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New tourism offering takes flight over WA skies770475Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 3:50:05 AM2017-01-23T03:40:00Za Swan River Seaplanes start flying today Day tours from Perth to Margaret River, including wineries and attractions A new tourism adventure takes to the skies in Western Australia today, offering return day trips from Perth to Margaret River in a seaplane. Swan River Seaplanes can take up to 12 guests at a time on the flights, which take in spectacular views at low altitude before dropping passengers in Margaret River at the airstrip where they can disembark on a tour of wineries and attractions, before returning to Perth. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the unique attraction was a welcome addition to Perth's rapidly growing list of tourism products. "In recent years we've seen Segway tours, walking tours, wildlife encounters and adventure activities such as indoor skydiving added to the list of things, visitors can see and do in WA," Mr Barnett said. "Coupled with a surge in new bars, restaurants, accommodation and arts and sporting events, there are now more attractions than ever to make Perth a great holiday destination. "For those who are time-poor or just want to experience a bit of luxury and see our southern coast in a different way, Swan River Seaplanes is a unique offering that I'm sure will prove very popular." Swan River Seaplanes is a sister company of award-winning Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures in the Kimberley. The Premier said tourism was an important contributor to WA's economy, supporting 97,000 jobs for West Australians and generating $9.6 billion in the 12 months to September 2016. "We have a goal to increase that to $12 billion by 2020 and attractions such as this will help us meet that target," he said. Fact File Day trips to Margaret River cost $795 per person For more information, visit http// Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000
$11.5 million for WA groundwater investigations770474Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 3:39:47 AM2017-01-23T03:30:00Za Expanding groundwater investigations across the State Water to drive economic growth and employment in regional areas Water Minister Mia Davies today announced funding of $11.5 million to increase the State's commitment to expand irrigated agriculture through groundwater investigations. Ms Davies said the Liberal National Government was committed to investigating the understanding of groundwater availability and sustainable yields in prospective locations in regional Western Australia. "The increased funding for groundwater investigation brings the total investment in the Water for Food program to $127.5 million," she said. "This additional $11.5 million investment in groundwater investigations across the State underlines our commitment to increasing the value of primary industries in Western Australia." The Water for Food program is part of the $350 million Seizing the Opportunity initiative that is investing into crucial areas of agriculture including market development, science, infrastructure and maximising water for productive use. Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the funding would include targeted new investigations State-wide, providing key water information to support private sector investment where there was strong development potential. "These investigations will optimise current water resources and support the development of real opportunities in areas less known for irrigated agriculture," Mr Lewis said. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would accelerate water investigations and support the strategic development of agriculture. "Strengthening the State Government's understanding of groundwater availability sets the foundation for the long-term development of our regions," Mr Redman said. "This project, along with other strategic Royalties for Regions initiatives, is focused on encouraging investment in agricultural development opportunities to increase economic stability and create sustainable regional communities." Fact File Part of $127.5 million Royalties for Regions Water for Food program For more information, visit https// Find out more about Royalties for Regions at https// Water Minister's office - 6552 5500 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
National Premier League game for Geraldton770473Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 3:00:21 AM2017-01-23T03:00:00Za Funding for Geraldton to host National Premier League game Community Sport Enrichment Scheme takes top class sport to regional WA Soccer fans are in for some fancy footwork when Geraldton hosts a National Premier League WA game at the re-developed Wonthella Oval later this year. In Geraldton today, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies announced that Sorrento would play the Perth Glory NPL team (reserves team) for an in-season fixture in Geraldton, during the 2017 season. "As part of the Liberal National Government's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme, Football West has received $10,000 towards hosting a premier league game in the Mid-West," Ms Davies said. "This funding will bring two teams, which are part of Perth's top soccer league, to play in Geraldton and it is an opportunity not only to see a professional game close to home but it offers an opportunity to develop the sport locally." The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme offers support and assistance to take international, national and approved State league competitions and contests to regional Western Australia. More than 3,200 players participated in soccer in Geraldton last year, with more than 120 four to six-year-olds in the MiniRoos Kick Off program. "It would be nice to think that watching this game might also inspire a future Perth Glory player, Socceroo or Matilda to kick a ball and take to the pitch," the Minister said. "It is fitting that Sorrento will participate in this event as they have several players in their squad that originated in Geraldton, and this will allow them to showcase their skills in their home town and inspire the next generation of local players." The visiting teams will also take part in a community engagement program which will include clinics for junior players plus coaching and refereeing workshops. Football West will conduct workshops for junior and senior players, coaches and referees in the lead up to the match. Ms Davies said developing sport in regional towns and centres was an important part of the work that the Department of Sport and Recreation does from its 11 regional offices. Fact File For more information, visit http// Past beneficiaries of CSES funding have included hockey in Bunbury, a national volleyball competition in Albany, cycling in Margaret River and golf in Kalgoorlie Minister's office - 6552 5500
$5.7m for regional athletes, coaches and officials770469Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 2:30:11 AM2017-01-23T02:30:00Za $5.7 million for regional sportsmen and women to train, travel and compete Four-year funding program Supported by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Regional sport is the winner after the Liberal National Government today announced $5.7 million to support regional athletes, coaches and officials. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the four-year funding program would help regional athletes achieve their best. "This funding enables talented athletes to train and stay in their community as they advance along the talent pathway," Ms Davies said. "It also makes sure local coaches and officials are able to support regional athletes in their home environment by providing them with leadership skills, education, training, and support services." Regional athletes have, despite the challenge of distance, long excelled on the national and international stage. This funding supports the Regional Athlete Support Program, which offers athletes and their families the opportunity to continue their development with the appropriate financial, coaching and sport science support. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investment in regional sport was essential to help build stronger and more vibrant regional communities. "This Royalties for Regions investment ensures all West Australians have access to quality sport and recreation opportunities," Mr Redman said. "It also helps keep talented young people in regional Western Australia with their families." The Regional Athlete Support Program is administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation. Fact File Regional Athlete Support Program money supports the South West Academy of Sport, Mid West Academy of Sport, Peel Regional Academy of Sports, West Kimberley Regional Talent Development Program, Wheatbelt Athlete Support Program, Kalgoorlie Regional Talent Development Program, Esperance Regional Talent Development Program, Great Southern Sports Talent Association and Pilbara Sports Academy For more information, visit http// Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
$2m to support vulnerable Kalgoorlie-Boulder families770468Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 2:20:02 AM2017-01-23T02:15:00Za Funding received to proactively support vulnerable Kalgoorlie-Boulder families New three-year pilot program to reduce antisocial behaviour The Liberal National Government will spend $2 million over three years to fund a new multi-agency project team with five new staff to support Kalgoorlie-Boulder families, and address high levels of social disruption and juvenile crime. Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said police and child protection would lead the project team, which was part of Kalgoorlie's Earlier Intervention and Family Support pilot program. "The State Government is committed to providing earlier and more intensive support to families with complex needs to address juvenile antisocial behaviour and crime, and to prevent children being removed from their families," Ms Mitchell said. "The program consists of Kalgoorlie-based staff from a number of State Government agencies, dedicated to delivering tailored and intensive support for up to 15 families per year. "The team will work intensively alongside parents in their homes to help with practical parenting and home management skills. "Families will also be connected to other support services as needed, including housing, mental health, drug and alcohol and family violence services." Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said youth crime intervention officers and local police officers would work with child protection to address youth crime in the region. "The pilot program will also look at realigning funded services to better support the families that are most in need in the long term," Ms Harvey said. "A better alignment and integration of government and community services will deliver timely and responsive interventions, and increase the safety of individuals and the broader community. "The State Government is unwavering in its efforts to reduce criminal behaviour, prevent the need for children to enter State care and improve school attendance." Fact File Funding for the Kalgoorlie Earlier Intervention and Family Support program pilot runs from this financial year until 2018-19 As at November 30, 2016, there were 4,693 children living in out-of-home care 53% of children in State care are Aboriginal, yet they make up only 7% of WA's child population Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400 Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900
