Search Results



Miner and Aboriginal group win inaugural award34435Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/10/2016 11:00:31 AM2016-10-27T11:00:00Za Commercial farm takes out top community partnership honour Golden Gecko Awards go to two projects in milestone 25th year Iron ore company Karara Mining Limited and the Midwest Economic and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation (MEEDAC), have taken out the inaugural Community Partnership Resources Sector Award. Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange presented the award at the Department of Mines and Petroleum's Awards for Excellence ceremony in Perth. Mr L'Estrange said Karara Mining had exceeded its social responsibility by forming a partnership with MEEDAC to establish and operate Innovation Park, a commercial 2,000-hectare farm about 200 kilometres east of Geraldton. Innovation Park produces eggs, fruit and vegetables that are sold locally, help supply the Karara mine site, and are donated to the local food bank. The farm also provides training and employment opportunities for the local community. "Partnerships between industry and local organisations can result in amazing outcomes for the community," the Minister said. The inaugural Awards for Excellence evening also recognised the 25th anniversary of DMP's prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence. "Highly prized by industry and environmental groups, the Golden Geckos recognise environmental excellence, leadership and performance above and beyond the State's environmental management requirements," Mr L'Estrange said. This year, two Golden Gecko awards were presented. APA Group and Kingfisher Environmental Consulting were recognised for a program that monitored the endangered small marsupial, the Sandhill Dunnart; and Strike Drilling Pty Ltd was chosen for developing a drill rig that significantly reduced environmental impacts. Other awards presented during the evening included Golden Gecko Certificate of Merit Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty Ltd for a project to minimise impact to mangroves in Port Hedland Enduring Partnership Award Rio Tinto and Scitech Discovery Centre Community Partnership Merit Award Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore and Esperance Senior High School, Esperance Anglican Community School, Merredin College and Southern Cross District High School Community Partnership Merit Award Newmont Boddington Gold and Gnaala Karla Booja native title claimants. Fact File A gecko was chosen to symbolise environmental excellence because their presence shows an area under rehabilitation has a functioning ecosystem The Department of Mines and Petroleum Awards for Excellence incorporate the community partnership award and the Golden Geckos Minister's office - 6552 6900
New academic positions a nod to eye specialist34418Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/10/2016 10:31:34 AM2016-10-27T10:15:00Za Roles expected to attract leading international scientists to WA Pioneering West Australian ophthalmologist Professor Ian Constable AO's contribution to saving sight will be recognised with the creation of new senior academic roles at The University of Western Australia. The Ian Constable Chair in Discovery and Translational Ophthalmic Science will focus on new treatments for major blinding diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration. A new postdoctoral fellowship and continuous PhD program will attract leading international research scientists to WA. Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett said over the past 40 years, Professor Constable had made a significant contribution to the prevention of blindness and eye disease. "With his focus on specialisation, many patients are now able to receive high-quality treatment locally rather than having to travel interstate for treatment of more complex eye disease," Mr Barnett said. Professor Constable was appointed as the Lions Eye Institute's first managing director in 1983. The Institute is now recognised internationally as both a centre for clinical excellence and a leader in scientific research. Lions Eye Institute managing director, Professor David Mackey said the creation of a science-based Chair and support team would boost research in Western Australia. "The Institute has a long history of translating scientific research into improved treatments for people with blinding eye disease," Prof Mackey said. "There have been some major advances, such as the world's first artificial cornea, gene therapy for macular degeneration and dissolving tubes for the treatment of glaucoma." Professor Ian Constable said achievements by the Institute had attracted major internationally funded programs. "These translational achievements inspire us to broaden our scientific capabilities through this Chair, so that we can pursue other challenging blinding eye diseases," Prof Constable said. The new Chair in research will boost the scientific capabilities of the State, support translation of research into community outcomes and promote new scientific developments of national and international importance to eye care. Fact File Each year the Lions Eye Institute clinical team provides care to more than 50,000 patients and performs in excess of 4,000 surgical procedures Premier and Science Minister's office - 6552 5000
