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New job opportunities for youths in regional WA220034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10640html29/06/2016 4:00:40 AM2016-06-29T04:00:00Za New program to support creation of entry-level traineeship positions Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The Liberal National Government is making a $1.2 million investment into young people in regional Western Australia, including a traineeship initiative aimed at creating entry-level jobs. Country local governments can now apply for funding through the Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) Youth Development Program, which will see the creation of 20 traineeships providing young people with career prospects in their local community. "As a former councillor, I know the local government sector provides a variety of rewarding opportunities for young people who want to make a difference at a local level," Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said. "This is an exciting investment by the Liberal National Government into the future of young people who may have otherwise not considered a career in local government." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Country Local Government Fund was helping regional local governments build their capacity and identify opportunities for development and initiatives. "The Country Local Government Fund contributes towards building and maintaining a positive lifestyle for our regional communities and is an important investment for Royalties for Regions," Mr Redman said. "Not only will this initiative enable participants to gain valuable skills through real life experience, it will enable them to stay in their community of choice through providing local job options." Under this initiative, country local governments can access up to $5,000 towards course fees per trainee and a $15,000 wage subsidy. It also includes 40 scholarships of up to $10,000 each for young country local government employees to undertake training and 16 two-day workshops on leadership and career development. Fact File CLGF Youth Development Program is one of five initiatives that has received $5m in funding over two years to improve the capacity of country local government For more information, visit http//www.dlgc.wa.gov.au Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Our State Budget 2016-17: Investing in infrastructure to grow the State - Museum heads $23 billion Asset Investment Plan2095Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements13490html12/05/2016 6:05:10 AM2016-05-12T06:05:00Z State-of-the-art facility planned for Perth Cultural Precinct Western Australia will get a new $428 million museum to replace and upgrade the current facility at the Perth Cultural Centre, the State Budget has confirmed. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the 2016-17 State Budget had included $378.5 million over the next four years to deliver a state-of-the art museum to house the State's extensive collection of artefacts and natural history. "The new museum is arguably the State's most important scientific institution and yet another example of this Government investing in the cultural life of the State, as well as providing a significant boost to tourism infrastructure. It will provide a gateway to WA for local, national and international audiences," Premier Colin Barnett said. "The museum is also a scientific institution and will build on our growing reputation in science already enhanced by the Square Kilometre Array project; significant advances in minerals and petroleum; the Western Australian Marine Science Institute and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre." Mr Barnett said the Government had been prepared to borrow to invest in infrastructure that not only improved the quality of life for all West Australians, but greatly enhanced WA as a tourism and lifestyle destination. "The transformation of the city through projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth Stadium, the new museum and Yagan Square, as well as the major investment in regional attractions from Esperance to Broome and the Kimberley in general, will pay major dividends for our tourism and hospitality industries," he said. Detailed building design and stage one early construction works will start in 2016-17, as will the design of physical and virtual content for the new museum exhibitions and programs. The museum build will directly employ an estimated 3,300 people over the life of the project. The State Government's Asset Investment Plan will see $23 billion invested across the State over the next four years. In 2016-17 the State Government will spend $1.8 billion on roads and public transport, representing 30 per cent of the State's Asset Investment Program. Major strategic assets include the new $1.4 billion Perth Stadium - due for completion by 2018 - and the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL), which will deliver a public transport link to the city from the eastern suburbs in under 20 minutes as well as a direct train to Perth Airport. A total of $104 million will be spent on the FAL in 2016-17, which will directly employ 2,000 people during construction. The Government has also announced the reallocation of State funding for the construction of a $49 million Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18. The Premier said the project offered a cost-effective way to provide Perth's north-eastern suburbs with access to fast public transport. Dr Nahan said the State Government would invest $300.4 million towards new and existing education infrastructure in 2016-17, including $52.4 million over 2016-17 to 2019-20 for the construction of Stage 1 of North Butler Senior High School. Since 2009, the State Government has built 32 new primary schools and nine new high schools. The Budget also delivers a $526.3 million investment in health infrastructure, including $91.8 million on the new Perth Children's Hospital due to open later this year. Since 2008, the Liberal National Government has provided more than 80 new health facilities at over 80 locations and has spent more than $7 billion on health infrastructure. "We have invested in 15 brand new hospitals and health care facilities across the State," Mr Barnett said "We have also made significant investments to improve 20 emergency departments across