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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 Statements13530html12/05/2016 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// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Treasurer's office - 6552 5700
New job opportunities for youths in regional WA220034Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10760html29/06/2016 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// Local Government Minister's office - 6552 6600 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Cost of Living Rebate benefits WA seniors21557Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 12:40:31 AM2016-07-26T23:00:00Za WA Seniors Card holders will share $22.38 million in payments this year Cost of Living Rebate helps seniors meet increased living expenses More than 300,000 Western Australian seniors will receive extra cash in their bank account from today, thanks to the Liberal National Government's Cost of Living Rebate. This year, WA Seniors Card holders will share in more than $22 million worth of payments, with singles and couples to receive $83.85 and $128 respectively. Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said WA was the only State that provided a cash payment to help support all seniors card holders. "Since the rebate was introduced in 2008, the State Government has provided more than $218 million in payments to support older West Australians with their everyday living expenses," Mr Simpson said. "We know many seniors have lower incomes in their later years, but their expenses stay the same. "This rebate is just one way for us to support our seniors, enabling them to put the money towards some of their bills and other expenses." The Cost of Living Rebate is automatically deposited into registered bank accounts, with all payments expected to reach cardholders by August 1, 2016. The WA Seniors Card also provides seniors with more than $1,000 in concessions throughout the year, including rebates across a wide range of State Government services from public transport to the cost of vehicle registration and entry to museums, galleries and national parks. "Western Australian seniors have access to the most generous suite of concessions in Australia and I urge seniors to maximise the use of their WA Seniors Card by taking advantage of these benefits," the Minister said. Fact File The Cost of Living Rebate is administered by the Department of Local Government and Communities New cardholders must apply for the rebate on or before May 31 each year For more information, phone the WA Seniors Card Centre on (08) 6551 8800 (metro) or 1800 671 233 (country free call) or visit http// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Welcoming centre for Great Southern families21559Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 1:09:13 AM2016-07-27T01:00:00Za $2.2 million Child and Parent Centre officially opened in Albany Liberal National Government investing $48.7 million in Child and Parent Centre initiative Parents and families with young children in the Albany area have a new centre to access health and learning services, and extra support to give their children the best start in life. Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the $2.2 million Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer. "We know a child's early years significantly influence success at school and opportunities throughout life, so support like this is vital," Mr Barnett said. "Parents in Mount Lockyer and the broader community can seek advice from a child health nurse on matters such as nutrition and sleep, get ideas for activities to help their children learn, and have their children referred to specialists. "The centre provides a community where parents can meet, share experiences, build relationships and access a wide range of programs and services." The bright and welcoming Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer reflects the heart of Albany with a striking blue and green exterior and a large wooden ship in the outdoor play area. Education Minister Peter Collier said the facility included a fully equipped child health clinic room, consultants' rooms, a group activity room and kitchen facilities. "This is one of 21 centres that are supporting parents to help their children be as ready as possible for school in locations that have the greatest need. The centres bring services together for families on or near school sites," Mr Collier said. Fact File The Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer is operated by Wanslea, in partnership with Mount Lockyer Primary School The departments of Education; Health; Local Government and Communities; and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support are working with non-government organisations to deliver services at Child and Parent Centres For more information, visit http// Premier's office - 6552 5000 Education Minister's office - 6552 6300