Jobs boost charted in WA arts and culture first34413Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/10/2016 3:00:36 AM2016-10-27T03:00:00Za ​Strategic Directions 2016-2031 for arts, cultural and creative businesses Sector aims to provide eight per cent of WA employment Arts Leadership Group links culture, commerce and government Western Australia's first long-term vision for the arts and culture sector will foster new business and cultural opportunities across the State. Launching Strategic Directions 2016-2031, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the document outlined the Liberal National Government's vision for a strong and vibrant arts base. "Its mission statement is clear - for WA to be the best place to live, work and play thanks to the contribution of its arts, culture and creative industries," he said. "We can look forward to a bigger and busier culture and arts sector that continuously creates new jobs and opportunities. "This is an exciting and challenging road map that aims for eight per cent of West Australians to be working in the arts, cultural and creative industries, through a unified approach from government, the community and private enterprise." Among the highlights, Strategic Directions 2016-2031 flags the potential of arts tourism and Aboriginal culture, and the value of the $428 million new museum project. "The strategy sets short and longer-term goals and charts the diversification and expansion of non-government funding sources, which are crucial for growth and sustainability," Mr Day said. "By 2026, it aims to deliver growth in visual arts, crafts and design, literature, digital media and theatre, plus job creation in film, animation, architecture, music, fashion, gaming and dance. "I welcome the aspirations in this document and look forward to seeing them realised." The Department of Culture and the Arts will work to establish connections between State and local government, the arts sector and the public. The Minister thanked the Arts Leadership Group for their work in developing the strategy. Fact File The Minister for Culture and the Arts established the Arts Leadership Group in 2014, comprising CEOs and directors-general from key government departments and industry and arts organisations including the departments of Culture and the Arts, and Sport and Recreation, Lotterywest, Tourism WA, State Library of WA, WA Museum, Art Gallery of WA, ScreenWest, Perth Theatre Trust, Western Australian Local Government Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, Perth International Arts Festival, Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and the Committee for Perth Strategic Directions 2016-2031 is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
Aquifer controls trigger Carnarvon water release34406Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/10/2016 2:06:01 AM2016-10-27T02:05:00Za ​Ensuring sustainable use of Carnarvon's borefields Supporting Carnarvon irrigators through dry periods Extra water will be made available to Carnarvon irrigators to support water budgets for 2016-17. Water Minister Mia Davies said based on the Department of Water's aquifer status report and other information, the Carnarvon Water Allocation Advisory Committee had recommended the department release water for distribution if required, with a target date of December 1, 2016. Under the 2011 Lower Gascoyne water allocation plan, the Liberal National Government can release extra relief water from the main bulk water supply borefield to compensate for reduced self-supply. "Some growers have reduced pumping from the River Bed Sands aquifer or stopped pumping from some bores altogether, due to limited supplies of good quality water, following no major river flows in 2016," Ms Davies said. This recommendation is supported by the Carnarvon Growers Association and the Gascoyne Water Co-operative, which will distribute the water sourced from the Irrigation Scheme Supply (Subarea B-L). "The Department of Water suggests that growers evaluate their current water use and future water requirements in light of the impending low aquifer storage declaration, and plan to ensure they have the right quantities of water to finish off crops this summer," the Minister said. The department monitors aquifer levels and borefield performance, and provides updates to growers every three months. Ms Davies said the management rules helped protect the area's aquifers during periods of low water availability, and the Lower Gascoyne water allocation plan would be reviewed next year to ensure it was current and continuing to meet expectations. "We are also busy preparing a draft master plan for the Gascoyne area that incorporates the work of the Carnarvon Ministerial Advisory Committee, which is set to be released for public comment in December," she said. Fact File Up to 2GL of water over 12 months can be made available for the Gascoyne Water Co-operative to distribute under a low aquifer storage declaration For assistance with water budget and contingency options, contact Department of Water Carnarvon district manager Troy Sinclair on 9941 6102 Minister's office - 6552 5500
Penguin Island declared rat-free after baiting34405Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/10/2016 2:00:46 AM2016-10-27T02:00:00Za ​Up to 5,000 black rats removed from popular island Improved survival for little penguins, birds and skinks A successful baiting and biosecurity program has eradicated predatory black rats from Penguin Island, home to Western Australia's largest colony of little penguins. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Liberal National Government had removed up to 5,000 black rats from the island, increasing the chances of penguin, and other seabird, chicks surviving into adulthood. "This is an outstanding result for one of Perth's favourite family and nature-based destinations," Mr Jacob said. "Black rats are one of the world's most widespread and destructive invasive animal species. The rats were attacking birds, eggs, penguin chicks and native skinks. "No black rats have been recorded on the island for more than three years, so people can visit the island and appreciate our native wildlife." The Department of Parks and Wildlife baiting program started in January 2013 and was followed up with extensive monitoring using motion sensor cameras and cage traps. The Government has measures in place to help prevent a rat reinfestation, including a 'take your rubbish with you' policy, bait stations on ferries and boats which operate from Penguin Island, regular boat inspections and a public awareness program for those bringing their own vessels. "It's important that visitors observe these measures to remove any food source that may attract rats back to the island," the Minister said. "The island has reopened for the summer. I would like everyone to enjoy what the island has to offer while respecting the native animals." During the winter months, the island's boardwalk was given a $460,000 upgrade. Sections of the boardwalk have been replaced and realigned, improving visitor accessibility and creating additional nesting habitat for the little penguins and seabirds, including the migratory bridled tern. Surf Life Saving WA will patrol Mersey Point, the departure area for Penguin Island, at weekends from December 12, 2016 and every day throughout the school holidays. Fact File Penguin Island, a Class A conservation park less than 700 metres from Shoalwater, is home to about 1,000 little penguins, along with more than 30 species of sea birds and five species of reptiles The island receives more than 135,000 visits annually Minister's office - 6552 5800