WA." In addition to the new Perth Children's Hospital, there have been improvements to children's facilities at 11 other hospitals across WA." The Government has invested more than $5 billion on road infrastructure since 2008-09, successfully completing several key projects including the $908.6 million Gateway WA project. "One of our current priorities is the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project, which will provide a dedicated east-west connection for the people of Perth, ease congestion and provide 2,400 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs," the Treasurer said. The Perth City Link project, featuring Yagan Square, is expected to be largely completed in 2016-17 with $7.1 million spent on the Perth Busport in 2016-17 for a total cost of $576.5 million. Perth City Link, including construction of Yagan Square and associated works will see $64.2 million invested towards the $235 million project. "The Perth City Link project will deliver the long-sought objective of linking the central business district with the arts and entertainment precinct of Northbridge, while at the same time producing a wonderful retail, residential and office area in the heart of the city," Dr Nahan said. "Along with Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link will go a long way to making Perth a modern, liveable city of the 21st century." The $221 million Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison will become operational in 2016-17, adding 350 beds to the State muster. The $24.3 million Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility will add 256 beds and become operational in 2016-17. Fact File Roads In 2016-17, the Government will spend $1.2 billion on WA's road system. This expenditure will be allocated across a number of projects, including $192.6 million on the Swan Valley Bypass section of the $1.1 billion NorthLink WA project $172.4 million on local government roads via the State Roads Funds to Local Government Agreement $28 million in 2016-17 to replace the Old Mandurah traffic bridge $95 million on the $236 million Mitchell Freeway Extension Project, which will continue from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue providing improved access to new developments and reduced travel time $93 million on the Great Northern Highway Stage 2 - Muchea to Wubin upgrade, for reconstructing and widening sections of the highway $20 million for the construction of a dual carriageway on Armadale Road between Anstey and Tapper roads $232 million on the $1.9 billion Roe 8 and Fremantle Tunnel project Public Transport An additional $13.7 million for Future Urban Railcar Procurement, primarily for infrastructure works to accommodate extra railcars. Total cost of project - $198.7 million An extra $5.3 million across 2016-17 to 2017-18 to construct the Northbridge Bus Layover $60.2 million over the forward estimates period for WA's cycling network, with $6 million going towards the Principal Shared Path program in 2016-17 $1.2 million in 2016-17 for the development of Stage 2 of the Jurien Bay to Cervantes trail $49 million for the Ellenbrook Bus Rapid Transit project from 2016-17 to 2017-18; and $104 million in 2016-17 towards the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link Other key infrastructure An extra $18 million over 2015-16 to 2017-18 for the redevelopment of the Scarborough foreshore, bringing total investment in the project to $48 million $27.2 million in 2016-17 on the Waterbank precinct and the Western Australia Police site on Hay Street $24.9 million to transform the Bunbury waterfront $1.4 billion to build Perth Stadium $811.4 million for Perth City Link and the Busport Prisons $221 million for the 350-bed Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison $24.3 million for the 256-bed Women's Remand and Reintegration Facility WA Budget statements are available at http//ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
New gear for hundreds of local sporting clubs746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 12:01:39 AM2016-07-25T22:00:00Za Liberal National Government grants to help sporting clubs buy new equipment 1,008 clubs across WA to share in $504,000 Made possible by Royalties for Regions program New bats, balls and bibs will be part of the equipment at clubs across Western Australia thanks to the latest round of the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the Liberal National Government scheme offered sport and recreation clubs a $500 subsidy for new equipment. In the latest round, 625 regional clubs will receive $312,500 and 383 metropolitan clubs will receive $191,500. To date, 2,610 clubs have received $1.3 million, covering 83 sports. "This subsidy allows clubs to upgrade equipment which has seen better days, been ruined in the course of use or lost along the way. It's also an opportunity for clubs to add to their equipment stock and be able to field a new team or invite more people to participate," she said. Ms Davies said every club in WA was able to access the subsidy and urged clubs to check if they were eligible. Subsidies for metropolitan clubs come from the Department of Sport and Recreation, while subsidies for regional clubs are provided by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in initiatives that promoted active lifestyles in the regions. "The funds will ensure equipment is kept up-to-date, in good condition and safe for play. Sport and recreation plays a central role in vibrant regional communities and it is important we help athletes in the regions reach their full potential," Mr Redman said. "Royalties for Regions has a strong history of supporting and developing regional communities through initiatives such as this one." Clubs receiving a subsidy in this round include Toodyay Cricket Club, Moore River Netball Club, Karratha Roosters Senior Rugby League Club, Balcatta Football Club and Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club. Administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the four-year scheme provides $1 million to metropolitan clubs and $1 million to regional clubs. Fact File For a full list of successful recipients, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/cess-successful-clubs For more information on Royalties for Regions, visit http//biggerpicture.regions.wa.gov.au Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Young