Balla Balla Agreement to deliver jobs in Pilbara770467Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 2:10:12 AM2017-01-23T02:10:00Za Project expected to create more than 3,300 jobs during construction and 910 jobs once operational State Agreement to provide tenure and licence for railway The Liberal National Government has committed to a State Agreement with the proponents of a new $5.6 billion integrated iron ore development in the Pilbara, facilitating further growth in the resources industry. Premier Colin Barnett said the Balla Balla Infrastructure Group was planning to construct a new iron ore export facility on the Pilbara coast between Karratha and Port Hedland, with a 162-kilometre railway linking it to iron ore deposits in the central Pilbara. "This State Agreement includes a requirement for local industry participation and community development plans to be submitted to the Government for approval, maximising the benefits of the project for West Australians," Mr Barnett said. "While there are still a number of hurdles for the proponent, it's estimated when it gets underway, the project will generate 3,300 jobs during construction and 910 jobs once operational. "The proposed export facility will use custom-built barges to transfer ore onto ships, reducing costs and environmental impacts." State Development Minister Bill Marmion said the project showed that despite some economic headwinds, there was still great interest and investment opportunities in the WA resources sector. "State Agreements provide certainty for business, resulting in longer-term investment and advantages for the West Australian economy through jobs and community benefits," Mr Marmion said. Since 2008, WA had climbed to number one in the Annual Fraser Institute Investment Attractiveness Index. "Western Australia is ranked as the best jurisdiction in the world for mining industry investment - this ranking is the direct result of the Liberal National Government providing the right environment to encourage the continued development of our resources industry," Mr Marmion said. Fact File The Department of State Development has facilitated more than $200 billion in projects since 2008 The new export facility is proposed to be located at Balla Balla, near Whim Creek, on the Pilbara coast Premier's office - 6552 5000 State Development Minister's office - 6552 6800
$32m boost for Kalgoorlie student housing770407Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 1:10:39 AM2017-01-23T01:00:00Za Expanded and refurbished facility provides affordable student housing The Liberal National Government has opened an expanded $32 million facility in Kalgoorlie to meet the increasing demand for accommodation for students undertaking training in the Goldfields. The Agricola College project has been made possible by a $20 million investment from the State Government's Royalties for Regions Skills Training Initiative and $10.8 million from Curtin University. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the original facility dated back to the 1970s and the significant upgrade would now meet the needs of today's students. Ms Harvey said the new facility would provide high-quality accommodation for 228 students, with 180 new individual bedrooms and refurbished 48-bed single storey accommodation. "The development is important in providing quality and affordable housing for students who want to study in the Goldfields, including those attending Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus and Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines," she said. "These institutions attract students from all over Western Australia, the nation and overseas, so the Agricola project is a significant way of supporting industry training, the region and the people who study here." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the project would improve the availability of student accommodation and assist in retaining existing students in the region while they undertook vocational education and training. "With the new facility set to attract students, industries needing to employ locally will also stand to benefit as graduates will be more inclined to move into the regional workforce," Mr Redman said. "I am pleased the State Government through Royalties for Regions is making a difference by providing opportunities through this strategic investment to enhance the future of our regions." Fact File The Agricola College redevelopment project is a partnership between the departments of Training and Workforce Development and Regional Development; Curtin University; City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Central Regional TAFE Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Grants offer youth new career opportunities770405Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml23/01/2017 12:12:43 AM2017-01-22T23:00:00Za Six traineeships and 12 scholarships awarded to metropolitan local governments More than $200,000 invested through Metropolitan Local Government Youth Development Program Young West Australians looking to further their careers in metropolitan local governments will reap the benefits from a $219,049 investment by the Liberal National Government. Local Government Minister Paul Miles today announced 12 grants had been awarded to support scholarships for young local government employees to undertake training. Grants had also been awarded to support six new traineeship positions at four local governments. "The Liberal National Government is pleased to be able to invest in new jobs and career development opportunities in the local government sector, which can provide a rewarding career for young West Australians," Mr Miles said. "Young people will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and leadership capacity to further their career in local government and take on the leadership mantle in the future. "This is important as it will not only retain young people who are experienced in service delivery but will also help attract young people who may not have otherwise thought about a career in local government. Among the successful local governments to receive scholarships is the City of Melville, which will use its funding to support a recreation development officer to undertake a Diploma of Project Management. The course will enable the officer to further their career in sport and recreation while assisting the City with delivering their strategic plans through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and fit-for-use recreation facilities. The Minister said the scholarships and traineeships would help meet the local government's long-term strategies by providing a young skilled workforce. "These scholarships and traineeships are aligned to each local government's strategies and vision, and will help ensure they have adequately skilled professionals to deliver on these targets," Mr Miles said. Fact File The Liberal National Government has allocated $400,000 in 2016-17 to the Metropolitan Youth Development Program for scholarships and traineeships Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available for employees aged 30 years or under and grants of up to $20,000 available for traineeships for people aged 24 years or under Minister's office - 6552 6600 Metropolitan Local Government Youth Development Scholarship Program Council Amount DescriptionSouthern Metropolitan Regional Council$10,000The scholarship will support the Administration Assistant to undertake a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management. The course will further develop the officer's skills while supporting the Council's plan to increase human resources to meet increased processing volumes.​$10,000The scholarship will support a Customer Service Officer to undertake a Bachelor of Arts double major in Librarianship and Corporate Information Management. The course will support the Council's plan to support and deliver operational activities more effectively and to meet regulatory obligations more efficiently.Shire of Peppermint Grove$9,048The scholarship will support the Finance Officer to undertake Human Geography and Planning units at the University of Western Australia. The course will help the officer transition into the field of town planning and supports the Shire's plan that identifies the need for an additional Planner/Assistant by 2020.City of Vincent$10,000The scholarship will support the Community Development Officer to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. The course will allow the officer to gain skills and knowledge to better manage a wide variety of projects and supports the City's plan to create meaningful and smarter community engagement.City of Subiaco$10,000The scholarship will support the Community Development Officer to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. The course will enhance the officer's skills and knowledge in leadership and management and further their career within the community development field. It will also support the City's strategies on community development and its need to create an accessible and inclusive environment within the City.​$10,000The scholarship will support the Community Development Officer to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Community Development which will support the City's strategies on community development and its need to create an accessible and inclusive environment within the City.City of Armadale$8,900The scholarship will support the Community Development Officer - Youth to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights. This qualification supports the City's plan that identifies the need for its employees to understand diverse communities and the complex issues that people from different backgrounds may face.​$5,000The scholarship will support the Administration Officer to undertake a TAFE Certificate III in Printing to further develop skills and knowledge that will enable career progression into print production and/or graphic arts.​$10,000The scholarship will support the Drafting Officer to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science which will support the City's strategies to implement and administer the Town Planning Scheme.Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council$10,000The scholarship will support the Human Resource Officer to undertake a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences which will support the Council's strategies to provide professional and career development opportunities and develop leadership at all levels.City of Cockburn$2,812The scholarship will support the Youth Centre Duty Supervisor to undertake a Certificate IV in Mental Health to gain greater understanding of the topic. The course supports the City's youth services plan that highlights mental health as an identified concern.City of Melville$6,055The City of Melville scholarship will support the Recreation Development Officer to undertake a Diploma of Project Management to gain skills and knowledge that will enable career advancement within the field of sport and recreation. Metropolitan Local Government Youth Development Traineeship Program Council Amount DescriptionTown of Cottesloe$20,000The grant will support an administration trainee to undertake a Certificate III in Business Administration. The traineeship supports the Town's Workforce Plan, which focuses on reducing the age of the workforce and ensuring that adequately skilled people are available within the community to support succession planning.Town of Mosman Park$20,000The grant will support a civil works trainee to undertake a Certificate III in Civil Construction to assist in developing and learning a range of road maintenance skills and strong communication skills. The traineeship supports the Town's Workforce Plan, which focuses on reducing the age of the workforce and ensuring that adequately skilled people are available within the community to support succession planning.​$20,000The grant will support a horticulture trainee to undertake a Certificate III in Horticulture to assist in developing and learning a range of gardening maintenance skills and general administration skills. The traineeship supports the Town's Workforce Plan, which focuses on reducing the age of the workforce and ensuring that adequately skilled people are available within the community to support succession planning.City of Canning$17,234The grant will support a financial services trainee to undertake a Certificate III in Financial Services to develop and learn skills associated with delivering clerical duties and provide support to the City's Financial Services Business Unit. The traineeship supports the City's Workforce Development Plan to train and equip a younger workforce through traineeship programs and internal mentoring to assist organisational optimisation.City of Fremantle$20,000The City of Fremantle will support a community development trainee to undertake a Certificate III in Community Services to assist in developing and learning a broad range of administrative tasks and office processes. The traineeship supports the City's Workforce Plan and Access and Inclusion Plan, which includes an employment target of four per cent of people with a disability by 2020.​$20,000The grant will support an Aboriginal lifeguard trainee to undertake a Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation to assist in developing and learning a broad range of skills including lifeguard duties, first aid, communication skills and fitness and recreation organisational skills. The traineeship supports the City's Workforce Plan, in particular the Indigenous Employment Strategy which includes an employment target of four per cent of indigenous Australians by 2020.
