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New Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health14204Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/07/2020 4:59:07 AM2020-07-07T04:30:00Z WA's first Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health appointed Dr Sophie Davison to play integral role in helping lead clinical mental health in WA Role will strengthen consumer and community focused clinical careDr Sophie Davison has been appointed as Western Australia's first Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health. The McGowan Government established the new position of Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health (CMOMH) within the Mental Health Commission to help strengthen its leadership role in the sector. Reporting directly to the Mental Health Commissioner, Dr Davison will contribute clinical expertise to strategic planning and policy development, strengthen consumer and community focused clinical care, and liaise with non-government services to support system integration across WA's public mental health, alcohol and other drug services. She will have a key role in a newly created Mental Health Executive Committee, that will bring together chief executives and clinical leadership from across the Health Service Providers and the Department of Health. Dr Davison has been appointed to the position on an acting basis for the next six months. The Commission is currently in the process of considering expressions of interest for the key positions of consumer representative and carer/family representative for the Committee and the Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Council. The Committee will focus on improving partnerships, including with the community sector, and strengthen consumer focused care, to ensure lived experience is central to policy development and service delivery. The decision to create the CMOMH and the Committee follows the release of the Review of the Clinical Governance of Public Mental Health Services in Western Australia. Dr Davison is currently the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist in Western Australia and has been leading the clinical mental health response to the COVID-19 pandemic within the Department of Health for the past four months. For more information visit http//www.mhc.wa.gov.au/ Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Congratulations to Dr Davison on being appointed to this important role. "Now, more than ever, we must listen to those who have firsthand experience with the mental health system. Dr Davison will work closely with consumer and carer/family representatives to help ensure our health system can grow to meet the needs of the community. "Our mental health system is under immense pressure and with the uncertainty of the pandemic continuing, having a strong and collaborative sector will continue to be critically important. "Dr Davison will work to further strengthen integration and collaboration at the highest levels, working closely with the service providers and other agencies who deliver services to our community." Minister's office - 6552 6500
$20 million funding to create specialist mental health hub14203Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/07/2020 4:06:39 AM2020-07-07T04:00:00Z $20 million for 20 more mental health beds at Fremantle Hospital Adds to commitment of new 20-bed secure mental health unit at the hospital, which has also received additional funds of $4.4 million Creates South Metropolitan specialist mental health hubThe McGowan Government will invest $24.4 million as part of the WA Recovery Plan to provide an additional 20 mental health beds at Fremantle Hospital and supplement funding for the existing 20-bed expansion. The new unit will include a 10-bed older adult neurological behavioural unit, caring for patients with complex needs including neurological and psychiatric issues. Patients will benefit greatly from a shared model of care between psychiatry and geriatric professionals. There will also be a 10-bed adult ward, all single rooms with access to a courtyard. This additional funding complements the 20-bed secure mental health unit at Fremantle Hospital announced by the McGowan Government in April 2019. The 40-bed mental health development will transform Fremantle Hospital into a key mental health hub, significantly boosting the current 64-bed inpatient admission capacity and providing better access to expert care for patients with a mental illness in the South Metropolitan region. Existing Fremantle Hospital buildings will be refurbished and redeveloped to cater for this new unit. Preliminary work on the redevelopment will commence shortly, with the unit expected to open in 2023. This is a positive step forward for people living with a mental illness in Perth's southern corridor, providing greater access to expert care and treatment and helping relieve pressure on busy emergency departments in the area. Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook "Improving outcomes for people with mental illness is a priority for the McGowan Government. "These additional 20-beds at Fremantle Hospital will ensure access to safe, high-quality mental health inpatient care and further assist in delivering timely care to our most vulnerable patients. "In particular, it will provide specialist care for older adults with more complex needs." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "These extra beds mean people in Fremantle and surrounds will have access to mental health care closer to their homes and loved ones. "We know that there is huge demand for mental health services across the community. Ensuring that there are inpatient services available is an important way to better our mental health system." Minister's office - 6552 6500
Joint media statement - Contractor sought for major works package in Perth’s eastern suburbs14202Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/07/2020 2:17:28 AM2020-07-07T02:00:00Z ​The search for a contractor to deliver a transformational, job-creating package of road upgrades for Perth's eastern suburbs has now started, with Request for Proposals launched. The works package is one of 24 Western Australian transport projects being fast-tracked to support the WA economy and local jobs during the road out of COVID-19. Initial scope for the package of congestion-busting projects in Perth's eastern suburbs includes A new grade separated interchange at Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Roe Highway A new grade separated interchange at Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Abernethy Road New cycling connections In addition, (subject to agreement with local governments) Duplication of Abernethy Road between Grogan Road and the future intersection of Adelaide Street Extension of Lloyd Street from Clayton Street to Lakes Road, including a new bridge over the Helena River Intersection upgrade at Abernethy Road and Kalamunda RoadThe two grade separated interchanges will be built along Great Eastern Highway bypass - one at Roe Highway and another at Abernethy Road - will replace the current signalised intersections that are used by more than 28,000 motorists a day. Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the project would bust congestion and improve safety risks for traffic across the Hazelmere and Forrestfield industrial and freight distribution centres. "Safety is a significant factor. In the past five years, there have been 302 crashes reported in the area and we need to bring these numbers down," Mr Tudge said. "We are investing in critical infrastructure in WA to lay the foundations for economic recovery on the other side of COVID-19 and this project forms part of that." The works package will join other projects already construction or in procurement in Perth's eastern suburbs, including the Roe Highway-Kalamunda Road grade-separated interchange, METRONET's Bellevue Railcar Facility and Tonkin Highway interchange upgrades.Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said procurement for the upgrades had been streamlined to boost Western Australia's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. "We have been able to bring forward procurement 18 months earlier than originally scheduled, to support Western Australia's economic recovery from the pandemic," she said. "Western Australia's response to managing the pandemic has been nation-leading and we are now working to ensure our economic recovery is just as strong. As part of this, Main Roads is working to bring forward a record number of road projects across Western Australia to stimulate our economy over coming months and years. "Along with creating hundreds of jobs and supporting local businesses, the finished product will provide critical new connections for Perth's transport network. "Drivers from Perth's eastern suburbs and Hills would be familiar with peak hour queues at these intersections, and our package of works will vastly improve traffic flow in these areas," Ms Saffioti said. "It will also provide major efficiencies for heavy vehicles frequenting industrial areas including Hazelmere, Perth Airport, Kewdale and Forrestfield. Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt said the eastern part of Perth and the Hills district are one of the fastest growing areas in the city. "I am delighted transport infrastructure projects are moving forward for the benefit of the residents of the area," Mr Wyatt said. "These projects will assist with the growth of our local economy and I thank the Morrison Government and the McGowan Government for supporting my efforts to see these projects move forward." Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons welcomed the announcement that a contract was being sought for the congestion busting works package in Perth's eastern suburbs. "These works will assist people in getting home safer and sooner and will have significant positive impact on the transport hub," Mr Irons said. "With these works being actioned quickly, we look forward to the completion of this project which will be a great benefit economically." The project is expected to commence construction in 2021, subject to environmental and statutory approvals, and will create 1,200 jobs. State Member for Belmont Cassie Rowe said the major works package addressed multiple bottlenecks on the road network. "The current traffic light system has created significant safety and congestion issues over the years. Building new interchanges will drastically improve safety while improving traffic flow," Ms Rowe said. "These projects will also complement our other major works in the eastern suburbs, including the Tonkin Gap project that will start in coming months." The Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges project is jointly-funded by the Australian ($144 million) and Western Australian ($36 million) governments. Further funding will be contributed from local governments towards the Lloyd Street extension and duplication of Abernethy Road, subject to final negotiations. Minister's office - 6552 5500
State Government provides $180,000 to Kimberley community projects14200Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/07/2020 12:13:22 AM2020-07-06T22:00:00Z Water Corporation awards more than $80,000 to 12 community projects in the Kimberley A further $100,000 awarded to 22 not-for-profits impacted by COVID-19 Projects supporting children with special needs, caring for local wildlife and promoting cultural learning are among those to receive funding through the latest round of the Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme. Community grant recipients were announced at a special presentation evening in Broome last night. Round 5 will see 12 recipients share in more than $80,000 for important social and community projects across the region. Grants will help groups such as Native Animal Rescue Broome construct a marine life rehabilitation facility, fund repairs to the iconic Sailmaker's Shed and see the installation of therapeutic play equipment at Yiyili Aboriginal Community School. A further $100,000 was awarded to 22 local not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19 as part of the Water Corporation's Kimberley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Round 6). Among those to receive support were Kangaroo Haven Incorporation Kununurra, Wyndham Historical Society, Broome Aboriginal Media Association and Derby Sportsmen's Club. The unique scheme is delivered by Water Corporation in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome. It is funded through the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced at the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant. For more information, visit https//www.watercorporation.com.au/ Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Congratulations to each worthy recipient in the Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, which since 2016 has directed over $365,000 into important grassroots projects across the region. "Round 5 attracted a record number of applicants and saw the highest monetary contribution in the scheme's four-year history. "It was particularly heartening to see such a significant contribution to local not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19. "Through this contribution, the Water Corporation and the WA Government are supporting local organisations so that they may continue making a positive difference to communities across the Kimberley." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "Through initiatives like the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, not-for-profit groups are able to undertake projects that contribute greatly to the fabric of life in regional communities. "There are some incredibly worthy recipients in the latest rounds of funding, and I look forward to seeing each project take shape in the near future." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Projects supported by Round 5 of the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Group and location Grant Initiative Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation $10,000 Convert a sea container to unisex ablution facilities for use in the Aboriginal trainee program. Waringarri Aboriginal Arts $4,500 Create a cultural garden inspired by native plant knowledge to support cultural learning and develop creative expression. Broome Bird Observatory $2,150 Establish a waterwise garden at the Discovery Centre to attract native birds and wildlife and provide a shaded area for visitors. Broome Horse Riders Club Inc $10,000 Upgrade ageing water infrastructure at Broome Rodeo Grounds to encourage better waterwise practices. Kununurra Community Garden $8,000 Upcycle grow beds and educate Kununurra families in gardening activities to build community resilience and create local food security. Native Animal Rescue Broome $10,000 Fund a purpose-built facility to enable veterinarians and volunteers to rehabilitate vulnerable marine turtles and other marine animals. Incredible Edible Broome $5,000 Publish 'The Guide to Gardening Broome', a comprehensive guide to gardening in the Broome climate. Broome Historical Society $4,250 Fund repairs to Broome's iconic Sailmaker's Shed. Yiyili Aboriginal Community School $10,000 Install a playground with therapeutic play equipment to benefit children with special needs. Cable Beach Primary School $9.500 Transform a vast, underutilised section of playground into an inviting nature play space for children. St Mary's College Broome $1,500 Fund an artistic program to design and highlight bins across the school to minimise littering. Kununurra Historical Society $6,000 Develop a video series sharing local Kununurra history. Organisations to receive funding through the Kimberley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Round 6) Group and location Grant Initiative Broome Lotteries House $7,500 Provide support for insurance costs. Kununurra Campdraft and Rodeo Association $2,500 Provide support for operational costs. Ord Valley Events Incorporated Kununurra $2,500 Provide support for operational costs. Kangaroo Haven Incorporation $5,000 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Motocross $5,000 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Aboriginal Media Association $7,210 To fund live music "Gimme Sessions" to support the local Broome arts sector. Broome Community Resource Centre $10,000 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Bird Observatory $2,500 Provide support for operational costs. Lioness Club of Broome $2,712 Provide rental support and community donations. Wyndham Historical Society $1,149 Provide support for insurance costs. Broome Men's Shed $5,000 Provide support for insurance and equipment. SAFE Broome $5,473.22 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Historical Society $8,000 Provide support for insurance costs. Lions Club of Broome $3,585 To fund a replacement trailer for fundraising purposes. Incredible Edible Broome $4,955 Provide support for insurance costs and to fund trailer registration and maintenance. Kununurra Community Garden $2,045.78 Provide support for insurance and operational costs. Derby Animal Welfare $4,300 Provide support for operational costs. KANE Inc $5,000 Provide support for operational costs. Crazy Crocs Playgroup Kununurra $2,000 Provide activity packs for community. Derby Sportsman's Club $10,000 Provide support for operational costs. Dinosaur Coast $1,200 Provide support for insurance costs. Kununurra Toy and Puzzle Library $2,370 Provide support for operational costs.
McGowan Government boosts plastic and tyre recycling in Western Australia14201Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml7/07/2020 12:15:29 AM2020-07-06T22:00:00Z $20 million to improve plastic and tyre processing in WA State Government funds will be matched by the Federal Government Expression of interest process commenced for new plastic and tyre reprocessing facilitiesThe McGowan Government has today committed $20 million to boost capacity for local processing of waste plastic and tyres in Western Australia. $15 million dollars in grant funding will be provided to support local processing of plastics and tyres and the development of infrastructure in the north of the State. Access will also be provided to industrial zoned land valued at $5 million for processing infrastructure. The State Government funding will need to be matched or exceeded by industry investment meaning that total combined investment in local processing is likely to be greater than $60 million. The State Government is today calling for grant applications from organisations to support new processing infrastructure, including projects in regional and remote Western Australia. The announcement follows the March 2020 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, which confirmed a timetable for phasing out waste exports and building domestic infrastructure to support reuse and recycling. WA grants will be considered for projects that can help in the domestic processing of plastics and whole tyres currently collected in Western Australia. Proposals for economically viable projects that utilise best-practice methodology, know-how and technology, achieve value for money and maximise industry financial contributions are welcomed. The funding is in addition to the more than $20 million already provided annually to fund waste related programs and initiatives from the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. For more information or to submit a completed expression of interest, contact wastegrants@dwer.wa.gov.au Applications close at 9am AWST, August 17, 2020 (late applications will not be accepted). Comments attributed to Acting Environment Minister Francis Logan "This commitment from the McGowan Government is not only good for the environment, it is good for WA jobs; we know we can deliver three times more jobs when we recycle better. "Analysis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in WA approximately 12,500 tonnes of plastics and 7,000 tonnes of tyres would be captured as result of the export ban on certain wastes. This represents a huge opportunity for industry in WA. "As a State Government moving towards a circular economy we are seeking expressions of interest from innovative and entrepreneurial organisations to help us grow local processing capacity for waste and ensure these valuable materials are reprocessed locally." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Barrister Philip Urquhart to become a Coroner14199Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11150html6/07/2020 7:18:47 AM2020-07-06T07:00:00Z Philip Urquhart appointed to Coroner's Court Barrister has participated in high-profile cases Five-year appointment will fill a vacancy on the CourtAttorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of prominent barrister Philip Urquhart as a Coroner. Mr Urquhart has been in practice as a barrister since 2005, including appearances as a counsel in Corruption and Crime Commission hearings into the Smith's Beach development at Yallingup and the Andrew Mallard wrongful murder conviction. He was also a counsel assisting at the St Andrew's Hostel Inquiry into government response to sexual abuse allegations and lead counsel at last year's inquiry into the City of Perth. Mr Urquhart has considerable experience in the Coroner's Court of Western Australia, having appeared as counsel assisting in a number of complex inquests. Earlier in his career, Mr Urquhart spent 13 years with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, appearing as counsel in more than 250 trials across WA's courts. Mr Urquhart will start his five-year term on 20 July 2020. His appointment will fill, in advance, a vacancy resulting from the resignation of Deputy State Coroner Barry King in December 2020. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "I am pleased to appoint Mr Urquhart, a very experienced legal practitioner having been admitted in February 1989. "He will be a valuable addition to the Coroner's Court. "He is joining the Court well ahead of Mr King's departure to provide stability and certainty for the Western Australian community and to continue reducing the State's backlog of coronial cases. "I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him well in his new role." Attorney General's office - 6552 6800