athletes receive help to travel, compete747Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 12:13:24 AM2016-07-25T22:05:00Za 669 talented athletes provided with travel assistance $319,227 provided in latest round of the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme Supported by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program More than 660 talented athletes from across Western Australia will be given a helping hand to train, travel and compete, thanks to the latest round of subsidies from the Liberal National Government's Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the scheme was designed to assist families with young athletes aspiring to represent WA and ultimately Australia. "The subsidy offsets out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs associated with attending eligible training camps and competitions within the sport's official talent development pathway at a regional, State and national level," she said. The program supports athletes registered with a State sporting association and aged between 13 and 21. Since 2013, $1.49 million has been provided to 3,287 athletes in 75 sports. "Travelling to train and compete can be expensive so these subsidies make travel a little more easier," Ms Davies said. Of the 669 successful recipients in this round, 418 were metropolitan athletes who received $152,400 and 251 regional athletes received $166,827. Administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation over four-years, the $2.75 million Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme is part of the Supporting Community Sport Initiative. $1 million is earmarked for metropolitan athletes and an extra $1.75 million is funded from the State Government's Royalties for Regions Program to support regional athletes. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said Royalties for Regions was helping to improve opportunities for regional athletes, as sport and recreation played a central role in creating vibrant and sustainable communities. "Many regional athletes are excluded from State and national representation at sporting events due to ongoing travel requirements and associated costs. It is important talented young people are given representative opportunities regardless of where they live," Mr Redman said. Fact File The next round opens on September 12, 2016 for eligible events, with start dates from May 15 to December 15, 2016 For more information, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/individuals/athlete-travel-subsidy-scheme Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Promoting WA naval shipbuilding and maintenance748Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 12:28:28 AM2016-07-25T22:10:00Za New Federal Minister tours WA's naval shipbuilding and maintenance facilities WA's expertise and infrastructure the perfect mix for future naval projects Promoting Western Australia's shipbuilding and maintenance capabilities will be the main focus of talks today between the State and Australian governments. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will meet with new Federal Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, in Perth to endorse the State's naval shipbuilding and sustainment facilities. "Western Australian companies are in a perfect position to undertake this work as they have the infrastructure, expertise and track record to support these projects," Mr Mischin said. "The Australian Government is investing $89 billion in naval shipbuilding and maintenance programs and we welcome the decision that WA will be one of the two locations to implement the commitment. "This major decision is excellent news for the State's defence industry and will generate hundreds of direct and indirect jobs for West Australians for decades to come. "WA has vast experience and a proven track record in delivering international naval shipbuilding and sustainment programs. "I will promote the State's strengths and extensive experience in shipbuilding and maintenance, heavy engineering and fabrication to the new Federal Minister and highlight how WA is well placed to deliver these contracts for the nation's safety and security." The Minister said the State and Australian governments had invested more than $400 million in infrastructure at the Australian Marine Complex to support current and future frigates, submarines and other naval projects. WA is the location of the nation's largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, which houses 12 fleet units, including five of the eight Anzac frigates and the six Collins submarines. "Royal Australian Navy vessels, including the Collins Class submarines and Anzac frigates, have been successfully repaired and maintained in this State for many years. I believe WA has the experience and established infrastructure to take part in the new naval program," he said. Fact File WA is home to about 180 companies with defence expertise In 2013-14, defence contracts managed at the Australian Marine Complex totalled an estimated $624 million, creating up to 3,000 jobs WA is to be one of the two locations to implement the commitment to a continuous build of navy ships in Australia Minister's office - 6552 5600
Research focus to drive northern development752Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 2:00:24 AM2016-07-26T02:00:00Za Liberal National Government joint effort with Ord alliance investigates future food crops Research to identify future food crops for the East Kimberley and support agricultural expansion in the top end is the focus of a new collaboration between the Liberal National Government and industry. Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder welcomed the formation of the Functional Foods Crop Research Alliance Pty Ltd, a new industry alliance for the Ord River Irrigation Area focused on research and development of new crops for the Australian and export markets. "The Ord region is an intensive and valuable food-producing region, with immense opportunity for growth," Mr Nalder said. "The alliance represents three significant players which represent a substantial proportion of land cropped in the Ord Valley and the majority of agricultural producers. "This is industry leading the research priorities for the Ord and looking at the whole of the supply chain for products, from the research and development of superior produce, understanding the market and the scale required, through to efficient and effective production and logistics. "Beginning with rigorous research and development, the group has a vision to make the region a leader in the production, processing and marketing of functional foods." The Department of Agriculture and Food is collaborating with the alliance by combining research expertise and hosting trials of crops at its Kununurra research facilities. Trial crops being grown include the health food crops chia and quinoa, the ancient grain teff, the cereal crop millet and a range of pulses. "This collaborative approach is the key to further growth of irrigated agriculture in northern Australia," the Minister said. "This alliance is making a substantial research investment commitment over the next five years to examine suitable tropical crops for the region." Mr Nalder said the department was seeking to facilitate further partnerships with other research groups in the north. Fact File The Functional Foods Crop Research Alliance Pty Ltd is a combined research partnership involving Kimberley Agricultural Investment, the Chia Company and the Ord River District Co-operative The Department of Agriculture and Food's Kununurra research facility will host a range of trial food crops as part of the new collaboration Minister's office - 6552 6400
Ability Centre expansion to bolster support754Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 3:25:40 AM2016-07-26T03:20:00Za Ability Centre officially opens South Hub in Canning Vale South Hub currently supports about 300 people with disability Location will reduce travel time for service users and their families People with disability living south of the river will have greater access to support and services with the official opening of Ability Centre's South Hub in Canning Vale. Officially opening the new premises today, Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the purpose-designed therapy hub would offer specialist clinical services and access to local co-ordinators, schools and health providers to ensure the complex needs of people with disability were met. "Ability Centre service users, parents and carers will enjoy reduced travel times, and more time to attend other appointments and activities," Mrs Faragher said. "South Hub is also in a prime location to help more people with disability from October 1 this year, when the local government areas of Armadale, Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale join the Liberal National Government's WA NDIS trial." The Minister said South Hub was the Ability Centre's second suburban centre, following the opening of a facility in Currambine in 2014. This move into the community offered extra benefits to people with disability. "Not only will South Hub have all the usual therapies and supports, it will offer extra services through community partnerships, such as hydrotherapy in collaboration with independent public school Atwell College," she said. "This strong and positive relationship reflects the importance the Ability Centre places on working with the community to provide better outcomes for people with disability and is similar to the organisation's four-year volunteering partnership with the Gladys Newton School Bush Ranger Cadets in Balga." The South Hub will also provide extra programs including Xcelerate Running, an Australian-first research project that teaches children with cerebral palsy to run. Fact File The Ability Centre was previously known as The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, changing its name in 2015 For more information, visit http//www.abilitycentre.com.au Minister's office - 6552 5300
Sport industry awards recognise best of the best756Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 4:05:49 AM2016-07-26T03:50:00Za Winners recognised at Sport and Recreation Industry Awards Proudly supported by the Liberal National Government The best of the best in Western Australia's sport and recreation industry have been recognised at an awards breakfast today at the State Reception Centre in Kings Park. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the calibre of nominees and finalists was impressive and showcased the exciting work being done in the industry. The Sport and Recreation Industry Awards were judged across 10 categories covering participation, volunteer support, community and professional events, and infrastructure planning and design. "Our industry continues to grow and have a positive impact on the community because its people are thinking outside the box and inspiring large numbers of volunteers to become part of the sport and recreation family," Ms Davies said. The Minister's Award for Industry Excellence, which comes with a prize of $10,000, was awarded to the City of Gosnells. It took out the Places and Spaces Planning and Design Award for the Mills Park Project, which involved the complete redevelopment of a 24-hectare park, replacing old facilities which were struggling to meet the needs of a growing and changing suburban community. "This project represents an excellent example of the complete redevelopment of a community sporting precinct, aimed at meeting the needs of a growing community," the Minister said. "Mills Park now incorporates a range of sporting activities that better meet community need, increasing active playing space by 37 per cent and delivering outdoor fitness equipment and event space and environmentally sustainable parklands." The other major award - the John Graham Award - was presented to two winners, Jeff Fondacaro, current president of Leisure Institute of WA (Aquatics) Inc, and Mike Allenby, former chairman of the WA Sports Federation. "The deep passion these men have for sport and recreation contributes to keeping the industry vibrant and active. Both winners have each contributed extensively to the sport and recreation community for more than 40 years, both professionally and personally," Ms Davies said. Fact File The Sport and Recreation Industry Awards are held every two years Awards are supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation, WA Sports Federation, Parks and Leisure Australia (WA), Fitness Australia, Outdoors WA and the Leisure Institute of WA (Aquatics) Inc. Full list of winners is below For more information, visit http//www.dsr.