Awards to showcase the best in training sector770390Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml22/01/2017 11:53:36 PM2017-01-22T22:00:00Za Applications open for WA Training Awards 2017 Winners will receive $5,000 in cash or prizes Applications have opened for the Liberal National Government's prestigious WA Training Awards 2017, showcasing the very best in Western Australia's vocational education and training sector. Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey called on individuals and organisations to apply and be recognised for their achievements. "Each year, the WA Training Awards uncover innovative programs and partnerships and applaud individuals and organisations that make a huge contribution to the State's vocational education and training sector," Ms Harvey said. "Winners will be acknowledged for the distinction they bring to their field as one of the State's best in the sector." Applications are open in 12 categories for individuals and organisations, including WA Apprentice of the Year, WA Trainer of the Year and WA Industry Collaboration Award. Applications close at 5pm on Friday May 5, 2017. Award winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on Friday September 15, 2017 and each winner will receive $5,000 in cash or prizes. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best in the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November. "Vocational education and training is not just about giving people job skills but about providing training of the highest calibre; relevant to what industry and employers need in their employees," the Deputy Premier said. "The State Government is committed to ensuring all West Australians have access to training that is innovative and flexible." Fact File Sponsors of this year's awards include Apprenticeship Support Australia, Crown Perth, Department of Education Services, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, NECA WA, PAV Complete Event Solutions, Picton Press and Training Accreditation Council For more information, including how to apply, go to the WA Training Awards website at http// or telephone 6551 5608 Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister's office - 6552 5900
New WA Police plane to help stop pursuits39388Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/01/2017 3:01:53 AM2017-01-22T03:00:00Za New high-tech police plane will help officers end pursuits quickly and safely Plane can also be used in land and sea searches and targeting crime hotspots Plane equipped with infra-red, high-tech mapping, video transmitting and motion detection The Liberal National Government has equipped WA Police Air Wing with a new plane kitted out with a range of high-tech equipment to help in critical incidents including pursuits. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said an advanced mapping system allowed real time footage to be overlayed with relevant mapping data such as street names, assisting with accurately plotting offender and police movements. "Information of police vehicle locations is transmitted to the aircraft and overlayed on the mapping system, which greatly increases the co-ordination of strategies to help end the pursuit quickly and safely," Ms Harvey said. The Deputy Premier said the plane was also decked out with infra-red and motion detection to help detect vehicles, offenders and missing people. "The motion detection system identifies objects which may not be visible to the naked eye. It is particularly suited for search and rescue operations but can also be used to identify offenders evading police," she said. The plane is also equipped with the latest video equipment which allows an incident to be recorded, overlayed with the mapping data and sent back to the Police Operations Centre in real time, ensuring timely and accurate risk assessments and decisions can be made. "This new addition to police resources will increase safety to the community and police by providing greater control and oversight of pursuit incidents, leading to the implementation of a safe strategy to end the pursuit and apprehend the offender," Ms Harvey said. "The Liberal National Government is committed to making communities safer through tough laws and providing police with the resources they need to combat crime and anti-social behaviour." Fact File The GA8 Airvan has been fully operational since October 2016 and has completed a total of 363 tasks resulting in the successful apprehension of 102 offenders (primarily for volume crime offences) and assisted with the management of 29 pursuit-related incidents The cost of the plane and equipment was $3.2 million Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900
Elizabeth Quay a boost to State economy39386Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements0html22/01/2017 1:13:54 AM2017-01-22T01:00:00Za $2.9 billion in direct economic impact for Western Australia Elizabeth Quay will create an average of 543 jobs each year through to 2026 Elizabeth Quay retailers are selling 6,000 pizzas a month and 7,000 scoops, or one tonne, of ice cream every week, supporting visitor data which shows the community has embraced Perth's newest waterfront destination. Planning Minister Donna Faragher also said since it opened in late December, the Elizabeth Quay Carousel had sold more than 10,000 tickets and there had been a substantial increase in ferry patronage with 86,239 boardings in December 2016 compared with 39,865 for the same month in 2015. "New data shows more than 6.6 million people have visited the quay since opening and several successful businesses have emerged offering new experiences for locals and visitors," Mrs Faragher said. "Business investment is traditionally a key driver of growth in WA and projects such as Elizabeth Quay provide invaluable economic benefits and provide essential jobs, new business opportunities and attract investment in our State." New economic modelling shows Western Australia will reap an impressive return on its investment in Elizabeth Quay. An assessment of the project by Deloitte Access Economics showed Elizabeth Quay will have a direct economic impact in excess of $2.9 billion in private construction and tourism expenditure, and create hundreds of jobs each year. "This report demonstrates the value of investment by the State Government in major projects such as Elizabeth Quay, which have already contributed millions of dollars to WA's economy and are expected to contribute billions more," the Minister said. "Construction is well underway on new hotels and residential apartment towers, and it is predicted Elizabeth Quay will directly create an average of 543 jobs across Western Australia each year, reaching a peak of 962 jobs in 2022-23. The project is also estimated to contribute a cumulative $637 million to gross State product by 2025-26." The modelling estimates Elizabeth Quay could boost tourism expenditure in WA by a total of $348 million by 2025-26. Fact File Deloitte's economic impact assessment considered capital works, operating expenditure, construction costs and tourism-related expenditure, as well as flow-on benefits to the State economy Visitor numbers are collected using Wi-Fi data with measures in place to count mobile phones only once each day and account for visitors without mobile phones Minister's office - 6552 5300
Edgewater Station car park benefits commuters39355Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements1280html21/01/2017 3:30:07 AM2017-01-21T03:30:00Za Multi-storey car park at Edgewater train station to open Project generated about 70 jobs Facility to provide 560 extra parking bays The Liberal National Government has delivered on another election commitment with the opening of the new multi-storey car park at Edgewater Station. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the project, originally budgeted at $29.5 million, had been delivered for less than $26 million thanks to a competitive tendering environment. "We committed to this project at the last election and are proud to deliver it under budget," Mr Marmion said. "Construction of the new facility has generated 70 jobs and forms another part of the Liberal National Government's infrastructure development plan, which is committed to providing jobs now and into the future for West Australians. "Growth in the northern suburbs has resulted in increased demand for parking along the Joondalup Line - this new car park will add more than 560 extra parking bays, taking the total number of bays to 1,454 at this station. "Providing more parking at Edgewater is part of this Government's broader commitment to integrated, smart transport solutions. "We are encouraging commuters to complete at least part of their journey using public transport to take pressure off our road system and reduce traffic congestion." With the completion of the car park and 2,000 more bays at the Aubin Grove Station scheduled to be opened in April 2017, the Liberal National Government has added more than 8,900 parking spaces to the rail network since 2008. Fact File Construction of the car park's ground plus two-deck structure began in late 2015 On an average weekday, 1,900 passengers board at Edgewater Station In 2015 there were almost 17 million passenger boardings on the Joondalup Line More than 2,700 bays have been added at stations along the Joondalup Line since 2008 Car park part of Liberal National Government $8.2 billion investment in transport infrastructure Weekday commuters using the car park will only pay $2 per bay, per day. Weekend parking is free Parking is free for ACROD permit holders parking in accessible bays Minister's office - 6552 6800