Kindy classes in at Hillcrest Primary School34403Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/10/2016 1:30:26 AM2016-10-27T01:30:00Za $1 million relocation of kindergarten students to school site New $1.2 million administration building opened The Hillcrest Primary School community welcomed fresh additions today with the opening of refurbished kindergarten classrooms and a new administration building. Education Minister Peter Collier said the upgrades meant all year groups were now together on one school site. "The newly refurbished early childhood building is amazing and makes life a lot easier for the school community," Mr Collier said. It includes three kindergarten classrooms, refurbished toilets, kitchens, storage areas and a grassed play area with shading. "The school also had six classrooms recarpeted and painted, an old toilet block demolished and storerooms converted into a gardener's workshop and machinery room," Mr Collier said. Hillcrest Primary School has a proud connection with local Aboriginal history and named their new administration block after the Whadjuk-Noongar term for 'Our Place of Learning'. "The words Malya-Ba Mia are proudly displayed on the building, which is prominently located at the front of the school," the Minister said. The new administration building includes a reception area, principal's office, manager corporate services' office, medical room, interview room, reprographics and secure storeroom, and universal toilet. Fact File Hillcrest Primary School opened in 1950 'Malya-Ba Mia' translates to 'Our Place of Learning' The school has 370 students from kindergarten to Year 6 Minister's office - 6552 6300
WA's naval defence industry the talk of Europe34401Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html27/10/2016 12:30:28 AM2016-10-27T00:30:00Za ​Delegation from WA visits European shipbuilders and designers WA industry has proven expertise for work opportunities Western Australia's naval defence industry will be the focus of high-level discussions in Europe next week as Commerce Minister Michael Mischin visits key shipbuilders and designers. Mr Mischin will meet European designers Lürssen (Germany), Fassmer (Germany) and Damen (Netherlands), along with French naval shipbuilding company DCNS. "I will be undertaking site visits and meetings with representatives of international shipbuilders and designers who will play a role in the continuous build of naval vessels in Australia," he said. "WA's naval defence industry continues to maintain the home-ported Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels at HMAS Stirling. We have the experience and track record to participate in international shipbuilding and sustainment programs. "I am looking forward to continuing to promote this State's capacity to take part in maintenance, upgrades and support for major shipbuilding and submarine projects." Lürssen, Fassmer and Damen are shortlisted designers for the Offshore Patrol Vessels program, which will start in WA from 2020 after being transferred from South Australia. Local companies will build the vessels using mainly their existing supply chain and infrastructure. DCNS is the preferred design international partner to build 12 future submarines in South Australia, with an expectation that WA's naval defence industry will be able to participate in the program. The Minister said the European talks would offer opportunities for the Liberal National Government to gain an understanding of build strategies for the Offshore Patrol Vessels and promote the capability of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson. "The AMC is a world-class facility - one of two locations to implement the Commonwealth's commitment to a continuous build of naval surface ships in Australia - and companies based there have a proven ability to continue to sustain, maintain and upgrade the RAN vessels home-ported at HMAS Stirling," he said. "While in Europe, we'll discuss the transition of Offshore Patrol Vessels to Western Australia, plans for the build and sustainment, and important details about supply chain investment." The meetings will take place next week from Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4. Mr Mischin will be accompanied by Agent General for Western Australia, John Atkins and Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, Deidre Willmott. Fact File The program to build Offshore Patrol Vessels is estimated to be worth more than $3b and will create more than 400 direct jobs Up to half of the Royal Australian Navy's surface and subsurface fleet is based permanently and sustained in WA, including all six of the Collins submarines as part of Fleet Base West In 2013-14 alone, defence contracts managed at the AMC totalled an estimated $624m creating up to 4,000 jobs Minister's office - 6552 5600