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 5500 2016-17 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards winners 1. Organisational Excellence Award Gymnastics Western Australia 2. Commitment to Participation Award Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club (Starkick Program) 3. Places and Spaces Planning and Design Award City of Gosnells (Mills Park Project) Heart Foundation (Healthy Active by Design) 4. Supporting Volunteers Award Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA Volunteer Management Framework) Denmark Basketball Association (Give2Sport) 5. Regional Excellence Award Ngurra Kujungka 6. Event of the Year Award Professional Triathlon WA (SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon) 7. Event of the Year Award Community Inclusion WA (City of Bayswater Have a Go Day) 8. Innovation in Practice Award City of Armadale (U Fit - Park Edition) 9. Women in Sport and Recreation Award Motorcycling Western Australia (Motorcycling Western Australian Women Program) 10. True Sport Award Netball WA (Multicultural Netball Carnival) John Graham Award Jeff Fondacaro and Mike Allenby Minister's Award for Industry Excellence City of Gosnells
Celebrating 10 years of great ideas in WA757Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 4:21:51 AM2016-07-26T03:55:00Za Finalists of the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year program announced Winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on November 2, 2016 Western Australia's outstanding innovation talent is again on show with the announcement of finalists for the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year. Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said the quality of the finalists was again a reflection of the passion and potential in WA. "This year's finalists include a facial recognition pain assessment tool and the world's first fully automated 3D robotic bricklaying system," Mr Marmion said. Now in its 10th year, the WA Innovator of the Year program is one initiative that supports the State's burgeoning innovation sector. Many of the program's alumni have gone on to achieve impressive results. Previous finalist Proteomics International, which developed a predictive and diagnostic test for diabetic kidney disease, recently secured funding towards the development of an In vitro Diagnostic test (IVD) kit for their innovation PromarkerD, in China. With an estimated 120 million Chinese people with diabetes and at risk of kidney disease, this innovation stands to have a significant impact. Since being named the 2015 Overall WA Innovation Winner, software company Track'em is pursuing opportunities in asset monitoring technology with potential clients around the world. "The Liberal National Government is committed to making WA's economy synonymous with creativity, transformation and digital technology, while creating jobs and stimulating investment," the Minister said. Winners will be announced at the program's award ceremony on November 2. Fact File The WA Innovator of the Year program features two categories Emerging Innovation (pre-revenue) and Growth (post-revenue) The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year - Overall Winner ($75,000 prize money) is chosen from these two categories Emerging Innovation and Growth category winners each receive $25,000 in prize money For more information, visit http//gcio.wa.gov.au/initiatives/wa-ioty/2016-finalists Minister's office - 6552 6800
New appointments for the Regional Development Trust758Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 4:27:21 AM2016-07-26T04:00:00Za Tim Shanahan appointed as chairman of WA Regional Development Trust Karlie Mucjanko appointed as deputy chairwoman Paul Farrell welcomed as a new member Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the appointment of Tim Shanahan as chairman of the Western Australian Regional Development Trust following three years as deputy chairman. Current member Karlie Mucjanko will take over as deputy chairwoman and Paul Farrell has been appointed as a new member. Mr Redman said the Trust provided high-level advice and recommendations to him regarding the allocation and management of the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. "Mr Shanahan's appointment as chairman ensures the Trust will continue to provide rigorous and insightful advice on the management of the program," he said. "Ms Mucjanko's appointment as deputy chairwoman will promote stakeholder engagement and communications for the Royalties for Regions program." The Minister said Mr Farrell, who is the managing director of NGIS Australia, brought a strong background in information technology and its applications for business transformation. "Mr Farrell's international business expertise will be invaluable as the Royalties for Regions program positions itself to drive economic growth and job creation into the future," he said. Mr Redman acknowledged outgoing chairwoman Sue Middleton and retiring member Peter Rundle whose contributions to regional development had been outstanding and highly valued over many years. "Sue's leadership has helped build Royalties for Regions into a transformative development program for WA and her enthusiasm for regional communities is inspiring," he said. Fact File The WA Regional Development Trust is an independent statutory body established under the Royalties for Regions Act 2009 and provides advice on the Royalties for Regions program The State Government's Royalties for Regions program has allocated $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 projects across regional WA since 2008 Minister's office - 6552 6700