New appointments for key infrastructure committee39354Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5570html20/01/2017 7:57:13 AM2017-01-20T07:50:00Za ​Two new industry members for infrastructure planning committee The chief executive officer of the Committee for Perth and the former chairman of the National Transport Commission have been appointed to the State's key infrastructure planning committee. Planning Minister Donna Faragher said Marion Fulker and Greg Martin had been appointed as professional representatives to the Western Australian Planning Commission's Infrastructure Coordinating Committee for two-year terms. Mrs Faragher said the new appointments would bring significant industry experience and knowledge to the critical, State-wide infrastructure planning work of the committee and acknowledged the need for increased industry representation. Ms Fulker was widely known as a strong advocate for the future development of Perth. "As CEO of the Committee for Perth, Ms Fulker has worked to bring about change that will impact positively on the prosperity, sustainability, diversity and amenity of Perth," the Minister said. "She is also a former executive director with the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA) and has a wide range of experience on conservation, heritage and infrastructure development issues for both State and local governments." Mr Martin has considerable State and Federal government experience and currently works in private practice. He has had a long and distinguished career as a senior public servant, including as commissioner for Main Roads and the director general of the Department for Planning and Infrastructure. "More recently, Mr Martin served as chairman of the National Transport Commission so he will bring a diverse set of skills and knowledge to this infrastructure advisory role," Mrs Faragher said. The Minister thanked outgoing member Dean Davidson for his contribution and announced all other Infrastructure Coordinating Committee members had been reappointed. Fact File The ICC advises the WAPC on planning for the provision of physical and community infrastructure across WA The full list of ICC members can be found at http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Government ICT contracts to deliver savings39346Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6430html20/01/2017 6:39:03 AM2017-01-20T06:35:00Za ​Government ICT infrastructure contracts awarded Contracts to generate annual savings of $65-$80 million The Liberal National Government has awarded the contracts to supply information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure as a service to the whole-of-government, for the next five years. Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the contracts would deliver savings under the GovNext-ICT program, a key part of the Liberal National Government's Digital WA ICT Strategy launched in May 2016. "The contracts with Atos, Datacom and NEC will save an estimated $65 to $80 million annually in ICT infrastructure expenditure as the Government moves to a regime where agencies only pay for what they use," Mr Marmion said. Under the new arrangement, all government agencies will purchase through one contract where three vendors will continuously compete to sell their ICT infrastructure services, reducing procurement costs and delays for both government and suppliers. "We expect innovation to thrive under this arrangement through the stimulation of local industry, which in turn will ensure diversity of supply," the Minister said. "The GovNext-ICT contract enables agencies to have access to the latest and greatest technological offerings to assist with improving their online service delivery presence. "Suppliers will be delivering services locally using local and, in some cases, national providers." Other ICT services, such as application support and project management services, will continue to be delivered under the existing common use arrangements the Government has in place with local suppliers. Mr Marmion said the more robust ICT procurement regime would enable a cost-effective roll-out of Digital WA, a strategy that aimed for 70 per cent of transactions with Government to be done online by 2020. "Digital WA will transform the way services are delivered by the public sector, improving service delivery to all West Australians," he said. Fact File 56 expressions of interest were received for the ICT contracts Government has a five-year option to extend the arrangement with service providers To view the Digital WA Western Australian Government ICT Strategy, visit http// Further information about the GovNext-ICT program is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6800
Port Hedland respite house construction begins39299Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2130html20/01/2017 6:30:08 AM2017-01-20T06:30:00Za ​Housing Minister turns first sod on construction of Pilbara holiday respite facility Local community acknowledged for significant contribution to the project People with disability across the Pilbara to benefit from respite facility Housing Minister Brendon Grylls today marked the start of construction of a holiday respite home for people with disability and their families, living in the Pilbara. Mr Grylls turned the first sod on the Cooke Point site where the $2.8 million facility would be built in Port Hedland. The Minister said the start of construction was the culmination of strong, passionate local advocacy and, once completed, the facility would meet a need, long demonstrated in the region. The two-stage project will provide a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, a multi-purpose amenities building, and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, all fully accessible. The first stage is expected to be completed by the end of this year. "This affirms the Liberal National Government's commitment to supporting people with disability across our State, including in regional Western Australia," Mr Grylls said. The local community has contributed to the model and design of the property, including through a local community liaison group. Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the facility would incorporate flexible design options and uses, and would be available for day activities and overnight respite. "It will be close to the beach and will be somewhere that people with disability, their families and carers can take a break on the coast," Mrs Faragher said. The development is being managed by the Disability Services Commission and the Housing Authority. The facility will be operated by local disability sector organisation, Empowering People in Communities. Fact File The development is being built on a 2,225sqm site The design was developed as a result of local consultation and with the support of the local community Thomas Building will construct stage one of the project Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100 Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5300
Grants kickstart WA Youth Week events39294Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3430html20/01/2017 5:00:28 AM2017-01-20T05:00:00Za ​Liberal National Government grants support 65 events across WA National Youth Week WA runs from April 1-9, 2017 A range of grants have been awarded to deliver events and activities across the length and breadth of Western Australia during this year's National Youth Week WA celebrations. Youth Minister Paul Miles today announced 65 local governments and community organisations would receive funding for events that celebrated the positive contributions of young people to local communities. "National Youth Week is the single biggest annual celebration of young people in Australia and a major event on the WA youth calendar," Mr Miles said. "It is a chance for young West Australians to showcase their creativity, demonstrate their leadership skills and to have some fun. "Funding has also been granted to events that raise important issues of concern to young people and explore solutions. "I am delighted that the Liberal National Government has been able to once again lend its support to these events." Among this year's events will be a Junior Masterchef workshop in Bencubbin, a hackathon at The University of Western Australia, and a Zorb and Zen Day in the Shire of Cranbrook. "The sheer diversity of the projects, from sport and art to mental health and social support, is a wonderful testament to the range of skills and interests shown by young people," the Minister said. This year, the National Youth Week WA opening event will be held in the City of Greater Geraldton with a Youth Week festival and concert on the foreshore on April 1. Fact File National Youth Week WA is presented by Propel Youth Arts in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities The National Youth Week grants are jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth governments For more information on this year's National Youth Week WA grant recipients, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600 Organisation Project nameAmount approvedProject description RegionShire of Shark BayNational Youth Week - Beatboxing Workshops$1,000The Shire of Shark Bay will engage a beatboxer to work with the youth to produce local beatbox music. There will be workshops that include the development of beatboxing music, lyrics, rhythm and working as a team to produce a song to be performed for the community. Workshops and lyrics will have an anti-bullying focus. Young people from the Shark Bay Youth Group were consulted around the type of skills they would like to develop.GascoyneEscare Inc.B-Ball Battle Sundowner$1,000Escare is hosting a basketball competition using a beatball program. The program uses a three-on-three, round robin, 'knockout' competition with music and food. Young people are invited to form teams focusing on physical activity, education, health and positive mentoring. The event is being held near a new skate park youth precinct, which it is hoped will promote and encourage the transition into local community sport. Youth from various groups and organisations were consulted about the event and they will also be assisting in preparing food, promotion of the event and refereeing the games.GoldfieldsShire of CranbrookZorb and Zen Day$1,000The Shire of Cranbrook will host a free youth focused event that advocates health, wellness and an active lifestyle. The day will include activities that encourage teamwork, connectivity and sessions that target mental wellness. Youth were consulted around the type of event and activities they would like to hold and participate in. Great SouthernBroome Youth and Families Hub Inc.Broome Youth Awards$1,000The Broome Youth and Families Hub will assist in hosting the Broome Youth Awards 2017 to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of young people in the community. There will be 10 award categories including Sport/Recreation, Education and Leadership. Young people will be engaged in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the event with local young artists performing at the awards as well as MC-ing the event.KimberleyLife Without BarriersBroome Youth Week Awards 2017$1,000Life without Barriers will host the Broome Youth Week Awards following the success of the event in 2016. The awards recognise the achievements of young people