Sandalwood contracts shortlist announced21560Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 3:44:32 AM2016-07-27T01:05:00Za Two companies shortlisted for wild sandalwood oil processing contracts Forestry Minister Mia Davies has welcomed the announcement of two shortlisted candidates from a recent tender process for contracts for the future of the wild sandalwood industry. The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is proposing to enter into contract negotiations with Mount Romance Australia, and a new joint venture between Australian Botanical Products and Dutjahn Custodians. "If final commercial negotiations are successful, then the commission will continue to supply sandalwood to Mount Romance in Albany as well as introducing an exciting new partnership based in the Goldfields," Ms Davies said. The proposed operation in the Goldfields is a joint venture between a new local company, Dutjahn Custodians, with strong links to Aboriginal communities, and Australian Botanical Products, an established producer and supplier of essential oils and fragrances to the pharmaceutical and fragrance industries. "This partnership proposes to distil high-quality oil from sandalwood harvested in the Goldfields region and focus on employment of local Aboriginal people," the Minister said. "The Liberal National Government started a review of the harvest and haulage sector of the sandalwood industry in 2012 and new oil processing arrangements will complement broader reforms occurring across the State's sandalwood industry." "The State Government has actively sought input into the structure of the industry from a broad range of stakeholders and I am pleased the results of the process can deliver on key Government and community objectives, including increased participation of local communities and Aboriginal groups," Ms Davies said. The new industry structure is being set up to ensure continuity of supply to established local and international markets and customers. Fact File Negotiations between the shortlisted candidates and FPC will start in coming weeks The FPC is responsible for the commercial harvesting, regeneration, marketing and sale of wild WA sandalwood from Crown land (including land subject to pastoral leases) The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is currently evaluating submissions related to the possible formal public environmental review of sandalwood harvesting. Offers of contracts will be made subject to changes arising from an EPA review Two other contracts for the processing and marketing of sandalwood are being resolved and an announcement will be made shortly Minister's office - 6552 5500
Changing Places network to expand across WA21561Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 1:28:33 AM2016-07-27T01:15:00Za Liberal National Government funding supports local governments to join network Travel across Western Australia is set to become easier for people with specialised bathroom needs, with 11 new Changing Places locations announced today by Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher. The Liberal National Government has provided funding to support the development of Changing Places in the local government areas of Bunbury, Collie, Fremantle, Gingin, Joondalup, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Katanning, Melville, Port Hedland, Moora and Cunderdin. Today's announcement by the Minister at the City of Melville completes the two-phase $2 million funding of a State-wide Changing Places network announced in May 2015. Mrs Faragher said the development of the network was an exciting step forward for inclusion across Western Australian communities. "WA's Changing Places network will mean people with disability will have the same freedom as others to travel around their communities and beyond," she said. "The State Government has led the way by establishing the first Changing Places network in Australia. It is also destined to become part of a national network - Changing Place locations are to be added to the national public toilet and Changing Places maps." Changing Places are clean and private facilities that are different to standard accessible toilets. They have an adult-sized change table, hoist and enough space for two people to help. In December 2015, locations were announced for the development of 14 Changing Places, including Cockburn, Albany, Broome, Geraldton, Mandurah, Narrogin and Toodyay. Additional Changing Places initiatives are also being planned by other State Government agencies at Waterbank, Yagan Square, Scarborough foreshore redevelopment and the Perth Stadium. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority opened a Changing Place at Elizabeth Quay in January 2016. Fact File The Disability Services Commission (DSC) is delivering the project in partnership with the WA Local Government Association and National Disability Services WA DSC's success in working with partners to develop the network was recognised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) WA's annual achievement awards, jointly winning the Best Practice in Collaboration Between Government and Non-Government Organisations Award For more information, visit http// For more about the IPAA Achievement Award, visit http// Minister's office - 6552 5300
Shared path extended adjacent to Midland rail line25835Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 2:00:29 AM2016-07-27T02:00:00Za $3.8 million project boosts connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians Safety and connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians travelling in and out of Perth's eastern suburbs has been boosted with the latest extension of the shared path adjacent to the Midland rail line. Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Main Roads Western Australia had completed another 1.4 kilometres of path between East Street, Guildford, and Morrison Road, Woodbridge. "This $3.8 million project was funded by the Liberal National Government as part of our plan to eventually extend the WA Bicycle Network to Midland Station," Mr Nalder said. "Replacing a substandard concrete path, it includes an improved connection to the underpass at Woodbridge Station which has been designed to meet the latest mobility standards. It is fully lit and will be complemented with new signage, line-marking and revegetation. "This brings the total length of the shared path network from the Perth CBD along the Midland rail line to almost 13km, creating greater opportunities for people to pursue active transport options." The Minister said over the next seven years, the State Government would prioritise development of shared paths within a 15km radius of the Perth CBD, with a particular emphasis on those with high commuter demand along freeway and railway corridors. From 2023 to 2031, the focus will move to areas beyond the 15km radius of the CBD, to provide greater connectivity for strategic activity centres. Fact File Main Roads has now completed nearly four kilometres of new path between Bassendean Station and Morrison Road At its peak, this latest construction project provided jobs for up to 30 people Minister's office - 6552 6400