Builder revealed for Katanning hospital project759Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 4:34:10 AM2016-07-26T04:05:00Za Cockram Construction Ltd to begin building in late August Two-year construction to support 700 jobs Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program The contract for the $32 million redevelopment of the Katanning Health Service has been awarded to Cockram Construction Ltd, Health Minister John Day and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announced today. Mr Day said the upgrades to the Katanning Health Service would include new emergency and medical imaging departments, an outpatient care facility, refurbished surgical services and sterilising facilities, laundry and a new morgue. "Construction is due to start in late August and will support about 700 jobs over the course of the build, which will take around two years to complete," he said. "The community will still have access to quality healthcare during construction, with the existing Katanning Health Service remaining operational." The Katanning redevelopment is part of the Liberal National Government's Southern Inland Health Initiative's (SIHI) program to improve hospital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. The capital works program is one component of the $500 million SIHI program, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would provide significant improvement to primary health care services through the redevelopment of district hospitals in southern areas. "Improvements to infrastructure and service delivery - such as the new Katanning Health Service - will enable a greater number of patients to be treated regionally, reducing the need for travel away from family to other larger facilities in the regions or to metropolitan sites," he said. "Royalties for Regions investment in health infrastructure is fundamental to building vibrant regions with strong economies." Peter Hunt Architect are providing architectural services as lead consultant. Fact File Elevations for the redevelopment are available for viewing here For more information, visit http//www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland Health Minister's office - 6552 6200 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Replanting for Waroona fire-affected forests764Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 5:09:25 AM2016-07-26T05:00:00Za Replanting underway at South-West plantations destroyed by Waroona fire Liberal National Government commits $6.7 million to replant 2,200ha of damaged softwood Forest plantations destroyed by the Waroona bushfire in January 2016 have been given a new lease of life with the planting of one million seedlings well underway by the Forest Products Commission. Forestry Minister Mia Davies, who visited replanting operations in McLarty block today, said the Liberal National Government had committed $6.7 million to replant 2,200 hectares of damaged softwood. About 2,800ha of pine plantations in State forest were affected in the bushfires. "The commission is on track to replant 864ha of State-owned plantations this year at a cost of $2.3 million, with 1,626ha to be planted next winter," Ms Davies said. "Replanting this valuable resource will support the sustainability of the softwood industry into the future." Salvage operations to recover saleable timber from the damaged plantations have been progressing since February. "Trees in the damaged plantations ranged in age from three to 40 years. Close to 1,000ha has so far been salvaged - the equivalent of 140,000 tonnes of resource," the Minister said. "Logs and timber salvaged from these plantations have been sold to existing domestic markets to be used for local housing and construction. The commission has also identified new export markets that have used young and below commercial-grade trees for power generation." Staff at the commission's nursery in Manjimup have been preparing 3.5 million healthy pine seedlings for planting across the State. Ms Davies said the State Government was committed to growing Western Australia's softwood industry, which would boost and support regional development. "The timber from these plantations will be processed locally to provide a reliable supply for the Western Australian building and construction industries," she said. Fact File The softwood plantation sector in WA contributes more than $1 billion each year to forest industry turnover and employs more than 700 people The Forest Products Commission is a statutory authority of WA responsible for the sustainable management and development of the timber industry. It was established under the Forest Products Act 2000 Minister's office - 6552 5500
Ord crops project on the pulse766Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 7:21:58 AM2016-07-26T07:00:00Za Project to drive export growth of pulses from the Ord Supported by $441,000 in Liberal National Government funding Made possible by the Royalties for Regions program A $441,000 project to grow pulse production and introduce processing into the Ord region has received funding support from the Liberal National Government. Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder said the Ord Pulses Project aimed to develop quality assured and ready-to-eat pulse products for Australian and international hospitality and retail markets. "This partnership between the Ord River District Co-operative Limited (ORDCO) and Curtin University aims to increase the overall value of pulses grown, processed and distributed from the Ord Valley," he said. "There is growing international demand for legume products as a nutritional protein source, particularly for premium quality varieties. The project will analyse market requirements, nutritional composition, processing and packaging requirements for export-focused products." The project received $441,000 through the Department of Agriculture and Food's Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund, made possible by the State Government Royalties for Regions program. Mr Nalder said the project aligned with broader integrated research by ORDCO and its growers with the goal of increasing chickpea and pulses production fivefold over the next five years. Pulses account for about 10 per cent of food crop production in the Ord, and they are an important break crop for the area. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the project would assess infrastructure requirements and contribute sound evidence to inform the potential establishment of chickpea or other pulse processing facilities within the Ord Valley. "This work will deliver improved understanding of logistics options and costs relating to production, packaging and distribution to help guide decisions about potential processing facilities in the region," Mr Redman said. "The Ord region has undergone significant expansion and continuing research and development will be key to taking full advantage of export opportunities." Fact File The Agricultural Sciences Research and Development Fund is one of the 13 approved programs under the $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative A full list of the projects supported is available at http//www.agric.wa.gov.au Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6400 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