from across the Kimberley in several areas including Cultural Leadership, Young Carers and Disability. The awards are promoted across the region and are co-hosted with the Broome Youth and Family Hub. Youth are involved in the planning of the event with winners being publically recognised and given support from local organisations to assist them in achieving their goals.KimberleyAustralian Red Cross SocietyTeam Sports Challenge and Youth Expo$1,000The Australian Red Cross Society's Broome office is hosting a day where young people can attend and register a team to compete in one of four sports which include soccer, Frisbee, volleyball and Terror Tag. Stalls run by youth and community organisations will also be at the event. More than 100 young people were surveyed and have strongly influenced the design of this event.KimberleyShire of BroomeYouth Week Mural$1,000The Shire of Broome Youth Advisory Council will work with other young people to paint a mural in celebration of National Youth Week. Workshops will be held with a street artist to assist young people with design and art skills. The concept and content will be guided by the engaged young people. The focus is on engaging youth and is a priority project in the Shire's Public Art Masterplan.KimberleyMidland Information, Debt & Legal Advocacy Service Inc.Youth with a Disability Forum$990The Midland Information, Debt & Legal Advocacy Service (MIDLAS) will collaborate with young people with disability from various cultural backgrounds to hold a forum during Youth Week to discuss current issues/concerns surrounding youth with disability. The session aims to brainstorm strategies on how services can more effectively engage and encourage self-advocacy and supported decision making. MIDLAS legal volunteers will assist in planning the forum.North-east metroDungeon Youth Centre Inc.Dungeon's Great Big Ball Bonanza$1,000The Dungeon Youth Centre is hosting a fair day with sports-based activities that include bubble soccer and an obstacle course. The activities are supportive of youth from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds that will assist in promoting acceptance, active citizenship and strengthening the relationship between the centre and young people. Young people were encouraged to vote on various options and have provided their ideas and thoughts into the event.North-east metroCity of SwanYouth Week '17 Celebrate$1,000The City of Swan in partnership with Skateboarding WA will host a series of eight skate clinics and mini competitions from September 2016 until Youth Week 2017. The final competition and event will showcase skills and talents of the young people who have participated and will include a DJ/entertainment, barbecue and market stalls of stakeholders who deliver youth-related services within the City of Swan. A leadership group of young people have had full responsibility for the planning of the skate competition which includes transport, catering and identification and liaising with stallholders.North-east metroSwan City Youth Service Inc.4 Elements$1,000The Swan City Youth Service will host the '4 Elements' event where young people will be educated on the four elements of hip-hop dance. There will be workshops in the lead up to the event to assist young people to plan, design and prepare for the event that helps to gain confidence and self-esteem. The workshops will be conducted by facilitators with assistance from the Swan City Youth Service youth workers. A committee of young people will assist in organising the event and promotion.North-east metroWestern Australian Substance Users Association Inc.teSTIng, teSTIng, ABC$1,000The Western Australian Substance Users Association will hold an event that offers STI and BBV testing for under 25s. The event will include targeted harm reduction messages around the transmission of STI/BBVs and will have support from specialist youth agencies to facilitate activities and provide information. The event will include lunch and show bags in a youth friendly and fun environment. Young people will be engaged to assist with identification and facilitation of activities, advertising materials, meal planning and cooking, and distribution of resources on the day.North-east metroParkerville Children and Youth Care Inc.Swan Volume$1,000Parkerville Children and Youth Care will present 'Swan Volume', a youth led event that will provide an opportunity for six local bands to showcase their music to a live audience. The event will be drug and alcohol-free with a music mentor on site to offer guidance and tips around performances. The Seen and Heard CREW youth volunteers will provide a display about volunteering and promote how people can join. Relevant health information will be available and promoted to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices. Young people will be involved in all stages of planning, organising, delivery and evaluation of the event.North-east metroEdmund Rice Centre MirrabookaEdmund Rice Community Sports Festival$1,000The Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka is hosting a sports festival to showcase five sports to the community. It aims to engage all young people by participating in the different sporting activities on the day and providing pathways to sporting teams, clubs and programs. Young people will plan the timeline of events and assisting with set up and catering tasks.North-west metroCity of JoondalupDefeat the Beat$1,000The City of Joondalup will host a music competition for young artists who can enter to perform on stage with a chance to take home prizes including studio time and photo shoots. Young people will assist in planning the event and express themselves through music performances. The event will actively engage young people in a positive recreational and social activity aimed at relieving boredom and providing new learning experiences.North-west metroTown of Mosman ParkCelebrate YOUth$1,000The Town of Mosman Park will host the Celebrate YOUth event. Members of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council will be involved in the planning, organisation and running of the event. Members will liaise with community organisations to invite young leaders to attend, arrange for a guest speaker and manage the venue and catering. The event aims to acknowledge the role of young people in the community and to form strong networks to assist in sparking new ideas and solutions to community issues.North-west metroMission AustraliaNational Youth Week 2OH!17$1,000Mission Australia will work with the Youth at Risk Network Action group (YARN) to host an event that embraces and celebrates youth culture and unity. Activities will include a music competition, open mic, performances by established artists, skate deck, art and community stalls and a barbecue. Young people will be invited to attend one of the YARN structured meetings to provide input and feedback on the implementation of the event. They will also be able to participate in workshops and rehearsals in the lead up to the event, be invited to be a 'youth leader' on the day and given responsibilities that empower and promote a sense of unity and community.North-west metroYouth Focus Inc.Superhero YOUth$1,000Youth Focus, in partnership with Zero2Hero and their volunteers will host an event as part of Youth Week to raise awareness about youth mental health. The event will be held at Curtin University and includes entertainment, food and relevant information stalls that support the beginnings of conversations. Young people are engaged in the planning stages with support from Youth Focus and Zero2Hero staff, and will also volunteer their time on the day.North-west metroCity of WannerooWannaThrive$1,000The City of Wanneroo will facilitate an expo to empower young people to thrive with the final format designed in partnership with young people. The expo will have stallholders and attendees from various agencies and organisations that will engage young people around areas of employment and training, recreation, mental health and young carer's information. Schools will support students to attend during school hours and the expo will be open for all from 3pm-6pm.North-west metroThe Salvation Army, Crossroads West, Transitional Support ServicePostcards Project$1,000The Salvation Army, Crossroads West, Transitional Support Service will host its sixth annual postcard project in celebration of National Youth Week. This year's project will incorporate the launch of a video that ran alongside last year's project and the launch of this year's project book. The project offers an anonymous State-wide medium for young people aged 14-25 years to contribute a positive message in a creative and innovative way. It is an ongoing community art project where people can mail in their messages on one side of a postcard. All postcards are put into a book and are given out for free to participating young people and organisations for National Youth Week, where the book is officially launched.North-west metroThe Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Australia (WA Division) IncYouth Forum Take 2/Youth Awards Ceremony$1,000The Duke of Edinburgh's Award WA Division will cement the previous learnings from the successful 2016 forums and host the Youth Forum Take 2 event during National Youth Week. The event will focus on growing the youth network, developing leadership skills and to recognise the achievements through an awards ceremony of young people and the contribution they make to their local communities. The organisation's youth leaders are involved in the designing of the program and will assist in facilitating sessions during the forum.North-west metroEnvoy Ltd.Roundtable Discussion Series - Climate change, trafficking, Immigration and Globalisation$650Envoy Ltd, will conduct the 'Foreign Affairs Up-Close' Roundtable Discussion Series on Climate Change, Human Trafficking, Immigration and Globalisation and Emerging Challenges in an International Development Project. The project will include a series of discussions with advocacy groups and academic experts. The aim of the project is to gather information on foreign affairs involving young people which will be compiled into a policy document and released to Parliamentary Committees and Members of the Public.North-west metroCity of MandurahNational Youth Week Celebrations$1,000The City of Mandurah will host a series of events and activities that will provide young people with an opportunity to engage in activities outside of