Anti-cancer vaccine warning for WA teenagers34398Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements150html26/10/2016 11:47:59 PM2016-10-26T22:00:00Za Alarm over failure to follow full immunisation program Year 8 students offered free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to guard viruses that cause most cervical and genital cancers Thousands of West Australian teenagers are missing out on cancer protection because they are not completing their full course of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Health Minister John Day today highlighted the importance of the target group - Year 8 students - receiving all three HPV vaccine doses. "This is a potentially lifesaving decision, so I encourage students and parents to get involved, to tell your friends and share the message," Mr Day said. "While a majority of students received the first vaccine, studies show more than 2,500 failed to finish the three-dose program last year." Statistics show that 99 per cent of students who consented to receive the HPV vaccine had the first dose, but the rate dropped to 97 per cent of females and 96 per cent of males for the second dose and only 90 per cent of females and 89 per cent of males for the third dose. "These numbers are concerning because they show that up to 10 per cent of participants are not getting the maximum protection," the Minister said. "The vaccine will help prevent cancer and disease later in life, and it is important that both students and their parents realise the value of completing the entire immunisation course." The vaccine protects against two HPV types that are known to cause 70 per cent of cervical cancer in women. It protects males from 90 per cent of HPV types that cause cancers of the penis, anus and throat, and against 90 per cent of genital warts in both sexes. The free vaccine is available to every Year 8 student whose parents consent. Students who miss a vaccination at school should visit their GP or immunisation provider to receive the full course. Some providers may charge a fee for administering the free vaccine. Fact File 25,974 Year 8 students received the HPV1 vaccine in 2015, 25,180 received HPV2 and only 23,422 received HPV3 Between 12 and 14 per cent of Year 8 students do not consent to HPV vaccination A video detailing the value of school-based immunisations can be found on the Healthy WA website at http// Minister's office - 6552 6200
TAFE Managing Directors appointed40720Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10960html26/10/2016 7:00:36 AM2016-10-26T07:00:00Za ​Western Australia's five TAFEs have permanent Managing Directors appointed The Liberal National Government has appointed Managing Directors to its five TAFEs under the recently reformed TAFE system. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey today announced the appointment, by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia, of the Managing Directors of the five new TAFE colleges created as part of the reform to strengthen Western Australia's vocational educational and training sector. All of the Managing Directors were appointed for a five-year term and hold a wealth of experience and knowledge of the sector which they bring to the positions. "This is a significant milestone in the reform project which will ensure a robust and sustainable TAFE sector for Western Australia," Ms Harvey said. The Managing Directors are South Metropolitan TAFE Ms Terry Durant North Metropolitan TAFE Ms Michelle Hoad South Regional TAFE Mr Duncan Anderson Central Regional TAFE Mr Bill Swetman North Regional TAFE Mr Kevin Doig The Deputy Premier said under the reform, Western Australia reduced the management structure of its 70 campuses from 11 institutions to five TAFEs. "Greater collaboration and sharing of resources and course options has already been occurring, and the appointment of permanent Managing Directors will only strengthen this process," she said. Fact File TAFE offers more than 980 qualifications to choose from Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
Peel healthcare to benefit from stability, value40718Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2780html26/10/2016 6:01:19 AM2016-10-26T06:00:00Za ​Contract ensures continuing quality care Competitive pricing model to deliver $13 million in taxpayer savings Five-year extension secures service and allows planning for future needs The Liberal National Government has extended the contract for the Peel Health Campus, ensuring continuity of service and saving taxpayers an estimated $13 million. Health Minister John Day said the five-year contract extension, which would start in mid-2018, reflected the State Government's commitment to delivering high-quality services while reducing costs. "Peel Health Campus is a vital part of the hospital network and provides essential health services in one of our most dynamic regions," Mr Day said. "I am confident Ramsay Health Care will continue to provide high-quality services to the Peel community over the extended term of the contract, at a price which represents value-for-money to the State. "The competitive contract pricing will bring Peel more in line with recent Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), which are delivering significant savings. "For instance, the St John of God Midland Public Hospital PPP will save taxpayers an estimated $1.3 billion during its initial 20-year contract. "As with any PPP, there will be ongoing monitoring at Peel to ensure all care and quality obligations under the contract are met." The Minister said regular service reviews would continue to address the changing health care needs of the Peel community. "The contract extension also gives us the opportunity to review and finalise clinical service planning based on the region's projected long-term health care requirements," he said. Fact File Peel Health Campus is a 193-bed public and private hospital managed by Ramsay Health Care In 2015-16, the Peel Health Campus provided the following services to public patients more than 42,700 emergency department presentations more than 7,760 elective surgeries the delivery of more than 800 babies Minister's office - 6552 6200