Regional Airports Development Scheme grants now14198Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8270html6/07/2020 6:37:42 AM2020-07-06T06:30:00Z More than $3.1 million worth of grants available for regional airports to apply for 2021-23 regional airport grant round opens today and closes August 7, 2020 Funding brought forward to assist with economic recovery post COVID-19 Grants to help boost economic recovery in regions and support local jobs McGowan Government working to secure additional and affordable regional flights Transport Minister Rita Saffioti is inviting all regional and remote airports across Western Australia to apply for the 2021-23 round of Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants, which opened today. This round of grants, worth more than $3.1 million, will focus on economic recovery stimulus initiatives and programs in response to COVID-19. The grant round, which has been brought forward, will focus on labour-intensive infrastructure projects that can be completed by the end of 2021, to help stimulate job creation and facilitate recovery of the State's economy. The RADS grant contribution has also increased to 75 per cent of the eligible project cost for airport owners that can complete their project by December 31, 2021 and can demonstrate employment of local workers. If these criteria cannot be met and demonstrated at the completion of the project, the RADS grant contribution will be reduced to 50 per cent funding for the project. RADS grants, funded through the Department of Transport, provide funding to increase planning, safety, capacity and security at regional and remote WA airports to improve access for health, community and business. Previous projects funded through the grant program include runway widening and resealing, solar runway lighting, construction of a helicopter landing site, security upgrades and patient transfer facilities. The 2021-23 round of Regional Airports Development Scheme grants are open for applications from today (July 6) and close on August 7, 2020. Please visit http//www.transport.wa.gov.au/RADS on how to apply and for the guidelines. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant economic impact on the aviation and tourism sector. "This round of funding has been brought forward to help identify RADS projects that can be delivered by December 31, 2021, to help stimulate regional economies, boost local job opportunities and help get these airports ready for the recovery of the aviation sector. "We are doing everything we can to help the aviation sector on the road to recovery - we are working with airlines, local communities, tourism operators and the Commonwealth Government, to build air services beyond the minimum service levels, with a focus on the economic and social needs of the community. "A total of 14 RADS projects, with a combined grant value of almost $1.2 million, were completed throughout 2019-20, meaning some of our State's most remote airstrips that rely on air services for medical and essential supplies were able to improve amenities, improve safety and upgrade capacity. "Since 2008, 282 regional airport projects have been granted almost $42 million in RADS funding, helping transform regional airports across WA." Minister's office - 6552 5500
Big boost for WA arts, sport and community sectors seeking relief14197Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements20970html6/07/2020 4:05:02 AM2020-07-06T03:00:00Z More than $47.5 million in grants will support WA community groups Relief for community groups impacted by event cancellation during COVID-19 Latest grant rounds focused on support to arts, sport and community groupsThe State Government, through Lotterywest, has provided the biggest agenda of grants - in number and value-making up more than $47.5 million in crucial funding to the Western Australian community. The latest round of grants as part of the $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund resulted in Lotterywest receiving the same number of applications in a month that it would normally approve in a year. Event Cancellation Relief and Resilient Organisation Support rounds resulted in 381 grants recommended, totalling up to $26.3 million. This means organisations and businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of events cancelled due to COVID‑19 will receive much-needed relief and support. Grant support will also help maintain staff, develop new ways of working and build resilience so they can continue delivering benefit for the Western Australian community during the state of emergency. These grants are distributed by Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) to not-for-profit arts, sports and community organisations across the State. Lotterywest is also set to provide a further $10 million to DLGSC, assisting them to deliver specific COVID-19 relief programs for arts and sporting groups. A further $5.2 million towards crisis and emergency relief has also been allocated to 23 not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities, bringing a total of $11.2 million allocated to 91 groups to support Western Australians most in need. Development is now underway for Lotterywest's 2020-21 COVID-19 Relief Fund program for up to $100 million in grant funding.All available profits from every jackpot, draw and ticket will go directly into the COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist the Western Australian community to recover. For more information on the approved grants, visit https//www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/lotterywest/grants Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "This COVID-19 Relief Fund is an extension of the purpose for which Lotterywest was originally created - to support the Western Australian community through charitable organisations. "In 1931 the crisis was the Great Depression; in 2020 it's COVID-19. These impacts are not limited to health alone, but include the broader economic downturn and disruption to the community. "I feel deeply for businesses and groups that have suffered financial losses during this pandemic. Our arts, culture and sporting sectors have really felt this through events cancelled and impacted because of COVID-19. "As more restrictions are eased I encourage the community to get back out and support their local businesses and attend more events as we work together on WA's recovery journey. "Lotterywest's COVID-19 Relief Fund is responding to the needs of the WA community with a focus on providing support to organisations so they can continue to deliver benefits to the Western Australian community during the state of emergency." Premier's office - 6552 5000