New home at Hay Park for two local teams767Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml26/07/2016 7:30:41 AM2016-07-26T07:10:00Za New sports pavilion opens in Bunbury $4.74 million complex completed with assistance from the Liberal National Government Bunbury's South West Phoenix soccer club and South West Warriors rugby league club officially have a place to call their own. Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today opened the city's newest sporting pavilion at Hay Park, made possible by $2,833,657 from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program, $335,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation and $1,579,661 from the City of Bunbury. "Both sporting teams are affiliated with their State leagues so this gives them a headquarters from which to train and host matches," Ms Davies said. "Quality facilities are an important part of our sporting system and they encourage greater numbers of people to be active." The Hay Park South Multi-Sport Pavilion was completed in March, allowing the South West Phoenix and South West Warriors clubs to play in the current season. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government's Royalties for Regions program was committed to funding community projects that provided long-term benefits for the social and economic welfare of regional communities. "Infrastructure such as this provides extra opportunities for community engagement and social inclusion, which are critical to building cohesive communities in regional Western Australia," Mr Redman said. "Sport and recreation facilities are often the hub of a vibrant regional community and this Royalties for Regions investment will bring sustainable benefits to the South-West community." The new pavilion is part of Hay Park, Bunbury's largest sporting precinct, which includes the South West Sports Centre (aquatic and group fitness), tennis courts, an athletics track, outdoor netball courts, hockey turf and cricket pitches. Fact File For more information on the State Government's investment in sport, visit http//biggerpicture.dsr.wa.gov.au Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Community Chest funding for the South-West75074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6330html23/06/2016 7:25:56 AM2016-06-22T22:05:00Za South-West region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the successful grant recipients of the South-West region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of grants is $43,228 for Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club to purchase a transportable, off-grid solar power system to increase capacity for first aid and water safety training for volunteers; and $33,230 for Pathways SouthWest and the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service to deliver a series of workshops to health professionals and the public, to help address substance use and addiction in the South-West. "These projects will help attract investment, increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life for communities in the South-West region. "The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional WA have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." The South West Development Commission has been allocated $555,555 from the Community Chest Fund, with applications considered on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 SOUTH-WEST COMMUNITY CHEST FUND RECIPIENTS Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade $13,859 Golden Valley Tree Park Inc., Balingup $23,100 Greenbushes CRC Inc. $26,400 Augusta Men's Shed Inc. $20,000 Ficifolia Community Garden Inc., Walpole $10,134 Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club $43,228.92 Pathways SouthWest/South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service, Bunbury $33,230 Balingup Progress Association Inc. $27,199.70 Stirling Street Arts Centre Management Inc., Bunbury $3,000 City of Bunbury - Bunbury Regional Art Gallery Noongar Arts Strategy $10,000 Northcliffe Pioneer Museum $19,060 Geegeelup Village Inc., Bridgetown $38,547 Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup Affordable Housing Concept $13,100 The South West Women's Health and Information Centre $12,000 Nannup Bowling Club $17,268.74 Nannup Music Club Inc. $21,285 The Creative Corner Inc., South-West $14,783.25 Bridgetown-Greenbushes Business and Tourism Association Inc. $10,450 Collie Chamber of Commerce $12,000 Blackwood Basin Group Nature-Viewing Precinct $50,000 Dunsborough Greenfield Community Group Inc. $38,000Nannup Film Society $8,235.45 Manjimup Farmers Market Inc. $6,669.46 Milligan Community Learning, Bunbury $23,905 Donnybrook Men's Shed $6,313.50 Nannup Occasional Child Care Association Inc. (F.R.O.G.S. Early Learning Centre) Outdoor Learning Environment $18,937 The Federation of Western Australia Police and Community Youth Centres Inc., Collie $2,000Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association $31,000
Economic growth key for regional development8701Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10530html8/06/2016 3:02:06 AM2016-06-08T03:00:00Za Report highlights economic growth opportunities for WA's regions Liberal National Government's regional development agenda focused on building a skilled workforce and creating jobs Economic development, an innovative and skilled workforce and growing export markets were just some of the opportunities highlighted in the CEDA State of the Regions series report, released today. Regional Development Minister Terry Redman launched the report at the CEDA State of the Regions Series Regional development in Western Australia event. The report is the culmination of a two-year regional event series held by CEDA in each of the nine regions across the State. "The final report captures the key findings and outcomes of the series and outlines an action plan for capitalising on opportunities to ensure sustainable, long-term growth for our regions," Mr Redman said. "CEDA's State of the Regions series has generated robust discussion on development and growth opportunities within WA's regional economies. "The series has also provided the nine regional development commissions with a platform to outline the growth and development aspirations mapped out in their Regional Investment Blueprints." The Minister also outlined a strategic approach to building vibrant regions with strong economies, with the release of the Regional Development Strategy 2016-2025. "Our regions are vital drivers of the State's economy, contributing more than one-third of WA's economic activity and 95 per cent of the State's exports," he said. "As WA's economy transitions, regional development is uniquely positioned to help broaden the economy through a focus on jobs and growth. "The Regional Development Strategy provides a framework to prioritise and progress the development opportunities with the most potential emerging from blueprints and other sources." Fact File For a copy of the CEDA State of the Regions series report, visit http//www.ceda.com.au The Department of Regional Development's Regional Development Strategy is available at http//www.drd.wa.gov.au Minister's office - 6552 6700