State Planning Framework out for comment40716Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5970html26/10/2016 3:10:42 AM2016-10-26T03:05:00Za ​Overarching provisions for sustainable use and development of land Ensures integrated decision-making across all levels of planning Planning Minister Donna Faragher today released Western Australia's updated State Planning Framework policy for public comment. Speaking at a UDIA Hot Topics breakfast, the Minister said State Planning Policy 1 - State Planning Framework (SPP1), set the context for decision-making on land use and development in Western Australia. "Our planning and development system is complex and we have accrued a large number of policies, strategies and guidelines over many years. SPP1 brings these together within a central State planning framework," Mrs Faragher said. "It provides a comprehensive list of all WA Planning Commission policies and outlines how they relate to each other to guide integrated decision-making across all levels of planning." The revised draft SPP1 reflects the Liberal National Government's commitment to the regions with an updated section on regional development, and includes a new section on governance which emphasises planning decisions should apply policy consistently and be made in a timely manner. "It also identifies the importance of providing appropriate opportunities for public participation in decision-making processes," the Minister said. The updated SPP1 also introduces position statements to clarify the status of WAPC policy previously contained in Planning Bulletins. Mrs Faragher said a planning policy review program was underway to ensure all WA Planning Commission policies were regularly updated and provided a world's best practice regulatory framework for land use planning and development. "The Design WA initiative launched last week is the most significant revamp to State Planning Policy in many years. The new draft State Planning Policy 7 will eventually provide a consolidated and contemporary suite of policies for the Design of the Built Environment covering neighbourhoods, precincts, houses and apartments," she said. Fact File Public consultation for draft State Planning Policy 1 closes December 24, 2016 For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Karrinyup students lead the way in waste education40714Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2480html26/10/2016 2:00:44 AM2016-10-26T02:00:00Za ​Waste Wise Schools grant for recycling and waste education centre A new round of Waste Wise Schools grants is now open Growing a worm farm, making compost and recycling aluminium cans into garden labels is all part of a normal lesson at Karrinyup Primary School. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the school used an $8,000 grant from the Liberal National Government's Waste Wise Schools program to lead the way in incorporating waste reduction and sustainability into daily life. Under its Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink learning program, the school established a recycling and waste education centre, which recycles many products including paper, clothing, batteries and toothbrushes. "Karrinyup Primary School has consistently focused on waste reduction as a part of its school culture," Mr Jacob said. "I'm very pleased to see students embracing these programs because they point to a future where sustainable living will be second nature. "To meet the recycling targets set out in the State Government's waste strategy, we need to change more attitudes about recycling." The school's farm garden is an outdoor classroom where children learn about sowing seeds, composting, plant life cycles, raising worms and the role of insects in the garden. The Minister said every Karrinyup Primary School student had a role in reducing waste with each year group responsible for different projects, including recycling mobile phones and coffee pods, reducing classroom electricity, and weeding and watering the farm garden. Other initiatives at the school include students bringing waste-free lunch boxes on Waste-Free Wednesdays. The school canteen offers waste-free menus and the Help Save the Planet Club has activities such as beach clean-ups and tree planting. The Year 6 students' sustainability projects to raise money for charity include selling diluted worm leachate, seedlings, and garden labels made out of recycled aluminium cans. The next Waste Wise Schools grant round opens on Monday October 31, 2016 and closes on Friday February 24, 2017. Fact File Karrinyup Primary School became an accredited Waste Wise School in 2015 The Waste Wise School program began in 2002 and 252 schools are accredited For more information, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5800
More jobs for youth in metropolitan councils40711Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5390html25/10/2016 11:44:50 PM2016-10-25T23:00:00Za Grants support creation of entry-level jobs in metropolitan local governments More career development opportunities for young local government employees The Liberal National Government is spending $400,000 to create traineeships and career and development opportunities for young people in the local government sector. Local Government Minister Paul Miles encouraged Perth councils to apply for funding under the Metropolitan Local Government Youth Development Program, to help attract and retain young people in the sector. "The local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Mr Miles said. "Local government has an ageing workforce, so it is important we counter this by providing a great incentive for young people to stay in local government in the long term." Through the traineeship program, local governments will be provided support to employ young people, aged 24 years or under, through access to grants of up to $5,000 per trainee to pay course fees and $15,000 per trainee as a wage subsidy. In addition, scholarships of up to $10,000 are also available for employees aged 30 years or under to participate in nationally accredited training. The Minister said the initiative followed on from the success of the Country Local Government Fund Youth Development Program, which provided $1.2 million to fund new traineeships and training scholarships in regional councils. "These grants can provide valuable training to young local government employees, giving them knowledge, insight and experience which will benefit them throughout the rest of their lives," the Minister said. Fact File For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Athletic masters get set for world championships40710Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3590html25/10/2016 11:36:38 PM2016-10-25T22:00:00Za 4,000 competitors in Perth for 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships WA community to benefit through visitor spending and venue activation Supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia More than 4,000 competitors and 3,000 supporters from 92 countries have arrived in Perth for the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships, which begin today. Over the next 12 days, athletes aged between 35 and 97 will compete in 25 sports at venues across the city. The Liberal National Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is the event's major sponsor. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the State Government's successful bid to host the event would deliver an economic windfall for Western Australia. "I'm delighted to welcome so many talented and inspiring older athletes to Perth for these championships, which encourage fitness and friendship across the world," Mr Barnett said. "Mass participation events such as this bring thousands of competitors, supporters and officials to Western Australia. These visitors are also likely to explore other areas of the State before and after the championships, bringing in valuable tourism dollars." Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the event would also activate venues across the city and leave a lasting legacy for the West Australian community. "The track events will be at the WA Athletics Centre in Mount Claremont and the Ern Clark Athletic Centre in Cannington, while road events will take place along the picturesque Swan River," Ms Davies said. "Western Australia takes great pride in providing outstanding sport and recreation facilities for people of all ages and abilities. "We're expecting some fierce competition during the championships, matched by a strong community spirit and the enjoyment of participating." Fact File The World Masters Athletics Championships run from October 26 to November 6, 2016 For more details, visit http// One of several mass participation events sponsored through Tourism Western Australia that are expected to bring a combined 20,000 people to WA this year. Other events include the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, Australian University Games and SunSmart Ironman Western Australia Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000 Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500
New grants offer vital multicultural support226004Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4890html25/10/2016 4:12:44 AM2016-10-25T04:00:00Za ​Community groups received $316,400 in grants and sponsorships Grants for events and programs that support culturally diverse communities Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities across the State will share in $316,400 to support programs, events, and projects targeting youth development, aged care and mental health. The Liberal National Government has awarded 17 grants for projects being delivered in 2017 through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program. Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the grants provided an opportunity for CaLD communities, and the organisations that supported them, to further advance social cohesion and community development. Dr Nahan said the programs were essential in ensuring everyone in the community had access to services and opportunities. "The Liberal National Government is proud to support these important programs and events, which make a real difference to the lives of the people living in these communities," he said. "Programs such as the hugely successful Catalyst Youth Summit, which we are proud to be supporting again in 2017, provide flow-on benefits to the whole community by developing skills that contribute to our State's development." Under the events and activities category, grants have been distributed to a wide range of groups that will showcase WA's vibrant multicultural diversity. "One of the benefits of a multicultural community is that everyone can get involved and share cultural understanding through the many family events on offer," the Minister said. "WA's 2017 cultural calendar will include Latina, Nepalese, Chinese and Maori festivals, as well as a number of community events celebrating all cultures through Harmony Week activities, so there will be something for everyone." Fact File The next Community Grants Program round of grants opens in August 2017 The grant categories provide a range of funding of up to $50,000 for social, economic, cultural and civic activities that promote the benefits of WA's cultural diversity Harmony Week runs from March 15 to 21, 2017 Full details about grant recipients, programs, project and events are available at http// Minister's office - 6552 5700
Child protection experts reflect on practice226001Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3450html25/10/2016 1:05:46 AM2016-10-25T01:05:00Za Signs of Safety Gathering attracts international experts to Perth WA leading the nation in its Signs of Safety approach to child protection practice Western Australia will host child protection experts from around the world this week to share ways on how to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the Signs of Safety Gathering provided the opportunity for child protection workers to learn, grow and celebrate their experiences. "This year marks the eighth year since the State Government began implementing Signs of Safety, which provides the tools child protection practitioners need to help vulnerable families address their child abuse and neglect issues," Ms Mitchell said. "To continue to achieve the best possible life outcome for these families, we must constantly review the way in which we are using these tools so that our work is purposeful and meaningful for children and families." The Signs of Safety Gathering is held every second year and this is the fourth year Western Australia has played host to the conference. This year's Gathering theme, 'Reflect, Reboot, Renew', will include interstate and international presentations from Tasmania, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Canada. The event provides the ideal platform to collectively learn and grow from each other's experience at a national and international level. Fact File The Signs of Safety framework was originally developed in Western Australia and is now used in more than 100 jurisdictions and 17 countries around the world Minister's office - 6552 5400