Scitech to reopen today14196Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5510html6/07/2020 12:44:50 AM2020-07-06T00:30:00Z Scitech's Science Centre at City West to re-open today after three months Visitors are encouraged to book online Scitech is a key partner in implementing the McGowan Government's STEM StrategyScitech's Science Centre will re-open today, following its closure in March due to COVID-19. In accordance with Phase-4 COVID-19 restrictions, Scitech will be initially operating under a reduced visitor capacity, in line with the two square metre rule. To manage attendance, online bookings are highly encouraged and will be given priority entry. To ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors, Scitech has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures. Visitors to Scitech will also be required to follow physical distancing requirements. Since its establishment in 1988, Scitech has been inspiring young Western Australians to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Scitech receives $8.6 million in funding per year from the State Government and is a key partner in implementing the McGowan Government's STEM skills strategy. Over the past few months while the Science Centre has been closed, Scitech has continued to deliver programs in schools and has engaged thousands of West Australians over its web and social media platforms. Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring all Western Australians have the opportunity to develop STEM skills and participate in the jobs of the future. "Scitech plays such an important role in inspiring young people to take an interest in STEM. "I'm thrilled that Scitech is reopening just in time to kick-start the school holidays." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Statement from Tourism Minister Paul Papalia14195Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements15920html5/07/2020 7:48:02 AM2020-07-05T07:30:00Z "I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of Troy Thomas. My thoughts are with Troy's loved ones and the other victims of this terrible accident. "Troy was a valued member of Western Australia's tourism industry and a passionate advocate for his beloved Kimberley region. Through his award winning business, he shared this very special part of Western Australia with thousands of people from around the world each year. "The Western Australian tourism industry has lost a valued leader and a good friend. On behalf of the State Government, I would like to extend my condolences to the bereaved families. Our thoughts are also with those who have been hospitalised." Minister's office - 6552 5600
$6.8 million financial counselling boost to aid household recovery14194Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements19060html5/07/2020 4:39:36 AM2020-07-04T23:00:00Z More than $6.8 million, as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to help WA households and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 $3.7 million expansion of financial counselling services to meet increases in demand for advice Nearly $1.7 million for traineeships and professional development to support upskilling and employment of additional financial counsellors $1.5 million for financial counselling services in the regions Initiative to support more than 40 FTE jobsThe McGowan Labor Government will invest more than $6.8 million to further expand financial counselling services to help get Western Australians, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, back on track. As part of the WA Recovery Plan in response to COVID-19, Premier Mark McGowan and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today announced the relief package with an additional $3.7 million in funding to expand existing financial counselling services. The funds will help to meet the existing and anticipated increase in demand for financial counselling advice arising from COVID-19 economic impacts. The initiative is expected to create more than 40 FTE jobs for the financial counselling sector. In a first for the State, the package includes funding for financial counsellors with specific expertise in small business debt. The State Government will also work closely with the Financial Counsellors' Association of WA to increase the number of skilled financial counsellors. To make this possible, $1.5 million in new funding has been made available for traineeships and diploma scholarships, to grow the financial counselling workforce. A further $180,000 will go to improving the skills of existing financial counsellors. This funding will help respond to both the unmet demand for financial counselling and increasingly complex client issues. A further $1.5 million will deliver financial counselling services in regional areas for a further two years. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it unprecedented closures of businesses and job losses. "It has affected people who have never had to put their hand out for help before. "Our expansion of financial counselling will ensure that families and individuals who are experiencing financial hardship now are able to access services with little or no delay. "My Government reinstated this important service which was cut by the previous government. "I'm pleased we were able to deliver on this election commitment and are now able to go one step further and ensure the service is more readily available to Western Australians. "We've been able to do this and make important investments into critical community programs because of our responsible financial management - even before the pandemic hit. "This funding will also help Western Australians on the recovery journey and to prepare for when the support being paid to them by the Commonwealth dries up in September." Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk "The widespread economic instability associated with COVID-19 is putting many WA families under financial pressure. "In the coming months, families facing mortgage stress, growing household debt and unemployment will have their situation compounded by the end of the JobKeeper and boosted JobSeeker payments. "We anticipate there will be significant increased demand for financial counselling, and individuals and families need to be able to access these services quickly and easily. "We know financial counselling works - it can reduce household stress, help households better manage debt and provide a pathway to financial stability. "This funding boost will ensure that the sector is in a position to help those in need of support. "The support for small businesses will be particularly important as we work together to rebuild the WA economy." Premier's office - 6552 5000Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Perth Royal Show to go ahead14193Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12220html5/07/2020 4:34:09 AM2020-07-04T02:00:00Z 2020 Perth Royal Show to go ahead McGowan Government providing $2.1 million to Royal Agriculture Society of WA to support 2020 Royal Show Show to focus on supporting and showcasing industry sectors impacted by COVID-19 Ticket prices for families and adults reduced by 25 per centThe Perth Royal Show will go ahead this year with support from the McGowan Government. The State Government has provided $2.1 million to the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) to support the 2020 Perth Royal Show. The funding is a one-off support measure to assist the RASWA with recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, and includes a $450,000 grant from Lotterywest. This year's Perth Royal Show will provide an opportunity for Western Australians to come together, celebrate