertiary education. The Department of Communities is working with St Catherine's on the project's procurement and construction, while St Catherine's will manage the operation of the Dandjoo Darbalung program which is expected to launch in time for the start of Semester 1, 2019. Comments attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley "The McGowan Government is pleased to support Dandjoo Darbalung. This latest development not only helps create and support local jobs during its construction phase, the program itself has the capacity to change lives and improve educational outcomes for young Aboriginal people and their communities. "Dandjoo Darbalung offers a holistic living and learning environment that activates and celebrates Aboriginal culture, and supports academic success and employment outcomes. "The program's 90 per cent retention rate for Aboriginal students places it in great demand. Doubling its current capacity to 100 students will make it the biggest tertiary residential program of its type in Australia. "This investment supports housing for Aboriginal students from remote communities and will enable more of them to develop knowledge, skills and leadership capabilities that will boost their employment opportunities and help them face future challenges." Minister's office - 6552 5300
Top 10 suburbs breaching sprinkler roster across Perth in 201720192Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15630html14/03/2018 11:33:36 PM2018-03-14T23:30:00Z Perth is Australia's highest water using city and driest as a result of climate change Households are reminded to ensure sprinklers are set to the correct watering days With 40 per cent of water use occurring in the garden, this is where big water savings are made Water Minister Dave Kelly today reminded households across Perth to ensure their sprinklers are set to the correct days, releasing the top 10 suburbs with households which received infringements in 2017. Sprinkler rosters are in place across Perth, with scheme water users able to use sprinkler systems two days per week, either before 9am or after 6pm. Bore water users also follow the sprinkler roster but have one extra watering day. People who witness a breach of the sprinkler roster can make a report at https// or call 13 10 39. Households receive a $100 fine if they are sighted breaching the sprinkler roster by an inspector, and a warning if they are reported by a member of the public, or if an inspector observes sprinklers have been used. Watering days are determined by the last digit of a household's street number. To find out your watering days, go to https// Those who would like to set and forget their irrigation can take advantage of the Water Corporation's Waterwise Irrigation Controller Offer. The offer is available through Waterwise Irrigation Specialists and allows households to receive a 50 per cent discount (up to a maximum of $350) on the supply, installation and programming of a Waterwise Smart Approved WaterMark certified weather-based irrigation controller. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Despite a decrease in residential water use per property in Perth in 2016-17, we are still Australia's highest water using city. "We are also the Australian city most impacted by reduced rainfall as a result of climate change and this means we all need to do our bit to ensure we use water wisely. "The Perth community is very supportive of sprinkler rosters - in 2017, nearly 90 per cent of warnings issued were the result of contact from the public. "Many people do not realise that over 40 per cent of water use in the home occurs outside in the garden, so this is where most of us can make big savings. "While we may have had a mild summer, we received no rainfall in February and it appears we are in for an unseasonably hot autumn. This means it is essential people keep to their sprinkler roster days." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Top 10 suburbs for sprinkler roster infringements in 2017 Scheme water Baldivis - 467 infringements Brabham - 299 infringements Aveley - 199 infringements Piara Waters - 185 infringements Byford - 175 infringements Caversham - 142 infringements Yanchep - 140 infringements Treeby - 138 infringements Banksia Grove - 135 infringements Nollamara - 129 infringements Bore water Secret Harbour - 13 infringements Ellenbrook - 9 infringements Dianella - 6 infringements Thornlie - 6 infringements Ballajura - 5 infringements Como - 5 infringements Aveley - 4 infringements Morley - 4 infringements Leeming - 4 infringements Port Kennedy - 4 infringements
Treasurer congratulates new WA Auditor General30949Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements27160html14/03/2018 6:15:10 AM2018-03-14T06:15:00Z Caroline Spencer announced as Western Australia's new Auditor General Appointment to take effect from May 28, 2018 for a 10-year term First female Auditor General in Western Australia Treasurer Ben Wyatt has today announced Caroline Spencer will take up the role as Western Australia's next Auditor General. Ms Spencer holds significant experience as a specialist in public sector audit, risk and governance review at a State and Federal level. She also conducted an official review of the Office of the Auditor General in 2015, and as such has significant understanding of the role. She has most recently been the managing partner and co-founder of Canberra-based professional services firm Vista Advisory. Ms Spencer was appointed by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, on March 13, 2018. Ms Spencer was selected from a field of 33 applicants, and will be the first female Auditor General for Western Australia. Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt "On behalf of the Western Australian Government, I would like to congratulate Ms Spencer on her appointment. "The Auditor General plays an important role in keeping governments accountable, and I am sure that Ms Spencer will perform this duty admirably. "I would also like to sincerely thank Mr Colin Murphy for his service to the Western Australian public over the last 10 years, and wish him all the very best with his new endeavours." Treasurer's office - 6552 5900
Attorney General announces appointment of new regional magistrate30946Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16890html14/03/2018 4:00:10 AM2018-03-14T04:00:00Z New regional appointment to the Magistrates Court of Western Australia Appointment effective from March 26, 2018 Attorney General John Quigley has today announced the appointment of Brionie Ayling as a magistrate of the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. Ms Ayling will fill the regional position effective from March 26, 2018. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "Ms Ayling was admitted to practice in WA in 2003 after completing a Bachelor of Laws in 2000. "At the beginning of her legal career, Ms Ayling was employed as a Judge's Associate to the Hon. Justice Len Roberts-Smith QC RFD at the Supreme Court of Western Australia. "In 2003, she commenced with Legal Aid WA as an Articled Clerk before being promoted to a Solicitor in the Client Services Division from 2003 to 2004. "She has been employed by Legal Aid WA from 2003 to present. "In 2004, Ms Ayling was seconded to instruct the Parliamentary Draftsman of the Criminal Procedure Bill 2003, which became the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 (WA). "Whilst at Legal Aid WA, Ms Ayling has appeared as counsel in jury trials, appeared as duty counsel in the Magistrates Court, presented pleas in mitigation in all jurisdictions and conducted advocacy training for graduates of the College of Laws. "She also instructed counsel on appeals against criminal convictions, appeared as junior counsel on appeals against conviction and appeared in the Supreme Court on an armed robbery matter. "Ms Ayling has also acted as the Director of the Criminal Law Division at Legal Aid WA for short periods and as the Solicitor in charge of the South Hedland office. "In 2007, Ms Ayling was the winner of the Hodge Award presented by the Criminal Lawyers Association of WA to a junior practitioner who has contributed in a special way to practice of criminal law in WA. "I congratulate Ms Ayling on her appointment and wish her every success in her new role." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800