Go-ahead given to Port Hedland marina226000Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8070html25/10/2016 1:00:20 AM2016-10-25T01:00:00Za Liberal National Government gives green light to Spoilbank Marina New marina will deliver up to 150 boat pens, boat ramp and recreational facilities Supported by Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government today announced its full commitment to the long-awaited $152 million Spoilbank Marina in Port Hedland. Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government would contribute $112 million to the project, comprising $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed by the Town of Port Hedland. "The project will create a high-quality community waterfront asset with the potential to change the face of Port Hedland," Mr Barnett said. "The plan provides for a marina with capacity for between 100-150 boat pens with 50 boat pens in the first stage, a two-lane boat ramp, plenty of vehicle and trailer parking and opportunities for boat repair and service facilities. "The marina precinct will eventually include a number of public outdoor spaces with three sites for food and beverage operators, large landscaped areas, a caravan park site, and also a cultural and community centre. "The project will deliver required recreational facilities, unlock tourism potential as a visitor destination, create business and about 300 construction jobs as well as ongoing jobs when the marina is up and running." The new marina will provide a safer and dedicated launching facility for local boaties, who for the first time, will be able to launch via a separate channel to the large commercial vessels servicing Western Australia's largest bulk export port facility. Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman said the revised marina plan would balance the needs of the local recreational boating community with the needs of industry. "The Spoilbank was originally a place to deposit sediment from dredging and the marina will transform an under-utilised Port Hedland landmark into a vibrant community, recreational and tourism asset," Mr Redman said. "The vision for this project has evolved from its initial concept in 2012 and will now include land to accommodate a cultural and community centre, as well as the potential to explore commercial operations such as the leasing of marina land for vessel maintenance. "Boating, fishing and diving play a big part in Hedland life and the Spoilbank facilities will provide a safer launching facility for local boaties while incorporating an asset such as the proposed cultural and community centre, which can be used by the whole community." Mr Redman praised the Town of Port Hedland for helping the long-awaited project come to fruition. Fact File LandCorp will project manage the delivery of the Spoilbank Marina on behalf of the Town of Port Hedland The State Government's $112 million contribution is made up of $72 million from Royalties for Regions and $40 million from consolidated funds. A further $40 million will be contributed from the Town of Port Hedland The Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina is expected to be completed by late 2020 For more information and artists impression of the project, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Collie health milestone has community benefits225997Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2750html25/10/2016 12:08:09 AM2016-10-25T00:05:00Za Stage 1 of Collie Health Service redevelopment complete Hospital entry and administration area open to public Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The first phase of construction of the new Collie Health Service is complete thanks to a $7.8 million Liberal National Government investment, made possible by Royalties for Regions. Health Minister John Day said the upgrade included a new administration area, and refurbishments to the hospital entry and reception area, medical records room and outpatients loan equipment facilities. "I'm pleased to announce that the first phase of the redevelopment is complete and the community is now able to access the main entry and reception area," he said. "The second phase includes staged emergency department refurbishment, with a new reception and triage area, waiting room and three acute treatment bays. "The third and final phase of works will encompass two resuscitation bays, a treatment room, a clean utility/medication room, staff base, write-up room and ambulance bay." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI) was improving primary health care services through the extensive redevelopment of district hospitals. "Projects like this help people in rural and remote WA access vital services that those living in Perth and larger centres take for granted," Mr Redman said. "It is expected the $7.8 million revamp will support about 90 jobs during the life of the project." Work on the first stage began in February 2016, with the full redevelopment expected to be completed in April 2017. BGC Construction is carrying out the work. Fact File The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by the Royalties for Regions program and delivered by the WA Country Health Service, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care The Southern Inland Health Initiative is improving access to medical and emergency coverage, providing improved facilities and new models of health care delivery For more information, visit http// Health Minister's office – 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Traffic bridge strengthening ensures safety225996Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5750html25/10/2016 12:00:08 AM2016-10-25T00:00:00Za Program of works to ensure long-term safe use of bridge $3 million contract awarded for underwater pile repairs The Liberal National Government will undertake a $3 million maintenance upgrade on the Fremantle Traffic Bridge to ensure the safety and longevity of the structure. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said a contract for underwater pile repairs had been awarded, with most of the work taking place underwater using a team of specialist divers working off a barge. "Works have already commenced to ensure the long-term and safe use of the bridge, by repairing more than 100 piles," Mr Marmion said. "Main Roads WA has recently completed a series of pier protection works on the bridge's fender system, and is now focused on strengthening the bridge piles in the Swan River. "Our key concern is ensuring the safety of motorists and the continued flow of traffic across this important bridge." Fremantle Traffic Bridge provides a direct transport route from North Fremantle to the Fremantle central business district. The bridge is used by about 28,000 vehicles and several hundred cyclists each day. The project is due for completion in May 2017. Fact File Fremantle Traffic Bridge was constructed in 1938 and is one of two important road traffic links across the Swan River in Fremantle Any navigation channel closures required for the works will be advertised as a temporary notice to mariners by the Department of Transport Advanteering Civil Engineers have been awarded the contract for the piling works Minister's office - 6552 6800
400 years of WA history unveiled in Shark Bay225953Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements4550html24/10/2016 9:00:08 AM2016-10-24T09:00:00Za October 25, 2016 marks 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing off WA coast New $6.1 million foreshore redevelopment and stunning art piece officially opened in Denham Duyfken cannon to signal end of commemorative event at Dirk Hartog Island A series of community events and celebrations in Shark Bay tomorrow (October 25) will mark the 400th anniversary of Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog's landing off the Western Australian coast. Hartog landed at what is now called Cape Inscription on October 25, 1616, leaving a pewter dish inscribed with details of his voyage nailed to a post; the oldest such physical evidence of European contact with Australia. Culture and the Arts Minister John Day will represent Premier Colin Barnett at a commemorative event tomorrow morning on Dirk Hartog Island. Mr Day will unveil copies of Hartog's dish and Willem de Vlamingh's dish that replaced it in 1697. The structure, installed near the cleft where Hartog placed his original dish nailed to a wooden post, casts a striking presence on the headland. He will also unveil new interpretive material at Cape Inscription. The replica Dutch ship of the era, the Duyfken, will sit offshore during the ceremony which will be attended by representatives of the Dutch Government, the Shire of Shark Bay and members of the public, and will sound her cannon to signal the end of the event. Mr Barnett said the Liberal National Government had invested more than $15 million to mark the 400th anniversary, including a significant investment in infrastructure and commemorations through Royalties for Regions. The Premier will be joined in Denham by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman to officially open the $6.1 million redevelopment of the town site and foreshore. "Denham has been transformed with a new jetty, the redeveloped foreshore and striking art piece which has already become a photo opportunity enjoyed by visitors to the spectacular Shark Bay World Heritage Area," Mr Barnett said. "Tomorrow also signals the end of the five-day Dirk Hartog Voyage of Discovery Shark Bay 1616 Festival, and I would like to congratulate all involved in putting on a fun and interesting program for the thousands of visitors who have travelled here." Mr Barnett and Mr Redman will also unveil new state-of-the-art digital multimedia panels in the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, which offer an exciting and modern way to learn, explore and become immersed in 400 years of history. "Similar to how the interactive display in the National Anzac Centre has drawn people to Albany, I expect that the digital panels in the Discovery Centre, together with other new attractions in the region, will also encourage visitors to take a west turn at the Overlander Roadhouse," the Premier said. Mr Redman said Denham was a tourism hub for the Gascoyne region and the significant investment into revitalisation would provide the community with a lasting legacy. "We expect to see employment opportunities for local businesses generated as a result of this redevelopment; another example of the value of the Royalties for Regions program for communities," he said. People can also learn about Dirk Hartog, his voyage and his legacy through a new website developed by the Western Australian Museum, which brings together stories of the VOC and Dutch shipwrecks. As a follow-on to the 400th anniversary, the Hartog and de Vlamingh dishes will be reunited in Perth for the Travellers and Traders in The Indian Ocean World exhibition at the Maritime Museum from October 31, 2016. Fact File Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will visit WA next week as part of a State Visit to Australia and will officially open the Travellers and Traders in the Indian Ocean World exhibition at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle For information and tickets about the exhibition, visit http// The Liberal National Government has committed $5.7 million from Royalties for Regions, through the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan, to the redevelopment of the Denham foreshore and main street For more information about the celebrations, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700