Defined pathway assists irrigated agriculture19208Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6720html9/07/2016 3:09:03 AM2016-07-09T03:00:00Za ​Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture will help develop irrigated agricultural projects Part of the Liberal National Government's $40 million Water for Food program, made possible by Royalties for Regions The Liberal National Government today launched a detailed information package to help simplify the land approvals process for irrigated agriculture business development, as part of the $40 million Water for Food program. Regional Development and Lands Minister Terry Redman released the Land Tenure Pathway for Irrigated Agriculture (LTPIA) package at the Kununurra Agricultural Show. The pathway is designed to stimulate economic development and investment in intensive irrigated agriculture projects across Western Australia. "The package and a website will be important tools for pastoralists and investors seeking to obtain a more secure tenure for irrigated agricultural development," Mr Redman said. "This package provides pastoralists and third party investors with a clear pathway to change the tenure to a long-term lease or potentially freehold, which will provide more security to develop irrigated agricultural projects. "The package has been developed in consultation with relevant government agencies, and from feedback obtained through the Mowanjum and Gogo Stations Water for Food pilot case studies." Water Minister Mia Davies said it was great to see the high level of interest in irrigated agriculture generated through the Water for Food program and having a clear process for land tenure was essential if WA was to capitalise on those opportunities. The Department of Lands will also be presenting a series of workshops on the LTPIA in regional WA, commencing in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions from September. Representatives from the Department of Lands' Water for Food team will be at the Kununurra Agricultural Show today and copies of the LTPIA information package will be available. Fact File LTPIA is part of the State Government's Water for Food project, under the Royalties for Regions $350 million Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture initiative For more information on the LTPIA, visit http//www.pathwayforirrigatedagriculture.lands.wa.gov.au For more information on Water for Food, visit http//www.waterforfood.wa.gov.au Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Community Chest funding for the Pilbara30260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6980html4/07/2016 12:08:55 AM2016-07-04T00:00:00Za Pilbara region's Community Chest Fund grant recipients announced Community projects funded by $10 million investment over four years Made possible by the Government's Royalties for Regions program Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the 10 successful recipients of the Pilbara region's Community Chest Fund, made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program. Mr Redman said the Community Chest Fund provided one-off grants to community, public and not-for-profit organisations to improve and develop infrastructure and services in the region. "The Community Chest Fund provides voluntary organisations, educational institutions and community organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to support local projects," he said. "Included in this round of grants is $15,820 for the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd to go towards the Roebourne Community Botanic Garden and $18,798 to the Port Walcott Surf Life Saving group. "The fund supports region-specific priorities that are driven by local communities to assist the development of infrastructure, services and community projects that help build vibrant regions with strong economies. "Hundreds of diverse projects and organisations across regional Western Australia have significantly benefited from the Community Chest Fund in recent years." The one-off grants, administered by the Pilbara Development Commission, empower organisations to prioritise projects that meet the needs of the community. "No-one knows the Pilbara better than those who live there. This funding boost will build capacity in the region by allowing community organisations to prioritise and lead projects in their own backyard," the Minister said. The Liberal National Government, through the Royalties for Regions program, has invested $10 million into the Community Chest Fund over the next four years. Fact File The Community Chest Fund is a Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve economic and community infrastructure, and services in regional WA For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Regions Minister's office - 6552 6700 Pilbara Community Chest Fund recipients Tom Price Drive In Inc - sound upgrade$15,400Shire of East Pilbara - Newman town square activation$38,500Karratha Business Enterprise Centre - Destination Pilbara$46,000Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd - Roebourne Community Botanic Garden$15,820Cheeditha Group Aboriginal Corporation$12,985Town of Port Hedland - tourism signage$27,333FORM - infrastructure to support West End Markets$33,320Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry $32,000Port Walcott Surf Life Saving Inc - nipper boards$18,798City of Karratha - 150 Roebourne infrastructure project$50,000