their comfort zone. The activities include arts, sports and skill building and will be conducted in partnership with other local youth organisations. Opportunities will be given to young people to demonstrate performance skills and talents at the Centre Stage Youth Talent Showcase and Mandurah Masterpieces Art Workshops. Young people from the Peel Youth Reference Group and Peel Youth Medical Centre will assist by providing support to various activities.PeelShire of WaroonaWaroona Youth Action Event$1,000The Shire of Waroona will support the Waroona Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and Community Development Officers to host a free outdoor event incorporating activities that utilise the skate park and recreation centre. This includes BMX and skate demonstrations and workshops, various children's fun and games focusing on the promotion of physical activity, healthy living and mental health and wellbeing. Health related stallholders will be present and supported by the newly formed local youth group (Leos of Waroona) who will provide a sausage sizzle. The YAC are responsible for the planning, co-ordination and promotion of the event.PeelGP down south LtdThe Good Rap on Health$1,000GP down south, through the Peel Youth Medical Service Reference Group, is hosting an after-school health promotion activity during National Youth Week. The event involves a Perth-based hip-hop artist with lived experiences engaging young people in conversations around mental health, risky behaviours and how to seek help. Stalls and information will be available and promoted around the areas of sexual and mental health, and the message that it is ok to talk to others and seek support avenues. The youth reference group will be involved in determining key messages and the format of the event, promotion and be advocates for those who attend.PeelShire of MurrayStreet Chillz Drug Aware Youth Festival 2017$1,000The Shire of Murray will collaborate with young people to host the second Street Chillz Drug Aware Youth Festival 2017. The event activates the local youth hub with a Freestyle Now competition, urban art project and youth challenges. The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will discuss local issues and ideas and be involved in the planning and delivery phase of the art element. The YAC will also continue to develop partnerships with local sporting groups and youth service providers.PeelHalls Head Community College P & CTHRIVE$1,000Halls Head Community College P & C will conduct the 'THRIVE' project. The organisation will run a series of activities including an outdoor movie, sausage sizzle and Youth Expo. The aim of the project is to promote services available to young people focusing on their health and wellbeing.PeelPerth Hills and Wheatbelt Band Inc.PHAWB Junior Workshop/Concert$1,000The Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band plan to host a morning workshop for junior musicians to enable them to experience working with the band. A concert will be held in the afternoon to showcase the workshop participants and their music. Some youth are involved in mentoring roles and will assist in transporting some of the larger instruments to the venue and arranging promotion.South-east metroShire of KalamundaObstacle Ramble $1,000The Shire of Kalamunda will develop an event based around team building and resilience skills for young people through participation in an obstacle course/scavenger hunt. On completion, they will be invited to attend an activities zone which will have a free sausage sizzle, live youth musicians and activity stalls run by local community groups and youth volunteers. A National Youth Week committee will be created to assist in the planning and running of the event, which will include members of the Shire's own youth leadership program (U-Lead).South-east metroCity of ArmadaleArtbeat Armadale$1,000The City of Armadale will partner with local community and youth organisations to deliver the Artbeat festival. The event is alcohol, drug and violence free and will activate the Jull Street mall with pop-up spaces, stalls, entertainment, food, interactive art and activities. Through partnerships with local high schools and youth programs, consultation and co-designed workshops have taken place to showcase this event, which will celebrate local youth and provide a platform for their skills and enhance connections to their community.South-east metroCity of GosnellsLive Loud Youth Fest$1,000The City of Gosnells will host a festival that focuses on being yourself and living life to your fullest potential. A group of young people will be engaged to plan and implement an event which will be a mixture of workshops, carnival activities, stalls, food and music. The City's youth services team will work with three of the City's youth reference groups who will be involved in the planning, marketing, delivery, staffing and stage management. Young people will be provided with the DLGC youth participation kits to assist in working through the project process.South-east metroSowilo Community Inc.Youth Celebration$1,000Sowilo will run a different activity on the afternoon of each day of National Youth Week 2017. Activities include Jiu Jitsu, Cosplay, celebrating different cultures with food and cooking preparation, music and Laser Blaze. Young people will support the planning of the events, with those currently involved in each activity at school leading the activity preparation for the actual day.South-east metroCity of South PerthCity of South Perth Youth Week Activities$1,000The City of South Perth will celebrate and acknowledge local young people and their contribution within their own community by hosting a series of inclusive, drug and alcohol-free events. The events include a movie night, skateboard competition, upskilling workshops, and a Sunday Series day with youth bands, sporting events and a barbecue.South-east metroCity of BusseltonSouth West Youth Festival 2017$1,000The City of Busselton will co-ordinate a celebration of youth culture at the South West Youth Festival 2017. The event will be held at the new Busselton Youth Precinct and host the region's young people with live youth bands, DJs, art workshops and beach sport/activities. Mental health awareness and education towards current local issues will also be promoted. Youth from surrounding Youth Advisory Councils and Youth and Community Development trainees are involved in the planning and delivery of the event, which includes writing event applications and risk management strategies.South-WestEnable Southwest Inc.South West Youth Festival$1,000Enable Southwest will work collaboratively with their Youth Week organisation committee and the development teams from the shires of Busselton, Augusta-Margaret River, Capel and the City of Bunbury to organise the South West Youth Festival. The festival will showcase the talents of young people through live music, art workshops and fun sporting and interactive activities. Enable Southwest will deliver beach activities and a barbecue with a focus on inclusion for all abilities. The event will be held on the Busselton Foreshore with the Youth Week organisation committee being involved through planning, decision marketing, promotion and volunteering on the day.South-WestRelationships Australia (WA) Inc.Youth Week Festival$1,000Relationships Australia will support an organising committee of young people to form and deliver an event that features a creative obstacle course designed and run by the youth at a local sporting oval. The event will also feature arts, music and sport activities with the main aim of engaging youth and providing the opportunity to learn new skills, celebrate achievements and a commitment to the Bunbury community.South-WestShire of CollieMusic in the Park$1,000The Shire of Collie Music in the Park event will be a combined end of term Youth Week event tailored to the youth of Collie. It will be a drug and alcohol-free event with music targeted at youth. Young people will be able to perform their own music in conjunction with a DJ who will be hired for the event. The Shire is currently establishing a Youth Advisory Committee who it anticipates will assist with the promotion and marketing of the event and engaging the youth of Collie to attend.South-WestShire of ManjimupNational Youth Week 2017$1,000The Shire of Manjimup will host a free National Youth Week Festival. This collaborative event will provide activities delivered by different agencies with the Shire incorporating a circus workshop to this year's festival. The activity exposes young people to 'performing arts', a form of self-expression they would not normally experience in an environment that is dominated by football and team sports. Young people from the local high schools have provided feedback into what activities they would like to participate in at the festival and will be assisting in the promotion of the event.South-WestNorthcliffe Family Centre Inc.National Youth Week Festival$1,000The Northcliffe Family Centre youth group (NYTRO) will be providing a food tent at the Shire of Manjimup's annual National Youth Week festival. The festival is a day for young people living in rural and remote areas who are at risk and vulnerable due to isolation and limited opportunities. The young people will make pizzas, burgers, stuffed potatoes and a sausage sizzle, and are being supported and guided by a youth worker and volunteers.South-WestWalpole Community Resource Centre Inc.National Youth Week 2017$925The Walpole Community Resource Centre (CRC), as a member of the Shire of Manjimup's Youth network, will provide an activity at the annual National Youth Week festival. This year's activity will bring the drumming group 'Djembemoves' and a face painter to the festival. The activity is a way to learn self-awareness, listening skills and co-ordination of breathing and movement, and co-operation and patience. Young people from the local high schools have provided feedback into what activities they would like to participate in at the festival and will be assisting in promotion of the event.South-WestQuinninup Community Association Inc.National Youth Week 2017$1,000The Quinninup Community Association, as a member of the Shire of Manjimup's Youth Network, will provide an activity at the annual National Youth Week festival. The activity will be an artistic tie-dye workshop to provide balance between the physical activities that are being offered at the festival. Attendees will be able to create