one of WA's longest running community events and reward themselves for their efforts in fighting COVID-19. The show will have some slight differences, but it will have just as much agriculture, entertainment, displays, animals, food and fireworks as in previous years. There will be a particular focus on supporting and showcasing industry sectors which have been impacted by COVID-19 including tourism, small business, arts and entertainment and non-for-profit organisations. This includes a pavilion dedicated to encouraging show visitors to 'Wander out Yonder' and plan a trip to regional WA, daily performances showcasing local arts and entertainment groups and displays featuring the great work non-for profit organisations do and how the public can support them. Visitors can also take the opportunity to 'Thank a Farmer' by leaving a note of support at the show. The McGowan Government's funding support will also provide a 25 per cent reduction in ticket prices for family and adult entry to encourage the community to come out and to enjoy and support the show. The 2020 Perth Royal Show is being held from September 26 to October 3. For more information visit https//www.perthroyalshow.com.au/ Comments attributed Premier Mark McGowan "Being able to hold the 2020 Perth Royal Show recognises the work we have all done in restricting the spread of COVID-19 across our State, and is a great achievement for all Western Australians to be proud of and celebrate. "I encourage everyone to visit this year's Royal Show for an enjoyable day out with family and friends and to support the businesses and industry sectors recovering from the impacts of COVID-19." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Perth Royal Show provides a profound connect between country and city people. "COVID-19 has highlighted how important our agricultural and regional industries are to Perth and to WA. "Come to the Show this year - celebrate the fact that WA can stage this event, and connect with our fabulous farmers." Minister's office - 6552 6200
New partnerships to sweeten the deal for WA holiday-makers14192Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements14570html3/07/2020 9:55:58 AM2020-07-03T09:55:00Z Partnerships with three tourism providers form part of 'Wander Out Yonder' intrastate campaign Co-operative marketing partnerships will entice Western Australians to holiday around the State Supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA Western Australians will have even more reason to discover the State's exciting holiday options thanks to a number of new co-operative marketing partnerships supported by the State Government, through Tourism WA, as part of the Wander Out Yonder campaign. The deals involve partnerships with family-friendly caravan and holiday park group Top Parks, motorhome provider Britz Australia and tour and attraction platform Sightseeing Pass Australia. The Top Parks partnership will include special property accommodation deals which will be advertised across radio, digital and social media from July to September. Britz Australia's campervans will be included in a promotion of the State's road trips involving top WA social media influencers such as Jarrad Seng and Brooke Blurton. The influencers will share their road trip travels on social media, inspiring others to follow suit and discover more of WA. The campaign will include a special Perth-return offer for Britz Australia motorhomes promoted through digital and social advertising from July through September. This will also include the opportunity to win a WA road trip with Britz Australia. Sightseeing Pass Australia will run a competition from early July offering the chance to win one of 14 prizes, including short break packages and iconic WA experiences valued at $10,000. This will be followed by a tactical campaign to promote a range of curated short break packages for couples or families travelling with children in Perth, Margaret River and Albany. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "From the gorges and waterfalls of our North-West through to the sweeping coastline and amazing local produce of our South-West, a holiday in WA is an unforgettable experience. "With the intrastate borders now lifted, for those who are able, there's no better time to discover more about your own State, wander where you've never been and find out first-hand what makes Western Australia such a desirable holiday destination. "These partnerships offer real incentives for people to see our State with fresh eyes, book a tour or holiday they've never tried before and support our local tourism operators in the process." Minister's office - 6552 5600
New directory showcasing local defence industry goes live14191Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7360html3/07/2020 8:24:33 AM2020-07-03T08:00:00Z State Government launches new Western Australian Online Defence Industry Capability Directory About 120 WA businesses and organisations will benefit from national and overseas promotion This milestone is a key outcome of the WA Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan The McGowan Government has launched a new online directory to promote local defence industry businesses to assist the sector to secure national and international projects and create jobs. The new Western Australian Online Defence Industry Capability Directory is an important tool to showcase the local defence industry to buyers, and other defence industry companies both in Australia and overseas. Around 120 organisations are listed initially, including prime contractors, small to medium enterprises, training providers and universities because they closely match the immediate needs of the Federal Government's $200 billion investment in Defence capability. The online directory will be updated continually to capture the growth in Western Australia's defence industry and include more of the State's world-class, globally competitive businesses. Local companies can also contact Defence West to be considered for inclusion. The online directory replaces the original printed version, and will provide greater flexibility and reach for our defence industry towards procuring projects. The Western Australian Online Defence Industry Capability Directory is available at http//www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/economic-development/defence-west/wa's-defence-capability Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia "The Western Australian Online Defence Industry Capability Directory will be a powerful tool to promote the State's extensive defence capabilities. "The easy-to-use directory can be accessed by key decision makers in Australia, and the State Government's overseas offices will use it for promotion in overseas markets to help grow our defence exports. "This new online directory will help the local defence industry win more work and create jobs for Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Magistrates to hear court matters State-wide for the first time14190Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements16750html3/07/2020 7:28:33 AM2020-07-03T07:00:00Z Magistrates will take over hearing all remaining court matters from Justices of the Peace in WA Justices of the Peace have had a long history of hearing criminal matters in WA courts, particularly in remote areas A centralised service based in Perth will hear urgent matters across the StateFor the first time in Western Australia, legally qualified magistrates will deal with all criminal matters in the State's Magistrates Court locations. The announcement closes a long chapter of Justices of the Peace hearing criminal matters in Western Australia, particularly in rural and remote parts of the State where a magistrate was not always available. With the growing volume and legal complexity of criminal cases in Western Australia, Justices of the Peace have been gradually stepping back from hearing such matters in recent years, which is in line with recommendations made by the inquest into the tragic death of Aboriginal elder Mr Ward in 2008. Attorney General John Quigley said a combination of videolink technology and the appointment of two new magistrates would allow the change to be made. Justices of the Peace will still be able to authorise search warrants for the time being if they have accessed the appropriate training. Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley "It is now fitting and appropriate that all matters coming before the WA courts are heard by a magistrate, who thanks to technology can be present in any court across the State. "One of the recommendations handed down by the then State Coroner in 2009 in relation to the tragic death of the late Mr Ward was that the 'Department of the Attorney General review present procedures to extend the availability of video conferencing, and in the absence of available video conferencing, give consideration to increased use of telephone conferencing so that decisions, particularly those relating to the liberty of the subject, can be wherever possible made by qualified magistrates'. "In 2011, the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs Report on the Implementation of the Coroner's Recommendations in Relation to the Death of Mr Ward and Related Matters reiterated the Coroner's recommendations. "The decision by the McGowan Government to implement a centralised Magistrates Court constituted by legally qualified magistrates was made in consultation with key stakeholders. "It addresses the key recommendations of the Coroner and the Standing Committee as well as a majority of stakeholders who believe that Justices of the Peace should no longer perform judicial duties. "Many Justices of the Peace have volunteered their time over the years to assist the judicial system and I extend my appreciation to them for their significant contribution." Minister's office - 6552 6800
Grant to pursue Ord cotton processing opportunity14188Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8980html3/07/2020 5:00:24 AM2020-07-03T05:00:00Z McGowan Government commits $100,000 to progress northern cotton gin proposal Ord growers sign Memorandum of Understanding in first steps towards cotton processing in State's north The McGowan Government has awarded $100,000 to an East Kimberley grower co-operative to pursue cotton processing opportunities in the State's north. The Ord River District Co-operative (ORDCO) will receive a Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund grant to develop a business model and governance arrangements for a local cotton gin. The proposal involves the production of local ginned cotton fibre which can be exported directly from Western Australia, instead of harvested cotton being trucked long distances to Queensland for processing. The funding, which will be matched by ORDCO, will also support the preparation of a business case and investment proposal to build cotton processing facilities in the Ord Valley. Cotton seed would be retained locally, providing a significant value-add opportunity for the northern pastoral industry as a supplementary, local-origin feed source for cattle. The expansion of cotton in the Ord has taken another step forward with a Memorandum of Understanding between ORDCO, Kimberley Agricultural Investment and MG Corporation setting out a proposed framework for ownership and management of a cotton ginnery. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Our Government recognises that without local processing of cotton we won't have a viable cotton industry. "The proposed facility in the East Kimberley would allow local growers to separate and clean cotton locally, generating jobs and reducing costs associated with transporting cotton thousands of kilometres to the east coast for processing. "We commend the East Kimberley groups involved in reaching an MOU, which brings together Ord growers and traditional owners in striving towards a local cotton gin. "This grant will support critical ground work to develop a business proposal for this project, which has the potential to deliver strong economic and jobs growth to the region." Minister's office - 6552 6200
McGowan Government supports resources sector during COVID-1914187Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements11910html3/07/2020 4:56:28 AM2020-07-03T04:30:00Z ​Amendments to mining regulations will assist tenement holders applying for expenditure exemption New measures will reduce objection period from 35 days to 14 daysThe McGowan Government has amended the Mining Regulations 1981 to support stakeholders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the revised regulations, tenement holders can now apply for expenditure exemptions if they are able to demonstrate that COVID-19 has affected their ability to meet their expenditure conditions. The temporary amendments reduce the amount of time allowed for an objection to be lodged, from 35 days to 14 days, and all exemption applications will now be published online. Guidelines have been developed to assist stakeholders through the new interim process and to ensure applications remain of a high-quality. Providing clear guidance should also minimise the requests for additional information from the applicant. Additionally, on Wednesday July 1, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety cut its assessment timeframes in half for exploration Programme of Work applications. The new timeframe target for applications has been reduced from 30 to 15 business days. For more information, visit https//www.dmirs.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston "Mineral exploration is fundamental to the ongoing success of Western Australia's resources sector and we continue to work with industry to improve outcomes. "The McGowan Government recognises that tenement holders continue to be impacted by COVID-19 and the new regulations will help the resources sector by reducing the objection timeframe while still providing procedural fairness for objectors. "A review of these arrangements, which are not intended to be permanent, is planned for early 2021 and industry will be consulted as part of the process." Minister's office - 6552 6700