Dementia-friendly guidelines an Australian first25836Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementshtml27/07/2016 2:38:58 AM2016-07-27T02:30:00Za New community resource to benefit people living with dementia Project supported by $451,782 in funding from the Liberal National Government A new set of guidelines directing the creation of dementia-friendly communities in Western Australia is the first of its kind in Australia. Launching the Guidelines for the Development of Dementia Friendly Communities, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said dementia was one of the biggest national and international health challenge facing this generation. "About 32,000 West Australians live with dementia and it is the second biggest cause of death for Australians," Mr Simpson said. "It is vital communities have the resources and support to develop community services, programs and facilities in line with established dementia-friendly community principles. "The Liberal National Government provided more than $450,000 for the creation of these guidelines, which has given hundreds of people the opportunity to tell us what it is like to live with dementia and the challenges they face in the community." The Minister commended Alzheimer's Australia WA for its work on the project, which would help carers and community partners to understand how people living with dementia experienced their world, and to make the changes needed to ensure they could live well. "We know about 70 per cent of people with dementia live in their own homes in the community," he said. "Everyone, from governments and health organisations, to the local supermarket and hairdresser, share part of the responsibility for ensuring people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community." Fact File The Guidelines for the Development of Dementia Friendly Communities was produced by Alzheimer's Australia WA For more information, visit https// Minister's office - 6552 6600
Community Chest funding for the South-West75074Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6430html23/06/2016 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
New public sector offices for Joondalup120334Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21120html14/07/2016 2:15:05 AM2016-07-14T02:15:00Za Agreement for Lease signed with Primewest for the provision of 9,600sqm of new office space in Joondalup Construction expected to start in October 2016, creating about 340 jobs More than 800 public servants to relocate to Joondalup by early 2019 Premier Colin Barnett today announced the Liberal National Government had signed an Agreement for Lease with Primewest to build about 9,600 square metres of new office space in Joondalup. More than 800 public servants from the departments of Water and Environment Regulation and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority will be moving into the newly constructed premises by early 2019. "Today the Government is fulfilling a 2013 election promise to support the growth of urban office precincts," Mr Barnett said. "With the construction of this eight-storey building expected to generate about 340 jobs, the City of Joondalup will see economic benefits from the start of construction in October and an ongoing stimulus once public servants relocate. "The building's proximity to Joondalup train station and bus stops, coupled with the modern end of trip facilities that are planned for the building, provides numerous transport options for staff." Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the Government's decentralisation policy aimed to save taxpayers' funds through lower rents and supported the growth of urban office precincts. "Proposals have been received from building owners and developers in Fremantle, and the Government is actively pursuing an outcome that will deliver further value to taxpayers," Mr Marmion said. "This week, the first sod was turned at the location of the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury." Fact File The Government has successfully negotiated a 15-year lease, with two extra five-year options at a highly competitive rate The building will offer modern end of trip facilities, ICT and an interior designed to specifically meet the needs of the three agencies The new office space will be located at 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup Premier's office - 6552 5000 Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800