a tie-dye designed t-shirt or calico bag. Young people from the local high schools have provided feedback into what activities they would like to participate in at the festival and will be assisting in promotion of the event.South-WestPakistanis in Australia Inc.Youth for Fitness on Run$300Pakistanis in Australia are hosting a one-day outdoor picnic and games event at Binningup Beach. The primary purpose of the event is connecting youth from Indian subcontinents with each other due to social isolation from coming to Australia to study and re-settle with no family connections or support and limited finances. The activity has been planned in response to a youth group request who will plan and deliver all games and activities.South-WestUndalup Association Inc.Undalup Djeran Youth Event$1,000The Undalup Association in partnership with other local organisations such as Act-Belong-Commit and Mentally Health WA are hosting a youth event based around Aboriginal cultural traditions and activities to provide a sense of belonging. A subcommittee of young people will be involved in planning the event and activities which will include Aboriginal sand art and decorating wooden boomerangs.South-WestShire of Augusta-Margaret RiverSouth West Youth Festival$1,000The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River in partnership with the City of Busselton, Shire of Manjimup and Shire of Capel will deliver the Southwest Youth Festival on the Busselton Foreshore. Each contributor will facilitate different types of free events and activities which will include live music, skate competitions, kayaking, stalls and face painting. The event is planned, managed and delivered by young people from the different regions providing the opportunity for collaboration and having ownership over such an event. It is also hoped the day will provide the opportunity to strengthen ties and celebrate the value that youth can bring to their communities.South-WestShire of NannupNannup National Youth Week$1,000The Shire of Nannup will host the inaugural bubble soccer event to celebrate National Youth Week. The day will also include other activities such as a scavenger hunt through the golf course, a bouncy castle and sausage sizzle. All activities are ideas from the Nannup Youth Advisory Council who also researched the hire of the bubble soccer and will also co-ordinate the scavenger hunt.South-WestLamp Inc.DRUM IT - BEAT IT - FEEL IT$1,000Lamp Inc is hosting the Djambe drumming event which consists of two sessions and a free jamming session. This form of music is used for emotional regulation and connectedness in young people. The group undertook consultation with their youth clients around this event.South-WestShire of Harvey'Get Your Skates On' - National Youth Week 2017$900The Shire of Harvey's Recreation and Cultural Centre will host the 'Get Your Skates On' - National Youth Week 2017 project. Young people from the centre and the local school will be involved in planning and co-ordination of the project. Funding will be used to hire a DJ to promote the event.South-WestBrunswick Junction Community Resource Centre Inc.Glow Stick Wars$270The Brunswick Junction Community Resource Centre is aiming (through this event) to provide an opportunity for the local youth to actively participate in a social, physical and fun activity. The activity will take place over a one-hour period and the participants will be divided into two teams with the aim of trying to get the other teams' glow sticks and team flag. The event will conclude with a sausage sizzle and music. The idea came from consultation with the late night youth group (high school-aged program) who are involved in the planning and delivery of the event.South-WestTown of Victoria ParkPainting Performances with Phil Doncon$1,000The Town of Victoria Park is hosting two events with artist and performer Phil Doncon who uses art to assist youth in becoming more resilient, motivated and proactive. Young people from two local high schools will be invited to participate in the first session that specifically encourages participation from CaLD students and the second session being open to the broader Victoria Park young adult community.South-west metroGuild Of Undergraduates University of WANational Youth Week Hackathon$1,000The Guild Of Undergraduates University of WA are hosting an event that provides an opportunity for young people to utilise and develop skills and ideas in the areas of need and problems facing youth at risk. Participants will work in teams to develop and apply innovative solutions with an emphasis on incorporating technology to achieve social change. UWA students will be consulting with project partners and stakeholders to assist with the design and implementation phases of the project, and to assist in determining areas of need within the community.South-west metroThe Girls; Brigade Western Australia Inc.Beautiful You$1,000The Girls' Brigade Western Australia Inc will host a fun art event that includes a high tea for girls aged 12-25 years. The event includes a presentation by a speaker talking about true beauty, image and impact. The event will also include a Q & A session and compliments the Girls' Brigade worldwide theme of 'Empowered' with all girls able to access basic human needs. Current members will assist in delivery of the event, planning the agenda and co-ordination.South-west metroTherapy Focus IncSunflower Sunday$1,000Therapy Focus Inc are hosting their annual Sunflower Sunday event which invites the community to enjoy free entertainment and activities for people of all abilities. The event is primarily targeted at children and young people with activities aimed at encouraging greater inclusion and participation of people with disability. A number of the organisation's clients and their families volunteer to assist on the day, host activities and perform on stage.South-west metroThe University of Notre Dame AustraliaNDVN free BBQ to celebrate National Youth Week and Volunteering$1,000The University of Notre Dame Australia, in partnership with Edmund Rice Camps, will host a Notre Dame Volunteer Network (NDVN) free BBQ to celebrate National Youth Week and Volunteering. The celebration will provide an opportunity for young people to raise their profile at the barbecue. Young volunteers from the 'Notre Dame Volunteer Network' along with leaders from Edmund Rice Camps will be involved in planning and delivery of the event.South-west metroHyden Community Resource Centre IncAmazing Race$1,000The Hyden Community Resource Centre is hosting the 'Amazing Race' activity between the communities of Hyden and Kondinin. The day will be suitable for all abilities, cultures and ages from 12-25 and will test skills, provide fun, fitness and friendship. The race consists of group activities to encourage team building, leadership and problem solving. There will also be checkpoints with questions based around education, native plants, local history and sport. Young people will be involved in designing posters, assisting with lunch and cleaning up.WheatbeltShire of WyalkatchemWyalkatchem Fair$1,000The Shire of Wyalkatchem will host a school holiday fair that has evolved from youth consultation, which highlighted a need for locally based holiday activities. The day will include challenges, rides and circus workshops, as well as art/creative workshops.WheatbeltBruce Rock Community Resource Centre Inc.Girl Zone$860The Bruce Rock Community Resource Centre will host the 'Girl Zone' as part of the 'Bruce Rock Youth fest' week-long NYW event. The activity will involve age appropriate educational, motivational presentations and training sessions around hair and beauty tips and tricks. It is hoped to provide the attendees healthier lifestyle options, choices and inspiration. Young people were directly involved with the planning process and a specific plan developed in consultation with the main provider based around the girls' interests.WheatbeltShire of NarembeenNarembeen Survivor Camp Out$1,000The Shire of Narembeen is hosting a 'Survivor Camp Out' to encourage young people to get back to nature with no technology. There will be activities and challenges with the idea coming from consultation with the School Student Council who thought that physical and social aspects were important to the camp. Other activities will include bush cooking, camp fire building, an obstacle course and spotlight. Students will be arranging an advertising campaign and be responsible for running the games and challenges.WheatbeltShire of NarroginMovie and Mocktail Night$1,000The Shire of Narrogin will partner with Narrogin Senior High School and indigenous service providers to host events that open and close National Youth Week 2017. Following consultation with the local young people, the start of the week will open with an outdoor movie night and sausage sizzle, and close with a Mocktail Night supported by youth bands and a corroboree.WheatbeltShire of Lake GraceGenerational Challenge$1,000The Shire of Lake Grace is hosting a Generational Challenge with an aim of connecting young people and seniors through a series of 10 challenges around the town. Teams of two complete the 10 challenges during the school holidays which will give participants the opportunity to showcase talents, learn about the town's history and be creative and accepting of seniors in the community.WheatbeltShire of CuballingCuballing Youth Day$1,000The Shire of Cuballing will host a youth day which will be planned and run by local young people to assist in providing a feeling of acceptance in the local community and an avenue for meeting other young people. The event will be open to other surrounding towns and encourage participation by young people from different cultural backgrounds. Activities will include modified tennis, mini golf and football clinics that will encourage team building and physical activity in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.WheatbeltKondinin Community Resource CentreAmazing Race$1,000The Hyden Community Resource Centre will come together with the Kondinin CRC to host an 'Amazing Race' activity between the communities of Hyden and Kondinin. The day will consist of teams being challenged by a variety of tasks which will be educational as well as fun at various locations in the town. The day will test the teamwork of young people as well as mental aptitude and the ability to use both technology and orienteering skills. Young people will be involved in designing posters to advertise the