‘Get Quokka Happy’ and save on Rottnest Island this winter14189Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements12610html3/07/2020 5:20:26 AM2020-07-03T03:00:00Z Discounted accommodation and 'Rotto Dollars' among measures to make Rottnest more affordable Winter beach pop-up bar opens today, giving visitors the opportunity to have a drink and meal on the beach around a fire 'Get Quokka Happy' marketing campaign to promote the island and drive visitation and support jobs This year's Quokka Birthday to be extended to a month-long celebration McGowan Government continuing to encourage Western Australians to Wander out YonderA winter stay on Rottnest Island will be more attractive than ever this year, with savings of up to 40 per cent on accommodation and the launch of a beach pop-up bar where visitors can enjoy a drink and a meal around a fire. The new 'Get Quokka Happy' campaign will see visitors who book a two-bedroom self-contained unit save between $42 and $103 per night. Two-bedroom self-contained units will be priced from $149 per night, with three-bedroom units available from $199. These offers are available right up until the end of winter. The campaign also sees the launch of the 'Rotto Dollars' promotion, where adult day visitors to the island will receive a $20 voucher to spend on activities, tours, and food and beverage options on the island, helping to support the local business community. There are over 6,000 vouchers available to the end of winter. From July 20 to the end of August, island admission fees for overnight visitors will also be waived - a saving of $25 per adult. A new pop-up beach bar, operated by Hotel Rottnest and located in front of the venue, will offer visitors the chance to enjoy a drink and meal right on the beach. It is also now easier to plan a stay at Rottnest, with new bookings for Rottnest Island Authority accommodation no longer requiring full payment up front. Visitors now only need to make a deposit of 25 per cent with the balance payable 30 days prior to arrival. The 'Get Quokka Happy' campaign is a joint initiative of the Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce and Rottnest Island Authority to support the reopening of the Island and its small business community. As part of the campaign, this year's Quokka Birthday celebration will be extended to a month‑long celebration throughout September, with further details to be announced soon. More information about the 'Get Quokka Happy' campaign is available at http//www.getquokkahappy.com/ Rottnest was reopened to visitors in June following its temporary use as part of the State Government's COVID-19 response. The McGowan Government continues to encourage Western Australians to Wander out Yonder and support local tourism by booking holidays and experiences around the State. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "There has never been a better time to discover or rediscover Rottnest Island's charms, with a range of terrific discounts on offer for visitors this winter. "The discounts are substantial and will mean more Western Australians can take a trip over to visit the world's happiest animal this winter. "The beach pop-up will allow people to have a drink and enjoy a meal by the water, with the comfort of a fire. "Rottnest is often considered a summer destination or somewhere to go when hosting friends and family from out-of-State, but we're encouraging people to see just how good it is year‑round. "These offers present a great chance to Wander out Yonder to our island paradise, help the WA tourism industry and support small business and local jobs." Minister's office - 6552 5600
Government grants fund education initiatives to combat wage theft14184Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6780html3/07/2020 2:05:52 AM2020-07-03T02:05:00Z McGowan Government launches Getting Employment Right grants to provide funding for education initiatives to raise awareness on employment rights and obligations $300,000 available in 2020-21 for eligible employer and employee organisations Program part of the McGowan Government's strategies to combat wage theft in WA The McGowan Government has announced Getting Employment Right grants, designed to fund employer and employee organisations, including peak bodies, to undertake education initiatives on employment rights and obligations. The 2019 Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia found one of the reasons for wage theft was a lack of understanding of employment entitlements and obligations. The Inquiry recognised the important role employer and employee organisations can have in providing education at grassroots level, particularly in industries with a high incidence of wage theft, such as cafés and restaurants, contract cleaning and horticulture. Employer and employee organisations will be directly invited to participate in the grants program, each worth up to $75,000. For more information, visit https//www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston "The Getting Employment Right grants program is part of the McGowan Government's suite of strategies to combat wage theft in this State. "Employer and employee organisations play an essential role in improving knowledge of employment law among small business employers and Western Australian workers. "I encourage employer and employee organisations to apply for a grant and, as a consequence, help tackle wage theft in their industry." Minister's office - 6552 6700
King Leopold Ranges renamed to honour Aboriginal culture14186Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21120html3/07/2020 2:28:50 AM2020-07-03T02:00:00Z Kimberley ranges renamed to honour Aboriginal culture and connection to the land Former name honoured Belgium's King Leopold II who inflicted grievous atrocities upon African people Traditional owner groups support new name Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges The Minister for Lands has today announced that the King Leopold Ranges in the Kimberley region has now been officially renamed Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges. The Ranges were named by Alexander Forrest in 1879 in honour of Belgian King Leopold II who was responsible for grievous atrocities, brutal oppression and the enslavement of African people. The Ranges are nearly 600 kilometres long and cross several native title areas with each language group referring to the range by a different name. After consultation with the Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation and Bunuba Native Title Corporation, the name Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges was chosen. The name incorporates the Ngarinyin (Wunaamin) and Bunuba (Miliwundi) traditional names. Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "The McGowan Government strongly supports the recognition of Aboriginal heritage and acknowledges the important role traditional owners play. "It's important to acknowledge and promote the long history of the Aboriginal peoples' connection to this land, and the proud place it takes in Western Australia's shared history. "It has troubled me for years that an extraordinary area of Western Australia should be named in honour of a person who is widely regarded as an evil tyrant with no connection to our State. "The Traditional Owners of the region have always known the Ranges by their own name, so it's momentous to finally remove reference to King Leopold II and formalise the name." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "The former name of these spectacular ranges was not worthy and did not reflect the deep cultural history of these lands. "I'm delighted that the McGowan Government has changed the name to Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges to honour our Aboriginal history and the Traditional Owner's connection to this unique landscape." Minister's office - 6552 5900