$560,000 for suicide prevention training grants30219Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8550html11/07/2016 2:03:04 AM2016-07-11T02:00:00Za ​Focus on training for Aboriginal organisations Improving suicide prevention skills in regional areas The Liberal National Government has announced a total of $560,832 in grants to enable community organisations throughout Western Australia to conduct suicide prevention training. Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the funding would target high-risk groups such as Aboriginal communities, people in regional areas, LGBTI populations, young people and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. "This funding will make a significant contribution to strengthening the capacity of communities to help reduce the incidence of suicide, especially among groups that are particularly vulnerable," she said. "These grants include $296,521 for Aboriginal communities and service providers to train people to support family, friends and community members to recognise and help people who may be experiencing a mental health emergency or are having suicidal thoughts. "The remaining $264,311 has been awarded for suicide prevention training for other high-risk groups." Suicide prevention is a priority for the community and 30 applications have received funding under the grants round. This will enable vital training such as Mental Health First Aid, Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK, Opening Closets and ASIST, to be conducted. Fact File A full list of projects to be funded is available at http// On average in WA, one person loses their life to suicide each day The Suicide Prevention 2020 Together we can save lives strategy has been funded with $25.9 million over four years to deliver a comprehensive, evidence-based suicide prevention strategy, aimed at halving the number of suicides in the next 10 years Minister's office - 6552 5400 MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSIONSuicide Prevention Grants 2016Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander streamOrganisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement ValueBega Garnbirringu Health ServiceGoldfieldsCommunity members and high-risk populations as well as service providers, carers and local agency staff will receive training in ASIST and SafeTALK$40,000Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (BRAMS)KimberleyStaff employed by BRAMS will receive Opening Closets and ASIST training$11,940Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 1KimberleyLocal indigenous men and women will receive SafeTALK$20,000Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation - Application 2KimberleyAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members will become accredited to deliver ASIST. SafeTALK will be provided to indigenous community members and support workers$35,360Mental Health Carers Arafmi (Helping Minds)KimberleyRemote Aboriginal community members will receive AMHFA training$12,490Save the Children AustraliaKimberleyIndividuals working with Aboriginal children and young people will receive SafeTALK and Youth MHFA training$17,792City of StirlingMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and service providers will receive MHFA, AMHFA and ASIST$20,000Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanDerbarl Yerrigan staff members will receive Gatekeeper training$12,630Muggin Aboriginal CorporationMetropolitanAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST$19,430Mission Australia - Application 1Mid-WestMission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA. High-risk populations will receive AMHFA$16,372Mawarnkarra Health ServicePilbaraAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members will receive ASIST and SafeTALK$20,000Mission Australia - Application 2PilbaraHigh-risk populations will receive AMHFA training. Mission Australia staff will be accredited to deliver AMHFA$16,372Kaata-Koorliny Employment and Enterprise Development Aboriginal Corporation (KEEDAC) - Application 1WheatbeltAMHFA workshops will be provided in the towns of Brookton, Corrigin, Pingelly, Wagin and Narrogin$19,715KEEDAC - Application 2WheatbeltNarrogin community members will receive training in AMHFA$14,420MercyCareWheatbeltAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members at risk of suicide will receive AMHFA$20,000Non-Aboriginal streamOrganisation NameRegionProject DescriptionGrant Agreement ValueConnectGroups Support Groups Association WA Inc.MetropolitanMHFA will be provided to members of ConnectGroups' self help and support groups$16,730Forgotten Australians Coming Together - Tuart PlaceMetropolitanMHFA, AMHFA and SafeTALK will be provided to the community at Tuart Place$6,990Living Proud Inc. - Application 1MetropolitanMembers of the LGBTI community will receive ASIST$16,740Living Proud Inc. - Application 2MetropolitanOpening Closets training will be provided to staff and volunteers in the Perth Metropolitan area who are currently or likely to support LGBTI clients$7,848Anglicare WAMetropolitan KimberleyPopulations in contact with Anglicare WA will receive ASIST training$20,000Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS)Metropolitan Great SouthernTwo ASeTTS staff will become accredited to deliver ASIST$20,000Mental Illness Fellowship of WA(MIFWA) Inc.Metropolitan South-WestAdults, families and carers who have experience of mental illness, AOD issues and trauma will receive MHFA, ASIST and Suicide to Hope training$19,159Yaandina Family CentrePilbaraYouth MHFA will be delivered to service providers working with young people. Teen MHFA will be provided to students in Years 10 to 12$16,800Enable Southwest Inc.South-WestCommunity members will receive MHFA training. Enable South-West staff will also receive training to deliver MHFA$17,552GP down south - Application 1South-WestStress, Anxiety and Coping Strategies training will be delivered to Year 11 school students$19,950GP down south - Application 2South-WestParents, carers and family members who have or are at risk of developing a mental illness will receive MHFA$19,017Avivo (formerly Perth Home Care Services)WheatbeltMHFA, AMHFA and Snapshots Training will be provided to high-risk groups$19,900CY O'Connor Institute (Central Regional TAFE)WheatbeltCommunity leaders will receive MHFA $20,000Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMS)KimberleyKAMS staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$27,625Hope Community ServicesGoldfieldsHope Community Services staff will be accredited to deliver ASIST$16,000Legend ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training MHFA - Mental Health First Aid AMHFA - Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Youth MHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid
Funding for suicide prevention co-ordinators75059Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements8380html22/06/2016 3:00:11 AM2016-06-22T03:00:00Za New suicide prevention co-ordinator roles for Goldfields, South-West and Wheatbelt First phase of major $3.5 million initiative Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell today announced the first three of a total of seven suicide prevention co-ordinators scheduled for placement in Western Australia in 2016. Co-ordinators will be placed in the Goldfields, Wheatbelt and South-West regions in the first phase of a $3.5 million initiative to promote suicide prevention, and increase community resilience and ability to respond to suicide. "These new positions fulfil a number of actions identified as part of the Liberal National Government's Suicide Prevention 2020 Strategy," Ms Mitchell said. "These new co-ordinators will be facilitators to assist services on the ground to work in partnership to improve support and care for those affected by suicide and suicide attempts. "While there is a range of support services available for people in crisis in regional areas, these new positions will increase the capacity of communities to identify and respond to suicide and related mental health issues as well as to promote suicide prevention services and initiatives. "Co-ordinators will promote suicide prevention training and self-help activities to at-risk groups, as well as training for professionals and to first responders to a suicide." The Minister said phase two of the program, which would place co-ordinators in the Kimberley and Mid-West, would be announced soon, and the placement of two co-ordinators in the metropolitan area was also expected later in 2016. The Mental Health Commission has signed agreements with Holyoake in the Wheatbelt, Hope Community Services in the Goldfields and St John of God Health Care in the South-West. Fact File The Liberal National Government's $25.9 million suicide prevention strategy, Suicide Prevention 2020, includes six action areas, including providing local support and community prevention across the lifespan On average, in WA one person loses their life to suicide each day Minister's office - 6552 6900
Economic growth key for regional development8701Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10570html8/06/2016 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// The Department of Regional Development's Regional Development Strategy is available at http// Minister's office - 6552 6700
Tough new laws to pull the brakes on hoons9241Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7960html19/06/2016 5:00:05 AM2016-06-18T23:00:00Za Hoon vehicles could be permanently confiscated on some first offences Will be easier to sell hoon vehicles for re-use or scrap metal New powers to seize and confiscate unlicensed motorbikes Covert hoon cameras to help enforce new laws The Liberal National Government has again achieved another major election commitment, delivering tough new laws making it easier to permanently confiscate vehicles of hoon drivers. Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the new legislation, being introduced to State Parliament this week, responded to community frustration and fears of dangerous hoon drivers in their streets. Mrs Harvey said under the new laws, courts could order permanent vehicle confiscation on a first offence if a motorist did any of the following committed a hoon offence in an active school zone travelled 90kmh or more above the speed limit committed a hoon offence in a 50kmh or less zone (suburban street) which could result in harm or distress to a person or resulted in property damage, including the road. "These new laws build on our successful existing hoon legislation and initiatives such as covert hoon cameras, which will help enforce the new laws," she said. "The new laws mean if you put our schoolchildren and residents in danger with your childish and reckless driving, you could lose your car for good." The Minister said the new laws would remove the red tape which tied up the permanent confiscation process and the resale or scrapping of uncollected hoon vehicles, saving taxpayers money. "After the 28-day impoundment, the owner has three weeks to collect the vehicle or it's gone and the surplus money will be deposited into the Road Trauma Trust Account," she said. "Forty-nine days is plenty of time for an owner to organise collection of their vehicle." Mrs Harvey said the new laws would also give police the power to seize unlicensed motorcycles such as trail bikes if they reasonably suspected they had been illegally ridden on the road. "This will help address increasing complaints about the danger, noise and disruption caused by unlicensed, and mostly unroadworthy, trail bikes being illegally ridden on our roads," she said. Fact File In 2015, WA Police impounded 2,028 vehicles for hoon offences Currently about 1,700 hoon and no authority to drive vehicles are awaiting collection Illegal trail bike complaints have increased 90% over the past three years Deputy Premier and Police Minister's office - 6552 5900