event as well as cleaning up and input into the event activities.WheatbeltQuairading Community Resource CentreDebate Away$1,000The Quairading Community Resource Centre with the assistance of a debating expert, students and other young adults will have the opportunity to learn the basics of debating and put these skills into practice at a live public debate. The debate topics will raise important issues of concern to young people and the beginning of exploring possible solutions.WheatbeltShire of West ArthurAWYW Activities 2017$1,000The Shire of West Arthur will provide a series of activities during youth week focusing on participation, learning opportunities and skills development. Activities include a circus workshop, health/wellness and relaxation information session, and a table tennis competition. There will also be information and demonstration sessions at the Community Resource Centre and Men's Shed for young people to visit and learn about current and future programs. The West Arthur Youth Advisory Committee will provide guidance on activities, promotion and will be liaising with proposed workshop providers and community partners.WheatbeltBencubbin Community Resource Centre Inc.Junior MasterChef$990The Bencubbin Community Resource Centre will host a Junior MasterChef workshop where young people will cook a two-course meal, learning about nutrition, food preparation, cooking skills and hygiene. The young people will then serve and join their parents and guests to eat what they have prepared. Seniors will also be invited to the event to add interaction between the different generations. Young people will be able to create their own invitations, table settings and menus and have input into what they would like to cook. This will enhance the opportunity of working with their peers and learning new skills they may not otherwise have been given.WheatbeltAvon Youth Community and Family Services Inc.YOUTH ARE AWESOME$1,000The Avon Youth Community and Family Services organisation plan to host three events during NYW 2017 which include a pamper day, video game challenge day and a movie night.Wheatbelt
Grants deliver support to ex-service community39292Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements3900html20/01/2017 2:30:33 AM2017-01-20T02:30:00Za ​ANZAC Day Trust Fund grants to more than 25 ex-service groups More than 25 ex-service organisations have shared in $300,000 in the latest grants from the ANZAC Day Trust Fund. Veterans Minister Joe Francis said that under the ANZAC Day Act 1960, part proceeds from race meetings and organised sporting events held on ANZAC Day were paid into a trust fund. "Those proceeds, as well as an annual grant from the State Government, are then used for the benefit of ex-service men and women and their families," Mr Francis said. One new recipient is Alongside, which successfully applied for a grant of $47,000 to provide proactive support and education for partners and families of defence personnel. "Alongside is a great example of an organisation dedicated to helping veterans of more recent conflicts. It has been doing tremendous work in supporting the partners and families of our younger servicemen and women from recruitment, throughout service, discharge and beyond," the Minister said. Another group supported by the ANZAC Day Trust Fund is Perth Legacy, which received $82,255 to continue its work supporting the families of men and women who have died or have been incapacitated during or after military service. "Legacy provides crucial help and advocacy to families with essential services such as counselling, housing, and medical and social welfare support," Mr Francis said. "Ex-service personnel hold a special place in our community. Supporting them does not end upon their homecoming or discharge from the Australian Defence Force. In some cases, the work is just beginning." Fact File Since 1999 about 76,000 Australian Defence Force personnel have deployed overseas on both 'warlike' and 'non-warlike service' For the full list of 2016 ANZAC Day Trust Fund grant recipients, go to https// Minister's office - 6552 6500
Water upgrades across the Great Southern39290Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2940html20/01/2017 1:02:30 AM2017-01-20T01:00:00Za State Government invests $8.2 million to upgrade water treatment plants in Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup Upgrades will improve water quality in the three towns Water Corporation customers in Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup will benefit from an $8.2 million investment to upgrade water treatment plants in the three towns. Water Minister Mia Davies said work in Ongerup and Jerramungup had started and would be completed in mid-2017. "All three of these projects include upgrades to filtration and disinfection systems in the treatment plants, which will improve water quality for Water Corporation customers in these towns," Ms Davies said. "The projects in Ongerup and Jerramungup will also include upgrades to the power supply to the plants and water transfer pumps." Frankland's water treatment plant was the first to be upgraded with works completed in October 2016. "It is great to see local expertise being used in this Liberal National Government project, with contractors from Albany, Katanning and Mount Barker involved in the upgrade," the Minister said. Water for Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup is sourced from local dams, and then transferred to a water treatment plant where it is made safe for drinking before it is supplied to customers in the towns. In November 2016, the State Government embarked on an $8 million program to improve water quality in the communities of Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Sandstone. Fact File The Water Corporation supplied about 12.5 billion litres of water, through more than 4,000 kilometres of water mains, to its customers across the Great Southern For more information about the Water Corporation's water supply schemes, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 5500
New funding opens 25 beds for inner city homeless39288Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements5640html20/01/2017 12:51:43 AM2017-01-20T00:45:00Za Northbridge homelessness facility receives more funding to operate beds $750,000 over three years to open 25 new beds at The Beacon An inner city homeless shelter that provides accommodation for homeless men, women and couples has received additional funding to open 25 more beds. Premier Colin Barnett announced today that the Salvation Army would receive $250,000 a year for the next three years to open the additional beds in its The Beacon facility in Northbridge. "The State Government already provides funding to operate 77 beds at the facility, and will now provide the funding for 25 more beds," Mr Barnett said. "This important inner city facility also provides a number of support services to help the homeless address issues, such as mental health concerns and drug and alcohol dependencies, and to transition to independence." Acting Child Protection Minister Joe Francis said over the past few years, the State Government had made significant investment to increase the number of crisis beds in the Perth metropolitan area to meet the growing demand. "What's important is that these services, like The Beacon, offer support and access to programs and services that help the vulnerable break the cycle of homelessness," Mr Francis said. Individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness should contact Entrypoint Perth on 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care after hours on 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008 (country free call). Fact File In 2016-17, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support will provide $1.265 million to the Salvation Army to deliver accommodation and support services at The Beacon facility for people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness The Beacon opened in February 2014, initially providing accommodation and support to single men The construction of The Beacon facility cost $22.5 million with funds provided through the Housing Authority, the Salvation Army and Lotterywest The Beacon facility replaced the Lentara and Tanderra hostels Premier's office - 6552 5000 Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400
Fremantle jetty upgrade completed39286Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements2960html19/01/2017 11:30:48 PM2017-01-19T23:30:00Za $3.8 million jetty upgrade completed at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour Reconfigured replacement jetty provides 66 upgraded boat pens Upgraded pens now available for licence The Liberal National Government has completed a $3.8 million reconstruction of the biggest jetty at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the two-year improvement project had transformed Jetty 2 and was an important part of the harbour's ongoing jetty replacement program. "The project involved a partial demolition, piling work and implementation of new floating infrastructure and was partly funded by existing boat pen fees," Mr Marmion said. "Boat users will benefit from a number of improvements including the upgrading of 66 boat pens, providing new opportunities for boat owners wanting to house their vessel at the popular harbour. "The pens are safer than the original concrete and wood structure as they provide a wider platform and pen holders will also benefit from improved firefighting, security and fendering systems." The replaced section of Jetty 2 is now home to 29 pens of 15 metres in length, 21 pens of 18 metres in length, 15 pens of 20 metres in length and one multi-use pen. The jetty now provides additional pens for new customers seeking to accommodate their vessel at the harbour. Nearly 130 new and upgraded pens have been provided at the harbour since the jetty replacement program was implemented in 2009. The project upgraded the original part of Jetty 2 located off Capo D'Orlando Drive to meet the standard of an extension to the structure completed in 2012. Fact File The floating pen system now in place features an aluminium frame requiring minimal maintenance with high density polyethylene for the pontoons and decking The reconstruction project was undertaken by Wangara-based company Engineered Water Systems For more information about the project or pen availability, visit http// or contact the harbour office on 9431 1021 Minister's office - 6552 6800