Community Chest funding for the Pilbara30260Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements7040html4/07/2016 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
Defined pathway assists irrigated agriculture19208Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements6910html9/07/2016 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// For more information on Water for Food, visit http// Regional Development and Lands Minister's office - 6552 6700
Bunbury headquarters first for WA public sector30220Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements21500html11/07/2016 3:38:44 AM2016-07-11T03:30:00Za ​Liberal National Government delivers on public sector decentralisation $28.9m Royalties for Regions funding for agency headquarters and visitor centre The Liberal National Government is forging ahead with its commitment to decentralise public sector agencies, with development starting soon on the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury. Premier Colin Barnett, on site in Bunbury today, said although decentralisation had been talked about for the past 30 years, very little had actually been done by previous governments to deliver such an outcome for regional communities. "The relocation of parts of the public service, in this case Parks and Wildlife headquarters to Bunbury, will attract new investment and skills to the region and provide ongoing economic and social benefits," Mr Barnett said. "The move will initially see 100 staff from Parks and Wildlife located in the new development, generating more than $25 million per year for the local economy, with plans for the number of staff to increase to 300 within 10 years." Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the development of the new headquarters included the creation of a state-of-the-art visitor gateway for Western Australia's south-west. "The development is being done over three stages and, when completed, will include a wide range of facilities including a landscaped pedestrian avenue to link the Leschenault Inlet to Koombana Bay, a new lookout, walk trails, a playground and renewal of the mangrove boardwalks," Mr Jacob said. "The area's rich history and natural environment, including significant maritime values, has been incorporated into the design and will be featured throughout the buildings, landscaping, artwork, interpretative information and boardwalk restoration. "The project highlights the importance the State Government places on encouraging people to visit national and marine parks, and other natural attractions of the greater south-west region." Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $28.9 million project, funded under the Royalties for Regions program, would stimulate the growth of the Bunbury region. "The relocation of a major government department to a regional centre such as Bunbury is a huge step forward for regional development in WA. On the project's completion, it is estimated the total population benefit to the region will be 1,545 people with an economic output of $75 million per annum - a huge positive impact," Mr Redman said. Fact File Construction of the landscape enhancements will start in October 2016 and be completed in mid-2017 Office accommodation construction will start in early 2017 and be completed by late 2018 The headquarters will be located on Koombana Drive, Koombana Bay, Bunbury Premier's office - 6552 5000
Our State Budget 2016-17: Securing our economic future - Royalties for Regions continues to grow economy2115Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statements10740html12/05/2016 6:30:35 AM2016-05-12T06:30:00Z Royalties for Regions $3.78 billion investment over the next four years in regional WA Royalties for Regions to provide $872 million for regional investment in 2016-17 Delivery of major infrastructure projects while ensuring economic development of regional communities The State Government's 2016-17 State Budget will invest $3.78 billion over the next four years to build vibrant regions with strong economies through Royalties for Regions initiatives in health, community support services, education, Aboriginal development, agriculture, tourism, economic development and the arts. Treasurer Mike Nahan said the investment would provide essential services and infrastructure that would attract investment, grow economies and create jobs and opportunities for regional communities. "The Government is determined to invest in initiatives that establish the socio-economic foundations for development and drive growth and new investment," Dr Nahan said. Royalties for Regions will continue to support major development programs over the Budget and forward estimates, such as the State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative ($642 million), Growing Our South ($424 million), Pilbara Cities ($573 million); and revitalisation plans for West and East Kimberley ($14 million), Goldfields-Esperance ($133.9 million), Mid-West ($115 million) and Gascoyne ($16 million). Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $3.78 billion investment would build infrastructure to grow the State, develop economic opportunities and improve targeted social programs. "Royalties for Regions is about strengthening and growing our regions and this investment will help regional communities realise their economic potential for the benefit of all West Australians," Mr Redman said. "The Government's investment of $642 million - in the Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative reflects the commitment to develop strategic economic, social and community development projects across regional WA." Funding across the Budget and forward estimates for new projects in the 2016-17 State Budget include $20 million for the WA Open for Business project to help the agriculture and food sectors increase trade and investment activities in the sectors $49.3 million for the Transform Peel project to create the Peel Business Park Nambeelup, Peel Food Zone and the Peel Integrated Water Initiative $58.3 million to provide an alternative route for the Margaret River Perimeter Road to reduce heavy vehicle traffic through the main street of Margaret River $16 million for the Regional Film Fund to support the development of high-quality Australian and international film productions in WA $24.9 million to begin the transformation of Bunbury's waterfront $49.7 million to redevelop Newman's health services $22.3 million to revitalise Manjimup's town centre, including transformation of the Timber and Heritage Park precinct, upgraded facilities and safety improvements $15.7 million for the Katanning SuperTown Heritage Centre Project to construct tourism capital works projects that will deliver economic benefits to the town $10 million per year from 2017-18 to 2019-20 for the funding of the Exploration Incentive Scheme to encourage investment in the minerals and energy sectors $14 million for an industry adjustment package to help potato growers in the South-West and Wheatbelt make the transition to a deregulated market $29.5 million towards the Carnarvon Community College Stage 2 to amalgamate the primary and secondary public schools. Key focus areas of the Royalties for Regions program for 2016-17 Seizing the Opportunity Agriculture $276 million over four years An extra $50 million has been added to this program (now $350 million) to capitalise on agricultural economic growth. Investment will continue to fund projects including WA Biosecurity Defence, Water for Food program, Agricultural Sciences Research and Development, Boosting Grains Research and Development Support, WA Open for Business and the Northern Beef Futures. Revitalising the Regions $1.67 billion over four years Continued investment to revitalise the regions, including funding for the State-wide Regional Investment Blueprint Initiative, Growing Our South, Pilbara Cities Initiative, Mid West Investment Plan and revitalisation plans for Goldfields-Esperance, Gascoyne and West and East Kimberley. Funding from these initiatives is also reflected in other categories listed below. Health $822 million over four years Continued investment for the North West Health Initiative, Patient Assisted Travel Scheme, Regional Men's Health, Renal Dialysis Service Expansion, Ear Health, Goldfields Emergency Telehealth and Southern Inland Health Initiative. New projects include Karratha Health Campus and Newman Health Service Redevelopment. Community Support Services $651 million over four years Continued support for Regional Grants Scheme, Community Chest Grant Scheme, Country Age Pension Fuel Card, Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card, Regional Police Incentives, Regional Workers Incentives, South-West Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service, Fire Crew Protection, Regional Telecommunications Project - Stage 2, Avonlink Enhancement Project, Community Safety Network and the Creative Regions Program. New projects include the Revitalising Waterways of Geographe Bay and Regional Estuaries Initiative. Education $110 million over four years Continued investment in the Boarding Away from Home Allowance, Better Beginnings, Pilbara Institute - Electrical Specialist Centre, Allied Health Training Centre and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School. New investment will also support Stage 2 development of the Carnarvon Community College. Sport and Recreation $115 million over four years Continued investment in the Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme and the Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme, Community Pools Revitalisation program, the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme and the Albany Entertainment Centre. Economic Development $220 million over four years Continued investment in the Exmouth Boat Harbour and new investment towards a Bunbury-based Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters. Aboriginal Development Initiatives $118 million over four years Continued investment in the Regional Youth Justice Strategy - Kimberley and Pilbara Expansion, and the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program Regional Services Reform A further $50 million has been allocated to the Regional Reform Fund Special Purpose Account in 2017-18 with an initial focus on regional Aboriginal reform initiatives. Tourism $268 million over four years Continued investment in the new Kimberley national parks, Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, Great Kimberley Marine Park, Western Australian Caravan and Camping Action Plan, Road Coach Replacement, Marine Parks Management, Regional Events Program, Regional Tourism Marketing Campaign, Living Lakes and Aboriginal Tourism Development Program. Fact File Royalties for Regions investment provides infrastructure and services that help to build vibrant regional communities with strong economies Since 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts WA Budget statements are available at http// Treasurer's office - 6552 5700 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700